A Message from the Admission Office
Dear FA Families,

All that comes later, starts now.
 
This statement succinctly describes Frederica Academy in its ongoing pursuit to prepare students not only for what lies ahead in the next grade or division level, but also the challenges and rewards of college and beyond. All that lies in the future for our students, happens today and each day at Frederica Academy.

Yet it also feels fitting of our recent Open House week. The process to introduce prospective families and students to Frederica Academy has begun. What ultimately comes later is a new class of FA Knights that will invigorate each grade, class and division of the school bringing with it fresh ideas, new friendships and a flourishing Pre-Kindergarten through 12th grade institution. The upcoming months will be filled with campus tours, application submissions, shadow visits, and ultimately the successful enrollment of new students for the 2022-2023 school year.

During Open House Week, Frederica Academy opened its doors to prospective students and families. Guests enjoyed daily curated programming including information sessions with administrators, teachers, and students. Prospective and current parents alike listened to impassioned and dedicated educators and articulate students all sharing a compelling piece of what makes Frederica unlike any other school in the area. Of notable interest was the recently updated Frederica video. Please take a few minutes to watch it here.

A prospective Pre-K family has attended Open House over the years in anticipation of their child’s entry this August. The parent shared the following feedback after their experience at Open House last week:

"Thank you for having me at this year’s Open House events! It was great to be able to be there. Every year, no matter how prepared I think I am, I find myself deeply moved by the school’s message. Imagining the possibility of our son being part of something as special as Frederica Academy, to have that learning experience and sense of community, brings me to tears. He has so much to give, and it feels like he belongs there. And I’m sure all the other parents feel the same way, as we want our kids to have their best chance in life and to reach their full potential."

Many current parents also attended as guests to learn more about curriculum and programming at the next level and division. Other parents served as Parent Ambassadors greeting guests, answering questions and accompanying guests on student-led tours. One current FA parent equated the Open House experience to that of a “vow renewal;” fully recommitted to Frederica Academy and all that lies ahead for their child. A sense of pride could be felt from our current parents and students as they bore witness to the hard work that is poured into FA by its students and, likewise, what is invested in the students by the school.

We hope that each of you will also wish to renew your commitment to Frederica Academy as we come to our re-enrollment deadline for the 2022-2023 school year early this week. If you haven’t done so already, please complete your child(ren)’s re-enrollment by Tuesday, February 15. Your timely completion of the process is vital to our enrollment management efforts. Please see below for re-enrollment instructions.

As a reminder, Frederica seeks to encourage and reward current families that go above and beyond to promote Frederica Academy to their family, friends, neighbors, or colleagues. The New Knight Referral Program provides qualifying families with a $500 tuition credit for each new Kindergarten through 11th grade student who enrolls at Frederica Academy for the 2022-2023 school year. To learn more about this program, visit the website here or download the referral form here.
 
Thank you sharing your children with Frederica. It is the greatest honor to serve your family.

Sincerely,

Helen Rentz
Director of Admission
FA Re-Enrollment Deadline:
TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 15
The deadline to complete your child(ren)’s re-enrollment packet(s) is Tuesday, February 15. With many new families applying to FA and limited spots in many of our grades, it is very important that you complete the re-enrollment process or indicate any changes to your enrollment status by Tuesday. Re-enrollment packets submitted with tuition paid in full by the February 15 deadline will receive a $300 tuition discount per student.

To complete our online enrollment process, you will access our Family Portal. If you do not have a login, please follow the Instructions for Creating a Family Portal Login listed below.

To Access Family Portal:
 
  1. Please go to www.factsmgt.com
  2. Select Parent Log In from the menu bar and FACTS Family Portal from the drop-down menu.
  3. Type in your username and password. If you have forgotten your username or password, please click on the link provided. The District Code is FD-GA.
  4. After logging in, click on Apply/Enroll in the left menu.
  5. Click on the Enrollment/Reenrollment link.
 
