HFS Weekly Collections

HFS News & Special Events
September 14, 2007

HFS Grade 6 Weekly Collections
(9/14/07)

Dear HFS Families,

Focused academics. Social activism (8th grade petition). Balloons that will and will not burst when exposed to flame. Spanish immersion. Neighborhood introductions. Committee and Activity selections. Skill, knowledge, and moral development. Leadership and community in practice.

These are but snapshots of the experiences that comprised our first full week of school. A personal favorite occurred on Wednesday during our first Business Meeting. It was led well by our Business Meeting officers, Hannah S. and Emma R. who worked through a jam-packed agenda to bring our community to several decisions, shared understandings, and ultimately, closer together. Through much of the early proceedings, sixth graders sat in awe of their slightly older peers participating in a respectful, open, and focused method of Quaker community decision-making. As Hannah worked to draw out various opinions and perspectives on the issues at hand, an essential skill for an effective clerk, sixth grade students began to chime in. Some purport that how a nation or community treats its most disenfranchised is often a good indication of its overall strength. If, by lack of their experience with the “ins” and “outs” of HFS, our sixth grade is on the periphery of community activity, then the school is doing quite well. Our sixth grade spawned new ideas, asked intelligent and clarifying questions, and after some initial uncertainties, found their contributions to be equally important to those of their seventh and eighth grade schoolmates. This is the environment in which such snapshots are routine and evidence of gentle giants who shape it – faculty, staff, and the “big kids” – seventh and eighth graders.

In peace,

Jonathan

NOTES from Humanities…

Humanities: All grades have been busily preparing their book report presentations based on the summer reading they finished a few short days ago. For their individual projects, they are preparing a book poster advertising their book and a short talk informing everyone why others should read their selection. This individual assignment is due on Monday, September 17, 1007. The required novel is handled differently. This presentation is divided into three parts including a poster, a panel discussion of the main purposes of the book, and a skit demonstrating an important scene from the book. This is due on October 4, 2007.

In addition, classes have been doing work in spelling-vocabulary and have had their first test today. In mechanics, we have been reviewing end marks, kinds of sentences, and commas.

In sixth grade, we have begun work on the Paleolithic Age of world history. This class has really impressed me with their willingness to take new adventures in social studies.

NOTES from Technology…

Science: In sixth grade science, we finished up our timeline, and talked about how this relates to the first unit of Geology. We then moved on to classifying rocks into Sedimentary, Igneous, and Metamorphic. There are no major due dates next week.

NOTES from Explorations…

Music: The class was introduced to the Grand musical staff and the musical alphabet. We learned how each pitch is represented by a letter of the alphabet and is recognized by its placement on the grand staff. We learned about the treble and the bass clef, how they were created and where they are placed on the staff. We also learned how to memorize the notes on each line and each space in the treble clef.

We will continue to explore the placement of each pitch in note form in the next 2 classes, including other musical techniques. For additional information on the Maryland Conservatory of Music, please see www.musicismagic.com.

Choir: We are preparing for the Holiday season already! We practiced the Austrian Carol, “Still, still, still”, and an arrangement of “Candlelight, Silent Night”. The choir sang very well.

Physical Education: We’ve kicked-off the year with a dual focus on establishing good warm-up routines (warming-up, stretching, plyometrics) and nutrition/dietary habits. Students were asked, with limited success, to chart their servings per day of fruits, vegetables, and water. This charting exercise will continue until our next class on Tuesday, September 18 when students are to hand-in their completed charts. Please help them track their eating habits by asking them questions about what they’ve eaten and whether or not they’ve reported it on their charts. Their baseline habits will be reported at our October 18th Back-to-School night. Also, ask students when and how much water they should drink before, during, and after exercise.

Spanish: Spanish classes began Tuesday. We spent time going over class expectations and grading procedures and students shared information about their interests and what they would like to gain and learn from this class. Thursday’s class involved learning some basic expressions such as ¿Como te llamas? and ¿Como estas? and appropriate responses. Students practiced greeting each other, asking each other’s name, and ‘how are you?’. It is recommended that students review their handouts to be better- prepared for the upcoming week pertaining to the Spanish alphabet and Spanish pronunciation, which we will thoroughly review on Tuesday. Papers were sent home to be signed pertaining to expectations for this year’s Spanish program and should please be returned by the 18th. For additional information on Fun with Foreign Language, please see www.funwithforeignlanguage.com.

