Lions Weekly: May 17, 2023

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A Note From Mr. Sandefur

Lion Family,

Good afternoon! As we prepare to celebrate our graduates (the Class of 2023, K5, and PreK students) in the coming days, the following words of 19th Century theologian James Freeman Clarke are a reminder of how we can approach the days ahead, "If I cannot do great things, I can do small things in a great way." While we may not know the plans that the Lord has for us, what we do know is that we can seek to honor Him with all that we do (Colossians 3:17). Please join me in praying for our graduates that they seek the Lord with all that they have and that they are willing to submit to the plans that He has for their lives (Jeremiah 29:11).

As we complete the last few days of the academic calendar, we will have many opportunities to celebrate our students. Please use the information below to plan accordingly.

Jeremy Sandefur
President/Head of School

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Monday, May 22

Aftercare will close early on Monday, May 22. Please be sure to make arrangements to have your Lion picked up by 5:00 p.m.

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Middle School Volleyball Interest Meeting

Calling all 5th - 8th grade girls who are interested in playing volleyball! Come meet with Coach Gardner and find out more information about our MS volleyball team on Thursday, May 18, at 3:15 p.m. in Brandes.

If you are unable to attend the meeting, please email Coach Gardner at

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HS Girls Soccer Interest Meeting

Are you a Lady Lion who will be in high school next year and would like to play soccer? Join us Friday afternoon for an interest meeting to hear more about this program.

Who: High School Girls
When: Friday, May 19
Time: 3:00 p.m.
Location: Stokely Film Room


Used Book Sale

Your TKA Library has been doing some spring cleaning to make room for new things coming next year! Used library books for all ages are available to purchase in the library Monday-Thursday of next week. Come by and see if there's anything you'd like to add to your shelves!


High School Volleyball

High Schoolers interested in playing volleyball, come meet with Coach Danielle and find out information regarding HS volleyball for this summer and the 2023-24 school year.

Who: HS Students Interested in playing Volleyball
Date: Monday, May 22
Time: 3:15 p.m.
Location: Tibbetts

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PTF Spotlight Updates

It's no secret that TKA has some of the best teachers around! Our PTF showered our teachers, faculty, and staff with love, treats, and appreciation each day last week. Take a glimpse below to see some of PTF's Teacher Appreciation Week treats.

Cookies for the Art Showcase

PTF sponsored cookies for the Art Showcase at Vienna Coffee House. This provided refreshments for our Lions and families as they came to enjoy the showcase.

Teacher Recess Relief

Once a month, PTF provides recess relief for our PreK teachers by watching the students while they play and allowing the teachers to eat lunch and have a small break.

Elementary Popsicle Sales

PTF provided the popsicles that are sold each Friday in elementary. By providing the popsicles, the funds raised go directly back into the classrooms.

Frozen Meals

PTF ministered to the Lane family by providing frozen meals for them to have while Mr. Lane is undergoing medical treatment.


English Books

PTF provided the High School English department with class sets of chapter books.

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Elementary Snow Cones

PTF provided snow cones for all elementary students to enjoy!

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Balloon Arches

PTF will be sponsoring balloon arches for PreK, Kindergarten, and 5th grade promotions that were provided by Emily's Etc.

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Teacher Snacks

PTF continuously supplies the faculty and staff with delicious snacks and drinks throughout the year.


Flowers for Ms. Sullivan

PTF sponsored flowers to celebrate Ms. Sullivan on her birthday.

Thank you to our PTF for sponsoring these many events and activities! Also, thank you to all who have participated in these events and activities to help make them a success.

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Dear TKA Families,

My name is Ms. Addison, and I teach third grade here at TKA. I have been a part of the TKA family for four years now, including a portion of my masters degree internship program. I am excited to announce I will be offering summer tutoring for rising, or current year, 2nd through 4th grade math. I will be offering tutoring to better solidify skills from the grade the student will be leaving, or working on skills to prepare for the upcoming school year. The cost will be $30/half hour session in small groups and $35/half hour session for individual sessions. This will be made payable through your FACTS account. I will be working out of my classroom in the Ogle Elementary building.

IMPORTANT: Deadline to sign up is May 26, 2023.

I have created a sign-up form in which you can decide which dates and times work best for you. Students will be signed up for 30 minutes each session. The sign-up page lists all of the available dates. Please choose dates that work best for you and the number of sessions you would like. If you need to cancel a session or would like to be added to a session, please email me 48 hours in advance. Details are listed on the sign-up page. Dates are only available in June.

Please select the dates and times from the sign-up page below. Please know space is limited.

Thank you in advance for the opportunity to be a part of your student's education. I look forward to a fun and successful summer.

Ms. Addison
3rd Grade Teacher

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May 2023 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. Athletic playoff dates will be announced as scheduled. We are looking forward to having you on campus with us as we finish the 2022-23 school year!


Thursday, May 18

HS Honors Chapel
10:00 a.m. Tibbetts
Senior Graduation Practice
11:00 a.m. Tibbetts
Middle School Volleyball Interest Meeting
3:15 p.m. Brandes


Friday, May 19

Class of 2023 Graduation
7:00 p.m. Tibbetts


Sunday, May 21

Dorm Closes for Seniors Only
5:00 p.m. Stewart


Monday, May 22

Aftercare will close early
5:00 p.m. early close
Junior Launch
2:30 p.m. Tibbetts
Pre-K4 Program
6:00 p.m. Woody Auditorium


Tuesday, May 23

High School 1st Period Exam
10:35 a.m. - 12:05 p.m.
High School 2nd Period Exam
1:25 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
K5 Graduation
6:00 p.m. Woody Auditorium


Wednesday, May 24

High School 3rd Period Exam
8:00 a.m. - 9:35 a.m.
High School 4th Period Exam
9:45 a.m. - 11:15 a.m.


