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Public Safety Power Outage

PG&E has announced that it may shut off power to certain schools in the District as part of its public safety plan to help prevent wildfires due to the expected high winds and dry conditions.

We want to assure you that Harding is not one of the schools affected, and we do not anticipate an outage affecting school schedules.

For more information, visit www.wccusd.net

Come one, come all to the Harding Carnival!

Bring the whole family and have a great time at this year’s annual Harding Carnival!

  • Free entry for Harding students and younger siblings!
  • Bakers! Please bring a home-baked item to donate to the bake sale.
  • PTA Members! Collect your 5 free game tickets at the Lemonade Stand! Limit one set per family. Not a member yet? Join here.
  • Facepainters Needed! If you are available to do a shift, please contact volunteering@hardingpta.org.

Join the Korematsu Band!

Sixth graders are invited to join the Korematsu Wednesday Night Band, starting on October 16th. The band meets 6-7pm weekly in the Korematsu band room. This is a great opportunity to get to know a little bit about the middle school band program and to play music with other 6th graders in the area.

Fifth graders will also have their own band starting in January – more information will be available closer to the start date.

Questions: please contact Korematsu Band Director Tiffany Carrico at scrappyslap@hotmail.com.

Gardners Wanted!

Calling all nature lovers! This year, in lieu of a school gardener, the Harding garden will be run by the Garden Committee: a group of parent volunteers dedicated to making our garden available to and fun for all our students.

The garden is a great educational and enrichment space for the Harding community, so come join us! There are projects for any/all time availabilities and skill sets.

Our next planning meeting will be on Thursday October 10th from 8:30-9am in the Harding Library. For questions or to get on the committee mailing list, email hardinggardencommittee@gmail.com. See you in the garden!

Parents Night Out

Drop the kids off at El Cerrito Martial Arts for an evening of pizza, dodgeball, and fun martial arts games!

When: Saturday October 19th, 5:00-9:00pm 

Where: 10400 San Pablo Ave, El Cerrito, CA 94530

Ages: This event is for children 4 1/2 – 12.

Cost: $25 per child with the discounted price of $20 for the third child and on in each family. All proceeds go to Harding PTA.

Register: You must register in advance here
Questions? Contact hardingptafundraise@gmail.com.

Picture Day

Picture Day is on Tuesday, September 24. Now you can pre-pay online for your pictures through Dorian Studios.

Don’t want to pay online? Simply return the envelope you received in your student’s Wednesday folder.

If you miss Picture Day, there will be a makeup date on November 8.

Calling all Bakers for the Harding Carnival!

We are calling on all the amazing bakers at Harding to bring your home-baked goods to donate to the Carnival on Sunday, October 13th. Please bring items to the bake booth sometime during the morning of the Carnival.

Irwin, a Harding dad of three, was a founding member of the Dads Club that helps make the Carnival successful year after year, and currently manages Cake Walk game and bake sale. Hear Irwin in his own words talk about how Harding volunteers come together with the community to support the school below.

Calling Harding Bakers!We are calling on all the amazing bakers at Harding to bring their home-baked goods to donate to the Carnival on Sunday, October 13th. Please bring items to the bake booth sometime during the morning of the Carnival.Meet Irwin, a Harding dad of three kids, who explains how the Harding carnival was revamped 10 years ago. Irwin managed the popular Cake Walk game and the accompanying bake sale.

Posted by Harding Elementary School on Friday, September 20, 2019

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Walkathon Volunteers Needed

Want to help with one of Harding’s most successful fundraising events?

The annual Harding Walk-a-Thon relies on volunteers to be successful, and we need you to sign up! We need volunteers to help with marking laps, distributing water, and peeling cutie oranges. This year’s event will be held on Friday, October 18th.

For this event to be successful, 8 volunteers are required for each of these time slots:

  • 8:00-8:30 Set up (need 8)
  • 8:30-8:55 3rd (need 6)
  • 9:00-9:25 2nd (need 3)
  • 11:10-11:30 TK (need 8)
  • 11:15-11:40 4th (need 7)
  • 12:40-1:00 K (need 8)
  • 1:20-1:50 6th (need 8)
  • 1:45-2:05 1st (need 6)
  • 2:10-2:40 5th (need 5) 

Please come ten minutes before the time slot to ensure smooth transitions and stay for another one if you can. If you are interested, email the time slot/s you can volunteer to candice.cox14@gmail.com.

Thank you to those who have already signed up!

Earn Cash for Harding with the new Box Tops App

There are now two ways to support Harding through the Box Tops for Education program!

Download the new Box Tops app from and earn cash for Harding using your smartphone. The new app features state-of-the-art technology that allows you to scan your store receipt, find participating products, and instantly add Box Tops to Harding’s earnings online.

If you still have traditional Box Tops clips at home, make sure to send them to school and put them in the collection box outside the front office. We will still earn cash for all clipped Box Tops until they expire. Better yet, you can “double dip” during the packaging transition by clipping traditional Box Tops AND scanning your store receipt containing participating products.

Continuing Education Scholarships Available for Educators and PTA Volunteers

Did you know that California State PTA offers several scholarships for PTA members?

To help school professionals and volunteers continue their educations, California State PTA is proud to offer $500 scholarships for credentialed teachers and counselors, school nurses and PTA volunteers! All scholarship applications require two references and current membership at PTAs in good standing. If you aren’t a current member, join today!

Learn more and apply at www.capta.org/scholarships.

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