Archers in Action

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

May 2019

Office News

Film Crew Coming to Campus

We are excited to announce that there will be a film crew on campus May 16 & 17 to document all the wonderful things that are going on here at Founders! Students are not required to wear formal Wednesday attire, but we encourage all families to make sure children are coming to school well-groomed on those days. If you have indicated that you would prefer photos of your child not be used for promotional purposes the school office is already aware and will make sure your child does not appear in the video.

End of Year Checklist

Please go through the following checklist in preparation for the end of the school year:

  • Return library books - All library books must be turned in the week of May 20. Library books not returned will receive a $10 fine.
  • Medication Pick-Up - All medication must be picked up May 31. See details below.
  • Parking Permits (Student drivers) - Renew permit with updated insurance or return it to the front office if you are not returning. Click here to complete the Parking Permit Request form.
  • VOE requests - Requests made during the last week of school are good for the summer. Click here to complete the Verification of Enrollment Request.
  • Summer Reading - Please check out the summer reading list.

Medication Pick up

All medications and medical supplies that have been left in the clinic for your student, need to be picked up no later than May 31, 2019. Only students who have permission to self-carry their emergency medications, will be allowed to bring their medication home. All other students will not be able to pick up medications under any circumstances. They must be picked up by a parent or guardian. Medications and medical supplies will not be stored in the clinic over the summer so all medications not picked up by May 31, 2019 will be disposed of properly. Thank you for your attention to this matter.

Teacher of the Year Nominations

Is there a teacher at Founders Classical Academy who you believe deserves special recognition? Please nominate that teacher for Teacher of the Year using the following form: Teacher of the Year Nomination. You may submit one form per enrolled student. All submissions are due on Monday, May 6. We will award one Grammar teacher and one Upper School teacher at the End of the Year Award Ceremony.

Volunteer Opportunities

There is still time to earn your Archer Hours. In addition to the Campus Opportunities, here are the upcoming event opportunities:

If you have any questions about our Archer Hours program, please contact the Volunteer Coordinator, Mrs. Wells or reference the Archer Hours FAQ.

Note from Registrar: Withdrawing a Student & Transcript Request

We are always sad to see families leave, but we also understand that life happens and plans change. If your child will not be returning to Founders next year, please email Mrs. Cunningham as soon as possible to begin the withdrawal process. Early notification is requested so that we may ensure all necessary documents are put together for you at your desired time frame. For your convenience, please use the Student Withdrawal Checklist to ensure the process is complete.

If your student requires a transcript, please complete the Transcript Request form and submit to the front office. Please note that final transcripts will not be made available until mid June.

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 days of each new school year.

Summer Reading K-12 2019-2020

Lost & Found

Our lost and found racks are overflowing. Please continue to check them for lost items. Our last lost & found clean out is May 24.

Product Label Fundraiser

Thank you for sending in your product labels in April. We collected a total of 673 in combined product labels! Congratulations to the House of Beethoven for collecting the most product labels in April! They collected 140 total labels. They earned the Product Label Trophy and will celebrate with a special food treat!

We have one more collection in May before we determine the overall winner. Do you want your classroom or House to WIN? Collect as many product labels as you can and send them into school by Thursday, May 9. Ask your friends, family members, neighbors, & co-workers to save Box Tops, My Coke caps & tear packs, and Tyson Project A+ product Labels. Good Luck!

Yearbook Orders

Get your yearbooks before they sell out! Yearbooks are on sale online through May 15 for $30. After May 15, hard copies will be available for $40 through the front office.

Camp Artemis 2019

There is still time to register for Camp Artemis 2019. Founders teachers and coaches host a variety of academic and athletic camps for Founders students in grades 1st-12th. You may pick up a camp brochure in the office or click here to download a copy. Camps are open to returning and incoming Founders students. Please register students individually: Camp Artemis 2019. You will be notified once the camp is confirmed and payment can be made via K12. Please contact the front office if you have any questions.

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. Beethoven - 753
  2. Euclid - 716
  3. Shakespeare - 705
  4. Herodotus - 702
  5. Da Vinci - 651
  6. Newton - 594

(Updated 5/6/2019)

Q4 House Meetings & R&R Weekends

  • April 5
  • April 18
  • May 3
  • May 17 (House meetings but not R&R due to Final Exams)

Upcoming Events

May 13-17, STAAR Testing/Senior Finals & AP Testing - Closed Campus

Due to STAAR testing, our campus will be closed to visitors and volunteers the week of May 13. Seniors will also take their final exams this week. Click here to download the Senior Exam Schedule.

