Eagles' Landing

Fort Myers Christian School - May 17, 2023

A Year of Transformation

Our theme verse this year was Romans 12:2.

"Don’t be conformed to the patterns of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your minds so that you can figure out what God’s will is — what is good and pleasing and mature."

As we finish this year we have seen your students transform into what God would want them to be. We are so proud of our students and we are so thankful to our families for all their support.

Praying that you have a safe and relaxing summer.

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Important Dates


17-18 8th Grade School Exams

18 Elementary Classroom Awards 8:30 AM

Elementary Awards 9:00 First Assembly Auditorium

5th Grade Celebration,11:00AM Elementary Chapel

19 8th Grade Graduation. 6:00 PM Auditorium

Last Day for 8th Grade

Last day of VPK

22-23 6th & 7th Grade Exams

24 Half Day/Last Day

MS Awards 10:00 AM First Assembly Auditorium


24 - Used Uniform Sale 8:00-12:00


29 - Used Uniform Sale 8:00-12:00

Changes in Teaching Staff For Next Year

Introducing our new Spanish teacher, Mrs. Savanah Jenkins.

She is excited to join us and will be teaching Elementary

and Middle School Spanish. She is a very experienced Spanish

teacher with a love for her subject matter. She also has

a background in Theater.

Ms. Leslie Earp

We are very excited to have our very own Ms. Earp join Pastor Jay as Associale Children's Pastor in the First Assembly Children's Department. We are sad to lose her, but we are happy for her new position. Ms. Earp will continue to support FMCS during chapels and in other ways. We will continue to see her in our halls.

Mrs. Stephanie Melesko

Mrs. Melesko will be teaching 2nd grade next year. She is an experienced 2nd grade teacher and is so happy to be teaching at FMCS next year. She and her husband have three children, two of which will be attending FMCS.

Ms. Bethany Smith

Ms. Smith will be leaving us this year. She is a very talented musician as well as a teacher. She is exploring God's plan for her in this coming year. We are very excited to see what God has in store for her. We have loved her sweet smile and her love for music. She will be missed.

Mrs. Charlotte Musser

Mrs. Musser will be joining our music department. Mrs. Musser taught private voice and piano for 30 years. She taught in public and private schools for 15 years, including 5 years at FMCS in the late 90's. We are excited to have her back in this position again!

Ms. Lindy Bennett

Ms. Lindy Bennett will be joining our music department.

She has been teaching violin, fiddling, and Suzuki violin

students for 16 years. She holds a BM from DePauw

University and a MM from Belmont University

and is an SAA registered Suzuki Violin teacher trained

by Susan Kempter and Martha Shackford.

Lindy is a mother of two daughters who keep

her laughing and in their spare time enjoy

performing as a violin trio together.

Ms. Jay Shrader

Ms. Shrader has been our Librarian and our Middle School Librarian. She has served FMCS faithfully for 36 years. She is excited to be moving to Nebraska where she will be a Media Specialist at a school library. We are excited for her new adventure that God is taking her on.

Mrs. Brooke Newman

Mrs. Brooke Newman will be taking the position of librarian next year. Mrs. Newman has been our part time floater and assessment coordinator. She is an experienced teacher and is excited about taking on this new responsibility of librarian.

Mrs. Cindy Gore

Mrs. Cindy Gore, who has taught our Language Arts in the Middle School, will be moving on to another teaching position. We are excited for her in this new adventure that God has for her. We wish her well!

Mrs. Abby Barkman

Mrs. Abby Barkman will be teaching Middle School Language Arts next year. Mrs. Barkman led our musical, Madagascar, this year. She is very excited to be making this move to work with our middle school students. She is a very experienced teacher and will be sharing her love for worship music in MS chapel as well.

Mrs. Dawn Ward

Mrs. Dawn Ward is excited to be moving to teach Middle School History. She has a great love for History and making it come alive in her classroom. We are happy to have her bring her wonderful experience and share it in the Middle School.

Mr. Jeff Kology

Mr. Jeff Kology will be staying with us in our elective classes. He will be teaching Eclectic Drumming and Game Strategy during the 8th period to our 7th and 8th grade students. We so appreciate his willingness to step in as our long term sub in History this year.

Mrs. Janae Winningham

We are excited to bring on Coach JJ as our new PE teacher. She is an experienced PE teacher that truly loves working with her students, teaching the skills and the love of athletics. She will be coaching as well as teaching. She will be bringing her two sons that will be in Kindergarten and First grade.

Ms. Brittany Grannis

Coach Grannis will be staying with us and concentrating more on her responsibility of Athletic Director. As we move up in our Conference this year she will be working to help us maneuver through this new and exciting goal. In addition, she will be coaching a few sports as well as teaching technology in the elementary.

