Lower School Notes – May 22, 2019
Dear Lower School Families,
The Lower School certainly is a hive of activity at the moment. Students are completing projects, preparing for their Spring Concerts, and going on some marvelous field trips! As we rapidly approach the end of the school year, we are working hard to keep the students engaged and learning, until they cross the proverbial finish line.
On behalf of our fourth-graders, Fourth Grade teachers Rachel Hinnant, Rob Taylor, Lori Emerick, and Lower School Service Coordinator Megan Dhar, I would like to thank the many Lower School families who generously donated food items and joined us for our Family Service Fun Fair, last Friday, to be Husky hunger heroes. In addition to playing the many creative games thoughtfully designed and built by Fourth Grade students, service opportunities included creating placemats for residents of a local family shelter, making “Power Packs” of weekend meals for children at area Title I schools, and filling bags of trail mix for guests at a day center, for the poor and homeless, in Fairfax. The following organizations benefited from the event: The Lamb Center, Food for Others, and the Katherine Hanley Family Shelter. To address global hunger, on Friday, May 24, our fourth-graders will work alongside their parents and teachers to pack over 10,000 meals for Rise Against Hunger, an international relief organization.
I wanted to make you are aware of the faculty who will not be returning to Flint Hill next year. Please join me in thanking Lower School Music teacher Alecia Cardell, Lower School Technology Instructional Specialist and Lower and Middle School Computer Science teacher Lisa Waters, and First Grade teacher Sitara Jiwani, for their service to Flint Hill and your children, and in wishing them the best in their next opportunities.
Grades K-4: Wednesday, May 29
Before school closes, students will be given the opportunity to meet the teachers of the Grade level to which they are moving. They will hear about some of the highlights of their next Grade, what they can look forward to in the coming school year, and also have any of their questions answered.
Medication Pick Up
Any medication sent to the School Clinic for this school year must be picked up, on or before your child’s last day of the school year, Friday, May 31.
Emergency medication (Epi-pens, inhalers, diabetic supplies) must be picked up, on your child’s last day of the school year.
Medications are not stored at the School over the summer, and medications are not transferred from the School Clinic to summer camp attendance at Flint Hill.
All medication not picked up by June 3 will be discarded.
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REMINDERS FROM LAST WEEK
Grade 4 Spring Concert, 8:30 a.m., Olson Theater
Friday, May 24
One of the many events held for the Lower School to help celebrate the end of the year is Field Day, which will be held on Thursday, May 30. The students will participate as homeroom groups, chaperoned by their teacher and one specialist teacher. JK students will begin their day at 8:30 a.m. to enjoy time on their own. They will be joined by students in Grades K-1 at 9:00 a.m., and all will participate until 10:20 a.m. Grades 2, 3 and 4 get to enjoy the activities from 10:30 to 11:50 a.m., followed by lunch for JK-4 that will be provided by the School. Students can wear free “sports dress,” which should include sneakers, shorts, sweatpants (depending on the weather), a t-shirt (no tank tops please) and a hat. Please apply both bug spray and sunscreen to your children, as we are unable to do this for you at school. Students should also bring in a change of clothes due to several fun water stations. We are looking for parent volunteers to help run the activities; if you would like to do so, please contact Physical Education Department Chair Chris Brown.
Lower School Closing Ceremony
Friday, May 31, 8:30 a.m., Lower and Middle School Campus Gym
Families are invited to attend this event, during which we recognize each grade level through a moving-up ceremony. We will then honor the entire Fourth Grade, and they will receive their Lower School Promotion Certificates. Students are to arrive at the normal starting time. This allows us to get lined up and ready with plenty of time. Fourth Grade students should be at school by 8:00 a.m., as they will have a class photo taken prior to the Closing Ceremony. Attire for the day is a neat uniform for Grades JK-3; Fourth Grade students may wear either their school uniform or special attire if they choose. Girls may wear a simple summer dress. If a dress has spaghetti straps, a cardigan should be worn. Girls should not wear heels. Boys may wear a button-down shirt, with or without a tie, with uniform pants.
Following the Closing Ceremony, students will return to their classrooms to gather their belongings and say one last goodbye to their teachers. Then the party in the Dell (next to the JK playground) begins! All families, siblings, and students are invited to attend a casual and relaxed celebration with faculty, on the field behind the Miller House. Donuts and lemonade will be served, and children and parents will be able to socialize and celebrate the end of a great school year. The party will last for one hour, and then the summer officially begins at 10:30 a.m.! Please note that there is no AfterCare available after the Closing Ceremony.
End-of-Year Bus Service
All morning buses will run as scheduled through Friday, May 31.
4:00 p.m. Bus
The 4:00 p.m. bus will run 15 minutes earlier, beginning Tuesday, May 28, through Thursday, May 30. The shuttle will leave the Upper School Campus at 3:30 p.m., and all 4:00 p.m. buses will leave the Lower and Middle School Campus at 3:45 p.m. Please adjust pick-up times at all bus stops to be 15 minutes earlier.
The 4:00 p.m. bus will not run on Friday, May 31.
