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Family Newsletter 1.7.2021

Harwood Families -

We are grateful to the community for your partnership and understand as we respond to the new COVID guidance and work to continue keeping the Harwood community safe.

As we continue to focus are efforts on keeping students in school we ask for your help by:

1 ~ Keeping your child home if they show signs of any symptoms.

2 ~ Signing your child up for a weekly PCR test here.

Please note that if your child is beyond the 6 month window of being vaccinated and have NOT yet had their booster they will be required to quarantine if identified as a close contact. Boosters are NOW available for 12-15 year olds.

If your child is home quarantining we encourage them to:

  • check their google classroom to stay up to date with their schoolwork

  • proactively reach out to their teachers to let them know they are out and seek any clarity regarding assignments as needed.

With ongoing gratitude,

Meg, Laurie and Duane


Upcoming Dates:

  • 01/14 - End of Quarter 2

  • 01/17 - Staff Inservice - NO school for students

  • 01/21 - Progress Reports shared with families via email


Safe - seen, heard, respected & understood:



COVID Booster for 12-15 year olds

​It is now possible for children aged 12 - 15 to get a COVID-19 booster vaccine.

Appointments are currently widely available for this booster.

You can learn more about the booster here (VDH) and here (CDC).

If you used the Health Department website for your child to get either dose of the Pfizer vaccine, you can make your appointment online. If you did not use the system for your initial doses, you can call 855-722-7878 to set up your appointment.

You can also make an appointment through a pharmacy: Visit their websites to find out about appointments at Costco, CVS, Greater Falls Pharmacy, Hannaford, Kinney Drugs, Price Chopper/Market 32, Rite Aid, Shaws, Walgreens, Walmart.

The booster is recommended for anyone who received their last shot more than 5 months ago, which is the bulk of our students aged 12 - 15. This booster not only offers greater COVID-19 protection, but also is one of the demarcations of who needs to quarantine, or not, if identified as a close contact. Getting the booster helps prevent serious illness and is a great way to help prevent interruption to learning. As with the initial vaccine, one is not considered fully protected until 2 weeks AFTER they receive their booster.


Rigorous & Robust Academic Program:



Wednesday ELO adjustments

ELO Wednesday 1/12 will run as a 7-block day with full classes (still in the order of 1, 2, 5, 6, 3, 4, 7).

There is no ELO the week of 1/18-1/21. Because it is a four-day week, the schedule will run as follows

  • Tuesday 1/18 is a gold day (1, 2, 3, 4)

  • Wednesday 1/19 is a black day (5, flex, 6, 7)

  • Thursday 1/20 is a gold day (1, 2, 3, 4)

  • Friday 1/21 is a black day (5, flex, 6, 7)

We look forward to rolling out a few changes to ELO Wednesday for second semester based on survey results and leadership team work. These will be presented to students next week, communicated in more detail in the next family newsletter, and will take effect on Wednesday 1/26.


Positive school climate and culture:




The Aspirations Student Advisory Board is asking all families to complete the following survey.

This survey is important as it will help us get a better sense of what students and families already know about post-high school planning. This will help Harwood revise resources and practices to better support ALL students and families in post-high school planning. Thank you for your participation!

Waterbury Winterfest Announces the Wanderlust Challenge 2022

Enjoy safe winter adventures and win prizes by joining the Wanderlust Challenge running from Saturday, January 15 through February 5, 2022. This photo scavenger hunt is open to kids, families and individuals of all ages and includes 70 different challenges for contestants to pursue during three weeks of mid-winter fun.

Individuals or household teams can register for free at starting Jan. 12 and choose among eight different categories of winter adventure including Play in the Snow, Create, Explore and/or Hunker Down. Contestants upload photos of themselves or their mascots participating in the challenge of their choice by Saturday to qualify for weekly prize drawings with Grand Prizes for top performers at the conclusion of Wanderlust on Feb. 5.

Also note: In-person Waterbury Winterfest Events will return for outdoor activities Feb. 2 - 6. Covid safe protocols will be in place for outdoor fun including snow soccer, sledding, snow football, fat biking, snow shoeing, and other activities including an outdoor concert with The DEW at the Party in the Park on Saturday, Feb. 5. Proceeds support improving access to recreation in the Waterbury area. See the full schedule at Waterbury Winterfest – Community & Family Fun Festival sure to Cure the Winter Blues


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