Henry Elementary Patriot Post

May 2020

Letter From our Principal

Henry Parents,

Although life is different than any of us ever anticipated, we want you all to know that we are here to support you and to support you kiddos during this time. All of our wonderful teachers are available daily during office hours to help with whatever you need. As many of you are navigating working from home and supporting your students with their school work, know that there are many resources available to help. Below are some links you can click to find many of those resources to support your students emotionally.

Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL): Ideas and Tools for Working With Parents and Families. This comprehensive PDF from CASEL’s website offers specific tips for what parents can do to support social and emotional learning at home. The packet includes background information about SEL, interviews with parents, and lists of SEL books, organizations, and programs.

Center on the Social and Emotional Foundations for Early Learning (CSEFEL): Family Tools. This collaborative project based at Vanderbilt University offers a series of guides for parents of young children on how to help their child identify his or her emotions, build relationships, communicate effectively, and much more.

The Center for Social and Character Development at Rutgers University features a parent resource page full of links to newsletters, publications, activities, multimedia presentations, and nonprofit organizations that have conducted in-depth research on social and emotional learning.

The EQ for Families curriculum provides a toolkit for putting on four workshops for parents and caregivers to create more emotionally intelligent families. You’ll find the toolkit, as well as many other useful EI resources, at the Six Seconds website.

Parent Effectiveness Training: The Proven Program for Raising Responsible Children, by Thomas Gordon, offers time-tested lessons and strategies. You'll find information about this book and other useful resources at the Gordon Training International website.

Building Emotional Intelligence: Techniques to Cultivate Inner Strength in Children (Sounds True, Inc.: 2008). Social and emotional learning expert Linda Lantieri and Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL) co-founder Daniel Goleman combine forces in this step-by-step guide to helping children calm their minds and bodies as well as manage their emotions. The guide is accompanied by an audio CD of practices led by Daniel Goleman.

We miss all of our Patriots and look forward to the times when we can see them on Webex class meetings.

With Patriot Pride,

Mrs. Ernst, Principal


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Final Chance for End-of-year pick-up and drop-off

Monday, May 18

Next Monday, May 18th, anyone that was not able to make it to the first pick-up/drop-off session will be able to drive through the Kiss n'Go after the promotion parades to pick up any student belongings that were left in desks, pick up medication, and return library books and band/orchestra instruments.

Time: 11:00 - 11:15

* please do not show up earlier than this due to the fact that we will be having promotion parades taking place.

Please note, students and parents will NOT be allowed to enter the building. All staff will wear masks and students and parents will be encouraged to wear masks as well.

Personal items (like lost and found) that are not collected will be held until school resumes.

If you need to pick up medication, please park in the parking lot, walk to the orange cones, and our nurse will be there at a table with medication.

May 15th is the Last Day of Distance Learning

Elementary Distance Learning will end on Friday, May 15th.

· No new assignments will be given past this date.

· Students have until May 19th to complete work and teachers will still be available for student support until May 19th
Report Cards

Log in to Parent Connect to check your child's report card


If you pre-ordered a yearbook, it will be mailed to the address on file in Q Parent Connect. If your address needs to be updated, please contact the front office at 719-328-7200 or send a message via Class Dojo.

Yearbooks have not yet been printed by Life touch due to the COVID-19 pandemic shutting down worksites. We thank you for your patience as a we wait for them to be able to safely resume business operations.

We will have a very limited amount of yearbooks for sale to purchase online. More info will sent out about this at a later date.

5th Grade Promotion Parade

Monday, May 18th, 10-10:30am

1310 Lehmberg Boulevard

Colorado Springs, CO

5th Graders!! Come drive through our promotion parade ceremony in the Kiss & Go lane!!

Each 5th grade graduate will receive a promotion certificate and a goody bag and will get to say goodbye to the school staff from the safety of their vehicles!

More information to follow. Please look out for details in your email/dojo.

Kindergarten Promotion Parade

Monday, May 18th, 10:30pm-11am

1310 Lehmberg Boulevard

Colorado Springs, CO

Kindergarteners!! Come drive through our promotion parade ceremony in the Kiss & Go lane!!

Each Kindergarten graduate will receive a promotion certificate and a goody bag and will get to say goodbye to the school staff from the safety of their vehicles!

More information to follow. Please look out for details in your email/dojo.

PIkes Peak Library District CyberShelf

Check out E-books and Audiobooks even while Libraries are closed. Keep the kids reading this summer!

A Sample Day with Ideas to Help Fill the Time

*disclaimer: what follows is a pretty packed day with a lot of transitions. The purpose here is not to impose a structure but to offer ideas for how to break up the time. Think of it as a menu of options; pick and choose what works for your children and your family.

8:00 Make breakfast together

9:00 An hour of schoolwork

10:00 DIY Science project

11:00 Exercise! Here are some Indoor suggestions

12:00 Creative lunch-making

1:00 Second session of schoolwork

2:00 Round 2 of physical activity - we all need it...

3:00 Healthy snack & DIY Crafts project

4:00 Write, rehearse, and perform a play or mock commercial, or dress up time.

5:00 Movie or TV break

6:00 Prepare, eat, and clean up dinner; everyone helps.

8:00 Board Games/showers/read aloud before bed

Remember....these are only SUGGESTIONS. We know that sometimes all you can do is get through the day...and that's okay!

Free Educational Websites

Sometimes screen time is a necessity if we have children at home and work we need to do. Here are some websites that make screen time a learning time:

  1. CodeMonkey: a game-based education program that teaches children to code. It comes with a membership fee, but there's a free 14-day trial that doesn't require a credit card.
  2. BrainPop: Online learning across subject areas for children in kindergarten through middle school and ELL learning for all age groups. Free.
  3. Khan Academy: Online learning in math, science, and literacy for all age groups. Standards-aligned. Free.
  4. BrainPop: Fun, interactive educational activities for all ages and all subject areas
  5. Scholastic Learn at Home: Interactive learning journeys for all ages.

Baking = great STEM learning

Looking for fun at-home STEM enrichment? Try a baking project (or any cooking, really). Use cooking as a way to discuss measurement and fractions. Is a quarter of a cup of oil different than a quarter of a cup of sugar? How many quarter cups are needed for one cup? What would that same measurement be in grams?

After you've done all the measuring, then you can think about the chemistry of cooking. At what temperature does butter melt? Or water boil? You and your child can generate hundreds of questions and answers about math and science by the simple act of making cookies.

Then, once those cookies are made, there are all kinds of story problems! If everyone in the family gets an equal number of cookies, how many cookies does each person get? What about the ethical dimensions of cookie-making? Who should get the most? The person who cooks? Who cleans? Who buys the groceries? Or should everyone get an equal amount?

Henry Elementary

Although the school building is closed, we are still working diligently and doing our best to make things work with our "new normal" (from home of course).

To register NEW students please visit www.d11.org/enrollment and follow the directions on that web page. If you need assistance please call the district enrollment office at 719-520-2297.