From the Principal's Desk

May 17, 2021

Greetings FWAFA Family,


Just want to thank everyone for a great Asynchronous Week last week. We are definitely on the back side of the testing season with only a few more testing days left this school year. I missed seeing the students in the building and am glad that we are back to normal schedule this week.


The biggest items for your radar this week are:


1.) The school supply list is attached to the JupiterEd email with this newsletter and more information about this TBC fundraiser is below;


2.) Summer reading assignments are ready. They were also attached to the JupiterEd email, more information is below and teachers will be discussing the assignments in class;


3.) We are gearing up for our At-Home Learners to drop off their device and instructional materials next week. See details below.


What a school year this has been! I'm excited to have the kids back in the building this week and have a strong finish to the 2020-2021 school year - just 8 1/2 days! Thank you to everyone for your resilience and grace this year!


If you have any questions, don't hesitate to reach out by email or call the school. We are happy to help.


Creatively yours,


Dr. Jackson

Remaining Test Days

6th Grade

CHANGE - Monday, May 24 - STAAR 6th grade Reading (on computer at school)


8th Grade

CHANGE - Monday, May 17 - STAAR 8th grade Social Studies (on computer at school)

Tuesday, May 18 - STAAR 8th grade Science (on computer at school)

Thursday, May 20 - STAAR 8th grade Reading (on computer at school)

Friday, May 21 - STAAR 8th grade Math (on computer at school) - This includes 7th graders who are in accelerated math - PreAlgebra


High School End-of-Course Assessments

Wednesday, May 19 - Biology (date change) and U.S. History (on computer at school)

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Summer Reading!

Be sure to check out the Summer Reading assignments Click here. Teachers will be discussing the summer reading assignments in class this week as well. Check it out!
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Awards Assemblies Next Week Via Zoom

Although it's been a different kind of year with some bumps on our path, we have so much to celebrate when it comes to our extraordinary students. Please join us for Awards Assemblies next week via Zoom at 6:00 p.m. They are as follows:


Monday, May 17 - High School Awards Assembly

Tuesday, May 18 - Middle School Awards Assembly

Wednesday, May 19 - Elementary School Awards Assembly


Here is the Zoom link information: Join from PC, Mac, iOS or Android: https://esc11.zoom.us/j/6412291042

Or join by phone:

+1 415 417 2000 or +1 415 651 5000 US Toll

Meeting ID: 641 229 1042


We will be recognizing the following awards: Principal Straight A Award (1st-5th six weeks all straight As - 90 or above in all classes all 5 six weeks), Perfect Attendance (perfect attendance with tardies), Perfect Perfect Attendance (perfect attendance with no tardies), Community Service Award (20 hours of community service submitted to Ms. Warner by Wednesday, May 12), FWAFA STAR Award (Highest Honor - 2 outstanding students per grade level). Each teacher also recognizes the most outstanding academic and fine arts achievement per section.


It promises to be a wonderful evening of celebration. If your student earned an award, you will be contacted through JupiterEd by Friday end-of-day. Please join us to give these students a big round of applause.

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School-Issued Device Return

It's time to return school-issued devices at our Device Pickup Events.


Senior devices will be turned in after 2:00 p.m. on May 17. Mr. Mendez and Ms. VanDyck will let seniors know the details.


In-School students' device pickup and return will be on May 20 during the school day. Mr. Mendez will send more details.


At-Home students' device pickup and return will be on Sunday, May 23, from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. and Monday, May 24, from 4:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Both events will take place in the back of the school near the vending machine entrance. See the map attached to the JupiterEd email.

Summer Intern Volunteers Needed


Ms. Ferraro is seeking energetic, passionate, and talented high school students to volunteer as Student Interns for this year’s Creative Arts Summer Camps. The camps will be held in-person on both the FWAFA & TeSA campus and all COVID safety measures used during the school year will continue to remain in place. This is a great opportunity to earn a large amount of volunteer hours in a short period of time and/or have a fun experience that will look great on college applications and resumes. Please read through the details below and email Ms. Ferraro with where she can sign you up!


