A Message from Miss Fleming

Dear Frederica Family,

We certainly had an excellent opening week of school upon which I can really brag since I had very little to do with it. I'm especially thankful for:
  • You ... for trusting us with your children;
  • A Leadership Team that works tirelessly;
  • Committed, competent, joyful teachers who know your children and continue to learn, too;
  • A Board that strives to support us in every way quietly, tirelessly, and professionally;
  • Schedules that overcome numerous complexities and students who take it all in stride;
  • Staff that keep our campus beautiful and not only respond to every need but often anticipate it;
  • The blessings known and unknown we receive each day;
  • A wonderful Parent Association for hosting a spectacular Back-to-School Barbeque on Tuesday night;
  • An energetic Booster Club that provided a great Tailgate party on Friday night which one Upper School student told me, "Be sure to get those chicken fingers. They are the best I've ever had!" She was correct; AND
  • The blessings known and unknown we receive each day;
My cousins from Richmond, Virginia, were here all last week. They come every year and stay at my sister's vacation home. While I was able to see very little of them, two came to the football game. They were absolutely enchanted by the family environment as all ages from grandparents to pre-schoolers were all mixing with care. They also commented on the nice manners and ease utilized when meeting them and speaking to me. I was grateful they pointed this out because I can take some things that are part of our civil culture for granted. We must continue to cultivate this civility in a literate world.

"The whole world is a series of miracles, but we're so used to them we call them ordinary things."

Best wishes to you and your family as you celebrate the Solar Eclipse on Monday. I look forward to seeing all of our Lower School parents on Tuesday night at the Parent Open House and all of our students and our other parents as we begin a very active first full week of school.

See you soon,
Ellen Fleming
Interim Head of School

This Week at Frederica Academy

Lunch Click HERE to view August cafeteria lunch menu.
NOTE:  Lunch will NOT be served on Monday.

Monday 6:30 PM
Tuesday 8:00 AM - Noon Senior Portraits in Knights Reading Room

10:00 AM Upper School Advisory in Gym
Tuesday 3:30 PM Middle School Tennis Meeting in the Athletic Conference Room

5:00 PM - 5:45 PM
Lower School Parent Board Forum in the Arts Center (Terry Thomas Room)

Tuesday 6:00 PM
Lower School Parent Open House in Hamilton Hall

Wednesday 10:00 AM Senior Class College Meeting in Nash Academic Center (2nd Floor)

8:00 AM Fathers, Faith, and Frederica meet in the Athletic Conference Room
Special Guest:  Ellen Fleming
(Open to all FA fathers; click HERE to email Greg Walbridge for details.)

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

Friday 8:30 AM - Noon Upper School Class Retreats

Friday Noon Upper School Dismissal

Saturday 8:00 AM SAT Exam at Frederica Academy

Monday Solar Eclipse School Schedule
8:00 AM
Lower School Begins

8:15 AM
Middle + Upper School Begin

9:00 AM - Noon
Middle + Upper School 25-Minute Class Schedule

Noon LS + MS + US Dismissal

1:15 PM - 4:15 PM Campus Lock-Down (Solar Eclipse)

4:15 PM - 5:30 PM
Lower School Late Dismissal

Click HERE for more information.

Tuesday Night Lower School Parent Open House

All Lower School parents should attend the Parent Open House Night on Tuesday night. It will start in Hamilton Hall at 6:00 p.m.

Friday Upper School Retreats

Ropes and Leadership Course with Seniors at Epworth

Sophomores Community Service Project with Communities in Schools (Blessings in a Backpack)

Ropes and Leadership Course with Freshmen at Epworth

Class of 2018 College Night - September 5

Tuesday, September 5th, at 6:00 p.m., in Hamilton Hall
Senior  College Night, an evening for seniors AND their parents, is scheduled for Tuesday, September 5th, at 6:00 p.m. in Hamilton Hall.

We will start the evening discussing the necessary components of a completed college application before turning over the program to the college admissions panel. Panelists will include Admission Representatives from the following schools:
  • Auburn University
  • Georgia College
  • Mercer University
  • Samford University
  • University of Georgia

These school representatives will participate in an admissions panel, giving important information on applying to their individual colleges, as well as general advice on completing college applications.  Brown University's Dean of Financial Aid will also be in attendance to answer some of the most common Financial Aid questions for students and parents.

