Fulton Science Academy
EXCELLENCE, INNOVATION, CHARACTER
WEEKLY NEWSLETTER October 17, 2016
A MESSAGE FROM OUR PRINCIPAL
Greetings to our FSA Friends and Families,
In this issue of our weekly newsletter, I would like to re-visit our school's core values of “Excellence, Innovation, and Character.” Specifically, I'd like to talk about "character."
Many of you may have heard me say that “It is not enough to be smart. Nobody wants only smart people around.” Our workplaces, our communities, and society, in general, needs successful people who also:
- Care about others;
- Offer a hand to the needy;
- Celebrate individuals' differences;
- Find ways to help and improve the world around them;
- Respect everyone’s rights and help to protect them;
- Value kindness and compassion (and the list goes on).
In this regard, I consider our school community to be a very fortunate place where we do not need to look far to find great role models. For example, just this weekend:
- A group of parents took the time to decorate our school for the Fall season. Did they need to do it? No. But they chose to do it because they care.
- Another group of parent volunteers took the time to paint some of our school walls with beautiful colors. This was done to continue to make our school feel comfortable and inviting to those who spend so much time here.
- An FSA family made an incredibly generous donation to help our school (please read the article below.) Understanding that funding outside of tuition alone is an important part of a private school's success and longevity, this family's generosity will benefit many of our students.
- Several students and parents volunteered at a local community festival where a number of community members had a great time with their families learning about other cultures, enjoying music, dancing, and delicious food.
- A number of teachers and parents took the time to further their weekend studies, participate in school field trips, coordinate events with their students, attend competitions, etc. Additionally, several of our teachers even visited students in their homes as part of the FSA home visit program.
In my time at FSA, over and over, I have seen our students helping one other and helping our community. I was very touched when a group of students acted so thoughtfully and decorated a locker that belongs to a new student for her birthday, thinking that no one might do it since she was new at our school.
The successful fundraising campaign for pediatric cancer research last month was another prime example of our students’ compassionate character; a true gift that we have witnessed together. Just this evening, our own City Council showed tremendous kindness and character by inviting our school to receive a proclamation recognizing the school's fundraising efforts last month to support CURE. Coverage of the school's fundraising event continues throughout local media; you may read a recent news clip that appeared in the Roswell/Alpharetta Herald by clicking here.
It is clear to me that our students know that it is not enough to be smart. They use their bountiful wings of character and excellence as two caring eyes...not only to fly around and observe the world around them but also to make it a better place for all of us.
What an inspiration our students provide, each and every day. Thank you to our incredible families and friends for all you do to support Fulton Science Academy and the incredible children we are so honored to teach here.
With eternal gratitude to be a part of such a caring community,
Alpharetta City Mayor Presents FSAPS With Official Proclamation
We would like to thank everyone at the City Council for inviting us to this evening's meeting, as well as our parent volunteers who joined. We appreciate the support of our elected officials greatly and feel so lucky to be a part of the wonderful Alpharetta community.
Novak Family Foundation Makes Generous $12,000 Gift to Support Fulton Science Academy
1. An anti-bullying awareness campaign to benefit students.
2. The addition of a new wildlife/environmental preservation club to be introduced in the second semester for students.
3. Exterior beautification efforts to support the school's upcoming building expansion plan.
When asked why the family's foundation chose to support FSA, Mrs. Novak commented, "Well, it's been said that you should be the change that you want to see in the world... today, tomorrow and always. I think our family recognizes the importance of this statement and we realize the unique opportunity we have to put those words into motion."
When asked why the family foundation chose to make such a generous contribution to FSA, she responded, "Making an investment in Fulton Science Academy Private School made perfect sense...not only are we supporting our son's educational future, but we hope this donation will benefit other students AND help encourage other families (and the companies they work for and/or own) to donate funds to the school as well. We have witnessed such inspiring changes in our son, Aidan, since he began at FSA last year. To us, FSA feels like home. That, in and of itself, is such a gift to our family, and I suspect other families feel the same way...that FSA is like a second home."
