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Lower School Blog, Week of November 9

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

We had the privilege of honoring veterans at our Lower School Veterans Day Chapel this past Wednesday. Veteran’s Day, originally called Armistice Day, was originally designated as a day to celebrate the end of World War I. The first World War ended on November 11, 1918, and the legislation that created Veteran’s Day was dedicated to the cause of world peace. As time went on and the United States was involved in further conflicts during World War II and Korea, veterans’ groups lobbied for a change. Rather than honoring the armistice and only those who served in World War I, the holiday now honors all veterans from every war and conflict the United States has encountered.

On Nov. 11, people throughout the country will gather together to remember, to honor, and to pay tribute to those who have served our country. Our chapel is just one small spark in the flame of pride that burns across the nation every day.

We want to help our students understand the significance of this day as we honor those who are and have served our country.    Our Veterans Day Chapel is one of those ways.

RECOGNITION

1st Grade Chapel Presentation-Mrs. Agan’s Class

Mrs. Agan’s class did an excellent job of introducing our new Biblical Character Trait for the month of November:  Knowledge.  With the help of Pastor Skelton, the students showed us the importance of knowing the truth in the Bible.

Agan's class does their chapel presentation

NEW THIS WEEK

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
10:00am
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

Service Opportunity for TFA Families

Loews Hotels and Feeding Children Everywhere are partnering together to package 375,000 healthy meals for those affected by the hurricanes in Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico. All meals will be distributed to people in need in those 3 areas. There will be great music, good fun and a volunteer experience like no other!
Please note, this project is for children ages 7 and up. All children must be accompanied by an adult.  Last Thanksgiving, we had many of our TFA families support this event.   It is a great way for 6th graders to earn service hours.  If you would like to sign up for this service opportunity, click HERE.

student packing food Group Shot

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

 

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

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.

 

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