Archers in Action

FCA Leander newsletter for enrolled families.

Information is updated weekly.

November 2019

Office News

Write-A-Check Announcement & KXAN News

We have exciting news from the Archers Council! The Write-A-Check Campaign has exceeded their goal in the amount of $115,231.78! We are thrilled to be a part of such a wonderful community. Thank you all for your contribution. If you would still like to participate, you can click here at any time to make a donation.

KXAN News was on campus this morning for our Veterans Day assembly and the announcement. You can see their report at KXAN News or visit our Facebook page.

Write-A-Check Matching

If you had trouble when trying to match your donation through your workplace, you may want to try it again as we have worked through a few issues over the past week. Specifically, Benevity should work now.

Inclement Weather Policy

As a reminder with the inclement weather approaching, we will follow the Leander Independent School District for closures and school delays. If the LISD schools are closed, then so are we. If LISD has a delayed opening, then so do we. Please stay informed of the weather conditions and do not bring your child to school unnecessarily. If the school is closed there will not be any school employees on campus to receive students. If you choose to keep your student home on a day we are in session, that absence must be reported to our Attendance Office at fcaleanderattendance@responsiveed.com.

Car Line Procedures

With many new families and more student drivers it is important to remember the car line procedures. (Click here to download a full description):

  1. Approach from the North - Enter from the north and exit to the south for both pick up and drop off
  2. Timing is everything - Everyone is released at the same time
  3. Stay alert - move slowly and cautiously
  4. Don't block the parking lots

Download this diagram to review the flow of traffic.

After School Procedures

Campus is closed at 4:00 p.m. each day, which means that any student still on campus needs to be under the direct supervision of an adult. Students can not wait around for their sibling in practice or a club, unless they have permission from the club leader or coach, and they are in the same room as that leader or coach. Unattended students will go to the detention room to wait on their parent. On Friday, they should go to the front office of building 3. As a reminder, the playground and field are also closed at 4:00.

New Pizza Order Form

To make our Pizza Friday delivery more efficient for both the office staff and volunteers, we would like students to pre-order their pizza using this form: Pizza Friday Order Form. You will still need to bring cash to purchase your pizza the day of delivery. Pre-ordering will guarantee we have enough pizza. We will always order a few extra just in case you missed the ordering window. Please fill out this form by the end of the day on Wednesday.

Tours for Prospective Families

The tour season runs until December 4. If you have friends that are interested in touring our school and learning more about us, please have them visit our website and sign up for our tour: Enrollment Tours. Tours are given weekly on Wednesdays from 9:00-10:30am.

Yearbook Sales

Yearbooks are on sale now for $25 through November 15. The price will increase to $30 after Friday. You can purchase yours today at www.balfour.com. Senior ads are also available and you receive a FREE yearbook with purchase of an ad! Email Mrs. Solorzano for details.

Write-A-Check 2019

as of 11/1/19

Volunteer Opportunities

We want to thank all of our wonderful volunteers that have been so busy helping our teachers, classrooms and and special events! We could not do it without the support of our dedicated volunteers! To date, our volunteers have logged 1362 hours!! Please click hereto log your hours on the Track It Forward website or download the app to log it from your phone!

If you have time during the school day and are an approved volunteer, please consider volunteering for any of the following:

Additional volunteer jobs are set by date and event. Here is a list of upcoming volunteer opportunities:

Volunteer Awards

Congratulations to these families who have already completed their Archer Hours: Adams, Brock, Carlson, Chelf, Coito-Paz, Edge, Frame, Knaack, Laney, McNeill, Peel, Pittman, Vina, Wachsmann, Warner, & Yermakov.

The Bronze Award (50+ hours) goes to the Clark Family and the Lewis Family!

The Silver Award (75+ hours) goes to the amazing Wendy Wells!

Thank you for all your support of our school! Please stop by the office when you are on campus for a small gift of appreciation.

Learn & Earn Archer Hours

Earn your Archer Hours by completing an online course with Hillsdale College all from the comforts of your own home! After you complete the course, log your time in Track it Forward for Archer Hours credit. Click here for the complete Course Catalog.

