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July 12, 2022
You're Invited to TFA's New Student & Family Welcome Events!


Welcome New TFA Students and Families!

Congratulations on joining our Royal Nation at The First Academy! It is an honor and privilege to welcome you. Over the past months, we have been planning and preparing for your arrival at The First Academy. New students and families are very special to us and we want to ensure you feel comfortable and confident in the transition to your new school community. 

In addition to the 'Details and Donuts' orientation events, TFA's Parent Association, Admissions Team, and Principals have created a time of fun and fellowship for our new Royals. 

The New Student & Family Welcome Events information is outlined below with the RSVP links. A campus map is available HERE to assist with event locations. 

Bubble Foam Party! - Lower School New Family Event (Preschool-5th Grade)
Monday, August 1st at 9:00-10:15 am, Preschool (2's & 3's)- 1st Grade Families
Tuesday, August 2nd at 9:00-10:15 am, 2nd-5th Grade Families
Click HERE to RSVP by July 28th 
*If you have children in multiple events, you can pick one morning or attend both. 

New Lower School families will enjoy a Bubble Foam Party, outdoor games, and a sweet donut treat while connecting with both new and current families.On both days, check-in will be from 9:00-9:15 am and the main event will run from 9:15-10:15 am. It is reccommeded that families bring towels and students wear a one-piece bathing suit, t-shirt, shorts, and shoes that can get wet (no flip flops). Families should park at Lot A and meet at the check-in table outside of Lower School where they will be directed to the playground area. 

Schedules & Snow Cones! - Middle & Upper School New Family Event (6th-12th Grade)
Thursday, August 4th at 2:00-3:00 pm 
Click HERE to RSVP by August 1

New Middle and Upper School students need to arrive by 1:50 pm to check-in and then you'll follow the scheduled activities, which include: meeting current Middle & Upper School students, Principal orientation, class schedule walkthrough, testing your locker code, and more! Students will also enjoy a Kona Ice snow cone treat. 

Please Park in Lot B or Lot C. Students will be greeted at the entrance of Upper School (building 4). Parents can spend time in the 'Parent Lounge' and shop in the Royal Store during the event in the Cramer Family Field House (building 5). A Parent Lounge flyer is attached with more information. 

New Family Meet the Teacher- All New Families
Monday, August 8th - No RSVP needed
1:45 pm- New Lower School Family Registration
This is for new Lower School families only to receive their class assignments prior to Meet the Teacher. It will also include a special photo opportunity with our TFA mascot, Rowdy! 
2:00- 2:30 pm- Meet the Teacher for New Families
2:30-4:30 pm- Meet the Teacher for Returning Families
*Parking and arrival instructions will be forthcoming.

The best is yet to come! We look forward to welcoming you soon.

Blessings,
Kristi Summers
Director of Admissions 

 Lunch Information

TFA partners with FLIK Independent School Dining to ensure that our students will enjoy morning and lunch dining options in The Royal Eatery. You do not need to pre-order lunch for your student. If a student plans to participate in the FLIK lunch program for the day they will simply go through the lunch line to make their selections and pay with their prepay account, which is set up in FACTS.

To assist families with Prepay Account set-up, lunch details, and Q&A, we have updated our lunch webpage to serve as a one-stop-shop for all of your dining needs! Visit this page at https://thefirstacademy.org/about/lunch/ to:

  • Add funds to your Prepay Accounts
  • View the upcoming lunch menus for all divisions
  • Watch the instructional video (https://youtu.be/ZuGf9R0IvLY) with steps on how to add money to your Prepay Account from a desktop or mobile device, as well as view dining menus and more
  • Review the lunch Q&A section to answer any questions that you may have

Start off the 2022-2023 school year with healthy, fresh, wonderful tasting meals for your student/s now. Don’t delay in setting up your Prepay Account and learning more about TFA’s new lunch service today!

View Webpage: https://thefirstacademy.org/about/lunch/ 

View Video: https://youtu.be/ZuGf9R0IvLY

Royal Store 

Stop in The Royal Store and stock up for all your school year needs! We have uniform-approved polos, spirit wear, and outerwear.  

You can also shop online at theroyalstore.org.  All online orders will be held in the store for pickup during opening hours.

The Royal Store is open from 8:30 AM to 2:30 PM every Wednesday through August 3rd. Follow us on Facebook for updated August hours.

Shop the Royal Store

Details & Donuts

You are invited to join an Admissions team member for Details & Donuts. This is a time for new parents to ask questions and receive information regarding your family’s transition to The First Academy. In order to meet the scheduling needs of new families, we offer both on-campus and virtual sessions. We look forward to providing a sweet treat and a time for casual conversation to help ensure a strong start at The First Academy. Topics include, but are not limited to, How to Get Connected, Academics, Student Schedules, Spiritual Formation, Athletics, Fine Arts, and much more.

