From the Principal's Desk
December 7, 2020
Hello Fabulous FWAFA Families -
I want to thank everyone for their support in our efforts to keep everyone healthy. This past week we have continued to improve upon our social distancing efforts. Teachers have re-examined their room set up and have worked to maximize the spacing between students where possible. We are also continuing to remain vigiliant about handwashing/santizing and disinfecting high touch surfaces between classes.
As a reminder, please check in with your student each morning to determine whether she or he is experiencing any of the following symptoms. If so, please remain at home and reach out to our nurse Kay Armstrong at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Check in with your child each morning for the following signs of illness:
☐ Fever (100.4 or greater) or chills
☐ New loss of taste or smell
☐ New uncontrolled cough that causes difficulty breathing (students with chronic
allergic/asthmatic cough, a change in cough from usual)
☐ Flu-like Symptoms: Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, unusual fatigue, significant muscle pain or body aches
☐ Severe headache
☐ Sore throat
☐ Nausea or vomiting
☐ Close contact with someone diagnosed with COVID-19 within the last two
weeks (within 6 feet of infected person for at least 15 cumulative minutes)
Although lately the messages that you have received from me are COVID-19-related, this week I am happy to be sharing lots of congratulations to our amazing students and exciting events that are happening at our school. Take a look!
Dr. Jennifer Jackson
Congratulations to Jackson Layton, FWAFA Thespian President
Congratulations to FWAFA Thespian President Jackson Layton on being selected to serve a second term as State Thespian Officer for Texas Thespians!
Jackson was chosen along with 19 other Thespian leaders from throughout the state. He served as Social Media Chair for 2019-2020, and was integral in planning for the very first Virtual Texas Thespian State Festival, which included over 4,200 participants from Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas, Idaho, and Louisiana!
In addition, Jackson helped create the new Texas Thespian Leadership Academy for troupe officers. We are so proud of Jackson’s leadership for both FWAFA and Texas Thespians!
Friday, December 11: Welcome to the 60s!
Streaming for a limited time only, Welcome to the 60s is a Theatrical Revue, featuring musical numbers, skits, and more either from or set during the 1960’s. Each act has been chosen and produced specifically with the pandemic in-mind, utilizing outdoor spaces, social-distancing, and masks, when needed.
In lieu of a traditional, on-stage performance, FWAFA is working with a professional crew of videographers, guest choreographers and directors to film and produce a full-length, high-quality, virtual performance for all to enjoy.
Part of the TCA+A Performing Arts Series, Welcome to the 60s is one of three premiere, auditioned high school theatre productions for the 2020-2021 season. While this show is produced by the Theatre Department, any FWAFA high school student is welcome to audition, which creates a diverse cast of performers from all fine arts backgrounds.
At Fort Worth Academy of Fine Arts, we pride ourselves on providing students with high-quality fine arts training and performance opportunities.
This year has been uniquely challenging due to the pandemic. Unfazed, our fine arts faculty and students have worked countless hours, TOGETHER, to ensure we are still able to put on the professional shows our audience knows and loves – just in a different format. More importantly, we have remained dedicated to our students, giving them a creative and safe space to continue doing what they are most passionate about.
This event is free and appropriate for all ages. Grab your family and friends and escape 2020 for a while – Welcome to the 60s!
Tune in at 7:00 p.m. on Friday, December 11 for the premiere of Welcome to the 60s at www.artsacademics.org/Live.
NAHS will be selling their annual winter coloring books online this year!
All pages are original and hand-drawn by our members. Be sure to get yours today!
Pickups for online orders will be on Friday, December 18th, time TBA.
Combined Choir Concert - Thursday, December 17
Congratulations to our Thespians!
Congratulations to the following FWAFA Thespians who competed along with 1,010 performers at the Virtual Texas Thespians State Festival.
These students advanced to the national level and are eligible to compete at the Virtual International Thespian Festival this coming summer.