Helpful Links

House Points

Updated 11/14/19
  1. Shakespeare - 366
  2. Beethoven - 352
  3. Da Vinci - 334
  4. Newton - 318
  5. Euclid - 305
  6. Herodotus - 290

Q2 House Meeting Dates and R&R Weekends

  • October 25
  • November 8
  • November 21 (Thursday)

Q2 Spirit Friday Dates

  • November 1
  • December 6

Q2 Assemblies

  • November 11 (Veteran's Day - All School)
  • November 13 (Grammar only)
  • November 20 (Grammar only)
  • December 4 - All School
  • December 11 (Grammar only)
  • December 18 (Grammar only)

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!

Teacher Favorite Things

If you are looking for something special for your teacher, please take a look at Jupiter for a list of their "Favorite Things". You can find this information on the Materials tab - choose School Office > General Information.

Upcoming Events

November 5-22, Canned Food Drive

The House of Herodotus is hosting a Canned Food Drive Tuesday, November 5 through Friday, November 22. Please help feed our community this Thanksgiving by bringing in non-perishable to donate to Central Texas Food Bank. Just drop your donations off in the collection boxes in both offices.

November 20, 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.

November 22, Teacher Appreciation - So Thankful for our Teachers!

On the Friday before Thanksgiving Break (11/22) we will be giving every teacher and staff a pie to take home with a note of gratitude attached. We will need volunteers to help collect pies during drop off and then tie thank you notes to eat one. Here is the link to sign up: November Teacher Appreciation

November 22, World History Day & Early Release @ 12:00

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. Here is a list of the theme by grade and the house pairing:

  • Kindergarten/Beethoven: The First Thanksgiving
  • 1st Grade/Euclid: Ancient Egypt
  • 2nd Grade/Newton: Ancient Greece
  • 3rd Grade/Shakespeare: Ancient Rome
  • 4th Grade/Herodotus: Middle Ages
  • 5th Grade/Da Vinci: Renaissance
  • 6th Grade will be split up between classes

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

November 25-29, Thanksgiving Break

We wish all of our families a restful and safe holiday break! Happy Thanksgiving.

December 4-6, Usborne Book Fair

The Archers Support Committee will host the Usborne Book Fair in the Upper School Library on the following dates. Students will have the opportunity to preview the books on Tuesday and Wednesday:

  • Wednesday, Dec. 4, 3:00-8:00
  • Thursday, Dec. 5, 3:00-8:00
  • Friday, Dec. 6, 11:30-1:00 & 3:00-6:00

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

If you would like to help with the book fair (set up, preview days, selling or take down), please use this sign up to choose a shift that works in your schedule: Usborne Book Fair Volunteers

December 4, Fine Arts Winter Showcase

The Fine Arts faculty and students invite our families to an evening to enjoy a showcase of beautiful artwork, musical talents from our Middle School and High School orchestras and scenes from the upcoming play, The Best Christmas Pageant Ever. There will be a make & take craft and photos with Santa! The showcase will be held on Wednesday, December 4 from 6:00-8:00pm.

December 6, Muffins in the Morning & Coffee with the Headmaster

Start your day with a giant muffin! The Senior Class of 2019 will sell muffins during the morning drop off for $2/muffin (cash only please.) Proceeds will go to the Senior Events Committee.

Coffee with the Headmaster will be held monthly at 8:15 in the Upper School Library. This month, Ms. Loy invites parents to join her for coffee and a chat about classical education. This is a time for parents to ask questions and give informal feedback about the school year.

December 6, Performance of "The Best Christmas Pageant Ever"

The theater class invites you to the performance of The Best Christmas Pageant Ever on Friday, December 6 at 7:00pm. The Best Christmas Pageant Ever follows the outrageous shenanigans of the Herdman siblings, or “the worst kids in the history of the world.” The siblings take over the annual Christmas pageant in a hilarious yet heartwarming tale involving the Three Wise Men, a ham, scared shepherds, and six rowdy kids.

December 7, Winter Masquerade Ball

The House of Beethoven will host the Winter Masquerade Ball on Saturday, December 7 from 7:00-10:00pm in the building 1 gym. Tickets go on sale Monday, December 12 for $10. Tickets will be sold during lunch and after school. Tickets are $12 at the door. Photos will be $1 at the dance. If you would like to bring a non-FCA guest, please complete the Guest Consent Form by Wednesday, December 4.

