SPIRAL NIGHT! 
February 23, 2023

Dear Harbor Families,

We are excited to welcome you tonight for Spiral Night, a Harbor tradition that has been a beloved and important part of our educational program for over 30 years (speaking of Long, Long Ago!). 

You have probably heard the story at some point, but the first Spiral theme took place in 1990 when a family brought in a moon rock which propelled each grade into an exploration of the moon. A tradition was born, and back in the days when the words interdisciplinary and inquiry-based weren’t even in our vocabulary as educators. Now, we know that the “Spiral approach” represents best practices in authentic, meaningful teaching and learning and is used throughout the school year.

Tonight we will all be able to witness the students’ wonderful work and learning related to the theme of Long, Long Ago. This topic was determined by the entire community, through an election led by our third grade leaders, back in the fall. Not to give too much away, but expect to be intrigued by technology from long ago, discover animals that lived long ago, learn about composers and artists that lived long ago, discover shelters and buildings from long ago, and explore the ancient wonders of the world, just to name a few! Throughout the building, you’ll see evidence of not just the products, but the process, of learning through multisensory projects, maker-centered approaches, integrated literacy and STEAM, and the arts. This is the Harbor way, as it has been since long, long ago!

Here are a few tips to help you make the most of a magical evening together:

  • Have your child wear their Spiral tee-shirt tonight!

  • Arrive promptly at 6 PM, as we will be gathering as a community downstairs for several engaging activities before going upstairs to tour the Spiral displays.

  • When it is time to tour the displays, please stay together as a family, and take your time to linger in each room. On the program, you will find scavenger hunt questions that you can search for in each display space.

  • When visiting your own child’s classroom space, have them take the lead in explaining their work. You may want to ask them questions about facts or information they learned, and also ask about the process of learning and inquiring. You might ask, “What questions did you have about the topic, and how did you find the answers to your questions with your teachers and classmates?” or “What is one way you persevered when things were challenging with a project you were working on?”

  • Enjoy the evening celebrating your child’s learning!

We can’t wait to see you tonight.

Warmly,

Leah Musico
Head of School

SPIRAL NIGHT! 
A Letter from Leah

Dear Harbor Families,

We are excited to welcome you tonight for Spiral Night, a Harbor tradition that has been a beloved and important part of our educational program for over 30 years (speaking of Long, Long Ago!). 

You have probably heard the story at some point, but the first Spiral theme took place in 1990 when a family brought in a moon rock which propelled each grade into an exploration of the moon. A tradition was born, and back in the days when the words interdisciplinary and inquiry-based weren’t even in our vocabulary as educators. Now, we know that the “Spiral approach” represents best practices in authentic, meaningful teaching and learning and is used throughout the school year.

Tonight we will all be able to witness the students’ wonderful work and learning related to the theme of Long, Long Ago. This topic was determined by the entire community, through an election led by our third grade leaders, back in the fall. Not to give too much away, but expect to be intrigued by technology from long ago, discover animals that lived long ago, learn about composers and artists that lived long ago, discover shelters and buildings from long ago, and explore the ancient wonders of the world, just to name a few! Throughout the building, you’ll see evidence of not just the products, but the process, of learning through multisensory projects, maker-centered approaches, integrated literacy and STEAM, and the arts. This is the Harbor way, as it has been since long, long ago!

Here are a few tips to help you make the most of a magical evening together:

  • Have your child wear their Spiral tee-shirt tonight!

  • Arrive promptly at 6 PM, as we will be gathering as a community downstairs for several engaging activities before going upstairs to tour the Spiral displays.

  • When it is time to tour the displays, please stay together as a family, and take your time to linger in each room. On the program, you will find scavenger hunt questions that you can search for in each display space.

  • When visiting your own child’s classroom space, have them take the lead in explaining their work. You may want to ask them questions about facts or information they learned, and also ask about the process of learning and inquiring. You might ask, “What questions did you have about the topic, and how did you find the answers to your questions with your teachers and classmates?” or “What is one way you persevered when things were challenging with a project you were working on?”

  • Enjoy the evening celebrating your child’s learning!

We can’t wait to see you tonight.

Warmly,

Leah Musico
Head of School

Dear Harbor Families,

We are excited to welcome you tonight for Spiral Night, a Harbor tradition that has been a beloved and important part of our educational program for over 30 years (speaking of Long, Long Ago!). 

You have probably heard the story at some point, but the first Spiral theme took place in 1990 when a family brought in a moon rock which propelled each grade into an exploration of the moon. A tradition was born, and back in the days when the words interdisciplinary and inquiry-based weren’t even in our vocabulary as educators. Now, we know that the “Spiral approach” represents best practices in authentic, meaningful teaching and learning and is used throughout the school year.

Tonight we will all be able to witness the students’ wonderful work and learning related to the theme of Long, Long Ago. This topic was determined by the entire community, through an election led by our third grade leaders, back in the fall. Not to give too much away, but expect to be intrigued by technology from long ago, discover animals that lived long ago, learn about composers and artists that lived long ago, discover shelters and buildings from long ago, and explore the ancient wonders of the world, just to name a few! Throughout the building, you’ll see evidence of not just the products, but the process, of learning through multisensory projects, maker-centered approaches, integrated literacy and STEAM, and the arts. This is the Harbor way, as it has been since long, long ago!

Here are a few tips to help you make the most of a magical evening together:

  • Have your child wear their Spiral tee-shirt tonight!

  • Arrive promptly at 6 PM, as we will be gathering as a community downstairs for several engaging activities before going upstairs to tour the Spiral displays.

  • When it is time to tour the displays, please stay together as a family, and take your time to linger in each room. On the program, you will find scavenger hunt questions that you can search for in each display space.

  • When visiting your own child’s classroom space, have them take the lead in explaining their work. You may want to ask them questions about facts or information they learned, and also ask about the process of learning and inquiring. You might ask, “What questions did you have about the topic, and how did you find the answers to your questions with your teachers and classmates?” or “What is one way you persevered when things were challenging with a project you were working on?”

  • Enjoy the evening celebrating your child’s learning!

We can’t wait to see you tonight.

Warmly,

Leah Musico
Head of School

Harbor School