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The Eagle’s Eye October 2016

Cross Country Begins At ACA ACA is very proud of the fourth and fifth graders who practiced and competed with the school's first cross country team. This inaugural year was in preparation for the start of middle school in 2017. The students successfully competed with middle school students in two meets, with all showing improvement in the second meet.

The Farm Comes to ACA Preschoolers completed their farm unit, which is a perennial favorite of teachers and students alike. Of course, the farm animal visit is always popular, providing children and teachers with the chance to pet rabbits, chickens, ducks, sheep, goats, and a baby pig. In the classroom, lessons were fun and creative, including milking a cardboard cow and learning the strength of eggs.

It's Time For Operation Christmas Child! Fall at ACA means preparing for Operation Christmas Child. Fourth and fifth grade students quickly and efficiently assembled over 800 boxes for you to take, fill, and return November 19, 20, and 21. This Samaritan's Purse program sends boxes of Christmas gifts to needy children all over the world and shares the love of Jesus. This is the only gift most, if not all, these children receive. There are boxes available for you to pick up in the school office. The paper work and mailing fee may be completed online. If completed online, Samaritan's Purse will send an email to let you know where your box was sent.

Fourth and fifth grade students visited Moss Hill Farm in Cumming to learn about organic farming. There they learned how modern farming has depleted the nutrients in the soil, but organic farming methods return nutrients to the ground. The students especially enjoyed tasting the vegetables, which they were able to pick directly off the plant. Among the plants tasted were peas, Swiss chard, sage, and parsley. They also liked seeing the seeds and the fish in the clean, spring-fed pond. Overall, it was a fun and very informative trip.

Scarecrows! Pre-K Students Camp Out

As part of their unit on forest animals, pre-k students made s'mores and had the pleasure of eating them in a tent. The children enjoyed eating their treat and looking around with the binoculars and telescopes that they made.

Students Honor Dads With Doughnuts

Fourth Graders Study American Patriots

Thank you, Dads and Dad representatives, for spending time with your child at Doughnuts with Dad. The doughnuts and gifts are only a small thank you for all your leadership and love in the life of your child.

Fourth graders dressed, reported, and presented on a chosen American Patriot. These patriots could be real, such as Martin Luther King, Jr., or propaganda, such as Rosie the Riveter. This project followed a study of their own family history, when they shared information about an interesting ancestor.

Preschoolers Love Science!

Fifth Graders Honor City Of Alpharetta Workers With Lunch The fifth graders showed appreciation to the City of Alpharetta workers by serving them a Jim and Nicks barbecue lunch on Thursday, September 8 at Wills Park. The fifth grade worked with FBCA to thank the city workers for all they do to help our community. The students agreed that they enjoyed seeing the city workers smile when they received their food. Some servers were excited to receive treasured junior firefighter and police badges when serving. According to Mackenzie, "We got to give them a break from working at the fire or police station." Mason said that he "enjoyed seeing the smiles of the hard working people" when he and his friends served the cookies.

Close Encounters of the Civics Kind To kick off their study of communities and local government, the third grade walked across the street to the Alpharetta City Hall for an up close and personal civics lesson. The morning began in the counsel chambers with Coty Thigpen, the city clerk, explaining how the city council functions and makes decisions. Mayor Belle Isle then came in for a question and answer session with the children. After their time with the mayor, the students walked outside to the Fire Safety House, where the firefighters taught the children fire safety procedures, including stop, drop, and roll. After learning fire safety, they got to go in the SWAT transport vehicle and learn the importance of the the SWAT team. Finally, they witnessed a K9 demonstration and were amazed at the obedience and skills of Mattis, the police dog. To cap off a great trip, they were able to pet Mattis. When the children were asked what they liked about the trip, most agreed that they enjoyed meeting Mattis and seeing him capture a person (a police officer with padding). Jax said, "I liked the part when he bit the police." Others loved the fire safety house. Jake said, "I loved jumping out of the window and then stop, drop, and roll." Audrey enjoyed seeing the mayor. "But the cool thing was that he taught me that just because he was the mayor, he's just like any other person in the whole world!"

