École James R. Henderson

Weekly Update

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Friday, October 23rd, 2020

Dear Families,

We have had a great week of learning! A reminder to ensure that your child is prepared to spend time outdoors in all types of weather: we are going outside even if it is lightly raining, and teachers take students outdoors for learning activities and mask-free time, rain or shine. Henderson Hawks are not made of sugar...but please keep sending those raincoats, boots & umbrellas :)

Staff have been hard at work finding creative ways to build a positive school community and to keep our students feeling connected, even though they have to remain within their class cohorts. We know how many students enjoyed participating in our JR Henderson Running/Walking Club and Cross Country Running Team last year, and so we will be capturing some of that excitement and enthusiasm with the very first (and hopefully annual) "Henderson Hustle!" Teachers will be invited to sign up to use the track next week for some training (students may walk or run), and then we will look at the November forecast to find a sunny day for students to participate in a fun, cohort-based, athletic event: students may choose to sign up for a competitive, timed run or may simply choose a recreational option, and enjoy being outside and focusing on their fitness. We are super excited about this new twist on a traditional fall sport!

We have decided that in addition to making Fridays "Hawk Days" (green, yellow or school spirit wear), we will have some spirit days on Wednesdays! Next Wednesday will be Jersey Day -- students may wear their favourite team shirt or jersey or team colours. Check out the upcoming events for the other November School Spirit Days!

Friday, October 30th will be Orange and Black Day: please do not send in any treats with your child -- we are not permitted to accept or distribute them. Teachers may choose to purchase some individually wrapped treats to give to their students, and will ensure that the treats have been handled and distributed using all of the appropriate COVID safety protocols.

Queen's University Faculty of Engineering is offering an opportunity for black students in Grades 3-8 to participate in STEM (Science Technology Engineering & Mathematics) workshops: see below for details and registration information.

A reminder to return your child's Data Verification Form to their teacher if you have not already done so, even if there are no changes to be made: this ensures that we have the most accurate contact information for all of our families.

It looks like a lovely weekend ahead, with some sunshine to go with the cooler temperatures. We hope that everyone is able to enjoy some fresh air and outdoor time, and laughter and relaxation with your families.

Mme Peart & Mrs. Davey

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Free Learning Opportunity: Black Youth in STEM

Here is information on a wonderful opportunity to explore Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math through fun hands-on activities in a Black-positive space!

This virtual club is open to Black youth from K-8, residing in the Kingston area. Black Youth in STEM is free of charge, and all materials are supplied. Please share widely, as this program is open to students of all achievement levels, with the overall purpose of availing opportunities and increase Black representation in STEM fields/engineering.

Spaces are limited. Spaces are limited. Here is the link to register:


Fridays have been declared Henderson Hawk Pride Day!

We have decided that EVERY Friday will be a Henderson Hawks Spirit Day! On Fridays, slip on some green and yellow clothing, footwear or accessories, and show how proud you are to be a Hawk!

Families who wish to purchase Henderson Hawks Spirit Wear: Check out all of the amazing clothing and accessories available at our École James R. Henderson School E-Store:


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COVID-19 Daily Active Screening

All students, staff, bus drivers, bus monitors and visitors to schools must perform a daily self-assessment for symptoms of COVID-19 before each school day and before putting students on a school bus. Staying home when sick is important to help stop the spread of COVID-19 and other viruses in our community.

COVID-19 Screening Tool

Parents and caregivers must review the following checklist with their child/student before sending them to school each day and before putting them on a school bus.

Please use the online COVID-19 School Screening Tool available in English and French (released October 1, 2020). You can print or download this version in English or French (by clicking on the top right). We are working on translations in additional languages. This new screening tool replaces what was provided previously (Sept. 21, 2020 version).

Upcoming Events

  • Monday, October 26th: Gould Lake Visit (Gallupe/Goffaux, Bruder/Martin)

  • Tuesday, October 27th: Gould Lake Visit (VanderVecht & Vines)

  • Wednesday, October 28th: Jersey Day!

  • Friday, October 30th: Orange and Black Day!

  • Wednesday, November 4th: Silly Hair and Hat Day!

  • Wednesday, November 11th: Remembrance Day

  • Thursday, November 12th: Parent Council Meeting (6:45pm-8:45pm)

  • Wednesday, November 18th: Camo Day!

  • Friday, November 20th: Progress Report Distribution

  • Wednesday, November 25th: Mismatched Clothing & Patterns Day!

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School Council Information

Our next School Council Meeting will be on Thursday, November 12th from 6:45-8:45 and will be held virtually. Information about how to receive the link to attend will be sent out to all families the week of November 2nd. All are welcome to attend!

Be Smart! Be Strong! Be Bold! Registration is open for Girls Inc FREE Virtual Fall Programs!

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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

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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.