École James R. Henderson

Weekly Update

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Friday, October 9th, 2020

Dear Families,

We had a big focus on safety this week, completing our 3 Fall Fire Drills. Students exited the building each time calmly, with their cohort, wearing their masks and ensuring that there was appropriate physical distancing. Well done, Hawks!

We continue to refine our school protocols and practices around COVID-19, as updated information and recommendations for schools are provided by Public Health. The Public Health Nurse who has been assigned to our school came today to observe our students in class and out at recess, and will provide some suggestions and recommendations regarding anything we can do to improve upon the safety protocols we have in place. Our Public Health Nurse was very complimentary about everything that we already have in place...sounds like we are doing a great job to keep our staff and students safe! We will keep families updated if there are any significant changes that we will be implementing. Don't hesitate to connect should you have any questions or concerns.

Un gros merci à Mme Goddard, qui a organisé la course annuelle Terry Fox! Our Annual Terry Fox Run/Walk was held today: classes made sure to take time to do jogs and walks in the community, and around the track. As this year marks the 40th anniversary of the Terry Fox run, students worked all week long on "What's Your 40/Quels 40 choisirez-vous" activities: 40 jumping jacks, push ups, wind sprints, etc....we were very active all week long, and there was a lot of good conversation in classrooms about the importance of recognizing Terry Fox's legacy every year. Thank you to all families who supported via online donations: if at any time you wish to contribute to the Terry Fox Foundation, you may do so using our school link: http://www.terryfox.ca/JamesRHendersonPSKingston

Student Data Verification Forms, Computer Use Agreement, 2020-21 School Year Calendars, Safe Arrival and Student Accident Insurance information were all sent home today. Please ensure that you review all the Data Verification Form, make changes as appropriate right on the form, and send it and the Acceptable Use of Technology form back to the school by next Friday (even if there are no changes to be made). Thank you!

A reminder that all students must do the daily COVID self-screening assessment, and follow the guidelines from Public Health. There is a link to the online screening tool below.

We wanted to take a moment to express how thankful we are to be working in this school, surrounded by your friendly, kind, bright and enthusiastic children, a dedicated staff, and parents and caregivers who are incredibly kind and supportive. You all make our jobs a whole lot easier!! Thank you all very much to all of our families and staff for making our school community awesome.

We wish everyone a very happy Thanksgiving weekend, filled with laughter, special moments and celebration.

Mme Peart & Mrs. Davey

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COVID-19 Daily Active Screening

All students, staff, bus drivers, bus monitors and visitors to schools must perform a daily self-assessment for symptoms of COVID-19 before each school day and before putting students on a school bus. Staying home when sick is important to help stop the spread of COVID-19 and other viruses in our community.

COVID-19 Screening Tool

Parents and caregivers must review the following checklist with their child/student before sending them to school each day and before putting them on a school bus.

Please use the online COVID-19 School Screening Tool available in English and French (released October 1, 2020). You can print or download this version in English or French (by clicking on the top right). We are working on translations in additional languages. This new screening tool replaces what was provided previously (Sept. 21, 2020 version).

Fridays have been declared Henderson Hawk Pride Day!

We have decided that EVERY Friday will be a Henderson Hawks Spirit Day! On Fridays, slip on some green and yellow clothing, footwear or accessories, and show how proud you are to be a Hawk!

Families who wish to purchase Henderson Hawks Spirit Wear: Check out all of the amazing clothing and accessories available at our École James R. Henderson School E-Store:


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Upcoming Events

  • Monday, October 12th: Thanksgiving Holiday (school is closed)
  • Friday, October 16th: IEP distribution

  • Monday, October 26th: Gould Lake Visit (Gallupe/Goffaux, Bruder/Martin)

  • Tuesday, October 27th: Gould Lake Visit (VanderVecht & Vines)

  • Friday, October 30th: Orange and Black Day

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School Council Information

Our next School Council Meeting will be on Thursday, November 12th from 6:45-8:45 and will be held virtually. Information about how to receive the link to attend will be sent out to all families the week of November 2nd. All are welcome to attend!
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Safe Arrival: Reporting a Student Absence

There are three options to use to report a student absence:

  • call the automated attendance phone line at 1-855-257-9349 **Always enter "lates" as a full day even if the child will only be absent for half a day. It will adjust automatically once the student arrives.
  • use the SchoolMessenger App on your phone.
  • use the SchoolMessenger website portal.

For more information on how to report an absence please click on the link below.

Stay up to date!

Please continue to check the LDSB microsite for updated information on the Director's messages, Frequently asked Questions, Family Reference Guide, Wellness Resources & Supports, Remote Learning info, Public Health info and Ministry of Education information. This area is updated regularly as information becomes available or changes.

School ReOpening Microsite

School ReOpening Reference Guide

Limestone DSB Frequently Asked Questions

Wellness Resources & Supports

LDSB Website https://www.limestone.on.ca/

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LDSB Facebook https://tinyurl.com/wbhjtku

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James R Henderson Parking Guide

Drop off and pick up times are very busy, and we want to ensure the safety of all of our students and their caregivers as they enter and exit the school. Please consult the Driving and Parking Guide below to see where there are safe, designated parking spaces that are all within a 3 minute walk to the school. The area directly in front of the school is a designated student drop off zone: you must remain in your vehicle and are permitted to stop for a maximum of 3 minutes. A reminder that parking is not permitted on the shoulder of Roosevelt Drive opposite the school, and that the City of Kingston will be enforcing this no-parking zone. Thank you for ensuring that you help to keep everyone safe by respecting our drop-off and parking guidelines.