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School News

Principal's Messages

  • April 18, 2021

    Posted by Daniel Garcia on 4/18/2021

    Dear Parents and Guardians,

    Just last Friday I was a guest speaker in all our Kindergarten classrooms. The Kindergarteners are learning about communities and about the helpers that exist in Livingston and Harrison Elementary School. My discussion with them was focused on the role of the Principal in the school and how one of the most important jobs I have is to keep them safe. Dr. Block's message to all Livingston families on Friday outlined our date to return to a full day of school with lunch and recess on May 10th.  As we look forward to extending our school day, my goal is to provide the safest environment that allows our children to grow academically, socially, and emotionally. At Harrison, we have already started to plan for this change and in the coming weeks, we will communicate more information to prepare you and our students for this change. If the change to full day instruction on May 10th has impacted your decision to change from virtual to in-person instruction, please let the office know so we have ample time to get our instructional spaces ready for that date.

    Parent-teacher conferences are going to be held the week of April 26th. I know many teachers have already set up appointments with their parents. For the week of conferences there will be no small group instruction at the end of the day to make room for the meetings.

    Kindergarten Registration is in full swing in the Livingston Public Schools. If you have a child that will be entering Harrison School next year as a Kindergartner or know of any children in the neighborhood, please encourage them to register. The website with all the information is linked here. We will be having an orientation for parents. We are also planning a visit for the incoming Kindergartners to see classrooms, connect with friends, and meet the teachers. More information will follow in the coming weeks. 

    A few reminders for drop-off and dismissal...

    • As the weather is getting warmer, please consider walking to alleviate the car traffic
    • If you decide to walk you can utilize these locations to enter the building during arrival: Car drop off entrance, 3rd grade dismissal doors (Middle Blacktop) and the front door.

    Our multicultural night is back this year! I am very proud that we are bringing back this tradition to celebrate our diversity as a community on TuesdayMay 18th. Detailed information will be sent out tomorrow on how you can participate in creating a showcase and changes to help us to socially distance. I look forward to seeing all the cultures, food, and traditions that make us so special here at Harrison! Thank you to the PTA for your collaboration and time to create a valuable experience for our community!

    We have many fundraising opportunities in the coming months. Please consider supporting the events to help benefit our children at Harrison School. These fundraisers contribute to providing additional experiences for our children throughout the school year. The Harrison PTA Newsletter will detail these events.

    Warm Regards,

    Mr. Daniel Garcia

     

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  • April 11, 2021

    Posted by Daniel Garcia on 4/11/2021

    Dear Parents and Guardians,

    This week was a very exciting week at Harrison School! The hallways were filled with more energy than they have had in a long time as we accepted back more of our 3-5 students for the first time. I hope everyone had an amazing Spring Break and that you enjoyed Easter or Passover if you celebrate.

    As I venture outside at dismissal, it makes me so happy to see children playing on the playground! You may have noticed that the playground has been updated with multiple pieces of equipment for our children. Thank you to the PTA for investing time, money, and love to get us the equipment that will serve our children for many years to come! If you are not yet a member of the PTA, please sign up. On most Mondays, you will notice that we send out newsletters with updates from the PTA. All these updates allow us to fund projects for our children. There are many fundraising and volunteer opportunities available and they all make a great difference in our children’s lives! 

    Thank you to all the families that communicated their travel plans with us. As we continue to make plans for increasing the school day, it is very important that we continue to remain vigilant in keeping our community safe by adhering to all our protocols. Please continue to communicate travel plans with Mrs. Milano to make sure we isolate, if necessary, and please fill out the daily COVID tracker.

    Also, since we are seeing more students in the building each day this is also increasing the number of parents/guardians picking up at dismissal. As the weather gets warmer,  please utilize parking in town as frequently as possible. You can also use the parking lot, but please note that there are limited spots available and you may need to circle around if you can’t find a spot to park and pick up your child. We are utilizing one side of the parking lot to help assist with quick student pick-up. If you are only picking your child up, you may line up on the left side of the parking lot as you are entering, get your child and return immediately to your car. Please be mindful as you are blocking somebody from getting out.  Please walk to your teacher to pick up your child. We want to make sure that no students run across streets or parking lots. If you are planning to spend time with your child on the playground, please do not park in our school parking lot. 

    Spring Parent-Teacher conferences have been rescheduled to the week of April 26. During that week, afternoon small group sessions will be canceled to make time for teachers to meet with all families. Your teachers will reach out to you to schedule conferences at some point this week. Also, report cards for the 2nd Marking period were made available on Friday in Genesis.

    Our teachers and staff at Harrison are working tremendously hard and we also appreciate your efforts. Thank you for all that you are doing to continue to support us at Harrison School.

    Warm regards,

    Mr. Daniel Garcia

     

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  • March 14, 2021

    Posted by Daniel Garcia on 3/14/2021

    Dear Parent and Guardians,

    We are very excited at Harrison to be welcoming back our Kindergarten-2nd grade students for in-person learning tomorrow, Monday, March 15th. Just a reminder that students who have chosen in-person learning in grades 3-5 will return for 5 days a week in-person instruction on April 5th. Everyone at Harrison has been working very hard to make this transition seamless. Families of students returning for the first time, please make sure to read my correspondence sent out on March 11, 2021. The letter details procedures we have been using since the start of the year to keep our community safe and healthy. Thank you all for taking the time to review this document. 

    For our 3rd-5th grade students, Wednesday, March 17th is a Cohort A day. We look forward to seeing those students on Wednesday.

