2019-2020 Local Wellness Policy

Attention HSE Families,

Due to the adverse weather and street flooding, HSE will not be open on Friday, September 20th. We will be open on Monday September 23rd.

Stay safe!

 

 

Text System Opt-In

Opt-in to the HSE emergency text messaging system. Send a text message of “Y” or “Yes” to 67587. You can also opt out of these messages at any time by replying “stop” to one of our
messages.

*NOTE: The mobile phone number must match a phone number in the HSE database. Be sure to contact the front office if you need to update your contact information.

Click here for more information and instruction to Opt-in to the HSE Text Message system

You spoke, we listened. Starting Monday, September 23rd, there will be some changes to the dismissal process in order to help streamline the process.

Starting dismissal time on September 23rd, second graders will be sitting in a separate area, across the lane from K-1, under a new awning we are putting up for sun protection. See the attached map for clarification.

Thank you for your understanding and cooperation and let us know if you have any questions or suggestions.

Free English Classes
Free English classes avaliable for families of HSE begin on Saturday, September 21st. and will be held every Saturday from 9-11 a.m. at HSE. See the attached flyer for more information. Click here to register: https://forms.gle/iqFELMTpwQ1ffRtE8
 
Questions? Email akaraarslan@harmonytx.org

Clases de inglés gratis disponibles para las familias de HSE. Las clases comienzan el 21 de septiembre.
 
Todos los sábados de 9 am – 11 am
HSE- 7340 Gessner Rd, Houston, TX
*Será provisto desayuno en la primera clase.
 
Estas clases son para padres/guardianes de HSE que quieran mejorar su comunicación en inglés. Nuestros cursos están diseñados para construir confianza en las cuatro habilidades del lenguaje (escuchar, hablar, leer y escribir)
 
REGÍSTRESE AHORA: https://forms.gle/iqFELMTpwQ1ffRtE8
 
¿Preguntas? Contactar vía correo electrónico akaraaslan@harmonytx.org
 
*Los niños NO serán permitidos en clases. El cuidado de los niños debe ser organizado por los padres.

In accordance with the Texas State Plan for the Education of Gifted/Talented students, Harmony Public Schools will begin taking referrals for kindergarten and newly-enrolled students in grades 1-12 for gifted and talented screening. Anyone interested in the educational welfare of these students may refer them for assessment.

Referral forms are available at the front office and on the school’s web site. Here are the links for the forms;

Parent GT Referral Form in English

Parent GT Referral Form in Spanish

The forms must be returned to the front office by Friday, September 27, 2019. G/T assessment period will take place in October.

For more information about the screening and identification process, parents may contact the school’s GT coordinator or GT coach/teacher.

 

Picture day is Friday, August 30. Students are to wear their school uniform or the spirit shirt with jeans. Parents can order pictures before picture day at mylifetouch.com.

The HSE picture day ID for ordering on-line is PB019086Y0. If you do not order before picture day, your student can bring the paper order form with exact payment (cash, money order or check payable to Lifetouch) to school on picture day.

HSE Bball Tryouts

HSE BOYS BASKETBALL TRYOUTS 

Sept 4th and 5th

3:30-6pm.

HSE Gym

Bring shorts/shirts/water bottle/ BB shoes.

HSE GIRLS BASKETBALL TRYOUTS

Sept 6th

3:15-6:15 pm

HSE GYM

Bring basketball shirt/shorts/shoes/waterbottle

If you have any questions email me richard.medina@harmonytx.org

HSE GATE
GATE Breakfast Flyer**Returning** Gifted & Talented Parents,
Please join us for breakfast and a short introduction presentation about our Gifted & Talented program for the upcoming year.
 
Wednesday, August 28th, 2019
8:15 am in the Excellence Cafeteria
 
We look forward to seeing you there! Email ktrudell@harmonytx.org with any questions.
Car Tag & Drop Off Policies

Car Tag & Drop Off Policies Car Tag and Late Arrival Policies:  Be sure to read and understand both of these policies – this will help our drop-off and pick-up line run safely and smoothly.  Click on the image for more information.

Volleyball Tryouts

Volleyball Tryouts

August 21st & 22nd

All athletes must be present both days of tryouts.
Grades 6th-8th
Bring water, knee pads, and athletic wear
Questions? Contact amvick74@att.net

HSE CLubs
The Fall Clubs line-up is out! We have a pretty fantastic spectrum of activities for students of all ages to participate in. Click here for the list of clubs: https://tinyurl.com/Fall2019Clubs
 
Use this form to register for clubs throughout the week*:
 
*One form per student. Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis; completing this form does not guarantee acceptance into the club.
 
