Saturday, December 12, 2015

JOY to the World!

Second graders sang several Christmas songs and put smiles on the faces of these precious residents of a local assisted living facility.  Hand made cards were distributed and we all received a blessing. Merry Christmas!




Thursday, December 10, 2015

Counselor's Corner

Susan Causey's newsletter "Joy to the World" has been posted. Please click on the link for December 10, 2015 under "Counselor's Corner."

Friday, December 4, 2015

Elementary News

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from Wade Putnal - December 3rd, 2015

Our mission at First Presbyterian Day School is to educate and equip students
to change the world for God’s glory.

  The Elementary Christmas program, “Christmas in Central Park” is one week away! Performances are Thursday, December 10th at 1 and 7pm. All students in 1st – 5th grade will be involved. Also, check out the FPD Music Room blog at www.fpdmusic.com where all song lyrics are in the “Special Programs and Events” tab. Costume Information:
  • 1st-4th grade Boys & Girls and 5th Grade Chorus and 5th Grade Band members: Students should wear blue jeans or black pants, a long-sleeve top in red, green, or white (small print is fine; no logos, please), and a winter scarf (any color is fine.) They are going to be dressed as neighborhood kids at an outdoor Christmas party. Please wear to school on Thurs., Dec. 10th.
  • Shoes: Everyday school shoes (tennis shoes) are fine.
  • Questions? Email Mindy Krejci at mindy.krejci@fpdmacon.org

  BACKPACK MINISTRIES: Please send: fruit cups, Vienna sausages, tuna packets, applesauce, juice pouches and juice boxes. Thanks for helping as we minister to needy children in our community.

  Please label all jackets, coats, sweaters, hats, mittens, lunchboxes, etc. All unclaimed/unlabeled items will be removed during the Christmas holidays.

  Christmas is coming and The Viking Store has all sorts of items for any-age Viking, including “Viking Bucks” gift cards available in any amount! Get ready for cooler weather with uniform-approved outerwear and scarves. We have so many new products including room decorations, car tags and stuffed bears wearing a cheerleading uniform or letterman’s jacket. SPECIAL: $5 (or less) Christmas Grab Bags are a great gift idea for a friend or as a stocking stuffer. Visit us at www.fpdmacon.org/tvs and “like us” on Facebook @ FPD-The Viking Store. Open school days 7:45am- 3:30pm. Located in the MAC near the cafeteria. 

  The Viking Store will be open until 3:30 on Thursday, Dec. 10, during the Elementary Christmas music program. This is a great time for parents and grandparents to shop!

  “Sneak a Peek” at all the fun things our elementary classes are doing by regularly visiting our Teacher Blog pages online! In addition to grade level blogs, you can visit our art, music, science lab, computer, and Spanish blog pages. Just go to: www.fpdmacon.org; Click “Community;” then “Teacher Blog.”

  LATE ARRIVALS reminder: If your child arrives to school after 8:15 am (8:50 am on late-start Wednesdays) they should enter school at the front Elementary office, and they need to be signed in as well. Thank you.

  NEW: Our water bottle refill station is now installed in the MAC near The Viking Store. It calculates how many plastic water bottles we are keeping out of the landfill, and it saves money and helps our environment.

  FPD CARES! Did you know there is a group of FPD parents and friends who count it a privilege to regularly pray for you? You are welcome to send in any request which will confidentially be passed along to our prayer partners. Email: fpdprayer@gmail.com

  DRESS CODE Reminder: Socks, tights, and leggings should be predominately solid red, white, black or gray. All accessories (hairbows, headbands, etc) should also be school approved colors.

  MARK YOUR CALENDAR:
  • DRESS DOWN DAY - Friday, December 11th - Donations will support Raoul and Karen Armbrister with Karazim Ministries in the Bahamas
  • NO LATE START on Wednesday, December 16th. School begins at 8:10am.
  • Christmas Sing-a-long, Fri, Dec. 18th, 10:15 am, Clark Fine Arts Auditorium
  • Last Day of School – Fri, Dec. 18th – ½ day - Early dismissal. No lunch served.
  • Christmas Holidays – December 21st to January 4th, 2016, for students
  • First Day of School in 2016 – Tuesday, January 5th
  • MLK Holiday – Monday, January 18th, 2016 – No School  
  • Please invite your friends to our upcoming Open House for Prospective Families:
FPD Open House, 3K-12th grade, Sunday, January 24, 2016, from 3:00 to 5:00 pm in the Clark Fine Arts Center lobby. If you know anyone that you’d like us to contact, email: admissions@fpdmacon.org


