Middle School Newsletter, Week of 12/3

Please take a moment to mark your calendars. The following are important dates that you don’t want to miss for December.
December 4: Middle School Haiti Boxes Due
December 5: Middle School Theater Districts
December 7 & 8: Haiti Box Packing/Sorting
December 7-11: RISE Campaign – Give Week & Dress Up Days
December 10: MS Chapel
December 17: MS Awards (1st Semester)
December 17: MS Christmas Dance
December 18: MS Christmas Brunch
December 18: School Christmas Program
Dec 21-Jan 4: Christmas/New Year Break
Jan 5: Classes Resume


Thinks & Thoughts – Dr. Luci Higgins
“And the Grinch, with his Grinch-feet ice cold in the snow,
stood puzzling and puzzling, how could it be so? It came without ribbons. It came without tags. It came without packages, boxes or bags. And he puzzled and puzzled ’till his puzzler was sore. Then the Grinch thought of something he hadn’t before. What if Christmas, he thought, doesn’t come from a store. What if Christmas, perhaps, means a little bit more.”
― Dr. Seuss, How the Grinch Stole Christmas!




Join The First Academy in finishing the Rise Campaign for the new TFA Field House! We will host our Give Week December 7-11, focusing on completing our goals of 100% TFA family participation and $10.5 million raised for the new facility. If you have not already participated in the campaign, Give Week is a great time to jump on board! Students will have the opportunity to dress up (details below) on December 7th – 11th in support of the campaign and Give Week. Mark your calendars today for Give Week!


Rising 9th Grade Meetings

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We enjoyed getting to meet the 8th grade students and their families as they prepare to transition to Upper School next school year. On Wednesday, the 8th graders were treated to a Chick-fil-a lunch and introduced to members of the Upper School administration. They also played an interactive trivia game on iPads to learn more about the Upper School. It was a fierce competition with the winning table getting 2 free recharge tickets.

We also hosted the parent meeting on Thursday. Parents met with our Upper School team, heard from current students, and even toured some of our 9th grade classes.
If you missed these events or would like more information, please contact Mary Gooseman:


New Items
Junior Thespian Districts
Our fabulous Middle School theater students will be participating for the very first time in the Junior Thespian District competition. Our students will be performing at Timber Creek High School this Saturday 12/5. Good luck to our MS Thespians!!!!!


RISE Campaign- Give Week- December 7th-11th
Dress up days for the RISE Campaign in the Middle School are as follows:
Monday – Blue Day- (blue shirts, jeans or uniform bottoms only)
Tuesday- Team Day- (Favorite Team shirts, jeans or uniform)
Wednesday- Gold Day- (gold shirts, jeans or uniform bottoms)
Thursday- Sports Hero-
Friday- Royal- Royal Spirit Wear (crowns/tiaras encouraged)


MS Chapel
Join us for our weekly Middle School chapel at a special time of 9:55 am on Thursday December 10th in our new location of Faith Hall. Our speaker for chapel will be Cheryl Bynum.


MS Celebration of Student Achievement
Join us as we celebrate the 1st Semester Achievements of our MS Students on December 17th in Henry Chapel at 9:30am.


MS Christmas Dance
Our MS Students will enjoy our 2nd Annual Christmas Dance on Dec 17th at 2:25-3:10pm in the First Orlando Student Center. Parent can pick up their students from the Student Center.


MS Brunch and Clean-up
December 18th our MS Students will enjoy a Christmas Brunch and have a chance to “freshen-up “ their lockers before the Christmas Break.


Christmas Program
Join all of TFA for our annual Christmas Program on December 18th at 10am in the First Orlando Worship Center.


TFA School Store
The TFA School Store will have extended hours from Dec. 1-17. We will open every Tuesday and Thursday from 7:30a to 3:30p. We have lots of jackets including several new styles in stock. Our newest items include several new tumblers, coffee mugs, water bottles, foam footballs, pom poms and many new long sleeve t-shirt styles for both youth and adult. We have lots of great ideas for stockings. Don’t forget to wrap up some TFA spirit for all of your favorite people. Orders placed online will be delivered to your student within 48 business hours. Contact us at 407-206-8829 for assistance with your shopping needs.


Haiti Boxes Deadline
The MS deadline for the Haiti Shoebox drive is December 4th. Our wonderful PA MS Parents will be packing and sorting boxes on Monday/Tuesday 12/7 & 12/8.


Middle School/Upper School Carline
Right Lane is for drop off and pick up–Left Lane is for Leaving
All cars are expected to pull up to the designated area (on the Student Center side ) of the drive thru lane (we will utilize the entire loop). This will enable us to stack many more cars and get them off of the tennis area and JYP/PSAC roadways.
To facilitate student safety, we will only permit drop off and pick up from the right lane. The left lane is for leaving.*The only exception for not pulling through all the way to the designated point would be on bad weather days.