HSIC Weekly Newsletter

1/21/2020

We have lots of great things in the works for the 2019-20 school year!

RE-ENROLLMENT FOR CURRENT HARMONY FAMILIES ENDS JAN. 24

⏱️ DEADLINE FRIDAY: The last day to re-enroll current students for the 2020-2021 school year is FRIDAY!

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HERE ARE 6 THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW!

Re-Enrollment for the 2020-2021 school year for Harmony families begins soon.

During this time of year each January, we ask families to complete a simple, online Re-Enrollment process, letting us know they’ll be joining us for another great year of learning and fun next school year, which starts in August 2020.

This simple step allows us to make sure each current student’s spot at Harmony is reserved for the following school year, and assess how many new student seats we have available for other applicants.

Re-Enrollment at Harmony Public Schools runs January 6-24, 2020. Look for more details in your email inbox, via Skyward, or on our Facebook page soon.

In the meantime, check out these 6 things families need to know about Re-Enrollment at Harmony Public Schools.

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What is the difference between Re-Enrollment and Open Enrollment?

Re-enrollment is intended for current Harmony students planning to stay at their current campus the following school year. Open Enrollment is for new students, or current students who wish to change Harmony campuses (ex. moving from elementary to middle school, transferring to a campus closer to home).

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When is Re-Enrollment season?

For the 2020-2021 school year, re-enrollment will be January 6-24, 2020.

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In what form will parents need to apply for Re-Enrollment?

The preferred method for re-enrollment is through the student’s online Skyward account. (A link to Skyward can be found at the top of your campus homepage or you can simply click here.). Parents without internet and/or Skyward access may also request a paper re-enrollment option from their child’s campus.

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If a student plans to stay at the same school next year, are they automatically guaranteed re-enrollment if they complete the re-enrollment process before the deadline?

Yes, so long as their family completes the re-enrollment process.

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What happens if a parent does not submit their re-enrollment information before the deadline?

If a parent misses the deadline to complete the re-enrollment process, then the student will lose his/her reserved space for next school year and must apply during Open Enrollment (Nov. 1, 2019 through Feb. 10, 2020) at HarmonyTX.org/Apply.

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What does a Harmony parent need to do if they would like to stay with Harmony, but transfer to a different campus for the next school year?

If a parent would like to change Harmony campuses for the following school year, they must submit an application for the desired school at HarmonyTX.org/Apply.

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Meet Our Wonderful 2nd Grade Team

Mrs. Elmore

Currently, I am the 2nd-grade teacher at Harmony School of Innovation. I am in my 13th year of teaching. I taught 2nd-4th grade at a charter school in Coppell. Most of my years there I taught 4th grade math and science. I enjoy cooking, spending time with my family, and playing with my dogs. I am hoping to continue growing as an educator.

Ms. Brustein

I am one of the 2nd grade teachers. This will be my 2nd year teaching at Harmony School of Innovation. Prior to joining Harmony I worked for Plano isd for 7 years. I graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Education from the University of North Texas. In my free time I enjoy spending time with family and friends, hiking, and cooking.

Mrs. Vine

Hello! My name is Lisa Vine and I’m a 2nd grade teacher at Harmony. I began teaching at Harmony School of Innovation in November of 2019. Before joining the Harmony team, I taught in Dallas, Irving, and Ft Worth ISDs for a total of 21 years. I graduated from UT Arlington with a Bachelor’s degree in Education and French. In my free time, I enjoy raising my 2 children, traveling, reading, and learning new languages.


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Home Visit Drive Jan 25

It is very important to us here at Harmony School of Innovation that we find ways to communicate with each other to support your involvement in your child’s education. We are organizing home visits drive on Saturday, January 25th. We would like to set up a time so teachers, admins, and coordinators come to your home for a brief 20-minute visit. We would like to learn more about you, your family and your hopes and dreams for your child’s education.
Please fill out this form: http://bit.ly/2L4esWB to sign up for a home visit on Jan 25. We are very excited about this opportunity to get to know you and your child!

Noticias Y Anuncios de HSIC,

Es muy importante para nosotros aquí en Harmony School of Innovation que encontremos formas de comunicarnos entre nosotros para apoyar su participación en la educación de sus hijos. Estamos organizando visitas a domicilio en coche el sábado 25 de enero. Nos gustaría establecer un horario para que los maestros, administradores y coordinadores vengan a su hogar para una breve visita de 20 minutos. Nos gustaría aprender más sobre usted, su familia y sus esperanzas y sueños para la educación de su hijo.

