Fulton Science Academy

Week of December 14, 2015

PRINCIPAL'S CORNER

Dear FSA Families,


I would like to remind you some important dates:


December 15 - Last Day to Apply for End of Year Field Trip to Orlando

December 15 - Last Day to Apply for State Tax Credit Scholarship - Please CLICK HERE for further information.

December 16 - Talent Show Pre-K- 4th 8:15-10:15am, 5th-8th 1:45-3:30pm

December 17 - Elementary Winter Celebration

December 18 - Last day of 1st Semester,

December 18 - Awards ceremonies, Elementary at 1:30 pm, Middle School at 2:30 pm

December 21 - January 4 Winter Break

January 5 - First Day of 2nd Semester

January 5 - Deadline to Return Your Submission FSA Movie Making Competition

Also, please be reminded that there is no after school clubs during this week.


FSA ANNUAL GIVING FUND - OUR GOAL IS 100% PARTICIPATION

Our Annual Giving Campaign is well on its way and we would like for you to be a part of the giving. Please note that you may donate at any amount level. It is more important that you participate. Please find the details here: http://fultonscienceacademy.org/giving-back/

Thank you for all you do.

7th grader organises cancer drive

Arul and classmates set up a hot chocolate stand to raise money for cancer awareness on Saturday Dec 12th outside Crabbleapple Kroger.

Our students have big hearts:)

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GREAT RESULTS IN FIRST LEGO LEAGUE!

FSA Robotics teams Syntax Error and Glitchware.exe competed at their regional tournaments this past Saturday.

Team Syntax Error won 1st place overall and Best Robot Performance Award.

Team Glitchware.exe won the Core Values Inspiration Award for Gracious Professionalism

Congratulations to both of our Robotics teams for the wonderful results way to go!

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WHAT AN INCREDIBLE SEMESTER FOR FSA MATH OLYMPIAD TEAM!

The first semester has been an amazing time for our FSA Math Olympiad Team students. Please see a summary of their achievements for 1st semester here:
https://youtu.be/pwhzqweQr3U
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Georgia Chess Champion at FSA- Archer Watson

Archer Watson competed in the GCA Grade Levels Championship Tournament held on November 15th.

There were over 365 players competing.

Archer won the 1st grade division with a perfect score of 5 .

He is now the Georgia first grade division champion (and he also has the highest USCF rating of any 1st grader in Georgia)

FSA STUDENTS ENJOYED A WONDERFUL SAT CAMP!

FSAPS Middle School students had a fun-filled weekend at the first SAT Math & Vocabulary cabin camp of this year! We left at 6:00 PM on Friday, December 11th, 2015 and returned back around 11:00 AM on Sunday, December 13th, 2015. We had three SAT Math sessions and two SAT Verbal sessions in addition to a very competitive verbal competition we had at the very end! One of our graduates, Ethan Gardner also participated in our SAT camp. Students played games, had delicious food, watched a movie, enjoyed Lake Lanier scene, and had a surprise birthday party for Ethan Gardner. SAT Camps will continue during second semester! Stay tuned…

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Accelerated Geometry Students - Graph Mania Project

Mrs. Duzyol’s 6th period Accelerated Geometry students have just learned hyperbolas as part of Conic Sections Unit. Students worked on graphing hyperbolas using tile carpets in the classroom! Students loved working on the graph mania project and did a fantastic job!

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Band and Orchestra Winter Concert

A big THANK YOU goes to our Band and Orchestra teachers for the Winter Concert this past Thursday. We are very happy to see our Band and Orchestra program growing each year.
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Volunteers needed for Thursday Elementary Celebration

We are yet again reaching out for your assistance with our Elementary Winter Celebration that takes place this Thursday, December 17th. Students in Pre-K through 5th grade will spend the day rotating through classrooms to participate in fun activities. We could use a few more volunteers for some of the rooms- mostly during the morning shift of 8:00 am until 11:00 am.

If you have questions about volunteering, please feel free to contact Aimee Nobile- abloom3@earthlink.net.

If you would like to help us out and can sign up to be a volunteer, please use this link: http://vols.pt/xWyxBA .

