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  • November 24, 2020

    Posted by Cynthia Healy on 11/24/2020

    Dear Parents and Guardians,

    Based upon the changes to quarantining/building closures, Friday, December 4th will be an A day.  Tomorrow is an all remote day as well as Monday, November 30th and Tuesday, December 1st.  We will return to in-person on Wednesday, December 2nd with Cohort B. 

    If there are any additional changes to this schedule, I will notify you as soon as possible.

    I wish you all a happy and healthy Thanksgiving.

    Warmly,

    Mrs. Healy

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  • November 19, 2020

    Posted by Cynthia Healy on 11/19/2020
    Dear Parents,

    Kindergarten Families are welcome to use the morning drop off line starting Monday, November 23rd if you so choose.  Click here for the drop off line map.

    A friendly reminder tomorrow is Cohort A Picture Day for both Hybrid and Remote students.  I have attached the flyer for your convenience should you still need to order.  The schedule is as follows:
     
    8:30 - Hybrid Cohort A Kindergarten Students
    9:00 - Hybrid Cohort A 1st Grade Students 
    9:30 - Hybrid Cohort A 2nd Grade Students 
    10:00 - Hybrid Cohort A 3rd Grade Students 
    10:50-  Hybrid Cohort A 4th Grade Students
    11:15 - Hybrid Cohort A 5th Grade Students
    1:00 - 3:00 - All Cohort A Remote Students
     
    Contactless Materials pick up for our Remote students will be in front of the school on Monday and Tuesday, November 23rd and 24th between the hours of 10:00 AM and 3:00 PM.  All materials must be picked up no later than Tuesday at 3:00 PM.
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  • November 18, 2020

    Posted by Cynthia Healy on 11/18/2020

    Dear Parents and Guardians,

    Reminder and Clarification of Meet/Greet Plans

    Picture Day 

    Cohort A school pictures will take place on Friday. Remote students can have their pictures taken in the afternoon between 1:00 and 3:00. 

     Thanksgiving Food Donations 

    Remote families can drop food off in the bin in the foyer. Hybrid students - please bring by Monday!

    The Harrison Student Council is holding our Annual Thanksgiving Food Drive to support our neighbors in need this holiday season! While each holiday season Harrison loves to give back, this year especially, our community needs our support. All collections will go to CHOW (Community Hunger Outreach Warehouse) which supports our local food pantry run by Livingston Neighbors Helping Neighbors. The following items are being collected by each grade level: 

    Kindergarten - Peanut Butter and Jelly

    1st Grade - Canned Fruit and Vegetables

    2nd Grade - Canned Soup and Cereal

    3rd Grade - Cranberry Sauce and Canned Gravy

    4th Grade - Canned Beans and Rice 

    5th Grade - Boxed Mashed Potatoes, Boxed Stuffing 

    Please no glass. Any other non-perishable items are always welcome! Last day of collection is Monday, November 23rd. As always, we thank you for your support and continued kindness! 

    Socktober 

    THANK YOU - we collected over 450 pairs of socks! 

    Next Week Monday (A) and Tuesday (B)

    Hybrid Students attend school as always. 

    We will be welcoming our remote students to lessons with their peers during the morning on their Cohort Day next week (see schedule below). The remote children will pick up their materials at this time. The hybrid students will bring their materials home at the end of the day. This is NOT a parent event, however, remote parents are welcome to sit at the tables outside or wait in the car for the children as we have done in the past. The lessons are 30 minutes. 

    REMOTE students must pick up materials on either Monday or Tuesday. If the children are not attending the Meet/Greet -please make arrangements to pick the materials up in the front of the school. 

    NOVEMBER  

    Lesson /Materials Pickup - 30 mins. See schedule below:

    Nov 23rd - Cohort A DAY and remotes*

    Nov 24th - Cohort B Day  and remotes*

    *RSVP required for REMOTE students - please let your teacher know if your child will be attending. 

    If your remote child is NOT attending the Meet and Greet on their day, please arrange to pick up their materials. Materials will be available on November 23rd.  A table will be set up in the front for those remote families not attending. 

    These materials MUST be picked up before 3:00 on November 24th.

    Schedule for REMOTE students to meet their cohort outside:

    10:00  upper blacktop - Kindergarten

    10:00  lowerblacktop – 2nd Grade

     

    10:45  upper blacktop – 1st Grade 

    10:45  lower blacktop – 3rd Grade

     

    11:30 upper blacktop – 4th Grade 

    11:30 lower blacktop – 5th Grade

    November 25th - All students ARE remote. No afternoon sessions.

