The EJA Times

August 26, 2022

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Our amazing volunteers have been busy planning our new and improved after school programming! Some of these will be one time events, running on a trial basis so we can determine interest. Others, like our new coding club, will be happening weekly! Look out for more details about these events coming soon.
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Coding Club Begins Next Month

We are excited to offer an online Coding Club after school with an experienced innovative expert once a week. Coding, the language of computers, will be taught to students in a very interesting and simplified manner through different projects and games! This club will be open to students in 4th-8th grade. They will stay after school on Thursdays until 4:30, under EJA staff supervision. If you are interested in your student joining, please sign up using the form below.

Online Tuition Payments

Parents, in order to make your tuition payments online, you will need to set up an account on the FACTS Tuition Management website. This is a different account from the FACTS account you used for application and enrollment. Once you create an account, you will need to set up your payment plan for the school year. Please use this link to begin the process: https://online.factsmgt.com/signin/4NXXT. Choose the payment option that works best for you. If you have any questions about the process, please contact Mr. Paul.


Paul Mwema

treasurer@ephesusjracademy.org

(804) 908-3908


For our returning families, you may use the same account from last year and make payments once your agreements have been finalized.

A Special Gift for You: RightNow Media

Have you signed up yet?? We are excited to share that our school now has unlimited access to RightNow Media—the world’s largest streaming library of video Bible study resources (it’s been called the “Netflix of video Bible studies”). This extensive library has more than 20,000 videos from leaders like Francis Chan, Jennie Allen, Matt Chandler, Dr. Tony Evans, and many more. These Bible study videos can be used as part of a class or for personal devotions, and many series include free discussion guides and handouts.


You will soon receive an email invitation for FREE access to RightNow Media. To get started, simply click the link in the email, create your free account, and start browsing more than 20,000 inspiring videos. We pray that RightNow Media will be a blessing to you, your family, and our students!

Parent Orientation Slideshow

If you missed the Parent Orientation last week, or just need a refresher, use the link below to access the slideshow. For more specific information from your child's classroom, please contact the teacher.

Update on Outdoor School for 6th-8th Graders

Update!! Outdoor School will now be open to all 6th-8th graders this year. It is scheduled for October 24-26. This is wonderful outdoor learning opportunity happening at the Mt. Aetna Retreat Center in Maryland. We would like for all of our 6th-8th graders to attend, but let us know if you have any questions or concerns. Please see the important dates below.


September 1-Forms due. Please complete ALL of the forms and turn them into Mr. Thomas.


September 30th-Money due. $150


October 24-26-Outdoor School @ Mt. Aetna Camp, Maryland

Dress Down Fridays

Reminder: We are allowing an optional dress down day on Fridays! If students would like to take a break from their regular uniforms, they can pay $1 and support the 8th grade class to wear their own clothes. Please follow our dress code for dress down days (no sleeveless, shorts/skirts below the knee, appropriate shirts).

Uniform Reminders

A reminder that uniforms are required at EJA. Please see the chart below for the uniform schedule. We have made a few changes this year. Dress uniform will only be worn on special events days (Field Trips, Spelling Bees, STEM fair, Education Sabbath, etc). If students want to wear sweaters inside the building, they need be the uniform burgundy sweaters or vests. Jackets should not be worn in the classroom. Students MUST wear the EJA approved Gym/PE Uniform on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Wearing their own gym clothes will not be allowed.


If you have any questions, or need help purchasing, please let us know. Use our direct link to order from the website: https://flynnohara.com/shop/ephesus-jr-academy-va316/. School code: VA316. You may also head over to the Flynn Ohara Uniform to purchase directly from the store, or find another store that carries the appropriate outfits/colors. Please note: The gym uniform must be purchased from Flynn O'Hara to ensure it has the EJA logo.


**If students would like to dress down (casual) on Fridays, they can pay $1 and support the 8th grade class. Please follow our dress code for dress down days (no sleeveless, shorts/skirts below the knee, appropriate shirts).

Enrollment: Please Complete

We are almost there!! A big THANK YOU to those who have already completed this process. If you have not, please complete your enrollment as soon as possible! For our new families, this is the next step after the application process. For our returning families, your information is carried over from last year, you only need to make a few updates. Please take time now to complete your student’s enrollment by completing our online process. Very Important: We will not be able to add any academic (grades, report cards, midterms, etc) or attendance records until this is finished. We ask that you please complete enrollment by Monday, August 29 to avoid any disruption to their enrollment status at our school.


To enroll into school, you will access our FACTS Family Online Portal. If you do not have a login, please follow the Instructions for Creating a Family Portal Login listed below.

To access Family Portal:

  • Please go to www.factsmgt.com

  • District Code: AEC-SDA

  • Select Parent Log In from the menu bar and FACTS Family Portal from the drop-down menu.

  • Type in your username and password. If you have forgotten your username or password, please click on the link provided.

  • After logging in, click on Apply/Enroll in the left menu.

  • Click on the Enrollment/Reenrollment link.

Christian Education Revival

Happening this weekend, August 27-31!! Join us for a weekend filled with workshops to equip and mobilize our school community for ministry and mission. This free event will be presented by Teresa Kelchner, a Champion, Advocate, and Coach whose indefatigable passion includes a myriad of professional experiences which she applies to growing Christian schools. Mrs. Kelchner has been working with our staff to grow and market EJA! This revival will be informative, transformative, and worth your time!!

Updates to School Calendar

The conference has notified us of some changes to the calendar. Please see the changes below, noted with a star. The final calendar will be available soon, the following is a selected list of dates to remember.


August 15 First Day of School

August 18 Virtual Back to School Night/Parent Orientation

Sept. 5 Labor Day-No School

Nov. 21-25 Thanksgiving Break

Dec. 19-Jan. 2 Winter Break*

April 7-April 14 Spring Break

May 30 Last Day of School*

Rams on the Move

Our EJA students, AKA Rams, are always on the move!! In this section, we highlight some of our favorite moments from the week. You can also check out Class Dojo or like us on Facebook for more memorable moments.

Upcoming Events

August 27-31

Christian Education Revival Weekend @ Ephesus SDA Church


September 1

Outdoor School Forms Due


September 14

12:30 Dismissal

Interim Parent Teacher Conferences (Virtual)


September 19-23

Fall MAP Testing (Achievement Test)


September 30

Virtual Asynchronous Learning Day

Outdoor School Money Due

About Us

Office Hours:

8:00am – 3:30 pm

Monday-Thursday


8:00am-1:30 pm Friday


*You may call during these times, but if you need to meet with us, please make an appointment first