Team Harrigan Update

Team Harrigan Update- Week of May 29th
I hope you all enjoyed Virtual Field Day.  A big thank you goes to families who helped make the videos and Ms. Misenheimer who coordinated this fun day.  
Parade, Friday, June 5th 10:00-11:30: Come drive around HGS to wave goodbye to school and say hello to summer!  I will be there to give air hugs and wish you well.  
Summer Reading Suggestions will be sent out in an email.
Report Cards will be made available on Power School by June 9th.  These report cards will look different than other report cards as this entire semester was done remotely. 
Materials Pick-up: All students have bags of their belongings at school.  If you missed the pick-up days this past week, please call the school to coordinate a time to pick up these belongings.  Students are encouraged to use the math books included in their bags over the summer.  Students will also find their letter to their future selves as well as a small gift. 
I cannot stress enough how grateful I am for all of your support.  All families and students on Team Harrigan have stepped up to the plate during this time.  I am one of the lucky few who can say that I had 100% participation in morning meetings and most assignments.  Thank you!  
One week left.  I cannot believe it.  

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Team Harrigan Update- Week of May 22nd

Memorial Day- There will be no remote learning on Monday, May 24th, in honor of Memorial Day. 
Virtual Field Day- On Friday, May 28th, HGS will celebrate a virtual field day!  Students will have virtual field day activities posted in their PE classroom.  
Pick-up Information: Students will be able to pick-up their belongings on Tuesday, May 26th from 9-12 and Wednesday, May 27th from 11-12.  You will stay in your car.  Please write the last name and first name (if room) in large print.  I will be there on Tuesday. 
Zoom Meetings: Due to other events, we will only have a zoom meeting next week on Thursday, May 27th at 10:00.  The following week we will have zoom meetings on Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday. 
Last Day Parade: On Friday, June 5th, HGS will have our Last Day of School Reverse Parade from 10:00- 11:30.  Please swing by to say our goodbyes as we begin our summers! 


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Team Harrigan Update- Week of May 15th

Baby Picture Game:Please email me a baby picture of your child for a guessing game we will do during one of our zoom meetings!  
Tuesday (5/19) Cleaning:  I will be in school again on Tuesday to clean the classroom so there will not be a zoom meeting that day.  Please still reach out if you have questions and I will make sure to check-in through-out the day. 
Art Kit: I found an art kit left in our classroom but cannot recall who it belongs to.  Please look at the picture below to see if this is your child's. 
Virtual Field Day: A virtual field day will be on Friday, May 
Library Books: Mrs. Nikander is tracking down library books.  Once we have more information regarding picking up your child's belongings from school I will be in touch with specific families to let them know what books we are missing.  Please take a look around your homes and put aside any school library books that need to be returned. 


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Team Harrigan Update- Week of May 8th
Tuesday, May 12/ Tuesday May 19th: I will be working in my classroom to clean out desks and to close up for the school year. I will have my phone with me but will not able to respond to questions as quickly as I typically do and there will be NO ZOOM meetings on these days. We will be releasing information regarding pick-up of students' materials soon. 
Projects
Family Interview This week students were assigned to complete a Family Interview with an adult family member.  This could be an Aunt, Uncle, Grandparent, Parent... etc. They have a list of interview questions they can ask this relative to learn about them and their childhood.  Students do not need to write these responses down.  Next week, they will write about their interview and what they learned.  I broke it into sections to help students organize their writing.  They do not need to include all details and should focus on the things that stood out to them. 
Shark Tank: Next week, students will participate in a classroom "Shark Tank" based on the show on ABC.  I have altered this assignment in hopes to make it simple and fun for students.  This will be a two week long project.  
Grading and Missing Work:During remote learning, staying engaged and participation is what matters most. Report cards will track what curriculum was covered during remote learning along with a narrative in the comment section that will provide information on your child's participation during this time. Students are always able to complete assignments that are over-due/ missing. 