Thursday, May 25

½ day dismissal at 11:30

NO AFTERCARE will be provided
1st Grade Awards Day
8:15 a.m. 1st Grade Classrooms
2nd Grade Awards Day
8:00 a.m. Woody Auditorium
3rd Grade Awards Day
9:00 a.m. Woody Auditorium
4th Grade Awards Day
9:30 a.m. Brandes
5th Grade Promotion & Middle School Launch
10:30 a.m Woody Auditorium
High School 5th Period Exam
8:00 a.m. - 9:35 a.m.
High School 6th Period Exam
9:45 a.m. - 11:15 a.m.


Friday, May 26

½ day dismissal at 11:30

NO AFTERCARE will be provided
Middle School Honors Chapel
9:00 a.m. Woody Auditorium
8th Grade Promotion
10:00 a.m. Woody Auditorium
High School 7th Period Exam
8:00 a.m. - 9:35 a.m.
High School Makeup Exam
9:45 a.m. - 11:15 a.m.


Sunday, May 28

Dorm Closes for All Students
5:00 p.m. Stewart


Monday, May 29

Memorial Day
Offices will be closed in observance of Memorial Day

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Athletic Department Announcements

The King’s Academy Leadership Team is pleased to announce a restructuring of the Athletic Department to best meet the needs of TKA student-athletes. We are grateful for our coaches and administrators who seek to offer quality athletic programs within a community of Christ-like character. These changes will go into effect immediately. Go Lions!

In Christ Alone,

Jeremy Sandefur

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Jonathan Sellers

Athletic Director

Coach Jonathan Sellers assumes the responsibility for TKA Athletics after nine years of service at The King’s Academy. Coach Sellers, along with coaching football, will oversee High School athletics, coaches, fundraising, and day-to-day operations of TKA Athletics. In addition to serving, Coach Sellers has assisted in the development of The King’s Academy Athletic Booster Club to launch an emphasis on facility improvements for all programs. TKA is grateful for Coach Sellers’ service and looks forward to his leadership of the TKA Athletic Department.

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Sean Jones

Assistant Athletic Director and Admissions Associate

Coach Sean Jones will be transitioning to the role of Assistant Athletic Director, along with his HS Basketball coaching duties, overseeing Middle School athletics, coaching, and budgeting for TKA Athletics. Coach Jones has worked diligently over the past two years to lead our Athletic Department to its current place of health, including budget restructure, athletic success, and the resurgence of the athletic banner fundraising project to invest in all programs. Coach Jones will also be assisting our Admissions Department as an Admissions Associate as we continue to grow as an Academy. TKA is grateful for Coach Jones’ service and desire to see TKA grow both athletically and in enrollment.

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Mrs. Cyndie Webber

Athletic Department Assistant

Cyndie Webber remains in the role of Athletic Department Assistant. Mrs. Webber will be responsible for working with our Athletic Directors, coaches, and student-athletes/families in the areas of physicals, TSSAA paperwork, and day to day needs.

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Shawn “Deuce” Shreve

Athletic Department Assistant for Sports Information and Elementary Athletics

The King’s Academy is excited to have Coach "Deuce" Shreve join our Athletic Department. Along with his duties as an assistant football coach, he will teach middle school PE and assist our Athletic Department in game day operations, athletic communication, social media publication, and oversee our growing Elementary Athletic Program. Coach "Deuce" Shreve is a graduate of Campbellsville University and has been a member of our TKA Football staff for one year. Please welcome Coach "Deuce" Shreve to his new role within our TKA Family!


The King’s Academy Athletic Booster Club

New in 2023, the TKA Athletic Booster Club will partner with the Athletic Department to raise funds and invest in all athletic programs of The King’s Academy. Coach David Jeffers will serve as the staff representative for this group of parent volunteers as they seek to pour into our students and programs. More information regarding the TKA Athletic Booster Club will be announced in the near future.

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We're Hiring!

TKA has an employment opportunity available in food services.

Food Services Employee: TKA is seeking an employee to faithfully serve in our food services department. Prior food service experience is preferred. Please email resumes to or call 865-573-8321.

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2022-23 Yearbooks

2022-23 yearbooks are now on sale! Scan this QR code to visit the site to purchase yours today. For any questions regarding yearbooks, contact Mr. Josh Smith at


Important information for the 2022-2023 School Year

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Visitor Policy

TKA Visitor Policy

In order to help maintain a safe and instructionally based learning environment for our students, all visitors for middle and high school must enter through the front door of the Anderson Building and sign in in the middle/high school office in order to receive a visitor's pass. All visitors for elementary must enter the front door of the Ogle Building in order to receive a visitor's pass. This pass should be visible at all times so that TKA faculty and staff know that you have checked in at the office.

Our doors are open to visitors, but please call ahead of time to schedule conferences with your child’s teachers. This will prevent interruptions to instruction and the loss of the valuable learning time of our students. Adults will not be allowed to wander the halls of the building or hold conferences with teachers during instructional times.

TKA family lunch visitors should follow the above procedure. Lunch tickets are $5 each.

Students who are not enrolled at TKA are not permitted to visit TKA students during the school day, which includes lunch.

This policy has been developed in order to help maintain a safe and instruction focused environment at school each day. Any visitor who does not meet these expectations may be asked to leave school grounds.

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