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Harmony Herald

Harmony Elementary School’s Newsletter

October 2021

Important Dates

  • 10/29: Book Character Day
  • 11/1: Picture Retakes
  • 11/1-11/19: Parent-Teacher Conferences
  • 11/3: Spirit Day
  • 11/3: Chipotle Night (Westport Rd. location only, 4-8 pm Order in store, mention "Harmony Elem" at the register, Online order code: BJN66ZH)
  • 11/11: Veteran’s Day
  • 11/19: Progress Reports come home
  • 11/24-11/26: Thanksgiving Break/ No School

Letter from Principal Greene

Dear Harmony Families,

I hope that you all have enjoyed some time with family to relax and have fun over Fall Break.

Teachers are busy getting ready for Parent-Teacher Conferences. If you haven’t already heard from your child’s teacher, you will soon. There will be a sheet in the front atrium for you to sign in; no need to come into the office. Sign in and then go straight to the classroom.

Our carpool line continues to be lengthy. You can help with this by ensuring that your child has their mask and backpack on and are ready to jump out of the car when it is your turn to unload. Use your time in the carpool line to say your goodbyes and get masks on so your kiddo(s) are ready to roll. This small task has a great impact. We greatly appreciate your help!

Our school has recently received our most recent state assessment results from the spring 2021 assessments. Last year’s assessment was shortened and for the first time, on a digital platform.  While we understand we can’t directly compare this data to past trends, we do recognize they are an important piece of data to support us in closing academic gaps created by the pandemic.  We are proud to note that our writing scores were the highest in the district! We continue to work hard to take a comprehensive approach to learning loss, as well as focusing on social-emotional wellness. 

 For more information regarding specific performance levels, please see the Kentucky School Report Card link on our school webpage.  We are very proud of the work of our students and staff in a most difficult time.

As always, feel free to reach out with any questions.

All the best, 

Stephanie Greene

Principal 

 

Work at Harmony

There are several unfilled positions at Harmony and we continue to be in need of substitute teachers. If you or someone you know is interested in working as an instructional assistant or LBD resource teacher, please check the job postings at https://www.oldham.kyschools.us/Content2/employment-opportunities or Stephanie Greene.

 

Library Volunteers Needed

The library would greatly appreciate a few volunteers to help shelve books and manage the library.  If you are interested in volunteering on a weekly or bi-weekly basis, please sign up using this volunteer sign up link

* All volunteers must have a background check on file and complete the confidentiality training. 

 

Counselor’s Corner

This month we’re talking about the beautiful character trait of KINDNESS. The definition we are using in classes is: the choice to act with our words and our actions to bring appreciation, positivity, and encouragement to others and yourself.

The key part of kindness? It’s a choice that we get to make every day to bring good things into our lives and the world. 

In the pictures below, kinderpups are illustrating what it feels like when someone is kind to them. You may have noticed they were also challenged to take that feeling and pass it on to someone else.

 

Lunch Menu

Please check the lunch menu each week. There continue to be food supply struggles and we often have to make adjustments to the menu based on what shipments we receive versus what was ordered. We appreciate your understanding and patience with this.

 

Message from the PTA- Snack Cart

Help us spoil the wonderful staff of Harmony with a monthly snack cart!  Visit the sign up genius to donate items that will be sure to make the staff smile and fill their bellies!  Please drop off donations to the main office by November 3rd!"

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0F4BADA82AA2F4C52-staff

 

Thank you for supporting our Book Fair!

Thank you all for supporting Harmony’s Book Fair!  Students were able to add books to their home libraries.  Also, Harmony’s library was able to purchase several books to add to our collection and replace some well-loved books with the proceeds from the fair.  We appreciate you all so much!  

Mrs. Bailey & Ms. Jo

 

October’s Harmony Hero

Mrs. Beth Dierfeldt

Words really can't describe how incredible Beth is. She goes above and beyond each day to support not only her students but all students in the classrooms she works in. She is so calm and patient. Watching her help students who are having a tough time with big emotions is magical. Not only is she amazing with students, but she's a wonderful person to work with too. We are so lucky to have her here at Harmony. 4th grade would literally not survive without her! 