We hope it goes without saying that the Novak Family Foundation's donation is greatly appreciated and is already being put to great use. Plans are in motion for several anti-bullying outreach initiatives, and dialogue has begun to discuss the addition of a new environmental club next semester. Discussions are also occurring to plan how a portion of their contribution can support landscape beautification efforts in conjunction with the proposed campus expansion.
Gifts such as these are not only greatly appreciated, but they help to ensure a strong future for our school. Thank you to the Novak Family Foundation for a gift that will truly keep on giving for years to come.
To learn more about how you can make a tax-deductible donation to support Fulton Science Academy and the many programs and services offered here, please email Advancement Director, Megan Bowman, at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you!
Math Mustangs Continue Incredible Winning Streak!
Congratulations to the FSA Math Teams who did a spectacular job at the Luella High School Math Tournament on Saturday, October 15. This was the first Varsity Level Math Tournament the school has participated in thus far this year.
- FSA's Junior Varsity Team placed third as a team in the Junior Varsity Division (Our team competed against 10th graders at the high school level).
- One of our 10th graders, Ethan G., from the FSA Junior Varsity division, placed 9th individually in Junior Varsity Division.
- FSA's Varsity Team (including three eighth graders and one-ninth grader) placed 2nd as a team in the Varsity Division (The team competed against 12th graders at the high school level)! This is our best placement in Varsity division so far!
- One of our 9th graders, Charlie F., placed 5th individually in the Varsity Division.
- One of our 8th graders, Holden W., tied for 1st place and placed 2nd individually in the Varsity Division.
FSA Junior Varsity Math Team Members
Ethan G., Vishal B., Chaitanya N., George W.
FSA Varsity Math Team
Charlie F., Holden W., Tyler H., Vishaal R.
We would like to offer special thanks to Mr. Nifadkar and Mr. Ram for volunteering to help this weekend!
Congratulations to both FSAPS Math Teams, and particularly Ethan G., Charlie F., and Holden W. for their outstanding performance @ junior varsity or varsity level! Way to go Math Mustangs!!
Urgent! - Middle School Field Trip Forms DUE Tomorrow (Tuesday)
Fulton Science Academy is organizing a Middle School field trip to Chestatee Wildlife Preserve on Thursday, October 20, 2016, during school hours. We will leave from FSA at 8:30 a.m. and return around 3:30 p.m. Transportation will be provided by school buses.
If your child is not participating in the field trip, he/she will be working on his/her assigned work at the school.
If you would like your child to attend, please complete the permission form and return it to your child's homeroom teacher along with the $20 fee by tomorrow morning, Tuesday, October 18.
A hard copy of the attached form can be obtained from the front office. Thank you.
Mark Your Calendars!
Tuesday, October 18
- Picture Re-take Day (Red Shirts, please, for Pre-K through Grade 8; white polos for all high school students)
- Anti- Bullying Presentation 4th Grade and Up - student schedule change
Wednesday, October 19
- PSAT 8 a.m. (Registered Students Only - please see list of necessary materials in article)
Thursday, October 20
- Chestatee Wildlife Preserve Field Trip Middle School
- Red Ribbon Week- read more below!
Wednesday, October 26
- Hillcrest Orchards Field Trip - Grades 1-3
Thursday, October 27
- Academic Team Spirit Wear Dress Down Day/Sweet Tomatoes Fundraiser
Friday, October 28
- Atlanta Zoo Field Trip - Grades 4-5
- Bodies: The Exhibition @ the Premier Exhibition Center, Atlantic Station - High School Field Trip
October 31 & November 1
- Pumpkin Book Reports Due and on Display
- Middle School Model UN Competition
FTC Robotics Team Prepares for First Competition in November
Well, it’s way more than building robots. FIRST Tech Challenge teams (10+ members, grades 7-12) are challenged to design, build, program, and operate robots to play a floor game in an alliance format.
