Lower School Newsletter - February 16, 2022
Message From Division Director
I am so happy about our upcoming in-person Classroom Visits. We miss your presence in the building and look forward to you spending time with your child. Our goal is for you to witness the authentic classroom experience that makes our learning visible.
We are also relaunching our In-Person Student Involved and Student-Led Conferences next month. The Conferences allow us to share in the celebration of learning. Throughout the year, students have reflected on their work and learning, and at the conferences, they will communicate their strengths as learners, the progress they have made and areas for growth. The conferences will be 20 minutes long, and the sign-up process will be emailed to you on February 25. Due to the nature of the conferences, some will take place on the designated conference day on the school calendar, March 11, while others will be arranged before or after school throughout the week of March 7 and March 10. Again, please be sure to look for additional information on February 25. We look forward to seeing you!
Robyn M. Nichols
Interim Director of the Lower School
In-Person Classroom Visits
The wait is over! It’s time for you to truly experience the benefits of the Lower School. You have been patiently waiting for the in-person classroom visits, and it is such an important part of how we make the learning visible. We are looking forward to seeing you back in the hallways, classrooms and reuniting with teachers. More to come, so please mark your calendars! Each visit will be from 8:15 to 8:45 a.m. with connection and reflection with Robyn and Megan from 8:45 to 9:15 a.m.
Thursday, February 24 — JK/K
Friday, February 25 — Grades 3/4
Monday, February 28 — Grades 1/2
Tuesday, March 1 — Grade 5
Thursday, March 3 — Grade 6
Major Minors, Tuesday, February 22, at 7 p.m. In the Upper School Commons
Fresh from their tours of Virginia Commonwealth University and William & Mary, Flint Hill’s award-winning a capella group, Major Minors, will take the audience on a journey that covers multiple decades and genres of music — performing classic oldies, current chart toppers, and catchy original tunes — completely a cappella. The concert will take place in the Upper School Commons and admission is free!
Dressing for Cold Weather
In cold weather, a hat, gloves and a winter-weight coat are required attire to go outside. Barring a medical condition, all children will participate in outdoor recesses. If wind chill conditions cause temperatures to feel 20 degrees or less, students will remain inside for recess. Children who do not have the required outerwear will not be allowed to go outside. It would be appreciated if parents could ensure that their child/children have the appropriate clothing for break and recess.
Parent Toolkit Resource Board Tile
The Parent Toolkit tile on the Husky Hub Resource Board is available. It is a resource with valuable information to help Flint Hill parents throughout the rest of the school year.
MAKING THE LEARNING VISIBLE
Students in 4A recently authored a book highlighting their research and learning about Abolitionists and the Underground Railroad. Students worked collaboratively to research, write, and illustrate the stories of influential trailblazers, including Sojourner Truth, Harriet Tubman, William and Ellen Craft, John Brown and others. Students recently shared their work with Jeff Brown, an expert from The Tubman Museum. Mr. Brown wrote to the students to congratulate them by saying, “This amazing academic/artistic achievement is incredible both in the art the students have created, in the level of scholarship, and in the quality of writing from your students.” Mr. Brown even encouraged students to take the next steps and try to publish their work, so that “people can hold it in their hands, and we can sell it in our store here at the Tubman Museum.” Read the full book from the 4A students.
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.
Presidents' Day — Grades JK-12 No Classes, Administrative Offices Closed
Monday, February 21
Major Minors Winter Concert
Tuesday, February 22, 7-8:30 p.m.
Uniform and Spirit Wear Donation Drop-Off
Thursday and Friday, February 24 and 25
Location: Porch, Miller House, Lower School Campus
JK/K In-Person Classroom Visits
Thursday, February 24, 8:15-9:15 a.m.
Grades 3-4 In-Person Classroom Visits
Friday, February 25, 8:15-9:15 a.m.
Grade 5 Virtual Game Night
Friday, February 25, 7-8 p.m.
Grades 1-2 In-Person Classroom Visits
Monday, February 28, 8:15-9:15 a.m.
Grade 5 In-Person Classroom Visits
Tuesday, March 1, 8:15-9:15 a.m.
Grade 6 In-Person Classroom Visits
Thursday, March 3, 8:15-9:15 a.m.
Grade 4 Virtual Game Night
Thursday, March 10, 7-8 p.m.
Friday, March 11
Monday, March 28
All of these links can be found on the COVID-19 Health Information tile on the Resource Board.
Reminder: Keep Everyone Healthy by Staying Home if Sick
If your student has fever or chills, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea, vomiting or diarrhea you should keep them home to recover. They must be symptom-free for 24 hours before returning to school.
Spring Donation Opportunity
Spring cleaning? Donate your student’s outgrown uniforms.
If you have Flint Hill polos, navy or khaki bottoms, spirit wear or P.E./athletic wear that your child has outgrown, please drop them off, at your convenience, on the Miller House front porch — on the Lower School campus — on Thursday, February 24 and Friday, February 25. Thank you for contributing items that are either new or in good, used condition and have been recently laundered. Questions? Please contact Adrienne Robinson in the Advancement Office.
The Flint Hill Golf Invitational and Skills Clinic Is Back!
The Flint Hill Golf Invitational and Skills Clinic is back! We can’t wait to spend a day on the course with fellow Huskies, parents and alumni — on May 26 at the Westfields Golf Club. This casual golf scramble brings together our community like no other, and all levels of golf ability are welcome. Registration and sponsorships are now open, so start creating your foursome or sign up on your own to make new connections! Not ready for a full 18? Play in the skills clinic or volunteer throughout the day. Visit flinthill.org/golf to register, sponsor, volunteer or learn more!
Opportunity: Host a Grade Level Parent Dinner!
The Parents’ Association is looking forward to hosting grade-level parent dinners at people’s homes. Contact Sibel Unsal email@example.com if you are interested in hosting!
One of the biggest reasons I love Flint Hill so much is because it loves me back. Every time I ask the school to give me more, it somehow manages to do so. Read more.
School Store Updates
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.