Lower School Newsletter, Week of 4/16

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

April 16th-April 18th – Upper School Spring Theatre/Musical at 7:00 PM (Blackbox Theatre)
April 27th-April 30th – LS/MS Standardized Testing (Classrooms)


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

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


Chapel for 2nd-4th grade was such a great time last week. The entire chapel was centered around the following verse:

“Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.”
Ephesians 4:29

Miss Rowley and Miss Bufton’s classes both did a skit demonstrating the power that our words can have on others in both a positive and a negative way. It was a skit by students, about students, and for students and I definitely think that it hit home with a powerful message about the impact that our words can have on the people around us.
Rowley Chapel Pic Bufton Chapel Pic

Mr. Anderson (father to LS students Maia and Lily) followed with a great object lesson on the same verse. He taught the students using some common images and tag lines that I think they can carry with them as reminders. The first visual he used was the game of Jenga with the idea that every time we say something mean to someone, we are taking out a small piece of their heart. The second visual he described was the domino effect and how one word can start a whole process of negative thinking for a person. The two tag lines he used to help the students remember the power of their words were Don’t Blow It (-) instead Let’s Grow It (+). I hope to see the students at TFA using these sayings to encourage one another to use their words for building one each other up.


LS Varsity Softball Game
Lower School had a great time last Thursday at the Varsity Softball Game. Many thanks to the teachers and parent volunteers for working to make this event a fun one for the students. All of the Lower School girls who participated in a softball clinic were recognized before the game.


Classroom Placement
The TFA Faculty and staff are committed to providing the best educational experience for each child. The Principal and Assistant Principal work with teacher(s) to prayerfully consider the needs of the student when making final decisions for student placement. Class placement decisions are based on many factors which include, but are not limited to, the student’s individual learning styles as well as emotional, social, and academic needs. Classroom structure and current teacher recommendations are also closely considered.

Faculty and staff may not be prepared—at this time—to share information regarding their assignment for the next year since we are currently in the process of finalizing teacher grade level assignments. However, God continues to bless us with a strong Lower School team. Please continue to keep our faculty and staff in your prayers throughout the summer as they prepare for a new school year.


K-6 Standardized Testing
Though our spring standardized testing is just a few weeks away, we want to communicate to you some important reminders pertaining to the assessments.

While your child cannot “study” for these tests, you can make certain preparations to help your student do his or her very best.

If you haven’t already, mark your calendars for the following test dates:
Lower School: April 27th, 28th, 29th and 30th
K-4th Grade: Achievement Test: Terra Nova 3
K-1st Grade: Cognitive Assessment: Primary Test of Cognitive Skills-PTCS
2nd-4th Grade: Cognitive Assessment: In-View
5th-6th Grade: Achievement/Cognitive Assessment: Comprehensive Testing Program-CTP 4


Uniform Resale
We need your gently used uniforms! Donations boxes will be available at the LS/MS/US front desk April 20th-24th. Seniors, please donate your uniforms 7:30-9:30AM on Friday, April 24th in the collection boxes at Student Center parking lot. The uniform resale will be held on the following dates in room 112 at the Student Center:

Monday afternoon April 27th – 2:00-4:00PM
Tuesday morning April 28th – 7:45-9:30AM

Please contact Louise Walsh at 407-341-1118 or if there are any questions.


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.