Weekly Newsletter: November 30

November 30, 2018

Dear James Hill Families,

We are certainly getting busy with preparations for December! It is hard to believe that we are already at the end of November. Christmas concerts, Book Fairs and Christmas Angel donations are soon to begin!

A grade 1 student creates a math story indicating subtraction: “There was 5 dresses. I took two. Now there is three.”

Our students continue to do excellent work with their learning. Our Action Plan for Learning this year is focused around literacy and Zones of Regulation (social-emotional learning). To learn more about our work around balanced literacy to support our Action Plan for Learning, see our blog post here. While we continue to focus on balanced literacy through reading and writing instruction, the revised curriculum really allows teachers to do instruction in a cross-curricular approach which means teachers can blend together various subject areas to support multiple concepts in-depth (example: writing math stories with words, numbers and visual representations). Even in our grade one classes, students are working hard with literacy-infused numeracy! Our grade 4/5 students also worked to create real-life math scenarios by planning, shopping and budgeting for a birthday party. Exploring and creating with literacy infused math is a key factor to student engagement and success!

School-wide Behaviour Expectations:

At James Hill Elementary, we work hard to create a caring community of learners. Our three main goals are: Be Kind, Be Respectful and Be Safe.

This week, we have been teaching and reinforcing these universal expectations with all classes. We are actively looking and listening for JHE students who are demonstrating kindness, safety and respect! We are so impressed with the incredible students in our building. Our Behaviour Expectations Matrix can be found here: JHES Behaviour Expectations Matrix 2018 in case you wish to support this common language and these positive behaviours at home as well.

Over the next few weeks, all staff will be watching and listening to “catch” kids being kind, safe and respectful! We look forward to encouraging these positive behaviours around the school and on the playground!

School Cash Online has Launched!

The Langley School District has moved payment collection to an online system. School Cash Online information letters will be going home with your child this week.  Once you have signed up, you will be able to pay for field trips, school fees and other activities directly from your bank account or by credit card.  Please take a few minutes to set up access and then you will be ready once there are items to pay.  Sign up for automatic e-mails to be notified when there is a new school expense due. Also, sometimes other schools have public items and events that are made available to all families throughout the district to purchase.

Christmas Concert Tickets:

Our Christmas Concert: Caroling Christmas will be on Thursday, December 13 at 1:30 and 6:00 pm. A notice went home early this week with the youngest child in each family for Christmas Concert tickets. Tickets are $1 each and all proceeds go to support our James Hill Christmas Hampers. Please note: there is a limit of 6 tickets total per family in order to allow all families to watch the show!

Our tickets have been in HIGH DEMAND and as of Thursday morning, the evening concert is currently SOLD OUT. We still have plenty of tickets remaining for the 1:30 pm afternoon concert! Tickets are allocated on a first-come/first-served basis. If you require more tickets, please leave your name at the office and you will be placed on a waiting list. We want ALL families to be able to see their child perform and will do our very best to accommodate everyone.

If you will not be using all of your tickets, please let the office know so we can give them to another family on the waiting list.

Tickets will be sent home with the youngest child on Wednesday, December 12.

At the concert, we will be opening the doors 30 minutes prior to the show (Afternoon GYM doors open at 1:00 and evening FRONT doors open at 5:30 pm). Once doors open, seats will be on a first-come/first-served basis. To ensure fairness for all families, we are not able to permit families to save seats earlier in the day. Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.

Picture Retake Forms:

Just a reminder that photo retake forms are due in the office by Tuesday, December 4. They can also be purchased online.

Marvelous Mornings: Canceled December 3-7

Due to Book Fair set up in the library next week, our Marvelous Mornings will be canceled until the week of December 10. Thank you for your understanding. Please feel free to join us in the Breakfast Club each morning!

Report Cards: December 14

Just a reminder that the report cards will be posted in MyEd on December 14. Please try to login to the parent portal prior to this date to avoid any complications accessing your child’s report card. You can find information here to assist you in logging in: Reminder-Family Portal-Report Cards-Dec142018

PAC News and Updates:

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
Christmas Angels   December 3rd
Pick an Angel off the tree in the school foyer and buy a gift for a child in need from our James Hill community.
Please do not take an Angel unless you are absolutely sure to buy a gift.
Please return the gift wrapped with the angel taped to the gift to the office before December 12th.
Annual James Hill Food Drive December 3rd
This year our food drive will be done a bit differently.  Each division will be assigned a food item and if any student would like to bring in this item, there will be a box in their classroom for them to put it into. Last year we had to discard half of what was donated due to the food being past the expiration date.  Before donating your food item,
please check the expiry date.  If you have additional food you would like to donate, we will gladly accept it!!!
Time to fill those Christmas hampers full of great food! There will also be boxes under the Christmas trees in the foyer for the food to be dropped off as well.
We are also looking for approximately 8-10 frozen turkeys to be donated.  If you would like to donate a turkey, please email Lindsay at jameshillpac@gmail.com.
A notice will be going home on Friday about this and will explain which food item has been assigned to your child’s division.  Thanks for your support !
PAC Meeting December 3rd @ 6:45 in the Learning Commons Room
Fruit & Veggie Day December 5th (Mandarin Oranges)
Purdy’s Christmas Chocolates Pick up December 7th at the school
Hot Lunch Day (Hot Dogs) December 14th
Register if you have not already done so, then add students.
Last day to order Friday, December 7th
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- Friday, December 3-7: Marvelous Mornings are canceled due to Book Fair in Library

Friday, December 7: Our school will be having a Lockdown drill at 11:45 am.

December 10-14: Morning Basketball practices canceled- gym closed for Christmas Concert preparations

Thursday, December 13: Christmas concert at 1:30 pm and 6:00 pm

Friday, December 14: Hot Lunch

Friday, December 21: Last day prior to Christmas Holidays


District News:

Check out Glow sponsored by the Langley School District Foundation! Use the discount code LANGLEYSCHOOL  when ordering tickets online for 30% off! Visit https://www.glowgardens.com/christmas-langley/