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Middle School Blog, Week of April 20th

APRIL/MAY  DATES

Please take a moment to mark your calendars. The following are important dates that you don’t want to miss for April and May.

April 20&21      MS/US Choral Concert “Big Lights….Big City” Faith Hall 7pm-9pm
April 25             MS/US Band Concert Black Box 7pm-9pm
April 26             Alternative Lunch
April 27             MS Steel Drum Concert   TFA Alumni Commons 6:30pm-8:00pm
April 28             MS Chapel 9:30am-10:15am Faith Hall 7th Grade Student Led
May 1                 Royal Sapphires Auditions
May 2                 Parent Association Meeting 10:45am-12:00pm Faith Hall Room 301
May 2                 PA Volunteer Association Lunch 12:00-1:30pm Faith Hall Room 301
May 4                 National Day of Prayer

RECOGNITION

TFA 8th Grade Maturity Day Conference

Eighth grade students had a wonderful day full of great information and resources during the Maturity Day Conference.

We looked at the concept of a lifestyle of purity and how purity is more than just saving sex for marriage; purity is living for Jesus in all areas of life whether sexual intimacy, dating, relationships, physical health, and social media. 

Chris Bacon, First Baptist Orlando Student Pastor, opened the day by laying out God’s design for purity in our lives. Dr. McCarus shared with our students about the consequences of sexual impurity. We then looked at how to be pure in how we treat our body by listening to Dr. Lerner.  Chad Hudson, TFA Upper School Educator, taught on what Christian dating should look like.  We then shifted gears to hearing how we can be pure in how we use social media with Katie Taurisano. Students were also given the opportunity to ask questions to the student ministry staff on how to live a lifestyle of purity. To finish the day, Victor Flores, First Orlando Student Discipleship Pastor, communicated how there is grace and redemption in the moments that we fall short in our purity.

The students have a lot to process, but we pray you will patiently come alongside them and help process all that they learned today.  

Here are some processing questions you can ask your student:

  • What did you learn that a lifestyle of purity means?
  • Were you surprised that purity is more than just sexual purity? Why or why not?
  • What was your takeaway from today?
  • How can I help you set up for success in purity?

TFA 8th Grade Maturity Day Conference

TFA 7th Grade Science

Science class is always interactive and fun. To enhance our study of birds, MaryBrian Pickney brought in her “Show Chickens” to spend the day with us on Friday. Who knew there are over 50 different breeds of “Show Chickens”,  colors ranging from blue to yellow. Apparently there is also money to be made by showing them at the Central Florida Fair. To add to the day’s fun “a chicken laid an egg”.

 

 

NEW THIS WEEK

Alternative Lunch

Dear Students and Parents,
We have an alternative lunch scheduled for Wednesday, April 26th. The Junior Class is offering lunch for students in grades 5-12 and faculty to purchase on this date. Kindergarten through 4th grade will have separate arrangements and will need to check with their teachers for information.

Lunch will be a Chick-fil-A sandwich with chips and a water for $6.50. Extra sandwiches are available for $4.50 each.

To order, please visit https://thefirstacademy.org/about/lunch/. Please submit your order by Sunday, April 23rd at midnight.

After submitting your order, you should receive a confirmation email within 15 minutes from the Business Office confirming receipt of payment. You do have the option of ordering for multiple students. Food distribution will be in the lobby of The Natalie Thomas Gymnasium.

Please remember that you are welcome to bring something from home if not interested in this option.

ROYAL SAPPHIRES AUDITIONS

Attention 5th-11th grade girls!

Royal Sapphires Auditions

will be held:

Monday, May 1st

Time: 3:30-4:30

Faith Hall 3rd Floor Room CF

The Royal Sapphires Dance Team represents TFA at

Football games, Pep Rallies, Parades, & Chapels.

The Sapphires also use dance as a tool to

witness the gospel in the community.

Wear dance attire and come prepared to move!

Some Dance experience is recommended.

For more info: Contact:

Mrs. Collins- US116 cynthiacollins@thefirstacademy.org or Mrs. Scott- LeslieScott517@gmail.com

Save the Date – Alex Chediak Parent Event

Author Alex Chediak is speaking to Upper School students in chapel on Thursday, May 11th. Following chapel, we are hosting a Lunch & Learn for parents. All TFA parents are invited!Thursday, May 11 at 12:00pm in the Student Center

$10 per person – includes lunch – Click here to sign up: https://tfa.formstack.com/forms/lunch_and_learn_alex_chediak

REMINDERS

Save The Date

8th Grade Celebration Chapel
May 18th
9:30am-10:30am Faith Hall

Celebration includes:
8th Grade Video
8th Grade Keynote Presentation
Performances by our Middle School Ensemble
Middle School Teacher of the Year
Disney Dreamer and Doer
Christian Leadership Awards: Timothy & Ruth
Student Government Recognition

Please make sure to mark your calendars for this very important date.

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 things.  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 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.

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