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October 23, 2009

HFS Grade 8 Weekly Collections

October 23, 2009

NOTES from Humanities…

Social Studies: Hello from sunny Williamsburg! Eighth grade social studies took its course on the road this week. These updates are being written and sent between Wednesday dinner and our foray into Colonial Williamsburg for an interactive presentation that demonstrates how family histories, traditions, and cultural practices of Africa were carried on through story-telling from generation to generation of slaves in Colonial America. Teacher has already been admonished by one of the Williamsburg period actors for not caning his students. My how times have changed!  Please remember our unit test is fast approaching (Friday, October 30th). We will spend our next four classes preparing for the assessment.

English: After a long absence, I have returned to Harford Friends School, and I am extremely pleased to be here.  We have been especially busy trying to catch up in all of my classes.  The second book reports of the year were presented, and many of them were truly excellent and showed a great amount of work.  Students have a right to be very proud of themselves.  In addition to book reports, we have returned to our regular spelling-vocabulary routine, and we have endeavored to write compositions with appropriate detail and exactness.  We have also returned to grammar and have dived into the intricacies of the various kinds of pronouns.  We have also read several short stories and really enjoyed discussing them.

On a personal note, I would like to thank Virginia Remsburg, Linda Derengowski, Mr. Huxtable, and Jennifer Button for helping to substitute in all of my classes.  You did a marvelous job, and I am most grateful to all of you.  Have a wonderful weekend!

NOTES from Technology…

Math: This week began with a quiz on Investigation 2 “Linear Functions, Equations, and Inequalities” from our unit Working With Mathematical Models.  Concepts that were developed in this unit are fundamental in algebraic thinking that will be the foundation for all subsequent math courses.  By analyzing linear patterns from data, students applied the concept of a constant rate of change (slope) to develop graphical and algebraic representations for linear functions.  These quizzes will be returned Monday, October 26, when the 8th graders return from their Jamestown/Williamsburg field trip.

We also began our final investigation on inverse variation this week by studying dimensions of rectangles with “fixed perimeter”.  This leads to the formula , which can be used to efficiently calculate pairs of length and width for such rectangles.  Other applications that lead to inverse variation include the relationship between distance, rate, and time, , which students have seen in previous CMP2 units.  In this investigation, students will study this relationship as an inverse variation between rate and time, when distance is “fixed”, .

We should be able to wrap up this unit by the end of next week with a quiz on inverse variation.  Our next unit of study will by entitled Looking for Pythagoras, which focuses on the Pythagorean Theorem.  The end of the interim marking period is November 4.  Please remind your child to check on any missing work that must be completed.

In witness to the Quaker testimony regarding integrity, I am asking all students in the middle school to check off the “Problem of the Week” roster in the hallway, with the problems for which they have submitted solutions.

Science: Ryan B. gave the class a succinct and descriptive introduction of chemical and physical changes followed by a comprehensive “quiz/worksheet”.  His presentation was followed by an activity using the oh so useful marshmallow.  Students observed various marshamallows (frozen, room temperature, melted and small pieces) to determine physical properties and observe physical changes.  Then, the marshmallows were toasted to observe chemical changes.  On Tuesday, Travis M. introduced chemical equations to the class, and provided a hands-on demonstration to help his classmates comprehend the difference among synthesis, decomposition and replacement equations.  His lesson was followed by a two part lab that allowed the students to mix baking soda and vinegar, then practice their observation skills, including determining whether the reaction was endothermic or exothermic.  For part two of the lab, students used Legos to model the chemical equation and assist with comprehension of conservation of mass and balancing equations.  Next week we will continue our work with chemical equations, there will be a quiz on 2.1 and 2.2, and we will review how to study for the quarter exam scheduled for Monday, Nov. 2nd.

NOTES from Explorations…

Physical Education: Sixth and Seventh grades received their study guides for our muscle unit this week. Eighth grade will get theirs on Monday. The quiz is scheduled for the week of November 2nd.

Seventh and Eighth grade students will be getting back the aerobic fitness quiz on Monday. They need to come back to me signed. Jordan H and Trevor will be taking the quiz on Monday during gym class, but will get it back the same day. Sixth grade got the quiz back on Wednesday. They do not have to return them to me.

Students are to continue their PE journal work for one more week. The journals are intended give the students the chance to practice the healthy habit of keeping a journal about their physical activities.  The students are required to write a complete sentence daily telling me about their physical activity that day and they need to mention if there was no physical activity as well.  The reason for this is to get them to realize that SOME KIND of physical activity is important everyday and that they can make some time each day to do something. Playing outside with their friends is STRONGLY recommended. So is walking the dog or going for a bike ride with mom or dad. The students are not judged by what they do, but by whether or not they are keeping the journal (with correct grammar) and are turning it in every Friday. Writing down their nutrition is an option and not a requirement. Nutrition takes practice and can be very confusing so writing down what they eat will help them learn about food and what it does to our bodies. It is important that they realize that different foods do different things in bodies and that some are good and so are not so good. One example I used last week was to eat eggs and blueberries for breakfast because its brain food and you will think  better.
We never use words like thin, skinny or fat. I never belittle a child for not   exercising and I never compare students to each other. My job is to teach the students about what a healthy lifestyle is. I want them to understand that you don’t need to be a star athlete or have a fancy gym membership to exercise. Simple things like playing outside with your friends and walking the dog are positive things for your body.
Our 7th and 8th graders are becoming young adults and are at a very sensitive and important stage in their growth as adults.  This is the perfect time to START teaching them to take responsibility for their own health and well-being. This all starts with having BASIC knowledge about fitness and nutrition. The journals are just tool I use to communicate with them on a personal level.
Body image is a sensitive issue that effects (I believe) EVERY girl and many boys. Being a competitive gymnast, dancer and gymnastics coach I have experienced this topic many times over on a personal level as well as with the girls I have trained. My experience runs deep and I have taken the time over the years to educate myself in the matter. No one body-type is “better” than the other. I have already expressed to my students that there are hundreds of acceptable body types and that nobody is going to be exactly like another.
I am concerned that some students may be tempted to “fabricate” examples of exercise thinking that if they don’t exercise they will fail in some way. I asked the students to please be honest with their journals and simply write down the truth. Again, the journals are merely practice for a healthy habit they may use later on in life. It’s not what they are doing from day to day, but the fact that they are doing the assignment correctly.
There is one more week left with the journals and then they will go away when we move on to our sports units.  Next up is basketball. I understand parents may have a lot of questions being this is a new approach for PE class that teachers all over the country are taking on. Please feel free to call me anytime on my cell 443-528-6031 and I will gladly answer any questions and / or set up a meeting if desired.
I have thoroughly enjoyed my position at Friend’s school so far! I think all of the students are fantastic and generally speaking, I think we have a good time in class! My goal is to continue to teach in a positive way and teach them to truly love themselves and accept and respect each other.

Spanish: Everyone spent time working on their group projects this week. Fine tuning the scripts and rehearsing. Next week students should make sure they have the materials, props and maps ready for videotaping on November 3rd. Next week Tuesday Oct 27th we will have our test.

NOTES from Solutions Committee…

During committees this week, in the Solutions and Meeting for Worship committee, we took on the responsibility that was presented to us by Ms. Kim for the much needed Mason-Dixon food drive.  As a result, we have designated each advisory with certain food stuffs to be collected in the next week, ending on October 30.  We hope that every student can commit some food to the drive, even if it does not match the specific advisory goals.  Mr. Norton’s advisory has been charged with collecting pork, beans, and cereal; Mrs. De Mey’s advisory is to collect jelly in small sizes and peanut butter in small sizes; the Lower School is to collect fruit cocktail, and canned peaches and pears; Mrs. Pacheco’s advisory is to bring in soups and Chef Boyardee can dinners; Mr. Pickard’s advisory is to focus on bringing in tuna/tuna helper and spaghetti and spaghetti sauce.  There will be an undetermined baked prize for the advisory group that brings in the most food.  This important service work will very much help our larger community outside of the Harford Friends School walls.  The Solutions Committee appreciates everyone’s involvement.

Announcements/Calendar Updates…

1.  Monday, October 26 – 8th Grade math tutoring with Mr. Pitz (3:00-3:45PM, Deer Creek Classroom)

2.  Monday, October 26 – Middle School Destination Imagination with Virginia Remsberg (3:30-5:00PM, Fawn Grove)

3.  Tuesday, October 27 – Middle School Math Counts with Mr. Norton. (3-4PM, Forest Hill)

4.  Tuesday, October 27 – Quaker Education Parent Workshop – “What Are Quakers All About?” (5:30-7:00PM, Deer Creek, includes simple meal) [Reminder: This is adult-only HFS function.]

5.  Tuesday, October 27 – Home & School Association Meeting at HFS (7:00-8:30PM, Deer Creek) [Reminder: This is adult-only HFS function.]

