Rising 7th Grade Visit to Upper School

Rising 7th Grade Visit to Upper School

The Rising 7th Grade Visit to the Upper School campus was on November 29, 2018. This is a special event that happens for the current 6th grade class every year. Students get a glimpse of what their next year will look like on a new campus!

The 6th grade students arrived to the Upper Campus just in time for Chapel. Students were greeted by our Upper School Ambassadors and Principal, Mrs. Bacon. Bracelets were passed out to the students with the phrase “#FA2025” on them. 2025 is the year this class will be seniors at FA and graduate!

Ambassadors led the students to their special seating at the front of the auditorium. The anticipation for their first Upper School Chapel was evident! Students loved that they could gather at the front of the stage for worship. After worship, Pastor Ken brought up volunteers from 6th grade and 12th grade, and challenged them to compete in a dance-off! You can see the dance-off below, filmed by one of our parents who were in attendance:

Pastor Ken then spoke on fervency. What a strange word! He told the students about how easy it is for God to become “background noise.” He used the example of the Israelites seeing God’s presence in a pillar of fire by night and cloud by day during their time in the wilderness. It made no difference in their consistent complaining in the wilderness and fear about entering the Promised Land! He challenged the students with the question “How do we keep from taking God for granted?”

After Chapel, the Rising 7th Grade Visit continued with tours for the students. They were able to see several classrooms, meet several of their future teachers, and ask questions about the many electives offered at our Upper School! After finishing their tours, the students were treated to yet another surprise: Jeremiah’s Italian Ice! Students enjoyed their icy treat with one another as they were already planning their schedules for the next year! 

We are so excited the 6th graders enjoyed their visit. Our faculty and students alike loved hosting them for the morning, and look forward to them joining Upper School next year. Enjoy the gallery below of pictures from their visit.

Students Outdo One Another in Chapel

November 15th chapel on the Upper School centered around loving one another as commanded in Romans 12:9-10. “Let love be without hypocrisy. Detest evil; cling to what is good. Love one another deeply as brothers and sisters. Outdo one another in showing honor.”

Pastor Ryan spoke to our students, and had an interesting exercise for them to do. He pointed out how the end of verse 10 says “Outdo one another in showing honor.” Right then and there, Pastor Ryan challenged students to come and honor their peers, teachers, etc. Could they outdo one another?

Students lined up at the front of the stage for their turn to honor someone well. Students honored their friends, their siblings, and faculty. It was amazing to witness our students showing honor to each other in this way. Pastor Ryan actually had to cut the line off because time was running out! He encourage the students to keep it going. To continue to outdo one another in showing honor. It didn’t have to stop when they went back to class.

Students left with big smiles, their heads high, and a challenge that they wanted to take on.

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Students line in front of the stage to outdo one another in showing honor.

Students Learn More About Cooperation

Chapel November 14th introduced our new theme for month: Cooperation! 

Chapel worship was led by our amazing Upper School praise team. Thank you to Mr. Goff for bringing them over. It is such a joy and our students love it! 


This week’s Prayer Warrior, Noah, prays over the Chapel service.

Our prayer warrior for the week is Noah in Ms. Jenkins class.  We learned that Noah has a miniature poodle named muffin and loves Swedish Fish. He also loves God and this shines through in class.

To start our new theme “Cooperation” we had guest speakers Jade and Caleb from Mosaic with us.  The helped students understand the true meaning of cooperation which is working together to do more than you can do alone. Putting God in the center of everything is always the best!

“Two people are better than one. They can help each other in everything they do.” Ecclesiastes 4:9 NlV

Written by Amanda Donaho.

Mr. East Practically Applies Showing Mercy

Upper School Chapel on November 8 revolved around the theme of showing mercy. After worship, Pastor Ken gave the definition of mercy. Mercy is showing compassion and forgiveness toward an individual who deserves punishment.

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Pastor Ken interviews Mr. East about bullying and how showing mercy applies.

Pastor Ken invited our Assistant Principal, Mr. East, on to the stage to practically apply to the students how they can show mercy to one another. They talked to the students about a very prevalent subject in schools today: bullying. Mr. East helped to define what bullying is for our students. He reminded students of the rule “see something, say something” when they are going about their days. 

The way that mercy is practically applied to bullying is through forgiveness. If someone you know is a victim of bullying, it is important to say something to a caring adult. That caring adult then can take the necessary steps to get the one bullying the help they need. Mr. East reminded students that many time in a bully-scenario, the bully needs just as much help as the one they are bullying. Mercy is offering to help the bully, even though our flesh just wants to see them punished.

After Mr. East spoke to the students, Pastor Ken reminded them of the power of serving one another. Serving those older, serving those younger, and serving those who we think may not deserve it. He referenced the verses Ephesians 4:29 and 2 Timothy 1:7. 

This Chapel has been able to begin opening doors for students to talk about anything that might be bothering them. We encourage parents to use this as a beginner to a discussion with their family. Who do we need to show mercy toward today? Who do we need to serve today?

A Chapel Focused on Freedom

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Pastor Ron took a “selfie” with our students!

Lower School Chapel on November 7th focused on Freedom. Our amazing choir helped us honor our Veterans with songs and pledges. It was a wonderful time of honoring those who gave so much. 

This week’s prayer warrior was Samantha from Mrs. Jacques class. She has one dog, one fish and loves to read. She is new to FA this year, and we are so happy she is here!

