James R. Henderson Weekly Update

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Friday, June 18th, 2021

Dear Families,


Happy Father's Day Weekend to all of the dads, step-dads, foster dads, grand-dads and other important father figures in our students' lives. You are such an important part of our students' education, and we hope that you are able to celebrate together this weekend!


Retrieval of Student Belongings and Return of School Technology:

You are invited to come to the school to collect items left in April according to the following schedule. Please return any books, school technology or other items that belong to the school at this time:

Wednesday, June 23rd

9:15-1:00 Last names beginning with A-L

1:00-4:00 Last names beginning with M-Z

Thursday, June 24th

9:15-1:00 Last names beginning with M-Z

1:00-4:00 Last names beginning with A-L

Locations:

  • Grades 1-7 distribution will take place from the 2 exterior doors of the gym
  • Kindergarten distribution will take place from the Kindergarten door at the front of the building. Report cards will be distributed when families pick up belongings (or will be mailed the first week of July).
  • School Technology: please bring this to the main doors of the school when you come to pick up belongings.


Please ensure that all family members have done the online COVID screener prior to coming to the school. Ensure that you are wearing a mask, and remain 2 meters away from other families and from school staff. Staff will be verifying verbally that everyone has done the screening as part of our contact tracing process. We greatly appreciate your support in keeping our staff and school community as safe as possible. The link for the online screener is: https://covid-19.ontario.ca/school-screening/


If you are unable to come to the school on one of these days, please email jrhen@limestone.on.ca and we will make alternate arrangements.


We thank you in advance for your patience if there are some line ups: we are confident that this will go smoothly and efficiently.


2021-2022 School Year Calendar

We are pleased to announce the Ministry of Education has approved the 2021-2022 School Year Calendar. School starts for students on Tuesday, September 7, 2021. Friday, September 3 is a PA Day for staff. School will end for students on Wednesday, June 29, 2022 with a PA Day for staff on Thursday, June 30, 2022. The calendar is now available on the board website: https://www.limestone.on.ca/news/what_s_new/ldsb_school-year_calendar_approved


A reminder that you may still take advantage of the Parent Council Plantables Fundraisers: details below.


Thank you your continued efforts at home, and your support of our school staff. We have included a few more photos from our Throwback Thursday Spirit Day....enjoy! Have a wonderful weekend, Hawks!


Mme Peart and Mrs. Davey

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Plantables Spring Fundraiser


Hello Parents,

This spring, Henderson is teaming up with Plantables to bring you an exciting new fundraiser! And with the weather warming up and many of you thinking about rolling up your sleeves and getting back into the garden, it’s a great time to help us hit our goal. Not only do Plantables let you grow the same high-quality fruit and veggie plants used by farmers across the country, but they deliver your ready-to-plant plants to your front door exactly when you need them.


That means all you have to do is bury them in the ground, give them some love and water and you’ll have tasty fruits and veggies in no time. (They’re all certified organic plants, too!) If you -- or anybody you know -- is looking to fill out their vegetable patch, tell them to head to plantables.ca and enter GOHAWKS at the checkout. (Don’t forget the code!)

Profits from this fundraiser will support a variety of on-going school projects, including the purchase of items for students to use at recess and playgound/yard eco-initiatives.

Thanks for all your support!

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Mental Health Supports

FOOD SHARE PROGRAM

We continue to get support from the Food Share program. If your family is struggling, please reach out to the school and we will connect you with support from our local Food Share Program for bi-weekly deliveries to your home.


ONLINE RESOURCES

Kids Help Phone – Children and youth can contact Kids Help Phone 24/7 from anywhere in Canada, via phone, text or online chat.


Wellness Together Canada: Mental Health and Substance Use Support – Provides free online resources, tools, apps and connections to trained volunteers and qualified mental health professionals when needed


Anxiety Canada - Free online, self-help, and evidence-based resources on anxiety, including resources specific to COVD-19.

Government Support for Learners

The new COVID-19 Child Benefit announced in the 2021 Ontario Budget will provide direct payments to families and students to help with additional costs during the COVID-19 pandemic.

If you received a payment through the Support for Learners program, you do not need to apply. Starting on April 26, 2021, we will begin issuing additional payments of:

  • $400 for each child or youth up to Grade 12
  • $500 for each child or youth up to age 21 with special needs

If you missed applying for the Support for Learners program, you will have the opportunity to apply for this new round of payment. Applications will open from May 3, 2021 to May 17, 2021.Learn more on the government’s Support for Learners webpage.

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