HFS Weekly Collections

HFS News & Special Events
November 19, 2010

Dear HFS Families,

If you have not yet visited Harford Friends School ‘s new web site, I encourage you to do so (www.harfordfriends.org). The previous web page was developed before we ever opened the doors to the school. It was based upon a fairly standard set of menus and categories without much regard for what our school would become or the needs of our families, students, teachers, and prospective families. With the newest version of the web site up and running now, we feel as though we have built the basis for further growth and expansion of web-based capabilities. No longer should the site serve simply as a stopping ground for or holding pen of information. Ideally, it will become a central point of communicating, sharing, and celebrating the growth and experience of our school. Within the next few months you will begin to find student and teacher-generated videos as well as added information from classes and teachers. Over the course of the next year we will expand its use to include client password protected access to various parts of the site so that you and your child(ren) will be able to access, retrieve, and share information. However, this, like everything else worth waiting for, takes time. Your careful review of the site in its current state and any feedback you provide regarding added capabilities or suggested edits will be appreciated and help us better serve the needs of our community. Happy viewing!

In peace,

Jonathan

NOTES FROM COMMUNITY MEMBERS…

[Please Note: HFS welcomes general announcements from community members to be included in this section of the Weekly Collections, particularly if the announcements involve the extra-curricular activities of our students, families, faculty, and staff. Please be aware that not all requests can be accommodated each week and that the school reserves the right to publish information at its discretion.]

From HFS Volunteer Librarian Sarah Buchanan-Wollaston…

HFS Library Guidelines state “If a book is returned late, you will not be allowed to borrow another book until the previous one is returned or replaced with a new copy.”

Please take a moment to ask your child if they have forgotten to return any books to the HFS library. If so, please ask that they return any overdue materials prior to Thanksgiving Break.

Thank you.

From HFS Parent & Faculty Member Cheryl Foley…

Thank you to all who plan to donate blankets to help the Mexican community of Nogales.  The blankets are needed by December 1, 2010. Please turn them in to Alex, Kate or Cheryl Foley.

Thank you!

From Former HFS Parent Terese Tubbs…

HFS student help needed! On Saturday Nov 20th at the Harley Davidson location on Rte 1 in Darlington, Terese and Rachael Tubbs (former HFS parent and student, respectively) could use a couple very mature HFS students to help carry groceries to cars. The food drop will be focused on allowing clients to shop with dignity choosing their own food as opposed to handing out pre-bagged food. Terese is excited to see her vision to serve those in need come to fruition and would love to include HFS folks in the inaugural event. Please let her know if you or your children can help (TTubbs@urbn.com). She needs help from 6-8 PM.

Thanks, Terese

Announcements/Calendar Updates…

NOTE: Items new to this week’s Collections are identified with bold type.

Items changed after an earlier posting are identified in italicized and bold type.

  1. Monday, Nov. 22 – Destination Imagination Grades 3-5 Practice (3:15-4:30PM) in Little Falls Classroom
  2. Monday, Nov. 22 – Destination Imagination Grades 6-8 Practice (3:15-4:30PM) in Fawn Grove Classroom
  3. Wednesday, Nov. 24 – Grandparents & Special Friends Day (9AM-12PM) sponsored by the HFS Beautification Committee.
  4. Wednesday, Nov. 24 – Dismissal at 12:00PM
  5. Thursday, Nov. 25 – Friday, Nov. 26 – HFS CLOSED for Thanksgiving break.
  6. Monday, Nov. 29 – Destination Imagination Grades 3-5 Practice (3:15-4:30PM) in Little Falls Classroom
  7. Monday, Nov. 29 – Destination Imagination Grades 6-8 Practice (3:15-4:30PM) in Fawn Grove Classroom
  8. Tuesday, Nov. 30 – Home & School Association meeting (7PM)
  9. Thursday, Dec. 2 – Grade 3/4 Parent Conversation with the Head of School (7:00-8:30PM). Please RSVP to Jennifer Button at jbutton@harfordfriends.org
  10. Friday, Dec. 3 – Parent Activities Session #2 (1:25-2:55PM)
  11. Friday, Dec. 3 – H&SA fundraiser at Barnes & Noble Bookstore in Bel Air. Please contact Laura Russo for details.
  12. Saturday, Dec. 4 – HFS Admissions Assessment. You must RSVP to attend. Please contact admissions@harfordfriends.org to register.
  13. Sunday, Dec. 5 – HFS Families invited to Meeting for Worship at Deer Creek Friends Meeting (10-11:30AM)
  14. Monday, Dec. 6 – Destination Imagination Grades 3-5 Practice (3:15-4:30PM) in Little Falls Classroom
  15. Monday, Dec. 6 – Destination Imagination Grades 6-8 Practice (3:15-4:30PM) in Fawn Grove Classroom
  16. Tuesday, Dec. 7 – Parent Coffee with the Head of School (8:05-8:50AM) in Gunpowder Classroom. Please RSVP to jbutton@harfordfriends.org by Friday, Dec. 3
  17. Wednesday, Dec. 8 – Blueberry Festival 2011 Coordinators meeting (6-7PM)
  18. Thursday, Dec. 9 – Grade 8 Parent Conversation with the Head of School (7:00-8:30PM). Please RSVP to Jennifer Button at jbutton@harfordfriends.org
  19. Friday, Dec. 10 – Field trips for all grades.