6.  Thursday, October 29 – Lower School Destination Imagination with Mrs. De Mey (3:30-5:00PM, Little Falls Classroom)

7.  Friday, October 30 – All advisory items for Mason-Dixon food drive should be in today.

8.  Friday, October 30 – Parent Activities Session #3 (1:50-3:00PM). This is the final session of the interim.

9.  Friday, October 30 – 7th & 8th Grade Students SAT Prep Session #1 – Verbal (3:30-5:00PM, Fawn Grove)

10. Sunday, November 1 – HFS 2nd Annual Taste of Excellence (2:00-4:30PM, Bel Air Armory)

11. Monday, November 2 – 8th Grade math tutoring with Mr. Pitz (3:00-3:45PM, Deer Creek Classroom)

12. Monday, November 2 – Middle School Destination Imagination with Virginia Remsberg (3:30-5:00PM, Fawn Grove)

13. Tuesday, November 3 – Parent Coffee with the Head of School (8:00-8:50AM, Gunpowder Classroom) [Reminder: This is an adult-only HFS function.]

14. Tuesday, November 3 – Middle School Math Counts with Mr. Norton. (3-4PM, Forest Hill)

15. Tuesday, November 3 – Basketball Practice with Coach Huxtable (3:00-4:15PM, Gymnasium)

16. Wednesday, November 4 – End of 1st Interim

17. Thursday, November 5 – Basketball Practice with Coach Tubbs (3:00-4:15PM, Gymnasium)

18. Thursday, November 5 – LS Destination Imagination with Karen De Mey (3:30-5:00PM, Little Falls Classroom)

19. Friday, November 6 – Parent Activities Session #1 (1:50-3:00PM)

20. Friday, November 6 – High School visitation date for HFS 8th grade students. Remember to contact the teacher of each class by Thursday, Nov. 5 to obtain any classwork or assignments that will be missed due to your excused absence.

21. Sunday, November 8 – HFS Open House (2:00-4:00PM)


HFS Grade 7 Weekly Collections

October 23, 2009

NOTES from Humanities…

Social Studies: Seventh grade social studies is working in class to create an illustrated timeline of Latin American colonial history and independence movements.  We have split into groups and will have to propose each event and each explanation we create to the class for discussion of whether or not the event or person is important enough to be put on our illustrated Latin American independence class project.  There should be no homework from this assignment, so we will continue to plug along with social studies Greek and Latin root word vocabulary and our book’s description of South American nations.  Next week we will continue with the in class project and have our second vocabulary test.

English: After a long absence, I have returned to Harford Friends School, and I am extremely pleased to be here.  We have been especially busy trying to catch up in all of my classes.  The second book reports of the year were presented, and many of them were truly excellent and showed a great amount of work.  Students have a right to be very proud of themselves.  In addition to book reports, we have returned to our regular spelling-vocabulary routine, and we have endeavored to write compositions with appropriate detail and exactness.  We have also returned to grammar and have dived into the intricacies of the various kinds of pronouns.  We have also read several short stories and really enjoyed discussing them.

On a personal note, I would like to thank Virginia Remsburg, Linda Derengowski, Mr. Huxtable, and Jennifer Button for helping to substitute in all of my classes.  You did a marvelous job, and I am most grateful to all of you.  Have a wonderful weekend!

NOTES from Technology…

Math: Seventh grade math is making quick work of similarity.  We were introduced to the great Mug Wump family, a geometric shape that we use to investigate similarity.  We have already determined that similar shapes must have equal corresponding angles and the same general shape.  We will continue to discover the qualities of similarity and then begin to use similar triangles as the unit progresses.

Science: This week we spent time learning about the process of succession.  The children wrote very entertaining stories personifying rocks, old fields or ponds that were undergoing natural changes.  We have reviewed for our unit test on ecology by creating concept maps, flash cards and playing Jeopardy. The test was on Friday.  We also spent some time talking about what it means to turn in quality work and to live up to your expectations and responsibilities.

NOTES from Explorations…

Physical Education: Sixth and Seventh grades received their study guides for our muscle unit this week. Eighth grade will get theirs on Monday. The quiz is scheduled for the week of November 2nd.

Seventh and Eighth grade students will be getting back the aerobic fitness quiz on Monday. They need to come back to me signed. Jordan H and Trevor will be taking the quiz on Monday during gym class, but will get it back the same day. Sixth grade got the quiz back on Wednesday. They do not have to return them to me.

