In every school year there is an ebb and flow. Inevitably the year begins with heightened anticipation, strong motivation and lofty goals. Students buckle down, put their noses to the grindstone and tackle the most taxing assignments with vigor. As the year progresses, their enthusiasm wanes and the routines and challenges wear down even the most dedicated students. November grades and December schedule interruptions upset the natural cadence and students begin to fall prey to ‘exit-itis,’ that overwhelming desire to get out of school as soon as IDEO is over. The break in the schedule is just what the doctor ordered to remedy this malady. A few weeks of unscheduled time, lounging in pj’s on snowy days, and playing games with the family will ultimately lead to an eagerness to get back to the social scene of school and even to the rigors of the class room. We count on this pendulum swing so that when January arrives we all return with renewed vigor and resolve to continue to make this the best year yet. I wish you all a restful holiday and many opportunities to make wonderful family memories and I promise that we will not ruin your vacation with a snow day on that first day back, Jan. 4.
Interim Director of Middle School
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 Thursday, Dec. 16, 2010.
Special Event for Dads: HB's consulting psychologist Mark McConville will speak about ways to nurture the Father/ Daughter relationship and provide tools necessary for the changing dynamic of fathers and daughters. He will lead a discussion about the challenges dads face in raising confident, intelligent and compassionate young women and how dads can continue to build on their rewarding and joyful father-daughter relationships. We hope you can join us on January 13 from 7-8:30pm in the Dining Hall. Please rsvp by January 6 to the MS Office at email@example.com.
Just a friendly reminder from the School Nurse...
Hand washing is the best line of defense you have to keep from becoming ill. Please send any student, with flu like symptoms, coughing, runny nose, fever, etc to the nurse’s office. Encourage students to stay home if they are sick.
Encourage students to use hand sanitizers that are located in dining hall entrance and gym entrance and various other places around the school.
The MS Library has once again provided a Holiday Book List, excellent suggestions for giving to Middle Schoolers! Click here to see the list and read a synopsis of each one reviewed.
IDEO is one of our fondest HB traditions. It occurs the last day before winter break and is a fun way to head into the holiday season. Key points to note about December 17:
- Students dress up
- Dismissal is at noon
- There are no afterschool care or activities
- Some public school buses will not make the noon route. Check with your district.
Opportunities abound for MS students looking for after school activities! Ski Club begins January 6, winter sports are well under way, and the following clubs are open for registration:
In addition, experienced MS skiers can participate in 2 trips:
We have already accepted registrations for these trips, but spaces are still available. Click on the trip name for details and the registration forms.
Mark these dates on your calendar:
- January 4-Classes resume, students in uniform
- January, 5-6th grade CoGATS (8:10-11:10am)
- January 6-Ski Club begins
- January 7-MS Sports Photos after school
- January 13-Interim 2
- January 14-Dress Down Day
- January 17-Martin Luther King Day, no classes
- January 21-Parent Conference Day, no classes
- January 26-6th grade Orff Tales
- January 29-30-Holiday Valley Ski Trip
Parent Conferences: Parents, students and advisors will meet once again on January 21 for conferences.There are no classes on conference day but students are expected to attend. Look for a reminder letter to come in the mail in early January.
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:
The Smile by Donna Jo Napoli
Please RSVP to Anjali Barnick for attendance and lunch by Jan. 20: firstname.lastname@example.org or 440-781-4553.
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 email@example.com.
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 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 24th, 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 (216)321-3815 firstname.lastname@example.org
Schoolbelles Winter Sale is here! This year we are offering big discounts from 20%%, 30%%, and 40%% off retail prices from November 14, 2010 through January 5, 2011. Take this opportunity to freshen your children's worn uniform or stock up on cold weather items.
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.