The Harris Quarterly

A love of learning for life



Congratulations to our Harris Students of the Month! In the month of November they were recognized for their displays of FRIENDSHIP with others.

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Letter from our Principal, Mr. McKinnon

Season’s Greetings Harris Families and Friends

I want to recognize our Harris Elementary School Students of the Month (see the group picture in newsletter). The theme for the month of November was Friendship. These students were recognized by their classroom teacher as best exemplifying the theme of Friendship. Students received a SOTM certificate and an ice cream treat as a group. We also want to recognize our students who have had perfect attendance both on a monthly basis but also the students who have not missed a day of school all year. Regular school attendance is one of the most important indicators for success in school. I am very proud of the more than 50 students who have not missed a day of school all year. Great work Students of the Month and our Perfect Attendance students. Your efforts inside and outside the classroom do not go unnoticed.

Harris Elementary School is currently involved with a Canned Food Drive. Every Wednesday students are encouraged to bring in a non-perishable food item in order to participate in the following activities. Please have your student bring some sort of perishable food item on Wednesdays throughout the month of December. By bringing a food item encourages the student to participate in a Crazy Dress Up Day.

  • November 28th-Crazy Hat and Hair Day
  • December 5th-Crazy Sock Day

  • December 12th-Sports Day

  • December 19th-Inside Out Day

What a great way to spread Holiday Cheer and have some fun.

With the school year in full swing and a Holiday Recess fast approaching. How do we help strengthen our students love for reading during the school break and throughout the school year. Here are some ideas to help foster a love for reading.

  1. Read to your child from the earliest age. Make it a daily routine no matter what the age of your student. As they get older have them read to you.

  2. Begin visiting the library regularly. Woonsocket has a tremendous public library called the Harris Library located on Clinton street. There is more to a library than just books.

  3. Stress the importance of reading. If they see you reading they will read. Not just books but newspapers, magazines, computer articles, etc.

  4. Ask them “What did you read today?” In addition to “what did you learn in school today?”

  5. Find a personalized reading area in your house or apartment. Have a bookshelf that is designated for your child and have them decorate that shelf.

Enjoy the Holidays with your families and friends!

Mr. McKinnon


Kindergarten just wrapped up assessments. In math we are focusing on hidden partners and working on measuring. In reading we are starting to sound out words and writing sentences. Our focus concepts are 'then' and 'now'. We are also learning about the four seasons.


First grade is beginning Unit 2 in our Ready Gen program and we are developing writing skills daily. Meanwhile we are wrapping up our first module in math, strengthening our adding and subtracting skills.


We have begun our 2nd unit in reading, which has a theme of “making decisions”. This will culminate with a narrative involving a character who needs to make a decision about money. Shortly, we will begin Module 4 in math. This is the most important module in 2nd grade and primarily involves concepts of place value.


We are excited for Unit 2 in our new Ready Gen Series. The focus of this unit is connecting character, culture, and community. Students will use text based evidence to ask and answer questions. They will write a narrative which includes dialogue and actions to drive the course of events. We are also working in module 2 in mathematics-- practicing place value and problem solving using units of measure. Thank you for helping your child with their Science--life cycle projects. The projects really showcased their learning. If you are wondering how to help your child this year, make sure that s/he practices x and ÷ facts. Of course, don't forget to read and discuss books together. Reading is better when shared others!


Fourth graders have been very busy during November/December. The students created Infographics on an animal of their choice in Reading and Writing. In Math, we are working on multiplication and long division. Long division is a very important 4th grade skill, so please help your child by practicing multiplication and division facts with them. Lastly, the students made cards for veterans on Veteran's Day.


The fifth graders have been reading informational texts and in writing we are creating our own informative brochures. In math we are working hard on our long division skills.


Here are some pictures from Crazy Hat & Hair Day on Wednesday, November 28th and Crazy Socks Day on Wednesday, December 5th.



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Hello Haris Families,

The Holiday Shop will be held Monday, December 10th-Friday, December 14th.

Each class has a designated a shopping day and time. ***Makeup Shopping Day is Friday***

Any student who forgot their money, was absent or would like to buy more, will have the option to do so on Friday. CASH ONLY

The Holiday Shop will also be open on Saturday, December 15h from 10am-12pm during our Cookies and Cocoa with Santa event.

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Look for sign-up sheets that were sent home early this week!

Holiday Concert

Wednesday, Dec. 12th, 9:30am

Woonsocket High School Auditorium

Field trip for grades 2 and 3

Anti-Bullying School Assembly

Wednesday, Dec. 19th, 10am

Harris Elementary School

Stunt Cyclist, Chris Poulos will be presenting and Anti-Bullying performance for all grades throughout the school day. His passion is improving student lives through school assembly programs . Since, 1988, he has performed at over 7,000 schools throughout the country. Beyond keeping his audience entertained with amazing bicycle stunts, he uses clear and easy to follow lessons and personal stories to guide students towards self-improvement.

Visit to the Woonsocket Senior Center

Thursday, Dec. 13th, 10:15am

Woonsocket Senior Center

Mrs. Greco's third grade class will be visiting the Senior Center to spread some holiday cheer. They will be reading poetry about snowflakes to the community and reciting " Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening" by Robert Frost.

Bryant University Men's Basketball Game

Friday, Dec. 21st, 10am

Bryant University

Field Trip for grades 4 and 5.

The Polar Express

Friday, Dec. 21st, 9:30am

60 High School Street

Woonsocket, RI

Students in grades K-3 will be participating in Polar Express Day! They will be reading the book The Polar Express by Chris Van Allsburg and watching the movie. They will receive cookies and cocoa and be allowed to wear their pj's.