11/28/2021 Newsletter

MLK Parent Newsletter

November 28, 2021

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Important Information

  • Monday 12/6 and Tuesday 12/7 Basketball Try Outs Grades 4-6 Only (Boys and Girls) 3:00-4:00. Athletes must attend on both days. After that the coaches will post the roster of the students who made the team.
  • Thursday, December 9th- Healthy Smiles (Dental Clinic) will be at MLK
  • Dress Up Days: Dec. 6-10 and Dec. 13-17 (See Flyer Below)
  • Parent Teacher Club Meeting: Monday, December 13th via Zoom at 3:30 p.m.
  • MLK Scholastic Book Fair Student Purchase Days: Dec. 13-17 (Due to COVID visitors are not allowed, so only students will be able to purchase during designated days and times with their class).
  • MLK Family Literacy Reading Night: Wednesday, December 15th (See Flyer Below)
  • School Site Council and ELAC Meeting Thursday, December 16th at 3:00 p.m.
  • Minimum Day, Friday, December 17th
  • Winter Break: December 18-January 9th. School resumes on Monday, January 10th

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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

Martin Luther King Jr. Elementary

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

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



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.

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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


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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