Archers in Action

FCA Leander newsletter for enrolled families.

Information is updated weekly.

October 2020

Office News

Write-A-Check Campaign Results

We have the most amazing families and community! Thank you Archers Council and Founders families for supporting the mission of our school and above all our talented teachers! Please take a moment to watch their video: FCA Write-A-Check 2020

Message from Nurse Turner

Nurse Turner would like to invite our families and staff members to fill out a survey to see who would be interested in having a CVS pharmacist come to our campus to administer the flu vaccine. Click here to complete the survey.

Volunteer Opportunities

We will be welcoming volunteers on campus this week! Per our Campus Opening Plan, page 11, volunteers will be screened for symptoms and exposure to COVID-19. Please check the Campus Volunteer Opportunities on the Volunteer Toolkit for links to sign up.

October is National Principals Month

Help ResponsiveEd celebrate great school leaders—like ours by sending a "Thank You" message, photo, or video by direct message to ResponsiveEd. Let's show our appreciation for our administration:

  • Mr. Sowers, Headmaster

  • Ms. Loy, Assistant Headmaster

  • Mrs. Apel, Dean of Grammar School

  • and Mr. Berndt, Dean of Upper School

Policy & Procedure Reminders

We would like to remind our families of a few policies and procedures that can be found in our FCA Family Handbook, Campus Opening Plan, and the RES Family Handbook. The complete documents can be found on our website under Handbooks.


School starts promptly at 8:00am for all students. It is critical to student safety that we know where all students are on school days. Parents must notify the attendance office every day a child is to be away from school. It is also important to notify the school if you need to pick up your child early.

Please email or send a Jupiter message to your student’s teachers and the Attendance Clerk at In the message, please include your child’s name and the reason for the absence. Attendance should be notified before 8:00am each day the student is absent. If a parent fails to notify the office of a student’s absence, the absence will be coded as unexcused. For early pick up, please send the email as early as possible to prevent delays. For more information, visit our Attendance page on our website.


FCA Leander has a zero tolerance policy when it comes to bullying. Per the FCA Family Handbook, "Bullying is prohibited against any student or any teacher for any reason. Bullying includes repeated written or verbal expression, physical or electronic act or gesture, or a pattern thereof, that coerces, intimidates, or causes physical, mental, or emotional harm. Bullying is prohibited on school property, at school-sanctioned events, when students are being transported to or from school or a school-sanctioned event, and off-campus when it is reasonably foreseeable that the bullying conduct may cause a substantial disruption in the educational mission of the school or interfere with the ability of other school students to learn or be secure." If interested, please click here to download Bullying Tips for Parents.

Every student has access to the Anonymous Hotline in their Jupiter account. We encourage students and parents to report harassment, unethical, and other inappropriate behavior that may impact our students or school. Messages are anonymous and are checked during school hours.


We are looking forward to having our parent volunteers back on campus. We will have our Family Workday on October 19 and will soon have sign ups for bulletin boards, crossing guards, lost and found clean up and our new library committee. We will not have volunteers in the classroom or interacting with students yet. Per our Campus Opening Plan, we ask our volunteers to screen for COVID-19 symptoms prior to coming to campus. Please also refrain from coming to campus if you have had close contact with an individual who is lab-confirmed with COVID-19. All volunteers are required to wear a mask.

Archers Council Membership

Don't forget to join, or renew your membership for, the Archers Council! As a member, you will be part of a group of parents and teachers helping support the mission and needs of FCA Leander. You will have voting rights at general council meetings and be included on all member correspondence. Dues are $10/year per member and open to any parent or guardian of a student enrolled at Founders Classical Academy of Leander and the school's headmaster and teachers. Sign up online or drop off payment and the attached completed membership form to the Building 3 Office.

Free Breakfast

ResponsiveEd and the USDA have come together to offer free breakfast to all of our students. Starting Tuesday, October 13, Ms. Lunetta will be providing prepackaged breakfast packs Monday through Friday at 7:30-7:45am. Students should enter the north side door by the building 1 gym if they want to receive breakfast.


Community Links

Q2 R&R Weekends & House Meetings Dates

  • October 16

  • November 6 (Not an R&R Weekend)

  • November 20

  • December 16

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Just For Fun!

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Order Your Yearbooks

It's never too early to order your school yearbook! Place your order online at Enter Founders Classical Academy and select the school in Leander. For a limited time, the yearbooks are on sale for only $25. The price goes up to $30 on November 21. Click here to download the flier.

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 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

All events and activities listed on the school calendar are tentative and subject to change.

October 26-30, Spirit Week (Upper School Only 6th-12th Grade)

Let's show our school spirit and have a little fun this week by dressing up according to the daily theme! 6th-12th grade students can participate each day in Spirit Week. Please use discretion and the standard dress code guidelines when dressing up this week. We look forward to seeing your creativity!

