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.

DisABILITIES Awareness Week

Henderson Elementary will be honoring National DisABILITIES Awareness in November. It is designed to bring awareness and understanding to our school about the day to day challenges of those who have a disability. We have many activities planned in PE for November 20, 21 & 24 where the students will be able to learn and experience the abilities of people with various disabilities. We will also have a guest speaker for each grade level to discuss a disability and to talk to the students about what it is like to have a disability and how that impacts their lives on a daily basis. 

Guest Speakers:

Wednesday - November 12                   4th Grade                    Shriner’s Hospital

Friday – November 14                           First Grade                  Down Syndrome Association    

Friday – November 21                           2nd Grade                    Blind Culture   

Friday - November 22                           3rd Grade                   Physical Impairment

Monday – November 24                        Kindergarten                Support Dogs

Tuesday – November 25                        5th Grade                    Cerebral Palsy

We will be celebrating our different abilities next week, November 17-21, through the Abilities Rainbow Color Dress Days:

Monday, Nov. 17- Wear Green to support children with Cerebral Palsy

Tuesday, Nov. 18-Wear Red to support children with Autism

Wednesday, Nov 19-Wear Purple to support children with Cystic Fibrosis, Microcephaly and Epilepsy

Thursday, Nov 20-Wear Blue to support children with Angelman Syndrome, Down syndrome and Children’s Grief Awareness Day

Friday, Nov 21-Wear Yellow to support children with Learning Disabilities


Pajama Day

Tomorrow, Friday, November 14th  we will be wearing pajamas to support a 5th grader from Harvest Ridge Elementary that was in an accident on Halloween down on Main Street.  He is still in the hospital and we are taking CASH  ONLY donations to help out this fellow Francis Howell family.


A Big Thank yOU!!

We want to thank everyone for making our Veteran’s Day Celebration a huge success.  Thank you to the faculty and staff for all the donations and participation.  Also a big thanks to Mrs. Goltz, Mrs. Frazier and Mrs. Moats for all the hard work of organizing and to Starbucks for donating the coffee. And a special thanks  to all the families and veterans that came to celebrate with us.



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. 

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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:  Gianna Grapenthin, Isaiah Rubio, Dior Williams, Calen Lewis, John Jameson


,Friday 11-14-13 Day 2  Monday 11-17-13  Day 3 Tuesday 11-18-13 Day 1  Wednesday 11-19-13 Day 2  Thursday 11-20-13 Day 3




Market Day - Thank you thank you thank you

5th Grade would like to thank all of the families that purchase Market Day every month and all of the families that bought pies this year!  We raised $1,224.51 this year with our pie fundraiser and plan to purchase some more technology for our 5th grade classrooms.  We would also like to congratulate Alex Hayes, Emma Mitchell, and Haley Hall.  All three students sold over 20 pies and will get to choose a 5th grade teacher to pie during an upcoming grade level meeting.

Kids Rights

PARENTS OF 1ST AND/OR 4TH GRADERS ONLY:                                                                                                                The Child Center will be coming to Henderson the week of November 17th, 2014 to present a child sexual abuse prevention program in your child’s classroom.  This program helps teach your child response skills that are age-appropriate in an effort to help prevent them from ever becoming a victim of abuse.  You are invited to view an informational video online at so that you can preview what your child will see and be able to reinforce the lesson at home.  If you do not have internet access but wish to view the program, please contact one of our counselors about borrowing a DVD of the programs (Laura Stewart @ 851-5249 or Sherri Brown @ 851-5447).  Your permission is required for your child to attend this program and a permission slip will be coming home soon.


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




Join us at Great Skate on December 3, 2014.  Watch for details to come soon!

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 participated in the BoBo’s Pizza sales.  Products will be available for pick-up on Wednesday November 19th 4-6pm. 

Shoparoo! 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 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!




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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Upcoming Events
   Disability Awareness Week
   Nov 17 2014
   No School - Thanksgiving Break
   Nov 26 2014
   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
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