Fall is in full swing and true to form we are enjoying a flurry of activities in the Middle School! This week the girls showed enthusiasm as we prepared for Brown and Gold Day and next week we are celebrating the re-opening of our Middle School library in conjunction with our book fair. Friday marks our scheduled Conference Day, and we round out the month with the 5th grade Orff performance and then a brief Halloween celebration on Oct. 29. Interspersed among all these wonderful activities is a lot of learning. I can attest to that as I have had the privilege of visiting numerous classrooms over the past few weeks. Talk to your daughters, keep an eye on the website, and take a peek on the lobby TV monitors to capture the flavor of Middle School.


Interim reports will be mailed on Friday, October 15. Students may receive an interim for various reasons: as an update, if a student is new to our community, because of substantial change in performance, because of missing work, or because of an average below 75%%. Not all students will not receive interims. 

 Reminder of Important Dates
  • October 16: MS Parent Social
  • October 19: School Pictures-dress up day
  • October 21: Dads and Donuts, 7:15-8am
  • October 21: HBPA Speaker, 8:15am
  • November 7: Daylight Savings time-change clocks
  • November 12: Dress Down Day

Parent/ Student/Teacher/Conference Day is scheduled for Friday, October 22. If you have not yet scheduled your conference, please contact your daughter's advisor. Students are expected to attend their conference.


Dr. Wendy Mogel, author of The Blessings of a Skinned Knee and the newly released The Blessings of a B Minus, will speak about “Raising Resilient and Optimistic Kids and Teens” at University School on Wednesday, October 27th at 7:30 p.m., in Conway Hall Auditorium, 20701 Brantley Road in Shaker Heights.  Please register online and obtain more information by visiting www.us.edu

We hope you can join us for this year's 5th grade Orff Tales performance. In Dawn to Dusk, we will include a tribute to Dr. Seuss and the 50th anniversary of his book (which only uses 50 different words), Green Eggs and Ham. If it's not possible for you to join us, you may be able stream the performance live on your computer.

October 27, 2010

Wednesday at 10:05am

HB Ahuja Auditorium

Click here for DVD order form and Live Streaming instructions.

Halloween is coming to HB on Friday, October 29! Girls may be in costume, but please make sure the costumes are mask-free and meet the dress down guidelines found in the handbook. All classes will be held as usual, so costumes should not make it difficult to sit or participate in class.

As we put the final touches on planning for our first Grandparents and VIP Day on November 23, we have one last chance to collect invitation information. If you haven’t already sent in contact information, please contact the MS Office.

We are starting three new After School Clubs for all girls in grades 5-8. Click on the club name for more details and registration forms.



The Patrons for the Performing Arts Endowment Fund was established in 1987 to support and augment Performing Arts at Hathaway Brown School. The Fund sponsors the Artist-in-Residency Program, which brings a unique and fresh focus to the arts, integrating it with other curricula throughout the school. Your generous contribution to the Patrons for the Performing Arts Endowment Fund makes a difference in the total education of your daughter here at Hathaway Brown School. We hope you will support this program.

If you and your daughter are interested in volunteering at the all school Open House on Sunday, October 24, 2010 from 1:30-3:30, please contact Tina in the Admission Office at 216-320-8767. Training sessions for both students and families will be available to ensure that all families experience “the essential highlights” of the Middle School.

Innovation Summit

As a veteran teacher and mother I remember all the times that my students and children interrupted my instructions with, “What if…” After the third or fourth time I recall saying exasperatingly, “When ‘what if’ happens, then we’ll deal with it, but for now we need to move on.” Well, it turns out there were times that perhaps I shouldn’t have been so quick to squelch that interruption. When we begin to question the status quo and imagine the possibilities, revolutionary changes in thinking take place. Such is the intent of our Innovation Summit that will take place here on our HB campus on November 4-6. It is a virtual think tank for educators who will come together for three days to discuss ways to design solutions for twenty first century problems. We invite parents to join us as we kick off the summit with a fabulous keynote address by Daniel Pink, author of Drive and A Whole  New Mind. The address is open to all parents free of charge, as are a special book signing and reception that precede the event but reservations are required so please visit HB's homepage for details.

Upcoming No School Dates

  • November 5
  • November 15

Make a note on your calendar that there will be no after-school care on the days before breaks: November 23, December 17 and March 18.

A small supply of generic cough drops and throat lozenges are available at the nurse's office, in all classrooms and in the Middle School office. Girls may bring their own cough drops from home and should inform a teacher if they need to take one during class.

Lost and Found is starting to overflow! Please make sure your daughter’s belongings contain their names! Unclaimed, unnamed items in lost and found will be donated over Winter Break.

 France Trip Parent Interest Meeting

7th & 8th graders

November 9, 2010

7:30am in C241

Applications will be available on the website November 10, then due on November 23.  Students can apply online—all information for trips is on the HB home page under Special Programs/Center for Global Citizenship/International Student Travel & Exchanges.

The second Mother Daughter Book Club meeting will take place November 12 for 7th and 8th grades. Join us for lunch and a discussion of Faith, Hope and Ivy June by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor. Claire Jones, MS Librarian, and Anjali Barnick, mother of Talia Bhaiji, will host the meeting from 11:50-12:30 in the MS Library, N108.

RSVP: msanjali21876@aol.com by November 5.

The attached flyer details additional meeting dates and titles for 5/6 grade groups as well as 7/8 grade groups.

Northwestern University’s Center for Academic Development offers testing and additional academic resources for any Middle School student who is interested in taking advantage of this opportunity. Participation in these “practice” tests is completely voluntary. For further information concerning registration and deadlines please follow this link.



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