James R. Henderson Weekly Update

Friday, April 30th, 2021

Dear Families,

We have seen fantastic creativity, engagement and learning in the virtual classrooms this week. We sat around a virtual campfire, where students played vocabulary games, sang songs in French and told stories. Many classrooms are doing daily "Community Circles" where teachers do a wellness-check with students each morning. We listened to some Kindergarten "Storytelling Circles" where students drew beginning, middle and end, and then practiced their oral language skills, and watched children learn new French vocabulary through Bingo games and learn about 3-dimensional shapes by using a variety of household materials to build and construct! Students contributed to whole group lessons through interactive white boards, collaborated on projects through shared Google slides and 'breakout rooms', and participated in guided learning sessions on a regular basis with teachers and Educational Assistants. Some classes are having "Virtual Recess Time" as a way to be able to socialize with friends who they do not see outside of the instructional day. Students continue to enjoy exploring the "Forest of Reading" books, and will vote on their class favourites by May 7th. The Forest of Reading books allow students to not only experience wonderful literature, but to engage in critical thinking, math activities like graphing, and Visual Arts and Drama activities too! We are very excited to see which authors win this year's contest. As always, we are impressed by the resourcefulness and dedication of our staff, and by the resilience and commitment to learning that our families continue to demonstrate.

We will continue to have some Spirit Days next week -- thank you for sharing photos of your children enjoying these fun days:

Tuesday, May 4th: May the Fourth Be With You Day! (you can participate by dressing up, drawing a picture of your favourite character, or sharing any special space-themed toys or items that you have...Star Trek is also acceptable!)

Wednesday, May 5th: Bring Your Pet or Stuffie to School Day! (show off your favourite pet or stuffed animal)

Friday, May 7th: Henderson Hawks Day (wear your Hawks t-shirt, green or yellow!)

Our May Parent Council Meeting will be held next Thursday, May 6th at 6:45pm. Please email Mrs. Davey if you would like to receive a link to the meeting daveyjk@limestone.on.ca

Families of Students in Grade 6 French Immersion: please see details below about a Virtual Open House for Acadie next Thursday.

We miss seeing the students terribly, but do enjoy being able to see their sweet, mask-free smiles when we visit the virtual classrooms. As always, please reach out to us should you require any support: we are here to help. We hope that everyone is doing well, and enjoys the weekend. Take care,

Mme Peart and Mrs. Davey

Grade 6 French Immersion Students: Acadie Virtual Open House is Thursday, May 6th

Dear Families,

On behalf of the staff, students, and administration of Module de l'Acadie, I would like to invite you to attend our upcoming Virtual Open House event! While our preference would have been to host this event in person, we are excited to showcase our wonderful school in a virtual fashion and to answer questions from current and prospective families.

This online event will take place on Thursday, May 6th from 6:30pm - 8:00pm and is accessible via the following link: https://tinyurl.com/wdzj5cmw

The agenda for the evening is as follows:

  • Welcome address and introduction

Mr. James Bonham-Carter, Principal

  • Student-produced video

Ms. Sarah Lasko, grade 7 Late Immersion Teacher

  • Important items for students new to Acadie next year

Ms. Sheri Jones & Mr. Tyler Wilson, Vice-Principals; Elisabeth Sorensen, Acadie

Lead Teacher, Various staff

  • Q&A session - Participants will be able to submit questions using a chat feature during the event

School admin, and various staff and students will respond to questions

Thank you for your interest in learning more about Acadie! We look forward to seeing you on May 6th.

Kind Regards,

James Bonham-Carter


Girls Inc. 2021 Virtual Programming

What If My Child is Not Going to Be Participating in Remote Learning on a Given Day?

Please continue to use the Safe Arrival system to report your child's absence if your child is not going to be accessing online learning (either synchronously or asynchronously) over a 24 hour period. Wellness calls will continue to be sent out automatically to those students who have not make contact with their teacher, or participated in any form of learning. This is to help us keep a connection and ensure the well-being of every child. If you do not wish to receive a call, please use the automated Safe Arrival System to create an absence. There are three ways to do this:

1. Toll-free telephone

  • Call 1-855-257-9349 toll-free to report an absence using the automated phone system.

2. School Messenger App

  • Use your mobile device to download and install the free SchoolMessenger blue app from the Apple App Store or the Google Play Store, the SchoolMessenger website portal, or from within the LDSB mobile app.
  • The first time you use the app, you must select Sign Up to create your account. Please ensure you use the same email address your student’s school has on file. If you do not use that same email address, you will not be able to create an account, or may not be able to see the "Attendance" option. You may have already created an account when we introduced the Communicate broadcast system.
  • Select Attendance, then select Report an Absence and follow the prompts.

3. SchoolMessenger SafeArrival Website Portal
  • Visit the SchoolMessenger website portal.
  • The first time you use the app, you must select Sign Up to create your account. Please ensure you use the same email address your student’s school has on file. If you do not use that same email address, you will not be able to create an account, or may not be able to see the "Attendance" option. You may have already created an account when we introduced the Communicate broadcast system.
  • Select Attendance, then Report an Absence and follow the prompts.

How Can I Best Stay Informed?

As Covid-19 information unfolds, we encourage families to watch the LDSB website, the LDSB Twitter account and School Messenger communicate messages sent directly from Limestone. School specific information will communicated in our online Weekly Updates, and via School Messenger communicate messages. Please watch for updates from these reliable sources to get correct information regarding our return to face to face learning or the extension of remote learning.

Mental Health Supports


We continue to get support from the Food Share program. If your family is struggling, please reach out to the school and we will connect you with support from our local Food Share Program for bi-weekly deliveries to your home.


Kids Help Phone – Children and youth can contact Kids Help Phone 24/7 from anywhere in Canada, via phone, text or online chat.

Wellness Together Canada: Mental Health and Substance Use Support – Provides free online resources, tools, apps and connections to trained volunteers and qualified mental health professionals when needed

Anxiety Canada - Free online, self-help, and evidence-based resources on anxiety, including resources specific to COVD-19.

Government Support for Learners

The new COVID-19 Child Benefit announced in the 2021 Ontario Budget will provide direct payments to families and students to help with additional costs during the COVID-19 pandemic.

If you received a payment through the Support for Learners program, you do not need to apply. Starting on April 26, 2021, we will begin issuing additional payments of:

  • $400 for each child or youth up to Grade 12
  • $500 for each child or youth up to age 21 with special needs

If you missed applying for the Support for Learners program, you will have the opportunity to apply for this new round of payment. Applications will open from May 3, 2021 to May 17, 2021.Learn more on the government’s Support for Learners webpage.

Need a Book to Read? Check out Sora!

Sora Online Library

Students can access e-books or audio books with their LDSB login.

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