École James R. Henderson

Weekly Update

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Friday, November 20th, 2020

Dear Families,

Our Bullying Awareness and Prevention Week was a big success! We had daily morning announcements to help raise awareness of how kids can stand up to bullying, classes read stories and discussed situations and strategies, and everyone signed our Pledge to put a stop to bullying behaviour. Great job, Hawks!

We are happy to announce that Picture Days have been confirmed for Wednesday, December 16th and Thursday December 17th. There will be additional information sent out closer to those dates. Students who are in the VIrtual Elementary School will have a special time to come and have their picture taken after school on Wednesday, December 16th. Parents/guardians will receive an opportunity to sign up for a specific time. Stay tuned for details!

Exciting news from Parent Council: all of our students are going to be provided with a complimentary Henderson Hawks t-shirt! Please read the detailed information below, so that you know how to provide Parent Council with the size that you would like ordered for your child/ren. We can't wait to see EVERYONE showing their Henderson Pride once the t-shirts have arrived! Thank you so much, Parent Council, for recognizing how important it is that we all feel connected and can show that we are proud of our school.

Our students and staff have been doing an amazing job following all of the COVID safety protocols. However, we do want to ensure that we are fully prepared in the event that there is a need to pivot to remote learning at any point. Teachers have all created their online classrooms already, and many of them are being actively used for homework, assignments and communication with families. We have asked all teachers to provide us with a list this week of any families who would require the use of a school device if remote learning were to occur. Please ensure that if you would require the use of school technology for remote learning that you let your child's teacher know this week.

Don't forget to check out the School Council "Mom's Pantry" Fundraiser! Detailed information and a link to the catalogue are below. Thank you for your support!

Have a wonderful weekend,

Mme Peart & Mrs. Davey

A Free Henderson Hawks T-Shirt From Parent Council! Click the link below for details.

Upcoming Events

  • Wednesday, November 25th: Mismatched Clothing & Patterns Day (plaid, polka dots & stripes)

  • Thursday, November 26th: "Choices at 9" Virtual Information Night 7:00pm (details below)

  • Friday, November 27th: Hawks Day

  • Wednesday, December 16th: Picture Day

  • Thursday, December 17th: Picture Day

  • December 19th-January 3rd: Winter Holidays

School Council Information/Mom's Pantry Fundraiser Information

The School Council has done a great deal of research to find a fundraiser that provides contact-free delivery, is healthy and amazing and has decided to partner with "Mom's Pantry!" Please see detailed information below. **Please note that due to restrictions with COVID-19, we are unable to commit to Group Pick up orders. You MUST select products that can be delivered to your home, by selecting “Fundraiser Order (From Afar). This will allow for individual shipping. Only “dry” products (i.e. not frozen or fresh) are available for order at this time.**

Our next School Council meeting will be on January 14th, 2021 from 6:45-8:45. We anticipate that the meeting will be held virtually, and will send out information for parents & guardians who would like to join in January.

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:


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).
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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.