Fulton Science Academy


Week of February 1, 2016

Dear Students, Faculty, and Parents,

We would like to begin this newsletter by congratulating the recent achievements of our students in 2016 State First Lego League, the Regional Technology Fair and the Regional Future City competition this past weekend. Please see details below.

Future City Team places third

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FSA Future City Team coached by Mr. Turan and Mr.Yavuz did a great job last weekend at Kennesaw State University. They received the 3rd place in Georgia among 40 teams. In addition, their project won the Best Fire Protection Engineering award sponsored by SFPE (Society of Fire Protection Engineers ). Future City Team members are Amisha Darji, Nour Khalifa and Sameer Cheema. We congratulate these wonderful students for the great job!

Fulton Science Academy Private School 2016 Future City Award


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On January 30 team Glitchware.exe #7295 and Optimus Primates compete at Gatech FLL State Championship.

Team # 7300 Optimus Primates won the Judges Award in 2016 State First Lego League Competition at Georgia Tech. Congratulations! Way to go!

Judges Awards: During the course of competition the judges may encounter teams whose unique efforts, performance or dynamics merit recognition. Some teams have a story that sets them apart in a noteworthy way. Sometimes a team is so close to winning an award that the judges choose to give special recognition to the team. Judges Awards allow the freedom to recognize remarkable teams that stand out for reasons other than the Core Award categories.

Team Optimus Primates includes the following students: Faris Unal, Sadat Akgun, Taha Tas, Jacob Grigsby, Sameer Cheema, Cecil Teber, Abhi Gutta, and Suat Kilic

Team Glitch ware.exe includes the following students:Edgar Robitaille, Aaron Weinberg, Andrew Schneider, Claire Bowman, Daniel Romero, Rithvik Konda, Manasvi Gaddam.


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Our school hosted the Private School and Homeschool Regional Tech Fair on Sunday. 75 students, including 19 from FSA, competed with some very exciting projects. The judges found the entries to be of a high standard this year.

All first place winners will be moving on to the State Final in Macon on March 5th.

Here is the list of FSA 1st place winners:

Game Design (3 and 4th grades) - Suha Syed and Ipsita Bahattacharya

Game Design (7,8) - Sedat Akgun, Taha Tas

3D Modeling (5,6) - Sarayu Reddy

3D modeling (7,8) - Burak Uduk

Programming (5,6) - Rohan Movva

Programming (7,8 ) - Rishan and Shivan Patel

Device Modification (7,8) - Kian Najaf

Device Modification (5,6) - Edgar Robitaille

Robotics (7,8) - Shivani Naraharishetty

Audio Production(7,8) - Samuel Weinberg

Animation (3,4) - Isra Hussain, Aanchal Prasad

Animation(7,8) - Nishad Kute

Digital Photo Production (7,8) - Shreya Puvvula, Shivani Naraharishetty

Video Production (7,8) - James Stevens

Internet Applications (7,8) - Arul Selvakumar

Mobile Apps (5-6) - Ansh Jain

Mobile Apps(7,8) - Prajwal Vedula

Multimedia Applications (5,6) - Nuriye Agu, Nikki Zekavati

Technology Literacy Challenge (7,8) - Prajwal Vedula

Thank you to all entrants for bringing your wonderful projects and enthusiasm.

Geo Bee Competition Results

The FSAPS Social Studies Department held its 13th annual school-wide National Geographic Geography Bee on Wednesday, January 27th. We had a number of qualifiers for the Bee representing students in the 4th through 8th grades, which moved through several preliminary rounds before settling on our finalists.

The championship round was the most heated, taking five rounds before 7th grader Arul Selvakumar eventually prevailed over the other competitors.

Arul cruised through the preliminary and championship rounds faced off against 6th grader Nishanth Arumugam in the final round. In the finals, Arul kept up his momentum by answering each of his questions correct missing none throughout the entire competition from the class bee through to his eventual championship-winning answer.

Arul will complete a qualifying test for the chance to represent FSAPS in the state Geography Bee this April and potentially to the national championship in Washington DC in May.

Thanks again to all of our competitors and good luck to Arul!

