Archers in Action

FCA Leander newsletter for enrolled families.

Information is updated weekly.

August 2019

Office News

FCA Annual Mandatory School Forms

Each year our families are required to complete the mandatory school forms. Please follow these instructions to complete the following for each enrolled student:

  • Read and acknowledge the FCA Family Handbook
  • Verify Contact Information in Jupiter
  • Complete the Topical Medication Consent form
  • Fill out the Socioeconomic Form

FCA Annual Mandatory School Forms Instructions

Founders Spirit Wear Update

If you pre-ordered the new Founders 2019-2020 Spirit T-shirt, your order is ready for pick-up. There will be a table set up between buildings 1 & 2 on Tuesday, August 20 from 3:30-4:00pm. Please pick up your order there.

You can still order your spirit wear on our Archers Spirit Wear Shop. Please consider sizing up, as shirts run small. If you'd like to see the shirts for sizing purposes, samples will be available between buildings 1 & 2 on Tuesday, August 20th from 3:30-4:00pm. The deadline for ordering the shirts has been extended to Wednesday, August 21. Please email founders.asc@gmail.com with any questions.

Back to School Checklist

We look forward to seeing our students for the 2019-2020 school year! Here is a helpful checklist including links to frequently asked questions for new and returning students to get you ready for the new school year:

  • Uniform Guidelines - Check out the updated policy and what to wear on special occasions
  • School supplies & FCA Planner - Please consider using the Amazon School Rewards program for your school supplies. If you have not already purchased communal supplies, please consider waiting until after Christmas when supplies have diminished.
  • Summer Reading - Students in 3rd-12th grade should turn in their written assignments on the first day of school to be graded.
  • Attendance FAQs - Please contact the attendance office with any questions: FCALeanderAttendance@ResponsiveEd.com
  • Archers Council - Our parent teacher organization has already begun to get ready for the upcoming year. Be sure to click here to follow them on Facebook for all the latest news, announcements and reminders.
  • School Calendar - Download the annual calendar and view our school public calendar
  • Carline & Parking procedures - Grammar (K-5th) Windshield Tags, Student driver parking permits & renewals
  • School Lunches - Students must bring their lunch or lunch can be ordered through our catering service Daily Spread. Please read the Daily Spread Parent Letter 2019 for new information.
  • Volunteer Toolkit - Take the first step and complete your Volunteer Application for this school year. A new application must be submitted every school year. More information on the new tracking tool, Track It Forward, coming soon!
  • Jupiter Ed - Teacher assignments, schedules and locker assignments will be distributed at the Back to School Social on Tuesday, August 13

New Volunteer Tracking Tool

Beginning in the 2019-2020 school year, we will use Track It Forward to share volunteer opportunities for our school events. Families will also use this tool to log and monitor their Archer Hours. Each family will be set up with an account at the beginning of the school year. Family accounts are listed by last name and set up by the email of the primary contact.

FCA School Planners

The planners have arrived and are being delivered to the students! If you have not yet paid but ordered a planner, please complete your purchase in K12 or by check payable to FCA Leander. If you have any questions, please contact the front office.

Note from the Attendance Office

In accordance with Texas Attendance laws, RES has posted the Compulsory Attendance Notification letter on the RES district website. Please refer to the RES Parent/Student Handbook and FCA Family Handbook for complete details. An Attendance FAQ sheet is available on our website. Please contact FCALeanderAttendance@ResponsiveEd.com if you need additional information.

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!

Box Tops for Education

Box Tops For Education is switching to the Box Tops Mobile App. This mobile app is the new way of submitting Box Tops. Simply download the Box Tops for Education Mobile App, create an account, OR log in to your existing Box Tops mobile app. Once you have your account set up, simply log in to your account and select qualifying products that you have purchased at local stores and on-line, or follow instructions on products that have Scan and Earn but may not be listed on the Box Top App. Scan ALL of your qualifying receipts by using the camera on the Box Tops app (Your receipt photos will not be added to your phone. The receipt is scanned and uploaded only to the app). Once your receipt has been scanned & participating products have been identified, the Box Top earnings will automatically be credited to the school’s Box Top account. To learn more about the new Box Tops program, how to download the App, and scan and earn Box Tops, please click on this link: www.BTFE.overview

The traditional Box Tops clips are being phased out of production but may continue to be found on MANY PRODUCTS throughout the store as packages transition to the new Box Tops labels. You can still clip all available Box Tops labels and send them to school each month. Please make sure each clip has a valid expiration date.

