Head of School Message
Dear FA Families,

This is but a quick Sunday “shout out” note to all. We have now finished two and half weeks of school, and, to my way of thinking, our launching this fall has been nothing short of incredible. We have welcomed 123 new students into our school and fourteen new faculty and staff members. Think about those two facts alone.
 
What a compliment to our new students who have successfully integrated into our existing culture and already begun to find their way and add value to our classes, our teams, our clubs, and our school-wide network of friends. That takes remarkable self-awareness, patience, humility, and confidence to enter a new peer group with so many existing relationships and so much shared history and find a pathway forward for presenting oneself in an authentic and true manner. That’s a priceless skill or intuition whether one is in Pre-K, Fifth Grade, or Ninth Grade, and all of our new students deserve credit for having the courage and the self-esteem to step up and meet that challenge. In similar fashion, I extend a heartfelt compliment to our returning students for being secure enough to create abundant welcome space for all of the new students and for including them immediately as a vital part of our school family. All the while both groups have adjusted to new set of teachers, new classroom dynamics, new course loads, and new community experiences such as the outstanding home varsity football game this past Friday night (Congratulations, to our players, coaches, cheerleaders, and enthusiastic student section for a terrific start to the season!) We also tip our hat to the FA Parent Association and all of the buddy families for being such valuable parts of this assimilation equation.
 
The same is true for new faculty and staff. Not only do they need to assume the role of instructional leaders and masters of their respective arenas from the first day, they have to work to understand our FA brand and are expected to operate within and reinforce that brand with every interaction and gesture. They, even though they are new, are expected to take the lead in positive, mentoring relationships, host the various student groups, and begin and sustain the myriad individual student relationships as if they are longtime FA members; and that is largely possible because our returning faculty and division heads are true leaders in every sense of the word and take the time and make the effort to support, encourage, and help acclimate the new teachers, coaches, and staff.
 
This complicated influx/integration equation continues to work at FA in the context of a raging pandemic and all the storm of uncertainty and anxiety that accompanies that pandemic because we have attracted great families and great educators to our school community. Healthy schools, much like thriving businesses, are built first and foremost on strong personal relationships and a spirit of inclusion, and Frederica Academy‘s culture exemplifies those characteristics. Thank you to all who contribute to helping our school community succeed.

Respectfully,

Scott L. Hutchinson
Head of School
This Week at FA

VOLUNTEER NEEDS THIS WEEK

Monday @ 10:00 AM
Upper School Clubs Assembly
FA Gymnasium

Monday @ 1:05 PM
Health and Wellness Club Meeting

Tuesday @ 7:30 AM
Middle School Faculty Meeting

Tuesday @ 4:00 PM
Varsity Volleyball @ Home
vs. Wayne County

Tuesday @ 6:00 PM
Varsity Volleyball @ Home
vs. Savannah Classical

Wednesday @ 10:00 AM
US Advisory
Student Council Video

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

Wednesday @ 6:00 PM
Senior Parent College Night
Click HERE to RSVP

Thursday Morning
Yearbook Student Photos
Pre-K through Grade 11
Click HERE for Order Form
Click HERE for Schedule

Thursday @ 10:00 AM
Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising
Virtual Visit (College Counseling Center)

Thursday @ 5:00 PM
Varsity Volleyball
@ Valwood (Valdosta)
Dismissal @ 1:00 PM

Thursday @ 6:00 PM
Middle School Football @ Home
vs. Bethesda

Friday @ 8:00 AM
Parent Association Grade Rep. Meeting
Shuman Conference Room

Friday @ 8:10 AM
Lower School Morning Meeting
FA Gymnasium

Friday @ 7:30 PM
Varsity Football @ Calvary Day School
Savannah
Tickets Must Be Purchased Online
via GoFan

Saturday Morning
Varsity Boys Cross Country (7:30 AM)
Varsity Girls Cross Country (8:05 AM)
Jekyll Island Invitational

Monday, September 6
No School - Labor Day
Important Reminders
A quick note reminding parents regarding drop-off and pick-up schedules now that the school year has launched, and we have a better understanding of what is working and what is not.

Beginning Monday, August 30th, for all divisions in the morning, please do not expect to drop off your children before 7:45 a.m. unless you have an occasional conflict and have pre-arranged to do so. The teachers are preparing to host students for the day, and there is no supervised place for the students to go. The natural stagger of morning routines allows for an orderly drop off for all three divisions between 7:45 a.m. and 8:05 a.m. If you do have an extraordinary situation that requires an earlier drop off, please make those arrangements with your teacher.

