Family of Christ Christian School

KNIGHTS NEWSLETTER

 

 

Volume 15, Issue 1

 

 

Summer 2017

IMPORTANT DATES

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 9
Meet Your Teacher
10:30-11:30 am
Kona Ice Truck 11:00am-12:30pm 
Soccer Field, Available For Purchase
 
THURSDAY, AUGUST 10
First Day of School
 
TUESDAY, AUGUST 15
Kindergarten, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th  Classroom Orientation
For Parents Only
6 pm

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 16
Sunshine Breakfast For New Families
8:30 am

THURSDAY,  AUGUST 17
1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th Classroom Orientation
For Parents Only
6 pm

SUNDAY, AUGUST 20
Teacher Installation
10:45 am Church Service
 
MON.-FRI. AUG 28-SEPT. 1
Scholastic Book Fair

MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 4
No School, Labor Day
 
WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 13
Picture Day
Navy Uniform Top
 

SCHOOL LUNCHES

Lunch
School lunches will begin on Thursday, August 10th. An electronic lunch menu will be sent home at the end of July and be available at 'Meet Your Teacher'.  All lunches are $4.25 and include an entree, side and milk/water bottle.  Pizza is served every Friday.
  
SCHOOL SUPPLIES
Don't forget, FOC makes purchasing school supplies a thing of the past.  By paying your summer supply fee, your child is provided with all the school supplies he/she will need including paper, crayons, folders, planners, pencils, etc.  Parents need to provide a lunch box and backpack ( no rolling backpacks please). A backpack is not required for kindergarten.   
Middle school students will also need a thumb drive and locker shelf.  Middle school backpacks and lunch boxes must fit in their lockers.
  
 
BOX TOPS FOR EDUCATION
We collect Box Tops all year long.  A labeled envelope for your fridge and labeled sandwich bags will be sent home in family folders for your convenience several times a year.  We raised over $1,000 last year thanks to Box Tops, so keep on clipping!  Get grandparents involved too.
  
  
We can always use parent volunteers to clip and organize Box Tops.  Contact the school office or sign up at Classroom Orientations (8/15 or 8/17) if you are interested.
  
  
  
WATER BOTTLES
Students are encouraged to bring a water bottle to school everyday to stay hydrated throughout the day.  Water is the only drink permitted throughout the day in the classrooms and P.E. class.  Please put your child's name on their water bottle.  
  
EARLY SIGN OUT

 

Please refrain from signing out your children(ren) 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.


 

MEDICATIONS
                           
ALL MEDICATIONS must be brought to school office by the parent and be in their original containers. 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.

          


BIRTHDAY MARQUIS SIGN
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  provided by PTL. It will come home in Family Folders the first Thursday of the school year. The cost is $10.  If your child's birthday was over the summer or the first week of school you may fill one out at 'Meet Your Teacher' and return it to the school office.  Hard copies will be available at the office.

  
UNIFORMS
Uniform Tops:
*Purchase with logo through Landsend.com
  
Uniform Tops & Bottoms:
Uniform tops can be navy, burgundy or white.

Uniform bottoms can be navy or khaki.

*Free tops and bottoms are available in our clothes closet located in the Narthex.  This gently used clothing is free of charge.

Students will wear navy uniform tops for their yearbook photo Wednesday, September 13th.
VOLUNTEER HOURS
There are many opportunities to complete your volunteer hours. 
*Scholastic Book Fair
(Contact Lori Kwilecki at Lorikwilecki@yahoo.com)
*Field Trips
*Night of Knights
(Contact Joyce Hepscher: NOK@Familyofchristtampa.com)
*Bonfire
*Homeroom Parent
*Recycling plastic bottles
*Classroom Time
*Organizing the clothes closet
*Maintaining flower beds
*Setting up for events
*Cleaning up after events
*Picture Day (Fall or Spring)
  
Contact our PTL President, Jeannine Armington for more opportunities (jbeannie@tampabay.rr.com)
20 volunteer hours must be completed by Tuesday, May 22nd.
  
MAKING MAGIC/AR GOALS
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 Monday morning at chapel.  Students whose names are drawn may visit the elementary or middle school treasure boxes for prizes.
  
