HFS Weekly Collections

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January 22, 2010

HFS Grade 8 Weekly Collections

January 22, 2010

Dear HFS Community Members,

This week, at the request of students at our Tuesday morning Collection, our community initiated a conversation about finding some way to make a difference in the lives of those affected by the Haitian earthquake. I suspect that the conversation had begun in your homes already and that several families in our community had already found ways to contribute to the relief effort through a church or other civic organization. As adults, we have the benefit of being connected to multiple and often intersecting communities of like-minded people, so finding an outlet for our compassion is bound only by our willingness to act. For our children, the outlets for compassionate action on a global or even local scale are much more limited. In many cases, children’s desires to help are either often bound by the willingness of the adults in their lives to get involved or their ability to set an example for those adults and reigniting the spark of caring within them. As a collective, the HFS student body did much to ignite a spark, it asked, “Why aren’t we doing anything to help?” I could not have been more proud. Entrenched in that question was a call to action as well as an appropriate questioning of values. Students expected their school to demonstrate its values and the values it nurtures in its students. The very next day the student-body gathered for a special Meeting for Worship for Business with a concern for Haiti. The three agenda items were 1.) to learn a bit more about the challenges facing Haiti and its people, 2.) identify the areas of need (medical care, shelter, clothing, water, infrastructure repair and investment, etc.)that our students felt most passionate about supporting, and 3.) identify best-fit organizations to which we should donate money for the immediate and long-term support of the Haitian people. The community came to consensus on the need to make a difference in triage operations – medical attention and basic needs (water, food, shelter). Students are now engaged in a daily process of reviewing missions statements and histories of organizations, primarily NGOs, to determine where their money should go. Next week’s special Business Meeting will be dedicated to brainstorming fundraising ideas. (I expect a penny race, among other efforts, will be announced in this space in coming weeks.) Ultimately, my hope for our students is that they not only see their efforts making a difference and that they have an outlet for their compassion, but that they recognize themselves as the spark, the light that will, in some small way, make a difference in someone else’s life as they do in ours every day.

-Jonathan

NOTES from Humanities…

English: Eighth graders have been very busy this week making up work, bringing notebooks up to date, and planning portfolio presentations.  In between all of of this busyness, we have managed to give several book reports for extra credit, complete a Review Unit in spelling-vocabulary, and work in earnest on The Crucible by Arthur Miller.  Students have enjoyed portraying various roles, and final casting will occur next week. Please remember that report cards will be distributed next week during the portfolio presentations.  Have a wonderful weekend!

Social Studies: Students examined a First Amendment issue that arose out of a New York teenager’s protest of her parents’ decision to ground her for violating family rules and state law. Her efforts to generate support from sympathetic teens through a Facebook posting resulted in a New York Times article that the class read and discussed. It seems there were no qualms among class members for what all felt was a relatively light consequence for the infraction, so the discussion moved more toward issues of governance than free speech. Students also worked to complete their Mapping Project. All groups are moving forward on base maps and have only conclusions and presentations to be developed. Revisions to all written pieces are offered until the project is presented to the class. Our class structure for the 3rd and 4th quarters will begin with teacher modeling effective discussion facilitation techniques and requirements before students begin taking responsibility for such activity. Research Project timeline and 2nd semester syllabus will be issued on Wednesday, February 3rd.

NOTES from Technology…

Science: With a short week due to MLK holiday, we spent the week in transitions.  We used a video entitled “Cracking the Code of Life” (available online at http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/genome/) to move from the building blocks and minimal chemical process of life toward some much larger scientific, medical, and ethical issues.  Now that the entire human genome has been sequenced (the main subject of this video), what are the ramifications for science and society?  What does it mean that all humans are approximately 99.9% identical at the DNA sequence level, and share about 50% identity with a banana?  How does a single DNA nucleotide placement error, out of 3 billion nucleotides in linear order, lead to a devastating genetic disease such as Tay-Sachs, cystic fibrosis, or sickle cell anemia?  What are the real-word consequences of these things called DNA, RNA, and protein?  Can we acquire enough vocabulary and understanding that we may talk and opine about the larger societal issues our emerging technologies offer?

In telling its story, this particular video also gives an audiovisual snapshot of the laboratory technologies, persons, personalities, and competitions that lie behind scientific discoveries great and small.  Midway through the video (which we have not yet finished), students were queried not only on scientific issues but also what they observed about the participants, including gender and race.  Students correctly observed (but not without some animated discussion of what was actually evident) that in 2000 (when the video was shot), the program leaders were exclusively white and male, but the younger workforce — the future — was considerably more diverse.  The times, they are a-changin’.

The week’s other transition was associated with the finish of one semester and the start of another.  Test revisions. Initial preparation for portfolio presentation.

Math: Application of exponential growth has been the theme of study in this week’s 8th grade math class.  We have studied the growth of a species of water hyacinths on Lake Victoria, in Africa, which has doubled the area of the lake’s surface that it has overtaken every 5 to 15 days, as well as the growth of mold in a shallow pan containing chicken bouillon.  Using exponential graphs and equations, we have modeled the area occupied by the species on the surface of the liquid, be it the water in Lake Victoria or the bouillon in the shallow pan, and analyzed the “J” shape of the curve or the exponential equation of the area occupied.  The role of the growth factor for the species has been applied to both the graph and the equation.