HFS Grade 8 Weekly Collections

NOTES from Humanities…

This week we paid close attention to the men who helped form America. From generals to statesmen, we got a great sampling of men from the Revolutionary War and the politicians who drafted our fundamental documents. We also did some detailed work with the military strategies involved at the Battle of Bunker (Breed’s) Hill and the defense of the Charleston harbor. Friday’s trip to Philadelphia will provide great context for our work these past weeks

Writing Workshop: Students should have submitted their final electronic copies of their newsletter articles this week. We begin a new area of focus for the second quarter in December – poetry/creative writing.

NOTES from Technology…

Science: We examined chemical reactions and things that control the rates of reactions.  This involved a firebreathing video, surface area calculations, and reckonings of why some things burn or explode, while others don’t.  Beginning to review and sharpen our appreciation of scientific method, we experimented further with flame, hydrogen peroxide, and enzyme.  Turning briefly to a review and deepening of class understanding of acids and bases, we began to make our own pH indicators, using different natural indicators found in red cabbage, beets, and tumeric.  Forewarned of a quiz, student performances were uneven; some but not all students elected to improve their grades and demonstrate knowledge by submitting revisions of their work.  Parallel with new areas of study (we will soon turn to sound and light), students will experience an increased emphasis on lab notebooks, i.e. improving students’ capacities to document experimental protocols, record data, analyze results, and report their findings to others in writing, oral reports, and perhaps videos.

Math: Remember your high school geometry days, and the two column “Statement…Reason” proofs you worked on torturously?  Well, our 8th graders have had their first introduction to the wonderful world of mathematical proof, as we researched various proofs of the Pythagorean Theorem on the website:  www.cut-the-knot.org.  While a proof is still, and will always be, a logical argument based on previously learned or accepted “facts”, through the wonders of technology, interactive software has allowed us to see these logical arguments in the form of rotating and gliding squares and triangles.  While researching these “proofs” via the internet, our students have been assigned, as groups, the task of selecting one of the proofs to be presented to the class, and “guests”, on Grandparents and Special Friends Day, next Wednesday.  On this performance assessment, the group will have the task of sharing a graphic representation of the proof they constructed, and explaining the mathematics of the “dancing” squares and triangles from the website to our audience.

Performance Assessments are assigned during each unit of study, will be assigned a group grade, as well as an individual grade, and count as 15% of their quarterly grade.  We have spent time in class this week on selecting a proof and organizing our group presentations.  We have also been applying the Pythagorean Theorem in a variety of ways, including “special right triangles”, such as 30°-60°-90° triangles and developing a formula for the equation of a circle.  Your children, and my students, are looking forward to seeing everybody on Grandparents and Special Friends Day.

NOTES from Explorations…

Art: For information on Art, please contact Rog Hicks at rjjhicks@comcast.net

Computer Technology: No class due to field trip.

Music: For information on Music, please contact Bill Jenkins at wjenkins@loyola.edu

Physical Education: For information on Physical Education, please contact Laurie Colquitt at laurie.cpt@gmail.com

HFS Grade 7 Weekly Collections

NOTES from Humanities…

This week we continued our work with Africa, paying close attention to any connections with Latin America concerning colonization. We also finished The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency – everyone had interesting things to say about the characters, the representation of Africa, and their critique of the mysteries within the novel. Friday’s field trip to The Baltimore Museum of Art should provide great context for our work in Humanities!

Writing Workshop: Seventh grade writing workshop transitioned to Karen De Mey for the second quarter. Thanks to everyone’s excellent work on the Fall HFS newsletter. Please be on the lookout for it in early December!

NOTES from Technology…

Science: Watersheds have been the topic of study this week.  We completed our maps of the Chesapeake Bay watershed and that had the opportunity to build models showing the ratio of land to water in various watersheds around the world.  Using math concepts they are currently working on in math class, we were able to stretch and shrink our land to water ratios to make a model of the Chesapeake Bay watershed.  The week ended with  a survey of the school property to determine the surface area of the impervious surfaces and the subsequent amount of run-off produced from a year’s worth of rainfall.

