The Patrick Henry Post

November 10th, 2022

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A Short but Mighty Week

This week, we were only in school for three days because of Election Day and Veterans' Day. Even though we were only here for a short time, we had a powerful week of learning in all of our classrooms. This week, I made it my mission to see every classroom during their instructional time, and this is what I saw:

  • Preschoolers engaging in academic centers where they had choice in literacy, math, or imaginative play centers. Students were thrilled to show what they were working on, and they were invested in their chosen activities. It was so fun to see them enjoying their academic challenges!
  • Kindergarteners learning in collaborative groups during guided reading. Students were working through literacy-based games and activities while a small group met with Ms. Willard for a guided reading lesson. Students were high-fiving each other and encouraging their peers as they moved through the activities together.
  • 1st Graders participating in guided reading. Students were in small groups participating in literacy activities and they also met with Ms. Versen for their guided reading lesson. Students were so engaged in their literary centers, but they were also working collaboratively and supportively with each other. It was so special to see!
  • 2nd Graders practicing different math strategies to solve the same problem, demonstrating the ability to think critically but also independently.
  • 3rd Graders learning about time as a continuous measurement. Students had to time themselves completing various tasks and then document the length of time as a class.
  • 4th Graders learning the amazing art of acting and improvisation! This was a surprise since I did not realize I was walking in during their Springboard lesson. Students enjoyed their experience so much and they were highly supportive of one another as they took the stage.
  • 5th Graders learning comprehension skills in a nonfiction text. The students were highly focused and engaged in the academic work!

Take a look below for some highlights that I caught in my classroom observations from all of our amazing classrooms!

3rd Grade Walking Field Trip

Ms. Jami's class made use of their three-day week to go on a field trip downtown to the St. Louis Central Public Library Branch. Students got to experience the magic of this beautiful building. If you have never been to this branch of the Public Library, this is a MUST see in St. Louis! The unique architecture of the building is different in every single room, and you can see everything from a 1960s mod pod to a modern day recording studio to an 1800s Danish inspired cottage. It is a one-of-a-kind place, and our students enjoyed the children's and young adult's wing immensely!
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Thank you, Stifel!

Winter Coat Distribution

Stifel Investment Services became a new community partner of Patrick Henry this week as they gifted every single one of our students with a brand new winter coat! Stifel volunteers sized every student so that the winter coat fits well, and students were then able to move through the boutique to choose their colors and patterns. This could not have come at a more perfect time given the forecast for this weekend - snow in November?! Thank you to our partners at Stifel, and to our Patrick Henry team for making this event possible!
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Thank you, Breakfast Club!

The Patrick Henry staff served breakfast on Thursday morning after a series of unfortunate events derailed our usual breakfast service. Thank you to the team for thinking quickly and taking on roles that are well outside of the normal job descriptions. Thank you to the teachers for your flexibility and ensuring all students still had the opportunity to eat breakfast and get their day started off right!

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Congrats, STAR Winners!

School Holidays

Why is SLPS Closed on Election Day?

Many parents asked why school was closed on Tuesday, November 8th in honor of Election Day. There are two main reasons for this decision. First, many of our schools are polling places, and there are hundreds of citizens who walk through the building to get to the polls, creating a safety concern for our students. Though we love to be a part of the voting process, we do not love the exposure of our students to strangers while the building is open as a polling place. Second, our staff members are also citizens with the right to vote, and they need time to get to their polling place. Having the day off ensures that all of our staff members are able to do their civic duty and vote in our local, state, and federal elections.

What is Veterans' Day?

On Friday, November 11th, SLPS will be closed again in honor of Veterans' Day. This is a day that honors all of our troops who have served in some capacity. Originally, this holiday marked Armistice Day, the day that ended World War I, and all of the Americans who fell during that specific war. Eventually, Veterans' Day became a day to celebrate and honor all of our Veterans who served in any capacity.

Take a look below for resources on how to teach kids about Veterans' Day.

Veterans Day for Kids Cartoon! Learn Fun Facts about Veterans Day for Elementary Students
Veterans Day (Educational Videos for Students) Free TV (History Cartoons for Children)

Upcoming Events

November 18th: Progress Reports

On Friday, November 18th, students in Kindergarten-5th Grade will receive Progress Report cards for 2nd quarter. Preschool students do not receive Progress Reports. All Progress Reports will be emailed to families, so please click here to update your contact information here to make sure we have your updated email address.

November 21 - 25: Thanksgiving Break

All SLPS buildings and offices will be closed for Thanksgiving Break the entire week of Thanksgiving. We wish you and your family a very happy holiday, and we hope this season brings you time to relax and connect with one another. We are so thankful for each one of our Patrick Henry students, families, and staff members!

December 16th: Patrick Henry Family Dance

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 21 - January 3: 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.