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

February 2, 2011

IKEBANA IN THE CLASSROOM

On January 18th, the Japanese Consulate came to visit U Hill, which is a great honor for us. They taught us the traditional flower arrangement called Ikebana. We used oasis (a foam-like substance) instead of kensa, (a sharp metal plate for holding larger branches), because there were so many of us. They brought along a b ox of materials with them. The box consisted of: orange and pink carnations, branches of plants and several boxes of oasis. The different heights of the plants represented the heavens, the earth, and man-kind. We also learned some facts about the history of Ikebana. We had tons of fun. Overall, it was a great session.

By: Shazia, Lizzie and Nich Division: 3

IN CASE OF EMERGENCY (I.C.E.) CARDS

Your child(ren) will recently have brought home an I.C.E. card that was distributed to schools by the Vancouver Police Department. I.C.E. is an internationally recognized acronym used in a cell phone contact list or on a card carried by a person that Vancouver Police, Vancouver Fire and B.C. Ambulance Service responders have agreed to look for as the contact number for whomever appropriate to speak or reach someone to speak on the person’s behalf.

Key to the success of this card program is that you enter the student’s name and one or more phone numbers of people they would want emergency responders to contact in case of emergency. These can include phone numbers of parents, grandparents, guardians, care givers or family friends.

Please be sure to talk to your child(ren) about the card, to enter the pertinent information on it, and to have your Child(ren) carry it at all times.

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.

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 goal 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 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.

RED CROSS BABYSITTER COURSE
If your child is 11 years or older and is interested in babysitting, this is an excellent course.
Date(s): Feb 13th or March 24th
Time: 8:30 – 5:00
Location: Vancouver Fire Hall #18 at 38th & Cartier
Cost: $50.00 + hst
To Register Call: 604 787.4336 or email rob.renning@vancouver.ca
*Must be 11 years old to register

REGISTRATION FOR 2011/12
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 31st to see who will get our available kindergarten spots for the 2011/12 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 2011/2012.

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.

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.

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.