A Message from President O'Quinn



Dear Frederica Academy Family,
 
On behalf of the Upper School Student Council officers, I am thrilled to share with you our excitement for the 2017-2018 school year and our plans for this year's Homecoming celebration.
 
We had an awesome time at our Space Jam themed Upper School Homecoming Dance last night which kicked off our Homecoming festivities.
 
Throughout the week, students in all grades will participate in different themed dress-up days. The themes for each day are listed in a separate section of today's email as well as other information about all of the activities which will take place each day.
 
We've added a couple new traditions this year.  All Upper School students will gather on campus on Wednesday night for a Cook-Out and Pizza Party sponsored by the Booster Club. We will then separate into each of our classes to work on class banners, lip sync performances, and floats. The floats will be featured in what we hope will become a new fun tradition at FA ... a Homecoming Parade which will take place on Friday at 2:30 p.m. The entire school will gather to watch the parade pass in front of the main Administration Building before it makes the turn around the large practice field near the front gates of the campus. Parents are encouraged to be a part of this new tradition; however, make plans to be on campus before 2:15 p.m. since the campus will be closed to vehicular traffic before the parade starts at 2:30 p.m. The pep rally will be in the gym following the parade. The fun will continue later that day with the Football tailgate party and the Homecoming game and halftime ceremony.
 
We are so proud of our Middle School students for using Homecoming to raise awareness about childhood cancer and to raise funds to support children in our community who are currently battling cancer. We applaud the Middle School Student Council officers for organizing this year's "Gold Ribbon Week" during Homecoming.
 
Our youngest students will not be left out of the fun. We look forward to seeing them dressed in their silly socks, clever pajamas, favorite jerseys, crazy hats, and FA spirit wear this week!
 
Although Homecoming only lasts a few days, we know the spirit created this week will continue with us throughout this year. We are all so blessed to be a part of such an amazing school. As members of the Class of 2018, we are especially grateful to be a part of the largest class in the school's history. As graduating seniors, we are all committed to making this the best year ever!
 
Go FA Knights!
 
Sincerely,
 
Piper O'Quinn
Upper School Student Council President




2017-2018 Upper School Student Council Officers (L-R):  Constance Sullivan, Senior Representative; Piper O'Quinn, President; George Poulakis, Vice President: Curran Squire, Secretary; and Emily Harrison, Treasurer.



This Week at Frederica Academy



ALL WEEK
Lunch Menu Click HERE to view cafeteria lunch menu (Grades 1-12).
Click HERE to view cafeteria lunch menu (Grades PK + K)

ALL WEEK

HOMECOMING WEEK!

Monday
10:00 AM Upper School Assembly in the Gym

Tuesday
10:00 AM
Middle School Gold Ribbon Week Assembly
Terry Thomas Room - Arts Center 
Special Guest Speakers:  Cindy and Mark Landis

Wednesday
12:15 PM Middle School FCA Meeting during lunch

Wednesday
1:05 PM
College Application Workshop in the College Counseling Center

Wednesday 3:00 PM Lower School Good News Club Launch

Wednesday
6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Upper School Homecoming Class Projects Night
Cook-Out + Pizza Party Sponsored by Booster Club at 6:00 PM

Thursday Morning Tornado Drill

Thursday
8:00 AM Parent Association Meeting in Hamilton Hall
Guest Speakers:
Julie Ackerman + Greer Brown (HOS Search Committee Chair)

Thursday
5:00 PM Middle School Homecoming Football Game vs. Bulloch Academy

Thursday
3:30 PM US Model UN Meeting in the Nash Academic Center (Second Floor)
NOTE:  Permission forms and $25 fee to the Model Arab League event due to Mrs. Dillon or Mrs. Bradford by October 5.

Friday
8:00 AM Fathers, Faith, and Frederica in the Athletic Conference Room

Friday 8:10 AM Lower School Morning Meeting

Friday 8:45 AM Pre-K Field Trip to Saint Simons Fire Station

Friday 11:20 AM
Southern Methodist University Admission Representative in the Nash Academic Center

Friday 2:20 PM - 3:05 PM
CAMPUS CLOSED TO VEHICULAR TRAFFIC DUE TO HOMECOMING PARADE!

Friday 2:30 PM Homecoming Parade!

Friday 3:10 PM Homecoming Pep Rally in Gym
Crowning of the 2017 Homecoming King

Friday 3:20 PM
Lower School Dismissal
NOTE:  LS Parents can escort students from their classroom to the gym for the Homecoming Pep Rally or pick them up in car line.
NOTE:  After-School programs will  not be offered on October 6.

Friday
3:50 PM Middle School + Upper School Dismissal

Friday
6:00 PM Homecoming Tailgate Party

Friday 7:30 PM Homecoming Football Game vs. Bulloch Academy

Friday
Halftime
Presentation of 2017 Homecoming Court
+ Crowning of 2017 FA Homecoming Queen

Saturday
8:00 AM SAT Exam at Frederica Academy

Saturday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
October 9 Columbus Day School will be in session on Monday, October 9.


