Dear Harbor Families,
I’ll say what I think we’re all thinking - How did this year go by so quickly?
With the design expertise of Kristina Harsanyi and the photography of the talented Andrea Zuraf, we have been busy in the admin office producing our Connections magazine, highlighting a year of student and professional learning, joyful experiences, and community at Harbor. For us, it’s been an opportunity to reflect, a labor of love to highlight the true labor of love - a school year full of growth for our students!
We have combed through photos - the first day of school, our Thanksgiving performance, that exciting day when Calvin was featured in the morning news, our collaboration with KID Museum, our first Little Sailors class, all school morning meetings, Spiral Night, the Auction, our Spring Musical, and so many more special Harbor moments. So many times, as we’ve tried to decide which photo to include in a certain layout, we have remarked to each other how very different the kids look from earlier in the school year until now.
What a difference a year makes. Those faces in the images look different because they are! From preschool to grade two, all of our students have made great strides in academic, social/emotional, and physical growth. They have become more skilled, more confident, and more themselves than ever before. They are ready for the next step in their learning.
Tomorrow, our bright, inquisitive, self-assured second graders will be officially setting sail from our safe Harbor, will-prepared for the journey ahead. They are ready for the challenges of the future, after years of learning with us. Moving up to third grade is significant; it’s a time when children’s identities are more fully developing, along with a growing independence and sense of responsibility. Along with a supportive and challenging academic experience, our students have had daily opportunities for leadership, collaborative problem solving, and self-expression. They are more than prepared, and we are proud of them. I have a feeling there won’t be a dry eye in the house tomorrow morning.
Once the tissues are used up at our ceremony tomorrow morning, and the pizza boxes recycled after the afternoon picnic, we’ll all take a big breath and head into our summers. Whether we will see your family at Camp Harbor or around town, or if you are starting your own journey out of town, I wish you a summer full of continued growth!
Head of School
The Harbor School