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CAPITOL HILL RALLY & RECEPTION DAY - MARCH 19, 2019
Hosted by the Tennessee Home Education Association, is our annual day at the Tennessee State Capitol when homeschooling families bring the good report of home education to our elected lawmakers. It’s a day homeschoolers from all over the state of Tennessee join together to protect and advance our freedoms as we let our lawmakers know of our strength and vibrancy. CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFO!

Homemade Cookies for our TN Legislators for 2019 Homeschool Rally Day
Homeschool Rally Day is almost here, Tuesday, March 19, and we need your help! We need 180 dozen homemade cookies. If you are willing to bake cookies for Rally Day, please email or text and let us know how many dozen so we have an accurate count. We cannot do this without you!

If you’re someone who doesn’t bake, you can help by volunteering to receive cookies at a drop-off location or to help us sort and bag the cookies. Just remember - what we do at Rally Day does make a difference in how our legislators view homeschoolers. So, if you can help, let us know by emailing offcampus@faithheritage.com or texting (901) 381-5218 with your name and number of cookies. Details on the drop-off locations and types of cookies are listed below.

New this year - Cookie Contest! If you like to compete, in conjunction with MHEA, we are hosting a Cookie Contest with cash prizes! Request by email the Contest Rules, Entry Form, and Recipe Form, or see www.MyMHEA.org You do NOT have to fill out an entry form if you do NOT want to enter the contest, but are just providing cookies for Rally Day.

Cookies for Rally Day... why?
Every year Tennessee Homeschoolers bake and gather cookies for the Tennessee Homeschool Capitol Rally Day. These cookies are then delivered to the office staff of our Tennessee Legislative Representatives and Senators by homeschoolers from all over our state, as a way of saying “Thank You” and as a doorway to educate those who have misgivings about homeschooling and about the parents’ ability to educate their children.

This year it is more important than ever for homeschoolers to go to Rally Day & visit our representatives. Because of past horrific child abuse crimes when parents used homeschooling as a cloak to conceal abuse, international, national & local media have called for tighter regulation of homeschoolers. Criminal child abuse is not a homeschool issue but one of child abuse & neglect. Every state has tough child abuse & neglect laws, as well as truancy laws. It is very important for our lawmakers to see in person their homeschooling constituents and to learn the truth about the benefits, strength & vibrancy of home education in Tennessee! This event is open to all Homeschool Families, Support groups, Tutorials, Co-ops, 4-H clubs, etc. Help us Thank those who have supported homeschooling and educate those who are against it.

See www.TNhea.org and click on "Rally Day" from the top menu, for lots of details about this year's Homeschool Rally Day in the State Capitol and why your family should attend! Make this a family field trip! You could also plan a visit to the awesome, brand-new, educational & interactive Tennessee State Museum, free of charge, just a reasonable walk North of the Capitol. See https://tnmuseum.org for all the details.

This is why we bake 180 dozen cookies each year and package them so nicely before Rally Day. Please use your best creative baking skills and help us gather an attractive, delicious assortment of cookies for Homeschool Rally Day.
Specifics for Cookie preparation:
Home baked cookies that don’t crumble easily and ship well are needed.
Cookies should be packed in zip lock bags or other air tight container with the number of cookies written on the outside.
Put your name and address on the bag.
Where? – Drop-off locations are as follows:
(Be aware that students are taking achievement tests at the first two locations, so please keep all unnecessary noise down!)
· Wed., March 13, 9 a.m. – 12 noon, at Collierville 1st Baptist Church, 830 New Byhalia Road, Collierville – gym entrance
· Thur. & Fri., March 14-15, 9 a.m. – 12 noon, at Faith Heritage Christian Academy, 4274 Duncan Rd., Millington
· Thur., March 14, 10 a.m. – 1:00 p.m., MHEA Office, 879 Willow Tree Cir., Cordova
· Fri., March 15 - Private Home in Arlington very close to Hwy. 385/269 (text/call first 901-487-2605 or 901-604-2259)
Thank you for doing your part to help keep homeschooling legal!

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FHCA Student Receives MADD TN Power of Youth Award!!
The MADD Tennessee Power of Youth Award was given to a student that had excelled in his or her efforts to prevent underage drinking. The 2018 Statewide Power of Youth Award was presented to Summer Knowles of Faith Heritage Christian Academy. Click here to view pictures and more details!

