Harrison Elementary School

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  • The Genesis Parent/Student Access Portals are open with access ONLY to Contacts Info and Online Forms. Forms are successfully submitted when you see a green checkmark on the Forms Library list - for detailed instructions on how to complete these forms, click here.
     
    Required Forms for Parents:
    • LPS Census Form
    • Free and Reduced Lunch Program
    • Health Insurance Coverage Form
    • Confidential Medical Information Update Form
    • Parent Acknowledgements/Authorizations
    Required Form for Students in Grades 6-11: Code of Conduct
    Required Form for Students in Grade 12: Acknowledgements Form
     
    Portals open August 23, 2018 AFTER 6:00 p.m. for secondary school student schedules.
    Portals open August 24, 2018 AFTER 6:00 p.m. for elementary teacher assignments.
     
    Parents/Students will be able to view elementary teacher assignments and student schedules provided all required forms have been submitted.
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School News

Messages from the Principal

  • June 21, 2018

    Posted by Cynthia Healy on 6/21/2018

    Dear Parents and Guardians,

    Though the winter seemed to last forever, it’s still hard to believe that another school year has come to an end.

    Fifth graders continued to enjoy end-of-year traditions when they provided support and expertise during the Staff Battle of the Books (click here for photos).  And of course, they were in the spotlight at their Moving-Up Awards Ceremony on Tuesday (click here for photos).

    Meanwhile, second graders visited Turtle Back Zoo on Monday and, despite the heat, enjoyed their up close and personal encounters with a variety of animals.  (Click here for photos).

    At the Board of Education meeting this week, kindergarten students sang songs that highlighted what they have learned this year, especially about our school initiative to “Choose Kind.” (Click here for photos).

    And on Wednesday, everyone at Harrison had the opportunity to enjoy a day outside, celebrating learning, growing, and friends.  The annual festivities included pizza and a DJ (thank you, PTA!) and the 5th graders vs. staff volleyball game!  (Click here for photos).

    During the summer, remember to check the “School News” portion of Harrison’s website for links to School Supply Lists and Summer Reading information.

    We wish our fifth graders a seamless transition to 6th grade at MPM in the Fall.  And we look forward to welcoming back familiar faces and new friends in September.  Wishing all our Harrison Families a safe and happy summer!

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  • June 15, 2018

    Posted by Cynthia Healy on 6/15/2018

    Dear Parents and Guardians,

    The lazy days of summer may be approaching soon, but things are still busy at Harrison!  As the children prepare to move up a grade, incoming kindergarten students (and their parents) had the opportunity to visit this week in preparation for their entrance in September.

    Fifth graders enjoyed an annual tradition by attending Medieval Times on Friday, June 8th.  The Black-and-White Knight won (correctly predicted by one of our teachers!), but no matter which knight was being rooted for, the children enjoyed this special time with friends.  Fifth graders were also given the opportunity to show off the skills they have been perfecting in the chess tournament held on June 14th.

    The Student Council Executive Board visited the Long Branch Ronald McDonald House on Tuesday to deliver the pop tabs that students have been collecting all year.  Staff there were very appreciative of our charitable efforts, and the students learned a great deal about the services offered to sick children and their families.

    Second graders had an opportunity to practice proper audience behavior as they listened to third graders perform a mini-concert on their recorders during music classes with Mrs. Matten.  The younger students also had a foretaste of what awaits them next year.

    The democratic process was in full swing this week, as three 3rd graders, and four 4th graders confidently stepped up to the podium on Monday to deliver campaign speeches for Student Council Vice-President, and President, respectively.  Each student spoke so well to the entire school that many teachers commented they were glad they didn’t have to choose!  On Tuesday, every student cast a vote.  Though there can be only one Vice President and one President, every candidate that ran will be part of the Student Council Executive Board, giving them valuable experience in leadership and service.  (Click here for photos).

    There have been numerous studies over the years that inevitably reach the same conclusion – many children experience a “summer slide”, a loss during the summer of some of the skills gained throughout the school year.  Reading is a foundational skill that needs to be continually practiced.  So be sure to bring your children to Livingston Public Library this summer, and encourage them to participate in the library’s summer reading program.  They learned all about it during assemblies this week.  (Click here for photos).  And special attention to parents of 5th graders: click here to find out summer reading requirements for incoming 6th graders.

