A Message of Gratitude

Dear FA Families, 


I am honored to write to my FAmily this morning... honored to have been asked and to be given the public opportunity to wish my grandmother and all FA grandparents a Happy Grandparents Day.


My name is Maddie Baldwin, and I am a junior at Frederica Academy. I spend most of my days engrossed in my schoolwork and most of my downtime playing volleyball, basketball, attending club meetings, and spending time with my family and friends.


My grandmother has made a lasting impact on my life. While we may not always agree on everything, we cheer each other on and are always there for each other. My grandmother may look familiar to many of you, perhaps more familiar than me. You see, she is relied upon to be present at almost all of the FA athletic games on campus; she can always be found cheering and supporting our FA student-athletes while serving as a gate volunteer at our football, volleyball, basketball, soccer, and baseball games throughout the year. My grandmother is Ms. Paula Baker.


While I share a special bond with my grandmother, I know many of you do too. Grandparents, and those we think of as grandparents, help us connect our past to our present, while playing an integral role in our future. They shape our thoughts and feelings and provide a perspective on life not readily seen or heard in today’s modern world. I know that my grandmother is only one of hundreds of FA grandparents who make our school community so special.


Today, I would like to wish my grandmother and all of our FA grandparents a Happy Grandparents Day. I think I can speak for my FAmily when I say that we appreciate all that you have done to shape our lives.


Gratefully,


Maddie Baldwin

Class of 2024

This Week at FA

TODAY

National Grandparents Day


THIS WEEK

Poinsettia + Greenery Sale Launch

FA Parent Association


Monday @ 10:00 AM

Upper School Assembly

Gym


Monday @ 5:00 PM

MS Volleyball @ HOME

vs. Glynn Middle


Tuesday (All Day)

MS + US Assembly Schedule

Click HERE for Schedule

(45-Minute Classes)


Tuesday @ 7:30 AM

US Student Council Meeting

College Counseling Center


Tuesday @ 9:50 AM

First + Last Grade Fall Convocation

School-Wide Assembly

Gym


Tuesday @ 1:05 PM

Senior Resume Workshop

College Counseling Center


Tuesday @ 1:05 PM

FA Racquet Club Meeting

Mr. Riggs' Classroom


Tuesday @ 1:05 PM

Hacky Sack Club Meeting

Mrs. Bradford's Classroom


Tuesday @ 3:30 PM

MS Soccer Interest Meeting

Players Only (Boys + Girls)

Shuman Conference Room


Tuesday @ 5:00 PM

Varsity Volleyball

@ Brunswick High School


Wednesday (All Day)

Upper School Author Visit

Elizabeth Wein


Wednesday @ 1:05 PM

FCA Meeting

Football Bleachers


Wednesday @ 3:30 PM

MS Faculty Meeting

Shuman Conference Room


Wednesday @ 4:00 PM

US Faculty Meeting

Hamilton Hall


Wednesday @ 5:00 PM

Middle School Tennis

vs. Camden Middle School

@ College of Coastal Georgia


Wednesday @ 5:00 PM

Middle School Volleyball

@ Risley


Thursday @ 8:30 AM

Lower School Parent Meet + Greet

Coastal Kitchen River Room

Click HERE to RSVP

Sponsored by: FA Parent Association


Thursday @ 10:00 AM

NHS Meeting

(Current Members)

Mrs. Bradford's Classroom


Thursday @ 5:00 PM

Middle School Cross Country

College of Costal Georgia


Thursday @ 5:00 PM

Varsity Cross Country

Southern Georgia Invitational

Hazelhurst, GA


Thursday @ 5:30 PM

Middle School Football

@ St. Andrew's (Savannah)


Friday @ 8:10 AM

Lower School Morning Meeting

Hamilton Hall


Friday (9:30 AM + 1:30 PM + 4:30 PM)

