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October 2018

OCTOBER 2018 NEWSLETTER

Harrison Elementary
760 Princeton Rd., Janesville, WI (608)743-6400
Jessica Grandt, Principal 
EDUCATING
Every Child ~Every Day ~Every Way

 

Parent Teacher Conference Schedule

Wednesday, October 24
No school for students
7:45 am - 4:00 pm Teacher Development
4:00 pm - 8:00 pm Conferences

Thursday, October 25
No school for students
8:00 am - 7:00 on Conferences

Friday. October 26
No school for students or staff

The scholastic Book Fair Schedule

Tuesday, October 23 & Wednesday October 24
4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Thursday, October 25
8:00 am - 6:00 pm
No school for students and staff

We encourage every family to attend Parent Teacher Conferences October 24 – 35 to meet with your child’s teacher and discuss the progress your child is making in the classroom. October 24 during the day staff will have Professional Development. Then conferences are Wednesday evening and all day Thursday.

Important Dates & Times:

Lunch Hours

Kindergarten & Grade 1 11:00 a.m.
Grade 2 & Grade 3 11:30 a.m.
Grade 4 & Grade 5 12:00 p.m.

Spring Sings: March 22, 2019

Kindergarten  8:45-9:45 a.m.
Grade 1 9:30-10:00 a.m.
Grade 4  10:15 - 10:45 a.m.
Grade 5 11:00-11:30 a.m.
Grade 2 1:00 -1:30 p.m.
Grade 3 1:45 - 2:15 p.m.

Track Meet

Grade 5 Tuesday, May 21st
Grade 4 Wednesday, May 22nd
Make-up Date Thursday, May 23rd

Red Ribbon Week Oct. 15-19

Harrison Elementary is partnering  with Janesville Mobilizing 4 Change (JM4C) to recognize Red Ribbon Week.  Red Ribbon Week is a nationally observed campaign to bring awareness to drug abuse.  In recognition of this, Harrison will have Crazy Sock Day to "Sock it to Drugs" on Wednesday, Oct. 17. All students will also receive a bookmark that will be provided by JM4C and our school will receive a banner of recognition. This day will provide an opportunity to continue talking about the dangers of drugs.

Picture Retake Day will be on Friday, November 2nd.  Please, have your child’s photo taken if they were absent on our original picture day.  If you are having retakes of your child, please return your original picture packet for a retake.

Harrison Scoopie Nights

Wednesday, October 10, 2018
Wednesday, December 12, 2018
Wednesday, February 6, 2019
Tuesday, March 26, 2019

 

Request for School Transfer/Placement (Intra District Transfers) Within the School District of Janesville Attendance Areas

Due to Move:

If you move within the School District of Janesville during the school year and wish to remain at your current school, please ask the school office for a Request to Remain in Current School Following Move to New Attendance Area Form (blue). Complete the form and return it to the school office.

Due to Parent Choice:

If you wish to apply to have your student transferred/placed in another school within the district next school year (2019-2020), please ask the school office for a School Transfer/Placement within the School District Form (yellow). Completed forms will be accepted from December 1 through December 15, 2018 only. Submit your Request for School Transfer/Placement within the School District Form (yellow) to your home school attendance area office. Parents applying for a Request for School Transfer/ Placement within the School District will be notified of approval or disapproval by January 15, 2019. Parents applying for a Re-quest for School Transfer/Placement within the School District for incoming Kindergarten students will be notified of approval or non-approval after they have enrolled their child during the Kindergarten Enrollment period with the New Student Enrollment Office. If you have questions, please contact the school office of your home school attendance area.

Open Enrollment or Public School Choice

If during the school year, you move outside the School District of Janesville and you wish to remain at your current school please contact the Open Enrollment Specialist at 743-5152 and request a tuition waiver form within two weeks of your move. This will allow you to be eligible to attend your current school for the remainder of the current year tuition free. To continue attending the School District of Janesville after the 2018-2019 school year, you will also need to complete an open enrollment application. Application instructions are provided to the School District of Janesville by the Department of Public Instruction (DPI) and should be available by late January 2019. This year applications will be accepted February 4 – April 30, 2019.

If you have questions regarding Open Enrollment or Public School Choice, please contact the Open Enrollment Specialist at 743-5152.

