Patrick Henry School of Science and Arts

Patrick Henry School of Science and Arts


These Mighty Oaks had a blast at the Flying Squirrels game last night! Thank you to everyone who participated in this year’s Go Nuts For Reading challenge and bought tickets to last nights game.🌳❤️🐿
PHSSA's Garden Committeee meeting is today at 4:30. Please join us to learn about opportunities to support our garden programs!
💻 Please return all devices to classroom teachers this week! Chromebooks, tablets, hotspots and chargers should be sent to school with your student.
Tonight’s PTA meeting is being postponed until next week. Stay tuned for details!
Looking for some summer fun? Get creative with our neighbors over at at Westover HIlls UMC!! (This class is offered independently of PHSSA, but sure to be a good time!)

Class Description
Get creative with clay! Students will make pinch pots and turn them into bowls or mugs. They can play around with designs and turn their forms into animals and add handles, for example. Students will be able to paint their pots with underglazes to make them colorful. All work will be fired and glazed and returned in approximately 2-3 weeks after class.

Instructor Bio
Joanna Gragnani is from Richmond, VA and discovered clay her freshman year of high school and became immediately hooked. Throughout college at the University of Virginia she studied art history, but came back to clay when she moved to Seattle, WA and began taking classes again. After returning to Richmond, Joanna rediscovered the Visual Arts Center and started taking clay classes there, as well as interning in the clay studio. This led to becoming a member of the Old Tavern Kiln Collective and building a wood kiln in New Kent, VA. She loves the community aspect of ceramics and finds inspiration in fellow clay artists and her students. Joanna currently works out of her space at Blue Dot Studios, and she focuses on hand-building and creates organic forms that emphasize the process. She teaches hand-building at the Visual Arts Center and Hand/Thrown Studio, and she also leads mobile clay classes around Richmond in customers' homes and businesses.

Registeration Link:
It’s been an amazing Teacher Appreciation Week here at PHSSA! From flowers to art to thank you notes, everyone has shown their love. We even ended the week with coffee and treats for teachers and staff from the PTA and our amazing neighbors at Crossroads RVA❤️☕️🥐👨🏾‍🏫👩🏼‍🏫🧑🏽‍🏫❤️ Teachers, we are always grateful for all you do to make our community great!

"It is the supreme art of the teacher to awaken joy in creative expression and knowledge."-Albert Einstein
📅 Friday, May 6th is the deadline to order PHSSA's 2021-2022 Yearbook!
⚾️ Join us for a night of FUNN at The Diamond on May 25th at 6:35 PM as the Richmond Flying Squirrels take on the Altoona Curve! $4 of every ticket purchased will be donated to PHSSA. 🧢

Did your student participate in "Go Nuts for Reading" and turn in their bookmark? If so, they will receive a ticket to this game!
🚴🏿‍♂️ Tomorrow is Bike & Roll to School Day 🚴‍♂️

PHSSA is celebrating ALL modes of alternative transportation (walking counts too🤩). Each student who participates will be invited to make a link for a school wide paper chain. Let's see how long we can make it!
This week is Teacher Appreciation Week! In addition to the activities planned, the PTA invited each staff member to create an Amazon wish list for those families that would like to know how to better support classrooms and staff. Take a moment to look through our staff wish lists! Remember to shop through Amazon Smile, with PHSSA as your selected charity, so a portion of your purchase goes right back to PHSSA!

Patrick Henry School of Science and Arts (PHSSA), Virginia’s first charter elementary school, is a

Operating as usual


Did you miss the first round? Perhaps you want to buy some more for the holidays? 🎁

Email while supplies last. 🏃‍♀️

**We are asking for a *minimum* $5 donation, but you can absolutely give more. Our green spaces and little growers thank you!

Photos from Patrick Henry School of Science and Arts's post 12/02/2022

📢 The lost and found is still overflowing 🧥🧣🧤We have provided a few pictures to help reunite owners with items. Please take a look or send your student by to check to make sure they aren’t missing anything. Items are stored in the bin outside the doors near the playground. All items not claimed by the start of winter break will be donated. Thank you for your attention!

Photos from Patrick Henry School of Science and Arts's post 11/29/2022

It has been a busy year so far for our Mighty Oaks. Thanks to our community supporters, incredible teachers and staff, and our tireless school leadership, we have been able to build upon our foundation and accomplish the following:

Exploration of the Environment
🌱Our Garden Committee hosted A Taste of the Garden so students could taste food prepared from their gardens
🦋2nd Graders returned to Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens
🛶4th & 5th Graders learned to kayak in Reedy Creek
⛺️4th & 5th Graders camped overnight in Pocahontas State Park

Expansion of the Arts
🎼Arts Ignite provided a Rising Stars Arts Camp during fall intercession
🩰Students celebrated Hispanic Heritage Month with a visit from the Latin Ballet of Virginia
🎭4th Grade students are integrating social studies and arts by putting on a play

We would like to continue this growth, both of programs and into the top floor of the building. Please consider making a gift to PHSSA this year. With your support we will continue to deliver a unique educational experience to our students that focuses on environmental education and arts.

