Harrison Elementary School

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  • September 24, 2020

    Posted by Cynthia Healy on 9/24/2020

    Dear Parents and Guardians,

    Many of our K-2 students returned to school this week and I am pleased to report that all went very well! We will continue to work together as a team to balance the needs of all our children- both those in school as well as those at home. Thank you for all of the positive notes and emails! We are proud of how well our opening has gone under these very unusual circumstances.

    Back to School Night will take place next week on September 30th. We will be sending links to the various portions of the evening in a separate email. Parents will have the opportunity to meet virtually with their classroom and special teachers as well as with the small group instructors their children see such as BSI, GT, ESL and guidance.

    We have also scheduled additional “Meets” for the children to come together with their homeroom classes in a socially distance way. The sessions will be held outside and we will use this opportunity to send home additional materials. These meetings with your child’s teacher/peers are not required.  However, we do feel all of the children will benefit from the experience.

    Parents of children who are fully remote and are unable to attend their scheduled meeting should contact their classroom teacher to arrange contactless pickup of materials.

    Oct.  1st           1:30-2:30 4th  Materials Exchange/Lesson Pickup Lower Blacktop

                            2:00-3:00 5th  Materials Exchange/Lesson Pickup Upper Blacktop

    Oct. 2nd           2:00-3:00 3rd  Materials Exchange/Lesson Pickup

    Oct. 6th            2:00-3:00 2nd Materials Exchange/Lesson Pickup

    Oct. 7th            2:00-3:00 1st  Material Exchange/Lesson Pickup  

    Oct. 8th            2:00-3:00  Kindergarten  Material Exchange/Lesson Pickup

    While we are not hosting full school events this fall, we are planning a few socially distanced grade level events. We decided that with a little creativity we can still give the children the opportunity to experience some of our traditional events ! These include a FUN RUN and a Halloween parade activity. More information will follow soon.

    Thank you for your support!

    Warmly,

    Mrs. Healy

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  • September 23, 2020

    Posted by Cynthia Healy on 9/23/2020

    A message from Mrs. Caulfield, Media Specialist

    Dear Parents and Guardians,

    Though students will be unable to visit the Harrison School Library this fall, I am excited to share the news that books from the media center will soon be coming to them!  Here are the specifics:

    Students will request books via the forms attached here.  Please note they are grade-specific.  For children in grades K-2, please use this form.   For children in grades 3 - 5, please use this form.   Please complete by Friday, September 25th.  Thank you!

    I will do my best to find books that match their requests.  To begin with, each student will receive one requested book.  I will also choose a “bonus” book that I think may spark their interest.   A silver lining in the present circumstances may be that children will try books they may never have noticed before!

    For this initial check-out, books will be placed in the bags (with classroom materials) that you will be picking up for your children according to the schedule below.  Details regarding book return will be forthcoming.  For now, just enjoy the books!

    It is so important that children have actual print books to read (in addition to online ebooks and audiobooks) and I look forward to sharing wonderful stories, poetry, biographies, and nonfiction texts with your children.  And I ask for your patience as this new system is implemented.  I will do my best to find “just right” books, check them out, and get them to you in a timely manner (after this first go-round).  I will also be following the latest scientific protocols as I “quarantine” returned books before they are safe to be checked out again.

     

    Happy Reading!
    Sincerely,
    Mrs. Coleen Caulfield, Media Specialist

     

    Pick-up Schedule:

    Oct  1st       1:30-2:30 Grade 4 

                      2:00-3:00 Grade 5 

    Oct  2nd       2:00-3:00 Grade 3 

    Oct 6th        2:00-3:00  Grade 2/SE

     Oct 7th       2:00-3:00  Grade 1/SE  

     Oct 8th       2:00-3:00  Kindergarten/SE

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  • September 16, 2020

    Posted by Cynthia Healy on 9/16/2020

    Hello Parents!

    We will be welcoming our K-2 Hybrid students back next week! 

    Monday 9/21 and Tuesday 9/22 are for Cohort A.

    Wednesday 9/23 and Thursday 9/24 are for Cohort B.

    Friday 9/25 is Cohort B

    IMPORTANT 

    All parents must complete the daily COVID form which will be sent to you early each morning. 

    We are asking that Kindergarten families walk their children to the Kindergarten Door (see Door Map here).

    Please read additional information regarding Hybrid Procedures here.   

    We are looking forward to another great week! 

    Warmly, 

    Mrs. Healy 

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  • September 15, 2020

    Posted by Cynthia Healy on 9/15/2020

    Dear Harrison Families, 

    We hope you are having a wonderful start to the school year! We also hope that your child enjoyed sampling books from a variety of genres as part of our “Summer Reading Picnic” project introduced this past June. 

    Next week, Harrison students will celebrate their summer reading by sharing their “Plate of Possibilities” projects with their classmates. Students are asked to have their completed templates ready to share by Monday, September 21 in preparation for activities coordinated by their classroom teachers. 

    As a reminder, details describing Harrison’s Summer Reading Picnic project are contained within this brief slide presentation. A copy of the project template that was sent home in June can be found here. Additionally, this information can be accessed through the Harrison Home page

    Thank you for supporting your child's reading this summer! We can't wait to hear all about the wonderful books they "tasted"!

