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Birthday Celebrations at Hodge

Dear Hodge Cougars,

Since August of 2014 Hodge Elementary School has implemented a health conscious policy regarding the celebration of birthdays at school. Food treats are no longer be a part of student birthday celebrations. Children’s birthdays may be celebrated in class with each teacher acknowledging birthdays in a special way such as a birthday crown, singing happy birthday, allowing a child to share a special book with the class, or in another manner appropriate for their age and grade.  There will continue to be opportunities for seasonal parties and other special events, but all food items need to meet the USDA and CDE nutrition guidelines. (See AUSD website and locate the Department of Nutrition Services for additional information:

https://ausd-ca.schoolloop.com/

The reasons for this change in policy include health concerns and the loss of instructional time. I can imagine it does not sound like much instructional time is lost for recognizing a student’s birthday, but when you multiply the time by 30 or more students, realizing that not all birthday treats sent have been modest or easy to serve, it adds up to the equivalent of one or more days of lost instruction.  Additionally, several of our students have health concerns related to food, including allergies, obesity, diabetes, and sensitivities to dyes. Furthermore, it is not uncommon for more than one birthday treat to be delivered on the same day, resulting in two sweet treats within one day. Although we are eager to celebrate each individual and to acknowledge their special day, in a caring manner, it’s also important to maintain a safe, respectful, and productive learning environment.

Thank you for supporting in our efforts to keep students healthy and focused to learn.

Sincerely,

Ms. Velasquez

Parents

Cougars Count on Learning at Hodge!

 In collaboration with faculty, staff, students, and parents, our community shares a commitment to increase learning for all. Teachers mediate student learning to ensure that all students are progressing academically and socially.

Community works together to provide a caring, safe, respectful and productive learning environment for all students. Hodge sustains a school-wide focus on California Common Core Standards-based education while affording multiple opportunities for students to develop the critical thinking, creativity, communication and collaboration skills necessary to sustain life-long learning in the 21st Century.

Conferences, Grading and Reporting System

During the week of November 14-18, parents and teachers will develop goals for the school year and review the first trimester report card. This will be done through a scheduled conference. In addition to the goal setting conference in the Fall, students will receive report cards in two additional times throughout the school year. We encourage on-going communication and partnership between the home and school. Parents are welcome to request a conference with the teacher anytime during the school year.

Emergency Cards

Emergency cards are sent home at the beginning of the school year and are to be filled out completely by parents. We suggest that the secondary contacts include local relatives or family friends. Two emergency phone numbers must be provided in accordance with AUSD School Board Policy.If your child becomes ill or injured at school, you will be called promptly. Therefore, it is extremely important that these cards are up-to-date. If there are any changes during the school year, parents must contact the office to update the information.