Tomorrow is Halloween.

We acknowledge that not everyone celebrates Halloween and as such, costumes are not a requirement.  Students are welcome to wear their costumes in the afternoon if they would like, or wear their usual school clothing.  School and classes will continue as regular. If your child(ren) is wearing  a costume on Wednesday, please know that we follow the YRDSB Code of Student Conduct which states being in possession of a weapon or replica weapon is inappropriate behaviour that can lead to serious consequences.  Also, that as part of our ongoing commitment to equity and inclusivity and in the spirit of Truth and Reconciliation, it is important that costumes do not trivialize and devalue the lives of Indigenous peoples in Canada and should be respectful of others. For example, if something is representative of a person’s culture or religious beliefs, then it should not be worn as another person’s costume.

Please do not send food with students to share with their classes due to allergies and other food restrictions, we cannot share food.  In the days following Halloween, please ensure your kids’ snacks do not contain peanuts or tree nuts. May have traces of nuts is also not acceptable. We have several students and staff with life-threatening allergies to any nut product.

Nut-free Sign

NEW! Pathways Planning and Course Selection Platform: Grades 7 – 12

The York Region District School Board will be providing your child with an engaging and new interactive online education and career/life planning platform starting in November 2018.  Career Cruising will not be available to students after November 15, 2018. Students will be notified via their GAPPS account email of the steps required to save information, that has been stored in their Individual Pathway Plan (IPP,) from Career Cruising into their GAPPS account.

This new platform  will include a number of beneficial resources to support your child as they progress from grade 7 to 12, including:

  • Who Am I – 6 unique assessments for self-exploration and discovery (including Learning Styles, Myers-Briggs Personality, Holland Interests, Knowledge, Motivations, and Compatibility)
  • High School – A tool to visually plan courses, track progress toward graduation, and instantly identify post-secondary eligibility for opportunities in all pathways
  • Post-Secondary – A database to explore post-secondary opportunities and compare detailed information on apprenticeships, college programs, university programs and workplace sectors across Canada
  • Goals – An interactive goal setting tool to set S.M.A.R.T. goals and action plans
  • Occupations – A database of over 500 occupations to compare comprehensive information on jobs
  • Resumes & Cover Letters – Interactive tools to record personal experiences, build resumes and write cover letters
  • Money – An engaging budget-making tool to help students track income and expenses and develop financial literacy
  • Job Search – A tool to explore real-world job postings that relate to occupations of interest
  • Portfolios – A portfolio builder to create multiple portfolios and share it with parents, teachers, or future employers

Schools will be receiving more information regarding the transition to this new platform in the coming weeks and will continue to provide students and parents/guardians with updates.


IT’S HERE, Family Halloween Dance


Wednesday October 24, 2018  from 6:30-8:30.  $5 per person at the door includes one slice of pizza and a drink.  Please join us for some freaky fun and dance with DJ Eric      *TONS OF PRIZES *  *DOOR PRIZE RAFFLE*   *PRIZES FOR MOST ORIGINAL/MOST CREATIVE COSTUME*.  ALL STUDENTS MUST BE ACCOMPANIED BY AN ADULT FOR ENTIRE EVENT.  Please remember, we have young children at the dance.  We ask you kindly do not wear masks or “frightening” costumes.

Thank You To School Council and our Families

On behalf of all staff and students, I’d like to thank our community for your donations and participation at the Curriculum night BBQ. Because of your generosity from donations we are able to apply the full $5000.00 to the YRDSB cost share program. The program matches 1-1:5 dollars so we have $12,500 to spend on new technology for our maker spaces in the library and Chromebooks to build up classroom inventory.

School council has contributed the proceeds from the BBQ to purchase all books needed for the Forest of Reading Program at Henderson Ave.: Blue Spruce Kindergarten to Gr. 3, Silver Birch Gr. 4-6, Red Maple Gr 7-8. Please read a brief synopsis below.

The Forest of Reading® is Canada’s largest recreational reading program! This initiative of the Ontario Library Association (OLA) offers seven reading programs to encourage a love of reading in people of all ages. The Forest helps celebrate Canadian books, publishers, authors and illustrators. More than 270,000 readers participate annually from their School and/or Public Library. All Canadians are invited to participate via their local public library, school library, or individually.

Together we continue to make Henderson Ave a great place to learn.

Ms Mida


Purple Shirt Day Thursday Oct 18

Purple Shirt Day is tomorrow! There are many and causes that ask us to wear purple to show support (Alzheimer’s, Epilepsy, Children Aid Society-to name a few) but this week, wearing purple is in support of the 2SLGBTQ+ community. Wear purple tomorrow, Thursday, Oct 18 to show your support.

QSP Due Oct 26

         QSP Orders are NOW DUE Oct 26.  Please support our fundraiser.

                        Place your order online now at

       Or complete paper orders and submit to Henderson Ave P.S. office by                                                                   Fri Oct 26, 2018

                                 Hundreds of Magazines – both print and digital

                                     Gourmet Cookie Dough & Tasty Treats

                                    We appreciate your help – THANK YOU!


Every Student Counts YRDSB Survey

Student voice is important to us. From November 12 to 30, 2018, the York Region District School Board will invite all students to participate in the Every Student Counts Survey (ESCS).

The purpose of this census survey is to better understand YRDSB’s diverse student population as well as students’ experiences in school and outside of school. The survey results will be used to help improve our schools and to:

  • Identify and eliminate systemic barriers to student success;
  • Create more equitable and inclusive school environments; and,
  • Improve student achievement and well-being.

All students will be given the opportunity to participate. Accessibility options will be available for any student who needs assistance completing the survey.

  • For students in Kindergarten to Grade 6, the survey will be sent home to be completed with a parent/guardian.
  • Students in Grades 7-12will be invited to complete the census at their school.

The Every Student Counts Survey (ESCS) is confidential. To ensure confidentiality, no directly identifying information (such as student name) will be on the survey. As one of the main purposes of the survey is to identify and eliminate systemic barriers to student success, all surveys will include a unique code that will be used to link the survey data with student achievement data.  Survey results will only be reported in aggregate form (grouped data only) and no individual students will be identified. A summary of the results will be available at schools and on this webpage in Spring 2019.

CCI Research has been contracted to work with the Board to conduct the survey and to ensure data privacy, security and adherence to all relevant legislation. If you are a parent/guardian of a child(ren) in Grades 7-12 and do not want them to participate in the survey, you can withdraw your child from participating by contacting CCI Research at 1-866-450-4907 no later than October 9, 2018.

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