Gentle Reminder for Distribution of Student Materials: May 29th

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If your scheduled time has passed, please know that you can still come on in and retrieve your child's materials! Please stop by soon! We promise that is a smooth process! Distribution of Student Materials: Rain or Shine!

The opportunity to pick up student personal belongings (Grades K-6) and pre-ordered yearbooks (Grades K-5) will be available for drive-through service only, tomorrow, Friday, May 29th. Items have been pre-packed and labeled with your child’s name. Please take this opportunity to return borrowed school items such as library books, patrol belts, classroom books, instruments, and other miscellaneous items that belong to the school. Our goal is to expedite this process quickly and safely. To make this happen, it is important that you adhere to the designated entrance and pick-up schedule that is associated with the first initial of your last name

Distribution of Student Materials: A-M

For everyone’s safety, please follow these DRIVE-THRU instructions:

  1. Last names beginning with letters A-M will follow these directions and times for pick up near the GYM.
  2. Please do not exit your car.
  3. Place a paper sign with your child’s full name on a large piece of paper, and display it on your window as you drive up to the designated pick-up location. Please write in big, black, bold letters. If you have multiple children, listing at least two children will suffice. While it is not common, we do have students with the same names, and we want to make sure you receive the correct belongings.
  4. Drive up to the “Parent Pick-up" sign.
  5. A staff member will walk your child’s belongings to your car. From inside your car, please open the back window or trunk. Staff will place the bag(s) in your car.
  6. Return items to the designated area listed on the diagram.
Distribution of Student Materials: N-Z

For everyone’s safety, please follow these DRIVE-THRU instructions:

  1. Last names beginning with letters N-Z will follow these directions and times for pick up near the CAFETERIA.
  2. You will enter and drive down the LEFT hand side of the parking lot.
  3. Please do not exit your car.
  4. Place a paper sign with your child’s full name on a large piece of paper, and display it on your window as you drive up to the designated pick-up location. Please write in big, black, bold letters. If you have multiple children, listing at least two children will suffice. While it is not common, we do have students with the same names, and we want to make sure you receive the correct belongings.
  5. Drive up to the “Parent Pick-up" sign.
  6. A staff member will walk your child’s belongings to your car. From inside your car, please open the back window or the trunk. Staff will place the bag(s) in your car.
  7. Return items to the designated area listed on the diagram.

***If you are picking up belongings for another family, please let us know. Keep in mind that you may need to visit another entrance if your last names are assigned to different locations.***  

Thank you for your cooperation! If you are unable to pick up items on Friday, May 29th, we will hold items until the last day of school for students, June 11th. Please complete this form if you require (out-of-town) us to hold onto your child's belongings for pick-up at a later date.

Supporting Our Families

Thank you to our families who have so generously contributed to those in need. If you know someone who is facing hardship, please reach out to administration, or Amy Williams, our full-time school counselor, so that we can help you or a neighbor. We will accept, with gratitude, donations or gift cards for grocery stores.

We thank you for your ongoing compassion and concern. Your immeasurable kindness is appreciated!   

Falcon Feedback

To provide feedback directly to Ms. Hertzberg, please use the QR code, or click on this link. Thank you, in advance, for sharing your thinking!

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Gentle Reminder for Distribution of Student Materials: May 29th

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Distribution of Student Materials: Rain or Shine!

The opportunity to pick up student personal belongings (Grades K-6) and pre-ordered yearbooks (Grades K-5) will be available for drive-through service only, tomorrow, Friday, May 29th. Items have been pre-packed and labeled with your child’s name. Please take this opportunity to return borrowed school items such as library books, patrol belts, classroom books, instruments, and other miscellaneous items that belong to the school. Our goal is to expedite this process quickly and safely. To make this happen, it is important that you adhere to the designated entrance and pick-up schedule that is associated with the first initial of your last name

Distribution of Student Materials: A-M

For everyone’s safety, please follow these DRIVE-THRU instructions:

  1. Last names beginning with letters A-M will follow these directions and times for pick up near the GYM.
  2. Please do not exit your car.
  3. Place a paper sign with your child’s full name on a large piece of paper, and display it on your window as you drive up to the designated pick-up location. Please write in big, black, bold letters. If you have multiple children, listing at least two children will suffice. While it is not common, we do have students with the same names, and we want to make sure you receive the correct belongings.
  4. Drive up to the “Parent Pick-up" sign.
  5. A staff member will walk your child’s belongings to your car. From inside your car, please open the back window or trunk. Staff will place the bag(s) in your car.
  6. Return items to the designated area listed on the diagram.
Distribution of Student Materials: N-Z

For everyone’s safety, please follow these DRIVE-THRU instructions:

  1. Last names beginning with letters N-Z will follow these directions and times for pick up near the CAFETERIA.
  2. You will enter and drive down the LEFT hand side of the parking lot.
  3. Please do not exit your car.
  4. Place a paper sign with your child’s full name on a large piece of paper, and display it on your window as you drive up to the designated pick-up location. Please write in big, black, bold letters. If you have multiple children, listing at least two children will suffice. While it is not common, we do have students with the same names, and we want to make sure you receive the correct belongings.
  5. Drive up to the “Parent Pick-up" sign.
  6. A staff member will walk your child’s belongings to your car. From inside your car, please open the back window or the trunk. Staff will place the bag(s) in your car.
  7. Return items to the designated area listed on the diagram.

***If you are picking up belongings for another family, please let us know. Keep in mind that you may need to visit another entrance if your last names are assigned to different locations.***  

Thank you for your cooperation! If you are unable to pick up items on Friday, May 29th, we will hold items until the last day of school for students, June 11th. Please complete this form if you require (out-of-town) us to hold onto your child's belongings for pick-up at a later date.

Supporting Our Families

Thank you to our families who have so generously contributed to those in need. If you know someone who is facing hardship, please reach out to administration, or Amy Williams, our full-time school counselor, so that we can help you or a neighbor. We will accept, with gratitude, donations or gift cards for grocery stores.

We thank you for your ongoing compassion and concern. Your immeasurable kindness is appreciated!   

Falcon Feedback

To provide feedback directly to Ms. Hertzberg, please use the QR code, or click on this link. Thank you, in advance, for sharing your thinking!

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Monday (Tuesday) Message

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Monday Message; May 26, 2020

Dear Families,

We hope that you had a wonderful extended weekend and Memorial Day with your loved ones. With three weeks left in our school year, we are reminded that summer is almost here, and yet we still have much to do to continue and celebrate the learning and achievement of our students.

As decisions are made that associate with promotion and graduation ceremonies, principals will be reaching out to finalize specific details with our individual communities. Much thought and consideration were included in our decision-making to ensure that we treat these as special occasions, commensurate with the pomp and circumstance you are accustomed to, albeit virtually. In addition, we look forward to finishing the year strong, and this means we will remain consistent with our expectations for Distance Learning until the last day of school.

As you aware, while we are committed to our present school year, we are also busily planning and refining our goals for next year. As soon as we have additional information about our return to school in the fall, we will proceed, as a pyramid, to discuss our collective expectations and communicate these with you. Thank you for being patient. We know that sometimes it seems impossible to persevere in these uncertain times, and we hope you know that we will remain your constant system of support, as school leaders and as partners in your children’s education.

