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

Principal: Kathy Pickford; Vice-Principal: Ankie Carswell;
Co-PAC Chairs: Tim Dow, Denise Lauritano
Director of Instruction: Rob Schindel; School Liaison Trustee: Allan Wong

February 1, 2013

Dates to Remember

Tuesday, February 5th …………………….. Immunization Clinic
Monday, February 11th …………………… Family Day – No School
Wednesday, February 13th ……………….. Early Dismissal @ 2:00 Thursday, February 14th …………………. Early Dismissal @ 2:00
Thursday, February 14th …………………. Red Day
Monday, February 18th …………………… 9:00 PAC meeting
Wednesday, February 27th ………………. Pink Day

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.

Once again this year, our goal is Literacy Development. We have been focusing on our struggling learners and the strategies and programs that will best help these children improve in both reading and writing. Part of our Learning Improvement Fund this year is dedicated to providing intensive support for some of these learners and to the investigation of useful, innovative techniques geared toward learning assistance. In addition, we will, once again, 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 will be expanding our small >Early Literacy= Collection in the school library. The teachers are also focusing some of their professional development on learning about >best practices= in teaching Language Arts and in assessment for learning.
This is also the time of year when we begin the process of collecting and collating data from several sources and for a variety of subjects (Literacy, Science, Social Responsibility) and review it to find trends and make plans for next year. This process gives us insight into each student=s individual progress, allows us to plan instruction and to provide a focus for student growth in the coming school year. We continue to refine our thinking about and instruction in these important areas of student learning.

REGISTRATION FOR 2013/2014
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 enroll 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 2013/14 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 either in the school or on our wait list for 2013/2014.

BULLYING: DON’T JUST STAND BY – STAND UP!!

Bullying is NOT cool!! This happens in schools, malls, the Internet and on cell phones across Canada. One in five Canadian youth report being bullied regularly. But you can help. When a friend steps in, bullying stops half the time in 10 seconds or less. It’s pretty simple. When you see bullying, don’t just stand by. Instead, stand up. Look around for some ways that ways that you can be the one to help stop bullying.
By: Felix M. Division: 6
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 very wet, most days it is expected that children will go outside to play at recess and at lunch. Please help us by sending your children to school with appropriate clothing for the cold and/or wet weather. Because of this year=s 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.

HELP NEEDED . . .

The University Hill Garden Committee needs help transporting their 4’ X 8’ garden boxes that are currently being built for the school garden. If anyone has or has access to a pick up truck or large vehicle that could help us move the boxes from Burnaby to the school, please let the committee know by contacting the school office.
Thanks in advance.

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 B the road into the school B without pulling over into a parking spot. Please continue to drive slowly through the round about loop and keep your place in line. Please do not pull out and try to move ahead as this creates confusion and congestion. As space permits, please drive all the way through the loop. This will help prevent cars from lining up on Chancellor Blvd and will also prevent cars from driving side by side in the loop, 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 modelB 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.

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