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

Principal: Kathy Pickford; Vice-Principal: Ankie Carswell;
Co-PAC Chairs: Tim Dow, Denise Lauritano
Director of Instruction: Rob Schindel School Liaison Trustee: Allan Wong

October 31, 2012

DATES TO REMEMBER :
November 8th …………………………………………… Remembrance Day Assembly
November 9th ……………………………………………School Closed – District Closure Day
November 12th …………………………………………. School Closed – Remembrance Day
November 19th …………………………………………. PAC meeting 9:00 am
November 26th ………………………………………….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 treats given to you until your parents have seen 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 where it came from.

HAVE A FUN AND SAFE HALLOWE’EN

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.

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 Tim Dow, Denise Lauritano, Eleni Georgantas, Joe Mergens and the PAC 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 $1300.00 in funds raised for this very important cause. Congratulations.

FALL BACK
Daylight Saving Time ends this year at 2:00 am on Sunday, November 4th. Please remember to turn your clocks back an hour on this day.

ACADIA ROAD UPDATE
At the recent Acadia Road (new school) information meeting, district personnel gave an update about progress toward completion of the new school. Completion of the new secondary school has been delayed to January 2013. At this time, the old secondary school will be vacated, demolished and construction will begin on the west wing of the new Acadia Road Elementary School. The anticipated completion/readiness date for this school is September 2014.

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.

TRAFFIC REMINDERS AND SUGGESTIONS

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.
The RCMP detachment will soon be doing traffic enforcement around the school. As a courtesy, we would like to remind families in advance of the following:

• it is illegal to use cell phones while driving
• all occupants of a car must wear seatbelts
• it is illegal to double park or make a U turn on Hamber Road
• it is illegal to get out of your car in the loop
Thank you in advance for your cooperation in these important safety issues.

PAC NEWS

Our first PAC meeting was held on Monday, October 15th . 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 19th at 9:00 a.m. in the school staff room. We look forward to seeing you there.

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 and Denise Lauritano and our PAC Secretary, Stephanie Dong, 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 16th.

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.

WIDEN YOUR WORLD: WELCOME A STUDENT

It is becoming a tradition. Each year, hundreds of international students arrive in Vancouver to attend the Vancouver School Board’s high school program. Students usually stay five to ten months. The Langara College Homestay program is looking for host families who would like to welcome such students into their homes. Hosts are asked to provide a welcoming atmosphere, an English speaking environment and 3 meals a day. Reimbursement is provided. Homestay fosters friendship and cultural understanding. For more information about the program, please call 604-323-5696 or email: homestay@langara.bc.ca

MAINTENANCE ACTIVITIES DURING SCHOOL OPERATION

Due to time pressures, budget constraints, and emergency situations, various maintenance activities take place during the school year for the safety and protection of students and staff. Some of these activities include procedures, which involve staff working around hazardous chemicals, or substances. In all cases, where this kind of work is performed, the school administrator is informed of the activity, and any precautions that staff must take, which frequently consists of simply honoring barricade tapes, or locked off areas where work is being performed. During the work procedures all necessary precautions are taken to ensure the safety of school staff and students, so that staff and students may be confident that their health will not be affected by these activities, as their safety is of paramount importance.

REGISTRATION PROCEDURES FOR 2013-2014
ENROLLMENT IN VANCOUVER SCHOOLS
The Vancouver School Board offers the following registration procedures for the 2013-14 school year. Applications for all Kindergarten programs (including regular English, French Immersion, Montessori and Fine Arts) for the 2013-14 school year will be received between November 1, 2012 and January 31, 2013.
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 wait list maintained by the school.
All families who submit a Kindergarten application prior to January 31, 2013 will be given notification of the school their child will be attending by March 31, 2013. This includes wait listed 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 2013 -14 school year the child must be born in 2008.

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, 2013.
For more information, please see http://www.vsb.bc.ca