Archers in Action

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

November 2018

Office News

Lost & Found

All lost items have been found and collected in the cafeterias. Items that were labeled have been returned to their owner. Please check for missing items after school. All unclaimed items will be donated to a local charity on Friday, November 16.

Welcome our new Grammar School Receptionist

Please join us in welcoming Ms. Lunetta, our new Grammar School receptionist in building 1. She has recently moved to Leander to be closer to family. Ms. Lunetta comes to us from Imagine Schools in Mountain View, NV, where she was the Front Office administrator, substitute nurse, lunch program coordinator, and an occasional substitute teacher. We are excited to have her here with us!

Note from Nurse Turner

It is tempting to send a pocket full of cough drops with your child for sore throats and coughs. The bipolar weather, the rain and the beginnings of flu season and cedar season is affecting everyone's sinuses and throats. Please note that cough drops are an FDA regulated medication and are still subject to district medication policies. Cough drops may not be transported to or from school by students. They must be checked into the nurse's office for storage. They may not be administered without a signed authorization form. Fun fact: Pectin is the ingredient in cough drops that place a coating on the throat controlling cough and reducing soreness. Pectin is also a primary ingredient in hard candy. If it is being used to relieve coughing or sore throat students may bring hard candy to school. Please communicate with their teachers if this is your plan. Please contact Nurse Turner if you need further clarification or if you would like to keep cough drops or any medications on campus for your student.

School ID's

Texas Photo Photography printed student ID's for each of our students by mistake. Each student will receive their ID free of charge this year.

Teacher Favorites

As the holidays approach you may be wondering what your teachers favorite things might be. You can find the list of Teacher Favorite Things in Jupiter under General Information.

Amazon School Rewards

For every purchase on 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 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!

Congratulations to our Commended National Merit Scholarship Students

Please join us in congratulating Ava N. and Cassandra S. for receiving a Letter of Commendation from the National Merit Scholarship Program. These students are recognized for their exceptional academic promise demonstrated by their outstanding performance on Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test. Over 1.6 million students took the test and these seniors are in the top 50, 000 highest scores! Congratulations to our Founders students!

Walk-A-Thon Success

The House of Herodotus had a terrific Walk-A-Thon Friday afternoon! The weather was great and the students walked and ran the most laps than ever before!! Some students ran and walked over 200 laps with several more doing at least 150 laps. Watching the kindergartners doing the crab walk on the obstacle course was a sight to see along with the little girl in the pink princess dress walking around the oval giving out high fives. The tacos tasted great, too! It was a great event for FCA families and for the House of Herodotus to raise money for a worthy cause.

All pledge money and donations need to be turned into the front office by Friday, November, 16th, which is the half day before Thanksgiving Break. 100% of the money raised goes to Helping Hand. Herodotus uses its own house funds to put on the event and we give $100 to Helping Hand as well.

If you would still like to make a donation, please click on this link to make an online donation to Helping Hand Home for Children. Also notify Dr. McIntyre so she can let them know your donation is from FCA.

Write-A-Check Campaign Results

Thank you to everyone who showed their support for Founders by giving to the Write-a-Check fundraiser. 44% of our families have already participated and our current total is $70,000! Your participation is greatly appreciated! It is not too late to give or make a pledge to show that you value the type of education your child is receiving. Founders is working with 2 million dollars less than other schools in the district, yet providing a strong classical education provided by teachers who are highly qualified and love their work. Show your support and donate today by giving online or by check.

Every family and every dollar counts whether you give $10 or $1000!

Curriculum Tours

Dr. O'Toole invites our current families to participate in a selection of tours giving them the same opportunity as prospective families to observe the classroom and learn more about classical education first hand from the teachers and Dr. O'Toole. Please check in at the front office to obtain a visitor badge 15 minutes prior to the start of the tour. Please use the sign up link to reserve your spot; space is limited. Here is a list of the current tours in November:

  • November 13 @ 8:45-9:45, Grammar Math
  • November 13 @ 2:00-3:00, Upper School Language - French, Spanish & Latin
  • November 14 @ 12:45-1:45, 3rd-5th Science
  • November 28 @ 11:30-12:30, Logic & Literature
  • November 29 @ 9:45-10:45, Western Civilization & Literature

Student Pick Up & Drop Off

The front office is open from 7:30am-4:00pm, Monday-Friday. We open our campus doors promptly at 7:30am. Please do not drop your student off prior to 7:30am unattended. If you pick up your student after 2:45, please expect delays.

