HFS Weekly Collections

HFS News & Special Events
November 14, 2008

HFS Grade 6 Weekly Collections

November 14, 2008

Dear HFS Community Members,

Each week when I have the opportunity to reflect on our school community and relay those reflections here to you, I am so often struck by the myriad contributions made by so many elements of our comparatively small collection of families and individuals. While many of you are fully aware of the monumental efforts made to host last Sunday’s Taste of Excellence wine-tasting event, several more initiatives bore some fruit this past week and deserve recognition. After weeks of soliciting student input, parental and faculty support, and organizing after-school schedules, the newly formed After School Activities Committee witnessed their hard work begin to pay off. On Monday, our new co-ed basketball team had its third practice at the same time the Destination Imagination team continued gearing up for another run at State level competition. Our MathCounts Team had its first meeting on Tuesday afternoon under the problem-solving tutelage of Jake Norton. Our Amnesty International Chapter became official when it met and completed its on-line registration duties with Mr. Pickard on Wednesday. The Bel Air Christmas Parade Prep activity, supported by Sarah Potter, is moving along in its work to celebrate “giving” through HFS participation in the parade. Next week, it is anticipated that the Card Club and Music Clubs will meet to allow students to further their interest in those fields of interest. Each of these Activities, other than DI, was scheduled and orchestrated by our student-run After School Activities Committee! Well done, Myleigh, Jordan, Travis, and Peter!

The true underpinnings of the school, the HFS Trustees, gathered Monday evening for their monthly meeting for business. HFS parent Nora Cohee attended as the Home and School Association’s parent representative and provided wonderful feedback to the board regarding why her family was drawn to HFS and what outreach efforts the school might undertake to attract more families to our community. After Dawn spent a week of prepping silent auction baskets and doing the last minute shopping for the event, the Tridone family continued volunteering when Pete took part in a two hour effort along with Virginia Remsberg and HFS Trustees Bill and Lois Kelly to call and thank past contributors to our annual giving campaign. The other grade reps, Laura Russo, Leslie Kline, and other parents including Cheryl Foley and Laura Noffke (I am sorry for leaving so many out!) made yeomen efforts to pull things together for the school. As if that wasn’t already enough, at this very moment there are five wonderful parents chaperoning a 6th and 7th grade trip to Genesee Valley Outdoor Learning Center.

Finally, and most importantly, when a member of our community needs our love, our support, and our prayers, we provide. Thank you for you, your children, and your loving thoughts and acts of assistance as one of our families struggles with health concerns. Sarah, we love you, admire you, and we are all here for you and your family. We hold you in the Light.

In peace,

Jonathan

NOTES from Humanities…

Sixth grade students have been extremely busy with our many activities this week.  First of all, we finished and corrected our Review Exercises in Spelling-Vocabulary and have begun studying the words in Unit 7.  We have reviewed for several days all of the material involved in our unit on ancient Mesopotamia, and on Wednesday we had a rather comprehensive test.  I hope to have these back by Monday.  We have almost finished our study of the adjective and are reviewing its uses in various situations.  Look for a Grammar Test next week.  Last we have been working on developing a descriptive composition based on one of the Wenders of the Ancient World.  They will be shared today.  Have a great weekend!

NOTES from Technology…

Math: Sixth grade math is also finishing up a unit.  We have completed our look at fractions, decimals, and percents.  As a result, we spent much of the week reviewing in one way or another.  From playing around the world, which students are enjoying more as the year progresses, to playing basketball in the gym to get interesting numbers to turn in to percents and decimals, we got plenty of review as the week went by. Since we are done, our test will be next Monday, November 17.  Good luck!

Science: Sixth grade science is almost complete with its look at soils.  We investigated pH during a lab this week by looking at the pH of common drinks.  We also looked at the pH of soils, and how this might affect agricultural products, or plants in general, grown in the soil.  We also looked at soil horizons.  Ask your student what the difference is between the A and R horizons.  We also looked at the different ways that we describe water in soils.  We learned about the kinds of water in soil as well as ways that water is taken out of the soil.  Soils are so much more complicated than we thought.  We will be moving on to plants soon, so our assessment on soils will be next week, Wednesday or Thursday depending on how quickly we can complete some activities to help us review.

