Derby Week Starts Today!
Dear FA Families,

We are pleased to write this morning to kick off FA Derby Week 2021!
Derby festivities start TODAY with the launch of this year’s online silent auction. Click here to access the auction site. A credit card will be required in order to place a bid. Winning bidders will pay for purchases through the auction website with the credit card on file once the auction ends on Sunday, May 2, at 8:00 p.m. Please email Brad Hutcherson if you have any difficulty registering or bidding on items. If you would like to share auction information with a friend, please use the following link: Please do not share the link that was emailed or texted to you from GiveSmart because it is tied to your personal account and credit card information.

Throughout the week, volunteers will be stationed in the carlines encouraging FA parents to access the online auction and to purchase Derby Raffle Tickets. The winning raffle ticket will be drawn on Saturday, May 1, before the running of the Kentucky Derby Race. You do not need to be present to win. This year’s raffle item is a fabulous vacation package donated by Montage Palmetto Bluff. Click here for more information about the raffle and to purchase tickets online.
We are excited to co-chair Derby Week this year and are grateful to all of the event’s sponsors, volunteers, and auction contributors for their generosity and support. More than 110 sponsors signed up before the deadline to raise nearly $120,000 ... by far, the largest amount raised in sponsorships during the past two decades. Click here to see a list of this year’s sponsors and here to see a list of FA Derby Day volunteer leaders and committee members. We look forward to thanking our sponsors in person at the 19th Annual FA Derby Day on Saturday, May 1.
Since its inception, Frederica Academy has raised more than $2.5 million in Derby Day revenue to help fulfill its mission to maximize the potential of its students in mind, body, and spirit. Although the race only lasts two minutes each year, the event truly impacts a lifetime of learning as a result of the generosity and dedication of those who support it. We are close to this year’s finish line and hope you will consider being a part of the race by purchasing raffle tickets or bidding online.
Rider’s Up!
Dana and Denny Carter
Elizabeth and Zach Powell
2021 Derby Week Co-Chairs
  • If you would like to share auction information with a friend, please use the following link:
  • Do not share the link that was emailed or texted to you from GiveSmart because it is tied to your personal account and credit card information.
This Week at FA


FA Derby Week

FA Teacher Appreciation Week
  • "Made for You Monday"
  • "Tuesday: We Are a-Glazed by You"
  • "Wake Up Wednesday"
  • "Thirsty Thursday"
  • FAmily Friday Lunch"
Sponsored by: FA Parent Association

Monday @ 8:00 AM (All DAY)
Varsity State Golf Tournament
Brunswick Country Club

Monday @ 10:00 AM
Upper School Advisory

Monday @ 1:00 PM
Virtual Auburn University Visit
US College Counseling Center

Monday @ 4:00 PM
Varsity Tennis Departs FA to Macon

Monday @ 4:00 PM
MS Faculty Meeting
Hamilton Hall

Monday @ 5:00 PM
Girls Varsity Soccer
@ St. Andrew's
Dismissal @ 1:00 PM
Depart @ 1:40 PM

Monday @ 5:00 PM
Boys Varsity Soccer
@ First Presbyterian
Dismissal @ 2:30 PM

Tuesday + Wednesday @ 12:30 PM
GISA AAA State Tennis Tournament
Individuals (Singles + Doubles)
Click here for Brackets.
John Drew Smith Tennis Center
Macon, GA

Tuesday @ 10:00 AM
Middle School Assembly

Tuesday @ 1:00 PM
US FCA Huddle
Soccer/Football Bleachers
Speaker: Jack Key
(Last of the year.)

Tuesday @ 1:00 PM
Cultural Awareness Club
Dr. Oliver's Classroom

Tuesday @ 4:00 PM
Middle School Golf Championship
Savannah Golf Club
Dismiss @ 1:30 PM

Class of 2021
College T-Shirt Day

Wednesday (7:30 - 9:15 AM)
Parent Association Uniform Sale
Gym Lobby

Wednesday (10:00 AM + 1:00 PM)
Senior Photos
Administration Building

Wednesday @ 10:00 AM
US Advisory
2021-2022 Student Council Elections
2021-2022 Honor Council Elections

