Archers in Action

FCA Leander newsletter for enrolled families.

Information is updated weekly.

December 2019

Office News

Open Enrollment & Re-Enrollment Period

The re-enrollment period for current students will begin on Monday, December 2 and will end on Friday, January 10, 2020. A student applying for new admission for the 2020-2021 school year must complete a Student Application for Admission form online found on the RES website during the Open Enrollment period (December 2-January 17, 2020) Current students will receive an email from RES with their snap code to complete the re-enrollment application. Please contact the front office if you do not receive your snap code by December 6.

Canned Food Drive Results

The House of Herodotus would like to thank our generous Founders families for their canned food donations. Our school collected 440lbs of food for the Central Texas Food Bank!! Thank you Founders!

Teacher Wishes & Favorite Things

Our Christmas tree is set up in the building 3 foyer and our teacher wishes have been hung with care. Please stop by the front office if you are interested in filling a teacher wish. Please take an ornament and return it to the front office with your gift by Wednesday, December 18. If you prefer, you may also consider a gift from their list of "Favorite Things". You can find this information in Jupiter on the Materials tab - choose School Office > General Information.

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!

Holiday Shopping Flyer

Archer Jackets & Basketball Fan Shirt Sale

AABC Spirit Wear Sale! High School athlete Archer jackets and basketball fan shirts are on sale now. Click here to order your Archer Jacket or basketball fan shirt today. Sales will close Tuesdya, December 10 and items will be delivered to school by Tuesday, December 17. Just in time to wrap and put under the tree!

K12 Payment Center Changes

Please note that you will no longer be able to pay random fees in K12 Payment Center. Beginning in November, the school office will assign the required fees to your student account. If you have not yet created your account, please click here and follow the instructions. Your K12 ID can be found in Jupiter under "Settings". It is the same ID listed under the students name.

New Pizza Order Form

To make our Pizza Friday delivery more efficient for both the office staff and volunteers, we would like students to pre-order their pizza using this form: Pizza Friday Order Form. You will still need to bring cash to purchase your pizza the day of delivery. Pre-ordering will guarantee we have enough pizza. We will always order a few extra just in case you missed the ordering window. Please fill out this form by the end of the day on Wednesday.

Tours for Prospective Families Extended

The tour season has been extended until mid January. If you have friends that are interested in touring our school and learning more about us, please have them visit our website and sign up for our tour: Enrollment Tours.

Yearbook Sales

You may still purchase yearbooks at www.balfour.com for $30. Senior ads are also available and you will receive a FREE yearbook with purchase of an ad! Email Mrs. Solorzano for details.

Product Label Fundraiser Update

Thank you for sending in your Product Labels on November 14. Product Labels collected were 578, in Box Tops, My Coke caps & Tyson Project A+. Congratulations to Mrs. Pompa’s 3rd grade class for collecting 226 labels, the most in November! This is the second time that Mrs. Pompa’s class has won the Product Label Trophy and a special food treat this school year! CONGRATULATIONS to Mrs. Pompa’s class.

REMINDER, there will not be a collection in December due to the long Christmas break. The next Product Label collection at school will be Thursday, January 16, 2020!

Volunteer Opportunities

We want to thank all of our wonderful volunteers that have been so busy helping our teachers, classrooms and and special events! We could not do it without the support of our dedicated volunteers! If you are an approved volunteer and have time during the school day, please consider volunteering for any of the following:

Additional volunteer jobs are set by date and event. Here is a list of upcoming volunteer opportunities:

Volunteer Awards

Congratulations to these families who have completed their Archer Hours in November: Bradford and King

To date, our volunteers have logged 1462 hours!! Please click here to log your hours 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!

Learn & Earn Archer Hours

Earn your Archer Hours by completing an online course with Hillsdale College all from the comforts of your own home! After you complete the course, log your time in Track it Forward for Archer Hours credit. Click here for the complete Course Catalog.

Helpful Links

House Points

Updated 12/2/19
  1. Shakespeare - 396
  2. Beethoven - 370
  3. Da Vinci - 347
  4. Euclid - 334
  5. Newton - 328
  6. Herodotus - 317

Q2 House Meeting Dates and R&R Weekends

  • October 25
  • November 8
  • November 21 (Thursday)

Q2 Spirit Friday Dates

  • November 1
  • December 6

Q2 Assemblies

  • November 11 (Veteran's Day - All School)
  • November 13 (Grammar only)
  • November 20 (Grammar only)
  • December 4 - All School
  • December 11 (Grammar only)
  • December 18 (Grammar only)


Upcoming Events

December 4-6, Usborne Book Fair

The Archers Support Committee will host the 3rd annual Usborne Book Fair in the Upper School Library on the following dates. Students will have the opportunity to preview the books on Tuesday and Wednesday:

  • Wednesday, December 4, 3:00-8:00
  • Thursday, Dec. 5, 3:00-8:00
  • Friday, Dec. 6, 11:30-1:00 & 3:00-6:00

There will be books available for all reading levels for toddler, children’s, tweens’ and teenagers! Shop for Christmas books for gift giving; shop for books for everyday reading; and shop for books to donate to your child’s teacher’s classroom. Proceeds from Book Fair sales will be used to purchase new library books for both school libraries! For questions, please email Mrs. Warner.

