HFS Weekly Collections

HFS News & Special Events
February 18, 2011

Dear HFS Families,

The life of a school is a many and multi-faceted entity. At its best it is a microcosm of what we want the world to be – a community of diverse individuals thinking independently, creatively, and critically; working for self-improvement and enlightenment, and serving the interest of the greater good. Yet, we know this sense of “community” is never truly achieved. What then would happen if someone were to say, “We have achieved the ideal?” For what would be left to work toward? Where would we apply our energies? I can safely assure you that students, parents, and teachers purposefully apply those energies each and every day at Harford Friends School and the products of which can be found in limitless examples. Here are just a few of those from yesterday, February 17th

  • 8th grade students identifying the components of Harford Friends School that must remain “unchanged” for the school to remain the HFS they know and love
  • Lower School students celebrating the 100th day of school with food, hats, posters, and representations of themselves at the age of 100
  • Parents volunteering to staff our first ever Book Fair
  • Faculty members pitching in to help one another relocate the Book Fair, share dinner in advance of Judy’s Night, and supply coffee and breakfast treats to honor the heavy admissions work to be done in the next two weeks
  • PE students learning about heart rates and age expectations for their cardiovascular activity
  • Basketball team members perfecting an outlet passing drill
  • 8th grade students sharing their good news of high school acceptances and receiving applause at Morning Meeting
  • 5th and 6th grade students producing publish-quality versions of their Writing Workshop pieces
  • 7th grade students engaging questions arising through their study of India
  • Intermediate students working together to demonstrate their multiplication facts in record-setting time
  • Board members, parents, students, friends of the school gathering to honor and celebrate a beloved friend, Judy Harlan, by story-telling and reading for the enjoyment of all

While we may not ever achieve an ideal sense of “community” I know I am continually in awe and impressed by the work we do in support of ours!

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.]

Re-enrollment Contract Offers

Please be aware that the contract re-enrollment mailing scheduled for Thursday, February 17 was delayed until Tuesday, February 22 to accommodate the distribution of the 2011-2012 bus service contract offer. Please be on the look-out for that new service coming to HFS in fall 2011!

Book Fair Thank You!

I want to thank everyone for participating in the book fair, purchasing books, making recommendations, and volunteering.

-HFS Faculty Member Marsha Grossman

WINTER FAMILY FUN WALK

Please join Harford Friends School and the wider Harford County community Saturday, February 26 at 10AM on the Ma and Pa Trail to brush off the winter blues and support Mason-Dixon Community Services.

Mason-Dixon provides a safety net in the community for struggling individuals and families through emergency food and energy assistance. The registration fee for the event is one (1) canned food item or $1 per participant to be contributed the day of the event.

We’ll gather at 10AM at the Pavilion at Annie’s Playground at Edgeley Grove Park in Fallston to begin the walk. (864 Smith Lane, Fallston, MD 21047) At the end of the out-and-back family walk (bikes, roller blades, strollers all welcome), please join us for celebratory refreshments and good cheer at the Pavilion at Annie’s Playground.

“The Winter Fun Walk promises to be a fun community event that provides just the right reason for braving the end-of-winter weather. A brisk walk along the Ma and Pa Trail to support a worthy cause and enjoy the fellowship of one another seemed like a fun thing to do in the midst of the winter doldrums for event organizers. While it is not quite a polar plunge, it is just one way that HFS can live its value of community involvement and of making a difference one person and one step at a time,” said Jonathan Huxtable, Head of School.

The timing of the event aligns with Mason-Dixon’s single largest fundraising effort of the year. During the months of February and March whatever donations (monetary and in-kind) received by Mason-Dixon Community Services are proportionately matched by the Feinstein Foundation. At this time of year, your generosity goes twice the distance for Mason-Dixon and its clients.

Theresa “Terrie” Perry, Community Services Coordinator, Mason-Dixon Community Services commented, “Mason-Dixon Community Services is thrilled to partner with the Harford Friends School in their inaugural “Winter Walk”.  We cannot be more appreciative of the students, their parents, and HFS faculty that consistently support our efforts to provide emergency support services to the North Harford community.”