Upcoming PHSSA Volunteer Opportunities 11/29/2022

Upcoming PHSSA Volunteer Opportunities

The PTA is still looking for volunteers for a few projects. Check your inbox or the link below and sign up!

Upcoming PHSSA Volunteer Opportunities PHSSA Community,  We're still in need of volunteers for a few upcoming projects. Take a look at the opportunities below and lend a hand if possible! 

November PHSSA PTA Meeting Recap 11/18/2022

November PHSSA PTA Meeting Recap

📢PTA Meeting Recap should be hitting inboxes any minute. Check it out for details on involvement, volunteer opportunities, school updates, and more!

November PHSSA PTA Meeting Recap Lots happened at our November PTA meeting! Read on for more details on happenings around the school and opportunities to get involved. 


Join us tonight on Zoom for the November Virtual PTA meeting! Attendance does count toward Family Involvement hours - so we hope to see you there! pwd=aFY3QXU4UlhYRSttc0lDYS9GQ1BOZz09


🎙Applications to PHSSA's Lottery for the 2023-2024 School Year can be submitted now through February 1, 2023!!

Please check out our webpage for additional information, including:
🌱 How to apply
🌱Eligibility questions
🌱What makes PHSSA special

📧Add yourself to our email list for prospective families! This is the best way to stay informed of informational events and deadlines.


📅 Calendar Reminder! 📅


📆 Calendar Reminder 📆

Monday - November 7th - Regular School Day

Tuesday - November 8th - No School


Walk/Run for Science is TOMORROW, Thursday, October 27th! All funds raised support PHSSA's science programs.


📚Students can dress as their favorite storybook character on Monday, October 31st! We cannot wait to see which characters the Mighty Oaks choose!


We’re looking forward to seeing our Mighty Oaks back at school and back in the park on Tuesday, October 25th!

It’s a big first week back with:

🌳 2nd Grade Field Trip to Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens

🌳 Walk/Run for Science on Thursday

🌳 Dress as your favorite storybook character on Monday, 10/31 🌟CORRECTED DATE 🌟

🌳 Camp PHSSA for 5th Grade Friday ➡️ Saturday

🌳 Camp PHSSA for 4th Grade Saturday ➡️ Sunday

Photos from Patrick Henry School of Science and Arts's post 10/15/2022

A wonderfully productive Garden Work Day today! We cleared the beds and planted cover crops and vegetables. We also saved seeds and harvested some marigolds for crafts. 🌼

Second, third, and fourth graders will be invited by Mrs. Marundé to plant some garlic when we return from fall break. 🧄

Looking to help during the fall/winter months? Consider donating bags of raised bed mix for the herb spiral, or perhaps you have a few minutes and can turn the compost piles in the Victory Garden? You can also always add seeds to the Free Seed Library located at the playground side entrance to the Victory Garden. 🌱


🌱We are preparing PHSSA's gardens for fall planting! We'd love your help on Saturday, October 15th from 9:00 - 11:00 a.m. No experience or tools are needed - and all ages are welcome!

🍅🌽🥦The garden plans are driven by PHSSA students! Ask your student what their class is planting and why they chose it.

💚PHSSA is immensely grateful to our Garden Committee - who works to ensure that our garden programs are supported for all of our students. If you'd like to join them, their next meeting is Thursday, October 27th at 5:15.

⏰ All time spent supporting PHSSA's gardens counts as family involvement hours.

Photos from Patrick Henry School of Science and Arts's post 10/06/2022

PHSSA was excited to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with a visit from the Latin Ballet of Virginia! Our students were excited about the performance and in awe of the dancers’ abilities. Along with watching a performance, PHSSA students were able to learn dances and terms in Spanish.



Still looking for intersession and fall break ideas? We’ve compiled a list of camps happening around town!

INTERSESSION / BREAK CAMPS Information for camps being held during both intersession and fall break. ​Check back for more updates as camps are being added frequently.


🎙Due to inclement weather, all after-school activities are canceled today, Friday, September 30th.


📆 Walk/Run for Science has been postponed due to weather! 🌧️

NEW DATE: October 27th


TOMORROW is PHSSA's Walk/Run for Science! We're excited to see our students walk/run to earn money to support their science programs!


Reminder: Tomorrow is picture day! We cannot wait to see those smiles!


Still working on dinner plans? Let Laura Lee’s feed you and support PHSSA at the same time!

it’s give back night for so come on down and treat yourself to a chicken sammie with a side of mac! or really whatever you want. it’s for a good cause!! 📚✏️🚌📝💸

Timeline photos 09/28/2022

We are absolutely delighted that our own Ms. Marundé has been selected as a finalist for the 2022 R.E.B. Awards for Teaching Excellence! This award recognizes public school teachers who distinguish themselves by their inspiring classroom performance.