  • Cowboy Up on Monday with boots, jeans, western shirts & straw hats

  • Tacky Tourist Tuesday: come dressed to visit your favorite vacation spot

  • Google Meet Wednesday: In the spirit of our days of remote learning, let's dress up for a Google Meeting! You can wear your Formal Wednesday attire or school polo on top and wear pajama pants on bottom.

  • Throwback Thursday: Pick your decade to dress like

  • All Out House Spirit on Friday (7th-12th only): Students should dress from head to toe in your house color and 6th grade may dress up for Literary Figures Day.

October 30, Pizza Friday (Upper School Lunch Only)

The Senior Events Committee will host Pizza Friday to raise funds for the Class of 2021. Pizza will be sold during UPPER SCHOOL LUNCH ONLY for $2/slice and drinks are $1. Exact change is greatly appreciated.

October 30, Literary Figures Day (Grammar Students) & Book Parade @ 3:00 (Everybody!)

Grammar students (K-6th) may dress up like their favorite book character on Friday, October 30. Please use discretion and the standard dress code guidelines when dressing up this week. We look forward to seeing your creativity! Students may also choose to wear crazy Halloween socks and fun face masks instead.

In lieu of our Fall Festival and Trunk or Treat, our grammar students (K-6th) will parade around the field for our upper school students (7th-12th) at the end of the day before dismissal.

October 30, Clash of the Archers

It's time for this year's Clash of the Archers! This event will culminate Homecoming Week with two favorite volleyball matches: Varsity Cross Country vs JV Volleyball Team, followed by the Varsity Volleyball Team vs FCA Teachers! All players (XC, V0lleyball, and Teachers) will be playing in costume. And the super popular Mystery Boxes (one for each game) containing outrageous apparel for our school leaders will be revealed once $100 is donated to the Archers Athletics Booster Club.

Where: Building 1 Gym

When: Friday, October 30 @ 5:00pm

Who: Founders students and their families

Tickets: $5 each and will be limited. **Only 100 tickets will be made available due to capacity restrictions. First come, first served - so purchase your tickets now! **

To purchase, send $5 per ticket via Paypal to Please include in the comment box how many tickets you're purchasing or whether you're making a donation for the Mystery Box. Show your Paypal receipt at the door at the Clash on October 30 for entry.

(Please note: concessions will not be available this year)

November 4, Upper School Picture Day

To properly social distance, Photo Texas Photography will be on campus Wednesday, November 4 to take school portraits of 6th through 11th grade. Order forms will be available online only. Click here to order your photos.

Remote students have the option of coming to campus or to contact Photo Texas Photography directly to make other arrangements. More details will go directly to our remote students.

November 5 - The Expense of College: College Cost and Financial Aid

Kendall Guess, Owner and Founder of Path to Admissions, is our guest host in our College Admissions Series. Continuing the conversation on planning for college, Ms. Guess will present information about the real cost of college, strategies to lower college costs, and how financial aid can equalize the cost between private and public institutions. Financial planning should start early so all Founders families are welcomed to this presentation. RSVP HERE if you plan to attend.

November 6, Muffins in the Morning

Giant muffins are back!!! Start your day with a giant muffin! The Senior Class of 2021 will sell muffins during the morning drop off for $2/muffin (cash only please.) Proceeds will go to the Senior Events Committee.

November 11, Grammar School Picture Day (Rescheduled from October 28)

To properly social distance, Photo Texas Photography will be on campus Wednesday, November 11 to take school portraits of kindergarten through 5th grade. Order forms will be available online only. Click here to order your photos. Remote learners will be taking pictures from 12:00-1:00.

November 13, 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. They may choose to wear any spirit shirt from the current year or previous years. They may also wear a solid t-shirt in red or navy. House shirts are not spirit wear.

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Athletic News

Due to COVID-19, all sports events and games have limited guests. Please see the onsite manager for entrance.

Please direct questions to the Athletic Director, Nathan McClallen.

Go Archers!!

2020-2021 Sports Survey

Please let us know what sport(s) each of your students anticipate participating in by completing the 2020-2021 sport survey! Once you indicate interest in the survey, you will be given access to the details for each team, including risk mitigation practices.

Many of our teams will have tryouts, so signing up does not guarantee a roster spot in all cases. In the interest of helping our families plan ahead for the upcoming year, the season dates of each sport and team have been added to the master athletic calendar; please use this calendar to follow general Archer athletic events going forward! You can also follow @fcarchers on Instagram for occasional team news and highlights.

If you have already completed the survey in the fall, you do not need to complete it again. If you have been added to a TeamSnap roster and are no longer interested in participating, you can remove yourself from the roster.

2020-2021 Sports Survey

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.

Arrows Up!

Athletics Calendar

Archer Athletics on Instagram

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.

