In This Issue:
Dear Faith Community member,
As many of you know, we asked students in grades 6 through 12 to abstain from using cell phones and similar devices during high school’s Spiritual Emphasis Week (SEW) in January. That decision was based on growing research on how the use of ‘always on’ personal devices is negatively affecting our cognitive and relational skills. This semester, PAC also hosted a seminar by Brad Huddleston, who communicated how cell phones act like “digital cocaine” to young brains.
Students with devices on them in classrooms score “on average, a half-letter grade lower on exams.” Even having your cell phone near you decreases your ability to concentrate and learn, and when cell phones are present, performance drops for everyone in the room, not just those with devices.
While some schools have prohibited students from even bringing cell phones to school, we recognize that our commuting community requires them to arrange transportation and to be in touch while traveling. However, we do want to be faithful stewards of the time with which we’ve been entrusted to work with students, and to also do our best to make sure students are being faithful stewards as well.
Based on our research, along with feedback from students, parents, and teachers after SEW, we have decided on the new cell phone and device policy below. This policy will take effect at the beginning of the 2019-2020 school year and apply to all students Pre-K through grade 12.
Cell phones, music players, portable gaming devices, smart watches, and similar personal electronic devices may not be on students’ persons from the first bell until the end of the school day. During that time, they must be stored in lockers and may not be accessed or used. Likewise, headphones, earbuds, and similar listening devices may not be worn or used during the school day. Items should be stored securely; the school is not responsible for lost or stolen items.
In the rare event that a student and parent need to be in contact during the school day, that may be arranged through the division office.
In support of moving this direction, we are also asking staff to limit their use of devices during the school day.
If you have any questions or feedback feel free to contact me.
Peter Winslade, Deputy Head of School
This is a gentle reminder to do the following before we end the school-year 2018/19:
On Step 7 check the Enrollment Requirements box and it will show you the list of the requirements that need to be completed on or before July 24, 2019, with the exception of the High School Students taking the Athletics Physical Exam on July 31.
Your child will not be allowed to begin classes and/or will be sent home if the requirements are not complete.
You are highly encouraged to FREQUENTLY check the registration site to ensure that your submissions were successfully received by the health office and child safety team.
Note that the “Previous Bills” refers to the school fees of this current school-year. The Business office will update this by the end of May.
If you have any questions or concerns feel free to contact the Registrar at [email protected]
To those of you who are not returning to Faith Academy for the next school year:
If you would like to have your child’s immunization records for the school they will attend next school year, please send the request to the Health office ([email protected]) before May 31. Requests after that time may take longer to process so do not expect an immediate response. Be aware than many American schools require immunization records before allowing a student to attend classes. Please plan ahead!!!
FOR PARENTS OF SENIORS:
You will receive a copy of your student’s immunization records in their grad packet along with their diploma. If you need a copy before that time, please contact the Health office at: [email protected]h
For Parents of Middle and High school students that wish to participate in Sports next year:
Korean translation below – changes from last year and key points highlighted in RED
For those of you with middle or high school students that are interested in trying out for high school sports next school year AND they have not yet participated in high school sports at Faith Academy
OR they had an athletic physical exam MORE than 2 years ago:
All students who want to try out for sports in high school are REQUIRED to have an athletic physical exam done every two years. Next year this will include ANY middle school student that participates in a high school sport (for example: Cross Country, Track & Field or any other sport by special invitation). We are offering an opportunity for your student to get this exam done ON CAMPUS, before tryouts begin. It will be on registration day – Wednesday, July 31, from 2:30 to 5:30 pm. It will be held in the meeting hall – the room downstairs from the Tipunan courtyard. There will be signs to help you find your way.
This exam is done by a team of professional and qualified nurses, doctors and physical therapists. Some students that have gotten this physical exam done off campus have paid up to P 1,750. We are able to offer it for just P 700. Attached is a questionnaire that needs to be filled out BEFORE coming to the exam. You will need to help your student answer questions # 10, 11 & 12. When they come for the exam on July 31, they will need to bring this form, filled out, as well as P 700.
This exam will count as the grade 6 and grade 9 required medical exam for registration. You do not need to have another medical exam done.
When your student signs up, they will be given a start time. They can come anytime during that half hour to START the process. It takes about an hour to finish the entire process.
Many of your students had this exam done two or more years ago – it is time to have it done again! If you don’t know when they last had it done, they can either stop by the Health Services to check our list, or you can ask for that information by email.
If you want your student to take advantage of the Athletic Physical offered on campus, please email the Health Services at [email protected] to sign them up before the end of May! The final deadline for signing up is July 17. Remember, this physical exam needs to be done BEFORE your student will be allowed to tryout for any sport this school year! Get your student signed up soon!!
If you know of any new families that may not be connected to their Faith email, please pass the word along.
In His Service,
End of Year Library Dates:
Friday, May 17: This is the last date for checking out library materials.
Monday, May 20: All library materials are due on this day. Materials not returned, along with any printing or overdue fines still on records, will be charged to parent accounts in the Business Office. If you return materials after charges have been made, refunds will be given.
Summer Library Hours:
The elementary and secondary libraries will be open twice during the summer for you to check out books. Students who are enrolled for the SY 2019-2020 will be able to check out up to 10 books. Parents may also check out up to 10 books. Children entering grade 5 and younger must be accompanied by an adult.
Summer Check Out Dates:
Monday, June 3, 9:30-11:30
Monday, June 24, 9:30-11:30
Summer Return Date:
Friday, July 26, all items are due. After this date, items will be assessed normal overdue fines. Books can be returned at any time using the library drop boxes.
You are cordially invited to the High School Finale Concert featuring the high school band, choir, guitar and string ensembles on Friday, May 17 at 6:30pm. There will be refreshments sold at intermission by the freshman class and special tributes to Graduating Seniors and Departing Staff. We hope you can join us!
“When upon life’s billows you are tempest tossed,
When you are discouraged, thinking all is lost,
Count your many blessings, name them one by one,
And it will surprise you what the Lord hath done. ”
The Lord is near to the brokenhearted and saves the crushed in spirit.