Archers in Action

FCA Leander newsletter for enrolled families.

Information is updated weekly.


July 2020

Office News

Summer Office Hours

Our school office will be staffed Monday through Thursday from 9:00am to 3:00pm throughout the summer. Please contact us at 512-259-0103 if you need to schedule an appointment or have any questions. Our office will be closed June 29-July 3 in observance of Independence Day. Click here for District Updates from RES.

2020-21 School Calendar

Please use the following link to download the TENTATIVE school calendar: 2020-2021 School Calendar. The calendar is subject to change based on LISD's decisions for the 2020-2021 school year.

Welcome New Students

We look forward to having our new students join us this upcoming fall. Below you will find a checklist with helpful links to more information on our website. Please contact the office if you have any questions. Congratulations, and welcome to the Archer family!

Everything you need can be found on our school website under the menu item labeled For Our Families.

  • Archers in Action - This is our monthly school newsletter (click on For Our Families to access it). This July edition has a wealth of information for both new and returning students. Please check out the Summer Checklist section below for information on our Uniform Policy, Summer Reading & School Supply Lists
  • Remote Learning Resources - During our time of distant learning, we created website pages for each grade filled with helpful information and classroom resources.
  • Pick-Up/Drop-Off procedures - Please note that car tags are only required for K-5th grade students.
  • School Lunches - Students must bring their lunch or lunch can be ordered through our catering service Daily Spread.
  • Please review our Attendance Policies on our website.
  • Archers Council - The council is our version of PTO. Find out all that our council does for our school and how to get involved.

Verification of Enrollment Forms

If your student needs a Verification of Enrollment please complete the Google Form in Jupiter. You will find it in the Materials section under School Office->General Forms. Please allow up two weeks to process. You can not get it the same day as your appointment.

Yearbook Delivery

Good news from Balfour! Their plants have re-opened and our yearbooks will be printed and shipped soon. We will keep you posted with a delivery date. Please contact Mrs. Solorzano if you have any questions or can't remember if you ordered a copy already.

Summer Checklist

FCA Planner Order Form

In addition to the school supplies, each student in 2nd-12th grade is required to purchase a weekly planner for recording assignments and communication between teacher and parent. Families are welcome to purchase planners of their choice, provided they have at least two pages per week during the school year and plenty of space for students to write. We recommend that all students purchase the Founders Classical Academy of Leander planners directly from the school. Orders will be taken through Friday, July 3. The fees will be applied in K12 the week of July 6: FCA Planner Order Form

Summer Reading

Please click on the link below to see the summer reading assignments for students in Grades K-12. Summer reading is a required assignment for all students. Students in grades 3rd-12th should turn in their written assignments on the first day of school so that they can be graded. Discussions about summer reading will take place in the first few days of each new school year. 6th grade students should also download the guide for their assignment.

Uniform Policy

Please take a moment to review our Uniform Policy. The information can be found on our website: Uniforms. Our visual guides will help you choose the appropriate uniforms:

Supply Lists

Each school year students are required to purchase general school supplies to be shared in their classroom, art room, music room and the lunch room. Each student also needs supplies for their own personal use. Please use the lists below to purchase your school supplies for the 2020-2021 school year.


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 - Staying Connected this Summer!

2020 FCA Time Capsule

Staying Connected While We Stayed Apart!

Thank you for all your photos and submissions for our 2020 Time Capsule! Click on the pictures to see all we have celebrated together while staying apart. The Archer Spirit page has pictures from Spirit Days, Homecoming, school dances, sports events, and all other favorite memories. Celebrate with our Teachers has a favorite grammar Cha-Cha Slide video and many more memories! If you would like to be a part of the Time Capsule, we will take your submissions throughout the summer. Please email your photos and videos to Mrs. Wells.

Summer Run Club

SRC has grown in popularity this summer and everyone is working to stay fit - students, parents and teachers! We frequently have over 100 people participating! Everyone is invited to the join the Founders Summer Run Club! The club meets Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 6:30am – 7:30am at the Brushy Creek Sports Park over by the skate park. Address is 2310 Brushy Creek Dr. in Cedar Park. Each workout will start with some dynamic stretching, a run workout, and end with some core strength work.

Feel free to invite others from Founders to join us this summer, even if participating in Cross Country next fall is not in their plans. Great chance to get in shape this summer. If you have any questions, please contact Athletic Director, Nathan McClallen.

