Harbor EventsThe Harbor students, faculty, and families make up a thriving community that comes together many times a year. Below you will find descriptions of the many fun family events Harbor has throughout the school year!
No matter where you go around the world, you never forget your favorite Harbor teachers!
We are thrilled to honor and celebrate three amazing Harbor teachers: Mrs. Kathleen Pollina, Mrs. Lynda McKenna and Mrs. Huang-Ernst. Together, these three have inspired more than 1,000 Harbor students with their tenacity, creativity, intelligence and devotion. Let’s join together to pay tribute to these three amazing women, who so wonderfully epitomizes Harbor’s mission to “cherish childhood, cultivate wonder, and inspire confident learners and leaders!”
The Parents Association’s major fundraising event is the Annual Spring Benefit which is an exciting and enjoyable evening for parents, alumni, trustees, friends, teachers and staff. The festive-themed evening includes live and silent auctions, dancing, a delectable dinner, and open bar. Past themes have included gaming tables and roaming paparazzi. Live and silent auction items are donated by the Harbor community and many local merchants who support our mission. In addition to major auction prizes, the highlights of the evening include Harbor’s Own Budding Artists Collection and the “Fund-A-Grant” auction. Fund-A-Grant auctions provide attendees with an opportunity to donate directly to specific school initiatives at a designated level of support. Previous Fund-A-Grant items have included new student iPads, additional SMART boards, technology advancement, science lab equipment and professional development; auction bids typically range from $50 to any desired amount. This allows families the opportunity to specifically support areas where they have a particular interest. The winning ticket for the Harbor Scholarship Super Raffle is drawn at this event. Winner need not be present to claim prize.
Trunk or Treat
One of our many long-standing traditions, Harbor’s “Trunk or Treat” Spooktacular this year was a great success! Students, along with friends and family, enjoyed an evening of safe Trick or Treating and Halloween fun. Superheroes, ghosts, cats, and princesses spread across the campus collecting candy and haunting the corners of Tulip Knoll. The night culminated with Mrs. Netter reading a few spooky stories in the gym.
The Book Fair is a great event that celebrates the love of reading with our children. This is usually a three day event with a kick-off evening event allowing parents to share time with their children at the Book Fair, with book signings and other fun-filled activities. Each student visits the Book Fair with their class during school hours and may purchase books on account. In addition, in an effort to enrich the classroom or school libraries, we promote the Teacher’s Wish List program enabling the teachers to select desired books for their classroom or school libraries. Parents have the opportunity to buy these books for the classroom or school, and have a label placed inside the book acknowledging the donation with their child or family name. The PA sponsors authors to visit and speak to the students about their writing career, inspiration, writing mechanics and other related topics.
Harbor’s classrooms were bursting with Grandfriends visiting Tulip Knoll this afternoon! After a brief talk with Mr. Cissel, our Grandfriends were escorted to their classrooms for activities. Both Upper and Lower School Grandfriends got the opportunity to meet Harbor’s teachers, see the school, and experience a few hours in the life of a Harbor student. The event culminated in an assembly in the gymnasium, which included some wonderful dancing, singing, and poetry from the students. Thank you, Grandfriends, for visiting us! We hope you had a great time!
Harbor's Gingerbread Extravaganza is a tradition that the students look forward to from the moment the temperatures begin to drop in late fall. Each year, Mike Garguilo of Garguilo's Bakery comes to Harbor and assembles dozens of gingerbread houses for the students to decorate, making the entire third floor of our school smell of gingrebread and icing! Students that participate get a house, icing, and candy to make their houses works of art. Each house is unique and sure to bring some sweet happiness to the homes of our families.
Winter Choral Concert
Wednesday night was this year's Winter Choral Concert! Mrs. Weir and the students worked diligently to prepare for the evening's show and sang wonderfully. The chorus sang its winter favorites confidently and with the poise of a much older, more seasoned choir. Congratulations on a job well done! We cannot wait for the Winter Band Concert on Thursday, January 30th, 2014!
Harbor's Got Talent
Get the cameras and videos ready and in hand! We celebrate our children’s uniqueness and creativity as we proudly present Harbor’s Celebrities. Any student who wants to be part of this talent/fashion show gets an opportunity to perform in this delightful afternoon in front of cheering family and friends. In the past we have had fashion models, dance routines, karate exhibitions, singing, musical instruments, acting, and so much more.
Each year, Harbor's students, faculty, and staff come together as a community built around fun, fitness, good sportsmanship, and friendship for Field Day. Upper School students and teachers run 25 events for the PreK through Fourth Grade students. This opportunity encourages leadership and is a safe environment for building confidence in our Fifth through Eighth graders. The Upper School students love working with their younger peers. Our Physical Education Department work tirelessly to plan and orchestrate this event each year and are appreciative of the support they receive from all corners or Harbor!