Hathaway School Community News

- February 2022 -

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Principal's Message 🏫

Hathaway Community,

February is the shortest month of the year but there has been a lot happening in our community and world related to COVID-19 and the Omicron variant. Daily attendance for students and staff has improved greatly since mid-January. Every member of the Hathaway staff continues working hard to keep us safe and able to continue learning especially our office staff and nurses! Please remember these simple steps to help make sure everyone remains as safe as possible!

Students should not come to school if they have any COVID-19 related Symptoms such as:

  • Runny Nose/Congestion

  • Cough

  • Sore Throat

  • Headache

  • Fatigue/Muscle or Body Aches

  • Fever above 99.5 degrees

  • Loss of Smell/Taste

  • Difficulty Breathing

As you know, February is the shortest month of the year and there is a lot to celebrate and recognize! Our 100th day of school is on February 8th and February is a very important month for celebrating history and culture. February is Black History Month and we celebrate the birthdays of two very important presidents, Friday, February 18, Abraham Lincoln's Birthday and Monday, February 21, George Washington's Birthday. School will be closed both days in recognition of the President's Day holiday. Many cultures around the world will also be celebrating the beginning of the lunar New Year February 1 - 15.

Please be on the lookout for information from our teachers about upcoming spring assessments for students, recognizing all of these important days and other classroom celebrations!

Please check the calendar below. Please take a few minutes to read and review about all of our important upcoming events.

Remember that every Wednesday of the year is an early release day. Kindergarteners dismiss at 11:26 am and ALL other grades First - Fifth dismiss at 1:02 pm.

If you have any questions or concerns about your child's progress or need any support at school or home, please stop by, call, email or text us! If you or your student have any questions please do not hesitate to reach out to the office staff or me at 805-488-2217

Mr. Beneke - Principal

NEW COVID Information and Updates

Hathaway community, the Hueneme Elementary District is in frequent contact with Ventura County Public Health (VCPH) and the Ventura County Office of Education (VCOE) regarding new and updated information as it relates to the health and safety of Hathaway students, staff and community.

As a reminder, at no time is it acceptable to send students to school when they are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, and especially if they have received a positive test result (laboratory based OR at-home test). Please make sure to report all positive cases to your students’ school.

NEW - Guidance on Masking and K-12 Schools - NEW

The California Department of Public Health announced today that the state will reassess masks in schools on February 28. Earlier today, Dr. Mark Ghaly, California Health and Human Services Secretary held a press conference addressing the face mask mandates in schools. Speaking for the California Department of Public Health (CDPH), Dr. Ghaly said that the current Covid-19 trends are used by the state to provide “an approach to keep schools open and thriving.”

With Covid-19 cases dropping rapidly throughout California, Dr. Ghaly said, “Masking requirements will expire as conditions improve. Masks are not intended to be in place in perpetuity. The question is when, not if.”

As of today, Dr. Ghaly said there is, “no change to the CDPH masking requirement,” but on February 28, 2022, the CDPH will reassess conditions for a change to the statewide school masking requirements.

The state will review cases, hospitalizations, vaccine rates and trends and make an announcement at that time. Local public health departments and local school districts are not authorized to change the state-issued mandate. Dr. Mark Ghaly, California Secretary of Health and Human Services, stated in today's message that it is likely that masks in schools will be recommended rather than required based on data.

We will continue to keep you posted with the most up to date information.


Hueneme Elementary School District

Regarding Free testing for students:

Please read the attached letter from HESD for more information. HERE

Two testing locations:

  • Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays: Blackstock Junior High School, 701 E. Bard Road
  • Tuesdays and Thursdays: Haycox Elementary School, 5400 Perkins Road

Testing hours are 10:00 am. - 3:45 pm. at each location. Both testing sites are walk-up only, no appointments necessary.

To register your Hathaway student for COVID testing please click HERE. This link is ONLY for Hathaway students. Students only need to register once before the first time they take a COVID test at a district site.

If families feel that their student is now cleared to end isolation or quarantine based on an-at home test kit result, please write your student’s name, date of birth, and test date on the test cassette and have a photo (or the cassette) ready for the health office.

Important Dates

  • 02/18: - Lincoln's Birthday Holiday - No School
  • 02/21: - Washington's Birthday Holiday - No School
  • 03/07: - 03/11: STAR Reading/Math Assessments Grades 2-5
  • 03/11: - End of 2nd Trimester - Report Cards
  • 03/21 - 03/25: California Healthy Kids Survey 5th Grade only
  • 04/04 - 04/15: - Spring Break
  • 05/06: - Progress Notices
  • 05/09 - 05/13: Spring Parent Conferences

President's Day Holiday - No School

Hathaway Community, the third Monday of every February is celebrated in the United States as Presidents Day. The day is intended to honor all American Presidents, but most significantly George Washington and Abraham Lincoln - the two most respected US Presidents.

