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Lower School Blog, Week of October 20th

IMPORTANT EVENTS & DATES FOR OCTOBER & NOVEMBER

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

Many thanks to everyone for donating so many pillows, blankets, and sheets for support the FBCO drive for Haiti.  We filled up the back of the SUV and still had more to take after Friday afternoon.  Thank you for blessing families in need with useful bedding items.  We will continue to collect these during our Haiti Shoebox Drive in addition to shoes.

haiti-bedding-drive

Please join us in praying for Haiti next week.  Below are the specific ways we will be praying each day:

Monday:  The government in Haiti is not a very strong one.  Pray that God would send Haiti the right leaders to make the country safe for its people.

Tuesday:  Haiti still needs a lot of help to rebuild all of the homes and buildings that were destroyed in the earthquake.   Pray that they would continue to receive supplies and manpower to help rebuild.

Wednesday:  There are many, many orphans in Haiti.   Pray that these children would be cared for in a safe and loving environment where they have their basic needs met on a daily basis and that they have the opportunity to learn about Jesus.

Thursday:  Many churches and mission organizations send missionaries to Haiti each year.   Pray that these missionaries would have safe trips to and from Haiti and that God would use them to tell the people of Haiti about Jesus.

Friday:  There are not a lot of Bibles or Christian books in Haiti.  These are great resources for telling others about Jesus.  Pray that there would be more Creole Bibles available to the people in Haiti.

RECOGNITION

K4, TK, K Movie Night

We had a roaring blast at our first annual Movie Night.  Our PA volunteers planned such an incredible night.  From delicious kid-friendly snacks to safari-themed crafts, there was something to do for everyone.   Oh . . . and we showed The Lion King movie too.  It was a great night and the kids had fun while the parents enjoyed time to socialize.  This is an event you won’t want to miss next time!

We were wondering how many of the kids would fall asleep before the night ended. . . only 1 didn’t make it (but it wasn’t a kid)!

The one who fell asleepZebra mask craft for the kidsGoodie bags for the kids to take homeLion mask craft for the kidsAll the kids watching the movie

Donuts for Dads

It was all about our dads last week.  All of classes on the kindergarten wing honored their dads with a special event.  On Friday, Kindergarten had their annual Donuts with Dads event.   This was a special time for our students and their dads.

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T is for Tie

KPREP learned all about the letter T last week. They all wore Ties to school because Tie begins with the letter T!

Studends in their ties

NEW THIS WEEK

Haiti Shoebox Drive

We are excited to be kicking off our annual Haiti Shoebox Drive in partnership with New Missions.  Last year we collected over 1600 boxes to send to children in Haiti and we want to do even more this year.  We will be talking about the shoebox drive in chapel this week but you can watch a great video HERE.    Each year we collect shoeboxes filled with gifts for students in Haiti. School supplies, hygiene items, toys and other small gifts make a big difference in the lives of Haitian children and their families.  You can share God’s love this Christmas by packing a shoebox.  Our goal for Lower School will be 750 shoeboxes.   Let’s work together to bless some children in Haiti this year.

“We love because He first loved us.” (I John 4:19)
Share God’s love this Christmas.

K4-2nd Grade BOOK CAMP!

At TFA, we strive to develop the love of reading in all of our students.

To help foster that love of reading, the TFA library is excited to announce our 2nd quarter reading incentive program for our K4-2nd grade students!

BOOK CAMP!  Incentive Program

 October 17-December 16

Each week, students can fill out a BOOK CAMP reading record form.  Students can read any 10 books themselves, or the books may be read to them.  Completed reading records (records with at least 10 books) should be turned in during the student’s regular library time each week in order to receive a special prize!    Click below for a copy of the BOOK CAMP log.

Ready, Set, KPrep!

Do you know someone who has a 3-year old student?  It’s never too early to start thinking about next year.   Join us for our Ready, Set, KPrep event.    This will take place on Thursday, November 3rd beginning at 9:00AM in the TFA Library.  This is a great chance to learn more about our KPrep program for 4 year-olds.  You will get a chance to meet the teachers and even visit the classrooms to get a first-hand glimpse at this very special program.    You don’t want to miss it!

Student in science center in kPrep

Box Tops for Education Deadline

The first collection due date for this year’s Box Tops for Education is Friday, October 21st.  This program will help out school earn money, but more importantly help teach our students how joining forces with each other can accomplish great things.  This project allows our children to choose service before self and participation as a way of life.  Just tear the box tops off and turn then in to the collection bucket located at the Lower, Middle or Upper School front desk.  Your box top donations are greatly appreciated.

REMINDERS

TFA Preschool Scholastic Book Fair

The Preschool will be hosting a Scholastic Book Fair on October 25th­-27th.   They will be offering a special “5 Day Lower School” purchasing event on Wednesday, October 26th from 3:00­-4:00pm. The book levels will range from birth-­5th grade.   This is a great opportunity to shop for books for 2nd quarter or even Christmas gifts!

October 28th-NEHS Inductee Recognition

Our new 4th, 5th, and 6th grade NEHS inductees will be recognized at the TFA Varsity Football Game on Friday, October 28th.    The students will have the opportunity to come out on the field for their recognition.   Parents mark your calendars because you will not want to miss this special recognition.

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 3:45pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays this year.  It will close at 3:30pm on Monday and 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.