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

October 29, 2010
DATES TO REMEMBER

Monday, November 8th………………………………………Photo Retakes
Wednesday, November10th ……………………………….Remembrance Day Assembly
Thursday, November 11th …………………………………….School Closed – Remembrance Day
Friday, November 12th ……………………………………….School Closure Day
Monday, November 15th ……………………………………..Non Instructional Day
Wednesday, November 17th ………………………………..Immunization Clinic

HALLOWE’EN SAFETY TIPS FOR CHILDREN

HEY KIDS! When you’re out Trick or Treating on Hallowe’en Night, follow these Important Safety Tips:
 Always wear make-up not a mask; you will be able to see better.
 Always wear reflective tape on your costume. Drivers will be able to see you then.
 Always have a good supper before you go out, and take some candy from home to eat; don’t eat the treats given you until your parents have looked at them.
 Always carry a flashlight.
 Be careful if you wear high heels or have a long costume. You might trip, and runners are faster.
 Always go trick or treating with your parents, a friend or a group.
 Only go to houses where there are lights on.
 Always know where a safe house is that you can go to if you need help.

 Always stay in your neighborhood.
 Always start trick or treating early–and get home early.
 Always let your parents know where you’ll be and for how long.
 Always cross the road at the corner or crosswalk.
 Always look both ways before crossing the street.
 Never go into alleys, parking areas, wooded or vacant lots.
 Never go near animals you do not know.
 Always let your parents check your treats before you eat them.
 Never eat unwrapped candy, fresh fruit, homemade goods or other non-commercial products unless you are absolutely certain of where it came from.

HAVE A FUN AND SAFE HALLOWE’EN

FALL BACK
Daylight Saving Time ends this year at 2:00 am on Sunday, November 7th. Please remember to turn your clocks back an hour on this day.

TERRY FOX
Thanks to all parents, students and staff who contributed time, energy and money to help with cancer research and keep Terry’s dream alive! Special thanks go to Susan DeBeck, Jonathan Weresch Suzie Polzin and Joe Mergens for organizing the event and to all those parents whose volunteer efforts contributed so much to the success of the afternoon. This year’s total topped $2250.00 in funds raised for this very important cause. Congratulations.

PUBLIC NOTICE FROM THE CITY OF VANCOUVER

Firecrackers and Fireworks:
Vancouver City Council has amended the Fire By-Law. Residents should be aware that it is illegal:
1. To possess firecrackers, at any time, without a permit issued by the Fire Chief (minimum fine $100.00)
2. To possess fireworks without a permit issued by the Fire Chief, except from October 25 to October 31, when the possession of fireworks without a permit is allowed (minimum fine $100.00).
3. To point or direct a fireworks at any person, animal, building or motor vehicle, where such fireworks are in the process of exploding or detonating and where they are capable of projecting or discharging a charge or pyrotechnical effect for a distance of more than three meters (minimum fine- $100.00).
4. To see, give or furnish fireworks to a person under the age of 18 for any reason.

The police may seize firecrackers and fireworks held in violation of the Fire By-Laws and, upon conviction may dispose of the firecrackers or fireworks without compensation. Residents are reminded that fireworks may be set off only on their own property.

HELMETS PLEASE
We have noticed recently that several children who ride their bicycles, skateboards or scooters to school have been arriving without helmets. Please be reminded that wearing a helmet is not only a common sense safety measure, but also a legal requirement that, if ignored, could result in a fine or confiscation of the bike or scooter.

CONFERENCES
Thank you to all those staff and families who participated in this month’s goal setting pre-conferences for student reporting. This is a terrific opportunity for us to get to know you and your child(ren) just a little better, to set goals for the first reporting period, nip any problems in the bud and address any pressing concerns. We look forward to the next formal opportunity to meet with you and encourage you to keep in touch with us and keep involved in your child(ren)’s education.

TRAFFIC REMINDERS AND SUGGESTIONS
Because of the early morning congestion on Chancellor Boulevard and in front of the school, we are suggesting that intermediate students start walking to school. If you are going to drive your children to school, please car pool as often as possible. Both the school and the environment will thank you. If you are driving intermediate age children, please drop them off at 8:45. If you are driving primary age children, please drop them just before 8:55. This will allow your child(ren) to arrive at school safely and on time, so that there is no disruption in the classroom program because of tardiness. In addition, it has been reported that cars are not respecting the traffic light or the school patrol guards on Chancellor Boulevard. Please be aware that these measures are put in place to keep our students safe and free from risk while coming and going from the school. Thank you in advance for your cooperation in this important safety issue.

