Three Things You Do Not Want to Miss

Written by: Dr. Steve Whitaker, Head of School


Three Things You Do not Want To Miss . . .

1. Parent Teacher Conferences – The first phrase in our TFA Vision Statement is “To forge an enduring partnership between church, home, and school in order to produce powerful and effective student leaders who will impact their world for Jesus Christ through Biblical thought and action in obedience to the Great Commandment (Mk. 12:30-31) and the Great Commission (Mt. 28:19-20).” Creating an enduring partnership (one that thrives through the good and not-so-good times), requires strong communication. When teachers and parents work together for the good of a student, there is no limit to the success that can be realized. Parent Teacher Conferences are such an opportunity. Please take advantage of this important activity. Even if you don’t have serious academic concerns, take time to get to know your child’s teacher and share a few moments together – your son or daughter will be glad that you did. Lower School conferences are September 23-25 while Middle and Upper School conferences are on September 24.

2. Friday Night Lights – At the end of a busy week, the last thing you may feel like doing is corralling the family and returning to school on a Friday night. However, if you don’t try it at least once, then you are missing out on one of the most enjoyable experiences you can imagine. I’m talking about Friday night football at The First Academy! On September 26 at 7:00pm, the Royals take on the Eagles from Monteverde Academy. During halftime, the Royals Athletic Hall of Fame Class of 2014 will be honored for their great achievements. Seeing our families enjoying one another, smelling the hamburgers hot off grill, and hearing the sound of the marching band is something every child at TFA should experience at least once. Let me invite you to join us for some Royals Football on September 26.

3. Dad’s Prayer Time – Just before I moved to Orlando in 2003 I was taking a walk with my dad. As we strolled along together he told me something that I will treasure for the rest of my life. He told me that since the day I was born, he prayed for me every single day – he never missed one day. Wow, what a gift! On October 1 at 7:55 am in the gym lobby I want to invite you to join TFA dads as we pray during our monthly prayer time. We keep it short and simple. We will begin promptly and end by 8:10 am. One of the guys will read a passage from the Bible and then we will pray for our families and children. You won’t be called on to pray aloud and you won’t be expected to do anything except share this moment with other TFA dads who are on this journey with you. None of us are perfect – we just love our family and want to be the leaders that God intends for us to be. If you’re a mom reading this article, please encourage your husband to join us.



Steve Whitaker