Newsletter

Welcome Back: September 10, 2021

Welcome back to all our JKE families! It has been really wonderful to have our entire school community back together again. Our first day of school hosted a JKE Welcome Back Celebration! To see more about how excited our Staff is to see our JKE kids, watch this great video:
https://twitter.com/LangleySchools/status/1435372311989919746

Students are settling into the routines of school. It is so nice to have students free to play where and with whom they want this year! The children were overjoyed to safely be together outside at recess and lunch playtime this week. We are sure your children are pretty tired after these early mornings and first days of connection and learning.

We would like to extend a warm JKE welcome to the following new staff members:

Ms. Tsang: English Grade 5/6

Ms. Friesen: English Grade 6

Mme Cripps: French Grade 5

Mme LaForce: French Grade 3 sharing with Mme. Keyhoe

Ms. Mazza: English Grade 3

Mrs. DeVries: English Grade 2

Ms. Doran: Library Tech

Ms. Rowley: PE Teacher, Tuesdays

Student absences:

If your child is going to be away, please call and leave a message at our office 604-888-5257 before 9:15 am.

Student Placements:

This afternoon, you will receive an email from your child’s permanent classroom teacher for the 2021-22 school year. I would like to thank our teams of staff that spent countless hours preparing and building classes, considering the academic and social-emotional needs of every child. We do our very best to ensure each child is placed in the best possible environment for individual success.

These classes are now final. This allows for the community of each class to truly flourish as connections and relationships are taking root. We look forward to building positive relationships and creating caring communities within each classroom.

K-7 Masks:

Just a reminder that masks are to be worn indoors by all Grade 4-7 students when not eating or drinking. For K-3 students, mask wearing is a personal choice.

Daily Health Check:

This year, we ask that all parents perform a daily health check with your child before sending them to school. No paperwork is required to do so. Simply visit this site to assess any symptoms: https://www.k12dailycheck.gov.bc.ca/healthcheck?execution=e1s3

Parent Visitors:

Parents are welcome to return to JKE! We are beyond thrilled to have our parent community back with us in the school. If you are visiting the office or volunteering, please ensure the following when you enter:

  • Wear a mask
  • Ensure you perform a Daily Health Check
  • See Mrs. Sollows in the office. All visitors must sign in.

Thank you for your attention to these measures.

Parent Forms:

This year, we schools will be collecting parent consents through an online form rather than on paper. At the beginning of the school year, an email will be sent to the primary guardian of each child as indicated in MyEdBC. Instructions will be included in that email.

Cross Country:

At this time, the District Cross Country program will be paused until the Spring.

District Updates:

September 30: National Day for Truth and Reconciliation

As you likely already know, this year the government introduced a new statutory holiday on September 30 for National Truth and Reconciliation. Please note that schools will not be in session on this day.

To learn more visit: https://news.gov.bc.ca/releases/2021FIN0048-001531

COVID-19 Notification Process

The Ministry of Education has informed the District of the COVID-19 Notification Process. The District will continue to follow the protocols as set out by Fraser Health to help keep our students and staff healthy and safe.

Here is what we can share with you now:

 Public health will continue to prioritize schools for contact tracing. Public health will directly follow up with anyone identified as a COVID-19 case and determine if other students or staff were close contacts. 

·        Close contacts are followed up with directly because they may be at greater risk of infection. They will be directly informed by public health if they need to take action, like self-monitoring or self-isolating. 

 ·        People at school who are not close contacts are not at increased risk, so don’t need to take any additional actions beyond continuing to follow general public health recommendations. 

·        In line with practices for other community settings and workplaces, school notifications to the broader school community, such as letters or exposure notices on regional health authority websites, will be used when public health deems them necessary to support contact tracing or outbreak management. 

·        Public health continues to monitor transmission of COVID-19 across the province, with the latest data on COVID19 available from BCCDC.

Family Accident Reimbursement Plan Voluntary Insurance:

If you are interested in learning more about this voluntary family insurance program, please visit: https://www.solutionsinsurance.com/aonbc

Upcoming Dates to Remember:

September 16: Student Photo Day

September 21: Tentative date for Meet the Teacher Night. Confirmation and information coming soon.

September 24: Design and Assessment Day- students do not attend

September 29: Orange Shirt Day and school acknowledgement of National Day for Truth and Reconciliation

September 30: National Day for Truth and Reconciliation- school not in session

Newsletter June 4, 2021

We continue to enjoy so many wonderful events and rich learning experiences at JKE! On Thursday, we celebrated our Kindergarten Welcome Drive-thru event! It was a wonderful way to welcome our newest JKE students in a safe way. Families showed great creativity, preparing signs and decorating their vehicles. Thank you to Mme Foulds, Mme Tremblay, Mrs. O’Shea and Mrs. Dewit for their hard work in preparing and planning this event!

 

This past week we also hosted Bike to School week at JKE! What a wonderful turn out with the number of families that rolled their way to school each day! Thank you to Ms. Jordan and Mrs. King for all their hard work to organize this event for our families.

 

 

We also acknowledge that this past week was a very emotional and challenging one as we honoured the survivors and remembered the children of Residential schools who did not come home. Students and staff made space to engage in meaningful conversations in their classrooms, many books were read about Residential Schools to deepen our understanding, students and staff wore Orange Shirts throughout the week, and we took a moment of silence at 2:15 on Wednesday to mourn the loss of so many children. We continue our commitment towards Truth and Reconciliation and acknowledge there is still so much work to do. Our hearts are with our Indigenous families, children and staff during this very difficult time.

Warmer Weather:

As we head into our final month of school, we remind families to please ensure your child is ready for the warmer weather. Hats and sunscreen are encouraged and please ensure your child has a reusable water bottle each day to help them stay hydrated as the temperatures rise.

MyEdBC Parent Portal:

Report cards will be available for parent access in the Parent Portal on Tuesday, June 29. We remind parents to please take time to become familiar with the district’s reporting shift in communicating student learning. You can find more information regarding this shift on the district website HERE

We also ask that parents login to the MyEdBC Parent Portal prior to June 29 to eliminate any technical issues. You can find information to assist you in accessing the online parent portal HERE

Rise Together Donations:

Families are welcome to donate new or gently used school supplies to Rise Together, a club at WGSS. All donations will be sent to children in Rwanda. For more information, please see: Rise Together pamphlet.

JKE will have a donation bin outside the front of the school.

District News:

Farewell Ceremonies for Elementary Students:

Questions have arisen due to the guidelines published by the Public Health Office regarding changes to restrictions around Graduation Ceremonies. These guidelines only impact Grade 12 graduation as this is a unique milestone that the PHO felt they had to address. The protocols have not changed for any other school events including Grade 5 or 7 leaving ceremonies. Unfortunately, parents are still unable to gather at elementary and middle school events this year.

Transportation for 2021-22 School Year: REPOST

Transportation Registration for the 2021-22 school year opens on May 3. All riders who are currently in the system and expected to continue riding next year will receive a letter with instructions to register. Please note the instructions to register are different for each category of rider. To help in our planning and creation of bus routes, registrations must be submitted by June 18, 2021. The District cannot guarantee approval after the deadline. New and existing riders can find more information on our Transportation Registration webpage here.

Homestay Families needed:

Homestay families are needed to support our International Students!

Learn more here: Langley Homestay Ad 2021

YOUTH ONLINE STUDY

Parents and Students in Grades 6 to 12:

What do you and your child think about technology and social media?

How do you and your child use technology and social media?

To complete the survey, please click on the following links:

PARENT SURVEY: https://www.jitsutech.ca/YOS2021parentSD35 YOUTH SURVEY: https://www.jitsutech.ca/YOS2021youthSD35

Please do not forward the survey links or post to social media.

If you have any questions or would like more information, please contact Dr. Zina Lee at Zina.Lee@ufv.ca

Census 2021

You may or may not know that the 2021 Census is underway. It has been a challenging year for families, and the census might seem like another thing on everyone’s busy to-do list. The District is assisting our Stats Canada partner in communicating this information and encouraging families to complete their census. Census data helps governments at all levels plan for schools, transportation, community centres, libraries and recreational activities. Data from the 2021 Census will be even more crucial, because it will help to evaluate the impact of the pandemic and to better plan for the future. You can quickly and easily complete your census questionnaire at www.census.gc.ca using the access code you received in the mail. If you need assistance or would like to have a paper (or alternate format) questionnaire, please call the Census Help Line at 1-855-340-2021. Thank you for doing your part to help plan for a better future for all Canadians.

Upcoming Dates to Remember:

Monday, June 28: Grade seven farewell 5:00-8:00 pm

Tuesday, June 29: Last day of school for students; Dismissal at 12:00; Report cards issued

 

Newsletter: May 17, 2021

You may recall the PAWS Shared Language from years past. PAWS stood for: Polite, Accountable, Willing and Safe. Recently, staff and students have been reflecting about our shared language at JKE over the past several months. We wanted to ensure the words we strive for truly embody what we believe all JKE students and staff can be, and reflect our school community’s values. After many conversations with staff and a schoolwide student vote, we have finalized the JKE Common Language!

We believe all students at James Kennedy Elementary are: Brave, Safe, Kind & Respectful.

Spring into Reading for the Month of May:

Has your family had a chance to engage in the Spring into Reading adventures? Check out the fun, engaging family literacy activities created by our clever JKE staff:

Spring Into Reading Final 2

JKE Spirit Wear:

If you haven’t had a chance to order your JKE Spirit Wear, it’s not too late! The online store is open until tomorrow, Tuesday, May 18th. All orders will be delivered to the school by May 28, our JKE Spirit Wear/Colours Day!

You can find the link to order here: https://jameskennedy.itemorder.com/sale

2021-22 Bell Schedule:

We are in the process of finalizing our bell schedule for the 2021-22 school year. While there are still many details to sort out, including many unknowns with Covid-19 guidelines for schools, we did want to share the start and end times for next year, for which families can take note.

Welcome Bell: 8:45 am

School Starts: 8:50 am

Dismissal: 2:33 pm

 

Dropping off in Morning:

As mentioned in a recent email to families, we ask that students are not dropped off at the school more than 5 minutes prior to their designated arrival time (either 8:45 or 8:55 am) as we are a closed campus 15 minutes before and after school. Thank you for your cooperation.

Litter on the Grounds:

We have noticed a significant increase in the amount of litter on our grounds in recent weeks. We ask that families using the grounds or parks, please ensure you take any garbage with you or use the Township recycling/trash bins located on the property.

