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

  • December 1st: 4th Grade St. Augustine Field Trip
  • December 12th: Lower School Christmas Program Rehearsal
  • December 13th: Lower School Christmas Program 10:00AM (Worship Center)
  • December 13th: Alternative Lunch for Lower School
  • December 19th: 2nd Quarter AR Deadline
  • December 19th: Kindergarten Polar Express Day
  • December 21st: End of the 2nd Quarter: 12:15pm Dismissal


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

  • December 7th: K4-5th Grade Chapel-Mrs. Makar’s Class-8:30AM (Faith Hall)
  • December 7th: 6th-12th Grade Chapel 9:25AM (Worship Center)
  • December 14th: 6th-12th Grade Chapel 9:25AM (Worship Center)
  • December 21st: K4-6th Grade Christmas Chapel 8:30AM (Faith Hall)


The Christmas season is upon us and each year I make a commitment to do everything that I can at school and at home to keep our focus on the true meaning of Christmas.    Let’s all admit that this is really challenging.   There are gifts to buy and Christmas card photos that need to be shot (in matching outfits that also have to be bought).   Don’t forget the Christmas parties and the decorating.   None of that is going anywhere but through all that, we can take a few moments each week to reflect on what Christmas really means for us as Christians.

Each year, our family reads the story of Jesus’ birth out of the book of Luke.

In those days Caesar Augustus issued a decree that a census should be taken of the entire Roman world. (This was the first census that took place while Quirinius was governor of Syria.)  And everyone went to their own town to register.

So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem the town of David, because he belonged to the house and line of David. He went there to register with Mary, who was pledged to be married to him and was expecting a child. While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no guest room available for them.

And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord. This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.”

Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying,

“Glory to God in the highest heaven,
and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.”
When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let’s go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.”

So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in the manger. When they had seen him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child, and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them. But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart. The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things they had heard and seen, which were just as they had been told.

We are all very familiar with this story but I want to challenge you to think about this story in a different way this year.   We think about Christmas as the celebration of the birth of Jesus . . . and it is that.  But it is also so much more than that.    Through the birth of Jesus, God was born into the world.    He was fully human, with all of the same needs and emotions we face but He was also fully God, all wise and powerful.    Paul reminds us of this in Colossians 1:15:

The Son is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation.

So as we move into this wonderful Christmas season, let’s reflect on the fact that we are celebrating God coming into the world through His son Jesus Christ.  It’s pretty amazing if you think about it!



New Date for Lower School Christmas Program

As we quickly approach the Christmas season, we want to notify all of our Lower School families of a change in date for the Lower School Christmas Program. This special event was originally scheduled for Friday, December 15th in Faith Hall. Through the gracious help of First Orlando, we are able to move this special event back to the Worship Center. In order to accommodate this adjustment, the date of the Lower School Christmas Program has been moved to Wednesday, December 13th. We wanted to notify our families as soon as possible for planning purposes.

Mark your calendars for this special event as we celebrate the birth of our Lord Jesus Christ!
Lower School Christmas Program
Wednesday, December 13, 2017
First Orlando Worship Center

2nd Quarter Reading Incentive

The TFA Library is excited to announce the Read Moooo-re Books Incentive Program for our K Prep through Second Grade Students! Each week, students can fill out a “Read MOOO-re Books” reading record form. Students can read any 10 books themselves, or the books may be read to them. Completed reading records (records with at least 10 books) should be turned in during the student’s regular library time each week in order to receive a special prize! The Read Mooo-re Books Incentive Program will last from October 16th-December 19th.

The second quarter’s reading incentive program for grades 3-8 is based on the Sunshine State Young Reader’s Award (SSYRA) reading lists. These books are chosen by the Florida Association of Media in Education and have not yet been pre-approved by the TFA Library staff. Parents, as always, please use your best judgment in helping your child choose books to read. After reading and passing the AR test (with a score of 70% or higher) for a SSYRA book, students will receive a small prize from the “Sunshine Store” during their class library time. This promotion will end January 12th. We hope your student finds a new favorite while they explore new authors and genres during this promotion. Students who read and pass the AR test for 5 or more books will be invited to a celebration lunch with SSYRA author Taryn Souders on Thursday, February 1st.

If you have any questions, please see Mrs. DeBoom or Ms. Whitaker in the library.

Read Mooore Books Reading Record

SSYRA parent letter 2017

Say Goodbye to the Accelerated Reader App

The Accelerated Reader app is being retired and will no longer function on devices with the latest iOS updates.  Please read below to find the updated Accelerated Reader Testing Directions for information on how to take AR tests without the app.

2017-2018 AR Testing Directions

Lower School Social Events Calendar

Check out our Social Events calendar hosted by our Parent Association in Lower School.

social calendar layout final



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

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.

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 in the classroom or chaperoning on a field trip.