Newsletter

Last Updated: 8/11/2020 11:05 AM

July 31, 2020

 

Harmony Families,

Check out our website specifically geared to your child's learning options and Harmony's reopening plan.  

Navigating Your Return to School Website

As things change and additional information and guidance become available, we will update this website.  

 

Sincerely, 

Harmony Staff

 

 

 

July 20, 2020

Dear Harmony Families,

I hope this letter finds you well and enjoying the remaining days of summer.     I am writing this afternoon because I wanted to share some of the Harmony reopening plans so that each of you can make the most informed decision for your families related to in-person or virtual learning.   

As you can imagine, I’ve invested a lot of time thinking about this upcoming school year.  I met with our teachers and staff late last week and discussed the approved OC Board of Education plans for the district and the concerns that staff might have around our reopening.  Everyone’s number one concern is how do we create the healthiest and safest learning environment possible for our students and staff.  For those families who choose in-person instruction, we need to make sure that we are taking every precaution not only when it comes to cleaning surfaces around the building but also rethinking all of the logistics that make our school function.  

Living through a pandemic has required us to consider changes in our daily routines both at home and now at school. Many of you know that the enrollment at Harmony has increased over the years and even in the current pandemic, it remains high.   In an effort to create a learning environment that is as safe and healthy as possible at school,  all students and staff at Harmony will wear a 2 ply mask while in classrooms, while moving around the building and when in all common areas, including recess unless the appropriate social distancing can be maintained.  We will provide rotating times throughout the day where we will ensure the safe six feet of social distancing so that masks can be removed.  We are also exploring alternative ways to have kids rotate through regularly sanitized inside spaces as well as outside spaces throughout each school day.  

We will be taking steps to keep our classrooms, hallways, and common areas as clean as possible for our students and staff.  We recently purchased an electrostatic cleaning tool and a fogging machine that will be used by our custodial staff to sanitize each classroom, every evening.  As we get closer to the start of the school year there could be other measures that we are taking that I will share with you. 

Breakfast and lunch will be served at Harmony. All meals will be grab and go.  At this time we are working on a meal schedule that includes identified spaces. We do know that the classrooms that have students with food allergies, specifically those with identified nut allergies, will eat in the cafeteria. Other spaces will be used for lunch and could include classrooms.   All students will be assigned seats and will be 6 ft. apart while eating.  

We will have recess at Harmony.  We will have multiple times during a day that students can have outside time with their class. The recess equipment will be sanitized throughout each day.  

Our RA teachers will push into the general classrooms to provide the related art content.  PE will occur outside, weather permitting. 

Harmony is staffed with a full time registered nurse. We will divide our health space into a well side and a sick side and will have shared protocols for each. 

Unfortunately, we will not be accepting visitors until further notice.  If you need to visit school it must be by appointment only.  If your child forgets an item at home (water bottle, lunch) please call the office, and together we will determine if the item is necessary or if we can cover it.

We will be taking the temperature of every student upon arrival each day and are expecting families to complete the Healthy at School checklist (to be kept at home) each morning.

We will not be hosting our annual meet and greet and supply drop off.  Instead, our staff will host a virtual meet and greet meetings and you and your children will have the opportunity to meet their teachers and see their classroom spaces then. We are reducing supply lists to only those essential items that students will need in the first days of school.  Those items should fit nicely into a pencil pouch or small box that can be carried in your child's backpack.  As the opening is sustained, teachers will ask for you to send in the other items on the supply list as needed. 

If for any reason you feel that returning to in-person instruction will not be best for your family at this time, please take advantage of the Virtual Learning Academy being offered through OC Schools.  Registration for that program closes on August 1.

I know that these are uncertain and scary times. We are doing our very best to create an environment that is nurturing and safe while remaining within the guidelines provided by our health and education officials.  It isn’t going to be easy but if anyone can do it, it's OC and Harmony.  I’ll be sending a Harmony Guide to ReOpening in the coming days with all of the guidelines detailed.  I will also start a FAQ’s sheet for your reference.  

