February 27th Update


I am very excited to see all the wonderful work that students are doing to prepare for the heritage fair. We are looking forward to this special event on March 5th. The displays will be open to parents in the classrooms and hallways from 11:00 – 12:00 noon, 1:15 – 2:45pm and 3:15 – 6:00 pm. It is optional for students and teachers to be here after school but if you are unable to attend during the day you might be able to come and see your child’s project and others.

Please do take the time to visit the many lovely projects and give our students the opportunity to talk about their research by asking them questions.

Thank you very much to those who have offered to adjudicate. Please come at 10:30 am if you are planning to adjudicate in the morning. We will then give you a bit of an orientation. Otherwise just report to the office and I will explain what is involved.

Movie Night is Tonight, don’t miss it. . .

2015 movie night

 Global Citizenship Club Fundraiser

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The Global Citizenship Club is hosting a granola bar (nut free) and juice box sale on Tuesday, March 3rd at recess. The club is fundraising for a healthcare centre in Ecuador. All items will be $1 each. Please support us in our goal to raise $2000 this year.


Pink Day at Maple Grove!

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 Grade 7 Grad

Dear Grade 6 & 7 Parents, Please join us for some updates on the grad committee’s progress.  Your RSVP is appreciated to ensure we reserve sufficient seating. Grade 6 parents, we invite you to join us as well as a sneak peak to your child’s grad next year. Agenda will include updates on items such as fundraisers, survey results, photo book, grad day itinerary and short presentations from 2 potential entertainment providers. Grad Committee Meeting (March) 7-9pm, Monday, March 2, 2015 Grind & Gallery Cafe | 4124 Main Street | Vancouver RSVP to winniehon79@hotmail.com by Friday, Feb 27

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 Lost and Found

Please come by office to find your missing belongings.  With the changing weather we have collected lots of sweaters, jackets, lunch boxes, water bottles, etc., etc.

New Session for Young Rembrandt’s

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Upcoming Events

February 27th – Movie Night

March 2 – Grade 7 Grad Committee meeting (Grade 6 and 7 parents)

March 5th – Heritage Fair

March 6th – Reports Go Home

March 8th – Daylight Saving – Spring Forward  spring forward

March 9th – 20th – Spring Break

March 23rd – First day back from March Break

March 25th and 26th – Parent Conferences – Early Dismissal at 2:00 pm.

March 31st – PAC Meeting



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February 20th Update

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Grade 7 Grad

Dear Grade 6 & 7 Parents, There have been many updates since our last meeting in November. At this next meeting, we will likely confirm many of the grad event elements, so I hope you can join us. Your RSVP is appreciated to ensure we reserve sufficient seating. Grade 7 parents, we invite you to join us if you can.

Grad Committee Meeting (March)  7-9pm, Monday, March 2, 2015 Grind & Gallery Cafe | 4124 Main Street | Vancouver RSVP to winniehon79@hotmail.com by Friday, Feb 27

For Kindergarten Parents:

An opportunity to have your children immunized at our community health centre during spring break:  Spring Break K-Clinics


I recently talked to some students about an incident where children had felt that their religion was being “put down”. It is very important that we as the adult part of our community model respect for all the different religions and cultures in our community and in the world. It is our modeling of saying positive things about all religions and cultures that will have more effect on our children’s attitudes and behavior than all the specific teaching that we can do in the classroom or school wide. Pink Day is coming up; we will all be wearing pink on that day. It is a wonderful opportunity to discuss with our children how we value all cultures and all people of all religions.


Today a number of parents helped us to celebrate Lunar New Year.


Our primary students gathered to learn about different greetings, stories and crafts such as calligraphy and origami. Thank you very much to all the parents who contributed to the success of this event and to Elizabeth Chan, our SWIS worked who helped them by organizing and by buying materials.

Upcoming Events

February 24th – Ready Set Learn

February 25th – Pink Day  Everyone wear Pink to celebrate kindness and take a stand against bullying.

February 26th – Band Concert at Magee

February 27th Movie Night

March 5  Heritage Fair

March 6th  Reports Go Home

March 8th – Daylight Saving – Spring Forward

March 9th – 20th – Spring Break

March 23rd – First day back from March Break

March 25th and 26th – Parent Conferences – Early Dismissal at 2:00 pm.

March 31st – PAC Meeting

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February 13th Update



Tomorrow is Saint Valentines Day. February 14 each year is celebrated in many countries around the world as Valentines Day. It celebrates Saint Valentine and there is a story that he used to perform weddings for Roman soldiers who were forbidden to marry. For about 400 years it has been associated with romantic love and people send flowers and cards to each other. There is an old saying that “Love Makes the World Go Round”. Here’s wishing everyone lots of love to share around tomorrow and every day.


