HFS Weekly Collections

HFS News & Special Events
May 20, 2011

Dear HFS Community Members,

What is truly important? How and why do we prioritize? If we had the chance to go back in time to critical moments in our lives, would we choose to be more critical, more calculating, or would we choose to be more kind? When faced with the same choice in the present, what do we choose and why? This week our community was tested and we responded. Beloved math teacher Ray Pitz was involved in a horrific five-car accident in which his vehicle flipped and landed in a ditch upside down. Though his injuries from the accident were remarkably limited, he remains in the hospital awaiting word on next steps and further assessment. Meanwhile, his family has had to deal with the ramifications of having one parent in the hospital and the other managing all family needs and serving as primary care giver. Knowing the family as I do, I have no doubt about its resiliency, strength, and faith. However, no one should have to shoulder such burdens in isolation. We all need to be a part of wider communities of support. Life is too challenging at times and far too precious to “go it alone.” I am tremendously proud of and feel blessed to be a part of this wider community of support and concern. And I know that the Pitz family feels just the same way. Thank you, friends, for your genuine expression of caring, concern, kindness, and action.

In peace,

Jonathan

PS – For those of you who may not be aware, your children were the recipients of an equally impressive act of kindness this week. In preparation for Field Day, Katy P. and Emma P. and their family spent time tie-dying shirts for each of the four teams – Red, Green, Blue, Yellow. Next time you see Katy, Emma or their parents please thank them for their wonderful gift and thoughtfulness. Seeing everyone gathered for our morning meeting today at 8 AM in their tie-dyed shirts made me really ponder the idea of tie-dyed school uniforms! They looked great!

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.]

End-of-Year Middle School Camping Trips

Alert! Please be on the lookout for list of camping supplies needed for our 5th/6th and 8th grade camping trips. Since we will be splitting the 5th/6th and 8th grade camping locations this year, we will need more supplies than we’ve needed in past years. High priorities on the list include camp stoves (single or double burners), pots and pans, coolers, and water jugs.

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!

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.)

HFS Magnets

Thanks to the hard work of HFS parent Alisa K. we now have Harford Friends School magnets. Stick them on your car, your refrigerator, or your filing cabinet at work! Magnets can be purchased for $1.00 in the HFS Office.

HFS Photos

Please send any photos you have to Valerie Hartman in electronic format for the 2010-2011 school yearbook. Thank you!

Hearing & Vision Screening (from a notification received by HFS)

The Harford County Health Department staff will be providing hearing and vision screening to students at the following location: Aberdeen Health Department, 34 N. Philadelphia Boulevard, 2nd Floor, Aberdeen, MD 21001.

The Health Department plans to offer the hearing and vision screening, by appointment only, during the afternoon and early evening hours on Tuesdays and Thursdays, beginning May 3, 2011 through May 31, 2011, to accommodate parents and their children’s schedules. If you are interested in these services for your child, please contact the Health Department at 410-273-5626 to schedule an appointment. Parents will be given the screening results that day.

Children that have had vision and hearing screenings within the past year do not need to be re-screened. Parents should forward those results to the child’s school to be included in the permanent file of the student.

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. Tuesday, May 24 – CANCELLED – Blueberry Festival Meeting (7-9PM)
  2. Friday, May 27 – Parent Activities Session #5 (1:25-2:55PM)
  3. Friday, May 27 – End of Year Picnic for students, families, and faculty (3:30-7:00PM) at Eden Mill Nature Center pavilion – Please note – After-School Care will be provided until 4:00PM only. Please remember to coordinate changes in dismissal with your carpool and communicate those changes to the school.
  4. Monday, May 30 – HFS Closed for Memorial Day
  5. Wednesday, June 1 – Primary to Blue Dog Art studio; Intermediate to Steppingstone Museum; Middle School overnight field trips depart (Grade 5/6 to GVOLC; Grade 7 to Fox Island; Grade 8 to Harpers Ferry)
  6. Wednesday, June 1 – Intermediate Class overnight experience at HFS
  7. Thursday, June 2 – Lower School field trip to Ladew Gardens
  8. Friday, June 3 – Lower School field trip to Dutch Wonderland; Middle School overnight field trips return
  9. Monday, June 6 – REQUIRED student work session for any student owing work for the 4th Quarter (3-5PM)
  10. Wednesday, June 8 – Regular school hours (8AM-3PM) *Snow Make-up Date; Special Business Meeting and Presentations of Learning schedule to be announced
  11. Wednesday, June 8 – We would like to invite parents, siblings, and faculty members to participate in the Lower School music performance grand finale. We are looking for a bass player, drum set, guitar and any wind instruments. We will be performing ‘Hard Rock Blues.’ If you are interested, please contact me at joyful@joyfulsounds.net by Monday, June 6.
  12. Thursday, June 9 – Friends Cup Soccer Game for students, families, and faculty (10-11:30AM)
  13. Thursday, June 9 – Last Day of School schedule to be announced (12:00PM Dismissal); End of Semester – Please note – After-School Care will not be provided. Please remember to coordinate changes in dismissal with your carpool and communicate those changes to the school.
  14. Thursday, June 9 – Commencement Rehearsal at Deer Creek Friends Meeting (12:30-3:00PM) Required attendance for all 7th and 8th grade students
  15. Saturday, June 11 – Graduate/Alumni Breakfast (8:30-9:30AM) By invitation only
  16. Saturday, June 11 – Class 2015 Commencement Ceremony and luncheon at Deer Creek Friends Meeting (10AM-12PM)
  17. Thursday, June 16 – H&SA Fundraiser at Jarrettsville Creamery and Deli (5-9PM). Contact Melissa Chaney for information.