Message from the PTA:

Hello Husky Families! 

We hope everyone had a relaxing and enjoyable Fall Break!

School Spirit Day

Our first School Spirit Day was a success. Ms. Banbury's Kinderpups had the most participation, and the entire class received a prize to celebrate! The next Husky Spirit Day is WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 3rd. If you placed a Spirit Wear order, we are expecting to receive and distribute it early next week.

Harmony Holiday Market Auction

Mark your calendars! The Harmony Holiday Market Auction begins NOVEMBER 8th. We will be sending a flyer home with additional information next week where to view the amazing baskets that are being assembled by each class as well as how to place your bids. The Harmony Holiday Market Auction will wrap up at 7PM on Thursday, November 18th. We will have the baskets on display at our Family Fun Night event to view in person! Winners who attend Family Fun Night (more details below) will be able to take home their baskets at the end of the night. We will provide additional pick-up dates and times for those who are unable to attend Family Fun Night.

Family Fun Night Returns!

We are so excited to bring back Family Fun Nights this year! Join us on THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 18th from 6PM - 8PM at Champs Rollerdrome for a night of roller-skating with your fellow Huskies. See the attached flyer for cost and location details.

Harmony Bookstore Schedule:

Just a reminder that the Harmony Bookstore will be open Friday morning before the start of school. This year, to promote social distancing we are alternating grades each Friday. Below is the upcoming schedule for November.

OCTOBER 29th: Grades 3 - 5

NOVEMBER 5th: Grades K - 2

NOVEMBER 12th: Grades 3 - 5

NOVEMBER 19th: Grades K - 2

Let us know what you’d like to see offered at the Bookstore. Please click this link for a very quick survey! https://forms.gle/xwCcpcjffLvsLpY7A

 

Upcoming Dine-to-Donate Night

Chipotle - WEDNESDAY, NOV. 3rd

Papa John's Pizza Night - THURSDAY, NOV. 18th

Harmony Once Upon a Movie Night

The Harmony Elementary School PTA would like to thank the following sponsors: Perfection Sponsor, Tri-State Vegetation Management, Erie Construction, Rogers Group, and Hulafrog. Because of their generosity, we were able to host Harmony families and friends at The Sauerbeck Family Drive-In for a private showing of Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory! Also, a special thank you to The Sauerbeck Family Drive-In for donating a portion of the proceeds from concession sales.

 

Harmony Once Upon a Read-a-Thon

Many thanks to our Harmony families and friends! Because of your support and participation in the first Harmony Once Upon a Read-a-Thon, it was a great success! Our final fundraising total was $37,730.57 and the students read 317,835 minutes -- that is over half a year of reading time in just two weeks!

A special thank you to The Withrow Group for sponsoring the Pumpkin Decoration contest! Everyone was so excited to welcome back this Harmony event as part of the Harmony Once Upon a Read-a-Thon. We have a very talented bunch of Huskies!

Also, thank you to Barnes & Noble and Wendy's LaGrange for donating items for prizes; we really appreciate their support.

Congratulations to Team Rollins - the class that raised the most money and will get back 20% of what they raised! The winner of the Kindergarten, 1st and 2nd grade-level reading competition was the Kindergarteners, and in the 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade-level competition the 3rd graders won! The winning grades will have an extra recess with popsicles.

And congratulations to all of our raffle winners, we hope you are enjoying your prizes!

To give feedback about the Harmony Once Upon a Read-a-Thon and Family Movie Night or make suggestions for next year, email pta.readathon.hes@gmail.com. 

 

PTA Membership

Interested in joining the Harmony PTA? Scan the QR code below to head on over to the Harmony PTA Store and join! Membership fees are $3.60 per person. You must be a member to vote at PTA meetings. The next Harmony PTA meeting will be via Zoom on Tuesday, November 9th at 7pm. Be sure to visit, "Like", and "Follow" the Harmony PTA Facebook page to stay up-to-date on future events and meeting dates.