Some children are coming to school very tired. It is difficult for them to get through a whole day of work and play because they feel sleepy. Here is a website you can go to to learn how to help them understand the importance of sleep and what to do if you have sleep problems.



We are very proud of all the effort children put in to their projects for our Heritage Fair. They learn a great deal from doing this Project Based Learning from oral presentation to writing, from researching to presenting. You can help us by volunteering to be an adjudicator. While we do choose twenty or so projects to go forward to the regional fair, our main emphasis is on having the children able to talk to people about their work and their learning. If you can volunteer to come and help with this on March 5th, please email me at:  ssellars@vsb.bc.ca


Some parents will be receiving letters to draw their attention to the fact their child is often late or absent. Regular attendance and punctuality are an expectation at Maple Grove. Developing this structure and commitment to the day are excellent habits which serve everyone well in later life. Students need a little time in the morning to settle down and prepare for the day. They also need to greet their teacher and classmates. While it may not look like instructional time, this is an important part of the day.

Note that if you have had an extended absence due to a need to travel, you may still get a letter as these are generated through the computer checking for the number of absences and lates. Everyone should be aware that absences in excess of one month (20 school days) mean that the place cannot be saved and may be taken up by someone else moving into our catchment area.


Our next PAC meeting will be held on Tuesday, February 17th @ 7pm in the School Library.


Principal’s report

Cross boundary petition update

Movie night

Spring fair

Annual donation campaign update

Montessori Report

 We look forward to seeing you there!

Your PAC Co-Chairs, Monica Tang & Allison Arato

From the Grad Committee

Dear Parents of Graduating Grade 7 Students:

On behalf of the 2015 grad yearbook committee, we would like to remind you to send photos to us. If you haven’t sent any photos, or if you have found more photos, please email them as an attached file to grad2015maplegrove@yahoo.ca as soon as possible.

Please note that the deadline for collecting baby photos and first photo in Maple Grove is due on Feb.14, Valentine’s Day.

As previously planned, each child will have 3-5 personal pictures of their choice in the yearbook 2015.

First one will be the baby photo. Baby photo means the first year in child’s life. Second one, since not all kids came to Maple Grove when they were kindergartners, will be a photo of their first year in Maple Grove. Other than that, photos showing grads’ School Days in the passing 7 years are being collected from Feb 1 to March 7.

They need to be in good condition, taken from 2007 to 2014 in Maple Grove School or related to school activities /events/ field trips.

There are more than 70 children in grade 7 this year, and we have limited time, space and budget for the yearbook.   We will try our best to include as many photos and memories as possible, for all the students.

Thank you again for all your support and cooperation.

Yearbook editor, Jenny Chen

各位七年級的家長: 您好。


這份禮物 — 畢業紀念冊, 需要所有家長的幫忙才能完成。兩星期前我已發出一信,請求家長協助,但是僅收到八位家長回信。而紀念冊的內容希望涵蓋每一位畢業生過去在校生活的所有精采片段。計劃每位學生可以有3- 5 張個人選擇的照片,這完全需要由各位家長提供,請儘快以 「附件」寄到以下電郵地址: grad2015maplegrove@yahoo.ca


(1) 出生第一年的幼兒照片。

(2) 在楓林小學第一年的照片。因為畢業生並不是都從小入學,所以這照片可以是五歲幼兒園時期的照片,也可以是任何年級轉入本校的第一年照片。

(3) 任選兩、三張。您的孩子過去在本校的校園生活、校外教學活動、體育項目、才藝演出、同學聯誼等照片。時間點為2007年到2014年。

照片募集時間為二月一日到三月七日。其中(1) 及 (2),希望在二月十四日之前收到,先進行編輯整理。其他照片(3)則部份向家長募集之外,還會向校長、老師及目前在運作的攝影俱樂部同學,多方面匯集。本屆畢業生超過七十人,但是時間、經費與紀念冊空間都有限,煩請收到本信後,立即翻查過去的照片,找出孩子最珍貴的記憶,寄給我們。如有任何疑問,請利用 freebird201314@gmail.com 與我聯繫。



Jenny Chen (Div. 1, Isabella的媽媽)


Upcoming Events

February 18th – Presentation to the School Board concerning cross boundary policy. More details at: https://maplegrovemontessori.wordpress.com/

February 19th – Professional Development Day, No School for Students

February 20th – Lunar New Year Crafts Morning (Grades 1,2 and 3). Wear red or traditional costume to celebrate the Lunar New Year. As usual there will be coffee and treats in the library.

