Fulton Science Academy

WEEK OF september 28, 2015

Dear FSA Students, Faculty and Parents,

We would like to congratulate all students who have taken the initiative to run for this year's student council. Students voted today for their council representatives following an exciting week of campaigning culminating in some very well presented campaign speeches. The results will be announced tomorrow and the students with most votes will serve for the 2015-2016 school year.


Good news! We have been working on a new school website for about two months now and it is almost ready. We hope to launch it in about 10 days. Coming soon :)


Each FSA family should be receiving daily FSAConnect e-mails at about 5:30pm each day. If you somehow are not receiving this e-mail, please let Mr. Turan know at nturan@fultonscienceacademy.org so that he can add your e-mail address to the daily FSAConnect e-mails.


Please plan arriving school latest at 7:55am so that your child have some time to prepare for the 1st period. Being successful at school starts with arriving on time to school. Research all over the world shows that students who arrive school late are disadvantaged against other students in the school. This does not only reduce their chances of success but also disrupts their classmates as they interrupt the class at the beginning of school day. Let’s do our best to arrive school on time. This is vital for the success of all of our students.


September 30- Deadline for 15% Year Book discount

October 2-4- Elementary Robotics Camp

October 3-4- Atlanta Maker Faire

October 15- Art Barn Field Trip for Pre-K and Kindergarten

October 23-24- Middle School Science Olympiad Lock In 4:30 pm-12:00 noon

October 26-30 -Red Ribbon Week


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Pre-K and Kindergarten Grade Art Barn Field Trip

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FSAPS Pre-K and Kindergarten students will be heading to see Farmer Sue and her fabulous Art Barn on Thursday, October 15th. All the kids will go on a hayride, go on a Pumpkin Run to catch a pumpkin, have a picnic lunch, and create a painting in the Art Barn! However, the BEST part about visiting the Art Barn is learning about and interacting with all of the rescued animals on the farm. From baby chicks to donkeys, this farm has friendly animals in all shapes and sizes! Check out the Art Barn’s website at http://www.theartbarn.com

Information and permission forms will home this Thursday to all Pre-K and Kindergarten families. The permission form and $20 payment to go on this trip will be due to your homeroom teacher by Monday, October 12th. Questions or desire to be a chaperone? Please contact Ms. Ashley Fichter at afichter@fultonscienceacademy.org

AWA (Anime Weekend Atlanta) Field Trip was Fun for Everyone!

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This past Saturday, FSAPS students interested in Anime traveled to the AWA convention in Atlanta. Students and chaperones participated in workshops, selected to attend various panel presentations of interest, and watched shows where artists used Anime as a springboard for dramatic, visual, and/or musical interpretation.

Some of the favorites were “Anime Blinded Me with Science” where we learned that some sci-fi anime gets the science more correct than we think, “Shakespeare as told by Anime” where actors dressed as Anime characters reenacted famous Shakespeare scenes, and the ever-popular panel “Japanese Confectionary Corner” where panelists covered the cultural history and importance of sweets as well as how to prepare some of the more popular desserts! We are already pumped for next year’s AWA convention. Only 362 more days to go…

Our new look for Fall

Thank you Mr. and Mrs. Stevens and Mrs. Sukkert:)
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Flags Representing FSA Families Around the World

When you get a chance, please visit our cafeteria and see the flags representing our FSA families.
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FSA Students Help Clean Local Streams, Trails

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Fulton Science Academy students had fun “playing” in the mud and rain on September 26 at the annual Rivers Alive clean-up event. FSA students, FSA National Junior Honor Society club, teachers and family members picked up a lot of trash along the Riverside Park trails and removed a record amount of Chinese Privet from the wetlands by the Chattahoochee Nature Center. The middle school students learned about Chinese Privet, an invasive plant species in the wetlands of Chattahoochee Nature Center. Students and their families pulled, dug, and trimmed the privet in the mud and rain...and students had so much fun, they asked if we could help out every Saturday!

Fulton Science Academy was also awarded the Wet & Wild Award for the most privet removed! Thanks to everyone that participated which included over 30 students who earned 3 Volunteer hours each!

A big THANK YOU goes to one of our wonderful FSA parents, Mrs. Tamara Stevens for organizing this event.

What is Rivers Alive?

