Welcome to Joe Henderson Elementary
A California Distinguished School
Phone: 707 747-8370 Attendance: 707 748-2980
Calling all Hounds! Your help is needed to clean up our coastline and other areas in our beautiful town of Benicia. 2014's Coastal Clean Up Day is Saturday, September 20 from 9:00-12:00p.m. Clean up sites are First Street Pier, West 6th Street, West 9th Street Park, West 12th Street Beach, both end of the Benicia State Recreation Area, and the Benicia High School ball field. Joe Henderson's official site is the State Park, but volunteers can go to any site of their choosing. After a mooring of cleaning, all volunteers are invited to a FREE BBQ at noon at West 9th Street Park. All volunteers need to complete a waiver to bring with them to their site. Students were given a waiver to bring home, or you can download the waiver here.
- BRING A BUCKET OR REUSABLE BAG TO THE CLEANUP FOR COLLECTING TRASH (MANY CLEANUP SITES ARE EQUIPPED WITH DUMPSTERS OR ROLL-AWAY BINS SO YOU CAN DUMP WHAT YOU COLLECT AND BRING YOUR BUCKET OR REUSABLE BAG BACK HOME).
- BRING PAIR OF REUSABLE GLOVES FROM HOME, INSTEAD OF USING THE DISPOSABLE PLASTIC GLOVES PROVIDED AT THE CLEANUP.
- BRING A FILLED, REUSABLE WATER BOTTLE TO THE CLEANUP.
- USE PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION, BIKE, OR CARPOOL TO YOUR CLEANUP.
COOKIE DOUGH FUNDRAISER
We are excited to begin our Ottis Spunkmeyer cookie dough fundraiser! Order forms and money collection envelopes were sent home with students on Friday, September 19. Students are encouraged to sell the delicious cookie dough and other sweet treat items to friends and family. This PTG sponsored fundraiser will be the only catalog sale for the 2014-2015 school year. Please help us make this our best sale yet. All the profits will go towards school supplies and other school programs. The sale ends Friday, October 10.
Joe Henderson Elementary School Presents:
‘The Hound Dog Players’
Join us afterschool for an unforgettable experience! Drama club is designed to bring the actor out in you.
• Drama Club is open to all students in 3rd through 5th grades.
• Drama Club meets on Tuesdays and Thursdays (3:00-4:30pm) afterschool from October 7th through December 11th in the MPR.
• Enrollment is limited. (25 students maximum) The fee for Drama Club is $100.00. Scholarships can be obtained (applications can be picked up/dropped off in main office) and are available on a first come, first serve basis. Return your application and behavior contract with payment to the main office by Oct. 1, 2014. Checks should be made payable to Nikki Tillotson (please write Joe Henderson in the memo). All enrolled students will receive a confirmation email/phone call. For More detailed information, and to print an application, click here.
HARVEST OF THE MONTH
Starting in October, Henderson Hounds will receive monthly nutrition classes in the cafeteria during their lunchtime as part of the Harvest of the Month & Veggiecation programs. The Veggiecation Program is a culinary-nutrition education program that introduces children to the wonderfully delicious and nutritious world of vegetables. This is done by incorporating unique and kid-friendly vegetable preparations into fun activities and exciting experiences. By replacing food fears and resistance with ownership and positive peer pressure, your children are empowered to expand their horizons while simultaneously improving their nutritional status and knowledge. We have two Certified Veggication Educators that will conduct the Veggiecation Classes with Nutrition Education and food tasting at all four Elementary Schools following the Harvest of the Month Calendar.
FROM THE SCHOOL NURSE
MEDICATION AT SCHOOL
If your child needs medication at school for any medical condition please fill out the medication at school form. The form is required for both prescription or over the counter medications and must be signed by a physician. By law, schools may not administer or students self-administer medication without a completed school medication authorization form.
In order to help protect students who have severe allergies to specific foods we ask the following considerations be made during your child’s school day.
Students with peanut or nut products in their lunch should NOT sit at a table designated as “peanut or nut free zone” Some classrooms are designated “peanut/nut free zones” as well. Students may not eat foods containing nut/nut products in these classrooms.
Please don’t send foods containing nuts or nut products for special occasions/class parties or other times food may be shared with class members. When sending snacks for your child that are consumed in the classroom, try and avoid products that contain nuts, or have your child eat those items outside of the classroom or during lunchtime, then wash their hands before returning to class.
