HFS Weekly Collections

HFS News & Special Events
November 21, 2011

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.]

Adopt-A-Family…

As part of this process, each student has been asked to earn a minimum of $5 towards their contribution to the pool of money for the adopted family’s gifts. All donated funds will be collected and divided equitably for the purchase of gifts for the six children.

A marked bin has been placed in the HFS office for the non-perishable food drive. Non-perishable donations may be placed in the bin at any time beginning Monday, November 7. There are no food allergies to consider. Non-food items that have been requested include dish detergent, Lysol, and floor cleaner.

Performance of Oklahoma! at North Harford High School…

Oklahoma! Will be performed at North Harford High School on Friday, November 18th at 7:00PM and on Saturday, November 19th at 2:00PM and 7:00PM. At least one HFS graduate will be a part of the cast. Tickets are priced at $10.00 for adults and $7.00 for students and seniors. Online ticket sales will open Oct. 21 at https://tix4.seatyourself.biz/webstore/webstore.html?domain=northharford&date=2011-11-18 and run through Nov. 17th. If you are purchasing online, it is imperative that you PRINT YOUR RECIEPT WITH SEAT NUMBERS AND BRING IT TO THE SHOW.  Due to the nature of our ticket sales, it will not be possible to tell you your seat number at the show.  Your seat numbers will be on your receipt and the receipt will serve as your ticket! Tickets will be available for sale 45 minutes prior to each performance in the lobby of the NHHS auditorium.

