Tuesday, April 8 Class Pictures
Monday, April 14-Friday, April 18 Earth Week
Monday, April 21-Thursday, May 1 Tennis Program
Wednesday April 23 Volunteer Tea

Pennies for Peace has taught me something really important. It has taught me that I can make a difference. I used to think a penny was worthless, but I learned it could buy a pencil in Afghanistan and Pakistan. With what I brought in, Pennies for Peace could buy a teacher’s salary for a few days, LOTS of pencils, and more! It feels so good to be able to make a big difference in the life of someone that should be able to have the same privileges as me.

I can imagine a school in a small poor village in Afghanistan or Pakistan. You can see the joy in the children’s faces as they arrive for their very first day of school. Even though the temperature is low, the air is warmed by joy. I really can’t help but smile as the children enter the small school between the mountains.

It feels amazing to make a difference by bringing in money. I get really inspired by the thought that ifevery person in Vancouver gave just one dollar, two schools could be built. It just feels great.

By: Emily B. Division: 4

So far it has been four weeks that our school has been involved in an event called Pennies for Peace. In this time, we have raised $940.00 for this program. At first, when we started, I honestly didn’t believe that we were able to raise $940.00, but after some time of collecting I saw that our school was really dedicated to helping children in Pakistan get an education. That is why I am going to tell you about how this whole experience with Pennies for Peace and Greg Mortenson has made me feel.

Pennies for Peace has opened my eyes to our world. It showed me what tragedies families on Pakistan have to go through to get water and how we take everything for granted in Canada. For example, when we turn on the tap to get water – but our teacher taught us that men and women have to walk miles just to get water. When I hear my teacher speak about this, it makes me pensive about how these children in Pakistan, Afghanistan and many other countries in the South have to live their hard lives. But, when she was reading Three Cups of Tea’, I thought about how lucky I am to be able to live in such a developed country like Canada and not have to go through that sort of stuff.

With the knowledge I have gathered from my teacher, “Three Cups of Tea’, and Greg Mortenson I will keep donating my change and bills to try to make a difference in the lives of children in developing countries.

By Saman S. Division 4

Editor’s Note: Our final total was $2,172.87.

While the majority of parents/guardians who drive children to and from school are careful drivers, a few still ignore the parking and traffic control signs around our school. We are noticing many people parking in the Bus Zone and in the No Parking and No Stopping Areas, making U-Turns or backing up in the school zone areas, especially at those critical times when children are being dropped off or picked up. Assistance has been requested from the Vancouver Police Department and the RCMP to caution and/or ticket drivers who ignore proper safety procedures and place our students at potential risk. Please be careful around the school in an effort to keep our children safe. A reminder whenever children are on wheels (roller blades, skateboards, bikes or scooters) they must wear a helmet – and so should parents!

As the School Liaison Officer for University Hill Elementary, I have noted that the traffic situation after school hours appears to be somewhat challenged. I would expect that all drivers picking up their children would exhibit respect and courtesy to students, teachers and other parents walking and driving in the area. I have tried to show a presence to educate parents in the applicable Motor Vehicle Act violations that commonly take place during these peak times. Given that these violations have continued, I want to notify parents that the UBC RCMP will begin enhancing traffic enforcement of the area, issuing Motor Vehicle Act tickets for all violations observed. For those parents that operate vehicles legally with courtesy and respect, I want to extend my personal thanks. For those that choose to disregard rules of the road, I would predict that you soon will be the recipient of a British Columbia violation ticket. Here are some of the violation that are commonly observed:

  1. Stopping in “No Stopping” areas. Section 189(1)(n)-” Motor Vehicle Act” stopping “No Stopping zone” = $40.00/ Vehicle Towed. For your information “no stopping” means just that – you ca not stop the forward motion of your vehicle. There are designated pickup areas – please use them.
  2. Parking in “No Parking” areas. Section 189(1)(n)-” Motor Vehicle Act” = $40.00/ Vehicle Towed.
  3. Unsafe U Turns” – Section 168(a) “Motor Vehicle Act” = $121.00. A definition of this is, any U Turn that interferes with other vehicle or pedestrian traffic.
  4. Further to “Unsafe U Turn”, the roadway leading to the school is divided by a solid line. If this line is crossed overtaking a slower moving vehicle or during a U turn, the driver will have committed a violation under section 155(1)(b)(ii) of the Motor Vehicle Act with a penalty of $109.00.
  5. I cannot stress enough the need to give way to pedestrians / crosswalks. The Motor Vehicle Act has numerous charges for drivers who do not yield for pedestrians. As a police officer, I can attest to the fact that when a vehicle and a human body collide, the vehicle will always win.
  6. Speed! University Hill Elementary is a school zone with a speed limit of 40KM/h.
  7. Drive without due care, Section 144(1)(a) $368.00 – While operating a vehicle at University Hill Elementary, I need all drivers to be aware that students are often excited after school and have unpredictable habits while walking home; double parking, backing up and any of the above mentioned offences may result in a charge of “driving without due care”.

In conclusion, as a police officer and a father, I want to stress that the vast majority of parents operate their vehicles in a safe and respectful manner. We, as a community, can prevent accidents involving children at school. I do not want to meet you with a ticket, or worse, at your front door with tragic news “that an accident has occurred”.

Constable Scott GRABARCZYK , UBC RCMP Detachment

Class pictures will take place on Tuesday, April 8th starting @ 9:00. Weather permitting, the Panorama Picture of the entire school will also take place at approximately 1:00. A reminder to the morning Kindergarten students, if you would like to participate in the Panorama, please return tot he school by 12:45 with your parents. Class pictures are free for each student.

The April PAC Meeting is scheduled for Monday, April 21st at 7:00 p.m. We are very pleased to announce that the sale topic for this meeting will be Internet Safety/Internet Bullying. Please look for more information about this event coming home soon.

When a child is in elementary school, as parents we can:

  • Talk to him about classroom activities and school work and praise his efforts.
  • Read regularly to her in the language spoken at home.
  • Encourage him to complete school assignments and homework.
  • Encourage her to respect the rights of others.
  • Teach him respect for public and personal property and the environment.
  • Be a role model by demonstrating support and respect for the school.
  • Ensure she is clean, well rested and nourished.
  • Ensure he is dressed properly for the weather and for school activities.
  • Ensure regular and punctual attendance.

As parents, please help your child understand and respect school expectations by emphasizing the need to:

  • Demonstrate respect for and cooperation with other students, staff and school property.
  • Complete school work as required and on time.
  • Participate in a variety of school programs.
  • Attend classes regularly.
  • Have fun learning.