Lions Weekly: May 18, 2022

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A Note From Mr. Sandefur

Lion Family,

This Friday evening, we will join together as a school community and celebrate the Class of 2022. The class of ’22 has earned an impressive $2.1 million in scholarships as they enter the collegiate stage of their lives. This group of young men and women represent six different nations and have left their impact on our campus. I would like to personally invite you to join us for our Commencement ceremony on Friday at 7:00 p.m. in Tibbetts Gymnasium. Please join me in praying for the men and women of the Class of 2022 and their families as they leave our campus in East Tennessee for the paths that the Lord has directed.

As we seek to conclude our school year with excellence, we look forward to sharing exciting events and times of fellowship with our school community. All of the information you will need to be fully engaged with the end-of-year activities can be found in this newsletter. As I say as often as possible, it is a true pleasure partnering with you daily in our mission to develop servant leaders who will change the world for Christ, and we deeply value your partnership and support in this endeavor.

In Christ Alone,

Jeremy Sandefur

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On behalf of the faculty and graduating class of 2022, The King's Academy would like to invite you to the Commencement Exercises on Friday, May 20, at 7:00p.m. in Tibbetts.

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Mrs. Jama Mosher & Mrs. Rhonda Garbett

Congratulations to Mrs. Mosher and Mrs. Garbett for their upcoming retirement. We are thankful for both of these ladies and the lasting legacy they are leaving here at TKA. Mrs. Mosher and Mrs. Garbett both have taught for over 30 years. Thank you to Mrs. Mosher and Mrs. Garbett for your years of service here at TKA!

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▪ Thursday, May 26, aftercare will close at 4:30 p.m.
▪ Friday, May 27, we will not have aftercare as it is a half day dismissal.
Thursday, May 26, aftercare will close at 4:30 p.m.
Friday, May 27, we will not have aftercare as it is a half day dismissal.
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Sports Physicals

Tuesday, May 24

KOC will be offering sports physicals for TKA athletes for $10 per person in Tibbetts.

Players will need to fill out the following forms prior to the physical, and return all of the forms at the time of their physical:
1. TSSAA Consent Form
2. TKA Consent Form
3. Concussion Form
4. Cardiac Form


Ways to help with the TKA Kenya Trip

Our team of TKA teachers will be serving the four hundred students of Empukani Primary (Kenya) in June by offering a Vacation Bible School along with teacher training. The focus of the VBS will be “I AM: The Promises of God.”

Many have asked how they could support the efforts of this trip through prayer and giving. The following items are needed and all donations are fully appreciated:

· Vanilla wafers
· Twizzlers
· Goldfish
· Hard candy (not individually wrapped)

· Embroidery floss (red, green, blue, yellow, and orange)
· Clear contact paper
· Colored sharpies
· White handkerchiefs (50 for $20 on Amazon)
· Beads (black, red, green, white, yellow(gold), and blue)
· Pipe cleaners
· Crayons
· Markers
· Colored pencils
· Small sharpeners for colored pencils and crayons

We will have to pack these items and travel with them so we are looking for large sealed packages instead of individually wrapped packages. Ms. Shannon, Mrs. Smith, and Mrs. Q will be collecting these items in their classrooms; however, items can be dropped off in the High School or Elementary offices as well.

Any and all donations are truly appreciated!


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On Sunday, May 15, we honored our seniors through words of encouragement, biblical challenges, a time of corporate worship, and a dedicated time of prayer and commissioning for our graduates. We are thankful for this special time with the Class of 2022 before they graduate. Please join us in praying for the Class of 2022 as they step into their next part of life.

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End of the Year Art Show!

Students in the art classes have done an amazing job this year and would like to share their work with the TKA community.

Artwork will be on display in the lobby by Woody Auditorium and along the main hallway. Please come and enjoy original artwork by our talented students at the following art shows:

High School Art Show:
Wednesday, May 18 through Friday, May 20
Artwork by Digital Arts students will be on display on the hallway tv monitors during this time.

Middle School Art Show: Monday, May 23 through Wednesday, May 25.

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End of the Year Events

As the end of the year quickly approaches, we want to be sure and communicate any calendar events as soon as we are able. Below are upcoming events for the Month of May we would like for you to mark on your calendar.

