TWO-HOUR DELAY THURSDAY JANUARY 13, 2022

Flint Hill School
Upper School, Middle School
April 13 2021
COPYRIGHT REBECCA DROBIS

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.

Don Paige
Director of the Upper School

THE LATEST

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 

A new issue of the Flint Hill School Magazine is now online

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.

Friendly Reminders

Parent Resources

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.

Upcoming events

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.

Health Services

COVID Tile

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.

COVID-19 Case Dashboard 

COVID-19 Vaccination Status Dashboard

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.

Parents' Association

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 necatismom@gmail.com if you are interested in hosting!

Feeding the Driving Spirit

Last week on our snowy Monday, I was at a loss for ideas of what to make, so I went back to my cookbooks. I stumbled across “Feeding the Driving Spirit,” a collection of recipes by parents, faculty and staff, put together by the Flint Hill Parents’ Association in 2007. Although not that long ago, it was like a blast from the past! It was like going through a yearbook, with the number of familiar names I saw. Read more.

School Store

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.

Youth Hoodies

Youth Outerwear

Adult Hoodies 

Adult Outerwear

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.

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