HFS Weekly Collections

HFS News & Special Events
October 1, 2010


Dear HFS Families,

Now that October is upon us and the school community begins to define itself through its shared joys and struggles, we find opportunity to grow collectively as we work through challenges together. Most often, those challenges are academically based. For instance, class plays, projects, test, quizzes, and the daily challenge to perform in a small and involved class setting force the development of performance skills and attention to due dates and deadlines. Sometimes those challenges are more communal. We experience our first challenge each year when we descend upon Genesee Valley as individuals and work while there to leave as a group. We had a challenge at the end of that first week of school when, after skit presentations, the audience was restless and in some cases disrespectful to those older students who tried to settle things down. Individuals were addressed and behaviors improved. Today, it was brought to my attention that new graffiti appeared in one of the boys’ bathroom stalls. While the act is concerning and evidence of clear thoughtlessness, it serves as another opportunity for us to work together as a community to address issues of trust, care for our facility, and more importantly care for one another. Two years ago we had a very similar incident. At that time, the boys within the school gathered to discuss the implications of such actions. We all soon realized and acknowledged that the act of defacing the stall walls was not such a crime to the school or to the Highland Commons Building as it was to our collective sense of communal trust and respect. As a result, the offending student bravely came forward and accepted responsibility for his acts, helped right the wrong by assisting our custodian in clean-up, and thus helped to restore a sense of trust in our school. We afford our students great independence at Harford Friends School, but with that independence comes a tremendous amount of responsibility. Our collective job now is to identify what is at risk when our trust is exploited and engage our students in searching for a solution, a way to restore trust, and preserve the unique nature of our school environment, one based on the belief in the inherent goodness of one another. As you engage your child in discussion of this week’s lessons, I hope you will see the learning that comes with these dilemmas and the insistence we have for involving our students in the solution. I hope, too, that you will hear of some creative solutions. Encourage your child to share them at our Business Meeting next week for the community to discuss and consider. As always, you, too, are a member of that community and we would enjoy your participation in our Business Meeting process anytime that you are free to join us! I know you will be impressed by the care for and ownership of our school that your children hold, even in the presence of silly words thoughtlessly written on bathroom walls.

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.]

To Harford Friends,

I would like to extend an invitation to all Harford Friends students and their families to participate (gratis) in one or all days of an earthen plaster workshop that we are holding at our house (Oct 2,3,9, & 10) at 1023 Old Pylesville Rd.  Our home will be the first straw-bale structure in Harford County, and will hopefully help educate people about a more sustainable approach to construction than what is common accepted modern practice.

More information here: 
Firstpig.blogspot.com

Call me with any questions (that aren’t answered on the workshop page of the blog).  Lunch will be provided – just let us know how many people would like to attend and on which days so we provide plenty!

Hope to see you all there!

Adrienne DeRan

Project Manager (former student of Jim Pickard, Attender – Deer Creek Mtg., wife of Craig DeRan)

Structural Preservation Systems, LLC

Dear Friends of the Arts,

I was honored this year by being asked to be a celebrity dancer for “The Center for the Arts.” The purpose of the dance is to raise money to build a new arts center that we desperately need in Harford

County. The black tie gala will take place on October 2 at the Residents’ Club at Bulle Rock. For those of you who will be attending, I am asking for your “votes.” There will be 2 awards presented at the gala – a top fundraiser award and a top dancer award. I am short of my goal by $3000.00. Please help me reach my goal. All donations are 100% tax deductible. You can send a check made out to The Center for the Arts, and please put my name on the memo, or you can click on “vote,” then my picture, to pay by credit card. The website is www.centerfortheartsharford.org.

Thank you so much for your support, and on behalf of the Center for the Arts, thank you for contributing to our big dream.

Mary Teddy Wray (Maxwell, ‘12/’16)


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. Saturday, Oct. 2 – H&SA booth at Darlington Apple Festival (10AM-4PM)
  2. Monday, Oct. 4 – Destination Imagination Grades 1-5 Practice (3:15-4:30PM) in Little Falls Classroom. CANCELLED
  3. Monday, Oct. 4 – Destination Imagination Grades 6-8 Practice (3:15-4:30PM) in Fawn Grove Classroom. CANCELLED
  4. Tuesday, Oct. 5 – Parent Coffee with the Head of School (8:05-8:50AM) in Gunpowder Classroom. Please RSVP to jbutton@harfordfriends.org by Friday, Oct. 1.
  5. Tuesday, Oct. 5 – Parenting in the Age of Social Networks On-Line at the Harford County Public Library, Bel Air Branch Meeting Room (6:00-8:00PM). Please RSVP to jbutton@harfordfriends.org by Oct. 4.
  6. Wednesday, Oct. 6 – Blueberry Festival 2011 Coordinators Meeting (6:00PM) in Gunpowder Classroom
  7. Wednesday, Oct. 6 – HFS Back to School Night (7-9PM)
  8. Thursday, Oct. 7 – Lower School visit from the Whiteford Volunteer Fire. Co. (2-3PM)
  9. Thursday, Oct. 7 – Gardening Activity with Brooke Derr (3:15-4:00PM). Pickup for this activity will occur at 4:00PM in Gunpowder Classroom.
  10. Friday, Oct. 8 – Grade 5/6 Field Trip to Blue Dog Arts studio (Depart 12:30PM, Return 2:45PM).
  11. Friday, Oct. 8 – Parent Activities Session #3 (1:25-2:55PM)
  12. Friday, Oct. 8 – H&SA Game Night (7-9PM) CANCELLED
  13. Monday, Oct. 11 – High school visitation date for HFS 8th grade students. Students will be granted an excused absence with prior notification to the office.
  14. Monday, Oct. 11 – Destination Imagination Grades 1-5 Practice (3:15-4:30PM) in Little Falls Classroom CANCELLED
  15. Monday, Oct. 11 – Destination Imagination Grades 6-8 Practice (3:15-4:30PM) in Fawn Grove Classroom CANCELLED
  16. Thursday, Oct. 14 – High school workshop (11AM-12PM) open to families of middle school students. Guest presenters: Samantha Thomson from Westtown Admissions and Jenna Davis, George School Admissions. Please RSVP to jbutton@harfordfriends.org by Oct. 12.
  17. Thursday, Oct. 14 – Gardening Activity with Brooke Derr (3:15-4:00PM). Pickup for this activity will occur at 4:00PM in Gunpowder Classroom
  18. Thursday, Oct. 14 – High School Night at Harford Day School (7-8PM)
  19. Friday, Oct. 15 – Parent Activities Session #4 (1:25-2:55PM)
  20. Friday, Oct. 15 – SAT Prep Session #1 – Verbal (3:30-5:00PM) for students in Grades 7 & 8. Students wishing to participate MUST submit an After-School Activity Permission Form by Monday, Oct. 11 to attend.
  21. Monday, Oct. 18 – Destination Imagination Grades 1-5 Practice (3:15-4:30PM) in Little Falls Classroom
  22. Monday, Oct. 18 – Destination Imagination Grades 6-8 Practice (3:15-4:30PM) in Fawn Grove Classroom
  23. Wednesday, Oct. 20 – Grade 8 departs for 3-day field trip to Jamestown/Colonial Williamsburg (8:00AM)
  24. Thursday, Oct. 21 – Gardening Activity with Brooke Derr (3:15-4:00PM). Pickup for this activity will occur at 4:00PM in Gunpowder Classroom
  25. Friday, Oct. 22 – Grade 1/2 trip to Roha Farms (Depart 8:45AM, Return 12:00PM). Grade 3/4 TBA. Grade 5/6 trip to Holloway Farm (Depart 8:30AM, Return 2:45PM). Grade 7 TBA. Parent driver/chaperones are still needed for all trips. Please contact jbutton@harfordfriends.org to volunteer.
  26. Sunday, Oct. 24 – “Taste of Excellence” wine-tasting (2:00-4:30PM) at MD Golf & Country Club to benefit HFS financial aid. Tickets may be purchased through the HFS website.
  27. Monday, Oct. 25 – Destination Imagination Grades 1-5 Practice (3:15-4:30PM) in Little Falls Classroom
  28. Monday, Oct. 25 – Destination Imagination Grades 6-8 Practice (3:15-4:30PM) in Fawn Grove Classroom
  29. Tuesday, Oct. 26 – High school workshop (3:00-3:30PM) open to families of middle school students. Guest presenter: Cory Jackson from Oldfields School (an all-girls school). Please RSVP to jbutton@harfordfriends.org by Oct. 22.
  30. Tuesday, Oct. 26 – Home & School Association meeting (7-9PM)


