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From the Principal ‚Äč

Dear Harvey Families,

Season’s Greetings, Harvey Families!

 It is hard to believe that December is here!  The temperature is dropping quickly, the heavy coats, hats and gloves are being sported daily and the first snowflakes have already been spotted, true signs of the winter season.

 I’d like to take this opportunity to thank all the volunteers that support our students and staff. On any given day, you can walk through our building and see volunteers reading with our students to support literacy and math, helping in the library, making copies or laminating, and assisting with the many special events that we have throughout the year. Your contributions and support are what make our school and community special, and you are making a difference in the lives of our children. On behalf of the students and staff at Harvey, I‘d like to extend a heartfelt thank you for all you do! 

Our staff has participated in many professional opportunities in November.  Our entire staff is hard at work analyzing our school data and looking at new teaching strategies that are in our School Improvement Plan (SIP).  Our teachers are learning about our new math series, language and literacy strategies, and providing tiered instruction for our students to meet their individual learning needs. Our staff members are lifelong learners dedicated to continuous improvement!

 Our November conferences were a huge success with 97% participation.  The staff and I are so glad to partner with you in your children’s education.  Continue to encourage them to always strive for the best and with your help and ours, they will achieve it.  Thank you for your partnership in supporting your child’s growth and development.

 The Harvey Student Council has begun collecting can food for the Kiwanis Food Drive. Donations for the canned food drive can be donated through December 11, 2018.  We also will have a giving tree located in the school to help support families in need.  If you are interested in participating, please take a paper ornament from the tree that names an item the family needs and we would greatly appreciate your donation.  Our community always demonstrates kindness and generosity, even in the most difficult financial times. We are a wonderfully giving community.

This is always such a fun time of year, with all of the beautiful lights, decorations, and the hustle and bustle of the giving season.  We have a very busy and fun December planned for our students at Harvey.    Our JHV is working hard to prepare the Santa Shop for our children, which will be open for business the week of December 10.  It is always so fun to watch the excitement of our kids shopping for their loved ones!  Our winter vocal concert will be held on the evening of December 5, with our 4th and 5th graders performing.  In addition to all of this fun, our teachers and students will be very busy learning and working hard in their classrooms. 

Our last day of school before our Holiday Break will be Friday, December 21, 2018.  We will be on break from December 24 through January 1, 2019. Students will return to school on Wednesday, January 2, 2019.

As the weather is turning colder please be sure to send your child with warm clothing, hats, scarves, gloves, and boots for snowy days. We have outdoor recess daily as long as the temperature and/or wind chill is 10 degrees or above.

 We embrace all students, all cultures, and all traditions at Harvey, and we extend our best to all of you for a wonderful break and a safe and joyful holiday season!

 “May you have the gladness of the holiday season which is hope; The spirit of the holiday season which is peace; The heart of the holiday season which is love.” ~Ada V. Hendricks


Mrs. Pritchard, Principal

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