Wednesday, September 28, 2016

BOX TOPS CHALLENGE !!

If we reach our goal of 8,000 box tops by OCTOBER 21st, all elementary children will receive a “No Homework Pass” and a special surprise! Collection boxes are located in the Elementary and High School offices. Bring in those TOPS!

LOWER SCHOOL NEWSLETTER from Wade Putnal

September 29, 2016

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

Pied Piper of Hamelin” final performance is THURSDAY night, 9/29, at 7pm in the Clark Fine Arts Auditorium. Come enjoy this show brought to life by more than 60 students in 3–5th grade. Adult admission is $5; all children under 17 are free. Great fun! TICKETS: We have a new ticketing system in which everyone is required to have a ticket – even those who get in for free.  You can get your free tickets at the box office in the fine arts lobby before the show or you can try our new online ticketing!  Go to https://fpd.booktix.com/ to make an account. You will be able to print out a voucher at home that we will scan at the door.

Backpack Ministry: Immediate needs are grits packets, applesauce, Vienna sausages and fruit snacks. Thank you for all the donations!

The Viking Store has what your Viking needs: school supplies, spirit t-shirts, outerwear, gifts and much more! “Viking Bucks” gift cards are perfect for any occasion. New classroom approved outerwear options are here and more on the way. We have a good selection of Lands’ End short sleeve polo shirts. Check out our Facebook page or school website to see our newest items! Located in the MAC building next to the cafeteria and open school days 7:45am-3:30pm. Contact Renita at renita.eversole@fpdmacon.org or 477-6300 x 177.

Homecoming Weekend is October 7-8All alumni are invited to join their fellow Vikings for a Friday evening Alumni Family Fanfare, dinner, campus tours, and football game. Class reunions on Saturday. Viking Football plays Wilkinson County High School at Austin Childers Field at 7:00 pm. Check out our website for more info: www.fpdmacon.org

Science Lab -   Thank you for saving your small jars for us!  We would also like to collect cardboard tubes of all sizes: toilet paper rolls, paper towel rolls, wrapping paper rolls, etc., for some fun activities.  Thanks for your help!

If you participated in the Birthday Book Club sale during Open House, don’t forget our celebration party is in the library on Wednesday, Oct. 5th at 3:00 p.m. It should end around 4:00 or shortly after. If your child is in the Kindergarten Extended Day program, someone will walk your child to the party and back to that building, if needed. Elementary students will come straight to the library instead of carpool. If your child will not attend, please send REGRETS ONLY by calling 477-6505, ext. 112, and leave a message. We look forward to seeing the participants at the party as we add nearly 200 books to our library! Thanks so much!

RECYCLE Your GEAR! FPD’s Project LEAD asks all students to donate used sports equipment they may not need or want any longer. Items should be in good, clean, working condition, and will be shared with those in our community, such as the Special Olympics and others. Please bring items in a bag this Friday, September 30th to your classroom.

BOX TOPS CHALLENGE!!  If we reach our goal of 8,000 box tops by OCTOBER 21st, all elementary children will receive a “No Homework Pass” and a special surprise! Collection boxes are located in the Elementary and High School offices. Bring in those Tops!!!

Don’t forget! Our cafeteria serves a delicious BREAKFAST every late start Wednesday morning from 7 am to 8:45 in the MAC Lobby. Come taste their fabulous biscuits, scones, muffins and much more. For only $4, you can try their wonderful made-to-order omelet bar. Skip the lines at the fast food places – join your student for a hearty breakfast at FPD!

All FPD Bands (including 5th Grade Band) will perform a CONCERT, October 4th, 7:30 pm in the Clark Fine Arts Center. Our students will be joined by special guests from Mercer University’s Wind Ensemble, conducted by Dr. Douglas Hill. As you know, the most important audience in the world is a child’s family, so please be with us for this event. It’s a great opportunity for all our talented band students to musically express their appreciation for your support. 5th Grade Concert Dress:
Boys: long sleeved button down shirt of any color, khaki or dark slacks, long tie and dress shoes for the boys.
Girls: may wear either a dress or slacks and a blouse. Seasonal colors are always a good idea

Our Viking Parent Association (VPA) is producing FPD’s Red & Black Pages, a collection of FPD parent-owned and/or operated local businesses. The list will be published online later this year for FPD families to browse when looking for a particular service – doctors, real estate agents, insurance, etc. Parents are welcome to submit their business information online by October 1st at www.fpdmacon.org/redblackpages.

