HFS Weekly Collections

HFS News & Special Events
October 8, 2010

HFS Weekly Collections

October 8, 2010

Dear HFS Families,

Thank you for your participation in our rescheduled Back to School Night on Wednesday evening. As I hope you were able to see, the life of your child within the HFS program is a thoroughly enriching and enlivening experience! From observing and noting the properties of liquids in the Primary Class and constructing raised relief maps in 5th/6th grade science to investigating the origins of modern international political conflict and turmoil in 7th grade Humanities and building mathematical competence and communication skills in 8th grade mathematics, your child is constantly discovering.

For many HFS families, you may have recently discovered something about HFS through the local newspaper. In fact, the school has been a part of two front-page articles. The article may be read via the following link, http://www.exploreharford.com/news/6264/county-getting-central-park/. I encourage you to read it. I would not want anyone to be surprised if approached by a colleague or friend who knows that you are a member of this community and wants to learn more from you. As is stated in the article, we are bound by the legal proceedings and not permitted to issue any public statements, yet I want to be sure you are all aware. We look forward to this process moving forward and to the opportunities it may provide our school. I will keep our community posted as progress is made. Thank you all, again, for your tremendous support and involvement in our school community.

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

Paramedical Personnel of Maryland (PPM), a Forest Hill based safety training company, is offering Heartsaver CPR and First Aid training for interested community members. Heartsaver CPR includes Adult, Infant, Child CPR and choking procedures. First Aid meets the OSHA standard for first aid training. Training classes are offered on Saturdays at a cost of $40 per course. For additional information, please visit the PPM website at www.ppmems.com

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. 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.
  2. Monday, Oct. 11 – Destination Imagination Grades 1-5 Practice (3:15-4:30PM) in Little Falls Classroom CANCELLED
  3. Monday, Oct. 11 – Destination Imagination Grades 6-8 Practice (3:15-4:30PM) in Fawn Grove Classroom CANCELLED
  4. 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.
  5. Thursday, Oct. 14 – Gardening Activity with Brooke Derr (3:15-4:00PM). Pickup for this activity will occur at 4:00PM in Gunpowder Classroom
  6. Thursday, Oct. 14 – Home & School Association & Blueberry Festival Coordinators meeting (7PM)
  7. Thursday, Oct. 14 – High School Night at Harford Day School (7-8PM)
  8. Friday, Oct. 15 – Parent Activities Session #4 (1:25-2:55PM)
  9. Friday, Oct. 15 – Deadline for ordering Spirit Wear (3:00PM). Please contact Diana Rego to place your order today!
  10. 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.
  11. Monday, Oct. 18 – Destination Imagination Grades 1-5 Practice (3:15-4:30PM) in Little Falls Classroom
  12. Monday, Oct. 18 – Destination Imagination Grades 6-8 Practice (3:15-4:30PM) in Fawn Grove Classroom
  13. Wednesday, Oct. 20 – Grade 8 departs for 3-day field trip to Jamestown/Colonial Williamsburg (8:00AM)
  14. Thursday, Oct. 21 – Gardening Activity with Brooke Derr (3:15-4:00PM). Pickup for this activity will occur at 4:00PM in Gunpowder Classroom
  15. Friday, Oct. 22 – Grade 1/2 trip to Roha Farms (Depart 8:45AM, Return 12:00PM). Grade 3/4 trip to Roha Farms (Depart 8:45AM, Return 12:00PM). Grade 5/6 trip to Holloway Farm (Depart 8:30AM, Return 2:45PM). Grade 7 – Destination is still being confirmed and will be emailed to families ASAP. Grade 8 trip expected to return at 6:00PM. All needed field trip drivers for this date have been secured.
  16. 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.
  17. Monday, Oct. 25 – Destination Imagination Grades 1-5 Practice (3:15-4:30PM) in Little Falls Classroom
  18. Monday, Oct. 25 – Destination Imagination Grades 6-8 Practice (3:15-4:30PM) in Fawn Grove Classroom
  19. Tuesday, Oct. 26 – High school workshop (3:00-4:00PM) open to families of middle school students. Guest presenters: Cory Jackson from Oldfields School (an all-girls school) at 3:00-3:30 and Joseph Izokaitis from West Nottingham Academy (co-ed) at 3:30-4:00PM. Please RSVP to jbutton@harfordfriends.org by Oct. 22.
  20. Tuesday, Oct. 26 – Home & School Association meeting (7-9PM) CANCELLED
  21. Thursday, Oct. 28 – Gardening Activity with Brooke Derr (3:15-4:00PM). Pickup for this activity will occur at 4:00PM in Gunpowder Classroom
  22. Friday, Oct. 29 – Parent Activities Session #5 (1:25-2:55PM)
  23. Friday, Oct. 29 – SAT Prep Session #2 – Math (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.
  24. Monday, Nov. 1 – HFS Closed
  25. Tuesday, Nov. 2 – Parent Coffee with the Head of School (8:05-8:50AM) in Gunpowder Classroom. Please RSVP to jbutton@harfordfriends.org by Friday, Oct. 29.
  26. Wednesday, Nov. 3 – End of 1st Quarter. All student work must be submitted by 3:00PM.
  27. Wednesday, Nov. 3 – REQUIRED student work session for any student owing work for the 1st Quarter (3:00-5:00PM)
  28. Thursday, Nov. 4 – Grade 1/2 Parent Conversation with the Head of School (7:00-8:30PM). Please RSVP to Jonathan Huxtable at headofschool@harfordfriends.org.
  29. Friday, Nov. 5 – High school visitation date for HFS 8th grade students. Students will be granted an excused absence with prior notification to the office.
  30. Friday, Nov. 5 – Parent Activities Session #1 (1:25-2:55PM)
  31. Sunday, Nov. 7 – HFS Open House (2:00-4:00PM)


