Lower School Newsletter, Week of Feb. 4

Parents, please take a moment to mark your calendars. The following are some important dates that you do not want to miss:
February 11th and 12th – No School/Teacher Workday
February 15th – President’s Day-Holiday for Students and Teachers
February 19th – 5th Grade Science Fair
February 19th – Winter Wonderland Father Daughter Dance 1st-6th Grade 6:30-9:30PM (Country Club of Orlando)
February 23rd – Uniform Exchange-7:30-9:30AM (Gym Lobby)
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


The following is a list of chapel dates and times for February and March:
February 4th – K4-5th Grade Chapel-Mrs. F. Williams’ Class Presentation 8:45-9:25AM (Faith Hall)
February 18th – K4-5th Grade Chapel-Mrs. Lamp’s Class Presentation 8:45-9:25AM (Faith Hall)
February 23rd – K4-5th Grade Chapel-Mrs. Dvorak’s Class Presentation 8:45-9:25AM (Faith Hall) – This is a change in date from a Thursday to Tuesday
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)


Our Biblical character trait for the month of February is Fairness. This topic is often a challenging one for children (and if we are being really honest, it can be challenging for adults too). I don’t know about you but we have heard “That isn’t fair!” around the Jackson household more than once. I would be dishonest if I didn’t confess to responding to that statement with “Well, life isn’t always fair” even though I know it makes me sound just like my mother. Is God fair? That’s a really tough and easy question depending on where we look. When we study the Bible, we see God’s character. “The LORD is righteous in all His ways and faithful in all He does.” (Psalm 145:17). In other verses in Psalms, the heavens declare His righteousness and He is called a judge. When God is called a judge that shows He can only be fair, all the time. Fairness is part of His character. Despite the fact that something may seem good or bad, God always treats it fairly. Bad things still happen that do not seem fair to us but He promised to turn even the bad experiences into blessings. We are reminded of this in Romans 8:28: “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” As we discuss the character trait of fairness over the next month, let us find encouragement that we worship a God who is the ultimate example of fairness.


Sunshine State Young Readers Award
A special group of 3rd-6th grade students were honored this week. Students who read 5+ of this year’s Sunshine State books were invited to have lunch with a special guest author in the library. Local author, Taryn Souders, joined the students and will spoke to them about the writing process. Students who have read ten or more Sunshine State books received a signed copy of Dead Possums are Fair Game from Taryn at the luncheon. The following students were honored at the lunch:
3rd Grade: Emily Meng, Lily Mock, Lorelai Scott, Audri Joyce, Maia Mansier, Connor Mertz, Taylor Mertz, Brooke Mertz, Max Engstrom, Hope DeBoom, Lauren Jackson, Mark Scheeringa, and Luiza Coutinho
4th Grade: Ava Joyce, Bo Engstrom, Hope Woods, AJ Gutzmer, Ali Cronk, Danny Holter, Brooke Larweth, Jeremiah Vaughn, Lara Auge, Travis Fine, Michael Koziara, Molly Sheridan, Ava Mathis, Michael Casingal, David Mattson
5th Grade: Ava Zeng, Evan Ryan, Niko Dimas, Faith DeBoom, Sarah Jackson, Jacob Morse, Grace Barcott, Hoshea Joseph, Nate Griffon, Liam Philbin, Greer Reineke, Garrett Duncan, James McGinn, Chelsea Mendes
6th Grade: Sophia Dziekan, Sophia Borrero, Claire Jensen, Rhen Myers, Mia Barbon
Great job Lower School readers!

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Google Expeditions
The First Academy brought first hand innovation to the classroom with Google’s Expedition Pioneer Program. Students were able to try out state of the art technology. Lower School and Upper School students were able to explore unique places in our beautiful earth without having to leave the library. Google is Beta testing the new program all around the world.
Google partnered with the Wildlife Conservation Society, PBS, the American Museum of Natural History, the Planetary Society, and the Palace of Versailles to develop the curriculum for students to view. A teacher directs the field trip with the students using Cardboard glasses with a full 360 Degree view of their surroundings. Students, teachers, and Administration could not get enough of this exciting new way to take a “field trip” without leaving the classroom.
Google Expeditions 1 Google Expeditions 2 Google Expeditions 3 Google Expeditions 4 Google Expeditions 5 Google Expeditions 6 Google Expeditions 7


Mrs. Camblin’s 5th Grade Class-Chapel Presentation
Mrs. Camblin’s 5th Grade class closed out the January theme of gratitude as they led the Lower School in Chapel. Students dressed in construction helmets and donned tool belts to challenge students to build a heart of gratitude as they presented the skit, Extreme Makeover – Heart Edition. The stage was set with two heart construction sites. The foolish crew built their house on the sand using materials such as the glue of crankiness, styrofoam beams of
pride, lots of cardboard gossip and paper ideas of more and more stuff, not to mention the bricks of unkind words. The wise crew built their house on the Rock of God and His Word using materials like blocks of gratefulness, the concrete of encouraging words, nails of humility, the screws of sharing with those in need, strong wood beams of a positive attitude and shingles made out of pure joy. Students shared the Scripture from Matthew 7 where Jesus said, “Everyone who hears these words of mine and does them will be like a wise man who built his house on the rock.“ Students closed out their presentation with a rap declaring the gladness of their grateful hearts and a song reminding everyone to remember the goodness of God and all of His gracious gifts to our lives.

Be thankful…Be grateful and remember all the things the Lord has done…
Camblin Chapel Pic
Gratitude Wise or Foolish


K4 and 2nd Grade Reading Buddies
Mrs Connell and Mrs Smith’s classes are both learning about geometry/shapes. So after Reading some books, the reading buddies did a patterning activity together.
Reading Buddies 1 Reading Buddies 2 Reading Buddies 3


Kindergarten 100th Day of School Canned Food Drive
In honor of the 100th Day of school, the Kindergarten classes collected canned goods to donate to the Pregnancy Center at First Baptist Church Orlando. What a great example of generosity on the part of our students and families. The classes also prayed for the families who would receive the benefit of this service project. The goal for each class was to collect 100 cans and they exceeded their goal in all classes!
Canned Food Drive


K4 Amazing Animals Unit
The students in K4 culminated their Amazing Animal Unit by learning what animals make good pets and which ones don’t. The students brought in pictures of their pets , or pets they wanted, and used the interactive board for a different version of show and tell!
Amazing Animals 1 Amazing Animals 2


K4 Service Project
K4 students took a hike across campus on Tuesday to deliver donations to the Center for Pregnancy. They were very blessed to visit the donation store and experience “Service before Self” with their own eyes!
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1st Annual Father Daughter Dance

Father Daughter
It’s not too late to sign up to be a part of this inaugural event in Lower School. You can purchase tickets on the TFA website under Field Trips and Events. Here is the link:


Last Open House-Sunday, February 21st from 2:00-4:00PM
Our current families are the best advertisement for TFA. Please consider inviting someone to join us for our last Open House event coming up on February 21st from 2:00-4:00PM. This is a great opportunity for them to see the campus and interact with our teachers as a first look at the school. Let’s share what we love!


Dennis-Boys Plaid Shorts
Dennis Uniforms is offering a 50% discount on the plaid shorts for boys. Please see the flyer below for information.
Dennis-Clearance Flyer


New Uniform Blazer for 6th-12th Grade
Are you looking for a new outerwear option for the cold weather months? Dennis Uniforms is now offering blazers for students in 6th-12th grade. You can order these online using the following link:
They are available for order from the TFA School Store also.


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.


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.