A Christmas Message

Dear Frederica Academy Families,

"And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid. And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord. And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger. And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying, Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men." - Luke 2: 9-14
May you and your family be blessed as you gather to celebrate the birth of Christ our savior or as you celebrate another faith this holiday season or merely reflect on the final days of 2017.
I'm thankful to attend a school where we are free to celebrate the true meaning of Christmas. The spirit of Jesus Christ is alive not just during the Christmas holiday season, but it is alive every day at Frederica. The Jingle Bell Celebration, the Giving Tree Ceremony, and the multitude of school-sponsored community service projects over the past three weeks are just a few examples of the giving spirit of Christmas that fills our campus during December.  And in that same loving spirit, we are encouraged to learn about other religions and to embrace people of other faiths. You will find photos in this newsletter and the December 17 newsletter which show students joyfully participating in our Christmas holiday traditions as well as learning about the eight days of Hanukkah and how it was celebrated during the past two weeks.
We are indeed blessed to be a part of such a loving school community. I feel especially thankful as I soon prepare to walk out the doors of Corn Hall as a graduate of Frederica Academy.  As a second-semester senior, I find myself more reflective now than in past years, and I'm increasingly filled with a thankful heart ... thankful that we are a part of a school community that cares about one another during and after our time at Frederica. I'm thankful for teachers who care about our future and take extra measures to ensure our success. I'm thankful for parents who guide us through exciting, yet sometimes challenging, high school years.
On behalf of the Upper School Student Council and the members of the Class of 2018, we wish you a very Merry Christmas and extend all best wishes to you for a healthy, happy, and joyful New Year!
Piper O'Quinn
Upper School Student Council President

FA Lower School Giving Tree in The News

Click HERE to read an article about the Lower School Giving Tree which appeared in The Brunswick News on Thursday.

Click HERE to see photos taken during the Giving Tree ceremony and of other Lower School activities on the last day before the Christmas break.

FA Musicians Shine at Christmas Performance

Frederica Academy students  Zhan√© Waye and Evyn Lundy joined with other members of the Golden Isles Youth Orchestra Ensemble to participate in a Christmas performance at The Lodge at Sea Island on Thursday night. Frederica Academy was one of the sponsors of the event and it was attended by many Frederica students, parents, teachers, and administrators.

Kindergarten Snowmen Keepsakes

Kindergarten has a new tradition of creating special snowmen as a keepsake for our families! Ray Snow, Mrs. Manor's father, takes the children's measurements and prepares the boards for the boys and girls to add details to create their own special snowmen. We thank Mr. Snow for his help and hope each family enjoys their unique snowman this Christmas season!

Merry Christmas to all of our precious Kindergarten families!

- Mrs. Butler and Mrs. Manor

Kindergarten Polar Express + PJs

Kindergarten celebrated the holidays together by enjoying a favorite movie, The Polar Express, after reading the story. The children feasted on hot chocolate and treats while also staying busy with various fun activities.  It is always a great day in Kindergarten!

Click HERE to see more photos.

Kindergarten Christmas Party

Click HERE to see more photos of the Kindergarten Christmas party.

First Grades Makes Christmas Ornaments

First Grade students enjoyed making Christmas ornaments.

First Grade Green Slime

First Grade spent the last full day of school before the Christmas break enjoying some "Grinchy" activities. They read
How the Grinch Stole Christmas drank hot cocoa, and made Grinch slime all while wearing their Christmas pajamas.

Click HERE to see more photos.

Second Grade Christmas Socks

Third Grade Math Hanukkah Game of Dreidel

Third Grade students enjoyed playing the Hanukkah game of Dreidel in math class before the holiday break. Click HERE to see more photos.

Fourth Grade Makes Snow

Fourth Grade students made "snow" as part of their math and science units on measurement and weather. The snow was made with whole milk, sugar, and vanilla. The combination had to be shaken with vigor in an ice and salt bath  until solid, about ten minutes.  The children appreciated their rewards for a job well done!

Click HERE to see more photos.

