Lower School Newsletter, Week of Feb. 25

Parents, please take a moment to mark your calendars. The following are some important dates that you do not want to miss:
February 24th – 26th-Alternative Lunch Days-students must bring a lunch from home
February 26th – 2nd Grade Field Trip to Dino World and Phosphate Museum
February 26th – 5th Grade Field Trip to Oak Haven Strawberry Farm-Rescheduled Due to Weather
February 26th – 3rd Grade Miss Alaineus Parade
March 1st – 2nd Grade Field Trip to Orlando Repertory Theater
March 1st – Parent Association Meeting 8:15-9:45AM (Faith Hall 301)
March 3rd & 4th – WrAP Testing for 3rd-6th Grade
March 8th – 3rd Quarter AR Deadline
March 11th – Grandparent’s Day Program 8:30AM (LS Classrooms and Gym)
March 11th – 12:15 Dismissal/End of 3rd Quarter
March 14th – 4th Quarter Begins
March 17th – 3rd Grade 50’s Day Celebration
March 18th – Lower School Varsity Softball Event
March 21st – 28th-Spring Break/Easter Break


The following is a list of chapel dates and times for February and March:
March 17th – K4-5th Grade Chapel-Mrs. Martin and Mrs. Cline’s Class Presentation 8:45-9:25AM (Faith Hall)
March 31st – K4-5th Grade Chapel-Mrs. Combs’ Class Presentation 8:45-9:25AM (Faith Hall)


As we continue with our character trait of fairness for the month. I felt it was best to continue to share my information from last week. In addition, please read about Mrs. Lamp’s Chapel presentation as two aspects of fairness were presented.

Fairness is a big topic for young children and adolescents as they are experiencing life and forming an understanding of this very challenging topic. I read a devotion that really opened my eyes to some new ways that I could talk about fairness in our home, especially when confronted with some things that seem “unfair” to a child. I wanted to share some of these tips and talking points in hopes that they may be helpful to you.

Looking at unfair situations is a great opportunity to talk about the sovereignty of God. Bad things happen to good people but ultimately God loves us and we should find comfort in that love.

Too much emphasis on fairness leads us all to make comparisons among one another and God wants us to focus on His goodness.
Rather than looking at a situation as fair to one and unfair to another, focus on the fact that we are all blessed at different times in our lives. Focus on being happy for someone else who may have received a blessing.

Philippians Chapter 2 is a great passage to read and think about in regards to fairness. I would encourage us all to read through that chapter this month. There is some great wisdom laid out by the apostle Paul on having a humble spirit and living without complaint.


Mrs. Lamp’s 3rd Grade Chapel Presentation
Mrs. Lamp’s third grade class focused on the character trait of Fairness at Chapel this week. They discovered at least two things, First, fairness is a part of God’s character. It’s in the Bible!
Isaiah 11:5 “For He will be clothed with fairness and with truth.”

Secondly, acting fairly sounds a lot like The Golden Rule! If people followed these there would be few complaints about unfair treatment. Fairness is playing fair and by the rules, treating others the way you want to be treated, taking turns, sharing, listening, and telling the truth.
Lamp Chapel Pic 2 Lamp Chapel Pic 1


5th Grade Science Fair
Our fabulous students did a wonderful job at the 5th grade Science Fair on Friday, February 19th. All 68 students chose a topic to research and conducted a science experiment in the areas of life, earth, or physical science. Congratulations to ALL our students for a job well done!

Science Fair Photo 2 Science Fair Photo 1

5th Grade Science Fair Awards
A special Congratulations to the winners of this year’s 5th grade Science Fair, the following are photos of the students with their awards:

Physical Science winners

Physical Science Winners (Left to Right): Briana Watwood (3rd place), Liam Philbin (1st place) and Emma Segrest (2nd place)

Life Science Winners Photo

Life Science Winners (Left to Right): Noah Nixon (3rd place), Emily Meena (1st place) and Evan Ryan (2nd place)

Earth Science Winners

Earth Science Winners (Left to Right): Cade Schrimsher (2nd place), Meredith Keyes (1st place) and Mitchell Starks (3rd place)


March Madness AR Reading Incentive-Week 2 Results
We are so excited by how many points our students earned during the second week of March Madness!!! Below are the final results for “Week 2 – Day 2”:

East Division
Williams’ South Carolina Gamecocks: 18.8
Dowling’s Florida Gators: 25.0

Agan’s Oregon Ducks: 21.0
Smith’s Louisville Cardinals: 19.3

West Division
Schuessler’s Purdue Boilermakers: 16.7
Walton’s Texas Longhorns: 42.0

Lamp’s UCF Knights: 15.3
Diehl’s Dayton Flyers: 38.2

Combs’ Indiana Hoosiers: 32.5
Rowley’s Baylor Bears: 25.7

South Division:
Morrow’s Texas A&M Aggies: 8.0
Camblin’s Kentucky Wildcats: 74.7

Bell’s FSU Seminoles: 34.2
Parmer’s Iowa State Cyclones: 3.0

Lawson’s Providence Friars: 32.0
Dvorak’s Wichita State Shockers: 36.3

Mid-West Division:
Hurlebaus’ Virginia Cavaliers: 17.0
Rymer’s Xavier Musketeers: 17.3

Bacon’s Iowa Hawkeyes: 0.0
Requejo’s Oklahoma Sooners: 16.3

Grosshans’ Kansas Jayhawks: 4.0
Render’s Miami Hurricanes: 18.6

Gordon’s Villanova Wildcats: 25.0
Taurisano’s Michigan State Spartans: 74.5

Englund’s North Carolina Tarheels: 30.0
Rossmeissl’s Maryland Terrapins: 33.3


Grandparent’s Day
We are looking forward to honoring our grandparents with classroom presentations and a special presentation in the gym. Please mark your calendar for Friday, March 11th. The events begin at 8:30am in the grade level classrooms. All 6th grade students will take part in the classroom presentation part of the program. Please share the information on the flyer below with your guests so that they are aware of this important event. Grandparents Day Flyer 2016


Standardized Testing-Mark Your Calendars
Standardized testing is right around the corner. Please mark your calendars for the following testing dates:
March 3rd-4th-WrAP Testing (3rd-6th)
April 11th-14th- Terra Nova/CTP-4 K-6th Grade)
Please try to avoid planning any appointments or pre-arranged absences during on these important days.


Box Tops Collection
Parents, it’s that time of the year again!! The next collection date for Box Tops is Friday, April 1st. Please bring or send in your box tops to the LS front desk before April 1st. Your support is greatly appreciated!


Purchase Your Yearbook Today
Your 2015-2016 TFA Legacy Yearbook is almost complete! Hurry while supplies last and purchase your book today at As always, our book covers Lower, Middle, and Upper School students. The yearbook team thanks you for all your support.


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.