Family of Christ Christian School
KNIGHTS NEWSLETTER

 

 

Volume 18, Issue 1

 

 

Summer 2020

IMPORTANT DATES

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 12
Meet Your Teacher
Last Name
A-G 9-9:45 am
H-M 10-10:45 am
N-Z 11-11:45 am
 
THURSDAY, AUGUST 13
First Day of School
 
TUESDAY, AUGUST 18
Kindergarten, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th  Classroom Orientation
For Parents Only
6 pm
DC/Keys Parent Meeting

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 19
Sunshine Breakfast 
For New Families
8:30 am

THURSDAY,  AUGUST 20
1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th Classroom Orientation
For Parents Only
6 pm

SUNDAY, AUGUST 23
Teacher Installation
11:00 am Church Service
All Are Welcome!

MON.-THURS. AUG 24-28  
Walk-A-Thon Coupon
 Free Dress Week

FRIDAY, AUGUST 28
2020 Walk-A-Thon
Pastor's Picnic

MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 7
No School, Labor Day
 
WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 16
Picture Day
Burgundy Uniform Top
 

SCHOOL LUNCHES

Lunch
School lunches will begin on Thursday, August 13th. An electronic lunch menu will be sent home at the end of July and be available at 'Meet Your Teacher'. All lunches are $4.25 and include an entree, side and milk/water bottle. Pizza is served every Friday and will be from Precinct Pizza.
  
SCHOOL SUPPLIES
Don't forget, FoC makes purchasing school supplies a thing of the past.  By paying your summer supply fee, your child is provided with all the school supplies he/she will need including paper, crayons, folders, planners, pencils, etc.  Parents need to provide a lunch box and backpack ( no rolling backpacks please).  A backpack is not needed for Kindergarten.
  
Middle school students will also need a thumb drive and locker shelf.  Middle school backpacks and lunch boxes must fit in their lockers.
  
 
BOX TOPS FOR EDUCATION

Traditional Box Tops clips are being phased out of production, but may continue to be found on many products throughout the store. You can still clip them and send them to school. 

Every valid Box Tops clip is worth 10¢ for your school. Make sure each one has a clearly visible product acronym and expiration date.
  
  

Eventually the Box Tops program will become digital-only. Participating brands are starting to change their packaging from a traditional Box Tops clip to the new Box Tops label.

If you see this label, use the new Box Tops app to scan your receipt. Box Tops are still worth 10¢ for your school.  The app will find participating products purchased at any store and instantly add cash to your school's earnings online.
WATER BOTTLES
Students are encouraged to bring a water bottle to school everyday to stay hydrated throughout the day.  Water is the only drink permitted throughout the day in the classrooms and P.E. class.   Please put your child's name on their water bottle.  NO GLASS WATER BOTTLES PLEASE.  Students will only be able to refill their bottles.  Students will not be allowed to drink from the fountains.
  
EARLY SIGN OUT

 

Please refrain from signing out your children after 2 pm unless you have an appointment. The end of the day is as important as the beginning of the day, so children should stay in class.


 

Parents will call for early dismissal and stay in their car while their child is brought out to them by office staff.


 

MEDICATIONS
                           
ALL MEDICATIONS must be 
brought to the school office by the parent and be in their original containers. In addition, for medicine to be dispensed a Medicine Authorization Form must be completed in the school office.

 

NO MEDICATIONS should be left in student backpacks. This poses a danger to other children.


 

Link to print form:

Medication Authorization Form
 

          


BIRTHDAY MARQUIS SIGN
If you would like your child's name on the sign at the front entrance for their birthday, please fill out the Birthday Marquis form.  It will be available at meet the teacher and come home in Family Folders the first Thursday of the school year. The cost is $10. Hard copies will be available at the office.
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UNIFORMS
Uniform Tops:
*Purchase with logo through Landsend.com
  
Uniform Tops & Bottoms:
Uniform tops can be navy, burgundy or white.

Uniform bottoms can be navy or khaki.

* Free tops and bottoms are available in our clothes closet located in the Narthex free of charge.

