Lower School Newsletter - September 22, 2021
Message From Division Director
We are looking forward to welcoming parents to our virtual Back-to-School Night on Thursday, September 30. The evening will start at 7 p.m. with you receiving welcome videos from John and me that you can view at your convenience. You will be meeting with teachers via Google Meet, who will be presenting as grade-level teams in Grades JK-5. Parents with students in Grade 6 will meet with advisors and the Language Arts, Math, Social Studies and Math Department Chairs. To familiarize yourself with the curriculum in advance, please read the Lower School Program Guide information pertaining to your child(ren). While faculty will be prepared to answer questions about the curriculum, the focus of the time will be: building the partnership between home and School; communication including how teachers will share your child’s growth and progress; and how to support your child at home, so they are ready and available to learn.
The Lower School continues to focus on reinforcing routines and expectations, and students are enjoying learning more about what it means to be a Husky! On Tuesday, we had our first Virtual Lower School Morning Meeting of the year, consisting of a message, class share, celebration/holidays, announcements, birthdays, and the School song. Mrs. Dhar, Ms. Burton and I led students through interactive activities to better understand the Husky Promise that they recite every day during their classroom Morning Meetings and Circle of Power and Respect (CPR). To provide students with a leadership opportunity, each class will lead a Virtual Lower School Morning Meeting, held every Tuesday. Please be on the lookout for when your child’s teacher shares a recording of the Meeting.
As students build community in their homerooms and advisories, we continue to keep them at the center of every decision, especially regarding their safety and well-being. Our dedicated teachers are educating their students while also reserving time for self-care. Students learn best when expectations are modeled and reinforced, and it is essential to help them understand the need to focus on wellness before refocusing on school work.
For students who experience cold/allergy symptoms or need to wait for test results, we require that they remain at home until they are 100% symptom-free for 24 hours. During that time, teachers will keep track of their Home Learning. Upon their return to school, students will receive additional time to submit assignments to reinforce the School’s commitment to prioritize rest while recuperating at home. The Lower School will only implement the Remote Learning Plan for students who test positive for COVID-19 or if they are in direct contact with someone who tests positive. If students are not feeling well during the two-week quarantine period, the priority will be for the family to focus on their child's health.
We appreciate your partnership and understanding as we focus on the social and emotional health of the Lower School students. If you have questions, please reach out to me anytime.
Robyn M. Nichols
Interim Director of the Lower School
Head of School Candidate #2 Visiting Next Week
Our three campus finalists will spend two busy days on campus. Candidate #2 will visit next week, September 26-28. During the visit, we will host a virtual community meeting on Tuesday, September 28, 5-5:45 p.m., for parents and alumni to hear from the finalist. This will be a webinar-style virtual presentation where the host, Pia Trigiani, chair of the Board of Trustees, will present predetermined questions to the candidate. Participants will have an opportunity to share feedback with the Search Committee via a survey, available for 24 hours following each webinar. Thank you for your participation and support of this important process.
Click on the Head of School Candidate Visits tile on the Resource Board for links to the candidate bio, webinar and feedback survey.
Coming Soon: Kaleidoscope Parent Book Club!
The Kaleidoscope Book Club provides a space for parents to examine topics related to diversity, equity, and inclusion through the many lenses of literature. Kaleidoscope provides an inclusive space to connect over mutual interests. We look forward to building and deepening relationships through this shared learning opportunity. Please use this form to sign up for reminders and updates about upcoming meetings.
Middle and Upper School Athletic Games
As one school with two campuses and three divisions, we value the times we are able to come together as a community. Typically, families across divisions enjoy attending Middle and Upper School athletic games.
If Lower School families plan to attend events on the Middle and Upper School campus, here is some important information to consider:
- For the health of our Lower School students, our outdoor mask policy is different on our campuses. They are required on the Lower School campus and encouraged, but optional, on the Middle and Upper School campus.
- Lower School students must be actively supervised by parents or guardians. Students may not be dropped off on the Middle and Upper School campus to attend games or events unsupervised.
- For games on the Peterson Family Field, Lower School families whose students are using the playground are encouraged to sit in the stands near the playground, so you can actively supervise them.
Early Admission Process for Siblings
As members of our Husky family, we are offering an early start to the admission process for siblings who do not currently attend Flint Hill and are interested in applying for the 2022-23 school year.
If you have a child who is not currently enrolled at Flint Hill and you are interested in the application process for the 2022-23 school year, please complete this interest form no later than October 1. Alternatively, you can simply begin by completing the admission application. The application deadline is November 1 for completed applications, to receive an admission notification at the end of January. For more information, please schedule a 15-minute admission consultation with Jennifer Webb, director of enrollment management and financial aid, here, or Dawn Hopke, associate director of admission, here.
SchoolPass Carpool Placard Request
Thank you for your patience as we work together to acclimate to the new afternoon carpool procedure using SchoolPass. Please have your carpool placard visible, preferably on the passenger side window, to ensure that the carline moves as quickly as possible. If you did not receive a placard in the mail, please email Interim Director of the Lower School Robyn Nichols.
Making the Learning Visible
Pre-Algebra Polar Coordinates
Grade 6 Pre-Algebra students learned about polar coordinates this past week. Students found the polar coordinate system to be a two-dimensional coordinate system in which each point on a plane is found by determining the point’s distance from the origin (aka, the radius of the circle) and amount of rotation created by a ray on the circle (aka, angle of rotation). Students honed their skills by finding lost boats at sea using a GeoGebra Activity.
Would you like to try to find the lost boats at sea? If so, click here!
To help protect the integrity and privacy of virtual events, we have placed all the links to Google Meet virtual events in Husky Hub via the All-School Calendar.
Lower School Virtual Back to School Night
Thursday, September 30, 7-8:30 p.m.
Will We See You at Miller House Monday on September 27?
You don’t have to be a parent of a Lower School student to visit this special campus. Join Parents’ Association President Sibel Unsal P ’22 at the next Miller House Monday, on September 27, 8:30-10 a.m. After carpool dropoff, come by the Lower School and meet on the porch of the Miller House — the historic home located on the left upon entering the Lower School Campus. Please park in any of the visitor spaces next to Miller House or Hazel Lower School. If those are filled, use the empty spaces in the parking lot behind the Activity Center or by the basketball courts. Please don’t park in the Miller House circle. All JK-12 parents and guardians are invited to attend. We hope to see you there!
Our Socials Have Begun
Read about The Den, our annual Tennis Social and the Senior Coyote Grill Gathering.
Looking to Volunteer?
The Den, our newest concession stand, located on the Peterson Middle School terrace, is opening soon. Come join us!
Stadium Seat Pre-Order
Need a stadium seat for Homecoming and other outdoor games? Click here to pre-order your Flint Hill Stadium seat by Wednesday, September 29. Limited quantities will be available!
Restocking and New Inventory
Thank you for your patience and understanding while we continue working with our vendors to stock and restock the School Store. More inventory has been ordered and is on the way. Please continue to check the New Stock and Restock Alert tabs on the website.
Not sure what size to purchase? Purchase the size your student currently wears. If these items do not work for your student, please contact Adrienne Robinson to start the return/exchange process.
How do I make an exchange or return?
Please email Adrienne Robinson within 30 days of your original purchase. Include your order number, the item(s) that didn’t work, and if you would like to return your items or exchange them. Exchanges may be made for the same item in a different size or for an item of equal value. We are happy to issue a refund for items that did not work for you.