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Welcome from Mr. Holt

Dear David Harrison Families,

We are excited to kick off our year of learning in just one short week. Our entire office staff has been getting everything ready for our students and teachers to arrive. Below you will find an outline of our routines for arrival and dismissal here at DHE as well as some other important information. At the Meet the Teacher event this Friday at 4:30 pm you will get additional information from your teachers as well as an opportunity to add your email to my weekly newsletter list. Check out our DHE calendar at this link or from our school website at any time. 

The first week of school brings many emotions for both students and parents alike. On the first day of school, you will be allowed to walk your student to their classroom. However, we ask that you honor and respect our instructional time and exit the building before or when our bell rings. For the remainder of the first-week students will be meeting in the cafeteria for our rise and shine assembly and parents will not be allowed to go to classrooms. After the first week of school, all visitors will be required to use our new Hall Pass visitor management system for visitor entry. Please click the link to learn more.

We appreciate your patience as we work diligently to keep your student(s) safe. Another quick reminder, if you are changing dismissal plans please ensure you have made contact with Mrs. Gentry in the office prior to 2 pm so we can ensure those changes have adequate time to be delivered to the classroom teacher and student. 

First day of school is Tuesday, August 13th.  All students need to be here by or before our bell rings, which is 8:10 a.m.  Breakfast will be served from 7:40-8:00 a.m. Rise and Shine, a short and fun assembly, will start on August 14th and take place daily in our cafeteria from 7:45 a.m.- 8:00 a.m. During this assembly, students will recite the pledge, have opportunities to be recognized for good behavior, hear what’s being served for lunch, listen to morning announcements, see who is having a birthday, cheer along with their peers, play games and much more! This is an excellent way for your child to start their day and I hope all of our students will be here by 7:40 a.m. to join in the fun.  

Morning Drop Off   The earliest you may drop your child off is 7:40 a.m. Please do not drop your child off any earlier than 7:40 since there is no staff available to supervise. Should you need childcare before 7:40 a.m., please contact SPARC and get your child signed up. Their phone number is (417) 837-5737. They will also offer after school childcare. There will be a crossing guard each morning to assist children/families who wish to cross the parking lot.  

Please adhere to these guidelines established for a smooth morning drop off:

  1. If you are the first car motioned through, please pull up to sign #6.
  2. If you are having an issue in your car and your child is not quite ready to get out, please pull up to sign #6 as soon as possible so you don’t hold up the line of traffic.
  3. For safety reasons, please avoid letting your child exit on the driver’s side of the car.
  4. It is fine for your child to exit the car south of the pedestrian crosswalk if there is a line of cars ahead of you. This helps us unload as many as 12 cars at a time.
  5. If you need to get out of the car on a regular basis to assist your child out, please consider pulling into the parking lot to drop your child off. You do not need to walk your child into the school; the crossing guard will be there to help your child cross safely.
  6. Pedestrians must use the crosswalk. This helps with traffic flow and sets a good example for our children and their safety.
  7. Pedestrians must wait behind the red “grid” with their children. This assures the crossing guard and drivers that may be approaching that your child is in a safe area.

Dismissal is at 2:55 p.m. Most students will be walked to the cafeteria by the teachers with the exception of SPARC students who will line up with their SPARC counselor in the designated hallway and walked to the gym for SPARC check-in. Car riders and walkers will sit by classes in the cafeteria and bus/van riders will form two lines along the 3rd/4th-grade hallway.  It is extremely important for cars pull all the way up to the first available numbered sign in order for us to load more students at a time.  Please do not stop in front of the school and hold up the line.  Attached to the passenger side visor should be cardstock with your child’s name on it.  Cardstock will be available at Meet the Teacher. As cars pull forward, staff will call out names and students will be excused in the following fashion:  Sally Sue, #1, Totally Tommy, #2, Happy Heather, #3, etc. Parents are strongly encouraged to remain in the car line instead of parking and then walking up to pick up. If you do decide to wait under the awning for your child, please give your child’s name to the staff member on duty  Parents are not allowed to wait for their children inside the school building at dismissal time.  Please do not cross the parking lot without the assistance of the crossing guard. All walkers and bike riders will be dismissed after the traffic from our carline as slowed.

It is permissible for cars to enter our parking lot from either entrance—the entrance by the David Harrison sign or the road which takes you to the Crighton House.  Using both entrances will help alleviate a long line of cars on Golden.

Regular school attendance is a priority here at Harrison. In fact, our students had the BEST attendance in the entire district FOUR times in the past 8 years! We need your help in ensuring your child attends school each and every day (unless they are sick, of course---then please contact the office by 9:00 a.m. and let us know.) Punctuality is also very important. When students walk into class late, they may feel embarrassed or rushed. They’ve missed out on important announcements and the entire classroom is disrupted. Thanks for getting your children here on time!  

Students who plan to purchase breakfast and/or lunch must know their 6-digit I.D. number. If you don’t know your child’s number, please ask your child’s teacher or check in the office.  You are welcome to eat lunch with your child on special occasions, such as a birthday or during Book Fair Week, but multiple visits to eat with children are discouraged. Students always have first priority for lunchroom seating so it’s important that we don’t overcrowd our lunchroom with parents. In addition, a parent eating with their own child is permitted, bringing additional students to the guest table is not allowed  

Every Friday is “Spirit Day” at Harrison. If school is not in session on Friday, then the Spirit Day will be held on the last school day of that week. If your child has a Harrison shirt, he/she is encouraged to wear it. T-shirts will be available for purchase every Thursday when Husky-Mart (our school store) is open.

Pets are not to be brought to the David Harrison campus and that includes bringing cats/dogs to the school at dismissal. We have students and staff who are allergic to pet dander. We also do not want anyone to get bit by anyone’s pet. Thanks for your cooperation!

Here are more important dates to know:

Meet the Teacher:  Friday, August 9th from 4:30- 5:30 p.m.

Ice Cream Social:  Friday, August 9th from 4:30-5:30 p.m.

First Day of School: Tuesday, August 13th from 8:10 a.m.-2:55 p.m.

Open House: Thursday, September 26th from 4:30-5:30 p.m.

PTA Fall Festival: Thursday, September 26th from 5:30-7:30 p.m.

I truly believe the success of our school and your student depends heavily on the relationship we build together. If you ever have a need, concern, or want to brag on a staff member, please don't hesitate to reach out to me.

Yours in Education,

Josh Holt