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Visit our Virtual Book Fair!
November 23-December 6
Shop online anytime! All items are shipped straight to you!Free shipping on book orders of $25.00 or more (not including toys & kits).
This is a great way to get some holiday shopping done and support Perry Harrison's Library!
Click this link to start shopping on November 23.
With more students returning to school, we have a NEW CARPOOL PATTERN for morning drop-off.
Save the Date!
Please join us for our next PTA meeting on Thursday, December 3 at 7:30 pm via zoom. Register here, and you will be sent login information. These meetings are a great way to hear important updates from Mrs. Doty, ask your questions, and share ideas. Hope to see lots of you there!
Thanksgiving Treats for Our Mariner Staff
We sure are thankful for all members of the PHS staff, and our PTA Hospitality Team treated them to Fall pies, hot cider, and other goodies on Friday. Thanks to those who helped with this event!
Want to help provide more of these kinds of things for our Mariner staff? Click here to make a donation to support the efforts of the staff appreciation team who plan monthly events to remind staff how grateful we are for them.
Easy Fundraising All Year Long!
Did you know you can support PHS simply by shopping?
Have you joined the PTA this year?
Join the PTA for just $10 this week and get your free PHS car magnet.
Spread the word to other parents and let's grow our membership!
Chatham Reads Book Drive
Gift the gift of reading this season by donating new and gently used books to be distributed to children in Chatham County. Donations accepted through December 16th. Find donation locations and more details here.
Virtual Haw River River Learning Celebration
Looking for a fabulous virtual field trip? The Haw River Assembly has produced a series of 6 videos to teach students about water monitoring, solutions to pollution, cultural history, art, geology and more. Join them as they share their love for the river and explore nature right in our Chatham County backyard! Videos 12-18 minutes each and can be viewed together or separately here.
NCPTA Virtual Town Hall
NC PTA is offering a town hall session, Virtual Learning during a Pandemic: Are we surviving or thriving? The event is scheduled to take place on December 12th at 10:00am and will occur via Zoom. Register here.
Help Fuel Up Prepare for Winter Break!
Fuel Up is a non-profit charity food backpack organization that serves students in pre-K through 5th grade attending Perry Harrison Elementary and Chatham Grove Elementary (for the 2020-2021 school year). The mission of Fuel Up is to provide students with nutritious and substantial foods when students are not in school.
Fuel Up is preparing for Winter Break 2020 and your support is needed to make it happen. Fuel Up volunteers will be shopping in bulk, and a handful of volunteers will pack and deliver food for the entirety of Winter Break. The bags will contain 3 weeks worth of food which includes fresh produce, milk, perishables, snacks, treats and shelf stable items.
You can make your monetary donation on our website with a custom donation or send us a check to payable to Fuel Up Perry Harrison Elementary. $20 will allow us to purchase two weeks worth of food while $30 will provide substantial and nutritious foods for the entirety of Winter Break. Please note, if you send us a check, it could be a month before you get a tax receipt due to the logistics of only being at the school every other Wednesday.
Another way you can help is by sending us food items. Food items can be purchased and sent directly to Perry Harrison Elementary using our Amazon wishlist or participating in your neighborhood Porch program. You can also organize a food collection for your church group or neighborhood. Please email Aviva, the program Fuel Up chair, for a list of items to gather and to make arrangements for getting the food delivered. Please note, we leave food items untouched in our closet for a least a week before distributing them to the students.
We could not continue to serve our students without community support. Thank you for joining us in combating food insecurity at Perry Harrison Elementary and Chatham Grove Elementary.
Helpers Needed for December!
Can you help at one or both of these thrift shop work sessions? Snag some great deals after you work your shift, as volunteers get 50% off!
Tuesday, December 1 from 6:30-8:30pm
Sunday, December 13th from 2:30-4:30pm
The Thrift Shop is always in dire need of supplies, so we will continue collecting for them year round as an easy way to earn hours. Purchase needed items from the Amazon Wishlist or grab some of these things when you are out and notify firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange for pickup: 30-gallon Trash Bags, Masking Tape, Hand Soap, Mopping Liquid, Lysol Spray, and Paper Towels
Please save your receipts to include with your donations because that's how hours are credited!
One volunteer hour is earned for every $7.50 in supplies donated.
Thank you for your contributions!
What an exciting school year we have in store! We are off to a great start with our remote lessons. Our faculty and staff here at PHS are excited to work with and support all of our families this school year, whether it is through remote learning or face-to-face. This page provides information about our remote learning plans, sample schedules, and Chatham County Schools' district-wide remote learning information.
Thank you for your continued support!
I want to take this opportunity to say hello to our newest Mariners and welcome back those who are returning. These last couple of months have been like no other and, as you can imagine, preparing for this new school year has brought about its own unique challenges. One thing I do know for sure is that the faculty and staff here at PHS are excited to work and support all of our families this school year, whether it is through Zoom or face to face.
Our school community looks very different this year than it has in the past. The new school, Chatham Grove, is finished and we lost ⅔ of our families and staff to that community. We are now a much smaller school (around 300 students), which gives us some great opportunities to do things we were not able to do before.
The most important first step is for all of us to get to know each other and build strong, positive relationships with one another so that we can work toward the same goal-providing the best educational experience possible for our students here at PHS.
Our PTA is already at work doing some of these things. The PTA board is reaching out to parents to encourage them to join the PTA and come together for virtual meetings. They are also working on recruiting volunteers to serve in different capacities to support our staff and students. Finally, the PTA is working to build strong lines of communication to keep parents well-informed about all happenings within the school.
The second step that I would like for us to embark upon is the revision of our school’s mission and vision statements.
“Your school’s identity is about defining who you are as a school and communicating that clearly to all of your stakeholders. It is about creating clear mission and vision statements that support excellence and define what your school stands for.”
As this quote states, it will be important that we have all stakeholders’ input in this process. This work will begin as soon as school starts through our school improvement team. I will send out more information in the August newsletter, The Mariner Message.
It is my greatest hope that we are all back to school face to face as soon as possible. Until then, please stay safe and reach out to us if there is anything you need.
To keep parents in the loop on all the great things going on at PHS, they can: