HFS Weekly Collections

HFS News & Special Events
April 8, 2011

Harford Friends School’s 3rd Annual AFTERNOON of the ARTS

Sunday, April 10 (2-4 PM)

SCHEDULED PERFORMANCES

1:30PM              Student arrival: Expected dress (Dark bottoms – pants, skirts – and white/light tops – shirts, blouse)

2:05PM                  Brahm’s Lullabye – Grade 8

2:10PM                  London Bridge & Aura Lee – Grades 3/4

2:15PM                  Dvorak’s New World Symphony, 2nd Movement – Kate Foley, Grade 3

2:20PM                  King Kong Kitchie Kitchie – Grades 1/2

2:25PM                  Our Song (original composition) – Grade 7

2:30PM                  Intermission:

Tours of HFS classrooms available – Grades 5/6

Art & Original Poetry on display (Gunpowder Classroom & gymnasium)

Refreshments available in Gunpowder Classroom

3:00PM                  Fairy Tales – Grade 8:

La Caperucita Roja (Little Red Riding Hood)

Hansel y Gretel (Hansel and Gretel)

Las Tres Cabras Gruff (The Three Billy Goats Gruff)

3:15PM                  Preview of Bugz – Grades 1-4

3:20PM                  A Midsummer Night’s Dream: Act 1, Scene 2 – Grade 7

3:25PM                  Romeo & Juliet: Act 1, Scene 5 – Grade 8

3:35PM            Sing, Dance, Clap Your Hands – Lower School Choir

3:45PM            Play a Simple Melody & Going Over Home – Middle School Choir

3:55PM            Concluding Remarks & Appreciations

We look forward to seeing you and celebrating the creative and artistic accomplishments of our students with you and new friends on Sunday!

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.]

Bus Service

Registration is now open for the new HFS bus service for the 2011-2012 school year. For more information, visit our home page at www.harfordfriends.org. If interested, please return your bus service registration form as soon as possible!

Schedule Change

On Friday, April 22nd Harford Friends School will dismiss at 12 noon. Parent-led Activities will not be held that day. Please be aware that since this was not a previously scheduled half-day that HFS will provide after-school care until 4:00PM for those requiring the service.

Snow Make-Up Dates

As previously announced by Head of School Jonathan Huxtable, the following dates have been added to the school year in order to make-up days off for inclement weather: Monday, April 25 (snow make-up day #1) and Thursday, June 9 (snow make-up day #2). (Please note, Wednesday, June 8 is now a full-day of school as well.)

ERB Testing Reminder

Please help us remind students in Grades 3-8 that they should bring homework, classwork, or a book to read to each testing session in case they finish their test early.

