January 24, 2011

All of you are probably familiar with the term, 'it takes a village' and never is this truer than in Middle School. We count on all of us to join forces to raise amazing young women who are eager to try new things, who see mistakes as opportunities, and who appreciate the adults in their lives, well, maybe not always.

I often remind parents that we get to see the best of their daughters. We get to see the child that is respectful, caring, enthusiastic, social, and hard working. I would not be totally honest if I said we see all of these everyday from each child, but we do see these traits lived out each day throughout the student body. I say this now because in these dreary days of winter when the "goodness of our child" seems to be as fleeting as the sun in Cleveland, we may need to be reminded of how tough it is to be a Middle Schooler and how pretty lucky we are to have such wonderful kids.

I know I speak for the faculty when I say we appreciate you working with us, trusting us to make good decisions with your daughters, and helping us bring out the best in them. You will have opportunities in the upcoming weeks to witness the energy and learning I see every day. We welcome you at Science Fair and book club to share in the experience.

Nancy Gladstone
Interim Director of Middle School

Planning Ahead

Spring Break is March 19-April 1.
Please be aware that school is in session
Monday, April 4.

A Necessary Reminder:

With the inclement weather, parking becomes more of an issue, especially in the Courtland Lot. I f you are coming for a meeting, or dropping or picking up your daughter, please do not park along the curbs in the Courtland lot. Not only it is a dangerous situation for students walking to the cars, but parents need to have room to circle the lot while dropping off and picking up their children and they are having difficulty getting through. Thank you for your help in maintaining a safe environment for our children.

Science & Engineering Fair

Hathaway Brown Middle School will celebrate the 30th annual Science & Engineering Fair on Wednesday, February 9, 2011. The fifth grade students will display their consumer testing projects, the sixth grade their Independent Science Projects, the seventh grade students their oceanography research projects, and the eighth grade students will demonstrate their motorized toy cars.

Students in the Science Research elective will also present the results of their research projects. The 5th grade Egg Drop will take place at 11:30am. Parents are invited to attend the egg drop and to tour the fair afterwards. Because judging will be taking place in the morning, parents are invited to visit the fair after 11:30am on Wednesday. Projects will remain up until 11:00 Thursday morning.

Faculty/Staff Appreciation Breakfast

The Parents' Association hosts a breakfast each year to recognize the kindness, generosity and dedication of Hathaway Brown's faculty and staff. This year's Appreciation breakfast will be held on Wednesday, February 23rd, in the Atrium from 7:30am to 10:30am. We are mailing out a form for you to fill out and return with many different ways for you to help. We encourage you to do whatever you can to make this a successful event.

  • Hot Casseroles (meat and vegetarian)
  • Baked Goods (sweet breads, muffins and other yummy treats
  • Cut Fresh Fruit
  • Monetary Contributions (used toward decorations, beverages, paper products, and some of the more costly breakfast items)

The faculty and staff truly appreciate this event, and it is a great way to say, "Thank You." If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact one of us! Thanks in advance for your help!!

Siri Benjamin                     

Laura Herrick          

Important Upcoming Dates:

  • 1/24 8th-9th Transition Night 5:30-7 p.m.
  • 1/26 France Trip Mtg. 7:30 a.m.
  • 1/26 6th Grade Orff Concert 7:30 p.m.
  • 1/28 7/8 Mother- Daughter Book Club 11:50
  • 1/29-30 Peak and Peak Overnight Ski Trip departs 6:30 a.m.
  • 2/9 Science Fair 11:30-3
  • 2/11 Dress Down Day
  • 2/11 7/8th grade Social @ HB 4-6:30
  • 2/12 Power of the Pen Tournament
  • 2/14 Happy Valentine's Day
  • 2/18-21 Winter Weekend No School
  • 2/23 Faculty Appreciation Breakfast
  • 2/23 MS Winter Sports Awards 10:03 Auditorium
  • 2/25 End of 2nd Trimester
  • 2/25 5th /6th Book Club 11:50 room 108
  • 2/28 6th Grade TRUST


Join us for the 6th grade Orff Tales Coast to Coast performance on January 26. The class will entertain us at 10am for the MS Assembly, and they will also have a 7:30pm show. Both performances will take place in the auditorium. DVD recordings may be ordered--click here to download the form.

7/8th Grade Mother Daughter Book Club:

January 28
MS Library
The Smile
by Donna Jo Napoli

Please RSVP to Anjali Barnick for attendance and lunch by Jan. 20: msanjali21876@aol.com or      440-781-4553.

5/6th Grade Mother Daughter Book Club:

February 25
MS Library
The Steps
by Rachel Cohn

Please RSVP to Anjali Barnick for attendance and lunch by Jan. 20: msanjali21876@aol.com or      440-781-4553.

Click here to learn more.

If you are interested in serving as a judge for the annual MS Science & Engineering Fair on Wednesday, February 9, please contact Nicole Trombetta, MS Science Department Chair, at ntrombetta@hb.edu.

From the Athletic Department

Save the Date: Friday, March 18 at 12:50pm-Winter Brown and Gold Day. 5th and 6th graders are in the pool and 7th and 8th graders are in the gymnasium. Don’t miss this exciting chance to show your Brown and Gold pride!

MS Spring Developmental Clinics: Plans are made to hold developmental clinics in April and May.  Look for more information and the registration form in The February Buzz for field hockey, golf, swimming, tennis and volleyball.

Attention Fall 7th and 8th grade Athletes: Optional preseason session have been announced! From 8:00-9:30am on August 24, 25 and 26, students in grades 7 and 8 are invited to participate in optional fall preseason practices. All sessions will be held at Hathaway Brown. Sports offered in the fall include: Cross Country, Field Hockey, Soccer, Tennis and Volleyball. We look forward to having you join us and starting off the new school year!

The Buzz will continue to be posted on the MS Parent Portal during the third week of each month. To stay informed of additions and changes to The Buzz, visit hb.edu! Keep an eye on the Parent Portal, Dynacal and class pages for the most up-to-date calendar and class information.

Hathaway Brown School  ••  Girls K-12/Coed Early Childhood
19600 North Park Boulevard  ••  Shaker Heights, Ohio 44122  ••  216.932.4214
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