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

September 28, 2012


Monday, October 8th Thanksgiving.– Students do not attend school on this day.
Wednesday, October 10th Individual Photo Day
Monday, October 15th PAC Meeting 9:00 am
Tuesday, October 16th 2:00 Dismissal–Reporting Conferences
Wednesday, October 17th 2:00 Dismissal–Reporting Conferences
Friday, October 19th Non Instructional Day
Wednesday, October 31st Hallowe’en


This year, University Hill as organized into 19 divisions, including several multi-age classrooms. We have an eight member Resource Team that 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 is now on Twitter!! Please follow us @uhillelementary


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 simply send an email to requesting to be added to the mailing list. You will receive the monthly newsletters and other notices by mail.
This year we strongly recommend that parents register for the emailing list as it is a major source of information distribution. If you know of friends/families who have not yet signed up, please encourage them to do


This year we have rolled over our literacy goal from 2011/12. 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 – especially those struggling – throughout the grades.
Throughout the year we will be discussing our school wide progress toward the goal and looking at ways to change, refine and adapt so that we continue to focus on student and school needs.


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. In order to assist in this effort, most students in grades 4 through 7 has a planner. 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


This year we have children 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.


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 15th at 9:00 a.m . Congratulations go to our newly elected Co Chairs, Mr. Tim Dow and Ms. Denise Lauritano, Treasurer, Ms.Christine Wang and secretary, Ms. Stephanie Dong. The PAC worked hard this past year to set and prioritize fundraising goals for 2012/13 Please look for the PAC’s direct fund raising appeal coming home soon.

We would like to thank in advance all those parents who have volunteered in the school and/or in various role in classrooms this year. 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 15th
Monday, November 19th
Monday, January 14th
Monday, February 18th
Monday, April 15th
Monday, May 13th (AGM)


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 “No 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.
When in the loop, please DO NOT stop at the entrance to pick up your child(ren). Continue through the loop to the exit side to pick up.
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. School fees were due on September 28th.