Harper Happenings

April 22nd - April 26th

What's Happening

Monday, April 22nd - Friday, April 26th

  • Earth Week!

Monday, April 22nd

  • Earth Day will be celebrated in the Harper Garden during recess with an upcycling craft to help bees pollinate. Rain date of April 23.

Tuesday, April 23rd

  • Dr. Kick's/Mrs. Ryan's Birthday lunch

Wednesday, April 24th

  • 4th Grade Music Concert
  • Earth Week, Walk/Bike to school day

Thursday, April 25th

  • Early Release Day, Parent/Teacher Conferences
  • Scholastic Book Fair in Cafeteria 11am-3pm

Friday, April 26th

  • No School, Parent/Teacher Conferences

Coming Up/Reminders

Monday, April 29th

  • PASS39 Parent Education Evening
  • Topic: Please note that the topic has changed from Executive Functioning to Light on Anxiety.
  • Location: MEC
  • Time: 7:00pm - 8:30pm
  • Parent Night to Follow at Fred's Garage

Friday, May 3rd

  • PTO Sponsored Peter Rabbit Movie Night, 6pm

Wednesday, May 8th

  • 4th Grade Outdoor Education

Wednesday, May 15th

  • General PTO Meetings, 9am

Thursday, May 23rd

  • Before School Chorus Concert, 6:30pm

Thursday, May 30th

  • Harper Student Council Fun Fair, 3:15pm

Assistant Principal Ryan's News to Note

From snow to sun it has been quite the busy week at Harper. Our third and fourth graders finished IAR testing, and we are very proud of their focus and hard work during state testing. Fourth grade ended their week with a visit to WJHS to learn about joining band, orchestra, or choir in the fall at Highcrest. This week also brought our kindergarten families to Harper as we hosted our orientation evening.

May Day Baskets are around the corner! These baskets are a tradition at Harper and our way of saying thank you to our community. Baskets will come home soon and we look forward to hearing stories of the smiles they bring to their recipient.

Please note that we have a new traffic sign posted, but the same rules apply for our traffic pattern that have always been in place. Delivery trucks, Harper staff, or local residents who do not have children at Harper are allowed to turn left or right during pick-up hours. Kindergarten families need to enter at Kenilworth.

Board of Education

The monthly Board of Education meeting is Tuesday, April 23rd at 7:00 PM at the MEC. Below are a couple of topics that may be of interest. If you can’t make the meeting, you can view it live or later, either on the District website or on Channel 6. Highlights of the meeting will be emailed and posted online within a day or two.

  • Reorganizational meeting with farewell to exiting Board members and swearing in of new ones
  • Neighbor Email Lists
  • McKenzie Interim Principal
  • Student registration
  • Harper construction
  • Fiscal year 2020 Operating Funds Tentative Budget

Connecting with our residents:

District 39 wants to build better connections with residents who do not have children in our schools. We have created Neighbor Email Lists where residents can sign up for the school list they want. We want to be good neighbors to those who live near each of our six buildings and keep everyone informed of any District changes or construction that impacts the surrounding area. In addition, we can send an annual list of planned evening or weekend school events that might bring extra people to the neighborhood. People can also select the District-Wide Community list, which will provide District news such as upcoming school board elections, board meeting highlights, or other district-wide information. You can help us by sharing this information with community members you know who do not have children in D39. Our goal is to keep everyone better informed. People can unsubscribe at any time.

Destination Imagination Global Tournament

  • A HUGE congratulation to The DI Doctors: Izzy Elkin, Gaia Saraf, Lyla Drapatsky (of Harper School) and Charlotte Rimmer (of Central School) for qualifying for the Global Finals!
  • They are raising money to go to DI Global Finals in Kansas City by hosting a garage sale/treat sale/auction this coming Sunday in the 905/907 Columbus Street driveways. All proceeds will go toward the $5,500 registration fee.
  • This is the first time ever that a Wilmette DI Team has qualified for Global Competition! The kids started a gofundme campaign as well. Please feel free to contribute here or pass along to friends! https://bit.ly/2GsYT8D

Dr. Kick Outdoor Education Scholarship Fund

  • A Farewell Retirement Tribute The Dr. Kick Outdoor Education Scholarship Fund”

  • This PTO scholarship fund has been created as a retirement tribute to Dr Kick and her love of the Outdoor Ed Trips. The scholarship fund will offer financial assistance towards the Outdoor Ed tuition for Harper families for this year and future OE Trips. A portion of the proceeds from this years Movie Night (Peter Rabbit) will go directly to Dr Kick’s OE Scholarship fund. An online donation form is provided for any families wishing to donate. Please go to the PTO Website for more information and to donate directly to this wonderful tribute and cause.