1st Place: 7th grader Arul Selvakumar

2nd Place: 6th grader Nishanth Arumugam

3rd Place: 8th grader Nishad Kute

The Page Program at the Georgia Capitol

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All Turkish Class 8th graders and most of the 7th Grade students who are taking Turkish Class have participated in the Page Program at the Georgia Capitol on the day of Turkish-American Friendship Day, Wednesday, January 27th. The students paged for Senator Michael Williams, Representative Virgil Fludd and Representative Valerie Clark.

"'The Georgia House of Senate and Representatives’ Page Program' is an exclusive opportunity offered to Georgia’s students to visit the State Capitol and serve the members of the House of Representatives and Senators. This program has become an essential part of the services provided to both the legislators and the public.”

It was a great experience for the students who attended. They got a certificate afterwards and 6 hours public service volunteer hours as well. There will be another opportunity for The Page Program soon.


We had a great gifted speech by Dr. Newman this past Thursday. The audience was large and had plenty of questions for Dr. Newman!

The seminar focused on unique developmental patterns in gifted children, particularly the effects of developmental asynchrony and emotional sensitivity on adjustment and performance.

Dr. Newman is a licensed psychologist providing high quality comprehensive services to children and adolescents ages four to college years. Dr. Newman specializes in gifted and creative children and adolescents.

Thank you Dr.Newman.

We will continue to host such great seminars for our families.

100TH Day Celebrations!

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As most classes do across the nation, our students celebrated the 100th Day of School after counting and tracking each day all school year! To prepare for this upcoming event, the Kindergarten students learned important facts and skills pertaining to 100. The celebration of 100 days in kindergarten was first introduced in the 1981- 82 Newsletter of the Center for Innovation in Education. Today, the sheer quantity of 100th Day related books, activities, and merchandise is mind-boggling. It’s tempting to try and do everything 100-related, and our kindergarteners would claim we probably did! January 27th was a fun-filled day of hands-on activities, games, tasty treats, and lots of parent volunteers who joined us to share in the celebration.

The 100th day is not just about math. This easily becomes a cross-curricular celebration. Students worked in small groups to write 100 words for a class display. After we collected 100 words, students worked in teams to alphabetize them. We wrote and illustrated about what we will look like when we are 100 using our individually aged photos from an aging application as inspiration, and wrote a sentence about what our “100” turned into! Some of our most popular events included a “zero” eating contest, creating “Derdnuh” (10 each of 10 different snacks), creating necklaces of 100 beads, and working in teams to build a tower of 100 solo cups!

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Important Dates

ongoing - February 8-Soccer Tournament 1-8 grade- check game schedule

February 5- Re-enrollment for guaranteed spot 2016-2017 deadline

February 5- Maker Faire submission deadline

February 5-FSA Leadership Camp deadline

February 7 - Open House for Prospective Families at 1 pm.

February 12- Valentines Day Dances, Elementary 1:30-2:30, Middle School 2:30-3:30

February 15 - Presidents Day - NO SCHOOL

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

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

February 26th and 27th 6 pm - Drama 101 presentation of " The Giver"

CMP the theme for February is Citizenship

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

Mrs. Houston's CMP class

For the month of January the Character Ed trait we focused on was Motivation. We spent two weeks discussing how we could motivate one another in all areas of life - school, sports, home, etc. The students worked together to design motivational posters and write fun chants for one another. The culmination of our lessons was when the class was divided into two groups. They wrote a song about Motivation and at our final class, they presented them in front of everyone! Their songs were amazing, creative, and so wonderful!

This week at FSA

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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.

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.

Send your Valentine a sweet message!

Student Council and Mrs. Carmona’s CMP/CE class are teaming up to sell valentines for the students to give to their friends or valentine.

What: A wrapped Cutie (mandarin orange) with a small candy and a valentine card.

Who: Anyone can purchase them for their friends or valentine.

When: Sales begin January 27th. The last day to purchase is February 9th. Valentines will be distributed on February 12th.

Where: Sales will take place in the cafeteria. Valentines will be distributed to student’s 1st period class.

