Welcome to Joe Henderson Elementary
A California Distinguished School
Phone: 707 747-8370 Attendance: 707 748-2980
RED RIBBON/SPIRIT WEEK
Show your spirit this week (10/20-10/24) as we celebrate Red Ribbon Week and "Say No to Drugs!". The Joe Henderson Student Council has designated theme days for the week. Check those closets and drawers and find those things that help you show that Joe Henderson spirit! The following is a schedule for the week. We look forward to your participation!
Monday: Wear Red Day
Tuesday: Tie Day
Wednesday: Wacky Hair Day
Thursday: Throwback to the 1980s
Friday: Disney Day
Calling all Monsters...Come to the HALLOWEEN FAMILY DANCE on Friday, October 24th from 6:30 to 8:30 pm. Put on your costumes and join in the fun! Tickets will be sold at the door, but space is limited so be sure to buy your tickets early. Price is $6 per person and children must be accompanied by an adult. Pre-sale ticket flyers will be sent home with students. Please see the instructions at the bottom on how to purchase tickets early. This event benefits the 4th and 5th grade Outdoor Education Programs.
If you would like to volunteer to help at the dance, please contact Kristin Kamm by phone 745-4313 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. We also need people to help decorate on Friday October 24th after school, sell tickets at the door, make and sell popcorn and cotton candy, and help clean up.
The annual Henderson Halloween Parade will take place at 9:00a.m. on Friday, October 31. All classes will complete a walking loop around the perimeter of the school and then return to class. Family members are invited to come out and watch the parade. Hounds are encouraged to wear their Halloween costume to school. Please be sure costumes are appropriate for school (no blood, gore, or fake weapons of any kind) and that students wear appropriate shoes.
Classroom celebrations will take place during the last 30 minutes of the school day at the discretion of your child's teacher. Any ADULT family members wishing to join in the celebrations must be cleared as volunteers through the main office.
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.
SOLANO COUNTY HEALTH ALERT
In response to a recent diagnosis of the Enterovirus D-68 (EV-D68) in Solano County, the Solano Public Health Agency has issued a Public Health Advisory. Below is an excerpt from the advisory. Please click here to view the entire document. A letter regarding the advisory will also be sent home to every Benicia Unified family. Please take a moment to educate yourself on this virus and especially follow the steps that can be taken to help prevent the infection.
SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS: Enterovirus-D68 typically causes mild respiratory symptoms including runny nose, sneezing, cough, muscle/body aches, and fever; however, in this current outbreak, most patients have been afebrile. Patients with EV-D68 infection have presented with wheezing or difficulty breathing. There have been reports of limb weakness in children infected with EV-D68, but it is unclear at this time if the limb weakness is due to EV-D68.
TRANSMISSION: Enterovirus-D68 can be found in an infected person’s saliva, nasal mucus or sputum. It is spread from person-to-person through coughs, sneezes or contaminated surfaces.
PREVENTION: There is currently no vaccine against EV-D68. The best way to prevent infection is to wash hands often with soap and water as alcohol-based hand sanitizers have limited effectively against enteroviruses, avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth with unclean hands, avoid people who are sick, and disinfect frequently touched surfaces, such as toys and doorknobs, especially if someone is sick.
AT RISK: Infants, children and teenagers are most likely to become ill from EV-D68 infection because they do not yet have immunity from previous exposures to these viruses. People with asthma and those with history of wheezing may have a higher risk for severe respiratory illness from EV-D68.
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.
SCHOOL CALENDAR CHANGE
The BUSD School Board has approved a change in the 2014-2015 school year calendar. The original calendar had Monday, June 1 scheduled as a Non-Student Day. The Board has now reinstated Monday, June 1 as a regular school day, and in its place, they have scheduled Monday, November 10 as a Non-Student Day. Please note this change on your own calendar.
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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