April 22 - 26
Welcome to the Weekly S'more Newsletter for Harvest Elementary School! This is a "Live" Webpage, and it is updated weekly for parents to be informed about school events and happenings.
We have several ways to keep parents updated: Listserv Email Group, Facebook, Twitter, School Phone Call Group and Webpage. We want the Home to School Communication to be strong to promote our community! We are using these Hashtags this School Year:
Harvest Elementary Hashtags: #ThisIsHarvest #WritingOurStory
Sparkman Family of Schools Hashtag: #1Sparkman
Madison County Schools Hashtag: #AllMeansAllMCSS
New Student & Returning Student Registration Going On Now!
"All required enrollment documents should be uploaded to the PowerSchool enrollment portal. If you are unable to provide any of the required enrollment documents, please visit your child's school. Please see a list of all required enrollment documents below.”
--Age Verification Documentation- Birth Certificate or Passport/VISA when necessary
--Proof of Residence
--Huntsville Utility Bill
--Complete the Residency Affidavit (English) (Spanish)
--Custodial Parent’s Photo Identification
--Certificate of Immunization or Exemption Documentation
--Returning Students = Register April 22 - May 31
--New Students = Register April 22 - August 6
SNAP codes are required for returning students to register online.
MCSS Registrars mailed the letters which include these codes April 15.
Watch for the letter before trying to register your child.
Administrative Professionals' Day - April 24
Let's show our appreciation to these awesome ladies who help our school in so many ways: bookkeeper/secretary, Mrs. Angie Shannon Madagan, registrar Mrs. Monica Hill, & local school secretary aide Mrs. Wendy Turpen.
These awesome ladies do a fabulous job with our accounts, attendance, & communications! They work well with parents, teachers, staff, admin, & students.
We appreciate all they do for our school!
National AP Week - April 8 - 12
NASSP, the National Association of Elementary School Principals, and the American Federation of School Administrators have declared the week of April 8-12, 2019 , as National Assistant Principals Week to honor and recognize the contributions of assistant principals to the success of students in schools across the United States.
We want to Thank ALL those who helped us show Mrs. Cosby how much we appreciate her during AP Week with goodies, cards, and etc.!
If you missed sending treats by your child during AP Week, here are her FAVorite Things below. Feel free to send these anytime to show your appreciation!
Reeses, Trail Mix, Snickers, Rosies, Chick-Fil-a, & Auburn
MCSS Parent Survey - Deadline April 26
In an effort to improve school and system practices, Madison County Schools is conducting a brief parent survey. In order to complete the survey, please go here:
Please be assured your responses to this survey will be anonymous. Your honest opinion is appreciated.
For those with students in multiple schools, this survey can be completed for each school.
Thank you for your time and attention in helping us improve your child’s school.
The Deadline is Friday, April 26, 2019.
MCSS Spotlight, April 10, 2019
Attention Harvest Families,
Check out the Madison County School System Spotlight. It is published twice each month to share with our communities the highlights going on in MCSS. #AllMeansAllMCSS
Career Exploration Day (Take Your Child to Work) - April 25
Dear Harvest Elementary Families,
On Thursday, April 25, some local employers will be hosting Take Your Child to Work Day events. If you plan for your PK-5th grade child to go to work with you, please complete a pre-approved absence request and be prepared for your child to report to their teacher about what they learned on their visit. Students that attend school on April 25 will participate in a career exploration lessons.
The pre-approved absence request can be found on the county web page at https://4.files.edl.io/055c/10/24/18/200212-fbe31907-8b24-4b98-b41d-c5d8673a14d9.pdf
Blue Ribbon Parent Survey Results
We received GREAT Feedback from the Parent Surveys! The Blue Ribbon Committee said the Parent Survey results were the best they've seen all the schools they've visited! Thanks so much for your time & effort you gave to completing these surveys to take our school from good to great!
AL Autism Society Received $468.47 from your donations!
