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Key Calendar Dates

Nov. 18 (Tu) College Financial Aid Night, 7:00 p.m, W Building
Nov. 21-22 (F/Sa) High School Play, Our Town
Nov. 24-25 (M/Tu) 6th Grade Student-Led Conferences
Nov. 24-25 (M/Tu) Special Rotating Schedule here
Nov. 26-28 (W-F) NO SCHOOL, Thanksgiving Break
Dec. 3 (W) 6th Grade Egyptian Feast, 12:10-1:10 p.m., W Building
Dec. 5 (F) Choir & Orchestra Concert: "Taking Back Christmas," 3:30 & 7:00 p.m., Theatre, Free
Dec. 6 (Sa) Prospective Family Open House #2, 11:00 a.m., Theatre
Dec. 12 (F) Band Christmas Concert, 3:30  & 7:00 p.m., Theatre, Free
Dec. 16-18 (Tu-Th)            1st Semester Final Exams, Special Schedule Here
Dec. 19 (F) Junior Class All Day Trip to San Francisco
Dec. 19-Jan. 11 NO SCHOOL, Christmas Vacation
Jan. 3-11 Senior London Trip
Jan. 12 (M) School Resumes; Semester 2 Begins


Verse of the Week

Revelation 21:4, ‘He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death’ or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.”

Current News

Parent Prayer Night for Principal Search:  ALL parents are encouraged to join us on Wednesday, December 3, from 7:00-8:00 p.m. in the W Building as we gather to pray and ask for God's guidance and discernment in finding God's best for TKA in our search for a new principal. We want to intentionally come together as a community to lift up our prayers for a new leader and the future of The King's Academy. Questions?  Contact Linda Tatsuno at:

Mid-Week “Saturday” School: There will be a mid-week "Saturday School" on Tuesday, December 2, AND Thursday, December 4, from 2:30-4:30 p.m. each day. Students who would like to serve mid-week instead of Saturday, November 15, must sign up in the SAO this week. Students must serve BOTH days. If you have questions, see Mrs. Walker in the SAO.

Shop & Earn for TKA: Shopping for Operation Christmas Child? Thanksgiving meal? Christmas gft?  Check out this webpage and learn the many ways you can "Shop and Earn for TKA!"

Parent Resource Webpage:  This webpage, found in the parent portal, has many articles and resources contributed by staff and parents.  If you have a resource to suggest, please email  Recently added resources by Dr. Tim Elmore, President of Growing Leaders, a non-profit that helps develop emerging leaders under the philosophy that each child is born with leadership qualities:

Parent Volunteer Corner

Volunteers Needed to Provide Food, Set-up, and Clean-up for December Open HousePlease help us show our "renowned TKA hospitality" by clicking on this Open House Volunteer link . Your participation will be a blessing to the school and possible future TKA families! 

  • Contributing food (There are many food items needed to put on an event of this size!)
  • Help set up  (9:00-11:30 a.m.)
  • Help during event (11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.)
  • Help clean up (1:30-3:30 p.m.)

Pumpkin Bread for Staff - Jooners List Filled. Thank you Parents!  

Senior Class Thanksgiving Feast - Jooners List Filled. Thank You Parents!

Class Specific Announcements

6th Grade Parents - Order 6th Grade Class Pictures: You can place an order for your child’s class picture at You will be directed to the online ordering where you enter the password TKAgroup14 into the “private galleries” area. All orders will be delivered to school if ordered by the due date.

6th Grade Student Conferences:  Sixth graders will not have school on Monday and Tuesday, November 24-25.  Instead, they will have 30-minute student-led conferences with parents. Please check with your student or student's homegroup teacher for the conference time. Please set-up your conference time by Wednesday, November 19.

11th Grade Movie Night:  Attention Junior Class!  Come out this Saturday, November 15 from 6:00-10:00 p.m. for a movie night and KFC Thanksgiving feast!  We'll meet in the W building, and cost is $7 (includes food, drinks, and a showing of the Pink Panther). Please RSVP on the Junior Class Facebook page or to the Junior Class officers by this Friday, November 14.