HFS Grade 8 Weekly Collections

NOTES from Humanities…

This week we examined the Puritan way of life, specifically their treatment of women. We also discussed the role of Roger Williams and his gospel of tolerance. In addition to this historical background, we read poems in the Puritan Plain Style and began work on descriptive writing centered on an everyday chore that has some greater meaning in our lives. Continue reading for the upcoming book reports and study for the vocabulary quiz on Tuesday.

Writing Workshop: Students in Writing Workshop this week examined and analyzed the format of a newspaper article, presented the information obtained through their various interviews, and worked on the first draft of a “lead” for their newsletter article.

NOTES from Technology…

Science: Monday laboratory and follow-up during the week emphasized the how the word concentration describes the ratio between the amount of solute and the amount of solvent (or the total amount of solution).  Students revealed unexpected difficulty in grasping this concept that is so fundamental to science, along with difficulty in bridging the gap between math they learned in prior grades, and the application of that math in science.  We will persist with patience and good humor, combining hands-on experience, assigned reading of text as appropriate, discussion, and homework problems.

We reviewed the field trip to Newlin Mill and Hagley Museum, and teacher checked with students on the quality of their note-taking.  All students were generally attentive and great representatives of their families and the school; nevertheless, all have room for improvement in note-taking, and all wearied after lunch, with few notes from Hagley except the ingredients for gunpowder.  Review of the field trip gave opportunity for a very preliminary discussion of how 8th grade science fair project and social studies project will be encouraged to overlap e.g., in written background, context, deep understanding of a subject, and an anchor to local relevance.  Among the purposes of Venn-type overlap are reductions of overall workload and stress for students next spring.

WG focus words this week were intrinsic, commodity, practitioner, evaluate, and infer.  For Monday, Homework is a short piece of writing (in response to a reading and query) that includes appropriate use of these five words (or alternative forms of the words).  Parents can help by checking student understanding (imply/infer can be particularly tough) and by reinforcing through the intentional use of these words.

Math:  After transforming linear equations and inequalities in a single variable, including the mathematical justifications involved in these transformations, we have begun the journey into linear equations and inequalities in two variables.  After a review of the concept of slope, which was thoroughly addressed in CMP2 (grade 7), we are analyzing systems of linear systems of equations and inequalities, and developing methods for solving these systems, including substitution, linear combination, and graphing methods.  The TI-graphing calculator will be use extensively in analyzing these graphing methods.   After analyzing these systems, we will conclude our first unit of study with a performance assessment on linear systems.

The equation mobiles that students created were submitted this week, and the grade will count as the weekly quiz grade.  Homework that has been completed shows an increasing understanding of the equation transformation process, and mathematical justification.  Students will be expected to understand these processes and justifications throughout the year.

NOTES from Explorations…

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

Computer Technology/Research/Independent Study Period: Next week, students will be introduced to the year-long class project – the yearbook! – for which they will have to develop and apply skills for a successful outcome.

