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Last Updated: 5/13/2021 5:56 PM

April 2021 Newsletter


Important Dates

  • 4/19-4/30: Online Book Fair 
  • 4/19-4/30: PTA Spring Auction 
  • 4/30: Snow Make-Up Day
  • 5/3 Last Day for Students to Check out Library Books
  • 5/5: Yearbook Order Deadline
  • 5/18-6/7 KPREP Window
  • 6/1:  Fifth Completion Ceremony

KPREP Letter 
Dear Parents and Guardians of 3rd, 4th, and 5th Grade Students:    
All students in grades 3 – 5, including VLA, will take the K-PREP (Kentucky Performance for Rating Educational Progress) state assessment. The window is from May 18 – June 7.  VLA students will come in person on a selected date/time to complete their tests.  More specific dates will be shared with your teacher soon. The following grade levels will be assessed in these content areas:
Third grade: Reading and Mathematics
Fourth grade: Reading, Mathematics, and Science 
Fifth grade: Reading, Mathematics, and On-Demand Writing

All K-PREP assessments have a combination of multiple-choice questions, short answer, and extended answer questions.  Short answer and extended answer questions require written responses.

As parents, you can help your child be prepared by following these simple suggestions:
Have a good night’s rest before taking tests
Eat a nutritious, high protein breakfast
Be at school ON TIME without being rushed (the tardy bell rings at 7:40)

The most important thing parents can do for their child’s success during testing time is to have a relaxed and reassuring attitude.  Let’s work together to help our children have the most successful testing situation possible. We encourage your student to bring gum, mints, a bottle of water, and a healthy snack.

Important: No student can miss any part of the test.  If your child is absent, tardy, or leaves for early dismissal, the test portion missed will have to be made up at a later date.  This adds more stress on the student, as he or she doubles up on portions of the test taken in one day.  If appointments must be scheduled during the testing window, please do so after 1:00. 

Lastly, the state does not allow cell phones of any kind or Apple watches to be available to students as they are testing. If students bring a device, it will be collected by the classroom teacher to hold for the duration of the test. Once testing is completed for the day, the device will be returned to the student.

I appreciate your efforts in making the testing experience a positive one for your child. Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns.

Sincerely,
Stephanie Greene
Assistant Principal

Counselor's Corner 

Harmony students are learning about the third rule in The Energy Bus for Kids: No Bullies Allowed. We are discussing how powerful positivity can be and how it is always more powerful than negativity. However, if a student ever encounters bullying we created a plan: 1. Avoid them! 2. Stand up for yourself, then walk away! 3. ALWAYS tell an adult.

Gently-Used Pants Needed
Nurse Kristie would appreciate any donations of girl's pants, shorts,  specifically leggings for students who have accidents or spills during the day.  She definitely needs sizes 10-12 and up. Any donations can be sent in with your child (ask them to give them to Nurse Kristie) or dropped off in Harmony’s front office.  Thanks in advance for your donation!

Kids Heart Challenge
Harmony concluded the Kids Heart Challenge in March!  We raised an incredible $13,064 for research, development, and quality of care for the American Heart Association. Students earned “thank you” gifts and our school earned money for purchasing PE equipment! Shout out to Mr. G for organizing this great fundraiser!

Class Placements 
Please complete a profile sheet to provide grade-level teams with information regarding your child's learning profile.  Requests for specific teachers are not to be indicated.  Many factors are considered when placement decisions are made.  Please understand that your perspective is valuable and will be regarded as class lists are developed.  Please complete a separate form for each of your children.  Please complete this form by Friday, April 30, 2021. 
Student Profile Sheet: https://forms.gle/hZvaECh7m9QF6z2Z9 

April’s Harmony Hero
Missy Ballard
Ms. Missy was nominated to be this month’s Harmony Hero!  Ms. Missy is Harmony’s amazing cafeteria manager.  This is her first year at Harmony. She is always so positive and works tirelessly for the students at Harmony. Missy goes out of her way to make others happy. She is always positive and greets students with a smile (under her mask). She goes above and beyond to form relationships, even with some of our more difficult students. Missy seeks out opportunities to be involved with our students beyond just serving them breakfast and lunch. She is such a positive, happy, loving addition to our Harmony family!  Be sure to celebrate Ms. Missy and her staff on School Lunch Hero day, May 7th!