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. Nov. 4 – Dec. 8 – Adopt-A-Family – Students earn a minimum of $5 through doing some work around the house. Parents are asked to identify a job or chore outside of the ordinary for which their child(ren) might earn towards their contribution to the pool of money for the adopted family.
  2. Monday, Nov. 21 – DI practices (3:00-4:30PM)
  3. Wednesday, Nov. 23 – Grandparents & Special Friends Day (8AM-12PM) sponsored by the HFS Beautification & Hospitality Committee. Students will invite their grandparents or special friends to spend the day participating in intergenerational activities in classes. Information has been sent home with students and sent via email.
  4. Wednesday, Nov. 23 – Noon dismissal for all students, with pickup to occur by 12:30PM. There will be no extended care this date.
  5. Thursday, Nov. 24-Friday, Nov. 25 – School Closed for Thanksgiving Break
  6. Monday, Nov. 28 – DI practices (3:00-4:30PM)
  7. Monday, Nov. 28 – Adopt-A-Family – Grade advisors speak with students about why we are involved and what each has done to earn their contribution to the gift pool.
  8. Tuesday, Nov. 29 – Organization 101 – Session #1 (3:00-5:00PM in Deer Creek Classroom); Pre-registration is required in order for students to attend.
  9. Wednesday, Nov. 30 – Student Portrait Day – Students will have their portrait taken by former HFS parent and photographer Edwin Remsberg. Pictures will be available for sale via Edwin’s website.
  10. Wednesday, Nov. 30 – Home & School Association Meeting (7-8PM) [Reminder: This is an adult-only function.]
  11. Thursday, Dec. 1 – Adopt-A-Family – Grade groups are provided information about their adopted family member’s needs/wishes and create shopping list.
  12. Thursday, Dec. 1 – Organization 101 – Session #2 (3:00-5:00PM in Deer Creek Classroom); Pre-registration is required in order for students to attend.
  13. Thursday, Dec. 1 – Parents of students in Grade 5/6 are invited to attend an informal Conversation with the Head of School (7:00-8:30PM). Please RSVP to jbutton@harfordfriends.org by Monday, November 28.
  14. Friday, Dec. 2 – Parent Activities Session (1:25-2:55PM) Please contact Activity Coordinator Janine Meadows with questions or to volunteer.
  15. Friday, Dec. 2 – H&SA fundraiser at Barnes & Noble in Bel Air (4-9PM) Please contact Coordinator Laura Russo for additional information.
  16. Sunday, Dec. 4 – HFS Families are invited to attend Meeting for Worship at Deer Creek Friends Meeting (10-11AM at 1212 Main Street, Darlington)
  17. Monday, Dec. 5 – Adopt-A-Family – Students research online catalogs to determine the stores with the best value on their shopping list.
  18. Monday, Dec. 5 – DI practices (3:00-4:30PM)
  19. Tuesday, Dec. 6 – Parent Coffee with the Head of School (8:05-8:50AM in Fawn Grove Classroom); Please RSVP to jbutton@harfordfriends.org by Friday, December 2.
  20. Tuesday, Dec. 6 – Trustee Day at HFS (9:00-11:45AM) By invitation only.
  21. Tuesday, Dec. 6 – Organization 101 – Session #3 (3:00-5:00PM in Deer Creek Classroom); Pre-registration is required in order for students to attend.
  22. Thursday, Dec. 8 – Adopt-A-Family – DEADLINE – Student-earned money is due to their Grade Advisor upon arrival at school.
  23. Thursday, Dec. 8 – Organization 101 – Session #4 (3:00-5:00PM in Deer Creek Classroom); Pre-registration is required in order for students to attend.
  24. Thursday, Dec. 8 – Parents of students in Grade 7 are invited to attend an informal Conversation with the Head of School (7:00-8:30PM). Please RSVP to headofschool@harfordfriends.org by Monday, December 5.
  25. Friday, Dec. 9 – Grade 5/6 field trip to Blue Dog Arts studio (Depart 12:20; Return 3:00) – No other grades will be taking a field trip on this date.
  26. December 9-11 – Adopt-A-Family – Grade groups go on a shopping trip with an adult representative – Parents may volunteer to lead this trip by contacting their child’s Grade Advisor.
  27. Monday, Dec. 12 – Adopt-A-Family – DEADLINE – All grade group purchases must be delivered to HFS upon arrival at school and placed in marked bins in designated classrooms. Students will meet in their grade groups later this day to wrap gifts.
  28. Monday, Dec. 12 – DI practices (3:00-4:30PM)
  29. Tuesday, Dec. 12 – Pre-School Directors Day (9-11:30AM) By invitation only
  30. Tuesday, Dec. 13 – Organization 101 – Session #5 (3:00-5:00PM in Deer Creek Classroom); Pre-registration is required in order for students to attend.
  31. Wednesday, Dec. 14 – Home & School Association Meeting (7-8PM) [Reminder: This is an adult-only function.]
  32. Thursday, Dec. 15 – Whole-school field trip to The Walnut Theatre in Philadelphia for performance of A Christmas Carol. Student transportation provided by bus.
  33. Monday, Dec. 19 – DI practices (3:00-4:30PM)
  34. December 19-21 – Adopt-A-Family – Gifts and groceries delivered to adopted family during school hours. Date TBD by family. Please contact Marsha Grossman to volunteer. No more than two volunteers will be confirmed to deliver items to the adopted family.
  35. Tuesday, Dec. 20 – Organization 101 – Session #6 (3:00-5:00PM in Deer Creek Classroom); Pre-registration is required in order for students to attend.
  36. Wednesday, Dec. 21 – Holiday Bowl VI (12:30-3:00PM); Students, faculty, and family members participate in our annual flag football game. Please contact Jennifer Button or Jonathan Huxtable to volunteer. You can choose to be a player or volunteer on the sidelines!
  37. Thursday, Dec. 22 – Monday, Jan. 2 – School Closed for Winter Break.

HFS Grade 8 Weekly Collections

NOTES from Humanities…

English: The eighth grade English class did a fine job on final drafts of their Dramatic Monologues based on The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks.  They demonstrated a strong grasp of complex information gained from reading the book for science class.  They also showed great sensitivity toward Henrietta and her daughter Deborah as they spoke in the persona of one of the women.  The class finished their study of the issues raised in this book by presenting Negative or Affirmative arguments on these resolutions:  Should the author, Rebecca Skloot, have told Henrietta’s story?  Should patients have ownership of their own cells and tissues?  Should Crownsville State Hospital have been allowed to ignore inhumane conditions for patients in the 1950′s?  In their first attempt at researching, writing, and presenting argumentative speeches, the students met the challenge and learned a great deal about gathering information to support a position.  After their return from the Philadephia field trip, we will delve into the writings of Ben Franklin, Thomas Paine, Phyllis Wheatley, Thomas Jefferson, and Patrick Henry as we analyze the literature of America’s Age of Reason.  Vocabulary study continues, with an emphasis on strengthening word knowledge as students meet the challenges of the high school entrance process, and ultimately transition to high school.  Outside reading for this quarter was chosen from a list of classics.  Book reports will be presented at the end of the quarter.