Wednesday @ 3:30 PM
All-School Faculty/Staff Meeting

Wednesday @ 5:00 - 7:00 PM
PPE Night (Grades 4-11)
Gym Lobby

Wednesday @ 5:40 PM
Varsity Baseball Senior Night Ceremony

Wednesday @ 6:00 PM
Varsity Baseball vs. St. Andrew's
@ Home

Wednesday @ 7:00 PM
Senior Honors Video Release

Wednesday @ 7:00 PM
Golden Isles Arts & Humanities
Young Playwrights Showcase
Historic Ritz Theatre
FA Award Recipients:
  • Amelia McGlaughlin
  • Elizabeth Temple

GISA AAA State Track Meet
@ Strong Rock Christian School
Locust Grove, GA

Thursday @ 1:00 PM
US Student Council Meeting
Mr. Jobe's Classroom

Thursday @ 1:05
Varsity Golf Departs to Aiken, SC

Varsity Soccer
@ Hilton Head Christian Academy
Girls @ 4:00 PM
Boys @ 6:00 PM
Depart @ 11:15 AM

Derby Day T-Shirt Day

Friday (All Day)
Varsity Golf
Southern Cross Tournament
Aiken, SC

Friday @ 8:15 AM
Lower School Morning Meeting
Soccer/Football Bleachers + Field
Ms. Myles' Class
LS Parents Invited to Attend
(Weather Permitting)

Friday (Lunch)
Kona Ice Truck
(Derby Week Celebration!)

Friday @ Noon
Fourth Grade Field Trip

Friday (1:00 PM - 6:30 PM)
Red Cross Blood Drive
FA Gymnasium

19th Annual Derby Day
Knights Table Menus
Teacher Appreciation Week
The FA Parent Association is celebrating this year's Teacher Appreciation Week this week.

The daily celebrations include:

  • Made for you MONDAY: Enjoy a personalized snack as the VIP Snack Cart rolls through the halls of FA! Fill out the door hanger by 9:00 a.m. and a personalized snack will be delivered by 11:00 a.m.

  • TUESDAY: We are a-glazed by you, FA teachers and staff! Take a moment to grab a delicious Dulce Dough Donut in Shuman Conference Room from 7:30-8:30 a.m.

  • Wake up WEDNESDAY: Stop by for an iced or hot beverage of your choice from Wake Up Coffee Company in Shuman Conference Room from 7:30-8:30 a.m.

  • Thirsty THURSDAY: Enjoy Happy Hour with fresh lemonade. Choose from classic, strawberry, or blueberry from 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

  • FAmily FRIDAY: Enjoy a lunch from Sandy Bottom Bagels hosted by the 1st, 3rd, and 12th Grade parents before strolling out to visit Indy, the flower truck to build a bouquet.
LS + MS Uniform Sale
PPE Night (Grades 4-11)
All rising 5th through 12th grade students need to have a Pre-Participation Physical Evaluation (PPE) for each new school year.
The FA Athletic Department and Southeast Georgia Health System are conducting the 2021-2022 PPE Night in the gym on Wednesday between 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
If you prefer to have the exam done by your family physician, please click HERE for a form packet. Complete pages 1-6 before taking the entire packet to your doctor and returning it to school when the exam is completed.
Young Playwrights Showcase
The Eugenia Price/Joyce Blackburn Charitable Fund of the Communities of Coastal Georgia Foundation in association with Golden Isles Arts & Humanities is pleased to present the Young Playwrights and Poets Showcase at the Historic Ritz Theatre on Wednesday, April 28, 2021 at 7 pm. The award-winning play and poems will be shared with the public and the winners will receive cash prizes.
The 22nd Annual Young Playwright’s Award will be presented to Frederica Academy Seventh Grade students Amelia McGlaughlin and Elizabeth Temple for their play, Game of Witches and Rubies. The play will be performed by students of the Brunswick High School Drama program under the direction of Ms. Lucy Lynn Bryson. The Young Playwright’s Award encourages middle school students to express their creativity through written dramatic form. 
Please join these talented young people at the Ritz Theatre on Wednesday, April 28, at 7:00 p.m. The event is free and open to the public. Covid measures will be in place including a request for masks and safe distancing in the auditorium.
Derby Day T-Shirt Day
LS Morning Meeting
Last Friday, Mrs. Smith's Fifth Grade Class led the inaugural outdoor Lower School Morning Meeting series, which will continue over the next three weeks.

Ms. Myles' Fifth Grade Class will lead this week's Morning Meeting, which will take place on the soccer/football field on Friday at 8:15 a.m.