For homework, we have analyzed problems related to such graphs and equations, focusing how growth factor and initial population manifests itself both graphically and in the parameters that are part of the algebraic equation.  Students were also given instruction on an allowance system where they would receive 1¢ on day one of the month, and double each previous day’s amount.  Be careful, your child would earn $10,737,418.24 on January 31, for a monthly total of $21,474,836.40

A unit project has been assigned on Friday, in which the students are to write a science fiction short story about an experiment in which an experiment involving exponential growth has gotten out of control.  For this upcoming Monday, students are to write a draft of the beginning of the story where the growth begins to get out of control, entitled “Growth Run Amok”.  This introductory draft should be at least two typewritten pages in length, and include some of the relevant mathematics for the story.  This project will be done in conjunction with writing workshop, and the final product will be considered for LamCo publication.  It should also be considered for part of portfolio evaluation.

NOTES from Explorations…

Spanish: Overall, the eighth grade did a great job with unit 5A, and the test results were awesome.  We had a lot of A’s! I am proud of the effort put forth by the eighth grade class.  This week we went over the test and the main ideas of chapter 5A that need to be cemented.  Students need to know the verb ‘tener’ and its uses and also all of the possessive adjectives in singular and plural form.  We also introduced the vocabulary for 5B.  Next week we will have activities to learn the vocabulary and then the vocabulary quiz will be on 1/27.  8th grade is aware that we are moving fast through 5B and we will cover 6A as well this quarter.  My advice to them is not to fall behind; this will snowball.

Notes from the Business Office…

Charitable Mileage Deduction:

You can claim a charitable contribution deduction of 14 cents per mile for performing services for a charitable/non-profit organization. You can also deduct parking fees and tolls.

If you volunteered and drive for any of our field trips this calendar year, please email kcarlone@harfordfriends.org with the name of the field trip location and the date. HFS will issue you a tax letter and calculate the mileage incurred roundtrip from the school.

Student Activity Fee Invoices:

There are many outstanding student activity fee invoices.   Schedules two and three are now due.  We rely on the Student Activity Fee to support our upcoming fieldtrips.  Please remit payment at your earliest convenience.

Announcements/Calendar Updates…

NOTE: Items new to this week’s Collections are identified with bold type.

Items changed after an earlier posting are identified in italicized and bold type.

1.  Saturday, January 23 – HFS Admissions Assessments for applicants to grades K, 1, 6, 7, 8 (9-11AM)

2.  Monday, January 25 – Middle School Destination Imagination, 3:30-5:30PM, with Ray Pitz (Gray Team, Fawn Grove) and Virginia Remsberg (Blue Team, Gunpowder)

3.  Tuesday, January 26 – Middle School Math Counts with Mr. Norton. (3-4PM, Forest Hill)

4.  Tuesday, January 26 – Basketball Practice with Coach Huxtable (3:00-4:15PM, Gymnasium)

5.  Tuesday, January 26 – Blueberry Festival 2010 Coordinators Meeting (6:00-7:00, Deer Creek)

6.  Tuesday, January 26 – H&SA meeting at HFS in Deer Creek Classroom (7:00-8:30PM) [Reminder: This is an adult-only HFS function.]

7.  Thursday, January 28 – For ALL students: Student/Advisor/Parent Portfolio and Student Report Conferences by appointment. Students will present their portfolios to parents and advisors. Advisors will distribute students’ 1st Semester Reports at this time. See Parent/Student Handbook for available appointment times.

8.  Thursday, January 28 – No After-School Activities; No After-School Study Hall

9.  Friday, January 29 – For ALL students: Student/Advisor/Parent Portfolio and Student Report Conferences by appointment. Students will present their portfolios to parents and advisors. Advisors will distribute students’ 1st Semester Reports at this time. See Parent/Student Handbook for available appointment times.

10. Friday, January 29 – No After-School Activities; No After-School Study Hall

11. Monday, February 1 – Financial Aid applications due for returning students

12. Monday, February 1 – Middle School Destination Imagination, 3:30-5:30PM, with Ray Pitz (Gray Team, Fawn Grove) and Virginia Remsberg (Blue Team, Gunpowder)

13. Tuesday, February 2 – Parent Coffee with the Head of School (8:00-8:50AM, Gunpowder). Please RSVP to jbutton@harfordfriends.org.

14. Tuesday, February 2 – Middle School Math Counts with Mr. Norton. (3-4PM, Forest Hill)

15. Tuesday, February 2 – Basketball Practice with Coach Huxtable (3:00-4:15PM, Gymnasium)

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

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

18. Friday, February 5 – Parent Activities Session #1 (1:50-3:00PM)

19. Friday, February 5 – LS Destination Imagination with Karen De Mey (3:00-4:30PM, Little Falls)

20. Friday, February 5 – Middle School Destination Imagination, 3:30-5:30PM, with Ray Pitz (Gray Team, Fawn Grove) and Virginia Remsberg (Blue Team, Gunpowder)

21. Monday, February 8 – Middle School Destination Imagination, 3:30-5:30PM, with Ray Pitz (Gray Team, Fawn Grove) and Virginia Remsberg (Blue Team, Gunpowder)

