TKA ROYAL REMINDERS
September 2, 2022
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In This Issue:
- Current News
- Student & Grade Specific Announcements
- Parent Activities & Resources
- Spiritual Life & Service
- College & Academic Counseling
- Visual & Performing Arts
- This Week in Sports
2022-2023 SCHOOL YEAR
Sept. 5 (M): SCHOOL CLOSED - Labor Day
Sept. 8 (Th): Senior Parent College Night, 7:00 p.m., W Bldg
Sept. 21: 8th Grade East Coast Trip Meeting, 7:00 p.m., Theater
Sept. 21-23 (W-F): 10th & 11th Grade Fall Retreats - Details here!
Sept. 21-24 (W-Sa): 9th Grade Fall Retreat - Details here!
Sept. 28 (W): See You at the Pole (SYATP), prayer before school at flag pole
Sept. 28 (W): School Photo Retake Day
Sept. 29 (Th): Financial Aid for College Presentation, 7:00 p.m., W Bldg
Oct. 1 (Sa): Knights Annual Fundraiser (parents only), 5:00-9:00 p.m., TKA Quad Purchase tickets here!
Oct. 10 (M): SCHOOL CLOSED – Mid-Semester Break
Oct. 12 (W): PSAT Testing for Grades 8-11; SAT Testing Grade 12 (optional)
Oct. 13 (Th): 10th Grade Parent College Night, 7:00 p.m., W Bldg
Oct. 14-15: High School Play, Our Town, Fri. 3:30 & 7:00 p.m., Sat. 1:30 & 7:00 p.m.
Oct. 15 (Sa): TKA Open House #1 (Prospective Families), 11:00 a.m.
Oct. 21 (F): All School Family Carnival, Quad
Nov. 4 (F): Homecoming
Nov. 11-12: Jr. High Musical, The Music Man JR, Fri. 3:30 & 7:00 p.m., Sat. 1:30 & 7:00 p.m.
Family Year-At-A-Glance 2022-2023
REMEMBER: Test All Students for Covid on Monday & Upload Results
Each student needs to be tested at home on Monday, and the results must be uploaded for students to return to school on Tuesday. Please upload the results here (whether positive or negative) by 5:00 p.m. on Monday, September 5, so the school has time to reconcile the information.
Please upload the test results here.
Protecting Our Community from the Spread of Illness
Keep students home if their temperature is above 100.0 F (38.7 C) or they report not feeling well, appear weak or ill. Students MUST be free of all symptoms (i.e. fever, vomiting, diarrhea, etc.), without using fever-reducing medicines such as ibuprofen, acetaminophen, for 24 hours before being allowed to return to school. (Student/Parent Handbook, pg. 37)
Off-Campus Lunch Permission: Parents, beginning Wednesday, September 7, students who have been given permission are able to go off campus for lunch on Wednesday with a staff member. If you have not yet granted or declined permission in the Parent Portal, please do so by Tuesday, September 7.
Book Drive! The King's Academy is partnering with the Bookworm Global Chapter in honor of National Literacy Day! The book drive is Tuesday-Friday, September 6-9. Please drop off your books in the boxes located in front of the Main Office! The organization is accepting books for elementary school to high school! Books will be delivered to the Rivertown Affordable Housing Units in Santa Clara, home to many refugee families and families who are learning English as a second language.
- Books should be fairly recent as well as in good condition.
- Suggested Donations: Graphic Novels, Early Readers, Early Chapter Books, Chapter Books, Series Books(preferably if the entire series can be donated), Books in Chinese, Books in Spanish, Science-Fiction books, Fantasy books, Realistic Fiction books, Early Reading sets. This is a small list of what can be donated.
- Please Do Not Donate books that are dusty, molded, obsolete, vintage, broken, damaged, library discards, textbooks and curriculum materials, encyclopedias, thesauruses, audio cassettes, VHS tapes, or DVDs.
STUDENT CLUBS & GRADE SPECIFIC ANNOUNCEMENTS
Students, Interested in Forming a Club? Fill out the charter application or renewal application below. Check out the list of clubs from 2021-2022 for ideas! Submit your application prior to September 16, 2022.
9th Graders Needed for Shadow Hosts! Class of 2026, Did you know that every year a third of our freshman class is new to TKA? Last year we hosted over 80 freshman shadows. We need your help! We are still in need of more 9th grade Shadow Day Hosts! Please take a moment to fill out our Shadow Day form.
TKA Junior High Math Team Season Kicks Off in September! All junior high students interested in joining the TKA Math Team should submit this application by Wednesday, September 7, at 10:00 p.m. After completing this application, you will receive more information and an invitation to take the diagnostic test on Friday, September 9, from 3:15-4:15 p.m. If students are accepted to the team, a fee of $250 for books, competition fees, and team shirts will be billed on FACTS Portal. The Math Team will meet on Wednesdays and Thursdays from 3:00-4:15 p.m. If you have any questions, contact email@example.com.
