Archers in Action

FCA Leander newsletter for enrolled families.

Information is updated weekly.

February 2020

Office News

Spring Athletic Spirit Wear Sale

The Archers Athletic Booster Club have two new items this spring! Track and Field long sleeve shirt and navy jogger pants that are approved for PE approved. Soccer fan shirts and HIGH SCHOOL ONLY Archer jackets are available as well! Students that are not in high school should not order or wear the Archer jacket. Sale ends March 4th, so don’t wait to order!

Click here to place your order on the TwoBrandIt website.

Class Photos

Photo Texas Photography was on campus Wednesday, February 19 to take class photos. If you would like to order your child's class photo please click here to download and complete the order form. Please return all orders by Monday, February 24.

School Store Fundraiser

The School Store packets went home last week. This fundraiser allows you to purchase products you may already be buying (similar to Amazon School Rewards), and we earn up to 50% back to our school. There is no pressure to participate in this fundraiser. If you wish, you can simply fill out the postcard and return them to your teacher. Your child will earn a puffy sticker or a flashlight just for participating. Supporters may also participate in the Caring for Classrooms gift card donation. Last year, this program earned our school $876 in cash and $6760 was donated directly to the teachers for their classroom needs!

Uniform Closet

The closet is open year round to meet the growing needs of your student. We currently have an abundance of pants but are in need of shirt donations. Please contact Ms. Lunetta if you have any questions or needs.

Looking for Yearbook Photos

Do you have fun and silly pictures of you and your friends? Journalism is looking for photos from school events and fun times with friends. Email your photos to to be considered for this year's book.

Purchase your yearbook online at for $30 through May 15.

FCA Swimming Club

We are excited to announce that FCA Leander is having another spring season of Swimming Club! Sign up soon! Season starts Wednesday, February 26. Please click here to download the flier, registration information and waiver.

Amazon School Rewards

If you are an Amazon shopper, please consider using our campus website link, our school will receive a donation of 4-10% of your purchase. Please click here or on the Amazon button to the right 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!

Volunteer Opportunities

If you are an approved volunteer and have time during the school day, please consider volunteering for any of the following: Campus Volunteer Opportunities. If you prefer, you can volunteer at one of these upcoming events:

Volunteer Awards

So far this school year our volunteers have logged 2512 hours!! Check out the Leader Board and hours logged to date on our Archer Hours Progress Report. You can log your hours any time on the Track It Forward website or download the app to log it from your phone. Thank you for all your support of our school!

Please help us congratulate the following families for their volunteer awards in January:

  • Archer Hours (20+): Cottrell, Godoy, Guess & Sederburg
  • Bronze Award (50+): Brock & Laney
  • Gold Award (100+): Norman

Helpful Links

House Points

Updated 2/24/20
  1. Beethoven - 614
  2. Shakespeare - 556
  3. Euclid - 512
  4. Da Vinci - 481
  5. Newton - 480
  6. Herodotus - 473

Q3 House Meeting Dates and R&R Weekends

  • February 13 (Thursday)
  • February 28
  • March 12 (Thursday)

Q3 Spirit Friday Dates

  • January 10
  • February 7
  • March 6

Q3 Assemblies

  • February 5 - All School (Honor Roll Announcement)
  • February 12 - Grammar only
  • February 19 - Grammar only
  • February 26 - Grammar only
  • March 4 - All School
  • March 11 - Grammar only

Upcoming Events

February 3-March 12, Senior Thesis Presentations

At Founders Classical Academy, the senior thesis is the culmination of a student’s classical education and a rite of passage to a life of virtue and self-government. The student’s thesis is focused on a book from the curriculum and serves as a capstone project, one which brings together the things a student has learned during his or her time at the school.

Please take an hour one afternoon this spring to listen to one of our seniors talk about the book they have chosen to write on and what they have learned in high school. Senior thesis presentations are one of the best ways to see what is possible when students receive a classical education in high school.

Please click here to download the Senior Thesis Defense Schedule. The information is also provided on our public calendar.

February 18-28, Talent Show Auditions

The Big Top Talent Show is coming to Founders on Friday, March 6. Auditions will take place the week of February 18 through February 28. Audition sign ups are as follows:

Performances should last around 3-5 minutes each.

Included in the show this year will be a fine arts section (drawings, paintings, photos, sculpture, etc.) as well as the usual performing arts (piano, singing, dancing, magic, comedy, etc.). The students who are interested in auditioning should complete this form and turn it in to Ms. Johnson by Friday, February 28.

Date Change - February 28, Lost & Found Clean Out

Lost & Found items not claimed by the end of the day will be donated to a local charity.

February 28, Family Movie Night - Mr. Peabody and Sherman

The Fine Arts Booster Club will host a Movie Night on Friday, February 28 featuring the Mr. Peabody and Sherman in the FCA Theater (building 1 gym)! Doors will open at 6:00pm. We will kick off the evening with fun games and prizes.

