9/12/2021 Newsletter

MLK Parent Newsletter

SEPTEMBER 12, 2021

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important updates

Happy Grandparents/Abuelos Day! Thank you to all the MLK Grandparents who support their grandchildren! We thank you for your support and involvement!


We presented in all of our classrooms regarding MLK's School-wide Expectations. I encourage you to ask and discuss with your children what the expectations mean to them. They expectations are: Today I Will Be...1. Mindful of my Manners 2. Looking out for others and myself, and 3. Keeping my mind on Learning. We rehearse in our classrooms and school wide. Students who follow our expectations have the opportunity to earn Crusader Tokens. Crusader tokens can then be exchanged for items in our Weekly Crusader Store. Our Store will be opening next week. This week students can only earn tokens during recess and lunch. Please encourage your children to demonstrate positive behavior for a chance to earn Crusader Tokens.


Kinder and First Grade Parents: Please make sure your child knows whether you have sent a morning snack and/or lunch in their lunch bags. We have students who are eating their lunch for morning snack and then are coming to the lunch room with empty lunch bags. As a reminder, all of our students eat for free at MLK. Students with lunch bags are able to go to the tables and skip the lunch line; so we have students who are not going to through the lunch line but have very few items left for lunch.

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parking lot safety and after school safety

We plead that you do not have your children walk across the middle of Dawn Lane or Hume Ave to meet you in your car. We ask that parents and children use the marked cross walks. We want our Crusaders to be safe and in the last week there have been some near misses of our students.


As a reminder, we ask that your children exit and enter your vehicle through the right hand side. If you are entering our drive-thru lane, please remain in the lane and do not pass vehicles. Please be patient as we are trying to get every child to the correct car in a safe manner. Wednesdays are the busiest day and when we have the most backups. Please observe all traffic laws as you navigate the parking lot. Also, please follow the directives of school officials. At times it may inconvenient however our main goal is to keep our drive thru lanes moving efficient and safe for all involved.

important information

  • Sept. 15-Oct 15th is National Hispanic Heritage Month. Here are some resources that you can share with your children: HISPANIC HERITAGE MONTH I also included a short video detailing the history of National Hispanic Heritage Month.
  • Please make sure your child returns the Income Verification Forms to the school. We are striving to get 100% return rate. The responses on the forms determine how much funding we are eligible form.
  • MLK T-shirt and Merchandise Sale ends September 30th.
  • Please return the School Site Council Ballots no later than September 17th. They will be going home with your child tomorrow September 13th.
  • MVP's of the Week: Please see below for the names of our MVPS. This week's trait is Most Resilient, next week will be Caring. Students selected for MVPs get their prize on Mondays during recess.
  • Football/Softball Game: Thursday, September 16th MLK vs. Monroe @ Monroe School 3:30 p.m. For the games only family members of the players will be permitted. All underage family members must be accompanied by an adult family member.

online t-shirt orders: sale ends september 30th

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First Graders Reading

First Grade Team

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school communication

Our school will continue to use the Remind app to communicate important information about our school. I encourage you to download the application. If you are not a member of our Remind MLK group, please send a text to the number: 81010 and in the message portion write @mlkhanford. You may also e-mail us at: Dr. Sanchez-Leal, Mrs. Kelly Bekedam at and Ms. Castrejon

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Martin Luther King Jr. Elementary

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To receive text updates, please text @mlkhanford to 81010.

820 Hume Avenue, Hanford, CA, USA(559)

9/5/2021 Newsletter

MLK Updates

September 7, 2021

Reminders and Updates

Reminders and Updates

  • Income Verification Forms have to go out on Tuesday, September 7th. Ms. Yadi will send out directions. We are striving for 100% return rate.
  • Picture Day on Thursday, September 9, 2021 Ms. Yadi will send out the schedule.
  • MLK vs. Simas Softball and Football Game Thursday, September 9, 2021 3:30 PM; please come out and support our CRUSADERS.
  • READY Classroom Rotations start on Monday, September 13th. The next classrooms to be used are K-1: 304, 2-3 404, 4-5 206, 5-6 201. If there is a scheduling conflict with the next rotation of READY in your classroom, please let us know.
  • The MVP trait for this week is TRUSTWORTHINESS. Please select one student from your class at the end of the week and submit their name via the form linked here. Names are due by 3:00 p.m. every Friday. The student will be announced on our Monday Morning Announcements. Students may pick up their prize during Recess time.

