Thursday, February 22, 2018

Elementary Newsletter

Lower School Newsletter from Wade Putnal

February 21, 2018

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

SAFETY FIRST!! Parents, please be aware that baseball season has started. Before, during and after school please remind children to stay away from batting cage areas and baseball field house.

TECHNOLOGY TIDBITS: As parents and teachers, our biggest challenge with technology and children is to keep them safe, and to stay current in researching how to use technology with respect to a child’s developmental stages. Here is a link to a great book and wonderful resource if you want to direct your child’s technology experiences to be good and appropriate as they develop. “The Tech-Wise Family: Everyday Steps for Putting Technology in Its Proper Place” by Andy Crouch

You may also be interested in reading: 12 Ways Your Phone Is Changing You.

Parental Controls~~Apple’s I-phones do give parents the ability to control many aspects of their child’s or teen’s cell phone use- Installing apps, in-app purchases, content for music, news, movies, TV, apps, websites, etc. -select G, PG, PG-13, R, NC-17, don’t allow, allow all, show content in the cloud, changes to contacts, and more. To access these controls, go to Settings, then go to General, then go to Restrictions.

A BIG THANK YOU to all Viking Parent Ambassadors (VPA) who helped with the “Teacher Appreciation” luncheon. Those who planned, cooked, donated, and kept classes made it a great success. FPD is a great place to be!

DID YOU KNOW??? … 2018 Spring Class Guide for FPD’s CENTER for DISCOVERY is out. Grab a friend and sign up!

NEW classes: The Carpenter Shop(K-2nd),

Elementary Cross Country (3rd-5th),

Garden to Table Cookies (2nd-5th),

Theater Workshop~Cinderella(PK-5th)

Building Leadership and Character (6th-8th)

Babysitting-American RED CROSS course(6th-9th)

… all kinds of Music lessons and much more!

Spring class registration is underway! Open to the community, classes are available for 3K through adults. Pick up a program guide and registration form in the Elementary Office or online at:

Please label all jackets, coats, sweaters, hats, mittens, lunchboxes, etc. If you are missing something, please check Elementary “Lost & Found.”

BACKPACK NEEDS: Immediate needs: fruit cups, Vienna sausages, Capri Sun, and Jello cups.

*** COMING UP ***

· Chapel - Tuesday, February 27th, 12:05

· Cleaning Out?? Save items for April 14-22 for our Goodwill Donation Drive competition! FPD Elementary will compete with other area schools to see who brings in the most donations.

· Class Pictures are Thursday, March 8th

“The Music Man” – Performed by FPD theatre students in grades 6-12 – is March 8th, 9th, 10th at 7:00 pm. Tickets will be available online.

Grandparent’s Day is Friday, March 23rd– Invitations will be in signed papers on March 1st. Be sure to mail them out! We will be Jammin’ in the Jungle. All students 3k- 5th need to wear a solid green shirt and blue jeans.

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Jekyll Meeting

Please mark your calendars for March 8th from 6:00-6:30 PM.  We will have our Jekyll Island Parent Meeting on that night, and we have lots of exciting information to share with you about our upcoming April trip.  We will meet in Mrs. Thigpin's room.  Thanks so much!

Ga Power Visit

Today we enjoyed a very special Science Lab.  Mr. Bill Glisson from GA Power came to speak to us about our next Science unit--Magnetism and Electricity.   Here are just a few photos of our time with him...

Grandparents' Day

We are starting to get excited about Grandparents' Day in March.  Please note that this year's presentation will have a jungle theme--students will need to wear a solid green shirt and jeans.  Thanks so much!

Friday, February 16, 2018

Special Guest!

Today we were so excited to welcome Dr. Kara Moore, Griffin's mom, to teach us about dental health!  We learned so much during our time together!  Thank you for coming, Dr. Moore!!!

Friday, February 9, 2018

It's Mixon-Fincher Day!

Dear Parents,
Thank you for joining us this morning! What a fun way to celebrate Young Author and Illustrator Week. Enjoy the pictures below.