Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Lower School Newsletter from Wade Putnal

December 15th, 2016 
Our mission at First Presbyterian Day School is to educate and equip students to change the world for God’s glory. 

Over the holidays, please invite your friends and/or family to our Open House for all students, 3K-12th grade, on Sunday, Jan. 22nd, 3:00-5:00 p.m. in the Clark Fine Arts Auditorium. If you know anyone that you’d like us to contact, please call or email: admissions@fpdmacon.org

Something New: In January 2017, Mrs. Krejci will start an elementary “Orff Ensemble Performing Group.”  This will be open to 3rd and 4th graders who really love playing the Orff instruments, recorders, and drums.  It will meet in the elementary music room on late start Wednesday mornings from 8:10 am - 8:45 am. There will be two “come and see” sessions, where any student interested may come for a rehearsal before committing to join. This will be Wednesday, January 11th and Wednesday, January 18th.  Save the dates if you are interested. More info to come.   Contact Mrs. Krejci with any questions!

BACKPACK MINISTRIES: As we restock for January, we are asking all grade levels to participate and bring items. Typically, we always need fruit cups, Vienna sausages, and juice pouches. Thanks for helping as we minister to needy children in our community.

Please label all jackets, coats, sweaters, hats, mittens, lunchboxes, etc. If you are missing something, please check Elementary “Lost & Found.” All unclaimed/unlabeled items will be removed during the Christmas holidays.

Welcome to the Elementary Staff, Mrs. Lyn Brumbelow! Mrs. Brumbelow will begin serving as the Elementary Technology teacher. She currently works at FPD with the AP Computer Science students. In the Lower School, all 3K-5th graders will have Mrs. Brumbelow for computer class. She will also teach some Middle School classes. Lyn and her husband, Joey, have 3 girls at FPD: Sydney – 2nd; Rory – 1st; and Parker – 3K.

Holiday Sale at The Viking Store ends December 20th!  Great sale prices on outerwear and t-shirts. We have all sorts of items for any-age Viking, including “Viking Bucks” gift cards available in any amount! Get ready for cooler weather with uniform-approved outerwear and scarves. Lots of new products including Viking room decorations, mirrored car tags, Christmas ornaments, jewelry and stuffed bears wearing a cheerleading uniform or letterman’s jacket. Stocking stuffers too!  Visit us at www.fpdmacon.org/tvs and “like us” on Facebook @ FPD-The Viking Store. Open M-F 7:45am- 3:30pm in the MAC.  We are open during most home Varsity basketball games.   We accept credit cards except American Express. Closing at noon on 12/20 until 2017! 

READ every chance you get! We encourage students to always have a book in their book-bag. Electronics are not allowed during school unless for instruction (as per our Elementary Handbook.) Have your children make a Christmas wish book list. J

DRESS CODE Reminders: Socks, tights, and leggings should be predominately solid red, white, black or gray. All accessories (hairbows, headbands, etc.) should also be school approved colors. Boys hair should not cover ears or eyes and should not touch collar.


*** COMING UP ***
·       Christmas Sing-a-long, Tues, Dec. 20th, 10:15 am, Clark Fine Arts Auditorium
·       Last Day of School half day – Tues, Dec. 20th- Early dismissal at 11:50. No lunch served.
·       Christmas Holidays – December 21st to January 4th, 2017, for students
·       First Day of School in 2017 – Thursday, January 5th
·       MLK Holiday – Monday, January 16th – No School 

Prayers and blessings to all as we celebrate at school and in our homes the Greatest Gift of All … JESUS.” Enjoy time together and making memories children will treasure in their hearts forever! You and your children are gifts to me each day.  Merry Christmas!    Love, Wade Putnal


Monday, December 12, 2016

Elementary Christmas Program Reminders

The Elementary Christmas program is Tuesday, Dec. 13th at 1:00 pm and 7:00 pm. The title of this year’s program is “Shepherds Tell Us of that Night.” All children in 1st – 4th grade, as well as 5th grade Chorus members, will be dressed as shepherds.

Costumes: All students should wear a white shirt, and khaki or white bottoms. (Shirts may be short or long-sleeved, and do not need to be FPD uniforms. Bottoms may be skirts, shorts, or pants, as long as they are white or khaki.) FPD will provide shepherd robe, shepherd hat, and belt for all. OPTIONAL: Students may also wear a solid colored scarf of any type material if they choose to.

Shoes: Students may wear regular school shoes or sandals with a back strap if it’s warm enough.  

5th Grade Band: Boys: Long-sleeved shirt (any color), tie, dress pants/slacks, dark shoes, socks (NO SNEAKERS). Girls: Full-length dress, ankle-length skirt, or slacks with top (no open back or sleeveless tops; no short skirts), dress shoes. Christmas colors are fine.

