Fulton Science Academy


Week of February 15, 2016

Dear Students, Faculty and Parents,

As you might already know, our school will be attending sport tournaments next year as part of the Georgia Independent School Association.

We have registered to following categories for 2016 - 2017 school year:

Boys Basketball

Girls Basketball

Boys Soccer

Girls Soccer


Cross Country




Students in 8th grade and up will be able to attend these events.

Next year we will have about 60 students in 8th grade and about 25 students (projected number, current enrollment is 16) in 9th grade.

We are now searching coaches for our basketball, volleyball and soccer teams. If you know of any good coaches, please ask them to contact me at ksener@fultonscienceacademy.org


We are very excited about this event as our students have done an amazing job preparing this great performance for all of us. We would like to invite all families to attend this wonderful performance at FSA stage. You will love it!
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Science Olympiad Team Advanced to State Finals

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The Fulton Science Academy Private School Science Olympiad Team brought home the second place trophy from the Regional Science Olympiad Tournament held on Saturday, February 13 at the University of North Georgia in Oakwood. Fifteen teams competed in the tournament, including FSA’s perennial rival Dodgen Middle School from Marietta, who scored eight fewer points than FSA to capture the first place title. FSA team members earned over 70 medals at the competition, with each of the 30 team members contributing at least one medal-winning performance.

Head Coaches Pam Walsh and Gloria Stathos were pleased with the team’s performance. “Our students put in long hours to prepare for this tournament,” said Pam Walsh. “We hold both week night and weekend practices at this time of year.” Gloria Stathos said, “We’re especially proud of our B team who placed third in the tournament. Unfortunately, tournament rules only allow one team from each school to be awarded a trophy and move on to the State Tournament, so even though they performed better than other schools, they will not be able to compete. But, on the other hand, our future looks very bright as many of these team members are 6th and 7th graders and will be back to compete with us next year.”

Not pictured -Individual awards were also earned by the following students:

Air Trajectory – coached by Ms. Tang 4th Place – Christina Wang and Andre Hamelberg

Bio Process Lab – coached by Ms. Doraiswami and Mr. Pratap 5th Place- Avinash Pratap and Jay Epstein

Crave the Wave – coached by Mr. Kersey 2nd Place – Holden Watson and Sparsh Kudrimoti

Crime Busters – coached by Ms. Lang and Mr. Unal 2nd Place – Christina Wang and Jay Epstein 3rd Place – Arham Alam and Njeri Lewis

Dynamic Planet – coached by Mrs. Walsh 2nd Place – Mira Mutnick and Sophie Richardson

Elastic Launch Glider – coached by Mrs. Walsh 5th Place – Neha Marapudi and Shourya Jasti

Invasive Species – coached by Mrs. Butler 4th Place – Bella Sims and Avinash Pratap

Meteorology – coached by Mrs. Walsh 5th Place – Chance Crigler and Sanjeev Uppaluri

Road Scholar – coached by Mrs. Stathos 4th Place – Shreya Puvvula and Karen Pederson

Wind Power – coached by Mr. Wang 4th Place – Holden Watson and Sparsh Kudrimoti

Soccer- What an exciting tournament!

Congratulations to our soccer tournament championship winners!!!

Middle Grades: Team Saad Maan

Elementary grades: Team Bhavin Shah

The students on these teams have earned some awesome bragging rights and a dress down day on Wednesday, February 17th.

The students worked hard and played even harder. Two weeks of after school soccer games proved to be a great success. Thank you to everyone that participated and those that came out to cheer on the soccer teams as they played.

In an effort to give back, we raised $350 for Special Olympics. “Special Olympics is changing the world! Every day in more that 170 countries, Special Olympic sports are bringing together millions of people with intellectual disabilities, supporters and volunteers- creating a healthier, more respectful and welcoming world for all.”

Thank you to everyone for your contribution!

