5395 Chancellor Boulevard,
Vancouver, BC V6T 1E2
Telephone: 604-713-5350
Fax: 604-713-5353

Principal: Kathy Pickford; Vice-Principal: Shannon MacDonald;
Co-PAC Chairs: Tim Dow, Hazita Harun
Associate Superintendent: Val Overgaard; School Liaison Trustee: Allan Wong

May 3, 2012


Just a reminder to all University Hill families that Sports Day will take place this year on Friday, May 25th. School will be in session for the full day. We look forward to seeing our many supportive parents and guardians at this fun filled event. Sports Day lunch order forms have gone home. If your child(ren) participate on the lunch program, lunch will be provided. If you would like to purchase any additional lunches, please fill out the form with the number of lunches you would like, and return it to the office by May 11th.


Please be aware that opening day for the 2012/13 school year is Tuesday, September 4th. If you are planning a holiday that will extend into September or you plan to be away past Thursday, September 6th for any reason, please complete a Notice of Late Return form available from either the office or your child’s teacher. This will ensure that your child(ren)’s spot in the school is held until you return. Unfortunately, we cannot hold a spot for your child(ren) past September 30th. Thank you for you cooperation in this matter.


Report cards will be coming home on Friday, May 4th. The information reported will represent the overall achievement of your child from September, 2011 to March, 2012. In the intermediate grades this may be represented by Term 1 and Term 2 marks or by simply Term 2. Should you have any questions or concerns about the report card, please contact your child’s teacher.


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 25th, the school staff welcomed more than 40 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. In this exceptional school year, more than 125 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.


Oh my, what a feast!! On Wednesday, May 2nd the parents of University Hill went above and beyond to give the school staff which an incredible luncheon to say ‘thanks’ to the staff for all of their efforts on behalf of the children at Uhill. An amazing variety of dishes, representing the diversity of families in the school, provided school staff with an ethnic feast that will not soon be forgotten.

Huge thanks go to all of those parents who contributed to the luncheon. Please know how very much the staff enjoyed and appreciated your generosity.



Spring is finally here and summer will soon be around the corner. For those wishing to
register for Summer School this year, here’s some information to get you thinking about
planning for your summer courses.
The VSB offers a wide range of FUNDED summer courses for you to choose from. e also offer enrichment courses for the standard fee. You can combine free summer courses and enrichment courses to fill up your day from the gifted, to the athletic; from the artisitic to those who enjoy hands on projects. Courses are offered at every grade level throughout the city.

Here is a breakdown and description of the types of courses offered:

• Gifted Program/ Challenge Program: provides high acieving students the opportunity to learn alongside their peers

Application for Gifted/Challenge program has already started, but its not too late!!


• Remedial Courses: These classes give you a chance to review coursework you’ve already taken in Language Arts and Math. Be prepared for the upcoming school year. Offered at all summer school sites.
• Skill Development courses: Arts-oriented and enrichment courses offered at every site and specific to Maple Grove, MacKenzie, Tecumseh and Magee (Grades 4-12).
• English As A Second Language Courses: Beginner to Advanced ESL classes to improve your English. Offered at all summer school sites.
• French Immersion: This year the VSB is running a three week French Immersion summer program at Lord Tennyson Elementary.
Please check out the Summer School Catalogue at your school sigte for particular programmes, dates and times!

Wondering which courses to take? Look for the VSB Summer School Catalogue; talk to your teacher; find us on the web.

Students’ birthdates and REN #’s are required at the time of registration.

Phone: 604-713-4550 FAX: 604-713-4530

Walk In: 1580 West Broadway, Vancouver, B.C. V6J 5K8 VSB – CIE

On the Internet:


On Thursday, May 3rd at 2:00 pm, all Vancouver schools will once again conduct a comprehensive Earthquake drill. This includes an emergency evacuation and a simulation of follow-up activities that would happen if an actual earthquake should occur. We anticipate that the event will go smoothly and efficiently as the staff and students have practiced to prepare. This year students will not be dismissed directly form the drill, though this may be the case in future years.

Each year, every school conducts an earthquake drill during which students practice ‘duck and cover’ and school evacuation procedures.

Each school has a large metal storage bin stocked with food, water, tools, student information sheets, an emergency radio and general supplies to last for two days. Our bin is located on the west side of the intermediate field. The school has established an emergency plan and all staff members have been assigned specific duties in case of an emergency.

In the event of a true earthquake, the school will release students to parents and designated emergency contacts that parents identified on their contact sheets in September.


It is a great delight when we can host a ‘win/win’ opportunity for our students. Once again this term, we were lucky to be able to sponsor a math fair for our intermediate students. In preparation for the fair, math education students from Langara College design and create games and activities intended to teach concepts from the intermediate math curriculum. On the day of the fair, the intermediate classes take turns playing with the games and learning from their college level counterparts. It is always fascinating to see how well our students learn when they are involved in small group, fun, performance based learning activities. A big thank you goes to Nora Franzova for organizing this great event.


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 25th. 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