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October Head of School Update & Hurricane Watch Newsletter

Greetings, First Baptist Community!

It is hard to believe that fall is officially here. Time seems to be flying by and we are well on our way to another successful school year.

Our Downtown Campus is bustling with learning and activities each day. Our teachers do a tremendous job preparing and implementing engaging lessons. We are so grateful for the support our community showed for our PTO fundraiser. This year’s initiative is to enhance campus security, including gate automation, additional cameras, etc. The Charleston Wrap fundraiser ended September 15th and raised $11,409.20. Thank you for your support and financial contributions to help us with this important cause. We are also scheduling Coffee and Cookies with Administrators beginning with K2-K5 on October 7th, 1st-3rd grades on October 21st, 4th-6th grades on October 28th, and 7th-8th grades on November 4th. Please contact Mrs. Brooks to register if you are interested in joining us. Our 8th graders are currently in the process of traveling to the James Island campus for their annual boat building and they are making great progress.

Our James Island Campus is also a stir with excitement between finding our rhythm with classes to also returning to in-person Chapel while following our Covid safety protocols. We are excited to host our inaugural 5K on the James Island Campus on Saturday, October 9th. This event is being coordinated by Mrs. Jackson. Registration is currently closed but will reopen on Monday, October 4th at 7 AM and it will again close on Wednesday, October 6th at 12 PM. If you have any questions, please contact Mrs. Jackson at On October 22, we will have a pep rally for grades 7-12 in preparation for our FBS Homecoming Game on the same day at 7:30 PM. We look forward to seeing you at the game!

We recently purchased the Parent Alert feature that is connected to RenWeb to increase our capabilities of communicating with our families. An email was sent out about a week ago with information regarding setup for this service. These alerts can be used for many reasons and will provide us a fast, efficient way to communicate with our FBS community for important reminders or in the case of an emergency. To ensure you are able to receive our alerts please text the keyword "START" to 22-383 from your mobile device. Any text alerts from our school will begin with "FBS INFO" and calls will show from (843) 722-6646. Per the Telephone Consumer Protection Act, we provide all recipients with the option to opt-out of receiving school alerts. Any time we send a text alert, you will see "Stop to End". If you reply "Stop" you will no longer receive our text alerts regardless if we select you as a recipient. If you have not received an email with this information, please contact Mrs. Debbie Mack at to get this set up.

Please note that Wednesday, October 13th will be a half-day professional development for our teachers. October 13th also signals the end of our first quarter. Another important reminder is that Thursday, October 14th and Friday, October 15th are FBS Fall Break.

On September 30th, we hosted our first-ever FBS Community Virtual Town Hall. If you were unable to join us, click here to visit our YouTube channel to view the recording. During this meeting, we heard some of the great things that are happening at FBS. Also in the meeting, we unveiled our new Portrait of a First Baptist School Graduate. The Portrait of a First Baptist School Graduate highlights the attributes of the students we aim to cultivate within our student community. I have had the pleasure of speaking to each high school English class about the Portrait of a First Baptist School Graduate and have communicated my desire to see each of our students develop these attributes by the time they graduate. Here is a link to our Portrait of a FBS Graduate video which features our students as well as a link to our webpage which outlines each of these attributes.

We invite you to stay up-to-date with current events by following First Baptist School’s social media and our school webpage. #WeAreFB

Be Blessed!

Dr. Justin Mitchell, Head of School

Read the October Hurricane Watch Newsletter here!


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