Hancock Happenings Week of Feb 13, 2023

Hancock Happenings Week 25: Feb 13-17
Posted on 02/13/2023
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School Holiday

All district schools will be closed for Presidents Day Weekend starting on Friday, February 17th through Monday, February 20th.  School will resume on Tuesday, February 21st.  

Hancock Awarded Purple Star School Designation

We are so proud to have been recently recognized as a school to receive the California Purple Star School Designation. The Purple Star Program was designed to help mitigate the challenges of high mobility by setting standards for and publicly designating military-friendly schools. The Purple Star Program’s true value derives from its potential to:

  • Centralize and make knowledge accessible,

  •  Develop stakeholder networks, and

  •  Support schools in cultivating and communicating cultural competency in supporting military-connected families

The program signals which schools are the most committed and best equipped to meet the unique needs of military students and families and Hancock was recently named for the 2022-2023 school year.  

Attendance Matters

San Diego Unified has begun sending monthly reports to families regarding attendance. The next letter will be sent electronically by the district on February 20th.  You may already have seen the first of these automated reports, which will inform you of student absences, both Excused and Unexcused absences to date and help track Chronic Absenteeism. Chronic absence is defined as missing 10 percent or more of school days due to absence for any reason—excused and unexcused absences. This can translate into students having difficulty learning to read by the third-grade, achieving in middle school, and graduating from high school. If you need support around attendance, please reach out to our school counselor, Mrs. MacMaster

Budget for the 2023-24 School Year

All district schools will be reviewing and gathering input on next school year’s budget in the coming weeks. Principal Hightower will be sharing the Hancock budget and holding input meetings in person on the following dates/times:  

Wednesday, February 22nd:  8:00AM, 2:30PM or 5:30PM

Friday, March 3rd at 8:00AM.   

All input from staff, parents, and community members will be shared with our School Site Council who will vote on the site’s Title I funds on Monday, March 6th. 

Sign Up for Next Core Academy Now

Saturday, Feb 25th will be the next Core Academy session at Hancock. Core Academy is an additional instructional day (4 hours on a Saturday) offering academic support and allows students to make up one full day of absence. Students must sign up ahead of time to attend. Please complete this Google Form to register your student. Sign Up for 2/25 Core Academy Here

Deadline for 5th Grade Families

February 16th is the deadline for 5th grade students to make their middle school elective choices for next year. The selection is made via a QR code specific to the chosen school for next year. If you do not have this information and still need to make a selection with your student, please reach out to their teacher or contact Mrs. Beeler in the front office. If the selection is not made by 2/16, the school will choose the elective schedule for the student.

UTK Enrollment for 2023-2024 School Year

Universal Transitional Kindergarten (UTK) will continue to be available in the coming school year for students born between September 2, 2018 - September 1, 2019.  The initial “pre-enrollment” will be online between Feb. 1 - 28, 2023. Visit the district’s UTK Website to stay informed.

It's Kripsy Kreme Time!                                                           

Monday Feb 13 is the end of Hancock PTF’s most delicious fundraiser! Pre-orders will close 2/13 and donuts will be available for pick-up at Hancock onThursday February 16th. Order here and pay via PayPal. Paper order forms are available in the office if paying with cash. When ordering online, please include your name, your student's name, and the number of dozens of donuts you are ordering. **Please note: orders will be picked up after school on 2/16. DONUTS MAY NOT BE PICKED UP THROUGH THE CAR PICK UP LINE!**

Getting to School Safely

As we see more and more parents using our drop off and pick up lines, please review this video on how to arrive at school safely that was made by our PTF. All of the rules pertain to both car drop off/pick up as well as those walking to school.  It is less than 5 minutes to watch and will save everyone time and frustration as we arrive and depart safely the Hancock way.  Click here:  Getting to school Safely  Here is also a written version of how to use the drop off zone safely: Hancock Drop Off Directions.docx

Parking at and around Hancock

  • Please do not park on Brumby Street.  There are signs notifying you that there is no school parking allowed and residents have had difficulty parking in their own driveways due to cars blocking them.  

  • Reserved Parking Spaces: The 8 parking spots facing the kindergarten playground and garden are reserved for school staff. Do not park in these spots even if it’s for a quick pick-up. We have staff that work various hours and these spots are reserved for them. 

  • Handicapped Spaces: It is unlawful for any person to park any vehicle in a space designated for disabled persons unless the vehicle displays either a special identification license plate or a distinguishing placard per California Vehicle Code. San Diego Police and SDUSD School Police periodically patrol the parking lot and will cite vehicles parked illegally. 

Summer School at Hancock

Hancock Elementary will be a host site for the LevelUp Summer 2023 academic program. Our Summer Academic Program will run from 8:00am - 1:00pm beginning June 20th until July 21st. 

  • Enroll now for Summer School. Applications were sent home with students. Extra forms are available in the front office. Open enrollment ends Mar 1. After this date, a wait list will be created and spots released as spots become available. 

  • PrimeTime After School Program will be available during summer for qualified students who are enrolled in the Academic Program. A separate application will be required for PrimeTime. Apply Online 

  • SDUSD Family Engagement Department will host a session to provide an overview of the 2023 Summer Program and walk you through the registration application. Session Options are Mon Feb 13 @ 5:30pm or Thurs Feb 16 @ 10:00am. See the attached flyer for information. 

Are You an Online Shopper? 

Hancock has recently signed up for School Store. We can earn money from your online shopping if you start your shopping through School Store and identify Hancock as your beneficiary. There are over 400 merchants that participate. Stores like Walmart, Kohl’s, Chewy, Home Depot and Best Buy! Please consider visiting schoolstore.com and check out their offerings. We only get credit if you start your shopping at their website and designate Hancock Elementary in San Diego. Give it a try!

Reserve Your Yearbook Today!

Reserve a copy of the 2022-2023 yearbook for your student today. Purchase online at https://ybpay.lifetouch.com/ School ID 13554723. Prices are currently $14 but go up at the end of February and will continue to increase the closer we get to the deadline. So, order yours today!  Yearbooks will be delivered to students in June.

Connect 2 Compete Computer Distribution Event

The San Diego County Office of Education and Computers2Kids are hosting an event for families to purchase affordable computers on Saturday, March 4 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Kearny High School @ 1954 Komet Way, San Diego CA 92111. See attached flyer for details. 

COVID-19 Testing & Student Illnesses

Please keep your child home when they’re sick.  They must be at least 24-hours fever and vomit/diarrhea free (unmedicated) before returning to school. If your student has any COVID-like symptoms (see list), please keep them home until the symptoms have improved and a negative COVID-19 test result has been achieved.  At home test kits are available for all students from the school’s health office. 

If your student tests positive for COVID-19, please complete the Self Reporting Tool and notify the school’s health office. If you have any questions about when and what is required for your student to return to school, please contact our health office at 619-605-3200, Option 3.  

If your child will be absent please be sure to report your absence to the office, not just your teacher.  You may report the absence using this google form OR you may call our phone line at 619-605-3200 and press 1 for attendance to leave a message any day/time.  Please be specific in your reason. 

Upcoming Important Dates

Feb 13 - Deadline to order Krispy Kreme (PTF fundraiser)

Feb 13 (5:30p) - Parent Info Session re Summer Programs

Feb 16 - Krispy Kreme Orders Available for pick up

Feb 16 (10:00a) - Parent Info Session re Summer Programs

Feb 17 -20 - President’s Holiday Weekend - No School

Feb 22 - 2023-24 Budget Input Meetings

Feb 25 - Core Academy (Sign Up Here)

Mar 3 - Coffee with Principal Hightower

Mar 6 - SSC Meeting


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