THE SCHOOL DISTRICT OF PHILADELPHIA
CHARLES W. HENRY ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
601 CARPENTER LANE
PHILADELPHIA, PA 19119
FATIMA ROGERS PRINCIPAL
TELEPHONE (215) 951-4006 FAX (215) 951-4182
August 20, 2016
Welcome to the 2016-2017 school year at Charles W. Henry Elementary School! I hope that you made some memories with your family this summer. We are so happy to have you back at our school. Our mission is to create a nurturing environment in which children can grow socially, emotionally, and academically to achieve personal excellence.
To help prepare you for the school year, I’ve listed some reminders and updates in order to make your transition as smooth as possible.
Our school hours are 8:30 a.m. to 3:09 p.m., students are considered late if they are not in line at 8:30 a.m. Please meet teachers in the yard and do not escort students directly to their classroom.
There is supervision in the schoolyard and cafeteria at 8:15 a.m. In good weather, all children will line up in the yard. In inclement weather, children meet inside – but not before 8:15 a.m. and then proceed to the auditorium (K-5) or the gym (6-8).
All students are encouraged to participate in our breakfast program. Breakfast is free and is served each morning from 8:15 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. in the lunchroom. Breakfast will not be served in the classroom this year.
Henry School students dismiss at 12:09 p.m. for report card conferences. You can sign up for conferences on September 22 at Back to School Night.
REPORT CARD CONFERENCE DATES
- November 21, 22, 23
- February 15, 16, 17
- April 19, 20, 21
School will dismiss at 12:09 p.m. for Report Card Conferences.
Boys: Navy blue polo shirts (long or short sleeve) and khaki pants or shorts. Solid navy blue sweaters or hoodies with no writing are permitted during cold weather.
Girls: Navy blue polo shirt (long or short sleeve) and khaki pants, shorts, skirts,
or jumpers. Skirts, shorts, and jumpers must be knee length or longer. Solid navy blue sweaters or hoodies with no writing are permitted during cold weather.
Footwear: Shoes or sneakers with socks. Students are not permitted to wear sandals, flip-flops, or any type of open-toed shoes.
Gym requirements: It is important for students to come well prepared for gym class. All students must wear sneakers to participate, and navy blue sweat pants, tee shirts, and/ or sweatshirts. Navy blue hoodies are permitted when the weather permits. Gym uniforms will be on sale in September.
FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL
- The first day for students in grades 1-8 is Wednesday, September 7, 2016. It is a 3:09 p.m. dismissal and lunch will be served.
- The first day for kindergarten students is Wednesday, September 14, 2016. Parents with children registered for kindergarten will be called with the date and time for their appointment with the teacher; appointments will take place the week of September 7th.
Each month a calendar will be sent via the Remind app and a hard copy put in the communication folder informing you of any upcoming events. The back of the calendar will provide you with “Save the Date” information.
Each month a newsletter will be sent via the Remind app and a hard copy put in the communication folder highlighting Henry School student successes.
Periodically, Henry School will call the primary number on file with important information or reminders. Please be certain that your phone number is up to date.
Chat N’ Chew with the Principal
The principal will host four Chat N’ Chew events this year. I encourage you to join me for a round table discussion.
Charles W. Henry Website
Please visit the Henry School website at to keep abreast of what is happening in our school community.
Remind Push Notifications
Using your smart phone (Android or iPhone), get push notifications by opening your web browser and going to the following link:
Remind Text Message Notifications
Text the message:
@ cwhenry to the number 81010 to receive text message alerts
Below are listed some important events for the first few weeks of school.
9/7 First day of 1-8 attendance
9/14 First day of kindergarten
9/22 Back to School Night, 6:00-8:00pm
9/30 Staff professional development, Schools are closed 10/3-10/4 Rosh Hashanah, Schools are closed
10/12 Yom Kippur, Schools are closed
As we embark upon a new school year, I encourage you to get involved in our school community. It takes a village to raise a child, and the Henry School is in need of your continuous participation and support. As we work together, the students will realize that they have the support required to be successful. I ask that everyone consider joining and supporting the Parent Teacher Association (PTA). The PTA is an intricate part of the fabric that makes up our entire collaborative community.
Together, we can make a difference and I believe that we will have a very successful school year. Please feel free to contact me at any time on behalf of your children. Your suggestions and concerns are of paramount importance to me and I look forward to working with you.
Fatima M. Rogers
Fatima M. Rogers Principal