Harrison Park Weekly Update

February 13th , 2023

From the Desk of Principal Leah Dickey

As a reminder students should not bring money and other expensive items to school. Unfortunately, we have had a few situations where cash was brought, shown to other students and then went missing.

There is rarely a time when students are given an opportunity to purchase things at school and for the most part money is not needed. Occasionally, we may have candy grams and the book fair, but these situations are few and far between.

Middle School Winter Activity Day!

We will be hosting a middle school activities night on Friday, February 24th from 3:45-5:15pm in the school gymnasiums for grades 6th-8th. There will be some academic criteria in order for students to be eligible to attend. We are excited to host this fun evening for our students. If you would like to volunteer to help, please contact the school office.

Immunization Exclusion Day is February 15th

Our school nurse, and health assistant have made every effort to make sure families are aware if your student is in need of updated or missing immunizations. If you received a letter or a phone call that your student needs updated immunizations, exclusion day is February 15th. If your student is not current on immunizations they will not be able to attend school until proof of immunizations are current. If you need support with finding a location for vaccinations, please reach out to Kelly, health assistant at Harrison Park for locations. 503-916-5700 ext. 79801.

Catch Up on Shots English (Spanish) (Russian) (Vietnamese) (Somali) (Chinese) (Ukrainian) (Swahili)

PPS Successful Schools Survey


Shape the future of your students education. The survey is anonymous.

Click on this link All PPS Families to get started! Available until Feb. 28th.


As we begin the new term, we wanted to send some reminders out around attendance. With your help, our goal is to increase our students' understanding of the importance of consistent attendance and coming to school each day.

The start time for our 6th-8th students is 8:45am and for K-5th students, it is 9:00am. We know mornings can be hectic and take a lot of effort to get out the door, but we at Harrison Park are working on increasing attendance and decreasing our tardies this quarter. We hope you will partner with us on this endeavor! Middle school families can check the number of absences (“Abs - total”) and tardies (“Lates - total”) for each class on the most recent report cards sent home.

One impact of frequent tardies is that students who are arriving even 15 minutes late to school on a regular basis are missing an hour or more of school each week. If this is a regular occurrence, it can mean hours of lost instructional time. Additionally, students arriving late and missing school often report feeling anxious and their anxiety can increase the more they are absent. As a result they struggle to focus in class and even more learning time is lost.

Please join us in reaching our goal to increase attendance and decrease tardies! If you need help regarding your students’ attendance, please contact Lindsay Alex, our Social Worker, or our school counselors, Ana Kennedy (K-4) and Ruth Howard (5-8).

Lindsay Alex - lalex@pps.net

Ana Kennedy - ankennedy@pps.net

Ruth Howard - rhoward@pps.net

HP 2022-23 Yearbooks on Sale Now!

Pre-order your 2022-23 HP Yearbook for only $16 until March 1st. The price will increase to $18 after March 1st so order yours today. Place orders online at school pay here

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HP Garden

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WiFi Hotspots from Multnomah County Library


The Multnomah County Library has free WiFi Hotspots for students who need them.

My name is Alonso Melendez and I work at the Multnomah County Library. I’m writing to you today to share the library’s free Tech Lending Program: WiFi hotspots are available now, without fees or bills, even if lost, stolen or broken.

Reserve a student WiFi hotspot

The hotspots provide an unlimited internet plan that is unthrottled and can provide internet connectivity for several devices simultaneously. Students will be able to do their homework, and stream music or video without worrying that they will run out of data.

We currently have approximately 400 hotspots designated for students ready to borrow. With a Multnomah County Library card, eligible students can borrow a hotspot for the rest of the school year, due back on June 30, 2023.

Students must be low income, attending school in Multnomah County Residents, and have a library account in good standing, i.e. no bills over $50, or library exclusions.

You can request hotspots from the Tech Lending Program for students using this referral form, or you can provide students or their family/guardians my contact information:

Alonso Melendez
(503) 351-6219

and I will respond quickly to connect the student and their family with a hotspot.

Please feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns.

Calendar of Events - February

Friday, February 10- Principal's Parent Coffee Chat

Friday, February 17- NO SCHOOL (Teacher Planning Day)

Monday, February 20- NO SCHOOL (President's Day)

Tuesday, February 28- Kinder Connect Open House (New Incoming Kindergartners for Fall 2023)

YEP Virtual Family Nights

YEP (Youth Empowerment Project) will be hosting virtual family nights to connect with family's every Thursday from 6-7pm starting on November 3rd.

Please contact Family Engagement case manager Priscilla Paschal-Hawkins to receive the invite or to answer any questions

Email address: ppaschal@yeppnw.org

Cell number : 971-393-6087

Daily Illness Checklist

Is your child feeling sick? Please use this daily illness self screener to determine if your child should be staying home.

OSU Nutrition Extension Services

Food Hero Featured Recipes

Fresh cranberries have a tart and tangy flavor. They are most often added to recipes, rather than eaten alone. Here are some of our favorite cranberry recipes:

Pear and Cranberry Crisp

Couscous Salad

Turkey Cranberry Quesadilla

Cranberry Oatmeal Balls

Drop off and Pick up

**Please be aware that our crossing patrol is up and running, please be mindful of them when using the parking lot.

Students need to be dropped off at the curb and make every effort to exit curbside.

Please make an effort to utilize the crosswalk near the 1st-3rd grade entrance.

Avoid parking in driveways, bus zone and blocking others in.

Please arrange for where your children will be picked up - a suggestion is all of your children meet in the youngest child's exit location.

We are noticing long delays to turn onto Division, please be mindful of this and patient as others pick/drop off their children.

Flyers for Upcoming Programs

Immunization Clinics English (Spanish)

Multnomah County Student Health Center Flyer

Champions Childcare Enrollment at HP form

Multnomah Early Childhood Program 22-23 English (Spanish)

Benson Wellness Center English (Spanish)

Portland Parks and Recreation Preschool 22-23 Registration

City of Portland 311 Non-Emergency Hotline (Spanish) (Vietnamese) (Chinese) (Russian) (Somali)

Vibe of Portland 2022-23 Art Camps & Classes

Benson Tech Youth Sports Camp Info

Taborvilla Little League Registration Now Open Flyer

Classroom Volunteers

If you are planning to VOLUNTEER in a classroom, you will need to complete the following:

  • A PPS background check - Application link here
  • Have a pre-arranged appointment
  • Displaying any COVID symptoms or known exposure can restrict school entry

Harrison Park PTA Information

PTA General meetings for the year will be 1/11, 3/8, and 5/10 at 6pm in the school library.

As always you can reach us and find out more about what the PTA is up to on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/HarrisonParkPTA), Our website (hpptapdx.com) or by email (harrisonparkschoolpta@gmail.com)

Harrison Park Facebook Page

Be sure to like our Harrison Park Facebook page for lots of updated information and to find out what is happening at HP.

HP Daily Schedule 22-23

School Handbooks

Harrison Park Parent/Student Handbook

Harrison Park School Climate Handbook

Harrison Park K-8

Office Hours of Operation:

Monday - Friday 8:00am-3:45pm

Doors Open for:

6th-8th and K-5 bus riders (in the cafeteria) @ 8:38am

K-5 @ 8:53am

Please do not drop your child off earlier than these times as adult supervision is not available.

If you are the parent of a student in BOTH middle school and K-5 classroom and your students will be arriving together, please CALL the office and we can make arrangements for your K-5 student to be supervised upon your middle school student's entrance to the building.