Lower School Newsletter, Week of 8/27

Parents, please take a moment to mark your calendars. The following are some important dates that you do not want to miss:
September 2nd – Coffee with the Lower School Principal – 8:15AM (Library)
September 7th – No School – Labor Day (Student/Teacher Holiday)
September 11th – Booster Tailgate BBQ – 5:30PM (PSAC)
September 8th – LS Picture/Portraits – Morning Only/By Class Schedule (Gym)
September 22nd-24th – LS Parent/Teacher Conferences (12:15PM Dismissal)
September 23rd – See You At the Pole – 7:45-8:10AM (Alumni Commons)


The following is a list of chapel dates and times for August & September:
September 3rd – K4-5th Grade Chapel-Faith Hall 8:45-9:25AM
September 10th – K4-2nd Grade Chapel-Faith Hall 8:45-9:25AM
September 17th – 3rd-5th Grade Chapel-Faith Hall 8:45-9:25AM


In the Lower School, we are dedicated to praying for our school and our families. Each morning, a different group of faculty and staff gets together briefly to pray for you.
Monday: K4/TK/K
Tuesday: 5th/6th Grade
Wednesday: 3rd/4th Grade
Thursday: 1st/2nd Grade
Friday: Special Area
We would love to have you partner with us in praying for our school. Please choose the day that corresponds to your child’s grade and commit to praying for our students, families, faculty, and leadership. Your partnership is appreciated very much!
Cover us with your prayers


Third Grade Plant Unit
In 3rd grade, the students have been busy learning about the life cycle of plants using the steps of the Scientific Method. They first looked at living versus non-living things. Each class started with pea seeds soaked in water and compared them to gravel soaking in water. Student started with a hypothesis and ended with conclusions based on their observations. Next each class planted the seeds in 6 different containers. They tested the following variables- water, no water, nutrients, no nutrients, light and no light. This hands-on experiment using the plants allowed the students to directly observe the role of roots, stems and leaves in a plant. The light and no light plants were a great example for teaching the process of photosynthesis. We are very proud of our “budding” scientists.

3rd Grade Science Picture


First Quarter Reading Incentive Program
Research proves that the amount of time that students are engaged in independent reading correlates directly to growth in vocabulary, reading comprehension, and fluency. There is also research supporting the premise that students who read independently become better readers and score higher on achievement tests across all subject areas. At TFA, we strive to develop the love of reading in all of our students. To help foster that love of reading, the TFA library is excited to announce our 1st quarter reading incentive programs for our K Prep through sixth grade students! Both reading incentive programs will last from August 31st-October 3rd.

K4 Prep, TK and Kindergarten students will be participating in a “Pete the Cat” reading incentive program. Each week, students will bring home a “Pete the Cat” reading record form to fill out. Students can read the books themselves, or the books may be read to them. Completed reading records (records with at least 10 books) should be turned in during the student’s regular library time each week in order to receive a special prize! Students who turn in a completed reading record each week of the reading incentive program will be recognized during halftime at a TFA Varsity Football Game!!!

1st through 6th grade classes will be participating in a “Blitzing the Books” football themed reading incentive program. Each week, all classes in each grade will compete against each other to see which class can earn the most total AR points for that week. The class from each grade level who wins each week will earn an extra spirit day for the following Thursday. At the end of the reading incentive program, AR points will be added up for all the classes for the length of the program. The class with the most overall points for each grade will be recognized during halftime at a TFA Varsity Football Game!!!!!


Parent Association
The first official meeting of the Parent Association will take place on Tuesday, September 1st at 8:15AM in the Student Center. For this meeting, all divisions of the Parent Association will meet together before breaking out for separate divisional meetings. The morning will conclude with light refreshments and a time for fellowship. The mission of the Parent Association at The First Academy is to recruit, train and motivate volunteers who are dedicated to assisting The First Academy in the fulfillment of its mission and vision. All parent volunteers must submit a background check before being allowed to volunteer. Please click HERE to submit your information for a free background check.


Labor Day – Monday September 7th (Student/Teacher Holiday)
Parents, The First Academy will be closed on Monday, September 7th due to the Labor Day Holiday.


Picture Day – Save the Date! (September 8th)
Tuesday, September 8th is Picture Day. Please send in your child’s order form to his/her teacher. You may also use your credit card to order by following the instructions below:

Log onto
Follow the online directions using Portrait/Picture Day ID: PM165099Y1
Print online receipt or write online payment code on order form
Send in completed order form or online receipt by 8:00AM Tuesday, September 8th


Uniform Guidelines


Lower School Carline and Parking Lot
Please use your yellow or blue car tag when picking up students through carline.
Additional car tags may be requested by contacting Kerry Ann Cole at
During afternoon dismissal, the front portion of the Lower School parking lot will be closed to all traffic. Parking will be available for parents in the back portion of the Lower School parking lot.
For the safety of our students, please refrain from cell phone usage while in the carline or parking lot.


Change in Dismissal
As we have said many times before, the safety of TFA students is of the highest priority. If you need to make a change to the way your child is going home, please email or the classroom teacher and include detailed information about who is picking up your child. We will also require anyone unfamiliar picking up to show a driver’s license for verification. Again, we have these procedures in place to ensure our students are safe and secure while in our care.


Ren Web
Please take a few moments to verify and update your contact, emergency, and pickup information in Ren Web. This is our primary method of regular communication so it is important that we have accurate information on each student. If you are not receiving the Monday text alerts or those announcing rainy day dismissal, please check Ren Web to make sure your information is correct.


It’s that time of year again to drop off medications in the clinic. Just a reminder that medications must be dropped off by parents and the proper paperwork must be completed before medication may be dispensed to a child. All clinic forms are available under Parent Resources on Ren Web.


Parent Volunteer Background Check
If you are a new parent and would like to volunteer in your child(ren)’s classroom(s) or chaperone field trips please click HERE to submit your information for a free background check. Approvals take a few weeks so plan ahead!


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. We recommend that you subscribe to all relevant calendars so you can keep up with all of the events going on around the school.