The Golden Goose Awards at Gloucester Stage

Thirty-five Harborlight Montessori 4th-8th Grade students have taken up residency at Gloucester Stage Company for two weeks. As one of Harborlight’s new Experience Week programs, this group of students has been learning all aspects of theater production in preparation for their World Premiere performances of The Golden Goose Awards. The Golden Goose Awards was written by Harborlight’s very own Performing Arts Director and published playwright, Katie Oberlander. The collaboration between the staff at Gloucester Stage and the staff of Harborlight Montessori has come to life with this fantastic Theater Education experience. Tickets to the 3/22 and 3/23 performances are available for purchase on Gloucester Stage Company’s website.

PURCHASE YOUR TICKETS HERE

This two-week theater education session is one of several options that Harborlight students, as well as students not currently enrolled at Harborlight, can select from to supplement their academic year coursework.  Robust Experience Weeks have been carefully designed to enhance students’ learning and provide them enriching opportunities during typical school vacation weeks.  Harborlight is thrilled to be working with some amazing community partners….like, in this exciting case, Gloucester Stage Company!

For more information on other Experience Weeks, click HERE 

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Do Your Children Have March School Vacation?

If so, have them join us for two action packed weeks at Gloucester Stage!

Harborlight will be spending two full weeks learning all there is to know about the world of theatre at Gloucester Stage Company. At the end of the two weeks they will perform an original show.  Thanks to the amazing team at Gloucester Stage and Harborlight’s Performing Arts Director, Katie Oberlander, students will have the opportunity to learn what it takes to pull off a professional production….from soup to nuts.

Earlier this week teams from both organization met to structure the week.   So many exciting components are in the works and the two-week session promises to be one that these students never forget.

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Harborlight Players, grades 4-8

This two-week course takes students to Gloucester Stage Company (GSC) for an intensive experience in theatre production, on stage and backstage. In addition to acting, students participate in all aspects of production, including box office management, lighting and set design, auditions and casting, costumes and props. Actors, assistant directors, stage managers, designers, and marketing and sales are all part of what it takes to stage an original production, which is what the students do on the GSC stage as the culmination of their theatre experience.

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Harborlight Montessori in Beverly is ecstatic to be debuting Experience Weeks this year.  For six weeks, one in February, two in March, one in April, and two in June, students (both enrolled at Harborlight and from elsewhere) can participate in rich, exciting, experiential, and fun Experience Weeks.

The two week collaboration with Gloucester Stage is just one example.  Students from other schools are invited to join us during February vacation, April vacation, and the last two weeks of June as well! See what is happening during your child’s school vacation!  Partnerships with Maritime Gloucester, Salem Sound Coastwatch, and much much more!

LEARN MORE HERE

 

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What Are Your 1st-8th Graders Doing During School Vacations This Year? Don’t Miss Out!

How do week long Experience Weeks that engage in and develop critical thinking, communication, collaboration, and creativity sound?

Check out the Experience Weeks being offered below.

Harborlight Montessori, conveniently located in Beverly, is opening their doors to non-enrolled students, Grades 1-8, to join them during their newly designed Experience Weeks.  These weeks are scheduled during February, March, April, and June school vacation weeks to supplement Harborlight’s rich curriculum and provide non-enrolled students opportunities to experience learning with us.

You can also come learn more about these weeks TOMORROW morning at 8:45 on Harborlight’s campus at 243 Essex Street, Beverly

Please note that the June Presidential Traverse with the Appalachian Mountain Club is for Harborlight students only.

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Learn all about these EXPERIENCE WEEKS here

If you are interested in joining us please email info@harborlight.net 

 

Explore Summer at Harborlight

If you are looking for something for your 1st-7th grade student to do this summer, consider looking at the summer programs Harborlight has to offer on and out of its Beverly campus.

Explore Arts and Adventure at Harborlight!   Biking, The Amazing Race, Fishing, Tasty Adventures, Crafts, Just Desserts, Showtime!, By Land and Sea water sports, and much more!

Grades 1st-7th can sign up for one week….or the entire summer!  P/K and Kindergarten students can sign up for the month of July and/or August.

Read all descriptions and see pricing below.

CLICK HERE to Learn More

Click HERE to Apply and Enroll

Have questions about Elementary Summer programs?  email Katie Oberlander @ koberlander@harborlight.net

Have questions about P/K or Kindergarten Summer programs? email Jamie Oakley @ joakley@harborlight.net

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Join This Community Yard Sale To Sell Your Stuff!

Have you ever hosted your own yard sale and had a very slow turnout?

