A Message from the FA Board Chair

Dear Frederica Academy Community,
As we soon head into the Thanksgiving holiday, I want to say how grateful I am for our Frederica family. I'm thankful for Miss Fleming for serving as our amazing interim Head of School; the Frederica Leadership Team members for so capably and professionally leading our school as they work joyfully with our students, parents and faculty; our talented teachers for their expertise and dedication in and out of the classroom; our extraordinary students who are developing into passionate lifelong learners; our parents who partner with the school every step of the way; and my fellow Board of Trustees for their wisdom in planning for the future of Frederica Academy.
The FA Board of Trustees just concluded its annual Board Retreat last week where we discussed our mission, philosophy, vision, beliefs, and strategic plan. We are focusing on clarity and alignment with the board and school leadership and will share these guiding principles once we complete this work at the end of this month. It is our goal that all of us feel inspired by the mission of Frederica Academy and its vision for the future.
During our retreat, we also developed plans for a community outreach task force which is being led by trustee Jim Walker in partnership with Helen Rentz in the Admission office. The objective of this group is to get the good word out about our school ... among ourselves as well as with prospective new families. The task force will systematically engage small working groups and affinity teams to identify and cultivate a connection with families who would be a great fit with Frederica Academy. If you have an interest in being a part of this endeavor, please click HERE to contact Helen Rentz so that you can become involved in this important initiative.
Finally, please know that the Search Committee remains hard at work identifying viable candidates for our next Head of School, and preliminary interviews have begun. We are excited about the candidates who we are currently screening. We look forward to bringing finalists on campus in December with hopes of announcing the new Head of School in January. One effective tool in this process has been to use our own network for candidate identification. Since all of you are a part of our network, we encourage you to talk to others you may know in the independent school universe in order to identify potential leads for the Search Committee. If you have connections with anyone who stands out to you, please click HERE to contact Greer Brown, our Search Committee Chair.
As you know, the RSM golf tournament is in town this week. This fun event always reminds me of what a vibrant and interconnected community that we live in ... as well as what a special place the Golden Isles are to call home. I am proud to think of our school community as vibrant and interconnected as we are at our best when we are all working together to achieve the mission of Frederica Academy.
Warmest regards.
Frederica Academy Board of Trustees Chair

This Week at Frederica Academy

Lunch Menu Click HERE to view Cafeteria Lunch Menu (Grades 1-12).
Click HERE to view Cafeteria Lunch Menu (Grades PK + K)
Click HERE to download PK + K Lunch Order Form


10:00 AM Upper School Assembly in the Gym

12:10 PM
MS Math Team Meeting in MS Academic Center during lunch

3:20 PM STEM Club Meeting in Mrs. Bradford's Room

Tuesday 10:00 AM Middle School Assembly in the Terry Thomas Room
Special Guest Speakers:
Sea Island Golf Performance Center Junior Golf Instructors

11:00 AM - 1:30 PM Teacher Appreciation Luncheon in Gym Lobby
Thank you, 7th + 8th Grade Parents!

Noon - 2:00 PM
Flu Vaccine Clinic in Athletic Conference Room during Middle School and Upper School lunch periods.
NOTE:  Lower School students will be escorted from their classrooms.

2:30 PM
Coastal Georgia Historical Society visits Second Grade

5:00 PM RSM Wiffle Ball Classic at FA Baseball Field

ALL DAY Middle + Upper School Assembly Schedule (45-Minute Classes)

9:50 AM Upper School Gathering Place Assembly in the Gym

12:10 PM MS Science Bowl Meeting in Mr. Titter's Room during lunch

1:05 PM
FCA Leaders Lunch Meeting in Mrs. Graham's Room


NO Lower School Good News Club Today

11:00 AM First Grade Thanksgiving Feast at Epworth

Lunch Periods FA Thanksgiving Holiday Lunch in Hamilton Hall (Parents Welcome)
Click HERE for more information.
Parents should click HERE to email Chef Austin to RSVP.

1:05 PM JV Math Team practice session in Mrs. Graham's Room during lunch.

3:45 PM - 4:45 PM Model UN Meeting in Room F-8 (Benefield Hall).  Bring computers.

Thursday 6:30 PM 7th Annual Diamond Club Oyster Roast at Bennie's Red Barn

ALL DAY Middle + Upper School Assembly Schedule (45-Minute Classes)

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

8:10 AM Lower School Morning Meeting in Hamilton Hall
FA Christmas Card Artwork Winner Announcements
Fourth Grade performance:  Aloha! Aloha!

