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Middle School Blog, Week of November 17th

NOVEMBER/DECEMBER DATES

Please take a moment to mark your calendars. The following are important dates that you don’t want to miss for November/December.
Nov 22-26      Thanksgiving Break- No School
Dec 1                MS Chapel 9:30am – Faith Hall
Dec 2               MS/US Choral Concert 7pm-9pm Faith Hall
Dec 6               TFA Parent Association Mtg.  8:15am Faith Hall 301
Dec 7               Rising 9th Grade Student Mtg- Launch 2021
Dec 8               MS Chapel 9:30am Henry Chapel
Dec 8               Rising 9th Grade Parent Mtg- Launch 2021  1:30pm US Band Room
Dec 13             AR Deadline 2nd Quarter
Dec 15             MS 1st Sem. Academic Celebration/Tacky Christmas Sweater Dance
Dec 16             All School Christmas Program/ 12:15pm Dismissal End 2nd Quarter
Dec 19-Jan 3  No School
Jan 4               3rd Quarter Begins

THINKS & THOUGHTS

Our Middle School students had the honor and privilege to meet and hear Gene Kline, holocaust survivor, tell about his survival in Auschwitz and labor camps in Nazi Germany. Gene is a hero for sharing his story for the past 25 years so that others will never forget the atrocities of Hitler’s regime.

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RECOGNITION

Congratulations to the Royal Marching Band, the Royal Guard and the Royal Sapphires who combined to present a strong performance at the downtown Veterans’ Day Parade on Saturday.  The performance was well received along the parade route and also included a feature presentation at the reviewing stand of God Bless America.
Veteran's Day Parade TFA Marching Band

Veteran’s Day Parade TFA Marching Band

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REMINDERS

RightNow Media

We’re excited to share that our school now has access to an extensive video library called RightNow Media.  It’s the “Netflix of Video Bible Studies” and has a HUGE library of faith-based videos that you can access whenever and wherever you want—on your phone, iPad, computer, or at home on your TV.

The best part is that every TFA family can access this service for FREE!  If you haven’t already received your invitation to register please let us know you’d like to get your FREE access by sending an email to rightnowmedia@thefirstacademy.org.

We hope that RightNow Media is a blessing to you and your family.  Check out the link below for a sample of the content. Thank you for partnering with us!

 

View the new Sample Now!

Box Tops for Education

We are actively collecting Box Tops at the Middle School front desk.    This program will help our school earn money, but more importantly help teach our students how joining forces with each other can accomplish great thing.  This project allows our children to choose service before self and participation as a way of life.  No need to trim anything neatly, just tear them off and turn them into the collection bucket located at the middle school front desk.

Attendance

All attendance notifications and questions should be communicated directly to Ms. Lyn Maxime, the new attendance clerk for both the Upper and Middle School divisions. All Middle School students who are tardy to campus must check in with Ms. Maxime when they arrive at school.  You may contact Ms. Maxime concerning your student being tardy or absent at (407)206-8630 or email her at msattendance@thefirstacademy.org.Middle School Attendance

E.C.H.O.…..E.C.H.O.!

E.C.H.O. stands for Every Child Has an Opportunity! It’s your student’s opportunity to grow and provides a home base for communicating here in the Magnificent Middle School! E.C.H.O. is your key (Did you hear that E.C.H.O.?) to communicating with your Magnificent Middle School Scholar. Let me E.C.H.O. that! It is your key (E.C.H.O) to communicating with your Middle School Scholar!

Here are the ABC’s of how E.C.H.O. can serve you and your student:

  1. Ask your student WHO their E.C.H.O. teacher is. That is vital information; let me encourage you to let that name E.C.H.O. in your mind. It will serve you well all year!
  2. Make-up work or testing can easily be arranged and completed during your student’s E.C.H.O. class.
  3. Inclement weather dismissal is always done through E.C.H.O. class.

7th Grade E.C.H.O. teachers:

8th Grade E.C.H.O. teachers:

Severe Weather Inside Dismissal

-Students are dismissed from 7th period to ECHO classrooms
-Students without signed parent permission slips are dismissed when a parent visits the lobby to pick them up. MS Office will contact ECHO classroom teacher.
Students with signed parent permission slips are dismissed
Student shows text from parent stating location of parent on TFA campus
Parent emails ECHO teacher stating their arrival and location on TFA campus

Start and Dismissal Times

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday & Friday: 7:50am-3:15pm
Wednesday: 7:50am-2:40pm

Gluten Free Options Available in the Cafeteria

Students with gluten sensitivities have a few options in our cafeteria. Please ask for Chef Jaime, Greg, or Emily for assistance. Options include gluten free pasta available daily as well as grab and go salads, grilled chicken and hamburger patties. There are also a few items on the menu that can be tailored to be gluten free.

Dress Code

  • Only Dennis or Sunshine uniform tops and bottoms are acceptable.
  • Female skirts, skorts, and shorts must rest below mid-thigh while seated.
  • Male shorts must be an appropriate length
  • Skirts, skorts, and shorts may not be hemmed to an inappropriate length.
  • Students must wear flat, closed-toed, closed heeled shoes (heels, platform shoes, boots, sandals, etc., are not permitted).

Our goal with the uniform policy is for students to maintain a professional look while at school. We appreciate your understanding and partnership.

 New Uniform Item Available

Want to stand out from the crowd? Dress blazers are now available for all 6th-12th-grade students (male & female). Step up your wardrobe game and come to school dressed to impress! Blazers can be purchased in person at the Dennis Uniform Store (1101 N. Keller Road, Suite G-3 , Orlando, FL 32810) or online here: http://www.dennisuniform.com/ONLStore/d-store-home.asp?pageitem=12&pagenumber=1&gn=2&sc=ETF&dis=20851816