Lower School Blog, Week of 11/13

Parents, please take a moment to mark your calendars. The following are some important dates that you do not want to miss:

• November 17th – K4-6 Assembly: Nutcracker Performance (1:30-2:30PM)
• November 21st – No School: Student Holiday/Teacher Professional Development Day
• November 24th-28th – No School: Student/Teacher Holiday/Thanksgiving Break
• December 10th – K4-6 Alternative Lunch Day (Students Bring a Lunch)
• December 11th – K4-6 Alternative Lunch Day (Students Bring a Lunch)
• December 12th – All School Christmas Program (WC)
• December 19th – LS Christmas Celebration & Pancake Breakfast (FH)

Parents, the following is a list of chapel dates and times for November & December:

• November 20th – No Chapel: Thanksgiving Events
• November 27th – No Chapel: Thanksgiving Break
• December 4th – 4th-6th Grade Chapel (HC)
• December 12th – All School Christmas Program (WC)
• December 18th – No Chapel


“Courage is fear holding on a minute longer.” – (General S. George Patton)


K4/K-Prep Farm Day
K-Prep students had a Fantastic Farm Day recently! We dressed as farmers, milked cows, shucked corn, had hay rides, ran farm obstacle courses, stuffed scarecrows, cooked a full farm breakfast, and made apple crafts. It was a magnificently memorable day!

Farm Day 1 Farm Day 2 Farm Day 3













The Nutcracker Ballet (Special K4-6th Gr. Assembly)
Join us on Monday, November 17th, at 1:30PM in Faith Hall, for Central Florida’s “most entertaining” Nutcracker – adapted for students to a one-hour, narrated show! The story is based on a fairytale in which the Nutcracker doll comes to life as an enchanted prince who saves the pretty young maiden Maria, from distress.


K4/TK/K Thanksgiving Play & Feast
K4/TK & K parents, you don’t want to miss this special time with your child. Please contact your son or daughter’s teacher for further information regarding this event on Thursday, November 20th.


1st Grade Thanksgiving Presentation
First grade parents are invited to visit their child’s classroom on Tuesday, November 18th at 2:00PM for a wonderful Thanksgiving Presentation. Our students look forward to having your support at this special event.


2nd Grade Thanksgiving Writing Showcase
Second grade parents, please join us on Thursday, November 20th as we honor you during our annual Thanksgiving Writing Showcase! Students are preparing their best writing to present to you. Gather outside your child’s classroom at 8:30AM. The event will conclude around 9:15AM. Bring your video cameras… this will be a memorable time!


3rd Grade Thanksgiving Celebration
Third grade would like to invite all 3rd grade parents to a Thanksgiving Celebration on Thursday, November 20th. The celebration will take place in your child’s classroom at 8:00AM.


Christina Farley – Library Author Visit
Christina Farley, author of the Gilded series, was born and raised in upstate New York. As a child she loved to explore, which later inspired her to jump on a plane and travel the world. She taught at international schools in Asia for ten years, eight of which were in the mysterious and beautiful city of Seoul, Korea, that became the setting of Gilded and Silvern. Currently she lives in Clermont, FL with her husband and two sons—that is, until the travel itch whisks her off to a new unknown. For more details, check out her website at

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School Closed/Teacher Work Day/Thanksgiving vacation/ (November 21st, 24th-28th)
The First Academy will be closed November 24th-28th for Thanksgiving Break. The Admissions Office will however be open for tours November 24th, 25th and 26th.


Lower School Parking Lot
Parents, please use our carline for morning drop-off. The Lower School parking lot is for parking and going into a building only. Also, the handicap parking is designated for families or visitors who have a handicap parking sticker/sign. Please do not park in the handicap parking area if you do not have a handicap parking sign.


Clinic News
Parents, as we head into cold and flu season please note the following ways that you can help us:
• Know when to keep your child home. Vomiting, diarrhea, fever (100 degrees Fahrenheit or higher), and conjunctivitis are automatic “stay home” events. If your child has more than one of the following symptoms, they should also stay home: cough, sore throat, a runny or stuffy nose, body aches, rash, stomachache, headache or exhaustion.
• Keep sick children at home for at least 24 hours after they are symptom free, without the use of medication.
• Teach your children to wash their hands often with soap and water or an alcohol-based hand rub. You can set a good example by doing this yourself.
• Teach your children not to share personal items like drinks, food or utensils, and to cover their coughs and sneezes with tissues. Covering up their coughs or sneezes using the elbow, arm or sleeve instead of the hand when a tissue is unavailable, is also acceptable.
• Do not send children to school if they are sick. Any children who are determined to be sick while at school will be sent home.


Prospective Families Can Text TFA!
Did you know that prospective families can text the letters TFA to 292929 and Admissions will call them? Thank you for sharing why you love TFA and helping us connect with future Royals!