Hathaway School Community News

February 2023


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Principal's Message

February has arrived and there is a lot to celebrate! This month we recognize and celebrate Black History Month, the 100th day of our school year, Valentine's Day and holidays for two important Presidents!

Please check the calendar below. Please take a few minutes to read and review about all of our important upcoming events and check out some of the great events and pictures from Hathaway!

At home COVID-19 Test kits for students are available in our front office.

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.

COVID-19 related Symptoms:

  • Runny Nose/Congestion

  • Cough

  • Sore Throat

  • Headache

  • Fatigue/Muscle or Body Aches

  • Fever above 99.5 degrees

  • Loss of Smell/Taste

  • Difficulty Breathing

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

Important Dates

  • 02/06: - 02/10: - National School Counselor Week
  • 02/07: - 100th DAY of School
  • 02/17: - Lincoln's Birthday - No School
  • 02/20: - Washington's Birthday - No School
  • 02/24: - Cafe con Leche - Parent/community gathering 8:00 am Hathaway library
  • 03/02: - Spring Pictures
  • 03/10: - End of 2nd Trimester -
  • 03/14: - Educational Partners Families in School focus group session 5:30 - 7:30 pm
  • 03/21: - Hathaway Open House - HESD Mariachi 4:30 - 5:00
  • 0325: - Port Hueneme 75th Celebration Parade 9:00 - 11:00 am
  • 04/03 - 04/14: Spring Break

Celebrate Black History Month 2023

February is Black History Month and 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 American president has designated February as Black History Month and endorsed a specific theme, The Black History Month 2023 theme, Black Resistance, explores how "African Americans have resisted historic and ongoing oppression, in all forms, especially the racial terrorism of lynching, racial pogroms and police killings," since the nation's earliest days.

Celebrating 100 Days of School!

Oxnard Recreation Division 1 Champions! 🏀

Basketball is Back at Hathaway! We had an awesome Winter season! Panthers went undefeated during the season and are Oxnard Recreation Division 1 Champions! The team learned a lot, played hard and always gave their best!

Congratulations and thanks to Mr. Morimune and all the Panther Basketball Team members for sharing your enthusiasm, efforts and energy! Go Panthers!

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Hathaway School Needs Assessment Survey

Dear Hathaway Parents and Staff, Please take a few minutes to complete the 22-23 Hathaway School Needs Assessment -Survey at the link below. Your input is VERY IMPORTANT to us. Make your voice count! Thank you very much. Take the survey: HERE

Spelling Bee

Hathaway recently hosted an awesome Spelling Bee! It was a great contest that lasted 11 rounds! Congratulations to everyone who participated from second through fifth grade!

School Counseling Week February 6-10

Hathaway community, we are celebrating our two amazing counselors, Mrs. Martinez and Mr. Bravo! The Hathaway Community appreciates all they have done to support our community members, students and staff through challenging times. 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 and community Hathaway!

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

  • Monday, 02/06 - They help us to grow! (Draw flowers for them or bring them flowers.)
  • Tuesday, 02/07 - They connect students to their school. (Wear your Hathaway gear.)
  • Wednesday, 02/08 - We love our counselors! (Students write letters or bring cards for them.)
  • Thursday, 02/09 - They motivate us to perform! (Draw a picture of how they help us)
  • Friday, 02/10 - Share how much we appreciate their hard work! (Free-choice of appreciation

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 17: - Lincoln's Birthday Holiday - No School

Monday, February 20: - Washington's Birthday Holiday - No School


We are proud to bring our educational partners, "Cafe con Leche" to Hathaway! These parent and staff gatherings are designed to help you learn more about Hathaway, how schools operate, valuable community resources, ask questions and receive any support you may need.

Please join us Friday, February 24 at 8:00 am in our library. OPD School Resource Office Karina Hurtado will be joining us to discuss school safety. We are asking parents to sign in at the front office and then join us for some fresh coffee and pan dulce!

🏀 Basketball is Back at Hathaway! 🏀

Boys Basketball is back at Hathaway! Thanks to Mr. Morimune and Panther Team Members for sharing your enthusiasm, efforts and energy! Best of luck to you all! We know you will represent the best of Hathaway! Come out and support our 22-23 Basketball team!

2022-2023 Schedule:

02/15 - 6:00 - Hathaway v Rio Rosales - Rio Vista Gym

03/01 - 7:00 - Hathaway v Tierra Vista - Rio Vista Gym

03/09 - 8:00 - Hathaway v Rio Del Mar - PAL Gym

Go Panthers!

