Earth Day BBQ – volunteer sign up

Hi UHill,

As you may have heard, we are starting to get pretty excited for this year’s community Earth Day BBQ! This terrific event will be held on Thursday, April 25 from 5-7pm on the field at UHill elementary.  Look out for forms coming home with your child to order BBQ food (or bring your own picnic).  In addition to a number of guests from the community, the school will have a number of tables set up, and we are looking for volunteers to help out for short 30 min blocks.  One of the beautiful things about this event is seeing so many families out celebrating our earth and helping out in little ways.

Please consider signing up for one of the tasks listed on THIS form.

Many thanks, and we look forward to seeing you at the Earth Day BBQ (if not before).


Your PAC executive.


Next PAC meeting, parent presentation by Aaron Davis (VSB Director of instruction), and proposal to reallocate budgeted funds for purchase of laptops

The next PAC meeting will be on Monday April 8th at 6 – 8pm. We will have a short PAC meeting followed by a presentation and Q&A with Aaron Davis, the Director of Instruction for Vancouver school services.

We will also be voting on a reallocation of budgeted funds towards the purchase of laptops for the school. Last September, we determined that laptops requested by UHill staff would be covered through a direct appeal. Given that the playground fundraising was so successful, we will not need all the PAC funds allocated to the playground. Therefore, we propose reallocating the funds to technology requested. According to the bylaws this requires a discussion and vote at the next PAC meeting.

Do come along and contribute to this discussion.

Light refreshments will be served. If you would like child minding at the meeting, we are happy to provide it, but will need to know in advance.  Please let us know HERE if you will be bringing your child(ren) by Friday April 5th.

Looking forward to seeing you on Monday!

The Village it Took to Order our Playground

Hi UHill families,
It is official – our new playground has been ordered! 
Less than a year after our playground was deemed unsafe and subsequently removed, we have the funds secured and design finalized for a brand new one.  Following Friday’s provincial government playground funding announcement, we have enough money raised to put in our order for a new playground. It really has taken a village to get to this exciting day!  Thank you to all the parents who have helped with the playground design and fundraising, Andrea McEwen (UHE teacher) who very actively led the teacher and staff involvement in the planning, principal Carrie Froese and all the UHill elementary staff, Geoff Pearmain at the VSB for his ongoing guidance, and our provincial MLA, Hon. David Eby and his office (especially Dulcy Anderson) for their support, and our vendor, SwingTime who has acted more like a partner than a vendor.
Over the past months, we have been working hard to design a playground that is accessible to all children, in keeping with our beautiful natural surroundings, and that includes key features that our children want in a playground. Under the fundraising leadership of parent Leah Chapman, we have been busy fundraising and applying for grants.  These combined efforts have resulted in us designing and ordering the following:
1.  an accessible swing (thanks to generous donations/funding from the Hamber Foundation, UHE parents Mona Hassaneen and Ossama Abdel-Hamid with matching from Apple Inc., and Allocadia, this swing has already been installed in our school yard)
2. a large, wheelchair accessible circuit playground structure by SwingTime (on order for a community build in June)
3. a rope climbing structure from SwingTime (on order for a community build in June)
In addition to the funding for the assessable swing, we are incredibly thankful to the BC Provincial Government for their major funding of the accessible playground, and the parents and children of UHill for their generous donations and fundraising efforts.
Please stay tuned for more information on our upcoming celebration and community build (with significant supervision and guidance from our vendor), likely to be scheduled for June 15 or 22, 2019.
Thank you, and what a wonderful team effort!
Jen McCutcheon and the UHE PAC executive

PAC meeting Friday morning

Hi UHill elementary families,

Please join us on Friday morning (March 8) from 8:45-9:45 in the Multipurpose Room for our next PAC meeting.  All parents/guardians are invited and encouraged to attend.  This is a great way to meet other families and to find out more about what is happening in our school community.  For example, with the highly successful Multicultural Fair behind us (awesome job planning team!!), we are now gearing up for our first Arts Fair (to be held in June).  Come find out more about this and other interesting events and issues.

If you can’t make the meeting, but are interested in being part of the planning committee for the Arts Fair, please email us at

See you Friday!