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May 15th, Parent Newsletter

MLK Parent Newsletter

May 15, 2022

Updates

One more week of CAASPP testing. Firth grade students will be finishing up their Science testing Monday through Wednesday. The past two weeks, our 3rd-6th grade students have been working so diligently. They used scratched paper, took notes, and made sure to take their time. Thank you Parents for getting your students to school on time.

 

We will have in-person end of the year awards. We encourage all of our Crusaders to give their best effort this trimester, so they can be eligible for citizenship and academic awards. The awards criteria was sent home via Remind and Parent Square a few weeks ago.

 

Parents Please Save the date for May 25 at 9:00am. The 5th and 6th grade band will be performing for parents in the cafeteria. Fourth grade will also be playing a few songs on their recorders that morning.

 

Thank You,

Mrs. Bekedam

Learning Director

Important Dates

  • Monday, May 16: SSC Zoom
  • Monday, May 16: 4th grade to Fresno Zoo
  • Tuesday, May 17: 6th grade to Fresno Grizzles
  • Wednesday, May 25: Band Concert, 4th - 6th grade Band parents in the cafeteria @ 9:00 am
  • Thursday, May 26: Awards: Kinder: 8:15-9:00 4th grade: 9:15-10:00 1st: 10:15-11:00 in the cafeteria
  • Thursday, May 26: Junior High Orientation: 11:20 Students who go to JFK and 11:45 Students who will be going to WW
  • Friday, May 27: Minimum Day
  • Friday, May 27: 2nd: 8:10-8:55 5th: 9:15-10:00 3rd: 10:15-11:00 in the cafeteria
  • Monday, May 30: No School
  • Tuesday, May 31: Zero Citation School Carnival
  • Tuesday, May 31: 6th grade End of Year Awards 8:15-9:00 in the cafeteria

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Study Trips

2nd grade and Kindergarten went to the zoon on May 5th and 6th

This week on the 16th, Fourth grade will be headed to the Zoo.

Our 6th graders will be going to a Fresno Grizzles game, where they will be given lunch and be able to watch the Grizzles play some baseball.

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MVP last two weeks

Most On Task and Most Helpful

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Track meet result for 4/30

On April 30, HESD held a track meet at Hanford High School. Our Crusader Athletes showed up and gave it their all. We had student compete in various running distances, long jump, shot up, discus, high jump, and softball throw.

We are so proud of each and every student who showed up and did their best. Thank you parents for supporting your student.

 

On May 7th, Valley Championships took place. Congratulations to Nicole SanNicolas who placed 3rd in the Hurdles, Matthew Patino took 4th place in Javelin, Emily Mercedes went top 10 in discus for all of the Valley, and Xochitl Lara who completed her race, but results have not been shared yet.

2nd place!

Sal on your mark!

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2nd place!

 

Sal on your mark!

 

 

Volunteer Information

We will be having end of the year field trips for all grade levels. If you are interested in chaperoning for your child's class, please stop by the office between 7:30-4:30 to pick up a Volunteer packet. All new applicants must submit a completed volunteer packet, a current Tuberculosis clearance, ID or Drivers License, your Covid Vaccine card if you have been vaccinated (or you must provide a negative test within 72 hours of the field trip). You will also need to pass a background check through KCOE LIVESCAN, even if you have been cleared by your employer. We will provide you with all the documentation required. The approval process takes between 3-4 weeks, therefore it is crucial that you get the process started as soon as possible.

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Parent Square Overview-English

 

Parent Square Overview-Spanish

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Martin Luther King Jr. Elementary

Martin Luther King Jr. Elementary

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

820 Hume Avenue, Hanford, CA, USA(559) 585-3715king.hanfordesd.org/


May 1st Parent Newsletter

MLK Parent Newsletter

May 1, 2022

Updates

This week is TEACHER and STAFF Appreciation Week. We are so thankful for the amazing staff we have here at MLK. They all work so hard to provide the best education for you student(s). Please take the week to send a special note to you child's teach. Some ways to show appreciation, wear their teacher's favorite color, bring in a flower, draw a flower or a picture for them, your child could write their teacher a special card that says Thank you!

 

CAASPP testing, which kicks off Monday, May 2. It is very important that student(s) are on time and present for everyday of testing. Testing is scheduled May 2nd-May 27th. For sample practice items click on this link: PRACTICE ITEMS. Please make sure to schedule appoints around those dates. Most testing will take place in the morning up until lunch time, however if students need more time they can continue after lunch.