Social Studies: Students in the 8th grade will begin heading south in the colonies as they study Virginia.  They will learn that throughout the agrarian Southern colonies, the plantation system were large self-sufficient farms that were owned and ran by planters. These farmers were expected to follow a certain code of conduct, which gave rise to a new elite social system.  The students will identify the five Southern colonies and they will discuss the type of workforce that made the plantation system profitable.

NOTES from Technology…

Algebra I: Because students in the Algebra I class have needed more practice in specific skill areas, I have had to adjust my plans that had been laid out in last week’s collections.  We needed to spend more time than I had intended on transforming the form of a linear equation from slope intercept form (y=mx+b) to standard form (Ax+By=C), and vice versa, as well as applying these forms in problem solving settings.  The planned topic of solving linear systems using the methods of substitution and elimination will be addressed during the shortened Thanksgiving Week, as well as the following week.  Again, I am asking for your support in making sure that math homework gets completed each night–as I told the students, nightly homework in algebra is the segue from the previous lesson to the next lesson.

I hope to see many of you in class next Wednesday, as we celebrate “Grandparents and Special Friends Day”.

Science: “If it isn’t love, what’s going on?”  Atomic bonding has been the topic of the week.  8th graders took a quiz on electron configuration, learned how to draw electron dot diagrams and predict the type of bond two elements would form. Our lab work involved the properties of compounds that are ionically bonded.

NOTES from Explorations…

Computer Technology: This class will prepare a mini-research project on a 21st century technology giant. Students were assigned their topic from the following selections: YouTube, Google, Social Networking, Nintendo, Wikipedia, EBay, and Pixar. Students gave a brief oral presentation to the class about their topic and their first impressions of the material. They provided input on how they would like to showcase their project. Wikis and slideshow presentations topped the list of favorite options.

Music: The composition students finished their group compositions this week.  After reading comments from their peers on their musical performance last week in class, each group had the opportunity to make any changes to improve their composition before performing it one last time.  Students are now diving into basic music theory to enhance their composing from rhythmic notation to melodic rhythmic notation.

Physical Education: Football is in full swing. Lower school is practicing the fundamentals of the game, eye-hand coordination and agility. Grades 5 – 8 are learning flag football, throwing, catching and SAQ. Notebooks are still needed for the month of December for grades 5-8. There will be a quiz on self management before our holiday break.

Spanish:  We took our quiz on likes and dislikes.  Now we are working with adjectives and we will soon be learning the verb ”to be” and family members.

HFS Grade 7 Weekly Collections

NOTES from Humanities…

In 7th grade social studies the students will begin learning about the early kingdoms in Africa.  The empires of Ghana, Mali, Songhai, and Benin will be the center of our attention next week as we explore why these powerful kingdoms emerged in West Africa.  The students will learn how Islam spread across West Africa and the effects of the religion had on the empires.  They will study how in parts of Africa, trade helped to support large states and empires.   By next Wednesday I would like to have the students understand that the peoples of Africa developed many different societies.  In English for 7th grade the students will work on character by studying how women in the story are depicted as far more intelligent than they are credited.  Students will work in groups and imagine that they have a husband or wife that has stolen something and will create a plan on what they would or wouldn’t do in that situation.  The students will read chapters 17-18 in their book, “The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency.”  The students will focus on finding adverbs in sentences and using adverbs that modify other adverbs.  Your child should be continuing to work on their book reports at home on a nightly basis as well.

NOTES from Technology…

Math: The students will move on in their study of similar figures by working on constructing similar quadrilaterals from smaller, congruent figures.  The students will be challenged to find ways to put multiple copies of figures together to make a larger similar figure.  Students will use a given scale factor to make a figure similar to a specific triangle or rectangle.  They will also work on constructing similar triangles and generalize the relationships between scale factor and area.  Subdividing a figure into smaller, similar figures will also be concept of focus in the short week that is ahead of us.

Science: The 7th graders have been discovering the enormous ratio between land and water that is particular to the Chesapeake Bay’s watershed. We’ve finished our maps of the watershed and have learned all of the major rivers that contribute to the bay.  Next week we will begin our study of water quality.