Like I shared from the start, our number one priority is the health and safety of our students and staff.  We want to desperately return to in-person teaching and learning but know that we have to put in place some safeguards to put us in the best position possible to make it happen.

Stay healthy.  Wear a mask when you leave your house.  Practice social distancing.  

Please reach out with questions and know that we are all in this together.  

Here are some district provided resources for your reference.

Take care of yourself and each other, Huskies! 

 

Suzie Hackmiller

Principal

Harmony Herald

Harmony Elementary School’s Newsletter

March 2020

Letter from Ms. Hackmiller (Principal)

Dear Parents/Guardians:

I hope this month’s newsletter finds you well and getting excited for the spring season.  

I would like to take time this time to thank our PTA, specifically Jessy Maggard, Tara Tobin-Rabatin, Dani Reich and Diane Schaller for their energy and efforts to make the dance a huge success for all.  It was a lovely evening for all Harmony families.

The Oldham County Board of Education is committed to the health and safety of our students and staff and understand there are concerns about the novel coronavirus. Therefore, district administrators recently met with the local health department to review disease outbreak response plans.

The Oldham County Health Department is in daily communication with the Kentucky Department for Public Health, who is carefully assessing the situation as it evolves. Although coronaviruses are a group of viruses that aren’t new, this is a new type of coronavirus that health officials are still learning about. 

At this time, the health risk to the general public in Kentucky and in Oldham County remains low. The Oldham County Health Department will continue to monitor this event locally along with the Kentucky Department for Public Health and will implement guidance and directives as received by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). 

As a best practice for overall health, get your seasonal influenza vaccine and engage in everyday preventative measures to prevent the spread of germs such as:

  • Wash hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use alcohol-based hand sanitizers
  • Avoid touching eyes, mouth and nose with unwashed hands
  • Avoid close contact with individuals who are sick
  • Stay home when you are sick. The CDC recommendations that individuals remain home for at least 24 hours after you no longer have a fever (i.e., chills, warm flushed appearance)
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then immediately discard
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces

For more information, visit oldhamcountyhealthdepartment.org or contact the OCHD with questions or concerns at 502.222.3516.

As always, thanks for your continued support. If I can be of assistance to you, please don’t hesitate to reach out.

Stay well,

Suzie Hackmiller

Principal

Important Dates

  • March 6th: Progress Reports come home
  • March 13th: Teacher Work Day/ No School
  • March 25th: March Mania at NOHS at 6PM
  • April 6th: Growth and Development Night for Fifth Grade Families at 6PM
  • April 13-24th: Eat Lunch with Someone you Love Book Fair
  • May 1st: Oaks Day/ No School

Counselor’s Corner

The counselors will focus March's Classroom Guidance lessons around problem-solving skills and peer relationships. Make sure to follow along on our Facebook Page, Harmony Elementary School Counselors, to find more details about each grade-level lesson.

Kindergarten Registration

Harmony Elementary Kindergarten Registration for the 2020-2021 is scheduled for March 16 4pm-6pm and March 17 9am-1pm.   Kindergarten registration goes live via Infinite Campus on March 16. Any new family to the district should contact our school to obtain a registration packet. You will be given login information for the Infinite Campus Portal after obtaining your packet. 

Any parent registering a kindergartener will be able to register their other current students at that time.

For everyone else, registration will go live via Infinite Campus on April 6.

If you are interested in our summer/ after school childcare, please contact Debbie Gross at 502-228-2232. 

Some things to know for Kindergarten Registration:

  • We will need an original state issued Birth Certificate.  We cannot accept copies and they must be state issued instead of the hospital certificate.
  • We will need proof of residency that you live within our boundary.  This needs to be a gas, electric or water bill in your name. If you rent from someone else you will need to have a residency affidavit completed.
  • We will need a social security card for your student.  We cannot accept copies.
  • An Immunization Certificate and School Physical are required at registration.  The dental and eye exam screening will be due by our winter break, December 18, 2020.  
  • Fees for full day kindergarten are $350.  This can be split, paying $175 at time of registration and $175 due by October 30, 2020.  

