Dear Flint Hill School Families,

I hope everyone had a restful Thanksgiving Break. I know that for many people, Thanksgiving is a favorite holiday. It is not only the combination of the “traditional” food and the proverbial start of the holiday season, but it is a time when so many of us get together with family and friends and get a respite from the demands of the outside world.

I’ve written in the past about the tremendous focus on gratitude that surfaces at Thanksgiving. And at a time when the world can seem filled with chaos, I’d like to ground us all with a reminder of the many things we have to be grateful for here at Flint Hill. True to form, a lot is happening in the weeks leading up to Winter Break. On Tuesday we celebrated another successful Giving Tuesday, with gifts and pledges from parents, alumni, faculty, staff, grandparents, parents of alumni and friends of our school. We are grateful to the parent volunteers who gave their time to make calls on behalf of The Flint Hill Annual Fund during last night’s phonathon and are most grateful to the members of our community who stepped forward to generously support us on Giving Tuesday.

We continue to host successful admission events to share our school with prospective families, with three scheduled this week. As you know, word of mouth is one of our most effective marketing tools, and your help in this annual effort is very evident. Thank you!

There have been a number of activities and events that have allowed our students to shine. For example, The Nutcracker performances earlier this month were remarkable. It was exciting to see students and faculty alike on the stage and to hear the outstanding orchestra playing alongside them this year. They were all working together, as a team, to provide a great performance for standing room only crowds in the Olson Theater.

This weekend we can look forward to the annual Tip-Off Classic, when Middle School students will be bussed to the Upper School Campus to cheer for our Husky athletes, alongside their Upper School counterparts. And in the weeks ahead, we have concerts, opportunities to give back through the Giving Tree and Coat Drive, exams, a host of athletics events, and, of course, Winter Break.

As we enter this holiday season, I hope you will join me in continuing to take advantage of this sense of gratitude. We are in a place where people bring their passion to learn and grow, where the purpose is clear and succinct, and where all children have the opportunity to find their sense of who they are. Enjoy this next week! I even suggest that you enjoy the change in weather that makes us fully realize that we are moving into winter. Take a step back and think about the generosity of everyone who has made all of this possible, and enjoy the warm feeling of gratitude.

Best wishes to you!



John M. Thomas