This Week at Frederica Academy

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Monday 10:00 AM
Upper School + Middle School Special Assembly in the Gym

Monday 1:00 PM
Valdosta State University Admission Officer in the Nash Academic Center

Tuesday 7:30 AM Middle School Faculty Meeting in the Middle School Academic Center


10:00 AM Lower School + Middle School Golden Isles Ballet Company Nutcracker Performance in the Gym

Tuesday 6:00 PM College Financial Aid Night in Hamilton Hall

Wednesday 3:15 PM Lower School Faculty Meeting

Wednesday 4:00 PM Department Meetings at Department Chair Classrooms

Thursday 3:30 PM Upper School Model UN Meeting in Mrs. Bradford's Classroom

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

Friday 8:10 AM Lower School Morning Meeting in Hamilton Hall

Friday 11:15 AM School-Wide State Football Team Send-Off Celebration on Sea Island Green

Friday 8:00 PM
GISA AAA State Football Championship Game at Mercer University in Macon

Saturday Morning SAT Exam at Glynn Academy

A Message from the Director of Admission

As the 2018-2019 school year has found its rhythm and students have settled into patterns, expectations, and preparations for upcoming exams, the Admission Office is already gearing up and looking ahead to the 2019-2020 school year as we work to meet, greet, and admit new FA Knights. We are indeed off to a fast and glorious start.
Earlier this month, we hosted a Realtor Open House welcoming dozens of area realtors to tour our campus and learn more about Frederica Academy for their clients relocating to the Golden Isles. Later that same week, we hosted an Open House for prospective parents, inviting visitors to meet FA parents, administrators, and experience an engaging campus tour with Upper School student ambassadors.
Last Monday, nearly thirty prospective students from area schools chose to visit FA for the day during their Thanksgiving break. Visiting students spent a full day shadowing a peer FA student and experienced the highlights of student and academic life on Frederica's campus.
On Wednesday, in order to gain better perspective on how we as a school can grow and adapt to meet the dynamic needs of each graduating class, I had the privilege of joining with other administrators to sit down with Frederica's Young Alumni Council to hear how Frederica's mission to maximize the potential of each student and to prepare him or her for college and adult life is  truly a mission in action. Following this insightful visit with some of Frederica's esteemed young alumni, I was able to reflect on my own time as a former Frederica student, current parent, and passionate administrator at Frederica Academy.
In the nearly 20 years since I was a Frederica student, so much continues to change to ensure we maintain the strongest curriculum in college-preparatory academics, the best and most dedicated teachers, and a student body that reflects a culture of passionate and engaged learners. Yet, the sentiments of the Frederica Academy student experience remain the same. Frederica is a family, deeply rooted, and committed to fostering a safe environment where students grow and learn to the best of their abilities, encouraged daily by faculty, staff, and administrators. Yes, they are prepared for college life and what lies beyond, but fully enjoy the experiences, excitement, moments, and memories of today.

So you may ask, "How can I help with the admission process?" The answer is simple: keep spreading the positive word about your child's unique experiences at Frederica Academy. When I ask prospective families how they heard about Frederica, the response is most often from FA parents and families like you! YOU are our greatest recruiters! As a reminder, we launched a referral program last year which provides a monetary incentive to current families that refer a prospect who enrolls as a Frederica Academy student.  Please click here for more information.

The coming months will be spent talking with and touring prospective students and families with the goal of enrolling a strong group of future Knights. We hope you will encourage your friends to visit campus to learn more about our school and our mission to develop students in mind, body and spirit. Some ways you can engage are:
  • Invite families to an event on campusFrederica will host our Annual Jingle Bell Celebration and Christmas Tree Lighting on Thursday, December 6, which is open to all friends of the FA community. We will host basketball games over the next couple months as well as spring sports like baseball, soccer, golf, and tennis just around the corner. Also this spring, May Day, Grandparent's Day and Derby Day serve as wonderful opportunities to introduce guests to Frederica's community of students and families.
  • Invite families to Open House WeekOpen House week is just around the corner. Save the date for February 4-8 when we invite prospective families to hear directly from our students and teachers during question and answer sessions, tour the campus, and engage inside the classroom. Each day during Open House week will feature a different division of Frederica Academy including early childhood, Lower School, Middle School, and Upper School.
  • Invite prospective students to shadowShadow visits are offered to any prospective students in all grades. This is a great way for prospective students to meet faculty and current Knights and get a feel for campus life. Simply contact me to arrange a student visit.
  • Invite them to tour campusPrivate tours are offered regularly throughout the year. If a family is interested, encourage them to contact me at 912.638.9981 ext. 106 or via email at I am also happy to reach out to a prospective family directly if you would like to share the family's contact information with me.
  • Bring a family to walk around campus with youSometimes, the best introduction is a stroll through campus, a walk on Happy Hall, or a visit to Friday's Lower School Morning Meeting. Our campus is always open to parent and student led tours, so feel free to bring a friend to see us! Simply check in with Mrs. Holt or Mrs. Lavallee to acquire the necessary visitor pass and access credentials.
Thank you for all you do to help make Frederica Academy an amazing part of our community!

Much FA love,

Director of Admission
Frederica Academy

College Financial Aid Night:  TUESDAY

College Financial Aid Night
will take place in
Hamilton Hall on
Tuesday, November 27,
at 6:00 p.m.

A representative from the
will share information on the  HOPE Scholarship and

All Upper School students and parents are invited and encouraged to attend. 

CCGA Dual Enrollment Deadline:  FRIDAY

Click HERE to access the Frederica Academy Spring 2019
College of Coastal Georgia Dual Enrollment application. Juniors are permitted to enroll in one course and seniors are permitted to take two courses a semester. The application deadline is November 30.

