Tiger Times

Harmony Science Academy-Waco

September 30, 2020 Issue 2



"Knowledge will give you power, but character respect.”

-Bruce Lee

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Hispanic Heritage Traditional Dress October 8th

Dress in your favorite traditional Hispanic dress on Thursday October 8th.
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NED's Mindset Mission

Friday, Oct. 16th, 9am

This is an online event.

NED's Mindset Mission is a character education program that centers around three important messages that have lifelong relevance: Never give up, Encourage others and Do your best. During the assembly, students will learn about the importance of these three life skills while also enjoying storytelling, magic, humor and yo-yo tricks. This will be a schoolwide online event.
DISTRICT ASSESSMENTS (DA)-3rd-5th grade students will be testing at various times between Oct 5th-8th. Please contact your homeroom teacher for those times and schedules.

PREFERRED MEALS

Parent Introduction Letter

The link to Preferred Meals menus and menu instructions have been added to the campus websites.

Looking Ahead: Important Dates

9/14: PK-2nd and their 3-5 siblings return to campus

9/25-Student Holiday/Teacher work day

9/28: 3-5 students return to campus

9/30-A+ Card orders are due

10/9-Parent Teacher Conferences

10/4-10/10 Fire Prevention Week

10/16: NED program

10/27: Fall pictures (must be in uniform)

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Virtual Home Visits

Contact your child's teacher to setup your virtual home visit!

A+ Cards

THIS YEAR we are offering TWO ways to order A+ Cards:

1. The traditional order form/collect money at the time of the order.

2. Online ordering on our website www.apluscardTX.com. Customers will need to input the school, your first and last name, AND the homeroom teacher's name so you can get credit for the sale. Payment will be online.


PLEASE help your child sell at least 1 card. The funds raised from the A+ plus cards go directly into the student activity fund. We appreciate all of your support!

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FIRE PREVENTION WEEK OCTOBER 4-10TH

ZOOM PARENT/TEACHER CONFERENCES-OCTOBER 9TH

Call today to schedule a time or contact your child's teacher for a 10 minute zoom conference between 8:15 am-4:30 pm.

PTO SPIRIT SHIRTS


If you would like to order a t-shirt please send an email with the following information

Student Name:

Homeroom Teacher:

Grade:

Parent Name:

Phone Number:

Quantity and Size:

***Example: 1 Youth Small, 2 Youth Medium, 1 Adult XL***

(Youth Small, Youth Medium, Youth Large, Youth XL)

(Adult Small, Adult Medium, Adult Large, Adult XL, Adult 2XL, Adult 3XL, Adult 4XL)

Learning at Home or School:


Directions to pay via PayPal are attached if using a credit/debit card. Orders are due by October 9, 2020.


harmonywacopto@gmail.com


Pay Pal English


Pay Pal Spanish

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A Note from Mrs. Irwin

Hello Harmony families,


We are so excited to see so many of our student's smiling faces back on campus. We appreciate everyone's support and patience as we work to ensure our school has protocols in place to keep our students safe.


Now that we have students on campus, we need to remind everyone of the student dress code. If your child is on campus doing face to face learning, they are expected to follow all dress code guidelines. You may also find this information in our student handbook on pg. 17-18. If a student arrives at school out of uniform or is groomed inappropriately, the student’s parent(s) will be called to bring a change of clothes.


Uniform Top

  • All students must wear the Harmony School uniform shirt.
  • Shirts must be tucked in at all times.
  • The shirt must be bought from the school.

Pants / Belts

  • Properly fitting navy blue, black or khaki pants/slacks.
  • Black or dark blue fitted belt. (4-12 grades only)
  • Jeans may be worn on designated days ONLY

Shorts

  • Properly fitting navy blue or khaki shorts or skorts (K-8th grades only)
  • Must be to the knee or longer

Dress/Skirts

  • Dresses and Skirts are NOT allowed

Outerwear

  • Harmony jackets and sweaters may be worn
  • Hoodies are not allowed to be worn in the school building

General

  • Solid colored, long sleeve shirt may be worn under the school uniform shirt.

Thank you for your continued support,

FRONT OFFICE

Attendance Reminders: If a student is absent but still submits their work by 11:59 pm, they will get attendance credit. If a student does not submit work by 11:59 p.m they will be counted absent. Please send a note upon the student's return to campus.

PreK

We are learning about families and homes. We are reviewing letters A-E and numbers 1-4. We are also starting our beginning of the year assessments.-Mrs. Vasquez

We are working hard on learning all about our letters. We are also learning about families and communities.-Ms. Ingroum

Kindergarten

Hello Kindergarten Parents:

Thank you all so much for your support and patience during this time. Please remind your child that masks must be worn over the nose and mouth. Also, they remain on throughout the day. Please send water bottles that close, as they are unable to use water fountains.

