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:
- September 22nd-Kindergarten Brown Bear Play 2:30PM (Kindergarten Classrooms)
- September 25th-26th: FCIS/FKC/SAIS/SACS/ACSI Accreditation Team Visit
- September 28th: NEHS Induction Ceremony 7:00pm (Faith Hall 301)
- September 27th: See You at the Pole
- September 29th: 1st Grade Field Trip to Sea World
CHAPEL VENUES, DATES, & TIMES
The following is a list of upcoming chapel dates and times:
- September 28th: 5th Grade Chapel-Mrs. Schuessler’s 3rd Grade Class Presentation 8:30AM (Faith Hall)
- September 28th: 6th-8th Grade Chapel 9:25AM (Faith Hall)
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:
- DAY: SEE YOU AT THE POLE day is on Wednesday, September 27, at 7:00 a.m. local time. All around the globe, in every time zone, students will be gathering at their flagpoles, praying for their school, friends, families, churches, and communities. SEE YOU AT THE POLE is a day committed to global unity in Christ and prayer for your generation.
- WEEK: The GLOBAL WEEK OF STUDENT PRAYER (Sunday, September 24 through Saturday, September 30) encourages students to find new and unique ways, places, and times to pray throughout the week. Gather your friends wherever and whenever and pray! The GLOBAL WEEK OF STUDENT PRAYER is dedicated to prayer and launching your on-campus Bible clubs, prayer strategies, and student ministries.
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:
- “When pride comes, then comes disgrace, but with the humble is wisdom.” – Proverbs 11:2
- “Keep your heart with all vigilance, for from it flow the springs of life.” – Proverbs 4:23
- “I lift my eyes up to this hills. From where does my help come? My help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth.” – Psalm 121:1-2
- “For sin will have no dominion over you, since you are not under law but under grace.” – Romans 6:14
- “Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows. Whoever sows to please their flesh, from the flesh will reap destruction; whoever sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life. Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers.” – Galatians 6:7-10
Mrs. Walton’s Chapel Presentation
Mrs. Walton’s class helped introduce our new character trait for the month of September: Endurance
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!
4th Grade is STEAMING!
Our 4th graders do a different STEAM activity each Wednesday.
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!
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.