Hello Harmony / Garfield Online Families,

Springtime is in the air and with the weather warming up and the world beaming with new life, it is the perfect time for learning and teaching. We have less than two months left of school so encourage your children to keep up the good work and keep learning!

In this Touchpoint:

  • Calendars
  • Monthly Trivia for Students
  • How to keep your students engaged
  • Important: Garfield Homeroom / Attendance
  • Re-enrollment 2024-25
  • Flex Submission Dates
  • Portfolio Submissions for 4th Quarter
  • Spotlight: Reading Eggs
  • Ordering
  • Garfield County Contact Information
  • Get Social

A great place to stay up-to-date on important dates is the calendar found on the parent dashboard. Here you’ll find information such as Flex submission dates, testing dates, school dates, etc.

Click here for the official Garfield County School District calendar for the 2023-24 school year.

Upcoming School Dates:
Apr 1-5: Spring Break (No School)
May 17: Last day to submit Flex/Portfolio
May 15: Last day to submit Online

Monthly Trivia for Students
Answers are at the bottom of the Touchpoint email.

Question #1: How many legs does a spider have?
Question #2: What’s the name of a place you go to see lots of animals?
Question #3: What is something you hit with a hammer?

How to keep your students engaged

  • Warm-up: Have your child start with something that gets them excited. This could be trivia, a quick game, or a short story. Find what interests your student.
  • Movement: If your child is getting restless, let them get up and move around. Even just a few minutes of movement can help students re-engage.
  • Location: Students don’t all think or work the same. Changing studying locations can help!  Mix it up and have your child try moving to a table, couch, bed, or bean bag. Even going outside can help students get back into their work.
  • Hands-on: If students are struggling to absorb a concept, find a way to give them a more hands-on experience. This could be a field trip, things around the house, or even someone you know is an expert who can help teach it. The options are endless.

Options Day
Have you heard about Options Day?  Options Day is our onsite program for grades K-8. Kids have a blast, make new friends, and learn fun things at Options Day!  Students attend one day a week for 4.5 hours while attending four different elective classes. 

We have locations in Cedar City, American Fork, Morgan, Roy, and Logan and we have amazing teachers that offer a wide variety of classes each year.  Registration is open so secure your spot now!  Registering early is also helpful for Harmony so we can plan for teachers, space, and days to accommodate all who want to attend.  

The cost is $700 for the year for Harmony students and $825 for those not enrolled with Harmony and is fully refundable if after 2 weeks you decide it’s not for you.  Check out our schedules, calendars, and frequently asked questions under the Options Day tab on Harmonyed.com.
Contact Michelle (msymkoviak@harmonyed.com) with questions. 

Important: Garfield Homeroom / Attendance
Be sure to have your child respond to the weekly discussion posts in the Garfield Homeroom in Canvas. The questions are posted each Friday, and you have until the following Friday to answer them. Responding each week provides Garfield Online with a weekly “attendance log” and helps them have a connection with students. This is an important part of your child’s attendance with Garfield Online.

If you have any questions about the weekly Homeroom questions, please contact your mentor or Garfield Teacher.

Re-enrollment 2024-25
Enrollment for the 2024-25 school year is in full swing. If you have completed the re-enrollment process soon make sure to do so soon to make sure your students are all set for the 2024-25 school year. If you have a new student or know friends who want to register for Harmony they can do so on our at harmonyed.com/parent-account/

Flex Submission Dates
Here are the Flex Direct and Flex Independent submission dates for the 2nd semester. Be sure to submit your student’s worksheets on time as this tracks attendance and progress.

2nd Quarter
April 12 – (Kindergarten – Language Arts, Math)
April 26 – (Kindergarten – Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies)
May 10 – (Kindergarten – Language Arts, Math)

To find helpful information about Flex Direct or Flex Independent courses, log into the Family Resource Center and go to the Curriculum Orientation. From the sidebar menu in the Flex Direct and Flex Independent sections, you will find FAQs, which include submission instructions and a submission video. 

Portfolio Submissions for 4th Quarter
All portfolios need to be submitted no later than May 17th to give the teachers time to review and grade them.

The guidelines for portfolios are as follows:

  • 5-8 portfolio items per subject.
  • Items need to show student work, and examples could include worksheets, reports, tests/quizzes, science projects, etc.  Remember that portfolio Items need to be the student’s actual work, not a learning log or description of what the student has been doing.
  • Portfolio items need to be grade-level work.
  • Portfolio items need to demonstrate student work over the course of 2 months.

Spotlight: Reading Eggs
Did you know that Harmony provides Reading Eggs accounts to all students? Reading Eggs is an online reading and phonics program, including 4 programs.

  • Reading Eggs begins at the emergent level, helping pre-K through 2nd grade learners develop foundational skills as they learn letters and sounds, spelling, sight words, and basic sentences.
  • Reading Eggspress includes exciting learning tasks that encourage proficient reading for 2nd/3rd through 6th grade students, helping them to develop reading, spelling, and vocabulary skills through engaging, age-appropriate activities and games.
  • Fast Phonics is designed to teach, reinforce, and assess core phonics skills with 400 quick and fun lessons entirely focused on synthetic phonics instruction. 
  • The extensive online Library is packed with a collection of over 2,500 fiction and nonfiction ebooks. Students can select stories according to Lexile level, reading age, or genre, and they can even listen to books read aloud. 

You are encouraged to use this program with your children as best meets their needs. There are no expected number of activities, and students are not required to use this program.

A new Reading Eggs section has been added to Harmony’s Curriculum Orientation, and you can find it here.

Resource Orders
Resource ordering is now closed. Reimbursements will be open until the end of May. Don’t wait until the last minute to send in your reimbursement receipts. All receipts need to be submitted by May 31st to be reimbursed.

Garfield County Contact Information
Here is the contact information for Garfield County Online.

Sarah Oyler, Admin & 5th-6th Grade Teacher
Email: sarah.oyler@garfk12.org

Phone: 435-633-3365

Danette Verde, Administrative Assistant
Email: danette.verde@garfk12.org
Phone: 435-676-1307

Brittney Dodds, Kindergarten Teacher
Email: brittney.dodds@garfk12.org

Taylor Steed, 1st-2nd Grade Teacher
Email: taylor.steed@garfk12.org

Kimberly Blood, 3rd Grade Teacher
Email: kimberly.blood@garfk12.org

Diona Jones, 4th Grade Teacher
Email: diona.jones@garfk12.org

Get Social
Are you part of our growing community of Harmony parents?  If not, please join us and get social. It’s a great place to share what is working with your family, ask questions of other parents, and receive updates on Harmony activities. 

Have a great April!

Brianna Webster, Garfield Account Manager (bwebster@harmonyed.com)
Denise Glines, Paraeducator (dglines@harmonyed.com)
Andrea Medler, Mentor (amedler@harmonyed.com)
Hope Dalsing, Mentor (hdalsing@harmonyed.com)
Tegan Sides, Mentor (tsides@harmonyed.com)

Trivia Answers
#1: 8
#2: The zoo
#3: A nail