J.R.Henderson P.S.

September 6, 2016

Welcome to a new school year!

Dear Parents/Guardians & Students,

Welcome to the 2016-17 academic year! I extend a warm welcome to our families new to the Henderson community and a sincere welcome back to all returning families! I hope you enjoyed a fun and restful summer vacation. I know the students all have stories from their summer that they will want to share and I hope to hear from many of them this week!

I would like to take this opportunity to share how excited I am to take on the role of Principal at James R. Henderson P.S. Our school is committed to promoting personal and collective excellence in a caring, supportive environment and I feel fortunate to be part of such a school culture. It is my intent to continue to carry out the important traditions and practices that help make Henderson such a wonderful school!

A lot of hard work goes into preparing for the first day of school, and I extend a special thank you to all of our staff members for their part in making this happen. Indeed, our custodians spent the summer cleaning the school, teachers and ECEs have been planning their program and organizing their classrooms, and Mrs. Hoover, our Office Manager, has been very busy getting all of the paperwork ready for the new school year. I feel very privileged to be working with such a committed group!

You will see a few new faces around the school. Joining the Henderson team this year are:

  • Ms. Dawn Diamond, our new Vice-Principal
  • ECEs, Ms. Cheri St.John and Mrs. Julie Tuskovich-Sauvé, joining our FDK team
  • Mmes Marie Kimmerer & Chantal Oleschuk back from leave and teaching Primary French Immersion
  • Mr. Chris Schukei (filling in for Ms. Gibson who is on leave this year) joining us full-time this year as our Gr.6/7 teacher
  • Mr. Michael Higginson, our Intermediate French teacher (filling in for Mme vanessa Graymason, currently on maternity leave)
  • Ms. Jacquie Rowe (filling in for Ms. Kivistik who is on leave this year) and Ms. Michelle Wilson-Brushett joining our team of English to Immersion teachers

To view the complete staff list, please click on the tab "about our school", on our website, at: jrhenderson.limestone.on.ca

At James R. Henderson P.S., we know that by working together, staff, students, and parents/guardians help build a strong community. We truly appreciate your support as your child enters their new classroom and learns & grows throughout this school year.

We look forward to meeting you over the next few weeks and hope to see you at our Open House/Pizza Party Picnic on Thursday, September 29, from 5:30 to 7:00 pm!


Ms. Jacqueline Prenevost



As usual, class lists are tentative at this time and will be finalized within the next few weeks. We have had a number of new students join our school and as part of the Board’s staffing process, we may have to re-organize.

Note that families of any affected students will be informed promptly. We appreciate your patience and understanding regarding this process.

Advance Absence & Late Arrivals

When your child is absent or will arrive late for school, please call the school (613-389-2330) to let us know. The answering machine is available 24 hrs a day, so the call can be made at any time! We ask that you leave the name of your child, their class and the reason for their absence. In the event that we have not received a call, our Office Staff will contact you to ensure that your child is safe.

If your child arrives late, please sign them in on the clipboard at the office window and have them pickup their green card from the secretary.

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Young Ghoristers Limestone

Who are we?

This choir, representing schools in the Kingston area, promotes enjoyment of music by providing opportunities for students in Grades 3 to 8 to develop their musical expertise through the learning of exciting and varied repertoire and giving the students the opportunity to perform in several different venues in our community. The choir is directed by Margaret Moncrieff.


Held at Cataraqui Woods Public School from 4:00 – 5:30 on Tuesday, September 13 and Thursday, September 15.

Other audition times can be arranged until the end of September by e-mailing youngchoristers@gmail.com


Tuesdays from 4:30 – 5:30 at Cataraqui Woods Public School beginning September 20. The choral season ends the first week of May. There are holidays during school breaks.

More information?

Contact Margaret Moncrieff at youngchoristers@gmail.com

Margaret Moncrieff

Director, Young Choristers Limestone, Kingston Area Choir