Welcome to Joe Henderson Elementary
A California Distinguished School
Phone: 707 747-8370 Attendance: 707 748-2980
MESSAGE FROM THE NURSE
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.
TK & KINDER. ENROLLMENT
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.
B.E.F. RUN FOR EDUCATION
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
GARDEN CLUB NEWS
Fourth and Fifth Graders interested in helping tend to the Henderson garden, meet in room D-2 on the following Fridays from 12:35-1:30p.m. Students will only be allowed to work in the garden if they wear closed-toed shoes and have gardening gloves. Students must also have a signed permission slip. For a permission slip or if you have questions, 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
COOKING CLUB FOR KIDS
Cooking Club for Kids is an after school program that prepares healthy, delicious dishes using fresh produce that is in season. Kids get to learn to prepare healthy recipes using fresh fruits and vegetables. If your Hound is interested, return the registration form that will be sent home, or register online here. Space is limited to 10 students per session and only 2 sessions will be offered. The registration cost is $50 per session which includes 4 classes. The club will meet on Wednesdays from 2:50 (lower grade dismissal) to 4:30. Cooking will begin at 3:00 when the upper grade is dismissed from school.
E-BOOKS HAVE ARRIVED!
Students of Joe Henderson now have the opportunity to check out E-Books on any tablet or mobile device using the Destiny Quest App. This App is free and available for download on all devices. Students can browse the available titles under Follett Shelf within the Destiny Quest App and digitally check them out on their devices. E-Book titles are available for a 2-week check out and will automatically be returned once this time period has passed. Download this app today and get started e-reading!
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!
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
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.
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.
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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