Complete este formulario: http://bit.ly/2L4esWB para inscribirse en una visita al hogar el 25 de enero. ¡Estamos muy entusiasmados con esta oportunidad de conocerlo a usted y a su hijo!

Sincerely,

Morning Drop off

Dear Harmony Families,

For safety and security reasons, never drop off your child unattended when you utilize the back carpool line for early drop-off.


Staff will not be on duty until early drop- off starts at 7:15 am.


Thank you for your continued support!

ABSENCES

Please read Student and Parent Handbook page 12 regarding the list of excused and unexcused absences.

Parents, if you are planning an extended trip or leaving for out of the country, please let Ms. Miller in the front office know about the dates your child will be gone. Stop by in the front office or email Ms. Miller- hannah.miller@harmonytx.org

Attendance

Please call the attendance office as early as possible if your student is not going to be attending school that day. You may leave a message on our voicemail with your student’s name, grade, reason for absence, and your name and telephone number. Your student will also need to bring in an excuse note to the attendance office upon return to school or you may email the absence note to hannah.miller@harmonytx.org

The Attendance Office must receive WRITTEN notes or doctor’s notes for All ABSENCES

A handwritten note from the parent does not automatically excuse the student’s absence(s).

Dress Code

Please remember that according to our student handbook (Page 13 hoodies (or any jacket with a hood) are NOT ALLOWED! Students are also not allowed to wear boots to school! Dress code violations will result in your student being sent home.



We are able to go to recess if the temperature is above 40 degrees. Please make sure your child is dressed appropriately for the weather.

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GT Nominations

The month of January is the nomination period for the Gifted and Talented program at Harmony School of Innovation. Teachers, parents and others may nominate a student for GT testing. This nomination period is open to all K-5 students unless a student tested during the fall of 2019. Nomination forms are in English and Spanish. Please fill out the two page form in its entirety, sign it and submit the nomination form to the front office. The nomination period ends January 31st. Testing will begin in February. If you have any questions, please contact our GT Coordinator, Miss Carrone, at bcarrone@harmonytx.org.


English Form

Spanish Form

Second Quarter Awards Assembly

Here is the information for the second quarter awards assembly. It will be on January 31st in the gym. The times are as follows:


k-1st: 8:00-8:45 am

2nd-3rd: 9:00-9:45 am

4th-5th: 10:00-10:45am


The awards that will be given out:


  • PAW Award-
  • Perfect Attendance
  • A Honor Roll
  • A/B Honor Roll
  • P.E.
  • Technology
  • Art

Looking forward to seeing all our proud parents!

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Dear parents,

It’s time to celebrate National School Choice Week! This is an opportunity where schools across America celebrate and promote the variety of effective education opportunities for every child. Thank you for choosing Harmony! Please help us celebrate by encouraging your child to participate in the following daily activities listed below:

Monday 1/27: Hats off to choosing Harmony!

Wear your favorite hat.

Tuesday 1/28:

Where will your education take you?

Represent your favorite college by wearing apparel/colors to represent that college

Wednesday 1/29: Learning is Fun!

Dress to represent your favorite subject in school. Be creative!

(ex. Favorite historical figure, t-shirt representing that subject, scientist, mathlete, etc… )

Thursday 1/30

Education inspires!

Dress up as your favorite superhero or hero/role model.

Friday 1/31

The choice is yours to shine bright at Harmony!

Wear yellow from head to toe

Student Contests:

 “I love my school” art contest: Students can create a poster that displays their love for our school in a creative/artistic way. Posters are due Monday, January 27. Posters will be displayed in our hallways, and the winner will be announced on Friday, January 31.

 “I love my school” writing contest. Students will have the opportunity to show their love for our school through writing. Using the template attached, students can write about why they love our school. Writings are due Monday, January 27. They will be displayed in our hallways, and the winner will be announced on Friday, January 31.

**Students may participate in one or both contests.

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2020 Spring Chess Program At Harmony School of Innovation

When: Wednesdays, 3:00pm – 3:50pm

Where: Harmony Room #140

Level: Beginner/Intermediate

Dates: 1/15, 1/22, 1/29, 2/5, 2/12, 2/19,

2/26, 3/4, 3/18, 3/25, 4/1, 4/8, 4/15, 4/22,

4/29, 5/6 (16 total classes)

SOME Chess Experience Required

$240 per student

https://www.northtexaschessacademy.com/bookings-checkout/harmony-school-chess-program-wed

More details are found in this link:

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100 Days of School

It’s a milestone for children (and teachers!)

