In This Issue:
Dear FA Community Member,
I hope many of you are coming or were able to come to the “Meet the Teacher” events being held by our different divisions. We are committed to a partnership with the parents and families. It is vital to how we function as a school community that we stay in contact with one another and communication is free flowing. Please contact the appropriate division office or leader with any concerns or questions that may come up. Please feel free to let us know when things are going well too! 🙂
A new program you may not be aware of is our LEAP program. LEAP stands for Learning English for Academic Purposes. Over the course of the last several years, the school has been approached by pastors in locations where Christian Education is either forbidden or not easily available. We began exploring ways we might partner with these pastors in providing an educational option for their children. The challenge came in enabling these students to enter our English based learning environment. The LEAP program seeks to answer this conundrum by providing a more English immersion type program for the students starting in Middle School. The goal is to bring the student up to grade level by the time they transition into High School, where they will be mainstreamed without additional language support. Our first cohort for LEAP has five students from China and five Korean MKs coming from locations in China or as FA staff kids. We are excited about the potential of this program and are looking to the Lord to see how He might lead in this regard. Our dream would be to be able to serve these families in Asia from countries like Vietnam, Cambodia, Myanmar, etc. Please pray with us as we launch this new adventure.
Head of School
The secondary library will once again be open on Tuesday evenings from 6:00-8:00. All middle school and high school students, as well as staff and parents, are welcome. The elementary library will not be available, and children below middle school age will not be permitted to be in the secondary library during this time. Thank you for your understanding. We look forward to serving you on Tuesday evenings.
Welcome Breakfast and Parent Q&A
If this is your 1st or 2nd year here at Faith Academy, we would like to invite you to our Welcome Breakfast and Parent Q&A on August 21, 7:30-9:00 am at the Tipunan Hall.
It is a local holiday, but Faith Academy will have classes.
Our school’s history and philosophy will be discussed as well as values, school culture and other things which we don’t find specifically written in an FA handbook. This will also be the best time to clarify any concerns or issues you may have.
The school will be represented by Tom Hardeman, Steve Schwarze, Jon Barlow, Cheryl Roldan, Mary Lim & Ahme Asakil. Walt Spicer and Karen Spain will also be present during the Q&A time.
Coffee and pastries will be served. Please RSVP by August 18, Friday https://goo.gl/forms/YxNdAxTGNHJFNt963
You Asked, We Checked:
August 21 is a national non-working holiday in the country. Why do we have classes?
We will have classes on August 21 even though it is a holiday. There will be holidays where regular classes will be held because we need to make sure that we have the 175 days of classes each year. Since we have considerable breaks in October, December and March, we cannot afford to miss school every holiday that is declared. Please take note that it is just not local holidays that are affected. We hold classes during American/Canadian/Korean/Chinese Holidays as well, like Thanksgivings and Chinese New Year. In cases of transport strikes, we also do not suspend classes because our students are not affected since we do not have anyone taking public transportation.
Our school calendar is set and locked months before the start of the school year and there is rarely an instance when a change is made once it has been given out to the community. You can check the school calendar here: https://faith.edu.ph/prospective-staff-info/school-calendar/
On August 28 however, National Heroes Day, we will NOT have classes. We are also aware that there is a big chance that September 1 will be declared a holiday to celebrate Eid al Adha. As of today, we have no plans to suspend school when that happens.
Each of the boys varsity soccer team members and managers are in need of raising at least P17,500 to go to Dalat for the ACSC soccer tournament in Oct. Next Monday they will be having a “Juggle-a-thon” after school in the circle. Please feel free to cheer them on and feel free to be generous if they ask you for your help, as many of them have no means to gather support other than support raising. The support will go to their hotel, airline, and in country cost.
“It will be worth it all when we see Jesus,
Life’s trials will seem so small when we see Christ,
One glimpse of His dear face, all sorrow will erase
So bravely run the race, till we see Christ!.”
But now they desire a better, that is, a heavenly country