First FHES issue of the New Year!

[ January 6th-12th, 2019] [Issue 18]

In this issue:
  • FHES Annual Spelling Bee is Back!
  • Partnership with Meadowlark Winter Walk of Lights
  • Skate Night Registration Opens Tomorrow
  • January Dining for Dollars – January 15th
  • Grace Art Update
  • Gift Card for Families in Need Update
  • FCPS Parent Resource Center Information

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)

Partnership with Meadowlark Winter Walk of Lights Extended to January 13!

There is still time to go see the lights at Meadowlark Botanical Gardens this season!  Due to the rainy weather, Meadowlark Gardens has extended its Winter Walk of Lights until January 13.  Flint Hill PTA has partnered with them to help you save money while raising money for the school!

Use promotion code WINTER18 online at www.winterwalkoflights.com and you will get $2 off each ticket purchased and Flint Hill PTA will receive $1 for each ticket SOLD ONLINE through January 13.  Enter the WINTER18 promotion code at the screen where you select your ticket date and time.

Looking for something fun to do in January? 

Please join us for ice skating at Skatequest in Reston for a fun evening on 1/26/19 from 6-8 pm.  The cost is $10.00 per person which includes the ice skate rental.  Sign up begins on 1/7/19 at myschoolanywhere.com.  Sign up early to reserve your spot!  Please bring your whole family for a fun filled night benefiting Flint Hill ES.  Feel free to contact Gizelle Gorkowski (gmgorkowski@verizon.net) or Megan David (meganbrwn@aol.com) with any questions.

January Dining For Dollars

Support Flint Hill and take the night off dinner by heading out to our Dining For Dollars sponsor at Foster’s Grille in Vienna on Tuesday, January 15th.  Flyers will be available soon.

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 sign up genius 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!

Dear Parents,

Due to your generosity, we were able to raise $1480.00 in gift cards for our families in need.  Thank you so much for lending a helping hand to ensure that ALL of our FHES families had a wonderful holiday this year.

We are so grateful for your support.

Warmly, Amy Williams & Lauren Lipton

FCPS Parent Resource Center Information 

Register for January Workshops

Workshops below are held at the Dunn Loring Center for Parent Services, 2334 Gallows Road, Dunn Loring, VA, Entrance 1, Room 100. Language interpreters and accommodations are available for all PRC  workshops upon request by contacting us at 703-204-3941 or prc@fcps.edu.

Coping Strategies for Anxious Children,  National Institute of Mental Health

The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) will present this important workshop for parents of anxious children ages 8-17. Highlights include how to help children with anxiety, when anxiety becomes a disorder, strategies for treating specific anxiety disorders and stress reduction tools. Participants will also hear about current NIMH studies on anxiety in children.

Friday, January 11, 2019, 10 a.m.-noon

Register for Coping Strategies for Anxious Children, National Institute of Mental Health

Introduction to Special Education

This workshop is provided for parents NEW to special education. Topics covered included: what is special education, early intervention resources and services, the special education process, 504 plans, and Individual Education Plans (IEP).

Wednesday, January 23, 2019, 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Register for Introduction to Special Education

Support Groups for Parents

Alpha Moms  This support group for adoptive parents meets monthly in McLean.  Contact:  robin4brady@gmail.com

Autism Dads meets one evening monthly in Falls Church.  Contact:  George Buzby at 571-419-1257 or gbuzby@aol.com

CHADD: Children & Adults with Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder
Alexandria CHADD Parent Support Group  4th Mon. of each month at 6:30 pm.  Contact:  Jenny  ADHDParentMountVernon@gmail.com  or call 703-472-4678.

West Fairfax CHADD Parent Support Group   1st & 3rd Thu. of each month at 7:30 pm Contact:  Sharon  clintob@aol.com  or call 703-716-4646.

Loudoun County Parents of Teens with ADHD last Wed. of the month at Cascades Library in Potomac Falls.  Contact:  Bonnie Little  571-306-2932

CSB Family Support Group at Gatlan Center  2nd and 4th Wed. of each month 6-8 pm in Alexandria Contact:  Samar.Chwairy@fairfaxcounty.gov or call 703-799-2882.

D.A.D.S.  Dads Appreciating Down Syndrome 3rd Thur. each month, 7-9 pm in Alexandria.  Contact:  George  gbuzby@aol.com or call 703-545-6089.

Fairfax Juvenile Court Parent Support Group for problems including runaway behavior, truancy, alcohol/drug abuse, and serious behavioral problems at home, at school, or in the community. 7:30 pm every Tues. Room 201.1 Fairfax County Courthouse – call 703-246-2495.

NAMI:  National Alliance on Mental Illness builds better lives for affected families. Arlington Family Support Group meets two Sundays a month at 7:00-8:30 pm.  Contact:  Michelle Best at mczero@yahoo.com

OCD Family Support Group   1st Mon. of each month, 7:30 pm.  Contact:  familygroupocd@verizon.net   or  call 202-215-5859.

POAC: Parents of Autistic Children of Northern Virginia.  Bimonthly Support Group  Contact:  Nicole Zupan at nicizupan@gmail.com

Padres de hoy — Support group in Spanish.  Wednesdays, 6:30 – 8 pm Brookside FACE Ctr. 601 Four Mile Run Trail, Alexandria.  Call 703-824-6865 to register.  Free childcare.

Northern Virginia Tourette Support Group meets the 2nd Sunday of each month at noon at the Chantilly Public Library.  Contact:  mark.bramer@gmail.com

Parents of Autistic Children (POAC) meeting times and location posted at: https://poac-nova.org/events/

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