Dear Flint Hill School Families,
I hope everyone had a pleasant and restful long weekend. Now that the beautiful month of October is here, the exciting admission season for next school year is well underway. Our Admission Office has already been seeing great interest from families who are inquiring about the School and requesting tours and visits. We already have prospective families seriously looking at us, as an option for their children for next year, and have attended some school fairs in the past few weeks to complement our efforts. Members of our Admission Office also regularly visit K to 8 schools in the area, to meet with the students right on their campuses and to get a feeling from their heads of school and other administrators about the interest that their rising ninth-graders may have in Flint Hill.
We are continually seeking applications from great families who live in this area. Our tremendous Admission Office leads that effort with an extraordinary personal and caring approach. And we have excellent tools like our website, viewbooks and videos, which have become a standard part of how we represent the School. Still, word of mouth is the most effective way for people to learn about Flint Hill. It is you. It is your children. And it is how you represent the School to your friends in your community, neighborhoods, houses of worship, and clubs and organizations you belong to in this area.
So as this school year continues, I wanted to take a moment to thank you for your support. I would also like to encourage you whenever possible, to feel comfortable inviting people to engage with Flint Hill. There will be plenty of opportunities in the weeks ahead for visitors to get a glimpse of who we are as an institution and as a school family. Homecoming Weekend, October 19 and 20, will offer a wide range of activities and events for Huskies (and their friends) of all ages. We will kick things off on Friday, October 20, with a ribbon-cutting ceremony for our renovated Upper School Fitness Center, before the annual Powder Puff Football Game and bonfire that evening. On Saturday, in addition to a full schedule of athletic games, visitors can take advantage of a walk through Spirit Alley; inflatables, games and face painting for young kids; and plenty of food provided by our parent volunteers. All of it makes for a great event for the entire community.
On November 10, we will host our 16th annual Holiday Shoppes on the Upper School Campus. On that day, our Upper School building will be turned into an incredible shopping venue with over 35 new and returning vendors offering clothing, jewelry, food items, gifts, and the list goes on and on. The event is open to the public, so please bring a friend and plan to take part in this festive day. You will meet wonderful people in the crowd and see our Flint Hill School family in action. Our gracious parent-volunteers will greet people at the door, answer questions, and make people feel comfortable and at ease.
In addition to large events like these, from sports events and plays to formal admission events, your families and friends are always welcome to visit. When I talk with prospective families, I always say that it is important to look at a school’s people, place, purpose and passion. Those four “Ps,” genuinely do make a difference. Without question, these are among the many differentiators that make us unique.
So please feel free, with your Husky pride, to inspire others to look at us. Because I think in many cases, once they visit, they will begin to pick up that “Driving Spirit” that you and your children demonstrate on a daily basis.
Best wishes to everyone! Enjoy the beautiful fall weather, and I look forward to seeing you on campus soon.
John M. Thomas