Dear Simas Families,
It is with great pride and excitement that I write to you as the new principal of Simas Elementary. My name is Amy Fochetti and I am honored to lead a school that has achieved outstanding academic accomplishments such as California Distinguished and Honor Roll School, and has such a strong reputation in the community.
On a personal note, I was born and raised in Hanford. I have been married to my husband Matt for 12 years and we have 3 daughters. This is my 18th year with Hanford Elementary School District. I have taught general education and special education classes prior to starting my career in administration. Before coming to Simas, I served as Learning Director at Monroe Elementary for 8 years. I believe that school is a place for students to grow academically, socially and emotionally. I have a passion for helping each child reach their greatest potential and value the relationship between home and school.
Simas staff is a very talented group of educators who put children first. We will continue to be vigilant and make sure your child’s health and safety is our number one priority. We will continue to learn and grow as educators and support students in their academic and social development. My door is always open and I am eager to work together to ensure your child has an amazing school experience at Simas. I truly believe that together, with your support, we can make this a wonderful year!
I look forward to serving you and your children this school year. We are eager and excited to have another successful school year watching our Simas Stars Shine!
Mrs. Amy Fochetti
-Your Proud Simas Principal
To provide optimal safety, security and consistency for all students, any changes to your child's dismissal instructions will only be accepted until 12:00 p.m. each day. Exceptions will be made for extreme emergencies only. Please help us keep your child safe and secure by adhering to this policy.
We have many students with severe food allergies, therefore, we will NOT be allowing food snacks or goody bags to be brought to school for student birthdays. We recommend that you purchase your child’s favorite book and donate it to the class or the school library on your child’s behalf. Thank your for your cooperation in this matter.
In order for parents to volunteer in the classroom or chaperone on a study trip, they must have completed the Volunteer Application process. This includes completing a Volunteer Registration Form. The process takes time to complete; in many cases 3-8 weeks, so if you are interested in becoming a volunteer or chaperone, please start the process as soon as possible. If you have any questions or concerns, contact the office at 585-3790.
Simas participates in Boxtops for Education. Simply clip the boxtops off of products you already buy for your home. Have your child turn them into their classroom teacher. Each boxtop is worth $.10 for Simas School! How easy is that? Help our school shine!
It is greatly appreciated that parents abide by our "close campus" procedures. For your child's safety, parents are asked to check in to the office before going on campus, for any reason. Parents interested in visiting classrooms are required to make arrangements with the classroom teacher and principal before visiting. *The Dress and Grooming Regulations are listed and explained in our Student Code of Conduct, which was sent home on the first day of school. Just a friendly reminder about haircuts; mo-hawks, tails or unusual razor cuts are not allowed and do violate our dress and grooming policy. *Student handbooks, conduct code booklets and emergency cards will be sent home on the first day of school. Please review and return the required parent/student signature sheets as soon as possible. Conduct Code booklets (containing our district and school site rules and procedures) are available to parents at any time throughout the school year, as needed.
Please ensure your child’s safety during drop off and pick up
- Walk students across the street if dropping off on Fitzgerald Lane
- Please help keep our bus drive through area clear so buses can stay on schedule
- Park in designated parking spaces
- Do not block traffic by stopping in the parking lot
- Do not double park
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 10 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 Simas unattended while on campus
It is vital that we as employees and parents of HESD understand and adhere to the HESD Wellness Policy. It specifically states “Schools, to the extent possible, will not use foods or beverages that do not meet nutritional standards”. In order to support our policy, as of October 1, 2009 we will no longer accept sweet treats for birthday snacks. Parents 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. However, if you bring an edible treat, any of the following items are acceptable: • Fresh Fruit • Bananas • Watermelon • Strawberries • Apples • Granola Bars • Applesauce • Yogurt • Raisins • Pretzels • Fresh Veggie • Cucumbers • Zucchini w/dip • Celery w/PB • Carrots w/dip
Everything we do must be for the expressed purpose of improving teaching and learning, therefore: “Our mission is to provide an educational environment which reinforces basic cultural values, ethical behavior, including respect for other, personal integrity, responsibility and accountability. We will work together to provide students with a safe environment in which they can discover their potential and strengthen their motivation for living and learning. As tomorrow’s leaders, students will be prepared to participate and function effectively in society.”