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Middle School Blog, Week of May 4th

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.
May 4                 National Day of Prayer
May 5                 Educational Extension Event- Universal Studios
May 11                MS Chapel- 9:30am Faith Hall- Guest Speaker- Pete Wehry
May 18               MS 8th Grade Celebration Chapel- 9:30am Faith Hall
May 19               4th Quarter AR Deadline
May 23               2nd Semester Celebration of Student Achievement 1:30pm SC
May 24              Make-up Quizzes and Tests, Last Day of School, Early Dismissal 12:15
May 25              Summer Break for MS Scholars!!!!!!

RECOGNITION

The 7th Grade Chapel was a huge success. The students had a lot of fun preparing their presentations, and the worship band did an excellent job in bringing us before the Lord in praise and worship. Starting us off, Kalli Kuck and Michaela Gordon prayed for our time and shared a brief verse. Then, Hannah Brady and Mallory McDonald introduced us to faith and trust. Sophia Borrero shared her testimony next, followed by Cole Mayberry, who led us in an exciting activity that showed us what it means to trust God. 7th graders then performed a brief skit written by Sarah Joseph and Lillian Davidson, which displayed how trust and obedience work together. Jackson McGavin came up then and shared his story of trusting God with his life through some tough times. Closing us out was Rhen Myers and Emma Pastis, who prayed for us and read Psalm 121, displaying for us how to trust God in the valley. The chapel was an encouraging time where we learned a lot about how we can trust God and have faith in him no matter what we are going through in life.

7th Grade Students leading Chapel

 

NEW THIS WEEK

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

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