Dear Lower School Families,
I would like to congratulate and thank the Parents’ Association and all the parent volunteers who contributed to the great success of Grandparents and Special Friends Day last Friday. It was absolutely wonderful to have our guests spend quality time with our Lower School Huskies and make so many special memories together!
As we enter the last weeks of school, it is very normal for children to become a little anxious and worry about the school year coming to an end. There are so many unknowns as they approach the three months of summer and start thinking about the next school year. Many students start to contemplate the following: “Who is my teacher going to be next year?” “Will I be with my friends?” “Will I be able to do the work?” As a result during this period, we often see a change in the children’s behavior. Some may become a little more tearful than usual, some a little less focused and fidgety, and some even revert to behavior that we saw earlier in the year. During this time of transition, it is so important that routines are as consistent as possible, both at home and at school.
At school, children will be given the opportunity to reflect on the year and celebrate their many achievements. And on Wednesday, May 29, Move-Up Day for the rising First through Fifth Grade, they will meet with the teachers for the grade they are moving up to next year. This is a time when students will hear about some of the highlights of the next grade and what they can look forward to next school year. Our goal is to finish the year with the students feeling confident and successful and to be positively anticipating the next school year. As parents, we encourage you to talk to your child about the change, acknowledge how they are feeling, and perhaps share a time when you went through something similar and how you coped with it. Change is a very normal part of life, and resiliency is an important skill that we want our children to develop. This article talks about the “Seven Cs” of resiliency and how we can help our children recognize their abilities and inner resources.
Middle School Groundbreaking TOMORROW!
All are invited to attend the groundbreaking ceremony for the new Middle School TOMORROW, at the Upper School Campus, at 10:30 a.m. If you plan to attend, please carpool if you can, as parking will be limited. We’ll be going live on Facebook when the ceremony begins, for those who are unable to attend in person.
Lower School Family Service Fun Fair
Instead of classroom visits on Friday, May 17, fourth-graders will host the fifth annual Family Service Fun Fair. Student-created games and activities will focus on real ways we can make a difference for hungry people in our community and around the world. The fair will be held, from 1:00 to 2:30 p.m., during the school day. Parents are welcome to attend with their children. Admission to the fair is covered by the donation of a non-perishable food item, which will be shared with local families through Food for Others, the Lamb Center, and other area food banks. Please note that we will have free dress, and students are welcome to wear red to rise against or stop hunger.
Below is the schedule for the event:
1:00 p.m. Grades 2-3 parents arrive and go to classrooms.
1:05 p.m. Grades 2-3 classes and parents enter fair, dropping off their entrance-fee cans and boxes.
1:35 p.m. Grades 2-3 classes return indoors. Any parents wanting to take their children home are free to do so.
1:35 -1:45. p.m 10-minute break for fourth-graders to regroup, repair stations, etc.
1:40 p.m. Grades JK-1 parents arrive and go to classrooms.
1:45 p.m. Grades JK-1 classes and parents enter fair, dropping off their entrance-fee cans and boxes.
2:15 p.m. Grades JK-1 classes return indoors. Any parents wanting to take their children home are free to do so.
2:15 p.m. Fourth Grade students pack away and clean up
In the event of rain, the Family Service Fun Fair will be held in the gym, on the Lower and Middle School Campus, from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m.
Uniform Exchange Collection
Have you been cleaning out the closets to make room for new summer clothes? Perhaps your children have outgrown the items you just picked up at the Uniform Exchange? The Parents’ Association will be collecting gently-used uniforms, spirit wear and P.E. donations this week in the Miller House, from 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
If you have any questions, please contact Adrienne Robinson in the Development Office at firstname.lastname@example.org.
End-of-Year Bus Service
All morning buses will run as scheduled through Friday, May 31.
4:00 p.m. Bus
The 4:00 p.m. bus will run 15 minutes earlier, beginning Tuesday, May 28, through Thursday, May 30. The shuttle will leave the Upper School Campus at 3:30 p.m., and all 4:00 p.m. buses will leave the Lower and Middle School Campus at 3:45 p.m. Please adjust pick-up times at all bus stops to be 15 minutes earlier.
The 4:00 p.m. bus will not run on Friday, May 31.
