Lower School Newsletter, Week of 1/22

Parents, please take a moment to mark your calendars. The following are some important dates that you do not want to miss:
January 29th – First Official Rehearsal for LS EATA Production
February 5-7th – MS Fine Arts Production of Shrek Jr
February 11th-13th – MS Fine Arts Production of Shrek Jr
February 16th – Student Holiday (School Closed)


Parents, the following is a list of chapel dates and times for January and February:
January 22nd – 5th & 6th Grades Attend MS Chapel (Guest Speaker Patrick Barrett)
January 29th – K4-1st Grade Chapel at 9:00AM (MWC)
January 29th – 5th & 6th Grades Attend MS Chapel (Guest speaker Sarah Braddock Howard)
February 5th – 2nd – 4th Grade Chapel at 9:00AM (HC)
February 12th – K4-1st Grade Chapel at 9:00AM (MWC)


“Many of life’s failures are men who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.” – Thomas Edison

“Inches make a champion.” – Vince Lombardi


6th Gr – Trip to Animal Kingdom

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The 6th grade class made its annual trek to Disney’s Animal Kingdom last Friday. Students were tasked with earning merit badges by finding certain items throughout the park and completing a Wilderness Scavenger Hunt. It was a perfect day to learn about nature, collaborate with friends and have some fun on this special outing.


Lower School Congratulates Jackson Englund











Lower School proudly congratulates Jackson Englund, 8th grade student. Jackson has made it through an arduous, two-tiered audition process to make the Florida All-state Middle School Mixed Chorus. Jackson was among hundreds of students across the state to audition. Students had to make a high score on a written musicianship exam as well as a sight-reading test and then learn seven pieces of music. The next step was a test to sing various portions of the music and display their vocal quality. Jackson scored well in all portions of the testing to secure a place in the mixed chorus. Out of 159 tenors who auditioned, only 67 were chosen-Jackson was among that number! On January 17, the Florida All-state Middle School Chorus, under the direction of Dr. Jeffery Ames, of Belmont University, performed seven beautiful numbers. Jackson Englund represented The First Academy with talent and hard work. Mrs. Savage, Jackson’s instructor, states that this is the first TFA middle school student to make the All-state Chorus in at least a decade. Way to go, Jackson!!


Open House (February 8th)
Tell A Friend! Prospective Family Open House is Sunday, February 8th from 2:00pm-4:00pm! RSVP on our website or call 407-206-8602.


The First Academy Middle School proudly presents Shrek Jr., The Musical! All shows will be held in the Black Box Theatre, which is located on the second floor of the TFA Middle School. To purchase your tickets, click HERE.

Show times and dates for Shrek Jr., The Musical are as followed:
February 5 at 7:00p.m.
February 6 at 7:00p.m.
February 7 at 3:00p.m. (Matinee)
February 7 at 7:00 p.m.
February 12 at 7:00p.m.
February 13 at 7:00 p.m.

There will also be a student only matinee on February 11 at 3:00 p.m. Tickets for this performance will be $5 with student ID. Ticket sales will occur just prior to show time (no online or presales for this performance).

Will Call tickets can be picked up at the Upper School reception desk beginning 30 minutes prior to each show. All ticket sales are final. If you have any questions, please direct them to


Early Enrollment
Do you have a future TFA Royal? Student Applications for the 2015-2016 school year are available on our website for Early Enrollment! Space is limited!


Student/Teacher Holiday (February 16th)
Parents, Monday, February 16th is a student/teacher holiday. Please be sure to add this date to your calendar.


Grandparents Day (March 13th – Save the Date)
Parents, please save the date! Friday, March 13th promises to be a wonderful day for Grandparents, family and friends. Stay tuned for further information.


1st Grade Field Trip (Orlando Science Center)
First grade students will visit the Orlando Science Center on Friday, January 30th. The cost for parent chaperones is $10.50 (admission will be free for parent chaperones with a pass). Each chaperone is required to complete a medical release form, please contact your child’s teacher if you are in need of a Parent Chaperone Medical Release Form.


4th Grade Field Trip (St. Augustine)
4th grade parents, our field trip to St. Augustine is Friday, January 23rd. Please contact your child’s teacher if you are in need of an additional Parent Chaperone Medical Release Form. Our students look forward to visiting St. Augustine this Friday.