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

May 30, 2011


The first day of school for the 2011/12 school year is Tuesday, September 6th, 2011. If you are returning to University Hill Elementary School in the fall but will not be here before September 8th, you must complete and return a Notice of Late Return form by Friday, June 10th. 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.


Once again, this year, if you have information that would be helpful to us as we make up classes for September, please send a note to the school office by Friday, May 27th. Please confine your comments to your child’s learning style, interests and a friend or two she or he would like to be with next year. Please do not request a particular teacher. The letters are shared with staff as we create the classes. While your input is valued, the final organization of the classes remains with us. Although the process seems simple, it is actually quite complicated. There are many factors to consider in placing over 500 students appropriately:
 teachers decide which teaching style will best compliment each child’s learning needs
 we attempt to create an equitable balance between boys and girls
 we try to balance the ESL and special needs students across the classes
 we consider social maturity and needs
 we take academic achievement into consideration and try to create classes that are balanced in this respect. For example, if your child is in a combined grade 2/3 class, there will be a variety of ability levels in both grades. Years ago, ‘split’ classes were created with high achievers in the lower grade and low achievers in the higher grade. This is no longer considered best practice and there has been a great deal of research to support combined classes made up of children of a variety of age levels and of varying abilities.
 we consider the local collective agreement between the Vancouver Board of School Trustees, the B.C. Public School Employer’s Association and the Vancouver Teachers’ Federation/B.C. Teachers’ Federation that limits the number of students in each class.
 finally, we acknowledge parent requests and do our best to accommodate them, given consideration of all other factors


In the past, it has always been possible to post the new class lists on the school window on the Friday before school starts. This, we know, has become a school tradition that many families look forward to. Because of this history, we want to give you as much advance notice as we can that this may not be possible for September 2011. The definition of the new catchment areas at UBC, the opening of the Acadia Road portables and the eventual transition of some of our students to the new school are all factors that have made enrolment at University Hill a little less predictable than in past years. We are very sorry that this tradition may have to come to an end and will inform you as soon as possible if this is to be the case.


What a day it was in spite of the rain on Friday, May 27th, the school’s annual Sports Day!!! Primary and intermediate staff each coordinated a morning to remember! After Red, Yellow, Green and Blue teams and the primaries each participated in a cheer, the classes rotated through a set of fun, athletic stations designed to encourage sportsmanship and enjoyment. This year’s primary stations were designed around an Super Hero theme, while the intermediate stations showed tremendous creativity. Thanks go to all who helped to organize this hugely successful event and to the secondary students who volunteered to help run the stations.
Special thanks go to Stephanie Dong, Tim Dow, Hazita Harun, Louise Weir, Veronica D’angelo and all those parents who helped to coordinate and man the concession stands. Also, thanks go to Save On Foods for generously donating water and brownies for Sports Day.
Sports Day is always one of the most anticipated days of the school year. This year’s was no exception and proved to be one the most successful Sport’s Days ever. We hope that this has created special memories that will stay with our children throughout their lives.


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… on the PAC, at Sports Day, on field trips, in classrooms, for extra curricular activities, 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.

On April 27th, the school staff welcomed more than 30 people to our annual Volunteer Tea. It was a real pleasure to say thank you to those who have put that little extra quality into the life of University Hill Elementary School and into the educational lives of their child(ren) by providing special and extra service to the school community. This year more than 110 volunteers contributed to the school in many, many different ways. Once again, we thank you for your ongoing support and we look forward to many future opportunities for home/school collaboration.


On Monday, May 9th, all students and staff at University Hill participated in the annual Jump Rope For Heart event and fundraiser. Classes spent the day rotating through a variety of stations to practice and learn skipping techniques, to keep fit and to have fun. By participating in the events, students were able to raise a great deal of money for the Heart and Stroke Foundation. The day’s events culminated in an assembly celebrating the day’s activities for both the students and the Heart and Stroke Foundation.

Big thanks go to all the students and teachers who participated. Special thanks go to Susan DeBeck, Aileen Tong, Linda Kent and Eileen Anderson who coordinated and organized this fantastic event for the school. A huge and extra special thanks also goes to the parents who manned the stations and made sure the every student was able to participate safely and successfully.


Reminder: The final Zone Track Meet is next Tuesday, May 31st Juniors will compete in the morning and Seniors in the afternoon. We hope to see many parents in attendance.


There are many items in the Lost and Found located outside the school’s main office. Please have your child(ren) check for jackets, runners, sweaters, hats, etc. Any unclaimed items will be given to charity at the end of June.


At the most recent PAC meeting the following people were elected as our executive members for 2011/12.

Co Chairs: Tim Dow and Hazita Harun

Treasurers: Sharon Wu and Christine Wang (Shadow)

We thank you for volunteering your time to fill these very important roles. Congratulations to our new PAC executive!!

Just a reminder that the easiest and fastest way to sign up for the U Hill Elementary PAC mailing list is to:
1. Send email to:
2. Leave SUBJECT empty
3. In the body of the email (just text, no signature), type: Subscribe uhill-l
4. Send your email


Children who will be 5 years old before 2011 December 31 are eligible to attend Kindergarten in September.

Please register your child as soon as possible and bring along the child’s birth certificate, record of immunization and proof of address. If you have a neighbor with a kindergarten age child who resides in our school catchment area, please pass this information along.


The Vancouver School Board offers the service to parents to purchase basic school supplies in bulk at wholesale prices and to pass the cost savings on to families. The School Supply 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 savings and (3) standardization of supplies used in the classroom.

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 principal directly at the school or in writing.


Please join us to celebrate General Gordon’s 100th anniversary on Friday, June 17th from 6:00-9:00pm. There will be decade rooms, food and drink, entertainment (the Kitsilano Boys Band), silent auction of a Jeff Wall print, and of course a celebratory cake.The cost is $20.00. Please go to or phone the school at 604-713-5403.

Cycling is fun. Cycling is healthy. Cycling is good for the environment.
Remember while you are out on your wheels this summer to wear a helmet!
In B.C., all cyclists are required by law to wear an approved helmet. Studies have shown that in the event of a crash, a helmet will greatly reduce your chances of a serious brain injury. Your helmet should have a CSA, ANSI, ASTM or SNELL standards approval clearly designated on it. Hockey or other types of helmets are not legal for cycling since they are designed and tested for other types of impacts.
Be visible! Wear bright clothing, and use reflective material and attach lights if you are planning to bike in the dark, at dawn or dusk, or in difficult weather conditions such as rain or fog.
Going to the playground? Take off your child’s helmet before they play on equipment. It could get caught and cause your child to be strangled
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