Principal’s Message

Principal’s Message – May 1, 2020

Dear Families,

I would love to end this week with a message of gratitude to all of you.  We are so appreciative of your support as we work to navigate this new territory. Some have likened it to flying an airplane while building it, and I agree. We are striving to get learning activities to your children as we are learning the new digital platforms on which to do that. Thank you, parents for supporting your children at home in their learning, thank you for supporting them on their new digital platforms, thank you for navigating these difficult circumstances together with us with positivity and collaboration.

A special thank you to our PAC who had their first remote PAC meeting on Tuesday. I  appreciated the opportunity to share the work we are doing at the school to support our Tier 1 ESW children in their learning, and the four pillars that drive the work we are doing in Langley School District; Health and Safety, Supporting Essential Service Workers/Families , Supporting Vulnerable Families/Students, Continuity of Learning. We deeply appreciate the continued support of our James Kennedy Families and the effort required in order to do so.

Principal’s Message – February 2020

What a beautiful week of learning about diversity and respect at James Kennedy! I am grateful for our staff and students as they learned more about what respect and diversity means and looks like. Students learned so much throughout the week, starting with projects being created for Identity Day, learning about others’ cultures and heritage, understanding gender bias and identity, and participating in the culminating assembly.  Together at JKE and across Langley School District we learned more about what it means to be an ally for others.  In simple terms it means to be a good friend, giving support to others who need to be heard, and standing with someone when they need it. This happened at James Kennedy this week and I am so proud of our students for demonstrating what it means to be a JKE ally.

Principal’s Message – January 2020

Dear Families!

We certainly know how to kick off the year at JKE! So much has already happened at James Kennedy Elementary for us to celebrate! Classes have gone on field trips to Science World, Sportsplex for skating lessons, the Walnut Grove Library, Save-on-Foods, and to other Walnut Grove schools for Grade 6 and 7 basketball!  Our Grade 6/7’s have enjoyed their day trips to Seymour, so many of them learning how to ski/snowboard for the first time!  These experiences are only possible because of the teachers’ eagerness to take their classes on trips, as well as parent volunteers who drive and/or chaperone. Thank you for your continued partnership in supporting these special events for our students.

Our teaching and support staff also continue to dig deeper into literacy instruction in support of our Action Plan where we want to continue to answer the question “How can we develop in James Kennedy students the skills we believe they need to have in order to be motivated, engaged and successful readers?”  It is because of the dedication of our staff to learn and grow as educators that we are implementing the best possible instructional strategies and activities for students so that they can reach their fullest potential.

We also are continuing our Character Strong program, focussing on the virtue of Kindness for the month of January and February.  The dictionary defines kindness as: “the quality of being friendly, generous, and considerate.” But it is so much more than that! The definition we are using at JKE is:

the choice to act with words, gifts, or actions to bring appreciation,

positivity, and encouragement to others and yourself.

Kindness is a choice that we get to make every day, an exercise in bringing good things into our lives and the world. Those good things can (and should!) look like more than kind words; Kindness is given through our actions and our encouragement and our attitude and our gifts. As a school we are spending time thinking about how to be kind to ourselves, to our environment, to our school, and to one another. We are very pleased to announce that James Kennedy has received an act of kindness from Langley School District.  They have awarded us a grant to spend on books for every classroom that reflect the Character Strong virtues so that teachers and students will have literature on these themes at their fingertips.

I am so grateful to be the principal of such an amazing school community!

Mrs. Lisa Lainchbury

Principal, James Kennedy Elementary


Principal’s Message – December 2019

December has been such a wonderful month of celebrations, successes and giving. Thank you to each and every one of you for your contributions of time in volunteering in classrooms, on field trips, in the office, on the crosswalk and throughout our school. Thank you for supporting our families through the Giving Trees, and thank you for your partnership in caring for your children and providing them with a rich learning experience.

From JKE staff, we would like to wish you all a wonderful holiday season with your loved ones. We look forward to seeing you all in the new year!

Thank you for your continued partnership,

Mrs. Lisa Lainchbury

Principal, James Kennedy Elementary


Principal’s Message – November 2019

Thank you for your continued support of your children and open communication with their teachers. As always, I have enjoyed working with you in these past months in our partnership to support your children’s learning.  We have moved into a new focus for our Character Strong virtue program and are now focusing on RESPECT.  As Ms. McDonald’s class has reminded us through their bulletin board, “Respect…a great gift to give and receive!”

Character Strong’s definition of respect is “Seeing the good in people and treating them with care.” This is something that we can practise daily in our interactions with others both at school and home. The message of our respect was also delivered so eloquently at our Remembrance Day Assembly. A special thank you to all of our contributors; setup crew, hosts, readers and writers, K singers, the beautiful artwork, trumpet and piper, and to our guests for joining us.  As we continue the conversation of respect both at school and at home, here are ways you as families can continue the conversation together:

  • How does respect look, sound, and feel at school? How about at a sporting event? In a group or organization? At home? How about when you’re angry? When you’re frustrated?
  • Who is someone that you have a hard time with? What would help you model respect for that person? How might that change your relationship?
  • How does it feel to be respected? How does it feel to be disrespected?
  • Who are the most respectful people you know?
  • Is it easier or harder to respect someone who is very different from us? Why?

Thank you for your continued partnership,

Mrs. Lisa Lainchbury

Principal, James Kennedy Elementary


Principal’s Message – October 2019

We have been so fortunate to work with your students so far this year. From Kindergarten to Grade 7, each of our students is special and comes with unique interests, skills and ways they are wanting to grow as learners.

We know how important it is to develop the whole self; not only to grow as academic learners, but also in the realm of social responsibility. As a school, we are going to be delving into different virtues so that we can learn more about what it means to be whole learners, and also make connections across our K-7 classrooms with similar focuses.

We want to help our children be courageous and learn to conquer things that frighten or scare them. Children need reassurance that fear is one of our feelings and to remind them that it’s okay to be scared and to feel afraid. The definition they are learning this month for Courage is:

To choose what is good, right, and kind even when it is hard or scary!

 We will be providing families with some information, tips and tools to help build the character in your children. Please see below for articles, book recommendations and questions to guide discussion. 

This post by parenting expert Dr. Michele Borba:

Questions you could ask your children:

  • What does Courage mean to you? Do you see yourself as courageous? Why or why not?
  • Talk about a time that you’ve needed to show Courage. What was that experience like?
  • Talk about a time when you’ve witnessed Courage. How did that feel? What did it look like?
  • When have you wished for more Courage?
  • Who is your role model or example of Courage? Why?
Principal’s Message – September 2019

It has been a wonderful start-up and I would love to officially welcome all our JKE families to our 2019 – 2020 school year! A special welcome to our newest students – both Kindergarten and other grades.  We are enjoying getting to know you and truly hope that you are feeling a sense of belonging, community and positivity here at James Kennedy. Our school motto is “Success for all through learning and caring!” and we strive to demonstrate this through our work with all families each and every day.

This year we are going to continue to focus on Literacy and Social Responsibility as our school goal areas. You will see this lived out in the events we run, in the resources we provide to classrooms, and in the programs we run. We work closely with our PAC (Parent Advisory Council) in partnership to support our school Action Plan which outlines these goals.

At James Kennedy, we are Polite, Accountable, Willing and Safe!  (PAWS!!!) We are also going to be starting a virtue program with a focus on character building, so watch for further information in upcoming newsletters.

Thank you for your continued support and partnership in the education of your children.  We look forward to the year ahead.

Mrs. Lisa Lainchbury, Principal


Principal’s Message – June 2019

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

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  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

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 this evening 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. L. Lainchbury, Principal


Principal’s Message – December 2018

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


Principal’s Message – October 2018

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

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

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

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

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

Thank you for your ongoing support and partnership.

Mrs. Lisa Lainchbury

Principal, James Kennedy Elementary


Principal’s Message – September 2018


Dear Parents and Students:

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

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

Mrs. Lisa Lainchbury


Principal’s Message – March 2018

It’s hard to believe that almost three months of 2018 have already passed.  Spring is approaching, and we are grateful for the longer, sunnier days!  As we plan for the remaining months of the year, I would like to take the opportunity to reflect on and acknowledge the hard work our students have demonstrated during the first two terms.  There was evidence of this across the board in the K-7 Reports.  Whether or not the learning was communicated through FreshGrade or MyEd Reports, I was a proud principal as I read about the accomplishments of your children. We know they will continue to work hard in their final term.  Well done!

We have a new staff member joining us after the break!  Mme. Marcus will be going on Maternity Leave, and we wish her all the best as she welcomes her new addition.  In her place we welcome M. Plamondon who is eager to start, and excited to work with his new Grade 4/5 class. Welcome to James Kennedy!

I wish you all the very best with your families over the break.  I hope you will find some time to play, read, be outside, travel near and perhaps far, and enjoy each others’ company.

Mrs. Lainchbury, Principal


Principal’s Message – February 2018

“How can we develop in James Kennedy students the skills we believe they need to have in order to be motivated, engaged, and successful readers?” (JKE Inquiry Question #1 2017 – 2018)

As a school community, there are many things that we are doing in order to answer one of our Action Plan questions for the 2017 – 2018 school year. The focus on literacy is evident throughout our school as we support our students in their growth as readers, however, we know that this is also a family endeavour and you are the number one influence on student success.

Our upcoming POPS (Parents of Primary Students) evening has had outstanding response! We have over 80 families coming to attend an evening of reading with their children which includes engaging in meaningful adult only discussions about reading, participating as a family in literacy activities, and enjoying ice-cream sundaes together.

Thank you for the work that you are doing with your children at home to ensure that they are confident, successful learners at school. This is not only for emerging K-1 readers, but all the way through to Grade 7 and even beyond into high school. Students move from, “Learning to Read” to “Reading to Learn”, and can access information because they know how to read.

Thank you for your ongoing support of our staff and students!

Mrs. Lainchbury, Principal



Principal’s Message – January 2018

News to start the New Year!

It’s been a wonderful, busy two weeks and the days continue to fly by. We have jumped into the new year with both feet, and already have so much to celebrate.

·  Our Grade 6 and 7 Ski Club have hit the slopes twice already at local Mt. Seymour. We are grateful for Ms. Dinner for organizing, and Mme. Marcus, Mme. Stopa, Mme. Kang, and Mrs. King for volunteering their time to attend and provide the students with this opportunity. Thank you also to the parents who helped to organize, prepared students, and drove gear to the mountain!

·  We welcomed our newest students-to-be at our school on January 17th for their first Ready-Set-Learn session. We enjoyed meeting these young learners, and are excited to see them back for the next session in February.

·  We are thrilled to introduce our newest staff member, Mr. Tressel. Mr. Tressel will be teaching music to students from grades 3 – 7, including the Grade 6 band. We are fortunate to have such a skilled musician on staff to provide music instruction to our students.

We look forward to seeing our programs continue to grow and are grateful for the support of our parent community.

