Solomon and the Ant: Authors’ Brunch

Composition & Literature for our Second Graders this year has included the study of a wonderful text of rich and beautiful Jewish folktales: Solomon and the Ant

Over the course of the semester, the students used this text as a basis for their copy work, as well as a source of new vocabulary words. After reading through a few selected pieces, they were given the opportunity to retell one of the tales in their own words. The only catch? They had to make it Christmas-themed.

Some students updated their fables to present-day, and chose to include some of their classmates as characters. Others decided to set it in Bethlehem at the time of Jesus’ birth. Duri ng our campus Christmas celebrations this season, the classes hosted an Authors’ Brunch, featuring the retelling of their stories. Parents and siblings attended, and even helped display the accompanying illustrations.

After all of the authors had shared their stories, they treated the audience to a special presentation of “Hark! The Herald Angels Sing”, complete with sign language. It was a great morning spent celebrating all of the wonderful facets of the season.

 

End of Year Giving: Every little bit helps!

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Take a deep breath, Mustangs: the end of the year is here and you made it! We even had actual snow in Austin this year. We pray that each of you is slowing down professionally, personally and as a family. We thank God for what He has done, and continues to do, in and through ACS this year.

One of our core values is to make ACS financially accessible for as many families as possible. We live our value by dedicating a portion of each year’s net income to the tuition assistance fund. This, along with the generous donations from ACS families and friends, has enabled us to offer need-based tuition assistance for the past three years. This community is the beating heart that generously keeps this trend active and alive as we grow. Thank you!

Would you please consider giving a special end-of- year gift of any amount to help current and future ACS families who may need tuition assistance?

Please pray that God will provide abundantly for these needs  and seek His will on what part you play in this story of generosity. And please pass this on to any family or friends who support the vision of ACS as well.

For those who shop on Amazon, if you type smile.amazon.com as your starting point and choose “Austin Classical School” as the organization you support, we will get a small donation from Amazon at no cost to you.

Thank you for your consideration. If you are able to give, please make your check payable to Austin Classical School and send it to the address below. Donations must be post-marked by December 31 to be deductible for your 2017 taxes. Please indicate on the memo line of your check if this is a tuition assistance donation or a general fund donation. All donations are tax-deductible.

Austin Classical School
P.O. Box 9908
Austin, TX 78766

Thank you again for helping make this year an amazing one!

Parent Choir: A New Tradition

We are blessed with a wonderful community of families who love our school. When one of them came to us a few weeks ago and asked if we would consider taking some time in chapel to host a “Parents Choir”, we couldn’t say yes fast enough.

Once the Christmas carols were selected and voices were warmed up, this group of singers took the stage and knocked our (Christmas) socks off! What a tremendous way to celebrate the season! The students enjoyed singing along during the first verse of the songs, and then listening in for the harmonies on the remaining verses.

We think it’s safe to say that this is the start of a new tradition. We can’t wait to hear them again next year!

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The Ballad of Matthew’s Begats

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Who says memory work can’t be fun? For our Grammar students, we try to incorporate songs and jingles whenever possible to help keep our memory work exciting. This year, through our study of ancient history, we’ve been able to incorporate so many stories from God’s word. One special treat that our Second graders had for us today was their presentation of the genealogy of Jesus…set to a quite catchy tune, thanks to the musical stylings of Andrew Peterson.

We present The Ballad of Matthew’s Begats

 

 

 

A Christmas Prayer

Christmas Prayer

 

Every year as the Christmas season comes around, we make a few changes to our Chapel time. We sing through various carols, which our students always enjoy. Later this month, several of our more musically-inclined parents will perform a brief concert during our time together in the morning. And instead of our normal closing doxology, we say a Christmas prayer. What a wonderful way to start the day!

May we be filled with the wonder of Mary,
the obedience of Joseph,
the joy of the angels,
the eagerness of the shepherds,
the determination of the magi,
and the peace of the Christ child.
May the Father, the Son and
the Holy Spirit bless us now and forever.
Amen.

 

Co-Teacher Check Up

CoTeacher Training

An important part of life at Austin Classical is the experience of the co-teaching parents. To help make their role successful, we provide several opportunities throughout the year for training. We always start each school year with a few packed days of co-teacher training (with plenty of fun mixed in), so that we can all start the year off right.

Then as the school year progresses, we check in with them each quarter to provide encouragement, see how things are going on homeschool days, and talk a little bit about Classical education. Last night was our second co-teacher check-up of the year, and it did not disappoint.

Gathering with so many invested parents is such a huge blessing. We got updates about our Drama and Improv group….spoiler alert: they are working on a bit of Shakespeare for the Spring. We heard about how our Math club is about to get going for our budding mathematicians. Finally, we got to hear from our Head of School, Dusty Kinslow, about upcoming plans for building out our schools of Logic and Rhetoric. What a great night!

We typically assign a little homework for our co-teachers in preparation for training, and last night was no different. They were asked to read through two articles published by the Society for Classical Learning:

  • Goodness Isn’t Boring: Images of Goodness in Narnia, Linda Dey
  • “It Is Growing Something”: Rest and the Good Life, Sarah Pfannenschmidt and Michelle Seymour

Each of these articles provided ample material for us to have thought-provoking discussions:

  • What is goodness?
  • How do we model that for our children?
  • How is rest a discipline?
  • What does school-wide rest look like?

What wonderful sentiments to ponder as we approach what is for many, the busiest time of the year. We wish each of you blessings on the rest of your semester, co-teachers!

Welcome back, Mustangs!

Welcome Back Mustangs

 

We hope you had a great summer, but we are so glad you’re back! School felt so empty without you! Best wishes for a great first day!

Have a great summer!

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Another year in the books!

Congratulations to all of our Mustangs

on another fantastic school year!

 

2017 Last Day

Mustangs Finish Well

“Mustangs finish well!”READ

That’s what we were reminded about in Chapel this morning, as we entered into the final month of our school year. Though the finish line is just ahead, we need to remember that we are still called to finish well.

Our Head of School, Mrs. Dusty Kinslow, referenced Colossians 3:23-24 as she encouraged our students to finish well. “Whatever you do, do your work heartily, as for the Lord rather than for men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the reward of the inheritance. It is the Lord Christ whom you serve.”

What a great verse to get us through these last few weeks! Our students were also reminded of the principles that we choose to abide by at Austin Classical School. One way we can *all* finish well is to keep these in mind, as we work heartily for the Lord.

Finish well, friends, and keep READing!