Paying Enrollment Fees: Due to adjustments being made to our new web site, some parents' payments have not been received. You should be aware, according to the laws of Tennessee, that your child(ren) are not considered enrolled in school if your fees are not paid (or payment arrangements made). If you still need to pay your annual enrollment fee, you may use two methods:
1) Use this credit card form* and mail to address below. (Credit does not work on-line. You must print the form, fill it out by hand, and then mail it to us.) Another option is to call the school office (901-872-0828) between 8:30-2:30 week days and give the credit info by phone.
2) Or mail a check or money order to our address :
FHCA
PO Box 280758
Memphis, TN 38168
*A four dollar convenience fee per family will need to be added to the total if you pay by credit/debit card.

Curriculum Form: If you haven't yet filled out the Curriculum Page and submitted it, we need that too. The form is available here. Be sure to fill in the name of the official School District in which your family lives.

ACHIEVEMENT TESTING-MARCH 2019


Each spring Faith Heritage devotes about two full weeks to testing our students in grades 2-10.

Schedule:
Tuesday and Wednesday, March 12-13, Collierville First Baptist Church, 830 New Byhalia Rd., Collierville.

Thursday and Friday, March 14-15, Faith Heritage Christian Academy, 4274 Duncan Rd., Millington.

Thursday and Friday March 21-22 Briarwood Community Church, 1900 N. Germantown Pkwy., Cordova.

Time: All times are the same, 8 a.m. -12 noon each day. Proctors need to arrive at 7:30 a.m.

Proctors: We need about 20 people at each testing location to help us administer the test. Please sign up ASAP. Proctors are given first choice as to testing location. Email back your name and phone number and grade level of your children taking the test. Proctors need to arrive at 7:30 a.m.

Special Needs - Students with special needs will be given placement preference, but places are limited. Parents of these students need to plan to help in some way at testing. Your presence in the building will help your students feel more secure. Some of these students may better be served by testing in the summer (June). Special needs accommodations -very brief description, i.e, needs one-on-one, may test with a very quiet small group, needs extra time, needs to write in booklet and proctor to transfer (extra cost), needs to have parts of the test read to him. Documentation of disabilities must be on file with us!

Grade One – Testing for Grade 1 is optional and not included in your enrollment fee. Test cost for grade one is $30. Please send a check ASAP made out to FHCA, P.O. Box 280758, Memphis TN 38168. We need to have your reservation immediately.

Sign Up Now - Everyone (including proctors) Send your request for testing to this email offcampus@faithheritage.com with this info:

Full Name of students to Test (required for Grades 2-10) with current grade level and birth date and parent’s name and cell phone
_____________i.e. David Jay Jones, gr 3, 02/19/ 2011, John Jay Jones, 901 664 8882.
_____________i.e. Chip Jones, gr 5, etc.
Special needs __________ (state description here -see above for instructions)

Materials to Bring: Grades 1-10 need #2 pencils, ruler with in./cm, scratch paper, snack.
Grades 7-10 also bring a calculator.

SPRING COLLEGE PREVIEW DAY - March 26

Spring Preview Day at The College at Mid-America, March 26, 2019
Everyone must RSVP. That can be done by clicking this link.
Registration begins at 9:00 and the first session is at 9:30 a.m. 

FHCA ANNUAL JUNIOR-SENIOR BANQUET - March 29

Off-campus high school juniors and seniors and their guest/date are invited to "A Night in the Old West" at the beautifully-restored, authentic Twin Oaks Manor Barn in Millington, on Friday, March 29, at 7:00 p.m. We will be privileged to hear from Twin Oaks Manor owner, Rev. Brett Frans, called by some "the one-eyed cowboy," of recent fame because of his near brush with death after being shot multiple times by an intruder. Yes, he's the one who has been on the news lately! You don't want to miss this!! Parents of juniors or seniors are welcome, as well. Dress is dressy-casual, semi-formal, or as formal as you wish.

Students and guests will continue their celebration at the Bluff City Escape Rooms after the banquet. Tickets are $50 per person, which includes the banquet meal, games, and the Escape Room. (Tickets for attending only the Banquet are $35 per person.) Tickets must be purchased by Friday, March 8. Send names of each person coming and a check made out to FHCA; mail in time to arrive by March 8 to FHCA, P.O. Box 280758, Memphis TN 38168, OR call the regular school office to pay by credit/debit card at (901) 872-0828. Remember, do NOT use this phone number for any other questions, but use the off-campus number for all other matters!