Pop-Up Book Fair

  • Join us for the first ever pop-up Scholastic Book Fair on Thursday April 25th from 11am-3pm in the Harper Cafeteria. This will be a smaller version of the Fall Book Fair, for one day only. Come and pick up some new releases, browse some old favorites, and get a head start on your summer reading. Profits from the Book Fair go right back into our school! If you can't make it in person, please visit the online Book Fair from 4/23 to 4/29 at http://www.scholastic.com/bf/harperelementaryschool. Please contact sophiecandido@gmail.com or alipearson5@yahoo.com with questions. Hope to see you there!

2019/2020 Harper PTO

  • The 2019/2020 Harper PTO Slate has been voted on and unanimously approved! For a complete list, go to www.harperpto.com
  • Introducing the new PTO Executive Board:

  • President: Jessica Reynolds
  • President Elect: Emily Primosh
  • Secretary: Mandy Gibbons
  • Treasurer: Marni Sheehan
  • Ways and Means, IGNITE!: Megan Roberts
  • Student Enrichment: Tracey Fitzgerald and Erica Lockwood
  • Room Parents: Laurel Nelson and Johanna Toppenberg
  • Communications: Liz Hayes
  • Communications Assistant: Kelly Maggio


  • School Kit Ordering starts Tuesday, May 1st! Don't spend your summer running around trying to find school supplies at the last minute - pre-order your child's kit and the supplies will be waiting for him/her on the first day of school. Ordering runs from May 1st – May 17th. A portion of the sales from each school kit will be donated to the Harper PTO. Stay tuned for ordering information. Questions? Contact Erica Lockwood at schoolkits@harperpto.com.

4th Grade End of Year Party

  • Attention 4th Grade Parents

  • The 4th Grade Farewell lunch will be held on Wednesday, June 5th and the End of Year Farewell Party will be June 14th from 3-5pm at Harper. Please return your order form (attached PDF below) and payment to your child's teacher or the front office by May 3rd. Also don't forget to send 4-5 photos of your child for the slideshow to: Harpergradparty2019@gmail.com by May 10th.

Harper Spring Movie Night

  • Harper PTO Spring Movie Night presents: Peter Rabbit (PG)
  • Get your tickets while they last!
  • Friday, May 3rd - 6:00pm-8:00pm
  • All Harper Students (K-4) are invited to laugh along with the antics of Peter Rabbit, Benjamin Bunny and gang as they sneak into Mr McGregor's veggie garden! Pajamas welcome and encouraged!
  • Little Ceasar’s Cheese/Pepperoni Pizza, Lemonade and Water will be served in the cafeteria
  • Sign up today as movie nights sell out quickly at: http://harperpto.com/harper-pto-movie-night/
  • Cost: $20 for the first child, $10 for the second, and $5 for the third.
  • Parents who volunteer at Movie Night can bring one child for FREE! Sign up to volunteer here: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0844a8af28a02-harper1
  • Space is limited to the first 115 kids. NO WALK-INS. All children must be registered in advance.

All Children must be walked into Harper for check in and picked up by an adult for check out. Sorry, NO DROP OFFS


Green Corner

Earth Week Information: April 22nd - April 26th

  • Wednesday, April 24 is Walk/Bike to School Day, but we need chaperones to assist our walkers! Now we need chaperone(s) for Illinois/Thornwood to Harper and Chestnut or Kenilworth to Harper. Interested in overseeing any bikers? We already have a chaperone for Schiller/Hunter to school and Thornwood/21st to school. Please email Aimee Stoltz at aimee_prunier@yahoo.com. THANK YOU!

  • Other activities include: Loose Change Collection for Endangered Species is happening again! Students can vote for their animal with their coins from home. Choose between the black footed ferret of the Great Plains, or the African rhinoceros.

