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Patriot Press october 23, 2020

Harris Elementary School

National Blue Ribbon School 2020 - Harris Elementary School

Conferences will be held next week. If you have not arranged to meet virtually with your child's teacher, please reach out to them to make arrangements. We believe that this is an important part of our partnership with parents. If you have a need to meet with your teacher in person, please let him or her know, so we can assess this need and plan accordingly.

Masks

We are seeing an increasing number of students who are arriving to school without a mask. As a reminder, this is a requirement to onsite learning. We keep a few extras around incase one becomes damaged or dirty that we are happy to share so you do not have to drive to the school; however, we cannot supply these routinely. Please remember that you must supply a mask each day.  Students getting on a bus at a bus stop, exiting a car for school, or walking into Harris must have a mask. You may be called to bring one to school if your child arrives without one. We are working hard to ensure a safe learning environment; and this year, that includes face masks. Thanks for your attention to this matter.

Report Cards

Report Cards For Quarter 1 are now available in the PowerSchool Parent Portal for Students K-8. NWEA Fall Reports are also now available for Students K-8. Please login to the PS Parent Portal and select Student Progress Center in the menu bar on the left side of the screen to view these.

Fall Book Fair

Our Fall Book Fair is coming! We plan to have an onsite window shopping and buying experience for students from November 2-13th. We will have more information available for you soon!

McKinney-Vento Survey

Greenfield-Central is required under the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act 42 U.S.C. 114735 to regularly gather information that can help determine students who may need assistance. All G-C families are requested to complete the short survey found at the link below regardless of residency status. The information provided in this survey will only be used to determine students who may need assistance based on their current housing status. See information at the end of the survey for a description of the rights of homeless students.

We appreciate your time in completing the survey. Please contact Jim Bever, Greenfield-Central's McKinney-Vento Liaison, with any questions or concerns. He may be reached at jbever@gcsc.k12.in.us.

Christmas Assistance

Christmas assistance applications will be available beginning Monday, October 26th. Applications are due back by Friday, November 13th. You can request an application by contacting Mrs. Hall, Harris school counselor at: 317-467-6731 or at khall@gcsc.k12.in.us. Families, churches, or organizations who wish to sponsor a family should contact Mrs. Hall by Friday, November 20th.

COVID19 - What if we are sick or have symptoms?

Effective Tuesday, September 8, 2020

All changes reflect guidance provided for schools by the Indiana State Department of Health

EVERYDAY AT HARRIS

All items subject to change as new guidance is received.

Parent Teacher Organization

PTO: We have a wonderful Parent Teacher Organization. They have been so generous in helping buy some new things we need for the unique year we are facing, including: lanyards for face masks, additional traffic cones for our car line, and updated recess equipment for students and teachers. There will be more info from them on how and when they will meet. This year, we will need to focus on low or no contact fundraising options. Your support will be helpful in continuing to have the great resources we enjoy for Harris students. Thank you in advance for your support and generosity.

Fall Fundraiser

The thanks for your support of the PTO Fall Fundraiser. Thanks to your efforts, we were able to raise...this was a little short of our goal. If you would still like to donate to the PTO, you can choose to give a cash donation. Checks can be made to the Harris PTO and placed in an envelope. Thanks for all you do to support our PTO.

Transportation

Car Rider Line: Many Harris and GIS families have chosen to use our car line. Efficiency in our line has improved greatly. A few things that you can do to help include:

  • moving car seats to side of the car where your student enters and exits,
  • helping your child learn how to manage the buckle independently,
  • having your child put on his or her mask ahead of arriving at Harris,
  • and making sure the book bag and other supplies are close to your child so he or she can grab them quickly.

We really enjoy seeing our families at arrival and dismissal!

Arrival

School Starts @ 7:50 AM

Upon entering Harris, students should report directly to their classroom. They may stop and purchase breakfast at one of our locations spread throughout the building. Breakfast will be eaten in the classroom. Please let your child know if he or she should purchase a school breakfast.

Harris AM Drop Off: Harris officially opens the doors to students beginning at 7:30 AM, using the car line off Elm Street on the north side of the building. Students left before that time are not supervised and left in an unsafe situation. Please ensure the safety of your child by supervising them until they are dismissed from your car by school staff.