Students are to continue their PE journal work for one more week. The journals are intended give the students the chance to practice the healthy habit of keeping a journal about their physical activities.  The students are required to write a complete sentence daily telling me about their physical activity that day and they need to mention if there was no physical activity as well.  The reason for this is to get them to realize that SOME KIND of physical activity is important everyday and that they can make some time each day to do something. Playing outside with their friends is STRONGLY recommended. So is walking the dog or going for a bike ride with mom or dad. The students are not judged by what they do, but by whether or not they are keeping the journal (with correct grammar) and are turning it in every Friday. Writing down their nutrition is an option and not a requirement. Nutrition takes practice and can be very confusing so writing down what they eat will help them learn about food and what it does to our bodies. It is important that they realize that different foods do different things in bodies and that some are good and so are not so good. One example I used last week was to eat eggs and blueberries for breakfast because its brain food and you will think  better.
We never use words like thin, skinny or fat. I never belittle a child for not   exercising and I never compare students to each other. My job is to teach the students about what a healthy lifestyle is. I want them to understand that you don’t need to be a star athlete or have a fancy gym membership to exercise. Simple things like playing outside with your friends and walking the dog are positive things for your body.
Our 7th and 8th graders are becoming young adults and are at a very sensitive and important stage in their growth as adults.  This is the perfect time to START teaching them to take responsibility for their own health and well-being. This all starts with having BASIC knowledge about fitness and nutrition. The journals are just tool I use to communicate with them on a personal level.
Body image is a sensitive issue that effects (I believe) EVERY girl and many boys. Being a competitive gymnast, dancer and gymnastics coach I have experienced this topic many times over on a personal level as well as with the girls I have trained. My experience runs deep and I have taken the time over the years to educate myself in the matter. No one body-type is “better” than the other. I have already expressed to my students that there are hundreds of acceptable body types and that nobody is going to be exactly like another.
I am concerned that some students may be tempted to “fabricate” examples of exercise thinking that if they don’t exercise they will fail in some way. I asked the students to please be honest with their journals and simply write down the truth. Again, the journals are merely practice for a healthy habit they may use later on in life. It’s not what they are doing from day to day, but the fact that they are doing the assignment correctly.
There is one more week left with the journals and then they will go away when we move on to our sports units.  Next up is basketball. I understand parents may have a lot of questions being this is a new approach for PE class that teachers all over the country are taking on. Please feel free to call me anytime on my cell 443-528-6031 and I will gladly answer any questions and / or set up a meeting if desired.
I have thoroughly enjoyed my position at Friend’s school so far! I think all of the students are fantastic and generally speaking, I think we have a good time in class! My goal is to continue to teach in a positive way and teach them to truly love themselves and accept and respect each other.

Spanish: Everyone spent time working on their group projects this week. Fine tuning the scripts and rehearsing. Next week students should make sure they have the materials, props and maps ready for videotaping on November 2nd. Next week Tuesday Oct 27th we will have our test.

NOTES from Solutions Committee…

During committees this week, in the Solutions and Meeting for Worship committee, we took on the responsibility that was presented to us by Ms. Kim for the much needed Mason-Dixon food drive.  As a result, we have designated each advisory with certain food stuffs to be collected in the next week, ending on October 30.  We hope that every student can commit some food to the drive, even if it does not match the specific advisory goals.  Mr. Norton’s advisory has been charged with collecting pork, beans, and cereal; Mrs. De Mey’s advisory is to collect jelly in small sizes and peanut butter in small sizes; the Lower School is to collect fruit cocktail, and canned peaches and pears; Mrs. Pacheco’s advisory is to bring in soups and Chef Boyardee can dinners; Mr. Pickard’s advisory is to focus on bringing in tuna/tuna helper and spaghetti and spaghetti sauce.  There will be an undetermined baked prize for the advisory group that brings in the most food.  This important service work will very much help our larger community outside of the Harford Friends School walls.  The Solutions Committee appreciates everyone’s involvement.

Announcements/Calendar Updates…

1.  Monday, October 26 – 8th Grade math tutoring with Mr. Pitz (3:00-3:45PM, Deer Creek Classroom)

2.  Monday, October 26 – Middle School Destination Imagination with Virginia Remsberg (3:30-5:00PM, Fawn Grove)

3.  Tuesday, October 27 – Middle School Math Counts with Mr. Norton. (3-4PM, Forest Hill)

4.  Tuesday, October 27 – Quaker Education Parent Workshop – “What Are Quakers All About?” (5:30-7:00PM, Deer Creek, includes simple meal) [Reminder: This is adult-only HFS function.]

5.  Tuesday, October 27 – Home & School Association Meeting at HFS (7:00-8:30PM, Deer Creek) [Reminder: This is adult-only HFS function.]