11th Grade Trip to San Francisco:  Save the date!  This TKA tradition is coming up on Friday, December 19, all day from 7:30 a.m. until midnight. There is no school that day, but we still want every junior to participate in this great class bonding event! Don't miss this amazing day of fun activities with the entire junior class! Plans are still in the works but we hope to visit China Town, which will include lunch at a restaurant in China Town, do a service project with City Impact and then see Cirque du Soleil.  Please fill out the permission slip linked here and return with a check for $100 made out to "The King’s Academy”, with “Jr. Class Trip” on the memo line.   We need permission slips and money no later than Wednesday, November 19Bring these to their history teacher, Mr. Shieh or Mrs. Connors. Sign up here to be a driver/chaperone for the Junior Class San Francisco Trip!

Selective Service Registration:  Attention all 17 and 18 year old males - when you turn 18, it is your civic responsibility to register with Selective Service.   Registering for Selective Service is a federal law and those who fail to register may be denied student loans, job training, government jobs, and driver’s licenses in most states.  You can get a Selective Service registration card at your local post office, in the Registrar’s Office, or you can register online at  If you have any questions regarding registration, please visit the website or contact the Registrar’s office.
Spiritual Life & Service

This Week in Junior High Chapel: Kevin Neuner told the story of Joseph.  He talked about how grit beats circumstance and integrity beats opportunity.  He challenged the students in those two areas to practice and work on their integrity, becoming the person they want to be, to stay dedicated, and to have grit.

This Week in High School Chapel:  Worship was led by one of our fabulous student worship bands.  We also had the privilege of hearing from Lisa Evans, pastor at The Highway Community Church.  Lisa spoke on calling and vocation.  She challenged the students to take some of the pressure off of themselves when trying to figure out what they are "called to do with their lives" before they graduate high school.  God uses people in many different ways, and people can bless the world in their jobs, and outside of their vocation, with the gifts they have been given. Lisa defined calling as "where the things you love meet what the world needs" and gave some poignant examples of how people do those things both inside and outside of their jobs.  It was a fabulous time of being together to start the school week after a long weekend.

Operation Christmas Child: As a part of our annual school-wide service project to give gifts to underprivileged children throughout the world, we need shoeboxes!  If you have standard size shoeboxes that can be donated towards this project, please bring them by Wednesday, November 19 to Mrs. Jahde’s office, P-4.

NHS Food Drive:  Help us feed the poor.  The National Honors Society (NHS) is holding a Second Harvest Food Drive, and we need you to bring food to feed low-income people around our city. Fill up our bins around campus with canned fruit, canned veggies, spaghetti sauce, rice, pasta, crackers, oatmeal, ramen and canned soup before Friday, November 21. Please label your items with your homeroom teacher’s name so we can give you the appropriate credit. Whichever homeroom brings in the most food (by weight) will win a donut party. Our goal is 1000 pounds of food.
Academic & College Counseling

Juniors - Mock SAT/ACT Test:  Princeton Review is offering current juniors who will take the “old” SAT, the opportunity to try out the SAT and ACT, to find out which one is the better option for them. They can try this Mock SAT/ACT test on Saturday, November 22, between 9 a.m. and 1:15 p.m here at The King’s Academy. (Course #195192). Sign up for these tests at (510) 295-0002, or online at

College Financial Aid Night:  Junior and Senior Parents, it is highly recommended that you attend the College Financial Aid Night on Tuesday, November 18, from 7:00-8:00 p.m. in the W-Building.  The College Counseling Office will be reviewing the financial aid application process for the 2015 applicants (current seniors).  The PowerPoint presentation will be available later, but there is nothing like hearing the pertinent conversation that occurs.  We will not be able to deliver the information individually.  If you are a parent of a junior, we recommend that if you can make time, it is very helpful to hear what is coming soon for you and your student.  


