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Lower School Blog, Week of March 30th

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 is really hard to believe that we are closing in on the end of the school year and it is coming to an end really quickly.    Hang on tight . . . it will be a quick but fun ride.    The end of the school year is filled to the brim with activities.  We have many special things going on in our classrooms including the 2nd Grade Eco Cafe, the 3rd Grade Wax Museum, the 4th Grade Market Day, and even the 6th Grade Missions Fest.    Those are just a sample of the neat things.   Please take a close look at the events each week because you do not want to miss all of the wonderful things taking place in Lower School and the other divisions.
If you are free on Monday, April 3rd at 5:00pm, swing by the gym and check out the STEAM Machines some of our families have been working on at home.    Even if you did not make a machine, you can still be a part of the fun.   We have had such a blast with this at our house.    My family room is a complete and total mess but it has been so neat to work together to come up with a creative machine.  It has been a great deal of trial and error and we have some pretty funny blooper reel videos.    Think about joining us for a bit!

RECOGNITION

March Madness-Week 4 Winners

Congratulations to the following classes who won their March Madness matchup from week 4 and earned a free Spirit Wear day for this Thursday, March 30th: Makar, Dowling, Agan, Walton, Schuessler, Diehl, Parmer, Bell, Dvorak, Hurlebaus, Requejo, Grosshans, Render, and Englund. On Thursday, the winning classes may wear TFA Spirit Wear or shirts representing their team/team colors with denim bottoms. Winning teachers, please announce the Spirit Wear day to your students and parents!

East Region (1st and 2nd Grades):

  • Smith’s Cincinnati Bearcats: 72.2
  • Makar’s St. Mary’s Gaels: 73.9 
  • Williams’ Miami Hurricanes: 33.9
  • Dowling’s Louisville Cardinals: 55.0
  • Wall’s Baylor Bears: 28.5
  • Agan’s Kansas Jayhawks: 30.7
  • Bye week: Fox’s Gonzaga Bulldogs

West Region (3rd and 4th Grades):

  • Walton’s Maryland Terrapins: 105.7
  • Rowley’s UCLA Bruins: 41.0
  • Schuessler’s SMU Mustangs: 57.9
  • Combs’ Xavier Musketeers: 48.2
  • Bye Week: Lamp’s Wichita State Shockers

Midwest Region (5th and 6th Grades):

  • Diehl’s Villanova Wildcats: 94.3
  • Fitzgerald’s Arizona Wildcats: 61.7
  • Camblin’s UNC Tarheels: 85.2
  • Parmer’s Notre Dame Fighting Irish: 127.7
  • Bell’s FSU Seminoles: 330.9
  • Pastis’ Duke Blue Devils: 82.2
  • Brown’s Virginia Cavaliers: 26.0
  • Dvorak’s Oregon Ducks: 37.4

Mrs. Dowling’s Class-Service Before Self

During class, we discussed part of our Mission statement of Service Before Self. The kids and I discussed different ways we could serve others before having fun for ourselves. Some examples were given such as helping a friend on the playground or asking a new student to play with you if they don’t have anyone else to play with. I guided our talk to the trash on the playground and explained to them the amount of trash I had seen. The students very joyful announced they would like to spend some of their recess time cleaning up. Here are a few pictures of what they have found.

Dowling 1Dowling 2Dowling 3Dowling 4Students helping clean up the playground

6th Grade Grace Day

Last Friday, March 17th, sixth grade had their annual Grace Day event. It was such a sweet time with the students. They started with a pizza party outside in the Alumni commons. After lunch, the students went to the Student Center to worship and to listen to some awesome speakers.

Mr. Jeff Fitzgerald challenged them to take off their masks and allow people to see Jesus in them. He shared God’s word with the students and showed them just how much God wants to have a relationship with them.

The students then broke up into two groups and the boys got to talk with Pastor Victor Florence from FBC/O Student Ministry. He also challenged them to live out their faith at school and at home.   The boys also had the opportunity to have a Q & A with Pastor Victor, Mr. Fitzgerald, and Mr. Kacey Chambers. The girls were challenged by Miss Amanda Whitaker and Mrs. Haley Malone. They shared from their heart some experiences they went through during school and how the Lord continues to be faithful even in the difficult times. The girls also enjoyed Q & A with Miss Whitaker, Mrs. Malone, Ms. Menz and a few senior girls. The day was a very special time for the students and we rejoice to see just what the Lord has in store for them!

Grace Day 1Grace Day 2Grace DAy 3Grace Day 4Grace Day 5Grace Day 6

Full STEAM Ahead in First Grade

First-grade students took on an engineering challenge on St. Patrick’s Day.  They had to build a bridge using nothing but pennies!  It had to be at least 3 cm tall and had to span a distance of 3 cm.  Students started by making a plan and drawing what it would look like.  It was quite a challenge to hold them together without any glue or tape!  Just like real engineers, they reflected afterward on how they could have improved their design and what they would do differently the next time.

Girls building penny bridge Boys building penny bridge Boy with pennies Finished bridge Another finished bridge girls working hard Boys working hard Boys with their penny bridge Girls with their penny bridge Almost finished bridge pennies on the floor students with recording sheet students with steam notebook finished product One bridge finished starting the steam process finishing the steam process measuring the bridge

KPrep Pajama Day

Mrs. Williams’ KPrep classes enjoyed a variety of night time activities in their pajamas last week! They had a campfire, listened to nighttime sounds on the bayou, told campfire stories, made s’mores, “caught” fireflies, and conducted the whole day with the lights off! Best of all, they had a siesta in the office with Mrs. Jackson!! They loved seeing how much fun they can have at school at night

KPrep in the principal's office!KPrep with their fire KPrep in Sleeping bags KPrep fun in the classroom

NEW THIS WEEK

Peter Pan Jr.-Save the Date

Our 4th-6th graders will be presenting Peter Pan Jr. on Friday, May 5th and Saturday, May 6th in the evening in the Natalie Thomas Gymnasium.  Please mark your calendars for this fun event.  Tickets will go on sale very soon.

Peter Pan Jr. Save the Date

STEAM Machine Family Expo

It’s not too late to sign up for our 1st Annual STEAM Machine Family Expo.     Families will build a simple machine that performs a task at home.  We will bring our machines in on April 3rd and share them with one another.   You can put all of those recyclables to good use!   Sign up HERE.  Please contact Mrs. Diehl if you have any questions.

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

Library Closure

The library will be closed for CTP4 testing on Monday, April 10th – Thursday, April 13th from 7:30AM-11:00AM.  Lower School students should report to the Natalie Thomas Gymnasium for morning care on those days.

 4th Quarter AR Deadline

The 4th quarter AR deadline is Friday, May 19th.  Please note,  the last AR test day for students who hope to achieve the AR 200% Club award for the 2016-2017 school year is Monday, May 15th.

Any tests taken between May 16th and May 19th will still count toward the 4th quarter goal.  However, students hoping to achieve the AR 200% Club award for the 2016-2017 school year must take the AR test by Monday, May 15th.

 

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.