Dismissal

School Dismisses at 2:10

Special Transportation: As noted in the GC Re-Entry Plan, there will be no special transportation requests this year. The only bus students may ride to and from school is their assigned bus, which is determined by the student's address. Students may not ride home with friends, or make any other arrangements.

Leaving by car: Students who are being picked up by a car should use the car line off of Elm Street on the north side of the school. When picking up a students, please remain in your car. Staff will assist in safely loading students, and you will need to follow their directions. Please leave your car tag visible until after your child has entered the car. If you do not have a car tag, you may be asked to pull around. If you are picking up a GIS student with a Harris student, it is recommended that you do not arrive early. It takes GIS students a while to walk over. You must let GIS know that you are picking up a student at Harris so that they can be dismissed appropriately in their staggered dismissal. If your GIS child was unable to make it to Harris on time, you will be asked to pull around to the end of the line to ensure that the Harris car line remains efficient and safe.

Leaving by foot: For students who live in a walk zone and leave on foot, they will exit out Door 1 by the office after 2:10. For the safety of our walkers, cars are not to park in this area during dismissal. Parents on foot will meet their students outside of Harris near door 1. This year, you may not enter Harris to sit in our lobby. At 2:10, a staff member will identify the parent and retrieve the student one child at a time. Parents meeting students on foot are asked to practice safe social distancing outside and are encouraged to wear masks and/or follow all local and state guidance for safe social distancing.

Other Transportation Information

School Dismissal Manager:  Changes needing made to dismissal should be reported by by 1:00 PM.

Harris uses the School Dismissal Manager program or app to manage transportation arrangements for our students at the end of the day. Parents may also use this to report absences or schedule early dismissal for appointments. To ensure an accurate dismissal, any change you need to make to your child's after school transportation should be done through this prior to 1:00 PM.

Buses: Students at bus stops should wear a mask and socially distance at bus stops while riding a bus. On the bus, students will be assigned a seat, and sibling groups may be asked to ride together. Students should practice safe social distancing when entering and exiting a bus. When arriving at school, students should follow the directions of a staff member for safe unloading and report directly to their classroom. Buses will be cleaned after AM and PM routes.

Ride 360: This year you will have the ability to see your child's bus number, approximate bus pick up time and approximate, drop off time. Registering for this services is easy. All you have to do is go to your APP store, download the Ride 36- app, and enter your information that ties your student to your account.

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Breakfast and Lunch

* For the remained of the school year, all students will have access to one free breakfast and lunch.

Lunch Prices 2020-2021:

  • Elementary Breakfast: $1.75
  • Reduced Breakfast: $.30
  • Elementary Lunch: $2.85
  • Reduced Lunch: $.40
  • Extra Milk: $.50

Breakfast:  This year, breakfast will be Grab & Go. As students enter the building, there will be several stations that they can stop at and purchase a breakfast to take back to the classroom with them. Students will have a grain choice, one cup of fruit, and milk. Breakfast will be available the first day of school.

2-Hour Delays & Breakfast: Harris does NOT serve breakfast on 2-Hour delays.

Lunch: Lunch at Harris this year will have a few changes. We plan to use more than one supervised location for the purpose of keeping students with their classroom cohort and appropriately spaced. Students will eat in the same assigned area and assigned seat daily. Students will be distanced to the greatest extent possible. Tables will be cleaned between each group of students. Visitors are not permitted at lunch.

Lunch Accounts - Greenfield-Central is once again using www.ezschoolpay.com to put lunch money in your child’s lunch account (there is a small fee and you will need your child’s student number found on Powerschool). Lunch money may also be submitted by check when you come to registration. Please be sure to keep your child’s lunch account in good standing. Additionally, our cafeteria computer system does not have the capabilities to put a “block” on student lunch accounts for purchasing extra lunch items. You will want to make sure your child is on the same page as you when it comes to spending lunch account money. You can also pay textbook rental fees and iPad insurance on ezschoolpay as well!

Stay Connected with Harris

Future Dates at Harris

*The following dates are tentative and are subject to change based on national, state, and local guidance.

Harris Specific Dates

  • Parent Teacher Conferences: October 26 and October 28
  • Thanksgiving Break: November 25-27
  • Winter Break: December 21- January 1

Opportunities Around GC

Fall Edition of GC Blue and Gold Athletic Department Newsletter

We sent home entrance cards to use when joining NASA for their community events!

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