Warmly,

Greg Hood, Madison High School

Tom Lundy, Cedar Lane School

Catherine Cipperly, Thoreau Middle School

Michelle Makrigiorgos, Louise Archer Elementary School

Liz Calvert, Marshall Road Elementary School

John Carmichael, Vienna Elementary School

Katie Le, Cunningham Park Elementary School

Teresa Khuluki, Wolftrap Elementary School

Jennifer Hertzberg, Flint Hill Elementary School

6th Grade Promotion

To honor our 6th graders this year, our teachers and administration will be hosting a virtual promotion ceremony on June 10th, at 9:30 am. The link will be shared in advance with our 6th grade families.

In addition, please be on the lookout for more information regarding a celebratory sign that will be displayed in the front of our school. We are so proud of our students who will be moving on to middle school next year!

Distribution of Student Materials: May 29th

The opportunity to pick up student personal belongings will be available for DRIVE-THRU SERVICE ONLY on Friday, May 29th. (*A rain date will be announced on Thursday if inclement weather is anticipated.) Items have been packed and labeled with your child’s name. You may also use this as an opportunity to return borrowed school items such as library books, patrol belts, classroom books, instruments, and other miscellaneous materials. Please keep in mind that our aim is to move through this pick-up process as quickly as possible and to keep the line moving. Together, we can make this happen if you adhere to the pick-up schedule located on the gym and cafeteria diagram pictured above (A-M only) and linked below (A-M and N-Z).

For everyone’s safety, please follow these DRIVE-THRU instructions:

  1. Last names beginning with letters A-M will follow these directions and times for pick up near the GYM.
  2. Last names beginning with letters N-Z will follow these directions and times for pick up near the CAFETERIA.
  3. Please do not exit your car.
  4. Place a paper sign with your child’s full name on a large piece of paper, and display it on your window as you drive up to the designated pick-up location. Please write in big, black, bold letters. If you have multiple children, listing at least two children will suffice. While it is not common, we do have students with the same names, and we want to make sure you receive the correct belongings.
  5. You will drive up to the “Parent Pick-up" sign.
  6. A staff member will walk your child’s belongings to your car. From inside your car, please open the back window or trunk. Staff will place the bag(s) in your car.
  7. Return items to the designated area listed on the diagram.

Thank you for your cooperation! If you are unable to pick up items on Friday, May 29th, we will hold items until the last day of school for students, June 11th. Please complete this form if you require (out-of-town) us to hold onto your child's belongings for pick-up at a later date.  

Kindergarten Registration

Kindergarten registration is upon us! We welcome parents of rising kindergarten students to register their child at their earliest convenience. This helps us get acquainted with our new students and allows us to have our numbers so we can best staff our kindergarten classrooms. Please don't hesitate to share this information with a neighbor, friend, or colleague who lives within our boundaries. We want to ensure we get students registered as early as possible!

Looking to register your student at Flint Hill ES for the 2020-2021 school year? Click here

Student Intention Forms for 2020-2021

We need your help in projecting our total enrollment for next school year.  For families not returning to Flint Hill Elementary in the fall of 2020-21, please complete and return the “Student’s Intention for the Next School Year” form. 

A typed parent/guardian name on the Parent Signature line is acceptable.  Student ID Number may be left blank.  Save the completed form, attach it to an email, and send to SAEason@fcps.edu.  

Access the “Student’s Intention for the Next School Year” form on the FCPS public website.

Interested in Participating in a Unique Environmental Literacy Project?

Look no further! Our Eco-Action students have created a project know as:

"Trashion Fashion!"

Click on this link for more information about this virtual showcase!

All students, in grades K-6, can participate in this event!

Please Mark Your Calendars!

Great news! Flint Hill Elementary School's events are now easily added to your own personal calendar. To find out how to download our calendar feed, please go here.

June 10th, 9:30-10:30 am: 6th Grade Virtual Promotion (Link to be extended to parents of 6th graders through email as we get closer to the date.)

FCPS Cares Program Recognizing employees who go above and beyond

FCPS Cares is an opportunity for parents, staff, and community members to recognize those who go above and beyond to help others and show they care. We invite you to submit your story so we can all acknowledge the outstanding work of FCPS, and more specifically, Flint Hill employees.

Supporting Our Families

Thank you to our families who have so generously contributed to those in need. If you know someone who is facing hardship, please reach out to administration, or Amy Williams, our full-time school counselor, so that we can help you or a neighbor. We will accept, with gratitude, donations or gift cards for grocery stores.

We thank you for your ongoing compassion and concern. Your immeasurable kindness is appreciated!   

Falcon Feedback

To provide feedback directly to Ms. Hertzberg, please use the QR code, or click on this link. Thank you, in advance, for sharing your thinking!

2444 Flint Hill Road, Vienna, VA 22181  |  Main Phone: 703.242.6100 
Attendance: 703.242.6161 | Web | FacebookTwitter

Falcon Flyer: May 25, 2020

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Volume 3, Issue 28; May 25, 2020

Dear Families,

Welcome back to FCPS News You Choose! I am delighted to share that we are returning to our previous interface as it links directly to our school website. As access to information and transparency continues to be an imperative, returning to this communication management system ensures all stakeholders, current and new, can be updated on a frequent basis.

To this end, we have reviewed all email addresses that have been receiving our eNotify broadcasts; these addresses are those found in our Student Information System (SIS). We have cross-referenced these addresses with this platform. If you are not receiving our twice-weekly newsletters, you may need to contact Shirley Eason to update your email address in SIS. In addition, you may want to update your preferences in FCPS News You Choose. Don't forget to save your preferences before you close your browser. More information on how to maintain communication with our school, as well as other subscriptions in which you can opt-in, can be found here.

Once again, I look forward to continuing our history of clear and consistent communication. It is a joy to write to you each week and a sincere privilege to connect with our community through this newsletter.

Finally, I hope you are each having an amazing weekend with your families. Tomorrow, I hope you are able to take a moment to reflect, remember, and honor those who died in service to our country. Have a wonderful Memorial Day, and see you soon at our distribution of student materials his week.

Warmly,

Dr. Jennifer Hertzberg, Principal 

Distribution of Student Materials: May 29th

The opportunity to pick up student personal belongings will be available for DRIVE-THRU SERVICE ONLY on Friday, May 29th. Items have been packed and labeled with your child’s name. You may also use this as an opportunity to return borrowed school items such as library books, patrol belts, classroom books, instruments, and other miscellaneous materials. Please keep in mind that our aim is to move through this pick-up process as quickly as possible and to keep the line moving. Together, we can make this happen if you adhere to the pick-up schedule located on the gym and cafeteria diagram pictured above (A-M only) and linked below (A-M and N-Z).

For everyone’s safety, please follow these DRIVE-THRU instructions:

  1. Last names beginning with letters A-M will follow these directions and times for pick up near the GYM.
  2. Last names beginning with letters N-Z will follow these directions and times for pick up near the CAFETERIA.
  3. Please do not exit your car.
  4. Place a paper sign with your child’s full name on a large piece of paper, and display it on your window as you drive up to the designated pick-up location. Please write in big, black, bold letters. If you have multiple children, listing at least two children will suffice. While it is not common, we do have students with the same names, and we want to make sure you receive the correct belongings.
  5. You will drive up to the “Parent Pick-up" sign.
  6. A staff member will walk your child’s belongings to your car. From inside your car, please open the back window or trunk. Staff will place the bag(s) in your car.
  7. Return items to the designated area listed on the diagram.

Thank you for your cooperation! If you are unable to pick up items on Friday, May 29th, we will hold items until the last day of school for students, June 11th. Please complete this form if you require us to hold onto your child's belongings for pick-up at a later date.  

Tech Talk

Has your child logged-on to Imagine Math? We are noticing the progress of our students as they continue to access Imagine Math and Imagine Math Facts. These programs are found on our Learning Links page on our website, underneath math sites. Don't forget that in order to log-on, your child must use their student I.D. for the username and password. The site code is 5101260. This program is available now, during the summer, and will be used in the fall. We can't wait to introduce more capabilities of the program! We are so excited about the performance tasks as they relate to real-world problem solving and inquiry-based instruction--two hallmarks of our learning program at Flint Hill! 

Thinking2

Did your child miss an opportunity to join one of our Friday classes? We will be hosting another thinking-to-a-higher-level class this Friday, May 29th! It will be hosted a bit earlier, at 11:45 am, and end at 12:30 pm, in order to accommodate our student belonging retrieval process. Please use this link to access the course. (*The course will not open until precisely 11:45 am. These unique BBCU links work a bit differently.) 

If you missed a previous session, you can find the materials you need here:

Session 1

Session 2 

If you want to take a look at our community Flipgrid, "Flint Hill Family Matters," these learning opportunities, as well as previous topics, are placed here. Each week, we are noticing more students are attending, and we hope to see your child at the next session! It is inspiring to observe K-6 students together, each student engaged and participating at their own pace and skill level!   

DedicatED

Our school psychologist, Melissa Peeples, shared this resource on Twitter, and we think it is a great reminder for parents and caretakers alike!

Kindergarten Registration

Kindergarten registration is upon us! We welcome parents of rising kindergarten students to register their child at their earliest convenience. This helps us get acquainted with our new students and allows us to have our numbers so we can best staff our kindergarten classrooms. Please don't hesitate to share this information with a neighbor, friend, or colleague who lives within our boundaries. We want to ensure we get students registered as early as possible!

Looking to register your student at Flint Hill ES for the 2020-2021 school year? Click here

Student Intention Forms for 2020-2021

We need your help in projecting our total enrollment for next school year.  For families not returning to Flint Hill Elementary in the fall of 2020-21, please complete and return the “Student’s Intention for the Next School Year” form. 

A typed parent/guardian name on the Parent Signature line is acceptable.  Student ID Number may be left blank.  Save the completed form, attach it to an email, and send to SAEason@fcps.edu.  

Access the “Student’s Intention for the Next School Year” form on the FCPS public website.

We continue to highlight learning experiences that support the acquisition of Portrait of a Graduate attributes and skills across our Google classrooms.

Project Based Learning online? Absolutely! Check out our first graders who presented a variety of projects to their peers and families!

For more information on Portrait of a Graduate, ask your child how they are a communicator, collaborator, critical and creative thinker, goal-directed and resilient individual, or ethical and global citizen. Or, click here!

Please click on our hashtag, #FHESfamily, for more awesome highlights from Flint Hill! There are just too many to highlight them all!

Tweet, tweet, Flint Hill family! 

Interested in Participating in a Unique Environmental Literacy Project?

Look no further! Our Eco-Action students have created a project know as:

"Trashion Fashion!"

Click on this link for more information about this virtual showcase!

All students, in grades K-6, can participate in this event!

To Make You Smile...

Ms. Stout, Mrs. Hoak, and myself took to Twitter to caption this photo:

We titled it "Panda-emic." How might your caption this cuteness?

Feel free to email us your thoughts! We appreciate our community exercising Portrait of a Graduate skills!

Please Mark Your Calendars!

Great news! Flint Hill Elementary School's events are now easily added to your own personal calendar. To find out how to download our calendar feed, please go here.

June 10th, 9:30-10:30 am: 6th Grade Virtual Promotion (Link to be extended to parents of 6th graders through email as we get closer to the date.)

FCPS Cares Program Recognizing employees who go above and beyond

FCPS Cares is an opportunity for parents, staff, and community members to recognize those who go above and beyond to help others and show they care. We invite you to submit your story so we can all acknowledge the outstanding work of FCPS, and more specifically, Flint Hill employees.

Supporting Our Families

Thank you to our families who have so generously contributed to those in need. If you know someone who is facing hardship, please reach out to administration, or Amy Williams, our full-time school counselor, so that we can help you or a neighbor. We will accept, with gratitude, donations or gift cards for grocery stores.

We thank you for your ongoing compassion and concern. Your immeasurable kindness is appreciated!   

Falcon Feedback

To provide feedback directly to Ms. Hertzberg, please use the QR code, or click on this link. Thank you, in advance, for sharing your thinking!

2444 Flint Hill Road, Vienna, VA 22181  |  Main Phone: 703.242.6100 
Attendance: 703.242.6161 | Web | FacebookTwitter

Supporting Our Community

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Supporting Our Community

Many of you have asked how you can help those in need in our Flint Hill and greater community. We are asking for donations of grocery gift cards to support our families. If you are able to support in any way, please mail or drop-off gift cards to our school. Our school counselors will ensure they reach those who will most benefit from your generosity. Thank you, in advance, for your contribution. 

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Falcon Flyer: March 13, 2020

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Volume 3, Issue 27; March 13, 2020

Dear Families,

Now, more than ever, our theme of Grit, Grace, and Goals resonates...

This evening, I reach out to you in solidarity as we join together to address the impact of this pandemic on our students, families, and community. 
Please know that I will continue to communicate with you throughout this extended school closure. Together, we will face with grit any challenges this virus presents our community, and focus on our goal of staying healthy, as well as the ways we can support one another and our students' learning.

We begin with delivering some resources to our students. Included in the mailing is a Social Emotional Learning menu, a Portrait of a Graduate BINGO board filled with learning activities, and a bookmark that provides information about eBooks and database access instructions. You should receive these resources this week. In addition, Channel 21 will be providing learning activities and programming for elementary aged students. Furthermore, we will be offering a library check-out opportunity on Monday, March 16th, from 3:00-5:30 pm. Please feel free to stop at any point during this window of time. 

In addition, student learning activities will be made available through FCPS 24-7 Learning (Blackboard). Parents, you can begin to prepare by ensuring you have a Student Information System (SIS) Parent Account and are able to login to FCPS 24-7 Learning: Parent View. If you do not have a Student Information System (SIS) Parent account, you can register for an account online. An activation key will be sent to you to complete your registration, along with the simple steps to set up your account. Your username and password for the Student Information System(SIS) and FCPS 24-7 Learning will be the same.

As the county provides further direction regarding continuity of learning, we will update you. We ask for your patience and appreciate the grace you continue to extend FCPS and one another. This is a difficult time for all of us, but together we will persevere and demonstrate what it means to embody grit, grace, and goals.

Warmly,

Jennifer Hertzberg, Principal

Tech Talk

Please be advised that Flint Hill will be open on Monday, between 3:00-5:30 pm, for students to access their belongings as well as retrieve laptops for students in grades 3-6 who do not have access at home.

***Comcast is providing free internet to low-income families.***

DedicatED

Nothing brings children together like a good book, and here are several suggestions for nonfiction children’s books that humanize mathematics. 