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. Sunday, Apr. 10 – Open House & Afternoon of the Arts (2-4PM) Required attendance for all students
  2. Monday, April 11-Thursday, April 21 – ERB testing for students grade 3-8. Testing to occur approx. 8-10AM each morning the week of April 11. Testing to be scheduled as needed the week of April 18. Please be sure students get plenty of rest and a healthy breakfast during testing weeks.
  3. Friday, April 15 – Parent Activities Session #2 (1:25-2:55PM)
  4. Saturday, April 16 – HFS Performance at Broadmead (7-8PM) Pizza dinner at Broadmead (6-7PM)
  5. Wednesday, April 20 – Blue/Gray Basketball Game & Wrap-Up Celebration (3-5PM)
  6. Friday, April 22 – Parent Activities Session #3 (1:25-2:55PM) CANCELLED
  7. Friday, April 22 – Harford Friends School will dismiss at 12 noon. Parent-led Activities will not be held that day. Please be aware that since this was not a previously scheduled half-day that HFS will provide after-school care until 4:00PM for those requiring the service.
  8. Monday, April 25 – School in session – Snow Make-up Day
  9. Tuesday, April 26 – Home & School Association meeting (7-9PM)
  10. Thursday, April 28-Friday, April 29 – Grade 8 overnight field trip to Washington, DC. *Note: Early drop-off at HFS is likely
  11. Friday, April 29 – Field trips for all grades – Grade 8: Washington DC (Late Return to HFS likely); Grade 7: La Tolteca; Grade 5/6: Indian Steps Museum (Depart 9AM, Return 2:30PM); Grade 3/4: TBD; Grade 1/2: Carrie Murray Nature Center (Depart 9:15AM, Return 2:30PM)
  12. Friday, April 29 – Sunday, May 1 – Flower Sale fundraiser at Broom’s Bloom Dairy sponsored by the H&SA. Please contact Dawn Tridone for additional information.
  13. Friday, May 6 – 2nd Annual 7th Inning Stretch Softball Game (1:25-2:55PM) Family members are encouraged to attend the game and cheer on students! Please contact Jennifer Button if you have gloves you can loan students for the game.
  14. Monday, May 9 – Friends School of Baltimore Admissions Representative Josh Carlin to visit with 7th grade students and families (12:40-1:25PM). Family members please RSVP to Jennifer Button by Monday, May 2.
  15. Tuesday, May 10 – Parent Coffee with the Head of School (8:05-8:55AM) in Gunpowder Classroom. Please RSVP to jbutton@harfordfriends.org by Monday May 9.
  16. Friday, May 13 – Field trips for all grades (8th Grade early departure/late return possible)
  17. Friday, May 20 – HFS Field Day (9AM-12PM)
  18. Friday, May 20 – 8th grade field trip to Blue Dog Arts studio (Depart: 12:20PM, Return: 3PM)
  19. Friday, May 20 – Parent Activities Session #4 (1:25-2:55PM)
  20. Tuesday, May 24 – H&SA Meeting (7-9PM)
  21. Friday, May 27 – Parent Activities Session #5 (1:25-2:55PM)
  22. Friday, May 27 – End of Year Picnic for students, families, and faculty (3:30-7:00PM) at Eden Mill Nature Center pavilion
  23. Monday, May 30 – HFS Closed for Memorial Day
  24. Wednesday, June 1 – Lower School field trips; Primary to Blue Dog Art studio; Intermediate TBD; Middle School overnight field trips depart
  25. Thursday, June 2 – Lower School field trip to Ladew Gardens
  26. Friday, June 3 – Lower School field trip to Dutch Wonderland; Middle School overnight field trips return
  27. Monday, June 6 – REQUIRED student work session for any student owing work for the 4th Quarter (3-5PM)
  28. Tuesday, June 7 – Field Day Rain Date (9AM-12PM)
  29. Wednesday, June 8 – Regular school hours (8AM-3PM) Snow Make-up Date
  30. Wednesday, June 8 – Friends Cup Soccer Game for students, families, and faculty (1-3PM)
  31. Thursday, June 9 – Special Business Meeting and Presentations of Learning (8AM-12PM)
  32. Thursday, June 9 – Last Day of School (12:00PM Dismissal); End of Semester
  33. Thursday, June 9 – Commencement Rehearsal at Deer Creek Friends Meeting (12:30-3:00PM) Required attendance for all 7th and 8th grade students
  34. Saturday, June 11 – Graduate/Alumni Breakfast (8:30-9:30AM) By invitation only
  35. Saturday, June 11 – Class 2015 Commencement Ceremony and luncheon at Deer Creek Friends Meeting (10AM-12PM)

HFS Grade 8 Weekly Collections

NOTES from Humanities…

This week we moved into the specific series of events that sparked the Civil War. We had a very thoughtful discussion about the Dred Scott case and the role of the Supreme Court in general. In the coming weeks we will turn to the Civil War specifically, but not without coming up with some ideas on why it all started. We also spent the bulk of the week preparing our performance of Act One, Scene Five of Romeo and Juliet. It is not an easy scene and the students have memorized their lines and honed their acting skills. I look forward to Sunday’s performance. I recommend having a book to read next week during the ERB testing. Also, as most are aware will be going to Washington, D.C. for the April field trip. It is an overnight field trip and I will send the specifics as soon as possible.