District News:

Active Beyond the Bell

Active Beyond the Bell, an after-school program previously offered at JKE, is on pause for September due to Covid-19. We should know more by the end of June if this program will be permitted to return. You can find updates on the ABTB website: https://www.tol.ca/recreation-culture/active-beyond-the-bell/

WGSS Gate Installation:

Please see the letter from Walnut Grove Secondary School regarding a gate installation:  GateinstallationMay2021

Dates to Remember:

Friday, May 21: Pro-D Day; Students do not attend

Monday, May 24: Victoria Day; no school

Friday, May 28: JKE Spirit & Colours Day (Burgundy & Grey)

Thursday, June 3: current Kindergarten students are dismissed at 12:00; New Kindergarten Welcome Drive-Thru event begins at 12:45 (see email from Mrs. Sollows)

Tuesday, June 29: Last day of school for students; report cards issued

Newsletter: May 3, 2021

Grade 6 & 7 students engage in Literature Circles outside.

We are enjoying lots of engaging creative, learning experiences at JKE. Teachers continue to take advantage of our beautiful Spring weather! Mrs. Gammel, in the Learning Commons, is excited to launch Story Walks along the fence of our school where students can read, experience and engage in a story as they walk from page to page. Ms. Barichello recently celebrated a fun “Everybody’s Birthday” where all students in her class had the chance to celebrate TOGETHER on the same day after a year of “Covid Birthdays”. Lots of fun was had by all!

We are excited to launch our Spring into Reading event for the month of May! As part of our Action Plan for Learning goal around literacy, we hope to create joyful literacy experiences for our students and families while offering ways to connect school and home. We hope that many families will choose to participate in this family-time event. Within it, your family can also experience a similar Story Walk as our students do in class! To find out more, be sure to check out our beautiful info-graphic!  Spring Into Reading Final 2

Finally, we wish to thank all of our staff as we embark on Teacher Appreciation Day. All of our JKE staff have worked so hard this year to create a community of care while ensuring all students reach their full learning potential.  It has been a year like no other and our staff has worked tirelessly to always put kids’ wellness and learning first! Thank you, JKE STAFF!!!

Kindergarten Welcome:

If you have a child registered to attend Kindergarten in the fall, be sure to keep an eye out for an email from Mrs. Sollows about our upcoming Kindergarten Welcome Drive-thru event on June 3! Please call or email the office if you did not receive this email so you can learn the specific time for your family to attend.

Lost and Found:

Items are starting to overflow in our JKE Lost and Found. We will put items out on Friday, May 7 by lunch time to provide families a chance to find any of your clothing or housewares that have been lost.

Upcoming Dates to Remember:

Friday, May 21: Pro-D Day; students do not attend

Monday, May 24: Victoria Day stat holiday; no school

Friday,  May 28: Spirit wear or JKE colours day

Tuesday, June 1: PAC Meeting via Zoom

Thursday, June 3: Current Kindergartens dismiss at 12:00; Kindergarten Welcome Drive-thru event in afternoon (please see email from Mrs. Sollows for specific information for your incoming K).

 

District Updates:

Free EVENT: Conversations About Mental Health: What it Sounds Like at Different Ages
Join us on May 7th at 12pm (PST) for a conversation about how to connect with our kids between the ages of 0 to 18 years.   Led by Karen Peters, RCC ThriveLife Counselling & Wellness & Victoria Keddis, Manager, FamilySmart.  To Register: www.familysmart.ca/events

Transportation for 2021-22 School Year:

Transportation Registration for the 2021-22 school year opens on May 3. All riders who are currently in the system and expected to continue riding next year will receive a letter with instructions to register. Please note the instructions to register are different for each category of rider. To help in our planning and creation of bus routes, registrations must be submitted by June 18, 2021. The District cannot guarantee approval after the deadline. New and existing riders can find more information on our Transportation Registration webpage here.

BCCDC Survey – BC COVID-19 SPEAK

The BC Centre for Disease Control is inviting families to take part in a survey to examine how British Columbians have been affected and how their experiences may inform recovery and re-opening. The survey closes May 9. Please see details here.

Family Tech Time – New Interactive Tool from Langley Literacy Network

Want your next talk about screen time, social media, and video games to be more positive with your child or teen? The Langley Literacy Network is launching Family Tech Time, which is a new interactive tool https://langleyliteracynetwork.com/family-tech-time/  to support conversations in our families and our community around how to use technology to build healthy relationships rather than disrupt them. This tool includes a resource https://spinwheel.langleyliteracynetwork.com/Family_TechTime.pdf containing questions to help foster positive dialogue on topics including expectations around usage, privacy, consent, and how to enjoy activities on and off screen. You can access the Langley Literacy Network tool and resource on this website here https://langleyliteracynetwork.com/family-tech-time/. As part of the launch, you will notice #LangleyTechTime weekly social media campaign posts to highlight talking points that will help empower families over the next ten weeks.

Newsletter: April 19, 2021

We have been enjoying the wonderful sunshine over the past week at JKE! You can find classes working, playing and learning outside at any point in the day.

As mentioned in our last newsletter, the Brilliant Bookworms won the JKE Reading Link Challenge. They went on to compete in the District Challenge and came in FIRST PLACE! We are so proud of the hard work this team of dedicated readers has put forth to represent JKE so well! They now move on the Regional Competition. Good luck!

 

We are proud of the compassionate and kind students we have at James Kennedy. Huge thanks to Mme Keyhoe’s class for the lovely messages of gratitude they recently shared with Frontline Workers at Surrey Memorial Hospital.

Our staff have been collaborating to define the core expectations we have for all JKE staff and students. Our staff have narrowed this language down to six key words and our JKE students are now in the process of voting for their preferred three words to describe who we all believe James Kennedy students strive to be. Stay tuned for more updates as we finalize this common school-wide language!

Finally, thank you for your continued efforts to keep students, families and staff safe when on the school property. Please remember: All adults walking on school property are strongly encouraged to wear masks at drop-off and pick-up times. Please continue to ensure that you remain 2 metres apart from other families while on school property.

Don’t forget to conduct the Daily Health Check each morning. If your child is not feeling well, please keep your child home.

Class Placements:

James Kennedy staff work hard each spring to plan Fall class placements. This process is a lengthy, collaborative effort, ensuring that the academic, social and emotional needs of each student are supported so each child can rise to their full potential.

If you have academic considerations (requests regarding split classes will not be considered) for your child that you wish to share for these class placement conversations, please feel free to email Mrs. Simonetto prior to May 14. While we do respectfully take parent input into consideration, we cannot guarantee that requests will be granted.

Please note: We are still unclear as to what September 2021 will look like for in-person learning during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

District News:

Art Show

The Langley School District Foundation has many community partners and one of its most treasured is the West Fine Art Show Society. Since 2017, the group has worked with the Foundation to host an Annual Art Show. Featuring the most talented and renowned artists in Western Canada, the show has emerged as a highly favoured fundraiser for the Foundation. Here, artists agree to donate 25% of all artwork sales to the Langley School District Foundation to support Food for Thought Programs, especially important during the coronavirus crisis.

When COVID-19 restrictions determined that a planned live show at the Glass House Winery in Langley was a no go, Plan B kicked in. From April 9th to April 30th, all art will be available to view and purchase online at both westart.ca and langleyschooldistrictfoundation.com. Raffle tickets for The Captains by Richard Brodeur, Theatre Row – 1965 by Brian Croft, Fly Me to the Moon by Rosemary Wallace and Artists for Conservation (a coffee table book) will also be available for purchase online. Tickets are just $10.

Understanding Our Children’s Digital World –  Parent Information Evening

The digital world brings with it potential for many positive experiences but can also have negative impacts. Join us on Tuesday, April 27th for Understanding Our Children’s Digital World – A Parent Information Evening. This session will help parents understand the considerations of various digital tools and proactive strategies to help your child and your family use these tools. Presenter and District Teacher, Sandra Averill is a parent, educator, and has been supporting students and parents with internet safety and digital citizenship for the past 14 years. This presentation is suitable for parents with children of all ages. To watch online click on LINK to Understanding Our Children’s Digital World Session For more info: https://bit.ly/3mJ1sqx

Monday, May 17th is the International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia.

Now is the time to start planning – and parents can be involved in your celebrations as well! One school community in Vanderhoof is working with the public library to create a display for students and parents. Another community group has offered to supply some new SOGI-inclusive books and they are drawing from two PFLAG books lists as recommended reading for parents: this one on coming out and this one on trans identities. For example, Transgender Children and Youth: Cultivating Pride and Joy with Families in Transition is a great resource for parents with trans children. Find posters to use and share here!

Newsletter: April 5, 2021

We hope everyone is enjoying a lovely long Easter weekend! It is so nice to have the sunshine so we may safely enjoy our beautiful outdoor surroundings.

After sending the kids off to Spring Break with our first school-wide virtual dance party, our first four days back to school were also filled with smiles and laughter. The students and staff were pleased to be reunited after the 2-week Spring Break and there was a buzz of energy in the building. The Spring weather offers many outdoor learning opportunities for our students and we look forward to lots of fun, exploratory learning experiences in the final term.

Before the break, the annual Reading Link Challenge was held. Congratulations to the winning team, the Brilliant Bookworms, for your successful victory after a nail-biting competition. Special thanks to Mrs. Gammel and Mrs. O’Shea for their hard work to safely offer this much-loved literacy tradition for our students!

Don’t forget that tomorrow, Tuesday, April 6, is JERSEY DAY at JKE!

Updated Mask Guidelines:

As you are already aware, the Ministry has updated the K-12 COVID-19 School Guidelines, including an update for masks in grades 4-12.

We advise all families to ensure you are aware of these changes to school mask requirements, as outlined in the letter from Superintendent, Gord Stewart (also shared via email on March 31):

Mask Guidelines Update 2021Mar31

All adults walking on school property are strongly encouraged to wear masks at drop-off and pick-up times. Please continue to ensure that you remain 2 metres apart from other families while on school property.

Thank you for your continued efforts to keep all our students, families and staff safe!

Wheels:

As the nicer weather is upon us, please remember that all students and visitors should WALK their scooters, bikes, or skateboards while on school property.  Please do not ride your wheels while at the school on school days. Thank you for your cooperation.