Child Find Notice

“The school district must locate, identify and evaluate all resident children with disabilities, including children with disabilities attending private schools, regardless of the severity of their disabilities.” The school district has a special education program to locate and screen all children with suspected disabilities who are residents of the district and who have not graduated from high school. Upon request the school district will screen any resident child who has not graduated high school to determine whether a special education referral is appropriate. A request may be made by contacting Kimberli Peerenboom, Director of Pupil Services for the School District of Janesville at 743-5061, or by writing her at 527 S. Franklin St., Janesville WI 53548.

Annually the district conducts developmental screening of preschool children. Each child’s motor, communication and social skills are observed at various play areas. Each child is weighed and measured, and the child’s hearing and vision is checked. The information is used to provide the parent with a profile of their child’s current development and to provide suggestions for follow up activities. Parents learn about community services available to them and speak with representatives of agencies serving families. The information from screening is also used to determine whether a child should be evaluated for a suspected disability. When school staff reasonably believes a child is a child with a disability, they refer the child for evaluation by a school district Individualized Education Program (IEP) team. Developmental screening will be a part of the kindergarten screening this spring. Watch for dates at your local school.

A physician, nurse, psychologist, social worker or administrator of a social agency who reasonably believes a child brought to him or her for services is a child with a disability has a legal duty to report the child to the school district in which the child re-sides. Before referring the child, the person making the referral must inform the child’s parents that the referral will be made. The referral must be in writing and include the reason why the person believes the child is a child with a disability. Others who reasonably believe a child is a child with a disability may also refer the child to the school district in which the child resides. A referral of a child residing in the School District of Janesville may be sent to Kimberli Peerenboom at the school district address above.”

SCHOOL DISTRICT OF JANESVILLE ANNUAL NOTICE OF SPECIAL EDUCATION REFERRAL AND EVALUATION PROCEDURES

 

Upon request, the School District of Janesville is required to evaluate a child for eligibility for special education services. A request for evaluation is known as a referral. When the district receives a referral, the district will appoint an Individualized Education Program (IEP) team to determine if the child has a disability, and if the child needs special education services. The district locates, identifies, and evaluates all children with disabilities who are enrolled by their parents in private (including religious) schools, elementary schools and secondary schools located in the school district.

A physician, nurse, psychologist, social worker, or administrator of a social agency who reasonably believes a child brought to him or her for services is a child with a disability has a legal duty to refer the child, including a homeless child, to the school district in which the child resides. Before referring the child, the person making the referral must inform the child's parent that the referral will be made.

Others, including parents, who reasonably believe a child is a child with a disability, may also refer the child, including a homeless child, to the school district in which the child resides.

Referrals must be in writing and include the reason why the person believes the child is a child with a disability. A referral may be made by contacting Ms. Kimberli Peerenboom, Director of Pupil Services, School District of Janesville, at 608-743-5061, or by writing her at 527 S. Franklin Street, Janesville, WI,

School District of Janesville
CONFIDENTIALITY OF PERSONALLY IDENTIFIABLE INFORMATION OBTAINED THROUGH CHILD FIND ACTIVITIES

The School District of Janesville is required to locate, identify, and evaluate all children, with disabilities, including children with disabilities attending private schools in the school district, and homeless children. The process of locating, identifying, and evaluating children with disabilities is known as child find. This agency conducts the following child find activities each year in the form of Early Childhood and Speech and Language Developmental Screenings. This notice informs parents of the records the school district will develop and maintain as part of its child find activities. This notice also informs parents of their rights regarding any records developed.

The school district gathers personally identifiable information on any child who participates in child find activities. Parents, teachers, and other professionals provide information to the school related to the child’s academic performance, behavior, and health. This information is used to determine whether the child needs special education services. Personally identifiable information directly related to a child and maintained by the school is a pupil record. Pupil records include records maintained in any way including, but not limited to, computer storage media, video and audiotape, film, microfilm, and microfiche. Records maintained for personal use by a teacher and not available to others and records available only to persons involved in the psychological treatment of a child are not pupil records.

 The school district maintains several classes of pupil records.

"Progress records" include grades, courses the child has taken, the child's attendance record, immunization records, required lead screening records, and records of school extra-curricular activities. Progress records must be maintained for at least five years after the child ceases to be enrolled.

