Dear Parents, Students, Faculty, and Staff:
Tomorrow is Bill of Rights Day. The Bill of Rights, the first ten amendments to the U.S. Constitution, were ratified over 200 years ago on December 15th, 1791. Do they matter to us today?
Several years after the American colonists gained independence from Great Britain the founders of this country created a new constitution that would become a source of great stability for a young nation, a model for other nations’ constitutions, and a guide for effective governance that would promote and put into practice the principles expressed in our first founding document, The Declaration of Independence. At first, many of the founders were not comfortable with the draft of the new constitution. Even though each state constitution already had its own Bill of Rights, the federal constitution did not contain one and they would not vote to accept a federal constitution without them. For this reason we have a federal bill of rights in the U.S. Constitution.
You are familiar with the rights expressed in the Bill of Rights – freedom of speech, free exercise of religion, the right to bear arms, etc. One important point to remember, and this was the view of the founders, is that our rights are not given to us by other men. The Bill of Rights were not meant to introduce us to our rights. As expressed in the Declaration of Independence, our rights come from above, they are “natural rights.” The role of government then, is to protect our rights. Protect them from what, or from whom? The Bill of Rights were meant to protect citizens from potential tyranny – tyrannies of the minority and tyrannies of the majority. In this world, where humans reside, tyranny will always be a potential.
Since “we the people” make up the government in our republic, we have an obligation to become educated about our rights and responsibilities and to pass along this sacred trust to our children. Not one of us emerges from the womb with the knowledge and dispositions necessary for effective citizenship. Citizenship is learned and earned by each generation over and over again…
The main point is this – a free society does not happen by chance, and happiness, the pursuit of which our Declaration of Independence so explicitly expresses, does not come to us without labor. During this festive season let us enjoy the holidays, but also remember the efforts we must make to continue to enjoy the blessings of liberty.
I hope to see you at our Bill of Rights Day event this evening.
ANNOUNCEMENTS AND REMINDERS
Topic Summary: Topics for the evening include the relationship between morality and religion, how this has been understood in the Western Tradition, and how it informed the American Founders; the meaning of separation of church and state; religious liberty and the sacredness of conscience; and how court decisions, including those of the Supreme Court, impact our religious liberties.
Speaker Bio’s: Nathan Schlueter is an associate professor of philosophy at Hillsdale College, where he teaches courses in social and political philosophy, ethical theory, and philosophy and literature. He is also the director of the pre-law program.
Dr. Schlueter has a B.A. in History from Miami University of Ohio (1993) and an M.A. and Ph.D. in Politics from the University of Dallas (1999). He is the author of One Dream or Two? Justice in America and in the Thought of Martin Luther King, Jr. (Lexington Books, 2002), The Humane Vision of Wendell Berry, edited with Mark Mitchell (ISI Books, 2011), and co-author, with Nikolai Wenzel, of Selfish Libertarians and Socialist Conservatives: The Foundations of the Libertarian-Conservative Debate, which will be published by Stanford University Press this summer.
His articles have appeared in First Things, Touchstone, Logos, Communio and Perspectives in Political Science. He has been a fellow of the National Endowment for the Humanities (2005) and the James Madison Program in American Ideals and Institutes at Princeton University (2011). He and his wife Elizabeth, who is a homemaker and homeschooler, have eight children.
David Bobb joined the Bill of Rights Institute in December 2013. Previously, he was the founding director of two national centers for Hillsdale College, the Washington, D.C.-based Allan P. Kirby, Jr. Center for Constitutional Studies and Citizenship, and the Hoogland Center for Teacher Excellence, a civic education program. From 2001 to 2013 he also was lecturer in politics at Hillsdale College, where he taught courses in American politics and public policy.
Dr. Bobb is the author of Humility: An Unlikely Biography of America’s Greatest Virtue (Thomas Nelson, 2013) and a contributing editor to The U.S. Constitution: A Reader (Hillsdale College Press, 2012). He has written articles and reviews for the Wall Street Journal, Fast Company, Washington Times, Boston Herald, and the Claremont Review of Books, among other publications. He has spoken widely to audiences in twenty-five states on topics including education reform, civic engagement, and the American Constitution. Dr. Bobb earned his Ph.D. in political science from Boston College, where he was the recipient of fellowships from the Pew, Earhart, and Bradley Foundation, as well as the Intercollegiate Studies Institute.
A native of Fairfax, Virginia, Dr. Bobb and his wife Anna have two sons, Walker and Michael. He’s an avid Washington Nationals fan, and enjoys running and playing soccer with his boys.
