Weekly News (Mar 1)

Hancock Happenings Week 27 (Mar 1)
Posted on 03/01/2021
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School Reopening News

Families most likely heard the news that the district is planning on reopening schools on April 12th. Here is a link to one story:  San Diego Unified Reopening Plan

Please know that although every attempt will be made to try and make this a reality for our families it is contingent on three things:

  1. Every eligible employee in the district who wants the vaccine will receive it and have the 2 weeks to allow for the vaccine to take full effect before April 12th.
  2. The county must move from the current purple tier to the next level red tier.
  3. All CDC guidelines for protection for staff and students to effectively be in person are in place prior to reopening. 

We have been asked if there are any details of what a day would look like once all contingencies are in place and the answer for now is no - Principals and school staff have not been briefed on what type of return we will have such as half days/full days, alternate days, etc.  We do know that families will be surveyed and those that would like to remain off campus may do so as long as they remain residents in San Diego County.  Families who have moved out of the county will be contacted and unfortunately may not be able to remain with Hancock.  Please know that once more information is available regarding schedules, surveys and a firm reopening date is confirmed Principal Hightower will be in contact.

Any families who still have outstanding immunization records in order to be on campus must complete those prior to having their child return to in person learning once we reopen.  If you have been contacted by our school nurse regarding these please schedule those now so you are eligible for return to school.  Any students who do not have the required immunizations will not be allowed to return in person until those are completed.

Parent Teacher Foundation (PTF) Information

Read Across America Week March 1st-5th- Check out the amazing activities our PTF have planned to celebrate Dr. Seuss’s birthday and Read Across America Week!  If you don’t already, be sure to follow their Facebook Page for updates and ways to participate!  https://www.facebook.com/groups/hancockelementaryptf


Spirit Days! Make sure to post your pictures on the PTF facebook page for a chance to win a Hancock Elementary school face mask! One winner will be chosen every day for a total of 5 winners! A couple days you have a choice on what you would like to do or you can do both!

Monday- Share a picture of you with your pet (Stuffed pets count as well) and/or Sports Day! Wear your favorite sport or sports team spirit wear.

Tuesday- Read, Read, Read! Share a picture of what you're reading today and/or Crazy hair day!

Wednesday- Wacky Wednesday! Wear your wackiest, tackiest, inside out and backwards clothes you can think of.

Thursday- Hancock Spirit! Show off your Hancock school spirits with your Hancock shirt or Hancock school colors!

Friday-Pajama day!! Wear your pajamas to school ALL DAY!

 The Masked Reader - We've found a mixture of 5 of Hancock's bravest staff, teachers and volunteers to dress up and read one of their favorite stories to you, but all in disguise of their choice!!!! Our Masked Readers have been asked to keep their participation a secret so no one, not even their co-workers know they are doing this!! We want to see if you can guess who they are based on the clues they give you and what you see and hear in the video. Starting the morning of Monday March 1st, we will post a video and 5 clues on our PTF Facebook page of that day's super secret Masked Reader reading their story. Families will have all day to guess who they think it is. That night, we’ll post another video to reveal who they are and we'll see how many of our Hancock Families were right! The next day, there will be a new super secret Hancock Masked Reader with new clues. This will go on all week!

We are so excited for you to see these videos and start guessing! This will not be something you or anyone you know will want to miss so invite other Hancock families to our Hancock PTF Facebook page if they aren't already part of it. https://www.facebook.com/groups/hancockelementaryptf/

Calling all 5th graders!! Your elementary school days are almost behind you and in 4 short months you'll be off to middle school! The PTF wants to help celebrate by letting one of you design the 5th grade yard sign that will go in every Hancock Elementary 5th grade yard! All the information you need to know is on the link below but if you need more, please email Mrs. Birthelmer at hancockeaglesptf@gmail.com. Have fun and be creative with this. We are so proud of all of you and can't wait to see what you come up with. Guidelines for Contest

Program for Dads

Dads Corps Workshops are conducted in 8-week formats teaching on topics such as Discipline, Communication, Healthy Lifestyles, Financial Security, Job Readiness, and more. We support dads by sharing new insights and approaches to parenting allowing YOU to develop new skills and tools to support your family unit regardless of your situation.  Dads Corps follows a nationally recognized parenting curriculum and utilizes peer-based group learning in supporting fathers to gain a foundation of the pillars of fatherhood through dialogue, shared experience, and parental modeling by connecting to other dads through each session. All San Diego fathers, civilian or military, are invited to enroll in our FREE program, as we are looking to roll out our first virtual cohorts in April 2021. Any interested participants can sign-up for more at: tinyurl.com/dadscorpsinterest

 Program Flyer

Program for Families

Outdoor Outreach has just opened up programs for modified in-person outings and proud to launch their two Community Programs: Neighborhood Adventure Clubs and Family Engagement. Neighborhood Adventure Clubs are an opportunity for students in the community to join Outdoor Outreach and their trained instructors on adventure activities around your own neighborhood. Equipment, instruction and light snacks will be provided at no cost! These adventures are a time to enjoy the outdoors, make new friends, and discover your strengths. Family Engagement includes activities such as fishing off piers and exploring San Diego Bay by kayak! Family members from the same household can adventure with their guides, exploring San Diego while building connections and developing skills for all of life’s adventures.  All safety guidelines will be maintained by staff and participants.Here is their landing page for online registration: http://www.outdooroutreach.org/community/  and Program Flyer

School Portraits/Yearbook Information

The yearbook portrait deadline on Feb 28th has passed and many students still do not have portraits that we can use for our yearbook. If you haven’t uploaded a photo, you can email your photo to your classroom teacher or our yearbook coordinator at dvanboxtel@sandi.net until the end of this week (Mar 5th).  If we do not have your student’s photo we will include a “not pictured” logo on their classroom page.

Purchase your yearbook now: The yearbook is currently on sale for the low price of $12.  Upgrades are available and prices go up on March 9th.  Order your yearbook at ybpay.com.  School Code #13554721 The last day to order a yearbook is April 14th.

Family Math Workshop

In collaboration with the Math Department (elementary), Family Engagement will be hosting the next academic Zoom workshop on Math: Place Value.  The goal of this workshop is to explain to families what place value is and to help them get a deeper understanding of place value in order to support their child in making sense of mathematics. Please do not attend the morning workshop if your child is with their teacher.

Please encourage families to attend this Zoom workshop (with their child if possible in the evening) either in our morning or evening sessions.

Morning Session: Thursday, Mar. 4 from 9:45 a.m,-11:00 a.m. 

Zoom Meeting--https://sandiegounified.zoom.us/j/89340306646 or Zoom ID: 893 4030 6646

Evening Session:  Monday, Mar. 8 from 5:15 p.m.-6:30 p.m.

Zoom Meeting--https://sandiegounified.zoom.us/j/82730160397 or Zoom ID: 827 3016 0397

 If families would like to request a different language besides Spanish, Somali, Tagalog, and Vietnamese, during the presentation, they may request it (72 hours prior to the event) by clicking on


Need to Report an Absence?

If your child will be absent from online learning please be sure to report your absence.  You may report the absence using this google form or you may also call our phone line at 619-605-3200 and press 1 for attendance to leave a message.  Please be specific in your reason.

Upcoming Important Dates

Mar 1 - 5th Grade Articulation Meetings w/Middle Schools

Mar 1 - 5 Spirit Days

Mar 4 - Ms. Rowe Distribution

Mar 9 - Yearbook purchase price increase

Mar 22-26 - Parent Teacher Conferences

Mar 29-Apr 2 Spring Break



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