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Lions Weekly: July 26, 2023

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A Note From Mr. Sandefur

Lion Family,

With the start of a new academic year just around the corner, I am delighted to welcome you to this week's edition of the Lions Weekly. Your unwavering support and dedication to The King's Academy are truly appreciated as we prepare for an exciting and transformative year ahead.

Over the summer, our dedicated faculty and staff have been hard at work preparing for a school year filled with growth, learning, and transformation. From refreshing our campus to implementing innovative teaching strategies, we are committed to providing your children with the best possible educational experience. As we embrace this new chapter, we will be focusing on the Profile of a Graduate of TKA.

We are committed to nurturing Unapologetically Christ-like individuals who boldly proclaim their faith and seek to follow Him in all aspects of life (Romans 1:16-17). We strive to develop graduates who embody Steadfastness, persevering in their faith and remaining firm in their convictions (1 Corinthians 15:58). We are dedicated to equipping our students to be Effective Communicators, using their words to edify and uplift others (Psalm 19:14). We also aim to develop Critical Thinkers who can discern truth and make wise decisions (Proverbs 14:15). Moreover, our graduates will be Equipped with the knowledge, skills, and values to thrive in an ever-changing world (Hebrews 13:21).

Thank you for choosing The King's Academy as your partner in educating and nurturing your children. Together, we will empower them to become confident, compassionate, and Christ-centered leaders who will transform the world.

In Christ,

Jeremy Sandefur
President/Head of School

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TKA Campus Workday

Saturday, July 29 / 8:00 AM-12:00 PM

Who wants to come together to spruce up our school campus? Saturday, July 29 beginning at 8:00 am will be the TKA Campus Workday. Anyone who is willing is invited to come and help mulch flowerbeds, prune bushes, pressure wash sidewalks, pick up sticks & trash, build new playground games, and clean up our campus before school starts.
Bring your shovels, rakes, brooms, pruners/shears, power tools, pressure washers, skid steers, and a good pair of work gloves & let's clean up TKA!
Any questions, contact Sarah Knight at 865-621-0741


2023-2024 Supply Lists!

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Orientation Night Information

August 1st from 5:30-7:30 PM

We are excited to announce our upcoming Back to School Orientation Night on August 1st from 5:30-7:30 PM. It's a fantastic opportunity for parents and students to reconnect with our school community before the new academic year begins.

During this event, parents will have the chance to meet their child's teachers and walk their schedules, gaining valuable insights into the upcoming school year and teacher expectations. Additionally, our amazing PTF has arranged for delicious food trucks to be on-site, ensuring everyone can enjoy a tasty meal while engaging in meaningful conversations with fellow parents and staff.

We look forward to seeing you all at Back to School Orientation Night as we kickstart another year of growth, learning, and connection. It's going to be a wonderful evening filled with excitement and anticipation!

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Pre-K Introduction Meeting

August 1st, 5:30

Preschool families! Join us in the Woody Auditorium at 5:30 to meet our Preschool Director and team before you head to your classrooms!

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Navigate to the FACTS Family Portal to access your student's schedule!

August 3rd

First Day of School!

Thursday, August 3rd

The first day of school for the new academic year is fast approaching! Mark your calendars for August 3rd, as we eagerly await the return of our students to campus.

This day marks the beginning of a fresh chapter filled with endless possibilities, new friendships, and exciting learning opportunities. Our dedicated faculty and staff are prepared to provide a safe, nurturing, and engaging environment for every student.

We encourage parents and guardians to help their children prepare for this special day by ensuring they have the necessary school supplies, uniforms, and a positive mindset. Together, let's embrace the joy and potential that the first day of school brings.

We can't wait to welcome each and every one of our students back to campus on August 3rd. Get ready for an amazing year ahead!

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Senior Sunrise

The senior class is invited to come together for the annual Senior Sunrise Breakfast on Friday, August 4, at 6:20 am. We'll gather at the softball field to witness the rising sun, symbolizing a new day and a fresh start. Don't miss this special moment to create cherished memories with your fellow seniors. See you there!


High School Softball Interest Meeting

Girls in grades 8-12, there will be a high school softball interest meeting on Friday, August 4th at 12:15 in the Football Film Room. Come out and see the incredible things happening in our softball program!


Used Uniform Sale

Wednesday, August 9 from 3:00-4:30 PM

Do you have some outgrown, new or used polos, pants/shorts/skirts, spirit wear, shoes, backpacks/bags, and sports equipment taking up space in closets?
You can set up a “uniform shop” under the pavilion so you can sell your own items for whatever price you choose. Hopefully, we can reuse and repurpose and bless each other.
Are you still looking for a few more pieces to start school? Stop in and check it out!

If it is not allowed at school, please do not bring.
Any questions call Sarah Knight: 865-621-0741

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Back To School Family Fellowship

Sunday Aug 13 @12pm

Come after church & bring food & drinks for your family. Meet under the Pavilion to fellowship and spend a few hours together!
Contact Sarah Knight: 865-621-0741


Host Family Opportunities!

We are still looking for three families! This is an incredible opportunity for you to join us in developing servant leaders who will change the world for Christ! We are excited to have new students joining us from all over the world this school year. Our students greatly benefit from being connected to local families who can love on them and welcome them to our school family. Please contact Tasha Blazier Wehrle at if you are willing to assist. Help us make a difference one student at a time! Go Lions!


PTF Sign Up!

We want to invite all new families to stop by the Parent–Teacher Fellowship table on Tuesday's Back to School Orientation Night. We would love to meet you and we have a free gift for you! Any returning families that would like to join PTF, we will be there to assist with that! Please consider joining the TKA PTF this year!

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Extended Care Updates

Extended Care services are available from 3:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. daily during regularly scheduled school days in the Ogle Building. All elementary students remaining on campus after dismissal and not participating in a school sponsored activity at 3:00 p.m. must be registered in and attend the K4 - 5th Grade Extended Care program.

All elementary students attending Extended Care must have a current Extended Care Enrollment and Emergency Information form completed before attending Extended Care.

Parking Passes for 2023

Parking Pass for HS Students

As we gear up for the upcoming school year, we are implementing new measures to further ensure the safety and security of our campus. One important step is to issue parking passes for all students who will be driving to campus. We understand the importance of providing a secure environment for our entire school community. By issuing parking passes, we can better monitor campus activity and ensure the safety of all our students, faculty, and staff. These parking passes are free of charge.

To streamline the process and avoid any inconvenience during the busy back-to-school period, we have created a simple Google Form for you to submit your parking pass request. This form will help us organize and allocate parking spaces efficiently.

Once our permits are in, we will reach out to let you know that they are available. Your cooperation in completing this form is crucial to enhance the overall safety and security of our campus. The parking pass will be valid for the entire academic year. Thank you for your understanding and support in making our school a secure and welcoming environment for all. We are looking forward to another great year together!

If you are a student driver, please take a moment to fill out the form linked below by July 29th:


Important information for the 2023-2024 School Year

Instructional Calendar

Dress Code


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Dress Code Resources


Updated Immunizations


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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