It is with great excitement that I welcome you all to the 2015/2016 school year at Fort Langley Elementary! I hope you had a relaxing summer filled with wonderful memory-making experiences. It's hard to believe how quickly summer has gone by and that school will begin in just over a week. Please find some important information about the first days of school below ....
First Day of School
With the first day of school fast approaching on Tuesday, September 8, I want to remind you of some important items. The students in Grades 1-7 will be at school on Tuesday, September 8 from 8:45 - 10:30am.
What About the Bus?
Students will be picked up at their usual time from your home in the morning. The bus will be at the school at approximately 10:40pm to take the students home.
Where Should They Go?
The students will go to the class they were in at the end of last year. In most cases, his/her teacher for the first week will be their teacher for most of the first week. This will allow for a nice transition back to school and allow for plenty of sharing of wonderful summer events with people who know them and care about them.
What About New Students?
If you have already registered your child, then your child should be brought to the library where a staff member will ensure he/she is taken to the appropriate grade level class. He/she will continue attending that class until classes are finalized later in the week.
If you have not yet registered your child, please go to the office to register.
What About Kindergarten Students?
If your child is starting Kindergarten you should have received a package in the mail already indicating your child's schedule for the first couple of weeks of school. If you did not receive that package, please come in to see Mrs. Klantschi at the office on Tuesday - Friday of this upcoming week.
What About Parents?
The PAC would like to invite all of our parents into the gym in the morning for coffee and treats. This is a nice way to come together and reconnect with your fellow parents. This is also a time to welcome our newest Fort Langley families into our school.
Rest of the Week
The first full day of school (for students in Grade 1 - Grade 7) is on Wednesday, September 9th. The welcome bell goes at 8:46am and the students will be dismissed at 2:45pm. Students will continue going to their previous year's class until the district personnel finalizes classes.
If you have any questions, or if you need to register your child, our office is open from 8:30-3:00 Monday - Friday next week. Please visit or call - 604-888-2111.
Please contact me at the school should you wish to share any joys, concerns, and/or ideas, or if I can help with any questions you may have throughout the year.
Tia Henriksen, Principal
We welcome the following staff members to our Fort Langley community (*):
Jacqui Staples - Grade 6/7
Tracey Thorne and Kristy Theissen - Grade 3/4 job-share team
Lisa Lavik - Grade 4/5 and Grade 3 - job-sharing with Mrs. Davidson and Mrs. Rissiek
Miko Prasad - Grade 1/2 and Kindergarten - job-sharing with Mrs. Blair and Mrs. Dancy
Kari Furse - Music - Tuesday/Thursday
Alisa Braun - Prep - French/Gym/Technology
Kim Cline - Early Numeracy Coach
Sarah McNeil - Library Technician
Elaine Mayes - ELL Teacher
(*There will be a number of further additions prior to the start of school.)
WELCOME KINDERGARTEN FRIENDS
The start of the school year is exciting for all students. This time of year is even more exciting if you are entering Kindergarten and experiencing the first day of school for the first time. We warmly welcome our new Kindergarten friends. Kindergarten parents, information regarding the gradual entry for your children was mailed to you in August. If you did not receive this information, please come to the office to see Mrs. Klantschi.
If you ordered supplies from School Start, they will be at school when the students arrive next week. They will be given out to the students in the first few days of school. If you did not order supplies through School Start, the supply lists can be found in one of the tabs in this website. For Kindergarten parents, a bulk order of supplies as well as consumable craft materials will be provided for your child. The cost of the supplies for Kindergarten students is $45. Please make cheque payable to Fort Langley Elementary.