22. Tuesday, February 9 – Basketball Practice with Coach Huxtable (3:00-4:15PM, Gymnasium)

23. Tuesday, February 9 – Middle School Math Counts with Mr. Norton. (3-4PM, Forest Hill)

24. Thursday, February 11 – Basketball Practice with Coach Tubbs (3:00-4:15PM, Gymnasium)

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

26. Friday, February 12 – HFS Closed for Mid-Winter Break

27. Monday, February 15 – HFS Closed for Mid-Winter Break

28. Monday, February 15 – Financial Aid Applications due (students new to HFS)

29. Tuesday, February 16 – Middle School Math Counts with Mr. Norton. (3-4PM, Forest Hill)

30. Tuesday, February 16 – Basketball Practice with Coach Huxtable (3:00-4:15PM, Gymnasium)

31. Thursday, February 18 – HFS Open House (9-11AM) – 8th grade parent volunteers

32. Thursday, February 18 – Basketball Practice with Coach Tubbs (3:00-4:15PM, Gymnasium)

33. Thursday, February 18 – LS Destination Imagination with Karen De Mey (3:00-4:30PM, Little Falls)

34. Thursday, February 18 – Judy’s Night of a Thousand Stars (5:30-7:30PM) – Invitations to be mailed on January 28. [Snow date for event – February 25]

35. Friday, February 19 – 2010-2011 Re-Enrollment offers mailed for returning students

36. Friday, February 19 – Field trips for all grades – Primary to JoAnn Fabrics; 6th Grade to Washington, D.C.; Intermediate, 7th, 8th Grades to Goucher College theater performance

37. Friday, February 19 – LS Destination Imagination with Karen De Mey (3:00-4:30PM, Little Falls)

38. Friday, February 19 – Middle School Destination Imagination, 3:30-5:30PM, with Ray Pitz (Gray Team, Fawn Grove) and Virginia Remsberg (Blue Team, Gunpowder)


HFS Grade 7 Weekly Collections

January 22, 2010

Dear HFS Community Members,

This week, at the request of students at our Tuesday morning Collection, our community initiated a conversation about finding some way to make a difference in the lives of those affected by the Haitian earthquake. I suspect that the conversation had begun in your homes already and that several families in our community had already found ways to contribute to the relief effort through a church or other civic organization. As adults, we have the benefit of being connected to multiple and often intersecting communities of like-minded people, so finding an outlet for our compassion is bound only by our willingness to act. For our children, the outlets for compassionate action on a global or even local scale are much more limited. In many cases, children’s desires to help are either often bound by the willingness of the adults in their lives to get involved or their ability to set an example for those adults and reigniting the spark of caring within them. As a collective, the HFS student body did much to ignite a spark, it asked, “Why aren’t we doing anything to help?” I could not have been more proud. Entrenched in that question was a call to action as well as an appropriate questioning of values. Students expected their school to demonstrate its values and the values it nurtures in its students. The very next day the student-body gathered for a special Meeting for Worship for Business with a concern for Haiti. The three agenda items were 1.) to learn a bit more about the challenges facing Haiti and its people, 2.) identify the areas of need (medical care, shelter, clothing, water, infrastructure repair and investment, etc.)that our students felt most passionate about supporting, and 3.) identify best-fit organizations to which we should donate money for the immediate and long-term support of the Haitian people. The community came to consensus on the need to make a difference in triage operations – medical attention and basic needs (water, food, shelter). Students are now engaged in a daily process of reviewing missions statements and histories of organizations, primarily NGOs, to determine where their money should go. Next week’s special Business Meeting will be dedicated to brainstorming fundraising ideas. (I expect a penny race, among other efforts, will be announced in this space in coming weeks.) Ultimately, my hope for our students is that they not only see their efforts making a difference and that they have an outlet for their compassion, but that they recognize themselves as the spark, the light that will, in some small way, make a difference in someone else’s life as they do in ours every day.

-Jonathan

NOTES from Humanities…

English: Seventh graders have been very busy this week making up work, bringing notebooks up to date, and planning portfolio presentations.  In between all of this busyness, we have managed to give a few book reports for extra credit, study for a spelling-vocabulary test, and work very diligently on writing and illustrating a children’s story.  Some of these stories have proven to be most challenging for some of our students.  Please remember that report cards will be distributed next week during the portfolio presentations.  Have a wonderful weekend!

Social Studies: Seventh grade social studies spent the week reviewing western African nations and capitals, learning about the music in the fields in Mali, and about the cultural differences between the US and Guinea.  Students were enamored by the idea of polychronic (as opposed to monochronic) cultures.  We also started our first vocabulary section in our Latin and Greek root words of the second semester.  Expect a quiz early next week on western African geography.

NOTES from Technology…

Science:

Math: Seventh grade math spent time reviewing and then taking the math test on the unit Comparing and Scaling.  Students became much more comfortable showing work as they realized that proportions are too difficult not to set up before trying to solve.  It took about two days to complete the test.  Next week I look forward to introducing the unit project about paper pool and taking some time to prepare our portfolios in preparation for Friday’s portfolio presentations to parents.

NOTES from Explorations…

Spanish: This week in 7th grade Spanish we received the schedule for the quarter and went over the test results for last Wednesday’s test.  We are going to finish all preparations for the party (1/29) and have a review of 5A.  Students need to know the verb ‘tener’ and its uses and also all of the possessive adjectives in singular and plural form.  Students should begin working on the new vocabulary for 5B.  5B’s theme is ’going to a restaurant’.  We will have the vocabulary quiz on 2/9.