"Behavioral records" include such records as psychological tests, personality evaluations, records of conversations, written statements relating specifically to the pupil's behavior, tests relating specifically to achievement or measurement of ability, physical health records other than immunization and lead screening records, law enforcement officers' records, and other pupil records that are not "progress records." Law enforcement officers' records are maintained separately from other pupil records. Behavioral records may be maintained for no longer than one year after the child graduates or otherwise ceases to be enrolled, unless the parent specifies in writing that the records may be maintained for a longer period of time. The school district informs parents when pupil records are no longer needed to provide special education. At the request of the child's parents, the school district destroys the information that is no longer needed.

"Directory data" includes the student's name, address, telephone listing, date and place of birth, major field of study, participation in officially recognized activities and sports, weight and height of members of athletic teams, dates of attendance, photographs, degrees and awards received, and the name of the school most recently previously attended by the student.

"Pupil physical health records" include basic health information about a pupil, including the pupil's immunization records, an emergency medical card, a log of first aid and medicine administered to the pupil, an athletic permit card, a record concerning the pupil's ability to participate in an education program, any required lead screening records, the results of any routine screening test, such as for hearing, vision or scoliosis, and any follow-up to the test, and any other basic health information, as determined by the state superintendent. Any pupil record relating to a pupil's physical health that is not a pupil physical health record is treated as a patient health care record under sections 146.81 to 146.84, Wisconsin Statutes. Any pupil record concerning HIV testing is treated as provided under section 252.15, Wisconsin Statutes                                                                          

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), and section 118.125, Wisconsin Statutes, afford parents and students over 18 years of age ("eligible students") the following rights with respect to education records: 

The right to inspect and review the student's education records within 45 days of receipt of the request. Parents or eligible students should submit to the school principal [or appropriate school official] a written request that identifies the records(s) they wish to inspect. The principal will make arrangements for access and notify the parent or eligible student of the time and place where the records may be inspected. The school district will comply with the request without unnecessary delay and before any meeting about an individualized education program, or any due process hearing, and in no case more than 45 days after the request has been made. If any record includes information on more than one child, the parents of those children have the right to inspect and review only the information about their child or to be informed of that specific information. Upon request, the school district will give a parent or eligible student a copy of the progress records and a copy of the behavioral records. Upon request, the school district will give the parent or eligible student a list of the types and locations of education records collected, maintained, or used by the district for special education. The school district will respond to reasonable requests for explanations and interpretations of the records. A representative of the parent may inspect and review the records.

The right to request the amendment of the student's education records that the parent or eligible student believes is inaccurate or misleading. Parents or eligible students may ask Janesville School District to amend a record that they believe is inaccurate or misleading. They should write the school principal, clearly identify the part of the record they want changed, and specify why it is inaccurate or misleading. If the district decides not to amend the record, the district will notify the parent or eligible student of the decision and the right to a hearing regarding the request for amendment. Additional information regarding the hearing procedures will be provided to the parent or eligible student when notified of the right to a hearing.

The right to consent to disclosures of personally identifiable information in the student's education records, except to the extent that federal and state law authorize disclosure without consent. The exceptions are stated in 34 CFR 99.31, Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act regulations; Sec. 9528, PL107-110, No Child Left Behind Act of 2001; and section 118.125(2)(a) to (m) and sub. (2m), Wisconsin Statutes. One exception that permits disclosure without consent is disclosures to school officials with legitimate educational interests. A school official is a person employed by the district as an administrator, supervisor, instructor, or support staff member (including health or medical staff and law enforcement unit personnel); a person serving on the school board; a person or company with whom the district has contracted to perform a special task (such as an attorney, auditor, medical consultant, or therapist); or a parent or student serving on an official committee, such as a disciplinary or grievance committee, or assisting another school official in performing his or her tasks. A school official has a legitimate educational interest if the official needs to review an education record in order to fulfill his or her professional responsibility. Upon request, the district discloses education records without consent to officials of another school district in which a student seeks or intends to enroll. Also the district discloses "directory data" without consent, unless the parent notifies the district that it may not be released without prior parental consent.

The right to file a complaint with the U. S. Department of Education concerning alleged failures by the District to comply with the requirements of FERPA. The name and address of the Office that administers FERPA is: Family Policy Compliance Office, U.S. Department of Education, 400 Maryland Avenue, S.W., Washington, DC 20202-4605.