Computer Technology: For additional information on MParr Solutions, please see www.mparrsolutions.com.

Announcements/Calendar Updates

  1. Updated Master Calendar was distributed at Tuesday’s Home and School Association meeting and was placed in student mailboxes on Wednesday. If you did not receive one please email Jennifer Button (jbutton@harfordfriends.org) for an electronic copy. All future updates to the Master Calendar will be made on-line at http://pub44.bravenet.com/calendar/show.php?usernum=3737105487 accessible through www.harfordfriends.org under “news and events and calendar.”
  2. Needed: Recently read and recommended books for September by a student, teacher, parent, and a trustee. If you have a book you’d like to display and include a short, original quote regarding your experience reading the book, we’d love to include it on our “Recently Read and Recommended” stand outside of Deer Creek classroom. September submissions due immediately. October submissions due by September 28. Please contact Jennifer Button if you are interested in participating.
  3. As discussed in the 9.11.07 Home and School Association meeting, advanced notice of one-week for any after-school care (4:00-5:00PM) needs is required. The school pays its faculty members extra to remain after-hours for child care purposes. It is a courtesy to them to alert them to the need in advance. Thank you.
  4. Please be aware that HFS will not open its doors until 7:45AM on Tuesday, September 25 through Thursday, September 27, again from Monday, October 1 through Wednesday, October 3, and on Tuesday, October 9. Please plan accordingly. Thank you.
  5. POSTPONED: The 8th grade trip to Jamestown, VA, scheduled for next week (9.20-9.22) is rescheduled for December 13-15. It will align more appropriately with our 8th grade social studies curriculum and include a trip to Colonial Williamsburg, as well.
  6. As we discussed at the Home and School Association meeting on Tuesday, we have now registered Harford Friends School with GoodSearch, a search engine powered by Yahoo! that donates half of its revenue to schools and charities. GoodSearch will make a donation to the school with every search (about a penny a search) made through their site. The money comes from the advertisers and the more people who use this site, the more money will go to the school. Just go to www.goodsearch.com and be sure to enter Harford Friends School as the school you want to support. You can also read about GoodSearch in the NY Times, Oprah Magazine, CNN, the Wall Street Journal, and more. Please give it a try and spread the word to friends and family. (Nina C.)
  7. Pizza anyone? Anyone interested in a pizza lunch party on Thursday, September 20th for our students? If we get a 70% positive response, then it’s a go for those who get their orders in on time. $4 would include pizza, beverage and small side (fruit or vegetable).  A flyer will be sent home on Monday for orders. Please return flyers to Jennifer Button.

HFS Grade 7 Weekly Collections
(9/14/07)

Dear HFS Families,

Focused academics. Social activism (8th grade petition). Balloons that will and will not burst when exposed to flame. Spanish immersion. Neighborhood introductions. Committee and Activity selections. Skill, knowledge, and moral development. Leadership and community in practice.

These are but snapshots of the experiences that comprised our first full week of school. A personal favorite occurred on Wednesday during our first Business Meeting. It was led well by our Business Meeting officers, Hannah S. and Emma R. who worked through a jam-packed agenda to bring our community to several decisions, shared understandings, and ultimately, closer together. Through much of the early proceedings, sixth graders sat in awe of their slightly older peers participating in a respectful, open, and focused method of Quaker community decision-making. As Hannah worked to draw out various opinions and perspectives on the issues at hand, an essential skill for an effective clerk, sixth grade students began to chime in. Some purport that how a nation or community treats its most disenfranchised is often a good indication of its overall strength. If, by lack of their experience with the “ins” and “outs” of HFS, our sixth grade is on the periphery of community activity, then the school is doing quite well. Our sixth grade spawned new ideas, asked intelligent and clarifying questions, and after some initial uncertainties, found their contributions to be equally important to those of their seventh and eighth grade schoolmates. This is the environment in which such snapshots are routine and evidence of gentle giants who shape it – faculty, staff, and the “big kids” – seventh and eighth graders.

In peace,

Jonathan

NOTES from Humanities…

Humanities: All grades have been busily preparing their book report presentations based on the summer reading they finished a few short days ago. For their individual projects, they are preparing a book poster advertising their book and a short talk informing everyone why others should read their selection. This individual assignment is due on Monday, September 17, 1007. The required novel is handled differently. This presentation is divided into three parts including a poster, a panel discussion of the main purposes of the book, and a skit demonstrating an important scene from the book. This is due on October 4, 2007.