Welcome Ray Davis, Head of School ! ACA welcomes Ray Davis as our new head of school. Mr. Davis is married to Erin and is the father of two children, Mallory (13) and Ryan (9). He was born in Albany, Georgia but also lived in Corpus Christi, Texas and in Germany. In high school, he attended Fayette County High School before moving to Anniston, Alabama for his senior year. After graduating from the University of Georgia, Mr. Davis worked in banking and finance before answering the call to Christian education. He then took seminary courses before earning his teaching certificate at the University of West Georgia. Later, he received his Masters in Educational Leadership from Kennesaw State University. Mr. Davis has 18 years of private school experience in Georgia. Besides being principal, he has taught history and coached baseball, softball, and football. At Mount Vernon Presbyterian School, he started the baseball and softball programs and was on the coaching staff when the football program was started. When Mr. Davis is at leisure, he enjoys watching college sports, especially UGA football. He also enjoys snow skiing, which he learned in Germany, and has taken students on ski trips. In addition, he reads, lifts weights, loves travel, and is learning guitar.

Welcome Mrs. Nia to ACA Preschool! Welcome Nia Emm to ACA! You will find Mrs. Nia teaching pre-k with Alicia Gardner. She is a native of Buffalo, New York but came to Alpharetta in March from Texas. While attending Elmira College in New York, she studied marine biology in San Salvador for a semester. Teaching is her calling; however, Mrs. Nia continued in education to become a teacher like her father. For ten years, Mrs. Nia has taught pre-k and pre-k art and has found that teaching pre-k is her passion. Mrs. Nia has been married to her husband, Art, for 24 years, and they are now enjoying being empty nesters together. Their son, Jamie, lives with his dog on the island of Bonaire in the southern Caribbean, where he is a dive master and coral reef researcher. Their daughter, Kasey, is a sophomore at the University of Alabama where she rides with the equestrian team. When Mrs. Nia is not spending time with her family and teaching, she loves to cook, read, and make jewelry. If you see her, she will be wearing jewelry she has made. Take a look and welcome her!

Say Hello to Gay Middleton! Safe with Jack Devine

Gay Middleton is the newest member of our ACA office staff. She is serving as assistant principal during the 2016-2017 school year. Ms. Middleton attended the University of Georgia where she studied music and received her teaching certificate in Early Chlldhood/ Elementary Education. She has two grown children, a son in Portland, Oregon, and a daughter in Nashville, Tennessee. Ms. Middleton is a member of Alpharetta First Baptist Church where she serves in the music/ worship ministry and in the service group, Threads of Love. In her free time she likes to read, travel, and spend time with her two chocolate labs, Roux and Jake.

ACA and FBCA are very fortunate to have Jack Devine as Head of Security. Jack has his BA and progress toward his Masters in Public Administration. After graduation, Jack joined the FBI and trained at Quantico, Virginia, where he received training in self-defense, among other areas. He then served in the FBI working in the Counterintelligence Unit and Bank Robbery Squad in New York City. After leaving the FBI, Jack worked in Corporate Security, Sales and Operation. Now, he is loving giving back to the school and community by keeping us safe. Jack is a native of Brooklyn, New York, and worked in Manhattan for half of his career. Twenty years ago he transferred to the metro Atlanta area for a promotion and a better life for his family. His family includes his bride Kathy and his children Meghan, aged 30, Kristine, aged 28, and John, aged 25. When Jack is at leisure, he enjoys swimming, boating, hiking, and volunteering.

Welcome Jessica Hewett ! ACA welcomes Jessica Hewett as our new media specialist. Some of you may also know her as the mother of Eli, who is in Mrs. Jacob's kindergarten class. Mrs. Hewett and her family came to Alpharetta from Wilmington, North Carolina. Mr. Brad Hewett is a Marine veteran who was deployed both in Iraq and Afghanistan. Mrs. Hewett received her instructional technology degree with a media specialty from North Carolina A&T State University. Prior to this, she received her B.A. in Communications and English from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and her teaching license from North Carolina State University. Before coming to Georgia, she taught high school English and middle school Language Arts in North Carolina. Mrs. Hewett loves photography, which she picked up as a hobby when living at the beach in Wilmington, North Carolina. When she has time, she also enjoys gardening, decorating, and making wreaths. A major source of enjoyment is church here at FBCA and Bible study.

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The Eagle's Eye October 2016