TWO-HOUR DELAY THURSDAY JANUARY 13, 2022
Upper School Newsletter - January 12, 2022
Message From Division Director
I appreciate everyone’s flexibility as we turned to virtual learning this week. Though we will be in virtual learning for only a short time, please reinforce some of the following habits with your students to make sure that they get the most out of their classes while we are virtual.
- Make sure the student is at a comfortable but seated location to attend class. Students should not be in bed because it makes them drowsy and less attentive.
- Encourage the student to put their phone in a different room while they are in class. Having the phone on the desk while they are learning encourages them to task switch and lose focus.
- In between classes, reinforce the idea that they should take a break from the computer screen. Encourage them to go outside for a bit or do something physical if possible. Even the five minute walk between classes yields benefits for students, so any way that they can mimic that activity is helpful for them.
- Encourage them to use office hours if they have questions or want extra help with any of the lessons.
Director of the Upper School
COVID and SchoolPass Attendance
Please make sure that you are entering absences in your student’s attendance record in SchoolPass, even if the Health Services department knows that your student has COVID. Because many students are asymptomatic or feel well enough to attend virtual class, it is often hard to discern who will be attending class each day. Please remember that teachers are not informed about which students have tested positive.
Senior Projects Coffee Rescheduled
Due to the school closure this week, we have decided to move our Senior Projects Division Coffee to Friday, January 28.
Flint Hill’s Fall/Winter Magazine
Read about the preparation to start the 2021-2022 school year; an eighth-grader’s surprise reunion with her Marine father, an Upper School student’s reflections about 9/11, the Middle School Makers class collaboration with Magic Wheelchair and the Washington Nationals; the making of a third-grade author; a chat with Patrick McHonett, Flint Hill’s next Head of School; “Self-Discovery Through The Arts” by Director Fine Arts James Venhaus; “Athletics Is About Community” by Dewayne Robinson; alumni feature stories about Tess Boyer ’08 (“A Champion for All Things Right”) and Kayla Hewitt ’17 (“The Story Behind the Voice”); and much more.
The Parents Council of Washington (PCW) is pleased to host online viewing of “The Upstanders” from January 10 through January 13, 2022. This iNDIEFLIX original documentary about resilience and the power of connection to end bullying addresses the multiple facets of cyber-bullying including bully, victim, bystander, and family member. Remote learning and socializing due to COVID-19 has increased screen time for children while also significantly increasing circumstances of cyber-bullying. This documentary provides bystanders with the tools and confidence to "change the narrative" to eradicate cyber-bullying. Register here to receive the link to view “The Upstanders” documentary and access its At-Home Discussion Guide and other online resources. All PCW member school parents, administrators, faculty, and staff are invited. Students are invited to view the documentary with their parents due to the fact that suicide is discussed.
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.
Birthday of Martin Luther King Jr.
Grades JK-12 No Classes, Administrative Offices Closed
Monday, January 17
End of Semester One
Friday, January 21
Upper School Division Coffee — Senior Projects (Rescheduled)
Friday, January 28, 8:45 a.m.
We have reviewed the evolving Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Virginia Department of Health (VDH) and Fairfax County Health Department (FCHD) health requirements and recommendations. Please review the updated Flint Hill Positive Case and Close Contact Exposure Protocols.
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.
Opportunity: Host a Grade Level Parent Dinner!
The Parents’ Association is looking forward to hosting grade-level parent dinners at people’s homes. Contact Sibel Unsal firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in hosting!
My Coffee Crew
Lower School Parents: Remember to check your inboxes for an Evite! I’m looking forward to meeting you in the Miller House Cafeteria in the upcoming weeks. What all began with coffee is now a group of friends that I hope to have the rest of my life. Read more.
Lower School parents: remember to check your inboxes for an Evite! I’m looking forward to meeting you in the Miller House Cafeteria in the upcoming weeks.
All orders are being mailed at this time.
Click here to view new inventory in the School Store.
Check out the Last Chance Spirit Wear section of the School Store. With extremely limited quantities left, these sale items won’t last long. Shop now before they are gone!
Hoodies and Outerwear
We have a great selection of hoodies and outerwear for youth and adults. Click the links below to view our inventory.
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.