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Lower School Blog, Week of March 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

For the month of March, we will be talking about Compassion.    As we talk about this very important character trait, we will define it as “caring enough to do something about someone else’s needs,”   When we look at God’s word, we see so many examples of compassion that we are called to emulate in our lives.    There are more than 90 specific references to compassion in the Bible.   Again, God emphasizes this trait with frequency to remind us of its importance.   When we look at the Old Testament, we see specific examples of how God showed compassion to his people, even when they turned away from him and were disobedient.   In the New Testament, Jesus had compassion on people in need as he healed those who were afflicted with different types of sickness.    My challenge for our students, teachers, families and even myself is to look for opportunities where we can show compassion for those around us.   How can we put our own needs aside and help meet the needs of another?

Be kind and tender to one another.

Ephesians 4:32

RECOGNITION

National Geographic Bee-State Qualifier

We are proud to announce that Liam Philbin has qualified to compete in the Florida State Bee for the National Geographic Bee.  Congratulations Liam.  We are really proud of you!

Liam P. School PhotoNational Geo Bee Logo

 

March Madness AR Incentive

It’s that time again!  March Madness is descending on TFA!  The TFA library is excited to announce that our annual March Madness Reading Competition began this week.  This Round Robin tournament based on weekly AR points includes students in 1st-8th grade and will last from February 21st-April 7th. Each week’s winning class wins a free Spirit Wear day for the following Thursday. Overall winners from each division will win a pizza party at the end of the competition!  We’re excited to see how many AR points our students can earn over the course of the competition!

East Region (1st and 2nd Grades):

  • Williams’ Miami Hurricanes: 40.3
  • Smith’s Cincinnati Bearcats: 59.5

*WINNER: Smith’s Cincinnati Bearcats!

  • Fox’s Gonzaga Bulldogs: 33.4
  • Dowling’s Louisville Cardinals: 20.7

*WINNER: Fox’s Gonzaga Bulldogs!

  • Agan’s Kansas Jayhawks: 35.1
  • Makar’s St. Mary’s Gaels: 32.2

*WINNER: Agan’s Kansas Jayhawks!

Bye week: Wall’s Baylor Bears

West Region (3rd and 4th Grades):

  • Lamp’s Wichita State Shockers: 79.3
    Combs’ Xavier Musketeers: 78.4

*WINNER: Lamp’s Wichita State Shockers!

  • Schuessler’s SMU Mustangs: 117.9
  • Rowley’s UCLA Bruins: 81.1

*WINNER: Schuessler’s SMU Mustangs!

Bye Week: Walton’s Maryland Terrapins

Midwest Region (5th and 6th Grades):

  • Camblin’s UNC Tarheels: 96.8
  • Fitzgerald’s Arizona Wildcats: 77.7

*WINNER: Camblin’s UNC Tarheels!

  • Bell’s FSU Seminoles: 138.2
    Parmer’s Notre Dame Fighting Irish: 114.0

*WINNER: Bell’s FSU Seminoles!

  • Brown’s Virginia Cavaliers: 63.9
  • Pastis’ Duke Blue Devils: 157.7

*WINNER: Pastis’ Duke Blue Devils!

  • Diehl’s Villanova Wildcats: 148.4
  • Dvorak’s Oregon Ducks: 145.4

*WINNER: Diehl’s Villanova Wildcats!

NEW THIS WEEK

Mother/Son Boot Camp

It’s that time again.     Our 2nd Annual Mother/Son Boot Camp is scheduled for Friday, March 31st beginning at 6:00pm.   You don’t want to miss this fun social event.   Purchase your tickets HERE.

Boot Camp Invite

Library Media Center Closure

The library will be closed for WrAP testing from 7:30 AM – 11:00 AM on Thursday, March 2nd and Friday, March 3rd. Lower School students should report the gym for morning care on those two days.  Thank you for your understanding.

Catch a Dragon by the Tale Reading Incentive

The TFA library is excited to announce the beginning our 3rd quarter reading incentive program for K Prep, TK, and Kindergarten students. The Catch a Dragon by the Tale Reading Incentive Program will last from February 21st-April 7th.  Each week, students can fill out a Catch a Dragon by the Tale reading record form.  Extras are available on the library webpage at www.thefirstacademy.org/academics/library.  After you read a story with your child, or your child reads a book independently, fill out the reading record.  After ten books are read, please return the reading record to your child’s teacher. Students will then be able to choose a prize during their class library time. We’re excited to see how many books our youngest readers can read over the next several weeks!

Catch a Dragon by the Tale Reading Record

Lower School Night at the Solar Bears Hockey Game-It’s Not Too Late

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.

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.