And Fulton Science Academy will join the fun this year, with a brand new rookie team that is excited to participate in its first regional competition on Saturday, November 5.
Students who comprise Team Syntax Error #11420 FTC have had two months to learn and explore concepts together. Some worked well, others required modifications, and some failed. But through each experience came learning.
After many hours of hard work, the team's robot includes four modules: chassis, collector brush, surgical tube lifter and flicker. These will be implemented during the competition as the robot responds to challenges and missions placed
As the rookie team, our team has done a great job to finished 4 modules in a short time. Good luck Syntax Error #11420 on regional completion on November 5th.
Portions of this article were taken from FRIST Tech Challenge Web Page. To learn more, please click here.
Picture Re-take Day Scheduled for Tuesday, October 18
On Tuesday, October 18, picture re-take day will be held at FSAPS. Any student who was not photographed on the school photo initial day will have their photo taken tomorrow morning.
All students who are being photographed on Picture Retake Day (Grades K -8) are asked to please wear a red shirt. High School students should please wear their white Oxford.
Please note that these photos are used for student ID cards and in the 2016-2017 FSA Yearbook. To order online, please use the following login information:
picture day id: AG206043Q1
Anti-Bullying Assembly Scheduled for October 18 at 10 a.m.
We look forward to this very moving presentation that has received lots of incredible press. Parents are welcome to attend.
PSAT Details - October 19
The PSAT will be held on October 19th at 8 a.m. in the gym for registered students only (Registration is now closed). Testing begins at 8 a.m. sharp on the 19th.
Students who arrive late on the testing day will not be allowed to enter the testing room. There is no makeup day for this test.
There are free resources available on CollegeBoard.org for you to utilize to prepare and to practice for the PSAT.
Please remember to bring the following on test day:
- Two No. 2 pencils
- An acceptable calculator (see below)
- Student ID number or Social Security number (optional)
- Email address (optional)
During the test (including breaks), students are to have nothing on their desks but a test book, an answer sheet, No. 2 pencils with erasers, and (when permitted) an acceptable calculator.
Calculator use — Calculators are permitted only on the Math Test – Calculator Icons on the answer sheet and in the test book indicate where a calculator is allowed.
All questions can be solved without a calculator, but a scientific or graphing calculator is recommended.
Students are advised to bring their own calculators and must keep only one on their desk; any additional backup calculators must be kept under the student’s desk. Students may not share calculators.
Unacceptable calculators — Students may not use:
Laptops or other computers, tablets, cellphones, smartwatches, or smartphones; models that can access the Internet or have wireless, Bluetooth, cellular, audio/video recording and playing, camera, or any other smartphone-type feature; models that have a typewriter-like keypad, pen- input, or stylus; models that use electrical outlets, make noise, or have paper tape.
Also, please be advised that cell phones are not permitted in the testing area. Thank you.
Ordering Information for Square 1 Art
Your talented students have created some wonderful artwork that came home recently with a FREE preview page of stickers and a personalized order catalog!
Please celebrate your child's artistic achievement by ordering timeless keepsakes to cherish for years to come.
Order Online Here:
Please Note: ORDERS ARE DUE Oct. 27th!
Mustang Players Announce Upcoming Production
Fulton Science Academy is so pleased to have many new additions to the Mustang Players this year; students ranging from 6th grade to 10th are hard at work rehearsing on Monday and Friday afternoons for their winter production, "Black Boot’s Lost Loot."
This one-act comedy chronicles the rivalry between two pirate crews, Black Boot and his men and Scurvy Sal’s crew of lady pirates. Be prepared for a whirlwind of treasure hunts, mistaken identities, and pirate romance. Shiver me timbers!
Through this work, students have the chance to memorize lines, learn about stage presence and voice control, and even lend a hand with set design and costuming. It is certainly hard work, but in the end, the cast members are left with memories that last a lifetime.
Please mark your calendars for Black Boot’s Lost Loot; the show opens on on December 8 and ticket information will be forthcoming.
