Dear AFA Friend,

Please take a look at what has been going on at Ad Fontes Academy this November and December.
AFA Thanksgiving Feast

The Thanksgiving Feast is an annual Ad Fontes tradition. Students and teachers from the entire school come together to celebrate and thank God for our community. Some students, parents, and teachers even dress up in traditional Thanksgiving costumes. This year, families weathered the November snow and ice storm to join the Feast. AFA parents and grandparents come together to prepare, organize, and serve the food. Upper school classes are paired with their Lower School buddies and eat their feast food together. The leftover food was taken to a local fire department. The Thanksgiving Feast is definitely one of the favorite events of the year.
AFA One Body Prayer

We are thankful that we have a praying community! We cannot fulfill our mission without consistent, faithful prayer. We were blessed that on November 27-28 over 100 AFA students, parents, grandparents, board members, and friends signed up to pray for the AFA Annual Fund and AFA's Campus Search efforts.
AFA Certamen Team
The famous AFA Latin Club returned to action this year led by its founder, William Carey. Each Friday, 20+ students in grades 4-12 join to play Certamen, a competitive quiz game that reinforces the Latin language, classic language, classical culture, and mythology. On October 27th, four 7th grade students - Hunter, Jacob, Nick, and Nathan - represented AFA against Certamen teams from all over Virginia, seeking a return to AFA's former glory. They did not disappoint, exhibiting great skill, easily winning the preliminary sessions and then placing 3rd in the final round. We look forward to sending more teams in the Spring!
Rube Goldberg Machines

Each year, the 9th grade Physical Science students create their own Rube Goldberg Machines. Rube Goldberg Machines are complex machines designed to perform a simple task. Each student designs their own unique machines. The students used everyday materials from home like cardboard, tape, matchbox cars, bouncy balls, plastic cups, and other objects to build their machines. The projects include inclined planes, wedges, levers and pullies. This year's machines included pouring a bowl of fruit loops with milk, pouring water in a cup, pouring cat food, and popping a balloon to name a few. Once the projects were completed, the students then presented their Rube Goldberg Machines to the Lower and Upper school students.
AFA Debate Team

The AFA Debate Team competed in its first tournament of the year on Saturday, December 1st. They were able to place 4th in this first tournament and Team Ballard-Bradley received a 5th place medal in their very first ever debate. Two other AFA teams just missed the top ten. The AFA Debate Team competes in a league of all public schools, and they are coached by teacher Zach Rallo.
Comedy of Errors

Two of AFA's very own students - Abigail Smedley and Emily Smith - conceived, directed, costumed, produced, and even acted in a performance on Shakespeare's A Comedy of Errors. Ellie Houser took on the task of being Stage Manager. Many other AFA students and even staff participated in the play.

The play was performed across the street from AFA at Christ Central Presbyterian Church on Friday, November 2nd. It was a huge success! DVDs will be available to purchase.
Autumn Ball

This year's Autumn Ball was held on Friday, November 9th at the Regency Country Club at Dominion Valley. The ball is for 9th-12th graders who have been learning several different styles of ballroom dance and etiquette throughout the fall. The students get dressed up and paired with another student to show-off their dance moves. A special treat this year - Mr. Mathwin as DJ! This is a highlight event of the year and was a smashing success.
Lower School Art Class

Mrs. Taylor, the AFA LS art teacher, is teaching the LS students about art history, specifically focusing on how different cultures used art to express their values. Mrs. Taylor has written rhyming stories using "Jimmy Puppy" - the art class mascot. So far, Jimmy Puppy has traveled to Athens, Greece to talk to artists and other cultural figures. The story and accompanied paintings (also painted by Mrs. Taylor) teach the students the different between Greek art and the art of previous ancient cultures, the media used by the Greek artists, how they created art, several prominent examples, and how the Greek values of perfections and democracy related to their artwork.

Next, Mrs. Taylor and Jimmy Puppy will be teaching the students about medieval art!
Christmas Concert

The Lower School kicked off the Christmas season with a beautiful "Lessons and Carols" program on Friday, December 7th. Students in Kindergarten through Sixth Grade introduced their choral pieces with readings from the Old and New Testaments that herald the coming of Jesus Christ into the world. To end the evening, everyone enjoyed a fabulous Christmas cookie coordinated by AFA parent, Kelly Towsey.
Girls JV Volleyball Team

The AFA Girls JV Volleyball Team won the NVIAC conference championship this fall! To win the trophy, they beat the #1 ranked team in a nail-biter, 3 set win in the semifinals before easily winning the final in 2 sets.

Our Girls JV Volleyball Team were also awarded the Godly Character award voted on by all the NVIAC coaches. This is the first time an AFA team has received both awards!

Congratulations, Lady Falcons! Next year, they will take on the Varsity competition.
Cross Country Team

The AFA Cross Country Team had a young team with 20+ runners this year from grades 5-9. The team ran in 5 different meets, and most of our runners did a great job of improving their average mile time throughout the season. Some highlights from the season include: Ben Harders (5th) receiving a medal at the DCXC Invitational, Hudson Hadley (8th) receiving a medal at the NVIAC Boys Middle School Championships, the AFA Girls Middle School Cross Country Team earning 3rd place at the NVIAC Girls Middle School Championships, and the AFA Boys Middle School Cross Country Team earning 4th at the NVIAC Boys Middle School Championships.

We are excited about the future for AFA Cross Country!

This fall, we started our very first ever AFA Tennis Club. We had 13 AFA students learning to play tennis at Chantilly National Golf and Country Club every Tuesday afternoon. Coaches Matt Bilger, Christina Nacita, and Eric Miller ran tennis drills and taught the students the very basic skills of tennis.

In the future, we hope to develop an actual AFA Tennis Team. We will have tennis club again in the spring when the weather gets warmer again.
Jennifer Powell

Jennifer Powell teaches Junior Kindergarten and is the afternoon Lower School aide. She is in her second year of teaching at Ad Fontes Academy. Before moving to Northern Virginia, she had been teaching in a Classical Christian setting for 9 years.

Jennifer really enjoys working with our Jr. Kindergarten students. She believes that teaching is both a ministry and a privilege. She has a particular passion for teaching Bible and classic literature to our youngest children.

Jennifer graduated from University of North Carolina at Pembroke with a degree in criminal justice. She also served in the United States Air Force. Her husband, Steven Powell, is a career airman.

Thank you Jennifer for serving both our country and Ad Fontes Academy!
Thank you!
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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
  • December 11th, January 8th, and January 22nd

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.