Thursday, March 10, 2016

Mrs. Putnal's Newsletter

Lower School Newsletter from Wade Putnal
March 10, 2016
Our mission at First Presbyterian Day School is to educate and equip students
to change the world for God’s glory.

Goodwill: This Sunday is the last day for dropping off items as part of our Goodwill Donation Drive competition. Bag it, tag it, and take it! J Thanks for your help!

Great gift idea: Our FPD cookbook, “By His Hands,” is the perfect gift for Mother’s Day, weddings and showers! Available for purchase in The Viking Store or the administration office for $15.00 each

GRANDPARENT’S DAY is THURSDAY, March 24th. Every student 3K through 5th grade will be participating in our “Sunday School Revival” theme.
COSTUMES: Students should dress in their “Sunday best.” Boys: Black, navy, or khaki pants and a long or short-sleeve button down shirt or nice polo shirt; Bowtie or ties are also acceptable. Girls: Dresses or skirts and tops in spring colors are appropriate. Shoes: Dress shoes or other school shoes. (Please, no flip flops or heels.) All 5th grade band/chorus will also wear this costume. ALL students will wear this attire for Thursday performances. 
FINAL REHEARSAL: Wednesday, March 23rd; 3K-2nd show at 9:30am. 3rd-5th show at 12:30pm. Parents are welcome to attend final rehearsal.
PERFORMANCES: Thursday, March 24th: Reception at 8:30am in Clark Fine Arts lobby. Show begins at 9:00 for 3K-2nd graders. Reception at 10 and show begins at 10:30 for 3rd-5th graders. Live streaming available on our website. Other questions? Please email

BACKPACK NEEDS: We have just added 16 new students at Heritage Elementary to our ministry! Your donations are a blessing to so many children and families. Immediate needs: fruit cups, juice pouches, Vienna sausages, and peanut butter crackers. Thank you! J

FREE Interactive E-Book Site: FPD has partnered with Arbordale Publishing for e-books available online, for iPads, and with Android-based tablets. This site includes interactive e-books which read aloud in English and Spanish, with word highlighting and audio speed control. Visit, then click “ebook access” at the top. Choose the country, state and school from the middle section, and enter UBHMA1.

Scholastic BOOK FAIR is coming! Since it is the same week as Grandparent’s Day, (the week before Spring Break) we hope you and visiting grandparents will find time to stop by our book fair Monday, March 21 through ½ day Thursday, March 24. Hours are 8am - 3:30pm Monday through Wednesday, and 8am – 11:30 Thursday. A Scholastic flyer will come home soon with wish-lists from preview day. ***If you are interested in volunteering to work a 2-hour shift at our Book Fair, please contact Elizabeth Hardy at***

A really big THANK YOU to our Viking Parent Ambassadors and Emily Tart, chairperson, and all her committee members, for providing a fantastic “Teacher & Staff Appreciation Lunch” recently. Everything was delicious and the atmosphere was absolutely wonderful! This was such a special treat for all at FPD. We feel loved and appreciated by our FPD families!

THE VIKING STORE: Some of our spring T-shirts have arrived; come check out the new items while stock is plentiful. Spring sports have started and we have sport-specific shirts for all our Vikings! We carry short-sleeved Lands’ End shirts and uniform-approved outerwear in different weights for each season. Open daily 7:45am to 3:30pm near the cafeteria in the MAC. Email or call 478-477-6505 x 177.
Student Cell Phones: The student cell phone policy is outlined in the Elementary Student Handbook on p. 8 and is listed here. Please review this policy with your child to make sure we do not experience disruptions during the school day: "No cell phones may be used during the school day. Cell phones should be turned off and should be stored in book bags during the school day. Children may use the phone in the office to call home with teacher permission." Thank you for helping us protect our valuable learning time!

*** COMING UP ***

  • “West Side Story” – Performed by FPD theatre students in grades 6-12 – is Thursday through Saturday night at 7:00 pm. (Parents: This show is probably most appropriate for older elementary students.) Prices are $10 for general admission, $15 for premium seating, and free for FPD students, faculty, and staff.
  • Dress-Down Day to benefit the Alzheimer’s Association is Friday, March 18th. Students may bring a $1 donation and wear jeans and a PINK top (*To celebrate the Cherry Blossom Festival, everyone is encouraged to wear PINK for this “Pink-Out” day!)
  • March 21 – Jump Rope for Heart packets due
  • March 24 – Early Dismissal – ½ day
  • March 25 – Good Friday holiday – No school/offices closed
  • Spring Break is March 28-April 1

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