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November 13, 2009

HFS Grade 8 Weekly Collections

November 13, 2009

Dear HFS Community Members,

If your child is a middle school student, he or she will return home today with an Advisor’s Interim Summary report. If your child is a Lower School student, he or she will come home on Monday with a Homebase Teacher’s Interim Summary report. These reports offer very special and critical insights into each child’s progress in our program over the first nine weeks of school. The grades and/or marks in the reports are focused primarily on habits, approaches to problem-solving, tendencies, areas of strength, and areas requiring greater skill development or attention. At the conclusion of the quarter, all teachers submit their assessments of a student’s progress to his or her homebase teacher (Lower School) or advisor (Middle School). Those recipients then review each set of comments to identify trends, anomalies, areas of need, and the specific recommendations of teachers. This mid-semester check-in seeks to communicate honest praise and equally honest critique through the individual most likely to be the child’s most significant in-school advocate and confidante. The reports follow a descriptive, diagnostic, prescriptive format through which that in-school advocate communicates the broad picture abilities and needs of each student in an effort to help each student better utilize the time between now and the end of the semester. The semester reports feature an even more thorough reporting structure at which time each teacher reports directly on each of his or her students. While the narrative remains the heart and soul of the report, Lower School parents will see a “standards-based” approach at the semester mark. In those reports, parents, teachers, and students alike will see how a child is progressing in comparison to the grade-level standards as established by the school and the state of Maryland. In many ways, the semester report is the technical assessment of student progress and the interim report is the qualitative, much more focused on the child as learner across many disciplines rather than the student only as a mathematician, a writer, an artist, or a scientist. While there are no official parent-teacher conferences scheduled after interim reports are received, I encourage you to touch base with the author of your child’s report. That author has invested a significant portion of his or her waking hours over the past two weeks considering, contemplating, researching, questioning, and identifying your child’s progress. At this point in time no one will know as much about your child’s progress as the advisor or homebase teacher. Whether your inspiration for contacting that teacher is concern, inquiry, or appreciation, please know how hard he or she has worked to paint a picture in words of your child’s progress at this point in time and understand the value in having that knowledge centralized, especially at the mid-point of the semester when needed changes or extra efforts can be made to produce growth in ability, sense of pride and of accomplishment. In much the same way that you or our teachers experience pride in student accomplishment, I have a tremendous amount of pride, awe, and respect for the outstanding work of our teachers/advisors and their dedication to each and every one of their students. You will read all about today or on Monday.

In peace,

Jonathan

NOTES from Humanities…

English: In English 8, we have been very busy with all of the activities involved with the many facets of English and language arts.  In literature, we have been using our beautiful new textbook, and we have been exploring some of its offerings.  Our latest reading is about Mary Rowlandson, who authored an account of how she was kidnapped and held for ransom by the Wampanoags during the celebrated King Philip’s War.  In grammar, we are in the process of reviewing nouns and pronouns and getting ready for a big fat test on that information.  Students have been doing very well in their review sessions, and so we are all hoping for the very best results possible.  We have gone back to our Spelling-Vocabulary sessions and will be having a test on Unit 5 very soon. Parents and students are reminded that our next book report is due on November 16, 2009.  Have a wonderful weekend!

Social Studies: The French and Indian (Seven Years) War was fought this week in class, but musket balls were exchanged for wily negotiations and strategic planning for the movement of forces and resources. While the French and Native Americans appeared to have the upper hand, the British and colonists devised a brilliant plan in the end to take control of the St. Lawrence waterway and put a choke hold on the French stationed west of the Appalachians. In this exercise we studied interests and positions as well as some defining moments for a young George Washington. In our study of US history and many of its military forays, we are not glorifying war, but seeking to understand its causes and its resolutions. “Was it inevitable? At what point did it become so? Why?” Next week we will return to our work on note-taking as we wrap-up the French and Indian War and identify the powder keg it left in the colonies – burgeoning sense of independence, mounting British debt, more land to bicker over, and general feelings of disaffection for the other based on conduct during the war. We’ve also begun our Mapping Project. Students set-up their NoodleTools.com accounts in class on Friday after selecting their “mappable” variable to plot on an outline map of North America. Next week we are off to Philadelphia for our trip to Birmingham Friends Meeting, Independence Hall, and the Brandywine Battlefield (NOTE: We depart HFS at 7:00 AM and return by 5:30 PM).

