December 12, 2008

The staff of University Hill Elementary School would like to
wish all of our students and their families
a restful, enjoyable and safe holiday season.

Our school will close for Winter Vacation on Friday, December 19th… Students will be dismissed at 2:45 pm on this day. School will re-open on Monday, January 5th at 8:45 am.

University Hill Elementary School will be collecting canned and dry food items for hampers for school families and for the Vancouver Food Bank’s 2008 Christmas Food Drive Campaign. Collection boxes are at the front of the school. We are encouraging you to send donations. All donations received by December 17th will be picked up by the Food Bank. Any donations received after this date will be held for January collection.

Once again, this year, we have a great deal of lost and very little found!! There are many items in the lost and found bench located across from the main office. Please have your child(ren) check for coats, hats, sweaters, runners, etc. Any items not claimed by December 19th will be given to charity.

Just like the phone, Instant Messaging (or MSN) is very popular for communicating with friends and discussing homework and school projects. Just as you would make sure you knew who your child was going out with; make sure you know who your child is talking to on the internet by reviewing their buddy list with them.

Painful rumors, stinging gossip and other put downs can cause a lot of emotional stress for some children – especially because so many of them are visiting and posting things on sites such as 25% of Canadian children and teens have had mean, hateful and/or threatening things said to them over the internet or their cell phone. Please talk to your child(ren) about this issue.

What can kids and their parents do? Here are some tips from

  • children should always tell their parents if they are being bullied or have been upset
  • save all examples of bullying by saving or printing email or MSN histories
  • if an email or message is particularly disturbing or breaks the law, call the police
    check on your school’s anti bullying policy and whether it addresses bullying via computers and cell phones
  • visit or

We are pleased to let you know that the Holiday sing along is back again this year! On Tuesday, December 16th at 1:30, we will welcome Greg Weir and ‘Special Friends’ to the gym to lead the school in our annual holiday sing along.

In addition, the University Hill Christmas Assembly will be held on Wednesday, December 17th at 10:45 in the school gym.

We are pleased to be able to invite parents to each of these events. We look forward to seeing you there.

If you have a child in Grade 5 and are interested in a Late Immersion Program, General Gordon will be hosting an information meeting on Thursday, January 8th from 7:00-8:00pm in the gym at General Gordon. This is a great learning opportunity that promises intellectual challenge and fun learning a new language. Brochures will be coming to your school to give some more information or you can go to the VSB website Registration will start on January 5 and end on January 30th. It is not a first come, first serve basis. All registrations will be collected along with a written letter by the student which includes their reasons for wanting to participate in a Late Immersion program and a copy of their last report card. At General Gordon we have 60 spaces for Grade 6 students. If we have more applications there will be a draw in the beginning of February.

If any families are planning on moving out of the University Hill catchment area over the Winter break, we ask that you please contact the school office with any details as soon as possible. We have new families that are moving into the area that are being placed on our waitlist. Many thanks.

ALSO . . .
As you may know, on rainy days our students are allowed to stay inside doing quiet activities instead of being outside getting wet. Usually we have a supply of game that can be signed out during recess and lunch. Unfortunately a lot of our games are beginning to need replacing. If you have board games (e.g. Chess, Checkers, Sorry, Monopoly, Pictionary, etc.) that your family no longer plays, we would love to have you donate them to the school for use on ‘Inside Days’.