With appreciation,

Mrs. Lainchbury, Principal



Principal’s Message – October 2017

The energy and learning that is taking place at JKE is contagious!  As we head into our second month together, let’s look back and celebrate our accomplishments.  Students have settled into classrooms, have learned routines, made new friends, and are ready for what’s coming next.  We have welcomed more than 12 new teachers and EA’s to our growing staff and they are collaborating with their colleagues and district staff for planning a rich, engaging, and meaningful learning environment for your children.  We feel blessed that despite the teacher shortage that British Columbia is facing, we have been able to welcome a highly qualified teacher into every classroom, with confidence that the students will benefit from their instruction.

One of my favourite parts of my job is to spend time in classrooms, visiting the students and observing their learning.  Some of the learning I have seen this month includes:

  • Students reading in small groups in order to build their oral language and listening skills.
  • Students working on interdisciplinary projects that require and develop knowledge and skills from a number of subjects.
  • Students speaking French to classmates with a fluency that continuously builds their confidence and communication.
  • Students being challenged and engaged with Inquiry-Based Lessons, require students to collaborate and communicate effectively.


If you aren’t already doing so, please follow us on Twitter @JKEschool.  We will be loading this feed with the latest information and news from various classrooms. Please also see our school website and school calendar.

Thank you for welcoming me to your wonderful school,

Mrs. L. Lainchbury, Principal


Back to School Information

New Principal’s Message

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

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

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


Mrs. Lisa Lainchbury, Principal


What do families do on the first day of school?

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

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

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

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

We look forward to seeing all of you on Tuesday,

Mrs. Lisa Lainchbury

Principal, James Kennedy Elementary


Monday, November 14, 2016

foto_no_exifStaff, students and parents observed Remembrance Day together on Thursday, November 10th at 11:00 a.m.  Students and staff prepared songs, poems, writing, actions with song, beautiful wreaths and other art work.  I would like to thank our emcees, Ella Panser and Ryan Torok for leading our assembly with honour for our veteCrans.

The Scholastic Book Fair was an amazing event again this year, bringing in over $4,000.00 worth of profit for our library which will go directly towards the purchase of new books for our collection.  I would like to thank Mme Gammel, Mrs. Wallis and all of the parent helpers who helped make the fair such a success for our school.  The Scholastic Book Fair profits help us to maintain the current and popular titles for our students and the influx of new books makes the library an exciting place to visit.  Thank you, for keeping the love of reading alive at James Kennedy Elementary!

Upcoming Dates: 

Thursday, Nov. 17     PAC Meeting from 9:00 am to 10:30 am in the staff room

Monday, Nov. 21     Report Card Prep Half Day:  Students dismissed at 11:30 am

Saturday, Nov. 26     JKE PAC Christmas Craft Fair from 9:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. in the gym

Monday, Nov. 28     Fruit and Vegetable Delivery to classes

Tuesday, Nov. 29     Collaboration Afternoon for staff: Students dismissed at 1:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Dec. 7     PAC Christmas Pick-Up between 2:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. and  Neufeld Farm Pick-Up at 5:30 pm to 6:30 pm

Friday, Dec. 9     First Term Progress Reports go home

Tuesday, Dec. 13     Grade 6/7 Band Concert and Choir  1:30 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.

Wednesday, Dec. 14     JKE Musical 1:30 pm and 7:00 p.m.

Thursday, Dec. 15     Kindergarten Concert matinee Time TBA

Friday, Dec. 16     Final day of school before winter break

IMG_4031School Garden: 

Mme. St. Pierre, some of her grade six students and district staff have been busy planting some special plants at the bottom of the  primary playground slope.  These plants are not only decorative but they have been specifically selected to help filter the water before it enters the drainage system.  Thank you, Mme. St. Pierre for creating such a beautiful outdoor classroom for our school.

We are teaching the students to respect the gardens by walking around them and leaving the soil and plants intact.  This will allow the new plants a chance to take root without being accidentally disturbed.  Our students have been very careful around the new gardens and enjoy playing in the natural surroundings.


Mr. Rogers’ grade 6/7 class took their science lesson outdoors to capture these images on our fields and in our forest.  These images were photographed with iPhones with a Macro lens.  Amazing photography!

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IMG_4044Reading is always more fun in a tent with friends!  Students in Mme. Stenerson’s grade one class found a cozy place to read last week.  Reading books daily that are a student’s choice is an important part of our reading program at James Kennedy.  Daily reading at home and at school remains one of the highest predictors of school success.


IMG_4047Coding at JKE!

Mrs. Pimentel is offering a coding club to students!

Inspire Coding Club for Grade 4 & 5’s: Mondays at lunch till Dec 5th and Dec 12th will be the showcase.  We will be engaging in Scratch Jr (Grade 4), Scratch (Grade 5) and robots!  The coding club is held in the Learning Center (the old computer lab).

Parent/Teacher Conferences: 

Thank you to all the parents who were able to attend our scheduled Parent/Teacher Conferences to support student learning.  We had 520 appointments booked in the system which represents 78% of our parents.  I know that many parents also made arrangements directly with the teacher if the evenings offered did not work with your schedules.  Our teachers were pleased to be able to meet with so many of you and are ready to continue supporting your child’s learning into term two.  If you have not had the chance to come in and meet with your child’s teacher, please contact your teacher directly to book an appointment.

I couldn’t just choose one piece of hallway art this week!  Please enjoy these beautiful fall images and I wish you all a wonderful week.

Ms. Michelle Guillou

Principal École James Kennedy Elementary

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Monday, October 31, 2016

happy-halloween-clipart_3Happy Halloween everyone!  Students and staff had a great day together dressed in their finest costumes.  I don’t think I have ever seen so much food in the school!  Students were well fed today:)

I wish you a fun and safe night of trick-o-treating!

Special thanks go out to the PAC for a fantastic Spooktacular event last Friday night.  It was an evening of fun for the whole family.

Here are some important dates coming up:

Tuesday, Nov. 1     Dream Rider Theatre Production about the Environment:  “Clean Up Your Act”  for grades K to 3.  All Welcome.

November 1 -3     Scholastic Book Fair in the library.  The fair is open before school, at lunch and after school.  Volunteers are still needed.

Wednesday, Nov. 2 and Thursday, November 3  Early Dismissal at 1:45 p.m. for Parent/Teacher Interviews.  Schedule and sign up will be posted on our School Appointments site at next week. 

Friday, Nov. 4     Hot Lunch Day: PAC Event

Tuesday, Nov. 8     Treat Day:  PAC Event

Thursday, Nov. 10     Remembrance Day Assembly at 11:00 a.m.  All welcome.

Friday, Nov. 11     Remembrance Day:  Schools Closed

Thursday, Nov. 17     PAC Meeting from 9:00 am to 10:30 am in the staff room

Monday, Nov. 21     Report Card Prep Half Day:  Students dismissed at 11:30 am

Monday, Nov. 28     Fruit and Vegetable Delivery to classes

Tuesday, Nov. 29     Collaboration Afternoon for staff: Students dismissed at 1:30 p.m.

Friday, Dec. 9     First Term Progress Reports go home

Tuesday, Dec. 13     Intermediate Concert 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Wednesday, Dec. 14     JKE Musical 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Thursday, Dec. 15     Kindergarten Concert matinee Time TBA

Friday, Dec. 16     Final day of school before winter break

Stay tuned, more news to come tomorrow.  Must get home to give out treats to all of the little ghosts and goblins in my neighbourhood!

Michelle Guillou

Principal James Kennedy Elementary School


Monday, October 17, 2016

Dear Parents and Guardians,

imagesWe have a lot of school and PAC events on the horizon!  I will list them all here and if you are looking for additional information on the larger PAC events, please check out the PAC tab on our home page

Monday, Oct. 17  Fruit and Vegetable Program for all students (on or close to this date)

Monday, Oct. 17     2:00 p.m. Recycling Assembly.  All Welcome!

Wednesday, Oct. 19     PAC Meeting

Thursday, Oct. 20     The Great Shake Out:  Provincial Earthquake Drill at 9:30 a.m.

Thursday, Oct. 20     Interim Report Cards go home.  Please sign and return to school.

Friday, Oct. 21     Professional Development Day: Students do not attend

Monday, Oct. 24     Early Dismissal at 1:30 p.m. for Collaboration Afternoon

Tuesday, Oct. 25     Caine’s Arcade in the gym all day.  Presented by WGSS students and staff.

Wednesday, Oct. 26     Photo Retakes in the morning

Friday, October 28     Spooktacular: PAC Event in the evening.  All welcome!

Monday, October 31    Fruit and Vegetable Program for all students (on or close to this date)

Monday, October 31     Hallowe’en.  Students are welcome to wear costumes that are not too frightening for our younger Kindergarten students.  We have children as young as four years old in the building.  Thank you, for your understanding. 

Tuesday, Nov. 1     Dream Rider Theatre Production about the Environment:  “Clean Up Your Act”  All Welcome.

November 1 -3     Scholastic Book Fair in the library. 

Wednesday, Nov. 2 and Thursday, November 3  Early Dismissal at 1:45 p.m. for Parent/Teacher Interviews.  Schedule and sign up will be posted on our School Appointments site at next week. 

Friday, Nov. 4     Hot Lunch Day: PAC Event

Tuesday, Nov. 8     Treat Day:  PAC Event

Thursday, Nov. 10     Remembrance Day Assembly.  Time TBA

Friday, Nov. 11     Remembrance Day:  Schools Closed


Parent Teacher Conferences: 

images-11Parent/Teacher conference appointments can be booked on line.


We use an on line school appointment program called School Appointments where each parent sets up an account for their children to book appointments with their teacher for conferences.  Accounts have to be created new each school year.  Some teachers will hold Parent/Teacher Conferences lasting 15 minutes for one family at a time and other teachers prefer Student Led Conferences lasting 30 minutes, with up to four families at a time in the classroom.  When you visit the School Appointment site, please check both schedules to find your child’s teacher.  I hope to have the schedules built in the system by Wednesday this week.  The times for the conferences will be:

Wednesday, November 2:  2:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Thursday, November 3:  2:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

I will send out an email as soon as the system is open and ready for your to book your appointments.

Scholastic Book Fair is Coming!

67b696b902805a6c33769ea25bbd4f48Mme Gammel has booked the fair from November 1 to 3.  Sales will take place before and after school with the help of our generous parent volunteers. If you have some time to volunteer at the fair please contact Mme Gammel.  There will be opportunities to help set up the fair, handle sales, and to pack up the fair at the end of the week.  This is a highlight for our school community every year and we couldn’t do it without your support.  Thank you, in advance, for supporting our fair.  Proceeds from all sales go directly back into our library in the form of new books for our students.

Grade 6 and 7 Girls and Boys Volleyball:

imagesThe volleyball season has just started.  Mme Soo and Ms. Dinner are organizing the teams and have posted practice information under our Athletics tab on our website home page.  If you have a grade 6 or 7 son or daughter who is interested in playing, please tell them to speak with either Mme Soo or Ms. Dinner to get all of the details.  There are no try-outs.  Everyone who wants to play, gets to play!

Staff Directory:

images-5Our staff directory has been updated on the website. Here you will find the names and contact information for all office staff, teachers, support staff and student services.  Many of our teachers have websites where they post homework assignments, classroom reminders and much more.

School Goal:

Nurturing virtues drawing [640x480] with title+2_thumb[14]Our Inquiry Question:

“How can we develop in James Kennedy Students the skills we believe they need to have in order to be successful learners and contributing members of society?”

I would like to share a link with you from UBC   Dr. Kimberly Schonert-Reichl has been studying children’s social and emotional learning for 30 years and has contributed greatly to her area of study.  As a staff, we will be working towards helping our students develop their social emotional learning to be successful and happy.  Here is the link

This week I leave you with some beautiful Community Art by Div. 6.GetAttachmentThumbnail

I wish you all a wonderful week.  Stay dry if you can and hold on to your umbrellas!

Ms. Michelle Guillou

Principal École James Kennedy Elementary


Monday, October 3, 2016

Dear Parents and Guardians, images-1

Wishing you all a wonderful long weekend as you celebrate your Thanksgiving.  Here are some upcoming dates for your calendars.  We have a lot of great things happening at JKE!

Upcoming Dates:

Wednesday, Oct. 5     Community Information Meeting on Middle School Programming:  Wednesday, October 5 from 6:30 to 8:30 pm      Community Information Mtg – Middle School Programming – Invitation 2016Oct5    

Friday, Oct. 7     Early Dismissal at 11:30 a.m. for School Improvement Day

Monday, Oct. 10     Thanksgiving Day:  Schools are closed today for the holiday

Tuesday, Oct. 11     QSP Orders forms will be sent out this week:  PAC Fundraising

Wednesday, Oct. 12     Story Theatre Presents Anansi’s Gift of Stories at 1:30 p.m.   All Welcome.

Friday, Oct. 14     Hot Lunch Day: PAC Event

Monday, Oct. 17  Fruit and Vegetable Program for all students (on or close to this date)

Wednesday, Oct. 19     PAC Meeting

Thursday, Oct. 20     The Great Shake Out:  Provincial Earthquake Drill at 9:30 a.m.

Friday, Oct. 21     Professional Development Day: Students do not attend

Monday, Oct. 24     Early Dismissal at 1:30 p.m. for Collaboration Afternoon

Wednesday, Oct. 26     Photo Retakes in the morning

Friday, October 28     Spooktacular: PAC Event in the evening – more details to follow!

Monday, October 31    Fruit and Vegetable Program for all students (on or close to this date)

Tuesday, Nov. 1     Dream Rider Theatre Production about the Environment:  “Clean Up Your Act”  All Welcome.

Wednesday, Nov. 2 and Thursday, November 3  Early Dismissal at 1:45 p.m. for Parent/Teacher Interviews.  Schedule and sign up will be posted on our School Appointments site at next week. 

Friday, Nov. 4     Hot Lunch Day: PAC Event

Tuesday, Nov. 8     Treat Day:  PAC Event

Entertainment Books:  Please return all Entertainment Books by Tuesday, October 4th. 

School Photos: Individual picture proofs were sent home with students last week.   If you would like to purchase some of your child’s photos, all orders are due back next Friday, October 7th.

imagesFruit and Vegetable Program:  This is a free program for our school and is run by PAC volunteers who accept the deliveries, wash all of the fruit/vegetables, deliver the fruit/vegetables to every student in the school, and then collect the trays once the fruit or vegetables have been delivered.  Students are encouraged to try each piece of fruit or vegetable that gets delivered or they can take it home to eat.  The following is a quote from the B.C. Fruit and Vegetable website.

“The Program has grown from an initial launch of 10 schools in 2005 to 1,464 BC K-12 public schools and K-12 BC First Nations schools in the 2015/2016 school year. With the help of our 1,241 volunteers and incredible partners we now provide fresh fruit and vegetable snacks every other week, 13 times in the school year, to over 549,000 students. Many of those students are now making fruits and vegetables a part of their regular diet – both at school and at home. They are learning that eating fresh, local products supports our local farmers and the economies of rural regions. They are also learning first hand about the health benefits of eating fresh fruits and vegetables, while finding out how great they taste. ”

Orange Shirt Day Assembly:  We were honoured to have several members of the Kwantlen First Nations join us last week for our Orange Shirt Day assembly.  Their beautiful drumming filled the gym as we entered the assembly and we heard from several students, our Aboriginal Support Worker Luke Dandurand, and his mother, an Elder and residential school survivor, Josette Dandurand.  I would like to thank Luke Dandurand for organizing the event and for bringing us all together.

Grade 6 and 7 Volleyball Season: The Walnut Grove zone of schools will be organizing a game and tournament schedule for the upcoming volleyball season over the next two weeks.  Some of our coaches have started offering practices to get a bit of a jump on the season.  If your son or daughter in in grade 6 or 7 and would like to play volleyball please tell them to listen for upcoming announcements at school for sign up meetings.  Once your child is signed up, they will receive schedule information directly from their coach. 

Cross Country Update from the Organizers:

Dear Coaches, Parents and Athletes,

Due to the tremendous success of our cross country running program we have not only outgrown a single day of racing but we have outgrown the venue. We have far too many cars for the available parking at our current site.

The GVRD reviewed our permit and said it was no longer safe for us to continue. We made the decision to cancel Wednesday’s race as there were even more athletes registered than there were for the previous week when complaints were called in.

We negotiated with the GVRD and MV Parks/ SD 35 have agreed to these conditions for the day of the events:

1)      MV Parks will put up signs at the entrance to the park, directing participants to the new location at Aldergrove Bowl.

2)      MV Parks will put up cones for our large-scale event parking plan and supervise parking as required /(aided by SD35 volunteers)

3)      MV Parks will add overflow parking on the north grass field as needed

4)      MV Parks will have Trail Etiquette signs as well as Equestrian Warning signs at the trailhead

5)      SD35 will inform participants of the new location and have a site safety plan in place

6)      SD35 is aware there is no potable water on site and 2 pit toilets available

7)      SD35 will have trail Marshalls in place along RNH to direct Race participants and direct Equestrians as required

If these conditions are met by our participants, we will be permitted to continue to use the park for the rest of our races on Oct. 3,4 and 11.

Thank you for your patience and understanding. We have put many volunteer hours into making cross country possible for Langley students and we are committed to having it continue for years to come.


Carol Osborne

Sean Oliver

Cross Country Coordinators

images-3Parking Lot Thank You : I would like to thank all of the parents who have volunteered to help on the front cross-walks in the morning to help keep the traffic moving along for everyone.  It is also greatly appreciated when parents have their children ready to disembark from the vehicles quickly so we can accommodate the hundreds of drivers who are trying to make a safe drop off along the curb during the busiest time of 8:30 a.m. to 8:45 a.m. Great job, everyone!

I wish you all a wonderful week.

Ms. Michelle Guillou

Principal of École James Kennedy Elementary



Monday, September 26, 2016


Upcoming Dates

Tuesday, Sept. 27     Orange Shirt Day Assembly at 1:00 p.m. NEW DATE.  All Welcome.

Wednesday, Sept. 28     Terry Fox Assembly and Run at 1:00 p.m. Grade 7 student leaders will be visiting classes to collect donation for the Terry Fox Foundation for cancer research beginning Monday.

Friday, Sept. 30     Curriculum Implementation Day:  Students do not attend.

Wednesday, Oct. 5     Community Information Meeting on Middle School Programming:  Wednesday, October 5 from 6:30 to 8:30 pm      Community Information Mtg – Middle School Programming – Invitation 2016Oct5    

Friday, Oct. 7     Early Dismissal at 11:30 a.m. for School Improvement Day

Monday, Oct. 10     Thanksgiving Day:  Schools are closed today for the holiday

Wednesday, Oct. 12     Story Theatre Presents Anansi’s Gift of Stories at 1:30 p.m.   All Welcome.

Thursday, Oct. 20     The Great Shake Out:  Provincial Earthquake Drill at 9:30 a.m.

Friday, Oct. 21     Professional Development Day: Students do not attend

Monday, Oct. 24     Early Dismissal at 1:30 p.m. for Collaboration Afternoon

Wednesday, Oct. 26     Photo Retakes in the morning only

imagesChristmas Market at JKE!:

On November 26th we are hosting a Christmas Market at JKE.  If you craft, bake, sew, knit or crochet we would love to have you at our Christmas Market.  Tables are $30.  The flyer and application are attached to this newsletter.  We would like to have all our tables booked in the next two weeks.  You can print off the application and leave it and the cheque (made payable to JKE PAC) in the school office.  If you don’t craft, still  take a moment to write this date on your calendar and come out and support our vendors. 

Craft Fair Flyer: Craft fair flyer

Table Application: Table Application

images-2Inside Shoes! 

We are asking all students to bring a pair of inside shoes to be worn in the building at all times.  The wet grass, mud, and water make the floors slippery and dangerous for students and staff.  Our gym floor needs to be clean and dry for all gym classes to decrease the chance of injury due to slipping.  Inside shoes do not need to be new.  A clean dry pair of old runners will work perfectly:)   Inside shoes will help keep our floors, carpets and gym clean and dry.  Thank you, for your cooperation.

Have a wonderful week,

Ms. M. Guillou  Principal of École James Kennedy Elementary






Friday, September 23, 2016

Some pictures from our Meet the Teacher Night!


Thursday, September 22, 2016

images-5Meet the Teacher Night – Tonight!

Parents and Guardians are invited this evening to our Meet the Teacher Night beginning at 6:00 p.m.  until 7:00 p.m.  We look forward to seeing you!

I would like to introduce our new Vice Principal, Mrs. C. Roberts.  Mrs. Roberts will be teaching our music program as part of her assignment at James Kennedy.  Mrs. Roberts comes to us from the Aboriginal Program where she worked as an Aboriginal Literacy and Numeracy support teacher in a number of schools.  Mrs. Roberts was the music teacher at Douglas Park Elementary school last year.   Mrs. Roberts has an extensive music background and is excited to share her music with us.  She is also sharing her personal collection of instruments with our students and from what I have observed in the music room, the students are having fun learning about music through play, movement and song.

Here are some of our upcoming dates:

Sept. 22  Meet the Teacher Night from 6 to 7 pm

Sept. 27  Orange Shirt Day Assembly at 1:00 pm

Sept. 28  Terry Fox Assembly and Run starting at 1:00 pm

Sept. 30  Curriculum Implementation Day:  Students not in attendance

Oct. 7  School Improvement Day:  Dismissal at 11:30 am

Oct. 10  Thanksgiving Day:  Schools Closed

Oct. 12  Story Theatre Production at 1:30 pm.  All welcome.


Cross-Country Information: 

The Cross-Country season has started.  If your child would still like to join please have them go and speak with Mme.  St.Pierre who will create a run label for next week’s race at Aldergrove Lake.

Practices are Mondays and Thursdays at 8:00-8:30 in the JKE gym and outside.

Races are Tuesdays at Aldergrove Regional Park at 3:40-4:30.  Parents are responsible for driving their own children and many parents are carpooling due to the limited parking at Aldergrove Lake.
There are two more races on Sept. 27 and Oct. 4 plus the finals Oct. 11 if students come top 8 in their grade group in any race.  We’ll accept new team members until the end of this week.

School Website:

Thank you for your patience with our website and communication around upcoming events.  I am working on finding a way to make our school event dates readily available on your phones.  I know that it is not easy to see the events on the calendar because they show up as a dot.  Until a solution is found, we will be sending you any upcoming event information via email. Thank you.