Student Council Elects Representatives
The Student Council has had only had a few meetings so far this year, but members are working hard to represent their peers.
As a Student Council, the students shared their reasoning for why they wished to hold an elected position. Votes were cast, and the following students will represent the following roles:
President: Sophie R.
Vice President: Ameiya R.
Treasurer: Sanjeev U.
Secretary: Spiros K.
Public Relations Director: Venla H.
Together, Student Council members will work towards representing their peers to enhance student life and activities at FSA.
Fulton Science Academy to Appear in the November/December Issue of Alpharetta/Milton Magazine
An online copy of the magazine can be found here.
This magazine, which will be distributed to thousands of homes in our local community, is a hyper-local magazine that residents in and around our school have come to know and love. We appreciate the magazine's support and always love sharing the story of our incredible school and the wonderful students and faculty who fill it.
Free copies will be distributed to each of the following neighborhoods in early November:
- White Columns
- Crooked Creek
- Champions Club
- Kensington Farm
- Triple Crown
- Six Hills
- Bethany Commons
- Hopewell Downs
- Hampton Manor
- Canterbury Chase
- Highland Manor
- Richmond Glen
- Owens Farm
- Tramore place
Additionally, the magazine will be available at more than 100 local "drop spots" ranging from DaVinci Donuts to Milton's to a variety of hotels, restaurants, and grocery stores.
To learn more about Local Life Publishing, please click here.
Plans Underway for FSA's Second Annual Soccer Tournament
- To participate in the soccer tournament, each student or parent needs to fill out Google form (below) and please submit it no later than Friday, November 4, 2016.
- The games will begin the week of November 28 and will start at 4:30 p.m. Games will continue through December 8.
- The exact dates and times for each team will be determined once participant sign-ups are completed and teams are created.
- Coach Runnels will create the teams.
- There will be three groupings of teams; one consisting of players in 2nd through 4th grade; one for players in 5th through 7th grade, and one for players in 8th through 10th grade.
- The teams may be co-ed.
To sign up, please complete the following form.
Red Ribbon Week Focuses Upon Drug Awareness and Prevention
Red Ribbon Week, October 24-28, is both a celebration and commitment to be drug-free. During this week, Fulton Science Academy will celebrate by having a theme for each day of the week to show our commitment to a drug-free life. This program is being coordinated through the incredibly hard working parent volunteers who comprise the Mustang Support Organization (MSO).
This year’s Red Ribbon Week motto is “YOLO: Be Drug-Free, You Only Live Once.”
The school will have special themed dress days, face painting, themed ribbons, and stickers, as well as a canned food drive to support the school's partnership with "Blessings in a Backpack."
The school will provide assemblies by grade level to talk about living drug-free. These assemblies will be presented by the Amen Clinic.
Please take this time to speak with your children to discuss what they know about drugs the importance of living drug-free. This week is being coordinated with tremendous thought and consideration because #fsacares.
Red Ribbon Week - Day By Day...
I CAN, You CAN, We All CAN Take A Stand Against Drugs!
Please wear your yellow #fsacares shirt. This will be the kick-off for our can drive which will continue through the week. Students will receive a Red Ribbon Week themed ribbon to wear.
"I’m Voting For My Future!"
Please wear red, white, and/or blue shirts and accessories.
"Team Up Against Drugs!"
Wear your favorite team shirt/jersey
"I’m a “Jean”-ius, I’m Drug-Free!"
Students can wear jeans to school, get red ribbon face paint and a themed sticker. The Amen Clinic will be doing presentations for grades 6-10 and younger grades will have story time related to Red Ribbon Week.
"We Don’t Horse Around With Drugs!"
Please wear your spirit wear. This is the final day for our canned food drive, but the drive for Blessings in a Backpack will continue collecting food through December. We’d like to collect as much as we can during Red Ribbon Week to help set up the organization with donations before the holidays.
