It is my pleasure to introduce you to Haldane Elementary School. Our caring and dedicated staff is committed to understanding the wide range of interests and learning styles necessary for your child's success. The partnership between our staff, parents and children allows for a stimulating and challenging educational community. We invite you to take some time to peruse our website to learn more about the richness of our curriculum and programs and meet our dedicated and exceptional staff. Indeed, Haldane is a small school, with great minds and fabulous outcomes!
Principal: Brent Harrington
Aside from our annual summer vacations, I recall only a single day of work that my father missed when I was a child growing up. It has been a standard that I have found impossible to live up to, but, nonetheless, has proved to be an important model for me as I have tried to demonstrate responsibility and grit in both my professional and personal life. I believe it was Woody Allen that once said, “80 percent of success is showing up.” In other words, the simple prerequisite for grit and perseverance is being present.
Not so long ago I had a rare opportunity to take my younger son to his kickboxing class—an activity that my wife and I have found to be a healthy environment to further affirm important character traits that we work hard as parents to instill in our young son. His instructor, a young former Marine, both gentle and stern, began the class, not unlike the beginning of any other classroom lesson, with the children seated on the mat in front of him. And, as a number of kids strolled in late to the class, he shared, without anger or pretension that “being on time is being late, and being early is being on time.” He credited his commitment to being present and punctual with his success as a former Marine. I sat and listened from afar and nodded my head in enthusiastic agreement.
News & Announcements
A Message from our Garden Educator
Our school garden, located on the south side of the school building, has long enjoyed the support of parents, teachers, the PTA, the Haldane School Foundation, and of course, our students. Hands-on learning in this outdoor classroom brings curriculum to life, as students learn with all of their senses. Immersion in nature also feeds the imagination and the spirit.
New this year, the weekly Library/Garden special ensures that all elementary students experience our school garden on a regular basis. Browse-and-borrow in the library stacks continues. Students also read and are read to in the school garden, and explore themes and lessons of literature outdoors.
Please visit www.growinghaldane.com or "like" Growing Haldane on facebook for regular updates about our students' rich experiences in the school garden. Also, visit the school garden often! Ask for a tour! New things happen here every day.