Grade 6 and 7  Boys and Girls Volleyball:

The volleyball season hasn’t officially started, but some of the girl’s teams have started practicing to get a bit of a jump on things.  More information will follow once we get our Walnut Grove Zone Schedule for home and away games and the tournament.

Community Information Meeting on Middle School Programming:  Wednesday, October 5 from 6:30 to 8:30 pm

Please find attached an invitation from Mr. Gord Stewart, Superintendent of Langley Schools.  An RSVP is required to help the venue prepare for the evening.  All of the information can be found here Community Information Mtg – Middle School Programming – Invitation 2016Oct5

I leave you with a piece of collaborative art work from Mr. Roger’s class and a directed drawing of a fox by one of our grade one students in Mme. Fould’s classroom.  Amazing art work!


Looking forward to seeing you all this evening.


Ms. Michelle Guillou


Saturday, September 3, 2016

images-1Welcome back to another wonderful year of learning, friends and fun at James Kennedy Elementary.  At James Kennedy we believe in PAWS; we want our school community to be Polite, Accountable, Willing and Safe.

JKE images-3Polite Accountable Willing Safe

The jaguar’s paw is a symbol representing the values and character traits we value at James Kennedy.  We are in the second year of our school goal, which is an inquiry question related to PAWS;

How can we develop in James Kennedy students the skills we believe they need to have in order to be successful learners and contributing members of society?

As we begin the new school year, staff will be focused on answering this inquiry question.  We invite you, our parents, grandparents and family members, to be part of our journey, supporting students to become successful learners and members of society.  I encourage you to become involved in your child’s education and social experience at school.  There will be many opportunities for you to attend events, volunteer in classrooms and support our PAC to give James Kennedy students an amazing learning year.

images-4The beginning of a new school year is exciting, but at the same time it can cause anxiety for some children.  Kindergarten students often feel separation anxiety during the first few days of school.  Here are two articles that you may find of interest if your child is feeling a bit anxious about the start up of school.  This first article applies to students of all ages, Anxiety 101

The second article is entitled, Separation Anxiety During the First Days of Kindergarten.  I believe that the tips and suggestions are applicable to any age group. Separation Anxiety Doc FINAL-2

If your child is having difficulty transitioning back to the routines of school, please be sure to communicate with your classroom teacher.  Staff will do everything possible to ensure a smooth transition for your child.

School Start Up Information:

First Day of School:  Tuesday, September 6th from 8:45 a.m. to 10:35 a.m.

Here is the schedule for students next week:  Welcome Back To School

Many of our teachers have moved rooms and we have new staff who have joined us. To assist students with finding their old class grouping we have created a key for you called: last year teacher

You read the last year teacher key straight across, i.e., if you were in Mme. Fontaine’s class last year in room #106, then you go to Mme. Fontaine in room #149 for the first three days of school.  If you were in Mme. Bailer’s class last year in room #107, then you go to Ms. Marcus in room #107 for the first three days of school.

Here is a school map listing the room numbers to help you find the right classroom.   School Map

The schedule, last year teacher key, and school map are all posted on the windows facing outside on the school.  This information will be visible from the outside on Tuesday morning when we roll up the blinds.

All NEW students to James Kennedy in grades 1 to 7 will go directly to the music room for a 30 minute orientation to the school before they join their temporary class.  Parents of new students are welcome and encouraged to attend the orientation.

Kindergarten students will be following their own interview and mini-session schedules that were set during the summer.  If you are unable to make your interview time you can have a grandparent or other adult family member attend the interview with your child or reschedule your appointment with the teacher for another time during the first few weeks.

On Thursday, September 8th, all students in grades 1 through 7 will come home with a note indicating the name of their permanent teacher for the year.  Students will go directly to their permanent teacher’s classroom on Friday morning.  The classes are all full and there will be very little opportunity to move students once the placements are complete.  All parent requests that were submitted in June before the end of the school year have been considered and we were able to satisfy most, but not all requests due to the need to balance class composition.  Every effort was made by staff to ensure the best learning environment in all of the classrooms.

                                                                                                                                                                   School Supplies:

vEA5GKjzPEMft__noTOzo_60gUTL_l9Gn8YRYDUdX6ZaeGFY5boxU-bqpqqmKg9j8PkE=s117The school supply kits that you ordered have arrived and will be distributed once students are in permanent classes.  If you purchased your own school supplies over the summer, please keep them at home until Friday.


Many of our teachers use agendas as a means of communication between home and school and as a homework organizer for students.  Some of our primary and Kindergarten classes do not use agendas.  Your child’s teacher will communicate with you if an agenda is required and will begin distribution on  Monday, September 12th once payment is received.

Grade 4 – 7 Intermediate agenda: $4.00

Grade 1 -3 Primary agenda: $6.00

images-7Coffee and Timbits Tuesday morning for Parents!

The PAC is hosting parents in the gym on Tuesday morning after the students are in class.  At 8:45 am you are invited to come to the gym and enjoy a coffee and some Timbits.  The PAC executive is more than happy to answer any questions you may have about the school, our community, and all things PAC related.  We look forward to seeing you.

If you have any questions regarding school start up, please call the school at 604-888-5257 and office staff will be happy to assist you.

See you all on Tuesday!

Ms. Michelle Guillou


Tuesday, July 5, 2016

images-1Dear Parents/Guardians,

Summer has arrived!  From all of us at École James Kennedy Elementary, we wish you a fabulous summer break, filled with family, friends and fun.

Our staff enjoyed a year of collaboration, growth and inquiry as we worked together for student success.  As is often the case in June, we sadly say goodbye to a few staff members who have: accepted work in other buildings, retired, transferred, taken maternity leave, or moved away.   We wish them well in their new positions and/or adventures and thank them for their time and dedication to the James Kennedy Community.

Mrs. Anderson, Ms. Bailer, Mrs. Claire, Mrs. Farrer, Mr. Gingras, Ms. Hu, Mrs. King, Ms. Rakhra, Mme Randa and Ms. Younger

I would like to thank the PAC for it’s outstanding service to the community this past year.  Special thanks, to Mrs. Molenaar for her contributions as PAC President and to the entire executive for their tireless fundraising efforts, making James Kennedy a very fortunate school.

images-3September Start Up Information

Summer Office Hours: August 29th to September 2nd the office will be open from 8:00 am to 3:30 pm

First Day of School On Tuesday, September 6th:   All former students return to last year’s teacher and all new students go to the library for an orientation to James Kennedy Elementary.  School will be in session from 8:45 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Dismissal for the day is at 10:30 a.m.  Please note that some teachers have moved classrooms!  School maps indicating classrooms and teachers will be posted outside to help you find your rooms.

New Kindergarten students do not attend school on Tuesday, September 6th.  Your special mini sessions and interviews will follow the separate schedule that you were given in your start up package.  If you did not receive your interview and mini-session times, please call the school office at 604-888-5257 and we will be happy to assist you.

Wednesday, September 7 to Friday, September 9th:  All students in grades 1 to 7 return to last year’s teacher and new students will be placed in a homeroom for this week.  New students will be given their homeroom information at their orientation on Tuesday, September 6th in the library.

Students will be given their permanent teacher’s name on Friday, September 9th on a slip of paper.   Please watch for this information, as this will be the classroom that your child will report to on Monday September 12th.  For student safety reasons, class lists are not posted on the building.

Parent requests for class placements have now come to a natural close with the end of the school year.  We made every attempt to satisfy as many requests as possible, while maintaining balanced learning environments in each classroom.  Much time and thought was put into collaboratively creating class lists for next year.  Only minor adjustments will be made during the first week of school to reflect students moving in or out of James Kennedy.

images-5Combined Classes and the New Curriculum

We will have a number of combined classes next year in both our French and English programs, which will provide us with some excellent learning opportunities.  The new B.C. Curriculum being implemented this September and the B.C. Education Plan both support personalized learning, which better engages students in their own educational growth.  I have attached a link to a document on combined classes for those of you who may have questions regarding the learning environment created in a combined class.  Combined classes offer excellent learning conditions and opportunities to students.  Please enjoy this article, Combined Classes June 2016

iStock_000043658976Large-kids-readingSummer Reading:  Helping Prevent Summer Reading Loss

Children need to engage with books everyday so they can maintain, and ideally strengthen, all the literacy skills they learned during the school year.

The stakes for children who do not read over summer vacation are high.  There is substantial research on the topic and it usually shows that the students who can least afford to lose gains in reading, are the readers who are most likely to suffer from reading loss and fall far behind their peers.   Here are a few ideas for you to support your child’s reading development:

  • Take books with you and your child everywhere you go; to the doctor’s office, on picnics, on road trips, etc..
  • Let your child choose the books he/she wants to read (as long as they are good fit books – books at the just right level of difficulty)
  • Support his/her reading experience by talking about the books and helping him/her understand and interpret what he/she reads.
  • As you’re reading aloud, be sure to interact with your child by asking what he/she thinks might happen next, what a certain character is likely to do, etc.
  • If you are more comfortable reading to your child in a language other than English, by all means do so.
  • Encourage your child to participate in a Summer Reading Program FVRL Summer Reading Clubs
  • Children can practice their reading skills online.  Free Online Reading at FVRL

I truly believe that encouraging your child to read over the summer will have the greatest impact on their reading success and sense of confidence in September.  Have fun reading!

images-6Wishing you all a relaxing summer holiday!  See you in September.

Ms. Michelle Guillou

Principal École James Kennedy Elementary



Monday, June 20, 2016


Our school Sports Day was a great success on Friday, with the highest number of bike parade entries the school has ever seen!  Great job on all of the bikes, the creativity and imagination was terrific.

Here are the House Team Totals!

Black and Blue Captain Crunch:  12845

Purple and White Cocoa Puffs:  12490

Lime Green Lucky Charms: 11855

Pink and Black Fruit Loops:  11440

Special thanks to Mr. Knox and Ms. Dinner for organizing the event and all of the staff who sponsored as station.  We could not have run our sports day so well without our grade 6 and 7 students running the stations, keeping score and managing the Bike Parade draw.  Thank you, students.  You made the day an absolute success!

The grade 7 Farewell will be held on Monday, June 27th from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm.  and our Year End Assembly will be on Tuesday, June 28th at 1:00 p.m.  At our Year End Assembly we will be saying goodbye to staff who will be moving on to other sites next year and we will promote our grade 6 students to the benches; a place of honour,  as they become our new school leaders next year.

Our final day of school is Wednesday, June 29th and we will dismiss students at 11:30 a.m.  All final progress reports will be distributed and students will take home all of their personal belongings for the summer.  Any report cards not picked up on this day will be available at the front office the following week.

Please check the lost and found collection as all unclaimed items will be donated to charity.

French Immersion Immersion Parents:  Please take note of the new Admission to Choice Programs Policy which is now in effect.

“Policy 5084 – Admission to Choice Programs is now effective for program entry for September 2017.  If one of your children currently in the school has a younger sibling who is not already on either the central program list maintained at the School Board Office or the one held at the school please be aware you will have to apply on-line in October for admission for the sibling as per the regulations to Policy 5084 on the District website.”