 

General PTA Questions? Email pta.president.hes@gmail.com 

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Harmony Herald

Harmony Elementary School’s Newsletter

September 2021

Important Dates

  • 9/24-10/8: Read-A-Thon
  • 9/27: Picture Day
  • 9/30 & 10/2: PTA Free Pumpkin Pickup
  • 10/1: School Custodian Appreciation Day
  • 10/6: School Spirit Day
  • 10/7: Decorated PTA Pumpkins due back to school
  • 10/4-10/14: Book Fair
  • 10/9: Harmony Family Movie Night @ Sauerbeck Drive-In
  • 10/15: No School/ Teacher Work Day
  • 10/21: Papa John’s Night- Promo code: Harmony20
  • 10/18-10/22: Fall Break/ No School 
  • 10/29: Book Character Day

Letter from Principal Greene

Dear Harmony Families,

I am honored and humbled to serve the community as Harmony’s interim principal. This is my 8th year working at Harmony. I have served as both Assistant Principal and Literacy Coach in this wonderful school. I am grateful for the time I have spent learning alongside Ms. Hackmiller. I look forward to continuing the same focus on students and their needs so that we can achieve excellence for each of our Harmony huskies. 

Congratulations to our Harmony Cross Country team!  We had an outstanding turnout at Rumble in the Jungle and the Trinity/ Valkyrie Invitational.

We have several fun and engaging activities planned to encourage our students to read. Please be on the lookout for information from the PTA about the Read-A-Thon and Mrs. Bailey about the Scholastic Book Fair. 

With COVID cases and quarantines on the rise, I encourage you to monitor your child daily.  If they or anyone in the household presents with symptoms, please refrain from sending them to school until symptom-free or after a negative test (following quarantine guidelines). If you opt for an in-home test, please report the results so that we can ensure that we are keeping all students and staff safe and healthy.  We are doing our best to keep kids in school and we need your help in doing the same.

There are several unfilled positions at Harmony.  If you or someone you know is interested in working either in the kitchen or as an ECS Aide, please check the job postings at https://www.oldham.kyschools.us/Content2/employment-opportunities or contact me.

As always, feel free to reach out with any questions.

All the best, 

Stephanie Greene

Principal 

Asbestos Notification

In compliance with national regulations, we wanted to report that there is no Asbestos-containing materials present in our building. You can see the letter here.

Do you want to volunteer?

Volunteering requires 2 completed items:

-State Background Check: valid for 5 years in any OCS School (cost is $10 exact cash or check to Harmony, attached with the required form - available in the office)

-Yearly Confidentiality Training: On the Harmony Website under the Parent Tab, click Confidentiality Training. You will view a 5-minute youtube video and complete the Google Response Form linked under the video.

Once these items are reviewed and approved by the Office Manager, you are now set!

Thank you for partnering with us!

Counselor’s Corner

COURAGE: To choose what is good, right, and kind even when it is hard or scary. 

Harmony students are learning about courage in this month’s classroom lesson. These pictures capture students in Mrs. Crawley’s class writing and sharing about people they know that act with courage!

Officer Ford on Spectrum News

Harmony’s resource officer, Officer Ford is featured on Spectrum News.  Be sure to check out the article: https://spectrumnews1.com/ky/louisville/news/2021/09/02/officer-ford-says-he-can-t-imagine-not-being-a-school-resource-officer 

Scholastic Book Fair

We’re excited to invite you to our upcoming Scholastic Book Fair.  The Book Fair is for children of all ages to build their home libraries and further their love of reading. As always, all purchases benefit our school library. After missing out on many beloved traditions, our fall Book Fair will be a familiar, welcome, and safe event for our students. 

Here’s what you need to know about the Fair: 

Dates: October 4th-14th (your child’s teacher will let you know their shopping date)

Participants: This is a student-only event.  Unfortunately, we cannot have parents or loved ones at school to help us shop. 

eWallet: A cash-free payment option. It’s a convenient digital account that your child can use for shopping at our Fair. Grandparents, friends, and others can contribute, too!  Go to https://www.scholastic.com/bf/harmonyelem to set up your child’s eWallet.  Any money left on the eWallet account will be carried over to our Spring Book Fair. 

