UNIVERSITY HILL ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
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

March 1, 2011

REPORT CARDS

Your child(ren) will be bringing their report cards home during the week of March 7th. Conferences are scheduled for Tuesday, March 16th and Thursday, March 17th. At this time you will have an opportunity to discuss your child(ren)’s progress with your child(ren) and his/her teacher.

DATES TO REMEMBER

March 21th to April 1st Spring Break
Monday, April 4th School Reopens after Spring Break
Week of March 7th to 11th Reports home
Wednesday, March 16th and Thursday, March 17th 2:00 dismissal for conferences

SPECIAL OLYMPICS

The Special Olympics 2011 is held in Athens, Greece.

What are Special Olympics?

The Special Olympics are very important because it gives special people a chance to shine. They work hard all year to compete I these Olympics. I, personally, am super excited for them. They are very special to me because it gives me hope and happiness to see them out there and doing their best.

The Special Olympics warm my heart to see our community including everyone. Inclusion is very important because we all know how bad it feels to be excluded. Everyone is born different and they are just like you and me! Have you ever heard the saying “never judge a book by its cover”? That means never judge a person on the way they look.

I am going to tell you a story that warmed my heart on this topic.

I was score keeping a basketball game today and it was a basketball team with people who don’t have great intellectual abilities except for one player that does, and he was included just the same as everyone else. He got passed the ball just as frequently and he got put on just as frequently and I felt happy to see that.

But what doesn’t make me happy is that some people don’t include those people. I am putting this message out there so everyone includes everyone else and we are all treated the same way. Everyone should have a chance to feel proud of themselves. Special Olympics helps make this happen.

IF THEY CAN DO IT WE CAN DO IT!!!

By: Avory L.

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ITS TIME TO SPRING AHEAD

Don’t forget to set your clocks forward one hour on Sunday, March 13th, as we shift to daylight savings time.

CLOSURE FOR SPRING BREAK

School will be closed for Spring Vacation from Monday, March 21th to Friday, April 1st . Classes will resume on Monday, April 4th @ 9:00.

NON INSTRUCTIONAL DAY

On Friday, February 18th, the staff of University Hill took part in several educational workshops offered by the school district. Most of our primary staff attended Literacy workshops, most resource staff attended a workshop outlining a new assessment tool, while others attended technology workshops. Several staff also went on an education based walking tour of Chinatown and the majority of our SSW’s learned about sexual development and health of children with special needs. All of these activities were focused on using the philosophy, information, strategies and activities presented into the daily curriculum and match them to the prescribed learning outcomes for each grade. The school staff returned refreshed and ready to use what they had learned.

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 http://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 see http://www.bcamberalert.ca

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 University Hill, 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.

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.

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 bey blades, 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 discourage 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 517 students, of which 273 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 36 new students since September and 35 have left in the same time period.

ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATIONS
Did you or anyone you know attend one of these Vancouver Elementary schools?
They are each celebrating their centennial and are trying to reach all ex-students and ex-staff to attend their 100th anniversary celebration.
Please help us get the word out.
Contact the school directly for event details and registration information

School
Event Date
Phone
Website

General Gordon
June 17, 2011
604-713-5403
http://www.gordonelementary.ca

Sir Richard McBride
May 27, 2011
604-713-4971
mcbride.vsb.bc.ca

Walter Moberly
May 5, 2011
604-713-4784
moberly.vsb.bc.ca

Lord Nelson
May 6, 2011
604-713-4595
nelson.vsb.bc.ca

Lord Selkirk
May 13, 2011
604-713-4650
selkirk.vsb.bc.ca

Sir Wm. Van Horne
May 26, 2011
604-713-4965
vanhorne.vsb.bc.ca

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