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  • PHE STEM Fair

    Perry Harrison Hosts Elementary STEM Fair

  • PHS Self-Portrait Mural

    Students in Ms. Ritz's art class each created a self portrait in a different color of the rainbow. Thanks to Ms. Ritz for taking her Friday night to create a beautiful representation of our diverse students.

  • Celebrating Global Diversity!

    Ms. Wallace, our ESL teacher, celebrates diversity in many ways in her classroom and with her students.

  • Bus Driver of the Year

    Ms. Kim Vickers was recognized by Mr. Caviness (left) and Mr. Blice (right) as the 2013-2014 Bus Driver of the Year for the Perry Harrison School.

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Spring Break! See you back on APRIL 21, 2014.                                 Come to our 2nd Annual Fantabulous Night of STEM Wed., April 30, 5:30-7:00.
School Announcements
2nd Annual Fantabulous Night of STEM is coming!
Join us in the multipurpose room for a night of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) as we build the PHS Cardboard Arcade based on the story of Caine's Arcade (watch the video HERE). And you can try some other science activities in the Discovery Lab! We are asking for donations of carboard, small boxes, tissue tubes, clean plastic containers, tape and glue sticks.
WHEN: Wednesday, April 30th, 2014
TIME: 5:30 – 7:00 (Please note that supply tables will close at 6:30)
WHERE: PHS Cafeteria, Multipurpose Room and Discovery Lab
WHAT TO BRING: Creativity and excitement! (And maybe some tape or cardboard to share.)
Classes will have the opportunity to play in the arcade during the day on Thursday and Friday, May 1-2. 
PHS Young Author Winners Recognized
The five PHS Young Author Grand Prize Winners were recognized for their achievements at a reception on Tuesday Evening at Fearrington.  Author Sheila Turnage was the featured speaker and is pictured with our winners! Each student recieved a small trophy, an autographed copy of the book, Three Times Lucky, and a hardbound copy of their own book!
Perry Harrison students raise money for charity
 With Ms. Munoz, our school guidance counselor, leading the way, Perry Harrison students raised almost $400.00 for Caps for Kids. Caps for Kids provides hats for children fighting cancer to show encouragement and support. Caps for Kids was so impressed by our fundraising efforts that we received a very nice letter of thanks, found HERE. Thanks to all of our big hearted donors!
Check out this week's PHS Spotlight!
 In the Spotlight this week, our Third Grade Team and teaching assistant Kim Vickers.
Camp Invention is coming back!
Please CLICK HERE for a flyer describing this fun and innovative summer camp, scheduled to be held at Perry Harrison June 23-26, 2014 from 8:00am to 4:00pm/
EBoB Grade Level Winners
The Grade Level EBoB Competitions are complete and we are pleased to announce the winners!

Congratulations to the following:
Fifth Grade Classroom Winner - Ms. Hawkins's Class Team
Fourth Grade Classroom Winner - Ms. Tompkins's Class Team
Third Grade Classroom Winner - Ms. Barnes's Class Team

All the classroom teams competed with other classroom teams during the Chamionship and all were well prepared and showed good sportsmanship.  Thanks to all teams and teachers!
Dr. Seuss Reading Challenge

In honor of Dr. Seuss and Read Across America, students are invited to participate in Read Across Harrison by joining the Dr. Seuss Reading Challenge.  The Contest starts on Monday, March 3 and lasts until Tuesday, March 11. 

Read as many Dr. Seuss books and Dr. Seuss sponsored books as you can for one week.  Write them all down on the reading log provided by your teachers.  On Tuesday, March 11, turn your Dr. Seuss Reading Logs in to the Media Center. 

If you are the student who has read the most Dr. Seuss books in your whole grade level, you can win one of the Dr. Seuss books or stuffed animals featured in the display case in the Media Center.  Oh, and don’t forget to get an adult to sign your Reading logs!  Good luck and enjoy reading!

Check out this week's Spotlight!
STEM Fair Winners
Congratulations to all of our students at Perry Harrison who created group or classroom STEM projects for this year's Second Annual STEM Fair. The following projects were chosen by our fantastic team of judges to go on the the Chatham County Science Fair where two of them were awarded honorable mention. 