FSA Students enjoyed Hour of Code

Elementary students had a great experience on how to code and learn about the importance of programming. Hour of Code program served 166,726,959 students all over the world so far! See some pictures here

Teacher Tacky Sweater Day

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Character Education

The theme for December is

Generosity and Kindness-

I will care for myself and other people around me


Donation deadline for Family Haven- gloves and socks- Wednesday December 16th

Donation deadline for 10 Days of Caring- new toys- Friday December 18th

QUOTE OF THE WEEK

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Fernbank Natural Museum of History Field Trip

Students in grades PreK-2nd went into Atlanta on Thursday, December 10th to visit the Fernbank Museum of Natural History. Students began their day together with an IMAX movie all about "The Wonders of the Arctic". They were able to learn about life living in the Arctic including the humans who work there and the animals who live on the land and in the Ocean. It was an awesome experience seeing these videos on the giant IMAX screen really bring life in the Arctic to our real life.


After the IMAX film, our students split up into groups and ventured out to visit all of the awesome exhibits in the museum. While traveling around the museum, students were able to see decorated pine trees representing many different countries around the world that lined the museum's hallways. One exhibit students visited was all about Science - students were able to explore different science tools and activities. They were able to create LARGE bubbles, view light refraction, see themselves on a TV screen, see optical illusions, and so much more. All of our FSAPS students really enjoyed spending some time in this exploration room. At the bottom of the museum was a prehistoric exhibit where our students were able to see dinosaur replicas..... this was a huge hit with ALL of our students! However, I think all of our FSA teachers would agree that one of the major highlights of this trip for our students was also having the chance to explore and play in the museum's nature playground. This playground was filled with so many fun things to explore: complete with tree houses, bridges, optical illusions of moving water, real lizards and alligators, and SO MUCH MORE. This portion of our trip was definitely a major highlight for all of our PreK-2nd grade students.


We had an awesome day together exploring this museum. A big thank you to our parent chaperones who helped make the day special for our students! It was a great day to be an FSA student! :-)

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Recycling Assembly


FLL team Syntax Error( Robotics) hosted an educational and entertaining Recycling Assembly for the 4th-8th grade students on Tuesday, December 8. The students explained how our community and our school participate in a single-stream recycling program. This program means that we can place all of our recyclables into one bin, and they will be sorted into categories (paper, glass, plastic) at the recycling plant.


The students learned all about what types of items we can and cannot recycle, and were quizzed on interesting facts from the presentation. For example, even though they are made from cardboard, pizza boxes cannot be recycled because they are soiled with grease. Only clean items should be recycled.


FLL team Syntax Error giving the presentation talked about different ways that our FSAPS students can help the environment, save energy, and keep our school green. Students should always take advantage of the separate in-class bins, and should heed information written on the large three-sort bins placed throughout the hallways. The presenters also put on a great show of catchy jingles and dance moves to help our assembled student body remember the rules of recycling. At the end of the assembly, our students gave suggestions for ways they can help keep our campus clean and green.


Thank you to FLL team Syntax Error and Mr.Kaya for the wonderful presentation! Parents, please help us stay green by continuing to encourage recycling at home!

Students (and teachers!) enjoy the Media Center

Nearly everyone will agree that their favorite space in the new school is the Media Center. Now, there’s even more to like thanks to the Crigler family who generously donated four circle, swivel chairs from Rooms To Go. Now students and staff can enjoy the magnificent view from the window while relaxing with a good book. Ms. Minor’s class was visiting the Media Center when the chairs were delivered and immediately checked them out and pronounced them awesome, fun, and comfortable. Thank you Chance, Amanda, and Rob!

Geo Spelling Bee

This week students in grades 4-8 will participate in the preliminary round of the National Geographic Bee. This preliminary round will take place in each social studies class and consist of seven rounds of questions. The categories this year each have a unique theme, though the questions remain over the geography of the United States, countries and capitals, as well as continents. This is a fun and entertaining way for students to show their knowledge of geography as well as spark increased interest in the subject.

There are three levels of competition: school, state, and national. Students that qualify in their classes will participate in the school-wide geography Bee in January, with the school winner having the opportunity to qualify for a chance to compete at the state geography Bee in April.

For more information about the National Geography Bee, see their website at http://www.nationalgeographic.com/geobee/ or direct questions to your child’s social studies teacher.

5th through 8th Grade Orlando Trip April 29th - May 1st, 2016

FSA students are invited to join the end of year field trip to ORLANDO where they will have a chance to visit and see the educational opportunities at Disney World, Magic Kingdom, Animal Kingdom and other points of interest. Students will stay at an All-Star Disney Hotel.


We will have first class motor coaches equipped with a rest room and DVD’s.


The trip cost for parent chaperones and students is $650, which is all inclusive.


