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To All Harker Parents,
Upcoming Harker Parent Connect Events (see list below)
Welcome to a new school year. I hope it began with all the excitement and joy that a new school year generally elicits.

I am excited to introduce you to Harker Parent Connect. Harker frequently hosts, sponsors or shares parent education events for our families to learn about and discuss important topics relevant to the raising of healthy, happy children. These events are now being called Harker Parent Connect events, and are noted in the main school calendar as “(HPC).” You can also customize your calendar settings to select the HPC subcalendar, and then you’ll be able to see them all at a glance.

We will send periodic Harker Parent Connect emails to all families with the dates compiled for the coming months so you can plan ahead. Details about these events are in the calendar item and/or will be outlined in emails. As always, attendance at these events is optional. (For more social opportunities, look for the “Parent-Organized Events” in the calendar denoted with a little puzzle piece icon. Those events are organized by and for the grade level parents and families to socialize.)

This fall, enjoy these opportunities to connect with the school and other parents, to help our children thrive.

I wish everyone a wonderful start to the year. Do not hesitate to let me know if you have any questions.

Jennifer Gargano
Assistant Head of School for Student Affairs
Harker Events
Grade-level Q&As | throughout the fall
These sessions are a chance to have your questions answered by various faculty, staff or administrators, and mingle with fellow parents. You will receive emails before each Q&A relevant to you.

Thurs., Sept. 19 | 8:30-10 a.m. | Bucknall Gym
K-1 Parents: “Trail Blazing Parenting” with Beth Proudfoot

Mon., Sept. 23 | 5-6:30 p.m. | Blackford Multipurpose Room
Grade 6 Parents: Trip Orientation and Q&A

Tues., Sept. 24 | 8:30-10 a.m. | Bucknall Gym
Grade 2-3 Parents: “Trail Blazing Parenting” with Beth Proudfoot

Thurs., Oct. 10 | 5:30-6:30 p.m. | Saratoga, Nichols Hall Auditorium
Grade 12 Parents: Graduation Information Night

Thurs., Oct. 17 | 8:15-9 a.m. | Blackford, Multipurpose Room
Grade 11 Parents: Pre-LIFE Session Coffee, “Setting Boundaries for Healthy Relationships”

Wed., Oct. 23 | 6 p.m. | Saratoga, Nichols Hall Auditorium
K-Grade 12 Parents: “How to Foster Youth Resilience and Positive Well-Being” with Dr. Andrea Letamendi

Fri., Oct. 25 | 8:15-9 a.m. | Blackford, Multipurpose Room
K-Grade 12 Parents: Follow-Up Discussion for Oct. 23 Andrea Letamendi Talk

Mon., Nov. 11 | 8:30-9:30 a.m. | Saratoga, Rothschild Performing Arts Center
Grade 8 Parents: Q&A and Upper School Information

Fri., Nov. 15 | 8:15-9 a.m. | Blackford, Multipurpose Room
Grade 12 Parents: Post-LIFE Session Coffee, “Alumni Q&A”

Fri., Jan. 10 | 8:30-9:30 a.m. | Blackford Multipurpose Room
Grade 5 Parents: Q&A and Step-Up Information
Common Ground Events
Tue., Sept. 17 | 7 p.m. | Junipero Serra High School, San Mateo
StarVista: Navigating the Tides of Adolescence Panel (with Rachael Myrow of KQED and Julie Lythcott-Haims)

Thurs., Oct. 3 | 7 p.m. | Menlo School, Atherton
Paul Tough in Conversation with Denise Pope – The Years That Matter Most: How College Makes or Breaks Us

Tues., Oct. 15 | 9:30 a.m. | Saint Andrew’s Episcopal School, Saratoga
Tues., Oct. 15 | 7 p.m. | St. Matthew’s Episcopal Day School, San Mateo
Lynn Lyons, LICSW: Anxious Kids, Anxious Parents

Tues., Oct. 22 | 7 p.m. | Bellarmine College Prepatory, San Jose
The LIKE Movie: A Documentary about the Impact of Social Media on our Lives

Mon., Nov. 4 | 7 p.m. | Woodside Elementary, Woodside
Common Sense Media – The New Normal: Parents, Teens, Screens and Sleep, with Michael Robb, Ph.D.

Tues., Nov. 12 | 7 p.m. | Menlo School, Atherton
Rich Karlgaard – Late Bloomers: Patience for Alternative Paths

Tues., Dec. 10 | 9:30 a.m. | The Nueva School, San Mateo
Tues., Dec. 10 | 7 p.m. | Sacred Heart Schools, Atherton
Lisa Damour, Ph.D. – Under Pressure: Confronting Stress and Anxiety in Girls
Harker is a member of Common Ground, so all events are free to Harker parents. No RSVP is necessary. Non-member guests are welcome to attend for $20 at the door. Light refreshments are available 30 minutes prior to each event. Speakers’ books, if applicable, are available for purchase in cooperation with Books Inc.

For details on all Common Ground events this season, visit the Common Ground webpage. And check out their reading list so you can better prepare for each.
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