HFS Grade 8 Weekly Collections

October 8, 2010

NOTES from Humanities…

This week we finished up our work on Puritan life and culture and moved into the land issues that the early colonists faced. We also discussed the first wars between the colonists and the Native Americans. Everyone was thoroughly awed by the fiery sermons of Jonathan Edwards, too.  Upcoming key dates: Book Reports 10/19, Williamsburg Trip 10/20-10/22, History test 10/28.

Field Trip Update: A preliminary itinerary for our upcoming trip to Jamestown and Williamsburg, VA (Wednesday, October 20-Friday, October 22) will be issued early next week.

Writing Workshop: Students are to submit a draft of their newsletter article on Friday, October 15th. Articles must be based on notes from a minimum of six interviews. Students must be up-to-date on all work in order to participate in the field trip to Jamestown and Williamsburg, VA October 20-22.

NOTES from Technology…

Science:  Monday exercise centered on separation of molecules, using paper chromatography and the interactions between solute and solvent.  As will happen on occasion, the activity outran the understanding; students seemed to enjoy the “doing,” but meaning will be revisited as knowledge grows.

Readings and homework centered on review of atomic structure, elements, periodic table, valence electrons, and similar topics studied last year but — sadly yet not surprisingly — largely forgotten.  Happily, there was a Thursday stretch in which multiple students muttered “Oooh … I get it” with regard to electron-shell models central to the periodic table and to all of chemistry.  Anthropomorphizing atoms as “happy with” their status or “seeking satisfaction” in their electron shells apparently helped to bridge understanding.  Next week, it’s on to new material including ionic and covalent bonds.  Homework will consist largely of answering brief questions that accompany the text (to affirm and incentivize reading as assigned) and additional exercises to achieve competence in the scientific vocabulary covered recently.

It was great to speak briefly with several parents on Back to School Night, but the time was too short for good and full exchange.  Know that parental communications of concern and interest about students are welcome, and that I will initiate such communications as necessary.

Math:  As we continue our work with linear equations and inequalities, the past week has been spent in application of our algebra skills to linear equations in two variables. We have been focusing our attention on graphical aspects of linear equations, including slope and y-intercept, originally learned in CMP2 (grade 7), and being currently used in solving systems of linear equations using graphical techniques.  We have been studying graphs of linear functions that have been graphed manually, as well as with the assistance of the TI-graphing calculators.  Next week, we will be finishing up our unit on linear equations and inequalities, by solving linear systems algebraically, using methods of substitution and linear combination, and solving systems of linear inequalities as well.  A performance assessment will be given for the unit at a time close to the unit conclusion.

I would also like to remind you of our weekly quizzes on Thursday.   The equation mobiles, which students developed, served as last week’s quiz.  The mobiles varied in the creativity and artistic approach, but all focused on the transformations used in solving equations, and the justification of these transformations.  On these criteria, students performed very well, and showed their understanding of the algebra involved.

