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Family of Christ Christian School

KNIGHTS NEWSLETTER

July 2022 | Volume 19,Issue 1

IMPORTANT DATES


WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 10

Meet Your Teacher

9:00 am-Noon

(Drop in for 20 minutes)


THURSDAY, AUGUST 11

First Day Of School


TUESDAY, AUGUST 16

Kindergarten Orientation, 6 pm

Parents Only


WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 17

Sunshine Breakfast

8:30 am, Sanctuary

"Kidz" Praise Resumes @ 6:30- 8 pm

VPK


MONDAY, AUG. 22-THURS., AUG. 25

Scholastic Book Fair


WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 24

Orientation: Grades 6, 7, 8, @ 6 pm

(including Spanish)

Parents Only


THURSDAY, AUGUST 25

Orientation: Grades 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 @ 6 pm

Parents Only


MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 5

No School, Labor Day


THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 8

Progress Reports Go Home


SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 10

Teacher Installation @ 11 am Service


MON.-FRI., SEPTEMBER 12-16

Student Council Campaigns

3rd-8th Grade


TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 13

Student Yearbook Picture Day

Burgundy Shirts Please


TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 20

Student Council Election


WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 28

Student Council Installation

8:35 am Chapel

SCHOOL LUNCHES


School lunches will begin on the first day of school. The lunch menu link is below and hard copies will be available at "Meet The Teacher". All lunches are $4.75 and includes an entre, side, fresh fruit and milk/water bottle. Copies of your menu choices come home in Family Folders before the month begins. Our vendors are Dash of Salt & Pepper Catering and Precinct Pizza.


If your child forgets their lunch, they will be provided with an emergency lunch. This may include a hot lunch or a grape uncrustable with chips and a milk/water. Your tuition express account will be charged the $4.75 for lunch.


Lunches are not billed until the end of the month so students can add or take away lunch menu items. Little taste buds sometimes think they will like something and then don't. If that is the case, email Ms. Patti at Pharmon@familyofchristtampa.com or call her at 813-558-9343 Ext. 118 and she will change your child's order for future weeks.


August Lunch Menu

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 in Kindergarten.


Middle school students will also need a thumb drive and locker shelf. Middle school backpacks and lunch boxes must fit in their lockers.


WATER BOTTLES

Don' forget to send your child with a water bottle everyday to school.


Our water fountains are equipped with bottle filling stations. Water bottle fillers are located inside the building and outside on the playground.


Everyone forgets a water bottle now and then.  In that case, students will receive a water bottle from the office.  Students who repeatedly forget their water bottles will be charged $1 on their lunch form for each water bottle they need.

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MONDAY, AUG. 22-THURSDAY., AUG. 25

Students will shop the Scholastic Book Fair with their class.  

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SERVING OTHERS/AR GOALS

Students will receive a "Serving Others" slip when noticed by a teacher or staff member for doing something good for another student. Those slips will be collected at the office and names will be drawn each week at Chapel for a prize.


Students who meet or exceed their AR Goal will have their name put in a drawing for a $5 Barnes and Noble gift card at Chapel.


Principal's Corner



July 2022


Dear Parents,


I hope that your family has enjoyed a relaxing and rejuvenating summer vacation! While you relax (hopefully) over these last few weeks before school, we’re preparing for what is sure to be another successful and productive school year.

God is so good all the time!


“Success is no accident. It is hard work, perseverance, learning, studying, sacrifice, and most of all, love of what you are doing or learning to do.” That applies to us as a school, but also to each student as an individual. Our goal is to partner with our parents 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’re ready—we sure are!


This coming year we are excited to announce new elective options for our middle school students. The new elective choices include News Channel Team, STEM/Robotics, Yearbook Staff, Home Economics, Babysitting/CPR, Chapel Production Team, Worship Team, Theatre, Jobs of the World, Community Outreach, Art specialty classes, and PE. Sixth through eighth-grade students will participate in a different elective each day of the week based on their personalized 

choice selection. Some classes are year-round, others classes offer students the option to take one class the first semester and will then have the opportunity to change to different classes for the second semester. We are excited to see our middle school curriculum grow and adapt to help our students learn.


I look forward to hearing the little voices of over 220 students in our hallways and classrooms on August 11th. They are the heart of Family of Christ!


Please remember to stop by and meet your child’s homeroom teacher on August 10th between 9-Noon.  


Happy 2022-23 school year. See you soon!


Blessings,



Jennifer Snow

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Meet The Teacher-Families may come meet their teacher and see their classrooms by dropping in from 9-Noon.



WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 10TH


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2022-2023 PTL BOARD

(Parent Teacher League)


President: Meghan Greene

Vice President:  Barbara Ito

Treasurer:  Stacey Coe

Secretary: Jessica Gozevich


Look for PTL information on the school Facebook page and PTL newsletters on the 15th of the month.


PTL By Laws and Meeting Minutes are available at the school office.


Volunteer Hours will be recorded electronically through Sign-Up Genius.


Summer volunteer hour opportunities will be sent in the coming weeks.



Families are required to complete 20 volunteer hours by the last day of school (May 24, 2023).  This can include classroom volunteering, field trips and volunteering at PTL events.  In addition, up to 5 hours may be completed donating products such as cases of water or multi-packs of  Clorox wipes or tissues to the school.  These can be brought to the school over the summer, at Meet The Teacher or during the school year. Box Tops are now electronic, download the App and receive one volunteer hour.  It's easy, see website below.

Volunteer Hours

THURSDAY, AUGUST 11TH

SCHOOL DETAILS

MEET YOUR TEACHER-DROP IN

Meet Your Teacher is on Wednesday, August 10th from 9-Noon.

