Harris Weekly Update

July 25 - 29

This Week at Harris

Mon 7/25

Meet the Teacher (Preschool, Spice, Kindergarten), 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm

Tues 7/26

First day of school!

Governing Board Meeting, 6:00 at District

Wed 7/27

Early Release @1:55 pm

Message from Mr. Roth

Welcome back Harris Community!

I can't believe that we are starting school on Tuesday July 26th. It was a quick summer for sure and now it is time to get back to work. It was great to welcome back our 1st-6th grade scholars on Friday evening! Equally, we are happy to welcome our Preschool, Kindergarten, and SPICE students on Monday starting at 5pm in the cafeteria. I, along with PTSO will introduce everyone to Harris and all that we have to offer for your family. Beginning at 5:30pm to 6:30pm classrooms will be open and ready to meet your children, this time is a drop in and drop out when convenient for you. Thus, if you miss the 5pm meeting you are still more than welcome to attend for the rest of the evening.

To say that I am proud and pleased to be the Principal at Harris Elementary would be an understatement. I truly believe we are the only school in the District preparing our students for the future as you will not find a more dedicated and caring staff than at Harris. Needless to say we are eagerly awaiting the first days of the school year and I am sure you all are excited to see the first day of school arrive as well.

Let's have a great year and let me know if you have any questions.


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Parent Workshops at Harris!

Please join us for parent workshops that are being held at Harris Elementary and presented by Child Crisis Arizona. Refer to the flyer below for details regarding each workshop. If interested, please be sure to sign up to reserve your spot for each workshop. We hope to see you at these informative sessions!
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Upcoming Events at Harris

Tues 8/2

PTSO Meeting 3:30 Harris Library

Wed 8/3

Early Release @1:55 pm

Thurs 8/4

Fall Picture Day

Annual Update

Please complete your Annual Update as soon as possible so we can ensure that we have the most updated and accurate information for your students. If you need any assistance with this, please contact the Harris Office @ 480-545-7060.

Harris Elementary Daycare Transportation Resources

As you plan for the next school year, please be aware that the daycare providers listed below are the ONLY confirmed facilities that offer transportation to and from Harris Elementary. If you have specific questions regarding any other providers, please reach out to them directly. Our hope is that this information will help you be better prepared for the upcoming school year.
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School Calendar 2022 / 2023

Please be aware that the upcoming school year brings changes to how our school year is laid out. We will now two weeks off for Fall Break, Winter Break, and Spring Break. The school year will begin about one week earlier as well with our first day of school being Tuesday, July 26th! We hope that in providing this information to you that you plan vacations and / or trips accordingly. See you soon!
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District Preschool Programs

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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

Adding Funds to Your Child's Lunch Account

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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

How We Implement Title Funds at Harris

Wow, what a fast summer break! My name is John Kim and I am the new behavior specialist at Harris Elementary. I wanted to first thank our title committee in giving me this opportunity to be the behavior specialist at Harris Elementary. As the behavior specialist, my job would consist of supporting and collaborating with educators and students to create a school environment that increases student engagement and achievement. In addition, my goal is to increase family engagement and create additional opportunities on campus this year. If you have any questions or concerns about my role at Harris Elementary, please feel free to contact me any time.