K-2 Classroom Projects:
  • Ms. Mitchell's First Grade: It's Amazing! (Honorable Mention)
  • Ms. Lemons' First/Second Grade: Acorn Run
  • Ms. Rittenhouse's Second Grade: Umbrellas
3-5 Group Projects:
  • 3rd grade: Chloe Richard, Savannah Matthews and Dunya Elzein: The Plant Project
  • 3rd grade: Brooklyn Jernagan and Mason Hutton: Our Watering System
  • 4th grade: Chloe McKeon, Katelyn Riddle and Lindsey Vickers: Erosion Control
  • 4th grade: Foy Kennihan, Nihal Butalia and Caroline Allen: Erosion Control (Honorable Mention)
  • 5th grade: Caroline Butler, Landon Sult and Jason Sanchez: The Survivor
  • 5th grade: Cameron Entriken, Janaaia McIntyre and Trey Robinson: Tornadoes in Iowa City
Check out this week's PHS Spotlight!
This week: Ms. Beth Mitchell, 1st grade teacher.
PowerSchool Parent Portal
Perry Harrison School is happy to announce that parents can begin registering for the PowerSchool Parent Portal today. The PowerSchool Parent Portal is a website that will allow parents to see their student's grades as they are updated by teachers.
Parents are asked to complete a parent verification process before accessing their student's grade and schedule information via the Parent Portal. This is a one-time process and need only be completed in subsequent years if families enroll new students within Chatham County Schools.  he parent verification process helps to ensure the safety and security of all student grade and class schedule information as required by federal law.
The parent verification process requires three steps:
1. Parents are invited to download, and complete, the parent verification form from the Chatham County Schools homepage located at: http://www.chatham.k12.nc.us/. This form is also available from our school's front office if you do not have access to a printer or the Internet.
2. Parents are then asked to present a separate completed form at each school where families have students attending a Chatham County School.
3. Parents will need to present some form of photo identification at each school to ensure the safety and security of student information. For parents who are unwilling, or unable, to provide photo identification they may seek a public notary of their choice to notarize the verification form.

Information will be provided so that parents can go online to activate their PowerSchool Parent Portal account, once the parent verification process has been completed.
Parents are also welcome to attend an event at Northwood High School on November 21, 2013 from 6:30pm until 8pm to complete this process. This is a great opportunity to complete the parent verification process and all schools that feed Northwood High School, including Perry Harrison and Margaret Pollard Middle School will be present. Parents who opt to have their verification notarized need to bring their notarized form with them to the event.  
We look forward to your participation in the PowerSchool Parent Portal! 
Bus 172
Families of students on Bus 172: Thank you for your patience and understanding this afternoon with the delayed departure of the bus due to a mechanical issue. The bus was held on campus until it could be cleared by the Transportation Department's representative. Thanks again for your patience, and we apologize for the inconvenience.
Check out this week's PHS Spotlight!
This week, Ms. Kim Boyer, 4th grade teacher.
Bus Change - 225
Beginning with the afternoon run on Monday, October 21, students who currently ride Bus 225 will begin riding Bus 184. This is a permanent change.

Volunteering - Important Information
We are so thankful to the many people that express interest in volunteering in our school!

As a reminder, go to the "Parents" tab on the website, then go down to "Volunteers Needed" to fill out the application. Remember that the process is now entirely online. If you do not have access to a computer, please contact the school so that we can assist you in completing the process.

If you anticipate chaperoning a field trip for your child at any point this year, please complete the application as soon as possibile, as the turnaround time for approval of some applications may take longer than others. This is something that neither the school nor the district have control over. As soon as you receive the approval email, please let you child's teacher know.

Thanks again!
School Tours Available
Tours of Perry Harrison School are available on the first and third Fridays of each month. (Due to statewide testing, no tours will be available in May or June.) To schedule a tour, please call or email our school counselor, Ms. Leanne Munoz, to arrange a time. 
  • phone number: 919.967.9925 ext. 35240
  • email: lmunoz@chatham.k12.nc.us
Substitute Bus Drivers Needed - Class to Be Offered
Like many schools across the district, we are in need of additional substitute bus drivers. Chatham County Schools will be offering a bus driver class November 12-14 from 9:00am to 3:00pm each day in the Conference Room at Central Office South (Horton Middle School campus). This will be the last bus driver class offered by the district until the spring. If you or someone you know are interested in part-time employment as a substitute bus driver, please call 919/967-9925, extension 35232. Questions about the class may be addressed to Allison Farrish with the Chatham County Schools Transportation Department, 919/542-2715.
Safety During Drop-off/Pick-up Time
Please remember to be alert at all times when driving on and near campus in the mornings and afternoons. Please be particularly careful when entering and exiting the gravel lot in light of buses and Pre-K students being walked to and from the building. Thank you in advance for helping to ensure safety for everyone. 
Important Update Bus 172
Beginning Monday, September 30, Bus 172 will be based at Perry W. Harrison Elementary School. In the afternoons, students that ride Bus 172 will board the bus at the same time as other bus riders. Students that ride Bus 172 should arrive at their stop in the afternoons approximately 20 minutes earlier that their current arrival time.  Again, this change will become effective Monday, September 30. Thank you for your patience as we’ve worked to smooth out our bus routes. 
Limitations on Guest Riders - Bus 182, Bus 225
Please note that due to capacity issues, we will not be able to accomodate guest riders on Bus 182 and Bus 225. Please make other transportation arrangements for play dates, etc.
Transportation Change Notes
When submitting notes regarding student transportation changes, please assist us by including all pertinent information, including:
·      Both first and last name of student
·      Bus number (if applicable)
·      Specific date(s) that the change will be in place
·      Student’s teacher’s name
·      If the student will be a car rider, the name of the adult picking up the student if someone other than the parent
Providing all pertinent information will help expedite the processing of the notes and help prevent the possibility of any confusion. Thanks for your help in this regard! 
Reminder About Route Change for Bus 225
This is a reminder that beginning tomorrow Friday, September 13, all Perry W. Harrison students who ride Bus 225 and live in Briar Chapel will begin riding Bus 172. All other students assigned to Bus 225 will continue to ride Bus 225. This will apply to both AM and PM routes. Estimated stop times provided by the district Transportation Department were distributed earlier this week. If you are uncertain as to the estimated stop times for your child, please email me at jheath@chatham.k12.nc.us, Please include your child’s stop location in the email.

