December 6th – December 10th

A Note from Ms. Sickler

I know I can speak for the entire Harvest staff that we were all shocked and saddened by the tragic events that occurred at Oxford High School last week. Our thoughts are with all affected, and we acknowledge the bravery of staff, students, and community partners who immediately reacted.  I recognize the impact events like this can have on each of us varies from person to person.  Whatever you feel is okay. Here are some tips that may help you support your children and family at this time:

  • Recognize that children may become concerned that something bad will happen to themselves, family or friends. Explain that safety measures are in place and reassure them that you and other adults will take care of them.
  • If your child is not focused on the tragedy, do not dwell on it. Try to avoid having detailed adult conversations regarding the tragedy in front of children. However, be available to answer questions to the best of your ability. Young children may not be able to express themselves verbally. Pay attention to changes in their behaviour or social interactions.
  • Limit exposure to media coverage. Images of a disaster or crisis can become overwhelming, especially if watched repetitively. Young children in particular may not be able to distinguish between images on television and their personal reality. Older children may choose to watch the news—be available to discuss what they see and to help put it into perspective.
  • Maintain normal family routines as much as possible. Routine family activities, classes and friends can help children feel more secure.
  • Be aware of your own needs. Don’t ignore your own feelings of anxiety, grief and anger. Talking to friends, family members, faith leaders and mental health counsellors can help. Let your children know you are sad. You will be better able to support them if you can express your own emotions in a productive manner.
  • Resource: How to Talk to Kids About Tragic Events

As always, our top priority is the safety and well-being of each Harvest Hornet. This is a responsibility myself and the Harvest staff take very seriously.  If your student or family needs additional support, please let me know.  I am here to answer questions or concerns that you have. We're In This Together - Daily Dodge

Ms. Sickler

PTA Points

  • PTA Board Meeting
    • Thursday, December 9th @ 9am
    • Have questions/concerns/ideas and can’t make the meeting?  Feel free to share via email (
  • SAS Staff Shout-Out

  • Harvest Helping Hands – Toys for Tots
    • Harvest Helping Hands and Miss Saline are collecting toys for Toys for Tots.  You may find a donation box at Harvest or other various SAS buildings or Saline businesses.  Please donate a new unwrapped toy by December 16th. Thank you!
  • Lunch Help
    • Sign up to volunteer as a Y5 – 3rd Grade lunch helper HERE (dates through 12/17)

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District Notes

From Dr. Laatsch’s Community Message:

Parents and community members have asked about our own safety procedures within the Saline Area Schools. Here is a recap of many of the safety enhancements that we have put in place over the last several years.

As you may recall, the theme of our 2016 Bond was “Safe, Secure, Warm and Dry” and with the support of our voters we were able to secure our schools and install buzzer systems and safety glass in each building. In addition, we are currently using a visitor management system (RAPTOR) to screen visitors. Finally, we have strengthened our relationships with the Saline Police Department, the Pittsfield Department of Public Safety and the FBI to monitor and assess potential threats. 

The State of Michigan also requires several school safety drills each year. The number and type of drills are specified and must be performed in every school building. Schools may conduct additional drills, and Saline does add two additional drills for cardiac/medical emergencies.

Read entire message HERE.

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Did You Know?

Did you know that all 2nd and 3rd graders are able to join Saline Heritage Science Olympiad?  Learn more and sign up HERE.

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