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Upper School Blog, Week of October 12

IMPORTANT EVENTS & DATES FOR OCTOBER

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

RECOGNITION

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The National Art Honor Society Shares Their Love for Art!

The National Art Honor Society, sponsored by Cynthia Collins and Kim Moseler, is partnering with First Orlando’s Counseling Center for a special project. These students are painting multiple canvases with encouraging scriptures to be used in the offices at the center. Visual Art, as with all Fine Arts, has a voice that reaches places that sometimes words alone does not reach. NAHS thanks the FBCO Counseling Center for the privilege of sharing God’s Words through their love of Art!

NEW THIS WEEK

MS/US Chapel Recap 10/5

By Abby B., Class of 2018

On Thursday, Brent Crowe, the vice president of Student Leadership University, came and spoke to us during chapel. He preached on Philippians chapter 1 about Paul being imprisoned. He mentioned how at the time Paul’s ministry was not thriving, but regardless the gospel was still advancing. His sermon was focused around two questions. First, “Do you have a divine perspective on unfortunate circumstances?” Second, “Is your life inspiring someone else to fulfill their purposes?”

I was so inspired by his charge to us to continue to spread God’s name even when our circumstances aren’t always ideal. He shared a beautiful story about his grandmother and the hardships that she faced. But, rather than letting her circumstances bring her down, she chose to follow God with reckless abandon just like Paul did. Overall, I felt that many of my peers were impacted by his message to look past our circumstances and to recognize the goodness of God.

College Guidance Office

ORLANDO NATIONAL COLLEGE FAIR

The National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC) Orlando National College Fair is quickly approaching! Free and open to the public, NACAC fairs connect students and families to hundreds of college and universities in one location.

COLLEGE INFORMATION SESSIONS

College admissions representatives from Harvard University Princeton University, University of Virginia, Wellesley College, and Yale University will discuss academic programs, campus life, selective college admissions, and financial aid for the respective schools.

Check out the the latest Upper School blog for the colleges visiting TFA this Fall!  Juniors and Seniors must sign up through Naviance: Click Here!

REMINDERS

College Visits

If you want to speak to representatives from these colleges, sign up in Naviance to speak to them when they’re on campus.

Attendance

All attendance notifications and questions should be communicated directly to Ms. Lyn Maxime, Upper School Receptionist. All Upper School students who are tardy to campus must check in with Ms. Maxime in the Upper School office when they arrive at school. You may contact Ms. Maxime concerning your student being tardy or absent at 407-206-8630 or email her at usattendance@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.