Class Placements:

James Kennedy staff work hard each spring to plan Fall class placements. This process is a lengthy, collaborative effort, ensuring that the academic, social and emotional needs of each student are supported so each child can rise to their full potential.

If you have academic considerations (requests regarding split classes will not be considered) for your child that you wish to share for these class placement conversations, please feel free to email Mrs. Simonetto prior to May 14. While we do respectfully take parent input into consideration, we cannot guarantee that requests will be granted.

Please note: We are still unclear as to what September 2021 will look like for in-person learning during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Student Learning Survey: Parent Participation

The Provincial Student Learning Survey is unique in its scope, size and usefulness to schools. It gathers information from parents/guardians/caregivers, teachers and students on topics related to school environment, safety, and achievement. The information is used for planning in individual schools and provides a district and provincial perspective. Early in 2021 the Student Learning Survey will be administered to students in grades 4 and 7, their parents/guardians/caregivers, and all school staff.

We encourage parents/guardians/caregivers to participate in this survey, as the results are important in identifying and celebrating current strengths, as well as determining where the school needs to focus improvement. The surveys contain standard questions for the Province – in addition, questions from the school and/or district that focus on local conditions or issues may be included. The survey can be completed electronically and can be accessed on the Internet at http://www.bced.gov.bc.ca/sat_survey.

Any computer with an Internet connection can be used, and access to the e-survey is simple and secure. The survey can be accessed through the link with or without an anonymous logon code by selecting the school district and school name where your child attends school. Provincial, District and School Reports for previous years can be viewed at the same site under the Results section. The e-survey site will be open until April 30th. If you have any questions, please contact the school office.

Reminder: Kindergarten Students: Early Dismissal June 3

As you likely recall, the gradual entry in September for our current 2020-21 kindergarten students is designed to allow for 2 hours in the Spring to host a Kindergarten Welcome afternoon for our incoming 2021-22 kindergarten students.

On Thursday, June 3, all current kindergarten students will be dismissed at 12:00 to allow our teachers to host an afternoon Covid-19 safe Kindergarten Welcome event for our incoming Kindergartens.

We ask that all current Kindergarten families to please note this date and early dismissal in your calendars.

District Reminders:

Homeschooling:

Our District and school administrators regularly respond to questions from parents/guardians about homeschooling. We do our best to share information related to alternatives outside of public education. The District has a dedicated page with basic information about homeschooling for families here. This page includes a link to the Ministry of Education’s homeschooling page as well as the province’s new consultation draft document Homeschooling Procedures and Guidelines Manual. The purpose of the manual is to provide clear information to home educators, homeschoolers, education sector administrators and others who work with homeschoolers.

The Ministry is inviting families to provide feedback on this consultation draft found here: https://www2.gov.bc.ca/assets/gov/education/kindergarten-to-grade-12/support/classroom-alternatives/homeschooling-manual.pdf

Please send your questions, comments or suggestions by April 2, 2021 to EDUC.Homeschooling.Guidelines@gov.bc.ca

Child Mental Health Survey:

Please see the attachment to learn more about providing input for your child’s mental health during the COVID-19 Pandemic: MyHEARTSMAP-Pandemic_poster July 28 with QR code

 

Newsletter: March 7, 2021

Our last few weeks of learning leading up to Spring Break have been engaging and impactful! Our Diversity and Respect Week was a wonderful week of learning, connecting and building understanding through meaningful conversations with one another. We celebrated the end of the week with a virtual assembly. I want to thank the amazing team of staff that planned and organized the deeply meaningful learning themes for each day of this week. It was wonderful to learn so much about each of our students and the wonderful gifts, talents, history and dreams they bring with them to school each day.

We look forward to Spring Break when all our students, families and staff can enjoy some relaxation and rest.

Parent-Teacher Interviews:

Reminder to all families that Wednesday and Thursday, March 10-11 have early dismissal at 1:22 for A-L families and 1:32 for M-Z families.

We look forward to engaging in meaningful conversations about student progress next week at our Parent-teacher interviews on Wednesday, March 10 and Thursday, March 11!  You can prepare for these conferences with this helpful parent guide: Student Conferences – Parent-Guardian Guide 2021Mar

For those of you who selected in-person meetings, we remind you of the following safety protocols while on site.

If you opt for an In-Person Interview, please note the following safety protocols: 

  • While on school property, please ensure you physically distance from other families.
  • All families are asked to head to the exterior CLASSROOM door for the interview. Please do not enter through the front school doors.
  • Please wait outside the door until the teacher invites you inside.
  • Seats will be set up to allow for physical distancing.
  • Masks are required for all family members.
  • We ask that all families arrive to the exterior classroom door just before their interview time and leave promptly afterwards to prevent crowding.
  • We apologize for the inconvenience, but the school hallways and other rooms/common areas will be closed during interviews.
  • All families that attend are asked to ensure they acknowledge the Daily Health Check questions on the Home Page of the School Appointments online sign up. If you are sick on the day of your appointment, please call the school to inform us and please stay home.

New Daily Health Check Form

The Ministry has made changes to the Daily Health Check for K-12 students. Please include the following message with your community in your newsletter or next communication with families. We encourage this message to be forwarded to staff to keep them informed of the new changes. See attached English version and for all translated versions, they can be found on the District website here<https://www.sd35.bc.ca/news-events/district-board-news/ministry-updates-on-novel-coronavirus-covid-19/back-to-school-2020/

A mobile phone app version can also be downloaded, called K to 12 Health Checker. 

Print versions are available in multiple languages on our District website here.

Reminder: Kindergarten Students: Early Dismissal June 3

As you likely recall, the gradual entry in September for our current 2020-21 kindergarten students is designed to allow for 2 hours in the Spring to host a Kindergarten Welcome afternoon for our incoming 2021-22 kindergarten students.

On Thursday, June 3, all current kindergarten students will be dismissed at 12:00 to allow our teachers to host an afternoon Covid-19 safe Kindergarten Welcome event for our incoming Kindergartens.

We ask that all current Kindergarten families to please note this date and early dismissal in your calendars.

District Updates:

Rainbow Crosswalk:

The Langley Board of Education is pleased to announce it has successfully reached its fundraising goal to support the installation of a rainbow crosswalk in our community. The rainbow crosswalk will link the School Board Office to the Langley RCMP detachment. The Board believes the rainbow crosswalk is a symbol of diversity and inclusion which will ensure everyone in our community feels safe, seen, represented, and that they belong. Thank you to all of our donors and supporters who have supported this initiative. You can learn more about the project on our District website here.

Newsletter: February 21, 2021

Our last few weeks of learning have been full of learning, celebration and connection. Students enjoyed a fun day giving cards and spreading messages of kindness and friendship to others for Valentine’s Day. Students celebrated Lunar New Year on February 12th, celebrating the year of the Ox, complete with some students even doing a hallway parade to celebrate. It was also lovely to see the many Family Day gifts made by students and we hope all our JKE families enjoyed their time together on February 15th.  This past Friday, we enjoyed Funny Friday, a day to do wacky hair, dress in wild clothing and enjoy being, well … FUNNY!

Our students are engaging in important learning during Black History Month. Our school looks forward to celebrating the differences that make us all unique during Diversity and Respect week February 22-26. At JKE, we are committed to creating an inclusive school community where EVERY child can feel a sense of care and belonging every single day.

 

Diversity and Respect Week starts Tuesday!

This year, for Diversity and Respect week, James Kennedy students and staff will be engaging in activities around the theme of  “Meaningful connections through conversation”.  

During the week of February 22-26, each day will have a different theme.

Tuesday:  Celebrate Me!  Possible discussion topics are The Story of my Name or My Family Tree

Wednesday:  Celebrate You! Cohort walks with someone new.  Be an ally (kind, respectful, caring)

Thursday:  Celebrate Us!  Classes will come up with one word that speaks to them.

Friday:  Peace.  Class discussions around what Peace means

Identity Day will be held in some classes this year.  If your child’s class is participating in Identity Day, you will receive more information from the classroom teacher.

We will be having a virtual in-school assembly on Friday, February 26 to celebrate our learning from the week.

Parent-Teacher Interviews:

Reminder: Parent-Teacher Interviews will be happening soon!

When:   Wednesday, March 10 – 2:00-4:30 pm & Thursday, March 11 – 2:00-7:30 pm

Online sign-up for the parent-teacher interviews will open on Monday, March 1 at 8:00 am and close on March 8 at 11:00 pm. 

Where: Teachers will indicate their preference for virtual and/or in-person meetings in the online school appointments sign up. Please note: a parent may choose to request an in-person meeting if a teacher has chosen to exclusively offer virtual meetings. Please contact the teacher directly in these circumstances.

How: To sign up for either a meeting, please use this link starting Monday, March 1 at 8:00 am:  https://jke.schoolappointments.com

If you opt for an In-Person Interview, please note the following safety protocols: 

  • While on school property, please ensure you physically distance from other families.
  • All families are asked to head to the exterior CLASSROOM door for the interview. Please do not enter through the front school doors.
  • Please wait outside the door until the teacher invites you inside.
  • Seats will be set up to allow for physical distancing.
  • Masks are required for all family members.
  • We ask that all families arrive to the exterior classroom door just before their interview time and leave promptly afterwards to prevent crowding.
  • We apologize for the inconvenience, but the school hallways and other rooms/common areas will be closed during interviews.
  • All families that attend are asked to ensure they acknowledge the Daily Health Check questions on the Home Page of the School Appointments online sign up. If you are sick on the day of your appointment, please call the school to inform us and please stay home.

Virtual Conference: If you choose to have a virtual video conference with the teacher, please sign up using the School Appointments link above. Afterwards, your classroom teacher will email you directly with online video conference details.

Thank you for your continued efforts to bring home and school together to support your child! Please call or email the school office with any questions. 604-888-5257

Families booking appointments: please don’t forget to indicate your preference (virtual or in-person) when booking your appointment (if the teacher is offering both).

SchoolMessenger:

The Langley School District is implementing a new communication tool between schools and families. On Friday, February 19, SchoolMessenger went live after we tested the various components of the system. This system will communicate with families regarding unknown student absences, school updates and emergency information. Families can receive these communications via email, text (if you opt in) and/or phone message. Please see the information PDF here: Parent Info Pkg – SchoolMessenger 2021Jan26 (1)

Families can call the school office for more information or assistance.