You can also shop the school E-fair starting today through December 7, 2019: https://b3542.myubam.com/1406114. You can share this link with Grandparents and family members too! There is no sales tax on book orders. Avoid paying a shipping fee on E-fair orders, and have your books delivered to the school. All special order books and teacher books will be delivered to the school before Christmas Break.

If you would like to help with the book fair (set up, preview days, selling or take down), please use this sign up to choose a shift that works in your schedule: Usborne Book Fair Volunteers

December 4, Fine Arts Winter Showcase

All families are invited to enjoy the FCA Fine Arts Winter Showcase on Wednesday, December 4. The showcase will feature beautiful artwork from our kindergarten through 12th grade students, musical talents from our Middle School and High School orchestras and scenes from the upcoming play, The Best Christmas Pageant Ever. There will be a make & take craft and photos with Santa! This is a FREE event for all our families.

  • 6:00-7:15 Art Gallery and refreshments in building 3 cafeteria; Photos with Santa in building 3 library
  • 6:45-7:15 Scenes from The Best Christmas Pageant Ever in building 3 cafeteria
  • 7:15-8:00 Musical performances from Middle School and High School orchestras in building 1 gym

December 4, Returning Excellence to K12 Education

Join Larry P. Arnn, President, Hillsdale College and national radio host Hugh Hewitt for an exclusive tele-townhall on Wednesday, December 4, at 6:45 p.m. EST. They will be talking about returning excellence to American K-12 education, which is so vital to the future of our nation and the preservation of our liberty.

Through Hillsdale’s Barney Charter School Initiative, the College is helping to launch and providing ongoing support to classical K-12 charter schools nationwide. There are currently 22 Hillsdale-affiliated K-12 charter schools in 11 states, with additional schools opening each year. These schools feature a classical curriculum that includes a strong American civics component. They also place an emphasis on the importance of character.

Find more details and connection instructions here: lp.hillsdale.edu/tele-townhall/

December 6, Spirit Friday

Once a month on Spirit Friday students may come to school in FCA Leander spirit t-shirts and regular uniform pants, shorts, or skirts in navy, khaki or Founders plaid. House shirts are not spirit wear.

December 6, Muffins in the Morning & Coffee with the Headmaster

Start your day with a giant muffin! 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.

Coffee with the Headmaster will be held monthly at 8:15 in the Upper School Library. This month, Ms. Loy 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.

December 6, Performance of "The Best Christmas Pageant Ever"

The theater class invites you to the performance of The Best Christmas Pageant Ever on Friday, December 6 at 7:00pm. Doors will open at 6:30. Tickets are $2. The Best Christmas Pageant Ever follows the outrageous shenanigans of the Herdman siblings, or “the worst kids in the history of the world.” The siblings take over the annual Christmas pageant in a hilarious yet heartwarming tale involving the Three Wise Men, a ham, scared shepherds, and six rowdy kids.

December 7, Winter Masquerade Ball

The House of Beethoven will host the Winter Masquerade Ball on Saturday, December 7 from 7:00-10:00pm in the building 1 gym for 7th-12th grade students. Tickets go on sale Monday, December 2 for $10. Tickets will be sold during lunch and after school. Tickets are $12 at the door. Photos will be $1 at the dance. If you would like to bring a non-FCA guest, please complete the Guest Consent Form by Wednesday, December 4.

Dance Dress Code:

Please use prudence and be sure that your attire is tasteful and above reproach. If your attire does not meet the guidelines below, you will be asked to adjust your attire or leave the dance.

  • Semi-formal dress is required.
  • Formal dress is optional.
  • Masks are encouraged.
  • Ladies: Must wear dresses or skirts (no jeans, pants, leggings, etc.) which cannot be shorter than 2 inches above the top of the knee. Plunging necklines, visible cleavage, bare midriffs or backs, see-through fabric, and side/front/back cut-outs are not permitted (boat neck and cold shoulder tops are acceptable as long as top strap is least 2 inches). Straps on dresses must be at least 2 inches wide. If strapless or spaghetti strap dresses are worn, ladies must wear a jacket, sweater, or bolero FOR THE ENTIRE DANCE; it may not be removed once inside. Shoes must also be worn for the entire dance.
  • Gentlemen: Must wear a button-down collared shirt (no polos) and dress pants, along with a belt or suspenders (ties or bowties are encouraged). Pants must reach to the shoe but not drag on the ground. Skinny pants and sagging pants are not permitted.

