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!
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
will no doubt have heard, our intermediate playground has been surrounded by
fencing and the children are no longer able to play on it. It no longer conforms to CSA standards which
the VSB requires to keep playground equipment safe. Since I arrived at University Hill
Elementary, I have made regular requests for repairs to the existing structure. In the past year alone, the VSB has been spent
approximately $5000.00 in repairs to our playground. I commend them for their efforts to make it
last as far as humanly possible.
playground was installed in 2006 by the company Canadian Play Systems, who went
out of business shortly after. Since that time, the VSB has had a very
difficult time finding replacement parts for repairs, which has included trying
to source parts from other suppliers and/or repairing the broken equipment in
house. The structures
are now showing signs of excessive deterioration and current CSA standards do
not allow our VSB staff to repair the structure without ensuring that the
repair would meet today’s standard.
My most recent request was to repair the
rotting wood on the bridge. Before VSB staff
even arrived on site, the opposite side also fell off the bridge. I am sad for our kids not to have their
beloved playground, but I completely support the action to keep our kids
safe. As many of you know, I am the
daughter of a retired neurosurgeon and a “safety first” kind of girl.
It was a joy talking to Leah Chapman
today. I was bemoaning our predicament
and she looked at me, smiled and said:
We’re getting a new playground!”
Perspective is everything! The next task will be collecting the
money. Gaming funds from the government
can be directed towards playgrounds but we’ll definitely need to be creative in
our thinking about how to make this happen.
In the meantime, our Community School
Team are working with our leadership students so we can teach our students some
new outside games. Jump Rope for Heart
is scheduled for this Friday and we have a new supply of skipping ropes. Several of the school gardens have been
planted and will need watering and tending.
Let me know if you have other ideas to keep our students engaged in
activity during recess and lunch breaks.
FINAL TRACK AND FIELD MEET—Wednesday, May 23rd…..8:30 am -12:00. Please make sure that your child arrives at Point Grey Secondary school track (5350 EAST BLVD.) by 8:15am at the very latest, as the events will start promptly. It is the responsibility of parents to drive their child to and from the Final Meet. Please make sure that your child is wearing his/her PINK JERSEY, has BOTTLED WATER, LONG HAIR TIED BACK, PROPER CLOTHING AND SHOES!
It is possible that we return for a late lunch at school, so please pack a good snack/light lunch for your child in case. Go U-hill Elementary, Go!
Thursday, May 10th: 3:30-5:00 pm @ Camosun park/track (by Queen Elizabeth school on 16th Ave. and Trimble St.)
Students are to head to the meet after school right away, ready to go (3:15) with their PINK JERSEYS on to represent Uhill, appropriate running shoes, long hair tied back and a water bottle. Uhill will be set up with a tent and banner closest to 16th Avenue. All students are to meet there first.
*a reminder that students need to organize a drive to and from with parents please and it is very important that the parents are ready to pick up at 5pm even if the meet goes longer.
Go UHill Elementary, Go! 😊
At the last PAC Meeting, the upcoming Annual Earthquake and Re-unification drill on Thursday, May 3rd was reviewed with parents. As with fire drills, the purpose is to practice the steps needed to keep students safe and reunited them with their parents/ guardians. The drill will take place at 2 pm. We will evacuate the building, practice our emergency procedures and sign out to parents and guardians who have decided to participate in the drill.
A few things for parents arriving early and participating in the drill:
1. Please line up on the sidewalk of Hamber Street so you can be checked in by staff to pick up your child.
2. Please bring identification. In the event of an emergency, the person checking you in may not know you.
3. Give the yellow tear off slip to the staff runners who will go pick up your child from the student assembly area.
4. Wait in the parent waiting area for your child(ren) to be brought to you.
5. Once your child is brought to you, please leave the school grounds as you would in a real emergency.
6. Be patient with us. Our goal is to keep students safe and calm in the event of an emergency.
Students will be dismissed to daycare staff or parents/ guardians as usual, at 3 pm if parents/ guardians do not arrive early to participate in the drill.
Thanks so much for your cooperation.
Ms. Carrie Froese
Brought to you by our Librarian and Gifted Education Teacher: Jordan Covert
Parents and University Hill community;
everyone its Jorden, your librarian, calling. I can’t believe it’s May. What a
year so far, filled with amazing learning and shared experiences both in and
out of the classroom.
sending you this message for some help. After the success of last year’s Maker
Space in the library, I am excited to offer the same opportunities to the kids
most of you know, your children come to the library every week for one period
where we dive into new books, explore interesting topics for research or learn
how to make books using the iPads.
the spirit of making things, for 5 weeks starting in the middle of May, I would
like to turn the library into a gigantic maker space again to continue the work
we have done with students on creative thinking, problem solving and
order for me to do that I need stuff:
- wire or pieces of wire
you can possibly crate and build with
- old electronics to deconstruct
can drop off any and all materials to the library before and after school.
you are interested in helping out please come see me in the library.
and I look forward seeing all the creations our kids come up with.
University Hill Elementary
The 1st Multicultural Fair at University Hill Elementary School was an amazing event, largely due to the hard work and coordination of Kathleen, Christine and Abdullah. Student work in classrooms was highlighted and extended with family displays and/or presentations of 23 different countries / nations. The singing and dance performances created electricity in the room. We are very much hoping that this tremendous sharing and learning opportunity will become an annual event.
Thank you to all the participants and guests
Check out @UHillElementary to see some great student work and pictures of the event.
The First PAC Multicultural Fair
Tuesday, May 1st, 2018
4:00 – 6:00 pm
Organized by the University Hill Elementary School Parent
Parking as always will be limited
so please plan to walk, bike or carpool.
23 International Countries will be represented.
Please direct any questions or comments to
PAC Multicultural Committee Chair