Afternoon dismissal is a bit more challenging. The actual dismissal times that the students leave their respective classrooms are: Pre-K (2:00 p.m.); K-4 (3:00 p.m.); and 5-12 (3:20 p.m. or 3:50 p.m., if attending tutorial). For Middle and Upper School that does not include students getting organized and going to their lockers to collect everything and saying good bye to friends.

Given the reality of these dismissal times and the routines that the students still need to do after those times, it would be extremely helpful if Lower School parents are not on campus before 2:45 p.m. and Middle School parents do not arrive before 3:15 p.m. If Middle School parents would wait until 3:15 p.m., all Lower School parents will have exited the campus, the congestion on that single, shared driveway would be dramatically reduced, and time in the FA carpool line will have been reduced significantly.

Regarding picking up a child during the middle of the day, the procedure is simple but slightly different than last year. Lower School and Middle School parents need to come into the the main administration building and sign students out with Michele Meyer at the front desk. Upper School students should be checked out with Ashley Lavallee '01 in Corn Hall.

Thank you.
Another Friendly Reminder
A Message from Nurse Pope
Dear FA Families,

I wanted to share the following reminders about Covid tests:

  • The FA policy is that if a student or staff member is awaiting Covid test results they cannot be at school, regardless of the reason the test was taken.  

  • A positive antibody test is not accepted as a reason not to quarantine. The only reasons for not quarantining when a person has been identified as a primary contact are: 1) proof of complete vaccination - a full two weeks after second injection of Pfizer' or Moderna and two full weeks after the solo Johnson and Johnson injection; or proof of a positive Covid test within the past 90 days

Please let me know if you have any questions.

Nikki Pope BS RNC BSN
Frederica Academy School Nurse
200 Murray Way
Saint Simons Island GA 31522
912 638 9981 x 492
Knights Table Menu
FA Parent Association
The Parent Association has decided to postpone our upcoming New Family and Upper School social events until later this fall. Please stay tuned for the new dates in the coming weeks. We want to ensure we have fun and safe events for all.

In the meantime, please mark your calendars to join us in person or virtually at our kick-off member meeting on Wednesday, September 22, at 8:00 a.m., in the Shuman conference room. Invitation and details to follow.

As always, let us know how you want to be involved by filling out our our volunteer form
TUESDAY
Varsity Volleyball Tournament
Frederica Academy is hosting a three-team, round-robin varsity volleyball jamboree on Tuesday, and the FA Booster Club needs volunteers to help operate the gate and concessions. The other two teams participating in the tournament are Savannah Classical Academy and Wayne County High School. Games start at 4:00 p.m., when our Lady Knights play Wayne County. Savannah Classical plays Wayne County at 5:00 p.m., and FA plays Savannah Classical at 6:00 p.m. in the final match-up. Go Lady Knights!
WEDNESDAY
Senior Parent College Night
Dear Senior Parents,

In an effort to determine the most appropriate space for the upcoming Senior Parent College Night, we ask that you click HERE to submit your RSVP.

As a reminder, the program will begin at 6:00 pm on Wednesday, September 1st.

Thank you,

Laura Nevins
Assistant Head of Upper School
Director of College Placement
Frederica Academy
912-638-9981 ext. 186
THURSDAY
Yearbook Picture Day (PK-11)
FRIDAY
Varsity Football Road Game
Tickets to the varsity football game on Friday night at Calvary Day School must be purchased online via the GoFan website.
College Counseling News
Please contact Laura Nevins should you have questions regarding any of the following college prospective student information sessions. These schools have joined forces to form small alliances in order to collectively share information about their college offerings, experiences, and admission processes.

Prospective Student Information Sessions

Sunday, August 29, 2021

Sunday, September 12, 2021

Sunday, September 19, 2021

Monday, September 20, 2021

Sunday, September 26, 2021

Advance registration is required. Each session starts at 7:00 PM.
Exploring College Options

Exploring College Options is a special informational program sponsored by the undergraduate admissions offices of five of the country's leading universities: Duke UniversityGeorgetown UniversityHarvard University, the University of Pennsylvania, and Stanford University.