Rivers Alive is Georgia’s annual volunteer waterway cleanup event that targets all waterways in the State including streams, rivers, lakes, beaches, and wetlands. The mission of Rivers Alive is to create awareness of and involvement in the preservation of Georgia’s water resources. Rivers Alive is held annually each fall and is a program of the Georgia Environmental Protection Division.

Thank you to all who braved the rain and participated in this community outreach event representing FSA in such a positive way!


8th Grade Spanish Class had a lot of fun during this past week. Carla de Malezieux, one of our FSAPS students, was our first Spanish class guest. She shared her experiences about living in Spain, provided us with a lot of geographic facts about this country, and moments of her life. The twenty minutes she stayed with us, we all spoke in Spanish. Students used their communication skills in the foreign language to ask and express their ideas with the rest of the group and guest. Personally, seeing the students eager to participate and use Spanish every time with less and less difficulty is my biggest reward.

Awesome job guys!!!! Sra. Carmona

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Middle School Science Olympiad Team Gears Up for Competition

Middle School Science Olympiad Team members are busily preparing for their first competition with many exciting activities. Last weekend, Disease Detective students, led by parent coaches Mrs. Bhatt and Ms. Chirumamilla, traveled to the Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta to visit the CDC museum. In addition to learning about epidemiology, a highlight of the trip was the opportunity to dress in hazmat suits! Students in Mrs. Walsh’s Elastic Launch Glider class are learning the finer details in constructing, launching, and flying balsa gliders. Mr. Parlak’s students are designing, constructing, and testing various bridge designs to determine the lightest bridge that can carry the heaviest load.

Next month, students will have additional opportunities to study and make FSA history as they hold the first ever lock-in on the new campus. It will be nearly 20 hours of non-stop science! Students will break bridges, fly gliders, launch bottle rockets, conduct food experiments, watch movies, and stargaze! It all begins on Friday, October 23 at 4:30 and runs through Saturday, October 24 at noon. Cost of the lock-in is $25. Permission forms are available from Mrs. Walsh or Mrs. Stathos and are due by Monday, October 20.

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Atlanta Maker Faire- extra credit opportunity for students

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Maker Faire is the Greatest Show (and Tell) on Earth—a family-friendly showcase of invention, creativity and resourcefulness, and a celebration of the Maker Movement. It’s a place where people show what they are making, and share what they are learning.

Makers range from tech enthusiasts to crafters to homesteaders to scientists to garage tinkerers. They are of all ages and backgrounds. The aim of Maker Faire is to entertain, inform, connect and grow this community.

The original Maker Faire event was held in San Mateo, CA and in 2015 celebrated its tenth annual show with some 1100+ makers and 145,000 people in attendance. World Maker Faire New York, the other flagship event, has grown in four years to 600+ makers and 80,000 attendees. Detroit, Kansas City, Atlanta, Milwaukee, Orlando, Pittsburgh, San Diego, Silver Spring, Ottawa, Lisbon, Paris, Rome, Berlin, Newcastle, Hannover, Oslo, Trondheim, Seoul, Singapore, Taipei, Tokyo, and Shenzhen are the home of larger-scale, “featured” Maker Faires. In addition, over 120 community-driven, independently organized Mini Maker Faires are now being produced around the United States and the world—including right here in Atlanta. Maker Faire is supported by Make: magazine and Maker Media.

Tickets are free and are available now!

Maker Faire Atlanta 2015 will be taking place over the weekend of October 3 and 4. On Saturday, October 3, the Faire will be open from 10am to 5pm. On Sunday October 4, we will be open from 12pm to 5pm

Maker Faire Atlanta 2015 will be taking place in Downtown Decatur this year! We are finalizing our footprint, so check back for more information here: http://makerfaireatl.com

PVO Meet and Greet

The PVO held its first "Meet and Greet" of the school year in the Media Center. Existing and New parents enjoyed coffee and donuts in an informative and relaxed setting. Parents asked questions and discussed topics such as homework, club participation, FSAConnect, lunchtime help, Appogee Scholarships and uniforms. If you were not able to attend this session another will be held in the Media Center at a date to be announced shortly.

Year Book Update

Last chance to get a discount on your purchase of the yearbook! 15% off if purchased by September 30th!

To purchase and CUSTOMIZE your yearbook, go to: www.TreeRing.com/validate and enter the FSAPS passcode: 1013541294622699

Even if you do not plan to purchase a yearbook this year, please create an account. You may use the same account every year, and you will be able to share photos online within the FSAPS family (and help contribute pictures to the yearbook!).