Monday, December 5, 2016

Christmas Artwork

Mrs. Simmons will be staying after school next Monday, December 12th and Tuesday, December 13th for about 30 minutes to allow the students to add details or finish up their Christmas artwork. Please allow your student to stay if they need to. You can pick them up in carpool around 3:30.

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Lower School Newsletter from Wade Putnal - December 1, 2016


Our mission at First Presbyterian Day School is to educate and equip students to change the world for God’s glory.

DRESS DOWN: This Friday, Dec. 2nd, to benefit Casa Hogar orphanage in Acapulco, Mexico. Please bring your donation and students may wear jeans and a Christmas sweater or spirit shirt if desired.

The Elementary Christmas program is Tuesday, Dec. 13th at 1:00 pm and 7:00 pm. The title of this year’s program is “Shepherds Tell Us of that Night.” All children in 1st – 4th grade, as well as 5th grade Chorus members, will be dressed as shepherds.
Costumes: All students should wear a white shirt, and khaki or white bottoms. (Shirts may be short or long-sleeved, and do not need to be FPD uniforms. Bottoms may be skirts, shorts, or pants, as long as they are white or khaki.) FPD will provide shepherd robe, shepherd hat, and belt for all. OPTIONAL: Students may also wear a solid colored scarf of any type material if they choose to.
Shoes: Students may wear regular school shoes or sandals with a back strap if it’s warm enough.  
5th Grade Band: Boys: Long-sleeved shirt (any color), tie, dress pants/slacks, dark shoes, socks (NO SNEAKERS). Girls: Full-length dress, ankle-length skirt, or slacks with top (no open back or sleeveless tops; no short skirts), dress shoes. Christmas colors are fine.

Upcoming Lower School Chapels: Dec. 6th - 4th grade leads; Dec. 13th – Elementary Christmas Program, 1:00 pm; Dec. 20th – Elementary Sing-a-Long, 10:15 am. Parents are always welcome to join us from 12:05-12:25 pm in the Clark Fine Arts Center.

BACKPACK MINISTRIES: The local food bank is low, so please send Vienna sausages, applesauce, and juice boxes. Thanks for helping as we minister to needy children in our community.

Please label all jackets, coats, sweaters, hats, mittens, lunchboxes, etc. All unclaimed/unlabeled items will be removed during the Christmas holidays. Please check the Lost & Found rack for missing items.

Christmas is coming and The Viking Store has all sorts of items for any-age Viking, including “Viking Bucks” gift cards available in any amount! Get ready for cooler weather with uniform-approved outerwear and scarves. We have so many new products including Viking room decorations, mirrored car tags, Christmas ornaments, jewelry and stuffed bears wearing a cheerleading uniform or letterman’s jacket. We have lots of stocking stuffers too!  Visit us at www.fpdmacon.org/tvs and “like us” on Facebook @ FPD-The Viking Store. Open school days 7:45am- 3:30pm. Located in the MAC near the cafeteria. We are open during most home Varsity basketball games. We accept credit cards except American Express.

The Viking Store will be open until 3:30pm on Tuesday, Dec. 13th, during the Elementary Christmas music program. This is a great time for parents and grandparents to shop!

READ every chance you get! We encourage students to always have a book in their book-bag. Electronics are not allowed during school unless for instruction (as per our Elementary Handbook.) A great time for AR reading is before or after school.

DRESS CODE Reminders: Socks, tights, and leggings should be predominantly solid red, white, black or gray. All accessories (hairbows, headbands, etc) should also be school approved colors. Boys hair should not cover ears or eyes and should not touch collar.

Class Photographers: If you have photos of your child’s field trips and other school-related activities to share, please send to your child’s teacher throughout the year. Thanks so much!
LUNCH PLAN: If your child is not on a 3-day or 5-day dining plan, and they eat in the lunchroom at any time, please email Carrie.Rogers@fpdmacon.org or send a note to the Elementary Office to let us know so that we may add this charge to your billing statement.

The new baseball batting cages near the elementary playground are “OFF LIMITS” before and after school (7:30 am-4:00 pm) unless students are accompanied by a coach. Thanks for helping us take good care of our new equipment.

“Sneak a Peek” at all the fun things our classes are doing! You can enjoy visiting the FPD classrooms and campus online, via our Teacher Blog pages. Just go to: www.fpdmacon.org; Click on the “Community” tab and then the “Teacher Blog” tab.