Varsity Volleyball

Golden Isles Invitational Tournament

Heritage Christian


Friday @ 3:30 PM

Homecoming T-Shirt Order Deadline

Click HERE to Order Online


Friday @ 7:30 PM

Varsity Football

@ John Milledge Academy

Milledgeville

Dismissal @ 12:15 PM


Saturday (Times TBD)

Varsity Volleyball

Golden Isles Invitational Tournament

Heritage Christian

A Message from the School Counselor

September is National Suicide Prevention Month. Frederica Academy is joining the hundreds of thousands people in our nation to increase awareness of suicide and educate ourselves on what we can do to help this growing problem. We will be providing age-appropriate information during Middle School and Upper School advisory meetings. In addition, the Upper School Health and Wellness Club will host Worry Free Wednesday on September 21 during Upper School lunch, when we will participate in activities to help raise awareness and support!

 

With increasing diagnoses of emotional and behavioral disorders—from anxiety and depression to eating disorders, self-harm, and suicidal ideation—we are facing a mental health crisis among adolescents. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, suicide is the second leading cause of death among ages 15-25.

 

We also know that suicide can be prevented. A recent study found that four out of five individuals considering suicide give some sign of their intentions, either verbally or behaviorally. Here are some of the warning signs indicating that a teen is considering suicide:


  • Talking or posting on social media about suicide or wanting to die
  • Feeling hopeless or trapped
  • Increasing use of drugs and/or alcohol
  • Changes in weight, appearance, or sleep habits
  • Isolating themselves and withdrawing from friends
  • Visiting or calling people to say goodbye, and giving away prized possessions

 

It is important to know that talking about suicide does not increase the risk of suicide. As a matter of fact, research shows that it actually helps decrease the risk. Discussing our feelings and thoughts openly with a safe, caring, and trustworthy person is one of the most helpful things you can do. Reach out to me or another trusted adult if you or someone you know is struggling. You can also call the new National Suicide and Crisis Lifeline by dialing 988. This will connect you with a trained, caring professional who will help you. 

 

Again, please reach out to me if you have any questions or concerns. I am here for you!


Rachael D. Lee, M.A, LPC

School Counselor (K-12th Grades)

rachaellee@fredericaacademy.org

912-638-9981 ext. 746

 

Additional Resources:


The Knights Table

FA Weekly Menus
PK Lunch Order Form

Poinsettia + Greenery Sale Launch

Order Online
Download Order Form

A Day of Remembrance:  TODAY

MS + US Assembly Schedule:  TUESDAY

Click to Access Tuesday's MS + US Class Schedule

First + Last Grade Convocation:  TUESDAY

MS Soccer Meeting:  TUESDAY @ 3:30 PM

US Author Visit:  WEDNESDAY

On Wednesday, the Upper School English Department will welcome Elizabeth Wein, author of Code Name Verity and our US summer reading selection. Below, please find the schedule for her presentations, which will take place in the Shuman Conference Room. 


  • 9th Grade: 9:15 AM - 10:00 AM
  • 10th and 12th Grades: 10:30 AM -11:10 AM
  • 11th Grade: 11:20 AM -12:00 PM
  • Creative Writing Workshop: 1:30 PM - 2:20 PM


Click here for more information about the book. Click here for an interview with the author about women pilots during WWII.

Homecoming T-Shirt Deadline:  FRIDAY

The theme for the 2022 Homecoming Game is "Blackout," and we hope that everyone (students, parents, and staff) purchases a commemorative t-shirt and wears it to the game. The deadline to order is Friday, September 16.

Click to Order Online

LS Parent Social:  THURSDAY @ 8:30 AM

US Parent Social:  SEPTEMBER 21

MS Parent Social:  SEPTEMBER 27

Homecoming:  SEPTEMBER 26-30

All-School Homecoming Week Daily Dress-Up Themes


To promote school unity, students in all three divisions will have the same dress-up themes during Homecoming Week this year.


