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Henderson Elementary School
The little school with the Big Heart
Parent Participation
 

Parent Advisory Council

All parents are welcome to attend the monthly PAC meeting held in the school staff room on a weeknight (to be announced) at 7:00 p.m. If you want to be involved in the life of the school, but you are unable to help out during the day please attend. This is a great opportunity to get to know other parents, find out more about what's going on at school and be involved with a terrific group of parents who support our school in a variety of ways. It has been through the work of this group that our playground equipment, computer hardware, gymnastics equipment and much more was purchased.

 

In addition, our PAC has played a key role in supporting and sponsoring special activities through the year such as the Terry Fox Day, the Heritage Choir, Fun Day and Skating Parties. We look forward to seeing you at meetings this year!

 

School Based Teams

Purpose:
The school-based team provides a support network to teachers and parents of students with special needs and/or those at risk.
(The team's goal is to enable all students to achieve their individual potential.)

 

The Core Team usually consists of the following members:

  • An Administrator
  • The School Counsellor
  • The Learning-Assistance teacher
  • A designated classroom teacher (optional)
  • The Special-Needs teacher
  • The parents or guardians
  • The child's classroom teacher

 

Others members (if required) are as follows:

  • The school-district psychologist
  • The speech and language therapist
  • Other relevant district staff and various community agency representatives

 

Responsibilities:

  • Identifying 'at-risk' students in the school.
  • Sharing ideas regarding possible teaching strategies and materials.
  • Determining appropriate in-school educational programs for students with special needs.
  • Tracking progress of students with varying needs.
  • Designating a case manager to follow through with implementation strategies and/or evaluating program objectives for students requiring an individual plan.
  • Making referrals to district staff.
  • Ensuring communication and coordination of efforts between teachers and support staff involved with the student.
  • Ensuring parent involvement.

 

The School-Based Team meets weekly, usually on Wednesday afternoons. Parents of students receiving assistance are notified, and encouraged to attend these meetings.

 

Parent Volunteers

At Henderson we work to provide the best education for all students in the school and, at the same time, we welcome parents with a similar aim to support teachers in the classrooms.

 

Each child is a unique individual, so you can expect to see differences in the way children are taught. Some students receive learning assistance, some are in gifted programs, some have individual programs, and some receive counselling and so on. Fairness and consistency are very important to us, but individual strategies are necessary to help each child reach his/her potential.

 

You can expect to see different teaching styles and strengths. We expect and value these differences for children through the years as well. During their years in school, children experience a variety of strengths and expertise as they move from teacher to teacher.

 

Teachers' styles dictate the way that you are able to fit in as a helper. The kind of work that supports one teacher best may not always be that which you prefer the most. This may range from working directly with children in or out of the room to helping with displays to providing rides for events. Your help is valued, but it is the teacher who must decide what will be most beneficial to him/her.

 

Confidentiality is a most important issue for all personnel - paid or volunteer - working in a school. The needs, history and even strengths of each student are the business of the school and the child's parents only. As you work in classrooms, drive to the Complex or enjoy coffee in the staff room, it is likely that you will become more aware of the characteristics of some students than you would otherwise. Innocent as it may seem, this information should not be passed along to friends, neighbors or anyone outside the school. (No parent would like to hear how his/her child is doing at school from the cashier at the local store, especially if the report is negative.)

 

Finally, the teachers and principal are ultimately responsible for the educational program of each student. As a parent, you have every right to discuss the progress and program of your child with the teacher, but please, don't volunteer in the classroom in order to be a critic. If you have concerns about your child's program, raise them with the teacher and principal privately.

 

Art From the Heart

As you walk around the school, you'll be struck by quantity and quality of art around the building. For many years, our staff has been working with children to develop their artistic talents and give them many opportunities to feel proud of themselves and their school through their art.

 

The front entrance is an informal gallery of current, framed works of art done by children of all ages. You'll also find framed pieces of Henderson children's art in the public library and quite often at Rocky Mountain Pizza as well. Thanks to Ms. Halliday, our former grade 4 teacher, for presenting our children in their best artistic light this way.

 

As you enter the Henderson parking lot, you'll notice the first two annual grade 5 gifts to the school in the form of painted murals on the side of the school. The theme of these painting is Travel to reflect the "moving on" of our senior students each year. At the end of the main hallway is a three-part clay mural completed by three successive grade 5 groups. With artistic and geographic license, the complete mural represents the school and its surroundings including the mill, Willingdon Beach and local lakes.

 

Perhaps our greatest source of artistic pride is the Alphabet Road mural welcoming our kindergarten students as they enter school each day. During the 97/98 school year Mrs. Griffith, our grade 3 teacher, coordinated the creation of this unique work of children's art. Words can't describe its visual impact or the positive effect its creation had on all of our Henderson community. You have to see the mural and the 45-minute video made during its creation to understand what it has meant to us.

 

Our philosophy in each of these creations is that all children have something to contribute and are a valued part of our school community.