Fulton Science Academy

Special Winter Newsletter

PRINCIPAL'S CORNER

Dear FSA Families,


I hope that everyone is having a happy and relaxing holiday season.


GOOD NEWS - PLAYGROUND EQUIPMENT IS ARRIVING NEXT WEEK

We are very happy to inform that our new playground equipment is arriving next week. We are very excited for our elementary students as we know that they will love our new and beautiful playground.


FIRST DAY OF SECOND SEMESTER - TUESDAY, JANUARY 5TH

Please be reminded that the second semester will begin on Tuesday, January 5, 2016. We look forward to see you on January 5th.


2ND SEMESTER AFTER SCHOOL CLUB IMPROVEMENTS

Please be informed that we are almost done with updating our after school club selections for 2nd semester. Families will see some changes in after school clubs selections. However, most of the clubs will stay same. If you need to make any change in your club selections based on new club additions and cancellations, it will be as easy as using an after school club change form and submitting it to Mr. Turan. The new selections and the after school club change form will be sent to families by the end of this week.


IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT: SECTION OF ENCORE PARKWAY TO CLOSE FOR ONE YEAR

http://fultonscienceacademyprivateschool.blogspot.com/2015/12/section-of-encore-parkway-to-close-for.html


Starting Jan. 4, 2016, a portion of Encore Parkway will close to traffic for a project that will include constructing a new bridge over S.R. 400. The road will close between North Point Parkway and Westside Parkway for nearly a full year, the city of Alpharetta said.


“Because the bridge over Georgia 400 has to be removed, we have to completely close Encore Parkway from Westside Parkway to North Point Center East,” said Alpharetta Public Works Director Pete Sewczwicz. “Motorists will still be able to use the section of Encore between North Point Parkway and the traffic signal at North Point Center East.”


According to Alpharetta officials, the current bridge over GA-400 is too narrow to meet current and future needs.


For detailed information, please click on http://fultonscienceacademyprivateschool.blogspot.com/2015/12/section-of-encore-parkway-to-close-for.html


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.

1st Annual School-Wide Video Editing Competition

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.

Important Dates

January 3 - FSA Alumni School Visit at 1pm

January 5 - First Day of 2nd Semester

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

January 8 - Deadline to Return Yearbook Cover Contest Covers

January 8 - Middle School Science Olympiad Friendship Christian Invitation Tournament

January 8 - Good Conduct Dress Down Day

January 9 - Regional Destination Imagination Instant Challenge Competition Hosted by FSA

January 13 - School Wide Spelling Bee

January 23 - Middle School Science Olympiad Dodgen Invitational

January 18 - Martin Luther King Day- no school

January 31 - Technology Fair Hosted by FSA

February 15- Presidents Day-no school

Open House- 2016-2017 Enrollment - Quick Update

There is a substantial amount of interest in our school for 2016 - 2017 school year. About 90 families attended our first Open House on December 13th, resulting in 25+ applications later that same day. We are offering new students rolling admissions in most grades but as our current 1st and 2nd grades are full this year new students for 2nd and 3rd grades next school year will be offered spots in February after the re-enrollment deadline.

1st Semester Award Ceremony

Congratulations to following students for winning highest GPA in their grades during 1st semester. Please see some pictures from 1st semester award ceremony here:
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STARWARS DAY AT FSA

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CONGRATULATIONS TO TALENT SHOW WINNERS!

Congratulations to all who participated and performed in the 2015 Winter Talent Show! The judges had a very tough job deciding on their first, second and third placements! Here are the results:


Elementary School Winners:

1st Place - Eleanor Rocha

2nd Place - Colt Fuller

3rd Place - Blake Crosby


Middle School Winners

1st Place - Janon Redmond

2nd Place - Manasvi Gaddam

3rd Palce - Holden Watson


We are looking forward to our 2016 SPRING Talent Show in May!


Congratulations again to all participants! You should be VERY proud!

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ELEMENTARY WINTER CELEBRATION WAS LOTS OF FUN!

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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


Thank you for all the generous donations to Family Haven and 10 Days of Giving

Mrs. Khan's fundraiser

The fourth and fifth grade classes did an AMAZING job with the Scholastic Reading Club Pajama Program! Just the fourth and fifth grade classes alone donated NINETY-SEVEN pairs of pajamas! Scholastic will match our donation by giving ninety-seven books to children in need. I am so proud of all of you. Great work!!!

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FSA is Having a Yearbook Cover Contest!!!!! Grades pre-k- 8 can participate

Grades pre-k- 8 can participate

The winner's picture will go on cover of the yearbook

Cover Picture Requirements:

-must be a 8 by 11 to 9 by 12 piece of paper

-must have full school name and/or logo(Fulton Science Academy Private School)

-must have years 2015-2016

-must have color

-must have mascot(mustang) or STEAM

-school appropriate contents

- must be drawn

You can turn in your drawings from January 5 to January 8 (Ms.Millar will have a folder on her door)

If you have any questions ask Ms. Millar or yearbook staff.

COLLEGE MENTORSHIP PROGRAM

7th grade students in Ms. Outler’s CMP class have spent their time learning to show empathy towards others, practicing goal-setting, making strong introductions, and identifying bias in the news media.


In these uncertain times of international turmoil and political division, it’s important for students to learn how to filter through media sources and come to their own conclusions about critical issues. Students practiced reading similar news stories presented by different organizations with the goal of identifying biased reporting.

Students have also been reading the classic young-adult novel, The Outsiders. This novel centers on a conflict between two social classes—the “Greasers” and the “Socs.” Although the novel was written in the 1960s, its themes of empathy, tolerance, group identity, and integrity remain relevant today—especially in light of recent events.

Student-Made Book Jackets for The Outsiders:

Homevisits- a great way to spend time with your teachers!

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Drama Club's The Giver Play

Students in Ms. Outler's Drama Club have been hard at work putting together FSA's first real stage play! Students have sacrificed their Friday nights and Saturday mornings to practice for the show. Special thanks goes out to Mr. and Mrs. Sukkert for their expert help with directing, set design, and costuming, as well as to parents for being flexible with rehearsal dates. It truly is a labor of love. Be on the lookout for the opening night early next year!

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.

Mrs. Whitlock's Winter Fun

First grade has been learning about comparing and contrasting by looking at different gingerbread themed stories. We started with The Gingerbread Man, and then read lots of fun variations and noticed the similarities and differences in each. Then students were able to create their own gingerbread character, illustrate it, and create their own story to go along with it. We had so much fun creating these new stories!

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.

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:


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!

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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