NOTES from Technology…

Science: Students were provided grades and feedback on their third quarter science projects, including how they were assessed against a writing rubric that was provided earlier, as well as teacher’s written comments on their posters and overall project.  Teacher made an effort to name some of each students’ gifts (natural and acquired strengths), affirm things done well, and provide suggestions on what might have been done better on the project.

Kinesthetic activities this week involved levers, inclined planes, and pulleys.  Students used mechanical advantage to lift objects and one another.  Some chaos was involved, and injuries were mostly avoided.

Ramping up (inclined-plane pun) for Rube Goldberg mini-project, students were provided brief in-class time for study and then quickly assessed for knowledge in key areas.  A rubric for the project was provided, which parents may be relieved to find requires little from them.  Some students are working as teams of 2 – 3, and other chose to work individually to assemble an unnecessarily complicated machine, the purpose of which is to pop a balloon.  To achieve learning goals, students were asked first to make one planning card for each step, including (eventually) the following information:  1.  draw/illustrate the step;  2.  how is energy stored?  3.  how much work is this step capable of performing?  4.  how is energy transferred to this step, and what form(s) does it take during the step?  5.  Name any simple machine(s) involved in the step.  This will be followed by a master illustration, then construction of the apparatus in class.

Math: As we prepare for the upcoming ERB’s, the 8th graders have been busy reviewing algebra topics that will be included on the test. In particular, we have been reviewing methods of solving systems of linear equations, which is a significant component of the test. Since the Algebra Component of this test will be administered on the final day of testing, we will continue to review algebra topics during the abbreviated classes on each of the days of testing.

The quiz from early this week was returned to students, with varied results.  The class median was 79%, with a high score of 100%.

NOTES from Explorations…

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

Computer Technology: Last week we took a spreadsheet quiz. The students began a new assignment entitled the Technology –Less Essay. They were tasked with building a brief essay about Fearless, Reckless and Feckless. They will provide definitions, examples and famous quotes and state which quality they admire most and why. Incredulous that they were asked to write an essay in computer tech, I smiled and asked “What good is technology if you don’t know what to do with the information you find?” Happy days…

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

Physical Education: For the Spring…

Right now we are doing a short lesson on Body Composition. Lower school is learning what the body is made of and why a balance of exercise and healthy food is good for the body.  Upper levels are learning about making healthy choices regarding exercise and food and gaining an understanding that true health is not based on the shape or size of one’s body , but that there are many components that make a person healthy and fit.

After spring break all grades will be involved in running and field hockey. Lower school will also practice more eye/hand coordination using different types of racquets, bats and balls. Hopefully the weather will cooperate so we can be outside a lot!! Grades 5 – 8 will continue with SAQ (speed, agility and quickness)

Spanish: On Monday the class presented their fairy tale skits in Spanish for the first time in front of the class and a few faculty members. Everyone performed wonderfully! I’m extremely proud of them for working hard and applying themselves enough to be able to perform a skit entirely in Spanish! Using the feedback from the skit performance on Monday, students agreed on and worked together in their skit groups to improve upon their skits in preparation for the Afternoon of the Arts. I am confident that they will all do great!

NOTES from Middle School ADVISORY…

HFS Grade 7 Weekly Collections

NOTES from Humanities…

This week we continued our work with India, focusing on the economic development that occurred since partition. Everyone did a great job comparing the development of the subcontinent to the other regions of the world we studied this year. We also spent a fair amount of time preparing for our performance of Act One, Scene Two of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. The students have come a long way and I can’t wait to see their performance on Sunday. Just a reminder, the students should have a book to read with them next week during ERB testing. Also, the April field trip will be to La Tolteca with Srta. Kim.

