Lower School Newsletter, Week of Jan. 28

Parents, please take a moment to mark your calendars. The following are some important dates that you do not want to miss:
● January 29th – 1st Grade Field Trip to Orlando Science Center
● February 1st-4th Grade St. Augustine Field Trip (Rescheduled)
● February 2nd – Parent Association Meeting 8:15-9:45AM (Faith Hall 301)
● February 3rd – 3rd-6th Grade Sunshine State Young Readers Association Lunch (for all students who read 5+ Sunshine State Books)
● February 4th – 5th Grade Field Trip to Oak Haven Strawberry Farm
● February 5th – 3rd Grade Field Trip to Orlando Repertory Theater
● 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)


The following is a list of chapel dates and times for January and February:
● January 28th – K4-5th Grade Chapel-Mrs. Camblin’s Class Presentation 8:45-9:25AM (Faith Hall)
● 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


How many of you habitually ask your child “How was school today?” or “What did you do at school today?” on the drive home from school? How many of you get absolutely nothing informative? I know for the most part, I get responses like, “It was fine,” or “I had a good day.” When one of the girls was in preschool (Unfortunately, I can’t remember which one), Mrs. Shaw explained to me that asking that question really is too broad for students to really answer, even up through elementary school. That really stuck with me . . . not enough to stop doing it but it still makes me think. Just last weekend, I came across a great resource with alternative conversation starters to use with children.
● How did you help a friend?
● How did you help your teacher?
● What games did you play at recess?
● Who did you play with at recess?
● What is something that made you laugh today?
● What did you write about today?
● Tell me about the best book that your teacher read today.
● Tell me something that you did well.
● Who did you work with in class?
● What would your teacher tell me about your work today?
● What would your teacher tell me about your behavior today?
● Tell me something new that you learned today.
● Tell me something nice to you said to someone today.
● What is something we need to work on tonight?
● What is something that you are looking forward to tomorrow?
● Tell about two things you did to reach your learning goals.
● What was your favorite thing about today?
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K4 Gatorland In-House Field Trip
K4 classes had a fantastic visit from Gatorland today! They learned many interesting facts about tarantulas, toads, monitor lizards, scorpions and alligators!!! Most of them were brave enough to actually hold an alligator!!
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The 100th Day of School
We can hardly believe that the 100th day of school is already here. We are 100 days SMARTER!! Grade levels celebrated this milestone on Tuesday in a variety of fun and creative ways. KPrep celebrated by bringing in 100 of an item and some silly 100 hats. Kindergarteners dressed like 100 Year Olds and enjoyed math and engineering stations. They also counted out 100 pieces of various snack foods, and brought in baggies of 100 items to show the class. Each Kindergarten class collected over 100 cans of food to donate to FBCO’s Pregnancy Center. Thank you to those who helped them surpass their goal! The students in TK made hats with 100 stickers, rotated around to 100 themed centers, and made a snack mix with 100 pieces of food. First grade played a variety of Minute to Win It with a 100th day spin. How many times can you write your name in 100 seconds? Second grade celebrated “being 100 days smarter” by playing the game “Roll to 100,” dreaming about how they would spend $100, and making words from “one hundred.” To top it off, they enjoyed a special snack shaped like 100100th Day of School 1 100th Day of School 2 100th Day of School 3 100th Day of School 4 100th Day of School 5 100th Day of School 6 100th Day of School 7 100th Day of School 8 100th Day of School 9 100th Day of School 10


3rd and 6th Grade Bible Buddies

Our 3rd and 6th grade students met together this week for another Bible Buddy small group. Their focus verse was:
“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new is here!”
2 Corinthians 5:17
The focus questions that the 6th graders discussed with the 3rd graders were:
● What does ‘in Christ’ mean? (origin: Greek meaning)
● What does ‘the old has gone’ mean? (origin: Greek meaning)
● How can we live in the ‘new’ each day?
The students also shared their salvation story with their buddies. I think all of the teachers and students were thrilled to see the level of discussion taking place in the classrooms and the 6th graders are doing a really nice job of preparing for the lesson ahead of time.


Geography Bee-6th Grade Participants
Do you know which country is the largest producer of oil? How about which continent you can find the Drakensberg Mountains? Well simply ask one of our Lower School 6th grade contestants, and they just might be able to tell you these and other challenging questions about the world we live in. On Wednesday, January 13th, ten 6th grade students competed alongside 7th and 8th grade contestants in the National Geographic Bee. This annual event tests students in areas of world, cultural, economic and physical geography. Students who make it through this round of questions have an opportunity to compete at state competitions and ultimately at the national level to become the Geography Bee National Champion and earn valuable scholarship awards.

In Lower School, we are particularly proud of the ten students that represented the 6th grade. Three of these scholars made it to the final round of questioning. Way to go 6t hgrade GEO-CHAMPS! We are proud to recognize the following students for their participation in this year’s Bee:
Mia Barbon
Sophia Borrero
Josh Gannaway
Hailey Gill
Asa Harmening
Daniel Hickle
Katie Newsom
Hannah Nixon
Elvis Requejo
Casey St. John

Geo Bee Pic



1st Annual Father Daughter Dance
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.


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


Sunshine State Readers Award Lunch
Each year, the library hosts a luncheon for students who read at least five books off of the Sunshine State Young Reader’s Award annual list. Chick-fil-A will be providing food and local author Taryn Souders will be talking to students about the writing process and “magic math” tricks. To order Taryn’s books, please download the attached order form and turn in to the library by February 3. For more information about Taryn, please go to her website at Lunch will be served in the Boyd Moline Library at 11:15AM-12:30PM. Students who are unable to eat Chick-Fil-A may bring a lunch that day.
Book Order Form2


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!


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.