NOTES from Explorations…

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

Choir: For information on Choir, please contact Andrew Lewis at drewan74@aol.com.

Computer Technology: The sixth graders continue to work on typing skills with Ultrakey 5.0. They are learning how to manage documents with Microsoft Word.

Music: For information on music, please contact Andrew Lewis at drewan74@aol.com.

Physical Education: The students are working hard in stations practicing defensive and offensive moves for our football unit.

Spanish: Due to my absence this week we will review the material from last week on Tuesday, add the weather patterns on Wednesday and try to get back on the schedule for next Tuesday.

From the Business Office…

Just a couple of reminders…

  • Monthly tuition payments are now due. Please remit payment at your earliest convenience.
  • HFS Spirit Gear: Show off your school spirit! Winter is approaching quickly. Come get your HFS sweatshirts while supplies last! We have HFS t-shirts and sweatshirts in the Business Office for sale. Only a few tie-dye shirts left!!

Announcements/Calendar Updates…

  1. Monday, November 17: Basketball practice (3:00-4:15PM)
  2. Monday, November 17: Destination Imagination practice with Virginia Remsberg (3:30-5:00PM)
  3. Tuesday, November 18: MathCounts with Mr. Norton (3:15-4:15PM)
  4. Tuesday, November 18: Home & School Association meeting (6:30PM); Becky Reynolds of School Search Group will speak to HFS parents about searching for and selecting a “right fit” high school for your child. (7:00-8:00PM)
  5. Wednesday, November 19: Christmas Parade prep with Sarah Potter (3:00-5:00PM).
  6. Thursday, November 20: HFS Open House (9:00-11:00AM)
  7. Thursday, November 20: Basketball practice (3:00-4:15PM)
  8. Friday, November 21: 6th Grade trip to Emory Knoll Farm (Depart: 8:30AM, Return: 2:45PM); 7th Grade Spanish field trip to Camden Children’s Garden and El Viejo San Juan Restaurant (Depart: 8:15AM, Return: 3:30PM). Please contact Jennifer Button at jbutton@harfordfriends.org if you are able to drive/chaperone. 8th Grade trip to Philadelphia (Depart: 8:15AM, Return: 5:00PM)
  9. Saturday, November 22: HFS Admissions Assessment (9:00-11:30AM) Please contact Jennifer Button at jbutton@harfordfriends.org if you would like to register your child.
  10. Monday, November 24: Basketball practice (3:00-4:15PM)
  11. Wednesday, November 26: Grandparents and Special Friends Day (9:00-12:00). Dismissal at 12:00PM. Please remember to RSVP to the SBAH Committee!
  12. Thursday, November 27 – Friday, November 28: School Closed for Thanksgiving Break
  13. Monday, December 1: Basketball practice (3:00-4:15PM)
  14. Monday, December 1: Destination Imagination practice with Virginia Remsberg (3:30-5:00PM)
  15. Wednesday, November 19: Christmas Parade prep with Sarah Potter (3:00-5:00PM)
  16. Thursday, December 4: Parent Coffee with the Head of School. (8:00-9:00AM) Please RSVP to jbutton@harfordfriends.org
  17. Thursday, December 4: Basketball practice (3:00-4:15PM)