Helpful Links

House Points

Updated 8/1/19

  1. Beethoven - 100
  2. Da Vinci - 100
  3. Euclid - 100
  4. Herodotus - 100
  5. Newton - 100
  6. Shakespeare - 100

Q1 House Meeting Dates and R&R Weekends

  • August 16 (not R&R)
  • August 30
  • September 13
  • September 27
  • October 11

Q1 Spirit Friday Dates

  • August 23
  • September 6
  • October 11

Upcoming Events

August 21 & 28, Curriculum Nights

Parents play a crucial role in their child’s education and classical education requires a close partnership between school and home. The purpose of curriculum nights is for parents to hear about classical education from Mr. Sowers and talk with the teachers about what students will be learning over the course of the year so they can support their children at home. This is a mandatory event and it is important for all parents to attend. We ask that children stay behind so that parents and teachers can have time to talk directly.

  • August 21 @ 6:00pm, Grammar School (K-5th) Curriculum Night
  • August 28 @ 6:00pm, Upper School (6th-12th) Curriculum Night

August 23, Spirit Friday

Once a month on Spirit Friday students may come to school in FCA Leander spirit t-shirts and regular uniform pants, shorts, or skirts in navy, khaki or Founders plaid. A solid t-shirt in red, white or navy may be worn in lieu of a spirit shirt. House shirts are not spirit wear.

August 27, 8th grade Washington, D.C. trip Meeting

All parents and students who were not able to attend the information meetings for the Washington, D.C. trip with Close Up this past May are invited to an information meeting on Tuesday, August 27th at 6:00pm in Room 303 of building 3. Dr. McIntyre will share a presentation on what a trip to D.C. with Close Up looks like as well as personal stories from our inaugural trip this past March. She will discuss the price of the trip along with financing options.

August 28, NCSA Presentation

Parents of 8th-12th grade student athletes are invited to a presentation from Frank Ditta, representative from NCSA, Next College Student Athlete. Mr. Ditta will discuss the college athlete recruiting process. The presentation will be held in the building 3 library at 8:00pm, after the Curriculum Night.

September 5, Archers Council General Meeting

The Archers Council's mission is to create an engaged representation of parents whose vital service provides much needed contributions to the school to help bridge the gap of the rigorous, weekly schedules of the faculty and staff to the demanding extracurricular components of a dynamic school experience with a sense of equal dedication. Your membership in the Archers Council and your volunteering helps make that possible.

The first bi-annual General Membership meeting of the new school year is scheduled for 8:15 am Thursday, Sept 5, in the Upper School Library and is open to all members and parents interested in lending their support. Annual dues are $10 and go directly to cover the basic administration costs associated with conducting business as a not-for-profit organization operating independently from, but in direct support of, FCA Leander. The Archers Council includes booster clubs for Athletics, Fine Arts and the broader Archers Support Council for general school activities. Come join us and find where you can serve the community around you and your child's interests!

September 6, Muffins in the Morning

Start your day with a giant muffin! The Senior Class of 2020 will sell muffins during the morning drop off for $2/muffin (cash only please.) Proceeds will go to the Senior Events Committee.

September 6, Coffee with the Headmaster - Volunteer Orientation

Our first Coffee with the Headmaster will be held on Friday, September 6 at 8:15 in the Upper School Library. Once a month Mr. Sowers invites parents to join him 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.

This first session we will talk about volunteering and our Archer Hours program. We will walk through the process on how to find volunteer opportunities that fit your schedule and how to log them. We will also discuss responsibilities of our room parents, how to get involved in house events and our athletic program.

September 11, Crazy Socks Day - Red, White & Blue

Along with their regular school formal Wednesday attire, all students are encouraged to wear crazy socks in red, white and blue in remembrance of 9/11.

September 11 Ceremony/All School Assembly

Each year we commemorate the anniversary of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. All our students will gather by the building 3 flag pole for a special morning assembly and Flag Ceremony presented by our Color Guard.

September 12, Watch DOGS Pizza Party

Calling all Watch D.O.G.S (Dads Of Great Students)! Please bring your kids and join us for our Pizza Party and kick off meeting on Thursday, September 12 at 6:30pm in the Upper School Cafeteria.

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.

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.

Athletic Survey

If you are interested in participating in any of our middle school or high school sports teams, please complete this survey:

For detailed information, please read this letter from our Athletic Director.

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.

Middle School Volleyball Tryouts

The middle school girls volleyball tryouts will be held in the building 1 gym on Tuesday, August 20 and Wednesday, August 21 from 5:00-6:30pm.

College Counseling

Please visit the College Counseling page for more information.