9:50 AM Upper School Parker Speaker Series in Gym (Grades 8-12)
Jamil Zainaldin, Georgia Humanities Council President
Evening Q2 Progress Reports Posted

8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Click HERE for more information.

Tuesday - Flu Vaccine Clinic

Tuesday, November 14

Athletic Conference Room

Middle School Lunch

Upper School Lunch

Lower School students
will be escorted.

Tuesday - RMS Wiffle Ball Classic

Tuesday, November 14, at 5:00 PM
Frederica Academy Baseball Field

This unique event features friendly, yet spirited, competition between PGA TOUR players and their wives. Each team is also comprised of students from Altama Elementary School who earn a playing spot through their "Positive Behavior Initiative and Support" program.

Since the Wiffle Ball Classic began in 2011, the event has raised $121,500 for Blessings In a Backpack-a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization which provides food on the weekends to elementary school children who might otherwise go hungry.

To find out more about Blessings In a Backpack, go to: blessingsinabackpack.org.

Thursday - Chef Austin's Thanksgiving Lunch

FA Thanksgiving Feast

Thursday, November 16


$5.50 Per Meal
(Cash or Student Account)

Grades 2-3 at 11:00 a.m.
Grades 4-5 at 11:25 a.m.
Grades 6-8 at 12:10 p.m.
Grades 9-12 at 1:05 p.m.

Click HERE for menu.

Click HERE to RSVP.

Friday - Upper School Parker Series

Frederica Academy is proud to announce that the Inaugural Parker Speaker Series Assembly will take place this week and is made possible due to the generosity of Dana and Patrick Parker.

Parker Speaker Series

Friday, November 17
9:50 AM
Frederica Academy Gym

Jamil Zainaldin
President of Georgia Humanities

Franklin D. Roosevelt

FA Students (Grades 8-12)
FA Parents + FA Friends

Click HERE to learn more about Dr. Zainaldin and HERE to read a glimpse into the topic he will be speaking about on Friday.

Saturday - GreyKnights Chess Tournament

Chess Tournament

Saturday, November 18
8:30 AM - 5:00 PM

Frederica Academy
Hamilton Hall

Click HERE for information.

Click HERE for website.

Lower School Fall After-School Mini Sessions

Click HERE for an overview of the upcoming three-week Lower School After-School Programs (mini-session).

Offerings include:

LS + MS Winter Sea Island Junior Golf Clinics

Frederica Academy is again partnering with the Sea Island Golf Performance Center to offer another series of golf clinics for students in Lower School and Middle School, starting after the Thanksgiving break.

Click HERE for the Lower School information and HERE for the Middle School information.  Click HERE to register.

Sparrow's Nest Thanksgiving Drive

The Community Service clubs in each division are sponsoring a Thanksgiving collection drive on behalf of Sparrow's NestCollection bins are located in Happy Hall, Benefield Hall, and Corn Hall.

Please donate the following items: canned vegetables, canned soup, canned fruit, pastas, and toiletries.

FCA Christmas Card Competition

Golden Isles FCA is sponsoring a Christmas Card competition.
Details will be announced soon.

Frederica Academy Veterans Day Assembly

L-R: Lee Norton, Class of 2018; Woody Woodside, Brunswick-Golden Isles Chamber of Commerce President; and  Mayor Cornell Harvey, Retired Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force.

Click HERE to read an article which appeared in Saturday's Brunswick News regarding our Veterans Day Assembly on Friday.

Click HERE to watch the Veterans Day Assembly program.

Click HERE to see and download photos taken during the Veterans Day Assembly.

Click HERE to read Reese Brown's Invocation and HERE to read Lee Norton's introduction of Mr. Woodside.

Tom Willis Honored as FA Teacher of the Year

Tom Willis was honored last Thursday night at the Glynn County Teacher-of-the-Year Banquet sponsored by the Brunswick-Golden Isles Chamber of Commerce.

Click HERE to read Mr. Temple's introduction of Mr. Willis at the banquet.

FA NCAA Signings:  Thomas Hogan + Turner Jamieson

Click HERE to see and download photos taken at the NCAA Signing Ceremony last Wednesday for Thomas Hogan (Ole Miss Golf) and Turner Jamieson (Merrimack College Baseball).

Click HERE and HERE to read an article in last Thursday's Brunswick News about the signing ceremony.