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Our parents have done an amazing job preparing the cafeteria for our school dance. By far this was the best school dance at our school. Our students truly enjoyed it. Thank you parents for all the beautiful decorations, wonderful DJ and delicious drinks and snacks. You are the BEST! Please see some pictures and videos here:
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Girls from Mrs.Carmona's CMP class and Student Council working hard putting together the Cuties for your Cutie fundraiser.
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Snow!!! In Georgia

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Fulton Science Academy Private School Beautiful Snow
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Our School has 2 regular dismissal times, 3:30-3:40 pm and 4:20-4;40 pm.

Our carpool dismissal is going to take longer than public school dismissal, as we don't have buses, but it is still the most efficient way to get the most students out of the school the fastest. As such we ask that you use the carpool and do not expect to get your children from the lobby before carpool ends at 3:40 and 4:40 pm.

School policy is that students cannot be picked up between 3 and 3:30 pm, as students are still learning at this time and constant interruption prevents students focusing on their last class of the day.

Please plan on picking up before 3 pm for all outside appointments.

If there is a family emergency please call the Administration Team, Principal Sener, or Assistant Principals Turan and Campbell, who will authorise pick up of your child during our no pick up times.

Our Teachers also request NO PICKUPS during club time, again to avoid constant disruption as many of our students are preparing for their team competitions.

Teachers view clubs as an important enrichment to our day. They spend time planning for clubs as they do for regular classes.

Thank you for your consideration to our Teachers and Students.

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Application deadline is extended to February 29th!

Dear FSAPS Families,

We are excited to announce that we will be holding a Maker Faire at FSAPS this semester! A Maker Faire is the best Show (and Tell) on Earth! It is a festival of invention, creativity, and resourcefulness.

All students are invited to create a project to display at our school Maker Faire to be held on our campus. We would like for students to submit project proposals to their Science teacher by Friday, February 5th- extended to February 29

Students who participate will earn 10 points extra credit added to a test in their Science class and a chance to win an exciting award and a cash prize!

· Elementary School:
LEGO sets, craft sets, and Snap Circuits

· Middle School:
1st Place - $100 Amazon Gift Card
2nd Place - $75 Amazon Gift Card
3rd Place $50 Amazon Gift Card

Is your child interested in participating? We hope so! Please do the following.....

1. Fill out the Maker Faire Project Proposal and turn it in to your Science teacher by Februrary 5th.

2. Use the Maker Project Packet attached to work on your project throughout the semester and bring it to school no later than Monday, April 25th.

PS: The project packet and the Proposal form can be downloaded from Mr. Turan’s Makers Faire email.

Six Flags field Trip for 8th Grade

We are organizing an 8th grade field trip to Six Flags over Georgia on Friday, April 22nd 2016 during school hours. It is one of the Education (Physics) day in Six Flags. We will leave from FSA at 8:30 a.m. and return around 4:20 p.m. by school bus.

A form was distributed to the students today during 7th period. If you would like your child to attend, please complete and return the form with $40 fee by Friday, March 11th 2016.

We also need some parent chaperons. If you are interested please send me an email and return $80 with the attached form. $40 for your child and $40 for yourself. We have limited space for parents.First come first served. nturan@fultonscienceacademy.org

Important Dates

February 16- Spring Picture Day- Dress up for participants only

February 19- Good Conduct Dress Down Day

February 20 - Destination Imagination Hosted at FSA

February 25 - Alliance Theater Trip The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe Pre-K-5 Grade

February 26th and 27th 7 pm - Drama 101 presentation of " The Giver"

March 2- Dr.Seuss Day

CMP the theme for February is Citizenship

Citizenship: I will be involved in and care about my school and community.