Upcoming Dates

· Monday, September 6th- No School-Labor Day

· Thursday, September 9th Picture Day

· Thursday, September 9th MLK vs Simas Home Games 3:30 p.m.

· Monday, September 13th FAC/Safety Meeting

· Tuesday, September 14th Faculty Meeting

· Wednesday, September 15th Williams Act Visit

· Thursday, September 16th MLK @ Monroe 3:30 p.m.

· Tuesday, September 28th Faculty Meeting

· Thursday, September 23rd MLK vs. Roosevelt Home Games 3:30 p.m.

· Friday, October 1-MLK @ Simas 3:30 p.m.

· Thursday, October 7 Monroe @ MLK 3:30 pm.

· Thursday, October 7 MLK vs. Roosevelt Home Games 3:30 p.m.

· Saturday, October 23 Football/Softball Tournament

Friendly Reminder....

We have to continue to take health precautions. If you feel sick before you arrive at work please stay home and call us. Please review the information below.

COVID-19 Health and Safety

COVID-19 Health and Safety

If you have any concerns or ideas on how to make our campus safer to prevent the spread of COVID-19 please feel free to reach out to anyone on the Safety Committee (Cruz Sanchez-Leal, Kelly Bekedam, Yadira Castrejon, Jaqueline Huerta, Crystal Foster, Melisa Scott, Diane Molina and Kathleen Salyer). You may also submit your idea/request via an Office 365 submission.


We have to continue to follow all health and safety precautions. As we get more comfortable to being at MLK, it is easy to let go of some of our health precautions. Keep the following in mind:


  • Self-Assess every morning. If you have any of the symptoms reviewed, stay home and call us.
  • Masks have to be worn at all times when indoors.. The mask must cover your nose and mouth.
  • Wash your hands frequently.
  • Social Distance

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Here is the link to the supplies and materials request form. Please give office staff a few days to fulfill your request.


Do you have questions? Do you want to meet? Here is a link to book a date/time.

Asbestos Notice 21/22

The Hanford Elementary School District under Asbestos Hazard Emergency Response Act (AHERA) is required to develop and implement a management plan for dealing with the presence of asbestos-containing materials in our schools. Our school was built asbestos free. This plan is available for your inspection in the school office. A copy of all school plans is also available in the District Office located at 714 N. White Street.

Se requiere que el Distrito Escolar Primario de Hanford bajo la Ley de Respuesta a Emergencias de Peligro de Asbesto (AHERA) desarrolle e implemente un plan de manejo para lidiar con la presencia de materiales que contienen asbesto en nuestras escuelas. Nuestra escuela fue construida libre de asbesto. Este plan está disponible para su inspección en la oficina de la escuela. Una copia de todos los planes escolares también está disponible en la Oficina del Distrito ubicada en 714 N. White Street.

Learn from Home Resources

Learn from Home Resources are posted on our HESD website. You will notice that resources are organized by grade level spans: TK-2nd, 3rd-5th, and 6th-8th. Please check out the resources to support continued learning for your child!
Thank you for your support!

Principal's Message

Dear MLK Parents/Guardians: 

Welcome to Martin Luther King Jr. Elementary School (MLK), the home of the Crusaders! It is a pleasure to serve as the Principal of MLK for the fifth year.  The staff and I are committed to providing your child with a well-rounded education. We pride ourselves in providing students a safe and positive community that fosters character development while promoting high academic achievement. We know the 2020-2021 school year will be like no other. We are excited and ready to help your child succeed in distance learning. 

At MLK we expect our students to adhere to our MLK Motto everyday: Today I will be… (M)indful of my manners, (L)ooking out for others and myself and (K)eeping my mind on learning. When students demonstrate the MLK motto in action, they are rewarded. It may look different this year, but know that we will continue to recognize students that participate in online learning. This year’s theme is One Team, One Dream; Believe and Achieve. We believe every child will succeed at MLK! 

Also, please know that you play an important role in your child’s education. We want to partner with you to support your child’s success.  It is through this partnership that your child can continue to grow and thrive. Our staff is ready to work with you to support your child’s success at MLK. We encourage you to be a part of our Remind (Text Messaging App) so you can receive up to date information. If you are not a part of our group, text 81010 and in the message line write @mlkhanford. 

