Lower School Newsletter - December 14, 2022
Inclement Weather Policy
Delayed openings and closures will be announced to members of the Flint Hill community by 5:45 a.m. on the day of a severe weather event in the following ways:
- Text/email alerts through our emergency notification system
- A banner on our website
- Story posts on Instagram and Facebook
Note that inclement weather is currently predicted for Wednesday evening to Thursday morning. If a change to the school day is required, we will contact you as stated above. If you do not hear from us, know that the school day is scheduled as normal.
If you haven't already, text YES to 79041 to receive text messages from our emergency notification system.
Classwork During Inclement Weather
For students in Grades JK-2 – Starting with the second snow day of the season, teachers will provide optional home learning to be done via Seesaw or email. This work will neither be graded nor collected and is solely for the purpose of review, practice or enrichment.
For students in Grades 3-4 – Starting with the second snow day of the season and including all others, teachers may choose to assign home learning available on Seesaw or by email by 10:00 a.m.
For students in Grades 5-12 – Starting with the second snow day of the season and including all others, teachers may choose to assign work by sending an email to students alerting them of assignments by 10:00 a.m. Work should be made available on the teacher course page or through another electronic form.
Individual or additional considerations will be made in the event of:
- excessive consecutive snow days,
- a high number of individual snow days; or
- extended time periods without power.
Reminder: School Resumes on Tuesday, January 3
We wish you a festive and restful winter break and look forward to welcoming students and faculty/staff back to campus on Tuesday, January 3. There is no school on Monday, January 2.
Gifts to Faculty and Staff
As we approach the Winter Break, I wanted to remind you of the School’s recommendations concerning gifts to faculty and staff. Flint Hill encourages simplicity in the giving of gifts. The School discourages the collection of money from parents to provide teachers or coaches with gifts. Please note that holiday gift giving is not an expectation, and individual families should decide what is best for them, keeping in mind that a sincere, heartfelt “thank you” often carries the greatest meaning.
Lower School Winter Club Registration Opens Thursday
The winter session of AfterSchool Clubs is fast approaching. Our club lineup and registration date will be sent on Thursday, December 15. Registration for these clubs is on a first-come, first-served basis. We are excited to have returning favorites such as Chess, Ukulele and Mixed-Media Exploration, as well as new programs, including Journalism, Mock Trial and Dance! Please email Matt McCoart with any questions.
Registration for the Fifth and Sixth Grade Play — Opens Tomorrow
Attention all actors: Registration for the Fifth and Sixth Grade Play will take place tomorrow, Thursday, December 15. Look for an email with more details. Rehearsals will be from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. on Wednesdays, January 4 - March 7, with a performance on Wednesday, March 8, in Olson Theater. Some additional rehearsals may be added leading up to the production date.
Winter Break Classroom Celebration — December 16
On Friday, December 16, each Lower School classroom will have its own celebration as we head into winter break. Each student will be provided a sweet treat (donuts from Dunkin') to go along with any in-class activities prepared by our teachers. We hope this fun celebration helps send everyone into break with bright spirits!
Driving Spirit Award Nominations Deadline — December 30
The Driving Spirit Award recognizes current Flint Hill faculty and staff members who lead by example through their dedication to students and ability to energize and inspire the Flint Hill community. Please think about the exceptional current teachers and staff members in the Flint Hill community who you believe fit this description and complete the nomination form by Friday, December 30.
Financial Aid Application Deadline — January 9
The financial aid application deadline for the 2023-2024 school year is Monday, January 9, 2023. Current families can expect their financial aid notifications on February 1. New student financial aid notifications will go out on March 3. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 703.584.2314 with questions.
Parents' Association Divisional Ambassador Information Session
Wednesday, December 14, 7:30 - 8:00 p.m., Virtual via Google Meet
Monday, December 19 - Monday, January 2
Tuesday, January 3
Financial Aid Application Deadline
Monday, January 9
Reminder: Divisional Ambassador Information Session Today / Self-Nomination Form Due This Friday
Interested parents should complete and submit the Divisional Ambassador Self-Nomination Form by Friday, December 16, at 3:00 p.m.
In reimagining the Parents’ Association, we are striving to create a volunteer structure that supports an even wider range of participation, has a time commitment more flexible and manageable for the busy lives of today’s parents and better reflects the diverse identities of our student body. Please refer to the email sent Monday, December 5, at 6:00 p.m. for all of the details.
Parents’ Association President KayAnn Schoeneman and Assistant Head of School for Institutional Advancement Meredith VanDuyne are hosting two information sessions to answer your questions.
Wednesday, December 14, 7:30 - 8:00 p.m., Virtual via Google Meet
If you have any questions about the divisional ambassador role please contact KayAnn Schoeneman or Meredith VanDuyne (703.584.2351).
Save the Date for the Next Parent Meetup: Thursday, January 19
We had so much fun at our last Parent Meetup at Orangetheory and look forward to gathering again for some community service! Spend time with fellow parents while making a difference for women and children in need at Women Giving Back — an organization that supports women and children in crisis by providing quality clothing at no cost. Parents will volunteer together to help sort donations at the Sterling warehouse. Visit womengivingback.org to learn more.
Thursday, January 19, 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Location: Women Giving Back — 20 Export Drive, Sterling, VA 20164
Questions? Contact Olivia Landrum '11, in the Advancement Office
Concessions Volunteers Needed – Winter Schedule
Many volunteers are needed to sell concessions during the day, after school and during basketball games. It’s a great way to meet other parents and get a special glimpse into the Flint Hill experience. Check out the schedule and sign up for as many shifts as you'd like. Feel free to invite a friend to sign up with you too!
19—Orangetheory Parent Meetup
2—Parent Morning Mixer
10—Lower School Spring Uniform Exchange
15—Parents’ Association Spring Tennis Social
25—Flint Hill Golf Invitational
1—Volunteer Appreciation Reception