The First Hope Blog, Week of May 11


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


Summer Camp Ideas

Learning Rx:

Sports Hangout Camp with Mr. Matt:

iCan Bike Camp:


iCan Bike Flier 2017 RIDER AND VOLUNTEER




TEEP’s Royal Reach Referral Program for all Extended Educational Programs is a great way for us to celebrate current families who refer their friends and extended family for the 2017 – 2018 school year.

Here’s how it works: When a student applies and successfully enrolls with any Extended Educational Program, the referring family receives a $150 per child in all age and grade levels at TFA’s Preschool, The Classical School (TCS), and The First Hope. The applicant must name you as their referring family on the student application. Every year, close to 80% of our new families enroll at The First Academy due to a current teacher, staff member, or TFA family recommending our school. We know that a recommendation from YOU carries much more credibility than any print ad can say, and we are grateful!

Please help remind your friends to apply early and save their spot for 2017 – 2018! Together we can experience what makes our Extended Educational Programs of The First Academy so special and bring additional mission-appropriate families to share in the excitement of TFA’s Extended Educational Programs.

For more information on TFA’s Extended Educational Programs, please visit the links below:

The First Academy Preschool (Ages 8 Weeks- 3 Years Old)

The Classical School of The First Academy (Kindergarten-12th Grade)

The First Hope of The First Academy (PreK- 12th Grade) 


When you hear the word ‘mom’, what comes to mind? The word can mean so much to so many, yet one binding meaning is ‘love’. One of my favorite scriptures anchored in motherhood is Proverbs 31:25, ‘She is clothed in strength and dignity, and she laughs without fear of the future.’ As we celebrate Mother’s Day, I encourage all of our TFA moms to take a moment to ‘be still’ and look at the beauty you are blessed with every day- your family. At The First Hope mom’s celebration last week, we shared the following video. Take a moment to bask in the modern day humor of motherhood. Happy Mother’s Day!


Mrs. Pillow and her 5th grade Inclusion students, Camryn W. and William L., were settled in with their TCS classmates to begin their school day when Mr. Fana, the TCS Principal, came in. He asked the students to create a flee map with the writing prompt “Three reasons I should go to Aquatica for skip day”. As the students began to realize what was happening their excitement could hardly be contained. Their parents met them in the lobby with a change of clothes, and they were off for a day of water, sun, and fun. Best Skip Day Ever!

Camryn and William enjoying their time at Aquatica

Mrs. Pillow, Camryn, and William with Mrs. Whipple’s 5th grade class





Some Mothers Chosen By God

Most women become mothers by accident, some by choice, a few by social pressures and a couple by habit.

This year, nearly 100,000 women will become mothers of special needs children.

Did you ever wonder how mothers of special needs children are chosen?

Somehow, I visualize God hovering over earth selecting His instruments for propagation with great care and deliberation.

As He observes, He instructs His angels to make notes in a giant ledger.

“Armstrong, Beth, son. Myers, Patty, son. (insert your name in here)

Finally, He passes a name to an angel and smiles, “Give her a special needs child.”

The angel is curious. “Why this one, God? She’s so happy.”

“Exactly,” smiles God. “Could I give a special needs child to a mother who does not know laughter? That would be cruel.”

“But has she patience?” asks the angel.

“I don’t want her to have too much patience or she will drown in a sea of self-pity and despair. Once the shock and resentment wears off, she’ll handle it.”

“I watched her today. She has that feeling of self and independence that is so rare and so necessary in a mother. You see, the child I’m going to give her has his own world and that’s not going to be easy.”

“But Lord, I don’t think she even believes in you.”

God smiles. “No matter. I can fix that. This one is perfect. She has just enough selfishness.”

The angel gasps, “Selfishness? Is that a virtue?”

God nods. “If she can’t separate herself from the child occasionally, she’ll never survive. Yes, here is a woman whom I will bless with a child who is less than perfect. She doesn’t realize it yet, but she is to be envied. She will never take for granted a ‘spoken word.’ She will never consider a ‘step’ ordinary.”

“When her child says ‘Momma’ for the first time, she will be witness to a miracle and know it! When she describes a tree or sunset to her blind child, she will see it as few people ever see my creations.”

“I will permit her to see clearly the things I see… ignorance, cruelty, prejudice… and allow her to rise above them. She will never be alone. I will be at her side every minute of every day of her life because she is doing my work as surely as she is here by my side.”

Written by Erma Bombeck


If any medicine changes occur please communicate this to your teacher

Sign your child’s communication sheets nightly

Send in your Box Tops and Campbell’s Labels