If there is any way we can help, please do not hesitate to contact us at 585-3715  or stop by our school office. 

Thank You, 
Cruz Sanchez-Leal, Ed.D.

MLK Mission Statement

We will provide a safe, positive community that fosters character development, promotes academic achievement and embrace diversity with high expectations and direct explicit instruction for each student.

Adopted by MLK Faculty 2009-2010 School News Under Constructi

Air Quality/Weather Forecast

As a district, we participate in the Air Quality Flag Program with the San Joaquin Valley Air Control District.  The goal of the program is to educate faculty, staff, students and parents on air quality and protect them from air pollution exposure.  This will improve student health, decrease absenteeism and promote scholastic achievement. 

On a daily basis, we monitor the air quality closely and make accommodations as necessary to ensure student safety. Part of the program includes displaying a flag to define the air quality for the day.  When the air quality reaches a red unhealthy status, a rainy day schedule will be followed. More information is available at


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Notification of Asbestos Management Plans

The Hanford Elementary School District under Federal Regulations, 40CRF, Part 763 Asbestos Hazard Emergency Response Act (AHERA), is required to develop and implement a Management Plan for dealing with the presence of asbestos-containing materials in our schools.   This plan is available for your inspection in the school office.  A copy of all school plans is available in the District Office, located at 714 N. White Street, Hanford, CA

Volunteers and Chaperones

Martin Luther King School welcomes and encourages parent involvement.  To support our safe campus policy, there are   guidelines and procedures that must be followed before a parent is allowed to volunteer on campus.  Due to the increased awareness of safety on campus and the need for uninterrupted instructional time, the district has formulated guidelines for volunteer procedures at all HESD campuses.    Before being approved to volunteer and/or chaperone, an application must be submitted, fingerprint clearance must take place and approval from HESD must be granted.  Applications are available in the office for the 2015/2016 school year. If you wish to observe your child’s classroom, an appointment must also be made in advance.

For more information, please contact the Martin Luther King Elementary school office at 585-3715.

Parent Teacher Club

Communication between the school and home is essential for student success.  A great way to contribute to the education and enrichment for all of our Martin Luther King Elementary Students is to be actively involved by participating in our Parent Teacher Club meetings each month.  All meetings take place in the MLK school site library with babysitting and translation available.  Please watch for upcoming flyers letting you know what date and time is scheduled for each meeting.  We hope to see you there!

Safety Drills

For the safety and security of our students here at MLK Elementary School, we currently conduct monthly fire drills and earthquake drop and safety drills with lockdown drill practices being conducted once every three months.  By practicing these mock drills our students learn and understand the procedures they must follow in case an actual emergency situation should occur on campus that could jeopardize their safety.

Foggy Day Information

 (This information can also be found in the Parent Handbook & Calendar.)

If a foggy day schedule is called, information can be found on TV Channel 18 (PBS), radio at KMJ 580 or the Hanford Elementary foggy day information line 559-585-3652.

Plan A:           Buses two hours delayed.  Classes start on time.

Plan B:           Morning buses cancelled.  Classes start on time.

Plan C:           Afternoon buses cancelled.

Health and Wellness Policy

In order to support our health and wellness policy, we will no longer celebrate individual children(s) birthdays or accept any sweet treats for birthday snacks.  Parent are still encouraged to celebrate student birthdays by offering an alternative to sweet treats such as a goody bag with pencils, erasers, crayons, etc.  Another fun idea is to donate a hardback book to the library in honor of your student.

Important Safety Information
  • Yard supervisors are on campus at 7:15 am Students are not to be on campus before then.
  • Drop-off/Pick-up Zone: Located in the driveway directly in front of the school.  This is not a parking area!  Please do not double park in this area.  This area is a ONE WAY.  Do not drop off students in the parking lot.
  • All students and adults should always use the crosswalk in the pick up area.
  • If you  need to get out of your car for any reason, please park your car in the parking lot
  • Maximum allowable speed in pickup/drop area is 5 mph.
  • While in the loading/drop off area, move up to the next available spot.  For the safety of our students and to make sure the loading area moves along as smooth as possible, please do not double park
  • All adult visitors must check into the office before going on campus at all times.
  • All adults are prohibited from using student restrooms.  There are adult restrooms available in the office.
  • Do not leave siblings of students not enrolled at Martin Luther King unattended while on campus