The first day of school for the 2009/10 school year is Tuesday, September 8th,  2009. If you are returning to University Hill Elementary  School in the fall but will not be here before September 10th , you must complete and return a Notice of Late Return form.  These forms are available from the school office or by request from your child’s teacher.  If you plan to return after September 30th, the school cannot hold a place for your child.

Please be advised that due to increasing costs associated with the running of the bus program, there may be an increase in costs for the 2009/10 school year. The earliest that any changes in cost can be confirmed is late August.

School begins on Tuesday, September 8, 2009 at 8:45 am.  Students should go to next year’s classes at the 8:45 bell.  The children will only be in school for about 45 minutes on this day.

To the staff of University Hill School for all of their extra efforts on behalf of the students at the school.  These people put in an amazing amount of extra time and effort to work with students in extra curricular service, athletic and academic areas.  They provide the school with the wonderful art work and displays that have graced our primary and intermediate hallways over the past year.  Your hard work has resulted in huge benefits for our students, a fostering of pride in  community, athletics, academics and citizenship not possible in the regular classroom setting and in the fabulous displays and incredible art work that help to make our school a welcome, inviting place to learn.  Many, many thanks to you all.

The Vancouver School Board offers the service to parents to purchase basic school supplies in bulk wholesale prices and to pass the cost savings on to families.  The request for School Supply Fees for 2009/10 will be sent out in September.  In past years it has been $25/student and $12.50/half day Kindergarten student.  This fee covers the cost of basic school supplies used for students’ personal use such as paper, writing tools, rulers, scissors, glue sticks, erasers, paint sets and exercise books.  Supplies are provided for the full year except where excessive loss and replacement becomes unreasonable.  The advantages for families of the Board providing student supplies are: (1) convenience (2) cost saving and (3) standardization of supplies used in the classroom.

Payment for Supplies
As a reminder, the Vancouver School Board will not deny a child access to the school supplies required for his or her educational program because of financial hardship.  Parents and Guardians who would like to request to postpone payment of the supplies fee or require the supplies fee to be waived for the current school year, should contact their school Principal directly at the school or in writing.

Our congratulations go to all of those University Hill students who participated and represented the school brilliantly in the recent Grade 3 to 7 Canadian  national math contests.  Approximately 65 000 students across Canada participated, almost 100 of whom were from our school.  The following are the school grade champions along with School and Student Honor Roll achievements:

Grade 3
Schools Honor Roll placing 32nd out of 214 schools
School Champions:

  • Ashley Zhang
  • Ayoung Jung

Grade 4
School Champion:

  • Tony Chen – student honor roll placing 131st out of 9,006 participants

Grade 5
School Champion:

  • Yuan Huang – student honor roll placing 130th out of 13, 642 participants

Grade 6
Schools honor roll placing 13th out of 995 schools
School Champion:

  • Alfred Xing – student honor roll placing 29th out of 20,184 participants

Other student honor roll recipients

  • Stephanie Wu  – 55th place
  • Albert Xing – 101st place

Grade 7
B.C. Provincial School Champion placing 6th in Canada (out of 398 schools)

School Champion

  • Athena Huynh – student honor roll placing 8th out of 7,894 participants.

Other honor roll recipients

  • Richard Yuen – 38th place
  • Maryam Abo Moslim – 55th place
  • Andy An – 82nd place
  • David Park – 101st place
  • Tian Zu -101st place
  • Marco Tu- 101st place
  • Rachel Ho – 140th place
  • Julia Lu – 140th place
  • Mack Xu – 185th place

Congratulations to all participants for representing University Hill so well!

Parents and school staff are the adults who make the greatest difference to a child’s learning in their early lives and beyond.  When these two groups work together the lives of students are very much enriched.  We are very fortunate at University Hill to have so very many parents who volunteer…in the library, on the PAC, on Sports Day, on field trips, in classrooms, for extra curricular activities, hot dog days, fund-raising…the list goes on and on.  We’d like to take this opportunity to acknowledge those parents who play such a supportive role in the educational lives of their children and to thank you all for ongoing support of our work at the school.


  • Val Day
  • Susan Koppersmith
  • Frankie De Vita
  • Marianne Cote Malley
  • Maryam Foroughi
  • Evelyn Yee

Our most sincere thanks for all of your efforts on behalf of the children at University Hill.  We wish you the very best in all future endeavors.

We are very pleased to welcome the following new staff to University Hill for September 2005.  Mr. Jonathan Weresch will be our new Vice Principal.  Ms. Elsa Ng will join us to be Lori Freeze’s teaching partner, to be part of our Resource Team and to teach primary prep.    We welcome these teachers to their new assignments and look forward to their contributions to our school.  

The Canadian Dermatology Association reports that. . .

Sun exposure in childhood and adolescence is seen to play a critical role in later development of skin cancer.

More than 60 000 Canadians develop skin cancer each year.  Children now have a lifetime risk of 1 in 7 for developing this disease.

A study conducted by researchers across Canada points to the time from birth to age 19 as critical for the initiation of the most common type of skin cancer, basal cell carcinoma, possibly because young skin is more sensitive than an adult’s.

People who had two or more severe sunburns in childhood have a 4.6 times higher risk of getting basal cell cancer.  Those who spent a lot of time outdoors as a child or adolescent  have a 2.6 times greater risk of the disease.

Other risk factors include having fair skin, red hair, a tendency to burn rather than tan and a history of severe sunburns in childhood.

The Association expresses the hope that people in general, but particularly those who fall into the high risk categories, will take extra care when exposed to the sun.  Most skin cancers are preventable.

As we come to t he end of another school year, we would like to wish everyone a very safe, happy and restful summer, and leave you with the following safety reminders:

When riding bicycles, please stay in the designated bicycle traffic lanes as appropriate and remember to wear your helmet at all times.  This is equally true for skateboarders and roller-bladers.

When driving with a child or children, please make sure that seat belts are worn at all times.  Remember, too, that children less than 90 pounds should be in the backseat away from airbags and should be riding in a car seat.

Sunscreen is essential for protection from the burning rays of the sun.  Please be sure that you and your child(ren) are wearing at least SPF 30 at all times