Family Outreach Education (FOE)
Family Outreach Education
The focus of Family Outreach Education (FOE) is to include parents more and more fully in our Christ-centered, classical learning community. We foster this process by offering to parents, and grandparents, a variety of opportunities to learn.
The Fireside Chats are evenings spent in the Annex Commons with a faculty member to learn more fully about how we understand and teach one of the seven liberal arts that form the core of a classical Christian education. The seven liberal arts include the Trivium or Language Arts (Grammar, Logic, Rhetoric) and the Quadrivium or Mathematical Arts (Arithmetic, Music, Geometry, Astronomy).
The Monday Night Classes are an opportunities on three successive Mondays to delve more deeply into the topic of the previous Fireside Chat in a classroom setting similar to what your student experiences. The class will be led by the teachers who presented their thinking at the Fireside Chats.
This is an opportunity for grandparents, parents, and their students to explore together something of cultural or infrastructural interest in the larger Kansas City community. Visits to hidden jewels like the Linda Hall Library, crown jewels like the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art and Union Station, following the Civili War historic markers throughout the city, tracking the Three Trails (Santa Fe, California, and Oregon), and infrastructure tours of a power plant, the train yards, the Missouri River barge system, a bakery or a roasterie will all be included over time.
These are informal meetings to read and enjoy conversation over a good book at a coffee shop, in your home, or at Whitefield Academy. This is now the fourth year for these circles and they continues to be quite a rewarding time together. Selected texts have ranged from the Great Books to C.S. Lewis.
There are multiple opportunities for families to pursue an interest in astronomy. We have an elective class offered to Whitefield students: 7th period for 10th-12th grade, 8th period for 7th-9th grade students. Parents of these students are invited to participate in the class if their schedule allows for it.
Our Astronomy Club also provides numerous opportunities throughout the year for students of all ages and their families to explore the stars!