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YOUR PTL BOARD
 President:
Jeannine Armington
Vice-President:
Kim Koenck
Secretary:
Lauren Hracho
Treasurer:
Robert Jones
Night of Knights Chair:
Joyce Hepscher
Book Fair Coordinator:
Lori Kwilecki/Adrienne Schaberg
  
 
  
NEW STUDENTS
We would like to welcome all our new students and families.


Middle School Ice Cream Days
(5-8th Grade)
Middle school students are offered the privilege of purchasing ice cream on non-scheduled ice cream Fridays. Students must bring $1 to school to purchase ice cream.  No credits will be given.

*All students receive ice cream the second Friday of the month.
FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL
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WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 10TH

Middle School Students:
(6-8 grade) 8:10 am

Elementary School Students:
 (K-5 grade) 8:30 am

 
NO FIDGET SPINNERS

 
Fidget spinners will not be allowed at school.  Should a child bring one to school it will be held at the office until the parent comes to pick it up.
  

Washington, D.C. Meeting
Eighth grade parents, please plan on attending a Washington, D.C. meeting during Classroom Orientation night. (Tuesday, August 15th)
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PRINCIPAL'S CORNER
  
Dear Parents and Students,

It is an honor to welcome you back to the 2017-18 school year at Family of Christ!  The faculty and staff 
have been making improvements to our classrooms and 
campus which include curriculum enhancements, technology upgrades, paving the front entrance and installing the new marquis.  It is our goal to provide a remarkable experience and learning environment for your child.  I am looking forward to hearing about your summer adventures, catching up with returning families, and meeting our newest Knights.  I cannot wait to hear over 175 students in our hallways and classrooms on August 10th.  They are the heart of Family of Christ!
  
As we begin this school year, our goal is to establish a partnership between your child's home and school.  We believe that God has created each child with unique talents and abilities. Our goal is to challenge the students academically, but always to encourage their growth spiritually and socially. You can help establish the expectations for a successful year for your child by reviewing the Parent-Student Handbook on our website before school begins.
 
We have two exciting additions to our Family of Christ Staff.  I would like to welcome Mrs. Angela Florence to our fourth grade class and Mrs. Lisa Crawford to our fifth grade class.  We are proud they will be part of our Family of Christ family.
  
The office will keep you updated on information about events each week electronically as well as in our Thursday Family Folders.  Other places for news and information include the school website, marquis, and the communication display boards near the office.
 
I would like to invite your family to attend church on Sunday, August 20, 2017, at 10:45 am for our Teacher/ Staff Installation.  This will be a special service to pray for our school, students, faculty and staff.   
 
The Parent Teacher League (PTL) is a wonderful way of connecting with other parents within the school.  FOC offers many ways, both big and small, to become involved. Please consider volunteering your time and talents to events like the Night of Knights Dinner Auction, Bonfire, and Walk-A-Thon.  Family of Christ always thrives with all of us working together!
 
Mark your calendars: Night of Knights will come upon us quickly this year.  The event is October 14, 2017; you will not want to miss out.  It always proves to be a night filled with fellowship and fun for all to enjoy!  Thank you to Joyce Hepscher and her Night of Knights team who have worked all summer to prepare for our event.
 
Our staff goal is to partner with you to instill a love of learning in your children.  We want them to find success by working hard and persevering, even when it seems tough.   I hope you are ready...we sure are!

I look forward to another wonderful year with our remarkable students.  Together, as a team, we will have a successful year!  Thank you in advance for your support and we look forward to seeing you at Meet the Teacher on Wednesday, August 9, 2017 at 10:30 am.
 
God's blessings to you all,
Mrs. Jennifer Snow
Family of Christ Principal
jsnow@familyofchristtampa.com

  
 
SCHOOL DETAILS 
  

Meet Your Teacher is on Wednesday, August 9th from 10:30-11:30 a.m. This will be your opportunity to say a quick HELLO and walk through the school.  There will be a  paperwork table set up in the Narthex.  Please stop by to ensure that the school office has all your paperwork. Students will also receive their carline tags and spirit shirts and may make size exchanges at the school office. Birthday Marquis, Before and After Care, Lunch and the Administration of Medicine forms will also be available.   Also visit our clothes closet (free uniforms).
  
