< 2021

2021

  • June

    A Poem for HDS Faculty

    Please enjoy this beautiful end of the school year poem written by fifth grader Frankie Stiefel.


    Thank you teachers that work at our school,
    You’re way better than lifeguards that work at a pool
    You teach us things that we need to know
    Like making electricity from a potato,
    These are the things we need to know for life
    Like how to cut steak, using a knife
    You make us get better, and get super-smart
    When we get to school, you give our brains a start
    You are the teachers that shape who we are
    Showing us how to get a birdie, instead of a par
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  • May

    Angi's Message

    Learning is not attained by chance, it must be sought for with ardor and diligence.
    ~Abigail Adams

    The State of the School presentation last Wednesday centered on Harbor Day’s commitment to students. I didn’t think to do a word tally, but the word I heard most frequently was student. We are grateful to the 120ish log-ins, which surely represents at least 150 people, as I know that some of you watched as a family. I enjoyed hearing from lower school students who excitedly shared in carpool on Thursday morning that they “saw me on Zoom last night.” The presentation was a bit longer than typical, so I suspect that those children moved on to more exciting activities after a few minutes of seeing their school community in their living room.
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  • Steel frame construction – Fall 2020

    Construction Project Updates May

    By Paul Casey, Board of Trustees

    As hopefully everyone is very aware, our construction project has made incredible progress throughout this school year. 
     
    The construction team has worked without interruption due to weather, material shortages, or Covid-19 impacts. The project has stayed on schedule since construction commenced and we are optimistic there will be no setbacks between now and completion.   
     
    Our main classroom and administration building, which is over 66,000 square feet under roof with two large patios, has come to life before our students’ eyes as they attend school next door. For comparison, the previous campus including all classrooms, administration, the Moiso, Linden Building, and Blass Gymnasium was smaller in area than this single building.
     
    Since the first of the year, tremendous progress has been made in installing electrical, fire suppression, heating, ventilation, and air conditioning systems to the interior of the building. Exterior walls have been completed, stairwells have been installed and the interior building walls are nearing completion. Also, a new wall has been constructed on the west property boundary for the privacy of teaching areas being built on that side of the building. 
     
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  • April

    Message from the Head of School - 4.19.2021

    Dear Parents of New Harbor Day School Students,

    As we start the fourth quarter of this academic year, we also start planning for the first quarter of the 2021-2022 academic year. This means that while we enjoy the eighth grade musical, fourth grade state fair, grandparents’ day, and other anticipated annual events, we look forward to welcoming your children in September.

    We are planning our school to start on September 13, 2021, with an optimistic attitude. With Governor Newsom expecting to lift the colored-tier system on June 15, the CDC recommending three feet of distance between students rather than six feet, and with most of our faculty and staff fully vaccinated, we expect to return to many of our pre-covid ways. At this point, Harbor Day School plans to open in the following fashion:
    • All students arriving between 7:45 and 7:55 for 8:00 class
    • All students learning on campus with no at-home learning
    • Grade level sections combining for recess and lunch periods
    • Students moving from class to class, as appropriate by grade level (sixth through eighth grade students moving to their teachers’ classrooms)
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  • Angi's Message 4-19-21

    Let us not look back in anger, nor forward in fear, but around in awareness. ~ James Thurber

    After spring break, graduation seems quite near. After graduation, we use the summer to refresh and then prepare for the school year ahead. Planning for the next school year typically starts in January, and we incrementally build schedules, review curricula, address staffing and pursue professional development throughout the spring and summer. In other words, it takes nearly a year to prepare for a new school year.

    The uncertainty presented by coronavirus made planning and preparing last spring and summer stressful and frustrating. We have approached planning for the 2021-22 academic year with an increasingly optimistic attitude. With Governor Newsom expecting to lift the colored-tier system on June 15, the CDC recommending three feet of distance between students rather than six feet, and with most of our faculty and staff fully vaccinated, we expect to return to many of our pre-covid ways. At this point, Harbor Day School plans to open school on September 13, 2021 in the following fashion:
    • All students arriving between 7:45 and 7:58 for 8:00 class
    • All students learning on campus with no at-home learning
    • Grade level sections combining for recess and lunch periods
    • Students moving from class to class, as appropriate by grade level (sixth through eighth grade students moving to their teachers’ classrooms)
    • Fewer teaching associates (we are incredibly grateful for the talented new teaching associates who helped us in the 2020-2021 school year)
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  • 10 Minutes on Campus with Mrs. Evans

    Not all those who wander are lost.  ~J.R.R. Tolkien

    A sunny April morning is the perfect time to wander around Harbor Day School. I found a lot of great stuff to share with you. Read the whole thing to learn what’s special about one section of seventh grade.
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  • March

    Angi's Message

    Words are one of our chief means of adjusting to all the situations of life. The better control we have over words, the more successful our adjustment is likely to be. ~ Bergen Evans

    Today is the Ides of March, a Roman date that many students learn when studying Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar. Events and the arts create, manipulate, and popularize language. The Coronavirus pandemic has brought many words and phrases into our vernacular. While at Harbor Day School we acknowledge the grave consequences of this historic pandemic, we also have adopted a somewhat gallows-humor relationship to some of the language that has accompanied communication about the pandemic and the reactions and responses to it. Below are some words and phrases that have taken on new meaning.
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  • February

    CAIS Accreditation

    Whitney Gomez
    Dear HDS Community,
     
    Regular readers of the Harbor Day Weekly will remember Mrs. Evans’s announcement from January 11 that Harbor Day School had received the highest possible level of reaccreditation from the California Association of Independent Schools (CAIS).  Yesterday, as Mrs. Evans, Board of Trustees Treasurer Chris Shepherdson and I attended the annual CAIS conference (via – you guessed it – Zoom!), it occurred to me that you may not have heard much about CAIS and that sharing the take-aways from the conference is a great opportunity to communicate more about this important organization.
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  • January

    Ten Minutes on Campus with Mrs. Evans

    Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.
    ~Ferris Bueller

    Today is the first day of the second semester. We only have four short months left before we graduate our eighth graders and move our kindergarteners up to first grade. I used this morning to get out of my office and visit the classrooms. Visiting our classrooms always energizes and delights me, and today was no different. Here are a few images that I took on my tour.
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  • David Royal

    David Royal - Director of Finance

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  • Angi's Message

    Harbor Day School’s teachers are an inspiration to their students and to the teaching profession itself.
    ~ CAIS & WASC Visiting Team Report

    In late December, Harbor Day School received word that the school received the highest level of accreditation available from the California Association of Independent Schools (CAIS) and the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) - a seven year term through June 30, 2028. This accreditation assures students, parents, alumni, and faculty, staff, and administration that the school delivers on its promise of providing an excellent education in the context of its mission. Accreditation comes with a detailed report that is based on both the school’s self-study report, which we submitted to CAIS and WASC in November 2019, and the feedback of a visiting team of Heads of School and other administrators from CAIS member schools.
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