Christmas Pageant: Thanks to all of the students, faculty, and staff for an outstanding pageant last Thursday evening. I would like to especially thank our performing arts teachers, Mrs. Bentham, Ms. Chamberlain, Mrs. Hoskins, and Mrs. Wheeler on a job well done.
Re-Enrollment: Current FCA families should have received a re-enrollment e-mail from our corporate office last week. If you have not done so already, please complete the brief intent to reenroll form online. You should receive an e-mail confirmation, and in the spring you will complete the full reenrollment form. While you will have until January 8th to complete the process, it will be helpful to do it right away as things tend to get busy during the holiday season. Your promptness in completing the process will also help us a great deal as we have to work on the enrollment of new FCA families during this time. It will also ensure that your child has a spot at Founders Lewisville for the 2016-2017 school year. Thank you in advance for your consideration in this matter.
Early Release Day: Grammar schools students will be released at Noon, and Upper school students at 12:15 p.m. on Friday, December 18th. After Care will not be available on this date and faculty and staff will not be available to meet as they will participate in a meeting/luncheon right after school. Our first day back to school will be Monday, January 4th.
Formal Friday: Students may dress in professional business attire on Friday – suits or a sports coat and a tie with slack and dress shoes for boys, and for girls a business suit (e.g. shirt and a blouse with or without a blazer or dress slacks and a blouse with or without a blazer with dress shoes). If students do not dress in business attire they must wear traditional school uniforms.
Lost and Found: There are large amounts of uniforms clothes, jackets, sweaters, lunch boxes, backpacks, etc., in the grammar and upper school lost and found areas. If your child is missing items, please check them by Friday as items will be donated to charity soon.
Fun Food Friday: Fun Food Friday will be available in January. Please use this link to access the forms. Please note the following: The order deadline for Credit and PayPal payments is December 30, 2015. Order and payment deadline for cash/check orders is December 16 at 4 PM. If you are paying with cash or check, please leave your payment in one of the offices along with a copy of your order email before the deadline to ensure your child will receive their FFF meals in January.
Annual Giving Tree: We would like to thank all of the families and friends who generously donated to our annual Giving Tree program. Your kindness will help to ensure that each Founders family has wonderful gifts to open on Christmas Day. Over 200 gifts were collected during our gift drive and almost 40 families will be blessed by your generosity. Thank you for opening your hearts and sharing with our families to make their Christmas wishes come true.
Thank You: As we celebrate this season of giving, the PTO Team would like to thank all of our families that have given their time, talents, and treasures to our school. Your support is seen and felt by many, and we are grateful for your contributions to the campus and to PTO.
May Peace be your gift at Christmas and your blessing all year through!
Athletics: To view this week’s basketball schedule, scroll to the bottom of this message. Keep up with FCA athletics by visiting TeamSnap where you can find schedules and team information.
FCA Volunteers: There are many opportunities to volunteer. You will find some on the FCA PTO, FCA Boosters, and Watch D.O.G.S. websites. For all other volunteering opportunities you can find them at FCAVolunteers.com. These volunteer opportunities include: car line, grammar lunch, middle lunch, upper lunch, upper office, and after school care. To volunteer, please complete a RES Volunteer Application and pick a volunteer spot.
Dates to Remember, Semester Two: Click here to view and / or download the semester two calendar.
Online School Calendar and Founders Mobile App: Keep up with Founders activities and events here. iPhone users may also download the “FCA Mobile” app to access the school calendar and other key Founders information.
Merry Christmas and Best Wishes for the New Year!
Headmaster, Founders Classical Academy
|Date||Time||Home Team||Away Team||Location|
|December 15, 2015||7:00 PM||Basketball Varsity Boys||Harmony Euless||Founders Classical Academy|
|December 16, 2015||5:30 PM||Basketball JV Girls||Luna Prep||Founders Classical Academy – Gym|
|6:30 PM||Basketball JV Boys||Harmony Garland||Founders Classical Academy – Gym|
|8:00 PM||Basketball Varsity Girls||Dallas CAN Ross Ave||Founders Classical Academy – Gym|
|December 17, 2015||5:30 PM||A+ Academy||Basketball JV Boys||A+ Academy|
|7:00 PM||A+ Academy||Basketball Varsity Boys||A+ Academy|
|December 18, 2015||6:00 PM||Harmony Nature & Athletics||Basketball Varsity Girls||Harmony athletics|
|7:30 PM||Harmony School of Nature and Athletics||Basketball Varsity Boys||Harmony nature and athletics|