Books revolving around math can spark curiosity and increase math engagement among kids of all ages. A growing library of children’s nonfiction tells true stories of mathematicians who explored and advanced our understanding of numbers and patterns in real life.

Click on the article for more suggestions!

Kindergarten Registration

Kindergarten registration is upon us! We welcome parents of rising kindergarten students to register their child at their earliest convenience. This helps us get acquainted with our new students and allows us to have our numbers so we can best staff our kindergarten classrooms. Please don't hesitate to share this information with a neighbor, friend, or colleague who lives within our boundaries. We want to ensure we get students registered as early as possible--in addition to registering for our Bridge to Kindergarten program this summer!

Bridge to Kindergarten: Year 3!

Update: We have 30 kindergartners already registered!

We are excited to share with you our plans for a two-week kindergarten induction program held here at Flint Hill! This program will run from July 13th-24th, and from 9 am-12 pm. During this two week window, students become acclimated to Flint Hill, learn kindergarten expectations, and participate in a variety of games and other endeavors that support social emotional growth and the development of friendships. If you are interested in enrolling your son or daughter, please complete this Google Form. In addition, we hope you will share this information with families who may be new to the Flint Hill community! 

Gentle Reminder: Your child needs to be registered to attend this program. Please see Mrs. Shirley Eason, our Student Information Assistant, to submit registration paperwork.

Kindergarten orientation is on April 13th, from 1-3 pm.

We continue to highlight learning experiences that support the acquisition of Portrait of a Graduate attributes and skills across our classrooms.

Our fifth grade team exhibited creativity this week, as well as some serious acting skills! We can't wait for our students to determine who might be able to take on Zeus' duties while he is on vacation. Our mere mortals will decide which god or goddess should prevail! 

For more information on Portrait of a Graduate, ask your child how they are a communicator, collaborator, critical and creative thinker, goal-directed and resilient individual, or ethical and global citizen. Or, click here!

Please click on our hashtag, #FHESfamily, for more awesome highlights from Flint Hill! There are just too many to highlight them all!

Tweet, tweet, Flint Hill family! 

Please Mark Your Calendars!

Great news! Flint Hill Elementary School's events are now easily added to your own personal calendar. To find out how to download our calendar feed, please go here.

March 16th: Library Hours, 3:00-5:30 pm

FCPS Cares Program Recognizing employees who go above and beyond

FCPS Cares is an opportunity for parents, staff, and community members to recognize those who go above and beyond to help others and show they care. We invite you to submit your story so we can all acknowledge the outstanding work of FCPS, and more specifically, Flint Hill employees.

Falcon Feedback

To provide feedback directly to Ms. Hertzberg, please use the QR code, or click on this link. Thank you, in advance, for sharing your thinking!

2444 Flint Hill Road, Vienna, VA 22181  |  Main Phone: 703.242.6100 
Attendance: 703.242.6161 | Web | FacebookTwitter

Grab and Go Lunches Free Today and Monday at Five Sites

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Dear Flint Hill Community,

Fairfax County Public Schools will be providing emergency grab and go lunches at no cost for students at five sites today and Monday, March 16, from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.. 

School-age students are welcome to come to any of the five sites to pick up a lunch during that time period.

Grab and go lunches will be served at the following sites today at 11:30 a.m.:

Bailey’s Elementary School, 6111 Knollwood Drive, Falls Church

Hutchison Elementary School, 13209 Parcher Avenue, Herndon

Hybla Valley Elementary School, 3415 Lockheed Boulevard, Alexandria

London Towne Elementary School, 6100 Stone Road, Centreville

Burke Center, 9645 Burke Lake Road, Burke

All meals are available at no cost to children 18 years and under.

Adult lunches are available for purchase for $2.

Warmly,

FHES Administration 

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6th Grade vs. Staff Basketball Game

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Dear Flint Hill Community,

As you are aware, FCPS is taking additional precautions in light of developments associated with COVID-19. As we align our decisions with that of the county, and in the interest of providing you advanced notice, we have decided to cancel the 6th Grade vs. Staff basketball game scheduled for the evening of March 18th. If we are able to, we will aim to reschedule at a later date. 

We know that this will be a sincere disappointment for our students and families, and we appreciate your support as we have had to make many difficult decisions this week. 

As previously shared, we will continue to keep you updated with information in real time. Please stay healthy.

Warmly,

FHES Administration 

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Falcon Flyer: March 9, 2020

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Volume 3, Issue 26; March 9, 2020

FCPS Responds to Covid-19

Many of you have expressed concern amid new cases of Covid-19 surfacing within Fairfax County. Please know that FCPS, and Flint Hill administration, take your concerns very seriously and have issued protocols for cleaning and sanitizing, as well as reinforcing hand-washing in addition to the use of antibacterial lotion. We ask that you visit this site for messages from the Superintendent that are frequently updated, in addition to educating yourself about the precautions that the county is taking to keep your children safe. There is also information about how you can speak to your child about this virus. 

As a gentle reminder, please keep your child home if you suspect illness of any kind. By working together, we can ensure that we uphold a safe learning environment for students and staff. 

Tech Talk: Tuning Into Children's Television Reviews for what your kids want to watch (before they watch it)

Nowadays, you need to be an informed consumer about what your child views on television. Content that was once considered for mature audiences is now commonplace for younger audiences. Unfortunately, this is part of the new reality that children face growing-up in a far more tech savvy environment than we did. Therefore, we ask that you keep in mind that children are not always able to discriminate fiction from reality. This can result in your child mimicking the behaviors of the actors, which may not be socially acceptable or appropriate for the school setting. We are not suggesting that you can protect your child from every television program, but making informed decisions about what your child views, including movies, video games, and YouTube, is important to his or her development and decision-making. 

Interested in reviewing the ratings and recommendations regarding a variety of media including books, television, movies, and apps.? Visit this site.  

DedicatED How Art Can Help Center a Student’s Learning Experience

This week, we are including a podcast for your listening pleasure, and it directly relates to one of our Building Blocks and professional learning for next year! While we tend to share our intentions for our instructional focus over the summer as part of our kick-off for the year, we felt inclined to begin this conversation now as we recently held our first Art Gala at Flint Hill! While much of the art that our students created for the gala aligned directly with county indicators for each grade level, we are excited to embark on a new learning journey as to how we can harness the "power of art to improve learning" beyond our art class and across all content areas.

Art, as a medium to demonstrate mastery and support retention of taught concepts, is not new--and not wholly new to our school, either. As you are aware, we embed Project Based Learning and Harvard Project Zero practices, such as Artful Thinking, within all classrooms. However, we would like to increase these efforts, as this aim provides access to rigor, thus reinforcing our advanced academic practices on behalf of all students.  

Keep reading this section of our newsletter to keep up with the latest information and to learn more about how we are creating thinkers and learners at Flint Hill! It's an exciting time for our school!

Kindergarten Registration

Kindergarten registration is upon us! We welcome parents of rising kindergarten students to register their child at their earliest convenience. This helps us get acquainted with our new students and allows us to have our numbers so we can best staff our kindergarten classrooms. Please don't hesitate to share this information with a neighbor, friend, or colleague who lives within our boundaries. We want to ensure we get students registered as early as possible--in addition to registering for our Bridge to Kindergarten program this summer!

Bridge to Kindergarten: Year 3!

Update: We have 30 kindergartners already registered!