Youth Leadership Glynn Program

The Youth Leadership Glynn Program, sponsored by the Brunswick-Golden Isles Chamber of Commerce, is designed to prepare and educate our emerging young leaders on community issues while furthering their knowledge of Brunswick and Glynn County. Juniors and Seniors interested in being considered for the program should sign up on the College Counseling Center's door by Monday, August 28th.

Click HERE for more information about the Youth Leadership Glynn Program. 

Low Country Independent Schools College Fair

Juniors and seniors interested in attending the Second Annual Low Country Independent School College Fair on Thursday, September 7th, should sign up in the College Counseling Center. Along with other independent and private schools in Savannah, Frederica Academy's students are invited to attend the fair, where over 90 colleges and universities will be in attendance. Transportation will be provided for students interested in attending.

Click    HERE  to see the list of  colleges attending.

FA Campus Flu Vaccine Clinic (Action Required)

When: During student lunch in late September or early October.  Final date TBA.

Who: All Students PK-12. Please click HERE to read CDC Vaccine Information Statement for details about who should get a flu vaccine. Parents must register their children by completing a Consent Form and returning it to Nurse Byers. Parents do not need to be present at clinic.

NOTE:  FA Staff, Spouses, and Parents will have a separate vaccine clinic.  Date TBD.

Where: Gym Lobby

Cost: There is no cost. The Department will file with insurance companies. Insurance information must be provided on consent form and copy of insurance card must be included

Steps to register your child for the flu vaccination:

  1. Click HERE to read CDC Vaccine Information Statement (VIS) and HERE to read letter from Dr. Davis, Health Director of the Coastal Health District.
  2. Click HERE to access and complete form for each child. Every question must be completed (incomplete forms will not be accepted).
  3. Make a copy of your insurance card and include with form. If you do not have insurance, indicate accordingly on the form.
  4. Please return completed consent form and insurance card copy to Nurse Byers before August 29.
Registered families will be notified of vaccine date when it is finalized.

Click HERE to contact Nurse Byers should you have questions.

Lower School Good News Club Volunteer Training

Frederica Academy is launching a new program for Lower School students (Grades 1-5) this year. The Good News Club is an after-school Bible club that will launch on Wednesday, September 27. It will be offered weekly on Wednesday afternoons between 3:00 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. Participation is voluntary and does not require a fee. The program is being underwritten by a group of anonymous donors who gave gifts in honor of Ed Ralston who passed away earlier this summer. Mr. Ralston served for many years as a member of the FA Board of Trustees and chaired our Board of Visitors between 2012 and 2015.
Parents, Grandparents, Upper School students in Grades 11 and 12, and other members of the FA family who are interested in serving as Good News Club volunteers should click HERE to contact Aimee Brown for more information. Prospective volunteers should make plans to attend a volunteer training session on Saturday, September 16. All volunteers must participate in a training session in order to be eligible to be involved with the Good News Club program. Click HERE to register for the September 16 training session.
Click HERE for more information about the Good News Club and HERE to learn more about the Child Evangelism Fellowship organization.

Opening Convocation Assembly Video

Last Week's Photo Albums

Click HERE for Opening Convocation Album.

Click HERE for First Day of School Photo Album.

Click HERE for Back-to-School Barbeque Album.

Click HERE for Lower School Sneak Preview Album.

NOTE:  All photos can be viewed and downloaded by clicking on the album link.

FA Photo of the Week

Class of 2018 + Class of 2029

Solar Eclipse Problem-Based Learning Lesson

On Thursday, 4th grade students learned about the eclipse with a problem-based learning lesson. Teachers divided the students into groups and gave each group a tennis ball, a ping pong ball and a flashlight. They told them that one represented the moon, one the sun, and the other the earth. Their job was to create an eclipse.  With the lights off and blinds down, the students had fun determining the role of each ball and creating partial eclipses moving the moon (ping pong ball) between the sun and the earth. They discussed the relative sizes of each body and answered questions like, "will the whole world would be dark during an eclipse?"   Fun, hands-on learning!

