The John Hancock Demonstration Elementary School K-5

Principal
William Griffin

3700 Morrell Avenue
Philadelphia PA 19114
Phone: 215-281-2604

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The John Hancock Demonstration Elementary School

 Breaking News:

 

 

Septa Strike Information:

 

THE SCHOOL DISTRICT OF PHILADELPHIA

OFFICE OF THE SUPERINTENDENT

440 NORTH BROAD STREET, SUITE 301

PHILADELPHIA, PENNSYLVANIA 19130

WILLIAM R. HITE, JR., Ed.D. SUPERINTENDENT

 

 

October 27, 2016

Dear Parents and Guardians:

 

We have learned that the Transport Workers Union Local 234 voted to authorize a SEPTA strike

Effective November 1, 2016 if a new contract agreement is not negotiated by 11:59 pm, Monday,

October 31, 2016. While SEPTA is optimistic that an agreement will be reached by the deadline, the School District of Philadelphia is committed to providing a safe and orderly learning environment for your child in the event of a strike. Please read the information below and continue to listen to KYW1060 am, City of Philadelphia Announcements; monitor our website at www.philasd.org; and call the School District Parent Hotline at 215-400-INFO (4636).

 

SCHOOL HOURS: In the event of a SEPTA strike all schools, offices, and support facilities will maintain regular hours.

 

BUS SERVICE: All regular yellow bus services will maintain normal schedules, but some delays may be expected.

 

STUDENT ATTENDANCE: Students who normally use SEPTA, and are unable to attend school

due to lack of transportation will be marked excused absence. A note from the parent or guardian will be required. Additionally, students who do not arrive on time, will not be marked late unless the Principal determines that the lateness is not due to the SEPTA strike.

We know you may have additional questions. Answers to key questions have been provided on the reverse side of this letter. Families are welcome and encouraged to contact their child’s school for more school-specific information.

In the event of a prolonged strike, the School District will issue additional information as needed.

Thank you in advance for your patience and understanding.

Sincerely,

William R. Hite, Jr., Ed.D.

 

 

 

The School District of Philadelphia Answers to SEPTA Strike Questions

10.27.2016

 

 

  1. Will schools and administrative offices be open if there is a SEPTA strike? Yes. All schools and administrative offices will be open and maintain regularly scheduled hours.
  2. Will my child be able to ride a yellow school bus to school if there is a SEPTA strike? All students who currently receive yellow school bus service will continue to be provided as scheduled, but parents should expect delays. Unfortunately, yellow school bus service cannot transport students who normally ride SEPTA to school.
  3. Will my child be marked absent if he or she does not attend school? Yes. Students who normally use SEPTA, and are unable to attend school because of lack of transportation, must be marked absent in accordance with the requirements of the Pennsylvania School Code. Note: This will be an excused absence, which requires a note from the parent or guardian.
  4. If my child is late due to the Septa strike will my child be marked late? Students who normally use SEPTA, and do not arrive on time, should not be marked late unless the Principal determines that lateness is not due to the SEPTA strike.
  5. Will my child continue to receive breakfast and lunch? Yes. All School District Food Services programs will continue as scheduled.
  6. 6.     Will after school programs, such as Comprehensive Early Learning Centers, extra-curricular clubs, and athletics be held during the SEPTA strike? Yes. All School District evening and Saturday programs will operate on normal schedules. Parents who use SEPTA themselves to pick up children from after school activities, such as Comprehensive Early Learning Centers, Beacons, and other programs, must make alternative arrangements so that children are picked up promptly, even in the event of a SEPTA strike.
  7. Will After School Athletics continue in the event of a SEPTA Strike? Yes. Middle and High School After School Athletics will continue as scheduled; however, parents must make alternative arrangements for students to be transported home after the game or practice if they use SEPTA. Parents, especially those who ride SEPTA themselves, should make arrangements for children to be picked up promptly from after school programs.
  8. Will my child be able to ride his or her bike to school during the SEPTA strike?Yes. Principals will provide a safe, secure place to store bicycles for students who ride to school. Students and parents should be reminded that students should attach bicycle locks, and that the school is not responsible for damage to or theft of bicycles
  9. If my child cannot get to school during the strike, how can the school help him or her keep up with lessons and homework during the SEPTA strike? While there is no substitute for attending school classes in the event of a strike, the Office of Curriculum, Assessment & Instruction will provide supplemental English, Language Arts and Mathematics Learning Packets for students in Kindergarten-Grade 8. Learning packets can be accessed using the following link: http://webgui.phila.k12.pa.us/offices/c/curriculum/learning-packets. High School Teachers will provide learning packets for their specific content areas. All teachers may provide homework assignments and additional supplementary work for independent study to students who normally use SEPTA. 