We are excited to share with you our plans for a two-week kindergarten induction program held here at Flint Hill! This program will run from July 13th-24th, and from 9 am-12 pm. During this two week window, students become acclimated to Flint Hill, learn kindergarten expectations, and participate in a variety of games and other endeavors that support social emotional growth and the development of friendships. If you are interested in enrolling your son or daughter, please complete this Google Form. In addition, we hope you will share this information with families who may be new to the Flint Hill community! 

Gentle Reminder: Your child needs to be registered to attend this program. Please see Mrs. Shirley Eason, our Student Information Assistant, to submit registration paperwork.

Kindergarten orientation is on April 13th, from 1-3 pm. 

FHES Art Gala 2020

This gala was a work of heart and illustrates the incredible partnership that exists between our art teachers, students, and our amazing PTA.

Thank you, Ms. McAlister, Ms. Gong, and Mrs. Erickson for your efforts. Every student had an "art"ifact to share with their families and friends!

To every parent volunteer who helped us to display the artwork in the hallway and cafeteria, thank you! To those who provided tasty treats to make the evening even more special, you are appreciated! We can't wait until next year!

We continue to highlight learning experiences that support the acquisition of Portrait of a Graduate attributes and skills across our classrooms.

Throughout the day, guest readers encouraged our kindergartners to communicate their thinking about a variety of books. Thank you to all our community members who joined us this day, including School Board member, Karl Frisch, who read with Mrs. Reiners' kindergarten class!

For more information on Portrait of a Graduate, ask your child how they are a communicator, collaborator, critical and creative thinker, goal-directed and resilient individual, or ethical and global citizen. Or, click here!

Please click on our hashtag, #FHESfamily, for more awesome highlights from Flint Hill! There are just too many to highlight them all!

Other highlights include our 6th graders communicating their learning during their Inquiry Museum!

Tweet, tweet, Flint Hill family! 

Staff vs. 6th Grade Basketball Game

It’s Game Time!

The annual Staff vs. 6th Grade basketball game is here! Come out and support your favorite teachers and friends as they go head-to-head in friendly competition on March 18th, 2020 at 6:00 pm in the Madison High School Gymnasium. Tickets are $5.00 at the door (cash only) or pre-purchased through Venmo, @FHES6basketball (check-in at the door). Snacks and water will be on sale for $1.00 each. There will also be a raffle during the game for a highly coveted parking spot for the 6th grade promotion ceremony! Tickets for the raffle are $5.00 each.

The 6th grade students will be wearing their brand new class of 2020 T-Shirts! Who will persevere to win? Only time will tell...

See you there!

Lice

The arrival of spring sports heralds the potential for the shared equipment, including helmets and jerseys, thus prompting us to forward this message once again. Parents, we ask that you check your child's head for lice eggs and larvae frequently. Your child may not feel itchy right away, especially if it is a light infestation. In fact, symptoms might not show-up for up to six weeks. For tips on how to prevent lice, please visit this site. Thank you for following these tips and letting our school know if there is a concern.

Please Mark Your Calendars!

Great news! Flint Hill Elementary School's events are now easily added to your own personal calendar. To find out how to download our calendar feed, please go here.

March 14th: Masquerade Madness Silent Auction, 7 pm, City Works, Tyson

March 18th: 6th Grade Basketball Game, 6 pm, Madison High School gym

FCPS Cares Program Recognizing employees who go above and beyond

FCPS Cares is an opportunity for parents, staff, and community members to recognize those who go above and beyond to help others and show they care. We invite you to submit your story so we can all acknowledge the outstanding work of FCPS, and more specifically, Flint Hill employees.

Falcon Feedback

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FHES Art Gala Tonight!

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Join us to celebrate the arts and talent of our Flint Hill Falcons!

Our first Flint Hill Art Gala will be held tonight, from 6 pm to 8 pm, at Flint Hill Elementary School. Every student, K-6, will be represented in the art show. You will have the opportunity to enjoy 2-D and 3-D artwork, interactive art displays, and refreshments! We can't wait to see you there!

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School Health Services Survey

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Dear Parents,

The Fairfax County Health Department (FCHD) employs school health aides and public health nurses who provide school health services to the students in Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS). To determine the quality of these services, a survey has been developed by the FCHD to be shared with all parents or guardians and school staff members who interact with the school health rooms. The survey has been approved for distribution by the FCPS’ Internal Survey Advisory Committee. 

Electronic versions of the survey forms may be accessed at:

School Health Services Survey – Parents 2020: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/K9VWCJ6    

School Health Services Survey – STAFF 2020: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/KDDYRW3

The survey will take less than five minutes to complete and will provide the FCHD with valuable information.  Your participation in this important endeavor is appreciated.  

Sincerely,

FHES Administration

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Falcon Flyer: March 1, 2020

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Volume 3, Issue 25; March 1, 2020

Happy first week of March!

Tomorrow, in conjunction with Read Across America Day, we will be hosting a Pajama spirit day!

Tech Talk: Technology & Executive Functioning

Many different technologies can be used to facilitate executive functioning skills. (excerpted from FCPS website)

In order to manage tasks and succeed in goal-directed activities, executive function skills are required. In Ellen Galinsky’s book, Mind in the Making (2010), she suggests that we should think about executive function as managing, not ordering. In the book Executive Skills in Children and Adolescents (2010), Dawson and Guare discuss two dimensions of executive skills: thinking and doing. Thinking skills help students select and achieve goals and solve problems using strategies like prioritizing, planning, organizing, self-monitoring, and metacognition. Doing skills help students accomplish those tasks and involve skills such as response inhibition, emotional control, sustained attention, task initiation, persistence toward achieving a goal, and flexibility. Most academic tasks require students to coordinate and integrate many different skills. Weaknesses in executive function skills may have a significant impact on the accuracy and efficiency of students’ performance. Many different technologies can be used to facilitate executive functioning skills. For additional information on executive function and to experience what it may be like for your child with attention and learning difficulties, please visit Through Your Child's Eyes.

To learn more about apps that can support these skills, click here!

Counselor Corner: Planning & Prioritizing

As adults, we are well aware that planning and prioritizing are essential to initiating and following-through on a task or project. Having a good plan can help maximize how time is used, including prioritizing action items which can enable us to meet deadlines. The same is true for students. When students are able to create plans for accomplishing their goals, they are better able to manage the competing demands of school, homework, and extracurricular activities. To further develop these skills at home, consider trying the following: 

  • Create a task list for chores. Check things off once completed.
  • Make a to-do list for morning and/or bedtime routines. 
  • Create a calendar of your schedule for the week. Prioritize activities and tasks. Ask your child to consider how time needs to be used to meet the demands of his or her schedule. 
  • Make a list of assignments and due dates. Highlight the most important items that need to be addressed first. It may help to create a list of supplies that will be required, too!

If you have an idea that you feel works particularly well, please share it with the Flint Hill community by emailing our counselors, or feel free to tweet using the hashtags, #FHESfamily or #GritGraceGoals. 

Please don’t hesitate to reach out if you have any questions regarding this important topic.

Mrs. Williams & Ms. Tran, Flint Hill School Counselors

DedicatED

Since it is Read Across America Day tomorrow, we are highlighting a wonderful online resource that is updated frequently with a variety of popular children's books read by famous actors. 

Storyline Online aims to instill a love of reading (and listening) for children of all ages to enjoy!

Happy reading!