Words can't explain the honor and privilege I have to let you all know as a HES family we raised a total of $468.47 in 4 days to donate to the Alabama Autism Society. The class that raised the most money was Ms. Hamiltion's Pre-K with $57 and the grade level that raised the most money was 4th grade with $110.77. Ms. Hamilton's class will receive a Pizza Party and 4th grade will receive a Popsicle party. Again, thank you for all of your participation to raise awareness for Autism.
Way to go,
Dawn Tittle, RN, BSN, NREMT
Scantron Testing in April
We begin Scantron Testing this week. Please remember the following tips below, so your child(ren) will be ready for the test each day:
1. Your Child needs a Good Night's rest.
2. Your Child needs to either eat a Good Breakfast at Home or School.
3. Your Child needs to Arrive at School On Time.
Dates to Remember
22 - P.E. Bowling Trip (2nd & 3rd Grades)
22 - Earth Day - Wear Green
22 - Scantron Math (Make Ups)
22 - Dance Club (1st - 2nd Gr), 3:00 - 4:00pm
22 - Pre-K Space & Rocket Center Field Trip
23 - Scantron Science (5th Gr)
23 - 2nd Grade Field Trip, Nashville Zoo
23 - NEHS, 2:45 - 3:45pm
23 - EL Family Literacy Night @ Legacy, 5:30 - 6:30pm
24 - P.E. Bowling Trip (PK, K & 1st Grades)
24 - Scantron Science (Make Ups)
24 - National Administrative Professionals’ Day
24 - FCA, 7:00 - 7:30am
24 - Theater Academy (3-5) 2:45-3:45pm
24 - GNC, 2:45 - 4:00pm
24 - May 7 - DIBELS Reading
25 - Greenpower Club, 2:45 - 3:45pm
26 - MCSS Parent Survey Deadline
26 - P.E. Bowling Trip (4th & 5th Grades)
26 - K field trip to Brown Farms, New Market, 8:15-1:00
26- Concession Snacks Delivered
27 - Greenpower Club Race Day
29 - STEM Day 12 - 2pm
29 - Dance Club (3rd - 5th Gr), 3:00 - 4:00pm
30 - 4th Grade McWane Trip
30 - May 2 - DIBELS Next Testing (Grades 1 - 3)
30 - May 3 - DIBELS Next Testing (K)
1 - National Principals’ Day
1 - Theater Academy (3-5) 2:45-3:45pm
1 - GNC, 2:45 - 4:00pm
2 - NEHS, 4th Grade Induction Ceremony, 6pm
3 - School Lunch Hero Day
4 - Outrun Hunger for Harvest
6 - Last Library Book Checkout
6 - Dance Club (1st - 5th Gr), 3:00 - 4:00pm
6 - 17 - 4th Nine Weeks CBA’s Reading & Math
6 - 10 - School Nutrition Employee Week
6 - 10 - Teacher Appreciation Week
8 - National School Nurse Day
8 - Theater Academy (3-5) 2:45-3:45pm
8 - GNC, 2:45 - 4:00pm
9 - Last Library Class Day & All Library Books Due
9 - PTO Mtg, 6pm - Arts Night (3rd-5th Theater, HES Dance & HES Singers)
10 - Library Inventory Begins
10 - National Lyme Disease Awareness - Wear Green
10 - 4th Grade Burritt Museum Field Trip
10 - 5th Grade Merge Day @ SMS
14 - Volunteer Breakfast, 9am
14 - Kindergarten End of the Year Program, 6pm @ Sparkman 9 Gym
15 - FCA, 7:00 - 7:30am
15 - Theater Academy (3-5); Last Mtg Day
15 - GNC, 2:45 - 4:00pm
15 - Field Day PK - 2nd
16 - Field Day 3rd - 5th
17 - Field Day Rain Date
20 - Awards Days TBA
20 - HES Early Dismissal Time 12:30pm
21 - Awards Days TBA
21 - SHS Graduation, 2pm
21 - HES Early Dismissal Time 12:30pm
22- Students Last Day/Report Cards
New Raptor Sign In System at All Madison County Schools
Hello Harvest Elementary parents,
As we work to improve the safety of our schools, Madison County Schools will soon begin using the Raptor Visitor Monitoring system. All visitors will be required to show a valid, government-issued ID starting on April 8th. Please be prepared to show your ID when you come to eat lunch with your child, check students out or to visit your child's classroom/teacher during the school day. Also, our reception area is almost complete. Mrs. Hill has moved her office to the new area as you walk in the front doors. All visitors will be required to stop by at this new area to check in before entering into the building.