HFS Grade 8 Weekly Collections

NOTES from Technology…

Science:  We spent much of the week with Archimedes, widely regarded as the greatest mathematician of the ancient world.  Students embraced their assignment to first explore Archimedes on their own — his contributions, his era, the stories that surround him — and then present their findings as skits.  More precisely, students embraced the thespian aspect, and conceded the necessity to include scientific content.  In class, we examined buoyancy and density, as well as some of the principles of pressure.  We continue to revisit and interconnect what we know, in preparation for final assessments of competence in scientific vocabulary and concepts.

NOTES from Explorations…

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

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

Physical Education: It has truly been a fast, fun and rewarding school year.  My students have improved in many areas physically and/or socially in class. Lower school has worked hard on playing cooperatively and improving basic fitness skills. Middle school improved in overall fitness and athleticism.

We are currently finishing up our softball unit and will continue our running unit and play favorite games to finish out the school year.

My hope is that all of my students will have new interest in staying active this summer and will stay busy, busy , busy! Good luck to all eighth graders. May you excel in all your endeavors!! BE FIT!

Spanish: We continued practicing when to use ser and estar, and learned some food vocabulary in Spanish. We practiced this vocabulary in dialogue, and how to say what a dish contains. For homework, students were to research which cultural food they will make for the Spanish hour on June 8th and fill out their information sheet on it.

NOTES from Middle School ADVISORY…

Middle school advisory groups will spend our last few meetings together reviewing our progress this year and setting goals for the summer and next year.  Have a great week!

HFS Grade 7 Weekly Collections

NOTES from Technology…

Science: Thanks for the contributions of mold!  We had a grand time exploring the samples using stereoscopes, as well as making smears to look at under the high power microscopes.  Our Yellow Death scrolls were due on Tuesday.  We’ve planned our menu responsibilities for Fox Island, talked about what needs to be packed and discussed the agenda for the trip.  The students will have a test on Tuesday on Protists, bacteria, viruses and fungi.

NOTES from Explorations…

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

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

Physical Education: It has truly been a fast, fun and rewarding school year.  My students have improved in many areas physically and/or socially in class. Lower school has worked hard on playing cooperatively and improving basic fitness skills. Middle school improved in overall fitness and athleticism.

We are currently finishing up our softball unit and will continue our running unit and play favorite games to finish out the school year.

My hope is that all of my students will have new interest in staying active this summer and will stay busy, busy , busy! Good luck to all eighth graders. May you excel in all your endeavors!! BE FIT!

Spanish: We had a shortened week due to the field trip on Thursday, but we continued practicing when to use ser and estar (the two Spanish verbs that mean “to be”). We finally finished a wonderful, colorful, sombrero-shaped Thank-you card to La Tolteca,which I will deliver, and practiced some dancing in preparation for the Spanish hour on June 8th.

NOTES from Middle School ADVISORY…

Middle school advisory groups will spend our last few meetings together reviewing our progress this year and setting goals for the summer and next year.  Have a great week!

HFS Grade 5/6 Weekly Collections

NOTES from Humanities…

We have been busy completing our crafts from field trip day which included a garland, Ganesh mask and a Rakhi bracelet. Please ask your child to explain the significance of each of these projects. I was thrilled with the quiz results from our Buddhism unit. Students were able to make connections between Hinduism and Buddhism and discuss recall specific details from 3 weeks of lessons.

Our next grammar unit will be on making the determination about when to use commas, colons and semi-colons. Students have completed their persuasive essays and will begin to prepare for their oral presentation to Mr. Huxtable.

NOTES from Technology…

Science: The 5/6 graders spent our short 3-class week on presenting their projects on the planets.  We also modeled rotation and revolution of the earth.  Moon charts should be completed and turned in on Monday.