ELA - Letters to know n and d

Words to know this week: is, no, man

Words that rhyme

Math - Measurement

Science - Magnets

Please reach out if you are interested in a Virtual Home Visit!

Kindergarten Team

1st Grade

This week we will complete learning about tally charts, picture graphs, and bar graphs. We will be learning about addition next. We are learning how to spell short u words and continue practice reading our sight words. In science we are learning how materials change when heated and cooled.


First Grade Teachers

2nd Grade

This week we are continuing to study matter and its interactions. Students will be observing changes in materials caused by heating & cooling. Please be sure to check the Missing Assignment folder in Schoology for missing assignments and corrections!-Mrs. A. Martinez

ELA-This week we will be learning about poetry and the different elements of a poem. We will be working on spelling words with long and short vowel sounds. Please remind your student to read at least 20 minutes every day at home! Ask them questions and have a conversation with them about the book they are reading! -Ms. Brown

Math- We are still learning strategies to help us add and subtract 2-digit numbers. We will have our CBA over addition and subtraction next week. -Ms. Lester

ELA- We are focusing on Central Idea and Elements of a Drama from our story of the week: “The Puddle Puzzle.” Students should be able to identify singular/plural nouns in a sentence.

B. Martinez

3rd Grade

This week students are starting a new unit of study on Energy! We will be learning about Mechanical and Light Energy. Please be sure to check the Missing Assignment folder in Schoology for missing assignments and corrections! -Mrs. Martinez

ELA-This week we will be learning about poetry and the different elements of a poem. We will be working on spelling words with long and short vowel sounds. Please remind your student to read at least 20 minutes every day at home! Ask them questions and have a conversation with them about the book they are reading! -Ms. Brown

Please continue to check dojo as well as Schoology for grades.

Parent conferences are next Friday. Please message your child's teacher to setup a conference. -Mrs. Salas

In math we are starting muliplication. Continue to check Skyward and Schoology for grades.-Ms. Curtis

4th Grade

Students will be reviewing and completing their CBA this week over Matter, Mixtures & Solutions! Please be sure to check the Missing Assignment folder in Schoology for missing assignments and corrections!-Mrs. Martinez

Math is continuing our unit on multiplication. We have learned to multiply using partial products and area models. We will next multiply using the standard algorithm!-Ms. McCaig

4B is working on visualizing while reading and writing about an Apex Predator.-Ms. Swanner

ELA is working on writing an informational text about an apex predator and visualizing during reading. -Mrs. Driver

5th Grade

In mathematics, we will be finishing up our unit on multiplying with whole numbers and decimals and taking a test for mastery.

Your child should be practicing their fact fluency using play.rocketmath.com. Their user name is their First Name space Last Initial, password is Harmony1, and account is 19369. Thanks for all you do to help with math success! -Ms. Piscacek

This week in Reading we are working on monitoring comprehension while reading. We are also working on finding the Central Idea in a story while identifying the supporting details in the story. We are reading a weekly HMH story in our Reading textbooks called "The Celestials Railroad".-Mrs. Dunford

In science we are studying 5.6 C (demonstrate that light travels in a straight line until it strikes an object and is reflected or travels through one medium to another and is refracted).

In social studies we are completing 5.1 A (explain when, where, and why groups of people explored, colonized, and settled in the United States, including the search for religious freedom and economic gain) with a curriculum-based-assessment.-Mr. Walton

STEM

Students have been completing coding on Tynker. The coding includes creating dances and music to be added to the code in order to have the avatar to move. Students are applying this to real-life by seeing how directions and specific steps are very important.-Mrs. Drake

A Note from Mr. Wallace

We are having a great time in music class! Though this year brings lots of new challenges for us, we are finding new ways to make music together and discovering that music truly is everywhere! Harmonic Voices is off to a great start this year. We have about 30 students in grades 3-5 working hard to prepare our first virtual choir project for the year. The song will be "Lean on Me." Watch for it towards the end of October! You won't want to miss it! Choir parents, please make sure that your child is practicing Lean on Me on their own. We will be selling choir t-shirts starting today! The order form is attached. Proceeds go towards the activity fund for choir. Shirts are available in sizes YS-A3XL. Checks can be made payable to Harmony Science Academy Waco and may be turned in to Mr. Wallace directly for in-person students. Please place order form and money inside a zip lock bag with your child's name on it. You may also pay online at REVTRAK and select music. Deadline to order is Friday, October 9. Please help support our awesome choir students by buying a shirt!


CHOIR SHIRT ORDER FORM