Royal Review - Winter 2016

 

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The Winter (January) 2016 edition of TFCA's Royal Review newsletter

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Follow TFCARoyals on Social Media! Carrie Beth Tigges, Principal As we begin the start of 2016, there are so many exciting developments at TFCA. We had a fabulous first semester! Students have worked hard academically and there have been minimal behavior issues. Progress is being made with reading comprehension goals, math computation and fluency and writing. Emphasis in and out of the classroom and progress monitoring on these skills will continue. Our teachers do a tremendous job working with our students! I am constantly encouraged by the new ideas and activities I observe when stepping into classrooms. STEM projects, using technology to enhance instruction, problem solving strategies and discussions with higher level application and thinking skills are all being utilized. Our athletic department is continuing to grow and thrive. It is an exciting time to be a ROYAL! Along with the New Year comes the opportunity to re-enroll your student for next school year. I wanted to let you know about the upcoming year tuition rates. This reflects a 4.5% increase from last year. For a twelve month payment plan, the increase per month is approximately $20 more per month for a student paying full tuition. TK-12th grade tuition PreK ½ day Mon-Thurs Prek all day Mon-Thurs Prek 5 day Continues on next page 1 1 $5,783.00 $2,633.00 $5,157.00 $6,364.00

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New Year, New Excitement! Continued from Page 1 After school rates and Athletic Participation fees will remain the same as the 2015-16 school year. In case you are wondering, here is a pie graph that shows where your tuition dollars are spent: TFCA Royal athletics are off to a great start! Soccer is over after another fine season with enough students to field both a Junior Varsity and a Varsity team. Girls Volleyball did very well for their first year. Cross country had a record number of runners and our very young golf team continues to improve. Basketball is in full swing; student participation increased and more teams were formed. We now have teams for 5th/6th grade boys, 7th/8th grade boys, and JV and Varsity High School boys. Our girls have enough participants to field a Junior Varsity team! Come out and support your favorite Royal! All schedules are on our website, www.frankfortchristian.org or TFCA on SuperFanU. Follow @TFCAAthletics on Twitter for game updates! As you can see, the majority of tuition covers personnel expenses like salaries and benefits. Facilities maintenance, textbooks/supplies and other academic needs take up the rest of the budget. Article continues on next page 2 2

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Some comparison data for other private schools in Franklin County: Good Shepherd 2015-16 non-parishioner tuition $6132.00 2015-16 fees Capital Day School 2015-16 tuition and fees $7671.00 Other important facts:  We give about 5% of total budget in tuition assistance scholarships each year.  12-13% goes to staff tuition discounts, multi-student discounts and pastor discounts  Cost to educate a child in the public school system is $12,400/year Source: https://nces.ed.gov/fastfacts/display.asp?id=66 $400.00 That amounts to over $6,000 more than TFCA tuition per year. It still costs about $5544 per year above tuition to educate each student. God has continued to be extremely faithful to our ministry and has provided in ways we didn’t even dream. We want you to know that we are very conscious of the financial gifts we are given. Our staff is extremely frugal and constantly looking for ways to reduce cost, reuse materials and be good stewards of not only our tuition money, but money from donors and rental income. Capital Campaign Update:    Electric has been updated in the new science lab and classroom behind the gym Approximately $30,000 is needed to put in the drywall and dropped ceiling in the two classrooms Additional money is needed to purchase classroom cabinetry, eye wash station, prep room cabinetry, tables, projectors and technology needs for the science lab and classroom. Approximately $100-150,000 is needed to transform the Phase 3 storage area into 4 additional classrooms Several areas of our roof need to be replaced and/or repaired. Locker room completion will require additional funds increasing numbers in middle school and high school enrollment. More lockers are needed for the hallways for Middle School and High School students     Please continue to pray for funding to see these projects to completion and pray for God to lead you in how your family may play a role in this. Every dollar counts and no gift is too small to help reach these goals! Thank you for your continued commitment to TFCA and our mission “to partner with Christian parents to provide a Biblically integrated education which equips students to embrace Biblical truth, to strive for academic excellence, and to exemplify Christ-like servanthood in homes, churches and communities”. May God continue to bless our school and your family in 2016! Carrie Beth Tigges, Principal 4 3

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PHILOSOPHY The mission statement for The Frankfort Christian Academy says that we partner with Christian parents to provide a Biblically integrated education, which equips students to embrace Biblical Truth; strive for academic excellence and exemplify Christ-like servanthood in our homes, communities of faith and the world. The Biblical theme for the TFCA Technology Department is from 2 Peter 2:5 which tells us that we are to proclaim the excellencies of Him who has called us out of darkness into His marvelous light. (NASB). Technology’s primary focus should be that we produce students capable of clearly proclaiming the difference that Christ has made in the lives of His followers, especially using technology. Computer literacy for the digital age should equip students with the knowledge, tools, and resources they will need to adapt, grow, and stay safe in today’s ever changing technological world. ACADEMICS Launched in 2013, Code.org is a non-profit dedicated to expanding access to computer science. Both faculty and students at TFCA participated in Hour of Code last year and will do so again this year. Hour of Code is a worldwide initiative sponsored by Code.org. The Kentucky section of Code.org’s website reports, “Computer science drives job growth and innovation throughout our economy and society. Computing occupations make up two-thirds of all projected new jobs in STEM fields, making Computer Science one of the most in-demand college degrees. Kentucky currently has 3,662 open computing jobs. Kentucky had only 326 computer science graduates in 2013; only 12% were female. 5 in 10 parents want their students to learn computer science, but only 1 in 4 schools teach it.” This year TFCA announced a K-12 technology program. For our curriculum path, we lean on the concepts expressed through Kentucky State Technology Standards, and the Profiles for Technology Literate Students developed by ISTE NETS (International Society for Technology Education & National Educational Technology Standards for Students). We have also added an extracurricular CS focused STEAM Team Club for eligible middle and high school students and an Internship Program for eligible and interested juniors and seniors. Although technology has been offered in some capacity for many years at TFCA, our program is becoming a much more robust and integral part of all the great things our school has to offer. It is a joy to serve in the TFCA Community of Faith dedicated to educating our children for eternity. Respectfully Submitted by Joyce Cole, TFCA Director of Digital Learning TFCA STEAM For students to become confident and competent in the places to which God calls them to work now and in their future, technology must become not just a tool but a foundational part of a liberal arts education. To build our program we examine and understand our historic patterns in technology adoption. We balance policies that support technology use while maintaining a safe learning environment. We promote computer literacy primarily from a projects based approach. The projects we choose integrate Information Communication Technology (ICT) skills such as multimedia, programming, operating environment, spreadsheets, word processing, desktop publishing, telecommunication and database skills into student activities. 3 4

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Business Choice Partners Thank you to our Business Choice Partners for their support of our school! When purchasing a product or service, remember our Business Choice Partners! Gold Level Bluegrass Cardiology Consultants H.G. Mays Corporation Silver Level Bobby Casey Lawncare Bronze Level Graviss McDonald’s Restaurants Splatter Inc. VanMeter Insurance Group (Lexington, KY) Contact Lindsey Duvall for more information about TFCA’s Business Choice program! Duvall@mytfca.org or (502) 655-0744 Admissions Spotlight Tell your friends and neighbors about our Admissions Open House and Be A Royal Shadow Day events! Direct them to www.FrankfortChristian.org/admissions for more info or have them call (502) 655-0744 to set up a tour! 5 5

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