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One of the many events held for the Lower School to help celebrate the end of the year is Field Day, which will be held on Thursday, May 30. The students will participate as homeroom groups, chaperoned by their teacher and one specialist teacher. JK students will begin their day at 8:30 a.m. to enjoy time on their own. They will be joined by students in Grades K-1 at 9:00 a.m., and all will participate until 10:20 a.m. Grades 2, 3 and 4 get to enjoy the activities from 10:30 to 11:50 a.m., followed by lunch for JK-4 that will be provided by the School. Students can wear free “sports dress,” which should include sneakers, shorts, sweatpants (depending on the weather), a t-shirt (no tank tops please) and a hat. Please apply both bug spray and sunscreen to your children, as we are unable to do this for you at school. Students should also bring in a change of clothes due to several fun water stations. We are looking for parent volunteers to help run the activities; if you would like to do so, please contact Physical Education Department Chair Chris Brown.
Lower School Closing Ceremony
Friday, May 31, 8:30 a.m., Lower and Middle School Campus Gym
Families are invited to attend this event, during which we recognize each grade level through a moving-up ceremony. We will then honor the entire Fourth Grade, and they will receive their Lower School Promotion Certificates. Students are to arrive at the normal starting time. This allows us to get lined up and ready with plenty of time. Fourth Grade students should be at school by 8:00 a.m., as they will have a class photo taken prior to the Closing Ceremony. Attire for the day is a neat uniform for Grades JK-3; Fourth Grade students may wear either their school uniform or special attire if they choose. Girls may wear a simple summer dress. If a dress has spaghetti straps, a cardigan should be worn. Girls should not wear heels. Boys may wear a button-down shirt, with or without a tie, with uniform pants.
Following the Closing Ceremony, students will return to their classrooms to gather their belongings and say one last goodbye to their teachers. Then the party in the Dell (next to the JK playground) begins! All families, siblings, and students are invited to attend a casual and relaxed celebration with faculty, on the field behind the Miller House. Donuts and lemonade will be served, and children and parents will be able to socialize and celebrate the end of a great school year. The party will last for one hour, and then the summer officially begins at 10:30 a.m.! Please note that there is no AfterCare available.
JK and K Spring Concerts
This year, our Junior Kindergarten and Kindergarten Spring Concerts are going to follow a different format. Instead of our youngest Huskies performing in the Olson Theater, they will present during their regular music class in the Lower School music room (Room 233) on Tuesday, May 21. This will allow for a more intimate and personalized experience for both students and parents. The times of the Spring Concerts are as follows:
JK and Kindergarten Spring Concerts (These are all during the scheduled music classes and will be held in the music room — Room 233)
Tuesday, May 21
Junior Kindergarten – 10:30-11:00 a.m.
KA — 1:00-1:30 p.m.
KB — 1:35-2:05 p.m.
The Spring Music Concerts for First Grade through Third Grade will be in the Olson Theater.
Wednesday, May 22
Grade 1, 8:30 a.m., Olson Theater
Grades 2–3, 9:00 a.m., Olson Theater
Friday, May 24
Grade 4 Spring Concert, 8:30 a.m., Olson Theater
Notes from my Weekly Walkabout
During library last week, JK students learned about the power of working together and the responsible behavior that power requires when they read “The Little Guys” by Vera Brosgol. The little guys in the book work together to get what they need, but need to be careful that they are not hurting others by taking too much. Students worked on fine motor skills by creating their own set of three little guys who can link hands and work together. Students also selected a story to take home.
Throughout the year, Kindergarten students have been exploring the meaning of kindness. To deepen their understanding of this concept, they have read stories, engaged with thinking routines, and developed definitions of what kindness means to them. They began with simple acts of kindness in their classrooms, on the playground, and in the hallways: holding the door for someone, inviting someone to play, giving someone a compliment. They focused particularly on the impact that kind acts and words can have on others. Students also reflected about how engaging in acts of kindness made them feel. Several of the books students read together included senior citizens who were the recipients of the kindness of children in their communities. With the help of Mrs. Dhar, KA and KB welcomed Ms. Nikki from BrightView Senior Living Center to their classrooms for a visit a few weeks ago. They learned about her role as Vibrant Living Director at BrightView and the types of activities she plans for the residents that live there. Students were also able to ask questions; one happened to be, “Can we visit BrightView?” Ms. Nikki said yes! Students thought carefully about the types of activities Ms. Nikki said the residents enjoyed and made a plan to take board games, watercolor paints, books, and puzzles to enjoy with the BrightView residents. Last Thursday, both Kindergarten classes travelled to BrightView for a tour and spent time reading to the residents, playing games, singing songs, and making art together. It was a meaningful experience for all involved!