Daily Health Check Reminder:

Just a reminder to all families of the importance of conducting a daily health check with your child before arriving to the school. You can find the daily health checklist HERE

Please keep your children at home if they show any of the symptoms indicated on the Daily Health Check form.

MyEdBC Parent Portal:

Report cards will be available for parent access in the Parent Portal on Friday, March 5. We remind parents to please take time to become familiar with the district’s reporting shift in communicating student learning. You can find more information regarding this shift on the district website HERE

We also ask that parents login to the MyEdBC Parent Portal prior to March 5 to eliminate any technical issues. You can find information to assist you in accessing the online parent portal HERE

Kindergarten Students: Early Dismissal June 3

As you likely recall, the gradual entry in September for our current 2020-21 kindergarten students is designed to allow for 2 hours in the Spring to host a Kindergarten Welcome afternoon for our incoming 2021-22 kindergarten students.

On Thursday, June 3, all current kindergarten students will be dismissed at 12:00 to allow our teachers to host an afternoon Covid-19 safe Kindergarten Welcome event for our incoming Kindergartens.

We ask that all current Kindergarten families to please note this date and early dismissal in your calendars.

Newsletter: February 6, 2021

Last week we all had a lot of fun with Family Literacy week and our Book Character Day! Students dressed as a variety of characters from their favourite books. We hosted an outside character parade as well to continue our focus on connection and community.

Congrats to all the families who participated in the Family Reading at home as well!

 

This week many of our primary classes engaged in exciting learning for Groundhog Day! Our students were busy measuring, predicting, and creating crafts in anticipation of the Groundhog’s discovery. According to the Canadian weather-predicting groundhogs, it looks like this year we can look forward to an early Spring! This would be a welcome change for all of us, I am sure.

Our intermediate learners are engaging in various exciting learning experiences, including wood working, creating incredible literacy projects, and even using design thinking to create leprechaun traps!

We are certainly having lots of fun while learning at JKE!

Enhanced Safety Measures for K-12 Schools: A message from the School District

The District appreciates all the hard work from students, staff, and families in helping keep our community safe. We continue to work closely with the Ministry of Education and Provincial Health Office. This week the province announced changes to COVID-19 health and safety guidelines for schools. Mask requirements for middle and secondary school students and K-12 staff have been amended. Guidelines have also been strengthened for physical education and music classes.

It is important to note, our schools will need some time to implement these new changes; all changes will be in effect as of February 26, 2021. Your continued patience and support are appreciated. If you have any questions, please contact the school.

Please read below and full details found in the province’s news release located on the District website here.

Reminders for James Kennedy Elementary School Protocols:

With the update Health and Safety Guidelines for schools, we felt this would be a good time to remind all families of the ongoing safety measures we have in place for our James Kennedy Community:

  • We remind all families of our staggered start and end times (A-L families arrive at 8:45, and dismiss at 2:22; M-Z families arrive at 8:55 and dismiss at 2:32). We are noticing that families are arriving more than 5 minutes early and allowing children to play while waiting for the first bell. To ensure the integrity of our classroom cohorts, we ask families arrive no more than 5 minutes before your assigned time and, upon arriving at the school, please ensure students go directly to their exterior classroom door line-up rather than playing. Thank you, parents, in helping us ensure that students remain safely within their class/cohort while on school grounds.
  • We are pleased to see many families are wearing masks on school property at pick-up and drop-off. Masks are encouraged for all parents/guardians while on the property.
  • Please remember to ensure physical distancing while on the property to prevent crowding.

Repost: Valentine’s Day

As we approach February, students are starting to get excited for Valentine’s Day, which is always a joyful day of kindness in our school.

This year, we are asking that students who are wishing to celebrate Valentine’s Day note the following:

  • JKE will only be permitting the sharing of paper cards between classmates. Students are welcome to bring handmade or purchased paper cards to be distributed to their classmates in class.
  • Unfortunately, due to precautions around COVID-19) our school will not be permitting any shared food items (pre-packaged or otherwise) or non-edible items (pencils, erasers, etc.) between students.

We know that this will cause Valentine’s Day to look different this year. We hope that students enjoy the exchange of paper cards with positive messages of kindness and friendship. We look forward to a future time when other items can once again be shared during these celebrations. Thank you for your understanding.

Diversity and Respect Week: Week of February 22

This year, for Diversity and Respect week, James Kennedy students and staff will be engaging in activities around the theme of  “Meaningful connections through conversation”.  

During the week of February 22-26, each day will have a different theme.

Tuesday:  Celebrate Me!  Possible discussion topics are The Story of my Name or My Family Tree

Wednesday:  Celebrate You! Cohort walks with someone new.  Be an ally (kind, respectful, caring)

Thursday:  Celebrate Us!  Classes will come up with one word that speaks to them.

Friday:  Peace.  Class discussions around what Peace means

Identity Day will be held in some classes this year.  If your child’s class is participating in Identity Day, you will receive more information from the classroom teacher.

We will be having a virtual in-school assembly on Friday, February 26 to celebrate our learning from the week.

Parent-Teacher Interviews:

On Wednesday, March 10 and Thursday, March 11, James Kennedy will dismiss 1 hour early (1:22 and 1:32) so teachers can host our Term 2 Parent-teacher interviews. Teachers may offer to host these interviews via virtual calls or in-person or a combination of both. More information on how to sign-up for your parent-teacher interview and in-person safety protocols for meetings will be shared the week of February 22. Online sign-up will open on March 1st. Stay tuned for more info!

District News:

The Artistry of Philanthropy – April 9, 10 & 11 at the Glass House Winery 

Attend our 4th Annual West Fine Art Show and enter into a magical Glass House filled to the rafters with the wonderfully felt works of 18 professional artists. Be reminded of the sheer joy of getting out and mingling (with masks and social distancing – don’t worry, we have it covered). And as you meander through a COVID-friendly gallery, relax in the pleasure of staring at an explosive array of creativity and visual poetry.

While the Art Show is happening in real time, the Foundation would like to feature the art works of Langley School District students online. We will be accepting works in all genres and will be adjudicating to choose First, Second and Third to provide cash prizes of $500, $300 and $200. The theme is COVID-19 – what it wrought? Good or Bad, Crazy or Sane, Monumental or Benign. What’s Next – Past, Present, Future? Produce original, intelligent and on-target art works. Send entries to scairns@sd35.bc.ca.

Upcoming Dates to Remember:

Friday, February 12: Pro-D Day; Students do not attend

Monday, February 15: Family Day- school not in session

Monday, February 22: Design and Assessment Day- students do not attend

Monday, March 1: Online sign-up opens for Parent-teacher interviews

Wednesday and Thursday, March 10 & 11: 1-hour early dismissal at 1:22 and 1:32  each day (Parent Teacher interviews)

Friday, March 12: Last day of school before Spring Break

Newsletter: January 25, 2021

Our first few weeks of learning in 2021 have been off to a great start! Students are working hard on our Action Plan goals for literacy (you can learn more about our Action Plan for Learning here: https://jke.sd35.bc.ca/our-school/school-plan/). We have worked hard with our Schoolwide Support Team to reconfigure the Term 2 literacy supports across the entire school so we can provide the necessary interventions and supports for all our readers to succeed!

A group of hard-working staff worked together to revamp and organize our English Book Room. We are so pleased with the results and the ease of access this provides for literacy resources for our teachers. This space makes it easier to get the right books into the hands of our kids!  Thank you to the staff that made this possible through many hours of extra work!

Our grades sevens had an exciting week when the long-awaited Grad Hoodies arrived! It is so great to see all the grade 7’s proudly wear their JKE Class of 2021 swag around the school.

This week is Family Literacy week and we look forward to seeing your family images of joyful literacy “around the world” while inside your homes! Don’t forget that this Wednesday is Dress Like a Book Character Day…. we look forward to seeing many book characters ‘come to life’ that day!

Indoor Shoes:

With the wet and muddy fields we have in the winter, it is very helpful for students to have a pair of indoor shoes in their classrooms. If possible, please send along a pair of indoor shoes for your child to wear in class. This makes a significant difference in helping to keep our classroom and hallway floors clean! Thank you!

Valentine’s Day:

As we approach February, students are starting to get excited for Valentine’s Day, which is always a joyful day of kindness in our school.

This year, we are asking that students who are wishing to celebrate Valentine’s Day note the following:

  • JKE will only be permitting the sharing of paper cards between classmates. Students are welcome to bring handmade or purchased paper cards to be distributed to their classmates in class.
  • Unfortunately, due to precautions around COVID-19) our school will not be permitting any shared food items (pre-packaged or otherwise) or non-edible items (pencils, erasers, etc.) between students.

We know that this will cause Valentine’s Day to look different this year. We hope that students enjoy the exchange of paper cards with positive messages of kindness and friendship. We look forward to a future time when other items can once again be shared during these celebrations. Thank you for your understanding.

JKE Neighbourhood:

As mentioned in an email recently, we wish to send a friendly reminder to all JKE drivers to please be respectful of our surrounding community. Please ensure that you do not drive over lawns, or park in front of driveways or fire hydrants. We want to respect the community, homes and properties around our school.

FSA’s:

Skills Assessment (FSA) – Change of Administration Dates

The BC Ministry of Education has adjusted the administration dates for this year’s Foundation Skills Assessment (FSA). All Langley students in grades 4 and 7 will now complete the FSA in the new administration window between February 15 and March 12, 2021. Information on the exact dates students will write their FSA’s will be provided by your child’s classroom teacher in the coming weeks. Parents of students in grade 4 and 7 would have received a letter in September from Gord Stewart, Superintendent of Langley Schools, regarding the annual Foundation Skills Assessment (FSA) for the 2020/2021 school year. The letter indicated that this year’s FSA would be administered between October 5 and November 13, 2020. The remainder of the information outlined in the letter still applies and if parents have any questions regarding the FSA, they should contact their school’s Principal.

MDI:

Our school district is participating in the Middle Years Development Instrument (MDI) project in February in partnership with the Human Early Learning Partnership (HELP) at UBC.  The MDI is designed to help us to understand more about children’s thoughts, feelings and experiences inside and outside of school.   We have done the MDI in previous years with grades 4 and 7 but will be moving to grades 5, 6 and 8 this year.   

The questionnaire is completed online through the e-MDI and takes one to two class periods to administer. The MDI questions align with the BC Ministry of Education’s K-12 curriculum which includes a focus on promoting children’s personal and social competencies (see link).  

The MDI will be administered between February 16th and March 5th, 2021.  

