The pandemic has increased our children’s screen time substantially, which can be difficult for parents to manage. Often nagging just doesn’t work, and the constant battle for more screen time can be exhausting. This Screentime Network webinar with Dr. Meghan Owenz explains helpful ways to switch out screen time with other activities that kids love. In this session, we will watch excerpts from this video, and then engage in a facilitated discussion amongst other parents.
The video link is below. We will include excerpts during the session, so watching it beforehand is not required or necessary. However, you are welcome to watch all of it prior to the meeting, you are interested and able to do so.
Vancouver DPAC (District PAC) meetings are open to all parents and guardians in the Vancouver School District and this February DPAC General Meeting offers a refreshing and inspiring invitation to all parents, grandparents, and guardians, toward beginning a more self-compassionate inner journey. In reframing our perception of the current situation, the potential to affect how the world seems to us is able to shift. Simply nudging yourself off the couch or out of bed and getting your body moving and breathing can change how you feel and sense the world. Seeing our interaction through a mindful and playful spirit we can find more joy and less reason to be reactive because we possess tools to defuse our own charged energy. This in turn affects the dynamics between ourselves and others, including our children, partners, relatives, friends, and truly all our relations.
We will participate in some body-mind work during the evening to gain some practical experience and sense how to apply certain techniques. By finding compassion for ourselves within ourselves we gain capacity to offer it to others in our lives and even to those outside our circles. As we find techniques to stabilize our minds and ground our energy by physically connecting to nature, we are able to recognize the messengers which trigger us advance, causing our nervous system to go into overdrive. By giving that pause to breath we can begin to reinterpret the messages we receive with our senses and give ourselves permission to take the time to integrate the energy, intentionally deciding how we wish to transmit it constructively to those around us. Please join us Thursday, February 25, at 7 pm for an educational and illuminating evening with experienced facilitators in the field of psychology: Jessica Wollen from Shift-Education, Brian Deans Williams, Galen Hutcheson, with special guest Indigenous Relations Consultant Pulxaneeks from the Haisla First Nation.
Dear UHill Families, We are very excited to share a new school spirit project with you! The main purpose of this project is to show our UHill spirit wherever we go, and to provide a souvenir for families when they leave. We are selling t-shirts and hoodies and each item sold will also generate a small amount of money for PAC to use towards supporting children, teachers and the general school community.
There are children’s t-shirts and hoodies, and adult t-shirts too. You can find sizing information here. We have a few size unprinted samples at the office in the school for you to see and make sure you choose the correct one. (We will not be able to make returns or exchanges. If you are in doubt, size up). Please ask Corinna to see them.
You can pay: – In cash – Cheque payable to “University Hill Elementary PAC” – Online via School Cash
To make an order, please fill out the form that will be coming home in your child’s backpack or print it here.
If purchasing items would cause your family hardship, please contact Corinna in the office. We wish to ensure that every child that wants a t-shirt can get one.
Back to school means that our fun filled community events are also back! UHill PAC is pleased to invite you for the UHE Welcome Back BBQ and Meet the Teachers. It is a great opportunity to meet and connect with UHill community.
Where: Either outside behind the multi-purpose room (near the outdoor learning space), or in the multi-purpose room if the weather is wet.
We take pride in our commitment for sustainability and a greener environment and request you to: bring your own plates and cups (and a blanket to sit on if it is nice); and 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 various activities benefiting UHill students).
The BBQ is followed by an opportunity for you to meet your child’s teacher from 6-7pm.
Volunteers needed: Parent volunteers are backbone of PAC events. Please sign-in here if you are able to volunteer for the event.