Lower School Newsletter, Week of 3/26

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
April 27th-April 30th – LS/MS Standardized Testing (Classrooms)


The following is a list of chapel dates and times for April:

April 9th – 2nd-4th Gr. Chapel 9:00AM (HC)
April 9th – 5th & 6th Gr. Students Attend MS Chapel 9:30AM (HC)
April 16th – K4-1st Gr. Chapel 9:00AM (MWC)
April 16th – 5th & 6t Gr. Students Attend MS Chapel
April 23rd – 2nd-4th Gr. Chapel 9:00AM (HC)
April 23rd – 5th & 6th Gr. Students Attend MS Chapel 9:30AM (HC)


This week, I would like to share some of my professional background with families. As far as my career in education, I have been blessed with many different opportunities that I can see have prepared me for this new role. My undergraduate degree is in elementary education from Furman University (Go Paladins) and I have a graduate degree in special education from the University of Georgia (Go Dawgs). I started out teaching special education in Gainesville, FL while my husband was in school and transitioned to general education when we moved to Orlando. I had the opportunity to move into a curriculum support role while I was with Orange County Public Schools and served as both a Curriculum Resource Teacher and a Reading Coach. When Sarah was starting Kindergarten, God led us to look at job opportunities at The First Academy. Starting out in the Learning-i.e. program as the instructor for the Enrichment classes was such a blessing and through that position and much mentorship, I was able to assist in other areas including the student support services as well as accreditation. All of these opportunities encouraged me to grow professionally and connected me with many teachers, students, and families. I am really looking forward to my new endeavor and appreciate all of the support and prayers. TFA is a special place and I am blessed to be part of such an exemplary organization.


K-Prep Earth & Sky Unit
K-Prep students learned about camping, worms and nighttime skies during their “Earth and Sky” unit. A big “thank you” to our parent volunteers for visiting the classrooms and assisting in making ‘dirt cups with worms’! The children loved their special snack! Thursday was Pajama Day, K-Prep students wore their Pajamas to school and pretended it was night time all day! They even got to sleep in a real tent!
K Prep - Pajama Day - pic w. J. JacksonK-Prep Pajama Day w. Mrs. MeloonK-Prep - spanish - pajama dayK4 Earth & Sky Day - Pajama Day K4 - pic 2 - Earth & Sky Day K4 - Earth & Sky Day - pic 1


6th Grade Ceramics
The photo below shows the work of the following 6th grade Ceramics students from left to right : Grace Scheeringa, Taylor Whiteman, Lauren Spalding, Emily DeVarona, Sammy Lake, Mattie Jacoby, Lauren Spalding, Amber Wei and Grace Scheeringa.
6th Grade Ceramics - Picture - Displayed in MS showcase


Alternative Lunch Day (April 14th)
Tuesday, April 14, 2015 is an Alternative Lunch Day. K-Prep through 4th grade students must bring a lunch from home. 5th and 6th grade students may purchase a Chick-Fil-A lunch from the Upper School SGA for $5.50. The Chick-fil-A meal will include:

1 Chick-fil-A sandwich
Extra sandwiches will be offered for an additional $3.50

To order the Chick-fil-A alternative lunch, visit Please submit all orders by Friday, April 10, 2015 at 3:00pm.

You will receive a confirmation email from the TFA Finance office confirming receipt of payment upon paying for your child’s order. There isn’t an option to order for multiple students at this time. Students will pick up their orders in the gymnasium lobby on April 14th. Please remember that if you do not wish to order the Chick-fil-A alternative lunch, students are welcome to bring a lunch from home.


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.


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!


Lower School Parking Lot
As we approach the end of the year, please note a few reminders regarding the Lower School parking lot:
The safest and preferred way to drop off and pick up your child(ren) is to use the designated carline.
An adult must escort students to and from the parking lot. For their safety, we cannot permit students to walk to a parked car. Parents, if you are parked, please walk up and pick up your child(ren).
Handicapped parking is designated for families or visitors who have an appropriate sticker or sign. These spots are for parking and escorting your children in.

Thank you for partnering with us to make arrival and dismissal a safe process for everyone.


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.