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Lower School Blog, Week of April 27th

IMPORTANT UPCOMING EVENTS & DATES 

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

CHAPEL VENUES, DATES, & TIMES

The following is a list of upcoming chapel dates and times:

A NOTE FROM MRS. JACKSON

It is so hard to believe that we are only a month away from the end of the school year.  We are busy with so many end-of-the year planning and there are many fun things ahead.   Dr. Whitaker wrote a great blog post last week about the importance of Fine Arts.  We have quite a few different events coming up in Lower School but I defintely want to point out our Lower School Evening at the Arts Peter Pan Jr. production.     Our 4th-6th grade production will take place on May 5th and 6th at 7:30pm in the Natalie Thomas Gymnasium.   Join us for this fun performing arts event.  You can purchase your tickets HERE.

RECOGNITION

3rd Grade Wax Museum

History was alive this week with our annual 3rd Grade Wax Museum event.   Many weeks ago, each 3rd grade student was assigned a Famous American.  Throughout the following week, the students read student-friendly biographies on their Famous Americans.  They each wrote a paper and a speech.   On Tuesday, each student dressed as his/her Famous American and included different props and furniture.  During our live wax museums, when a button was pressed, the students would say their speech on command.   It is such a neat experience and a very special part of 3rd grade at TFA.
Lamp's Class at Wax MuseumSchuessler's Class Wax Museum
John Adams in the wax museum group shot of wax museum Dolly Madison in the wax museum

 NEW THIS WEEK

Summer AR Reading

AR will be turned off from May 20th-June 4th to allow time to set up the 2017-2018 school year in the Renaissance Learning system.  Summer AR testing will begin on Monday, June 5th.  Summer AR testing will be available Monday through Friday from 9 AM-3 PM.  There will be iPads available in the Lower School lobby from 9:00AM-3:00PM throughout the summer.

Rising Grade Level Parent Meetings

Parents of students in grades 1-5 are invited to attend an informative session on grade level expectations for the next year.  Teachers will focus on benchmark learning skills critical for success for the new school year. Every parent should plan to attend. We have scheduled one session for each grade level.  These are rising grade level meetings, so look for the grade your child will be in next year.  Meetings will be held in the team leader’s classroom. Students of parents attending a session will be able to sit outside the classroom and will be under the supervision of other TFA faculty and staff for the duration of the meeting.    All meetings will begin at 3:15pm.

 

Monday, April 24th  

Rising Fifth Grade (Current 4th Grade)

Mrs. Camblin’s Classroom-LS Room 236

Tuesday, April 25th

Rising Second Grade (Current 1st Grade)

Mrs. Smith’s Classroom-LS Room 133

Thursday, April 27th

Rising Sixth Grade (Current 5th Grade)

Mrs. Parmer’s Classroom-LS Room 234

Tuesday, May 2nd

Rising Fourth Grade (Current 3rd Grade)

Mrs. Combs’ Class-LS Room  210

Monday, May 8th

Rising First Grade (Current Kindergarten)

Mrs. Williams’ Class-LS Room 138

Tuesday, May 9th

Rising Third Grade (Current 2nd Grade)

Mrs. Schuessler’s Classroom-LS Room 208

 

Royal Sapphires Auditions

Attention 5th-11th grade girls! Royal Sapphires Auditions will be held:

Monday, May 1st Time: 3:30­4:30PM

Faith Hall 3rd Floor Room CF

The Royal Sapphires Dance Team represents TFA at Football games, Pep Rallies, Parades, & Chapels. The Sapphires also use dance as a tool to witness the gospel in the community. Wear dance attire and come prepared to move! Some Dance experience is recommended.

For more info: Contact:  Mrs. Collins­ US116 cynthiacollins@thefirstacademy.org or Mrs. Scott­ LeslieScott517@gmail.com

NEHS Tennis Shoe Drive

Our NEHS students are hosting a tennis shoe drive in conjunction with New Missions.   We have drop off boxes in Lower Schoo to collect the shoes.   We are encouraging our students to earn money to help buy shoes.

Peter Pan Jr.-Purchase Tickets Today

You are not going to want to miss our Lower School Evening at the Arts presentation of Peter Pan Jr.  Our students have been rehearsing tirelessly to get ready for this exciting performance.   Shows will be May 5th and 6th at 7:30pm in the Natalie Thomas Gymnasium.   Purchase tickets HERE.

Peter Pan Jr. Save the Date

Vacation Bible School 2017

First Baptist Orlando will be hosting a FREE Vacation Bible School (VBS) for students entering Kindergarten-5th grade.  This year’s VBS will occur June 26th-30th from 9:30AM-12:30PM.  It will be an interactive, creative experience for rising K-5th grade students.  Register your child(ren) HERE for this fun and exciting opportunity.

4th Quarter AR Deadline

The 4th quarter AR deadline is Friday, May 19th.  Please note,  the last AR test day for students who hope to achieve the AR 200% Club award for the 2016-2017 school year is Monday, May 15th.

Any tests taken between May 16th and May 19th will still count toward the 4th quarter goal.  However, students hoping to achieve the AR 200% Club award for the 2016-2017 school year must take the AR test by Monday, May 15th.

TFA Summer Preschool Opportunity

TFA’s Preschool is so very excited to welcome children, 8 weeks- 3 years old, back to campus for summer fun! Please see the attached flyer for more information. We love welcoming familiar Preschool families and new families too! Please feel free to pass along to family and friends.  Click HERE for more information or to register.

Extended Library Hours

In an effort to better serve our TFA families, the Boyd-Moline Library will extend their afternoon hours beginning next week.  The library will be open until 4:30pm on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays for the remainder of the school year.  Students must still be accompanied by parents or guardians in the library after school.  Accelerated Reader testing will be available until 4:15pm and book checkout until 4:20pm.

REMINDERS

Morning Dropoff-7:30AM

This is just a friendly reminder that students may be dropped off beginning at 7:30AM.  If you arrive to school prior to that time, we request that students remain with their parents until 7:30AM.  The library and the gym are open at that time.  Student supervision does not begin until that time.

AR HomeConnect

Over the summer, we had an update to our Renaissance Learning program that we use for Accelerated Reader, Accelerated Math, and STAR Testing.  Many parents like to receive email updates when their children take Accelerated Reader and Accelerated Math tests.  You can set your preferences using Renaissance Learning HomeConnect.  If you had this set up previously, you will need to complete the process again.

Library Hours

The Boyd Moline Library will be open until 4:30pm on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays for the remainder of the school year.  Students must still be accompanied by parents or guardians in the library after school.  Accelerated Reader testing will be available until 4:15pm and book checkout until 4:20pm.  It will close at 3:30pm on Friday and at 2:40pm on Wednesdays.

Calendar Link

The TFA Calendar is a wonderful way to find the dates of upcoming events. Access our web-based calendar anytime. We recommend that you subscribe to all relevant calendars so you can keep up with all of the events going on around the school.

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 of chaperoning on a field trip.

 

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