February 17, 2011

Dear Parents,

If the mere mention of blogs, tweets, texts, and twitters makes you a little jumpy, how do you feel about vook, mi-fi, and thumbo? Welcome to the ever-changing world of technology! Statistics show that we are bombarded with such an incredible amount of information that we cannot possibly process it efficiently or effectively. 160 billion emails are sent each day with 97%% of them SPAM. I am relaying this information to highlight a point. As we strive to convey information, keep you abreast of the happenings in school, and partner with you in your daughter's education, we recognize that we are competing with the current 1 billion worldwide internet devices that bring you instant information. We must also continually remind ourselves that our audience bridges several generations who are on different levels of comfort with technology.

Many of us have fond memories of receiving a weekly packet of papers that highlighted important school news, and we yearn for that paper copy to place on the refrigerator. Some of us are lost without our Blackberry or Smartphones that beep for every communiqué and most of us are somewhere in between. When we 'rolled out' our new website last year, we set in motion our move to deliver information electronically. We hoped that our dynamic school calendar, along with the Parent Portal and class pages, and the Buzz would be instrumental in allowing you to get up to date information. For the most part, I think this is true, but there may be times when you find yourself scrambling for information or wondering if you missed something.

I hope these moments are few and far between, but if you cannot access the proper information please call the Middle School office, email your advisor, or just ask the expert, your daughter, and hopefully we can clear up any confusion.  

Nancy Gladstone
Director of Middle School

Message Board

While we are sensitive to the fact that family schedules often change un-expectantly, we want to make sure that students receive messages in a timely manner. We cannot always count on the girls to retrieve messages from the message board late in the school day, so we ask that if you think your daughter’s after school plans may change, please alert her to check the message board or the Middle School office before she heads off after the last bell. Also be aware that it is not always possible for us to deliver a message to her late in the day; if you can arrange to call before 2:00 that would be optimal. 

Mark Your Calendars:  The 5th grade "Walk Through Time" performance will take place March 17th 8:30-10:00. More details will be forthcoming. For questions, please contact the fifth grade history teacher, Morgan Locsei.

Important Upcoming Dates:  

  • 2/18-2/21 Winter Weekend No School
  • 2/25 5th/6th Mother Daughter Book Club
  • 2/25 End of Second Trimester
  • 2/28 6th Grade TRUST
  • 3/8 Orchestra-Early Music Ensemble 7:30pm
  • 3/15 Dessert with the Director 5th/6th grades 7:00 pm
  • 3/16 Dessert with the Director 7th/8th grades 7:00 pm
  • 3/17 5th grade Walk through Time 8:30- 10:00am
  • 3/18 Brown/ Gold Day
  • 3/19-4/3 Spring Break NO SCHOOL
  • 4/11 Empty Bowls Benefit 5:30 pm 

After School Club

Get Fit! Class led by Ms. Dana Hall on Mondays: April 11, 18, 25, May 2 and 9.  Click here for details and sign-up.

Yoga Club led by Joie Scott on Wednesdays: April 27, May 4, 18, 25, and June 1.  Click here for details and sign-up.

Dessert with the Director (aka Parent Coffees)

In response to our survey last summer concerning the scheduling of parent coffees, we are offering this next round of coffees in the evening. Dessert with the Director will bring together 5th & 6th grade parents on March 15 and 7th & 8th grade parents on March 16 from 7:00-8:15 pm to share ideas, support one another, and find out what is on the horizon. Please click on a link below for your invitation:

 5th/6th grade Dessert with the Director
 7th/8th grade Dessert with the Director

Save the Date:  On Monday, April 11th, from 5:30 – 7:30 pm, the Middle School Community Connections Academy will be hosting an Empty Bowls benefit in conjunction with the opening of the Portraits of Homelessness Exhibit. Empty Bowls is a banquet-style event that aims to raise awareness about hunger. Participants will be served a light meal, followed by a program about the issues of hunger and homelessness. Families will be given an empty ceramic bowl, painted by our middle school students, to take home to remind them of what they have learned.

Portraits of Homelessness, a traveling exhibit that features photography and testimonials of men living at 2100 Lakeside Shelter, will be on display from April 11-15 in the atrium.  Proceeds from the Empty Bowls event will be donated to the Hunger Network.

From the Athletic Department

Blazer Developmental Athletic Clinics will be offered beginning in the spring in the following sports: Volleyball, Tennis, Field Hockey and Soccer. Please visit www.hb.edu in the upcoming weeks for specific dates and times of the clinics. If you have any questions, please contact Paul Barlow at 216-320-8796 x7106 or pbarlow@hb.edu.

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, the School Calendar 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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