May 14, Sports Award Ceremonies

The Archers Athletic Booster Club invites the spring athletes and their families from the basketball, track & field and soccer teams for a special night of awards and recognition. We will have an ice cream social for everyone in celebration of their spring season. Tickets for the social are $5 per person. Here is the schedule for the evening:

  • 5:00-6:00 Middle School Awards in building 1 gym
  • 6:00-6:30 Ice Cream Social (all athletes and families) in building 3 cafeteria
  • 6:30-8:00 High School Awards in building 3 cafeteria

May 15, England & France Trip Meeting for Students and Parents

This is a mandatory meeting for the parents and students that are going on the England and France trip. Please meet in the Upper School library at 7:00. Ms. O'Brien will be going over the final details of your trip.

May 17 & 18, All School Community Service Event

The Archers Support Committee invites all our families to participate in the clean up and beautification of our school grounds. There are projects for everyone of all ages!

When: Friday, May 17, 3:30pm-6:30pm & Saturday, May 18, 9:00am-12:00pm

What to bring: Water bottle & work gloves. All other supplies will be provided.

What to wear: Work clothes

Our projects include spreading mulch around the flower beds, assembling a gaga pit, power washing the cement pad and sidewalks, and cleaning out debris from Sherwood Forest. We have fun projects for our younger students too - paint kindness rocks to be placed around school grounds or help clean the cafeteria tables using shaving cream!

Participants can enjoy a Popsicle on Friday and coffee and donuts Saturday morning!

Please use the following links to sign up to bring supplies or choose a job that interests you: Community Service Supplies & Community Service Jobs. If you are unable to participate on the event dates, please consider bringing limestone rocks for the rock maze in Sherwood Forest. Bring your softball to football size rocks to Sherwood Forest anytime prior to the event.

May 18, The Enchanted Garden Prom 2019

To celebrate our first Prom at Founders Classical Academy, we invite all High School students, 9th-12th grade, on Saturday, May 18 in the building 1 gym at 7:00pm. All guests are invited from 7:00pm-10:00pm. Our upperclassmen and their dates are invited to stay until midnight. Tickets go on sale Tuesday, April 23 during lunch and after school, $35 for a single ticket or $50 per couple (includes commemorative photo). Tickets must be pre-purchased by Thursday, May 16 and will not be sold at the door.

The dress code for Prom:

Ladies wear floor- or knee-length dresses or skirts (floor-length are encouraged). Skirts and dresses should be no shorter than two inches above the top of the knee. Plunging necklines, excessively open backs, visible cleavage, or bare midriffs are not permitted. Dresses must have straps. If strapless 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. Please use discretion when selecting your dress as we wish for this event to uphold the standards of our school.

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.

May 21-28, Final Exams, 6th-11th grade

Please click here to download the Spring 2019 Final Exam Schedule.

May 21, 6th Grade Promotion and Sorting Ceremony

We invite all 6th graders and their families to the annual 6th Grade Promotion and House Sorting Ceremony in the Upper School cafeteria. We will spend the evening celebrating their achievements and their official promotion to Upper School and induction into their Houses. The evening will conclude with the class reciting our school poem, "Ulysses," from memory and a reception with light refreshments.

May 22, Senior Awards Assembly

We will have a special awards assembly to present our Class of 2019 on Wednesday, May 22 at 8:00am. They will be presented with their honor cords and stoles. We will also present the subject, Plato and Aristotle awards. Our Seniors will present their arrow and Senior gift at this time.

May 23, Washington, D.C. Meeting for 7th Grade

Dr. McIntyre invites our 7th grade students and parents to attend an informational meeting about our annual Washington, D.C. trip. The meeting will be held in Dr. McIntyre's room #303. Please choose the day that best works for you.

Thursday, May 23 at 6:00pm or Wednesday, May 29 at 6:00pm

If you have any questions, please email Dr. McIntyre at SMcIntyre@ResponsiveEd.com.

May 24, Early Release @ 12:00 and Commencement 2019

The Administration and faculty of Founders Classical Academy of Leander will host the graduation of The Class of 2019 at Southwestern University Alma Thomas Fine Arts Center on Friday, May 24 at 4:00pm.

May 27, Student & Staff Holiday - No School

School will be closed in observance of Memorial Day. Please mark your calendars.

