Newsletter: January 11, 2019

January 11, 2019

Dear James Hill Families,

Happy New Year and welcome back! We hope you all had a really relaxing holiday with family and friends. We are so excited to have the students back this week. They have shared many fabulous stories about their break and they seem happy to be back together with their friends and staff.

Today we did a fire drill before lunch time. The students did a very good job of exiting the building in a calm, quiet and orderly fashion. We were proud of their responsible, respectful behaviour during this important drill.

Our grade five students had a fun end to the week. They were invited to attend the Hometown Hockey event at HDSMS for the afternoon. Over 800 students were in attendance! It was a great community event to be part of! A special thanks to HD Stafford Middle Secondary for hosting the event!


Just a reminder that Monday, January 14 is an early dismissal day for collaboration. Students are dismissed at 1:30 pm (75 minutes early).

We also have a PAC meeting that night in the learning commons at 6:45 pm. Come join us!

Remind App: Important Changes

If you currently are signed up for the Remind App notifications from Mrs. Simonetto (James Hill Elementary), Rogers and Bell customers will no longer be able to receive the messages due to a complication with the contract between the app company and the phone companies.  This is in effect January 28, 2019.

You can still receive messages through Remind. Simply download the mobile app or enable email notifications. The Remind app team is also working hard on a solution that allows your classes to continue to use Remind by text, and they will share more details with us before January 28.

Student Absences:

Just a friendly reminder that if your child is going to be away to please call the office at 504-530-0251 or email Mrs. Holyoak at before 9:00 am. There is an answering machine voicemail available to call outside out office hours as well for your convenience.

If your child is late arriving to school, please visit the office to sign in and get a late slip. If you are picking your child up early, please ensure that your child signs out at the office as well.

Our top priority is student safety and these measures ensure that we are able to keep an accurate account of the whereabouts of all our students throughout the day. Thank you for your cooperation!

Ready, Set, Learn and Kinderstarts:

Parents and caregivers are invited to attend Ready, Set, Learn with their 3 and/or 4 year old children to do learning activities, games, stories, crafts! Snacks are included.

The sessions are absolutely FREE! Simply sign up by calling or emailing Mrs. Holyoak in the office (604-530-0251) to register. The dates for Ready, Set, Learn are as follows:

Wednesday, Jan. 23: Early Literacy 10:00-11:00 am

Wednesday, Jan. 30: Read to Me 10:00-11:00 am

Wednesday, Feb. 13: Early Numeracy 10:00-11:00 am

Kinderstarts is a playful family time where parents and caregivers learn how to support their child in literacy and numeracy. Children and adults experience learning together, then adults reflect on this time while children take part in a small group activity. Children have a snack and take-home giveaways. This FREE program is a wonderful way to make connections with others before starting the Kindergarten year in September. You can attend the following sessions at James Hill Elementary:

February 6, 2019 10:00-11:30 am (literacy)

March 1, 2019 1:00-2:30 pm (numeracy)

To register you can contact the school at 604-530-0251.

Kindergarten Registration Opens Monday, January 21, 2019

All children who will be five years old by December 31 in the current calendar year are eligible for the Kindergarten program beginning September 5, 2019.  Registrations received after March 31, 2019 will be considered late.  Late registration may affect placement in your catchment school due to space limitations.

The following documents are required at the time of registration:

  • Proof of Age (Birth Certificate).
  • Proof of Canadian Citizenship or Permanent Resident Status must be provided for the parent (Canadian Birth Certificate, Canadian Citizenship Card, Canadian Passport, Landed Immigrant documentation, Permanent Resident documentation/cards)
  • Proof of residence (Driver’s License, utility bill or Lease/Rental Agreement).

For more information and registration times please contact the school.

PAC News and Events:

PAC Meeting Monday, January 14th @ 6:45pm in Learning Commons Area – Please join us!!
Hot Lunch (Boston Pizza) Friday, January 18th – Log in to
Register if you have not already done so, then add students.
Last day to order TODAY!!  Friday, January 11th
Parent Education Night Monday, February 4th, 7:00pm – 8:30pm @ James Hill Elementary in the Gym
Please join us for this FREE seminar with Kelly Cleeve, local parent, educator, author and SEL Specialist on Self Regulation.
What is it?  Why are schools focusing on this?  What can parents do to help children be calm and more self aware?
Brought to you by James Hill PAC
Movie Night Friday, February 22nd – Movie TBD
M&M Food Market Fundraiser (Langley location only – 6175 200th Street)  
When you shop at the M&M Food Market in Langley, be sure to reference James Hill Elementary at the checkout.
5% of your sale gets donated directly to James Hill Elementary!!!!   This will go on until the end of the school year.

Upcoming Dates to Remember:

Monday, January 14: Early dismissal at 1:30 pm; PAC meeting 6:45 pm

Friday, January 18: Hot lunch (Boston Pizza)

Monday, January 21: Kindergarten Registration begins

Wednesday, January 23: Ready, Set Learn 10:00 -11:00 (Early Literacy)

Friday, January 25: Marvelous Morning is canceled

Friday, February 1: Popcorn Day

Monday, February 4: Parent Education Night – join us to learn what the school is teaching for self-regulation and how you can support at home with the Zones of Regulation 7:00-8:30 pm in the gym

Have a wonderful week,

Mrs. Kendra Simonetto, Principal