Math: The students are doing an excellent job with the algorithm for dividing fractions. We have been focusing on word problems and determining which number comes first when composing the number sentence.

We have begun to discuss the summer math and I have reminded all the students that keeping their foundation math skills sharp will be an excellent benefit for 7th grade math. Students should continue practicing their multiplication facts and long division problems. You will be receiving a summer assignment from the 7th grade math teacher at the end of the semester.

NOTES from Explorations…

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

Music: Students should remember to finish transferring their pitches (letters) and rhythms to manuscript paper before next Tuesday’s class.

Physical Education: It has truly been a fast, fun and rewarding school year.  My students have improved in many areas physically and/or socially in class. Lower school has worked hard on playing cooperatively and improving basic fitness skills. Middle school improved in overall fitness and athleticism.

We are currently finishing up our softball unit and will continue our running unit and play favorite games to finish out the school year.

My hope is that all of my students will have new interest in staying active this summer and will stay busy, busy , busy! Good luck to all eighth graders. May you excel in all your endeavors!! BE FIT!

Spanish: This week we learned about definite and indefinite articles in Spanish, and when to use them. Students practiced by taking a mini-quiz and we played a game to enforce their leaning. To prepare for the  Spanish hour on June 8th, students chose cultural decorations to make and began working on them. For homework, they had a review of a portion of the Spring vocabulary we’ve learned.

NOTES from Middle School ADVISORY…

Middle school advisory groups will spend our last few meetings together reviewing our progress this year and setting goals for the summer and next year.  Have a great week!

HFS Lower School Weekly Collections

NOTES from the 1/2 Grade Classroom…

This week the Primary class continued to learn how things are made and read a story about the flag along with watched a video on how fleece is made.  After this we added to out K-W-L chart to what we learned.  In science, we had a final assessment on insects.  This week in math we reviewed as a whole group money, 2-dimentional and 3-dimentional shapes, symmetry, and place value.  This week in language arts we learned about the SPICES-integrity and added to our SPICES book about what integrity means to you and illustrated it as well.  The class also learned about similes and how to write similes.  This week and next week the primary class is going to finish up their Poem Books with Original Poetry.  We will also be finishing up our Life Cycle books and end of the year portfolios.

NOTES from the 3/4 Grade Classroom…

In Reading, the class reflected on the story “My Name is Maria Isabel.”  In Writing Workshop, work is well under way on the last writing piece of the year, a personal essay on one of the Quaker SPICES:  Simplicity, Peace, Integrity, Community, Equality, Stewardship.  The students are using their considerable writing skills to incorporate fact, opinion, emotion, personal experience, and connections to the larger world into this essay. The published pieces will be on display during the last week of school.  In Social Studies, we have finally entered the modern era, beginning with our field trip to WBAL TV station on Thursday.  The last group diorama is under construction.  The intermediate math group completed the unit on decimals with a test on Wednesday.  We will sample algebra concepts and review our learning for the next week.  Our paper crane project is still growing, with 882 cranes out of 1,000 made to date.  Have a great week!

Science-3/4: Our little scientists were quite busy this week disassembling a compass, determining the working parts and then figuring out how to make a compass of their own.  They learned much about compasses, how to magnetize an object and how to test their compasses.  They also explored the relationship between electricity and magnetism by making electromagnets.  We will have a test on electricity and magnetism on Thursday of next week.

NOTES from Explorations…

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

Music 1-4: Students have been practicing their numbers for the June 8th music performances. Please encourage them to practice at home as well! We would like to invite parents, siblings, and faculty members to participate in our grand finale. We are looking for a bass player, drum set, guitar and any wind instruments. We will be performing ‘Hard Rock Blues.’ If you are interested, please contact me at joyful@joyfulsounds.net by Monday, June 6.

Physical Education: It has truly been a fast, fun and rewarding school year.  My students have improved in many areas physically and/or socially in class. Lower school has worked hard on playing cooperatively and improving basic fitness skills. Middle school improved in overall fitness and athleticism.

We are currently finishing up our softball unit and will continue our running unit and play favorite games to finish out the school year.

My hope is that all of my students will have new interest in staying active this summer and will stay busy, busy , busy! Good luck to all eighth graders. May you excel in all your endeavors!! BE FIT!

Spanish 1/2: We practiced some of our previous vocab, including Spring animals and Family. Students learned how to ask where someone is, and talk about four different locations. We also learned to the end of our “Sol, solecito” song! We will need to continue practicing, but I am proud of their progress in this!

Spanish 3/4: We used this week to work on our Storybook Projects. Students practiced constructing sentences and using question words in Spanish, and wrote their own original stories, using as much Spanish as possible. With my help, we began translating the stories completely into Spanish. For homework, students are to make all the illustrations for their stories, which we will complete next week!