Pennies For Peace is a non profit organization that helps build schools in developing countries. The project was begun by Greg Mortenson, a mountain climber, who was inspired when he ended up in a remote village situated on the low levels of K2 in the Himalyas of Northern Pakistan. He had become lost and was then rescued and taken to the village of Korphe. There, he saw children scratching in the dirt with a little stick and realized they were practicing some arithmetic. Mortenson felt there was an urgent need for a school. Since then, Greg Mortenson has built over 55 schools and helped villagers throughout Pakistan in many ways. Pennies For Peace helps people break free of the poverty cycle and in turn, promotes peace for future generations. Pennies For Peace helps people by building schools one penn_ at a time. At University Hill we are embracing the Pennies For Peace initiative between February 5 and March 14th, 2008. By donating your spare change we can help thousands of children receive an education. Any change would be welcomed. Please help University Hill help others! Thank you.

. . .to provide a stimulating learning environment to develop responsible students who strive to achieve their academic, social, and artistic goals. University Hill honors the rich diversity of its schqol culture and instills a commitment to personal excellence and a love of lifelong learning. The school values its physical environment and enjoys a mutually beneficial relationship with the community it serves.

Thank you to those parents who attended the VSB Educational Facilities Review Phase 1 meeting on Januarv 21st. For those parents and communitv members who were unable to attend this important opportunity, please take the opportunity to read the proposals (available at the school office in English, Chinese and Korean). You can submit your ideas, suggestions and feedback to these proposals by completing the Feedback form either at the school or online at www.vsb.bc/ca.

  • sending letters to c/o Office of the Secretary Treasurer, Board of Education District #39 (Vancouver), 1580 West Broadway, Vancouver, B. C. V6J 5K8 or Fax 604-713-5286
  • making a presentation to the Board of Trustees at meetings scheduled for February 11 and 12 at 7:00 p.m., VSB Education Centre, 1580 West Broadway. Contact the Secretary Treasurer @604-713-5286 to register as a delegate to present to the Board. Registration is not necessary to attend this meeting, however.

Deadline for all submissions is February 15 th to allow a report to be prepared for the Board’s consideration March 5th and final decision March 11th.

As part of this year’s focus on literacy development, we have begun the year with a renewed and refreshed commitment to literacy development through our School Planning process. Since the beginning of the school year, we have focused our professional development as a staff on reading strategies. To date, we have focused largely on learning about ‘Reading Power’ strategies and putting them into practice in our classrooms. Primary and intermediate teachers have begun to meet with their grade group counterparts to discuss current research, effective teaching strategies and classroom practice. As part of our ongoing assessment, every student K-7 has been involved in a school wide write. In addition, every intermediate student has participated in a RAD (Reading Assessment District 39) assessment and every primary student has been assessed using the DRA (Developmental Reading Assessment). These measures help to give us insight into each student’s individual progress and allow us to plan instruction to suit individual student needs in literacy development. Because we recognize the huge importance that school readiness and early exposure to books and literature has on the development and later school success of children, we are also participating in Literacy Week, offering early literacy and school readiness opportunities through Ready, Set, Learn funding for families in our school with children 3 to 5 years old, and expanding our small ‘Early Literacy’ Collection in the school library. We continue to refine our thinking about and instruction in the area of literacy development in order to best facilitate student growth. We are also collecting and collating data from several sources (report cards, FSA scores, DRA and RAD Assessments, Performance Standards, School Wide Writes, etc) and are beginning to review it to find trends and make plans for next year regarding how best to help our students progress in this area.

As you may know, University Hill elementary fills very quickly and each year we have a very long wait list of people wanting to return to and/or enrol in the school. We are anticipating this year that we will have to close registration on or near the end of January.
While we try to contact every family by letter, there are always some that don’t hear or don’t realize the importance of early registration in this community. If you know of families who would like to come to the school for the 2008/09 school year, please encourage them to register as soon as possible.

The 2008 Vancouver Elementary School Basketball league has now started. This year University Hill Elementary has four teams. Coached by Evelyn Yee and Andrea McEwen, the Junior boys piay days are Monday. Coached by Susan Hufty, the Junior girls play days are Tuesday. Coached by Val Day, the Senior boys play days are Wednesday. Coached by Barry Wright and Alayne Grace, the Senior girls play days are Thursday. Check out the complete schedule on the VSB website at: 12/Athletics
Come on out and watch some excellent basketball and cheer on our teams!

Thanks to all of you who helped to make our reporting period a celebratory and successful experience for all students. We now look forward to an equally successful Spring Term. It seems we are missing a significant number of report card envelopes. These are used for all three terms of the school year. If you have not already done so, please sign and return your child’s report card envelope to the school.

We would like to remind parents that at this time of year we have regular visits to the office from students who did not come to school appropriately dressed for the weather. While children may choose to stay inside on days when the weather is wet, most days it is expected that children will go outside to play at recess. Please help us by sending your children to school with appropriate clothing for the cold weather.

As more and mare children are riding their bikes to school, we have noticed that on most days more than half of the bicycles are left unlocked. We have had several bikes ‘disappear’ from the bike rail area and we would urge all students to lock their bikes when they ride them to and from school

During the recent cold weather we have noticed an increase in cars dropping off and picking up students. Traffic flow is extremely congested and continues to be a very concerning issue at the school. To keep our children safe please continue to drive slowly through the round about. When space permits drive all the way through the round about. This will prevent cars from lining up onto Chancellor Blvd. This will also prevent cars from driving side by side which can lead to accidents. Thank you far your attention to this matter. As always the students’ safety is of most importance. Additionally, please respect the parking regulations posted and remember that it is both dangerous and illegal to make U-turns or stop in the middle of the road (double park). The small amount of extra time it takes could prevent the injury of a child. We would also like to remind you to encourage your children to cross at the crosswalk areas around the school.

Last Christmas season, our school raised $400.00 for Covenant House. We made this possible by selling Santa Grams and tickets to the holiday movie. Our thanks go to everyone for helping.

Parents can demonstrate how much they value education and motivate their children to do well in school. Their help is needed to: provide books and other reading material at home, help children set goals, give praise and encourage them to do well.

As a parent you are your child’s first and most important teacher!

  • Show your child that education is important to you. Set aside fifteen minutes a day to talk about assignments and school activities.
  • Monitor homework, helping your child when necessary, but don’t DO it!
  • Read to or with your child, and let your son or daughter see you reading every day.
  • Turn off the TV except for special shows or at agreed-upon times. Serve as a good role model- don’t spend all your time watching TV.
  • Get to know your child’s teachers and obtain any special help that your child may need. Attend all parent-teacher interviews, and as many school events as possible.
  • Be sure your child is properly supervised before and after school hours.
  • Help your child feel good about herself or himself. Children with good self esteem are better students and grow up to be happier and healthier adults.