Lower School Newsletter, Week of Jan. 7

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

January 10th – Open House for Prospective Families (2:00-4:00PM)
January 11th – Library Closed Before School
January 13th – 2nd Grade Field Trip to Blue Springs State Park
January 13th – Geography Bee (9:00-11:30AM, Black Box Theatre)
January 15th – 6th Grade Field Trip to Animal Kingdom
January 18th – Martin Luther King Day – Student Holiday/Teacher Professional Development Day
January 19th – LS EATA Alice in Wonderland Jr. Auditions
January 21st – KPrep On Campus Field Trip – Gatorland
January 21st – LS EATA Alice in Wonderland Jr. Auditions
January 22nd – LS EATA Alice in Wonderland Jr. Audition – Tentative Call Back Date
January 22nd – 4th Grade Field Trip to St. Augustine
January 26th – Kindergarten 100th Day of School
January 29th – 1st Grade Field Trip to Orlando Science Center


The following is a list of chapel dates and times for January and February:
January 7th – K4-5th Grade Chapel-Mrs. Fox’s Class Presentation 8:45-9:25AM (Faith Hall)
January 14th – K4-5th Grade Chapel-Ms. Burns’ Class Presentation 8:45-9:25AM (Faith Hall)
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 25th – K4-5th Grade Chapel-Mrs. Dvorak’s Class Presentation 8:45-9:25AM (Faith Hall)


Happy New Year! How many of you made resolutions for 2016? In 2015, about 45% of Americans set resolutions but only about 8% actually achieved their resolutions. Many people who do not make resolutions do so because they do not want to be unsuccessful. I see this as a great learning opportunity with our children. I am not suggesting that we encourage our children to make resolutions for 2016 but I do think we can help them understand the importance of goal setting. Perseverance is an important quality that will serve our children well in school and beyond. Working towards a goal is a great way to develop perseverance. It could be a goal related to school, sports, or the arts. As a school, we give them goals (AR point goals, math fact goals, mile run times, etc.) but we want to help them set their own personal ones.
Here is just one set of steps we can use with our children to encourage goal setting for 2016.

Join me in 2016 by making goal setting a common practice with our children.


Geography Bee-6th-8th Grade
The following students will be representing 6th grade in this year’s Geography Bee. This event will take place on January 13th from 9:00-11:30AM in the Black Box Theatre. We are really proud of the students who will be representing Lower School in this annual TFA event. The winner of our Geography Bee will advance to the next level, which is a written examination. All school winners are eligible to win the national championship and its first prize, a $50,000 college scholarship, at the
national competition in Washington, D.C. Join us in wishing these students good luck!
Mia Barbon
Sophia Borrero
Josh Gannaway
Asa Harmening
Hailey Gill
Daniel Hickle
Katie Newsom
Hannah Nixon
Elvis Requejo
Casey St. John


6th Grade Technology Science Elective
The boys technology science class launched their balloon cars before Christmas Break. This experiment was part of the STEM learning curriculum that combines math and science to optimize learning. The grand prize went to Chase Horton for traveling over 40 feet!

Tech Science 4 Tech Science 3 Tech Science 2 Tech Science 1


Royal Roar-Issue 2
Our Royal Roar reporters have been working hard first semester to write and publish Issue 2 of the Lower School newspaper. This Royal Academy of Arts and Enrichment class meets once per week in the MacBook lab in the library. Students have been learning how to brainstorm story ideas, create and cover news beats, and take photos. Check out Issue 2 below:
The Royal Roar Issue 2


Monday, January 11th-Library Closed
Due to a scheduled event the morning of Monday, January 11th, the library will be closed to students before school. All students (1st-5th) who are on campus before 7:50AM should report to the gym for Morning Care. The library will be open after school at the regular time.


Open House for Prospective Families-Sunday, January 10th from 2:00-4:00PM
Our current families are the best advertisement for TFA. Please consider inviting someone to join us for our second Open House event coming up on January 10th 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!


Evening at the Arts-Auditions for Alice in Wonderland Jr.
Do you like to act? Do you like to sing? All 4th-6th grade students are invited to audition for our Lower School Evening at the Arts performance of Alice in Wonderland Jr. Be on the lookout for a Sign-Up Genius coming by email to all 4th-6th grade students and parents with available time slots. Auditions will be by appointment on one of the following dates:
Jan. 19 – 3:20-5:40
Jan. 21 – 3:20-5:40
Jan. 22 – 3:10-4:30 (callbacks if needed)


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.

Girls Uniform Blazer Boys Uniform Blazer

Save the Date
1st Annual TFA Father Daughter Dance
“Winter Wonderland”
Grades 1 – 6
Friday, February 19, 2016
Country Club of Orlando
More information will follow but mark your calendars for this special date.


Cold Weather Uniform Reminders
Parent-Student Handbook-Cold-Weather Dress (K4-12)
School uniform and school-approved outerwear must be worn on campus at all times. During extreme cold weather, the school will notify students and parents of Spirit Wear dress. Girls may not wear sweatpants, warm ups, etc. under skirts.
Only TFA outerwear may be worn on campus during 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 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.