Lower School Newsletter, Week of 12/10

Parents, please take a moment to mark your calendars. The following are some important dates that you do not want to miss:
●December 15th – 2nd Quarter AR Deadline
●December 15th – Kindergarten Polar Express Day
●December 16th & 17th – Alternative Lunch for K4-5th Grade and Christmas Program Rehearsal
●December 16th – Classroom Christmas Parties (Most Grade Levels)
●December 18th – All School Christmas Program 10:00AM (Worship Center)
●December 18th – End of 2nd Quarter/12:15PM Dismissal
●January 4th-Teacher Professional Development Day/Student Holiday
●January 5th-First Day of 3rd Quarter
●January 10th-Open House for Prospective Families (2:00-4:00PM)
●January 13th-2nd Grade Field Trip to Blue Springs State Park
●January 15th-6th Grade Field Trip to Animal Kingdom


The following is a list of chapel dates and times for January:
●January 7th – K4-5th Grade Chapel-Mrs. Fox’s Class Presentation 8:45-9:25AM (Faith Hall)
●January 14th – K4-5th Grade Chapel-Ms. Burns’ Class Presentation 8:45-9:25AM (Faith Hall)
●January 28th – K4-5th Grade Chapel-Mrs. Camblin’s Class Presentation 8:45-9:25AM (Faith Hall)


In chapel and in our classrooms we have been talking about generosity as our biblical character trait for the months of November and December. Each week in chapel, I personally talk to the students about what it means to be generous and how that could look in their lives. Most of the students think about being generous with their money (as do many of us adults) but we have been discussing other ways to be generous. Specifically, we have discussed not only our treasures but also our time and our talents. A group of 6th grade girls from Mrs. Savage’s chorus elective will sing at a nursing home in Winter Garden on Friday. The 5th grade NEHS students have been collecting school supplies for the children at the Orlando Union Rescue Mission. These are just two of the many ways our TFA students are actively being generous in our community and sharing God’s love with those around them.

Two different teachers shared a devotion with me a few weeks ago. It focused on the generosity of God and reminded me how blessed I am by his grace even though I do not deserve it. As we celebrate Christmas and the birth of Jesus Christ, let’s recognize the many ways God has been generous to us each and every day and look for ways to be generous toward others!

We look forward to seeing everyone next Friday for “The Glory of Christmas” All School Christmas Program. Please join us on December 18th at 10:00AM in the Worship Center for this annual tradition.


Give Week-Rise Field House Campaign
Lower School had a fantastic time dressing up for Give Week. The students were greeted by basketball and volleyball players at carline. We enjoyed dressing up like our favorite athletes and coaches on Tuesday. Check out the dedication shown to our Lower School PE coaches. Everyone loves Coach Sagraves and Coach Grove. Mia Brian (3rd Grade) and Micah Philbin (2nd Grade) made us think we were seeing triple of Coach Sagraves. Two of our Lower School teachers did their best impression of Coach Grove. Check out Coach Groves’ “championship ring!” We had a number of students dress up as siblings or even their parents. Addison Stewart in KPrep wore her father’s actual childhood baseball jersey. In addition to dressing up, the Lower School students prayed each day for the Rise Field House Campaign. Once again, God has been faithful in his generosity.

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Bible Buddies-3rd and 6th Grade

This week, the sixth grade Bible classes went to the third grade classes to minister to them. While getting to know them, they taught about Jesus’ birth. The third graders learned about Jesus and how they are His light while the sixth graders got to show their leadership. It was a fun experience for both the sixth graders and third graders. Post Written By: Hannah Nixon (6th Grader)
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KPrep-Meaning of Christmas
In KPrep, the students are learning the true meaning of Christmas. They even have a nativity center that is very popular among the students. Special readers have come to the classroom to read their favorite family Christmas stories. They are excited to share a special presentation with the Lower School students at chapel on Thursday.
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Second Quarter AR Deadline-December 15th
The AR deadline for the 2nd quarter is Tuesday, December 15th. The library will be open until 4:00 PM on the 15th to provide additional time for AR testing.


TFA School Store – Shopping Hours
School Store – Holiday Shopping Hours


December 18th-After Care Will be Closed
We will have early dismissal at 12:15PM on Friday, December 18th. This is the end of the 2nd quarter. After Care will be closed that day so all students will need to be picked up at 12:15PM that day.


Library-December 18th
Due to the All School Christmas program and noon dismissal, the library will be closing at 9:30 AM on Friday, December 18th.


Open House for Prospective Families-Sunday, January 10th from 2:00-4:00PM
Our current families are the best advertisement for TFA. Please consider inviting someone to join us for our second Open House event coming up in January. This is a great opportunity for them to see the campus and interact with our teachers as a first look at the school. Let’s share what we love!


Second Quarter Reading Incentives
K4-2nd Grade-Be a Smart Cookie, READ!
Research proves that the amount of time that students are engaged in independent reading correlates directly to growth in vocabulary, reading comprehension, and fluency. There is also research supporting the premise that students who read independently become better readers and score higher on achievement tests across all subject areas. 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!

The Be a Smart Cookie, Read! Incentive Program will last from November 2-December 18.
Each week, students can fill out a Be a Smart Cookie, READ! reading record form. Students can read the 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! A few prizes are edible, so please let the library staff or your child’s teacher know if you do not wish for your child to choose an edible prize.

If you have any questions, please see Mrs. Whitaker or Mrs. DeBoom in the library. To print off extra reading records, please use the link on the Library webpage or click below. We are excited to see how many books our youngest readers can read during the second quarter!!!
Be a Smart Cookie Reading Record


3rd-6th Grade-Sunshine Store
Reading is an essential part of a quality education. The TFA library wants to encourage reading for all of our students. We are introducing a reading incentive program for grades 3-6 based on the Sunshine State Young Readers Award reading list (see below). Students are allowed to read below their AR level for this promotion. These books are chosen by librarians from around the state of Florida. Please be aware that content may be too intense for some students. Titles marked with an asterisk below may be too scary for your child. Please make sure you are always aware of what your child is reading. After reading and passing the AR test for a SSYRA book, students will receive a small prize from the “Sunshine Store” during their class library time. Most items will not be edible but there will be some edible prizes. If your child has an allergy or you would prefer that they not choose an edible treat, please let the library staff or your child’s teacher know. We will be displaying each student’s name as part of the Sunshine State library display. This promotion will end January 8. Students must take the test by the end of that day. We hope your student finds a new favorite while they explore new authors and genres during this promotion. Please see Mrs Whitaker or Mrs. DeBoom if you have any questions.


Click here for links to the lists on the Library website:
3rd-5th Grade List:


6th-8th Grade List:

Fifth graders will be allowed to check out books on the 6-8 title list. If you do not wish your 5th grader to read books on the 6-8 list, please let the library staff or your child’s teacher know your wishes.


Save the Date
1st Annual TFA Father Daughter Dance
“Winter Wonderland”
Grades 1 – 6
Friday, February 19, 2016
Country Club of Orlando
More information will follow but mark your calendars for this special date.

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.