Welcome to the 2016-2017 School Year!

I am the new PTA President for the upcoming school year so wanted to introduce myself and the other parent volunteers who make the work of the PTA possible, as well as give some important early dates for events we are already planning.

Our all-volunteer Executive Team and Communications Director for the year are:

Michelle Gentry, President
Melissa Logsdon, President-Elect
Mariam Kherbouch, Past President
Janet Million, Treasurer
Sandra Thompson, Secretary
Jennifer Goldblatt, VP – Fundraising
Kelly Jones, VP – Outreach & Hospitality
Laura Garcia Olson, VP – Education & Appreciation
Alexandra Papantoniou, Communications Director

We hope you can join us for the following first events of the school year:

** Henry Open House for Grades 1-5: Drop off your school supplies, meet your new teacher, and then join us on the playground for popsicles on September 1st from 3-4 pm.

** Kindergarten Parent Night: Parents join us to meet the kindergarten teachers and learn more about Patrick Henry on September 1st from 6-7 pm.

** Kindergarten Open House: Parents bring your kindergarteners to meet their teachers, drop off your school supplies, and then join us on the playground for popsicles on September 2nd from 12-1 pm.

** Back to School Picnic: This popular school-wide event is a great chance to catch up with old friends and make new ones on September 9th from 5-7 pm.

** PTA Meeting: Our first meeting of the year is on September 13th from 7-8 pm. You can learn about the PTA and how you can get involved. Pizza will be served at 6:30 pm, and Spanish and Amharic interpretation and free babysitting will be provided!

The success of the PTA relies on parent involvement. We hope you’ll join the PTA (follow the link on this website) and sign-up to help with an event or activity!

I look forward to working with you, and please know I am here if you need me.

Michelle Gentry
— Mom to Carter (4th), Kathryn (K) and James (K).

Please Attend the Community Meeting for New Elementary School – June 8!

Patrick Henry is scheduled to move to the New Elementary School site (next to Thomas Jefferson Middle School) in the fall of 2019 (boundary changes are yet to be determined). A public meeting for the New Elementary School will be held June 8, 2016 from 7pm-9pm in the Thomas Jefferson Middle School cafeteria, to inform the general public of the progress made to date and to allow a period for public comment and discussion.

Please try to attend, and bring your neighbors!

The public is also welcome at any BLPC (Building Level Planning Commission) and PFRC (Public Facilities Review Committee) meetings – next BLPC meeting is Wed, June 1, 2016, 8:10 – 10:00 pm, in the Thomas Jefferson Middle School Library. These groups are comprised of representatives from many communities, including our PTA, and are shaping the design of the new Henry building.  They need your input!

SOLs Have Begun

Beginning the week of 16 May 2016, students in grades 3 through 5 will be taking their SOL tests.  If you are visiting the school, please be mindful of the cones out in the hallways – that means that students are testing and all are asked to be quiet in the hallways.

Save the Date: Tues, 1/26 @ 7pm – Community Meeting on Potential Move to TJ

Arlington Public Schools will convene a meeting on Tuesday, January 26th, from 7pm-8:30pm in the Patrick Henry Elementary School *Gymnasium* at 701 South Highland Street to provide a general overview of the timeline for construction of the new elementary school at the Thomas Jefferson site.  This meeting will also serve as an opportunity for the Henry community (and general public) to offer input on issues related to Henry’s anticipated move to this new school in 2019. Your feedback is valuable – please plan to attend!