The Weekly Roar

Hanna Woods Elementary - February 5th, 2023

Hanna Woods's Mission and Vision

Our Mission:

To ensure all students are capable, curious, caring, and confident learners who understand and respond to the challenges of an ever-changing world.

Our Vision:

We succeed when all members are leaders who demonstrate core values, problem-solve, and work to achieve our goals.

Black History Month

Black History Month began as "Negro History Week" in 1926 when writer and historian Carter G. Woodson lobbied schools and other organizations to participate and promote African-American history. In 1976, President Gerald Ford officially recognized Black History Month, calling upon the public to "seize the opportunity to honor the too-often neglected accomplishments of black Americans in every area of endeavor throughout our history." Since then, every sitting president has appointed February Black History Month (

The colors black, red, yellow, and green embody the pride and unity of Black History Month. Black represents the resiliency of the people. Red symbolizes the blood of Black lives that have been shed throughout history. Yellow stands for optimism, justice, and equality for everyone. Green indicates Africa's rich greenery and other natural resources.

Carter Woodson's organization, now known as the Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH), designates a theme for Black History Month each year. This year's theme is "Black Resistance.

I leave you with the first stanza of the song Lift Every Voice and Sing, often referenced as the Black National Anthem, written as a poem by James Weldon Johnson. It is a song that shares a message of hope for the future while acknowledging past struggles. I have also included a link to a version of the music for your listening pleasure.

Lift ev'ry voice and sing,

'Til earth and heaven ring,

Ring with the harmonies of Liberty;

Let our rejoicing rise

High as the list'ning skies,

Let it resound loud as the rolling sea.

Sing a song full of the faith that the dark past has taught us,

Sing a song full of the hope that the present has brought us;

Facing the rising sun of our new day begun,

Let us march on 'til victory is won.

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National School Counselor Week

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Art Room Updates

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Library News

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From Mrs. Kannady's Room

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School Lunch News

Parkway will be rolling out restaurant-style pizza and Hanna Woods is the first school in the South region to get the new pizza!

Thursday, February 9th is National Pizza Day. Enjoy!

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Second Step Home Connection

Ask your child what questions they can ask to find out how someone feels and what they may want or need. Discuss how checking in on someone’s feelings is a great way to show you care about them.

Mental Health Tip

Help your child label and describe how they’re feeling by describing what you see: “you look like you’re feeling angry because you’re frowning and you’re stomping your feet”.

Upcoming Events


1-8: Black History Month

1: Early Release @ 1:15 pm

6-10: National School Counselor Week - Thank you, Mrs. Barry and Mrs. Hays for all you do!

6: Webinar: How to Show Up for Your Kids in the Digital Age, 6 pm Register here

9: Taste of Hanna, 6-8 pm

10: Kindergarten Field Trip, St. Louis Family Theatre, 9am - 12 pm

11: Fourth Grade Strings Day, Parkway West High School, 1 - 2:15 pm

16: Half Day Release @ 12:20 pm

17: No School, Professional Development Day

20: No School, Presidents Day

21: PTO Meeting, 6:30 pm

28: Spirit of Excellence Ceremony, 6 pm, UMSL's Touhill Performing Arts Center

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