Archers in Action

FCA Leander newsletter for enrolled families.

Information is updated weekly.


September 2020

Office News

Volunteer Toolkit

The Volunteer Toolkit has been updated for the 2020-2021 school year. Please take a moment to complete the volunteer application. Volunteers must reapply each school year. Please allow up to 3 weeks for processing of your application. Use the following links to apply to be a volunteer on our campus:

Upcoming Volunteer Opportunities

FCA Annual Mandatory School Forms

Each year our families are required to complete the mandatory school forms and agreements section in Jupiter. Please log in to your Jupiter account, select “Settings” from the menu list and follow the instructions for each enrolled student. Once you have completed the checklist at the bottom of the screen, type your name in the electronic signature box and enter the date in the date box.

Click on the following link to download the instructions: FCA Annual Mandatory School Forms Instructions. Please contact Mrs. Wells if you need any help.

ResponsiveEd Parent/Student Handbook

The RES Parent/Student Handbook 2020-2021 and the acknowledgement form has been posted to our website. Please take a few minutes to read and acknowledge this important document with your student. You will find the links on our Handbook page of our website.

Lunch Information from Daily Spread

We will not be using our microwaves this school year so please send your student with a lunch that does not require heating. You do have the option to purchase a delicious and healthy school lunch directly from our catering service, Daily Spread. Lunches are delivered daily directly to school. Please note that all orders must be placed by 10:30pm the night before and may be cancelled by 8:00am the day of. Please contact them directly if you have any questions at 512‐815‐3540. Click here to download the September menu.

To apply for financial assistance with school meals, please complete the Free and Reduced Lunch Application. You can also access the form in Jupiter: Materials > School Office > General Forms. If you qualify for free or reduced meals, you may also find additional meal help at School Meal Finder.

All students may bring a beach towel or yoga mat for lunch time. Students will rotate between the cafeteria, classrooms and outdoors.

Birthday Treats

At this time, we are not sharing food so birthday treats are not allowed. Thank you for your understanding.

Note from Attendance

In accordance with Texas Attendance laws, RES has posted the Compulsory Attendance Notification letter on the RES district website. Please refer to the RES Parent/Student Handbook and FCA Family Handbook for complete details. An Attendance FAQ sheet is available on our website and on Jupiter. Please contact FCALeanderAttendance@ResponsiveEd.com if you need additional information.

Also, if your student is listed as an in-person learner and they don't attend class in-person, they will be counted absent, even if they watch the online class.

2020-21 Spirit Wear

The Archers Council is still selling spirit shirts so get yours while supplies last! Shirts are available for purchase at their online store, along with car decals, hats, and a few discounted shirts from last year. You can also take this opportunity to purchase your annual membership in the Archers Council through the same site. If you have any questions please contact Mrs. Adams at founders.asc@gmail.com.

Q1 R&R Weekends & House Meetings Dates

  • September 4

  • September 18

  • October 2

For Fun: Journalism Music Poll

Parents & students both are invited to take the poll for our High School Journalism class. The results will be posted in our student newspaper, The Quill in the Quiver.

Box Tops Scan & Earn

No more clipping! Now you can scan your grocery store receipts for Box Tops for Education labels. It's simple! To participate in this program, download the app at https://www.boxtops4education.com/ and register for our school. When you are done shopping, scan your receipt and you will earn Box Tops credits for our school. The picture of the receipt is uploaded and not stored on your phone. It really is that easy!

Amazon School Rewards

If you are an Amazon shopper, please consider using our campus website link. By linking your shopping to our school we will receive a donation of 4-10% of your purchase. Please click here before you begin shopping. Bookmark the link so every Amazon purchase gives back to our school. You may also share the link with family and friends. Thank you for your support of Founders Leander!

Events & Activities

All events and activities listed on the school calendar are tentative and subject to change.

September 18, Stock the Lounge Drop Off

The Archers Support Committee invites you to join them in stocking the teachers lounges with snacks, treats and drinks to show your support and appreciation. We will collect items periodically to keep a variety of goodies for our teachers to choose from. Please remember that your donations are worth on Archer Hour. Please log your hours in Track it Forward.

September 22, Junior Senior Trip 2022 Informational & Enrollment Meeting

Junior Senior Trip 2022: Greece and Italy Enrollment Meeting

Our currently enrolled sophomores and juniors are invited for a virtual meeting on Tuesday, September 22nd at 7:00pm. It's time to start thinking about our next Junior Senior Trip! In March of 2022, we'll be heading back to Europe for spring break: we're going to Greece and Italy! The exact itinerary with which cities we'll be traveling to will be revealed Tuesday, September 15 at lunch. Then join Ms. O'Brien for the first enrollment meeting, where we will discuss all of the important details of the trip including specific dates, itinerary, what's included in the cost, fundraising opportunities, and more. Spots are limited and enrollment will begin immediately following the meeting, so please plan to be there if you are at all interested! Please use this link to RSVP for the meeting and email Ms. O'Brien with further questions.

September 24, Teacher Appreciation Lunch

The Archers Support Committee will host the first monthly teacher appreciation luncheon for our faculty and staff. Parents may participate with store bought salads, desserts and treats. A SignUp Genius will be coming soon!

September 26, FCA Community Work Day

The Founders Leander community will get together on Saturday, September 26 from 9:00am to 2:00pm for a work day. We will clean up around Sherwood Forest, lacquer the picnic tables, plant hedges and take care of any other odd jobs that need to be done around campus. Come and go as your schedule permits. We hope you can join us!

October 3, 4th Annual Founders Cross Country Invitational - CALL FOR VOLUNTEERS

FCA is hosting the 4th Annual Founders Cross Country Invitational at Devine Lake Park in Leander on Saturday, Oct. 3. Last year we had 50 teams and 750 runners, and we're looking forward to another great event this fall. This is far and away the largest fundraiser for Archers athletics, and all proceeds go to AABC, which benefit all sports. It takes 45 volunteers to run the event, and we need your help. We need volunteers from 8:00am - noon on Saturday, Oct. 3. Please consider signing up for one of the volunteer roles here: 4th Annual Founders Classic Invitational

October 5-9, Write-A-Check Campaign

The Archers Council is excited to announce that the annual Write-a-Check campaign will be October 5-9th. It is our school's main fundraiser that supports our teachers' efforts in the classroom and the efforts of the Fine Arts and the Athletics Booster Clubs. You can donate now following this link! More details coming soon.

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Athletic News

Due to COVID-19, all sports events and games have limited guests. Please see the onsite manager for entrance.

Please direct questions to the Athletic Director, Nathan McClallen.

Go Archers!!

Sports Physicals

Before a student can participate in Founders Classical Academy’s after-school athletics program, the student must undergo a physical exam with a licensed physician, and his or her family must complete several sports participation forms. Physicals must be passed once every calendar year, whereas sports participation forms must be completed each school year.

If you are the parent of a student in 6th-12th grade who intends to compete in athletics, please schedule your student's physical during the summer. The required athletics forms are available to athletes through TeamSnap. The physical form is also available through Jupiter or click here to download a copy.

Supporting our Archers

We have limited seating in our gym but you can still show your support for our Archer volleyball teams. All games will be streamed via our Instagram account @fcarchers.

Arrows Up!

Athletics Calendar

College Counseling

Testing Dates, College Admissions Visits and Events

If you have an immediate need or questions, please email Mrs. McCarthy. Please visit the College Counseling page for general information.

Free College Essay Writing Help

The College Essay Guy, Ethan Sawyer, is offering students 2 free opportunities for college essay writing help. First, he has recorded 2 hour-long webinars for his Back to School Series:

Webinar 1: How to Write a Great Personal Statement (click HERE)

Webinar 2: How to Write the Supplemental Essays (click HERE)

Second, he is leading a group of students through his step-by-step courses as they brainstorm, write, and revise their college essays and application. It's pay-what-you-can if you can't afford the suggested cost. Click on the links below to register.

How to Write the Personal Statement

Saturdays, Sept 13th - Oct 4th 12:00-1:30pm

How to Write the College Application & Supplemental Essays

Sundays, Sept 13th - Oct 4th 12:00-1:30pm

Registration Closes Friday, September 11

Test Optional for 2021

Seniors - What does applying Test Optional Mean? When should I apply - to wait for scores or not? It really depends on the school, their test optional policy and the admission process - rolling or not. This application cycle is really geared to the holistic review of your application. Generally speaking, it's better to get your application in before your school's early admit deadline, but this year there is the additional decision point whether to wait to see if you can sit for a test and get a score that you want to submit, or if you go ahead and submit your application whether to indicate that you want it to be reviewed as test optional, or that you will be submitting test scores at a later date.

Each school's test optional policy is different. You have to visit each school's website to access its the test optional policy. For some schools, you have to submit a current score to create a placeholder for future better scores. For some schools, once you select test optional the admission file is complete and you can't add scores later even if you want to. The general rule of thumb is to do the research to determine whether your score (current or the one to come) is above the 50 percentile for scores that have typically been admitted to that school and major. If it is, submit it. If not, don't. For those who missed our August 12th College Apps and Testing - COVID "webinar" click HERE for a summary of that meeting's content.

College Admission Planning Series

Our goal is for Founders graduates to have an exciting plan for their next step that is a great fit for them and for you. With that in mind, we have organized a series of presentations to bring our families valuable information about the college admissions process. Below is the schedule and and a brief overview of each presentation:

October 6 - High School to College: An Overview of College Admissions Kendall Guess, Owner and Founder of Path to Admissions Ms. Guess will walk parents & students through the college admissions process: what to do during high school, choosing a major, choosing a school, getting admitted, and the cost of college. This presentation is primarily for 9-11 grade families, but open to all. RSVP HERE if you plan to attend.

November 5 - The Expense of College: College Cost and Financial Aid Kendall Guess, Owner and Founder of Path to Admissions Continuing the conversation on planning for college, Ms. Guess will present information about the real cost of college, strategies to lower college costs, and how financial aid can equalize the cost between private and public institutions. Financial planning should start early so all Founders families are welcomed to this presentation. RSVP HERE if you plan to attend.

December 1 - How to Research and Choose Potential Schools Kendall Guess returns for a presentation on search criteria and techniques to employ in choosing the schools you will apply to. She will cover the process of building a college list with specific information about several schools Founders students have typically been interested in. This presentation is targeted for high school juniors, but all are welcome. RSVP HERE if you plan to attend.

January 12 - College Admissions Test Scores: What do they Mean Mary Jo Grant, Director of Student Outreach, More than a Teacher Ms. Grant will give an overview of standardized admission tests, the role they play in college admissions, and the information provided by test results. She will also outline test preparation options for students. This presentation is primarily for 10th and 11th graders who have taken the PSAT and/or a practice ACT test. Please bring student score report(s) to the presentation. RSVP HERE if you plan to attend.

February 4 - Application Specifics and the Senior Year Formerly known as Junior Parent Night, junior parents & students are requested to attend a presentation on senior year traditions and the role of rising seniors and their families in continuing these traditions. Also, Kendall Guess will present on the specifics of College Applications. This presentation will include timelines, what type of application to use, and what happens after you hit “submit”. This presentation is for Juniors and their parents.

TACRAO College Fair, Sept 28 - Oct 3

The Texas Association of Collegiate Registrars & Admissions Officers (TACRAO) is hosting a virtual College Fair Week for the Central Texas region from Sept 28th - Oct 3rd. There will be multiple fair sessions that students may attend. Students will have the ability to attend as many fair sessions as they want during the week to meet virtually with hundreds of available college reps and also to view pre-recorded presentations on Financial Aid and other College transitions topics. Studens must to pre-register for sessions. Registration begins the week of Sept 14th.

Admission Exam updates

We will hold School Day SAT administrations on campus on September 23, 2020 AND March 3, 2021. The September date will be for Seniors, and the March date will be for Juniors. Updates will be posted here as they are available.

The September 26 CLT exam will be PROCTORED REMOTELY, which means that you can take the exam AT HOME. This administration is also FREE for Hillsdale College Applicants!

Individual Counselor Meetings

Seniors will meet individually with Mrs. McCarthy twice during the Senior year to make certain that they are meeting all their graduation requirements and have all the resources they need for college application purposes. Each student will be required to sign up for a 10 minute time slot beginning September 16. Click HERE to sign up.

All students, 9-12 are encouraged to pop-in to the college counseling office with questions or to make use of the reference materials on hand. Helping students research information about colleges and majors is the funnest part of Mrs. McCarthy's job! Students & parents can also request meetings via email.

Test Practice and Test Prep

Juniors & Sophomores - there is no better way to prepare for high stakes admission testing than to take a practice test. Your October 14 PSAT/NMSQT is the best practice test you can take for the SAT. On November 14, students will have the the opportunity for students to take a free practice ACT in a testing environment. After you have taken both tests once, decide which test fits you best and best reflects your academic skills. Then, focus your test prep efforts on that test. Do not try to optimize on both! Another practice ACT will be offered in January if there is student interest. Practice tests for CLT, ACT and SAT can be found online.

Test preparation can take the form of a multi-week course, online tutorials , or customized one-on-one tutoring. A multi-week course from More than a Teacher covers over all test taking strategies, content review and tips for both the Evidence-based Reading and Writing section and the Math section. Online tutorials (Khan Academy and Kaplan) can be linked to your testing account and lessons can be customized to your needs based on your test results. Huntington Academy will assess your test scores and create a private tutoring plan for you.

More Than a Teacher online SAT test prep class started September 2. There will be another SAT test prep course offered beginning on January 25 and concluding just before the March 3 School Day SAT. We hope that we can host that class in person and on campus.

College Admission Rep Visits

Though we will be back on campus, we will not be hosting college admissions representatives in person until further notice. We will be hosting Zoom meetings with individual representatives that will allow students "face to face" access to reps. Please send Mrs. McCarthy requests via Jupiter for the colleges you would most like Zoom visits with!

Upcoming visits will be posted on this page, and students will request and receive Zoom call invitations via Jupiter. Stay tuned!

Virtual Campus Visits

There are several virtual “college tour operators” with listings and access to multiple school campuses. These companies allow you to search on features as well as for particular schools. It’s a good idea to compare virtual tour options, and to also search the college or university admissions office’s official website for virtual tour options. Also check the school's Official YouTube channel.

CampusReel is a College review website with Campus & Dorm video reviews and video walk-throughs from real students.

Click on links below to explore schools via these virtual college tour providers:

YouVisit CampusTours Campus 360

eCampusTours CampusReel

SAT/ACT/CLT Test Dates

Please remember that registration deadlines for exams are 3-4 weeks before the test dates.

SAT ACT CLT

9/23* 9/12, 13, 19 9/26**

9/26 10/10, 17, 24, 25 12/05

10/3 12/12 2/27

11/7 2/6 4/24

12/5 4/17

3/3*** 6/12

3/13 7/17

5/8 6/5


To register for tests: Go to collegeboard.org, act.org or cltexam.com.
*School Day admin, seniors only, registration via school** Sept 26 CLT FREE for Hillsdale College Applicants***School Day admin, juniors only, registration via school