A Message from the FA Board of Trustees

Dear FA Parents,

The 2017-18 school year is up and running! Thank you to Ellen Fleming who has jumped in with her educational expertise, leadership skills and unconditional love for Frederica Academy to help engineer this successful start. Another heartfelt thank you goes to the school's Leadership Team and the wonderful faculty and staff for giving it their all every day for the successful education of your children and the fulfillment of the Frederica Academy mission:  To maximize each student's potential and prepare him or her for college and adult life through the development of mind, body, and spirit.
There are many updates. Thank you to all who attended the Board Parent Forums. Helpful discussions were held at all three forums, and the Board feels better informed about what is on the minds of many of our parents. I hope the parents who attended also feel better informed. Your willingness to participate in these forums and your eagerness to know more about the school affirms our commitment for open, thoughtful, and productive communication within the Frederica community.
For those of you who were not able to attend the parent forums, I refer you to the Frederica Academy website where you will find more information about the Board of Trustees by clicking  HERE . Additional information will be added to the Board website page in the coming days based on feedback received during the parent forums. Please do not hesitate to reach out to me if you have questions or thoughts that you would like to share regarding the Board of Trustees or the strategic direction of the school. Please click HERE to reach me via email.
With respect to operational communication channels, we always encourage parents to start with teachers and coaches/advisors when an issue relates to a classroom or athletic/extracurricular matter. Division Directors and/or counselors should be consulted if the issue is broader, sensitive, or requires more attention. Other members of the Leadership Team are available should you have an idea or recommendation regarding their area of responsibility. Please contact Miss Fleming should you have a school-wide concern or determine that the issue or opportunity requires her direct involvement.
The Head of School Search is underway. We will hold Listening Sessions that will prov ide the opportunity to share input on the best way to describe our school and the Head of School job opportunity as well as what you believe we should be looking for in our next Head of School.   We welcome your input to help us attract a top-notch candidate.  Please save the following dates:
September 21
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Faculty and Staff
September 21
5:30 PM - 6:30 PM
FA Parents
September 25
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Faculty and Staff
September 25
5:30 PM - 6:30 PM
FA Parents
A communication with more information will be sent closer to the dates. If you are unable to attend, you will have the opportunity to provide written input. 
The last few weeks have been hectic, but they have also been stimulating. To hear about the passion and commitment of our families as well as the passion and dedication of our faculty, staff and Leadership has been awe inspiring.
I mentioned at the Upper School Board Parent Forum that I believe Frederica Academy is indeed like family. Like all families, Frederica Academy is at its best when there is an open line of communication, respect for one another, a shared vision, and an insatiable appetite for making things better whenever they are not at their best.
As a family, we must all come together to support Frederica Academy. Although we will always encourage internal discussion regarding how we can truly become the best school possible, we should be intentional to project a united and positive external front as we talk with others about our wonderful school. Sharing the great things that are happening with your child's education is the most powerful way you can support Frederica Academy. Bring someone on campus and show them what you and your child love about Frederica. Encourage and foster a desire within them to want to be a part of the FA family.
This is an important time for our school. I ask everyone in our family to rally around FA and Miss Fleming as we seek to identify our next Head of School and make plans to celebrate the 50th anniversary of this special place in 2019-2020!
Thank you for being a valuable member of the FA family and for entrusting the education of your children to this school.
Frederica Academy Board of Trustees, Chair

This Week at Frederica Academy

Lunch Menu Click HERE to view September 5-15 cafeteria lunch menu.

ALL DAY School Holiday - Observance of Labor Day


Upper School Homecoming Court Voting

Tuesday 10:00 AM Middle School Assembly in the Terry Thomas Room
Student Council Speeches

10:00 AM Upper School Assembly in the Gym
Honor Council + David English, Glynn County Youth Aviation Day

1:00 PM Lynn University Admission Representative in Nash Academic Center

1:05 PM Student Council Meeting

Tuesday 6:00 PM Senior College Night in Hamilton Hall
All Seniors + Senior Parents should attend.

ALL DAY Yearbook Individual Photos in Knights Reading Room
Click HERE for order form.  Click HERE for schedule.

10:00 AM Upper School Advisory Focus:  Honor Code Forms

3:20 PM Middle School Humane Society Volunteer Informational Meeting
Middle School Academic Center

Wednesday 4:00 PM Faculty Meeting in Hamilton Hall

Thursday 8:00 AM Parent Association Meeting in Hamilton Hall

Morning Low Country Independent Schools College Fair in Savannah

3:30 PM
Upper School Model UN Meeting in the Nash Academic Center
NOTE: Mandatory meeting for students who want to participate in the October 14 Model Arab League event at Georgia Southern University.

