FHES PTA Update for Dec. 9th – 15th ❄

In this issue:
  • FHES Annual Spelling Bee is Back!
  • Become a Friend of Flint Hill
  • Artsonia
  • Grace Art Update
  • Holiday Gift Card Collection to Support Flint Hill Families
  • FCPS Parent Resource Center Information for December
  • After School Program Registration Extended Until Thursday!
  • Annual Cookie Carry

The Bees Are Back!

FHES PTA invites all students to jump in and be a part of the Spelling Bee program!  Improve your vocabulary, build verbal confidence and take part in a Flint Hill tradition!

FHES Jr. Spelling Bee (Grades K-2): Friday, FEBRUARY 8, 2019
6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., School LIBRARY

FHES Spelling Bee (Grades 3-6):  Friday, FEBRUARY 15, 2019
6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., School LIBRARY

Students must register in order to participate. Registration is OPEN!  Forms can be found in the Front Office, or on www.fhespta.org (click HERE or on “Spelling Bee” under the “Quick Links” tab).
Submit your completed registration form  to the Front Office or by email to michellekim129@gmail.com
Completed registration forms must be received by Friday, January 25, 2019.   Late registrations cannot be accepted.

Word Study lists and a copy of the Rules will be provided with confirmation of a student’s Bee registration.

QUESTIONS?  Please contact Michelle Kim (michellekim129@gmail.com) or Becky Eckerman (rebecca.a.eckerman@gmail.com)

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.

Grace Art UpdateAttention Parents and Grandparents interested in volunteering for the Grace Art projects in January, February, March, and April and have not been invited by signupgenius yet can contact Angela Elmore at anghub@gmail.com so we can get you signed up!  The specific Grace Art dates are on the PTA website!  Thanks for making this program successful!

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

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.

EXTENDED!!  After School Registration for the Winter will be Extended to Thursday, December 13th!

After school registration will end THIS Thursday, December 13th, at 12:01am.

The following classes are in danger of being cancelled due to low enrollment:
Kids on a Mission (Tuesday)
Money Matters (Wednesday)
KidArt (Thursday)
KidArt (Friday)

Please do not hesitate to register your child for the Winter session.  Confirmations will be sent out later on this week once we have completed registration.  If your child is on a waitlist, we will contact you about your status by Thursday at the latest.

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.

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.

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