Middle School Newsletter – November 29, 2023

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    November 29, 2023

    Letter From The Division Director

    I hope that last week felt like a meaningful break for your families — whether or not you traveled or gathered with extended family and friends. In the flow of a school year, it is a great time for students to reflect and recharge for this next short stretch until Winter Break. Please see below for information about our Middle School Activity Night on Friday, December 1. As a reminder:

    • It is a great opportunity to have fun with classmates outside of the school day and get a taste of Upper School spirit and pride.
    • We will keep students after school and supervise them until 8:00 p.m. We will provide pizza; students may also bring money for the Igloo (snack bar) at the Upper School. 
    • All students will return to the Middle School at 8:00 p.m. and you may pick them in our regular carpool line or on foot. 

    You must complete this form by TOMORROW, November 30, at 8:00 a.m. to confirm attendance.

    Brian Lamont
    Director of the Middle School



    Reminder for Sibling Early Applicants: Supporting Materials Due Tomorrow — Thursday, November 30

    Already turned in the application for your child’s sibling to become a Husky? All supporting materials and steps in your checklist must be completed by tomorrow, Thursday, November 30, to receive an admission indication in mid-December. Email admission@flinthill.org if you have any questions. If you’re interested in applying to Flint Hill for a sibling in a future year, complete this interest form.

    Middle School Activity Night — Friday, December 1

    The annual Middle School Activity Night is coming soon — the week we return from Thanksgiving Break. All students are encouraged to attend the activities on Friday, December 1, which will begin immediately after school and involve a trip to the Upper School gym to support our Girls’ Varsity Basketball team as part of the FH Basketball Tip-Off Classic. This is a great opportunity to socialize and connect with the Upper School program. 

    • 3:30-6:00 p.m. — activities and pizza in the Middle School building, supervised by FH staff.
    • 6:00-8:00 p.m. — basketball game in the Upper School gym, supervised by FH staff.
    • 8:00 p.m.event concludes; all students return to the Middle School building for pickup. Parents either pick up in the Middle School carpool line or on foot. We encourage families to attend the boys' basketball game at 8:15 p.m. after pickup, so you may pick up your child and walk back to the Upper School gym together. Please note that Middle School students may not remain for the boys' basketball game without adult supervision.

    Parents must complete this form by Thursday, November 30, at 8:00 a.m. This confirms your child’s attendance at the event and your 8:00 p.m. pick-up plan. You may edit the form later if your plans change.

    FH Basketball Tip-Off Tournament — This Weekend

    Tip-Off will begin this Friday, December 1, and conclude on Saturday, December 2.
    Make plans to attend and support your Huskies on the court!

    Friday, December 1 

    • Game 1: 3:00 p.m. (Varsity Girls) Jackson Reed vs John Paul the Great
    • Game 2: 4:45 p.m. (Varsity Boys) Friendship Tech vs Archbishop Carroll
    • Game 3: 6:30 p.m. (Varsity Girls) Flint Hill vs Episcopal
    • Game 4: 8:15 p.m. (Varsity Boys) Flint Hill vs Ballou

    Saturday, December 2 

    • Game 5: 12:00 p.m. (Varsity Girls) Loser of Game 1 vs Loser of Game 3
    • Game 6: 1:45 p.m. (Varsity Boys) Loser of Game 2 vs Loser of Game 4
    • Game 7: 3:30 p.m. (Varsity Girls) Championship Game
    • Game 8: 5:15 p.m. (Varsity Boys) Championship Game

    Kaleidoscope Parent Book Club Meeting — Monday, December 4

    Our next meeting is scheduled for Monday, December 4, 8:30-9:30 a.m., in the Peterson Middle School Conference Room. We will meet to discuss “Gender Queer” by Maia Kobabe. Our book club provides a safe and engaging space for parents to read, discuss, and reflect on the thought-provoking narratives that have been deemed too controversial. We've curated a diverse selection of banned books from various genres and eras that have sparked debates and provoked change. RSVP to attend the meeting, and if you have any questions, please contact All-School Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Coordinator Miles Henderson.

    Middle and Upper School Winter Concerts in December 

    Winter concert season kicks off on Monday, December 4, with the Middle and Upper School Winter Choral Concert and continues into the month with the Band Concert on Wednesday, December 6; Percussion Concert on Monday, December 11; and Orchestra Concert on Wednesday, December 13. The Percussion Concert will take place in the Upper School Learning Commons, and the other concerts will take place at the Olson Theater on the Lower School Campus. All four concerts will be from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. We invite you to attend these performances that our students have worked hard to prepare for your enjoyment.

    Watch the livestream!

