Lower School Newsletter - October 20, 2021
Message From Division Director
As a sixth-grade leadership opportunity, the advisories on the fourth floor put their creative skills to use to design and paint their class number to mount on the Lower School barn. In late September, students received a digital copy of the number 28, representing their graduating class year. They were asked to brainstorm and design, using colors, symbols and words that embody Flint Hill School. In early October, students had the opportunity to view all of the submissions and selected one as their chosen design. The following day, each student received a Google Form to view the top five submissions and made a final selection. As a culminating activity, students brought the class-selected design to fruition by working collaboratively to draw and paint their graduating year and have it ready to display during the week of Homecoming. The Class of '28 number is now mounted onto the side of the barn for the remainder of the school year!
Megan and I are so excited to host our first Lower School Virtual Classroom Visit on Friday, October 22, 8:15–8:45 a.m. For the first round, we will visit 3A for Morning Meeting, JK for music, 2A for math, and 6B for language arts. 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 for our Lower School families to ask questions and learn more about us! We look forward to spending time with you on Friday.
On Friday, October 29, 2:15–2:45 p.m., we will have our Lower School Virtual Halloween Parade. We are so excited to resume this wonderful experience for our Lower School Huskies! Please be sure to check your child's Seesaw journal on Friday, October 22, for details about costumes and plans for the parade, which will also be in next week's Newsletter.
It’s Time to Showcase the Global Day of Play!
The Global Day of Play was a HUGE success! Most importantly, our Huskies had the best time creating their classroom “campout.” We missed having families with us to volunteer. Please take a look at additional photos from last week’s event!
Robyn M. Nichols
Interim Director of the Lower School
Meet Flint Hill’s Incoming Head of School
We are delighted to announce that the Board of Trustees has appointed Patrick McHonett as the 13th Flint Hill Head of School, effective July 1, 2022. Read more.
See You at Homecoming This Weekend!
Join the Flint Hill community for a weekend filled with athletic events, food and fun for the entire family! The Den will be open with concessions for sale, and the School Store will open a Pop-Up Shop with all your Husky gear in the Peterson Middle School Commons. Please note: Cash is the only method of payment accepted for Den concessions.
Visit flinthill.org/homecoming for more details and a full schedule of events.
Parents interested in volunteering — sign up here!
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.
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.
Virtual Parent Conferences — Thursday, November 4, and Friday, November 5
You will have the opportunity to meet virtually with each teacher for a brief conference about your child’s progress. I will send an email to all families on Thursday, October 21, with information and links to sign up.
Making the Learning Visible
Science Egg Drop Experiment in Fifth Grade!
During science, the 5A class was given the challenge of protecting an egg when dropped from the third floor to the second floor. The catch was that they could only use straws, balloons, bubble wrap, packing peanuts, cotton balls, and tape.
Trial 1: For some groups, the first try didn’t work. We took videos of each drop and used the video to reflect on what we could do differently in the next trial to be successful.
Trial 2: Learning from our mistakes helped us be successful. 5A uses a growth mindset in all of our subjects!
Trial 3: We noticed that we used a lot of materials on the first and second drops. We wanted to challenge ourselves and see if we limited our resources, could we still be successful?
Not everyone was successful this time around, but in 5A we know that the real learning happens when you fail first!
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 Virtual Admission Information Session
Thursday, October 21, 8:30–10:00 a.m.
Lower School Virtual Classroom Visits “Take a Peek Into the Process” — Virtual Parent Coffee “Get to Know Robyn and Megan”
Friday, October 22, 8:15–9:30 a.m.
Lower School Admission Information Workshop
Saturday, October 23, 9:30–11:00 a.m.
End of First Quarter
See you Monday, October 25, at Miller House Monday!
Bring your stories to this informal gathering for JK-12 parents, hosted by Parents' Association President Sibel Unsal and the Advancement Office. Recount all the fun we shared over Homecoming weekend! We meet on the Miller House Porch on the Lower School campus after morning drop-off (8:30 a.m.).
Thursday, October 28
Lower School drop-off will begin at 9:20 a.m.
Lower School Virtual Halloween Parade
Friday, October 29
Lower School Virtual Parent Conferences (No Classes)
Thursday, November 4, and Friday, November 5
Happy Homecoming Week! Volunteers, We Need You!
It’s Homecoming Week, and I have three suggestions to make it one to remember! Read more.
The Igloo Snack Bar is Reopening!
The Igloo Snack Bar is scheduled to reopen on Monday, October 25. The hours are Monday-Friday, 2:45–3:45 p.m., and Tuesday-Friday, 10:30–10:55 a.m. In order to keep the Igloo open, parent volunteers are critical.
School Store Open During Homecoming!
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. Purchases may be made with cash and credit cards.
To prepare for the School Store pop-up at Homecoming, the store website will close on Tuesday, October 19, and will reopen on Wednesday, October 27.
Restocking and New Inventory
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.