Lower School Notes – June 13, 2018
Dear Lower School Families,
This will be our last Lower School newsletter for the 2017-2018 school year. Thank you once again for your strong partnership and all your support to make this a positive year of learning and growth for our children. Have a fun, safe and relaxing summer!
Second Semester Progress Reports Now Available Online
Progress reports, including both a narrative and skill checklist, are posted online twice a year at the end of the first and second semesters. The second progress reports for this school year is now available online. The progress reports include the classroom teacher’s assessment and the specialist teachers’ comments and checklists. The reports are designed to indicate academic, social and personal growth for each semester of the year.
The checklists have three descriptors that are used to determine a child’s skill level in all core subject and specialist areas: Approaching Expectations (A), Meeting Expectations (M) and Exceeding Expectations (E).
- Approaching expectations (A) — With support, students are learning to demonstrate and apply their understanding.
- Meeting expectations (M) — Students consistently and independently demonstrate and apply their understanding.
- Exceeding expectations (E) — Students independently demonstrate and apply their understanding in complex and sophisticated ways.
The narrative allows the teacher to elaborate on a child’s performance this year, which includes areas of growth and goals for future growth and improvement and recommendations for summer work. Teachers write their comments directly to the student. This supports our mission statement, “A Flint Hill education focuses on the learner,” and develops our students as self-directed learners, one of the core competencies of the Portrait of the Flint Hill Student.
To access the report for your child/ren: Log into www.flinthill.org/app Hover over “Children,” at the top left-hand side of the page, and click on your child’s name. Under “Performance,” on the left-hand side of the page, click on “Report Cards” and “Quarter 4 Report.”
If you are moving on to a new school, progress reports will be available to you online until Friday, June 29. Departing families will also receive a hard copy of their child’s progress report via mail.
Lower School Closing Ceremony and Grade 4 Promotion Photos
Images from the Lower School Closing Ceremony are now available to view and download here.
Summer Learning Resources Now Available
Information about summer reading and recommended resources for enrichment and skill maintenance are now available by division, on the Preparing for the 2018-2019 School Year block, on the Resource Board in Husky Hub.
Welcoming New Faculty and Staff for 2018-2019
Please join us in welcoming the following new Lower School faculty for the 2018-2019 school year:
Flint Hill is proud to announce Candice Porter as the new Kindergarten teacher for the 2018-2019 school year. Candice started her journey in education in 2009, when she began working in Flint Hill’s AfterCare, while obtaining her B.A. in history from George Mason University. While earning her master’s degree in early childhood education from GMU, Candice held many positions at Flint Hill, including program coordinator of after-school activities and director of day camp. When she isn’t teaching, Candice enjoys practicing yoga, watching documentaries, and spending time with her husband, Neil, and dog, Charlotte.
Flint Hill is proud to welcome Malcolm Scott as the new Second Grade teacher for the 2018-2019 school year. Malcolm has spent the bulk of his teaching career at the Maret School. He has spent time as a middle school football and lacrosse coach, a First and Fourth Grade Spanish teacher and, most recently, as a Kindergarten homeroom and Spanish teacher, assistant football coach and head track coach at the high school. Malcolm is an alumnus of the Maret School and studied Spanish at Grinnell College in Iowa.
School Store Update
Check out the online School Store end-of-school-year clearance. All sale items are now 50 percent off!
Mark your calendars for our free shipping event, from July 5 to July 20. It is a great time to stock up on P.E. and athletic uniforms.
Thank you for supporting the School Store all year, and go Huskies!
Looking Ahead to the 2018-2019 School Year
We will host parent-teacher conferences during the day on Monday, August 27, and the afternoon of Tuesday, August 28. The goal for the conferences is to give parents the opportunity to meet their child’s teacher and share their hopes, dreams and goals for their child for the school year. I will send out more information about how parents will be able to sign up for these 20-minute conferences, in mid-August. I will also host an orientation meeting for new families during the Student Visitation on Tuesday, August 28, starting at 9:15 a.m. in the Multipurpose Room (Room 112).
Please be sure to put these two Lower School events on your calendar.
Director of the Lower School