Welcome to Joe Henderson Elementary
A California Distinguished School
Phone: 707 747-8370 Attendance: 707 748-2980
WHY THE "NEW" MATH?
Have you been wondering why it seems your child is being taught math in a different way than you were once taught? If so, check out this short video for a great explanation. It's not "new" math, as some believe, it is simply a way of teaching kids to help them better understand the "why" behind what they are doing. Research has proven that teaching people how to memorize an algorithm or simply execute a procedure, hasn't worked for the majority of people. People who don't like math or think they aren't good at it probably were never taught the "why" behind what they were learning. We are aiming now to teach kids how to think, not just how to "do". Check it out!
HOLIDAY TOY & FOOD DRIVE
The Student Council is teaming up with the Benicia Community Action Council and holding a Holiday Toy & Food drive benefiting Benicia families. From Wednesday, November 12 through Friday, December 12 we will be collecting NEW and UNWRAPPED toys for children of all ages, including teenagers. Suggested items include games, dolls, books, puzzles, action figures, sports equipment and gift cards. We will also be collecting non-perishable food items. Collection bins will be located in the main office for items to be dropped in. We appreciate the support of our Henderson community in ensuring that all Benicia families have a happy and healthy holiday season this year.
HOUNDS ON SOCIAL MEDIA!
The Henderson Hounds have taken social media by storm! Along with this Web site, you can now follow Joe Henderson on Twitter by searching for @HendersonHounds. We will be tweeting out photos and other school news and events. You can also "like" our Facebook page by clicking here.
Our Fourth and Fifth Grade Outdoor Education trips can also be followed on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook. Stay up to date on important upcoming deadlines as well as follow our adventures to Coloma and Mission Springs through posted photos.
4th grade Outdoor Education
Facebook:click here to "like" our page
5th Grade Outdoor Education
Facebook: Click here to "like' our page
MARDI GRAS AUCTION
The Joe Henderson/Robert Semple joint auction is scheduled for Saturday, February 21, from 6:00-11:00pm at the Benicia Clocktower. Tickets are on sale now! This event was a HUGE success last year and a whole lot of fun. You won't want to miss it this year so be sure to buy your tickets ASAP. To buy your tickets and for more information including sponsorship opportunities, check out the newly revamped auction website here. We hope to see you there!
10,000 BOOKS IN 365 DAYS!
A great education calls for great books, and a full education calls for classrooms full of these great books. Joe Henderson Elementary School is inviting parents and community members to engage in a brand new campaign we have started to help improve classrooms libraries and create opportunities for our students to learn with books they want to read. This "10,000 Books in 365 Days" campaign seeks to flood our classrooms with 10,000 new books over the next 365 days.
Time and again, research demonstrates the foundational importance of reading and the everlasting connection between learning and literacy. Students who develop a fondness for reading not only invite creativity, curiosity, and self-exploration, but systematically improve their critical thinking skills, expand their vocabularies, and grasp knowledge about themselves and the world around them. Here at Henderson, we are seeking to helps our students develop this passion for reading and in order to do this we must provide them with access to books that will not only educate them but also inspire, entertain, and motivate them to continue on their journey of great reading. Key to achieving this goal is to make sure the shelves of every classroom are overflowing with books our students will want to read. Fiction and non-fiction, picture books and essay collections, classics and novels- all types of books are needed.
How can you help? It's simple! Henderson teachers are creating personalized classroom booklists made up of the top 500 titles required to create the best classroom libraries possible. You can click here and find your child's teacher to view their list. Buy one book or a set of books to be donated. By participating, you and your family will be participating in a GRAND campaign and be an essential part of the education of all Henderson Hounds.
MARK THE CALENDAR!
The week of November 17 teachers will be holding First Trimester Report Card Conferences. This is an opportunity for families to meet with their child's teacher to discuss successes and progress made throughout the first trimester and to set goals for the remainder of the year. Your child's teacher will be providing you with more information regarding your conference day and time. However, please note that Tuesday, November 18-21 are early dismissal days due to conference week. All Hounds will be dismissed at 12:35p.m. on these days. Please be sure to make proper arrangements for your children to be picked up after school if need be. The teachers of Henderson look forward to meeting with you!
MESSAGE FROM SAFETY PATROL
The members of the JH Safety Patrol would like to send the following message to our school community explaining our job and what you can do to help us do that job well.
We have taken on the responsibility of helping Henderson students arrive at and leave school safely every day. There are many students, parents, and cars in front of our school every morning and afternoon which can lead to unsafe situations. We make sure that people in cars and people walking are aware of each other. We make sure cars do not turn in to or exit the parking lot when people are crossing, and we stop walkers when cars are turning. To do our job, though, we need the help and cooperation of our school community members.
First, and most important, when you are crossing at either driveway, wait for Safety Patrol to give you the "go ahead". When cars are coming, walkers need to wait until Patrol members have cleared the way and then, at their signal, cross in front of them so they can see you have finished crossing.
Second, no one should EVER cross the circle drive or Hastings Drive at arrival or dismissal time. IT IS NOT SAFE! Cross only where our patrol is stationed or at the crosswalks by our neighboring parks.
Finally, we need to be able to focus on our job. If you are a student waiting for your ride, please do not play where we are working...IT IS A DISTRACTION AND UNSAFE! There is a spot for students to wait for rides in the circle drive. If you are walking, go directly home.
If we all work together to do the right thing, our job of keeping you safe will go more smoothly. Thank you for your support and cooperation.
The Henderson 2014-2015 Yearbook is on sale now! If you haven't already ordered a copy at the Back to School Fair, an order form will be coming home with your child. Yearbooks are $20 each. The deadline to order is Friday, December 5. No exceptions will be made, and no extra copies will be ordered to sell at the end of the year. To ensure your child receives a yearbook, be sure to send in your order by the deadline. Cash or checks payable to Joe Henderson Publications.
FREE FLU VACCINE
With the flu season approaching, Solano County's Department of Health and Social Services is offering free flu shot clinics throughout October and November, across the county. To view the site locations, dates, and times, please click here.
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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