École James R. Henderson

Weekly Update

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Friday, September 18th, 2020

Dear Families,

Our first week of full student attendance was terrific! We continue to be so impressed by our students' level of understanding of why we have to wear our masks and physically distance, and their respect for these protocols. We know that your support at home has a lot to do with this, so thank you very much!

We have noticed a fairly large number of parents/caregivers buzzing the office slightly before the end of the day to have their child called down: it is really important that if you must pick up your child early for an appointment that you communicate with the classroom teacher in the morning so that they can ensure that your child is ready and waiting. The end of day is an extremely busy time for our Office Staff, and we would greatly appreciate it if parents could meet their child/ren at their cohort line-ups, rather than ask the Office Staff to call them down early. Thank you for your support.

You will have received a Communicate broadcast from LDSB this afternoon regarding Elementary Reorganization. We are fortunate that we remain staffed for 18 French Immersion Classrooms and 8 English Classrooms. However, due to some extremely large classes we will be doing some re-organizing of student placements. Parents/Guardians of students who will be changing classrooms will receive a letter on Tuesday September 22nd and will begin their new classroom placement on Thursday, September 24th. If you receive no communication from the school, your child's classroom placement has not changed. We will not be able to accomodate any parental requests during this reorganization, and appreciate your understanding.

Important Reminders:

  • if possible, please provide your child with a pouch or fanny pack to store their mask when outdoors
  • please ensure that school staff are aware of any allergies or medical conditions and return all forms to the school as soon as possible
  • if your child has alternate pick up arrangements, or will not be taking the bus at the end of the day, please ensure that you communicate with the classroom teacher if possible (send a note) or with the Main Office if a change occurs during the day
  • please ensure that your child is dressed for the weather and has extra clothing in case of spills or bathroom accidents
  • if your child borrowed school technology during the school closure, please return it to the school on Monday
  • don't forget to send a water bottle with your child: our fountains have been turned off

The weather this weekend looks crisp, sunny and beautiful! We hope that everyone takes advantage and spends some time with friends and family outdoors, enjoying nature and taking some time to be active!

Mme Peart & Mrs. Davey

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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:


Technology Return

Please return any borrowed technology to the school ASAP. Please be sure to include the charge cord. It is important that we receive these devices back to James R. Henderson so that we can thoroughly sanitize and redistribute for in-school use. Thank you!

Upcoming Events

  • Friday, September 25th: PA Day (No school for students)
  • Wednesday, September 30th: Orange Shirt Day
  • Thursday, October 1st: Virtual Parent Council Meeting (6:45pm-8:45pm) (details below)
  • Friday, October 9th: JRHenderson Terry Fox Day
  • Monday, October 12th: Thanksgiving

Terry Fox Marathon of Hope

This year is the 40th Anniversary of Terry Fox’s Marathon of Hope and James R. Henderson Public School is proud to be continuing the legacy of one of our greatest heroes.

Due to the unusual start to the school year, we will be recognizing Terry Fox Day on Friday, October 9th: classes will each have a turn to run/walk around the track to honour the legacy of Terry Fox.

We will not be accepting any cash donations this year, but families are welcome to support this wonderful cause by donating to: http://www.terryfox.ca/JamesRHendersonPSKingston. Together, we can all make a difference!

#terryfoxschoolruns @terryfoxfoundation

School Council Information

The School Advisory Council (Parent Council) is an advisory group of parents and educators who provide advice to the school principal and where appropriate to the School board on any matters which the Council has identified as priorities (e.g. school community communications; fundraising activities; methods of reporting to parents and community, etc.); provide opportunities for school community to be more directly involved in the education of their children; foster good relations among parents, staff, students and the local community; and provide liaison and communication between the school, home, community and School Board. All Parents are welcome to be a part of Parent Council.

We will be having our first School Council Meeting of the year on Thursday, October 1st from 6:45pm to 8:45pm. This will be a virtual meeting: we will provide details to families next week for how to sign up to receive the link to attend the meeting, and how to do a virtual nomination to fill a role on the School Council Executive.
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COVID-19 Daily Active Screening

All students, staff, bus drivers, and visitors to schools must perform a daily self-assessment for symptoms of COVID-19. KFL&A Public Health has provided a simple one-page daily screening tool that families can access on the Board website. Feel free to print and keep a copy in a handy place at home as a reference. It is critical that students do not come to school or go on a school bus if they have any of the COVID-19 symptoms. According to provincial public health direction, if students have any symptoms, they must visit an assessment centre or call their health care provider immediately to determine if a COVID-19 test is required.
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Stay Up to Date With School News

Our school will use a broadcasting tool called SchoolMessenger to communicate need-to-know information to families in a timely and efficient way. This system allows us to share important school information with families via text, email or phone message. We will also use it for sharing Weekly Updates to Families.

Registered parents/guardians will receive these messages through contact information collected in our student information system. Parents/guardians may choose how to receive these alerts; by text message, email or phone call with the exception of emergency events which will always be communicated via all contact methods on file with the school. If parents/guardians choose to receive text messages, they must opt-in due to potential charges from their cell phone carrier.

It is important that parents/guardians ensure schools have the most up-to-date contact information at the beginning of the school year. If your contact information changes during the school year, parents/guardians are asked to contact the school with the updated information.

In addition, teachers will also be able to take advantage of an instant message option to keep students and families up to date. Parents/guardians will be invited to join a group and receive messages related specifically to their group. Information on how to join groups will be shared directly with students and families by the teacher.

School Messenger App

All of our electronic communications tools can be accessed anytime, anywhere online and/or via Smartphones. To take advantage of this convenience and functionality, we encourage you to create a School Messenger account on your desktop, laptop, tablet and/or download the SchoolMessenger app. While an account is not required to use these new tools, it will allow you to review your contact information and communication preferences, and it stores all of your messages in one place.

For more information about SchoolMessenger and to access User Guides please click on the link below.

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.

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

LDSB Website https://www.limestone.on.ca/

LDSB Twitter https://twitter.com/LimestoneDSB

LDSB Facebook https://tinyurl.com/wbhjtku

LDSB Instagram https://instagram.com/limestonedsb?igshid=1epyma6c0g5qd

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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