If you already have an account, please make sure that it is linked up with this year's yearbook!

We're really excited about this year's Fulton Science Academy Private School yearbook. Why? Because you can add your own photos and memories to your personalized copy. All you have to do is create a free account with TreeRing.

TreeRing is a yearbook publisher that is focused on helping students and parents preserve their memories as much as it's focused on helping schools preserve their history. So, the yearbooks have a more personal touch.

Your book includes two, free pages for you to personalize with your own photos and memories. (The personal pages are totally optional, so if you just want the more traditional yearbook, that's okay, too.)

If you are going to use the personal pages, please have them done by April 4, 2016, so your book includes them.

Fulton Science Academy Private School Yearbook Team

Red Ribbon Week

Red Ribbon Week®, the oldest and largest drug prevention campaign in the nation, is your opportunity to get the ongoing conversation started. This year’s theme is

Respect Yourself. Be Drug Free.® We will be having activities during this week to remind, educate, and ecourage our students that being healthy and drug free will help them reach their goals. There will be contests and special clothing days for the kids to enjoy. We will also have the school decked out to show our support and commitment to the Red Ribbon Campaign. We will be celebrating Red Ribbon Week on October 26-30. More information is coming in October.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me at skersey22@gmail.com

Shelley Kersey, PVO Secretary


How can you schedule a home visit?

Very simple. Please send an e-mail to our home visit coordinator, Mrs. Unal at junal@fultonscienceacademy.org and give us three available dates for your child's home visit program. We will get back to you and confirm a date. Depending on our teacher’s availability, at least two teachers will be together to visit our students and parents at their homes.

For any questions you have about this program, send an e-mail to junal@fultonscienceacademy.org. The best times to schedule a home visit are weekdays after 5:00 pm, and anytime during the weekends except Sunday mornings.

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Mrs. James Scientists

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This week Kindergarten learned a lot about how to be good scientists! We went on a nature walk and observed objects with our five senses and hand lenses. We also celebrated Johnny Apple Seed Day!

Johnny Appleseed Day with Ms. Selstad

This morning we started Johnny Appleseed Day off with making our applesauce which mostly became caramelized apples which the students approved! We read a tall tale story about Johnny Appleseed,and the students did some writing activities. We tasted 3 different kinds of apples and voted for the one we liked best. We finally got to taste our applesauce and the students recorded data as to who likes applesauce and who does not.
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Ms.Whitlock's Weekly Update

First grade had a great time celebrating Johnny Appleseed Day on Friday! Mrs. Whitlock's class made applesauce, had a taste test, and did lots of apple themed activities. Our math class also also had an apple themed measuring activity!

Ms. Przedpelski's 2nd Grade Update

Johnny Appleseed Day Fun in 2nd Grade!

This week Second Grade was full of excitement. We had a productive week when it comes to our academic studies, and we ended the week with a very fun Friday afternoon celebrating Johnny Appleseed Day. Students learned about this American Folk Hero by moving to a variety of centers on Friday afternoon. The second grade classes read a story about him as a whole group, students completed a reading comprehension activity, solved a crossword puzzle about facts from Johnny Appleseed's life, and created graphs and equations using apples to measure our heights. We ended the day with some very fun apple relay races. It was a special way to end the week! :)

A Fun Week in 2nd Grade with Ms. Minor

We are officially in the first few days of Fall and 2nd grade is SO excited!

We had a productive week when it comes to our academic studies, and we ended the week with a very fun Friday afternoon celebrating Johnny Appleseed Day. Students learned about this American Folk Hero by moving to a variety of centers on Friday afternoon. We read a story about him as a whole group, students completed a reading comprehension activity, solved a crossword puzzle about facts from Johnny Appleseed's life, and created graphs and equations using apples to measure our heights. We ended the day with some very fun apple relay races with Ms. P's class. It was a special way to end the week! :)


We are learning through hands on experience. Working with groups and partners we have created some exciting new models, both experienced members and novices working together.

Public Speaking Club

Public Speaking Club analyzed and evaluated speeches like President Obama's inaugural speech. After analyzing the rhetoric and the delivery of the speech, students began writing a narrative speech about a personal hero. Next week, students will perform their speeches for the first time.