Would you like to clean out your basement, shed, garage, and closets….without the hassle of advertising and planning your own yard sale?

Would you like to be a part of a multi-vendor yard sale in a great location to increase your odds of selling your loot and making some money?

JOIN HARBORLIGHT’S COMMUNITY YARD SALE! 

PRIME Yard Sale location at 243 Essex Street in Beverly!

All are welcome! For a $20 participation fee, simply RSVP so we hold you a spot, pack up your items, and set up your space here on campus.

Crafters and artisans welcome as well!

Harborlight is hosting our first ever Community Yard Sale.  To make the event even more fun, we’ll have some live music, family yoga on the lawn, and some yard games and children’s activities like bocce ball, corn hole, and more.

Please RSVP to participate to Nichole at nschrafft@harborlight.net

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Flatbread Company Salem

Harborlight Montessori had a really great FUNdraising event last night at the Flatbread Company in Salem.

The families who came early in the evening had the opportunity to bowl in the Derby Lanes and then the school filled every single table in the place for a wonderful community building and fundraising event.  The proceeds of the evening will go to benefit Harborlight’s amazing Performing Arts Department and, specifically, the school’s March 29th performance of Willy Wonka, Jr.

If you haven’t been to the Flatbread Company, you should really make a point of it!  This was my first time at this location and I look forward to going back. I got the Jimmy’s Free Range Chicken Pizza….really amazing.

Jimmy’s Free-Range Chicken Pizza– Oven roasted free-range chicken, black beans, organic cilantro tomatoes, roasted corn, mozzarella and Parmesan cheese and sour cream lime drizzle and some jalapeño peppers (if you want)

The rustic and funky decor, cool bar, and warm weather outdoor seating….in addition to the yummy drinks and delicious pizza will definitely get me back there!

Local Teacher and Students Celebrate Play Publication

I am very proud and excited that a play written by our Director of Performing Arts, Katie Oberlander, and performed by our students at the 2016 Massachusetts Middle School Theatre Festival, where they won a gold medal, has been published by Eldridge Publishing and will performed by two other schools, located in Texas and Indiana, in the next few months.  

I’m also looking forward to celebrating with Katie and the cast/crew of Mastermime in a few weeks.  See information below.

LOCAL TEACHER AND STUDENTS CELEBRATE PLAY PUBLICATION

Harborlight Montessori’s Director of Performing Arts, Katie Oberlander, and her former middle school students are celebrating the publication of Oberlander’s play, Mastermime, with a party at the Beverly school on Tuesday, October 24 at 6:00pm. Students are planning to sign scripts, greet fans and reminiscence about the creation of the original play.

Mastermime is an over-the-top melodrama that tells the story of a notorious criminal who distracts audiences with entrancing mime routines and then disappears with their valuables. The mystery unfolds, punctuated with theatrical cell phone ringtones, love-at-first sight encounters, and a dramatic mime battle! Oberlander wrote the play for her students to perform at the 2016 Massachusetts Middle School Theatre Festival where they won a gold medal for their performance. Eldridge Publishing, a leading play publisher based in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, subsequently published the play and schools in Texas and Indiana have upcoming performances planned for November and December.

Harborlight Montessori is a preschool through 8th grade independent school in Beverly, MA, serving communities North of Boston. Mastermime is the second play to be published that teacher Katie Oberlander originally wrote for Harborlight students to perform. Oberlander works closely with her students to create plays that are fun for them to perform and specifically catered to their talents. For more information, please contact Director of Communication Nichole Schrafft at nschrafft@harborlight.net.

READ MORE ABOUT THE PLAY HERE

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Harborlight Helps Sing Peace Around the World

If you follow any of what I write here on Good Morning Gloucester you’ll know that every once in a while I take advantage of the opportunity to sing from the mountaintops about how much I love the school where I am fortunate to work….and where the boys have attended since 5 months old.

Well, this time I’m singing praises about singing….singing for peace.

Harborlight Montessori was thrilled to light a candle for peace at 9:30 in the morning on International Peace Day, along with Montessori schools across our country, to help Sing Peace Around the World. By joining our voices with those from schools all over the United States we helped carry the music and message of peace off our shores and across the Atlantic Ocean where schools in Africa and Europe then took over. Peace was ultimately sung all across the world. May those sentiments continue on in the hearts of all.

Read more about the Sing Peace Around the World initiative HERE

Nichole’s Picks 3/4 + 3/5

Pick #1:  Cultural Festival at Harborlight in Beverly

I am pretty excited about this event.  First of all, it is free.  A suggested donation of $10 per family would be appreciated, but is not necessary.