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

NOTES from MS ADVISORY GROUPS …

De Mey: Thank you for the wonderful contributions to our basket for the Taste of Excellence auction.  I plan to bid on “So Sweet it’s Scary” myself!  Thank you also for your insights during our beginning of the year conferences.  This week in advisory, we shared our paper bag projects.  It was fun to learn surprising, new things about each other.  In October, we will focus on goal setting:  individual and group, personal and academic, long-term and short-term.  We will also pick a year-long service project that will benefit the school or community. Have a great week!

Huxtable: Our advisory group took the annual Handbook Test – results still pending. We also cleaned and organized our cubbies to assure maximum efficiency in storage and in use. Finally, we fulfilled (mostly) our responsibilities for contributing to our group’s silent auction basket for the upcoming wine-tasting. We still need to collect the $10 contributions from some in order to reimburse those who purchased items that exceeded our $10 target. Next week, we’ll be examining our academic strategies and taking a look at how reliable our homework and test/quiz prep efforts have been thus far.


HFS Grade 7 Weekly Collections

NOTES from Humanities…

This week we discussed Latin America’s various independence movements and their cultural effects. Next week, we will look specifically at Mexico, Brazil and Argentina. As a supplement, we read an excerpt of Chrisopher McDougall’s recent book Born to Run. In that section, we learned about the rough terrain of the Copper Canyons in Mexico and the unique culture that remains there, despite the infiltration of the drug cartels. Continuing reading for the upcoming book reports and study for the vocabulary quiz on Tuesday.

NOTES from Technology…

Science: For information on science, please contact Cheryl Foley at gcfoley@comcast.net

Math: In Math 7 this week, we have been discovering ways to compare tables to graphs to extract information to make a decision. We are also describing the ‘story’ that a given graph tells about the variables. Our problems have been focused around planning a bike tour. Ask your children to tell you more about the bike tour. Next week, there is a quiz on Wednesday, and we will begin using the information in tables and graphs to write equations for the variables.

NOTES from Explorations…

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

Computer Technology: Next week, students will be introduced to the year-long class project – the yearbook! – for which they will have to develop and apply skills for a successful outcome.

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

NOTES from MS ADVISORY GROUPS …

De Mey: Thank you for the wonderful contributions to our basket for the Taste of Excellence auction.  I plan to bid on “So Sweet it’s Scary” myself!  Thank you also for your insights during our beginning of the year conferences.  This week in advisory, we shared our paper bag projects.  It was fun to learn surprising, new things about each other.  In October, we will focus on goal setting:  individual and group, personal and academic, long-term and short-term.  We will also pick a year-long service project that will benefit the school or community.  I hope you enjoyed Back to School night.  If you have any questions left unanswered, please send them my way.  Have a great week!

Huxtable: Our advisory group took the annual Handbook Test – results still pending. We also cleaned and organized our cubbies to assure maximum efficiency in storage and in use. Finally, we fulfilled (mostly) our responsibilities for contributing to our group’s silent auction basket for the upcoming wine-tasting. We still need to collect the $10 contributions from some in order to reimburse those who purchased items that exceeded our $10 target. Next week, we’ll be examining our academic strategies and taking a look at how reliable our homework and test/quiz prep efforts have been thus far.


HFS Grade 5/6 Weekly Collections

NOTES from Humanities…

It appears we understand antecedents! If you have any questions about them ask your child. Students are working on composing effective paragraphs; topic sentences and supporting details. This is review for some, introductory for others and necessary for the entire class.

Ancient Simon will be evolving as we learn; I hope you were able to visit him at Back to School Night. I was very proud of the scores on our first geography quiz!

As always, if you have any questions or concerns do not hesitate to contact me.

NOTES from Technology…

Science: For information on science, please contact Cheryl Foley at gcfoley@comcast.net

Math: I hope your children are introducing you to their 14 new math vocabulary terms. I encourage them to discuss what we are doing in class at the dinner table. Ask your child what a conjecture is and see what happens. (Please let me know if you get a blank stare!)

