Thank you and Multicultural Fair

Dear parents and friends,

Please join me in thanking Andrea Morgan and Mike Emeric for organizing this year’s hip hop (lead by One Vibe). It is such a joy to see the delight on each child’s face as they perform!

The date for the mulitcultural fair has been set!  It will be held on Tuesday, May 1st (exact time still TBD).  If you have not yet signed up to share an aspect of your culture, please fill out the survey, or email uhillpac@gmail.com.  All are welcome and encouraged to participate!  The next information meeting those presenting will be this Wednesday, March 14th, 2018 at 2:30 pm. in the cafeteria.

Multicutural Day Fair

Hi Parents,

Thank you to all who have filled out the quick Multicultural Day survey.  If you haven’t had a chance to, please do so here.

The first planning and information meeting for any parents hoping to participate in the fair will be this Wednesday, March 7 at 2:45pm in the cafeteria.
The final date for the fair is still be determined, but will likely be May 2 or 3rd, 2018 from 5 to 7 pm.
Please contact Kathleen Dolorme, UHE PAC Diversity Chair, for more information.  You can reach her through the general PAC email: uhillpac@gmail.com
Thank you!

Calling all interested parents: PAC 2018/19 nominations now open!!

Dear University Hill Elementary parents,

The UHE-PAC Nomination Committee would like to call for nominations for the following Executive positions for the 2018/19 school cycle: Chair, Vice-Chair, Secretary, and Treasurer. Their roles will include:

Chair:

  • Consult with and speak of behalf of Council members,
  • Preside at PAC meetings,
  • Ensure that the Council is represented in school and district activities,
  • Facilitate communication among the PAC membership, PAC executives, teachers and school administration

Vice-Chair:

  • Assist the Chair in the performance of her/his duties

Secretary:

  • Notify members of meetings,
  • Record and file minutes of all meetings,
  • Issue and receive correspondence on behalf of the Council,
  • Ensure safekeeping of all records of the Council

Treasurer:

  • Account and maintain financial records of all Council funds,
  • Report on all receipts and disbursements at PAC meetings,
  • Have the financial records and books of account ready for inspection or audit annually,
  • Assist the Finance Committee to draft an annual budget

 

If you or someone you know is interested in learning more about these roles and possibly running for any of these positions, please contact uhillpac@gmail.com; Adriana (adriana.briseno@gmail.com) or HsingChi (hsingchi.von.bergmann@gmail.com).

Sincerely,

UHE-PAC 2018/19 Nomination Committee

March 1st PAC meeting and workshop, parents’ social night, and other upcoming events!

Hi UHE Parents,

I wanted to let you know about a number of PAC related events and updates.  First, I hope that you can join us for our next evening PAC meeting and parent workshop on Thursday March 1st at 6pm at UHE.  Following a short PAC update (6-6:30pm), we are excited to announce that UHE parent and experienced child psychologist, Dr. Bethany Michel will lead a session on childhood anxiety. I have heard her speak before, and found her presentation highly informative, with practical tips combined with evidence-based practice. Please see the attached (below) brochure for more information (including info on free pizza and babysitting!). Please also see our previous post about proposed bylaw amendments to be discussed at the PAC meeting.

Also that week, please join us for a parents’ social night out!  We will be gathering at Biercraft in Wesbrook Village around 7:30pm on Wednesday March 7th (not the 8th as originally posted).  This is simply an opportunity for us parents to get together socially to get to know each other better and build our community.  We hope that you can join us for this evening, and please stay tuned for additional social gatherings being planned for later in the school year.

Thank you to all parents for your help in improving the traffic situation at drop off and pick up. We have a small team of UHE staff and parents who are working on additional ways to improve the situation, so stay tuned for more updates.  In the meantime, please continue to:

  • Try to walk or bike when possible;
  • Make a pick-up plan with your child, and consider picking up closer to 3:15;
  • Obey BC traffic laws, including no U-turns or walking across a street in the middle of a block (jaywlaking) – such as the middle of the access road to UHE;
  • Drive forward as much as you can while in the pick-up circle and remember to stay in your car while picking up; and
  • No parking in the staff parking lot (even during parent/teacher conferences).

We are working with the teachers to identify a class parent for each class (many classes already have this!).  Our hope is that the class parent(s) will help with communicating ideas both from our parents to the PAC executive, and from the executive out to the school, so as to ensure that the PAC is focusing on issues and ideas that are most important to our parent community.  If you are interested in becoming a class parent, please email us, or let your child’s teacher know directly.

Finally, please start thinking about your involvement in next year’s PAC executive! We will be holding elections for the 2018/19 year in May, and are currently looking for nominations for the executive positions.  Please email uhillpac@gmail.com for more information or to express your interest.

As you can see, we’ve been busy 🙂  We’d love to hear your ideas and suggestions at uhillpac@gmail.com.  The school has a number of exciting events and opportunities coming up, some of which we will be looking for parent volunteers for. Stay tuned for more, and please join us at the March 1st PAC meeting and workshop to hear more about upcoming events.

Thank you!

Jen McCutcheon

UHE PAC Chair

PAC Parent workshop Anxiety mar2018