The Power of Words

The Power of Words

This week in Chapel at the Lower School we had the honor of worshipping with our Upper School Praise Band 1! We are thankful for these amazing students and the talents they shared with us!

Our prayer warrior for the week was Tarique from Mrs. Reynolds’ 5th grade class. We learned that Tarique loves mac and cheese, football, reading, and most of all God.

Our lesson was then brought by one of our Pastor Dads who is also the husband of 4th grade teacher, Mrs. Markham! He taught on our words and how they have power. To illustrate his teaching, he had student volunteers squeeze out all of the toothpaste from their tubes. But to get the prize the students then had to get all the toothpaste back into the tubes. Our words are similar–once they come out, the don’t go back in. Remember, words speak life!

Written by Amanda Donaho

A Dr. Seuss Birthday

Kindergarten and first grade recently celebrated Dr. Seuss’ birthday! The students had a special appearance by The Cat in the Hat (Mrs. Rouse), who read Green Eggs and Ham to the group. All of the students received a cat hat as well as a Dr. Seuss bookmark. Following the read-aloud, we all sang “Happy Birthday” to Dr. Seuss and then enjoyed a beautiful and delicious cake made by our own Mrs. Bales. It was truly a Seussical day!

A Peace Filled Chapel

We had an amazing time in Chapel at the Lower School this week! The after school drama students led us in a time of worship, and our prayer warrior for the week was Dylan from Ms. Reynolds’ 5th grade class. We learned that Dylan wants a Siberian tiger, loves fettuccine alfredo, and is a true man of God.

Zach Stoner joined us again and spoke on the new March theme of peace. We learned that peace means proving you care more about each other than about winning an argument. Choosing peace is always the best option.

We look forward to learning more about peace together as March continues!

Written by Amanda Donaho

Real Men Read at Lower School

During the month of February many students had the opportunity to hear their dads, granddads, or uncles read to their class! This was done in celebration of our Real Men Read event at the Lower School! At the end of the event, our students received a special visit from members of the Solar Bears Hockey Team.  Each grade level had a player visit their class, read a book, and answer questions. Our 5th grade students received a special treat when they had the chance to receive autographs of each player! A big thank you to our 5th grade teacher Jen Douglas for organizing this wonderful event!

Miss South Florida Fair

This week our 5th and 6th grade girls at the Lower School had a special guest speaker–Taylor Tyson! Taylor recently won the title of Miss South Florida Fair and will be competing in the Miss Florida pageant in June. She graduated Summa Cum Laude from Florida Atlantic University with a degree in Political Science and will begin law school in the fall. Taylor is a mentor to Amelia in 5th grade, and Amelia will have the opportunity to participate with her in the pageant this summer.

Taylor helped to wrap up our month of “kindness” by speaking to the girls on the importance of loving one another and being a friend to all. The girls had a chance to ask questions and learn more about how Taylor balanced piano lessons and school as a young girl. Faith plays an important role in all she does, and we can’t wait to see the plans God has in store for Taylor’s life!

February Chapel at the Lower School

We had an amazing time in Chapel at the Lower School this week! Jarian Felton helped us focus our hearts and minds on God as we worshipped together. And this week’s prayer warrior was Faith–a 6th grade student who loves running and has more cats than she’d like to mention! Most importantly, Faith loves God.

Our special guest was Taylor Tyson, who holds the title of Miss South Florida Fair 2018. It was an honor to hear her play “Mephisto Waltz” on the piano. Taylor will be competing in the Miss Florida pageant in June.

Will Blaine then taught on our February theme of kindness with a wonderful lesson describing the way God refines us everyday. Many times God will use tough situations with friends and family to draw us closer to Him. Special thanks to Nellie in 4th grade for helping to illustrate this through sandpaper and tools!

Monthly Chapel cards went home today! Be sure to work on this as a family and return to school for a chance at a fun prize! This is a great way to review our monthly theme of kindness with your child!

Written by Amanda Donaho

Welcome, Lisa Eaves!

Dear FA Family,

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” (Jeremiah 29:11). God continues to work His plan for Foundation Academy in exciting ways–we are pleased to announce that Lisa Eaves has accepted the call to join our team as our new FA Athletic Director!

Ms. Eaves comes to FA with a wealth of experience. She has been a coach for 33 years, leading teams to regional finals, and district and conference championships. Additionally, Ms. Eaves has had team appearances at the NACA (National Association of Christian Athletics). She has been employed with Rocky Bayou Christian School in Niceville, Florida for the past 32 years. During that time she has served as a teacher, Dean of Students, and her current position of Athletic Director. In her eight years as Athletic Director she has grown the Middle School program from two to eleven sports, the girls’ sports program from two to ten sports, and the boys’ program from six to eleven sports.

Ms. Eaves has also served as the President of the Panhandle Christian Conference–which includes schools from Mississippi, Alabama, and Florida–and on the FHSAA Athletic Directors Advisory Committee for Section 1 Private Schools. Ms. Eaves has a Bachelor’s degree in Bible with a minor in Physical Education from Southeastern Bible College. She continued her education at Luther Rice University to receive a Master’s Degree in Christian Counseling.

In addition to Ms. Eaves’ impressive experience in education, she loves the Lord and has committed her life to equipping young men and women to be world-changers for the Kingdom of God. She believes that athletics provides enormous ministry opportunities.

Ms. Eaves will begin her new journey with Foundation Academy on Monday, May 21, 2018. Please pray for Lisa as she makes the transition to Foundation Academy and the Winter Garden Community!


Carol Grosshans
Head of School

Discovery Cove Animals Visit FA

On Thursday, February 22nd our students in kindergarten, 3rd grade, and 5th grade had some very special visitors. They were visited by a team from Discovery Cove who brought in a sloth and a kinkajou! One of our student’s parents, Mrs. Lyman, was an animal handler at Discovery Cove for 17 years! Students were able to ask questions about each animal and even pet the sloth. The students were amazed by each animal and how wonderful God’s creatures really are. Thank you to the Lyman’s and Discovery Cove for coming out and creating an amazing experience for our young Lions!

Real Men Read Month

February is Real Men Read month at the Lower School! This month teachers are inviting different men to read to their classes. Miss Reynolds asked her brother, Brett, to come into her 5th grade class to read to her students. And Mrs. Stevenson invited her husband Garrett and her dad Buzzy to come and read to her first grade class! Mrs. Stevenson also welcomed Liam’s grandpa John into her classroom to read. Enjoy the pictures!

4th Grade Celebrates Black History Month

Our 4th grade class recently celebrated Black History Month by creating biography posters on influential African Americans, studying the obstacles and achievements of their lives. Each student worked hard and did a fantastic job completing their projects. Enjoy these pictures from the 4th grade hall where our students’ work is proudly displayed!

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