Learning Model Change Request Form: important info.

Dear Henderson Families

By now, each family should have received an email from the Board informing families about updates shared by the Ministry of Education.

Please note that within the email important information regarding a model change request was included. THE MODEL CHANGE REQUEST FORM WILL REMAIN OPEN FROM FEBRUARY 1-FEBRUARY 8. THIS WILL BE THE LAST OPPORTUNITY FOR A LEARNING MODEL SWITCH.

For your reference please note what was shared:

“On January 27, elementary families received an email regarding requests for elementary model changes. Elementary families received a follow up email with access to a form for the model change request. This email is being sent directly to your child’s Google account. As a reminder, only families requesting a school model change will need to complete this form.”

Please check your child’s Google account to access the model change request form and fill it out ONLY if you are interested in changing formats.

Thank you and stay healthy!

Supportive Family Resources

https://www.eventbrite.ca/o/york-hills-centre-for-children-youth-and-families-10725006171

Various workshops from 

  • Navigating and Accessing Mental Health Services in York Region
  • Conscious Parenting – Raising Teens
  • Triple P Seminars – The Power of Positive Parenting​
  • Navigating Experiences of Grief and Loss
  • Understanding and Managing Challenging Behaviours
  • ​Etc.

​Family Services York Region:  Winter Calendar Attached 

Kinark Child and Youth Services: Resources for Children, Youth, and Families During the Pandemic

Gr. 1 French Immersion Info Night Jan. 14

Grade 1 French Immersion Information Sessions and Registrations

What is French Immersion?  

  • In French Immersion, students receive instruction in French in a variety of subjects from a teacher who speaks French fluently.
  • The French Immersion program begins in Grade 1 and is designed for children whose first language is not French. 
  • In Grades 1, 2 and 3, all subjects are taught in French. Starting in Grade 4, time is shared equally between French and English instruction. 
  • The French Immersion program continues in high school.
  • Secondary school students must earn at least 10 French Immersion credits to qualify for the French Immersion Certificate upon graduation.

Important Considerations 

  • For the first few months of Grade 1, the children do not acquire skills identical to those learned by children in an English program as the focus is on learning in French.
  • There may be certain lags in English Language Arts skills in the first few years of the program, but by the end of the elementary grades, successful  French Immersion students perform as well as their peers in a regular English program.    
  • Communication with parents/guardians is in English including, but not limited to, report cards, newsletters and parent-teacher interviews. 
  • Reading to a child at home in a child’s native language can strengthen literacy skills. Research studies confirm that children achieve greater academic success when parents read frequently (daily) to them. 
  • There is only one entry point into French immersion in YRDSB; Grade 1.

Information Sessions

This year our Information session for Grade 1 entry into the French Immersion (FI) program will take place virtually on January 14, 2021.   A link will be shared with you via email where you will be able to view a pre-recorded information session which includes commonly asked questions and answers.

Registration

FI registration will begin on January 15, 2021. Parents or guardians of Senior Kindergarten students entering Grade 1 in 2021, and wishing to enrol in the FI Program, can email or call their home school office and indicate their intention to enrol.   The home school will notify the French Immersion school, and the French Immersion school will contact you by phone or email to collect any necessary information.  You are asked to register by February 5, 2021.  Registration during this period is not first come, first served.

Late Registrations

Late registrations are those submitted after February 5, 2021.  Late registrations will be treated on a first- come, first-served basis and will be considered subsequent to registrations received during the registration period should overflow be necessary.

Accommodation Plan

YRDSB’s FI Accommodation Plan provides long-term consistency and equity of access to all students in York Region and will enable YRDSB to continue to offer the FI program to all who wish to enrol. The FI program will be offered in Dual Track or Single Track settings, in a variety of configurations. In order to meet community needs and optimize available space in our schools, a community’s Grade 1-8 FI program may be provided over more than one school during the course of a student’s FI education. Space requirements at some schools may mean that siblings are in different schools for primary dual track French Immersion programs due to differing grade structures. Like any of our schools across the Board, changes to school boundaries, and/or the accommodation model for the French Immersion program may need to be considered when new schools open, a school experiences enrolment growth, and program changes occur. This will allow flexibility in addressing community needs and the opportunity to use existing space in schools. 

