Monday, April 3, 2017

Spring is here!

Here are a few updates:

* The children were wonderful during today's severe weather.  Our school has a plan in place for any emergency that might arise, and teachers review these plans regularly.

*Our Easter Egg Hunt is this Friday, April 7th.  See our newsletters or refer to emails from our room moms for the details.  Thank you so much to all who have volunteered to send in snacks or help with set up and clean up.  We could not do this without you!

*Next week (April 10-13) we will be administering standardized tests.  The children are prepared so there is no need to study or practice at home.  Just be sure they continue any medications, rest well each night, and eat a good breakfast each morning.

*April 12th will NOT be a late start Wednesday due to testing.  Please have your child here by 8:15 every day so that we can begin on time.

*Room moms will contact a few parents to help provide a light snack during each day's break time.

*Good Friday (April 14th) -No School

Here are just a few pictures of what we were doing before our break.  Wait until you see the last few weeks of school!  Let's finish strong!

Pulling carrots with Coach K in the elementary garden...

Let's EAT our carrots!
Thumbs up!

Mrs. Clausen took us for a walk along our Nature Trail.  We found all kinds of seeds and discussed the many ways they travel, and even found a few homes for animals.  

Our outdoor classroom is the perfect place to learn about plants and animals.  

Thursday, February 23, 2017

This week's news 2-23-17

Next Week's Bible Verse:
I Timothy 4:12
Don't let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in life, in love, in faith, and in purity.

*Be sure to mark March 7th on your calendar as the 2nd graders will lead during chapel.

*Unit 19 for spelling next week (see links to the right of the blog page)

*Check out the link for Moon Phases!  Mrs. Clausen showed us how to look up the moon phase for any date you enter!

*Book Report details coming home today.

*All other important dates have been noted on last week's newsletter (you can pull up newsletters on here as well).

*Grandparent's Day is coming soon!  Please talk with grandparents that might be able to join us, and let us know (form being sent home today) who is coming so that we are prepared.  

Thursday, February 16, 2017

The Little Mermaid is Coming!

FPD Theatre 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:

Counselor Causey's Newsletter

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.