Kindergarten Registration

Kindergarten registration is upon us! We welcome parents of rising kindergarten students to register their child at their earliest convenience. This helps us get acquainted with our new students and allows us to have our numbers so we can best staff our kindergarten classrooms. Please don't hesitate to share this information with a neighbor, friend, or colleague who lives within our boundaries. We want to ensure we get students registered as early as possible--in addition to registering for our Bridge to Kindergarten program this summer!

Bridge to Kindergarten: Year 3!

We are excited to share with you our plans for a two-week kindergarten induction program held here at Flint Hill! This program will run from July 13th-24th, and from 9 am-12 pm. During this two week window, students become acclimated to Flint Hill, learn kindergarten expectations, and participate in a variety of games and other endeavors that support social emotional growth and the development of friendships. If you are interested in enrolling your son or daughter, please complete this Google Form. In addition, we hope you will share this information with families who may be new to the Flint Hill community! 

Gentle Reminder: Your child needs to be registered to attend this program. Please see Mrs. Shirley Eason, our Student Information Assistant, to submit registration paperwork.

Kindergarten orientation is on April 13th, from 1-3 pm. 

Help Us Personalize Our Yearbook!

In an effort to continue to personalize the yearbook and highlight this year's theme, #GritGraceGoals, the Yearbook Committee is extending an opportunity for students to send in quotes, poems, and artwork. Please note that not every submission will be placed in the yearbook. Deadline to submit ideas and illustrations is March 6th. Submissions can be placed in the basket located in the front office.

February Appreciation Luncheon

Thank you to our 3rd grade families for contributing to an incredible luncheon on Friday! Mrs. Molivadas and Mrs. Moore, your orchestration of these monthly luncheons is greatly appreciated!

We continue to highlight learning experiences that support the acquisition of Portrait of a Graduate attributes and skills across our classrooms.

Ms. Burch's 6th graders evidenced every Portrait of a Graduate skill while researching renewable and nonrenewable energy sources. Lots to look forward to as they learn more about wind power! 

For more information on Portrait of a Graduate, ask your child how they are a communicator, collaborator, critical and creative thinker, goal-directed and resilient individual, or ethical and global citizen. Or, click here!

Please click on our hashtag, #FHESfamily, for more awesome highlights from Flint Hill! There are just too many to highlight them all!

Tweet, tweet, Flint Hill family! 

Art Gala

Join us to celebrate the arts and talent of our Flint Hill Falcons!

Our first Flint Hill Art Gala will be held on March 4th, from 6 pm to 8 pm, at Flint Hill Elementary School. Every student, K-6, will be represented in the art show. You will have the opportunity to enjoy 2-D and 3-D artwork, interactive art displays, and refreshments! Dress your best as you will be welcomed on our red carpet in Hollywood style! We can't wait to see you there!

Want to help with logistics? Contact Pam Erickson.

Staff vs. 6th Grade Basketball Game

It’s Game Time!

The annual Staff vs. 6th Grade basketball game is here! Come out and support your favorite teachers and friends as they go head-to-head in friendly competition on March 18th, 2020 at 6:00 pm in the Madison High School Gymnasium. Tickets are $5.00 at the door (cash only) or pre-purchased through Venmo, @FHES6basketball (check-in at the door). Snacks and water will be on sale for $1.00 each. There will also be a raffle during the game for a highly coveted parking spot for the 6th grade promotion ceremony! Tickets for the raffle are $5.00 each.

The 6th grade students will be wearing their brand new class of 2020 T-Shirts! Who will persevere to win? Only time will tell...

See you there!

Please Mark Your Calendars!

Great news! Flint Hill Elementary School's events are now easily added to your own personal calendar. To find out how to download our calendar feed, please go here.

March 2nd: Pajama Day/Read Across America Day

March 3rd: Primary Elections Day, no school for students

March 4th: FHES Art Gala, 6:00 pm

March 18th: 6th Grade Basketball Game, 6 pm, Madison High School gym

FCPS Cares Program Recognizing employees who go above and beyond

FCPS Cares is an opportunity for parents, staff, and community members to recognize those who go above and beyond to help others and show they care. We invite you to submit your story so we can all acknowledge the outstanding work of FCPS, and more specifically, Flint Hill employees.

Falcon Feedback

To provide feedback directly to Ms. Hertzberg, please use the QR code, or click on this link. Thank you, in advance, for sharing your thinking!

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Attendance: 703.242.6161 | Web | FacebookTwitter

Falcon Flyer: February 23, 2020

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Volume 3, Issue 24; February 23, 2020

We have an incredible custodial staff supervised by Ms. Romy Duenas.  Please thank our custodians, from L-R, Mr. Inhak, Ms. Romy, Ms. Ana, and Ms. Sylvia (not pictured). Our custodians work tirelessly during the day and night to keep Flint Hill looking its best!

Welcome, Abigail Simpson! Administrative Assistant

Please feel free to stop by and introduce yourself to an integral member of our office team! Beyond supporting Ms. Hertzberg with school finances and managing the office, Mrs. Simpson has many interests.

We are so excited she has joined our Flint Hill family! 

Tech Talk FCPS to Host Free Sessions on Digital Learning and Citizenship

Fairfax County Public Schools students, families, and community members are invited to attend any of five upcoming digital learning and digital citizenship events.  All sessions are being held free of charge.

Upcoming sessions include:

  • The Fourth Annual Digital Citizenship Expo, sponsored by the Oakton Pyramid, Supporting Families in a Digital World: Developing a Healthy Relationship with Technology, will be held on Tuesday, February 25th, from 6:30 to 8:30 pm, at Crossfield Elementary School. Included will be a family panel discussion on Goal-Directed use of Media: Changing the World One Straw at a Time, plus sessions on Healthy Tech Use; Choosing Media Wisely; Challenges Facing Students; Media Balance; Citing Sources; and Protecting Personal Information.
  • Supporting Students in a Digital World: Bridging Technology Use at Home and School, sponsored by the Herndon Pyramid, will be held on Thursday, March 5th, from 6:30 to 8:30 pm, at Herndon High School. Participants will hear from a student panel and be able to choose from sessions on Parental Controls and Setting Expectations; Digital Balance and Well-Being; Learning with Technology; and Digital Footprint.
  • Supporting Students in a Digital World: Bridging Technology Use at Home and School, sponsored by the Marshall Pyramid, will be held on Wednesday, March 18th, from 6:15 to 8:15 pm, at Kilmer Middle School. Included will be a keynote speaker, sessions on digital safety and wellness, healthy tech habits, a student panel discussion, and a share fair. 
  • Supporting Families in a Digital World: Developing a Healthy Relationship with Technology, sponsored by the South Lakes Pyramid, is scheduled for Wednesday, March 18th, from 6 to 8 pm, at South Lakes High School.  The evening will include a screening of LIKE, a documentary about the impact of social media and a reflective conversation about the film; a session on Media Balance at Home, including tools and resources to set up your family for digital success; and a session by South Lakes school psychologist, Josh Kefer, on Social-Emotional Learning in the Digital World.  
  • Spotlight on Student Learning with a Focus on Media Balance and Well-Being, sponsored by the Chantilly Pyramid, on Tuesday, March 31st, from 6 to 7:30 pm, at Franklin Middle School. Included will be Teacher Panel Discussions on Goal-Directed and Intentional Use of Technology; a showcase of learning, featuring student work and the opportunity to speak with students and teachers about how they use technology for learning and developing Portrait of a Graduate attributes. 
DedicatED Kindergarten Registration

Kindergarten registration is upon us! We welcome parents of rising kindergarten students to register their child at their earliest convenience. This helps us get acquainted with our new students and allows us to have our numbers so we can best staff our kindergarten classrooms. Please don't hesitate to share this information with a neighbor, friend, or colleague who lives within our boundaries. We want to ensure we get students registered as early as possible--in addition to registering for our Bridge to Kindergarten program this summer!

