A goal of education is to learn to love that which is worth loving. – John Hodges
Dear Parents, Students, Faculty, and Staff:
A parent once said to me, “I really like the school culture you all are creating at Founders – I’m not actually sure if the phrase included “you all,” “y’all,”or “yall.” This statement got me to thinking about the culture we have at FCA, and the culture that is forming…
What is the actual culture at Founders Classical Academy? Before answering that question, perhaps a definition of school culture is in order. A school culture describes the shared principles, virtues, relationships, practices, and traditions that characterize a school. A school culture should be rooted in goodness, truth, and beauty, and specifically in the school mission and the spirit of our nation. On this last point, a school is in some ways a microcosm of our nation, and a model of self-government.
My hope is that as a result of the parent meetings we have held, the school messages and publications that have been circulated, and the experiences you have had with your students and their teachers, you can see and understand the type of culture we are striving for at Founders. Our efforts are aimed at a culture of teaching and learning, a culture of high academic, civic, and moral standards, and a culture built on strong relationships. Since the majority of messages I send pertain to academics and the pursuit of virtue, I thought I would say just a little something about school culture in the context of practices and traditions relating to esprit de corps, or common school spirit.
Human beings create and maintain important practices and traditions. They are also influenced greatly by symbols. Just look at how much religious or patriotic practices, traditions, and rich symbols touch our lives throughout the year. Additionally, in a place like Texas, many people become energized and are positively impacted by athletic traditions and symbols. As a matter of fact, while at a Texas Rangers game yesterday, I, along with thousands of other fans, stood at attention and sang along, with hats off and hands over hearts, as a member of the armed forces sang God Bless America during what is known in baseball as the seventh inning stretch.
Here at school we also have daily practices and symbols that help build school culture; some relate to academics, some relate to discipline and school order, and still others relate to extra-curricular activities. The practices and traditions in the latter category are the newest in the sense that while we have had extra-curricular academic clubs, athletics, and performance groups from the start, these offerings have increased in number and have become enriched with each passing year.
As you know, we are in the midst of our first “Spirit Week.” Practices and traditions surrounding Spirit Week and Homecoming have been started this fall that may last generations. These type of activities help build in students affections for school that can greatly enrich their overall experiences. My hope is that during these times school spirit will grow, and as a result, our students, parents, faculty and staff will develop greater love for, and deeper appreciation of, our school mission and the benefits of a classical education.
We are only in our third year at FCA; we’ve accomplished a great deal in a short amount of time. With esprit de corps in mind, thank you in advance for your support of Spirit Week and for the other activities listed below, and for your general support of Founders Classical Academy as we continue to form our classical school culture.
Reminders and Announcements:
Spirit Week: Please mark your calendar for the remainder of our Spirit Week events.
Tuesday – Teacher Day, students dress like teachers
Wednesday – America Day, students wear patriotic dress with regular school bottoms
Thursday – Spirit Day, students wear blue jeans and spirit wear shirts, or homecoming t-shirts
Thursday – Pep rallies for grammar and upper school
Thursday – Homecoming Football Game, 7 p.m. at the field at Carrollton Christian Academy
Friday – Class Color Day, students were shirts representing class colors, students were regular school bottoms
Friday and Saturday Evenings – Middle School Social and High School Homecoming Dance
*Note that students will not have homework on the night of our homecoming football game, nor any tests on Friday…
Scholastic Book Fair: The book fair continues today through Thursday, October 2nd, from 3:00 – 5:00 p.m. in the Grammar School Library. You can also make purchases online through October 5th at http://bookfairs.scholastic.com/homepage/foundersclassicalacademy.
Donuts with Dad, a special event associated with the book fair, will be held Wednesday, October 1st, from 7:15 a.m. – 8:15 a.m., in the Grammar School cafeteria just before Hot Chocolate with the Headmaster.
Hot Chocolate with the Headmaster: The topic for Wednesday morning, October 1st, is homework and studying. HCWHM will begin at 8:15 a.m. in the grammar school cafeteria (next door to the grammar school office building) right after Donuts with Dad. Reminder: These meetings are not meant for Q & A on a variety of school questions, nor for questions about a particular child. Presentation and discussion will pertain to the topic at hand.
McTeacher Night: Thursday, October 2nd, from 3:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. our first grade teachers, Ms. Reed, Mrs. Kaszynski, and Mrs. Lopez, will be at McDonald’s on 121 W. FM 407 in Lewisville. Mention FCA in the drive-thru lane or put your receipt in the FCA box in the restaurant and our first grade teachers will receive 25% of all purchases. After your meal, head to the homecoming football game and cheer our Eagles to victory.
FCA PTO: A message from the officers: Thanks to all the families who joined PTO and signed up for the school directory. Directories will be delivered once the printing is complete. If you ordered a water bottle, they will be sent home with your child next week.
Want to help? Visit http://fcapto.com for details on upcoming events and activities where volunteers are needed. Afraid you might miss something? Click on the “follow” button to the left of the FCAPTO home page to be added to our email list. When we update our site, you will be notified via email of the new information. You may also “like” us on Facebook at https://facebook.com/fcapto.
Around the Corner: School photos will be taken on October 7th for students in grades K-6, and photos will be taken on October 8th for students in grades 7-12. Columbus Day is October 13th, school will not be in session. October 17th is an early release day for students (Noon release for Grammar and 12:15 p.m. release for Upper); teachers will participate in professional development in the afternoon.
Online School Calendar: Keep up with Founders activities at http://foundersclassical.com/calendar/
Headmaster, Founders Classical Academy
469-464-3415 (grammar school)
972-219-2370 (upper school)