Archers in Action

FCA Leander newsletter for enrolled families. Information is updated weekly.

September 2018

Office News

Photo Texas Photography Picture Day

Photo Texas Photography will be on campus September 26 and October 3 for school pictures. They now offer online ordering:

Club Registration

Registration for clubs will be open until Friday, September 21. Please use Club Registration 2018-2019 form to register for the clubs of your choice. This does not guarantee your spot if the club capacity is exceeded. If there are too many students for a certain club, a lottery will be held. Clubs may be cancelled if the minimum number of students needed is not met.

Click here to view club descriptions. Clubs will cost a minimum of $20 per season and we are offering 3 club seasons this year:

  • Fall (October 1-December 7)
  • Winter (January 14-March 15)
  • Spring (March 25-May 17)

2nd-8th grade students will be allowed 2 clubs per season and 9th-12th grade students will be allowed 3 clubs per season. NHS, NJHS or Service Club are exempt from this rule.

Thank you for the Appreciation Breakfast

The faculty and staff would like to thank all of our wonderful Founders families that provided breakfast and snacks on September 12! It made our day!

Lost and Found

Lost items have been collected in the foyer of building 3 and in front of building 2. If you are missing items, please check these locations. All items that are not claimed by the end of the day on September 21 will be donated to a local charity. Please remember to label your students belongings.

Founders Archer Volunteers (FAV)

We look forward to kicking off our Archer Hours program on Monday, September 17. Please visit the Volunteer Toolkit and complete your online Volunteer Application and begin signing up for campus volunteer opportunities. Event opportunities are listed on the FAV Calendar.

Use these links to sign up to volunteer at upcoming events:

If you have any questions about volunteering please contact Mrs. Wells in the front office.

Student Volunteers

Students can earn community service hours by volunteering to sell tickets at the athletic events. Please use this sign up to choose a shift: Student Volunteer Ticket Sales. Students can use the Student Community Service Tracker to keep record of the service hours.

Annual School Forms

If you have not already done so or if you are new since the first day of school, please complete the annual school forms:

To access these forms in Jupiter, select "Materials>School Office" from the main menu.

If you are missing any of these forms, there will be a $1.00 Missing Annual Forms fee applied to your Jupiter account as a reminder to complete the necessary forms. Please contact the front office if you have any questions.

Spirit Wear

Spirit Wear is on sale again! The online store has re-opened with our leftover inventory of Spirit T-shirts and hats. Only limited styles and sizes are available at this time. Make your selection at the Archers Spirit Store. Please direct any Spirit Wear questions to founders.asc@gmail.com. Thank you for your order, and AIM HIGH!

8th Grade Washington D.C. Trip

For those unable to attend the parent meeting last week, here is a copy of the presentation that was made by the CloseUp representative: Washington D.C. Presentation. Please contact Dr. McIntyre if you have any questions.

Product Label Fundraiser

The Archers Support Committee will collect product labels for Box Tops, My Coke Rewards, and Tyson Project A+. These product labels will be collected at school once per month. The first collection is Thursday, September 13. Click here for details of last year fundraiser results and a list of collection dates.

To keep this program FUN and EXCITING for FCA students, we will have monthly collection contests between grammar classes and the houses. The class or house that collects the most product labels each month will receive the Product Label Trophy to be displayed in the classroom or House Mentor’s classroom for one month, plus students in the winning class or house will receive a special food treat! At the end of this school year, the class AND house that collects the most product labels all school year will win a PIZZA PARTY!! Yes two pizza parties, one for the overall winner of Grades K – 6th, and one for the overall House winner.

If you have any questions, or would like to help, please contact Mrs. Warner.

Support Our School with these fundraising programs

It's as easy as shopping! If you already shop Amazon, Randalls or Office Depot then participate in these fundraising programs that give back to our school. Click here to download the flier with the details. You may also choose to participate in the SchoolStore program and Product Labels.


Upcoming Events

September 17, Crazy Sock Day

All students are allowed to wear crazy socks to celebrate Constitution Day.

September 17, House of Newton Blood Drive

The House of Newton is hosting a We Are Blood drive on Monday, September 17, 2:00-5:00pm. We are looking for 20+ heroes to come give a pint! The bus will be in the back lot of building 3. Please consider giving 30 minutes of your time to donate blood and saving a life! Please use this sign up and log an Archer Hour for your time: Blood Drive

If you have any questions about donating, please refer to the We Are Blood website.

September 21, Lost & Found Clean Out

Volunteers will gather all found items on Monday, September 17 and we will keep them on display to be claimed. Found items that are not claimed by the end of the day on the 21st will be donated to a local charity. Please remember to label your students belongings.

