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Lower School Blog, Week of October 6th

IMPORTANT EVENTS & DATES FOR OCTOBER

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

Can you believe that we are already at the end of the 1st Quarter?  We have had a great Homecoming Week.  It is really neat to see everyone with their crazy hair, funny socks, silly glasses, and various hats.  Don’t forget the All-School Pep Rally on Thursday.  The gates will open at 6:00pm and the festivities will begin at 6:30pm.   On Friday, all of the students will be outside in the Lower School loop for the parade beginning at 11:00am.  Many of our students will be walking in the parade and it should be a fun time for all.  Finally, the Homecoming Football Game kicks off at 7:00pm.  The Homecoming Court takes place during halftime.  It’s a fun weekend.  Join me in praying for our US students as they celebrate Homecoming on Saturday night with their dance at the Student Center.  Let’s pray that they have a fun time but also a safe one!

Safety Patrols in Silly SocksKindergarten Silly SocksThe safety patrols have a special guest with some pretty silly glasses

RECOGNITION

Mrs. Smith’s 2nd Grade Chapel Presentation

We were treated to a great chapel presentation last Thursday by Mrs. Smith’s 2nd Grade class.  The students shared the Parable of the Talents and connected this with the importance of using our own talents to honor and glorify God.

Smith Group Picture at Chapel

Mrs. Lamp’s “Electric” Science Lesson

There was electricity and excitement in the air as Mrs. Lamp’s third graders investigated open and closed circuits with batteries, wires, miniature light bulbs and switches during science!

 

4 boys doing science circuits Two girls doing science circuits Five boys doing science circuits Three girls doing science circuits Group of boys doing science circuits

NEW THIS WEEK

Lower School Social Event- KPrep, TK, & Kindergarten Movie Night!

Okay families, mark your calendars for our 1st Annual Movie Night for students in KPrep, TK and Kindergarten.   This event will be Friday, October 14th from 6:30-8:30pm in the Student Center.  Younger siblings are welcome!  Can’t wait to see you there.  Purchase your ticket HERE.

Picture Retake Day-October 11th!

Lower School will have picture retakes on Tuesday, October 11th.    Any student who was absent on our picture day in September will take their picture on the 11th.   Students who would like to have their pictures retaken should bring back the pictures they received this week and they will have another opportunity to take their school picture on Tuesday.  The following are instructions on how to order pictures if your child was absent on our original picture day:

  • Visit the Lifetouch website
  • Follow the online directions using Portrait/Picture Day ID: PM016025Q2
  • Print online receipt or write online payment code on order form
  • Send in completed order form or online receipts by 8:00AM on Tuesday, October 11th.

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.