Henry Elementary Patriot Post

February 2019

Important Dates

Monday Feb 4th - Hearing & Vision Screening (K-5th)

Tuesday Feb 5th - Pastries w/Parents @7:45 am in Henry Library

Tuesday Feb 5th - Basketball Game @ Steele Elementary (away game)

Thursday Feb 14th (Valentine's Day) - Basketball Game (@Henry) vs. Steele (home game)

Monday Feb 18th - Presidents' Day NO SCHOOL

Wednesday Feb 20th - Basketball Game (@Henry) vs. Roosevelt Charter Academy (home game girls team)

Friday Feb 20th - Basketball Game @ Scott Elementary (away game)

Pastries with Parents

Tuesday, Feb. 5th, 7:45-8:15am

1310 Lehmberg Boulevard

Colorado Springs, CO

Join our Principal for free pastries and coffee* while she shares our celebrations andaccomplishments with you. We will also be discussing upcoming plans, events andvolunteer opportunities, as well as answering any questions you may have.

Hope to see you there!

**first come, first served

Books about African American History and Celebrating Cultural Diversity

  • Henry's Freedom Box: A True Story from the Underground Railroad by. Ellen Levine
  • Separate is Never Equal by. Duncan Tonatiuh
  • This Jazz Man by Mary Hays Weik
  • Whoever You Are by. Mem Fox
  • Follow the Drinking Gourd by. Jeanette Winter
  • The Other Side by. Jacqueline Woodson
  • Martin's Big Words: The Life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. by. Doreen Rappaport
  • Moses: When Harriet Tubman Led Her People to Freedom by. Carol Boston Weatherford
  • Tar Beach by, Faith Ringgold
  • Let the Children March by. Monica Clark-Robinson
  • The Name Jar by. Yangsook Choi
  • The Sandwich Swap by. Kelly DiPucchio and Queen Rania of Jordan
  • Same, Same But Different by. Jenny Kostecki-Shaw
  • Marisol McDonald Doesn't Match by. Jenny Kostecki-Shaw
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Pennies for Patients

The Henry Elementary School Chapter of the National Elementary Honor Society is hosting their annual charity fundraiser; Pennies for Patients. This non-profit fundraiser is focused on raising awareness and finding a cure for the blood cancers Leukemia and Lymphoma. Proceeds go directly to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society Your pocket change can make a huge impact, Join the Hero Squad! #MakeChangeBeatCancer

This fundraiser will run from February 4th - February 22nd.


Pennies for Patients Activities

Monday, February 4th: Door Decorating-class collects $20.00 and decorates their door by Wednesday, February 6th, the most creative door to the theme of “Pennies for Patients”wins a ribbon & “bragging rights”, there will be 2 runners up

Tuesday, February 5th: Animal Day-dress up as your favorite animal and bring a stuffed toy to match, pay $1.00

Wednesday, February 6th: Wild Patriot Day-dress in red, white, and blue as creative as possible, pay $1.00

Thursday, February 7th: Comfy Day-dress in pajamas, robe, blanket, and slippers, pay $1.00

Friday, February 8th: Character Day-dress as your favorite book character, pay $1.00

Monday, February 11th: Class Color Day-have your class dress in their assigned color, pay$.50

Tuesday, February 12th: Music Character Day-dress as your favorite singer, musician, or composer, pay $1.00

Wednesday, February 13th: Stuffed Animal Day-bring your favorite stuffed toy and pay .50

Thursday, February 14th: Candy Day-bring your favorite candy for snack and pay .25 to eat it in class

Friday, February 15th: Crazy Socks and Hat Day-wear your favorite, craziest socks and hat day, pay $1.00

Monday, February 18th: Job Day-dress like your favorite type of job, pay .50

Tuesday, February 19th: Sports Day-dress in your favorite sports t-shirt, jersey, jacket, hat (it can be a team you are on, a professional team, or a team your brother or sister is on), pay$1.00

Wednesday, February 20th: Crazy Hair Day-wear your hair in the “craziest” way, pay $1.00

Thursday, February 21st: “Sit where you want for lunch”-pay .50 to sit where ever you would like at lunch

Friday, February 22nd: Tape Mrs. Ernst to the wall-pay $1.00 for each strip of tape and tape your principal to the wall

The winning class that collects the most donations gets to decorate Mr. Mac, he must stay this way all day!

Poetry Corner

I, Too


I, too, sing America.

I am the darker brother.

They send me to eat in the kitchen

When company comes,

But I laugh,

And eat well,

And grow strong.


I’ll be at the table

When company comes.

Nobody’ll dare

Say to me,

“Eat in the kitchen,”



They’ll see how beautiful I am

And be ashamed—

I, too, am America.


James Mercer Langston Hughes was born in 1902 in Joplin, Missouri and lived with his story-telling, loving grandma until he was 12. He was often alone, and his grandma instilled a love of books in Hughes. He moved around with his mom and her new husband until after high school, when he began working. His jobs, including those on freighters, allowed him to travel to Mexico, and various countries in Europe and Africa. He finally settled in Harlem, New York in the 1920s. The Harlem Renaissance was an intellectual, social, and artistic explosion of culture; Harlem was the black mecca in the US at that time. Langston Hughes was an important figure during the Harlem Renaissance and he enjoyed sitting in clubs and listening to the blues and jazz as he wrote poetry. He was a leader, and devoted his life to writing about the Black experience in the United States. Kids can get familiar with his work by reading these wonderful poems and books written by Langston Hughes.

  • Poetry For Young People
  • Out of Wonder: Poems Celebrating Poets
  • That Is My Dream
  • Sail Away
  • I, Too, Am America

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