Final Chapel of the 2022-23 Year

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Students of the Month - Self Control

Final Dress Down Day

The last day of school, Wednesday, May 24th, is a Dress Down Day! It is also a half day of school. We pray that you have a great last week and wonderful summer!

School Uniforms - Order on our School Web Page

The new uniform company is available on our website. FMCS school code is S3072. Orders will be placed using the link on the website, and the uniform clothing options will be delivered to your home.

Our uniform dress code policy will not be changing with the exception of adding the color grey. This means that the current uniforms that you have will be appropriate for next year.

Our uniform size samples have shipped and will be here any day. If you are unsure of sizing for your child/children, uniforms will be available for them to try on to confirm sizing here at the school in the next week or so.

Used Uniform Sale this Summer

A box was placed outside the front door of FMCS to begin collecting uniforms that your students may have outgrown. We have a parent who will collect all the uniforms and wash them to prepare for a uniform sale on

June 24th 8:00-12:00

July 29th 8:00 - 12:00

Put those dates on your calendar!

Yearbooks are a Hit!

A Big Thank You to Our Yearbook Staff!

Coaches needed for 2023-24

FMCS is looking for a boys head basketball coach, a girls soccer assistant coach, and a boys soccer assistant coach for next year!

The boys soccer season will run from August to October.

The boys basketball season will run from November-February.

The girls soccer season will run from February to April.

All positions are paid positions. Applicants will be required to attend an interview and approval process through administration. If you or anyone you know may be interested, please contact me at bgrannis@fmcs-fl.com.

We are changing conferences next year. This will be a welcome challenge for our students!

Brittany Grannis | Physical Education Teacher & Athletic Director Fort Myers Christian School

8th Grade Exams - 1/2 Days

May 17 & 18 = 8th Grade students will be taking their final exams at FMCS.

May 17 = Language Arts @ 8:30 & Science @ 10:30

May 18 = Math @ 8:30 & Social Studies @ 10:30

There will be a 30 minute break between tests each day at 10:00.

May 17 & 18 will be half days for our 8th Grade students.

8th Grade Graduation- May 19

Congratulations to our 8th Grade students and to their parents. The big day is just around the corner. Please have your child in the green room behind the auditorium by 5:45 on May 19. The doors to First Assembly Auditorium will open at 5:30. Please remember that the students will be wearing blue graduation gowns and they will be wearing graduation caps as well. It is important that their hair is flat on top.

There will be a celebratory reception in the Middle School Cafeteria afterwards. Your grads will be walked to the reception, where you will join them for pictures and fellowship.

We're looking forward to celebrating with you. Special thanks to the 7th Grade parents that have worked hard to make this a memorable event for you!

8th Grade Graduation Day Schedule

May 19 is graduation day for our 8th grade students. We will be practicing for graduation in the morning. The students will have a special devotional time with Pastor Mike.

Around 11:30 we will be taking all the 8th Grade students to Dave & Busters for lunch and games. We will return around 2:30. The students can be picked up at school around 2:30 to 3:00.

We are looking forward to some fun with our 8th grade students!

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Kindergarten Promotion 2023 is a Success!

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Congratulations Enzo DeCicco

Congratulations Enzo!

Once again, Enzo DeCicco a FMCS 4th grader, has shattered his AR book reading score record. This year Enzo scored more than 1693 Accelerated Reading points in 2022-23. Enzo's class is celebrating his achievement on Friday, May 19 @ 2:00. To put this accomplishment in perspective, at FMCS the next closest student has 242 points, which is quite an accomplishment! We are proud of Enzo and his reading success!

Fort Myers Christian School Parent Satisfaction Survey 22-23 Results Summary

We are grateful for every parent partner who took the time and effort to share their personal experiences as an FMCS family through participation in our recent 22-23 Parent Satisfaction Survey. Your thoughts, feedback, concerns, criticisms and praises were individually read, recorded, and considered. These results will be presented to our School Board in a formal report and will also be utilized in planning and implementing FMCS’ Continuous School Improvement Plan (CSIP), in partnership with our accreditation through the Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI.) Below is a brief summary of our survey findings.

The FMCS Parent Satisfaction Survey was sent to 224 parent respondents (every parent in our school.) The survey contained 29 questions relating to quality and satisfaction of FMCS’ educational programs, curriculum, fine arts, athletics, lunch, aftercare, health, safety and security, student involvement, events, facilities and equipment, spiritual growth, diversity, communication, and faculty and staff. Respondents answered questions ranging in level of satisfaction (very satisfied; satisfied; neither satisfied nor dissatisfied; dissatisfied; very dissatisfied); level of agreement (strongly agree; agree; neither agree nor disagree; disagree; strongly disagree); and short answer.