    Parent Meetup: Register for a Cooking Class — Tuesday, December 5

    Join other FH parents for a cooking class with personal chef Alison Garen P’32! Learn how to make some easy dinners and other meal-prepping tips for those busy weeks. Alison will demonstrate a sample menu for the week and show how to save time in the kitchen. Registration is limited to 35 people. Many thanks to Tammy and Jim Ilaria P24 for hosting! Questions? Contact Olivia Landrum.

    Location: The Ilaria residence (address to be provided)
    Date: Tuesday, December 5, 5:30-7:00 p.m.
    Sign Up: To attend, please complete this form.

    Parent Meetup: Walking Group Sign Up — Wednesdays, December 6 and December 13

    Meet up with parents for a rejuvenating walk through the trails and neighborhoods behind Oakmont Rec Center, formerly Oak Marr Rec Center. We will meet at 8:30 a.m. in the leftmost parking lot of Oakmont and walk for 45-60 minutes together. Sign up to attend. If you have any questions, please contact FH parent Molisa Meholic.

    Location: Oakmont Rec Center (formerly Oak Marr Rec Center)
    Dates: Wednesday, December 6, and Wednesday, December 13, at 8:30 a.m.
    Sign Up: To attend, please complete this form.

    Volunteer in the Igloo — Basketball Schedule Available

    Check out the winter schedule and sign up to volunteer for a shift in the Igloo! It is a great opportunity to connect with other parents while strengthening our community. Plus, Upper School students can volunteer for games, too! Consider signing up for as many shifts as you'd like. Feel free to invite a friend to join you.

    Driving Spirit Award Nominations Now Open

    The Driving Spirit Award recognizes current Flint Hill employees who lead by example through their dedication to students, faculty, or the Flint Hill community at large, as evidenced by their ability to energize and inspire the Husky community. Their embodiment of the Driving Spirit makes our School the special and unique place we all value, a place that respects and values all equally, leads and supports with compassion, acts with integrity to imagine what’s possible and where all are inspired to blaze their own trail. Please think about the exceptional employees of Flint Hill who you believe fit this description. Complete the nomination form by Thursday, January 4.

    2024-25 School Year Calendar Highlights Now Available

    We have shared our 2024-25 Calendar Highlights on the Parent Resource Board, including the first and last days of school, breaks, holidays, Conference Days, and Professional Development Days. We will communicate any changes made to this calendar in the newsletter.

    Tell Your Friends: Get to Know Flint Hill

    Events are a great way for families to learn about Flint Hill — and it helps us get to know them, too! If you know someone who would make a great Husky, submit the Refer a Husky form and consider inviting them to these upcoming admission events:

    Upcoming Events

    Middle School Activity Night
    Friday, December 1
    Peterson Middle School, 3:30-8:00 p.m.
    Confirm your child’s attendance

    FH Basketball Tip-Off Tournament
    Friday, December 1, 3:00-10:00 p.m.
    Saturday, December 2, 12:00-7:00 p.m.
    Upper School Gym

    Kaleidoscope Parent Book Club
    Monday, December 4
    Peterson Middle School Conference Room, 8:30-9:30 a.m.
    RSVP to attend

    Middle and Upper School Winter Choral Concert
    Monday, December 4
    Lower School Olson Theater, 7:00-9:00 p.m.
    Watch the livestream

    Parent Meetup: Cooking Class
    Tuesday, December 5
    The Ilaria residence (address to be provided), 5:30-7:00 p.m.
    Sign up to attend

    Parent Meetup: Walking Group
    Wednesday, December 6
    Oakmont Rec Center (formerly Oak Marr Rec Center), 8:30 a.m.
    Sign up to attend

    Middle and Upper School Winter Band Concert
    Wednesday, December 6
    Lower School Olson Theater, 7:00-9:00 p.m.
    Watch the livestream

    Middle and Upper School Winter Percussion Concert
    Monday, December 11
    Upper School Learning Commons, 7:00-9:00 p.m.

    Parent Meetup: Walking Group
    Wednesday, December 13
    Oakmont Rec Center (formerly Oak Marr Rec Center), 8:30 a.m.
    Sign up to attend

    Middle and Upper School Winter Orchestra Concert
    Wednesday, December 13
    Lower School Olson Theater, 7:00-9:00 p.m.
    Watch the livestream

    Winter Break
    Monday, December 18 - Monday, January 1

    Classes Resume
    Tuesday, January 2

    Admission Event: Virtual Fine Arts & Innovation Event: Grades 7-12
    Thursday, January 4, 6:00 p.m.
    Current families are welcome to attend.
    Sign up to attend