 

Eat Lunch with Someone you Love Book Fair

Look for information to come home soon for our upcoming Book Fair.  The Book Fair will be open from April 13th-24th.  The Book Fair prompts reading and helps us raise money to purchase books for the library.  Students will be encouraged to invite a loved one to come eat lunch with them and attend the Book Fair afterwards.  Each class will have an assigned day to visit the Book Fair.  The Book Fair will also be open from 7:30-8:00 each morning.  We would love to have a few volunteers help set up the fair, help students shop and straighten the books each day, and close the fair.  Please visit: https://signup.com/login/entry/476445038089 to sign up to volunteer. 

 

A Note from Coach Howard & Coach Tilley about March Mania

Mark your calendars for March Mania on March 25th at NOHS gymnasium!  Come cheer on our 5th grade Huskies as they play against our 6th grade Alumni.  Doors open at 5:30 pm and the game will begin at 6:00pm. 

One Book, One School- Wishtree

We hope you loved participating in the One Book, One School event with Wishtree! Click here to hear from our Huskies about what they learned and loved while reading this book together.

 

Harmony Herald

Harmony Elementary School

January 2020 Newsletter

Important Dates

  • January 17th: Wishtree Book Study Assembly
  • January 20th: Martin Luther King Jr. Day/ No School
  • February 14th: Teacher Work Day/ No School
  • February 17th: No School
  • February 21st: PTA Family Dance
  • February 21st: Mr. G's Heart for Hoops
  • February 26th: First Grade’s Vacation on Mars Play
  • March 6th: Progress Reports come home

Letter from Ms. Hackmiller (Principal)

Dear Harmony Families,

Happy New Year!  I hope that you enjoyed a fabulous winter break and that the start of the new year has been stellar.

We are T H R I L L E D to kickoff 2020 with our One Book, One School Initiative with Wishtree by Katherine Applegate! 

WHAT IS ONE BOOK, ONE SCHOOL

-One Book One School is an all school initiative that encourages and enables reading together at home by providing each family with the book along with resources, guidance and support that will bring excitement to reading. The benefits of reading aloud are remarkable. Studies have shown that reading to children helps them to listen better and longer, to build bigger vocabularies, to understand concepts better, to feel positive about both books and learning – and much more.  When an entire school reads the same book, the buzz and excitement around the book augments these benefits. Reading a book together brings the added joy of building and expanding a sense of community among students, parents, teachers, and staff – and beyond. 

-The books have a Reading Schedule with Questions at the end of certain chapters that families will be encouraged to follow at home. 

-We will host an all school assembly on Friday, January 17 to get our students excited about this awesome initiative.  Your family copy of the text will come home on that same Friday with the oldest or only child in each family.  Thanks to the Harmony PTA for supporting this important endeavor.  Let’s get reading!

2020-2021

Kindergarten registration for the 2020-2021 school year will begin on Monday, March 16, 4-6 pm and on Tuesday, March 17, 9 am-1 pm.  Please check our website or call the main office for details.  

As always, thanks for your continued support. If I can be of assistance to you, please don’t hesitate to reach out.

Stay well,

Suzie Hackmiller

Principal

                         

Counselor’s Corner

Counselors we resume classroom lessons the second week of January. This month's focus is on communication. Students will learn and practice developmentally appropriate strategies for effective communication in an effort to boost their ability to collaborate and create positive group experiences. To follow along with the specific grade-level lessons, please Like our Facebook Page: Harmony Elementary School Counselors.

Library News

Thank you to all families who donated books to the Book Drive and sent in books for the Book Swap!  Every single Harmony student was able to take home two “new to them” books over the break.  That is over 1,270 books!  We appreciate all of the volunteers who helped during the swap as well!  The students had a wonderful time picking out their books and reading them during the Book Swap! 

We will continue to collect books for the Book Drive.  Please send your gently used books to the library anytime and please have them marked for the Book Drive.  We will save the books for future book swaps and for teachers to use in their classroom libraries.  Thank you!

