Harper Happenings

November 20th - November 24th

What's Happening?

Monday, November 20 - Friday, November 24

  • NO SCHOOL - Thanksgiving Break

Coming Up/Reminders

Monday, November 27

  • November Birthday Lunch

Tuesday, November 28

  • Pass 39 Meeting, MEC, 7 pm

Friday, December 1

  • Harper PTO Holiday Movie Night, 6-8 pm

Wednesday, December 6
  • D39 "How to Raise Resilent Children", WJHS, 7 pm

Thursday, December 14

  • Harper Chorus Concert, 6:30 pm

Dr. Kick's Corner

  • Ms. Robinson received a Gripp Grant!!!
  • New attendance updates will be sent once a month beginning in December.
  • Being thankful-have your child say what they are thankful for and why it is important for them to give thanks.
  • Thanksgiving traditions-have your child be an active participant in your family traditions. This might be mashing potatoes, setting the table, creating art, saying the blessing, etc. Children love to be a part and also need to understand the family connection and tradition.


  • Harper PTO Movie Night Presents Elf! All Harper Students (K-4) are invited to come discover their inner Elf! Join us in the auditorium on Friday, December 1, 2017 from 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm. Little Ceasar’s cheese/pepperoni pizza, lemonade and water will be served in the cafeteria. Register by Mon. Nov 29th on the Harper PTO website here. We also need your help to make the movie night possible. Please sign up here to help! When you volunteer, one of your kids come for free!

  • Does your child love to read? Do you want your child to get involved in discussions that encourage lifelong learning through reading and thoughtful discussion? Have them join Junior Great Books! Children in grades 1- 4 meet in small groups weekly during lunch beginning in late January (lasts 6 weeks). They'll read unique books that are not only great stories, but have incredible messages about friendship, bravery, generosity, being yourself, kindness and confidence. Please see the attached flyer for more information. Sign up is open now here and will be available through December 2nd. If you need any more information, please contact Christine Balzano at christinebalzano@yahoo.com or Courtney Beagen at courtneybeagen@yahoo.com.

  • The Green Corner--“Fine Print” on what kinds of paper can be placed in our curbside recycling: Magazines, newspapers (including all inserts and glossies), catalogs and telephone books, all envelopes - with or without windows, mixed paper and junk mail, glossy and non-glossy (includes: stationary, notebook paper, post-it-notes, computer paper, flyers, greeting cards, file folders), US Priority Mail mailers and envelopes. Paper you CANNOT recycle: Gift wrap and tissue paper, shredded paper (it is small and gets mixed with residue/glass and can’t be recovered), wet paper (it can actually make recycling impossible), brightly colored saturated paper, any mailers lined with bubble wrap, any paper/mailer products with adhesive. Once you remove the adhesive, then the paper can be recycled.
  • Community News:
  • http://www.wilmette39.org/news/community_events/

    Register now for Wilmette Park District’s Saturday Basketball for boys & girls grades 4-8.

    New Trier HS Football Schedule is posted online.

    Wilmette Park District hosts after school clubs for students at Central, Harper, McKenzie January 9 - March 23. Registration begins November 28th.

Community Service Drives

The holiday season can be a wonderful time to teach our children the importance of giving to others. Here are upcoming donation opportunities to consider:

  • Holiday Toy Drive and Gift Wrapping Event (benefiting UIC Children’s Craniofacial Clinic**), November 27- December 1. New toys (approximately $15) for kids from birth to 15 years old. We’ll also be having a wrapping party in the Harper Cafeteria on December 1st at 9:00 – please join us, and feel free to contribute old gift wrap!

  • Winter Gear Drive (benefitting Connections for the Homeless*), December 1-15. New and gently used winter gear for Connections families (adult and children). Items needed: winter coats, gloves and hats, warm socks, boots, blankets and sleeping bags, disposable hand and foot warmers, and long underwear!

Thank you in advance for your support and generosity!

The Harper Community Service Committee

*Harper has a longstanding relationship with Connections for the Homeless. Connections helps families and individuals across the northern suburbs who are homeless, or threatened with homelessness, to break the cycle of poverty by providing affordable housing, as well as support services needed for success and self-sufficiency. The items that Harper families collect and donate often encourage people in need to make the first step to reach out for help; the simple ability to address someone's immediate physical need can help initiate bigger conversations about housing, income and health. Please visit www.connect2home.org for more information. (Please also see attached PDF for the latest Connections Impact Report).

**Please see the attached PDF for important details about the Craniofacial Clinic and this event!


  • Check out the attachment below on Mindful Taste, Eating and Drinking from Katie Kolbe's Mindfulness Program. Remaining dates in November are the 28th and 30th.

FAN Presentations

Upcoming events:

  • On November 28th, "Overcoming Childhood Adversity: Stories of Resilience and Post-Traumatic Growth" by Professor, Psychologist and Author Meg Jay, Ph. D. Evanston Township High School Auditorium, 1600 Dodge Ave. in Evanston. The event will be videotaped. Suitable for ages 12+.

All announcements to be included in the Harper Happenings should be sent to Adriane McKnight via the Communication Request Form by Mondays at 9 am. If you do not receive an email response within 24hrs, please send an email to adrianemcknight@gmail.com to confirm your Communication Request Form was received.

For more school information, visit the Harper PTO website.

For additional D39 community events, visit wilmette39.org