Notes from the Business Office…

Charitable Mileage Deduction:

You can claim a charitable contribution deduction of 14 cents per mile for performing services for a charitable/non-profit organization. You can also deduct parking fees and tolls.

If you volunteered and drive for any of our field trips this calendar year, please email kcarlone@harfordfriends.org with the name of the field trip location and the date. HFS will issue you a tax letter and calculate the mileage incurred roundtrip from the school.

Student Activity Fee Invoices:

There are many outstanding student activity fee invoices.   Schedules two and three are now due.  We rely on the Student Activity Fee to support our upcoming fieldtrips.  Please remit payment at your earliest convenience.

Announcements/Calendar Updates…

NOTE: Items new to this week’s Collections are identified with bold type.

Items changed after an earlier posting are identified in italicized and bold type.

1.  Saturday, January 23 – HFS Admissions Assessments for applicants to grades K, 1, 6, 7, 8 (9-11AM)

2.  Monday, January 25 – Middle School Destination Imagination, 3:30-5:30PM, with Ray Pitz (Gray Team, Fawn Grove) and Virginia Remsberg (Blue Team, Gunpowder)

3.  Tuesday, January 26 – Middle School Math Counts with Mr. Norton. (3-4PM, Forest Hill)

4.  Tuesday, January 26 – Basketball Practice with Coach Huxtable (3:00-4:15PM, Gymnasium)

5.  Tuesday, January 26 – Blueberry Festival 2010 Coordinators Meeting (6:00-7:00, Deer Creek)

6.  Tuesday, January 26 – H&SA meeting at HFS in Deer Creek Classroom (7:00-8:30PM) [Reminder: This is an adult-only HFS function.]

7.  Thursday, January 28 – For ALL students: Student/Advisor/Parent Portfolio and Student Report Conferences by appointment. Students will present their portfolios to parents and advisors. Advisors will distribute students’ 1st Semester Reports at this time. See Parent/Student Handbook for available appointment times.

8.  Thursday, January 28 – No After-School Activities; No After-School Study Hall

9.  Friday, January 29 – For ALL students: Student/Advisor/Parent Portfolio and Student Report Conferences by appointment. Students will present their portfolios to parents and advisors. Advisors will distribute students’ 1st Semester Reports at this time. See Parent/Student Handbook for available appointment times.

10. Friday, January 29 – No After-School Activities; No After-School Study Hall

11. Monday, February 1 – Financial Aid applications due for returning students

12. Monday, February 1 – Middle School Destination Imagination, 3:30-5:30PM, with Ray Pitz (Gray Team, Fawn Grove) and Virginia Remsberg (Blue Team, Gunpowder)

13. Tuesday, February 2 – Parent Coffee with the Head of School (8:00-8:50AM, Gunpowder). Please RSVP to jbutton@harfordfriends.org.

14. Tuesday, February 2 – Middle School Math Counts with Mr. Norton. (3-4PM, Forest Hill)

15. Tuesday, February 2 – Basketball Practice with Coach Huxtable (3:00-4:15PM, Gymnasium)

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

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

18. Friday, February 5 – Parent Activities Session #1 (1:50-3:00PM)

19. Friday, February 5 – LS Destination Imagination with Karen De Mey (3:00-4:30PM, Little Falls)

20. Friday, February 5 – Middle School Destination Imagination, 3:30-5:30PM, with Ray Pitz (Gray Team, Fawn Grove) and Virginia Remsberg (Blue Team, Gunpowder)

21. Monday, February 8 – Middle School Destination Imagination, 3:30-5:30PM, with Ray Pitz (Gray Team, Fawn Grove) and Virginia Remsberg (Blue Team, Gunpowder)

22. Tuesday, February 9 – Basketball Practice with Coach Huxtable (3:00-4:15PM, Gymnasium)

23. Tuesday, February 9 – Middle School Math Counts with Mr. Norton. (3-4PM, Forest Hill)

24. Thursday, February 11 – Basketball Practice with Coach Tubbs (3:00-4:15PM, Gymnasium)

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

26. Friday, February 12 – HFS Closed for Mid-Winter Break

27. Monday, February 15 – HFS Closed for Mid-Winter Break

28. Monday, February 15 – Financial Aid Applications due (students new to HFS)

29. Tuesday, February 16 – Middle School Math Counts with Mr. Norton. (3-4PM, Forest Hill)

30. Tuesday, February 16 – Basketball Practice with Coach Huxtable (3:00-4:15PM, Gymnasium)

31. Thursday, February 18 – HFS Open House (9-11AM) – 8th grade parent volunteers

32. Thursday, February 18 – Basketball Practice with Coach Tubbs (3:00-4:15PM, Gymnasium)

33. Thursday, February 18 – LS Destination Imagination with Karen De Mey (3:00-4:30PM, Little Falls)

34. Thursday, February 18 – Judy’s Night of a Thousand Stars (5:30-7:30PM) – Invitations to be mailed on January 28. [Snow date for event – February 25]

35. Friday, February 19 – 2010-2011 Re-Enrollment offers mailed for returning students

36. Friday, February 19 – Field trips for all grades – Primary to JoAnn Fabrics; 6th Grade to Washington, D.C.; Intermediate, 7th, 8th Grades to Goucher College theater performance