U:\sdouglas\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows\Temporary Internet Files\Content.IE5\42CU8PSF\MC900098111[1].wmf     Prayers and blessings to all as we celebrate at school and in our homes the Greatest Gift of All … JESUS.” Enjoy time together and making memories children will treasure in their hearts forever! You and your children are gifts to me each day.
Merry Christmas!
Wade Putnal

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

The Big Snow

Although it is 70 degrees in Macon, it was "snowing" in the science lab on Monday. The students had an opportunity to play in the "snow" and build snowmen. Our class has enjoyed reading The Big Snow and learning about animals in the winter. Here are a few pictures from this lab.


Thanksgiving

Our Thanksgiving celebration provided the opportunity for students to combine their favorite snack, resulting in our "Thankful Mix".  Each child shared at least one thing for which they were thankful, and then enjoyed the combined treat while making a craft.  

Monday, November 30, 2015

Packing bags for the Backpack Ministry

Second graders had the opportunity to serve and pack bags for the backpack ministry. We packed enough bags to provide food for about 50 needy students for a weekend. Thank you Mrs. Scott for allowing us to work with you on this project!



Thursday, November 19, 2015

Counselor's Corner

Susan Causey's newsletter "Self-Esteem or Confidence" has been posted. Please click on the link for November 19, 2015 under "Counselor's Corner".

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Elementary News



Lower School Newsletter from Wade Putnal
November 12th, 2015
Our mission at First Presbyterian Day School is to educate and equip students
to change the world for God’s glory.

   Our “Sip and See” Open House (3K-5th Grade) is Tuesday, November 17th and also Thursday, November 19th. Friends may Drop In from 9am-11am for coffee and tours, to see our students and teachers engaged in learning. Please invite your families, friends, and neighbors to come discover why FPD is a “Great Place to Be!”

   LATE ARRIVALS reminder: If your child arrives to school after 8:15 am (8:50 am on late-start Wednesdays) they should enter school at the front Elementary office, and they need to be signed in as well. Thank you.

   Thank you for helping us not disturb student instruction and learning time by refraining from knocking on hallway doors that are locked. These doors are locked for the safety of all teachers and students. If you need to enter the building, please come to the front Elementary Office and sign in.

   The Elementary Christmas program, “Christmas in Central Park” is only a few weeks away! Performances are Thursday, December 10th at 1 and 7pm. All students in 1st – 5th grade will be involved. Also, check out the FPD Music Room blog at www.fpdmusic.com where all song lyrics are under the “Special Programs and Events” tab. Costume Information:
§  1st-4th grade Boys & Girls and 5th Grade Chorus and 5th Grade Band members: Students should wear blue jeans or black pants, a long-sleeve top in red, green, or white (small print is fine, but no logos, please), and a winter scarf (any color is fine.) They are going to be dressed as neighborhood kids at an outdoor Christmas party. Please wear this to school on Thursday, December 10th.
§  Shoes: Everyday school shoes (tennis shoes) are fine.
§  Questions? Email Mindy Krejci at mindy.krejci@fpdmacon.org

   Moms in Prayer meets Monday, Nov. 16th at 12:30 in the elementary multi-purpose room. Come join other FPD parents to lift up our students, families, faculty, administrators, and staff to the Lord in prayer.
   
   Christmas is coming! The Viking Store has tons of gift ideas - including “Viking Bucks” $$ cards! We have uniform-approved outerwear and short-sleeved Lands’ End polo shirts. Order your personalized Christmas ornaments and football jerseys now to ensure Christmas delivery. Check out our FPD spirit wall hangings to decorate your Vikings’ room, plus a great selection of automobile plates. *Be sure to look for the “Christmas Gift Guide” flyer in this week’s signed papers.* Facebook: FPD-The Viking Store or www.fpdmacon.org/TheVikingStore. Open 7:30a -3:30p in the MAC.    

