Friday, May 04, 2018

Elementary Newsletter from Wade Putnal


Backpack Ministry immediate needs are Vienna sausages, Capri Sun juice pouches, and applesauce. Thank you for always helping with this outreach!
THANK YOU …This year Backpack Ministry has received an abundance of donated items this year. Thank you for sharing with this local ministry.

LIBRARY NEWS:  It’s time to clean kids’ rooms, car hiding-places, bookshelves, book bags, etc., to look for lost library books. (It’s most interesting to hear where lost books are discovered!) Note that all library books and fines were due yesterday, May 2.  It’s been a pleasure working with your children in the library this year.

FIELD DAY is FRIDAY, MAY 18th -  9 a.m. to noon
Friday, May 18th, is our annual Elementary Field Day for 1st to 5th graders. We will have half-day early dismissal at noon for 1st-5th. (3K, Pre-K, and K students will have regular school hours.) Don't forget to apply sunscreen to your child before school that day. If you are interested in volunteering, email Lauren Cheek at mattcheek@cox.net.  Class Colors:
        1st-ORANGE;    2nd- YELLOW;   3rd-GREEN;   4th-BLUE;   5th-"BLACKOUT" or TIE-DYE


SUMMER CAMPS NOW ONLINE!  Summer is awesome at FPD! There are over 42 camps to choose from with options for students in 3K-12th grade in academics, art, and athletics!
The fun begins May 29. Be sure to check out some of our new options like … Video Creation, Brick City Engineers, Sewing, S.T.E.A.M, ROBO Chicks, Handwriting Heaven, BAT League, Theater 2-week Workshop for grades 5th-9th, and so much more! All are hosted on our campus by caring instructors who teach according to FPD’s Core Values. Bring your friends, neighbors, and cousins! 
SEE flyer in today’s folder…Summer Enrichment Programs…VKING CLUBHOUSE 3K- 2nd, VIKING CREW 3rd-5th “JR. Leader” Training program, and lots of Center for Discovery Camps. Sign up for all online now!
Register online at www.fpdmacon.org/enrichmentprograms  or
IMPORTANT INFORMATION about SUMMER READING
 Please check the school website for information on SUMMER READING. **There are required books, suggested reading lists, and activities for all grade levels.  www.fpdmacon.org. Go to FPD community and then to PARENT LINKS.

FPD Consignment Sale -Thursday- Friday, May 17-18, 8:00am-6:00pm. It's not too late to participate in our sale. (For security reasons, please do not take FPD uniforms to Goodwill or other local charities.) Instead, please sell or donate them at our school’s annual consignment sale. Donations may be dropped off anytime in The Viking Store, open daily 7:45 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. near the cafeteria in the MAC.
NOTE: Elementary (1st-5th graders) will wear uniforms on May 16th for the Honors Assembly.

Congratulations! FPD Elementary came in second place in the Goodwill Donation Drive. We will receive a check from Goodwill. Mrs. Hollingsworth’s 5th grade had the most donations and will enjoy a pizza party. Many thanks to all who donated. Go Vikings!

THE VIKING STORE is the perfect place for end-of-year or graduation gifts. Open daily 7:45 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in the MAC. Call Renita at 478-477-6505, x177 for info.