Fourth Grade students will lead the program on May 7 (Roberts) and May 14 (Squire).

All Lower School parents are welcome to attend these upcoming outdoor Lower School Morning Meetings.
Derby Week Kona Ice Truck
The Kona Ice Truck will be on campus on Friday during lunch to help students celebrate homestretch of FA Derby Week.
MAY 14
May Day Ceremony
May Day Celebration
Friday, May 14
2:00 PM
Sea Island Green

The program will include:
2021 May Court (Grades 6-12)
Musical Performance (3rd Grade)
May Pole Dance (4th + 5th Grade Girls)
May Pole Escorts (4th + 5th Grade Boys)

Middle School + Upper School Dismissal @ Noon
Lower School Dismissal (1-5) @ 3:00 PM

All FA students and families are invited to attend.
MAY 26
Closing Ceremonies
St. Simons Presbyterian Church has kindly agreed to let FA use its sanctuary for our Closing Ceremonies on Wednesday, May 26.

Each ceremony will be limited to the students and their families for the following grade levels:

  • Fourth Grade (9:00 AM)
  • Fifth Grade (10:00 AM)
  • Eighth Grade (11:00 AM)

Additional details regarding each ceremony will soon be shared with these parents.
US Honors Day Video
On Friday, we shared a video of our 2020-2021 Upper School Academic Awards with our Upper School community. The video recognizes the academic achievements of students in Grades 9-12 ... with the exception of special Senior Awards, which will be announced in a video released on April 28.

Academic achievement is equal parts inspiration, intellect, effort and preparation. Students recognized in this video are dedicated to the educational process that only bears fruit after 36 weeks, 72 weeks, 108 weeks and 144 weeks of diligence. In a quick-fix world, these students grind out their successes. This program is a tradition that honors a body of work and not a singular achievement.
International Thespians Induction
+ MS/US Spring Concert
Last Wednesday night, International Thespian Troupe #8989 welcomed six new members:

  • Jacob Triplett ‘21 
  • Sophia Holloway ‘22 
  • Sydney Carroll ‘23 
  • Case Harrison ‘23 
  • Paul Kaselak ‘23 
  • Wyatt Whitlow ‘24
The International Thespian Society (ITS) is an honor society for high school theatre students. To become a Thespian, a student must earn an initial 10 points, or the equivalent of 100 hours, of high-quality theatrical performance.

Following the induction ceremony, the Middle and Upper School music students presented a Spring Concert. The concert featured the Middle School Chorus, solo vocalists, The Chamber Orchestra, and the Popular Music Ensemble. Bravo, students!
Middle School FRED Facts
MS March REACH Students
Congratulations to the following Middle School students for being named the March REACH students!
LS Celebrates Earth Day
Last week, Lower School used its new StoryWalk to help celebrate Earth Day by showcasing this month's StoryWalk book, We are the Gardeners, by Joanna Gaines and kids.
Fifth Grade Campus Clean-Up
Fifth Grade students mobilized to help clean up the FA campus last week as part of their Earth Day activities. Well done, Class of 2028!
Fourth Grade Dig
Fourth Grade students continued their journey through the history of St. Simons by going on an archaeological dig at Fort Frederica last week. The explorers loved working as recorders, diggers, sifters and washers as they unearthed hidden treasures. The arrow heads and musket balls were considered some of the best finds. The following day, Fourth Grade students took over the Upper School biology lab where they learned more about the artifacts and, in turn, the time periods and the history of the people who lived on Saint Simons centuries ago. Did you know that you can date pipe stems by the diameter of the hole? The larger the hole, the older the pipe. These students found artifacts from the native american, colonial, farming and modern eras.  It was quite an adventure.
Second Grade Bee Visit
Second Grade students wrapped up their study of the life cycle of bees with some special visitors last week. The Second Grade teachers invited Susan Shipman, a local beekeeper and a member of Frederica Academy's Board of Visitors, Debra Orr of the Georgia Farm Bureau, and Mrs. Shipman's traveling beehive to lead a lesson about beekeeping and life in a hive in an up-close-and-personal way!
First Grade Earth Day Lesson
Melissa Tsai joined the First Grade students last Thursday to celebrate Earth Day. She went over several ways that the children could take care of our home, planet Earth. The highlight of our lesson with Dr. Tsai was getting to hold her worms.
April + May Events