Thank you in advance for your cooperation!
Lost & Found Items - Deadline to Claim is Friday, May 3
OSR PRE-K REGISTRATION HAS ENDED
The Madison County Dept. of Education mailed letters to the families who had their child's name drawn for OSR.
If you missed the deadline to turn in paperwork for your child to enroll into OSR Pre-K, please contact Mrs. Monica Hill, our secretary. She can assist you with getting your child on a waiting list for OSR Pre-K. email@example.com
Dolly Parton's Imagination Library
Please stay in touch with Library Media Center News by liking the Harvest Elementary Library FB page or follow on Twitter @HarvestElemLMC
Library S'more Link:
ATRIUUM ON THE GO APP -
You Can Access the HES Library from Home!!
The "Atriuum on the Go" app allows students to access 129 eBooks we have in our Library KidzViz.
Plus, students can access their library account to see what they have checked out or overdue. They can also put books on hold.
Here are the Directions:
1. Download the app, "Atriuum on the Go" & Click on it
2. Go to Settings (located at the bottom right)
3. Enter the following Info in 4 - 6 (below).
4. Server: atriuum.madison.k12.al.us
5. Port: 443
6. Library: harvees
7. Click the button, "Connect To Library"
8. Now, you're in our Library KidzViz
9. At the Bottom Right, Click on "Full Opac" to Access KidzViz as it appears at school.
Atriuum Website: https://atriuum.madison.k12.al.us/opac/harvees/index.html#menuHome
For those of you not able to access the KidzViz app, you can access it through the website link instead.
Library Maker Space Friday Schedule
If you can help out with Maker Space Friday, please email me: firstname.lastname@example.org
Here is the schedule for the next few weeks below.
What do we need help with?
1 Parent to Monitor Each Station
There are 7 stations (Chip the Robot Dog, Bee Bot Robots, UAH Wild Animal Rescue Unit, UAH Marble Roller Coaster, Osmo Hot Wheels, Merge Cubes, & SHS Moon Bag Toss).
Each station needs someone there to monitor and show the students how to manipulate correctly to be able to learn from the station.
The first group comes from 8-9am. We typically have SHS Engineering Students helping out with the stations for the first group.
The 2nd group comes from 9:30 - 10:30am. We need the most help with the 2nd group.
Lots of parents enjoy coming to help out with their own child's class, and that is GREAT! We welcome y'all to help out anyway that you can!
Thanks! Mrs. Owen
26 Stults & Lesperance
3 Knight & N. Reed
10 Johnson & Campbell
Library Book Checkout & Loan Periods
1st - 2nd Grade Students - They can check out 2 books per 1 week loan period.
3rd - 5th Grade Students - They can check out 2 books per 2 week loan period.
Parent Checkout - Parents can check out up to 3 books on a 2 week loan period. Parents only need to be present to check out books. Those books can be returned by your child.
Book Renewal or Lost Books - If your child isn't finished reading his/her book, it can be renewed (checked out again), so it won't be overdue. If books are lost, books must be either replaced or payment submitted to cover the replacement of the book.
ALL books cost $10.00 to replace. Checks may be payable to Harvest Elementary School.