   FPD CARES! Did you know that there is a group of FPD parents and friends who count it a privilege to regularly pray for you? This group is committed to pray for our school and the needs of our FPD family. You are welcome to send in any request which will confidentially be passed along to our prayer partners. Email: fpdprayer@gmail.com

   With cooler weather, please label all things that your child brings to school - water bottles, coats, jackets, lunchboxes, hats, bookbags, and all!

   The FPD Middle School Robotics Team is collecting used household batteries of any size for a recycling project. You may bring batteries to the Elementary Office through December 4. Thanks for your help in this environmental awareness project!

MARK YOUR CALENDAR:
·         Lower School Chapel: November 17th and December 1st - 12:05 pm. Join us!
·         Dress Down Day for Casa Hogar Orphanage in Acapulco, Mexico: Fri., Nov. 20th
·         Thanksgiving Holidays: November 23rd–27th (Offices closed 25th- 27th)



May God continue to bless you and your family. May FPD continue to be a place where we all can show God’s love each and every day.
We are so thankful for the families, students, and staff at our school.
Enjoy making memories with family and friends over the coming holidays!
With a grateful heart,

Wade Putnal

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Working in the gardens

Second graders planted their winter plants in the garden plots. They had a great time learning about how to plant bulbs and how long it will be before they sprout.





Thursday, November 5, 2015

Counselor's Corner

Susan Causey's newsletter for Nov. 5th has been posted. Please click on the link under "Counselor's Corner".

Thursday, October 29, 2015

Look what we found on our nature walk today!

Elementary News

Lower School Newsletter from Wade Putnal
October 29, 2015

Our mission at First Presbyterian Day School is to educate and equip students
to change the world for God’s glory.

v  Dress Down Day TOMORROW – Friday, October 30th - Students may bring a $1 donation to support “Hats for Hope.” They may wear a hat, jeans or shorts (non-athletic) and an FPD spirit top. All funds will benefit Jay’s Hope, a local organization which supports children with cancer in our community.

v  Upcoming Elementary Chapel dates are Nov. 3rd and 17th at 12:05 in the Fine Arts Auditorium. Please join us! Our theme for Nov. 3 is “Prayer,” and Dr. Barry Shealy, Assistant Headmaster, will share. On November 17, our theme will be “Helping Parents and Family.”

v  Center for Discovery = “Beyond the Classroom Learning.” Many new classes are beginning in November (next week!) Sign up now at www.fpdmacon.org/center-for-discovery for a complete class detail list. You may also sign up with paper registration forms available in the Elementary office.

v  Congratulations to FPD Elementary for being recognized as the 2015 “Top Participant Average, Jump Rope for Heart Elementary School.” Our school received a check for $250 and a plaque. Thank you so much to Coach Kosater for all your hard work with this project!

v  With cooler weather, please label all things that your child brings to school - water bottles, coats, jackets, lunchboxes, hats, bookbags, and all!

v  Wow! FPD students have turned in more than 8,000 Box Tops! Students will receive a Homework Pass and a surprise visit from Mrs. Putnal! Box Tops earns money for our school to purchase enrichment resources. Way to go!


v  Christmas is coming and The Viking Store has items for all ages, including our own “Viking Bucks” gift card available in any amount!  We have a great selection of short and long t-shirts, uniform-approved outerwear, caps, Tervis Tumblers, and much more. Visit our page at www.fpdmacon.org/TheVikingStore. Open school days 7:45am to 3:30pm and located in the MAC near the cafeteria. Contact Renita at renita.eversole@fpdmacon.org or call 478-477-6505.


MARK YOUR CALENDAR:

·         Thanksgiving Holidays: November 23rd – 27th (Offices closed 25th- 27th)
·         December 10th – Elementary Christmas Program (grades 1-5), 1pm & 7pm, in the Clark Fine Arts Auditorium.
·         Christmas Sing-a-Long: December 18th, 10:15 am
·         Christmas Holidays: December 21st - January 4th, 2016

·         First Day of school in 2016: January 5th

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Counselor's Corner

Susan Causey's newsletter for October 22, 2015 has been posted. Please click on the link under "Counselor's Corner".