February 24th – Ready Set Learn

February 25th – Pink Day

February 26th – Band Concert at Magee

March 5 – Heritage Fair

March 6th – Reports Go Home

March 8th – Daylight Saving – Spring Forward

March 9th – 20th – Spring Break

March 23rd – First day back from March Break

March 25th and 26th – Parent Conferences – Early Dismissal at 2:00 pm.

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February 6th Update


Many of our primary classrooms participated in a free play afternoon. How wonderful to see what they did. They chose so many different activities and there were many positive learning activities going on. In these pictures we can see writing, building and sand and water play. They are also learning to cooperate and plan what they are going to do. This was an exciting and very rich learning time. The children loved it because: “It’s fun”, “we can do what we want” and “I can be creative.”

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 Zero Hero Assembly

The school enjoyed a great performance about the importance of creating zero waste.

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food bank

Global Citizenship Club

The Global Citizenship Club and Maple Grove have received recognition for our efforts in helping those in need. The Greater Vancouver Food Bank Society would like to thank all of the students, families and staff who contributed to the Halloween for Hunger campaign. Maple Grove was featured in an online post by the GVFB for our hard work and generosity. Great job, Maple Grove! 

Student Composition

(Nolan G., Grade 3, wrote this poem in the car on the way to school on Thursday morning.)

The Rain

It’s raining,

I’m sad.

I don’t know why, but I am.

It helps plants grow and makes cool noises when it hits the trunk of the car like “splunk, plonk and plop”.

I’m still sad.

This is a charming poem. It is the way many of us feel on those wintry rainy days when it might be nice to stay inside and read a book. It is wonderful that some of our students are writing poetry at different times and not always for a school assignment. Children love to learn and be creative.



We had over two hundred students participate in our Turn Off the Screen Week. Here are the lucky winners of gift certificates for books.

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Bake Sale

On Wednesday, February 11, Maple Grove’s Student Council will be having a bake sale. It will be in the lunch room (intermediates) and the basement (primaries). All items will cost $1.00. If you would like to donate items for the bake sale, they can be dropped off in Ms Wong’s room (#207) or Ms Hales’s room (#203) on Wednesday morning. The Student Council is raising money to purchase sports equipment to be lent out to students at lunch time. The students are excited about their upcoming initiative.

Draft School Calendars for 2015-16 & 2016-17

The Vancouver School Board has released DRAFT school calendars for the 2015-16 and 2016-17 school years.   DRAFT calendars can be viewed on the Vancouver School Board website at http://www.vsb.bc.ca/district-news/vsb-releases-draft-school-calendars-2015-16-and-2016-17

Public feedback and/or comment regarding 2015-16 and 2016-17 DRAFT calendars is welcome and can be sent to calendar@vsb.bc.ca.

Please submit feedback and comments by March 2, 2015.


Parents, please mark your calendar for the next PAC Meeting on Tuesday, February 17th at 7pm in the Library!  Agenda to be announced next week. We look forward to seeing you there! Your PAC Co-Chairs, Monica Tang & Allison Arato

Montessori Parent Committee Announcement:

If you plan for your children to attend Magee in Grade 8, and your child is a cross boundary student, please note that the VSB is moving to enforce a current policy that out-of-catchment students be selected by lottery, if there is insufficient space to accommodate all cross boundary applicants.  For more information please check the Montessori blog.

Thank you!

Monica Tang, Chair, Montessori Parent Committee

Destination Imagination

For Destination Imagination, students in teams develop solutions to problems. They learn to be both critical thinkers and creative thinkers. They are also developing the important skill of being able to collaborate. In these pictures one team of students is presenting for an audience of students in the gym.
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Do You have Nandina in your yard?

NandinaIf you do, did you know that the beautiful red berries are toxic to birds?

The problem is the cyanide and other alkaloids contained in the berries that produce highly toxic hydrogen cyanide, which is extremely poisonous to all animals. Sudden death may be the only sign of cyanide poisoning and death usually comes within minutes to an hour of exposure.

Worse still, nandina is a non-domestic, noxious and highly invasive weed that displaces the non-toxic, native plants on which local birds would thrive. Nandina has been imported from China and Japan and has invaded many natural areas. Homeowners and commercial landscapers are still planting this toxic species, unaware of the risk.

The easiest way to  prevent the birds from eating the tempting red berries is to cut them off the shrubs.  Dispose of them in your yard waste where the birds can’t get at them.  Our birds need all the help they can get!

