Lower School Newsletter, Week of 3/19

Parents, please take a moment to mark your calendars. The following are some important dates that you do not want to miss:
March 30th-April 6th – Easter/Spring Break


The following is a list of chapel dates and times for March:
March 19th – 2nd-4th Gr. Chapel 9:00AM (HC)
March 19th – 5th & 6th Gr. Students Attend MS Chapel at 9:35AM (HC)
March 26th – K4-1st Gr. Chapel 9:00AM (MWC)


I would like to thank everyone in Lower School for all of your kind words of support and encouragement as well as your prayers this past week. I feel very blessed to have this new opportunity as principal of Lower School at The First Academy. I am still in the process of transitioning between my classroom upstairs and the office downstairs but I am soaking up as much information as possible. I am really enjoying interacting with the students that I do not know in the hallways and around school.

I know that everyone received the announcement last week, but with this first post, I want to share some more information about my family. I am originally from St. Simons Island, Georgia. My husband’s name is Jay and he is in management at a commercial plumbing subcontractor here in Orlando. It is his job that brought us here in 2001. We have two daughters that attend The First Academy. Sarah is in 4th grade and Lauren is in 2nd grade. We spend a lot of our free time watching them swim and play soccer. I love the fact that they wake up each morning excited about coming to school and we thank God daily that He brought us to be a part of the TFA family.



RECOGNITION: K-Prep & 6th Grade

K4 & 6th Grade Photo - 1 K4 & 6 working together K4 & 6 - 3
“Service before self” is a part of TFA’s mission statement, so the 6th graders have been working together with the K-Prep classes on their latest project. Both grade levels are learning about the process of papier mache with separate pieces, however our 6th grade art students took on the role of the teacher. Each 6th grade art student partnered with another student from K-Prep to teach them the techniques of papier mache and help them cover a balloon with newspaper. The last two days have been a real success with 6th grade art students serving K-Prep students!

Spring/Easter Break
Spring Break/Easter Break is Monday, March 30th – Monday, April 6th. The First Academy Lower School will be closed for the Spring/Easter Break.


Library March Madness
Good Morning, lower school and middle school! We have completed three rounds with only two to go! The students love coming in to check their results on our board! Thank you for your encouragement.

Congratulations to the following classes who won their brackets for round three and earned a spirit wear day for this Thursday, March 19th!

Mrs. Fox’s SMU Mustangs
Mrs. Williams’ UNI Panthers
Mrs. Dowling’s Arkansas Razorbacks
Mrs. Lamp’s Dayton Flyers
Mrs. Agan’s Ohio State Buckeyes
Mrs. Smith’s Murray State Racers
Mrs. Bell’s Butler Bulldogs
Mrs. Camblin’s Kentucky Wildcats
Mrs. Dvorak’s Oklahoma Sooners
Mr. Morrow’s Louisville Cardinals
Mr. R’s Kansas Jayhawks
Mrs. Parmer’s Wichita State Shockers
Mrs. Render’s Utah Utes
Mrs. Rymer’s Villanova Wildcats
Mrs. Englund’s Fighting Irish

Round Four began this morning! To see the final numbers from round three and to see this week’s matchups, visit the March Madness Reading Tournament section on the TFA library’s webpage.

The following classes have a bye week:
Lawson, Hurlebaus, Requejo

Happy Reading!


K-6 Standardized Testing Dates
Parents, please mark your calendars for the following K-6th grade Standardized Testing dates: April 27th – April 30th.


LS Evening at the Arts – Save the Date!
The Lower School Evening at the Arts will present the musical, The Music Man, Jr. (presented by 4th-6th grade students) and a K-Prep-6th grade Art Show on May 8th and 9th. Mark your calendars, today as you won’t want to miss one of these talent-packed evenings!


Health Clinic Reminders
Parents, the following are health clinic reminders from the Parent-Student Handbook:

Please keep your children home if they are sick. They may return once they have been symptom-free for 24 hours without the use of medication. Symptoms include vomiting, diarrhea, or fever (p. 66)

Students are NOT to transport medications to or from school. Parents must deliver the medications to the Clinic Aide and fill out the appropriate form(s) (p. 67)

The clinics do not administer medication unless it has been provided by the parents (p. 67)

Services provided by the clinics include first aid, managing medical emergencies, and monitoring ill students until a parent arrives to pick them up. If your child needs a medical evaluation, please take them to their pediatrician (p. 66)


Parent Volunteer Background Check
If you are a new parent and would like to volunteer in your child(ren)’s classroom(s) or attend upcoming field trips please click HERE to submit your information for a free background check.


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.