Seniors – College Recommendation Letter Request Envelopes:  As stated on the Counselor Recommendation Request Form attached to the large white envelope that you were given at the beginning of the year, the request for your counselor’s college recommendations is due NO LATER THAN the following dates:

  • November 20, if your first college application deadline is December 15.
  • Friday, December 5, if your first college application deadline is between January 1 and January 31.

If your first application deadline is later than January 15, please look at the due dates on your envelope. Come to the Academic and College Counseling Office if you need a new envelope.

Visual & Performing Arts

The King’s Academy High School Drama Department Presents Our Town. Join us on Friday, November 21, at 3:30 & 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, November 22, at 1:30 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.  Come see the talented cast including our own Mr. Hardy and Mr. Palm!  Tickets are $5 General Admission and can be purchased at the door or in the Main Office beginning Tuesday, November 11 Tickets will also be available at the door 45 minutes prior to the show. This is a full 2-1/2 hour show with two intermissions.  Cast list here.

The story in Our Town follows the small town of Grover's Corners through three acts: "Daily Life," "Love and Marriage," and "Death and Eternity." Narrated by a stage manager and performed with minimal props and sets, audiences follow the Webb and Gibbs families as their children fall in love, marry, and eventually—in one of the most famous scenes in American theatre—die.   This moving Pulitzer Prize winning play explores the timeless themes of life, love, death, and eternity, and will stay with you for a long time.

"Beautiful and remarkable one of the sagest, warmest and most deeply human scripts to have come out of our theatre...A spiritual experience." —The New York Post

Congratulations to TKA Knights Brigade Marching Band & Color Guard!! Well done on your first place finish in Class A at the WBA competition at Independence High School last Saturday.  Knights Brigade also won awards for Best General Effect, Best Music, Best Visual, Best Color Guard, and Best Percussion!  See and hear them TONIGHT during half-time at the Varsity Football Game!  Knights Brigade will compete again Saturday, November 15, at James Logan High School, 1800 H Street, Union City CA. Event begins at 2 p.m.  TKA competes at 2:54 p.m. New video from Independence competition here. 


Third Annual TKA Christmas Art Benefit & Boutique:  A special way to kick of your holiday preparations!  Friday, December 12, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. in the W Building. Beautifully designed art and unique gifts will be available for purchase. We welcome parents, friends and alumni  to display and sell their handmade items. This is a wonderful opportunity to share your creativity for a great cause. You earn money as you sell your work and bless the community, and your one-time vendor fees help us support student mission trips and special needs of our students.  Sign up to be a vendor by Saturday, November 15. Come and bring your friends.  Questions? Contact Mrs. Cindi Sweet.


Congratulations Varsity Football! The Varsity Football team defeated Carlmont High School 47-14 on Friday and clenched the PAL Lake League Championship! The Knights are now 8-1 and undefeated in league going into their last regular season game. 


Last Home Football Game & Senior Night TONIGHT (Friday, November 14).  This is our last home game, and we will be honoring our seniors. Please come out and support them! JV is at 4:00 p.m. and Varsity is at 7:00 p.m.  TKA plays Jefferson High School. It will also be your last opportunity to obtain Booster merchandise which will all be at least 25% off. Several items will not be re-ordered next year, so this may be your last chance to obtain some unique football booster merchandise and support the team. Thank you for your support of TKA Knights football. See you on Friday, The TKA Football Booster Club Officers.

CCS Football Playoffs Selection Show: The NFHS Network in partnership with CCS will be broadcasting a CCS Football Playoff Selection Show on Sunday, November 16 at 10:30 a.m. from the CCS Office on the NFHS Network.  Much like the NCAA Basketball Selection Show, this show will feature a review of all the brackets as well as interviews with several coaches and the CCS Commissioner, Nancy Lazenby Blaser. Watch here:  Once the brackets are loaded, they will be found here.
High School Girls Soccer Still Open:  Any girls still interested in playing High School soccer this year - it's not too late! You can still go out and be a part of the team, but you need to talk to the coach this week. Come to the Athletic Office if you are still interested.