    Schools are closed Thursday, November 26th  and Friday, November 27th

     

    DECEMBER 

    New Year’s Winter Celebration - Socially Distanced 

    December 21st - Cohort A during the school day outside. Hybrid A Students only.

     

    December 22nd - Cohort B during the school day outside. Hybrid B Students only. 

    December 21st - ALL K-5 Remote Students  1:30-2:00 outside on blacktop.   Material Pickup

    *RSVP required for REMOTE students - please let your teacher know if your child will be attending. 

    If your remote child is NOT attending on December 21st, please arrange to pick up their materials: 

    Materials will be available on December 21st. A table will be set up in the front for remote families only. 

    These materials MUST be picked up before 3:00 on December  22th .

    December 23rd - All Students ARE Remote - No afternoon sessions.

    All classrooms will work together on Family Gingerbread Project for 1 hour at some point during the morning. 

    We are excited to attempt this new tradition which we began last year from home!  Your teachers will be sending information regarding plans to include everyone! 

     

    For your Information 

    December 24th - January 3rd Schools are closed. 

    Remote Instruction begins January 4th -January 15th 

    Schools Closed - January 18th - Dr. King's Birthday. 

    Hybrid Students return in person January 19th

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  • November, 17, 2020

    Posted by Cynthia Healy on 11/17/2020

    Dear Parents and Guardians, 

    As the weather turns colder, we are trying to fit in a few more outside events where the children can safely socialize and be together. 

    Please see the plans below. All activities will be socially distanced. Events will be canceled if necessary due to weather or health conditions. 

    Additionally, the district has asked us to remind the children to keep their masks on as they walk off the property at dismissal. We have not had an issue here however please have a refresher conversation. We will do the same. 

    NOVEMBER  

    Lesson /Materials Pickup  30 mins. 

    NOV 23rd A DAY and remotes*

    Nov 24th B Day   and remotes*

    *RSVP required for REMOTE-Please let your teacher know if your child will be attending. 

    If your remote child is NOT attending on their day please arrange to pickup their materials: 

    Materials will be available on November 23rd.  A table will be setup in the front for those remote families not attending. 

    These materials MUST be picked up before 3:00 on November 24th.

    10:00  upper blacktop K

    10:00  lowerblacktop   2 

    10:45  upper blacktop 1 

    10:45  lowerblacktop   3

    11:30 upper blacktop 4 

    11:30  lower blacktop 5

    November 25th All students ARE remote. No afternoon sessions.

    Schools are closed Thursday, November 26th and Friday, November 27th 

     

    DECEMBER 

    New Year’s Winter Celebration-Socially Distanced 

    21st - Day A    during the school day outside. Hybrid A Students only 

    22nd - DAY B   during the school day outside. Hybrid B Students only 

     

    21st ALL K-5 Remote Students  1:30-2:00 outside on blacktop.   Material Pickup

    *RSVP required for REMOTE-Please let your teacher know if your child will be attending. 

     

    If your remote child is NOT attending on December 21st, please arrange to pick-up their materials.

    Materials will be available on December 21st. A table will be set up in the front for remote families only. 

    These materials MUST be picked up before 3:00 on December  22th.

     

    December 23rd - All Students ARE Remote.  No afternoon sessions. 

    All classrooms will work together on Family Gingerbread Project for 1 hour at some point during the morning. 

    More information to follow. We are excited to attempt this new tradition which we began last year from home! 

     

    For your Information 

    December 24th - January 3rd Schools are closed 

    Remote Instruction begins January 4th - January 15th

    Schools Closed January 18th Dr. King's Birthday. 

    Hybrid Students return in person January 19th

     

    Thank you! 

    Mrs. Healy 

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  • October 29, 2020

    Posted by Cynthia Healy on 10/29/2020

    Dear Parents and Guardians:

    This year continues to throw challenges our way!  After much consideration regarding the health and safety of our children and families, we have decided to postpone the Halloween parade.  The weather forecast for tomorrow continues to fluctuate which has made this decision very difficult.  We feel that the odds are not favorable for a pleasant, enjoyable and socially distant event. 

    Our Halloween parade will take place Monday, November 2nd using the same time schedule.  Teacher conferences will not be affected and will go on as scheduled in the afternoon.

