Upper School Notes – January 17, 2018
Greetings Upper School Parents,
Last weekend, we celebrated the contributions of the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Across the nation, there was a focus on justice and equality for all. Many of the presentations nationwide helped to put things into perspective. The contributions of Dr. King have made an impact locally, nationally and globally. I urge the members of our community to do more in the area of service, while continuing to focus on making a difference in the lives of others.
This week marks the start of the second semester. Our Seniors have slightly more than a quarter of classes remaining before the beginning of the Senior Project experience.
I will look forward to seeing you soon.
Quote of the week:
“Challenge is the pathway to engagement and progress in our lives. But not all challenges are created equal. Some challenges make us feel alive, engaged, connected, and fulfilled. Others simply overwhelm us. Knowing the difference as you set bigger and bolder challenges for yourself is critical to your sanity, success, and satisfaction.” – Brendon Burchard
The 8 life skills all 18-year-olds should have: A checklist for parents
designed by Sean Connolly ’18
Canned Food Drive
The Service Club is holding a canned food drive to benefit Food for Others, the largest distributor of food to those in need in Fairfax County. This event is extended through Winterfest — bring a friend, bring a can!
Grades 9-10 Parent Education Series: College 101
Please join the College Counseling Office on Monday, January 22, at 7:00 p.m. in the Upper School Commons, for an overview of the Flint Hill College Counseling program and an introduction to the college search and application process. Please RSVP HERE if you plan to attend.
Human Sexuality Week, February 13-16
As a part of our continued effort to educate our students about safety, Jenna Beckwith Messman, sexual health program coordinator at the University of Maryland Health Center, will return to speak to members of the Upper School community about sexual health and wellness, during the annual Grade 11 Human Sexuality Week.
During two sessions with Juniors, using National Sex Ed Standards, Jenna will provide sexual health education and will lead students through a variety of discussions and activities. A follow-up email will be sent to Juniors and their parents to help drive ongoing discussions at home. In addition to meeting with the Juniors, Jenna will provide the following programming for Upper School students and parents on February 13:
Parent Coffee: Jenna will host a parent coffee to educate parents about
teen sexual behavior and how parents can talk to teens about relationships and
sex. This parent coffee is also an opportunity for parents to ask questions
about material covered with students during Human Sexuality Week. Please RSVP to this parent coffee and submit your questions about teen sexual behavior in the RSVP form. Jenna will do her best to incorporate your questions
into her presentation.
Upper School Bystander training Assembly: Jenna will educate Upper School students about bystander intervention during an assembly.
Student Leader Lunch: Jenna will host a Q&A session for Upper School student leaders.
If you have questions about this programming, please contact Upper School Counselor Lindsay Bowling.
Flint Hill Varsity Letter Jacket Ordering Information
Flint Hill varsity letter jackets are now available to order! Samples for sizing are available in the Athletic Office until January 24. Click here for the order form and additional information. If you have any questions, please email Coach Carrol DeNure or Sharon Giuliani.
Upcoming Ski Trips
West Virginia Ski/Snowboard Weekend
$300 + rentals (includes all)
We head to Canaan Valley, W.Va., for our annual ski weekend. Our group will stay in a cabin at the park and ski at two resorts over our weekend visit: Canaan Valley Ski Resort and Timberline Resort. See this flyer for more information. This trip books fast. Contact Lynda Hoag with questions.
$60 + rentals
We start the weekend off right with a quick trip up to Ski Liberty, leaving after school and returning around midnight. More information can be found here. Contact Lynda Hoag with questions.
Director of the Upper School
NEW DATE: Grades JK-12 Headmaster’s Discussion Series: The Flint Hill Budget
Thursday, January 18, 8:15 a.m.
Large Conference Room – Upper School
Saturday, January 20
Upper School Admission Feature Program Event — Innovation and Fine Arts
Sunday, January 21, 2:00 p.m.
First Semester Grades Available Online
Tuesday, January 23, 4:00 p.m.
Grades JK-12 Two-Hour Delayed Opening
Wednesday, January 24
Enrollment Contracts Issued — Current Students
Thursday, January 25
Financial Aid Notifications — Current Students
Thursday, January 25
Upper School Division Coffee: Presentation from FOSI (Family Online Safety Institute) Conference
Wednesday, January 31, 8:15 a.m.
Founder’s Day All-School Gathering
Thursday, February 1, 1:30-2:30 p.m., Lower and Middle School Campus Gym
Parents are welcome to attend this school-wide assembly to celebrate the founding members of Flint Hill School.