Lower School Newsletter - January 5, 2022
Message From Division Director
I hope that you had a restful Winter Break with your families. This is not exactly the start to 2022 we were hoping for, and we remain committed to the practices that will keep us in school during this challenging stretch. Those practices may evolve with guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and new requirements from the Fairfax County Health Department. We will continue to remind students about consistently wearing masks that fit and remain completely over their mouth and nose. We appreciate any help you can give with these reminders.
Below are gentle reminders from last Sunday’s email regarding next steps for the week:
Middle and Lower School students will not have classes on Thursday, January 6.
- We will analyze the COVID test results, notify any individuals who test positive and determine if any adjustments need to be made to our protocols and procedures.
- The current plan is to resume in-person classes on campus for Lower School on January 7.
With the fluctuation in temperatures, students are frequently misplacing jackets, sweatshirts and accessories. The Lower School office has compiled Lost and Found slides that will be regularly updated. If your child has lost an item, and you notice it on the slides, please inform their teacher or email Megan Dhar so that it may be returned to them. Your student may also make a visit to the rack of items, which is in Room 309A.
Robyn M. Nichols
Interim Director of the Lower School
Financial Aid Deadline Approaching
The financial aid application deadline is Monday, January 10, for families planning to apply for financial aid for the 2022-23 school year. Flint Hill’s financial aid application is available on the Financial Aid for Student Tuition (FAST) website. Families who complete the application process by January 10 will receive a notification of their financial aid award on Thursday, January 27, when re-enrollment contracts are issued to current families.
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.
Making the Learning Visible
During Innovation Lab, sixth grade students practiced using Tinkercad to design personalized keychains to affix to their backpacks or P.E. bags. The design required students to affix a key ring hole the right size to affix the key chain to their creation and demonstrate the skill they learned to overlap and align the letters so the printer would create it as one block.
The Parents Council of Washington (PCW) is pleased to host online viewing of “The Upstanders” from January 10 through January 13, 2022. This iNDIEFLIX original documentary about resilience and the power of connection to end bullying addresses the multiple facets of cyber-bullying including bully, victim, bystander, and family member. Remote learning and socializing due to COVID-19 has increased screen time for children while also significantly increasing circumstances of cyber-bullying. This documentary provides bystanders with the tools and confidence to "change the narrative" to eradicate cyber-bullying. Register here to receive the link to view “The Upstanders” documentary and access its At-Home Discussion Guide and other online resources. All PCW member school parents, administrators, faculty, and staff are invited. Students are invited to view the documentary with their parents due to the fact that suicide is discussed.
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 Classes Resume
Friday, January 7
Financial Aid Deadline
Monday, January 10
Grades JK-12 Headmaster's Virtual Parent Discussion Series: The FH Budget
Wednesday, January 12, 8:15-9:15 a.m.
See the All School Calendar to Join
Lower School Virtual Information Session
Wednesday, January 12, 8-9 p.m.
Birthday of Martin Luther King Jr.
Grades JK-12 No Classes, Administrative Offices Closed
Monday, January 17
Lower School Classroom Visits and Parent Coffee
Friday, January 20, 8:15-9:30 a.m.
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.
The COVID-19 Health Information tile on the Resource Board has this year’s protocols and procedures.
The COVID-19 Case Dashboard has been updated.
Teacher Appreciation Surprise: What’s Your Word?
Please use this form to share one word describing Flint Hill teachers. Responses will be used for a special project that we look forward to sharing with you soon!
Happy New Year! 2022…Wow!
When we enrolled at Flint Hill, in the fall of 2009, we were given the year 2022. Unsal family ’22, Necati Unsal ’22, Sibel Unsal P’22. For 13 years, every time our names were mentioned it was accompanied by 22. At the time, 2022 seemed like a lifetime away, a distant date that I really never thought about.
Click here to view new inventory in the School Store.
Check out the Last Chance Spirit Wear section of the School Store. With extremely limited quantities left, these sale items won’t last long. Shop now before they are gone!
Hoodies and Outerwear
We have a great selection of hoodies and outerwear for youth and adults. Click the links below to view our inventory.
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.