Thanksgiving is just around the corner and there is not a more wonderful time for us to step back and recognize how fortunate we are and to express our gratitude for the blessings of family and friends. Your daughters are witnessing firsthand the importance of conveying their appreciation to their own community of HB. On Thursday, November 11 the Middle School, under the direction of Mr. Bill Rice and Mr. Jay McNally and together with Student Council, will host over 50 staff members for a traditional Thanksgiving dinner. Each advisor group has contributed in some manner, whether it is with food, decorations, or entertainment, to make this a special day for those who touch their lives on a daily basis. It is truly a heartwarming experience for the guests as well as the hosts.
I would like to take this opportunity to wish all of you a happy Thanksgiving and to personally thank you for your support of the Middle School. This trimester has honestly felt like a collaborative endeavor as we work together to educate your daughter. I hope your holiday is filled with the true spirit of thanksgiving and that you have an opportunity to relax and enjoy those special times with those you love.
Director of Middle School
8th Grade Parent Coffee Date Change
HB’s consulting psychologist Mark McConville will host a special presentation to 8th grade parents at their next coffee: I Finally Learned How to Play the Game and Now They're Changing the Rules: Moving Beyond Middle School. 8th grade parents are encouraged to join us on Thursday, December 2 from 8:15-9:15am in the Worldwide Communications Center.
Reminder: No School Days
- Monday, November 15: MS Professional Day, no MS classes
- Tuesday, November 23: Thanksgiving Break begins; no Homework Club or afterschool care/activities
- Friday, December 17 (IDEO): Noon dismissal, Winter break begins; and no afterschool care/activities
We are happy to welcome beloved elder members of our students’ families at our 2nd annual MS Grandparents and VIP Day from 8:45-11am on Tuesday, November 23. Contact the MS Office for more information
On November 23, the entire HB family will come TOGETHER FOR GOOD in the afternoon for our annual Thanksgiving Assembly. We are asking each grade level to collect very specific items for the project. It’s important to pay attention to weight of the items, and they must be able to be opened without a can opener.
- 5th grade: canned corn 7.5 oz, pull-tab lid
- 6th grade: canned corn 7.5 oz, pull-tab lid
- 7th grade: chili 7.5 oz, pull-tab lid
- 8th grade: spaghetti rings 7.5 oz, pull-tab lid
Click here for additional information, including the complete list of the items we're asking families to contribute.
As part of the standardized testing sequence at Hathaway Brown School, the 5th and 7th grade students will be administered the Comprehensive Testing Program IV (CTP IV) November 30, December 1, 2, and 3 during the mornings. There is no additional studying your daughter can do to prepare for these tests. The most important preparation is to be well rested, relaxed, and ready to do her best. The results of CTP IV testing are used to provide comparative data with other students in the testing pool, serve as a benchmark for our curricular mission, offer important test-taking experience, and give us valuable information about student profiles. The results will be mailed to you in early spring.
This year we hope to have several opportunities for Middle School girls to participate in service learning endeavors on a volunteer basis. Knowing that many organizations have strict age requirements, it has been challenging to find places for our younger Middle School girls to offer their services. On December 8th and 9th from 3:30- 4:45pm we will be working together with an organization, Littlest Heroes, to help wrap presents for children who are undergoing cancer treatments. Any student who is interested in staying afterschool to help wrap presents on either of those days should sign up on the GROW board. We have volunteered to provide wrapping paper and ribbon, so if you would like to donate seasonal, but not religious paper, we would be most appreciative.
Middle School Giving Tree
As we continue to focus on the social issues of hunger and homelessness, Middle School students have the opportunity to get into the giving spirit. New Life Community Center, a transitional housing and job training center that serves over 45 families per year, offers its residents a chance to shop for gifts for their families. The MS Giving Tree organized by Student Council will be dressed with gift tags and will be on display in the Middle School lobby beginning November 30. If you would like to participate in this gift giving opportunity, please take a tag from the tree and return the UNWRAPPED gift along with the tag before December 13.
The next CCIS Social for 7th and 8th graders is at Laurel School on December 10, beginning at 4pm and ending at 6:30pm. Tickets are $5 and are sold at school the week of the social. Transportation will be provided from HB to Laurel but all students must be picked up from the social by an adult. There will be no transportation back to HB after the social. Sign-up for the bus is on a first-come-first-serve basis as there is limited seating. Students can sign up in the Middle School office during the week of the social, and may only sign themselves up for the bus.
Come celebrate the wonder of the winter season and its holidays with HB’s own musical stars! Join us at 7:30pm on Monday, December 13, for Winter Tales, our annual musical winter concert. This concert will feature all Middle and Upper School music ensembles including MS Orchestra, Chorus, Bella Voce, Recorder Consort, US Orchestra, HB Singers, and Bravuras. The performance will be held at the Tri-C East Campus Theater located at 4250 Richmond Road in Highland Hills, and parking is accessible from Harvard Road. This concert is free and open to the public. If you have any questions, please contact Deborah Southard at (216) 320-8796 extension 7206.
GROW Foundation Holiday Fundraiser
The GROW Foundation (Girls Reaching Others Worldwide) is sponsoring a fundraiser during the holiday season. The Foundation is run by HB Middle School students who award money to service learning groups who have applied for a grant through the Foundation. This fundraiser offers you a chance to make a donation in honor of a teacher, staff member or even another student. Each recipient will receive a handmade card created by students in the Foundation indicating the families who have made a donation in their name. Please fill out this form if you choose to participate. All forms and money should be dropped off to the Middle School office by Wednesday, Dec. 15, 2010.
IDEO, December 17
It is a long standing tradition at Hathaway Brown that “gifts” are exchanged between the student body and the Head of School. Students process through the HB halls to an assembly in the gym. The students give the gift of singing the carol “IDEO” to the Headmaster as they process through the school. The seniors give the rest of the student body and the faculty the gift of the song “Bless this House”. The seniors receive flowers from the juniors and the Head of School recites an original poem to the seniors. This is a dress up day for students.
Visit hb.edu! Keep an eye on the Parent Portal, Dynacal and class pages for the most up-to-date calendar and class information. Below are just a few dates to keep in mind:
- November 30: 6th grade Parent Coffee WCC
- December 2: 8th grade Parent Coffee WCC
- December 2: Picture Retakes, dress up
- December 6: Fair Trade Sale, Atrium
- December 7: 5th grade Parent Coffee WCC
- December 8: 7th grade Parent Coffee WCC
- December 10: MS Dress Down Day