 

If you are unclear on what the state assessment is all about watch the video below. Mrs. Bekedam gives an overview of what the assessments all entails while Ms. Calvillo gives you the break down in Spanish.

 

Study trips have kicked off. Thank you to those of you who have turned in your packets and taken the steps to volunteer. Please keep in mind that if we have more volunteers than needed for a field trip, grade levels will use a lottery system to determine who will attend the field trips.

 

We will have in-person end of the year awards. We encourage all of our Crusaders to give their best effort this trimester, so they can be eligible for citizenship and academic awards. The awards criteria will be sent home via Remind and Parent Square.

 

Parents Please Save the date for May 25 at 9:00am. The 5th and 6th grade band will be performing for parents in the cafeteria. Fourth grade will also be playing a few songs on their recorders that morning.

 

Thank You,

Mrs. Bekedam

Learning Director

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Important Dates

  • Monday, May 2 through May 6th Teacher and Staff Appreciation Week
  • READY applications turned in on May 2, student will go on Waitlist
  • 1st/2nd grade visit from West Hills College
  • Thursday, May 5th 2nd grade to Zoo
  • Friday, May 6th Kindergarten to the Zoo
  • Saturday, May 7th Valley Track meet Buchannan High (Must have qualified on 4/26)

Congrats to Dr. Sanchez-Leal on the arrival of her beautiful baby girl Sofia!

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April Student of the Month Trustworthiness

 

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Study Trips

1st graders visited the Story Book Garden and 3rd grade went to the Planetarium

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Rally to Kick off Testing

On Wednesday, the 27th, our Crusaders participated in a Rally to kick off testing. During the rally there were a lot of fun games to play. There were 5 games in total, with 4 teams. The first game was called “Full bellies”. The second game was called “Shake it till you make it”. The third game was called “Attention to detail”. The fourth game is called “Exhalent focus”. Finally, the last game was called “Working Hard Not Hardly Working”. Our Favorite games were Full Bellies, Shake It till You Make It, and Exhalent Focus.

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Track meet result for 4/26

Congratulations to our students who went on to qualify at the county meet. The ones that qualified were Nicole Sannicolas, Xochitl Lara- Cervantes, Jonathan Cortez, Matthew Patinlea, Jayleen Mota, and Carol Cardoso.

Next track meet at Buchanan High School in Fresno on May 7th for Valley. Excellent job to the ones that qualified and good luck for the next.

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Back in February, Dr. Sanchez-Leal filled out an application for the Ca. Pivotal Practice Award. Here is the email response we received. There were only two school district in Kings County who received this award.

 

Greetings and Congratulations!

 

This email is to notify you that you have been selected as a 2022 California Pivotal Practice (CAPP) Award Program winner. An announcement has been sent out by the California Department of Education

 

 

The California Pivotal Practice Award Program was designed in partnership with our education associations to celebrate districts and schools that have completed an online application highlighting an innovative practice that was implemented during the 2020–21 school year, when California required schools to offer distance learning due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

As an 2022 CAPP Award Program winner, you can expect to receive a certificate from State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond by mail in the coming weeks. Separately, you will also receive by mail in May the 2022 California Pivotal Practice Award Program flag that can be displayed at your school or district.

 

On behalf of the State Superintendent and all of the California Department of Education, we thank you for your outstanding efforts on behalf of students in exceptionally challenging times.

 

 

Sincerely,

 

Patricia McLeod and Dina Fong

Co-Managers of the CDE Awards Program

Volunteer Information

We will be having end of the year field trips for all grade levels. If you are interested in chaperoning for your child's class, please stop by the office between 7:30-4:30 to pick up a Volunteer packet. All new applicants must submit a completed volunteer packet, a current Tuberculosis clearance, ID or Drivers License, your Covid Vaccine card if you have been vaccinated (or you must provide a negative test within 72 hours of the field trip). You will also need to pass a background check through KCOE LIVESCAN, even if you have been cleared by your employer. We will provide you with all the documentation required. The approval process takes between 3-4 weeks, therefore it is crucial that you get the process started as soon as possible.

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Parent Square Overview-English

 

Parent Square Overview-Spanish

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Martin Luther King Jr. Elementary

Martin Luther King Jr. Elementary

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

820 Hume Avenue, Hanford, CA, USA(559) 585-3715king.hanfordesd.org/


April 17th, Parent Newsletter
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!

https://www.hanfordesd.org/.

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.
Principal

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.

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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 https://www.valleyair.org/Home.htm.

 

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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