The Patrick Henry Post
August 26th, 2022
Welcome to Patrick Henry!
This week, we welcomed back 243 elementary students ranging from Preschoolers to 5th graders. We greeted them with smiles, hugs, laughter, games, activities, and lessons. We introduced them to our incredible staff. We toured the school. We practiced fire drills and safety measures. We made sure our students ate a healthy breakfast, lunch, and afternoon snack. We sent home welcome gifts for every student that includes supplies, a brand new backpack, and books on their grade level so they can start their own home library. We brought them into the gym, the art room, the music room, the cafeteria, the garden, the Reading Room, and even our beautiful interactive hallways. We learned about our students and began the most important job we have - building safe, loving relationships with our students. We made every student feel like this was their new home away from home.
It was AMAZING! Take a look below for some of our highlights from the first week of school.
Students across the school got to experience the magic of a new element to the classroom: The Calm Corner, complete with a bean bag chair, canopy, and relaxation tools to help students take a moment for themselves.
Mr. Keplar's 4th graders worked together as a team as they built relationships with one another on the first day of school. In the process, they got to laugh, reconnect, and get to know each other as 4th graders!
Ms. Hammock's own children are also students here at Patrick Henry, so their first day of school celebration photo took place in Ms. Hammock's classroom!
Teachers' family, friends, and loved ones supported them throughout the first week of school with fresh flower deliveries, specialized notes, and treats that arrived in many different ways. We love our support from home!
Hard at Work
Our students were working from Day 1! Though we have not started with deep content dives yet, we began this school year academically and relationally focused. Our students are already working together to complete projects and challenge their thinking.
Our students were gifted with so many items this year with our ESSER funding. Students were happy and excited to see their classrooms set up and ready to welcome them back to Patrick Henry!
It is very common for preschool students (and their parents!) to shed a few tears on the first day of school, but this year, Ms. Lindsey Munnelly had students so engaged in story time, play time, and learning, that there were no tears cried in her preschool classroom!
Getting to Know You
Our students in every classroom had the opportunity to tell and show us a little bit about themselves this week. Before we can dive deep into the academic day, we need to know our students and their interests. Throughout the first week of school, all teachers worked hard to learn every child's name and their interests.
Ms. Megan Willard's Kindergarten class is a fun place to be with a beautiful new setup for her students! Keep an eye out for new supplies and books that are coming home for your child to keep!
Mrs. Morgan Ralphs is seen here teaching the expectations of the gym to one of her preschool classes with the support of Ms. J. Bailey. The gym received a fresh coat of paint this summer and Mrs. Ralphs started the year off right with her students already hustling throughout her lesson!
The Art Room
Stop on by Ms. Kellie Godfrey's art space this school year to see a room with a few upgrades! Furniture has been moved, and projects will look a little different this year as Ms. Godfrey tries on a new way of approaching art that allows students even more creativity than previous years. Keep an eye out for artwork in your child's backpack!
Ms. Jami Fales has "looped" with her students, which means they get to have Ms. Jami two years in a row! Now that these students have turned into third graders, they came back to a brand new classroom with a completely different setup than last year!
Ms. Rashidah Ivory's 2nd and 3rd grade students were already singing on day 1 to learn the routines and procedures of their new classroom. Here, Ms. Ivory is teaching them the line up song, which students were already memorizing by the end of the first day.
Mr. Nick Keplar's 4th grade students were already hard at work their first day of school as they learned not only their new classroom but they also taught Mr. Keplar about Patrick Henry! We are excited to welcome our newest addition to the Patrick Henry staff!
Ms. Audrey Hammock's class this year has both 4th and 5th graders and you can see the beautiful maturity of her classroom, even during this first week of school!
When you walk into Patrick Henry, one thing you won't be able to miss is the massive amounts of BOOKS we have everywhere! We believe in giving our students books of the highest interest level and on their reading level. We also sent books home with families this year to begin building their own family libraries!
Patrick Henry has a new Smartboard in every classroom, and our students love working with the interactive technology!
Ms. Young's Motto
Ms. Teresa Norton-Young's Early Childhood students are constantly encouraged that they can and will do great things every day!
Ms. Hadley's "Rabbit Room" spent this week learning the routines and procedures of their new classroom and they had an incredibly successful week as a new team!
Ms. Lindsey Smith's preschoolers began learning the Pledge of Allegiance right from the first day of school and they have made excellent progress in just one week of practice!
Ms. Lindsey Munnelly's preschool students started their week by learning each other's names and learning (or re-learning) the classroom procedures. The beauty of preschool is that our teachers get the students for two years in a row, so our P4s are true experts when they come back for their second year!
A Special Space for Everyone
All of the classrooms at Patrick Henry are designed with children in mind, and one of the most important things a child needs to feel safe is to know that they have ownership over this space. Cubbies, closets, hooks, desks, and classrooms become their new special space to make sure they feel at home when they are at Patrick Henry.
Ms. Shelley Womack is returning to Patrick Henry for her second year on staff, but it is her first year as a Preschool Lead Classroom Teacher. Previously, "Ms. W." was our Building Substitute Teacher, and it is a joy to see her in her permanent classroom this year!
Open House at Patrick Henry
On Wednesday evening, we welcomed our most important stakeholders into our school for an in-person Open House: our families! Parents, aunts, uncles, grandparents, and siblings were able to come and see their child's classroom, meet the teacher, and hear a little bit of what their child will experience this year at Patrick Henry. Our staff loved every minute of meeting our families and welcoming them back in person! We have lots of in person events this school year, and we hope to see you at Patrick Henry!
Monday, September 5th: No school in honor of Labor Day
All SLPS schools will be closed on Monday, September 5th in honor of Labor Day. You can read more about Labor Day by clicking here. We will take today to remember and honor those Americans who came before us to create a fair, equal, and safe working environment for all laborers in all fields across the country.
Monday, September 12th: Grandparents' Day
We invite all grandparents to come into Patrick Henry for a special celebration with their grandchild in honor of Grandparents' Day. You can read more about Grandparents' Day by clicking here. At Patrick Henry, we would like grandparents to join their grandchild starting at 8:30am and ending at 9:30am. They will enjoy a special breakfast treat, a reading session, and a sample of class time.
Friday, September 16th: Progress Reports
On Friday, September 16th, families will receive their child's 1st quarter Progress Report Card via email. Please make sure you have updated your contact information if you do not have a current email address or phone number. You can update your contact information by calling the school at 314.231.7284 or by clicking here.