6.  Thursday, October 29 – Lower School Destination Imagination with Mrs. De Mey (3:30-5:00PM, Little Falls Classroom)

7.  Friday, October 30 – All advisory items for Mason-Dixon food drive should be in today.

8.  Friday, October 30 – Parent Activities Session #3 (1:50-3:00PM). This is the final session of the interim.

9.  Friday, October 30 – 7th & 8th Grade Students SAT Prep Session #1 – Verbal (3:30-5:00PM, Fawn Grove)

10. Sunday, November 1 – HFS 2nd Annual Taste of Excellence (2:00-4:30PM, Bel Air Armory)

11. Monday, November 2 – 8th Grade math tutoring with Mr. Pitz (3:00-3:45PM, Deer Creek Classroom)

12. Monday, November 2 – Middle School Destination Imagination with Virginia Remsberg (3:30-5:00PM, Fawn Grove)

13. Tuesday, November 3 – Parent Coffee with the Head of School (8:00-8:50AM, Gunpowder Classroom) [Reminder: This is an adult-only HFS function.]

14. Tuesday, November 3 – Middle School Math Counts with Mr. Norton. (3-4PM, Forest Hill)

15. Tuesday, November 3 – Basketball Practice with Coach Huxtable (3:00-4:15PM, Gymnasium)

16. Wednesday, November 4 – End of 1st Interim

17. Thursday, November 5 – Basketball Practice with Coach Tubbs (3:00-4:15PM, Gymnasium)

18. Thursday, November 5 – LS Destination Imagination with Karen De Mey (3:30-5:00PM, Little Falls Classroom)

19. Friday, November 6 – Parent Activities Session #1 (1:50-3:00PM)

20. Friday, November 6 – High School visitation date for HFS 8th grade students. Remember to contact the teacher of each class by Thursday, Nov. 5 to obtain any classwork or assignments that will be missed due to your excused absence.

21. Sunday, November 8 – HFS Open House (2:00-4:00PM)


HFS Grade 6 Weekly Collections

October 23, 2009

NOTES from Humanities…

After a long absence, I have returned to Harford Friends School, and I am extremely pleased to be here.  We have been especially busy trying to catch up in all of my classes.  The second book reports of the year were presented, and many of them were truly excellent and showed a great amount of work.  Students have a right to be very proud of themselves.  In addition to book reports, we have returned to our regular spelling-vocabulary routine, and we have endeavored to write compositions with appropriate detail and exactness.  We have also returned to grammar and have dived into the intricacies of the various kinds of pronouns.  We have also read several short stories and really enjoyed discussing them.

On a personal note, I would like to thank Virginia Remsburg, Linda Derengowski, Mr. Huxtable, and Jennifer Button for helping to substitute in all of my classes.  You did a marvelous job, and I am most grateful to all of you.  Have a wonderful weekend!

NOTES from Technology…

Math: Sixth grade math is beginning to investigate the properties of fractions.  We started with understanding a fundraising “thermometer” that communicates the amount of money raised.  Then we created fraction strips after many cries of protest. Next week we will continue to work with fundraising “thermometers” to compare and order fractions and then look to determine equivalent fractions.

Science: Sixth grade science spent the week looking at the microscopic, and smaller, and side of plants.  We discovered the difference between carbohydrates, proteins, lipids, and nucleic acids.  We also learned about photosynthesis and both the raw materials and products of the process.  We spent some time making atomic models of water, carbon dioxide, a simple sugar, and oxygen.  We finished the week with a trip to Emory Knoll farm, a green roof plant grower in our immediate neighborhood on route 543.  Next week we will continue with cellular processes and have a quiz on both plant cell organelles and cellular processes like osmosis and diffusion.

NOTES from Explorations…

Physical Education: Sixth and Seventh grades received their study guides for our muscle unit this week. Eighth grade will get theirs on Monday. The quiz is scheduled for the week of November 2nd.

Seventh and Eighth grade students will be getting back the aerobic fitness quiz on Monday. They need to come back to me signed. Jordan H and Trevor will be taking the quiz on Monday during gym class, but will get it back the same day. Sixth grade got the quiz back on Wednesday. They do not have to return them to me.

