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.
NEW SCHOOL WEBSITE
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 :)
DAILY FSACONNECT E-MAILS
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 email@example.com so that he can add your e-mail address to the daily FSAConnect e-mails.
ARRIVE SCHOOL ON TIME
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.
QUOTE OF THE WEEK
Pre-K and Kindergarten Grade Art Barn Field Trip
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
AWA (Anime Weekend Atlanta) Field Trip was Fun for Everyone!
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
Flags Representing FSA Families Around the World
FSA Students Help Clean Local Streams, Trails
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!
SPANISH CLASS GUEST SPEAKER
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
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.
Atlanta Maker Faire- extra credit opportunity for students
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.
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 email@example.com
Shelley Kersey, PVO Secretary
FSA IS A BIG FAMILY THROUGH HOME VISITS!
How can you schedule a home visit?
Very simple. Please send an e-mail to our home visit coordinator, Mrs. Unal at firstname.lastname@example.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 email@example.com. The best times to schedule a home visit are weekdays after 5:00 pm, and anytime during the weekends except Sunday mornings.
Mrs. James Scientists
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
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! :)
ELEMENTARY ROBOTICS CLUB
Public Speaking Club
FSA PRIVATE MUSIC CLASSES
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or you may visit the school’s website and see information regarding the program under School Life/PrivateMusicLesson Program.
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.
STUDENT Dress Code reminder
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)
STUDENT ALLERGY ALERT
A nut free table has been designated in the cafeteria for student use during lunch.
Please email email@example.com 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.
Early Dismissal Procedure change
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.
A HINT TO SUCCESS – ARRIVE SCHOOL ON TIME!
FSA BAND & ORCHESTRA PROGRAM
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
SIGN UP FOR REMIND!
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.