[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Dear Flint Hill School Families,

The cool weather and the end to Daylight Savings time certainly let us know where we are in the school year. We are off to an exciting start. Two of our fall teams are traveling this week to play in the semi-finals for the State Championships. The Volleyball team continues its phenomenal run with both the ISL and Capital City Championships already under their belts.  And the Boys’ Soccer Team, after claiming the MAC Tournament Championship last week, winning three overtime games in a row, has won three state games and charged through to the final round for the state tournament with all the energy and drive our Huskies possess. Please join me in wishing both teams good luck in their upcoming state tournaments. Go Huskies!

I also need your help with two other items. Two things that I hope you will find exciting to take part in.

The first item which needs your attention is the Flint Hill Fund, our annual fund. Sometimes, I have people ask me, “Why should I give to the Flint Hill Fund?” To me, the answer is simple. The experience that we provide to our students would not exist without the support of our donors. The Flint Hill Fund is our number one philanthropic priority. Every gift to the Flint Hill Fund drives the mission of our School forward and is an opportunity for you to enhance the depth and breadth of our everyday endeavors.

As you read through the brochure you received in the mail, you will see there are different ways to designate your gift: Faculty Development, Technology, Fine Arts, Athletics, Financial Aid, the Learning Center and even the Headmaster’s Fund, which allows me the flexibility to respond to various unexpected needs that arise throughout the year.

Please join me in making your gift in November. Your gift strengthens our school and enhances the experiences of the students we educate. Your gift makes Flint Hill better.  As always, every dollar of support directly impacts our teachers and our students and I am very grateful for your commitment to our school.

The second thing I need your help is with our “Driving Spirit Award” nominations for 2015.  Every year we recognize several members of the faculty and staff for the tremendous contributions they have made to our great school. It is an Award that recognizes contributions made in classrooms, in studios, on the fields, on the grounds, in the hallways and even in the offices. It is a way to recognize and thank those people who have helped make our school culture what it is today; they are the true culture carriers of the Flint Hill way. I need you to let me know who in our community has had that kind of impact on you and on your children. All it takes is an email to Ana Yarbrough (Ayarbrough@flinthill.org) outlining why you think they deserve this award. Nominations are great, but I need to have some of the facts to go with them.

A committee will be assembled in early December to review all of the nominations. And from there, they will help select the recipients that will be announced on January 8 at Founder’s Day. Your help in this effort will be huge. Please don’t hesitate to ask your children to nominate individuals as well. Their input always carries great weight with the Committee. Your input, your reaching out and saying these are the folks who really made a difference is very important to us. Just think about the faculty and staff who make you smile when you think about the school, or the ones who have taught your child what it really means to be a Husky. Please take the time to make that nomination and allow us the opportunity to recognize and celebrate those great members of our school family.

Continue to cheer on our Huskies and get ready for a very exciting winter season ahead. Thanksgiving is only a few weeks away and we will all stop and be thankful for all the blessings we receive. And right now through our Flint Hill Fund and through the Driving Spirit Award, we have a chance to create a little “early” Thanksgiving of our own.

Best wishes to you!



John M. Thomas