School News

October November 2017

posted Oct 23, 2017, 9:18 AM by Marilyn Alcorn


Hallowe’en
Sometimes, even with good intent, or even without fully realizing it, people wear costumes that can make
others feel upset, insulted or scared. Certain themes are touchy spots for members of our community and we
want to show them kindness. When helping your child choose a costume for a parade in a K - 5 school, help
him and her choose with others in mind and have discussions about whether the costume is ok for all children
to manage/understand/feel safe. Alternatively, if your child does not want to dress up or you want to
save the costume for the evening, wearing orange and black is also a great way to dress during the day.
Typically, at Harrison on Halloween, students and staff dress up period 5 and 6 only and it is followed by
parade to music. Parents are welcome to come in and stand by the office/foyer area. Start time for the parade
is 1:45 p.m.
After the parade, students will do fun teacher led activities in classroom before home time.
We ask the following:
 no scary costumes (blood and gore)
 no masks or weapons
 no junk food or baked items coming into the school

Dress Purple Day - October 24
Schools across the province will dress in purple and speak up about the
rights of children to live safely and to have a sense of well -being. The general
message is about how it takes a village to keep kids safe.
We are going to focus on the well-being of students and how everyone is
responsible for ensuring the well-being of children.
Well-being is that positive sense of self, spirit and belonging we feel when
our physical, emotional, social and cognitive needs are being met.
Teachers will be taking one period on October 24th to focus on the well-being of children.

Spirit Wear
Hello families, Sports and Spirit Wear will be available to order on line from Tate Products.
This year you will order directly from the company at http://www.tategear.com/harrisonhuskies
Please do not send orders into the school. Only on-line orders will be accepted for these items.

Upcoming Events
 Monday, October 23 a.m. Grade 4 and 5 students – Power of One Presentation at Centennial Middle School
 Monday, October 23 all classes p.m. Bus safety presentation
 Tuesday, October 31 Hallowe’en Parade at 1:45 p.m.
 November 1 a.m. Photo Retake Day
 November 7 Pita Day
 November 20 Reports go home
 November 21 Sub Day
 November 23 Parent Student Interviews in the evening
 November 24 Parent Student Interviews in the morning P.A. DAY
 Every Thursday is pizza day at Harrison at 12:45 p.m.

Family Pets at School
We are attempting to educate our students around pet ownership. It has come to our attention that some of our parents and children have a fear of dogs. Of course, we have some families that walk their children to school with their family dog. We ask that you are aware of children and adults that are apprehensive around dogs. We appreciate that, as a dog owner, you are able to keep your pet close to you. We also ask parents and chil-dren to speak to you as the owner before approaching your dog. Care and respect of animals goes both ways so children need to learn to talk to the dog owner before approaching and interacting with an animal that is not their pet. Please keep your dogs away from the fence in the Kindergarten area as well as the walkways. Thanks for your attention to this in the mornings and after school. Your empathy for each other around some people's love and some people's fear of dogs is most appreciated.

Morning Routines
This is a reminder of morning routines when you come into our school with a child that is late for the start up. Please ring in at the parking lot door and come to the main office. It is here that you sign in your child and say good bye. Adults dropping off students are to drop at the office and then let the office staff help escort the child to class. We often call into the classroom of the younger students and a friend will come and greet the child coming in late and walk him or her to class. This is less disruptive to the learning environment and flow of the morning. We appreciate you respecting this morning routine.

We’ve Been Slimed
Can you please help us from home? The product from the wonderful, fun science experiments that are being done at home (where children are making their own slime) are now making their way into our classrooms. Please, moving forward, any slime that is made at home needs to stay at home. Between the arguments around sharing it with friends, the mess it makes when dropped in the carpets, the amount of time playing with it during class working time and now the perfume odor that is causing some children to have a head-aches...you can imagine the amount of time the teachers are spending trying to navigate this toy in the classroom. If a child requires Theraputty to help with sensory needs or attention needs, it would be prescribed by an OT and the teacher, Special Ed resource team, OT, parent and child would have set parameters for the appropriate use of this putty. All this slime that has come into Harrison is a toy and a distraction... thanks SO much for your help with letting your children know that toys are for home use.

