July 2021

Ira Harbison

Welcome Letter

Ira Harbison Community:

I could not be happier to welcome you back to the 2021-2022 school year, I have missed you all so much! To our new Hawk Families, welcome to our community! We are so honored that you have chosen to send your child(ren) to Ira Harbison.

So much has changed since we saw you last. We realize that for many of you it has been over a year since you set foot on our campus. Come July 26th, we will be doing our best to make you feel welcome and safe upon your return. For those of you who were on campus for our Hybrid instruction there are even some changes that might be new for you!

It is a privilege to be a part of a community that strives to build positive relationships that support academic success and social growth. This year, the partnership between school and home is more important than ever. We must work together to support all of our students as we transition out of Distance Learning and back into the classroom. The physical and social-emotional safety of our students, families, and staff will remain as the highest priority.

We will strive to make sure that everyone is happy, safe, and successful. Our immensely talented staff will be focused on each child’s unique needs and will design a pathway for learning that builds upon their strengths, supports their areas of need and tailors learning experiences best suited for their specific goals.

I encourage you to attend the first Coffee Chat on August 11th at 8:30am where we will be discussing the upcoming school year and ways that you can connect with the school community. This will be a virtual event.

You will be able to see your child's teacher in ParentVue on Friday, July 23rd after 4pm.

Can't wait to see you!

Ms Meghann

First Day of School

Monday, July 26th, 8:15am

3235 East 8th Street

National City, CA

Welcome back to school!! We will be greeting you at the gate and welcoming your child(ren) onto campus. Unfortunately, we will not be allowing parents to walk children to their classes.

Back to School Night - VIRTUAL

Wednesday, Aug. 4th, 5-6:30pm

This is an online event.

This year Back to School Night is scheduled for Wednesday, August 4th from 5pm - 6:30pm. We will meet together before dispersing to the classrooms.

August - Coffee Chat - VIRTUAL

Wednesday, Aug. 11th, 8:30am

This is an online event.

Please join us to learn more about Ira Harbison and all of the opportunities available to become involved in our community.

Google Meet joining info

Video call link: https://meet.google.com/oyt-yeip-rnq

Get to Know Ms Meghann

I am a native San Diegan who didn't know how lucky I had it until I left our sunny city for the cold weather of Massachusetts for college. Upon graduation I left the Northeast to return to San Diego. I stated teaching with San Diego Unified and couldn't have been happier in the classroom! Over the course of my career I have held a variety of different jobs in the education field.

I was fortunate enough to join a team of extraordinary teachers who opened the first ever elementary school in the High Tech High network. I learned first hand from progressive educators such as Ron Berger, Alfie Kohn and Larry Rosenstock that a student's voice and choice are essential elements in education. After three rewarding years with High Tech Elementary I made the decision to move into administration.

I spent two years as a part of a dynamic team of educators at King-Chavez Academy of Excellence (KCAE) in Barrio Logan, a culturally rich neighborhood in San Diego.

For three years, 2016 - 2019, I had the privilege of working in Wilmette, Illinois in District 39.

After three years in Illinois, following my husband's Naval career, my family and I returned home to my native sunny San Diego. I am currently the Principal of Ira Harbison Elementary in National City.

I have two preschool aged children who love to read, visit the zoo and splash in the pool! My husband left the Navy when we returned and is now working for the Navy as a civilian. My parents are still in the San Diego area and I live down the street from my brother and his family.

I love what I do and couldn't imagine doing anything else!

Ms Meghann

COVID Precautions

We are ready to welcome students back on campus! We are still taking precautions to make sure that our students, staff and families are safe. Please review these precautions below:

  • When indoors staff and students will be required to wear a mask regardless of vaccination status
  • Playground structures will be open for students to enjoy.
  • Students will not need to be screened before coming onto campus.
  • Acrylic shields will remain on the student desks.
  • Volunteers/visitors are welcome back on campus provided they are following our safety guidelines.
  • Frequent hand washing/use of sanitizer is highly recommended.
  • Water fountains will remain turned off. Hydration stations to refill water bottles will be available.
  • Students are expected to come to school with a refillable water bottle
  • Students may eat in the cafeteria without a face mask.
  • In the classroom, desks will be placed to maximize space within students.
  • Students will not share materials.
  • Face masks must be worn at all times on the school bus.
  • All classrooms will be disinfected daily in addition to the regular cleaning routine.
  • NSD will continue to use MERV-15 air filters in all HVAC units
If you are interested in the REACH program for your child(ren) for the upcoming school year please take a minute to review and submit the application.

Click on the YMCA image below for this year's application.

In order to start the school year with REACH please submit applications by July 20th.

Information on the REACH Program for 2021 - 2022.

This year, through our partnership with the National City Police Department ALL of our kids will receive a backpack stuffed with school supplies on July 27th. The following items will be given to our students:

  • Backpack (1)
  • Ruler (1)
  • Notebook (1)
  • 2 Pocket Folder (1)
  • Pencil Pouch (1)
  • Pencils (2)
  • Pencil top erasers (2)
  • Eraser (1)
  • Glue Stick
  • Crayons – 24 pack (1) (K-3rd grade only)
  • Markers – 10 pack (1) (4th-6th grade only)
  • Activity Sheets (provided by safe routes to school)
  • Face masks
For those families who qualify for transportation we are requiring that you fill out a transportation application prior to them receiving transportation.

Details from Ms Meghann's July 22 Email

  • School starts at 8:15am.
  • After 4pm on Friday (7/23) you can go into your ParentVue account to see who your child's teacher is. Forgot your ParentVue password? Click here to reset it.
  • Children can enter through the bus drop off zone or the front of the campus. Parents can walk their child to the gate but cannot enter with them. There front parking lot is for staff only.
  • Visitors are limited to parents/guardians coming for meetings, appointments or to volunteer. We won't be allowing parents to walk students to class. We will have all of our staff available on the first day to make sure kids get where they need to be!
  • Students are required to wear a mask when indoors. When outside they can remove their mask, if they choose.
  • Breakfast and lunch will be provided to all students. Breakfast is from 7:30-8:05am.
  • School ends at 2:35 (Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday) Thursday students are dismissed at 1pm.
  • Send your child to school with a refillable water bottle every day.
  • The uniform policy will be enforced this year.
  • If you haven't yet signed up for REACH do so soon! Spots are filling up quickly.
  • The office is open 7:45am-3:45PM.