Parent & Student Handbook

The Solutions & Meeting for Worship Committee is overseeing this year’s handbook review for the purpose of proposing changes for next year. If you have suggestions for improvements in any area of the handbook (dress code, operating procedures, grading policies, etc.), please e-mail them to cfoley@harfordfriends.org. We also encourage you to ask your children if they have proposals to change parts of the handbook. Please note, in order for proposed changes to be implemented, recommendations must be approved by the Business Meeting, Faculty, and the Head of School.

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. Friday, Feb. 18 – HFS Closed for Mid-Winter Break
  2. Monday, Feb. 21 – HFS Closed for Presidents Day
  3. Tuesday, Feb. 22 – Basketball Practice with Coach Huxtable (3:00-4:15PM) in gym.
  4. Tuesday, Feb. 22 – Home & School Association Meeting (7-9PM)
  5. Thursday, Feb. 24 – Basketball Practice with Coach Huxtable (3:00-4:15PM) in gym.
  6. Thursday, Feb. 24 – Snow Date for Judy’s Night of a Thousand Stars (5:30-7:30PM)
  7. Friday, Feb. 25 – Parent Activities Session #1 (1:25-2:55PM)
  8. Friday, Feb. 25 – Destination Imagination Grades 3-5 Practice (3:15-4:30PM) in Little Falls Classroom
  9. Friday, Feb. 25 – Destination Imagination Grades 6-8 Practice (3:15-4:30PM) in Fawn Grove Classroom
  10. Saturday, Feb. 26 – HFS Family Fun Winter Walk (10AM-12:30PM)
  11. Monday, Feb. 28 – Destination Imagination Grades 3-5 Practice (3:15-4:30PM) in Little Falls Classroom
  12. Monday, Feb. 28 – Destination Imagination Grades 6-8 Practice (3:15-4:30PM) in Fawn Grove Classroom
  13. Monday, Feb. 28 – Rising Stars Grades 1-2 Practice (3:15-4:30PM) in Forest Hill Classroom
  14. Tuesday, Mar. 1 – Parent Coffee with the Head of School (8:05-8:55AM) in Gunpowder Classroom. Please RSVP to jbutton@harfordfriends.org by Monday Feb. 28.
  15. Tuesday, Mar. 1 – 2011-2012 Admissions Acceptances mailed to new students
  16. Thursday, Mar. 3 – Blueberry Festival Planning Meeting (7-9PM) at HFS
  17. Friday, Mar. 4 – 5/6th Grade field trip to Walters Art Museum (Depart 9:15AM, Return 1:15PM)
  18. Friday, Mar. 4 – 7th Grade field trip to Blue Dog Arts (Depart 12:20PM, Return 2:45PM)
  19. Friday, Mar. 4 – Parent Activities Session #2 (1:25-2:55PM)
  20. Friday, Mar. 4 – Destination Imagination Grades 3-5 Practice (3:15-4:30PM) in Little Falls Classroom
  21. Friday, Mar. 4 – Destination Imagination Grades 6-8 Practice (3:15-4:30PM) in Fawn Grove Classroom
  22. Saturday, Mar. 5 – Regional D.I. Tournament (Please contact your team leader for information.)
  23. Monday, Mar. 7 - Destination Imagination Grades 3-5 Practice if needed (3:15-4:30PM) in Little Falls Classroom
  24. Monday, Mar. 7 – Destination Imagination Grades 6-8 Practice if needed (3:15-4:30PM) in Fawn Grove Classroom
  25. Thursday, Mar. 10 – 6th Annual Science Fair & Technology Night (7-9PM at HFS). All students are required to attend.
  26. Friday, Mar. 11 – Parent Activities Session #3 (1:25-2:55PM)
  27. Friday, Mar. 11 - Destination Imagination Grades 3-5 Practice if needed (3:15-4:30PM) in Little Falls Classroom
  28. Friday, Mar. 11 – Destination Imagination Grades 6-8 Practice if needed (3:15-4:30PM) in Fawn Grove Classroom
  29. Saturday, Mar. 12 – Harford County Parents Camp & Education Fair at St. Margaret Elementary School (8:30AM-5PM) Event staffed by H&SA volunteers.
  30. Sunday, Mar. 13 – HFS Families invited to Meeting for Worship at Little Falls Friends Meeting (10:30-11:30AM)
  31. Monday, Mar. 14-Friday, Mar. 18 – HFS Closed for Spring Break
  32. Tuesday, Mar. 15 – Signed Re-Enrollment Contracts and Deposit due for 2011-2012 school year
  33. Monday, Mar. 21 - Destination Imagination Grades 3-5 Practice if needed (3:15-4:30PM) in Little Falls Classroom
  34. Monday, Mar. 21 – Destination Imagination Grades 6-8 Practice if needed (3:15-4:30PM) in Fawn Grove Classroom
  35. Tuesday, Mar. 22 – Blueberry Festival 2011 Coordinators meeting (6-7PM)
  36. Tuesday, Mar. 22 – H&SA Meeting (7-9PM)
  37. Friday, Mar. 25 – Field Trips for all grades – Grade 8: B&O Railroad Museum; Grade 7: TBD; Grade 5/6: LaFarge; Grade 3/4: TBD; Grade 1/2: TBD
  38. Friday, Mar. 25 - Destination Imagination Grades 3-5 Practice if needed (3:15-4:30PM) in Little Falls Classroom
  39. Friday, Mar. 25 – Destination Imagination Grades 6-8 Practice if needed (3:15-4:30PM) in Fawn Grove Classroom
  40. Monday, Mar. 28 - Destination Imagination Grades 3-5 Practice if needed (3:15-4:30PM) in Little Falls Classroom
  41. Monday, Mar. 28 – Destination Imagination Grades 6-8 Practice if needed (3:15-4:30PM) in Fawn Grove Classroom
  42. Wednesday, Mar. 30 – End of 3rd Quarter – All student work must be submitted to teachers by 3:00PM
  43. Wednesday, Mar. 30 – REQUIRED student work session for any student owing work for the 3rd Quarter (3-5PM)

