Upper School Newsletter - December 2, 2020
A Reminder from the COVID Response Team Regarding Case Notifications
As noted in our Campus Reopening Plan, the School notifies all employees, all parents and all students in grades 7-12 when an on-campus learner or employee tests positive for COVID-19. This is because of the potential for direct exposure within the community. Notifications will not be sent for virtual learners who test positive for COVID-19 unless we determine through our interview and contact tracing processes that exposure to another Flint Hill student or employee has occurred off campus.
If you have any questions, please email email@example.com.
Quote of the Week
“There are no secrets to success. It is the result of preparation, hard work and learning from failure.” — General Colin Powell
Gifts to Faculty and Staff
As we approach the Winter Break, I wanted to remind you of the School’s recommendations concerning gifts to faculty and staff. Flint Hill encourages simplicity in the giving of gifts. Please note that holiday gift giving is not an expectation, and individual families should decide what is best for them, keeping in mind that a sincere, heartfelt “thank you” often carries the greatest meaning. The School discourages the collection of money from parents to provide teachers or coaches with gifts, and for safety reasons, students may not bring gifts from home to distribute at school.
Flint Hill Inclement Weather Policy
As temperatures begin to cool, please review Flint Hill’s Inclement Weather Policy for details on how we make decisions and notify the community about delays and school closures.
Flint Hill Classics Update
Grades 7-12 Classics Department Chair Woojin Kim shares this update from Thanksgiving Break:
“Saturday, November 21, and Sunday, November 22, Flint Hill had 40 student delegates of Latin and Greek attend two days of the 2020 Virginia Junior Classical League virtual convention, which was hosted through Zoom this year instead of at the Greater Richmond Convention Center. These intrepid students enjoyed learning about the ancient world through colloquium presentations, testing their Latin/Greek skills on academics, and socializing during school fellowship times together! Many students submitted materials that received awards on pre-convention contests, like publicity, scrapbook, spirit and service, and creative and graphic arts. We even doubled our number of state officers on the VJCL executive board! After a successful state convention, we are eager for more students to become involved in this outstanding and dynamic program!”
We’d also like to congratulate Necati Unsal ‘22 and Lucy Dasher ‘23, who have been elected president and 2nd vice president, respectively, of the VJCL.
School Store Winter Preview
Holiday shopping made easy! Click here to view the School Store Winter Preview.
To receive your items in time for the holidays, please place your order no later than noon on Thursday, December 17.
Please contact Adrienne Robinson with any questions regarding sizing and returns/exchanges.
UPDATES AND REMINDERS FROM LAST WEEK
The second meeting of the virtual Kaleidoscope Book Club is scheduled for Monday, December 7, 9-9:45 a.m. We will discuss “All We Ever Wanted” by Emily Giffin. We look forward to building and deepening relationships through this shared learning opportunity. All parents are welcome to attend regardless of your familiarity with the book selection. Please submit your name and email address, in this form, to RSVP for the first meeting and/or be added to our email list. Please contact All-School Diversity and Inclusion Coordinator Miles Henderson if you have any questions.
Driving Spirit Award Nominations Due December 11
Send your nominations to Ana Yarbrough.
The Driving Spirit Award recognizes current Flint Hill teachers and staff who have demonstrated ethical leadership, diligent intellectual scholarship and a commitment to teaching, coaching and mentoring students. Recipients are recognized for their contributions to the “Driving Spirit,” which makes our School the special and unique place we all value — a place that honors excellence while emphasizing the importance of our core values: respect and value all equally, lead and support with compassion, act with integrity, imagine what’s possible and blaze the trail. These teachers and staff members lead by example through their dedication and ability to energize and inspire Flint Hill’s community to new heights of learning and leadership, both inside and outside the classroom.
Please think about the great current teachers and staff members in the Flint Hill community whom you believe fit this description. Emails and letters should be sent to Ana Yarbrough by Friday, December 11.