    Mrs. Cynthia A. Healy, Principal and The Harrison Summer Reading Committee

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  • September 14, 2020

    Posted by Cynthia Healy on 9/14/2020
    Good Morning! 
     
    If you are having difficulty using your district chromebook. please remember that you first must enter your District Network password which was emailed to you from the district via Genesis on September 4th. You will only need to do this once. 
     
    Parents can receive technology help by going to the front page of the Harrison School or district website. Scroll down and you will see a yellow box entitled "Help Desk". Someone will get back to you as soon as possible. 
     
    Teachers will of course respond to any issues when they are able but are involved in teaching the large or small groups for the majority of the day. 
     
    Once ZOOM meetings are in progress, teachers may miss the message that a student is in the waiting room especially if they are sharing the screen. Please be patient. 
     
    Thank you, 
    Mrs. Healy 
     
    A friendly reminder to visit the Harrison PTA website  for important information!
     
     
     
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  • September 9, 2020

    Posted by Cynthia Healy on 9/9/2020

    Dear Parents and Guardians,

    We had a wonderful 1st day of school! It was great to see the children’s beautiful smiles via zoom! The staff and children were able to enjoy each other and navigate the technology even after a long summer. We will continue to troubleshoot tech issues and help our youngest children find success in this virtual environment. Over four hundred and fifty students attended today and took their first steps in this history making, year-long journey!  

    Materials, as you know, will be sent home during our Meet and Greets this week. The items included in their school bags will be used to support our live lessons (synchronous) as well as planned independent practice of skills (asynchronous). These materials will help us to create the appropriate balance between screen and non-screen time. We will also provide many opportunities for movement, academic games and active participation during our virtual day in order to build our students' stamina and increase their ability to attend to lessons. This is the case every September, especially in the younger grades. Please allow your children the time to adjust and acclimate to their new environment. We are proud of what they accomplished in one day and are confident that each one of them will continue to grow socially, emotionally and academically!

    We look forward to seeing all of you during our in-person Meet and Greets as well as at your child’s small virtual groups! Together we will build a strong and solid foundation for success!

    Warmly,

    Mrs. Healy



     
     
     
     
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  • September 7, 2020

    Posted by Cynthia Healy on 9/7/2020
     

    Here we go!

    Please see the attached story read by Mrs. Caulfield! Saturday by Oge Mora tells the story of a mother and daughter trying to have a perfect day! It’s a beautiful book with a message for all of us during these unusual times! 

     

    The Night Before Distance Learning

    ‘Twas the night before Distance Learning
    and all through the town,
    everyone was thinking…
    how will this go down?

    Students and parents and teachers all wonder.
    Can I make this work? What if I blunder?
    Passwords, logins - do I have it all ready?
    Easy now, take a breath, remember to steady.

    There will be blips, there will be unknowns,
    but we’re in this together, you are NOT alone!
    One day at a time, this is not a race,
    a new journey for all, so please give GRACE.

    Grace for yourself and grace for each other…
    we WILL get through this, one way or another!

    Students want to LEARN
    and teachers want to TEACH,
    families need to work
    so it may be a reach.

    BUT, patience and respect will guide us through
    this strange experience that is so new.
    I’ll say it again (and many more times),
    we’ll work this out… things will be JUST FINE!

    Here we go folks, this could be a while,
    just remember to be KIND, and of course…
    to SMILE!

    -Written by Diane

    We are excited to finally start!

    Have a wonderful night!

    Tomorrow will be a Good Day to have a Good Day!

     

    Warmly,

    Mrs. Healy

     
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  • September 4, 2020

    Posted by Cynthia Healy on 9/4/2020

    A message from our Specials Teachers:

    Dear Parents and Guardians,

    We are so very excited for the beginning of school!   We are looking forward to seeing the children (whether live or virtual) and know it will be a wonderful year filled with meaningful lessons and long-lasting relationships.  We, the Specials, feel fortunate that we are able to interact with all the children and accompany them on their journey through Harrison School.

    This is a unique year, and we are all navigating it together.  We will be teaching according to our normal six-day rotation.  Please don’t stress, and assure your children we are always there for them.  Here’s to a great year!!

    Sincerely,

    Brandee Adams, Physical Education

    Roxana Bello, Spanish

    Coleen Caulfield, Library Media

    Ria DeVito, Physical Education

    Linet Martes, Spanish

    Michele Matten, Music

    Emma Stein, Art

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  • September 3, 2020

    Posted by Cynthia Healy on 9/3/2020

    Dear Parents and Guardians,

    You will receive correspondence from your child’s teacher regarding Tuesday’s remote schedule and opening. Please see the information below regarding technology.

    Educational Technology

    Grades K-2 

    Students will be using SeeSaw which is a new, child-friendly, learning platform.

    Please review this tutorial. SeeSaw

    Specialists will also be posting directly to your child’s homeroom SeeSaw account.

    The platform is user friendly and will allow students to be more independent, engage in learning activities and create responses using different mediums.