If you have any questions regarding the new admissions policy, please call the school and we will be happy to assist you.

Summer Learning Sessions are filling up fast.  Please be sure to check the summer learning registration opportunities at Summer Learning    There are many different courses to choose from and they are all free.

Thank you, to everyone who supported our Jump Rope for Heart Event this year, especially Mme Foulds for organizing the entire event.  I receive the following letter of thanks from the Heart and Stroke Foundation, and it really should be addressed to all of you.

Good afternoon Ms. Guillou,
I am the Area Manager for the FRASER Area Office of the Heart and Stroke Foundation and knowing how hectic it can be at the end of the school year with phones ringing off the hook, I thought I would send a note to you.
Thank you so much for supporting the Jump Rope for Heart program this year. We are truly grateful to have support from both you and your staff in the hosting of the Jump event.
I wanted to let you know that James Kennedy Elementary is the #2 school for the FRASER area (a pool of 205 registered Jump schools) with a total of $13,817! The FRASER area covers the communities of Burnaby, New Westminster, Tri Cities, Ridge Meadows, Fraser Valley, Surrey, Langley, and North Delta. Congratulations and well done on having such an amazing event.
We really do rely on the support of schools like James Kennedy which has raised in excess of $52,490 over an amazing 5 years for the Foundation!!! Above all, thank you for keeping our kids’ hearts healthy through education and activity. The money raised through Jump Rope for Heart helps to fund the best medical minds in the world, uncovering mysteries like the role of physical activity in preventing diabetes and managing complications in youth – to hear from the researcher working on this, click to Length: 0:37

I hope you have an incredible summer and again, thank you for your support. We are indebted to you, your staff and your students.
With heartfelt thanks,
Gillian Yardley
Area Manager, Fraser | BC & Yukon
Heart and Stroke Foundation
T 604 342 8071 | F 604 472 0055 |
2239C McAllister Avenue, Port Coquitlam, BC  V3C 2A9
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This week I leave you with a little office fun!

IMG_3584How can you tell it’s almost the end of the year?  The office has gone to the dogs!  Mrs. Sollows is having a lot of fun 🙂

Ms. Michelle Guillou

Principal École James Kennedy Elementary




Monday, June 6, 2016

Please join us this morning at 9:00 a.m. for our Truth and Reconciliation Assembly.

We have some busy weeks coming up, leading to the final days of school.  Here is a list of the major events happening at the school.  Individual classrooms have many more exciting field trips and activities planned.  Be sure to check our JKE calendar for full details.

  • Grade 5 swim program begins this week.
  • Monday, June 6 – Grade 6/7 students will be choosing House Team names and colours in preparation for Sports Day.
  • Tuesday, June 14 –  Band Concert ( time TBA)
  • Friday, June 17th – Last day to return library books to the school.
  • Friday, June 17th – Sports Day for the whole school.  Students will all be placed on a House Team and will be encouraged to wear their team colours.  The events run in the morning only.
  • Monday, June 20th – Alternate Sports Day (in case of rain out on Friday)
  • Thursday, June 23rd – All intermediate classes going to Cultas Lake for a Year-End activity
  • Monday, June 27th – Grade Seven Farewell beginning at 6:00 p.m. in the gym
  • Tuesday, June 28th – Year End Assembly at 1:00 p.m. in the gym:  All Welcome
  • Wednesday, June 29th – Half Day Dismissal at 11:30 am for the Final Day of School.  Progress reports will be distributed on this day.  Just a friendly reminder that we are unable to provide progress reports to parents before this date.  All unclaimed progress reports will be sent to the front office at the end of the day Wednesday.

UnknownBike to Work Week:  Congrats to all the staff and students who rode their bikes or wheeled on skateboards or even walked to school this week! We made a positive difference in our health and in our air quality. Way to go!  Special thanks, to Mme St. Pierre for organizing this event for our school.  Your Team Stats:

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IIMG_3338 leave you this week with a picture of two grade one students in Mrs. King’s grade 1/2 class reading a story they have written independently during Language Centres.  The story has a beginning, middle and an end, interesting characters, a clearly defined setting, a problem and a solution.  The story is imaginative and fun.  I was invited in for a special reading by these two authors and was impressed with their imagination and creative writing abilities, not to mention their public speaking skills.  Remember, they are in grade one!   Well done, girls!

I wish you all a wonderful week!

Ms. Michelle Guillou


Monday, May 16, 2016

IMG_3190Intermediate students enjoyed a great Track Day last Tuesday!  Special thanks to Mr. Knox and Ms. Dinner for planning and running our school track day last week.  I would also like to thank the many parent volunteers who helped make it happen.  Parents ran stations, kept time, watched the finish lines for top finishers, and so much more.  We really could not have done it without you.  Students who finished at the top of each event will be invited to participate in the District Track Meet on Friday, May 27th to represent James Kennedy Elementary.  In the photo opposite,  I found these boys, in typical boy style,  trying to fit “just one more” onto our blue ring in the intermediate playground.  They are hot, they are tired and they are together; this equals fun.  This is what JKE is all about!

Monday night, May 16th is our Grade 7 Farewell parent meeting at 7:00 p.m. in the library.  All parents of grade seven students are invited to attend this planning session with all of our grade seven teachers.  We are looking forward to planning a tropical evening the students will enjoy and remember as they head off to Walnut Grove Secondary in September.

images-1As we begin to think of our students moving on to an new school, we are also busy thinking ahead to next year’s class placements for our current students.  Our class placement meetings begin this week so it is timely to send out a bit of information to explain the process.

So how does the class placement process work?

Your child’s current grade level teachers, Resource Room teachers and Administration meet multiple times over the course of June and September. As we begin, we remind ourselves of the importance of the task in which we are engaged and of the respect that must be shown for every child, parent and teacher throughout the process.

Each child’s name is recorded on an index card coded with significant information: current class; gender; reading and math levels based on grade wide assessments; and a degree of special attention required for any reason – enrichment and/or support, social/emotional, behavioral or health. We then place those index cards into groupings representing classes. Each child’s placement is evaluated to ensure the following criteria are met:

  • They have a teacher with whom we anticipate the child will work well,
  • There is a mix of students from throughout the grade and not just the child’s current class,
  • They have at least one friend,
  • There is an appropriate academic group for each subject area,
  • There is separation from particular children, if necessary.

Additionally, we seek to ensure heterogeneous classes with students at a range of ability levels in all subject areas, a balance of girls and boys, a distribution of students needing greater than average attention for any reason, a distribution of students whose enthusiasm will help create an engaging learning environment and the intangible of how we imagine each of these groups of students will gel as a community.

During the weeks that we work on class placement, teachers reflect constantly on their students and often come to me worried that a particular child’s placement in a class is not right and needs to be changed. We continue to review the classes, child by child, to see that we meet as many criteria as we can. Finally, we ask our teachers, “Would you want to teach this class?” When our current grade level teachers concur they would want to teach each of these classes for the upcoming year, we feel we have a good working draft.

While some might consider our work is done at this point, there is another vital component to class placement:  parent voice. After we have completed our draft, we turn to letters from parents and notes from conversations parents have had with me. We do not accept requests for particular teachers and if requests for specific teachers are made, which is against our policy, I do not even share them with teachers for consideration.  We do embrace parent input concerning pertinent information about children that will be helpful in the placement process.

Why do we wait to include parent voice until after our first placement draft is complete? Our own understanding of individual student needs and the needs of the grade community guide our process. We know our students, our classes and our grades well. We strive to do right by each and every child as well as by each class community and by the grade.  Parents can be confident that whether or not they write me a letter or share input with me verbally, we will assess every child’s placement needs with great care and respect.

What happens as we review parent input in the spring? Remarkably, in the vast majority of cases, I would venture to say close to 90% of the students we place are just as parents requested prior to reviewing parent input. This demonstrates the care we take in placing each child and our strong partnership with parents in understanding our children as we work together throughout the year.  When we have not met the criteria of a parent request, we reflect on the placement. At times, we stand by our placement as best for a particular child. In those cases, I make note of the rationale for the placement and am prepared to explain to a parent who calls to inquire. At other times, we acknowledge humbly that the parent has an important and different perspective, or has shared compelling information of which we were not aware. In those cases, we make changes.

So, what is a parent who is concerned about placement to do at this time of year? There are really two options:

  1. Do nothing and rest assured that we are attending to the placement needs of all of our children with tremendous care.
  2. Write a letter to me with pertinent input you want to share about the class placement process.

But parents should know, once we complete the placement process it is virtually impossible to revise given the plethora of criteria we are balancing.  If you have any questions or concerns regarding placement, please contact Ms. Guillou.

I leave you with a couple of great ‘behind the scenes’ track photos. Enjoy!

Ms. Michelle Guillou                                                                                                                             Principal École James Kennedy Elementary School


Hats, Hats, Hats!                    Relaxing!



Monday, May 9, 2016

May tIMG_0067he 4th be with you!  Students and staff had a fun time celebrating May 4th as Star Wars Day at school last week.  We saw some really good costumes, some cool T-shirts, and we even had a visit from Darth Vader.

Our outdoor garden is almost finished, with the addition of our garden planters and long logs for additional seats, it is becoming a truly welcoming place to be.  There are many educational and health benefits for children who spend time outdoors and some children, who find sitting quietly in class a challenge, enjoy the freedom and fresh air when they are able to work outdoors.  UBC researchers have linked outdoor play spaces containing natural elements with increased play, and happier more active children.  In their research, the increased play and happiness had a positive outcome of decreasing depression among some students.  You may find this article from UBC – Outdoor Classrooms  of interest.

Today, is early dismissal day for our collaboration afternoon.  One of our groups of teachers is working on a new strategy to teach math, called “Cognitively Guided Instruction” or CGI.  This is very similar to the student groupings for guided reading.  Students are placed in small groups according to their math ability to receive direct numeracy instruction at their optimal learning level.  This is one more way that teachers are personalizing the new curriculum for each student.  Rather than a grade 3 class all being on page 92 in the math text book, students are given lessons on materials they need to know and are not sitting through whole group lessons that they do not understand or that are too easy.  Here is a fun You Tube link demonstrating some CGI  principles.

Calling all thrill seekers!  Divisions 1 – 12 will be attending Playland on Wednesday, May 11th for a full day of rides.  The bus departs the school at 9:00 am sharp, so don’t be late!  Please check the newsletter from your child’s teacher for full details on the day.  The bus is due back at the school by 2:45 pm.  Students should all wear comfortable shoes, and be prepared for the weather to enjoy the day.

imagesOur school track meet for intermediate students is tomorrow, May 10th.  Some of the events are being run before school throughout this week due to the time and space limits as well as the energy levels of the students.  Interested students ran the 1500m this morning at 8:00 am.  Intermediate teachers have let students know when early morning events are running and we will post them on the school calendar.  Parents are welcome to come and watch the events tomorrow.  The finalists from our school track meet will be selected to make up our District Track Team.  The District Track Meet will be held on May 27th at Walnut Grove Secondary for those students who qualify.