Kindergarten Solar Eclipse Celebration

Kindergarten will celebrate the solar eclipse through reading books, making special crafts, and creating a snack to look like the eclipse!  They are eager to learn about this special event through crafts, snacks, and fun!

Pre-K Students Love the Renovated Pre-K Center

Click HERE to see photos of the new Pre-K Center. Special thanks to the donors who made this renovated learning space possible!

Class of 2027 "We Are Third Graders!" Photo

August-September Calendar

August 29
Student Flu Vaccine Registration Deadline

August 29
Georgia Tech Admission Representative at FA
Nash Academic Center at 1:30 PM

August 29
Middle School Board of Trustees Parent Forum
Terry Thomas Room (Arts Center) between 5:00 PM and 5:45 PM

August 29
Middle School Open House Night - PARENTS ONLY
Hamilton Hall at 6:00 PM

August 31
Upper School Board of Trustees Parent Forum
Terry Thomas Room (Arts Center) between 5:00 PM and 5:45 PM

August 31
Upper School Open House Night - PARENTS ONLY
Hamilton Hall at 6:00 PM

September 4
School Holiday - Observance of Labor Day

September 5 Upper School Assembly - David English (Glynn County Youth Aviation Day)

September 5 Lynn University Admission Representative at FA
Nash Academic Center at 1:00 PM

September 5 Senior College Night - Class of 2018!
Hamilton Hall at 6:00 PM

September 6 Yearbook Picture Day in Knights Reading Room (Grades PK-11)

September 7 Parent Association Meeting
Hamilton Hall at 8:00 AM

September 7 Low Country Independent School College Fair
Savannah International Trade & Convention Center

September 8 FA Spirit Day!

September 8 Vanderbilt University Admission Representative at FA
Nash Academic Center at 9:00 AM

September 8 Sewanee:  The University of the South Admission Representative at FA
Nash Academic Center at 10:30 AM

September 8 School-Wide Pep Rally in the Gym at 2:30 PM

September 8
Varsity Home Football Game vs. Valwood at 7:30 PM

September 9 ACT Exam at Glynn Academy

September 11 Upper School Head of School List + AP Scholars Recognition Assembly
Gym at 9:50 AM

September 12 Middle School Head of School List Assembly at 10:00 AM

September 12 Upper School Resume Building Workshop
College Counseling Center during lunch

September 12 Boy Scouts Visit Grades 1-5 (1:30 PM - 2:30 PM)

September 13 Q1 Progress Period Ends

September 14 Upper School College Application Workshop
College Counseling Center during lunch

September 15 Lower School Morning Meeting in Hamilton Hall at 8:10 AM

September 15 U.S. Navy Recruiter in the Nash Academic Center during lunch

September 15
FREE Chess Club Orientation Session in the Shuman Conference Room
Pre-K + Kindergarten at 2:00 PM; Grades 1-5 at 3:00 PM (45-Minute sessions)

September 18-22
HOMECOMING WEEK (NOTE: Homecoming Dance is on Saturday, September 30)

September 18-22 Golden Isles Youth Orchestra String On Program (Grades 3 + 4)

September 19 Q1 Progress Reports Posted

September 19 Middle School Carpe Vitam Parent Night at 6:00 PM

September 22
Lower School Morning Meeting in Hamilton Hall at 8:10 AM

September 22 Homecoming Football Game vs. Trinity Christian at 7:30 PM

September 25 Yearbook Photos for School Clubs + School-Wide Bucket Shot

September 25
NCAA Eligibility Center Registration at Athletic Conference Room during lunch

September 26 Yearbook Make-Up Picture Day in the Knights Reading Room (8:00 AM - Noon)

September 26 Middle School Author Visit in the Terry Thomas Room at 10:00 AM
Guest Author:  Lauren Wolk - author of Wolf Hollow

September 26
FACULTY Flu Vaccine Clinic

September 27 College Application Workshop in the College Counseling Center during lunch

September 29 Lower School Morning Meeting in Hamilton Hall at 8:10 AM

September 29 Wofford College Admission Representative at FA
Nash Academic Center during Upper School lunch

September 30 Homecoming Dance (Upper School Students)

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