Harmony Elementary School Basketball

Ms. Howard and Mr. Tilley will be starting Harmony’s basketball program for fifth grade students in January. The program will teach the fundamentals of basketball.  The first three weeks will be skills and practice.  The second three weeks will be games with a scoreboard and referee.  A signup sheet will come home soon.  Deadline to sign up is January 17th

Commitment to Safety

Through Senate Bill 1 and beyond, OCS has a continued commitment to school safety. Please follow this link to learn about SB1 and the steps OCS has taken to ensure student, staff and community safety.

https://spark.adobe.com/page/GmGwj0PN5SK2M/

A Note from Nurse Kristie

Please continue to stress the importance of FREQUENT HAND WASHING.

· Hands should be washed with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.

· Teach children to cover their nose and mouth with a tissue when coughing or sneezing. Allow your child to carry their own supply of tissues. HAND WASHING is advised after the use of each tissue when coughing and sneezing.

· Teach children the “Cover Your Cough” maneuver. It recommends that we cough into the crook of our elbows instead of covering the cough with our hands.

· STUDENTS SHOULD STAY HOME WITH SYMPTOMS SUCH AS FEVER GREATER THAN 100 DEGREES, SORE THROAT, MUSCLE ACHES, HEADACHE, DIARRHEA AND VOMITING. SOME OF THESE SYMPTOMS MAY OR MAY NOT ACCOMPANY A FEVER.

· ILL STUDENTS SHOULD STAY HOME FOR AT LEAST 24 HOURS AFTER THEY NO LONGER HAVE A FEVER, OR SIGNS OF A FEVER, WITHOUT THE USE OF FEVER-REDUCING MEDICATIONS. THEY SHOULD ALSO STAY HOME IF THEY ARE BEING TREATED WITH ANTIVIRAL DRUGS.

· Please keep all parent phone numbers and emergency contact information updated.

Please know that Oldham County Schools are being very diligent in their efforts to prevent the spread of illness. We continue to stress the importance of frequent, thorough hand washing and “Cover Your Cough” maneuvers at school, but we need your help at home. Custodians are cleaning handrails, doorknobs, faucet handles, keyboards, tables, etc. daily.

We cannot stress enough the importance of keeping ill children at home. Schools and families must work together to remain healthy.

 

Harmony Herald

Harmony Elementary School

November 2019 Newsletter

Important Dates

  • November 4th: Parent/Teacher Conference Day
  • November 5th: Election Day (No School)
  • November 6th: Book Drive Begins
  • November 11th: Veteran’s Day Luncheon
  • November 13th: Progress Reports Come Home
  • November 14th: PTA Skate Night
  • November 27-29th: Thanksgiving Break (No School)
  • December 7th: Donuts with Santa
  • December 23rd-January 3rd: Winter Break (No School)

Letter from Ms. Hackmiller (Principal)

Dear Harmony Families,

I hope that this note finds each of you well and enjoying the crisp, colorful fall season.

Thanks to each of you who attended a parent/teacher conference this week.  We value your partnership and your commitment to helping us live our mission, ensuring high levels of learning for all.  If you missed the chance to sign up for a conference this week, feel free to contact your child’s teacher to schedule another time to meet.

Progress reports will be coming home on Wednesday, November 13.

Congratulations to the Harmony Cross Country Team for another amazing season of running.

As always, if I can be of assistance to you please don’t hesitate to reach out.

Enjoy the upcoming holiday season.

Stay well,

Ms. Hackmiller

Principal

Congratulations to Harmony’s Cross-Country Team!

Our Fifth Grade Girls won First Place against Sixth Graders.  Our Fourth Grade and Under Boys won Third Place at State!  Way to go, Huskies!  

Counselor’s Corner

The counselors would like to thank our PTA for the hard work they put into Unity Week. It was such a wonderful celebration of our school community. 

Students have been learning about Diversity and Inclusion with the counselors this month. A counselor has visited each classroom to discuss the meaning of diversity and how to celebrate our differences in order to create a more rich and inclusive learning community. The analogy used with students was that diversity is similar to a puzzle piece. We are all uniquely shaped and none of us are exactly the same. Inclusion is similar to the completed puzzle. Within our learning communities, each Husky is a unique puzzle piece and the classroom community is the completed puzzle. We need each and every Husky, because the classroom is not complete without them. 