In addition, classes have been doing work in spelling-vocabulary and have had their first test today. In mechanics, we have been reviewing end marks, kinds of sentences, and commas.

In seventh grade, we have begun studying the geographical concepts affecting Latin America. This class has really impressed me with their willingness to take new adventures in social studies.

NOTES from Technology…

Mathematics: Seventh grade math had a quiz this week, working on the vocab from the first few sections of Variables and Patterns. We are working on moving data from a table to a graph, and extracting data from a graph and putting it in a table. As a result, our vocabulary words include coordinate pair, x and y axis, as well as independent and dependent variable.

Science: In seventh grade science, we had a quick quiz to solidify our classification system. We went on to look at Bacteria, Protists, and also Fungi so that we all have some knowledge on all of the kingdoms. We are going to have a vocabulary quiz next Monday, and we are starting out on a project that will solidify the kingdoms.

NOTES from Explorations…

Music: The class learned about musical theory and practice in Ancient Greece and Rome. We attribute our present day musical theoretical structure and instrumentation to the Ancient Greeks. It was through their philosophical and religious ideals that music was revered and practiced throughout most Greek households and in Greek tragedies and comedies. The Greek tragedy is the pre-curser to opera as we know it today. The Romans continued what the Greeks started and brought this into the Western World as they developed the Roman Empire. For additional information on the Maryland Conservatory of Music, please see www.musicismagic.com.

Choir: We are preparing for the Holiday season already! We practiced the Austrian Carol, “Still, still, still”, and an arrangement of “Candlelight, Silent Night”. The choir sang very well.

Physical Education: We’ve kicked-off the year with a dual focus on establishing good warm-up routines (warming-up, stretching, plyometrics) and nutrition/dietary habits. Students were asked, with limited success, to chart their servings per day of fruits, vegetables, and water. This charting exercise will continue until our next class on Tuesday, September 18 when students are to hand-in their completed charts. Please help them track their eating habits by asking them questions about what they’ve eaten and whether or not they’ve reported it on their charts. Their baseline habits will be reported at our October 18th Back-to-School night. Also, ask students when and how much water they should drink before, during, and after exercise.

Spanish: Spanish classes began Tuesday. We spent time going over class expectations and grading procedures, recapped briefly what subjects students learned the previous year, and the students shared information about their interests and what they would like to gain and learn from this class. Thursday’s class involved an intense review of the alphabet and the proper pronunciation of each letter. We also split into teams and spent some time reviewing colors. (Congratulations Team 2!) It is recommended that students review their handouts to be better-prepared for the upcoming week. Papers were sent home to be signed pertaining to expectations for this year’s Spanish program and should please be returned by Tuesday the 18th. For additional information on Fun with Foreign Language, please see www.funwithforeignlanguage.com.

Computer Technology:

For additional information on MParr Solutions, please see www.mparrsolutions.com.