NOTES from Technology…

Math: This week in math has been spent discovering and applying the Pythagorean Theorem.  We learned that, “In any right triangle, the square of the hypotenuse is equal to the sum of the squares of the other sides”, or, as told in the Pythagorean Tales, “the squire of the high pot and noose is equal to the sons of the squires of the other two tribes.” (bad humor, I know)

Using this theorem, we learned how to compute any missing side of a right triangle from the other sides.  We also learned how the Egyptians used the converse of the Pythagorean Theorem to create perfect 90° angles in architecture.  We also learned what right triangles and circles have in common.  We presented, and were graded on, some of the homework problems assigned during the week. Next Tuesday, we will have a quiz on applying the Pythagorean Theorem.  The rest of the week will be spent analyzing some of the many proofs of the Pythagorean Theorem that have been written through history.  We will also study “special right triangles”, and even begin a little triangle trigonometry.  It has been a very fun and busy week in Connected Math 8 this week.

Science: We began the second quarter with discussions of our academic speed and direction, the balances between knowledge, vocabulary, habits of mind, scholarly practices, experiential learning, adequate challenge for all, and fun.  As homework, students were asked to read about solutions and acid-base phenomena, and to answer questions in the text.  An in-class quiz, along with discussion, will be used next week to affirm an appropriate level of understanding, and students were advised to expect weekly assignments in this reading-based aspect of a balanced approach to science learning.  Careful reading of scientific and technical materials is different and slower than many other types of reading; we discussed some of those differences and some recommended strategies in relationship to skill development.

Another set of skills and habits important for science students – a set the teacher has observed to be underdeveloped in almost all 8th grade students despite previous instruction in same – is the capacity to make intentional observations, separate the observations from opinions and conclusions, and write them in a notebook.  These observations proceed quickly to questions, hypotheses, and experiments by which children (as well as curious adults) learn about their world.  We engaged an exercise (still in progress) to slow, to name, and to practice these scientific habits.  By now, parents have likely been introduced to the color-changing beads, about which students were eager initially to leap to arcane mechanistic conclusions, even before writing down the colors observed (some students were sure there was a green bead and no yellow bead, but had written nothing in their notebooks to assist their memories).  By week’s end, observations had been made and recorded more carefully, insightful questions arose from each student despite the initial blank stares, and questions were reformulated as hypotheses.  Much experimentation had already been done and retroactively named as such, and many more experiments were proposed, e.g. ultraviolet and other lamps, incident-light intensity versus duration of color, color filters, heat/melting, and microwave (yikes!).

Introducing some of the teacher’s underlying philosophies, students were read (and provided in hardcopy) a two-page excerpt from Martin Luther King on the subject of softmindedness (“… an almost universal quest for easy answers and half-baked solutions. Nothing pains some people more than having to think”), and on the fundamental absence of conflict between science and religion, concluding with: “There may be a conflict between softminded religionists and toughminded scientists, but not between science and religion.  Their respective worlds are different and their methods are dissimilar.  Science investigates; religion interprets.  Science gives man knowledge which is power; religion gives man wisdom which is control.  Science deals mainly with facts; religion deals mainly with values.  The two are not rivals.  They are complementary.  Science keeps religion from sinking into the valley of crippling irrationalism and paralyzing obscurantism.  Religion prevents science from falling into the marsh of obsolete materialism and moral nihilism.”  In our classroom, softmindedness will not be encouraged.

NOTES from Explorations…

Music: Using the poem on which Vivaldi’s “Spring” Concerto is based and your own creativity, please listen to Vivaldi’s Four Seasons “Spring” (on youtube or at the libary) and write a small summary or a poem of your own which talks about the images Vivaldi “painted” in the music.  For instance the extremely shrill violin which sounds like birds toward the very beginning.

Spanish: We saw the weather report videos this week. We also got right to the new vocabulary. This week we also began to work on the new unit. We are learning about family, gathering and parties. The vocabulary was disseminated this week and students should concentrate on learning it. We are moving towards learning possessive and the four ways to say ‘the’ in Spanish. Next week we will discuss the unit project and put the vocabulary to use. I am excited about this unit and the students are starting to make connections between the other units and this one and is beautiful to experience. Good work 8th grade!

Reminders…

  • Send an email/written note to the HFS office as advance notice when your child will be absent, late to school, or dismissed during the school day for any reason.
  • If your child is going home with someone other than a parent or legal guardian, please provide advance notice to the HFS office. A form is attached here for your convenience.
  • Parents: Please be sure that your children are dressed appropriately for the weather each day. Recess occurs outside whenever it is not raining. Also, our teachers like to take advantage of all the learning opportunities the outdoor world has to offer. These opportunities cannot always be planned in advance. However, they should not require any additional protection (warmth, wind, rain) than was required when leaving home for school in the morning. Thank you.
  • Parents and anyone else coming to pick-up students from After-School Study Hall, PLEASE be aware that the After-School Study Hall is intended for quiet study time so that students can get a head start on homework and/or seek assistance from teachers when they are available. On several occasions recently parent conversations both in the after-school study hall room and in the hallway outside the room have interfered with student work and the proctor’s ability to maintain a productive atmosphere. Thank you, in advance, for being aware of this concern and working to help our students take advantage of the opportunity.

Announcements/Calendar Updates…

1.  Monday, November 16 – Student Portraits by Edwin Remsberg (10:00AM)

2.  Monday, November 16 – 1st Interim Reports distributed to lower school students

3.  Monday, November 16 – Middle School Destination Imagination with Virginia Remsberg (3:30-5:00PM, Fawn Grove)

4.  Tuesday, November 17 – Brunch with Friends CANCELLED

5.  Tuesday, November 17 – Middle School Math Counts with Mr. Norton. (3-4PM, Forest Hill)

6.  Tuesday, November 17 – Basketball Practice with Coach Huxtable (3:00-4:15PM, Gymnasium)

7.  Tuesday, November 17 – Quakerism Workshop at HFS (5:30-7:00PM)

8.  Tuesday, November 17 – HFS H&SA Meeting (7:00-8:30PM) [Reminder: This is an adult-only HFS function.]

9.  Thursday, November 19 – HFS Open House (9-11AM)

10. Thursday, November 19 – Basketball Practice with Coach Tubbs (3:00-4:15PM, Gymnasium)

11. Thursday, November 19 – LS Destination Imagination with Karen De Mey (3:00-4:30PM, Little Falls)

12. Friday, November 20 – Field Trips: Primary – Downtown Bel Air (Depart 8:30AM; Return 3:00PM); Intermediate – MD Science Center (Depart 9:00AM; Return 2:30PM); 6th Grade – Babikow Greenhouses (Depart 8:30AM, Return 2:45PM); 7th Grade – La Tolteca (Depart 11AM, Return 1PM); 8th Grade – Philadelphia (Depart 7:00AM, Return 5:30PM)

13. Monday, November 23 – Middle School Destination Imagination with Virginia Remsberg (3:30-5:00PM, Fawn Grove)

14. Tuesday, November 24 – Middle School Math Counts with Mr. Norton. (3-4PM, Forest Hill)

15. Tuesday, November 24 – Basketball Practice with Coach Huxtable (3:00-4:15PM, Gymnasium)

16. Wednesday, November 25 – Grandparents & Special Friends Day (9AM-12PM). Schedule and invitations to be announced by HFS Spirit Committee. Dismissal at 12:00PM

17. Thursday, Nov. 26 – Friday, Nov. 27 – HFS Closed for Thanksgiving Break

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

19. Tuesday, December 1 – Parent Coffee with the Head of School (8:00-8:50AM, Gunpowder) [Reminder: This is an adult-only HFS function.]

20. Tuesday, December 1 – Basketball Practice with Coach Huxtable (3:00-4:15PM, Gymnasium)

21. Thursday, December 3 – Basketball Practice with Coach Tubbs (3:00-4:15PM, Gymnasium)

22. Thursday, December 3 – LS Destination Imagination with Karen De Mey (3:00-4:30PM, Little Falls)

23. Friday, December 4 – Parent Activities Session #2 (1:50-3:00PM)

24. Friday, December 4 – H&SA Fundraiser at Barnes & Noble Bookstore (4:00-9:00PM). Contact Laura Russo for additional information.

25. Saturday, December 5 – HFS Admissions Assessment (9:00-11:00AM)

26. Sunday, December 6 – HFS Families invited to attend Meeting for Worship at Deer Creek Friends Meeting (10:00-11:30AM)


HFS Grade 7 Weekly Collections

November 13, 2009

NOTES from Humanities…

English: In English 7, we have been very busy with all of the activities involved with the many facets of English and language arts.  Students are currently writing an argumentative conversation as a means of characterization.  While we have only heard bits and snippets thus far, the resulting papers should be very good and extraordinarily entertaining.  I will not mention where they got their ideas for a good argument from!  This particular composition is also an excellent way to review the mechanics involved in using quotations. In grammar, we are in the process of reviewing nouns and pronouns and getting ready for a big fat test on that information.  Students have been doing very well in their review sessions, and so we are all hoping for the very best results possible.  We have gone back to our Spelling-Vocabulary sessions and will be having a test on Unit 5 very soon. Parents and students are reminded that our next book report is due on November 16, 2009. Have a wonderful weekend!

Social Studies: Seventh grade social studies spent the week preparing for one quiz or another.  Tuesday saw us taking our biweekly vocabulary quiz.  Thursday found us taking a quiz on Brazil and its neighbors.  After the quiz we read an article about the ironic rolling blackouts in Venezuela, despite their abundance of energy sources.  We will complete our investigation of South America as we look at the Andean countries of Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia, and Chile.  We introduced the region by looking at the influence of the drug trade on Colombia.  It was a difficult lesson on how the United States and other nations interact.

NOTES from Technology…

Math: Seventh grade math spent the week using our knowledge of similar triangles to solve difficult real-world problems.  We used our knowledge of similar figures to estimate the height of the room, the height of a fictional monument to Mr. Pickard, and of tall trees and traffic lights.  Next week, we will complete the unit with a test on Thursday.  We will also begin to focus more heavily on our unit project of expanding, or shrinking, a simple figure as designed by each student.

Science: 7th grade science spent the week wrapping up our unit on the Chesapeake Bay.  We have explored the role of oysters in the bay ecosystem by observing them at work in a tank in the classroom and then learning about their internal anatomy.  We’ve used real-time data found on the internet to identify trends in water clarity, salinity and dissolved oxygen levels over the last year in different areas of the bay.  On Thursday, the students served as town planners as they grappled with how to incorporate factories, farms, houses, businesses and the like into a community that also has a pond to protect.  As they presented their plans to the class, they were suddenly made aware of how their planning needs to take on a larger focus in considering that neighboring communities lie downstream from theirs.  Finally, our Chesapeake bay experts will take questions from the citizens of the watershed in what will serve as their end of unit assessment on Friday.

NOTES from Explorations…

Spanish: We saw the weather report videos and shared them with Mr. Huxtable. It was fun! This week we also began to work on the new unit. We are learning about family, gathering and parties. The vocabulary was disseminated this week and students should concentrate on learning it. We are moving towards learning possessive and the class did a beautiful job with this on the first try. Good work from all of them! We also agreed on the class project and each person was assigned a job. In class, the buzz is “Fiesta de Baile.” Next week we will work on putting the vocabulary to use. Our field trip is coming up on November 20th, we are going to watch a video about Mexican food and culture, go to La Tolteca, and after the restaurant we will complete some related cultural activities.

Reminders…

  • Send an email/written note to the HFS office as advance notice when your child will be absent, late to school, or dismissed during the school day for any reason.
  • If your child is going home with someone other than a parent or legal guardian, please provide advance note to the HFS office. A form is attached here for your convenience.
  • Parents: Please be sure that your children are dressed appropriately for the weather each day. Recess occurs outside whenever it is not raining. Also, our teachers like to take advantage of all the learning opportunities the outdoor world has to offer. These opportunities cannot always be planned in advance. However, they should not require any additional protection (warmth, wind, rain) than was required when leaving home for school in the morning. Thank you.
  • Parents and anyone else coming to pick-up students from After-School Study Hall, PLEASE be aware that the After-School Study Hall is intended for quiet study time so that students can get a head start on homework and/or seek assistance from teachers when they are available. On several occasions recently parent conversations both in the after-school study hall room and in the hallway outside the room have interfered with student work and the proctor’s ability to maintain a productive atmosphere. Thank you, in advance, for being aware of this concern and working to help our students take advantage of the opportunity.

Announcements/Calendar Updates…

1.  Monday, November 16 – Student Portraits by Edwin Remsberg (10:00AM)

2.  Monday, November 16 – 1st Interim Reports distributed to lower school students

3.  Monday, November 16 – Middle School Destination Imagination with Virginia Remsberg (3:30-5:00PM, Fawn Grove)

4.  Tuesday, November 17 – Brunch with Friends CANCELLED

5.  Tuesday, November 17 – Middle School Math Counts with Mr. Norton. (3-4PM, Forest Hill)

6.  Tuesday, November 17 – Basketball Practice with Coach Huxtable (3:00-4:15PM, Gymnasium)

7.  Tuesday, November 17 – Quakerism Workshop at HFS (5:30-7:00PM)

8.  Tuesday, November 17 – HFS H&SA Meeting (7:00-8:30PM) [Reminder: This is an adult-only HFS function.]

9.  Thursday, November 19 – HFS Open House (9-11AM)

10. Thursday, November 19 – Basketball Practice with Coach Tubbs (3:00-4:15PM, Gymnasium)

11. Thursday, November 19 – LS Destination Imagination with Karen De Mey (3:00-4:30PM, Little Falls)

12. Friday, November 20 – Field Trips: Primary – Downtown Bel Air (Depart 8:30AM; Return 3:00PM); Intermediate – MD Science Center (Depart 9:00AM; Return 2:30PM); 6th Grade – Babikow Greenhouses (Depart 8:30AM, Return 2:45PM); 7th Grade – La Tolteca (Depart 11AM, Return 1PM); 8th Grade – Philadelphia (Depart 7:00AM, Return 5:30PM)

13. Monday, November 23 – Middle School Destination Imagination with Virginia Remsberg (3:30-5:00PM, Fawn Grove)

14. Tuesday, November 24 – Middle School Math Counts with Mr. Norton. (3-4PM, Forest Hill)

15. Tuesday, November 24 – Basketball Practice with Coach Huxtable (3:00-4:15PM, Gymnasium)

16. Wednesday, November 25 – Grandparents & Special Friends Day (9AM-12PM). Schedule and invitations to be announced by HFS Spirit Committee. Dismissal at 12:00PM

17. Thursday, Nov. 26 – Friday, Nov. 27 – HFS Closed for Thanksgiving Break

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

19. Tuesday, December 1 – Parent Coffee with the Head of School (8:00-8:50AM, Gunpowder) [Reminder: This is an adult-only HFS function.]

20. Tuesday, December 1 – Basketball Practice with Coach Huxtable (3:00-4:15PM, Gymnasium)

21. Thursday, December 3 – Basketball Practice with Coach Tubbs (3:00-4:15PM, Gymnasium)

22. Thursday, December 3 – LS Destination Imagination with Karen De Mey (3:00-4:30PM, Little Falls)

23. Friday, December 4 – Parent Activities Session #2 (1:50-3:00PM)

24. Friday, December 4 – H&SA Fundraiser at Barnes & Noble Bookstore (4:00-9:00PM). Contact Laura Russo for additional information.

25. Saturday, December 5 – HFS Admissions Assessment (9:00-11:00AM)

26. Sunday, December 6 – HFS Families invited to attend Meeting for Worship at Deer Creek Friends Meeting (10:00-11:30AM)


HFS Grade 6 Weekly Collections

November 13, 2009

NOTES from Humanities…

In Humanities 6, we have been very busy with all of the activities involved with the many facets of English and social studies.  Students are currently writing a description of one of their grandparents to be shared at the Grandparents and Special Friends Day on Wednesday, November 25,

2009.  We hope that we will see your child’s grandparents and special friends there! In grammar, we are in the process of reviewing nouns and pronouns and getting ready for a big fat test on that information.  Students have been doing very well in their review sessions, and so we are all hoping for the very best results possible.  We have gone back to our Spelling-Vocabulary sessions and will be having a test on Unit 5 very soon.  In social studies, we are studying Sumer and its people and are learning some very fancy vocabulary such as cuneiform and hieroglyphics.  Parents and students are reminded that our next book report is due on November 16, 2009.  Have a wonderful weekend!

NOTES from Technology…

Math: This week in sixth grade math we worked continued our investigation of moving between fractions and decimals.  We also worked to become comfortable ordering decimals.  Finally, we were introduced to percents and how we can arrive at a percent from a decimal or fraction.  Next week, we will continue our look at fractions and work to master moving between fractions, decimals and percents.

Science: Sixth grade science spent the week investigating soils.  We are now familiar with the soil profile, the different particle sizes of soil, and the characteristics of water in soil.  We created a poster that will be on display in the Forest Hill classroom, that shows the varying kinds of soil.  Next week, we will begin our joint unit with the seventh grade that will review the scientific process and begin to prepare for the science fair in the spring.

NOTES from Explorations…

Spanish: We saw the weather report videos this week and enjoyed some laughs together. We started on our new unit ‘Mis Amigos y Yo’ and we will learn how to express and ask about activities we like to do and how to express negatives. The new buzz phrase is “Que te gusta hacer?” In this unit we will also learn about infinitive verbs and this will allow us to begin to understand a bit more how to apply different rules of grammar. Right now, students should concentrate on learning the vocabulary. Next week we will begin to work with the vocabulary and putting to use. Please encourage the students to use PHSChool.com, they can hear proper pronunciation and practice activities to help with learning it.

Reminders…

  • Send an email/written note to the HFS office as advance notice when your child will be absent, late to school, or dismissed during the school day for any reason.
  • If your child is going home with someone other than a parent or legal guardian, please provide advance note to the HFS office. A form is attached here for your convenience.
  • Parents: Please be sure that your children are dressed appropriately for the weather each day. Recess occurs outside whenever it is not raining. Also, our teachers like to take advantage of all the learning opportunities the outdoor world has to offer. These opportunities cannot always be planned in advance. However, they should not require any additional protection (warmth, wind, rain) than was required when leaving home for school in the morning. Thank you.
  • Parents and anyone else coming to pick-up students from After-School Study Hall, PLEASE be aware that the After-School Study Hall is intended for quiet study time so that students can get a head start on homework and/or seek assistance from teachers when they are available. On several occasions recently parent conversations both in the after-school study hall room and in the hallway outside the room have interfered with student work and the proctor’s ability to maintain a productive atmosphere. Thank you, in advance, for being aware of this concern and working to help our students take advantage of the opportunity.

