Patriot Press May 1, 2020

eLEARNING Schedule

*All schedules are subject to changes in response to recommendations from the Indiana Department of Education.

Engaging in School

Teachers at Harris have been working hard to develop and offer new, engaging instructional content. They are prioritizing standards and student progress. There is so much great teaching being pushed out on slide decks or happening during live Google Meet sessions. We are grateful to the many families who continue to prioritize the learning when and how they can. If you need help, please reach out to us so we can make this manageable for your family. We look forward to more great days together as Harris.

May 4-8 is Teacher Appreciation Week. Feel free to send your teacher a message, note, picture, or video letting them know how awesome they are. You may also click on this link and complete a quick form for any of our certified teachers from all our disciplines (special education, music, PE, art, Title 1 and more). You can complete this form more than once. Please take a moment to let all the important educators in your child's life know they are valued.

Kindergarten Registration

Greenfield-Central is pleased to offer an online experience for Kindergarten Registration. Please click on the link below to register a kindergarten for the 2020-2021 school year. Students who are age 5 by August 1, 2020 are eligible to register.

Food Service: Meal Kits

For the time being, this service will continue on Mondays. Please see the flier below for more information on this opportunity for GC families.

Tech Support

If you need tech support for your child's device, please send an email to support@gcsc.k12.in.us stating the student's name, school, and tech issue. The tech department will respond by Google Meet, email, phone, or possibly appointment, if the issue cannot be fixed remotely.

Virtual Learning Confidentiality Statement

School Assistance Requests

If you need assistance or have a concern, please contact your child's teacher, our school counselor or the principal. Phone calls to Harris are not currently being answered. Please use the link below for staff email addresses or utilize your teacher's messaging system.

School Counselor Connection

Message from Mrs. Hall- Harris School Counselor

Here are some helpful tips for parents and caregivers.

  1. Pay close attention to your own feelings of stress or anxiety. Practice continued self-care strategies, including eating healthy, getting enough sleep, exercising, and finding time to take breaks. If you find yourself overwhelmed by negative thoughts, find ways to reframe your thinking. Seek out needed mental health support for yourself or loved ones if necessary.
  2. Acknowledge and support children in processing their full range of emotions and concerns, while offering calm and reassurance. Consider how children will react at different ages and identify appropriate ways to respond. Find ways for children to express their feelings through conversation, music, art, dance, writing, or other activities. Tune into how they’re feeling throughout the day, and offer quiet time or breaks as needed.
  3. Whenever possible, provide consistency in daily routines including meals and bedtimes. While school closures or changes in schedules may be inevitable, consistent routines can help foster a sense of safety.
  4. Practice patience when routines are disrupted, it can lead to potential behavior issues or meltdowns. Try to comfort children while setting boundaries. This is also an opportunity to create new routines that promote family time and healthy practices, such as taking a morning walk together, creating a “coping kit”, or adding favorite family songs to hand washing routines.
  5. Help children and adolescents think of creative ways to maintain their friendships and social connections. This may include writing emails or letters to friends, or scheduling time to use the phone or age-appropriate technology to communicate with peers. Remember that your own social connections are important as well!
  6. Proactively reach out to schools and community organizations to support you in meeting any additional needs your family may have, such as access to meals or support services.

Please reach out to Mrs. Hall by email if you have a need and are looking for various community resources during the next few weeks. She will contact you back.

  • School Counselor: Katie Hall
  • Office Hours: 10:00am-12:00pm
  • Email: khall@gcsc.k12.in.us

Scholastic Book Fair

Online Option

Need something new to read at home? Excited about new books? Looking for books to read this summer? We are pleased to share that we have an online Book Fair open today- May 14th on Scholastic. Please feel free to shop and have exciting new books delivered to your home.

Stay Connected with Harris

Community Resources

New: ITOWN Church is distributing food boxes this Saturday, May 2, from 11:30am-1:00pm, at Riley Park, 280 Apple St. in Greenfield.

New: Saturday May 2nd, from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM, the Greenfield Elks will be providing a free drive up spaghetti lunch @ 820 S. State St. in Greenfield. Drive up service, tell how many meals you need, and the meals will be handed to you through your window.

Wifi Access: GC has made wireless access available in the Eden South parking lot, and the main parking lot at Maxwell Intermediate Schools. You can park in the parking lot and join GC-Public wifi without a password in those locations.

Hancock County Public Library: Wifi and eBooks

  • WiFi: the Hancock County Public Library has extended their Wifi into the parking lot of the library here in Greenfield. Feel free to use this service as you social distance.
  • Students have a digital library card and can access all of our online resources at https://hcplibrary.org/.
  • Click on the Online Resources, Reference and Research, Teens, and Kids tabs to see everything available.
  • Librarians are available Monday - Friday on our instant message chat from 12-5 p.m. to answer your questions.

Camp Invention

At this time, GC still intends to host Camp Invention at JB Stephens.

Do your kids need something to look forward to this summer? Camp Invention is coming to J.B. Stephens Elementary on July 13-17! Watch this Camp Invention 2020 video to get a preview of what students will experience. The National Inventors Hall of Fame also compiled this At Home STEM Activity Guide for families.

We now have $100 scholarships available to help families send their children to camp! A huge thanks goes out to our community partners: Hancock Health, Duke Energy and Greenfield-Central School Foundation. Complete this Camp Invention Scholarship Form to receive scholarship support. (If we have to cancel or change camp dates, full refunds will be issued to parents.)

If you have any questions, please contact Lisa Leliaert at lleliaert@gcsc.k12.in.us or Krista Steeno at ksteeno@gcsc.k12.in.us


Created with an image by Kevin Borrill - "Grabbed this snap on a wander down Bournemouth beach. Really loved the weathered, rawness of the wood!"