What makes me shine- Ms.Houston

We discussed how society emphasizes being cool and popular is all based off of what's on the outside and not the inside of a person. I wanted the girls to know that they are all cool, they are all beautiful, they are all amazing - so each girl made a list of what makes them shine bright. I was so proud of the girls' confidence in themselves and for believing that the joy and light inside their hearts is more important than anything society can "see."
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Ms.Ramsey with the boys

Mrs. Houston and Ms. Ramsey have been dividing the third grade students between girls and boys. Mrs. Houston has been focusing on what inner beauty is. Ms. Ramsey has been centering around the idea of chivalry. How does it look to be a chivalrous man? How should you treat others? How should you communicate and act toward others? Ms. Ramsey challenged the students to a few tasks and had the students write them in their agenda to be reminded throughout the week:

1. Open the door for others

2. Ask others questions

3. Random acts of kindness

4. Be inclusive

Whenever the third grade teachers saw a boy demonstrating this, we encouraged them and affirmed their chivalrous behavior.

Additionally, Ms. Ramsey had the boys focus on being kind and loving to the most important woman in their lives: their mom. The boys created Valentine's Day cards for their mom.

Unclaimed uniform items

Some uniform shirts have been tagged as potentially useful as spare uniform- to be used for sick children and emergency replacement. if you have missing items please claim asap:)

There are also numerous non uniform clothing items which will be donated to charity if not claimed by the end of February.

Dr. Seuss

Dr. Seuss Day is Coming!

On Wednesday, March 2nd PreK thru 3rd grade students will be celebrating one of our favorite authors with so many fun learning activities! Part of celebrating Dr. Seuss is to celebrate his LOVE for reading. One of our rotations on Dr. Seuss day will consist of the students "Reading Across America" to earn a certificate in honor of their support for Dr. Seuss' love for learning and reading.

Ms. P's classroom will be turned into a complete reading oasis, full of comfortable areas for students to relax and read during that rotation. In order to create this reading oasis.. Ms. P needs your help! If you have comfortable bean bag chairs, pillows, body pillows, blankets, ANY items to help create a space for students to comfortably read.... please email Ms. P at cprzedpelski@fultonscienceacademy.org - these items will be used on Wednesday, March 2nd and then returned to their owner after Dr. Seuss day! If you have something we will be able to use, she will respond to your email with more details! :)

Thank you for your help in making Dr. Seuss day EXTRA special for our elementary students!

School-Wide February Plank Challenge!

Ms. Shadburn has challenged all of FSAPS to a plank challenge! We are taking time each day in class to build our stamina in holding a plank. By the end of the month, we will be holding a plank for two and a half minutes! We're working to be the "Most Fit Class at FSA!" Our kids have LOVED it!

PVO/Environmental Club Bulb fundraiser to support greenhouse

Dear FSA Parents & Supporters,

The Environmental Club invites you to support the schools up and coming greenhouses by buying flower bulbs for your own garden. Choose from colorful selection of gladiolus', Freesias, Lilies and more! They are guaranteed to grow and bloom! Everything will ship straight to your home and each package is distinctly labeled and includes planting and storage instructions. The bulb shipments start 3/15/16 in Georgia, but Dutch Mill Bulbs ships to all the contiguous 48 states, so share the link with family & friends!

Start date Dutch Mill Bulbs Fundraiser is February 6, 2016

Please submit all orders by May 6th, 2016

The custom link for Fulton Science Academy is


For questions or comments, please contact Riikka Harkonen (riikka.harkonen@gmail.com)

Thank you for your support! Let's spread the flower beauty around!

This week in class

Econ-O-Mania in 2nd Grade!

Students in 2nd grade are learning all about Economics during our unit in Social Studies. Throughout the week, students were challenged with a variety of real-world application of their economics concepts. One of the favorites was a visit to the Mall of Econ-O-Mania! Students were given $300.00 to spend.... but $200.00 MUST be spent on items that they need in order to live. Working with their partners, students loved the challenge of reaching their $300.00 spending limit and choosing items that they really wanted to buy!

