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To All Harker Parents,
Upcoming Harker Parent Connect Events (see list below)
Welcome to the 2021-22 school year. It has been exhilarating for faculty and students to once again be on campus and reconnect in person. While this past year brought many changes, a constant that continues to remain 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.

As more events are scheduled, we will add them to our HPC listings. In the meantime, below are our Harker Parent Connect events through October. Also here are the current slate of presenters for the Peninsula-based Common Ground Speaker Series, and webinars presented by the Independent Schools Association of the Central States (ISACS). Harker is a member school of the Common Ground consortium and ISACS, 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, Academic 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. Registration links are on the calendar and will be in the emails you will receive before each Q&A that is relevant to you.

Thurs., Sept. 30 | 5:30-6:30 p.m. | In person with remote option (details coming soon)
Grade 12 Parents: Graduation Night Information

Mon., Nov. 8 | 7-8 p.m. | Remote (details coming soon)
Grade 8 Parents: Transitioning to the Upper School

Fri., Jan. 7 | 9-10 a.m. | In person (details coming soon)
Grade 5 Parents: Q&A and Step-Up Information
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. 23 | 7-8:15 p.m.
“Parenting Past the Pandemic: A Guide to Returning to School
Dr. Tanya Altmann & Dr. Damon Korb in conversation

Tues., Oct. 12 | 7-8:15 p.m.
“The Essentials of Executive Functioning”
Adele Diamond, Ph.D., in conversation with Vivien Kiel, Ph.D.

Thurs., Oct. 28 | 7-8:15 p.m.
“Radical Empathy: Finding a Path to Bridging Racial Divides”
Terri Givens, Ph.D., in conversation with Rosetta Lee

Wed. Nov. 10 | 7-8:15 p.m.
“Eat to Beat Depression: Nutrition and Mental Health”
Dr. Drew Ramsey

Tues., Nov. 16 | 7-8:15 p.m.
“A Broader Look at Protective Factors Against Childhood Depression”
Dr. Shashank Joshi and Dr. Amy Heneghan

Tues., Dec. 7 | 7-8:15 p.m.
“Building Resilience: Preparing our Teens to Thrive in Uncertain Times”
Madeline Levine, Ph.D.
ISACS Webinars
Beginning Tues., Sept. 28
Four-part series on a variety of topics. See full information for instructions. If you are not able to make the live presentation, the taped webinar is available to you until Jan. 31, 2022.
  • Tuesday, Sept. 28 “What Learning about Racial Inequity can Teach Us All”
  • Tues., Oct. 26 “The Family Firm: Data and Decisions”
  • Tues., Nov. 9 “Why Your Child’s Social, Emotional and Academic Well Being Begins at Home”
  • Tues., Dec. 7 “Electronic Cigarettes and Vaping: What Parents Should Know”

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