*** COMING UP ***
May 8-   Elementary Chapel- 12:05 (3K, PK, K leads)J
May14-  Special Show and Tell- Air Evac LifeTeam helicopter will land on FPD’s football field
               @9:00 am
May18-  Elementary Field Day for grades 1st- 5th, 9:00 am-12 noon. Early dismissal for 1st- 5th.  
               Extended Day will be available if needed. Please contact Lauren Wrabel.
               Students in 1st- 5th attending ED for the afternoon will need to bring a lunch.
May 19 - FPD Commencement at Ingleside Church, 12:00 noon
May 21 - 5th Grade Graduation, 7 pm, Clark Fine Arts auditorium
May 22 - LAST DAY OF SCHOOL – Half day/early dismissal at 11:45. Year-End
                Celebration/Slide Show at 10:30 am. Extended day available until 6:00 pm. Please
                contact Lauren Wrabel. Students attending ED will need to bring a lunch. Last day
                for school year Extended Day program.
May 29-  All summer enrichment programs begin.  SEE flyer in today’s folder…Summer
               Enrichment Programs…VKING CLUBHOUSE 3K- 2nd, VIKING CREW 3rd-5th “JR. Leader”   
               Training program, and lots of Center for Discovery Camps. Sign up for all online now!
               Register online at www.fpdmacon.org/enrichmentprograms  or
               Email: enrichmentprograms@fpdmacon.org

Washington Trip - Monday Morning Reminders


  • 4:30 am - load buses in the Fine Arts parking lot.
  • Students should sit with their chaperone (in the seat next to the chaperone) until after our Chick-fil-A stop in Augusta.
  • Students may wear FPD spirit shirts with jeans or shorts.  Athletic shorts are fine and girls may wear leggings with longer t-shirts.

Student Art Portfolios

It's hard to believe that our fifth graders are having their very last elementary art class today!  Students' art portfolios contain the work they have completed with Mrs. Simmons this year and I know you'll be impressed with the quality of their art!  In order to ensure their masterpieces make it home without being folded, crumpled, or otherwise damaged, please stop by the art room after school beginning today (through the end of the school year) to pick up your fifth grader's portfolio.

Tuesday, May 01, 2018

The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier

Good morning!  As we prepare for our trip to Washington DC next week, students are learning about the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and those who guard the tomb.  We've watched an excellent documentary in Social Studies class entitled "The Unknowns."  This video is available to rent or purchase through YouTube and I've included the link below.  The students watched the video Monday and Tuesday in class, but parents (and children who were absent) might want to watch it!  It's a very well-made documentary that I think you will enjoy.

Click this link to open the video on YouTube.  There is an option to rent or purchase the video on Youtube if you are interested.

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Elementary Newsletter from Wade Putnal


TESTING IS THIS WEEK for 1st-8th grades (April 9-13.) Please remember that children should eat a healthy breakfast, including some protein, and arrive to school on time. Please do not schedule any appointments during school hours this week. No late start on Wednesday, April 11th. Regular school hours begin at 8:15.

This week. Our Elementary school is helping bring in needed items for a high school group project. Students are asked to bring in medical supplies for Macon’s local Mentor’s Project. If your family would like to donate please have your child bring in any of these:
Band-Aids, Neosporin, Hydrocortisone cream, Children’s Motrin, Children’s cold medicine, Vitamins for children.
There is a drop box in the front hallway. J  


Backpack Ministry immediate needs are Vienna sausages, juice boxes, juice pouches, jello, and pudding. Thank you for always helping with this outreach!


SPRING CLEANING?!! Goodwill Donation Drive April 14-22nd- FPD Elementary is competing with other local schools for the most donations during this time. Be sure to attach your child's tickets when dropping off items at any Goodwill location. Tickets will come home in folders. Please share tickets with family, neighbors, and friends. You may make extra copies of your tickets as needed.
How does this help FPD Elementary? Monetary awards are given to the schools that place in this competition. With some of our winning funds from the past, we have recently purchased a NEW greenhouse for our gardens and items for our NEW “STEAM Roller” carts (Science/ Technology/Engineering/Arts/Math). Each grade level 3k-5th grade will have oneJ
  
BOX TOPS: Don’t forget to send in your BOX TOPS for free money donated to our school. Thank you!