FA Sister School Update (Jubilee Haiti)

"This past week, Alisha Seymour and I traveled to our sister school in Jubilee Haiti. We had two main focuses: delivering pen pal letters from our Lower School students and teaching soldering and technology skills in a trade school affiliated with the Jubilee School. Once the skills were learned, we taught students how to make a solar powered cell phone charger, based on a model designed and tested by Frederica Academy's Upper School student Adrienne Stubbs. In addition to these activities, we were also able to deliver the generously donated school supplies from our Lower School families. Once again, our trip served as a means of strengthening the connection between our students and schools, and we are thankful for your continued love and support of this mission that helps to make our school the wonderful service community it is."
- Dottie Barrow

Middle School Surfer Speaker Assembly

"I was so honored to have my cousin, Jason Latham, SUP professional surfer, speak with the middle school students during our assembly and fourth grade during their guidance time last Tuesday. You will not meet a more humble, gentle, and friendly person. With his special knack for storytelling, Jason inspired our students to pursue their passion with a purpose. He shared that the first time he got on a surfboard he knew he discovered his passion. He encouraged students to pay attention to what energizes them and rather than talk about it, be about it! He talked about how setbacks, like when he was injured on a coral reef while surfing in Samoa, are a part of the journey and not to allow them to stop you. Finally, he inspired students to use their passion to give back in some way. Jason advocates for clean water initiatives. 
One of my 4th grade students game up to me after our class and said "you are so lucky that he's your cousin." I couldn't agree more!"

- Rachel Lee, Lower and Middle School Counselor

Click HERE to see a video of Jason in action.

Second Grade Pirate Day

Click HERE to see and download photos taken during Second Grade Pirate Day last Thursday.

Second Grade Spotlight:  Marshall Osteen

Congratulations to 
Marshall Osteen ,
the first second grader
to master the
addition facts on

Second graders are able
to use the online  program
to practice instant
recall of basic facts.

Marshall has been busy at school and at home, and was able to complete the addition challenge this week! 

Kindergarten Shines Every Day

"Kindergarten enjoyed a very special activity this week! We have been learning how to be healthy. As a part of this fun unit, we have studied our five senses, made a list of healthy and "bad" foods, classified which clothing is best for each season, and discussed the importance of sleep. As a bonus activity, a very gracious family blessed us with these amazing bracelets with beads that change when they are in sunlight! It was a terrific learning experience about the importance of getting outside to enjoy exercise and sunshine as well as remembering the solar eclipse earlier this year. Thank you, Ethan, for reminding us how cool solar power is!  Kindergarten "shines" each and every day!"

- Mrs. Butler and Mrs. Manor

Pre-Kindergarten Mystery Reader

This week, Natalie Khurana's father, Joe Khurana, was the Pre-K Mystery Reader! Mr. Khurana read What Do You Do With An Idea? written by Kobi Yamada. 

November + December Special Event Calendar

November 21
Kindergarten Thanksgiving Program in Hamilton Hall at 8:30 AM

November 21 Middle School Lip Sync Contest during MS Lunch

November 22-24 Thanksgiving Break - No School

November 22 Alumni Oyster Roast at Gnat's Landing at 7:00 PM

November 29
Upper School FCA November General Lunch Meeting in Mrs. Graham's Room

November 30
Upper School Powderpuff Football Game at 6:30 PM
Sponsored by:  Upper School Student Council

December 2
SAT Exam at Glynn Academy

December 5 College Financial Aid Night in Hamilton Hall at 6:00 PM

December 7 Jingle Bell Celebration + Christmas Tree Lighting at 5:30 p.m.

December 9 ACT Exam at Glynn Academy

December 11-15 Middle School + Upper School STEM Fair

December 14 First Grade Field Trip to Jekyll Island

December 14 Middle School Locker Cleanout Day

December 14 Pre-K Christmas Program in Hamilton Hall at 8:30 AM

December 14 Third + Fourth Grade It's A Wonderful Life performance at the Ritz Theatre

December 15 Annual Fund Benefield Society Party hosted by Abigail + Steve Hoover

December 18 Middle + Upper School Exams (English) / Early Dismissal

December 19 Middle + Upper School Exams (Math) / Early Dismissal

December 20 Middle + Upper School Exams (Foreign Language) / Early Dismissal

December 20 Lower School Giving Tree Ceremony in Hamilton Hall

December 20 Lower School Noon Dismissal

December 21
Teacher and Staff Work Day - No Students

December 21 -
January 2

Student Christmas Holiday Break

December 22 FA Administration Building Holiday Hours:  10:00 AM - 2:00 PM

December 27-29 FA Administration Building Holiday Hours: 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM

December 29 First Semester + Q2 Report Cards Posted

January 2 FA Administration Building Holiday Hours:  10:00 AM - 2:00 PM

January 3 First Day of Second Semester

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2017-2018 FA Master School Calendar

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

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.
  • 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.