From the Principal's Desk

March 29, 2021

Greetings FWAFA Family,


Please join me, Ms. VanDyck, and the Fine Arts Directors tomorrow evening Tuesday, March 30, for the MS/HS Course Information/Auditioned Ensemble Information Night starting at 6:00 p.m. You can see the line up and know when to login below in the newsletter.


Here is the Zoom link for Middle School - https://us02web.zoom.us/j/4430400220

Meeting ID: 443 040 0220


Here is the Zoom link for High School - https://us02web.zoom.us/j/9361300134

Meeting ID: 936 130 0134


I want to encourage everyone to stay aware of our 6 Core Health Practices as we head into these final months of school as we had a positive case reported last week and a positive case reported this week. These include daily symptom screening, maximizing social distancing where possible, face coverings, limited shared supplies, frequent hand washing/sanitizing, frequent sanitizing of high touch areas. Working together on 100% compliance of these practices will help us continue to mitigate the spread.


I also want to encourage everyone to vote in our Student Council elections that open on Wednesday morning. See the ballot and more details below.


It's a busy week here at FWAFA with lots of performances and art to enjoy! The National Art Honor Society Show went up last week. Don't miss the video that students made highlighting the show. There's a link in this newsletter. The Happiest Pets on Earth, a show written and directed by our very own fabulous elementary theatre teacher Rebecca Magnus, will be emailed to grades 3-6 families on Wednesday, and our high school theatre and musical theatre show And Now... The 70s! streams on the website starting on Thursday, April 1. Don't miss any of FWAFA Fabulous-ness!


Friday is a school holiday. Enjoy the long weekend!


Creatively yours,


Dr. Jackson

Student Council Election Voting Starts Wednesday

All current FWAFA students may participate this week in electing next year’s Student Council! The ballot will be open starting at 8 a.m. on Wednesday, March 31, and will remain open until 11:59 p.m. on Thursday, April 1. Let your voice be counted!


You must be signed in with your @mytcaa.org account to be able to open the ballot. You may only vote once. Votes will be verified before confirming any winners. Best of luck to all of these candidates!


Click this link to vote: Student Council Ballot

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National Art Honor Society Art Show

The National Art Honor Society Show is up in our gallery and the student work from members of the art honor society is impressive!


The President of our school chapter, Avery TeSelle, and the Secretary Emma Howell share highlights of the work featured in the show in this video. The video was filmed and edited by fellow student Miles Baker. Here's a link to the video:


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W5WhgP9WJ54

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Theatre in Our Schools Month

Why ducks??

The rubber duck has become the favored mascot for Thespian troupes across the nation! Thespians celebrate friendships and fun with duck buddies at festivals from Washington to Florida, New York to California, and all points in between! So when FWAFA Thespians brainstormed to highlight Theatre in Our Schools Month (TIOSM), what else was there but ducks!? On March 25, the TIOSM Committee hid nearly 200 ducks throughout the school. The student who collected the most ducks by the end of the day on March 26th would be awarded a prize.


Congratulations to FWAFA 6th grader Kolby Hribar who collected the most ducks for Theatre in Our Schools Month Duck Hunt! Kolby won a $50 VISA Gift Card, courtesy of FWAFA Thespians Troupe 6391!

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A link to Happiest Pets on Earth will be emailed to families in grades 3-6 on Wednesday, March 31.
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To reserve your tickets for And Now... The 70s! Click here.

Spring STAAR and Asynchronous Learning Dates

Asynchronous means that students will be learning from home that day. They will answer their Attendance Check questions in order to be marked present for the day. There will be no Zooms on Asynchronous Learning Days.


3rd Grade

Tuesday, May 11 - STAAR 3rd grade Math (on paper)

Wednesday, May 12 - STAAR 3rd grade Reading (on paper)

Thursday, May 13 - All 3rd graders Asynchronous (At-Home)

Friday, May 14 - All 3rd graders Asynchronous (At-Home)


4th Grade

Tuesday, April 6 - STAAR 4th grade Writing (on paper)

Tuesday, May 11 - STAAR 4th grade Math (on paper)

Wednesday, May 12 - STAAR 4th grade Reading (on paper)

Thursday, May 13 - All 4th graders Asynchronous (At-Home)

Friday, May 14 - All 4th graders Asynchronous (At-Home)


5th Grade

Tuesday, May 11 - STAAR 5th grade Math (on paper)

Wednesday, May 12 - STAAR 5th grade Reading (on paper)

Thursday, May 13 - STAAR 5th grade Science (on paper)

Friday, May 14 - All 5th graders Asynchronous (At-Home)


6th Grade

Tuesday, May 11 - STAAR 6th grade Math (on paper)

Wednesday, May 12 - All 6th graders Asynchronous (At-Home)

Thursday, May 13 - All 6th graders Asynchronous (At-Home)

Friday, May 14 - STAAR 6th grade Reading (on computer at school)


7th Grade

Tuesday, April 27 - STAAR 7th grade Writing (on computer at school)

Tuesday, May 11 - All 7th graders Asynchronous (At-Home)

Wednesday, May 12 - All 7th graders Asynchronous (At-Home)

Thursday, May 13 - STAAR 7th grade Reading (on computer at school)

Friday, May 14 - STAAR 7th grade Math (on computer at school)


8th Grade

Tuesday, May 11 - All 8th graders Asynchronous (At-Home)

Wednesday, May 12 - All 8th graders Asynchronous (At-Home)

Thursday, May 13 - STAAR 8th grade Social Studies (on computer at school)

Friday, May 14 - All 8th graders Asynchronous (At-Home)

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)


High School End-of-Course Assessments

Tuesday, April 20 - English I (on computer at school)

Thursday, April 29 - English II (on computer at school)

Tuesday, May 4 - Algebra I (on paper)

Monday, May 17 - Biology (on computer at school)

Wednesday, May 19 - U.S. History (on computer at school)


High School Asynchronous (At-Home) Learning Days

Tuesday, May 11

Wednesday, May 12

Thursday, May 13

Friday, May 14

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April 9 - TCA+A Gala

You’re invited to “The Greatest Show in Fort Worth”! Join us for a special evening, 75 years in the making, supporting our beloved schools and programs. This virtual event features more than a dozen performances from Broadway and Fort Worth stars, special guests, and a retrospective look back on the rich history of Texas Center for Arts + Academics.

Get your free tickets here!

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Interested dancers that will be in grades 7-12 next year (current 6th-11th graders) are invited to audition for the Academy Dance Company and the Academy Dance Company Trainees on Friday, April 9!

You MUST sign up by March 31 in order to audition for either company.

For more information about the companies, this year's audition process, and to sign up for your audition, please see the following notices:

ADCT (for upcoming 7th and 8th grade dancers)

ADC (for upcoming 9th-12th grade dancers)

If after reading the audition notices you still have questions, please email ADC and ADCT Director, Krista Langford, krista.langford@fwafa.org

Attention: At-Home Learners Interested in The Texas Boys Choir

If you are an at-home learner and you would like to be considered for Texas Boys Choir Training Choir (grades 3-4), Texas Boys Choir Troubadours (grades 7-12), or Texas Boys Choir Tour Choir (grades 5-12), please sign-up for a Zoom audition time after school between April 5-9 with TBC Artistic Director, Dr. Jonathan Ledger, at this link: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0D4DAAAA2BA2FDC16-20212022.


Please carefully read all directions on the Sign-Up Genius page as there is a link to an Audition Form that must be completed prior to your audition, as well as a link to an audio file you will need to download with which you will vocalize during your audition. There is also a link to a Teacher Recommendation Form that needs to be completed by two of your current and/or past teachers by April 5 if you would like to be considered for TBC Tour Choir. Dr. Ledger’s Zoom information is also located on the Sign-Up Genius page.

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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.

PTSO Spring General Meeting: April 13 at 6:00 p.m.

Topic: Spring General Meeting

Time: Apr 13, 2021 06:00 PM Central Time (US and Canada)

Join Zoom Meeting
https://sagora.zoom.us/j/9114229107?pwd=Qk5jYkJrbHphVGk1VlpWRlhyb0Vtdz09
One of our FWAFA high school students, Lynda Clayton, is working on her Girl Scout Gold Award, and she is nearing the finish line. She has worked on developing a Suicide Awareness and Prevention Curriculum. She has developed curriculum materials and activities around various themes and is looking for volunteers to help her turn her text documents into visually appealing pamphlets and leaflets. She is also asking for help from teachers who would like to pilot some of the activities that she has written and provide feedback to her. If you are interested, please reach out to her. You can find her information on the graphic. Way to be a leader, Lynda! We wish you all the best in your endeavors!
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PTSO Family Ambassadors Needed for 2021-2022 School Year!

WANTED! PTSO Family Ambassadors for 2021-2022


It’s that time of year where the PTSO needs volunteers to help welcome new families to our school. We are looking for parents who will serve as a point of contact for a group of new families in each grade level to answer questions and help assist with their transition into FWAFA. We have a unique culture at FWAFA and we want new families to feel welcomed and be prepared for a great start. First impression is everything!


We will need six to eight Ambassadors for third grade (if you have an elementary student, you can help with this, or if you have an older student AND an incoming third grader), and one to two Ambassadors for other grade levels.


Expectations of a FWAFA Family Ambassador:

· Send a nice welcome email to your group

· It is optional to meet as a group (via Zoom or in person if restrictions lift)

· Be the face of FWAFA

· Be available to answer questions or help point them in the right direction

· Meet and Greet them at the Ice Cream Social for new families (in August)


Please consider this opportunity to welcome a new family. If you are interested, for grades 3-6, please email Jeannine Miner j9miner@gmail.com, for grades 7-12 Natoya Walker Alee nwalkeralee@yahoo.com. Please be sure to let us know what grade level you prefer to represent. We are so grateful for our amazing community of volunteers!

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Mark Your Calendar!

Tuesday, March 30 - Middle School and High School Scheduling and Ensemble Interest Meeting Night - 6:00 p.m. on Zoom; See links above


Wednesday, March 31 - Happiest Pets on Earth - Elementary Theatre Production link emailed to families; School-wide Student Council Election (online)


Thursday, April 1 - And Now... The 70s!; School-wide Student Council Election (online)


Friday, April 2 - School Holiday


Monday, April 5 - Student Council election results posted in Principal newsletter; National Honor Society Blood Drive from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.


Tuesday, April 6 - 4th Grade STAAR Writing


Thursday, April 8 - Last day for And Now... The 70s!


Friday, April 9 - End of the 5th Six Weeks; Early Dismissal at 12:15 p.m.; Kids Take Over the School; TCA+A Gala at 7:00 p.m.


Tuesday, April 13 - PTSO Spring General Meeting via Zoom at 6:00 p.m.

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