Bridge to Kindergarten: Year 3!

We are excited to share with you our plans for a two-week kindergarten induction program held here at Flint Hill! This program will run from July 13th-24th, and from 9 am-12 pm. During this two week window, students become acclimated to Flint Hill, learn kindergarten expectations, and participate in a variety of games and other endeavors that support social emotional growth and the development of friendships. If you are interested in enrolling your son or daughter, please complete this Google Form. In addition, we hope you will share this information with families who may be new to the Flint Hill community! 

Gentle Reminder: Your child needs to be registered to attend this program. Please see Mrs. Shirley Eason, our Student Information Assistant, to submit registration paperwork.

Kindergarten orientation is on April 13th, from 1-3 pm. 

Help Us Personalize Our Yearbook!

In an effort to continue to personalize the yearbook and highlight this year's theme, #GritGraceGoals, the Yearbook Committee is extending an opportunity for students to send in quotes, poems, and artwork. Please note that not every submission will be placed in the yearbook. Deadline to submit ideas and illustrations is March 6th. Submissions can be placed in the basket located in the front office.

We continue to highlight learning experiences that support the acquisition of Portrait of a Graduate attributes and skills across our classrooms.

Fourth graders in Ms. Grzankowski's math class use critical thinking to solve problems. It's good to know we have some super sleuths in our school to help us when we are faced with a challenge!

Check out our Twitter feed for more examples of gamification across grade levels and classrooms!

For more information on Portrait of a Graduate, ask your child how they are a communicator, collaborator, critical and creative thinker, goal-directed and resilient individual, or ethical and global citizen. Or, click here!

Please click on our hashtag, #FHESfamily, for more awesome highlights from Flint Hill! There are just too many to highlight them all!

Tweet, tweet, Flint Hill family! 

Join us to celebrate the arts and talent of our Flint Hill Falcons!

Our first Flint Hill Art Gala will be held on March 4th, from 6 pm to 8 pm, at Flint Hill Elementary School. Every student, K-6, will be represented in the art show. You will have the opportunity to enjoy 2-D and 3-D artwork, interactive art displays, and refreshments! Dress your best as you will be welcomed on our red carpet in Hollywood style! We can't wait to see you there!

Want to help with logistics? Contact Pam Erickson.

Please Mark Your Calendars!

Great news! Flint Hill Elementary School's events are now easily added to your own personal calendar. To find out how to download our calendar feed, please go here.

March 3rd: Primary Elections Day, no school for students

March 4th: FHES Art Gala, 6:00 pm

March 18th: 6th Grade Basketball Game, 6 pm, Madison High School gym

Falcon Feedback

To provide feedback directly to Ms. Hertzberg, please use the QR code, or click on this link. Thank you, in advance, for sharing your thinking!

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Attendance: 703.242.6161 | Web | FacebookTwitter

Falcon Flyer: February 17, 2020

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Volume 3, Issue 23; February 17, 2020

We hope you are enjoying your extended weekend!

Last week, we celebrated our 100th day of school, Valentine's Day, and today is President's Day! School certainly feels like a celebration of learning!

See you tomorrow!

 “Empty Bowls” is an international project to fight hunger, personalized by artists and art organizations on a community level.

Flint Hill Elementary School hosted its second, annual "Empty Bowls, Full Hearts" event on Friday, February 14th. We appreciate every parent who came to spend lunch time with their special Valentine, and we are equally as grateful for the many donations that were collected for those who do not have enough to eat. 

A special thanks to Ms. McAlister and Ms. Gong, our art teachers, who ensured that every student in the building had a bowl to fill with popcorn, not just as a snack, but as a reminder that while our bowls and hearts are full each day, others may not be--and that we can do something about it! Thank you to Mrs. McAlister, our art teacher's mom, for volunteering to help out, too!

 Parents, we are grateful that you continue to share this message of compassion and generosity with your children throughout the year.

Special moments from the event: kindergarten cuties!

Tech Talk: Presidents' Day Video

This week, we would like to highlight the efforts of our amazing 6th graders who recorded the Presidents' Rap this week in honor of the holiday. Enjoy!

7 Random Acts of Kindness Ideas for Kids

"Kindness is a superpower kids can choose every day to make themselves and others feel good." Feel free to use these ideas to reinforce Random Acts of Kindness Week! 

Visit the Random Acts of Kindness Foundation for more ways to celebrate!

DedicatED: Reading to Rewire

For children at risk of dyslexia, early reading at home may reroute the brain's networks, building new capacity.

By: Leah Shafer

"Reading with parents and caregivers — key to building literacy skills and a love of reading in every child — may be particularly valuable for children at risk for developing dyslexia. New research reveals that strong home literacy practices may actually reshape the brains of such children by creating new neural pathways for reading. With family support, these children may be able to develop alternative networks that help them decode and comprehend words on a page."

To read the entire article, click here.

Kindergarten Registration

Kindergarten registration is upon us! We welcome parents of rising kindergarten students to register their child at their earliest convenience. This helps us get acquainted with our new students and allows us to have our numbers so we can best staff our kindergarten classrooms. Please don't hesitate to share this information with a neighbor, friend, or colleague who lives within our boundaries. We want to ensure we get students registered as early as possible--in addition to registering for our Bridge to Kindergarten program this summer!

Bridge to Kindergarten: Year 3!

We are excited to share with you our plans for a two-week kindergarten induction program held here at Flint Hill! This program will run from July 13th-24th, and from 9 am-12 pm. During this two week window, students become acclimated to Flint Hill, learn kindergarten expectations, and participate in a variety of games and other endeavors that support social emotional growth and the development of friendships. If you are interested in enrolling your son or daughter, please complete this Google Form. In addition, we hope you will share this information with families who may be new to the Flint Hill community! 

Gentle Reminder: Your child needs to be registered to attend this program. Please see Mrs. Shirley Eason, our Student Information Assistant, to submit registration paperwork.

Kindergarten orientation is on April 13th, from 1-3 pm. 

Help Us Personalize Our Yearbook!

In an effort to continue to personalize the yearbook and highlight this year's theme, #GritGraceGoals, the Yearbook Committee is extending an opportunity for students to send in quotes, poems, and artwork. Please note that not every submission will be placed in the yearbook. Deadline to submit ideas and illustrations is March 6th. Submissions can be placed in the basket located in the front office.

We continue to highlight learning experiences that support the acquisition of Portrait of a Graduate attributes and skills across our classrooms.

Students, across all grade levels, demonstrated their creative thinking as they designed ceramic bowls for the "Empty Bowls, Full Hearts" event! Check out our third graders in Ms. Tagliareni's class!

For more information on Portrait of a Graduate, ask your child how they are a communicator, collaborator, critical and creative thinker, goal-directed and resilient individual, or ethical and global citizen. Or, click here!

Please click on our hashtag, #FHESfamily, for more awesome highlights from Flint Hill! There are just too many to highlight them all!