37. Friday, February 19 – LS Destination Imagination with Karen De Mey (3:00-4:30PM, Little Falls)

38. Friday, February 19 – Middle School Destination Imagination, 3:30-5:30PM, with Ray Pitz (Gray Team, Fawn Grove) and Virginia Remsberg (Blue Team, Gunpowder)


HFS Grade 6 Weekly Collections

January 22, 2010

Dear HFS Community Members,

This week, at the request of students at our Tuesday morning Collection, our community initiated a conversation about finding some way to make a difference in the lives of those affected by the Haitian earthquake. I suspect that the conversation had begun in your homes already and that several families in our community had already found ways to contribute to the relief effort through a church or other civic organization. As adults, we have the benefit of being connected to multiple and often intersecting communities of like-minded people, so finding an outlet for our compassion is bound only by our willingness to act. For our children, the outlets for compassionate action on a global or even local scale are much more limited. In many cases, children’s desires to help are either often bound by the willingness of the adults in their lives to get involved or their ability to set an example for those adults and reigniting the spark of caring within them. As a collective, the HFS student body did much to ignite a spark, it asked, “Why aren’t we doing anything to help?” I could not have been more proud. Entrenched in that question was a call to action as well as an appropriate questioning of values. Students expected their school to demonstrate its values and the values it nurtures in its students. The very next day the student-body gathered for a special Meeting for Worship for Business with a concern for Haiti. The three agenda items were 1.) to learn a bit more about the challenges facing Haiti and its people, 2.) identify the areas of need (medical care, shelter, clothing, water, infrastructure repair and investment, etc.)that our students felt most passionate about supporting, and 3.) identify best-fit organizations to which we should donate money for the immediate and long-term support of the Haitian people. The community came to consensus on the need to make a difference in triage operations – medical attention and basic needs (water, food, shelter). Students are now engaged in a daily process of reviewing missions statements and histories of organizations, primarily NGOs, to determine where their money should go. Next week’s special Business Meeting will be dedicated to brainstorming fundraising ideas. (I expect a penny race, among other efforts, will be announced in this space in coming weeks.) Ultimately, my hope for our students is that they not only see their efforts making a difference and that they have an outlet for their compassion, but that they recognize themselves as the spark, the light that will, in some small way, make a difference in someone else’s life as they do in ours every day.

-Jonathan

NOTES from Humanities…

Sixth graders have been very busy this week making up work, bringing notebooks up to date, and planning portfolio presentations.  In between all of this busyness, we have managed to give a few book reports for extra credit, study for a spelling-vocabulary test, hand in final drafts of diary entries, and begin reading Casting the Gods Adrift in connection with our study of Ancient Egypt. Please remember that report cards will be distributed next week during the portfolio presentations.  Have a wonderful weekend!

NOTES from Technology…

Math: This slightly abbreviated week in sixth grade math was spent preparing and taking a unit test on the unit Shapes and Designs, and then beginning a project about tessellation.  Please be aware that this project is due February 1.  We will continue to work on the project as well as take time to prepare our portfolios for next Friday’ presentation to parents.

Science: Sixth grade science spent time preparing for the Friday field trip to the Lafarge Texas Quarry in Cockeysville.  We reviewed igneous, metamorphic, and sedimentary rocks, learned about where these kinds of rocks come from, we learned to identify some of the basic kinds of rocks, and then we learned the laws of superposition, original horizontality, and faunal succession.  We will return to some of these ideas in more depth, but we needed as much information about geology as we could get before the field trip.  I look forward to more geology including basic identification next week and eventually plate tectonics.

NOTES from Explorations…

Spanish: The results of the project were great, we had awesome scrapbooks and very interesting presentations last week.  This week we had a cumulative review and started working on our new unit, 1B.  Next week we will continue to work on the vocabulary for 1B and the  quiz will be on 2/1. We are going to go over 1B quickly and move to 2A by 2/17. Help your students by reminding them to stay on top of the vocabulary and grammar skills, also use PHSCHOOL.com.

Computer Technology: This week Mrs. Linda Zuckerman, Harford County Public Librarian, came in to our classroom and informed the students about the databases available to them through the HCPL website free of charge.  This information will become very helpful to them now and all through their college years.  Mrs. Zuckerman also encouraged the students to obtain a library card, if they didn’t already have one, to be able to utilize this feature and all other educational resources that are available to them through the library.

The students have turned in their project, which I have considered a first draft.  Their final project must be turned in by Monday, January 25th to receive full credit for their 1st Semester grade in Computer Technology.

Notes from the Business Office…

Charitable Mileage Deduction:

You can claim a charitable contribution deduction of 14 cents per mile for performing services for a charitable/non-profit organization. You can also deduct parking fees and tolls.

If you volunteered and drive for any of our field trips this calendar year, please email kcarlone@harfordfriends.org with the name of the field trip location and the date. HFS will issue you a tax letter and calculate the mileage incurred roundtrip from the school.

Student Activity Fee Invoices:

There are many outstanding student activity fee invoices.   Schedules two and three are now due.  We rely on the Student Activity Fee to support our upcoming fieldtrips.  Please remit payment at your earliest convenience.

Announcements/Calendar Updates…

NOTE: Items new to this week’s Collections are identified with bold type.

Items changed after an earlier posting are identified in italicized and bold type.