If your child has a severe food allergy that could potentially cause anaphylaxis, please make sure you provide the school with all doctors’ orders, medications and emergency instructions required in the event of exposure or ingestion of an allergen. A medic alert bracelet is also helpful to school staff.
BUSD works very hard to ensure the safety and well being of all students during the day with a wide variety of issues and needs; we appreciate your cooperation and help in taking these small steps to ensure the safety of others.
The beginning of each school year is a good time to check your students head for signs of head lice. Pediculosis is a common childhood condition most commonly transmitted by head to head contact or close living conditions. Lice do not hop, jump or fly, but need close personal contact (head to head) or a vehicle such as combs, hats, pillows, jackets, towels, head rests etc. to infect another person. Lice transmission is not effected by personal hygiene. In the event your child develops a case of head lice, please notify the school office managers, teacher or school nurse. The school has policies in place to help educate parents as well as reduce potential infestations to other students.
Please remember to update your student’s records whenever you change your cell, work or home phone numbers. Often the numbers listed at registration change during the school year yet school office staff does not receive the updates. Emergency contacts should be someone who is actually available to come and pick up your child and lives within reasonable driving distance. It is very difficult, stressful and time consuming for students and staff when parents/guardians can’t be reached.
If your child is without health insurance please contact the Solano Kids Insurance Program also known as SKIP at 707-863-4444 or visit the website at www.solanocoalition.org. A representative can assist you in all areas of signing up for health insurance through Medi-Cal or Covered California.
Parents/Guardians or other family members interested in volunteering in any capacity at Joe Henderson MUST be cleared through the main office before being allowed to do so. The deadline for ALL volunteers in any capacity is Friday December 19. There will be no exceptions made. Volunteering includes helping in a classroom, chaperoning a field trip, attending a classroom celebration, and working in any capacity with students. Specific details are outlined below. Please note that even if a volunteer has been cleared in previous years, he/she MUST go through the process again at the beginning of a new school year.
ALL VOLUNTEERS: must fill out a Volunteer Clearance card, show proof a clear TB test (good for 4 years), and show proof of identification to the office staff. Cards are available in the main office.
FIELD TRIP CHAPERONES & 4th and 5th Grade Outdoor Education Chaperones: MUST go through the volunteer clearance process as stated above, AND be fingerprinted via Live Scan. Print a Live Scan form here. View Live Scan sites and costs here. Fingerprinting processing can take time, so it is highly encouraged that it is done ASAP regardless of the date of the field trip in order to be cleared by the Volunteer Processing deadline. If you have already been fingerprinted for BUSD, your fingerprints are on file and you do not have to go through this process again during your tenure in this district. TO ATTEND A FIELD TRIP IN ANY CAPACITY OTHER THAN AS AN OFFICIAL CHAPEORNE, YOU MUST BE FINGERPRINTED.
FIELD TRIP CHAPERONE DRIVERS: MUST go through the Volunteer Clearance process as stated above, complete a driver registration form, AND show proof of insurance of coverage of $100,000/$300,000 minimum liability coverage.
HOMEWORK CLUB: HELP NEEDED!
Homework Club is a volunteer-based program and we are in desperate need of volunteers. This popular, successful & helpful program can not continue without parent volunteers. If interested in helping one day a week, please contact please contact Jennifer @ jenL314@yahoo.com if you are interested and willing to help students after school for approximately 45 minutes, 1 day a week is great.
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SHOP AND RAISE MONEY FOR JOE HENDERSON!
When you shop at Safeway & Raley’s remember to use your Rewards Cards. You’re shopping there anyway, and both stores will give a percentage of what you spend back to Joe Henderson if you have signed up for their Rewards Programs and have listed “Joe Henderson” as your local school. If you have not or if you are not sure Joe Henderson is listed on your account, here are the links to get started:
a) Safeway’s Just for U: http://www.safeway.com/ShopStores/Offers-Landing-IMG.page
b) Raley’s Extra Credit: http://www.raleys.com/www/scrip_home
- When shopping online, sign up at www.escrip.com. There are over 700 merchant partners that will give a percentage of sales to schools. Click the ONLINE MALL logo, and go.
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