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 ThingsTouchstoneLogosCommunio 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.

PTO Update

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 AppKeep 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!

Jason Caros
Headmaster, Founders Classical Academy

Basketball Schedule

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

Dear Parents, Students, Faculty, and Staff:

We had an event-filled weekend, or at least an event-filled FCA Saturday. Congratulations to our cheer teams that competed for the first time in the UCA regional cheer competition at Lewisville High School on Saturday morning/afternoon. The middle school team earned 2nd and 4th place awards in two events, and the high school team earned 2nd and 3rd place awards. The high school team qualified for the state competition. Also on Saturday afternoon, we had a great turnout at our PTO sponsored Barnes & Noble Book Fair. Thanks to PTO, all of our performers, students and faculty, and thanks to everyone that supported the event and purchased books and other items. Finally, a successful Winter Wonderland middle school social was held in the evening on Saturday. Thanks to our Booster members that coordinated and served at the event. Stay tuned to the calendar as we have some big school events taking place this week and next…

Throughout the year, I include in headmaster messages topics connected to classical education philosophy and practices, civic related themes, and important activities at our school. I also highlight some of the unique student opportunities at FCA. One of the excellent opportunities you may not have heard about, or you may not know much about, is The Lynx Academy. The following comes from our Lynx director, Mr. Brogden:

The Lynx Academy is a science and mathematics fellowship of high school students, classical instructors, university professors, and corporate sponsors dedicated to coordinating ancient ideas with modern discoveries. Lynx Academy events are designed to help students appreciate natural science and mathematics for their own sakes, and to see everyday applications in the world around them. Lynx engagement in science and mathematics may look different than learning opportunities seen in typical STEM programs since the heart of the disciplines in a classical context is a return to the sources of natural phenomena as well as the historical origin of ideas and discoveries. The students accepted into Lynx (called Fellows) act as scientists—investigating the world around them, searching for answers to interesting questions, using their hands to gather evidence, and engaging their minds to draw conclusions.

The lynx was chosen from Giambattista della Porta’s book “Magia Naturalis,” which had an illustration of the fabled cat on the cover and the words “…with lynx like eyes, examining those things which manifest themselves, so that having observed them, he may zealously use them.” The lynx was reputed to have keen sight (in classical and medieval bestiaries and even able to see through rock and “new walls”). The academy’s motto, chosen by Federico Cesi: “Take care of small things if you want to obtain the greatest results” (minima cura si maxima vis). Also, the double meaning of “lynx” and “links” serves as a central desire to connect ancient ideas to modern discoveries in an effort to encourage more integrated thinking across the disciplines of the sciences as well as the humanities.

This past fall our Lynx Academy has had great success in multiple areas: mentoring, colloquia, and field excursions. Lynx Fellows are expected to schedule a meeting with their mentors at least once a month within a time block of 3:00-4:30 on Thursdays. The concepts may be difficult to understand, and many students have grown up, literally, with the belief that no one uses algebra and biology in the ‘real world.’ Adult mentors and teachers help find applications for the concepts learned. Mentoring is a customized, personal, one-to-one semi-formal relationship in which an older faculty member, university professor, or community partner guides a fellow through his or her own interests, research, and struggles.

There are monthly colloquia meetings for group discussions, announcements, and planning. These times are for the fellowship as a whole in which we eat food, debate, and \ or hear of new ideas from guest speakers. This semester we have enjoyed Dr. Jim McConnell and Mr. Amin Lalani from the University of Texas at Dallas who offered up math challenges for astronomical thinking and quantitative analysis for problem solving. Most recently, Dr. Matt Siegler, a NASA-JPL astrophysicist and filmmaker, joined us to share his work on the most recent release of COSMOS and his love of science and art.

Finally, there will be unique opportunities for field trips to LLELA (a local environmental center) for a hiking and kayaking eco-tour, Lockheed-Martin, the University of Oklahoma History of Science Collections, and Yellowstone National Park. Though the expectations are high, the students in the Lynx Academy already demonstrate incredible devotion to their own learning, they exhibit a strong spirit of inquiry, and they are quite simply resourced and guided more than anything.

See the attachment for a formatted Lynx document with images.

ANNOUNCEMENTS AND REMINDERS

Re-Enrollment: Current FCA families should receive a re-enrollment e-mail from our corporate office today or tomorrow. Once you receive the message, you can quickly 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.

School Tours: We have one more school tour this semester. If you have relatives, family friends, or neighbors interested in Founders, please have them contact Mrs. Lewis in the grammar school office or Mrs. Elliott in the upper school office to reserve a spot for tomorrow at 4:00 p.m.

Christmas Pageant: Our annual Christmas Pageant will be held on Thursday, December 10th, at Westside Baptist at 6:00 p.m. Please look for messages from grammar school and music teachers for details.

Teacher Debate: A friendly debate will be held in the upper school cafeteria on Friday at 3:00 p.m. Our own Mr. Brogden and Mr. Matteoli will examine the following topic: What is the role of philosophy in the hard sciences? The debate is open to upper school students, and FCA faculty and parents. It is expected to last until 3:45 p.m.