HFS Grade 7 Weekly Collections

November 14, 2008

Dear HFS Community Members,

Each week when I have the opportunity to reflect on our school community and relay those reflections here to you, I am so often struck by the myriad contributions made by so many elements of our comparatively small collection of families and individuals. While many of you are fully aware of the monumental efforts made to host last Sunday’s Taste of Excellence wine-tasting event, several more initiatives bore some fruit this past week and deserve recognition. After weeks of soliciting student input, parental and faculty support, and organizing after-school schedules, the newly formed After School Activities Committee witnessed their hard work begin to pay off. On Monday, our new co-ed basketball team had its third practice at the same time the Destination Imagination team continued gearing up for another run at State level competition. Our MathCounts Team had its first meeting on Tuesday afternoon under the problem-solving tutelage of Jake Norton. Our Amnesty International Chapter became official when it met and completed its on-line registration duties with Mr. Pickard on Wednesday. The Bel Air Christmas Parade Prep activity, supported by Sarah Potter, is moving along in its work to celebrate “giving” through HFS participation in the parade. Next week, it is anticipated that the Card Club and Music Clubs will meet to allow students to further their interest in those fields of interest. Each of these Activities, other than DI, was scheduled and orchestrated by our student-run After School Activities Committee! Well done, Myleigh, Jordan, Travis, and Peter!

The true underpinnings of the school, the HFS Trustees, gathered Monday evening for their monthly meeting for business. HFS parent Nora Cohee attended as the Home and School Association’s parent representative and provided wonderful feedback to the board regarding why her family was drawn to HFS and what outreach efforts the school might undertake to attract more families to our community. After Dawn spent a week of prepping silent auction baskets and doing the last minute shopping for the event, the Tridone family continued volunteering when Pete took part in a two hour effort along with Virginia Remsberg and HFS Trustees Bill and Lois Kelly to call and thank past contributors to our annual giving campaign. The other grade reps, Laura Russo, Leslie Kline, and other parents including Cheryl Foley and Laura Noffke (I am sorry for leaving so many out!) made yeomen efforts to pull things together for the school. As if that wasn’t already enough, at this very moment there are five wonderful parents chaperoning a 6th and 7th grade trip to Genesee Valley Outdoor Learning Center.

Finally, and most importantly, when a member of our community needs our love, our support, and our prayers, we provide. Thank you for you, your children, and your loving thoughts and acts of assistance as one of our families struggles with health concerns. Sarah, we love you, admire you, and we are all here for you and your family. We hold you in the Light.

In peace,

Jonathan

NOTES from Humanities…

In literature, we are reading “The Adventure of the Speckled Band,” a short story by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Sherlock Holmes and his assistant Dr. Watson share their detective work with the reader and not only the “Who committed the crime?” question, but “How?”  We are completing Unit 7 in vocabulary-spelling with our test on November 17th. The students have been learning about East and Central Africa such as the landforms, the economies, and the history of the people. We will end our chapter discussion on November 19th and will be traveling westward in our journey through Africa for the next few weeks.

NOTES from Technology…

Math: Seventh grade math finished our unit projects and completed our review of all of the material from the unit, Stretching and Shrinking.  We have covered all kinds of specific situations when similarity can be used to solve apparently baffling real life situations.  We can use mirrors or shadows to determine the height of tall buildings or traffic lights, or we can use a scale factor more theoretically to compare two pentagons, rectangles, or triangles.  The test on the unit is next Monday, November 17.

Science: Seventh grade science is finishing up our investigation of plants.  We learned about the differences between gymnosperms and angiosperms. Ask your student what a cotyledon is, and how this is related to the terms monocot and dicot, you might be surprised by the ease with which they respond.  We also went outside to identify woody and herbaceous stems as well as gymnosperms and angiosperms and finally monocots and dicots.  It was a bit cold, but still educational.  We also began reviewing all that we have learned about plants in preparation for our test next Wednesday, November 19.

NOTES from Explorations…

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

Choir: For information on Choir, please contact Andrew Lewis at drewan74@aol.com.

Computer Technology: The seventh graders are creating spreadsheets with Microsoft Excel and learning how to use formulas in a workbook. They continue to work on typing skills.

Music: For information on music, please contact Andrew Lewis at drewan74@aol.com.

Physical Education: The students are working hard in stations practicing defensive and offensive moves for our football unit.

Spanish: Due to my absence this week we will review the material from last week on Tuesday, add the weather patterns on Wednesday and try to get back on the schedule for next Tuesday.

