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June 27
​Thank-you University Hill Elementary Staff

At the last Area Meeting of the school year for principals and vice principals,  our new superintendent of schools in the Vancouver Board of Education, Suzanne Hoffman, paused to deliver a heartfelt thank you to us for our work.  And it made a difference.  I believe that everyone gets up in the morning with the intention of making their little piece of the world better.  Amidst all of the joys and challenges that have unfolded throughout the year, I have been privileged to work with a great staff. I would like to share a few of the things I am grateful for. 


Thank you very much:


·      To Mike Emerick and Megan Lowrie for their commitment to teaching students to develop their physical skills for their health and wellness, as a strategy to regulate their emotions and as a way to break down the barrier between learning indoors and outdoors.  Mr. Emerick’s four years as a professional hockey player in Europe and Ms. Lowrie commitment to competitive soccer has enabled both of them to model athleticism and the joy of sport. 

 

 

·      To Janet Logie and Joanna Virvilis for using their background knowledge and artistic talents to develop art appreciation and technical art skills in their students.

 

·      To Joan Phoenix for bringing her vision of a Butterfly Garden into fruition.  It is a place of quiet contemplation, as well as a source of sustenance for the butterflies in the neighbourhood.

 

·      To Carina Marshall for her inspiration and recognition that a Project Chef  Resident Program for the entire school was a tremendous garden to table learning opportunity

 

·       To Jorden Covert for his leadership in enabling our students to develop new neural pathways through developing their ability to think, to plan, build and test their designs with a variety of technologies.  Computers. Ipads. Drones. Makerspaces – Inventing to learn is just so fun!

 

·      To Kate Foreman for bringing to life many of the elements of Reggio Emelio philosophy by encouraging learning through play and exploration with a wide variety of materials

 

·      To Akemi Eddy for the many interesting conversations about what matters and the skillful organization to allow it to become a reality for her students

 

·      To Lori Freeze for her work in empathy training by always asking the question:  Is it helpful or hurtful?

 

·      To Melody Ludski for her background knowledge and leadership helping our staff to explore place based learning and Indigenous ways of knowing

 

·      To Andrea McEwen for her leadership in bringing the salmon enhancement project and understanding of the life cycle to all of the UHill Elementary students

 

·      To Andrea Morgan and Nicole Wells for their work in supporting our youngest students to regulate their behaviour before trying to problem solve.

 

·      To Stacy Cargo and Keri Hurst for their masterful use of the smartboard in teaching new curriculum to their students.

 

·      To Marlis Macaulay for bringing her musical skills, energy and enthusiasm to breathe life into an engaging music program for our students

 

·      To Bonnie Dakin for welcoming me into her classroom community of books and warm smiles.

 

·      To Holly Broadland for inducting her students into the possibilities when you pick up an iPad

 

·      To Pam Schofield, Tanya Hadaway, Avonlee Kucheran and Paul Smith, Celia Lyons, Judith Conibear and Cathy Martin for their flexibility and collaborative work to support our students

 

·      To our Office Administration Assistant, Corinna Joyce, for her joy in entertaining our students with her bobbing head figures on her desk, her vast background knowledge, immeasurable work ethic and her ability to laugh loudly and to laugh often.

 

·      To Nancy Sanghera and Gurinder Aujla for going with the flow when they arrive to an ever changing landscape on their day of work at UHill Elementary

 

·      To our SSA (Education Assistants) Team, Michelle Clavelin, Gabi Stan, Maria Noel Stirling, Megan McLeod, Haidee Tang and Blair Wilson for their work to make University Hill Elementary School an inclusive and welcoming place. 

 

·      To our team of Supervision Aides, Kathy Anderson,  Nancy Spikula and Tomoko Johnson for the maturity and skill in helping students to regulate their emotions and problem solve, particularly during recess and lunch.

