Lower School Newsletter, Week of 4/23

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

April 23rd-April 25th – US Fine Arts Senior Showcase Performance 7:00PM (MS Black Box Theatre)
April 27th-April 30th – LS/MS Standardized Testing (Classrooms)
April 30th – Rising 7th Grade Parent Meeting (Current 6th Grade Parents) 3:30-4:15PM (MS Black Box Theatre)


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)
April 30th – No Chapel (Standardized Testing)


Next week, K-6th grade students will be taking their yearly standardized assessment. I celebrate the fact that our outlook on and approach to standardized testing is not what we see in our community public schools.

Here are a few tips for helping your child approach testing next week with a healthy outlook:
Ensure your child gets a good night sleep each night
Prepare a healthy breakfast
Help your child choose comfortable fitting clothes
Arrive to school on time
Enjoy the afternoons of no homework

5th and 6th grade parents, please note that students may bring a calculator on Monday to be used on part B of the test. No phones, iPads or other electronic devices may be used. Thank you for partnering with us to make this a great, stress-free week for the students. We all want to encourage the students to do their best for God’s glory.

Colossians 3_23

First Grade Chapel
Mrs. Williams’ first grade class retold The Tale of Three Trees in chapel last week. They shared the truth that God’s plans are always what’s best for us. Each tree had a dream of what they wanted to become. Their dreams came true, but in a very different way than they had planned. We learned that the dreams we have for our future are perfect when left in God’s hands. His ways are perfect as he writes the story of our lives.


1st Gr. Williams - On their way to Chapel1st Gr Chapel photo.1

Rising Grade Level Parent Meetings
Parents of students in grades K-5 are invited to attend an informative session on grade level expectations for the next year. Teachers will focus on benchmark learning skills critical for success for the new school year. Every parent should plan to attend. We will have scheduled one session in the afternoon for each grade level. These are rising grade level meetings, so look for the grade your child will be in next year. Meetings will be held in a grade level classroom. Students of parents attending the afternoon session need to be in the supervision of an adult or in the After School Program (normal charges will apply for students who attend the After School Program whilst parents attend the afternoon session).

Current K-2nd Grades: 2:55-3:40 p.m.
Current 3rd-6th Grades: 3:15-4:00 p.m.
*2:40-3:05PM (Rising 4th Grade Only)

Thursday, May 7th
Rising First Grade (Current Kindergarten)
LS 139

Tuesday, May 19th
Rising Second Grade (Current 1st Grade)
LS 134

Monday, May 18th
Rising Third Grade (Current 2nd Grade)
LS 208

Wednesday, May 13th
Rising Fourth Grade (Current 3rd Grade)
LS 210
*2:40-3:05 PM – Early Dismissal Day

Tuesday, May 12th
Rising Fifth Grade (Current 4th Grade)
LS 236

Monday, May 11th
Rising Sixth Grade (Current 5th Grade)
LS 234

* If you cannot attend the session scheduled, please notify your child’s current teacher. Information handouts will be sent home to you.


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.


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.


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!

Tickets may be purchased using the following link:

Music Man Jr.


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.