Online Shopping: You are welcome to shop online at our school’s Virtual Book Fair. All orders ship directly to your home, and shipping is free for book orders over $25. Your online orders will also benefit our school.

Visit our Book Fair homepage to learn more and get started with online shopping: https://www.scholastic.com/bf/harmonyelem 

Payment: eWallet, cash, or checks accepted.  Checks can be made payable to Harmony Elementary school. All change will be rounded up to the nearest dollar.  The change will be donated to Harmony’s library. 

Staff Book Fair Donations: If you would like to donate to staff members eWallet accounts, so they can purchase books for their classroom at the Fair use this link: Staff Book Fair eWallet Links

We’re excited to celebrate our love of books together at the Book Fair. 

We look forward to seeing your child there!

Happy reading, 

Mrs. Bailey & Ms. Jo

 

Mask Requirements

Students and staff are required to wear a 2-ply or greater mask every day.  Your child(ren) should not get on the bus or enter the school building without a mask.  Masks should be clean.  Please place at least 1 extra mask in your child’s backpack in case they lose one or it gets wet/dirty.   Thank you in advance for your help!

 

Message from the PTA

Happy Fall Huskies! 

The Harmony Elementary PTA has several new initiatives coming your way. We are introducing a new fundraiser this fall - Harmony Once Upon a Read-a-Thon, new dine-to-donate options, a monthly school spirit day, and more! Read on below for details and dates to mark on your calendar.

Coupon Books

Don't forget to purchase your coupon books this year! They make excellent gifts, and you can recoup the cost by using a couple of coupons to local eateries or entertainment establishments. 

Please send payments (cash or check) or unused books in your child's take-home folder to the attention of the Harmony PTA by FRIDAY, SEPT. 24th.

School Spirit Day

New this year - Monthly School Spirit Day! Mark your calendars for the first Wednesday of each month, and send your student in their Harmony spirit wear. Our first School Spirit Day will be WEDNESDAY, OCT. 6th. The class with the most participants will receive a classroom prize!

Don't have any spirit wear? Order forms were sent home last week, and orders are due by FRIDAY, Oct. 1st. An order form has been included in the newsletter appendix if you did not receive one. Just print it out and send it back to us with your payment (cash or check) in your student's take-home folder to the attention of the Harmony PTA.

Harmony Bookstore is Open! 

Tell us what you like! Let us know what you’d like to see offered at the Bookstore. Please click this link for a very quick survey!

https://forms.gle/xwCcpcjffLvsLpY7A

The Harmony Bookstore will be open on the following dates:

  • Friday, Sept. 24 - Grades K-2

  • Friday, Oct 1 - Grades 3-5

  • Friday, Oct 8 - Grades K-2

Harmony Once Upon a Read-a-Thon

This year's fall PTA fundraiser is the Harmony Once Upon a Read-a-Thon. Students are encouraged to log as many reading minutes as they can from Sept. 24-Oct. 8, and ask for the support of their reading goals and school from friends and family through pledges. All students will receive cool prizes just for participating and can earn chances into a raffle for every 60 minutes of reading and $50 raised through pledges. Raffle prizes include Kids Kindle, Barnes, and Noble gift cards, a boxset of the Harry Potter series, and a Dog Man Supa Boxset of books. A packet was sent home with your student on Tuesday, Sept. 21 with all the information you need to get started. Questions? Email  pta.readathon.hes@gmail.com.

Important Read-a-Thon Dates to Remember:

  • Tuesday, Sept. 21: Packet comes home in student take-home folder. Claim your students' Read-a-Thon web page and start requesting pledges.

  • Friday, Sept. 24 - Friday, Oct. 8: Tally reading minutes and enter on student's log each night.