 

·      To our perfect lunch lady, Donna Buxton, for her kindness, patience and good humour in working with peer helpers to provide lunch to 150 students every day. 

 

·      To our Head Engineer, Lin Lo, for being proactive in addressing site management, working closely with our trades people and working with Jacob Nielson and  Raj Karan    to clean the school.

 

·      To our community volunteers, teacher candidates and education assistants from UBC, The University of Montreal, Kwantlen Polytechnic University and Langara for being open to new learning and their willingness to share their enthusiasm and fresh perspective with our school community.  You feel like staff J

 

A heartfelt thank you to all of you and best wishes for a

wonderful and well deserved summer vacation.

June 26
UNANIMOUS VSB BOARD DECISION: UHILL ELEMENTARY RETURNS TO K- GR. 7


Tonight the Board of Education of School District No. 39 (Vancouver) unanimously approved the proposed changes in grade configuration for the University Hill Family of Schools.  What does it mean? 

  • Fall 2019 – We will welcome Grade 6 students to the school community. 
  • Fall 2020 – We will welcome Grade 7 students into our school community.
  • Norma Rose Point will become a Kindergarten to Grade 7 school
  • University Hill Secondary will become a Grade 8-12 school.

Our students going into Grade 5 fall 2018 will continue at University Hill Elementary School for Grade 6 and then Grade 7.

 

The University Hill parent community represented the highest rate of participation in the grade reconfiguration public consultation.  There are diverse opinions and strong feelings.  For many parents and students this will come as welcome news.  For other parents, the news comes with concerns about losing programs and work spaces.  Please be assured that I will be working closely with staff, students, parents and our community partners to address concerns about the continuation of vibrant programs, scheduling spaces, development of a rigorous intermediate program and problem solving around parking challenges.

 

Grade 5 students will have many opportunities next year to develop their leadership skills which will help to develop a strong school community including:

  • Student Council
  • Lunch Monitors
  • Library Monitors
  • Peer Helpers

Please feel free to contact me with questions or ideas.​

June 25
Good News on Playground Prospects

​The Ministry of Education PEP (Playground Equipment Program) initiative is brand new.  The Vancouver School Board selected three names of schools to submit to the Ministry.  We are in priority position because our playground needed to be removed due to safety hazards.  We have also expressed the intention to make the school accessible so the amount to be allocated will be $105,000.00 

Parent donations towards the playground are being submitted daily.  We have already received just over $3,000.00   Your generosity is very much appreciated.

  

June 24
A celebration of Indigenous People on June 21st

A New Age of Joy & Optimism for Indigenous Peoples in Canada​

 

I love the picture of this little guy on the front page of The Vancouver Sun.  The sparkle in his eyes and the look on his face remind me so much of my son at that age.  With life comes the opportunity for grand adventure!  Joy is suppose to be part of every child’s life.  I hope that all things good unfold for this little man.  The title of the Vancouver Sun picture: “A New Age is At Hand”.  Colonialism did not work for the Indigenous people of Canada.  But there is hope and there is unprecedented optimism for the future.

A fierce pride in Canada’s accomplishments throughout its almost, 151 years, of nationhood is strong.  The realization that north of the 49th parallel, existed for thousands of years prior to confederation and the learning from the Indigenous people living there was invaluable.  This is now part of the national conversation.  Within the field of Education in British Columbia, there is a quest to embrace our history, even when it includes the shame of colonial structures and prejudice that allowed children to be separated from their parents and basic human rights to be ignored.

Summer solstice,  the longest day of the year, was chosen to be THE day to celebrate, recognize and honour the heritage, cultures and valuable contributions by the First Nations, Inuit and Metis peoples of Canada.  The Northwest Territories has celebrated this day as a statutory holiday since 2001 and The Yukon followed suit in 2017.  The day started with one of the teachers engaging me in a conversation of the use of “Indigenous” rather than “Aboriginal’ and the implications.  I had my phone out, googling, so we could determine why Metro Vancouver Celebrations were mostly using the word “Aboriginal” and “Indigenous” was being used on the national stage.   What was most respectful?  How do we explain the difference?  What I thought was indicative of this “new age” was  that it mattered.

