Lower School Newsletter - September 21, 2022
Message From Division Director
The beginning of the school year is such a pivotal time for families. We kicked off with our Hopes and Dreams Conferences, and now you will have the opportunity to learn more about your child’s daily classroom learning experience. At Back-to-School Night, your child’s teacher will share the ABCs of their grade level, communication expectations, home learning, Seesaw and much more! To prepare for the evening, please review the 2022-2023 Lower School Program Guide. Grades JK-3 Back-to-School Night will take place on Thursday, September 22, 7:00 - 9:00 p.m., and Grades 4-6 on Thursday, September 29, 7:00 - 9:00 p.m. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Donna Holaday.
Robyn M. Nichols
Interim Director of the Lower School
LAST CALL for Homecoming T-Shirt Orders
Grab your 2022 Homecoming shirt TODAY! Click here to place your order, and be sure to select your student’s homeroom teacher or advisor — t-shirts will be delivered to those classrooms during Homecoming week. The shirts are designed by the Upper School Athletic Advisory Council and are available in youth and adult sizes. The store closes tomorrow morning, September 22, at 10:00 a.m. so grab yours NOW!
Emergency Notification System Testing
Flint Hill uses the BrightArrow emergency notification system to relay important, time-sensitive messages. Delayed openings and closures will be announced to members of the Flint Hill community by 5:45 a.m. on the day of a severe weather event.
Tomorrow, Thursday, September 22, at 6:00 p.m., we will send a test message by text and email using the system. IMPORTANT: New members of the community must reply “yes” when prompted by the test message to continue receiving text messages. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
School Store — Temporary Closure for Improvements
The School Store will be closed from Wednesday, September 14, through Wednesday, September 28, to move to a new platform. During this time, the store will not be taking any orders online or in person. We are excited to provide an improved shopping experience for everyone when we relaunch on Thursday, September 29. To contact School Store Manager Kaleena Buckwalter, please call 703.584.2413 or email email@example.com.
Early Admission Process for Siblings
As members of our Husky family, we are offering an early start to the admission process for siblings who do not currently attend Flint Hill and are interested in applying for the 2023-24 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 2023-24 school year, please complete this interest form by Saturday, October 1. Alternatively, you can simply complete the admission application. You must complete the full application package by November 1 to receive an admission notification in mid-December. For more information, please schedule an appointment with the admission team member for your division of interest.
Homework Policy for Special Circumstances
Over the course of each year, there are a variety of circumstances and events outside of our published calendar that can prevent students from completing evening assignments. When these circumstances or events arise, the School will make every effort to be flexible and support students in completing their work in a timely manner.
In the event of an illness or unforeseen emergency, you are encouraged to communicate with your child’s teacher, advisor or division director to inform them of what to expect from your child, so we can work with your family accordingly.
Flint Hill deeply respects and celebrates the customary rituals, observances and family gatherings associated with religious holidays and those of differing faiths at School. Please communicate with your child's teacher, advisor or division director to inform them of your observance, and we will work with your family accordingly. Students are excused from school, games and practices for religious commitments.
Important Campus Driving/Parking Reminders
In order to keep safety as our highest priority, please follow all traffic directions and signage including the following:
- Flint Hill community members are never permitted to park in the local neighborhoods. If you arrive for an event and the campus lots are full, please check in with a traffic officer on duty for alternative parking options.
- When driving to the Middle School, remember that the Oakton Road entrance may only be accessed from the right-hand turn lane on Oakton Road. Left-hand turns are not permitted from Oakton Road into the Peterson Middle School parking lot.
Grades JK-3 In-Person Back-to-School Night
Thursday, September 22
Olson Theater, 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.
Parents' Association Pickleball Social
Thursday, September 29
Country Club of Fairfax, 9:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Grades 4-6 In-Person Back-to-School Night
Thursday, September 29
Olson Theater, 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.
Parent Morning Mixer
Monday, October 3
deCamp Garden, Upper School, 8:15 - 9:15 a.m.
Grades JK-8 Picture Make-Up Day
Thursday, October 6
Indigenous Peoples' Day
Monday October 10
Friday, October 14
Saturday, October 15
*more details in next week's newsletter
Calling All Concessions Volunteers!
Parent volunteers are needed to help sell concessions in both The Igloo and The Den during the day and after school. More opportunities will be added throughout the year for each athletic season. Please sign up for as many shifts as you'd like, and feel free to invite a friend to sign up with you too.
29—Parent Pickleball Social
3—Parent Morning Mixer
10—Parent Morning Mixer
10—Lower School Spring Uniform Exchange
15—Parents’ Association Spring Tennis Social
25—Flint Hill Golf Invitational
1—Volunteer Appreciation Reception