Lower School Newsletter, Week of 12/4

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

December 10th – K4-6 Alternative Lunch Day (Students Must Bring a Lunch)
December 11th – K4-6 Alternative Lunch Day (Students Must Bring a Lunch)
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)


‘Your life may be the only Bible some people will ever read.” -Dale Evans



Lori Dowling











Introducing Mrs. Lori Dowling (2nd Grade Teacher)

We would like to announce with great enthusiasm the addition of Lori Dowling to our second grade team. Mrs. Dowling comes to us with four years of exemplary professional teaching experience in second grade.

For the past 2 years, Mrs. Dowling has been a highly valued instructional team member at The First Academy. Her dedication in serving in the roles of TFA-Director of Aftercare K4-12 as well as a substitute instructor in all divisions is highly commended.

Mrs. Dowling is eager to focus her professional acumen and lavish her care on our 2nd grade students.

Dr. Luci Higgins
K4-8 Principal


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!


K4-6th Grade Alternative Lunch Days
Please mark your calendars! The following is a list of upcoming Alternative Lunch Days for this month:
December 10th
December 11th
December 12th
K4-6th Grade students must bring a lunch from home as they will not eat lunch at FH on the above-mentioned dates.


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.


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.


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).
The deadline for parents to sign up is today (Thursday, December 4th). You may purchase a ticket to attend for $6 by clicking HERE.


Teacher Blessing Christmas Gifts
As we all prepare our hearts and homes for the upcoming Christmas season, the Parent Teacher Fellowship (PTF) prepares to honor our teachers with our Teacher Blessing. This parent-initiated gift collection has been a true blessing to our teachers as they strive to meet the needs of their own families or something special for themselves at this joyful time of year.

Our goal is to collect at least $25.00 from each student, but we ask that you contribute only what you can after prayerful consideration. If you are able to give more that would be wonderful! This cash gift is collected and divided equally amongst all of our teachers.

To make a gift, please click HERE.


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.


Lower School Parking Lot
Parents, please use our carline for morning drop-off. The Lower School parking lot is for parking and going into a building only. Also, the handicap parking is designated for families or visitors who have a handicap parking sticker/sign. Please do not park in the handicap parking area if you do not have a handicap parking sign.


Prospective Families Can Text TFA!
Did you know that prospective families can text the letters TFA to 292929 and Admissions will call them? Thank you for sharing why you love TFA and helping us connect with future Royals!