Archers in Action

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

January 2019

Office News

Paper Plate Shortage

We are running short on paper plates. If your student's lunch needs to be heated, please pack the food in a microwaveable dish. The school does not provide paper goods. If you did not bring your communal supplies at the beginning of the year, please bring the paper plates to the main office.

Winter Club Season

Our winter clubs will start on Monday, January 14. Club fees are due by Friday, January 18. Please remit payment via K12 Payment Center. Please make sure you pay the correct fee as refunds are not available. Directions can be found in Jupiter.

You will receive a welcome email from your club leader with meeting details. Please note that not all clubs are offered each season. If you have any questions about your club participation or fees, please contact the main office.

Faculty Tutors Available

If your student needs additional instruction, there is a list of teachers that are available to tutor. The rates are $25-$30 per hour for most subjects. Teachers who tutor in advanced subjects like Calculus, advanced science, or philosophy may charge $40-$50 per hour. Please contact the main office for the list of available tutors.

Grammar School Office Procedures

Beginning in January, grammar school families (K-5th) can check their students in and out of the grammar office in building 1. If you have students in both grammar and upper school to check out, the older student will meet their sibling in the grammar office. If you have any questions, please contact the main office.

Volunteer Opportunities

All the campus volunteer sign ups have been updated through the third quarter. Please sign up for a shift that works with your time & talent: Campus Volunteer Opportunities. Thank you for supporting our school!

Orchestra Private Lessons

Ms. Anna Lisa Ohnstad is a highly experienced cellist and music educator who returned to Texas in 2017 after teaching strings at Yongsan International School of Seoul in South Korea. She completed graduate studies in Music Education (Strings Studio Pedagogy) at the University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point and holds a B.A. in Liberal Arts from Excelsior College. Outside of music, Ms. Ohnstad enjoys chasing storms at a just-safe-enough distance, exploring parks and botanical gardens, and spending quality time with her family.

If you are interested in scheduling lessons with Ms. Ohnstad, please complete the interest form: Private Orchestra Lessons. We will be scheduling lessons weekly after school on Mondays and Tuesdays. Lesson rates will be around $30 to $35 per half hour.

Order Your Yearbook

Don't forget to order your yearbook at www.balfour.com today. There are a limited number of yearbooks so please order early. If there are any books remaining in May, they will be sold on a first come, first served basis for $40. Order now to save $10!

Send us your best snapshots for the yearbook! Yearbook photographers can't be everywhere, so if you have great photos of school events, or of you and your friends just having fun, please share them with us. The more photos you share, the better our yearbook will be for everyone!

It's easy to submit on ImageShare! Just follow these steps:

  1. Download the app
  2. Create your account
  3. Upload up to 5 pictures at a time
  4. Project #922094

Have lots of pictures? Mrs. Solorzano can accept pictures in bulk on a USB drive, CD, or through Google. We are looking for photos of After-school activities, clubs, sports, festivals and dances (this year or last year). If you have any questions, please email Mrs. Solorzano.

Amazon School Rewards

For every purchase on Amazon.com using our campus website link, our school will receive a donation of 6-10% of your purchase. Please click here or on the Amazon button 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!

House Points

  1. Herodotus - 445
  2. Shakespeare - 424
  3. Beethoven - 420
  4. Euclid - 397
  5. Newton - 370
  6. Da Vinci - 367

(Updated 1/15/2018)

House Meetings & R&R Weekends

  • January 18
  • February 1
  • February 15
  • March 1
  • March 15

Upcoming Events

January 15, Rome and Athens 2020 Enrollment Meeting

Parents of current Sophomores and Juniors are invited to attend a Junior/Senior trip informational meeting Tuesday, January 15th at 6:00pm in Ms. O'Brien's classroom, Room 311. If you were not able to attend the meeting before Christmas, this is a great opportunity to learn more about our Junior/Senior trip. We will cover trip details along with how to enroll on the trip. Early enrollment discounts have been extended until January 25th! If you are not able to make the meeting but would like more details, please email Ms. O'Brien with any questions or to set up another time to meet.

January 16, Spirit Wednesday

All students K-12th may come to school in a Founders Classical Academy of Leander spirit t-shirts and regular uniform pants, shorts, or skirts.

