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To All Harker Parents,
Upcoming Harker Parent Connect Events (see list below)
Welcome to the 2020-21 school year. While the year has brought many changes, a constant that remains is our Harker Parent Connect series.

Harker frequently hosts, sponsors or shares parent education events for our families to learn about and discuss important topics relevant to the raising of informed, healthy and happy children. These Harker Parent Connect events are noted in the main school calendar as “(HPC).” You can customize your calendar settings to select the HPC sub-calendar, 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. Attendance at these events is optional. For more social opportunities organized by grade level parents, look for the “Parent-Organized Events” in the calendar denoted with a little puzzle piece icon. Also keep an eye out for “Social Club” events, a new program this year to keep you further connected with each other.

As more events are scheduled, we will add them to our HPC listings. In the meantime, below are our Harker Parent Connect events through December, as well as the current slate of presenters for the Peninsula-based Common Ground Speaker Series. Harker is a member school of the Common Ground consortium, so all presentations are free to you.

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 Academic Affairs
jennifer.gargano@harker.org
408.249.2510


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. Registration links are on the calendar and will be in the emails you will receive before each Q&A that is relevant to you.

Wed., Sept. 30 | 6:30-7:30 p.m.
K-5 Parents: “First, Adjust Your Own N95 Mask!” with Beth Proudfoot

Wed., Sept. 30 | 6-7 p.m.
Grade 12 Parents: Parent College Night

Wed., Oct. 14 | 6:30-7:30 p.m.
K-5 Parents: “Is Sheltering in Place Creating a Powder Keg at Your House?” with Beth Proudfoot

Wed., Oct. 28 | 6:30-7:30 p.m.
K-5 Parents: “Managing Conflict at Home” with Beth Proudfoot

Mon., Nov. 9 | 5:30-6:30 p.m.
Grade 8 Parents: Transitioning into the Upper School
Common Ground Events
For details on all Common Ground events this season, and to register to receive the Zoom links, visit the Common Ground website.
Thurs., Sept. 17 | 4-5:15 p.m.
“Just Breathe: Peaceful Parents, Happy Kids”
Laura Markham, Ph.D. with Scott Erickson, Head of School, Phillips Brooks School

Tues., Sept. 22 | 7-8:30 p.m.
“Pandemic Impact: College Admissions in the Time of COVID-19”
Panel moderator: Kelly Sortino, Head of School, Crystal Springs Uplands School
Panel: Angel B. Perez, Ph.D., CEO, NACAC; Lisa Przekop, admissions director, UCSB; Jeff Selingo, author, “Who Gets In and Why: A Year in College Admissions”; Rick Weissbourd, Ed.D., Making Caring Common Project

Thurs., Oct. 8 | 7-8:15 p.m.
“From Chaos to Calm: Building Teen Resilience & Agency”
Laura Kastner, Ph.D. with Nanci Kauffman, Head of School, Castilleja School

Tues., Oct. 20 | 4-5:15 p.m.
“We Need to Talk: How to Have Conversations that Matter”
Celeste Headlee, author, “We Need to Talk,” and Ted Talk speaker

Tues., Nov. 10 | 4-5:15 p.m.
“Raising Anti-Racist Kids: Activating the Next Generation”
Beverly Daniel Tatum, Ph.D. with Allison Briscoe-Smith, Ph.D.

Tues., Dec. 8 | 7-8:15 p.m.
“Underslept and Idle: The Transformative Effects of Sleep & Movement”
Matthew Walker, Ph.D. with Kelly McGonigal, Ph.D.
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