GARDEN CORNER: Spring planting time is set for the first two weeks of April. We always need and enjoy parent helpers! Please let your teacher know when you can volunteer. Thank you for helping if you can. A BIG THANK YOU to ACE Hardware on Forsyth Road for again donating items for our spring planting! Please thank those at ACE when you shop thereJ

FIELD DAY is May 18th - 9 a.m. to noon
Friday, May 18th, is our annual Elementary Field Day for 1st to 5th graders. We will have half-day early dismissal at noon for 1st-5th. (3K, Pre-K, and K students will have regular school hours.) Don't forget to apply sunscreen to your child before school that day. If you are interested in volunteering, email Lauren Cheek at mattcheek@cox.net.
**FIELD DAY CLASS COLORS:  1st -ORANGE;  2nd -YELLOW;  3rd - GREEN4th -BLUE5th -"BLACKOUT" or TIE-DYE.
  
FPD Annual Consignment Sale scheduled for May 17-18: Info also available online
CLOTHING DROPOFF: Friday, May 11th through Wednesday, May16th 7:45am4:00pm
SALE DATES:  FULL PRICE SALE DAY: Thursday, May 17th 8:00am6:00pm
HALF PRICE SALE DAY:  Friday, May 18th, 8:00am6:00pm 
PICK UP DAY: Monday, May 21st, 8amnoon 
Drop-off and sale location is just inside the MAC Lobby door to the left. Please don’t donate your school uniforms to local charities – please consign or donate to FPD and they will be sent overseas. Tax deduction receipts are available.

THE VIKING STORE carries short-sleeved Lands' End uniform shirts for your convenience.  We also have sport-specific shirts for all Vikings! We have a great selection of $10 clearance t-shirts. Outerwear is 20% off and that includes the packable rain jackets. Open daily 7:45 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in the MAC. Email Renita or call 478-477-6505, x177 for info.
  
WOW! What a BOOK FAIR! LIBRARY NEWS:  Wow!  What a BOOK FAIR!  Thank you to students, parents, and grandparents for supporting our new BOOK FAIR so generously.  The profit made translates into lots of new books and hopefully another awesome guest author or illustrator next year.  Our BOOK FAIR was run by our wonderful library VPA mom, Carol Gordon, who enlisted the help of many moms and dads.  Thank you so much, Mrs. Gordon and volunteers, for giving your time and energy!
  
Register for the 18th Annual FPD Golf Tournament- April 16th! Invite your friends and family and join us for the 18th Annual FPD Golf Tournament. This four-person scramble is hosted at the beautiful Idle Hour Country Club and includes breakfast, lunch, and dinner. For more info:

SUMMER CAMPS NOW ONLINE! Our fun-filled summer camps are now open for registration online at www.fpdmacon.org/center-for-discovery. Sign up before your favorite classes are full! Lots to choose from! Invite your friends and family to join you.

Upcoming Center for Discovery Classes: Check out these offerings for April!
YOGA STRENGTH for Women, EV3 Robotics (grades 1st-6th), DoTERRA Essential Oils-April 12th
 NEW…: The Carpenter Shop (grades k-2nd)
 NEW: …Garden to Table Cookies (grades 2nd-5th)
 NEW…: Adult Kickball.
*** COMING UP ***

  • This is Testing Week – 1st-8th grades - April 9th-13th (NO LATE START this week)
  • Elementary Chapel Dates. 12:05pm. Parents always welcome!
    • April 10th -chorus leads
    • April 24th -1st grade leads
    • May 8th -3k, PK, K will lead
  • FPD Golf Tournament – April 16th 
  • Fine Arts Nights - April 17th and April 19th at 7:00 p.m. in the Clark Fine Arts Center.
  • DRESS DOWN DAYS are Fridays, April 20th & May 4th
·       4th Grade trip to Jekyll Island–Burton 4H Center–April 24-25
  • 5th Grade trip to Washington, DC – May 7-11
  • Elementary (1st-5th) FIELD DAY – May 18th -9:00-12:00 EARLY DISMISSAL
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        Mentor and Princess TEA PARTY at the Hay House
           April 22nd 2:00-4:00.  Sponsored by:  Miss Macon Scholarship Association
           Ages 5-12.   Sign up online: www.missmacon.org