PAC NEWS
Our first PAC meeting was held on Monday, October 18th . The minutes of that meeting are now posted on the PAC website and on the parents’ bulletin board outside the Multi Purpose Room. Our next PAC meeting will take place on Monday, November 22nd at 9:00 a.m. in the school staff room. We look forward to seeing you there.

REMINDER TO PARENTS
If you are going to be driving on a field trip or school outing, you must complete a Volunteer Driver Registration and Approval Form prior to the event. Please see the office or your child’s teacher before you put students in your car.

REGISTRATION PROCEDURES FOR 2011-12 ENROLLMENT IN VANCOUVER SCHOOLS
The Vancouver School Board offers the following registration procedures for the 2011-12 school year. Applications for all Kindergarten programs (including regular English, French Immersion, Montessori and Fine Arts) for the 2011-12 school year will be received between Nov. 1, 2010 and Jan. 31, 2011.
If, at January 31, there are more applications received than space available in any program or school, a lottery will be held to select the students who are accepted. Students not selected from the draw will be added to a waitlist maintained by the school.
All families who submit a Kindergarten application prior to January 31, 2010 will be given notification of the school their child will be attending by March 31, 2010. This includes waitlisted students who were unable to secure a spot during the lottery process.

Applications received after January 31 will not be considered until all in-catchment students who submitted an application prior to January 31 have been placed. Late applicants, including siblings of in-catchment students already enrolled in the school, will be added to the end of the school’s waitlist. Late in-catchment sibling applicants will have priority consideration over other late in-catchment applicants.
This is NOT a first-come, first-served procedure. Families do not need to arrive early on the first day of registration.
A family can register their child(ren) for Kindergarten if the student will reach the age of five years on or before December 31 of the calendar year. For the 2011-12 school year the child must be born in 2006.

Sibling consideration for priority acceptance will apply if all of the following conditions apply:
1. the applicant, sibling(s) and parent/guardian reside within the school’s catchment boundary
2. the applicant’s sibling is currently enrolled at the school and will continue to attend the same school during the next school year, and
3. the applicant submitted an application for Kindergarten prior to the early registration deadline of January 31, 2010.

For more information, please see http://www.vsb.bc.ca

NOVEMBER!! 2011 LATE FRENCH IMMERSION REGISTRATION AND INFO NIGHT:
If you have a child in Grade 5 and are interested in a Late Immersion Program, the District will be hosting an information meeting on Wednesday, November 17 from 7:00-8:00pm at Tupper Secondary School. This is a great learning opportunity that promises intellectual challenge and fun learning a new language. Brochures will be coming to your school to give some more information or you can go to the VSB website @ http://www.vsb.bc.ca. Registration will start in November and go until the end of January. It is not a first come, first serve basis but all registrations will be collected along with a written letter by the student which includes their reasons for wanting to participate in a Late Immersion program and a copy of their last report card. General Gordon’s info night is on January 10th from 7:00-8:00pm in the gym. At General Gordon they have 60 spaces for Grade 6 students. If they have more applications, there will be a draw in the beginning of February.

SCHOOL PLANNING COUNCIL ELECTIONS
The purpose of School Planning Councils is to formally acknowledge the importance of parent involvement in improving student achievement. They are intended to formalize the role of parents in all schools in British Columbia. The SPC is an advisory body whose major responsibility is to consult with the school community in preparing a proposed School Growth Plan. It does not engage in discussion or provide advice regarding personal/confidential information on students, teachers, parents or other employees; complaints about individuals or personnel matters.

The School Planning Council consists of the school principal and up to three parent representatives elected by secret ballot from the Parent Advisory Council (one representative must be an elected officer of the PAC). This year’s elected School Planning Council representatives are: Elections for the University Hill SPC for 2011 will take place at the November PAC meeting. Our current PAC Co Chairs, Tim Dow, Hazita Harun and Mankee Mah have been nominated for election. If you are interested in running for election to the council, please see Kathy Pickford prior to 5:00 pm. on the evening of November 18th.