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:
- February 24th: 5th Grade Field Trip to Oak Haven Farm
- February 27th: 1st Grade Creationism Workshop 11:30AM-2:30PM (TFA Library)
- March 1st: 3rd Grade 50’s Day
- March 2nd-3rd: WrAP Testing for 3rd-6th Grade
- March 4th: Lower School Night at the Solar Bears Game 7:00PM (Amway Arena)
- March 7th: 3rd Quarter AR Deadline
- March 7th: Parent Association Meeting 8:15-9:45AM (Faith Hall 3rd Floor)
- March 8th: Grandparent’s Day Rehearsal 11:00AM-2:00PM (Gym)
- March 9th: Grandparent’s Day Rehearsal 11:45AM-2:45PM (Gym)
- March 10th: Grandparent’s Day Program
- March 10th: End of the 3rd Quarter 12:15 Dismissal
- March 13th-17th: Teacher Appreciation Week
- March 13th: 4th Quarter Begins
- March 17th: 6th Grade Grace Day
- March 20th-24th: Spring Break
- March 31st: Kindergarten Field Trip to Green Meadows Farm
- March 31st: 1st-6th Grade Mother Son Boot Camp (Faith Hall)
CHAPEL VENUES, DATES, & TIMES
The following is a list of upcoming chapel dates and times:
- February 16th: K4-5th Grade Chapel: Mrs. Walton’s Class Presentation 8:30-9:15AM (Faith Hall)
- February 16th: 6th/MS Grade Chapel: 9:30-9:15AM (Faith Hall)
- February 23rd: K4-5th Grade Chapel: Mrs. Camblin’s Class Presentation 8:30-9:15AM (Henry Chapel)
- February 23rd: 6th/MS Grade Chapel: 9:30-9:15AM (Henry Chapel)
- March 2nd: No Chapel Due to WrAP Testing
- March 9th: No Chapel Due to Grandparent’s Day Rehearsal
- March 16th: K4-5th Grade Chapel: Mrs. Martin’s Class Presentation 8:30-9:15AM (Faith Hall)
- March 16th: 6th/MS Grade Chapel: 9:30-9:15AM (Faith Hall)
- March 30th: K4-5th Grade Chapel: Ms. Wall’s Class Presentation 8:30-9:15AM (Faith Hall)
- March 30th: 6th/MS Grade Chapel: 9:30-9:15AM (Faith Hall)
A NOTE FROM MRS. JACKSON
How would you describe God if you could use just one word? The word would need to be big enough to capture God’s greatness, goodness, kindness, and power. There is one word that many people would choose: LOVE. What does LOVE mean? Is it a feeling? An action? Maybe the best way to describe love is to look at what love is and is not. Paul gives us a great description of love in 1 Corinthians 13. In his letter to the Corinthians (and us) he makes sure we understand all the things that God and love is and is not:
- Love is NOT: envious, boastful, proud, rude, self-seeking, easily angered, rejoicing in evil.
- Love IS: patient, kind, forgets wrongs, rejoices in truth, protects, trusts, hopes, perseveres.
John also used the word love to describe God. He wrote, “This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him.” (1 John 4: 9) Then John said, “God is love.” (1 John 4: 16) But John didn’t stop there; he said that we respond to God’s love with……love. How?
Dear children, let us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth.
1 John 3:18
I truly believed that if we loved one another with our actions and in truth, it would transform Lower School, our home communities, and our families. It’s easy to love with our words but if there is no action behind those words, it isn’t true love. Let’s not say we love . . . let’s show we love!
Sunshine State Young Readers Award Luncheon
All of the 3rd-6th grade students who read at least 5 of this year’s Sunshine State books were honored last Thursday at a luncheon. Part of their recognition included a Skype visit with Marcia Well, author of the Eddie Red Undercover series books. Two 6th grade students, Faith and Niko were recognized for reading all 30 of the Sunshine State books. We are proud of all our students for their effort! Lower School wants to thank the library staff and Chick Fil A for such a special event.
Mrs. Walton’s Chapel Presentation
Jr. Thespian State Competition
On Saturday, Feb. 12, The First Academy entered six events in the Jr. Thespian State competition held at Dr. Phillips High School. These students previously had to have received a Superior at the district level. We are proud of them all for their outstanding district scores! At the state level the following scores were given:
Sarah Jackson (monologue) -Superior
Last week was full of KPrep surprises for Mrs. Williams’ class. They let two healthy butterflies fly away near the flower bed! Dr. Whitaker even stopped by to participate! The class has watched them grow and change from caterpillars to butterflies in their room! Then they had a surprise trip to the new Field House and had a very special tour from Coach Knuth! The students were excited about the first game last week!
NEW THIS WEEK
Library Media Center Closure
The library will be closed for WrAP testing from 7:30 AM – 11:00 AM on Thursday, March 2nd and Friday, March 3rd. Lower School students should report the gym for morning care on those two days. Thank you for your understanding.
March Madness AR Incentive
It’s that time again! March Madness is descending on TFA! The TFA library is excited to announce that our annual March Madness Reading Competition began this week. This Round Robin tournament based on weekly AR points includes students in 1st-8th grade and will last from February 21st-April 7th. Each week’s winning class wins a free Spirit Wear day for the following Thursday. Overall winners from each division will win a pizza party at the end of the competition! We’re excited to see how many AR points our students can earn over the course of the competition!
- Makar-St. Mary’s College
- Smith- Cincinnati
- Lamp-Wichita St.
- Schuessler-Southern Methodist
- Parmer-Notre Dame
Results will be posted in the library and in the hallways each morning. The winner of each match receives an extra spirit wear for the following Thursday. The program will run through the first week of April. The team who wins the most matches in their region will receive a pizza party when the incentive program ends.
Catch a Dragon by the Tale Reading Incentive
The TFA library is excited to announce the beginning our 3rd quarter reading incentive program for K Prep, TK, and Kindergarten students. The Catch a Dragon by the Tale Reading Incentive Program will last from February 21st-April 7th. Each week, students can fill out a Catch a Dragon by the Tale reading record form. Extras are available on the library webpage at www.thefirstacademy.org/academics/library. After you read a story with your child, or your child reads a book independently, fill out the reading record. After ten books are read, please return the reading record to your child’s teacher. Students will then be able to choose a prize during their class library time. We’re excited to see how many books our youngest readers can read over the next several weeks!
Catch a Dragon by the Tale Reading Record
WrAP Assessment-March 2nd and 3rd
How Well Do We Write?
The Standardized Writing Assessment Program (WrAP)
On Thursday, March 2nd and Friday, March 3rd TFA students in grades 3-12 will participate in the Standardized Writing Assessment Program (WrAP). Students ARE permitted to utilize dictionaries and thesauruses during the 2-day writing assessment.
Materials needed for the WrAP:
- a) 2 sharpened #2 pencils & 2 ink pens (blue/black)
- b) Thesaurus (can be electronic)
- c) Dictionary (can be electronic)
- d) 4-5 pages of loose leaf notebook paper
*electronic spellers (ie: Franklin) are not permitted
- Day 1: Thinking Map and Rough Draft (85 minutes for 3rd/4th grade and 75 minutes for 5th/6th grade)
- Day 2: Final Draft (70 minutes for 3rd/4th grade and 60 minutes for 5th/6th grade)
Please plan to arrive at school on-time both testing days. Late students may not be permitted to complete the assessment.
Lower School Night at the Solar Bears Hockey Game
Mark your calendars for March 4th. Lower School will be going to a Solar Bears Hockey game.
Tickets may be purchased HERE.
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.
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.
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.
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.