An email was sent from the school to grade 5 & 6 families on January 18th with more detailed information.

Dates to Remember:

Wednesday, January 27: Dress like a book character day

Friday, February 12: Pro-D day, students do not attend

Monday, February 15: Family Day Stat. Holiday; school not in session

Monday, February 22: Design and Assessment Day; Students do not attend

 

Enjoy your week!

Mrs. Simonetto

 

Newsletter: January 11th, 2021

Happy New Year! We hope that everyone had a restful and healthy Winter Break. It was amazing to have the staff and students reunite on Tuesday… it was clear that the students missed their friends and were happy to be back. The staff were so thrilled to see the children again!

We just have a few brief reminders as we return to school:

Masks:

We wish to remind families that each child attending JKE should have a mask available each day while at school. All students have the choice to wear a mask when working within their cohort. Intermediate students (grades 4-7) are encouraged and reminded by classroom teachers to wear a mask before entering common areas, such as hallways. Thank you for your support in ensuring your child has a mask in their backpack each day.

JKE families are also reminded that, while on school property, wearing masks helps in keeping all our students and staff safe. All families are asked to ensure 2 meter physical distancing from other families while on the grounds. Thank you for your cooperation, care and support.

Dress for the Weather!

The rainy season is certainly upon us! As we head outside during these winter months, please ensure your child is well-equipped for the rain and colder temperatures. All classes do spend time in their cohort zone on the field each week, so ensuring your child has an extra change of socks, pants and even a shirt in the backpack is very handy… kids can (and do) get muddy on the fields and this saves a phone call home for extra clothes.

Kindergarten Registration:

Just a reminder that registration for 2021 English Kindergarten opens on January 18th, 2021. This year you can choose to register online or safely in person. Detailed information can be found on our website page: HERE

Canadian Parents for French: Course offering

A parent French course – beginner 1 is being offered to Langley residents. CPF has offered to subsidize the cost of the course for any current CPF members. The course will run from Jan 25 – Apr 5, 2021

Here is the link for your information: https://educacentre.com/formation-linguistique/french-for-parents/

Information About School Status During Inclement Weather

Snow closures and power outages are an annual occurrence in Langley School District. So, where do you go to get information about the status of schools during periods of inclement weather? If you are able to access the internet via computer or smartphone, current information about Langley schools can be accessed on all school websites or www.sd35.bc.ca. Updates are also posted to Twitter @LangleySchools and Facebook at www.facebook.com/langleyschooldistrict. If you don’t have internet connectivity but your phone is working, call a relative or friend in an area that has not been affected by the storm and ask them to check the district website for you. Local radio stations are also informed of school status in Langley. Tune in to CKWX 1130AM, CKNW 980AM, Country Radio 107.1FM, Pulse 107.7 or CBC 690AM or 88.1FM for updates.

 Please note that Langley District schools are all considered ‘open’ until a decision to close is required. Decisions on school closures are usually made by 6:30am. As always, it is a parent’s decision whether to send their child to school based on safety and individual circumstances. If you feel it is unsafe for you or your child to travel to or attend an open school for any reason, please keep your child home and report an absence to the school.

Health and safety continues to be our top priority. As we start this new year, we want to remind students and families to complete the Daily Health Check. Thank you for your ongoing cooperation and doing your part to ensure our school community is healthy and safe. The form is available in multiple languages on the District website here: https://bit.ly/2Mw0jo5

Foundry Survey: Middle and Secondary

Plans are in the works to bring a Foundry Centre to Langley to support youth wellness and your help is needed. Youth 12-24 and their caregivers are encouraged to complete a survey to provide their input on the design of the centre and supports that are needed. Send in your response and you can enter a chance to win a $50 gift card (see attached flyers) or complete the survey here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/Foundry_Langley_Youth

 Our community partner, Encompass Support Services Society, is also looking for youth advisory committee members to contribute to this project. For more info email: support@encompass-support.com

Upcoming Dates to Remember:

Tuesday, January 12: PAC meeting via Zoom at 6:30 pm

Wednesday, January 27: Dress as your Favourite Book Character Day

Friday, February 12: Pro-D Day- students do not attend

Monday, February 15: Family Day Holiday- no school

 

Have a lovely week,

Mrs. Simonetto

 

Newsletter: December 18, 2020


As I reflect on my brief time at James Kennedy Elementary, and we conclude this unforgettable year of 2020 with you all, I would like to use this final newsletter to express my sincere gratitude.

Grinch Day in Grade 1!

As a school community, we have risen above seemingly insurmountable odds during this Global Pandemic. School, as we have always known it, had to be redesigned for September. New protocols, guidelines, schedules, routines and practices had to be put in place to ensure the safety of all of our students and staff as we returned to in-person instruction. Our staff did this important and significant work together. I would like to thank ALL of our teachers, for their tireless efforts to ensure that children are experiencing rich, engaging learning opportunities on a daily basis, amidst repeated hand-washing & staggered start/end times. I wish to thank our support staff, including our SEA’s, our Youth Care Worker, our Aboriginal Support Worker, our Speech and Language Pathologist, our English Language Learner teacher, our Library Tech and our Counsellor, for their work to ensure that  students receive the necessary supports to achieve success. Thank you to Mrs. Sollows for always taking care of our entire school community each day! I would also like to express huge appreciation to our custodial staff who have worked so hard to keep our school clean and safe. And thank you to Mrs. King, our Vice Principal, for your endless hours of hard work for our students and staff. Despite our current reality and so many changes, our staff have never lost sight of what is most important throughout this entire experience: supporting ALL our KIDS!

I would also like to express my thanks to our JKE families. I acknowledge that this year has been difficult for you as well. During this pandemic, our schools across the district are closed campuses, and this poses an unusual reality for our parents and guardians. In a typical year, we love having our community gather for special events, such as our Christmas Concert or Spooktacular. We enjoy having parent volunteers in classes and having our PAC working within the school to offer fun opportunities for our students. Sadly, this year has forced us to pause on these pieces. As a parent myself, I know that feeling connected to your child’s school and staff is important. I wish to thank you, parents and guardians, for the grace you have shown these past four months. Thank you for your cooperation and understanding of all the things that are different in order to keep our staff and students safe. Our staff are so grateful for your gestures of kindness and support this year! It truly means so much.

Finally, I would like to show my deep gratitude to the students. The Virtual Christmas Concert was proof, once again, of how resilient our students are. The joy that the children bring to school each day is a gift to all of us lucky enough to work with them. Students, thank you for your positivity, your kindness, your hard work and your care. So many parts of your daily school experience look and feel different right now, and each of you has adjusted and adapted to this new reality with patience and understanding. Students, you bring us hope each day. We are so grateful for each and every one of you!

I hope that all of our JKE staff, students and families take the time over the Winter Break to relax, laugh and safely experience plenty of joy with family. It is such a gift to be part of this school community.

Happy Holidays and I look forward to a very healthy and happy 2021!

Mrs. Simonetto

Virtual Christmas Concert: WOW!

Creating a virtual Christmas Concert was not something that any of our staff ever imagined doing. Staff creatively thought of safe ways to honour each class and all students in our Christmas Concert video this year. We hope that families enjoyed viewing the show from the comfort of your own home! Thank you to our amazing PAC for organizing the Pizza night so families could enjoy Dinner and a Show. Our hope is that while we were physically apart for this concert, families and staff still managed to have a shared experience as a school community.

If you would like to access the video over the Winter Break, you can use this link to view the show https://youtu.be/m4uM0RtZQ8o

Special thanks for Mr. Rogers for his original songs and video taping/editing, Ms. Hu for her music instruction to students and all staff for your work to create such a lovely gift of joy for our James Kennedy Community.

Food Donations: Thank you JKE!

We wanted to express our thanks to all the families who generously donated to our Food Drive to support the Food Bank. We were able to donate over 850 food items on behalf of James Kennedy Elementary!

Kindergarten Registration for English Kindergarten:

Kindergarten registration across the Langley School District runs January 18 – March 31, 2021. If your child will be five years old by December 31, 2021, you will be able to register through your neighbourhood school. Due to COVID-19 health and safety guidelines, the process for registration and collecting documents may be different this time. For information on what documents you need and instructions on how to register, please visit the District webpage here: https://bit.ly/3ajqfNF

Good Digital Citizenship:

As students access technology and online platforms with chat accessibility more regularly, we encourage families to discuss good Digital Citizenship with your children. Please see the PDF here: Developing Digital Citizens – Microsoft TEAMS Chat Use Guidelines 2020Dec2

Student Success Magazine:

You can access the latest edition of Student Success  HERE

Langley School District Foundation: Rainbow Crosswalks

You can learn more on ways to donate and support this foundation here: Crosswalkletter[2]

Newsletter: November 30

We hope all our JKE families had an enjoyable weekend. At school, our students continue to amaze us with their efforts and commitment towards learning. Students are diving into literacy in their classrooms in a variety of ways. Many of our primary students engage in story or writer’s workshop, where they use loose parts to inspire story writing. In our primary classrooms you can walk in any day and see small group literacy instruction, literacy centres with word work, read-to-self sessions, technology -supported learning and a variety of teacher read-alouds. Our teachers are working hard to develop our students into motivated, engaged, successful literacy learners! You can learn more about how we support our literacy goals at James Kennedy by reading our school’s Action Plan for Learning here.

Our intermediate students are also engaging in many amazing learning activities. We commend the creative product designs from Mr. Chan’s grade 5/6 class and their involvement with the Young Entrepreneurs program. The students in the school are buzzing with excitement to purchase items created by our JKE entrepreneurs! Our middle school classes are engaging in STEM activity challenges to foster a sense of community and connection between our grade 6/7 classes while fostering collaboration to develop the core competencies of communication, creative and critical thinking.

Cross Country students proudly showcase their ribbons!

PJ Window Parade!

Our staff continue to offer safe ways to bring our students together to have fun and seek connection between all our JKE community. Many thanks to the staff that supported our modified Cross Country experience this year! They found safe ways to offer this experience to our student athletes in a different way… in our back field! We also had a fun Spirit day when we hosted our second outside/window parade of the year… on PJ Day! It was so fun to dance and wave as students passed by one another.

Finally, we thank our teachers for their hard work to conduct term 1 assessments and prepare report cards so we can effectively communicate student learning to all our families!