Bring the whole family, along with your blankets, pillows and low chairs. Come hungry because dinner will be available for purchase throughout the evening, with options including pizza, popcorn, candy and drinks. The Family Pack includes a whole pizza, 2 bags of popcorn and 4 water bottles for $20!

If you would like to volunteer at this event, please use this link: FAB Movie Night

February 29, Workshop: The Controversial Legacy of Karl Marx

Parents are invited to attend this teacher workshop on The Controversial Legacy of Karl Marx. This workshop is hosted by Houston Baptist University's Morris Family Center for Law & Liberty and will be held at Founders Leander in the upper school library from 8:30am-2:30pm on Saturday, February 29. Click here to register: The Controversial Legacy of Karl Marx.

Coming up in March:

  • 5th @ 7:00pm - NHS Induction Ceremony
  • 6th - Spirit Friday & Pizza Friday
  • 6th - Big Top Talent Show: Grammar (K-5) @ 6:00pm & Upper School (6-12) @ 8:00pm
  • 10th - National Latin Exam (during school)
  • 10th @ 7:00pm - Spring Orchestra Concert
  • 11th - Product Label Collection
  • 12th - Spirit Night @ Pizza Hut
  • 13th - Muffins & Coffee with the Headmaster, Crazy St. Patrick Socks, Early Release @ 12:00pm
  • 13th @ 12:30pm- Senior Sidewalk & College Admissions Map Ceremony
  • 15th-19th - 8th Grade Trip to Washington D.C.
  • 16th-20th - Spring Break
  • 23rd - Beginning of Q4
  • 26th - Lost & Found Clean Out
  • 27th - No School/Parent Teacher Conferences
  • 31st - Spirit Night @ Chipotle

FCA Leander Public Calendar

Please use the school calendar below to view future events. You can click on any event and use the "Copy to my calendar" link to add the event to your own Google calendar.

College Counseling

Testing Dates, College Admissions Visits and Events

Please visit the College Counseling page for more information.

High School Preview for 8th Grade

Parents of 8th graders - we hope you found High School Preview night informative. For those unable to attend, you may view the information presented HERE

A copy of the handout is HERE

College Rep Visits

UT Dallas

An admissions representative from UT Dallas will be on campus March 6, during study hall. Please go to Mr. Knabe's Room (320) to learn more about the programs at UT Dallas.

Colorado Christian University

An admissions representative from Colorado Christian University will be on campus March 9, during study hall. Location TBD.

School Day SAT March 25

SAT School Day gives JUNIORS the opportunity to take the SAT (with essay) here at FCA on March 25, 2020 FOR FREE.

Students report having less anxiety when they can test in a place they know, and are also better rested and prepared when they can test on a regular school day. All 11th graders will be registered for this SAT administration.

If you have any questions, please email Mrs. McCarthy

Getting Started on your College Essay

March 27

Juniors are invited to a College Application Essay Writing Workshop to be held on Friday March 27 from 9:00-11:00 AM. This workshop includes instruction on how to write a college application essay and opportunities for brainstorming essay ideas. This workshop is presented by Naureen Shivji of Huntington Learning Center. There is no charge for this workshop. Sign up to attend HERE.

If you attended the College Essay Tutorial Workshop in September, you do not need to attend. This will be a repeat of the September workshop.

Class Specific News

SENIORS - Senior committees should meet this week to finalize proposals for the senior gift, arrow, and outing. Committee members will meet with administration next week to present proposals of what, how, and how much your proposal will cost. Contact Mrs. McCarthy if you have questions about what is expected from your committee.

JUNIORS - Thank you for your participation in the junior training sessions. We will wrap up with the final session this week during which there will be time to ask Mrs. McCarthy questions regarding upcoming events and/or the college admissions process.

SOPHOMORES - Get started on completing your YouScience profile. Your access code was sent to your student email. YouScience is a great way for students to learn more about themselves, And is recommended as the first step to begin building a college list. Click HERE to learn more about YouScience. Coming in April, hands on sessions - Naviance and YouScience.

FRESHMEN - Coming in April, Introduction to Naviance - record keeping and resume building.

8th Graders - Keep an eye out for an "NAVIGATE - Exploring Colleges and Careers" Bootcamp to be offered this summer.

SAT/ACT/CLT Test Dates


3/14 4/4 2/29

3/25* 6/13 4/25

5/2 7/18


*In-school administration To register for tests: Go to, or

NACAC National College Fair - April 16

Over 200 Schools represented. 6-8:30 PM - Palmer Events Center. Register HERE

Athletic News

Go Archers!!

Please direct questions to the Athletic Director, Nathan McClallen.

State Basketball Tournament Concessions

Support Founders athletics and the AABC by working concessions during the TAIAO State Basketball Tournament on Saturday, February 15. NOTE: Concessions will be set-up and sold from the kitchen near the gym.

Please review the available slots below and click on the button to sign up. Thank you!

Athletic Survey

If you are interested in participating in Archers athletics, please complete this survey:

Track and Field positions are open all season.

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.

Upcoming Athletic Events