Weekly Newsletter: December 23

December 23, 2018

Dear James Hill Families,

Well, that wraps up a fun-filled December. What an exciting month it was with celebrations, class parties, creating crafts, baking, movies and Christmas music! The month of December is always such a wonderful way to build community within a school. Older buddies work alongside little buddies, parent helpers are busy assisting in classrooms, and teachers work together to bring festive activities into the classroom. We thank you all for your contributions to the school, whether it was through volunteering, setting, up, food or gift card donations, assisting with Breakfast Club or simply to join us in our sing-along! Families are a very important part of our James Hill community…. we couldn’t do all we do for kids without your help!

We had a wonderful start to the final day of school today. Families joined in song in the front entrance before school and then shared in our Drop Everything and Read morning. Sharing a joy for literacy is an important element in our Action Plan for Learning this year, and it was fun to share reading during this festive season. Thank you for all who were able to attend!

This week, Division 12 and Division 7 had Grinch Day with a full day of buddy activities dedicated to The Grinch Who Stole Christmas! Mrs. Coffin and Ms. Baird looked very festive in their Who-attire! What a great way to immerse students into this beloved book.

School will resume on Monday, January 7, 2019. Basketball practices will resume on the Tuesday.

PAC News:

Thank you to everyone who supported our food drive and Christmas angels.  It was one of the best years yet!  

January 11th Popcorn Day Notice will be going home the week of the 7th for the remainder popcorn day dates of 2019  

January 14th PAC Meeting 6:45pm in the Learning Commons Area
January 18th Hot Lunch (Boston Pizza) Log in to https://jameshill.hotlunches.net to order.  You have until January 10th get your order in.
February 4th Parent Education Night on Self Regulation 
What is it?  Why are schools focusing on this?  What can parents do to help children be calm and aware?
Local parent, educator, author and SEL specialist, Kelly Cleeve, will be presenting at James Hill Elementary from 7:00-8:30pm. 
Her passion is taking research on resilience related topics and presenting information to parents in a practical and relatable way.

A few District Reminders for the New Year:

Natural Gas Usage Update from Superintendent Gord Stewart: Letter to Parents – Natural Gas Usage 2018Dec20

Langley School District Kindergarten Registration Opens Monday, January 21, 2019

All children who will be five years old by December 31, 2019 (children born in 2014) are eligible for the Kindergarten program beginning September 3, 2019.

Registration opens Monday, January 21, 2019 and will be open until noon Monday, April 1, 2019. All registration takes place at neighbourhood schools and is not available at the School Board Office. Registration is not available during spring break (March 18 to March 29).

The following documents are required at the time of registration:

  • Student Proof of Age (Birth Certificate or Passport).
  • Parents Proof of Canadian Citizenship or Permanent Resident Status (Canadian Birth Certificate, Canadian Citizenship Card, Canadian Passport, Secure Certificate of Indian Status (SCIS/Status Card), Permanent Resident card, Refugee documents from Immigration Canada), and
  • Parents Proof of residence (BC Driver’s License, utility bill or Mortgage Papers, Property Tax Notice,  Subject-free purchase agreement (move in date within 6 months).
  • If able, please bring your vaccination records (optional).

For more information and registration times please contact your catchment school.


Outdoor Program information (K- grade 4): Info session, January 23, 6:30 pm at Fort Langley Elementary







Please see information on this seminar for Korean speaking families in the New Year: 캐나다에서 직장 구하기

We wish you all a very safe and joyous Holiday season with loved ones. We look forward to a happy and healthy new year of learning in 2019!

Merry Christmas,

Mrs. Kendra Simonetto, Principal