Protecting Your Family Against the Flu

Cold and flu season is here. Please consult with your child’s physician to find out when flu shots will be available for your family. Students with chronic health conditions, including asthma, and those who are immunocompromised are highly encouraged to obtain a flu shot early. Click here to review more information about how to tackle the flu.

Happy Thanksgiving- No Eagle’s Nest Newsletter Next Week

We are wishing you and yours a very Happy Thanksgiving next week.  We have school on Monday and Tuesday.  Safe travels for those of you who will be on the road.  There will not be an Eagle’s Nest newsletter next week.  – Dr. Barker

Boundary Change for 2015-16 School Year

Yesterday, the District notified families in the following subdivisions that their residence was affected for a boundary change to Fairmount Elementary for next year and beyond: Wilshire Valley, Sun River Village, Sugarwood, McClay Village, McClay Meadows, McClay Gardens, Heather Ridge, Tanglewood, Hi Point Acres, Celtic, Waterside Crossing and Bella Vista.


Why the change in boundaries to attend Fairmount Elementary ? We have reached our maximum classroom capacity at Henderson.  We do not have enough classrooms to support the students we currently have.   We have seven kindergarten classrooms this year.  One of those rooms is in our old computer lab (so we have no computer lab).  Those 7 classrooms of kids will be going to first grade and we do not have classroom space to accommodate this many students.


Who is going to Fairmount next year?  Any current kindergartner and pre-schooler who does not have an older sibling at Henderson (currently) will be moved to Fairmount Elementary.  We know this is not an ideal situation and are going to be sad to say good-bye to these students and families L


Current kindergartners and pre-schoolers in the above mentioned subdivisions with siblings currently attending Henderson have the choice to stay at Henderson, so as not to split a family.  These students will have bus transportation through the 2019-2020 school year. After the 2019-2020 school year there will be no Henderson buses transporting kids in those subdivisions.  By the time your current kindergartner is in 5th grade they will not have bus transportation to Henderson.


Current 1st-4th grade students in the identified subdivisions have the option to stay at Henderson or go to Fairmount.   Bus transportation will be provided to these students through the 2019-2020 school year.   So, if you have a current 1st grader who stays at Henderson they will have the option to ride the bus every year they are attending school at Henderson. 


There is a meeting at Fairmount to introduce our kindergarten families to their new building, principal, etc in December.  This is noted on the letter that went home.  There is a sign off form at the bottom or 2nd page of each letter and we are asking that the forms be completed by parents and turned in to the office by December 1.


There is contact information on the letter as well, if you have other questions about the boundary change.



Thank you to all the families and staff that donated items for our Blessing Bags this year!  We almost doubled our total from last year!!      We will be bell ringing again this year!  Use the link below to sign up for a time.  We have some great “right” opportunities coming up in December.  December Meeting is December 2 from 6-6:45 and will be an open house format. Our “right” thing will be having a warm fuzzy drive.  Students can bring in new hats, gloves, mittens and scarves that night to donate to local families.  We will also make and add notes to Christmas cards to donate to local retirement communities.  You can count each letter or card you write as a “right” thing!! 

What you need to know:
*We welcome cards of ALL faiths *do NOT seal your envelopes (we read all cards)  *you may decorate envelope. * You may use stickers  *no bigger than 8.5"x11"

Your cards MUST include the following:*Spend time making sure cards are heartfelt and they are something you would want your loved one to receive.  *a MINIMUM of 5 sentences! This is a must! QUALITY over quantity! Pictures from young children are acceptable.                                 

- - - - - - - - - - -- - ----------------- ---- -- - - - - Refrigerator Calendar - - - - - - - - - - ------ --------- - - - Refrigerator Calendar - - - - - - - - ------------------- -                                              Nov. 21-25                                            Disability Awareness                                                                                                                        Nov. 26-28                                                Thanksgiving Break—No School                                                                                                    Dec. 2                     6-6:45                        Read, Right, Run                                                                                                                                           Dec. 3                           6:15-8:15              PTO Skate Night at Great Skate – see article below                                                                          Dec. 9                                7 pm                       Choir Concert

Dec. 16                  7 pm                       PTO Meeting- one week later than normal


The following students led the entire school in the Pledge of Allegiance this past week:  Daniel Soar, Kainoa Cabrera, Katherine Woodrow-Frister, Ethan Simerda, Lauren Jones,

Friday 11-21-13 Day 1  Monday 11-24-13  Day 2 Tuesday 11-25-13 Day 3 Wednesday 11-26-13 No School Thursday 11-27-13 No School

What’s Happening in Art…

The majority of 1st Quarter we focused on rules, expectations, effort and proper technique. Now that we have a firm foundation, we are off to a great start and are ready to rock and roll this Quarter. Our Kindergartners have just finished making clay leaf prints and will soon be starting an animal project using shapes. First grade just finished making clay pinch pot pumpkins and are now traveling into the Land of Oz. We are linking our art project with First Grade Units of Study. Second graders will begin drawing their Native American pottery project this week. This too coincides with the Unit of Study they are learning in the classroom. Ask your Third and Fourth graders about Risk Pods!!!! As for our Fifth graders- they have just finished diving deep into the beautiful world of color. Next up is their Unit on Architecture and then if time and weather permits we may be able to squeeze in clay cupcakes before break.

We encourage you to like our facebook page as we post pictures and updates almost daily. Please continue to encourage your child (ren) to explore, imagine and create.

Mrs. Skwira

Mrs. Hyatt



Honor Flight Update

We want to say a big thank you to our Henderson families, we have collected $900 for Honor Flight.



Pajama Day A Huge Success

The Henderson family out did themselves as we wore pajamas last Friday to help support a 5th grade student from Harvest Ridge that was in a car accident on Halloween.  We raised over $2600 in one day to help this family with their medical expenses and the expenses of going back and forth to the hospital.  Thanks to all who made donations. 



Join us at Great Skate on December 3, 2014 from 6:30-8:30 pm!

From now until Memorial Day you can use the code 1772 at any of the 3 Auto Spa Car Washes (Old Muegge Rd & 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!!

Thanks to all who have participated in Shoparoo!. Henderson Elementary is on their way to 200,000 points.  All you need to do is take pictures of ANY receipt 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!  We can’t wait to see Henderson Elementary reach 200,000 points!!!!


We are excited to introduce the Script Gift Card program!  The flyer was sent home this week.  As we enter the holiday season, please consider purchasing any gift cards from Henderson Elementary!  Orders are due to Henderson by December 5th.  Please make all checks (no cash) payable to Henderson PTO.  Cards will be available for pick up on December 16th, 6-8pm in the Henderson lobby.  Please note cards WILL NOT be sent home with students. Please contact Wendy Taylor @ 636-922-0593 or

PTO has Spirit yes we do! PTO has Spirit, how ‘bout you?  Look for Henderson Spirit Wear order forms to come home this week!

Now there's a new way to help your PTO at Henderson.  You can enter the codes on your Coke products and the PTO will earn points.  Go to


District News


FHSD’s Inclement Weather and School Closure Procedures

The Francis Howell School District (FHSD) strives to hold school according to the school calendar adopted by the Board of Education; however, to ensure the safety of the students and staff, there may be times when school will be canceled due to inclement weather. Please make sure you are familiar with procedures.


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.



  November 2014  
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   Read Right Run Training
   Dec 02 2014 at 06:00 PM
   PTO Skate Night
   Dec 03 2014 at 06:15 PM
   Choir Concert
   Dec 09 2014 at 07:00 PM
   Winter Break
   Dec 22 2014
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