 

Kindergarten Enrollment 2019-2020 School Year

School District Residents, If you have a child turning 5 (five) years old prior to September 1, 2019 and they are not currently enrolled in a School District of Janesville Pre-school for Janesville (P4J) or Early Childhood (EC) program it is time to enroll in the Janesville Public School District. Enrollment will take place at the Educational Services Center located at 527 S. Franklin St. (administration building) in the New Student Enrollment office. You may enroll anytime during the two week period.

Weeks of December 3–7 and December 10-14

  • 7:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. M/W/F both weeks
  • 7:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Tuesday, December 4, 2018
  • 7:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Thursday, December 13, 2018
  • 8:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. Thursday, December 6, 2018
  • 8:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. Tuesday, December 11, 2018

 

If you cannot attend the enrollment period please come in as soon as possible to enroll after December 14, 2018. Enrollment in the district is required for participation in orientation. When you enroll, you will need your child’s birth certificate for proof of age, proof of residency (top portion of a utility bill, or current lease) to determine school assignment, immunization records and photo identification. If you have questions on general enrollment, please contact the New Student Enrollment office at 743-5072 or 743-5153 during regular office hours,

8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.  Requests for School Transfer/Placement within the School District (yellow forms) for incoming kindergarten students should be submitted through the enrollment process. Forms are available at all schools, as well as at the Educational Services Center. If you have questions regarding this process contact Deen Hartley at 743-5152. The status of re-quests will be determined by January 15, 2019 if they are turned in by December 14th. If you have a student currently attending a school under a School Transfer/Placement within the School District, it does not automatically qualify your kindergarten student for attendance at the same school; however, siblings are generally assigned to the same school. In order for your kindergarten student to attend the same school as a sibling, you must submit a request during the Kindergarten Enrollment time frame.

If you know of a child in your neighborhood or from community activities that would be entering kinder-garten for the 2019-2020 school year, please pass this enrollment information on.

Non-District Residents, If you are a non-resident of the School District of Janesville and have a child turning 5 (five) years old prior to September 1, 2019 and would like your child to attend the School District of Janesville you must also apply for OPEN ENROLL-MENT. The timeline for Open Enrollment is February 4 to April 30, 2019. Currently open enrolled non-residents in a P4J or EC program do not need to re-apply. If you have questions regarding the Open Enrollment process, please contact Deen Hartley at 743-5152.

 

Staff and Adult Hot Lunch

If you purchase hot lunch as a staff member or adult eating lunch with a student, please note that the price has increased to $4.00 per lunch.

The price for a student hot lunch remains $2.25.

Coats for Kids

The Salvation Army will be distributing winter outer wear at no cost for families on Saturday, October 27, from 9:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m.  Children must be present to receive items.  Proof of residency is necessary.  All items are free, clean and available to all ages.  The Salvation Army is located at the corner of Glen and Sutherland.

 

September Hawk Heroes

Kolton Niles
Madelyn Johnston-Urey
Emerson Edwards
Kyle Ott
Jayden Pierce-Hanson
Zaavan Niles
Chorbe Dapwatda
Teegan Benson
Lily Thompson
Cole Leonhard
Grant Smith
Ella Thompson

October Bullying Awareness Month

Every October, schools and organizations across the country join STOMP Out Bullying™ in observing National Bullying Prevention Month. The goal: encourage communities to work together to stop bullying and cyberbullying by increasing awareness of the prevalence and impact of bullying on all children of all ages.

Harrison will be participating in the following Bullying Awareness Activities:

  • Weekly Guidance lessons will follow the Second Step Bullying Prevention Curriculum in all grades (K-5)
  • All Students and Staff will make a pledge to keep our school Bully Free.  Look for the pledges in our main hallway.
  • Tuesday, October 23 we will take part in the nationwide Unity Day by wearing ORANGE to school.
  • Also on Tuesday, Oct 23 the 4th and 5th grade students will participate in Mix-It-Up Lunch day.  Mix It Up at Lunch Day is an international campaign that encourages students to identify, question and cross social boundaries. Millions of students around the world participate on the official Mix It Up at Lunch Day, held in late October. Students consistently identify the cafeteria as a place in their school where divisions are clearly—and harshly—drawn. So we ask students to move out of their comfort zones and connect with someone new over lunch. It’s a simple act with profound implications. Studies have shown that interactions across group lines can help reduce prejudice. When students interact with those who are different from them, biases and misconceptions can fall away. Us the following link to learn more about Mix-It-Up: https://www.tolerance.org/mix-it-up