Dear Harrison Families and Community Members,
Do you know that March is the month with the most instructional days and we have no days off? I love March as we can focus on teaching and learning with no interruptions!
This month we have some great activities planned. We are kicking off the month celebrating Dr. Seuss's Birthday - green eggs and ham, anyone? Then we are going to take part in the NCAA Sweet Sixteen - by having our scholars participate in the Fresh Fruit and Math Tournament. Each class will be assigned a fresh fruit to research, and each fruit will represent a different NCAA team. As the teams, proceed to the finals so will our scholars. The different classes will face-off in a math challenge and the winning team will move towards the final. The winning team will choose the delicious fruit snack that will be served to the entire school! Yum! On March 23rd our scholars and staff members will participate in a fitness challenge. I'm sure we will work up a sweat as we practice leading a healthy lifestyle. Parents are you feeling left out? No worries we have a "Science Parent Workshop" planned just for you. It will take place from 7 - 8 pm on March 28th.
I'm pleased to share that we had a representative from character.org visit our school on February 27th to meet with parents, teachers, scholars, and community members. The purpose of the meeting was to determine if we will be recognized as a National School of Character. As you know, we were recently recognized as a New Jersey School of Character. We are very excited to be considered, and will hear back from character.org in May.
The New Jersey Department of Agriculture selected Harrison as the 3rd place winner of the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable VIP Award (Very Impressive Produce). We will be displaying our plaque soon!
March is "Women in History" and "Music in our Schools" month. In celebration of Women's History Month, the Roselle Public School District is sponsoring its 7th Annual Essay Writing Contest. The theme is "Honoring Trailblazing Women in Labor and Business." The competition is open to all K-12 scholars. Scholars in grades 1 & 2 must write a minimum of 25 words, and scholars in grades 3 & 4 must write a minimum of 200 words. I will send home a flyer with all the information this week.
Have you heard our new Harrison Elementary School song? It is wonderful! Thank you Ms. Nagy and Glee Club members for writing this song. I believe you all deserve a Hammy - that's a Harrison School Grammy!
Please note the PARCC testing window is open from March 27 - May 19, 2017. At HES, our third and fourth graders will be testing after our spring recess. We will test from Tuesday, April 25, 2017 to May 16, 2017. We will schedule make-up exams in the afternoons, and also from May 17 - May 19, 2017. If you would like to see our testing schedule and some very useful PARCC sites please select the PARCC Icon on the banner of our website. Please keep helping your children with their homework assignments, and I encourage you to visit the PARCC websites to view practice questions. As always, please ensure your children have a good breakfast at home or at school, and that they get a good night's sleep. We appreciate your support!
This year RESPECT is our theme at Harrison Elementary School! We expect our learners to show that they respect the value of their education by coming to school prepared to learn every day. This includes completing all assigned class and homework in a timely manner, asking questions, and sharing their experiences! HARRISON STARS know that in order to succeed they must always Stay safe, Think and make good choices, Achieve excellence, and Respect themselves and others!
HES families, if you have any questions or concerns please e-mail me at email@example.com or call me at 908-298-2052. Hope to see you soon!
Yours in Education,