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Lower School Blog, Week of January 19th

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

We are nearing the end of our re-enrollment for current families.   Making the decision and the financial investment to send your children to The First Academy is a huge one.    Jay (that’s my husband) and I wanted our daughters to be educated in a place where Christ not only matters but is the foundation.    I worked in multiple quality Orange County Public Schools in the area and many of your children attended those schools prior to coming to TFA.     Here is why I Love TFA:

The teachers have a personal, ongoing relationship with Jesus Christ and want the same for their students and parents

Our students experience daily prayer and devotions and see the importance of this modeled at school

The Holy Bible is the ultimate authority and we strive to teach our students how to defend what they believe

Instruction is academically-aligned to help prepare students for college

The teachers our children have in Lower School will continue to be a part of their lives through graduation and beyond

Our students have extensive opportunities to explore fine arts, athletics, and other extra-curricular activities

Chapel, chapel, chapel . . . I love chapel!

I look forward to the opportunity to partner with you for many years to come.

RECOGNITION

Ms. Burns’ Kindergarten Chapel Presentation

This month’s chapel theme is Courtesy. Courtesy is defined as being respectful and considerate of others by using your manners. Ms. Burns’ Kindergarten class did a great job presenting a lesson on ways to be courteous in different situations. We learned that in order to show respect at home, in school, and in our community, we must first respect ourselves by practicing healthy habits. Think about ways you can be considerate and respectful to others.  The Golden Rule in Matthew 7:12 says, “So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets.” Ultimately, our desire is to bring glory to God. 1 Corinthians 10:31 says, “So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.”
Burns class group shot Burns students doing chapel presentation

4th/5th Grade Math Competition

Our 4th and 5th grade math teams participated in a competition this past weekend.   David Han (5th Grade) placed 7th for his grade and Austin Pierzynsky (4th Grade) placed 11th.   We are proud of all our students!

Math Competition Winners 5th Grade Math Competition Participants

Florida All-State Chorus

Jordyn Kinard (5th Grade) and Hope Woods (5th Grade) represted TFA this past week at the FMEA All-State Chorus. They were selected after submitting an audition CD.  After 12 hours of practice as a group last Wednesday and Thursday, the chorus performed.  This is quite an accomplishment and honor.   We are proud of them both!

Two participants in the FEMA All State Chorus

Southwest Bulletin Stories of the Season

Did you know that we had 5 students’ essays featured in the Southwest Bulletin’s Stories of the Season essay contest?  Congratulations to the following students for their Honorable Mention Awards:

If you would like to check out their essays click HERE.

NEW THIS WEEK

 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

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.

 

 

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.