Library Volunteers Needed

The Harding library is only staffed one day a week, so we rely on volunteers to keep the library running. Whether it is checking books out to students, shelving, or getting new books labeled – we need your help! Most classes also need a volunteer when they visit the library (Mon-Thurs).

If you are interested, please discuss with your child’s teacher. If the teacher would like you to help, please contact Lauren Gibson ( so that we can keep track of volunteers and arrange training if needed. Thank you for supporting our library and reading!

Back to School Night

We invite all Harding adult family members to join staff and teachers for our annual Back to School Night on Tuesday, September 3rd and Thursday, September 5.

The night will begin at 6:30pm with a presentation from Principal Takimoto in the Auditorium, followed by classroom time with your student’s teacher from 7:00-8:00pm. Please see the schedule below by grades:

Tuesday 9/3 – Grades K, 2, 4, 5

Thursday 9/5 – Grades TK, 1, 3, 6

Please note, this evening will be for adults only, and childcare will not be available at Harding.

Celebrate Harding’s Multicultural Community at Our First International Potluck

One of the main strengths and gifts of living in the Bay Area and belonging to the Harding community is our multi-cultural heritage, and sharing our food is a gateway to learning about others cultures and people. It is also an important model for our children to experience and witness the celebration of our differences and normalizes differences as our shared humanity.

Please join us to celebrate our first and very own Multicultural International Potluck! Sign-up here to bring a dish and/or other supplies (picnic blanket, cutlery, plates).

When: Saturday, September 7th, 11 am – 2 pm

Where: Harding Multi Purpose Room

Questions: Contact Ted Lam, Harding PTA Executive VP, at

Volunteer Fingerprinting

WCCUSD will host Saturday fingerprinting parties for parents and community members who want to volunteer at any of the WCCUSD schools. Fingerprinting is required to volunteer in the classrooms, library, on fieldtrips, and other official school events.

Click here for more information.

First Day of School is August 19

WELCOME BACK, HARDING FAMILIES! We hope you all had a great summer and are ready for a fun year of learning at Harding Elementary. The first day is Monday, August 19, with a minimum day (2:05pm) dismissal.

And a very warm welcome to our new faculty and staff for the upcoming 2019-20 school year.

We look forward to seeing everyone and kicking off another school year for our Tigers!

Join the Harding PTA!

Joining the PTA is a very simple way to show your support of the school and requires nothing else from you. Membership dues are just $16 per person and support Harding’s enrichment programs, our students, and our teachers! And as a member, you will receive coupons and discounts to local businesses as well as coupons for Legoland.

You can join the PTA with one membership or the whole family can join!

Memberships are being processed online this year. There is a $1 fee associated with each online transaction. Please contact with any questions, or if you would prefer to pay by check.

Harding Calendar

Stay on top of your school schedule by plugging into the Harding calendar!

The Harding PTA maintains a calendar you can access three different ways: 1) a monthly print calendar that comes home in your student’s Wednesday folder (look for this in the coming weeks).

2) a Google calendar you can view on our calendar page.

3) A subscription to the Google calendar you can add to your mobile device so you get reminders and updates in real time. Instructions on how to subscribe can be found here , beneath the calendar.

HASEP Session 1 Registration

Registration for the first Harding After School Enrichment Program session (9/9 – 12/13) starts this week! The HASEP class calendar will come home in this week’s Wednesday folders. The complete HASEP packets — including detailed class descriptions, scholarship information, and paper registration forms — will be available online, at the El Cerrito Community Center, and on the HASEP Bulletin Board outside of the Harding office.

Online registration will begin on Thursday, 8/22, and paper registration will begin Monday, 8/26.


When: Saturday, May 18⋅9:00am – 12:00pm

Where: Harding Elementary

Why: Help lend a hand to get the school looking great for the summer and next year.


The auction & raffle raised just over $9,000! Thank you to all the teachers, students, volunteers who helped create the classroom projects, volunteers who worked the Open House events, and our generous donors for such a successful evening. If you would like to see the auction take place in 2020, please consider volunteering as the coordinator. Contact for details.

Donate to Harding PTA: