Lower School Newsletter, Week of 12/11

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

December 12th – K4-6 Alternative Lunch Day (Students Must Bring a Lunch)
December 12th – All School Christmas Program (WC)
December 19th – LS Christmas Chapel (K4-6th) & Pancake Breakfast (FH)


Parents, the following is a list of chapel dates and times for December:

December 12th – All School Christmas Program (WC)
December 18th – No Chapel
December 19th – LS Christmas Chapel (K4-6th) & Pancake Breakfast (FH)


‘“Nobody can make you feel inferior without your consent.” – Eleanor Roosevelt


Miss Bufton’s 4th Grade

What better way to learn facts about Florida Explorers than to use some rhythm and beat. Miss Bufton’s 4th grade class divided into groups to create their own individualized beats to help the students remember specific details about the different Explorers. The students worked hard and collaborated together during class and were able to present and teach the beats to their classmates. This was the perfect way for the students to be creative and have fun while learning.


Maia Mansier (Christmas Card Design Winner)

Congratulations to Maia Mansier (2nd grade student) on being chosen as this year’s winner for designing the picture on The First Academy’s 2014 Christmas card! This year’s card was sent to each TFA family with information regarding upcoming Christmas events.


Accelerated Reader Deadline (December 17th)
The Accelerated Reader 2nd quarter deadline is Wednesday, December 17th. Please encourage your child to meet his/ her goal before Wednesday, December 17th.


PTF Cookie Blessing
Please join PTF in donating cookies for the annual Teacher Cookie Blessing. This year, we will be providing a variety of holiday treats for the teachers to box up their own assortments to take home and enjoy. Please drop off your cookies at the appropriate location. To sign up, please click HERE.


LS Christmas Celebration & Pancake Breakfast (December 19th)
Parents, you are invited to attend our Christmas Celebration on Friday, December 19th at 9:30 AM in Faith Hall. Students will enjoy a Pancake Brunch on Lakeside at 10:15AM directly after the Christmas Celebration. Please see your child’s teacher directly after the event if you wish to sign him or her out early.


After School Program (Closed December 19th)
The After School Care Program (extended care) will be closed on Friday, December 19th, 2014. Kindly make alternate arrangements to have your child(ren) picked up at 12:15PM on December 19th. This will allow the after care employees time to complete shutdown procedures for the Christmas Break. We will resume offering After School Care on Tuesday, January 6th, 2015.


The First Academy Christmas Program (December 12th)
The First Academy cordially invites you to our annual All-School Christmas Program on Friday, December 12th at 10:00AM in the Worship Center of First Baptist Orlando Church (FBCO). This year’s program is entitled “Light Has Come.” The program will feature K4-5th grade students, the LS Choir, MS-US Ensembles, LS-MS-US Steel Drums and MS-US Bands. Friends and family members are welcome to attend. Please see your child’s teacher directly after the event if you wish to sign him or her out early. We look forward to seeing you there!


Alternative Lunch Day (K4-6th Grade Students Only)
Tomorrow, Friday, December 12th is a Lower School Alternative Lunch Day. K4-6th grade students must bring a lunch from home.


2nd Grade Field Trip Dig & Discover & Discover Field Trip
2nd Grade will visit the Museum of Art Dig & Discover on Wednesday, December 17th from 11:30AM-12:45PM. Learn about the ancient cultures of North, Central, and South America from beautiful objects in the exhibition “Aztec to Zapotec: Selections from the Ancient Americas Collection”. Children will explore how archaeology helps us uncover the past. Students must wear royal blue polo tops and khaki bottoms; bring a sweater and a lunch.

Our bus will leave TFA at 10:50AM and depart from the museum at 1:00PM, no photography or cell phones will be permitted, parents are welcome to attend. Please e-mail Marci Chavalas at if you would like to ride the bus (space is limited).


Upcoming 12:15PM Dismissal (Friday, December 19th)
Parents, please be reminded that school will be dismissed at 12:15PM on Friday, December 19th. After Care will not be provided on December 19th.


School Closed/Christmas Vacation Dates
The First Academy will be closed December 22nd-January 6th for Christmas Break. The Admissions Office will however be open for tours.