NOTES from Technology…

Science: We concluded our chemistry unit this week with a look at isotopes and radioactivity.  The students created complicated concept maps demonstrating their knowledge of the individual concepts as well as the interconnectivity between them. We ended our unit with a test on Thursday.  The projects relating to our reading of Something Out of Nothing are due on April 12.

Math: The week, we solidified our understanding and reviewed how to compute the area of 2-dimensional figures. We discussed why the formulas are what they are (except for circles) and practiced using the formulas to compute the area of triangles, trapezoids, parallelograms, circles, and complex figures, which are combinations of common 2-D shapes. We then expanded our knowledge by learning how to find the volume of rectangular prisms and cylinders. To help our 7th grade students get ready for algebra next year, I have been strongly emphasizing the need to write the formula each time it is used and show the next step of plugging in the values, before computing the answer. I know that this can seem redundant and tedious, but this is a skill that is very important in algebra. This skill will be built upon with more complex problems in algebra, and becoming competent now will be very helpful later. This is also important in science skill.

If you notice on your child’s homework or class work that only an answer is given, without writing the formula or the step showing what values are being plugged in, please ask them to redo the problem. This is a case where the journey is as important as the destination.

Next week we will slow down the pace during the ERB testing, but continue to explore 3-dimensional figures by learning to compute surface area. There will be no homework during the ERBs to allow for recuperation in the evening.

NOTES from Explorations…

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

Computer Technology: Last week we took a spreadsheet quiz and started working on the yearbook. This class is tasked with created a custom “Year in Review.” They have each selected a them (World News, Pop Culture, Technology, etc.) and will be performing internet research to find the top stories of the year.

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

Physical Education: For the Spring…

Right now we are doing a short lesson on Body Composition. Lower school is learning what the body is made of and why a balance of exercise and healthy food is good for the body.  Upper levels are learning about making healthy choices regarding exercise and food and gaining an understanding that true health is not based on the shape or size of one’s body, but that there are many components that make a person healthy and fit.

After spring break all grades will be involved in running and field hockey. Lower school will also practice more eye/hand coordination using different types of racquets, bats and balls. Hopefully the weather will cooperate so we can be outside a lot!! Grades 5 – 8 will continue with SAQ (speed, agility and quickness)

Spanish: This week the class had the second part of their quiz on school-related vocabulary. They did well! We began to learn about foods and markets in Spanish as the first part of our preparation to go on our field trip to La Tolteca.

NOTES from Middle School ADVISORY…

HFS Grade 5/6 Weekly Collections

NOTES from Humanities…

Nestled below the protection of the Himalayas the 5th and 6th grade Humanities class has been busy exploring the geography of ancient India. We have found two main rivers, the Ganges and the Indus Rivers that flow into the Bay of Bengal and the Arabian Sea. We experienced what felt like a monsoon as we sat under the Himalayas on Tuesday learning about the weather and climate of monsoons! Our crazy weather could not have been timed more perfectly.

Students are continuing to work on the bodies of their persuasive essays. They are learning how to compose their research in a way that it supports their argument. Although some are finding it is difficult to support their point of view with legitimate data, it has been a fabulous learning experience.

Our class will be the tour guides on Sunday at the Afternoon of the Arts and they are busy gathering information from all the teachers on the content of their courses. We look forward to seeing you all there!

NOTES from Technology…

Science: The 5/6th graders have spent the week examining the properties of minerals. We began by creating our own crystals (some groups were more successful than others).  Then we tested for luster, streak, hardness and density.  Among all of our lab work and explorations, the teacher heard the comment, “So science is in math and math is in science.”  The teacher smiled.

Math: Estimation using benchmarks has been our focus this week in 6th grade math. If you are helping your children with their homework and need some suggestions please remember the concept sheet that was sent home with the parent letter.

When helping students choose appropriate benchmarks it is helpful to begin by asking, “ What is one half of the denominator?” Then write down that fraction on a number line, which represents one half.  Next you write the fraction you are finding a benchmark for on the number line. This helps them to visually see the placement of the fraction.

