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Lower School Blog, Week of September 29th

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

We want to thank all of our parents for supporting our Student-Led Conferences last week.   It is a sacrifice of your time to come in with your children and hear about how they are doing this year, but I think it is time well spent.    The teachers loved the opportunity to work with the students to help identify their areas of strength and growth.   The most important lesson is that God created each of us to be unique and to serve a purpose for His glory and honor and we want to celebrate that with your children.   Thank you for the opportunity to partner with you.    They really are a blessing!

The Stewarts meet with Mrs. Cline for their Student-Led Conference

RECOGNITION

See You at the Pole-Wednesday

Our 6th-grade homeroom representatives organized this year’s Lower School See You at the Pole.  About one hundred Lower school students and parents joined thousands of students from schools all over the world and prayed around the flagpole. We prayed for our families and friends, the Orlando community, TFA, and local churches.

Reps who planned SYATP unnamedsee-you-at-the-pole-2 see-you-at-the-pole-3

6th Grade Geology Lab

The sixth-grade students were on their start to being junior geologist this week in science class.   Each pair of students used microscopes, magnifying glasses, and their knowledge they have learned in class to identify types of rocks including igenous, metamorphic, and sedimentary.

6th grade students rock lab with microscope Two 6th grade students posing during Rock Lab 3 students posing during 6th grade rock lab Two girls working during 6th grade rock lab Two girls collaborating during 6th grade rock lab 2 girls enjoying 6th grade rock lab

Kindergarten Apple Fun

Kindergarten has been learning all about apples. To celebrate the end of our Apple Unit and Johnny Appleseed’s birthday (Sept. 26), we cooked and tasted applesauce in class. Throughout the month of September, students participated in many Reading, Writing, Art, Science, and Math activities as they learned about this delicious fruit God created. One class even sliced an apple peel that was taller than the teacher!

Burns Kindergarten student holding apple ring Burns Kindergarten class group picture Two Burns Kindergarten students peeling the apple Burns Kindergarten student peeling apple Burns kindergarten student holding the sliced apple Burns kindergarten student holding up sliced apple ring

Lower School Girls Volleyball Team

One of our Lower School sports offerings is Lower School Girls Volleyball.     Don’t they look great?    Coach Malone may have some future Varsity Volleyball players in training.

LS Volleyball Group Shot from 1st game

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.

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.    If you would like to secure a parking pass that will allow you to park right at Payne Stewart, please make your request HERE.  Quantities will be limited so make your request as soon as possible.   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.  Don’t forget the football game on Friday night at 7:00pm, which will feature the US Homecoming Court.

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.