MARK YOUR CALENDAR:
  • Christmas Sing-a-Long, Tues, Dec. 20th, 10:15 am, Clark Fine Arts Auditorium
  • Last Day of School – Tues, Dec. 20th – ½ day - Early dismissal. No lunch served.
  • Christmas Holidays – December 21st to January 4th, 2017, for students
  • First Day of School in 2017 – Thursday, January 5th
  • MLK Holiday – Monday, January 16th, 2017 – No School  
  • Please invite your friends to our upcoming Open House for Prospective Families:

FPD Open House, 3K-12th grade, Sunday, January 22nd, 2017, from 3:00 to 5:00 pm in the Clark Fine Arts Center lobby. If you know anyone that you’d like us to contact, email: admissions@fpdmacon.org

Monday, November 28, 2016

American Village Field Trip - This Thursday

Thursday, December 1, 2016
                  *Load buses at 7:30 am SHARP! (Fine Arts Parking Lot)
                  *Departure time is 7:45 am SHARP! 
                  *Estimated return time is 9:00 pm
                  *Students can bring books or cards but NO technology devices
                  *Teachers will provide movies
                  *Students can bring a snack that is NUT FREE
                  *Students need to wear uniforms and bring a jacket

Thursday, November 24, 2016

Thursday, November 10, 2016

Lower School Newsletter - November 10th

Lower School Newsletter from Wade Putnal
November 10, 2016


Our mission at First Presbyterian Day School is to educate and equip students
to change the world for God’s glory.


Upcoming Elementary Chapel dates are Nov. 15th and Dec. 6th (4th grade leads) at 12:05 in the Fine Arts Auditorium. Please join us!

The Elementary Christmas program is just a few weeks away!  The title of this year’s program is “Shepherds Tell Us of that Night.” All children in 1st – 4th grade, as well as 5th grade Chorus members, will be dressed as shepherds.
Costumes: All students should wear a white shirt, and khaki or white bottoms. (Shirts may be short or long-sleeved, and do not need to be FPD uniforms. Bottoms may be skirts, shorts, or pants, as long as they are white or khaki.)  FPD will provide a shepherd robe, a shepherd hat, and belt for all students.
Shoes: Students may wear regular school shoes or sandals with a back strap if it’s warm enough.  
5th Grade Band: Boys: Long-sleeved shirt (any color), tie, dress pants/slacks, dark shoes, socks (NO SNEAKERS). Girls: Full-length dress, ankle-length skirt, or slacks with top (no open back or sleeveless tops; no short skirts), dress shoes. Christmas colors are fine.

BACKPACK MINISTRY needs Vienna sausages, applesauce, and fruit snacks. Thank you!

DRESS DOWN DAY: Friday, November 18th, to support Karazim Ministries in the Bahamas. This nation was severely damaged by hurricanes in recent weeks, and FPD has partnered with this ministry for many years through our Project LEAD group in the upper school. Your donations will be a blessing to them. Students may wear jeans and spirit tops or favorite college T-shirts.

Class Photographers: If you have photos of your child’s field trips and other school-related activities to share, please send to your child’s teacher throughout the year. Thanks so much!

LUNCH PLAN: If your child is not on a 3-day or 5-day dining plan, and they eat in the lunchroom at any time, please email Carrie.Rogers@fpdmacon.org or send a note to the Elementary Office to let us know so that we may add this charge to your billing statement.

Thank you for avoiding the areas marked off on the elementary playground where new baseball batting cages are now under construction.

LATE ARRIVALS reminder: If your child arrives to school after 8:15 am (8:50 am on late-start Wednesdays) they should enter school at the front Elementary office, and they need to sign in as well. Thank you.

Christmas is coming! The Viking Store has tons of gift ideas and stocking stuffers - including “Viking Bucks” $$ cards! Don’t fight the crowds on Black Friday when you can get it all done here!  You won’t believe our gift wall: Room decorations, car plates, key chains, scarves and much more. We have many uniform-approved outerwear options and always carry short-sleeved Lands’ End polo shirts. Always a great selection of spirit t-shirts and men’s polo shirts.  We even carry Tall sizes for men. Check out our page on Facebook: FPD-The Viking Store or www.fpdmacon.org/TheVikingStore. Open 7:30a -3:30p in the MAC.

TEACHER BLOGS: Be sure to check out your child’s grade level blog, as well as blogs from our music, computer, Spanish and art departments. Visit: www.fpdmacon.org; then click on “Community” tab; Then under “Students” click on “Teacher Blogs.” Enjoy!

With cooler weather, please label all things that your child brings to school - water bottles, coats, jackets, sweaters lunchboxes, hats, bookbags, and all! Please check the Lost and Found rack in the elementary hallway if you are missing items.

Thank you for helping us not disturb student instruction and learning time by refraining from knocking on hallway doors that are locked. These doors are locked for the safety of all teachers and students. If you need to enter the building, please come to the Elementary Office and sign in.