Jr. High or High School Students Interested in Speech and Debate: Attend the first meeting every Wednesday morning from 8:30-9:30 a.m. in C-11. It is open to all grades!
Register for the 2023 USA Biolympiad! Do you have a passion for Biology? Are you interested in competing in biology at the national level? Have you registered or finished your Biology or Biology honors course? School and Student Registration for the 2023 USA Biolympiad opened just now, and the online open exam will take place on February 2, 2023. To register for the exam, please join the Biolympiad Club by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org (President of the Biolympiad Club).
Afterschool Board Games: Meet twice a month on the 1st and 3rd Thursday of each month from 3:00-4:00 p.m.. A new board game will be taught by Library staff Rachel Silverstein who will introduce beginner games to advanced games.
High School Book Club: The club starts TODAY (Friday, September 2) at lunch led by seniors Eric Oh and Stephan Norquist with advisor, Mrs. Okazaki, the Librarian. Meet in front of the Library and bring your lunch. Regular meetings will be held at lunch the 1st and 2nd Fridays of each month.
Register to Vote (18-year-olds): Exercise your voting rights.....please register to vote HERE!
Selective Service for Male 18-year-olds: Under current law all male US citizens between 18–25 years of age, born after January 1, 1960 are required to register within 30 days of their 18th birthday. In addition, non-US citizen men between the ages of 18 and 25 (inclusive) living in the United States must register. 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, or you can register online at www.sss.gov. If you have any questions regarding registration, please visit the website or contact the Registrar's Office.
9th Graders! Save the Date for Freshmen Knight at Dave & Busters: Friday, September 16, 6:00-9:00 p.m.
RSVP here if you are attending
Event is Free!!!!
Each student will be given a $20 play card (more can be added individually) and dinner is provided.
Congratulations 3 TKA College Board National Recognition Honorees! These students students excelled in College Board assessments and schoolwork to earn these awards. Colleges and scholarship programs use these honors to recruit students.
- Evan Kelly: National Hispanic Recognition Award
- Isabella Zailer: National Hispanic Recognition Award
- Jayden Taylor: National Hispanic Recognition Award & National African American Recognition Award
PARENT ACTIVITIES & RESOURCES
8th Grade East Coast Trip Info Meeting: Wednesday, September 21, 7:00 p.m., Theater. Representatives from P.A.C.E. Travel will be present to talk about the trip and details regarding registration, pricing, and parent chaperones. The trip will visit Washington DC, Gettysburg, New York and Boston. Questions? Contact Mr. Lanning, email@example.com.
8th Grade Parent Shutterfly Site: Dear Class of 2027 Parents, Did you know that we have a shutterfly site just for the class of 2027!?? Please take a moment to create a Shutterfly log in or log in with your existing account: classof2027tka.shutterfly.com/. Easy to access - just a simple log in, no social media presence. Only TKA class of 2027 parents will have access to this site. I will work closely with TKA to verify email addresses and/or parent names. -Grace Marandino (Nathan's mom).
Mandatory Parent Volunteer Requirements: Any parent intending to volunteer or chaperone for TKA events on or off campus or drive students (other than your own) to TKA activities and athletics, please complete this form as soon as possible so you can volunteer or drive for school events. For questions, contact Gabrielle.Babin@tka.org.
Last Carpool Sign Up: To all those who sign up here by Wednesday, September 7, 3:00 p.m., the next carpool interest list will be emailed on Thursday, September 8. It will be organized by zip code and include a map, so you can contact those parents in your area who are interested and negotiate the days and times you would like to carpool. This is the last carpool list as most interested families have already organized carpools for the year.
Optional Daily/Weekly Progress Reports and Google Classroom Email Summaries: Parents can choose to receive these reports/summaries. Details here.
Join Moms in Prayer - Every Thursday: Join in prayer for the needs of our TKA Community. Weekly meetings are 8:10-9:10 a.m. in C-9. You can join at any time and attend regularly or periodically. Details here! For more information, please contact Theresa Lester, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Parent-Sponsored/Moderated Facebook & Google Groups: Details for joining here. You are invited to join; participation is completely optional. These are closed groups for TKA parents only.
The $60 per person admission helps defray the cost of the event.
Knights Annual Fundraiser
Saturday, October 1, 2022
"Ohana means family and family means no one gets left behind or forgotten."
This is our most important fundraising event and biggest party of the school year for parents! 100% of auction proceeds will go towards financial aid and the endowment fund.
Our theme this year is Ohana Knight. Ohana means family. Family means no one is left behind or forgotten. Help us to make sure that no one is left behind but that every qualified student from every socio-economic background can attend TKA. This festive evening, packed with opportunities to meet other TKA parents, TKA staff and teachers, and the school board, will include inspiring musical and dance performances, a live auction, an online auction, and a Hawaiian style dinner. Unable to attend? Consider a donation to the Knights Annual Fund.
