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Lower School Blog, Week of February 9th

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.”   I kicked off our new character trait in chapel last week by sharing the definition and our key verse.    It is mentioned between 350-550 times in the Bible depending on the translation.   Here are some of those verses:

A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for adversity.

Proverbs 17:17

Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails. . .And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.

1 Corinthians 13:4-13

My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends.

John 15:12-13

‘Do not seek revenge or bear a grudge against one of your people, but love your neighbor as yourself. I am the LORD.

Leviticus 19:18

Hatred stirs up dissension, but love covers over all wrongs.

Proverbs 10:12

RECOGNITION

National Children’s Dental Health Month

Did you know February is National Children’s Dental Health Month? K4/TK/K had a special visitor, Ms. Kat, from a local Pediatric Dentists office! She came and taught all about the “Cavity Fight Club”, and the “Bad Guys” that want to attack our teeth, as well as how to keep them clean and healthy! They learned about brushing, flossing, and more, and even got to take home a little goody bag, just like a visit to the dentist! SMILE!

National Dental Health Month

Mrs. Williams’ Chapel Presentation

Mrs. Williams’ First Grade class taught lower school students how to show courtesy as a way of putting other’s needs before your own. They included showing courtesy to your elders, showing kindness, being respectful when communicating with someone, and appropriate table manners.  All of these are examples are ways of living out the Golden Rule.

Mrs. Fox’s Chapel Presentation

Mrs. Fox’s First Grade “construction team” became experts in measuring all sorts of items from their own feet, to the principal! But one thing they discovered they could not measure with their rulers and measuring cups was God’s love. Through turning to the Bible for an answer about this, the first graders were able to learn and teach that this was good news!

The Bible teaches us, for God so loved the world that he gave his one and only son, and whoever believes in Him will not be lost but will have eternal life! Not being able to measure God’s love is a reminder to us that His love for us will never end!

Your love, LORD, reaches to the heavens, your faithfulness to the skies.  Psalm 36:5  

NEW THIS WEEK

Lower School Night at the Solar Bears Hockey Game

Mark your calendars for March 4th.  Lower School will be going to a Solar Bears Hockey game.

Tickets may be purchased HERE.

TFA Summer Preschool Opportunity

TFA’s Preschool is so very excited to welcome children, 8 weeks- 3 years old, back to campus for summer fun! Please see the attached flyer for more information. We love welcoming familiar Preschool families and new families too! Please feel free to pass along to family and friends.  Click HERE for more information or to register.

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.