Harrison Park Weekly Update
October 17, 2022
Cell Phones and Social Media
Dear Harrison Park Families,
In an effort to maintain an optimal learning environment for all of our students and to ensure safety and limit distractions, we request your support as we curtail the student use of cell phones and social media at Harrison Park. Cell phones are to remain off and away for all students throughout the school day of 8:38am-3:15pm. If students need to access their cell phone they can go to the office and use it there or use the school phone that is available for them. Please review this expectation with your child.
Another topic that we are seeing an uptick in is social media. A large percentage of our students engage in social media and it is important that they understand the importance of this digital tool and their digital footprint. Social media can have many effects on children including anxiety and depression. According to Smart Social, “research suggests that young people who spend more than 2 hours per day on social media are more likely to report poor mental health.” Social media can also negatively impact your child’s sleep and self image. The use of social media can increase the likelihood that your child will be exposed to cyberbullying, which can also negatively impact their mental health.
Below are some tips that families can do to prevent negative impacts of social media? (“6 Tips for Parents of Teens Using Social Media.” published in the Huffington Post):
1. Control of device use: Restricting the time duration of device use is the first and most
obvious step in protecting teens from the negatives associated with social networking.
Additionally, using protection software on the devices used by teens and children offers
a safe way to control without restricting their presence on the Internet and social media.
2. Control of Privacy: While most popular social networking sites have some form of
privacy setting, it is very easy to ignore them. It is important to ensure that the child’s
privacy settings are always private in order to prevent unsavory characters from entering
his/her digital domain.
3. Monitoring of contacts: The line between monitoring and hovering is fine, and every
parent must devise her own limits to controlling the number and type of contacts the
child has on his/her social networking accounts. It is not unreasonable to set rules that
they can only allow people that they know (and the parents know of) into their contact
list. This links to the earlier point of control of privacy. It is impossible to limit or control
the contact list in sites that are set public.
4. Knowledge is power: It is important for parents to know all about the benefits and pitfalls of social networking sites before allowing their child to access it.
5. Censorship: The boundary between censorship and restriction is fine. It is a good idea to not allow the teen/child to post photos of themselves online for obvious reasons.
6. Disabling location/geo-tagging of posts and photos: In the event that a child posts photos online, even in a private social networking site, it is best to turn the geo-specific information off.
While these tips are helpful, it is equally important for you to have open and honest conversations with your child regarding social media. You should encourage your child to utilize social media as a tool for good. Remind your child that they can always come to you or another trusted adult if they ever need help navigating the issues that can arise on social media. It is critically important that your child create a positive image on social media for future colleges and/or employers. Remind your child to THINK about the possible impact before posting anything on social media.
THINK before you post:
T - is it True
H - is it Helpful
I - is it Inspiring
N - is it Necessary
K - is it Kind
S.U.N. Program Update
We also want to remind families that we do have our before and after school child care through Champions. We partner with Champions by providing a space for child care. They are not supervised or connected to Harrison Park and are a for profit organization. If you have questions in regards to this program please contact them directly at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Site Council Volunteers
If you are interested please send an email to Shannon Buffington at email@example.com
Calendar of Events - October
Tuesday, October 18th - Picture Day
Friday, October 21st - Coffee Chat with Principal Dickey @ 9:15am
Wednesday, October 26th - Parent Office Hours with TAG Department 6-7pm Zoom Link
Golf Opportunity for Grades 6-8
Are you are interested in having your 6th, 7th or 8th graders in learning golf.
A free opportunity taking place at Coldwood Golf Course @ 7313 NE Columbia Blvd. on Saturday's.
This is a first come, first serve basis with only 8 spots available. You will need to provide transportation to and from the golf course.
If interested contact Rhybon Mayfiled at firstname.lastname@example.org
Drop off and Pick up
**Please be aware that our crossing patrol has started this week and to be mindful of them when using the parking lot.
Students need to be dropped off at the curb and make every effort to exit curbside.
Please make an effort to utilize the crosswalk near the 1st-3rd grade entrance.
Avoid parking in driveways, bus zone and blocking others in.
Please arrange for where your children will be picked up - a suggestion is all of your children meet in the youngest child's exit location.
We are noticing long delays to turn onto Division, please be mindful of this and patient as others pick/drop off their children.
Flyers for Upcoming Programs
Champions Childcare Enrollment at HP formMultnomah Early Childhood Program 22-23 English Spanish
Portland Parks and Recreation Preschool 22-23 Registration
Oregon Health Insurance Marketplace Open Enrollment, Nov. 1 - Jan. 15
Vibe of Portland Fall Classes
Vibe of Portland 2022-23 Art Camps & Classes
- A PPS background check - Application link here
- Show a valid COVID vaccine card
- Have a pre-arranged appointment
- Displaying any COVID symptoms or known exposure can restrict school entry
Harrison Park PTA Information
Harrison Park K-8
Office Hours of Operation:
Monday - Friday 8:00am-3:45pm
Doors Open for:
6th-8th and K-5 bus riders (in the cafeteria) @ 8:38am
K-5 @ 8:53am
Please do not drop your child off earlier than these times as adult supervision is not available.
If you are the parent of a student in BOTH middle school and K-5 classroom and your students will be arriving together, please CALL the office and we can make arrangements for your K-5 student to be supervised upon your middle school student's entrance to the building.