DATES TO REMEMBER

Week of March 9th to 13th Reports home
Tuesday, March 10th Hip Hop matinee and evening performances
Thursday, March 12th 1:45 dismissal for conference
Friday, March 13th 1:45 dismissal for conference
March 16th to 20th Spring Break
Monday, March 23rd School Reopens after Spring Break

BOOK FAIR
In conjunction with this term’s report card conferences, University Hill will be hosting a Scholastic Book Fair. The fair will be held from Wednesday, March 11th to Friday, March 13th. The Book Fair will be open to families and students after school on these days.

If you are able to volunteer at the Book Fair, please contact Judy in the library. Any time you have is greatly appreciated.

REPORT CARDS
Your child(ren) will be bringing their report cards home during the week of March 9th. Conferences are scheduled for Thursday, March 12th and Friday, March 13th. At this time you will have an opportunity to participate in a student led conference or discuss your child(ren)’s progress with his/her teacher.

FROM THE PAC
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ITS TIME TO SPRING AHEAD
Don’t forget to set your clocks forward one hour on Sunday, March 8th, as we shift to daylight savings time.

CLOSURE FOR SPRING BREAK
School will be closed for Spring Vacation from Monday, March 16th to Friday, March 20th. Classes will resume on Monday, March 23rd at 8:45 am.

THE FUN FAIR IS COMING!!
Its time to start planning and saving for this year’s Fun Fair. The date has been set for the evening of Friday, May 29th. The PAC would like to request that families start collecting and putting aside sale-able items for Bingo prizes and for the rummage sale. They are especially looking for used toys and clean children’s clothing in reasonable condition. Stay tuned for more information about this fun filled evening for University Hill families.

SECTION 11 APPEAL PROCESS
The Vancouver School Board recognizes and respects the fact that parents (including guardians) and/or students may sometimes strongly disagree with decisions made by Board employees. The School Act of British Columbia gives parents and students (with the consent of their parents) the right to appeal certain decisions (or failures to make decisions) made by Board employees. This right of appeal applies to decisions which significantly affect the health, education, or welfare of a student. For detailed information regarding the Board’s appeal procedure, and a copy of the Board’s formal appeal policy, please ask at the school, or access it online at www.vsb.bc.ca under the link Parents/Families.

AMBER ALERT
When Seconds Count! The AMBER ALERT program has come to B.C. An AMBER ALERT is issued in certain child abduction situations. You will hear details on your local radio and television station – please keep your eyes open and report anything to 9-1-1. For more information visit the  BC RCMP’s website

ACHOO
Once again, the flu and cold season seems to have been especially bad this year. Many children and staff have been sick. Those who come to school when they are ill may spread their germs to others in the class. Please respect the other members of the school community by keeping your child(ren) home when sick.

ABSENCE FROM SCHOOL
It is the recommendation of the Vancouver Board of Education that after twenty days of absence from school for non medical reasons, a spot can no longer be held for a student. While many Vancouver schools have the luxury of available space, University Hill Elementary has a lack of space and an extensive waiting list. For these reasons, and in fairness to those students waiting for placement, it is necessary for us to withdraw as a student at UHill, any child who is absent from school for more than twenty consecutive days for non medical reasons. We understand that there may be exceptional circumstances and encourage you to contact the school if your child will be away for an extended period of time.

HIP HOP UPDATE
Our school is a particularly happy place at present as students delight in hip hop dance lessons and prepare for our performances on March 10th. Expect to see Evil Robots, Superheroes and Peacekeepers from the lands of Odd and Ordinary! A survey will be sent home soon with detailed information about tickets and times.

We request that all students participate in both performances. It is very important for us to know as soon as possible if your child(ren) can not be here for either the matinee or the evening performance on March 10th. Please let the class room teacher know if this is the case.

Additionally, we have noticed that many students have not yet brought in their $10.00. Please send payment for your child(ren) as soon as possible if you have not already done so. As always, should this cause difficulty for your family, please consult the teacher or the office.

ELECTRONICS AND GUM AT SCHOOL
There has recently been an increase in the number of personal electronic devices brought to school. Please be aware that the school cannot be responsible for the damage or loss of these belongings. Of particular concern are game cards (e.g. Pokemon) and electronic devices (e.g. MP3’s, PSP’s, etc). These items are not to be used in the class room or on the school grounds as they are distracting to learning and physical activity. We would encourage all students to leave them at home. If they are brought to school responsibility for their care and safety rests with the student at all times. We encourage you to discuss this matter with your child(ren) and consider keeping these items at home.

In addition, we are finding chewed gum in the most unusual places – on the back of door handles, in the computer lab, on chair seats, etc. Please remind your child(ren) that unless they have specific permission for medical or other important reasons, we expect that no gum will be chewed at school.

STUDENT DEMOGRAPHIC DATA
The following data are used by the School Planning Council and the school each year when developing the School Plan. Knowledge of who our students are needs to be considered when developing the context that frames student achievement data.

University Hill Elementary currently enrols 508 students, of which 212 are English as a Second Language learners and 28 are Special Needs. All of the ESL and Special Needs students are fully integrated within the regular classroom. Just over 30% of our students speak English as their first language. Not all of the students who speak English as a second language receive ESL support because they are proficient enough not to require the extra instruction. In terms of transience, the school has welcomed 54 new students since September and 65 have left in the same time period.