Homecoming Divisional Dress-Up Days





Lower School
Middle School
Upper School
Monday

Silly Sock

Pajama Day

America Monday

Tuesday

Pajama

Gold Day

Neon Tie Dye Tuesday

Wednesday

Favorite Sport Jersey

Tacky Tourist Day

Country Camo

Thursday

Crazy Hat

Super Hero Day

Green + White

Friday

Green + White Spirit Day

Green + White Spirit Day

Space Jam


 
WEDNESDAY Lower School Good News Club

Frederica Academy's Good News Club, a new interdenominational afterschool program for students in 1st-5th grade, will begin Wednesday, October 4. The Club will meet from 3:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. each Wednesday that school is in session through March 27, 2018. There is no cost for students. Please click HERE to download and print the registration form.
 
Click HERE to contact our program coordinator, Katie Widener, with any questions.


THURSDAY Parent Association Meeting


The October Parent Association meeting will take place in Hamilton Hall on
Thursday, October 5,
at 8:00 a.m.

Featured Speakers:

Julie Ackerman
Lower School Director
Leadership Team Member

Greer Brown
Head of School Search Committee Chair +
FA Board Vice-Chair




There will be a Box Top collection bin at the meeting. Please remember to bring your box tops on Thursday morning!  Thank you for supporting FA by supporting the Box Top program!





Dear Frederica Academy Family,

My name is Kristen Moore, and I am the Box Tops for Education™ Coordinator for Frederica Academy. Box Tops for Education™ is a school earnings program that helps schools earn cash to buy the things they need.

Box Tops are each worth 10¢ for schools and are found on hundreds of products. When students, families, schools and communities work together to collect Box Tops, the money adds up fast. Since our enrollment in 2013, Frederica Academy has earned $8,324.58, which has been used to fund projects such as the Lower School Garden, The MakerSpace, ongoing professional development for our fabulous faculty as well as many other small projects as needed. We can earn even more cash this school year with your help. Our goal this year is $1000. Here are a few ways you can help us reach that goal:
  • Place a Box Tops collection bin in front of your business. Your employees and patrons will identify your business as a Box Tops drop-off location and a main supporter of our school.
  • Donate products that we can use as contest prizes. We hold collection contests throughout the year and prizes really motivate parents and students to participate.
To learn more about the Box Tops for Education™ program and see a list of participating products, visit BTFE.com or click HERE to watch an informational video on YouTube. Click HERE to see a list of eligible consumer products and HERE to access and download a collection worksheet.

Collection boxes will be located in the Front Office, Benefield Hall (outside Mrs. Lee's office), and the Corn Hall Reception area. The FA collection deadline is October 27. 

Thank you in advance for your support!

Sincerely,

Kristen Moore
Phone: 912-996-0930
Email: kreative1kristen@gmail.com



October College Counseling Key Dates





MakerSpace Needs Small Electronic Donations!

Frederica Academy is seeking old, small electronics donations for the MakerSpace that students can take apart, experiment with and use for project parts.

Some examples: VHS players, cell phones, flashlights, radios, laptops, hair dryers. We will take any and  all electronics.

Thank you for supporting our STEAM Knights!


FA in The News



Click HERE to read an article in The Brunswick News regarding author Lauren Wolk's visit to Frederica Academy last week.  It was a wonderful day with such an interesting and accomplished artist, writer, and teacher.  
 
Ms. Wolk spent lots of time with our students talking about her book, but she shared so much more than simply insight on her novel. She talked a great deal about her experiences growing up and the stories she collected throughout her life. She told our middle schoolers the value of all of their experiences--both the good ones and the bad--and to remember them. She emphasized the power of their individual voices, even now as middle schoolers, relating them to a tsunami that begins with one drop of water and becomes something so much larger when it joins with others.  Ms. Wolk was so impressed with our students and their thoughtful questions and connections.  
 

 
Click HERE to view and download more photos taken during Ms. Wolk's campus visit.


 
Pre-Kindergarten Mystery Reader





Laura Brown was the Mystery Reader in Pre-K last week. Joe was very proud of his mother's performance.


Special Pre-K Readers






Two Fourth Graders, Elizabeth Temple and Amelia McGlaughin, earned the privilege to read a story to the Pre-Kindergarten class by reading ten hours independently at home. Well done, Elizabeth and Amelia!
 


FA Knights Visit Saint Simons Elementary







Nearly a dozen FA football players were invited to visit Saint Simons Elementary on Friday morning to participate in the school's PBIS celebration. The players had a chance to speak at the school-wide assembly where they talked about the importance of teamwork and what it means to be a good teammate.