General questions about clubs can be sent to akaraarslan@harmonytx.org. Use emails listed to ask questions about specific clubs.
Click here to register for clubs

Tired of your kids losing their stuff? Help your LOST to be FOUND by purchasing these amazing labels (Our parent favorite is the “Starter Label Pack”!).

Harmony PTO will get 20% back on all sales. Follow this link and type “Harmony School of Excellence” in the box. Place your order as you wish! Get your labels in the mail and save yourself money on replacing lost items!

https://mabelslabels.com/en_US/fundraising/support/

Bell Schedule

Check out the new bell schedule for the 2019-2020 school year!  Smaller lunch groups mean a safer (and quieter) cafeteria.

Bell Schedule

 

 

Here is some of the recent news for HSE!   Be sure to follow us on Facebook to get all the information you need – facebook.com/HSEHouston

Harmony wins prestigious Honor Roll Award: HSE has been named to the Educational Results Partnership 2018 – 2019 Honor Roll for its high achievement in student success. The program is part of a national effort to identify higher-performing schools and districts that are improving student outcomes. Schools that receive the Honor Roll distinction have demonstrated consistent high levels of student academic achievement, improvement in achievement levels over time, and a reduction in achievement gaps among student populations.

In Texas, the Honor Roll program is supported by numerous businesses and organizations, including the Texas Business Leadership Council, American Automobile Association (AAA) Texas, Macy’s, Wells Fargo, Chevron Corporation and Enterprise Holdings Foundation.

To access the Honor Roll, visit www.edresults.org

Congratulations to our teachers, students, and staff on this incredible achievement!


Orientation:  Mark your calendars! HSE orientation is on Friday, August 9, from 10 AM – 6 PM. Drop off supplies, meet your teachers, become a PTO member, get your uniforms, buy a backpack and spirit shirts, register for after-school programs, and much more!


STEAM Lab Needs a Name:  Last chance to help name our new STEAM Lab! Click here to Vote


School Supplies: Want to save yourself the runaround for school supply shopping?  Want to help raise money for HSE at the same time?  Ordering for next year is still available! These are the hand-picked lists created by your teachers.  The cool part is that the carts are totally customizable – if there is something you already have, just delete those items from the box!  Order soon, and pick up will be on orientation day, August 9.  PLUS, you will be able to drop the supplies off in your child’s classroom the same day! Click here to access the HSE School Tool Box Order Page for all grades.  **If you don’t want to order your supplies here, use these lists to purchase items on your own.


Clear Backpack Policy: All students in 5th through 8th grade will be required to use only clear backpacks. Kindergarten through 4th grade students will be allowed to continue using traditional backpacks; however, clear is preferred.  There is no size specification on the clear backpacks as long as they are able to fit properly into lockers.  Click here for more information.


Cross Country: All incoming 4th-8th graders of all abilities are invited to join the HSE Cross Country Highlighters to start running with us at our pre-season practices.  Register here: https://forms.gle/iqm4djago98ncNtPA  Questions? Email dfarrar@harmonytx.org or jcoto@harmonytx.org


3rd Grade Boot Camp:  For new-to-HSE students ONLY – Register by August 1st for this 2-day boot camp to prepare incoming students for HSE’s learning styles & expectations. Click here for more information and to register. Email aberkowitz@harmonytx.org with questions.


PTO Board Looking for Volunteers: We have quite a few openings on the board for the upcoming school year. Your help is greatly appreciated in order to continue to serve our students and accomplish our goals. If you are interested, please fill out the HSE PTO interest form. Click here to complete the interest form. Click here for more information


Yearbooks Update: We were informed that the yearbooks will be delivered to the school by August 31st.  If your student is no longer at HSE, your yearbook will be shipped to you at no cost.


New Uniform Policy for 5th Grade Students: Starting this year, 5th grade students will be wearing the middle school uniform shirt instead of the elementary shirts.  The MS shirt has a blue collar and a blue horizontal stripe across the middle of the shirt, instead of the white vertical stripe on the left side of the shirt. (see the images below)

**First Day of School is August 15th!  We are looking forward to a wonderful year!**

Click here for the 2019-2020 Academic Calendar

All students in 5th through 8th grade will be required to use only clear backpacks. Kindergarten through 4th grade students will be allowed to continue using traditional backpacks; however, clear is preferred.  There is no size specification on the clear backpacks as long as they are able to fit properly into lockers.   Click here for a printable version of the FAQ

Backpack FAQ:

Where can we purchase clear backpacks?

Clear HSE backpacks will be sold at the Orientation on Friday, August 9th, for $15 each.  Other establishments also carry clear backpacks.

What students are required to use clear backpack?

This policy is for students 5th-8th only. Optional for K-4th

Are there any size specifications for the clear backpacks?