I would ask that you actively encourage your child to read over her/his notes nightly before attempting the homework assignment.  It is important that s(he) understands the concepts that were taught in class during that day in order to be successful in completing his/her homework.  The sequential nature of mathematics demands thorough understanding of previously learned concepts,

Students are reminded of the after school sessions on Wednesday, in which topics that have been learned in the previous week are reviewed.  If a student intends to come to one of these sessions, they should let me know by classtime on Wednesday, so that I can inform the office personnel that the student intends to be present at the session.  If no one informs me of his/her plans to attend the session by first period, the session will be cancelled for that day.

NOTES from Explorations…

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

Computer Technology: Review software handout. Discussed all available applications and their functions, focusing on the primary applications we will use in class. Review of internet research skills, spreadsheet and graphing skills. Assignment is due in next class. Syllabus will be distributed in coming weeks.

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 Middle School ADVISORY…

The students have all attempted to successfully complete the handbook test.  Any students who had difficulty achieving a score of at least 85% will retake the test until this score is reached.  Our focus in the month of October is goal setting and service learning.  Each group has begun discussing their options for a year-long service project to be completed within the school building.  We will also set our sights on goal-setting and conflict resolution in the upcoming weeks.  And, of course, we will continue to keep our cubbies and brains organized.  Have a great week!


HFS Grade 7 Weekly Collections

October 8, 2010

NOTES from Humanities…

This week we continued our study of Latin America, looking closely at the current economic and political situations across the continent. We also read an excerpt of Isabel Allende’s The House of the Spirits, another great example of magical realism and from an author whose family governed Chile before Agosto Pinochet began his disastrous rule. Upcoming key dates: Latin America Unit test on 10/20, Book Reports on 10/27, and country profiles on 11/2.

Writing Workshop: Students are to submit a draft of their newsletter article on Monday, October 11th. Articles must be based on notes from a minimum of three interviews.

NOTES from Technology…

Science: 7th graders completed their research into the huge deer population of Maryland.  They have become quite conversant on the problems of one population being grossly out of balance with the rest of the ecosystem.  We then turned our attention to interactions among populations and have begun our study of symbiosis.  Students should be creating a want ad poster for their symbiont. This is due on Tuesday.

Math: In math 7 this week, we finished our second investigation that involved telling the ‘story’ shown in a graph and looking for patterns in tables and graphs. Look for the quiz coming home! We have begun our third investigation, and we’re currently working on writing one-step and two-step equations to represent relationships between variables.

NOTES from Explorations…

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

Computer Technology: Review software handout. Discussed all available applications and their functions, focusing on the primary applications we will use in class. Review of internet research skills and presentation building skills. Presentations will be shared in next class. Syllabus will be distributed in coming weeks.

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 Middle School ADVISORY…

The students have all attempted to successfully complete the handbook test.  Any students who had difficulty achieving a score of at least 85% will retake the test until this score is reached.  Our focus in the month of October is goal setting and service learning.  Each group has begun discussing their options for a year-long service project to be completed within the school building.  We will also set our sights on goal-setting and conflict resolution in the upcoming weeks.  And, of course, we will continue to keep our cubbies and brains organized.  Have a great week!


HFS Grade 5/6 Weekly Collections

October 8, 2010

NOTES from Humanities…

It has been a very busy week full of beginnings! Students have been gathering information on Prehistoric man. We are learning how an archaeologist makes conjectures due to his or her findings. We have made several conjectures about how cave men may have lived and what their daily life may have been like due to the cave paintings each of the children have in their notebooks.

Students have learned the terms: geography, archaeologist, paleoanthropology, prehistory and history. We are learning about the differences between oral and written history.

In writing we are practicing writing topic sentences with supporting details. We have begun reading the book ‘When My Name was Keoko’. Be sure to ask your child what the book is about. Ask them the Korean terms they are learning.

As always, please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions or concerns.

Writing Workshop: Students are to submit a draft of their newsletter profiles on Thursday, October 14th. Profiles must be based on notes from a minimum of two interviews.

NOTES from Technology…

Science: Weathering and erosion have been the topics of the week for the 5th and 6th graders.  We’ve learned the difference between mechanical and chemical weathering, investigated how best to weather our own Sugar Mountain and wrote letters to Mother Nature with our recommendations.  Comic strips further illustrated the points for us.  The natural result of weathering is soil formation.  The students created their own fictional soil based on their research into the components of soil and then completed used the stereomicroscopes to become more familiar with actual soil.

