Written by Dr. Steve Whitaker, Head of School


There was a feeling of excitement in the air even before students arrived on campus last Friday. The week had already been one to remember, kicking-off with “Crazy Hair/Hat Day” in the Preschool & Lower School and “Theme Day” in Middle & Upper School. The Powder Puff football game was great! Homecoming Week 2017 was already one of the best weeks I can remember at TFA.

On Friday morning, we watched students line up with excitement around the Lower School Loop with their shakers, flags, and decorated t-shirts. We watched as they cheered for the stilt walkers, the jugglers, the Homecoming Court, all of the student teams and clubs, and even our littlest Royals in the Preschool. We had our first all-school pep rally in The Cramer Family Field House where students from every division were invited to participate and show their school spirit.

Friday afternoon, we hosted the 30th Anniversary Carnival. It was astounding to see over 2,000 members of our TFA community come out and join us at these events. Students laughed and smiled as they sailed down the giant slide, had their faces painted, and dunked their favorite principals in the dunk tank. Parents looked on as they spent time in fellowship, getting to know other TFA families they may have never met before. I want to say thank you to Christina Richart for leading this outstanding event. I’m hoping we can talk her into doing it again (-:

The Homecoming Court and the winning football game capped off an amazing evening!

Last week, last Friday – it reminded me again why TFA is such a special place to be. Seeing students cheer for and support one another, watching families gather and spend time together at the carnival and the football game…there is no greater joy than when our TFA family experiences community together as God intended. I hope your family enjoyed last week as much as Tricia and I did. Thank you for making Homecoming Week 2017 one of our best. We look forward to spending the rest of the fall season together.