Welcome to the home of the Hawks, here on the Internet site for J. Robert Hendricks Elementary school. Our highly performing campus of nearly 500 students is located in the strong community of Tucson. You'll find us at the central, southern part of Arizona, which offers bright and sunny skies and warm weather all year long.
Hendricks Elementary serves kindergarten to 6th grade. We take great pride and care in teaching your children every day. Our teachers and staff know that encouragement and challenging work build great minds and character. We are proud to be an A+ School!
Dear Hawk Families,
Our year is off to another great start! We had more families join us for our open house and parent curriculum/orientation nights this year. If you haven’t had a chance to meet your child’s teacher, I encourage you to do so soon, via phone, e-mail or stop by. Together we will make all Hawks Soar with Pride! Your teamwork is the essential piece.
The staff has been working to plan lessons that are more problem based and aligned to the AZCCRS. Teachers have all started a writing project that will require all students to develop deeper writing skills. Please help challenge your child to read each and every night. It is critical that students develop stamina for reading longer passages in order to be successful in this forever changing global economy. Problems based math will challenge your students this year. The focus of math will be to understand rather than just compute concepts. We are working as a staff to teach grit and perseverance. Effort is not an option. We expect it of all Hawks. We believe each and every student at Hendricks can continue to push individual levels of mastery higher.
Mr. Wells 3 R’s – Respect, Responsibility, and Relationships are the principal’s principles. All grade levels have developed and are teaching lessons addressing how to “stop a bully.” We taught all students a fourth ‘R’ - Report it! We take all accusations seriously and do not tolerate students who put down others due to race, size, disability, or physical characteristics. Please talk to your student about being kind and using put ups, not put downs!
Safety – School safety is important to all members of our community. Please talk with your child about crossing only in the crosswalk at the corner. PCSD has issued tickets for parents who are illegally parking in the posted “no standing, no stopping” zone across from Hendricks on Camino de la Tierra. Students and families have been seen jay walking across the street. This can be very dangerous. I ask that families model for your child(ren) the safe way to cross at the corner.
Parking – With the construction finished, we encourage parents to make arrangements with your older students (4, 5, 6 graders) along the frontage road directly across from Circle K along Orange Grove. We provide a crossing guard before and after school. If a few parents do this, it will help alleviate the congestion in our Southern parking lot. Also, please be patient at the end of the day. Do not block the movement of traffic by double parking in the horseshoe drive on south side. Keep a lookout. I’ve seen several people texting and driving at pick up in our parking lot. Thank you for keeping our community safe for students/parents well being. Sheriffs will begin ticketing along dirt on Orange Grove after Labor Day.
PTO – Our first meeting, August 20, 2014, was very productive. We discussed lots of great information including planning of the annual Hendricks Community Picnic. Join us Friday, September 12 from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Plan to come with your family to get to know our new Hawk families or reacquaint with old friends. Pack a picnic meal, or pick up some food on your way. PTO will be selling cold drinks and pizza. A DJ will be on hand for your listening pleasure. For dessert, PTO will have a bake sale and frosty treats set up for you to purchase.
Box tops are a great way for our school to make extra cash. Keeping collecting from family members. Last year we were #2 in Southern Arizona for top money made from box tops!
Fundraising Kickoff – During the day, on September 12, students will attend the kick off assembly for our largest fundraiser, which will be the Believe Catalogue full of goodies as well as our cookie dough sales. Watch for the due dates and ways you can help support our school. We would love for you to join us for our next PTO meeting on September 16 at 2:30 p.m. in the library. Bring a friend, and help our school.
As always, if you need anything, contact your child’s teacher or our front office.
Peter M. Wells