Please RSVP below for new parent Details & Donuts!

RSVP Today

Updates from the Clinic

If the Admissions Office has not received the Immunization DH-680 and/or Physical DH-3040 Florida state forms for your student, please make sure you scan/email them to admissions@thefirstacademy.org. Please make sure your immunizations are up to date and that the form you turn in has not already expired.  Remember, several immunizations are required for entry into kindergarten and the TDap immunization is required for entry into 7th grade.  Be sure your student has this immunization prior to the first day of school. Contact your family physician or nearest health department as soon as possible to receive the proper form or to schedule an appointment before school starts. Students that have not turned in a completed Florida Certification of Immunization Form(DH-680), in accordance with the state law, may not be allowed to attend classes until the requirements are met.

Severe allergies

Please make sure to contact the school nurse @ clinic@thefirstacademy.org if your child has any severe allergies. We want to make sure we have documentation for the teachers, health clinic and have alerts put into our computer system to keep your student safe.  You may stop by the clinic on the first day of school to sign paperwork and bring in any necessary medications.  Epi-Pens, Auvi Q's and Benadryl can be kept in the school clinic for the entire school year.  Also, any medication that your student may need throughout the school year (Tylenol, Advil, allergy medication etc.) can be stored in the clinic for your child's use as long as it is brought into the clinic and the proper paperwork is filled out by the parent to store it there.

Lost and Found

Make sure to label all sweatshirts, outerwear, water bottles, lunch boxes, etc. with first and last names before you start school.  The lost and found will get your child's lost item back to them only if it is labeled! Every year we have an enormous amount of items that go unclaimed and not returned to students because there is no name on the item!  Label in a visible place with a Sharpie!

Hi new TFA Families! We are so excited for the 2022-2023 school year and we want to say thank you for joining the amazing TFA Family and Royal Nation!

We also want to introduce you to our Royal Family on social media. If you are interested in participating, we would love for you to send us a family photo or photo of your children to spotlight on our Instagram & Facebook pages this summer. 

If you already have children attending TFA but a sibling is attending for the first time, we would still love to include them in the welcome posts. Thank you to all who have already submitted beautiful and high-quality family photos!

You can email the photo or photos directly to our marketing email (marketing@thefirstacademy.org). We will also include your family's last name in the post. Please also make sure to follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. 

If you have any questions, please reach out to Megan Fleming- Our Creative Marketing and Alumni Manager. Thank you and Go Royals!


Preschool & Lower School Information
 

IXL Summer Skill Boost Plans

Rising 1st through 5th Grade students may continue using their IXL username and password from this past year to access the program for the summer.  We are encouraging students to complete the Summer Skill Boost Plans for the grade level completed this past year to help avoid that “summer slide” that comes with a break from school.   Rising 1st Grade would complete the Summer Skill Boost Plans for Kindergarten and so on.    The plans have 20 recommended lessons for both Math and Language Arts. Click on the links below to access these plans:

New students for the 2022-2023 school year in 1st-5th grade will receive a separate email with the IXL username and password as soon as they are able to be enrolled in the program.    
 

Lower School Summer Reading Challenge

We are changing things up with our summer Accelerated Reader testing to help promote regular reading during the summer as well as the school year.    Students have been assigned a Summer AR Goal based on their rising grade level as follows:

  • Rising 1st:  6 points
  • Rising 2nd:  8 points
  • Rising 3rd:  10 points
  • Rising 4th:  12 points
  • Rising 5th:  14 points

Accelerated Reader testing has resumed and will continue through July 29th. Testing will remain accessible from home through the summer for students in rising 1st-5th grades.   Students are encouraged to continue reading in the same range as the end of the school year or the grade level range if they don’t know their range.   Tests significantly below a student’s personal or grade level range will be deleted and not count towards the Summer AR goal.  

Important Links:

Students who complete the Lower School Summer Reading Challenge will be presented a ribbon at one of our September chapels and receive a special cookie treat at lunch.  If you need assistance with Accelerated Reader, please contact Lisa DeBoom at lisadeboom@thefirstacademy.org. 
 

Lower School Supplemental Reading Lists

We have compiled the following list of resources for our Lower School families to encourage reading over the summer:


Lower School Supply Lists 

For a full view of the grade level supply lists, click on the links below.   


Middle School Information
 

Please visit the links below for important information regarding the 8th grade Washington D.C. Trip. Additionally, Dr.  Holter (Middle School Principal) will be reaching out to all new families in June to create schedules, collect elective requests, and arrange for placement testing if necessary.