Addition of New Soccer Goals Provides Extra Fun for Students During Recess
Academic Team Fundraiser- Please Come Join us for Dinner at Sweet Tomatoes
Thursday, October 27, is our Second Annual Academic Teams Spirit Day! Students who are participating in an academic team can wear their team shirt and jeans to school. Thursday evening, all FSA families are invited to join us for a fundraiser at Sweet Tomatoes. If you present the flyer ( to be distributed) and purchase dinner and a beverage, Sweet Tomatoes will donate up to 30% of the proceeds back to FSA.
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Service Learning Club TO Adopt "Blessings in a BackPack" Outreach Initiative Later this Fall
Beginning later this fall, FSA homerooms will be invited to donate individual, serving-sized, non-perishable items for a food drive to benefit this cause. This will be a wonderful way to spend the time leading up to winter breaking making a positive difference in the lives of countless children who need us in our own surrounding areas.
October's Character Education Theme is "Citizenship"
Middle/ High School Journalism Club Creates Student Newsletter
This year’s Journalism Club is currently working on creating a student newsletter. The club’s goal is to produce a newsletter at least once a month.
During the first month, the club members learned interviewing skills and the format and content of news reports. Afterward, each student was given a topic to investigate and write for the newsletter.
Under the direction of editor Chloe R., the first edition of the newsletter should be ready for publication soon.
The students in the club are trying to report on issues relevant to students and start monthly columns related to student interests. The first edition will feature articles such as students illegally downloading apps to their iPads, students’ reactions to their lunch times, faculty Promethean boards in classrooms, the PokemanGo craze, and the results of students’ opinions regarding their choices in the upcoming presidential election.
Club members include Regina C., Ariana I., Chase J., Pratik P., Riya P., Chloe R., and Arnav S. Mr. Craig is the sponsor. The club meets on Tuesdays in room M11.
The club is also privileged to have parent volunteer Rookmin M., a former print and broadcast journalist, as a special advisor.
Kindergarten Classes Merge to Celebrate Mrs. Sander's Birthday
Ms. Fuchs’ hands on science club
Ms. Fuchs’ hands on science club is very interactive! Every week, the students observe different experiments through inquiry and using the 5 senses. Learning about science is much more exciting for students with stimulating activities like studying engineering by creating an aluminum foil boats in order to “save Ms. Fuchs”. The students have been investigating the world around them and why things happen through hands on science activities!
This month we have been focusing on “fall themed” science investigations! Last week we created building structures using only toothpicks and candy corn! Take a look at what we created!
FSAConnect mobile App
We are happy to inform you that now you can check fsaconnect by mobile app.
Here is how you can access the app:
ITunes App Store: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/radix-mobile/id1159005166?mt=8
Google Play Store: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.radix.radixmobile
The links can also be found at the bottom of your connect page by the other social media links.
A pop-up banner will appear on top of the screen when users access the school connect on their mobile devices.
Site link: https://fsaconnect.fultonscienceacademy.org
Username: fsaconnect username
Password: fsaconnect password
Registration Information - 2017 Math Kangaroo Day
I hope you are doing great!
Every student interested is able to participate in Math Kangaroo 2017! Any student in grades 1 through 12 qualifies if he or she can work independently and read and answer a multiple choice test. You don’t have to be a part of math team.
Registration for Math Kangaroo 2017 Competition starts on October 1, 2016 and ends on December 15, 2016. You may choose any location (Johns Creek, Duluth etc.) however registration fills up very quickly.
For more information, please check below link.
Each student interested in asked to register independently and participate independently. When registering, you must choose a location first. However registration fills up very quickly, please register as early as possible after Oct 1st.
Please use the link below to register.
Please keep your registration information handy and set up a reminder in your phone or outlook/email since competition will take place months later, on Thursday March 16th 2017. Also, please keep a copy of your confirmation email you will receive right after registration is completed!
How to prepare:
Sample practice questions may be found at the link below.
2)Math Kangaroo Media Library
Plenty of learning material, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at the Math Kangaroo Media Library.
Please let me know if you have any questions.
FSA Home Visit Information
Would you like to coordinate a home visit? If so, please read on...