OVERDUE LIBRARY BOOKS
Please Look for Lost Library Books under beds, in closets, at babysitter's home, and etc. Overdue Notices went home Friday, Feb. 22. For those classes who missed library because of President's Day or a field trip this past week, their overdue notices will go home the week of Feb. 25.
After School Daycare
Let the front desk know if you want your child to enroll.
Or, feel free to email our director, Renee Reed, email@example.com
2nd UAH STEM TOOL IS HERE!!
As many of you already know, UAH Engineering Dept. joined up with a Grant from Women of Defense to build and give Harvest a marble roller coaster in April, 2017. The kids are LOVING it during Maker Space STEM Friday!
We received our 2nd STEM tool from UAH on Thursday, Nov. 15. Mrs. Bodine's 5th Grade ACE Kiddos were able to participate in the introduction of this STEM tool. Videos are on our Harvest Elementary Library Facebook page. ALL 2nd - 5th Grade kiddos will get to utilize this awesome STEM tool when they come to the Library Maker Space Friday!
Our Project is a Wild Animal Lift Mechanism which is a project idea from PLTW.
Mrs. Bodine, Mrs. Owen, & Mrs. Vandiver are the School Contacts who have spearheaded this project!
Please stay in touch throughout the year with our school and PTO FB and Twitter pages.
FB is Harvest Elementary School
PTO FB is Harvest Elementary PTO
Twitter is @HarvestElem
PTO Twitter is @PTOHarvestElem
School Webpage - We use Edlio for our webpage. You can access teacher canvas pages from this webpage, too. Here are the links below:
Madison County School Page:
Harvest Elementary Page:
Project Lead the Way (PLTW)
Project Lead the Way - A hands on approach to teaching science. This is a grant that we are involved with which helps our students get involved with learning and creating. We received 50 New iPad Air 2's through the PLTW grant. These have been given to 3rd - 5th grade classrooms participating in PLTW.
Title 1 Info
Title I - We are a Title I School which benefits our students. The government has given Harvest Title I funds this year which will be used for Professional Development, Technology, and other resources.
Listserv Steps for Subscribing or Unsubscribing
Steps to Remove Your Email Address from the Harvest Listserv Group is below.
You'll also find steps to Join Listserv below.
1. Go to our School Website http://harvest.mcssk12.org/
2. Go to "About Us"
3. Scroll Down & Click "LISTSERV"
4. Scroll Down & Click "Harvest Elementary School"
5. Click "My Groups" (Left Side Column)
6. Click "Leave This Group"
GOOGLE GROUPS - If you have a Google Account, feel free to go onto your Google Account to unsubscribe from the HES Listserv Google Group to stop receiving Listserv Emails.
CAR LINE PROCEDURES
1. A.M. Car Line is 7:15 - 7:40 a.m.
2. P.M. Car Line Begins After our buses leave. Buses begin loading at 2:30 p.m.
3. Please have Lunch Money In Child's Backpack. Do Not wait until you're at the Gym Unloading Area.
4. Go ahead and give your child a Hug and Kiss while you wait in the Car Line instead of at the Gym Unloading Area!
5. Please Unbuckle your Child from his/her Car Seat while you wait in the Car Line. It'd be better than waiting until you arrive at the Gym Unloading Area.
6. Ask your Child to be Ready to Exit the Vehicle as soon as you see the Teachers at the Gym Unloading Area.
7. To Ensure Your Child's Safety, Do Not Allow your Child to Exit the Vehicle Without an Adult Present.
8. For your Child's Safety, we ask you to Seat him/her on the Passenger Side (backseat).
9. Please Do Not Pass Another Vehicle in the Car Line. Failure to do so, could result in a Child Injury.
10. Please Take Care of Homework Papers, Signatures, Fundraisers, or Folders as you wait Instead of at the Gym Unloading Area.
We are a family of schools with Sparkman Middle, Sparkman 9, and Sparkman High #1Sparkman
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