Family of Christ Christian School




Volume 14, Issue 2



September 2017 

Labor Day
No School

PTL General Assembly &
 NOK Meeting
8:30 am

Progress Reports Go Home
Drama Club Begins
3:00-4:30 pm

Fifth Grade Field Trip
Vigo/Alessi Factory
Student Picture Days
Yearbook Photos
Navy Uniform Shirts

MON., SEPT. 18-FRI., SEPT. 22
Student Council Campaigns

Chick Fil A Spirit Day
3:30pm-7:30 pm

Student Council Speeches

Student Council Election Day

Fourth Grade Field Trip
Ybor City Museum/Columbia Restaurant


School lunches are underway! The October menu will come home in family folders two weeks before they are due. Please remember that lunches are pre-ordered one week before they are delivered so lunch forms need to be returned on time.
If your child forgets their lunch, they will be provided with an emergency lunch.  This will include an uncrustable, chips and a drink.  Your tuition express account will be charged $4.25 for the lunch. 
Lunches are not billed until the end of the month so the students can try the lunch items and decide if they like them.  Little taste buds sometimes think they will like something and then don't.  If that is the case, email Ms. Patti at  or call her at 558-9343 Ext. 118 and she will take it off your child's order.  In addition, if you would like to add an item to your child's menu, you can do that too.
Middle school students are permitted to use the microwave in the Narthex to re-heat (not cook) their lunches.  This should take between 30 seconds and one minute to prevent a long line.

Don't forget to send your child with a water bottle every day to school.
If your child forgets their water bottle, they may use the water fountains or purchase a water bottle for 50 cents from the school office.
Please put 50 cents in your child's pencil case for this emergency.
Exact change only please.


We collect Box Tops all year long.  A labeled sandwich bag will be sent home in family folders for your convenience several times a year. We raised over $1,100 last year thanks to Box Tops so keep on clipping!


Please refrain from signing out your children after 2 pm unless you have an appointment. The end of the day is as important as the beginning of the day, so children should stay in class.


ALL MEDICATIONS brought to school must be in their original containers and labeled with a permanent marker. In addition, for medicine to be dispensed a Medicine Authorization Form must be completed in the school office.



NO MEDICATIONS should be left in student backpacks. This poses a danger to other children.




If you would like your child's name on the sign at the front entrance for their birthday, please fill out the Birthday Marquis form. The cost is $10.  Forms are available at the school office.

There are many opportunities to complete your volunteer hours:
*Field Trips/Classroom Time
(Contact your classroom/homeroom teacher)
*Night of Knights
(Contact Joyce Hepscher @
PTL Events
*Maintaining flower beds
*Setting up for events
*Cleaning up after events(Contact our PTL President, Jeannine Armington  at

Office Work
*Picture Day
*Clothes Closet
*Box Top Organization
*Grounds Work
*Pencil Sharpening for SAT Testing
(Contact Ms. Patti @
20 volunteer hours must be completed by the last day of school (Thursday, May 24th).
Students will receive a "Making Magic" slip when noticed by a teacher or staff member doing something good for another student.  Those slips will be collected at the office and names will be drawn each week at chapel.  Students whose names are drawn may visit the elementary or middle school treasure boxes for prizes.
Students who meet or exceed their AR Goal will have their name put in a drawing for a $5 Barnes & Noble gift card. 
      Jeannine Armington
Lauren Hracho
Kim Koenck
Rob Jones
Night Of Knights Chair:
Joyce Hepscher
Book Fair Coordinators:
Lori Kwilecki, Adrienne Schaberg

Drama club for kindergarten thru fourth grade begins on Thursday, September 7th.  There is still time to register.  Forms are available at the school office.  The cost is $100 for a six-week session.  The club meets from 3-4:30 pm on Thursdays in the Sanctuary.  Feel free to contact Mrs. Ferguson (813-495-5621) with any questions.

