FHES PTA Update for February 10th – 16th

[ February 10th – 16th] [Issue 22]

In this issue:
  • PTA General Meeting – Tuesday, 2/12 at 9:30 am
  • Parent Program on Online Safety
  • Show What You Know – POSTPONED!
  • Empty Bowls, Full Hearts Event on Valentine’s Day
  • Snack Donations Needed
  • Read-A-Thon is Coming Soon!
  • Jr. Spelling Bee Results
  • February Dining For Dollars – Social Burger – 2/12!
  • Girls on the Run is Back at Flint Hill! – Registration OPEN!
  • Find a Valentine’s Day Gift on Artsonia and Support FHES

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PTA General Meeting – THIS Tuesday, 2/12 @ 9:30am in the cafeteria
Please join us this Tuesday, February 12th, at 9:30am in the cafeteria.  Flint Hill’s new art teacher, Sarah McAlister, will be discussing Artsonia.  We look forward to seeing you on Tuesday!

Parent Program on Online Safety – Facebook Link
We had a great turnout for Wednesday’s parent program about online safety presented by Denise DeRosa of Cyber-Sensible.  Many thanks to those of you who could join us, and a special thanks to Ms. Stout for helping us with the AV equipment and livestreaming the talk for us!  In case you did miss, you can catch the online safety workshop here:  https://www.facebook.com/FlintHillES/.

Show What You Know – POSTPONED to Thursday, March 28th!
Due to the many weather-related days off, delays, and early releases so far this winter, the PTA has postponed Show What You Know from its original February 20th date to THURSDAY, MARCH 28th.   Hopefully this extra time will encourage more of our Flint Hill students to participate in this fun event.  We apologize for any inconvenience this causes your student and family, but after reviewing our February calendar, we made the decision to give the school, our teachers, and our families a chance to take a breath!
Classes will attend the Expo throughout the day on Thursday, March 28th.  Family and friends are invited to view the projects from 6-8pm during the evening of March 28th.
Please register at https://www.myschoolanywhere.com.  Project ideas and detailed information can be found through the PTA website at:  http://fhespta.org/show-what-you-know/ or contact Susannah Cretal at swykexpo@gmail.com.Does your child love Fortnite? Unicorns? Lacrosse? Dance? Art projects to share? We invite all of our students to show off what they know at Flint Hill’s Show What You Know. SWYK is Flint Hill’s annual learning fair where all K-6 students are encouraged to share your knowledge and interests with the Flint Hill community. PBL’s (Project Based Learning projects) done at school are welcome! Students can work alone or with a partner.

Please note that this is NOT a science fair (even though science experiments are welcome!). Projects will not be judged – this is an information-sharing event only. So, grab a tri-fold board, put some
information together on your favorite topic (photos, drawings, etc), and VOILA! – you are ready for Show What You Know!!

Flint Hill’s very first Empty Bowls, Full Hearts Event THIS Thursday, February 14th!  
Please join your child for lunch on Valentine’s Day as we celebrate our community through the sharing of food, conversation, and art.  Every child will enjoy a popcorn treat using their very own handcrafted bowl.  Bowls will be sent home with students at the end of the day or can go home with a parent after lunch.  We ask that our families help fill bowls that may be empty in our community by donating canned and nonperishable goods during this event.  Donated goods can be dropped off in the cafeteria or in the main office.
We are also in need of volunteers and popcorn donations for the event (https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0d45a4ad2aa3f85-empty).  Volunteers are needed to help prep before each of the classes come in for lunch – so come in early and then enjoy some popcorn with your child out of their handmade bowl!
We look forward to seeing you on Valentine’s Day!
Lunch Schedule:
K:  10:45-11:15am
2nd grade:  11-11:30am
1st grade:  11:20-11:50am
3rd grade:  11:35-12:05pm
5th grade:  12:05-12:35pm
4th grade:  12:30-1:00pm
6th grade:  1:00-1:30pm

Snack Donation Program

We are in need of individual nut free snack donations (ex:  goldfish, pretzels, granola bars) for our snack pantry.  If you are willing and able to donate a box of snacks, we would be so grateful!  All donations can be sent to Mrs. Williams attention in the main office.  Thank you for all you do to help support ALL of our Flint Hill students!

2019 FHES Read-A-Thon: Open a Book…and Let Your Imagination Run Wild!

Dear Flint Hill Families,

It’s time for Flint Hill’s 8th Annual Read-A-Thon! This year’s theme is “Open a Book…and Let Your Imagination Run Wild!” Our goal is to encourage your student’s love of reading while raising funds for our school. In the last FHES Read-A-Thon, students read over 200,000 minutes. Let’s encourage our students to surpass those minutes this year.