Junior High Tennis Openings: Any junior higher interested in JH Tennis, please contact Mr. Burkhardt via email by Wednesday, November 19, for off-season clinic information. Clinics will start late November and will continue up to the beginning of JH Tennis season in the spring. 

Cross Country League Championship Results:
  • The JV boys won the WBAL league championship! The JV boys have never beat all the WBAL league schools and Friday was the first time they have done so. Hats off to the JV boys for a great race. 
  • The JV girls were also, for the first time, WBAL league champions! Prior to entering the league championships this year the JV girls had never placed farther up than 5th place! Way to go Knights. 
  • For the second year in a row, the Varsity boys placed 2nd overall in the league. Hands up to Isaiah Scott, Tyler Schoenduve, Daniel O'neill, Brian Field, Abin Thomas, Conner Schoenduve, and Seth Chatterton. The entire varsity squad moves on to CCS next week in Salinas. 
  • The Varsity girls, for the first time, were almost league champions edged out by just 1 point. The team was led by Danielle Tatsuno, and followed by Kari Bergstedt, Fern Salguero, Julia Monaco, Elizabeth Wilson, Michelle Bromley and frosh Bonnie Chu. This was the closest we have ever been to winning the league championships. The entire varsity squad moves on to CCS next week in Salinas. 
  • In summary the team has never run this well at the league championships. Way to go XC Knights!

TKA Spirit Gear - Time to Shop for Christmas!  Show your TKA Spirit!  Order beanies, blankets, scarfs, tote bags, sweatshirts, polos, and t-shirts with The King's Academy logo or Knights logo for Christmas gifts! Check out photos of the gear on the Spirit Gear webpage. Next ordering window is NOW through Friday, November 28, with delivery starting on Monday, December 15.

This Week in Sports

You can access This Week In Sports from the homepage under Athletics, along with  TKA Scores,  Team Schedules, and Directions to Away Games.

Friday, 11/14/2014
  Boys Varsity Football Home
vs. Jefferson High School
more info
3:00PM - 5:00PM 
(1:45 dismissal)
JH Boys Wrestling Away
vs. Cabrillo Middle School
vs. Peterson Middle School
more info
4:00PM Boys JV Football Home
vs. Jefferson High School
more info
4:00PM - 5:15PM JH Girls A Soccer Away
vs. Harker School
more info
4:45PM - 6:00PM JH Boys A Basketball Away
vs. Pinewood School
more info
Saturday, 11/15/2014
1:30PM Boys/Girls Varsity Cross Country  
vs. Multiple Opponents
Varsity Cross Country @ CCS Championships
more info
Tuesday, 11/18/2014
3:45PM - 5:00PM JH Boys C Basketball Home
vs. Nueva School
more info
4:00PM - 5:15PM JH Boys B Basketball Away
vs. Campbell Christian School
more info
4:00PM - 5:15PM JH Girls A Soccer Home
vs. St. Joseph of The Sacred Heart School
more info
4:15PM - 6:15PM JH Boys Wrestling Home
vs. C.T. English Middle School
more info
5:00PM - 6:15PM JH Boys A Basketball Home
vs. Woodland School
more info
Wednesday, 11/19/2014
6:00PM - 7:15PM JH Boys A Basketball Away
vs. Hillview Middle School
more info
Thursday, 11/20/2014
3:45PM - 5:00PM JH Boys B Basketball Home
vs. Sacred Heart Preparatory School
more info
4:00PM - 5:15PM JH Boys C Basketball Away
vs. Pinewood School
more info
Friday, 11/21/2014
Boys Varsity Football TBD
Possible 1st round CCS game  
3:30PM - 5:30PM 
(2:00 dismissal)
JH Boys Wrestling Away
vs. Dartmouth Middle School
more info
3:45PM - 5:00PM JH Boys C Basketball Home
vs. Menlo School
more info

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