Dear Harrison Families and Community Members,
I’m so excited to share that HES has been designated as a New Jersey School of Character (NJSOC). I am so proud of the work we have done leading up to this great recognition. Our Student Council members kick off our character filled days by sharing the Guidance Thought of the Day and the day’s Mindful Minute. Throughout the day, our teachers present lessons that help our scholars develop academically, socially, and emotionally. Mr. Granderson, our Guidance Counselor, presents bi-weekly lessons that help our scholars reflect on their choices and how they may impact their futures, and how they affect their peers. Additionally, our P.A.T., has started a program in which three scholars from every class are being honored on a monthly basis for truly “living” the character trait of the month. This month’s character trait is Honesty and the color that represents Honesty is white.
This month we are going to take the concept of responsive classrooms to another level. We are going to have our first ever “Responsive School” meeting on Friday, February 10th from 8:50 am – 9:10 am in the gymnasium. During that time we will discuss topics dear to our hearts and minds. Responsive School meetings will occur on a monthly basis on the Friday of the first full week of the month. Families are encouraged to attend!’
February is a jam-packed month at HES! Our scholars are busy producing an end of month play to celebrate Black History Month! We will all have our eyes on the groundhog on February 2nd to see if Spring will come early. We also celebrate President’s Day and we are planning a Mardi Gras parade. I hope you will all help your children build a Mardi Gras float or mask based on a favorite nursery rhyme or story. Our parade will be on February 28th. If you need ideas please take a peek at the Humpty Dumpty and Little Ms. Muffet floats and the Bad Kitty mask outside of the Main Office.
Lastly, our analysis of I-Ready and Benchmark data has been very positive. Our scholars are making progress and with your help I’m sure we will continue to make a difference in our children’s academic success!
As always, this year's theme at Harrison Elementary School is Respect! 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or call me at 908-298-2052. Hope to see you soon!
Yours in Education,