We will be monitoring the new route configuration and will be providing feedback to the Transportation Department as needed.

Thank you, and please do not hesitate to contact us if we can be of further assistance. Thank you for bearing with us as we continue to work with the Transportation Department in resolving routing issues.

John Heath
Assistant Principal 
Streamlined, Paperless Volunteer Application Process Implemented
This year, the district has adopted a paperless, online volunteer approval process. If you are interested in volunteering in our school (or any school throughout the district) this year, information may be found under the “Parents” tab on the school website. Please be sure to visit the site and complete the online application process even if you have been approved to volunteer in past years.
If you have questions about the volunteer application process, contact Ms. Donna Ledwell, Human Resources Employment Specialist, at 919-542-3626 or dledwell@chatham.k12.nc.us.
Thank you for your interest in volunteering in our school! 
Important Update Regarding Bus 225
Beginning Friday, September 13, all Perry W. Harrison students who ride Bus 225 and live in Briar Chapel will begin riding Bus 172. All other students assigned to Bus 225 will continue to ride Bus 225. This will apply to both AM and PM routes.
Estimated stop times provided by the Transportation Department for Bus 172 and Bus 225 will be provided to parents this week.
Please contact me at jheath@chatham.k12.nc.us or at 919/967-9925, extension 35232 if you have any questions. Thank you for your patience as we continue to work with the Transportation Department in solidifying our bus routes. 
PHS Newsletter for September
 Please CLICK HERE for the latest edition of the PHS Newsletter.
Bus Safety Procedures, Rules and Expectations Reviewed
Today, the bus drivers and I met with students from each bus to review safety procedures, bus rules, and overall expectations for riding the bus. We want all students who ride buses to have a safe and positive experience this year.
At the bus transportation table at Open House, we provided letters to parents outlining bus rules and consequences for violation of bus rules. We know it was busy at Open House and not all parents received a copy. If you did not, please email or call so that I can have a copy sent home with your child. My contact information is provided at the bottom of this note.
We are continuing to work with the Chatham County Schools Transportation Department in working out remaining routing and other transportation issues that sometimes come with the start of the new school year. Thank you for your patience as we work to complete this process.
Please do not hesitate to contact me if I can be of further assistance.
John Heath, Assistant Principal
Phone: 919/967-9925, extension 35232 
Bus 225 Families
We have been given permission to permanently have a double run for Bus 225 in the afternoons. Briar Chapel students will be transported home first, and the bus will then return to school to pick up all other students assigned to the route.

We anticipate that students at stops other than Briar Chapel will be delayed approximately 20 minutes, but please know that drop-off times may vary depending on traffic, number of passengers, etc. Estimated stop times were sent home with students yesterday. We know that some families with students at both Harrison and Pollard will be impacted, but please know we're working on a long-term solution in that regard.

We apologize for the inconvenience, but thank you for bearing with us as we work with the Chatham County Schools Transportation Department to smooth out our routing issues. If you have any questions, please contact me at the school at extension 35232 or via email at jheath@chatham.k12.nc.us.

At this time we do not yet have bus route information available. We will have it available for the Back to School Night on August 22. If you are not able to attend Back to School Night, please contact the school on Friday, August 23. 

As is the case with many schools across the district, we are very limited in terms of our substitute driver options. If you are aware of anyone in the community who may be interested in part-time employment as a substitute driver, please encourage them to visit the vacancy listing on the district website or contact John Heath, assistant principal.

2013-2014 School Supply Lists
 Please CLICK ON THIS LINK to see the K-5 school supply lists for the 2013-2014 school year.