FHES PTA Update for January 20th-26th❄

In this issue:
  • General PTA Meeting Rescheduled for January 22nd
  • FHES Annual Spelling Bee is Back – Registration Closes 1/25!
  • Skate Night Registration is OPEN!
  • Teacher Appreciation Lunch Sign Up for 4th Grade Families
  • Show What You Know – February 20th
  • Questions for the Upcoming PTA Meeting?
  • Resources During Government Shutdown
  • Find a Valentine’s Day Gift on Artsonia and Support FHES
  • FCPS Parent Resource Center Information
**The General PTA Meeting will be held Tuesday at 9:30 am in the FHES Cafeteria.  We hope to see you there!

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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)

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.

Teacher Appreciation Lunch Hosted by 4th Grade – January 24th

We need help filling the last few remaining spots!  Click HERE to sign up!

Show What You Know – February 20th

Save the Date: The annual Show What You Know Expo will be on Wednesday, February 20th.  Keep your eye out for registration.  Details on the PTA website will be updated soon

Questions for the PTA meeting this Tuesday, 1/22? 

We would love to answer them at the meeting!  Please click on this link to send us your PTA questions and we will address them at the meeting.  Feel free to fill out the form even if you are unable to attend the 9:30 a.m. meeting, we will be live streaming the meeting, so you can always watch to see your questions answered.

Resources During Government ShutdownIs your family affected by the government shutdown?  If your family could use additional resources during this time please contact Amy Williams ataywilliams1@fcps.edu.

This link shares the resources available through Fairfax County.

Find Valentine’s 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.

Box Top Collection Due February 8th!

Our first Box Top collection date is Friday, February 8th. Please help our school by submitting your Box Tops! Please place unexpired Box Tops in a bag or envelope and deposit in the collection box located in the lobby.  Please note your child’s name, teacher’s name and the number of Box Tops included.

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.

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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