Lower School Newsletter, Week of 9/17

Parents, please take a moment to mark your calendars. The following are some important dates that you do not want to miss:
September 22nd-24th – LS Parent/Teacher Conferences (12:15PM Dismissal)
Students are to attend the conference
Any student staying in AfterCare must bring a lunch from home
September 23rd – See You At the Pole – 7:45-8:00AM (Alumni Commons)
September 24th -NEHS Induction Ceremony-Faith Hall 301-7:00pm
October 2nd – Alternative Lunch Day
October 13th – LS Picture Retake Day
October 13th – Alternative Lunch Day (Students Must Bring A Lunch)

The following is a list of chapel dates and times for September and October:
September 24th-No Chapel Due to Early Dismissal in LS
October 1st-K4-5th Grade Chapel-Faith Hall 8:45-9:25
October 8th-K4-2nd Grade Chapel-Faith Hall 8:45-9:25

I had the absolute pleasure last week of visiting all of the K4-5th Grade classrooms to read them one of my favorite children’s literature selections, A Fine, Fine School by Sharon Creech.
A Fine Fine School Book CoverFine, Fine School Pic 2
In this picture book, the principal of the school, Mr. Keene, strongly feels that his school is so wonderful that they need to have more than 5 school days in a week. Throughout the book, he extends school to the weekends, holidays and finally “all summer long, every single day!” You can imagine the response from the students and teachers.
Shocked Fine, Fine School Pic 1
Tillie, a student at the school, has enough courage to explain to Mr. Keene that students learn a lot outside of school and he has a change of heart. I now have students begging me to not have school on Saturdays! The reaction varied from K4 to 5th grade but I enjoyed every visit. I hope to visit all of the classes again to read a story next quarter.

6th Grade Homeroom Representatives
We would like to congratulate the following 6th grade students for representing their homerooms this year. Our 2015-2016 6th Grade Homeroom Representatives are as follows:
Hailey Gill-Mrs. Parmer’s Homeroom
Skylar Sanchez-Mrs. Lawson’s Homeroom
Mallory McDonald-Mr. Morrow’s Homeroom
Nyla Harris-Mrs. Fitzgerald’s Homeroom
6th Grade Homeroom Reps

KPrep-Pizza Day
Last week, KPrep was very busy celebrating the Letter P. To culminate their week-long unit, the classes made homemade pizzas in class. Pudding makes a nice dessert when you are celebrating too. Check out these fun pictures.
KPrep Pizza Day 3 KPrep Pizza Day 2 K4 Pizza Day K4 Pizza Day 5 K4 Pizza Day 4

4th/5th Grade Steel Drums
On Thursdays ,after school, a group of 4th and 5th graders meet to play music on the Steel Drums! This band is part of the Royal Academy of the Arts and Enrichment program. These students will not only be learning to play the Steel Drums, but will be learning many fundamentals of music. It’s going to be a fun year!
4th-5th Grade Steel Drums

Lower School See You at the Pole
Lower School See You at the Pole is Wednesday, September 23rd from 7:45-8:00am in Alumni Commons. This event is about students uniting themselves in prayer before God interceding for their generation. This event has been organized and will be led by our 6th Grade Homeroom Representatives. Students in K4-3rd grade should be accompanied by a parent. If you would like to read more about this national event, please visit the following link:
They all met together and were constantly UNITED in prayer. —Acts 1:14

Wisdom Family Devotion
Please join us in incorporating our 2nd Wisdom Family Devotion as part of your family devotion time. This is a great opportunity for the entire Lower School to look at what the Bible says about wisdom. Thank you for partnering with us to embrace another opportunity to “Grow in Wisdom.”
September Wisdom Devotional 2 (1)

Student-Led Conferences
Student Led Conferences
Last year, Lower School piloted the concept of Student-led conferences in 2nd grade. This year, Lower School will transition from traditional parent-teacher conferences to student-led conferences in all grade levels K4-6th grade. During student-led conferences, teachers will act as facilitators while students review their work and progress with their parents. Students may showcase work from a portfolio of assignments they have collected prior to the conference. There will also be a self-evaluation that the students have completed prior to the meeting. The purpose of the self-evaluation is to help students celebrate their strengths and set personal goals in regards to their education. Teachers are working with the students to help guide them through the different parts of the conference. Preparing for the conference helps students take a more active role in their learning throughout the year. There will also be a period of time available at the end of the conference should there be something that needs discussing without the student present. The Lower School conference days are Tuesday September 22nd through Thursday September 24th. We have early dismissal all three days at 12:15pm.

First Quarter Reading Incentive Program (Week 2 Competition)
Congratulations to the winners of week 2 of our Blitzin’ the Books Competition! Winning teachers, please email your class parents and let them know that their children have won the privilege of wearing TFA spirit wear or their favorite football team shirt with denim bottoms today.

1st Grade: Mrs. Williams
2nd Grade: Mrs. Dowling
3rd Grade: Mrs. Diehl
4th Grade: Mrs. Walton
5th Grade: Mrs. Bell
6th Grade: Mrs. Parmer

All classes still have a chance to win a Spirit Day next Thursday and a chance at being the overall winner for their grade level, so keep it up! Happy Reading!!!!

After Care Program for Early Dismissal Days-LS Conferences
We will have early dismissal Sept. 22nd-24th for Lower School Conferences. After Care will be available beginning at 12:15 each day. If your child does not normally attend After Care but needs to come one of these days, please contact the After Care Director Onyx Molden at You can also visit the TFA website to purchase a ticket for After Care using the following link: Students attending the After Care Program September 22nd-24th must bring a lunch from home.

Picture Retake (Save the Date!)
Picture Retake is Tuesday, October 13th. This is the last opportunity for students to have their photo taken for the yearbook. Please save the date if your child was absent on Picture Day.


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! All parents must have a completed background check before volunteering or chaperoning a field trip.

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.