Lower School Newsletter, Week of April 14


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


The following is a list of chapel dates and times for April and May:


We were very blessed to have Dr. Whitaker join us for our K4-5th grade Lower School Chapel.  He did a very meaningful introduction for Obedience with the students that has continued to resonate with me almost a week later.  Mrs. Savage also shared a very emotional story from her own childhood about a time when being obedient actually saved her life.   How many of us, as adults, can remember a time that we were disobedient in some fashion?  For me, it is not very hard to come up with a vivid memory of a time when I was disobedient and that is exactly what Dr. Whitaker shared with the students.   I believe it is important for our children hear a consistent message from home and school about obedience but also that none of us are perfect.

Don’t forget that we love to have parents join us for chapel.  We only have a few chapels left this school year.  Please take a look above at the dates, times, and locations for our remaining chapels.


Mrs. Huckleberry’s TK Chapel Presentation

Our TK students helped us kick off our new character trait for the month of April-Obedience.  The students shared some different stories from the Bible and declared if that person was being obedient or not.   Some of the stories they highlighted included Noah and Jonah.  They also taught the Lower School a new praise and worship song.  Way to go TK!

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 K4 Weather Unit and Alphabet Parade

KPrep is learning all about weather in science.    The students made their own wind detectors.  They started by making a prediction and then went outside to see if there was any wind.   And there was!!!   The students could tell which direction the wind was blowing by the direction the streamers were blowing.


K4 Students celebrated the completion of their alphabet studies with an alphabet parade today!  Everyone dressed up as a specific letter and paraded around the campus to show off what they’ve learned!



4th Grade Water Systems Field Trip

The fourth grade students spent a wonderful day studying the Florida Water Systems.  The day began visiting the Canaveral National Seashore where students and parents walked the beach and learned about this saltwater ecosystem.  Next, students visited the Titusville Marina on the Indian River Lagoon, a brackish water environment.  Here, the students studied various marine specimens.  The students worked together in teams using seining nets to capture and release the sea life.  The last stop included visiting the Saint John’s River where students observed the plant and animal life of this freshwater habitat from an airboat.  It was an amazing experience observing God’s creatures including alligators, bald eagles, and much more.  It was a very special memory for all of the 4th grade students and teachers!

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3rd/8th Grade Science Discovery Day

Third grade joined eighth grade for a day of science exploration.  The 8th grade honors science students worked hard in preparing a STEM lab for all of the 3rd grade students to enjoy.  Our young scientists rotated to different centers every 5 minutes and were treated to a hands-on learning lab.  Each center taught a different science concept.  Some examples were forces, magnetics, the solar system, chemical and physical changes (yes, they made s’mores in that one) and light using homemade kaleidoscopes.  All of the students had a really great day and no, we don’t typically make your children sit in boxes.  They are smiling so it must have been fun!

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 March Madness AR Reading Incentive – Week 7 Results

Here are the results from our final week of March Madness.

East Division:
Smith’s Louisville Cardinals: 44.2

Fox’s USC Trojans: 32.1

West Division:

Gooseman’s Arizona Wildcats: 91.4

Lamp’s UCF Knights: 65.3

Rowley’s Baylor Bears: 22.9

Walton’s Texas Longhorns:  37.5

Combs’ Indiana Hoosiers:  138.3

Diehl’s Dayton Flyers: 150.7

South Division:
Morrow’s Texas A&M Aggies: 8.0

Lawson’s Providence Friars: 0.0

Parmer’s Iowa State Cyclones:  28.0

Camblin’s Kentucky Wildcats: 104.0

Fitzgerald’s West Virginia Mountaineers: 106.7

Dvorak’s Wichita State Shockers: 69.9

Now to the final results.   Congratulations to the following teams who won their division during the March madness Competition and will be rewarded with a PIZZA PARTY!

EAST DIVISION CHAMPS:  Mrs. Smith’s Louisville Cardinals

WEST DIVISION CHAMPS:  Mrs. Diehl’s Dayton Flyers


Congratulations to all the classes.     Everyone worked hard and earned an extremely impressive amount of AR points.    Now let’s get those last few points to earn the doughnut celebration.