    Kindergarten & First Grade      9:15 AM – 10:00 AM

    Second & Third Grade              10:15 AM – 11:00 AM

    Fourth & Fifth Grade                11:15 AM – 12:00 PM

    Conferences                             1:40 PM – 3:00 PM

    The parade will start at Door 8 (3rd Grade) on the middle blacktop.

    Friday - Cohort B kids – No costumes tomorrow but children can wear Halloween colors, school spirit or since they loved crazy hair today they can do that again if they wish.

    Monday – Cohort A kids – Wear your costumes to school. 

    Monday – Cohort B kids and Remote kids meet on the middle blacktop.  Students only!

    • We will have greeters to get children to their lines.
    • Parents can line up on the lower blacktop. 

    REMINDERS

    • Parents will not line up at the door as in the past.  We will require the parents to space out along the parade route so we can maintain social distance

     

    • Two guests per child. 

     

    • All guests must wear masks.

     

    • All Halloween costumes must be appropriate for elementary school.  Costumes should reflect what is good and positive in our community.

     

    • Inappropriate language on the costumes will not be allowed.

     

    • NO toy weapons of any kind will be permitted (includes chains, handcuffs, swords, laser guns, etc.).

     

    • All children must wear their masks with their costumes.

     

    • For safety and health reasons, costume masks will not be permitted.

     

    • The parade route will be different this year – parents will be asked to spread out along the perimeter of the blacktops.  Please refer to map attached here.

     

    • When the parade is over, the children will sit and sing on the middle blacktop.  PARENTS MUST STAY ALONG THE PERIMETER OF THE BLACKTOP NEAREST THE PLAYGROUND SIDE.
    • Students will break up into small classroom groups after the sing a-long.  During this time, parents can relax.  Children will be dismissed to you at the end of the session.

    Thank you for your cooperation!

     

    Picture Day for Cohort B students remains as scheduled for Wednesday, November 4th 

    Kindergarten Hybrid Students  8:30  AM

    First Grade Hybrid Students     9:00  AM

    Second Grade Hybrid Students 9:30  AM

    Third Grade Hybrid Students   10:00 AM

    Fourth Grade Hybrid Students  10:50 AM

    Fifth Grade Hybrid Students     11:15 AM

    All Cohort B Remote Students   1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

    Picture Day for Cohort A students will be rescheduled to Friday, November 20th.

    Kindergarten Hybrid Students  8:30  AM

    First Grade Hybrid Students     9:00  AM

    Second Grade Hybrid Students 9:30  AM

    Third Grade Hybrid Students   10:00 AM

    Fourth Grade Hybrid Students  10:50 AM

    Fifth Grade Hybrid Students     11:15 AM

    All Cohort A Remote Students  1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

    The Picture Day order form is attached here for your convenience.

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  • October 23, 2020

    Posted by Cynthia Healy on 10/23/2020
    Dear Parents and Guardians,

    We have had a great two days! Lots of running, dancing and smiling! The fundraiser remains open this weekend.

    Whichever class raises the most money this weekend will get to slime the APEX team on Monday outside during snack time!

    Thank you so much for supporting this effort! The children really needed the exercise and the connections with each other! We have raised a lot of money for the new playground!

    Have a wonderful weekend with your wonderful kids!

    Warmly
    Mrs. Healy
     
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  • October 22, 2020

    Posted by Cynthia Healy on 10/22/2020

    SPIRIT DAYS FOR RED RIBBON WEEK - WEEK OF OCTOBER 26

    Monday -PINK OUT in SUPPORT of BREAST CANCER RESEARCH!  Wear PINK.

    Tuesday -TEAM UP AGAINST DRUGS! Wear your favorite TEAM jersey or shirt. 

    Wednesday -RED RIBBON DAY ! Wear as much RED as you can in support of a DRUG FREE WORLD

    Thursday- CRAZY HAIR DAY -Its "HAIRY" IMPORTANT to SAY NO TO DRUGS. 

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  • October 20, 2020

    Posted by Cynthia Healy on 10/20/2020

    Parent /Teacher Conferences will be held virtually via ZOOM this year. The schedule is as follows:

    November 2nd … 1:40-3:00

    November 3rd …  9:00-3:00

    November 4th …  1:40- 3:00

    November 2nd is a Hybrid A Day. Conferences will take place in the afternoon between 1:40-3:00. Classes will take place as typical. Students will have a morning session only. 

