Upper School Newsletter - October 13, 2021
Message From Division Director
People who have been working in secondary education for a long time will always tell you that when your school approaches the end of a grading quarter, you will always see an increase in the number of students attending office hours. During those last couple of weeks in the quarter, you will also often see requests for extra assignments or increased efforts exuded to prepare for assessments. In short, we always see a predictable human attempt to finish strong as a quarter ends.
I would like to encourage parents and guardians to nudge their students to think differently about an academic quarter. Often, the success for a quarter is not what’s done on the last day of the quarter, but on the first day of the quarter. Though October, January and March are the ends of quarters, success is often determined by what is done in September, November and February. As my own economics students have come to see me for help, I tell them that I am proud of them coming to office hours, but at the same time, I cajole them into coming in at the beginning of the quarter as well.
So when the quarter ends this week, let’s keep nudging our students that the best way to finish strong is to start strong!
Happy Homecoming Week! Go Huskies!
Director of the Upper School
Meet Flint Hill’s Incoming Head of School
We are delighted to announce that the Board of Trustees has appointed Patrick McHonett as the 13th Flint Hill Head of School, effective July 1, 2022. Read more.
Virtual Parent Conferences — Thursday, November 4, and Friday, November 5
You will have the opportunity to meet virtually with each teacher for a brief conference about your child’s progress. I will send an email to all families tomorrow with information and links to sign up.
Community Service Presentation
For those of you who were unable to attend the community service presentation at last week’s Upper School coffee, we have attached the slides here.
Senior Ads for Yearbook
Senior Ads are now open for the 2021-2022 Yearbook! These personal ads serve as a way for families to share messages of congratulations, love, and pride in your senior’s accomplishments. You will be able to design your own ad online at the Flint Hill portal of the Herff Jones Yearbook Order Center: enter our code, 5486, if prompted, and then click “Buy a Yearbook Ad.” More information can be found in the Senior tile on Husky Hub. These ads must be submitted by Friday, October 29, to be included in this year’s “Iditarod” edition.
See You at Homecoming This Weekend! October 22-23
Join the Flint Hill community for a weekend filled with athletic events, food and fun for the entire family! The Den will be open with concessions for sale, and the School Store will open a Pop-Up Shop with all your Husky gear in the Peterson Middle School Commons. Please note: Cash is the only method of payment accepted for Den concessions.
Visit flinthill.org/homecoming for more details and a full schedule of events.
Parents interested in volunteering — sign up here!
The SCA is excited to bring back the Homecoming Dance for this school year. We will be hosting the dance on campus, using both the Learning Commons and the outdoor area behind that space. This will allow for people at the dance to be inside or outside, depending upon their comfort level. Students are allowed to bring guests from other schools, but those guests will need to follow the current Flint Hill guest policy, which requires all guests to be fully vaccinated. Students who want to bring a guest to Homecoming should see Mr. Howard Chang, dean of students.
Homecoming Dance Logistics
The dance will be held on Saturday, October 23, 8:30–10 p.m., in the Upper School building on campus. Students are required to be at the dance by 9 p.m. and may not leave until 10 p.m. All grade levels are invited to attend the dance. In terms of dress, the SCA will release a theme for the dance that can guide student attire.
Reserve Your Seats!
Radium Girls Opens on Friday, October 29
The Upper School fall play, Radium Girls opens on October 29. Radium Girls by D.W. Gregory is set in New Jersey in the 1920s and is based on the true story of young factory workers who begin a campaign for justice after being sickened by radium-laced paint on the job. It is a fast-moving theatrical ensemble piece about greed, wealth, the environment, science, and courage. Radium Girls will be performed on October 29 at 7:00 p.m. and October 30 at 2:00 p.m. at Olson Theater at the Hazel Lower School. Tickets are free, but reservations are required.
Tickets can be reserved here.
Nearly every family who enrolls at Flint Hill was either referred by or talked with a current family during the admission process. Your perspective is critically important. You are in the best position to identify potential Huskies who are a great fit for our school.
Refer a Husky and the Admission team will reach out to invite them to learn more about Flint Hill.
Early Admission Process for Siblings — Application Due November 1
As a reminder, we are offering members of our Husky family an early start to the admission process for siblings who do not currently attend Flint Hill and are interested in applying for the 2022-23 school year.
If you have a child who is not currently enrolled at Flint Hill and you are interested in the application process for the 2022-23 school year, please complete the admission process by the November 1 deadline. Applications completed by November 1 will receive an admission notification at the end of January. For more information, please schedule a 15-minute admission consultation with Jennifer Webb, director of enrollment management and financial aid or Dawn Hopke, associate director of admission.
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.
Friday and Saturday, October 22-23
Friday, October 22, 6:30 p.m.
Saturday, October 23, 8:30–10 p.m.
End of First Quarter
See you Monday, October 25, at Miller House Monday!
Bring your stories to this informal gathering for JK-12 parents, hosted by Parents' Association President Sibel Unsal and the Advancement Office. Recount all the fun we shared over Homecoming weekend! We meet on the Miller House Porch on the Lower School campus after morning drop-off (8:30 a.m.).
Upper School Theatre Production — Radium Girls
Friday, October 29, 7:00 p.m.
Saturday, October 30, 2:00 p.m.
Tickets can be reserved here.
Upper School Virtual Admission Session
Tuesday, October 26, 9–10:30 a.m.
2-Hour Delay (School starts at 10:10 a.m.)
Thursday, October 28
Quarter 1 Grades Published
Wednesday, November 3, 4 p.m.
Upper School Conference Days (Virtual Only)
Thursday and Friday, November 4-5
Happy Homecoming Week! Volunteers, We Need You!
It’s Homecoming Week, and I have three suggestions to make it one to remember! Read more.
The Igloo Snack Bar is Reopening!
The Igloo Snack Bar is scheduled to reopen on Monday, October 25. The hours are Monday-Friday, 2:45–3:45 p.m., and Tuesday-Friday, 10:30–10:55 a.m. In order to keep the Igloo open, parent volunteers are critical.
School Store Open During Homecoming!
Homecoming will feature a pop-up School Store in the Peterson Middle School Commons. We’ll be open Friday, October 22, 4–6:30 p.m., and Saturday, October 23, 10 a.m. until the end of the football game’s second quarter. All shoppers and volunteers are required to wear a mask. Purchases may be made with cash and credit cards.
To prepare for the School Store pop-up at Homecoming, the store website will close on Tuesday, October 19, and will reopen on Wednesday, October 27.
Restocking and New Inventory
Check out our Last Chance Spiritwear. All items have limited quantities and most have been discounted. Not sure what size to purchase? Purchase the size your student currently wears. If these items do not work for your student, please contact Adrienne Robinson to start the return/exchange process.
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.