School Closure & District Updates
Due to the spread of COVID-19, our campus will be closed until Monday, April 13. Please stay tuned as things are subject to change. Click here for District Updates from RES.
Contacting the School Office
Our school office will be staffed Monday through Friday from 9:00am to 3:00pm. You may contact the office during those hours at 512-259-0103 ext.0. If you have a question after hours and you don't know who to ask please email the office at FCALeander@ResponsiveEd.com. We will work as quickly as possible to get you the information you need and your questions answered. Please take this opportunity to also discuss phone and email etiquette with your student. Thank you for your continued patience and support!
If you need school materials printed, please email the document(s) to our office at FCALeander@Responsiveed.com. You will be notified when the material is available to be picked up.
Local Food Pantry & Meal Location Website
For those of you who would like to assist FCA families and others in need of basic food items, or to receive canned and shelf stable food items, please visit the Hill Country Community Ministry website. Donations can be made online or in person. Their pantry is right around the corner from the school on Lacy Drive.
The Texas Education Agency (TEA) has informed us that ResponsiveEd families can visit the locations listed on the School Meal Finder website for free school meal pick-up (breakfast and lunch). Check the website often as locations are added. Free meal service will continue as school closures persist due to COVID-19.
2020-21 School Supply Kits
During this challenging time it may be difficult to think about our next school year but it is time to order supply kits for the 2020-21 school year. Our office staff has prepared school supply kits with SchoolKidz. All orders must be placed by May 29. Please order accordingly:
- K-5th Grade may order 1 Classroom kit, 1 Art-Music kit and 1 Communal Supply kit
- 6th Grade may order 1 Classroom kit and 1 Communal Supply kit
- 7th-12th Grade may order 1 Communal Supply kit. Class needs will be communicated by teacher the first week of school.
Here is the information to order your kits:
- Website: http://www.shopttkits.com/
- Account Number: 68440
Classical Education Tips from Dr. O'Toole & Free Online Learning Resources
Check out Dr. O'Toole's blog post, Classical Education Tips for First-Time Homeschooling Parents. It offers some practical advice and general guidelines as parents enter into this new way of doing school. You can find other blog posts from Dr. O'Toole on the right under Helpful Links.
Additionally, RES provided a list of online learning resources that are free. As with all publicly available sites, we recommend that the listed educational resources be previewed by parents prior to student use.
Online Dance Lessons
A Founders family owns a dance studio in Georgetown and are holding virtual dance classes. They offer everything from Stretch and Strength, Hip hop, Pilates, ballet and Jazz via live Zoom classes to anyone that would like to take dance. You can check them out at their website Dance Empower.
Special Session of Hillsdale’s Free Online Course
Hillsdale is organizing a free three-week study session of the College’s newest online course, “The Great American Story: A Land of Hope.” This course is specially made for upper school students and parents who are doing school from home. There is also an essay contest, and it’s absolutely free for people to take. Check it out at here: https://online.hillsdale.edu/study-group/the-great-american-story .
Amazon School Rewards
If you are an Amazon shopper, please consider using our campus website link, our school will receive a donation of 4-10% 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!
- Academic Resources for Parents
- From the Headmaster's Desk Blog by Dr. O'Toole
- Archers Council
- School Lunches - February Menu
- Hillsdale College Online Courses (Learn & Earn Archer Hours)
- Archers in Action Archive
House PointsUpdated 3/9/20
- Beethoven - 617
- Shakespeare - 560
- Euclid - 523
- Herodotus - 498
- Da Vinci - 480
- Newton - 477
Due to the school closure, all events on campus have been suspended until April 13. Please stay tuned for updates.
Here are a few events that will help keep us connected from the safety of our homes.
We are going to play a game called Where's Archie? Each week, I am going to hide Archie, our school mascot, on a page on our website. This is something I have been wanting to do for a while so here's my chance! Here's how to play the game. I will give you a clue and you try to find him. When you find him, please fill out the form and you will earn a point for the correct answer. Everybody has a chance to play including the parents. Let's see which grade can get the most points!
- Clue: Archie got his name at the 2019 Clash of the Archers. You will find Archie on the same page with his fellow teammates. Where is he?
- Click on this Google form to give your answer: Where's Archie?
We will start out easy and the picture will be big. Once you get the hang of the game the clues will get harder and the picture will get smaller. Ready? Set? Go!
