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Winter Break is December 16th through January 5th.    Have a Safe & Wonderful Holiday break. See you back on January 6th, 2020!
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Winter Performances & Holiday break dates

Come one, Come all to our Winter Performances on December 12! Our morning performance is at 9:15am. Our Evening performance will be at 5:30. Winter Break will begin on December 16th, 2019 through January 3rd, 2020. See you back on January 6th! We hope everyone has a wonderful and safe holiday season.
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Christmas in the Park Tree

Come Visit our Hellyer School tree at space #229. at San Jose's Christmas in the Park! (It's on the outside part-on the sidewalk) Many Thanks to the Christopher Neighborhood Association for helping to sponsor our Tree! Our classes had a lot of fun creating ornaments. Thank you to Mr. Jacinto and our teachers for decorating our tree on a rainy day. too! Visit for events info, maps, etc. https://www.christmasinthepark.com/
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SOARing Eagles

Congratulations to October's SOAR card raffle winners. Keep up the great work in being Safe, Outstandingly Respectful and Responsible. Grade 1 is in this picture, click on the headline or 1st picture in the slideshow for the group picture.
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Fall Carnival

Our Fall carnival-is coming up on Thursday, October 31st. (note: Minimum day schedule) All games are free & run by parents. No presale of tickets this year. (Food/drink/snack prices are listed in the picture) Parade is at 12:20-12:40 and the Carnival is from 12:45-1:30. At 1:30, students are to return to the classroom for dismissal. (safety) 1:30-2:30. Clean up crew of parents & teachers! Have a happy & safe Halloween!
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Welcome Mr. Jacinto

Dear G.W. Hellyer Community
It is with great pleasure that I write this letter to you as the incoming principal of Hellyer Elementary School. It is truly an honor to become part of the Hellyer family and community. Even though I have only had limited interactions with the faculty and parents thus far, I can already tell that it is a unique and special place. I am incredibly excited to become a part of the community.
I come to you with 21 years of experience as an educator in the Franklin-McKinley School District. I taught physical education at Sylvandale Middle School for nine years, worked four years as a Vice Principal at Fair Middle School. (Bridges Academy) and served as Principal at Franklin Elementary for eight years.
As I get to know our building, our community and familiarize myself with the unique needs of our school. I want to connect with each of you to hear your hopes and dreams for our school. I believe wholeheartedly that every student deserves a quality education and that only happens when the school and the families work together for the best interests of our children. With that in mind, I will call on all our faculty, staff and families to work as a single team so we can best serve our children.
I am honored to have this opportunity to serve our familes and staff. My main responsibility is to support our teachers to be in the best possible position to succeed, as they will in turn put our children and families in the best possible position to succeed. I look forward to meeting each of you and please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions, concerns or ideas you would like to share. Jose Jacinto
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A Farewell from Principal Jessie Salas

It is with heartfelt words that I write to inform you that as of June 28, 2019, I will be leaving the position of Principal of Hellyer Elementary School and relocating to San Diego County.

I want to thank each and every one of you for all your support, and for entrusting me with your children for the 2018-2019 school year. I am honored and feel so fortunate to have been given the opportunity to be part of the Hellyer Elementary community. It has been my good fortune to experience a wonderful partnership with the students, staff and families in our community. Hellyer has been a very special place for me and I will miss everyone.
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Summer School and 2019 School Year

Hellyer will be hosting Summer School for reading for K-3 students and working in collaboration with ELEVATE Math for 3rd-6th grade students. Unfortunately, the program is full. Student Hours are 8:30 am to 2:30 pm. Please do not park on Hellyer street in front of the office as we have busses from other schools coming to to drop off students.

School begins on August 19th. Class lists will be posted on Thursday, August 15th. Have a great Summer!
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Important Dates

It's hard to believe that the school year is almost over. Here is are some important dates to take note of:

Wednesday, June 12th- Kinder Promotion
Thursday, June 13th- Adjusted Day (TK 12:30; K-6 1:30)
Friday, June 14th- 6th grade Promotion
Friday, June 14th- Last Day of School. Dismissal Times: TK 12:30; K-6 1:30
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Important Dates/Reminders:

Remember to set your clocks forward one hour on Saturday, March 9th before going to sleep for Daylight Savings Time

* Starting on Monday, March 11th, all gates to the school/cafeteria will not open until 7:30 am.

