École James R. Henderson

Weekly Update

Friday, October 16th, 2020

Dear Families,

A huge thank you to our Parent Council Eco-Initiatives Committee, who ensured that the landscaping at the front of our school was pruned, weeded, and tidied up...it looks amazing! We really appreciate the support in keeping our school grounds looking so beautiful.

This week, our Student Support Counsellor, Crystal Fairfax, did presentations for a number of classes about anxiety, with a focus on how the COVID-19 pandemic can make everyone feel anxious. Crystal skillfully helped students of various ages understand how to recognize signs and symptoms of anxiety, some simple strategies to manage anxiety, and how to seek help. Thank you, Crystal, for supporting all of our students so thoughtfully.

Our hallways are filled with all kinds of amazing student work...and the classroom doorways are beginning to look fancy too: a school-wide challenge was issued by Mr. Morrison for students to come up with the most creative and amazing door, with some type of a fall theme. See photos below of some of the artistic and interesting creations that we have seen so far. Thanks to Mr. Morrison and our staff for finding ways to keep our students feeling connected with each other!

Pre-COVID, our school has hosted a "Girls Inc" group after school: this was a very successful and popular co-curricular activity. Please see below for some information about Girls' Inc Virtual Fall Programs -- all programs are free of charge, and it is a great opportunity for girls of all ages.

We have noticed some disposable, medical masks being dropped on the playground as families are exiting at the end of the day: please ensure that you chat with your child/ren to ensure that they know that they need to dispose of used masks safely in the garbage once they are home. (Our caretaking staff does an inspection of the playground every morning, and safely disposes of any masks that are found.) As well, please ensure that you are doing your part to respect physical distancing when entering and exiting the playground through the more narrow passageways and entries: it may sometimes take a little longer to enter and exit, but is so important for keeping everyone safe. Thank you.

A reminder to return your child's Data Verification Form to their teacher as soon as possible, even if there are no changes to be made: this ensures that we have the most accurate contact information for all of our families.

Have a wonderful weekend, Hawks! We will see you all on Monday :)

Mme Peart & Mrs. Davey

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Lunch Supervisors Needed at Module de l'Acadie

Lunch Supervisors Needed

Bonjour, Henderson Families!

Lunch supervisor needed! We are currently in need of a lunch supervisor at Module de l'Acadie for one of our recesses. If you are available between 10:15-10:55 or 12:15-12:55, we would greatly appreciate your help! Giving your time back to the school makes a huge difference for us, and for your children. Please contact the school immediately if you are interested at 613-389-0091.

Thank you, and have a great day!

Tyler Wilson


*All volunteers with the school require a current valid CPIC.

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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:


Terry Fox Fundraiser Update

Our school raised $475.00 this year for the Terry Fox Foundation. If at any time you wish to contribute to the Terry Fox Foundation, you may do so using our school link: http://www.terryfox.ca/JamesRHendersonPSKingston

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)

  • Friday, October 30th: Orange and Black Day

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

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!

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.
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