From the Business Office…

Just a couple of reminders…

  • Monthly tuition payments are now due. Please remit payment at your earliest convenience.
  • HFS Spirit Gear: Show off your school spirit! Winter is approaching quickly. Come get your HFS sweatshirts while supplies last! We have HFS t-shirts and sweatshirts in the Business Office for sale. Only a few tie-dye shirts left!!

Announcements/Calendar Updates…

  1. Monday, November 17: Basketball practice (3:00-4:15PM)
  2. Monday, November 17: Destination Imagination practice with Virginia Remsberg (3:30-5:00PM)
  3. Tuesday, November 18: MathCounts with Mr. Norton (3:15-4:15PM)
  4. Tuesday, November 18: Home & School Association meeting (6:30PM); Becky Reynolds of School Search Group will speak to HFS parents about searching for and selecting a “right fit” high school for your child. (7:00-8:00PM)
  5. Wednesday, November 19: Christmas Parade prep with Sarah Potter (3:00-5:00PM).
  6. Thursday, November 20: HFS Open House (9:00-11:00AM)
  7. Thursday, November 20: Basketball practice (3:00-4:15PM)
  8. Friday, November 21: 6th Grade trip to Emory Knoll Farm (Depart: 8:30AM, Return: 2:45PM); 7th Grade Spanish field trip to Camden Children’s Garden and El Viejo San Juan Restaurant (Depart: 8:15AM, Return: 3:30PM). Please contact Jennifer Button at jbutton@harfordfriends.org if you are able to drive/chaperone. 8th Grade trip to Philadelphia (Depart: 8:15AM, Return: 5:00PM)
  9. Saturday, November 22: HFS Admissions Assessment (9:00-11:30AM) Please contact Jennifer Button at jbutton@harfordfriends.org if you would like to register your child.
  10. Monday, November 24: Basketball practice (3:00-4:15PM)
  11. Wednesday, November 26: Grandparents and Special Friends Day (9:00-12:00). Dismissal at 12:00PM. Please remember to RSVP to the SBAH Committee!
  12. Thursday, November 27 – Friday, November 28: School Closed for Thanksgiving Break
  13. Monday, December 1: Basketball practice (3:00-4:15PM)
  14. Monday, December 1: Destination Imagination practice with Virginia Remsberg (3:30-5:00PM)
  15. Wednesday, November 19: Christmas Parade prep with Sarah Potter (3:00-5:00PM)
  16. Thursday, December 4: Parent Coffee with the Head of School. (8:00-9:00AM) Please RSVP to jbutton@harfordfriends.org
  17. Thursday, December 4: Basketball practice (3:00-4:15PM)

HFS Grade 8 Weekly Collections

November 14, 2008

Dear HFS Community Members,

Each week when I have the opportunity to reflect on our school community and relay those reflections here to you, I am so often struck by the myriad contributions made by so many elements of our comparatively small collection of families and individuals. While many of you are fully aware of the monumental efforts made to host last Sunday’s Taste of Excellence wine-tasting event, several more initiatives bore some fruit this past week and deserve recognition. After weeks of soliciting student input, parental and faculty support, and organizing after-school schedules, the newly formed After School Activities Committee witnessed their hard work begin to pay off. On Monday, our new co-ed basketball team had its third practice at the same time the Destination Imagination team continued gearing up for another run at State level competition. Our MathCounts Team had its first meeting on Tuesday afternoon under the problem-solving tutelage of Jake Norton. Our Amnesty International Chapter became official when it met and completed its on-line registration duties with Mr. Pickard on Wednesday. The Bel Air Christmas Parade Prep activity, supported by Sarah Potter, is moving along in its work to celebrate “giving” through HFS participation in the parade. Next week, it is anticipated that the Card Club and Music Clubs will meet to allow students to further their interest in those fields of interest. Each of these Activities, other than DI, was scheduled and orchestrated by our student-run After School Activities Committee! Well done, Myleigh, Jordan, Travis, and Peter!