Ron Camblin, executive pastor of Lifebridge Church, presented our message today. We learned that the gospel gives us freedom to share the love of Jesus with others.  Be courageous in who you are! 

Written by Amanda Donaho. 

Cross Country Shows Team Spirit at Regionals

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The entire Boys and Girls Varsity teams went to support the Varsity boys as they ran in the Regional meet.

Below are pictures from the Regional Cross Country meet. It took place Friday, November 2, in Lakeland. 

From Coach Lori Waters: “Our boys team fought hard on this tough course and improved their times over last week. They placed 10th out of 14 teams. We are so proud of them and thankful for the team spirit displayed today by the runners and those who came to cheer. #FAisFamily

“I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.” 2 Timothy 4:7

We are so proud of how all of our Cross Country teams performed this season! Go Lions!

What does it look like for YOU, personally, to lead?

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Pastor Jarian speaks to students about how we can worship in many different ways and languages.

Upper School Chapel on November 1st had the focus of Leading. What does it look like for YOU, personally, to lead? Some of us will lead from up front, others will lead from backstage. Both are necessary.

Chapel began with our praise band leading in worship. Pastor Jarian then came up and spoke to the students about how there are many ways in which we can worship God. He introduced the ASL Club who lead the students in worship through sign language. 

After worship, Pastor Ken spoke to the students about leading, He mentioned 3 steps needed to become a good leader. First, we must follow God. Second, we must be able to lead ourselves. We do this with self-control, which is a fruit of the Spirit. Once we accomplish those two steps, we can finally lead others around us. We lead others according the example Jesus set for us. He led by serving others. 

Scripture references used with the three steps were Numbers 9:17-18 for step 1, 1 Thessalonians 5:5-6 for step 2, and Matthew 20:25-28 for step 3. 

Enjoy the gallery below of images from our November 1st chapel.

Solar Bears Visit the Lower School!

One of our favorite days of the year is when the Orlando Solar Bears visit the Lower School. Mrs. Douglass, one of our 5th grade teachers, coordinates their visit each year. This was their fourth year in a row visiting FA! Each visit, several players come and read books to each grade level.

This year’s visit was a very special one. The Orlando Solar Bears organization reached out to FA before the visit and asked if they could feature us for their upcoming school day game! During the school day game, they promote academics throughout the game and every student receives a booklet filled with activities that touch on all subject matters. (This game is one of our yearly 5th grade field trips.) Foundation Academy was their featured location for promoting the game!

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Solar Bears Players answer questions from our 5th grade students.

Our 5th grade students not only got to meet and receive autographs from the visiting players, but they also were able to see news reporters in action! One of the big highlights from the Solar Bears being there was player Brady Shaw. His mother has written a series of children’s books titled Brady Brady. In the Brady Brady book that was read to 5th grade, students learned the importance of being kind and generous to others. 

Students also learned that Brady Brady books are approved for Accelerated Reader, so don’t be surprised when you hear of requests for the next Brady Brady book! Click here for the Brady Brady website. Thank you, Mrs. Douglass, for coordinating this event for our students each year. Thank you to the Solar Bears for being a highlight of the year at our Lower School!

Enjoy the gallery below of the Solar Bears visit.

What can a Game Show teach about Contentment?

October 31st Chapel was full of instruments!  Our High School band visited our campus and shared their halftime music.  Our students loved listening and dancing along. Many of them expressed excitement for being a part of band in the future. 

Game Show Chapel Teaches Contentment

Mrs. Alley is assisted by Reagan and Oscar.

Our prayer warrior for the week is Abigail from Mrs. Markham’s 4th grade class.  We learned that she has a cat named Spooky and is a strong leader in her class.  She led us in a beautiful prayer to begin our weekly lesson. 

Alley helped to wrap up our monthly theme on Contentment.  The children learned about Moses leading the Israelites out of slavery.  When the Israelites showed discontentment, Moses continued to serve God faithfully.  Reagan and Oscar from 5th grade helped with the game show activity where we learned quite a few facts about Florida!  We learned that people on game shows can have similar reactions to the Israelites being rescued.  Many contestants on a game show keep reaching for more after winning a big prize because they were not content with what they had.  The Israelites kept reaching for more after this huge miracle from God.

Written by Amanda Donaho.

What Are Practical Ways to Give?

Upper School Chapel on October 25th focused on the topic of giving. Specifically, what are practical ways to give as teenagers? Chapel began with giving God our worship. 

Practical ways to give

Mr. Grosshans and Mr. Bales share what makes a good story to them.

After worship, Pastor Ryan invited Mr. Grosshans and Mr. Bales up to the front. He asked each of them “what do you look for in a good story?” As they answered based on their backgrounds, Pastor Ryan brought up a similarity in their answers. A good story involves a “hero” overcoming an obstacle. He gave examples of Braveheart, Abraham Lincoln, and Moana to show this similarity in story telling. Also in similarity is that the “heroes” all reflect the character of one individual: Jesus Christ. 

Jesus overcame the greatest obstacle of all, death. And how did He do this? He gave of Himself. That is the example Jesus set for us. To serve and to give of ourselves. John 10:10 says, “A thief comes only to steal and to kill and to destroy. I have come so that they may have life and have it in abundance.”

Many teenagers feel they don’t have anything to give, but Pastor Ryan challenged them to think differently about giving. What are practical ways to give? It’s giving away of what you have. Students can give of their time, their talents and abilities, and even their money. Look outside the normal constrains of giving and follow Jesus’ example, which is promised to lead to abundant life.

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