FHES PTA Update: Dec. 2nd – 8th ❄

In this issue:
  • Inclusive Schools Week
  • Become a Friend of Flint Hill
  • Artsonia
  • Dining For Dollars – Papa Johns – Dec. 4th and 5th
  • Holiday Gift Card Collection to Support Flint Hill Families
  • FCPS Parent Resource Center Information for December
  • After School Program Registration Opens TOMORROW
  • Meadowlark Botanical Gardens Winter Walk of Lights Information
  • Annual Cookie Carry
  • Join the Falcon 5K Sponsorship Committee
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Inclusive Schools Week

“Education takes on a beautiful shape when all children are included”

On Friday, December 7th, staff and students are asked to wear as many bright colors as they can.  We are excited to see our school community represent a multitude of bright vibrant colors, just like a kaleidoscope.  This will be a great week of learning and sharing!

This week is Inclusive Schools Week, when we celebrate progress made toward supportive and quality education for all students!

Since its inception in 2001, Inclusive Schools Week has celebrated the progress that schools have made in providing a supportive and quality education to an increasingly diverse student population, including students who are marginalized due to disability, gender, socio-economic status, cultural heritage, language preference and other factors. The Week also provides an important opportunity for educators, students and parents to discuss what else needs to be done in order to ensure that their schools continue to improve their ability to successfully educate all children.

This year, the Inclusive Schools Week’s theme is “Kaleidoscope of Friends.” If you look into a kaleidoscope, you see an infinite array of patterns of brilliant light created by repeated reflection. Kaleidoscope comes from two Greek words: kalos, meaning “beautiful,” and eidos, “shape.” And indeed, education takes on a beautiful shape when all children belong and are valued as contributing members of the school community. That is the vision of inclusive education; it drives decisions, actions, and core beliefs. Repeated reflection helps shape effective practices to meet the needs of all students. When we add the word “friends” to that image, the result is a myriad of relationships that provide opportunities for the support and growth of all children.

Who do we include in this circle? Parents, who accept the responsibility to provide a home environment that encourages their child’s success in school and in life. They stay informed and involved in their child’s education at school and in the community.

Our friends are also teachers who recognize the needs of each child and provide specially designed instruction and support. In inclusive schools, the shared ownership for student success extends throughout the entire school community – from bus drivers to crossing guards, from administrators to custodians, from cafeteria workers to front office personnel, and everyone in between! Together they work to foster relationships within the school and create awareness of effective inclusive practices.

Let’s look closer within the luminous “kaleidoscope of friends.” We see the students who, as positive role models, welcome, respect, and support their fellow classmates. The power of meaningful friendships to increase appreciation and acceptance of individual differences prepares students for adult life in an inclusive society. The positive effect of respectful peer relationships on bullying and safe school environments has been well documented.

Upon closer reflection, we see the entire community that surrounds the school. It’s the community friends who volunteer in school, connect with students, attend student activities, or simply stop to wave at a child in the crosswalk. It’s everyone who supports the safety and well-being of each and every child that completes the beautiful vision of a “kaleidoscope of friends.”

However, as in a kaleidoscope, we have to adjust the many parts of our school community to create innovative patterns that shape our schools into inclusive environments where all students can learn. The goal is to nurture a caring community of learners with the power to reflect a vibrant light of understanding and mutual respect.

There is no better time than now, during Inclusive Schools Week, for us to reflect, sharpen our vision, and learn what is working from each other.

Become a Friend of Flint Hill
For the 2018-19 school year, we have raised 68% of our $20,000 goal for the Friends of Flint Hill (FOFH) armchair campaign.  Thank you to these Flint Hill families who have already given generous donations to the 2018-19 campaign!  We need the support of ALL Flint Hill families to raise $6,300 to reach our goal.
Last year, the PTA spent approximately $100 per student enrolled.  The money you donate through FOFH helps us to fund important school-wide programs such as classroom technology, field trips, reading resources, classroom supplies, Grace Art, and much more.

You can make a tax-deductible donation through MySchoolAnywhere or use the form you received in your Tuesday folder and send a check to the school office to the attention of PTA Fundraising.  Don’t forget to check with your employer – many will match your gift!

Questions or need help with a matching gift?  Contact Sarah Speer, VP, Fundraising at FHESFundraising@gmail.com.

Find Great Holiday Gifts with ANY of Your Children’s Artwork on Artsonia
Artsonia is an exciting online digital art gallery that provides parents with access to their student’s artwork throughout the year.  Did you know. . .

  • Parents can order any of their students artwork that is already posted on any of the offered products — Mugs, Ornaments, Sketchbooks, Magnets, Jewelry, and more.
  • Any artwork they make at home can be posted on their profile using any smartphone or tablet. That means little brothers and sisters can participate under the Flint Hill program and you can order products with any artwork you choose!
  • Flint Hill receives a donation of 20% of each order on Artsonia!

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, share it with family and friends and order products!  For more information on Artsonia, please contact Ms. McAlister at sdmcalister@fcps.edu.

Papa John’s Dining for Dollars!  Tuesday and Wednesday Dec. 4-5

*Includes lunch and dinner
*Order from any local Papa John’s store (Fairfax, Chantilly, Centreville, Reston, Merrifield, Tysons, Vienna)
*Just mention FHES or use code FLINTHILL if ordering online.

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.

Reminder – After school Registration for the Winter 2019 session beings on MONDAY, December 3rd, at 5am!
Some of our classes fill up very quickly, so please do not delay in registering your children!
Register through a link at www.fhespta.org or directly at www.myschoolanywhere.com.
Please note that ALL family information must be updated and accurate in order for students to participate in the After school Programs – please take this opportunity to confirm your contact information in MySchoolAnywhere prior to Monday!
Class descriptions and registration instructions can be found in the Winter Session Catalog HERE.

Please e-mail afterschool@fhespta.org with any questions.

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

Holiday Cookie Carry for Teachers

December is around the corner and that means our Cookie Carry is too!

For the 3rd year in a row the PTA will set up a display of cookies and treats to take home. Teachers will be able to fill a container full of delicious treats made by us!

Families–please sign up to make your favorite holiday cookies, bars, or baked goods. Additional details are in the sign up – click HERE.

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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