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Upper School Blog, Week of August 10

IMPORTANT EVENTS & DATES FOR AUGUST

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

RECOGNITION

Prayer Walk

The football team gathered to pray. Parents, students and faculty participate in prayer walk.

A special thank you to Mr. Harvey, the Comfort Club, and our athletic teams for participating in a prayer walk around campus this past Tuesday.

NEW THIS WEEK

Attendance

All attendance notifications and questions should be communicated directly to Ms. Lyn Maxime, Upper School Receptionist. All Upper School students who are tardy to campus must check in with Ms. Maxime in the Upper School office 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 usattendance@thefirstacademy.org.

A Note from Mr. Sullivan

Dear Middle and Upper School Parents,

What a wonderful Meet the Teacher and All Family Worship event earlier this week. Thank you for joining us. It was a pleasure to meet new and returning families alike and I look forward to meeting anyone I missed or who wasn’t able to make it last night.

If you were not able to make it last night or didn’t get a chance to sign the two important documents, please see the links below and have your child bring them to school. All 7-12th grade students are required to have a signed drug and alcohol form on file by the end of the week. All parents are also encouraged to sign the Severe Weather Dismissal form to allow for a smooth transition at dismissal in the event of severe weather. You may also sign and email the documents to marygooseman@thefirstacademy.org.

Please let me know if you have any questions. It’s going to be a great year.

Sincerely,

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Mr. Garry Sullivan

Middle and Upper School Principal

Drug and Alcohol Policy – MS/US

Severe Weather Dismissal Permission Form – MS/US

REMINDERS

Retreat Info

For info about the grade level retreats, see below:

9th – 10th Grade Info Flyer

11th Grade Info Flyer

WT Cafe – New Lunch Program

We are so excited to be partnering with WT Care for our school lunch program. Many of you were able to sample some of the offerings during New Family Orientation. The process for Lower School Instructions for registering your account and adding funds:

Frequently Asked Questions:

  1. What if I had a balance on my “GetFunds” account from last year? Once your account is created in WT Cafe, First Baptist will transfer your funds balance to your new WT account. First Baptist will NOT cut checks and mail them.
  2. What if the site won’t let me register because my email is already in their system? We have run into several instances already where parents cannot register at WTCafe.com because their email is already in the system from when they were a past customer. If this happens, please contact WT Café via their online Chat Helpdesk or via email at orlando@wtcafe.com.
  3. My child is in K4 or TK, are they able to purchase lunch as well? K4 and TK students will have the ability to purchase lunch and it will be delivered to the classrooms as has been done in years past. Please follow the same registration and account funding instructions above.
  4. What if the form asks for a “Teacher Name” when I am trying to register? I don’t know who my child’s teacher is yet. WT Cafe has added an option called “TBD” under TEACHER NAME. Lower School parents should choose this option for now, and then update it later once their teacher assignments are known.
  5. What if my child has food allergies? If your child has food allergies, you will be able to pre-select their allergy-friendly meal by ordering online at WTCafe.com. Children with pre-orders will not be permitted to add A La Carte items to their meals, and their side items will always consist of one fresh fruit and one fresh veggie (no dips, dressings, or sauces will be provided).
  6. Who do I contact if I am having problems setting up my account or adding funds? You can contact WT Cafe on WT Cafe’s online Chat Helpdesk or by email at orlando@wtcafe.com. You can also call the Orlando office at 407-618-5555.

Parent Volunteer Background Check

If you are a new parent and would like to volunteer in your child(ren)’s classroom(s) or chaperone on field trips please complete our free background check. Please note that the background check site only works on Internet Explorer or Firefox on a desktop computer. Safari and Chrome are not supported by the site. Approvals take a few weeks so plan ahead! All parents must have a completed background check before volunteering in the classroom or chaperoning on a field trip.