If you would like to see snapshots from our lessons, please follow us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Harmony-Elementary-School-Counselors-106857890692795/

Upward Basketball and Cheerleading

Upward Basketball and Cheerleading at St. John United Methodist Church - Sign–ups (grades K – 5) are now on-line at  http://stjohnprospect.com/get-involved/children/upward/.  Just Click on the Upward Sports Icon.   You may also register in person at St. John.  Practices will begin in December, and games will be played each Saturday in January and February.  (Kindergarten games will be played on Thursday nights.)  Please call or text John Farmer at 502-210-9484 with any questions.

Harmony’s First Book Drive

What? We need gently-used, age-appropriate, children’s picture and chapter books.   The books will be used in our upcoming Student Book Swap and added to classroom libraries.

When & Where? Books can be dropped off Monday-Friday 8:00 am -3:00 pm in Harmony’s Front Office or 2:00 pm-6:00 pm in Husky Hideout.

Veteran’s Day Luncheon 

Harmony Elementary would like to honor our veterans on Veteran's Day, November 11.  We are asking our students to invite their favorite veterans to lunch on Monday, November 11.  Please visit https://shorturl.at/ais28 to RSVP.  This will give our wonderful lunchroom staff the opportunity to properly plan the number of lunches.

Harmony Herald

Harmony Elementary School

October 2019 Newsletter

Important Dates

  • September 30th-October 5th: Book Fair
  • October 5th: Harmony Harvest
  • October 10th: Make-Up Picture Day
  • October 18th: Teacher Work Day (No School)
  • October 21-25th: October Break
  • October 30th: PTA Assembly
  • October 31st: Book Character Day
  • November 14th: PTA Skate Night

Letter from Ms. Hackmiller (Principal)

Dear Harmony Friends,

It’s hard to believe that we are swiftly moving into October.  

Our first graders enjoyed a morning at Creasey Mahan this week for winning the summer learning links challenge.  After their quick trip, they incorporated some of the work they have been doing using “snap” words correctly in their writing.

On Tuesday, Oct. 1, educators, parents, students and education stakeholders will see for the first time how their local schools are performing under Kentucky’s new 5-star accountability system. The system can be viewed in the form of an online dashboard located at https://www.kyschoolreportcard.com.*  The report for each school or district will show graphics displaying the overall identification of one to five stars, federal designations, the performance on indicators (from very low to very high), and any statistically significant achievement gaps.  

On October 14 our kindergarten students will travel to Gallerin Farms as they use observation to describe patterns of what plants and animals need to survive.

We recently started a Positive Office Referral initiative to recognize the attributes of leadership in our students.  We are having a blast celebrating each day with our Huskies as they demonstrate hard work, positive attitudes and effective effort.  

I appreciate your patience with any transportation issues that have transpired in the past several weeks.  The district transportation department is working hard to train new bus drivers so that all of our routes are covered.  If you are choosing to drive your children to/from school, I kindly ask that you come through the car line in entirety and that you do not park at the entrance to the Longwood subdivision as it is causing some safety concerns for their residents.

I look forward to seeing you at our annual Harmony Harvest on Saturday, October 5, 5-8 pm. As always, thanks for your partnership.  If I can be of assistance to you please don’t hesitate to reach out

Stay well,

Suzie Hackmiller

 

Counselor’s Corner

The counselors' focus for September's guidance lessons was on bullying prevention. In K & 1 classes, we focused on friendship skills. In grades 2-5, we defined the term bullying and discussed the differences between bullying behavior and mean/rude behavior. Students were instructed to always report (tell a trusted adult) if they witness bullying behavior. Additional strategies were discussed as well. You can see more specific details regarding grade-level lessons shared on our Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/Harmony-Elementary-School-Counselors-106857890692795/ . 

