Weekly Newsletter: April 14

April 14, 2019

This new Calming Corner tent in a grade 2 classroom offers a safe place to use strategies and return to the Green Zone.

Dear James Hill Families,

We had another fun week at James Hill. You may be noticing some physical changes throughout the school recently. As part of our Action Plan for Learning goal around Self-regulation, teachers have been adding self-regulation supports throughout in their classrooms and shared spaces. You may notice soft/warm lighting options or new lighting covers with images on the ceiling. Creating options for a warm, softly-lit en

Students helped redesign their classroom this week, creating a learning area in the middle of the room. Bean Bag chairs, soft lighting, classical music and other flexible seating options all contribute to a comfortable and “homey” feeling in the room. Students are excited to create their space together as a community of learners.

vironment and reducing full flourescent lighting can be a tool in helping students return to and stay in the Green Zone (the optimal zone for learning), particularly after recess and lunch periods. You may notice teachers are adding flexible seating options, such as low seating or high stools, soft bean bag seating or rocking seats. These seating options provide students the choice to select the most comfortable seat to allow them to stay focused on their learning and work. We continue to provide self-regulation structures, like Calming Corners, within the classroom so students can take a calming break if they are feeling like they are in the Blue or Yellow zone. We have some new furniture items to make these Calming Corners cozy and safe for students who choose to use it. All of these structures and materials are proactive approaches to help kids get into and stay in the Green Zone so they can be successful, focused learners throughout the day! Kids have expressed that they really enjoy these new changes and additions.

IRide is this week!

A reminder to students in Divisions 1 to 7 that IRide will be taking place this week on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, April 16-18. As you already know, students in these classes will need to complete the online registration form in order to participate.  If you have not already completed this registration, you can find this form here: https://cyclingbc.net/iride/parents/get-ready/

Students can bring their own bikes and helmets to school on these days. Bikes can be locked up at the bike rack in front of the school for safety.


Picture Day is Coming!

April 18 will be our class, team and siblings picture day. Siblings can be photographed as individual, pairs or a group.


PAC News and Events:

FAMILY FUN NIGHT Friday, April 26th 5:30pm – 8:30pm 
Please see the attached link to sign up for a shift during Fun Night.  This event can’t happen without your help.  Please sign up today!
Each class has been asked to provide a themed gift basket which will be raffled off at Family Fun Night.  You should have received a notice with what theme your class has been assigned.  If you are not aware, please ask the teacher.  We are asking each family to donate an item around $10 to go into this basket.  There will be a signup sheet in your classroom where you can indicate what item you will be donating.  Please do so no late than April 12th.  Thank you for your support!!
We are looking for donations for our Silent Auction.  If you or anyone you know would like to donate an item please contact Debbie at debbiepatchett@hotmail.com or leave it with the office secretary Mrs. Holyoak.  Items need to be in by April 15th.  Thank you for your donation.
You should have received a handout with a Ziplock Bag attached to it.  We are asking that you fill this bag with fun stuff for kids from the dollar store.  A few examples; stickers, erasers, bouncy balls, candy (must be in a wrapper) whatever you want!  JAM your items into your ziplock….make sure it’s FULL.  We will be collecting the stuffed ziplock from now until April 18th.  There is a box in your classroom and in the office, please hand them in as soon as you can.  Thank you for your donation.
We are looking for $5 & $10 Gift Cards for game prizes and toys/games for our raffle draws.  If you would like to donate any of these items you can drop off in the office or put in the PAC box before April 18th.  Thank you for your donation!
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.

District News and Events:

I.D.E.A. Summit – May 8, 2019

See young entrepreneurs in action as they present IDEAS • DESIGNS • ENTREPRENEURSHIP • ALTURISM on Wednesday, May 8th from 9:15am – 3:30pm at the Langley Events Centre (Building B).  Thanks to innovative leadership, Langley School District educators are embracing the teaching of entrepreneurship in all its forms.  Discussions are occurring on how to encourage curiosity and vibrancy, how to stress the importance of tough-minded optimism, stamina and taking risks; and how to discover the need for experimentation, commitment and yes, even failure.  At the I.D.E.A. SUMMIT students are taking leaps of faith and attacking problems from different angles, with eyes and minds open to every possibility.

An addition to this year’s I.D.E.A. Summit is the culmination of our IDEA X Challenge which has involved several teams of students from various secondary schools who have been designing innovative solutions to the global issue of single use plastics since January.  These students will showcase their solutions during the morning and then present their solutions to expert judges and audience members.

Prizes and scholarships will be awarded in several different categories.  It’s sure to be an exciting, inspiring day for all!  The event is open to the public along with our local community and business partners – we hope to see you there!

Discontinuation of Kids Plus Accident Insurance Program

The Kids Plus Accident Insurance Program will be discontinued effective with the 2019/2020 school year.  All policies currently in force for the 2018/2019 school year will remain in force until expiry on September 30, 2019.  New applications for this policy year will continue to be accepted until May 31, 2019.

DW Poppy Car Show is coming May 5:  2019 DWP Car Show Poster[1]


Important Dates to Remember:

Friday, April 19 & Monday, April 22: School not in session for Easter Weekend

Friday, April 26: Fun Night 5:30-8:30 pm

Friday, May 3: Pro-D Day; school not in session

Have a wonderful week,

Mrs. Kendra Simonetto