Welcome to Foose Elementary School

Attention Foose Parents, Guardians and Staff,

On Friday, October 5, 2018, we learned that two young students, who are members of the same family, were reported to have a skin infection that is caused by Methicillin resistant Staphylococcus aureus, commonly referred to as Community Associated MRSA.

This incidence is NOT a school-wide outbreak of MRSA. This health concern involves two children from the same family, who attend Capital Area Head Start and Foose Elementary School. As a precaution and in keeping with industry cleaning standards, the building will be properly sanitized before our students and staff return to school next week.

Please click here to review important health information and facts about MRSA. For questions or additional health information, please contact your child's pediatrician or primary care provider. Thank you.

Dear Parents/Guardians,

Welcome to the Foose 2018-2019 school year! We are super excited for you and your student(s) to be a part of our Foose Family! We can’t wait to see how much your child(ren)’s brain will grow this year, and we are asking you to assist us in a very important manner: school attendance.

In order for us to successfully grow your child’s brain, they must come to school each and every day! Because this is so important, the Harrisburg School District is focusing on improving attendance district wide this year, please join us to fight “chronic absenteeism” at Foose. On a federal and state level, some important educational laws have changed that we wanted to make you aware of. The “Every Student Succeeds Act” (ESSA) was signed by former President Obama in December of 2015 to replace “No Child Left Behind” (NCLB) act which, in part, addresses how schools measure student achievement. One of the “indicators”, or data that is taken into consideration when calculating our student’s growth, is attendance. According to ESSA, any child with a 10% absenteeism rate (or 18 total days for the school year) is considered chronically absent. This includes both excused and unexcused absences!!

The Pennsylvania Department of Education, who reports to the United States Department of Education, will receive reports from the Harrisburg School District on the number of chronically absent students in the district. Clearly, if a child is chronically absent, it is difficult for him/her to be successful in school. As a district, we are focusing on lowering the number of chronically absent students. At Foose, we have created a three step plan to reduce the number of absent students. The outline of the plan is below:

  1. Foose School will run DAILY reports on absent students.
  2. An automated call will go out daily if your child misses school (please be sure that your contact numbers are updated in the main office)
  3. If your child is absent, he/she will have a letter sent home the day that the child returns from Foose administration.
  4. After the third absence, a three-day letter will be sent home from the district level.
  5. Your child(ren)’s teacher will be making phone contacts about your student(s)’ absences as well. The teacher will see how he/she can assist you with your child.
  6. After the fifth absence, a five-day letter will be sent home from the district level. You will be contacted to attend a truancy elimination plan at your child’s school.
  7. Also after the fifth absence, your child will be referred for tier 2 attendance intervention, which can include: check in check out with a staff member, attendance tracker form, etc.
  8. On the sixth absence, a citation will be filed with the District Magistrate.
  9. After the sixth absence or more, a social worker referral, home visit or outside agency referral may be made.

It is our sincere hope that your child will attend school each and every day!! If you have any questions or need clarification about ESSA or any of the attendance interventions, feel free to make an appointment with Mr. Hicks or Mrs. Archie to discuss.

Thank you,

Mr. William Hicks, Principal

Mrs. Michelle Archie, Assistant Principal

At Foose, we grow brains and persevere to meet high academic expectations. Students, staff, and families work together in a safe, nurturing environment, empowering each other to become life-long learners and future goal setters. 
We have been busy planning all summer to make this our best year yet! This year we will continue some of the great things that have been happening at Foose: our monthly PBIS ticket events (pajama day, dance party, ice cream social, and dress up days), and our evening family events (literacy and math nights, Winter Wonderland, and spring concerts). This year we will continue to challenge all of our students to become masters of sight words and math facts. We’ll have individual and homeroom challenges all year to keep students competing and learning. 

We look forward to collaborating with you to provide learning and enrichment activities and events through the PTA and community partnerships. Please look for additional communication throughout the year on our website, in the mail, on the Harrisburg School District Facebook page, and through the Global Call system. Be sure to sign up for our text messages through Remind.com. See Ms. Nikki to get your phone number added to our list! If you have ideas or want to become more involved please give us a call or stop by! 

We are looking forward to helping your students learn and continue to grow their brains this year!
Listed below are the entrance and dismissal procedures for Foose for this school year.  Families may walk their students to classrooms during the first week of school.  After that, students will walk by themselves.  There will be staff in the hallways directing students safely to classrooms.  If you need to speak directly to a staff member please contact the main office to make an appointment.

ENTRY LOCATIONS:  School starts for all students at 8:10am

  •  KG,  1st, and 2nd grade students will enter through the main doors and go directly down the hallway to their classrooms (Door 1).
  • 3rd and 4th grade students will enter through cafeteria doors to go directly to their homeroom table for breakfast.  (Door 11).
  • Preschool students and parents will enter and exit through the door on 13th Street, closest to Sycamore Street (Door 6).

*Students must use the correct door for their grade level.  If older students drop off younger siblings, they must then go to their correct door.

*To keep our building safe and secure, parents are not permitted to walk their students to class.  If a parent wants to meet with the teacher, they should stop in the main office to make an appointment.

DISMISSAL LOCATIONS:  Students will be dismissed at 3:30

  • KG and 1st grade students will be dismissed from the cafeteria.  Parents/guardians will come into the cafeteria (through Door 11), and will have to sign students out with their child’s homeroom teacher.
  • 2nd grade students will be dismissed through the front, main doors.
  • 3rd and 4th grade students will be dismissed through the side doors (Sycamore Street side – Door 6)

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Upcoming Events

October 8 & 9, 2018: NO school, teacher in-service
October 19, 2018: Multicultural Concert 1 PM
October 24, 2018: MP 1 ends
November 1, 2018: Early Dismissal (12:30 PM) for Parent/Teacher Conferences
November 2, 2018: NO school Parent/Teacher Conferences
November 9, 2018: MP 1 Awards Ceremony
November 12, 2018: Veteran's Day, NO school
November 21, 2018: 60 Minute Early Dismissal for Thanksgiving Holiday
November 22, 23, 26, 2018: Thanksgiving Holiday
December 4, 2018: MP 2 Progress Report
December 12, 2018: Early Dismissal (12:30 PM), teacher in-service
December 14, 2018: Winter Concert 1 PM
December 21, 2018: Half-Day, Winter Recess Begins
December 21, 2018-January 2, 2019: Winter Recess

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