Lower School Newsletter, Week of 9/3

Parents, please take a moment to mark your calendars. The following are some important dates that you do not want to miss:
September 7th – No School – Labor Day (Student/Teacher Holiday)
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 September:

September 10th – K4-2nd Grade Chapel-Faith Hall 8:45-9:25AM
September 17th – 3rd-5th Grade Chapel-Faith Hall 8:45-9:25AM
September 24th-No Chapel Due to Early Dismissal in LS


Thank you to all of the parents who attended the Lower School Coffee with the Principal on Wednesday morning in the library. There was a nice blend of new and returning families and it is a great way for me to connect familiar faces with names. I love the opportunity to talk about The First Academy and Lower School in particular. Many thanks to all of our families for partnering with us for a great school year.


6th Grade Leadership Retreat
We had an excellent time last Friday at the 6th Grade Leadership Retreat. Each of the 6th grade teachers along with Mr. Laegeler planned a breakout session. These were designed to build community among the students. They had so much fun working together to achieve a common task. Many thanks to the 6th grade teachers and Mr. Laegeler for planning meaningful activities for the students. After lunch and a time of worship, Mr. John Evans spoke to the students about their personal relationship with Jesus. He is the campus FCA director at UCF and the students could relate to his message. We ended our time with a challenge to the students to read through the book of Proverbs during this school year.. We can’t wait to see what God has in store for these boys and girls this year.
6th Grade Leadership Retreat Pic

2nd Grade Words of Wisdom
The second graders have shared practical ways that they can each Grow in Wisdom with their hallway owl display. Their owls are absolutely beautiful. Stop by and take a look at their artwork and writing next time you are on their hallway.
2nd Grade Words of Wisdom Pic 2nd Grade Words of Wisdom Pic 2


After Care Program for 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.


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
Attendance was fantastic at the first Parent Association Meeting of the school year. It was almost standing room only for the group part at the beginning. 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)

Labor Day Pic
Parents, The First Academy will be closed on Monday, September 7th due to the Labor Day Holiday.


Picture Day – Save the Date! (September 8th)

Picture Day Pic
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


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.