The Patrick Henry Post
February 5th, 2021
Welcome to February!
This week we kicked off the first week of Black History Month! Our students are busy preparing for February 26th, the date of our Black History Month Talent Show. The theme of our celebration is "Honoring Our Past while Celebrating Our Future." Our students are researching people, events, and movements that have shaped American culture, politics, and life, with a focus on the incredible work of our African American brothers and sisters to make our country a better, safer, and more inclusive place. As they research the triumphs and challenges of our past, our students will let the information inspire a performance of their own. They might choose to sing a song, recite a poem, recreate a speech, or create a piece of artwork. They will present their work proudly at our virtual Talent Show on Microsoft Teams. Be on the lookout for your invitation!
In the meantime, take a look below for a sneak peak from 5th grade, as well as some local St. Louis performances and celebrations to kick off Black History Month!
Local Black History Month Celebrations
The Tuskegee Airmen Example
On Tuesday, Feb 23 at 11:00am, Major Yolandea Wood, president of the Hugh J. White chapter of Tuskegee Airmen Inc., will speak about the Tuskegee Airmen—particularly those from St. Louis—and the lessons we can learn from their example.
Virtual Author Visit
Vivian Gibson grew up in Mill Creek Valley, a segregated working-class neighborhood of St. Louis and wrote the book “The Last Children of Mill Creek,” which shows those who made Mill Creek into a warm, tight-knit African American community.
CBS Sports Celebration
CBS Sports has a new documentary and several animated and regular footage vignettes featuring several influential Black athletes from the past century. The programming will air on CBS Sports Network
Happy Birthday, Ms. Jackson and Ms. Baumann!
Did you know that both Ms. Baumann and Ms. Jackson had birthday celebrations this week? Thank you to Ms. Jackson's 3rd grade students, who celebrated their teacher this week with gifts and beautiful messages! Our staff is lucky to have the best students!
Join The Garden Committee!
Pictured below, Jayden Brown helps Mr. Farmer, a new member of the Garden Committee. Jayden and Mr. Farmer created the perfect environment for this new plant to grow! All staff are invited to participate in our garden efforts!
Highlight on Early Childhood!
This week, our preschool and kindergarten students worked hard on several skills, and Dr. Rogers caught them completing beautiful works of art. It is always so fun and inspiring to see our youngest students taking on challenging academic work and enjoying their day with creative abandon.
Highlights around the Building
Is it possible that there were too many positive things this week to include everything in The Post?! See below for extra highlights that cannot be contained.
Ms. Evans' Reading Nook was hoppin this week as groups came to work with her on their sight words. This particular group of second graders showed off their amazing skills for me with such pride!
Though we miss our virtual students being in the building with us, we love that we get to connect with them - literally and figuratively!
Ms. Willard's Kindergarten class joined us in the office today for the afternoon announcement with a special twist in celebration of the Kansas City Chiefs going to the SuperBowl this Sunday!
Fifth grader Seth joined us in the office for an epic checkers tournament and he definitely taught us a thing or two about the game.
The Box Project: 1st/2nd Grade Highlight
Ms. Teska and Ms. Fales' first and second graders have been hard at work on The Box Project. They each were able to design their own box and use their creative talents to make a scene of their choosing. Check out the beautiful creations below!