January 16, Parent Curriculum Round Table: Why Grammar is Essential

Founders parents are invited to attend this informational meeting and round table discussion about grammar education led by Mrs. Apel, 6th Grade teacher. Hillsdale College offers an online course for K12 education. Please watch this short video by Dr. Daniel B. Coupland of Hillsdale in preparation for our discussion: "Why Grammar is Essential". Mrs. Apel will share her approach to the teaching principles presented in the video and lead a round table discussion.

The meeting will take place in the building 3 library at 7:00pm. Please RSVP to Mrs. Clemente at NClemente@RespsonsiveEd.com. If needed, please use this form to reserve child care: https://goo.gl/forms/2e72Ha0eRJzKtsZj1. Child care reservations must be received by Monday, January 14.

January 16 & 23, Winter Formal Dance Lessons

Winter Formal dance lessons will be held in the upper school cafeteria from 3:45-4:30 on Wednesdays January 16 and January 23. On January 16, students will learn and be able to practice Swing dancing. On January 23, students will learn and practice the Waltz (the Box Step) and the Two-Step. All upper school students are invited.

The Winter Formal Dance will be held on Saturday, January 26 by the House of Herodotus. See below for more information.

January 18, Lost & Found Clean Out

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

January 18, 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.

January 21, Martin Luther King Jr Holiday

School will be closed on Monday, January 21 in observance of Martin Luther King Jr holiday.

January 22, Teacher Appreciation Luncheon

Let's treat our FCA faculty and staff to a soup and salad lunch! Please bring soup in a crockpot, to be picked up at the end of the day. Salads can come with dressing mixed or on the side to be mixed when served. Teacher lunches begin at 11 am so please drop items off between 7:45-10:50am. Please bring all items to front office and label anything that needs to be returned.

Please sign up here: January Teacher Appreciation

January 23, 5th Anniversary Celebration at All School Assembly

Please join us for our 5th Anniversary Celebration. We will recognize the students and teachers who helped us found the school. Dr. O'Toole will give a state of the school address. We will also announce our Honor Roll students. 3rd grade will perform.

January 26, Winter Formal Dance

The House of Herodotus will host the Moonlight Gala Winter Formal Dance on Saturday, January 26 from 7:00-10:00pm. This is the only 7th-12th grade formal dance for the year. Tickets go on sale Monday, January 14 for $12/each. Root Beer Floats, Moon Pies, and Brownies will be served and there will be a photo booth. Photos are $1/each (please bring cash). Download the Guest Consent Form or pick one up from the front office.

Formal attire required. Here is the dress code excerpt from the FCA Family Handbook:

Ladies wear floor- or knee-length dresses or skirts. Skirts and dresses should be no shorter than two inches above the top of the knee. Plunging necklines, visible cleavage, bare midriffs, see-through fabric, and side-, front-, or back cut-outs are not permitted. Straps on dresses must be at least two inches wide. If strapless or spaghetti strap dresses are worn, ladies must wear a jacket, sweater, or bolero as well. Ladies are encouraged to wear shoes in which they can dance comfortably. However, no tennis shoes or sneakers should be worn.

Gentlemen wear a collared shirt and dress pants with a jacket and tie, and a belt or suspenders. Alternatively, gentlemen may wear a tuxedo. Pants should reach to the shoe but not drag on the ground. Skinny pants and sagging pants which expose undergarments are not permitted. Gentlemen are encouraged to wear shoes in which they can dance comfortably. However, tennis shoes or sneakers should not be worn.

Please use the public 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

Please visit the College Counseling page for more information.

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.

Basketball Game Schedule

Each week the AABC will host a Game of the Week where they will have food and concessions. Here are the home games when we come back in January:

  • Tuesday, January 15 vs. South Austin Warriors
    • 6:00pm - MS Boys
    • 7:00pm - Varsity Boys
  • Thursday, January 17 vs. Austin Achieve
    • 5:30 - Varsity Girls
    • 7:00pm - Varsity Boys
  • Friday, January 18 vs. Meridian
    • 5:00pm - MS Girls
    • 6:00pm - MS Boys

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

Winter 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.

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.

Concession Sales

Please help the AABC with concession sales during our Games of the Week. Please use this sign up link to choose a date and shift that works for you: Concession Sales