Harrison Happenings

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Meet Our SRO! Officer Kevin Has Joined Our Harrison Family

My name is Kevin Nastasi and I am the School Resource Officer at Harrison Elementary School. My job is to keep the students, teachers, and staff safe during the day so that they can focus on learning and having fun.

My Family

I live in Gibbstown (Greenwich Township) where I recently retired as the town’s Police Chief. My wife, Cristie and I have two children, Marco and Nicole. Marco is a junior at Catholic University in Washington, D.C., where he is studying business. He hopes to follow his mother’s footsteps by attending law school after college. Nicole is a senior at Paul VI High School. She is an accomplished hula dancer who performs throughout South Jersey. We enjoy spending our free time at the beach in Brigantine.

My Experience

I attended Gloucester County College and the Gloucester County Police Academy. I began my law enforcement career working in the Borough of Paulsboro before joining the Greenwich Township Police force in 2000. During my time with the Greenwich Township Police Department, I served as a Patrolman, Investigator, Sergeant, Captain and ultimately Chief of Police. I was also a member of the Bike Patrol Unit. In May of 2021, I participated in the Police Unity Tour, biking more than 290 miles to honor law enforcement officers who died in the line of duty. Before becoming a police officer, I worked as a substitute teacher. I have been a youth and high school wrestling coach for many years.

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STARS Assemblies

This past week, during student lunches, Ms. Rodano and Mr. Flexon talked with students about what it means to be a STAR Student. Check in with your little one this week and see if they can share any character traits that demonstrate being a STAR Student....and always Reach For The STARS!

fema resources available to families

For New Jersey residents living in Bergen, Gloucester, Hunterdon, Middlesex, Passaic, and Somerset Counties, individuals can apply for assistance through FEMA the following ways:

• The fastest and easiest way to apply is by visiting disasterassistance.gov/ or by downloading the FEMA App on the Apple App Store or the Google Play Store.

• If it is not possible to apply online, call 800-621-3362 (TTY: 800-462-7585). The toll-free telephone lines operate from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. CDT, seven days a week. Those who use a relay service such as a videophone, InnoCaption or CapTel should update FEMA with their specific number assigned to that service.

New Jersey residents who live outside the affected counties are encouraged to continue reporting damage (residential structures only, no vehicles) from Ida as damage assessments are ongoing. Information collected in this portal will help local, state, and federal authorities better understand the location and severity of damage impacts. The NJOEM Public Damage Reporting portal is located at https://damagenj-njoem.hub.arcgis.com/.

FEMA: Fact Sheet, Individual Assistance Program

FEMA: Fact Sheet, Individuals and Household Programs

FEMA: Help After Disaster

Library Volunteers Needed

Our school Library uses parent volunteers (and grandparent, aunt or uncle volunteers) every day to help the children check out and return Library books.

No experience is necessary!

We are especially grateful for volunteers who are able to help for a full morning or afternoon (about 2 hours a week). This is a great way to help the school and especially the kids! There will be an introductory meeting on

September 27 at 11:00 in the Library

Note that the PTA is also seeking volunteers for the Fall Book Fair, but my request is for volunteers beginning as soon as possible and throughout the school year. Please contact the Library if you’d like more information before the meeting OR STOP BY THE LIBRARY on Back to School Night to sign up. If you are volunteering at the school, you need to present your vaccination card or have a negative Covid test the week you are volunteering. Masks are REQUIRED for everyone inside of the building.

Mrs. Malloy & Mrs. Sakhleh

478-2016 X9032 & 478-2016 X1908

Email - malloyme@harrisontwp.k12.nj.us


Longwood Garden's Children Tree

Exciting news! Mrs. Moran and our school have been chosen again to display a tree at Longwood Gardens. Click HERE for the details and get your tickets now before they sell out!

September 25th @Mood's Farm on Saturday, September 25th

room parent registration is now open


The PTA would like to invite you to sign up to be a room parent for your child's class. The room parents would be a liaison for the families and teachers to communicate any information necessary as well as to be available for classroom activities and field trips (if possible). We remind you that room parents are chosen AT RANDOM by the administration.

Membership in the PTA: All Room Parents must be a PAID General Member of the Harrison Township PTA.

Deadline to register is September 30th

Click the link above to register.

Join Cub Scouts Today!

Click the button above. Sign ups are at Ella Harris Park on September 17th, 23rd, & 24th from 5:30pm to 7:30pm.

It is time to Register for Clearview Youth Lacrosse!

Clearview Youth Lacrosse Club 2021 Spring Registration For boys and girls Pre-k - 8th grade

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Please make sure you label all of your child's belongings. This is so important for everyone at Harrison Elementary.

Our Lost & Found fills up so quickly with wonderful articles of clothing, lunchboxes, water bottles, etc. because they are nameless. At the end of the month, we donate all of the unclaimed items to those in need. To avoid this....label...label...label.

School Lunches

As we navigate our first days of school together, school lunches will be offered to all learners who choose not to pack their lunch.

The order form for next week is officially active

You can access the form by clicking THIS LINK

The order form is also on the website under Lunch Orders.

Support from the Food Pantry

Any families in hotels and alternate locations, that could use food from the YPATT food pantry. Please reach out in the weeks/months to come.

Call or text 609-202-0015 to be added to their list.

Identification is always required- no exceptions

When you are picking up you child early in the Main Office, identification is required. There are no exceptions.

after school care & changes in plans

Please make sure if your child has a change in their dismissal plans, that our school is notified. Notification to your after school care program and htsmainoffice@harrisontwp.k12.nj.us is necessary.

Parent Volunteers

As of today, all school volunteers, including room parents, have to show proof of vaccination or submit a negative test result for the week in which they are volunteering. This will be verification that will be conducted through the main office upon the volunteer's arrival to the school building.

This is until further notice. Thanks everyone and please reach out for clarification.

World Wide Day of Play: September 27th

World Wide Day of Play at HTS is Friday, September 27th! Classes will participate during their regularly scheduled recess time. Mr. Trussell will be on the playground with our outdoor speakers being the DJ and hype man as he has always done. He will be reminding the students about healthy nutrition, exercise through play, and safe recess behaviors as well. This also ties in to our STARS matrix as well as Recess Rodeo unit in Health & PE.

Looking Ahead

Monday, September 20th:

  • Day 3
  • Preschool, K, & 1st Open House at 7pm

Tuesday, September 21st:

  • Day 4
  • MSD, 2nd, & 3rd Open House at 7pm
Wednesday, September 22nd:
  • Day 5

Thursday, September 23rd:

  • Day 6

Friday, September 24th:

  • Day 1
  • It is Hat Day!
student attendance calendar

Take a peek at the Student Attendance Calendar for important dates for this school year.

Student Code of Conduct and STARS Expectations Manual

As Explorers, WE Reach for the STARS!