A message from our [awesome!] librarian

University Hill parents and community,

 Hello and welcome to a new school year and welcome back to the library!  Please allow me to introduce myself.  My name is Jorden Covert and I will be your teacher librarian again this year. I am thrilled to continue my role as the teacher librarian and to work with all of your children in the heart of our school. As most of you know the library in not just a place to borrow books and come together. At University Hill, the library is also a place to cultivate and support student learning by allowing students to create, innovated and explore. We will cover a broad range of approaches from using current technology for research and innovation to adding physical elements in design that bring ideas to life.  All of which tie into our new redesigned curriculum.

Your children have all joined me in an orientation of the library where we learned and reviewed the rules, proper use of the space and expectations of how to look after not only the library but our books and other resources.  The students are now able to check out books either in the mornings before school, during their library time once a week or after school. Primary students are able to check out two books at a time, and intermediates may check out three. This can change based on how responsible the students are with the books they check out and any classroom projects they are working on.

I am currently showing students how to check the University Hill library catalog on Destiny and to check their library accounts from home. I have attached two examples of steps you can use to check your child’s library account, the University Hill library catalog and some online databases that the VSB provides.

I am looking forward to meeting all of you.  Please contact me if you have any questions!


Jorden Covert
Teacher Librarian

BBQ Thank you!

Please join me in thanking Lisa Colonna and all the parents who volunteered their time to make the Welcome Back BBQ a great success!  A big thank you also to Save On Foods for their assistance in the food supplies (please thank them next time you are at Save On in Wesbrook).

Thank you also to all our amazing teachers and staff for opening your classrooms and helping out with the BBQ.

What a great start to the year!

One final note: Watch this space in the coming days for the proposed annual budget. We will be voting on this at the next PAC meeting, so please do take a minute to review it.  Also, meeting minutes from the last PAC meeting are now posted on our website under “meeting minutes”.

Welcome back BBQ and Meet the Teachers – Thursday!

Please join us tomorrow, Thursday, Sept 20 for our first big event of the school year – the UHE Welcome Back BBQ and Meet the Teachers.

The BBQ goes from 4:30-6, either outside behind the multi-purpose room (near the outdoor learning space), or in the multi-purpose room if the weather is wet.

We try to match our beautiful green surroundings by going GREEN: Please bring your own plates and cups (and a blanket to sit on if it is nice), and please walk, bike, bus or car pool (parking is VERY limited).

If you ordered food, please pick up your food tickets at the PAC table. If you didn’t get a chance to pre-order, there may be extras at a cost of $6/plate. Otherwise, please still come with your own picnic.  Popsicles will be available for $1 after dinner (as a fundraiser for the playground).

The BBQ is followed by an opportunity for you to meet your child’s teacher from 6-7pm.

Thank you to all the parents who are volunteering their time to make this happen – you are awesome!!


UHE Read-a-thon a huge success!

Hi UHE community,

Please see the note below from Leah, our fellow UHE parent, and the organizer of the Summer Read-a-thon.  As you’ll read below, this initiative helped UHE students get involved and feel some ownership for their playground fundraising, read 1,247 books, and contribute over $5000 toward the playground.  Leah has worked tirelessly to create read-a-thon forms and processes, solicit donations for prizes, encourage us throughout the summer, tally pledges and submit all the addresses for tax receipts (among other jobs!).

Please join me in thanking her for this and all the other fundraising initiatives she has led.  Please also click HERE to recommend our submission to Kraft Heinz Project Play for funding.

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Congratulations to all the UHill Avid Student Readers,

Thank you once again for participating in the 2018 Summer Read-a-thon! Collectively the students raised $5056.00 and read a total of 1,247 books! A big round of applause to all participating students.

Drum roll for the winning students:

  • Mira Bortolussi – Highest Amount of Pledges
  • Jia Dycavinu – Highest Amount of Books Read
  • Herbert Zhu – Raffle Draw Winner for Achieving His Personal Reading Goal.

Tallies are still being done to determine the classroom with the highest amount of pledges for the Ice Cream party, so more news to come.

I will drop off the participation certificates for all of the students along with the gift cards for the winning students tomorrow. Participation certificates will be given to the teachers to distribute.

Thank you,
Leah Chapman

UHill PAC Fundraising – Parent Volunteer