Harper Happenings

October 1st - October 5th

What's Happening

This week is Environmental Week at Harper School!

Tuesday, October 2nd

  • Picture Retake Day

Wednesday, October 3rd

  • Walk to School Day!

Thursday, October 4th

Dr. Kick's Corner

  • Thank you for your assistance and cooperation with our Friday early dismissal procedures! We truly appreciate your adherence to accessing the playgrounds, blacktop and fields after 3:15 pm.

  • This article includes the basics about routines, why routines are good for children and parents, what makes a daily good routine, and ideas for the routines of children and families.When children know what to expect they are often more confident and less anxious. Structured and consistent wake-up and bed-time routines facilitate smooth transitions for school. Known routines facilitate novel life-experiences that a family might encounter. Don’t forget to have down-time for your children.

Coming Up/Reminders

Monday, October 8th

  • No School - Columbus Day

Wednesday and Thursday, October 10th and 11th

  • Taffy Apple Sale

Sunday, October 14th

  • Harper Hoedown raindate

Monday, October 22nd - Wednesday, October 24th

  • Harper Book Fair

Monday, October 29th

  • PASS39 Evening Education at MEC, 7pm-8:30pm
  • Topic: ADHD

Wednesday, October 31st

  • 1st-4th Halloween parade 9:00 am (kindergarten parade details coming soon)
  • Early release grades 1-4: 8:35-11:55 am
  • No afternoon kindergarten
  • AM kindergarten 8:35-10:00

Friday, November 2nd

  • Annual PTO Parent Party, A. Perry Homes Event Space, 7pm

Wednesday, November 7th

  • D39 Education Foundation Attire to Aspire Fashion Show, 7-9pm

Thursday, November 8th and Friday, November 9th

  • No School - Parent/Teacher Conferences

Wednesday, November 14th

  • General PTO Meeting, 9am. Guest Speaker: District 39 Superintendent, Dr. Ray Lechner


  • The Harper Book Fair is right around the corner…

    All purchases benefit Harper School!

    Harper Learning Commons

    Monday, October 22 8:30am – 5pm

    Tuesday, October 23 8:30am – 7pm

    Wednesday, October 24 8:30am – 5pm
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  • Yee-haw! The Harper Hoedown is THIS SUNDAY, 11:30–2:30pm!

    The 15th Annual Harper Hoedown takes place on Sunday, 11:30AM–2:30PM at Harper. All are welcome so spread the word to your non-Harper friends. We have new games and activities this year. Come hungry, we have lunch items for sale. And don’t forget to check out the Hoedown Raffle. For more information, visit the HoedownPage. If you’ve already bought tickets, check in at Will Call to pick up your wristbands and/or food & raffle tickets.

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  • We need 10 more volunteers. Sign up and get in free.

    We’re still searching for 10 kind-hearted parents to help out at the Hoedown. This year parent volunteers get in free! Click here to register for a time slot. If you’ve already volunteered, check in at the Volunteer table when you arrive to pick up your volunteer wristband.

  • Attention 4th Graders! This is the LAST WEEK to submit your artwork for the 2019 Yearbook Cover Contest!

    Download the attached Rules PDF, print out the template and follow the rules closely. Turn in your cover art to the front office by 10/5/18. The winner not only gets their design featured on the cover, he or she also wins a free yearbook! Second place gets to be on the back cover.

iGNITE! Enrichment Information

Thank you to iGNITE! for the following Enrichment Experiences!

  • Attention 1st Grade Parents!! The first graders will be taking a field trip to the Wilmette Public Library on October 2nd (Ballard & Brown) and October 4th (McCann and Mor). They will have an orientation to the library and book check out procedures. Parents should have received information and a library card application on curriculum night and are encouraged to bring the application to the Library prior to their child's trip to get a card to bring with them on their scheduled date.

  • The first enrichment activity for 4th grade is coming up on October 10th. Plate tectonics will be explored inside the Earth Balloon.

  • All field trips are made possible by your contributions to iGNITE!

Harper's Green Corner

Harper Environmental Week 2018 Activities

Monday, Oct 1: Recycling Sorting Quiz at recess: Test your knowledge of what goes where

Tuesday, Oct 2: Break It Down Quiz at recess- how long does it take for an item to decompose?

"Upcycle" Halloween craft event in the Harper Garden 3:15-4pm with the Garden and Environmental Awareness Committee. Adults welcome.

Wednesday, Oct 3: Walk/Bike to School Day Meet ups on designated routes start at 8:05 and 8:10. (SEE MAP)

Thursday, Oct 4: Cafeteria Waste Free Challenge – the grade who uses the least amount of waste wins extra recess

Friday, Oct 5: National Park Registry: who has been where and where do you want to go?

Walk/Bike to School Map for Wednesday, Oct 3, 2018

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The first week in October is Environmental Week at Harper with a variety of fun activities focusing on sharing knowledge from recycling to reducing. The week will kick off with an ongoing collection drive of dried out markers (highlighters and dry erase markers included) which will be recycled via Crayola and plastic caps which will be “upcycled” for an art installation later in the year. Both have separate collection bins by the front office.

And in that upcycling spirit, there will be a fun Halloween craft with tin cans after school on Tuesday, October 2 in the Harper Garden thanks to the Garden Committee.

Wednesday, October 3rd will be our Walk/Bike to School event to reduce our carbon footprint. Please see the map for chosen routes. Thursday will a cafeteria waste free challenge between grades 1-4. The grade with the least lunchroom waste wins extra recess!

And lastly, we will continue to encourage stewardship. We all need to take care of our land and be more respectful of what we leave behind. Recent popsicle parties at Thornwood left an abundance of wrappers and popsicle sticks. Let’s make a collective pledge to leave a place better than when we found it. To that end, did you know that fourth graders and their families can visit national parks for FREE? Here’s how! https://everykidinapark.gov/ On Friday, we will catalog which parks students (grades 1-4) have already visited.

Questions? Suggestions? Please email environmental@harperpto.com. Thank you!

FAN (Family Action Network)

Upcoming dates...

Monday, October 1st: Carol Anderson, Ph.D. Professor at Emory University on "One Person, No Vote: Examining the History of Voter Suppression" at 7PM Evanston Township High School Auditorium 1600 Dodge Ave., Evanston, IL 60201 The event will not be recorded. Free and open to the public.

Community News

Here are the events for this week ~

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

Wilmette Rotary Club is running its annual BIG BOOK DRIVE at all District 39 schools from October 1st through November 15th.

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

All are welcome to join in the festivities at Harper Elementary School's Hoedown on Sunday, September 30th, 11:30 - 2:30.

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