ALL DAY School-Wide FA Spirit Day

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

Friday 8:10 AM Lower School Morning Meeting

9:00 AM Vanderbilt Admission Representative in Nash Academic Center

Friday 10:30 AM Sewanee Admission Representative in Nash Academic Center

Friday 2:30 PM School-Wide Pep Rally in Gym

8:00 AM ACT Exam at Glynn Academy

TUESDAY:  Class of 2018 College Night

Senior  College Night, an evening for seniors AND their parents, is scheduled for Tuesday 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:  Georgia  College,  Mercer University,  Samford University, and The  University of Georgia.  These school representatives will share important information on applying to their individual  colleges , as well as general advice on completing  college  applications.  

THURSDAY:  Parent Association Meeting

Join us for coffee with Ellen Fleming at the first Parent Association Meeting of the year this Thursday, September 7, at 8:00 a.m., in Hamilton Hall. You will have an opportunity to talk to our Interim Head of School and mingle with old friends and new. We will also be selling used uniforms as well as accepting donations of uniforms your children have outgrown. All Frederica parents and guardians are welcome.

THURSDAY:  Savannah 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.

What's New in Hamilton Hall?

Please click HERE to access the September 5-15 Lunch Menu.

Check out all of Chef Austin's new menu items! Now offering pre-made individual salads including chef salads, grilled chicken Caesar, tuna salad, pasta salad and more! Also serving fresh hummus and vegetables platter, cheese & nuts cups, and homemade soups starting this week!

Good News Club Volunteer Training:  9.25.17

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, October 4. 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.
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.

Interested volunteers are required to attend a volunteer training session on Monday, September 25. The training will take place in the Shuman Conference Room between 8:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. 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 25 training session.
Click HERE for more information about the Good News Club and HERE to learn more about the Child Evangelism Fellowship organization.

Fall Chess Tournaments at Frederica Academy

Saturday, September 30, 2017
Saturday, November 18, 2017
Online Pre-Registration : www.chessregister.com
Online Pre-Registration Fee:  $18 per player

Day of Tournament Registration ( 8:30 AM - 9:30 AM)
Day of Tournament Registration Fee:  $20 per player

10:00 a.m. -  Round  1 Begins
If players arrive after 9:30 a.m., they may still enter the tournament, but will have to sit out during Round 1.
Section 1:  Primary (Kindergarten - Grade 3)
Section 2:  Elementary (Grades 4-5)
Section 3:  Middle School (Grades 6-8)
Section 4:  High School (Grades 9-12)
Sections 1-3 will be Game in 30 minutes, with 5 Rounds.
Section 4 will be Game in 45 minutes, with 4  Rounds .
Please visit www.grayknight.net for additional details, and pre-registration instructions.
Questions or concerns regarding the tournament?
Please email Donny Gray (donny@grayknight.net) or call 706-589-8131.

September College Counseling Center Snapshot

FA Knights in The News

Click HERE to read an article which appeared in Thursday's Brunswick News regarding the Middle School Service Learning class and its involvement with the House of Hope in Brunswick. The same day the article appeared in the newspaper, The Brunswick News' feature editorial spotlighted the importance of Service Learning in our community.

Darcelle Burandt, the founder of House of Hope and a Frederica Academy parent, shared this note with school administrators following the publication of the article:

" I want to thank all of you so much not only for coming out and blessing the house beyond all measure but just for raising awareness in the community. Allowing a newspaper article like this to go out was a huge blessing. I believe what Coach Mathis is doing with this class is one of the most important things we can teach our kids above all else."

Click HERE to see more photos taken of FA students working at the House of Hope.

FA Photos of the Week

Miss Fleming was the Mystery Reader in the Pre-K Center on Friday. She brought Lizzie, her beloved dog, with her to help with the assignment. They were well received by our youngest learners!

Fourth Grade Collaborative Learning

Solar Eclipse Glasses Collection Project

A very altruistic and enterprising Lower School student has launched a campaign to collect gently used solar eclipse glasses in partnership with The Astronomers without Borders organization. Glasses will be sent to South America  and Asia in anticipation of eclipses which will cross those continents in 2019. Click HERE for more information. Frederica Academy is a designated collection center and glasses can be dropped off in the collection container in Happy Hall (Lower School building).  

September Calendar

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 Dot Day

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 (Fourth Grade)

September 18
Yearbook Workshop on Jekyll Island

September 19 Q1 Progress Reports Posted

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

September 20
Upper School Homecoming Class Project Night at 6:30 PM on Campus

September 21 Faculty + Staff Head of School Search Listening Session
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM in Hamilton Hall

September 21 Parent Head of School Search Listening Session
5:30 PM - 6:30 PM in Hamilton Hall

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
Good News Club Volunteer Training Session
Shuman Conference Room (8:30 AM - 12:30 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 25
Faculty + Staff Head of School Search Listening Session
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM in the Terry Thomas Room (Arts Center)

September 25 Parent Head of School Search Listening Session
5:30 PM - 6:30 PM in the Terry Thomas Room (Arts Center)

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 26
University of West Georgia Admission Representative at FA
Nash Academic Center during Upper School lunch

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
GrayKnight Chess Association Tournament at Frederica Academy
Registration:  8:30 AM - 9:30 AM

September 30 Homecoming Dance (Upper School Students)

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