École J.R. Henderson Weekly Update

Friday, October 29th, 2021

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Weekly Update

Dear Families,

There has been some amazing Experiential Education happening in our school this week! From exploring pumpkins, to growing magnificent mushrooms, to planting bulbs, to collecting interesting leaves, pebbles and stones to create works of art, to baking...our students have been engaged in exciting hands-on learning all week long. We had a wonderful spirit day today, and many students wore Black and Orange clothing and accessories. To celebrate the end of two months of working hard every day, we had an outdoor dance party where each cohort showed off their best moves and enjoyed some great tunes courtesy of "Jazzy DJ Jacques!" Thanks to all of the staff who have worked extremely hard this week keeping students focused on learning, getting outdoors and active and exploring nature.

Did you know that next Thursday is Diwali? This 'festival of lights' is a very important celebration for our Hindu families. To learn more about Diwali, please use the following link:


A reminder that Monday, November 1st is a PA Day: there is no school for students. Our staff will be working to develop our School Learning Plan: this is a 'living document' that is refined and revised each year based upon student data collected in the fall. The School Learning Plan is designed to support progress and achievement in Math and Language, and to create goals to support Equity and Inclusion in our school. We are looking forward to a productive day with our innovative and dedicated staff.

Intermediate Volleyball Season has begun! Permission forms will go home and try-outs will begin next week. Ms. Glenn-Hawley will be coaching a Grade 7&8 Girls' Team and Mr. Nicholls will coach our Grade 7&8 Boys. Students in Grades 3-6 will have the opportunity to participate in intramurals, organized by Mr. Morrison and M. Heroux. We are looking forward to a season of skill-building, strong sportsmanship & good competition!

The beginning and end of the school day is a very busy time in our Main Office, and it is very challenging when students arrive late to school, or are picked up just prior to dismissal. Please ensure that your children arrive at school prior to 9:15 so that they can line up with their cohort, and unless you have an appointment, please do not come to pick up your child early. Thank you very much for your support.

Have a wonderful weekend. We wish a safe and happy Halloween to all families who participate in this special day, and a joyful Diwali celebration on Thursday to all who recognize this important festival.

Mme Peart & Ms. Reid

How to Dress for the Weather: A Handy Tip Sheet for Kids

Henderson Hawks Spirit Wear!

Want to look spiffy, stay warm and show off your Henderson Hawks Pride? Check out all of the amazing clothing and accessories available at our École James R. Henderson School E-Store:


Upcoming Events and Important Dates:

November is Indigenous Heritage Month

November 1st-5th: Indigenous Education Treaties Recognition Week

  • Monday, Nov. 1st: PA Day (no school for students)
  • Wednesday, Nov. 3rd: Virtual Parent Council Meeting (6:45-8:45)
  • Thursday, Nov. 4th: Diwali
  • Friday, Nov. 5th: Lockdown Practice
  • Thursday, Nov. 11th: Remembrance Day (Virtual Assembly)

November 15th-November 19th: Bullying Awareness and Prevention Week

  • Tuesday, November 16th: Mr. Nicholls' & Mme MacKay's classes go to Gould Lake
  • Wednesday, November 17th: Picture Day
  • Friday, Nov. 19th: Progress Report/Communication of Learning Distribution

Sunday, November 28th - Monday, December 6th: Hanukkah

Parent Council Updates:

We are still looking for an Indigenous Representative for our Parent Council: if there are any parents/caregivers who are of Indigenous heritage, or have children at the school who are of Indigenous heritage, please connect with Mme Peart.

Our next meeting takes place on November 3rd. A link will be emailed to everyone who requested one for the October meeting; any newcomers, please email the school and we will add your name to our email list.


Parent Council

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Safe Arrival at School

Please note that supervision begins at 8:55 in the morning. For the safety of your child, please do not allow them to arrive at school before that time unless accompanied by an adult or guardian.

Safe Arrival: Reporting a Student Absence

There are three options to use to report a student absence:

  • call the automated attendance phone line at 1-855-257-9349 **Always enter "lates" as a full day even if the child will only be absent for half a day. It will adjust automatically once the student arrives.
  • use the SchoolMessenger App on your phone.
  • use the SchoolMessenger website portal.

For more information on how to report an absence please click on the link below.


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. A reminder that supervision on the yard is from 8:55 until the bell rings at 9:15.
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