Students will wear burgundy uniform tops for their yearbook photo Wednesday, September 16th.

VOLUNTEER HOURS
There are many opportunities to complete your volunteer hours. 
*Scholastic Book Fair-(Nov. 2-5th)
(Contact Sherrie Maxim at  813-892-4684, or saprile04@yahoo.com)
*Field Trips
*Night of Knights (March 27th)
(Contact Jayme Dolence at NOK@Familyofchristtampa.com or 813-466-8477)
*Bonfire (January *)
*Homeroom Parent
*Recycling plastic bottles (Monthly)
*Classroom Time
*Organizing the clothes closet
*Maintaining flower beds
*Setting up for events
*Cleaning up after events
*Picture Day (9/16)
  
Contact our PTL President, Joyce Hepscher for more opportunities at (PTL@familyofchristtampa.com)

20 volunteer hours must be completed by the last day of school (5/27)
  
MAKING MAGIC/AR GOALS
S tudents will receive a "Making Magic" slip when noticed by a teacher or staff member doing something good for someone else.  Those slips will be collected at the office and names will be drawn each Monday morning at chapel.  Students whose names are drawn may visit the elementary or middle school treasure boxes for prizes.
YOUR PTL BOARD
 President:
Joyce Hepscher
Vice-President:
Meghan Greene
Secretary:
Barbara Schmidt
Treasurer:
Karen Saa
Night of Knights Chair:
Jayme Dolence

PTL Invites New Families To: 
The New Family    Sunshine Breakfast
Wednesday, August 19th  @ 8:30 am

NEW STUDENTS
We would like to welcome all our new students and families.  We look forward to getting to know you.


Middle School Ice Cream Days
(5-8th Grade)
Middle school students are offered the privilege of purchasing ice cream on non-scheduled ice cream Fridays. Students must bring $1 to school to purchase ice cream.  No credits will be given.



*All students receive ice cream the second Friday of the month.

Spirit Shirts
Your child will receive their Friday spirit shirt at 'Meet The Teacher'. You have already paid for your child's shirt.  If you cannot attend 'Meet The Teacher', your child will receive their shirts the first day of school. Spirit t-shirts may be worn on Fridays with jeans, jean shorts or approved Friday shorts.

FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL
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THURSDAY, AUGUST 13TH

Middle School Students:
(6-8 grade) 8:10 am

Elementary School Students:
 (K-5 grade) 8:30 am


ENJOY THE REST OF YOUR SUMMER!
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TUITION EXPRESS
Ever wonder what that $20 Tuition Express charge was for? Tuition Express charges are sometimes processed days (or even weeks) after you authorized the payment.  To help you identify charges to your account, sign up for an on-line Tuition Express account!  You can monitor your activity and sign up for e-mail payment notifications.  If you  are interested,  please request the  enrollment  information from Brenda  Uhlich, from our finance office:
 
Buhlich@familyofchristtampa.com or (813)558-9343, 
ext. 133. 



PERSONAL HAND SANITIZER
Students should pack a personal hand sanitizer to keep in their desk or locker.  

COVID-19 


                                 
PRINCIPAL'S CORNER
  
Dear Parents and Students,
Preparations are underway for the 2020/2021 school year. Plans for our new normal are being developed throughout the summer.  We are faithfully here for your family. Our main goal is to start school on Thursday, August 13, 2020 with live learning. Because of the fluid nature COVID-19, safety measures from State and Federal guidelines are continuously being updated for our unique environment. Family of Christ Christian School is continuing to find solutions to get our FOC families safely back into the school building so they can grow spiritually, academically, socially, emotionally and physically. WE ARE IN THIS TOGETHER. Let's keep our FAITH strong, our FEAR contained and being FLEXIBLE with each other. It will be a unique year but we can and WE WILL SUCCEED. 

