Lions Weekly: November 9, 2022

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A Note From Mr. Sandefur

Lion Families,

Earlier this week I, along with a few members of our leadership team, met with another independent school located within the southeast in order to investigate potential additions for our academic offerings here at The King’s Academy. While on our visit, we were encouraged to see high-quality, biblically-based, instruction being provided in a way that is mission-appropriate and skill driven. We will continue to pray and plan for these exciting offerings that will be launched in concert with the opening of the J.T. Shen Science Center.

I ask that you continue to partner with us in prayer as we seek to grow in our ability to better serve our students and community. Over the coming weeks, we will begin sharing exciting announcements of what is happening next in the life of The King’s Academy.

In Christ Alone,

Jeremy Sandefur
President/Head of School

STEAM Showcase

STEAM Showcase

Thursday, November 17

We are incredibly excited for you to join us for this year's STEAM Showcase! Mark your calendars for this free event on November 17th from 4:30-6:00 as we showcase all of the amazing things in the STEAM field. We will have several fun activities including electromagnets, solar-powered vehicle kits, chemistry demonstrations, and more!

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Elementary STEAM Week

November 14th - 18th

Dear TKA Elementary Families:

We are excited to share with you about our upcoming 3rd Annual STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math) Week. Each year, we provide daily STEAM engagement in classrooms, enhancement classes, and a STEAM store all within a fun STEAM atmosphere. STEAM emphasis remains a vital component of our classrooms year-round through projects, Fun Friday events, and station activities. This year we will host our STEAM Week for our students during regular school hours the week of November 14-18.

During this special week, a focus on STEAM will permeate the entire elementary school! Elementary classroom doors and hallways will feature STEAM-themed decorations, daily science classes will include special STEAM activities, and even enhancement classes (PE, Music, Art, and Library) will integrate our STEAM focus into their instruction! Also, students will have access to our very own STEAM Store (select hours available) to purchase fun science items (pencils, notepads, folders, erasers, and more) along with a variety of snack items for the cost of $1 each.

To kick off our STEAM week, a special assembly by a Nationwide Award-winning Presenter, The Singing Scientist, Wendy, will take place on Monday, November 14th. Presenter Wendy brings STEAM alive with a fun and memorable show. Students will learn and explore through music and movement while engaging in a science lesson. We are excited to bring this show to our campus for TKA STEAM Week.

On Wednesday, November 16, our PreK and Kindergarten classes will have their own hands-on program with a variety of age-appropriate STEAM activities provided by Preschool STEAM. Our 1st-5th grade students will participate in a science presentation and activity from AMSE (American Museum of Science) of Oak Ridge on campus in our gymnasium. Our 1st and 2nd-grade students will see a presentation focused on Magnetism. Our 3rd-5th grade students will see a presentation focused on Chemistry.

On Thursday, November 17th, we will conclude our week of STEAM learning and fun by giving students the opportunity to witness Principal Sullivan getting “SLIMED”!

Also, on Thursday afternoon from 4:30-6:00 p.m., our upper school math and science teachers are providing a STEAM Showcase with presentations focused on STEAM and STEAM-related jobs. The STEAM Showcase will take place in the Ashe Cafeteria.

We understand the high importance and necessity of STEAM instruction for our students at an early age. We are eager to nurture their excitement for these fields of study through this fun week of engaging activities! All funds collected in the STEAM Store will help offset the cost of the initial purchase of items sold in the store.

If your occupation is in a STEAM-related field such as engineering, IT, data science, medical, etc. and you would be interested in sharing with your child’s class or grade level, please email your child’s teacher to schedule a time to share during our STEAM Week. We would love to have our TKA community sharing first-hand experiences of applying 21st-century STEAM skills.


Kelly Sullivan, Elementary Principal

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Student Government Association

Thanksgiving Baskets

Each year the The King’s Academy distributes Thanksgiving baskets for those in need. This year the baskets will be delivered on Thursday, November 17th. If you would like to help, buy a basket or box and fill it with the items listed below and bring it back to the school no later than Wednesday the 16th. We will provide a gift certificate/coupon for each family to buy a turkey.

Also, if you would like, include a devotional book in the basket. The total cost for the certificate/coupons will be approximately $400. If you would like to make a financial donation to help offset the cost, that would be appreciated as well. Make checks to TKA. Thank you in advance for your generosity and service.

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High School BETA

Shoebox Donations

The High School BETA has organized a Samaritan's Purse Operation Christmas Child campaign at The King's Academy. You can pick up a label for your shoebox in both the high school and elementary school offices. Please return the packed boxes to the school by November 18. BETA members will collect them from both offices daily.

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No Aftercare

Friday, November 18

On Friday, November 18, we will not have aftercare. Please make arrangements to have your Lion picked up by their dismissal time.

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Thanksgiving Week

Nov. 21- Nov. 25

The King's Academy school and offices will be closed the entire week of Thanksgiving (Monday, November 21- Friday, November 25).

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Winter Choir Program: Frozen, Jr.

December 1st & 3rd

Our TKA Choral department is excited to present Frozen, Jr. the first weekend in December! Tickets are now on sale! Use the link below to purchase your tickets for the performances.

Be sure to mark your calendars for the following presentations of Frozen Jr. as you will not want to miss this exciting performance:

▪ December 1st at 6:30 p.m.
▪ December 3rd at 1:30 p.m.
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December 1st at 6:30 p.m.
December 3rd at 1:30 p.m.
December 3rd at 6:30 p.m.

Thank You

Thank you to everyone who donated to our breast cancer walk and who gave to the pink buckets at the Pink Out game. Because of your generosity, we raised $2,000.00 this year (and $2,000.00 last year at our breast cancer walk) to help patients battling breast cancer at U.T. Hospital. Thank you for making a difference in these patient's lives and helping us Love Where We Live!

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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

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9-12th Spring Break Trip: France, Germany and The Alps

March 11-18, 2023

For more information and to register for this trip, click here.


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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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