Lower School Newsletter, Week of 5/21

Parents, please take a moment to mark your calendars. The following are some important dates that you do not want to miss:
May 22nd – K4-6th Gr. End-of-Year Celebration (LS Playground)
May 22nd – Last Day of School/End of 4th Quarter (12:15PM Dismissal)


Summer is Here! We have had a fantastic school year but I know the students are looking forward to summer vacation. If you are looking for some good ideas on how to keep your child’s skills sharp before the start of the next school year, here are a few tips:

1. Read some good books. Summer is a great time to read books together as a family. Listen to audiobooks on long car trips. Get a jump start on the Sunshine State books.

2. Visit those math facts periodically throughout the summer. The students work really hard all year to master their math facts. Practicing those with homemade flashcards or a fun app every week will help them be ready when we get back to school.

3. Play, play, play!! There is a lot to be learned from playing board games or even organized games outside with neighborhood friends.

We will be working hard this summer to help great things for next year. Can’t wait to see everyone back for the 2015-2016 school year.
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Kindergarten Superkids Day
Kindergarten had a great time celebrating Superkids Day last Friday. The kindergarten team uses the Rowland Reading Superkids curriculum so students dressed as their favorite Superkids character to culminate the school year.
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5th Grade Number the Stars Quilt Project
The 5th grade closed the Novel Study of Number the Stars by each student creating a square to complete a “Remembrance Quilt” for all the people who died in the Holocaust. This quilt is displayed in the 5th grade hallway and is a replica of the one found in the US Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, DC. Students learned many valuable life lessons as they read this historical fiction story of a young girl and her Jewish friend.
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6th Grade Missions Festival
This year’s festival included a historical, geographical and unique cultural experience that enlightened the students’ perspective of the world around them. Students from other grade levels were excited to visit 6th grade’s Missions Festival and learn about different cultures. What a wonderful way to end the school year!
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End-of-Year Celebration
Parents, Lower School’s End-of-Year Celebration is Friday, May 22nd. Please note the student dress code for the day’s events:

Students may wear athletic shorts, tennis shoes and TFA T-Shirt. Some events involve water so we recommend that all students bring a towel, extra shirt and shorts and a plastic bag for wet clothes
Girls may wear a one (1) piece bathing suit under their clothes or a dark colored TFA T-Shirt and shorts
Girls or boys may not remove their shirts and/or shorts at any time
All clothing and bags should be labeled with child’s name


4th Grade Library Aide Application
4th Grade Students:
If you are interested in being a library aide for the 2015-2016 school, kindly visit the library to pick up an application. Please return all applications to the library by Tuesday, May 19th. Please see Mrs. DeBoom in the library if you have any questions.


Summer AR Testing
AR will be turned off beginning Monday, May 18th. AR will be available for summer testing on Monday, June 1st. Students may visit TFA campus to take AR tests Monday through Friday from 9 AM – 3 PM on their iDevices (iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch) through the Accelerated Reader app as of June 1st. Students must be on campus and logged on to the TFA Guest wifi during the designated times in order for the AR app to work. The library will not be open for testing, but there will be iPads available in the lower school lobby for students to use if they don’t have their own device. All AR testing done during the summer will count toward the 1st quarter AR goal for the 2015-2016 school year.


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.