Harper Happenings

May 20th - May 24th

Coming Up/Reminders

Tuesday, May 21st

  • May Birthday lunch

Thursday, May 23rd

  • Spring Choral Concert, 6:30pm Harper auditorium

Thursday, May 30th

  • Harper Student Council Fun Fair, 3:15pm North Field
  • Reminder to bring your paper towels and toilet paper to the Fun Fair for the last Community Service drive of the year

Tuesday, June 4th

  • June/July Birthday lunch

Wednesday, June 5th

  • 4th Grade Farewell lunch

Thursday, June 6th

  • Field Day! (tug-o-war at 2:30)
  • Nora Night! 6:00pm

Thursday, June 13th

  • Last Day of School for Kindergarten students

Friday, June 14th

  • Last Day of School, 11:55am dismissal
  • 4th Grade Farewell Party, 3p-5p

*2019-2020 SAVE THE DATE*

Sunday, September 22nd

  • Harper Hoedown (Raindate: Sunday, September 29th)

Dr. Kick's Corner

I want to thank all of the PTO executive and committee chairs. The hours that you give to Harper are very much appreciated. Your time, talent and positive energy facilitate the education that our students receive. THANK YOU!

The monthly Board of Education meeting is Monday, May 20th 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.

  • Student Recognition
  • CRC Reports
  • Fiscal Year 2020 Tentative Budget

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. www.harperpto.com

Dr. Kick Retirement Ice Cream Celebration!

  • Please join us for an ice cream social celebration for Dr. Kick on Tuesday, June 4th in the Harper Garden/playground area from 3:20 - 4:30.
  • Dr Kick’s retirement note basket: A collection basket is located in the front lobby for dropping off any farewell notes, pictures, gifts or retirement messages to Dr. Kick. These messages will be presented to Dr Kick on June 4th at the Ice Cream social.


  • SCHOOL KIT ORDERING EXTENDED DEADLINE! The school kit ordering deadline has been extended through next Friday, May 24th. Don't miss out, order your supplies today by visiting www.edukitinc.com and typing in Harper to begin your order. Once your order is complete, you will receive a confirmation email and your student’s kit will be waiting for them in their classroom on the first day of school. To order for another District 39 school, simply go to www.edukitinc.com and enter the school name to find the supplies for that school. A portion of the sales from each school kit will be donated to the Harper PTO. Questions? Contact Erica Lockwood at schoolkits@harperpto.com

A message from the PTO Treasurer

  • Attention all PTO committee members - Please submit any outstanding expenses for the school year ASAP. You will need a signed expense voucher and a receipt. Place all completed expense vouchers in the Treasurer Folder in the front lobby. If you have any questions, contact Annie O'Brien at annieobrien@sbcglobal.net. Thank you!


  • Order Before They're Only A Memory!
  • Harper Elementary School has ordered a limited number of extra yearbooks for late purchases. Act fast as these will go quickly! Click here to order. Not sure if you've ordered already? Go to www.jostensyearbooks.com and select "My Orders" or call Jostens at 877-767-5217

Destination Imagination (DI)

  • Are you curious about DI? Come to an informational presentation to find out what Destination Imagination (DI) is all about!

  • DI is a team-based creative problem solving program for kids grades K-12. This year, 13 Harper teams competed in the DI tournament here in Wilmette.

  • There are several identical, 1-hr info presentations to choose from:
  • 5/17, 9am -McKenzie
  • 5/30, 7pm -TBD
  • 6/4, 7pm -McKenzie
  • 6/7, 9am - Central

Cub Scouts

  • Join Cub Scouts Pack 8! Come and learn more at our Pack's Info Night (for parents only).

  • All Boys Entering Grades K-5, you and your family are invited to join the fun and excitement of Scouting in Pack 8. The Pack 8 Cub Scout program is modified to work with your family’s busy schedule. Scouts offer educational activities designed to assist parents in building character, developing good citizenship and strengthening physical fitness in youth. It is fun with a purpose!

  • Parents, please come find out more at the following information session hosted at The Dill’s home: Wednesday, May 29, 7:00-8:00pm – 2206 Elmwood Ave.
  • Please contact: cubmaster@packeight.com
  • Check out our website at http://www.packeight.com

Harper Hoedown

  • The Harper Hoedown Is In Need of a Graphic Designer!
  • Planning has begun for the 2019 Harper Hoedown and the Committee is seeking the talents of a graphic designer to create new designs for the event! If you or someone you know is interested in helping with the updating of signage and flyers please contact Noela Scarano at 678-525-6357 or noelascarano@gmail.com .

Highcrest Room Parents

  • Have a 4th grader moving to Highcrest next year? Then here's your chance to sign up to be a room parent in advance! By signing up with the below link, you'll get first dibs to sign up to be room parent for your student's class. Being a room parent at Highcrest is a great way to get to know parents and students from the other D39 schools and is less of a time commitment than in elementary school. Check it out and sign up HERE.

Fun Fair

  • Harper Fun Fair will be Thursday May 30th from 3:15-4:15pm on Harper North Field. There is no rain date. Adult supervision is required. Tickets can be purchased in advance starting Monday, May 20th. Tickets are $5.00 per child. Sponsored by Harper Student Council and ticket donations will benefit local charities. We are looking for parent donations for small prizes to raffle off during Fun Fair. Some ideas include: stuffed animals, lego set, fidget cube, Rubix cube, Pokemon or sports trading cards, board games, or small gift cards for Homer’s or local restaurants. If you would like to donate a prize, please send to Harper, c/o Rachel Mor by Friday, May 17th. Contact Rachel Mor (morr@wilmette39.org) or Kate Cummings (cummingk@wilmette39.org) for questions.

Community Service Corner & News

  • We are gearing up for our final community service drive of the school year! We will be collecting rolls of paper towels and toilet paper to help stock the shelves at Connections for the Homeless. We will do this in conjunction with the Harper Fun Fair on Thursday, May 30! Please plan to bring 1-2 rolls wrapped paper towels or a 4-pack of wrapped toilet paper to the fun fair or during the week leading up to it. Bins will be available outside of classrooms.

  • During the Fun Fair, students, led by student council reps, will be constructing a building-wide tower of toilet paper and paper towels so the students can see their donations!

  • If you are able to help us out and drive some of the donated items after the Fun Fair to the Connections office in North Evanston please let Laura know at ljbgeiger@gmail.com

  • Thank you in advance for your support of this drive and for your support of our drives throughout the year!

  • 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

Wilmette Fire Department will have a fire engine dedication ceremony at Fire Station #26, 1304 Lake Avenue on Saturday, May 18th from 10:00 - 12:00 noon. Join this family fun event with raffles and giveaways.

Winnetka Youth Organization hosts Junior Game Night for 7th - 12th graders on Friday, May 24th 6:00-9:00 pm.

Wilmette Baseball Association has opened Summer League Registration for students in Kindergarten - 3 grades.

Wilmette Historical Museum hosts Summer Scavenger Hunt June 17 - August 4th.

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.

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 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