Wednesday Mail

January 17-21

Upcoming Dates

Upcoming Dates

January 10-21 MOY mClass Window

January 18 Clubs Start

January 19- No Clubs (Disinfecting Campus)

January 20- Spirit Night at On the Border

January 19- February 4 MOY NWEA Testing Window

January 28- Last day to Re-Enroll current students.

January 31- 100th Day of School.

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Letter from Mrs. Meck

Letter from Mrs. Meck

Dear HSA FW Families,I hope everyone had a wonderful long weekend and enjoyed time with family. I had a great time with my boys doing science experiments and playing outside on Monday.

You only have until Friday, January 28, to secure your student’s seat for re-enrollment. The steps to do so are above this in the Wednesday mail. If you do not re-enroll, your student will not have a seat for next year, and you will have to reapply for the lottery.

I want to remind all parents that we do not go by CDC guidelines. We follow TEA guidelines which are 10 days, and the student can return on the 11th day. When you send an email notifying us of the positive test result, Ms. Burk will email you when the student can return.

If your child is sick or has COVID symptoms, please keep them home until they can test. If your child does test positive for COVID, contact me at kmeck@harmonytx.org and Ms. Burk, the medical assistant, at lburk@harmonytx.org, with a copy of the positive result. Let’s stop the spread on campus.

Thank you,

Mrs. Meck

Gifted and Talented Nominations

The Spring Gifted and Talented nomination period is now open. Referral forms are available in the front office, next to the Parent Resource Board. These forms are due to Mrs. Lucas by January 31st, 2022.

Students must be in the 80th percentile and above in at least one of their MAP tests in order to qualify for CogAT testing, which is used to determine eligibility for the Gifted and Talented program. Kindergarten students may be tested twice per year (Fall and Spring), but all other students may only test once per academic school year. Should you have any questions, please contact Mrs. Lucas at slucas@harmonytx.org.

UPDATE: STEM Night/ Science Fair Awards

We have decided to postpone STEAM night. The new date is TBD. We are still planning to judge the Science Fair boards and record the awards ceremony for families to view. We apologize for any inconvenience.

Spring Semester Clubs

Reminder Clubs do not rollover. If you are interested in your child being in after-school clubs please make sure you are signing up for new clubs this semester.
Science Fair K-5

Science Fair K-5

This year, the Science Fair will be mandatory for students in 3rd-5th grade and optional for students in K-2. Your child will be getting a hard copy of the science fair packet, but you may find it attached here as well. The timeline is as follows:

1/7/22: Students turn in their Procedure and Variables as it will appear on their Tri-board
1/14/22: Students turn in their Results, Conclusion and Table/Graph as it will appear on their Tri-board
1/21/22: Students turn in their completed tri-board
Week of 1/24/22: Judging will take place
1/28/22: Winners will be announced in a video recording of the awards ceremony

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Online Software

We have a few great programs to help your students progress in their core subjects. Have your students log in during break and throughout the school year to their myharmony portal to get access to all of these great programs.

K-2

-Amplify Reading

-RAZ Kids

-Dreambox

3-5

-RAZ Kids

-NoRedInk

-NewsELA

-ALEKS

-Exploros

-Legends of Learning

-Lexia Core 5 (EB students)

World Read Aloud Day

World Read Aloud Day

World Read Aloud Day volunteers are needed. We would LOVE for you to volunteer to read. This year, we request that volunteers send in a video recording of them reading a book. These recordings will be shown on February 2nd for World Read Aloud Day. Please click on the Google form below and let us know if we can count on you!Please email your videos to Mrs. Pettijohn at mpettijohn@harmonytx.org

Letter from Central Office

Dear Harmony Students, Families & Team Members,

Welcome to 2022. We hope you have enjoyed your winter break and are as eager as we are for another tremendous semester of learning at Harmony Public Schools.

Like many of you, we have spent much of the past several weeks closely monitoring the newest surge of COVID-19 across our nation, especially its new variant Omicron. So before we reconvene for classes this week, we feel it is important to share with you some of the measures we are taking to keep our schools safe, as well as how we all can work together to prevent the spread of this virus in our schools.

First, because we understand that COVID-19 testing sites and/or at-home test kits can be difficult – and sometimes expensive– to find in our communities, Harmony will offer free rapid antigen testing throughout January for both students and staff who become symptomatic of COVID-19 during the school day while on campus. (As always, those who are currently symptomatic or become symptomatic at home before the school day begins are asked to stay home to avoid potentially bringing the virus to school and infecting others.)

Second, we will continue to offer local vaccine clinics for eligible students and team members at campuses across the state as frequently as possible. An overwhelming abundance of scientific evidence continues to show that vaccines and boosters are a safe and highly effective way to prevent the most serious level of COVID infections. Even those who may experience “breakthrough infection” after vaccination are extremely unlikely to experience the most serious forms of illness, which may lead to hospitalization or even death. (For up-to-date information about vaccine effectiveness, please visit the CDC “Vaccine Effectiveness” webpage.)