  • Students will also learn why we need bees. Did you know that without them, we wouldn't have tomatoes? Keep Pizza alive by keeping the bees! Students will learn how at recess in the Garden.

  • Spring clean your art supplies and bring in all dried out markers so we can recycle them with Crayola's recycling program. ALL markers accepted - even dry erase! Bins will be by the front office.

  • In the spirit of reusing, the Environmental Awareness Committee is organizing a FURNITURE/HOME FURNISHINGS DRIVE with Habitat For Humanity of Lake County. What began as a neighborhood drive has now expanded to the whole village with collections happening over several days. The tentative dates are Wed, May 28-Saturday, June 1. They will accept cabinets, tile, lighting, outdoor furniture, tools, leather furniture, appliances (less than 7 years old), and MUCH MORE. They will come to your house to collect large items. For smaller ones, a central drop off location will be designated. All donations are tax deductible.

  • If you are interested and hey, even if you want to help organize or promote this, please email aimee_prunier@yahoo.com. Thank you!

  • Thank you for all of your help to make Harper's Earth Week a big success!

FAN (Family Action Network)

  • FAN welcomes Professor Matthew Nock, Ph.D. Harvard University for two events presenting on Recent Advances in the Understanding, Prediction, and Prevention of Suicidal Behavior Wed, May 1at 7p at New Trier High School, Winnetka Campus, Gaffney Auditorium 385 Winnetka Ave., Winnetka, IL 60093 and CEU hours available for GRAND ROUNDS Using New Technologies to Advance the Understanding on Thurs, May 2, 9:00-10:30 AM at New Trier High School, Northfield Campus, Cornog Auditorium 7 Happ Rd., Northfield, IL 60093. Go to www.familyactionnetwork.net for CEU registration.

  • FAN presents Psychologist and Author Lisa Damour, Ph.D. talking about Under Pressure: Confronting the Epidemic of Stress and Anxiety in Youth on Wed, May 8 at 7p at New Trier High School, Winnetka Campus, Gaffney Auditorium 385 Winnetka Ave., Winnetka, IL 60093 and CEU hours available at GRAND ROUNDS Thurs May 9, at 9-10:30a at New Trier High School, Northfield Campus, Cornog Auditorium 7 Happ Rd., Northfield, IL 60093. Go to www.familyactionnetwork.net for CEU registration.

  • FAN is bringing Author Emily Bazelon to present on the topic of Charged: The New Movement to Transform American Prosecution and End Mass Incarceration on Mon May 20 7p Evanston Township High School Auditorium 1600 Dodge Ave., Evanston, IL 60201.Interviewer: Professor and Author Geoffrey R. Stone.

Community Service Corner & News

2019-2020 Connecting Kids Preschool Openings

Housed within Romona School is the Connecting Kids Preschool Program. The half-day sessions for three, four and five year-old children are specifically designed to prepare children for District 39 kindergarten classrooms. With structured play, planned pre-academic instruction, differentiated learning, and vocabulary development, Connecting Kids provides an excellent foundation for all children. Reserve a spot for your child in next fall's three, four or five year-old classes.

Registration is still open and spots are still available! Registration forms can be found online here.

LINK: http://www.wilmette39.org/news/community_events

North Suburban Special Recreation Association (NSSRA) offers year-round recreation programming for disabled individuals. “Camp Yardigans” is a new camp offered this summer. Registration deadline is April 26th.

Trevian Girls Softball Association is seeking a few more 9/10 year old girls (4th/5th graders) interested in playing spring/summer softball. Contact Kelsey Lee at Klee@trevians.org for more information.

Trevian Juniors is a softball program for girls ages 6-10. Go to the website for tryout information.

Oakton Community College hosts summer STEAM camps and classes for students ages 8-12. Registration is now open.

Northwestern’s Center for Talent Development offers Weekend Enrichment Programs for students age 3 through 8th grade.

Love to sing? Youth Choral Theatre of Chicago offers a free vocal training class with flyer. Vocal classes available for children ages 4-18.

The Center Fitness Club schedule and various park district classes for children are posted. Wilmette Park

Wilmette Food Pantry is open every Tuesday 10:30-11:30 am at Trinity United Methodist Church.

All announcements to be included in the Harper Happenings should be sent to Liz Hayes 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 elizabeth.hayes78@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