Click HERE to access the course list.

Click HERE to email Mrs. Nevins for more information.

Football State Championship Game Send Off:  FRIDAY

There will be a school-wide send-off celebration for the varsity football team on Friday morning.

The celebration will start at 11:15 a.m. and ends when the players and coaches depart campus at 11:30 a.m.
to make the trip to Mercer University in Macon where they will compete against John Milledge Academy in the
2018 GISA AAA State Football Championship Game.

GISA AAA State Football Championship Game:  FRIDAY


The deadline to enroll in the
is Saturday, December 1.

Please click HERE to enroll online.
It only takes about 1-2 minutes.

Click HERE for more information about Apogee.

Click HERE to read why this program is so
important to a longstanding FA family.

Lower School Winter Coat Drive:  DECEMBER 3-7

Lower School is sponsoring a Winter Coat Drive the week of December 3. All gently used coats, hats, scarves, and gloves in child and adult sizes will be collected outside of Mrs. Day's Third Grade Classroom. Please click HERE to email Mrs. Day for more information.

Jingle Bell Tree Lighting Celebration:  DECEMBER 6

Benefield Society Party:  DECEMBER 14

Frederica Academy's Annual Fund

at the new Sea Island Lodge Pool House

Friday, December 14, 2018   |    7:30 PM

Click HERE for more information about the Annual Fund
Click HERE to make an online gift to the 2018-2019 Annual Fund

Annual Fund donors who give at the Benefield Society level ($1,000+) are invited to a party in their honor each year.
The Benefield Society is named after Tiggie and Dewey Benefield, co-founders of Frederica Academy.
This year's Benefield Society party will take place at the Sea Island Lodge Pool House and
will be the first event held at this fabulous new venue.

Elizabeth + Daniel Veal and Leigh + Zachry Veal are the 2018-2019 Annual Fund Co-Chairs.
The 2018 Benefield Society Party is presented by their family business, Beachview Event Rentals & Design.

Middle School Presents Childhood Cancer Check

During the month of October, Middle School students raised money for children in the Golden Isles who are fighting cancer. Last Tuesday morning, the Student Council presented a check for $300 to Chris Busby, his daughter Lily, and his son Chase, who has just finished his last chemotherapy treatment and is in remission. The Busbys have helped raise over $18,000 for children fighting cancer in our community, and the Middle School was so excited to Go Gold in October to help this special cause.

Click HERE to read more about Chase's story and HERE to read about other children in our community who are battling cancer.


Middle School November REACH Students

Congratulations to the following students who were honored as the November REACH students at the Middle School Assembly last week:

Noah Falken - Sixth Grade

Ruby George Pruitt - Seventh Grade

Case Harrison - Eighth Grade

Sixth Grade Global Studies Water Project

In conjunction with their Global Studies class, 6th graders completed a water walk last week, filling large containers with several gallons of water and walking with the heavy load about 1/4 of a mile around campus. After learning about children who complete similar walks of much greater length each and every day, the 6th graders were able to reflect and empathize with diverse people in the developing world. After analyzing current event articles, viewing selected video resources, and listening to passages from A Long Walk to Water, the class left for the Thanksgiving holiday thinking more deeply about the plight of others.

Sophie McGlaughlin Completes Program

Congratulations to
Sophie McGlaughlin
for being the first 3rd grader to complete her Multiplication program!
She will now enter the
Division part of the program.

Well done, Sophie!

Many other peers are right
behind her in mastering all
their multiplication facts!
We are so very proud of all
the third graders in this work.

It's is a big part of the 3rd grade math curriculum and everyone has such a wonderful attitude toward this important life skill! 

Kindergarten STEM Activity

Kindergarten loves a challenging STEM activity! Last week, the children were given two pieces of paper, tape, and scissors. Working in teams of two, they were asked to work together in making the longest paper chain possible. This was their best challenge yet! They talked, planned, and created terrific paper chains that stretched across the classroom!

A Jar Full of Compliments Leads to ...
A Day Full of Stuffed Animals in Kindergarten!

We are SO thankful for our sweet class! They have received a jar full of compliments working as "Team Kindergarten." These were earned through activities like walking in a beautiful line or being respectful and quiet in the hallway. As a reward, they were allowed to bring in a stuffed animal to spend the day with them. What a fun day it was being thankful for one another!

- Mrs. Dyer and Mrs. Manor

The Nutcracker:  DECEMBER 2

Click HERE to order tickets online and for more information.

The Grinch:  DECEMBER 15-16

Click HERE to order online tickets and HERE for more information.

Important November + December Dates

December 3-7 Scholastic Book Fair in Media Center

December 4 Upper School Marine Biology Field Trip to Georgia Sea Turtle Center on Jekyll Island

December 5 Upper School Student Council Dress Down Day

December 5 Eighth Grade Field Trip to the Ritz Theatre for A Christmas Carol performance (9:15 AM - 11:30 AM)

December 5 School-Wide Faculty + Staff Meeting at 4:00 PM

December 6 Upper School Model UN Meeting in Mrs. Bradford's Room at 3:30 PM

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 13 Upper School Model UN Meeting in Mrs. Bradford's Room at 3:30 PM

December 14 First Grade Christmas Party

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

December 14 Annual Fund Benefield Society Party (7:30 PM - 10:30 PM)

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 20 Golden Isles Youth Orchestra (GIYO) Ensemble Christmas Concert at The Lodge

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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2018-2019 FA Master School Calendar

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and  download the
Frederica Academy  2018-2019
School Year  Calendar.