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John Hancock Charter School, August 19, 2022

JHCS Friday T-Shirts for Sale

If you missed Back-to-School Night, this may be the first time you're hearing about school t-shirts and jackets! Here's some information:

  1. Students are allowed to wear JHCS t-shirts on Fridays. We have a special t-shirt this year, which has been designed to celebrate our school's 20th anniversary! Regardless of size, all t-shirts are $12.

  2. We are also taking orders for school fleece jackets. These are nice, because students can wear them inside the classroom as well. Regardless of size, all fleece jackets are $38.

  3. To fill out an order form AND pay for orders, please go to the front desk. We accept cash, check, or card. We will be accepting orders and payment until FRIDAY, AUGUST 26TH.

Welcome to the 22/23 school year parents!!

We are excited to start another great year at JHCS. Unfortunately, that means “welcome to the germ party” as well. I wanted to reach out and remind parents of precautions you and your family can take to help prevent the spread of viruses.

Cough and sneeze into your elbow. Or, an even better one that sounds weird, sneeze and cough down your shirt. Just lift your collar a bit to cover your nose and mouth.

Wash, wash, wash your hands!! Oh, did I mention wash your hands? ;o) wash with soap for 20 seconds. Don’t forget under your nails and sides of your fingers, pinkie and thumb included. Wash after the bathroom, if it’s been a while, you just wiped your nose, … when in doubt, wash! Hand lotion is available to make sure your hands don’t get too dry. Hand sanitizer is great for most occurrences too.

Those are the two main ones that will protect you the most. If you’d like other ideas, please feel free to reach out to me.

Now, I know COVID is still prevalent on everyone's mind. Rightfully so. Here’s the latest on that one. Yes, numbers are still high. BUT our hospitalizations and deaths have trended down. So here’s how it is recommended we now handle COVID, by the CDC and Utah county health department.

IF you test positive, quarantine for 5 days.

IF you are exposed, mask for 5 days.

A big question everyone has now is, how do you know if you have COVID? Very good question! It can appear like many other things. So my response to that is, if you are curious, just test! The US Postal service will deliver free tests to your home. You can order them here.


Testing takes 20 mins. If you are unsure how to do it, call me! I’ll walk you through it. Order them early so you have them on hand when you need them.

I do have PCR tests available at the school for those who are interested in those. Just contact me and we’ll set up a time to get you and your family, whoever tested.

Another great question I was recently asked was what to do about siblings. Please! Keep Johnny who tested positive home, but send Suzie who didn’t to school. We recommend Suzie wears a mask for 5 days, but send her!

Please keep your student home if they are throwing up, fever, and the first few days of a cough.

Yes, we want to keep our students safe but it is also vital that they are in the classroom. If you ever have questions, please contact me! I will be happy to help. As a busy mom, and also someone who tries to avoid telemarketers ;o), text and email are best. But if a phone call is needed, just text me and I’ll call you ASAP.

Let’s all commit to a fun, safe, healthy school year!!

Devin Payne

JHCS school nurse

801-735-3700 (text is best)


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Vision Screening - Sept. 20

Vision screenings to screen your child for visual problems such as Amblyopia (lazy eye) will be conducted throughout their school years.

Please be sure your child brings their eyeglasses on the day of the vision screening if they wear glasses.

Children’s eyes can change in as short of time as 6 months and there may be a need to see their eye doctor for a possible change in the prescription. If children cannot see the blackboard, they cannot learn.

Children often do not complain of poor vision whereas they may have seen everything in the same manner for years and are not aware the world doesn’t look the way they see it. Amblyopia is a common, but not always obvious, eye defect which must be identified before the age of seven for the most effective treatment. If not treated early, permanent visual loss may occur. It is often correctable if treated promptly.

If you would like to opt your child out of the vision screening, notify the school in writing before Sept. 16th. Send the notice to office@johnhancockcs.org.

Theta brainwaves lock in learning!

Wish you could study while you sleep? Well, in a way you can! JHCS students are Quantum learners who want all the advantages they can get from the way their brain naturally works. Brain researchers have learned that we process our thoughts and learnings during the night and that our brains focus on the thoughts we had closest to falling asleep. Their experience with students tells us that if students study, then watch TV, play video games, etc., these activities interfere with the brain’s ability to lock in what they studied.

If, instead, students take a quick scan of their schoolwork before falling asleep, it can make a big difference in what they remember and their understanding of what they studied. Teachers even say that test scores go up when students scan their studies just before they go to sleep.

We call this the Theta Scan because it’s happening during your theta brainwave activity time – a reminder to scan your studies last to get the full benefit of all the time you put in already. Try out the Theta Scan to get extra hours of your brain focusing on your studies.'

Bedtime Routine:

  • No screen time one hour prior to bedtime
  • 30 minutes before bedtime brush teeth, change into PJ, shower or bath, etc.
  • 25 minutes before bedtime read aloud to your child for 20 minutes
  • 5 to 7 minutes before going to bed is the best time to review items your child is working on at school.

This routine helps to transfer the information they learned during the day from short-term memory to long term memory and improves sleep.