FHES PTA Update for Feb. 17th – 23rd!

 [ February 17th – 23rd] [Issue 23]

In this issue:
  • FHES International Night is Coming Soon!  Organizational Meeting on 2/21!
  • Thank you from the PTA for the Empty Bowls, Full Hearts Event!
  • Show What You Know – POSTPONED!
  • Sr. Spelling Bee Results
  • Read-A-Thon is on NOW!
  • Girls on the Run is Back at Flint Hill! – Registration OPEN!

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Mark your calendar!  Join us for FHES International Night, Friday, March 15th @ 6pm in the gym! 

Taste the cuisines and learn of cultures of our  20+ presented countries.  Raffle prizes and performance information will be sent out in the coming weeks.  All students have already started practicing their evening dance performances.

If your are interested in exhibiting, please look for sign up information in this coming Tuesday folder.  We will also have an informational meeting next week Thursday, February 21, 2018 from 6:30 – 7:30 PM in the school library, for those who are new or want to know more.

This event is FREE and so much FUN!

Thank you from the PTA for a wonderful Empty Bowl, Full Hearts Event

We celebrated Valentine’s Day with Flint Hill’s very first Empty Bowl, Full Hearts Event last week and it was a rousing success.  Many, many thanks to Ms. McAlister and Ms. Alvarez-Keefer, our art teachers, for helping our students create their masterpieces.  The bowls were exquisite and the students were so excited to show them off.  We appreciate all of our parent volunteers who donated their time and popcorn to the event – we truly could not have done it without you!

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!!

Results of the Sr. Spelling Bee!

Winner: #26 Jia Patil – 6th grade (championship word: permissive)
1st Runner up: #2 Margot Jairam – 2nd grade
2nd Runner up: #1 Truman Kemeny – 2nd grade

Jia will be invited to move on to the Fairfax County Bee, which takes place Sunday, March 17th.

We are 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: Nicole Gummer. And a special thank you to our Pronouncer, Jane Miscavage and our 3 judges, Matt Shinkman, Eliza Morss and Joni Pepin. These 4 people have the hardest jobs and we are so grateful for their dedication. Also, I’d like to thank Ms. Hertzberg for supporting our kids and attending to watch the bee.

A HUGE thank you to our Spelling Bee chairs for making this event successful and keeping the tradition alive!

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

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.

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