Zoom: Starting on Monday, Zoom will increase their security and may require a password.  Please look for the information in that morning's morning meeting video description

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Team Harrigan Update- Week of May 1, 2020

Thank you 
to those that helped put together the Teacher Appreciation video.  It meant so much to me and is something I will cherish.  I had a good cry watching it.  🙂
Daily Task To Do List was sent in an email and is made available in the homeroom classroom.
Zoom Meetings: The link for the daily zoom meeting will be found in the morning meeting video description.  These have been great for kids to see each other. 
We are in the homestretch now!  I know that motivation is becoming harder and harder to find. As always, reach out if your child needs to rest for a day or if I can better support you and your family. 
Stay strong and carry on!
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Team Harrigan Update- Week of April 24th


April Break
: Next week we will have Monday and Tuesday off from school.  Wednesday will stay a TAB day and students are encouraged to complete assignments they are missing.  Thursday and Friday will be remote learning days with new assignments.  I will be trying to "unplug" a bit during these days so I may not respond as quickly to emails but I will check them sporadically during the break.  
Daily Organizer: The daily organizer for Thursday and Friday of next week is attached to your email. 

Curriculum and Coming Back: When we switched the remote learning, the fourth grade team decided to prioritize some skills and concepts we felt would be beneficial and practical for students to practice at home before moving onto fifth grade.  I do not want any parent to worry that their child is "behind" when they move onto fifth grade.  The truth is that as long as your child as been doing their best to complete assignments, they are in the same boat as all other fourth graders across the country.  Our learning will look different and may deviate from the "grade level standards" that are typically addressed.  Learning in elementary school is fluid.  All students learn at their own pace.  Yes, our pace has been slowed in certain areas but please feel re-assured that we students are able to come back to school, we will meet their needs where ever they are.  If anything, students will come back to school with skills and memories of being with their families that they would not have otherwise developed.  You are all doing an INCREDIBLE JOB!


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Team Harrigan Update- Week of April 17th
When Governor Sununu made the call that we would continue remote learning, my heart sank.  Even though many of us saw it coming, it was still difficult to hear.  We have built a strong community in our classroom and I am grateful to have the opportunity to have an incredible group of students and supportive parents. I am going to continue to do my best to provide students the education they deserve in these trying times.  
Trial Optional Zoom Meetings at 10:00am: We are going to try zoom meetings for 10:00-am10:30am on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday.  Each day we will have a different focus of the meeting and I will indicate the focus on the Daily Organizer attached to this email.  This will help us stay connected. These meetings are optional but encouraged especially to those that would like to ask questions.  I am still working on what this will look like and adjust as I go.The link will be posted in the description of the morning meeting video.  

Daily Organizer: The daily organizer attached to this email will also be found in the "Homeroom Classroom" so students have access to look at it as they work.  
Keep Google Classroom Simple: To keep things simple, I am encouraging students to look through their "To Do Lists" and "turn in" assignments they have completed to reduce the amount of things popping up.  This is much like our weekly desk cleanings... you never know what treasures you may find!🙂


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Team Harrigan Update- Week of April 10th

Team Harrigan Pride: This week I am writing to you all with an overwhelming sense of gratitude. I cannot express how proud I am to be a teacher of this specific group of students. I am amazed by the hard work families are putting into their children's learning.  Thank you!
Accountability and Engagement: If you are looking for ways to help your child stay accountable for their work here are a few suggestions:
  • Begin and end the week by looking through their daily organizer (printing this and have students check it off is also a great idea). 
  • Routinely look at their google classroom
  • Watch the Morning Meeting videos that outline the assignments for the day
  • Celebrate the work they are doing!  
Daily Reading: If you would like additional accountability for your student's reading please let me know.  I can make a daily reading log for students to fill out during the week if that would encourage students to keep up with their reading.  Thanks!
Parade: Next Thursday (April 16th) there will be a pass by parade around Hills Garrison.  Families are invited to drive around HGS and wave hello to their teachers.  The parade will be from 1-3.  
Zoom: I had a great time doing mini lessons with students via zoom this week.  If your child would like a bit of help, please let me know and we will set up a time.  
Specialists: The specialists team has asked me to remind you to make sure you are completing the assignments for their classrooms and read the directions.  If you have a question about specialists please reach out to them. 
Report Cards: Report cards for Trimester Two are available via Powerschool. Please contact the office if you are having a difficult time viewing the report card or would like a paper copy. 

