On Monday, Feb. 3, first- and second-graders at HES began the Houses in Literature Project. For the next four weeks, students will become architects and hone their design skills.

HES welcomes Jan Ham, from Learning By Design, to work with all first- and second-graders on a hands-on design-engineering process, connecting English Language Arts to activities in math, science and visual arts.

Each first- and second-grade child will create his or her own architectural design based on literature. Students will read about houses and places in picture books and then use science, art and math skills to build scale-model people, homes, landscapes and neighborhoods based on the literature.

We thank the Massachusetts Cultural Council and our elected officials for awarding HES a STARS Residency grant and the Harvard Schools Trust for awarding us a grant. These grants make this tremendous experience possible for our first- and second-graders.

We are looking for parent volunteers on Feb. 14, 24, 25 and 26 to help in the classrooms. We are also looking for one to three people who are willing to photograph the project at various points.

If you are interested in helping, please contact Pam Gordon at pamjgordon@gmail.com.

Celebration planning and donations

Planning has commenced for Celebration 2014, Harvard's post-prom substance-free event.


Celebration is a magical event for the kids and community and we invite everyone to volunteer to help make prom night incredibly exciting -- while we keep our kids safe.

Individuals can join one or more of the Celebration 2014 subcommittees, including decorations, fundraising, publicity, entertainment, food, administration, tear-down/set-up, and chaperone. For information on how sign up for one or more of the subcommittees, contact Jana Wirch at janawirch@gmail.com. Come be a part of the volunteer team and have fun -- no experience required!

Businesses, families and individuals can become a Celebration 2014 sponsor by making a monetary donation by mailing their donation to Harvard PTO -- Celebration, PO Box 488 Harvard, MA 01451. The Harvard PTO is a tax-exempt 501(3c), so donations are tax deductible.

Bromfield homework center

Does your student need a little extra help starting or completing his/her homework? Need a convenient place to meet for group assignments? Prefer to study and work on assignments with friends? Need a quiet place for peer tutoring?

Encourage your child to stop by the Bromfield Homework Center, a convenient, well-equipped, staffed resource room available for students to use every Monday through Thursday from 2:30-3:30 p.m. (12:15-1:15 p.m. on early release days).

The Homework Center is located at the end of the sixth-grade wing in the Learning Center. There are textbooks, computers and assignment boards for students' use.

-- Harvard PTO