Club Updates

Trivia Club

Ms. Ramsey's Trivia club students have been learning new things! We spent time on Kahoot last week learning about the Chinese New Year, Mardi Gras, and Black History month. The students and Ms. Ramsey enjoyed the challenge of learning about different cultures and holidays. Kevin Y was able to inform us about the Chinese New Year first hand!

Welcome Maya Keiser! Our New Piano and Voice Teacher

A native of Canada, Maya Keiser graduated from Memorial University of Newfoundland with a Bachelor Degree in Music. Her major was theory and composition, and her applied study was piano. She is classically trained under the Royal Conservatory of Music Curriculum. Mrs. Keiser loves and performs a wide variety of music, from classical to jazz. She is a self-professed musical theater enthusiast.

Mrs. Keiser has over 20 years of experience teaching voice and piano, and has been a church musician in Atlanta for over 15 years. She has accompanied several school choruses and vocal soloists. Other experience includes performing piano and vocal solos at parties, weddings and funerals, playing piano for the School of the Atlanta Ballet, and singing at the Macy’s Christmas Tree Lighting. She is currently a member of the Presbyterian Association of Musicians, and the Chorister’s Guild.

Art Department needs scrap metal donations!

Materials are needed for art class (primarily for 3rd grade, but we'll take donations from anyone!). :)

Plastic/shiny/metallic bits, foil, wire, old/broken clocks, watches, etc (stuff we can take apart and use the gears, springs, etc.)

3rd grade students will be making insect sculptures in the Steampunk design style.

Elementary Science Olympiad needs 2 litre bottles

Elementary Science Olympiad Water Rocket students need empty 2 liter water bottles (with the label still attached). If you have any of these at home, please send them to Ms. P or Ms. Minor! Our water rocket builders will be SO excited to have many bottles to practice with.

Locker Reminder

All students 4th through 8th grade have been issued a locker lock for their locker. This locker lock is to be used to prevent anyone from tampering with student belongings.

If you have lost your locker lock, see Mrs. Campbell for a replacement. A replacement lock will cost $20.


We are very happy to announce that beginning next year, band and orchestra program will be offered starting 4th grade during school hours. The after school band and orchestra program will still be available for those who wish to receive extra band and orchestra classes as well. The choices for the students will be General Music, Band and Orchestra. For the students in Pre-K through 3rd grade, we will continue to offer general music classes as we currently do.


Dear Parents,

We now have daily morning announcement videos on our YouTube Channel at https://www.youtube.com/user/FultonScienceAcademy

Every morning students watch video announcement in their homeroom classes.

If you like, check them out everyday as you are available on our Youtube Channel.

If you subscribe to our Youtube channel, then you will be notified whenever a morning announcement video is uploaded or a new school video is uploaded. Please see a sample morning announcement video below.

Fulton Science Academy private School Morning Announcement Friday February 12 2016

2016 FSA Summer Leadership Camp

2016 FSA Summer Leadership Camp will take place May 28th through June 3rd , at Gatlinburg, Tennessee. The camp is open to 5th through 8th grade students and includes Daily Leadership Classes, outdoor & indoor activities such as Dollywood, Rafting, Go-Kart, Golf, Blaster boats, 5D Movie, City Tour... the cost is $500 (Tickets, Transportation and Meals included).

If you would like your child to attend the Leadership Camp please return the application form to the front office by Friday, February 5th, 2016. Please contact Mr.Turan if you have any questions at nturan@fultonscienceacademy.org

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OPEN TO ALL GEORGIA GIFTED STUDENTS IN 1ST GRADE THROUGH 8TH GRADE.FSA S.T.E.A.M. Camp provides fun hands-on activities in the areas of Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics to develop new skills, expand creative thinking, and foster team building and new friendships.

FSA S.T.E.A.M. Camp is taught by an award winning staff, occurs in an easy two-weeks day camp format, and is designed to be both fun and full of learning!

