École James R. Henderson
Thursday, September 24th, 2020
We began the first day with our re-organized classes today: thank you to our wonderful Staff, who worked extremely hard to ensure the best possible placements for each student who had to be moved, for helping children find their new line-ups this morning, and for ensuring that all students felt welcomed into their new classroom this morning. Thank you to all of the parents and caregivers for being so supportive of the changes that were required: re-organization of a school is never easy, and the unique circumstances of this fall made the timelines very tight. And thank you to our amazing students, who have been so positive, enthusiastic and friendly throughout the first four weeks of school: it is going to be a great year!
We say a fond farewell today to Mrs. Bush, our Primary DLC teacher, who was placed into a Vice Principal position at Sir John A MacDonald Elementary School and will begin her new role tomorrow. Ms. Taylor Sills has been hired as our new Primary DLC teacher. We say "bonne chance" to Mme Hassan-Yari: she will be teaching a remote Grade 1/2 French Immersion class in the Virtual School. Mme Adrianna MacKay will be teaching the Grade 2 French Immersion class that was vacant due to this change. And we say, "Welcome back!" to Mme Fiona White, who is back on the JR Henderson team, teaching Primary Core French and Kindergarten Planning Time. Here is our complete, updated Staff list for the 2020-21 school year:
Mme Peart, Principal
Mrs. Davey, Vice Principal
Ms.Clarke, Office Administrator
Mrs. Lemery, Assistant Office Administrator
Cory Clark, Head Caretaker
Josh Giffin, Mark Lattimore, Assistant Caretakers
Ms. Dionne, Mr. Burns, Mme Blackman, Ms. McCaffrey, Mr. Myers, Ms. Thurlby, Ms. Allen, Mr. Turner, Mme Tremblay
Student Support Counsellor
English Teaching Staff:
FDK: Ms. Sinclair and Mrs. Beckett
SK/Grade 1: Ms. Wilson
Grade 2/3: Mrs. Panter
Grade 3/4: Ms. Marshall
Grade 4/5: Mr. Hearn
Grade 5/6: Mr. Eardley
Grade 7: Mr. Nicholls
Grade 8: Mr. Morrison
Student Support Teacher: Ms. Mercier
Core French Teachers: Mme Meehan, Mme Blanchette and Mme White
Subject Teachers: Ms. Glenn-Hawley, Ms. Riley-Heyman
Primary DLC: Ms. Sills
School to Community Teacher: Tiffany Christian
French Teaching Staff:
FDK: Mme Case & Mme Garster
FDK: Mme Gallupe & Mme Goffaux
FDK: M Higginson & Mme Jackson-Grundy
FDK: Mme Bruder & Mme Martin
Grade 1: Mme Doherty
Grade 1: Mme D. MacKay
Grade 1: Mme Chamberlain
Grade 2: Mme A. MacKay
Grade 2: Mme Belanger
Grade 2: M Landis
Grade 3: Term 1 Mme VanderVecht/Term 2 Mme Sedore
Grade 3: Mme Kimmerer
Grade 3/4: Term 1 Mme Vines/Term 2 Mme Oleschuk
Grade 4: Mme Fox
Grade 5: M Jacques
Grade 5: M Heroux
Grade 6: Mme Goddard
Grade 6: Mme Creighton/Mme Blanchette
English To Immersion: Ms. Kivistik, Ms. Riley-Heyman, Ms. O'Brien, Ms. Glenn-Hawley,
Mme St. Clair
Student Support Teacher: Mme Creighton
VIrtual Elementary School:
Mme Hassan-Yari, Grade 1/2 French Immersion
Yard and Lunch Supervisors:
We are so appreciative of the fast and supportive response of parents and caregivers when we have needed to have students with COVID-19 symptoms picked up from school. The most up to date COVID-19 daily active screening protocols are below, and detailed information can be found on the LDSB website.
Tomorrow, our Staff will be working on a variety of Professional Development activities, including revisiting our School Climate Goal, reviewing diagnostic and assessment data that has been collected from students over the past month, and planning how we will meet students' academic, social-emotional and behavioural needs after the long absence from school.
Have a safe and happy first weekend of Fall!
Mme Peart & Mrs. Davey
COVID-19 Daily Active Screening
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 Sept. 21, 2020).
Henderson Hawks Spirit Wear!
Want to look spiffy, stay warm and show off your Henderson Hawks Pride? Check out all of the amazing clothing and accessories available at our École James R. Henderson School E-Store:
Terry Fox Marathon of Hope
Due to the unusual start to the school year, we will be recognizing Terry Fox Day on Friday, October 9th: classes will each have a turn to run/walk around the track to honour the legacy of Terry Fox.
We will not be accepting any cash donations this year, but families are welcome to support this wonderful cause by donating to: http://www.terryfox.ca/JamesRHendersonPSKingston. Together, we can all make a difference!
School Council Information
The School Advisory Council (Parent Council) is an advisory group of parents and educators who provide advice to the school principal and where appropriate to the School board on any matters which the Council has identified as priorities (e.g. school community communications; fundraising activities; methods of reporting to parents and community, etc.); provide opportunities for school community to be more directly involved in the education of their children; foster good relations among parents, staff, students and the local community; and provide liaison and communication between the school, home, community and School Board. All Parents are welcome to be a part of Parent Council.
We will be having our first School Council Meeting of the year on Thursday, October 1st from 6:45pm to 8:45pm. This will be a virtual meeting: we will provide details to families next week for how to sign up to receive the link to attend the meeting, and how to do a virtual nomination to fill a role on the School Council Executive.
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.
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