École J.R. Henderson P.S.

Friday, November 8th, 2019

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Weekly Update

Dear Families,


We were very excited to have our first snowy day on Wednesday :) Now that the weather has turned colder, please ensure that your child/ren are ready for outdoor play: snowsuits, hats, boots, and mittens. It is always a good idea to provide an extra pair of socks and mittens, and we recommend that you label all of your children's winter clothing.


On Monday, we will have two Remembrance Day Assemblies: our Kindergarten-Grade 3 classes will gather in the gymnasium at 9:45, and our Grade 4-8 classes will gather at 10:50. Family members are most welcome to join us as we honour the contributions and sacrifices made by Canadian soldiers. Thank you to Mr. Eardley and Mr. Nicholls for organizing the Junior/Intermediate Assembly, and to Mrs. Panter and Mrs. Mace for organizing the Primary Assembly.


Thank you to all of the families who have sent in Poinsettia Fundraiser orders: we will continue to accept orders until Wednesday, November 13th. Order forms, pictures and information are provided below. Thank you for your support!


We are looking forward to seeing lots of families at our Movie Nights on November 27th and 28th. Parent Council sent home an information letter this week, and the details may also be found below. Thanks, Parent Council for helping us with this "fun-raiser!"


One of the Parent Council fundraising goals has been to provide more classrooms with "Brain Bikes": these silent, stationary bikes are an incredible tool for supporting self-regulation and promoting physical activity in the classroom. Our Brain Bikes arrived this week! Grade 7 & 8 Student Leaders helped to assemble them, and we can't wait to see them in action in our classrooms. Thank you so much, Parent Council, for your awesome support!


We hope that you have a great weekend,


Mme Peart and Mrs. Davey

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Pointsettia Fundraiser Information and Order Forms

Please find an order form for our Pointsettia Fundraiser attached below. We hope that you will support our fundraiser! Orders are due by Wednesday, November 13th, and pick-up day will be on Thursday, December 4th. Profits raised will support James R Henderson Clubs, Experiential Education opportunities (cooking and building) and Grade 6 and 8 Graduation celebrations. Cheques are preferred and may be made payable to J.R. Henderson Public School. Merci!

Congratulations to Lyla M. whose initiative collected hundreds of boots for children in need!

Grade 2 student Lyla and her family have been busy this fall! Through generous donations by friends and family, they collected boots for children in need. The boots were delivered this week, and Educational Services will support the distribution through their "Winter Warmth" program. Bravo, Lyla!
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Upcoming Events

  • Monday, November 11th: Remembrance Day Assemblies (Primary 9:45, Jr/Int 10:50)
  • Tuesday, November 12th: Kindergarten & Preschool Parent feedback opportunity (LDSB Educational Services 9:00-11:00, details below)
  • Tuesday, November 12th: Photo Retake Day
  • Wednesday, November 13th: Vaping Presentation at FSS (7:00-8:30 - details below)
  • Monday, November 18th: Teens Trashing Tobacco (Grade 7&8s)
  • Tuesday, November 19th: Indigo Girls Group (3:45-5:00)
  • Wednesday, November 20th: Bus Safety Presentations

  • Saturday, November 23rd: Parents Night Out (details below)
  • Wednesday, November 27th: Family Movie Night (details below)
  • Thursday, November 28th: Family Movie Night (details below)
  • Friday, November 28th: PA Day (no school for students)
  • Monday, December 4th: Intermediate Boys Volleyball Tournament (Duncan MacArthur Hall)
  • Friday, December 13th: Intermediate Girls Volleyball Tournament (Duncan MacArthur Hall)

Family Movie Nights: November 27th and 28th!

School Council will be presenting our annual Henderson Family Movie Night(s) on the evenings of November 27 and November 28. By popular vote, we will be showing “The Secret Life of Pets 2”. Free tickets can be reserved on our Hot Lunch website at jrh.hotlunches.net. The access code is JRH. In addition, whole pizzas can be pre-ordered at a cost of $15.00. The last day to order pizza is Thursday, November 21st. There will also be a "Loonie Canteen" with movie snacks. In an effort to "go green", we would like families to bring a refillable water bottle to this event.


Doors open at 5:30 PM and the Movie will begin at 6:15 PM.

We are looking forward to another amazing event and hope to see you and your family there!

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Save the date for Kingston's Best Kids "Parents' Night Out". The event will take place on November 23rd: see the details below.


Our next Parent Council meeting will be held on Thursday, December 12th from 6:45-8:45. New members are always welcome, and there is free child care provided. We hope to see you there!

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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! Funds raised will support our Physical Education programs.

Kindergarten Speech and Language Parent Workshop Information

The LDSB Speech and Language team is partnering with Early Expressions and the Algonquin & Lakeshore Catholic School Board to offer a parent/educator night in the Spring (location, date/time of workshop to be determined). The workshop will focus on oral language – how to support language development at home and in the Kindergarten classroom. We have created a survey so we can gain a better sense of what topics families/educators are interested in learning more about. All Kindergarten parents and guardians are encouraged to provide input.


Parent-educator Speech and Language Survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/G676DCG

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