JHE Newsletter

John Harris Elementary - WELCOME BACK TO SCHOOL

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

WELCOME BACK to the 2021 - 2022 School Year

John Harris Families:

Welcome to the 2021-22 school year! Wow! What a fast summer! We hope you had a relaxing summer with family and friends! We are almost ready to open the doors to 680 smiling faces. The rooms have been cleaned and floors have been polished. The teachers are putting their final touches on their classrooms.

30 years! John Harris Elementary opened its doors in the fall of 1991. John Harris was originally created as a 3-section elementary school and welcomed 500+ students and their families to this southeast Sioux Falls neighborhood school. After less then one year, it was evident that John Harris needed to be a 4-section school and in 1992, five additional classrooms were added. Our school's namesake, Dr. John Harris, served as superintendent of the SF School District from 1968-1992. On the first day of each school year, our John Harris community meets at the flagpole to raise the flag and sing the school song, "Make A Difference." Dr. Harris was present every year for the first day of school flag raising ceremony to lead the Pledge of Allegiance until his death in February 2007. We invite all families to join us on Thursday, August 26th at the flagpole.

Volunteers: This year we are excited to invite our families and friends back into the building. Please remember to complete your volunteer form ahead of time. We do need to make sure we keep all students and staff safe. All volunteers are encouraged to wear masks in the building. Volunteers must have an ID scanned before entering the building.

School Hours: We have adjusted many of our protocols for the year. Students may enter the building through the main office at 7:30 a.m. for breakfast. Students will be outside on the playground before school. Supervision will start at 7:40 a.m. We ask our families to drop off after 7:40 a.m. Students will line up at 7:55 a.m. at their assigned doors to enter the school and the tardy bell rings at 8:00 a.m. Students will be dismissed from their classrooms at 2:45 p.m. and exit their designated doors. Teachers will share this information at Open House or in other forms of communication.

Birthday Treat Changes: This year we are asking families not to send birthday treats to school. Instead, we ask you to think of other ways to celebrate your child's birthday. (Donating a book to the classroom, coming to read to your child’s class, teaching a new game or dance to the class). We also discourage sending balloons to school. Thank you for understanding!

Fun Run (Grades K-2) /Color Run (Grades 3-5):

This year we have the opportunity to participate in a Fun Run. The Fun Run is a wonderful experience where kids and families will learn important character building lessons. Families are invited to help their school by sharing about our fundraiser with family and friends. At the end of the program, all students will participate in the Fun Run. Students in Grades 3-5 will have the option to participate in a Color Run. Students will complete 35 laps of running, walking, skipping, or dancing their way across the finish line. We will be looking for volunteers! This fundraising event will kick off in a few weeks, so get excited about helping our school raise funds! More information to come!


Monday, August 23rd - 5:15 p.m. to 6:15 p.m. - Multipurpose Room

  • Kindergarten Parents ONLY information meeting

Tuesday, August 24th - 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

  • Back to School Open House

Thursday, August 26th - 8:00 a.m. to 2:45 p.m.

  • 1st Day of School & Flag Raising Ceremony

Tuesday, August 31st

  • Picture Day - 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon
  • Learning Adventures Preschool Open House - 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Wednesday, September 2nd

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

Friday, September 3rd/Monday, September 6th

  • No School - Labor Day Weekend

Tuesday, September 7th - 8:15 a.m. to 11:15 a.m.

  • Learning Adventures Preschool 1st Day

Friday, September 10th - 7:30 a.m. to 7:55 a.m.

  • Walk to School

Friday, September 17th

  • All Pro Dad - 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m.

Monday, September 20th

  • Color Run Kick-Off!

Friday, September 24th - 5:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

  • Family Fun Night

Friday, October 1st - 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

  • Color Run (Grades 3-5)/Fun Run (Grades K-2) Event Day

Wednesday, October 6th

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


This link will provide you with Circle Drive Drop Off information. Please make every effort to keep our students safe during pick-up and drop-off times.

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

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District Parent Calendar's

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August 13, 2021

Volume 1, Issue 1