    November 3rd is Election Day which is an ALL REMOTE DAY. The students will receive a detailed agenda in the morning and will meet as a group for their morning meeting. The teachers will then meet with parents for the remainder of the day. Students will have a morning session only.

    November 4th is a Hybrid B Day. Classes will take place as typical. Conferences will take place in the afternoon between 1:40 and 3:00. Students will have a morning session only.

    Your child’s teacher will schedule a specific time with you in the near future. We look forward to discussing your child’s school experience and performance with you this year!

     

    Thank you,

    Mrs. Healy

     
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  • October 16, 2020

    Posted by Cynthia Healy on 10/16/2020

    Dear Parents and Guardians,

    We are definitely moving in the right direction - kids and teachers seem to be adjusting well to this new but hopefully temporary normal. The children are beginning to relax into the routine and demonstrating increased independence. We will continue to follow up with families regarding individual concerns. If your child's device is not working, please remember to reach out for tech help on the district's website. 

    The children are enjoying APEX and we have begun to get some pledges. We would appreciate your help with this. Please remember that all proceeds go to the playground. The APEX team sends the classroom teachers a short lesson each morning reviewing their character-building initiative. They use the acronym MIGHTY to frame their morning tips. The team is also here for our outside snack time. Monday the classroom with the most pledges thus far will get to be very silly and "pie" the APEX team. I'm sure that will be a hit!  REMOTE children's badges are ready for pickup. Please come to the front door and we will give you the materials. 

    We have been getting some really great pictures of your family scarecrows!  Families who participate in this event will receive their ribbon on October 30th.

    We will continue to assess the children over the next few weeks. Please read this letter regarding Link-it assessments. 

    Thank you for your continued support! 

    Warmly, 

    Mrs. Healy 

     

    Upcoming Dates:

    Oct 22 –  APEX Fun Run – Cohort B

           Hybrid Students during the morning

           Cohort B - Remote Students –

           Grades K&1 @ 1:30-2:00

           Grades 2&3 @ 2:00–2:30

           Grades 4&5 @ 2:30-3:00

     Oct 23 –  APEX Fun Run – Cohort A

           Hybrid Students during the morning
           
            Cohort A - Remote Students –

             Grades K&1 @ 1:30-2:00

             Grades 2&3 @ 2:00–2:30

              Grades 4&5 @ 2:30-3:00

     Oct 30 -  Halloween Parade – ALL STUDENTS

                    Grades K&1 –  9:15-10:00

                    Grades 2&3 – 10:15-11:00

                    Grades 4&5 – 11:15-12:00

    Nov 2 – Picture Day – Cohort A – More information to follow

                 Teacher Conferences via Zoom – 1:40-3:00

    Nov 3 – ALL REMOTE DAY

                 Teacher Conferences via Zoom - 9:00-3:00

    Nov 4 - Picture Day – Cohort B – More information to follow

                Teacher Conferences via Zoom – 1:40-3:00

    Nov 5 & 6 – No School – NJEA Convention

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  • October 14, 2020

    Posted by Cynthia Healy on 10/14/2020

    Halloween is fast approaching!!  Our Halloween Parade will take place on FRIDAY, OCTOBER 30, 2020

    The parade will start at Door 8 (3rd Grade) on the middle blacktop. 

    Kindergarten & First Grade         9:15 AM – 10:00 AM

    Second & Third Grade               10:15 AM – 11:00 AM

    Fourth and Fifth Grade               11:15 AM – 12:00 AM 

    REMINDERS

    • Parents will not line up at the door as in the past.  We will require the parents to space out along the parade route so we can maintain social distance.
    • Two guests per child. 

    • All guests must wear masks.

    • All Halloween costumes must be appropriate for elementary school.  Costumes should reflect what is good and positive in our community.

    • Inappropriate language on the costumes will not be allowed.

    • NO toy weapons of any kind will be permitted (includes chains, handcuffs, swords, laser guns, etc.). 
    • All children must wear their masks with their costumes.

    •  For safety and health reasons, costume masks will not be permitted.

    • The parade route will be different this year – parents will be asked to spread out along the perimeter of the blacktops.  Please refer to map attached here.

    • When the parade is over, the children will sit and sing on the middle blacktop.  PARENTS MUST STAY ALONG THE PERIMETER OF THE BLACKTOP NEAREST THE PLAYGROUND SIDE.

    • Students will break up into small classroom groups after the sing a-long.  During this time, parents can relax.  Children will be dismissed to you at the end of the session.

    Thank you for your cooperation!

     

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