Upcoming Events:

February 9th – Family Day Holiday

February 11th – Student Council Bake Sale

February 17th – PAC Meeting 7pm in the Library

February 19th – Professional Development Day – no school for students

February 20th – Chinese New Year Craft activities. Wear Red/Gold or traditional costume day.

February 24th – Ready Set Learn

February 25th – Pink Day

February 26 – Massed Band Concert 7:00 pm

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January 30th Update

Joy Alexander

Our New School Liaison Trustee is Joy Alexander

Joy is a retired teacher, parent, and school psychologist with a Doctorate in Educational Psychology. She is passionate about expanding the work of the School Board by improving early learning outcomes and learning outcomes for Aboriginal students, supporting efforts to keep neighbourhood schools open, and maximizing the district’s relationship with post-secondary institutions.

604 713 5601    joy.alexander@vsb.bc.ca

Ukulele Club


Every Tuesday at lunchtime a dedicated group of students from Grade 2 to Grade 6 meet to learn how to play the ukulele. The group has been meeting since October and they have learned a few chords and also learned a few songs. They are hoping to perform at an assembly one day. New members are welcome to join at the beginning of each new school year.   Ms Hales.

A big thank you to Ms Hales for organizing this club. The students really enjoy it.


The VSB are seeking feedback about their calendar proposals. Please follow the link if you are interested.



Research is showing how important free play is for students. Note that does not include free play with a video games. Check out the link below. Some of our primary classes will participate in free play just for the afternoon.



Lots of fun on the ice. Outdoor education and recreation opportunities are an important part of the program at Maple Grove.

 Dear Parents of Grade 7 Students

Happy New Year and welcome back to school!

On behalf of the 2015 grad yearbook committee, I would like to invite you to take part in preserving our children’s experiences at Maple Grove.  We plan to create a yearbook by May, 2015 – and hopefully if all goes well – hand it out at the graduation ceremony in June. We would like to include photos, art work and written work. Currently, we have a team of young photographers made up of grads, and led by mom, Sonja Everson, who will be capturing photos of activities, school events and grad life.

We also need your help, too.  If you would like to contribute to the yearbook, we invite you to send a digital copy of the following types of photos:

1.     Your child’s first year of life / baby photo

2.     Your child’s first year at Maple Grove

3.     Three photos of your choice of your child with classmates, doing Maple Grove sports or other school activities, etc.

Please indicate your child’s name and the names of others in your photos, if relevant, and email your photos to grad2015maplegrove@yahoo.ca  no later than Saturday, February 14, 2015.

On behalf of the yearbook committee, thank you, in advance, for your cooperation.  Please do not hesitate to contact me at freebird201314@gmail.com if you have any questions, comments or suggestions. 

With warm regards,

Jenny Chen (Isabella’s mom, Div. 1)

Reminder: please have a conversation with your child about the pictures he/she would like published and be careful when including others students in the photographs. Thank you



Students always enjoy this event. We can stress the importance of the joy, relaxation and benefits of reading. These children certainly look happy.

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Feb 6 – Montessori information (Grade 1 – 7 focus) 9:15 am

Feb 9 – Family Day Holiday

Feb 19 – Professional Development Day.  No School for Students

Feb 24 – Ready Set Learn









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January 23rd Update



It is a good idea to make some plans for all the great activities that you and your children can do instead of video games, tv etc.


I was interested to listen to a recent program on the CBC concerning quite young  children who feel uncomfortable that a parent is posting their pictures on the Internet. It occurred to me that it is disrespectful to post a person’s picture without their permission. At school I usually check with children, staff or parents that they are comfortable with me putting their picture on the blog. This is in addition to checking the media consent form signed by the parents. However, I know that most proud parents including my own children, post their own child’s photographs on Facebook or other social media. I am planning to discuss this with my grandchildren as well as my children.

One of our teachers shared with me that she never posts her child’s picture because she believes that it will be up to the child to create her own on-line identity when she is ready. It seems to me that this is part of modeling respectful use of the Internet. This is one of those technology created problems that I hadn’t really thought about before, and that there are no hard and fast rules about what a parent should do with respect to their children’s pictures. However, it can never hurt to model respectful use of the Internet so that hopefully our children will learn that it is not OK to post other people’s pictures without their permission.

Global Citizenship Club Bake Sale was a big success.

Thank you to all the parents and students who baked and helped sell so many delicious items.  The Global Citizenship Club raised over $675.00!  The funds will go help promote improvements in healthcare in Ecuador.


