Principal’s Corner

August 1, 2017

Dear Parents/Guardians,

On behalf of the Hacienda staff, I would like to offer a warm welcome to our new and returning families. Our teachers and staff are working hard to prepare for the first day of school (Wednesday, August 16th). Since the start of school is just around the corner, here is some important information your family will need to kick off the school year:

FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

START AND END TIMES
State Preschool     8:00-11:00 am & 12:00-3:00 pm
SDC Preschool     8:55-11:55 am
Grades K/1         8:50-2:57 pm
Grades 1-3, SDC     8:50-2:57 pm
Grades 4-5, SDC       8:50-3:05 pm

LUNCH TIMES
Grades K/1 11:00-11:50 am
Grades 2-3 11:50-12:30 pm
Grades 4-5 12:30-1:08 pm

CLASS LISTS
Class lists for grades 1-5 will be posted on the office windows on Tuesday, August 15th, at 4:30 pm. Kindergarten class assignments will be posted during kinder kickoff on August 12th.  Class assignments will NOT be given out over the phone.  There are no exceptions to this.  For your convenience, classroom assignments will remain posted overnight, so the information will be accessible in the morning, if needed.

STUDENT SUPERVISION
In an effort to ensure your child’s safety, please note that students may not arrive at school more than 30 minutes before school begins.  For student safety, supervision will be provided beginning at 8:15am. If students arrive at school before 8:15, they will be sent to the office and parents will be called. 
The only exception for this is for students riding the bus.  If you are in need of morning or after school care for your child, you may want to consider contacting the on-site YMCA Day Care program at (408) 978-1156.  Students will be supervised from 8:15-8:45 am in the cafeteria where breakfast is available for purchase and/or for students enrolled in the free/reduced breakfast/lunch program.

BELLS
Two bells will ring before school starts each morning. The first is a warning bell at 8:45am, signifying that school will begin at 8:50. Students should line up in front of their classrooms at 8:45.

PICK-UP/DROP-OFF
Your cooperation with safe drop off and pick up is greatly appreciated, and helps to ensure the safety of every child at Hacienda.  Please note that any parent volunteer or staff member assisting with traffic flow has been specifically asked to help with this important job, and should be treated with respect and courtesy.

Parking is available on the street on all four sides of the campus, however, it is not allowed in the bus loading zones or in either of the Staff Parking Lots.  Due to the limited parking available at Hacienda, our parking lots are reserved for staff members only.  If dropping/picking up your child using the drive through at the front of the school, PLEASE BE SURE THAT YOU DRIVE ALL THE WAY UP TO THE BLUE GATE, WHERE IT SAYS, “DROP OFF” PRIOR TO HAVING YOUR CHILD EXIT YOUR VEHICLE.  STUDENTS SHOULD ONLY EXIT VEHICLES ON THE PASSENGER SIDE, NEVER FROM THE DRIVER’S SIDE.  Do not leave your vehicle unattended to walk your child to or from their classroom, even if you think it’s just for a minute.

PBIS (POSITIVE BEHAVIOR INTERVENTION AND SUPPORTS)
We are excited to announce that Hacienda is adopting the PBIS program, and will begin gradual implementation this year.  Teachers, staff, and students will be receiving training over the next several months, with a goal of setting clear and positive expectations for students.  Stay tuned for more detail as we dive into this process.

RECESS 101
Thanks to our parent group, HIPS (Hacienda Involved Parents and Staff) we will continue to offer Recess 101, a program to support the social, emotional, and safety needs of our students.  It is a comprehensive program that includes tiered activities for students during recess and lunch.  A Recess 101 coach will set up games and activities (based on student choice), and teach the rules and guidelines for each of the games.  He/she will facilitate the games, and train a select group of students to be Recess Leaders. This will help students learn conflict resolution strategies when disagreements arise about the rules of the games. Coach will also provide physical activity classes twice per month in all classrooms, so that the rules of every game are being taught and practiced with both students and teachers.

TOYS/SPORTS EQUIPMENT
Please note that students may not bring toys or personal playground equipment to school. This includes sports equipment and any other toys or trading cards.

BREAKFAST/LUNCH
Breakfast $2.00, Reduced Breakfast 30¢, Milk 50¢, Lunch $3.00, Reduced Lunch 40¢. One bonus meal for every pack of 10 meals purchased providing there is no negative balance on the account at the time meals are paid for. All students currently enrolled in the Free/Reduced lunch program will receive a meal application in the mail.  If you would like your child to remain enrolled in the Free/Reduced lunch program, you will need to fill out and resubmit your meal application. Returning students who qualified for Free or Reduced Price meals last year will retain their same meal status until September 27, 2016, or when a new application for 2017-2018 is received and approved. After September 27, 2016, students without a new meal application on file will become full pay.  Parents of first time and new students to the District must fill out a meal application and will have to pay the full price for meals while waiting for their applications to be approved.

UNIFORMS
All students are required to wear school uniforms. School uniform colors are red, navy blue, white, hunter green or khaki. No logos, please. Donations of gently used uniforms and undergarments that your child may have outgrown are greatly appreciated.  Please do not send in stained or torn apparel.

CLASSROOM SUPPLIES
Each teacher has their own preference for supplies and will communicate them to you and your child sometime during the first month of school. Please note that your purchase of any of these supplies is not mandatory, however, they are greatly appreciated.

ABSENCE REPORTING

All absences must be called in to the school absence reporting line at (408) 287-6303 (it is not sufficient to tell the classroom teacher).  If your child is arriving after 8:50 am, you must sign them into school in the office, so they may receive a tardy slip to take to class.  This is important because once attendance has been taken, we have no other way of knowing if your child is here, or to remove an absence the teacher may already have reported.

HACIENDA INVOLVED PARENTS AND STAFF (HIPS)
Please consider joining and supporting HIPS this year.  The funds raised by HIPS benefit ALL students at our school, including music, science, art, classrooms, and much more. The link for HIPS volunteer information page is: http://www.sjusd.org/hacienda/hips/volunteers/.  Our Hacienda volunteers are an integral part of our community.  If you haven’t done so, please remember to carefully read and complete the volunteer packet for our district. Refer to the link for our district volunteer information page at: http://www.sjusd.org/hacienda/school-information/volunteer-information. It is important that you are fingerprinted and have a TB test clearance before you are able to volunteer. Please note that all volunteers must sign in at the office prior to volunteering on campus.

The school office will reopen on Wednesday, August 9th.  If your child will NOT be attending the first day of school, please notify the school immediately at (408) 535-6259. Office hours will be 8:00-4:00 pm.

Hacienda staff are excited and determined to ensure that all students are inspired and prepared to succeed in a global society. We invite you to join us in this pursuit, and to help us as we work towards providing every child with the skills needed to reach their full potential. We welcome your talents, your time, and your support, as we partner to achieve excellence for every student.

Warm regards,

Carmen Loy
Principal