No, there are no size specifications, as long as they can fit comfortably in the lockers.

Are mesh backpacks allowed?

No, mesh backpacks are not allowed, only clear backpacks.

Can the clear backpacks have mesh pockets?

Yes, mesh side pockets are allowed on the clear backpacks.

Are transparent colored backpacks allowed?

No, all backpacks must be clear.

Are stripes allowed on the clear backpacks?

No, stripes or other large designs are not allowed on the backpacks.

Can the backpack have colored straps?

Yes, colored straps are allowed.

Are company trademarked logos allowed on the front of the backpack?

Yes, small logos are allowed (smaller than 4” diameter).

Are monograms allowed on the front of the backpack?

Yes, small monograms are allowed (smaller than 4” diameter)

Are lunch kits permitted? 

Yes, normal, non-transparent lunch kits are permitted no larger than 6”x9”x5”

 

Can small non-transparent bags be carried in the backpack?

Yes. Students are limited to two non-transparent 6” x 9” bags (lunch kits, purses, pouches) regardless of whether they are carried inside or outside the backpack.

Is this an invasion of privacy?

We understand the concern regarding the privacy of certain items contained within backpacks. Students will be permitted to carry such items in a small makeup pouch or purse within the backpack.

Can students line/decorate the inside of the backpack?

No. Fabric, wallpaper or any other material that conceals the contents of the backpack is not permitted.

Can you show me examples of clear backpacks students can and cannot use?

 

Clear Backpack Examples

Attn: New-to-HSE 3rd grade families!
 
Register by August 1st for this 2-day boot camp to prepare incoming students for HSE’s learning styles & expectations.

Hello HSE Parents,

We hope you all are enjoying this final month of summer before the school begins.  With the school year quickly approaching, our PTO is reaching out with a reminder of the board positions that are still open for the 2019-2020 upcoming school year.  We are excited to have a returning Secretary, 2 returning Workroom Coordinators and a new Homeroom Parent Coordinator locked into place.

We regret to inform you that some of the returning board members will no longer be able to serve due to work transfers and unexpected circumstances. That is why we have quite a few openings on the board for the upcoming school year. Your help is greatly appreciated in order to continue to serve our students and accomplish our goals.

There have been some changes to the board positions from previous years to create an easier flow to all that the PTO does for the staff and students.  We will also have several sub-committees within each position.  Below is a list of board positions, if you are interested in hearing more about any position or subcommittee options, please reach out to us.

The Board consists of 7 positions with several subcommittee options listed in the attached chart: President, Vice President, Treasurer, Secretary, Student Engagement, Staff Support and Fundraising

This is a great opportunity for you to be a part of the heartbeat of the school, our PTO.  The PTO takes care of our students with little things from hot chocolate on the polar express day and Kona Ice on the field day to the big fundraising with I-Fest and Fun Run.  In the past, the money has gone to the turf, outside water fountain, playground and more.  This past year we were able to raise money for a safety crosswalk from the school to the playground area and in-school educational field trips for all grades from K-8th.  The PTO also makes sure our amazing staff is taken care of with Staff Appreciation dinners, I-Fest silent auction baskets, Teacher appreciation week and the list goes on.

Without a proper board, we can not continue to serve our school.  Our board of all working moms last year showed that we as parents can have it all, be actively involved in our children’s school and work.  We are wanting to have all positions closed by August 1st.  If you have questions about positions, commitment  please reach out to PTO at hsepto@gmail.com

Here is the link for our PTO form: https://forms.gle/o4VM1bBr1V1e92zq9

Thank you for your interest and here’s to the start of a great school year!

 

 

pto organization chart

Want to save yourself the runaround for school supply shopping?  Want to help raise money for HSE at the same time?

Ordering for next year is already available! These are the hand-picked lists created by your teachers.  The cool part is that the carts are totally customizable – if there is something you already have, just delete those items from the box!  Order soon, and pick up will be on orientation day, August 9.  PLUS, you will be able to drop the supplies off in your child’s classroom the same day! Click on the link to create an account and order!

Click here to access the HSE School Tool Box Order Page

If you don’t want to order your supplies here, use this list to purchase items on your own.

Click here for the HSE School Supply Flyer

Parents: School supply ordering for next year is still available! Prices vary by grade. You can even delete items from the box that you don’t need. Pick up will be on orientation day, August 9, AND you’ll be able to drop them off in your child’s classroom the same day! Click on the link to create an account and order!

http://www.schooltoolbox.com/

 

Friday, August 9, 2019

10:00 AM – 6:00 PM

Meet the teacher, get your child’s schedule, lunch application and more…

HSE Orientation Flyer