École J.R. Henderson P.S.

Friday, October 18th, 2019

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Weekly Update

Dear Families,


It was another very busy week of learning at school! Classes continue to enjoy all that the fall has to offer: some of our Kindergarten classes made delicious pumpkin treats using fresh pumpkins from their trip to fruition farm. We are so lucky that they always remember to leave a tasting plate at the office! Other classes are collecting fallen leaves to use in visual art projects, as well as learning to identify the various types of trees that are in our playground. We see many students engaged in "Writer's Workshop." This is an approach that uses a student-centered framework for teaching writing based on the idea that students learn to write best when they write frequently, for extended periods of time, on topics of their own choosing. Students develop a sense of ownership of their own writing, guidance from their teacher and support from a community of fellow writers/learners. It is an absolute delight to see our students viewing themselves as capable authors, sharing their ideas and understanding that mistakes are a natural part of the writing process.


Our Grade 7&8 classes are engaged in an amazing collaborative project with the Grade 2&3 classes in the "portaplex": the Grade 2&3 students let the Intermediate students know that the classroom in the portaplex cannot have hooks or lockers in the hallway, so everything other than outdoor shoes must be stored in the classrooms. The current system does not meet the needs of everyone, and it does not provide enough storage. The Grade 7&8 students are determined to help resolve this issue and developed a series of questions to help them determine a solution: Who uses the hooks and shelves? (ex: age, height, how many people?) What is put on the current hooks and shelves? When do you notice the current hooks and shelf are not “good enough”(i.e., are there certain times of day that are problematic)? What do you think would work better? What would make it easier to put things away and keep the space organized? The Grade 2&3 students have provided a lot of good feedback, and our Intermediate students will be working to develop solutions to the problem. We are so excited to see what their solutions are, and what designs they come up with to help solve the problem! There may be some building in the near future...


Twenty-two of our Junior and Intermediate students participated in the Tri-Board Student Bus Patroller Training this week. During a 2-hour training session they learned how to assist younger students in crossing the street safely, entering and exiting the school bus and how to assist the driver in the event of an emergency or evacuation. Some of our students who do not ride a school bus, but want to be leaders, will support younger students in getting to their bus promptly at the end of the day. We thank Tri-Board for offering this leadership opportunity for our students, and we know that they will make a positive contribution to the safety and enjoyment of riding the bus for our younger students!


On Wednesday, the Henderson Hawks Cross Country Team traveled to Fort Henry Hill to participate in the Limestone Region 2 races. It was a great morning for our team and our Hawk runners ran hard and finished strong. All the training that students put in during the past month paid off in the races: congratulations to all runners on a job well done! Well done, Hawks! And a huge thank you to the staff who encouraged and inspired our runners: Mrs. Davey, Mme Fox, Mrs Mace, Mme Belanger and Mme Gallupe.


Mme Doherty has started a Drawing and Art Club for students in Grades 4-8. All students who are interested are welcome to attend! Listen carefully to the announcements, and bring your pencils, erasers and coloured pencils with you when you go. Mme Doherty is also collecting 2-Dimensional art to submit to an art show at the Hotel Dieu Hospital, and has invited students to share their work with her. Merci, Mme Doherty!


Many of our Junior Classes have been learning about the parties and candidates running in the upcoming Federal Election: Mr. Hearn has organized a "Student Vote" which will take place on Monday. It is always interesting to see which political party emerges as the students' favourite. Thank you, Mr. Hearn!


Have a wonderful weekend,


Mme Peart and Mrs. Davey



School Spirit Wear

One of James R Henderson's yearly fundraisers is the selling of our school Spirit Wear. Please be sure to visit our School E-Store at

https://specialtytrophies.ca/jrhendersonpublicschool/ to see the wonderful clothing to show your Hawk spirit!

Upcoming Events


  • Tuesday, October 22nd: Indigo Girls Group (3:45-5:00)
  • Wednesday, October 23: Bus Driver/Monitor Appreciation Day
  • Thursday, October 24th: Parent Council Meeting (6:45-8:45)
  • Friday, October 25th: DLC Popcorn Sale
  • Tuesday, October 29th: Picture Day
  • Tuesday, October 29th: indigo Girls Group (3:45-5:00)
  • Wednesday, October 30th: Picture Day
  • Thursday, October 31st: Orange and Black Day
  • Friday, November 1st: PA Day
  • Tuesday, November 5th: Indigo Girls Group (3:45-5:00)
  • Monday, November 18th: Teens Trashing Tobacco (Grade 7&8s)
  • Tuesday, November 19th: Indigo Girls Group (3:45-5:00)

Our next meeting is on Thursday, October 24th from 6:45-8:45 in the Learning Commons. Free childcare is provided, and new members are always welcome! We look forward to seeing you there.

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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. Thank you for ensuring that you help to keep everyone safe by respecting our drop-off and parking guidelines. A reminder that supervision on the yard is from 8:55 until the bell rings at 9:15.