NOTICE OF LATE RETURN
The first day of school for the 2010/11 school year is Tuesday, September 7th. If you are returning to University Hill Elementary School in the fall but will not be here before September 9th , you must complete and return a Notice of Late Return form. These forms are available from the school office or by request from your child’s teacher. If you plan to return after September 30th, the school cannot hold a place for your child.

LUNCH PROGRAM CHANGES
Please be reminded that starting in September 2010, the school’s lunch program becomes a ‘cost recovery’ program. This means that the monthly fee for the program will be slightly increased and students may sign up only for a full month of the program at a time, or not at all. Each child who registers for the lunch program will be provided with a ‘pass’ card that must be presented to lunch program staff daily in order to receive a meal. Unfortunately the VBE provides NO subsidies and there will be no opportunity for daily ticket orders.

SEPTEMBER REMINDERS
School begins on Tuesday, September 7th, 2010 at 9:00 am. Students should go to next year’s classes at the bell. The children will only be in school for about 45 minutes on this day.

SPECIAL THANKS
To the staff of University Hill School for all of their extra efforts on behalf of the students at the school. These people put in an amazing amount of extra time and effort to work with students in extra curricular service, athletic and academic areas. They provide the school with the wonderful art work and displays that have graced our primary and intermediate hallways over the past year. Their hard work has resulted in huge benefits for our students, a fostering of pride in community, athletics, academics and citizenship not possible in the regular classroom setting, and in the fabulous displays and incredible art work that help to make our school a welcome, inviting place to learn. Many, many thanks to you all.

ELEMENTARY SCHOOL SUPPLIES FEES
The Vancouver School Board offers the service to parents to purchase basic school supplies in bulk wholesale prices and to pass the cost savings on to families. The request for School Supply Fees for 2009/10 will be sent out in September. In past years it has been $25/student and $12.50/half day Kindergarten student. This fee covers the cost of basic school supplies used for students’ personal use such as paper, writing tools, rulers, scissors, glue sticks, erasers, paint sets and exercise books. Supplies are provided for the full year except where excessive loss and replacement becomes unreasonable. The advantages for families of the Board providing student supplies are: (1) convenience (2) cost saving and (3) standardization of supplies used in the classroom.

Payment for Supplies
As a reminder, the Vancouver School Board will not deny a child access to the school supplies required for his or her educational program because of financial hardship. Parents and Guardians who would like to request to postpone payment of the supplies fee or require the supplies fee to be waived for the current school year, should contact their school Principal directly at the school or in writing.

PAC UPDATE
Our last PAC meeting of the 2009/10 school year was held on Monday, May 31st . At this Annual General Meeting, we presented and approved the school plan and school organization for the upcoming year and held elections for our PAC executive. Our thanks and congratulations go to the new executive:

  • PAC Co Chairs: Tim Dow, Mankee Mah and Hazita Harun
  • Treasurer: Sharon Wu

The PAC Meeting dates have been scheduled for next year as follows:

  • Monday, October 18th
  • Monday, November 15th
  • Monday, January 17th
  • Monday, February 28th
  • Monday, April 18th
  • Monday, May 16th

All meetings will be held at 9:00am unless otherwise specified.

SO LONG AND BEST WISHES TO…

Helen Glass
Craig Polzen
Elsa Ng
Nicole Munro
Sean Rupert
Faidra Hubbard
Nik Chiu
Meghan Driscoll (SLO)
Marise Sasges
Jean Craig
Our most sincere thanks for all of your efforts on behalf of the children at University Hill. We wish you the very best in all future endeavors.

WELCOME TO UNIVERSITY HILL
We are very pleased to welcome the following new staff to university Hill for September 2009. Ms. Lindsey Prince will join us to be Lori Freeze’s teaching partner, to be part of our Resource Team and to teach primary prep and Ms. Maggie Jackson will join us to be Bonnie Dakin’s teaching partner and to be part of our Resource Team. Ms. Suzie Moldowan is returning from maternity leave to teach Grade 7. Mr. Joe Mergens will also be joining us to teach Grade 7. We welcome these teachers to their new assignments and look forward to their contributions to our school.

STATISTICS ON SUN SAFETY
The Canadian Dermatology Association reports that. . .

  • Sun exposure in childhood and adolescence is seen to play a critical role in later development of skin cancer.
  • More than 60 000 Canadians develop skin cancer each year. Children now have a lifetime risk of 1 in 7 for developing this disease.
  • A study conducted by researchers across Canada points to the time from birth to age 19 as critical for the initiation of the most common type of skin cancer, basal cell carcinoma, possibly because young skin is more sensitive than an adult’s.
  • People who had two or more severe sunburns in childhood have a 4.6 times higher risk of getting basal cell cancer. Those who spent a lot of time outdoors as a child or adolescent have a 2.6 times greater risk of the disease.
  • Other risk factors include having fair skin, red hair, a tendency to burn rather than tan and a history of severe sunburns in childhood.
  • The Association expresses the hope that people in general, but particularly those who fall into the high risk categories, will take extra care when exposed to the sun. Most skin cancers are preventable.

SUMMER SAFETY REMINDERS
As we come to t he end of another school year, we would like to wish everyone a very safe, happy and restful summer, and leave you with the following safety reminders:

  • When riding bicycles, please stay in the designated bicycle traffic lanes as appropriate and remember to wear your helmet at all times. This is equally true for skateboarders and roller-bladers.
  • When driving with a child or children, please make sure that seatbelts are worn at all times. Remember, too, that children less than 90 pounds should be in the backseat away from airbags and should be riding in a carseat.
  • Sunscreen is essential for protection from the burning rays of the sun. Please be sure that you and your child(ren) are wearing at least SPF 30 at all times

Summer School is alive and well in Vancouver!
On behalf of this year’s Summer School Principals and staffs we are happy to report that many of our VSB schools will be open once again this summer. This year we’ll be offering a wide range of ESL, Remedial and Enrichment courses for students from Grades 1 to 7. Our program organizing committees had three goals in mind this year: to give emerging and developing ESL learners the tools and strategies needed for greater success in the mainstream classroom; to provide access to courses that enhance and compliment the regular school year programs; to offer a variety of enrichment programs that appeal to students’ varied interests (through the Gifted learner summer program and the ever popular Magee Summer Program). Every student who is enrolled in a British Columbia school during the regular school year is entitled to one Ministry-paid course.

Thanks to the many supporters of the Summer School program who advocate for students’ learning and especially to our Vancouver School Board teachers. Their dedication to providing quality educational experiences in the summer makes our program the best and most popular in the Lower Mainland. It is also the largest and most comprehensive program of its kind in all of Canada, and provides a vital service to our community.

Registration for summer school is now open and the 2010 flyers have all been delivered to schools. As our regular school year comes to an end, please help to make our students aware of the great programs available to them during the summer.

From the Staff of University Hill Elementary School . . .

We wish a ll of you a happy, safe and healthy summer . . . we look forward to another spectacular year in 2010/2011.

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