Blacklock Blast – December 7

December 7, 2018

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas and we are excited to be counting down the last ten days before Christmas break!  Remember that the Christmas Singalong is this coming week on Thursday, December 13 at 6:00pm and parents are invited to come and enjoy the musical talents of our students.  The 1:30pm performance on that day is designed as a dress rehearsal that will be shared with the student body in attendance.  Report cards will be published online on December 14.


Christmas Store was a huge success!  A total of $1921 was raised.  A great big thank you to all who made this possible!  This year was our best year yet!  The joy experienced by the children and all those who volunteered certainly has set us in great spirits for this Christmas season.  All funds raised stay within our school community and support our families to ensure that they have a great Christmas!


Last week we celebrated with cupcakes.  Professor Mcgonagall and her staff delivered these to all students as they had successfully completed Task 1 of 2 that is required to receive their house T-shirts.  Looking forward to finishing the pod mascots…coming soon.


We are implementing a strict ‘No Toys At School’ policy effective immediately.  Classrooms have a variety of different games, cards, lego, blocks, and other activities that are connected to learning and are available to students during indoor playtime.  When students are outside, we need them to be running and playing so that they burn energy and are ready to return to the classroom setting.  The toys that your children are bringing from home are causing problems when they are lost, not shared, taken without permission, etc.  If toys show up at school, they will be taken to the ‘Toy Daycare’ where they will hang out until the end of the school day.


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

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


We remind you that, at ALL times, ALL the parking lots are off limits to students.  They are not to be used for playing tag, riding scooters, bikes, etc.  ALL pedestrian traffic, including parents, are to remain behind the metal fence and on the marked pathways.  For those students who line up at Door ‘B’, please remind them of these rules.  They are for your children’s safety.

It has come to our attention that some families have been made aware of a possible person of concern who may be in our neighbourhood.  We remind parents that there are always people who pose a risk to our children in the area (we just don’t always know about them) and it is important that we teach our children to not talk to strangers, not walk alone, and to report any unusual activity to their parents or school staff.  We have also noticed that there are many of our students who do not know their parents’ phone numbers.  Please take some time to teach your children your phone number.


As a unique Christmas opportunity, the Office is selling some chocolate covered large sour keys for $5.00/package of four.  These make great stocking stuffers, so if you’re interested in taking advantage of this, please stop by the Office to buy one, or two, or three, or ……..


During the month of December, we would like to show the Philosopher’s Stone (the first Harry Potter movie) to Divisions 5 through 8.  The dates for these viewings will be on Tuesdays (9:15-10:00am) and on Thursdays (2:00-2:45pm).  If you do not want your child to see the movie, please e-mail the principal at so that we can make alternative arrangements for your child during that time.


We have extra calendar magnets available.  If you would like an extra one, please come by the office to pick one up.

Next week Term 1 Report Cards will be published online.  We would encourage you to try to login to your MyEd BC Family Portal Account as soon as possible.  This will ensure that you can get online and are ready to access your child’s report card on December 14.  If you have any trouble getting online, please feel free to contact the office for assistance.  For help on how to login, click here –> Reminder-Family Portal-Report Cards-Dec14,2018 and here –>  SD35 Family Portal

There is an opportunity for students in Grade 4 and 5 to get a deal on a ‘Snow Pass’, which offers a ski/snowboard pass for $29.95.  If this sounds like something you might be interested in, you can get more details by clicking here –> SnowPass Brochure 2018


Here are the upcoming calendar updates:

December 13 – Christmas Singalong @ 6:00pm

December 14 – Term 1 Report Cards published online

December 20 – PAC-sponsored Christmas Dance – 5:30pm-7:00pm

December 21 – Pancake Breakfast with Santa & Last Day before Christmas Break

January 7 – School Reopens

Have a great weekend everyone!

Susanna Eppich, Principal

For access to our District Community Bulletin Board, please click here:  Community Bulletin Board.      There are always new flyers that may be of interest to you.

Blacklock Fine Arts Elementary

5100 - 206 Street, Langley
BC, V3A 2E5
Phone: 604-530-3188
Fax: 604-530-9726