Lower School Newsletter, Week of 10/1

Parents, please take a moment to mark your calendars. The following are some important dates that you do not want to miss:

October 2nd – Alternative Lunch Day
October 6th – 1st Quarter AR Deadline
October 9th – End of 1st Quarter Early Dismissal at 12:15pm
October 12th – No School/Faculty Professional Development Day
October 13th – 2nd Quarter Begins
October 13th – Alternative Lunch Day (Students Must Bring A Lunch)
October 16th – LS Pep Rally-Gym 9:50-10:20am
October 16th – Homecoming Parade-Lower School Carline 1:30pm
October 20th – LS Picture Retake Day
October 27th – Uniform Resale (7:45-9:00AM and 2:30-4:00PM) Location TBA


The following is a list of chapel dates and times for October:
October 8th-K4-2nd Grade Chapel-Faith Hall 8:45-9:25-Mrs. Agan’s Classroom Presentation
October 22nd-K4-5th Grade Chapel-Faith Hall 8:45-9:25-Mrs. Bell’s Classroom Presentation
October 29th-3rd-5th Grade Chapel-Henry Chapel 8:45-9:25-Mrs. Gooseman’s Classroom Presentation


It is hard to believe that we are quickly approaching the end of the first quarter. I am very proud of the students and know they have been working hard to start the year off well. Seeing the students and teachers in action as I visit the classrooms is really the best part of my school day.

Colossians 3-23


KPrep Lemonade Stand
In celebration of the Letter L, KPrep made lemonade. Check out these adorable pictures. They always have so much fun with the letters they are learning week. It is definitely a joy-filled time.
Lemonade Pic 1 Lemonade Pic 2 Lemonade Pic 3 Lemonade Pic 4

Third Grade Readers Theater
This week, the third graders have been working on in-class Readers Theater presentations. What is Readers Theater? It is a process by which students read a script, and the audience pictures the action from hearing the script being read aloud. It requires no sets, costumes, props, or memorized lines. Instead of acting out a script as in a play, the performer’s goal is to read a script aloud effectively, enabling the audience to picture the action. Performers bring the text alive by using voice, facial expressions, and some gestures.
Readers Theater helps to….
develop fluency through repeated exposure to text
increase comprehension
create confidence and improve the self-image of students
provide a real purpose for reading
provide opportunities for cooperative learning

Readers Theater 1 Readers Theater 2


Save the Date – 1st Annual TFA Father Daughter Dance
“Winter Wonderland”
Grades 1 – 6
Friday, February 19th, 2015
Country Club of Orlando
More information will follow but mark your calendars for this special date.


Dress Up Days
Parents, Homecoming week is October 13th-16th. The Lower School Spirit dress code for the week includes:
TFA T-shirts (uniform, sports team, fine arts, camp, etc.)
Appropriate bottoms (uniform shorts or pants, jeans, jean shorts or jean skirts)
Regular dress code for shoes apply
Friday, everyone that ordered a 2015 Homecoming T-shirt should wear it with your jeans
This year, students may wear the following fun items on the designated Day:
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.

K4-6th grade students will prepare to show school spirit at Friday’s parade by making spirit items such as shakers or paw prints in their classrooms.
Lower School Pep Rally
The Lower School will have a pep rally on Friday, October 16th from 9:50-10:25am in the gym. We will use this time to celebrate Homecoming as well as to recognize the Lower School students who have participated in Football and Cheerleading this fall. Feel free to join us for this fun (and loud) event.

Please join us in the Lower School carline on Friday, October 16th at 1:30pm for the TFA Homecoming Parade. Parents are encouraged to attend this annual event.
First Quarter Reading Incentive Program (Week 4 Competition)
Congratulations to the following classes who won week 4 of the Blitzin’ the Books Competition.
1st Grade: Mrs. Agan’s class
2nd Grade: Mrs. Dowling’s class
3rd Grade: Mrs. Diehl’s class
4th Grade: Miss Rowley’s class
5th Grade: Mrs. Camblin’s class
6th Grade: Mrs. Parmer’s class

All classes still have a chance to win a Spirit Day next Thursday and a chance at being the overall winner for their grade level, so keep it up! Happy Reading!!!!


Alternative Lunch Day (Friday, October 2nd)
Friday, October 2nd is Alternative Lunch Day. K4-4th grade students must bring a lunch from home (Faith Hall will not be providing lunch on this day). Students in 5th and 6th Grade had the option of purchasing a Chick-Fil-A lunch or bringing a lunch from home.


School Pictures – Haven’t Ordered As Yet?
Don’t miss this year’s school picture!
Go to
Log in with your Portrait ID and Access Code located in your picture package
Pedidos en español disponibles por internet. Utiliza tu ID del retrato y el código de acceso de tu paquete del retrato.

To redeem your complimentary digital SmileSafe card, click here. Parent/Guardian, how was this year’s school picture experience? Take survey.


Picture Retake (Save the Date!)-PLEASE NOTE A CHANGE IN DATE
Picture Retake is Tuesday, October 20th. This is the last opportunity for students to have their photo taken for the yearbook. Please save the date if your child was absent on Picture Day.


AR Deadline-October 6th
Our first quarter AR deadline is quickly approaching on Tuesday, October 6th. Students still have plenty of time to read and take tests. Remember that all students who achieve 200% of their individual goal for the quarter will be recognized in the library.


Parent Volunteer Background Check
If you are a new parent and would like to volunteer in your child(ren)’s classroom(s) or chaperone field trips please click HERE to submit your information for a free background check. Approvals take a few weeks so plan ahead! All parents must have a completed background check before volunteering or chaperoning a field trip.


TFA Calendar Link
The TFA Calendar is a wonderful way of finding the dates of upcoming events. Please click HERE to access the TFA Calendar on our website. We recommend that you subscribe to all relevant calendars so you can keep up with all of the events going on around the school.