Archers in Action
Week of January 30, 2023
News, Events, Reminders & Announcements
Upcoming Events at a Glance
➶ February 3 - Lost & Found Cleanout / R&R Weekend
➶ February 3 - Open Application for 2023-2024 Ends
➶ February 8 (6:00pm) - Junior Night
➶ February 10 - Spirit Friday
➶ February 10 - Muffins in the Morning
➶ February 10 (8:15am) - Coffee with the Headmaster
➶ February 10 (7:00pm) - Family Valentines Dance
➶ February 14 - Crazy Socks Day: Valentine's Theme
➶ February 14 (7:30am) - Grandparents Breakfast
➶ February 15 (2:00pm) - Lottery for the 2023-2024 Academic Year
➶ February 17 & 20 - Staff & Student Holidays (School Closed)
➶ February 24 - Pizza Friday
➶ February 28 - NHS Induction Ceremony
School Closed Due to Inclement Weather - Jan 31 & Feb 1
Due to icy conditions, classes and activities are cancelled for Tuesday & Wednesday, Jan. 31-Feb. 1. The school office will also be closed. As a reminder, our policy is to follow Leander ISD's decisions regarding inclement weather delays and cancellations. We will communicate through Skyward, Facebook, and our website if there is any additional impact to any future school days. We hope you all stay safe and warm.
Open Application Period for 2023-2024 Closes February 3
The new student application period for the 2023-2024 school year closes Friday, February 3rd. No action is needed at this time for currently enrolled students. The new student application is for those students who are not currently enrolled at our school and would like to attend in the 2023-24 school year.
You can find the 2023-24 application for enrollment at https://responsiveed.schoolmint.com/signup. If the number of applicants exceeds the number of available spaces for students in a particular grade, enrollment will be determined by a lottery held on February 15, 2023.
Lost & Found Cleanout, February 3
Lost and found will be cleaned out on Friday, February 3. All remaining items will be donated. There are many uniforms, water bottles, jackets, lunch boxes, school work, and supplies with no name on them. Ask your children to check lost and found in the Grammar Library, Main Gym, and Upper School locations. Parents are welcome to stop by and check as well. We want as many as possible lost items to go to their rightful owners.
Chocolate Dipped Strawberries for Valentine's Day
Shhh...it's a surprise! Surprise your little darling on Valentine's Day with a package of chocolate dipped strawberries for $6.50 The Valentine's designed strawberries come packaged with your personal message. Please email your special message to [email protected] to be printed on a special Valentine. Order by 8pm THURSDAY, February 9th, on the Daily Spread School Lunch website, to be delivered on TUESDAY, February 14th at lunch time. Look for the "Valentine's Day Strawberries" under the "A la cart" section, listed under the February 10th meal offering.
Purchasing Yearbooks and Senior Ads
The 2022-2023 Yearbooks are on sale now for $30! Senior ads are also available for purchase on Balfour's website. The deadline for senior ads is March 1, 2023. Please click this link to order! https://www.balfour.com/texas/leander/founders-classical-academy
Contributions for Mr. White
Mr. White the Upper School U.S. History teacher will not be able to continue teaching at FCA because of his wife’s failing health. While Mr. White has only been with us a short time, he is a part of the FCA family. Mrs. Whitfield will be sending a gift card, along with personal notes from his students, to provide some assistance and encouragement for him and his wife. If you feel led to contribute, you can Venmo Mrs. Whitfield @Jennifer-Whitfield-TxAggie. Please do so by Wednesday, February 1. It is understood that many of you do not know him or even know of him, again contribute only if you feel led.
The Upshot, Fall 2022
The Archers Council and Standing Committees have been hard at work the past fall to bring our school community together. Please take a moment to read their fall newsletter, The Upshot. It includes a snapshot of what each committee has been up to as well as a financial update from the Write-A-Check Campaign. Find out how you can get involved this spring! Click here to download your copy.
Junior Night, February 8
Join Mr. Arzaga on Wednesday, February 8, from 6:00pm - 7:30pm as we discuss the college application process including timelines, types of applications, essays, the pros and cons of applying "test optional", and more. We will cover an overview of senior year at FCA: a timeline for senior events, information about the Senior Event Committee, and how we support students in the college application process. All 11th grade families should attend this event.
Family Valentines Dance, February 10
Donations and Volunteers needed for Founder's Family Valentines Dance. This is a great way to support our community and make great memories for our Founder's family! Donations and Volunteer hours are good toward Archer Hours, Students who are in need of volunteer hours are encouraged to sign up as well! Please Sign up using the following link: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0b4aa4ab2aa4fb6-love/66617045#/
TICKETS ARE ON SALE for Founder's Family Valentines Dance, Love Rocks - An 80's decade dance! The dance will be Friday, February 10th, from 7-9pm. Our committee has been working hard to create an amazing night out for all our Founder's families to enjoy. There will be AWESOME DOOR PRIZES throughout the night and contests for "Most RAD attire", some favorite dances, and for just buying a ticket! So dust off your neon and denim and get ready for a totally tubular time!
Pre-Sale Ticket Pricing:
Family of 4: $25
Adult + One Student: $15
Additional tickets (must be purchased with an above package): $5
Prices increase at the door - pre purchase by Thursday, February 9 to save.