September 24, Austin Institute: "Poetry and Self-Governance" with Dr. Matthew Mehan

Join us for a conversation with Dr. Matthew Mehan exploring the power of poetry and the imagination in forming self-control, temperance, and self-governance. The discussion will be held in the building 3 library at 7:00-8:30pm. Please register at Austin Institute. If needed, please use this form to reserve child care by Wednesday, September 19: Child Care Reservations

September 26, School Picture Day - Upper School

Photo Texas Photography will be on campus to take individual school pictures of our Upper School students (6th-12th) and staff. Click here for the Order Form. Paper forms will be sent home and available on Jupiter. You may order onine at Photo Texas Photography.

September 28, Pizza Friday

Back by popular demand, Pizza Friday will be held every other Friday this school year. Take a break from making your lunch and enjoy some hot pizza. The House of Shakespeare will host our first Pizza Friday for the year to raise funds for the Fall Dance. Pizza will be sold during all lunch periods for $2/slice and drinks are $1. Please use this sign up to volunteer: Pizza Friday

October 3, School Picture Day for Grammar School

Photo Texas Photography will be on campus to take individual school pictures of our Grammar School students (K-5th) and staff. Click here for the Order Form. Paper forms will be sent home and available on Jupiter. You may order onine at Photo Texas Photography.

October 5, Muffins in the Morning

Start your day with a giant muffin and then head over to the upper school library for Coffee with the Headmaster. The Senior Class of 2019 will sell muffins during the morning drop off for $2/muffin (cash only please.) Proceeds will go to the Senior Events Committee.

If you would like to help set up the day before or sell muffins the day of the event, please sign up here: Muffin Fundraiser

October 5, Coffee with the Headmaster

Once a month Dr. O’Toole invites parents to join her for coffee and a chat about classical education. This is a time for parents to ask questions and give informal feedback about the school year. The topic at this coffee is Senior Year. Learn what to expect during your student's Senior year here at Founders and about the events that lead up to graduation including Founders traditions and the Senior Thesis.

October 6, Founders Classic Invitational 2018 Cross Country Meet

The Archer Athletic Booster Club, Cross Country parents, and student athletes are excited for the second annual Founders Classic Invitational 2018 Cross Country Meet at Devine Lake Park in Leander on October 6th! The AABC and Cross Country team need your help. Every volunteer will receive a free t-shirt, please specify your size when signing up: FCA Invitational 2018

October 12, Fall Festival & Homecoming

All Founders families are invited to join in the fun for this one-of-a-kind event. Our Fall Festival & Homecoming will be filled with carnival games, inflatable slide, face painting, a fall photo shoot for the family and a trunk or treat for our Grammar students. There will be plenty of food and concessions the whole family will enjoy! There will be volleyball games & football games to cheer on your Archers! Let's make this a school-wide event that will leave lasting memories!

Please use this sign up link to volunteer: Fall Festival Homecoming 2018

October 9-12, Homecoming Spirit Week

6th-12th grade students can participate in our first Homecoming Spirit Week! Grammar students may participate on Friday by wearing their spirit wear with regular uniform bottoms. Please use discretion and the standard dress code guidelines when dressing up this week. We look forward to seeing your creativity.

  • Monday - No School
  • Tuesday - Greek & Roman gods and goddesses (example: Zeus, Ares, Poseidon, Artemis, Herah)
  • Wednesday - Literary Figures (example: Tom Sawyer, Jane Austen, Shakespeare & characters, Robin Hood, Robinson Crusoe, Peter Pan)
  • Thursday - American Heroes (example: American Presidents, Sports figures, Daniel Boone, Davey Crockett, Andrew Carnegie, Neil Armstrong, John Glen, George Patton, Frederick Douglas, Thomas Edison)
  • Friday - Spirit Wear & mums are optional

Please use the public calendar below to view future events.

House News

Please visit the House System. page for more information.

House Meetings

House meetings are held every other Friday. These typically coincide with R&R weekends. Students should wear their house t-shirt or a solid color in their house colors with and regular uniform pants, shorts, or skirts. Please mark your calendar with the following house meeting dates for the first quarter:

  • August 24
  • August 31
  • September 14
  • September 28
  • October 12

House Events for 2018-2019

Each house is responsible to host one dance or the Talent Show each year. Choices are voted on by the students and choices are made in the order of their standings in the Archer Games from the previous year. Here is the list of events in standings order:

  • 1st Place Newton - Valentine's Dance (K-12), February 14
  • 2nd Place Beethoven - Sadie Hawkins Dance (7-12), November 30
  • 3rd Place Herodotus - Winter Dance (7-12) - January 18
  • 4th Place Shakespeare - Fall Dance (7-12) - October 13
  • 5th Place Da Vinci - Talent Show (K-12) - March 1, auditions February 7 and 8
  • 6th Place Euclid - Spring Middle School Dance (6-8) - April 27

Community Service Projects

September: House of Newton - Blood Drive

House Points

  1. Herodotus - 163
  2. Beethoven - 162
  3. Shakespeare - 161
  4. Euclid - 150
  5. Da Vinci - 131
  6. Newton - 126

(Updated 9/17/2018)

College Counseling News

Please visit the College Counseling page for more information. Theses events are listed on the FCA Public Calendar above.

