Students Voice

This week, students in many classes read books, discussed and reflected on the courage and resiliency of residential school survivors. In a few of the classes, students were read aloud the book When We Were Alone. It is story of a young girl who helps tend to her grandmother’s garden and while she spends time with her, notices things about her grandmother that make her curious. When asked about these things, her grandmother tells her about life in residential schools (please click on book title). In Ms. Schiro’s and Ms. Ostilly’s classes, students brainstormed metaphors and vocabulary words to express the feelings that children placed in residential schools might have felt.  Using these words, they then created poems and visual representations using collage multimedia techniques.

Orange Shirt Day Friday Sept 28

Since the date of September 30, 2018 falls on a Sunday, YRDSB will recognize Orange Shirt Day on Friday September 28, 2018 in the spirit of reconciliation and hope for the future generations. The Orange Shirt Day movement started in 2013 to highlight the pain and suffering of thousands of Indigenous children who were sent to residential school throughout the last century. The colour of the shirt is connected to the experience of Phyllis Webstad who was sent to Cariboo Residential School near Williams Lake, BC, in 1973.

Six-years old at the time, Phyllis went to her first day of school wearing a new bright orange shirt. New clothes were a rare thing for the young girl, who was being raised by her grandmother. However, upon arriving at the school, the nuns stripped her of the shirt, forcing her to wear the school’s institutional uniform.

The shirt has since gone on to become a symbol of a national movement that recognizes the suffering of Indigenous children at residential schools across the country and to show a renewed commitment to ensure that every child matters.

YRDSB staff and students are encouraged to wear an orange shirt on September 28, 2018 to recognize the resiliency and bravery of Residential School Survivors.

Please listen to the story narrated by Phyllis Webstad .

Terry Fox Walk Friday Sept 28 Reminder

On Friday September 28, 2018 students at Henderson Avenue Public School will once again be taking part in the annual Terry Fox School Run.  Our school is proud to play an important role in keeping the legacy of Terry Fox going.  Through our participation in the Terry Fox School Run, we hope to encourage leadership in our students and create positive agents of change in our wonderful school community.

Any amount of donation is greatly appreciated and donations of $20.00 or more listed on a Terry Fox pledge sheet (with full donor name and address) are automatically receipted. Cheques can be made payable to The Terry Fox Foundation. Another quick and easy way to support The Terry Fox Foundation is by donating online. Simply click: This will take you directly to our school fundraising page on the Terry Fox Foundation website. For those students not collecting pledges, we ask that a $2 donation be made. Please return any pledge forms and all monies by Friday September 28, 2018.  Our goal is to reach $1500 in donations at Henderson Ave P.S.








EQAO Results Release

Yesterday, the 2017-2018 EQAO results were released for all Ontario schools. Please click on the link below to see Henderson Avenue P.S. scores, along with demographic and attitudinal information. EQAO assessment is one of the data measures our school uses to inform our professional practice and  build a positive learning experience where all students are successful. Our focus on math last year has been reflected in our primary grades, where our results continue to move upwards. The Henderson staff is dedicated to providing enriching and enhancing learning experiences for all our students.

EQAO results

Adults Walking Through Building

The is a reminder for our returning and new parents/families. To keep our students safe adults other than school personal are not permitted to wonder through the hallways. If you are picking up or dropping off your child, please do so at their designated exit door. If it is during the instructional day, please wait in the office area for your child to come to you.

Thank you for supporting the safety of all our students.

First School Council Meeting and Executive Elections Sept. 26

Please join us at our first school council meeting Sept 26 at 7:00 pm. As part of the meeting there are elections to chose the 2018-2019 executive. If you would like to nominate someone or yourself, please complete a nomination sheet (found in book of forms) and send into the office. We also have forms available in the office and would happy to send home with your child upon request.

We welcome all parents/guardians to be a participate on school council. Please check out the school council page tab on this blog.

Help make a difference at Henderson Ave. PS.!

BBQ and Curriculum Night Oct 3

Please save the date for our beginning of year family BBQ hosted by school council. The following is the agenda for the evening:

5:30-6:45:  BBQ (more details to follow)

6:45-7:00:  Curriculum Night introductions with Ms Mida in the gym

7:00-7:30:  Session 1 in classrooms

7:30-8:00:  Session 2 in classrooms

Also, please come visit our redesigned Learning Commons (library).  We are looking forward to meeting our families and sharing your child(ren)’s learning curriculum.

WANTED: Makerspace Materials

What is a Makerspace?  It is space in our learning commons (library) that gives students hands-on opportunities to explore, be creative, invent , take risks and have fun. Throughout the year we will be asking for your support to contribute materials.

Call out to all knitters – We are looking for yarn (lots of it) to support a project in our new learning commons. Students will be creating “sit and read” mats to contribute to the design of our new space.


We are also adding a Lego wall to our Makerspace. This will strengthen and support Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math initiative in our entire school. We are in great need of Lego.

Thank you for your support!