Harrison Happenings

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fema resources available to families

For New Jersey residents living in Bergen, Gloucester, Hunterdon, Middlesex, Passaic, and Somerset Counties, individuals can apply for assistance through FEMA the following ways:

• The fastest and easiest way to apply is by visiting disasterassistance.gov/ or by downloading the FEMA App on the Apple App Store or the Google Play Store.

• If it is not possible to apply online, call 800-621-3362 (TTY: 800-462-7585). The toll-free telephone lines operate from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. CDT, seven days a week. Those who use a relay service such as a videophone, InnoCaption or CapTel should update FEMA with their specific number assigned to that service.

New Jersey residents who live outside the affected counties are encouraged to continue reporting damage (residential structures only, no vehicles) from Ida as damage assessments are ongoing. Information collected in this portal will help local, state, and federal authorities better understand the location and severity of damage impacts. The NJOEM Public Damage Reporting portal is located at https://damagenj-njoem.hub.arcgis.com/.

FEMA: Fact Sheet, Individual Assistance Program

FEMA: Fact Sheet, Individuals and Household Programs

FEMA: Help After Disaster


September 25th @Mood's Farm on Saturday, September 25th

room parent registration is now open


The PTA would like to invite you to sign up to be a room parent for your child's class. The room parents would be a liaison for the families and teachers to communicate any information necessary as well as to be available for classroom activities and field trips (if possible). We remind you that room parents are chosen AT RANDOM by the administration.

Membership in the PTA: All Room Parents must be a PAID General Member of the Harrison Township PTA.

Deadline to register is September 30th

Click the link above to register.

Meet our Intervention Team

Mrs. Schreyer...Mrs. Bannister...Mrs. Yhost...Mrs. Terruso...Mrs. Cheeseman


Mrs. Schank and Mrs. Sutton

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Please make sure you label all of your child's belongings. This is so important for everyone at Harrison Elementary.

Our Lost & Found fills up so quickly with wonderful articles of clothing, lunchboxes, water bottles, etc. because they are nameless. At the end of the month, we donate all of the unclaimed items to those in need. To avoid this....label...label...label.

School Lunches

As we navigate our first days of school together, school lunches will be offered to all learners who choose not to pack their lunch.

The order form for next week is officially active

You can access the form by clicking THIS LINK

The order form is also on the website under Lunch Orders.

Support from the Food Pantry

Any families in hotels and alternate locations, that could use food from the YPATT food pantry. Please reach out in the weeks/months to come.

Call or text 609-202-0015 to be added to their list.

Identification is always required- no exceptions

When you are picking up you child early in the Main Office, identification is required. There are no exceptions.

after school care & changes in plans

Please make sure if your child has a change in their dismissal plans, that our school is notified. Notification to your after school care program and htsmainoffice@harrisontwp.k12.nj.us is necessary.

Parent Drop Off & Pick Up

Parent Drop-Off

  • All students are dropped off in the front parking lot of the building from 8:25 am to 8:40 am. Morning Preschoolers drop off at 8:30am to 8:40am. Afternoon Preschoolers drop off at 12:30pm to 12:40pm.

  • For your child’s safety, students should never be dropped off prior to 8:25 a.m.

  • Staff members are on-site throughout the entire parent drop off process. Please adhere to the directions that staff provide during the morning traffic patterns. Staff are stationed at the drop off point, as well as several staff members walk students safely into the building. The safety of our students is a priority.

  • Parents and guardians are to remain in their vehicles during the drop off procedures and leave the parking lot accordingly when their child exits the car.

Parent Pick-Up

  • Dismissal Parent Pick-Up: Students who are not taking bus transportation at 3:10 pm dismissal, need to notify the main office at HTSMainOffice@harrisontwp.k12.nj.us and their classroom teacher via email or a handwritten note. At 3:00 pm, parents or guardians can park in the rear lot outside of the main office and enter the school at the gym entrance. Please note parking along the curb is designated for those with handicap needs. Parents or guardians will be required to show identification and must be listed on the student’s emergency information. Additionally, the student will have to be signed out by the adult who is picking up. Students will not be released to siblings. Parent pick-up cars will exit the school grounds after all of the buses have exited to insure the safety of everyone.

  • Situational Early Parent Pick-Up: For safety reasons and for your convenience with exiting the property, if you need to pick up your child before the 3:10pm dismissal, it is recommended that students are picked up prior to 2:30pm. Please follow the above Parent Pick-Up guidelines.

Parent Volunteers

As of today, all school volunteers, including room parents, have to show proof of vaccination or submit a negative test result for the week in which they are volunteering. This will be verification that will be conducted through the main office upon the volunteer's arrival to the school building.

This is until further notice. Thanks everyone and please reach out for clarification.

World Wide Day of Play: September 27th

World Wide Day of Play at HTS is Friday, September 27th! Classes will participate during their regularly scheduled recess time. Mr. Trussell will be on the playground with our outdoor speakers being the DJ and hype man as he has always done. He will be reminding the students about healthy nutrition, exercise through play, and safe recess behaviors as well. This also ties in to our STARS matrix as well as Recess Rodeo unit in Health & PE.

Looking Ahead

Monday, September 13th:

  • Day 4
  • PTA Meeting at HTS at 7pm

Tuesday, September 14th:

  • Day 5

Wednesday, September 15th:

  • Day 6
  • Wear dots for International Dot Day!

Thursday, September 16th:

  • Day 1

Friday, September 17th:

  • Day 2


Monday, September 20th:

  • Day 3
  • Preschool, K, & 1st Open House at 7pm

Tuesday, September 21st:

  • Day 4
  • MSD, 2nd, & 3rd Open House at 7pm
Wednesday, September 22nd:
  • Day 5

Thursday, September 23rd:

  • Day 6

Friday, September 24th:

  • Day 1
  • It is Hat Day!
student attendance calendar

Take a peek at the Student Attendance Calendar for important dates for this school year.

Student Code of Conduct and STARS Expectations Manual

As Explorers, WE Reach for the STARS!