Upper School Notes – October 16, 2019
Greetings Upper School Families,
Spirit Week 2019 is underway! You can feel the energy throughout the building. It is also great when our teachers participate. The students are doing an excellent job balancing the challenge of “finishing strong,” during the final week of the first quarter while representing advisory groups and grade levels in an effort to show Husky pride. Our drumline and dance team are ready to perform this weekend.
We want our students to have a great time with friends and family this weekend. For many in our community, this will be their first Homecoming. I hope you find our campus welcoming and festive. I also encourage many of you to volunteer (contact your parent representative).
There have been constant reminders (October 9 newsletter) about the importance of enjoying the festivities while avoiding the temptations of destructive decisions. I am planning to take some time again, this week, to address our students about the dangers of drugs and alcohol.
Maintaining the appropriate balance and perspective can be difficult for students, particularly on Saturday night. While students are asked to dress up for the Homecoming Dance, we hope they view it as a normal, age-appropriate school dance and not escalate it to the level of the Prom. Dates are not required, and pre/post gatherings are unnecessary.
For those of you who choose to host parties for students at the conclusion of the dance (11 p.m.), please keep in mind that such gatherings, while planned with good intentions, can end up having unintended, often legal, consequences. I encourage you to have conversations with your children and offer the suggestions below:
Communicate with your children.
- Ask your children where they are going, who they will be with, what time they will arrive and what time they will leave.
- Discuss drop-off and pick-up times/places (if you are driving them).
- Remind your children of safe driving behaviors (no cell phone use while driving, everyone wearing seatbelts, no drinking).
- Remind them of your household’s firm set of rules.
- Encourage them to call you if they need anything and to let you know if any plans change over the course of the night.
Communicate with other parents.
- If you know that your child will be attending a party at another student’s house, call the parents to confirm details.
- Keep each other in the loop! If you know information that could be helpful to other parents, share it!
- Do not allow any students to consume alcohol at your home, even if you think they are doing so “responsibly!” As a reminder, Virginia Law recognizes parents’ liability for negligence if alcohol is provided to a minor who causes injury to another or him/herself. You have civil liability if a partygoer is hurt or a third party is injured. It is important to trust your child and allow him/her to have fun, but keep lines of communication open; be aware of your child’s plans and supervise!
I’ll look forward to seeing you at an event soon.
Director of the Upper School
Quote of the week
“Great minds discuss ideas. Average minds discuss events. Small minds discuss people.” – Eleanor Roosevelt
Insight into Action Therapy Teen Smoking Cessation Flyer
On Friday, November 1, you will have the opportunity to meet with each teacher for a brief conference about your child’s progress. We will also utilize our November 8 Two-Hour Delayed Opening for additional conference slots. We will send specific details for signing up for conferences this Friday.
Upcoming Parents Council of Washington Event
The Parents Council of Washington (PCW) is a consortium of independent schools in the Washington metropolitan area that promotes excellence in education by fostering closer communication among parents, students, and independent schools. The PCW sponsors programs, speaker events, interactive forums, and online resources. Flint Hill is a member and has one parent representative, Michelle Liu, who participates and relays information about the PCW to our Parents’ Association Board and School community.
This year’s theme for the PCW is “Healthy. Connected. Engaged.” The theme will serve as a launching pad for interesting, insightful speakers and meaningful programs, where you can connect with other independent school parents, teachers and administrators to share ideas on parenting, child development and education. Please save the date for this upcoming event.
“Confronting the Epidemic of Stress and Anxiety in Tweens and Teens,” Thursday, November 14, 8:30 a.m., The National Presbyterian School
Author and psychologist Lisa Damour, PhD., will present. The program begins with light fare at 8:30 a.m., the presentation is at 9:00 am, and a book signing is at 11:00 am. The program is free and open to the public, so bring your friends!
RSVP online here.
Financial Aid Application Opens on November 1
Is your family planning to apply for financial aid for the 2020-21 school year? If so, please mark your calendar for Friday, November 1, when you will be able to access our financial aid application on the Financial Aid for Student Tuition (FAST) website.