NOTES from Explorations…

Computer Technology: This week we reviewed our Internet Terminology and applied our knowledge to the http://kids.yahoo.com/ homepage and Study Zone page. Students identified all parts of the page and had the opportunity to explore the site. Each student reported something new or interesting they discovered.

Music: This week the music history students were exposed to the sounds of Gregorian chant and a madrigal that were common styles of music during the Middle Ages time period.  Students were quick and eager to voice their opinions of each style of music.  They discovered the modern English translation of the madrigal song, “Sumer is Incumen in” and learned the importance of knowing that language meaning of the past is different from today.

Physical Education: Football is in full swing. Lower school is practicing the fundamentals of the game, eye-hand coordination and agility. Grades 5 – 8 are learning flag football, throwing, catching and SAQ. Notebooks are still needed for the month of December for grades 5-8. There will be a quiz on self management before our holiday break.

Spanish:  We took our quiz on likes and dislikes.  Now we are working with adjectives and we will soon be learning the verb ”to be” and family members.

HFS Grade 5/6 Weekly Collections

NOTES from Humanities…

Humanities 5/6 students having been discussing the literary technique of making inferences. They have learned that, while reading, they often have to bring in background information in order to understand the text fully. In order to demonstrate the idea of making inferences, everyone performed a short skit while the rest of the class observed and drew conclusions about what was happening. In Social Studies, the students practiced their outlining skills while organizing information about the Persian Wars and the Peloponnesian War. They were also introduced to the historical figure of Alexander the Great. After learning facts about him, they created fictional resumes detailing his skills and accomplishments. In Writing, the students have started a new project: they are creating an original Greek myth. Next week in Social Studies we will explore the last section of Ancient Greece: the Hellenistic Age. This means that we will begin reviewing for our unit test shortly.

NOTES from Technology…

Math: Math 6 students have started looking at the relationship between fractions and decimals. They have been introduced to decimals with numbers in the tenths, hundredths, and thousandths places. Parents should encourage their children to practice saying decimals correctly (no “point” or “dot”)! In order to examine decimals visually, the students used grids to draw out what specific decimals “look like.” Next week we will use benchmarks in a similar way to how we used them with fractions in order to compare decimals and learn about relative size of decimals.

Science: 5/6 grade students proved to be fabulous meteorologists and interviewers for our weather spotlight this week! Thanks to Mr. Huxtable for being our audience.  Friday was spent at the Maryland Science Center. Next week we delve into reading weather maps and making predictions.

NOTES from Explorations…

Computer Technology: We briefly reviewed Internet survival tips and guidelines for safe online behavior.  We discussed the parts of an e-commerce website and checked out the children’s book department at www.amazon.com.

Music: This week the fifth and sixth grade have been buzzing rhythms on their mouthpieces to become comfortable with the correct embouchure.  Students learned how to assemble their instrument and played their first note on their instrument.  Students have the opportunity to practice how to write music for their instrument by transcribing the rhythms with their specified first four notes onto staff paper.  Note to students: Transcribe lines 1-4 onto the staff paper for our next class (we’ll tackle lines 5-10 later).

Physical Education: Football is in full swing. Lower school is practicing the fundamentals of the game, eye-hand coordination and agility. Grades 5 – 8 are learning flag football, throwing, catching and SAQ. Notebooks are still needed for the month of December for grades 5-8. There will be a quiz on self management before our holiday break.

Spanish: We took out weather quiz now it’s time to work with colors.  We’ll finish with colors next week and do something for Thanksgiving.

HFS Lower School Weekly Collections

NOTES from the 3/4 Grade Classroom…

It’s hard to believe that Thanksgiving is near!  It has been a busy week in the intermediate classroom.  In Reading, we are continuing to read Tuck Everlasting and have started on a graphic representation of its story elements.  In Writing Workshop, the students’ poetry notebooks are coming together and are due on Tuesday, November 22.  Some students may need to work on their notebooks at home.  Poetry recitations are scheduled for Monday, November 21.  In Social Studies, the finishing touches are being placed on our Native American village.  In Science, the students are working on their chromatography inventions, and we will share these after the Thanksgiving break.  The intermediate Math group is beginning a new unit on statistics and probability, but we will continue to review our multiplication facts through our daily round of Multiplication Toss.  I strongly recommend five minutes of practice on multiplication facts, using flashcards or another tool of your choice.  On Friday, November 18, we will venture to the Maryland Science Center to preview our unit on Motion.  Please remember to pack a complete lunch for the field trip.  Of course, next week will be a short one, with early dismissal on Wednesday, November 23 to begin the Thanksgiving holiday.  I am really looking forward to all of our special guests on Grandparents and Special Friends Day.  Have a great week!

