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:

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 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.