1.  Saturday, January 23 – HFS Admissions Assessments for applicants to grades K, 1, 6, 7, 8 (9-11AM)

2.  Monday, January 25 – Middle School Destination Imagination, 3:30-5:30PM, with Ray Pitz (Gray Team, Fawn Grove) and Virginia Remsberg (Blue Team, Gunpowder)

3.  Tuesday, January 26 – Middle School Math Counts with Mr. Norton. (3-4PM, Forest Hill)

4.  Tuesday, January 26 – Basketball Practice with Coach Huxtable (3:00-4:15PM, Gymnasium)

5.  Tuesday, January 26 – Blueberry Festival 2010 Coordinators Meeting (6:00-7:00, Deer Creek)

6.  Tuesday, January 26 – H&SA meeting at HFS in Deer Creek Classroom (7:00-8:30PM) [Reminder: This is an adult-only HFS function.]

7.  Thursday, January 28 – For ALL students: Student/Advisor/Parent Portfolio and Student Report Conferences by appointment. Students will present their portfolios to parents and advisors. Advisors will distribute students’ 1st Semester Reports at this time. See Parent/Student Handbook for available appointment times.

8.  Thursday, January 28 – No After-School Activities; No After-School Study Hall

9.  Friday, January 29 – For ALL students: Student/Advisor/Parent Portfolio and Student Report Conferences by appointment. Students will present their portfolios to parents and advisors. Advisors will distribute students’ 1st Semester Reports at this time. See Parent/Student Handbook for available appointment times.

10. Friday, January 29 – No After-School Activities; No After-School Study Hall

11. Monday, February 1 – Financial Aid applications due for returning students

12. Monday, February 1 – Middle School Destination Imagination, 3:30-5:30PM, with Ray Pitz (Gray Team, Fawn Grove) and Virginia Remsberg (Blue Team, Gunpowder)

13. Tuesday, February 2 – Parent Coffee with the Head of School (8:00-8:50AM, Gunpowder). Please RSVP to jbutton@harfordfriends.org.

14. Tuesday, February 2 – Middle School Math Counts with Mr. Norton. (3-4PM, Forest Hill)

15. Tuesday, February 2 – Basketball Practice with Coach Huxtable (3:00-4:15PM, Gymnasium)

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

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

18. Friday, February 5 – Parent Activities Session #1 (1:50-3:00PM)

19. Friday, February 5 – LS Destination Imagination with Karen De Mey (3:00-4:30PM, Little Falls)

20. Friday, February 5 – Middle School Destination Imagination, 3:30-5:30PM, with Ray Pitz (Gray Team, Fawn Grove) and Virginia Remsberg (Blue Team, Gunpowder)

21. Monday, February 8 – Middle School Destination Imagination, 3:30-5:30PM, with Ray Pitz (Gray Team, Fawn Grove) and Virginia Remsberg (Blue Team, Gunpowder)

22. Tuesday, February 9 – Basketball Practice with Coach Huxtable (3:00-4:15PM, Gymnasium)

23. Tuesday, February 9 – Middle School Math Counts with Mr. Norton. (3-4PM, Forest Hill)

24. Thursday, February 11 – Basketball Practice with Coach Tubbs (3:00-4:15PM, Gymnasium)

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

26. Friday, February 12 – HFS Closed for Mid-Winter Break

27. Monday, February 15 – HFS Closed for Mid-Winter Break

28. Monday, February 15 – Financial Aid Applications due (students new to HFS)

29. Tuesday, February 16 – Middle School Math Counts with Mr. Norton. (3-4PM, Forest Hill)

30. Tuesday, February 16 – Basketball Practice with Coach Huxtable (3:00-4:15PM, Gymnasium)

31. Thursday, February 18 – HFS Open House (9-11AM) – 8th grade parent volunteers

32. Thursday, February 18 – Basketball Practice with Coach Tubbs (3:00-4:15PM, Gymnasium)

33. Thursday, February 18 – LS Destination Imagination with Karen De Mey (3:00-4:30PM, Little Falls)

34. Thursday, February 18 – Judy’s Night of a Thousand Stars (5:30-7:30PM) – Invitations to be mailed on January 28. [Snow date for event – February 25]

35. Friday, February 19 – 2010-2011 Re-Enrollment offers mailed for returning students

36. Friday, February 19 – Field trips for all grades – Primary to JoAnn Fabrics; 6th Grade to Washington, D.C.; Intermediate, 7th, 8th Grades to Goucher College theater performance

37. Friday, February 19 – LS Destination Imagination with Karen De Mey (3:00-4:30PM, Little Falls)

38. Friday, February 19 – Middle School Destination Imagination, 3:30-5:30PM, with Ray Pitz (Gray Team, Fawn Grove) and Virginia Remsberg (Blue Team, Gunpowder)

