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: Tim Dow, Hazita Harun
Associate Superintendent: Paul Wlodarczak; School Liaison Trustee: Allan Wong

June 29, 2011

The first day of school for the 2011/12 school year is Tuesday, September 6th. 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. 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 reminded that the school’s lunch program is now a ‘cost recovery’ program. This
means that students may sign up only for a full month of the program at a time, or not at all.
Each child who registers for the lunch program will be provided with a ‘pass’ card that must be
presented to lunch program staff daily in order to receive a meal. Unfortunately the VBE
provides NO subsidies and there will be no opportunity for daily ticket orders.

School begins on Tuesday, September 6th, 2011 at 9:00 am. Students should go to their
old classes at the bell. The children will only be in school for about 45 minutes on this day.
This year class lists will NOT be posted on the school windows before the first day of
classes. Students will return to this year’s classes for attendance. New intermediate
students are asked to go to the Multi Purpose Room. New primary students, please go
to the library. Class lists for 2011/12 will be posted on the school’s front windows at
the end of the day on September 6th. Students will be able to see their new class
placements and go to their new classes on the morning of September 7th.

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. Their 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 last PAC meeting of the 2011/12 school year was held on Monday, May 16th. At this
Annual General Meeting, we presented and approved the school plan and school organization
for the upcoming year and held elections for our PAC executive. Our thanks and
congratulations go to the new executive:
PAC Co Chairs: Tim Dow and Hazita Harun
Treasurer: Sharon Wu and Christine Wang

The PAC Meeting dates have been scheduled for next year as follows:
Monday, October 17th
Monday, November 21st
Monday, January 23rd
Monday, February 20th
Monday, April 16th
Monday, May 14th
All meetings will be held at 9:00 am unless otherwise specified.

Just a quick reminder about how to add yourself to our Uhill mailing list so that the
newsletter and any other important information from the PAC gets to you:
To sign up for the University Hill Elementary mailing list, please follow the directions
1. Send an email to:
2. Leave the SUBJECT empty
3. In the BODY of the email (just text, no signature, all lower case), type:
subscribe uhill-l
4. Send your email

Information on the UTown Bus Program will be available from the UHill Elementary PAC
website at the end of August. Registration will begin Tuesday September 6 at the school. Buses will begin Wed September14.

Lindsey Prince Our most sincere thanks for all of your
Marietta Muna efforts on behalf of the children at
Lauren Spotzl University Hill. We wish you the very
Jenn Korchinski best in all future endeavors.
Judy Rother
In addition, a special good bye goes to Joan Stancombe, who has chosen this year to retire
from the VSB teaching ranks and move on to new and more interesting adventures. Thanks
go to Joan for her involvement in the lives of our students since 2005. We wish her a long,
well deserved and very happy retirement.

We are very pleased to welcome the following new staff to university Hill for September 2011.
Keri Hurst will join us to be Lori Freeze’s and Maggie Jackson’s teaching partner, and to be
part of our Resource Team. We welcome Keri to her new assignments and look forward to
her contributions to our school.

Together we have raised $4805.89 for the Heart and Stroke Foundation. The money raised
will go towards heart disease, stroke research and health education. Thank you very much
for your continued support.

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 seatbelts 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 carseat.
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

Free! Fun! VSB Summer School!
Registration for Summer School is now open. Check out the summer school flyers
for course options at a school near you. Courses are available for students from
Grades 1 to 7, and sessions will be offered throughout July and August. Academic
courses and ESL courses are free, and you can also choose from a wide range of
arts-oriented and enrichment courses at Maple Grove, Mackenzie and Magee
Summer Centers that are offered for the standard fee. Additionally, we’ll be
running a three-week French Immersion Summer School program at Lord
Tennyson Elementary School.
For course details and registration, visit us on the web at or
call 604-713-4550. To register online you will need your child’s PEN number
(available from your school’s office).
VSB Summer School…where your child can learn with a friend

From the Staff of
University Hill Elementary
School . . .
We wish all of you a
happy, safe and healthy
summer . . . we look
forward to another
spectacular year in