The Harris Monthly

A Love of Learning for Life



We RISE by lifting those around us. A big shout out to these Harris students for being vehicles of peace. KINDNESS starts with YOU!
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Message from our Principal

Hello Harris Parents and Caretakers

This is our first edition of the Harris Elementary School Newsletter that will be posted on S’MORE. Here it is the end of October and we have two months of school that have been completed. October has been designated as Kindness month. Some students in all classrooms, at all grade levels will be recognized by their teachers, as best exemplifying the characteristic of Kindness, by being named the Student of the Month in October.

Harris Elementary School teachers and staff will be trained in the Restorative Practice at the end of the month of October and the first two days of November. Restorative Practice is a way for schools to become more connected, and to help in developing healthy relationships. Ideally, this will help us reduce the number of behavior issues and in turn reduce the number of suspensions. Woonsocket Education Department is on the “cutting edge” of this program. We will be the only district in the State of Rhode Island to be trained in Restorative Practice and we are very excited about being a part of this program. This is because of a grant that was written by our Assistant Superintendent Dr. Jenny Remka.

When students improve their attendance rates, their chances of future success in the middle school, high school graduation, a post secondary school success greatly increases. On average, missing two days a month or 18 days or more a year missed is considered being chronically absent from school. Make every attempt to get your student to school everyday. This will have a tremendous impact on their future success.

Mr. McKinnon

Kindergarten News

Kindergarten has been working hard to learn classroom rules, routines and behavior expectations. We have been focusing on building friendships and creating a positive classroom community. We have begun learning letters and sounds. We've been focusing on characters in stories and story settings. We have also been learning about 2D and 3D shapes. It's been a busy start to an amazing year ahead!

First Grade News

First grade has been spending the first month of school practicing classroom routines and expectations. We have begun using our Dreambox online math program with great enthusiasm. We enjoyed our first field trip to see Shrek The Musical, as we continue to learn more about story elements in our ELA program.

Second Grade News

The students in Mrs. Mansfield's, Mrs. Morgan's and Mrs. Sanford's classes have been working hard to learn the classroom rules and procedures. We are starting our reading unit with a focus on character traits. In math we are practicing making tens and sums and differences to 100.

Third Grade News

Third grade has had a great start to the school year and students have been working very hard! In math, students have worked on multiplication and division. They also completed a narrative writing piece on finding courage to overcome a fear. In reading, students learned about the phases of the moon and they read a story called The Case of the Gasping Garbage by Michele Torrey. Great job third graders!

Fourth Grade News

Fourth grade has had an awesome start to the year. During math we have been working on creating a deeper understanding of place value to solve problems involving rounding as well as multi-digit addition and subtraction. Our reading unit has focused on studying scientists and the variety of ways they conduct research, which we have begun a writing piece about. We are all looking forward to an amazing year!

Fifth Grade News

Fifth grade is off to a busy start. We have welcomed students who are new to Woonsocket and to the United States. We have been working on classroom routines and expectations. The students are also working very hard in math. They learned how to add, subtract, multiply and divide decimals. We are now working on multiplying multi-digit problems, as well as multi-step problems. In our reading unit we are working on literacy themes and writing narratives. We are looking forward to a great year!

Speech and Language TIDBITS

Reading and talking with children plays a critical role in developing their vocabulary. Typically, more words are used in written language than in spoken language. The more you read to children, the larger vocabulary they will develop. Research has shown children learn new words by: hearing a word over and over, hearing words spoken by the important people in their lives, and hearing words in a meaningful context (during conversation at dinner, in the car, while playing and while reading).
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Harris Community Yard Sale

Harris Elementary School PTO will be holding a Gigantic Yard Sale on Saturday, November 3rd from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the school to benefit the Harris PTO and the students of Harris Elementary School. If you have items that you want to get rid of, you can donate those items to the Harris PTO. They will sell the items on November 3rd. Any items that are not sold will be donated to Savers and Big Brothers and Sister.

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Curbside Coffee is a great opportunity to meet other parents in our Harris family, catch up on upcoming events, and discuss new programs and/or curriculum our students are learning.


Harris School held a Halloween Dance on October 26, 2018. The dance was a true success bringing in over 500 students and parents of our Harris Community. Shout out to the following local businesses for their generous donations: Sunshine Pizza, Dominos Pizza, American Popcorn Company, and Bellingham Stop & Shop. Also a big THANK YOU to two anonymous generous Woonsocket donors and our unstoppable Harris School PTO. We couldn't of done it without you.

Interested in joining our PTO?

We are always looking for new members. Please join us at our next meeting on Tuesday, November 13th at 4:30 p.m. in the Harris Elementary School Library. We want our Harris students to have the best experiences. We need YOU to help make it happen!
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