    This month is National Nutrition Month. At Harrison, we are going to be recognizing healthy food options to contribute to a healthy lifestyle. Mrs. Milano will be sharing a read-aloud discussing the topic and we will spotlight healthy snack choices throughout the week. Please see the flyer from Mrs. Milano detailing the importance of healthy eating for our children, and know that we are working together at school to help foster this very important life skill.


    Warm regards,

    Mr. Daniel Garcia

     

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  • March 11, 2021

    Posted by Daniel Garcia on 3/11/2021

    Dear Parents,

    We are preparing to "Spring Forward", both with Daylight Savings Time and in welcoming more students for in-person learning beginning next week. Please click here to review the detailed plans for Harrison School.

    Warm regards,

    Mr. Daniel Garcia

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  • March 7, 2021

    Posted by Daniel Garcia on 3/7/2021

    Dear Parents and Guardians,

    First of all, I want to thank the entire Harrison community and let them know how proud I am for the money that we raised to support the non-profit, Livingston Neighbors Helping Neighbors, during our Valentine's day celebration on February 11th. The money we raised will directly impact those in our community who are in need. As we continue to teach peace to others and our community, I couldn’t be happier! Way to go Hawks!

    As we are getting ready for our five-day return to school,  I wanted to further clarify information for our elementary families.
     

    Important Dates:

    • March 15th - Kindergarten-Grade 2 students will start in-person instruction five days a week.  Students who selected hybrid will be in school from 8:00 - 12:45.  Students who selected virtual will continue to learn remotely.  

    • March 17th  - will now be a Cohort A day of school as conferences are moved and we will have a regular day. More information about conferences will be sent at a later date.

    • April 5th - 3rd - 5th Grade will start in-person instruction five days a week.  Students who selected hybrid will be in school from 8:00 - 12:45.  Students who selected virtual will continue to learn remotely.  

    • March 29 - April 2nd  - Closed for Spring Break.  Please note- quarantine time is 7 days with a negative test (on days 3-5 of return)  or 10 days (without a test) from a return to New Jersey. Please check with the nurse and report ANY TRAVEL before returning to school on April 5th.

     Schedule:

    • Drop off begins at 8:00 am and all students are to be in the building at their desks by 8:20 am

    • Dismissal begins at 12:30 pm and is staggered till 12:45 pm

    The teachers and staff are excited for the return of more students and we are doing everything in our power to make the return as safe as possible. 

    If you are returning for in-person learning, and have not filled out our Harrison School Dismissal Form 2020-2021, please fill it out and submit it to your teacher on or before your first day. 

    At dismissal, please remember to park and pick up your child. This year, we are not using the car pick-up line. This allows us to socially distance very effectively and as we return to school with more in-person students we must continue to practice this routine. 

    Looking ahead to the coming week, I am very excited for the warm weather that is on its way! March has historically been a month where the weather changes from day-to-day. One day a child might need gloves and a hat, while on other days a spring jacket will suffice. Teachers are taking students outside more and more for snack breaks.  Please make sure that your child is dressed appropriately to be outside comfortably.

    Our student council is also beginning to collect pop tabs for Ronald McDonald House again. Please view the flyer here. We look forward to your support for another great charity.

    Thank you all for your flexibility as we make plans to continue moving forward. Our teachers and staff at Harrison are working tremendously hard and we also appreciate your efforts. Thank you for all that you are doing to help support this transition with all of our children.

     

    Warm regards,

    Mr. Daniel Garcia

     

     
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  • February 13, 2021

    Posted by Daniel Garcia on 2/14/2021

    Dear Parents and Guardians,

    On Thursday, February 11, the Harrison family came together to celebrate. Together, we focused on the theme to teach peace to ourselves, others and our community. In the true spirit of Valentine’s Day we explained to students that caring for others makes our community stronger. The donations we received for Livingston Neighbors Helping Neighbors will be helping many individuals. The students then were led in a school wide yoga session with the focus on taking care of our minds and bodies. Having all the students gather together as one over Zoom was truly special and I enjoyed seeing their smiles and engagement during the celebration. Thanks to all of you for your support to help teach our children these valuable lessons.  

    I am very excited to be joining the Harrison community and look forward to seeing students in person and virtually in classrooms on February 22nd. Please enjoy a restful winter recess and I will see you very soon. 

    Warm regards,

    Mr. Daniel Garcia

     
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  • February 3, 2021

    Posted by Daniel Garcia on 2/3/2021

    Dear Harrison Community,

    I hope everyone has stayed safe during the winter storm, but also found moments to play and enjoy the snow with your children. 

    Looking ahead to Valentine's Day, I wanted to update the community on ways that we will be celebrating at Harrison. On Thursday, February 11th we will have our annual Pajama Day as well as a school-wide yoga activity. We will be collecting donations for an amazing cause to help others in our community. In a way, we will be celebrating the true theme of Valentine's Day with our children to show kindness and caring for others and themselves. Each participant is asked to make a donation, but this is not mandatory. As in the past, this event is highlighted in our yearbook as a Harrison tradition and this year will be no different. Please see the letter from Mrs. Milano for more details about the event. This year, due to the constraints of the pandemic, we will not be exchanging physical valentines, but teachers will find ways to celebrate the theme of the day in their classrooms in age appropriate ways. 

    **Since Pajama Day is a Cohort B day, please note that Cohort A students who would like like to wear their pajamas to school are more than welcome to do so on Tuesday, February 9th.  We would like all students regardless of their cohort, to wear pajamas on February 11th.

    Thank you everyone for all that you are doing to make this year special for our children. I am very excited to meet all your children very soon. 

    As a reminder, tomorrow and Friday, February 4th and 5th, will be Cohort B days.

    Sincerely,

    Mr. Daniel Garcia

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