Free College Essay Writing Help

The College Essay Guy, Ethan Sawyer, is offering students 2 free opportunities for college essay writing help. First, he has recorded 2 hour-long webinars for his Back to School Series:

Webinar 1: How to Write a Great Personal Statement (click HERE)

Webinar 2: How to Write the Supplemental Essays (click HERE)

Test Optional for 2021

Seniors - What does applying Test Optional Mean? When should I apply - to wait for scores or not? It really depends on the school, their test optional policy and the admission process - rolling or not. This application cycle is really geared to the holistic review of your application. Generally speaking, it's better to get your application in before your school's early admit deadline, but this year there is the additional decision point whether to wait to see if you can sit for a test and get a score that you want to submit, or if you go ahead and submit your application whether to indicate that you want it to be reviewed as test optional, or that you will be submitting test scores at a later date.

Each school's test optional policy is different. You have to visit each school's website to access its the test optional policy. For some schools, you have to submit a current score to create a placeholder for future better scores. For some schools, once you select test optional the admission file is complete and you can't add scores later even if you want to. The general rule of thumb is to do the research to determine whether your score (current or the one to come) is above the 50 percentile for scores that have typically been admitted to that school and major. If it is, submit it. If not, don't. For those who missed our August 12th College Apps and Testing - COVID "webinar" click HERE for a summary of that meeting's content.

College Admission Planning Series

Our goal is for Founders graduates to have an exciting plan for their next step that is a great fit for them and for you. With that in mind, we have organized a series of presentations to bring our families valuable information about the college admissions process. Below is the schedule and and a brief overview of each presentation:

November 5 - The Expense of College: College Cost and Financial Aid Kendall Guess, Owner and Founder of Path to Admissions Continuing the conversation on planning for college, Ms. Guess will present information about the real cost of college, strategies to lower college costs, and how financial aid can equalize the cost between private and public institutions. Financial planning should start early so all Founders families are welcomed to this presentation. RSVP HERE if you plan to attend.

December 1 - 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.

January 12 - 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.

February 4 - 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.

Individual Counselor Meetings

Seniors will meet individually with Mrs. McCarthy twice during the Senior year to make certain that they are meeting all their graduation requirements and have all the resources they need for college application purposes. If you have not yet met with Mrs. M., please arrange your meeting with her ASAP.

All students, 9-12 are encouraged to pop-in to the college counseling office with questions or to make use of the reference materials on hand. Helping students research information about colleges and majors is the best part of Mrs. McCarthy's job! Students & parents can also request meetings via email.

Test Practice and Test Prep

Juniors & Sophomores - there is no better way to prepare for high stakes admission testing than to take a practice test. Your October 14 PSAT/NMSQT is the best practice test you can take for the SAT. On November 14, students will have the the opportunity to take a free practice ACT in a testing environment. After you have taken both tests once, decide which test fits you best and best reflects your academic skills. Then, focus your test prep efforts on that test. Do not try to optimize on both! Another practice ACT will be offered in January if there is student interest. Practice tests for CLT, ACT and SAT can be found online.

Test preparation can take the form of a multi-week course, online tutorials , or customized one-on-one tutoring. A multi-week course from More than a Teacher covers over all test taking strategies, content review and tips for both the Evidence-based Reading and Writing section and the Math section. Online tutorials (Khan Academy and Kaplan) can be linked to your testing account and lessons can be customized to your needs based on your test results. Huntington Academy will assess your test scores and create a private tutoring plan for you.

More Than a Teacher online SAT test prep class started September 2. There will be another SAT test prep course offered beginning on January 25 and concluding just before the March 3 School Day SAT. We hope that we can host that class in person and on campus.

College Admission Rep Visits

Are hosting Zoom meetings with individual reps that will allow students "face to face" access to representatives. Please send Mrs. McCarthy requests via Jupiter for the colleges you would most like Zoom visits with! Both In-person and remote learners should RSVP HERE for rep visits.

Upcoming visits will be posted on this page, and remote students who RSVP will receive Zoom call invitations via Jupiter.

Virtual Campus Visits

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.

CampusReel is a College review website with Campus & Dorm video reviews and video walk-throughs from real students.

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

YouVisit CampusTours Campus 360

eCampusTours CampusReel

Admission Exam updates

We will hold a School Day SAT administration for Juniors on campus on March 3, 2021. Updates will be posted here as they are available.

Baylor University now accepts the CLT exam for admissions.

SAT/ACT/CLT Test Dates

Please remember that registration deadlines for exams are 3-4 weeks before the test dates.


10/3 10/10, 17, 24, 25 12/05

11/7 12/12 2/27

12/5 2/6 4/24

3/3* 4/17

3/13 6/12

5/8 7/17


To register for tests: Go to, or

*School Day admin, juniors only, registration via school