Harris Weekly Update

May 2 - May 6

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Mon 5/2

Staff Appreciation Week begins

Tues 5/3

Governing Board Mtg., 6:00 (District)

Wed 5/4

Spirit Day - Wear Harris Shirt / Colors

Early Release @ 1:55

EL Family Engagement, 7th & 8th grade, 6:00 (Mesquite Jr.)

Thurs 5/5

Cinco de Mayo Assembly w/Ballet Folklorico 1:10 - 1:40 (PS - 2)

Cinco de Mayo Assembly w/Ballet Folklorico 2:00 - 2:30 (3 - 6)

Fri 5/6

Spirit Day - Mustache Day

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Bus 228 Change!

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Are You Moving from Harris?

We are in the process of planning for the 2022 - 2023 school year. Our office needs to know if your child will NOT be attending Harris Elementary next year. This information will help us project our staffing needs and prepare our records for a smooth transition for you and your child. Please click the link below to complete the Are You Moving Form by Friday, May 13, 2022:

Are You Moving from Harris Form

****Only those NOT returning to Harris need to complete the form****

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Battle of the Books WInners!

Congratulations to our Harris Elementary Battle of the Books Team. Jadyn Morford, Danielle Park, and Olivia Sickler won the school wide battle and went on to the district battle and competed against twenty three elementary schools.

What is the Battle of the Books?

Battle of the Books is a voluntary reading incentive program for students in grades 5 and 6. The purpose is simply to encourage students to read good books and have fun while competing with peers.

How Does A Student Participate?

A student participates by reading from the book list provided for that year's America's Battle of the Books. Students may count "books" they have read before. However, they cannot count books that they have only seen on a video or a movie. They must read the book. They should keep a summary so they can review this information before their "Local Battle."

Where Do The Students Get The Books?

School and public libraries may have copies of each book on the list, and local book stores will also have them available.

When Do The Students Read The Books?

The school battles are held between September and June of each school year. Times for school battles are selected by the school librarian.

What Is The "Battle?"

A typical "Battle" is a question and answer competition in which students' teams earn points by answering questions about the books on the book lists. At the end of each battle, points are totaled and the team with the most points is invited to the district battle that occurs in April against other elementary school battle teams.

How Does It Benefit The Child?

The students gain knowledge and enjoyment from reading good books, sharing them with friends, parents and teachers.

Each battle consists of 4 books selected by a National Battle of the Books board of directors. By the end of the 3 battles, students will have read and answered questions on 12 chapter books.


Wed 5/11

Spirit Day - Wear Harris Shirt / Colors

Early Release @ 1:55

Thurs 5/12

3rd Grade Zoo Field Trip

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PTSO Election Ballot!

It's time to elect the board members for the Parent Teacher Student Organization for the 2022 - 2023 school year! All Harris Elementary parents or guardians are encouraged to cast their vote by clicking on the following link:

PTSO Election Ballot

Please cast your votes by Friday, May 13, 2022.

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Update - Free & Reduced Meals Program for 2022/23 School Year

School breakfasts and lunches will continue to be free for all students for the rest of the 2021-2022 school year. This will end on June 30, 2022. In order to receive free and reduced meals following July 1, 2022 families will need to fill out an application. Students who apply and are eligible for free and reduced meals will also receive additional benefits such as waived summer school fees, waived college testing fees, waived musical instrument fees, waived or reduced college application fees, reduced internet fees, and much more! Additionally, the free and reduced meal program ensures your school continues to receive funding for many school programs. Learn more here - https://www.gilbertschools.net/menu.

Apply online starting July 1, 2022, for the 2022/23 school year - gilbertschools.net/meals

Versión Actualizada - Programa de Comidas Gratis o de Precio Reducido para el Año Escolar 2022-2023

Los desayunos y almuerzos en las escuelas continuarán gratis para todos los estudiantes para el año escolar 2021-2022. Esto terminará el 30 de junio del 2022. Para recibir comidas gratis o de precio reducido siguiendo el 1 de julio del 2022 las familias tendrán que llenar una solicitud. Los estudiantes que presenten la solicitud y son elegibles para recibir comida gratuitas o de precio reducido también recibirán beneficios adicionales, como la exención de las tafias de la escuela de verano, de tarifas de exámenes universitarios, de tarifas de instrumentos musicales, tarifas de solicitudes a universidades exentas o reducidas, tarifas reducidas de internet y mucho más! Adicionalmente el programa de desayunos y almuerzos gratis o de precio reducido asegura que la escuela siga recibiendo fondos para los programas de la escuela. Para aprender mas - https://www.gilbertschools.net/menu.

Aplique en línea empezando el 1 de julio del 2022, para el año escolar 2022-2023 - gilbertschools.net/meals

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  • Handicap Parking is for those that either have a designated plate or sticker prominently displayed. DO NOT park in this zone if you do not have a plate or sticker.

  • There is NO LEFT TURN when leaving the Harris parking lot during the hours of 2:30PM-3:00PM

  • Students cannot arrive on campus until 7:45 AM as there is NO School Supervision until this time. For the safety of your child, please be sure they are not left unattended.

  • Reminders: Parents will not be allowed inside the building without prior approval. Safety for our children must remain top priority.

  • Please remember to bring your ID when picking up your student during school hours. This is for the safety of your student.

  • The cut-off time to pull students out early is 2:35PM (1:35PM on Weds) If you arrive after this time to sign your child out, you will have to wait until the dismissal bell rings.

  • We understand life happens and there are times when you may be late after school to pick up your child. Please be sure to communicate with the front office if this should occur. Otherwise, we expect your child to be picked up on time as school ends promptly @ 2:55 PM (1:55PM on Weds) (11:55AM in half days)
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What Does It Mean To Be A Title I School?

Title I is the largest federal aid program for public schools. Schools can be designated as “Title I” if certain criteria are met. Title I is the federal government’s commitment to closing the achievement gap between low-income and moderate to high income students. These funds are used to help all students meet academic standards. Click the links below to learn more!

How to Help at Home

Parents Right to Know

Learning is Required! Agreement

Harris Title I Service Letter

Harris Integrated Action Plan

Free and Reduced Price Meal Application

Testing Information from Mr. Roth