2015/2016 Bell Schedule
8:46 am* - Welcome Bell – students line up, doors open
8:51 am* - School begins
8:51-10:30 am - Instructional Time
10:30 am* - Recess begins
10:45 am* - Recess ends
10:45-12:20 pm - Instructional Time
12:20 pm - Lunch – eat in classroom
12:35 pm* - Students go outside to play
1:05 pm* - Bell for end of lunch
1:05-2:45 pm - Instructional Time
2:45 pm* - Dismissal
* Bell rings
These times change slightly during Half Days and Early Dismissal Days
2015 / 2016 School Calendar
Sep 7 (M) - Labour Day
Sep 8 (T) - School opens - students attend 8:45am - 10:30am
Sep 9 (W) - First full day of school - students attend 8:45am - 2:45pm
Sep 15 (T) - Dot Day
Sep 16 (W) - Entertainment Books Go Home for PAC Fund-raiser
Sep 21 (M) - Kindergarten students begin FULL DAYS
Sep 21 (M) - Author Eric Wilson coming to visit our school to speak with Intermediate students
Sep 25 (F) - School Improvement Half Day – students attend morning only - Dismissal at 11:36am
Sep 30 (W) - Meet the Teacher Night
Oct 2 - Terry Fox Run - 1:45pm
Oct 8 (Th) - Aboriginal Enhancement Agreement signing in District
Oct 12 (M) - Thanksgiving
Oct 19 (M) - Federal Election
Oct 23 (F) - Professional Development Day (Provincial)
Oct 26 (M) - Collaboration Afternoon (75 minute early dismissal for students) - Dismissal at 1:25pm
Nov 4 (W) - 1 hour early dismissal for parent/teacher interviews - Dismissal at 1:45pm
Nov 5 (Th) - 1 hour early dismissal for parent/teacher interviews - Dismissal at 1:45pm
Nov. 10 (T) - Remembrance Day Assembly at 10:45am
Nov 11 (W) - Remembrance Day (no school)
Nov 20 (F) - Report Card Prep Half Day – students attend morning only - Dismissal at 11:36am
Nov 24 (T) - Collaboration Afternoon (75 minute early dismissal for students)
Dec 11 (F) - Term 1 Report Cards Issued
Dec 18 (F) - Last day prior to Winter Break
Jan 4 (M) - School re-opens after break
Jan 14 (Th) - Collaboration Afternoon (75 minute early dismissal for students) - Dismissal at 1:25pm
Jan 15 (F) - Cultural Performance - HOJA performing at 1:30pm
Jan 16 (S) - TEDx Langley ED
Feb 3 (W) - Collaboration Afternoon (75 minute early dismissal for students) - Dismissal at 1:25pm
Feb 8 (M) - Family Day (no school)
Feb 19 (F) - Professional Development Day (District)
Feb 22 (M) - Report Card Prep Half Day – students attend morning only
Feb 24 (W) - Pink Shirt Day - Michael Bortolotto coming to visit FLE again
Mar 4 (F) - Term 2 Report Cards Issued
Mar 9 (W) - 1 hour early dismissal for parent/teacher interviews - Dismissal at 1:45pm
Mar 10 (Th) - 1 hour early dismissal for parent/teacher interviews - Dismissal at 1:45pm
Mar 11 (F) - Last day prior to Spring Break - Jump Rope for Heart Event
Mar 14 - 29 - Spring Break
Mar 30 (W) - School re-opens after break
Apr 15 (F) - Collaboration Afternoon (75 minute early dismissal for students)
Apr 21 - Maker Day - District-Wide Student Event
May 6 (F) - Professional Development Day
May 9 (M) - Collaboration Afternoon (75 minute early dismissal for students) - Dismissal at 1:25pm
May 12 (Th) - Great Shake Out - Provincial Earthquake Drill - 11:15am
May 23 (M) - Victoria Day
May 24 (T) - Cultural Performance - Fizzical Physics - 1:30pm
June 21 (T) - National Aboriginal Day
Jun 29 (W) - Final Report Card & last day for students prior to Summer Vacation
Jun 30 (Th) - Day not in session
There will be other dates added to this calendar as the year progresses.