Welcome Back To School
As I embark on my fifteenth year of service at FBA, I vividly recall the first time I stepped foot on our beautiful campus, anxious to get to know the school families and eager to do the work God called me to do. An overwhelming sense of gratitude follows as I reflect on God’s goodness and the privilege of serving Him at FBA. I look forward to the new school year with a renewed vision, a refueled passion for Kingdom Education, and a refreshed spirit after an amazing summer visit in Israel.
Follow the Leader!
Most of us remember playing Follow the Leader back in elementary school. One child would strike a pose or demonstrate an action, and the rest of the children would attempt to mimic what that child did. This simple children’s game provides an excellent illustration of how God desires us to live the Christian life… following after and reflecting the life of our loving leader and Lord ...Jesus Christ.
In the Bible, Jesus invites us to come, follow Him. This year’s school theme is “He Leads, We Follow”, from Lk. 9:23 “ … If anyone wishes to come after Me let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow Me”. Upon placing our faith and trust in Jesus Christ as personal Lord and Savior, we become children of God, and “followers” of Christ. The Holy Spirit enables and empowers us to walk, talk, and live just like Jesus. I invite you to attend elementary chapels this year as we explore who Jesus is, why Jesus came, when and where Jesus lived and ministered, and how to become a faithful Christ follower. Join us on a fantastic Jesus Journey - following in the footsteps of Jesus.
First Look Information Monday, August 14, 2017
6:00 pm. All School general session in the Worship Center
6:30-7:00 pm- PK/ES Classroom Visits
7:30-8:00 pm - PK/ES Classroom Visits
In His Love,
Dear FBA Parents,
I trust you are enjoying the summer break with you family. I wanted to take the opportunity to encourage you to help your child retain and use the concepts, skills and strategies he/she has learned this year at school. Educational research supports providing a venue for a continuum of learning , even during the summer months.
Please read the article for helpful parent tips for summer learning success!
Summer Recommended Reading
Summer Math Challenge
All Aboard….FBA is “on track” for a great new year STEAMING with exciting new learning experiences!
FBA Family STEAM Night - A Huge Success!
In April, FBA Elementary school hosted the first annual Family STEAM Night. The evening was a great time of fellowship, & fascinating fun learning about Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math. Students and parents had the opportunity to Innovate and Create participating in a variety of hands-on learning activities. Learning Lab Stations included Space Docking, Heart Rate Math, Build a Machine, Computer Animation, Build a Boat, and a Straw Rocket Launch! Future Robotics Engineer Ethan Chang lead a Robotics demonstration with a programmed robot, ”Sphero”. Children built Tall Towers using pipe cleaners and constructed LEGO characters.
Earlier in the school day, students visited a mobile Planetarium called STARDOME, to observe the beauty of God’s “Constellation Creations”. Students saw how the stars can be referenced as a directional compass in the sky!
Student displays at Family STEAM Night showcased projects from monthly STEAM classes.
Mrs. Lup explained the “Greenhouse Effect”, based on research conducted by fourth grade students. The Greenhouse Project-Based Learning experience qualified FBA to win a grant from The Ding Darling Nature Preserve. Student displays also included photos from the fifth grade classroom Wall Storage Unit design. Wall Storage Units for backpacks and lunch boxes were constructed according to student design and measurement, and were installed in the classrooms this past week. That’s a great example of life, learning and leadership in application!
Parent volunteers and several FBA high school students came out to help make Family STEAM Night a great success! Sneak a peek at the fun…..
Rom. 11:36 “ For by Him and through Him and to Hom are all things .To Him be the glory forever”.
Helping students to develop an awareness of proper spelling and a expansive vocabulary is important at First Baptist Academy. Each fall, FBA holds school-wide, class-level spelling competitions to determine students who will represent FBA at the annual ACSI District Spelling Bee the following spring. These students prepare for several months leading up to the competition.
This year, the elementary school participated at Southwest Florida Christian Academy on Friday, February 24, 2017. We placed as follows: