BUS SCHEDULE CHANGES DURING THE OLYMPICS
If your child is on the school’s bus program s/he has recently brought home a letter about bus schedule changes during the period February 4th to March 19th. This is the period during which Olympic and Paralympic road closures will affect thee schedule for University Hill students on the bus program. These closures will affect the service for University Hill students who take the bus to and from school. If your child is on the bus program and you did not receive this notice, they are available through the school office. As a reminder, please note:

  • here is no change in pick up or drop off locations
  • the schedule indicates the time each bus is scheduled to pick up your child(ren)
  • the changes in route may affect your child’s arrival time at school and may delay his/her arrivaltime at home after school
  • it is suggested that if you have a primary age child riding the bus, he/she be met at the afterschool bus stop or paired with an older buddy to walk home from the bus stop after school
  • students who need to get off the bus on Thunderbird Boulevard or at South Campus MUST geton the first bus after school. Due to road closures, Bus 2 and Bus 3 will NOT stop at these locations.

UNIVERSITY HILL’S MISSION STATEMENT
. . .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 school 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.

OLYMPIC TORCH RELAY AT UBC: FEBRUARY 11th, 4pm-8pm
Join UBC in a day of celebration as the Olympic Torch passes through the Point Grey campus on February 11th, 2010! The UBC 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Secretariat and UBC Rec have organized an unforgettable experience open to everyone with free live entertainment, activities, concession and a beer garden, located at the Old Bus Loop (University Blvd @ East Mall) from 4-8pm.

For family-friendly activities, including live entertainment, arts and crafts, concessions, face painting, check out the Old Barn Community Centre (6308 Thunderbird Blvd) between 4pm-6:30pm! We hope to see you all there!

REPORT CARDS
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.

REGISTRATION FOR 2010/11
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. This year we have already started a wait list for fall enrollment at the school.

In the next little while, we will be holding a lottery from those families who registered before January 31 to see who will get our st available kindergarten spots for the 2010/11 school year. Those who do not get in will be placed on our wait list for September and will be called in order as space becomes available.

If you live in the University Hill Elementary catchment area and have not yet registered, please do so as soon as possible to ensure a spot on our wait list for 2010/2011.

GROWTH PLAN UPDATE
The University Hill community has been working hard to implement plans and programs related to our school literacy goal this year. Our primary staff meets regularly to share, collaborate, discuss needs and plan for growth in literacy development and our new School Planning Council is beginning to gather information and provide advice regarding plans and progress.

Once again this year, our main goal this year is Literacy Development. We have been working to examine and to be thoughtful about our discussion of teaching strategies in writing development and to implement new strategies for both reading and writing development in Kindergarten through Grade 7 classes. Toward this end, we have a small group of interested teachers involved in a literacy project that examines and shares classroom based reading/writing strategies In addition, we will be 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 are also focusing our professional development on learning about ‘best practices’ in teaching writing and in assessment for learning.

We are now beginning the process of collecting and collating data from several sources (report cards, FSA scores, DRA and RAD Assessments, Performance Standards, School Wide Writes, etc) and will review it to find trends and make plans for next year regarding how best to help our students’ progress in this area. 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. We continue to refine our thinking about and instruction in the area of literacy development in order to best facilitate student growth in this area.

BASKETBALL SEASON IS HERE
The basketball season is in full swing and the university Hill teams are off to a great start. The Junior boys coached by one of our SSW’s, Scott Burgess, a student teacher, Michelle Low, and one of our great parents, Tim Hopper, are off to a great start. The Junior girls, lead by Susan Hufty, are running, passing and scoring machines!! The senior girls basketball team is coached by Craig Polzen and they just came off a super close game that went down to the wire! The Senior Boys, coached by Sean Rupert and Nik Chiu, have been playing great and look to finish the season strong. Thanks to all of the coaches for their work above and beyond and to the players for their great efforts and sportsmanship in representing University Hill. Come cheer on your UHill teams and watch some great basketball!

WEATHER REMINDER
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 and/or wet weather. Because of this year’s greater than normal rainfall the grounds are very muddy. We do have a small supply of extra clothing in the office, but if your child plays outside at recess and/or lunch, you may wish to send an extra pair of pants and socks to school for emergencies.

TRAFFIC SAFETY REMINDER
We have noticed recently 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 do not pick up your children on Hamber Road – the road into the school – without pulling over into a parking spot. Please continue to drive slowly through the round about loop. As space permits, please drive all the way through the loop. This will help prevent cars from lining up into Chancellor Blvd. This will also prevent cars from driving side by side which can lead to accidents. 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) to pick up children. 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 use the right hand sidewalk as they leave the school to walk out to Chancellor Boulevard. There is no crosswalk or safe crossing area between the school and the light on Chancellor.

Thank you for your attention to this matter. As always the students’ safety is of most importance.

HELPING YOUR CHILD DO WELL IN SCHOOL
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

PROJECT CHEF
This term Division 5 and 6 participated in Project Chef. We learned how to make whole wheat bread called bannock, two kinds of dip, Tuscan tomato sauce and pasta, fruit salad, and quinoa salad. Read on to see what kids have to say about Project Chef.

“Something I liked about Project Chef was eating what we made together. I noticed that cooking is fun to do as long as you have the right ingredients and tools. Project Chef made me feel friendly towards my classmates, and made me see some of their qualities that I never noticed before.” Maria Z

“Something I liked about Project Chef was that we learned to cook healthy and tasty food! I noticed that we had to work together to make the food good.” Savant G

“Something I liked about Project Chef was that we got to do everything by ourselves and didn’t have an adult doing it all for us. Project Chef made me think how we should take care of our bodies and not eat junk food.” Marihah M

“Something I liked about Project Chef was learning about all the foods. I noticed that whole wheat is better than half wheat. Project Chef made me feel open minded and open mouthed!” Bofeng C

“Project Chef made me feel more helpful around the kitchen. I liked the way Chef Barb taught us about types of grains around the world” Bhavjot N

STUDENT COUNCIL NEWS
Congratulations U-Hill students. You have helped to raise $500 for Covenant House. This money was raised from our Halloween and Christmas activities. The Student council would like to thank you for your help and support in raising this money. You should be proud.