Thomas Jefferson Classical Academy - 
A Challenge Foundation Academy

April 2018 Newsletter 


Building upon the foundation of the Core Knowledge Sequence
Thomas Jefferson Classical Academy: A Challenge Foundation Academy
partners with families to educate students in grades K–12 in the trivium 
of grammar, logic, and rhetoric, thus graduating thoughtful, articulate young 
adults who are prepared for college and for a lifetime of citizenship and active intellectual inquiry.

Upper School Campus: 2527 US Hwy 221A, Mooresboro, NC  28114
Tel: (828) 657-9998  Fax: (828) 202-5135
Grammar School Campus:  1110 South Broadway. Forest City, NC  28043
Tel: (828) 245-9526Fax:  (828) 245-9530  

Dear TJCA-CFA Families:

We would like to open our April newsletter with an exciting 2020 Vision Update!   We are anxiously awaiting USDA loan approval this month, and after six months of intense preparation for loan submission and design work with our architects, we are excited to share with you the following video of our new high school:

Once our loan meets final approval from Washington DC, we will begin the bid process on this exciting project.  As discussed at our March 23 Community Meeting, the USDA loan will cover about 85% of the $20 million project to bring to our families a state-of-the-art 77,000 square foot facility, plus several athletic fields.  This far, we have raised about 10% of the $3.4 million needed to complete all aspects of the project, and we will need assistance from all of you, your businesses, and your community contacts to help us to meet the needs of our students and families.
If you 
​or your business ​
are interested in sponsoring classrooms or other portions of the new design plan, 
please contact Headmaster Joe Maimone at or 828-657-9998 x1505.    

You are invited!  May Mist tickets are now on sale.  This is our annual middle school student council "Family Prom".

Details are:​
Friday, May 18th
​ from 6-10PM
Where:​   Spindale House, The address is: 119 Tanner St, Spindale, NC 28160
Cost:      $25 per ticket, maximum of 400 sold, first come.
*Students must attend with a chaperone who has agreed to be present at the dance. This can be a parent or other adult.
*Students must be in 6th

*Heavy ​Hors D’oeuvres will be served.

*Mrs. Roberts will handle ticket sales in the Jr. High Office,​

*Dress ​is ​Sunday best.

We want to take a moment to congratulate our middle school science olympiad team for placing first in the regional competition, and we wish them well at the state competition at NC State University on April 21!   

                                   Congratulations to our TJ Archery Team!   
Scholastic 3-D Archery (S3DA) hosted the Indoor National Championship in Cincinnati, Ohio, at the Duke Energy Center on March 8  and 9 in conjunction with the National Field Archery Association (NFAA) Indoor Nationals. Over 800 students participated from 83 clubs and teams and 18 different states. Students competed for the title of "National Indoor Champion" in their divisions individually and as teams. Fourteen  shooters from Thomas Jefferson Classical Academy competed including, Lauren Allen, Wesley Allen, Sully Edwards, Ethan Greene, Jack Hamrick, Eli Lineberger, Brianna Mellon, and Greg Tice, from the grammar school, and Landon Allen, Victor Diaz, Emma Lineberger, Katherine Robinson, Manny Schlichtmann, and Keeley Thompson, from the upper school.  The grammar school team placed 2nd overall and Sully Edwards placed third in his division and fourthoverall elementary male out of 113 shooters.  Any interested student may contact Jill Lineberger, Tyson Edwards, or refer to the TJCA Gryphon Archers facebook page.  Several great college scholarships are available to accomplished archers!

Also, congratulations also goes out to our academic teams for another successful season!

As a friendly reminder, we respectfully request that our bus riding families consider a $50 per month donation to help keep our buses running.  If writing a check, please add 'bus donation' in the memo line, and mail to attn:  Finance Office or Mrs. White on the upper campus, or drop a check off at any of the offices.   

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PLEASE TAKE NOTE!  TJCA-CFA has a college advising team to assist interested tenth, eleventh, and twelfth graders and their families with the college admissions process. Parents of twelfth, eleventh and tenth graders who wish to make an appointment with Mr. Ziegler are welcome to contact him at
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Parent Forum News:

ALL Parents are welcome to join us for our monthly meetings, generally 2nd Tuesday at 8AM in the grammar school cafeteria seating area: The next meeting is April 10, 2018!

