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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   




We have once again formed a Team Henderson for this year's BEF Run for Education. We need ALL of our Hounds to participate so we can keep our record and coveted trophy for the school with the most spirit and participation. For $10 you can purchase an official Team Henderson race shirt. These bright orange shirts will help us stand out on race day, and will serve as great spirit wear for the rest of the year! We don't have a lot of time to collect orders. If you are interested in purchasing a shirt you can order online here and then submit your payment to the front office. You can also submit the orange order form that was sent home along with your payment to the office. All orders and payments need to be submitted no later than APRIL 2 at 3:00pm. If you still need to register for the BEF Run, you can do so here.



Are you interested in:

Learning how to never argue with your kids again? 
Finding the smiles even during homework time?
Improving school attendance and performance? 
Finding resources for your family?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, The Parent Project, Loving Solutions class might be for you! This 6-week course, beginning April 22, is being offered through BUSD. It is taught by Wendy Smith, principal of Mary Farmar Elementary School and certified Parent Project Facilitator. The cost of the course is $25 per family and includes a book. Space is limited to 25 families, so if you are interested, be sure to sign up ASAP. To register call (707) 747-8350. View the attached flyer here for more information.

Benicia Mini Maker Faire

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The Maker Faire is the Greatest Show (and Tell) on Earth—a family-friendly showcase of invention, creativity and resourcefulness, and a celebration of the Maker movement.  It’s a place where people show what they are making, and share what they are learning. Makers range from tech enthusiasts to crafters to homesteaders to scientists to garage tinkerers.  They are of all ages and backgrounds. The aim of Maker Faire is to entertain, inform, connect and grow this community. The Benicia Mini Maker Faire will be on March, 28th from 10am - 5pm at Benicia Middle School.  Tickets can be purchased online here


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.


The Student Council is sponsoring a Sock Drive during the month of March. They are collecting NEW pairs of socks for kids to be donated to the Benicia Community Action Council. A collection bin will be in the office until March 30. Thanks for your support!


Registration is open for the 2015 BEF Run For Education. This year’s race is Sunday, April 19, 2015. This great event brings in approximately $50,000 for our schools and is a community favorite so please help spread the word to students and families. Discounted registration rates are available through Feb 15th.  Applications are on the run website and at Earthly Nutrition (next to Raley’s). www.BeniciaRunForEducation.org


Measles has now been confirmed in Solano County and we wanted to provide information regarding a few actions that we can take to help protect our schools and communities. Measles is an infection that spreads easily through the air and is very contagious. Simply being in the same room with someone who has measles can be enough of an exposure to lead to infection. After a person ill with measles coughs or sneezes, the virus can linger in the air for an hour or two. Measles is often not diagnosed until the rash appears; however, individuals are contagious for four days prior to that. Once introduced into a community, measles can spread rapidly, especially in schools or day care centers when immunization rates are low. The MMR (measles, mumps, rubella) vaccine is very effective at preventing measles infection but high levels of vaccination in the community are needed to keep outbreaks limited. Two doses of MMR are routinely recommended for all children. If a child or school employee has not received at least one dose of MMR and is exposed to measles, he/she may be excluded from school for 21 days or longer to prevent further spread of disease. 

Please review this letter from the Solano Public Health Department and this Fact Sheet for more information regarding Measles and what you can do to keep you and your family protected.



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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Boxtops for Education

Something Extra from Raley's

eScript Program


April 3-10
Spring Break

April 19
BEF Run for Education


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