The Patrick Henry Post

December 2nd, 2022

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Welcome to December!

It seems like just a few weeks ago that we were celebrating "Back to School" in August, but here we are in December already! As our semester comes to a close, we enter December with a sense of hope and excitement. We are most excited for our students to show off what they know in their mid-year assessments on STAR Reading and STAR Math. We know they have been working so hard to grow at least six months in both reading and math, and we know that their assessment scores will show their brilliance! We are also excited about several major physical repairs and projects happening around Patrick Henry to improve our building, our grounds, and our garden. Take a look below for some highlights from this week at Patrick Henry!

Garden Concrete Project with Community Partners

Welcome, Community Partners!

Our Patrick Henry garden is an award-winning space that is not only for the students and families of our school, but it is also a true community garden that is always open to our neighbors for fresh produce! One problem we have faced for several years is a lack of accessibility to our garden because of uneven terrain between the garden beds. While the majority of our students and volunteers can access the garden, there are still students, family members, community partners, volunteers, and neighbors who cannot get into the garden because the ground is too rocky and uneven. Wheelchairs, walkers, and uneven gaits prevent people with disabilities from safely accessing the garden.

When we presented this problem to our community partners and garden supporters, they jumped into action! We are halfway through a massive improvement project to make our garden accessible to all people, regardless of ability level. This week, our crew came and dug up six inches of grass and dirt, then poured a layer of rock to create the base for the concrete that will be poured next week. While the ground and rock settle, the crew will prepare the machinery and materials to get our concrete poured in the coming weeks. Stay tuned for more updates on our amazing garden area!

Thank you to our community partners who are making this project possible for the Patrick Henry school and neighborhood community:

  • Scott Downs, Apprenticeship Program Coordinator, Cement Mason's Union Local 527
  • Jeff Caputa, City Councilman, Florissant, MO
  • Diana Wilhold, Deputy Executive Director & Chief Operating Officer, Construction Forum
  • Leanne White, Director of Healthy Schools Initiatives, St. Louis Public Schools
  • Denise Strehlow, Manager, BJC School Outreach and Youth Development
  • Erica Oliver, Community Health Partner, BJC Healthcare


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We are so excited to see our next phase of this garden improvement project take place next week! Our partners will pour concrete, level the material, and stabilize it so that it settles into place smoothly. Keep your fingers crossed for great weather so we can get this project wrapped up before Winter Break!

Field Trip Experiences

Two Field Trips in One Week!

Ms. Jami's 3rd graders were lucky enough this week to go on not one, but two field trips in one week! Students first went to the Science Center where they explored the incredibly fun, hands-on space and then watched an incredible IMAX movie. Then, students walked to the Central Public Library where they checked out books and enjoyed the beautiful, peaceful reading space!

Congrats, STAR Winners!

Join us for Spirit Month!

Every December, Patrick Henry goes a little wild with a whole MONTH of spirit days! Take a look at the dates below and participate in as much as or as little as you would like!

  • Monday, December 5th: Pajama Day (we suggest bringing a change of shirt for Picture Day!)
  • Tuesday, December 6th: Dress like a Grinch (or wear all green!)
  • Wednesday, December 7th: Dress like a Reindeer
  • Thursday, December 8th: Dress in your favorite plaid
  • Friday, December 9th: Wear any holiday sweater
  • Monday, December 12th: Wear red and white to dress like a candy cane!
  • Tuesday, December 13th: Dress in all white for our SNOW OUT
  • Wednesday, December 14th: Wear any holiday sweater
  • Thursday, December 15th: Dress like an elf!
  • Friday, December 16th: Wear your holiday best and join us for the Family Dance at Patrick Henry from 6:00pm-7:30pm!
  • Monday, December 19th: Wear your favorite winter vacation clothes
  • Tuesday, December 20th: Wear any holiday sweater

Upcoming Events

December 9th and December 16th: No Afterschool

On Friday, December 9th, and Friday, December 16th, there will be no Afterschool programming. Please plan ahead and pick your child up by 3:07pm.

December 16th: Family Dance at Patrick Henry

On Friday, December 16th, all Patrick Henry students and their families are invited to attend our first ever Patrick Henry Family Dance! We will have our gym set up with decorations, food, and a DJ ready to get the party going! This dance can be as formal or informal as you want it to be - come dressed up in your holiday best, or just come as you are! We just want to have fun and dance the night away!

The dance will open at 6:00pm and the evening will end at 7:30pm.

Please click here to RSVP for your spot so we make sure to order enough food.

December 19th and December 20th: No Afterschool

On Monday, December 19th, and Tuesday, December 20th, there will be no afterschool programming. Please plan to pick your child up by 3:07pm.

December 21st - January 3rd: Winter Break

All SLPS schools and offices will be closed during Winter Break. Our last day of school will be on Tuesday, December 20th, and our first day of school will be on Wednesday, January 4th.