 

One of our Grade 3 teachers, Janet Logie, is a committed student of history and volunteer at the Hastings Mills Museum at the Old Mill Park by Jericho Beach.  As a kid, my sister and my cousins, would regularly swing into the museum to check it out when we were at the park.  It still smells the same but the context has changed.  Amazingly intricate baskets and artifacts that were purchased as parts of private collections have been curated and recognized as significant parts of the history of Vancouver.  Recently there was a special event to publicly thank the Indigenous First Responders during the Great Vancouver Fire of 1886 who saved many lives.  Marissa Nahanee, of the Squamish Nation, performed the Paddle Song beside the replica of the historic “Tent City Hall” and volunteers served Indigenous herbal teas by Raven Hummingbird Teas in the museum. Our MP, Joyce Murray, brought formality, acknowledgment and thanks of the government.  It was a great event.  Our children are growing up being exposed to accomplishment and appreciation of the Indigenous community when they go out to play.

 

The focus on the herbs grown and used by the Indigenous people has been a focus for Grade 2 teacher, Joan Phoenix.  Our PAC (Parent Advisory Committee) financially supported her in designing and planting a butterfly garden that would attract the butterflies once the primary children had observed the life cycle indoors and freed them into their natural habitat.  Her parent volunteer, Sara Baren, fortunately teaches Urban Forestry at UBC.  She also enlisted the help of her student, Emily Tu, who has recently been accepted into a MA program at UBC in Landscape Architecture.  They were instrumental in helping Ms. Phoenix and her students to plant indigenous plants that would serve this purpose.  The Grade twos used books and iPads to research the traditional uses of the plants by the Musqueam and that are now widely available in grocery stores.

 

Our Grade 5 teacher, Melody Ludski, is currently doing her graduate work while teaching full time.  She has extensive background knowledge on Indigenous ways on knowing, as well as incredible sensitivity to the protocols required because we work, learn and play on the unceded lands of the Musqueam people.  To celebrate National Indigenous Day, Ms. Ludski booked accomplished Pow Wow dancer Shyama Priya, who has Cree roots on her mothers side.  She was taught by Coast Salish pow wow dancer, Curtis Joe.  She took the time to share the story of creating her regalia and engaged kids and teachers in dancing that reflected amazing skill and athleticism.  I was fortunate to go to a few pow wows with my friend, Latash Nahanee, many years ago and join in the dancing during the grand procession.  The only word for the heartbeat of the drum and the communal participation – Joy!  You could see it on Shyama Priya’s face and those of the children.

 

The Garden Committee, headed up by Grade 1 teacher, Kate, for many years has been planning an outdoor learning space.  Two portables were removed from our school site this year and the perfect opportunity presented itself.  Many teachers were very inspired by the idea of a circle with twelve large rocks for seating an entire class.  The size of the rocks and the placement to reflect true north, south, east and west were carefully planned and facilitated.  As a history major, I loved the possibility of reflecting Indigenous Culture as an early instigator of a democratic system.  Everyone has a voice in the talking circle and respect for divergent opinions is a basic tenet.   The Vancouver Board of Education was gifted a Musqueam word by Shane Point:  Nə́c̓aʔmat ct  It means ‘we are one’.  Our Nə́c̓aʔmat ct Circle will be a talking circle for problem solving, a listening circle to teach empathy, a way to incorporate medicine wheel teachings and understanding of the circle or life and the seasons and relationships with ourselves, others and Mother Earth.