Math: Our Prime Time poster project rubric went home on Wednesday, October 6th. The project is due Monday October 18th.

Students have been busy working on Order of Operations. Ask your child about ‘Please Excuse My Dear Aunt Sally’.

Common Multiples have been our theme for the week. We have been working with regular intervals to grasp a deeper understanding of the concept. We have used a comparison between a large and small Ferris wheel revolution.

Our next quiz is scheduled for Tuesday, October 12th.

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

NOTES from Explorations…

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

Computer Technology: Reviewed basic pc terminology. Discussed all available applications and their functions, focusing on the primary applications we will use in class. Took a baseline typing test to evaluate overall keyboarding skills, words per minute and accuracy. Syllabus will be distributed in coming weeks.

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 Middle School ADVISORY…

The students have all attempted to successfully complete the handbook test.  Any students who had difficulty achieving a score of at least 85% will retake the test until this score is reached.  Our focus in the month of October is goal setting and service learning.  Each group has begun discussing their options for a year-long service project to be completed within the school building.  We will also set our sights on goal-setting and conflict resolution in the upcoming weeks.  And, of course, we will continue to keep our cubbies and brains organized.  Have a great week!

HFS Lower School Weekly Collections

October 8, 2010

NOTES from the 1/2 Grade Classroom…

I first would like to thank all the parents for coming to Back to School Night! This week the students were very busy discovering the different properties of 7 mystery liquids.  Once we determined the properties the students made some wonderful guesses about what items were in the liquids.  They had a wonderful time discovering what the liquids were.  In theme, we completed our water graphs, which turned out wonderful!  We also started an experiment explaining the process of the water cycle.  Next week we will discover what appears in the cup.  This week we also got a special visit from the Whiteford Volunteer Fire Company to educate us more about fire safety for fire prevention month.  This week we also have begun computer technology class along with our weekly library session!  Next week in theme, we will be discussing different bodies of water and what kinds of animals might use those bodies of water and what they will use them for; and what people might use those different bodies of water for.  In science, we will be discovering “bits and pieces” of different solid materials.

NOTES from the 3/4 Grade Classroom…

Thank you to the parents who were able to attend Back to School Night.  I hope you got a taste of your child’s experience in the classroom.  We enjoyed a visit from the Whiteford Volunteer Fire Company on Thursday, along with the primary class.  This week in Reading, we are focusing on chapters 3 and 4 of A Wrinkle in Time. In Writing Workshop, some of our published personal narratives are on display, with the rest to follow shortly.  We have begun our second personal narrative, this time focusing on mood.   In the Intermediate math group, the students are reviewing and expanding their learning about regrouping in addition and subtraction.  In Social Studies, we will be wrapping up our mapping skills unit and turning our attention to early man in what we now call Maryland.  Please remember that the Social Studies project is due on Tuesday, October 12. Both Library and Computer Technology classes began this week, led by Mrs. Sarah Buchanan-Wollaston and Mrs. Valerie Hartman, respectively.  Ask your child about these new experiences.  As the weather becomes chillier, I have let the children know that the classroom may be a bit chilly until the building heat is turned on, sometime in the next couple weeks.  I suggest having each student bring a sweater or hoodie to keep in his or her cubby.  Finally, our October 22 field trip destination is confirmed:  we will be visiting ROHA Farm for an educational tour, a picnic lunch, and a trip through the corn maze.   Have a great week!

Science-3/4: Our young scientists have been combining their love of science with art this week.  We are working on a large mural of the natural life of Maryland.  While students are busy creating their images of animals and plants, they are sharing many interesting facts they have learned from their research.  They have also learned the difference between native and invasive species.  The rains of last week provided great conversation topics about how the different regions of Maryland (Appalachian, Piedmont and coastal plain), experience large amounts of water.

NOTES from Explorations…

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

1/2 Computer Technology: Discussed laptop handling, click and mouse pad skills, and opening applications. Launched Notes (word processor) and practiced changing color of text. Syllabus will be distributed in coming weeks.

3/4 Computer Technology:  Discussed laptop handling, click and mouse pad skills, and opening applications. Launched Notes (word processor) and practiced saving file to flash drive. Syllabus will be distributed in coming weeks.

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