Lower School Newsletter - June 17, 2020

Things to Know This Week in the Lower School

Second Semester Progress Reports

Progress reports are posted online twice a year, at the end of the first and second semesters, and are designed to indicate academic, social, and personal growth. The second progress reports for this school year will be available online on Wednesday, June 17. Due to COVID-19 and the transition to distance learning, this spring, Lower School teachers will write a narrative to the student and there will be no checklists. The narrative allows the teacher to elaborate on a child’s performance this year, which includes areas of growth and goals for future growth and improvement and recommendations for summer work. Teachers write their comments directly to the student. This supports our mission statement, “A Flint Hill education focuses on the learner,” and develops our students as self-directed learners, one of the core competencies of the Portrait of the Flint Hill Student.
To access the report for your child/ren:

  • Log into Husky Hub.
  • Click on your name at the top, right-hand side of the page, and click on “Files & Forms.”
  • Under your child’s name, locate the “Lower School Progress Reports” section, and click on the “Semester 2” report.

Preparing for the 2020-21 School Year — Summer Learning and Summer Reading Now Available

As a reminder, the summer learning documents that have been prepared for students at every grade level are now available here on The Preparing for the 2020-21 School Year Tile, on the Parent Resource Board in Husky Hub. Summer is an excellent time for children to work on developmentally appropriate skills and strategies to foster independence and readiness for the next grade level.

Reminder about Student iPads

As a reminder, returning Lower School students will be keeping their iPads at home over the summer. Homeroom teachers have posted the class digital Husky Promise in the student’s Journal in Seesaw. Please remind students, at regular intervals over the summer, of the expectations for use of the iPad. iPads should also be kept in a safe place.

Summer on the Hill Camp Update

As the school year closes and you plan your children’s activities for this summer, we want to provide you with an update regarding our camp schedule in the current environment.

The School has made the decision not to hold July Summer on the Hill programs on campus. Instead, we have moved many of our enrichment offerings online and developed several new ones. Basketball and flag football camps have been canceled. You can view our updated camp schedule here.

Flint Hill also partners with Headfirst Summer Camps, which offers camps for children ages 3-12. Flint Hill and Headfirst have decided together that Headfirst will offer modified versions of some camps at Flint Hill beginning July 6. You can read more about Headfirst’s safety and compliance guidelines here.

Thank you for your flexibility during this time.


Welcoming New Faculty and Staff for 2020-21

Please join us in welcoming the following new Lower School faculty for the 2020-21 school year. We also want to congratulate current faculty who will be moving into new roles for the next school year.

Jennifer (Jenny) Beck, RN, BSN – Lower School Nurse – was born and raised in Virginia and received her undergraduate degree in biology from Virginia Tech. Before starting her nursing career, she worked as a lab tech. Jenny obtained a nursing diploma from Southside Regional School of Nursing and a bachelor’s degree in nursing from Jacksonville University. Jenny has been a registered nurse for eight years, having worked in the U.S. hospital setting and in a medical unit of an overseas embassy. Jenny has spent the last five years working in urgent care and with Reston Town Center Pediatrics. When not working, Jenny negotiates meals and clothing choices with a threenager.

Elizabeth Crowder – Data Services Manager – has worked in the independent school arena for the duration of her career, serving as associate director of admissions and financial aid at Connecticut College, as associate director of admissions at The Madeira School, and as manager of customer service for the College Board. She earned her Master of Education at Vanderbilt University and has enjoyed putting it to good use, chairing capital campaigns and other fundraisers for Pinecrest School and The Fairfax County Association for the Gifted (FCAG), where she currently serves as vice president. She lives in Annandale with her husband Grant, children Caroline (almost 12) and Griffin (9), and fluffy little Havanese puppy Cosmo (3).

Miles Henderson – All School Diversity and Inclusion Coordinator – was born and raised here in Northern Virginia. At George Mason University, he studied foreign languages and education. He has previously worked as a substitute teacher and a tutor, as well as a volunteer for The Trevor Project’s advocacy team. Working with the Trevor Project encouraged him to find work related to equity and inclusion in education. He is very excited and eager to join the Flint Hill Community, and he hopes to see everybody in person this fall.

Veronica Leonard – Lower School Learning Specialist – graduated from Dartmouth College, in 2014, with a degree in psychology and a minor in education. After completing the Dartmouth Teacher Education Program, she moved to New York and became a kindergarten teacher at a public charter school in the South Bronx. After three years of teaching in general education and integrated co-teaching classroom settings, she decided to go back to school to specialize in reading education for struggling students. This spring, Veronica completed the Reading Specialist program at Teachers College, Columbia University and earned her M.A. Veronica is very excited to return to the D.C. area, where she grew up, after spending the past 10 years in New Hampshire and New York. She is passionate about the learning process and making academic instruction appropriate, accessible, beneficial, and joyful for all learners. With sports seasons suspended indefinitely, Veronica now enjoys playing with her newly-adopted dog, Betty, in her free time. Veronica can’t wait to be a Flint Hill Husky and is looking forward to getting to know her colleagues, students, and the Flint Hill families!

Marie Pescatore –  Lower School Homeroom Teacher – earned her bachelor’s and master’s degree in elementary education at Quinnipiac University. She graduated, in 2014, from her master’s program with the Leadership in Education Award. Following graduation, she worked for six years at Fair Haven School in New Haven, Connecticut. Marie worked as a first and fifth grade teacher of English Language Learning classrooms where she taught all subjects. While working for Fair Haven, Marie served many additional leadership roles, including new teacher mentor, fifth grade lead teacher, school-side data team committee member, behavior intervention committee member, and school planning and management team member. After graduating, Marie worked closely with her alma mater, Quinnipiac University, hosting many student teachers and interns in her classroom. Alongside student teaching and mentoring, Marie was a part-time graduate professor of Teaching Mathematics in Elementary Grades (K-6). Outside of teaching and coaching Marie loves to hike, read, and spend time with friends and family.

Emily Sorbi – Lower School Counselor – is a licensed professional school counselor, responsible for providing individual and educational counseling to her students, faculty, and staff. Emily started her career as a therapist and educational liaison for Center for Discovery, where she counseled children ages 8-18 who struggle with eating disorders. She returned to the school system and has worked as a professional school counselor in independent schools for the last 10 years. She earned her B.A. from Millersville University of Pennsylvania and her M.S. from The George Washington University in Washington, D.C.

Rachel Varma – Lower School Kindergarten Assistant — received a Bachelor of Science in elementary education from Boston University and completed fieldwork in the Massachusetts school districts in Boston, Brookline and Chelsea. She lived and went to school in Bethesda, Maryland, for grades K-8 and is eager to return to the area. “Some fun facts about me are that I was adopted and I was raised half Jewish and half Hindu. I look forward to meeting you all as we begin planning the next school year!”

Sarah Yeon — Lower School Kindergarten Assistant — has a master’s degree in early childhood education, PK-3, from George Mason University. “Even though I have not been at Flint Hill for a long time, I have felt very happy and welcomed here. In my free time, I love to exercise at the gym, hike outdoors, and hang out with my friends.”

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