Good Things and The Week Ahead – May 6

May 6, 2018

Families of James Hill,

Here are a few Good Things to Talk About followed by some updates and reminders for The Week Ahead:

Good Things to Talk About

Making Us Proud – Our James Hill Choir travelled to KPU on Tuesday to participate in the Kiwanis Music Festival. The students sand their hearts out and received plenty of praise from the adjudicator for all they have accomplished in such a short time together (and only twice a week!). Congratulation to the choir for their SILVER! Thank you to Mr Steeves for all his volunteer efforts with this.

Look at Those THINGS!  Mrs Kazakoff’s classroom was full of “Things” as they had a Cat in the Hat Day to celebrate the work of Dr. Seuss!


Learning in Nature – Mrs Johnson’s students, along with their guide, Karen Gabriel, walked through Campbell Valley Park to learn all about vegetation and Indigenous medicines.

Little Scientists – Students in Ms Juzkow’s class have been carefully observing eggs in their classroom. They used their various senses to check out the eggs with the shell and then used magnifying glasses to view the eggs once they have been cracked. Stay tuned for some different cracking of eggs in the coming weeks!

“Just Right” Learning – Miss Baird’s students have started to learn about fairy tales. They recently got to act out (with masks and props) the scenes from Goldilocks and the Three Bears.

Feathered Friends – Mrs Hobbs’ students loved having their chicks in the classroom the past few weeks. They got to hold them, observe them, and watch them grow before they were taken back to the farm. Thank you to Mrs Hobbs for inviting so many students to see the chicks!

Learning in the Nursery – A few of our classes travelled to Clearview Nursery to learn all about the horticultural aspect of plant growth… and they even got to pot a plant and take it home! (pictured: Mrs Coffin’s class)

Claymation Directors – Division 1 worked with Mrs Giddings (while Mrs Atwal was away last week) to create their own clay characters. They then created scenes and used the iPads to make their own stop-motion claymation videos!

Training Their Snathletes – If you noticed some slime around Division 4’s classroom, it is because of the efforts of their snathletes. The students created their own snail homes (“snaileries), brought in some snails, and then had the snail Olympics (completed with flags, opening ceremonies and an Olympic Oath!). Not sure who “won” but Ms Brozer may have had more fun “training” her snail than any of the students!

Bringing in Indigenous Teachings – On the Professional Development Day, our staff worked with Carman McKay, of the Matsqui First Nation, on bringing Indigenous teachings into the curriculum. It was a powerful and emotional morning as he shared some ideas to slow down, connect with the earth, and use stories to teach (along with so much more). At the end of the morning, Carman donated a huge number of personal and meaningful artefacts (including his first drum) to our school to benefit our students! These are on display in the library so please come and check them out.

Jump Around!  Students started to practice some long jump this past week in preparation for our grade 3-5 track meet on May 16.  Practices with Mr Sheaff (running) and Mr Wejr (jumping and throwing) will continue this week at lunch. Teachers have also been practicing in class.

Future Skyhawks – Our grade 5s travelled to HD Stafford Middle school to learn a bit more about their future school. Students were given a tour, a chance to learn to unlock the lockers, and time to have some fun in the drama department.

Developing Their Marketing Skills – Miss Ford’s students were learning marketing strategies and entrepreneurial skills as part of the Power Play Program. Save the date of Friday, May 25 for their showcase where students and families can buy some of their products!

Learning About Langley – Students in Mrs Brooks and Mrs Kazakoff’s classes had a chance to learn about Langley from a different view as they were treated to a presenter from the Langley Museum who shared “Footpaths to Freeways”.

From That Day Forward… They Were Running! (Forrest Gump fans out there?) Our KM Club has started back up again and happens every Tuesday and Thursday on our back field right after school.

Video From Club Days – Some grade 5 students created a video back in term 2 for club days. Check it out!

A Great Cause – Our student team, along with Mrs Edwards, promoted and sold daffodils to raise money for the Canadian Cancer Society… in the end, they raised over $400!!! Thank you to all those who supported. You can read their letter below.

The Week Ahead

  • PAC Meeting on Monday at 6:45. Don’t forget to mark your calendars for the fundraiser at Murrayville Pub on May 26.
  • Thursday is an early dismissal for collaboration. Students are dismissed at 1:25.
  • Mrs Jankoviak is starting a Cube Club! Info on this awesome opportunity (grade 4-5 students only) will be coming home. Can you solve the Rubix Cube?!?!?
  • We will be having a very special event on Tuesday, May 22 at 1pm as we host our Reconciliation Gathering. We will be honouring 4 residential school survivors and mounting our reconciliation plaque as a commitment to action at our school. Families are invited and the info is below.

Have a great week!