Archers in Action

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

March 2019

Office News

Archers Council Opportunity Survey 2019-2020

All Founders families are encouraged to participate in next year’s Archers Council committees and events. Participation on the council or any one of the standing committees requires a one to two hour meeting per month. Volunteer involvement is essential to the continued success of our school, and the opportunities to volunteer are numerous.

The benefits of participating include:

  1. Making a difference
  2. Know what is going on at the school
  3. Be a role model for your children
  4. Build friendships with other parents

Please complete this brief survey indicating your interest in participation for the 2019-2020 school year: Founders Archers Council Opportunity Survey 2019-2020

All responses received prior to Tuesday, March 26 will receive one Archer Hour credit.

Care Calendar for the Turner Family

We have organized a Care Calendar for Nurse Turner and her family. Her husband, Monte, suffered a heart attack a week and a half ago. They are an active family of six and providing meals for them would really help out. If you are available to provide a meal, please use the following Care Calendar to sign up: https://www.carecalendar.org/logon/280353

  • Calendar ID : 280353
  • Security code : 8511

Parent Curriculum Round Table Discussions

Coming in April, Founders teachers are hosting a series of round table discussions about our curriculum. Parents are asked to watch a short video from the Hillsdale College K12 Education online course prior to the discussions. Our Upper School teachers will share their approach to the teaching principles presented in each video and then lead the discussion.

The meetings will take place in the building 3 library at 7:00pm. Child care will be available by request. Download the flier here.

Please mark your calendar for the topics that interest you most:

Archers in Costa Rica

We are excited to announce our first class trip for our freshman and sophomore students coming up in June. These students will broaden their education in both science and Spanish with a trip to the Osa Peninsula and Cordillera De Talamanca. Costa Rica's south Pacific coast is known for its rich biodiversity, both above and below the ocean surface. They will discover the best the region has to offer during this hands-on expedition. Here are a few highlights of this Holbrook program:

  • Compare and contrast different ecosystems and microclimates, including coastal habitats, mangroves, rain forests, cloud forests, and paramo.
  • Collect data and contribute to dolphin research at the Osa Peninsula's Golfo Dulce.
  • Take part in hands-on learning and farm work at a self-sustaining family homestead.
  • Search for wildlife such as monkeys, sloths, tropical birds, and frogs on guided hikes.
  • Learn how cacao is transformed into chocolate during a visit to Finca Kobo

If you would like to learn more about this trip, please contact Mr. Utheim.

Product Label Fundraiser Update

Thank you for sending in your product labels on February 7. We collected a total of 408 in combined product labels. Congratulation to Ms. Deviney's 3rd grade class for collecting 86 box tops, the most labels in February! They will receive the Product Label Trophy and a special food treat!

The next product label collection at school will be Thursday, March 7. Please send in product labels for Box Tops, Coke products caps & tear packs & My Tyson Project A+.

Senior Thesis Presentations

Thank you to all the family and friends that came to hear one of the wonderful Senior Thesis presentations. We are very proud of the Class of 2019!

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 click here to reserve your spot; space is limited.

Here is a list of upcoming tours in March:

  • March 5 @ 2:00-3:00, AP Latin
  • March 7 @ 2:00-3:00, Upper School Language - French, Spanish & Latin
  • March 12 @ 8:45-9:45, Grammar Math
  • March 14 @ 12:45-1:45, 3rd-5th Science
  • March 27 @ 11:30-12:30, Logic & Literature
  • March 28 @ 9:45-10:45, Western Civilization & Literature

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. Shakespeare - 610
  2. Herodotus - 603
  3. Beethoven - 569
  4. Euclid - 554
  5. Da Vinci - 523
  6. Newton - 482

(Updated 3/11/2019)

Q3 House Meetings & R&R Weekends

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

Upcoming Events

March 15, Deadline to Register for Dodge Brawl 2019

Mark your calendar for the 2nd annual Archer Dodge Brawl Tournament on Thursday, March 28. Registration will begin Tuesday, February 19. Please use this form to register for Dodge Brawl 2019. If you have any questions, please contact Meghan Anderson.

This year AABC will host two brackets:

  • Grammar Brawl (K-6th): 5:30-7:00
  • Dodge Brawl Summa (7th-12th): 7:30-9:30

Registration Guidelines:

  • Teams will consist of 4 boys and 4 girls each
  • Each bracket will have one winning team. Winning team members will each receive a Champ t-shirt.
  • Grammar school participants may register as a team or individually to be assigned to a team.
  • Upper school students will register individually and teams will be randomly determined.
  • Registration and payment is due by March 15. Late registration fees apply.
  • Registration costs and guidelines vary for each bracket. That information can be found on the registration form.
  • Payment is due at registration. Accepted forms of payment: Paypal to foundersAABC@gmail.com or Check payable to AABC
  • 2 game guarantee
  • Participants can play on only one team.
  • No subs. Everyone plays.

