Middle School Newsletter - February 9, 2022
Message From Division Director
This week, we are participating in “The Community Service Iditarod” — a schoolwide event designed to help students better understand their community and how to serve it — emphasizing awareness, advocacy and action. The timing coincides with the anniversary of the sled dog relay, which brought life-saving treatment for the diphtheria outbreak in Nome, Alaska and inspired the Iditarod as well as our school’s mascot. During advisory each morning, students have been asked to reflect on our needs, assess how needs are being met (or not) in our communities and develop an action plan to alleviate unmet needs. We have used a variety of resources to generate and refine ideas, including the Fairfax Directory of Youth Service Opportunities. I look forward to reviewing the proposals at the end of the week and helping put the plans into action.
As a reminder, we have a two-hour delayed opening tomorrow!
Director of the Middle School
Webinar — Parenting and Social Media
Parents are invited to attend a webinar from The Social Institute next Wednesday, February 16, at 7 p.m. With the goal of “empowering your child(ren) to navigate social media, technology and well-being positively,” this session will focus on actionable tips for parenting in the digital age. Register here.
First Semester Grade Reports and Narrative Comments — Available Online
Our grade reports are now available online. As always, this is an opportunity to practice how to keep quarter grades in perspective — focusing on the journey, recognizing what this current performance feedback can provide and avoiding the type of disproportionate fixation on grades that can limit growth. In addition to the performance feedback for each course, our teachers have provided narrative comments about your child’s progress. Like our conferences, these comments should convey the depth of our understanding of your child while providing feedback to him or her about progress and providing suggestions for future growth that can be used in goal setting for the next semester. The comments will be written to the student, mirroring the type of “conferencing” conversations that we have with them at school. As always, please communicate with teachers directly if you have any questions or concerns.
Request Additional RFID Tags for Carpool
Now that we have worked out most of the kinks of our RFID scanning for afternoon carpool, we’d like to make sure that all of your vehicles are equipped. While we recommend attaching the stickers to the front passenger side/headlight, it also works to display the tags on the passenger side windshield or visor. If you need an additional RFID tag, please use this form, and we will mail a new one out to you.
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.
Grades JK-12 Two-Hour Delayed Opening
Thursday, February 10
2022-23 Enrollment Contracts Due — Current Students
Thursday, February 10
Presidents' Day — Grades JK-12 No Classes, Administrative Offices Closed
Monday, February 21
Major Minors Winter Concert
Tuesday, February 22, 7-8:30 p.m.
Rising Grade 9 Virtual Division Coffee: US Academic Planning
Friday, February 25, 8:45 a.m.
Flint Hill Positive Case and Close Contact Exposure Protocols.
COVID-19 Vaccination Status Dashboard
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.
Calling All Husky Volunteers — The Igloo Is Back!
Looking for a volunteer opportunity? Meet fellow parents while helping to fuel our Upper School students during morning break and after school. In order to keep the Igloo open, parent volunteers are critical. Sign up for a shift here.
Opportunity: Host a Grade Level Parent Dinner!
The Parents’ Association is looking forward to hosting grade-level parent dinners at people’s homes. Contact Sibel Unsal firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in hosting!
A Good Week…
This was a good week. Connecting with other parents, supporting our students, being there for our faculty/staff and having fun! This is my Flint Hill. Read more.
School Store Updates
Check out our great selection of crewneck sweatshirts in youth and adult sizes. Click the links below to purchase!
Adidas Youth Fleece Crew
Champion Youth Eco Powerblend Crewneck (Small only)
Champion Youth Reverse Weave Crew
Alternative Apparel Women’s Eco Crew
Champion Navy Crew
Champion Silver/Grey Crew
Champion Reverse Weave Yarn Die Crew (XXL only)
Gildan Hammer Fleece Crew
Pennant Women’s Varsity Crew (XL and XXL only)
How Do I Make an Exchange or Return?
Please email Adrienne Robinson within 30 days of your original purchase. Include your order number, the item(s) that didn’t work, and if you would like to return your items or exchange them. 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.