  • Thursday, Sept. 30 (3-6p)  Free Pumpkin Pickup for Book Character Pumpkin Decorating Contest (More Details to Come)

  • Saturday, Oct. 2 (9a-12p): Free Pumpkin Pickup for Book Character Pumpkin Decorating Contest (More Details to Come)

  • Friday, Oct. 8: End of Read-a-Thon

  • Saturday, Oct. 9: Harmony Family Movie Night at Sauerbeck Family Drive-in (More Details to Come)

Upcoming Dine-to-Donate Night
  • Papa John's Pizza Night - THURSDAY, OCT. 21st

  • Chipotle - WEDNESDAY, NOV. 3rd

PTA Membership

Interested in joining the Harmony PTA? Scan the QR code below to head on over to the Harmony PTA Store and join! Membership fees are $3.60 per person. You must be a member to vote at PTA meetings. The next Harmony PTA Board meeting will be Tuesday, October 12th at 7 pm. We welcome general members to join the board meeting via zoom, and a link is available on the Harmony PTA Facebook page.

 

Book Character Day- October 29

Harmony’s annual school-wide Book Character Day will be held on October 29th.  All Huskies are encouraged to dress as their favorite (or semi-favorite or a familiar) character from a book.  No need to panic or spend money. Get creative and look through old costumes, toys, clothing, or other props to create a costume. For example: while I really, really love the book The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane - I do not own anything that would be suitable for a rabbit costume. But I do have a Viking costume from a Halloween party...so I may dress up as the main character from How to Train Your Dragon because I also like that book. I also enjoy reading The Recess Queen - and all I need for that is my regular clothes and a crown that I wore at my birthday party. Your child’s class will be participating in a few character-study activities during school so please send in the book that matches their costume. The public library and school library are great resources for this! No costume masks, weapons, or slippers, please.

 

Infinite Campus Messages

Feel like you're not getting emails from the school?  Check your junk mail. Still no luck? You can always check all your school emails from the Parent Portal site or the Parent Portal app in the Message Center. View all school messages at a glance instead of scrolling through your email inbox.  Check your settings in the Parent Portal to verify the email address and phone numbers are correct and go to "Settings/Notifications Settings" to see which notifications are selected for the contact information.

 

September’s Harmony Hero

Mrs. Jamie Steinbock 

Mrs. Steinbock is absolutely amazing with children and a true team player. She is patient, kind, and upbeat.  She has stepped up in many selfless ways around the school. We are so lucky to have her join our team at Harmony!  Thank you so much, Mrs. Steinbock!  You are a true Harmony Hero!

 

Picture Day- September 27th

Parents can prepay for pictures by exact cash or check to Interstate Studios or wait to see an email proof before they purchase. Parents with an email on file will be emailed 72 hours after picture day and can purchase through that email. 

-View proofs online and order online using Harmony school code 60037VB.

Frequently Asked Questions
Order here

 

Positive For Covid or Exposed

Students and staff: If you are COVID-19 positive or exposed to someone who is, please call the school at (502)228-2228 and if necessary leave a detailed message.

If you choose to use test to stay here are a few things to remember:

Testing times are 6:00 - 9:30 a.m, at the Oldham County Schools Arts Center. Testing site(s) will be open every day that school is in session. On teacher workdays, test to stay will be open 6:00-8:00 a.m. for any student or staff in quarantine who wishes to test. Test to stay will not be open during fall break, October 18-22. Anyone needing to test during that week in order to participate in school athletics or extracurriculars will need to be tested elsewhere.

We hope to add additional testing sites over time. These testing sites will not be open to the public. They are only for OCS students and staff who are quarantined. The 10-minute rapid antigen test is a non-invasive lower nasal swab. Once the swab is complete, you will wait on-site for the results.

Consent form: (only need to fill out 1 time) https://www.oldham.kyschools.us/docs/district/forms/covid/covid-testing-ocs_consent_form-fillable.pdf?id=8050 

Daily Requisition: (filled out daily when testing) https://www.oldham.kyschools.us/docs/district/forms/covid/covid-ocs_patient_info_form-fill.pdf?id=8052 

Thank you to everyone who has helped us keep our Huskies safe during this challenging time. If you ever have any concerns or questions, please call me.