April 3, Spirit Friday
Show your school spirit and wear your favorite Archer shirt on Friday, April 3! You can get creative and use your sidewalk chalk to show your Archer pride or make a poster/sign for your front door that reads "Home of an Archer". When you are done, post a photo on our school Facebook page at Founders Classical Academy of Leander (add #FCALEANDER) if you want to share your school spirit.
April 9, Crazy Socks Day - Easter
Show off your crazy Easter socks at your Google Hangouts or your Google Classroom with your teachers on Thursday, April 9. You can share your photos of your crazy socks on our school Facebook page at Founders Classical Academy of Leander (add #FCALEANDER). Show off your adorned feet!
April 10-13, Easter Weekend
We wish you and your family a safe and healthy Easter weekend. Enjoy your time with family!
Encouraging News for Seniors
You may be wondering how your college is responding to challenges resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic, specifically those related to admissions. Most if not all colleges are offering flexibility in the following areas. Please visit your school's website if you have questions about any of the following topics:
- Have admission decision dates and/or deposit dates been changed due to COVID-19?
- Will you accept unofficial transcripts or transcripts directly from counselors?
- Will you require "final" high school transcripts for accepted seniors?
- Are you willing to change test requirements, given test date cancellations for ACT/SAT?
- How do you plan to handle AP course completion and/or testing for placement purposes?
Many colleges have regional admissions counselors to help you. Let Mrs. McCarthy know if you need help contacting an admissions representative for your school.
Updates regarding Senior Events will be coming via Jupiter.
Encouraging News for Juniors Applying for College Admission
The higher education community is working together to incorporate flexibility in the college admissions process whenever possible. Many institutions that have already made clear, calming statements that emphasize flexibility in admissions at this time—encouraging students to submit as much information as they can, and reassuring applicants that they will not be disadvantaged should they have to submit Pass/Fail grades for the spring, have incomplete extracurricular profiles, or miss a testing deadline. Check on the website of the particular school(s) you are applying to for additional information.
Virtual College Fair
Check back - Information coming this week
Virtual Campus Visits
Check back - Information coming this week
SAT/ACT/CLT Test Dates
SAT ACT CLT
6/6 6/13 4/25
To register for tests: Go to collegeboard.org, act.org or cltexam.com.
Information regarding SAT and AP testing from CollegeBoard
We know that students are anxious about how the coronavirus crisis will affect the college application process, including taking the SAT. We're committed to being flexible and innovative to give all students opportunities to test as soon as the situation allows. We'll share more details as soon as possible, but today we can tell you the following:
- Currently, the next SAT is scheduled for the first weekend of June. We'll make a decision about whether we can safely hold that administration as soon as it is feasible, given the evolving public health situation.
- We'll add U.S. and international test administrations in response to canceled administrations. We'll be flexible in making the SAT available in school and out of school as soon as the public health situation allows. We're looking at a range of creative solutions to address increased demand and are in direct conversations with states and districts about School Day administrations. Throughout, we'll continue to place a special focus on students with fee waivers and those with accommodations.
- Students can stay sharp and get personalized practice support online for free with Khan Academy.
We're pursuing innovative means to ensure all students can still take the SAT this fall. We'll provide updates about those plans if they become necessary.
Because students overwhelmingly told us they want to take their AP Exams, we're providing online learning and AP Exams available at home for all students this spring. We're so grateful to the community of extraordinary teachers who stepped up to teach live classes on YouTube, as well as all the AP educators helping students continue with their study.
We're working to ensure students have the supports they need, including approved accommodations, that low-income students have access to devices and connectivity to participate remotely from home, and that students receive the AP credit they've earned through these exams. Finally, the security of the AP Exams is a top priority. The exam questions are designed and administered in ways that prevent cheating, and we use a range of digital security tools and techniques, including plagiarism detection software, to protect the integrity of the exams.
For additional information go to collegeboard.org.
Information from ACT
The safety of students and test center staff is ACT’s top priority. ACT has rescheduled its April 4 national test date to June 13 across the U.S. in response to concerns about the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19). All students registered for the April 4 test date will receive an email from ACT in the next few days informing them of the postponement and instructions for free rescheduling to June 13 or a future national test date. Learn more.
Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, all sports events, practices and games have been suspended until Monday, April 13.
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.