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Lower School Blog, Week of May 4th

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:

RECOGNITION

State Math Team Competition

It was a great weekend for Lower School math.   A group of 4th-6th grade students from TFA Lower School competed in the state Math League Competition.   These students qualified for the state level with their exemplary performance and placement at area competitions earlier in the school year.     Faith, Sarah, Enzo, and Evan placed 4th overall as a team in the 6th-grade group.   Enzo placed 7th overall for his grade level and this qualified him for Nationals that will take place this summer in Texas.  We are proud of all of our math students.

Group shot of students 4th place at the state level group shot at an angle Enzo qualifies for Nationals

6th Grade Weather Project

All 6th-grade students completed a Christian Weather Broadcast News project.  The students worked in groups and researched different cities in the U.S.    They each created a weather broadcast based on their research.  One of the requirements of their project was to incorporate a religious aspect to their broadcast.  Students then presented their broadcast to the class.
  Girls presenting weather broadcase More girls presenting weather broadcast Boys presenting weather broadcast MOre boys presenting weather broadcast

Science Buddies

Mrs. Diehl’s 6th grade STEAM Tech elective class has been partnering with our 1st grade classes on their Full STEAM Ahead projects.    The boys are sharing their insight into the process and helping to mentor our 1st graders.

Working on Science questions Reading Goldilocks Reading Goldilocks to the class Planning our Experiment Making our plans for our bed helping a buddy out Students working together Let the building begin Building the bed collaborating with other students scientists at work Engineers at Work

 NEW THIS WEEK

Sunshine State Book Lists for 2017-2018

The latest Sunshine State Young Reader Award (SSYRA) Books have just been released. If you’d like to get a jump start on reading next year’s Sunshine State books, download your choice of the 3rd-5th Grade SSYRA List or the 6th-8th Grade SSYRA List.

These books are chosen by the Florida Association of Media in Education and have not yet been pre-approved by the TFA Library staff. Parents, as always, please use your best judgment in helping your child choose books to read.

3rd-5th Grade Book List

6th-8th Grade Book List

TFA Spirit Night at Gator’s Dockside Grill

Join other TFA families on Tuesday, May 23rd for a Spirit Night at Gator’s Dockside Grill located in Dr. Phillips.  10% of sales goes back to a TFA.  The event will start at 6:00pm. Kids eat free with eat adult entree purchased.    This will be a fun way to celebrate before the last day of school on the 24th.   Hope to see you there!

Summer AR Reading

AR will be turned off from May 20th-June 4th to allow time to set up the 2017-2018 school year in the Renaissance Learning system.  Summer AR testing will begin on Monday, June 5th.  Summer AR testing will be available Monday through Friday from 9 AM-3 PM.  There will be iPads available in the Lower School lobby from 9:00AM-3:00PM throughout the summer.

Rising Grade Level Parent Meetings

 

Don’t forget the remaining Rising Grade Level Meetings.  These are a great way to get an idea of the curriculum and expectations for next year.   All information will be emailed out after the meeting in case you are unable to make it.

Monday, May 8th

Rising First Grade (Current Kindergarten)

Mrs. Williams’ Class-LS Room 138

Tuesday, May 9th

Rising Third Grade (Current 2nd Grade)

Mrs. Schuessler’s Classroom-LS Room 208

 

NEHS Tennis Shoe Drive

Our NEHS students are hosting a tennis shoe drive in conjunction with New Missions.   We have drop off boxes in Lower Schoo to collect the shoes.   We are encouraging our students to earn money to help buy shoes.

Peter Pan Jr.-Purchase Tickets Today

You are not going to want to miss our Lower School Evening at the Arts presentation of Peter Pan Jr.  Our students have been rehearsing tirelessly to get ready for this exciting performance.   Shows will be May 5th and 6th at 7:30pm in the Natalie Thomas Gymnasium.   Purchase tickets HERE.

Peter Pan Jr. Save the Date

Vacation Bible School 2017

First Baptist Orlando will be hosting a FREE Vacation Bible School (VBS) for students entering Kindergarten-5th grade.  This year’s VBS will occur June 26th-30th from 9:30AM-12:30PM.  It will be an interactive, creative experience for rising K-5th grade students.  Register your child(ren) HERE for this fun and exciting opportunity.

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.