Head of School Message

Dear FA Families, 


As a part of the FA Board of Visitors semiannual meeting this past Thursday, a panel of six Upper School student leader underclassmen shared their thoughts and observations related both to their FA experiences and their respective lives. That time together and the glimpse into these six student’s lives was both revealing and heartening for me as a Head of School.

 

I came away with two dominant impressions from listening to Grayson Caine, Travis Cavalier, Mary Wallace Champion, Lily Najawicz, Aubre Smith, and Trey Walbridge that morning.

 

First, not surprisingly, was that there was a great deal of commonality within the group of six. They were all sincere, relaxed, considerate, and well-spoken in their responses to the prompts; and they were all equally focused and deeply committed to the core activities that interested them or that they thought were important. Also, they each had side interests that tempered the singularity of their core focus and appeared to offer a more balanced daily life.

 

The students were both confident and appropriately hesitant in some of their words, and they all appeared comfortable moving down their life’s pathway in these high school years, each fully capable and desirous of forging the unique direction of their adventure into tomorrow. Because I am somewhat familiar with those six and their backgrounds, I may be projecting a bit here, but these students also came across as a collection of youth who knew right from wrong and were willing to work hard and invest much to achieve their desired goals.

 

Second, not surprisingly, was that there was an enormous range of differences within the group of six.  In terms of personalities, ways of comfortably relating to the world, specific passions and interests and then correspondingly how they spent their time and energy, it was a complete menagerie of diversified characters. And, truth be told, it took scarcely a few moments for each to reveal his or her authentic selves. In the buffet line of Upper School, each of these six have - through the years - loaded their trays uniquely as they saw fit with the five main courses of academic, arts, athletics, service leadership, and friend groups.

 

In that hour, I was reminded time and again that FA is both a very small tent and at the same time a very large tent. It is a small tent in that a handful of common core beliefs and core traits are essential to personal fulfillment and harmony within our school community, and it is a large tent in terms of accommodating both divergent pathways and different destinations.


Respectfully,


Scott L. Hutchinson

Head of School

This Week at FA

Monday

Eighth Grade Carpe Vitam Trip

Washington, D.C.


Monday @ 8:15 AM

MS ERB Testing (Grades 5-7)


Monday @ 10:00 AM

US Assembly

Gym


Monday @ 12:15 PM

MS Carpe Vitam Trip Meetings


Monday @ 3:25 PM

NHS Induction REHEARSAL

All Current + New NHS Members

Gym


Monday @ 1:40 PM

Army Recruiter

College Counseling Center


Monday @ 5:00 PM

Trunk or Treat

KiX Parking Lot


Tuesday-Thursday

MS Carpe Vitam Trips


Tuesday

US Morning Assembly Schedule

45-Minute Classes


Tuesday @ 9:50 AM

National Honor Society Induction

Gymnasium


Tuesday @ 3:30 PM

Varsity Boys Soccer Meeting

FA Pavilion


Wednesday (7:30 AM - 8:30 AM)

FA Spirit Wear Sale

Gym Lobby

Sweatshirts + Fleeces Available


Wednesday @ 1:05 PM

Racquet Club Meeting

Mr. Riggs' Classroom


Wednesday @ 4:00 PM

US Faculty Meeting

Mr. Willis' Classroom


Thursday @ Noon 

Rotary Student of the Month

Brunswick Country Club


Thursday @ 1:05 PM

Hacky Sack Club Meeting

Mrs. Bradford's Classroom


Thursday @ 3:20 PM

US World Language + Culture Club

CH-116


Thursday @ 7:00 PM

Varsity Football Game

@ Pinewood Christian Academy

Dismissal @ 1:30 PM


Friday

Middle School Student Holiday


Friday @ 8:10 AM

Lower School Morning Meeting

Hamilton Hall


Friday

Third Grade Field Trip

MOSH in Jacksonville


Saturday 

GIAA State Cross Country Meet

First Presbyterian Day School

Macon, GA

Middle School Fred Facts

Lower School After-School Clubs

Registration Form (PK)
Registration Form (K-4)
Club Descriptions (PK)
Club Descriptions (K-4)

Week 1

November 7 -

November 11

Week 2

November 14 -

November 18

Week 3

November 28 -

December 2

Clubs will not meet the week of Thanksgiving. All make-up sessions will be scheduled for the week of December 5, if needed.

