I was moved by the feeling of community, support, and love at Back-to-School Night. It is a long day for teachers, but one that is so valuable for all of us. We truly enjoy talking to you about your children, and sharing the wonderful things that transpire in the classroom.
The theme of the year, and of my remarks last night, is TAKE FLIGHT. The theme has taken over the hallways, the conversations, and our mindset. To reiterate my remarks from last evening, the beginning of the year is a time to form bonds and connections, both with teachers and classmates. It is a time to get acclimated to the routine, the structure, the expectations of the classroom. It is a time to get ready to TAKE FLIGHT and make the best of the year.
However, not only is the start of a new year a place for beginnings, but the entire educational experience at Harbor is a beginning. The Harbor School is a place for beginning friendships, beginning to read, beginning to develop an interest in engineering, painting, writing...It is a place where children begin to develop independence, confidence, and learn from their mistakes.
The research is irrefutable. Children who have had a strong foundation in early childhood (ages 3-8) are better prepared for success when the accelerated demands of 3rd grade begin. They are better prepared academically, socially, and emotionally. The Foundation for Child Development has reported extensively on how this specific population of children is best served by teachers with broad knowledge and skills in early childhood development. This period is the first level of their education. It sets the stage for a lifetime of learning.
The Harbor School, a school dedicated to early childhood education, builds that strong foundation. The team of teachers here work hard to prepare your children to TAKE FLIGHT each day!