Founders Games

If you would like to play along with some fun games based on Founders facts, try your hand at one of these:

  1. Guess the Founders Teacher - You will be given 3-5 facts about a teacher or staff member. Can you guess who that person is?
  2. Word scramble - Unscramble the letters and type the word. A Word Bank is provided (if you think you need it).
  3. What on Earth is that? - You will be shown only a portion of a picture. Can you guess what it is?
  4. Word game - How many words can you make out of FOUNDERS CLASSICAL ACADEMY? Points are given based on the number of letters used to make the words.
  5. Fill in the blanks - Fill in the blanks of our school poem, Ulysses.
  6. A Founders History in Numbers Crossword puzzle - All the answers are numbers in word form (Example: 10 is TEN). We won't keep score for this game. It will just be for fun.

Here are the scorecards so you can track the points:

Our public Google calendar:

Follow us on Facebook:

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.

UT & TAMU are Test Optional for 2021

University of Texas: The university has been evaluating the impact on students of the cancellation of spring ACT and SAT test dates for some time. Tests have been canceled, and it is expected that future in-person testing opportunities will be limited as a result of mandated social distancing requirements. As such, the university has determined that suspending this requirement for fall 2021 is necessary.

This temporary suspension means that for fall 2021 admission, a test score will not be required for students to apply to, and be fully considered for, admission to UT Austin.

Texas A&M University: In the spirit of supporting our students and of being fair and equitable in our admissions decisions, Texas A&M University will not require test scores from Freshman applicants for the 2021 admissions cycle. Students may continue to submit standardized scores from their SAT and/or ACT tests for consideration for admission. Submission of tests scores will not create any unfair advantage or disadvantage for those students who provide them.

Additional information will be forthcoming from the Universities in the next week.

More Than a Teacher Summer Test Prep

More Than a Teacher is gradually resuming in-person prep classes and private tutoring next month. Safety measures will be in place per all CDC guidelines for reopening. They will continue to offer online options for high-risk individuals and those who prefer meeting virtually. A Small Group PSAT/SAT (in person) class will begin 6/16, and an online class will begin 6/24. Course numbers WL2008-12 and OL2008-01 respectively. Go to MTaT website to register and for more information: www.morethanateacher.com

SAT Exam updates

If it’s safe from a public health standpoint, CollegeBoard will provide weekend SAT administrations every month through the end of the calendar year, beginning in August. This includes a new administration in September and the previously scheduled tests on August 29, October 3, November 7, and December 5.

Registration for these administrations opened Thursday 5/28. Eligible students can register with a fee waiver. Students can get early access to register for August, September, and October if they’re:

  • Already registered for June
  • In the high school class of 2021 and don’t have SAT scores

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

Colleges that Change Lives College Fair

Saturday, August 8, 2020 7:00 p.m. - Sheraton Austin Hotel at the Capitol

For a list of colleges that will be represented, additional info, and to register: Click HERE.

Juniors - Virtual Campus Visits - Updated

I wanted to update juniors on another Virtual Campus Visit option:

CampusReel

CampusReel is the only College review website with Campus & Dorm video reviews and video walkthroughs from real students.

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.

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

YouVisit CampusTours Campus 360 eCampusTours


SAT/ACT/CLT Test Dates

SAT ACT CLT

8/29 6/13 6/20

9/23* 7/18

9/26 09/12, 13, 19

10/3 10/10, 17, 24, 25

11/7

12/5

03/3


To register for tests: Go to collegeboard.org, act.org or cltexam.com.
*School Day administration, registration via school

ACT Exam Updates

Registration for the above ACT dates open the last week in July. You may sign up for an email reminder to register on the ACT website.

Athletic News

Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, all sports events, practices and games have been suspended until further notice. Stay tuned for updates.


Go Archers!!

Please direct questions to the Athletic Director, Nathan McClallen.

Wilco Falcons 6-Man Football Parent Meeting

Is your son, age 11-18, interested in playing tackle football? Founders Classical Academy of Leander partners with the Wilco Falcons 6-Man Football team. They are hosting an informational meeting for parents and athletes on Tuesday, June 30 at 7:00pm at Providence Presbyterian Church. Click on the link for details: Wilco Falcons Parent Meeting.

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.