DATES TO REMEMBER

March12th to 23rd Spring Break
Monday, March 26th School Reopens after Spring Break

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ITS TIME TO SPRING AHEAD

Don’t forget to set your clocks forward one hour on Sunday, March 11th, as we shift to daylight savings time.

CLOSURE FOR SPRING BREAK

School will be closed for Spring Vacation from Monday, March 12th to Friday, March 23rd. Classes will resume on Monday, March 26th at 9:00 am.

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NON INSTRUCTIONAL DAY

On Friday, February 17th, the staff of University Hill took part in several educational workshops offered by the school district. Many of our staff attended district wide session on technology in classrooms, while others attended workshop on assessment. Most Resource staff and SSW’s attended sessions about working with children with challenges. Several other staff members went on an educational walking tour of Chinatown to learn about the curricular outcomes in Social Studies and how they fit with this cultural area of our city. Most of our primary staff attended Literacy workshops, most resource staff attended a workshop outlining a new assessment tool, while others attended technology workshops. All of these activities were focused on using the philosophy, information, strategies and activities presented into the daily curriculum and matching them to the prescribed learning outcomes for each grade.

PERTUSSIS OUTBREAK IN FRASER HEALTH AUTHORITY

Fraser Health is currently responding to a pertussis (Whooping Cough) outbreak. While the outbreak started in the eastern Fraser Valley region (Hope), it has now spread to Chilliwack and cases have been reported from all geographic areas within Fraser Health Authority. Over 140 cases have been reported. As a result, Fraser Health is now advising all residents, particularly caregivers of young children, to seek a free pertussis booster from their physician or pharmacist.

Vancouver Coastal Health is not experiencing an outbreak at this time, though we have detected a small increase in the number of cases in the last two weeks. We will continue to monitor this activity.

pertussis is a nasty bacterial infection. Early symptoms are like those of a cold (sneezing, runny nose, a low fever and a mild cough). Within one or two weeks, symptoms may change so that people have long spells of coughing that often end with a whoop or crowing sound when the person breathes in. The coughing may be so severe that it makes a person gag or throw up. This cough can last up to a month or two, and happens more at night. Pertussis can be life threatening in children less that 1 year of age. It usually takes 7 to 10 days but may take up to 21 days after exposure to develop symptoms. Adults and teens may not present with the typical whoop and a diagnosis may be missed. pertussis infection is treatable with antibiotics.

Vancouver Coastal Health advises the following:

please review your child’s immunization record to ensure that they are up to date. Pertussis shots are offered free to children at 2, 4, 6 18 months of age, at 4-6 years old and in grade 9.

a pertussis booster is recommended for all adults but requires purchase. It can be purchased at VCH Travel Clinic (604 736 9244) or at a pharmacy with a physician’s prescription.
if you/ your child develops early symptoms of whooping cough, please see your family physician.

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

ACHOO

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 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.

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 504 students, of which 257 are English as a Second Language learners and 22 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 38 have left in the same time period.