FHES PTA Update for Nov. 25th – Dec. 1st

In this issue:
  • Thank You from the PTA
  • Coaches Needed for Girls on the Run
  • Holiday Gift Card Collection to Support Flint Hill Families
  • Call for Disinfecting Wipes for the Cafeteria
  • FCPS Parent Resource Center Information for December
  • Call for Disinfecting Wipes for the Cafeteria
  • Meadowlark Botanical Gardens Winter Walk of Lights Information
  • Artsonia
  • Join the Falcon 5K Sponsorship Committee

Thank You from the FHES PTA

The FHES PTA hopes that you had a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday with your loved ones.  We would like to thank you for your overwhelming support this year and look forward to many wonderful PTA in the months to come.  Have a wonderful holdiay season!

Needed:  Girls on the Run Coaches!!

The Flint Hill Girls on the Run (GOTR) program is looking for a head coach and and an assistant coach for the upcoming spring season.  The coach is a volunteer position within the GOTR of Northern Virginia program that works with a team of coaches to facilitate the Girls on the Run curriculum to program participants. In addition to excellent communication skills and a willingness to abide by all GOTR policies and requirements, the candidate must complete a background check and coach training before the start of the season. The head coach must also obtain CPR certification.

This position requires approximately three hours per week during the ten-week season, with additional time required on one weekend day for the 5K run. The head coach must be able to commit to at least 95% of practices. Practices are held on Tuesday and Thursday mornings from 7:30 to 8:35.  The Spring session begins on March 4th and ends on May 20th.

Please consider donating your time to this wonderful program!  If you are interested in becoming a volunteer, please contact Gina Kramer atginnazmail@gmail.com by November 30.

Holiday Gift Card Collection to Support Flint Hill Families

We will be collecting gift card donations over the next several weeks for our Flint Hill families in need.  If you would like to participate, please send all donations to Mrs. Williams attention.  We are looking for Giant, Safeway, Target, Walmart, and Visa/AMEX gift cards.  All donations will go directly to support families in our Flint Hill community.  Thank you for your generosity and for helping to make someone else’s holiday season brighter!  If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to Mrs. Williams at aywilliams1@fcps.edu.

FCPS Parent Resource Center Information 

Register for December Workshops

Mindfulness for Children: Evidence-Based Practices to Use at Home

The use of yoga and mindfulness in schools is on the rise and it’s no wonder why. These evidenced-based practices are the perfect tool to support your children in developing strong social-emotional development and improving behavior and academic performance. Participants will learn the basics and benefits of yoga and mindfulness and will walk away with practical and creative ways to encourage the use of these holistic practices at home.

Friday, December 7, 2018, 10 a.m.-noon

Register for Mindfulness for Children: Evidence-Based Practices to Use at Home

The IEP Transition Plan: Postsecondary Planning in Middle and High School

Join FCPS Career and Transition Services (CTS) to learn the importance of the Individual Education Program (IEP) Transition Plan for effective postsecondary planning in the middle and high school. Have in-depth conversations with CTS staff, and get answers to questions about what parents should look for, questions to ask the school team, questions to ask your child and what role the IEP plays in increasing self-advocacy.

Thursday, December 13, 2018, 10 a.m.-noon

Register for IEP Transition Plan: Postsecondary Planning in Middle and High School

Collaborative IEP Meetings: Parents as Partners

Join us for this important workshop for parents of children receiving special education services. Parents are essential partners in the Individual Education Plan (IEP) process. Strategies to support your role in your child’s IEP meetings will be shared and highlights include: the IEP process and its components, your role in the IEP meeting, responsibilities of the IEP team members and planning for your child’s IEP meeting.

Thursday, December 20, 2018, 10 a.m.-noon

Register for Collaborative IEP Meetings: Parents as Partners

The workshops above will be held at the Dunn Loring Center for Parent Services, Entrance 1, Room 100.

Call for Disinfecting Wipes for the Cafeteria

Flu season is approaching!  Flint Hill needs your help!   Please consider donating disinfecting wipes to be used in the cafeteria to keep it as clean and germ-free as possible.  Donations can be dropped off at the main office.  Thank you for your help!

Help Flint Hill PTA Raise Money During Meadowlark Gardens Winter Walk of Lights

Planning on going to Meadowlark Botanical Gardens this season to see the lights? Flint Hill PTA has partnered with them to help raise money for the school and help you save $2 per ticket purchased with our coupon code below:

The Flint Hill Elementary School PTA’s unique coupon code is WINTER18. This coupon code can be used for $2 off each ticket purchased online for the nights of Monday-Thursday in November starting November 12 (excluding Thanksgiving) and nightly January 1-6. The coupons are not valid on weekends or in December. The Flint Hill ES PTA will receive $1 for each ticket sold online using your coupon code WINTER18

Join Artsonia for the Opportunity to Purchase Quality Keepsake Items with Your Child’s Artwork

Artsonia is an exciting online digital art gallery that provides parents with access to their student’s artwork throughout the year.  In addition to viewing your child’s artwork, Artsonia offers families and friends opportunities to purchase quality keepsake items that earn money for Flint Hill  – great for the holidays!  For your child to participate in Artsonia, you first need to grant permission for the school to provide your email to Artsonia by using this online form.  After you have granted permission, you will receive an email from Artsonia to activate your child’s account.  Once the account is activated, parents can start viewing artwork as it is posted, and share it with family and friends!  For more information on Artsonia, please contact Ms. McAlister at sdmcalister@fcps.edu.

Join the Falcon 5K Sponsorship Committee!
We are looking for people to join the 5K sponsorship committee! It is a fun event that brings the school together and a great fundraiser.  There are co-chairs in place, so any extra help would be useful.  If you would like to help, contact Ellen Mek at  or Brian Merritt at flinthill5K@gmail.com .

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