Lower School Newsletter, Week of 12/18

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

December 19th – LS Christmas Chapel (K4-6th) & Pancake Breakfast (FH) at 9:30AM
December 19th – 11:50AM Dismissal/Grades K4-2; 12:15PM Dismissal/Grades 3-6
January 5th – Student Holiday/Teacher Workday
January 6th – Beginning of the 3rd Quarter


Parents, the following is a list of chapel dates and times for December:
December 19th – LS Christmas Chapel (K4-6th) & Pancake Breakfast (FH) at 9:30AM


Luke 2:1-20 New International Version (NIV)
The Birth of Jesus
2 In those days Caesar Augustus issued a decree that a census should be taken of the entire Roman world. 2 (This was the first census that took place while[a] Quirinius was governor of Syria.) 3 And everyone went to their own town to register.
4 So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem the town of David, because he belonged to the house and line of David. 5 He went there to register with Mary, who was pledged to be married to him and was expecting a child.6 While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, 7 and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no guest room available for them.
8 And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. 9 An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. 10 But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. 11 Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord. 12 This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.”
13 Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying,
14 “Glory to God in the highest heaven,
and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.”
15 When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let’s go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.”
16 So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in the manger. 17 When they had seen him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child, 18 and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them. 19 But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart. 20 The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things they had heard and seen, which were just as they had been told.
On behalf of the entire staff and faculty of The First Academy Lower School we wish you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

See you in 2015!!!!!
Dr. Luci Higgins



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2nd Grade Field Trip Dig & Discover & Discover Field Trip
2nd Grade visited the Museum of Art Dig & Discover on Wednesday, December 17th. They learnt 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”. Students were able to explore how archaeology helps us uncover the past.


Kennedy Negrete (Southwest Orlando Bulletin – Child Prize Winner for “Stories of the Seasons”)
Congratulations to Kennedy Negrete (6th grade student) on being chosen as this year’s winner of the Child Prize for Southwest Orlando Bulletin’s “Stories of the Seasons” competition. Kennedy’s essay will be published in the Southwest Orlando Bulletin; she will also receive a cash prize.


Christmas Spirit Wear Dress (December 19th)
Students are encouraged to wear Christmas sweaters or tops along with jeans for our TFA Lower School Christmas Celebration and Brunch on Friday, December 19th. Please have your child(ren) adhere to the Spirit Wear dress code guidelines.


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.


Upcoming 12:15PM Dismissal (Friday, December 19th)
Parents, please be reminded that school will be dismissed at 11:50AM (Grades K4-2) and 12:15PM (Grades 3-6) 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.