More information is available on the Board’s website: www.yrdsb.ca. Please note: Some of the FI accommodation plans will require facility modifications or the development of new schools and will require short-term transition plans that might include overflow while we work toward the long-term vision. Overflow refers to situations in which the Board directs students to attend a school other than their community school or optional program for a specific period of time, as defined in Policy #108.

Warm Holiday Wishes

To all of our Henderson Ave. Families,

We would like to take this opportunity to wish you a restful winter break, Happy Holidays and Happy New Year. Stay safe, stay healthy and be well!

The Henderson Team

Three Snowmen 2 by Makiko in 2020 | Christmas paintings, Snowman painting,  Snowmen paintings

Thank you from Thornhill Christmas Assistance Program

December 16, 2020

Dear Friends,

I am writing to thank Henderson Avenue Public School sincerely for the generous financial contribution the Thornhill Christmas Assistance Program. We are so grateful for the support of donors such as you. Our program relies solely on the generosity of local schools, churches, service organizations, local businesses and many individuals. We are especially thankful for the volunteers who co-ordinate the effort.  2020 was a year like no other with challenges brought about by COVID-19. To be honest, the committee was worried that we would not receive the same support we received in the past, however, we were overwhelmed by the generosity of people.

With your help, we were able to assist 113 families this year – 193 adults and 150 children. This included families referred to us from Yellow Brick House Women’s Shelter. On behalf of the Thornhill Christmas Assistance Program, I want to express our deep appreciation to you for helping to make this year’s program such a success.

Warmest good wishes for a blessed Christmas and a peaceful 2021.

Yours sincerely,

On behalf of the Christmas Assistance Program

Inclement Weather Message

Environment Canada has issued a special weather statement for Tuesday, December 1, 2020. 

This may affect our ability to operate student transportation and open school and board locations to students. As a precaution, please make alternate arrangements for your children in the event a closure is required due to inclement weather. 

As noted in our communication to families last week, this year, when an inclement weather day is declared, school transportation will be cancelled and schools will be closed to students. If an inclement weather day is declared, please do not send your child to school. In previous years, schools have remained open when school transportation is cancelled, however, given the importance of adhering to our health and safety guidelines, schools will be closed to students on inclement weather days. We are unable to guarantee appropriate coverage for students on inclement weather days when school transportation is closed and classes cannot be combined. 

Announcements will be posted as early as possible and no later than 6:00 a.m. Please check the following for updates: 

  • Student Transportation Services website: schoolbuscity.com
  • Student Transportation Hotline: 1-877-330-3001
  • @YRDSB Twitter account
  • Board website (www.yrdsb.ca) and school websites
  • Radio and TV media outlets

Please continue to monitor local media for up to date weather forecasts and take safety precautions advised by local authorities. 

Our priority continues to be the safety of our students, staff members and families.

Message from Our Trustee

December 2020 – Trustee Greetings for School Newsletters

Dear families, 

I hope that you and your loved ones are healthy and well. 2020 has been a challenging year in so many ways, and the global pandemic has affected individuals and families in different ways. 

I want to reassure you that we continue to work closely with York Region Public Health and to prioritize the health and well-being of our students, staff members and families.  It continues to be important that we adhere to the health and safety measures in place to help reduce the spread of COVID-19. You can learn more about what schools are doing at www.yrdsb.ca/school-reopening

While we have seen cases in some of our schools, we continue to work with public health to respond quickly, identify cohorts that need to self-isolate as a precautionary measure and take all appropriate measures. I want to thank all of our students, families and staff members for their diligence in adhering to the public health recommendations and health and safety measures in place in our schools. 