Dance Dress Code:

Please use prudence and be sure that your attire is tasteful and above reproach. If your attire does not meet the guidelines below, you will be asked to adjust your attire or leave the dance.

  • Semi-formal dress is required.
  • Formal dress is optional.
  • Masks are encouraged.
  • Ladies: Must wear dresses or skirts (no jeans, pants, leggings, etc.) which cannot be shorter than 2 inches above the top of the knee. Plunging necklines, visible cleavage, bare midriffs or backs, see-through fabric, and side/front/back cut-outs are not permitted (boat neck and cold shoulder tops are acceptable as long as top strap is least 2 inches). Straps on dresses must be at least 2 inches wide. If strapless or spaghetti strap dresses are worn, ladies must wear a jacket, sweater, or bolero FOR THE ENTIRE DANCE; it may not be removed once inside. Shoes must also be worn for the entire dance.
  • Gentlemen: Must wear a button-down collared shirt (no polos) and dress pants, along with a belt or suspenders (ties or bowties are encouraged). Pants must reach to the shoe but not drag on the ground. Skinny pants and sagging pants are not permitted.

FCA Leander Public Calendar

Please use the school 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.

December 9, Fall Sports Awards Ceremony & Banquet

The Archers Athletic Booster Club invites the fall athletes from the volleyball, flag football and cross country teams and their families for a special night of awards and celebration of their fall season on Monday, December 9. The Middle School Awards Ceremony will be at 5:00 in the building 1 gym followed by the High School Awards Banquet at 6:00 in the building 3 cafeteria. A meal option is available for purchase for those attending the banquet. Meals are free for coaches and athletes. However, for those non-athletes wanting to enjoy a dinner the price is $7.00. Please click here to register your athlete’s attendance and purchase any additional meals.

The deadline to register your athlete and/or purchase a meal is WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 4th. *No meal purchase is necessary to attend the banquet*

December 10, FCA White Out

Come out to support the Archers Basketball teams at this epic event of the season! Be loud, be proud and wear white! Concessions will be available. The lineup for the evening:

  • 5:00 Middle School Girls vs. Austin Classical
  • 6:00 Varsity Girls vs. HCCS
  • 7:30 Varsity Boys vs. HCCS

December 11 - 16, Final Exams

Schedule will be released the week prior.

December 16-18, Archer Games

Upper School houses (7th-12th) will compete in the Winter Archer Games after final exams on Monday, December 16 through Wednesday, December 18. Students compete in both academic and athletic games. Who will win the trophy?

December 18, Last Day of the Second Quarter

Here is what to expect on the last day of school prior to the winter holidays:

  • Crazy Christmas socks
  • Grammar class parties
  • Archer Games Awards
  • House parties

College Counseling

Testing Dates, College Admissions Visits and Events

Please visit the College Counseling page for more information.

College Admission Planning Series

November 20 - 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 16 - 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.

January 15 - 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.

February 6 - 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.

Exciting news! Sophomore and Junior students will have the opportunity to take the YouScience assessment this year. We believe YouScience is a great way for students to learn more about themselves, explore high-demand careers that are a good fit for them, and gain a better understanding of how their unique talents are needed in the economy. Click the link below to learn more about YouScience and what it means for your student.

https://www.youscience.com

College Admissions Rep visits during study hall

  • 11/20 Texas State University

SAT/ACT Test Dates

SAT ACT

12/7 12/14

3/14 2/8

3/25* 4/4

5/2 6/13

6/6 7/18

*School Day SAT at Founders. All other tests are administered at other locations.

Go to collegeboard.org or act.org to register for tests.

Athletic News


Please direct questions to the Athletic Director, Nathan McClallen.

Athletic Survey

If you are interested in participating in Archers basketball or a spring sport, please complete this survey:

If you have already completed the survey in the fall you do not need to express your interest again.

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.

Basketball Games

Please see the athletic calendar on the right for the basketball schedule. Come out to support your Archers!