Monthly Messages

November 14, 2018

Principal’s Message – November 2018

And here we are in November!  What a long list of accomplishments and memories we have created over the last two months. Looking forward we will continue to focus on Literacy and Social Responsibility as guides for our JKE Action Plan. Today, we had grade group assemblies to review our school expectations (P.A.W.S. – Polite, Accountable, Willing, Safe) in a more targeted age-appropriate way.  Thank you for continuing to review these with your children and reinforce positive behaviour at home.


At our staff meeting this week, teachers gathered in grade groups to discuss reading assessments in order to continue to make the right decisions and implement best strategies in classrooms for our students.  We have so much wealth of knowledge at JKE, and I know we will continue to make gains in our work together.  Thank you for your continued support, and we look forward to continue to work together as partners in our children’s learning.

Thank you for your ongoing support and partnership.

Mrs. Lisa Lainchbury

Principal, James Kennedy Elementary


Principal’s Message – October 2018

The Vision of the Langley School District is to provide “An innovative, inspiring and unified learning community.”  One of the ways we are doing this at James Kennedy is to have an Action Plan with two focused inquiry questions to guide our work: 

  1. How can we develop in James Kennedy students the skills we believe they need in order to be motivated, engaged and successful readers?
  1. How can we develop in James Kennedy Students the skills we believe they need in order to be contributing members of society?

The goals of promoting growth in literacy and social responsibility are reflected in many elements of our work.  They drive our staff development, influence how we spend our school funds, shape how we design our classrooms, etc.  We are excited about the progress that students have already made and will be celebrating their achievements in our newsletters throughout the year.

This week, many of our staff attended the first of a series of literacy sessions with reading expert Adrienne Gear to learn how to improve their instructional strategies in reading. It is essential that they have an understanding of how to make connections with what they are reading in order to have better comprehension. At home, I encourage you to continue to follow Adrienne’s suggestion to “Talk with them, read with them, interact with them.”

At James Kennedy, we are PAWS; Polite, Accountable, Willing and Safe.  These are the attributes that we reinforce as expected behaviour from our students in various environments.  During your family conversations, I encourage you to ask your children how they were “PAWS” at school today!  As adults, we also model these attributes and are grateful to our family community that does as well.

Thank you for your ongoing support and partnership.

Mrs. Lisa Lainchbury

Principal, James Kennedy Elementary


Principal’s Message – September 2018


Dear Parents and Students:

This is such an exciting time of year for educators, parents, and students!  As we move closer to the first day of school, our excitement builds and in anticipation for the first day back, we are working to prepare the school for all of you.

I am so proud to be the principal of James Kennedy Elementary.  We are blessed to have dedicated, passionate professionals who work together with the parent community to provide enriching learning experiences for your children. We look forward to seeing you soon!

Mrs. Lisa Lainchbury


James Kennedy Elementary

9060 - 212 Street, Langley
BC, V1M 2B7
Phone: 604-888-5257
Fax: 604-888-4324