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Sales Tax Holiday

posted Aug 4, 2015, 8:39 AM by Rodney Fetty

Senate Bill 243 enacted a one-time sales tax holiday to occur only in 2015. The holiday starts on Friday, August 7, 2015 at 12:01 a.m. and ends on Sunday, August 9, 2015 at 11:59 p.m. During the holiday, the following items are exempt from sales and use tax:
  • Clothing prices at $75 per item or less;
  • School supplies priced at $20 per item or less; and
  • School instructional material priced at $20 per item or less.
   For answers to Frequently Asked Questions, click here.

Back to School!!

posted Aug 4, 2015, 7:54 AM by Rodney Fetty

It is back to school time once again.  Please mark your calendar with these very important dates for the beginning of the school year.

Thursday August 27th: Open House from 4 - 6 pm.  This is a chance to meet your child's teacher and explore Harmon!

Monday August 31: First Day for all 4th graders and K-3 graders with last names beginning with A-G

Tuesday September 1: First Day for K-3 graders with last names beginning H-O

Wednesday September 2: First Day for K-3 graders with last names beginning P-Z.

Thursday September 3: ALL students attend.

Monday September 7: No School Labor Day

Just a reminder that there are no school supply lists for South-Western City Schools, there is a $20 instructional fee for each child.

Harmon Collects 1,340 books for Reach Out and Read

posted Apr 21, 2015, 10:00 AM by Rodney Fetty   [ updated Jul 28, 2015, 10:09 AM by Sandy Nekoloff ]

Thank you for your book donations.  This year Harmon Elementary collected 1,340 books for the Reach Out and Read Program.  This was the most books collected by any school in the district.

South-Western City School District collected 11,565 books for doctors to give to children during their visits.  Over our nine years of participation, SWCSD has collected more than 100,000 books for Nationwide Children's Hospital.  

Ohio Achievement Tests October 6-10

posted Oct 3, 2014, 4:50 PM by Rodney Fetty

Students in grade 3 will be taking the Ohio Achievement Assessments in October.  The Achievement Assessments are part of the legislation enacted in House Bill 3, which provides for annual testing in each of grades 3 through 8.  Our students will take this test the week of October 6-10th.

The State department of Education grades all tests and determines the score required to be considered proficient.  The formal results from these test will be distributed the week of December 1st.  If you are unsure of how to access this portal, please be sure to contact your child’s school prior to the end of the school year for instructions.

Parents should note that as provided in the Third Grade Reading Guarantee, unless a student attains the appropriate level of reading competency by the end of grade three, as measured by The Ohio Achievement Assessment (OAA) or a state-approved alternative, s/he will be retained in grade 3.  Special circumstances related to Special Education and/or ESL students MAY exempt your student from the retention provision of the law.

We want every student to perform their very best on each assessment during this week.  Please help us by making sure your child is getting a good night’s rest prior to testing to help encourage a string performance.  Also, attendance is extremely important!  Please DO NOT schedule appointments for your child during these testing dates.  Students who arrive late to school, after testing has started for the day, will be required to take the test on a make-up testing day.

We expect all students to give their best effort and perform to the best of their abilities.  Thanks for your help and support at home.

Parent/Teacher Conferences

posted Oct 1, 2014, 6:56 AM by Rodney Fetty

October 16th from 3:00—6:00 P.M. 
Have you made an appointment yet?
Jot a note in your child’s agenda book for the teacher!

Vision and Hearing Screenings

posted Oct 1, 2014, 6:50 AM by Rodney Fetty   [ updated Oct 1, 2014, 6:52 AM ]

On October 13th and 14th all kindergarteners and pre-schoolers will have their vision and hearing tested. 
On October 29th we will be testing all 1st graders’ vision.

School Picture Days

posted Sep 30, 2014, 8:15 PM by Rodney Fetty   [ updated Sep 30, 2014, 8:16 PM ]

Picture Day is October 2nd for Blue Kindergartners, 1st graders, 2nd 
graders and Pre-Schoolers. Picture Day is October 3rd for Green Kindergartners, 3rd and 4th graders.

Picture Retakes will be on November 6th at 8:35 AM. HR Imaging will be here in the morning only to take pictures of students that were new or absent the first time around.

HR Imaging has a “no reason asked” policy. If you don’t care for the first set of pictures you received, please return the entire packet and they will retake your child’s picture. 

All pictures will be processed and received before Winter break— just in time for Christmas Holidays.

Emergency Cards

posted Sep 30, 2014, 8:11 PM by Rodney Fetty

Please complete both sides of the card and return it to your child’s teacher as soon as possible.  This is very important
information that we use daily in case of sickness or injury. Please give us at least three emergency numbers to contact you.

Early Dismissal

posted Sep 30, 2014, 8:03 PM by Rodney Fetty

First Early Dismissal will be on Wednesday, October 15th.  Dismissal will begin at 1:25 P.M.
Students will arrive home about one hour earlier than normal.

News from the Harmon PTA

posted Sep 30, 2014, 7:43 PM by Rodney Fetty

Fall is here, and Harmon PTA is in full swing! Make sure you take the time to join us today, membership costs $4.50 for one and $8.00 for two in the same family. The membership drive runs right up until Thanksgiving break so help your child’s class win a PTA-style picnic with food, games and fun in the spring. We are also awarding extra recess time to the 2nd and 3rd place classes. Membership pays for itself with discounts from retailers such as T-Mobile, Hertz and Staples. We will also be raffling off many prizes throughout the year, the first being a picture package of your student’s school picture for those that joined in September. 

Upcoming events for PTA include our fall fundraiser Walk-A-Thon which will run Oct. 6-24, ending with a Costume Parade on October 31. Help us raise money to begin saving for a playground equipment fund! Our October meeting is the 14th and Family Mileage Club is Oct 21. November will bring a PTA meeting on the 11th, Family Mileage Club on the 18th and our Spirit Wear sale from Nov 3-14. 

Check out the new design and offerings, including multiple colors and camo style! Feel free to contact us with any questions or concerns at and like us on Facebook for important updates James A. Harmon Elementary PTA. Thank you for your support!!!

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