Upper School Newsletter - January 5, 2022
Message From Division Director
I know that you have received many communications from Flint Hill over the past few days, including my email yesterday regarding the virtual learning days on Thursday and Friday of this week. I appreciate everyone’s diligence with reviewing that information, particularly as we have had to make changes based upon dynamic conditions with the weather and the growth of the Omicron variant.
I will keep my message rather brief because we have sent so many other messages this week. We are committed to doing what we can to maintain in-person schooling, and we will continue to review recommendations and procedures that we think maximize our chance “to stay and to play.” I was disappointed that the situation forced us to go virtual in late December and early January, but please know that many people have been working diligently over the winter break to take steps to get the students back on campus as soon as we can. Please continue to read any updates that we send out, make sure your student stays in touch with their teacher/advisor, and keep building the healthy habits in our student population that minimizes spread and maximizes our ability to hold in-person schooling. See you Saturday at the testing!
Director of the Upper School
Virtual Learning on Thursday and Friday
Please refer to the email sent out Tuesday, at 3:30 p.m., for all of the information about Thursday and Friday’s virtual learning schedule at the Upper School. As a reminder, we are utilizing the same regular daily schedule as well as the same classroom Google Meet links that we had in December.
Financial Aid Deadline Approaching
The financial aid application deadline is Monday, January 10, for families planning to apply for financial aid for the 2022-23 school year. Flint Hill’s financial aid application is available on the Financial Aid for Student Tuition (FAST) website. Families who complete the application process by January 10 will receive a notification of their financial aid award on Thursday, January 27, when re-enrollment contracts are issued to current families.
New Dress Guidelines Start When In-Person Schooling Returns
As I mentioned previously, I have been working with the Student Council Association regarding changes to the dress guidelines for the remainder of the year. I have accepted their recommendations and revised the dress guidelines for the remainder of the year. Please review these new guidelines with your student.
In January or February, we are hoping to release the permanent dress guidelines that will come into effect in August of 2022. We have not finished that work with our student government yet, but we look forward to sending out that information as soon as it is completed.
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.
Classes Resume — Virtual
Thursday, January 6
Financial Aid Deadline
Monday, January 10
Canceled — Delayed Start Day
Tuesday, January 11
Grades JK-12 Headmaster's Virtual Parent Discussion Series: The FH Budget
Wednesday, January 12, 8:15-9:15 a.m.
See the All School Calendar to Join
Upper School Coffee — Senior Projects
Friday, January 14, 8:45 a.m.
Birthday of Martin Luther King Jr.
Grades JK-12 No Classes, Administrative Offices Closed
Monday, January 17
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.
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.
Teacher Appreciation Surprise: What’s Your Word?
Please use this form to share one word describing Flint Hill teachers. Responses will be used for a special project that we look forward to sharing with you soon!
Happy New Year! 2022…Wow!
When we enrolled at Flint Hill, in the fall of 2009, we were given the year 2022. Unsal family ’22, Necati Unsal ’22, Sibel Unsal P’22. For 13 years, every time our names were mentioned it was accompanied by 22. At the time, 2022 seemed like a lifetime away, a distant date that I really never thought about.
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.