Students are to continue their PE journal work for one more week. The journals are intended give the students the chance to practice the healthy habit of keeping a journal about their physical activities.  The students are required to write a complete sentence daily telling me about their physical activity that day and they need to mention if there was no physical activity as well.  The reason for this is to get them to realize that SOME KIND of physical activity is important everyday and that they can make some time each day to do something. Playing outside with their friends is STRONGLY recommended. So is walking the dog or going for a bike ride with mom or dad. The students are not judged by what they do, but by whether or not they are keeping the journal (with correct grammar) and are turning it in every Friday. Writing down their nutrition is an option and not a requirement. Nutrition takes practice and can be very confusing so writing down what they eat will help them learn about food and what it does to our bodies. It is important that they realize that different foods do different things in bodies and that some are good and so are not so good. One example I used last week was to eat eggs and blueberries for breakfast because its brain food and you will think  better.
We never use words like thin, skinny or fat. I never belittle a child for not   exercising and I never compare students to each other. My job is to teach the students about what a healthy lifestyle is. I want them to understand that you don’t need to be a star athlete or have a fancy gym membership to exercise. Simple things like playing outside with your friends and walking the dog are positive things for your body.
Our 7th and 8th graders are becoming young adults and are at a very sensitive and important stage in their growth as adults.  This is the perfect time to START teaching them to take responsibility for their own health and well-being. This all starts with having BASIC knowledge about fitness and nutrition. The journals are just tool I use to communicate with them on a personal level.
Body image is a sensitive issue that effects (I believe) EVERY girl and many boys. Being a competitive gymnast, dancer and gymnastics coach I have experienced this topic many times over on a personal level as well as with the girls I have trained. My experience runs deep and I have taken the time over the years to educate myself in the matter. No one body-type is “better” than the other. I have already expressed to my students that there are hundreds of acceptable body types and that nobody is going to be exactly like another.
I am concerned that some students may be tempted to “fabricate” examples of exercise thinking that if they don’t exercise they will fail in some way. I asked the students to please be honest with their journals and simply write down the truth. Again, the journals are merely practice for a healthy habit they may use later on in life. It’s not what they are doing from day to day, but the fact that they are doing the assignment correctly.
There is one more week left with the journals and then they will go away when we move on to our sports units.  Next up is basketball. I understand parents may have a lot of questions being this is a new approach for PE class that teachers all over the country are taking on. Please feel free to call me anytime on my cell 443-528-6031 and I will gladly answer any questions and / or set up a meeting if desired.
I have thoroughly enjoyed my position at Friend’s school so far! I think all of the students are fantastic and generally speaking, I think we have a good time in class! My goal is to continue to teach in a positive way and teach them to truly love themselves and accept and respect each other.

Spanish: Everyone spent time working on their group projects this week. Fine tuning the scripts and rehearsing. Next week students should make sure they have the materials, props and maps ready for videotaping on November 2nd. Next week Wed Oct 28th we will have our test.

Computer Technology: We created our first document in Word.  The students used their newly acquired skills and we typed our first block style letter together.  We used special formatting techniques and learned how to correctly use a flash drive.  We have been working on our typing skills and I will be reviewing the reports on their speed and accuracy.

NOTES from Solutions Committee…

During committees this week, in the Solutions and Meeting for Worship committee, we took on the responsibility that was presented to us by Ms. Kim for the much needed Mason-Dixon food drive.  As a result, we have designated each advisory with certain food stuffs to be collected in the next week, ending on October 30.  We hope that every student can commit some food to the drive, even if it does not match the specific advisory goals.  Mr. Norton’s advisory has been charged with collecting pork, beans, and cereal; Mrs. De Mey’s advisory is to collect jelly in small sizes and peanut butter in small sizes; the Lower School is to collect fruit cocktail, and canned peaches and pears; Mrs. Pacheco’s advisory is to bring in soups and Chef Boyardee can dinners; Mr. Pickard’s advisory is to focus on bringing in tuna/tuna helper and spaghetti and spaghetti sauce.  There will be an undetermined baked prize for the advisory group that brings in the most food.  This important service work will very much help our larger community outside of the Harford Friends School walls.  The Solutions Committee appreciates everyone’s involvement.

Announcements/Calendar Updates…

1.  Monday, October 26 – 8th Grade math tutoring with Mr. Pitz (3:00-3:45PM, Deer Creek Classroom)

2.  Monday, October 26 – Middle School Destination Imagination with Virginia Remsberg (3:30-5:00PM, Fawn Grove)

3.  Tuesday, October 27 – Middle School Math Counts with Mr. Norton. (3-4PM, Forest Hill)

4.  Tuesday, October 27 – Quaker Education Parent Workshop – “What Are Quakers All About?” (5:30-7:00PM, Deer Creek, includes simple meal) [Reminder: This is adult-only HFS function.]

5.  Tuesday, October 27 – Home & School Association Meeting at HFS (7:00-8:30PM, Deer Creek) [Reminder: This is adult-only HFS function.]

