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To All Harker Parents,
Upcoming Harker Parent Connect Events (see list below)
Here are the spring offerings for 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 the end of the school year, 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.

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 semester
These sessions are a chance to have your questions answered by various faculty, staff or administrators, and mingle virtually 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., Feb. 4 | 6-6:45 p.m.
Grade 8-12 Parents: “Sex 101,” led by Justine Ang Fonte, M.Ed., MPH, director of health and wellness at The Dalton School. Register here.

Fri., Feb. 5 | 8-9 a.m.
Post-Presentation Discussion with Jane Keller and Melinda Gonzales (“Sex 101”). Register here.

Tues., March 16 | 8:15-9:15 a.m.
Grade 3 Q&A and Elementary Division Orientation. Register here.

Fri., April 16 | 5-6 p.m.
Grade 6-12 Parents: “Body Positivity,” with Justine Ang Fonte, M.Ed., MPH, director of health and wellness at The Dalton School, and counselors Melinda Gonzales and Caitlin MacCalla. Register here.

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., Jan. 14 | 7-8:15 p.m.
“Designing Your Family Life: Reframing College (and Your Kids!)”
Dave Evans and Kathy Davies, Stanford Life Design Lab

Fri., Jan. 15 | 8-9 a.m.
Post-Common Ground Discussion with Jane Keller and Melinda Gonzales (“Designing Your Family Life”). Register here.

Tues., Feb. 9 | 7-8:15 p.m.
“Future Ready Kids: Raising the Bar on Critical Thinking”
Colin Seale, educator, lawyer, author, with Ralph Wales, interim head of school, St. Matthew’s Episcopal School

Tues., Feb. 23 | 7-8:15 p.m.
“The Price You Pay for College: An Entirely New Road Map”
Ron Lieber, author, with Katherine Georgiev, principal, Presentation High School

Thurs., Feb. 25 | 4-5:15 p.m.
“Financial Literacy 101: Raising Kids Who are Grounded, Generous, and Smart About Money”
Ron Lieber, author, with Mark Silver, Ph.D., head of school, Hillbrook School

Fri., Feb. 26 | 8-9 a.m.
Post-Common Ground Discussion with Jane Keller and Melinda Gonzales (“Financial Literacy 101”). Register here.

Thurs., March 18 | 7-8:15 p.m.
“COVID and Chronic Stress: Healthy Coping with Long-Term Pandemic Impacts”
Robert M. Sapolsky, Ph.D. and Nadine Burke Harris, M.D., MPH, California Surgeon General; moderated by Fumiko Hoeft, M.D., Ph.D.

Fri., March 19 | 8-9 a.m.
Post-Common Ground Discussion with Jane Keller and Melinda Gonzales (“COVID and Chronic Stress”). Register here.

Thurs., April 29 | 7-8:15 p.m.
“CHC Partner Event: Supporting Learning Differences While Distance Learning”
Children’s Health Council experts; moderated by Deborah Reber, author

Fri. April 30 | 9:30-10:30 a.m.
Post-Common Ground Discussion with Jane Keller and Melinda Gonzales (“CHC Partner Event”). Register here.

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“The Future of Distance Learning”
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