Head of School Message

“Live as if you would die tomorrow. Learn as if you will live forever.”

- Mahatma Gandhi 

Dear Frederica Families, 


Every day, in fact almost every hour of every day, I am reminded that the core, twofold business of school for every child… regardless of one’s age… is to learn as much as possible… as much as possible both about the world outside themselves and the world within themselves. That sounds, first-blush, like a daunting task to be captured in one sentence, or even one Sunday email; that, I suppose, is why the exercise of acquiring and harnessing knowledge is worthy of a lifetime quest.


My point in writing this Sunday message this morning is simply to encourage every student (and indirectly every parent on behalf of their children) to be willing and open to learning at every opportunity in school and in life. That is the critical, salient step…to get out of the car each and every morning with a voracious appetite for learning. That mindset of readiness is the key differentiator in smart, curious, focused adults who see acquiring information and insight into their own lives and the world with which they interact as among the highest of priorities. Whether you are a first or second grader learning how and why various letters combine to make sounds and printed words and those combinations have meaning in written and spoken language or you are a high school student-athlete on the brink of being on the losing end of an early season football contest and you stay the course by learning from your mistakes each second-half series of downs, then apply hard work, perseverance and creativity and snatch out a last-second victory, being ready to learn at every opportunity better ensures a fulfilling end.


The school year is young; we are not even to Labor Day until tomorrow. I am not particularly a betting man, but I would confidently wager a small sum that those students who come to school each morning ready to learn at each opportunity throughout the day will experience a more satisfying and growth-oriented year than those who don’t. And a long-term goal I think we all have for both FA students and for alumni in this matter is that our school becomes known across the region as an educational institution filled with students who are universally hungry to learn.


Respectfully,


Scott L. Hutchinson

Head of School

This Week at FA

Monday

Labor Day

School Holiday


Tuesday @ 7:30 AM

Student Council Meeting

Mr. RIggs' Classroom


Tuesday Morning

Yearbook Picture Day

Click Here for Schedule and Here for Picture Order Form

Forms Should Be Returned with Payment on Tuesday


Tuesday @ 10:00 AM

Upper School Assembly

Gym


Tuesday @ 5:00 PM

Varsity Volleyball vs. Memorial

@ Home


Wednesday @ 8:15 AM

Fifth Grade Parent Meeting 

Shuman Conference Room

Host: David Nelson


Wednesday @ 1:00 PM

Humane Society Teen Board Meeting

Nash Academic Center


Wednesday @ 1:05 PM

Debate Team Meeting

Music Room 2

Open to Any Student Interested in Debate


Wednesday @ 3:30 PM

All School Faculty + Staff Meeting

Hamilton Hall


Wednesday @ 5:00 PM

MS Tennis vs. Camden Middle

@ College of Coastal Georgia


Wednesday @ 5:00 PM

MS Volleyball vs. Jane Macon

@ Home


Wednesday @ 6:00 PM

Senior College Night

Hamilton Hall


Thursday

Drop / Add Period Ends (Upper School)

Progress Q1 Cut Off


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

FA Spirit Wear Sale

Gym Lobby


Thursday @ 8:15 AM

Sixth Grade Parent Meeting 

Shuman Conference Room

Host: David Nelson


Thursday @ 10:00 AM

US Advisory

Handbook Review #3 + Signing


Thursday @ 4:00 PM

MS Tennis vs. St. Francis

@ Glynn Academy Courts


Thursday @ 5:00 PM

MS Football vs. Robert Toombs

@ Home

Volunteers Needed: Click Here


Thursday @ 5:00 PM

Varsity Volleyball vs. Heritage Christian

@ Home


Friday

School-Wide Spirit Day


Friday @ 8:10 AM

Lower School Morning Meeting


Friday @ 7:30 PM

Varsity Football vs. Calvary Day

@ Home

Volunteers Needed: Click Here


Saturday

ACT @ Frederica Academy


Sunday

ACT Special Testing @ Frederica Academy

Yearbook Picture Day: TUESDAY

Yearbook Picture Day is the morning of Tuesday, September 6. Parents wishing to purchase pictures should complete an order form, include payment, and send both with their student(s) on Tuesday.

Order Form
Picture Day Schedule

The Knights Table

FA Weekly Menus
PK Lunch Order Form

Upcoming Parent Association Events

PARENT SOCIALS

We are so excited to bring parents together for our upcoming social events! Please save the dates below and watch your inbox for a special invitation.

LOWER SCHOOL

Thursday

September 15

8:30 AM - 10:00 AM

Coffee + Breakfast

Coastal Kitchen

River Room

MIDDLE SCHOOL

Tuesday

September 27

6:00 pm - 8:00 PM

Happy Hour

Wolf Island Oyster Co.

