HAS cookie hop- 2/7 from 12pm -2 pm in the gym. Volunteers and cookies needed! contact Elisa Olszewski eolszewski@hotmail.com.

2/10 Jeopardy Night 3-5th grade ONLY 630-830PM

2/10-11 Hoops for Heart in P.E. Class. Collection envelopes coming soon

2/11 PTA Meeting 9AM in the APR

2/12 100th day Celebration K and 1

2/16-20 Winter Recess

2/23 Aladdin JR rehearsals begin


Aligning Harrison’s Math Curriculum to the Common Core Learning Standards: A Community Update
• What is our district’s approach to Math Common Core alignment?
• What program enhancements and improvements are being implemented?

Uptown Presentation for Preston & Purchase Elementary School Parents
Thursday, January 22nd, 2015 7:00 PM
Location: Purchase Elementary School Multi-purpose Room
Downtown Presentation for Harrison Avenue & Parsons Elementary School Parents
Monday, January 26th, 2015 7:00 PM
Location: Harrison Avenue Elementary School All-purpose Room
 Dennis Kortright, Director of Mathematics
 Michael Greenfield, Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction
 Principals: Jeremy Barker, Valerie Hymes, Bob Kalman, Mark Woodard
 Anne Abrams, 2nd Grade Teacher, Purchase School
 Cindy Neese, 2nd Grade Teacher, Preston School

PTA Teacher-Staff Annual Holiday Luncheon — Today!

PTA Teacher-Staff
Annual Holiday Luncheon


Please remember to bring in your donated items by 9am to the Multi-Purpose Room!

*It’s not too late!*

Please RSVP ASAP to Danielle Kalauu
at danielle_orkin@yahoo.com

Lunch schedule is as follows:

Kindergarten and 1st grades: 11:10 to 12:00
2nd and 3rd grades: 12:05 to 12:55
4th and 5th grades: 1:00 to 1:45

PTA Teacher – Staff Appreciation Holiday Luncheon Common Questions & Answers

PTA Teacher – Staff Appreciation
Holiday Luncheon
Common Questions & Answers

When is the luncheon?
DATE: Thursday, December 18th
TIME: During your child’s lunch time

Kindergarten & 1st Grades: 11:10am to 12:00pm
2nd and 3rd Grades – 12:05pm to 12:55pm
4th and 5th Grades – 1:00pm to 1:45pm

Q: Where is the luncheon?
A: In the Purchase School Multi-Purpose Room (across from the gym)

Q:What is the purpose of the luncheon?
A: All year, our children are taught and supervised by a group of wonderful men and women. This is your time to say, “Thank you and Happy Holidays.”
All the teachers and staff attend this lunch, and we hope to have a wonderful showing of families.
Many classes use this time as an opportunity to give teacher(s) a thank you gift from the entire class (your Class Mom may have already asked you for a donation).

Q: Will there be lunch for parents?
A: Yes, we serve a lovely Italian-themed buffet (vegetarian options available), but we must have your RSVP by Wednesday, December 17thh to Danielle Kalauu at danielle_orkin@yahoo.com). Dessert, coffee and beverages are also available.

Q: Will my child(ren) be attending this lunch?
A: No, your child(ren) will be making his/her way through a regularly-scheduled day.

Q: I have a younger child, who does not attend Purchase. May I bring him/her to the luncheon (and may he/she eat?)
A: Of course!

Q: What time will my teacher be there?
A: Lunch schedule is as follows:

Kindergarten & 1st Grades: 11:10-12:00
2nd & 3rd grades: 12:05-12:55
4th & 5th Grades: 1:00-1:45

Q: Where do I sit?
A: We have open seating, but we encourage you to sit with your teacher and other parents from your class to make your teacher feel comfortable, welcome and appreciated.
Or, if you see a “Specials” teacher, non-classroom staff or aide, you can also sit with him or her. Either way, PLEASE make the effort to say “hello, welcome and thank you.” ALL of our teachers and staff work very hard, and it’s important to acknowledge, thank and welcome them, as well.

Q: What can we talk about, if not my precious child?
A: Like Open House, please do not use this opportunity to discuss your child. Some suggested topics:
*Holiday plans
*The weather
*How wonderful the food is
*How wonderful the teacher is
*How many children/grandchildren does your teacher have?
*How old are the kids/grandkids?
*What school do the kids/grandkids attend/what do they do?
*Are the kids/grandkids married?
*Where did the teacher grow up?
*What college did he/she attend?

Q: Do my teachers enjoy this activity?
A: Yes, they greatly appreciate and enjoy it, but please recognize that this is somewhat nerve-racking for teachers to walk into a room, wondering if any of “their” parents will be there, and if so, what they will talk about.

Q: How are my donations (asked for by your Class Moms) used?
A: Your donations are put out for the lunch. Don’t forget, there are three lunch periods, so if you don’t see your donation at your lunch period, it may be eaten/used before or after you are there.

Q: How can I help?
A: Please be on time, and please do everything you can to make everyone feel welcome, happy and appreciated!

As a gift from the PTA and school families, we encourage all of our teachers to fill a special container with cookies and/or candy to take home to his or her family. Once the lunch is over, they are also welcome to take home food. We also bring food up to the Teachers’ Lounge so the teachers and staff may enjoy it the following day. Additionally, Mrs. Kolasch and Mrs. Ensign bring any and all remaining food to a homeless shelter to help those in need.

Also, your class mom sent an email asking for donations of food and/or paper goods. If you volunteered to bring something in, please don’t forget. All non perishable donations can be brought in Monday, December 16th at the end of the day, or Tuesday morning, December 17th by 9 o’clock.
When at lunch, if you see your area of the table is a mess, please clean up. We have volunteers to help us, but the more extra hands, the prettier the room will look!

If you have any further questions, please don’t hesitate to find any of us.

We look forward to seeing you on Thursday, December 18th!

Jill Gans jill_gans@yahoo.com
Susan Heilbrunn susan.heilbrunn@gmail.com
Marcy Modica marcymodica@gmail.com

Restore the state aid taken from district due to the Gap Elimination Adjustment (GEA)

Dear Parents:  
The Harrison Central School District is undertaking a campaign to restore the state aid taken from district due to the Gap Elimination Adjustment (GEA).  The GEA is a formula in the New York State budget that reduces the amount of state aid each school district receives.  It was introduced in the 2009-10 school year to partially offset the state’s own $10 billion budget deficit.  
The GEA has negatively impacted school districts statewide, including Harrison.  Our district has lost $3.8 million in the past four years due to the GEA, forcing us to dismantle and eliminate programs rather than make appropriate choices about what is in the best interests of our students.  We need our community to reach out to elected officials to let them know that this unfair reduction in our state aid must stop!
Due to the timing of the development of the State’s budget, we have decided to step up our efforts this week  (December 8-12) to make our voices heard.  When parents speak up, we know it makes a difference!  Our goal is to get as many people as possible to email our legislators to demand that they take action to eliminate the GEA.     You can now use our electronic advocacy system on the BOE advocacy page to very easily contact our elected officials.  Please visit  http://bit.ly/advocacy-action to send your lettersTODAY!!  We hope you will join us in this effort and recruit friends and neighbors to join the effort as well.   We thank you for taking the time to advocate on behalf of public education!
Please feel free to contact us with any questions or comments at boeadvocacy@harrisoncsd.org.
Board of Education Advocacy Committee:  Abby Mendelsohn, Rachel Estroff, Kelly Mangan