CLASSROOM ORIENTATION:
Classroom Orientation will be held for Kindergarten, 5th, 6th, 7th and 8th grade parents  (Parents Only) on Tuesday, August 15th at 6 pm. Eighth grade parents will also be having a Washinton, D.C. Trip meeting that evening. Classroom Orientation will be held for 1st, 2nd,3rd and 4th grade parents (Parents Only) on Thursday, August 17th at 6 pm. Orientation will take place in your child's classroom. Classroom Orientation will give the opportunity for the teacher to answer or address any questions  that have arisen in the  process of school starting for your family.   
 
SCHOOL HOURS: 
Middle School students (grades 6th-8th ) are in session from 8:10 am - 3 pm.   They may arrive between 7:55-8:05 am.  Elementary School students (grades K-5th) are in session from 8:30 am -3 pm. They may arrive between 8: 10 -8:30 a.m. 
 

*Please note:  Families with elementary students who have a middle school (grades 6th-8th) sibling may arrive between 7:55-8:10 am but the child must go directly to their classroom and cannot walk around campus. 
 
Since middle school students must get to class by 8:10 am we ask that elementary parents not hold up the drop off car line in the morning.  Please let Safety Patrol remove your children from your car.

PARKING:  
During the first week of school, all are welcome to park in the parking lot and then walk their child to their classroom.   After the first week, you are  encouraged  to go through the carline and allow a Safety Patrol member to assist your child.  This helps us start our school day on time and with less confusion. 
  
PICK UP:   
Pick up is at 3 pm.   Please pull up and wait in the pick up line to the side of the building.Teachers and Patrols will guide your child to your car as you pull up. 
For your child's safety, children will not be allowed to cross traffic alone.  Parents please do not cross traffic to pick up  your child. Parents who designate their children as walkers should stand  by the flag pole to pick their child up.  Students will NOT be allowed to walk to the parking lot alone after school. 
 
 
BEFORE/AFTER CARE PROGRAM:  
You must have completed Before/After Care paperwork and be enrolled before the first day of school (This paperwork will be sent home electronically at the end of July, will be available at 'Meet Your Teacher', and then be available in the school office).  Make sure to let your child's teacher know what days your child will attend the FOC Before/After Care Program.
 
If your child is dropped off before 7:55 a.m. or is not picked up by 3:15 p.m.,
they will be checked into this program and you will be charged accordingly.
 
CHAPEL :
Chapel is held every Monday morning with Pastor Dave and Pastor Kurt.  Students are encouraged to bring their chapel offering on Mondays.
 
LUNCH:  
School lunches will begin the first day of school. A lunch menu will be sent home electronically at the end of July and be available at 'Meet Your Teacher'.  During the school year, lunch forms will be sent home electronically and in Thursday Family Folders two weeks before they are due. All lunches must be pre-ordered.  If your child forgets their lunch they will receive an emergency lunch and your account will be billed $4.25.   Please contact Ms. Patti (ext. 118) at the front desk if you have any questions or suggestions.


UNIFORMS:   
Please take the time to properly review the commitment to FOC's dress code  on 
our web site. 

Shirts:
Our provider of Family of Christ uniform shirts is Land's End. They are navy, white and burgundy.  Red is NO LONGER one of our colors and should not be worn. 
*Students will need to wear a navy uniform shirt on Wednesday, September 13th for yearbook photos. 

Bottoms:
May be purchased in navy, khaki, or Hunter/Classic Navy Plaid from Lands' End or navy or khaki from local retailers.  

Sneakers: 
May be color of choice but may NOT have glitter, lights, or cartoon characters.
 
PLEASE consider getting your child(ren) a good fresh haircut before the start of the year!

Cold weather clothing guidelines will come home in family folders at a later date.
 
PARENT-TEACHER LEAGUE:   
Many thanks to our PTL Board members who have been planning over the summer
in preparation for 
2017-18 school events. FOC's Night of Knights Dinner & Auction will be held at the Hunter Green's Country Club on Saturday, October 14th.  Look for opportunities to participate  in this BIG event, in addition to our  
Birthday Marquis,  sports concession stand, volunteer jobs in the classroom, and 
many more!     


   

FAMILY FOLDERS
Every Thursday your Family Folder from the school office will come home.  Family folders will be sent home with the youngest sibling.  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 again on Thursday reloaded with new materials.  
  
