On the Horizon at Harbor Heights

2019 October Issue #2

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A Message from the Principal...

Dear Families,

With the November Newsletter coming soon, I wanted to draw your attention to just a few of the events coming up soon. Thank you for your incredible partnership to make Harbor Heights such a great community dedicated to the success of all children.


David Bentler

HHES Principal

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Important Dates

October ‘19

Final Week of Socktober - raising socks for those in need

30-W Tap Root Assembly - Anti Bullying

November ‘19

7- Th CIS Family FX Night 5-6:30

8- F Veterans’ Day Assembly 9:15-10:00

18-25 Fire Presentations put on by GH Fire

26-T G'pa Day: 10:15-11:15 for K/1/2, and 1:15-2:15 for 3/4/5

27-No School, ThanksGiving Break begins

December ‘19

13- F Sharing and Caring Celebration Assembly

Congratulations to our CIS Site Coordinator Lara Unger

2019 All In for Students Awards, Site Coordinator Lara Unger



It has become a tradition at Harbor Heights in the month of October to collect socks for families in need in our community. We thought about skipping a year with the pace of the year and your recent support of the school’s fundraiser. However, the students haven’t forgotten the importance of this service project and have reenergized us to organize our efforts to participate. Starting the week of October 21 through the 31st we will be collecting new socks to donate to the Children’s Home Society. The socks can be for infants, children, or adults. The goal of Socktober is to provide a basic necessity as the weather gets colder. Please join us in this school service project.
Mrs. Bosselmann and Mrs. Nelson


This Week

All classroom teachers, in partnership with parent volunteers, orchestrate a fall celebration. During these fun events children are able to play games, do crafts, and enjoy delicious treats. We do not allow costumes, masks, make-up, wigs, or hair color during school on Halloween day.

Grandparents and Special Person Day

  • Tuesday, November 26th
    K-2nd 10:15 - 11:15 3rd-5th 1:15 - 2:15
  • Kids - make sure your Grandparents know your name and teacher name. they will get to enjoy coffee and snacks in the commons before they come to visit your classroom!


School Climate and SEL Survey

Dear Families,

As you may already be aware, building Social Emotional Learning Skills is an important goal for our school this year. Over the next several weeks, students and teachers throughout the Peninsula School District will participate in several exercises to better understand these concepts and to reflect on how they perceive these skills in themselves. We are excited about this process!

As part of these activities, later this month, students will be asked to complete an online questionnaire that encourages them to reflect on their own mindsets and approaches to learning. Their teachers will also complete similar questionnaires. It is our goal to help students and teachers learn more about themselves and how they learn best by completing this process.

If you have questions about this process or if you’d like to learn more about how these activities help meet our 2019-20 goals, please contact David Bentler, bentlerd@psd401.net. Thank you for your ongoing support of your student(s) and of our school.

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Every Student. On Time, Every Day

Attendance Matters

Across the country, more than 8 million students are missing so many days of school that they are academically at risk. Chronic absence, missing 10 percent or more of school days due to absence for any reason- excused, unexcused, absences, can translate into third-graders unable to master reading, sixth-graders failing subject and ninth-graders dropping out of school. Positive attendance habits start in Elementary school, thank you for continuing to model the importance of being on time and present each school day.

If we can support your family in any way, please contact our office at 253.530.1800.

Furthermore, should your family be looking to take an extended vacation during the school year, please complete the Planned Absence Request Form and submit to our front office. We understand family time is important, but please try to schedule vacations during non-school days.


Are you confused by what to include in your child's transportation note? Here is an easy template to help you in writing pertinent information for your child's transportation changes.

Bus, PM Parent Pick Up (PPU) and Drop Off in the am

Well done getting students to the bus stop on time - the bus is a great option for convenient and efficient transportation to and from school.

For PPU, please remind your child(ren) to attentively look for your vehicle and follow directions while waiting in line.

For those that drive students in morning at the loop using our curbside valet, thank you for safely waiting until a staff member ensures your vehicle is pulled forward in the waves of release. It is best practice to have students exit from the passenger (right) side of the vehicle, even if this means sliding by a sibling or booster/car seat. Some riders have adjusted for the morning to sit on the passenger side if safely appropriate for your family.

Our morning routine this year has resulted in significantly less am tardies, data to support this observation coming soon!

Community Feedback 2019-2020

Please share your honest feedback - thank you to those who have already helped to increase the safety of our PPU line, communication, and transportation procedures.

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"a passionate Community dedicated to the success of the whole child"

The Peninsula School District does not discriminate on the basis of sex, race, creed, religion, color, national origin, age, honorably discharged veteran or military status, sexual orientation including gender expression or identity, the presence of any sensory, mental, or physical disability, or the use of a trained dog guide or service animal by a person with a disability in its programs and activities and provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups. Inquiries regarding compliance and/or grievance procedures may be directed to the District’s Title IX and Compliance Officer, Dan Gregory, at (253) 530-1009, email gregoryd@psd401.net or the Section 504 and ADA Coordinator, John Yellowlees, at (253) 530-1081, email yellowleesj@psd401.net.Mailing address: 14015 62nd Ave. NW, Gig Harbor, WA 98332.