Middle School Newsletter - OCTOBER 27, 2021
IMPORTANT REMINDER: Tomorrow, Thursday, October 28, is a two-hour delay. Middle School drop-off will begin at 9:20 a.m.
Message From Division Director
It was great to see so many of you and your children at our Homecoming festivities this weekend. In addition to the community-building and showcase of Upper School athletics, we were able to experience part of the design brilliance of the Peterson Middle School. While it is natural for those of us who live in the Middle School to view the space as ours, it was wonderful to see the impact of the beautiful terrace, The Den and stadium seating to frame the turf field. Many thanks to everyone involved who made Homecoming 2021 a reality.
As a reminder, we have our first two-hour delayed opening tomorrow! As part of our commitment to professional development for our faculty and staff, we open school two hours late, six times during the year, to run in-service training. On these days, morning buses run two hours late, and we run a modified class schedule, from 9:50 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Please note that students may not come to school prior to 9:20 a.m. due to supervision. For your planning purposes, below are the dates of our two-hour delayed openings. They are also posted on the electronic All-School Calendar.
- December 8, 2021
- January 11, 2022
- February 10, 2022
- April 20, 2022
- May 17, 2022
Director of the Middle School
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 p.m. and October 30 at 2 p.m. at Olson Theater in the Hazel Lower School. Tickets are free, but reservations are required. Reserve your tickets here.
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.
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. Please note that families should include all potential conflicts with the rehearsal schedule when filling out the audition form.
RFID Tags for Afternoon Carpool
We are ready for our next iteration of carpool efficiency as we begin to use RFID scanning, starting on Monday, November 8. Parents, be on the lookout for a mailing in the next week with instructions for mounting your RFID tag on your car's headlight. This will enable us to quickly scan your tags during our dismissal process and sync information you have entered into SchoolPass. This will replace our walkie system and ensure a smoother, more accurate process. Thanks in advance for having your tag installed and ready by November 8!
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 last week 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.
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.
Parents Council of Washington Event: Speaker Series — Connectedness, A Discussion with Rosetta Lee
The Parents Council of Washington (PCW) invites you to attend its upcoming virtual event on Tuesday, November 9, at 7 p.m. Rosetta Lee is the outreach specialist at Seattle Girls' School and a highly regarded expert on diversity, equity and inclusion issues. She will provide insight into developing connections to self and with others and creating inclusive communities for the benefit of all.
The discussion will be followed by a Q&A period. Please submit in advance any questions you may have to email@example.com by Friday, October 29. All parents, administrators, faculty and staff are invited. Register here.
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, October 28
Middle School drop-off begins at 9:20 a.m.
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
Use this link to access the Resource Board for information and to sign up.
Daylight Savings Time Ends
Sunday, November 7
Don’t forget to set your clocks back one hour!
Middle School Winter Athletics Begin
Friday, November 12
Friday, November 12, 7 p.m., and Saturday, November 13, 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.
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.
Thank You, Volunteers! You Brought FUN Home!
Between the recent senior breakfast that parents hosted in the deCamp Garden for the class of 2022 to the incredible Homecoming weekend, there has been much excitement around campus! Read more and see photos in Parent Tracks.
The Igloo Snack Bar Is Now Open!
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. Please sign up here.
Homecoming Pop-up Shop Items Available
Shop items from last weekend’s Pop-up Shop. We have some great hoodies, outerwear, long-sleeve shirts and more!
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.