Private Music Lesson Program

This Fulton Science Academy student has been practicing a piano piece based on the melody from Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony “Ode to Joy”. A symphony is a piece written for orchestra. This is one of the most played symphonies in the world, one of Beethoven’s most famous works and his final complete symphony. Beethoven was almost completely deaf when he composed this masterwork. In the final movement, a chorus sings the words from a poem by Friedrich Schiller.

Click on the link to hear this choral movement of: Beethoven's 9th Symphony, Ode to Joy

For more information regarding the Private Music Lesson Program, please contact Melinda Hubbell at mhubbell@fultonscienceacademy.org or you may visit the school’s website and see information regarding the program under School Life/PrivateMusicLesson Program.

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WT Cafe

WTCafe is proud to be the Fulton Science Academy lunch provider!

Wholesome Tummies is a locally owned franchise, providing only the highest quality, freshest lunches.

Our foods are all - natural and never contain any high fructose corn syrup, unnatural trans fats, artificial colors, flavors or added nitrates. The menu is also 100% "nut-free" with offering of gluten-free and vegetarian items.

You can order your all-natural entrees directly from our website at www.WTCAFE.com. Order 36 hours before the meal to get all of the menu options or as late as 8am the same morning for a vegetarian pasta! Entrees are pre-ordered and delivered to school daily in time for lunch. Students can choose 2 sides on site from a variety of fresh, in-season fruits, salads and veggies and a selection of healthy, all-natural snacks.

Clinic Request

We have a limited supply of "emergency" clothing in the front office. If your child is lent such clothing we ask that you launder and return it :) Thank you.

STUDENT Dress Code reminder

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Uniform Cheat Sheet


From Lands End

Polos: should have logo

White or blue button down oxford

White peter pan blouse for the girls to wear under a jumper


From Lands End

Khaki or navy slacks or shorts – no cargo pants

Skirts or skorts, proper length

Jumpers with logo – for the younger students


From Lands End

Navy fleece with logo


Closed toed dress shoes-brown, black or navy

Athletic shoes-predominantly white or black

Laces should be black or white as well


White, black, khaki or navy only

Shirts should always be tucked in. Pants with belt loops should always have a belt worn with them. (the 2nd grade and younger have elastic waist options)

If in doubt please check the Student-Parent Handbook.

Bell Schedule

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There are students currently enrolled with life threatening nut allergies. While it would be wonderful to make the school entirely nut free, it would be difficult to ensure a 100% nut free environment. However, as a team we can help our students by reducing nuts in school lunches and in snacks whenever possible. We thank and appreciate all student and parental help with this.

A nut free table has been designated in the cafeteria for student use during lunch.


In the interest of all students safety you are respectfully reminded to complete a medical dispensation form for all medicines to be administered at school, including over the counter products such as Tylenol, Advil etc. All medicines need to be kept locked in the clinic area unless it is considered imperative that a student always has immediate access to a rescue device, such as an inhaler or epi pen (the medical dispensation form associated with a rescue device must also be on file in the clinic area).

Please email rcondon@fultonscienceacademy.org if you would like a form sent home with your child. Please note all prescribed medicine forms do need to be signed by a physician.


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Parents are welcome to bring treats to celebrate their child's birthday. Treats can be brought in during the lunch period time only and there must be enough for the whole class. Due to allergies all treats must be store bought with the list of ingredients attached to the packaging, they must be nut free, and if possible kosher. (Publix will make pre-ordered cupcakes kosher). There is a comprehensive description in the parent handbook.

Early Dismissal Procedure change

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Due to the increased size of the student body, there will no longer be early dismissal available between 3:00 and 3:30. If you need your children early, please plan of picking them up prior to 3:00 pm so that we can protect instructional time for our students. Thank you for your cooperation on this important matter.

3:45- 4:20 is club time, during this period teachers and students are focused on their activity and are unlikely to check for dismissal car pool numbers, so to avoid waiting longer than anticipated please consider taking them during first dismissal to avoid disruption.


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Please check this website for detailed information and registration to FSA Band and Orchestra Program:


Since we have after school clubs till 4:20pm, the band and orchestra will start at 4:30pm to avoid possible conflicts with academic teams and club studies. Please check actual days and times on the website - http://www.dolceensemble.com


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We have created a Remind account to keep our community informed and up-to-date with what is happening at our school.

By joining FSAPS remind, you will be receiving messages via push notifications, SMS, or e-mail. We recommend SMS option for our families and students.

We will use this tool as an addition to other communication tools we use at our school.

If interested, please click here to follow the instructions.

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