6.  Thursday, October 29 – Lower School Destination Imagination with Mrs. De Mey (3:30-5:00PM, Little Falls Classroom)

7.  Friday, October 30 – All advisory items for Mason-Dixon food drive should be in today.

8.  Friday, October 30 – Parent Activities Session #3 (1:50-3:00PM). This is the final session of the interim.

9.  Friday, October 30 – 7th & 8th Grade Students SAT Prep Session #1 – Verbal (3:30-5:00PM, Fawn Grove)

10. Sunday, November 1 – HFS 2nd Annual Taste of Excellence (2:00-4:30PM, Bel Air Armory)

11. Monday, November 2 – 8th Grade math tutoring with Mr. Pitz (3:00-3:45PM, Deer Creek Classroom)

12. Monday, November 2 – Middle School Destination Imagination with Virginia Remsberg (3:30-5:00PM, Fawn Grove)

13. Tuesday, November 3 – Parent Coffee with the Head of School (8:00-8:50AM, Gunpowder Classroom) [Reminder: This is an adult-only HFS function.]

14. Tuesday, November 3 – Middle School Math Counts with Mr. Norton. (3-4PM, Forest Hill)

15. Tuesday, November 3 – Basketball Practice with Coach Huxtable (3:00-4:15PM, Gymnasium)

16. Wednesday, November 4 – End of 1st Interim

17. Thursday, November 5 – Basketball Practice with Coach Tubbs (3:00-4:15PM, Gymnasium)

18. Thursday, November 5 – LS Destination Imagination with Karen De Mey (3:30-5:00PM, Little Falls Classroom)

19. Friday, November 6 – Parent Activities Session #1 (1:50-3:00PM)

20. Friday, November 6 – High School visitation date for HFS 8th grade students. Remember to contact the teacher of each class by Thursday, Nov. 5 to obtain any classwork or assignments that will be missed due to your excused absence.

21. Sunday, November 8 – HFS Open House (2:00-4:00PM)


HFS Lower School Weekly Collections

October 23, 2009

NOTES from Primary Grade…

This week the primary class concluded their first theme on Sun, Moon, and Shadows.  The next theme that we will be talking about is Family and Community and I have some fun projects and activities we will be doing that relate to this theme.  In science we have been observing the weather and clouds outside, and the students have learned about three different types of clouds.  On Friday, October 23 we will be going to Brad’s Produce to go pumpkin picking.  When we return with the pumpkins the class will be making predictions and finding the actual size, weight, girth, and other items relating to their pumpkin and the larger class pumpkin.  A reminder next week; the Spirit Committee put together a Freaky, Fun, Fall Week.

NOTES from Intermediate Grade…

On Friday, October 23, the intermediate class will visit the Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania, take a ride on the Strasburg Railroad, and enjoy a picnic lunch.  We will leave school at 8:30 a.m. and return at approximately 2:30 p.m.  On Tuesday, Mrs. De Mey’s math group will have a chapter test on addition and subtraction with regrouping.  We will then begin our next unit on multiplication.  We are wrapping up our unit on Native Americans of the Piedmont.  The students presented information by poster, powerpoint, and drama on several topics, including Native American food and entertainment, language and communication, laws and beliefs, art and clothing, and family and pets.  From their wonderful presentation, I will draw questions for a unit test on Wednesday, October 28.  After that, we will begin our next thematic unit on motion.

We celebrated the National Day on Writing on October 20 with several whole-school activities.  My favorite part of the day was our silent break time, where the students could only communicate by writing.  (That may not have been everyone’s favorite, though!)  I have enjoyed reading the graffiti wall posted in the hallway on which the students wrote words that inspire them.

Our school is working together to replenish the supply of food for the Mason-Dixon food locker.  Specifically, the intermediate class has been assigned the responsibility of bringing in peanut butter and jelly.  Please help us in this service project by Friday, October 30, if you can.

Please remember to check and empty your child’s Friday folder each week and return it the following Monday.

