Field Day is Friday, June 5th.

Like last year, the HAS PTA will be offering a special Field Day lunch option for our students.

This option includes a Hebrew National hotdog, chips, apple sauce, water, and a treat. Gluten free buns will be made available as well.

Students may have more than one hotdog. Please note, students will be served one hotdog at a time. If they finish, they may have more.

If your child does not want the hotdog lunch, please send them with a bag lunch from home as there will be no hot lunch served.

If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to anyone on the PTA board.

Thanks so much for your continued support.

Field Day Volunteers Needed


Wednesday, June 17th
(Raindate Thursday, June 18th)
If you haven’t already and would like to volunteer from 10 am to 2pm, please see below.

Please keep in mind, as a security precaution, only those parents who volunteer may attend field day. Parents who are not volunteering are welcome at 2:00 PM for the 5th grade tug of war.

Please email Jaymee Hurvitz at Jaymeekahn@aol.com if you are interested in helping out.

Thank you!
The Field Day Committe

Find out when your child attends the Summer Reading Book Fair

Below is the schedule of classroom visits for the Summer Reading Book Fair.  If you would like your child to purchase books, please send them to school with CASH on the day of their visit. Thank you for your support!
Teacher / Class 
Teacher / Class
9:05 – 9:45
9:50 – 10:30
10:35 – 11:15
11:20 – 12:00
12:05 – 12:45
12:50 – 1:30
1:35 – 2:15
2:20 – 3:00
All 5th Grade
Teacher / Class 
Teacher / Class
9:05 – 9:45
9:50 – 10:30
10:35 – 11:15

Join the PTA for Next School Year NOW!

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Purchase PTA
Join the PTA for Next School Year NOW!
Why wait until September?  
RENEW your membership (or JOIN!) the Purchase PTA NOW!
Our goal is 100% participation! 
Your membership NOW helps us to plan for next year and to continue to make our school the wonderful place it is for our families, with events such as:
Fall & Spring Book Fairs
 K-2 & 3-5 Fun Nights
 Movie Night (new for 2015-2016!)
 Field Day
 Teacher & Staff Holiday Appreciation Lunch
 Yearbooks & So Much More!
** Please note, you MUST be a member of the PTA to have access to next year’s school directory – either online or hard copy
Please complete the form below, include a check for $15, made payable to the PURCHASE PTA, and return both to the PTA Mailbox in an envelope labeled “PTA MEMBERSHIP”
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Family Last Name: _____________________________________
Child(ren)’s Name and Grade(s) for Fall 2015: ____________________
PTA MEMBERSHIP ……………………………………………………………………$15.00


Join Superintendent Lou Wool at a press conference at HHS regarding the teacher evaluation system

Dear Members of the Harrison Central School District Learning Community,

I write to share that the struggle to insure that public school students and teachers are provided the best opportunity to succeed and that both are assessed fairly and thoroughly continues, and is one of my most pressing concerns. I believe the organizations and elected officials charged with protecting public education have failed and that the very core of the amazing experiences we provide for our students is at risk.

On Thursday May 28th, I have invited superintendents, board members, parent advocacy groups, and elected officials to a press conference at Harrison High School to launch a new and all out effort to repudiate the current reform agenda, the new changes to the teacher evaluation system and the continued misuse of testing and to forge a new research based agenda. Please take a few minutes to read the letter and the attachment I sent to my colleagues. I value your contributions to the students of our community, and together we must do all that we can to insure we can continue to provide the educational experience they, and all students deserve. Happy Memorial Day.



I write to share with you an initiative that several superintendents in our region and Long Island have undertaken, we have formed a group of independent voices, voices that will speak unfettered by politics, or organizational affiliations. Our purpose is to fully repudiate the false narrative persistently perpetuated about public education by the Chancellor, former Commissioner, and governor, and further, to reject the poorly researched and misguided reform agenda they have pursued. We are unequivocally committed to systems of accountability for teacher performance and student growth, but these systems must be constructed carefully and aligned with research, not rhetoric. As practitioners and leaders of public school districts, we are acutely aware of the damage perpetrated on children as a result of these mandates, and that the damage will expand and accelerate unless there is an immediate suspension of the latest recklessly formulated regulations regarding teacher evaluation and the use of state assessments.

