The Parents’ Association in any independent school provides an essential service to the school leadership and the school community. Every parent is a member of the Harborlight Parents’ Association (HPA)
HPA organizes family-friendly events, supports the School events calendar, provides classroom level support for students and parents, welcomes new families, and informs parents about the School’s unique philosophy and programs. Volunteerism is an integral part of building a successful school community and we welcome you to become involved in a variety of ways.
If you have any questions please feel free to contact us.
Parent Association Coordinators
Upcoming Parent Association Events
Popsicle Party Tuesday, September 5, 2017 2:30pm – 4pm
After your Classroom Visit, come to the main field so your child can have a popsicle, enjoy music and art, and play with friends!
Welcome Coffees Wednesday, Sept 6 and Thursday Sept 7 8:15am – 9 am
After drop off, come to the Main lobby in the main building and enjoy some coffee and refreshments. It is a great opportunity to catch up with old friends and meet new families at the school!
Parent Association Meeting Monday, Sept 11 8:30am – 9:30am
See what the Parent Association has planned for the upcoming year and put forth your ideas as well! We are always looking for volunteers — any amount of help is needed and much appreciated.
Family Festival Sunday, October 15, 2017 10am-2pm at Marini Farm
Pack a picnic lunch and come enjoy the festivities! Family friendly events will include crafts, games, music and more!
Curriculum Spotlights Ever wonder what the Montessori works are and how they help your child learn and develop? The Curriculum Spotlights are short teacher presentations going over Montessori works and teaching concepts. Put them in your calendar so you can attend all throughout the school year! 8:45 – 9:15 am
Oct 26 @ 8:45am: Chinese & Spanish Language Program (Sandra Lee)
Jan 25 @ 8:45am: Language & Writing Program in UE (Samantha Kalman)
Mar 1 @ 8:45am: Cosmic Children: Big Ideas, Big Pictures, Big Questions
Finding Our Place in the Universe. (Heather Carnevale & Andrew Carson-Lier)
Mar 29 @ 6:30pm: Conflict Resolution: A Multi-age Approach (Faculty Panel)
Apr 26 @ 8:45am: Introducing Science to the Young Child (Meg Portnof)
LAST YEAR’S CURRICULUM SPOTLIGHTS, Please enjoy videos below:
- Sept 28: Infant & Toddler Communication: Are We Listening? (Beth Stone)
- Oct 26: Creating a Deep Understanding of Numbers Through Colors & Materials: Montessori Math Ages 3-11 (Sarah Goodale)
- Nov 30: Developing Expression: The Importance of Art for CH and Beyond (Holly Alto)
- Jan 25: Beauty, Precision, & Discovery in the Montessori Polynomial Squaring & Cubing Materials (Diana Norma Shafer)
- Feb 15: Kindergarten Writers’ Workshop (Jamie Oakley)
- Mar 29: Grammar in a Montessori Classroom: CH to LE (Elisa Pitkin)
- Apr 26: Place Based Science Education: Implementing it in the Classroom (Victor Young)
Fall Fundraiser December 1- December 16
A kindness-based fundraiser, the Raise Craze, will be taking place in early December. Stay tuned for more information.
These Gatherings focus on a shared activity hosted and paid for by volunteering Harborlight families. Great Gatherings are designed to bring people together who share similar interests, want to learn something new, or just want to have fun with their kids and friends. It is also a good way to meet someone new to the community and make a new friend!
When this year’s Gatherings are listed, simply sign up and donate the designated funds*, attend and enjoy! Once registered for an event, you will receive an email from the host with details and confirmation. All money raised will support faculty professional development. This money allows teachers to offset the cost of furthering their education. When teachers learn more, children directly benefit and their experience in the classroom is that much more unique.
Sign-up sheets will remain in the lobby until they are full. Space is limited, so come check us out early! * Payment can be paid by charging to your school account, by cash or by check made payable to Harborlight Montessori.
Great Gatherings Group
This Year’s Great Gathering Events
Volunteer Parents & Grandparents
Volunteer parents (and grandparents) create, strengthen, and support the connections between and among students and adults in our community. Each classroom has a few representative volunteers who help the teachers coordinate classroom activities and foster a warm welcome to all family events as ambassadors of the School.
Parents for Sustainability
One of our goals is to effect lasting change by challenging our students to be thoughtful stewards of our planet. We are continually inspired by our thoughtful parent community to consider new approaches that can make a genuine positive impact on our School campus and community. The Green Team is a committee of students, parents, and faculty. Together they promote green practices and select programs and activities toward understanding sustainability.
Have an idea or suggestion? Join the parent association meetings or email them at
For more information about Harborlight Montessori and our infant/toddler, preschool, elementary, or middle school programs, please make an appointment to visit our Beverly, Ma campus. You can contact us here