Name of Camp: Creative Arts Camp

Ages Attending Camp: 3-12

Arts Explored at Camp: Dance, music, theatre, visual art

Dates/Location of June Session: June 21-25 @ TeSA (8:30am-4:30pm each day)

Dates/Location of July Session: July 12-16 @ FWAFA (8:30am-4:30pm each day)


Student Intern Spots

Dance Intern

Theatre Intern

Music Intern

Visual Art Intern

Interns (2) for: 3-4 year olds

Intern for: 5-6 year olds

Intern for: 7-8 year olds

Intern for: 9-10 year olds

Intern for: 11-12 year olds


How to Sign Up

- Send email to Ms. Ferraro (sheyna.ferraro@artsacademics.org)

- List if you would like to volunteer for the June or July Session (or both)

- List your top 3 Intern Spot options (art area or age range/see list above)


Deadline to Sign Up

- Please sign up by May 14th @ 5pm

- Volunteer spots will be assigned on a first come first serve basis so the earlier you email the better chance you have of getting your 1st or 2nd choice volunteer spot.

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It’s time to order your school supplies for this fall! To make school supply shopping easy, our Texas Boys Choir has teamed up with a bulk supply company to purchase school supply packs for next school year. Order forms are on their way home with your in-person students and are also available to download/print online and return to the school.


Please visit https://fwafaschoolsupplies.godaddysites.com/ for more information. Supply packs include all supplies needed for elementary (grades 3-6) academics and fine arts classes, with the exception of dance & PE clothes/bag and the FWAFA planner, which will be available for purchase this summer.


Pre-ordered supplies will be delivered to the school before Back-to-School Night in August. Get your order in quickly so you don’t miss out on this great opportunity to save some time and support the Texas Boys Choir!

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Yearbooks On Sale Now!

1. Go to this direct link https://www.balfour.com/texas/fort-worth/fort-worth-academy-of-fine-arts

to order your yearbook. They are only available to purchase online.


2. Order quickly! We sell out every year!


3. They will be full color - 144 pages and $58.00. The yearbook will cover elementary, middle, and high school performances and events!


4. There will be options to order extra autograph pages, a protective cover, and a yearzine.


5. Due to COVID and in order to have enough content, we pushed back the yearbook distribution to late summer. The exact date that they will be passed out has not been determined yet, but I will keep everyone posted. We know it's not as much fun to get them after school is over, but please don't let that get in the way of ordering a book. This will be a year to remember! We worked really hard to get this book done during this crazy time!


6. Normally everything that happens after spring break isn’t included. This year, Ms. Wiggins will get to include many things that are happening after spring break which is very exciting!


7. THIS IS THE FIRST TIME THEY ARE GOING ON SALE! They were not available to purchase at the first of the year.

If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to email Ryan Wiggins - Yearbook Advisor.

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May is Mental Health Month!

In celebration of Mental Health Month in May, our amazing Elementary Counselor Ms. Chrystal Sisk is providing you with an activity calendar that promotes mental wellness that you can do with your family. Here's the link. Check it out!
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Project Celebration Class of 2021 - Donations Needed!

The Project Celebration Committee is in high gear planning a one-of-a-kind event for the Class of 2021. You can support their efforts by donating today! Here's the link to their Amazon wish list. It includes a WIDE variety of gifts from flair pens and school supplies all the way to a Mac Book Air. And, here's a link to their Sign Up Genius with other items to donate.

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We know how much you love your arts classes during the school year, and hope you will keep up the fun this summer as well! We are offering camps in Dance, Music, Theatre, and Visual Art for ages 3-18.


More Details:

· Open to the public

· 9am - 4pm

· Monday - Friday

· Before & after care available

· In-person & online options

· Classes taught by degreed instructors

· End-of-week showcase for all students

· We offer multi-week and sibling discounts


Register Now: https://www.artsacademics.org/summer/

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Mark Your Calendar!

Monday, May 17 - 8th grade STAAR Social Studies (on computer), Senior Check Out Day; Senior Art Show Opens; High School Awards Assembly via Zoom at 6:00 p.m.


Tuesday, May 18 - grade 8 Science STAAR (on computer); Senior Skip Day; Middle School Awards Assembly via Zoom at 6:00 p.m.


Wednesday, May 19 - Biology and U.S. History EOC, Senior Staycation, Elementary Awards Assembly via Zoom at 6:00 p.m.


Thursday, May 20 - grade 8 Reading STAAR (on computer); In-School Student Device Return, Senior Staycation


Friday, May 21 - grade 8 Math STAAR (on computer); Senior Dinner sponsored by PTSO


Monday, May 24 - grade 6 STAAR reading (on computer); At-Home Student Device Pick-Up, Senior Showcase for invited guests at 6:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.


Tuesday, May 25 - Senior Showcase Assembly for all grade levels, Senior Showcase for invited guests at 6:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.


Wednesday, May 26 - Graduation rehearsal at 9:00 a.m., Graduation at 7:00 p.m. for invited guests at McGorman Performing Arts Center


Thursday, May 27 - Last day of school; Early Release at 12:15 p.m.

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