Friday, October 1st Terry Fox Run
Friday, October 8 District Closure Day – students do not attend school this day
Monday, October 11th Thanksgiving. Students do not attend school on this day.
Monday, October 18th PAC Meeting 9:00 am
Wednesday, October 20th 2:00 Dismissal–Reporting Conferences
Thursday, October 21st 2:00 Dismissal–Reporting Conferences
Friday, October 22nd Non Instructional Day-No School
Sunday, October 31st Halloween

Again this year, University Hill was in the fortunate position of being able to have children placed in classes on the very first day of school. This year we are organized in 20 divisions, including morning and afternoon Kindergarten and several multi-age classrooms. We have a nine member Resource Team which works hard to support the needs of our ESL, LAC and Special Needs children. Our teacher librarian works collaboratively with staff to support literacy development and to provide students with experiences that integrate research, study and technology skills into the curriculum.

University Hill Elementary also has an optional emailing list for families. The newsletter is distributed each month through this email list. In order to register, please . . .

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A big thanks goes to our staff and School Planning Council for their thorough review of programs and progress toward last year’s goals. After much discussion, the decision has been made to continue with our literacy goal for 2010/11.

To improve student literacy with an emphasis on those learners struggling with reading and writing development we will continue to examine student progress and make plans for improved practice and student growth in these areas. Our primary focuses will be on strategies and practices aimed at improving writing development in students B especially those struggling B throughout the grades.

Many thanks to all of those parents and students who came to our Meet the Staff and PAC Night. We hope you had an opportunity to meet your child(ren)’s teacher(s), to learn a little about the school and the classroom programs, and to enjoy coffee with the PAC. Many thanks go to the PAC and to all those families who very kindly contributed to all the ‘Pot Luck’ events. It was a ‘delicious’ evening. We look forward to another very productive year with the amazing family and community support that University Hill is so fortunate to enjoy.

Your child(ren) have recently brought home several important forms from the school office. It is essential that we have accurate up-to-date information for all of our students. If you have not already done so, please complete each of these forms. It is particularly important to fill in all missing information and make any required changes on your child(ren)’s Emergency Contact and Verification form. Please return any outstanding forms to the school as soon as possible.

This year we are once again placing an emphasis on student organization and responsibility. Some of our classes use planners in order to assist our students in organization. You can help your children use their planners and build these skills by:

  • familiarizing yourself with the format of the planner
  • making certain that your child(ren) use the planner daily
  • checking to see that your child(ren) bring the planner home each evening and return to school with it each morning
  • helping your child(ren) record and check their school activities in the planner

Please be aware that our Parents’ Information Board is located next to the student phone near the Multi Purpose Room. This is where you will find notices, brochures and information about neighborhood programs and events, support groups, clubs, sports activities and topics of interest to parents and children in the community. Please note that the school does not review or necessarily endorse any of the notices or information placed on this board.

The Parent Advisory Council (PAC) invites you to attend the first PAC meeting of the year on Monday, October 18th at 9:00 a.m . Congratulations go to our newly elected Co Chairs, Mr. Tim Dow, Ms. Hazita Harun and Ms. Mankee Mah, and Treasurer, Ms. Sharon Wu. The PAC worked hard this past year to support teachers using Jump Math and to help support student literacy. Please look for the PAC’s direct fund raising appeal coming home soon.

We would like to thank all of those parents who signed up as school and classroom volunteers on Meet the Teacher Night. Your support of the school is very much appreciated. Once again, we look forward to seeing you at our October Meeting.

Unless otherwise noted, PAC Meetings for this school year will be held on the following dates, starting at 9:00 a.m.

  • Monday, October 18th
  • Monday, November 22nd
  • Monday, January 17th
  • Monday, February 28th
  • Monday, April 18th
  • Monday, May 16th (AGM)

Please Note: the PAC is considering having an evening meeting in November. If this interests you and you can commit to attending an evening PAC meeting from 7:00 to 9:00 pm on Monday, November 22nd, please email so that plans can be made.

Hey everyone, did you know that U-Hill started our own hula hoop club? It was super fun (and a huge success)! We learned a lot of awesome tricks and learned how to hula hoop better. If this sounds cool to you here is the info. We meet in the gym every Wednesday from 12:30 to 12:55. We hope to see you there!

Here are some things that kids have to say about the club…

From Jessica Gilmore’s Grade1 Team 16

Jayshee: ” I had lots of fun because I was just learning my first day.