FSA home visits offer a unique experience for both our teachers and families. If you haven't yet registered, we encourage you to please consider it.
Simply email email@example.com with some suggested dates/times, as well as your students' name(s) and homeroom assignments. Ms. Unal will be in touch to confirm final details.
Home visits are a casual way for your child to spend time with his/her teacher in the comfort of their home. Teachers enjoy having a chance to see children in this comfortable environment, doing whatever makes them most happy and spend time with children and their parents outside of a regular school day.
So far, home visits have been very well received. We thank everyone who has made this program such a special and successful part of FSA.
FSA to Appear in Several Atlanta-Area Magazines this Fall
Enrollment Information - Duke TIP Program for Eligible Seventh Graders
The Duke University Talent Identification Program (Duke TIP) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to serving academically gifted and talented youth. As a world leader in gifted and talented education, Duke TIP works with students, their families, and educators to identify, recognize, challenge, engage, and help students reach their highest potential.
Each year, the 7th Grade Talent Search helps educators and families determine how advanced their students' abilities truly are and what level of educational challenge is appropriate.
As a part of their talent search enrollment, Duke TIP will register eligible 7th graders to take either the ACT (no writing) or SAT as an above level testing experience. This allows students to have greater insight into their abilities and a chance to preview the test they will take during the college admissions process. The program also provides students with valuable benefits and resources designed specifically for academically talented youth.
To enroll, students must:
• Be in seventh grade (current eighth graders who skipped seventh grade may also participate.)
• Meet the test score requirements or have a coordinator’s recommendation
Test Score Requirements:
Students must have one of the following:
· Score at or above the 95th percentile on an accepted subtest or total battery/composite of a grade-level standardized achievement test, aptitude test, mental-ability test, approved state criterion-referenced test or
· Have a standard score at or above 125 on the full scale or composite score on an IQ test that is no more than two years old.
FSA-PS is highly recommending to register the SAT/ACT on December 2015. There are possible conflicts between academic team events and test dates, if the students will register for January/February tests.
The non-refundable enrollment fee for 7th grade talent Search is $75. This fee includes the cost of one of the ACT or one SAT test registration.
How to Enroll:
There are two ways to enroll: by mail or online. (Online enrollment is preferred.)
to enroll online visit www.tip.duke.edu/enroll and follow the instructions.
SCHOOL ID INFORMATION
Please be informed that our school ID is 263514-FG. You will need the school ID to register online.
If you would like get more information, helpful resources, and brochures, those can be found on Duke-TIP website at www.tip.duke.edu/7guide.
If you have any questions, please call Duke TIP directly at (919) 668-9100.
FSA's A-Z Directory Needs Your Input
I'm writing to ask that you please check your email for information concerning the A to Z directory. This service is being provided by the school's Mustang Support Organization and provides immediate access to our student and family information.
To ensure this service is fully functional, please log into the A-Z Directories using information sent to you previously via email and verify your contact information. All data verification needs to occur prior to Sept 29th.
An email was sent to you earlier from the Mustang Support Organization with details about how to register. Please check your email to retrieve this email if necessary.
MSO Activity Fees Now Due
The A-Z Directory, along with many other programs and services coordinated by the MSO, helps our school enjoy the quick rewards of modern technology.
With that said, our ability to provide services such as these that are not included in your child's tuition hinges upon every family paying their child's mandatory MSO fee. This fee is $100 per student for the entire school year.
If you have not yet paid your child's activity fee, please do so. These funds are critical in providing many services and opportunities for our students. If you have already paid, thank you!
As always, please direct questions and comments to me directly. Checks can be delivered to the front office made out to the "Mustang Support Organization." You can also pay online by clicking here and marking "MSO" in the purpose area.
Thank you for your support.
FSA Yearbook Information
Yearbook Club is in full swing as students begin to plan out their pages and write interview questions for their stories. Yearbook students have been hard at work learning about design, photo, and copy writing throughout the last 5 weeks. The entire class is ready to make one of the best yearbooks yet!