Parents should not be inside the buildings between 7:30-4:00 unless they are volunteering. Teachers use this time to prepare for the day or finish any business for the day. The ideal time to discuss your students progress is during a scheduled conference. Please refrain from "popping in" to ask a "quick question."

Founders Archer Volunteers (FAV)

Our volunteers have logged over 1100 hours to date! Thank you for all your support of our school.

Please use the Volunteer Toolkit to find opportunities and log your hours. Hours will be updated in Jupiter over the next two weeks. Every volunteer should also read through the Guidelines for Founders Archer Volunteers.

Product Label Fundraiser

Thank you for submitting your product labels in October. We collected 955 in combined product labels (Box Tops, My Coke & Tyson Project A+)! Congratulations to Ms. Kiely’s 3rd Grade Class for collecting the most product labels in October! Ms. Keily’s class submitted 285 product labels, and will receive the Product Label Trophy, and students will receive a special food treat.

Thank you for your continued support of the Product Label program. Please click here for the YTD totals for each product label sponsor. The next product label collection at school will be Wednesday, November 7. For questions, please email Product Label program chair Michelle Warner.

House Points

  1. Shakespeare - 280
  2. Herodotus - 279
  3. Beethoven - 273
  4. Euclid - 263
  5. Da Vinci - 232
  6. Newton - 225

(Updated 11/12/2018)

House Meetings

  • December 7
  • December 21
  • January 4
  • January 18
  • February 1
  • February 15

Upcoming Events

November 12, Veterans Day Assembly

Founders Classical Academy invites our Founders family veterans to join us for this special assembly at 8:00am in the building 1 gym. We will honor our American Veterans with the national anthem and other patriotic songs. Our Kindergarten classes will recite the Preamble. This is a special day to honor our veterans that are both active duty or have served in any US Armed Forces. We would like the opportunity thank you for your support of our nation! A light breakfast will be served after the assembly in the upper school library.

Please RSVP here: FCA Veterans Assembly

November 14, Community Open House

This informational event is a great opportunity to invite a guest to learn more about our school, our mission and classical education in general. Our goal is to just spread information about the wonderful things our students are doing every day. Here is the schedule:

  • 8:30am Bagels and Coffee in the Upper School Library
  • 8:45am Classical Education 101 with Dr. O’Toole, Headmaster
  • 9:00am Tour the Classrooms
  • 9:20am Departure

If you have a friend or colleague who you think would be interested in learning more about classical education, please do invite them to join us. We’ve scheduled the event in the hopes that it will work well for people who have work to get to in the mornings. Please RSVP to Mrs. Clemente.

November 14, Teacher Appreciation: Thankful for our Teachers

Please join us in treating our teachers to a pie to enjoy with their families! Pies can be dropped off with volunteers in front of grammar school and upper school during the morning drop off line. Otherwise, pie donations may be taken to the main office anytime that morning. Thanks for helping us appreciate our teachers!

Please use this link to sign up to bring a pie or help gather items: November Teacher Appreciation

November 14, Individual Picture Makeups & Retakes

Photo Texas Photography will be back on campus on Wednesday, November 14 to take makeups and retakes. Please email Mrs. Davis to schedule your photo.

November 14 & November 29, Fall Play - The Tempest

An exiled magician and his cruel usurper, a monstrous creature and a powerful spirit, a king and his ambitious brother, two foolish servants, and a beautiful maiden and a prince are all shipwrecked together on a deserted island in Shakespeare's comic fantasy of love, revenge, and the power of poetry, the Tempest. Come see Shakespeare's final play Wednesday, November 14 and Thursday, November 29 in the Building 1 Gym at 7:00pm. Doors will open at 6:30pm. Concessions will be sold by the Fine Arts Booster Club. Tickets go on sale Wednesday, November 7, $3 per student and $5 per adult.

**Please note that there is a scene which portrays a drunk person. Please use your discretion for younger audiences.

November 15, Clash of the Archers

Archer Athletic Booster Club presents the 4th annual “Clash of the Archers.” TWO volleyball games on Thursday, November 15 at 6:00-8:00pm in the gym. Be there to witness this fun one-of-a-kind event and raise funds to support athletics.

  • Game #1 will feature the JV volleyball team vs the Varsity Flag Football team
  • Game #2 will feature a CLASH between the Varsity Volleyball team and FCA Teachers

To pump up the fun, any audience member can pay to influence the game! All of this in the name of FUNdraising! Who will win?!

Hot dogs, snacks, and drinks will be available for $1 to $3 per item. Admission prices are $5 for adults, free for students/children. All Sports Pass holders and school staff/faculty are free. Wear your spirit

All funds raised will support student athletes through the Archers Athletics Booster Club.