Memphis Brooks Museum of Art - FREE DAYS

FREE HOMESCHOOL DAYS at Memphis Brooks Museum of Art, Overton Park, Memphis Activities:
Drop-in art-making studio, guided tours, gallery guides and more.
Spring 2019 schedule
Thursday, March 21: Writer’s Eye
Thursday, April 11: When you work at an art museum
10 a.m. - 1 p.m. | Art studio opens at 10 a.m. | Tours begin at 10:30 and 11:15 a.m.
No reservations needed to participate and the program is free of charge.

 Memphis Nighthawks Homeschool Sports

There are several opportunities coming up for Summer and Spring Sports. If you have any interest or questions, please contact the AD/Coaches about these opportunities.

Middle School and High School Tennis-Boys and Girls
Looking for all levels of player. Season begins March. Practice/Clinics beginning now. Not too late to attend. Just started last week. Contact Coach David DeGutis 901-412-9768 or AD Darrell Nephew 901-233-6813
Clinic cost is $5.00

Girls Summer Soccer 7-12 Grade
This is Rec Level Soccer out of Bartlett. Great way to see if your athlete has any soccer interest.
Looking for players now. Contact AD Kent Stoneking, 901-550-9370 or Coach John Strelka, 678-570-0128

Football for grade levels 5th grade through Varsity
Summer Workouts are beginning on Monday Nights.
Season will begin for Varsity in July and other ages to follow shortly afterwards.
Contact AD Steve Reithemeyer, 901-569-5952

Boy’s JV/Varsity Soccer
Practices and tryouts have begun. Season beginning soon.
Contact AD Kent Stoneking, 901-550-9370 or Coach Danny Coudriet, 901-212-6485

JV/Varsity Volleyball-Girls
Clinics will be offered the end of April with an official try-out in May.
If you think you might like Volleyball, come out to the clinics…cost is $80.00 for two clinics and tryouts. This pays for the practice facility. Practices will be held at Memphis Volleyball Academy
Season will be 8-12 matches and 1 tournament
Contact Coach Kim Robinson, 901-830-7185

MHEA JV/Varsity Baseball
MHEA is looking for additional players for baseball. This is a sport we don’t offer. Traditionally, they have a good program. This year they are rebuilding. Contact Coach Camden Nephew, 901-297-0047

Lastly, we need help. We need board members with vision, ability, a love for Christ, a love for sports, a desire to see this outlet for competitive sports continue… If you have any interest, please call Darrell Nephew, 901-233-6813.

Grade Report Forms - Q3 Due Apr 1

Grade Report forms are now available if you wish to submit early.
Click here to download and print.

A report is due each quarter, by these dates:
(1st quarter – October 31)
(2nd quarter – January 15)
3rd quarter – April 1
4th quarter – June 15


Grade Report Forms: CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD a PDF user-friendly report card form, as well as a Word document report card form, for your use to report first quarter grades. You need to save the form to your own computer before filling it in and sending to us. Grades must be reported each quarter. The dates for the next quarterly submissions are by January 15, April 1, and June 15. A separate report for each student must have the name and grade level of the student. You may use letter grades for grades 1-7, but numerical grades are required for grades 8-12. Questions are welcome if this is not clear. Use "H" beside the subject if the course taken was at Honors level. Also, for high school courses, put the name of the specific course in the subject space. Do NOT put the name of the curriculum on the report card.

Other Service Projects


Twentieth Year Celebration
- Faith Heritage Christian Academy began in 1999, so in this year of 2019, we will celebrate our school's 20th Anniversary! As we consider the impact our school has had in the lives of thousands of students and their families, we want to give thanks to God, the Faith Heritage Baptist Church, and all our families and graduates through the years of our ministry. Considering this milestone, we want to encourage you to help us continue our efforts to improve and to further involve our students in a wider ministry of service to our community.

Box Tops for Education - We are grateful for so many families participating in cutting out the “Box Tops” symbol and sending them to us. You enabled us to earn nearly $600 for the school last year. Keep up the good deed!