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To All Harker Parents,
Upcoming Harker Parent Connect Events (see list below)
Welcome to the 2022-23 school year. It has been so wonderful to see all of you at our various Back-to-School events. Now that the school year is well underway, I wanted to remind you of 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 fulfilled children and young adults. 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 during the first half of the year. 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
jennifer.gargano@harker.org
408.249.2510
Harker and ISACS 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. Q&As with specific topics are included below.

Mon., Sept. 19 | 5-6:30 p.m. | Union Theater
Grade 6 Parents: Grade 6 Trip Information

Fri., Sept. 23 | 8-9 a.m. | Boynton Campus
Grade 6-12 parents especially, but open to all parents: LIFE Parent Coffee and Sept. 15 Common Ground Debriefing, with guest speaker from Prevention Solutions.
Details

Wed., Sept. 28 | 9:30 a.m. | Common Sense Media Webinar
Behind Their Screens: What Teens are Facing (and Adults are Missing)
Details and registration link.

Thurs., Sept. 29 | 4:30-5:30 p.m. | ISACS Parent Webinar
Thrivers: What Really Helps Kids Find Happiness Today & Success Tomorrow
Pre-registration required.

Thurs., Dec. 1 | 4:30-5:30 p.m. | ISACS Parent Webinar
Gift of Failure
Pre-registration required.
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. 15 | 7-8:15 p.m.
Good Inside: Parenting with Dr. Becky Kennedy

Wed., Oct. 12 | 7-8:15 p.m.
College Admissions in a Persistent Pandemic, a Panel Discussion with Femi Ogundele, in conversation with Tamar Adegbile

Wed., Nov. 9 | 7-8:15 p.m.
Parenting Tips and Tools for an Anxious, Uncertain World with Dr. Michelle Borba

Tues., Dec. 6 | 7-8:15 p.m.
Building Executive Functioning Skills with Ana Homayoun
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