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Lower School Blog, Week of January 26th

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 not too late for re-enrollment for the 2017-2018 school year.   A large percentage of our students have secured their place in the next grade.   If you want to secure your child’s place, re-enrollment is the way to do that!

Click on the video link below to see a short section of our Praise and Worship time at chapel this past week:

Chapel Video

RECOGNITION

5th Grade Science Fair

The 2017 5th grade Science Fair, which took place Friday, January 20th, was a special day for students to showcase their projects and scientific knowledge. Our savvy 5th graders not only learned the Scientific process through their experiments but learned communication skills, math concepts, and the importance of leadership. The students shared their projects with 4th graders to begin the day so that they could practice presenting their ideas as well as encourage their peers on how to be ready for next year. Later in the day, when the 5th graders presented to judges, it was evident that the students were experts on their topics and were confident in their hard work. As the judges made their final decisions, many of them shared how impressed they were with the Biblical Connection section of each student project. Having the students connect God’s handiwork within their project topic is helping them prepare for the thesis that is required when they are seniors at TFA. Every student did an exceptional job and earned a ribbon for participation. The 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners for each category were as follows:

Earth/Space Science:

1st place-Ivan Pham

(He was the only student who did a project in this category)

Life Science:

1st place-Justin Wilson

2nd place-Ava Pierzynski

3rd-place-David Han

Physical Science:

1st place-Fisher Reeves

2nd place-Alex Curtis

3rd place-Walker Hughes & Molly Sheridan

   

6th Grade Math Competition

Our 6th grade Mathletes all placed in the top 10 for their grade level at the Mathleague Competition this past Saturday.   These students participated in a series of math exercises throughout the morning.   In addition to all of the individual students placing, the top team placed 4th in the competition overall.   We are proud of our students!

Students before the competition starts Students with Mrs. Roskaft Students all place in the Top 10

 

Lower School Choirs Sing at the Orlando Magic Game

Almost 175 of our Lower School students, siblings, and parents hit the Orlando Magic Game on Friday night.  This was a Lower School community event.  Our 3rd-6th grade choirs had the opportunity to sign during the pregame show.  Mrs. Walton was the featured teacher with the highest percentage of students attending the game.   She got to join a couple of our students on the floor for the High Five Tunnel.  It was a fun night for all!

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.