Most of our families will be returning to the school for live learning.  If your family needs to learn remotely let us know so we can accommodate you.  If you choose to come back to school and it's not working, let us know and we will change you to remote learning.  The students attending the brick and mortar will have a safe home away from home.  We will have faith over fear and work to protect each other and continually work with the directives from the local government to ensure the safety of our Family of Christ family.  We welcome the students back into routines with structure, love and the excitement of learning.  PLEASE RESPOND TO THIS EMAIL LETTING US KNOW IF YOU WILL BE ATTENDING FOR LIVE LEARNING OR WOULD PREFER TO LEARN REMOTELY.


It is an honor to welcome you back to the 2020-21 school year at Family of Christ!  The faculty and staff  have been making improvements to our classrooms and 
campus which include curriculum enhancements, technology upgrades, and classroom updates.  It is our goal to provide a remarkable experience and learning environment for your child.  I am looking forward to hearing about your summer adventures, catching up with returning families, and meeting our newest Knights.  I cannot wait to hear all of the students in our hallways and classrooms on August 13th.  They are the heart of Family of Christ!
  
As we begin this school year, our goal is to establish a partnership between your child's home and school.  We believe that God has created each child with unique talents and abilities. Our goal is to challenge the students academically, but always to encourage their growth spiritually and socially. You can help establish the expectations for a successful year for your child by reviewing the Parent-Student Handbook on our website before school begins.
   
The office will keep you updated on information about events each week electronically as well as in our Thursday Family Folders.  Other places for news and information include the school website, marquis, and the communication display boards near the office.
 
I would like to invite your family to attend church on Sunday, August 23, 2020, at 11:00 am for our Teacher/ Staff Installation.  This will be a special service to pray for our school, students, faculty and staff.   
 
The Parent Teacher League (PTL) is a wonderful way of connecting with other parents within the school.  FOC offers many ways, both big and small, to become involved. Please consider volunteering your time and talents to events like the Night of Knights Dinner Auction, Bonfire, and Walk-A-Thon.  Family of Christ always thrives with all of us working together!
 
Mark your calendars: Night of Knights.  It has been moved to later in the year.  The event is March 27, 2020; you will not want to miss out.  It always proves to be a night filled with fellowship and fun for all to enjoy!  Thank you to Jayme Dolence and her Night of Knights team  for making this such an outstanding event.
 
Our staff goal is to partner with you to instill a love of learning in your children.  We want them to find success by working hard and persevering, even when it seems tough.   I hope you are ready...we sure are!

I look forward to another wonderful year with our remarkable students.  Together, as a team, we will have a successful year!  Thank you in advance for your support and we look forward to seeing you at Meet the Teacher on Wednesday, August 12th.

Please remember that we plan on communicating with our parents as plans change and precautions evolve.  We are so proud that our parents occupations are so varied.  We would appreciate any questions or suggestions that you might have.  As always we will use your input to help generate our plan going forward.
 
God's blessings to you all,
Mrs. Jennifer Snow
Family of Christ Principal
jsnow@familyofchristtampa.com


  

 
 
SCHOOL DETAILS 
  

Meet Your Teacher is on Wednesday, August 12th .  The following schedule will allow our families to meet the teacher and see their classroom.  We have set up this new schedule so there is less crowding when coming and going.  Please stick to your time so everyone remains safe.  The schedule by last name is: A-G  9-9:45 am, H-M 10-10:45 am, N-Z 11-11:45 am.   This  will  be  your opportunity to say a quick  HELLO and walk through the school.  There will be a  paperwork table set up in the Narthex.  Please stop by after  visiting your classroom(s) to ensure that the school office has all your paperwork. Students will  also receive  their car tags and spirit  shirts  in their  classrooms.   Size exchanges can be made at  the school office. Birthday Marquis, Before and After Care, Lunch and the Administration of Medicine forms will also be available.   Also visit our clothes closet (free   uniforms). 
  
CLASSROOM ORIENTATION:
Classroom Orientation will be held for Kindergarten, 5th, 6th, 7th and 8th grade parents  (Parents Only) on Tuesday, August 18th at 6 pm.  Classroom Orientation will be held for 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th grade parents (Parents Only) on Thursday, August 20th at 6 pm.  Orientation will take place in your child's classroom. Classroom Orientation will give the opportunity for the teacher to answer or address any questions  that have arisen in the  process of school starting for your family.   
 