PTA Spring Auction 
Harmony’s PTA started their online auction spring fundraiser on April 19th! There are some great themed baskets from our classes ranging from LouCity Soccer, Derby Fun, Lego, Disney, and oh so much more. Thank you to our wonderful room parents for collecting donations and putting them together. Bidding ends 4/30, so hop on over to check out the amazing options now! https://app.memberhub.gives/harmonyauction 

Yearbook Orders
The last day to order yearbooks is Wednesday, May 5th.  

$26 Hardcover Books
$18 Softcover Books
Free Digital Yearbooks with every purchase

Order Yearbooks: https://store.shopyearbook.com/harmony-elementary-202021 

Fifth Grade Completion Ceremony 
The fifth-grade completion ceremony will take place on June 1st.  More information will 
be communicated soon. 
When: June 1st at 6:30 PM 
(rain make-up day June 2nd)
Where: NOHS Outdoor Stadium 

March 2021 Newsletter 

Letter from Principal Hackmiller

Dear Harmony Families,

I hope this newsletter finds all of you well and excited about everything the spring season brings.

Thanks to everyone who made donations through the  Kids Heart Challenge this month!  We have already raised more than $11,000 for the American Heart Association.

Kindergarten registration for the 2021-2022 school year has opened.  Registration for all other students begins April 12.   Please check our website or call the main office for more information.

We are beginning to plan end-of-year activities as well as looking ahead to the next school year.  As we start making class assignments for next year we invite you to provide specific information about your child to help us in that process.  Please see the Student Profile form at the bottom of this newsletter.  We will stop collecting responses on Friday, April 30, 2021.

Our car line remains quite long.  School begins at 7:40.  Students arriving after 7:40 are required to be signed in by a parent/guardian.

A few important reminders:  

*To reduce the number of people coming into the office, we are not accepting “drop off items.” If your child has forgotten something (lunch, water, snack) just give us a call and we will make sure they get what they need.

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

 

NOMS Field Hockey

NOMS Field Hockey will begin July 15th. Players must have a KHSAA physical form on file to participate. 

 

If your rising 6th grader is interested, please contact Tracy Tillett at ttillett47@gmail.com or 502 599 9821. 

 

Important Dates

3/30: In-Person Student Picture Day

4/5-4/9: Spring Break (No School)

4/12: Registration for 21/22 School Year Begins

4/19-4/30: Online Book Fair 

4/19-4/30: MAP Testing Window

4/30: Snow Make-Up Day

 

Counselor's Corner 

Students are continuing to learn about the five rules of living a positive life as described in Jon Gordon’s book, The Energy Bus for Kids. This month students learned the importance of fueling themselves with positive energy through self-care and positive self-talk. We discussed why it is so important to be kind to ourselves so that we can be kind to others too. 

 

Campus Parent App

There is an app called Campus Parent (part of Infinite Campus) that is wonderful for accessing day-to-day student information, sent messages from school, and more. Students in middle and high school also have grades posted here. If you have not yet activated your Parent Portal account, you will need to contact the school to get a person-specific activation code. You will use the same login information with Infinite Campus on the app.

 

Picture Day

When: March 30th, 2021

Who: In-Person Students (VLA families take their child’s picture and upload it- look for info to come out soon)

Why: Individual pictures will be taken and uploaded to the yearbook for their class page!

Info: We will use a backdrop to make the pictures look fabulous!  Teachers will send a copy to parents. These are not professional photos but they will be great because your cute kids will be in them! 

 

Lost & Found

If your child(ren) is missing any jackets or coats, please have them check the Lost and Found.  The Lost and Found is located in the hallway outside of the nurse’s office. All unclaimed items will be donated to charity on April 2, 2021. 

 

Harmony Spring Running Club

Run with the husky pack!

WHO: 1st through 5th-grade students

WHERE: Creasey Mahan Park

WHEN: Tuesdays & Thursdays starting April 13 @ 6 pm

COST: $40

END GOAL: 5K Race Saturday, May 22

It is recommended that by the first practice runners are able to run at least 800 meters or 5-6 minutes without stopping. Practices are assisted by parent volunteers. 

If you are interested in being a parent volunteer and/or signing up your child, please contact coach Greg Jones at harmonyelementarycc@gmail.com.  You will receive team paperwork and a link for the Oldham County sports physical. Completed paperwork is required by the first day of practice.

March’s Harmony Hero

Mackenzie Ruth

Ms. Ruth was nominated to be this month’s Harmony Hero!  Ms. Ruth teaches in Harmony’s CAB classroom.  This is her second year at Harmony. She is always so positive and works tirelessly for her students. She loves and cares for each of her students, as well as all the support staff who work with her. Her classroom is a joyous, wonderful place to be.