 

 



 


10/13/2016

Dear Parents/Guardians of Grade One and Grade Two Students,

I have some good news!

The parent meeting scheduled for this evening at the Hancock Elementary School at 6:00 pm is cancelled.

If you have any questions or need to speak or meet with me about anything, please feel free to contact me. 

Thank you for your support.

Have a great day!

Sincerely,

William Griffin

Principal

 

 


  Please help us make Hancock a safe school.

For the Safety of our children, please leave your pets at home when dropping off or picking up your children. Some students are afraid of dogs, so therefore it is best to leave your dog at home.  Dogs/pets are not permitted in the schoolyard and are not permitted near the gates of the schoolyard.   Dogs/pets may not be stationed on the sidewalk directly adjacent to the school.

 

 

School Year Calendar : 2016 - 2017

* Since the calendar is subject to change during the course of the school year, the web version may contain updates not reflected in the printed version of this publication.

The following is the calendar for all schools and Pre-Kindergarten Programs for the 2016 - 2017 school year:

September 1, 2016
First Day for Staff
Academic Year Preparation
September 1, 2016
9th Grade Orientation Window Opens
September 2, 2016
Staff Only
Professional Development
September 5, 2016
Labor Day
Administrative Offices and Schools Closed
September 6, 2016
Staff Only
Professional Development
September 6, 2016
9th Grade Orientation Window Closes
September 7, 2016
First Day for Grades 1-12
Student Attendance
September 7, 2016
First Day for Pre-Kindergarten, Head Start and Bright Futures
Student Attendance
September 7 - 9, 2016
Kindergarten Parent/Teacher Interviews
September 12 - 13, 2016
Kindergarten Parent/Teacher Interviews
September 14, 2016
First Day of Kindergarten
Student Attendance
September 29, 2016
2017-2018 School Selection Process Begins 
September 30, 2016
Staff Only
Professional Development
October 3 - 4, 2016
Rosh Hashanah
Administrative Offices and Schools Closed
October 12, 2016
Yom Kippur
Administrative Offices and Schools Closed
October 13 - 17, 2016
Interim Reports
October 19, 2016
PSAT Exams
November 2, 2016
PSAT Exams (Alternate Date)
November 8, 2016
Staff Only
Professional Development
November 11, 2016
Veterans' Day Observed
Administrative Offices and Schools Closed
November 11, 2016
2017-2018 School Selection Process Ends
November 21 - 23, 2016
Report Card Conferences
November 24 - 25, 2016
Thanksgiving Holiday
Administrative Offices and Schools Closed
December 20, 2016
Interim Reports
December 26, 2015
Winter Recess
Administrative Offices and Schools Closed
December 26 - 30, 2016
Winter Recess
Schools Closed
January 2, 2017
New Year's Day (Observed)
Schools Closed and Administrative Offices Closed
January 3, 2017
Staff Only
Professional Development
January 9 - 23, 2017
Keystone Exams
January 16, 2017
Dr. Martin Luther King Day
Administrative Offices and Schools Closed
January 23, 2017
ACCESS Testing Opens (Tentative)
February 15 - 17, 2017
Report Card Conferences
February 20, 2017
Presidents' Day
Administrative Offices and Schools Closed
March 3, 2017
ACCESS Testing Closes (Tentative)
March 6 - 8, 2017
Interim Reports
March 6, 2017
PD Half Day
3 Hour Early Dismissal
March 31, 2017
PD Half Day
3 Hour Early Dismissal
April 3 - May 12, 2017 
PSSA Assessments (Math, ELA, and Science) and Make-up Days
April 10 - 13, 2017
Spring Recess
Schools Closed
April 14, 2017
Good Friday
Administrative Offices and Schools Closed
April 19 - 21, 2017
Report Card Conferences
May 9 - 11, 2017
Interim Reports
May 15 - 26, 2017
Keystone Exams
May 16, 2017
Pennsylvania Primary Election Day - Schools Closed
May 29, 2017
Memorial Day
Administrative Offices and Schools Closed
June 20, 2017
Last Day for Students
June 21, 2017
Last Day for Staff

 

 

 

Points of Pride

  • High expectations for all learners in an inclusive environment
  • Inviting environment is evidenced through hallway displays
  • Staff and specialists collaborate around curriculum and assessments
  • School wide recognition for student achievement
  • Multi-disciplinary gifted program 
  • Staff professional development and training
  • Active Home and School support 

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