This fall we are pleased to invite you and your family to join us for a 90-minute webinar to help you explore your college options and prepare a strong and reflective application in this time of change and new challenges. During the program, admission officers from our five universities will introduce their institutions, discuss the college application process, answer general questions, and provide individual school breakout sessions.

Please register for the webinar date and time that best fits your schedule (all times are EDT):

NWHE Student Programs
Our institutions are also hosting virtual information sessions for students and their families.

General Student Information Session
Sunday, Aug. 29
4:00 - 5:00 pm EDT

General Student Information Session
Thursday, Sept. 2
7:00 - 8:00 pm EDT

RSVPs are required to receive the Zoom link.
Each admission officer will share about their institution for a few minutes before responding to live and pre-submitted questions.
We look forward to sharing with you and your students very soon.
Sincerely,

Lower School After-School Clubs
Registration starts Sunday, September 4th!
US Health + Wellness Club
The FA Health and Wellness Club adopted the Respiratory Therapy department at Southeast Georgia Health System on the Brunswick Campus. The students created containers of support with snacks, drinks, and candy. The Health and Wellness Club appreciates all of the donations that were made by families, students, and staff. Our healthcare workers need our support more now than ever!
Lower School Art students made cards for the department voicing support and appreciation and the senior members of the club made posters of gratitude. 
STEM Club News
Adam Elsharkawi
Andrew Kaminer
Cole Lawrence
Spencer Sullivan
The first meeting of the FA Upper School and Middle School STEM Club was held on Monday, August 23, from 3:30 – 4:30 p.m.

STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics. Membership is open to all Middle and Upper School students.

The club meets once per month, usually on the first Monday, after school. Refreshments precede a science activity.

Club sponsors are Jody Bradford and Sandhya Pandya.

Last week's activity was to use rubber bands, pegs, and a pegboard to build a track out of the rubber bands for a marble to run down. The object was for the marble to run from the top to the bottom of the pegboard without falling off in the slowest amount of time. The winning time was 26 seconds.

During the meeting, the group elected the following officers:

  • President: Adam Elsharkawi
  • Vice President: Andrew Kaminer
  • Secretary: Cole Lawrence
  • Treasurer: Spencer Sullivan
Eighth Grade Physical Science
Last week, Coach Zimmermann’s Eighth Grade Physical Science class started to learn about chemical and physical properties of different substances. Using household items, students observed chemical reactions by creating “fire towers” to show certain gases being trapped when introduced to intense heat.
Seventh Grade Life Science
Last week in Coach Zimmermann's Seventh Grade Life Science class, students learned about cell processes, specifically Osmosis. Using raw eggs, students removed the shells using vinegar to create a semi-permeable membrane similar to those found in our cells. Students then submerged the "naked eggs" in various substances to measure the differences in mass to show how the eggs take in, as well as release, water when necessary. This same process is similar to the way our cells regulate proper water intake to ensure the cells in our body are well-balanced and healthy.
Second Grade STEM Photos
Pre-K Mystery Reader
Nurse Pope was the Pre-K Mystery Reader this week.
FA Fall Athletic Schedules
VARSITY
MIDDLE SCHOOL
September Calendar
September 6
School Holiday (Labor Day)

September 9
US Drop/Add Deadline

September 9
Q1 Progress Period Ends

September 10
Pep Rally Schedule (40-Minute Classes)

September 10
Kona Ice Truck @ Lunch

September 10 @ 2:20 PM
School-Wide Pep Rally
Football Bleachers

September 11
ACT Exam at FA

September 12
FA Parent Association
Poinsettia + Greenery Sale Begins

September 13-16
ERB Testing (Grades 5-7)

September 14-16
ERB Testing (Grades 2-4)

September 14 @ 9:50 PM
First + Last Ceremony
First Grade + Seniors
Students + Parents
Gym

September 14 @ 3:45 PM
Middle School Soccer Meeting
Shuman Conference Room

September 16 @ 10:00 AM
University of Miami

September 18
FA Cross Country Invitational

September 20 @ 1:00 PM
Lehigh University

September 21
ERB Testing (Grades 2-4)

September 22 @ 8:00 AM
FA Parent Association Meeting
Shuman Conference Room

September 23 @ 6:30 PM
FA Board of Visitors Reception

September 24 @ 8:30 AM
FA Board of Visitors Meeting

September 29 @ 1:00 PM
Wofford College

September 30 @ TBD
Senior Group + Superlative Photos
FA Social Media