IMPORTANT EVENTS & DATES FOR OCTOBER
Parents, please take a moment to mark your calendars. The following are some important dates that you do not want to miss:
October 2nd – Alternative Lunch Day
October 6th – 1st Quarter AR Deadline
October 9th – End of 1st Quarter Early Dismissal at 12:15pm
October 12th – No School/Faculty Professional Development Day
October 13th – 2nd Quarter Begins
October 13th – Alternative Lunch Day (Students Must Bring A Lunch)
October 20th – LS Picture Retake Day
CHAPEL VENUES, DATES & TIMES
The following is a list of chapel dates and times for October:
October 1st-K4-5th Grade Chapel-Faith Hall 8:45-9:25
October 8th-K4-2nd Grade Chapel-Faith Hall 8:45-9:25
October 22nd-K4-5th Grade Chapel-Faith Hall 8:45-9:25
A NOTE FROM MRS. JACKSON
I absolutely love being at Lower School chapel each week. We would love to have parents join us each week in this very special time, even if your child is not doing a presentation. I also think it is important to highlight what the students are learning in chapel.
Mrs. Smith’s “Fruit of the Spirit” Chapel
Mrs. Smith’s 2nd grade class did a very meaningful presentation about the Fruit of the Spirit. Through a skit, a video, poem and a chant, the students explained each fruit of the spirit and what it looks like in the life of a person. They also emphasized how we cannot produce good fruit without God and the presence of the Holy Spirit working through us.
“Make a tree good and its fruit will be good, or make a tree bad and its fruit will be bad, for a tree is recognized by its fruit.”
“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.
Being the very first chapel presentation of the school year is a challenging task but Mrs. Smith and her students did a fantastic job.
Miss Rowley’s “God is Wisdom Life Lesson” Chapel
Miss Rowley’s fourth graders did an excellent job of demonstrating that God is Wisdom and we find the guidelines of how we should live our life in the Bible. The students shared ten life lessons and with each life lesson, the students paired a practical application as well as a Bible verse.
Obey your parents
Keep God’s Commandments
Hold on to God’s Word for answers
Embrace God’s Word and plant it deep in your heart
Watch who you have as friends
Refrain from using hurtful words
Be honest in all that you do
Keep an eye on where you go
Seek self control when someone hurts you
Work hard in everything you do
Lower School See You at the Pole
Many thanks to all of the students, parents, and teachers who joined us in Alumni Commons on Wednesday for See You at the Pole. This student-led national prayer event was a great opportunity for everyone to come together to lift up friends, family, school and church in prayer.
Student Led Conferences
Thank you to all of the parents joined us this week for our student-led conferences. It was great to see students and parents together in the school. Also, thanks to the students and teachers for doing all of the preparation to make these conferences meaningful.
Science is Alive!
Many of our classrooms have been taking a first hand look at life cycles with tadpoles changing into frogs and caterpillars changing into butterflies. What a great up close and personal look at God’s great design in nature.
Check out this video taken in one of our classrooms:
NEW THIS WEEK
Homecoming T-shirt Deadline (September 25th)
Parents, the deadline to purchase Homecoming T-shirts is Friday, September 25th. Please follow this link to make your purchase online https://tfastore.lightspeedwebstore.com.
First Quarter Reading Incentive Program (Week 3 Competition)
Congratulations to the winners of week 3 of our Blitzin’ the Books Competition!
1st Grade: Mrs. Agan
2nd Grade: Mrs. Dowling
3rd Grade: Mrs. Diehl
4th Grade: Mrs. Combs
5th Grade: Mrs. Bell
6th Grade: Mr. Morrow
All classes still have a chance to win a Spirit Day next Thursday and a chance at being the overall winner for their grade level, so keep it up! Happy Reading!!!!
Alternative Lunch Day (Friday, October 2nd)
Friday, October 2nd is Alternative Lunch Day. K4-4th grade students must bring a lunch from home (Faith Hall will not be providing lunch on this day). 5th and 6th grade students may purchase a Chick-Fil-A meal from the Upper School Royal House for $5.50. The meal will include:
1 Chick-fil-A sandwich – $5.50
*Extra sandwich – additional $3.50
To order, please visit https://thefirstacademy.org/about/lunch/. Please submit your order by Wednesday, September 30, 2015 at 3pm.
You should receive a confirmation page, upon placing an order for your 5th or 6th grade student.. You may need to scroll back to the top if your screen goes blank. You should also receive an email within 15 minutes from Larissa Galloway confirming receipt of payment. You do have the option of ordering for multiple students. Food distribution will be in the gym lobby.
Please remember that if you don’t like this option then you are welcome to bring something from home.
Homecoming Dress Up Days
Parents, Homecoming week is October 13th-16th. The Lower School Spirit dress code for the week includes:
TFA T-shirts (uniform, sports team, fine arts, camp, etc.)
Appropriate bottoms (uniform shorts or pants, jeans, jean shorts or jean skirts)
Regular dress code for shoes apply
Friday, everyone that ordered a 2015 Homecoming T-shirt should wear it with your jeans
This year, students may wear the following fun items on the designated Day:
Tuesday – Sock Day: Students may wear funny socks.
Wednesday – Glasses Day: Students may wear fun glasses of their choice.
Thursday – Hat Day: Students may wear a fantastic fun hat.
Friday – Blue & Gold Day: Students may wear blue and gold spirit wear if they do not have a Homecoming T-shirt.
K4-5 students will prepare to show school spirit at Friday’s parade by making spirit items such as shakers or paw prints in their classrooms. Our LS students are looking forward to the parade, please stay tuned for further information.
School Pictures – Haven’t Ordered Yet?
Don’t miss this year’s school picture!
Go to mylifetouch.com
Log in with your Portrait ID and Access Code located in your picture package
Pedidos en español disponibles por internet. Utiliza tu ID del retrato y el código de acceso de tu paquete del retrato.
To redeem your complimentary digital SmileSafe card, click here. Parent/Guardian, how was this year’s school picture experience? Take survey.
Picture Retake (Save the Date!)
Picture Retake is Tuesday, October 20th. 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.
AR Deadline-October 6th
Our first quarter AR deadline is quickly approaching on Tuesday, October 6th. Students still have plenty of time to read and take tests. Remember that all students who achieve 200% of their individual goal for the quarter will be recognized in the library.
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.