Friday, February 18: - Lincoln's Birthday Holiday - No School

Monday, February 21: - Washington's Birthday Holiday - No School

Valentines Day Celebrations at Hathaway

This year we have had the chance to welcome students back and experience some of our fun celebrations and traditions!

Celebrating 100 Days at School!

Tuesday February 8th, Hathaway students and staff celebrated 100 days at school! Congratulations to everyone for making it this far!


Its that time of year again! Transitional Kindergarten (TK) and Kindergarten 2022-23 enrollment is now open!

Students who turn 5 between September 2nd and February 2nd may enroll in Transitional Kindergarten.

Students who turn 5 by September 1st may enroll in Kindergarten.

TK is offered at Bard, Haycox, Hueneme, Larsen, and Williams Schools.

Enroll for both TK and Kindergarten at Hathaway. If TK is not offered at Hathaway office staff will assist in enrolling your child in one of the TK classes at another school site. Based on enrollment, TK classes may be added to additional school sites like Hathaway. To see a TK and kindergarten classroom in action, please watch this short video:

English Video

Spanish Video

Further enrollment details can be found here: https://www.hueneme.org/page/registration

Registration Hours:

Monday - Friday 9:30 a.m.- 11:00 a.m.

Wednesday Evening: 4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Celebrate Black History Month 2022

Black History Month is an annual celebration of achievements by African Americans and a time for recognizing their central role in U.S. history. Also known as African American History Month,

it honors all Black people from all periods of U.S. history, from the enslaved people first brought over from Africa in the early 17th century to African Americans living in the United States today.

Since 1976, every U.S. president has officially designated the month of February as Black History Month.

The Black History Month 2022 theme, “Black Health and Wellness,” explores the legacy of not only Black scholars and medical practitioners in Western medicine, but also other ways of knowing (e.g., birth workers, doulas, midwives, naturopaths, herbalists, etc.) throughout the African Diaspora. The 2022 theme considers activities, rituals and initiatives that Black communities have done to be well.

Happy Lunar New Year 2022 - Year of the Tiger

Did you know that February marks the celebration of the 2022 Lunar New Year? This holiday has been celebrated by billions of people around the world for centuries. This 16-day festival recognizes the beginning of the New Year in the Lunar Calendar, beginning with New Year’s Eve festivities on January 31 and culminating with The Lantern Festival on February 15. A full week holidays are included so that friends and family can get together and celebrate.

2022 will be known as the year of the Tiger and can celebrated at home by enjoying spring rolls, dumplings, noodles, steamed meats and Nian Gao, “New Year Cake.”

Happy Lunar New Year to everyone!

Counselor Appreciation Week - February 7-11

Hathaway community please join us in celebrating our two amazing counselors, Mrs. Rios and Mr. Bravo! The Hathaway Community appreciates all they have done to support our community members, students and staff through this very challenging year! We have all learned and grown a lot. Together we can show them how much we appreciate everything they do for the students and staff at Hathaway!

Calendar for Mrs. Rios and Mr. Bravo's appreciation events:

  • Monday, 02/07 - They help us to grow! (Draw flowers for them or bring them flowers.)
  • Tuesday, 02/08 - They connect students to their school. (Wear your Hathaway gear.)
  • Wednesday, 02/09 - We love our counselors! (Students write letters or bring Valentine cards for them.)
  • Thursday, 02/10 - They motivate us to perform! (Record a video message using FlipGrid or another communication platform.)
  • Friday, 02/11 - Share how much we appreciate their hard work! (Free-choice activity.)

Join Us! Healthy Mind - Healthy Body Parent Workshops

Hathaway community, please join us in this valuable series of family workshops designed to help parents understand the importance of the mental and emotional health of our students. Workshops will be presented by Logrando Bienestar beginning February 15th. There are 6 classes, families are encouraged to attend all 6 or you can participate in the workshops that interest you. All workshops will be presented in English and Spanish. Please read below and contact Logrando to sign up today!

To join, please call or email: 805 973-5220 lograndobienestar@ventura.org

  • February 15 - Achieving Well-Being
  • February 22 - Stress and Anxiety
  • March 15 - Emotions and Depression
  • March 22 - Bullying/Intimidation
  • March 29 - Substance Use
  • April 19 - La Clave

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2022 Hathaway Spelling Bee

Hathaway hosted our semi virtual Spelling Bee and the competition was intense! Great job by students who gave it their all! Special thanks to Mr. Saturnino who has helped present our Spelling Bee for fifteen years! Great job everyone!

