Vanguard Classical Academy

February 2014

Please help us welcome Mrs. Linda McLemore!

Mrs. McLemore brings with her a tremendous wealth of knowledge and experience. During her 40 years of teaching, she has taught American and World History, Geography, and Gifted IHP and AP English. She has written English and Social Studies curriculum for BISD for the past 22 years and served as the English Department Head at West Brook High School for 17 years. Mrs. McLemore has spent 16 years working as a Texas Future Problem Solving Program Coach, 8 years as an Academic Decathlon Coach and 6 years as an Odyssey of the Mind (National Gifted Program) coach. Needless to say, we are thrilled to have Mrs. McLemore as part of our team!

Art Class Coming to VCA!

We are excited to announce an exciting opportunity for our students! Starting this Friday, February 7, Samantha Graber will begin teaching a two hour art class, approximately every other week. (Please check VCA's Calendar for specific dates.) Each of these classes will be two hours long and the fee to attend will be $20 per class.

This Friday, we will be introducing the students to different disciplines of art. The students will be sketching and learning shading techniques. They will begin with some fun brain exercises to get all ages engaged, do some practices, and then sketch a couple of objects using the correct perspective.

Samantha Graber is an incredible local artist, and has been working with homeschool students for over 3 years. She started Murals and More in 2006, and you've probably seen many of her murals around town (including Calvary Baptist Church's Children's wing, local Pediatrician's offices, etc.) She also offers personal and group art lessons, art parties year round, and art camps during the summer.

***Please RSVP at in order to have enough supplies***

***THESE CLASSES ARE OPEN TO HOMESCHOOL STUDENTS. If you know of a homeschool family that might be interested, please pass this information along. Spots are limited so RSVP as soon as possible if you wish to join in!

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VCA's Parent Book Club

Please start reading chapter 1 of "The Abolition of Man" by C.S. Lewis! We will be meeting on the third Thursday of every month to discuss each chapter. Our first book discussion will be Thursday, February 20, from 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm.

*Water, coffee & dessert will be provided. We do have copies of this book on reserve at Barnes & Nobles under Vanguard Classical Academy.

February's Community Service: Buckner

Friday, Feb. 21st, 10:30am

9055 Manion Dr

Beaumont, TX

We will help by sorting items in their baby room. They will also explain to the students how Buckner ministers to children.

Vanguard Knights Tennis Team

5th & 6th Graders!

Tennis practice will begin Friday, February 21st, from 2pm - 3pm at Roger's Park. According to Coach Stovall, practice will only take place if the weather is warmer :) !

Please bring your own tennis racquet!

Spell to Write and Read Training

We encourage all VCA moms to participate in a one day training for only $68! This will take place on Saturday, March 1st from 8:30 am to 5:30 pm at Vanguard Classical Academy. Our teachers will be taking a more in depth two day training on Thursday, February 27th and Friday, February 28th. If you wish join us in the two day training session instead of the one day training session on March 1st, you may do so for a fee of $135. Please click here for more detailed information about the training.

Spell to Write and Read curriculum will be available at the training sessions for purchase.

*Homeschool parents are welcome to join us! Please contact us at to register.

VCA's Teachers Book Club

Be praying for our teachers as they begin reading "Recovering the Lost Tools of Learning," by Douglas Wilson. Pray that God will provide them with the time to read and to give them understanding and application to aid their teaching.

The Staff will meet every fourth Monday of the month.

April 3 ~ Field Trip: The Houston Science Museum

An original edition of the "Magna Carta" is on display at The Houston Science Museum for a limited time! Our 5th and 6th grade students studied the Magna Carta earlier this year, and we thought it would be a great opportunity for the students to see this historic document in person! We will meet as a group at Pappadeaux in Beaumont at 7:30 a.m., for those wanting to caravan or carpool. If you wish to drive independently, we will meet at the main entrance of the museum at 9:30 a.m. Tickets are $7.50 per person and an additional $3.50, if you wish to see the Butterfly Exhibit.
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In addition to the "Magna Carta," there are a number of other exhibits that our VCA students will benefit from. Here are a few:

May 3 ~ First Annual VCA's Golf Tournament

More details coming soon!

Please Check Out Our VCA Calendar for More Upcoming Events!

Some more VCA's upcoming events are:

March 21 - Community Service: Some Other Place

April 11 - Community Service: The Giving Field

May 15 - Open Mic: Poets Cafe

May 16 - Community Service: TBA

May 23 - End of School Year Party

June 25-28 - Society of Classical Learning Conference - Staff & Parents