Announcements/Calendar Updates…

1.  Monday, November 16 – Student Portraits by Edwin Remsberg (10:00AM)

2.  Monday, November 16 – 1st Interim Reports distributed to lower school students

3.  Monday, November 16 – Middle School Destination Imagination with Virginia Remsberg (3:30-5:00PM, Fawn Grove)

4.  Tuesday, November 17 – Brunch with Friends CANCELLED

5.  Tuesday, November 17 – Middle School Math Counts with Mr. Norton. (3-4PM, Forest Hill)

6.  Tuesday, November 17 – Basketball Practice with Coach Huxtable (3:00-4:15PM, Gymnasium)

7.  Tuesday, November 17 – Quakerism Workshop at HFS (5:30-7:00PM)

8.  Tuesday, November 17 – HFS H&SA Meeting (7:00-8:30PM) [Reminder: This is an adult-only HFS function.]

9.  Thursday, November 19 – HFS Open House (9-11AM)

10. Thursday, November 19 – Basketball Practice with Coach Tubbs (3:00-4:15PM, Gymnasium)

11. Thursday, November 19 – LS Destination Imagination with Karen De Mey (3:00-4:30PM, Little Falls)

12. Friday, November 20 – Field Trips: Primary – Downtown Bel Air (Depart 8:30AM; Return 3:00PM); Intermediate – MD Science Center (Depart 9:00AM; Return 2:30PM); 6th Grade – Babikow Greenhouses (Depart 8:30AM, Return 2:45PM); 7th Grade – La Tolteca (Depart 11AM, Return 1PM); 8th Grade – Philadelphia (Depart 7:00AM, Return 5:30PM)

13. Monday, November 23 – Middle School Destination Imagination with Virginia Remsberg (3:30-5:00PM, Fawn Grove)

14. Tuesday, November 24 – Middle School Math Counts with Mr. Norton. (3-4PM, Forest Hill)

15. Tuesday, November 24 – Basketball Practice with Coach Huxtable (3:00-4:15PM, Gymnasium)

16. Wednesday, November 25 – Grandparents & Special Friends Day (9AM-12PM). Schedule and invitations to be announced by HFS Spirit Committee. Dismissal at 12:00PM

17. Thursday, Nov. 26 – Friday, Nov. 27 – HFS Closed for Thanksgiving Break

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

19. Tuesday, December 1 – Parent Coffee with the Head of School (8:00-8:50AM, Gunpowder) [Reminder: This is an adult-only HFS function.]

20. Tuesday, December 1 – Basketball Practice with Coach Huxtable (3:00-4:15PM, Gymnasium)

21. Thursday, December 3 – Basketball Practice with Coach Tubbs (3:00-4:15PM, Gymnasium)

22. Thursday, December 3 – LS Destination Imagination with Karen De Mey (3:00-4:30PM, Little Falls)

23. Friday, December 4 – Parent Activities Session #2 (1:50-3:00PM)

24. Friday, December 4 – H&SA Fundraiser at Barnes & Noble Bookstore (4:00-9:00PM). Contact Laura Russo for additional information.

25. Saturday, December 5 – HFS Admissions Assessment (9:00-11:00AM)

26. Sunday, December 6 – HFS Families invited to attend Meeting for Worship at Deer Creek Friends Meeting (10:00-11:30AM)

HFS Lower School Weekly Collections

November 13, 2009

NOTES from Primary Grade…

This week the primary class has been busy creating a classroom family tree.  In class we made a big tree and each student made a branch with their last name on it.  Also, as you all know the students came home and traced their family members’ hands, which represented the leaves on their branch.  The students completed their family member representations and family album.  In science we have continued exploring wind. The students made pinwheels and wind vanes to determine the direction of the wind.  Next Friday November 20, 2009 for our field trip we will be doing a mini tour of downtown Bel Air.  We will be stopping by important community buildings and talking to people that play important roles in the Bel Air community.  In the Friday folders please look for an important note and itinerary of our stops around Bel Air.

NOTES from Intermediate Grade…

As we begin the second quarter of the school year, the intermediate class is engaged in varied topics of learning.  In Reading, the students are working hard to evaluate writing through summary, comparison, and critique.  In Math, Mrs. De Mey’s group is multiplying larger numbers.  Although we work on learning our basic multiplication facts through daily drills, time at home with flash cards would greatly benefit all the students.  In Writing Workshop, we are wrapping up our unit on descriptive writing.  In Social Studies, we are exploring the role of transportation in our country’s history.  An individual project will be assigned early next week.  A detailed description will be sent home.  In Science, we are studying simple machines and how they play a role in motion.  The students have experimented with inclined planes, wedges (including nails), and levers (including seesaws, scissors, tweezers, and the claw ends of hammers).  Please ask your child about these fun experiments!  In Creative Art, the students made red, white, and blue collages to show their appreciation of veterans, and in Computer Tech, the students will use Powerpoint to present lists in a creative way.  Thank you to Lexi Pacheco, a seventh grade student who is reading the book Gossamer to the intermediate class.  Our next field trip will be on Friday, November 20 to the Maryland Science Center.  We will leave HFS at 9:00 and return by 2:30.  First quarter grade reports will be given to students on Monday, November 16.