We are also preparing to start small groups, such as a group for students of divorced parents, and would love your help. We need a few items from our Amazon Wish List to enhance our experience with students. Thank you in advance for your support! 

https://www.amazon.com/hz/wishlist/ls/8YKKOP32O6W8?ref_=wl_share&fbclid=IwAR11UI51qP9SZJEmyX1GIkDIG1z4Sra8HJzrD4tj6JoneJsLoY4bkPfhjac

 

Library News

Our Scholastic Book Fair has started!  Our Scholastic Book Fair is a reading event that brings the books kids want to read right into our school. It’s a wonderful selection of engaging and affordable books for every reading level. Please make plans to visit our Book Fair and be involved in shaping your child’s reading habits.

  • Book Fair Dates: September 30-October 5th
  • Special Activities: The Book Fair will be open during the Harmony Harvest from 5PM-8PM.

Two NEW shopping options! Book Fair eWallet is a safe and convenient digital payment option for your student to shop the Fair cash-free. If you’re not able to attend the Fair, try our new online shopping. We’ve partnered with the Scholastic Store to offer over 6,000 products that ship direct to home (with free shipping on book-only orders of $25 or more)! Visit our homepage to get started:
https://bookfairs.scholastic.com/bf/harmonyelementaryschool4

We hope to see you and your family at our Book Fair! Remember, all purchases benefit our school.

 

Upward Basketball & Cheerleading

Upward Basketball and Cheerleading at St. John United Methodist Church - Signups (grades K 5) are now on-line at  http://stjohnprospect.com/get-involved/children/upward/.  Just Click on the Upward Sports Icon.   You may also register in person at St. John.  Practices will begin in December, and games will be played each Saturday in January and February.  (Kindergarten games will be played on Thursday nights.)  Please call or text John Farmer at 502-210-9484 with any questions.

 

Book Character Day: October 31st

Harmony’s first annual school-wide Book Character Day Book will be held on October 31st.  All Huskies are encouraged to dress like 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 masks, weapons or slippers, please.

 

Creasey Mahan’s 15th Annual Haunted Hike

THIS SUNDAY, October 6, 3 – 7 p.m.

At Creasey Mahan Nature Preserve

Admission: $7 per person, Children 2 and under are free

Tickets available online at:https://creaseymahannaturepreserve.networkforgood.com/events/16129-family-friendly-haunted-hike

Rain date: Saturday, October 12

The Haunted Hike is a child-friendly event featuring a Fairy Tale Trail with 17 candy stations, a Harvest Hay Village, Inflatable Party Zone, a silly-funny Haunted House, Jungle Hayrides, great booths with candy and fun activities for the entire family.

Location: Creasey Mahan Nature Preserve, 12501 Harmony Landing Road, Goshen, KY 40026

Information: Call (502) 228-4362 or visit www.KYNaturePreserve.org

 

Mahan Branch of OCPL News

The Mahan Branch of the Oldham County Public Library will be offering the following events:

October 3rd (4pm-5pm): Pokémon Jr Party for kids K-2nd grade. There will be crafts and activities about all things Pokémon.

October 10th (4pm-5pm): I Survived Series Celebration. We will be reading a bit form the books and then doing some fun "disaster" themed activities.

October 17th (4pm-5pm): Mahan Makers Club where will be having a tech take apart! The kids will be able to disassemble different electronics to see how they work.

October 23rd (1pm-4pm): Family Game Day: Families will be able to drop in and play new and classic board games.

 

Husky Hustle Update & PTA News

The 2019 Husky Hustle was a huge success! Together we raised over $29,000 for Harmony. Wow! Thank you to everyone for your generous donations and support. With these funds we'll be able to support classrooms, assembly programs, classroom libraries and so much more. If you'd still like to make a donation, you can do so through this Friday at https://www.getmovinfundhub.com/register?school_uuid=5d38827f1c62f

Harmony Harvest is coming up fast and we need YOU! In order to run this event we still need a lot of volunteers. Please sign up today so we can make the festival the best it can be. Running a game station is super fun and easy! Plus, you'll get to meet some really great people! Sign up here https://signup.com/go/tGqPxDG 

Next PTA Meeting is Tuesday, October 8th at 9am in the cafeteria

 

September 2019 Newsletter