WAXAHACHIE — Faith Family Academy of Waxahachie has experienced a rather busy fall semester thus far with a hint of new traditions, programs and even a new interim Principal Monica Kramer. Marketing Coordinator Whitney McAnallen and Kramer shared the school’s many successes for the 2016-17 school year, as well as their excitement of the heightened number of parental involvement within Faith Family Academy’s Parent Teacher Student Organization [PTSO].
“At the beginning of the year we have a PTSO meeting and we went ahead and went through each month and events and tried to figure out how to get more parents involved. We decided on Donuts for Dads, Muffins for Moms, the Fall Festival, Coffee with the Principal and more that will take place throughout the upcoming months,” Kramer said.
McAnallen told that before this year, there was only a volleyball team at the Faith Family Academy of Oak Cliff and not a team in the Waxahachie school. However, that is no more. For the very first year, Faith Family in Waxahachie has fielded a volleyball team.
“Our team is made up of sixth, seventh and eighth graders. We played other charter schools like St. Anthony Academy in Dallas and Advantage Academy,” Kramer said. “The last game was awesome to see everyone go watch the girls play and root for them. I loved to see the smile on the girl’s faces.”
On Tuesday, Oct. 11, the school hosted their first Fall Festival which attracted a crowd of over 300 students, parents, families and friends.
“We didn’t want anybody to have to pay for anything because it is not a fundraiser. Local organizations contributed donations, the Ellis County Sheriff’s Department K-9 Unit and Waxahachie Fire Department came out and took pictures with the students and each teacher had different booths set up,” Kramer said.
The teachers wanted to incorporate an education aspect to the festival so they created half of the games to be math and science based and the other half for fun only.
“The incentive was to gather the most tickets possible and then put their names on their tickets and the tickets were put in a drawing for prizes,” Kramer said. “Prizes ranged from a fishing pole, to out of uniform dress passes and even a ‘principal for a day’ pass that all of the middle schooler students wanted.”
Popcorn, hot dogs, nachos, cake walks and a pumpkin patch with a pumpkin raffle were also incorporated into their fall festival which they plan to host again next year.
“Walmart donated pumpkins and the movie theater donated movie tickets that we gave away,” Kramer said. “It was great and exciting to see so many people want to stay and participate. All of the parents wanted to see if their child won a prize or not.”
Muffins for Moms will be hosted Nov. 4 and is not the very first one the school has hosted.
“We hosted Muffins for Moms a few years ago, and it was very successful,” McAnallen said.
According to a recent press release on the morning of Oct. 14, “Over 100 dads came to school with their children on Friday morning ready to eat breakfast at the first ever FFA Donuts for Dads event.”
At the event muffins will be served to moms and then the moms will be invited back to their child’s classroom afterwards to touch base with the teachers and see what their children have been up to.
“As we’re doing these events, we’re making adjustment and improvements to make them even better,” Kramer said.
She noted that she has hopes that this participation rate will stay the same or increase at Muffins for Moms.
“Having our parents involved and present at the school is really important to student success,” Kramer said. “Coming in to have breakfast with their child just shows the support that the students get from the parent involvement that they really need.”
Kelsey Poynor, @KPoynor_WDL