Quarterly Newsletter
April 2022
In this issue:
  • 25 Year Celebration Dinner Success
  • Griffin Spotlights
  • Upcoming Events
Aristoi's 25 Year Celebration Dinner Success!
Jeff & Brenda Davidson
Co-Chairs April & David Light and Superintendent, Brenda Davidson
Celebration Dinner Fundraising Committee (L to R):
D. Wolfe, M. Gorman, N. DeJong, S. Oppermann, A. Hurst, D. Light, A. Light, K. Lennox, M. Madison, H. Arszman-Lamb (not pictured: A. Garza, S. Hoover, A. Lacy, D. Moles, D. Roberts, L. Robinson)
Aristoi Classical Academy sincerely thanks the sponsors, families, and friends for their generous support of Aristoi’s largest fundraiser of the year. Aristoi’s 25 Year Celebration Dinner and Fundraiser honoring Superintendent, Brenda Davidson, raised more than $156,000, with all proceeds directly benefiting the tuition-free, K-12, public charter school.

More than 1,000 people donated or purchased raffle tickets for the annual fundraiser. A beautiful dinner, dancing, live and silent auctions, and all-things Aristoi were enjoyed by more than 400 attendees at the Norris Conference Center on April 8th. The event drew not only Aristoi families, but many companies and community supporters from throughout the Katy, Cypress, and Greater Houston areas.

Griffin Spotlights
Building Foundations
The Yang family has long held onto one of the first impressions Aristoi made on them.  

James Yang explains, “I used to take the kids to school all the time.  And, every morning, I would see the headmaster greeting and shaking the hands of every single student that he met at morning drop-off.  To me, that really set the tone of earning respect and showing respect to all.”  He continues, “It certainly set the tone of how I asked my children to interact with fellow students.  That’s a memory I tell everyone.  I was really surprised when I saw that.”

Diving in Head First
At first, Aristoi alum Emily Jackson admits she was a bit indifferent when her parents told her they were attending an informational meeting about a new classical school in the Katy area. She had been homeschooling and had already attended other public schools. But, after checking it out and joining the Griffins in the 9th grade, she wound up really enjoying classical education in general and Aristoi in particular.

Finishing up her second year at Abilene Christian University (ACU), Jackson sees a lot of parallels between her high school alma mater and her college. “I’m taking several philosophy classes now. I think I’m interested in that because of Aristoi’s Humane Letters. I like the small group discussion. There are some classes here that are 20 people or so,” says Jackson, “That’s similar to Aristoi and its small class sizes, which I really like. It’s similar to Aristoi and I try to get that here whenever I can.”

Forever Relationships
“You can’t put a price on the people you work with.”

That’s one of the first things Patti McKenzie, 1st grade teacher extraordinaire, says when reflecting on her 17 years at Aristoi.  When asked about her one favorite memory, she can’t do just one.  Many come, fast and furiously.  She ticks off the names of her colleagues with loving adjectives and a brilliant smile, “There’s Angela Beane. I love her. Brenda Davidson. Amazing. Ruth Anne Kormash. The DeJongs. We have a great relationship with them.”  She continues, “The amazing teachers and the relationships that I’ve developed with those teachers.  It goes on and on and on.  So many of them I’ve known for years.  Terry and Lauren Boling.  They taught my daughter Kristin.  She’s now 34.  So, many of us have these long relationships.”

Aristoi Alumni, please share your accomplishments with us and you might
see yourself in our next issue!
Upcoming Events