Weekly Newsletter: November 24

November 19, 2018

Dear James Hill Families,

Yet another busy week has passed at James Hill Elementary. This week was full of interesting learning opportunities for students and staff! Our Collaboration afternoon on Tuesday provided a chance for staff to work together, collaborate, learn and plan for enhanced student learning. If you are interested in how James Hill staff use their Collaboration time, you may be interested in our Learning in Action post. Follow this link to find out more! This week, staff enjoyed learning more about the Zones of Regulation and strategies students can use to move Zones. Stay tuned as we will be sharing our learning with families very soon!

Students were equally engaged in their own collaborative learning this week. In grade three, students worked together to sort words based on a learned spelling rule. Across all grades, students worked together in their Campfire Peace Circles to build community as each child identified their Zone and practiced respectful listening. Students are actively using their Zones knowledge and self-awareness to self-regulate their emotions on a daily basis. Mrs. Giddings (a retired teacher who frequently TTOC’s at JHE) noticed the students’ curiosity around the frost on the ground one chilly morning. She took the class outside to explain the science behind frost and then the students enjoyed creating Frost Art in the back field!

Reminder to all families: Monday, November 26 is early dismissal at 11:30 am for report card preparation.

Parent Helpers:

The office is in need of a couple parent helpers to distribute Christmas Concert ticket orders. Starting Wednesday, November 28 until December 7 (or later or earlier, as needed), we would need two parent helpers each morning from 8:45-9:15 am (approximately). If you are interested in assisting, please email Mrs. Simonetto at ksimonetto@sd35.bc.ca. Thank you!

Christmas concert ticket information will be coming home early next week.

MyEd Parent Portal:

As you already are likely aware, the first term report cards will be released on December 14. On that day, parents will not receive a paper report card. Instead, parents will need to login to the MyEd parent portal to access their children’s report cards. We recommend that you create your login very soon to avoid any complications accessing the reports on the 14th. To assist in this, we do offer this handy PDF instruction guide. Reminder-Family Portal-Report Cards-Dec142018

PAC News and Updates:

Have you joined the James Hill PAC Facebook Page? There are amazing reminders and important information shared here.

Christmas is fast approaching at James Hill and we are looking for volunteers to help with the following:
Christmas entrance decorating Nov 30th @ 8:45am
Christmas Concert stage set up Dec 7th @ 1:30pm
Christmas Concert gym decorating Dec 10th @ 8:45am
Please contact Gina Twellmann @ gina@twellmann.net or text 604-897-6312 if you can volunteer
Next PAC Meeting Monday, Dec. 3rd @ 6:45pm in the Staff Room (Learning Commons will be set up for Book Fair)
Next Hot Lunch Friday, Dec. 14th (Hot Dogs)
Poinsettia & Christmas WreathsPick up ASAP at the School
Purdy’s Christmas Chocolates Last Day of Fundraiser Nov. 28th Pick up December 7th at the schoo
Enchanted Forest Scholastic Book Fair December 3rd – December 7th Shopping available mornings, lunch & after school with added evening times on Wed. Dec 5th. This event is ran by Parent Volunteers – we need your help!! Please go to https://bit.ly/2K6bSxb to sign up for available time slots
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!!!!  

Important Dates to Remember:

Monday, November 26: Half Day dismissal at 11:30 am

December 3-7- Book Fair in Library

Mon-Friday, December 3-7: Marvelous Mornings canceled (due to book fair in library)

Monday, December 10- Friday December 14: Basketball canceled for Christmas Concert preparations

Thursday, December 13: Christmas Concert (details coming soon)

Friday, December 14: Report cards available through MyEd Parent Portal


District #35 News:

A wonderful resource for Parents by BCCPAC for Individual Education Plans: http://www.bccpac.bc.ca/resources/individual-education-plans-guide-parents

Have a wonderful weekend,

Mrs. K. Simonetto, Principal