This Week at Frederica Academy

ALL WEEK Lunch Click HERE for Lower School Menu
Click HERE for Middle School + Upper School Menu
Click HERE for PK + K Menu Order Form

Monday-Thursday Morning Middle School ERB Testing (Grades 6-7)

Monday 10:00 AM Upper School Assembly in the Gym

Monday 4:00 PM
Box Tops for Education Collection Deadline

Monday 4:00 PM Upper School Sailing Club Outing at the Brunswick Marina

Tuesday 10:00 AM Junior Class Meeting with Mrs. Nevins in Dr. Oliver's Room

Tuesday 10:30 AM Kindergarten Field Trip to Pumpkin Patch

Tuesday Lunch Periods Middle School + Upper School Student Flu Vaccine Clinic in Athletic Conference Room

Tuesday Noon - 2:30 PM

Lower School Student Flu Vaccine Clinic in Athletic Conference Room

Tuesday Noon - 2:30 PM

Parent Flu Vaccine Clinic in Athletic Conference Room

Tuesday 4:00 PM Faculty Vertical Team Meetings (PK-12)
  • Writing - Arts Center
  • Technology - Media Center
  • Research - Middle School Academic Center
Wednesday ALL DAY Lower School Storybook Character Day

Wednesday 8:30 AM Kindergarten Field Trip to Brunswick Fair

Wednesday Noon Kindergarten Halloween Party

Wednesday 1:05 PM Upper School Halloween Costume Contest in Hamilton Hall during lunch

Wednesday 2:00 PM First Grade Halloween Party in Classrooms

Wednesday 3:15 PM Lower School Faculty Meeting

Thursday 10:00 AM NHS Meeting (Seniors only) in Mrs. Bradford's Room

Thursday 10:30 AM
PROBE College Fair at Brunswick High School

Thursday 11:20 AM
University of Tennessee Admission Officer in Nash Academic Center

Thursday 12:15 PM
Young Harris College Admission Officer in Nash Academic Center

Thursday 1:05 PM
Oglethorpe University Admission Officer in Nash Academic Center

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

Friday 8:10 AM Lower School Morning Meeting in Hamilton Hall (November Birthday Celebrations!)

Friday 1:05 PM
Lees-McRae College Admission Officer in Nash Academic Center

Friday 3:20 PM Student Volunteers needed for RSM Volunteer Uniforms Delivery in Gym

Saturday-Sunday ALL DAY
RSM Volunteer Uniform Pick-Up (Gym) + Training (Hamilton Hall)

Saturday Morning SAT Exam at Glynn Academy

Campus Visitor Registration Reminder

All campus visitors, including parents, are required to sign in at the main Administration Building (Mrs. Holt)
or  in the reception area of Corn Hall (Mrs. Lavallee) when arriving on campus between 8:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.

The exception to this policy involves weekly meetings (e.g. Lower School Morning Meeting),
special assemblies, events, or school-wide programs where a FA security officer will be stationed.

A Message from Mrs. Toomey, Middle School Principal

Dear Middle School Parents,
As I walk the empty hallways of Middle School and anxiously await the return of your children on Monday morning, I can't help but reflect on the past few days and wonder. I wonder if your children were amazed, did they miss home, did they try a new food, were they moved by a moment, did they laugh until they cried, did they make a new friend, did they learn a new song, did they watch a sunrise, did they fulfill a dream, did they make a memory they will never, ever forget? If the answer is yes to any of these questions, then our mission was accomplished. Carpe Vitam helps bring your child's classroom to life--but it is equally important for your child to bring his or her life experiences to the classroom! So as I anxiously await the return of your children on Monday, I will flip through the photos and ready myself for the excitement, laughter, and stories that will fill our Middle School halls when school resumes tomorrow morning.
A very special thank you to our Carpe Vitam faculty chaperones: Alyce Dillon, Brad Hutcherson, Ashley Zimmermann, Rachael Lee, Greg Connolly, Taylor Lenon, Lindsay Hill, Gabe Gabriel, and Curt Titter.  Without their love for these children and their willingness to leave their own families none of this would ever be possible.
Forever grateful,
Mrs. Toomey
Middle School Principal

MS ERB Testing (Grades 6 + 7):  MONDAY-THURSDAY

Sixth Grade Students +

Seventh Grade Students

are reminded to bring

(2) Sharpened No. 2 Pencils  and

Calculator for ERB Tests

Middle School will administer a paper and pencil standardized test called the ERB (officially known as the  Comprehensive Testing Program - CTP) for four days this week starting on Monday. Sixth and Seventh Grade students will be assessed in the areas of reading, vocabulary, and mathematics. Testing will occur the first two hours each day.

