On Saturday, Sept. 9, Harborfields held their homecoming parade and football game—culminating the week-long celebration of Harborfields spirit and pride.
Following Friday night’s pep rally, where seniors Sam Iglesias and Laura Davis were crowned king and queen, students put the finishing touches on their floats for the parade Saturday morning. This year’s float theme was music, and students got creative with their designs. In grade order, themes included electronic, jazz, country, and rock. On each float, and each class t-shirt, students included cancer awareness symbols to keep the cause at the forefront of the event. Each float collected donations from the crowd to fund research for childhood cancer, which is near to the Harborfields community’s heart.
Much of the community came out for the parade to support the students, and waved and cheered as they traveled along their route from the Harborfields Public Library to the high school.
At the homecoming game, the crowd anxiously awaited the start of the game against Kings Park. Some crowd members had large cut-outs of players’ heads, and shook them wildly and cheered when the team ran out onto the field. The Harborfields cheerleaders, marching band, and kick line all worked together in pepping up the crowd, and there was no lack of spirit in the stands that day.
The Harborfields Tornadoes defeated Kings Park 33 to 7, an amazing start to the season, as well as the school year.
On Sept. 7, students at Washington Drive Primary School attended their first “Character Counts” assembly of the year. These assemblies, held by grade level, have grown in frequency over the past few years, and positive results have shown through in students’ behaviors. This month’s iteration focused on encouraging students to be themselves.
Assistant Principal Tara Falasco led the assembly and started it off with reading a book by Linda Kranz entitled “You Be You” to students. Many knew the book, and repeated lines along with her.
“We all have something special that only we can share,” Falasco encouraged the students, “so when someone is different than you, should you ever judge them?”
Students responded with a resounding “no.”
She then went over the building rules, reminding the children that these rules were not new to them, and that they were to be good examples for their peers.
“Why do we have rules in place here at the school?” Falasco asked the second-grade assembly, and called on a student.
“To keep everyone safe,” the second-grader sagely answered.
Falasco then covered the school-wide incentives to promote good behavior. The “cafetorium contest” rewards students who follow the rules, and the star stickers they receive go towards a prize for the best-behaved table. Students also are given the opportunity to be showcased each month on the “Character Tree” for exemplifying good character, such as acceptance, bravery, or honesty.
Before the start of the new school year, 16 incoming K-5 students took part in the Stuffed Creature Workshop, the final camp session of HACEF’s (Harborfields Alumni and Community Educational Foundation) Summer Camp Program from Aug. 21-24.
Led by Keri Puglisi from EmmaLoops Craft Studio, students gathered at Harborfields High School to explore hand sewing techniques and create their own stuffed animals, pillows and creatures. The four-day camp consisted of learning how to cut, pin and hand sew their custom designs while adding different embellishments like buttons and beads. With the help of two incoming seventh-graders and two 11th-graders, each student had the opportunity to create as many stuffed objects as they wanted, while making friendships along the way.
“I like sewing little animals and things,” said incoming fourth-grader Lia Calderone. “I haven’t sewed in a while so I’m now remembering how to do it again.”
This was the first year that HACEF invited Puglisi into the summer program as a way to enhance the program with two new creative sessions for students to enjoy. In addition to the Stuffed Creature Workshop, Puglisi taught a four-day knitting camp at the end of July.
"Keri's ability to teach sewing and knitting skills to a wide age range of children is unusual,” said HACEF Camp Co-Director Emma Hendler. "She is a great addition to the HACEF summer camp program.”