The Knights Table

FA Weekly Menus
PK Lunch Order Form

Middle School: THIS WEEK

Healthy Halloween Food Drive: THIS WEEK

Trick or TREAT for Manna House


FA families can help TREAT the patrons at Manna House to a healthy Halloween by having students bring in bags of apples and oranges this week. Collection boxes will be in front of the Administration Building and in the Corn Hall reception area. Upper School Service Club members will deliver all of the donated items to Manna House

FA Trunk or Treat: MONDAY

Get excited for our PA Trunk or Treat on Monday! Trunk or Treating is open to all PK-5th Graders (and little siblings). We will have games, arts and crafts, food, and, of course, some spooky trunks! This is going to be a great event, and we can't wait for you all to see it. Costumes encouraged! BYO trick or treat bag.


We are still in need of volunteers. This is a wonderful opportunity for Middle School and Upper School parents to help out so parents of "littles" can be with their children at the event ... but all help is welcome!


Click HERE to sign up.


We are also in need of Upper School student volunteers so please encourage your student to sign up for approved volunteer hours! 

Click to Volunteer

KiX Location: MONDAY

KiX will take place in the Been Library and on the Terry Thomas Playground on Monday, October 24, since the Parent Association Trunk or Treat event will take place at the KiX location that day. Parents picking up students from KiX should park in front of the main Administration building to access and pick up in the Been Library. 

FA Spirit Wear Sale: WEDNESDAY

GIAA State Cross Country Meet

SATURDAY

Click for Meet Details

US Halloween Costume Contest

OCTOBER 31

Veterans Day Deadline: NOVEMBER 1

Email Brad Hutcherson

MS + US Spring Musical Auditions

NOVEMBER 1-10

Click for More Information

Middle-Upper School Musical Auditions

"Legally Blonde"


Auditions (Hamilton Hall)

  • Tuesday, November 1, 3:20 PM - 4:00 PM
  • Monday, November 7, 3:20 PM - 4:00 PM
  • Tuesday, November 8, 3:20 - 4:00 PM
  • Thursday, November 10: Call Backs or Additional Auditions


Show Dates

  • Thursday March 30, 
  • Friday March 31, 7:00 PM;
  • Saturday Matinee April 1, 2:00 PM

Eighth Grade Testing: NOVEMBER 2

EIGHTH GRADE PSAT 8/9 TESTING

All Eighth Grade students will participate in the PSAT on Wednesday, November 2. Students will test in the morning, then be released at noon. All Eighth Grade students should be picked up in front of the Administration Building.

FA Letter Jackets: NOVEMBER 3

Order Form

A NEFF sales representative will be on campus on Thursday, November 3, at 10:00 a.m., to take orders for FA Varsity Letter Jackets. Completed order forms and payments are due at that time.

FA Day @ Jaguars Game: NOVEMBER 6

Click to Order Tickets

Adam Hagfors, an FA parent, has kindly organized a group opportunity for FA families to attend a Jacksonville Jaguars home game on Sunday, November 6, at 1:00 p.m. 


Participants are responsible for purchasing their own discounted tickets from a block that is reserved for FA families. Adam is coordinating a place to tailgate (starting at 10:30 a.m.) for game attendees who want to gather before the game.


The deadline to purchase tickets is Wednesday, October 26.


Please email or call Adam at (646) 369-4073 for more information or to RSVP for the tailgate gathering.