Maya Michalski - Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered - Solo Musical
Gabriela Yarbrough - He Wanted a Girl - Solo Musical
Jenna Williamson - Not for the Life of Me - Solo Musical
Avery Jones - Screw Loose - Solo Musical
Congratulations also to senior Lauren Magee who received a $1500 scholarship! Lauren was chosen from over 400 applicants with her vocal performance and essay submission.
We are so proud of FWAFA Thespians Troupe 6391!
January 11: PTSO Uniform Resale
Don't miss PTSO's next uniform resale on Monday, January 11
Looking to replace those lost or outgrown uniform parts or official outerwear garments? Skirts, polos looking ratty? Missing a dance shoe?
PTSO will hold another school uniform/spirit wear/dance wear/etc. resale on Monday, January 11, starting at 3:30 p.m. in the cafeteria. The event will conclude as business curtails.
Sizes and selections vary but are subject to availability. Chances are you can stock up for a fraction of the usual retail cost. As always, if you find lost items labeled with your student's name that were not intended for resale donation, they will be returned to you at no charge.
Also, please continue to donate outgrown, unused or unwanted uniform items to the PTSO donation box in the cafeteria. These items go to resale and help us support FWAFA students, teachers, staff and programs. Happy shopping and thanks for your support!
Wanted! PTSO Executive Board Positions
Would you like to be more involved at FWAFA? – The PTSO is currently recruiting for the 2021 Family Ambassador Coordinator and VP of Membership. These positions run from January 1, 2021-December 31, 2021.
The Family Ambassador Coordinator matches new families coming into FWAFA with existing FWAFA Families. The FWAFA Family Ambassador Coordinator helps identify FWAFA Family Ambassadors to help transition new families to our school.
The VP of Membership is responsible for the annual PTSO membership shirt, membership tiers, and the School Directory.
If you are interested in serving on the Board or would like more information about the Board positions, duties and responsibilities, please contact Ashley Clingenpeel at email@example.com. All other board positions will be recruited for in the spring for the 2021-2022 school year.
Gear up! FWAFA Spirit Items Still Available
FWAFA items are still available in limited quantities.
· Sweatpants $20
· Ball caps $15
· Blankets $18
Place your order here, https://forms.gle/DkovRsfw7kVdsNmg7 before supplies run out. You can select to have the items delivered to your student in class before Winter Break or to pick up after school at the South entrance on Thursday, December 17.
December 17: Violin Sale
Gently-Used ~ Intermediate Quality
Sizes: 1/2 (6-10 year-olds), 3/4 (9-11 year-olds), and 4/4 (11+ years & Adults)
$125 / Violin (cash or check)
$130 / Violin (credit card)
December 17, 2020
4:00 – 5:00pm
Also available: 1 French horn and 1 Trombone
*Contact Penny Clay 817-766-2390 with questions*
Each year our awesome PTSO helps teachers and grade level teams put together Amazon Wish lists. If you would like to show some appreciation to our hard working teachers and provide needed classroom materials and supplies, you can find all of their wishes here.
Gift the Gift of Dance this Holiday Season!
Creative Movement | Ages 3-4
Our youngest students are introduced to the fundamentals of dance through imaginative play, which enhances self-confidence and strengthens cognitive skills, coordination, rhythm, spatial awareness, and gross motor skills.
We still have spaces open both in-person and online at ArtsAcademics.org/Conservatories
Mark Your Calendar!
Monday, December 7 - National Art Honor Society Coloring Books - On Sale
Wednesday, December 9 - Progress Report Distribution
Friday, December 11 - Welcome to the 60's Premiere at 7:00 p.m.
Thursday, December 17 - Violin Sale in Cafeteria from 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Thursday, December 17 - Combined Choir Concert at 7:00 p.m.
Friday, December 18 - Last Day of 3rd Grading Period; Early Release at 12:15 p.m.