May 28, End of Year Awards Ceremony

Parents and students are invited to attend our End of Year Award Ceremony on Tuesday, May 28 in the building 1 gym. Students will be recognized for their hard work academically with individual subject awards. We will also recognize those students that most uphold our virtues with the hero awards. The winners of the Teacher of the Year award will be announced.

To accommodate all the families interested in attending the ceremony, we will host our Grammar School ceremony (K-6th) from 5:00-6:30pm and the Upper School ceremony (7th-12th) will begin at 7:00pm.

May 29, Washington, D.C. Meeting for 7th Grade

Dr. McIntyre invites our 7th grade students and parents to attend an informational meeting about our annual Washington, D.C. trip. The meeting will be held in Dr. McIntyre's room #303. Please choose the day that best works for you.

Thursday, May 23 at 6:00pm or Wednesday, May 29 at 6:00pm

If you have any questions, please email Dr. McIntyre at SMcIntyre@ResponsiveEd.com.

May 29-31, Archer Games

The 5th Annual Spring Archer Games will begin on Wednesday, May 29 and finish up Friday morning. All 6th-11th grade students will participate in Archer Games. The 12th graders are welcome to come back to compete too. Houses will compete academically and athletically. Our athletic portion will take place in the morning before the day gets too warm. Who will claim the 2018-2019 trophy?

Dress Code & recommended items:

  • House Shirt (or solid color in house color)
  • PE shorts or athletic pants (see notes below)
  • Hat/Sunglasses
  • Sunscreen
  • Water Bottle

Please take care to follow the dress code including socks & shoes. We want to end the year having fun, not discussing the rules. Here is an excerpt from the family handbook:

Shorts should be of modest length. All athletic clothing should be in a solid color. Shorts should be navy blue or black and may bear up to three small white stripes. Athletic pants should be loose fitting.

May 30, Clean Out the Closets Uniform Exchange & Sale

Our last Uniform Exchange/Sale of the year will take place on Thursday, May 30 at 6:00-7:00 in the Upper School Cafeteria. They accept 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. Check-in begins at 6:00 and the exchange opens at 6:15.

Click here to sign up to volunteer: Uniform Exchange

May 31, Last Day of School - Early Release @ 12:30, Grammar School Field Day, Yearbook Signing and Archer Games Awards

Our last day of school will not end on a dull note! This final day of school is only a half-day with an early release at 12:00 but we have packed in a whole lot!

The Grammar School Field Day will be divided into two groups:

  • K-2: 8:10-9:40
  • 3rd-5th: 10:00-11:40

Click here to for the Field Day sign up to volunteer.

Field Day Attire: Students should wear spirit wear or solid color t-shirts and PE or khaki shorts mid-thigh or longer in length. No tank tops. What to bring: Water bottle and towel and a change of clothes is optional. No backpacks necessary.

Upper School students will wrap up with the Archer Games Awards and enjoy their House parties and yearbook signing.

June 3, Reception for Departing Faculty

Founders families are invited to say farewell to our departing faculty & staff on Monday, June 3 from 3:30-5:30pm in the building 3 cafeteria. Light refreshments will be served by the Archers Support Committee. If you would like to send a note or card with farewell wishes, please deliver or mail to the front office.

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.

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.

Sports Physicals on Campus

On Wednesday, May 15, David Blatchley of Leander Chiropractic will be completing sports physicals on campus from third through seventh period. This service is available for students in 5th through 11th grade, and will occur during their P.E. or elective period. Students who are not in a P.E. elective will need to get permission from their teacher in advance.

To participate, please register via this form and bring $25 in cash and a physical form (with medical history completed and signed by a parent) to the front office by Wednesday morning.

Getting your physical updated now will clear your student to participate in athletic summer camps and all three seasons during the 2019-2020 school year. In addition, Leander Chiropractic will be donating $10 to the Archer Athletic Booster Club for each physical completed!

Camp Artemis 2019 - Athletic Camps

Registration information above.

June 3-August 16: Summer Run Club

June 3-7: Middle School Girls Volleyball

June 10-14: High School Girls Volleyball

July 29-Aug 2:

  • Middle School Basketball (Boys & Girls)
  • Grammar Basketball (Boys & Girls, 4th & 5th grade only)
  • High School Boys Basketball

Aug 7-13: Upper School Boys & Girls Soccer (6th-12th)

Aug 10-11: Upper School Girls Soccer (6th-12th)

College Counseling

Please visit the College Counseling page for more information.