Middle School Newsletter - OCTOBER 20, 2021
Message From Division Director
There is a lot of excitement to look forward to in the next few days. As we move through Spirit Days and into Homecoming events, we will continue to foster an atmosphere that maintains a focus on academics and character within the fun, community-building nature of the various events and activities. Please note that Homecoming events are not opportunities to drop your child/children off and leave them unattended. In particular, Friday night’s bonfire (which is scheduled to run from 6:30 to 7:15 p.m.) presents a supervision challenge as the evening gets dark, and there have been several issues over the years caused by unattended Middle School students. Please enjoy the community activities with your child this weekend. A full list of Homecoming events is available at flinthill.org/homecoming.
Director of the Middle School
Meet Flint Hill’s Incoming Head of School
We are delighted to announce that the Board of Trustees has appointed Patrick McHonett as the 13th Flint Hill Head of School, effective July 1, 2022. Read more.
See You at Homecoming This Weekend!
Join the Flint Hill community for a weekend filled with athletic events, food and fun for the entire family! The Den will be open with concessions for sale, and the School Store will open a Pop-Up Shop with all your Husky gear in the Peterson Middle School Commons. Please note: Cash is the only method of payment accepted for Den concessions.
Visit flinthill.org/homecoming for more details and a full schedule of events.
Parents interested in volunteering — sign up here!
Reserve Your Seats!
Radium Girls Opens on Friday, October 29
The Upper School fall play, Radium Girls opens on October 29. Radium Girls by D.W. Gregory is set in New Jersey in the 1920s and is based on the true story of young factory workers who begin a campaign for justice after being sickened by radium-laced paint on the job. It is a fast-moving theatrical ensemble piece about greed, wealth, the environment, science, and courage. Radium Girls will be performed on October 29 at 7:00 p.m. and October 30 at 2:00 p.m. at Olson Theater at the Hazel Lower School. Tickets are free, but reservations are required.
Tickets can be reserved here.
Virtual Parent Conferences — Thursday, November 4, and Friday, November 5
You will have the opportunity to meet virtually with each teacher for a brief conference about your child’s progress. I will send an email to all families tomorrow with information and links to sign up.
Ongoing Education About Inappropriate and Insensitive Language
Part of our responsibility in the Middle School is to equip students with the personal and social skills they need to be successful as individuals and as members of a community. We are fortunate to have a building full of great kids who generally practice and understand the importance of our core values. Developmentally, however, they can also be impulsive, naive, and clumsy with language, and we need to provide ongoing education about inappropriate and hurtful language and actions.
I presented to our students this afternoon to do a deeper dive on the power of words, focusing on a short list of words and phrases that are particularly impactful, harmful, and offensive — regardless of intent or the cover of “just joking” — and have no place in our school or our world. Topics included language about violence, sexual assault, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, and historical atrocities. This was a more direct approach than we usually take here at school, with the goal of removing any doubt regarding some of the language that can hurt, offend and lead to serious social and/or school consequences.
Middle School Play — Open to All Students
Calling all actors and technical theater crew members! We will start auditions for the Middle School Play in about two weeks.
- Audition Workshops: November 2-3
- Auditions: November 8-9
- Rehearsals: starting November 15
- Showtimes: Friday, January 28, and Saturday, January 29
Please use this link to access complete information and reach out to Ms. Kirsten McKinney with questions.
Homecoming Spirit Days
Students may show their spirit this week in the days leading up to Homecoming by dressing up according to themes! As always, clothing should not impede the students’ ability to participate in normal school activities or contain inappropriate language or images. Students who choose not to participate in the theme of the day should be in regular school dress.
Thursday — Blue/Green Day: Students were divided into a Blue Team and a Green Team at the start of school. They should go all out with their team color.
Friday — Holidays (matching the Upper School theme): Dress according to your favorite holiday.
Nearly every family who enrolls at Flint Hill was either referred by or talked with a current family during the admission process. Your perspective is critically important. You are in the best position to identify potential Huskies who are a great fit for our school.
Refer a Husky and the Admission team will reach out to invite them to learn more about Flint Hill.
Early Admission Process for Siblings — Application Due November 1
As a reminder, we are offering members of our Husky family an early start to the admission process for siblings who do not currently attend Flint Hill and are interested in applying for the 2022-23 school year.
If you have a child who is not currently enrolled at Flint Hill and you are interested in the application process for the 2022-23 school year, please complete the admission process by the November 1 deadline. Applications completed by November 1 will receive an admission notification at the end of January. For more information, please schedule a 15-minute admission consultation with Jennifer Webb, director of enrollment management and financial aid or Dawn Hopke, associate director of admission.
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.
Friday and Saturday, October 22-23
End of First Quarter
Monday, October 25
Bring your stories to this informal gathering for JK-12 parents, hosted by Parents' Association President Sibel Unsal and the Advancement Office. Recount all the fun we shared over Homecoming weekend! We meet on the Miller House Porch on the Lower School campus after morning drop-off (8:30 a.m.).
Upper School Theatre Production — Radium Girls
Friday, October 29, 7:00 p.m.
Saturday, October 30, 2:00 p.m.
Tickets can be reserved here.
Grades JK-12 Two-Hour Delayed Opening
Thursday, October 28
Class of 2026 — Parent Preview of the Upper School
Thursday, October 28, 6:30 p.m.
Please register here by October 22 and select the sessions you are most interested in joining.
Upper School Fall Play
Friday, October 29, 7 p.m. and Saturday, October 30, 2 p.m.
First Quarter Report Cards Available
Wednesday, November 3, 4 p.m.
Grades JK-12 Virtual Parent Conferences
Grades JK-12 No Classes
Thursday, November 4, and Friday, November 5
Daylight Savings Time Ends
Sunday, November 7
Don’t forget to set your clocks back one hour!
Stay Up To Date: Review This Year’s COVID-19 Protocols and Procedures
The COVID-19 Health Information tile on the Resource Board has this year’s protocols and procedures.
Flint Hill strongly encourages everyone who is eligible to be vaccinated.
The COVID-19 Case Dashboard has been updated.
Happy Homecoming Week! Volunteers, We Need You!
It’s Homecoming Week, and I have three suggestions to make it one to remember! Read more.
The Igloo Snack Bar is Reopening!
The Igloo Snack Bar is scheduled to reopen on Monday, October 25. The hours are Monday-Friday, 2:45–3:45 p.m., and Tuesday-Friday, 10:30–10:55 a.m. In order to keep the Igloo open, parent volunteers are critical.
School Store Open During Homecoming!
Homecoming will feature a pop-up School Store in the Peterson Middle School Commons. We’ll be open Friday, October 22, 4–6:30 p.m., and Saturday, October 23, 10 a.m. until the end of the football game’s second quarter. All shoppers and volunteers are required to wear a mask. Purchases may be made with cash and credit cards.
To prepare for the School Store pop-up at Homecoming, the store website will close on Tuesday, October 19, and will reopen on Wednesday, October 27.
Restocking and New Inventory
Check out our Last Chance Spiritwear. All items have limited quantities and most have been discounted. Not sure what size to purchase? Purchase the size your student currently wears. If these items do not work for your student, please contact Adrienne Robinson to start the return/exchange process.
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.