 

The work of Laura Tait has been inspirational in helping our staff “to push the paddle deeper” in our School Growth Plan.  We will be developing and progressing through our own adapted version on the rubric based on her Aboriginal Understandings Learning Progression from SD68 Aboriginal Education.  I am so excited that another inspirational colleague, Joyce Perrault, will be helping us to navigate the path.  With her drum and her newly published book, All Creation Represented, we will be exploring the Medicine Wheel from an Ojibwe perspective  while sitting in our Nə́c̓aʔmat ct Circle.  The book states that it’s a child’s guide to the Medicine Wheel but with all I’m learning, the next hardcover, coffee table edition will be marketed to adults.  The book provides insight into relationships with ourselves, each other and Mother Earth.  I am feeling joyful and optimistic too.   We are heading out on a promising journey with optimism and joy and determination that the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples  will be respected in this chapter of Canadian history.

Note:  The phonetic pronunciation of nə́c̓aʔmat ct  is knot-sa-mots.

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June 19
Let's Build A Playground

Dear Supporters of University Hill Elementary School (UHE)

In late May 2018, a safety assessment determined that our playground did not meet CSA safety standards,and would be removed this summer. This news came as a shock to our community, and a huge disappointment to students. As such, UHE parents began the uphill battle of raising funds to build a new playground. We have a strong commitment to developing a playground that is accessible to all children attending our school; a commitment that we are excited about, but that will increase the construction cost considerably. Most schools have several years lead time in planning for playground upgrades as such projects require a $100K+ (or up to $300K for a fully accessible playground) capital investment. I’m sure you can sympathize with UHE families and their determination to ensure that the 330 students and the local community, are not without a playground for too long.


The UHE PAC has some funds saved, and will be applying for a provincial grant, as well as all possible charity and accessibility grants. But UHE families will still need to fundraise a significant amount. Our mission is to build a play space that is accessible to all children and develop young minds and bodies by providing challenges that encourage creativity, collaboration, and exercise, as well as celebrates our unique surroundings of the Pacific Spirit Park and Endowment Lands of UBC on ancestral territory of the Musqueam People.


In order to bring our vision to fruition and hopefully in time for the 2019/2020 school year, we call upon UHE Families, our community and school supporters once again for your generous support. Please consider donating to The University Hill Elementary School Playground Fund and help make our vision a reality! No donation is too small!


Cash is welcome and cheques may be written to University Hill Elementary School, memo: Playground Fund. You may request a tax receipt from the Vancouver School Board for donations of $10 or more. Please include your mailing address when remitting your donation cheque. If you or your organization are able to make a more generous donation, please speak with a Committee member about how we may best

acknowledge your support. Smaller donations are also very welcomed!


Any questions may be directed to the Principal or Playground Committee members listed below. Thank you in advance for your support!


Sincerely,

Ms. Carrie Froese                               Ms. Jen McCutcheon                                 Ms. Leah Chapman

Principal                                              Playground Committee Chair                     Playground Fundraising Chair

cfroese@vsb.bc.ca​                             uhillpac@gmail.com                                   uhillpac@gmail.com​

June 05
June 2018 School News

I​​t is that very busy time of year.  Special thanks to parents for coming out to support our kids in the many recent events, including:

  • ​Two amazing camp opportunities for our students thanks the above and beyond commitment of Mr. Mike Emerick, Ms. Melody Ludski, Ms. Carina Marshall, Ms. Joanna Virvilis, Ms. Corinna Joyce, Mr. Jorden Covert and the parent volunteers.
  • Playground Planning Meeting on June 4th chaired by current PAC chair, Jen McCutcheon for parents and staff.
  • Walk n’ Roll Week – Thanks to Musafa, volunteers at UNA, and parent volunteer, Aaron Canter for making this a great success.
  • Track and Field finals at Point Grey Secondary School.  Thanks to Ms. Carina Marshall, Mr. Mike Emerick, Ms. Tanya Hadaway, Ms. Megan Lowrie and Ms. Janet Logie for the early morning and after school practices and making this a possibility for our students.
  • Sports Day.  Thanks to Ms. Andrea McEwen for the coordination and organization, as well as staff and parents for their enthusiastic participation.
  • Grade 4 students completion of the Satisfaction Survey put out by the BC Ministry of Education
  • The emergence and freeing of the butterflies into the wild.
  • The creation of stepping stones and planting of The Butterfly Garden thanks to the vision of Mrs. Joan Phoenix and parent volunteer, Sara Barron, and Sara’s landscape architecture student, Emily.
  • Jump Rope for Heart coordinated by Ms. Andrea Morgan.  The total donated to this event was $1264.00
  • Spring Music Sharing with our students and the talented, Ms. Marlis Macaulay
  • PAC Elections.  We have an enthusiastic and supportive group of volunteers ready to work with UHill Elementary staff and students.  Thanks so much for your willingness to bring your energy to this important work.   