We have several objectives in administering the ERB.
  • Because it is used by many independent schools we are able to gain a comparative picture of the strength of our programs in relation to the top 20% of schools nationally and internationally which take the ERB.
  • This test also gives us a comprehensive view of each student. It is both an Achievement Test-measuring mastery of skill and knowledge acquired directly from classroom instruction in reading, math and vocabulary; as well as a Reasoning Test which gives us an understanding of a student's facility with subtle, abstract relationships expressed in words or numbers.
  • By administering the ERB in October and analyzing the results shortly thereafter we are able to guide your child and enhance our curriculum to benefit his or her experience within the same school year. Results are sent to parents, and teachers are available to discuss these results with you early in the second semester.
Please remember that a single standardized test is simply a snapshot of your child's ability at one point in time. Click HERE for more information about this assessment. The results of the ERB will be mailed to parents in mid-December.

While there is no direct preparation for these types of tests, Frederica Academy recommends the following:
  • Have your child present at school on the days of testing;
  • Encourage a relaxed evening prior to testing, along with a good night's rest, and a normal, balanced breakfast; and, finally,
  • Arrive at school on time and unhurried - which is a great start to any day!
Eighth Grade will have a regularly scheduled week.

Box Tops for Education Deadline:  MONDAY

Fall Collection Deadline - MONDAY

It's  Box  Top Time!  Box   Tops  for  Education ™ continue to fill our piggy bank!  Clipping  Box   Tops  is an easy way for you to help Frederica Academy support what it needs to better serve our community.  Box  Tops  are each worth 10¢ and they quickly add up to real cash for our school.

To help, just look for pink  Box   Tops  on products such as cereal  boxes;  Ziploc  boxes;  snacks and juices; and Hefty trash bags--just to name a few. Clip the  box   tops  and send them to school in Ziploc bags .

For more information on the  Box   Tops  for  Education  program, including a list of participating products and our school's progress, visit . Be sure to become a member to receive exclusive coupons and recipes and learn about extra ways for our school to earn money. Let's make our school's  Box   Tops  for  Education  program a huge success this year! 

Please contact  Kristen Moore for more information.

Flu Vaccine Clinic:  TUESDAY

The Flu Vaccine Clinic is in the Athletic Conference Room on Tuesday between noon and 2:30 p.m. If you have pre-registered please come at the following times to get your flu shot.  It will take just a few minutes, and you will get a well-deserved prize.
  • Middle School students should listen to announcements on Tuesday. Students who are announced should go to the Athletic Conference Room during their lunch period (12:10 p.m. - 12:35 p.m.)
  • Upper School students should listen to announcements on Tuesday. Students who are announced should go to the Athletic Conference Room during their lunch period (1:05 p.m. -1:30 p.m.)
  • Lower School students will be collected in their classrooms and escorted to the Athletic Conference Room sometime during the afternoon. The vaccine staff will work around your school schedules.
Parents and faculty/staff should stop in anytime between noon and 2:30 p.m.
Please call or email Nurse Byers to verify who has pre-registered.  She can be reached at (912) 638-9981  Ext. 492.

Poinsettia + Greenery Order Deadline:  TUESDAY

Please consider purchasing Poinsettias and Greenery for your home and business through our Parent Association Sale. These items truly are the most beautiful in the area. Click HERE to download an order form. We invite you to share the order form with family, friends, and neighbors.

Click HERE to order and pay online.

We recognize that not everyone is home during the holidays or has a need for these items; therefore, we are offering supporters the option to make a donation to the Poinsettia Sale or to purchase items that will be donated to the local nursing homes and Hospice of the Golden Isles. Donated items will include a Christmas card drawn by our students and will be delivered by Upper School Service Council members and Student Ambassadors. 

