Evening of Enrichment Series – 1st Session
Friday, October 13th, 7:00 p.m. at Blackberry Market – 401 N. Main St., Glen Ellyn
Naperville Christian Academy proudly presents the return of our Evenings of Enrichment. These sessions are a venue for adults to gather for the simple purpose of delighting in learning as we listen to an NCA faculty member speak on a topic of his or her particular passion. Appetizers and desserts will be served. $25 per person – tickets are available at the door. RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org if you plan to attend.
For this 1st session, Adam Stevenson, our Upper School Principal, will be speaking about beauty:
In our busy age, beauty typically gets sequestered to the sidelines of our lives or is simply ignored or forgotten as we become enslaved by the utility of the mundane. When utility dominates our horizon, the beautiful becomes a garnish or luxury: a nice but ultimately unnecessary extra. Add to this the inundation of technology and its seductiveness and we find ourselves in danger of losing not only the ability to see beauty but even the capacity to love it. The result of this tragic loss is a sort of spiritual malaise. Beauty, however, has a rich history within the western philosophical and theological tradition. Along with her two noble sisters, truth and goodness, she is essential to the soul’s growth and purity. Seeing beauty requires intellectual virtues like attentiveness, patience, and observation, but loving the beautiful requires moral virtues like prudence, self-control, and charity. To help recalibrate our posture toward beauty and to help us understand the intellectual and moral virtues she requires, we will look at philosophers like Plato, Aristotle, and Boethius as well as theologians like Augustine, Aquinas, and Hans Urs von Balthasar. These great thinkers will help us recover the conditions necessary to understand and experience beauty, for, as we will see, happiness requires both.
Thursday, October 19th, 8:30 to 11:00 a.m.
Grandparents and Special Friends are invited to spend a morning at NCA with their favorite students. Guests attend Chapel, visit the classrooms, participate in collaborative activities, and enjoy a welcome reception.
Thursday, November 9th, 7:00 p.m. in the Fireside Room
This information session is for parents of Rhetoric School students. Learn about when,where, and how your child will take college entrance exams (PSAT, SAT, ACT), tips for selecting colleges and planning visits, application deadlines and transcripts, etc.
Fall Open House
Thursday, November 9th, 10:00 a.m. in the Fireside Room
Open to any new family who would like to learn more about Naperville Christian Academy. There will be a presentation at 10 a.m. followed by a Q & A session and a tour of the school. Observe classes in session. Families are also welcome to come early and attend our weekly Chapel service from 8:30 to 9:30. RSVP to email@example.com .
Annual Business Meeting
Monday, November 13th, 7:00 p.m. in the Sanctuary
The NCA Board of Directors will present the financial standing of the school as well as a progress report on our five year business plan and fundraising goals. At least one parent from each family should be in attendance.
Christmas Music Program
Friday, December 15th, 7:00 p.m. in the Sanctuary
Join us for an evening of beautiful music as we joyfully celebrate the birth of Jesus. Hear performances by the Preschool, all Grammar School classes, and Upper School music students. Family, friends, and visitors are welcome to attend. A reception will follow the performance.
Winter Open House
Thursday, January 18th, 7:00 p.m. in the Fireside Room
Open to any new family who would like to learn more about Naperville Christian Academy. There will be a presentation at 7 p.m. followed by a Q & A session and a tour of the school. RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org .