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Team Harrigan Update- Week of April 3, 2020 

Hello Families, 
  1. Thank you! Above all else I want to share my gratitude for your support and for working hard to keep your child learning and accountable for their work. 
  2. Morning Meetings: Thank you for watching the morning meeting videos.  By watching the videos I am hoping to continue building our community as well as make it clear what has to be done each day. It also helps me track attendance to make sure all students are able to access and participate in their learning.
  3. Accountability: I will contact families who have children with missing work on Sundays.  This is just to make sure that you are aware of their missing assignments and not to worry anyone.  I know with the amount of things posted it can be easy to miss something.  I am balancing accountability for students with complete appreciation for why assignments may not be completed (and that is okay).  We are all just doing our best!
  4. Zoom Meetings: Math this week may be a challenge.  I am encouraging students to make sure they watch the videos and to reach out when they need help.  I am able to hold zoom meetings with students who would like to have additional help with any assignment.  
  5. Daily Organizer: Attached to this email is the daily organizer.  I apologies for confusion last week as it had to be edited to best fit the needs of students in our class.  Thank you for your patience. 
  6. Packets- Since all students on Team Harrigan has been able to access the activities on google classroom, I will not be making more packets for pick up. 

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  1. Team Harrigan Update- March 27, 2020 
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  3. I am incredibly proud of Team Harrigan (including both students and families).  You all worked hard this week and made sure to complete assignments.  

  4. Please make sure you continue to watch the morning meeting videos and "mark as done" so I can keep up with my attendance. Here is the youtube link for our Free Share Friday.  I loved seeing the videos and pictures students sent! 
  5.  https://youtu.be/HgbOtdgNYXk

  6. On Sunday, I will delete posted assignments from this week week to simplify our classrooms.  I have recorded your assignment grades in my grade book.
  7. I have emailed a daily task tracker to families. You can print this off or just look at it through-out the week to make sure you are on track.

    Great work and I am so appreciative for all of you. Have a great weekend!

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Team Harrigan Update- March 20, 2020
Hello Families, 


On Monday morning we embark on our remote learning journey.  Please read the following information carefully so you are prepared for Monday.


Packet Families

If you are a family that is completing the remote learning with a packet, you may still want to check your email and watch the mini morning meeting clips.  Be aware that assignments in the packet will look different from the assignments for online learning. There are laptops still available to families at school. Please call the office to get one if you need one. 


Google Classroom Families


Before Monday

  1. Have students watch the video I made so they remember how to go onto google classroom and also what to do with their assignments. 

https://youtu.be/4znXzgPoOmg


  1. I have sent a PDF of the week's activities out via email. ​Please let me know if you would like me to send another copy.   


Each Workday

  1. Log onto google classroom and look at your “to do list” 

  2. First watch my Mini Morning Meeting video with a run down of the day. 

  3. Complete the assignments for the day and “mark as done” on google classroom so I know you have finished them.

  4. Get cozy and read a book. 

  5. Have fun! 


Specialists/ Math Enrichment
At this point I am unsure of what the specialists have planned.  Please take a moment to check in to their google classrooms to check any activities they have assigned. 
Math Enrichment students will have an assignment from Mrs. Peterson on Mondays.  Please join her classroom by clicking the "Join" button under her classroom. 

Technical Support


  1. If you run into issues you can contact myself or the Student Help Desk at (603)-816-3553 or emailing studenthelpdesk@sau81.org

  2. My official office hours will be from 9am-10am and then from 2pm-3pm but please feel free to send me a message whenever you run into a problem. I will check my email through-out the day. 

  3. If you would like me to call you please include your phone number in the email and I will schedule a time to call you.  


