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June 20, 2022
 
The First Academy Admissions Office is currently available to you! Whether you are new to The First Academy or are a current family adding a new student, this newsletter will keep you informed about campus events and help your student transition smoothly into TFA for 2022-2023.

You can also schedule a virtual or in-person tour of campus by visiting the link below!
 
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 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 Summer Hours

Beginning June 1, The Royal Store will be open on Wednesdays from 8:30 AM to 2:30 PM. You can also shop the Royal Store online by visiting the link below. During the summer, all online orders will need to be picked up at the store on Wednesdays between the hours of 8:30 AM to 2:30 PM.

We love to see you show off your Royal Spirit in your neighborhoods so shop the store, snap some pictures, and post them on your social media accounts for us to see! 

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!

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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

Lower School, in conjunction with the Royal Store,  is offering a new convenience to families for the 2022-2023 school year by making prepackaged school supplies available for purchase for each grade level.    These grade-level specific supply packs contain most of the items on our Lower School Supply Lists for the upcoming school year.  By purchasing the packs, you will save both time and money.     Supply packs will be delivered straight to the classrooms for your child and will be waiting for you at Meet the Teacher on Monday, August 8th.  

There are items for each grade level that are NOT included in the pre-packaged supply kits that families will need to purchase on their own.   These items are designated on the 2022-2023 Lower School Supply Lists.   

Click HERE to purchase your child’s supply pack today.   Supply packs should be ordered for your child’s rising grade level for the 2022-2023 school year.   

The new deadline to order is June 26th and prices now reflect a 10% increase.   

For a full view of the grade level supply lists, click on the links below.    These lists include both the items included in the supply packs as well as those that will need to be purchased by families separately from the supply packs.  


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
 

College Advisors will be in touch in mid-June to start setting up meetings with incoming students. 


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. 


Camp Roar
 

Camp Roar is underway this summer and is available to current students who attend The First Academy as well as children outside of our TFA community. We highly encourage new students to come to camp for a week to get familiar with TFA's campus and get to know teachers and students who they will see in the fall! We have a special field-trip-based week coming up for our rising TK through 6th graders during the week of July 5th-8th. We'll have live animals and glow-in-the-dark laser tag, as well as trips to see Sing 2 and Medieval Times! You don't want to miss the fun!

We are also offering summer camp for our littlest Royals! Camp Roar Preschool, led by members of our current Preschool team, is taking place all summer as well. Each week features exciting themes that incorporate letter recognition, math and science skills, music, and the arts! 

You can visit our Camp Roar webpage to view the camp brochure, register, and learn more! Due to high demand, popular returning sessions from last summer and new exciting options, such as Soccer, STEAM, Football, and more, are filling quickly. Register today to reserve your summer spot! 

For questions and information, please contact Corey Wall, Camp Roar Director, at camproar@thefirstacademy.org. 

We look forward to seeing our new students at Camp Roar this summer!

Learn More About Camp Roar

Middle & Upper School Summer Offerings
 

TFA has expanded our Middle and Upper School Fine Arts, Athletic, and Academic summer offerings!

From Cooking with FLIK and Digital Photography to Football and Volleyball, your student can enjoy a wide range of academic or sports programs. Learn more at https://thefirstacademy.org/academics/upper/curriculum/summer-courses/

For questions and information, please contact Corey Wall at summer@thefirstacademy.org. We look forward to seeing our students this summer!

Register for Middle & Upper School Courses

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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