JHE Newsletter

November 2021

Mission: To educate and prepare each student to succeed in a changing world.


Tuesday, November 2nd

  • All School Skating Party - Skate City - 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Wednesday , November 3rd

  • PTO Virtual Meeting - 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Friday, November 5th

  • Early Dismissal for students at 1:00 p.m.

Thursday, November 11th

  • No School - Veteran's Day

Friday, November 19th

  • All Pro Dad - Virtual - 7:00 a.m. to 7:45 a.m.

Wednesday, November 24 - 26th

  • No School - Thanksgiving Break

Wednesday, December 1st

  • PTO Virtual Meeting - 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Monday, December 6th

  • 4th/5th Grade Band/Orchestra Concert - Matinee 8:45 a.m.; Evening - 7:00 p.m.


John Harris Families,

We have completed the first quarter of the 21-22 school year. The children have worked hard to learn and master new 1st quarter content. Thank you for partnering with the classroom teacher to support your child’s learning. Report cards will come home with students next week on Friday, November 5.

Thank you for attending parent/teacher conferences! Conferences allow us to discuss your child's progress academically, socially, and emotionally. We are incredibly proud of our John Harris students! We enjoyed visiting with you and sharing all the learning from the 1st quarter.

Colder Weather is Here!

We would like to remind everyone that with the cold temperatures comes the need to send your children to school prepared for the cold and snowy weather. If your child needs a particular piece of winter wear to stay warm in the cold weather, please be sure to connect with the John Harris office staff– they will be happy to locate the right piece of winter wear.


Make A Blanket Day has been changed. On Friday, February 25, 2022, our John Harris Elementary school community will come together to reach our goal of making 125 fleece tie blankets for Project Warm-Up. We will be working throughout the day in the gymnasium, as a team, to make this goal a reality! More information to come after winter break.

Be on the lookout for sales on fleece and drop them off in the office if you purchase any. We will be looking for volunteers to help cut blankets in preparation for students~stay tuned for signups.

THANK YOU from the PTO

THANK YOU, John Harris Families!

The PTO would like to thank all the families who were able to make our fundraiser a HUGE success! Our first ever John Harris FUN RUN raised $49,787.65 for our school. Thank you ~ Thank You ~ THANK YOU!!! Each classroom teacher will receive 10% of their total sales from the Fun Run to spend as they wish for their classroom. With the remaining money, we plan to enrich our classrooms, support our staff, and help continue to make John Harris a wonderful place for our children.

One way we are going to achieve this goal is to ask our teachers to dream big. We want them to think outside the box for items they need or want. We would like to ask parents to do the same. If you have some ideas for our teachers, school, and PTO, will you please use this Link and fill-out our survey.

We would love to hear from everyone! Your voice matters to us!

Thank you, John Harris PTO


Please find here the PTO Calendar, Ways to Shop and Earn Money for John Harris; FAQ about PTO

150th Anniversary Tree Planting and John Harris celebrates its 30th Birthday

Our 150th Anniversary theme is “Rooted in the Past ~ Reaching for the Future.” A tree was chosen as the symbol of celebration because a good foundation allows us all to grow. No matter your age, your “roots” run deep. Each success you have in life will be directly connected to the time and place at which you are standing now. You will always be a student of John Harris. You will branch out and go on to middle school/high school/college or the military or work… and you will have been shaped by your classmates, your teachers, and your experiences. Each year – just like a tree when it forms its leaves – there is an opportunity for a new beginning.

The tree here at John Harris was donated by The Ausborn Family, and we are honored they were able to join us as we celebrated this tree planting and remember our past and look forward to our future.


The Staff would like to say a HUGE Thank YOU to all of our John Harris Families for the two GREAT meals provided to us during Conferences. You sure know how to make these long days easier. We can all say how much we appreciate having parents back in the building.
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Breakfast - Lunch Program Information

Please make note of our new Lunch times/Recess Times

Kindergarten - 10:55 a.m. to 11:20 a.m. - Lunch / 11:20 a.m. to 11:40 a.m. - Lunch Recess

1st grade - 11:30 a.m. to 11:50 a.m. - Lunch Recess / 11:50 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. - Lunch

2nd grade - 12:00 p.m. to 12:20 p.m. - Lunch Recess / 12:20 p.m. to 12:45 p.m. - Lunch

3rd grade - 11:30 a.m. - 11:55 a.m. - Lunch / 11:55 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. - Lunch Recess

4th grade - 11:00 a.m. to 11:20 a.m. - Lunch Recess / 11:20 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. - Lunch

5th grade - 12:00 to 12:25 p.m. - Lunch / 12:25 to 12:45 p.m. - Lunch Recess


SFSD is now using MealViewer.com to share menus. If you click on the food item in the calendar, you can learn more about nutritional information such as calories, fat, carbs and much more! SFSD is required to follow strict guidelines to provide healthy meals for students and staff! We think you'll LOVE the changes Food Service is making!

NOTE: View the menu online for the most accurate information. Supply chain issues and our goals to offer new menu items may result in changes. Meal Viewer provides real time information. Printing a hard copy will quickly become outdated.

“FREE Child Screenings”

The Sioux Falls School District is offering developmental screenings for preschool children who reside within the Sioux Falls School District.

Screenings can be completed from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm Monday through Friday (schedule could change with seasons). Children from birth to age five are eligible for the free service. For information or to schedule a free appointment, call the Early Childhood screening office at 605-367-8488. Relay Services for Hearing Impaired: Dial 711 before the desired number.

Sioux Falls School District

2205 N. Career Avenue

Sioux Falls, SD 57107


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Specials A-B-C-D Schedule

Art, Music, PE and Library Schedules. Information will also come from your child's teacher.

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BOX TOPS Information

Keep scanning those Box Tops to earn money for our school!

John Harris PTO Website

Do you want to know more about upcoming events, find out how you can get involved, and even volunteer? Click this link to find the answers to these questions. Don't forget to SAVE the link to your FAVORITES!

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Become a Junior Cavalier wrestler today!

Registration is open for any interested student to join us in a sport that is fun, teaches discipline, builds strength and confidence. Click on the Link for further information!!


If you are looking for information about John Harris Elementary, all your questions can be answered by checking out the handbook.

District Parent Calendar's

View the Sioux Falls School District Parent Calendar

View our Facebook Page

Click this link to be redirected to our Facebook page.

November 1, 2021

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