Harper Happenings

September 23-27 2019

What's Happening

Important Upcoming Dates-

  • **Harper Hoedown: September 29**

  • Enrichment: Kindergarten- September 26th. Third grade- September 23/24th. First Grade- October 2nd and 3rd

  • PASS39 Morning Coffee to Connect Parents: October 2nd, 9:30-11:00 AM RSVP HERE
  • Taffy Apples: October 2nd and 3rd
  • Book Fair: October 21-23

  • Harper Parent Social: November 1

  • NO SCHOOL DAYS: 9/30, 10/9, 10/14

  • Environmental Awareness week: Mid October

  • PTO General Meeting at Harper: Wednesday, September 25th @9am. Special presentation on Nora Night

  • PTO General Meeting at Harper: Thursday, November 14 at 9am, in the school auditorium. District 39 Superintendent Kari Cremascoli will be our guest speaker.

Principal's Message

Hello Harper Parents/Guardians,

I owe every staff member and student a huge thank you for welcoming me back this week. After taking a few weeks off to be with my new daughter, Ellie Bea, it has been an exciting week back. I have had the chance to walk in and out of every classroom throughout the week and I love seeing all the energy, the discussions, and the hard work taking place. Most of all, each classroom is continuing to build their community and set the foundation for the year ahead.

This week I have learned so much from listening to the students talk about their school year. They have shared what they are currently working on and their favorite activities to date. I encourage you to talk to your child about how their first month went. Ask for details!

I look forward to seeing you this Sunday at the Harper Hoedown. Let’s hope for great weather. Have a nice weekend!


A few highlights from this week at Harper:

  • Osmo Tuesdays began in the Learning Commons

  • 3rd graders had their first field trip to the Prairie

  • Kindergarteners had their first field trip Emily Oaks Nature Center

  • All students ran through our annual bus evacuation drill

  • August/September birthday lunch celebration took place

Thornwood Ave Notification:

The Village of Wilmette is happy to inform you that an infrastructure improvement

project begin on Thornwood Avenue on Wednesday, September 25. The

2019 Sewer Repair Program will replace a storm sewer manhole and two curb inlets on

Thornwood at the intersection with Cleveland Street. Thornwood Avenue will be closed to through traffic at the intersection with Cleveland Street and is scheduled to last about 5 days.

Harper Hoedown

Howdy Y'all, just a reminder that the Harper Hoedown has been rescheduled for Sunday, September 29th. Thank you all for your understanding in our endeavor to make this a fun and safe family event.

We hope to see you all there this weekend! We still need more volunteers, so please consider an hour-long shift for next Sunday. Sign up to volunteer at the link below:

Harper Hoedown 2019 Volunteer Signup *Rain Date*


Sunday September 29th - 11:30a.m. - 2:00p.m.

We are planning on a lot of fun with games, pony rides, bounce houses, and zip line and more!


If you purchased tickets online, they will be available at will-call on the 29th

Did not purchase tickets online? Event and food tickets will be available for purchase at the door, credit card or cash accepted, the cost is $17 for children 5 and over $12 for adults.

Support for the Wilmette Food Pantry

Do not forget your canned goods for the Wilmette Food Pantry - receive 5 prize tickets!

Buy tickets at the event (this is cash only) for the 50/50 raffle at the event proceeds go to the Wilmette food pantry.

See you there!

Hoedown Committee


  • Kids Climate Rally THIS FRIDAY, September 20 in Wilmette that is being organized by some students from McKenzie and Highcrest. It's for kids who want to be involved in the Global Youth Climate Strike but who can't take the time off from school. The rally will take place from 4:00-5:00 PM outside Trinity Church at the corner of Lake and Wilmette Avenues. It's for youth (adults can come too!) There will be rallying, crafts, youth speakers and information about climate change solutions. This is a positive and peaceful rally by kids for kids, but all generations are welcome.

  • We invite the school community to attend our first PTO General Meeting for this school year, on Wednesday, September 25, at 9am in the school auditorium.

    Special guest Jesse Kerber will present on The Nora Project. Come find out why this project is so special also learn how to download the school calendar to your iPhone!!

  • Back by popular demand...Taffy Apples!!! Don't miss out on this Fall tradition! Delicious taffy apples will be for sale for $2 on October 2nd and 3rd after school in front of Harper. All proceeds go to the Harper PTO.

  • Fall Box Tops Competition! Turn in box tops with the sheet you received in your student's backpack by Monday, October 13th to help Harper raise money for the Harper Maker Space! Each box top raises $0.10! The student who turns in the most box tops will win a $10 Amazon gift card. Also, paper box tops are phasing out and you will begin to see that box tops are going digital. Please visit btfe.com and download the app! Products HERE

  • Harper Parent Social: Book your sitters and buy your tickets, this year's Parent Social will be held at A. Perry Homes in Downtown Wilmette. $50 a ticket gets you drinks, appetizers and a chance to mix and mingle with fellow Harper parents- always a lot of fun and we are hoping for a great turnout! Link to buy tickets: http://harperpto.com/category/events/parent-social/

  • Enrichment:
  • Kindergarten classes will be going to the Emily Oaks Nature Center on September 26th for the"Time for Wonder" program. Guided by an Emily Oaks Timekeeper, students will use special tools in four fun activities designed to develop sensory awareness of the natural world. Thank you to iGNITE!
  • Third Graders will be visiting Lake Forest Open Lands September 23rd and 24th. The students will have a hands-on experience exploring the prairie ecosystem. This program is made possible by iGNITE!
  • First Graders- Wilmette Library Tour and storytime! Please send your child with library cards if they have them. McCann and Mor classes will be going on 10/2 and Ballard and Brown classes will be going on 10/3.

  • Stock the Teacher's Lounge! New spots have opened up. Please see the link below to sign up.


Thank you so much to those of you who have already donated to iGNITE! We are currently at 55% (229 students) participation. If you have not donated, it is not too late. There are 2 ways to donate:
1. Click on link: http://harperpto.com/ignite-donation/
2. Drop off a check in the iGNITE! Folder in the Harper Lobby. Please make the check payable to Harper PTO and include your child's name on the check.

iGNITE! is our annual fundraiser at Harper. The money you donate, directly funds guest speakers, scientist, authors and field trips to enrich our children's curriculum.

If you have any questions or can’t remember if you made a donation, please reach out to Jill Huebsch. jillhuebsch@gmail.com

Community News

  • Wilmette Historical Museum hosts Auto Historica XVI, Rockin’ the 60’s on September 22nd from 12:00 - 3:00 pm

  • Family Action Network (FAN) hosts NY Times Staff Writer, Emily Bazelon, and her book, "Charge: The New Movement to Transform American Prosecution and End Mass Incarceration" on September 26th at 7:00 pm at Evanston Township HS Auditorium

  • Rotary Club of Wilmette is hosting its annual BIG BOOK DRIVE October 1st - November 16th at all D39 schools. Start saving your gently used books!

  • 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 Kelly Maggio 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 kwmaggio@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