All carpool drivers: Thank you for helping keep ALL safe at carpool by remembering our carpool areas are NO PHONE ZONES. Please pull over and park to get your child if you must be on a phone call. Thank you!

*** Mark Your Calendar ***

·         Lower School Chapel - Tuesday, October 4th, 12:05-12:30pm. Parents are always welcome!
·         Monday, October 10th – Columbus Day holiday – No school and offices closed
·         FPD Elementary Open House (3K – 5th) is November 1st - Please encourage your neighbors and friends to put this on their calendar! Invite them to come and take a look at our wonderful school. Please share with them why you are “ALL IN” at FPD! J


Parent’s Corner
Snuggle Up and Read!
Thank you for making reading a priority in your homes. Reading aloud - with and to your child, as well as listening to your child read - are some of the most important and supportive ways you can help them academically. Reading skills touch every area of the curriculum. Letting them know you believe this is important and taking a few minutes each day for “reading time” will strengthen their foundation of skills to last a lifetime!        Wade Putnal

Monday, September 26, 2016

See You at the Pole

September 27 @ 7:30 am - 8:00 am

FPD students gather with faculty and staff for a morning of prayer and worship at the High School flag pole as part of this national program. Our guest speaker will be April Cassell and our worship leader will be Maggie Renfroe.
The See You At the Pole program began over 25 years ago and is now at campuses across the country. For more information visit the See You at the Pole website.

Elementary Play - Pied Piper of Hamelin

September 27 - September 29

FPD Theatre’s production of Pied Piper of Hamelin tells the classic tale of a town overrun with rats and the musician who saves it…for a price. Performances are 9/27 and 9/29 at 7:00 PM and 9/28 at 1:00 PM.

FPD Family Night

September 26 @ 5:30 pm

We love our FPD families! The first FPD Family Night is Monday, September 26. On this evening, teachers will not assign homework or tests for the following day, no games or events will be scheduled, and practices will end early. We are encouraging our families to spend time together. We know schedules can be hectic. Take a break from the hustle and enjoy an evening together! Take a photo of your family enjoying FPD Family Night and use the hashtag #FPDFamilyNight.

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Counselor's Corner - September 22, 2016

“Blood, Sweat, and Tears”
By Susan Causey, M.Ed., LPC

            The idea of work ethic* appears to have gone out of style. Instead of admiring “blood, sweat, and tears” as a means of personal achievement, the phrase “work smarter, not harder” seems to encapsulate the attitude of our working society. Along with hard work falling out of favor, any type of pain, suffering, endurance, or hardship is often looked upon as something to be avoided at all cost.
In her devotional book Jesus Lives, Sarah Young says: “Affliction is a largely unappreciated gift among My children. Decades of ‘health and wealth’ teaching have obscured the benefits of suffering.”
            Perhaps this is part of the reason that disciplining children has become a quandary to parents and teachers alike. I’ve heard some of my friends who teach around the state complain that many times their entire day is spent trying to keep students under control. Our education system has thwarted their power by placing gag orders regarding biblical principles and restraint in forms of discipline, while protecting a student’s place regardless of his misbehavior. And now, all over the country, our police force is being intimidated.
            We have become a country afraid of discipline and afraid todiscipline.
            Consider that even Jesus “learned obedience from what he suffered and, once made perfect, he became the source of eternal salvation for all who obey him, and was designated by God to be high priest in the order of Melchizedek.” (Hebrews 5:9 NASB)
“And being in an agony he prayed more earnestly: and his sweat was as it were great drops of blood falling down to the ground.” (Luke 22:44 KJV)
            Oftentimes, labor, diligence, perseverance, discipline, and even pain and suffering are tools God uses to teach us obedience and to perfect us as children of the kingdom. Thus, we are to “count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience.” (James 1:2-8)
            A Ligonier Ministries devotional puts it this way:
“We are to consider what we are going through as a matter of joy, not because the thing itself is something that is pleasurable, but because tribulation works patience within us. There is at least one good thing happening to us in the midst of pain and suffering. We are therefore called to think about our circumstances in that light. Our suffering is not an exercise in futility. God has a purpose, and that purpose is always good. We can count all things joy because God is working in all situations, even the most painful, for our sanctification and ultimate glorification.”**
Discipline, perseverance, and labor are not pleasant, and may often be painful, but they can be a tutor who teaches our children obedience for their ultimate good. Let’s keep in mind “this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison,” and that hard work is a gift from God. (2 Corinthians 4:17-18) 


