REMEMBRANCE DAY
This year our Remembrance Day Assembly was held on Friday, November 7th. Many classes contributed to this important recognition of those who have helped to maintain peace in the world. Our students are to be commended for their awareness and understanding of the importance of those who fought for us and of the concepts and values that have been maintained because of their efforts. The following pieces are examples of this understanding and were part of our recognition of the concept of peace.

Senses of Peace are possible even in a world of greed, perhaps only a little fragment of the world can enjoy peace . . .

Deep in the wandering forest of trees, laid a small grove of happiness and peace. Every tree looked the same; the same value.

None would prevail on being beyond another’s height, none would look more enormous than each other in width, none’s leaves would look more angelic than the other’s, they were all equal in appearance; none were further superior in any way. As the radiant beams of light shine down from the sun and through the trees, they give the feelings of hope and joy. In my vision, those are what indicate peace in appearance.

Touch the trunk of a tree. The feelings of the heavy and inflexible trunk, indeed so firm, until only the force of majority can overcome it. Capable and independent citizens or countries giving safeness and the right of speech in this small fragment of peace within the world of greed, to feel that is another important factor of peace.

Sounds of feathered creatures chirping throughout the day, sounds echo throughout the forest, yet it is sad that only those who aren’t caring too much to satisfy their greed can only hear. Those who concentrate too much to satisfy their greed are too ignorant of events beyond themselves, thus they cannot hear the happiness and harmony of the echoing music created by the feathered creatures. Sounds of peace are echoing throughout the forest, but unfortunately, in this world there are always people who do not wan to hear or do not understand, therefore someone will not notice the peace itself being written on the music you can hear every day.

The flowers, pinecones and nature are brought up to you by their smell. The feeling of being refreshed and having memories flow back to you may make you feel sad, nostalgic, and perhaps, uncertain. However as memories come back, no matter what the situation, there might just be a hint of comfort. Where ever you might have been, the hard times where despair had almost taken over; there had to have been love or care somewhere in your life.

The taste of freshness conquered the air, the trees stood lonely as they did their job. Perhaps they felt that they were useful in this society, as everyone should. They contribute something far more important that humans cannot– life. Without life the world would dull, the waters would be empty, and the whole world would just slowly dissipate and fade away . . .

It is possible, peace.

Somewhere in this world, I believe peace exists. And perhaps we can start from there.

Raymond L. Gr.6 Div. 3

ARE YOU LEAVING? GOING ON HOLIDAY?
If you are moving away or will not be returning to University Hill Elementary after the winter break, please let the office know that you are leaving. We have a very long wait list and as a courtesy, we like to let incoming families know as soon as possible of upcoming space. Thank you very much for your cooperation.

Once again a reminder to all families, that it is the recommendation of the Vancouver Board of Education, that after twenty days of absence from school for non-medical reasons , a spot can no longer be held for a student. (Medical reasons are for the student.) If you are planning an extended absence from school, please advise the school in writing.

REGISTRATION FOR 2008/09
Just a reminder that registration for the 2008/09 school year starts on January 5th. Registration is necessary for any child who is going to start attending University Hill Elementary School in September of 2009. If your child was born in Canada, please come to the school to register. If your child was not born in Canada, you must register at the District reception and Placement Center (DRPC). Please phone the DRPC (604-713-5999) for more information, or pick up an information pamphlet at the school.

DENTAL SERVICES FOR ELEMENTARY STUDENTS
The Vancouver Coastal Health Authority is pleased to announce that it will offering dental services for all Vancouver elementary school age children. The North Community Dental Office is a public health clinic and is part of Vancouver Coastal Health. They provide basic dental treatment.

This service is available to students who do not currently have a family dentist or a dental plan. Those interested need to phone for an appointment – 604-215-3935. Currently dental check ups and cleanings are provided free of charge. Please visit their website at www.vch.ca/dentalhealth

SCHOOL BUS
Getting to and from school safely is very important to all of us. As the weather gets worse, please keep in mind the following safety rules when bussing to and from school!

  • Please walk with your child to the bus stop in the morning.
  • When waiting for the bus, please stand well back (at least 2 steps) from the curb
  • Do not cross the road until the bus has left. Cars cannot see you.
  • Hold your parent’s hand and look both ways when crossing the road – even if the bus is parked, cars are still moving.
  • Be on time. Our buses are on a strict time schedule and running after the bus is not safe.
  • No food or drink on the bus. This can be messy and some children may have allergies.
  • Name and ID are always good to keep in a backpack in case of emergency
  • Please pick your child up on time! All children must have someone waiting for them.

Thank you in advance for your help and consideration in keeping our busing program a safe and viable opportunity for the students at University Hill Elementary.