Math: This week in Math 7, we’ve found corresponding angles and ratios of corresponding sides in parallelograms and triangles, and used them to determine if two figures are similar. We also used ratios of corresponding sides and scale factor to find the length of a side, given similar figures. There will be a quiz on this material (Chapter 4) on Monday. Next week we will extend these concepts by using shadows and mirrors to find heights and use the properties of similar triangles to find unknown distances. We will have a test on our Stretching and Shrinking unit early the following week.

NOTES from Explorations…

Art: For information on Art, please contact Rog Hicks at rjjhicks@comcast.net

Computer Technology: No class due to field trip.

Music: For information on Music, please contact Bill Jenkins at wjenkins@loyola.edu

Physical Education: For information on Physical Education, please contact Laurie Colquitt at laurie.cpt@gmail.com

HFS Grade 5/6 Weekly Collections

NOTES from Humanities…

The theme this week is Mesopotamia and City-states! I am sure you have seen your children pillaging around your house for cardboard and various creation materials! And if not, they should have been. The students are working in groups to create a replica of a city-state. The city-state should depict the government, religious beliefs, occupations, housing and geographical information.

The second portion of the project is writing a descriptive essay about the characteristics if a city-state.

Our city-states will be unveiled at Grandparents & Special Friends Day!

Writing Workshop: Fifth/Sixth grade writing workshop transitioned to Karen De Mey for the second quarter. Thanks to everyone’s excellent work on the Fall HFS newsletter. Please be on the lookout for it in early December!

NOTES from Technology…

Science: Monocots, Dicots, vascular bundles, parallel veins, fibrous roots, taproots, stomates, guard cells, epidermis and crop presentations have occupied our science class this week.  Ask your child to really “be” the fibrous root!  We’ve had great fun putting our new learnings to use while exploring seedlings, broccoli, leeks, carrots and asparagus and microscopic views of leaves. Somewhere along the way, we also learned that mushrooms are not plants at all – a new revelation for some.

Math: You should ask your child to sing the fraction to decimal song that we created in class! It is quite a catchy tune and it will help them to remember how to find the decimal equivalent to a given fraction. We are continuing our work on decimals, fractions. Percents will are coming soon!

As always, please contact me with any questions or concerns. Enjoy the fall leaves and your celebrations.

NOTES from Explorations…

Art: For information on Art, please contact Rog Hicks at rjjhicks@comcast.net

Computer Technology: The class continued the word processing project on Ancient Man. New formatting skills will be applied and students will learn how to improve the presentation of their assignments. Due to the nature of this project, it is important to have flash drive at school for each class. 50% of the class this week started the project from the beginning due to lack of flash drive or saved file.

Music: For information on Music, please contact Bill Jenkins at wjenkins@loyola.edu

Physical Education: For information on Physical Education, please contact Laurie Colquitt at laurie.cpt@gmail.com

HFS Lower School Weekly Collections

NOTES from the 1/2 Grade Classroom…

This week the primary class continued learning about the sky and the solar system.  The class had a wonderful presentation on Friday from Mark Kregel from Harford County Astronomical Society.  On Friday the class also learned about revolution, rotation, and orbit with a kinesthetic activity.  In Science the class got to observe their solid materials that were put in water and discovered that the water evaporated and that some of the materials turned back to their original state.  The class also made oobleck by mixing a solid and liquid together.  Grandparents and Special Friends Day is coming up and we are going to have a full class!  The students are going to be the teachers for the day, which is going to be very exciting.  Also when we return from Thanksgiving Break the solar system project is due on Monday, November 29. If you have any questions about this please email mgrossman@harfordfriends.org. Scholastic book orders are also due November 30; you can order books online.

NOTES from the 3/4 Grade Classroom…

Science-3/4: Our seedlings are really taking root!  We’ve set up a long-term experiment comparing bean growth rates in soil versus a hydroponic system.  It’s been a fabulous introductory study of the plant kingdom.  On Thursday of this week, we crawled over to the animal kingdom and began some observations on the structures and functions of crayfish.

NOTES from Explorations…

Art: For information on Art, please contact Rog Hicks at rjjhicks@comcast.net

Computer Technology:

Primary: We continued our studies in navigating the web by visiting the website for National Geographic Kids. We viewed several photo images and interesting facts on various wild animal as well as located maps of their habitat range. Students were given a list of multiple choice questions and were asked to answer the question and record where they found the answer.

Intermediate: The class began working on a formatting word processor project to apply our new skills. Due to the nature of this project, it is important to have flash drive at school for each class.

Music: Lower School music class had an exceptionally awesome day today (Wednesday, November 16). We were able to review most of the songs we have been learning thus far this year using our knowledge of “heartbeat’, rhythm, and form. Students are also able to determine the rhythm of the songs using “Ta” and “Ti” and “Sh.”

There will be no music class next week due to Grandparents & Special Friends Day. However, the Lower School Choir will be performing. I am looking forward to this first performance of the season!

Physical Education: For information on Physical Education, please contact Laurie Colquitt at laurie.cpt@gmail.com