When is the Read-A-Thon? The FHES Read-A-Thon will start Friday, February 15th and end on Friday, March 1st.

How do I participate? Students will create their reading pages online. Students will use their pages to record and track minutes read and share their Read-A-Thon page with extended family and friends to help raise money for FHES. Your student’s Read-A-Thon page can only be viewed by yourself and those who you choose to share the link with via email, Facebook and/or Twitter. Student readers will receive 15% of their collected donations to spend at the Read-A-Thon online store. Students participating in the Read-a-thon will also be entered in the prize raffles.

FHES Families choosing not to participate through the online Read-A-Thon, can request a paper Read-A-Thon packet by emailing Melissa Molivadas at mmolivadas@gmail.com. Please include student(s) name and teacher(s) in your email. Please request your packet by Thursday, February 14th.  Paper packets will be delivered to your student’s classroom by Friday February 15th.

Do I have to collect donations to participate? NO. While raising funds to support our school is one of our goals, the Read-A-Thon is first and foremost about encouraging students to read. Students do not have to collect donations to participate in the Read-A-Thon. Every student is encouraged to participate and everyone who tracks their minutes online or turns in a reading log will have their name featured on the bulletin board in the library. In addition, all students who read at least 200 minutes will be entered in both the Garmin Fitness Tracker and $25 Bards Alley Gift Card raffles.

Prize Raffles 

  • • Garmin Fitness Tracker (for minutes read) – each student who reads 200 minutes gets one raffle entry and earns another raffle entry for each 100 additional minutes read

  • • $25 Bards Alley Gift Card (for minutes read) – each student who reads 200 minutes gets one raffle entry and earns another raffle entry for each 60 additional minutes read

  • • Amazon Kindle Fire (for donations collected) – each student who raises $50 gets one raffle entry and earns another raffle entry for every $50 raised.

We are counting on your support to make our Read-A-Thon a success. Please help your student get excited to read and “Open a Book…and Let Your Imagination Run Wild!”

Look for full details in Tuesday Folders this week.

If you have any questions, please contact either of us at the email addresses listed below:

Melissa Molivadas (mmolivadas@gmail.com)
Amy Martinson (martinsonaa@gmail.com)

The Read-A-Thon Committee

Jr. Spelling Bee Results!

I’d like to thank all our spellers, parents and volunteers for an awesome night of spelling! It came down to a battle between the Kemeny brothers and they were hard to stump, even when we got to 8th grade level words! To determine a winner, we had to skip ahead to our “Challenge words” which are the words not on the study guide list. This does not usually happen in our Jr bee, so that was very impressive! The results are below, all 3 are 2nd graders:

Winner: #40 Jefferson Kemeny (winning word: legacy)
1st Runner up: #30 Truman Kemeny
2nd Runner up: #38 Margot Jairam

I’m so proud of all the spellers who came last night, everyone did an amazing job. Thanks again to the parents who helped everything run smoothly: Beth Blinstrub, Arvind Jairam and Tina Shah. And a special thank you to our Pronouncer, Sarah Lundquist and our 3 judges, Matt Shinkman, Molly Lundquist and Gayle Schleuter. These 4 people have the hardest jobs and we are so grateful for their dedication.


Girls on the Run is returning to Flint Hill Elementary!

GOTR is a physical activity based positive youth development program for girls in 3rd-6th grade. The program teaches life skills through dynamic interactive lessons and running games. The goal of the program is to unleash confidence through accomplishment, while establishing a lifetime appreciation of health and fitness.

Starting the week of March 4, the team will meet every Tuesday and Thursday morning from 7:30 – 8:40. The program culminates in a celebratory 5k at the end of the season on the weekend of May 18th and 19th! The standard program fee is $175 and includes 20 lessons/practices, a t-shirt, water bottle, entry into the 5k, a 5k medal, and more.

Registration begins on January 28th at www.gotrnova.org.” Financial assistance is available for anyone who needs it upon registration.


Artsonia is an exciting online digital art gallery that provides parents with access to their student’s artwork throughout the year.  Most students should have Valentine’s Day art now posted.  Artwork from home can also be posted and keepsakes can be purchased with any of this art.  Delivery is quick – order by Feb. 6 for delivery by Valentine’s Day.  Flint Hill earns 20% off each order!

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!
If you have not received an email that you child has artwork on Artsonia, you may not have activated your account.  Also, some students in the higher grades may not have as much artwork posted yet because they have been working on more time-consuming projects such as sculptures and pottery that don’t lend themselves to photography as well.  We could also use some parent volunteers to help post artwork onto Artsonia.  If you would like to help with posting artwork online, please contact Sarah Speer at FHESFundraising@gmail.com.

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