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

December 20, 2012

The staff of University Hill Elementary School would like to
wish all of our students and their families
a restful, enjoyable and safe holiday season.

WINTER VACATION DATES

Our school will close for Winter Vacation on Friday, December 21st . . . Students will be dismissed at 3:00 pm on this day. School will re-open on Monday, January 7th, at 9:00 am.

SO LONG AND BEST WISHES TO . . .

Ms. Eleni Georgantas, who is going on leave from January to the end of June. Ms. G has been an amazing addition to our staff and we wish her a happy, productive and restful break. We look forward to her return in the fall.

A WARM WELCOME TO . . .

We welcome back Ms. Andrea Morgan, who will be returning to University Hill to enroll our Grade 1/2 class. Andrea has been here this past fall teaching Grade 6/7 while Maggie Jackson has been on maternity Leave. We look forward to welcoming her back to University Hill.

HOLIDAY SING ALONG AND CONCERT

What would the holiday season at University Hill be without a concert and a sing along? We had both this year and a huge thanks goes out go to the University Hill staff who organized such a phenomenal concert around the holiday festivities at the school. This event could not have happened without the generosity of spirit and the hard work that exemplifies our staff. Thank you again, to the organizers and to those who participated with their classes.
Additional thanks to Greg and Louise Weir and friends for organizing a fabulous afternoon of song to kick off the holiday season this past Tuesday. This has become a much anticipated annual event at the school. The children look forward each year to this rousing afternoon of holiday singing which would not happen without Greg and Louise volunteering their time and effort to put on the event and lead the singing.

IT’S RAINING . . . IT’S SNOWING

While we are in the midst of rainy, perhaps snowy weather, it seems appropriate to remind all families of the importance of sending their children to school dressed appropriately for the weather. Even those children who are driven to and from school spend a portion of each day outside. Children usually go outside for recess and for lunch – even in rainy or inclement weather. There are also circumstances that come up during the school day — fire drills, emergency drills, even real emergent situations — that can necessitate going outside at recess and lunch. It is important for all of these situations that children be appropriately dressed, especially on those cold, wet days.

GRADE 7’S WENT CAROLING

Our Grade 7 students have practiced singing every day for the past three weeks and spent the morning of Friday, December 14th standing out front of the 10th Avenue and Sasamat Starbucks entertaining the local community with their beautiful caroling. The result of this tremendous effort was $300.00 raised for Covenant House. Many thanks to the students and staff for their community minded efforts during the holiday season.

REGISTRATION FOR 2013 – 14

Just a reminder that registration for the 2013/14 has already begun. Registration is necessary for any child who is going to start attending University Hill Elementary School in September of 2013. If your child was born in Canada, please come to the school to register. If your child was not born in Canada, you must register at the District Reception and Placement Center (DRPC). Please phone the DRPC (604-713-5999) for more information, or pick up an information pamphlet at the school. You do not need to re-register if you children already attends University Hill.

REGISTRATION PROCEDURES FOR VANCOUVER SCHOOLS

The Vancouver School Board has a lottery system for registration for the 2013-14 school year. Applications for all Kindergarten programs (including regular English, French Immersion, Montessori and Fine Arts) and for Grade 1-7 for the 2013-14 school year will be received between Nov. 1, 2012 and Jan. 31, 2013.
If, at January 31, there are more applications received than space available in any program or school, a lottery will be held to select the students who are accepted. Students not selected from the draw will be added to a wait list maintained by the school.
All families who submit an application prior to January 31, 2013 will be given notification of the school their child will be attending by March 31, 2013. This includes wait listed students who were unable to secure a spot during the lottery process.

Applications received after January 31 will not be considered until all in-catchment students who submitted an application prior to January 31 have been placed. Late applicants, including siblings of in-catchment students already enrolled in the school, will be added to the end of the school’s wait list. Late in-catchment sibling applicants will have priority consideration over other late in-catchment applicants.
A family can register their child(ren) for Kindergarten if the student will reach the age of five years on or before December 31 of the calendar year. For the 2013-14 school year the child must have been born in 2008.

LUNCH PROGRAM INFORMATION
Payment for the Lunch Program is usually requested prior to the first of each month. It is important that we have this information so that the appropriate number of meals can be ordered for that month. When orders come in past the due date, it results in either over ordering or worse, not ordering a meal for your child(ren).
For the month of January, we are going to make an educated guess as to the number of students participating because we’ve found in the past that menus/order forms get lost if we send them home before the holiday. Thank you in advance for your future early returns!
January 7th meal is macaroni and cheese, apple sauce and juice.
INTERNET SAFETY
Just like the phone, Instant Messaging (or MSN) is very popular for communicating with friends and discussing homework and school projects. Just as you would make sure you knew who your child was going out with; make sure you know who your child is talking to on the internet by reviewing their buddy list with them.
Painful rumours, stinging gossip and other put downs can cause a lot of emotional stress for some children – especially because so many of them are visiting and posting things on sites such as Facebook.com. 25% of Canadian children and teens have had mean, hateful and/or threatening things said to them over the internet or their cell phone. Please talk to your child(ren) about this issue.
What can kids and their parents do? Here are some tips from BeSafeOnline.org:
• children should always tell their parents if they are being bullied or have been upset
• save all examples of bullying by saving or printing email or MSN histories
• if an email or message is particularly disturbing or breaks the law, call the police

• check on your school’s anti bullying policy and whether it addresses bullying via computers and cell phones
• visit http://www.wiredsafety.org/parent.html or http://www.bewebware.ca

Hand & Finger Knit Scarves Across the Globe!
Team 15 and their buddies finger knit scarves for Special Olympic athletes to be delivered to them in Korea. The students worked hard! A special thank you to all the helpers & interested knitters from other divisions.
Latkes Everywhere!!

A huge thanks to all those parents who delivered latkes to classrooms last week. What a delicious way to enhance the celebrations and learning that were happening about Hanukkah. Joe Mergens (Division 1) actually cooked latkes for his class as part of a lesson about the Maccabean Revolt and the history of Hanukkah. A delicious time was had by all!

Celebrate

Have you ever given out food at a homeless shelter? Well I have. On December 24th 2011 my family and I went to this old shelter where we got to serve food to the homeless. I was so surprised when I saw with just something to eat we can make a smile. I felt very well when I saw how I could make a big difference. People sometimes don’t notice that there out in the rain there are some people that don’t have enough money to buy food. Food would be the best gift for a family on Christmas Eve. I’ve never really liked going to those places because I was scared. This opportunity I had was big because I saw that you don’t need to cross the world to help people. You can just go outside and help a child who really needs it. Now that Christmas is coming you should spread the cheer to us people. With this cheer you can make a persons day. Be a helper, a cheerer, and celebrate the joy in our lives!
By Sara E. Div 6

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