Our School

Henry Larsen School

We would like to acknowledge that our schools are on unceded Algonquin Territory, and thank the Algonquin Nation for hosting us on their land.

Our School

Henry Larsen E.S. is a suburban JK-8 triple-track school that opened in November of 1986. Founding students chose to name the school after Henry Larsen. In the 1940’s, Larsen and the good ship St. Roch became the first Canadian explorer to navigate the Northwest Passage from west to east and east to west. In 1950, the St. Roch sailed from Vancouver to Halifax via the Panama Canal, becoming the first ship to circumnavigate North America. The Larsen family still has close ties with the school and continues to participate actively in the life of the school. Our school motto, “Through Caring and Sharing We Learn” truly lives, as the entire school has participated in such charitable and community activities as the Terry Fox Run, Project Love, 30-Hour Famine, Me to We, as well as several local food and clothing drives. Donations to various charity organizations are made on an ongoing basis with money raised from various student activities. The caring focus of these activities has strengthened our community and provided many authentic learning opportunities for students. Parents and staff have always worked together to build an effective and stimulating learning community, one that fosters self-respect, care for others, and the rewards of a job well done.

Our Students

  • Total enrolment (November 2013): 393
  • Our feeder schools: Convent Glen E.S., Forest Valley E.S.
  • High Schools: Our students attend Cairine Wilson S.S., Canterbury H.S., Colonel By S.S., Gloucester H.S., Sir Wilfrid Laurier S.S. and Ottawa Technical Secondary School.

Our Staff

Henry Larsen E.S. is comprised of 24 teaching staff, including 1.0 Learning Support teacher and 0.5 Learning Resource teacher. We also have 2.5 educational assistants, a 0.5 library technician, 1.5 office staff, a Chief Custodian and evening custodial staff, 3.0 Early Childhood Educators, an Office Administrator and Office Assistant, and a Principal and Vice-Principal. Our staff is a highly-skilled, hard-working and dedicated group of professionals who endeavour to provide child-centered and authentic learning experiences based on the Ontario Curriculum while ensuring that Literacy and Numeracy continue to be a primary area of focus for our school. Healthy Active School experiences are also part of daily student life. The staff at Henry Larsen works collaboratively in a team-based approach striving for effective program delivery.

Our Community

A Message from School Council

Students and staff benefit from the participation and collaboration of our very involved and caring community partners. Each year, many volunteers help in classrooms, make special presentations, help with field trip supervision, host events like Monster Mash and the Spring Fling, and participate in School Council. The School Council works within the guidelines set out by the Province and the OCDSB. In co-operation with the teachers and staff, the Council helps with fundraising, gives input to the School Code of Conduct and provides a forum for parent /guardian concerns. The School Council has collaborated successfully with area police and the municipality with regards to the safety issues and concerns of parents. All community members are welcome to attend meetings. The Council’s biggest undertaking to date is the new schoolyard project, Henry’s Cool Yard. Over the next few years, with the help of everyone, the entire area will be improved – a project which will benefit all ages and the community as a whole.

Mission Statement

Through a child-centered, holistic, process-oriented approach to teaching and learning, and within a caring and nurturing environment, staff and parents of Henry Larsen Elementary School strive to facilitate the development of each child's intellectual, physical, social, emotional, cultural, and moral domains to reach maximum potential.

Facilities and Resources

  • Wheelchair access and wheelchair accessible washroom
  • A library/resource centre
  • A computer lab
  • Specialized Music and Science rooms
  • Double Gym with a retractable wall – with change room facilities
  • A soccer field/junior yard
  • Two large play structures in the primary yard
  • New gas forced-air heating and cooling system
  • Before/After School care through the City of Ottawa
  • Extended Day Program offered by the OCDSB

Programs and Services

Academic Programs

  • English with Core French for JK and grades 6 to 8
  • Early French Immersion – SK to grade 8
  • Middle French Immersion – grade 6, 7 and 8
  • French Immersion Congregated Gifted Program– grades 5, 6, 7 and 8
  • A Partnering/Twinning Program between the junior and senior grades is encouraged to foster multi-age opportunities for cooperation and learning.

Classroom Organization

Presently there are 18 classes.

  • English: 1 Full Day Junior Kindergarten class, 1 grade 6 class, 1 grade 7 class, 1 grade 8 class
  • Middle French Immersion: 1 grade 6 class
  • Early French Immersion: 1 Full Day Senior Kindergarten class, 1 grade 1/2 class, 1 grade 2/3 class, 1 grade 3 class, 1 grade 4 class, 1 grade 5/6 class, 1 grade 6 class, 1 grade 7 class, and 2 grade 8 classes
  • Specialized Gifted Program (French Immersion): 1 grade 5/6 class, 1 grade 7/8 class
  • Specialized Primary/Junior Behaviour Intervention Program

Special Education and ESL Programs 

  • Integrated support from our Learning Support Teacher and Learning Resource Teachers.
  • Remedial support and educational assessments with our Learning Support Teacher and Learning Resource Teachers.
  • Our ESL students are fully integrated into the regular classrooms and are supported by an Itinerant ESL Teacher.

Clubs and Activities

Extra-curricular activities include award winning Choirs and Bands, Earth Care, Drama Club, Scratch Club and Yearbook Club. There are also strong and varied intramural and interscholastic sports programs. In early February, all students (grades 1-8) participate in cross-grade groups in our annual Winter Carnival event, “Larsenlude.” Cooperative activities occur in both indoor and outdoor venues. Henry Larsen Elementary School was the first OCDSB elementary school to be declared a True Sport school. This national organization promotes the positive values that sport embodies, including teamwork and commitment. It ensures a meaningful, enriching and encouraging experience for all who participate in sports. Students and staff at Henry Larsen are working hard to be environmentally friendly. We run both a Green Bin program (composting) and a Blue/Black Bin (recycling) program, co-ordinated by Intermediate students. Our school is and Eco-School and has achieved Silver Status.

Parental Engagement

Henry Larsen hosts sessions on topics of interest to parents. Recent sessions have included children’s mental health and internet safety. We use a variety of means to solicit parents on issues of concern and topics of interest. Many opportunities exist throughout the year for parents to have input in the School Improvement Plan, and to bring forward ideas and issues at School Council meetings.

Safe Schools Initiatives

Code of Behaviour

We are proud of the students, teachers and parents/guardians at Henry Larsen E.S. Through partnerships between home and school, teacher and student, students will acquire the skills and attitudes that will help them to meet with success in a safe and caring school setting. 'Let's be Successful' is the aim of the Code of Student Behaviour for Henry Larsen E.S. The Code contains expectations for student behaviour that will contribute to success through the development of positive attitudes toward learning and interaction with others. The provisions of this Code of Behaviour will foster self-discipline and enhanced self-worth. Students will grow to view themselves as successful contributors to the school community who act in accordance with established values essential to the well-being of the individual and society as a whole. This document focuses on ways to improve behaviour rather than to punish negative behaviour.

Main Goal: To teach students to make responsible choices and to recognize that there is a range of consequences associated with each choice.

Principles: Being Respectful, Being Responsible, and Becoming a Good Citizen. Students are recognized for demonstrating these principles through monthly “Positive Paws” assemblies.

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