Our students can dress up like they're 100 years old, or wear a shirt with 100 items.


Show your creativity side and celebrate 100 days of school with us!!

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HSI Carrollton Parents' Survey

Dear Harmony Family,


As we strive to ensure that our school provides a safe and healthy learning environment for our students, we want to learn more about your experiences as a parent or caretaker of a student.

We send this letter as an invitation to participate in the School Survey for Parents and Families. The survey includes questions about your student’s learning, school safety, and interpersonal relationships, as well as your perceptions of the school environment and your personal involvement in school.

Your feedback will be very helpful in improving student engagement, learning conditions, and the overall school environment.

Beginning today, we invite all parents, guardians, and caretakers to complete the School Survey.

Your responses are completely anonymous, and your name or personally identifiable information will not be collected. As you respond to each survey item, please think about your own personal experiences as a parent, caregiver or guardian at your child’s school.

By participating in this survey, you will provide valuable insights that we can use to improve the climate and culture in our schools. Our school will use the survey results to develop strategies, procedures, and/or programs to enhance our school climate. You can take the survey online using the following link:https://forms.gle/t3NrgNG42Y23PouL8

Please complete your survey response by January 30.

Thank you for your time, and we hope you will support our effort to ensure a safe and supportive learning environment for all students.

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PTO Spirit Shirts are available NOW!

PTO Spirit Shirts are available NOW! If you have ordered and purchased a shirt, you may pick it up in the front office or email Ms. Amani amomani@harmonytx.org your child's name, grade section, and shirt size for the shirt to be sent home in your child's backpack. If you would like to order a spirit shirt, the next shirt order will take place in January.


Please fill out this form below to order,


Shout Out!

The first mini-volleyball tournament was a success! It was so much fun to see our parents, students & staff enjoy an after school, friendly competition. Although everyone was a winner, special recognition goes to Team A, Ms. Sponsel, Mrs.Gilmore, and our fifth graders Garret, Haley & Phoenix .
HSIC Volleyball Tournament

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KROGER COMMUNITY REWARDS PROGRAM.

We are so excited to announce that HARMONY SCHOOL OF INNOVATION, CARROLLTON is enrolled into the Kroger Community Rewards Program. Our Harmony families may begin

enrolling NOW!

To Use the Kroger Community Rewards Program:

Simply visit http://www.kroger.com.

Please note that after you log in you have to click on Community Rewards along the left side

margin before you can search for our school.

Once logged into their Kroger account you can search for HARMONY SCHOOL OF

INNOVATION, CARROLLTON either by name or UN369 and then click Enroll.


New users will need to create an account which requires some basic information, a valid

email address, and a rewards card.

* Participants must have a registered Kroger rewards card account to link tour school.

*If a member does not yet have a Kroger rewards card, please visit the customer service desk

at any Kroger

REMEMBER, purchases will not count for our school until after participants register their

rewards card.

Participants must swipe their registered Kroger rewards card or use the phone number that is

related to their registered Kroger rewards card when shopping for each purchase to count.

Your Support Makes a Difference!

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☑️ Nominations are now open for Harmony Parent of the Year! Do you know a worthy parent?

Share their story at https://www.harmonytx.org/parents20

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Are you dreading the "I'm bored" statement of the upcoming holiday breaks? Here's a great STEM opportunity for your kids.

The National Academy of Engineering invites all students (girls and boys) in grades 3-12 to submit an essay to the 2020 EngineerGirl Essay contest.

Write a story about someone learning to live on a new world while traveling in space.

These are the stories from the spaceship Vestigo. Its 20-year journey will take a large group of people from Earth to a new home outside our solar system...

Your challenge is to first imagine how these voyagers will learn the skills essential for their survival and then write a story that shows them learning those skills. Find all the details on the contest page!

https://www.engineergirl.org/127874/2020-contest

The essay must be submitted via the Online Submission Form by February 1, 2020, at 11:59 pm EST.