Instructions for Creating a Family Portal Login:

  1. Please go to www.factsmgt.com.
  2. Select Parent Log in from the menu bar and FACTS Family Portal from the drop-down menu.
  3. After the FACTS Family Portal Login screen opens, please select Create New Family Portal Account.
  4. Enter FD-GA into the District Code field.
  5. Enter in the Email field your email address as provided in your application to the school.
  6. Click the Create Account button.
  7. You will receive an email from FACTS SIS Customer Support containing a link that will allow you to create your username and password. For security purposes the link will remain active for 6 hours.
  8. Please click on the link. A Change/Create Password screen will open. You may use the default username provided or create a new username. Then type in your desired password into the Password field and Confirm Field.
  9. Click on the Save Username and/or Password button.
  10. Close the window.
  11. Log into Family Portal as instructed above.
This Week at FA

Sunday (TODAY) @ 2:00 PM
Varsity Football + Cheer Banquet
Village Creek Landing

Monday
MS Valentine Dress Down Day

Monday @ 10:00 AM
Upper School Assembly
FA Gym

Tuesday
2022-2023 Re-Enrollment Deadline

Tuesday @ 7:15 AM
MS Faculty Meeting

Tuesday @ 11:30 AM
PAGE Star Student/Teacher Ceremony
Heritage Oaks Golf Club

Tuesday @ 1:00 PM
SSI Rotary Speech Contest
Best Western Hotel

Tuesday @ 6:30 PM
Varsity Girls Basketball
GISA AAA State Basketball Tournament
First Round @ Brookwood (Thomasville)

Tuesday 6:00 PM
Lower School Parent Social
Mellow Mushroom
Sponsored By: FA Parent Association

Wednesday (7:45 AM - 9:15 AM)
FA Recycled Uniform Sale
Gym Lobby

Wednesday (8:00 AM - 11:00 AM)
US Club Leadership Photos
Click HERE for Schedule

Wednesday @ 10:00 AM
US "Worry Free Wednesday"
Sea Island Green

Wednesday @ 6:00 PM
MS + US Open Mic Night
Hamilton Hall

Wednesday @ 5:30 PM
Varsity Boys Basketball
GISA AAA State Basketball Tournament
First Round @ Home
vs. Trinity Christian

Friday-Monday
FA Winter Break
No School
Thank You, Rachael Lee!
In recognition of National School Counseling Week, FA students, faculty, and administrators honored Rachael Lee, FA's School Counselor, last week. She was honored at Lower School Morning Meeting by the entire Lower School before receiving thank you cards from the entire Fourth Grade class on Friday afternoon. Gratitude was also conveyed throughout the day by students and colleagues from all three divisions.

For the past several years, Mrs. Lee has served with great distinction as the Lower and Middle School Counselor. This year, Mrs. Lee added the Upper School to her counseling portfolio. We are blessed to have such a dedicated, compassionate, energetic, and talented resource leading our counseling programs and serving our students and families when individual counseling is needed. Thank you, Mrs. Lee!
Knights Table Menu
KiX Donation Items Needed
KiX, Frederica Academy's Lower School Extended Day program, is in need of outdoor play equipment for its little tykes. The KiX team is especially eager to receive a playhouse! For more information, please contact Heather Day.
TUESDAY (6:00-8:00 PM)
Lower School Parent Social
TUESDAY
State Girls Basketball Playoff Game
The Varsity Girls basketball team won two of three region tournament games last week and now advances to GISA AAA State Basketball Tournament. Our Lady Knights will face off against the Brookwood School Warriors in Thomasville on Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $12 for adults and $8 for students.
WEDNESDAY
FA Recycled Uniform Sale
WEDNESDAY @ 10:00 AM
US Worry Free Wednesday
WEDNESDAY @ 6:00 PM
State Boys Basketball Playoff Game
Frederica Academy's Varsity Boys basketball team will host Trinity Christian in the first round of the GISA AAA State Basketball Tournament on Wednesday at 5:30 p.m.

Game admission is $12 for adults and $8 for students. Per GISA policy, FA Booster Club cards are not accepted for entry.

The FA Booster Club is offering complimentary passes to the first 50 Upper School students who sign up for them. The sign-up sheet will be available in the Upper School front office in Corn Hall on Monday.
WEDNESDAY @ 6:00 PM
MS + US Open Mic Night
FEBRUARY 18-21
FA Winter Break
FEBRUARY 23 @ 8:15 AM
Rising Ninth Grade Parent Program
Dear Eighth Grade Parents,

We are excited to invite you to Frederica Academy’s annual 8th to 9th Grade Parent Program, A Parent's Guide to the 9th Grade.