As always, if you have any questions or concerns contact me as soon as they arise. See you at the Afternoon of the Arts!

NOTES from Explorations…

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

Computer Technology: Last week the class finished and presented their animal slideshows. This week we begin talking about the yearbook!

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

Physical Education: For the Spring…

Right now we are doing a short lesson on Body Composition. Lower school is learning what the body is made of and why a balance of exercise and healthy food is good for the body.  Upper levels are learning about making healthy choices regarding exercise and food and gaining an understanding that true health is not based on the shape or size of one’s body , but that there are many components that make a person healthy and fit.

After spring break all grades will be involved in running and field hockey. Lower school will also practice more eye/hand coordination using different types of racquets, bats and balls. Hopefully the weather will cooperate so we can be outside a lot!! Grades 5 – 8 will continue with SAQ (speed, agility and quickness)

Spanish: The students finished their mastery of numbers 1-100, and showed off their skills by trying to beat each other in a number game. We also started with some spring vocabulary, and students practiced talking about activities they do and don’t like to do.

NOTES from Middle School ADVISORY…

HFS Lower School Weekly Collections

NOTES from the 1/2 Grade Classroom…

This week the primary class learned about limericks and how to write limericks in language arts.  Next week we will be learning about a new type of poetry.  We also began our new theme unit of the life cycle.  We first discussed what a life cycle is and the importance of having a life cycle.  The life cycle in theme the class began to learn about is the plant life cycle.  In science, we finished learning about the darkling beetle, including the different parts and life cycle stages of the mealworm.  The next insects that we will be learning about and observing are caterpillars and silkworms.  The silkworms need mulberry leaves to serve and live, so if anyone knows of anywhere or has any mulberry trees with leaves please let me know as soon as possible.  The PJ/Stuffed Animal Movie Day was wonderful. The students enjoyed James and the Giant Peach.  As a reminder each child needs to bring in an empty toilet paper roll and card board egg carton next week.

NOTES from the 3/4 Grade Classroom…

Science-3/4: Our young scientists have been hard at work testing various insulators for their ability to prevent heat loss.  We’ve determined the best ways to organize our data and then converted our data to line graphs.  We ended the week looking at conductors and insulators of electricity as our final property of study. Next week we will begin the water cycle.

NOTES from Explorations…

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

Computer Technology 1/2: The students have done a great job with writing couplets in Mrs. Grossman’s class. Last week we started typing their original couplets into a word processor. This week will continue that effort and experiment with formatting options to present the poems.

Computer Technology 3/4: Last week the students finished their animal slideshow presentations and presented them to the class. We enjoyed many features of the student presentations. They asked for another chance to work on their shows and add even more bells and whistles. Each student will have the opportunity to demonstrate how they achieved different effects for the class. I think they are almost ready to lead an Open House!

Music 1/2:

Music 3/4:

Physical Education: For the Spring…

Right now we are doing a short lesson on Body Composition. Lower school is learning what the body is made of and why a balance of exercise and healthy food is good for the body.  Upper levels are learning about making healthy choices regarding exercise and food and gaining an understanding that true health is not based on the shape or size of one’s body , but that there are many components that make a person healthy and fit.

After spring break all grades will be involved in running and field hockey. Lower school will also practice more eye/hand coordination using different types of racquets, bats and balls. Hopefully the weather will cooperate so we can be outside a lot!! Grades 5 – 8 will continue with SAQ (speed, agility and quickness)

Spanish 1/2: This week the class learned to count by tens in Spanish all the way to 100! We also began our Spring unit by coloring and decorating a primavera sheet and learning to say and understand some Spring activities in Spanish. Next week we will continue to practice these topics and build on with more Spring vocab!

Spanish 3/4: This week every member of the class was able to count in Spanish from 1-100 by themselves! We signed a poster in celebration of this accomplishment – it wasn’t an easy task! We also began to talk about Spring, and students were able to understand and use spring activities vocab and phrases. We will continue with this next week!