March 17-March 22, 8th Grade Trip to Washington D.C.

Some of our 8th graders will participate in the Close-Up travel program to our capitol for a hands-on opportunity to interact with government and history in Washington, DC. This experience is more than a tour. It is a fast-paced, fun-filled, and educational experience in one of the world’s most dynamic cities. Our students will learn about the links between history and the rights and responsibilities of citizens today while they use Washington’s key institutions and historic sites as interactive classrooms. They will conclude their their trip with a day trip to Philadelphia.

March 18-22, Spring Break

Enjoy your time off!

March 27, Junior/Senior 2020 Trip Informational Meeting

There's still time to sign up for the Junior/Senior 2020 Trip to Rome and Athens! Ms. O'Brien will host the final informational meeting of the semester on Wednesday, March 27th at 6:00pm in Room 311. Join her to learn about trip details and how to enroll. We are partnering with Golden View Classical Academy in Golden, CO for the trip, and spots are almost gone! Please contact Ms. O'Brien for more information on the trip or with any questions.

March 27, Austin Institute - Distracted by Distraction: The Problem of Paying Attention

The Austin Institute and Founders Classical Academy invite you to a lecture for parents, "Distracted by Distraction: The Problem of Paying Attention" with Dr. Ryan Womack. Please download the flier for details and registration: Austin Institute flyer

Child care is available. Please complete this form by Monday, February 25 to reserve child care: https://goo.gl/forms/SNBOOQtFvkiZwEDB2

March 28, Archer Dodge Brawl Tournament

Whether you come to play or come to cheer, you won't want to miss this fun event! Late registration will run until March 25: Dodge Brawl 2019 (late fees apply). If you have any questions, please contact Meghan Anderson. Team and registration guidelines are on the form.

This year AABC will host two brackets:

  • Grammar Brawl (K-6th): 5:30-7:00
  • Dodge Brawl Summa (7th-12th): 7:30-9:30

March 29, Parent Teacher Conferences - No School

Please mark your calendar for the mandatory spring Parent Teacher Conferences. Grammar teachers will provide a sign up list and Upper School teachers will be available throughout the day on a first come, first serve basis. Conferences are in 10 minute intervals. Please watch for more information to come from your teachers.

April 4, 5 & 6, Spring Play: The Beaux Stratagem

Founder Fine Arts presents The Beaux Stratagem. The play will take place nightly beginning Thursday, April 4 through Saturday, April 6 at 7:00pm in the FCA Theater. Doors and concessions open at 6:30. Tickets: $5 for adults, $3 for students. The play is 2 hours long with a 15 minute intermission. The play is intended for mature audiences. We strongly recommend parents not to bring children under 13.

Tom Aimwell and Jack Archer, both gentlemen, have wasted their fortunes in London. With only £200 between them, they decide that one of them will have to marry a wealthy lady. They hatch a scheme to travel from town to town on the lookout for a pliable young heiress. They one night at an inn run by the unsavory Mr. Boniface. There they meet Mr. Gloss, chaplain of the militia by day and highwayman by night and the landlord’s saucy daughter, Cherry. They also learn of leading family in the country: Lady Bountiful, a wealthy widow and self-styled healer; Squire Sullen, her brutish son; Kate Sullen, his unhappy wife; and Dorinda, Lady Bountiful’s daughter, not only the finest woman in the country, but also in possession of the greatest fortune and in want of a husband. The two beaux come up with a stratagem to win the young lady and her money. Of course, their plan goes horribly awry and chaos ensues.

April 4, Archers Council General Meeting

The Archers Council General Elections will be held on Thursday, April 4, 2019 at 8:00am in the Upper School Library. All members are welcome to attend and vote on the 2019-2020 Executive Board and Standing Committees. If you are not yet a member of Archers Council, please pay your $10 membership fee on the council store to participate in the general elections.

The Archers Council is the parent-teacher organization of Founders Classical Academy. It is a stewardship organization intended to engage parents in support of the mission of the school and above all its talented faculty. The council oversees three Standing Committees: ASC (Archers Support Committee), AABC (Archers Athletics Booster Club), and FABC (Fine Arts Booster Club). The Executive Board consists of the Archers Council elected officers (Chairman, Secretary, and Finance Director), the school headmaster, and a representative of each Standing Committee.

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.

Soccer home games

  • No home games this week

Track and Field Meets

  • Saturday, March 9 - St. Andrews School Relays
  • Thursday, March 14 - Cedar Ridge Relays
  • Friday, March 29 - Texas School for the Deaf Relays

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

Get your season family pass for only $40! The pass 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