SCHOOL HOURS: 
Middle School students (grades 6th-8th ) are in session from 8:10 am - 3 pm  and may arrive between 7:55-8:05 a.m. Middle school start time is 8:10 am. 
Elementary School students (grades K-5th) are in session from 8:30 am -3 pm and may arrive between 8:10-8:30 a.m.   Students should be in their classrooms when the bell rings, not getting out of their car.
 

*Please note:  Families with elementary students who have a middle school (grades 6th-8th) sibling may arrive between 7:55-8:10 am but the child must go directly to their classroom and cannot walk around campus. 
 
Since middle school students must get to class by 8:10 am we ask that elementary parents not hold up the drop off car line in the morning.  Please arrive after 8:10 am and let Safety Patrol assist your child out of the car.

PARKING:  
During the first two days of school, only kindergarten and new parents may park in the parking lot and then walk their child to their classroom.   Returning families, please be understanding to our new families who are coming into school for the first time walking their children inside.  Parents should wear masks.   Starting the first full week of school, students are then dropped off in car line. Parents will not be allowed to enter the building.
  
PICK UP:   
Pick up is at 3 pm.   Please pull up and wait in the pick up line to the side of  the building. Teachers and Patrols will guide your child to your car as you pull up. 
For your child's safety, children will not be allowed to cross traffic alone.  Parents please do not cross traffic to pick up  your child. Parents who designate their children as walkers should stand  by the flag pole to pick their child up.  Students will NOT be allowed to walk to the parking lot alone after school. 
 
 
BEFORE/AFTER CARE PROGRAM:  
You must have completed Before/After Care paperwork and enrolled before the first day of school (This paperwork will be sent home electronically at the end of July, will be available at 'Meet Your Teacher', and then be available in the school office).  Make sure to let your child's teacher know what days your child will attend the FOC Before/After Care Program.
 
If your child is dropped off before 7:55 a.m. or is not picked up by 3:15 p.m.,
they will be checked into this program and you will be charged accordingly.
 
Before/After Care forms will be sent out at the end of July electronically.

CHAPEL :
Chapel is held every Monday morning with Pastor Dave.  Students are encouraged to bring their chapel offering on Mondays.  This year's  classes will rotate attendance at chapel.  Non-attending classes will watch from their classrooms.  At this time parents can no longer attend chapel until further notice.
 
LUNCH:  
School lunches will begin Thursday, August 13th. An electronic lunch menu will be sent home mid July and be available at 'Meet Your Teacher'.  During the school year, lunch forms will be sent home  in Thursday Family Folders two weeks before they are due. All lunches must be pre-ordered.  If your child forgets their lunch they will receive an emergency lunch and your account will be billed $4.25. Please contact Ms. Patti (ext. 118) at the front desk if you have any questions or suggestions.

Lunch forms will be sent out mid July electronically.

UNIFORMS:   
Please take the time to properly review the commitment to FOC's dress  code on 
our web site. 

Shirts:
Our provider of Family of Christ uniform shirts is Land's End. They are navy, white and burgundy.  *Students will need to wear a  Burgundy  uniform shirt on Wednesday, September 16th for yearbook photos. 

Bottoms:
May be purchased in navy, khaki, or Hunter/Classic Navy Plaid from Lands' End or navy or khaki from local retailers.  

Sneakers: 
May be color of choice but may NOT have glitter, lights, or cartoon characters.
 
PLEASE consider getting your child(ren) a good fresh haircut before the start of the year!

Cold weather clothing guidelines will come home in family folders at a later date.  Sweatshirts will be available for sale at 'Meet The Teacher.'
 
PARENT-TEACHER LEAGUE:   
Many thanks to our PTL Board members who have been planning over the summer
in preparation for 
2020-21 school events.   FOC's Night of Knights Dinner & Auction will be held  on Saturday, March 27th.  Look for opportunities to participate  in this BIG event.


