Henderson Elementary is hosting its 1st ever STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Math) Night on Thursday, May 7th, 2015 from 6:00-7:30 We will have STEAM stations throughout the building, there will be a scavenger hunt, the Kona Ice truck will be here and every child will have their artwork on display!




The support from staff and parents for the program has been amazing!  Thank you to everyone who has been bringing in donations!  The students receiving the backpack bags each week have been very appreciative and some students have been very excited to get their weekend food!  The Church of the Nazarene is going to take on the month of May so we can finish strong for April.  See the link below for what is still needed for this month.


If you would like a generic list of what is always needed please feel free to contact Heather Bitter ( ) or Ashley Bentson at (  We will continue to collect items throughout the year.  Please feel free to pick items up as you see them on sale.


Field Day Is Coming

Mark your calendars; Field Day is Tuesday, May 19, 2015.  We will need volunteers to help make Field Day a success.  Go to to sign up for a time.



Henderson Red Cross Blood Drive on Wed. Apr. 29th

We will be holding a “Parking Lot” Henderson Red Cross Blood Drive on Wednesday, April 29th, from 4:30 to 8:30 pm. Donations will take place on a Red Cross Bus this year. Donations may be scheduled on SignUpGenius: You may also schedule a donation or volunteer to help organize the blood drive or help on the day of the blood drive by contacting Beth Jameson at or 636-699-6565.

MAP Testing

During the week(s) of April 20-May 4 Henderson will be MAP testing, which is our annual state test.  The MAP is designed to test the skills and knowledge described in the Missouri Learning Standards (MLS)Assessments are designed to let teachers and parents know whether students are on track to be college and career ready when they graduate.  Please make every effort to ensure your child is in attendance on testing days so that he/she takes the test in optimum conditions.  Testing will take place on the following dates: 

·         5th grade- April 20-April 27

·         4th grade- April 28-29

·         3rd grade-April 30-May 1 

Lunch Prices for 2015-16
Lunch prices for the 2015-16 school year have been approved by the Board of Education, and posted to the FHSD website. 2015-16


Francis Howell School Breakfast and Lunch Prices: Breakfast = $1.30 Lunch =  $2.25.


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April 28-29                                            4th Grade MAP Testing

April 30-May 1                                    3rd Grade MAP Testing

May 5                                                    1st  Grade Musical

May 7                    6-7:30                    STEAM Night

May 12                  7:00                        PTO Meeting

May 19                                                  Field Day


The following students led the entire school in the Pledge of Allegiance Brandon Emert, Kolten Kness, Kacey Galkowski, Brenna Maxey, Colin McCrary

Friday 4-24-15 Day 3   Monday 4-27-15 Day 1 Tuesday 4-28-15 Day 2 Wednesday 4-29-15 Day 3 Thursday 4-30-15 Day 1



Teacher Appreciation Week is May 4-8, 2015.  Watch the newsletter and your child's bookbag for ways show your Appreciation for the AMAZING teachers at Henderson Elementary School!!!  We are looking for parents to help with the Teacher Luncheon on Thursday.  Please go to the following link to sign up to “serve” our wonderful teachers during Teacher Appreciation Week


There are several “short term” opportunities to volunteer for the upcoming 2015-2016 school year!!!!  PTO is looking for a volunteers to co-chair our 1st quarter Entertainment Book and 2nd quarter Pizza Fundraisers.  We are also looking for a volunteer to chair Trunk or Treat in October. Please contact Tiffany Smith @ with any questions if you are interested.  We can’t sponsor all of the activities throughout the year without the help of volunteers like you.


District News

FHSD Centennial Book Available for Purchase

Get your copy of the Francis Howell School District book, Centennial: A Magnificent Journey. This book presents the 2014-2015, here and now, Francis Howell School District as a direct outcome of the efforts, and struggles of successive generations and key individuals committed to building something ever-better for children and youth. And, because great things don’t happen in a vacuum, the context of each historical era is provided

Be Prepared for Severe Weather and Tornadoes

Severe weather can happen anytime and bring with it frightening storms and incredible damage that can change lives in the blink of an eye. The best way to meet the unpredictable Missouri weather is to be prepared. The Francis Howell School District (FHSD) places your child’s safety as a top priority. Below are the procedures our schools will follow in the event of a tornado.

Tornado Procedures

During severe weather, school personnel will be alert for dangerous conditions. Each school is equipped with radios for scanning the National Weather Service. FHSD also follows weather updates for the 63304 zip code on It is important to have a family plan in the event that a tornado warning is issued before school. All schools conduct tornado drills with students twice a year to ensure they are aware of procedures.

Tornado Alerts

  • Tornado Watch: During a tornado watch, or other threatening weather, school officials are alert for developing and dangerous conditions, and actions deemed necessary for the safety of students and staff members will be taken per building procedures. Phones will be in operation for emergency calls and for preparedness. Outside calls may not get through during a weather event.


  • Tornado Warning: During a tornado warning, when sirens have sounded, everyone should seek shelter. Do not attempt to pick up students at schools. Disaster experts advise that automobiles are among the most dangerous places to be in a storm. If you are in the parent pickup line, please go to the school to seek shelter. Communication will be limited during the tornado due to the supervision of students and the limitations the weather may present.


  • All Clear: FHSD consults for the tornado warning expiration and all clear notice. The siren silencing does not mean the warning has ended. After the all clear is given, students may be picked up by parents. Depending on the time of day the all clear is announced, buses may run later than normal. Any special announcements to parents will be made via the SchoolMessenger notification system and District website.

Before school

  • Keep children at home or in safe location until the tornado warning is lifted. We want to ensure students are not waiting at bus stops during this critical time.
  • School buses will be held at the bus garage if there is threatening weather. The start of school day will be delayed until the tornado warning is lifted and the all clear is given.
  • If buses are en route, they will proceed to the nearest school or other predetermined location, and remain there until the warning has been lifted and the all clear is given.

During School Hours

  • Students and staff will move to designated safe places and proceed into the precautionary duck and cover position.
  • Please refrain from coming to school to pick up your child during a tornado warning.
  • Parents who arrive at school during a warning will be asked to wait inside until the warning is lifted and personnel are available to assist parents.

At Dismissal

  • Students will not be dismissed from school while the area is under a tornado warning.
  • Students will be held at school and buses will not be allowed to transport students until the tornado warning has been lifted and the all clear is given.
  • Please refrain from coming to school to pick up your child during a tornado warning.
  • Parents who arrive at school during a warning will be asked to wait inside until the warning is lifted and the all clear is given, and personnel are available to assist parents.

Buses en Route

  • Buses will proceed to the nearest school or other predetermined location.
  • Drivers and students will remain at that location until the warning has been lifted and the all clear is given.

Communication Procedures

  • Phones may not be answered during a tornado warning, as students and staff will be in the precautionary duck and cover position. To the extent possible, the outgoing message will be changed to let parents know we are under a tornado warning.
  • Parents will be notified via the SchoolMessenger notification system of any changes in transportation, as well as school delays associated with a tornado warning.
  • FHSD will share updates via the District website as soon as information becomes available.


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