 

Harmony Yearbook Orders

$26 Hardcover Books

$18 Softcover Books

Free Digital Yearbooks with every purchase!

The Last day to order is May 1st!

UPLOAD PHOTOS HERE: https://uploads.picabooyearbooks.com/9059572  

ORDER HERE: https://store.shopyearbook.com/harmony-elementary-202021  

QUESTIONS: Contact Mrs. Shoup at theresa.shoup@oldham.kyschools.us 

 

Note: not all photos submitted will be used. Submissions must adhere to Harmony Photo Usage Policy.

 

Kids Heart Challenge

We are continuing the Kids Heart Challenge this month!  We have already raised $11,377 for research, development, and quality of care for the American Heart Association. Students earn “thank you” gifts and our school earns money for purchasing PE equipment! Remember, donations are 100% ONLINE!  The last day to donate is March 26th.

 

Class Placements 

Please complete a profile sheet to provide grade-level teams with information regarding your child's learning profile.  Requests for specific teachers are not to be indicated.  Many factors are considered when placement decisions are made.  Please understand that your perspective is valuable and will be regarded as class lists are developed.  Please complete a separate form for each of your children.  Please complete this form by Friday, April 30, 2021. 

Student Profile Sheet: https://forms.gle/hZvaECh7m9QF6z2Z9 

 

Order School Supply Kits

The Harmony PTA is organizing School Supply Kits for the 2021-2022 school year.  All the supplies your child needs for the class are in the kits and will be delivered to your home.  Yes, kits are coming to your doorstep this year! Order today! 

School Supply Kit Order Form: https://1stday.sale/42569 

 

Student Registration

Be in the Know about Registration for the 2021-2022 school year. Click here to sign up: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1_2FTnwdlOUShDjfu01LbW5MPi1CvnbqgIXzpcM3Q1sQ/edit?usp=sharing

Harmony Herald

February 2021 Newsletter 

Letter from Principal Hackmiller

Dear Harmony Families,

I hope this newsletter finds all of you well. We have had quite a run for it these past few weeks. I am hopeful that the snow is behind us and that we are moving closer to some kind of normal schedule for the remainder of the school year. Fingers crossed! Last week our teachers sent student work and a schedule for our final Offline Learning Day. If you have any questions or need assistance on February 26, please reach out to your child’s teacher during their scheduled

office hours. 

Our car line remains quite long and I sincerely appreciate your patience. One thing you can do in the morning to help keep the traffic moving is to have your child/children ready to exit the car as it pulls up. They should have everything in hand and have masks on so that they can jump out and head inside.

We still need your help with bus seating. Please remind your children to sit in their assigned bus seat both in the morning and the afternoon. This will help us if we need to quarantine students because of exposure on the school bus.

A few important reminders:

*For this school year, students cannot ride the bus unless it is their scheduled form of transportation. We are not accepting written notes to have students put on the bus. The busses have assigned seats per day and are loaded according to the seating charts.

*To reduce the number of people coming into the office, we are not accepting “drop off items.” If your child has forgotten something (lunch, water, snack) just give us a call and we will make sure they get what they need.

Feel free to reach out with questions.

Stay well,

Suzie Hackmiller

Principal

 

Important Dates

❖ 3/2: Read Across America Day

❖ 3/2-3/16: Kindergarten Registration Open

❖ 3/8: Trimester 3 Begins

❖ 3/12: Snow Make-Up Day

❖ 4/5-4/9: Spring Break (No School)

❖ 4/30: Snow Make-Up Day

 

Counselor's Corner

This month’s school-wide guidance lessons have focused on the first rule in The Energy Bus by Jon Gordon: Create a Positive Vision. K-5th grade students shared short-term and long-term goals with their peers and then drew themselves accomplishing their goals. Ask your child about the goals they shared and why it is important to have a positive vision of their future.

 

Kindergarten Registration 

March 2-16 Registration Opens

Step 1: Visit Harmony’s website and click the Kindergarten Registration Icon to complete a Google survey.

Step 2: Once your survey is received you will receive information on picking up a registration packet and registering online.

Step 3: Submit required documents to Harmony via the dropbox at the entrance of Harmony’s office or email them to sarah.culver@oldham.kyschools.us.

