École James R. Henderson

Weekly Update: Cake Boss Edition

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Thursday, January 28th, 2021

Dear Families,

What a great week! We were so excited to see everyone back at school. Time was spent focusing on remembering routines, reuniting with classmates, redecorating classrooms and reviewing work completed during the Remote Learning. We did notice that many students were tired (happy, but tired!): please remember that change can be stressful (even when it is a positive change) and that the move from in-person to remote learning and back again certainly has an impact on the mood and level of fatigue of both children and grown ups. We hope that you enjoy the long weekend (tomorrow is a PA Day), and that your children have lots of opportunity to enjoy the snow, and recharge their batteries.

Thank you to all of the families who participated in the Cake Boss Challenge (Version 2.0). There were over 100 entries -- if somehow your child's photo got missed when we were putting together the slide show/video, please email Mme Peart, and we will ensure that it is published next week!

The cakes were judged by a "neutral third party" who does not work at or attend the school...it was extremely difficult to select the 2021 Cake Boss Champions, because the cakes were ALL quite amazing! Nonetheless, the following students have earned the honour of being acknowledged as an École James R. Henderson 2021 Cake Boss:

Most Original:

Kindergarten Cake Boss: Theodore S.

Primary Cake Boss: Aleigha C.

Junior Cake Boss: Faith S.

Intermediate Cake Boss: Gabriel H.

Family Cake Boss: Rylee & Callum D. AND Coen and Emma S.

Winter Wonderland

Kindergarten Cake Boss: Sawyer V.

Primary Cake Boss: Ethan T.

Junior Cake Boss: Phoenix G.

Intermediate Cake Boss: Ryan M.

Family Cake Boss: Raelynn & Sawyer W. AND Colton & Aria M.

Remote Learning

Junior Cake Boss: Norah G.

Intermediate Cake Boss: Tie -- Ty H. and Jacksen M.

Family Cake Boss: Ahmed & Haroon N. AND Brody & Riley T.

Staff Cake Boss: Mme Fox

Hawks, we are truly proud of each and every one of you! Merci pour votre participation! Nous sommes fier de vous. Please enjoy the video below where you can enjoy ALL of the amazing cakes and cupcakes that were baked & decorated.

  • Daily Active Screening for COVID-19 Symptoms: please screen your child/ren every day before sending them to school, and keep them at home if they have any of the symptoms indicated. Here is a link to the online COVID screening tool: https://covid-19.ontario.ca/school-screening/

Have a wonderful weekend! We look forward to seeing everyone again on Monday,

Mme Peart and Mrs. Davey

We are experiencing temporary technical difficulties with our video link...thanks for your patience :)

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Elementary Virtual School Council Meeting Information (Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2021):

Dear LDSB Elementary Virtual School Families,

We are looking forward to meeting with you to share and collaborate!

Meeting Date - Wednesday, February 3, 2021

Meeting Time - 6:00-7:00 pm

Here is the agenda - http://bit.ly/3osX2U9

Please complete this form so that we can invite you to future meetings and include you in EVS School Council communication moving forward: http://bit.ly/2YhGL9S

Microsoft Teams meeting

Join on your computer or mobile app

Click here to join the meeting

Or call in (audio only)

+1 647-792-0917,,441233256# Canada, Toronto

Phone Conference ID: 441 233 256#

*If you are trying to connect to the meeting via iPad or iPhone, you may need to download the Teams App on your device before entering the meeting.

**You can join the meeting by telephone - information is above.

***Please join the meeting from your personal email account, not your student's Limestone account. If you need help with this, please connect with our ITS Team.

If you require ITS Support, please email learningathome@limestone.on.ca or call 613 417 3559 (between 8:00 am - 4:00 pm, Monday-Friday).

Thank you,

Mary Jane Jarvis and Sara Wellwood - EVS Lead Administrators



Twitter - @ldsbvirtualelem

School Website - http://bit.ly/34nZkM7

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Free menstrual hygiene products available in Limestone schools

École James R. Henderson will offer free menstrual hygiene products to students to remove barriers and ensure equitable access for all. All female washrooms and gender-neutral washrooms in École James R. Henderson will have menstrual hygiene products in easily accessible locations for students in need, beginning on Monday, February 1st. The products are free to students. Students may take items for use at school, or at home, as needed. Classroom teachers will ensure that students are aware of this new change in practice.

Access to menstrual products can be a barrier for many students. Studies show that one in seven young women and non-binary people in Canada will miss some school because they don't have access to menstrual hygiene products, largely because they cannot bear the financial burden of purchasing their own. Other times, students forget to plan ahead or find themselves in an emergency situation.

Lifetouch School Photography: Ordering School Photos

Due date for photo orders: Friday, February 12, 2021. Over 90% of parents are ordering online. These finished photo packages will still be mailed to the school. Orders placed after this deadline will be subject to a $5.99 shipping and handling fee and will be mailed to their home addresses, which they need to provide when ordering.

Lifetouch will be in touch with the school later to estabish a date for photo retakes/absent students. This will likely not be until the spring. Thanks for your patience!

Indigo Girls Group Information:

Indigo Girls Kingston is excited to announce the start of 2021 girls clubs!

Indigo Girls Group is an organization run by young women for young women. In a non-pandemic world, IGG facilitates weekly after-school girls' clubs in schools in the Kingston area. Indigo Girls Kingston educates and engages girls in grades 4-8 in discussions about current topics facing girls today. Girls clubs foster a safe space for learning and analysis of topics such as self-care, anti-oppression, mental well-being, women in STEM, and much more. These subjects and methods of delivery promote personal growth, increased self-esteem, and mental and physical well-being.

After exploring alternatives to safely accommodate the current circumstances brought on by Covid-19, we have decided to create virtual weekly modules for girls to complete at their own pace. Each module will focus on a societal theme affecting young women and will include videos, discussions and interactive activities.

Modules will be released at indigogirlsgroup.com under ‘Kingston Branch’ each Friday starting on February 12th 2021 for 7 weeks.

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Henderson Hawks Spirit Wear and Accessories Online Store

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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School Council Information/Mom's Pantry Fundraiser

It is not too late to order some delicious products through our Mom's Pantry Fundraiser! 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 take place on Thursday, March 4th 2021 from 6:45-8:45. This meeting will be held virtually. Please email daveyjk@limestone.on.ca if you would like to attend.

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Queen's Online Enrichment Studies

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Stay up to date with LDSB Social Media!

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