December 9, Fall Sports Awards Ceremony & Banquet

The Archers Athletic Booster Club invites the fall athletes from the volleyball, flag football and cross country teams and their families for a special night of awards and celebration of their fall season on Monday, December 9. The Middle School Awards Ceremony will be at 5:00 in the building 1 gym followed by the High School Awards Banquet at 6:00 in the building 3 cafeteria. A meal option is available for purchase for those attending the banquet. Meals are free for coaches and athletes. However, for those non-athletes wanting to enjoy a dinner the price is $7.00. Please click here to register your athlete’s attendance and purchase any additional meals.

The deadline to register your athlete and/or purchase a meal is WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 4th. *No meal purchase is necessary to attend the banquet*

December 10, FCA White Out

Come out to support the Archers Basketball teams at this epic event of the season! Be loud, be proud and wear white! Concessions will be available. The lineup for the evening:

  • 6:00 Middle School Boys vs. NYOS
  • 7:00 Varsity Girls vs. HCCS
  • 8:30 Varsity Boys vs. HCCS

December 11, Uniform Exchange

Did your student grow this fall? Do you need a few uniform pieces to get you through the winter? Here's your chance to exchange your outgrown uniforms or pick up a few new items. The Uniform Closet accepts all like-new or gently used, uniform approved polos, oxfords, pants, shorts, skirts, jumpers, belts and ties.

Please bring all items laundered and folded neatly to the front office by Monday, December 9. The exchange will be held in the Upper School cafeteria on Wednesday, December 11 at 4:00pm.

If you would like to volunteer for the event, please click here to sign up: Uniform Exchange

If you are unable to attend the exchange, please contact Ms. Lunetta: NLunetta@ResponsiveEd.com. The closet will be open year round to meet the growing needs of your student

December 11 - 16, Final Exams

The Upper School students will take final exams beginning Wednesday, December 11 through Monday, December 16. Please click here to download a copy of the 2019 Fall Exam Schedule.

December 13, Pizza Friday

The Senior Events Committee will host this Pizza Friday to raise funds for the Class of 2019. Pizza will be sold during all lunch periods for $2/slice and drinks are $1.

To make our Pizza Friday delivery more efficient for both the office staff and volunteers, we would like students to pre-order their pizza using this form: Pizza Friday Order Form. You will still need to bring cash to purchase your pizza the day of delivery. Pre-ordering will guarantee we have enough pizza. We will always order a few extra just in case you missed the ordering window. Please fill out this form by the end of the day on Wednesday.

December 16-18, Archer Games

Upper School houses (7th-12th) will compete in the Winter Archer Games after final exams on Monday, December 16 through Wednesday, December 18. Students compete in both academic and athletic games. Who will win the trophy?

December 17, Teacher Appreciation

Before Christmas break the Teacher Appreciation Committee would like to provide all teachers and staff with breakfast. Teachers have long days of exams and grading before the end of the quarter. This will be a simple grab and go breakfast. Please use this sign up link to volunteer: December Teacher Appreciation

Please deliver all perishable items on Tuesday, December 17 between 7:30-7:50 am. All other items may be delivered to either office any time on Monday, December 16.

December 18, Last Day of the Second Quarter

Here is what to expect on the last day of school prior to the winter holidays:

  • Crazy Christmas socks
  • Grammar class parties
  • Archer Games Awards
  • House parties

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.

College Admission Planning Series

December 16 - 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.

January 15 - 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.

February 6 - 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.

PSAT Scores Available Online December 9-11

Students who took the PSAT on October 16 will be able to access their scores online beginning December 9. Students will receive an email notifying them that their score is available with instructions for creating an account on collegeboard.org . CollegeBoard releases the scores in phases to regulate traffic impact on their website.

Test Fee Waivers-Request by Dec. 31

Parents of Juniors/Seniors: If your student qualifies for fee-waiver benefits, contact Mrs. McCarthy. Fee-waiver requirements can be found HERE.

Class Specific News

SENIORS - sign up for a 5 minute slot to meet with Mrs. McCarthy. This is REQUIRED for a Pass/Fail grade for your Fall semester College Transitions Course: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/70A0D44AAA92BABF85-senior

SOPHOMORES & JUNIORS - 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, explore high-demand careers that are a good fit for them, and gain a better understanding of how their unique talents are needed in the economy.

Click HERE to learn more about YouScience and what it means for your student.

YouScience is available for parents to take as well. Profile access codes may be purchased for $29 each at youscience.com

SAT/ACT/CLT Test Dates

SAT ACT CLT

12/7 12/14 12/7

3/14 2/8 2/12*

3/25* 4/4 2/29

5/2 6/13 4/25

6/6 7/18


*School Day administration at Founders. All other tests are administered at other locations.

Go to collegeboard.org or act.org or cltexam.com to register for tests.

Athletic News


Please direct questions to the Athletic Director, Nathan McClallen.

Athletic Survey

If you are interested in participating in Archers basketball or a spring sport, please complete this survey:

If you have already completed the survey in the fall you do not need to express your interest again.

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.

Basketball Games

Please see the athletic calendar on the right for the basketball schedule. Come out to support your Archers!