UPPER SCHOOL

Wednesday

September 21

5:30 PM - 7:30 PM

Happy Hour

Bubble Bar @

Two Friends

Homecoming Details

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


This year, the Upper School Student Council reached out to a couple of Upper School students to see if they would be interested in designing this year's commemorative homecoming t-shirt. Alston Euart and Mildred Reeves took the task and ran with it! Dr. Nevins and Mr. Riggs gave them a blank sheet of paper and said, "We want to see what you can do! Be creative!"  The shirt design below is what Alston and Mildred worked on and created. We could not be more proud of their work, and we are happy to share with everyone what the 2022 Homecoming Shirt looks like! Thank you, Alston and Mildred, for your help and hard work! 


The theme for the Homecoming Game is "Blackout," and we hope that everyone (students, parents, and staff) purchases a shirt and wears it out to the game.  Shirts will go on sale next week! 


Dr. Nevins and Mr. Riggs

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

Lands' End Labor Day Sale

FACTS App Update

Recently, FA’s FACTS App has been experiencing issues when toggling between students/siblings within the app. Frederica alerted FACTS to this issue and it has now been resolved. If you have automatic updates configured on your iPhone, your app will update automatically. Otherwise, parents can go to the Apple App store and manually update the app.

 

If you do not already have the FA FACTS app, you may download for free on in the app store. Simply search “Frederica Academy.” The FA FACTS app provides parents with access to Middle and Upper School student schedules, homework, grades and more.

Chromebook Reminder

With the long holiday weekend upon us, please remember to reinforce that your child's Chromebook needs to be plugged in at least once or twice a week. A full charge literally takes less than an hour. Inevitably, upon returning from a long weekend or holiday, we are inundated with dead Chromebooks in the classroom. This is a huge disruption in the classroom, and it usually depletes our Chromebook loaner cart. These loaners are available for students to use when their Chromebooks are being repaired. Thank you in advance for your helping us to reinforce this at home.

Senior College Night

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

Senior College Night

MS Parent Meetings: THIS WEEK

Middle School Golf

Anyone in grades 6-8 who is interested in playing Middle School Golf should contact Coach Willis.

Spirit Wear Sale + Spirit Day:

THURSDAY + FRIDAY

The FA Booster Club is hosting a Spirit Wear Sale in the Gym Lobby on Thursday between 7:30 AM - 8:30 a.m., so that families can prepare for Friday's school-wide Spirit Day.

Celebration of the First and Last

Upper School Author Visit

Don Scott Day

On Thursday, September 1, we celebrated Don Scott Day across the Lower, Middle, and Upper Schools. Mr. Don is retiring after eighteen years of service in the Facilities Department at Frederica Academy. He has been a beloved member of our team, always willing to help with any task, small or large. We appreciate all of Mr. Don's hard work over the years and wish him a very happy retirement.

2022-2023 Upper School Council Representatives

Clue on Stage Cast + Crew

Congratulations to the Cast and Crew of Clue On Stage, premiering November 17, in Hamilton Hall.

Click to Download Cast List

STEM Club

The first STEM Club meeting was held this past Monday. The students used pool noodles, marbles, and masking tape to construct a track they could roll the marbles down, simulating a roller coaster. They could include loops and hills, and some interesting designs were developed. Creative ideas flowed and everyone had fun!

Middle School FRED FACTS

Third Grade "Starbooks Cafe"

Third Grade students enjoyed a visit at the "Starbooks Cafe" where they sampled several different texts that we will be reading throughout Module 1 of Wit and Wisdom. As students took "book bites" they also enjoyed ocean-themed snacks and drinks while listening to their friends share about the texts they are most interested in exploring together.

First Grade STEM Challenge

After reading the Duckling Gets a Cookie!?, by Mo Willems, our First Grade STEM Challenge was to build the tallest tower that could support a cookie using just one piece of paper and a foot of tape! Our First Graders are getting better and better each week at using their planning, critical thinking, and teamwork skills!

Kindergarteners in the Kitchen

Kindergartners enjoyed using their new classroom kitchen on Friday to make playdough! They colored it green to represent FA! Go Knights!

Photos

Pre-K Mystery Reader

Camryn Kuhn’s mother, Amy Kuhn, was the Pre-K mystery reader this week. She read the book Pete the Cat and the Missing Cupcakes by James Dean.

Special Events Calendar

September 11

National Grandparents Day


September 13 @ 9:50 AM

First + Last Grade Fall Convocation

MS + US Morning Assembly Schedule


September 14

US Author Visit


September 14 @ 4:00 PM

US Faculty Meeting


September 15

Q1 Progress Reports Posted


September 15 (8:30 - 10:00 AM)

Lower School

FA Parent Association

Parent Social Coffee + Breakfast

River Room at Coastal Kitchen


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

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.