The Weekly What: Friday, November the 9th, 2018

November 9th, 2018
Happy Friday!


Due to inclement weather this week, we postponed our Leaving-to-Learn plans. We will visit the Planetarium and NORDC Joe Brown Park on Thursday, November the 15th. Please see the “NHH Families” section below for more information.

Despite threatening weather, we still made time for a quick break outside, which included NHH’s inaugural basketball game, and an additional group spent the afternoon at City Park to get some exercise on group bikes.

Guest Speaker

Miriam Belbidia

Miriam is a leader in floodplain management, hazard mitigation, and stormwater best management practices. She is a Certified Floodplain Manager (CFM), received a Fullbright Fellow in water management to conduct research in the Netherlands, and worked as a Hazard Mitigation Specialist for the City of New Orleans. In addition, she brings policy and program expertise to the National Flood Insurance Program.

Kids asked insightful questions, including how they can get involved in local water management and how they can pursue a career in the subject. We also discussed the natural history of the Mississippi and it’s wild patterns.

Thanks, Miriam!

Upcoming Local Events and Learning Opportunities

No Phones Allowed Game Night 

A New Harmony student’s Girl Scout Troop is hosting an electronic free game night at the Norman Mayer Library on Wednesday evening, November 28. If you’d like your child to ditch the screens for an evening and engage in some good old-fashioned game night fun, check it out!


NORD and Planetarium
Due to incliment weather, we had to postpone these field trips. We will resume the plans below on Thursday, November the 15th.

On Thursday we will be taking kids to New Orleans Recreation Development at Joe Brown Park as well as the Planetarium. At NORD students will identify invasive species on the NORD Nature Trail and learn what effects these species have had in our local communities. In addition, they will also have an opportunity to canoe at
Joe Brown Park.

Students will also be diving into everything outer space. Kids will receive a guided tour of the Audubon Nature Center’s Planetarium, interact with their new state-of-the-art technology, and see their newest films which include real time images from NASA.

Be prepared with close toed shoes, a jacket, and a water bottle. We will be sending out more information this week. Please let us know if you have any questions.



What is something you do well?

Listen to other people’s issues.

What is something you learned in the past week?

Sometimes, people put up a front if they feel insecure.

What is the biggest misconception people have about you?

They think I’m fat so I can’t do anything.

What is the biggest dream you have yourself that you are afraid to say aloud?

Just to live a good life and living where I want… like being retired and living good.

Who has had a positive influence on your life so far and why?

My uncle; my grandma’s brother. He’s older and is like the only person in my family that I can go to.

What would you do differently if you knew nobody would judge you?

Be more wild.  Actually having confidence.

What do you like about New Harmony?

I feel like it’s different.  We actually have freedom and get to do more.

Destin also volunteers each Saturday morning at Joe Brown Park with NORDC. He teaches people how to fish and canoe, and in return he will receive free life guard training. Way to go! 


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