INSTALLMENTS

$250 by Tuesday, December 15, 2015

$200 by Friday, January 15, 2016

$200 by Monday, February 15, 2016


Application deadline is Tuesday, December 15, 2015.


$50 late application fee will apply after Tuesday, December 15, 2015.


Please return your checks (payable to FSA) or cash along with this application form to your child’s homeroom teacher. Space is limited to 44 students and will be filled on a first come, first served basis.

1st Annual School-Wide Video Editing Competition

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Dear Students in 4th through 8th Grade,


FSA Principal’s Young Scholar Students are pleased to announce FSA’s 1st Annual School-Wide Video Editing Competition for Students in 4th through 8th Grade.


THEME: S.T.E.A.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Math)

We wanted to keep it broad so that students may create their video in a topic that they like. It could be about explaining a science or math theory/concept or it can also be about the season of giving and helping others. You name it. The spectrum is very board under the umbrella of S.T.E.A.M.


SUBMISSION DEADLINE: Please submit your video youtube link to fsayoungscholars@fultonscienceacademy.org by Monday, January 4, 2015

We think this will be a great project for all students in 4th through 8th grade to work on during winter break.


FORMAT: Feel free to use any video editing software and upload your video to YouTube. Suggested duration for the video is 3 to 5 minutes. Please only use materials recorded by you.


Please see an example video done by a high school student this year here: https://www.edsurge.com/news/2015-11-09-meet-ryan-chester-the-first-ever-breakthrough-junior-challenge-winner

This student won 1st place with this video and won $250,000 this year.


AWARDS:

1st Place - $250

2nd Place - $200

3rd Place - $150

4th Place - $100

5th Place - $50


There will also be some additional surprise awards for best acting, best photography, best background music and so on. We will host a mini Oscar type of ceremony at our school to announce the winners and show their videos.


Any questions, you might have, please send an e-mail to fsayoungscholars@fultonscienceacademy.org


Enjoy your time preparing your videos.

Community Outreach Opportunities

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It is an awful truth that many people, even in our community, are victims of violence. Often times these people seek help from local organizations.

Family Haven, an organization in Forsyth County, offers safe shelter and needed items, for free to those in need. We can help them help others, by donating.

Cold winter weather is quickly approaching. Many people are in need of warm gloves and socks.

Make a difference in someone’s life.

Be kind and generous and bring in one or more pair of gloves and/or socks. Together we can help.

Your donations can be dropped off at the front office or your child can give them to his/her homeroom teacher.

We will accept donations until December 16th.

Student Council 10 Days of Caring Toy Drive

This year, our student council is going to host 10 Days of Caring. We are asking for students to donate new toys and gifts. These gifts will be going to the Children's Restoration Network,a non-profit agency which has been serving homeless children and mothers in Atlanta, Georgia since 1993. The Children's Restoration Network conducts programs and special events to provide a broad range of positive experiences for over 6,000 children across more than 134 shelters and group homes in 20 counties each year. We are asking for students to donate NEW toys or gifts for the children. All donations are greatly appreciate so we can put smiles on all of the kids' faces this Christmas. We are going to be doing this drive from December 7th to December 18th.

NFFC Thanks our families for food donations!

Thank you so much to everyone who gave. We collected enough cans to fill 6 grocery carts!

Empty water bottles needed!

We will be doing a special penguin craft activity during our Elementary Winter Celebration this year. We are in need of A LOT of empty water bottles size 16.9 fl. ounces... if you have empty water bottles at home, please send them in with your child! We would GREATLY appreciate it. These can be dropped off to the boxes in Ms. Fichter's Kindergarten hallway. Please keep the water bottle caps attached.

For Your information

ANNUAL GIVING CAMPAIGN - OUR GOAL IS 100% PARTICIPATION

Dear FSA Families,


Our Annual Giving Campaign is well on its way and we would like for you to be a part of the giving. Our goal is 100% participation.


Please note that you may donate at any amount level. It is more important that you participate.


Please find the details here: http://fultonscienceacademy.org/giving-back/


Thank you for all you do.

2016 - 2017 ENROLLMENT SEASON

Our new enrollment season has begun. Please note that this is for prospective parents only. For current families, there is nothing to do till second semester. At the beginning of second semester, you will be given your re-enrollment forms for next school year.


For detailed information about 2016 - 2017 admissions, please visit: http://fultonscienceacademy.org/admissions/admission


Returning Families applying for a sibling:

2016-2017 Admissions Information

Dear FSA Families - If you currently have a student at FSA and want to secure a spot for a sibling, please fill out the online application for the sibling. https://fsaconnect.fultonscienceacademy.org/application/application.php Once you have completed the online application, Mrs. Walsh will contact you with assessment information.