Chick-Fil-A Night
PTL will be sponsoring a Chick-Fil-A night on Tuesday, September 19th from 3:30-7:30 pm so you can go right after school. Look for info to come home in family folders and look for the Chick-Fil-A cow on campus that day!
Carpool Opportunity
We have a new family looking for a carpool  opportunity for a middle school student living in West Meadows. If you would like to participate, please respond to this email.
PE Pictures

The fifth grade class will be attending their Vigo/Alessi field trip on Friday, September 8th.  If you child ordered pizza that day it will be cancelled and your account will not be charged.

The fourth grade class will be attending their Ybor City Museum/Columbia Restaurant field trip on Wednesday, September 27th. If your child ordered chicken strips that day it will be cancelled and your account will not be charged.


Students have chapel on Monday mornings.  Pastor Dave, Pastor Steinbrueck, and Mrs. Ferguson  facilitate this service.   Students are encouraged to bring an offering every Monday morning. This money can be earned doing small chores at home.  
Our chapel offerings for the first quarter (August 10-October 6) will be going towards the American Red Cross to assist those devasted by Hurricane Harvey in Texas.

Dear Friend ,
I am so humbled by the overwhelming compassion that you, the American Red Cross community, have shown in opening your arms to support the tragedy unfolding in Texas. Over the past week, we have witnessed a catastrophe that has been historic in its severity. Our hearts reach out to the many thousands of people whose homes were in harm's way, and those who have lost everything.
Thanks to the compassion and generosity of our supporters, the Red Cross has been present in communities across the region, responding where and when people most need help.
Together we have:
  • Provided safe refuge for 32,000 people in more than 230 Red Cross and partner shelters in Texas, including people affected in Louisiana;
  • Served more than 180,000 meals and snacks;
  • Activated 200 emergency response vehicles to bring meals, water, information and support with damage assessment;
  • Positioned six kitchens capable of producing 10,000 meals a day, with six more trailers on the way.
Together we are making the difference between having nowhere to go and finding a safe, dry place to stay. For those who were without critical items, like eyeglasses, medications, and water, together we've provided a lifeline in their darkest hour. 

We are so thankful for our supporters - we are making a huge difference when it is needed most.
For anyone you know who may need help, they can visit, download the free Red Cross Emergency App or call 1-800-REDCROSS (1-800-733-2767). With your ongoing help, we will continue to provide support for those who will be affected in the days and weeks to come.
No one should have to face this devastation alone, and thanks to our supporters, they won't have to. All of us at the Red Cross are deeply grateful for all the support.
Thank you!
Harvey Johnson
Senior Vice President, Disaster Cycle Services
American Red Cross
P.S. The need is still urgent to those affected by Hurricane Harvey.   Please consider making a donation, it is critical to thousands who are without basic necessities.

Every Thursday your Family Folder from the school office will come home.  Please feel free to decorate the cover  with pictures and artwork and make it your own.  All school paperwork will be included in this folder to prevent a trickle of papers throughout the week.  Please return the folder and its contents back to school on Friday or the following Monday so it may be sent home the following week  on Thursday reloaded with materials. 
In addition, if you own a small business or would like to distribute flyers for an event please stop by the office  for approval to get it included in family folders. We ask that you please provide 150 copies.

Students will have their yearbook picture taken on Wednesday, September 13th.  We ask that all students wear their NAVY uniform shirts again for these photos.  If you do not have a navy shirt we will be happy to lend them one for the photo.

New Active Polo


Sweatshirt order forms went home in family folders.  These make great gifts for siblings, aunts, uncles and grandparents too!  Tuition Express is accepted. 

FOC continues  to be environmentally conscious by recycling paper.
What do we recycle?
*Clean Newspaper  *Phone Books  *Soft Books  *Cereal Boxes  *Construction Paper  *Office Paper  *Magazines  *Mixed Paper
The bin is located at the back of the  parking lot, near the soccer field.
Please help the earth while helping FOC at the same time.  Proceeds from the recycle company go to our student council.  Student council uses the money for pep rallies, recess equipment, and other fun items for all FOC students to enjoy. 
Save the environment and help FOC earn cash!

*Last month a family  over-loaded the cardboard recycling bin with Ballard Design boxes.  The bin was left open and all the recycling got wet and is now unusable.  If you recycle, please do not over stuff the bin and keep the lid closed. *


*  Turn in your used printer cartridges to Family of Christ. Run your own business or work at a company that doesn't recycle printer cartridges?  Help us earn money by turning in used inkjet and laser cartridges.  

*  We are in need of Windows 7 and higher computers and laptops.  If you are upgrading your home computers, please consider donating them to FOC.

Anything else?  Older computers, laptops,  printers, cell phones, etc...can be dropped off at Staples or Best Buy and they can recycle your  electronics.  ***  Call the store first - they may charge if you are recycling older equipment such as monitors and televisions.



Please  be aware of the Safety Patrol students when you are pulling up to car line in your car.  Cars should keep a safe distance from the students and obey their commands when they put out their hands for you to stop or proceed in line.
Take a moment to thank the fifth graders who are aiding our students with arrival and dismissal.  Our safety patrol perform a very important job at the school.





6-10 pm


*Tickets have been paid for over the summer. For more information contact Joyce Hepscher at 





The Cyber Safety presentation for 4-8th graders will be October 4th.  Fourth and fifth grade classes will have their presentation frat 9:15 am and sixth thru eighth grade classes will have their presentation and video at 10:15 am.  Parents are welcome to sit and listen in the back of the sanctuary.
Elementary parents please be mindful that middle school starts at 8:10 am.  Middle School students are being dropped off in car line between 8 and 8:10 am and may be late for class if the car ahead of them lingers in car line.  Please drop your child off closer to 8:15 am so our middle school students make it to class on time.
For the safety of all, please be cautious when pulling out onto Bruce B. Downs. Larger vehicles, please be considerate of smaller vehicles.  Please be mindful of the line of sequence and wait for your turn to merge into traffic.

As always, cars may turn right and do a u-turn at the light.

Thank you to all the students and families that supported the Scholastic Book Fair.  The students were so excited to look through the books on preview day and make their purchases on their shopping day.

A special shout out to our parent volunteers! All your patience at the fair was greatly appreciated. Thank you to our special Book Fair coordinators:  Lori Kwilecki and Adrienne Schaberg. You both did an excellent job!


Please join us for weekly church services.  
Saturday at 6:00pm-Traditional Service
Sunday at 9:15am-Traditional Services & Sunday School Classes
Sunday at 10:45am-Contemporary Service with Praise Band and Sunday School Services


We have extra car tags available  in the school office.  If you have a grandparent picking up at dismissal or need another for the family car, respond to this email and we will send home another.

Attention Parents,

Your Family of Christ PTL will be holding a General Assembly Meeting on Wednesday, September 6th at 8:30 a.m. in the Sanctuary.  All are welcome to join us as we discuss upcoming events for the school year.  Joyce Hepscher ( will also be holding her Night of Knights informational meeting at this time.  We have all kinds of volunteer opportunities and fun things in store for our students, so come be a part of it!  PTL meetings also count toward your twenty family volunteer hours, so don't forget to log your time in the Volunteer Log.  If you are unable to attend the meeting, the minutes for the meeting will be in the front of the Volunteer Log the following week.  We hope to see you there!

With best regards,
Jeannine L. Armington

The eighth graders participated in the annual Outsiders Rumble. This activity mirrors some of the major themes in the book The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton.  Students dressed up as 'greasers' or 'socs' and held a very friendly version of the rumble from the book.


Both the volleyball and cross country teams are working hard at practices to compete in the BCAL League.  Games and meets have begun and the students are excited to represent the Knights in these competitions.  Go Knights!