Please email  Kristen Moore should you have any questions or call her at 912-996-0930. Thank you for your support!

Lower School Storybook Character Day:  WEDNESDAY

US SpookyGrams + Costume Contest:  WEDNESDAY

The Upper School Student Council is sponsoring SpookyGrams and a Costume Contest on Wednesday!
Send a SpookyGram to a friend on Halloween. Buy a $1 SpookyGram from your class Student Council President.
Get ready for the Upper School Halloween Costume Contest! The best costume will win a gift card to Chick-fil-A! The official contest will be held on Halloween at lunch in Hamilton Hall.

Brunswick PROBE College Fair:  FRIDAY

The Brunswick PROBE College Fair will take place on Thursday, November 1, at Brunswick High School. Upper School students interested in attending should sign up on the College Counseling Center door.

Click HERE for more information.

December 1 SAT Registration Deadline:  FRIDAY

December 1, 2018
SAT Exam

Registration Deadline is


Click HERE to Register.

December 8 ACT Registration Deadline:  FRIDAY

December 8, 2018
ACT Exam

Registration Deadline is


Click HERE to Register.

Faith, Fathers, and Frederica:  FRIDAY

Fathers, Faith & Frederica (FF&F) is a group that share the following three characteristics.  We are fathers of current or past Frederica students; men of faith; and men who have a deep attachment to Frederica Academy.  
FF&F meets in the Athletic Conference Room in the gym opposite Hamilton Hall from 8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. (8:15 program start time) every Friday when students are in school. There is no need to rsvp, just drop in.
We are in the middle of a 9-week study on leadership.  Here is our upcoming calendar:
  • 11/2 - Live Right, the dedication to purposefulness
  • 11/9 - Lead Right, the practice of virtuous leadership
  • 11/16 - Guest speaker, David Yarborough from SSCC
  • 11/23 - no FF&F (Happy Thanksgiving)
  • 11/30 - Leave Right, the construction of legacy
So come have a cup of coffee, talk about the upcoming holidays, english premiere league and on potential school color modifications.  Maybe not every week, but who knows.

FA Realtor Open House:  NOVEMBER 5

Click HERE to email Helen Rentz or call her at (912) 638-9981  Ext. 106

FA Parent Association Meeting:  NOVEMBER 7

Parent Association invites ALL parents to attend a Parent Association meeting in Hamilton Hall on Wednesday, November 7, at 8:00 a.m.

Becky Pruitt, Lower School Principal; Leigh Toomey, Middle School Principal; and Mike Temple, Upper School Principal will share division updates. There will also be a Head of School Search Committee Update.

A Winter Uniform Sale will be available before and after the meeting.

FA Admission Open House:  NOVEMBER 8

World Kindness Day:  NOVEMBER 13

CCGA Spring Dual Enrollment Deadline:  NOVEMBER 30

The Frederica Academy Spring 2019 College of Coastal Georgia Dual Enrollment application form and course list are now available.

Click HERE to access the application. Juniors are permitted to enroll in one course and seniors are permitted to take two courses a semester.

Click HERE to access the course list.

Click HERE to email Mrs. Nevins for more information.

A Day of Service for FA's Upper School Students

Click HERE and HERE to read an article which appeared in The Brunswick News last week that showcased the voluntary involvement of our Upper School students in St. Simons Community Church's Operation Christmas Child community service program after being dismissed at noon following the PreACT exam. Special thanks to the football players and coaches for helping at the church before returning to campus for football practice.

Click HERE to see more photos of FA students volunteering at the Operation Christmas Child community service project. 

The Brunswick News article also referenced two activities that FA seniors participated earlier that day at Safe Harbor and America's Second Harvest.

A group of FA seniors spent last Tuesday morning helping clean one of Safe Harbor's facilities in downtown Brunswick.

Click HERE to see more photos of FA seniors volunteering at Safe Harbor in Brunswick.

The other group of seniors volunteered at America's Second Harvest of Coastal Georgia in Brunswick.

Eighth Grade Carpe Vitam Trip - Washington, D.C.