Children will be given a “passport” to go on tour through several different countries (classrooms).  Along the way, they will make crafts and be introduced to a bit of the cultural that makes each country special.  At 11:15 all guests will be invited upstairs to watch the live entertainment.  There will be a Lion Dance troupe and a group named Ballet Folklorico Colombiano Bajucol who will perform three separate cultural dances.  Harborlight students will also sing some songs that they have learned in Mandarin and Spanish…along with American Sign Language.   Baked goods will also be available for purchase.

READ MORE HERE

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Pick #2: Sugar Shack Saturdays at Appleton Farms

Saturdays, March 4, 2017 10am-11:30am & 1:30-3pm

Spring is coming and the sap is running! Experience the time-honored tradition of maple sugaring with Sugar Shack Saturdays at Appleton Farms. Spend the morning with us and see how we turn sap into sweet syrup. Start by getting creative with some maple themed crafts in the Appleton Old House then get outside and explore our very own sugar shack! Learn how we tap our trees every spring, see the evaporator in action, and taste the freshly made syrup.  We will end back inside with a farm snack, including Appleton Farms cheese, apple slices, and homemade maple ice cream while we read a story about maple sugaring!

Recommended for ages 8 and under but everyone is welcome! Space is limited. Registration is by the family- if you have 5 or more in your family, please register 2 families.  Crafts and snacks included and we want to have enough for all.

PLEASE VISIT HERE TO LEARN MORE AND REGISTER!

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Pick #3: Lego Batman Movie Days at the LegoLand Discovery Center

READ MORE HERE

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Every weekend in March!

Super hero. Crime-fighter. Master Builder. LEGO® Batman is all of those and so much more. Come meet Gotham City’s Caped Crusader during this celebration of the Warner Bros. feature film, which will include photo ops with the scene-stealing star, a themed scavenger hunt and a LEGO® Batman-inspired LEGO build activity including:

  • LEGO® Batman Meet & Greets!
    Hi, kids. This is LEGO Batman, the star of his own brand new big adventure, The LEGO Batman Movie. Come meet the coolest, strongest, smartest and best-looking Super Hero of them all.
    Meet & Greets schedule TBD. Schedule of appearances subject to change.
  • Mystery Mosaic LEGO® Build
  • MINILAND Scavenger Hunt: The Villians have escaped

To avoid disappointment, please pre-book your tickets online to guarantee entry. BUY TICKETS NOW

As always, for a comprehensive list of family activities, please visit our friends at North Shore Kid

Fantastic Summer Program at Harborlight

I know that those of you with young children are in the midst of trying to plan their summers.  Be sure to explore all options!  Harborlight has some pretty fantastic summer offerings for your child.  Their Beverly campus is very conveniently located if you should find yourself commuting out of town over the summer weeks and just a short 15 minute drive from Gloucester.

If you are looking for exciting and varied summer options for Grades PK-7 please look through their catalogue of summer offerings.

Harborlight offers one-week sessions beginning July 3rd and ending August 25th for Grades 1-7 and two four-week session for PK-Kindergarten aged children.

Elementary aged children may Sign up for one week, or sign up for all eight! 

READ ABOUT ALL OFFERINGS AND FIND ALL PERTINENT INFORMATION HERE

FIND THE ENROLLMENT CONTRACTING AND TUITION HERE

Here are some of the descriptions for Children ages 3-5 and Grades 1-7.  

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Celebrate the 4th:  Visit Trustees of the Reservations and Audubon properties to see “America the Beautiful.” Come back to campus for old-school picnic lunches on the lawn, BBQ, and yard games.  Make patriotic t-shirts, crafts and recipes. Spend the week designing and decorating a patriotic float and take it on parade on Friday!

Ready, Set, Chef!: Take a journey in the life of a restaurateur.  We will explore what it takes to create the concept of a restaurant and what the space and menu will look like.  We will travel to different restaurants on and around the North Shore learning to cook, create, serve, and run a restaurant. Students will launch their own pop-up restaurant on Friday and will be open for business.

Marine Heritage:  Explore Cape Ann’s rich marine heritage.  Join the marine science crew aboard the Sea Station’s vessel Endeavor.  Set sail on a lobster boat, visit touch tanks and learn about ocean life in a fun, hands-on learning environment.

Rock On!:  Join the band and hone your music performance and ensemble skills in a creative and fun environment. Experiment with and learn about instruments from around the world. Improvise during a percussion circle, create through sound-painting activities, and learn to express yourself through music.