This year’s program is scheduled for Wednesday, February 23, 2022, at 8:15 a.m., in the Shuman Conference Room (Been Library). The program will feature information on Frederica Academy’s Upper School, the transition from 8th to 9th grade, courses, extracurricular activities, and an optional tour of Corn Hall.

Eighth Grade students will meet with Upper School Administration on Thursday, February 24, to hear from current 9th grade students about their transition from Middle to Upper school, register for classes, and learn more about Upper School expectations, college counseling, and extracurricular activities. Students will also have the opportunity to sign up to shadow a current ninth grade student and experience several Upper School classes in early March.

Please click HERE to RSVP to this year’s 8th to 9th Grade Parent Program. This program is only available to current Eighth Grade parents.

Thank you,

Michael Temple
Director of Upper School

Laura Nevins
Assistant Head of Upper School, Director of College Placement
FEBRUARY 24 @ 8:15 AM
Rising Fifth Grade Parent Program
Current Fourth Grade Parents are invited to attend the Fourth Grade Move-up Meeting to learn about the exciting programs and opportunities that await FA's rising Fifth Grade students in Middle School. The Parent Session will be held in the Terry Thomas Room of the Ralston Fine Arts Center on Thursday, February 24, at 8:15 a.m. (Please note that we changed the date from Tuesday, February 22nd, which was originally published.)

Fourth Grade students will also have the opportunity to spend a few hours shadowing in the Middle School with our current fifth grade class on Wednesday, March 2, 2022. Parents and students will receive more detailed information from their child's teacher in the coming weeks.

Please contact Leigh Toomey, or Rachael Lee with any questions.
FEBRUARY 24
Visiting Artist Meet + Greet
Artist Meet and Greet
Trelani Michelle
Author and Memoirist
Thursday, February 24, at 6:00 PM
Ralston Fine Arts Center


Parents, community members, teachers, and friends are invited to meet Trelani and hear readings from her books, Krak Teet: Memoirs of the Gullah Geechee. During her mini-residency, Trelani will lead students through the creative writing exercises. The theme of our writing will be personal and family history. Trelani's workshops teach students how to express themselves through essays and poetry by writing about themselves, their generation, their family, and their community.

The Fleming Endowment for the Arts
Visiting Artist Program
Proudly Presents:

Please welcome Trelani as our Visiting Artist for 2022. During her mini-residency, Trelani will lead arts students through creative writing exercises. The theme of our writing will be personal and family history. Trelani's workshops teach students how to express themselves through personal essay and poetry, from freewriting to final draft, by writing about themselves, their generation, their family, and their community within Frederica Academy and the Golden Isles area.
FEBRUARY 25
Middle School Para-Dance
Middle School Student Council President Johnathan Aiken and the entire Student Council invite students in Grades 5-8 to the upcoming beach-themed Para-Dance on Friday, February 25, from 7:00 - 9:00 p.m. in the FA Gym.

The Para-Dance will be in support of a ministry called Blue Skies. Blue Skies is a non-profit ministry that offers week-long beach camps to families affected by childhood cancer.
US Health + Wellness Club News
We are over half way to our goal for Relay for Life! We would like to thank everyone for the support! Below are a few upcoming events from the Health and Wellness Club:

Middle School Canned Goods Advisory Battle - Starting February 22 through March 16, the Middle School advisories will have a competition to see which advisory can collect the most canned goods for our Relay for Life Team. The canned goods are used to weigh the luminaries down at the Relay for Life event and are then donated to Second Harvest. The winning advisory will win a pizza party, courtesy of the Health and Wellness Club. Each advisory will have a box to place canned goods in. This project is being led by our Middle School Relay Team Chairs, Connor Pope and Wilson McCallum

FA Relay For Life Team Spirit Night - Our Health and Wellness Club will be sponsoring this night at the St. Simons Chick-fil-A from 5:00-8:00 p.m. on February 24. Put it on your calendar! Good food and good fun for a good cause! This event is being chaired by club and relay members Kendall Drury, Gabby Vacheron, and Holly Lewis.