Please join us for another great family TJ dine out night at Copper Penny in Forest City on Wednesday, April 18 from 5-10PM!

April Icee Days are scheduled for  Wednesday, April 11 at the upper campus & Friday, April 13 at the grammar campus. $2!

From Mrs. Daigle:  A very special THANK YOU to the FORUM for the ukuleles for our 5th Graders!!

*If you have not done so already, PLEASE link your Ingles card to our school to help raise funds for the classroom: Please visit their website at to link your card TODAY.   You can also link this from our website at:   

(Remember: Ingles card must be relinked each year)
Our school's information is listed below:
School ID# 22885
Name: Thomas Jefferson Classical Academy

The Burgundy and Gold Scholarship Committee News 
SENIORS!   B&G Applications are DUE April 11!
THANK YOU for your great support of Show Your Love for the Class of 2018!  
We are excited to report that we will be distributing eight scholarships to deserving seniors this spring totaling $28,000 thanks to your generous support!

The Third Annual Burgundy and Gold Golf Tournament is fast approaching:  April 27, 2018 at Cleghorn!  
If you have questions, please contact Jeff Hall at  Please use the link here to reserve your team spot and to help sponsor the tournament!

Class of 2018, Burgundy and Gold Scholarship Applications are under review this month!

Please consider any donation to help our scholarship award efforts.  

                Linked here are the scholarships awarded to the Class of 2017!  B&G Scholarships 2017  
Please assist our Burgundy and Gold Committee to offer scholarships to deserving seniors each year by using the Amazon Smile link when you shop on

Please contact Jolly Putnam @ 704-477-8413 or if you wish to help in any manner.
Thank you
Have a TJ alumnus in your family? We have had a good response to our alumnus survey, but we would like to get to 100% participation!  Graduates can give us valuable feedback through this quick and easy survey , also linked on our website.

See Mrs. Powell's guidance website for great student summer enrichment programs!

See Ms. Kean's websitefor application information on the popular evening Arts Program! 

Travel the World with TJCA-CFA!

Now is the time to plan for 2019 by contacting Brandie Roberts at for the spring break 2019 trip to the land down under, Australia!             

Also, now is the time to PLAN EARLY and save for the spring 2020 trip to France, contact Kimberly Lloyd at

Congrats to 8th grader, Shields Fletcher, appointed as a page to Speaker of the House in NC, Tim Moore!

Westward Expansion Songs, March 2!

Second Grade Immigration Day!

Science Olympiad Team takes First Place at Western Regionals!

As always, please check our daily calendar of events on the school website,


March 30-April 6:  Easter Break!  Have a Blessed Easter Break!

Monday, April 9- Return to school; Spring MAP testing window begins

Wednesday, April 11- Office of Charter Schools Renewal Site Visit

                       - TJCA-CFA Board of Directors Meeting at 5:45PM in Leitner Auditorium

Saturday, April 14 - 9:30AM, Middle and High School Choirs Perform at the Foothills Farmers Market in Shelby

Wednesday, April 18- FORUM Dine Out Night at Copper Penny, 5PM -10PM

Thursday, April 19- Beta Club/NHS Blood Drive at upper school gym from 10:30-3:30
                             - Please email to reserve a time!

Friday, April 20- Sixth grade science expo at ICC 9AM-2PM

Saturday, April 21- TJ Junior/Senior Prom

Thursday, April 26- Orchestra Concert, 7PM in the Leitner Auditorium

Friday, April 27-  Noon Release Day, and Burgundy and Gold Golf Tournament: Register today at   Spring Golf Tournament Flyer

Saturday, April 28 - Middle and High School Choirs compete at the Music in the Parks Choir Competition 

Thursday, May 3- Registration deadline for the June 2 SAT held at TJCA for any high school student who wishes to take the SAT or SAT Subject Tests;

                                      Please SEE our new high school video here!

If you 
​or your business ​
are interested in sponsoring classrooms or other portions of the new design plan, 
please contact Headmaster Joe Maimone at or 828-657-9998 x1505.

Joe Maimone, Headmaster       Gary Blake, Principal 6-12             Jason Cole, Principal K-5