Mrs. Anderson will be hosting a Heritage Day Fair assembly on Friday, May 13th at 11:00 am to present the Langley event participants with their certificates and to acknowledge all regional participants and winners.  This assembly will be for our students in grades 3 to 7 and parents are welcome.

Please enjoy this week’s hallway art: Blossoms by Mme Gammel’s class and A Bee’s Best Friend by Mrs. Brigg’s class.

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Have a great week!

Ms. Michelle Guillou

Principal École James Kennedy Elementary School.


Monday, April 25, 2016

Dear Parents,

imagesOur enrichment Fridays have started once again for our grade six and seven students.  Intermediate teachers are offering a variety of learning activities, including: archery, track and field, soccer, non-traditional art, wind ensemble, and a class to create new things from recycled products.  Students spend an hour and a half each Friday afternoon learning in an area of their choice.

Our nature garden is developing nicely, with the completion of the Stream of Dreams and the placement of the stumps and boulders.  We are expecting the delivery of some large logs, to be used as natural seating and the addition of some planter gardens for students to grow food and other plants.  Each wing of the school will be equipped with a small set of gardening tools for teachers to use with their classes as part of their outdoor experience and to learn how to care for a garden.

Finalists from our school Heritage Fair attended the Langley School District Heritage Fair and took home four of the top six awards.  Here are the winners who will advance to the next level.

  • Ashlyn Holloway – Docent Award (Langley Centennial Museum)
  • Adam Scarborough – Best Presentation
  • Kylen Bruce – Educator’s Award of Excellence
  • Jasmine Marcotte – Most Original Topic

Congratulations to all of the students who participated in the Heritage Fair, you all did amazing research, visual displays, oral presentations and most of all, personalized learning.  Well done!  Special thanks to Mrs. Anderson for bringing this excellent opportunity to James Kennedy and to all of the teachers for supporting the program.  I see many more Heritage Fairs happening in the years to come.

images-4The school would like to thank the PAC for purchasing  25 laptops for classroom use.  These laptops will be added to the 5 that we received last fall from a grant application.  The set of 30 laptops will be available for our intermediate students for research, social studies and science reports, language arts writing assignments, multi-media projects, and much more.  The new Applied Design Skills and Technology (ADST) curriculum that will be implemented this fall will require the use of various forms of technology for coding, robotics, design, and much more; the lap tops will make learning these new skills more accessible.  Thank you, to all parents for supporting the PAC fundraising efforts.  Every hot lunch, movie, and treat day purchase goes directly into the hands of your children in the form of technology, playground structures, and special events.  Thank you, so much!

FullSizeRenderThe Canadian Parents For French sponsor a French Public Speaking Competition every year called the Concours d’art oratoire.  Five students represented École James Kennedy Elementary from Mr. Ginras, Mme Soo, and Mme St. Pierre’s classes and two students won top prize in their category.  We are very proud of all of our students for representing our school so well.  Congratulations!

7mes (Grade 7)

  • Seraphina Rizkallah – gagnante (winner)
  • David Carlson

6mes (Grade 6)

  • Sinead MacInnes
  • Teagan Gammel
  • Luke Vasianough – gagnant (winner)

The Jump Rope For Heart kick-off assembly will be held on Thursday, April 28th at 1:15 p.m.  Students will learn about their heart and how to keep it healthy for years to come.  Please watch for the special envelopes coming home that day with every student.  Parents are encouraged to go online to create a fundraising profile for each of their children.  All proceeds go directly to the Heart and Stroke Foundation to fund research for an illness that touches so many Canadians.  Let’s make a difference!



Signing off, as always with some special hallway art.  Please enjoy the Nature Art from Mme Soo’s grade 6/7 class.

Have a wonderful week.

Ms. Michelle Guillou  Principal École James Kennedy Elementary






Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Dear Parents,

images-3Welcome back!  I hope you all enjoyed a wonderful Spring Break and Easter with family and friends.  I was in the Interior and the Easter egg hunting was very good!

Due to inclement weather right before the break and losing power, we had to postpone conferences until this Thursday and next Wednesday.  Please be sure to check your email, Fresh Grade, and/or student agenda for a note from your child’s teacher indicating the day and time for your appointment.  Teachers have contacted all of you individually to arrange a new time, but if you still do not have an appointment, and would like one, please contact your child’s teacher.

images copy 56Next week we will be painting new salmon wood cut outs for the school fence by the primary playground.  Teachers will be asking for parent volunteers to assist with the painting of the fish cut outs in the gym as part of our Stream of Dreams initiative.  We will also be holding a Coins for Coho fundraiser.  Mme. St. Pierre is organizing both of these events and will send out further information this week.

Our playground received further beautification this spring with the addition of the wood stump seating, large boulders, wood chips, and crush gravel.  This is all part of our outdoor garden project being funded by generous community donations and organized by Mme. St. Pierre.  I will include a full write up of the project and donations once the outdoor garden is complete.

images copy 57One note about the tree stump seating in the outdoor garden, like all of our equipment, the wood tops are very slippery when wet and we will be asking students not to jump from stump to stump during playtime before, during, and after school as a measure to prevent injury.  I know it will be very tempting for students to jump, so we thank you in advance for helping us keep them safe.

images-11As we head into the final term of school, students will be supported and encouraged by school staff to take risks with their learning and to focus on their personal learning needs in order to meet their own goals.  You can set goals for your child too!  Do you want them to feel more comfortable with math concepts, reading, writing or social responsibility?  Check in with your child often, ask questions, answer questions, provide a quiet workspace, read together, ask to see their work, and most importantly, be their biggest cheerleader!

IIMG_2985 leave you this week with some imaginative Camouflage Art from Mr. Rogers’ class.  Can you see the hand in each painting?  You’ll have to look closely!

Have a wonderful week and we’ll see you at parent teacher and student-led conferences.

Regards, Ms. Guillou


Monday, March 7, 2016

Dear Parents,

Progress reports were distributed last Friday, March 4 and Parent Teacher conferences and Student Led conferences will be happening on Wednesday, March 9th and Thursday, March 10th.  You can register for your conference HERE .  Staff are offering two styles of conferences, Student-Led and Parent-Teacher; please check both schedules to find your child’s teacher.  The site will close on Tuesday night.  If you need to make changes or book an appointment after the site closes, please contact the teacher directly to arrange a suitable time.

IMG_6340Our POPS (Parents of Primary Students) Night was a great success.  Over 200 people attended the evening to learn about purposeful writing, fun writing games/activities and of course to eat ice cream sundaes!  Thank you, to all the families who joined us and a big thank you to the teachers who volunteered for the event.

Fun was definitely had by all.

t_logoLast week the school enjoyed a performance by the Foothills Brass.  The musicians played a wide variety of instruments and even showed the students how to build their own instrument with the use of a garden hose and a few simple kitchen items.  So if your garden hose is missing a four foot length, you’ll know why!  It was a fun and educational music experience and the performers, who don’t usually play for such large school groups, were very impressed by our students’ behaviour during the entire one hour performance.   This is no easy feat for students sitting on a gym floor.   Well done, James Kennedy students!  We were all really proud of you.

imagesSchool staff would like to thank all of the parents for the wonderful Staff Appreciation week.  You truly spoiled us with your baking, cooking and salads!  In a week where all of us were finishing up report cards and feeling the late nights, it was a real treat to have recess snack and lunch prepared for us.  Thank you, from all the staff at James Kennedy.

The Heritage Fair was on display Wednesday and Thursday last week.  Student projects were well researched and presented with incredible knowledge and passion.  The Fair connects history with Canadian heritage.  Students in grade four and five research a personally selected topic, take notes, write paragraphs, draw maps, create charts, and present information in a variety of ways.  Some students were even able to locate and bring in artifacts to add to their displays.  Special thank to Mrs. K. Anderson for bringing this great event to our school and also to the teachers of the classes involved.

Enrichment Fridays are finished for the second term and last week Mme. St. Pierre’s science group displayed their learning in the form of a Science Fair.  Students worked in pairs or alone, to ask and answer a science based inquiry question.  The experiments were original, and adhered to the scientific method.  Great work, students!  I overheard one of our primary students saying, “this is cool”, and I have to agree, it was very cool.

IMG_0913I leave you once again with a picture of some artwork from Mme. Charron’s kindergarten class, demonstrating what Kindergarten students can do using their fine motor skills and light/dark colouring.  Great work , Kindergarten students.

Have a wonderful final week before Spring Break and we look forward to seeing everyone come out for Parent-Teacher and Student-Led conferences.


Ms. M. Guillou

Principal James Kennedy Elementary


Thursday, February 11, 2016

Dear Parents,

It’s been a while since I have written a Principal’s Message, my apologies.  February arrived, with Heritage Fair projects, skating lessons, enrichment Fridays, grade 6/7 basketball, swimming lessons, new lunch hour clubs, and so much more!  There are lots of great things happening at James Kennedy for students and staff.

Our staff has been working on learning and implementing the new curriculum that will be mandated across British Columbia in September.  Staffs across the district took part in a one day study session to learn about the new curriculum on Friday, January 15th and we will have a second day of learning on Monday, April 18th.

IMG_2646The robots are coming!  On Monday, February 15th Mrs. Pimentel is holding a Robotics Showcase at the school.  Coding lessons will be held for students in the afternoon and after school we will host a showcase to highlight the robots being used by students as part of our coding project.  The Showcase will be held on the primary side of the school on the blacktop area.  If it is raining, we will move the showcase into the library.  Students and parents are welcome to come and see the robots.  Space will be limited if we need to move indoors.

A few weeks ago students had the opportunity to try wheelchair basketball and some students and staff took videos of the event.  Braiden, one of our grade seven students, made a video to share the experience.  Enjoy!

Wheelchair Basketball Grade 7-SD(1)

Our next Ready, Set, Learn session for 3 and 4 year olds will be held on Wednesday, February 17th from 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. in the library.  The topic is Songs and Rhymes and the focus is oral language development.  To register your child please call Mrs. Sollows at the school at 604-888-5257.  This is an engaging parent/child program to help prepare little ones for school.

POPS Night is back!  Come and join us on Tuesday, March 1st from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. to experience a variety of fun activities to promote writing in the primary grades.  There will be fun writing activities in English and in French, take home bags and of course ice cream sundaes.  An information newsletter went home last week with a tear away return portion to help us know how many families to expect.  We look forward to hosting you so please return those tear away sheets so we have enough ice cream for everyone.

images-1We would like to extend a special thank you to two parents who donated  tools for our Emergency Supply Kit.  All schools are required to have emergency supplies and tools on site in the event of a natural disaster.  From our email out to the community for donations we had two parents step forward with generous donations of tools for our supply kit.  Special thanks go out to Mr. Jason Waller and Mr. Holloway for their donations of tools.  An emergency kit is one of those items that you never want to use, but are comforted to have on site.

Second term report cards go home on March 4th and Student Led Conferences will be held on Wednesday, March 9th and Thursday, March 10th.  Classes will be dismissed one hour early on these days to accommodate the conferences.  Next week you will be able to book your appointments  HERE  We look forward to seeing all of our families come and visit the classrooms and celebrate student learning with us.

There is a School District community workshop for parents supporting LGBTQ + YOUTH  on February 25th from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m.   Please see flyer for workshop details and location address under our Community Events tab.

