Upper School Notes – May 22, 2019
Greetings Upper School Families,
The Flint Hill calendar year is filled with timely breaks, and it is nice to take advantage of all of them, but the Memorial Day holiday provides the members of our community with a much-needed respite after the first day of the exam period.
This week will serve as an opportunity for our students to review materials while consulting with their instructors. Many of our students view the exam period as an opportunity to display their knowledge and mastery of the material presented throughout the school year. Preparation leads to confidence, which can ultimately reduce the anxiety levels for many. Proper preparation combined with rest is very important at this time of the year, and our students need reminders about the impact of inadequate rest and fatigue.
As we approach the final days of the 2018-2019 school year, I would like to acknowledge several colleagues who will be moving on from the Flint Hill community. This group has had a huge impact on the success of our institution. Please join me in thanking Susan Biggs, Jonathan Chang, Monét Cooper, Doru Hutanu, Carol Jia, Barbara Joost, Reyhaneh Khaze, Thomas Michaud and Uchenna Onyeuka, for their service to Flint Hill and to your children, and in wishing them the best in their next future endeavors.
This has really been an exciting year. Thank you for your unwavering support.
I will look forward to seeing you soon.
Quotes of the Week
“The most important thing in communication is to hear what is being said.”
- Peter F. Drucker
“The job of an educator is to teach students to see the vitality in themselves.”
- Joseph Campbell
How To Beat Exam Anxiety
COMMUNITY SERVICE UPDATE
Thank you to our students and families for their part in making our community service program strong this year! While students should have completed their community service hours by Spring Break, they may continue to record hours served through the last day of the school year, which is June 7, 2019. Seniors earning the President’s Volunteer Service Award for this school year will receive their awards at Closing Ceremonies; other students will receive them in the fall.
Please plan accordingly for our community service program. Students are required to serve a minimum of 5 of their 15-hour community service obligation to organizations outside of our community. All hours served for our school and other nonprofits will ‘count’ and may be entered as hours served toward their community service efforts. There is no cap — all hours count. Students may accrue all hours toward awards, such as scouting and the President’s Volunteer Service Award. Providing service through Flint Hill School to outside organizations, such as working a Special Olympics event at Flint Hill School, counts toward the “outside 5.” Hopefully, this will create a balance of serving within the community, as well as reaching beyond us to serve those with substantial need. As a community, we stand for taking meaningful risks and making a difference!
For more information about the Upper School Community Service program, please go to the Resource Board in Husky Hub and visit the Upper School Community Service tile. Still have questions? Email Ms. Okoth at email@example.com.
REMINDERS FROM LAST WEEK
End-of-Year Bus Service
All morning buses will run as scheduled through Friday, May 31.
4:00 p.m. Bus
The 4:00 p.m. bus will run 15 minutes earlier, beginning Tuesday, May 28, through Thursday, May 30. The shuttle will leave the Upper School Campus at 3:30 p.m., and all 4:00 p.m. buses will leave the Lower and Middle School Campus at 3:45 p.m. Please adjust pick-up times at all bus stops to be 15 minutes earlier.
The 4:00 p.m. bus will not run on Friday, May 31.
6:00 p.m. Bus
Wednesday, May 22, is the last day for all 6:00 p.m. busses.
Grades 7-12 Vienna Metro Shuttle
We will provide two additional Vienna Metro shuttles from Friday, May 24, to Thursday, May 30. The shuttle will leave from the Upper School circle at 1:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. and will pick up Seventh and Eighth Grade students, in front of the Lower and Middle School Activity Center, at 1:05 p.m. and 5:05 p.m. Students who would like to take the shuttle must email both Upper School Receptionist Cathy French, and Sharon Giuliani at least 30 minutes prior to the departure time.
If there are no riders, the shuttle will not run.
Friday, May 31
Morning bus service only. Middle School not in session.
Please contact Sharon Giuliani, if you have any questions or concerns.
Challenges of Parenting Teens – Alcohol and Parties
Part of our message to students, as we enter the final weeks of the fourth marking period, is to sustain the hard work that has made them successful throughout the year. We encourage parents to do the same. The warm weather and end-of-the-year festivities bring rise to an increase in social gatherings and a potential increase in risky behavior. The article in Family Education, referenced in last week’s newsletter, speaks to the role of the parent in his/her child’s decisions about alcohol, particularly in terms of permissiveness and bargaining. Please go to the Community of Concern website for additional statistics, tools, and resources.
Spring Semester Exams
- May 23 Reading Day
- May 24 Science Exams
- May 28 Language Exams
- May 29 Math Exams
- May 30 United States History and Make-up Exams
- May 31 Additional Make-up Exam Day beginning at 12:30 p.m. (after Closing Ceremony)
Spanish Student Exchange: Host an Exchange Student from Spain!
We are excited to welcome back our friends from our exchange school, the Instituto Josep Vallverdú in Cataluña, Spain. The group will be visiting New York, September 6-10, and will be at Flint Hill from September 10 to 21. We are looking for host families to provide lodging, meals, and transportation to school during this time. The students will visit the major Washington landmarks with their teachers, so families don’t have to worry about planning special excursions. The students are interested in experiencing life in the United States and practicing their English.
They know that our students have sports practice, games and homework after school, and they are fine waiting at school until the FH students are finished. This is a wonderful opportunity for Flint Hill students to practice their Spanish and learn more about another culture, but families do not have to speak any Spanish, as they are here to practice English. Please fill out the Exchange Interest Form, and contact Kristin Piazza with any questions.
Director of the Upper School
Reading Day (Mandatory for Freshmen)
Thursday, May 23
Spring Semester Exams
May 24-May 30
Flint Hill Golf Invitational
Thursday, May 23
Grades JK-12 No Classes
Monday, May 27
Upper School Closing Ceremony
Friday, May 31, 10:30 a.m., Upper School Gymnasium
Contract Binding Date
Saturday, June 1
Monday, June 3
Tuesday, June 4
Friday, June 7, 10:00 a.m.