Nov Harris Park Family Newsletter


A Message from Ms. Richey

Hello Harris Park Families,

Happy November! In this month of giving thanks, I want to express my deepest gratitude to our families and community for supporting Harris Park.

I know that we are all experiencing COVID-19 fatigue and going a little stir crazy after 8 months of living through the various impacts of the pandemic. While tempting to interact with other people, right now is not the time. Contact tracing has shown that small and large private and public gatherings are the primary cause of the increase in COVID within our community. Please help us reset the curve by staying safe at home, avoiding social gatherings, wearing a mask when around people who do not live in your household, washing your hands regularly, and maintaining appropriate social distancing. The stricter we are with ourselves now, the more likely we are to maintain in person learning later. Thank you for your partnership.

In the meantime, as part of the Harris Park November Family Newsletter, I've included several sites with free, safe, creative, and fun activities you can do as a family during these times. Please scroll through the entire November Family Newsletter as there are resources and important information included. The link to the November Family Newsletter is in your email, and thanks to parent requests, it includes more photos of the learning and fun at Harris Park.

Daylight Savings started today. Remember to set your clocks back one hour.

Students will have Wednesday through Friday on the week of Thanksgiving (November 25th to the 27th) off of school. Enjoy quality time with your family. Young children do best with routine and maintaining a regular schedule. I encourage you to prepare your child for their return to school by keeping a school-like schedule. Stay warm and be cool!


Nancy C Richey
Harris Park Elementary
W: 303-428-1721

We celebrate STAR★ behaviors!

Safety: Personal safety and safety for others.

Teamwork: Leadership of self, in small groups, & with peers.

Attitude: Positive scholastic and can-do-it attitudes.

Respect: Of your space, classroom, school, yourself & others.

★Responsibility: Personal, academic, and for the school.

WPS Parent Support for Digital / Remote Learning

Anytime Anywhere Learning support for families - click here

Learning at Harris Park

Ms. Bott's Class Halloween Writing

Ms. Bott's class wrote absolutely incredible Halloween pieces. They did such an amazing job of using SWAG, and RAP. SWAG (Starts with a capital, Written neatly, A space between each word, and Given punctuation at the end) and RAP (Restate the question, Answer the question, and Prove your answer) are the two acronyms we use throughout the school to support students in writing their very best. Way to go, Ms. Bott's class!
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Halloween Fun!

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Important Upcoming Dates - Mark Your Calendars

November 1

  • Daylight Savings Time Ends; Set your clocks back one hour

November 11

  • Veterans' Day

November 25, 26, and 27

  • Thanksgiving Break, No School

December 2

  • Early Release Day, no after school activities, Student pick up at 1:50 PM

December 21 through January 4

  • Winter Break, No School

January 5

  • Students back to School

January 6

  • Early Release Day, no after school activities, Student pick up at 1:50 PM

January 18

  • Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day, No School

January 20

  • Early Release Day, no after school activities, Student pick up at 1:50 PM

Ms. Claudia's Community News

Hello Harris Park Elementary families, my name is Claudia Ortega, Community Education Specialist and I send you a cordial greeting, and I want to take this opportunity to put myself at your service.

The cold is approaching and it is time to take out our jackets and appropriate clothes for the weather, we know and understand that this has been a difficult year, if you need help with resources such as jackets, socks, gloves, hats, masks, etc. Please call me at 303-487-2164 and I will be happy to find what you need for your child. Alternatively, if you need a referral for Precious Child, I can also help you with that.

Remember that together as a community we will overcome these difficult times.

Book an Appointment (and I will call you), send me a text: 970-325-6698

Email- Office: 303-487-2164 / 720-542-4794.

Ms. Bobbi's Corner

As we head into November it is important to recognize that this time a year can be very stressful for everyone. This year especially with flu season starting up and COVID-19 cases on the rise. Add in the election and we have a perfect storm of stress impacting ourselves and our loved ones. In this newsletter I am attaching some ideas of how to practice self care as a family and how to ensure you are taking care of yourselves and each other. Now more than ever it is important that we check in on our loved ones, take care of ourselves, and do what we can to stay connected to each other during these stressful time.

Visit my newsletter for specific ways families can engage in self-care, self-care options for children, how to make self-care part of your routine, and much more by clicking here.

Ideas for Halloween and Fun Activities for Kids During COVID

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Westminster Drive-Thru Market Program

Westminster is providing a free drive-thru market night program to support up to 600 families a week from October through December. This program includes a free food box containing fresh fruits, vegetables, dairy products, and a $35 gift card for use at a local restaurant. For more information, please look at the flyer attached to the weekly newsletter or you can call 303-406-3663.

Have a Heart Food Bank


  • 3455 West 72nd Avenue, Westminster, CO

  • Saturday, November 14th, 8-10 AM
  • Saturday, December 12th, 8-10 AM

  • Please bring your own bags

Community Resources: Food Programs for Westminster Virtual Academy Students

Westminster Public Schools will be providing a breakfast and lunch daily for students who are in virtual or remote learning.


  • Drive through pick up at the west end of the Westminster High School parking lot near the gymnasium entrance


  • Monday-Friday
  • 10:00-11:30 AM


  • Students do not need to be present
  • Student ID's will be required
  • One breakfast and one lunch per student will be distributed each day
  • F/R status will apply during the school year

School Home Connection

Contact Information

It is very important that we have current contact information for every parent or guardian. We use multiple methods to communicate with our Harris Park families. The primary way we communicate with you is through Sunday phone calls and emails. You will also receive a monthly newsletter by email. Teachers will use Class Dojo, email, and phone calls. Our office team will primarily use phone calls.

Please be sure that we have current phone numbers and email addresses for you. The best way to update your contact information is through the Parent Portal in Infinite Campus. If you need assistance with your Parent Portal, please call 303-428-1721. We can provide you with your user name and reset your password for you.

COVID Information

Provided to keep all members of the Harris Park community updated as we provide in-person schooling (or periodic remote learning) through the pandemic. Additional information can be found on the district COVID-19 information site.

When we return to in person learning, please keep your child home if your they are feeling ill, have any symptoms of COVID-19, or have been directly exposed to someone who has COVID-19. If your child has two or more of the minor symptoms, or any one of the major symptoms, please do not send them to school. When we detect symptoms of COVID-19 in a student, they will be quarantined and must be picked up within one hour of calling home. If you have taken your child for a COVID-19 test, please do not send them to school until you have received the results. Please call our main office at 303-428-1721 to discuss a plan for returning to school.

We are very appreciative of everyone wearing a mask when at Harris Park, approaching Harris Park, or speaking with a staff member. Wearing a mask, maintaining social distancing, and washing our hands are three of the most important things we can do to minimize the spread of COVID 19. Thank you for your partnership during this unique time.

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What Are the Best Ways to Keep Everyone Safe?

Even if an individual with whom you spend time contracts COVID-19, other people can be kept safe and reduce their chances of getting COVID-19 by following important safety measures.

One of the very best ways to stay healthy is by wearing a mask properly over the nose and chin throughout the school day. It is also really important that outside of school students, and their families, are making safe choices. Avoid large gatherings, do not schedule parties, play-dates or sleepovers, and always properly wear a mask in public places.

Another way to stop the spread of germs is to wash our hands regularly and minimize touching our faces. Hand sanitizer is great, but must be intermixed with proper hand washing to be effective.

We must also be mindful of social distancing. Maintain space between yourself and anyone who lives outside of your home. If children are playing together outside of school hours, they should wear a mask and maintain a safe distance.

COVID-19 Testing Sites

The MAC: 3295 W. 72nd Avenue, Westminster, CO
  • Thursdays, 9 AM - 2 PM, September 3 - October 29
  • Walk-ups accepted, no appointment necessary
  • Masks required (and will be provided if needed)
  • ONLY for Jefferson and Adams County residents
  • Testing available for anyone without insurance
  • Testing available regardless of housing or immigration status

Former Human Services Building: 7190 Colorado Blvd., Commerce City, CO
  • Fridays, 2 - 7 PM, September 4 - October 30
  • Walk-ups accepted, no appointment necessary
  • Masks required (and will be provided if needed)
  • ONLY for Jefferson and Adams County residents
  • Testing available for anyone without insurance
  • Testing available regardless of housing or immigration status

Water World: 8801 N Pecos St, Federal Heights, Co

  • Daily, 8 AM - 4 PM
  • No appointment necessary
  • Pre-register to speed up the process here
  • No identification card, social security, or insurance is required
  • Additional information can be found here

Pepsi Center: 1000 Chopper Circle, enter at 7th and Auraria
  • Weekdays, 8 AM - 4 PM, Weekends, 8 AM - Noon
  • Click here for information on making an appointment

Who makes decisions about moving a school to remote learning?

Schools could move to remote learning because of a statewide Executive Order or Public Health Order. Additionally, TriCounty Health could issue a local order to suspend in-person learning at a specific school or district. And, finally, Westminster Public Schools could move a school, or the whole district, to remote learning.

What happens while Harris Park is moved to remote learning?

We are prepared! Students are taking their Chromebooks back and forth to school, and this is one of the reasons for that. Teachers have worked with students to bookmark important websites so students have single click access, including the zoom links to their classes. When students are using their school computer, once they log in to the Chromebook, they are logged in to most websites we use. All students have their log in information on a sticker on their Chromebook.

Students will be taught by their current cohort teacher. All students will be expected to log in at 10:00am for their first learning session. Schedules vary a bit from cohort to cohort; with regards to when literacy, math, specials, science, social studies, and computer science occur within their day. Lunch will be from 11:30-12:30 and there will be locations where you can pick up food. Student's remote learning days will end at 2:00pm.

In the event we are moved to remote learning we will communicate additional information at that time.

Why Would a Class be Quarantined?

A class (or cohort) would be asked to quarantine, and learn remotely via home, if a student or staff member who is part of that cohort tests positive for COVID-19. All individuals who were in direct contact with an individual who has tested positive for COVID-19 would also be asked to quarantine.

Siblings of students who are in quarantine will still attend in-person learning because they were not in direct contact with the impacted individual.

What Happens if My Child's Class is Quarantined?

If the decision is made outside of school hours, you will receive an email and phone call to let you know that you will not bring your child into school. If the decision is made during a school day, you will receive a phone call and email informing you of a positive test result and asking you to come pick your child up from school.

Students in the impacted cohort will be moved to a remote learning platform for a 14-day period. This, in addition to goal work, is why we are asking students to bring their Chromebooks home and back to school daily. Your child will be taught by a Harris Park teacher. You will receive a schedule for remote learning as well as all zoom links needed for your child to attend remote classes. Students will use their Chromebooks for zoom and will access assignments and learning through EMPOWER.

What does a delayed start mean for Harris Park students?

If we have a delayed start, school will begin at 10:00 AM. Students should be dropped off between 9:45 and 10:00 AM. If your child rides the bus, arrive at the bus stop two hours later than your normal time. School still ends at 3:05 PM.
Delayed Start Option Added On Snowy Days