Welcome Harbor Heights Families

Special Announcements

Volunteers Needed: Interested in getting involved? Volunteers are always needed! Contact us to let us know you’re willing to lend a hand this year: HarborHeightsVPO@Gmail.com


Events

Live Auction: A Night on the Harbor

Join us May 18 for our in-person auction, held this year at The Club @ The Boatyard in downtown Gig Harbor near the Gig Harbor Marina. Ticket purchase includes two drinks and an elegant buffet dinner. This is an adults-only evening.

Visit the event website to purchase tickets and view auction items. Tickets are $100/person or $1,200 for a table for 10. Seats are limited so buy your tickets today!

Auction items up for grabs include a seven-night stay at a resort in Mexico, Seattle Storm tickets, restaurant dining experience, a wine tasting with friends, a private flying lessons and more.

Interested in donating an item? Email us.

Volunteers needed: We need volunteers to help staff the auction. Volunteers will need to stay at their stations for the evening, but can bid on items. Dinner will be provided. Email us to find out more.

Come meet the VPO!

Come hang with us May 8 at 7 Seas in Gig Harbor. Stop by any time between 5:30 and 8 p.m.

This informal get together is a chance to meet the VPO, learn more about what we do – and most importantly, have fun!

We hope you’ll join us for a cold one while enjoying a night with other Harbor Heights parents in a casual setting.

Night at the Park, Tacoma Rainiers HHES night May 14

Night at the Park with the Tacoma Rainiers

We’re excited to partner with the Tacoma Rainiers for a Night at the Park May 14.

The Orca Singers will perform the National Anthem. Get there early to cheer them on. Gates open 5 p.m.; first pitch is 6:05 p.m.

  • Group Double Play: $25.50/person, includes reserved seat, hot dog, snack, water, limited edition Tacoma Rainiers hat.
  • Group Express: $20.50/person, includes reserved seat, hot dog, snack, water.

Buy tickets here.

Check out more events we have coming up on our Events page.


Attend a meeting

The Harbor Heights VPO holds four general meetings each year. The meetings are open and all are invited to attend.

Most of the meetings are held at Harbor Heights in the Commons. Children are welcome.

Remaining meetings for the 2023-24 school year are:

  • June 4, 6:30 p.m. This is the final VPO General Meeting. We will elect our 2024-25 school year VPO board. Please consider joining the board to help support our students and school. Board positions include:
    • President
    • Vice President
    • Treasurer (2 positions)
    • Secretary
    • Communications
  • In 2024-25 we will also have Chair and Co-Chair positions open to help with the various VPO events and programs offered throughout the year. Please considering volunteer to lead one of these events.

What is the VPO?

VPO stands for Volunteer Parent Organization. This is like a PTA, but as a nonprofit, the VPO does not charge dues for members. There is a board of six people that are in charge of oversight of the VPO, but all parents/guardians with children at Harbor Heights are invited and encouraged to get involved. 

The VPO is responsible for putting on many of the school enrichment activities and events that the student body participates in. This includes:

  • Boo Bash & Spring Event. These after school events are 100% organized, paid for and operated by the VPO volunteers. They also serve as a fundraiser for the VPO to help pay for other VPO events and school enrichment programs.
  • Spell-a-thon. The VPO hosts this event as its major fundraiser for the year. Money raised from this event pays for other programs during the year.
  • Read & Lead. This literacy-focused program encourages students and parents/mentors to read for a set number of minutes from February to March. Prizes are awarded for each milestone and children who complete the goal receive an engraved medal at the end and attend an assembly celebrating their accomplishment. Children collect the medals each year, wearing them to the assembly to showcase their achievements.
  • Harbor Hikers/Fun Run. Harbor Hikers kicks off with a Fun Run at school where students and families walk and run around the track while music plays. Harbor Hikers encourages active participation by motivating children to walk/run around the HHES track during recess to earn “Feet” that go on a bracelet. PE Teacher Mr. Rucci also hosts “Walk/Roll/Run a Mile Day” during school, which ties into this VPO-led program.
  • Theater programs. The VPO partners with Missoula Children’s Theatre and Tacoma Little Theatre to introduce children to the arts. The Missoula program is one week and offers students the opportunity to rehearse and put on a full play. The Tacoma Little Theatre program is a multi-week program where students rehearse and put on a play at the end.
  • After school enrichment. The VPO works with other programs like Snapology to bring afterschool programming for students.
  • Teacher grants. The VPO allocates funding to teachers to purchase items for classrooms or teacher requests for specific projects they are doing with students.
  • Movie Nights. The VPO hosts movie nights twice a year for families to come together to enjoy a discounted night at the movies.

Restock the Staff Lounge

Want to support Harbor Heights teachers and staff? We have an easy way for you to support those who support our children everyday. Check out this Amazon Wishlist to see how you can show some love for the dedicated staff at HHES. Once you select the item you want to purchase and go to checkout, the item will be shipped to the school so you don’t have to worry about anything!


Teacher Wish Lists

We are working to update the lists to include needs for the 2023-2024 school year. If your child’s grade does not list items, contact the teacher to see what they may need to help in the classroom.

We asked Harbor Heights teachers and specialists what they need to help with the day-to-day operations at school. Below are Amazon wish lists created with their needs. If you’d like to support our wonderful Harbor Heights staff, please click the links below. At check out click the address link for Harbor Heights. It will send the items directly to school.

Thank you for your support of the teachers and staff!


Reader Board Rental

Have a special message you want to share with your student? Or maybe you want to give a Harbor Heights staff member a shout out? We can do that for you! Send us an email to hhreaderboard@gmail.com, let us know what day(s) you wish to rent and the message and we’ll let you know the cost and get the message up.


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