Middle School Newsletter - February 24, 2021
Middle School Student Auditions for the Upper School Spring Musical
Auditions for the Spring Musical will be held via Google Meet on March 2 and 4, 7-9 p.m. This year, the musical will be a cabaret-style show featuring solos, duets, and small group numbers from various musicals, filmed at home or on campus at a safe social distance. Use this link to sign up for a five-minute audition time slot on either March 2 or 4. You will need to prepare one minute of a musical theatre song, to be sung a capella, and prepare a short dance combination. An instructional video for the dance combination will be sent after you sign up for an audition time. The musical will be recorded and released on May 1.
Rehearsals will be held via Google Meet and may move to in-person rehearsals, should safety guidelines allow. If you have any questions, please email Mrs. Davis or Ms. Pramstaller.
Recording: Middle School/Upper School Virtual Learning Center Parent Coffee
Links Now Available for Empty Bowls 2021
Empty Bowls will look a little different this year — the entire event will be online! The excitement kicks off on March 1, at 7 p.m., with a live Google Meet featuring DC Central Kitchen’s CEO Mike Curtin, Upper School Ceramics Teacher Julia Cardone and the students of the Clay Club. The event will also serve as the launch of our online auction/sale website. You can bid on one-of-a-kind items, or purchase bowls for a fixed price. Watch this space for a link to be shared soon!
The third meeting of the virtual Kaleidoscope Book Club is scheduled for Monday, March 1, 9-9:45 a.m. We will discuss “The Distance Between Us” by Reyna Grande. We look forward to building and deepening relationships through this shared learning opportunity. All parents are welcome to attend regardless of your familiarity with the book selection. Please submit your name and email address, in this form, to RSVP for the meeting and/or be added to our email list. Please contact All-School Diversity and Inclusion Coordinator Miles Henderson if you have any questions.
Q4 Learning Location Section
Parents will receive an email on Thursday, March 4 to make the learning location selection for quarter 4. The form will be due on or before Monday, March 8.
School Store Update
- We are working with our vendors to restock sweatpants and hoodies in our most popular sizes. The inventory should arrive in 2-3 weeks.
- Youth X-Large is a very popular hoodie size. If you would like to purchase a hoodie or sweatshirt now, please check out the following items that come in adult x-small and small. They will have a similar fit to youth x-large.
- Do you have a tiny Husky? Check out the links below for hoodies that come in sizes x-small and small.
- Outerwear, sweatshirts, and beanies are now available!
- Check out the new Last Chance Spirit Wear section of the School Store website. With extremely limited quantities left, these sale items won’t last long. Shop now before they are gone!
- Please contact Adrienne Robinson with any questions.
How do I make an exchange or return?
- Please contact Adrienne Robinson within 30 days of your original purchase.
- 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.
UPDATES AND REMINDERS FROM LAST WEEK
Huskies Compete in First Lego Robotics League
Like every aspect of school this year, our participation in the First Lego Robotics League (FLL) looked a little different. Members of our Competition Robotics class formed two teams (Yukon and Balto) and joined teams from across Virginia to compete in the Norfolk First Lego League virtual tournament. Our two teams of Huskies represented themselves and the school well during live interviews with the judges and in prerecorded robot missions and Innovation projects. Throughout the judging, both teams were commended for their representation of FLL's Core Values — Discovery, Innovation, Impact, Inclusion, Teamwork and Fun — and the Yukon Team earned the Core Values Award for the competition. Congratulations to all of our participants as well as coach Vicki Knickerbocker!
Eighth Grade Human Sexuality
As part of our Wellness curriculum, eighth graders will participate in an educational unit on Human Sexualilty. Lottie Walker, our former Middle School counselor, will join us virtually to present the unit on sexuality during science classes, on Mondays and Tuesdays, for three consecutive weeks. Each student will participate in a total of three lessons. The material will include a brief review of the physiological changes of puberty and the sexual reproductive system; an overview of sexually transmitted diseases; an in-depth discussion of consent and healthy communication; an examination of terminology used to differentiate sexuality from gender; and an introduction to the topic of abstinence and pregnancy prevention. There will also be an emphasis on exploring family and individual values and relating them to healthy interpersonal relationships.
The material will be presented in a developmentally appropriate manner, with respect for the diversity and unique needs of each student in the classroom. We hope this unit will provide a further opportunity for you to have conversations with your child about sexuality and relationships. For additional information on the topics covered, please refer to this unit overview. Lottie will also be available for parent questions on Thursday, February 18, and Thursday, February 25, 10-10:30 a.m., using this Google Meet Link. Please contact Middle School Counselor John Magner with any questions.
About the Presenter: Lottie Walker, MSW, LGSW, CSE
Lottie Walker is an AASECT-certified sex educator and full-time psychotherapist with The Sibley Group in Washington, D.C. Before joining The Sibley Group, Lottie worked as a Middle School counselor at Flint Hill, delivering wellness education. She has been teaching our eighth grade Human Sexuality Unit for the past eight years. She received her sex educator training at the University of Michigan School of Social Work, where she also received her MSW. Lottie has extensive experience working with youth and delivering sexuality education.
Grades JK-12 Virtual Parent Education: Kaleidoscope Book Club
Monday, March 1, 9-9:45 a.m.
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Empty Bowls Virtual Service Event Kick-off
Monday, March 1, 7-8 p.m.
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End of Third Quarter
Wednesday, March 10
Grade reports will be available online on Thursday, March 11, at 4 p.m.
Grades JK-8 Parent Conferences — Grades JK-8 No Classes
Friday, March 12
Please note that the Upper School will still be in session.
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Monday, March 29