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Middle School Blog, Week of November 2

IMPORTANT EVENTS & DATES FOR NOVEMBER

Parents, please take a moment to mark your calendars. The following are important dates that you do not want to miss:

NEW THIS WEEK

MS/US Chapel Recap 11/2

By Drew, Class of 2018

It couldn’t have been a better chapel to end our three week time in faith hall. Our amazing chapel band complimented this week’s speaker, Dr. Walter Strickland, who was such a blessing to have. Dr. Strickland’s study of theology and ability to communicate aided in his effort to share the message of the gospel through Ephesians 2 resonated with many of the students listening to what he had to say. Thank you Dr. Strickland for coming to share!

As Dr. Strickland moved into his message, he greatly emphasized how we, as believers, should hold a spirit of grace in our conversations to have peace within our circles of community. We are called to have unity, but “Being unified doesn’t mean we think uniformly,” says Strickland. Our relationship with Christ encourages us to gain understanding as we love our neighbor and listen to those who have differences in order to eliminate hostility and promote peace. If these “thorny situations” are handled in this way, we will have a testimony to share with outsiders looking in at the special measure of grace in our relationships.

REMINDERS

Library Reading Incentive Program

The second quarter’s reading incentive program for grades 3-8 is based on the Sunshine State Young Reader’s Award (SSYRA) reading lists: SSYRA parent letter 2017.  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 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.

Attendance

All attendance notifications and questions should be communicated directly to Mrs. Erika Faustino, Middle School Receptionist. All Middle School students who are tardy to campus must check in with Mrs. Faustino in the Middle School office when they arrive at school. You may contact Mrs. Faustino concerning your student being tardy or absent at 407-206-8620 or email her at msattendance@thefirstacademy.org.

WT Cafe – New Lunch Program

We are so excited to be partnering with WT Care for our school lunch program. Many of you were able to sample some of the offerings during New Family Orientation. The process for Lower School Instructions for registering your account and adding funds:

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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