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Principal's Message

Dear Simas Parents,
 
I would like to officially welcome you to the 2019-2020 school year.  I am thrilled to be serving as your proud Simas Elementary Principal for this coming up school year.  We are honored to have been named a California Distinguished & Honor Roll School for 2019! 
 
Simas Elementary is an extraordinary school that places children first.  We will continue to focus on refining our teaching practices to best support the academic rigor of our Common Core Standards, making your child our number one priority, as well as researching how we can better serve our students and community.  We have a very talented staff, involved and dedicated families, and students who eagerly accept challenges that we offer.  I am thrilled to be a member of this learning community. 
 
School Mission and Goals:
At Joseph M. Simas Elementary we believe all children can achieve high standards, become creative and independent thinkers, and develop strong character as they prepare to be tomorrow’s leaders.  We are responsible to serve as facilitators for the nurturing and development of every child:  academically, physically, socially, and emotionally.
 
Our School Goals:

  • The school community will strive to develop students’ fullest academic, social, and creative potential as a foundation for life-long learning.
  • Our school community will ensure a safe, secure, and positive environment for all students and staff.
  • Parent involvement, communication, and commitment will be encouraged and valued.
  • We will foster appreciation and respect for individuals and cultural diversity of our community as we work together toward common goals.

         
I look forward to serving you and your children again this school year.  We are eager and excited to have another successful school year watching our Simas Stars Shine!
 
Sincerely,
Mrs. Baldwin
Your PROUD Simas Principal

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/.

SIMAS STAR PRIDE 2019-2020

Each month we will be rewarding students who have NO Citations with a No-Citation Activity.  Our No-Citation Activity is called “STAR Pride”.  We will host our STAR Pride on the first Wednesday of each month.  Students who have not received citations for the month will be eligible to attend this 30 minute activity.  Students who have citations will attend a Character Building Class.  Each month students start fresh and can earn STAR Pride for the upcoming month.  We recognize that our students are learning how to make appropriate choices and need the opportunity to be rewarded for positive behaviors.  If you can help with an activity between 10:45 - 11:30 during our STAR Pride, please call the Simas Office at 585-3790.  We appreciate your support!

 

Dates
1st-6th

Star Pride Activity
1st-6th

8/13/19 - 9/4/19 September 4th
*All Participate**
9/5/19 - 10/2/19 October 2nd
10/3/19 - 11/6/19 November 6th
11/7/19 - 12/4/19 December 4th
12/5/19 - 2/5/20 February 5th
2/6/20 - 3/4/20 March 4th
3/5/20 - 4/1/20 April 1st
4/2/20 - 5/6/20 May 6th
5/7/20 – 6/3/20 June 3rd
   
Dates
TK and Kinder
STAR Pride 
Activity\TK and Kinder
8/13/19 - 9/11/19 September 11th
9/12/19 - 10/9/19 October 9th
10/10/19 - 11/13/19 November 13th
11/14/19 - 12/11/19 December 11th
12/12/19 - 2/12/20 February 12th
2/13/20 - 3/11/20 March 11th
3/12/20 - 4/15/20 April 15th
4/16/20 - 5/13/20 May 13th
5/13/20 - 6/3/20 June 3rd

 

Study Trips
TK/K – Chaffee Zoo, Fresno
1st Grade – Fire Station/Civic Center, Hanford
2nd Grade – Discovery Center, Fresno
3rd Grade – Visalia Planetarium, Visalia
4th Grade – Mission San Juan Bautista
5th Grade – Academy of Science, San Francisco
5th Grade: Burris Park, Hanford
6th Grade - California Academy of Science, Los Angeles

If you would like to a chaperone for your child’s classroom trip, please contact the office at 585-3790 for more information. If you were approved to volunteer previously for HESD, you are only required to fill out a new volunteer form.

Dismissal News

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.

Student Birthdays

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.

Parent Volunteers & Chaperones

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.

Support Simas School Year Round

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!

Important Information for Simas School

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.

School Information

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
HESD Wellness Policy

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

The Mission of Hanford Elementary School District

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.”