J.R. Henderson P.S.

Thursday October 13, 2016

Principal's Message

The leaves are starting to change and the days are getting cooler as the fall season has

officially arrived! It was wonderful to see so many families at our Open House. A

very big thank you to all of the Henderson Staff and School Council who helped make this event such a success!

Staff and students have settled in and it is exciting to see all of the authentic learning taking place in our school, both in and out of the classroom. Indeed, many classes have had the opportunity to enrich their learning by participating in various educational experiences such as the Apple Orchard, Little Cat, Gould Lake as well as zip-lining amongst the trees for our Intermediate students. Participating in these and other adventures allows students to deepen their understanding of the curriculum back in class.

We have also been working on celebrating positive character traits, through the Seven Grandfather Teachings. We began the year by celebrating Respect. Respect for self, for others, and the environment. Respect also means treating others the way you would like to be treated. These ideas have been highlighted both in our school assemblies and during class discussions. As we continue to focus on respect , we will also be introducing a second Grandfather Teaching, Honesty. When we speak of Honesty, we aim to recognize and accept who we are as well as accept and use the gifts we have been given.

Active living continues to play an important role in our school. Since the start of the school year, students have so far participated in Intramurals, a Co-Ed Soccer Team (where the team won silver in their division!), and Cross Country (where Henderson formed a strong presence!). The Boys & Girls Volleyball season is now underway and we wish our teams all of the best!

I look forward to continue working with staff, students and familiies to ensure another great month of learning!


Ms. Prenevost



To ensure a safe dismissal, parents & guardians are reminded to please meet their child at their designated yard. With over 590 students this year, our hallways are simply too crowded to accommodate extra adults!

During inclement weather, parents are welcome to wait in the north side foyer by the gym until students are dismissed after the 3:35 bell. Thanks for your cooperation!


Get ready for Picture Day!

James R. Henderson Public School Pictures Picture Day is Monday, October 17 & Tuesday, October 18th (See schedule below)

  • Mark your calendar
  • See tips for Picture Day at www.lifetouch.ca
  • After Picture Day, you will receive credentials to view your child’s image online at mylifetouch.ca.
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Terry Fox Walk

Thank you to everyone who participated in our yearly Terry Fox walk. This year, we collected $411 towards this worthy cause!

Upcoming Events

Tuesday, October 13
  • Bus Patrollers Training in AM
Friday, October 14
  • Mmes Gallupe's & Goddard's classes to Gould Lake
Monday, October 17
  • Picture Day
Tuesday, October 18
  • Picture Day
Wednesday, October 19
  • Grade 6 students to Racing Against Drugs in AM
  • Mmes MacKay's & Hassan-Yari-s classes to Ltitle Cat in AM
  • Mmes Oleschuk's & Kimmerer's classes to the Public Library in PM
Friday, October 21
  • Ms. Gazeley's & Mme Tremblay's classes to Little Cat in AM
  • Lockdown Drill #1

Friday, October 28

  • P.A. Day
Tuesday, October 25
  • Lockdown Drill #2
Thursday, October 27
  • Bus Safety Presentations in AM
Friday, October 28
  • Professional Activity Day
Monday, October 31
  • Halloween Hop in AM
  • Gr.5-8 Hallweeen Dance in PM
Wednesday, November 2
  • Mr. Nicholls', Mr. Schukei's & M. Lord's classes to Gould Lake
Monday, November 14
  • Picture Re-take Day


Emergency Procedures

As part of our Henderson's Emergency Procedures, all staff & students must participate in the following every fall:

  • Three Fire Drills
  • Two Lockdowns
  • Two Evacuations
We have already completed the three Fire Drills and will be practicing both the lockdown and the evacuation procedures later this month. Note that for the evacuation drill, we will be practicing how to evacuate the building in a safe and timely manner, but will not be relocating to an alternate site!


October is Child Abuse Prevention Month in Ontario

Where do kids need to be safe? Everywhere in the Community. Who should keep them safe? Everyone in the Community.

For more than 122 years, Family and Children’s Services has been helping kids and families in this community. This month they’re asking for your help. If you know a family that needs help keeping kids safe, then help them by calling Family and Children’s Services. You can help in other ways, too – foster parenting, adoption, volunteering and more. Find out how you can help kids safe by going to www.FamilyandChildren.ca.


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Guitar Lessons

Guitar Lessons are available at the school during regular school hours. Professional guitar teacher, John Russell is offering private 30 minute guitar lessons. If your child is interested, contact John for further details Email: guitarschool@kos.net. Phone: 613-483-0377