We would like to remind everyone that this is a family dance and students are not permitted to be dropped off. This is an opportunity to have some fun all together and squeeze in some quality time with your kiddos. We can't wait to see you there! Proceeds from this dance support the Fine Arts Booster Club and the schools fine art programs and initiatives. Thank you for your support!
Crazy Socks Day, February 14
Students may wear Valentines themed socks with their regular school uniform.
Grandparents Breakfast, February 14
Grandparents (and honorary grandparents!) are cordially invited to attend a Valentine’s Day breakfast with their grandchildren (K-12), discover how your grandchild(ren) are being educated, and be given the opportunity to support your grandchild’s school mission to bring the oldest ideas to the youngest minds!
When: Tuesday, February 14
Where: Building 3 Cafeteria
When: 7:30-8:30am (Grandparents are welcome to arrive at 7:20am for parking)
* Students will be dismissed at 7:55am. Grandparents are invited to stay for a brief presentation from the headmaster and Q&A until 8:30am.
RSVP: Please RSVP by Sun, Feb 12 to http://bit.ly/FCAgran or use the following QR code:
Handbook Reminder of the Week: Electronic Devices
Below is the language from the handbook regarding electronic devices Please be sure you are up to date on the policy.
"Personal electronic devices must not be used during the school day or immediately before and after school. This includes but is not limited to laptops, portable audio devices, head/earphones, handheld video games, smart watches, Fitbits, cell phones, or any device that has the capability to connect to the internet, even if the device settings are turned off for this feature. Exceptions will be made for necessary medical devices and at the Headmaster’s discretion.
Students may not use cell phones during school hours. Before 8:00am and after 3:30pm students may only use cell phones outside the building. If a student must bring a cell phone to school, he or she must keep it in a locker for the entire day including during recess, lunch, passing periods, and study halls. Students may not carry cell phones in their pockets or backpacks. Students may not use cell phones inside during drop off or dismissal time.
Students may not contact their parents via text message during the school day. The front office in Building 1 and the office in Building 3 always have phones available for students who need to call home.
Any student who is using a phone or other personal electronic device during the day will have that Founders Classical Academy of Leander Family Handbook 2022-2023 42 device confiscated. If there is reason to believe that the device has been used in the transmission or reception of communications prohibited by law, policy, or regulation, the device may be powered on and searched.
Students who break this rule will be subject to fines and other disciplinary action. Once a device has been taken up, the following procedure will be used to return the device:
1st Confiscation: The device will be held until the end of the school day and can be picked up by the student or parent when school is dismissed. A fee of $10 must be paid before the device is returned. A poor behavior slip will be issued by the teacher in which the device was confiscated.
2nd Confiscation: The device will be held until the end of the school day and can be picked up by the student or parent when school is dismissed. A fee of $20 must be paid before the device can be returned. A poor behavior slip will be issued by the teacher by which the device was confiscated.
3rd Confiscation: The device can be picked up by the student or parent no earlier than the following Monday. A fee of $30 must be paid before the device can be returned. A poor behavior slip will be issued by the teacher by which the device was confiscated.
Confiscations beyond three may result in additional disciplinary action and, if necessary, suspension from school. Founders Classical Academy is not responsible for the damage, loss, or theft of electronic devices left on campus."
- 5:30 PM Varsity Girls vs IDEA Montopolis
- 6:45 PM Varsity Boys vs IDEA Montopolis
Over the course of the next couple of weeks, we are going to begin tracking discipline and House points through a new system called Demeritus. While Skyward will continue to track suspensions and grades, we needed a system that would allow more communication between teachers and parents and enable us to work with students more effectively through consistently enforcing the school policies and procedures and rewarding virtue. Additionally, it will help us recognize patterns of behavior that need to be addressed or rewarded. Ideally, when an event is entered, an email to you, the parent, will be generated, which will allow a better school-parent partnership. One thing to note is that communication will increase significantly, even from what you received from Jupiter, the system we have used in the past. Every item that is entered in Demeritus, even if it is a somewhat minor infraction, will automatically alert the parent—-even if a detention was not assigned. Please bear with us as we begin implementing this system. The program can be modified to fit each school, so once we have made the adjustments we need to make, we will be giving you more information. If you have questions or concerns, please contact the leadership team.
➶The FCA Leander Public calendar contains all school sponsored events.
➶The Archers Athletics calendar contains the game schedules and tryout information.
➶The College Counseling calendar has information about testing dates, college admissions visits, and other college events.
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House Points for 2022-2023
- DaVinci - 339
- Herodotus - 304
- Newton - 304
- Beethoven - 300
- Shakespeare - 288
- Euclid - 274
Amazing Archers Spotlight
Do YOU want to be our
FAV of the day?
Are you looking for a way to connect with the Founders community? Are you an approved volunteer? If so, why not consider being our FAV of the day! We have several small jobs and projects around campus that could use a special volunteer. To name a few:
You decide the days and times you can serve, then use this link to claim your spot:
Thank you for your support of Founders Classical Academy!
Volunteer Applications & Toolkit
Each school year, ResponsiveEd requires that every volunteer undergoes a background check and signs a confidentiality agreement before being allowed to work on a campus. Applications remain active for each current school year, but a volunteer must reapply each new year. Please allow up to 3 weeks for processing of your application.
For more information about our Archer Hours program, please visit our Volunteer Toolkit.
2022-23 Faculty & Staff Favorite Things
Shower a teacher or a staff member on their birthday, for appreciation, for the holidays, or maybe just to bring them a smile and brighten their day.