The application deadline is Monday, January 13, 2020. Families who complete the application process by January 13 will receive a notification of their financial aid award on Thursday, January 30, when re-enrollment contracts are issued to current families. If you have questions, please contact Flint Hill’s Director of Enrollment Management and Financial Aid Jennifer Webb at 703.584.2313 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Updates and Reminders From Last Week
Students must follow Husky Dress guidelines unless otherwise stated.
- Thursday, October 17 – Jersey Day
- Friday, October 18 – Infinity and Beyond Theme
Friday, October 18
Pep Rally, 1:30 p.m., Upper School Campus Gym
Junior-Senior Flag Football Game, 5:15-6:15 p.m.
Students and parents are welcome to watch. Immediately following this game, we will have a schoolwide bonfire until roughly 7:30 p.m., as a kickoff to the weekend’s activities. All parents are welcome to attend.
Saturday, October 19
Athletic competitions involving nearly all of our varsity teams highlight the event, which also features activities for the whole family.
Homecoming Dance, 8-11 p.m.
All students are encouraged to attend. Dress is “Husky Formal,” which is defined in our Dress Code as follows: “Girls’ formal dress consists of a dress, or blouse and skirt in a formal style. Boys should wear a shirt and tie, and pants with a sport jacket or blazer, or a suit.” While some students may choose to go as couples, most will attend as friends or in large groups. This is NOT the prom; it is a regular school dance with students dressed up. We do not encourage extravagance in dress, dining or transportation.
Driving Spirit Award Nominations Due December 13
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 and a place that honors excellence while emphasizing the importance of honesty, compassion, respect and responsibility. These faculty 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. They promote an element of excellence and are extraordinary in their effort.
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 13.
Holiday Shoppes Gucci Crossbody Handbag Raffle Tickets Available NOW!
The handbag is generously being donated by Karen Sparks & Associates, Realtor®. The drawing will be held at 2 p.m. on the day of the event (Saturday, November 9). You don’t need to be present to win!
Tickets are $10 each and available now from any of the event co-chairs: Karen Sparks P’11, P’21; Claudia Augenstein P’21, P’26; Debbie Wesley P’22, P’25; and Amanda Norton P’21. Tickets are also available at the Miller House by contacting Advancement Events Coordinator Alice Yates at email@example.com or 703.584.2315.
To learn more about the event, visit www.flinthill.org/holiday. Proceeds from The Holiday Shoppes benefit the Endowment for Financial Aid in Honor of Sally Hazel.
Thursday, October 17
Middle School Green Volleyball at Stone Ridge, 2:45 p.m.
Middle School Blue Field Hockey at Stone Ridge, 2:45 p.m.
Middle School Football at Landon, 2:45 p.m.
Middle School Boys’ Green Soccer at Potomac, 2:45 p.m.
Middle School Blue Tennis vs. NCS, 2:45 p.m.
Middle School Girls Blue Soccer vs. Langley, 3 p.m.
JV Boys’ Soccer at Maret (Jelleff), 4 p.m.
Varsity Boys’ Soccer vs. Maret, 4:15 p.m.
JV Volleyball vs. Episcopal, 4:15 p.m.
Varsity Golf vs. GDS at Bretton Woods, 4:15 p.m.
Varsity Volleyball vs. Episcopal, 5:30 p.m.
Saturday, October 19
Varsity Boys’ Soccer vs. School Without Walls, 9 a.m.
Varsity Girls’ Soccer vs. School Without Walls, 11 a.m.
Varsity Volleyball vs. Oakton, 10 a.m.
Varsity Field Hockey vs. School Without Walls, 1 p.m.
Varsity Football vs Maret, 3 p.m.
Junior-Senior Flag Football Match and Bonfire
Friday, October 18, 5:15-8:15 p.m., Upper School Campus
Saturday, October 19
Grade JK-12 Two-Hour Delayed Opening
Faculty Staff In-Service
Monday, October 21
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End of First Quarter
Monday, October 21
Grades JK-12 Parent Coffee: Institutional Equity and Inclusion
Wednesday, October 23, 8:15-9:15 a.m., Multipurpose Room, Upper School Campus
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Grades JK-12 Parent Conferences
Grades JK-12 No Classes
Friday, November 1
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