 
KGIB School Recycling Challenge


Frederica Academy is participating in the Keep Golden Isles Beautiful (KGIB) School Recycling Challenge. Collection boxes will be available on campus for the following items:
  • Cereal Bags
  • Writing Items (Pens, Markers, Highlighters, etc.)
  • Oral Care Products
Last year, Frederica Academy participated in the challenge and won Third Place. Our prize was a Recycling Container.



Saint Simons Food Festival Needs Volunteers

The Saint Simons Island Food and Spirits Festival (October 4-8) and the Taste of the Golden Isles (November 17) are looking for adult volunteers to help with their upcoming community events. 

Click  HERE for more information and to sign up to volunteer.
 
FA Upper School students who are interested in volunteering should click  HERE to email the organization's Volunteer Manager, Kelly Harrigan, for more information about age-appropriate volunteer opportunities.




Coast Fest 2017 - Saturday, October 7




October Special Events Calendar

October 9 Upper School Academic Recognition Assembly in Gym at 9:50 a.m.

October 10
Middle School Academic Recognition Assembly in Terry Thomas Room at 10:00 a.m.

October 11 PSAT Exam (Grades 8, 10, 11) - Morning

October 11 Freshman Service Leadership Day - Morning

October 11 Senior College Counseling Seminar - Morning

October 11 Upper School Noon Dismissal

October 12
Hampden-Sydney Admission Representative in the Nash Academic Center at 1:05 PM

October 12-13 Videographer on Campus

October 13 End of First Quarter

October 14 Model Arab League Competition at Georgia Southern University

October 14
Jacksonville College Fair

October 16-19 ERB Testing (Grades 2-7)

October 16 Presbyterian College Admission Representative at FA Nash Academic Center at 9:00 AM

October 16
Valdosta State Admission Representative at FA Nash Academic Center at 1:05 PM

October 17
Yearbook Make-Up Picture Day (Headshots)

October 17
Teacher Luncheon in Gym Lobby between 11:00 AM and 1:30 PM

October 18 First Grade Field Trip to Poppell Farms

October 19-23 Gym Closed - Floor Resurfacing

October 19
Kindergarten Pumpkin Patch Field Trip at 11:00 a.m.

October 19 Middle School + Upper School Parent-Teacher Conferences (Evening Option)
5:00 PM - 8:00 PM

October 20 Middle School + Upper School Parent-Teacher Conferences (Day Option)

October 20 Lower School Parent-Teacher Conference Day

October 20 Lower School + Middle School Not in Session (No Students on Campus)

October 20
Upper School Half-Day Session (Noon Dismissal):
  • Pre-ACT (Grades 9-11)
  • Senior Health Seminar Day
October 21 GreyKnight Chess Association Tournament at Frederica Academy
8:30 AM - 5:00 PM (Hamilton Hall)

October 23-26 Middle School Carpe Vitam Trips

October 25 National Honors Society Induction Ceremony (Upper School Dress-Up Day)

October 26 Second + Third Grade Field Trip to Ritz Theatre (Mr. Popper's Penguins)
10:30 AM - 1:00 PM

October 27 Middle School Post Carpe Vitam School Holiday (MS Not in Session)

October 28
ACT Exam at Glynn Academy

October 31 Upper School Student Council Halloween Costume Contest during Lunch


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2017-2018 Master Calendar Updates


To offset some of the school days lost to Hurricane Irma, we've made the following adjustments to the 2017-2018 Master Calendar. Click HERE to access and download the REVISED 2017-2018 Master Calendar.
  • Monday, October 9 - School will be in session on Columbus Day.
  • Wednesday, December 20 - School will be in session on Wednesday, December 20. It will be a half day for all divisions. Lower School will adjourn following the traditional Giving Tree program. It will be the last day of exams for Middle School and Upper School students. Friday, December 15, will be the last exam review day and exams will take place on December 18, 19, and 20. Thursday, December 21, will be a Teacher Work Day.
  • Wednesday, January 3 - The Second Semester will start on Wednesday, January 3, instead of Thursday, January 4. All students and teachers will return on January 3.
  • Friday, February 16 - School will be in session on Friday, February 16. We will observe Presidents' Day as a school holiday on Monday, February 19.

We've made some additional calendar adjustments to optimize classroom learning and student assessments. For example:

  • Thursday, October 19 - We will offer evening sign-ups for Middle School and Upper School parents as an alternative option to parent-teacher conferences taking place on Friday, October 20.
  • Friday, October 20 - Lower School and Middle School students will not attend school on Friday, October 20, in order for teachers to participate in parent-teacher conferences. Upper School students will be in session until noon on Friday, October 20. Students in Grades 9-11 will take the Pre-ACT and students in Grade 12 will attend the Senior Health Seminar.
2017-2018 FA Master School Calendar

Click HERE to  access
and  download the
Frederica Academy
2017-2018  School Year
Calendar.