US Worry-Free Wednesday

Health and Wellness hosted our monthly Worry Free Wednesday on October 19, which was also World Unity Day. Students and staff were encouraged to wear orange in support of anti-bullying. Congratulations to Mr. Yeargan's advisory group for winning "The Human Knot" game and the Dunkin' Doughnuts prize!


Lily Najawicz

Worry Free Wednesday Team Leader

FA Relay for Life Update

The FA Relay for Life Team attended the Relay for Life county meeting on October 20. Once again, our team dominated the monthly challenge. We had twelve team members present, making our team the relay team with the most members present. We earned one hundred dollars for our team account. 


The challenges for November are for teams to bring in the most "sweet treats" for the SGHS Cancer Center and the most supplies for the SGHS Nunnally House, which houses cancer patients and their families.  Ideas for sweet treats are Little Debbie treats and other individually wrapped items. We will be sending out a list of items for the Nunnally House this week! Please contact Nurse Pope at schoolnurse@fredericaacademy.org to help with these projects. Please click here to make a donation to our FA Relay for Life Team. The FA Health and Wellness Club is proud to participate in this community event again this year!


Anna Claire Tronolone

FA Relay for Life Team Leader



Reasons Why We Relay:


"I relay because I lost my mom to cancer this year." Mildred Reeves, FA Junior


"I relay for my mom who had breast cancer when I was younger. I don't know what I would do without her."  Katie Eckert, FA Junior


"I relay because I lost a childhood friend and a college roommate to cancer this year. They were both 46 years old."  Nurse Pope

Fourth Grade Pottery

Fourth Grade students were excited to take home their pottery pumpkins last week. Some students put tiny beads inside their hollow pumpkins to make them double as maracas!

Third Grade Shark Presentations

More Photos

Third Grade students finished the last of their Shark Presentations as they gathered evidence about a variety of shark species and presented their findings. The students made this connection to better understand why and how scientists study sea creatures in Module 1.

First Grade Color Mixing

First Grade students learned about lines and color mixing in art last week. Their vibrant pumpkin paintings are on display in the administrative hallway.

Kindergarten Pumpkin Patch Trip

Photo Album "A"
Photo Album "B"

Our Kindergarteners enjoyed a fabulous fall field trip to the Saint Simons United Methodist Church Pumpkin Patch this past Tuesday. The day was complete with pumpkin fun, playground time, and a picnic lunch. We want to give a big thanks to all of the parents who joined us! 

Special Events Calendar

October 31 @ 8:15 AM

LS Storybook Character Parade


November 1, 7, 8

US Spring Musical Auditions

Hamilton Hall


November 2

PSAT Exam (Grade 8)

Pre-ACT Exam (Grades 9-11)

Senior Health Seminar (Grade 12)

Upper School Early Dismissal


November 3

Second Grade Pirate Day


November 4

FA Spirit Day

Tailgate Party

Varsity Football + Cheer Senior Night


November 5 (8:00 PM - 10:00 PM)

FA Homecoming Dance

FA Gymnasium


November 5

FA Invitational Swim Meet

Golden Isles YMCA


November 5-6

RSM Classic Volunteer Uniform Distribution

FA Campus


November 8 @ 8:30 AM

FA "Bucket Shot" Photo


November 8 @ 6:00 PM

Sophomore Class College Night

Hamilton Hall


November 10

MS + US Assembly Schedule

Veterans Day Hospitality + Assembly


November 11

Veterans Day (School Holiday)


November 15 @ 5:00 PM

RSM Wiffle Ball Game

FA Baseball Field


November 17 + 18

MS + US Fall Play


November 18

First Grade Thanksgiving Program

Epworth


November 23

FA Young Alumni Council Meeting


November 23-25

FA Thanksgiving Break


December 1

FA Jingle Bell Celebration

FA Fall Athletic Schedules

MS + Varsity Athletic Schedules

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At-A-Glance Master Calendar.