Friday, May 19, 2017

Elementary Honors Day

Monday, May 22nd is Elementary Honors Day. If you received an email from your child's homeroom teacher or any of his or her co-curricular teachers, your child will be receiving an award this day. These awards include art, music, band, PE, AR, perseverance, and the Math League Contest. Awards for outstanding citizenship, perfect attendance, and all A's will be given at graduation on Tuesday night.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Majorette Clinic

TODAY, Tuesday, May 16th there will be an additional majorette clinic offered by local baton instructor Cindy Rhyne for anyone who as an interest in learning to twirl.  This group will meet in the Fine Arts Lobby from 3:45 to 4:45.  All ages welcome!  PLEASE CONTACT Mrs. Gray if you are interested in coming or planning to come at

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Annual Sports Physical Screening Night:

Date:  Monday, May 15, 2017
Time:   5:30 – 7:00
Location:  In the MAC
Cost:  $10.00

You need the forms that are available on in the documents tab.  All athletes, cheerleaders & band members need a new physical each year! 

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

5th Grade Graduation

Can you believe it???  In the blink of an eye, these sweet children have completed their last year of elementary school!  Mrs. Putnal sent a letter in signed papers a few weeks ago, but here is a quick reminder.

5th Grade Graduation will be Tuesday, May 23rd, at 7:00 (Fine Arts Auditorium).  Students will need to be in line at 6:45.

Attire for graduation is as follows:  Girls - church type dress, nice shoes (no heels).  Boys - khaki dress pants (other colors are fine - no blue jeans), dress shirt and tie, nice shoes.

Fifth grade students will not report to school on Wednesday, May 24th.

Saturday, May 6, 2017

What a Week!

The fifth grade students, chaperones, and teachers had a BLAST in Washington D.C. last week! Here's a quick snapshot of some of the places we visited.  We are all thankful for the opportunity to visit our nation's capital!

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Security Information

As we discussed in our meeting last week, our group will go through security checkpoints at many of the places we visit next week.  Two links are listed below for planning purposes.

The White House:

The US Capitol:

Remember, less is more!  The less you have, the quicker you (and our group) will move through security checkpoints.

Monday, April 24, 2017

What Should I Wear???

Here's a quick guide that might help you sort things out for the children as you pack your suitcase for our trip to Washington.

MONDAY - FPD spirit shirt and jeans.  Athletic shorts and leggings have been approved for Monday's bus ride.
TUESDAY - Nice FPD uniform shirt, nice black or khaki pants (boys), nice FPD uniform skort (girls), dress shoes (everyone) for the White House tour. (Boys may want to change into shorts after lunch.)
WEDNESDAY - School uniforms with comfortable shoes.
THURSDAY - Red FPD uniform shirt, khaki uniform pants/shorts/skort for picture in front of the Capitol.
FRIDAY - Washington DC shirt (these will be delivered this week) with jeans or appropriate shorts (no athletic shorts)

Smithsonian Info.

To plan your visit to the Smithsonian, check out the website below.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Planting the Gardens

Mrs. Murnan's class started with the gardens this morning, planting squash and marigolds. Check out the pictures below!

Mrs. Hollingsworth's class took over after lunch and planted sunflowers. Check out the pictures below!

Miss Brown's class finished the planting today. They also planted squash and marigolds. Check out the pictures below!

Monday, April 17, 2017

Garden Day Tomorrow!

Students will be working in the gardens tomorrow with Mrs. Clausen and Mrs. Murnan. They may wear jeans! :)

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Washington Trip Information

If we have the opportunity to tour the White House, we kindly ask that members of our group dress appropriately.  (We hope to let you know for sure at the parent meeting Tuesday.)

Boys:  Wear your nicest FPD uniform shirt, black or khaki pants (no shorts), and dress socks/shoes.

Girls:  Wear your nicest FPD uniform shirt, your nicest FPD uniform skort, and dress shoes.

Parents:  We suggest that you wear business casual attire with dress shoes.

*Plan to bring tennis shoes on the bus to change into after lunch.

**Boys may want to bring shorts to change into after lunch.

***The Viking Store carries a small selection of FPD uniform shirts.

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Washington Parent Meeting

Tuesday, April 18th, at 6:00 p.m.
FPD Media Center

Please don’t miss this important meeting. We will discuss final preparations for our upcoming 5th Grade trip!

Monday, April 3, 2017

Our Garden Grew!

Fifth grade students planted carrots and brussel sprouts in the fall. Look what one class harvested today!

Important Reminder

There will be NO LATE START next Wednesday, April 12th- during testing week.
(This Wednesday, April 5th is a normal late start day.)

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Grandparents Day!

Here is the link for the Live Broadcast of our Grandparents Day Programs tomorrow. The 3K-2nd program is at 9am EST. The 3rd-5th program is at 10:30am EST. After the broadcasts, the shows will be archived online at that link for the next 30 days, in case you're unable to watch the live broadcasts.
In order to view, you will need to set up a free livestream account. You can set it up to send you an email reminder for broadcast, too! 

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Looking Ahead

Garden Notes: Mrs. Putnal has marked the first week in April for refurbishing and planting in our gardens. We love having parent and grandparent volunteers! Please let us know when you can help.

5th Grade Bowling Party: If your child plans to attend the 5th grade bowling party at Pin Strikes on Friday, April 7th from 4-6, please send in the form and money. *This is NOT a drop-off party. 

Testing Week: 4 day week: April 10th - 13th. No late start on Wednesday, April 12th. Good Friday holiday on Friday, April 14th. 

