Harmony News

February 21

School News

Parents - Please check out the information below. There is a lot of good information about the March 3 Hybrid return, school tours for Hybrid students, academic news, and PTA pizza night. As always, use any contact number at the end of the newsletter to reach us with further details or questions.

Deans Visit Classes

All grade level deans have begun visiting classes to discuss “Hybrid Return to School Information for Students.”


Though the information is catered to support those returning to the building soon, it is a good time for them to connect with all students.

Spelling Bee Champion!

We are proud to announce that our school spelling bee champion is . . . .Angel Bhatti!!!

HYBRID Student Information

Check out this link for tour information


Music Department News

Our music department and students created a virtual performance of America the Beautiful. Check it out:)

https://www.wevideo.com/view/2044475523

Transportation for Hybrid Students

Transportation


Second-semester student pupil transportation information is currently available in ParentVUE/StudentVUE. Transportation information is available for groups of students returning March 3.


All student households are strongly encouraged to check ParentVUE/StudentVUE to verify pupil transportation – bus, stop location, and times for the second semester. There have been a number of adjustments made across the county since the December return to 100 percent distance learning.


If you have questions related to ParentVUE, such as logging in or password assistance, please contact your school’s ParentVUE help staff. Additional information is available on the ParentVUE Resource Page.


If you have a concern about your student’s bus transportation, you can share it on the Transportation Concern Registry or use the link on the Transportation homepage at: https://www.lcps.org/transportation.

If Entering the Building???

Reminder - all staff and students participating in in-person learning are required to submit the symptom check questionnaire on a daily basis. LCPS has contracted with Qualtrics, a vendor that makes the survey available through links, daily emails, and daily texts. The link to the symptom checker questionnaire is also located on each school website and can be found by visiting the division website Families Page or Students Page.


Parents/guardians will complete the symptom check questionnaire for their student(s) at home prior to sending/bringing them to school. If the answer to any question is “yes,” the student must stay home. Parents/guardians are asked to inform the school using the Attendance Hotline or ParentVUE that their student will be absent.


If the student does not have a completed questionnaire upon arrival at school, staff will ask the student the same questions, as developmentally appropriate, during their first block or homeroom morning meeting. If a student answers “yes” to any of the questions, the student will be escorted to the designated Care Room.


A laminated copy of the Symptom Check Questionnaire is posted outside of the building next to the security camera portal. Visitors requesting access to the school will be asked to verify if they have answered “yes” to any of the screening questions. Visitors are not allowed to

enter the building if they answer “yes” to any of the questions.


Please contact the School Nurse, Health Clinic Assistant, or the Office of Student Health Services if you have any questions.

LCPS Information on the Buildings

Masking


The consistent wearing of face coverings by staff, students, and others visiting the school campus is required by LCPS and will be enforced.


LCPS has purchased face coverings for students from economically disadvantaged families, and these are available upon request from the school health office. Disposable masks will be available in the classroom and during morning arrival for students not wearing a face covering.


Parents/guardians, vendors, and visitors are reminded that face coverings are required while inside any LCPS facility. If a visitor is not wearing a face covering, they will be asked to put on a face covering in accordance with the Governor’s executive order regarding face coverings and CDC recommendations.


Distancing


School staff will promote and enforce the practice of maintaining 6 feet of separation between students and staff. Signs are posted throughout LCPS buildings to help maintain the appropriate 6 feet of separation.


Students will be assigned spaces in classrooms and other areas in the building to provide 6 feet of separation from other students.


Health-Mitigation Monitors


Health-mitigation monitors (HMMs) will be checking to see that health-mitigation practices are followed in LCPS facilities.


Thermal Cameras


LCPS has installed thermal cameras at the most-used entrance to each school. These cameras can scan up to 45 individuals per second and are set to identify individuals with a temperature at or exceeding 100.4 degrees. Students with a temperature of 100.4 or higher will be escorted to the Care Room for further assessment and support. School staff will notify parents if their child has an elevated temperature and needs to be picked up from school to return home. For more information, you may review frequently asked questions HERE.


Hand-Washing

Staff will teach and reinforce handwashing with soap and water for at least 20 seconds and increase monitoring to ensure adherence among teachers, students, and staff.

Time will be built into daily routines for students and staff to wash hands or use hand sanitizer, especially at key times like after bathroom breaks, before lunch, or after being outside.