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Open enrollment applications

Open enrollment applications for new families for the 2020-2021 school year are still being accepted. We know that our current families and community of supporters are our best advocates in recruiting new families to serve. Please tag and share this post with families that you know who are looking for a school full of dedicated staff that makes you feel like family and strives to meet student needs in a 21st-century learning environment. Contact Ms. Miller in the front office for details at hannah.miller@harmonytx.org


https://harmonytx.org/

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The Texas Elementary Art Meet

Dear Harmony Family,
The Texas Elementary Art Meet is a visual arts event that recognizes exemplary student artwork. Any elementary art teacher who is a current member of TAEA can participate in TEAM. The teacher can enter as many pieces of artwork as they want, however, there is a limit of 2 per student. Each artwork entered has an entry fee of $12. This fee helps cover the costs of the jurors, webmaster, accounting, certificates, ribbons, and medals.

Here are the dates for this year’s event:
Final Add / Delete Deadline - 02/06/20
Artwork Drop-off - 03/28/20
Jurying Date/artwork pickup - 04/04/20


During the event, the student artwork will be reviewed by jurors. The jurors will give each artwork a rating and will write comments for the student, giving them positives (glows) and constructive criticism (grows). Each student will have their artwork returned to them with the juror comments, and either an award ribbon or a medal for all artwork scored as Good or higher. Top of TEAM students will have their artwork photographed and featured on the TAEA website.

Please read over these tips while preparing artwork for the event. carefully (especially the part about Copyright and Selecting Artwork): http://bit.ly/2OqXZfE

If you have any questions, please go to the TEAM website (http://www.taea.org/TEAM/default.cfm) or send an email to Mrs. Hayes at lexi.hayes@harmonytx.org

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Reach out to the HSIC Admin and Coordinators

Principal, Ms. Sponsel: sponsel@harmonytx.org

Dean of Academics, Mrs. Rieff: arieff@harmonytx.org

Dean of Students, Ms. Gilmore dgilmore@harmonytx.org

ESL Coordinator, Mrs. Kelley megan.kelley@harmonytx.org

Testing, Gifted & Talented Coordinator, Ms. Carrone: bcarrone@harmonytx.org

Special Education/504 Coordinator, Mrs. Antonio: lantonio@harmonytx.org

Engagement and Federal Programs Coordinator, Ms. Amani: amomani@harmonytx.org

Student Recruitment Coordinator, Ms. Miller: hanna.miller@harmonytx.org

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Calling all Business Owners


Help us spread the word about Harmony School of Innovation- Carrollton to our community! Stop by the front office for a sign and brochures to display at your business. Let’s show the Carrollton community how proud we are to be a Harmony Tiger!

More information? Please contact Ms. Miller at hannah.miller@harmonytx.org

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DFW/Waco District Wellness Plan 2019-2020

Meal Charge Policy, 2019-2020

Harmony strives each day to provide a safe, caring and collaborative atmosphere for our students. Nutritious meals are available

daily for a price of $1.70 for breakfast, $3.00 for lunch, and $0.50 for a la carte milk. Schools may also sell Smart Snacks and ice

cream, which are only available for purchase from a positive meal account balance. Note that just a milk is an a la carte purchase and costs $0.50 regardless of eligibility.


For more information about meal charge policy and a la carte meal option, please click below

HSI Carrollton Serves Nutritious Breakfast

We would like to inform you that HSI Carrollton serves nutritious breakfast from 7:20 AM - 7:40 AM

Volunteer Opportunities

Dear Parents,

Please make sure to sign up for Voly to register as a parent volunteer. WE NEED YOU!!!

Home Visits

Home Visit Scheduling Form:


Harmony Public Schools implemented home visits over a decade ago now called HPS PATH program (Parent and Teacher Home visits). We are proud to announce that all six districts and 58 campuses are active participants in the HPS PATH Program.

Home visits are intended to develop a positive and impactful relationship with families. This is an opportunity to get to know you and your child in the comfort of your own home. Time is taken to share your Hopes & Dreams for your student, academic expectations, and share school resources. Home visits are not parent/teacher conferences. They are meant to “get to know each other” and to build a viable relationship for the academic benefit of your student.

Studies show that this program has increased student academic achievement and improved parent engagement in schools. It has brought teachers and families closer together and created opportunities for better communications between home and school.

We are excited about the HPS PATH Program and look forward to meeting with you and your student!


To request a home visit, please fill the form below:

https://harmonytx.org/home-visit.php

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