HFS Grade 8 Weekly Collections

NOTES from Humanities…

We are in the final stages of finishing Book 4 of A History of US. We have a test on Thursday, and starting next week the students will teach the class. I’m looking forward to learning more about the founding documents everyone researched. Because of the book fair, our time in English was a bit shortened but we began our new vocabulary lesson and moved into the work of Henry David Thoreau. Also, last week’s field trip was a lot of fun – we got to see the inner-workings of our state legislature.

NOTES from Technology…

Science: Every day between now and the science fair, homework includes work on the students’ science project, whether research, writing, hands-on experimentation, or analyzing.  Students are intermittently accountable to piecework deadlines, and missing these deadlines repeatedly will make it exceedingly difficult for students to earn a project grade representative of students’ capabilities.  On the bright side, some students are on track, not building a crisis of procrastination.

To build skills in parallel with — and useful to — the science project, we measured individual students’ reaction times in two ways.  One method used the gravitational constant in conjunction with a dropped meter stick, with multiple opportunities for uncontrolled variables, error, and miscalculation.  Another method used a computer-based response to visual stimulation (we used freeware from http://download.wareseeker.com/reaction-time-tester-1.0/).  How many repetitions are desirable?  How does one decide whether a measurement is invalid and should be thrown out? How different are the results if one calculates mean versus median?  How do we build a data table that represents the entire class data-set?  How do the two methods of determining reaction times compare?  What conclusions or hypotheses emerge about such things as gender, handedness, perceived athleticism, gaming skills?  How do our data compare with those from average kids and professional athletes?  The latter question from students provided opportunity to look at a scientific paper that is very accessible and serves as a model for analysis and discussion of similar data.  Homework was a requirement that students do a short piece of expository writing on this set of experiments:  one paragraph of results, one paragraph of discussion.

Math: As we wrap up our current unit on exponential growth, ‘Growing, Growing, Growing’, we have been studying exponential decay through applications involving Newton’s Law of Cooling, as well as working on our unit performance assessment– a simulation of radioactive decay by rolling dice to determine which isotopes had decayed.  The data from this “experiment” will be analyzed by students, and collected in class next Wednesday, February 23.  There was no quiz this week, due to my absence on Wednesday, and a final unit quiz will be given next week.  While this unit of study is ending, students will continue to work on their sci-fi short stories on exponential growth “run amok” through subsequent units.