The true underpinnings of the school, the HFS Trustees, gathered Monday evening for their monthly meeting for business. HFS parent Nora Cohee attended as the Home and School Association’s parent representative and provided wonderful feedback to the board regarding why her family was drawn to HFS and what outreach efforts the school might undertake to attract more families to our community. After Dawn spent a week of prepping silent auction baskets and doing the last minute shopping for the event, the Tridone family continued volunteering when Pete took part in a two hour effort along with Virginia Remsberg and HFS Trustees Bill and Lois Kelly to call and thank past contributors to our annual giving campaign. The other grade reps, Laura Russo, Leslie Kline, and other parents including Cheryl Foley and Laura Noffke (I am sorry for leaving so many out!) made yeomen efforts to pull things together for the school. As if that wasn’t already enough, at this very moment there are five wonderful parents chaperoning a 6th and 7th grade trip to Genesee Valley Outdoor Learning Center.

Finally, and most importantly, when a member of our community needs our love, our support, and our prayers, we provide. Thank you for you, your children, and your loving thoughts and acts of assistance as one of our families struggles with health concerns. Sarah, we love you, admire you, and we are all here for you and your family. We hold you in the Light.

In peace,

Jonathan

NOTES from Humanities…

Eighth grade students have been extremely busy with our many activities this week.  First of all, we finished and corrected our Review Exercises in Spelling-Vocabulary and have begun studying the words in Unit 7.  We have been studying such notable figures from the past as William Bradford,  John Winthrop,  Roger Williams, and Anne Hutchinson in social studies.  In English we have been delving into the works of Anne Bradstreet and have been also reviewing literary terminology as applicable.  We have almost finished our study of sentence combining and sentence expansion and are reviewing the various methods involved.  Look for a Writing Test next week. Have a great weekend!

NOTES from Technology…

Math: Having completed our unit on exponents and exponential functions Growing, Growing, Growing last week, we spent Monday reviewing for the unit test, which took place on Tuesday and Wednesday.  Grades on that test have been finalized, and students need to get them signed by parents/guardians this weekend, and have them returned on Monday.  Additionally, the unit project, a simulation of radioactive decay, is to be finalized over the weekend, and submitted for grading on Monday.  We began our next CMP2 unit, In Search of Pythagoras, by analyzing polygons coordinatized in the Cartesian Plane.  Concepts related to distance and area studied this way will be utilized throughout this unit in both the motivation and applications of the Pythagorean Theorem.  The project that students will be completing during this unit involves a presentation of a proof of the Pythagorean Theorem in either a poster or power point format.  There are well over 500 proofs of this world-renowned theorem that are documented, and that may be used as the foundation of this project.  Of course, any original proofs completed by students will be considered for extra credit.

We have been, and will continue to be, honing our algebra skills through warm-ups at the beginning of class, as well as using algebra, where appropriate, throughout this largely geometric unit.  Upon the completion of In Search of Pythagoras, we will return to algebraic studies, with quadratic functions in the CMP2 unit, Frogs, Fleas, and Painted Cubes.

Science: From assigned readings on waves and sound, students face the challenge of acquiring a working familiarity with more than 40 vocabulary terms, along with understanding the concepts these words describe.  This learning will not come instantly – we will revisit, reinforce, and demonstrate – and will not come without some effort and attention by the students.  Waves, particles, and the sometime duality of particle-wave will be emphasized as we explore the physical sciences and stretch our understandings.  Waves and very small particles are the stuff of which the universe is made and moved.