September 18, UT Campus Tour and Speaker

Juniors & Seniors are invited to take a tour of the University of Texas campus. After the tour they will listen to a special guest speaker and eat lunch on campus. This is an optional field trip and the fee is $20 per student. The fee covers the cost of the bus and lunch on the UT campus. To register and pay, please go to K12paymentcenter.com and select UT Campus Visit. The deadline for paying will be September 7th. A completed Field Trip Permission Form must be turned in at the front office prior to departure. Please contact the school for details.

September 18, FAFSA (Free Application for Financial Student Aid) Workshop at Founders

Please join College Funding Educators for a FREE one hour educational workshop on Finacial Aid. The workshop will be held in the Upper School Library from 7:00-8:00pm.

September 19, College Application Bootcamp

Following the presentation from the Texas State admissions rep at 3:00, students are welcome to stay and learn about the application process, scholarships and other college admission questions will be answered. Parents are invited.

September Testing Dates, College Admissions Visits & College Fairs

Testing Dates

September 8, Practice PSAT/SAT Exam at Founders - Take a practice PSAT or SAT at Founders on Saturday, September 8 from 9:00am-12:30pm. Register at More Than A Teacher. PSAT prep classes begin on September 10.

September 18, Classic Learning Test (CLT10) at Founders - All Sophomores will take the Classic Learning Test on Tuesday, September 18. This is FREE to Founders students.

September 29, CLT exam at Founders – This exam is designed primarily for Juniors, but all students may register to take the test at Founders on Saturday, September 29. Register at https://www.cltexam.com/

October 10, PSAT Test at Founders – All Sophomores and Juniors will take the PSAT on campus Wednesday, October 10. This test is FREE to Founders students.

Test dates available off campus: October 6th, SAT - Registration deadline is September 7. Register at www.collegeboard.org.

October 27, ACT - Registration deadline is September 28. Register at www.actstudent.org.

College Admissions Rep Visits

High School students should come to the library during study hall on these dates to hear from the admissions representative from these colleges and universities.

Please click on the name of the school for more information. Students should check in with their study hall teacher before attending.

9/5 Trinity University

9/13 Thomas Aquinas College

9/19 Texas State University

Click here for a list of Texas State Majors

9/20 Colorado Christian University

9/21 Baylor University

9/24 Goucher College

9/26 University of Dallas

9/27 Illinois Weslayan College

9/27 Wyoming Catholic College

9/28 Hillsdale College

10/4 Southwestern University

10/31 Samford University

College Fairs

September 25, Christian Colleges Fair at Hill Country Church Lakeline - The national Christian college fair comes to Austin at Hill Country Church at 6:30pm with representatives from Christian universities and colleges across the country. Open to all Austin area students and families and no pre-registration required. More information at www.myblueprintstory.com/christian-university-college-fairs.

September 26, LISD College Fair at Vista Ridge High School – More than 125 college and university representatives, military branches, and technical programs to attend. Open to all Leander area students and families. No pre-registration required. http://www.gotocollegefairs.org

October 20, Austin Performing and Visual Arts College Fair at AISD Arts Center – Connect with colleges and universities offering majors for students passionate about the arts, as well as other specialized arts programs. Registration and more information at www.nacacfairs.org.

Athletic News




Please visit our Founders Archers Athletics page for team information and a complete calendar of athletic events. Please direct questions to the Athletic Director, Nathan McClallen.

Upcoming Volleyball Home Games

Thursday, September 20 vs NYOS

  • 5:30 - Middle School Bows
  • 6:30 - High School JV

Tuesday, September 25 vs Austin Achieve

  • 5:30 - Middle School Arrows
  • 6:30 - High School Varsity

Cross Country Invitational Meets

  • Saturday, September 15 - Cedar Park
  • Friday, September 21 - Georgetown
  • Saturday, September 29 - McNeil

Flag Football Home Games

  • Friday, September 21 @ 5:00 - Middle School vs. EACP
  • Friday, September 21 @ 6:00 - Varsity vs. EACP
  • Monday, October 1 @ 5:00 - Middle School vs. HSANA
  • Monday, October 1 @ 6:00 - Varsity vs. IDEA Rundberg
  • Friday, October 5 @ 5:00 - Middle School vs. Jubilee Wells Branch
  • Friday, October 5 @ 6:00 - Varsity vs. IDEA Montopolis

Fall Family Pass

We are now selling season family passes at home games! A family pass costs $40, and the card grants admission to immediate members of the family to all Founders Leander home athletic contests this fall.

All six of our fall teams with home games have between four and seven scheduled, so there will be more than 32 home games total this fall!

Standard admission is $3 for adults and $2 for children over 6 years old. All Founders Leander students and employees are free.

You can purchase a pass at any home game with cash or check, or pay via the K12 Payment center.

Student Volunteers

Students can earn community service hours by volunteering to sell tickets at the athletic events. Please use this sign up to choose a shift: Student Volunteer Ticket Sales