NOTES from Explorations…

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

Computer Technology: No class this week due to school holiday. Reminder: Revisions on the Harpers Ferry paper are due in our next class on February 26th. Keyboarding Worksheet #1 is due as well. Next class we will begin to create a Harry Potter themed spreadsheet.

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

Spanish: This week we reviewed the meanings and usage of pronouns, and had more practice with -AR verbs, and using emotion words. The class filled in the blanks to complete and act out a skit in Spanish, and reviewed for their test which will be next Thursday.

NOTES from Middle School ADVISORY…

Our grade level units are in full swing.  It is exciting to introduce and explore these topics with middle school students, knowing that what they are learning will equip them to make wise choices in their near and distant futures.  Please be aware that homework assignments may be given throughout these units, which will last for approximately six weeks.  Take the time to ask your child about the topics discussed on Mondays and Thursdays.  Have a great week!

HFS Grade 7 Weekly Collections

NOTES from Humanities…

After the successful Rwanda Negotiations unit, we were happy to get back in our normal routine. We started our study of the Indian subcontinent in earnest, looking at the geography, climate, and ancient civilizations of the area. We also began The Jungle Book – our main goal is to find out if these stories are more than fables or children’s tales.

NOTES from Technology…

Science: This week we learned how to determine the concentrations of solutions and how to perform serial dilutions.  We also enjoyed creating colloids and testing them for various physical properties.  Literature reviews for the science fair projects were due on Wednesday.  All experimentation should aim to be completed by Feb. 24th in order to allow enough time to create the written paper and trifold board.

Math:  This week in Math 7, we have been working on using the order of operations involving and the Distributive property with positive and negative numbers. We took Quiz 3 on multiplying and dividing negative numbers on Monday, and it should have come home for revisions and a signature. We were planning to take our Accentuate the Negative unit test on Thursday of this week, but we’ll be delaying it until next week to spend some more time on the Distributive Property.

Next week, after taking the Unit test, we will begin our new unit called Moving Straight Ahead, which explores linear relationships. We will begin our exploration by investigating patterns of changes between independent and dependent variables, and constructing tables, graphs, and equations to represent linear patterns of change.

NOTES from Explorations…

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

Computer Technology: No class this week due to school holiday. Reminder: Revisions on the Assateague Island paper are due in our next class on February 26th. Keyboarding Worksheet #1 is due as well. Any student who did not complete the data entry section of the Harry Potter Exercise #1 will need to complete it before our next class as well.

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

Spanish: This week we reviewed the meanings and usage of pronouns, and had more practice with -AR verbs, and using emotion words. The class filled in the blanks to complete and act out a skit in Spanish, and reviewed for their test which will be next Thursday.

NOTES from Middle School ADVISORY…

Our grade level units are in full swing.  It is exciting to introduce and explore these topics with middle school students, knowing that what they are learning will equip them to make wise choices in their near and distant futures.  Please be aware that homework assignments may be given throughout these units, which will last for approximately six weeks.  Take the time to ask your child about the topics discussed on Mondays and Thursdays.  Have a great week!

HFS Grade 5/6 Weekly Collections

NOTES from Humanities…

Students have been busy identifying prepositions, prepositional phrases and direct objects. The focus continues to be, how do people communicate effectively? I stress to the students that grammar is not an isolated topic, it relates to our speech, our comprehension of text and the way we compose.

Students will continue to take the preposition quiz until they pass it. The students will continue to take the preposition quiz until they have memorized at least 35 of the fifty common prepositions on page 352 of their Grammar textbook. Students will be allowed to take the quiz throughout the remainder of third quarter.

We are currently reading ‘Casting the Gods Adrift’ to reinforce our unit on Ancient Egyptian culture. Our next reading book and reading unit is ‘Gossamer’ by Lois Lowry. It just arrived today!  I am very excited about our new novel and the enriching lessons that will stem from our readings. Shhh… the students do not know about it yet.

NOTES from Technology…

Science: We are deep in the world of convection currents, hot spots and moving tectonic plates.  We’ve done a lot of lab work to discover these phenomena.  Students should be deeply engrossed in their science fair projects at home.  Background research was due on Wednesday.  All experimentation should aim to be completed by Feb. 24th.

