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From the Principal ‚Äč

Dear Harvey Families, 

Can you believe it? Over half of this school year is behind us, and we have turned the page and entered a new semester. The new semester brings more opportunities for teaching and learning, and a focus on personal growth goals for all of our learners with the data collected from our mid-year assessments.

Mid-year Parent/Teacher Conferences are scheduled for Wednesday, February 7, 2018 from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.  Contact your child’s teacher if you would like to have an opportunity to discuss their progress. 

February is a Month of Celebrations...we have American Heart Month, American History Month, Black History Month, Academic Blitz, and Valentine’s Day.  We love to learn about so many topics and celebrate the achievements of so many important historical figures.

The joy of learning doesn’t stop at Harvey! Our Math Olympiad Team and our Science Olympiad Team are gearing up for their upcoming competitions. Our newly formed “Girls Who Code” group is learning all about coding and computer science.  These are a few examples of extra-curricular learning activities our students have the opportunity to join.

A reminder that your children can extend what they are learning at school by logging on to several excellent on-line resources at home.  Make sure to encourage your child to work on Dreambox (grades K-2), Moby Max (grades 3-6), and Discovery Science (grades K-6).    Please contact your child’s teacher should you need usernames and/or passwords for these excellent resources.

Thank you, parents, for working with us during arrival time to keep the flow of traffic moving safely for our bus arrivals and for our students that are being dropped off in cars.  For parents driving children to school, the safest way is to park your car in a parking spot and walk your child to the curb.  If you are pressed for time and feel you must drop your student from the car lane, we ask that you only drop off your children BETWEEN THE TWO DROP OFF SIGNS.  Do not drop your students before the drop off sign zone.  This ensures their safety in crossing as the buses are pulling into the bus lane.  I appreciate you working with us to make parking lot safety a priority.

With cold and flu season upon us, please be sure to talk with your child about proper hand-washing techniques to help decrease the spread of germs.  Though we want our students in attendance every day, if your child is ill it is beneficial for everyone if your child stays home to rest and recover.  A reminder that a student needs to be fever-free for 24 hours before returning to school.  We appreciate your help in keeping our entire school community healthy.

We have the very best teachers, staff and parents working together to shape our children’s future. Thank you for all you do!

Sincerely yours,
Mrs. Laurie Pritchard, principal






Our vision at Jack Harvey Elementary is to provide high-quality and authentic learning experiences within a caring community.  This will enable and empower students to become lifelong learners and productive citizens.

The mission of Jack Harvey Elementary School is to guide, support and encourage all students so they can reach their academic and social potential.
March is Reading Month so make sure you and your child are working to meet their reading goal.  Reading with your child every day helps to build their reading comprehension skills and helps to instill a life-long love of reading.  Enjoy spending time reading as a family not only during March but all year long!

Utica Community Schools is Michigan's second largest school district.

Student achievement in the district outpaces all county, state and national averages. The district's graduation rate is 12 points higher than the state average and students and staff are regularly honored for excellence.

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