Week of March 22nd – March 26th

A Note From Ms. Sickler

I proudly stand with the Washtenaw Superintendent’s Association in support of Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Communities.

As educators, we believe it is our responsibility to shine a light on the anti-Asian violence perpetuated and sustained by policies, practices and beliefs throughout history in our country: The Chinese Exclusion Act, U.S. occupation of the Philippines, Japanese internment camps, and more. Although our history is stained by racist violence, our future does not have to be.

It deeply concerns us that our students may not feel safe, loved or valued in our community simply because of the color of their skin. We want our students to know, and especially our Asian students, that we see you. We value you. You are important to us, and everything you are and will become makes our community richer.

As superintendents of the public schools in Washtenaw County, we will not waver. We stand firm today with the same commitment we made last year: We commit to anti-racist leadership and fostering inclusive educational environments where each person, students and staff, feels a sense of belonging and is treated with dignity and respect.

We want to be clear that racism and hate have no home in our schools or in our communities. Our diversity is what makes us stronger, and we call on our community to stand with us as we foster a future that honors and embraces all of our diverse perspectives and experiences.

Read the entire statement HERE.

Raising Race-Conscious Children: How to Talk to Kids About Race and Racism

Please reach out to your child’s teacher or me if we can support your child/family in any way.

Important Dates

Ms. Sickler

Here are your “home school” updates:

Harvest Specials Rotation

In-Person Students: Here is the schedule and rotation for the days that you are in school.

Check out CHOICE DAY activities HERE.

Virtual StudentsYou will be following your daily special schedule.

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday
Kindergarten Media Lab Art PE Music
1st Grade Music Media Lab Art PE
2nd Grade PE Music Media Lab Art
3rd Grade Art PE Music Media Lab


District Notes

From Dr. Laatsch’s March 20th District Update:

I am sharing some information from the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) regarding traveling safely during COVID-19. If you plan to travel, please consider these recommendations from MDHHS:

  • If you are eligible, get fully vaccinated for COVID-19. Wait 2 weeks after getting your second vaccine dose to travel—it takes time for your body to build protection.

  • Get tested with a viral test 1-3 days before you travel. Do NOT travel if you test positive.

  • Check travel restrictions before you go; especially information about the spread of any of the new variants of COVID-19 in the locations you plan to visit.

  • Wear a mask over your nose and mouth when in public settings. Masks are required on planes, buses, trains, and other forms of public transportation traveling into, within, or out of the United States and in U.S. transportation hubs such as airports and stations.

  • Avoid crowds and stay at least 6 feet (about 2 arm lengths) from anyone who did not travel with you. It’s important to do this everywhere — both indoors and outdoors.

  • Wash your hands often or use hand sanitizer (with at least 60% alcohol)

  • Bring extra supplies, such as masks and hand sanitizer.

  • Avoid contact with anyone who is sick.

  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.

The actions of our community will help determine our success in moving towards more in-person learning in all our buildings. We look forward to working together to achieve this goal.

Read his entire message HERE.

Sweet Tweets of the Week

Did You Know?

Did you know that Girls on the Run starts this week?

3rd Graders – There are a few spots left for Girls on the Run at Harvest, we’re excited to bring this program to Harvest for another great year.  It might look a little different with COVID health and safety updates, but we’ll still have a lot of fun as we progress through impactful lessons on confidence, community and more.  Team Harvest meets on Wednesdays and Fridays after school starting this week (March 24) – all abilities are welcome!
To Register or for more information, visit: https://www.girlsontherunsemi.org/
Questions?  Visit the website or contact site liaison Joyce Mueller joycemueller@gmail.com

Ms. Sickler Reads!

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