Announcements/Calendar Updates

  1. Updated Master Calendar was distributed at Tuesday’s Home and School Association meeting and was placed in student mailboxes on Wednesday. If you did not receive one please email Jennifer Button (jbutton@harfordfriends.org) for an electronic copy. All future updates to the Master Calendar will be made on-line at http://pub44.bravenet.com/calendar/show.php?usernum=3737105487 accessible through www.harfordfriends.org under “news and events
    and calendar.”
  2. Needed: Recently read and recommended books for September by a student, teacher, parent, and a trustee. If you have a book you’d like to display and include a short, original quote regarding your experience reading the book, we’d love to include it on our “Recently Read and Recommended” stand outside of Deer Creek classroom. September submissions due immediately. October submissions due by September 28. Please contact Jennifer Button if you are interested in participating.
  3. As discussed in the 9.11.07 Home and School Association meeting, advanced notice of one-week for any after-school care (4:00-5:00PM) needs is required. The school pays its faculty members extra to remain after-hours for child care purposes. It is a courtesy to them to alert them to the need in advance. Thank you.
  4. Please be aware that HFS will not open its doors until 7:45AM on Tuesday, September 25 through Thursday, September 27, again from Monday, October 1 through Wednesday, October 3, and on Tuesday, October 9. Please plan accordingly. Thank you.
  5. POSTPONED: The 8th grade trip to Jamestown, VA, scheduled for next week (9.20-9.22) is rescheduled for December 13-15. It will align more appropriately with our 8th grade social studies curriculum and include a trip to Colonial Williamsburg, as well.
  6. As we discussed at the Home and School Association meeting on Tuesday, we have now registered Harford Friends School with GoodSearch, a search engine powered by Yahoo! that donates half of its revenue to schools and charities. GoodSearch will make a donation to the school with every search (about a penny a search) made through their site. The money comes from the advertisers and the more people who use this site, the more money will go to the school. Just go to www.goodsearch.com and be sure to enter Harford Friends School as the school you want to support. You can also read about GoodSearch in the NY Times, Oprah Magazine, CNN, the Wall Street Journal, and more. Please give it a try and spread the word to friends and family. (Nina C.)
  7. Pizza anyone? Anyone interested in a pizza lunch party on Thursday, September 20th for our students? If we get a 70% positive response, then it’s a go for those who get their orders in on time. $4 would include pizza, beverage and small side (fruit or vegetable).  A flyer will be sent home on Monday for orders. Please return flyers to Jennifer Button.

HFS Grade 8 Weekly Collections
(9/14/07)

Dear HFS Families,

Focused academics. Social activism (8th grade petition). Balloons that will and will not burst when exposed to flame. Spanish immersion. Neighborhood introductions. Committee and Activity selections. Skill, knowledge, and moral development. Leadership and community in practice.

These are but snapshots of the experiences that comprised our first full week of school. A personal favorite occurred on Wednesday during our first Business Meeting. It was led well by our Business Meeting officers, Hannah S. and Emma R. who worked through a jam-packed agenda to bring our community to several decisions, shared understandings, and ultimately, closer together. Through much of the early proceedings, sixth graders sat in awe of their slightly older peers participating in a respectful, open, and focused method of Quaker community decision-making. As Hannah worked to draw out various opinions and perspectives on the issues at hand, an essential skill for an effective clerk, sixth grade students began to chime in. Some purport that how a nation or community treats its most disenfranchised is often a good indication of its overall strength. If, by lack of their experience with the “ins” and “outs” of HFS, our sixth grade is on the periphery of community activity, then the school is doing quite well. Our sixth grade spawned new ideas, asked intelligent and clarifying questions, and after some initial uncertainties, found their contributions to be equally important to those of their seventh and eighth grade schoolmates. This is the environment in which such snapshots are routine and evidence of gentle giants who shape it – faculty, staff, and the “big kids” – seventh and eighth graders.

In peace,

Jonathan

NOTES from Humanities…

Humanities: All grades have been busily preparing their book report presentations based on the summer reading they finished a few short days ago. For their individual projects, they are preparing a book poster advertising their book and a short talk informing everyone why others should read their selection. This individual assignment is due on Monday, September 17, 1007. The required novel is handled differently. This presentation is divided into three parts including a poster, a panel discussion of the main purposes of the book, and a skit demonstrating an important scene from the book. This is due on October 4, 2007.

In addition, classes have been doing work in spelling-vocabulary and have had their first test today. In mechanics, we have been reviewing end marks, kinds of sentences, and commas.

In 8th grade literature, we are beginning our study of American literature with a very brief review of Native American literature. We will be going on to the literature of the explorers and colonists soon.

NOTES from Technology…

Science: Eighth grade science began the conquest of summer’s inertia (a term to be defined later) by consideration of how Mr. Schmaljohn’s class will proceed, a process which included query on what scientific things we would like to learn more about, above and beyond a broad knowledge that will be required. In turn, we discussed what we know now, and how we come to know it. We initiated a “science in the news” practice, starting this week with the consternation that big problems may not have simple answers, exemplified by the observation that increased local corn production (for ethanol-based energy) will increase fertilizer use, which is anticipated to add to the runoff burden of the Chesapeake Bay. We did a small topology-centered “thinking outside the box” exercise involving dimes and dollar coins, and we briefly considered the vast scale of the universe in terms of “orders of magnitude.” The student responsibility for scientific and other vocabulary began to unfold. In addition to individual student science notes, the idea of a super-sized class notebook was introduced, which in turn required the vocabulary term “aesthetic.” Homework was light, but will soon increase, mostly in the form of reading. A demonstration (informed it would involve fire and water balloon, Mr. Huxtable said, “cool!”) will serve as the basis for written observation, development of scientific question, and hypothesis. We move next to atoms and the shoreline of wonder.

