From the Principal's Desk
August 9, 2021
Greetings FWAFA Family,
The countdown is on! One week to the start of school! Teachers came back last Thursday, and we are all super excited to welcome our students back to school for the 21-22 school year - a year that promises to the best one yet!
Attached to the JupiterEd email is the TCA+A Health Guidelines for the 21-22 school year. It is our aim to keep everyone as safe and healthy as possible. We will do that through 4 Core Health Practices. These include: daily symptom screening of students and staff, frequently washing and disinfecting hands, cleaning high touch areas throughout the day, and recommending (but not requiring) the use of face coverings. We want to keep everyone informed as well and will send notification letters to families and staff if we have a positive case and will follow up with contact tracing. You can read more about our procedures for close contact and contact tracing in the health guidelines.
Secondly, I want to invite new and returning students to our Back to School Night on Thursday, August 12. The elementary Back to School Night is from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. and the MS/HS Back to School Night is from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. Although elementary academic teachers will be in their classrooms so that students have a recognizable face on the first day of school, this is not our Meet the Teacher night and will not be a time for an in-depth discussion about teaching and learning. Back to School Night is designed to give time to completing all of the last minute details that need to be done prior to school starting for a successful first day of school. For example, you can drop off your school supplies in the auditorium, pick up your schedule, request a locker if you are in middle or high school, get a planner, get help registering in Parent Portal Ascender, set up a lunch account, drop off medical and medicine forms with the nurse, sign Media Release and Transportation forms, etc. You can also visit the PTSO Uniform Resale from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. that evening and stock up on some gently used uniforms.
Our official Meet the Teacher Night will be on Thursday, August 26. Families of elementary students will be able to meet both their fine arts and academic teachers that evening. Families of middle school and high school students will follow their student's schedules to meet teachers class by class and hear what is in store for students this year. I will have more details about the Meet the Teacher Night in next week's newsletter.
And, join us Tuesday evening for the PTSO Ice Cream Social and Mixer. It is not to be missed!
FWAFA Parking Lot Moves from North to South
Building Opens at 7:20 a.m.
Extra-Curricular Dance Company Auditions Coming Up Soon!
Junior Company - open to Grades 4-6, audition is Thursday, August 19, 2021, 4:00-5:30 p.m.
Junior Company rehearses weekly on Wednesdays from 4:00-5:00 p.m.
Company II - open to grades 7-12, audition is Friday, August 20, 2021, 4:00-5:30 p.m.
Company II rehearses weekly on Thursdays from 4:00-5:30 p.m.
Auditions take place on the FWAFA stage. Dancers should wear dance attire and bring ballet and jazz shoes. Dancers will be taught movement combinations at the audition. Dance Company Members perform with Academy Dance Company and Academy Dance Company Trainees in their 2 major productions per school year.
More detailed fliers will be available at Back to School Night and sent home over email during the first week of school.
Grades 5 to 12: Technology Needs Assessment Survey
PTSO Ice Cream Social - August 10
PTSO invites all new and returning FWAFA students and families to the Annual Ice Cream Social on Tuesday, August 10, 6:00 p.m.- 7:30 p.m. on the green space north of the building.
This is a great time for new students/families to meet new and returning FWAFA families.
Veteran FWAFA families we want to see you too. Come reconnect with familiar faces and help welcome our new families.
Please click the link to RSVP so we have enough ice cream to serve everyone.
PTSO will have the link to the membership form and sign up at the Ice Cream Social and Back to School Night.
Back to School Night - August 12
Grades 3-6 (Elementary) students and families are invited to tour the building and meet academic teachers from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Grades 7-12 (MS/HS) students and families are invited to tour the building from 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
PTSO Uniform Resale from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m.
Looking forward to seeing everyone there!
Digital Event Calendar for Grades 6-12
For just $3.00, you can import the calendar into your Google Suite!
OR - We will have a PDF version if you prefer a paper version (which you will be able to print out).
We will sell the calendar on Back to School Night on August 12.
Please bring cash. At that time, we will take your email address and send the link!
OR - If you would like to pay online, please click here:
There will be a $1.00 convenience fee included in the cost of the calendar.
Clayton After School Program Housed at Texas School of the Arts
Withdrawing will give you the paperwork that you need to enroll your student in a new school and will give another student on our waitlist an opportunity to join us.
We wish your student all the best in his or her new adventure and thank you dearly for allowing us to serve your student while they were here. It is our greatest honor.
Elementary Fine Arts Schedule
Parent Input Survey: Please Respond
The American Rescue Plan (ARP) Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief Fund (ESSER III) will provide approximately $316,349 to the Fort Worth Academy of Fine Arts over the next three years. In order to access the funds, FWAFA must submit a plan for use of the funds to the Texas Education Agency with our grant application.
The Fort Worth Academy of Fine Arts is seeking input from stakeholders as we develop our plan. Your feedback and input are incredibly valuable and will help inform our plan.
Responses to this survey will be reviewed for inclusion into FWAFA’s ESSER III plan.
Coming Soon: Student Choreography Concert
FWAFA’s annual Student Choreography Concert will be performed and filmed onstage in the FWAFA auditorium in September of 2021.
Student Directors and Faculty Sponsors will film and edit these student-choreographed works for a world premiere online release on Friday, September 24!
This concert will be available to view online by donation/pay-what-you-can for a limited time.
We are so excited to share this student-produced concert with friends, family, and audience members watching from anywhere through this online format.
Dancers and Choreographers that would like to take part in this concert will need to audition their works.
Please see audition details at the link below:
Help raise funds for our school. When a shopper makes purchases at smile.amazon.com with Texas Center for Arts+ Academics selected as their chosen charity, we raise money for our students.
Federal Grant Application Notice of Intent to Apply
Public Notice of Intent to Apply
Fort Worth Academy of Fine Arts intends to apply for federal grant funding for the 2021-2022 school year for the following grant programs:
● Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA)
● Individuals with Disabilities Act (IDEA)
● 2020-2023 ARP ESSER III Federal Grant Application
● 2020-2022 CRRSA ESSER II Federal Grant Application
FWAFA may apply for additional federal funding opportunities as they become available. If you have questions regarding this Public Notice of Intent to Apply please contact Anika Perkins at email@example.com
Free and Reduced Lunch Program Suspended for 2021-2022 School Year
Mark Your Calendar!
Tuesday, August 10 - PTSO Ice Cream Social
Thursday, August 12 - Back to School Night (Elementary at 5:30 p.m.; Secondary at 7:00 p.m.); PTSO Uniform Resale from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m.
Monday, August 16 - First Day of School; Doors open at 7:20 a.m. Dismissal for 3rd and 4th grade is at 3:30 p.m. Dismissal for grades 5-12 is 3:45 p.m.
Monday, August 23 - Howdy Week Starts
Wednesday, August 25 - Student Choreography Concert & Senior Solo Exhibition Auditions
Thursday, August 26 - Meet the Teacher Night