Upper School Newsletter - April 6, 2022
Message From Division Director
I am so excited that we are quickly approaching the variety of events that celebrate our robust and talented Arts programs. Each April, we host performances and exhibitions that display the work created by our dancers, thespians, artists and musicians. The restrictions of the COVID-19 pandemic had limited the ability of community members to witness these incredible achievements. However, we are organizing a full set of activities this year, and we enthusiastically encourage members of our community to attend. It is a tradition at Flint Hill that so many of our families and students attend these events, even when they do not directly participate in any of them. Though that participation understandably dwindled during the last two years, we are looking forward to packed houses and full galleries. Take some time with your family to plan a visit to Arts Jam, the Upper School Musical or the gallery exhibitions. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to email Director of Fine Arts James Venhaus.
Director of the Upper School
Dress Guidelines for 2022-2023 School Year
The Upper School has completed its Dress Guidelines revision process. This process included input from student advisories, the Student Council Association and parent surveys. Though the guidelines are not a full return to the Dress Guidelines of 2019, the community has chosen to restrict more items for next year. Also, both parents and students were enthusiastic about bringing back business dress. To achieve this goal, but also have a more casual regular code, the Student Council Association decided to create “business dress days” throughout the year which will match important school events. We have attached the dress guidelines for all three divisions below.
Senior End of Year Activities/Commencement Week Update Coming
Arts Jam Is Next Week — Wednesday, April 13!
Join us for the most exciting performing arts event of the year — the annual Arts Jam concert, featuring Upper School band, choir, orchestra, percussion, dance, and musical theater! The concert will be held on April 13 at 7 p.m. at the Center for the Arts on the Fairfax Campus of George Mason University. Details are on the Arts Jam webpage.
George Mason University Center for the Arts COVID policy: All attendees regardless of age who attend an indoor event or performance at the Center for the Arts must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by the date of their visit and present proof of vaccination or show a negative COVID-19 test result upon entry. More information about GMU’s policy can be found here.
Please Complete the Annual Parent Survey
On Tuesday, 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.
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 11 and 12 Virtual Parent Education Series: Sexual Health and Wellness — Jenna Beckwith
Wednesday, April 6, 7-8 p.m.
Grade 11 Parent Dinner — Sponsored by Parent Association
Thursday, April 7, 5:30 p.m. (Use Evite to RSVP)
Upper School Spring Semi-Formal Dance
Friday, April 9, 8:30 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
Wednesday, April 13, 7 p.m., Center for the Arts on the Fairfax Campus of George Mason University
Upper School Coffee: Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
Friday, April 15, 8:45 a.m.
Upper School Visual Arts Show Opening Reception
Wednesday, April 20, 6 p.m.
Grades JK-12 Two-Hour Delayed Opening
Wednesday, April 20
A Toast to John (Thomas)
Friday, April 22, 8 p.m., Peterson Middle School
Saturday, April 23
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.
There’s Still Time to Join Us for a Fun Day on the Links!
Spend the day with fellow Huskies, enjoy lunch and try your luck at our opening MegaPutter contest on Thursday, May 26. This is all luck, and no skill required! All players putt at the same time, and the first one to land a hole in one wins. Whether you want to play in the tournament or learn the basics at the skills clinic, it’s a fun day of community building for all.
Very few foursomes remain for the tournament, but there are still some individual spaces open and plenty of spots available for the clinic. All abilities are welcome, so invite a friend and join us on the links.
Grab your spot here!
Golf for All!
As you may imagine, I am not a golfer. I am not even that good at miniature golf, but I love the Flint Hill Golf Invitational! Every year, I volunteer to help greet golfers, set up raffle tables and assemble gift baskets. It is such a fun day to be outside. Read more.