NOTES from Explorations…

Primary Spanish: In class, we continued practicing numbers with our leaves theme.  We played a game of pin the leaf on the tree and the kids did a great job of identifying the numbers on the leaves in Spanish. They not only had to remember the number, but were also stating full sentences..Yo tengo hoja número x.  I have leaf number x.  Great job.  With this activity, we were also able to review the colors red, yellow, and green.  The students should continue working on numbers at home by counting objects and identifying the numbers in Spanish.  By identifying, I am referring to seeing a 12 and knowing that it is doce in Spanish. We are getting ready to begin our family unit next week.  The students are asked to bring in a photo of their family that lives with them at home (themselves included).  We will use the photo for a project on 11/24 so please send a photo that can be cut. Remember that children can practice pronunciation of words and review vocabulary using http://www.frenchspanishonline.com/beginnerspanish/freespanish.html

Intermediate Spanish: In class, we continued practicing numbers with our leaves theme.  We played a game of pin the leaf on the tree and the kids did a great job of identifying the numbers on the leaves in Spanish. They not only had to remember the number, but were also stating full sentences..Yo tengo hoja número x.  I have leaf number x.  Great job.   With this activity, we were also able to review colors red, yellow, and green.  We also played a game of Bingo where the students also had to practice the sentence structure “Yo tengo número x“.  I have number x. For the time allowed, we were able to take turns with students actually calling out the numbers in Spanish.  Fun time! The students should continue working on numbers at home by counting objects and identifying the numbers in Spanish.  By identifying, I am referring to seeing a 12 and knowing that it is doce in Spanish. We are getting ready to begin our family unit next week.  The students are asked to bring in a photo of their family that lives with them at home (themselves included).  We will use the photo for a project on 11/24 so please send a photo that can be cut. Remember that children can practice pronunciation of words and review vocabulary using http://www.frenchspanishonline.com/beginnerspanish/freespanish.html

Reminders…

  • Send an email/written note to the HFS office as advance notice when your child will be absent, late to school, or dismissed during the school day for any reason.
  • If your child is going home with someone other than a parent or legal guardian, please provide advance note to the HFS office. A form is attached here for your convenience.
  • Parents: Please be sure that your children are dressed appropriately for the weather each day. Recess occurs outside whenever it is not raining. Also, our teachers like to take advantage of all the learning opportunities the outdoor world has to offer. These opportunities cannot always be planned in advance. However, they should not require any additional protection (warmth, wind, rain) than was required when leaving home for school in the morning. Thank you.
  • Parents and anyone else coming to pick-up students from After-School Study Hall, PLEASE be aware that the After-School Study Hall is intended for quiet study time so that students can get a head start on homework and/or seek assistance from teachers when they are available. On several occasions recently parent conversations both in the after-school study hall room and in the hallway outside the room have interfered with student work and the proctor’s ability to maintain a productive atmosphere. Thank you, in advance, for being aware of this concern and working to help our students take advantage of the opportunity.

Announcements/Calendar Updates…

1.  Monday, November 16 – Student Portraits by Edwin Remsberg (10:00AM)

2.  Monday, November 16 – 1st Interim Reports distributed to lower school students

3.  Monday, November 16 – Middle School Destination Imagination with Virginia Remsberg (3:30-5:00PM, Fawn Grove)

4.  Tuesday, November 17 – Brunch with Friends CANCELLED

5.  Tuesday, November 17 – Middle School Math Counts with Mr. Norton. (3-4PM, Forest Hill)

6.  Tuesday, November 17 – Basketball Practice with Coach Huxtable (3:00-4:15PM, Gymnasium)

7.  Tuesday, November 17 – Quakerism Workshop at HFS (5:30-7:00PM)

8.  Tuesday, November 17 – HFS H&SA Meeting (7:00-8:30PM) [Reminder: This is an adult-only HFS function.]

9.  Thursday, November 19 – HFS Open House (9-11AM)

10. Thursday, November 19 – Basketball Practice with Coach Tubbs (3:00-4:15PM, Gymnasium)

11. Thursday, November 19 – LS Destination Imagination with Karen De Mey (3:00-4:30PM, Little Falls)

12. Friday, November 20 – Field Trips: Primary – Downtown Bel Air (Depart 8:30AM; Return 3:00PM); Intermediate – MD Science Center (Depart 9:00AM; Return 2:30PM); 6th Grade – Babikow Greenhouses (Depart 8:30AM, Return 2:45PM); 7th Grade – La Tolteca (Depart 11AM, Return 1PM); 8th Grade – Philadelphia (Depart 7:00AM, Return 5:30PM)