English Language Proficiency Assessments - Coming Soon

The Summative English Language Proficiency Assessments for California, or “Summative ELPAC,” is the test used to measure how well students understand English when it is not the language they speak at home. This years testing window is open from February 1, to May 31st 2022. Information from the ELPAC tells your child’s teacher about the areas in which your child needs extra support.

This spring, your child may take the Summative ELPAC.

Students in kindergarten through grade twelve who are classified as English learners will take the Summative ELPAC every year until they are reclassified as proficient in English. Students are tested on their skills in listening, speaking, reading, and writing. Your child’s voice is being recorded as part of the Speaking test.

You are an important part of your child’s education. To help your child get ready for the test, you can:

· Read to your child, or have them read to you on a regular basis.

· Use pictures and ask your child to tell you what they see, or what is happening in each picture.

· Provide your child with opportunities to use language outside of school.

· Talk with your child’s teacher about your child’s listening, speaking, reading and writing skills to help support their progress.

To learn more about the ELPAC, go to the California Department of Education Parent Guides to Understanding web page at https://www.cde.ca.gov/ta/tg/ca/parentguidetounderstand.asp.

You also can look at sample test questions on the practice tests, which can be found on the ELPAC Starting Smarter website at https://elpac.startingsmarter.org/ .

If you have any questions about your child taking the ELPAC, please contact Mrs. Tellez-Soto, EL Support Teacher at 805.488.2217 ext. 1887 or via email at: rtellez@hueneme.org

Please Report Your Absences

If your child will be absent, please call the school and report the absence to our front

office: 805-488-2217 Please bring any doctor's notes or necessary documentation to

excuse and absence to the school office or email it to Veronica Hernandez

( vhernandez@hueneme.org )

Counselor's Corner Mr. Bravo

Please let us know if you or your student needs any support.

School Counselor: Clemente Bravo

805-488-2217 Extension: 1889 Email: cbravo@hueneme.org

To access the full resources of HESD Counseling Corner students and families click here: https://sites.google.com/hueneme.org/hueneme-school-counselors/home

You can also find additional support here: https://covid19k12counseling.org/.

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Safety First

Hathaway Community, one of the most important goals at Hathaway is for us to work together to keep all students, staff and educational partners safe as we enter and exit campus.

Please remember:

  • During morning drop-of and afternoon pick up, please do not park in red zones or double park on Dollie street in front of the school.

  • Parking lots are for district staff and individuals who need accessible parking only.

  • Please remember to use crosswalks and sidewalks when walking to campus.

  • Please be respectful to staff as we work together to enforce safety for all.

Thank you in advance for your help making Hathaway a safe and excellent school!

Make The Most Out Of Every Day at School!

Start the day off right!

Hathaway community, please ensure that our students arrive to campus no later than 8 am. Arriving on time allows students time to walk to their line and be ready to be picked up by their teacher. Students should be in their seats by 8:05 am. Students arriving after 8:05 are marked marked tardy.

Student and Staff Safety at Hathaway

Reminder to all that we will be continuing to practice safety first for all staff and students:

Temperature screenings will be conducted before students enter their classrooms.

Please screen your child at home each day for fever or symptoms and do not send your child to school if he/she is symptomatic or sick.

Students should not come to school if they have any COVID-19 related Symptoms such as:

  • Runny Nose/Congestion

  • Cough

  • Sore Throat

  • Headache

  • Fatigue/Muscle or Body Aches

  • Fever above 99.5 degrees

  • Loss of Smell/Taste

  • Difficulty Breathing

SAVE THE DATE: 2022 VCOE Equity Conference

Parents and guardians, students, educators, support personnel, and community members are invited to join us for the 2022 VCOE Equity Conference. This free virtual event will include workshops addressing diversity, equity, and inclusion practices for marginalized students. There will also be opportunities for community networking plus door prizes.

Mark your calendars for Tuesday, March 22, 2022, from 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm. Online registration will be available soon at www.vcoe.org/equity22.

February Lunch Menu

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For detailed information about the 2021-2022 School year click below ↓

🕗 Hathaway 2021-2022 Bell Schedules 🕝

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Every Wednesday is an early dismissal day!

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Contact Us: 📬📞💻

Julien Hathaway Elementary School - 805-488-2217

Office Manager: Veronica Hernandez, vhernandez@hueneme.org

School Counselor, Clemente Bravo, cbravo@hueneme.org

Principal, Thomas Beneke, tbeneke@hueneme.org

Need to contact your teacher?

  • Email
  • Contact your teacher during during school hours
  • Seesaw or Google Classroom
  • Call your teacher: 805-488-2217 +classroom extension