Penny Wars - Each division has a container and the war is on! Which division can collect the most pennies? A division can be sabotaged by silver coins! See Holly Lewis for more information! 

Worry Free Wednesday - February 17 is the next date for our Upper School Worry Free Wednesday. Come see us on Sea Island Green during break for a treat, a stress relief activity, music, and this month's game! We have selected the "Best Friends Game" as our challenge! See how much these best friend duos know about each other!

We have so much going on and we are excited about the growth of our club! We now have over 90 members! 
Cammie Pope
Co-President
Thomas Veal
Co-President
Bryce Reilly
Treasurer
Eighth Grade English
Getting Serious with Philosophical Chairs

Ms. Cook's Eighth Grade English class took to the debate floor to kick off their Argumentative Writing unit. Students debated whether or not they were in support of the following statement: "Schools should stop the practice of giving letter grades to students. Instead, they should only give written feedback." After picking a side, students conducted research to support and defend their opinions before taking to the debate floor. Passions were running high as students confidently argued their points and attempted to change the minds of their peers!
Eighth Grade Escape Room
Eighth Grade students participated in a Revolutionary War escape room in Mrs. Smith's History class last week. The students had to decode messages in order to figure out the lockbox codes. Teams of students figured out the codes to receive the ultimate reward of extra credit for Friday's test. 
Second Grade Pillow Project
Ms. Myles’ Second Grade Class made snowflake pillows in art class last week. They were so fluffy that Mrs. Pruitt used one to take a quick nap, much to the delight of the class.
Pre-K Nursery Rhyme Program
Pre-K Mystery Reader
Last week's Pre-K Mystery Reader was Evelyn Kerr's mom, Sarah Yeskel. She read, Alma and How She Got Her Name, by Juana Martinez-Neal.
Rodeo at the Beach
The Exchange Club of Brunswick presents the 10th Annual Rodeo at the Beach on Friday, March 18, and Saturday, March 19. Gates will open at 6:00 p.m. and the rodeo starts at 7:30 p.m. nightly. Professional participants from all across the country will compete in this IPRA sanctioned event. Bring the entire family out for a night of great entertainment. Great food from the Brunswick Police Association, Famous Funnel Cakes, the Peanut Man and More! All proceeds from the Rodeo will help to fund the various community outreach programs of the Exchange Club. Tickets are $15 each and 5 and under can attend at no cost.
February + March FA Events
February 23-25
FA Visiting Artist Week

February 23 @ 8:15 AM
Eighth Grade to Ninth Grade
Parent Move-Up Session
Shuman Conference Room

February 23 @ 6:00 PM
FA Visiting Artist Meet + Greet
Trelani Duncan
Terry Thomas Room

February 24 @ 8:15 AM
Fourth Grade to Fifth Grade
Parent Move-Up Session
Terry Thomas Room

February 24 @ 1:30 PM
Eighth Grade to Ninth Grade
Student Move-Up Program
Shuman Conference Room

February 25 @ 7:00 PM
Middle School Dance

February 28
Financial Aid Applications Return Deadline

February 28 - March 4
MS Carpe Vitam Trips (Grades 6-8)

March 2
Fourth Grade MS Move Up Day

March 2 @ 3:30 PM
All School Faculty Meeting

March 2
FA Family Reading Night

March 4
MS Student Holiday (Grades 5, 7, and 8)

March 4
Fathers, Faith, & Frederica

March 8-10
Rising Ninth Grade Shadow Days

March 10 @ 8:15 AM
Second Grade Dad's Breakfast

March 11
Parent-Teacher Conference Day
No School for Students

March 12
SAT Exam at FA

March 16
Fourth Grade Field Trips
Epworth + SSI Lighthouse

March 18
FA Field Days
Student Early Dismissal

March 21-23
Fifth Grade Ebenezer Trip

March 23
Fourth Grade Field Trip
Fort Frederica Dig

March 24
Science Fair Due Date

March 24
Fourth Grade
Archaeology Lab

March 31
US Photojournalism Field Trip
White Oak (Yulee, FL)
2022 FA Summer Programs
FA Winter Athletic Schedules
FA Social Media