OCTOBER 2018 ISSUE
Kindergarten 2018
Dear AFA Friend,

This fall at Ad Fontes several members of the AFA Community are Coming Alongside one another through mentoring, tutoring, business partnerships, events and prayer!
Coming Alongside Each Other and Our Community
AFA held its first One Body Day on October 26 where Upper School students came alongside Lower School students as “buddies.” (See top of newsletter for picture.) These groups stay together each year until graduating from 6th or 12th grade. 

One Body Day also involved coming alongside our community! AFA collected 1,191 items totaling 954 pounds of food and supplies for Western Fairfax Christian Ministries to fill their empty pantry shelves for hungry families in our community.
Coming Alongside AFA's College Bound Students
This fall we launched a new program called  Scoir (pronounced “score”) from the Irish-Gaelic word that means to transition from one phase to another .  Scoir's program is designed to help our students and their families approach the transition to college in a relaxed, intentional, and streamlined way. 

This college readiness platform focuses on helping high schoolers identify colleges that might be a good fit based on academic and extracurricular interests, campus culture, geographical location, and more. Parents are also able to connect with their student's searches and conduct their own, make suggestions of other schools to consider, and explore college affordability. 

Scoir gives AFA the ability to better support each student's application process, including matching student documents with schools' requirements and allowing AFA to track and assist in compiling the necessary components of these applications.
AFA's College - Guidance Counselor
Anne Ritchey 2018
Meet Anne Ritchey

Miss Ritchey is a gifted teacher and tutor who has a deep passion for God, students and learning. 

As the Director of Student Life and Support, she serves as the Upper School college and guidance counselor and provides a variety of student support services for Lower and Upper School students. 

Miss Ritchey graduated summa cum laude from Washington and Lee University (B.A., politics) and Duke University (Master of Divinity). She has been teaching, tutoring and mentoring young people in various positions since 2005, including two years previously at Ad Fontes as the first grade teacher and three years as a highly successful teacher and tutor for Princeton Review, preparing students for the SATs. 

One of her favorite parts of her job is that it allows her to interact with AFA students from kindergarten through 12th grade. She has loved getting to know them and their families this year!
Family Events and Teamwork
AFA's Family Campout

Approximately 65 campers, ages 5 to 55, descended on the mountains of the Shenandoah National Park over Columbus Day Weekend for the 2nd annual AFA campout! 

It was a beautiful weekend of outdoor fun and fellowship highlighted by a 93’ waterfall hike, campfire with s’mores, corn hole, flashlight tag, and other games. 

We are contemplating a spring campout, but will definitely be back in the fall. Consider joining us next year; it is a wonderful way to make new friends and deepen existing relationships!
Archimedes Competition
AFA's Upper School House System had its first competition of the year, Archimedes, which centers around engineering skills and building teamwork within each house.

Houses are made up of a mixture of students from 7-12 grade, providing a unique way for older students at AFA to befriend younger students.
Grandparents Come Alongside the AFA Community
Did you know Ad Fontes Academy has a Grandparents' Council?

This year, more local grandparents are volunteering their time at AFA by partnering with Staff, the Ad Fontes Parent Association, and getting involved in the classroom.

Grandparents in and out of state can also join the Council's prayer team which meets once a month to pray for our school.

For more information, click on the October Welcome Letter from Grandparent Council President Sally Todd about how you can become more involved.
AFA Comes Alongside Lower School Students
Math Tutoring Program
Last spring, AFA began exploring different ways to assist Lower School students in math. They piloted a math tutoring program which has continued and expanded into this year, adding more options and time frames to assist students and accommodate families juggling hectic schedules.

In addition to in-school and after-school one-on-one tutoring, students can also request free tutoring with their own teacher one day after school.

Many families appreciate the assistance being provided by the new math tutoring program.
AFA's Reading Curriculum
Seeing Stars

Lindamood-Bell's Seeing Stars program was recently used in a research study conducted by the University of Washington.

‘Teachers are brain engineers’: UW study shows how intensive instruction changes brain circuitry in struggling readers.

AFA's Academics
For an in-depth look at Ad Fontes' academics, click on either of these documents.
The Scope and Sequence page lists AFA's classical curriculum for Lower and Upper School students. The School Profile provides a great overview.
Business Partners Come Alongside AFA
Ad Fontes Academy would like to acknowledge the following businesses that have chosen to Come Alongside our school this past year. We are especially grateful for these Legacy Sponsors who have partnered with AFA!
Still One Body
Four years ago in late October, Ad Fontes Academy broke ground to make way for the current Lower School Modular Building. By obtaining the Modular, AFA was able to achieve its desire of becoming One Body--all students, both Upper and Lower grades at One location!

We thank God for his faithfulness through our school's history. As we seek to " Grow Deeper Roots " through our Annual Fund and to be prepared for God's future plans for our school, our desire for unity and oneness has not diminished.
In fact, we see it as all the more important to strive for unity and to be of one accord.

  • AFA's Board Chairman has placed a special emphasis on prayer this year.
  • The Parent Association (AFPA) has reached out to teachers and faculty so that families can pray for them on a weekly basis.
  • Recently, the Grandparent Prayer Team reached out to the Parent Association and is now supporting them in prayer.
  • A school-wide time of prayer is being planned for November.

If we take steps of faith toward God, we naturally step toward one another.
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Please Come Alongside AFA through prayer!
Thank you!
Thank you for reading our newsletter, The Fountain

We hope we have provided content that gives you a deeper connection not only
to the mission of AFA, but also to the people that make up this great school community!
Open House Events
Want to see more of Ad Fontes Academy?

Invite your friends and come visit us at one of our next Open House Events:
  • Tuesdays, 9:30-11am
  • November 13th & 27th

Or, email Beth Strachan , AFA's Admissions Director, to schedule a tour anytime.
Admissions : 571-348-0784
Lower School : 703-673-1145
Upper School : 703-673-1145 x102
15452 Lee Highway
Centreville, VA 20120
We value and appreciate your support to further the mission of Ad Fontes Academy.
The Ad Fontes Mission
To glorify God by assisting Christian parents in equipping their children to be servant leaders through a classical education based on eternal biblical truth.