Safety Week and a Few Other Events

Next week is Safety Week in Henderson Ave Public School!  

During Safety Week, teachers and students will be reviewing safety procedures for school and in the community.  We will have a Fire drill, a Lockdown drill and a Hold and Secure drill to practice the procedures. For the Lockdown, students will be given a heads up on that day to expect the drill and whether it will be in the morning or the afternoon. On Thursday, September 26 students will engage in school bus safety training.

On Friday, the whole school will be walking/running to raise funds to support the Terry Fox Foundation. Please see the previous blog video to give you an understanding of Terry Fox’s journey to raise awareness and funds for cancer research. 

Our family BBQ and curriculum night is October 2. Please see flyer in earlier post with the details.If you have not already pre-ordered food and need assistance, please check in with the office. We are looking forward to meet our new families.

Senior Band Honour

senior band argo

Our Senior Band, under the direction of Mrs. Taravati, were invited to play O’Canada to open the Toronto Argonauts game Friday evening. Congratulations Band!

Terry Fox Run Fri, Sept. 27

On Friday September 27, 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 alive. Students will have the opportunity to discuss and reflect on the heroic efforts of Terry over the next few days as well as raise much-needed funds for cancer research. 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.

The run/walk will happen after morning recess. Students will follow a marked out route that will be supervised by staff.

Pledge envelopes are being sent home Sept 20 with every student. 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 should 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 (toonie for Terry) donation be made. Please return any pledge forms and all monies by Friday September 27 to your child’s homeroom teacher .  Our goal is to reach $3000 in donations at Henderson Ave P.S.

We hope you will join us as our school community comes together in the fight against cancer. Thank you in advance for your support!


Terry Fox

Great Start to New School Year!

We have had a very successful first week of school! There is a buzz in the hallways of excitement and smiles on faces. Everyone was eager to get back to learning. Our staff did a wonderful job welcoming our new and returning students and families.

I’d like to thank our parents for respecting our drop off/pick up procedures. Our Kiss and Ride is running smoothly. Just a reminder, the hash lines indicate a No Parking/Stopping Zone. Please proceed to the stop sign for dropping and picking up your child(ren). As always, student safety is #1.

Our first school council meeting is Sept 18 in our library.  Please join us and get involved.

Some upcoming dates:                                                                                                                   Sept 18:  School Council Meeting @ 7:00 (elections)                                                                                20:  Terry Fox Walk. Our goal is to raise $3000.00 for cancer research.                                      23:  PA day (no school)                                                                                                                          30Orange Shirt Day.  Is a national movement in recognition of the resiliency and                                                        bravery of Residential School Survivors.


























International and Indigenous Languages

Dear Families,

York Region District School Board’s Elementary International and Indigenous Languages Program is pleased to offer over 20 languages at 35 different sites from Tuesday to Friday evenings, and Saturday mornings. Our Board has one of the largest International and Indigenous Languages programs in the province with approximately 15,000 students who register each year.

Classes run 2.5 hours once a week for 30 weeks for Elementary SK-8 students who want to learn a new language or maintain their heritage language.  The cost for the entire program is $20.00.  Program brochures will also be sent home from your child(ren)’s school.

We would like to share with you our program information:

  • New student registration (New registrants must submit a copy of the Birth Certificate) begins at the language location during the specified registration hours listed on our brochure or on our webpage.
  • Please note online registration through EDSBY is now closed so families must register in person.
  • First day of classes begin at the language location during the specified dates and times listed on our brochure or on our webpage.
  • Students pre-registered online through EDSBY are to attend the first day of classes at the language location during the specified dates and times listed on our brochure.
  • Huron Heights Secondary School is a new language site opening for the 2019-2020 school year.

For elementary courses, registration times and locations, please see our updated flyer.

For elementary program information, please visit:


If you require any further information, please contact us at:


Thank you,

International and Indigenous Languages Program


Trustee Message

September 2019 – Trustee Greetings for School Newsletters

I am so pleased to welcome all of our new and returning families to another school year. As your school board trustee, it is my role to advocate for quality public education in York Region, and to ensure that our students remain at the centre of all of our decision making. The Board of Trustees makes policy and budget decisions, and communicates with the public, among other responsibilities.

We are also responsible for setting direction for the school board, through our Multi-Year Strategic Plan. This plan sets out four priorities: Foster Well-Being and Mental Health, Build Collaborative Relationships, Champion Equity and Inclusivity, and Empower Ethical Leadership.

As we start the new school year, I want to highlight the importance of relationships. We want to build and maintain relationships with our families that are built on trust, respect and responsive communication. To support that, I will continue to keep you informed of our work and priorities, and I encourage you to contact me if you have any questions or concerns. You can also find the message from the Chair of the Board on the Board’s website.

In addition, I invite you to share your feedback on our Board policies. Policies govern everything from field trips, school volunteers, equity and inclusive education, student discipline and much more, and we greatly value input from families on these important matters. We regularly post on our website the policies that are under review and available for comment as well as information about how to share your feedback. I hope you will take a look.

I know school staff are excited to welcome back students, and I look forward to meeting more of our families throughout the upcoming school year. I encourage you to build a relationship with the staff members and community at your school. There are so many different ways to get involved and support your child’s education. I hope you have a great start to the school year and wish you a happy, safe and successful year ahead.

David Sherman

Trustee, Markham Ward 1, Vaughan Ward 5