82 parents completed the survey, which represents opinions and feedback of approximately 36% of our parent partners.

Non short-answer selections (22 questions):

Respondents answered in the majority positive, meaning 78% of respondents, on average, selected “Very Satisfied, Satisfied, Strongly Agree, or Agree” when responding to all selections.

On average, only 6% of respondents selected “Very dissatisfied, dissatisfied, strongly disagree or disagree” to selections.

Only one question on the survey received no disagree or strongly disagree sentiments as a response from ALL 82 respondents. Respondents to this statement emphatically agreed:

“FMCS has spiritual foundation and biblical integration in all they say and do.”

Greatest areas of concern/need for growth, as expressed through a response of dissatisfaction, included:

1. our school’s lunch program (12%)

2. communication of school’s approach to discipline (14%)

3. developmentally appropriate curriculum (9%)

4. time spent on homework (13%)

5. quality of athletic programming (14%)

Areas of highest achievement and parent satisfaction included:

1. skilled teachers (89%)

2. open communication and positive relationships with teachers (91%)

3. comfort in communicating student problems or concerns to teachers (87%)

4. teacher responsiveness to messages (89%)

5. spiritual foundation and biblical integration at FMCS (96%)

Questions that received the highest number of neutral responses, “Neither satisfied or dissatisfied, Neither Agree or Disagree” included

1. satisfaction with the school lunch program (46%)

2. fine arts offerings (16%)

3. quality of athletics (21%)

4. satisfaction with aftercare program (36%)

These answers are likely a reflection of the respondents lack of opinion of these areas due to infrequent or non-use of programs. Overall, 85% of respondents are satisfied or very satisfied with the overall quality of Fort Myers Christian School.

Short-answer selections (8 questions)

Respondents overwhelmingly discussed highest satisfaction of FMCS in primary areas of

1. Christian faith and values

2. faith integration; spiritual foundation and biblical principles

3. smaller class sizes

4. family atmosphere

5. quality of teachers

6. relationship to teachers and staff

Parents also shared about ways their child has been positively impacted through faith integration; and their favorite FMCS events of the school year. A large majority of respondents positively commented on the addition of the spring musical as well as the school Christmas concert.

Areas that respondents would like to see prioritized by school leadership predominately made mention of improvement of:

1. safety and security measures on campus

2. lunch program

3. aftercare

4. extracurricular offerings

4. athletics

5. foreign language offering

6. increasing sibling discounts and scholarship availability

Feedback was also provided on improvement of the family’s experience at FMCS. Ideas included technology training for new families in Seesaw and FACTS; streamlining communication; addition of tutoring services; and implementing regular family nights for social integration.

Thank you to all of you that took the time to fill out the survey. We taking this information and we are making changes to improve FMCS. More information about these changes will be in the next newsletters over the summer.

Pre K Water Playing to Learn Day

FAOG Kid's Church Summer Activity Opportunities

Many parents are beginning preparations for summer activies. Listed below are dates of Kid's Church activities that are available to sign up for. Contact Stephanie Garner at SGardner@famfm.com or call the church office for more information or to register your child (239) 936-6277 Ext. 303.

  1. Jumpin' June --June 12-16
  2. Sports Week -- June 26-30
  3. Kid's Camp --July 10-14
  4. Jammin' July -- July 24-28

Now Enrolling ALL Students for 2023-24

Attention current FMCS families who have a new student looking to begin school at FMCS for the 23-24 school year! If you plan to enroll a sibling of a current enrolled student, don’t forget to complete an admissions application TODAY to secure your enrollment at FMCS for the 23-24 school year! All current FMCS families will receive priority admissions for their new incoming students, but will be required to submit a new application and complete the admissions/enrollment process to secure a seat. Classes are filling—hurry before your student’s class is full for next school year! Any questions related to admissions and enrollment, please contact our Director of Recruitment, Rachel Anderson, at randerson@fmcs-fl.com .

ACSI Accreditation

FMCS is currently conditionally accredited through ACSI, Association of Christian School International.

"Accreditation with ACSI engages schools in a vigorous, holistic process of organizational appraisal and improvement that engages every school constituent. Our program is a highly regarded Christian program for member schools. We have partnerships with all of the U.S. regional accreditation agencies and offer joint accreditation with numerous accrediting organizations. Every step in our accreditation process is designed to be useful for driving improvement in private schools so they can truly flourish. If you are striving for excellence based on a solid Christian philosophy of education, consider exploring our program."

Our accreditation visit is scheduled for October 22-25. Please be praying for our school as we prepare for this important visit.