NOTES from Explorations…

Primary Spanish: In class, we reviewed the homework sheet on emotions.  We then divided the group into 2 teams and played a game of charades to review basic greetings, letters of the alphabet learned thus far, and emotions.  The kids heard letters/sentences/phrases and had to either act them out or write them on the board.  The students did a great job.   Students are encouraged to review their notes in their Spanish folders each week even when HW is not assigned.  For next week, we will be discussing the Mexican holiday Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) and working on a craft project relating to it.  Remember that children can practice pronunciation of words and review vocabulary using http://www.frenchspanishonline.com/beginnerspanish/freespanish.html

Intermediate Spanish: We started the class teaching the students 2 action verbs…jump (saltar) and walk (caminar).  The students then did oral presentations on their emotions HW sheet.  We then divided the group into 2 teams and played a game of charades to review basic greetings, letters of the alphabet learned thus far, and emotions.  The kids heard letters/sentences/phrases and had to either act them out or write them on the board.  The students did a great job.   Students are encouraged to review their notes in their Spanish folders each week even when hw is not assigned.  For next week, we will be discussing the Mexican holiday Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) and working on a craft project relating to it.  Remember that children can practice pronunciation of words and review vocabulary using http://www.frenchspanishonline.com/beginnerspanish/freespanish.html

NOTES from Solutions Committee…

During committees this week, in the Solutions and Meeting for Worship committee, we took on the responsibility that was presented to us by Ms. Kim for the much needed Mason-Dixon food drive.  As a result, we have designated each advisory with certain food stuffs to be collected in the next week, ending on October 30.  We hope that every student can commit some food to the drive, even if it does not match the specific advisory goals.  Mr. Norton’s advisory has been charged with collecting pork, beans, and cereal; Mrs. De Mey’s advisory is to collect jelly in small sizes and peanut butter in small sizes; the Lower School is to collect fruit cocktail, and canned peaches and pears; Mrs. Pacheco’s advisory is to bring in soups and Chef Boyardee can dinners; Mr. Pickard’s advisory is to focus on bringing in tuna/tuna helper and spaghetti and spaghetti sauce.  There will be an undetermined baked prize for the advisory group that brings in the most food.  This important service work will very much help our larger community outside of the Harford Friends School walls.  The Solutions Committee appreciates everyone’s involvement.

Announcements/Calendar Updates…

1.  Monday, October 26 – 8th Grade math tutoring with Mr. Pitz (3:00-3:45PM, Deer Creek Classroom)

2.  Monday, October 26 – Middle School Destination Imagination with Virginia Remsberg (3:30-5:00PM, Fawn Grove)

3.  Tuesday, October 27 – Middle School Math Counts with Mr. Norton. (3-4PM, Forest Hill)

4.  Tuesday, October 27 – Quaker Education Parent Workshop – “What Are Quakers All About?” (5:30-7:00PM, Deer Creek, includes simple meal) [Reminder: This is adult-only HFS function.]

5.  Tuesday, October 27 – Home & School Association Meeting at HFS (7:00-8:30PM, Deer Creek) [Reminder: This is adult-only HFS function.]

6.  Thursday, October 29 – Lower School Destination Imagination with Mrs. De Mey (3:30-5:00PM, Little Falls Classroom)

7.  Friday, October 30 – All advisory items for Mason-Dixon food drive should be in today.

8.  Friday, October 30 – Parent Activities Session #3 (1:50-3:00PM). This is the final session of the interim.

9.  Friday, October 30 – 7th & 8th Grade Students SAT Prep Session #1 – Verbal (3:30-5:00PM, Fawn Grove)

10. Sunday, November 1 – HFS 2nd Annual Taste of Excellence (2:00-4:30PM, Bel Air Armory)

11. Monday, November 2 – 8th Grade math tutoring with Mr. Pitz (3:00-3:45PM, Deer Creek Classroom)

12. Monday, November 2 – Middle School Destination Imagination with Virginia Remsberg (3:30-5:00PM, Fawn Grove)

13. Tuesday, November 3 – Parent Coffee with the Head of School (8:00-8:50AM, Gunpowder Classroom) [Reminder: This is an adult-only HFS function.]

14. Tuesday, November 3 – Middle School Math Counts with Mr. Norton. (3-4PM, Forest Hill)

15. Tuesday, November 3 – Basketball Practice with Coach Huxtable (3:00-4:15PM, Gymnasium)

16. Wednesday, November 4 – End of 1st Interim

17. Thursday, November 5 – Basketball Practice with Coach Tubbs (3:00-4:15PM, Gymnasium)

18. Thursday, November 5 – LS Destination Imagination with Karen De Mey (3:30-5:00PM, Little Falls Classroom)

19. Friday, November 6 – Parent Activities Session #1 (1:50-3:00PM)

20. Friday, November 6 – High School visitation date for HFS 8th grade students. Remember to contact the teacher of each class by Thursday, Nov. 5 to obtain any classwork or assignments that will be missed due to your excused absence.

21. Sunday, November 8 – HFS Open House (2:00-4:00PM)