A central mathematical relationship in waves is: speed = wavelength x frequency.  Based on the known speeds of light (3 X 108 m/s) and sound (3.44  X 102 m/s), we calculated the approximate time delay from the observation of a lightning flash, affirming that one can indeed reckon the approximate distance of the lightning strike (about 1 mile per 5 seconds delay).  We used rope, and a flip of the wrist, to demonstrate crests, troughs, and nodes of transverse waves. We used slinkys to illustrate compressions and rarefactions of longitudinal waves, connecting this to the mechanical waves of sound in the medium of air.  Using a resonance tube and tuning forks, we explored standing waves and (knowing frequency of the tuning fork and experimentally determining wavelength) calculated the speed of sound.  We briefly demonstrated reflection and refraction using mirror, lens, light, and laser.  As emerging learners, the students were naturally more interested in the playthings than in the vocabulary and calculations, but quizzes and exams will underscore the knowledge requirements.

At the end of the week, the students have two homework assignments, one minimalist and one more substantive.  The small assignment is for them to declare an initial choice on the subject of their biological sketch of a scientist (final product due in December), and to briefly explain the reason for their choice.  More substantively, each student is asked to explore some aspect of waves and/or sound in a little depth, write what they found, and enlighten the rest of the class with words and demonstration.  Further descriptions of these requirements are to be found in handouts in students’ notebooks.

NOTES from Explorations…

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

Choir: For information on Choir, please contact Andrew Lewis at drewan74@aol.com.

Computer Technology: We worked on our typing skills as well as our web pages.

Music: For information on music, please contact Andrew Lewis at drewan74@aol.com.

Physical Education: The students are working hard in stations practicing defensive and offensive moves for our football unit.

Spanish: We will continue to add descriptive words and work on more questions.

From the Business Office…

Just a couple of reminders…

  • Monthly tuition payments are now due. Please remit payment at your earliest convenience.
  • HFS Spirit Gear: Show off your school spirit! Winter is approaching quickly. Come get your HFS sweatshirts while supplies last! We have HFS t-shirts and sweatshirts in the Business Office for sale. Only a few tie-dye shirts left!!

Announcements/Calendar Updates…

1.  Monday, November 17: Basketball practice (3:00-4:15PM)

2.  Monday, November 17: Destination Imagination practice with Virginia Remsberg (3:30-5:00PM)

3.  Tuesday, November 18: MathCounts with Mr. Norton (3:15-4:15PM)

4.  Tuesday, November 18: Home & School Association meeting (6:30PM); Becky Reynolds of School Search Group will speak to HFS parents about searching for and selecting a “right fit” high school for your child. (7:00-8:00PM)

5.  Wednesday, November 19: Christmas Parade prep with Sarah Potter (3:00-5:00PM).

6.  Thursday, November 20: HFS Open House (9:00-11:00AM)

7.  Thursday, November 20: Basketball practice (3:00-4:15PM)

8.  Friday, November 21: 6th Grade trip to Emory Knoll Farm (Depart: 8:30AM, Return: 2:45PM); 7th Grade Spanish field trip to Camden Children’s Garden and El Viejo San Juan Restaurant (Depart: 8:15AM, Return: 3:30PM). Please contact Jennifer Button at jbutton@harfordfriends.org if you are able to drive/chaperone. 8th Grade trip to Philadelphia (Depart: 8:15AM, Return: 5:00PM)

9.  Saturday, November 22: HFS Admissions Assessment (9:00-11:30AM) Please contact Jennifer Button at jbutton@harfordfriends.org if you would like to register your child.

10. Monday, November 24: Basketball practice (3:00-4:15PM)

11. Wednesday, November 26: Grandparents and Special Friends Day (9:00-12:00). Dismissal at 12:00PM. Please remember to RSVP to the SBAH Committee!

12. Thursday, November 27 – Friday, November 28: School Closed for Thanksgiving Break

13. Monday, December 1: Basketball practice (3:00-4:15PM)

14. Monday, December 1: Destination Imagination practice with Virginia Remsberg (3:30-5:00PM)

15. Wednesday, November 19: Christmas Parade prep with Sarah Potter (3:00-5:00PM)

16. Thursday, December 4: Parent Coffee with the Head of School. (8:00-9:00AM) Please RSVP to jbutton@harfordfriends.org

17. Thursday, December 4: Basketball practice (3:00-4:15PM)