Lower School Newsletter - August 11, 2021
Preparing for the 2021-2022 School Year
Are you ready for the new school year? Get a head start with the checklists we’ve created for each division to help you and your students get ready for another great year!
You may access these checklists by clicking on the Preparing for the 2021-2022 School Year block on the Resource Board of Husky Hub.
To access the Resource Board, visit www.flinthill.org/app, and log in with your username and password. Once logged in, click Resources on the top navigation bar, and then click on the Preparing for the 2021-2022 School Year tile. The tile will remain accessible through the start of the new school year.
If you haven’t already, please bookmark www.flinthill.org/app for quick, direct access to Husky Hub.
Faculty and Staff Update: New Hires, Role Changes and Departures
A new year and a fresh start to the school year is among us. We are excited for another great year at Flint Hill and want to share our faculty and staff updates with you.
Class Placements for the 2021-2022 School Year
Specific class assignments will be available Thursday, August 12, at 9 a.m. We have a very thorough and thoughtful process for class placements for our students. Many factors are considered, including the child’s academic, emotional and social needs, the student’s learning style and the different teachers’ teaching styles. Every effort is made to ensure that each student is in a learning environment in which he or she can flourish.
To access your child’s class placement, log in to the Husky Hub, click “Children” and select your child’s name. From the “Progress” page, scroll down to view your child’s classes and teachers.
If you have any questions, please contact Assistant to the Director and the Assistant Director of the Lower School Donna Holaday at 703.584.2360.
Textbooks and Supplies
Please refer to the Preparing for the School Year tile to purchase textbooks and resources through our Virtual Book Store. If you have any questions, please contact our Director of Studies Emily Sanderson.
Please be sure to consult the Dress Guidelines, on the Resource Board, for information about uniforms. Please note that students may bring a hat/cap of any style or color to school, which may be worn outside for sun protection.
Lower School Parent-Teacher Virtual “Hopes and Dreams” Conferences
At the beginning of each school year, using the Responsive Classroom and Developmental Designs approaches, homeroom teachers and advisors build their classroom communities with intention and care, so that each child feels safe, respected, and that they belong. To gain a better understanding of each child and facilitate a strong partnership with parents for the school year ahead, homeroom teachers will host a 20-minute Virtual Hopes and Dreams Conference for parents on Monday, August 30, and Tuesday, August 31. These conferences give parents the opportunity to share their hopes, dreams, and goals for their child for the new year. Parents are also encouraged to share any other information that would be helpful for the teacher to know about their child.
Parents can sign up for the virtual conferences, using our online scheduling system, beginning Monday, August 16. If you have any questions or need help with the online scheduling system, please contact Donna Holaday or at 703.584.2360.
For students who will need to keep medication on campus during the school year, we will have a medication drop-off day on Thursday, August 26, 10-2 p.m. at the Upper School circle.
Families will pull into the circle, and a nurse will come to your car to collect the medication and the appropriate forms. As a reminder, all prescription medication must be accompanied by the physician's order on the Medication Authorization Form, which must be completed and signed by the prescribing physician.
All medication must have the pharmacy label on it. You can access the forms from your Magnus account /Husky Hub resource board under the Planning for the School Year tile. All over-the-counter medication must be accompanied by the Medication Authorization Form and must be completed and signed by a parent or guardian. The medication must be in the original packaging and must be administered according to the package instructions, including the time and route to be administered.
If you are unable to come to the School on the medication drop-off day, please call to schedule an appointment with one of the nurses prior to the start of school.
For medication refills throughout the school year, you will need to call and schedule appointments on Wednesdays at the Upper School Campus.
Health Forms — New and Returning Students in Grades JK-6
Appropriately completed health forms must be uploaded to the Magnus Health system and approved by the first day of classes (September 1), or your child may not attend school. If you have any questions regarding the health forms, please contact our Director of Health Services Mary Hart at 703.584.2399.
Lower School New Parent Orientation
To help new parents, as we prepare for the school year, Assistant Director of the Lower School Megan Dhar and I will be hosting a virtual meeting on Thursday, August 31, at 9 a.m. Returning parents are also welcome to attend. The link to the Google Meet will be available in next week’s newsletter.
Dance Academy Interest Form
We are planning to resume our popular Dance Academy after-school classes for the 2021-22 school year.
