FAmily Monthly January 2024

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FAmily News / January 2024


School Updates

Let's Start the New Year Right 

Welcome back, FAmilies! 

We are starting 2024 off with a bang  – including MLK Day celebrations, PARENT TEACHER CONFERENCES, iReady, MAP and practice state assessments. 

Here’s our FAmily To Do List for January:

  1. Get scholars to school every day on time. Attendance matters! Missing school or coming in late cheats your scholar out of valuable learning time.
  2. Keep scholars in school all day – no early dismissals unless your scholar is ill.
  3. Help scholars show what they know on iReady, MAP, and practice state assessments Jan 8-9 and Jan 18-30. Encourage them to do their best and make sure they get enough sleep. **Reminder: Half-day schedule January 22-26.
  4. Attend Parent Teacher Conferences on Thurs Feb. 1, 2024.
    Learn about your scholar’s progress and discuss any concerns. When we work together, our scholars are unstoppable! **Reminder: NO CLASSES K-12

January can be cold and dark outside  – but inside, our schools are cheerful and bright as scholars learn and grow. Whether scholars are figuring out long division, writing essays, or hearing back on college applications, we are here to support each of them and all of you.

See you soon!


Natasia Cooper
Chief Academic Officer


Attention 8th Grade FAmilies!

Calling the FA Class of 2028! Learn about athletics, clubs and new programs awaiting your scholar at FA Collegiate.
Come to our FAC Open House 5 pm Wed Jan 10 at 22 Grand St.
Reserve your place here


  • FA ADMISSION FOR SIBLINGS: Siblings of current scholars MUST APPLY for admission to FA for the 2024-25 academic year.  Apply here Deadline is 9 pm Feb. 23, 2024. Our admissions lottery will be March 7, 2024. Siblings are given priority for admission.
  • ANNUAL FUND: Show you support your scholars and their classmates by giving to the Annual Fund, Every gift makes a big difference and helps FA provide scholars new opportunities. Gifts can be made online by clicking HERE or by texting FOFAGIFT to 53-555. You can also drop a check off at your school office. 
  • FACT: FA Parent volunteers meet monthly at 6 pm on the first Thursday in FA Collegiate Info Commons, 22 Grand St. 
  • UPDATED: 2023-24 Academic Calendar includes new dates/events
  • Arrive on time! K-8 Doors open at 7:45 am. Scholars are late at 8:01 am. FA Collegiate doors open at 7:35 am. Scholars are late at 7:43 am



This was definitely a "December to Remember" with dress-up days, winter craft projects and sing-alongs. This year, Elementary School scholars celebrated "Give Like a Grinch Day" by teaming up to create goodie bags for seniors living in nearby rehabilitation/nursing centers.

Kindergartners decorated green paper gift bags, while scholars in first and second grade made holiday cards. Community partners donated snacks, socks and other self care products to tuck inside. Scholars also assembled 115 gift bags that teachers delivered to the Water's Edge Nursing Home in Trenton.

Middle School scholars, school leaders and staff also joined the fun -- and helped FA send 763 holiday cards to seniors living at Water's Edge and Riverside Nursing & Rehabilitation Center.

Thank you to all the families and staff who helped our scholars learn the joy of giving.


8-10 iReady/MAP Testing
12   Black Student Union Induction Ceremony
 FAC MLK Day Celebration
12  MS Social
15   MLK Day Holiday NO CLASSES K-12
16   ES MLK Celebration
17-24 NJSLA Practice 3-8
18  MS Blue Mountain Snow Tubing Trip
19   ES iReady Testing Pep Rally
22   FAC Testing Pep Rally
22-26 Scholar Testing
30  100th Day of School
30   Class of ‘24 Financial Aid Workshop (FAFSA)
31   ELL Parent Night

1   Parent Teacher Conferences NO CLASSES K-12
2  NO CLASSES K-12 School Staff In-Service
5-6 FAC Trip to Metropolitan Museum of Art
7    FAC College Campus Tour
8    FAC Black Student Union Open Mic Night
9    100 Man Welcome
9    Elementary School Growth Parade
13-15 K-2 Field Trips
15   FAC Black Student Union Trivia Night
23  Deadline to apply for FA Admission
27  FAC College Campus Tour
29  FAC Black Student Union Black History Month Celebration

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Michelle Ruess