History Alive:  Walk the streets that hummed with the actions of the revolution, puritans, accused witches, artists and writers. Be a Colonial! Learn how to make traditional colonial foods, try colonial crafts, games and visit some of the places made famous during the founding of the Massachusetts Bay Colony and the American Revolution. Be a part of history.

A Day at the Museum:  Learn about the history of art through trips to some of the North Shore’s most intriguing museums.  We’ll provide a sketchbook.  You bring a bag lunch, water bottle and your imagination!

Biking and Hiking:  Explore nature as we hike and bike the great outdoors!  We’ll study wildlife, compete in nature scavenger hunts and enjoy geocaching activities while gaining greater appreciation for the natural world.

Break a Leg!:  Let’s put on a show!  Enjoy the rehearsal process while learning more about stage directions, improvisation and character development. On Friday, family and friends are invited to the performance!

Small Swell:  Entering grades 4-8 .   Catch a wave this summer! Learn balance, coordination, timing the waves, falling and getting back on the board in this fun, educational program that is ideal for children of all surfing abilities.

Art Walk:  Stand in the footprints of famous maritime artists and see the harbor through their eyes.  Create your own art inspired by the seascapes and working waterfront before you.  Walk Gloucester’s “Harbor Walk”, complete a scavenger hunt challenge, and stop along the way to sketch, paint, and draw.  Visit the Cape Ann Museum, snack by the water, and return to campus excited to continue the creative process in both the indoor and outdoor art studios.

Coast and Compass:  Entering grades 4-7 .   Enjoy some great summer adventures as we kayak, hike and hit the beach. The highlight of the week will be our legendary two-night trip to the Isle of Shoal’s Star Island where you can hike, play tennis, jump off the dock, roast marshmallows over an open fire, and learn the local lore of the island!

Authors’ Corner:  Become an author and illustrator! Share your love of books with friends as we read, write and illustrate our own work. Learn the craft from guests who are professional authors and artists. Children will come home with a finished product of a picture book, poetry collection, play, or graphic novel.

I Survived!:   Entering grades 3-7 .     Ever wondered how to start a fire, build shelter, search for food, and stay safe in the wilderness? Learn some of the basic skills taught in the Army Ranger School program and then apply your knowledge as we rough-it during a two-night camping trip in New Hampshire.

Animal League:  Come spend a week with Iris the therapy dog and her friends! We will wash, groom, train, walk and play with dogs! Meet a real dog trainer and learn a few tricks yourself. Bake healthy dog treats and learn about various breeds. Have a community “dog wash” and we will give all money earned to our local dog shelter when we visit there. Bring your dog or borrow one of ours for “Bring our Dogs Day” on Friday.

Game On!:  Let’s play some games!  Tennis, soccer, bowling and mini-golf are among the fun activities planned for this session.

And, as the standard Summer Session Day ends, children who wish to sign up for more hours will enjoy Get in the Game: 3:00 – 4:30 daily from 7/3-8/25

Get moving as we explore the wonderful nature of games and sportsmanship. Fine- tune the skills necessary to challenge yourself in a variety of mental games, beach and lawn games and physical challenges. In the circuit of games and strategies presented, many skills will be enhanced, strategies developed, and missions accomplished.

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Harborlight-Stoneridge Montessori School Students Get A Little Lobster Edumacation Here At The Dock

Hi Joey!
Thank you so much for being willing to entertain 26 students from the Harborlight-Stoneridge Montessori School this afternoon!  The two-week summer session that they’ve been participating in has followed the theme of "Marine Biology and Maritime History."  They have been incredibly fortunate to spend most days on the water engaged in a variety of hands-on activities.  Today they had to opportunity to explore Gloucester Harbor to learn about the rich fishing industry and to see up close the large variety of vessels that call Gloucester their home. 
Last week was spent learning about plankton, mollusks, echinoderms, fish, and crustaceans while conducting research at sea.  After having hauled traps and having learned about lobsters, it was important to me that they see "what happens next."  I really wanted the students to see a working waterfront and you very kindly supplied that opportunity!  As expected, you were incredibly patient with their questions and able to hold their attention while refining their knowledge.  They felt at ease with you right away and would have gladly stayed for hours had they the chance.
Not only do you now have 26 new FOBs, you’ve also helped this group of children better appreciate an industry that has been incredibly foreign to many of them.  To quote one of your new friends as he boarded the bus to head home, "That place is so cool!" 
Thanks so much!
Nichole Schrafft

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