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Lower School Blog, Week of September 21

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 will be taking part in See You at the Pole.  This annual event has taken place for the last 25 years.  The goal of this event is students uniting themselves in prayer before God interceding for their generation.

There are two opportunities to unite in prayer with your friends:

We will have our See You at the Pole event beginning at 7:00am on Thursday, September 27th in the Alumni Commons.    In the past few years, we have had a separate event in Lower School but this year we are going to combine with the other divisions.    The event will be structured in such a way that students can join in at any time.   It will finish at 7:45am.  We would love to have parents join their Lower School students if you are available.

Here are the 5 verses we will be doing next week:

RECOGNITION

Mrs. Walton’s Chapel Presentation

Mrs. Walton’s class helped introduce our new character trait for the month of September:  Endurance

Mrs. Walton's class presents chapel

When Mrs. Walton’s class was done with their presentation, Mrs. Pastis’ class affirmed their efforts with some notes of kindness on their classroom door!

Good Job Mrs. Walton's class Notes of affirmation for a job well done

4th Grade is STEAMING!

Our 4th graders do a different STEAM activity each Wednesday.

Not all towers made it Girls working on their cup tower Girls working on their tower Building a solo cup tower

They also took a virtual reality tour of the human body with some help from the Technology Department.  The 4th grade teachers took a turn too!

Human body virtual reality experience Human body virutal reality Mrs. Walton tried it out too Mrs. Uth tried it out too

NEW THIS WEEK

Lower School Night at Orlando City Soccer Game

Mark your calendars for Sunday, October 15th at 5:00PM.     We have reserved a block of tickets for the final game of the Orlando City Men’s Soccer Team season.     Tickets will be on sale HERE.  Tickets will be $30 each and are all in the 100 level section.    Tickets purchased together will be assigned to sit together.  There are only 100 tickets available so make your purchases now.

Lower School Social Events Calendar

Check out our Social Events calendar hosted by our Parent Association in Lower School.  There are events for the early release days next week so check them out today.

social calendar layout final

Lower School Parent University Book Studies

We are very excited to announce two books studies being hosted by Lower School teachers through the new Parent University series.    Be on the lookout for information to sign up for these wonderful parent education opportunities.

Shepherding a Child’s Heart by Tedd Tripp
Target Audience: Parents of Children in Grades K4-3rd
Shepherding a Child’s Heart is about how to speak to the heart of your child. The things your child does and says flow from the heart. Luke 6:45 puts it this way: “…out of the overflow of the heart the mouth speaks.” The vision of parenting Tripp presents is more than getting well-behaved children. This vision’s primary focus is the heart of the child. It involves being a kind authority, shepherding children to understand themselves in God’s world, and keeping the gospel in clear view. Through this video series and book study, parents will learn together how this plays out in everyday life.

Age of Opportunity by Paul David Tripp
Target Audience: Parents of Children in Grades 4-6
The teenage years often present difficulty for parents. As a person passes from childhood into adulthood, the transition can be tumultuous. Paul Tripp helps parents focus on the heart issues during the adolescent years. With practical tips, he equips parents with the tools they need to seize opportunities to deepen communication while learning and growing with their tweens, preteens, and teenagers. He challenges parents to look at the teen years as an “age of opportunity” rather than a survival period, which is the common mindset. This book study and discussion will help parents approach the tough situations that these years can bring with confidence and tools to use these years as growth both in their children and in their relationships.

Library

The TFA library will be closed on Monday, September 25th and Tuesday, September 26th, including before school and after school. Lower School students should report to the gym for morning care on those days. Thank you for your understanding.

Reading is Cool Incentive Program

At TFA, we strive to develop the love of reading in all of our students. To help foster that love of reading, the TFA library is excited to announce the Reading is Cool Incentive Program for our Lower School students!  All students in 1st through 6th grade who meet their 1st quarter Accelerated Reader goal will be invited to a Popsicle Party at the end of the first quarter!  K4, TK, and Kindergarten students who read, or have read to them, 15 or more books and turn in their Reading is Cool reading record by October 3rd will also earn the opportunity to attend a Popsicle Party!  We hope to see all of our LS students enjoying popsicles at the end of the quarter!

Reading is Cool Reading Record

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.