Report Cards: December 11

Report cards for all students will be available to view online Friday, December 11th. We encourage parents to make every effort to access them online prior to that date using the following link https://www.myeducation.gov.bc.ca/aspen/logon.do .

If you cannot access them, you will need to go through the Med helpline, at the following link https://www.sd35.bc.ca/students-parents/parentinvolvement/myedbc-request-for-assistance-form/ They are anticipating a high volume of parent help calls and emails and thank you in advance for your patience during this busy time. Please note that all emails and calls will be processed in the order they are received.

JKE Virtual Christmas Concert:

This year, we are having to think differently about how we offer some of our favourite James Kennedy traditions. We know how much our families love the annual Christmas Concert, so staff wanted to offer a new way of enjoying this show safely… at home.

Mr. Rogers and a team of staff have been working hard to create a 2020-inspired Christmas virtual concert for a families to view at a later date! This pre-recorded video will include student artwork, music, and student messages of care and connection.  We look forward to releasing a link for this online video to our James Kennedy families for home-viewing on December 17th. Stay tuned for more information in the near future!

Please note: All students in the video have online permissions (granted by parents using the district media-release permission forms sent home at the beginning of the year). If you wish to inquire about or alter your child’s permissions for the Christmas Virtual Assembly, please connect with your classroom teacher.

Connection and Community at JKE!

JKE PAC are holding two events for you and your family to enjoy some Christmas fun at home and around your neighbourhood!

The JKE Christmas Scavenger Hunt will run from Dec 1st – 10th.  On Tuesday, Dec 1st your child will bring home a list of items to look for – go out for a walk or drive and enjoy looking at Christmas lights and take selfies or video clips of you with your favourite items from the list.   Email them to the PAC (jameskennedypac@gmail.com) and a compilation of the photos and videos will be put together to show in the children’s classrooms (families who submit photos will be giving permission to the school for the photo to be used in our virtual slideshow shown to students and staff through an online private link).  One primary and one intermediate student will be randomly selected from entries to win free pizza at the Family Night In!
Family Night In – Enjoy the JKE virtual Christmas concert from the comfort of your own home while eating pizza!!  On Dec 17th and 18th join the JKE community as we each hold our own concert and pizza nights at home – everyone gets a front row seat this year!  Watch the Christmas concert from the link that will be sent out by the school (or choose your favourite Christmas movie to watch) and order pizza from Pizza Mantra.  Pizza Mantra has kindly created a special menu for us with a healthy portion of sales coming back to our PAC:
  • Option One – 1 large cheese, pepperoni, hawaiian, vegetarian (green pepper, mushrooms, red onions, tomato) or meat (pepperoni, ham, sausage) pizza for $15
  • Option Two – 2 medium pizzas (same choice as above) plus 2 litres pop and 10 piece plain wings for $27
Email your order to Pizza Mantra at JKEpizza2020@gmail.com – orders must be placed by December 14th, please specify whether you would like your pizza on Thursday, Dec 17th or Friday, Dec 18th.

Upcoming Dates to Remember:

Friday, December 11th: Term 1 Report Cards Published

Thursday, December 17th: Movie & Christmas Concert viewing night

Friday, December 18th: Festive Fashion Day; Last day prior to Winter Break

Newsletter: November 15

This past week, on Tuesday, November 10th, we honoured our veterans and all the brave men and women who served in the Armed Forces to protect our rights and freedoms. Our students and staff engaged in a virtual assembly at 11:00 on Tuesday, November 10th. Our James Kennedy staff members shared photographs and stories of loved ones who served or veterans they met in their travels. It was a wonderful opportunity to connect and learn through the power of story. While we may have to do things differently this year, we can continue to focus on the safe ways to continue the events, traditions and ceremonies that are important to our school community.

James Kennedy Action Plan for Learning:

Our Action Plan for Learning page on our school website showcases our goals for student learning.  We will continue to focus on Literacy and Social Emotional Learning this year. You can find out more about how we plan to do this important work for our students HERE

MyEdBC Parent Portal:

Report cards will be available for parent access in the Parent Portal on Friday, December 11. We remind parents to please take time to become familiar with the district’s reporting shift in communicating student learning. You can find more information regarding this shift on the district website HERE

We also ask that parents login to the MyEdBC Parent Portal prior to December 11 to eliminate any technical issues. You can find information to assist you in accessing the online parent portal HERE

Chilly/Rainy Weather:

We have definitely noticed a change in the weather over the past two weeks. We are experiencing much more rain and a significant drop in temperatures. We remind all families that at JKE we see the value of outside play time for all children. This means that, whenever possible, we aim to have students play outside at recess and lunch. This includes days that have light rain.

Please ensure that your child is equipped with warm clothes, gloves and proper footwear for the chilly/rainy weather. It is also very handy to have an additional set of clothing (shirt, pants, socks) in your child’s backpack in case your child gets muddy or wet while playing outside.

Thank you for your assistance!

Upcoming Dates to Remember:

Friday, November 20: PJ Day

Monday, November 23: Design and Assessment Day: students do not attend

Friday, December 11: Report cards issued through MyEdBC

Friday, December 18: Festive Fashion Day and Last Day of School prior to Christmas Break

Newsletter: November 1

What a fun week of learning and connection! Thank you to our teachers and parents/guardians for making the time to connect with one another during Parent-Teacher Interviews. We appreciate how families took extra caution to be safe during in-person interviews. Our virtual meetings also went very well! It was a wonderful chance to foster the connection between home and school in supporting each of our learners.

Last week, many of our classes participated in the Student Vote, an important part of understanding government and learning about the voting process in British Columbia and Canada. Students learned about the candidates and the various party platforms and then engaged in their own Student Vote. Thanks to our teachers for providing this important, experiential learning opportunity for our students!

Halloween festivities also made for a fun week for all our students and staff. Since pumpkin patch field trips are not possible right now, our grade one French classes had a JKE pumpkin patch experience in the back field! Thanks to Mme Quon and Mme Kang for creating this neat experience for our students. Special thank you to the parent volunteers who helped make it a success!

October 30th was full of Halloween fun at JKE! In past years, JKE loves to host a Spooktacular school-wide event. Unfortunately, this wasn’t possible this year. Our staff and PAC are committed to finding creative ways to make shared memories and continue as many community events as we can… just in different ways. Our incredible PAC hired a DJ to host safe cohort dance parties all day in our gym! The kids had so much fun dancing away in the spooky gymnasium.

We also had a terrific costume parade outside. Our primary classes showed off their incredible costumes as our intermediate classes cheered them on from a safe distance! The smiles, waves and laughter filled all our hearts with joy. It was such a wonderful day connecting with all students and staff.

You can see some District footage of our JKE festivities HERE.

Arrival Times and Safety Reminders:

We have noticed that more families are arriving at the 8:45 am start time. We remind everyone that we continue to have our daily staggered start and end times. This structure is in place as part of our school-wide safety guidelines to reduce crowding and allow for physical distancing while on the property.

Families with last name A-L start at 8:45 and M-Z families start at 8:55. We ask all families to refrain from arriving to the property more than 5 minutes before your designated start time.

Teachers will allow students to enter their classes at their assigned time only. We appreciate everyone’s cooperation to ensure that the staggered arrival times are honoured so we can keep students, staff and families safe.

Just a reminder that masks are encouraged on the property when you cannot physical distance from others.

Finally, our inner drop-off lane is not for parking. Drivers must remain in the vehicle in the drop-off lane so that you can pull forward if vehicles in front of you move ahead. This helps prevent overflow into the street at the parking lot entrance.

We appreciate it when everyone does their part to follow these measures.  We know mornings are busy times for each and every family, but when we all work together, we can keep our parking lot safe and efficient for all!

Term 1 Instruction and Assessment:

Hopefully the Parent-teacher interviews provided some insights into your child’s current progress since the beginning of September. October interim feedback from teachers tends to focus on work habits and social-emotional progress for each child. Teachers are working hard to assess students’ current abilities in reading and writing and numeracy, particularly following the suspension of in-person instruction in Spring 2020. While our teachers will be reporting on all subjects this year, our current school focus is on Numeracy, Literacy and Social-Emotional Learning in the first term and therefore you may see some curricular areas reported on in Term 2 or 3.

As mentioned in previous communication, the District is moving towards proficiency scales for assessment and you will see some.changes in how we communicate student learning in our report card this year. You can learn more about this important shift in assessment here: https://vimeo.com/472692640/c3961b7f43

Upcoming Dates to Remember:

Tuesday, November 3: PAC virtual meeting 6:30 pm

Wednesday, November 11: Remembrance Day – no school

Monday, November 23: Design and Assessment Day- students do not attend

 

Communicating Student Learning: October 25, 2020

As shared in the email from Mrs. Simonetto today, parents who are interested in learning more about our move towards proficiency scales and communicating student learning can view this video from the District’s recent Family Information Session. You can access this video here:

https://vimeo.com/469176380/5ec484e6c1

Newsletter: October 18, 2020

The learning is underway at JKE! Classes are busy digging into collaborative activities, showcasing their creativity and imagination. Students have been busy writing stories, journals and creating graphic-novel-style writing pieces. Our youngest learners have been sharing their stories through loose parts, creating a visual story and orally sharing it with others. Our classes are buzzing with excitement for learning!

Some of our older learners in Mr. Rogers’ class have showcased their incredible macro photography skills. After heading outside, they captured some amazing nature shots!

 

On Thursday, we participated in the Provincial Great Shake-Out Earthquake drill. Students took care to safely Drop, Cover and Hold in their classrooms.  We were so impressed with the quiet, safe and calm way cohorts exited the building during the drill. Students and staff did a tremendous job of staying safe!

School Property Reminders:

Thank you to all families for your cooperation with our closed campus and our staggered arrival and dismissal procedures. When families are on the property, we remind everyone to practice physical distancing from other families. When 2 meter distancing is not possible, masks are encouraged. Please remember to exit the property promptly after dropping off or picking up your child.

We have also really appreciated everyone’s work to make the parking lot as safe as possible.  Thank you for pulling forward and remaining in your vehicle in the drop-off lane. Please remember to drive slowly at 5 km/hr in the parking lot.

Parent-Teacher Interviews:

Reminder: Parent Teacher Interviews will be happening soon!

When:   Tuesday, October 27 – 2:00-7:30 pm & Wednesday, October 28 – 2:00-4:30 pm

Online sign-up for the parent-teacher interviews will open on Monday, October 19 at 8:00 am and close on October 26 at 11:00 pm. 