13. Monday, November 23 – Middle School Destination Imagination with Virginia Remsberg (3:30-5:00PM, Fawn Grove)

14. Tuesday, November 24 – Middle School Math Counts with Mr. Norton. (3-4PM, Forest Hill)

15. Tuesday, November 24 – Basketball Practice with Coach Huxtable (3:00-4:15PM, Gymnasium)

16. Wednesday, November 25 – Grandparents & Special Friends Day (9AM-12PM). Schedule and invitations to be announced by HFS Spirit Committee. Dismissal at 12:00PM

17. Thursday, Nov. 26 – Friday, Nov. 27 – HFS Closed for Thanksgiving Break

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

19. Tuesday, December 1 – Parent Coffee with the Head of School (8:00-8:50AM, Gunpowder) [Reminder: This is an adult-only HFS function.]

20. Tuesday, December 1 – Basketball Practice with Coach Huxtable (3:00-4:15PM, Gymnasium)

21. Thursday, December 3 – Basketball Practice with Coach Tubbs (3:00-4:15PM, Gymnasium)

22. Thursday, December 3 – LS Destination Imagination with Karen De Mey (3:00-4:30PM, Little Falls)

23. Friday, December 4 – Parent Activities Session #2 (1:50-3:00PM)

24. Friday, December 4 – H&SA Fundraiser at Barnes & Noble Bookstore (4:00-9:00PM). Contact Laura Russo for additional information.

25. Saturday, December 5 – HFS Admissions Assessment (9:00-11:00AM)

26. Sunday, December 6 – HFS Families invited to attend Meeting for Worship at Deer Creek Friends Meeting (10:00-11:30AM)

Addendum to EMERGENCY CONTACT INFORMATION FORM

Child:

PLEASE COMPLETE THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION FOR EVERY PERSON AUTHORIZED TO PICK UP YOUR CHILD(REN) FROM HARFORD FRIENDS SCHOOL FOR THE 09-10 SCHOOL YEAR.

NAME PHONE #1 PHONE #2 EMAIL

PLEASE CHECK WHICH HFS PARENTS ARE AUTHORIZED TO PICK UP YOUR CHILD(REN) FROM HARFORD FRIENDS SCHOOL FOR THE 09-10 SCHOOL YEAR.

£ ALL HFS Parents

£ Adams, David

£ Adams, Gillian

£ Baker, Richard

£ Baker, Terry

£ Bieckert, Chas

£ Buchanan-Wollaston, Paul

£ Buchanan-Wollaston, Sarah

£ Bunting, Kari

£ Bunting, Scott

£ Cohee, Nora

£ Colvin, Darren

£ Colvin, Kerry

£ Craddock, Damian

£ Craddock, MyEsha

£ De Mey, Craig

£ De Mey, Karen

£ DeFrank, Mary

£ Dews-Johnson, Sheila

£ Famodu, Doyin

£ Famodu, Folashade

£ Foley, Cheryl

£ Foley, Gene

£ Fresnel, Jean-Claude

£ Fresnel, Sabernia

£ Hartman, David

£ Hartman, Valerie

£ Hildebrand, Marie

£ Hildebrand, Ron

£ Johnson, Greg

£ Kinneberg, Charna

£ Kinneberg, Robert

£ Kline, Jeff

£ Kline, Leslie

£ Manar, Hugh

£ Montanarelli, Nicole

£ Moran, Jamie

£ Morris, Jim

£ Morris, Mary

£ Mullin, George

£ Mullin, Lynne

£ Nevins, Dave

£ Noffke, Laura

£ Pacheco, Ami

£ Pacheco, George

£ Perrault, Lara

£ Perrault, Mark

£ Pierpont, Kim

£ Pierpont, Tom

£ Pitz, Clare

£ Pitz, Ray

£ Potter, Matt

£ Potter, Sarah

£ Rego, Diana

£ Rego, James

£ Remsberg, Edwin

£ Remsberg, Virginia

£ Richardson, Connie

£ Richardson, Frank

£ Roach, Bill

£ Roach, Nancy

£ Russo, Dan

£ Russo, Laura

£ Shue, Lisa

£ Shue, Lloyd

£ Smith-Manar, Karen

£ Tridone, Dawn

£ Tridone, Peter

£ Tubbs, Michael

£ Tubbs, Terese

£ Wray, John

£ Wray, Mary

£ Young, Donna

£ Young, Frank