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Elementary News

October 15th, 2015
Our mission at First Presbyterian Day School is to educate and
equip students 
to change the world for God’s glory.

v  FPD Homecoming Celebration starts tomorrow! It’s a weekend full of fun with your FPD family. On Saturday, don’t miss the “Day School Dash,” a 5K event that starts and ends on the Peake Cross Country Trail and a 1-mile “Fun Run.” Football game vs. Tattnall is at 7:30 pm. Pre-sale tickets available for $5 through noon tomorrow. Visit www.fpdmacon.org for more info.

v  “Red & Black Spirit” Dress Down Day TOMORROW – Elementary students may wear red and black spirit tops, pants, shorts, or jeans or uniform bottoms. Go Vikings! Homecoming 2015!

v  Our next Lower School Chapel is Tues, Oct. 20th from 12:05-12:30pm. All are welcome.

v  BOX TOPS CHALLENGE!! Only a few days left to reach our goal of 8,000 Box Tops by Oct. 20th! We’re so close! Collection boxes are in the Elementary and High School offices.

v  WHAT’S NEW IN THE LIBRARY: Parents, grandparents, and children, thank you a thousand times for the wonderful books donated to the library in your names. We are going to have SO MUCH fun reading our 130+ new Birthday Book Club books! I can hardly wait to read them all!  When you see Mrs. Hardy, please tell her thank you for providing such enjoyable party refreshments for us.  She put in lots of time and effort to throw a party for more than 120 kids!

v  Parent’s Corner: Suggested Good Reads: “How to Raise an Adult” by Julie Lythcott-Haims, http://www.amazon.com/How-Raise-Adult-Overparenting-Prepare/dp/1627791779/ and also “The Gift of Failure” by Jessica Lahey, www.amazon.com/The-Gift-Failure-Parents-Children/dp/0062299239/

v  TICKETS for FPD Fall Festival will be on sale during carpool times Friday, Oct. 23rd and Monday Oct. 26th as well as in the Elementary Office and Kindergarten office. Deadline to order a Boston Butt is Monday, Oct. 19th. Poinsettia sales end November 20th.

v  Dress Code reminder: As cool weather approaches, remember socks, tights, and leggings need to be FPD uniform colors. Please label all sweaters, jackets, water bottles, lunchboxes, backpacks, etc.

v  The Viking Store will be open during Fall Festival and a percentage of sales donated to the Junior Class!  The Viking Store is a great source for gifts including Viking Bucks cards.  Come visit us before or after your parent-teacher conference! Open school days 7:45am to 3:30pm.

v  Photos/Class Photographers: If you have photos of your child’s class field trips and other school-related activities to share, please send to your child’s teacher all throughout the year. Thanks so much!

v  FPD’s Center for Discovery: Don’t miss registering for these upcoming sessions! Viking Soccer League, Christmas Art Workshop, and Skills & Drills Tennis are beginning soon. Register at: www.fpdmacon.org/center-for-discovery.

v  All carpool drivers: Thank you for helping keep ALL safe at carpool by remembering our carpool areas are "NO PHONE ZONES." Please pull over and park to get your child if you must be on a phone call. Thank you! J

v  TEACHER BLOGS: Be sure to check out your child’s grade level blog, as well as blogs from our music, computer, Spanish and art departments. Visit: www.fpdmacon.org; then click on “Community” tab; Then under “Students” click on “Teacher Blogs.” Enjoy!

v  BACKPACK MINISTRY: Immediate needs are: grits packets, pop tarts, PB crackers, fruit cups, juice boxes and juice pouches (preferably fruit juices.) Thank you for all the donations!

v  PROJECT GIVING – Christmas Family Adoption Project – If you are looking for a way to exercise compassion during the holidays, go to: www.projectgiving.net to sign up to adopt a needy family from our Middle Georgia area or to make a tax-deductible donation to help those in need. You may also contact Natalie Woodward at: natalie@projectgiving.net or call her at 478-397-4135.

MARK YOUR CALENDAR

·         Moms In Prayer meeting – Monday, Oct. 19th – 12:30pm in Elementary Multi-Purpose Room
·         FPD Fall Festival – Tues, Oct. 27th – 12 noon to 3 p.m. Food, games, prizes – Something for everyone! Early dismissal for 3K - 12th grade.
·         Oct. 28th – Early Dismissal – On this Wednesday we will NOT have the late start time. School will begin at 8:15 and end at noon for grades 3K-5th.
·         Dress Down Day – Jay’s Hope - “Hats for Hope” – Oct. 30th