FAC Weekly Update

November 20, 2020

Good afternoon, Fine Arts Center Family

I hope you had a wonderful week! We are approaching the Thanksgiving Holiday, and this will be our last update before a well-earned break for all. I speak for the FAC Faculty and Staff when I express our gratitude to you for entrusting us with the education of your child. Now more than ever, our role as arts educators is essential to society. We are so honored to have the opportunity to foster your child's passion and growth in the arts and thank you for your continued support of the mission of the Fine Arts Center.

Here is the latest from the halls of the Fine Arts Center...

Video Message from Mr. Popat

Thanksgiving Popat

Keep Us In the Loop

The FAC community has done an outstanding job in communicating with us relative to illness, symptoms, or close contact that may or may not be related to COVID-19. We are appreciative of the responsibility that our students and families have demonstrated over the past few months. As families gather for the upcoming Holiday, please continue to communicate with us...even when school is not in session. If there is an illness or close contact related to COVID-19, please email me so that I can follow GCS Protocol in documenting cases and contacts. It is essential that we remain vigilant so that we can continue to provide a safe and healthy educational environment.

Mask Up GCS

Our FAC Family has done an outstanding job of following health and safety protocols when in the building. GCS has asked that we send the following reminders to our students and parents:

  • Though statistics show individuals are safer from the risk of COVID inside our schools where protocols are strict, we could soon reach a tipping point where the number of employee absences would make it impossible for us to safely supervise students. This would result in a temporary return to eLearning.

  • The community can help us stay on track by following recommended precautions outside of school: wear a mask when in public, avoid large gatherings, frequently wash or sanitize hands and high-touch surfaces, stay home and away from others when sick, and seek medical advice when running a fever, developing a new or worsening cough, experiencing shortness of breath, or losing the sense of taste or smell.

  • Do NOT send students to school who are symptomatic of any contagious disease and follow DHEC instructions on COVID isolations and quarantines.

Treats for the FAC Staff

At the end of each quarter, the FAC Administration would like to treat our faculty and staff with a snack and beverage cart. If you are interested in helping supply items, or to make a donation, please contact Assistant Director, Kaci Cotter or Secretary, Erin Poole. Contact information is below.



This Week's Student Leadership Lesson

MAKE OTHERS FEEL IMPORTANT - November 12, page 346

“When talking about charisma, it all boils down to this: The person without charisma walks into a group and says, 'Here I am.' The person with charisma walks into a group and says, 'There you are.”

John C. Maxwell, The Maxwell Daily Reader: 365 Days of Insight to Develop the Leader Within You and Influence Those Around You

FAC Merch!

Be sure to check out Cafe Press site that is run by our Fine Arts Center Partners - https://www.cafepress.com/fineartscenterpartners. We've got t-shirts, mugs, bags, journals, and more! With the holidays approaching, now is a great time to buy some FAC merchandise for a loved one. We plan on expanding our offerings over the next few weeks and months, so stay tuned.

Schedule for Week Fourteen

Week of November 23, 2020

  • Monday, November 23 - Blue and Green Groups
  • Tuesday, November 24 - Red and Purple Groups
  • Wednesday, November 24 - Friday, November 20 - Thanksgiving Recess


Marcus King

Marcus is a 24-year-old songwriter and guitar phenom who is taking the music scene by storm. The Marcus King Band’s most recent release, “El Dorado,” was nominated for Vintage Guitar Magazine’s Readers Choice Award. Check out the Marcus King Band at https://marcuskingband.com/.



We are now up to over 80 colleges participating in our series of Virtual College Visits! Google Meet allows us to have 250 participants in each session, so we are extending the invitation to our Sophomores and Freshmen. Please join us for these wonderfully informative sessions.

The website for the full schedule and listing of participants is:


Scholarship Opportunities

  • Prudential Spirit of Community Awards – State Honorees receive $1,000 and a trip to Washington D.C. National Honorees receive additional $5,000. Largest youth recognition program based on volunteerism and community service. Open to students in grade 5-12. More details at www.prudential.com/spirit. Deadline November 20, 2020.


Congrats to Voice Students!

Congratulations to Juniors Hayley Glenn and Quin Robinson, and Sophomore Lexi Howard for moving on to the Regional round of the SC NATS (South Carolina Chapter of the National Association of Teachers of Singing) Musical Theatre Competition! Both Haley and Lexi won their respective categories, and Quin placed in his. Kudos to Ms. Knox and Ms. Parrini as well for coaching these fabulous musicians. Good luck at Regionals!


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  • Respect

  • Grit

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