The Flint Hill School Dance Academy offers a variety of after-school ballet classes to students in grades K-12. These classes range from beginner-level classes, which introduce students to the world of dance, to advanced classes that offer a rigorous supplement to our in-school dance curriculum. Students will develop technical skills, musicality, strength, and performance qualities that will aid in their ability to express themselves through movement, discover connections to the world around them, and work individually and with others toward a goal.
In order to create a class schedule that fits the needs of our families, please fill out this form by August 16. If you have multiple students interested in Dance Academy, please complete one form for each student. Please contact Director of Fine Arts James Venhaus with any questions.
Enjoy the last couple of weeks of summer! In the meantime, if you have any questions or concerns, please contact me, Assistant Lower School Director Megan Dhar or Assistant to the Director and the Assistant Director of the Lower School Donna Holaday at 703.584.2360.
MAKING THE LEARNING VISIBLE
In the Lower School, our teachers provide a learning environment where students are actively involved and encouraged to inquire, and the activities are interactive, hands-on and student-centered. Teachers also provide authentic learning opportunities that are relevant to the child’s life experiences. Choice is a great motivator for our students, and very frequently, the inquiry that ensues is based on the students’ interests and passions as a class. Teachers are also intentional about providing field trip opportunities that enhance the learning experience. I welcome you to review this section throughout the school year to learn more about the creative ways that the Lower School makes the learning visible.
Greetings From Your Parents' Association President!
Did you know that all parents and guardians are automatically members of the Flint Hill Parents' Association? Whether you have a little time or a lot of time, there is something for everyone. Learn more about how you can get involved.
Mask Protocol — Effective August 16
As we prepare for new faculty orientation, preseason, faculty pre-planning and the start of classes, we have been closely monitoring 2021-22 school re-opening requirements and recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Virginia Department of Health, Virginia Department of Education, Fairfax County Health Department and Virginia Council for Private Education. We recognize our approach will change and adapt as is necessary.
Lower School Campus
For the health of our Lower School community, Flint Hill will require all students and all employees to wear a mask indoors and on buses regardless of vaccination status. They are also required outdoors unless it is hotter than 80 degrees. The only exceptions are during lunch, when actively eating or drinking; during brief mask breaks outside; and for employees who are alone in a classroom, office or outdoors.
Middle and Upper School Campus
Indoor and Buses
For the health of our Grades 7-12 community, Flint Hill will require all students and all employees to wear a mask indoors and on buses regardless of vaccination status. The only exceptions are during lunch, when actively eating or drinking, and for employees who are alone in a classroom or office.
Currently, masks are encouraged but optional on the Middle and Upper School campus while outdoors. This includes outdoor athletic practices.
Parents and Visitors
Additionally, to protect the health of our students and employees, all parents and visitors will be required to wear a mask indoors in all buildings regardless of vaccination status. All parents and visitors will be required to wear a mask outdoors on the Lower School campus. This is encouraged but optional outdoors on the Middle and Upper School campus.
COVID/Health Updates — Check Weekly Newsletters
Last year, we sent special emails to parents and Grades 7-12 students to share important COVID-related information. This year, as much as possible, we will include health and COVID protocol updates in the weekly newsletter, instead of special email messages. Please check the newsletter regularly to ensure you are up to date. We expect to provide the next update in the August 18 newsletter.
The Exchange is an opportunity for parents and guardians to shop for gently-used uniforms, P.E. uniforms and athletic practice clothing, and spirit wear. There is no cost for this event, and you do not have to donate in order to participate. Learn more.
- Donation Drop-Off
Monday, August 9-Thursday, August 12
- Donation Drop-Off
Monday, August 23
Tuesday, August 24 - Thursday, August 26
Husky Hub Opens
Thursday, August 12, 9 a.m.
Parent-Teacher Virtual “Hopes and Dreams” Conferences
Monday, August 30, and Tuesday, August 31, all-day event
New Parent Virtual Orientation
Returning parents are also welcome to attend
Tuesday, August 31, 9 a.m.
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Lower School First Day of Classes
Wednesday, September 1 (All Day)
Lower School Headmaster’s Virtual Parent Discussion Series
Thursday, September 2, 9-10 a.m.
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