Cost: $2.00 All proceeds will go to “Together We Learn – Juntos Aprendemos Community"-

Mission: Latino Network provides transformative opportunities, services, and advocacy for the education, leadership and civic engagement of our youth, families and communities

Student Council Soccer tournament fundraiser continues

Wow! What an exciting week for our soccer players! All teams have played their first game, and are now ready for the second week of the tournament!

Parents are welcome to watch the games, but for safety reasons we cannot have unaccompanied students in the gym at that time. Any unaccompanied child will be take to After Care.

A brief overview:

The soccer games will start at 4:35pm in the gym. All students on the playing teams for that day should change clothes before arriving to the gym to play their game. The dates are Monday, January 25th to Monday, February 8th. The tournament will span over two full weeks with the championship being on the Monday of the third week. As teams are eliminated, we will continue to share an updated schedule with you.

It will be a double elimination bracket with the games lasting 35 minutes with a 5 minute break between each 15 minute halves. There is 10 minutes scheduled between each game just in case students need more than 5 minutes to get to the second game, or if we have a tie, we can do PKs (penalty kicks) until we get a winner.

We look forward to another exciting week of games!

Club Updates

Pre-K Lego and Building Club

In this week’s Building Club the students choose to play with Lego and Gear sets. The students always have so much fun working together whilst being able to use their imagination to create and build buildings, vehicles and structures, It is always amazing to see the things they create each week and the stories they tell you about their creations and why they built them.

Playing with Lego and building games helps enhance a child’s critical thinking, communication and fine motor skills whilst encouraging creativity, promotes team work and enhances children’s self- esteem.

Drama 101 practicing hard for February Performances

Drama 101 has been hard at work preparing for the one-act play, “The Giver,” which will premiere at the end of February. The play is based on Lois Lowry’s young adult novel by the same way in which a highly-controlled, futuristic society is disrupted by one boy’s desire to experience life in a deeper and more meaningful way. Through the process of production, students have become familiar with stage directions, blocking, characterization, voice control, and set design.

Although the club meets only once a week, students and parents have shown great commitment by staying after school on Friday evenings and returning on Saturday mornings to rehearse for the show.

We are all very excited to present our hard work to the FSA family and community on February 26th and February 27th at 6 pm. Don’t miss it!

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.


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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.

PVO looking for volunteers for Valentines Dance

The dance will be on February 12th

Elementary School- 1:30-2:30 pm

Middle School- 2:30-3:30 pm

Please sign up using the following link : https://www.volunteerspot.com/login/entry/918119612067


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 Tuesday February 2 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

More information and registration details are coming soon at 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.

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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.

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 to work on your project throughout the semester and bring it to school no later than Monday, April 25th.


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.


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Fulton Science Academy Private School would like to inform you that they will have an open house for prospective families on Sunday, February 7, 2016 from 1pm to 3pm.

Fulton Science Academy is excited to share many wonderful aspects that make FSA Private School an exceptional choice. Families will meet with their dynamic administrative team and nurturing and engaging faculty to learn about the school’s mission and philosophy, as well as, their academic and extra-curricular programs.

Families will also have the opportunity to learn more about Fulton Science Academy new campus.

1:00PM School Tour by Fulton Science Academy Students
1:30PM School Presentation by the Administration
1:30PM to 3:00PM Students will attend fun activities coordinated by Fulton Science Academy Teachers
2:20PM Parent Panel and Q&A

If you wish to reserve your spot for the open house, please CLICK HERE

For details about open house, please CLICK HERE.

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.

Year Book Cover Design- Results announced next week!

Private Music Lesson Program

A Little Note

Attending concerts and solo performances is advantageous to music students in that it aids them in their: listening skills, performance etiquette, exposing them to different types of music and cultures and realizing what they can attain through dedication and practice. Many students have never been to a concert and are thrilled to have the opportunity. I will try to keep you posted regarding upcoming local concerts.

There is a free concert at Piano Works in Duluth on Saturday, February 6th at 3 PM. It is part of the North Fulton Music Teachers Association Concert Series. Works will be performed: trio, 2 pianos and solos. There is no reservation needed. I encourage you all to come!

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.

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.

Spiritwear Orders

The orders placed in November should be received by the end of January.

There was a slight hiccup with the holiday breaks, thank you for your patience :)

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.

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