NOTES from the 1/2 Grade Classroom…

This week in language arts read the story Smarty Pants.  They wrote their own stories about Smarty Pants, filled out a t-chart comparing Smarty Pants and circus clowns, and determining the main ideas.  In theme, we are finishing up our family members and will begin discussing jobs that some of our family members have that are important to our community.  This relates to our field trip on Friday to downtown Bel Air where we learned about important places and people in our community.  In science, we learned about an important tool that meteorologists use to measure rain, a rain gauge.  We also discussed different natural sources of water.  The primary class also led the Meeting for Worship this week; each student read a stanza of the poem The Difference He Made by Randy Poole.  They did an excellent job and I give them kudos for their loud and clear reading!

NOTES from the Kindergarten Classroom…

Kindergarten is reading One Little, Two Little, Three Little Pilgrims by B. G. Hennessy, and ‘Twas the Night Before Thanksgiving by Dav Pilkey.  We have been discussing things in our lives for which we are thankful, and why we are thankful.  We have also been learning about the Wampanoag Indians, and learning how hard the children worked.  We are practicing our handwriting formation of the starting corner and center starter capital letters, and continuing to concentrate on the vocabulary used to form the letters, as well as where our letters are in relation to the lines on the paper.  We have expanded practicing our sight words to include spelling the color and number words.

The kindergarteners have been reinforcing number recognition and number relationships using the vocabulary words big, bigger, small, smaller, more, less, high and low.    We have also continued exploring measurement using non-standard measuring devices such as cubes, paper clips, and pennies.   We have been introduced to the concepts of addition and subtraction using concrete experiences.

We went on a walking field trip with Ms. Brooke.  She helped us locate North using a compass, find spruce, oak, and redbud trees close to school and draw a map to identify their locations.  We also measured the girth of the trees.

NOTES from Explorations…

3/4 Computer Technology: We continued keyboarding instruction this week. Each student passed additional skill check assessments to quantify speed and accuracy. Remind your student to practice good posture when working on the computer at home. Next week will practice online research and Internet navigation skills.

1/2 Computer Technology: We took a break from keyboarding practice and spent the class online. We visited the National Geographic Kids site at http://kids.nationalgeographic.com/kids/animals/ . The students selected animals to research, read their fact cards, reviewed their photos and habitat maps, and watched short videos about their creature. They reported to the rest of the class three things they learned and found interesting.

3/4 Music: This week the third and fourth graders have been buzzing rhythms on their mouthpieces to become comfortable with the correct embouchure.  After mastering the embouchure, students learned how to assemble their instrument and also played their first note on their instrument! They did a great job practicing their first note while reading different rhythm lines in class.  Students were given a ‘First Note Practice’ page that they should be playing at home-I hope to hear some of you perform the challenge line for me next week in class!

1/2 Music: This week the first and second grade students continued learning that tempo means the speed of the beat!  They discovered that ‘largo’ is slow like a turtle, ‘presto’ is fast like a bee and ‘moderato’ falls right in the middle.  We listened to different music examples of largo and presto and the students identified the tempo by moving around the room like a bee or a turtle.  They also took their very first written music quiz which they all did very well on-way to go first and second graders!

Physical Education: Football is in full swing. Lower school is practicing the fundamentals of the game, eye-hand coordination and agility. Grades 5 – 8 are learning flag football, throwing, catching and SAQ. Notebooks are still needed for the month of December for grades 5-8. There will be a quiz on self management before our holiday break.

3/4 Spanish: This week we learned about the family.  We will finish this and do some Thanksgiving activities.

1/2 Spanish: We finished clothing ands played some Bingo.  Next week we will celebrate Thanksgiving.

Kindergarten Spanish:  We learned some clothing this week.  Next week we will celebrate Thanksgiving.