École James R. Henderson

Weekly Update

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Thursday, September 24th, 2020

Dear Families,

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

Office Staff:

Ms.Clarke, Office Administrator

Mrs. Lemery, Assistant Office Administrator

Custodial Team:

Cory Clark, Head Caretaker

Josh Giffin, Mark Lattimore, Assistant Caretakers

Educational Assistants:

Ms. Dionne, Mr. Burns, Mme Blackman, Ms. McCaffrey, Mr. Myers, Ms. Thurlby, Ms. Allen, Mr. Turner, Mme Tremblay

Student Support Counsellor

Ms. Fairfax

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:

Maryann Crozier
Angela Haibach
Renee Lowery

Joan Sitoski
Mahtab Sannifani

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

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 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:


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Upcoming Events

  • Friday, September 25th: PA Day (No school for students)
  • Wednesday, September 30th: Orange Shirt Day
  • Thursday, October 1st: Virtual Parent Council Meeting (6:45pm-8:45pm) (details below)
  • Friday, October 9th: JRHenderson Terry Fox Day
  • Monday, October 12th: Thanksgiving

Terry Fox Marathon of Hope

This year is the 40th Anniversary of Terry Fox’s Marathon of Hope and James R. Henderson Public School is proud to be continuing the legacy of one of our greatest heroes.

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!

#terryfoxschoolruns @terryfoxfoundation

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.

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/

LDSB Twitter https://twitter.com/LimestoneDSB

LDSB Facebook https://tinyurl.com/wbhjtku

LDSB Instagram https://instagram.com/limestonedsb?igshid=1epyma6c0g5qd

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.