I want to express how much I appreciate your support.  This is difficult for all of us but I am very proud to be in a school community where all teachers, parents, administrators, and school staff have pulled together to keep our children learning and healthy.  


Warmly, 


Mrs. Harrigan




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Team Harrigan Update- March 6, 2020 Questions we explored this week

Math

What are factors?

How do I find the factors of a number?

What are prime and composite numbers?

What are multiples?

English/ Language Arts

What are text structures?

What makes a good conclusion?

How can I use the OGW sheet to grade my writing?

What am I interested in writing about?

Social Studies/ Science

What are the regions of the United States?


Social/ Emotional Learning

What does whole body listening mean?

What are the levels of expected and unexpected behavior?

When do my thoughts travel?



PI DAY CONTEST!

In honor of Pi Day on March 14th, we will have a Pi memorization contest on Friday, March 13th.  A sheet with the digits of Pi will be attached. Students will be asked to write as many digits of Pi as they can remember with no help. 


Homework Due on Friday, March 13th


Reading

Get cozy and enjoy a book for about 20 minutes every night.  Make sure to fill out reading slips when you come back to class. 

Math

Factors, Prime, Composite, and Multiples work

Reflections

Write a paragraph to reflect on things we have talked about this week.

Spelling

Practice your spelling words and complete the task assigned to your group. 



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Team Harrigan Update- March 2, 2020

There is no homework due this Friday due to our previous vacation.  Homework will resume this Friday.  

Enjoy the warming weather!


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Team Harrigan Update- February 21, 2020

Questions we explored this week

Math

How do I solve long division problems?

What are strategies to solve multi-step problems?

English/ Language Arts

How do I write a persuasive piece?

What supporting details match my main idea?

Social Studies

What are the regions of the United States?

Who are famous leaders? 

Social/ Emotional Learning

What makes a great leader?

How do I resolve conflict peacefully?



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Team Harrigan Update- February 14th 2020 Questions we explored this week

Math

How do I solve long division problems?

What are strategies to solve multi-step problems?

English/ Language Arts

The what, when, why, and how of note-taking

What is included in an opinion piece?

Social Studies

What are the regions of the United States?

Who are famous leaders? 

Social/ Emotional Learning

What makes a great leader?

What does a good partnership look like?

Classroom Tidbits

Red Cross Pillowcase Project- On Tuesday, February 18th, a representative from the red cross will come talk to students about emergency preparedness for weather/ fire events.  Students will come home with a pillowcase for emergency items and a handout that will review the things discussed in class. 

Day of Play- On Friday, February 21st we will participate in the Day of Play.  Students will practice social skills as they enjoy a day of games and activities. 

Homework due on Friday, February 21st

Reading

Read and complete slips for our reading challenge.

Math

Division and Multiplication Work

Spelling

Use the lined paper to study your spelling words and practice handwriting.  

Reflections

Take time to respond to the reflection question.  Your response should be in paragraph form.  



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Team Harrigan Weekly Update - February 7, 2020 Questions we explored this week

Math

Where do you start to divide in a long division problem?

What are the steps in long division?

English/ Language Arts

How do you synthesize information by combining your thoughts and new learning?

What are strategies used to give your sentences variety?

Social Studies

What are the regions of the United States?

Social/ Emotional Learning

What does it mean to do the right thing?

How does being respectful/ responsible affect the choices you have?

Classroom Tidbits

Valentine’s Day Party- On Friday, February 14th we will have a Valentine’s Day Party

Day of Play- On Friday, February 21st we will participate in the Day of Play.  Students will practice social skills as they enjoy a day of games and activities. 

Homework due on Friday, February 14th

Reading

Read and complete slips for our reading challenge.

Math

Division and Multiplication Work

Spelling

Use the lined paper to study your spelling words and practice handwriting.  

Reflections

Take time to respond to the reflection question.  Your response should be in paragraph form.  




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Team Harrigan Update Week of January 31, 2020

Questions we explored this week

Math

What are the steps for long division?

