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Lower School Blog, Week of September 22nd

IMPORTANT EVENTS & DATES FOR SEPTEMBER & 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

Our character trait for the month of September has been Responsibility.  We have been talking about this in chapel and in our classrooms.   We define responsibility as proving you can be trusted with what is expected of you and knowing and doing what is expected of you.   This is such a great character trait because it is so important for all of us in every aspect of our lives.  Jesus taught directly about responsibility in the parable of the talents in Matthew 25: 14-30 as well as in the Parable of the Faithful and Unfaithful Servants in Luke 12: 35-48.  We would like to share two different devotions with you this month in regards to Responsibility.  One is intended to be done as a family and the other is geared towards parents.   We hope you find these resources helpful!

Responsibility Family Devotion

Responsibility Parent Devotion

RECOGNITION

Mrs. Combs’s Chapel Presentation

Mrs. Comb’s class did a fantastic job of teaching us about RESPONSIBILITY in their chapel presentation last Thursday.    They shared some great examples of people making responsible choices in their thoughts and actions and did it in a way that was engaging and relevant to the students.

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Kindergarten Technology

We love our technology in Lower School.    Kindergarten students are able to work interactively with all different curriculum components.    It’s really fun too!

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KPrep-Pizza Party

Last week, the KPrep students were studying the letter P.    They don’t just study the letter and the sound that it makes.  They fully immerse themselves in all things that start with the letter P.    Their pizza looks very delicious!

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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.

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Homecoming Week-October 3rd-7th

We are going to end the quarter with a week of fun celebrating TFA Homecoming.    In Lower School, we will have the following dress up days:

  • Monday – Crazy Hair Day:  Students may wear creative and fun hairstyles.
  • Tuesday – Sock Day:   Students may wear funny socks.
  • Wednesday – Glasses Day:   Students may wear fun glasses of their choice.
  • Thursday – Hat Day:   Students may wear a fantastic fun hat.
  • Friday – Blue & Gold Day:  Students may wear blue and gold spirit wear if they do not have a Homecoming T-shirt.

There will be an All-School Pep Rally at Payne Stewart on Thursday, October 6th beginning at 6:00PM.    Join me for this fun event.  Our Homecoming Parade will be at 11:00AM on October 7th and we would love to have you join our classes.

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 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.