Below is some information on how you can order a yearbook for your student:
This year, Fulton Science Academy Private School is providing a TreeRing yearbook! Here are three reasons we chose TreeRing:
* Custom Yearbooks: Every student gets a one of a kind printed copy containing two free pages to customize with personal photos.
* Green Yearbooks: TreeRing plants a tree in our school’s name when you purchase a book and prints on recycled paper.
* Beautiful Yearbooks: All yearbooks are gorgeously printed in full color using the highest end print production available.
YOU CAN PURCHASE AND PERSONALIZE YOUR Fulton Science Academy Private School YEARBOOK BY CLICKING HERE:
A few important facts:
* Your personalized yearbook only costs $25.00.
* You’ll need to purchase your copy and complete your free personal pages by April 3.
* Your 2 free custom pages are optional, if you don’t customize you’ll receive a standard yearbook.
Get started by clicking on this link:
P.S. If you need help, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org"
PLEASE SIGN UP FOR REMIND, OUR SCHOOL NOTIFICATION APPlication
JOIN FSAPS REMIND HERE: https://www.remind.com/join/fsaps
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 receive 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 portals we use at our school to keep our families apprised of what's happening at Fulton Science Academy. Thank you.
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Uniform Policy Enforced
Common dress code violations include:
- Non-uniform jackets (all jackets worn in the classroom should only be uniform)
- Non-uniform pants
- High school students not wearing their oxford shirts
- Non-uniform shoes
A link to Lands End, our uniform supplier, is included at the bottom of this newsletter. Thank you for your attention to this matter.
MSO FEES ARE DUE NOW
What is the "Mandatory Activity Fee?"
The Activity Fee is $100 per student, paid directly to the Mustang Support Organization. Currently, we are a 501(c)3 with a separate EIN number from Fulton Science Academy Private School. The activity fee is mandatory for all students and is listed as a required payment on our web site and marketing materials.
How and when do I pay my Activity Fee?
Fees are due no later than September 1. You may click on the link below to pay your fee(s) via PayPal. If you prefer to pay via check, please make checks payable to "Mustang Support Organization" and put them in a clearly marked, sealed envelope, and leave them at the front desk.
What are examples of programs coordinated by the MSO?
Examples of functions held last year include:
- Cyber Safety Assembly Speakers for Students & Parents
- Earth Day Activities
- Room Parent Organization
Private Music Lessons Available
FSAPS is very happy to offer private music lessons to students, teachers, and members of the administration. Although enrollment can be made throughout the year and fees can be pro-rated, spaces are filled on a first-come, first-served basis and spots are filling quickly. For more information regarding private music lessons, please contact Melinda Hubbell at 770/402-2907 or email email@example.com. Thank you!
Please be informed that student pick-up is not allowed from the front office between the hours of 3:00 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. All families are required to follow the dismissal instructions described HERE to pick up their children. If you miss our 3:30 p.m. dismissal, please wait until the 4:20 p.m. dismissal to pick up your child, our teachers prepare for clubs and ask that we do not interrupt them. We kindly request that any families who have doctor appointments or other commitments please plan to pick up your child from the front lobby prior to 3:00 p.m.
SCHOOL LUNCH PROGRAM
APPLY NOW FOR YOUR 2017 TAX CREDIT
Dear FSA Families,
We are pleased to announce details surrounding the GA Tax Credit Scholarship Program. Applications to participate are being accepted now, and we hope you will choose to participate.
This program provides an opportunity for taxpayers to redirect Georgia tax dollars and, in turn, provide financial aid assistance to FSA students. We would greatly appreciate it if you would please apply and choose Fulton Science Academy Private School as your designated school.
Please also inform your friends, co-workers, and relatives who live in Georgia; they can also participate and help support our school.
How can this tax credit benefit both Fulton Science Academy Private School and myself?
