Newsletter: September 20

September 22, 2019

Dear James Hill Families,

What a great first few weeks we have had at James Hill! Students are settled in nicely into their new classrooms. Teachers have planned and taught many community-building activities to create caring, connected classes. We are seeing more artwork on the walls and the chatter and laughter in the rooms is wonderful to hear again. We have missed our students over the summer!

Breakfast Club Opens Monday, Sept. 23!

Our amazing volunteers are ready to welcome back families to our Breakfast Club. Enjoy a FREE breakfast daily and get to know more James Hill Families! Doors open at 8:00 am. Reminder to families that students need to be with an adult. All welcome!

Marvelous Mornings are Back!

Join us each morning at 8:15 in the Library Learning Commons for our Marvelous Mornings. Parents & Guardians are welcome to attend. Students will engage in different activities with staff as a soft start to the day easing them into their ‘learning brain’.

KM Club: Tuesdays and Thursdays

On fair weather days, students are invited to join us for running and walking in the back field for KM Club, starting at 2:45 pm and ending at 3:15 pm Tuesdays and Thursdays.


If you are visiting a classroom or picking up/dropping off your child, we do ask that you visit the office first. Please do not go straight to the classroom. For safety reasons, all visitors to the school must check-in at the office and check-out upon leaving. This ensures safety for all our students and staff. An added bonus is that you get to introduce yourself to our new administrative assistant, Mrs. Robb, and check out the ‘new look’ to our front office!

Prior to the first bell, all students should enter their classrooms using the exterior classroom doors. Please exit the Breakfast Club doors or front entrance doors if you are leaving Marvelous Mornings or Breakfast program in the morning.

Parking Lot Reminders:

Please remember the following when dropping-off/picking up your child at school:

– When using the inner DROP-OFF/PICK-UP lane, please REMAIN IN YOUR VEHICLE and pull forward as space opens up. Please do not block those behind you in the lane. All vehicles in the drop off/pick up lane should pull as far forward as possible.

– When using the middle DRIVE-THRU lane, please continue moving when safe to do so. Students should not be getting into or out of the vehicles in this lane. This lane is for moving traffic only. Drivers: please use extreme caution when in this lane.

– We have a new CROSSWALK for students and families to walk safely from the school to the parking lot. Please only cross the lanes at the crosswalk (modeling this for our children is very important). Please do not park on/over the crosswalk.

– We have several new VISITOR PARKING stalls beside the median/island. Whenever possible, please have your child enter and exit the vehicle on the driver’s side as to not block the Drive-Thru lane.

– The Yellow Lined area is a NO PARKING zone. Please do not stop, park or pick up your child in this area.

Thank you for your cooperation in making our parking lot safer for our students. We also have a great student video to help you learn the new parking lot system:

Terry Fox Run: Thursday, September 26

To honour our Canadian hero, Terry Fox, we will have a short assembly and our annual Terry Fox Run starting at 9:45 am on Thursday. If you are able and interested in volunteering 9:30-10:30, please email Mrs. Simonetto

Please dress your child(ren) for the weather on this day.

If you would like to make a donation to the Terry Fox Run and cancer research, please go to to donate.

Fall weather is HERE!

The rainy days are definitely returning. We remind all families that we do try to go outside if it is raining gently. Please send your child with appropriate footwear and outerwear. It is always a good idea to keep an extra set of clothes in your child’s backpack in the chance they get wet or muddy.

PAC News & Reminders:

Meet the teacher BBQ:

Just a reminder that the meet the teacher night/bbq is on Thursday, September 26th.  Dinner is served from 5-6pm and you can meet the teachers from 6-7pm.  Please enter through the main front school doors and you can pick up your pre ordered meal tickets there.  Head down to the gym from there and follow the smell of the yummy barbecued food!

We do need 2-3 more volunteers for this event.  If you can help, please sign up here.

There will be a cash only concession to purchase ice cream sandwiches, pop, water, coffee and licorice.

Look forward to seeing you there!

Entertainment Books:

Next week is the last week to sell Entertainment Books. Payments or more books can be collected before and after school Tuesday, Sept 24th and Thursday, Sept 26th. If you don’t want to sell the book, please have your child return the book ASAP during collection times, or at the PAC box in the office, or with your child’s teacher. 

Peggy Wynne Photography:
If you’re thinking ahead of Christmas photos, mark your calendars, you will be able to signup with Peggy Wynne at her home studio behind Walmart for $25 as a school fundraiser. Signup will be in the office between Monday, Oct 21st and Friday, Nov.1st.

M & M Food Market

M & M Food Market in Langley (on 200th street by the safeway) will generously donate 5% of sales when you purchase from this particular store. All you have to do is mention “James Hill Elementary” at the checkout and the PAC will receive that 5%! At the Langley location only! Share with your friends and family! Every penny counts!

Mabels Labels

Its that time of year…..where everything needs a name on it!  Whether it is sports equipment, clothing, lunch containers or school supplies and Mabels Labels is the place to get them from!

If you go to and click on support a fundraiser (search for james hill elementary) then shop away for all sorts of neat labels, the school receives 20% back!!!  Its a super neat way to get organized and keep things out of the lost in found!

Future Fundraising:
Coming soon…. Purdy’s sales and photo calendars for Christmas! …. and Giant’s tickets for January!
Popcorn day:
Our first popcorn day is Friday October 4th and it will be happening monthly (2 in January and May).  Feel free to send your child with a loonie (or more if they want more than one bag) for them to receive a bag of freshly popped popcorn.

New Parent Info Facebook Page:

Please join our NEW parent info Facebook page called “James Hill Elementary Parent Info”.  You will find lots of information about what’s is happening at the school.  It’s a great way to be in the know!

Have a question for the PAC?

Please feel free to pop by the PAC office in the mornings or after school, email

District News:

“Launching Your Child – Successful Kindergarten Transition”

launching your child to kindergarden Parenting flyer.2019

A Parent/K Teacher Presentation by Langley Child Youth Mental Health – Please share widely.

Please see the attached flyer for an upcoming Langley Child Youth Mental Health presentation on the health and wellbeing of Kindergarten-aged children. This free presentation is primarily for parents, but K teachers are welcome to attend.  Registration is required.

Let’s Talk- Youth and Drugs Event

Let’s Talk – Youth and Drugs Event

Please see the attached regarding an upcoming presentation hosted by Langley DPAC in partnership with the Langley School District, Fraser Health and We All Play a ROLE. Registration on Eventbrite (free); limited tickets.

Important Dates to Remember:

Monday, September 23: Cross Country practice after school for grade 4/5 participants

Thursday, September 26: Terry Fox Run 9:45 am; Welcome Back BBQ 5:00/ Meet the Teacher Night 6:00-7:00

Monday, September 30: Orange Shirt Day: assembly 2:00

Friday, October 4: Popcorn Day

Monday, October 7: PAC meeting 6:45 in library learning commons

Monday, October 14: Thanksgiving- no school

Have a wonderful week,

Mrs. Kendra Simonetto