This will be an 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 hand in your lunch form, Birthday Marquis and Medication Administration forms. Students will also receive their car tags and spirit shirts in their classrooms. Size exchanges can be made at the school office. Also, visit our clothes closet (free uniforms).


CLASSROOM ORIENTATION

Classroom Orientation will be held for Kindergarten parents (Parents Only) on Tuesday, August 16th @ 6 pm. Classroom Orientation will be held for 6th, 7th and 8th, grade (Spanish included) parents (Parents Only) on Wednesday, August 24th at 6 pm. Classroom Orientation will be held for 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th & 5th grade parents (Parents Only) on Thursday, August 25th @ 6 pm. Classroom Orientation will give the teacher 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 am. 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 am. Arriving to drop off early holds up the Middle School students getting to class on time as younger students take a lot longer to leaving their cars. 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 student (grades 6th-8th 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.


CAR TAGS

Families will get their car tags at Meet The Teacher. Extra tags are available in the school office. If you have a grandparent picking up at dismissal or need another tag just email Ms. Patti (Pharmon@familyofchristtampa.com) and she will send one home with your child that day.


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 child inside. 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. Therefore, your child's car seat or booster should be located on the right side of the back seat. 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.


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 The Teacher", and then be available at the School Office). Make sure to let your child's teacher know what days your child will attend the Before/ After Care program.


If your child is dropped off before 7:55 am or not picked up by 3:15 pm, they will be checked into this program and you will be charged accordingly.

LOWEGEAR, a local school family owned company has been added this year for your convenience. Fast turnaround and free shipping to the school for pick up makes shopping for uniforms and sweatshirts affordable and convenient. More information about their on-line store will be provided at a later date.






Uniform Tops- Purchase with logo through Landsend.com

School Number: 900095951


Uniform tops can be navy, burgundy or white.

Uniform bottoms can be navy or khaki. Bottoms may be purchased at retail stores.



WIN A FREE SWEATSHIRT


Want to win a free sweatshirt? Take a photo of yourself reading your summer reading book and reply to this email. Send the photo to be considered. Kindergarten students may send a photo of themselves reading their favorite picture book. One elementary student and one middle school student will be chosen at Chapel.

FREE UNIFORMS


We have gently used uniform tops and bottoms in all sizes in our clothes closet. These items are Free. The clothes closet is located in the Narthex credenza by the brown chairs.

Look at the new broadcasting elective classroom.  Our News Channel Team broadcasters and Chapel Production Team will be called the 'Knightcasters' .

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We had many students attend our VBS program this year. Thank you Mrs. Ferguson (Green), Mrs. Steinbrueck, and all the volunteers for making this such a great week!

CHURCH SERVICES


Please join us for church services. We hope to see you there.

Saturday, 6:00 pm Traditional

Sunday, 9:00 am Traditional

Sunday, 11:00 am Contemporary


Sunday School will resume in the Fall.


CHILDREN'S MINISTRY PROGRAM

 

We will be resuming Children’s Programs on Sundays in the Fall. We will offer a Sunday school class for children attending the 9:00 am service. At the 11:00 am service, we are going to offer “Children’s church” for kids between the ages of VPK thru 5th grade. Children’s Ministry Leaders and volunteers will lead this. This will be held in the first building on campus where we meet for “ Kidz Praise” on Wednesday evenings. 


We will need volunteers for both Sunday

school and Children’s church. Please contact Leanne in the church office or reply to this email if you can serve in this way.


Wednesday Night Worship


Our "Kidz" Praise group will also resume on Wednesday evenings from 6:30- 8 pm, beginning on August 17th. This group is for children in VPK through 5th grade. Each week the children gather for a pizza dinner followed by games and worship time. 


Questions? Contact Leanne Ferguson Green at lferguson@familyofchristtampa.com


INTERNET SAFETY

Family of Christ Christian School has put an internet filter in place for every computer on the network. The "Student" log-in ID is set at an age-appropriate school setting and has the highest blocked categories of content.


In computer class, internet safety is discussed throughout the school year. There is an activity called "Cyber 5" that students in Kindergarten through fifth grade watch. The link is below.


Afterwards, there is an discussion on ways to stay safe on the internet and how to behave just like being face-to-face with someone in conversation.


For middle school students, we discuss technology skills every student should have and this includes Netiquette (Internet Etiquette) and Internet safety and Security

Cyber 5

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. The cost is $10 per child. Forms are below, will be available at Meet The Teacher and will be sent home in Family Folders.

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MEDICATIONS

ALL MEDICATIONS brought to school must be in their original containers and labeled with the students name. In addition, for medicine to be dispensed a Medicine Authorization Form must be completed in the school office. Forms are below, will be available at Meet The Teacher and will be sent home in Family Folders.


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

Birthday Marquis Form
Medication Authorization Form

Sports

The first sport of the season will be Volleyball. We will be starting the first full week of School with practices after school. Fourth thru sixth grade JV and sixth-eighth grade Varsity teams.

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 should notify teachers and office staff of dates and times of early dismissal.

CLOTHES CLOSET

Please check out our clothes closet in the Narthex. The drawers have been restocked and are overflowing with FREE uniform tops and bottoms. Child size to adult are available. The clothes closet is located in the black credenza by the brown chairs. Drawers are labeled by size. Grab at least four uniform tops as students wear their spirit shirt we provide on Fridays. Sweatshirts and sweaters are also available free of charge. Burgundy uniform shirts need to be worn on Picture Day (Tuesday, September 13th)

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WEATHER REMINDER

Families should be aware that if there are any school closings due to weather, Family of Christ Christian School and after care follow the Hillsborough County School cancellation schedule.



SAVE THE DATES


WALK-A-THON

Friday, October 28th

Early Release @ 11:45 am


NIGHT OF KNIGHTS

Saturday, February 4, 2023