May 2 @ 3:00 PM
Coastal Symphony of Georgia Concert
Sea Island Green
Ticket Holders Only

May 3-6
Middle School Carpe Vitam
Sixth Grade @ New Ebenezer (May 3-5)
Seventh Grade @ Honey Creek (May 3-6)
Eighth Grade @ St. Augustine/Orlando (May 3-6)

May 3 @ 8:00 AM
AP US Government Exam

May 3+4
GISA AAA State Baseball Tournament
GISA AAA State Soccer Tournament
Round 1

May 4 @ 8:00 AM
AP Calculus AB/BC Exams

May 4 @ 8:00 AM
Second Grade Moms Breakfast
Sea Island Green Tent

May 5
Varsity State Tennis Team Tournament

May 5 @ 8:00 AM
AP English Literature Exam

May 5 @ Noon
AP Physics Exam

May 6 @ 8:00 AM
AP US History Exam

May 7
MS Post Carpe Vitam Student Holiday

May 7 @ 8:00 AM
AP Chemistry Exam

May 7 @ 8:10 AM
Lower School Morning Meeting
Soccer/Football Bleachers + Field
Mr. Robert's Class

May 7 @ 8:30 AM
PK Mother's Day Tea

May 7 @ 10:30 AM
Class of 2021 Group Graduation Photo
Gowns - No Caps
Under the Oak (Corn Hall)

May 7 @ 11:00 AM
Senior Meeting

May 7 @ 11:30 AM
Senior Lunch - Food Truck
Middle School Parking Lot

May 7 @ 11:45 AM
Senior Baccalaureate Video Recordings
Outside of Benefield Hall

May 7+8
GISA AAA State Baseball Tournament
GISA AAA State Soccer Tournament
Round 2

May 8 (Morning)
SAT Exam @ GA

May 10 @ 8:00 AM
AP World History Exam

May 10 @ 9:00 AM
Senior Exams

May 11 @ 8:00 AM
AP Spanish Exam

May 11 @ 9:00 AM
Senior Exams

May 12 @ 8:00 AM
AP English Language Exam

May 12 @ 9:00 AM
Senior Exams

May 12 @ 4:00 PM
Graduation Practice
Sea Island Green

May 13 @ 6:00 PM
Class of 2021
Baccalaureate Ceremony
Community Church (St. Simons Campus)
2700 Frederica Road
By Invitation Only (Limited Seating)

May 14 @ 8:00 AM
AP Biology Exam

May 14 @ 8:10 AM
Lower School Morning Meeting
Soccer/Football Bleachers + Field
Mrs. Squire's Class

May 14 @ Noon
MS + US Student Dismissal

May 14 @ 2:00 PM
May Day Ceremony
Sea Island Green
May Court (10 Representatives + Escorts in Grades 6-12)
May Pole Program (Grades 4+5)
Music Program (Grade 3)

May 14
GISA AAA State Soccer Semi-Finals
Mercer University

May 14+15
GISA AAA State Baseball Tournament

May 15 @ 8:30 AM
Class of 2021
Graduation Ceremony
Sea Island Green
By Invitation Only (Limited Seating)
Livestream Available

May 15
GISA AAA State Soccer Finals
Mercer University

May 17 @ 8:00 AM
AP Comparative Government Exam
AP Computer Science Principles Exam

May 17 @ Noon
AP Statistics Exam

May 17-20
MS + US Exam Reviews

May 18
AP Computer Science Exam

May 20 @ 8:45 AM
Second Grade Beach Trip

May 21 @ 9:00 AM
MS + US History Exams
Early Dismissal

May 21+22
GISA AAA State Baseball Tournament
Championship Series
Mercer University

May 24 @ 9:00 AM
MS + US Math Exams
Early Dismissal

May 25
Last Day of Lower School (PK-Third Grade)

May 25 @ 9:00 AM
MS + US English Exams
Early Dismissal

May 26
MS + US Make-Up Exam Day

May 26 @ 9:00 AM
Fourth Grade Closing Ceremony
@ St. Simons Presbyterian Church

May 26 @ 10:00 AM
Fifth Grade Closing Ceremony
@ St. Simons Presbyterian Church

May 26 @ 11:00 AM
Eighth Grade Closing Ceremony
@ St. Simons Presbyterian Church

May 27-28
Teacher Post Planning
Spring Athletic Schedules
FA Summer Programs
FA Social Media
FA Quick Links