Weekly Newsletter: January 18, 2019

January 18, 2019

Dear James Hill Families,

We had another fun week of learning at James Hill! This week, students had the opportunity to learn curling during PE gym periods. Our gymnasium felt more like a curling rink than a school gym! Thanks to Mrs. Lambert for arranging this great activity! The kids really enjoyed the experience and learned a lot about this sport.

We also had hot lunch on Friday which the kids thoroughly enjoyed! Thank you to the hard-working parent volunteers that help to make hot lunch such a success for our students!


Students practice Visualizing with a read aloud book in this grade 4/5 class.

In classes, we saw a lot of literacy in action! Our students are really coming along with their reading and writing skills… it is amazing to

Students use their classroom dictionaries while doing writing activities in grade three.

see the progress of our students, particularly our early readers in Kindergarten and grade one. Thank you to all parents for your continued support to read with and to your child(ren) at home. By supporting both at home and at school, our students are offered even more time to engage with books which fosters a variety of positive reading experiences each day.


Literacy circles allow for students to show independence in their roles with a group of students as they engage in a shared novel together

Our classrooms are bustling with balanced literacy opportunities. Students are diving deeper into the Reading Powers (Connect, Question, Visualize, Infer and Transform). You can learn more about how we teach the Reading Powers and how you might support your child at home in our blog post here.



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.


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.


PAC News & Events

Fruit & Veggie Day Wednesday, January 23rd – Kiwi’s
Popcorn Day Friday, February 1st – send a loonie for a bag of popcorn
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 Zones of Regulation.
What are they?  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
PAC Meeting Monday, February 11th @ 6:45pm in Learning Commons Area
Movie Night Friday, February 22nd – How to Train your Dragon 2 
Tickets & Pre-order forms for Pizza coming home soon.
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 21: Kindergarten Registration begins

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

Friday, January 25: Marvelous Morning is canceled

Wednesday, January 30: Ready, Set, Learn 10:00-11:00 “Read to Me”

Thursday, January 31: Grade 5 Honouring Assembly 2:00 (families of students being honoured will receive an email today)

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 weekend,

Mrs. Kendra Simonetto, Principal