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 

Mark Twain Battle of the Books

On Friday, April 10, six of our fourth and fifth graders went to Fairmount Elementary during the school day to compete in the first annual Mark Twain Battle of the Books trivia competition with the other nine elementary schools in the district.  These students read at least eight of the 12 nominated Mark Twain books for the 2014-15 school year.  Each student became an expert on two of the titles.  Our team took second place!!  Henderson’s team consisted of fifth graders – Natalie Abanathie, Josiah Couch, and Alaina Moore plus fourth graders – Leila Assadi, Sophia Ely, and Jack Stover.  They did a fantastic job representing Henderson.

We will be sending a team next year to compete again.  Any fourth or fifth grade students for the 2015-16 school that are interested should see Mrs. Moats and start checking out the new Mark Twain nominees that are ready for checkout in the learning commons.  These books are also available at the public library.  Parents, you may also enjoy reading these with your child.  There are some great titles. 


Our first-ever STEAM night which is Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math  will be on  May 7th  from 6-7:30. 

T-shirt order forms went home Monday and money is due by tomorrow. 


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.  Volunteer slips will be coming home soon


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.

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April 21                  7pm                        Choir Concert

April 20-27                                            5th Grade MAP Testing

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


The following students led the entire school in the Pledge of Allegiance Paige Starks, Ishmael Karim, Mya Walker, Cyren Bryant, Hailey Hall

Friday 4-17-15 Day 1   Monday 4-20-15 Day 2 Tuesday 4-21-15 Day 3 Wednesday 4-22-15 Day 1 Thursday 4-23-15 Day 2



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 are 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.



Henderson families,

STUCO wants to say THANK YOU for all of your generous donations that were made during our Pennies for Patients fundraiser. We blew last year’s total away. We are happy to announce that this year we raised $7,108.86! Absolutely amazing. We would also like to congratulate Mrs. Bengtson’s class for collecting the most money during our fundraiser. Her class collected $628.43.

Congrats to everyone and thank you again for all of your help.


Henderson Eagles the PTO is looking for a co-chair for our pizza fundraiser and for a volunteer to chair Trunk or Treat in the fall. If you are interested in either of these short term commitments or have questions, please email

Please watch for upcoming information about Teacher Appreciation week the first week of May

From now until Memorial Day you can use the code 1772 at any of the 3 Auto Spa Car Washes (Old Muegge Rd or both Mexico Road locations) and Henderson will receive $4 for each Super Clean car wash. Share the code with your family and friends.  It's that easy!!!

Nationwide, 7,000+ schools are already fundraising through Shoparoo and we see it as great opportunity for us to make a difference this year. All you need to do is take pictures of your receipts with the Shoparoo app made for your smartphone.  It doesn’t matter where you shop or what you buy - every receipt submitted results in a donation to our school!  So, what are you waiting for?  Simply download the free app from the Apple App Store or the Google Play Store by searching ‘shoparoo’ and then select our school as your chosen cause.  Since there is no limit to how much money we can raise with Shoparoo, be sure to invite your friends and neighbors to join in – every receipt counts! If you have any questions, you can contact Kristen Cuneo at or visit

Remember to send in your Box Tops & Labels for Education. 


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 Friday.  Please watch for the sign up genius link to volunteer to “serve” our wonderful teachers.


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

Save the Date for FHSD’s Appliance and Recycling Event

The Francis Howell School District (FHSD), in partnership with the Midwest Recycling Center, will be hosting a free community-wide appliance and electronics recycling event on Saturday, April 18, 2015 from 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. at the FHSD Burbes Service Center located at 4606 Central School Road in St. Charles.

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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   Apr 21 2015 at 07:00 PM
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   Apr 29 2015 at 04:30 PM
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   May 07 2015 at 06:00 PM
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