PAC events this week (social and meeting)

Dear UHE Families,

Please join us this week for two events:

Tuesday June 19 from 7:30 on at Mahoney and Sons – Parent Social

  • No need to RSVP, no agenda, just a time for parents to relax and chat together
  • Address: 5990 University Blvd, Vancouver, BC V6T 2B9 (next to Shoppers Drug Mart)


Friday June 22 at 8:30-9:30 in the Multipurpose Room at UHE – final PAC meeting of the year

  • We have a lot going on, including fundraising for and helping design the new playground, giving input on the grade restructuring for the University Hill schools, and planning for next year.  Please join us!


Finally, I am starting to get a few requests from new families coming to UHE next year who would like to connect with current families. If you are willing to connect with an incoming family, please email, and let me know what grade your child is going into (i.e., what grade s/he will be starting in September).  If there are any new incoming families reading this, if you would like to be connected with an existing UHE family over the summer, please email and let me know what grade your child will be entering.

Thank you, and have a great summer!

Jen McCutcheon (PAC Chair, 2017/18)

Playground update

Dear UHE families

We wanted to keep you all in the loop as the playground planning and fundraising continues. We are just finishing up our information gathering phase, having solicited input and feedback through parent and staff surveys; focus groups with UHE students; class-based discussions, research and drawings; and reaching out specifically to an occupational therapist (who specializes in child play), parents, teachers and support workers of children with special needs.  The document below outlines the priorities identified through this process.

Highlights from UHE Playground Requests,

We are still on track to meet our early July goal of having a proposal ready to present for our application to the BC Provincial government for funding. Our next step is to meet with 2-3 vendors to share our priorities and request quotations for the various components (circuit structure, rope climbing structure, and some “natural” play areas). Once we have a few quotations, we will select the ones we like, and develop a timeline. For example, the provincial funding may cover the cost of the circuit structure, while our fundraising (see below) will cover the costs of the other aspects.

On the fundraising front, we are continuing to focus in four key areas: 1) provincial and federal grants, 2) charitable organization and accessibility grants, 3) corporate sponsorship including UBC and the UNA, and 4) UHE students and families. In addition to provincial funding mentioned above, there are a handful of various grants with application due dates over the coming months, then again in the Fall and Spring seasons. If you have experience with grant writing and may have some time to assist with writing or editing, please let us know! We can really use your help especially with the next two major grant deadlines on July 26th and 31st.

Parent volunteers will be approaching various departments/parts of UBC and the UNA for funding, and so thank you to all the families who participated in the affiliation survey! The survey data are very helpful in demonstrating UHE family affiliation with UBC and in turn crafting a stronger plea for support.

Also, thank you for fundraising suggestions submitted in the survey as well as offers to help! An official UHE letter has been prepared that may be used when soliciting donations or company donation matching. Please contact Leah for more information (i.e. tax receipt etc.) or if you have any other suggestions.

Finally, we will be looking to UHE families to participate in various fund raising activities – such as a summer Read-a-thon – as well as a direct appeal. Stay tuned for more on each of these and remember, no donation, volunteer time or pledge is too small!

If you have comments, suggestions, or would like to get more involved, please email us at

Thank you!

Jen (Playground Planning) and Leah (Playground Fundraising)



Two thank you’s for parents!

Hi Parents.
Please excuse the lateness of this message. We would like to express a sincere thank you for preparing your home cooked food, donating flowers from your gardens and volunteering your time for the Teacher & Staff Appreciation Day this past Wednesday.  It was such a fantastic event and we know that the Teachers and Staff truly appreciated it. We are well aware of the spirit that exists in our parent group and we were overwhelmed by the positive response!
Thanks to all of you!
 Alicia Tkachuk (2017/18 PAC vice chair, and teacher appreciation lunch organizer)


In addition, please see this  thank you post from UHE teacher Kate Foreman-Ng, who spearheaded the design, approval, and development of our wonderful new Outdoor Learning space.  I happened to be at the school last week when four different classes were using the space.  The buzz was palpable as children  jumped across rocks, built log structures, made music from rocks and sticks, and played barefoot in the sand.  It was a joy to see.

PAC meetings and socials

Dear Parents,

A couple of weeks ago a new PAC executive was elected and they are thrilled and filled with energy to continue and extend the work the 2017/2018 PAC has been doing during this academic year.

The main role of the PAC’s executive is to represent your voices, and for that to happen we need to strengthen our bonds.  Before the school year ends, the outgoing and the incoming PAC executives are hosting a few events and you are all invited to join us:

  1. Playground fundraising meeting this Thursday, June 7 at 3:15 near the front of the school (outside). Please join if you are able to. If you are interested in helping out with fundraising but can’t make the meeting, please email us at  If you have any fundraising ideas, we welcome them, but please connect with Leah Chapman (through first to ensure that we have a coordinated approach.
  2. Parent social night on Tuesday June 19th at Mahoney and Sons  from 7.30 pm onwards. No need to RSVP, just come if you can.
  3. Last 2017/2018 PAC meeting on Friday June 22nd at 8.30am.

Finally, you still have time to give your input on what your children want most in a playground.  Submit your feedback using this survey [] by Sunday, June 10.  You don’t have to include pictures at all.  If you do have pictures to include, please shrink them and attach them to the survey, or directly upload them here.  Make sure you include the playground name in the name of the picture (if you choose the last option).  You can find more info on the playground process here.

Many thanks,

Jen, Angela and Silvia – your 2017/18 [Jen] and 2018/19 [Silvia and Angela] PAC Chairs