     

    Grades 3-5 

    Students will be using Google Classroom.

    All students who attended Harrison last year should be familiar with this platform.

     

    Quick Facts

    Both platforms will serve as a "one stop shop" for teachers to post all classroom assignments, materials, links, videos, etc.

    There will also be several other educational web applications such as RAZ-Plus, Epic, Freckle, Words Their Way and more.

    Teachers will spend the week of September 8th helping students get familiarized with the tools, platforms and websites.

    Parents and Guardians will receive their childs login and access information.  This will allow them to join their teachers’ SeeSaws/Google Classrooms.

    Classroom Structure

    Each homeroom teacher will have an opening and closing meeting, as well as two live lessons and rotating small group instruction sessions each day.

    All LPS elementary schools will follow the same building schedule.

    Core academic subjects will be taught in the morning and conclude at approximately 12:30pm.

    Students will have a lunch break, where movement is encouraged, before returning for a combination of small group sessions and asynchronous or "on demand" assignments in the afternoon.

    BSI, ESL, GT, Special Education will have pull-out small group rotations during this time  depending on students' needs.

    General Procedures

    This year, the daily agenda for each class will not be emailed to you, but rather posted directly to your child's learning platform (SeeSaw/Google Classroom).

    Since each class has a morning meeting, this will be the perfect opportunity for the teachers to go through the day's learning activities and schedule.

    Attendance will be taken via participation at the morning meeting. Parents will not need to email the teachers as we did in the Spring.

    Students who are unable to participate in school (either hybrid or remote) should continue to use the Call for Safety (973-535-8000 x 7103).

    Children should be dressed and fed by the start of the virtual school day.

    We appreciate your continued flexibility as we navigate this unusual start to the school year! We are confident that our school community is so much more than a building or a computer. Together we will make this a wonderful year for the children!

    Warmly,

    Mrs. Healy 

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  • September 2, 2020

    Posted by Cynthia Healy on 9/2/2020

    Dear Parents and Guardians,

    Happy September!

    We are anxious to begin a new school year and connect with the children again! Please note the first few weeks of school are REMOTE for all children. While we are hopeful to be back soon there is not an official start date for the K-2 return for HYBRID students. We are very happy to have the opportunity to have some time together through next week’s “Meet and Greet”!

    Meet & Greet and Material Pickup 

    · All Meet and Greets are scheduled for one grade level at a time.

    · Each grade level will be organized by homeroom. Signs will be posted.

    · The actual “Meet” will be 40 mins.

    · The classes will not mix since we want to keep the groups small and have enough room to socially distance.

    · All adults and students must wear a mask.

    Parents

    · Parents do not attend their child’s group.

    · They will be directed to the area to pick up supplies which also will be arranged by homeroom. Younger siblings should stay with their parents.

    · Please bring supplies from last year such as media center books.

    · Each child will receive a bag with curriculum materials from their classroom. 

    · The PTA Supply Box, if ordered in the spring, will also be available for pickup.

    · We will be meeting with the children on the large middle blacktop. Each class on one side of the square.

    · Material Pickup will be on the lower blacktop and will be setup by homerooms.

    The schedule is as follows:

    September 9th             3rd Grade  1:15-1:55      

                                         K Classes  2:30-3:10  

           Contactless by appointment ONLY 3:30 - 4:00

     

    September 10th           1st Grade   1:15-1:55     

           5th Grade   2:30-3:10

           Contactless by appointment ONLY 3:30 - 4:00

     

    September 11th                 2nd Grade  1:15-1:55 

                                            4th Grade   2:30-3:10

            Contactless by appointment ONLY 3:30 - 4:00

    We are hopeful that the weather will allow these meetings to take place. We will still have a quick hello under the tents and a material pickup if the weather prevents us from having the full activities.

    Please check your email at 11:45 on your scheduled day for the weather decision.  See below for rain times. 

    RAIN ONLY

    Sept. 9th  

    3rd grade

    1:00 Ms. Ammar

    1:20 Miss Calabrese

    1:40 Mrs. Horwitz

     

    K

    2:00 Mrs Barrsso

    2:20 Mrs. Connell

    2:40 Ms. Gullo

     

    Sept. 10th  

    1st grade

    12:30 Miss Day

    12:50 Mrs. Edelson

    1:10   Mrs. Green

    1:30   Miss Falchetta

     

    5th grade

    1:50 Mrs. Aivars

    2:10 Miss Craig

    2:20 Mrs. Miller

    2:50 Mrs. Raiola

     

     

    Sept. 11th  

    2nd grade

    12:30  Mrs. Egan

    12:50  Mrs. Faber

    1:10    Mrs. Weissman

    1:30    Mrs. Zavaglia

     

    4th grade

    1:50 Miss. Daugherty

    2:10 Mrs. Frohnapfel

    2:20 Ms. Keyes

    2:50 Miss Scully

     

    Warmly,

    Mrs. Healy

     

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  • Call for Safety In order to ensure the safety of our students, parents should use the Call For Safety phone line and report the student’s name, day or dates the student is absent or tardy, and the reason for the absence or tardy.

    973-535-8000, x7103

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