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Lower School Blog, Week of February 2nd

IMPORTANT UPCOMING EVENTS & DATES 

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

CHAPEL VENUES, DATES, & TIMES

The following is a list of upcoming chapel dates and times:

A NOTE FROM MRS. JACKSON

It’s February and Love is our biblical character trait for the month (how appropriate).    We will define love as “choosing to give someone your time and attention, no matter what.”

Jesus replied, “ ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul. Love him with all your mind.’ This is the first and most important commandment. And the second is like it. ‘Love your neighbor as you love yourself.’
Matthew 22: 37‐39

This week, one of my morning devotions had me in the book of Luke reading the story of the Good Samaritan.   This is such a perfect example of showing the love that we define:  choosing to give someone your time and attention, no matter what.  In this parable, a Jewish man is attacked by robbers and left for dead by the side of the road.    He is passed by both a priest and a Levite who make a point to pass him on the opposite side of the road. They go out of their way to not be near him.    A Samaritan man passes by the injured man and despite the fact that there was great strife between Jews and Samaritans in this time period, he chose to not only tend to the injured man’s immediate needs, but he also took him to an inn and paid for him to stay.     There were so many reasons the Samaritan could have used to look the other way but he chose to show love for the injured man.  What a great example of love!  Check out the parable if you have not read it in awhile HERE.

RECOGNITION

100th Day of School in Kindergarten

It is winter time in school which means time for one of our favorite traditions! K-Prep, TK, and Kindergarten celebrated the 100th Day of School with a flurry of activity. Kindergarteners enjoyed a dress-up day and came to school looking like they were 100 years old. Students engaged in many math-related activities giving them a chance to fine-tune their counting skills.During January, to help us count our way to 100, families participated in our annual service project to help the First Baptist Church of Orlando’s Center for Pregnancy. Kindergarten collected over 500 cans to fill shelves at the center. K-Prep and TK donated countless baby care items like diapers, wipes, and formula. Participating in the collection and delivery of the items allowed our young students to practice mission-mindedness as they put Service before Self. They offered sweet prayers for the families that will receive their gifts.

During January, to help us count our way to 100, families participated in our annual service project to help the First Baptist Church of Orlando’s Center for Pregnancy. Kindergarten collected over 500 cans to fill shelves at the center. K-Prep and TK donated countless baby care items like diapers, wipes, and formula. Participating in the collection and delivery of the items allowed our young students to practice mission-mindedness as they put Service before Self. They offered sweet prayers for the families that will receive their gifts.Thank you to our parents for partnering with us to instill Biblical character traits in your children. We had a fun time celebrating in many ways and were happy to have you join in the fun!

Thank you to our parents for partnering with us to instill Biblical character traits in your children. We had a fun time celebrating in many ways and were happy to have you join in the fun!

Burns' students posing in front of sign

KPrep Service Project

KPrep students demonstrated Service Before Self on Friday.  We delivered wagonloads of donated items to the FBC Pregnancy Center.  We saw where babies and mothers come to get items they really need.  We learned that we can be the hands and feet of Jesus and help friends with needs.

K4 In-House Field Trip with Gatorland

K4 had an in-school field trip from Gatorland.  The representative brought many animals in to reinforce our Unit of Study Amazing Animals.  We are learning about all the wonderful creatures God made.

Royal Sapphires Perform at FBO Services

JV Sapphires led by Coach Leslie Scott, worship through dance to ‘Holy Spirit’ by Francesca Battistelli at First Baptist of Orlando services last weekend. Keep an eye out for the Varsity team sharing in a few weeks! Praise Him with DANCING! Psalms 150

NEW THIS WEEK

 Alternative Lunch Days – February 9th & 10th

Thursday, February 9th and Friday, February 10th are Alternative Lunch Days.  Kindergarten through 4th grade students must bring a lunch from home.  The Junior Class is offering an alternative lunch for students in grades 5-12.

Thursday’s lunch will be a Chick-fil-A sandwich with chips and water, the cost is $5.50 (an additional sandwich is $3.50).  Friday’s lunch will be two (2) slices of cheese or pepperoni pizza and water for $5.50 (an additional slice of pizza will cost $2.00).  Please visit our website to order.  The deadline to place your order is Tuesday, February 7th, at 3:00PM.

5th-12th grade families should receive a confirmation page after submitting their order.  You may need to scroll to the top of the page if your screen goes blank.  You should also receive a confirmation email within 15 minutes from Larissa Galloway to verify your receipt of payment.  Multiple orders are allowed if you have more than one student in grades 5-12.  Food distribution will be in the Gym lobby.  5th and 6th grade students may bring a lunch from home if they prefer not to pre-order a lunch for these two days.

Father Daughter Dance-Purchase Tickets Today

It’s time to purchase tickets for our second annual Father-Daughter Dance.  This fun event is open to all girls in 1st through 6th grade.  It is a fun night of food, dancing, and even a great photo booth.  This event was a great time last year and you do not want to miss it!    The cost is $35 for each daughter and $45 for dads and tickets may be purchased HERE.

 

 

 Extended Library Hours

In an effort to better serve our TFA families, the Boyd-Moline Library will extend their afternoon hours beginning next week.  The library will be open until 4:30pm on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays for the remainder of the school year.  Students must still be accompanied by parents or guardians in the library after school.  Accelerated Reader testing will be available until 4:15pm and book checkout until 4:20pm.

Women’s Bible Study

Erin Warren, the Director of Women’s Ministry at FBCO, is organizing a women’s Bible study for TFA moms!  The small groups will read Open Your Bible, over 7 weeks. The Bible study will start the week of January 23, 2017.

So far, she has one group leader, Katherine Johnson, on Friday mornings at 8:15 AM.  
If you are interested, please take a few moments to read more about this opportunity to study God’s word with other women HERE
 Please register on the following link to tell us what day and time works best for you and if you’d like to facilitate: https://firstorlando.ccbchurch.com/form_response.php?id=99
Please contact Erin for more details: erinwarren@FirstOrlando.com

REMINDERS

Morning Dropoff-7:30AM

This is just a friendly reminder that students may be dropped off beginning at 7:30AM.  If you arrive to school prior to that time, we request that students remain with their parents until 7:30AM.  The library and the gym are open at that time.  Student supervision does not begin until that time.

AR HomeConnect

Over the summer, we had an update to our Renaissance Learning program that we use for Accelerated Reader, Accelerated Math, and STAR Testing.  Many parents like to receive email updates when their children take Accelerated Reader and Accelerated Math tests.  You can set your preferences using Renaissance Learning HomeConnect.  If you had this set up previously, you will need to complete the process again.

Library Hours

The Boyd Moline Library will be open until 4:30pm on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays for the remainder of the school year.  Students must still be accompanied by parents or guardians in the library after school.  Accelerated Reader testing will be available until 4:15pm and book checkout until 4:20pm.  It will close at 3:30pm on Friday and at 2:40pm on Wednesdays.

Calendar Link

The TFA Calendar is a wonderful way to find the dates of upcoming events. Access our web-based calendar anytime. We recommend that you subscribe to all relevant calendars so you can keep up with all of the events going on around the school.

Parent Volunteer Background Check

If you are a new parent and would like to volunteer in your child(ren)’s classroom(s) or chaperone on field trips please complete our free background check.  Please note that the background check site only works on Internet Explorer or Firefox on a desktop computer. Safari and Chrome are not supported by the site. Approvals take a few weeks so plan ahead! All parents must have a completed background check before volunteering of chaperoning on a field trip.