    America is truly the melting pot, and as we saw on Multicultural Night, Harrison families represent a wide variety of different countries.  Third graders immersed themselves in their families’ culture as they studied late 19th and early 20th century American history, and then participated in their own Immigration Day experience on June 12th.  (Click here for photos).

    Each year we have an author/illustrator visit in the Fall.  This week, students in Kindergarten, 1st grade, and 2nd grade, were treated to an additional visit.  Retired music teacher Jackie Washack came to share her recently published picture book and accompanying song.  (Click here for photos). 

    Our Harrison Hero groups were a new initiative this year.  We celebrated our last session together by playing games while enjoying the friendships that were made. 

    We are looking forward to a fun, final week of school!  Enjoy the weekend!

    Mrs. Healy

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  • June 8, 2018

    Posted by Cynthia Healy on 6/8/2018

    Dear Parents and Guardians,

    Worms in the garden, songs in the air, and imagination at work – all have been part of Harrison School this week!

    After completing their science unit, 4th graders took their worms from the classroom and brought them to our garden.  The already blooming flowers will truly thrive with the help of the creatures known as “nature’s plows”.  Click here for photos.

    The Spring Concert was held on June 5th.  This year, in addition to excellent performances and moving compositions, the children paid tribute – through music – to retiring staff.  During the morning concert, Reading Specialist Lynn Orozco, and 4th grade teacher, Robin West, were serenaded by the chorus with the song My Wish.  During the night concert, Band Director John Palatucci was pleasantly surprised by current and former students who spoke about his impact on their lives.  Click here for photos.

    All who attended the concert were impressed and entertained, but third graders kept a special ear open.  They were looking ahead to 4th grade when they can join the chorus, and begin in-school instrumental lessons.  To encourage those thoughts, district music teachers visited Harrison to demonstrate the various instruments from which the students can choose. (Click here for photos). Hopefully we will see the students performing next year!

    As you know, our theme this year has been “Choose Kind.”  To that end, each month a class is chosen whose students are models of kindness.  Mrs. West’s class recently won, and were rewarded with time in the curiosity lab.  Click here for photos.

    June is usually filled with happy days for students, and none more so than the kindergarteners who performed in their annual play on June 7.  Dancing, singing, and plenty of enthusiasm were on display, much to the delight of proud family and friends.  Click here for photos.

    Have a wonderful weekend!

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  • May 31, 2018

    Posted by Cynthia Healy on 5/31/2018

    Dear Parents and Guardians,

    The school year may be winding down, but the energy level at Harrison is up, and we are still in full swing! 

    We started the week by gathering with our “Harrison Hero” groups early on Tuesday morning.  After a three day weekend, the children enjoyed greeting the new friends they have made in their groups as they participated in various outdoor games.  Click here for photos.

    Fourth graders recently competed in the annual 24 Game, a mathematics challenge that combines knowledge of number facts and operations with speed and poise under pressure.  This year we had a record-setting 54 students participate.  In addition to their math skills, the students’ excellent sportsmanship was commented on by the many teachers who volunteered their time after school to proctor the competition.  Click here for photos.

    While fourth graders were competing in math, fifth graders were having a challenge of their own.  On the afternoon of Field Day, all 5th grade classes gathered to cheer on the winning teams from each class in their final “Battle of the Books.”  The competition represented the culmination of yearlong reading.  The amount of reading the 5th graders did for the Battle served as inspiration to younger students, particularly their kindergarten buddies.  Click here for photos.

    Second graders recently completed their studies on the butterfly, and presented their work to their families on May 30th.  In addition to the books they created, they incorporated art and music in an assembly which they performed with enthusiasm. Click here for photos.

    Finally, in keeping with the mindfulness theme that has been an integral part of the Harrison community, time was set aside from the many activities going on to simply practice being still in the present moment.  Specifically, third graders recently enjoyed some yoga time.  Click here for photos.

    Enjoy the first weekend in June!

    Sincerely,

    Mrs. Healy

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  • May 23, 2018

    Posted by Cynthia Healy on 5/23/2018

    Dear Parents and Guardians,

    Tomorrow is Field Day! Please remember to dress your children in their assigned color and have them wear sneakers! We are very excited –the weather looks perfect!

    Field Day is not a spectator activity. However, if you are interested in other volunteer activities please contact the PTA. We can always use help during the family picnic which is June 6th!