Under this law, you can redirect a portion of your Georgia income tax to provide financial aid assistance to FSA students based upon need. You will receive a tax credit on your state income taxes and a charitable deduction on your federal incomes taxes for the amount of your contribution. For married couples filing jointly, the maximum tax credit-eligible contribution is $2,500 ($1,000 as an individual).
How do I participate in the program?
It’s easy. All you have to do is complete our easy paperless process, and Apogee will submit the paperwork on your behalf. Apogee will process your approval notice within 30 days. Once the approval notice is received, please send your payment by check or pay online within 60 days of your approval date.
Is there a limit regarding how much I can give each year?
Yes, the amount you can give is limited by your tax filing status:
- Married Filing Jointly: Maximum of $2,500
- Individual Filer: Maximum of $1,000
- Married Filing Separately: Maximum of $1,250
- Individuals who receive pass-through income can contribute up to $10k
- C-Corporation: Up to 75% of GA tax liability
Can I direct my contribution to help a specific student?
Although we understand why it would be ideal to designate specific recipients, this is not possible. Apogee does not accept donations that are allocated for specific individuals. Donors would lose their ability to receive a charitable contribution, as well as the Georgia tax credit.
Apogee is a 501c3 non-profit organization and, as such, is bound first and foremost by the rules and regulations governing this special status. As a 501c3, Apogee is not permitted to accept any donations directed to a specific individual. To do so would put Apogee’s non-profit status in jeopardy and, in turn, its SSO status in jeopardy.
Who or what is Apogee?
Apogee Scholarship Fund is a state registered SSO (Student Scholarship Organization) as well as a 501c3 non-profit organization whose primary functions are to facilitate the process of distributing tax credits in exchange for donations and to disburse those funds for private school tuition scholarships.
"Apogee" (ap-uh-jee) is defined as the highest point (typically of an arc). To this end, Apogee strives to help children reach their highest educational potential.
How do I know what my GA tax liability is?
Your GA tax liability is typically 6% of your Adjusted Gross Income (AGI). You can also look at Line 18 of your GA tax return (Form 500) to learn your GA tax liability.
Why should I give now?
The State has placed a yearly cap on the amount of credit available. That amount is $58 million. That means that every school, every taxpayer, and every corporation in GA is drawing from the exact same pool of credits.
Once the funds are distributed, interested agencies must wait until the following year to participate in the program. Once funds are deposited, they are immediately available to assist families who want the best educational choice for their children.
Please note: The yearly cap is generally met on the very first day of January; we expect this trend to continue until the cap is raised beyond the $58 million. For this reason, it is strongly encouraged that you please submit your application as soon as possible to be considered for approval.
Can I reduce my quarterly estimated tax payments by the amount I donate?
This is a great opportunity to write the check to support education instead of paying that portion of estimated taxes. Please ask your accountant to reduce your quarterly estimated tax payment by the amount of your contribution. This will reduce each of your quarterly payments by 25% of the amount you intend to contribute.
What happens if my donation exceeds my tax liability?
The tax credit is a “non-refundable” credit. This means you cannot receive a refund for any more than your GA tax liability. Any excess credit beyond your tax liability can be carried forward for up to five years.
Do I have to include my check with my donation package when mailing to Apogee?
No. Apogee cannot accept payments prior to January 1. Since the vast majority of applications received are early applications, payment should be made after approval has been secured. Payment must be madewithin 60 days of approval.
What is Apogee's Tax ID Number?
Is this donation a charitable deduction on my Federal return in addition to the credit?
Yes. Because of the 501c3 status, you are eligible to receive a Federal Charitable Deduction for the amount of your contribution. The law does require that you increase your State income by the amount of your Charitable Deduction on your Federal return (donation amount).
Can Apogee help me understand how this credit will affect my specific tax situation?
Yes. Apogee is well versed in the specifics of how this credit affects most tax scenarios and is happy to offer guidance regarding how this credit is related to your specific tax situation.
As always, we also suggest that you please consult your personal tax advisor, as they will have the best understanding of your specific tax situation.
How do I get started?
Simply log onto http://www.apogee123.org.
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