École James R. Henderson

Weekly Update

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Friday, September 11th, 2020

Dear Families,

We are so incredibly proud of all of our students! Our Staggered Entry days were happy, safe and successful: students were well-prepared for all of the new routines and adapted very quickly. Thank you to all of the parents, guardians and caregivers who have been practicing physical distancing and mask-wearing with the children -- you made our jobs a lot easier!

Students learned new line-up and hand hygiene routines, as well as exploring their "class cohort" area of the yard at recess. We saw staff teaching children new games, like pool noodle tag, new active versions of 'paper-rock-scissors', mini-soccer and more fun ways to play with classmates, while socially distancing, at recess. We heard some students tell their teacher that it was so much easier to get to know their classmates "because everyone stayed in the same part of the yard together." During non-recess time, teachers may sign up to use a variety of sections of the yard (we have 20 different areas for Phys. Ed, DPA and Outdoor Learning!) so that students have the opportunity to use the climbers, 4-square courts, basketball courts and Peace Park. We anticipate that next week, with all of the students back, teachers will continue to spend some time modelling how to play safely and successfully within the class cohort areas of the yard, and we know that our students will do a great job of continuing to socially distance at recess.

Teachers began to complete diagnostic and baseline assessments in reading, writing and mathematics, in order to be able to assess any gaps in learning that occurred during the school closures: they will be working diligently to meet all students where they are, and to provide differentiated instruction to support each student's unique learning needs.

It was exciting to see that although we are adapting to the "new normal", other than the masks and smaller cohorts this week, learning looked just the same: students were engaged in Number Talks, read-alouds, hands on mathematics activities, visual arts and carpentry (yes, our Intermediate students have already begun to build!) We are really excited to have all of our students back in the building on Monday, and we know that it will go well.

Important Reminders:

  • classroom organizations are tentative until we have firm numbers of students who will be opting for remote learning this fall: we will let you know as soon as possible about any updates to our school organization or teaching staff. Due to extremely large numbers of requests for specific class placements/changes to class placement, we will not be able to accommodate any requests should we need to re-organize our classes. We thank you for your understanding: we are dealing with a unique situation, and must be fair and consistent with all of our families.
  • families must inform the school by the end of the day on Monday, September 14th of any changes regarding remote learning or in person learning options. Please call or email the school to inform us of any changes that you wish to be made: jrhen@limestone.on.ca 613-389-2330
  • if possible, please provide your child with a pouch or fanny pack to store their mask when outdoors
  • please ensure that school staff are aware of any allergies or medical conditions and return all forms to the school as soon as possible
  • if your child has alternate pick up arrangements, or will not be taking the bus at the end of the day, please ensure that you communicate with the classroom teacher if possible (send a note) or with the Main Office if a change occurs during the day
  • please ensure that your child is dressed for the weather and has extra clothing in case of spills or bathroom accidents
  • if your child borrowed school technology during the school closure, please return it to the school on Monday
  • don't forget to send a water bottle with your child: our fountains have been turned off

Since Monday is our first day with all of our students returning, we are going to make it Hawks Day! Students are invited to wear yellow and green, or any school spirit wear that they have! If you are interested in purchasing some Henderson Hawks school spirit wear, please see the information below.

Have a wonderful weekend,

Mme Peart & Mrs. Davey

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:


Technology Return

Please return any borrowed technology to the school ASAP. Please be sure to include the charge cord. It is important that we receive these devices back to James R. Henderson so that we can thoroughly sanitize and redistribute for in-school use. Thank you!
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Upcoming Events

  • Monday, September 14th: Hawks Day! Wear green & yellow or school spirit wear!
  • Monday, September 14th: last day to change from Remote Learning Option to Face to Face Option
  • 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)

We are a Nut Aware School!

Due to the prevalence of peanut and tree nut allergies, we do ask that all parents refrain from sending products that may contain nuts to school, even if there is not a specific nut allergy in your child's classroom. We appreciate your efforts and support to ensure that all of our students are safe at school. If your child has any allergies or medical conditions of which the school is not aware, please inform your child's teacher immediately, so that we can ensure that we have all of the information required to keep children safe at school.

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.

COVID-19 Daily Active Screening

All students, staff, bus drivers, and visitors to schools must perform a daily self-assessment for symptoms of COVID-19. KFL&A Public Health has provided a simple one-page daily screening tool that families can access on the Board website. Feel free to print and keep a copy in a handy place at home as a reference. It is critical that students do not come to school or go on a school bus if they have any of the COVID-19 symptoms. According to provincial public health direction, if students have any symptoms, they must visit an assessment centre or call their health care provider immediately to determine if a COVID-19 test is required.
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Stay Up to Date With School News

Our school will use a broadcasting tool called SchoolMessenger to communicate need-to-know information to families in a timely and efficient way. This system allows us to share important school information with families via text, email or phone message. We will also use it for sharing Weekly Updates to Families.

Registered parents/guardians will receive these messages through contact information collected in our student information system. Parents/guardians may choose how to receive these alerts; by text message, email or phone call with the exception of emergency events which will always be communicated via all contact methods on file with the school. If parents/guardians choose to receive text messages, they must opt-in due to potential charges from their cell phone carrier.

It is important that parents/guardians ensure schools have the most up-to-date contact information at the beginning of the school year. If your contact information changes during the school year, parents/guardians are asked to contact the school with the updated information.

In addition, teachers will also be able to take advantage of an instant message option to keep students and families up to date. Parents/guardians will be invited to join a group and receive messages related specifically to their group. Information on how to join groups will be shared directly with students and families by the teacher.

School Messenger App

All of our electronic communications tools can be accessed anytime, anywhere online and/or via Smartphones. To take advantage of this convenience and functionality, we encourage you to create a School Messenger account on your desktop, laptop, tablet and/or download the SchoolMessenger app. While an account is not required to use these new tools, it will allow you to review your contact information and communication preferences, and it stores all of your messages in one place.

For more information about SchoolMessenger and to access User Guides please click on the link below.

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.