We have been using Venn Diagrams this week to classify numbers by their characteristics. Keep up with those multiplication flash cards at home; it really does help with class computations.

As always, please contact me with any questions or concerns.

NOTES from Explorations…

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

Computer Technology: This week students expanded on their computer tech vocabulary and literacy in a guided reading about input, output, and processing devices. Next week, students will be introduced to the year-long class project – the yearbook! – for which they will have to develop and apply skills for a successful outcome.

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

NOTES from MS ADVISORY GROUPS …

De Mey: Thank you for the wonderful contributions to our basket for the Taste of Excellence auction.  I plan to bid on “So Sweet it’s Scary” myself!  Thank you also for your insights during our beginning of the year conferences.  This week in advisory, we shared our paper bag projects.  It was fun to learn surprising, new things about each other.  In October, we will focus on goal setting:  individual and group, personal and academic, long-term and short-term.  We will also pick a year-long service project that will benefit the school or community.  I hope you enjoyed Back to School night.  If you have any questions left unanswered, please send them my way.  Have a great week!

Huxtable: Our advisory group took the annual Handbook Test – results still pending. We also cleaned and organized our cubbies to assure maximum efficiency in storage and in use. Finally, we fulfilled (mostly) our responsibilities for contributing to our group’s silent auction basket for the upcoming wine-tasting. We still need to collect the $10 contributions from some in order to reimburse those who purchased items that exceeded our $10 target. Next week, we’ll be examining our academic strategies and taking a look at how reliable our homework and test/quiz prep efforts have been thus far.

HFS Lower School Weekly Collections

NOTES from the 1/2 Grade Classroom…

I would like to thank all of the parents again for all of their wonderful donations for the Taste of Excellence Basket; along with the apples for our Johnny Appleseed Celebration.  This week we continued talking about water and graphed how we used water at home and school.  We also determined what community jobs water is extremely important, important, sometimes important, and seldom important.  I found it very interesting because based on individual’s opinions and what they have experienced based on that community member was which section they put it in.  In science we begun discussing liquids and determined different properties of liquids.   On Wednesday the primary class and their 8th grade buddies got to enjoy worship sharing together.  Colin Tridone read The Rainbow Fish and we discussed different ways we see, hear, and feel respect.  As a reminder Scholastic book orders are due Friday, October 1.  Next week we will be learning about the water cycle in theme and in science exploring more about different liquids. On Friday, October 8 the Lower School is going to get a special visit from Whiteford Volunteer Firefighter Company to discuss fire prevention weekend.

NOTES from the 3/4 Grade Classroom…

Thank you for your fantastic contributions to our class basket.  It looks wonderful! This week in Reading, we focused on chapter 2 of A Wrinkle in Time.  Our very impressive vocabulary words include belligerent, sagely, antagonists, dilapidated, compulsion, and assimilate.  We are trying to use these words throughout the day, when possible.  In Writing Workshop, the students are either publishing their first personal narratives or beginning their second ones.  I will send home finished pieces for you to enjoy, but I will also ask for their return, so that they can be stored in each student’s writing portfolio.  In Math, the intermediate group is reviewing addition and subtraction rules.  We are moving quickly through this unit due to the ability of the group, and we will have our next test on Wednesday, October 6.  We had fun celebrating Johnny Appleseed Day with crafts and homemade snacks.  Our first Social Studies project was sent home on Wednesday.  It is due on Tuesday, October 12.  If your child misplaces his or her directions, please let me know so I can email or send home another set.  Have a great week, and I hope to see you at the Darlington Apple Festival!

Science-3/4: For information on science, please contact Cheryl Foley at gcfoley@comcast.net

NOTES from Explorations…

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

Computer Technology: Next week, students will be introduced to the year-long class project – the yearbook! – for which they will have to develop and apply skills for a successful outcome.

1/2 Music: For information on Music, please contact Janis Katsu at joyful@joyfulsounds.net

3/4 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