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FA Community Bulletin – October 16, 2019

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Dear Faith Academy Community Member,

Welcome to second quarter. If you look on the calendar, you will see that this quarter is actually two weeks shorter than the first one….Christmas break and the end of second quarter will be upon us before we know it! Let’s encourage one another to keep a good focus on the tasks assigned to us and “keep our hands on the plow and our eyes looking forward” as we journey on.

This week on Monday and Tuesday we had a guest speaker, Dr. Dan Egeler, Vice President of Grand Canyon College in Phoenix, Arizona, USA. He gave a wonderful challenge to the staff about how we can be a community that builds a strong spiritual foundation for our students.  Pray that we can apply the things Dr. Egeler shared with us and make Faith Academy an even better place for kids to learn and grow.

We have three teams traveling this week to represent the school in our annual ACSC (Asia Christian School Conference) tournaments. Girls volleyball is traveling to Morrison, Taiwan.  Boys volleyball will be competing at International Community School of Bangkok, and the Boys soccer team will be at Grace School in ChiangMai, Thailand. Please pray for safety in travel and pray all of our athletes, managers and coaches represent the Lord and the school well both on and off the court and the pitch!

Serving together,

Tom Hardeman

Head of School



October 17

  • Regular school day
  • ACSC Boys Soccer @Grace
  • ACSC Boys VB @ ICS Bangkok
  • ACSC Girls VB @ Morrison
  • Swim Club/Team
October 18

  • Regular school day
  • ACSC Boys Soccer @Grace
  • ACSC Boys VB @ ICS Bangkok
  • ACSC Girls VB @ Morrison
  • Aquatics Seminar – pool closed
  • Swim Club/Team
October 19

  • Regular school day
  • ACSC Boys Soccer @Grace
  • ACSC Boys VB @ ICS Bangkok
  • ACSC Girls VB @ Morrison
October 21

  • Regular school day
  • NACCAP College Fair
  • All School Chapel
  • Fire Drill
  • Swim Club/Team
October 22

  • Regular school day
  • 2nd Season Sports Tryouts
  • ESD/MSD Chapel



New Applications for the 2nd Semester of SY 2019/20 will be received up until November 15, 2019. The last day to be tested both for Part 1 & 2 is on November 22, 2019. All interviews need to be done by November 29, 2019.

Thank you!


You are invited to the Open House for the School year 2020-21 on October 25, 2019, Friday from 12 noon – 4 pm located at the Meeting Hall.  There will be a Campus Tour and an Information Session.

After your campus visit, you are welcome to watch the play production “Alice In Wonderland” to be performed by some of our talented Grade 6-9 students at the Tipunan Hall at 6:30 pm. Tickets will be available on the day of the performance.

Please email the Registrar at [email protected] or call (02) 6517100 to include you in the list of invited guests.

For questions, please contact the registrar at [email protected]



Many of you may have received or seen the recent Health Alert sent out from the US Embassy. Below is information provided by the CDC (Centers for Disease Control) followed by our recommendations.

An outbreak of polio has been reported in the Philippines. This outbreak is caused by vaccine-derived poliovirus (VDPV), a sign of low oral polio vaccine coverage in the country.

Polio is a crippling and potentially deadly disease that affects the nervous system. Good hand washing practices can help prevent the spread of this disease. Because the virus lives in the feces (poop) of an infected person, people infected with the disease can spread it to others when they do not wash their hands well after defecating (pooping).  People can also be infected if they drink water or eat food contaminated with infected feces.

The virus enters through the mouth and multiplies in the throat and gastrointestinal tract. Virus may be excreted in nasopharyngeal secretions for 1–2 weeks and in stools for 3–6 weeks, even in people who develop no symptoms after infection. Transmission occurs from person to person through oral and fecal–oral routes.

Most people with polio do not feel sick. Some people have only minor symptoms, such as fever, tiredness, nausea, headache, nasal congestion, sore throat, cough, stiffness in the neck and back, and pain in the arms and legs. In rare cases, polio infection causes permanent loss of muscle function (paralysis). Polio can be fatal if the muscles used for breathing are paralyzed or if there is an infection of the brain.

What is vaccine-derived polio?

