École J.R. Henderson P.S.

Friday, April 17th, 2020

Henderson Hawks "Hold On": We Miss you!

Update to Families

Dear Families,


As you can see by the video above, we really miss your kids! Staying connected during the COVID-19 pandemic is so important, and we are using all of our online tools to do so. Our school is active on Twitter: if you do have a Twitter account, and would like to post photos of activities that your children or family are doing, or messages to the Henderson Hawks community, please tag us @JRHenPS_LDSB

We will look for your tweets, and will retweet! We would also love to begin including some pictures of our students in the Weekly Updates: we are visiting their Google Classrooms every week, but miss being able to take pictures to share. If you would like to submit a photo of your child/ren for the weekly update, please send it to jrhen@limestone.on.ca with the title "For Weekly Update." We can't promise to post all of them, but we will do our best!


We had our second online staff meeting this week. Listening to the feedback from our staff, we are aware that families are doing their very best to navigate the online learning platforms and activities being provided, but that sometimes this is challenging. We recognize that providing online learning at home is not easy. The situation that has been created by the COVID-19 outbreak is unprecedented, and it is hard. We know that everyone is managing to the best of their ability. Please continue to prioritize your family's mental health and well-being, and connect with your child's teacher to let them know how you are doing. Our staff will continue to reach out on a regular basis to you through emails and phone calls to do 'wellness checks' and to see how we can continue to support your children and your family. Next week, staff will be meeting online in small teams to continue to problem-solve together, to share strategies and address challenges specific to different grade levels as we continue to learn together.


Term 3 Hot Lunch Order refunds: Please be assured that our Parent Council has a system to keep track of what has been cancelled, and how much money is owed to each family. They are waiting to be sure of the total, final amount to be refunded to each family. Unfortunately, refunds cannot be processed while the school is closed: we appreciate your patience and understanding.


Online Registration is Happening! We wanted to ensure that families are aware that online registration is continuing: if you have a child who will be entering Junior Kindergarten next year, please complete the online registration. We are so excited to get to know our newest little Hawks! And if you are aware of any families who have children who will be attending James R Henderson for the first time next year, please let them know that we are accepting online registrations. Detailed information may be found on the LDSB website using the link below:

https://www.limestone.on.ca/families/register_a_student


We want to remind families that if access to food is a challenge for your family right now, we can provide a connection with the Food Sharing Project. If your family is in need of Food Sharing, please reach out to Mme Peart at pearts@limestone.on.ca or Mrs. Davey at daveyjk@limestone.on.ca


Wishing you a weekend where you can find ways to do some special activities with your friends and families, whether it be in person or online. Take good care of yourselves, Hawks. And remember, we are all in this together, and we will get through it together.


Mme Peart and Mrs. Davey

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KFL&A Public Health COVID-19 Physical Distancing Information and Strategies

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COVID-19 School Closure FAQs

Please use the link below to access information posted on the LDSB website about frequently asked questions related to the COVID-19 school closures

Ontario Ministry of Education Learn at Home Resources

Login Change for Student Accounts Office 365 & Google Suite

Please note there is a login change for Office 365 and Google Suite web services affecting myo365.limestone.on.ca and docs.gapps.limestone.on.ca .

Students will need to use their full email address for the username (e.g. username@limestone.on.ca), then your Active Directory password for the password in order to login.

SORA Online Library

Students can access e-books and audio books using their LDSB log-ins: see link below.

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