Monday - Pajama Day

Tuesday - Construction Day (All-School Competition: Best Designed Hardhat)

Wednesday - Island Theme

Thursday - Camo Day

Friday - Spirit Day



School-Wide Homecoming T-Shirt


The theme for the Homecoming Game is "Blackout," and we hope that everyone (students, parents, and staff) purchases a commemorative t-shirt and wears it to the game. The deadline to order is Friday, September 16.

Click HERE to Order Homecoming T-Shirt

Homecoming Dance: OCTOBER 1

Upper School Homecoming Dance 


Date: Saturday, October 1, 2022

Location: Frederica Academy’s Gym

Start Time: 8:00 PM (attendees must arrive by 9:00 PM)

End Time: 10:00 PM

Entry Fee: $15 

Attire: Semi-formal

Dance Policies:

  • All Upper School students are invited to attend
  • Students who would like to invite a non-Frederica Academy student to the dance MUST submit a Guest Permission Request Form by Tuesday, September 27, 2022
  • Middle school students and individuals over the age of 21 are not permitted to attend
  • Attendees and their guests will be billed $15 (each) through the Business Office 
  • Students will be breathalyzed upon entering the event

MS Standardized Testing: OCTOBER

Students in Grades 5-7 will take part in the Comprehensive Testing Program (CTP) in mid-October. The CTP consists of a battery of language arts and math assessments. The CTP is produced by the Educational Records Bureau (ERB). Many people affectionately call these tests the ERBs. 


The dates of the CTP testing are:


  • Wednesday, October 19, 8:15 AM -10:30 AM
  • Thursday, October 20, 8:15 AM -10:00 AM
  • Monday, October 24, 8:15 AM -11:25 AM


Eighth Grade students at FA will take the PSAT on Wednesday, November 2.


Students will have classes and special meetings following the tests each day. Some of this time will be spent on class trip preparations for Carpe Vitam.  

Flu Vaccine Clinic:  OCTOBER 13

Frederica Academy's annual flu vaccine clinic will take place on Thursday, October 13 between noon and 3:00 p.m. in the Gym. This clinic is open to all FA staff, students, and family members. The flu vaccine forms should be turned in to Nurse Pope by October 6th. Please call Nurse Pope with any questions.


Nikki Pope BS RNC BSN

Frederica Academy School Nurse

912 638 9981 x 492

schoolnurse@fredericaacademy.org

Student Form
Adult Form

Cambridge Assessment:  NOVEMBER 2

Frederica Academy will be a testing center for Cambridge Assessment Admissions Testing on November 2. Please contact Dr. Nevins for more information or to register.

US Health + Wellness Club Update

The Frederica Academy Health and Wellness Club has started the year off very busy! We have several upcoming projects and events planned including our first Worry Free Wednesday, a Red Cross Blood Drive, the FA flu vaccine clinic, and the start of our 2023 Relay for Life Team!


Several club members attended the planning meeting for the Glynn County Relay for Life to kickstart this year's event. We are excited to have our own FA Knights Relay Team again this year.  Please click HERE to visit the FA Knights Relay for Life Team page:


Our first Red Cross Blood Drive is scheduled for October 14 from 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. in the Shuman Conference Room. One donation can save up to three lives! Students sixteen years of age or older can donate with parental consent. This blood drive is open to the public. Contact Nurse Pope or Mr. Riggs to sign up.



Katie Eckert 

Health and Wellness Club Co-President

MS Student Council Elections

Middle School Student Council elections were held last Thursday. Many students put themselves forward to be a part of the MS Student Council. They each should be commended for their commitment and desire to serve as leaders for their fellow students. The winners of the elections are:

Conner Ellis

President

Libby Certain

Vice-President

Maddy Looney

Secretary

Ella Barker

Treasurer

Lauren Dunn

Eighth Grade Rep.

Olivia Helms

Eighth Grade Rep.

Clifton Gilbert

Seventh Grade Rep.

Wells Williams

Seventh Grade Rep.

Virginia Lavin

Sixth Grade Rep.