Thursday, March 16, 2017

St. Patrick's Day

Students may wear green tops or FPD spirit tops and uniform bottoms to school tomorrow! Tomorrow is not a $1 donation Dress Down day. No jeans.

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Rising 6th Grade Meeting - TONIGHT!

TUESDAY NIGHT 03-14-17: Rising 6th grade Parents Meeting to discuss Course Selection for the upcoming school year. Meeting begins at 6:30 in the Senior Hall in the H.S. Building.

Friday, March 10, 2017

Important Library News for Miss Brown's Class

LIBRARY NEWS:  It’s 5th grade quilt time!  We are nearly finished with the 5th grade quilts and still need a quilter volunteer for Miss Brown’s class.  Would a mom or grandma please volunteer to piece together the squares made by Miss Brown’s class and then quilt the crib-size quilt for that class?  This can be done by machine or hand, whichever is easiest, and there is absolutely NO rush.   The 5th grade quilts hang in the library until their junior year when the quilts are auctioned at the Fall Festival to help fund their Junior-Senior prom.  You may stop by the library to view previous years’ quilts any time.  Please consider volunteering!  Miss Brown’s class needs you!

Monday, March 6, 2017

2017-2018 Cheerleading Information

There will be a Cheerleading Try Out Parent Information meeting for any rising 6th- 12th grader (current 5th-11th) interested in trying out for any of FPD’s 2017-2018 Cheerleading squads on March 13th at 6 p.m. in the Lecture Hall.

Cheerleading try outs will be March 16th, 17th, 20th, 21st, 22nd, and 23rd from 3:45- 5 in the MAC Gym.  At the try out info meeting (on March 13th) we will give more information regarding Spring sports accommodations and evaluation days. Accommodations for Spring Sports must be pre-approved with Amy Kenney, Katie Kemper, or Jessica Murnan.

The squad  breakdown by grade is:
MS Competition—Rising 6-8 grades
MS Spirit—Rising 7-8 grades
Varsity Competition—Rising 9-12 grades
JV/Varsity Spirit—Rising 9-12 grades 

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

All Elementary Newsletters from Mrs. Putnal and Counselor's Corner Newsletters will now be sent to you by e-blast. Please take time to read so you may be aware of everything happening in our Lower School. Spring is a very busy time for everyone! Additionally, Counselor Susan Causey's newsletters encourage and remind us all of important parenting tips and topics. Thanks for being ALL IN at FPD! 

Friday, February 24, 2017


Please remember to get in your March 1st Washington payment to secure your hotel reservation. We do not want anyone to miss out!

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Counselor’s Corner – February 16, 2017

Counselor’s Corner – February 16, 2017
By Susan Causey, M.Ed., LPC
“What Makes My Child Act This Way?” Part 4

The fourth goal children try to achieve after contact, power, and protection, is withdrawal. Children need time to be alone, to reflect, to consider who they are and who they are becoming. They need time to talk to God and get to know Him. The Bible says, “Be still and know that I am God.” (Psalm 46:10)

If you find that your child is avoiding you by spending more time in his room, on the iPad, or not wanting to join in the family meals or family fun, it may be he is seeking to reach this fourth goal.  If a parent is over-protective or hovering, withdrawal may be more extreme. The child may shut down emotionally even if they are present in participation.

Too many questions or “help” in solving problems may actually drive the child to spend more time escaping. When your child is 2-years-old, he will express this by saying, “I want to do it by myself.” As children enter the preteen years they begin to individuate wanting to come to their own conclusions, trying to “find themselves,” and desiring more approval from peers than parents. This can be painful as the parents feel they are being shut out through the child’s negative attempt to reach the goal through undue avoidance.

“A wise parent is like a warm quilt, which protects, but does not smother.” It is important to require your child to participate at meals and with the family, but it is also important to give them healthy space as they seek to find their own way. Charles Fay’s “Love and Logic” put it this way:

Hope and pray that your kids make plenty of affordable mistakes when they are young. Hold them accountable for these mistakes with sincere empathy. DO this so they can learn while the “price tags” are small.

It is in overcoming the small challenges which gives them the stepping blocks to deal with the larger ones later on.

The Little Mermaid at FPD

FPD Theater Presents...
Thursday–Friday-Saturday, March 9, 10, 11 - 7:00 pm


We are using a new system this year that we hope will provide a convenient alternative for buying tickets to FPD Theatre shows.  Pre-sale tickets will be available this year, but only online at:

Step 1: Create an account at Booktix.
Step 2: Select tickets, purchase with credit card, and print out a voucher. If needing free student tickets, add this option during purchasing. No charge incurs.
Step 3: Vouchers will be scanned at the door, so you can avoid standing in line for tickets.
Prices: $15 reserved seating (first 8 center rows);  $10 general admission;  
** Free general admission for students, faculty and staff;  Online prices same as at door - no fees

Reserved Seating:  This section replaces “premium seating” from previous year’s shows. On the booktix website, choose specific seats in the first 8 rows of the center section of the auditorium. General Admission seats are all others except the first 8 center rows and are open to everyone after the doors open.

FREE TICKETS: Please note all audience members will need a ticket – including FPD students and staff who get in free. Simply add student tickets to your order when you purchase – you will see the option. You will not be charged for these tickets.  If requesting free tickets at the door, all middle and high school students must show their student IDs.

Don’t want to purchase online?  No worries!  We will also be selling tickets at the door. Cash or checks made payable to FPD are accepted.

Have questions about the process?  Email Dr. Strickland:

Wednesday, February 15, 2017


There will be NO school on Monday, February 20th and Tuesday, February 21st due to Presidents' Day. Enjoy your long weekend!