 

OCS Arts Center Classes

The Oldham County Arts Center offers art, music, dance, and theatre classes.  Spring registration begins now.  Click the link below to learn more: OCS Arts Center Registration Flyer

 

Read Across America Day: March 2nd

Launched in 1998 by the National Education Association (NEA) and guided by a committee of educators, NEA’s Read Across America is the nation’s largest celebration of reading.  To celebrate, all students and staff members at Harmony will participate in at least 30 minutes of Drop Everything and Read (DEAR) time.  VLA families, send pictures of your child(ren) reading to  jessica.bailey@oldham.kyschools.us

 

February’s Harmony Hero

Ms. Bobbi Jackson, Harmony’s Plant Operator has been nominated as February’s Harmony Hero.  Ms. Bobbi works countless hours to keep our school clean and safe.  Ms. Bobbi and her staff (Ms. Kathe & Ms. Tracy) came to school during snow days to shovel and salt Harmony’s sidewalks and carpool circle to make them safe for students and staff when school reopened.  Ms. Bobbi is dedicated to preventing the spread of COVID-19 and works tirelessly to disinfect classrooms, the playground, and all other surfaces students and staff touch. She does this work with a smile and a can-do attitude. Ms. Bobbi is committed to our school.  We need her now more than ever!  We appreciate all you do for us, Ms. Bobbi! You are a true Harmony Hero!

 

Kids Heart Challenge

This month, we will be kicking off the Kids Heart Challenge!   Last year, we raised over $7,000 for research, development, and quality of care for the American Heart Association. At the same time, students earn “thank you” gifts and our school earns money for purchasing PE equipment! Remember, donations are 100% ONLINE! Sign up by clicking here: Kids Heart Challenge Registration

 

Lydia’s Light

Mrs. Streicher’s third-grade student, Lydia led her class in a community service project.  Lydia and her classmates made cards for a healthcare facility hit hard by COVID-19.   Check out the news article about the project in the Oldham Era:  February 18th article: Lydia’s Light. 

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January 19, 2021

Dear Parent or Guardian,

As we return to in-person instruction we understand that there are situations that may require us to be out of school, either with or without the support of teachers or staff members. Inclement weather, power outages, or staffing issues may occur and require us to change our instructional plans with limited warning. When we find it necessary to call off in-person school for the day, there are three scenarios that are possible:

Snow Day/inclement weather day: On these days when we have snow or ice that prevents OCS from holding in-person school, school will be canceled for both in-person and VLA. OCS would utilize make-up days as designated on the calendar.

NTI Days: Students will participate in a day of school through remote NTI learning. VLA would continue with their regular schedules. This day of district distance learning would not result in using a designated make-up day on the school calendar.

Offline Learning Day: These are special situations when students would learn at home independently. Rather than participate in remote learning, students will complete 4 of the activities found on the Offline Learning Day Choice Boards. You will find these boards on your school’s website as well as the district website. An Offline Learning Day applies to ALL students (in-person and VLA). Offline Learning Days will not result in utilizing a make-up day on the school calendar.

When school is called off, the message you receive will indicate the type of day being used and whether or not the day would result in utilizing a make-up day on the school calendar.  

 

Thank you for your continued flexibility this school year.

 Respectfully,

 

Greg Schultz

Superintendent

 

Links for Offline Learning Choice Boards:

Kindergarten

First Grade

Second Grade

Third Grade

Fourth Grade

Fifth Grade

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October 29, 2020

Next week will celebrate the Husky Hustle Spirit week from November 4th-6th.  We look forward to seeing our in-person and virtual students supporting the Husky Hustle next week!

Husky Hustle Spirit Week

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August 21, 2020
Dear Harmony Families, 
It was so great to see many of you this morning as you came by to pick up your NTI supplies. We look forward to seeing our VLA families pick up on Monday between 12-2. We are so excited for school to begin on Monday morning! Your teachers are eager and ready to see you at your first live lesson time.
Attached are documents, both NTI and VLA, for your reference. We’ve also attached the FAQ from the questions you submitted earlier in the month. If you need any supplies or materials to help your child during this time, please reach out.  We are loaning devices to those families who need them.  Email Ms. Bailey if you need to reserve a device.
Our teachers have worked hard to make this NTI/VLA time engaging and meaningful, while also considering how difficult this was for many of you in the spring. Thanks in advance for your patience and support. We are here to help you.
VLA Parent Handbook
NTI Parent Handbook
FAQ
Stay well,
Suzie Hackmiller

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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 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 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.  
Take care of yourself and each other, Huskies! 

 

Suzie Hackmiller
Principal