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Lions Weekly: August 23, 2023

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A Note From Mr. Sandefur

Lion Family,

I hope this message finds you well as we journey through another week of learning, growth, and community at The King's Academy. I want to extend my heartfelt gratitude once again for the overwhelming support and encouragement we've received regarding the recent closure of Smothers Road. I am continually inspired by the spirit of unity and commitment that defines our TKA community. Your partnership in our commitment to campus safety is a testament to the strength of our TKA family.

As we move forward, let's reflect on the idea of being "Steadfast." This quality is more than just a word; it's a characteristic we strive to instill in our students as they progress through their journey at The King's Academy. In 1st Corinthians 15:58, we're reminded to be steadfast, immovable, and always abounding in the Lord's work, knowing that our labor is not in vain. This steadfastness, this unwavering commitment, is a hallmark of the TKA experience.

Just as our commitment to safety and growth has led to the closure of Smothers Road, we encourage our students to approach their studies and lives with a similar steadfast spirit. Challenges may arise, but with faith and determination, we can overcome them. Let's remind ourselves and our students that their efforts, guided by faith and nurtured within our school's loving community, are building a strong foundation for a bright future.

In Christ,

Jeremy Sandefur
President/Head of School

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Grandparents Day

Mark your calendars! Grandparents Day is just around the corner on September 8th. It's a wonderful opportunity to celebrate and cherish the bond between generations.

Click here for a letter from Ms. Sullivan about this year's Grandparents Day!

Please RSVP on the link below by Friday, September 1st. This link will also be used for parent permission for student release. The student release will allow a student’s grandparent to check them out of school following the program. On the day of the event, grandparents will sign out your child in the classroom with your child’s teacher, not the elementary office.

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Surfing to a Victory

Get ready to ride the wave of school spirit this Friday for our "Surfing to a Victory" spirit day! Students can hang ten in their favorite beach attire as long as they stay within dress code guidelines. Let's make a splash of unity as we gear up to support our teams and ride the tide to victory!

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Home Athletic Ticket Purchases

Get ready for an exciting season of TKA athletics this fall! We're thrilled to offer a convenient way to purchase your tickets for all our home events. The GoFan link below provides options for season tickets covering all our fall sports, as well as individual tickets for specific games. As part of our efforts to provide a safe and streamlined experience, we're aiming for cashless transactions at the gates. Please share these links with your families and friends to help ensure a smooth entry to our games. Remember, all TKA students get in for free. If you have any questions, don't hesitate to reach out.
-Coach Jones

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Raise Right (formerly Scrip) News!


School is back in full swing and so is Raise Right (formerly known as Scrip)! Raise Right is a program that allows families to save money on tuition and raise money for TKA by purchasing gift cards from over 975 businesses!

Gift cards can be purchased in person each Friday morning from 7:45-8:15. Thank you for taking the time to support our TKA Raise Right program!

Get started today by downloading the Raise Right app from your app store! Contact Cindy Tucker at 865-804-1924, with any questions!

-Cindy Tucker

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R.O.A.R. Shirt Order Forms!

As part of our school spirit and identity, we are excited to offer Elementary Shirts for our students. These shirts not only create a sense of unity among our students but also allow them to proudly represent The King's Academy on campus, in the community, and on field trips. These shirts are free for students, however, we also have the option for family and friends to purchase as well. We kindly encourage you to fill out the order form and submit the payment by Friday, August 25th. Your timely response will help us ensure that every student receives their shirt promptly. Thank you for your support!

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Residence Life Potluck

This past Sunday was our first Residence Life Potluck. PTF came alongside Residence Life to give our international students a taste of American culture and allow a chance for students and families to get to know new people. Residence Life will continue to host one potluck a month, inviting families from different grades. Our vision is to bring people within our TKA family together, whose paths may not cross otherwise. Stay tuned for more information in the near future!- Tasha Wehrle

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Parent Teacher Fellowship (PTF)

First Meeting 8/24

We want to remind you about our upcoming Parent-Teacher Fellowship (PTF) meeting. This is a wonderful opportunity to connect with fellow parents, discuss upcoming events, and support our school community.

Date: Thursday, August 24th
Time: 3:15 PM
Location: Brandes

Your participation and input are valued as we work together to enhance our student's educational experience. We look forward to seeing you at the meeting.

If you haven't signed up yet, you can do so below!

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The Faces And Our Cultures Fall Program

The King's Academy has a wonderful opportunity to participate in a cultural exchange program for Guatemalan students and the optional opportunity to visit Guatemala next summer in a reciprocal way.

The Faces And Our Cultures Fall program is designed to provide Guatemalan students the opportunity to spend 8 weeks in our community.

We are looking for families to host students during weekends and Thanksgiving break. Each participant will attend The King's Academy for eight weeks as boarding students. They will have their own schedule and will participate in all aspects of school life. These student ambassadors are fluent in English and will arrive on Saturday, October 14th, and depart on Saturday, December 9th.

Host families kindly provide homestay and make them part of their family's routine during WEEKENDS for 7 weeks and on our WEEK-LONG Thanksgiving break.

The program goes beyond practicing a second language for Guatemalan and US students. It is an opportunity for them to push their limits, learn firsthand from another culture, and have a life-enriching experience. Finally, students and families create lasting connections that transcend borders.

In order to be considered cultural ambassadors of their country, these participants must have applied, gone through a rigorous selection process, and have undergone extensive preparation throughout the year.

If you would like to learn more about the Faces program, please email me:

We will have an in-person informational meeting with Sandy Cardona, our coordinator with Faces on August 28, 2023, @ 3:30pm
-April Kandel
--Director of International Admissions


Homecoming Information!



Get ready to ignite the school spirit as we announce this year's thrilling Homecoming theme: "Turn Up the Spirit!" Prepare for an unforgettable week of festivities, camaraderie, and celebrating our Lion pride like never before.


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