Middle School Newsletter - August 11, 2021
Faculty and Staff Update: New Hires, Role Changes and Departures
A new year and a fresh start to the school year is among us. We are excited for another great year at Flint Hill and want to share our faculty and staff updates with you.
Preparing for the 2021-2022 School Year
Please review the checklists we’ve created for each division to make sure you and your children are ready for another great year. To access the Resource Board, visit www.flinthill.org/app, and log in with your username and password. Once logged in, click Resources on the top navigation bar, and then click on the Preparing for the 2021-2022 School Year tile. The tile will remain accessible through the start of the new school year. If you haven’t already, please bookmark www.flinthill.org/app for quick, direct access to Husky Hub.
Textbooks and Supplies
Please refer to the Preparing for the School Year tile to purchase textbooks and resources through our Virtual Book Store. If you have any questions, please contact our Director of Studies Emily Sanderson.
Health Forms Due Sept. 1 — New and Returning Students
Completed health forms must be uploaded to the Magnus Health system and approved by the first day of classes, September 1. If they are not in the system and approved, your child may not attend school. If you have any questions regarding the health forms, please contact our Director of Health Services Mary Hart at 703.584.2399.
Student Schedules Online
Specific teacher and class assignments will be available tomorrow, August 12, at 9 a.m. To access your child’s class placement, log in to the Husky Hub, click “Children” and select your child’s name. From the “Progress” page, scroll down to view your child’s classes and teachers.
Parent-Advisor Virtual Conferences
To facilitate the important partnership for the school year ahead, advisors will be hosting parent conferences on Monday, August 30, and Tuesday, August 31. These 15-minute virtual conferences will allow you to connect with your child’s advisor and share any helpful information. The link for scheduling your conferences will be available on the Resource Board on Monday, August 16. If you have any difficulties or questions about the online scheduling system, please contact Michelle Keatley at firstname.lastname@example.org, 703.584.2370.
Dance Academy Interest Form
We are planning to resume our popular Dance Academy after-school classes for the 2021-22 school year.
The Flint Hill School Dance Academy offers a variety of after-school ballet classes to students in grades K-12. These classes range from beginner-level classes, which introduce students to the world of dance, to advanced classes that offer a rigorous supplement to our in-school dance curriculum. Students will develop technical skills, musicality, strength, and performance qualities that will aid in their ability to express themselves through movement, discover connections to the world around them, and work individually and with others toward a goal.
In order to create a class schedule that fits the needs of our families, please fill out this form by August 16. If you have multiple students interested in Dance Academy, please complete one form for each student. Please contact Director of Fine Arts James Venhaus with any questions.
Fall Sports News and Notes from New Athletics Director
We want to welcome Dewayne Robinson to the Flint Hill family. As we gear up for a great start over the next two weeks, our athletics department has put together additional insight and information to help you prepare for the upcoming fall season.
Greetings From Your Parents' Association President!
Did you know that all parents and guardians are automatically members of the Flint Hill Parents' Association? Whether you have a little time or a lot of time, there is something for everyone. Learn more about how you can get involved.
Mask Protocol — Effective August 16
As we prepare for new faculty orientation, preseason, faculty pre-planning and the start of classes, we have been closely monitoring 2021-22 school re-opening requirements and recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Virginia Department of Health, Virginia Department of Education, Fairfax County Health Department and Virginia Council for Private Education. We recognize our approach will change and adapt as is necessary.
Lower School Campus
For the health of our Lower School community, Flint Hill will require all students and all employees to wear a mask indoors and on buses regardless of vaccination status. They are also required outdoors unless it is hotter than 80 degrees. The only exceptions are during lunch, when actively eating or drinking; during brief mask breaks outside; and for employees who are alone in a classroom, office or outdoors.
Middle and Upper School Campus
Indoor and Buses
For the health of our Grades 7-12 community, Flint Hill will require all students and all employees to wear a mask indoors and on buses regardless of vaccination status. The only exceptions are during lunch, when actively eating or drinking, and for employees who are alone in a classroom or office.
Currently, masks are encouraged but optional on the Middle and Upper School campus while outdoors. This includes outdoor athletic practices.
Parents and Visitors
Additionally, to protect the health of our students and employees, all parents and visitors will be required to wear a mask indoors in all buildings regardless of vaccination status. All parents and visitors will be required to wear a mask outdoors on the Lower School campus. This is encouraged but optional outdoors on the Middle and Upper School campus.
COVID/Health Updates — Check Weekly Newsletters
Last year, we sent special emails to parents and Grades 7-12 students to share important COVID-related information. This year, as much as possible, we will include health and COVID protocol updates in the weekly newsletter, instead of special email messages. Please check the newsletter regularly to ensure you are up to date. We expect to provide the next update in the August 18 newsletter.
Husky Hub Opens
Thursday, August 12, 9 a.m.
The Exchange is an opportunity for parents and guardians to shop for gently-used uniforms, P.E. uniforms and athletic practice clothing, and spirit wear. There is no cost for this event, and you do not have to donate in order to participate. Learn more.
- Donation Drop-Off
Monday, August 9 - Thursday, August 12
- Donation Drop-Off
Monday, August 23
Tuesday, August 24 - Thursday, August 26
Middle School New Parent Virtual Orientation
Monday, August 30, 9-10 a.m., Google Meet link
New and returning parents are welcome to join me for a virtual Q&A session to ease your transition to the school year.
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Middle School Parent-Advisor Virtual Conferences
Monday, August 30, and Tuesday, August 31
Link to register will be available on August 16 on the Resource Board
Lower and Middle School — First Day of School
Wednesday, September 1
We will have full school days (7:50 a.m.-3:30 p.m.) Wednesday-Friday of this first week and run a modified class schedule combined with orientation and community-building activities. Students should be in regular school dress and bring MacBooks, iPads, and supplies.
Labor Day — Grades JK-12, No Classes
Monday, September 6
Middle and Upper School Picture Day
Thursday, September 9
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Middle School Virtual Back-to-School Night
Thursday, September 9, 7 p.m.
We will send a pushpage email, with an introductory video and instructions, for viewing the teacher presentations for each of your child’s classes. Please note that because this is not a live event, you may view these presentations asynchronously any time you wish.
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