NOTES from Explorations…

Music: For additional information on the Maryland Conservatory of Music, please see www.musicismagic.com.

Choir: We are preparing for the Holiday season already! We practiced the Austrian Carol, “Still, still, still”, and an arrangement of “Candlelight, Silent Night”. The choir sang very well.

Physical Education: We’ve kicked-off the year with a dual focus on establishing good warm-up routines (warming-up, stretching, plyometrics) and nutrition/dietary habits. Students were asked, with limited success, to chart their servings per day of fruits, vegetables, and water. This charting exercise will continue until our next class on Tuesday, September 18 when students are to hand-in their completed charts. Please help them track their eating habits by asking them questions about what they’ve eaten and whether or not they’ve reported it on their charts. Their baseline habits will be reported at our October 18th Back-to-School night. Also, ask students when and how much water they should drink before, during, and after exercise.

Spanish: Spanish classes began Tuesday. We spent time going over class expectations and grading procedures, recapped briefly what subjects students learned the previous year, and the students shared information about their interests and what they would like to gain and learn from this class. Thursday’s class involved an intense review of the alphabet and the proper pronunciation of each letter. We also split into teams and spent some time reviewing colors. (Congratulations Team 2!) It is recommended that students review their handouts to be better-prepared for the upcoming week. Papers were sent home to be signed pertaining to expectations for this year’s Spanish program and should please be returned by Tuesday the 18th. For additional information on Fun with Foreign Language, please see www.funwithforeignlanguage.com.

Computer Technology: For additional information on MParr Solutions, please see www.mparrsolutions.com.

Announcements/Calendar Updates

  1. Updated Master Calendar was distributed at Tuesday’s Home and School Association meeting and was placed in student mailboxes on Wednesday. If you did not receive one please email Jennifer Button (jbutton@harfordfriends.org) for an electronic copy. All future updates to the Master Calendar will be made on-line at http://pub44.bravenet.com/calendar/show.php?usernum=3737105487 accessible through www.harfordfriends.org under “news and events
    and calendar.”
  2. Needed: Recently read and recommended books for September by a student, teacher, parent, and a trustee. If you have a book you’d like to display and include a short, original quote regarding your experience reading the book, we’d love to include it on our “Recently Read and Recommended” stand outside of Deer Creek classroom. September submissions due immediately. October submissions due by September 28. Please contact Jennifer Button if you are interested in participating.
  3. As discussed in the 9.11.07 Home and School Association meeting, advanced notice of one-week for any after-school care (4:00-5:00PM) needs is required. The school pays its faculty members extra to remain after-hours for child care purposes. It is a courtesy to them to alert them to the need in advance. Thank you.
  4. Please be aware that HFS will not open its doors until 7:45AM on Tuesday, September 25 through Thursday, September 27, again from Monday, October 1 through Wednesday, October 3, and on Tuesday, October 9. Please plan accordingly. Thank you.
  5. POSTPONED: The 8th grade trip to Jamestown, VA, scheduled for next week (9.20-9.22) is rescheduled for December 13-15. It will align more appropriately with our 8th grade social studies curriculum and include a trip to Colonial Williamsburg, as well.
  6. As we discussed at the Home and School Association meeting on Tuesday, we have now registered Harford Friends School with GoodSearch, a search engine powered by Yahoo! that donates half of its revenue to schools and charities. GoodSearch will make a donation to the school with every search (about a penny a search) made through their site. The money comes from the advertisers and the more people who use this site, the more money will go to the school. Just go to www.goodsearch.com and be sure to enter Harford Friends School as the school you want to support. You can also read about GoodSearch in the NY Times, Oprah Magazine, CNN, the Wall Street Journal, and more. Please give it a try and spread the word to friends and family. (Nina C.)

Pizza anyone? Anyone interested in a pizza lunch party on Thursday, September 20th for our students? If we get a 70% positive response, then it’s a go for those who get their orders in on time. $4 would include pizza, beverage and small side (fruit or vegetable).  A flyer will be sent home on Monday for orders. Please return flyers to Jennifer Button.