“There are many little ways to enlarge your world. Love of books is the best of all.” ― Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis
Dear Harbor Families,
When I searched “quotes about books” for a compelling start to this week’s letter, it was difficult to choose just one. After a fair amount of deliberation, I chose one by Jackie Kennedy Onassis that illustrates how important it is to cultivate a true love of books. Whether your child is a pre-reader, an emergent or beginning reader, or at a proficient level, it’s our responsibility as educators and parents to cultivate the joy of reading that will help our children continue to “enlarge their worlds” throughout their lives.
On Sunday, we’ll kick off a week of celebrating the joy of reading with a long-standing tradition at Harbor - the annual Book Fair and Pajama Party! Keep your eyes out for an email Sunday with a link to our virtual book fair, which will include an introductory video that will challenge you, together, to search the site with two types of books in mind. Mirror books mirror back aspects of your life, culture, or interests, while window books open the door (or window) to new perspectives, knowledge, and ideas. Finding a balance of both types of books is a purposeful way to encourage self-understanding, identity, empathy, and perspective-taking - all important life skills.
On Wednesday evening, our book fair will culminate in pajama parties in the parking lot, complete with teacher readers, a fire pit, and s’mores (Have you ordered yours yet? Today is the last day to order!). We hope you will join us at your child’s grade level’s scheduled time, and bring a blanket and picnic dinner to enjoy this celebration of “the love of books” together. Pajamas are encouraged for all members of the family!
And while I’m on the subject, let’s all remember the many benefits of reading for pleasure as adults - whether you prefer hardcover, paperback, tablet, audiobook, or another form. If you’re anything like me, you may feel that taking time to do something for yourself falls to the bottom of the list on many days. Here’s a reminder for all of us - modeling reading for our kids is sending a powerful message and will influence them for years to come. (Note to self... Saturday morning plans confirmed.)
Thank you to our HSPA and especially to Amelia Gunter, Melanie Pellegrini, and Dana Wancjer for their efforts in hosting this year’s special events! We look forward to a meaningful and fun week ahead.
Head of School