Third, we will continue to offer masks and personal protective equipment (PPE) to any students who needs it. Last semester, Harmony partnered with the retail giant Ross Dress for Less, who will be supplying thousands of these masks to our schools across the state. Whether it is one of these masks or a mask brought from home, we strongly encourage all students to wear a mask when indoors or in close contact with others, as masks consistently have been proven to be an effective method for reducing the spread of COVID-19.

Next, we will continue to follow our stated COVID-19 protocols, as outlined in our 2021-22 Back to School Playbook. If you have questions about our policy or see an area for potential improvement, we want to know. Please contact us via Let’s Talk, which can be found at the top of all school web pages under “Contact Us.” We also will continue to closely follow new guidance from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Texas Education Agency to make sure we are aligned with the latest science on COVID-19.

Finally – and perhaps the most important step we can take – we are asking for your help. Even our best COVID-19 efforts cannot succeed unless each and every member of the Harmony community does their part to fight this virus.

Here are five easy ways you can help.

  • If you feel sick or are showing symptoms of COVID-19, please stay home until you can be tested. Remember: While the virus itself has changed several times in the past two years (Alpha, Delta, Omicron, etc.), its symptoms remain the same. Those symptoms include fever or chills, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, loss of taste of smell, sore throat, congestion, runny nose, nausea or vomiting, or diarrhea.
  • Whether at school or away from campus, please wear a mask when indoors in public spaces (i.e. not at home) or in close proximity to other individuals.
  • Avoid large crowds and gatherings, particularly indoors.
  • When possible, practice social distancing of about six feet from other people. (For most teens and adults, that’s about two arms lengths.)

As we all understand, Omicron has provided a need for renewed vigilance in the fight against COVID-19 in our schools. By working together, though, we know we can make Spring 2022 another safe and exciting semester for all of us.

Thank you for your support in continuing this fight, and for being a part of our Harmony family.

Helpful Links

Harmony COVID Policy

 

Harmony COVID Dashboard

Harmony Virtual Learning

Find a Vaccine or Booster

Guidance for Recent Travelers

Parent Volunteers

Our teachers are working harder than ever this year and would love your help with the minor tasks added to their daily to-do list. If you are interested in volunteering on campus or at home, please reach out to your child’s teacher.Some things you can do to help your child teacher on campus

– Make Copies

– Laminate

– Folding

– File

-Decorate doors

-Decorate a bulletin board

– Reading with students

-and More!

Somethings you can do to help your child’s teacher at home

– Cutting Lamination

– Folding

– Creating books

– and More!

January Breakfast and Lunch Menus

February Breakfast and Lunch
PTO

PTO

Don’t forget to sign up for PTOhttps://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdPBRyDt1WhUKrbsK9dwXsuDgZqzUdDoGqjWVRCC1L2XkUuog/viewform?usp=sf_link

Parents must also go to our website and pay the dues:

http://ptohsa.weebly.com/join.html

**Both the form and the dues will need to be turned in if they want to join.

Staff Shout Outs

The teacher’s favorite form of appreciation is words of affirmation. Send them a shout-out!

Think College Thursday

Think College Thursday

Tomorrow is “Think College Thursday” every Thursday students can wear college T-Shirts with their uniform pants.
Mask Policy

Mask Policy

Dear Harmony Families,

From its beginning, Harmony Public Schools has held onto two strong beliefs.

First, that by focusing on STEM, we could help our students better understand their connection to the world around them, and prepare them to help tackle the challenges of our collective future.

Second, that schools work best when parents, teachers, and school leaders are all working together to do what’s best for our students.

Few issues have put those two core beliefs – following science, and doing what’s best for kids – into sharper focus than the issue of protective face masks at our schools.

At Harmony, we firmly believe the preponderance of credible medical evidence proves that masks are a simple and effective way to stop the spread of COVID-19 in our schools, communities, and homes. This is why we frequently and publicly advocate for their use by students and team members – because it’s good science, and it’s what is best for kids.

Today, we would like to share a new Harmony Public Schools mask policy that we believe is strongly based on science and student safety, while also taking into account the legitimate reasons some families may prefer for their child not to wear a mask. We also believe this policy can remain consistent regardless of the outcome of current legal decisions related to mask “mandates” in schools.

Harmony Student Mask Policy

(Effective DATE)

  1. All Harmony staff members are asked to wear a mask on campus, unless there are medical, religious or other specific reasons that is not possible.
  2. All Harmony Public Schools students are asked to wear masks on campus. If a student does not have a mask, one will be provided.
  3. The parents of children who are unable to wear a mask due to medical or other specific issues, including difficulty breathing while wearing a mask, may submit a formal exemption request on Skyward. (This is consistent with our long-standing student Dress Code exemption policy, which can be found on page 22 of the HPS Student & Parent Handbook).
  4. We are asking that all employees, students, parents and visitors voluntarily comply with this mask policy.

 

When it comes to masks, there may be no perfect policy for all families. Masks have become one of the more hotly debated issues of our time. The one thing we can all agree on, though, is that we all look forward to a day when no one needs to wear a mask.

In the late spring and early summer, many of us believed that day was close. Unfortunately, it’s not quite here, yet. But by working together, we will get there – hopefully soon.

For now, we’re asking for Harmony to mask up.

It’s good science, and it’s what is best for kids.

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