Emma Kate Widener

Sixth Grade Rep.

Hadley Hart

Fifth Grade Rep.

Garrett Widener

Fifth Grade Rep.

Middle School FRED FACTS

Sixth Grade Earth Science

To wrap up Ms. Walker's Sixth Grade Earth Science's weathering and erosion unit, students performed different experiments to identify, observe, and record the effects of erosion and weathering on a coastal landscape and different types of rocks. Students simulated a beach area being affected by wind and water erosion, tested how "acid rain" (vinegar) and water could affect copper statues using pennies, and how both limestone and carbonate rocks react with water and "acid rain". The students really rocked this lesson!

Fifth Grade Play Cast List

Click to See Cast List

Class of 2030 Presents

Disney's "Frozen, Jr."

Thursday, January 12, 7:00 PM

Hamilton Hall

Fourth Grade Play Cast List

Click to See Cast List

Class of 2031 Presents

"Annie, Jr."

Wednesday February 15, 6:00 PM

Hamilton Hall

First Grade Art Class

Last week, First Grade students read the book “Not Norman” and then painted the goldfish, Norman, in his fishbowl

Kindergarten Art Class

Kindergarten students learned about the art of Vincent Van Gogh last week. After a watercolor demo, they painted their own versions of Van Gogh’s Sunflowers.  

Pre-K Mystery Reader

Mason Bucy’s mother, Megan Bucy, and grandparents, Eileen and Bryan Huval, were the Pre-K Mystery Readers last week. They read the book, We Don’t Eat Our Classmates, by Ryan T. Higgins. 

Special Events Calendar

September 21

Worry Free Wednesday


September 21 (5:30 - 7:30 PM)

Upper School

FA Parent Association

Parent Social Happy Hour

Bubble Bar at Two Friends


September 23

School-Wide Spirit Day


September 26-30

Homecoming Week

Daily Dress-Up Days


September 27 (6:00 - 8:00 PM)

Middle School

FA Parent Association

Parent Social Happy Hour

Wolf Island Oyster Co.


September 28 @ 1:00 PM

UGA Admission Rep.

College Counseling Center


September 29 @ 8:15 AM

Parent Association Coffee

Shuman Conference Room


September 30

MS + US Pep Rally Schedule


September 30 @ 2:20 PM

Homecoming Pep Rally


September 30 @ 7:30 PM

Homecoming Game vs. Tattnall Square Academy


October 1

SAT Exam at FA


October 1 @ 8:00 PM

Homecoming Dance


October 6 @ 6:00 PM

College Financial Aid Night


October 8

Upper School Debate Tournament

Bolles (JAX)


October 10

No School

FA Fall Break


October 12

PSAT Exams (Grades 10-11)

Noon Dismissal


October 12

Freshman-Senior Leadership Retreat

Epworth

Noon Dismissal


October 13

Senior Class Group Photo


October 13 @ 8:30 AM

Yearbook Retakes

Shuman Conference Room


October 13

FA Faculty + Staff Appreciation Luncheon

Thank you, FA Parent Association!


October 14

MS + US Open Mic Night

Windolf-Johnston Performance Plaza


October 19

World Unity Day


October 20 (Morning)

Fall FA Board of Visitors Meeting


October 21

Parent-Teacher Conference Day


October 22

ACT Exam


October 24-27

MS Carpe Vitam


October 24 (5:00 PM - 6:30 PM)

FA Trunk or Treat

KiX Parking Lot

Sponsored by FA Parent Association


October 25 @ 9:50 AM

National Honor Society Induction

Gym


October 28

Middle School Holiday


October 29

MS + US Debate/Forensics Tournament

Valdosta State


October 31 @ 8:15 AM

LS Story Book Character Parade

FA Fall Athletic Schedules

MS + Varsity Athletic Schedules

Follow FA on Social Media

2022-2023 FA Master School Calendar

Click HERE to access the 2022-2023
At-A-Glance Master Calendar.