This Week in Jr. High Chapel: We opened up the month of September today with our first solo junior high chapel for Sixers, Sevvies, and Ochos as Mr. Jordan Coss hosted our time in the W building! We were led in worship by Ms. Stacey Reed with a high school student band and they did a wonderful job. Then Charles Homer, High School Pastor at Venture Church, presented an engaging lesson about taking Jesus' question, "Who do you say that I am," seriously. Charles shared a traumatic story from his life that led him to finally take Jesus seriously, and he encouraged students to do that now before or without needing some traumatic experience to wake us up to the reality and truth of Jesus first. It was a great message and time as we launch into a new month and settle into the fall semester where we will continue to explore who Jesus is.
This Week in High School Chapel: We met together in the Theater for some worship and a poignant and heart-felt message from Dave Tieche, the Teaching Pastor at Westgate Church, South Hills, and father of two TKA students. He challenged us all to fight against the lies Satan tries to get us to believe. He reminded us that Jesus is the Way, the Truth, and the Life, and He came to set us free. Pastor Tieche left us with the encouragement that "Truth wins and lies die."
COLLEGE & ACADEMIC COUNSELING
College Night for Senior Parents: On Thursday, September 8, 7:00-8:30 p.m. in the W Building, all parents of seniors are invited for a presentation by TKA College Counseling on the application process. If this is your first time with student applying to college, we will cover the basics as well as offer suggestions as to how best to navigate the UC, CSU, and Common Application and come alongside your student. Students are welcome, but this event is especially for mom and dad.
Seniors - Walk-In College Application Workshops will be offered on several Wednesday mornings at 9:00 a.m. in the library. The College Counseling staff will be available to help students with any application. Students should bring their laptop. Workshops offered on these Wednesdays: September 14, September 28, October 12, October 19, October 26, November 9. Focused UC and CSU workshops will be held on
- September 28 - UC College Workshop
- October 26 - CSU College Workshop
Attention Seniors and Juniors, College Reps are Coming to TKA! Come and meet the College Reps to learn more about their schools.
- Tuesday, September 6: William Jessup University, CA, 12:45 p.m., K-7 Board Room
- Tuesday, September 6: Bryant University, RI, 2:45 p.m., K-7 Board Room
- Friday, September 9: Baylor University, TX, 12:45 p.m., W Building
- Monday, September 12: Saint Mary's College of California, Moraga, CA, 2:50 p.m.
- Tuesday, September 13: University of Southern California, Los Angeles, 12:30 p.m.
- Wednesday, September 14: Menlo College, Atherton, CA, 12:30 p.m.
- Wednesday, September 14: Purdue University, IN,2:50 p.m.
Save the Date!
- Financial Aid for College Presentation: Join us in the W Building on Thursday, September 29, at 7:00 p.m.
- PSAT Testing: On Wednesday, October 12, 8th-11th grades will take the PSAT 7:30 a.m.- 12:30 p.m. Please do not schedule appointments during this time.
Technical Theatre Crew Opportunities
Our Town, High School Play Tech Crew: Complete the application form and upload the Tech Crew Rehearsal calendar with all conflicts noted. Remember to sign it, and have a parent sign it too.
The Music Man JR, Jr. High Musical Tech Crew: Application for the Jr. High Musical Tech Crew will be available in about two weeks. Jr. High Musical Tech crew commitment is:
- Monday through Friday, October 21- November 10, after school
- Saturday, November 5
- All performances November 11 and 12
Contact Mrs. Irwin email@example.com with questions.
Tech Crew Training Wednesdays: Interested in learning more about Tech Crew? Like to serve behind the scenes? Bring your lunch and join us in the Theater during lunch on:
- Wednesday, September 7 (Sound Crew)
- Wednesday, September 14 (Stage Crew)
- Wednesday, September 28 (Lighting Crew)
Come to one or all three to learn more about the inner workings of VPA productions! Open to Junior High and High School students with any level of experience. Questions? Contact Mrs. Irwin
Jr. High Early Winter Sports Sign-Ups End Friday, September 9. Simply go to Athletics at www.tka.org, click on Sports Sign-Up, select your sport and fill out the form. The form is to be filled out by the student participating, not the parent. Note: There will be a $75 late registration fee for any student who does not sign up during the allotted time period. The sports offered are:
- Boys Basketball
- Girls Soccer
FREE FCA All Ability Multi-Sport Camp
for campers with special needs and disabilities ages 5 - 25
Saturday, October 15, 2022
The King's Academy
TKA is thrilled to partner with FCA for this event and would love to have members of the TKA family participate in it! Details here.
Helpers Needed: Contact Executive Athletic Director, Joe Maemone, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Friday, September 2, 2022
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