*work ethic: a belief in the moral benefit and importance of work and its inherent ability to strengthen character.www.dictionary.com/browse/work-ethic

**http://www.ligonier.org/learn/devotionals/counting-it-all-joy-2/

Monday, September 19, 2016

Quarter 1 AR Test

The quarter 1 AR test is due THIS Thursday, September 22. Your child is responsible for taking an AR test on a book that is at least a 5.0 grade level or higher OR worth at least 3 points. This book HAS to be different from their biography book that they are reading for their book report that is due on October 11. Please send any questions you have regarding this assignment to: victoria.hollingsworth@fpdmacon.org. Happy reading!

Thursday, September 15, 2016

CORRECTION!

Students may bring $1.00 for Jay's Hope to wear JEANS and HATS to school on Friday, 9/16/16.  (If students want to wear shorts, they must be uniform shorts.)  Sorry for the mistake!

MB

LOWER SCHOOL NEWSLETTER from Wade Putnal

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

Elementary Gardens “Clean Out & Clean Up” Work Day
Saturday morning, September 17th – 9 am to 11 am
**This is a parent/child unplugged activity. Come join us!
Please bring your gloves, clippers, and water bottle

Dress Down Day tomorrow for Jay’s Hope. Students may bring a $1 donation and wear jeans, spirit tops, and hats. We’re grateful to partner with this local outreach to families of children with cancer.

Pied Piper of Hamelin” will be performed Sept. 27th at 7pm; Sept. 28th at 1pm; and Sept. 29th at 7pm in the Clark Fine Arts Auditorium. Come enjoy this show brought to life by more than 60 students in 3–5th grade. Adult admission is $5; all students free. Great fun! Invite your neighbors!

Family Night - Monday, September 26
No homework, no tests, no events! Unplug, turn off the TV, and enjoy time together as a family. Play a game, ride bikes, go out to eat, etc. Upload a photo of your family enjoying this night using #FPDFamilyNight

BIRTHDAY SNACKS: If you would like to send a snack on your child’s birthday, please FIRST contact your teacher several days in advance. You may then either send the snack in the morning with your child or drop it off at the elementary office. We love celebrating with our students!

The Viking Store has what your Viking needs: school supplies, spirit t-shirts, outerwear, gifts and much more! “Viking Bucks” gift cards are perfect for any occasion. New classroom approved outerwear options are here and more on the way. We have a good selection of Lands’ End short sleeve polo shirts. Check out our Facebook page or school website to see our newest items! Located in the MAC building next to the cafeteria and open school days 7:45am-3:30pm. Contact Renita atrenita.eversole@fpdmacon.org or 477-6300 x 177.

What’s New in the Library: Please mark your calendar for Wed, Oct. 5th, 3:00 pm in the Library for our Birthday Book Club Party. (If your child typically stays at Extended Day after 3:00, a worker will bring him/her to and from the party.) Thank you for participating and adding more than 120 books to our collection. We look forward to seeing your child at the party! If they attend, please call the library (477-6505, x 112) and leave a message so we can order refreshments accurately.
Our Viking Parent Association (VPA) is once again producing FPD’s Red & Black Pages, a collection of FPD parent-owned and/or operated local businesses. The list will be published online later this year for FPD families to browse when looking for a particular service – doctors, real estate agents, insurance, etc. Parents are welcome to submit their business information online at www.fpdmacon.org/redblackpages.

Accelerated Reader: You can easily search for AR quizzes at www.fpdmacon.org Click “FPD Community” tab, “Parent Links” tab, then scroll down to “AR BookFinder” under Educational tools. Click link to search for a book. Questions? Email: laurie.colter@fpdmacon.org

Please take time and label all things that your child brings to school  - water bottles, jackets, lunchboxes, hats, bags – everything! Thanks so much!

DID YOU KNOW . . . FPD’s Class of 2016, made up of 97 seniors, had 49 honor grads, 54 National Honor Society members, and 48 AP Scholars. There were 11 student athletes planning to play collegiate sports, and 78% of the graduating students had a 3.0 or higher GPA, making them eligible to receive the HOPE scholarship. Way to go!

