Middle School Notes – April 18, 2018
Dear Middle School Families,
A big THANK YOU to all of the parents who spoiled us rotten with a wonderful Faculty/Staff Appreciation Lunch (and duty coverage) last Friday. Our teachers rarely get a chance to eat together — or eat that well — so we greatly appreciate it!
Diversity and Inclusion Programming — Grades 7 and 8
Part of our responsibility in the Middle School is to equip students with the personal and social skills they need to be successful as individuals and as members of a community. We are fortunate to have a building full of great kids who generally practice, and understand the importance of, our core values. Developmentally, however, they can also be impulsive, naive and clumsy with language. Mirroring some prevalent issues in society, we have encountered several difficult situations this year in which students have used inappropriate or hurtful language, showing us that we need to provide more education.
I spent this afternoon’s town meeting time with our seventh- and eighth-graders doing a deeper dive on the power of words, focusing on a short list of words and phrases that are particularly impactful, harmful, and offensive — regardless of intent — and have no place in our school or our world. Topics included language about violence, sexual assault, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, and historical atrocities. This was a more direct and raw approach than we usually take here at School, with the goal of removing any doubt regarding some of the language that can offend and lead to serious consequences at School.
As a follow up, a trained group of Upper School students will visit our advisories, on Friday afternoon, with the goal of increasing empathy in language and action. They will facilitate student-to-student discussions about realistic scenarios that impact the climate of our school.
Student Walkout — Friday, April 20
As a follow up to John Thomas’ email on Tuesday, students in Grades 7 and 8 will have the option to participate in a peaceful protest against school violence as part of a nationwide walkout to honor those who lost their lives during the shooting at Columbine High School on the same date in 1999. I have been guiding a group of interested students, and we will coordinate our effort with that of our Upper School. Students will learn more about the opportunity tomorrow.
Classroom Visits this Friday — Grades 7 and 8 only
Our monthly Middle School Classroom Visits take place this Friday. Because both Grades 5 and 6 are off campus, only classes for Grades 7 and 8 are in session. A complete list of available classes to visit is available here.
RSVP Reminder: Grandparents and Special Friends Day
This is a special morning for our Lower and Middle School students to showcase their work and share their school with members of their extended families. The day begins at 8:30 a.m. on Friday, May 11, with a welcome reception, Lower School Fair and program with student performances. The day will continue with classroom visits at 10:15 a.m. There will be a photo booth in the Commons, offering complimentary photos for all guests. The School Store will also hold a pop-up shop in the Commons. The day will conclude at 11:30 a.m.
If you or your guest(s) plan to take your student out, to lunch or home, after the event concludes, please check them out at the Lower or Middle School office before departing.
Parent volunteers are appreciated to help with greeting, serving and guiding guests throughout the school! View opportunities and sign up here.
For more information or to RSVP, please contact Tiffany Parry at email@example.com or 703.584.2364.
New Visitor Parking Spaces and Crosswalks
Please help our security team by remembering to use the designated crosswalks, when parking in the new visitor spots.
Reminder about Medications
Please be aware that our School policy requires all student medications, prescription or over-the-counter, to be administered in the nurse’s office. Students are not permitted to carry or self-administer medications during the school day. Emergency medication (epinephrine, rescue inhalers, diabetic supplies) may be carried with doctor and parent authorization on file in Magnus. Please contact Director of Health Services Theresa Ferlotti at firstname.lastname@example.org or 703.584.2399, with any questions.
Parents of Rising Sixth-Graders — Health Notice
As you begin planning your child’s medical appointments for the summer, please be reminded of the Virginia Department of Health Immunization Requirement for all students entering Sixth Grade to have a Tetanus, Diphtheria and Pertussis (Tdap) booster immunization prior to starting the school year. The Tdap booster can be obtained from your child’s doctor, the Fairfax County Health Department or any health facility that provides immunizations. Your child will not be able to start classes until documentation of the shot is recorded. Please scan and upload a copy of this requirement into your child’s Magnus Health Record between May 1 and August 1. If your child has already received this shot, please upload the documentation into Magnus after May 1.
Parents of Rising Seventh- and Eighth-Graders — Health Notice
As you begin planning your children’s medical appointments for this summer, please be reminded of Flint Hill’s policy requiring all students in Grades 7 through 12 to submit a new physical examination each school year. The physical exam for the 2018-2019 school year should be completed between May 1 and August 1. The Physical Exam Form for Academics, Athletics and Activities will become available to download and print from the Student Health Forms page of Husky Hub on May 1. August 1 is the deadline for all required school health forms to be entered into the Magnus Health System. Your child will not be able to start preseason athletics, orientation, field studies, classes or co-curricular activities until all required forms are completed in the Magnus Health System by a parent and approved by the Director of Health Services or the Upper School Nurse.
Director of the Middle School
Grade 5 Field Studies
Thursday-Friday, April 19-20
Additional information was sent by email and also available here. Please note that you will drop overnight gear by the gym during regular morning carpool.
Grade 6 Service Day
Friday, April 20
Students will engage in service learning activities off campus. Additional information was sent by email and is also available here. Please note that students will need to bring a bagged lunch.
Husky Pride Dress (for Springfest)
Friday, April 20
Middle School Classroom Visits and Coffee
Friday, April 20, 8:15 a.m.
Parents are invited to visit our Middle School classrooms in the spirit of transparency and as a means of showcasing our program. As noted above, Grades 5 and 6 are off campus today, so only classes for Grades 7 and 8 are in session. A complete list of available classes is available here.
Saturday, April 21
Arts Jam Concert
Wednesday, April 25, 7:00 p.m., George Mason University Concert Hall
Grades JK-12 Two-Hour Delay
Thursday, April 26
Grade 7 Field Studies
Thursday-Friday, April 26-27
Grade 8 Advisory Day
Friday, April 27
Headfirst Summer Camps Open House
Saturday, April 28, 10:00 a.m.-noon
Grades 5-8 Spring Choral Concert
Monday, April 30, 7:00 p.m., Lower and Middle School Olson Theater
Grades JK-12 Health Forms Available Online
Tuesday, May 1
Preparing for the 2018-2019 School Year Tile Opens in Husky Hub
Tuesday, May 1