The oral polio vaccine (made from a weakened strain of the poliovirus) is given as drops in the mouth to protect against polio. This vaccine has been extremely effective in wiping out polio in developing countries where most of the population gets vaccinated. In areas where there are low rates of vaccination against polio and sanitation is poor, the weakened vaccine virus can spread from person to person. Over time, as the virus spreads, it can regain its ability to cause disease in people who are not vaccinated. Polio caused by a vaccine strain is called vaccine-derived polio.

Vaccine-derived polio cannot spread in the United States because the US has high vaccination rates against polio and the oral polio vaccine is not used here.

CDC recommends that all travelers to the Philippines be vaccinated fully against polio. In addition, adults who have already been fully vaccinated should receive an additional (single) lifetime booster dose of polio vaccine. Even if you were vaccinated as a child or have been sick with polio before, you may need a booster dose to make sure you are protected.

We would strongly recommend that you make sure all your children are properly immunized. Please see a pediatrician for advice on what boosters may be needed. If you are an adult that has been fully immunized as a child but have not had a polio booster as an adult, we would recommend that you get a booster. If you were not fully immunized as a child, it would be a good time to get that done now. This is what the medical community is recommending but you can each decide for yourselves.

The Health Office vaccine suppliers do not have stock so we will not be able to order it for you. However, The Medical City and Faitma clinics should be able to help. Ask at the front desk for which doctor to see that could get the vaccine for you. It will usually be a Family Medicine, Infectious Disease or Travel Medicine trained doctor that can do this for you. When I checked on prices, it ranged from P 1,400 to P 2,500.

If you have any questions, please ask!

Sandy Varberg,

School Head Nurse


Please pray for the Eichenauers during the next two weeks as they recruit missionary teachers and support staff for Faith Academy at four Christian universities in the USA.  Many positions need filled, so ask the Lord for a fruitful harvest!  In addition, please ask the Lord’s blessing on meetings with FA alumni and former staff who are led by the Lord to prayerfully and financially support the ministry of Faith Academy.

Please pray for meetings with leadership of our new foundation in the USA, Friends of Faith, as they plan to establish a team of 70 regional FA representatives.  Pray for each representative as they promote the school to mission organizations, Christian universities, churches and individuals throughout the USA.  Also pray for the Advancement Department as they seek to develop an international team to promote the school throughout the world!  If you know of FA alumni who would be interested in being a USA or an international regional FA representative, please contact Todd Eichenauer at [email protected].

Thank you for your prayers!


Do you ever WONDER what dreamLAND is like?  Come discover it with Alice!

Tickets for Alice in Wonderland, Jr. are on sale for P150 in the Business Office. The shows will be in Tipunan on October 24 at 3:30 and October 25-26 at 6:00 PM.

Don’t be late for this important date!


Save the date… NOV 8! for Faith Academy Community Picnic from 4 to 6 pm.

Elementary playground/soccer field

Bring your own picnic and blanket!

Let’s be family together!

Featuring Gloryfall band!

See posters for details!

~ Side by Side


The school has some donated books that we are unable to use in our library collection or in support of our curriculum. They are available free for any Faith Academy employee, staff member, or parent. The books are located in the Secondary Library’s Parent Workroom on a table and in two marked boxes. Please do not take other books or magazines from the shelves in this room. The books will be available until Friday, October 25 at 3:30 pm. No materials may be placed on hold, and any books remaining after this date will be discarded. Please note that the books were donated, and the school assumes no responsibility for their content or condition.


Every Christmas there are children who wake up to find that they did not receive any presents. But this Christmas, you have the opportunity to make a difference in a child’s life here in the Valley Golf Community, just down the road from Faith Academy. The Angel Tree Project provides gifts for 400 kids every Christmas season. You can be apart of this. Just go to the High School Office and pick up a tag from the Christmas Tree for what age and gender you want to buy a gift for. One tag is for one gift to one child, so don’t hesitate to take more! All gifts are due to the High School Office by Friday, November 15th. You don’t have to have wings to be an angel!


“With grateful heart my thanks I bring,
Before the great Thy praise I sing;
I worship in Thy holy place
And praise Thee for Thy truth and grace”


Enter His gates with thanksgiving and His courts with praise!…Give thanks to Him; bless His name! Psalm 100:4 (ESV)


FA Community Bulletin
FA Community Bulletin is a weekly publication of Faith Academy. Articles may be submitted to Rita Quimboy at [email protected] no later than 12 noon on Tuesdays or you can call 8651-7100 ext 120

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