Thomas Jefferson Classical Academy - 
A Challenge Foundation Academy

February 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) 245-9526  Fax:  (828) 245-9530

Dear TJCA-CFA Families:

With the three snow days missed January 17-19, please note some adjustments to our remaining school calendar:  1- Our March 12 teacher work day will now be a regular school day, and two noon release dates are now full school days, February 16 and March 29.   Please make note of these changes for your planning.
We are trying our best to not lose Easter break days, but this will depend on the weather yet to come. 

Don't miss out on the special 2017/18 yearbook edition, highlighting our tenth anniversary of the grammar school program!  The deadline to order is February 14th!
Please click here to order:          2018YearbookOrders

We remind all of our families to help spread the word that new student applications for the 2018/19 school year are available from our website link through March 15, 2018 at 5PM.  Applications must be completed by the March 15 deadline to be included in our new student lottery on March 26 at 4:30PM.  Remember too that siblings of currently enrolled students who wish to begin school with us for the first time in August 2018 must complete a new student online application as well, but will have first priority in the lottery for available positions.  

Our ninth annual Talon Challenge to support the Jimmy V Cancer Research Foundation has been rescheduled to Friday, February 2nd at the Lincolnton campus of LCS at 133 Eagle Nest Road, Lincolnton, NC 28092. We hope to see many of you there! TJCA and Lincoln Charter have contributed over $60,000 to the V Foundation over the past eight years, and we appreciate the community service opportunity for our students and families to support a great cause.  There are also memorials and honorariums you may purchase leading up to the games. 

Please plan to join us for our annual Scholastic Book Fair, located in Grammar School Library
Dates:  February 5th - 9th ; Times:  7:45 am - 3:15 pm 
Parents/Guest are welcome to come at any time during the day!

Please join us on Tuesday, February 27 at 5:30 PM in Leitner Auditorium for an introductory presentation of the 2020 High School Spring Break trip to France.  For more information, please contact Kimberly Lloyd  Also  go to:

Finally, please note that the end of the second trimester grading period is Tuesday, February 27th.  Please remember to check student grades regularly, and to contact teachers if your child is struggling in any classes.
2020 Vision Update!
We are nearing completion of a final draft of the design details for our new 9th-12th grade building from our architectural firm, Little Diversified Architectural Consulting.  Please stay tuned for updates and a meeting to reveal the latest site and building designs to our school community.

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 February 13, 2018!

February Icee Days are scheduled for 2/2 @upper campus & 2/9 @grammar campus. $2!

Please join us for Dine Out night, Monday, February 5th at Mi Pueblito in Forest City, 5:30-8PM.

*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 

Wednesday, February 14- Show Your Love for the Class of 2018 K-12 Bake Sale!   Sponsored by Burgundy and Gold Scholarship Committee  

The Burgundy and Gold Scholarship is sponsoring the "Show the Love for the Class of 2018"  Valentine's Day Bake Sale Wednesday, February 14 on both campuses in the lunchroom area.  Also, on 2/14 for $1 you may wear college sweatshirts and jeans.  All money raised will fund the Legacy Scholarship and the homeroom raising the most money recieves a pizza party.  Please contact Rachel Hill if you would like to volunteer treats for the bake sale or help the day of the sale.  

The Third Annual Burgundy and Gold Golf Tournament is scheduled April 27, 2018 at Cleghorn. Mark your calendars! More information coming next month.  If you have questions or want to participate please contact Jeff Hall at

Class of 2018, Burgundy and Gold Scholarship Applications will be available March 1.  Please check with Mrs. Powell.  We will award 8 scholarships this year and hope you all apply!

Please consider any donation to help our scholarship award efforts.  Last year, we gave $23,500 to 8 seniors from the class of 2017.  We hope to award more to the class of 2018.

                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 Ms. Kean's website for application information on the February 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!  There will be an information session for those interested and those already signed up on Thursday, February 22 at 5:30PM in Mrs. Moffit's room 110.
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ALSO, now is the time to PLAN EARLY and save for the spring 2020 trip to France:
Please join us on Tuesday, February 27 at 5:30 PM in Leitner Auditorium for an introductory presentation of the 2020 High School Spring Break trip to France.  For more information please contact Kimberly Lloyd                          Also  go to:




Talon Challenge runners deliver the game ball to Lincoln Charter!

Kindergarten readers!

Creativity in art class!

Third grade STEM Club!

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


Thursday, February 1-  Upper Campus Guitar Concert at 7PM in Leitner Auditorium

Monday, February 5- TJ dine out night at Mi Pueblito in Forest City, 5:30-8PM

Tuesday, February 6-  TJCA and TJCEF board meeting, 5:45PM Leitner Auditorium

Friday, February 9 - Registration deadline for March 10 SAT offered at TJCA (register online at

Wednesday, February 14- Show Your Love for the Class of 2018 K-12 Bake Sale!   Sponsored by Burgundy and Gold Scholarship Committee  

Monday, February 19-  No School for President's Day

Tuesday, February 27 - All 11th graders will take the state-required ACT (college entrance exam) 
                                     - END OF SECOND TRIMESTER GRADING PERIOD

Friday, March 2-  Second grade Westward Expansion Music Program - Noon in grammar gym

Thursday, March 15 at 5PM-  New student application deadline!  REMINDER siblings of currently enrolled students not yet attending TJ must have a completed application on file to have lottery preferential seating!

Coming soon....Stay tuned!!

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