January 3 Upper School Young Alumni Assembly

On Wednesday, January 3, 2018, Frederica Academy will host an Upper School Assembly in Hamilton Hall from 9:50 a.m. to 10:35 a.m.  During the assembly, students will be joined by FA graduates who serve on the school's Young Alumni Council (YAC).  Members of the YAC will participate on a Q&A panel for current Upper School students. The goal is for these young alums to share how our students and graduates can be better prepared for college and adult life.

Upper School students interested in sending a question for the panelists in advance should click HERE to email Mrs. Nevins.

Confirmed panelists include:   Park Brady '14 (Presbyterian College + University of Georgia);  Hogan Dyer '12 (High Point University;  Sara Gierc '17 (New York University);  Manning Mercer '16 (University of Georgia);  Connor Runyan '17 (Southern Methodist University);  Mary Ellen Shuman '13 (UGA Law School);  Nick Steelman '16 (Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering); and  Nellie Thomas '13 (Georgia College)

Frederica Academy ACT Prep Course

Click HERE to download the registration form for the ACT Prep Course designed to help FA students prepare for the April 14 ACT Exam. For more information, please click HERE to email Mrs. Nevins.

College of Coastal Georgia Entrepreneurship Project

The College of Coastal Georgia is offering a unique opportunity to high school students in the Golden Isles! 

The Coastal Entrepreneurship Project seeks to find local students to help on a case study aimed at developing ideas to enliven historic Downtown Brunswick. 
This year's study: Uses of the former Coastal Regional Commission Building next to Mary Ross Park to come to the river front.
Juniors and Seniors interested in participating should sign up on the College Counseling Center door by Tuesday, January 16, 2018, to receive an application.

Click HERE for details including key dates involved with the program.  

January 2018 Calendar

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 2
HOME Basketball Games vs. Robert Toombs:
  • Junior Varsity Boys at 4:30 PM
  • Varsity Girls at 6:00 PM
  • Varsity Boys at 7:30 PM
January 3 First Day of Second Semester

January 3
Middle School + Upper School Assembly Schedule (45-Minute Classes)

January 3 Upper School FA Young Alumni Council Assembly in Hamilton Hall at 9:50 AM

January 3
Faculty + Staff Meeting in Hamilton Hall at 4:00 PM

January 4 Upper School FA Rotary Speech Contest in Shuman Conference Room at 3:30 PM

January 4 HOME Middle School Basketball Games vs. St. Francis:
  • Middle School Girls at 4:30 PM
  • Middle School Boys at 5:30 PM
January 6 Swim Meet at Georgia Tech

January 7 Varsity Football + Varsity Football Cheerleader Banquet in the Gym at 2:00 PM

January 11 Junior Class College Night at 6:00 PM

January 15 School closed in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday

January 16 AP Exam Student Orientation at 9:50 AM

January 16 St. Simons Island Rotary Speech Contest at Sea Palms at 12:30 PM

January 17 Middle School + Upper School Assembly Schedule (45-Minute Classes)
Gathering Place Assembly

January 17 OLSAT Assessment (Grades 1,3,5,7) at 8:30 AM

January 18 OLSAT Assessment (Grades 1 and 3) at 8:30 AM

January 18 Brunswick Rotary Student of the Month at Brunswick Country Club

January 22 Middle School + Upper School Assembly Schedule (45-Minute Classes)

January 22 Upper School Head of School Assembly (First Semester Academic Recognition)
Gym at 9:50 AM

January 23 Middle School Head of School Assembly in Terry Thomas at 10:00 AM

January 23
American Red Cross Drive at FA between 1:00 PM and 6:00 PM

January 23
Teacher Appreciation Luncheon in Gym Lobby between 11:00 AM and 1:30 PM
Thank you, 9th and 10th Grade Parents!

January 27 Annual Fund Oyster Roast at the Home of Laura and Greer Brown 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

January 30 HOPE Scholarship Application Workshop in College Counseling Center during lunch

January 31 Upper School Model UN Team departs to Statesboro (afternoon)

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