Activities include Math Games, Hands-On Science Activities, Multi-Media Art Projects,

Robotics, Computer Programming, and 3D Animation.

Campers are divided into grade levels to better tailor activities, instruction,

supervision, and content for a more engaging and fun experience!

Camp Dates



Since both sessions are identical and will include same content, families may choose either of the dates to register based on their availability.


This amount includes all materials, instruction, lunch, and snacks.

Each student will be given a certificate for the successful completion of

FSA S.T.E.A.M. Camp for the Academically Gifted


For more information and registration, please visit http://steamcamp.fultonscienceacademy.org

NJHS club is collecting Box Tops for Education for our school!

This semester the NJHS club is collecting Box Tops for Education for our school! For each Box Top collected, our school will receive 10¢. The homeroom that collects the most Box Tops between now and March 31st will receive a dress down day! Box Top Collection boxes will be located on the first and second floors in the school. In order for your Box Top submission to be counted for your homeroom, please write your homeroom teacher’s name on a bag and include your Box Tops in the bag before placing them in the collection box. For more information on Box Tops, including a list of participating products to find them on, go to BTFE.com. If you have any questions, please email Ms. Rucker at rrucker@fultonscienceacademy.org.


Dear Parents,

As we informed you earlier we received an approval for the site plan for our green house from the city of Alpharetta. At this time we are in the process of completing the final design and a getting a building permit. Our green house will be 25 feet by 50 feet and include dedicated areas for each grade at our school. We are currently gathering information to make sure that we have the best possible designed green house for our purposes. We currently have four people in our team leading these efforts. We met this week and would like to ask our community to see if these is anyone else with the knowledge of green houses and would like to be part of the design process. If interested in providing your input, please send an e-mail to Mrs. Kelley Utterback at kelleyutterback@me.com. Thank you.

Alliance Theatre Field Trip Pre-k-5 The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe

FSAPS elementary students (Pre K - 5th grade) will be heading on a field trip on February 25th to see the The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe at the Alliance Theatre!

The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe is based on the beloved novel by C.S. Lewis. This magical production portrays the adventures of four siblings through the wardrobe and into the land of Narnia. Here they are caught up in a struggle between the mysterious, magical lion Aslan and the White Witch, who wants this astonishing country, its talking animals, and amazing creatures frozen in perpetual winter. C.S. Lewis’s classic of love, faith, courage, and giving, with its triumph of good over evil, is one of the most-enjoyed stories of our time.

For Your information

Uniform and locker Reminder

A reminder that all non-uniform jackets need to be taken off and left in lockers or cubbies after arriving at school. Jackets should be worn for outside recess, but must be returned to lockers or cubbies after that. Wearing a non-uniform jacket during class is a violation of the dress code, which results in conduct points.

All students 4th through 8th grade have been issued a locker lock for their locker. This locker lock is to be used to prevent anyone from tampering with student belongings. If you have lost your locker lock, see Mrs. Campbell for a replacement. A replacement lock will cost $20.

Also, all lockers should be clean of papers and objects on the outside, except for the good luck messages for academic team competitions. All birthday congratulations may be displayed for one week.

On Going Programs


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.

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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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


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!

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.


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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


Dear Families,

We regularly update our accounts on social media. You may enjoy following our school on social media as well. Here are our links:



If you subscribe to our YouTube channel, you will receive notifications whenever we upload a new video.



Many of you are already following our Facebook page. If you are not yet following, all you need to do is to “Like" our Facebook page.



We post lots of pictures on our Instagram account. You will enjoy seeing new pictures every day.



So many of you have LinkedIn accounts. To get news about our school on LinkedIn, simply follow our schools’s LinkedIn page.



Twitter is a great way to get updated about school. Simply follow our school on Twitter to get recent tweets from our school.



If you click on Follow button on the right hand side, you will receive notifications when we post a new article.


Fulton Science Academy Private School Let's Go Green


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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.

Fulton Science Academy Private School


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