Students in First Grade have been wondering about the homeless population in our community. Many of the children wanted to learn more about children their age who are homeless. Mrs. Nurjan Ahmedova, the community coordinator at the Katherine Hanley Family Shelter visited Flint Hill to speak directly, with students, about her work and the mission of the shelter to serve families in need. The students asked Ms. Ahemdova many questions about how children and families live, obtain meals and attend school via the help of the shelter. Students were invited to visit the Katherine Hanley Shelter and see the various support systems in place there. During the field trip, students noticed the meals being prepared in the kitchen, the dining areas, common spaces, the playroom for children and the playground. Students made numerous connections, as they noticed how the children there had similar interests and experiences like theirs. They also identified things that families and children there need and discussed how they might be able to make an impact.
In music, Second Grade students are busy practicing and preparing for their upcoming Spring Concert. They have added music to “Anansi and the Talking Melon.” They are using many barred instruments and small percussion instruments.
In Spanish, Third Grade students have been learning about communities and the people who live and work in them. In addition to learning the vocabulary related to communities, students “visited” different communities in Latin America and then compared them with our community. They also learned some of the basic directions e.g. next to, turn, left, right, in front of, behind of and between of. They transformed the Spanish classroom to a community in Latin America, including the main plaza. The students role played and worked in pairs. One student was the driver and the other one was the GPS. The driver asked question to the GPS like: Where is the restaurant? How do I get there? The GPS then guided the driver to the destination.
On Thursday and Friday, our fourth-graders experienced their first overnight field studies trip. Traveling to Williamsburg on Thursday, they stepped back in time to the late 1700s, when Virginia was on the brink of revolution. Our students toured the Governor’s Palace and strolled the grounds of the colonial capital city, visiting with costumed interpreters, viewing reenactments, touring homes and government buildings, and experiencing the trades of various craftsmen and women. Sitting as patrons in R. Charlton’s Coffeehouse, students sipped tea and hot chocolate. Working as brick makers, they used their bare feet to knead clay. On Friday, they took the short trip to 1607 and the Jamestown Settlement. Here, they toured round recreations of the Jamestown Fort, a Powhatan village, and the three ships used by the English settlers to journey to Virginia. The students were excellent ambassadors for our School, receiving compliments from docents and other tourists regarding their depth of knowledge, inquisitive enthusiasm and polite conduct.
Director of the Lower School
Admission Information Session
Thursday, May 16, 8:30-10:00 a.m., Lower and Middle School Campus
Thursday, May 16, 10:00-11:00 a.m., Upper School Campus
Family Service Fun Fair for Rise Against Hunger
Friday, May 17, 1:00-2:30 p.m., Lower and Middle School Campus
Community of Care: The Flint Hill Vision
Saturday, May 18, 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m., Upper School Learning Commons
Grade 4 to Difficult Run
Tuesday, May 21, 9:00 a.m.-12:15 p.m., Vienna, Va.
JK Spring Concert
Tuesday, May 21, 10:30-11:00 a.m., Room 231, Lower and Middle School Campus
KA Spring Concert
Tuesday, May 21, 1:00-1:30 p.m., Room 231, Lower and Middle School Campus
KB Spring Concert
Tuesday, May 21, 1:35-2:05 p.m., Room 231, Lower and Middle School Campus
Grade 1 Spring Concert
Wednesday, May 22, 8:30 a.m., Olson Theater, Lower and Middle School Campus
Grades 2-3 Spring Concert
Wednesday, May 22, 9:00 a.m., Olson Theater, Lower and Middle School Campus
Grades JK-4 New Family Playdate
Wednesday, May 22, 5:00-6:00 p.m., Lower and Middle School Campus
Final Morning Meeting/Inspiration
Thursday, May 23, 8:15-8:45 a.m., Olson Theater, Lower and Middle School
Flint Hill Golf Invitational
Thursday, May 23
Grade 4 Spring Concert
Friday, May 24, 8:30 a.m., Olson Theater, Lower and Middle School Campus
Service Food Packaging Event: Rise Against Hunger
Friday, May 24, 10:00-11:30 a.m., Lower and Middle School Campus
Grades JK-12 No Classes
Administrative Offices Closed
Monday, May 27
Lower School Learning Center Pancake Breakfast
Wednesday, May 29, 7:30-10:15 a.m., Multipurpose Room, Lower and Middle School Campus
Rising Grades 1-5 Move Up
Wednesday, May 29, 2:00-2:30 p.m., Lower and Middle School Campus
Lower School Field Day
Thursday, May 30
Lower School Picnic
Thursday, May 30, 11:15 a.m.-1:00 pm, Lower and Middle School Campus
Fourth Grade Photos
Friday, May 31, 8:00 a.m., Lower and Middle School Campus
Lower School Closing Ceremony
Friday, May 31, 8:30 a.m., Lower and Middle School Campus
Lower School Social
Friday, May 31, 9:30 a.m., Lower and Middle School Campus
Contract Binding Date
Saturday, June 1