Lower School Newsletter - November 17, 2021
Message From Division Director
As we continue to take the necessary precautions to ensure the safety of our Lower School Huskies, their social and emotional health continues to be our priority. At the same time, educators acknowledge that COVID-19 has had a profound impact on all learners. Last Friday, I shared the online article, “How COVID-19 Affects the Youngest Learners,” with faculty and staff. As I read it last week, it was another reminder of how much our Huskies need the extra love, attention and grace during this time.
Megan and I are so excited to host our next Lower School Virtual Classroom Visit on Friday, November 19, 8:15–8:45 a.m. You will have an opportunity to observe 1A Morning Meeting, the KB class, 6A art, and 4A math. At approximately 8:50 a.m., parents will participate in a thinking routine to document their observations. Lastly, Megan and I will open the floor to focus on gratitude. We look forward to spending time with you on Friday.
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
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.
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
Fifth Graders Learn About Social Scientists
Fifth graders kicked off their social studies unit by exploring the question “What do social scientists do?” After researching and considering the roles of various fields of social science, students analyzed their purpose and function. Each student built a venn diagram to demonstrate their understanding of the various types of social scientists and analyzed how they are alike and different.
Sixth Grade Pre-Algebra — Solving for a Variable
During sixth grade pre-algebra class, the students had 20 minutes to answer the question “How can we use the additive inverse property and our knowledge of fact families to create a number sentence that makes it ‘easy’ for us to solve for a variable?” Check out what they’ve created!
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.
Virtual Classroom Visits
Friday, November 19, 8:15–9:30 am
Husky Pride Day every Friday!
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.
Stay Up To Date: Review This Year’s COVID-19 Protocols and Procedures
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.
Reflections of Gratitude and Looking Ahead to December!
Attending Flint Hill’s annual Nutcracker performance over the weekend really has me in the holiday spirit! I wish you all the best for a happy and healthy Thanksgiving. Rest while you can, because when we return, the Flint Hill momentum will be in full speed! 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.
Orders placed after noon on Friday, November 19, will be processed when we return from Thanksgiving break.
Pick up some great accessories and stocking stuffers at the School Store Accessory pop-up at the FH Tip-Off Classic basketball tournament on Friday, December 3, from 2:30 to 7 pm. We will have some of your favorite accessories including hats, tote bags, car stickers and more! Click here to purchase your spirit wear for Tip-Off!
The holiday season is upon us. To ensure you or your loved ones receive 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.
If you would like to receive your order via mail, please make sure the recipient’s name and shipping address are correct.
We recommend ordering the size that you or our child currently wear. If the item you purchased does not fit, we are happy to exchange the item when stock is available or issue a refund.
To help avoid any confusion, all items that are sized for youth are marked as “youth”.
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.