TRADITIONS, OLD AND NEW 
December 19, 2019

Dear Harbor Families,

The month of December often brings to mind warm memories, traditions, and gatherings with family and friends. In our classrooms this month, students have learned about celebrations and traditions from our families who have come in to share artifacts, food, and stories from their family culture.

You probably recall an email I sent earlier this month, sharing the sad news of the passing of one of Harbor’s founders, Marti Jacobs. In the conversations I had with Marti over the past year and a half, I was sure to ask her many questions about Harbor during its early years - the program, the teachers, and the traditions that were a part of the fabric of our community back then. One such tradition that Marti shared was a special project that the students did every year just before winter break. They made paper chains, with one link representing each day that they would be away from school during the break. At home, the kids would remove one link each day to count down the days until school begins again. 

In honor of Marti, and of Harbor’s rich history, the students will be making paper chains today and tomorrow to bring home, with 16 links - one for each day of winter vacation. In this way, they can have a visual to show how much time has passed and how much longer they have to wait to see their friends and teachers again!

And a new Harbor tradition… last year and this, our faculty and staff have sung to our students with a new version of a winter favorite. This year, we entertained them with “Walking in a Harbor Wonderland”! The words are below for your family’s singing pleasure!

I wish you a warm holiday season and wonderful winter break, and see you in the new year!

Warm regards,

Leah Musico

Head of School

The Harbor School

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