One of our priorities in our Multi-Year Strategic Plan is to foster well-being and mental health. As a result of the pandemic, many of us are facing changes and new challenges that can take a toll on our mental health. It is more important than ever that we check in on one another and practice self-care. There are mental health resources for students and families on our Board website that address the unique nature of our current situation. You can also find information about our Mental Health and Addiction Strategy and the work we are doing in schools to promote positive mental health and provide support for students.  

While there are challenges, we also continue to have so many reasons to feel positive. Our students continue to impress us with their kindness, creativity, innovation, resilience, courage and perseverance. Visit us on YouTube at YRDSBMedia to see just some of these stories.  

In the coming weeks and months, many of our students and families will be celebrating days of significance and holidays, and I wish you all the very best for the season. While we may be celebrating a little differently this year, I hope everyone has a safe and happy winter break and we look forward to welcoming students back into our in-person and virtual schools in January. 

December 2020 – Trustee Greetings for School Newsletters

Message from Our Trustee

Dear families, 

I hope that you and your loved ones are healthy and well. 2020 has been a challenging year in so many ways, and the global pandemic has affected individuals and families in different ways. 

I want to reassure you that we continue to work closely with York Region Public Health and to prioritize the health and well-being of our students, staff members and families.  It continues to be important that we adhere to the health and safety measures in place to help reduce the spread of COVID-19. You can learn more about what schools are doing at www.yrdsb.ca/school-reopening

While we have seen cases in some of our schools, we continue to work with public health to respond quickly, identify cohorts that need to self-isolate as a precautionary measure and take all appropriate measures. I want to thank all of our students, families and staff members for their diligence in adhering to the public health recommendations and health and safety measures in place in our schools. 

One of our priorities in our Multi-Year Strategic Plan is to foster well-being and mental health. As a result of the pandemic, many of us are facing changes and new challenges that can take a toll on our mental health. It is more important than ever that we check in on one another and practice self-care. There are mental health resources for students and families on our Board website that address the unique nature of our current situation. You can also find information about our Mental Health and Addiction Strategy and the work we are doing in schools to promote positive mental health and provide support for students.  

While there are challenges, we also continue to have so many reasons to feel positive. Our students continue to impress us with their kindness, creativity, innovation, resilience, courage and perseverance. Visit us on YouTube at YRDSBMedia to see just some of these stories.  

In the coming weeks and months, many of our students and families will be celebrating days of significance and holidays, and I wish you all the very best for the season. While we may be celebrating a little differently this year, I hope everyone has a safe and happy winter break and we look forward to welcoming students back into our in-person and virtual schools in January. 

Progress Reports Nov. 19-20

Dear Parents/Guardians:

We hope this correspondence finds you and your family well.  

Your child’s Term 1 Progress report will be distributed electronically on November 19 and 20, using their GAPPS accounts. 

The Progress Report, provides you with information about your child’s general progress in working toward the achievement of the curriculum expectations across subject areas.  The Report Card has only the following Ministry provided indicators: 

  • Progressing with Difficulty
  • Progressing Well 
  • Progressing Very Well

As typical, not all strands/subjects may be taught/ assessed by this time or in this term. This year, reintegration into the school environment may take additional time, and the early part of the school year may focus on mental health, well-being and the development of a safe, inviting and inclusive learning community. 

For all Progress Reports, our board will include the following statement provided by the Ministry of Education: “This reporting period reflects learning that has occurred in a modified learning environment, as required by the provincial public health guidelines. As a result, the rate of progress described on this report card may differ from previous years due to the ongoing impact of COVID-19 on student learning. Ongoing communication with your child’s teacher will provide additional information pertaining to student progress throughout the term.” Overall, progress reports provide you information about your child’s achievement during the first part of the term.  We hope that this report will encourage your child while supporting conversations about learning at home.  If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact your child’s educators. How to Access Electronic Report Cards

Virtual Book Fair Nov. 11-25

It’s Time!

Our Virtual Book Fair is finally here! Join us NOW until Nov 25 and find the latest Dog Man, Bad Guys, Gordon Korman, and more. All purchases help our school earn Rewards for new resources for our school library and classrooms.

Click on our Henderson Ave. school link and have fun shopping.

HAPPY READING!