Thank you,

Nurse Kristie

 

Spirit Wear Orders due October 1

Harmony’s PTA is selling Spirit Wear.   Complete this order form to purchase items.  Please return this completed order form with payment to the front office NO LATER THAN FRIDAY, OCTOBER 1ST.  No late orders accepted. NO RETURNS OR EXCHANGES.

For questions or concerns please contact: Diana Schaller (dschall3911@gmail.com

Please make checks payable to Harmony PTA.

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Harmony Herald
August 2021 Newsletter

Important Dates:

  • 8/26: Papa John’s Night- Promo code: Harmony20
  • 9/7: Virtual Parent Orientation
  • 10/15: No School/ Teacher Work Day
  • 10/18-10/22: Fall Break/ No School

Letter from Principal Hackmiller:

Dear Harmony Families,
We have had the most amazing start to the school year.  Thank you for everything you have done to help us. 
Congratulations to our Harmony Cross Country team!  We had an outstanding turnout at the first meet this past weekend.
The date for our annual parent orientation has changed to September 7, 2021.  The event will be held virtually.  Your child’s teacher will send the link to a video recording of orientation on September 7.  Prior to that, you will be able to share questions that you have with your child’s teacher so that we can proactively prepare to have them answered within each presentation.
With COVID cases and quarantines on the rise, I encourage you to monitor your child daily.  If they or anyone in the household presents with symptoms, please refrain from sending them to school until symptom-free or after a negative test (following quarantine guidelines). If you opt for an in-home test, please report the results so that we can ensure that we are keeping all students and staff safe and healthy.  We are doing our best to keep kids in school and we need your help in doing the same.
There are several unfilled positions at Harmony.  If you or someone you know is interested in working either in the kitchen or as an ECS Aide, please check the job postings at https://www.oldham.kyschools.us/Content2/employment-opportunities or contact me.

As always, feel free to reach out with any questions.

All the best, 
Suzie Hackmiller
Principal 

Afternoon Dismissal:

Teachers and office staff will dismiss your student according to their Afternoon Arrangement Form signed by the parent. If you need to make a change on one day, please send a written note to the office no later than 1 pm each day. To get set up with bus transportation contact sarah.culver@oldham.kyschools.us. 

Virtual Parent Orientation:

For the 2021-2022 school year we will be hosting our Parent Orientation virtually on Tuesday, September 7th.  Your child’s teacher(s)  will send a pre-recorded video sharing important information regarding our school and classroom routines.

Attendance:

Please call the office by 8 am to notify us of your child's absence. The call alerts us to your child's absence. A written parent note or doctor's note is required to excuse the absence. Please send this in with the child when he/she returns to school. District attendance policies can be viewed on the OCS website. Receptionist/Attendance Clerk contact: Ursula.Tegethoff@oldham.kyschools.us. 

Counselor's Corner: 

This month we’re talking about the virtue of Courage – to help our children be courageous and learn to conquer things that frighten or scare them. Children need reassurance that fear is one of their feelings and to help them understand that it’s okay to feel afraid. Courage isn’t fearlessness, but instead our ability to choose the right thing even when we are scared! The definition we will be talking about is:

Courage: to choose what is good, right, and kind even when it is hard or scary.

Conversation Starters
Talk with your child about what used to frighten you as a child. Be open about how you courageously worked to overcome that fear. Talk about who helped you or what strategy helped you along the way.
Talk about the things that frighten you as an adult today. Open up an honest conversation about how you work intentionally to show Courage often.
Make a list over dinner about who are the people in your network that show Courage. How can you tell that they have Courage? Why is it important that they show Courage? How might their example help make your Courage stronger?

August’s Harmony Hero:

Officer Ford was nominated as August’s Harmony Hero.  Officer Ford works diligently to keep Harmony students and staff safe.  Officer Ford goes out of his way to learn about the students at Harmony by reading to them and playing games with them on the playground.  Thank you so much, Officer Ford!  You are a true Harmony Hero!