If you would like to earn Archer Hours for this event, please use this sign up link: Clash Volunteers

November 16, World History Day & Early Release

In a classical curriculum our students complete a full study of world and American History over the course of their K-6th years. It's quite impressive to see it all laid out. In the fall, our campus is overtaken by Roman soldiers, Greek philosophers, knights and ladies, Shakespearean actors, and the stray Wampanog on World History Day. This is also an opportunity for our upper school houses to work with our grammar students. Please watch for more information from your teacher and house mentors.

This is also an Early Release at 12:00pm.

November 19-23, Thanksgiving Holiday - No School

School will be closed in observance of Thanksgiving. Please enjoy time with family and friends.

November 28, Middle School Sports Awards Ceremony & High School Sports Banquet

The Archers Athletic Booster Club invites the Middle School and High School fall athletes from the volleyball, football and cross country and their families for a night of celebration! The Middle School Awards Ceremony will be held in the gym at 5 p.m. The High School ceremony will be held in the Upper School cafeteria starting at 6:30 along with a banquet meal. All are invited to eat - dinner tickets will be available for purchase online before the event. High School athletes are free.

November 28-30, Usborne Book Fair

The Archers Support Committee will be hosting the Usborne Book Fair in the Building 3 Library on the following dates:

  • Wednesday, Nov. 28 from 3:00 – 5:30 pm
  • Thursday, Nov. 29 from 3:00 – 7:00 pm
  • Friday, Nov. 30 from 3:00 – 5:30 pm

Shop for children books, holiday themed books, activity arts and craft books, and Teacher books. Get your Christmas shopping done early or add a book to your child’s classroom library!

The online E-fair book fair will be Wednesday, Nov. 28 to Wednesday, December 5, 2018. E-fair link: Free shipping if you ship your online order to the school. On-line book fair orders will be delivered to your child’s classroom.

Proceeds from all Book Fair sales will be used to purchase new library books for both school libraries! For questions, please email Mrs. Warner.

December 1, Sadie Hawkins Dance

The House of Beethoven will host our first Sadie Hawkins Dance on Saturday, December 1 from 6:30-10:00pm in the building 1 gym. We hope you will join them for A Dance For the Decades - featuring a retro decades theme where you are encouraged to come in costume*. Choose your favorite decade - 60s, 70s, 80s or 90s - and come dressed with a date or a group. There will be a costume contest, glow sticks, face paint, photographer, blacklights, and music, music, music!!

Who is Sadie? Sadie Hawkins is a character from a comic strip in which she attains a suitor by outrunning him. The tradition today is that girls ask boys to the school dance. So ladies...don't hesitate to ask a date! Sade Hawkins Day is November 15 - the perfect opportunity to ask a fun guy to the dance. Be creative, go all out, or just ask in the hallway during passing period. NBD!

Tickets go on sale November 12 during lunches and after school: $10 in advance or $15 at the door. If you would like to invite a non-FCA student guest, please pick up a form from the front office or click here to download. All Guest Forms must be signed and turned in by Wednesday, November 28.

*Please note that your costume must meet the Casual Dress Code per the Founders Family Handbook.

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

November Testing Dates, College Admissions Visits & Events

Please visit the College Counseling page for more information.

Testing Dates

November 3rd, SAT - Registration deadline October 5th. Register at

December 1, SAT- Registration deadline November 2nd. Register at

December 2, ACT - Registration deadline November 8th. Register at

College Admissions Rep Visits

High School students should come to the library during study hall on these dates to hear from the college admissions representative from these colleges and universities.

Students should check in with their study hall teacher before attending.

10/31 Samford University

11/01 Birmingham Southern University

11/08 FBI Presentation

11/15 University of Connecticut

11/28 Lamar University


11/08, FAFSA/College Savings Presentation

Texas Comptroller’s Office presenting information about College Savings and FAFSA at the Cedar Park High School Lecture Hall 6:00-8:00 PM

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 season begins this month

We look forward to another exciting Archer basketball season! Each week the AABC will host a Game of the Week where they will have food and concessions.

Here is the upcoming basketball schedule:

  • Thursday, November 15 vs Austin Royals
    • 4:00pm - MS Boys
    • 5:00pm - MS Girls
  • Friday, November 16 vs Meridian
    • Games of the Week - Concessions will be sold
    • 5:00 - JV Girls
    • 6:15 - Varsity Girls
    • 7:30 - Varsity 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