Our PHSSA community is well aware that Ms. Marundé exemplifies this. Her dedication is seen in the Garden Programs, Walk/Runs for Science and Arts, her work on our School Management and Planning Team, and her support of learning in the gardens, Forest Hill Park and Reedy Creek. Please join us in congratulating her!


📆 October Calendar Reminders!

Wed. - 10/5 - Yom Kippur
Thurs. - 10/6 - Teacher Work Day (📣CHANGE)
Fri. - 10/7 - Virtual Family/Teacher Conferences
Mon. - Fri. - 10/10-14 - Intercession🌟
Mon. - Fri. - 10/17-21 - Fall Break
Mon. - 10/24 - Diwali

🌟Our Intercession program is by invitation for students in grades 1-5. If your student is invited, you will receive information from their homeroom teacher. Invitations went out this week - please reach out to your student's homeroom teacher if you have questions.


🌱Please join us this Saturday for a PHSSA Gardens Work & Fun Day! All ages and abilities are welcome.


THIS FRIDAY is PHSSA's Walk/Run for Science! Our students will complete laps around the lake to earn money to support our science programs.

Family volunteers are welcome and participating counts as family involvement hours!

Photos from Patrick Henry School of Science and Arts's post 09/19/2022

🟢🟣 Dot Week was a Success! 🟡🔵

Last week PHSSA students engaged with the book The Dot! The story was integrated into art, music, science & math classes.


🖐🏾Volunteers Needed🖐

PHSSA needs volunteers to help make our Walk/Run for Science a success! If you are able to help on Friday, September 30th, please sign up in the link in the comments.

Photos from Patrick Henry School of Science and Arts's post 09/13/2022

📅Walk/Run for Science is on Friday, September 30th

Things to Know:

🎒Flyer and Sponsor Sheet were sent home with your student

💻There will also be an online donation platform (coming soon)

📝Sponsor Sheets are due back to school Friday, September 30th

💵 Sponsors can donate per lap or donate a single sum

👟Students can wear athletic clothes and shoes and their grade level color

🥗Lunch will be eaten at the lake. Please pack a lunch if you are able.

🤚🤚🏾Volunteers are needed! More details to come.

Photos from Patrick Henry School of Science and Arts's post 09/11/2022

We were delighted to have a successful launch of our kayaking program on Friday. Fourth graders hiked from the school to Reedy Creek and then explored Reedy Creek in kayaks. The trip even included an introduction to paw-paws and the animals that eat them. We're excited for more classes to have this experience!

We are deeply appreciative of Ms. Michael who made this happen, and our friends at Riverside Outfitters.


🔴🔵 The Dot Spirit Week Starts Tomorrow! 🟣🟢

PHSSA Students will be reading The Dot and engaging in wonderful activities all week surrounding the text! Students will also be able to express their creativity with spirit week! We're looking forward to seeing how our Mighty Oaks exercise their imaginations and creativity!


🟢🔵 The Dot Spirit Week 🟣🟡

Next week students will be reading The Dot and engaging in activities throughout the week. We’re excited to see how our Might Oaks engage!

2022 PHSSA Spirit Wear Fundraiser Campaign Custom Ink Fundraising 09/03/2022

2022 PHSSA Spirit Wear Fundraiser Campaign Custom Ink Fundraising

PHSSA shirt/sweatshirt orders are OPEN! Place your orders ASAP as the ordering window closes September 16th! 

2022 PHSSA Spirit Wear Fundraiser Campaign Custom Ink Fundraising 17 years, over 100 million custom t-shirts, 99% happy customers! Custom Ink is the t-shirt printing expert for your team, school, company, or any occasion.


🥳 A Taste of the Garden was a success and YOU can enjoy spiced fig jam made from PHSSA's figs!

Please reach out to Ms. Marundé to purchase. 100% of the proceeds go to fund PHSSA Gardens.


🌟Calendar Reminder🌟

Friday, September 2nd - Dismissal at 11:40 a.m.
Monday, September 5th - No School


🤩 We are thrilled to share that PHSSA’s Desyl Wood has been selected as a 2023 NEA Foundation Global Learning Fellow! This year long professional learning experience focuses on educating and empowering students for global citizenship.


🥕A Taste of the Garden 🍅

On Thursday, September 1st, students will taste food grown in PHSSA's gardens!

🌱Please let your student's homeroom teacher know if you would like your student not to participate as soon as possible or if you have any questions.


🍏🍉🥦🥕September Breakfast & Lunch Menus are up on our website!

We try our best to stick to the menus, but supply-chain issues can cause some last minute changes!

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Richmond, VA

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