Where: Parents can choose to meet with the teacher in-person in the classroom (with physical distancing in place) OR virtually via online video conference.

How: To sign up for either a Virtual OR In-Person meeting, please use this link starting Monday, October 19th at 8:00 am:  https://jke.schoolappointments.com

Safety for In-Person Interviews: 

  • While on school property, please ensure you physically distance from other families.
  • All families are asked to head to the exterior CLASSROOM door for the interview.
  • Please wait outside the door until the teacher invites you inside.
  • Seats will be set up to allow for physical distancing.
  • Masks are encouraged.
  • We ask that all families arrive to the exterior classroom door just before their interview time and leave promptly afterwards to prevent crowding.
  • We apologize for the inconvenience, but the school hallways and other rooms/common areas will be closed during interviews.
  • All families that attend are asked to ensure they acknowledge the Daily Health Check questions on the Home Page of the School Appointments online sign up. If you are sick on the day of your appointment, please call the school to inform us and please stay home.

Virtual Conference: If you choose to have a virtual video conference with the teacher, please sign up using the School Appointments link above. Afterwards, your classroom teacher will email you directly with online video conference details.

Thank you for your continued efforts to bring home and school together to support your child! Please call or email the school office with any questions. 604-888-5257

** When booking your appointment, don’t forget to choose which option – either In-Person or Virtual.

Halloween Festivities:

We are looking forward to Halloween excitement in the upcoming weeks! In past years, JKE has hosted a much-loved Spooktacular Event. We acknowledge that, for safety reasons, this event is not possible this year.

We know that this year poses extraordinary challenges. The JKE staff and PAC are working hard to offer fun activities for our school community, albeit in new and creative ways. While we cannot offer our traditional Spooktacular this year, we are planning some fun Halloween-themed events. On Friday, October 30th, the PAC has generously hired a Halloween DJ during the school day! Cohorts will be able to go into the gym for a safe, mini Halloween-themed dance party!

We hope to find more creative ways to bring our school community together throughout the year!

Upcoming Dates to Remember:

Thursday, October 22: Photo Retakes

Friday, October 23: Pro-D Day- students do not attend

October 27 & 28: 1 hour early dismissal (1:22 and 1:32 dismissal times); Parent-teacher Conferences

October 30: Halloween Dance Party in gym (during school day) for cohorts

District Updates:

On Saturday October 24, many of our school gyms across the District will be used as provincial election polling stations from 8am – 8pm. As guided by Section 81 of the Election Act “accommodation in a school that is the property of a board of school trustees under the School Act must be made available by the board for use as a voting place.” As always, the health and safety of our students, staff and school community is a priority. With COVID-19, we understand this may raise some questions and concerns about the use of District property.

In an effort to be transparent with our families, we want you to know the following:

·        Gymnasiums will be used. No public access to other parts of the school.

·        Set-up will occur the day before. No students will be onsite due to Pro-D day.

·        Elections BC staff will follow their own cleaning protocols on election day.

·        District custodial staff will be cleaning sites prior to school opening on Monday.

·        Please take note of extra traffic in the area of these sites on election day.

Election Day – Request for Volunteers

An additional note, if you have been contacted by an Elections BC representative seeking volunteers to help on election day, do not provide any contact information of our families or staff as this is in violation of FOIPPA. However, it is acceptable to share the contact of an Elections BC staff member with the PAC or choose to share it in a newsletter. Please see example message below.

Elections BC is seeking local volunteers in our community to help. If you are interested, please contact [insert name, title, contact number or email address]. Please understand, the school or District is not responsible for this activity.

Information About School Status During Inclement Weather

Snow closures and power outages are an annual occurrence in Langley School District. So, where do you go to get information about the status of schools during periods of inclement weather? If you are able to access the internet via computer or smartphone, current information about Langley schools can be accessed on all school websites or www.sd35.bc.ca. Updates are also posted to Twitter @LangleySchools and Facebook at www.facebook.com/langleyschooldistrict. If you don’t have internet connectivity but your phone is working, call a relative or friend in an area that has not been affected by the storm and ask them to check the district website for you. Local radio stations are also informed of school status in Langley. Tune in to CKWX 1130AM, CKNW 980AM, Country Radio 107.1FM, Pulse 107.7 or CBC 690AM or 88.1FM for updates.

 Please note that Langley District schools are all considered ‘open’ until a decision to close is required. Decisions on school closures are usually made by 6:30am. As always, it is a parent’s decision whether to send their child to school based on safety and individual circumstances. If you feel it is unsafe for you or your child to travel to or attend an open school for any reason, please keep your child home and report an absence to the school.

Newsletter: Friday, October 2, 2020

It has been a wonderful few weeks of school with the students back in the building! Teachers and staff have been working hard to dive into learning. As I visit classes, I am seeing engaging activities to foster a love for literacy, staff and students are quickly creating caring, respectful communities within their classes, and student artwork is starting to brighten up our classrooms and hallways. It has been wonderful having our whole JKE community back together.

As a school, we are working on creative ways to offer activities and events for our students. Community connection is so important to our staff, students and families. We hope to find new ways to offer many of the opportunities our students have had in the past, but in new ways. An example of this is the Terry Fox Run, which took place on Monday, September 28. While is was different from past years, cohorts of students were able to safely run or walk outside around our back field. It was a great day as students honoured a Canadian Hero and did their part as global citizens in the fight against cancer.

This past Wednesday, September 30, our school participated in Orange Shirt Day. This important day is part of our school’s journey towards Truth and Reconciliation, as we continue to learn about the impact of Residential Schools on First Nation’s communities. Students participated in a virtual school-wide video assembly and created Hearts of Hope. Cohorts planted these hearts out front of our school. On this, and every day, we are committed to acknowledging that Every Child Matters.

Closed Campus:

Just a friendly reminder that the school is a closed campus. If you are approaching the front entrance, please stop before entering the building. You will notice a sign at the front door asking to call the front office. Mrs. Sollows will be able to assist you over the phone. Thank you for your cooperation!

Outdoor Recess and Lunch:

After careful consideration as a staff, we are choosing to modify where we host our staggered recesses and lunches. The times shall remain the same as the current schedule for classes, however children will head outside during recess and lunch times. To help in understanding this change, we have some handy FAQ:

How does this affect my child’s daily schedule?

There is no change to the current daily schedule for your child. The times for your child’s current recess and lunch will remain the same. The only new change will be that each class will head outside during their recess (15 minutes) and lunch (30 minutes).

How will my child be kept safe outside?

To preserve the integrity of each cohort, classes/cohorts will be assigned an outside play zone each week with specific boundaries. This play zone will rotate on a weekly basis to provide students with opportunities to enjoy field areas and play structures within our property. Teachers will work with students to teach them the boundaries of each zone. Staff supervisors will be outside to supervise these zones during each recess and lunch period to ensure students are safely within their zones. As always, students are to wash their hands before and after playing outside.

When will my child eat snack/lunch?

Your child will eat snack or lunch in their classroom supervised by their classroom teacher, either before or after playtime outside (which classroom teachers will determine). We will continue to request that you pack a litter-less lunch and full water bottle for your child each day.

Does this affect the staggered drop-off or dismissal time?

No. The only change is that children will be outside during their current scheduled recess and lunch time.

What do I need to do to prepare my child for this change?

Please ensure that your child is dressed for the weather. We head outside most days, including rainy weather. Some zones will be on the grassy field and all students will need good shoes for rain or muddy grounds. Sending a second pair of shoes- for “inside use”- AND clothes (shirt, socks, pants) in your child’s backpack is a very good idea to keep your child comfortable throughout the school day.

Upcoming Dates to Remember:

Monday, October 12: Thanksgiving (no school)

Thursday, October 22 – Photo Re-takes

Friday, October 23: Pro-D Day (students do not attend)

Tuesday, October 27 – Early Dismissal at 1:22 pm (A-L families) & 1:32 pm (M-Z families)

Wednesday, October 28 – Early Dismissal at 1:22 pm (A-L families) & 1:32 pm (M-Z families)

District Information:

Foundation Skills Assessment (FSA) – Change of Administration Dates

Parents of students in grade 4 and 7 will have recently received a letter from Gord Stewart, Superintendent of Schools, regarding the annual Foundation Skills Assessment (FSA) for the 2020/2021 school year. The letter indicated that this year’s FSA would be administered between October 5 and November 13, 2020.  Since the letter was distributed to families, the Ministry of Education has decided to postpone the FSA to later in the school year to allow schools and students more time to adjust to the new school circumstances as a result of COVID-19.

All Langley students in grades 4 and 7 will now complete the FSA in the new administration window between January 18 and February 26, 2021. More information on the exact dates that students will write their FSA will be made available to parents later in the year. The remainder of the information outlined in the letter still applies. If parents have any questions regarding the FSA, they should contact Mrs. Simonetto.

Langley Environmental Awareness Program (LEAP) – Fort Langley Elementary

Information Session for Future Kindergarten Students

Imagine your child’s classroom in the open air! Join us on Monday, October 5th, 5:00 pm at Fort Langley Elementary for our Langley Environmental Awareness Program (LEAP) Info Session. This meeting is for families with children interested in entering the program in Kindergarten for the 2021-2022 school year. Due to limited capacity, registration to attend the meeting is required.

To learn more and register: https://bit.ly/2HxBANJ

To get a sense of the culture and program, you can watch this video here: https://bit.ly/33bF0OH

 

Have a wonderful weekend,

Mrs. K. Simonetto

 

 

 

Newsletter: Monday, September 21, 2020

Upcoming Dates to Remember:

Tuesday, September 22 (tomorrow): Individual Photo day

Friday, September 25: School Improvement Day. Students do not attend (full day).

Monday, September 28: Terry Fox Run at school within class cohorts (please send child with running shoes)

Wednesday, September 30: Orange Shirt Day

Terry Fox Run:

James Kennedy Elementary is proud to take part in this year’s 40th Anniversary of Terry Fox’s Marathon of Hope. This year we will be running on Monday, September 28 with our cohort groups. The run wlll be around our school track at scheduled times. As we are not collecting cash money this year, so please consider an online donation. Please help show your support by donating: LINK HERE. Students can even get involved too by creating their own fundraising page under their school name: https://terryfox.org/schoolrun/students/

Thank you for your supporting our school in the fight against cancer and continuing Terry’s legacy! #terryfoxschoolrun @terryfoxfoundation

Meet the Teacher:

Due to restrictions for our closed campus, we will not be able to host our traditional Meet the Teacher night. Please keep an eye out for communication from your classroom teacher about how he/she intends to remotely connect with families before October 2nd.

