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The Classical School Blog, Week of January 26th

IMPORTANT DATES

Parents, please take a moment to mark your calendars. The following are important dates that you do not want to miss:

A Message from Sarah Donovan, Principal of Extended Educational Programs

Hope. What does this word mean to you? Romans 12:12 shares with us ‘Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, and faithful in prayer.’ ‘Joyful in hope’ is one of my favorite verses. It focuses the future to a place of joy. This is the time of year when we prepare for the future. Our plans for next year are taking form as TFA’s Preschool, TCS, and The First Hope continue to grow and blossom. We are steadily plotting and planning to always be the best for our students and families. And we do this planning with joyful hope.

 

A Message from Joe Fana,  Principal of The Classical School

At TCS, we are a true school to home partnership.  Our faculty wanted to share some tips that have proven to be helpful to parents as it relates to the home component and responsibility.

  • When there is a smaller amount of home assignments, continue to review the previous day’s material.
  • For the younger students, stack the assignments on their workspace.  Once a subject is completed, remove the materials and place it in their backpack.  This creates a great visual, as they feel success as the work reduces.
  • Treat non-campus days like a regular school day, by getting up early and tackling their assignments.  Routine and consistency helps students of all ages.
  • Implement reward systems for completion of their assignments.
  • Check RenWeb for your student’s grades each week.  Hold them accountable for items not completed.
  • Be sure to check your student’s assignments completed versus what was assigned.  Was it done correctly and to the best of their ability?

I hope these tips will continue to help your family grow in the hybrid environment!  If you have any tips that have helped you find success at home with your students, please email joefana@thefirstacademy.org so we can share them with others in the near future.

 

STUDENT SPOTLIGHT

Newest Potential Student

Have you seen the newest family member of the Burch family yet? They have a sweet story of how he came to be with them. The Burch’s became a foster family in May. Through DCF, they received a call that Brayden would be placed with them temporarily. Brayden was born on July 29th, and he came home to the Burch’s on August 1st. Through the months Brayden was with them, it was determined by the courts that he would be placed up for adoption. As his foster family, they had the first rights to adopt him, and they quickly realized he was theirs from the start! His adoption was finalized January 18th and he is with his forever family!! Here is Brayden with his older siblings, TCS students Gracelyn and Robbie.

TCS students Gracelyn and Robbie with their new little brother.

 

RECOGNITION

Middle School Students

Our middle school students had a blast enjoying root beer floats last week, provided by First Orlando Student Ministry. The student ministry also promoted Surge weekend during this time. This is a discipleship weekend that takes place in February. Please see the First Orlando website to sign your student up (middle and high school students).

First Orlando student ministry provided root beer floats for TCS middle school students.

 

Kindergarten

Kindergarten students had fun practicing phonics while working on puzzles.

 

Kindergarten students work on phonics puzzles.   Kindergarten students work on phonics puzzles.    Kindergarten students work on phonics puzzles.

 

NEW THIS WEEK

Valencia Dual Enrollment Meeting

Last Thursday, Amanda, from Valencia College, did a presentation to our high school students and parents on Dual Enrollment. Please stay turned for details on the next enrollment period. This is a great opportunity for students to earn both high school and college credit and is open to high school students with qualifying GPA and test scores.

 

Valencia college did a presentation on Dual Enrollment.

 

REMINDERS

Cold Weather School Attire

As a reminder, in cases of extremely cold weather, TCS will send out an email letting students and parents know that students may wear jeans. Please don’t assume that we will have alternative wear unless you receive an email from us.

TCS Wax Museum

On March 2nd, TCS will host the first ever Wax Museum. This will be held on the 2nd floor of E-2, from 9 am – 11 am. More details will be coming soon on this!

TCS and TFH Parent Volunteer Sign Up

Parents: Please click here to see how you can volunteer around TCS and TFH. We are so thankful for our parent volunteers and appreciate any help you can provide!

High School Volunteer Hours

High School students need 75 or 100 hours to qualify for Bright Futures scholarships, depending on which type of scholarship the student qualifies for. Students should go here to print the form. Please do not submit the online form, as this will go to TFA Upper School. Please print the PDF version and then turn in to Mrs. Mayberry.

College Acceptance

Seniors: Please remember to keep Mrs. Mayberry updated with your college acceptances via email. We want to celebrate with you!