What a week! Fourteen eighth graders ventured to Washington D.C. early Monday morning for four days of touring, learning, and class bonding. The group explored a myriad of sites in our nation's capital, including the National Portrait Gallery (to view the hall of presidents), George Washington's home at Mt. Vernon, and the International Spy Museum. From the Jefferson Memorial to the Supreme Court, the U.S. Capitol to the Lincoln Memorial, students engaged with our wonderful tour guide, Denise, and asked questions about the nature of our federal government. At the National Archives we viewed the Declaration of Independence and U.S. Constitution, which will be thoroughly explored and analyzed by the class in the upcoming weeks. At the Holocaust Museum and World War II memorial, the class delved further into U.S. involvement and found greater perspectives and empathy for people of diverse backgrounds. Similarly, the National Museum of African-American History and Culture was an eye-opening experience for many, and resulted in thoughtful conversation on the bus ride. Throughout our time together, students collaborated on a historical scavenger hunt, in conjunction with their American History & Civics course, which will serve the class well as we move forward in our discussions this year. Experiential education is the lifeblood of intellectual curiosity, and we have undoubtedly "seized life" on this epic 2018 Carpe Vitam expedition!

- Alyce Dillon, Eighth Grade Washington, D.C., Trip Coordinator

Click here to see more photos from the trip.

Seventh Grade Carpe Vitam Trip - Camp Greenville

Carpe Vitam is all about getting out of our normal routine to create shared experiences that build deeper connections to one another. Camp Greenville created the opportunities for our student to do just that! 

The most memorable experience for many was square dancing. Everyone joined in and had fun partnering up. The night ended with Katie E. and Lily teaching the group the "cotton eye joe" line dance! Another favorite activity of our students was the ropes course challenge. There were many different obstacles and every student accomplished an element in the course. Other activities that we engaged in were hiking to Rainbow Falls, outdoor rock climbing, communication challenges, and team building exercises. 
I believe our goals of growing in mutual respect, acceptance and trust as well as personal responsibility were met and will have a lasting impact on this class moving forward!

- Rachael Lee, Seventh Grade Camp Greenville Trip Coordinator

Click here to see more photos from the trip.

Sixth Grade Carpe Vitam Trip - Rock Eagle

There are times in my life when I am quietly reminded how fortunate I am that I get to be a Principal. Carpe Vitam is one one of those times. Every year, I get to go on an adventure with inquisitive and loving students to make life-long memories. I am always amazed at the energy, spirit, and kindness of our students. I was so impressed by the students' willingness to try new things and support each other, their ability to problem solve, their compassion, their leadership, and their laughter!  Some of my personal favorite memories are the "accidental" falls into the pond, canoe games (I could hear their laughter across the lake), the night hike (abandoned house.. yikes), pioneer tools (who knew we had so many carpenters), Rock Eagle Mound (looks like a penguin to me), the challenge course (they aced the molten lava), snakes, more snakes, and one giant tortoise, campfire sing-alongs, telephone tree, manhunt, and their amazing smiles. I can't wait to hear each student share his or her favorite memories. I join with the other chaperones in expressing our gratitude to all of the students for giving us such an amazing experience and so many special memories.
- Leigh Toomey, Sixth Grade Rock Eagle Trip Coordinator

Click here to see more photos from the trip.

Lower School Morning Meeting Leaders

Second Grade STAR Students + Guest Readers

This week's Second Grade Star Students Mason Hall and Wyatt Johnson enjoyed interviewing each other in front of their classmates.

Wyatt welcomed his Dad, Zach Johnson, to read to his class. The children enjoyed The Pigeon Wants a Puppy.

Mason's Mom, Charli Hall, was his guest reader.

Pre-Kindergarten Mystery Reader

Lily George Walker's sister, Kate, was this week's Pre-K Mystery Reader. Lily George's parents, Brooke and Jim Walker, also came and brought yummy treats for Lily George and Kate to share with the class. Kate read Wolfie the Bunny.

Lower School Tinker Time After-School Program Photos

Lower School Math Fun After-School Program Photos

FA Campus Holiday Ballet Classes:  DECEMBER 18-22

Val Salnikov, a professional ballet instructor, will visit Frederica Academy to teach classes every day from 3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. the week of December 18.

Classes will be offered in the Terry Thomas Room in the Arts Center. Mr. Salnikov will teach basic elements of partnering and show aspiring ballet dancers how steps become choreography.