Math: Dear 6th Grade Math Families,

Students took a quiz this week on area and perimeter. We are focusing on neatness and proper form. For example, students are calculating correctly for area, but are forgetting to write down the squared sign. When you are checking over their homework you can reinforce this by making sure they are writing P=___ and A=____squared. And when students are writing down the measure of an angle the proper form is, M<1=_____. Please sign the quiz, which will be coming home by Thursday, and encourage revisions.

Thank you!

NOTES from Explorations…

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

Computer Technology: Keyboarding Worksheet #3 is due next class. Please remind your child to practice at least twice each week! Each student selected an animal or two as the topic for a slideshow presentation. Flash drives will remain essential to classwork, please make sure they remember to bring them to school.

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

Spanish: We reviewed personal descriptions as well as emotion words and went over the meanings of pronouns, then practiced using them. On Thursday the class had their first test on descriptions, feeling words, pronouns, and the verb ser.

NOTES from Middle School ADVISORY…

Our grade level units are in full swing.  It is exciting to introduce and explore these topics with middle school students, knowing that what they are learning will equip them to make wise choices in their near and distant futures.  Please be aware that homework assignments may be given throughout these units, which will last for approximately six weeks.  Take the time to ask your child about the topics discussed on Mondays and Thursdays.  Have a great week!

5th/6th Life Ed: Rites of Passage Interview Notes due Thursday, February 24!!!

HFS Lower School Weekly Collections

NOTES from the 1/2 Grade Classroom…

This week the primary class was very busy with many different things.  On Monday we celebrated Valentine’s Day by passing out Valentines.  In language arts, we read The Pied Piper from the Junior Great Book series and continued reading books by our author for our author study.  In computer technology class we continued to do research on our author as well.  In science, we continued our science fair experiment by adding liquids to our solids.  Next week we will continue with these observations.  In theme, each student is going to be creating a piece of coral by cutting out a coral shape from cardstock and using ripped up pieces of tissue paper, so it looks like stained glass.  On Thursday we celebrated our 100th Day of School; it was very busy and full of 100’s of things to do!  I want to thank everyone for bringing in the 100 treat items and the wonderful 100 day projects, which are displayed in the hallway.

NOTES from the 3/4 Grade Classroom…

Happy 100th day of school!  We acknowledged this landmark day on Thursday, February 17.  In Reading, the students are involved in Greg Mortenson’s mission to bring schools to children in Pakistan through our reading of Three Cups of Tea. The students completed beautiful drawings that illustrated the similarities between us and the children from the book.  In Writing Workshop, we are still working on realistic fiction writing, but the students reflected on love for Valentine’s Day.  Excerpts from their writing are on display in the hallway at the top of the stairs.  We spent much of our Literature time at the book fair, so we will continue to focus on equality next week.  Ask your child about our wise, insightful quote of the week.  The intermediate math group is exploring fractions, and we will determine the greatest common factor in order to write fractions in the simplest terms next week.  We are ready for a unit quiz on Woodland Indians on Tuesday, February 22.  A study guide has been sent home.  Have a great week!

Science-3/4: Students completed their formal writing for their projects and then presented them to their classmates.  The projects are proudly displayed in the hallway.  Come by and look at them if you get a chance. The latter part of the week was spent exploring the natural phenomenon of owl pellets.  Science fair projects should be underway at home.

NOTES from Explorations…

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

Computer Technology 1/2: This week the students continued their independent Author projects with individual internet research. Be sure to ask them to show the site for their author at home!

Computer Technology 3/4: This week we continued building our animal slideshow presentations. Integrating their animal Class studies from science, students will build an animal presentation that incorporates animal specific information (provided) with what they learned in science. Flash drives will remain essential to classwork, please make sure they remember to bring them to school.

Music: For information on Music, please contact Janis Katsu at joyful@joyfulsounds.net

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

Spanish 1/2, 3/4: This week we continued practicing emotion words, and made name-tags to use in class every day with our names in Spanish. We began learning how to tell the weather in Spanish, and the Grade 3/4 class made a weather forecast in Spanish for homework to later present to the class. Next week we will add on to and continue practicing these skills.