Upper School Newsletter - October 21, 2020



Interesting Article

15 Questions to Replace ‘How Was School Today?’


Interesting Quotes

“Do not judge me by my successes, judge me by how many times I fell down and got back up again.”  — Nelson Mandela

 “In the best classrooms, grades are only one of many types of feedback provided to students.”  — Douglass Reeves


Parent Conferences

Parent Conferences are a great opportunity for us to further our partnership with you, celebrate your children's successes and discuss strategies for enhancing their progress. To facilitate scheduling the conferences, we will use Calendly, an electronic system that will allow you to schedule all of your meeting times in advance.


Exam Period

There will be no exams in the Upper School (or Middle School) in December. We will only have exams at the end of the school year. Classes in the Middle and Upper School will go on as regularly scheduled through December 18.


Yearbook Ads for Seniors

Parents of seniors: Please remember that orders for personal ads in the 2021 yearbook to honor your seniors are due Friday, October 23. Please click here for more information!


Follow @flinthillfinearts on Instagram!

The Fine Arts department is now on Instagram! Be sure to give them a follow for exclusive content from our Fine Arts program.


Online Ordering for Student Portraits

Flint Hill student portraits are now online for viewing and ordering! If your child had a school portrait taken, you should have received an email from Freed Photography with your student's private gallery information. If you have not received this (check your spam folder too), please contact them at or call 301.652.5452. A make-up day for on-campus students in grades 9-10 is scheduled for Friday, October 23. A make-up day for on-campus students in 11th grade is scheduled for next Tuesday, October 27. Virtual learners may still have their pictures taken on Wednesday, October 28.





Upcoming Deadline: 2020 Flint Hill Spirit T-shirts

Show your school spirit and order your fall spirit shirt today! Remember, we are stronger together!! The shirts come in adult and youth sizes.

Click here to place your order. The online store will close at midnight on Thursday, October 22. After this date, no late orders will be accepted, to make sure that all orders are delivered on time. Due to COVID-19 and safety protocols, each individual order will be delivered directly to your home.

We have decided to designate Tuesday, November 10, as our Fall All-Husky School Spirit Day. All three divisions will participate by wearing their t-shirts on this day. Go Huskies!!


Virtual Presentation with Dr. Natalie Milman

The Flint Hill Parents' Association is hosting a virtual presentation on Thursday, October 29, 7-7:50 p.m., featuring Dr. Natalie Milman. Dr. Milman is a current Flint Hill parent and professor of educational technology at George Washington University. The presentation will include tips for supporting Upper School students in a hybrid/virtual learning environment. An evite will be shared soon by your parent representative.

The first meeting of the virtual Kaleidoscope Book Club is scheduled for Monday, November 2, 9-9:45 a.m. We will discuss “Small Great Things” by Jodi Picoult. 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.



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


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.




Pattern Right

Upcoming Events

Grades 9-10 School Picture Make-Up Day (On-Campus Learners)
Friday, October 23


End of First Quarter
Monday, October 26
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Grade 11 School Picture Make-Up Day (On-Campus Learners)
Tuesday, October 27


School Portrait Day for Virtual Learners (2 of 2)
Wednesday, October 28
Make an appointment here
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Virtual Presentation with Dr. Natalie Milman
Thursday, October 29, 7-7:50 p.m.


Daylight Savings Time Ends
Sunday, November 1


Kaleidoscope Book Club Virtual Meeting
Monday, November 2, 9-9:45 a.m


Election Day — Grades JK-12 No Classes
Tuesday, November 3


First Quarter Grades Available to Families
Thursday, November 5, 4 p.m.


Parent conferences JK-12
Friday, November 6, and Wednesday, November 11, 7:30 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
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Fall All-Husky School Spirit Day
Tuesday, November 10