Thursday, May 19
- PTF Meeting at 3:15 p.m. in Brandes
Friday, May 20:
- High School Awards Day at 10:00 a.m. in Tibbetts
- Senior Graduation at 7:00 p.m. in Tibbetts
Monday, May 23:
- PreK4 Program at 6:00 p.m. in Woody Auditorium
Tuesday, May 24:
- HS Exams
- Sports Physicals at 3:00 p.m. in Tibbetts
- Kindergarten Graduation at 6:00 p.m. in Woody Auditorium
Wednesday, May 25
- HS Exams
Thursday, May 26:
- HS Exams
- 5th Grade promotion from 8:15 a.m. to 9:15 a.m. in Woody Auditorium
- Elementary classroom end of the year programs
- Aftercare will close at 4:30 p.m.
Friday, May 27:
- Make-up HS Exams
- Middle School Awards at 9:00 a.m. in Woody Auditorium
- 8th Grade Promotion at 10:00 a.m. in Woody Auditorium
- Half-day dismissal at 11:30 a.m. No aftercare will be provided.

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Ferns for Sale

TKA Garden & Greenhouse is selling ferns! The small ferns are $5 and large ferns are $10.

Please contact Tonya Rollins at to purchase.



Thursday, May 19, will be the last PTF meeting of the year in Brandes from 3:15 - 4:15. All members are encouraged to attend.

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PTF Officer Voting

Thank you to all PTF members who submitted nominations for the 2022-2023 PTF Executive Board.

Voting will take place in person only, by current PTF member in good standing.

Opportunities to vote will be on the following days and times:

▪ Wednesday May 18, from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. in front of Ogle
▪ Thursday May 19, from 7:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. in front of Ogle
▪ Thursday, May 19, from 3:15 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. in Brandes
Wednesday May 18, from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. in front of Ogle
Thursday May 19, from 7:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. in front of Ogle
Thursday, May 19, from 3:15 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. in Brandes

At 3:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 19, the votes will be tallied and new PTF Board will be announced.

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Missing Keys?

A set of keys were found in the elementary parking lot. If you are missing keys, please contact Mrs. Gioioso in the elementary office at

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27th Annual Golf Tournament

Join us at Egwani Farms on June 13, for our 27th Annual Golf Tournament to benefit TKA's football team!

Gather your company, friends or family and purchase one of the following sponsorships:
- Purple Sponsor includes a 4-person team and a hole sponsorship for $500
- Silver Sponsor includes an individual player and a hole sponsorship for $200
- Individual players can participate for $100

All sponsors and participants can sign up with Head Football Coach, Jonathan Sellers, at 865-964-9182.


2022 Summer Camps

We are excited to offer a variety of camps for our TKA Lions this summer! Each camp will be listed in the link below with links to register for each event. We are looking forward to seeing our Lions on campus at these fun camps!

To read more about these camps and sign up to participate, click here.


Jr. Tennis Clinics

8 week summer program

What: Tennis Pro Hugh Stratman will be offering an eight week tennis clinic.

Who: Middle and High school students

When: Mondays and Wednesdays from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. starting May 30th through July 29th.

Where: TKA Tennis Courts

Cost (for 8 weeks): $550 for twice a week
$320 for once a week

How to sign up: Contact Hugh Stratman through text, phone call, or email at the contact information listed below:
Phone: 805-680-4941

Summer Hours

Summer 2022

This summer the school offices (Anderson and Ogle) will be open Monday - Thursday from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. The offices will be closed Friday through Sunday.


Upcoming Sports

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2021-2022 Yearbook

The price for the 2021-2022 TKA yearbook is $55. All grades, K3-12 will have the same yearbook. The slight price increase is because we are only going to have one larger all-school book.

All yearbook orders can be placed online--here is the link.

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Do you have a class of 2022 senior in your household?

Don't miss out on the opportunity to purchase a Senior Tribute for the 2021-2022 yearbook!

Senior Tributes are available for purchase at the bottom of the link listed here.

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Business ads are available for purchase at the bottom of the link listed here.

For any questions regarding yearbooks, email Mr. Josh Smith at

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Covid-19 Procedures

While we are excited to offer in-person education, we must maintain a safe learning environment for all students, faculty/staff, and additional stakeholders.

To do so, we will be working closely with the Sevier County Health Department regarding Covid-19 protocols.

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