This program is free to Frederica Academy students.  
To register, please email For more information, call (228) 596-0990.

Important November + December Dates

November 5 FA Admission Office Realtor Open House (11:00 AM - 1:00 PM)

November 5-9
Apogee Appreciation Week

November 6 Sophomore College Night in Hamilton Hall at 6:00 PM

November 7 Parent Association Meeting in Hamilton Hall at 8:00 AM

November 7 School-Wide Faculty Meeting at 4:00 PM in Hamilton Hall

November 8 Second Grade Pirate Day on Sea Island Green + Booster Club Concession Area (8:30 AM - 12:30 PM)

November 9 Teacher + Staff Luncheon in Gym Lobby (Thank you, 5th + 8th Grade Parents!)

November 10
GrayKnight Chess Tournament in Hamilton Hall

November 12 Veterans Day Assembly at 9:50 AM; Middle School + Upper School Assembly Schedule
Speaker:  The Honorable Cornell Harvey - Mayor of Brunswick; Ret. USAF Chief Master Sergeant (E-9)
November 13 2nd Quarter Progress Period Ends

November 13 Lower School World Kindness Day Celebration

November 13
RSM Wiffle Ball Game at Frederica Academy + Babysitting Service

November 14 Yearbook Headshot Retakes in Knights Reading Room (8:30 AM - 9:30 AM)

November 14
Georgia College Admission Officer in Nash Academic Center (10:30 AM)

November 14 NCAA Basketball Signing Ceremony at 1:00 PM (Jada Scott + Jadyn Scott)

November 15-18
RSM Classic Golf Tournament

November 15 Kindergarten Thanksgiving Program in Hamilton Hall at 8:30 AM

November 15 Brunswick Rotary Student of the Month Luncheon

November 15 Department Chair Meeting (4:00 PM)

November 15 Glynn County Teacher of the Year Banquet

November 16 Fourth Grade Play ("Road Trippin'") at Lower School Morning Meeting

November 16 First Grade Thanksgiving Feast at Epworth

November 16 2nd Quarter Progress Reports Posted

November 19 Admission Shadow Day for Glynn County students

November 21-23 Thanksgiving Holiday Break

November 21 FA Young Alumni Council Meeting (morning)

November 21 FA Alumni Get-Together (evening)

November 26
Valdosta State University Admission Officer in Nash Academic Center (1:05 PM)

November 27 College Financial Aid Night in Hamilton Hall at 6:00 PM

December 1 SAT Exam at Glynn Academy

December 3-7 Scholastic Book Fair in Media Center

December 5 School-Wide Faculty + Staff Meeting

December 6 Jingle Bell Celebration (Christmas Concert + Tree Lighting + Santa Photos) at 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

December 7 Lower School Morning Meeting (December Birthday Celebrations!)

December 11-13 Middle School + Upper School Exam Reviews

December 12 Pre-Kindergarten Christmas Program DRESS REHEARSAL in Hamilton Hall at 8:30 AM

December 12 Vertical Team Meeting (PK-12) in Hamilton Hall at 4:00 PM

December 13 Pre-Kindergarten Christmas Program in Hamilton Hall at 8:30 AM

December 13 Fourth Grade Field Trip to the Ritz Theatre for A Christmas Carol performance

December 14 First Grade Christmas Party

December 14 Middle School + Upper School Language Exams (9:00 AM - 11:00 AM); Early Dismissal

December 17 First Grade Field Trip to Jekyll Island Hotel + Historic District

December 17 Kindergarten Christmas Party

December 17 Middle School + Upper School Math Exams (9:00 AM - 11:00 AM); Early Dismissal

December 18 Middle School + Upper School Science Exams (9:00 AM - 11:00 AM); Early Dismissal

December 18 Lower School Giving Tree Ceremony in Hamilton Hall at 10:45 AM

December 18 Lower School Noon Dismissal

December 18-22 Ballet Intensive Workshop in Terry Thomas Room (3:00 PM - 4:00  PM)

December 19
First Day of Christmas Holiday Break for Students

December 19 Middle School + Upper School Make-Up Exam Day

December 19 Teacher + Staff Work Day

December 28 First Semester Report Cards Posted (Evening)

January 4 Teacher + Staff Work Day

January 7 First Day of Second Semester for Students

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