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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.
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