HFS Lower School Weekly Collections

January 22, 2010

Dear HFS Community Members,

This week, at the request of students at our Tuesday morning Collection, our community initiated a conversation about finding some way to make a difference in the lives of those affected by the Haitian earthquake. I suspect that the conversation had begun in your homes already and that several families in our community had already found ways to contribute to the relief effort through a church or other civic organization. As adults, we have the benefit of being connected to multiple and often intersecting communities of like-minded people, so finding an outlet for our compassion is bound only by our willingness to act. For our children, the outlets for compassionate action on a global or even local scale are much more limited. In many cases, children’s desires to help are either often bound by the willingness of the adults in their lives to get involved or their ability to set an example for those adults and reigniting the spark of caring within them. As a collective, the HFS student body did much to ignite a spark, it asked, “Why aren’t we doing anything to help?” I could not have been more proud. Entrenched in that question was a call to action as well as an appropriate questioning of values. Students expected their school to demonstrate its values and the values it nurtures in its students. The very next day the student-body gathered for a special Meeting for Worship for Business with a concern for Haiti. The three agenda items were 1.) to learn a bit more about the challenges facing Haiti and its people, 2.) identify the areas of need (medical care, shelter, clothing, water, infrastructure repair and investment, etc.)that our students felt most passionate about supporting, and 3.) identify best-fit organizations to which we should donate money for the immediate and long-term support of the Haitian people. The community came to consensus on the need to make a difference in triage operations – medical attention and basic needs (water, food, shelter). Students are now engaged in a daily process of reviewing missions statements and histories of organizations, primarily NGOs, to determine where their money should go. Next week’s special Business Meeting will be dedicated to brainstorming fundraising ideas. (I expect a penny race, among other efforts, will be announced in this space in coming weeks.) Ultimately, my hope for our students is that they not only see their efforts making a difference and that they have an outlet for their compassion, but that they recognize themselves as the spark, the light that will, in some small way, make a difference in someone else’s life as they do in ours every day.

-Jonathan

NOTES from Primary Grade…

This week the primary class has finished learning about shelters.  They learned about shelters around the world along with different animal shelters.  They got to make mini models of igloos, tepees, adobes, spider webs, nests, and beaver dams.  They also learned why they are important, how they help the people and animals that live in the shelters and what they are made out of.  In connection with this theme we will be attending a dedication for a house that Habitat for Humanity built.  The students have painted pots and will be planting plants in the pots to give to the family.

The first grade math class will have an assessment on Thursday, January 28, 2010.  The third grade math class as been learning division and they will have their unit assessment on Wednesday, February 3, 2010.

We will begin a new unit on Survival: Clothing next week.  In February we will be going to Jo Ann Fabrics in relation to this unit and the student will be able to pick out fabric and learn about the different types of fabric.  They will also learn how to use a sewing machine and get to make a scarf.

Also as a reminder the 100th Day of school is on Tuesday, February 16 and the students projects are due Friday, February 11, email me at mgrossman@harfordfriends.org if you have any questions or concerns.

NOTES from Intermediate Grade…

On Friday, January 22, we will venture to the Walters Art Museum to enjoy a tour of the Asian Art Gallery, followed by a Latin American lunch back at HFS, courtesy of HFS parent, David Adams.  This will be a great start to our unit on culture.  We discussed the Social Studies culture exhibit project at length, and information was sent home detailing this assignment.  As the due date nears, I will be inviting you to come and see the results of the students’ hard work.  In Science, we are continuing to discuss different types of scientific investigations.  So far, we have learned about experiments, surveys, and studies, which should help the students as they prepare for the Science Fair in March.  In Writing Workshop, we are continuing to write fiction, contrasting realistic fiction with fantasy and first person accounts with third person narration.  In Reading, we read our first play together, which was a big hit with the students.  Since everyone enjoyed reading a play together, maybe they’ll enjoy writing one, too?…  The intermediate math group finished the unit on measurement with a chapter test on Thursday.  Next up is probability and graphing.  The new paper clip incentive is working well.  The students have already earned their first treat for their collective hard work and cooperation.  We will be enjoying a movie and popcorn on Friday afternoon.  I look forward to meeting with you next week to view your child’s portfolio.  In reviewing work from the last five months, I am impressed by the growth I have seen in all the students.  If you have not yet requested a time for your conference, please email me.  Have a great week!

NOTES from Explorations…

Primary Spanish: The students presented letter B  from their Spanish-English picture dictionaries.  We practiced pronouncing Spanish words that begin with letters A and B.  The students were asked to complete letter C and hand it in next class. We also practiced numbers 21-101 and moved on to numbers between 100 and 1000. Next week, the students will be learning how to say the years in Spanish. This is in preparation for our Year/Seasons/Day of the Week/Months of the Year unit which will begin shortly.   For homework, students were asked to complete the worksheet on numbers between 100 and 1000.   Please remind your child that the stoplight sheet is required to be in class each week.  Please remember to check your child’s stoplight sheet to see how he or she did in class.     Remember that students can practice pronunciation of words and review vocabulary usinghttp://www.frenchspanishonline.com/beginnerspanish/freespanish.html

Intermediate Spanish: The students presented letter B  from their Spanish-English picture dictionaries. We practiced pronouncing Spanish words that begin with letters A and B.  The students were asked to complete letter C and hand it in next class. We also practiced numbers 21-101 and moved on to numbers between 100 and 1000. Next week, the students will be learning how to say the years in Spanish. This is in preparation for our Year/Seasons/Day of the Week/Months of the Year unit which will begin shortly.   For homework, students were asked to complete the worksheet on numbers between 100 and 1000.   Please remind your child that the stoplight sheet is required to be in class each week.  Please remember to check your child’s stoplight sheet to see how he or she did in class.     Remember that students can practice pronunciation of words and review vocabulary usinghttp://www.frenchspanishonline.com/beginnerspanish/freespanish.html

Notes from the Business Office…

Charitable Mileage Deduction:

You can claim a charitable contribution deduction of 14 cents per mile for performing services for a charitable/non-profit organization. You can also deduct parking fees and tolls.