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English Language Proficiency Assessments February 1

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 2023. 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

Families In Schools Focus Group

Hathaway needs your help! We are partnering with Families In Schools: https://www.familiesinschools.org/ to host family focus groups to hear from YOU about how we can improve family engagement.

Your input is very important to us, and we invite you to join us on:

Date: Tuesday March 14, 2023

Time: 5:30 - 7:30 PM.

Location: Hathaway

We will be providing childcare and snacks!

Please register here

H2O Where Did You Go?

Students and staff enjoyed an awesome free assembly sponsored by the City of Oxnard called, "H2O Where Did You Go?" Students and staff learned a lot about the water cycle and how to conserve water and protect our environment!


Have you noticed communication between educational partners and Hathaway staff is changing? Schools around the district are now using an APP called, "Parent Square" which supports communication with staff and students at the class, school, and district level and integrates with our student information system.

Enter the cell phone or email that is on file in Q to sign in or sign up.

For a step by step guide for how to download and use Parent Square click HERE

Download the APP Today!

https://www.parentsquare.com/signin by using the 'Sign-up/Register'

Extended Learning Opportunities Program (ELOP)

Hathaway is excited to share an exciting opportunity for after school learning enrichment through our new Extended Learning Opportunities Program! (ELOP) Session 2 of enrichment classes begins the week of 12/12/22 - 3/10/23.

ELOP provides afterschool and summer school enrichment programs for transitional kindergarten through fifth grade. If your student is interested in attending any class, please make your selection from below. Select one enrichment class for your student’s grade level. Grade 4 students may also attend Actor’s Lab on Mondays A schedule for each student will be sent home.

Copies of the Interest forms and flyers are available in our front office.

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HESD Teacher of the Year 2021-2022!

Heartfelt congratulations to Ms. Vasquez for receiving the much deserved recognition of being Hueneme Elementary School Districts Teacher of the Year! Ms. Vasquez attended school at Hathaway as a child and has devoted 36 incredible years to the students staff and community here at Hathaway as an amazing educator! Ms. Vasquez has long been a pillar of professionalism, a role model of dedication and constant growth as an educator. The Hathaway staff is proud and honored to have the opportunity to work along side her through the years. Great work Ms. Vasquez!
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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 any absence to the school office or email it to Veronica Hernandez

( vhernandez@hueneme.org )

No Bullies!

Anti-Bullying Policy:

Hathaway and the Governing Board recognize the harmful effects of bullying on student well-being, student learning, and school attendance and desire to provide a safe school environment that protects students from physical and emotional harm. No individual or group shall, through physical, written, verbal, or other means, harass, sexually harass, threaten, intimidate, cyberbully, cause bodily injury to, or commit hate violence against any student or school personnel, or retaliate against them for filing a complaint or participating in the complaint resolution process.

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

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 be aware that the Oxnard Police Department will be in the area and may be issuing citations.

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!

After-School Education and Safety (ASES) 2022-2023!

Hathaway After-School Education and Safety (ASES) enrollment for the 22-23 school year is happening now! Next fall we will have many new and exciting changes! ASES is Monday through Friday after school. Please stop by the office to pick up an ASES enrollment packet. Lets get ready for a great new year of learning!
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Start the day off right!

Hathaway community, please ensure that our students arrive to campus no later than 8:00 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 tardy.

Universal Meals

Great news! starting this year throughout California, as a result of Education Code (EC) 49501.5, all students in grades TK–12 will be provided two meals free of charge (breakfast and lunch) during every school day regardless of their free or reduced-price meal eligibility!

Good food and nutrition are an essential part of great learning!

Dressed and Ready to GO!

Gentle reminders for dressing for success when coming to school: Please wear school appropriate clothing when at Hathaway.

Items that are not allowed:

  • gang-related insignia/graffiti on clothing, backpack or school supplies/work,

  • clothing with inappropriate writing (alcohol, drugs, weapons, disrespectful statements)

  • No clothing, hats or personal items with team/sports logos

  • Pajamas (except on celebration days)

  • sleeveless tops, see through blouses/shirts, low cut or bare midriff tops; spaghetti straps

Nothing that distracts from the learning environment is allowed.

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

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/.

February Lunch Menu

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For detailed information about the 2022-2023 School year click below ↓

🕗 Hathaway 2022-2023 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