Middle School Newsletter - April 6, 2022
Message From Division Director
Last week’s Founder’s Day marked a return to some of our important traditional programming — and our students did a wonderful job being attentive and respectful as we recognized key faculty and staff members as well as our lead Husky, John Thomas. I am very excited for our next major event — the Arts Jam Concert at George Mason University (GMU) on Wednesday, April 13. After two years of a modified format, the show returns live and on stage and features an amazing collaboration of Upper School band, choir, orchestra, percussion, dance, and musical theater. I have been fortunate to attend since the inaugural performance in 2011, with small children in tow, and am thrilled that our performers and directors have the opportunity to be back on the big stage. Please visit our Arts Jam page for more information and links to the current GMU masking and vaccination policies. I hope to see many of you at the show
Director of the Middle School
Dress Guidelines for 2022-2023 School Year
As some of you are aware, we expanded our dress options this year because we were uncertain whether locker rooms would be available for students to change for athletics. While sweatpants and athletic shorts were permitted during the day this year, we will be returning to our previous options for bottoms. Here is the complete 2022-2023 Middle School Dress Guidelines. As a summary:
- Tops — no change from this year; students may wear any FH logo top.
- Bottoms — khaki or navy blue chino pants, skirts or shorts.
- Athletics — students may still wear any FH logo top and may now wear any navy blue shorts.
For those of you headed to the Upper School next year, here are the 2022-2023 Upper School Dress Guidelines.
Arts Jam Is Next Week — Wednesday, April 13!
Join us for the most exciting performing arts event of the year — the annual Arts Jam concert, featuring Upper School band, choir, orchestra, percussion, dance, and musical theater! The concert will be held on April 13 at 7 p.m. at the Center for the Arts on the Fairfax Campus of George Mason University. Details are on the Arts Jam webpage.
George Mason University Center for the Arts COVID policy: All attendees regardless of age who attend an indoor event or performance at the Center for the Arts must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by the date of their visit and present proof of vaccination or show a negative COVID-19 test result upon entry. More information about GMU’s policy can be found here.
Please Complete the Annual Parent Survey
On Tuesday, every Flint Hill parent should have received an email from Measuring Success, the company that administers our annual parent survey, with a personalized link to this year’s survey. Please take a moment now to open that email and take the survey. Your feedback is very important to the school. If you did not receive an email from Measuring Success, please reach out to them at email@example.com for help or to have the link resent.
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.
Grade 8 Virtual Division Coffee: Alcohol and Drug Awareness
Friday, April 8, 9:30 a.m.
Eighth grade parents are invited to join drug and alcohol educator Brenda Conlan for a presentation on the adolescent brain, vaping, and the importance of delaying drug and alcohol usage. This presentation will be recorded. Please contact John Magner if you have questions.
Course Selection for 2022-2023 (students in 6th and 7th grades)
Monday, April 11-Monday, April 18
I will share complete details via email and have Q&A sessions with students. You are welcome to review the Middle School Program Guide in advance.
Rising Grade 7 Virtual Division Coffee: Parent Orientation
Wednesday, April 13, 9:30-10:15 a.m.
Please join me to discuss the transition to Middle School. This session will be recorded.
Rising Grades 7 and 8 Virtual Division Coffee: Course Selection
Wednesday, April 13, 10:15-11 a.m.
As a continuation of the Parent Orientation, I will focus on Q&A for course selection.
Wednesday, April 13, 7 p.m., Center for the Arts on the Fairfax Campus of George Mason University
Grades JK-12 Two-Hour Delayed Opening
Wednesday, April 20
A Toast to John (Thomas)
Friday, April 22, 8 p.m., Peterson Middle School
Saturday, April 23
All of these links can be found on the COVID-19 Health Information tile on the Resource Board.
Reminder: Keep Everyone Healthy by Staying Home if Sick
If your student has fever or chills, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea, vomiting or diarrhea, you should keep them home to recover. They must be symptom-free for 24 hours before returning to school.
There’s Still Time to Join Us for a Fun Day on the Links!
Spend the day with fellow Huskies, enjoy lunch and try your luck at our opening MegaPutter contest. This is all luck, and no skill required! All players putt at the same time, and the first one to land a hole in one wins. Whether you want to play in the tournament or learn the basics at the skills clinic, it’s a fun day of community building for all.
Very few foursomes remain for the tournament, but there are still some individual spaces open and plenty of spots available for the clinic. All abilities are welcome, so invite a friend and join us on the links.
Grab your spot here!
Golf for All!
As you may imagine, I am not a golfer. I am not even that good at miniature golf, but I love the Flint Hill Golf Invitational! Every year, I volunteer to help greet golfers, set up raffle tables and assemble gift baskets. It is such a fun day to be outside. Read more.