UNIVERSITY HILL ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
5395 Chancellor Boulevard, Vancouver, BC V6T 1E2
Telephone: 604-713-5350
Fax: 604-713-5353

Principal: Kathy Pickford; Vice-Principal: Jonathan Weresch;
Co-PAC Chairs: Mankee Mah, Tim Dow, Hazita Harun
Associate Superintendent: Paul Wlodarczak; School Liaison Trustee: Allan Wong

December 1, 2010

REMEMBRANCE DAY

This year our Remembrance Day Assembly was held on Wednesday, November 10th. 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. Special thanks to the Grade 7’s who organized and led the assembly and to those classes who performed so beautifully. Additional thanks go to the entire student body who showed through their behavior and attention during the assembly that they understood the concepts and realized the solemnity of the occasion. Your behavior was exemplary and represented the school so very well. We were also very happy to see so many parents attend the assembly and participate in the program.

WHEN IT SNOWS

When it snows,
You see an angel deep in the snow.
All people laughing happily with big, big smiles.
Snow makes us laugh.

By: Miku Division: 12

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 http://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.

ARE YOU LEAVING?

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.

REGISTRATION FOR 2011-12

Just a reminder that registration for the 2011/12 has already begun. Registration is necessary for any child who is going to start attending University Hill Elementary School in September of 2011. 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.

REGISTRATION PROCEDURES FOR VANCOUVER SCHOOLS

Again this year, the Vancouver School Board is implementing a lottery system for registration for the 2011-12 school year. Applications for all Kindergarten programs (including regular English, French Immersion, Montessori and Fine Arts) and for Grade 1-7 for the 2011-12 school year will be received between Nov. 1, 2010 and Jan. 31, 2011.
If, at January 31, there are more applications received than space available in any program or school, a lottery will be held to select the students who are accepted. Students not selected from the draw will be added to a waitlist maintained by the school.
All families who submit an application prior to January 31, 2011 will be given notification of the school their child will be attending by March 31, 2011 This includes waitlisted students who were unable to secure a spot during the lottery process.

Applications received after January 31 will not be considered until all in-catchment students who submitted an application prior to January 31 have been placed. Late applicants, including siblings of in-catchment students already enrolled in the school, will be added to the end of the school’s waitlist. Late in-catchment sibling applicants will have priority consideration over other late in-catchment applicants.
This process replaces the first-come, first-served procedure and eliminates the need for families to arrive early on the first day of registration.
A family can register their child(ren) for Kindergarten if the student will reach the age of five years on or before December 31 of the calendar year. For the 2010-11 school year the child must be born in 2005.

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 busing 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, pedestrians and other drivers, please pull into the loop to pick up and drop off children and do not leave your car while waiting. Also, please 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.

DECEMBER REMINDERS

Week of December 6th …………………………..Report Cards home this week
Monday, December 13th ………………………. Winter Sing Along
Wednesday, December 15th ……………………Winter Assembly Performance

Friday, December 17th ………………………… Dismissal for Winter Break

LOST AND FOUND

Once again, this year, we have a great deal of lost and very little found!! There are many items on 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 17th will be given to charity.

VOLLEYBALL

During October and November, Junior and Senior Girls volleyball played their way to a great season! Both teams improved every week and had lots of fun. There were lots of great bumps and rallies! 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– Sean Rupert, Shannon MacDonald, Maggie Jackson and Susan Hufty – 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!

PAC UPDATE

Congratulations go to Mrs. Mankee Mah, Ms. Stephanie Dong and Ms. Hazita Harun who have been elected as our new School Planning Council. We look forward to a very productive year of planning and support for the school 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 17th at 9:00 am in the school Staff Room. We look forward to seeing you there.

CANADA SAFETY COUNCIL’S SEVEN TRAFFIC SAFETY RULES

9. Look ALL WAYS before you cross the street.
10. Keep away from PARKED CARS.
11. Ride your bike SAFELY– obey signs and signals.
12. Play in a SAFE PLACE away from the street.
13. WALK when you cross the street.
14. Where there is no sidewalk, walk on the left, FACING THE TRAFFIC.

15. Always wear your SEATBELT in the car.

UBC COAT DRIVE

The Emerging Leaders of UBC (ELU) is sponsoring a Coat Drive from now until January 2nd, 2011. We encourage you to contribute to this collection by sending any coats you are no longer using to the school prior to the Winter Break. For this year’s Coat Drive the ELU students have set up boxes in our front foyer and all over Vancouver in order to collect donations for the Immigrant Service Society of BC as well as for the Downtown Eastside Women’s Center.

The purpose of this event is to help those who cannot afford new clothing get through the winter warm and safely. There are people in our community who would do anything to provide their families with a nice warm sweater or winter boots. Please help us fulfill their wishes this year.

We will be checking the boxes regularly from November 2010 to January 2011.

As Emerging Leaders of UBC, we believe in leadership as service to others. We are a rapidly expanding not-for-profit AMS club with a strong focus on leadership development, networking, post-university recruitment, philanthropy, and community involvement.

Our community department offers UBC students the opportunity to give back to their community. This year alone, ELU members have participated in WE DAY, Trick or Eat, and Lace up for Kids and are now organizing events such as ELU Helps the Homeless and our Coat Drive.

On behalf of the members of the Emerging Leaders Club of UBC, we would like to thank you for your time and consideration.

FOOD BANK DONATIONS

University Hill Elementary School is collecting canned and dry food items for the Vancouver Food Bank’s 2010 Christmas Food Drive Campaign. Collection boxes are in the school foyer. All donations received by the 17th will be picked up by the Food Bank. Any donations received after this date will be held for January collection.

This year we are requesting a Food Bank donation from those parents/guardians on who plan to attend either the Sing Along on December 14th at 1:00, or the school celebrations on Wednesday, December 15th, Thursday, December 16th at 10:45. Thanks in advance for your kindness at this time of year.