Welcome Back!

Posted: August 31, 2017

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New Principal’s Message

Welcome back to school everyone, and for those of you who are new to the James Kennedy Elementary community, a warm welcome to all of you as well!  My name is Mrs. Lisa Lainchbury, and I am the new proud principal of JKE.  I am honoured to be part of such a vibrant school, and I look forward to the years ahead with all of you.  In my short time here already, I have been welcomed by the school staff and members of the parent community, and I am amazed by the evident passion for teaching and learning. Educators at all levels have critically important work to do, and watching students learn and grow is a gift and inspiration. Langley School District’s mission is “To inspire all learners to reach their full potential and create a positive legacy for the future,” and I look forward to seeing that in action.


I have been a teacher or administrator for almost 20 years in Abbotsford.  My husband teaches in the Langley School District, and I have two teenage daughters. As I watch my eldest get excited about her Grade 10 timetable, I reflect back to when she started Kindergarten, evidence that time does fly!


I am looking forward to getting to know this community, and supporting you as we work together for your children. Please do not hesitate to contact me, and have a wonderful first week!


Mrs. Lisa Lainchbury

Principal, James Kennedy Elementary


What do families do on the first day of school?

On Tuesday, September 5th, school reopens.  This is an exciting time, and we want to get students settled as quickly as possible. Students will start in last year’s classroom. There may be a sign on the door redirecting them.

All new students and families please go to the library for a welcome and brief information session. New students will then be escorted to classrooms for the remainder of the morning session.

All parents of former and new students are welcome to come to the gym to visit with other parents and enjoy a coffee social hosted by the PAC.

Your child will leave school on Tuesday with a slip of paper informing them where to go on Wednesday morning. This will be their temporary placement until class lists are finalized.

We look forward to seeing all of you on Tuesday,

Mrs. Lisa Lainchbury

Principal, James Kennedy Elementary

James Kennedy Elementary

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