WELCOME BACK!

On behalf of the staff, I hope that all families had a restful and fun-filled vacation and that our students are returning happy, excited and ready to learn. We would like to extend a special welcome to families who are new to the school.

We return to school this year looking forward to a very productive 2009/10 school year. Our School Plan continues to focus on literacy development for all students and we look forward to even more staff and student growth in this area.

DATES TO REMEMBER IN SEPTEMBER. . .

Tuesday, September 8th School opens
Wednesday, September 9th 1 :30 dismissal
Thursday, September 24th Meet the Staff Evening
Friday, September 25th Non-Instructional Day- Students do not attend school on this day.
Monday, September 28th Individual Photo Day

JUST A WORD ABOUT CLASSES
The school staff has spent many hours reviewing data from teachers, parents, and children themselves to put together the classes for 2009/10. All input was carefully considered and we believe the very best decisions have been made regarding student placement, considering individual needs and the collective composition of classes.

NEW VSB POLICY
The Vancouver School Board is implementing new deadlines for finalizing school organizations to ensure a smooth start to the 2009-10 school year.

“Classes and staffing in Vancouver elementary schools will be set no later than the second working Friday of the school year. For this year, it means classes will not be reorganized after Sept. 18.

The deadline for finalizing staffing and classes at secondary schools will be the third working Friday of the school year. This means classes will generally be set by Sept. 25, but some minor adjustments to student timetables may be necessary after this date.

The changes will eliminate parent concerns about classes being shuffled in late September, after students have settled in.”

At University Hill Elementary, we are able to place all our students in their classes prior to the first day of school, so classes will not need to be reorganized.

HANDBOOK FOR FAMILIES
We have produced a handbook to be given to every child this week. This reference is intended to answer questions you may have about the school and provide information on the school’s many programs and activities. We will update the handbook annually, so please let us know if you have suggestions for future editions.                                .

LONG TERM ABSENCE FROM SCHOOL
It is the recommendation of the Vancouver Board of Education that after twenty days of absence from school for non-medical reasons, a spot can no longer be held for a student. While many Vancouver schools have the luxury of available space, University Hill Elementary has a lack of space and an extensive waiting list. For these reasons, and in fairness to those students waiting for placement, it is necessary for us to withdraw, as a student of University Hill, any child who is absent from school for more than twenty consecutive days for non-medical reasons. We understand that there may be exceptional circumstances and encourage you to contact the school if your child will be away for any extended period time.

MAILING LIST

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

  1. Send an email to: majordomo@cs.ubc.ca
  2. Leave the SUBJECT empty
  3. In the BODY of the email Oust text, no signature, type subscribe uhill-l (lower case ‘l’)

LUNCH PROGRAM
Lunch program envelopes will come home today. As the program begins on Thursday, please return the envelopes tomorrow (Wednesday).

SCHOOL FEES
The office will send home a separate memo about school fees. Please note that basic supplies for the entire year are included in that amount, although individual teachers may make requests for items specific to their classrooms or programs.

We will also be sending home requests for funds for a variety of school supplies/ activities (school planners, performances, 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 the school Principal directly at the school or in writing.

BUSING INFORMATION
Registration Forms for the 2009/2010 School Busing Program are available on the Uhill PAC website: https://uhillpac.wordpress.com. Seats on the bus will be allotted on a first come, first served basis.

HELLO TO…
We are very pleased to welcome the following new staff to University Hill for September 2009. Mr.Jonathan Weresch will be joining us as the school’s new Vice Principal. Ms. Elsa Ng will join us to be Lori Freeze’s teaching partner, to be part of our Resource Team to to teach primary prep, and Ms Suzie Moldowan joins us to teach Grade 7.  While Suzie is on maternity leave, Mr. Nicholas Chiu will be teaching her Grade 7 class. In addition, we are pleased to have Sean Rupert join us as part of the Resource Team and Mrs. Kate Foreman Ng join us to teach Grade 1/2. We welcome these teachers to their new assignments and look forward to their contributions to our school.

INFORMATION ABOUT TWINJECT EPINEPHRINE AUTO INJECTORS
On July 11th, 2008, Health Canada issued an Advisory warning of reported mal functions with the Twinject auto-injector that may pose serious health risks to users.

Twinject is a prefilled, single use automatic injector containing an epinephrine solution that is used for the emergency treatment os severe allergic reactions, including anaphalaxis. Since Twinject was first marketed in Canada on August 1, 2005, Health Canada has received 30 reports of malfunctions associated with the use of either the 0.3 mg or the 0.15 mg dosage strength. The following are the three main types of malfunctions that were reported:

  1. the needle did not fire with the first dose
  2. the plunger did not depress when attempting to administer the second dose the needle was bent or cracked.

In some cases, the auto injector had a combination of malfunctions and did not deliver any drug.

If patients are concerned about the use of the Twinject auto injector, they are encouraged to speak with their doctor or pharmacist.

STUDENT INSURANCE APPLICATIONS
The Vancouver District Parents Advisory Council, has recommended that Industrial Alliance Pacific Life Insurance Company be the provider of 2009/10 Student Accident Insurance Plan, lAP Kids Plus, for the Vancouver School distnct for September 2009. Board policy JHA is supportive of the DPAC approved plan to provide accident insurance coverage to students, and that schools cooperate in the distribution of relative information.

This coverage is not restricted to school time, but covers accidental injuries, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 12 months a year. This insurance is voluntary on the part of parents, but as the school district does not carry accident insurance for students, any payment would be made by our insurers only where there is negligence on the part of the school and/or district. ACCIDENTS HAPPEN!! Just because someone is hurt during a school activity does not mean that the school district is responsible or liable.

Highlights of some of the features of the lAP Kids Plus accident insurance coverage, which may be beneficial to families

  • as a supplement to provincial or private health coverage, which may have deductibles or maximums
  • who do not have coverage for dental, physiotherapy, chiropractic or other services which are no longer covered by BC Medical
  • who have not been resident in B.C. long enough to qualify for medical coverage.

Details of the coverage are in the enrolment forms which are currently being distributed to all schools. Enrollment information and claim forms are available on line at www.iapkidsplus.com. Information will also be available in the school in early September.

PARKING REGULATIONS
Please note that the loop area directly in front of the school is a NO PARKING zone. You may not get out of your car in this area. Children on foot must have clear visibility in this area and cars stopped there must be able to move forward as children are picked up. We appreciate your support in keeping the area safe for our children.