Thursday, December 14, 2017

Library News

LIBRARY NEWS: It’s almost visiting author time! Author Diane Z. Shore will visit us on Wednesday, Feb. 7, during our Mixon-Fincher Young Author and Illustrator week. See January 4th’s signed papers for an orange flyer telling you about her visit and the opportunity to pre-order an autographed book. **Forms and money are due by Friday, January 12 for pre-ordered books.**

Monday, December 11, 2017


The 4th graders are so excited about leading chapel on Thursday at 12:05!  Parents, we would love for you to join us.  Please remember to leave seating up front for students;  you may sit behind the 3rd grade classes or in the middle-back sections of the wings.

Children should continue working on their chapel lines at home.  We are also asking all students to wear their RED uniform shirts on Thursday since it is a Christmas-themed chapel.  Thanks so much!!!  The 4th Grade Teachers 

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Christmas Update

The Christmas crystals are in, and they look beautiful!  Stop by our 4th grade hallway to see them on display!

We are sooooo excited about tomorrow's Christmas presentations at 1:00 and 7:00!  Remember, boys and girls, to dress in church-appropriate Christmas apparel.  We can't wait to watch you perform!

Monday, December 4, 2017

Digestion Quiz

There will be a Digestion quiz next Tuesday, December 12th.  The study guide for this quiz is located on the right sidebar of the blog under Important Documents.  Students also received a copy in Science for their binders.

Remember that completed Borax crystals are due on 12/6.  The ones we have received so far are beautiful!!!

Rock Candy Recipe

We hope the Borax crystal ornaments are coming along nicely at home.  Remember they are due on 12/6.  

Many of your children have expressed an interest in growing other types of crystals at home.  We are including a link HERE and also under important documents in case you are interested in trying these rock candy crystals at home for fun or as a family activity over Christmas break.  Enjoy!  

Friday, December 1, 2017

Mrs. Putnal's December newsletter

Lower School Newsletter from Wade Putnal
November 30, 2017

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 is Thursday, Dec.7th at 1:00 and 7:00 pm. The title of this year’s program is The Wonder of Christmas. All children in 1st - 4th grade, as well as 5th grade Chorus members, will dress in dressy Christmas wear. No jeans.
5th Grade Band: Boys: Long-sleeved shirt (any color), tie, dress pants/slacks, dark shoes, socks (NO SNEAKERS). Girls: Full-length dress, ankle-length skirt, or slacks with top (no open back or sleeveless tops; no short skirts), dress shoes. Christmas colors are fine.
**The 1:00 pm performance will be live streamed for grandparents and friends to

DRESS DOWN- Friday, December 8th- $1 Donations for local Mentor’s Project
Elementary students may wear a Christmas sweater/shirt or Viking spirit shirt and jeans for $1 donations.

Upcoming Lower School Chapels:
Special Chapel on Thursday, December 14th  @12:05- 4th grade will present.
December 15th – Elementary Christmas Sing-a-Long @ 10:30 am.
Parents are always welcome to join us in the Clark Fine Arts Center.

BACKPACK MINISTRIES: The local food bank is low, so please send Vienna sausages, applesauce, 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. Please check the Lost & Found rack for missing items.

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 Viking room decorations, mirrored car tags, Christmas ornaments, jewelry and stuffed bears wearing a cheerleading uniform or letterman’s jacket. We have lots of stocking stuffers too!  Visit us at and “like us” on Facebook @ FPD-The Viking Store. Open school days 7:45am- 3:30pm. Located in the MAC near the cafeteria. We are open during most home Varsity basketball games. We accept credit cards except American Express.

The Viking Store will be open until 3:30pm on Tuesday, Dec. 13th, during the Elementary Christmas music program. This is a great time for parents and grandparents to shop!

LOOKING for a great gift…. Books! Children that are read to and read with on a daily basis have a marked increase in their literacy, writing, and comprehension skills.
READING to and with your child every chance you get is one of the greatest gifts you can give them! We encourage students to always have a book in their book-bag. Electronics are not allowed during school unless for instruction (as per our Elementary Handbook.) A great time for AR reading is before or after school.

DRESS CODE Reminders: Socks, tights, and leggings should be solid red, white, black or gray. All accessories (hairbows, headbands, etc) should also be school approved colors. Boys hair should not cover ears or eyes and should not touch collar.

Class Photographers: If you have photos of your child’s field trips and other school-related activities to share, please send to your child’s teacher throughout the year. Thanks so much!
LUNCH PLAN: If your child is not on a 3-day or 5-day dining plan, and they eat in the lunchroom at any time, please email or send a note to the Elementary Office to let us know so that we may add this charge to your billing statement.

·        Thursday, December 14th is a full day for 3K- 5th grade.
·        Christmas Sing-a-Long for Lower School (3K- 5th grade)- Friday, December 15th @ 10:30 am
·        Last Day of School for 3K- 5th grade – Friday, December 15th -12 noon dismissal.
 No lunch served. Extended Day is available Friday, December 15th until 6pm. Please contact Lauren Wrabel if your child will attend.
·        Christmas Holidays for Lower School (3K- 5th grade)- December 18- January 3rd

·        First Day of School in 2018 – Thursday, January 4, 2018
·        MLK Holiday – Monday, January 15th, 2018– No School 
·        Please invite your friends to our upcoming FPD PREVIEW DAY for Prospective Families:
FPD Open House, 3K-12th grade, Sunday, January 28th, 2018, 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:

1st Annual Dick Frame 5K and 1 Mile Fun Run to Benefit ALS
Saturday, January 6th, 2018
Dick Frame Track and Field Complex
For more information, visit our website at

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Crystal Project

Today students received information and materials during Science for making "Borax Christmas Crystal Ornaments."  These completed crystals will be due by Wednesday, December 6th.  
There is a link under "Important Documents" with an explanation of the directions that we went over in class.  You can also find it by clicking HERE.

Here is another helpful link to see this experiment firsthand--

Lastly, we discussed other materials that can crystallize, including salt, sugar, and ice.  Here is a fun activity students may enjoy trying at home as well--  

We can't wait to see all of these creative crystals!  Completed crystals should be returned to school in a plastic baggie on or before 12/6.  Please remind your student to include his/her name on outside of the bag as well.  Thanks so much!!!