Tweet, tweet, Flint Hill family! 

Request for Snack Donations

The FHES Snack Pantry plays an important role in providing snacks for students in need. With your generous support, we are able to continue these efforts. If you are able to send in nut free, individual sized snacks (pretzels, granola bars, Goldfish, etc.), we would be so grateful! 

In addition, the cafeteria is looking for wipes to keep the tables clean. All donations can be sent to the main office.

If you have any questions, please contact Mrs. Williams, FHES counselor.

Please Mark Your Calendars!

Great news! Flint Hill Elementary School's events are now easily added to your own personal calendar. To find out how to download our calendar feed, please go here.

March 3rd: Primary Elections Day, no school for students

March 4th: FHES Art Show, 6:00 pm

Falcon Feedback

To provide feedback directly to Ms. Hertzberg, please use the QR code, or click on this link. Thank you, in advance, for sharing your thinking!

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Attendance: 703.242.6161 | Web | FacebookTwitter

Bus 1 Running Late

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Dear Parents of Bus 1 Students,

Bus 1 is running late. We will inform you as soon as your child's transportation arrives.

Thank you for your understanding and patience. For additional concerns, please call Transportation directly (703-249-7100).

Warmly,

FHES Administration

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Bus 2 Loading Students Now

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Dear Parents of Bus 2 Students,

We were just informed by FCPS Transportation that Bus 2 is loading now and the bus is running about an hour late. We are thankful that our students are safe and will be on their way home shortly.

For additional concerns, please call Transportation directly (703-249-7100).

Warmly,

FHES Administration

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Bus 2 Running Late

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Dear Parents of Bus 2 Students,

We were informed by FCPS Transportation that Bus 2 broke down on its route and another bus was brought in to bring our students home. The substitute bus is running about 45 minutes late.

Thank you for your understanding and patience. For additional concerns, please call Transportation directly (703-249-7100).

Warmly,

FHES Administration

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Falcon Flyer: February 9, 2020

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Volume 3, Issue 22; February 9, 2020

Have you thanked a school counselor lately?

Ms. Williams and Ms. Tran are two of the best!

(February 3rd-7th was National School Counseling Week.)

 “Empty Bowls” is an international project to fight hunger, personalized by artists and art organizations on a community level.

Please join your child for lunch on Valentine’s Day as we celebrate our community through the sharing of food, conversation, and art.  Every child will enjoy a popcorn treat using their very own handcrafted bowl.  Bowls will be sent home with students at the end of the day or can go home with a parent after lunch. We also ask that our families help fill bowls that may be empty in our community by donating canned and nonperishable goods during this event.  Donated goods can be dropped off in the cafeteria or in the main office.

We look forward to seeing you on Valentine’s Day!

Lunch Schedule:

3rd grade:  10:30-11:00 am

1st grade:  10:55-11:25 am

K:  11:30-12:00 pm

4th grade:  12:00-12:30 pm

6th grade:  12:30-1:00 pm

5th grade:  12:45-1:15 pm

2nd grade:  1:15 pm (*time change due to field trip)

Tech Talk: Connecting to Staff Through the FHES Website

Rather than listing staff email addresses, our Flint Hill website staff directory now connects you to a staff member through a form. The staff member can reply directly to you, the original sender, as you are required to submit an email address in order to receive a response. 

The text on the form reads:

To send an email to this staff member, fill out and submit this form. Please enter an email address where you can be reached if the staffer needs to respond to you.

For the safety of our staff, submissions to this form are logged and are NOT CONFIDENTIAL. If you must discuss sensitive or personal information with a staff member, please allow them to first respond so that you may send the information in an email exchange.

Once the form is submitted, the sender will see:

You have successfully sent an email to this staff member.

Email addresses are no longer listed to prevent spam and other technology issues that can arise when outside companies and organizations have access to school email addresses. If you have already emailed your child's teacher through previous exchanges, this information does not apply to you. This is for parents/organizations who have not yet contacted a Flint Hill staff member. Our interest in sharing these updates with you is to address any confusion that may have occurred since the county made district-wide changes to school websites.

In addition...

As of last week, all grade level Quarter 3 Falcon Focus newsletters have been uploaded to the school website.

Random Acts of Kindness Week

Random Acts of Kindness week (February 16th -23rd) is the perfect time to kick-off or celebrate kindness all week long by choosing from the engagement ideas listed on the calendar above. At school, we will be incorporating kindness and mindfulness lessons to further kindness in our community. Let us know how your child promoted kindness by tweeting (#FHESfamily) or sharing your ideas with administration and teachers. Our counselors, teachers, and administration hope to highlight some of these random acts of kindness next week!

DedicatED: Math Advice for Parents Bridge to Kindergarten: Year 3!

We are excited to share with you our plans for a two-week kindergarten induction program held here at Flint Hill! This program will run from July 13th-24th, and from 9 am-12 pm. During this two week window, students become acclimated to Flint Hill, learn kindergarten expectations, and participate in a variety of games and other endeavors that support social emotional growth and the development of friendships. If you are interested in enrolling your son or daughter, please complete this Google Form. In addition, we hope you will share this information with families who may be new to the Flint Hill community! 

Gentle Reminder: Your child needs to be registered to attend this program. Please see Mrs. Shirley Eason, our Student Information Assistant, to submit registration paperwork. Kindergarten orientation is on April 13th, from 1-3 pm. 

Help Us Personalize Our Yearbook!

In an effort to continue to personalize the yearbook and highlight this year's theme, #GritGraceGoals, the Yearbook Committee is extending an opportunity for students to send in quotes, poems, and artwork. Please note that not every submission will be placed in the yearbook. Deadline to submit ideas and illustrations is March 6th. Submissions can be placed in the basket located in the front office.

We continue to highlight learning experiences that support the acquisition of Portrait of a Graduate attributes and skills across our classrooms.

Ms. Williams, one of our school counselors, uses thinking routines, such as a "Chalk Talk," to help students consider the ways they can be cool beans (nice kids)!

For more information on Portrait of a Graduate, ask your child how they are a communicator, collaborator, critical and creative thinker, goal-directed and resilient individual, or ethical and global citizen. Or, click here!

Please click on our hashtag, #FHESfamily, for more awesome highlights from Flint Hill! There are just too many to highlight them all!

Tweet, tweet, Flint Hill family! 

In Other News... Senior Spelling Bee

Thank you, Mrs. Eckerman and our PTA, for chairing another wonderful event!

The final 3 spelled their way through the whole practice list, up to 8th grade level words!

Spelling Bee hosts had to use the "challenge word" list to determine a winner!

You may recognize the Champion from last week's post, Cole Urwongse (2nd grade). He won both the Jr. and Sr. Bees! The winning word was (prefix).

The other 2 finalists (3rd graders) went far in last year's bee, as well!

1st Runner-up: #9 Margot Jairam

2nd Runner-up: #7 Truman Kemeny

Please Mark Your Calendars!

Great news! Flint Hill Elementary School's events are now easily added to your own personal calendar. To find out how to download our calendar feed, please go here.

February 14th: Empty Bowls, Full Hearts (*See above for the schedule.)

Monday, February 17th: Presidents' Day; no school.

Falcon Feedback

To provide feedback directly to Ms. Hertzberg, please use the QR code, or click on this link. Thank you, in advance, for sharing your thinking!

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