Upper School Newsletter - October 7, 2020
“You may encounter many defeats, but you must not be defeated. In fact, it may be necessary to encounter the defeats, so you can know who you are, what you can rise from, how you can still come out of it.” — Maya Angelou
Interesting Article (from the archives)
Poor sleep can negatively affect a student’s grades, increase the odds of emotional and behavioral disturbance
Contact Tracing App
As noted in the message to families on Tuesday, Flint Hill is using a contact tracing app developed by Trace Innovations to help us to identify which students and employees need to quarantine if an employee or student tests positive for COVID-19. You can reference the original email or the COVID-19 Health tile on the Resource Board in Husky Hub for the detailed FAQ and download instructions.
Husky Spirit is STRONG! Spirit week and much more...
The Upper School Athletic Advisory Council (AAC) is proud to support #huskystrong, an effort to spread the Husky spirit throughout the year! Despite not having Homecoming this year, the AAC would like to move forward with Spirit Week 2020.
Below is the Spirit Week schedule:
Tuesday, October 13 —- Decades Day
Wednesday, October 14 — Into the Jungle (camouflage, animal print)
Thursday, October 15 — Wacky Tacky Day (unusual combinations of clothing)
Friday, October 16 — Jersey Day
Coming Soon: Fall Spirit T-Shirt for All-Husky Spirit Day!
The design is almost complete for the 2020 fall spirit t-shirt. We will provide a link to order yours soon, so we can all show our Husky spirit! Stay tuned to the weekly newsletters for more information.
School Store Updates … New Inventory and tips and tricks for online ordering
We are having a lot of fun stocking the store with NEW INVENTORY. Click here to shop now!
Returns and exchanges are quick and easy, but returned items must sit in quarantine before they are returned to inventory. So, please order only the size you think you need, so we can keep as much inventory in stock as possible. We are happy to change out the size quickly if it doesn’t fit.
Pro tip: Miller House front porch pick up is available now, instead of shipping, for your convenience! If you have questions about the School Store, contact Adrienne Robinson at email@example.com.
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.
Attendance and Tardiness to School
Upper School students are expected to sign in and sign out, using the iPad in the front lobby, if they arrive after 8:10 a.m. and if they depart the building for any reason before 2:55 p.m. We require parent communication for ALL early dismissals. This is another example of the partnership that exists between home and school. Your child’s safety is our number-one priority.
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org or communicate with Ban Hameed and Liz Hammond if you have any questions.
UPDATES AND REMINDERS FROM LAST WEEK
Fall Schedule Updates
To minimize disruptions to the schedule for that day — November 3 — Election Day, will be a School holiday; there will be no classes held that day and administrative offices will be closed. We also are adding a second day to the schedule for fall parent conferences in all three divisions. Conferences will now be held on Friday, November 6, and Wednesday, November 11. Additional details regarding fall parent conferences will be shared soon.
Volunteer with the Parents’ Association!
We miss our volunteers! The PA has volunteer opportunities available to help with community- building activities, including teacher appreciation, the Annual Fund, Admission ambassadors, senior engagement and more!
Volunteering is safe and fun! The Parents’ Association is committed to the Flint Hill COVID-19 Health Pledge. If you are interested in volunteering or receiving more information from the Parents’ Association, please contact PA President-Elect Sibel Unsal at email@example.com or Advancement Officer Alice Yates at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Virtual All-School Gathering
Email with pre-recorded link will be sent out at 4 p.m.
Friday, October 9
Fall Break — Grades JK-12 No Classes
Monday, October 12
Add to Calendar
Headmaster’s Freshman Families Fiesta Dinner
End of First Quarter
Monday, October 26