Thomas Jefferson Classical Academy - 
A Challenge Foundation Academy

January 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:

On behalf of the entire TJCA-CFA staff and Board of Directors, we wish you all a very prosperous and healthy New Year!  We hope you all enjoyed a great break with family and friends, and we look forward to an exciting 2018 year here at TJCA-CFA.  With the New Year, we remind all of our families to help spread the word that new student applications for the 2018/19 school year will be available from our website link from January 2-March 15, 2018.  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.  Note too that our Open House for new families to visit the school is Monday, January 22nd from 9AM-4PM, so please urge those who may be interested in attending TJCA to visit with us.

Our ninth annual Talon Challenge to support the Jimmy V Cancer Research Foundation will be in full swing when students return January 2nd.  We have a small window to get shirts printed, so please have students bring back their order forms with a check made out to TJCA by this Friday, January 5th. Forms will be available in homerooms and on the school website to print and complete.  Shirt prices are listed on the form:  $12 for short sleeve ans $17 for long sleeve:   Talon Shirt Order Form

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. As a reminder, the Talon Challenge basketball games are scheduled for January 19th at Lincoln Charter this year.  There will also be memorials and honorariums you can purchase leading up to the games.  

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

Our talented TJCA-CFA drama department is looking for sponsors who would be willing to contribute for either scripts or performance royalties for our spring 2018 production.  We will be doing a classical piece from the 1630's, and we would love to reach out for some community support from either individuals or businesses.  Contributors can choose to be recognized in the playbill.  Donations can be made out to TJCA, with 'Drama Production' in the memo line.  
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 for your feedback.

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 January 9, 2018!

Note:  Grammar school ICEE Day is January 12th!

*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 

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.

Our trip to Italy for spring 2018 is now closed, but 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! 
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Choir bringing Christmas joy to local nursing home residents!

Fourth Grade Christmas Concert!

TJ Board recognizes Academic Teams!
7th grade Biltmore trip!

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


Tuesday, January 2, 2018-  Return to School!

Friday,  January 5-  Talon Challange shirt orders due to homeroom teachers

Tuesday, January 9-  8AM- Parent FORUM meeting, grammar school

Monday, January 15-  NO SCHOOL for MLK Day

Monday, January 22- OPEN HOUSE from 9AM-4PM

New 2018/19 student applications go live on our website, please help to spread the word to prospective TJ students and families!

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