Notes from my Weekly Walkabout
Last week in P.E., JK students played a game of “Excuse Me, It’s My Turn,” a warm-up game that allows the students to practice locomotor movements as well as cooperate with their partner, while practicing manners and taking turns. The main activity for the class was a game of “Rescue Tag!” The game is a favorite, emphasizing teamwork, cooperation, and strategizing how to evade the pirates while stealing a treasure.
Last Tuesday, Kindergarten students visited Calleva Farm in Poolesville, Maryland, for their field studies. They explored the farm as a system, considering parts, purposes and complexities along the way. How are the plants, animals, and resources on a farm connected? How do they depend on and impact one another? Students worked in small groups, as they participated in various activities on the farm. They assisted in the garden by preparing the soil and planting and watering corn seeds. They explored with all of their senses, as they sampled various herbs, as well as strawberries, right out of the garden. A favorite highlight was meeting the ducks, chickens, turkeys, and horses, and feeding the sheep and rabbits fresh grass. Students also took a hike through the woods, which ended at a creek. They discussed the importance of clean water for sustaining life on the farm. They uncovered rocks and logs, as they searched for salamanders, frogs, and insects living in and around the water. They also went on a tractor ride around the farm, during which they noticed the windmill that uses wind energy to pump water from a well throughout the farm. They also visited the beehives and discussed the importance of pollinators on a farm. Our Kindergarten Huskies made great connections to their study of plant, animal, and human needs.
First Grade students went on a field trip to the National Zoo last Tuesday! The first-graders enjoyed observing the animals in their habitats and were especially adept at making connections to their current plant and animal research. The children especially enjoyed learning how the zookeepers replicated what animals eat in the wild, to meet their dietary needs in the zoo. They noticed that some of the animals were smaller or larger than expected. Seeing the animals up close was a great experience for our students to continue to wonder and learn about animals throughout the world.
This year 2B decided that they wanted to try to help the homeless for their Kindness project. They prepared some questions for Nurjan Ahmedova, who works at the Katherine Hanley Shelter in Fairfax, to get a better idea of what they could do to make a meaningful impact on the residents there. They then were able to visit the shelter to get more ideas about how to help. After some brainstorming and discussion, the students decided to collect some outdoor toys to donate to the shelter, as they noticed that there was not a large variety of choices for the young children at the shelter. Working closely with Lower School Service Coordinator Megan Dhar and Lower School P.E. teachers Gretchen Herman and Chris Brown, as well as reaching out to their families via SeeSaw, the students were able to get a large box of donations including hula hoops, jump ropes, scooters, basketballs, and more. They are looking forward to returning to the shelter next week to deliver their donations.
Third Grade completed their second and final Market Day last Friday. This six-week, integrated unit was a real-world application and taught the students many life skills. The students had the opportunity to experience how the economy works firsthand by applying the concepts they have been studying during their economics unit: the role of money, needs and wants, goods and services, producers and consumers, specialized jobs, supply and demand, and the techniques of advertising. They set up their businesses, complete with business licenses, calculated their expenses and went to work with serious determination to make a profit. Students had a very impressive selection of products, which had been carefully researched and produced. Well-designed advertisements were on display for all to see. When talking to the students, it was clear how proud they were of their efforts and how much they had learned. Congratulations to our young entrepreneurs!
Fourth Grade students are busy preparing for their upcoming concert. The children have learned recorder pieces, favorite songs, barred pieces by Carl Orff, and Gahu, a recreational piece from Ghana. The Fourth Grade concert is the culmination of all that the students have learned in Lower School.
Director of the Lower School
Final Morning Meeting/Inspiration
Thursday, May 23, 8:15-8:45 a.m., Olson Theater, Lower and Middle School
Flint Hill Golf Invitational
Thursday, May 23
Grade 4 Spring Concert
Friday, May 24, 8:30 a.m., Olson Theater, Lower and Middle School Campus
Service Food Packaging Event: Rise Against Hunger
Friday, May 24, 10:00-11:30 a.m., Lower and Middle School Campus
Grades JK-12 No Classes
Administrative Offices Closed
Monday, May 27
2A Kindness Project, Apple Tree School
Tuesday, May 28, 10:00-10:45 a.m., Fairfax, Va.
Lower School Learning Center Pancake Breakfast
Wednesday, May 29, 7:30-10:15 a.m., Multipurpose Room, Lower and Middle School Campus
Rising Grades 1-5 Move Up
Wednesday, May 29, 2:00-2:30 p.m., Lower and Middle School Campus
Lower School Field Day
Thursday, May 30
Lower School Picnic
Thursday, May 30, 11:15 a.m.-1:00 pm, Lower and Middle School Campus
LS Closing Ceremony Run-Through
Thursday, May 30, 1:30-2:15 p.m., Gym, Lower and Middle School Campus
Fourth Grade Photos
Friday, May 31, 8:00 a.m., Lower and Middle School Campus
Lower School Closing Ceremony
Friday, May 31, 8:30 a.m., Lower and Middle School Campus
Lower School Social
Friday, May 31, 9:30 a.m., Lower and Middle School Campus
Contract Binding Date
Saturday, June 1