 

Upcoming Events and Activities:

  • PAC Fundraising Meeting chaired by Leah Chapman on Thursday, June 7th after school in the Garden Room (room 112)
  • National Aboriginal Day Celebration – June 15th at 1:30 pm.
  • Parents and Guardians are invited to the Good-bye Assembly for our Grade 5 students on Wednesday, June 27th at 1:30 pm. 
  • Wednesday, June 27th Report cards go home
  • Thursday, June 28th – Last day of school for students. 

Happy Summer Vacation!

  • Tuesday, September 4th – Back to School

 

Just a reminder that the best way to get the most up to date information is to read the school website.  You do not need to have a Twitter account to see the regular postings of pictures and events happening around the school.  Students are asked if they have consent to have pictures taken and posted on the website.  Please see below if you have not already checked out the more recent posting on the School News section of the University Hill Elementary School website

 

Thinking About Playgrounds

 

Thanks to Jen McCutcheon, the current PAC chair, for leading the charge on getting a plan together for a playground.  She has detailed a comprehensive plan on the PAC website.  After school on Monday, June 4th, several parents and teachers met to plan.  There is an opportunity for meaningful participation of student, staff and parents into the process.  Please check out a variety of playgrounds and to look up the suppliers and submit your feedback to the playground committee.  There is a PAC box in the office and PAC is exploring online options.


Leah Chapman, our Parking Committee powerhouse, is leading the charge on fundraising for the playground.  She has scheduled a meeting after school on Thursday, June 7th in the Garden Room. 

 

Jen will be organizing focus groups to ensure a voice for students, primary teachers, intermediate teachers, resource teachers, SSA’s and supervision aides. 

 

I know you have many opinions and ideas.  I’ve been considering the following:

  • Ways to make the playground accessible
    • Routes through and onto the equipment
    • Equipment that can be used by students with special needs
      • Disc swing
  • Equipment that works different muscle groups
    • Possibility of a circuit for use during P.E. and free time
  • Equipment that encourages social interaction
    • Large climbing webs
  • Traffic flow
  • Challenge for different ability and age ranges
    • Climbing bars of differing heights
  • Incorporating print or images – 6 Cedars Indigenous representations, competencies, poetry, lines from books
  • Surfacing
    • Spongy
    • Wood chips
  • Possibility of additions to existing early primary playground
    • Lower climbing bars
    • Spinners for 1-2 people (good core exercise)
  • Ways to incorporate outdoor spaces and places with hills or trees with consideration of range of sight for supervision


I’m interested in what you are thinking about.  There are lots of possibilities.  I’m really enjoying hearing and seeing the plans from our kids.  We have lots to learn from them.  Check out the Twitter feed on the school website for some of the designs that our students have been submitting.  You do not need an account to see the pictures on the Twitter feed on the website.