* Wednesday, March 13th- Minimum Day; TK/K will dismiss at 11:45; 1st-6th grade will dismiss at 12:15. Please plan accordingly.

*Friday, March 15th- Spring Pictures. Free Dress Day!

* Monday, March 18th- School Spirit Day: Wear green to show school spirit to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day (Free Dress Day only for those students participating wearing green).

* Wednesday, March 20th-Friday March 22nd-Adjusted days due to Parent/Teacher Conferences. TK will dismiss at 12:30 and K-6th will dismiss at 1:30. Please plan accordingly.
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TK and Kinder Open House

Do you have a student or do you know a student that will be entering TK or Kinder in August? Please plan on joining us for the TK and Kinder Open House. This event is for *new* TK/K families to Hellyer. The event will be on Tuesday, February 12th. Please spread the word.
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Welcome Back!

Dear Hellyer Families,

I would like to welcome you back to the 2018-2019 school year! As the new principal of Hellyer Elementary, it is an honor to become part of the Eagle Community at Hellyer and the Franklin-McKinley School District. As a product of public education, my life was deeply enhanced by my classroom teachers. Not only did they provide me with a sound foundation, but also inspired me to pursue a career in education. I have been an educator for 12 years. Most recently I was an assistant principal in the Perris Elementary School District for the last 4 years. My background also includes 8 years as a classroom teacher teaching 2nd-6th grades.

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Good Luck Dr. Franks

Dear Parents and Guardians,

I am writing with news to share with you that I have accepted a position in Spokane, Washington as a Principal for Roosevelt Elementary. I want to thank each and every one of you for all your support, and for entrusting me with your children for the past few years. I am honored and feel so fortunate to have been given the opportunity to be part of the Hellyer Elementary family. I have so many wonderful memories of my time at Hellyer and I am sad to say goodbye.

During my time here, I have fostered relationships with many of you and I will cherish the memories and friendships I’ve made. Hellyer has been a very special place for me and I will miss everyone - know that my dedication to my position as your principal will continue as we transition to new leadership at Hellyer throughout the summer.

Although it’s hard to say goodbye to the parents and staff, the hardest part of leaving is saying goodbye to the children. I have grown so attached to them over the last three years. I have loved watching them grow up into amazing young people and I will treasure my memories of them all.

With much thanks and appreciation,

Dr. Laura Franks, Principal
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Summer School Info

Click the headline above for the Summer School flyer information in English, Spanish and Vietnamese.
The first day of summer school is Wednesday, June 20. The last day will be July 17th.
July 4th- No school for the 4th of July Holiday. The school day will be held from 8:30 am – 2:30 pm. School Appropriate Free Dress.
Everyday, a morning snack and lunch will be served.  
If your child is taking district transportation, pick-up and returns times are shared below. If you have questions, please contact Hellyer’s Summer School Lead, Diana Louly, at diana.louly@fmsd.org.

Franklin:      pickup  7:50 am   return    3:00 pm

Dahl:           pickup  8:00 am   return    2:50 pm

Los Arboles:         pickup    8:10 am     return
         2:40 pm
Parents must stay with their child until h/she is picked-up in the morning, and must meet the bus at the designed return time.
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We all Scream for Ice Cream

Thank you Hellyer families who participated in and attended the Ice Cream Social & Parent fundraiser on May 31st. We had a great turn out for hot dogs, corn on the cob, Ice cream sundae's and other goodies. Our annual Spring into Summer festivities will help kick off next years projects, field trips and other items that our school needs. (click the headline above for our photo gallery)
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Summer Happenings

Summer School will be in Session at Hellyer from 8:30-2:00 for selected students from four of our FMSD schools. Please remember to drive carefully around our campus.
Our First day back will be August 20th, 2018.
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CAASP Testing starting April 30th-June 8

Make sure to get 9-10 Hours of sleep
Eat a good protein/carb breakfast Before school. (remember Breakfast is free to all students in the cafeteria.
Parents- practice with your students and get a glimpse of sample questions at caaspp.org . or click the headline above for a link to the page.
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