School Supply Kits for the 2017-2018 School Year

Save time and money on school supplies for the 2017-18 school year!  The PTA has selected School Kidz (owned by Staples) as the vendor for the kits, and School Kidz has offered a 13% discount off retail prices for the Patrick Henry community.
School supply kit order forms are going home this week.  Paper order forms are due June 16.  You can also order on-line through June 23 by going to:
access code:  93701
Please be sure to purchase the kit for the grade your child will enter in Fall 2017.  The school supply vendor also offers a variety of other school supplies, including backpacks, water bottles, and lunch boxes.  You may also purchase a kit for a needy child, if you are so inclined.  Just select the grade you would like to purchase and enter “Extra Kit” as the student name.
Kits will be delivered directly to your child’s classroom at the end of August.

New Elementary School Name – Weigh In Now!

A new elementary school is being built next to Thomas Jefferson Middle School and is scheduled to open in September 2019. The existing Patrick Henry faculty and staff will move to the new building. The current facility will host the Montessori elementary program which will move from Drew Model.

APS has formed a Naming Committee to recommend a name for the new school as required by county policy.

The Naming Committee recently gathered preliminary community feedback and received more than 500 responses. The committee heard compelling arguments both for keeping and for changing the name of the school. Some felt that keeping the name would provide continuity and maintain a connection to the school’s history, while continuing to honor one of our nation’s founding fathers. Others thought that the school name should be changed in order to avoid confusion between the new and existing school, or to reflect the creative design of the new building. Some also felt that Patrick Henry’s name should no longer be used since he owned slaves.

The Naming Committee is asking the community to provide additional feedback about the five name choices it is considering.

PLEASE LET YOUR VOICE BE HEARD!  Fill out the survey at:


School Board Candidate Debate – TONIGHT!

Please spread the word and plan to attend tonight’s SCHOOL BOARD CANDIDATE DEBATE in the Patrick Henry Elementary School Gym.
There will be a lively discussion of the hot-button issues currently facing our school system, including capacity concernsperformance disparities, and the near-term, significant revision of our decades-old admissions policy.
  – WHAT:     Arlington County School Board Election – Debate*
  – WHO:       James Lander, Maura McMahon, and Monique O’Grady
  – WHEN:     Wednesday, April 19th, from 7-9pm
  – WHERE:   Patrick Henry Elementary Gym, 701 S Highland St, Arlington, VA
                      (Enter through the front doors, right off the parking lot, and a sign will direct you to the gym.)
*Note: Spanish translation will be provided.
For those who may be new to Arlington’s process, Virginia law requires all candidates for School Board to qualify for the ballot as Independent candidates, although they may be supported or endorsed by a political party.  The Arlington County Democratic Committee (ACDC) will hold a caucus vote to endorse a candidate for School Board on May 9, 11, and 13th.  While the caucus winner may face opposition in the November 2017 general election, no non-Democrat has served on the Board since 2007, so the candidate endorsed by the caucus is highly likely to carry the general election.   More information about upcoming Arlington elections can be found here:
We all have busy lives, so please take advantage of this all-in-one opportunity to compare and contrast the School Board candidates’ views.
Tonight’s debate is jointly sponsored by the Pike Presidents’ Group and the Patrick Henry Elementary PTA – we hope to see you there!

Next PTA Parent Education Session – Join Us April 27th, 2017 at 7 pm

Please join us for our April parent education session:


The Ins and Outs of Individualized Education


Thursday, April 27, 2017   7:00 pm

Patrick Henry Library

Childcare and Spanish interpretation, and light refreshments will be provided


Know the difference between an IAT, a 504 and an IEP?

Join Patrick Henry School Counselor, Erin Upton, and Patrick Henry’s School Psychologist, Karen Reich, to learn about the choices that APS parents have in advocating for the individualized education needs of their children.