IMPORTANT EVENTS & DATES FOR FEBRUARY
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
February 26th-5th Grade Field Trip to Oak Haven Strawberry Farm-Rescheduled Due to Weather
CHAPEL VENUES, DATES & TIMES
The following is a list of chapel dates and times for February and March:
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)
A NOTE FROM MRS. JACKSON
Happy Valentine’s Day! We had lots of Valentine festivities taking place in Lower School this week. There is an abundance of pink and red hearts, some candy and hopefully an overflowing demonstration of love and kindness among the students. I wanted to highlight some of what the Bible says about love. I hope you find encouragement from God’s Word today.
Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love. 1 John 4:8
For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. John 3:16
And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity. Colossians 3:14
Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. John 15:13
Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God 1 John 4:7
2nd Grade Force and Friction Experiment
The second graders have been busy with some hands-on learning opportunities as part of their study of force and friction. Check out these hard working future engineers!
Mrs. Williams’ 1st Grade Chapel Presentation
Mrs. William’s class taught a lesson on fairness and the importance of treating everyone fairly. We looked at several examples from the Bible where Jesus treated people in a fair way even though other people didn’t like them. We also talked about how to handle a situation that isn’t fair. We looked at the story of Joseph and learned that even though there were many things unfair for him, God used even those problems and made something wonderful happen. He can do the same for us!
Snow Day in KPrep
We turned down the AC and things got really chilly in our K4 classrooms. In celebration of Snow Day, the KPrep students did a multitude of “snow” activities. The students had the opportunity to play with our own version of Florida snow. Some of their centers included snow-themed snacks, “hot” chocolate, and create-your-own snow globe.
Double Trouble in Lower School
Mrs. Jackson was back in the classrooms last week. She visited all of the K4-5th grade classes to read a silly book, Double Trouble in Walla Walla by Andrew Clements. This tongue-twister of a book is just fun and is always good for a lot of laughs.
It was an ordinary Monday morning in Walla Walla until Lulu raised her hand in class & said to her English teacher: “Mrs. Bell, I feel like a nit-wit. My homework is all higgledy-piggledy. Last night it was in tip-top shape, but now it’s a mish-mash.”
Mrs. Bell replied: “Nit-wit? Higgledy-piggledy? Mish-mash? Lulu, stop that flip-flop chitter-chatter or you’ll be in double trouble!”
6th Grade Entrepreneur Unit-Guest Speaker
Mr. Morrow’s 6th grade History class was treated to a special presentation by Eric Miller, co-founding partner of Corkcicle and TFA parent. As part of the unit on Economics and Entrepreneurship, Mr. Miller’s experience in growing his business from a simple idea to a profitable business, allowed students to learn first-hand the value and concept of free enterprise. He shared how the idea for his product line was born and the steps involved in marketing and manufacturing a wide variety of consumer products.
This was especially meaningful for students, since they themselves just completed a unit on small business economics, where issues of supply and demand, profit and loss were put to task with a “Shark Tank” activity. Students were quick to learn about consumer interest and investor relations.Having Mr. Miller speak about his experiences was very enlightening and will hopefully inspire our students to be business-minded and to seek out innovation and new ideas towards their road to success.
3rd Grade Idioms
It’s raining cats and dogs! I am so hungry, I could eat a horse. The third graders did a fantastic job with literal illustrations of some of the common idioms you hear. Check out their great work on the 3rd grade hallway.
NEW THIS WEEK
5th Grade Field Trip Rescheduled
Due to the possibility of bad weather last week, we had to cancel our 5th grade field trip to Oak Haven Strawberry Farm. This trip has been rescheduled for Friday, February 26th. If you were scheduled to be a parent chaperone for this trip and are not able to attend, please contact Mrs. Dvorak at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
Alternative Lunch Information (February 24th-26th)
Wednesday, February 24th through Friday, February 26th are Alternative Lunch Days. Kindergarten through 4th grade students must bring a lunch from home.. The Junior Class is offering an alternative lunch for students in grades 5-12 and faculty to purchase those days.
Wednesday, February 24th
Chick-fil-A Sandwich with chips & a water for $5.50. Extra Sandwich for $3.50
Thursday, February 25th
2 slices of Papa John’s cheese pizza and a water for $5.00, Extra slice for $2.00
Friday, February 26th
Panda Express Bowl with a water for $5.50
Side options: Fried rice, white rice, chow mein or vegetables
Main meat options: Orange Chicken, Broccoli with Beef, Teriyaki Chicken
To order, please visit https://thefirstacademy.org/about/lunch/ to order this lunch if interested. Please submit your order by Monday, February 22nd at 3pm. You are able to order for all three days at the same time.
When you submit your order, you should receive a confirmation page. You may need to scroll back to the top if your screen goes blank. You should also receive a confirmation email within 15 minutes from Larissa Galloway confirming receipt of payment. You do have the option of ordering for multiple students. Food distribution will be in the gym lobby.
Please remember that if you don’t like this option then you are welcome to bring something from home.
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. The deadline to purchase tickets is this Friday. Here is the link: https://thefirstacademy.org/academics/lower/field-trips/
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!
Purchase Your Yearbook Today
Your 2015-2016 TFA Legacy Yearbook is almost complete! Hurry while supplies last and purchase your book today at www.jostens.com. 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.