Washington DC parent meeting: click for a recording of the meeting and the slides that we reviewed. Also, please contact Dr. Holter at natalieholter@thefirstacademy.org, whether you intend for your student to participate or not. It will allow Dr. Holter to communicate with those who are interested (and avoid bothering you if you are not interested!). Keep in mind if you want to participate, you must register formally with Joshua Expeditions (our travel company) directly. The instructions to register are in the slides. Please contact natalieholter@thefirstacademy.org with questions.

Middle School & Summer Reading Information

Upper School Information
 

We are excited to have you join our Upper School this coming fall! We have required summer reading assignments for our students. Students not taking AP courses are required to complete their grade-level English College Prep or Honors summer reading assignment. AP students are exempt from their English Honors or College Prep assignment and are required to complete all summer assignments for their enrolled AP classes. ALL students will complete the Daniel I assignment. Summer Reading Assignments are due by Monday, August 15. Click the button below for the Summer Assignment details.

College Advisors have sent out emails to make appointments for new student meetings.  Feel free to reach out with any questions!

9th Grade: Mrs. Merritt, College Advisor  GraysonMerritt@thefirstacademy.org 

10th & 11th Grade: Mrs. Gentry, College Advisor  SusanGentry@thefirstacademy.org

12th Grade: Mrs. Kwak, Director of College Guidance JoyceKwak@thefirstacademy.org 


Laptops will be assigned on the first day of school


100 Service Hours graduation requirement.  If you are doing any service this summer please submit your forms using the link below.  You can have previous high school service hours transferred as well. https://thefirstacademy.org/academics/guidance/upper-school/community-service-hours-form/

Upper School Summer Reading Information

Athletic Information
 

We are excited to share more about our summer workout program for all rising 9th - 12th-grade student-athletes that are enrolled at The First Academy. Exceptions can be made with approval from the performance staff for middle school students that were on a JV or Varsity roster in the 21/22 school year. Coach Trey Tyler and Coach Jessica Kenning have put together a great plan for this summer that we would like all of our athletes to be involved in as much as their summer schedules allow. 

Students will be grouped together and coached in proper lifting techniques to aid in the development of their athletic abilities. Training sessions will occur every Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday (for June and July) with an optional Wednesday slot for those needing to make up a workout. Workouts will be an hour-long, and teams are encouraged to work out together. The available time slots are listed below, but please be courteous and keep your selected time slot throughout the summer sessions. As a reminder, all summer lifting sessions are free to current TFA student-athletes, but a current physical and FamilyID registration (2022-2023) is required prior to participating.

Timeslots: 

8:00-9:00  (Reserved for Football) 

9:00-10:00

10:00-11:00

11:00-12:00

1:00-2:00

2:00-3:00

You can find the link to sign up for summer workouts here: http://tfasi.campbrainregistration.com (create an account then scroll down to "Athletics Summer Training Sessions". Please sign up for both sessions if you plan on participating all summer). If you have any questions about summer workouts or opportunities in the weight room this summer, please reach out to Coach Trey at TreyTyler@thefirstacademy.org or Coach Jess at JessicaKenning@thefirstacademy.org.

Physical link ->
https://thefirstacademy.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/el02_physical_2_0.pdf 

FamilyID Link ->
https://www.familyid.com/organizations/the-first-academy 


If you are interested in Football, Girls Volleyball, Golf, or Cross-Country coming up this fall you will find all of the information for tryouts HERE. You can review the link to view the official fall sports opportunities and dates for tryouts / first practice dates. Keep in mind that most sports will start and/or have tryouts before the first day of school. Thank you so much for your partnership in the 2021-2022 school year, the athletics staff is excited to build on our success in the 2022-2023 school year. 


Dennis Uniforms

Dennis Uniforms is our school uniform provider. You can access uniform information such as store location, hours of operation, web address, and more by clicking below.
Uniform Information
Important Information
 

New Family Webpage

Please visit the New Family Information page on TFA’s website.  It includes helpful information on the school calendar, social media, school contacts, and school uniforms.
 
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School Blogs

Visit our website to read the blogs highlighting some of the amazing things that God is doing at TFA! From highlights in the areas of athletics and fine arts to senior spotlights and academic achievements; the blogs have it all!

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Back to School Essentials

Click the button below for the New Family Welcome Events, 2022-2023 school year kick-off events, supply lists, and more. Check back often for updates and details!
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If you have any questions in regard to your student’s enrollment, please feel free to contact our Admissions Office at 407-206-8602.
 
Romans 12:12 “Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer.”

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