If you volunteered and drive for any of our field trips this calendar year, please email kcarlone@harfordfriends.org with the name of the field trip location and the date. HFS will issue you a tax letter and calculate the mileage incurred roundtrip from the school.

Student Activity Fee Invoices:

There are many outstanding student activity fee invoices.   Schedules two and three are now due.  We rely on the Student Activity Fee to support our upcoming fieldtrips.  Please remit payment at your earliest convenience.

Announcements/Calendar Updates…

NOTE: Items new to this week’s Collections are identified with bold type.

Items changed after an earlier posting are identified in italicized and bold type.

1.  Saturday, January 23 – HFS Admissions Assessments for applicants to grades K, 1, 6, 7, 8 (9-11AM)

2.  Monday, January 25 – Middle School Destination Imagination, 3:30-5:30PM, with Ray Pitz (Gray Team, Fawn Grove) and Virginia Remsberg (Blue Team, Gunpowder)

3.  Tuesday, January 26 – Middle School Math Counts with Mr. Norton. (3-4PM, Forest Hill)

4.  Tuesday, January 26 – Basketball Practice with Coach Huxtable (3:00-4:15PM, Gymnasium)

5.  Tuesday, January 26 – Blueberry Festival 2010 Coordinators Meeting (6:00-7:00, Deer Creek)

6.  Tuesday, January 26 – H&SA meeting at HFS in Deer Creek Classroom (7:00-8:30PM) [Reminder: This is an adult-only HFS function.]

7.  Thursday, January 28 – For ALL students: Student/Advisor/Parent Portfolio and Student Report Conferences by appointment. Students will present their portfolios to parents and advisors. Advisors will distribute students’ 1st Semester Reports at this time. See Parent/Student Handbook for available appointment times.

8.  Thursday, January 28 – No After-School Activities; No After-School Study Hall

9.  Friday, January 29 – For ALL students: Student/Advisor/Parent Portfolio and Student Report Conferences by appointment. Students will present their portfolios to parents and advisors. Advisors will distribute students’ 1st Semester Reports at this time. See Parent/Student Handbook for available appointment times.

10. Friday, January 29 – No After-School Activities; No After-School Study Hall

11. Monday, February 1 – Financial Aid applications due for returning students

12. Monday, February 1 – Middle School Destination Imagination, 3:30-5:30PM, with Ray Pitz (Gray Team, Fawn Grove) and Virginia Remsberg (Blue Team, Gunpowder)

13. Tuesday, February 2 – Parent Coffee with the Head of School (8:00-8:50AM, Gunpowder). Please RSVP to jbutton@harfordfriends.org.

14. Tuesday, February 2 – Middle School Math Counts with Mr. Norton. (3-4PM, Forest Hill)

15. Tuesday, February 2 – Basketball Practice with Coach Huxtable (3:00-4:15PM, Gymnasium)

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

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

18. Friday, February 5 – Parent Activities Session #1 (1:50-3:00PM)

19. Friday, February 5 – LS Destination Imagination with Karen De Mey (3:00-4:30PM, Little Falls)

20. Friday, February 5 – Middle School Destination Imagination, 3:30-5:30PM, with Ray Pitz (Gray Team, Fawn Grove) and Virginia Remsberg (Blue Team, Gunpowder)

21. Monday, February 8 – Middle School Destination Imagination, 3:30-5:30PM, with Ray Pitz (Gray Team, Fawn Grove) and Virginia Remsberg (Blue Team, Gunpowder)

22. Tuesday, February 9 – Basketball Practice with Coach Huxtable (3:00-4:15PM, Gymnasium)

23. Tuesday, February 9 – Middle School Math Counts with Mr. Norton. (3-4PM, Forest Hill)

24. Thursday, February 11 – Basketball Practice with Coach Tubbs (3:00-4:15PM, Gymnasium)

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

26. Friday, February 12 – HFS Closed for Mid-Winter Break

27. Monday, February 15 – HFS Closed for Mid-Winter Break

28. Monday, February 15 – Financial Aid Applications due (students new to HFS)

29. Tuesday, February 16 – Middle School Math Counts with Mr. Norton. (3-4PM, Forest Hill)

30. Tuesday, February 16 – Basketball Practice with Coach Huxtable (3:00-4:15PM, Gymnasium)

31. Thursday, February 18 – HFS Open House (9-11AM) – 8th grade parent volunteers

32. Thursday, February 18 – Basketball Practice with Coach Tubbs (3:00-4:15PM, Gymnasium)

33. Thursday, February 18 – LS Destination Imagination with Karen De Mey (3:00-4:30PM, Little Falls)

34. Thursday, February 18 – Judy’s Night of a Thousand Stars (5:30-7:30PM) – Invitations to be mailed on January 28. [Snow date for event – February 25]

35. Friday, February 19 – 2010-2011 Re-Enrollment offers mailed for returning students

36. Friday, February 19 – Field trips for all grades – Primary to JoAnn Fabrics; 6th Grade to Washington, D.C.; Intermediate, 7th, 8th Grades to Goucher College theater performance

37. Friday, February 19 – LS Destination Imagination with Karen De Mey (3:00-4:30PM, Little Falls)

38. Friday, February 19 – Middle School Destination Imagination, 3:30-5:30PM, with Ray Pitz (Gray Team, Fawn Grove) and Virginia Remsberg (Blue Team, Gunpowder)