Introducing Families to UHill

Dear UHill Community,

We hope you had a great Spring Break and feel full of energy for the remainder of the school year.

Uhill PAC would like to create a document to inform parents, guardians, and caregivers about ‘things that matter and make life easier’ when their children join our school. We invite you to complete a brief survey to help us shape this document.

We were all once new to UHill, and some of us might still feel quite new to the school and the educational system in British Columbia. Let’s help each other out!

If you have any questions or suggestions, please reach out to us at uhillpac@gmail.com

UHill PAC Executive

New afterschool cooking program for grades 4-7

Dear UHill Elementary parents,

Please see below some information that Kate Foreman-Ng, a grade 1 teacher at Uhill Elementary, asked us to pass along to you – This information is from Barb Finlay of the former Project Chef who has a new program for kids in grade 4-7:

We (Project Chef) are partnering with 4-H British Columbia to develop the 4-H/Project CHEF Online Cooking Club. 

The 5-week after school program is designed to teach a variety of culinary skills, cook & taste Project CHEF recipes from around the world, and explore BC’s agricultural bounty.  There are two starting dates to choose from, March 30th and May 11th. Students may sign up for one or both sessions (recipes will not be repeated).  

Though I wish that we could bring this program into your class, I am hopeful that you may be able to share this information with students that may be interested in participating in their home kitchens. 

A link to more information about the Cooking Club program may be found here, https://www.4hbc.ca/opportunities/ProjectCHEF .

If you have any further questions about the program, please email Barbara at  info@projectchef.ca or Bonnie at discover4-h@4hbc.ca . 

Wishing you all a great and relaxing spring break and looking forward to seeing you all at the PAC meetings after the break.

Uhill PAC executive

DPAC News

Every Monday in February (till further notice) at 7pm parents are invited to join Zoom meetings to talk about Covid in schools – register here: DPAC COVID Discussion Meetings

District PAC Committees and Working Groups

Music Working Group
This working group has been struck to focus on ensuring music is a part of every student’s school experience. Interested parents please contact working group lead, Robert Ford at Robert@quokkasystems.com.  First meeting Feb 10th, info here.

Childcare Committee
The committee is focused on encouraging increased access and wider options for school-age care.  Interested parents please contact committee lead Alan at alan.patola.moosmann@vancouverdpac.org
The provincial government is offering parents an opportunity to offer feedback regarding Early Learning and Childcare. Deadline to respond to this self-paced survey is February 15, 2022

Anti-Racism Collective and Working Group
Vancouver DPAC has created and is holding space for Black (of African Descent) and Indigenous Parents to gather and discuss issues pertinent to them that happen within the context of Vancouver Public Schools (VSB). Parents of Indigenous and African Descent can contact karen.tsang@vancouverdpac.org to find out more.  

DPAC hosts a Slack Group for all who are interested in furthering the work of anti-racism and anti-oppression. Please contact Karen at karen.tsang@vancouverdpac.org for an invite to the group. We are especially interested in people from equity-seeking groups (parents and caregivers of refugees and immigrants, students with disabilities, children in the foster system, kids with neurodiversity and those with disabilities, and all who identify on the LGBTQ2S, to name a few) to ensure that parents and caregivers (and community members) can connect with others with similar experiences.    

Food framework Working Group
Vancouver DPAC has a seat on the VSB Food Framework Ad-hoc Committee which will create a VSB framework including school food programs, food growing, food education.  More information about this committee is available here: https://www.vsb.bc.ca/District/Board-of-Education/food-framework/Pages/Default.aspx. We are looking for parents interested in providing a broader perspective to inform our feedback to that committee.  Contact our rep on that committee, Celena Benndorf – email: celenabe1@gmail.com

Enjoy your winter break!

Dear UHill Elementary family,

As we reach the end of a busy semester, we would like to thank this wonderful community – teachers, staff and families – for all that we have accomplished together. We thank you for being such an important part of our children’s school life. Be it by teaching and caring for them, volunteering your time or participating in our fundraisers, everyone’s contributions make a positive impact on our community. 

We would also like to thank you for helping to keep our school safe and healthy. We really appreciate all the effort that goes into the daily health checks, mask-wearing and keeping kids home when they are sick. On that note, we would like to remind families and reiterate the importance of those who travel internationally, to adhere to the self-isolation recommendations.

Direct Donations – We have been asked about the possibility of direct donations to the PAC and you can do this by going to https://uhillpac.wordpress.com and selecting Fundraising > Direct Donation. Make sure you specify that the money is for “E-University Hill Elementary PAC” (since there is also a U-Hill Secondary school):

The most flexible way to contribute is to the PAC general fund, which allows the PAC to decide how to allocate the money using our democratic process.  This general fund typically finances things like teacher’s wish lists, special educational programmes, etc.  Your contribution is tax deductible, and you can get a tax receipt.

We wish each of you and your family members a very happy and safe winter holiday and may 2022 be a year filled with wonder and joy!

UHill PAC Executive