PICK UP AND DROP OFF
Just a reminder to all parents that in order to ensure the safety of students we recommend that you arrange to pick up and drop off your children at a point near the school – perhaps on Acadia Road. Be sure not to drop off children at the red light, rather pull over at a convenient spot and let your child out of the car. It is also important to avoid the bus stop area..

If children must be picked up in front of the school, please respect the “No Stopping” and “No Parking” zones as posted. For the safety of all students and pedestrians, please also be reminded that the school parking lot is for VSB Staff use only and may not be used for student pick up or drop off. Because of the frequent comings and goings of district staff and the parking needs of school based staff, this is not a safe or appropriate area for non VSB employees. For clarification please see the attached information sheet: PICKING UP AND DROPPING OFF STUDENTS SAFELY.

DECEMBER REMINDERS

Week of December 8th Report Cards home this week.

Conferences for those who did not participate in pre conference activities

Friday, December 19th Dismissal for Winter Break

LET IT SNOW
Rarely are Vancouver schools closed due to heavy snowfall. However, in the event of heavy snowfall, information regarding school closures will be provided to the following radio and television stations by 6:00 a.m. on the morning of the closure: CKNW(980AM), CBC(690AM, 105.7 FM), CKWX(NEWS 1130AM), FAIRCHILD Radio (CJVB AM 1470/CHKG FM 96.1); BCTV/Global( cable channel 11) or CITY TV (cable channel 13) for announcements of school closures. Please do not call media outlets to find out if schools are closed. A clear announcement will be given to these radio and TV stations by 6:00 am on the morning of any school closures.

In addition, information on snow closures will be available on line at www.vsb.bc.ca.

In the event of a significant snowfall, please check about school closure (radio announcement, telephone the school; and listen for message on voice mail), before bringing your child to school.

Also, as a matter of safety, please remind your children that we do not allow throwing “snowballs” of any sort on our school grounds.

VOLLEYBALL
This year we had two volleyball teams, 1 Junior Girls and 2 Senior girls teams. The Junior girls ended their season on Tuesday November 25th. They finished the season with 4 wins in their last 5 games! They showed great improvement as the season progressed and just missed the second round of play by two points. The Senior girls finished their season on Thursday November 27th. As the Junior girls they also showed great improvement and did not qualify for the second round. Great teamwork and sportsmanship was displayed by both teams. Their energy and enthusiasm was greatly appreciated by their coaches. GOOD WORK GIRLS!

We would like to thank all the parent volunteer drivers. Their contributions, support and time allow us the opportunity to send teams to games away from the school. Their efforts are much, much appreciated.

Thanks go, as well, to our coaches– Jean Craig, Susan Hufty, Frankie DeVita and Val Day – for all of their hard work and time spent coaching our teams. Because of their extra efforts and their emphasis on teamwork, sportsmanship and skill building, we were able to provide a fabulous volleyball experience for all of our teams. Hooray to you!

OLYMPIC COIN LAUNCH
On Monday afternoon of November 17th ,2008 all intermediate students were invited to skate on the new ice surface at UBC. This was the launch date for the new figure skating coin. Students had the opportunity to skate on the ice with Olympic figure skaters. The Olympic mascots were on hand for class pictures. There were a number of fun activities including great tasting cookies that looked like the new coin. Students were able to meet Olympic athletes get autographs and exchange quarters for the new one. It was a great fun afternoon!

PAC UPDATE
Congratulations go to Mrs. Mankee Mah and Mrs. Julie Kucher who once again, have been elected as our new School Planning Council. We look forward to a very productive year of planning and support for the school’s growth plan.

A reminder to all parents that there will be no PAC meeting in December. The next PAC meeting is to be held on Monday, January 19th t at 9:00 am in the school Staff Room. We look forward to seeing you there.

CANADA SAFETY COUNCIL’S SEVEN TRAFFIC SAFETY RULES

  1. Look ALL WAYS before you cross the street.
  2. Keep away from PARKED CARS.
  3. Ride your bike SAFELY– obey signs and signals.
  4. Play in a SAFE PLACE away from the street.
  5. WALK when you cross the street.
  6. Where there is no sidewalk, walk on the left, FACING THE TRAFFIC.
  7. Always wear your SEATBELT in the car.

FOOD BANK DONATIONS
University Hill Elementary School will be collecting canned and dry food items for hampers for school families and for the Vancouver Food Bank’s 2007 Christmas Food Drive Campaign. Collection boxes will be in the school at the beginning of December. We are encouraging you to send donations before December 12th, as these may be used to create hampers for University Hill families. All donations received by the 18th will be picked up by the Food Bank. Any donations received after this date will be held for January collection.

REPORT CARDS
As you may be aware, University Hill Elementary is adopting a new school computer system called BCeSIS. During this period of transition, there may be some errors in the attendance aspect of the first report card. We expect to have this fully corrected in the future. Thank you for your understanding.

We ask that you sign the report card envelope and return it to the office as soon as possible. Thank you.