Welcome Back

posted May 19, 2017, 9:13 AM by Marilyn Alcorn   [ updated Oct 23, 2017, 9:26 AM ]

Hello and welcome back to another year of learning at Harrison PS! We hope you have had a safe and happy holiday and we look forward to seeing everyone on Tuesday, Sept 5th. Class lists will be posted online (here on the website) and on the front door windows of the school on Friday, Sept 1st. Please have your child's OEN with you when you check the list. If your child is entering JK in September then the teacher will contact you directly by phone during the week before school starts up. We do have office staff in the school starting August 21st. Please feel free to contact us by phone if you have questions, health forms or information you need us to have prior to school starting on the 5th or if your child is new to Harrison, please pop in and register this week. Enjoy the remainder of the summer and see you all soon! 

Reminders

posted Jan 13, 2017, 9:36 AM by Marilyn Alcorn   [ updated Aug 21, 2017, 1:52 PM by Tony Churchill ]

Reminders:

Attendance - A very important part in our students’ school day is arriving to class on time. Period one begins at 8:45. Teachers are supervising at 8:30 outside until the 8:45 start time. Arriving to school between 8:30 and 8:45 allows the students to mingle / visit with their friends before the start of classes. Arriving on time for class (at 8:45) allows the students to enter with their peers, hear morning announcements and begin lessons (hearing the introductory instructions and outline for the day) with their teachers. As well, in the broader scope, school is a microcosm of our bigger world...it is a chance to practice real life skills. Parents promoting the importance of arriving on time for class in elementary school are helping their children prepare for independently arriving on time for middle school, high school, appointments and jobs in the future. We respectfully ask for you to make this a priority in your homes this New Year and have all students to school on time.

Cashless - As you know, all Halton schools use a cashless system. At Harrison PS, it is our preferred method of having parents pay for fundraising events, food days and trips. We would be very happy to not manage any cash or cheques coming into the school and only use the cashless system. If you have not used it in the past, we ask that you take a moment to get set up on the system. If you need any help or guidance when using the cashless system, please let us know.

Police Checks On-line

posted Nov 22, 2016, 7:47 AM by Laurel Lake   [ updated Nov 22, 2016, 8:55 AM ]

As of September, 2016, residents of Halton aged 21 and older can apply for Police Information Checks and

Police Vulnerable Sector Checks for employment and volunteer purposes ONLINE 24 hours a day, seven

days a week without having to attend one of our police locations.


Applying online will allow the parents easier access to applying for a Police Record Check, that is a necessity

for volunteering within your schools.

Halton Region Police Services has prepared a letter to parents of Halton Schools to help promote

their new online service and hope to provide a quicker, more efficient way for parents to get a Police Record

Check.

This information is also available via our Board website at

https://www.hdsb.ca/our-board/Pages/Get%20Involved/Volunteer-in-Schools.aspx


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posted Nov 22, 2016, 7:40 AM by Laurel Lake   [ updated Oct 23, 2017, 9:12 AM ]



Adopt a School Reading Program

posted Sep 25, 2016, 2:39 PM by Megan Louth   [ updated Sep 26, 2016, 12:45 PM ]

FREE BOOKS FOR HARRISON LIBRARY!!!  Harrison has been chosen to participate in the "Adopt A School" program by the Indigo Love of Reading Foundation.  This is an amazing opportunity to put brand new books into our newly renovated library.  This is fantastic because it benefits every single person in the school!  For every two books you donate online the Indigo Love of Reading Foundation will give an extra bonus book to our school!  You can also share a story about reading or why our school matters.  If they feature your story, the Indigo Love of Reading Foundation will give on your behalf!  

Please visit: adoptaschool.indigo.ca

Please help donate and let us see how many new books we can get!!!


Hello Volunteers

posted Sep 13, 2016, 10:19 AM by Laurel Lake

Do you have one or two hours a week or every other week to help in our school library?

Increased circulation in our school library was the result of many excellent volunteers here at the Harrison Public School Library.

As Teacher Librarian, I am assigned to work in the Library on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.  I will also be teaching other classes throughout the school.  This leaves time where students may not be able to find the book he/she wants to sign out because it is on the shelving cart.  Library volunteers allow for increased access to resources for all students in our school.

Volunteer activities include:

*helping students make selections

*shelving resources

*arranging book displays

*selecting theme materials for students/displays

*gathering resources for teachers

*book fair sales

As a library volunteer you will gain a better understanding of school programmes and the types of reading materials that children enjoy.  You will have the opportunity to help all students in our school.

If you are interested in helping in our school library, please email me louthm@hdsb.ca with the following information:


*Child’s name and teacher

*Volunteer's name

*Phone number

*Availability


Training sessions will be held, if you are new to our library!


Thanks so much for your consideration!

Mrs. Louth

Teacher Librarian


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