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Henderson Hound

Classes begin at 8:30am.
Gates open at 8:20. Students are not permitted to arrive to school before this time. 


Online Spirit Store

Looking for a way to show your Henderson Hound spirit? Check out our Spirit Wear Collection. From T-shirts and sweatshirts to water bottles, magnets, lanyards, and baseball hats…we have it all. Order forms can be picked up in the main office or downloaded from the online Spirit Store. Spirit wear is the perfect way to show school spirit…especially on Spirit Fridays.

Click Here to Visit and Order From the Online Spirit Store!


Click here to view our Single Plan for Student Achievement 


Click Here to view our official School Accountability Report Card from the state of California.

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Welcome to Joe Henderson Elementary  
A California Distinguished School  

Phone: 707 747-8370     Attendance: 707 748-2980   

Hound Book Swap

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Does your Hound have stacks of books in their room they have already read? Is your Hound looking to build a library for Summer reading? If so, then the Henderson Hound Book Swap is for you! The swap is a great way for your Hounds to get their "paws" on some new books so they can keep reading all summer long!

Here's how it works: 

From May 13 to May 29 students may bring in any “gently used” books to their teacher for donation. For every book a student donates they will receive a ticket. The maximum number of books a student may bring in is 10.

From June 1 to June 5 students may come to the library and select any “gently used” books of their choice based on the number of tickets they received from books they turned in. 

Book Criteria

Please make choices carefully before bringing in books. Books will only be accepted under the following guidelines:

  •   Books must be appropriate for grades PreK-5 only

  •   Books must be in gently used condition: cover on, no rips, tears, or bent edges

  •   Books with coloring or writing in them will not be accepted

  •   Coloring books, activity books, and sticker books will not be accepted  



Transitional Kindergarten and regular Kindergarten Enrollment will begin Monday, February 2. Registration is by appointment only. Please call the office at (707) 747-8370 to schedule an appointment. In order to enroll in regular Kindergarten, students must be 5 years old by September 1 of the 2015-16 school year. Transitional Kindergarten students need to be 5 years old between September 2nd through December 2nd. Please visit the BUSD Website for all required enrollment documents and more information. You MUST have ALL of the required documents in order to enroll.


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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!



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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
Twitter: @SourdoughHounds

5th Grade Outdoor Education

Facebook: Click here to "like' our page
Twitter: @houndsandslugs
Instagram: jhfifthgrade

10,000 BOOKS IN 365 DAYS!

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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. 


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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.


Homework Club is a volunteer-based program and we are in desperate need of volunteersThis 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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The last day of Homework Club for this school year will be Thursday, April 30. The staff and students of Joe Henderson want to send a huge THANK YOU to the wonderful Homework Club volunteers who worked to keep Homework Club open throughout the year. We appreciate the time and dedication they gave to our Hounds.

Today: 5/24/15


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Boxtops for Education

Something Extra from Raley's

eScript Program


May 25
Memorial Day
No School

June 5
Last Day of School
Happy Summer!


Homework club   

M-TH: 2:50 – 3:30 p.m.

Lego Club

Session 1: 1/12. 1/26, 2/2, 2/23

Session 2: 3/2, 3/9, 3/16, 3/23

Session 3: 3/30, 4/13, 4/20, 4/27

Session 4: 5/4, 5/11, 5/18, 6/1

For more information about this program: 707- 745-8088 or brickspace@att.net.

Healthy Cooking

Wednesdays 2:50- 4:30 p.m. 

Session 1: 2/4-2/25

Session 2: 3/5-3/25

Drama Club

(2015-2016 dates TBD)

Garden Club

Open to 4th and 5th graders. Meets on the following Fridays from 12:35-1:30

For more info. contact Mrs. Leong

Friday, January 30
Friday, February 13
Friday, February 27
Friday, March 13
Friday, March 27
Friday, April 17
Friday, May 1
Friday, May 22



Every Wednesday Hounds are encouraged to bring plastic bottle and/or aluminum cans(no glass) to school to raise money to replenish PE equipment. Recycling bins are under the flag pole every Wednesday morning. 


Ice Cream Thursdays

$1.00 after school


Jamba Juice Fridays

$2.00 after school