Thomas Jefferson Classical Academy - 
A Challenge Foundation Academy

August 2017 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) 245-9526  Fax:  (828) 245-9530

Dear TJCA-CFA Families:

We look forward to welcoming all of you, new and returning, to TJCA-CFA this month!

PLEASE note important CHANGES to our Orientation dates and times!

Thursday, August 105PM-­ Kindergarten and First Grade Orientation at grammar school

Monday, August 14:  6:30PM­-7:30PM  ALL 6th grade and NEW 7th&8th Grade Orientation­, Leitner Auditorium

Monday, August 14:  5­-6PM ­ Grades 2 and 3 Orientation, Grammar School

Tuesday, August 15:  6:30PM-­7:30PM ALL 9th and NEW 10-12 Orientation in Leitner Auditorium

Tuesday, August 15:  5-­6PM, Grades 4 and 5 Orientation, Grammar School

Thursday, August 17­ is the first day of school for our students!

PLEASE NOTE:  All sixth grade and ninth grade students should plan to attend orientation so they can receive important information as they start middle school and high school, respectively. New students in grades 7, 8, 10, 11, and 12 should also plan on coming where they will be welcomed to our school and receive their class assignments.

For the upper campus, returning students in grades 7,8, 10,11, 12 are welcome to attend, but  not required. Please be assured that all class assignments will be communicated to you before the start of school.   Schedules will be mailed home on August 10, and access to Powerschool to see schedules will be available on August 14th.   In addition,  high school drivers can come to the school to purchase their parking passes from Officer Hernandez on Monday, August 14 between Noon and 5PM, or Tuesday, August 15 between 9AM-4PM.   

For SENIORS only!  A first seating for Senior Pictures will be held on Tuesday, August 15th from 9AM-Noon in the Leitner Audtorium, so you can make one trip to pick up your parking pass too.

Please do not forget to review the supply lists and required summer reading lists for grades 6-12, which are located on the website.

Cross Country Practice for runners in grades 9-12 begins August 1st @ 6 pm, and will continue each MondayThursday until school begins. Please meet at the middle school gym.

We want to remind all bus riding families that you MUST register for the 2017/18 school year ridership, even if you rode in the past.  It is important that we have correct updated rosters for each bus route.  If your child needs a bus spot, PLEASE register today at:

NOTE that failure to register before August 2 may result in loss of bus seating!

As a 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: 
Mrs. Shumate on the upper campus, or drop a check off at any of the offices.   

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PLEASE NOTE!  Due to the coming solar eclipse on August 21st, which is expected to peak at 2:39PM, we have decided to have a Noon Release for students so they can enjoy this rare event with family and friends.  Please be mindful of the need for eye protection when viewing the eclipse.


BEGINNING AUGUST 1, Through August 16, THE OFFICES WILL BE OPEN 8AM-3PM MONDAY-FRIDAY; then 7:30-3:30 once school opens.

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:

FORUM Uniform Resale!   Friday, August 4 from 4:00-7:00 pm in the grammar school gym. All items will be $5!

CONGRATS and THANK YOU to our newly elected Forum Officers for the 2017/18 school year: 

Chairman – Pam Jones

Vice Chairman Grammar – Kelly Hall

Vice Chairmen Upper – Jen Halliday, Effie Fiore, and Stephanie Taylor

Secretary – Becca Schweppe

Treasurer – Ashley Garland

*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 

 " The Burgundy and Gold Scholarship Committee would like thank the TJCA family for our most successful year yet.  We are awarding $23,500 to eight seniors from the class of 2017!  Congratulations to all the seniors.  We are so proud of each of you and wish you all the best in your next endeavors.  
Anyone interested in serving on the Burgundy and Gold Scholarship Committee for 2017-2018, please contact Jolly Putnam at".

                Linked here are the scholarships awarded to the Class of 2017!    B&G Scholarships 2017
Also, 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

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.

Please contact Donna Trimble at for information on our spring trip to Italy in 2018; or Brandie Roberts at for the 2019 trip to the land down under, Australia! 
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Please check the school website for regular updates

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


Friday, August 4- FORUM Uniform Resale! 4:00-7:00 pm, grammar school gym

Thursday, August 10:                                                                                                                                                      5PM-­ ALL Kindergarten and First Grade Orientation at grammar school

Monday, August 14:

                                  5PM­-6PM ­ ALL Grades 2 and 3 Grade Orientation, Grammar School

                      6:30PM-­7:30PM ALL 6th grade and NEW 7-8th Student Orientation, Leitner Auditorium

Tuesday, August 15: 9AM-Noon -Senior Portraits in Leitner Auditorium (there will be later dates)

Tuesday, August 15:

                                   5-­6PM, ALL Grades 4 and 5 Orientation, Grammar School

                  6:30PM-7:30PM ALL 9th grade and NEW 10th-12th Student Orientation, Leitner Auditorium

 Thursday, August 17th­ is the first day of school for our students!

Grammar school arrive between 7:30-7:55AM in the gym

Upper Campus arrive between 7:30-7:45AM:

7:50 - 8:30 (Grades 9-12) assembly then report to 1st period after assembly

7:50AM- Grades 6-8 students report to their first periods (posted in hallways)

Monday, August 21-    Noon Release for students-  Solar Eclipse  (protective glasses will be distributed to all students before release)


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