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,

Mrs. Shaw

Summer Resources

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!

Click on the appropriate  link below  to access the recommended  Summer Reading List  or Summer Math Challenge for your child’s current grade level.
 

Summer Recommended Reading

Reading Lists

 Summer Math Challenge

Entering Kindergarten

Completed Kindergarten  

Completed 1st Grade

Completed 2nd Grade

Completed 3rd Grade

Completed 4th Grade

ALEKS Math Enrichment Challenge Completed 4th & 5th Grade

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…..

Watch Slideshow Here

Rom. 11:36 “ For by Him and through Him and to Hom are all things .To Him be the glory forever”.

Spelling Bee

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: 

Grade 1: Arabella Ahammad, first place
Grade 2: Brianna Bustamante, fourth place
Grade 3: Gracie Miller, first place
               Aiden Tabler, second place
Grade 4: Mary Grade Yeldell, first place

 

 

Full STEAM Ahead

The class was awarded a grant from J.N "Ding" Darling that will promote STEAM learning on conservation and the greenhouse effect." ‚Äč
 

First Baptist Academy 4th grade teachers, Mr. David Gonzalez and Mrs. Violet Lup, recently wrote a grant proposal to the J.N. "Ding" Darling National Wildlife Refuge Society as an opportunity to receive $1,000 toward a project that incorporates STEAM and conservation. 
 
Their grant proposal summarized a student project that promoted conservation education within the fourth grade overall curriculum using the STEAM approach for learning, where by the fourth grade students will engage in studying, building a greenhouse and planting different plant seeds native to Florida. Students will also learn about direct outdoor greenhouse
s by planting potatoes and observing their growth throughout a period of dry and wet weather patterns. The students will hear from guest speakers, who are potato farmers, speak about the sun’s role in providing energy for the potato to grow in the right environment and on the farming process of potatoes.
 
As culminating project students will present their projects to the entire elementary school, which will be filmed and sent to Ding Darling as evidence of funds from the grant being used for student learning purposes.
 
The 4th grade students are very excited about this unique learning opportunity and grateful to Ding Darling for helping in making it happen!

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