   

RECYCLE BINS 
FOC continues  to be environmentally conscious by recycling paper and cardboard.
Permitted In Paper Bin:
*Clean Newspaper  *Phone Books  *Soft Books  *Cereal Boxes  *Construction Paper  *Office Paper  *Magazines  *Mixed Paper
  
The bin is located to the left of the church parking lot, near the soccer field.
  
Please help the earth  while helping FOC at the same time.  Proceeds from the recycle companies 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. 
  

FAMILY OF CHRIST

SUMMER READING LIST

2017


 Please use the links below:


 

2017 Summer Reading List
 


 


 


 

Wednesday, August 16th

New Family Sunshine Breakfast

8:30 am

  CLASS ORIENTATIONS
Parents please come to Class Orientation on Tuesday, August 15th at 6 pm for Kindergarten, 5th, 6th, 7th and 8th grade.   Parents Only. 

Parents please come to Class Orientation on Thursday , August 17th at 6 pm for 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th grade.  Parents Only.
  
  
   CHURCH SERVICES
Please join us for one of our church services:
*Saturday Evening @ 6:00 pm (Traditional)
*Sunday Morning @ 9:15 am (Traditional) 
 10:45 am (Contemporary)


Teacher installation will take place on Sunday, August 20th at
10:45 am. Please join us for this special service.
 
  TUITION EXPRESS 
Ever wonder what that $20 Tuition Express charge was for?    Tuition Express charges are sometimes processed days (or even weeks) after you authorized the payment.    To help you identify charges to your account, sign up for an on-line Tuition Express account!    You can monitor your activity and sign up for e-mail payment notifications.    If you are interested, please request enrollment information from Brenda Uhlich at buhlich@familyofchristtampa.com or 813-558-9343, ext. 133.  
                                                   DRAMA CLUB IS BACK!
  
Mrs. Ferguson is planning a creative and fun Drama Club for the students when they return to school.   Students in first through fourth grades are able to participate in our after school Drama Club.  There will  be beginners Drama Club starting in September.  Paperwork will be sent home in family folders the first week of school.                             
PTL SCHOLASTIC BOOK FAIR
 
 
The Scholastic book fair is coming! I Hope everyone had a great summer and a chance to relax a little. School will start soon and we are looking forward to another great year at Family of Christ. For all the new families, WELCOME!
For the past several years we have had great fun taking part in the Scholastic Book Fair, this year is no exception. We will have loads of great reads for our primary grades, middle schoolers and even a selection for the grownups.
This is where I need your help. The Fair will take place from August 28th - September 1st. Below you will find the dates and blocks of time where we have a need for volunteers. I understand some people want to volunteer but have other commitments and can't stay the full block of time, please let me know the times you are available, we still need and appreciate any time you are able to give! .
Sun., Aug. 27     Set up at noon, after church
Mon., Aug. 28     8am-Noon and/or Noon-3:30 pm
Tues., Aug. 29    8am-Noon and/or Noon-3:30 pm 
Wed., Aug. 30     8am-Noon and/or Noon-3:30 pm                            
Thurs., Aug. 31    8am-Noon and/or Noon-3:30pm
Fri., Sept. 1         8am-Noon and/or Noon-3:30 pm/ immediately after school to help pack up.

Don't forget, this is a great way to complete or chip away at your  20 volunteer hours! Thank You!
( If you have any questions, you can reach me at  (813) 401-6046 orLoriKwilecki@yahoo.com).
 
Blessings,
Lori Kwilecki & 
Adrienne Schaberg 

                                 
SAVE THE DATE


NIGHT OF KNIGHTS
DINNER AUCTION
HUNTER'S GREEN COUNTRY CLUB
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 14TH
6-10 PM

SPIRIT SHIRTS

Your child will receive their spirit shirt at 'Meet The Teacher'.  You have already paid for your child's t-shirt. This year we are offering parents the opportunity to purchase a spirit shirt for $15.  If you would like a  shirt, reply to this email with your size and it will be ordered.   We will deliver it with your child's shirt at 'Meet The Teacher.'  If you cannot attend 'Meet The Teacher', your child will receive their t-shirts the first day of school.   We will also send a form home in family folders for your convenience.Spirit t-shirts may we worn on Fridays with jeans, jean shorts or approved Friday shorts.
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