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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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  • October 8, 2020

    Posted by Cynthia Healy on 10/8/2020

    Dear Parents and Guardians, 

     We continue to seek opportunities for the children to safely be together in order to provide them with a sense of normalcy during this unusual period of our lives. These gatherings have been kept small and have been held outside. We have been thrilled to see the positive results! During the upcoming weeks, we have several typical school events which we will be adapting in order to meet the new standards. Scheduling for three different groups is quite a challenge! We appreciate you taking the time to arrange for your children to come to the events; however, none are required. 

    The FUN RUN is a PTA sponsored event which will combine physical activity and fundraising! We are excited to bring this program to the school. All activities will be socially distanced. During the walk/run portion the children will be spread out over two outside tracks.  More information will follow. This event will raise funds for our new playground! 

     THE FUN RUN PEP RALLY - October 13th and October 14th 

    October 13th  HYBRID A students will attend their PEP RALLY outside during school hours.   Wear Harrison Colors. 

    October 14th  HYBRID B students  will attend their PEP RALLY outside during school hours.   Wear Harrison Colors.   

    October 14th  REMOTE students ONLY can attend the following outside PEP RALLY for:

    Grades K-1 remote students  1:30

    Grades 2-3 remote students   2:00 

    Grades 4-5 remote students   2:30

    REMOTE Parents please stay on the premises but feel free to sit in your car or gather around the edges of the blacktop or at the picnic tables. 

    THE FUN RUN October 22nd and October 23rd 

    October 22nd   HYBRID B students will participate during school hours. 

    October 22nd   REMOTE B students will participate in the afternoon. 

    Grades K-1 1:30

    Grades 2-3  2:00

    Grades 4-5  2:30

    REMOTE Parents please stay on the premises but feel free to sit in your car or gather around the edges of the blacktop or at the picnic tables.   

    October 23rd   HYBRID A students will participate during school hours. 

    October 23rd   REMOTE A students will participate in the afternoon. 

    Grades K-1 1:30

    Grades 2-3  2:00

    Grades 4-5  2:30

    REMOTE Parents please stay on the premises but feel free to sit in your car or gather around the edges of the blacktop or at the picnic tables.  

    SCARE AWAY COVID with Family Created Scarecrows!

    October 10th -23rd  Create your scarecrows with your family and send your photo to Mrs. Healy.

    October 24th- 31st   Awards and Family Scavenger Hunts

    We are asking parents to work together with their children to create a scarecrow for their front yard or door. We will then challenge the families to walk through the neighborhoods to see how many scarecrows they can find. Since this is a K-5 challenge please nothing gruesome. We are going to change it up a little by awarding prizes for the TOP 10 most original scarecrows. All families will receive a ribbon for their participation! 

    HALLOWEEN October 30th 

    This will be a grade level event for ALL students in the grade level. 

    It will take place during the morning. 

    HYBRID B students should wear their costumes to school. 

    We are asking that NO more than 2 adults attend per family. 

    We will be spreading out the parade route and having the children do a fun activity after the parade. Masks are required.

    This event is not required. 

    There will be asynchronous lessons available for those children who do not participate in the parade. 

    All HYBRID B children stay for their full morning - all others will attend in person for their hour and then return home. 

    All classes will have a fun afternoon activity via ZOOM in the afternoon. 

    More information will follow.

    The Halloween Schedule - ALL STUDENTS  

     9:15  Grades  K-1   Parade

    10:15  Grades 2-3   Parade

    11:15  Grades 4-5   Parade 

    SCHOOL PICTURES - November 2nd and November 4th 

    Pictures will be of individual students only. 

    There will be a class composite of the individual students' pictures. 

    Pictures will be taken by Lifetouch and will be outside. 

    More information to follow.

    November 2nd - A DAY  

    Hybrid A- during school hours 

    Remote A- anytime between 1:00-3:00

    November 4th - B DAY

    Hybrid B -during school hours 

    Remote B- anytime between 1:00-3:00 

    PARENT/TEACHER CONFERENCES- November 2nd, 3rd & 4th

    November 3rd-Conferences will take place throughout the day since this is ELECTION DAY thus it is an ALL REMOTE DAY for all children.

    The teachers will have a morning meeting to begin the day and assign the children asynchronous work.

    Specials will be live.

    Teachers will be involved in conferences for the rest of the day.

    November 2nd and 4th -Students will attend school as scheduled.

    11/2 HYBRID A

    11/4 HYBRID B 

    Parent /Teacher Conferences will take place in the afternoons. The children will be assigned asynchronous work for the afternoon.

    More information will follow regarding your specific appointment.  

    Warmly,

    Mrs. Healy

       
     
     
     
     
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  • October 7, 2020

    Posted by Cynthia Healy on 10/7/2020

    Dear Parents and Guardians, 

    We have a new HARRISON Family/Community Challenge! This month we will have a Scarecrow Hunt based on the success of last year's Hunt for the Harrison H. Just as we did last year, we are asking parents to work together with their children to create a scarecrow for their front yard or door. We will then challenge the families to walk through the neighborhoods to see how many scarecrows they can find. Since this is a K-5 challenge please do nothing gruesome. 

    We are going to change it up a little by awarding prizes for the TOP 10 most original scarecrows. All families will receive a ribbon for their participation! 

    Please take a picture of your family or child with their scarecrow and email it directly to me at chealy@livingston.org  We will post the photos to get everyone excited! 

    We will be reading about the purpose of scarecrows as well as the picture book The Lonely Scarecrow this month and will be creating scarecrows for our gardens. 

    Thank you for joining us as we "scare away Covid" this fall! 

    Warmly, 

    Mrs. Healy

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  • September 30, 2020

    Posted by Cynthia Healy on 9/30/2020

    Dear Parents and Guardians, 

    Please refer to the Hybrid calendar as you plan for your Hybrid students' week. The Hybrid calendar was in the welcome packet which was sent before we returned to school and again in the K-2 Hybrid information which was sent before the in-person return. Here is an additional copy of October schedule and here is an additional copy of the November/December schedule to assist with your planning - we know it has been a hectic few weeks!  This calendar is for all Hybrid students K-5. 

    We look forward to seeing you tonight ! 

    Have a nice day!

    Mrs. Healy 

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  • September 29, 2020

    Posted by Cynthia Healy on 9/29/2020

    We look forward to seeing you tomorrow at our VIRTUAL BACK to SCHOOL NIGHT ! 

    The link below contains a virtual school directory listing the schedule for the evening's presentations as well as a Welcome Back meeting with Mrs. Healy and a message from our PTA. When you reach the directory, please click a grade level or group to visit their "virtual hallway" at the appropriate time. There, each teacher's door will bring you to his or her Zoom presentation. 

    In case of any technical difficulties, please find a list of each teacher's Zoom link for the evening here.

    We look forward to seeing you tomorrow night! 

    Virtual Back-To-School Night Click HERE to attend Harrison Elementary School's 

    Beginning at 6:15PM on Wednesday, September 30, 2020!

    Sept 30th

    6:15-6:45 LLD/RR/BSI/ESL/GT

    6:45-7:00 Mrs. Healy /PTA

    7:00-7:45 K-2 /Specials/Guidance 

    7:45-8:30 3-5 /Specials/Guidance 

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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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