Lastly, I leave you with some beautiful hallway art from Mme. Rogerson/Mme. Fontaine’s class.


Ms. Guillou

Principal ´Ecole James Kennedy Elementary



Monday, January 25, 2016

Dear Parents,


Coding, robotics and inquiry are happening at James Kennedy!  Mrs. Pimentel is offering students the opportunity to build, code and program robots through her Inspire Project.  This unique program, designed by Mrs. Pimentel, is made possible through Provincial Government grants.  Students are working with Tiddlybots, Raspberry Pi, BB8, and BeeBots  in fun and imaginative ways, extending their thinking through hands on learning and inquiry.  For more information on this amazing project, please visit Mrs. Pimentel’s web site at

Timages-2he B.C. Wheelchair Basketball Association brought our school wheelchairs for students in all grades to try out a fun game of wheelchair basketball. Not only did students learn about wheelchairs, they learned to appreciate the great game of basketball in a whole new way.

images-1With the rainy season continuing we respectfully ask that all families provide a pair of inside shoes to be worn in the building.  Our fields and play areas are wet and muddy.  All of our students appreciate clean floors and carpets to work on, to do group work, and of course to play.  All students are asked to change their shoes each time they come into the building.  Dry floors are also safer for all students and adults to walk on; slips are the number one cause of injury in schools.  Thank you, for your cooperation.

images-3Parking lot safety around the school continues to be an area of concern for many parents and staff.  Here are some of the issues that have come up:

  • drivers texting while traveling through the parking lot and drive through area
  • double parking up against the pick up curb – this blocks the view of drivers for small children on the road
  • parking and waiting in the lane area in between the parked cars at the front of the school.  Students are having to walk between moving cars to get to your vehicle.
  • Excessive speed: please observe our 5 mph guidelines for our young children in the roadways.

Your Child’s Safety Is Our Number One Concern

I leave you with a photograph of IMG_2866artwork from Mme. Rogerson’s grade 2/3 class.  Enjoy!

Ms. Guillou

Principal École James Kennedy Elementary





Monday, January 4, 2016

Dear Parents,

Welcome back and Happy New Year!  I wish each and every one of our students a successful transition back to school on Monday after enjoying  all of the holiday festivities.   For many, a return to regular routines can be a bit exhausting, especially for our younger students.  You can help your child’s transition this coming week by providing opportunities to exercise, eat healthy, get a lot of fresh air, and keep a regular sleep schedule.  This will ensure that your child gets the best possible start in 2016!

images-3We have scheduled a fairly quiet week for the students this first week back, to maintain as many familiar routines as possible. We have divisions 10, 22, 23, and 24 starting off the week skating on Monday, so don’t forget your skates!  On Friday afternoon students in grades 6 and 7 will participate in Enrichment Friday, which is similar to the exploration classes offered at Middle School.

Kindergarten registration for the English program begins on January 18th and continues until March 31, 2016.  Registrations received after March 31st will be considered late and may result in families not finding a space in their catchment school.  Please register early and pass along this information to your friends with Kindergarten aged children.  French Immersion registration will begin this week with families, who have a child on the wait list,  receiving a phone call offering a spot in the program.  If you did not put your name on the French Immersion wait list at the School Board Office before Christmas break, please come directly to the James Kennedy School office to add your name to the wait list.

Here is a link to the Kindergarten Registration information Kindergarten Registration Info 

images-1Ready, Set, Learn (RSL) is a program specifically designed for children who are 3 or 4 years of age. We will be hosting three RSL sessions at James Kennedy which will offer a wide variety of fun activities for little ones.  We will have sessions on Fine Motor Skill Development, Numeracy Development and Oral Language Development. You can see all of our flyers under the News and Events tab on the home page. All sessions will be run in the library by a qualified Early Learning teacher.  You can get detailed information here at  James Kennedy RSL Ad 2   

images-4Safety Note:  Please remind your children to stay off the equipment in the morning and even during the day if it is icy.  Weather conditions can change quickly and we trust that all of our students will heed our announcements to use extra care.

We will continue going outside, even on frosty days.  Help your child enjoy the great outdoors by providing the necessary boots, coat, gloves/mittens, and hat.  A warm dry child is a happy child.

Once again, welcome back.

Ms. Guillou

Principal ´Ecole James Kennedy Elementary



Monday, images copy 8December 14, 2015

Dear Parents,

We enjoyed both the primary and Kindergarten Christmas concerts last week, and were treated to wonderful Christmas songs, entertaining costumes and great actions.  Mr. Roger’s and Mr. Knox’s students helped with the decorations and Mrs. J. King helped me hang all of the lights with some terrific student helpers; everyone pulled together to help, in true Christmas spirit.

On the evening of December 8th our primary choir, under the direction of Mrs. Sollows, sang for a images-1 copy 6boardroom full of School Trustees, our District Leadership Team, and other members of the school district at the Public Board Meeting held at the School Board Office.  Our choir was accompanied by Mrs. Olson on the piano.  Trustees and other members of the board were very happy to get candy canes from our students during the final song, and even though I am likely biased, I think our choir was the highlight of the night.  Well done, boys and girls!

Giving_Tree-284x200The Giving Tree Collection came to a close last Friday and staff and students are now busy assembling the hampers of donated food and gifts, and the money that was collected at the concerts will be going directly to the families in the form of grocery gift cards for fresh food items.  The hampers will be delivered this week by staff and students.   Once again, our James Kennedy community came through with amazing generosity to make a difference in the lives of four families this Christmas.  Thank you!

We have a busy week coming up with the following events:

  • Enrichment Group Promotion at 9:00 am on Monday for grades 6/7
  • Story Theatre Production at 1:00 pm on Tuesday for everyone
  • Recognition Assembly for Cross Country runners and Volleyball players at 9:00 am on Wednesday for whole school
  • Enrichment Celebration at 1:00 pm on Thursday for all intermediate students
  • Movie Day:  a.m. primary and p.m. intermediate on Friday

Parents, please know that you are always welcome to any of our assemblies or presentations.

imagesThis upcoming week will likely be a bit challenging for some of our students, with Christmas excitement, later nights, and the anticipation of the holidays.  We can help students manage this week by providing the following:

  1. At least 10 to 12 hours of sleep a night.
  2. Drinking lots of water and eating healthy.
  3. Outside play time, rain or shine.

We will be going outside to play all week, so please pack extra socks and pants, and send along some rain boots or old runners to be worn outside.  Muddy boots can be left in the coat rooms, but muddy runners worn inside make our classrooms, hallways and carpets less than appealing for students to work on.  Students, big and small, enjoy working on the floor; it is a natural body break from sitting in a chair all day long.  Please help us keep our floors clean by providing your child with a pair of clean inside shoes.  I know our custodians would also greatly appreciate less mud coming in everyday.

I wish you images-4all a wonderful Christmas holiday, filled with family and friends.  For those of you traveling over the holidays to be with loved ones, I wish you safe travels.

From all of us at James Kennedy, we wish you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Mme Guillou / Principal École James Kennedy Elementary



Tuesday, December 8, 2015illustration-of-four-kids_small

Dear Parents,

The school is in full holiday mode with our Giving Trees program, concerts, Christmas crafts and much more.

Primary Christmas Concert: Bugz Christmas

Wednesday, December 9, 2015     Doors open at 6:30 p.m.

Kindergarten Christmas Concert

Thursday, December 10, 2015     Festivities Begin at 2:00 p.m.

The hallways are filled with wonderful student art and for those of you who haven’t been able to see everything, I have included some photos here for your enjoyment.


Button Art 2



Chalk Art



Santas 2

Elf on the ShelfWe have a wonderful two weeks ahead, with little elves showing up all over the building.  Here we have an Elf of the Shelf reading with the Cat in The Hat in one of our primary classes.  Those little elves are everywhere!

First term Progress Reports will be coming home to you on Friday, December 11th.  Once you have read the report, please sign the front cover, include any comments in the space provided, check the “Conference Requested” box if you need to speak to the teacher, and then return the cover to school in the envelope provided.

Giving Tree items are coming in daily.  Thank you, for your wonderful generosity.

I wish you good health and hopefully a bit of peacefulness during these busy holiday times leading up to Christmas.

Warmest regards,

Michelle Guillou



Monday, November 30, 2015

Hello, Everyone

Giving_Tree-284x200Our school has adopted four families from the Christmas Bureau once again this year. The Giving Tree coin drive begins on Monday which will help us purchase the perishable food items right before the hamper deliveries.  The coin drive will continue through the week.  Tags for specific food and gift options will be on the trees soon for you to take and purchase for our four families.  The school will make hampers for each family to be delivered during the final week of school.

Christmas concert preparations are well under way and staff and students look forward to entertaining you with their music and song.  This week we have our Intermediate Band Concert on Thursday evening beginning at 7:00 p.m.  Next week we have our Primary Concert on Wednesday and our Kindergarten Concert on Thursday.  All dates and times are listed on our JKE Calendar.  Our primary choir, under the direction of Mrs. Sallows, will be performing on December 8th at the School Board Office for School Trustees, the District Leadership Team, and all guests in attendance.

volleyball-illustration-86192Our volleyball season finished up with a tournament on November 17th at Yorkson Creek Middle School for all four teams.  Please watch for a full news report from our grade 7 journalists who will be posting an article about the tournament.

hug-club-clip-art-591 Special thanks go out to all of our parent helpers who volunteered at our Scholastic Book Fair last week and Mrs. Busch our library Technician who helped Mrs. Anderson with the fair.   The fair was a fabulous success and raised a lot of money for our school library.  I will update this newsletter with the grand total as soon as it is in.  All proceeds from the fair go directly into our school library for all of our students to enjoy.  Thank you, Mrs. Anderson for booking and organizing the fair, you did an amazing job!

Nurturing virtues drawing [640x480] with title+2_thumb[14]Our school virtue for the month of December is Generosity.

“Generosity is the virtue of giving. Generosity is giving to another person something of yours as an act of freewill, without obligation.  Generosity requires an awareness of your own freedom—I choose to give this gift—and the decision to make good use of that freedom—I choose to do good.”

Everyday generosity at school includes: helping when you can, giving without hope of reward and without anticipation of gratitude, performing random acts of kindness, and enjoying the virtue of generosity with your classmates and community.  Our giving trees is a wonderful example of generosity to our community.

I wish you all a wonderful week and look forward to hopefully seeing you at one of our three concerts.


Michelle Guillou    /   Principal  École James Kennedy Elementary


Monday, November 2, 2015


Staff are looking forward to seeing all of our parents and students during our Parent-Teacher Interviews and Student-Led Conferences this week. Students will be dismissed at 1:45 p.m. on both Wednesday and Thursday to accommodate the appointments. If you have not signed up for a time, please visit at  to register for a time to see your child’s teacher. If you are unable to make the times available, contact your teacher directly by email or telephone to book a mutually convenient time to meet.

Interim Report cards went home last Friday with all of our students in grades 1-7. These report cards indicate if your child is using the skills and attitudes required for purposeful work in the classroom, in the library, and in the music room. Please remember to sign and return the Interim Report to school at your earliest convenience.

