News, Notes, and Updates

November 22, 2016


Happy Thanksgiving!!


Dear Parents and Students,
Just a simple reminder that we are so thankful for each of you and for your children! We pray for you all to have a wonderful Thanksgiving filled with the joy of being together and memories that will last a lifetime. Your help, support, prayers, and faithfulness are such a gift to us each day. We are asking that God would bless you abundantly over this Thanksgiving break as you celebrate God’s bountiful blessings. See you on November 28th!


Scholastic Book Fair – MANY thanks to all of our volunteers throughout the week and to Kristi Arnolds and Debbie Jasper for co-chairing this event. You did a wonderful job leading! It was a wonderful success as the total sales for this year was $6317.42 and the amount that will go to FBA for library and expenses is $1579.36. We are so grateful for all of your support in this year’s book fair!!!



Mark your calendar - On Tuesday, Wednesday, November 30th our fifth grade students will be selling cookies, cupcakes and brownies during lunch to benefit the O’Fallon Food Pantry. All monies will go toward our shopping day at Schnuck’s.
12th Annual Holiday Outreach Mission Project for O’Fallon Food Pantry - Our mission focus for Christmas has begun. The collection jar is located in the FBA office for all coin/money donations. We want to encourage you to allow the students do special projects around the home to make money to contribute toward the purchase of food for the O’Fallon Food Pantry. Help us make this year our best ever as we minister in the name of Jesus.


Willie Wonka Auditions – Auditions will take place for 3-6th grade students on Thursday, December 8th from 3:15-4:30 pm and Friday, December 9th for the 7-12th grade students from 3:15 –4:30. Audition packets were due on November 21st. Please meet Mrs. Jones in the music room on the day of auditions.


FBA Yearbook- Keep those pictures coming! Thanks to so many of you who are sending them to us. Your help is greatly appreciated. If you are interested in helping or sending pictures please contact: (K-8th ) monicamommy@yahoo.com, and (9-12th ) Rachel.christensen@firstbaptistacademy.net.


Scrip Order - Two more opportunities to order SCRIP before Christmas. Our next SCRIP order is due in the office by noon on Tuesday, November 29th. Let Pat know if you have any questions, 726-6040.


School Cancellation Due to Weather – When weather is such that we need to close school, School closings will be listed on KSDK Channel 5, KMOV Channel 4, and KTVI -FOX News Channel 2. Emergency text messages will also be sent to those who have signed up to receive those texts.


16-17 Winter Final Schedule - The finals schedule for 9-12th grade is posted on the website at the top of the home page. Please be sure to check times/dates – all 9-12th grade students are required to be at final exams.


Retake and Sports Photos – December 8th- Please have all basketball players bring their basketball uniform to school on that day and other sports teams will be given their uniforms that morning to change to before their pictures. Retakes for individual pictures will be on that day as well so if you want your student’s pictures redone, please send in the old package with them on that day to give to their teacher/office and it will be retaken.


Sports Calendar – Basketball has begun! Please come and support your students and the FBA teams. Please check the website, www.fbaofallon.org, for game locations and times.
Host Home for Foreign Exchange Students: We have an opportunity to host foreign exchange students at FBA in the near future. If you would be willing/interested (or know someone who would) in hosting a student for a semester please contact Jackye, jackye.biehl@fbaofallon.org, or Josiah Munton, josiah.munton@fbaofallon.org.


**Lost and Found items: If you have a lost item, please check the lost and found closet at the church ASAP. As of December 5th, all items will be donated.**


Wednesday, November 23- Thanksgiving Holiday (No School)
Friday, November 25
Tuesday, December 13-Thursday, December 15 Finals Week (9-12th grade)
Friday, December 16 End of 2nd Qtr. (full day)
Monday, December 19- Christmas Break (No School)
Tuesday, January 3
Tuesday, January 3 Teacher Institute (teachers only)
Wednesday, January 4 School Resumes
** Lunch Order forms available on 1/9 and due back NLT 1/13 @ 3:15
Monday, January 9 Report Cards
Monday, January 16 Martin Luther King’s Birthday (No School)
Friday, January 27 All K-12th grades – Early Dismissal 11:15 a.m. (No lunch)
Week of February 5 3rd Quarter Progress Reports (if needed)
Tuesday, February 7 K-2 Musical 7:00 Worship Center
Friday, February 17 Parent Teacher Conference Week – (No School)
Monday, February 20 Presidents Day (No School)
** Lunch Order forms available on 2/27 and due back NLT 3/3 @ 3:15
Friday, March 10 3rd Quarter Ends
Friday, March 17 All K-12th grades – Early Dismissal 11:15 a.m. (No lunch)
Report Cards
Friday, April 7-Wednesday April 12 Standardized Testing
4th Quarter Progress Reports (if needed)
Thursday, April 13-Monday, April 17 Easter Break (No School)
Thursday, April 20 FBA Auction
Thursday, April 27, 28, 29 FBA Musical
Friday, May 5 Last Day for Seniors
Monday, May 8 Zoo Trip – K-5th grade (tentative)
Wednesday, May 10 Last Day for 8th grade
Thursday, May 11 - Monday, May 15 Finals Week - 9-11th grade
Friday, May 12 High School Graduation
Monday, May 15 8th Grade Graduation
Tuesday, May 16 Field Day – (K-5th only - tentative)
Wednesday, May 17 Last Chapel and Awards Day – Last Day
Early Dismissal 11:15 (no lunch)
** Lunch Order forms will be available on the website, www.fbaofallon.org. No forms will be accepted after the deadline