Upper School Newsletter - April 20, 2022
Message From Division Director
We are quickly approaching the Advanced Placement (AP) Exam dates. These exams are held between Monday, May 2, and Friday, May 13. A more detailed schedule can be found here at The College Board’s website. Please remember that these days are set by The College Board, and we must follow their policies regarding absences, makeup exams and test administration.
We recognize that students preparing for the exam have an immensely busy schedule that week, so we utilize modified attendance policies for students taking an exam. Please review the following policies if your student is taking an exam.
- Students with an afternoon AP exam (which usually begin around 12:15 p.m.) are permitted to opt out of their morning classes the day of the exam.
- Students with a morning AP exam are permitted to opt out of afternoon classes/practice the day prior to the exam. This exemption does not apply to Friday afternoons for a Monday morning exam.
If you have any questions about the exams, don’t hesitate to reach out to your student’s advisor for more information.
Director of the Upper School
Virtual Event: Taking Meaningful Risks Coffee and Conversations
A big part of Flint Hill’s vision for students is to encourage them to take “meaningful risks.” But what does that actually mean? On Tuesday, April 26, at 9 a.m., faculty members across divisions will elaborate on what taking meaningful risks means at Flint Hill, including how they encourage students to create their own definitions of success and explore ideas creatively and critically. While this event is designed for prospective families, newly enrolled and current families interested in this topic are welcome to join! Register for the event or share it with a friend who’s interested in Flint Hill.
Join Us for Springfest!
We hope to see you at Springfest this weekend as we celebrate spring athletes and welcome back alumni. Everyone is invited to come together to cheer our Huskies on to victory! Some games will feature recognition of alumni athletes who have returned to celebrate milestone reunions.
Home Game and Activity Schedule:
Friday, April 22
4:15 p.m. — Varsity Softball vs. Georgetown Visitation, Lower School Softball Field
Saturday, April 23
Noon — Boys Tennis vs. Seton School, Upper School Tennis Courts
Noon — Girls Lacrosse vs. Wilson High School, Peterson Family Turf Field
2 p.m. — Boys Varsity Lacrosse vs.Wilson High School, Peterson Family Turf Field
Tickets for the Upper School Musical, "Working," Are on Sale Now!
Performances are held on April 29 and 30 at 7 p.m. and May 1 at 2 p.m. "Working" concerns the hopes, dreams, joys and concerns of the average working American. In the course of one 24-hour workday, the audience meets and hears stories of various workers, including the schoolteacher, the parking lot attendant, the waitress, the mill worker, the mason, the trucker, the fireman, and the housewife. Tickets are free, but reservations at this link are suggested. Good seats go fast, so get your tickets today!
Please Complete the Annual Parent Survey
On April 5 every Flint Hill parent should have received an email from Measuring Success, the company that administers our annual parent survey, with a personalized link to this year’s survey. Please take a moment now to open that email and take the survey. Your feedback is very important to the school. If you did not receive an email from Measuring Success, please reach out to them at email@example.com for help or to have the link resent.
Parents Council of Washington Virtual Event April 28
The Parents Council of Washington is pleased to host a virtual event on Thursday, April 28, at 7:30 p.m. with Dr. William Stixrud and Ned Johnson, national bestselling authors of “The Self-Driven Child,” to discuss their new book, “What Do You Say?: Talking with Kids to Build Motivation, Stress Tolerance, and a Happy Home.”
William R. Stixrud, Ph.D. is a clinical neuropsychologist and founder of The Stixrud Group, as well as a faculty member at Children's National Medical Center and an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Pediatrics at the George Washington University School of Medicine.
Ned Johnson is an author, speaker, and founder of PrepMatters, an educational company providing academic tutoring, educational planning, and standardized test preparation. He hosts the PrepTalks podcast and is a sought-after speaker and teen coach on study skills, sleep deprivation, parent-teen dynamics, and test anxiety.
In this PCW Speaker Series event, Stixrud and Johnson will focus on how to communicate with kids in a way that supports the autonomy and self-drive that are important for healthy development. They will emphasize practical communication strategies for building a strong emotional connection with our kids, communicating healthy (versus toxic) expectations, fostering intrinsic motivation, and helping kids find their own reasons to change when they are struggling. Because communication is hardest when things are not going well, the presentation will emphasize how to get "buy in" before we share our experience and advice, how to change the energy when it feels like we are trying to force our kids, and how to manage conversations when emotions run high.
The presentation will be followed by a Q&A period. Please submit in advance any questions you may have to firstname.lastname@example.org.
All PCW member school 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.
Upper School Visual Arts Show Opening Reception
Wednesday, April 20, 6 p.m.
A Toast to John (Thomas)
Friday, April 22, 8 p.m., Peterson Middle School
Saturday, April 23
Tuesday, April 26, 12:05 p.m. (Students only), Upper School deCamp Garden
Grades JK-12 Admission Virtual Coffee and Conversation: Taking Meaningful Risks
Tuesday, April 26, 9-10 a.m.
Grade 9 Parent Dinner Sponsored by Parents’ Association
Thursday, April 28, 6-9 p.m.
Upper School Musical, "Working"
Friday and Saturday, April 29 and 30, at 7 p.m. and Sunday, May 1, at 2 p.m., Olson Theater — Lower School Campus
Friday, April 29, 9 a.m. (Students only), Fairfax IHOP
Grade 10 Parent Dinner Sponsored by Parents’ Association
Friday, May 6, 6-9 p.m.
Grades JK-12 Parent Education Series: Kaleidoscope Book Club
Monday, May 9, 8:30-9:30 a.m.
Two-Hour Delayed Opening, Faculty/Staff In-Service
Tuesday, May 17
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.
Don’t Forget to Register! Golf Invitational and Skills Clinic
Very few foursomes remain for the tournament, but there are still some individual spaces open and plenty of spots available for the Skills Clinic, presented by AutoScandia. Join Clinic Co-Chairs Mica Howard P’19 and Sibel Unsal P’22 for an hour-and-a-half of casual conversation and golf skills taught by pros. Afterward, enjoy lunch together and get a chance to win some great raffle prizes including a Kendra Scott necklace or two tickets to Signature Theater. Thank you to parents Sherri and Mark Bredesen P’22 of AutoScandia for their generous sponsorship of the clinic!
All abilities are welcome, so grab your spot here!
Oh What a Night!
This year’s Arts Jam was pure joy! After a two year break, I truly didn’t know what to expect. Most of these students and some of their teachers had never even seen an Arts Jam let alone perform in one. It blew me away! Read more.