BOX TOPS are still coming in! Also check out http://www.boxtops4education.com/bonusapp to download an app to scan your grocery bill for items purchased.

PROJECT GIVING – Christmas Family Adoption Project – If you are looking for a way to exercise compassion during the holidays, go to: www.projectgiving.net to sign up to adopt a needy family from Middle Georgia or to make a tax-deductible donation to help those in need.


MARK YOUR CALENDAR:

  • Thanksgiving Holidays: November 21st– 25th (Offices closed 23rd- 25th)
  • December 13th – Elementary Christmas Program (grades 1-5), 1pm & 7pm, in the Clark Fine Arts Auditorium. 5th Grade Chorus and Band will also perform.
  • Christmas Sing-a-Long: December 20th, 10:15 am; Early Dismissal for 3K-12
  • Christmas Holidays: December 21st - January 4th, 2016
  • First Day of school in 2017: January 5th


We are so thankful for the families, students, and staff at our school.
Treasure the moments as you make memories with family and friends over the coming holidays!  May God continue to bless you and your family. May FPD continue to be a place where we all have an opportunity to show God’s love each and every day.
With a grateful heart,

Wade Putnal

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Counselor's Corner - November 3rd

By Susan Causey, M.Ed., LPC

“Credit Card Parenting”

Aren’t credit cards great? They can be a floating device. You can buy almost anything for instant gratification. The only problem is when the bills come due, the float is over. I am reminded of the old cartoon show, “Popeye.” Wimpy, the rather tubby and lazy friend, would say, “I’ll gladly pay you Tuesday (tomorrow) for a hamburger, today.” The problem is his debt would run up so fast, that tomorrow and the ability to pay would never come.
Disciplining children can be like that.  It’s easy to lay back, enjoying yourself and your children, not wanting to “spoil” the mood with a needed correction.  Or, worse yet, some are afraid of losing their child’s affection.  Unfortunately, especially in divorced homes, parents may have a “pay to play” axiom, feuding with each other and indulging the child to see who can win him over.  There are no winners with this strategy.  Parents, whether together or not, should seek to be on the same page with discipline.  In any case, if putting off discipline or placating a child becomes a habit, the “debt” will mount up, making the training insurmountable to accomplish before the teen years.  It is difficult to play catch up at this point.
As one young father put it, “They can cry today, or you can cry tomorrow.”
Although discipline for the moment seems “sorrowful,” and maybe a “spoiler,” afterwards it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness. (Hebrews 12:11) Training a child is perhaps, behind provision of food and shelter, the most important task. Done in an atmosphere of love and humility, it will bring not only a lasting, loving relationship, but will also prepare your child for life.
The storehouse of life is full of many things,
You must choose and you must pay
Choose now, pay later,

But you must choose, and you must pay.

Thursday, October 27, 2016

Lower School Newsletter from Wade Putnal

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October 27, 2016


Our mission at First Presbyterian Day School is to educate and equip students
to change the world for God’s glory.


Upcoming Elementary Chapel dates are Nov.1st and 15th at 12:05 in the Fine Arts Auditorium. Please join us! Project LEAD will share on Nov.15th.

Center for Discovery = “Beyond the Classroom Learning.” Many classes are beginning in November (next week!) Sign up now at www.fpdmacon.org/center-for-discovery for a complete class detail list. You may also sign up with paper registration forms available in the Elementary office.

Thank you for avoiding the areas marked off on the elementary playground. New baseball batting cages are under construction.

With cooler weather, please label all things that your child brings to school - water bottles, coats, jackets, sweaters lunchboxes, hats, bookbags, and all! Please check the Lost and Found rack in the elementary hallway if you are missing items.

BOX TOPS: Please continue to send in BOX TOPS to reach our goal by Nov.1. You can also go to www. http://www.boxtops4education.com/bonusapp to download an app to scan your grocery bill for items purchased.
For birthdays and Christmas… The Viking Store has items for all ages, including our own “Viking Bucks” gift card available in any amount!  We have a great selection of short and long t-shirts, uniform-approved outerwear, caps, Tervis Tumblers, and much more. Visit our page at www.fpdmacon.org/TheVikingStore. Open school days 7:45am to 3:30pm and located in the MAC near the cafeteria. Contact Renita at renita.eversole@fpdmacon.org or call 478-477-6505.


MARK YOUR CALENDAR:

  • Thanksgiving Holidays: November 21st– 25th (Offices closed 23rd- 25th)
  • December 13th – Elementary Christmas Program (grades 1-5), 1pm & 7pm, in the Clark Fine Arts Auditorium.
  • Christmas Sing-a-Long: December 20th, 10:15 am; Early Dismissal for 3K-12
  • Christmas Holidays: December 21st - January 4th, 2016
  • First Day of school in 2017: January 5th