Hot Lunch:

This year, we will unfortunately not be running hot lunch programs. Thank you for understanding our efforts to ensure the health and safety of all our students, families and staff.

Food for Friends:

We are not able to permit the sharing of food items (cupcakes, cookies, etc.) from classmates for birthday celebrations this year. We apologize for the inconvenience.

Friday, September 11, 2020

Welcome back, James Kennedy Families! It was so lovely to see all the smiling faces return to school over the past two days. Our staff have worked so hard to create a welcoming and safe classroom and school experience for all our students. I would also like to extend my sincere thanks to our custodial staff. They have been working so hard to prepare the school over the summer and each day/evening so it is clean and safe for kids and staff! On behalf of all our staff, we would like to thank all of YOU for your patience, cooperation and understanding as we developed new systems and structures to ensure all students and staff are safe as we restart school.

We wanted to ensure all families are aware of a few important items:

Permanent 2020-21 Classes:

Your family will receive an email from a classroom teacher today indicating the class placement for your child(ren) this year. Please keep an eye out for this email. Please note: several email providers are sending our emails to SPAM or JUNK folders, so please check these.  If you have not received an email from a classroom teacher by Sunday morning, please contact the office via email.

We want to ensure that all families understand the extensive care and thought that all our staff put forth in creating class lists. This year, in particular, poses an additional challenge with learning cohorts due to COVID-19. We are excited to welcome all students into their permanent 2020-21 classes on Monday!

Arrival & Dismissal: 2020-21 procedures

We were pleased to see how families worked hard to arrive as close as possible to their designated arrival and dismissal time. Thank you for your attention to this! The purpose of the staggered start and end times is to reduce the population of people arriving to the school by 50%, so we have plenty of space for safe parking, drop-off and physical distancing while on the property. When cars and families arrived at their start and end times, there was enough room in the parking lot for everyone. Arriving early or late causes an overlap between the first and second waves of families. Thank you for your attention to this important detail.

A couple friendly reminders for all families for our full-day return starting Monday:

  • A-L families’ schedule: 8:45 am -2:22 pm daily
  • M-Z families’ schedule: 8:55 am- 2:32 pm daily
  • Please arrive as close to your arrival and dismissal time as possible. Unfortunately, we cannot accommodate families that arrive early or wish to stay late on the property.
  • The lane closest to the school is a drop-off lane only. The driver must remain in the vehicle at all times. This lane is not a parking lane.
  • The school building is a controlled environment. Unfortunately, we are not able to allow parents to enter classrooms with their children.
  • The playgrounds and fields are closed before and after school.
Daily Health Check Forms:

If you have not already done so, please complete and bring or email the Daily Health Check Form for each of your children. You only need to complete this form once at the beginning of the year acknowledging that you will keep your child home if they have any of the symptoms or circumstances listed on the form.

You can find the form here: Health Check Form – Revised 2020Sep

Illness at School:

Just a reminder that if your child shows new symptoms while at school, we will need prompt pick-up from a family member or an emergency contact. We ask families to respond quickly to any missed call from the school. As mentioned in prior communication, if your child is sick, please keep your child home! Thank you for your cooperation.

Family accident reimbursement plan:

The Langley School District offers the Kids Plus Voluntary Insurance Plan. For more information, please visit this link: https://www.solutionsinsurance.com/aonbc

Thank you for a wonderful first two days! We look forward to having ALL our JKE students together on Monday!

Have a lovely weekend,

Mrs. Kendra Simonetto, Principal

Wednesday, September 9, 2020

Important Information for Student Orientation:

Today, a staff member sent an email to you indicating the classroom door you will head to when you arrive at the school either Thursday or Friday. Apparently, there is a glitch in the system that we use to communicate these emails and some families have not yet received this information. We ask that all families check their Junk or Spam inbox as well. We apologize for this glitch.

For now, we will share the general school information with you. When you arrive, there will be staff outside that will be able to assist you in finding the correct exterior door for your child.

Please review the following information for all families returning to face-to-face instruction.

When will my child attend?

As mentioned in prior school communication, families will attend ONE half-day in this first week based on the last name of the youngest sibling that attends our school.

Last name A-L: attend Thursday, September 10th,  8:45 am -12:00 noon

Last name M-Z:  attend Friday, September 11th, 8:55– 12:00 noon

Please note: Playgrounds, fields and school grounds are closed before and after school. We appreciate your cooperation and understanding. Please arrive as close to your assigned arrival and dismissal time as possible.

Where do we go?

When your child arrives, please find a staff member if you do not have the specific room information for your child. Staff will be wearing high-visibility vests.

What does my child need?

On the first day, please bring:

·         A recess snack

·         A pencil box with some labeled pencils, pencil crayons, scissors and glue

·         A labeled water bottle

(You do not need to bring all your school supplies until Monday, September 14th).

I look forward to seeing you and your child and welcoming your family back to school! Please ensure you physically distance from other families while on school property. 

Your permanent classroom teacher and second week information will be emailed to you on Friday afternoon.

Kind regards,

Mrs. Simonetto

 

 

 

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November 2019 Newsletter  November 2019 

January/February 2020 Newsletter January-February 2020

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School Restart Information for Families JKE Community Restart Plan Final

Student Health Check Form (to be completed for each child in September) Health Check Form 2020Aug – Fillable PDF

 

Dear Parents,

On behalf of the staff at James Kennedy Elementary, I’d like to thank each and every one of you for your support and partnership as we work together with the same goal in mind – to help all learners reach their full potential.  We are grateful for our school community!!  We hope you all enjoy our ‘note’ of appreciation.

With appreciation,

Mrs. L. Lainchbury, Principal

Principal’s Message – May 2019

It has been such a wonderful month of learning, community and celebration. This past Tuesday I had the opportunity to share the journey of James Kennedy Elementary’s year of literacy learning at the Langley School Board of Education meeting.  It was an honour to speak so highly of the connection between teaching, learning, and our Action Plan.  JKE continues to be a community that strives to put students and their learning at the centre of our decisions, to ensure that every child reaches their full potential. We look forward to continuing our journey together as a community that values every member; staff, students, and of course our families.  As we near the end of another year and reflect on our learning, I thank all of you for your time, conversations, and support of your children. Here’s to another month!

With appreciation,

Mrs. L. Lainchbury, Principal

Principal’s Message – March 2019

Dear families,

Here we are already heading into Spring Break 2019.  There is so much to celebrate as we continue to grow as a learning community!  We are proud to be James Kennedy Jaguars, and are doubly proud to announce that our new logo is finally ready!!!!

Local designer, Brad Karsgaard has worked with us to create a logo that reflects our K-7 community. He has also designed the logo for Yorskon Middle School and Alice Brown Elementary School.  If you would like to learn more about his work you can view his website at https://www.bradkdesign.com.  We will be sending information home about Spirit Wear purchase options after the break.

Again, I wish all of our families a restful and rejuvenating Spring Break.

Principal’s Message – February 2019

Dear families of JKE,

Another month has flown by, and our JKE community continues to flourish.  I’d like to take this opportunity to thank our parent community for their continued support.  We know that student success is a result of a shared commitment between dedicated teachers and supportive parents. Together at James Kennedy we continue to strive to build that relationship, and we are grateful for our parent community.

Parents, thank you for celebrating our staff throughout Staff Appreciation Week, for volunteering on field trips, providing hot lunch days and the fruit and vegetable program, supporting your children in their school work, and for all you do to contribute to the positive relationship with our school.  Please know that you are appreciated!

Mrs. Lisa Lainchbury

Principal, James Kennedy Elementary

 

Principal’s Message – January 2019

Dear Parents/Guardians, 

Here we are at the end of January, another busy and vibrant month at JKE.  There have been so many special events, and much learning happening this month.  Lots to celebrate and share with the community! A reminder that you can follow us on Twitter @jkeschool for celebrations and announcements of learning, and also get information at JKEPAC on Facebook or additionally on Twitter at our new account @JkePac. 

There’s so much to celebrate this month!

  • Our first Ready-Set-Learn event welcomed over twenty future Kindergarten students to JKE!
  • Teachers continue their focussed work on formative reading assessments and explicit reading instruction from Kindergarten to Grade 7. 
  • PAC Book Sale raised over $1700 thanks to your contribution and participation. 
  • Our Ski and Snowboard group wraps up a successful and positive season at Seymour! 
  • Many classes are participating in field trips including Vive les Voyageurs, skating, Flip City, Save-on-Foods, Fire Station, WGSS textiles, WG Library, and Hakam’s Grocery. 
  • Many committees are meeting to plan ahead for our upcoming Respect and Diversity Week, our POPS (Parents of Primary Students) Literacy/Numeracy parent evening, and our schoolwide PAWS framework. 
  • Our student leadership team is up and running!  Watch for them serving our JKE community in the coming months. 
  • The Grade three classes learned about powwow dancing from Full Circle
  • variety of literacy events took place including our visit from the Langley Rivermen. 
  • Basketball teams are out in full force, and games are underway. 
  • K’s welcomed LEPS for an in-house field trip. 
  • Many in-class Aboriginal workshops took place. 
  • Safire from ArtStarts shared an acrobatic performance.
  • Grade 7’s are invited to an Open House at WGSS January 30 at 6:30!
  • And more!!!

Thank you for the continued support and passion to come together as a school community. James Kennedy is a special place for staff, students and parents. 

With appreciation, 

Mrs. Lisa Lainchbury

Principal, James Kennedy Elementary

 

Principal’s Message – December 2018

To our JKE families,

December has been such a wonderful month of opportunities to come together as a school community. Thank you to all our PAC and other parent volunteers for contributing your time to support our school events, field trips, hot lunches, safe crosswalk and much more.  Together as a parent and staff community our students are thriving and benefitting from our partnership. There is so much to be grateful for at James Kennedy as we work together towards “Success for all through learning and caring”.

From JKE staff, we would like to wish you all a wonderful holiday season with your loved ones.  Enjoy the break from regular routine, and we look forward to seeing you all in the new year.

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to each and every one of you!

Mrs. Lisa Lainchbury

Principal, James Kennedy Elementary

 

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

 

 

James Kennedy Elementary

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