Lower School Newsletter - October 6, 2021
Message From Division Director
Our 2021 Virtual Lower School Back to School Night was a success! Thank you so much for reserving time from your evening to learn more about your child’s classroom experience and what to expect this year. Please continue to keep the lines of communication open by reaching out to your child’s teacher with any questions.
As a reminder, the picture make-up day is Friday, October 8. If you would like your child to take another picture, please send an email to your child’s homeroom teacher or advisor, so we may have an accurate count of the number of students. Those students should arrive at school wearing their school uniform. Teachers will provide an opportunity for them to change into their Husky Pride shirt after their pictures are taken.
Students have been brainstorming ideas for building their classroom campsites for the Day of Play on October 15. Please be on the lookout for information from the homeroom teachers and advisors about which materials the students will be asked to bring from home to build their campsites. You may begin sending the items on October 12. Materials sent from home, for use on the Day of Play, will not be returned.
Since we are in a “not right now” phase of allowing parents to visit the campus, Megan and I have been brainstorming on how to make the Lower School more visible for you. Each week, we will showcase parts of the division. Although it is not the same as being in the building with us, our hope is that you enjoy the lovely snapshots of this amazing place.
It’s Time to Showcase the Lower School Library!
Robyn M. Nichols
Interim Director of the Lower School
Homecoming 2021 — October 22–23
Fun is coming Home! Celebrate the return of Homecoming and join the Flint Hill community for a weekend filled with athletic events, food and fun for the entire family! The weekend kicks off with athletic games and our traditional bonfire on Friday night and continues with more athletic events, spirit giveaways and activities for all ages on Saturday. On both days, the Den will be open for concessions and the School Store will open a Pop-Up Shop in the Peterson Middle School Commons. Find activities for Lower School families below and visit flinthill.org/homecoming for a full schedule of events and parent volunteer opportunities.
Lower School Homecoming Schedule:
Friday, October 22
5:30–6:30 p.m. Glow in the dark giveaways — Norris Mitchell Field
6:30 p.m. Bonfire starts at the conclusion of the soccer game
7:15 p.m. School activities conclude
Saturday, October 23
10 a.m. - noon Lower School Spirit Alley with activities for Huskies grades JK-6 — interactive bubble activities and games, balloon twisting artists, pumpkin decorating — Norris Mitchell Field (masks required)
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.
Click here to refer a Husky, and the Admission team will reach out to invite them to learn more about Flint Hill. As a token of our appreciation, we’ll send you a Flint Hill cell phone wallet. We’ll even send one for every student referral you make.
Early Admission Process for Siblings — Application Due November 1
As a reminder, we are offering members of our Husky family an early start to the admission process for siblings who do not currently attend Flint Hill and are interested in applying for the 2022-23 school year.
If you have a child who is not currently enrolled at Flint Hill and you are interested in the application process for the 2022-23 school year, please complete the admission process by the November 1 deadline. Applications completed by November 1 will receive an admission notification at the end of January. For more information, please schedule a 15-minute admission consultation with Jennifer Webb, director of enrollment management and financial aid or Dawn Hopke, associate director of admission.
Student Portraits Available to Order
Student portraits are now online for viewing and ordering! If you did not receive your unique link via email, please send a message to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Making the Learning Visible
Time to Explore Lines in Kindergarten
Through a guided, inquiry-based approach, Kindergarteners have explored lines. Students are taking the opportunity to experiment with and explore lines and their features before being asked to use them for a specific purpose, such as writing letters. This week, students enjoyed manipulating lines into shapes, people, and buildings as well as letters — all on their own! Students also created art with lines, using loose parts, playdough, pipe cleaners, popsicle sticks, and yarn. A visit to the Innovation Lab allowed each class to extend their thinking with new materials, including Strawbees, used to build lines and invent creations. Teachers facilitated thinking routines by asking students to notice lines while on a walk through the Hazel Academic Building and to consider the purposes that lines serve all across their everyday lives.
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!)
JK-11 Picture Make-up Day
Friday, October 8
Grades JK-12 No Classes — Fall Break
Monday, October 11
Lower School Parent Social
Wednesday, October 13, 6–8 p.m.
Lower School Day of Play
Friday, October 15
Lower School Virtual Classroom Visits/Virtual Parent Coffee
Friday, October 22, 8:15–9:30 a.m.
Details will be announced in the October 20 newsletter
Friday and Saturday, October 22-23
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.
Seasons of transition are all around us. The leaves are changing, there’s a crisp feeling in the air. Senior families are on college tours and visiting young alumni at parents’ weekends. Middle Schoolers are enjoying the return of sports. The Lower School continues to be bustling with energy — there is so much life all around! Read more.
School Store Open During Homecoming!
Mark your calendars, Homecoming will feature a pop-up School Store in the Peterson Middle School Commons. We’ll be open Friday, October 22, 4–6:30 p.m. and Saturday, October 23, 10 a.m. until the end of the football game’s second quarter. All shoppers and volunteers are required to wear a mask.
Restocking and New Inventory
More P.E. uniforms and athletic practice clothing are now available. Please continue to check the New Stock and Restock Alert tabs on the website. Check out our Last Chance Spiritwear. All items have limited quantities and most have been discounted. Not sure what size to purchase? Purchase the size your student currently wears. If these items do not work for your student, please contact Adrienne Robinson to start the return/exchange process.
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.