The Mariner Message

March/April

Hello Mariner Families,

Warmer days are ahead! As we edge toward Spring Break, our faculty and staff remain determined to deliver high quality instructional lessons that are both fun and engaging. I hope this newsletter provides you all with a glimpse of what your Mariners have been up to lately.

Upcoming Events

March 8th: No school for students

April 8th: Movie Night & Raffle Baskets*

April 13th: STEM Family Night**

April 14th: Early Release. School will dismiss at 11:30

April 15th-April 22nd: Spring Break

April 29th: Our Chorus students sing the National Anthem at the Durham Bulls Ball Park

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Mariner Spotlight-Ellen Earixson

Oh hey there! I'm Ellen Earixson and this is my fourth year teaching first grade at Perry Harrison. My husband, Dan, and I moved here from Minnesota in 2018. We live in Carrboro with our son, Soren (3) and our cat, Parmesan. I love to travel, bake, and spend time with my little family. Prior to moving here, I taught for a year in kindergarten and first grade. I also am a lifelong Girl Scout and worked at my local council for 5 years prior to teaching. I earned my Masters of Arts in Education with an emphasis in STEM from St Catherine University in 2016 and hold a Bachelor of Social Work from University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire.


Fun Facts about me:

- Olives are my favorite food. Hot dogs are a close second.

- I have rollerbladed 5 inline skate marathons and will be skating my 6th this fall!

- I have bungee-jumped off the Bloukrans Bridge in South Africa.


I love being a part of the Mariner learning community! My favorite part about teaching first grade is seeing students grow and listening to all of the wonderful, weird things they have to say.

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STEM Clubs

This year we are bringing back STEM clubs. We're starting out small in hopes to grow these activities and make these clubs a more permanent fixture in our schedules next year.

When: March 11th & 25th and April 8th & 29th for one hour each day

How: Students are given choice as to which club they can join.

Options may include: gardening club, lego club, OSMO, Coding, Simple Machines, Story Book Club, Star Wars.

If you would like to volunteer in your child's class during STEM Clubs time, please reach out to your child's teacher.

STEM Challenge

There's still time! Our March AT HOME STEM Challenge is due March 31st for all grade levels.



Spring is right around the corner! Let’s get ready to decorate!!

Help us fill the STEM display case with signs of spring!


Can you use materials around your home to

design and create a unique

FLOWER, BUTTERFLY, CATERPILLAR, BEE or LADYBUG?


We can’t wait to see what you come up with!


Who will have…..

The fanciest flower? Most colorful butterfly? Most creative bee?

Cutest caterpillar? A Loveable ladybug?



Need ideas of materials to use?

Coffee filters, toilet paper tubes, rocks, clothespins, curling ribbon, clothes hangers, the possibilities are endless!


STEM Night

PHE STEM Family Night


Mark your calendars for April 13th from 5:30-7:00pm. Join us for a fun night filled with STEM experiments! Each grade level will have an exciting activity to check out. A food truck will be on campus from 5:00-6:30pm.

Donna Washington-Story Teller

This month our PTA organized a visit by Ms. Donna Washington, a Story Teller who has performed at thousands of schools & libraries and numerous storytelling festivals throughout the country. She has also been featured at numerous storytelling festivals including the 2004 National Storytelling Festival, The Illinois Storytelling Festival, The Three Rivers Festival, The St. Louis Storytelling Festival, The NC StoryFest, The Corn Island and Cave Run Festivals in KY, and the Broward County Children's & Ocala Storytelling Festivals in FL. For a more on Ms. Washington, click the link below.


Donna Washington Biography
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Spirit Week

Students weren't the only ones having fun this week. Our Special Area team dressed up as characters in the book series If You Give a Mouse....
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Save the Date for an Outdoor Movie & Raffle Basket Night on Friday April 8th! There's no better way to kick off the weekend than spending a night under the stars with your fellow Mariners enjoying snacks, a movie and winning prizes. Be on the lookout for more details soon, but in the meantime, mark your calendars for Friday April 8th!