Newsletter: November 3

November 3, 2019

Dear James Hill Elementary Families,

It has been a busy couple of weeks at JHE! Even with all the festivities around the school, staff and students continued to engage in a variety of learning opportunities. Our grade fives seized the opportunity to learn about government after the Federal Election and students participated in a mock campaign, debate and election, complete with realistic ballots! Our younger learners dove into the spirit of the season and have been using their creative thinking to write spooky real estate listings, Halloween-inspired patterns in math and a multitude of Fall-inspired artwork! We had the Langley Rivermen visit and read to each class in support of our literacy goals while bringing people from the community into our school.

We had A LOT of fun over the past week. We appreciate all the families that came and attended Parent-Teacher interviews. Thank you to all the teachers for your hard work in preparing and conducting these important meetings for our learners. We enjoyed the Halloween festivities on Thursday, complete with our Pumpkin Display in the gym. We thank all of you that contributed a jack-o-lantern for the display (check out the amazing James Hill Pumpkin created by the Hubbs family!). On Friday, we had PJ day, popcorn day (thanks to our PAC) and Slime the Simonetto because JHE families surpassed our Entertainment Book Fundraising goal! Way to go, everyone!

Remembrance Day:

We will be having our Remembrance Day Assembly on Thursday, November 7 at 11:00 am. All are welcome to attend.

Please note that there is no school on Friday, November 8 or Monday, November 11.

DEAR (Drop Everything and Read) Morning: November 15

In support of our Action Plan for Learning Literacy goals, please join us for DEAR morning on Friday, November 15. You can bring your child(ren) to school at the exterior classroom doors and stay to join us in a morning of reading. Find a place anywhere in the school to sit together and dive into a great book. The reading time will start right at the bell and continue until 9:20 am. All are welcome!

Drop Off Lane:

Please note that the inner lane of the parking lot is the Drop-Off/Pick-Up lane intended for brief stops. Drivers should not exit their vehicle in this lane. If you need to leave your vehicle to pick-up or drop-off your primary child, we encourage you to find one of our designated parking spots in the lot or neighbouring streets. Please do not park in unmarked locations, such as entrance or exit pathways, medians, or painted areas. Doing so can impede the flow of traffic for other drivers.

Also- we realize it is a bit more of a walk, but all families should use the sidewalks or crosswalk when crossing to access the school; we want to ensure all our students know the safety expectations for children and adults. Thank you for your cooperation in keeping all our families safe!

Christmas Concert Attire: Concert Thursday, December 12

More information will be coming shortly about the Christmas Concert, but we know some families might be interested in what attire children will be wearing this year. To keep things simple, we are encouraging all students to wear black and white (dress or black bottoms and plain white top) if at all possible.

PAC Reminders:

PAC Meeting  Monday, Nov. 4th @ 6:45pm in the Learning Commons Area (Library).  All welcome – Please come!!
Hot Lunch – Boston Pizza Friday, Nov. 15th
Order Cut-off Friday, Nov. 8th   Please go to to register your child and order.
Any outstanding $$ amount owing MUST be paid prior to this order going through
Purdy’s fundraiser will start November 15th. 
Get your Giant’s hockey tickets soon! The first 50 tickets have already been sold. Tickets ($20 cash or chq) will be available before and after school, Tuesdays and Thursdays, for the Jan 19th game, 4pm.

District News:

Information About School Status During Inclement Weather
Snow closures and power outages are an annual occurrence in Langley School District. So where do you go to get information about the status of schools during periods of inclement weather? If you are able to access the internet via computer or smartphone, current information about Langley schools can be accessed on all school websites or<>. Updates are also posted to Twitter @LangleySchools and Facebook at<>. If you don’t have internet connectivity but your phone is working, call a relative or friend in an area that has not been affected by the storm and ask them to check the district website for you. Local radio stations are also informed of school status in Langley. Tune in to CKWX 1130AM, CKNW 980AM, Country Radio 107.1FM, Pulse 107.7 or CBC 690AM or 88.1FM for updates.

Please note that Langley District schools are all considered ‘open’ until a decision to close is required. Decisions on school closures are usually made by 6:30am. As always, it is a parent’s decision whether to send their child to school based on safety and individual circumstances. If you feel it is unsafe for you or your child to travel to or attend an open school for any reason, please keep your child home and report an absence to the school.

Kids at Home and School
Where You Are<> Listen on Apple Podcasts

Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) is a hot topic in schools and parent communities right now. Gail Markin (parent, school counsellor and District SEL Lead) and Dr. Kimberly Schonert-Reichl (Psychologist, Professor and world- renowned SEL expert) unpack what parents and caregivers can do to support SEL at home, as well as learn about the role of schools in promoting SEL. Brought to you by BC Children’s Kelty Mental Health Resource Centre.

Climate Action Strategy:

The TOL Climate Action Strategy will provide strategic direction, targets and actions for both adapting to future climate change impacts and reducing energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions, both corporately and throughout the community. Please join us on Tuesday, November 5th from 7pm – 8:30pm at the TOL Civic Facility (20338 65th Avenue) in the Fraser River Presentation Theatre to learn more.

Sparkles & Spirit Shopping Night – November 19th @ the Willowbrook Shopping Centre

The School District Foundation is facilitating a huge fundraising opportunity. It’s a night of exclusive shopping, great deals, live entertainment, free food, chances to win $20,000 in prizes, and an opportunity to get all your Christmas shopping done in one FUN night.  More info here:

Upcoming Dates to Remember:

Thursday, November 7 @ 11:00 am- Remembrance Day Assembly

Friday, November 8: No school

Monday, November 11: No School- Remembrance Day

Thursday, November 14: Grade 5 Honouring Assembly 2:00 (families of students being honoured have been notified by email)

Friday, November 15: DEAR morning 8:51-9:20. Hot lunch

Monday, November 25: Design and Assessment day- students do not attend

Have a wonderful week!

Mrs. Kendra Simonetto