Weekly Newsletter: January 25

January 25, 2019

Dear James Hill Families,

As we mentioned in past weekly newsletters, our school Action Plan for Learning is focused on improving literacy and self-awareness (using the Zones of Regulation materials) for all our students. Part of this learning and instruction is centered around students being able to identify the zone they are in (green, yellow, blue or red) and to use strategies to return to the green zone (which is calm, focused and ready for learning). To learn more in-depth information on the Zones of Regulation and how you can support at home, our amazing PAC is hosting a Parent Education Night on Monday, February 4, 7-8:30 pm! This evening is dedicated to teaching families how they can use the Zones of Regulation at home with their child(ren) to remain consistent with the school’s teachings, but also to give family members effective tools to help children with self-regulation both at home and in the community.

You can register here: https://bit.ly/2Hag8O7 for our Parent Education Night or please see the poster here for more information: Parent Education Night SR 2019.

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Vancouver Giants vs. Kelowna game this Sunday!

Reminder to those of you purchased our fundraiser tickets to the Vancouver Giants game this Sunday, January 27! The game starts at 4:00 pm. We have a large number of James Hill families and friends attending- be sure to show your James Hill spirit at the game!

Parking Lot Safety:

Just a reminder to please refrain from double parking in the drive through area of the parking lot. We are finding that some vehicles are left vacant and are blocking others. Also, please ensure your full attention is on the road as there are many families and children walking through the lot- please do not text and drive. Thank you for your help in keeping our students safe!

Kindergarten Registration:

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 12 noon on April 1, 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, mortgage statement).

“In the event that the District may not be able to accommodate a catchment student within the catchment school, the student will be placed on a ‘School Placement List’ prioritized by date and time of application.  The District will accommodate the student at a neighbouring school until such time as space is available.” (Policy No. 7008)

Remind App update:

Regarding school text message in the Remind App: There will be no service disruption for anyone on the Bell network. Bell customers will continue to receive text messages.

Unfortunately, text notifications will still be ending on Monday, January 28 for anyone with Rogers Canada or its subsidiaries. To continue receiving Remind messages, they’ll need to download the mobile app orenable email notifications, both of which are free to use.

PAC news and updates:

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
Fun Night Planning Meeting Thursday, February 7th, 7pm in Learning Commons Area
We need 50+ volunteers to help run this fantastic event.  Please come help!
Hot Lunch (Hot Dogs) Friday, February 8th
Register if you have not already done so, then add students. Manage Orders
Orders must be in by Friday, February 1st
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.

Dates to Remember:

Tuesday, January 29: Crazy Hair Day

Friday, February 1: Popcorn day ($1 each bag)

Friday, February 4: Parent Education Night on the Zones of Regulation, 7-8:30 pm

Wednesday, February 6: KinderStarts 10-11;30 (literacy); Collaboration Afternoon- early dismissal at 1:30 pm

Friday, February 8: Hot lunch

Monday, February 11: This is a school day (the BC family day stat is Monday, February 18)


Other Community/District news:

Bringing Tradition Home Program:

BTH 2019

Aboriginal Family Gathering;


LFVAS Winter Programs:

LFVAS Winter Programs 0-6 yrs




Have a wonderful weekend,

Mrs. Kendra Simonetto, Principal