How do you use place value blocks to solve long division?

English/ Language Arts

What are strategies you can use to find supporting details for a piece of writing?

How do figurative language help you develop a writing piece?

Social Studies

What are the regions of the United States?

Social/ Emotional Learning

Why is empathy important?

Classroom Tidbits Bean Celebration- We earned our second bean celebration.  On Friday, February 7th students will be welcomed to wear pajamas and bring in one comfy item.  We will watch a movie with popcorn in the afternoon.  Valentine’s Day Party- On Friday, February 14th we will have a Valentine’s Day Party. A sign-up sheet will be sent out via email. Parent Conferences- There was as sign-up sheet sent out electronically for conferences on Thursday, February 6th.  I believe my name was listed as “Perham” on the sign-up sheet. There is only one night for conferences.  If you feel that you would like a conference, please let me know and we will schedule a meeting.

Homework due on Friday, February 7th

Reading

Read and complete slips for our reading challenge.

Math

Division pages

Spelling

Use the lined paper to study your spelling words and practice handwriting.  

All groups will be asked to also define or identify math vocabulary.  This will help our understanding of math concepts. 

Reflections

Take time to respond to the reflection question.  Your response should be in paragraph form.  



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Team Harrigan Update January 24, 2020 Questions we explored this week

Math

How does thinking of word problems like a story help me solve the problem?

What are the parts to a division problem?

What is the pattern for dividing different place values?

What are remainders?

English/ Language Arts

How do you find the main idea in a nonfiction article?

How do similes improve your writing?

Social Studies

What happened on Lewis and Clark’s journey to the Pacific?

Social/ Emotional Learning

What is empathy and why does it matter?

Homework due on Friday, January 31st

Reading

Read and complete slips for our reading challenge.

Math

Division with remainders and Dividing place values

Spelling

Use the lined paper to study your spelling words and practice handwriting.  

All groups will be asked to also define or identify math vocabulary.  This will help our understanding of math concepts. 





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Team Harrigan Update- January 17, 2020 Topics we explored this week

Math

What are the strategies used for multiplying by double digit numbers?

How can I break down word problems to solve multi-step problems?

English/ Language Arts

What are the types of narrator’s point of view?

How might a story change if the point of view changes?

Social Studies

How can I draw a detailed and colorful map?

Social/ Emotional Learning

Why is taking other people’s perspectives important?

How can I learn another person’s perspective?

Homework due on Friday, January 24th

Reading

Read and complete slips for our reading challenge.

Math

Additional Work Page: Multiplying Double Digit Numbers

Spelling

Use the lined paper to study your spelling words and practice handwriting.  

Reflection

Think about the weekly words of wisdom from the week as you answer this week’s question. 


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Team Harrigan Update- January 10, 2020 Topics we explored this week

Math

What are the strategies used for multiplying by double digit numbers?

English/ Language Arts

What are the reasons why authors’ write?

How can you put evidence from a text into your own words?

What are ways to bring a non-fiction writing piece to closure?

What is the difference between editing and revising?

Social Studies

How do historians learn from maps?

What causes change to maps over time?

What are the parts to maps?

Social/ Emotional Learning

What does it mean to be a trailblazer or peacemaker?

Classroom Tidbits - There will be a half day of school on Friday, January 17th.  Dismissal at 12:30. 

Homework due on Friday, January 17th

Reading

  • Read and complete slips for our reading challenge.

Math

  • Additional Work Page: Multiplying Double Digit Number

Spelling

  • Use the lined paper to study your spelling words and practice handwriting.  

Reflection

  • Think about the weekly words of wisdom from the week as you answer this week’s question. 


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Team Harrigan Update- January 3, 2020
What we explored this week:

Math

What are patterns when multiplying multiples of ten?

English/ Language Arts

How does learning about history help you understand historical fiction and biography novels?

Social/ Emotional Learning

What does it mean to be a trailblazer or peacemaker?


Homework due on Friday, January 10th

Reading

  • Read and complete slips for our reading challenge.

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