Coming up in Center for Discovery: * Iron Foot Soccer - Grades 3-6. Mondays & Thursdays, September 19-October 27. Students will hone their soccer skills and learn more about the technical aspects of the game; * Volleyball Clinics - Grades 3-8. These focused clinics will help students learn volleyball techniques and improve skills. Serving Clinic - September 23, 6 p.m. - 8 p.m. All Skills Clinic - September 24, 9 a.m. - 12 pm; * Gymnastics - PreK-5. Wednesdays, September 21-October 12. This class will introduce students to the world of gymnastics. View brochure and register online, at www.fpdmacon.org/center-for-discovery. Invite a friend to sign up with you!

*** Mark Your Calendar ***
·         Lower School Chapel - Tuesday, September 20th, 12:05-12:30pm. Parents are always welcome!
·         Student Holiday – Friday, September 23 – Enjoy time with your family!

Monday, September 12, 2016

Our Last Sound Lab

The kids had a blast today in Science Lab making kazoos and learning about wavelengths, frequency, and amplitude. I know they will be eager to share with you when they arrive home today. ;)

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THIS WEEK!

Thursday (9/15/16) is Picture Day!
We'll have school pictures taken for the yearbook on Thursday.

Friday (9/16/16) is our first dress down day!
FPD dress down days are designated days that students may bring $1.00 and wear jeans or shorts (appropriate length, no athletic shorts) and a hat with their spirit shirts.  All money collected on dress down days is donated to a specified charity.  This week, we're collecting money for Jay's Hope.  We hope all fifth graders will participate!

Thursday, September 8, 2016

Social Studies Study Tips

Fifth grade Social Studies can be a challenging class for students, especially at the beginning of the year.  They are learning American History from the first English settlements, and they don't have a lot of background knowledge at this point.  Typically, I would expect a student to spend about 15-20 minutes working on Social Studies homework.  If I ask students to study for homework, they should spend 15-20 minutes studying the material assigned.  Some children may need to spend a little more time (especially at the beginning of the year) as they are figuring out their best study strategies.

I'd like to share some suggestions for studying at home.  Your children heard these suggestions in class today and may have written them down.

1. Reread the lesson from the Social Studies textbook.  (If you allow the computer to read the lesson to you, make sure you're reading along on the screen as you listen.)
2. Take the practice quiz at the end of the lesson.  (It's the icon with the black check mark in the middle of a gray square.)  If you don't get all of the questions correct, read the correct answers and try the quiz again.
3. Play the game at the end of the lesson.  (It's the icon that looks like puzzle pieces.)  If you make mistakes, look at the correct answers.
4. Use the Moodle link to study the vocabulary for the lesson.

Since there is a test Tuesday (Sept. 13), students should break up the material into manageable chunks and study some each day between now and their test.  This might look like using the above list for each of the 4 lessons in chapter 3 and reviewing one lesson each day.

I want to make sure each fifth grade student feels equipped to be successful in Social Studies this year.  I'm happy to work with small groups after school if students would like some guidance as they learn new study skills.  Students who would like to stay after school should check with me first to make sure I don't have a conflict (carpool duty or scheduled meeting) that day.  Please let me know if you need additional suggestions!

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Counselor’s Corner – September 8, 2016


Field Trip Form 2016-2017

If you have not done so already, please send this form in. Thanks!!


August 29, 2016
Dear Fifth Grade Parents,

We are off to a great start in 5th grade and are excited about all that we will be studying this year!  There are several events planned to enhance the fifth grade curriculum that are not covered by tuition.  The total cost per child in fifth grade is $112. The events being covered by this amount are listed below.
Sincerely,
The Fifth Grade Teachers

GRANDkids Arts Education Series: We the People - October 12, 2016
A musical revue that brings American Civics lessons to life and promises to make Social Studies exciting. Students will have a blast learning about the three branches of government, the First Amendment, presidential elections, democracy, the judicial process, and more. Using a variety of musical styles relevant to today’s youth, including rock, rhythm-and-blues, and hip-hop, this show will inspire our youth.

American Village field trip - December 1, 2016
We are excited to visit the American Village in Montevallo, Alabama, for our fifth grade fall field trip!  The American Village is a place where history comes alive and children experience events surrounding the American Revolution.  Visit their website to learn more!  www.americanvillage.org

Christmas Party – December 19, 2016

Operation Christmas Child – date TBA
Each year, our students enjoy participating in this community service project offered by Samaritan’s Purse.  Your payment will cover the cost of shipping these boxes.  More details will be sent later in the fall.

Mixon-Fincher Celebration – February 3, 2016

Valentine’s Day Party – February 14, 2016

Graduation Celebration – May 23, 2016
The fifth grade room parents traditionally plan an end-of-the-year party for all fifth grade students that takes place immediately following graduation rehearsal on the morning of 5th grade graduation.
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For your convenience, this year your FPD account will be billed $112.00, to be divided into two equal charges in October ($56.00) and November ($56.00). These charges will cover the field trips and activities listed above for 2016-17. Please return the bottom portion of this sheet with your signature acknowledging that your FPD tuition account will be charged for field trip charges.

Child’s name ____________________________________________________
Child’s grade ___5______ Child’s teacher __________________________
Parent Signature _______________________________________________

Thursday, September 1, 2016

Lower School Newsletter from Wade Putnal

Lower School Newsletter from Wade Putnal
September 1st, 2016

Elementary Gardens “Clean Out & Clean Up” Work Day
Saturday morning, September 17th – 9 am to 11 am
**This is a parent/child unplugged activity. Come join us!
Please bring your gloves, clippers, and water bottle

Library News: Thank you for participating in the Birthday Book Club sale at Open House! What a great response! Did you put the party date on your calendar? Wednesday, Oct. 5th at 3:00 pm. It’s NOT too late to participate. We still have plenty of books to choose from in the library and will have them available for another week. The children LOVE being the first ones to check out “their” books and read them with their names on the nameplate inside. Many, many thanks!

LADIES: Join us for a Morning Yoga Class designed for busy women, which includes a combination of yoga and strength training for maximum strength and flexibility. Bring a mat and hand weights if desired. Certified yoga instructor, April Kitchell, will lead this class at Central City Church, next door to FPD, on Foster Road. Classes are Tuesdays/Thursdays, 8:30am to 9:30 am, beginning September 6. Cost is $40 per month. Bring a friend! For more info or to register, visit: www.fpdmacon.org/center-for-discovery.

Fall Classes: Check out all the great offerings for children and adults through our FPD Center for Discovery! Gymnastics, soccer, volleyball, chess, robotics, music, ballet, crafts, Crazy 8s Math – and many more! View brochure and register online, at www.fpdmacon.org/center-for-discovery. Invite a friend to sign up with you!

Our first Lower School Chapel is Tuesday, Sept. 6th from 12:05-12:25pm. Parents are always welcome to come join us in the Clark Fine Arts Center as we worship together. Our guest speaker this week will be Pastor Brandon Anderton, our neighbor at Central City Church on Foster Road.

BACKPACK MINISTRY – Please see the flyer in today’s signed papers for ways you and your family can help donate food to hungry children in Macon. Our elementary school has partnered with Rosa Taylor and Heritage Elementary Schools for several years to provide healthy food through this vital ministry.

THANK YOU for dropping off and picking up your children in the designated carpool areas. The safety of ALL is a major concern and we try to keep the traffic flowing.

The Viking Store has Lands’ End short sleeve polo shirts in stock! We also have a great selection of spirit T-shirts for Fridays (must be worn with uniform bottoms.) You can see these designs and more on Facebook at FPD-The Viking Store. We have a huge selection of new novelty items such as VIKINGNATION street signs, wall decorations, automobile vanity plates, and key chains. Open M-F, 7:45 am - 3:30 pm next to the cafeteria in the MAC. Also, visit us at home football games at our remote location.

NOT ON THE LUNCH PLAN?  Your child can still eat in the lunchroom any day. Just email carrie.rogers@fpdmacon.org or send a note to the office and your account will be billed $7. (Visitors are still welcome and may pay with cash or check if needed)
*** Mark Your Calendar ***
·       Labor Day Holiday – Monday, Sept. 5th – no school/offices closed
·       Family FAN FARE - 5:30 pm on the Lacrosse field before our New Family Dinner at the varsity football game, Friday, Sept. 9th
·       Monday, Sept. 12th – Red Cross Blood Drive, Fine Arts lobby, 8am-1pm
·       Elementary School pictures, Thursday, Sept. 15th
·       Dress Down Day for Jay’s Hope is Friday, Sept. 16th. For a $1 donation, students may wear FPD spirit tops, jeans, and hats.
·       Student Holiday - Friday, September 23rd - Enjoy some time off with family
·       Elementary Play, “The Pied Piper of Hamelin,” performed by 3rd-5th graders, is Sept. 27-29. Don’t miss this! We have more than 50 children participating!