Rising Grade Level Meetings-Mark Your Calendars

It’s hard to believe that it is already time to start thinking about next year.   If you would like to get a sneak peek at the next grade level, please plan to attend our Rising Grade Level Meetings.    At these meetings, the current teachers will share information pertaining to grade level curriculum, important projects, field trips, and general expectations.    If you are unable to attend, please do not worry because we will send home the grade level presentations to all families.   We will have staff available to stay with your children (K4-5th grade only please)in the hallways while you attend the meeting.  Younger children may join you in the classroom for the meeting.

AR-200% Club

The 4th quarter AR deadline is Friday, May 20th.  Students hoping to earn the AR 200% Club Award for the 2015-2016 school year must have all necessary AR tests completed by the end of the day Monday, May 16th.  Any tests taken after May 16th will still count toward the 4th quarter goal but not for the purposes of the 200% Club school year award.  Please see Mrs. DeBoom in the library if you have 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.

Mother/Son Boot Camp Event-Friday, April 22nd

Calling all TFA Moms and Sons in grades 1st through 6th, grab your best camouflage t-­shirt and get ready for a night of fun and basic training. Report to duty at the Payne Stewart Athletic Complex. Follow the balloons to find the registration table and check­in to receive your team schedule. Your basic training will include an obstacle course, “rec” sports, relay races, and lots more fun to enjoy with your son. Who will be this year’s champions of the tug-­of­-war?!? The Toasted Food Truck will be on site to dish out much-needed rations.

Be sure to purchase your tickets by April 15th!

Here is the link to buy your tickets:

Rising 7th Grade Parent Meeting

Current 6th grade families, please mark your calendars for May 5th.   You are invited to the Rising 7th Grade Parent Meeting.  This will take place on May 5th at 3:25pm in Middle School Room 162.  This is a great way to find out what’s ahead next year!

Orlando Magazine – Vote for TFA Today

It is time to cast your ballot for the best private school in Central Florida.  The First Academy is up for the award in Preschool, Private School (K-8) and Private School (9-12).  Simply fill out the ballot using this link by May 1, 2016.

“Reading is a Treasure” Reading Incentive Program

At TFA, we strive to develop the love of reading in all of our students.  To help foster that love of reading, students in K4, TK and K will be participating in a “Reading is a Treasure” incentive program.  The “Reading is a Treasure” Incentive Program will last from March 14th-April 29th.

Here are the details:

  1. Each week, students can fill out a reading treasure map reading record form.  Extras are available on TFA’s Boyd-Moline library webpage
  2. After you read a story with your child, fill out the reading record.  After ten books are read, please return the reading record to your child’s teacher.  Students will then be able to choose a prize from the library chest during their library time.


Have you started making summer plans for your children?  We have camps available for all students ranging from K4 – 12th grade.  Be sure to register as soon as possible, as some camps have a limited number of spots available.

SummerQuest is also open to students who do not attend TFA.  We would love to see students from other schools have an opportunity to visit our amazing campus and experience our wonderful teachers and coaches.  Please feel free to share the link below with anyone who might be interested.

To register, please visit and be sure to select the appropriate grade level for your child to see all available courses.  We look forward to another year of record enrollment in SummerQuest camps.  If you have questions, please do not hesitate to contact Doug Cohen, Summerquest Coordinator, at or 407-206-8634.

TFA’s Preschool Summer Camp 2016

Many of our families have preschool-aged children so we want to notify you of a summer camp opportunity here at TFA.  Introducing TFA’s Preschool Summer Camp 2016!  Children ages 8 weeks to 3 years old are invited to join in our summer fun and “dive into reading”.  The first camp session runs from Monday, June 6th through Thursday, June 30th.  The second camp session runs from Tuesday, July 5th through Friday, July 22nd.  Core program hours run from 9:00AM-3:00PM, with wrap around care available 7:00AM-4:30PM.  For more information and to register today, please visit

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Standardized Testing – Mark Your Calendars

Our next round of standardized testing is right around the corner.  Please mark your calendars for the following  testing dates:
Please try to avoid planning any appointments or pre-arranged absences during these important days.


 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.

Parent Volunteer Background Check

If you are a new parent and would like to volunteer in your child(ren)’s classroom(s) or chaperone on 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 of chaperoning on a field trip.