Please apply early as many elementary grades are currently full and spaces for next year will be limited.

Adventures in Reading Club

For the past few weeks, Mrs. Whitlock's first grade Adventures in Reading club has been exploring Reader's Theater. Reader's Theater is a way for students to put on mini plays for each other while reading an approachable script. Students learn how to read with expression, build fluency, and understand how a script works. Our students have loved getting to rehearse, perform, and watch each other!

Mrs. Houston's Math Strategists

Students made group posters to describe 2 strategies they can use for mental multiplication-commutative property of multiplication and multiplying by tens/hundreds.
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Math and Art day in 5th Grade Math Class

Our 5th grade math students were very creative when decorating their word problem solutions with a winter theme.

They all solved the problems their groups were given. They integrated winter themes into their solution. Their math-art work was amazing.

Ms. Rucker's paper savers

Thanks to Mrs. Sukkert, my 7th period class saved paper by practicing fractions, decimals, and percents on the windows! Hannah did a beautiful job stating that fractions, decimals, and percents are all different ways to express the same thing!

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Math and Art day in 8th Grade Math Classes

After starting this week with a quiz, 8th grade math students deserved a fun day. They still had to work:) They worked in two groups. One group did research on where math is used in daily life and how to present it in an artistic way as they painted the windows. The other group put their thoughts into art. Students had a blast painting the windows today. All of them are very talented and creative.

On going Programs

Six Flags Read to Succeed

If your child is in kindergarten through 6th grade, they are invited to participate in Six Flags' Read to Succeed Program! It is a fun incentive to get kids to read. Students need to record and log their reading over the next few months. If they submit a log with 6 hours of reading on it by Wednesday, February 24, 2016, they will receive one free ticket to Six Flags Over Georgia!


Here are some things to keep in mind:


  • Only students in grades K through 6 are eligible to participate
  • Review the reading log provided by your child's language arts teacher. Your child should use this sheet to record what and how long he/she reads
  • Your child must complete 6 hours (360 minutes) of recreational reading
  • Please initial each entry and then sign the reading log to verify that the 6 hours of reading has been completed
  • Your child can read books, magazines, newspapers, or comic books (digital or hard copy). Reading for homework or a class assignment does NOT count!
  • Students can read silently, aloud, or with an adult - you can read to your child, or your child can read to you.
  • Remind your child to return the reading log to his/her language arts teacher by Wednesday, February 24, 2016. Your child's teacher will submit your child's information and minutes read.
  • Late entries will NOT be accepted

Happy reading!

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Social Studies Fair

Fulton Science Academy has been very successful at all levels of the Social Studies Fair, with students taking first place in the state competition three times.

This year we are excited to be able to once again extend the project due date a bit so that it does not coincide quite as much as the Science Far. There will be checkpoints this semester, but the final paper and visuals will be due at the beginning of next semester rather than before the holiday break. It is our hope that this removes some of the burden and allows students to achieve their full potential on both projects.

Important due dates to note:

12/08/15 - research complete

01/06/16 - paper due

01/12/16 - visual due

01/20/16 - school fair

Useful Information

New Uniform Items available through Landsend.com

New items being offered:
  • Long sleeved polo shirts in red, white or navy, with school logo
  • Raincoat in navy with logo

Go direct to landsend.com and select FSA school, or use this link

http://www.landsend.com/pp/SchoolSearch.html?action=landing&selectedSchoolNum=900127465

Get my kidz shuttle

Our operations team have been reviewing the various requests received. Based on the requests, we are able to add vehicles in the requested areas below as we have over 10 interested parents in each area. With that, we are able to offer a special group rate of $250 flat fee for Fulton Science Academy parents! Below, here are the following areas that we are expanding to.

The special group rate will be for the following areas: Cumming, Suwanee, Duluth, Alpharetta

Please contact Get My Kidz Shuttle at info@getmykidzshuttle.com or 678-357-6797

Our website is www.getmykidzshuttle.com

Year Book Update


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.


Thanks!
Fulton Science Academy Private School Yearbook Team

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.

A Reminder from the clinic

Please do not send your child back to school within a 24 hour period following a fever.


If a student has been absent from school sick they should not come back the same day for clubs or music lessons.

FSA BAND & ORCHESTRA PROGRAM

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


http://www.dolceensemble.com


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!

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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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