Raising Cane’s Spirit Night: On Friday from 4:00 p.m. to Midnight, Cane’s will host an FCA spirit night. Proceeds will go to the Grammar School office. Cane’s is located on 1026 W. Main Street in Lewisville.

Bill of Rights Day Colloquium:   Mark your calendar for our second annual Bill of Rights Day Colloquium.  To celebrate Bill of Rights Day, we will host a reception on December 14th at 5:15 p.m. followed by lectures and Q & A sessions beginning at 6:00 p.m. This year’s theme is religious liberty. The speakers will include Dr. David Bobb, President of The Bill of Rights Institute, and Dr. Nathan Schlueter, author and associate professor at Hillsdale College.

*Colloquium topics 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.  FCA parents, students, faculty and staff, and guests are invited to attend.

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.

Giving Tree: An FCA Giving Tree’s is on display in both the Grammar and Upper School lobbies.  They contain ornaments with anonymous “wishes” of some of our very own FCA families. If you wish to join us in blessing these families, please choose a tag (or 2) and return the gifts to the Grammar or Upper School office by Thursday, December 10th (which is THIS WEEK!!).  The gifts should be wrapped with the original tag visibly displayed. Our prayer is for every tag/gift to be chosen and each gift returned to the school.

Santa’s helpers will be walking the car pool line to collect donations and wrapped gifts this week. Feel free to give them your gift or donation when you see them.  Thank you for sharing your blessings with others this Christmas season.  – PTO Officers

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 AppKeep 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.

Kind Regards,

Jason Caros
Headmaster, Founders Classical Academy

Basketball Schedule

Today 5:30 PM Basketball MS Girls Corinth Classical Founders Classical Academy – Gym Map
6:30 PM Basketball MS Boys Corinth Classical Founders Classical Academy – Gym Map
December 08, 2015 5:00 PM Basketball JV Boys Harmony Euless Founders Classical Academy – Gym Map
6:30 PM Basketball Varsity Girls Advantage Prep Founders Classical Academy – Gym Map
8:00 PM Basketball Varsity Boys Advanced Prep (PSL) Founders Classical Academy Map
December 09, 2015 7:00 PM A+ Academy Basketball Varsity Girls A+ Academy Map
December 11, 2015 5:30 PM Harmony Euless Basketball JV Girls Harmony Euless Map
5:30 PM Basketball Varsity Boys Dallas CAN Carrollton Founders Classical Academy Map
7:00 PM Harmony Euless Basketball JV Boys Harmony Euless Map
7:00 PM Basketball Varsity Girls ILT Garland Founders Classical Academy – Gym

Proclamation 2524 – Bill of Rights Day
November 27, 1941

By the President of the United States of America
A Proclamation

Whereas a Joint Resolution of the Congress, approved August 21, 1941, authorizes and requests the President of the United States “to issue a proclamation designating December 15, 1941, as Bill of Rights Day, calling upon officials of the Government to display the flag of the United States on all Government buildings on that day, and inviting the people of the United States to observe the day with appropriate ceremonies and prayer”:

Now, Therefore, I, Franklin D. Roosevelt, President of the United States of America, do hereby designate December 15, 1941, as Bill of Rights Day. And I call upon the officials of the Government, and upon the people of the United States, to observe the day by displaying the flag of the United States on public buildings and by meeting together for such prayers and such ceremonies as may seem to them appropriate.

The first ten amendments, the great American charter of personal liberty and human dignity, became a part of the Constitution of the United States on the fifteenth day of December, 1791.

It is fitting that the anniversary of its adoption should be remembered by the Nation which, for one hundred and fifty years, has enjoyed the immeasurable privileges which that charter guaranteed: the privileges of freedom of religion, freedom of speech, freedom of the press, freedom of assembly, and the free right to petition the Government for redress of grievances.

It is especially fitting that this anniversary should be remembered and observed by those institutions of a democratic people which owe their very existence to the guarantees of the Bill of Rights: the free schools, the free churches, the labor unions, the religious and educational and civic organizations of all kinds which, without the guarantee of the Bill of Rights, could never have existed; which sicken and disappear whenever, in any country, these rights are curtailed or withdrawn.

The fifteenth day of December, 1941, is therefore set apart as a day of mobilization for freedom and for human rights, a day of remembrance of the democratic and peaceful action by which these rights were gained, a day of reassessment of their present meaning and their living worth.

Those who have long enjoyed such privileges as we enjoy forget in time that men have died to win them. They come in time to take these rights for granted and to assume their protection is assured. We, however, who have seen these privileges lost in other continents and other countries can now appreciate their meaning to those people who enjoyed them once and now no longer can. We understand in some measure what their loss can mean. And by that realization we have come to a clearer conception of their worth to us, and to a stronger and more unalterable determination that here in our land they shall not be lost or weakened or curtailed.

It is to give public expression and outward form to that understanding and that determination that we are about to commemorate the adoption of the Bill of Rights and rededicate its principles and its practice.

FRANKLIN D. ROOSEVELT