    Here are a few of last week’s exciting moments:

    Fourth grade students completed their STEAM rollercoaster unit! Teams worked together following the Engineering Design Loop Process. Click here for photos.

    We participated in our last Student Council collection for Stuff the Bus! Thank you for your donations! Click here for photos.

    Our annual Multicultural Event was a great success. Hundreds of students as well as their family members attended this celebration of our Harrison School Community! A special thank you to the PTA committee and Mrs. Chitra Maridi who has supported this event for many years. This was her last program and we appreciate all of her hard work on behalf of all of the children! Click here for photos.

    The fourth grade students completed their year-long Character Connections project. Click here for photos.

    Our kindergarten, first and second grade students were finally able to plant our Friendship Flower Garden! They were excited to add marigolds and sunflowers to the already blooming icicle pansies which we planted in the fall! Click here for photos.

    Have a wonderful long weekend!

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  • May 15, 2018

    Posted by Cynthia Healy on 5/15/2018

    Dear Parents and Guardians,

    Our ducklings have hatched, tadpoles have grown into frogs and we have released our moths as well as butterflies. This is such a thrilling time here at Harrison! Please click here for our lifecycle photo gallery. We will add pictures of the worms, Monarch butterflies and our garden in the upcoming weeks.  We added to the excitement with a penguin visit sponsored by our PTA! (Click here for photos). The K/1 students were amazed by our special guest and learned much about these fascinating birds.

    The children enjoyed last week’s beautiful weather and being outside. Recent rain, however, gave them the opportunity to see our beautiful new gym floor! The kids gave the bright floor with all the new markings a rave review- but the highlight seems to be the big H in the middle of the floor! Please click here for photos of our new space.

    Please remember to help us Stuff the Bus! All donations will be sent to CHOW. The bus will arrive on May 17, 2018!

    This Thursday Harrison will host our annual Multicultural Night! All are welcome! The Fashion Show will begin at 6:30.

    While the world outside our windows is so beautiful this time of year –some of our children do suffer from seasonal allergies. Please see the note below from Mrs. Milano regarding how to help your children during this pollen filled season! Also visit Mrs. Milano’s website for additional health information.

    Try these tips to get ready for the onslaught of pollens:

    1. Plan outdoor activities after checking pollen levels. (Even better, get tested so you know which pollens wreak havoc).
    2. Don’t forget to change or wash the A/C filters at home on a regular basis to assist you indoors.
    3. Wash your hair nightly and change your clothes before entering your bedroom to prevent outdoor pollens from being transferred into your bedroom and bedding.
    4. Visit an allergist for a successful allergy treatment plan and pre-treat before your allergy symptoms make you ill.
    5. Watch out for various foods that can worsen seasonal allergies — in at least one third of seasonal allergy sufferers, these include apples, pears, carrots, celery, almonds, hazelnut, and stone fruits (plum, peach, nectarine, cherry, etc). The most common symptom is itchiness of the mouth, tongue, lips, and throat after ingesting “cross-reactive” proteins in the foods.  
    6. If your child suffers from allergies, it would be wise to encourage them to wash up and change after playing outside. During the height of the allergy season, remind them not to play in open fields or weedy areas. Also, check them carefully for deer ticks after they have been out and about!  

    These strategies may reduce the frequency and severity of your family's allergy symptoms.

    Have a wonderful week!

    May Dates:

    May 17    3rd Grade Leaders
    May 17    Stuff the Bus
    May 17    Multicultural Night
    May 18    4th Grade Character Connections, 9:45 AM
    May 18    Kidz Klub – Final class
    May 21    4th Grade Leaders
    May 23    Art Show – Livingston Mall
    May 23    24 Game – 4th Grade, 2:45 PM
    May 24    Field Day
    May 28    No School – Memorial Day
    May 29    Hero Groups
    May 30    2nd Grade Butterfly Presentation 1:15 PM
    May 30    5th Grade Leaders
    May 30    PTA Meeting – Last meeting of the year
    May 31    Field Day - rain date if needed

    June Dates:

    Jun  5    Spring Concert, MPMS, 7:00 PM
    Jun  6    PTA Family Picnic
    Jun  7   Kindergarten Play, 9:00 AM
    Jun  7   4th Grade Leaders
    Jun 7    4th to 5th Grade Transition Meeting for Parents - Date Change
    Jun 11  1st Grade Leaders
    Jun 13  Incoming Kindergarten Parent Meeting 7:00 PM
    Jun 14  PTA Picnic Rain Date
    Jun 15  Hero Groups
    Jun 19  Fifth Grade Moving Up Ceremony, 9:00 AM
    Jun 20 Volleyball/Pizza
    Jun 20 Partial Day 12:15 Dismissal
    Jun 21 Partial Day 12:15 Dismissal  CLAP OUT  

     

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  • May 3, 2018

    Posted by Cynthia Healy on 5/3/2018

    Dear Parents and Guardians,

    I hope you are enjoying these warm day and nights! I know the children are excited to be outside again!

    Our first grade students  presented their musical, The Pond, on Friday! The show was just one piece of the children’s study of habitats, lifecycles and the importance of protecting our environment! The students taught the audience about the plants, animals and insects that inhabit ponds in our area, told some jokes and sang their little hearts out! A great time was had by all! Please click here for photos from the event.

    All of our students met with their Harrison Hero groups on Wednesday! The topic was sportsmanship. We discussed the importance of showing good sportsmanship and what it means to be a “good” sport whether we win or lose. The groups played games such as “Jenga” so they could practice how to compete fairly with a positive attitude. The students learned:

    • Sportsmanship is the ability to play with respect, good humor and to be fair.
    • Children who show good sportsmanship can handle losing & congratulate the winners. 
    • Good sports are also gracious winners and congratulate their opponents for their efforts (i.e. shaking hands at the end of a game).
    • Children who are good sports will be seen as fun to play with.
    • If you miss a shot in a game or make a mistake, don’t quit! Keep going; think of how you can improve next time.

    Below are a few tips on how we can encourage our children to show good sportsmanship.

    Your children are always watching you. Set a good example by showing good sportsmanship at their games, or while watching sports on TV or attending other sporting events.                                                               

    • Whether your child wins or loses a game, praise anything positive he/she did (shook hands with the other team, told someone “Good game!”). Praise their effort!                             
    • Use situations where someone is showing poor sportsmanship to discuss with your child why good sportsmanship is so important.

    (Bryan Smith, author of  “If Winning Isn’t Everything, Why Do I Hate to Lose?”)

    Please click here for photos.

    Please refer to the event list below to help you plan for the upcoming weeks!

    Thank you,

     Mrs. Healy

     May Dates

     May 3 – 1st Grade Leaders

    May 4 – Kidz Klub

    May 9-10 NJSLS-5 -  5th Grade Science PARCC

    May 8 – PTA Meeting

    May 9 – Penguin Assembly – Grades K & 1

    May 9 – 2nd Grade Leaders

    May 11 – PTA Plant Sale

    May 11 – Kidz Klub     

    May 14 – 5th Grade Forensics

    May 17 – 3rd Grade Leaders

    May 17 – Stuff the Bus

    May 17 – Multicultural Night

    May 18 – 4th Grade Character Connections, 9:45 AM

    May 18 – Kidz Klub – make up class

    May 21 – 4th Grade Leaders

    May 23 – Art Show – Livingston Mall

    May 23 – 24 Game – 4th Grade, 2:45 PM

    May 24 – Field Day

    May 24 – 4th to 5th Grade Transition Meeting for Parents

    May 28 – No School – Memorial Day

    May 29 – Hero Groups, 8:30

    May 30 – 2nd Grade Butterfly Presentation, 1:15 PM

    May 30 – 5th Grade Leaders

    May 30 – PTA Meeting – Last meeting of the year

    May 31 – Field Day - rain date if needed

    June Dates:

    Jun  5 – Spring Concert, MPMS, 7:00 PM

    Jun  6 – PTA Family Picnic

    Jun  7 – Kindergarten Play, 9:00 AM

    Jun  7 – 4th Grade Leaders

    Jun 13- Incoming Kindergarten Parent Meeting 7:00 PM

    Jun 14- PTA Picnic Rain Date

    Jun 19- Fifth Grade Moving Up 9:00

    Jun 20 –Volleyball/Pizza

    Jun 20 Partial Day 12:15 Dismissal

    Jun 21 Partial Day 12:15 Dismissal  CLAP OUT  

     

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