Last Friday night your PAC hosted Spooktacular, a Hallowe’en Family Fun Night. The school was filled with music, games, prizes, pizza, cakes, and lots of great costumes on both the little people and the big people. Thank you, to the PAC for organizing such a wonderful event for our community!


October 26, 2015

Hello, Everyone!

On Friday, October 30th the PAC will be hosting Spooktacular from 6 pm to 9 pm. at the school and everyone is welcome. Games and activities will fill the school for all to play. Volunteers are still needed for a few events, please check out the sign up board in the front foyer. I hear that this is a very fun evening for the whole family and I am looking forward to my first Spooktacular.

Interim Report Cards will be coming home this Friday, October 30th, please watch for them in your child’s back pack or agenda. The interim report cards will assist you in knowing whether or not your child has been able to use the skills and attitudes required to successfully participate in classroom lessons and activities. Students who regularly practice the skills and attitudes needed for learning are freed up to participate and work in the classroom with purpose. I call this purposeful work. When students are engaged in purposeful work, rather than work avoidance, their success and sense of satisfaction with their learning is much greater. Our goal is to encourage purposeful work with all of our students. Please read the report and discuss it with your child, then sign and return the card to your child’s teacher. Parent-teacher interviews will be held the following week to review the information you received and to discuss other areas of learning. We look forward to seeing all of you next week.

Parent-Teacher Interviews will be held on Wednesday, November 4th and Thursday, November 5th. The school will be using for the first time which is an on-line registration site to book your parent-teacher conferences. When you log on to the site, you will be asked to register and enter your children’s names. Once your account is set up, you will be able to go in to book your appointments and move your appointments if needed to fit your schedule. Email reminders will be sent to the email address you provided in the days leading up to your scheduled appointment.

Here are some directions to assist you, although most parents tell me that they are able to register by just following the screen prompts, it’s that easy. If you have any questions, please call the office and staff will be happy to assist you.

Click here to see a parent instruction form.
Simple Instructions:
School Appointments – Parent Instructions

Detailed Instructions:
Parent Instructions

We have three teachers who will be using the Student-Led Conference Schedule, which is on the welcome screen right under the link to the Parent-Teacher Conference link. If you go into the Parent-Teacher conference link by mistake, you will see all of the appointments listed as “unavailable” for these three teachers. If you see this, go back to the home page and choose the correct Student-Led Conference Schedule for the following teachers.

1. Ms. Warren
2. Mrs. L. Anderson
3. Mrs. Briggs

Have a Spooktacular week!
Michelle Guillou

October 19, 2015
Dear Parents/Guardians

Learning happens in many ways and in many places. At James Kennedy we strive to provide a multitude of opportunities for our students to learn and explore. This past week many of our students were given the opportunity to visit Caine’s Arcade hosted by the Walnut Grove Gator Pod. Students saw and played a variety of student-made games, engaging the fun side of learning. Our intermediate students also had the opportunity to participate in the “Student Vote” program, learning all about Canada’s government system, and participating in a mock election.

The Big Brothers and Big Sisters organization is holding after school programs for boys and girls, and students are learning about themselves and others through fun and engaging activities, games and sports. Learning happens beyond the classroom borders everyday.

Passion Fridays has started once again for our intermediate students. Every Friday afternoon students attend lessons with a teacher in their passion area. I will be teaching a technology class that will create a page on our school website which will help other students in their individual learning journey. I look forward to seeing what my students create!

Nature Club is starting up on Tuesday after school with Mrs. St.Pierre. Information went home last week and interested students signed up to participate. If you are still interested, contact Mrs. St. Pierre to see if there is still room to join.

Photo retake day is also on Tuesday. If you were not pleased with the results from the first photo day, photographers will be here to offer retakes.

A reminder that Friday is a Pro. D Day for all staff in the district. There will be no classes for students on this day.

Parent Teacher Interviews will be happening on November 4th and 5th. Sign up for interviews will be done online this year through I will be sending out information on how to create an account for your family and how to book an appointment on the new system. Several other schools in Langley are using the program and it has been very well received by parents because of the convenience.

Special thanks to our PAC for hosting another amazing hot lunch and a treat day on Thursday. It was smiles all around the school. Thank you, parents!

Have a great week everyone.

Ms. Michelle Guillou

October 5, 2015
Dear Parents/Guardians

Since my last post, we have been very busy at James Kennedy Elementary! On September 23rd we all participated in the Annual Terry Fox School Run after watching two short video compilations created by some of our grade 7 students. The videos were touching and inspiring. Well done, students. The assembly was emceed by Braiden and Paul, two of our grade 7 student leaders who did an outstanding job. In the evening of the 23rd the PAC held it’s first PAC meeting which was very well attended. The energy and enthusiasm of the group was wonderful.

September 24th brought it’s own excitement with the grand opening of the new primary playground, followed by cake and Meet the Teacher Night. The PAC, led by Natalie, did an exemplary job raising funds and building the playground themselves. Amazing! The playground equipment is very popular with the students and will be enjoyed by many in the years to come; a real legacy for the community.

For staff our School Improvement half day was filled with the sharing of our early reading assessment results and discussions around reading assessments, resources, and best practice. Many of our staff will be heading off to hear Faye Brownlie, a leading reading expert, present “Catching Readers Before they Fall” at the Langley Event Centre on Monday after school.

The Cops For Cancer tour made a stop at the school on September 29th, making quite an entrance into the gym on their bikes! Students and staff cheered them on for the good work that they are doing to support cancer research. Every student left the gym with at least one Cops for Cancer trading card from the riders.

Grade 7 Camp was great success again this year. Special thanks to Mr. Gingras for taking the lead in the planning the trip, and to Mr. Knox, Ms. Dinner and Ms. Soo for also taking on organizational roles. Mr. Rogers stayed back to teach the grade 6 students. Thank you, Mr. Rogers! The grade 7 students, parent helpers and staff left on Wednesday, September 30th and returned on October 2. The benefits of going to camp in the fall are the friendships formed between students early on in the school year. Camp is a great place to make new friends

Orange Shirt Day on the 30th was marked by an afternoon assembly with the entire school. Our Aboriginal support worker, Luke, planned a special afternoon for us to remember the children who attended residential schools. We wore the colour orange, to remember. Our guests included: Laurie Brummit from the Aboriginal Program at the School District, Ashley Doyle from Seyem Qwantlen, Cecelia Reekie a former School Trustee, Michael Gabriel and Kevin Kelly from Kwantlen First Nation, Donna Robbins an Aboriginal District teacher from Kwantlen First Nation, and special guest Elder Josette Durand a Kwantlen First Nation residential school survivor. Our guests drummed and sang for us and Luke shared the story behind Orange Shirt Day.

Coming up this week on Wednesday, October 7th at 9:00 a.m. is “Dumpsta Dragons – Creative World Music”. Dumpsta Dragons is an invented trio with the love of global styles of music. They combine contemporary innovations and classical instruments. Students will hear music inspired from around the world.

I’m looking forward to another great week at James Kennedy, working with and supporting students in their learning.

Have a wonderful week, everyone!

Ms. Michelle Guillou

September 21, 2015

Dear Parents/Guardians

Students are settling nicely into their class routines and schedules for the new school year, and have already started joining clubs and volunteering in the building. On Wednesday, the PAC organized a short assembly for the school to introduce the sale of the Entertainment Books which is an important fundraiser for the school. The Entertainment Books went home with students on Thursday last week. On Friday we marked the beginning of the school year with our Welcome Back Assembly for students. Staff were introduced, Mme. St. Pierre reviewed school recycling in a fun “game show” style presentation, and we watched an iMovie trailer of our first full week of school. Students are excited to be back at school and staff are looking forward to a fantastic year.

The Cross-Country team for grades 4 to 7 has been set and students will attend their first meet on Tuesday, September 21st at Aldergrove Lake. For more information visit our Athletics page under School Programs to find our practice schedule, map of the race area, and race day information.

Our Terry Fox Run will be held on Wednesday, September 23rd. We will have an assembly in the gym starting at 1:15 p.m. followed by a run on the school grounds. Parents are most welcome to join us!

Meet the Teacher Night and the Opening of our new playground will take place on Thursday, September 24th. The evening will begin outside on the primary side at 5:30 p.m. with our PAC officially opening the playground with a ribbon cutting ceremony. The PAC will then be serving cake in the foyer. At 6:00 p.m. all classrooms will be open for our meet the teacher night. We look forward to seeing all of you.

As a community, we all want our students to arrive safely at school; this requires everyone’s participation. The drive through lane in front of the school is a “kiss and go” area. Adults remain with their vehicle and students head off to class independently. If you have a kindergarten student or young primary child that you would like to escort to the classroom door, please either arrive early and park legally in the front parking lot or park on a side street and be prepared to walk 5 or 10 minutes to school. We currently have an unsafe situation in our parking lot in the morning and after school. There is no parking in the drive through lane, nor in the road way of the front parking lot. These two roads must keep moving in the morning and after school to accommodate all of the vehicles . A reminder that the side parking lot is for staff only. The staff parking lot may not be used for drop off and pick up convenience. Thank you, for your cooperation.

This new school website will replace our bi-monthly newsletters. All of the same information will come out to you, but as a website rather than a newsletter. Please check the website weekly for upcoming events, calendar items and student blogs. I will be writing a Principal’s Message every week and our calendar and news items will be updated as needed. Please visit the Community News page to see upcoming registration dates for sports, clubs and other community events. Our hope it to serve you in a more timely manner, by getting information out to you as we receive it rather than every two weeks. Mrs. Sallows will send you weekly email reminders to check our website for the latest information.

I wish all of our students a terrific learning week!

Ms. Michelle Guillou

Welcimages 2ome Back!

I trust that you all enjoyed a relaxing and fun summer holiday with friends and family and  I am looking forward to meeting all of you in the coming weeks as we start up the new school year.  Over the past two weeks I  received a warm welcome at the school from staff, who have been working hard to set up classrooms, and parents who have just dropped by to say hello.  The classrooms are ready for a fantastic year of learning and the energy of the teachers who have been in tells me that it’s going to be a great year.  I am very pleased to be joining the James Kennedy community, having come from Uplands Elementary/Uplands Montessori where I was principal for an amazing six  years.

The first week of school will be a time for students to settle in and get comfortable with the routines of school once again.  You can support your child(ren) by ensuring that they get enough sleep, lots of exercise, and some reading practice to get the mind and body back in “school mode”.  Encouraging these healthy habits will set them up for success and reduce any anxiety they may be experiencing.

On Tuesday and Wednesday morning, students return to last year’s teacher and during the week we will be watching our student enrollment numbers and balancing classes.  On Friday your child will learn who their permanent teacher will be for the year.  We do our very best to create balanced classes with optimal learning environments, and make student placement decisions with much collaborative thought and discussion among staff who are knowledgeable about your child’s learning and social needs.

I’ll be on the front cross-walk Tuesday morning, so come by and say hello.  I won’t be wearing the green frog hat, but maybe I’ll wear something else so you can see me!   Have a fabulous long weekend and I’ll see you all next week.

Kindest regards,

Ms. Michelle Guillou


James Kennedy Elementary

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