Many of us watched aghast at the recent travesty put forward as a “Learning Summit” by NYSED. The summit which occurred only after being mandated by legislators, was perverted in both purpose and form. Instead of using the “Summit” as the long overdue launch of a research-based process for developing a comprehensive teacher evaluation process, it was instead political cover for implementation of the recently promulgated statutes. Did anyone take seriously the notion that consulting the so-called panel of experts for less than two hours would provide meaningful guidance on how to construct a complex teacher evaluation and student assessment system?

Parents have shared their disdain for NYSED by opting out of state assessments in record numbers. Many of us worked tirelessly throughout the legislative process to avoid this disastrous outcome. We provided specific recommendations in the hopes of putting in place the resources, the research, and the time necessary to provide meaningful reforms for public education. Our voices were once again ignored. As of this writing, no member of the Board of Regents, nor the Chancellor has repudiated their disastrous implementation of the common core, the roll out of untested assessments or called for the revocation of the newest statutes, despite the profound disservice being done to students and school districts.

We say enough – enough time, energy, resources, and instructional opportunities for students have been wasted.

We ask that you join us for a press conference to be held at Harrison High School on Thursday, May 28, 2015 at 10 AM. The purpose of this press conference is to call for the immediate suspension of the newly proposed regulations, and to demand a year of study by a group of experts and seasoned practitioners to develop a research-based and thoughtfully implemented teacher evaluation system that appropriately uses multiple measures of student assessment data to determine teacher effectiveness and student growth, and that accurately reflects the practice of teaching.

We have invited legislators, parent organizations, and board members to join with us. Please extend an invitation to your board trustees. Simultaneously, a press conference will be held by our colleagues on Long Island. We will also announce an electronic petition during this press conference. It is important to note the time is short.

We have been told that it is hopeless to believe the legislation will be amended, and that the best we can hope for is flexibility within the existing statutes-to this we say an unequivocal no! We will not support an untenable compromise based on poor legislation which has no basis in research. We will always comply with regulation and law, but we will fight for what is in the best interest of children for as long as it takes. While it may appear that the issue at stake is a teacher evaluation system, it is not, what is truly at risk is the ability of school districts to provide a rich and rewarding educational experience for children.

We hope that you will stand with us as independent school leaders, parents, community leaders, and board members in calling for an immediate suspension of the current legislation, and an amendment that requires a full year of study by a team of experts and seasoned practitioners to put forward a meaningful proposal that will use test data appropriately, hold teachers accountable, and prevent a devastating narrowing of the teaching and learning process.

I am attaching materials that will be used to highlight the damage that will be done in the event this legislation is not suspended. I hope you will find these three pages concise, understandable, and powerful. They focus on big ideas – testing, teaching, and tenure, and highlight how the current legislation flies in the face of the best research available.

Most believe we will be unsuccessful, I believe we must accept the responsibility to persevere, and not be complicit by accepting damaging compromises. We will not rest until we have done our very best to support the children we serve. I find solace and strength in these difficult moments by remembering the privilege and the joy of serving children, and empowering them, and helping them to find a lifetime of possibility.

When daunted I turn to a great philosopher, and epitome of childhood innocence, to be reminded of the possibility that comes from believing in yourself…

“You’re braver than you believe, and stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.” Winnie the Pooh (AA Milne)

If you plan on attending, please RSVP to this email and Lauren Allan lallan@ardsleyschools.org

My best,


Louis N. Wool, Ed.D.
Superintendent of Schools
Harrison Central School District
50 Union Avenue
Harrison, New York 10528

(914) 630-3023/3002
FAX: 914-835-5893


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Celebrating the 10th Anniversary of the EEC! The Visiting Author Series presents:

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Celebrating the 10th Anniversary of the EEC!
The Visiting Author Series presents 
Lauren Tarshis
visiting our grade 4 – 5 students on JUNE 3rd!
Lauren Tarshis is the author of the “I Survived” series. The books, fast-paced historical fiction for kids in grades 3–5, each focus on a historical disaster from the perspective of a boy who lived to tell the tale. The series has been embraced by kids, and also by parents and teachers, for its popularity among the most reluctant readers.  Lauren is also the author of the critically acclaimed Emma-Jean Lazarus Fell Out of a Tree, a Golden Kite honor book for fiction and Oprah book club pick, and the sequel Emma-Jean Lazarus Fell in Love. The books are on many state lists and are often used by schools as part of anti-bully programs.
In addition to writing books, Lauren is an editorial director for language arts at Scholastic, and the editor of Storyworks magazine, an award-winning language arts magazine read by 350,000 children in grades 3-5. She also oversees Scope magazine, a language arts magazine for middle-schoolers.
Lauren has spoken at more than 100 schools and conferences, and is known for her high-energy and highly engaging school presentation that focuses on the writing and research process interwoven with the dramatic story of Lauren’s own struggles with severe reading problems that plagued her through middle school. The presentation is interactive, with students participating in an exciting story creation activity that shows how the elements of fiction — plot, character, setting, tone, and mood — combine to create compelling stories.
Visit her website, www.laurentarshis.com.
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The Elementary Enrichment Committee (EEC) provides funding for this program.
BOOK SALE: On the reverse of this flyer is an order form to use for purchasing autographed books by Lauren Tarshis.  To ensure books can be autographed and personalized, please return all order forms by (Wednesday, May 27) to the PTA mailbox located in the main office.  We cannot guarantee book orders received after May 27th will be autographed or personalized.  Checks should be made payable to: The Four Schools Fund.  Books will come home after Mrs. Tarshis’ visit.  Please contact Jennifer Yates at jhunteryates@yahoo.com with any questions.  A portion of all book sale proceeds will go to support future author visits to our school.  Thank-you for your support!
Autographed Books by Lauren Tarshis
Please return this completed form to school with payment by Wednesday, May 27th.
Quantities are limited. 
Please make checks payable to The Four Schools Fund.
 Child’s Name: ________________________________________________________________
Telephone # ________________________      Class/Teacher: __________________________

Book Title



Personalized name as you would like written

I Survived The Battle of Gettysburg, 1863  (paperback)
The bloodiest battle in American history is under way . . .
It’s 1863, and Thomas and his little sister, Birdie, have fled the farm where they were born and raised as slaves. Following the North Star, looking for freedom, they soon cross paths with a Union soldier. Everything changes: Corporal Henry Green brings Thomas and Birdie back to his regiment, and suddenly it feels like they’ve found a new home. Best of all, they don’t have to find their way north alone-they’re marching with the army.  But then orders come through: The men are called to battle in Pennsylvania. Thomas has made it so far . . . but does he have what it takes to survive Gettysburg?


I Survived The Destruction Of Pompeii, AD 79 (paperback)
During the infamous eruption of Mount Vesuvius, one boy struggles to escape. Can he survive the most devastating disaster of ancient times?
In this thrilling addition to the bestselling I SURVIVED series, readers are taken back to antiquity with a young boy trying to escape as the giant Mount Vesuvius erupts. Does he have what it takes to survive the epic destruction of Pompeii?


I Survived The Great Chicago Fire, 1871 (paperback)
In a national contest, readers voted and decided that the next I SURVIVED topic would be the Great Chicago Fire, 1871!  The Great Chicago Fire of 1871 left an array of harrowing statistics. The conflagration that swept the Windy City over three October days left more than three hundred people dead and 100,000 homeless. Lauren Tarshis translates those numbing numbers into human experience, presenting the unfolding disaster compellingly through the eyes and experiences of a single young boy.


I Survived The Shark Attacks Of 1916 (paperback)
Based on true events! It’s the summer of 1916 and the Jersey shore is being terrorized by a Great White shark. Can 10-year-old Chet and his friends survive a swim in the local creek?  In the summer of 1916, ten year-old Chet Roscow is captivated by the local news: a Great White shark has been attacking and killing people up and down the Atlantic Coast, not far from Chet’s hometown of Springfield, New Jersey.
Then one day, swimming with his friends, Chet sees something in the water. .


I Survived The Sinking Of The Titanic, 1912  (paperback)
The most terrifying events in history are brought vividly to life in this new fictional series! In book 1, ten-year-old George is trapped on the Titanic — how will he survive? Ten-year-old George Calder can’t believe his luck — he and his little sister, Phoebe, are on the famous Titanic, crossing the ocean with their Aunt Daisy. The ship is full of exciting places to explore, but when George ventures into the first class storage cabin, a terrible boom shakes the entire boat. Suddenly, water is everywhere, and George’s life changes forever.


Please make checks payable to The Four Schools Fund.
Thank You for Your Support of the Visiting Author Program.
Please contact Jennifer Yates at jhunteryates@yahoo.com with any questions.


Please join us for a night of family fun!

DATE: Wednesday, May 27TH
PLACE: Purchase School Gym and MPR
  • Fun teacher guided activities!
  • Raffle to win a new Kindle Fire!
  • Purchase your summer reading books now!
“The more that you read, the more things you will know.  The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.” –Dr. Seuss