   FAMILY FOLDERS
Every Thursday your Family Folder from the school office will come home with your youngest child.  Please feel free to decorate the cover  with pictures and artwork and make it your own.  All school paperwork will be included in this folder to prevent a trickle of papers throughout the week.  Please return the folder and its contents back to school on Friday or the following Monday so it may be sent home the following week again on Thursday reloaded with materials.  In addition, if you own a small business or would like to distribute flyers for an event please stop by the office to get it approved so it may it included in family folders.
  
 
 RECYCLE BINS 
FOC continues  to be environmentally conscious by recycling paper and cardboard.

Permitted In Paper Bin:
*Clean Newspaper  *Phone Books  *Soft Books  *Cereal Boxes  *Construction Paper  *Office Paper  *Magazines  *Mixed Paper
  
The bin is located to the left of the church parking lot, near the soccer field.  Please break down all boxes so more can fit in the bin.
  
  

 

 
CLASS ORIENTATIONS
Parents please come to Class Orientation:
Tuesday, August 18th @ 6 pm -Kindergarten, 5th, 6th, 7th & 8th grade.   
Thursday, August 20th @ 6 pm for 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th grade.

Parents Only Please

  
 
 CHURCH SERVICES
Please join us for one of our church services:
*Saturday Evening @ 6:00 pm (Traditional)
*Sunday Morning @ 9:00 am (Traditional) 
 11:00 am (Contemporary)


Teacher installation will take place on Sunday, August 23rd at
11:00 am. Please join us for this special service.
 
 
COVID-19 PREPARATIONS


Student temperatures will be taken daily with an infrared thermometer as the students enter the school.  

Non-contact soap dispensers are being installed in each bathroom.  Non-contact hand sanitizer dispensers are being installed throughout the school and playground area.  Non-contact hand sanitizer stands will be in the Narthex and at every entrance.  

Bathroom and locker visits will be scheduled so students do not clog the hallway. Floor stickers  and floor stanchions will be placed in the hallway to direct students.  Hand washing requirements will be enhanced .   Bathroom doors will be fitted with arm hooks so students don't have to use their hands on the handle.

Teachers will spray surfaces with disinfectant throughout the day.  Bathrooms will be sprayed throughout the day by staff.  

Students will only be able to refill their bottles.  Students will not be allowed to drink from the fountains.

Electrostatic Disinfectant treatment will be done weekly in our building and the portable.   This technology allows schools to clean their surfaces with more efficiency and effectiveness.

Our cleaning company continues to sanitize the school building regularly.  They use Kaibosh, a concentrated no-rinse Hospital Use cleaner that disinfects, cleans and deodorizes.  The formulation effectively cleans and disinfects areas when there is a need to control cross-contamination. It rinses freely, leaving behind no grit or soap scum.  Kaibosh is designed  as a one-step disinfectant cleaner and is effective against a broad spectrum of bacteria.  It is virucidal (including Coronavirus COVID-19.



Electronic Box Tops
HOW TO EARNBOX TOPS MAKES IT EASY.
No more clipping. No more sending Box Tops to school. All you need is your phone. Download the ALL-NEW Box Tops app, shop as you normally would, then simply scan your store receipts to find participating products. The app will automatically credit your school's Box Tops earnings online.

Twice a year, your school will receive a check and can use that cash to buy whatever it needs!

 

WIN A FREE KNIGHTS SWEATSHIRT!!!

Send in a creative photo of you enjoying your summer reading book for a chance to win a free knights sweatshirt.  One elementary and one middle school student will win!

Be as creative as possible! Students may enter up to three photos. The winning pictures will be put in September's school newsletter and the sweatshirts will be presented to the winners at chapel.

Send your photo in by replying to this email or email it to pharmon@familyofchristtampa.com.

Happy Reading!


PERSONAL HAND SANITIZER AND NECK GAITORS
Students should pack a personal hand sanitizer to keep in their desk or locker.  Having a personal one helps to ensure that it will not be mixed up with others.