Hand sanitizers with at least 60 percent alcohol will be available for staff, students, and visitors.


Arrival and Dismissal


Your child’s school may follow up with specific instructions regarding arrival and dismissal. Arrival and dismissal procedures will include verifying completion of the daily symptom tracker, temperature checks, and designated entrances or exits.

Art Department

Here is a typical link to the art slides which feature 7th graders "foil art", hojalata (a form of tin art originating from Mexico).


https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/19rR7AsDUOh4YJgLqpmYdaXv8iCh7oaXrw8xvgpK6G_Y/edit?usp=sharing

Manhattan Pizza is HERE

Tuesday February 23rd from 4-9pm is our Manhattan Pizza spirit night.


Actually All orders throughout the day will be included in our total sales. Please mention "Harmony Middle" when placing your order to contribute to the Spirit Night. Unfortunately, they do not have a way for “Harmony” sales to be tracked online.


That being said, if orders are placed online, the customer can simply call (540-619-0500), confirm their order, and inform the staff that their order was for "Harmony Middle Spirit Night." Manhattan Pizza is located at 1211 Wolf Rock Dr., Purcellville.

Who to Contact?

Nurse:

kathleen.mills@lcps.org


Any Questions:

eric.stewart@lcps.org, principal

patrick.white@lcps.org, assistant principal (assessment)

kristen.hepner@lcps.org, assistant principal (special education)



6th Grade:

valarie.dicarlo@lcps.org, dean

jamie.sharp@lcps.org, counselor


7th Grade:

erin.pinero@lcps.org, dean

alysia.brown@lcps.org, counselor


8th Grade:

eric.mcgrady@lcps.org, dean

christy.pierson@lcps.org, counselor


Attendance Questions:

erin.goodlin@lcps.org, registrar and attendance secretary

Hybrid Tours





Hybrid Parents,

We are looking forward to seeing you all again! As we prepare for the Hybrid students’ return to school, we wanted to give those hybrid families the option to visit the building and to do a 20-minute or less self-guided tour of the building and class schedule. Here are some guidelines we are asking you to follow. Contact principal Stewart, eric.stewart@lcps.org with questions.

  • The school will be open Mondays only, Feb 8 and Feb 22, and March 1st from 7:30 AM until 5:00 PM for self-guided tours
  • Hybrid students only and one adult may visit the school together
  • GOALS:
  • Before arrival - print or use phone for child’s schedule
  • Make sure to print class room number and teacher name
  • When here, find the classrooms or teaching locations on your schedule
  • Teachers are NOT available to talk
  • Please just make sure your kids know where their rooms will be
  • Maps can be picked up at the front door
  • Visit quickly and please depart after about 20 minutes
  • 6th Graders - To prep for the visit, please make sure your child has completed the Escape room activity. Escape Room is mainly for 6th graders who haven’t been to Harmony yet but anyone can try it: ESCAPE ROOM
  • 7th and 8th Graders - pick up a map when you arrive and walk through your class schedule. Follow goals above.
  • This map will help you on your self-guided tour.
  • In ParentVUE, make sure you have taken a picture of your child’s schedule, including the room numbers, or can pull it up on your phone.
  • ALL Students:
  • Enter the main entrance at the front of the building.
  • Pick up a map at the table and begin your tour, following all mask and social distancing rules.
  • Please make your visit quick; taking no more than 20 minutes to visit all rooms, HPE, music, and other electives before exiting the building
  • ANY MONDAY (Feb 8 or Feb 22 or March 1) / Follow these guidelines for last names:
    • Between 7:30 AM and 8:30 AM – Last names start with U - Z
    • Between 8:30 AM and 9:30 AM – Last names start with S - T
    • Between 9:30 AM and 10:30 AM – Last names start with P - R
    • Between 10:30 AM and 11:30 AM – Last names start with M - O
    • Between 11:30 AM and 12:30 PM – Last names start with J - L
    • Between 12:30 PM and 1:30 PM – Last names start with G - I
    • Between 1:30 PM and 2:30 PM – Last names start with E - F
    • Between 2:30 PM and 3:30 PM – Last names start with C - D
    • Between 3:30 PM and 5:00 PM – Last names start with A - B

Email Eric Stewart, eric.stewart@lcps.org if you need to switch times so we can keep track of the amount of people in the building.