Kayla: “I think I liked it because I made the blue hoop go fast”

Sanskrati: ” I felt good because it was the first day of trying to hula hoop.

From Andrea McEwen’s Grade 2/3

Grade 2 student Lilly said,I liked it because I like hula hoping.” and Grade 3 student Shannon said,I really liked it because I had lots of fun.”

Well once again hope to see you there on Wednesday!

p.s. a big thanks to Ms G for this one!

By Ellie and Maria Team 9

Please ensure that your child’s boots, clothing and other belongings are clearly labeled with his/her name. If items should go missing, please check the school’s Lost and Found.. Small and valuable items are kept in the office. Students are discouraged from bringing valuable or precious items to school as we cannot ensure their safety.


Please be aware that wasps and hornets are cranky and abundant at this time of year. Several children have already been stung. It is, therefore, very important to let the office know of any allergies.

In order to ensure the safety of all students, we ask your cooperation in the following:

  • Please arrange to drop off and pick up your children at a point near the school – perhaps on Chancellor Boulevard. Be sure not to drop children off at the red light, rather pull over at a convenient spot and let your child out of the car. It is also important to avoid the bus stop area. If children must be picked up in front of the school, please respect the “No Stopping” and “ANo Parking” zones as posted
  • When picking up children, please either park in the allotted parking spots or come all the way into the loop to pick up. Please DO NOT PICK UP CHILDREN ON HAMBER ROAD. It is not safe and leads to congestion and confusion for all other parents trying to pick up safely.
  • Please review the following Traffic Safety signs that are in place for our school.
    • NO STOPPING” zones are areas where no vehicle may stop for any reason. These signs are in areas where a stopped vehicle could obstruct the visibility of other drivers and pedestrians and increase the likelihood of a traffic collision. The penalty for stopping here is $40.00 and your vehicle could be towed.
    • NO PARKING” zones are areas where you can stop briefly for up to 5 minutes to drop off or pick up a passenger. You may not get out of your car in these areas. If you wish to leave your car to enter the school or need to wait for more than 5 minutes, please find a legal parking spot. The penalty for parking in a “No Parking” area is $40.00 and your vehicle could be towed.
    • U”-TURNS , double parking, and backing up are also unsafe and illegal in a school zone. They are very unsafe and confusing for children. The penalty for these offenses is $75.00.
    • We cannot stress enough the importance of respecting pedestrian CROSSWALKS. For the safety of the students and all pedestrians, please observe these regulations. Your cooperation is sincerely appreciated.
    • Finally, please be aware that the Staff Parking Lot is for VSB personnel only. Parents, guardians and school visitors may not park in this lot.

We have recently sent home requests for funds for a variety of school supplies/ activities (School fees, planners, field trips, etc.). As a reminder, the Vancouver School Board will not deny a child access to the school supplies or activities required for his or her educational program because of financial hardship. Parents and Guardians who would like to request to postpone payment of fees or require fees to be waived for the current school year, should contact their school Principal directly at the school or in writing. Payments for school fees are now due in the office if you have not already done so.

Information regarding accessibility to online resources, such as, World Book, Vancouver Sun, Canadian Encyclopedia, Culturegrams and Bookflix, to name a few, will be sent home shortly with your child.

These online resources are beneficial and easily utilized. In addition, children are able to search for resources in the U Hill Elementary Library collection and check their own account.

Please see me if you have any questions.


When: Wed. Oct 20 2:00 – 6:00 pm
Thurs. Oct. 21 2:00 – 5:00 pm
Where: University Hill Library

Parent volunteers will be needed. Please see Judy in the Library if you are available.

Please plan to attend this wonderful event and fundraiser for the library.

We would love to see everyone at the fair purchasing all the wonderful books that will be displayed. We are also looking for parent volunteers, willing to volunteer their time to assist with cashier and merchandising duties.

If you have questions about access to online resources or are interested in volunteering please visit Judy in the library or phone her at the school (604-713-5350 ext. 2231).

You’re invited to the information session about Community/School Resources taking place at the school in the multipurpose room on October 7, 2010 from 9:15 – 11:00 AM.

The session will be presented in Korean by Multi cultural Liaison Worker, Sharmain Kim and Settlement Worker in Schools, Jenny Choi. For further details and registration, please leave a message to Jenny Choi 604-713-6000 (ext 2491)

This year we have a child in the school with allergies that could result in an anaphylactic reaction. The school is working closely with the class and family to accommodate this child’s needs. Please remind your children that sharing snacks can present risks to children with allergies.