 

June 05
​Thinking About Playgrounds

Thanks to Jen McCutcheon, the current PAC chair, for leading the charge on getting a plan together for a Playground Committee.  She has detailed a comprehensive plan on the PAC website.  After school on Monday, June 4th, several parents and teachers met to plan.  There is an opportunity for meaningful participation of student, staff and parents into the process.  Please check out a variety of playgrounds and to look up the suppliers and plan designs to submit your feedback to the Playground Committee.  There is a PAC box in the office and PAC is exploring online options.


Approved Vendors:

  1. Habitat Systems
  2. ​Henderson Equipment
  3. RecTec Systems
  4. Swing Time Distributers


Leah Chapman, our Parking Committee powerhouse, is leading the charge on fundraising for the playground.  She has scheduled a meeting after school on Thursday, June 7th in the Garden Room. 

 

Jen will be organizing focus groups to ensure a voice for students, primary teachers, intermediate teachers, resource teachers, SSA’s and supervision aides. 

 

I know you have many opinions and ideas.  I’ve been considering the following:

·      Ways to make the playground accessible

o   Routes through and onto the equipment

o   Equipment that can be used by students with special needs

§  ie. Disc swing

·      Equipment that works different muscle groups

o   Possibility of a circuit for use during P.E. and free time

·      Equipment that encourages social interaction

o   ie. Large climbing webs

·      Traffic flow

·      Challenge for different ability and age ranges

o  ie.  Climbing bars of differing heights

·      Incorporating print or images – 6 Cedars Indigenous representations, competencies, poetry, lines of text from books 

·      Surfacing

o   Spongy, wood chips, pathways

·      Possibility of additions to existing early primary playground

o   ie. Lower climbing bars

o   ie. Spinners for 1-2 people (good core exercise)

·      Ways to incorporate outdoor spaces and places with hills or trees with consideration of range sight for supervision

I’m interested in what you are thinking about.  There are lots of possibilities.  I’m really enjoying hearing and seeing the plans from our kids.  We have lots to learn from them.  Check out the school website for some of the designs that our students have been submitting.  You do not need an account to see the pictures on the Twitter feed on the website.

 

Please note:

VSB Playground Standards

 

The VSB has adopted the CSA “Children’s Playspaces and Equipment” Z614-07 guidelines as our standard for new playground installations and maintenance.  The document covers all aspects of playground construction and safety standards.  In addition to these standards, the VSB also requires that all new playground structures are “IPEMA” (International Play Equipment Manufacturer’s Association) certified.  This is to ensure that the structures are both strong and durable, thereby reducing the risk of failure due to improper construction.

 

The VSB has three additional requirements for new playgrounds that are not mentioned in the CSA Standards.

 

  1. No tube slides are to be included in the structure
  2. No roofs are to be included in the structure
  3. No wood (pressure treated or not) to be included in the structure

 

Past experience has taught the VSB Grounds Dept. to include these points for the following reasons:

 

  1. Tube slides can conceal anyone in them and they are a popular item to be vandalized.  Many fires have been lit inside tube slides and they become damaged beyond repair.
  2. Roofs on new structures create two serious areas of concern.  In wet weather, vagrants will sleep under the roof because it offers protection from the rain.  Although roofs are not considered a designated play surface and thus not part of the play structure, they are an enticement for children to climb onto which could lead to injury.
  3. Due to growing public concern over the long-term effects of pressure treated wood, it is no longer permitted on new playgrounds.
May 29
​University Hill Elementary Playground Closure Update

As many of you are aware, the intermediate playground structure was closed on Wednesday, May 23rd due to safety hazards that pose immediate risk to student safety as identified by Vancouver School District staff.  The most recent investigation was triggered by a request I made for repairs on the playground.  I have talked to many parents and posted a blog on the school website to provide the information immediately.  Late last week, I was informed that the VSB staff would be moving quickly to remove the structure on May 30th due to the safety hazards. 

At the PAC Meeting on Friday morning on May 25th , I reported back the information I was requested to share by the Grounds Department.  Parents had more questions than I was able to answer.  I provided the contact information for the Director of Instruction, Aaron Davis.  Current PAC chair, Jen McCutcheon has communicated that she has been pleased with the open approach and communication. Please check the UHE PAC website at https://uhillpac.wordpress.com/2018/05/ for the most recent PAC update. 

