Flint Hill PTA Update for April 16th – April 22nd

Flint Hill Elementary School PTA Newsletter
April 16th – April 22nd

In this Issue:

  • Marathon Sponsor for 5K
  • Falcon 5K and Fun Run Registration OPEN
  • PTA Call for Nominations
  • Flint Hill and Autism Awareness Month
  • International Night – This Friday!!

What’s Happening Around Flint Hill?


Please try to register for the 8th Annual Falcon 5K & Fun Run by May 5th! On-site registrations will be accepted but to avoid the lines, register now! We apologize that race t-shirts will not be available for late registrants. We have over 400 runners and walkers participating already  – join the fun!  Click HERE.

If you are not running at the event, would you like to volunteer to help with the race?  Check out the SIGN UP GENIUS here.  There are many volunteer opportunities, big and small.  Thank you for your support!

Questions about the Falcon 5K?  Contact: Ashli George ashlimatusgeorge@gmail.com

Annual PTA Officer Election:  Call for Nominations

Flint Hill Elementary School’s PTA Nominating Committee would like to inform all of our school families of the upcoming PTA officer elections for the 2017-18 school year.

Flint Hill is a dynamic community, and we invite all Flint Hill parents to become more involved in our school by standing for election for the PTA Executive Board and taking part in – or leading – one of the PTA‘s committees.

The deadline for submitting applications to the Nominating Committee is Friday, April 21.

How can you apply?  The application process is simple:

1 – Visit the FHES PTA website to download the Call for Nominations packet.  Click Here

2 – Scroll through the four page document for an overview of PTA officers’ roles (page 2), the list of committees and positions (page 3), and the application form and interest survey (page 4).

3 – Print out and complete the application form (page 4) and then

· email an image of your completed form to a member of the Nominating Committee (email addresses given below)


· turn in your completed form to the school’s Front Office (basket provided).

  • A hard copy will be coming home in Tuesday Folders on Tuesday, April 4.

The Nominating Committee will review all applications and will contact all interested parents.

Again, the application deadline is Friday, April 21.

Thank you for your consideration.
Susannah Cretal              AndSuzita@hotmail.com

Megan David                  meganbrwn@aol.com

Shannon DeLacy             shannon_schemmel@hotmail.com

Bonnie Gangemi              bawilliamson@aol.com

Melissa Molivadas           mmolivadas@gmail.com

FHES PTA Nominating Committee

Flint Hill Elementary Autism Awareness Month

This month Flint Hill is celebrating Autism Awareness. As a school we will celebrate with a spirit day on April 21st and encourage our students to wear blue on that day. 

Light It Up Blue, along with the international autism community in recognition of UN sanctioned World Autism Awareness Day and April, World Autism Month. Light It Up Blue is a unique global campaign to increase understanding and acceptance of autism. Thousands of iconic landmarks and buildings join the hundreds of thousands of homes and communities around the world to “light blue” in support of people living with autism.

The Flint Hill councilors will show the What’s up with Nick video as a general introduction to Autism. This three minute video uses cartoon animation, sound, and color to capture children’s attention, yet still offers accurate autism information using language they can understand. It is a great way to start a lesson about autism and accepting differences.
What’s up with Nick?

FCPS Parent Resource Center – A Network of Support
Supporting the success of all students, including those with learning challenges, special needs and disabilities. They offer free workshops, resources and information, a lending library and consultations. Go to www.fcps.edu and search for “Parent Resource Center”

More information on Autism. 

Autism, or autism spectrum disorder, refers to a range of conditions characterized by challenges with social skills, repetitive behaviors, speech and nonverbal communication. We now know that there is not one autism but many subtypes, and each person with autism can have unique strengths and challenges. Most are caused by a combination of genetic and environmental influences, and many are accompanied by medical  issues such as GI disorders, seizures and sleep disturbances. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and  Prevention (CDC) estimates 1 in 68 children is on the autism spectrum

What is Autism?

For those who are interested: this week we will leave some printed resources on the PTA credenza in the front office. We encourage all families to talk with their students about Autism and other disabilities. Flint Hill strives to be a school that includes children of all abilities!

International Night – This Friday!
Friday, April 21 from 6-8 pm in the gym, exterior entrance doors.
• Enjoy food & crafts from 25 countries.
• Watch FHES students sing & dance.
• Come dressed in an international outfit!
• Get a passport at the door and receive a stamp or sticker from each country.
• Buy a raffle ticket for a chance to win a Kindle Fire or DC adventure tickets. ($1 per raffle ticket, which benefits our music department!)
• Water bottles will be available for purchase. ($1 per bottle, which benefits our music department!)
With the help of our music teachers, Ms. Grant and Ms. Ferenz, students will be performing international songs and dances. Kindergartners will begin the show around 6:45 pm. We are excited to see the kids showcase their talents and we are requesting parents attend this event with their children.  All students performing must arrive by 6:15pm and coordinate with Ms Grant and/or Ms. Ferenz.  (Parents are required to accompany their children to International night, this is not a drop-off event.)

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