Lower School Newsletter, Week of 9/10

Parents, please take a moment to mark your calendars. The following are some important dates that you do not want to miss:
September 22nd-24th – LS Parent/Teacher Conferences (12:15PM Dismissal)
September 23rd – See You At the Pole – 7:45-8:10AM (Alumni Commons)
September 24th-NEHS Induction Ceremony-Faith Hall 301-7:00pm


The following is a list of chapel dates and times for September:
September 17th – 3rd-5th Grade Chapel-Faith Hall 8:45-9:25AM
September 24th-No Chapel Due to Early Dismissal in LS
October 1st-K4-5th Grade Chapel-Faith Hall 8:45-9:25


Parents please ask your K4-5th grade students about last week’s chapel. Ask your child how our special guest, Iva Goodheart (distant cousin to Amelia Earhart) arrived at chapel. Iva Goodheart presented an overview of our school year theme,“Grow in Wisdom” by looking closer at each word.
GROW – With the help of audience participation, students were shown two ways we grow- physically and spiritually. Molly and Michael demonstrated physical growth by actually getting taller on stage and hair growing before our very eyes! Ivan was able to identify spiritual growth after listening to a description that included, “this kind of growing begins when we chose to follow Jesus and accept Him as our Lord and Savior. This is something we do to know God better and it is a lifelong process.” Ivan then used binoculars as a reminder that if we want to grow spiritually, we must become seekers of God.
WISDOM- Walker helped us take a closer look at wisdom. Wisdom is a hidden treasure given by God and it can only be measured in terms of the scriptures. As Walker sat in a comfortable chair, he was surrounded by examples of resources that help us grow in wisdom. Walker was given a Bible (the greatest resource), and pictures of a church, prayer, youth group, and Bible memory verses. As we looked at Walker just sitting surrounded by all these resources, Iva Goodheart pointed out that wisdom was not growing. GROW WISDOM? This did not sound right.
IN – The word “IN” was missing. With the help of friends on stage and visuals, students were shown: you must “go IN” the church, you must be “IN” communication with God, you must spend time “IN” God’s word, you must hide God’s word “IN” your heart, and you must be “INvolved”. For WISDOM to GROW, you must be IN.
Younger students were challenged to learn the words “Grow in Wisdom” and to memorize Luke 2:52. Older students were challenged to set a goal with one of the “Growing in Wisdom” resources.
This is going to be an exciting year in chapel as we, “Grow in Wisdom”.
Hallway PictureChapel Picture


Kindergarten-Brown Bear, Brown Bear Play
Kindergarten was very busy on Friday with their Brown Bear, Brown Play. This kindergarten tradition based on the famous Eric Carle book is always a big hit with the students and parents. Students dress up as their assigned character and they retell the story from start to finish. They students love performing and the opportunity to bring their favorite stuffed bear to school. Check out our class pictures!
Martin Brown Bear Picture Burns Brown Bear Pic Cline Brown Bear Pic


KPrep-Mother Goose Is Loose Parade
Another Lower School tradition is the Mother Goose is Loose Parade. All of the KPrep students came dressed as a Mother Goose Nursery Rhyme character and had the opportunity to parade around the school. The students also read different nursery rhymes in the classroom. Don’t they look adorable!
K4.Williams-Mother Goose Is Loose K4 All Students - Mother Goose is LooseK - Connell (Mother Goose Photo)


6th Grade Science iBooks Project
With the help of our magnificent technology department and Mrs. Fitzgerald, our 6th grade students will be designing their own iBook. The book will be an analogical expression of photosynthesis through the sun as the primary producer of life and our primary source of spiritual life, the “Son” of God. Each page will be a step from photosynthesis with the comparison of spiritual “growth”. What a practical application of our school year theme!
6th Grade Science iBook Picture


Lower School Art Class
In TK, the students have been learning about ancient cave paintings like those found in Lascaux, France. Art came to life today when TK students became “cave kids” and entered their own art cave! They used earth-toned pastels to draw some cave paintings like the ones they have learned about. There were drawings of animals, fires, hunters, dancers, handprints, and more! The cave kids really loved when they acted out their cave life at the end of class. Whoever said art history couldn’t be fun?
Art Cave Pic 2 Art Cave Pic 1


After Care Program for Early Dismissal Days-LS Conferences
We will have early dismissal Sept. 22nd-24th for Lower School Conferences. After Care will be available beginning at 12:15 each day. If your child does not normally attend After Care but needs to come one of these days, please contact the After Care Director Onyx Molden at You can also visit the TFA website to purchase a ticket for After Care using the following link: Students attending the After Care Program September 22nd-24th must bring a lunch from home.


First Quarter Reading Incentive Program (Week 1 Competition)
We are excited to announce that our 1st through 6th graders earned a total of 1,121.2 AR points during the first week of the Blitzin’ the Books Reading Incentive Program!!!! The competition was very close in many of the grades, but we’d like to congratulate the following classes who won the week 1 competition and earned a Spirit Wear Day today:

1st Grade: Mrs. Fox’s Class
2nd Grade: Mrs. Dowling’s Class
3rd Grade: Mrs. Diehl’s Class
4th Grade: Miss Rowley’s Class
5th Grade: Mrs. Bell’s Class
6th Grade: Mrs. Parmer’s Class
PetetheCat Reading Record


Picture Retake (Save the Date!)
Picture Retake is Tuesday, October 13th. This is the last opportunity for students to have their photo taken for the yearbook. Please save the date if your child was absent on Picture Day.


Parent Association
The mission of the Parent Association at The First Academy is to recruit, train and motivate volunteers who are dedicated to assisting The First Academy in the fulfillment of its mission and vision. All parent volunteers must submit a background check before being allowed to volunteer. Please click HERE to submit your information for a free background check.



Uniform Guidelines


First Quarter Reading Incentive Program
Research proves that the amount of time that students are engaged in independent reading correlates directly to growth in vocabulary, reading comprehension, and fluency. There is also research supporting the premise that students who read independently become better readers and score higher on achievement tests across all subject areas. 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 our 1st quarter reading incentive programs for our K Prep through sixth grade students! Both reading incentive programs will last from August 31st-October 3rd.

K4 Prep, TK and Kindergarten students will be participating in a “Pete the Cat” reading incentive program. Each week, students will bring home a “Pete the Cat” reading record form to fill out. Students can read the 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! Students who turn in a completed reading record each week of the reading incentive program will be recognized during halftime at a TFA Varsity Football Game!!!

1st through 6th grade classes will be participating in a “Blitzing the Books” football themed reading incentive program. Each week, all classes in each grade will compete against each other to see which class can earn the most total AR points for that week. The class from each grade level who wins each week will earn an extra spirit day for the following Thursday. At the end of the reading incentive program, AR points will be added up for all the classes for the length of the program. The class with the most overall points for each grade will be recognized during halftime at a TFA Varsity Football Game!!!!!


Parent Volunteer Background Check
If you are a new parent and would like to volunteer in your child(ren)’s classroom(s) or chaperone field trips please click HERE to submit your information for a free background check. Approvals take a few weeks so plan ahead! All parents must have a completed background check before volunteering or chaperoning a field trip.


TFA Calendar Link
The TFA Calendar is a wonderful way of finding the dates of upcoming events. Please click HERE to access the TFA Calendar on our website. We recommend that you subscribe to all relevant calendars so you can keep up with all of the events going on around the school.

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