On Monday morning, May 28, I met with Doug McClary, professional engineer and VSB Manager of Maintenance and Construction, Geoff Pearmain, VSB Grounds Foreman, and Jon Epplette, VSB Grounds Supervisor.  Mr. McClary has determined it is necessary to immediately remove the Type A hazards that could result in life threatening injuries. The removal of the bridge and slide, as well as the section where kids hold on and “zip” across to a nearby platform will begin on May 30th.  Three pieces of equipment that do not pose the same high safety risk will remain in place until the end of June.  The fence will be removed and these pieces of equipment will be open once the Type A hazards are removed. Unfortunately, the remaining equipment will be removed in the first week of July. To remain CSA compliant, playground equipment must be repaired with replacement parts supplied by the original manufacturer. The manufacturer of the playground equipment went out of business about two years after the equipment was installed in 2006.

 

The good news is that the VSB has prioritized UHE to the Ministry of Education for a funded playground replacement. Although the school district does not control the Ministry of Education timeline for this process, it is prudent to begin planning now.  The VSB has recommended vendors for playgrounds to consider during the planning process.  Students, parents and teachers have already made some great suggestions about the possibilities for a new playground.  Your ideas are welcome and I look forward to working with you on a Playground Committee.   I encourage you to contact me if you have any questions.

 

Sincerely,  Ms. Carrie Froese, Principal​

May 24
Maker Station encourage Problem Solving & Creativity of UHill Elem Students

A post by Jorden Covert 

Teacher Librarian @ University Hill Elementary

  • The maker space is well on its way having started this week. Students will rotate between four “Maker Stations”. 
  • The first station is a coding station where students will work through different activities and challenges creating and writing code for characters. 
  • The second, and back by popular demand, is the deconstruction station. This is where students get to explore what makes things work. Students are given tools to take apart the things we use every day such as computers, radios, printers, cell phones, tablets, DVD players, televisions, toys and even a toaster! 
  • The third station is the building station where students have an opportunity to build structures from Keva blocks, Lego and other wood blocks. Students in the past have built cities, towers, mazes, obstacle courses and have designed furniture, that has been tested by yours truly. 
  • The last station is the creation station where students have an opportunity to explore and create using various materials from wood, plastic, metal, fabric, component parts, craft items, you name it and we’ve thrown it in to the kitchen sink! 

This year we built a tool bench and filled it with tools such as hammers, wrenches, screwdrivers, drills, clamps, glue and all the things that attach things together (screws, nails, nuts and bolts.) Thanks again to the PAC for allowing us to purchase the tools for the tool bench with their generous donation. And a big thank you to the community for all your donations to help make this year’s Maker Space a fantastic place for our students to create, explore and innovate!

May 23
Walk n' Roll to School Celebration

Lace up your shoes, jump on your bike, scooter or skateboard during Walk ‘n Roll to School Celebration Week from May 28 until June 1.

 

Lots of prizes to be won including scooters, skateboards, bike locks and more: To win, make sure to collect a sticker each day you walk ‘n roll to school. Hand in your passport at school by Friday, June 1.

 

New daily Bike Train from Wesbrook and Hampton Place: In addition to existing walking school buses, we have added two pick-up points for bike trains from Wesbrook Village and Hampton Place. Routes will be led by UBC staff and volunteers who will ensure a fun and safe ride.

 

Krank it up! On Thursday, May 31, join us at recess to decorate and fix-up your bike to ride the beautiful trails and cyclist-friendly routes at UBC.

 

Make sure to check out the Walk ‘n Roll pamphlet for more details and pick-up points for our daily walking school bus and bike trains. Details can also be found online:www.utown.ubc.ca/walknroll​

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