Lower School Newsletter - November 10, 2021
Message From Division Director
On Friday, November 12, we will host information sessions for families to learn more about the math inventory and Fountas and Pinnell, the benchmarking tools we use in third and fourth grade, and the math and reading inventory that is used in fifth and sixth grade. Based on the wide developmental range, we will have two separate times: Grades 3 and 4, 8:15–9 a.m., and Grades 5 and 6, 9:30-10:15 a.m. If you are unable to attend, the meeting will be recorded and shared with you in next week’s newsletter.
Do you or someone in your family have a career, passion or story you would like to bring to our Lower School Huskies? The Brown Bag Lunch Program is a long-standing tradition in the Lower School that was created to enrich our students’ learning and exploration. Parents, alums, faculty and current Upper School students have hosted presentations to share about their career, passion or personal story. Historically, students have signed up for sessions of high interest to them, and the lunch presentations were limited to space availability for an in-person presentation. As we operate under the current COVID guidelines, we look forward to opening these sessions virtually for as many students who would like to participate on a voluntary basis. If you would be interested in sharing with our Lower School Huskies and leading a virtual presentation, please email Interim Assistant Director of the Lower School Megan Dhar.
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
Tickets for The Nutcracker are available now. Tickets are free, but the best seats go fast, so make your reservation today. Performances are November 12 at 7 p.m. and November 13 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. in the Olson Theater. Click here to reserve your tickets.
Calling All Bakers! Volunteers Needed: Bake Mini Pies for Teachers and Staff
Every day, we are thankful for our faculty and staff. Join us to give them a slice of our appreciation! Sign up here to bake mini pies or to volunteer to help arrange! Pies will be distributed to faculty and staff on Thursday, November 18, and Friday, November 19. Once you sign up, we will contact you and coordinate the drop-off of the mini-pie tins to bake in. Once you have baked them, you can drop them off during carpool on the morning of Thursday, November 19. Contact Sibel Unsal P’22 with any questions!
Reminder to Order Your Tip-Off Tournament T-shirt Before Tomorrow's 11 p.m. Deadline
Show your Husky spirit and order your 2021 Basketball Tip-Off Classic Tournament shirt! Click here to place your order, and be sure to select your student’s homeroom teacher — t-shirts will be delivered to those classrooms on Thursday, December 2. The shirts are available in youth and adult sizes. The 17th Annual Tip-Off Classic Tournament is the official kick-off to Flint Hill’s varsity basketball season with games played on December 3 and 4. From time to time to show our School spirit, special attire theme days are organized by the Upper School Student Athletic Advisory Council. To celebrate the Tip-Off Tournament, everyone’s invited to wear white, including the optional special edition Tip-Off t-shirt, on Friday, December 3.
Spirit and Service — Parents Can Make a Difference!
This year, Flint Hill is hosting a community-wide meal pack to benefit Food for Others on Friday, December 3, from 4 to 8 p.m., during the 17th Annual Tip Off Classic Varsity Basketball tournament. Parents are invited to donate food that will be collected at morning carpool during the Week of Thankful Giving (Monday, November 29-Wednesday, December 1). Let’s join together to make a difference.
RFID Tags for Afternoon Carpool Has Begun
We launched into our next iteration of carpool efficiency when we began to use RFID scanning this past Monday, November 8. A mailing was sent to parents last week with instructions for mounting your RFID tag on your car's headlight. This enables us to quickly scan your tags during our dismissal process and sync information you have entered into SchoolPass. This will replace our walkie system and ensure a smoother, more accurate process.
Nearly every family who enrolls at Flint Hill was either referred by or talked with a current family during the admission process. Your perspective is critically important. You are in the best position to identify potential Huskies who are a great fit for our school.
Refer a Husky and the Admission team will reach out to invite them to learn more about Flint Hill.
Making the Learning Visible
Second grade students have been studying solid figures and 3D shapes. After learning the correct vocabulary to define the 3D shapes using their number of faces, vertices and edges, students learned to draw these 3D prisms to demonstrate three-dimensionality. They practiced imprinting and cutting out the number of faces of each of the shapes, using playdough, and then built multi-dimensional objects using various shapes and counted the number of total faces.
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.
Husky Pride Day every Friday!
Lower School Division Coffee: Math and Reading Inventory Information Session
Friday, November 12
Grades 3 and 4 — 8:15–9 a.m.
Grades 5 and 6 — 9:30–10:15 a.m.
Friday, November 12, 7 p.m., and Saturday, November 13, 2 p.m. and 7 p.m., Olson Theater. Tickets for The Nutcracker are available now. Tickets are free, but the best seats are going fast, so make your reservation today. Click here to reserve your tickets.
Monday, November 22–Friday, November 26
Monday, November 29
Week of Thankful Giving
Monday, November 29–Wednesday, December 1
We will be collecting items for donation to Food For Others.
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.
Gratitude for Flint Hill Yearbook Ads
After watching John Thomas’ newsletter video last week about the flooding of memories, and the power some objects have to bring us back to places and times in our life, it made me think of something that has become very special to me — the Flint Hill yearbook. I love it! Read more.
Volunteer at the Igloo Outpost
The Igloo is moving outside for the 17th Annual Tip-Off Classic Basketball Tournament on Friday and Saturday, December 3-4. Help us sell concessions in the deCamp Garden, and sign up for a shift here.
The holiday season is upon us. To ensure you or your loved ones receive their Flint Hill spirit wear before winter break, please place your orders by Wednesday, December 15.
The School Store uses priority shipping, but please allow a week for local packages to be delivered and up to two weeks for packages mailed outside the DMV area.
Spiritwear for Tip-Off Tournament
Are you in need of white spiritwear to celebrate the Tip-Off Tournament? Click here to shop a great selection of white t-shirts and hoodies.
Sweatshirts and Outerwear
We have a great selection of sweatshirts and outerwear to keep you warm. Click the links below to order.
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.