Vancouver School Board Cross Boundary Policy: ( Adopted March 3, 2003; Revision Date Oct. 2014)



  1. What remains the same in terms of school practice/policy regarding schools’ acceptance of cross boundary application of students?
    1. A student’s application for cross boundary will be considered according to the factors outlined in the VSB cross boundary policy sections titled: Determination of Available Space and Enrolment Priorities ( see policy link above)
    2. Acceptance of cross boundary applications has never been guaranteed
    3. Enrollment Priorities for Cross Boundary applicants (see the policy link above, Section 6. Cross Boundary Application and Enrollment Process – Group 2 Students Table.)
  2. What has changed in terms of school practice/policy regarding schools’ acceptance of cross boundary application of students?
    a.  Section 6. 1 Tie- Breaking: Where there is insufficient available space to accommodate all cross boundary applicants at the requested school, a draw process will be used to determine which applicants will be offered enrolment

(In previous years in the case of insufficient available space to accommodate all cross boundary applicants at the requested school, the cross boundary applications were accepted based on the date and time that the application was submitted to the receiving school.

b. The window of time in which families can submit a cross boundary application has been extended from two weeks to include the month of February.

Upcoming Events:

Jan 26 to 30 – Turn off the Screen Week

Jan 27 – Family Literacy Day, Camp Read

Feb 6 – Montesori Infomation (Grade 1 – 7 focus) 9:15 am

Feb 19 – Professional Development Day.  No School for Students


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January 16th Update


Virtue of the Month – Self-Discipline

Our virtue this month is Self-Discipline. This is a most suitable focus to start the year as we try to make New Year Resolutions we can keep and that are meaningful.  I always meet with a group of friends in January and we have great fun reviewing last year’s resolutions and more seriously considering what we will set for our new goals.

January is a good time to talk to children about their responsibilities and the need to be responsible for their own behaviour and their own work. Self-discipline is not easy. It requires that we learn to be aware of our own behaviour and also to decide what we believe in and how we can make our behaviour match our beliefs. Children cannot learn this all at once, but with good role modeling from parents and teachers, they gradually become more able to self-regulate, make good decisions and act so that their behaviour matches what they think is right as well as what is best for them. Good study habits also depend on self-discipline and taking the time to organize and plan are ways in which we demonstrate self-discipline. 

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Global Citizenship Club

The members of the Global Citizenship Club voted for “healthcare” as their pillar of focus in Ecuador.  They are planning a very busy year to raise funds for this cause, starting with a bake sale on Wednesday, January 21.   The Primary students go to the boys’ basement, and the intermediates to the lunchroom to make their purchases at recess.

Parents, if you would like to make any donations of nut-free goods, please deliver them to the lunchroom on Wednesday before 9:00 am.  All items will sell for $1.00 and we would appreciate it if you could send individual items that we can sell at that price.

embroidery threadThe Global Citizenship Club is also planning on making bracelets and other items to sell at a craft sale for their causes this year.  Donations of embroidery thread and loom bands would be much appreciated.  Please bring any donations to the office.  Thank you! 



RSL 2015

Please join us at the PAC Meeting next Thursday, January 22nd at 7pm in the Library!


  1. Movie Night Planning
  2. Nominations for BCCPAC Board
  3. Spring Festival
  4. Possible Lunar New Year Social
  5. Direct Donation update
  6. Montessori Committee update

 Thanks for your continued support of our wonderful school! See you there!
PAC Co-Chairs Monica Tang & Allison Arato

Lord Nelson’s Parents Committee (PAC)

Join us on Monday January 26th, 2015 from 6:30pm-8:00pm in the Lord Nelson Gym as highly renowned researcher, neuroscientist, and Lord Nelson Parent Dr. Lara Boyd discusses with parents how children’s brains change with learning and development. She will present recent data showing brain plasticity in children and conclude with some practice tips for maximizing learning and brain plasticity.
Reserve your ticket online today at www.thelearningbrain.eventbrite.ca for only 5 dollars. Space is limited so act quickly!
If tickets remain on the day of the event, they will be available at the door for 7 dollars. Lara has asked that all proceeds of the evening be donated to Lord Nelson’s technology fund.


Students in Divisions 15 and 16 have been enjoying cooking, learning about healthy food, how to serve and prepare it and where our food comes from. Ms Sleep certainly enjoyed her oatmeal and chunky apple sauce. Delicious!



Exercise and fresh air are so important. Division 18 go out for a run nearly every morning and they are getting fitter and more positive about their experience. Here they are stretching in preparation.


Upcoming Events

January 19 – Professional Development Day – No School For Students

January 21 – Bake Sale – Global Citizenship Club

January 22 – PAC meeting. 7:00 pm Library

January 26 – 30 – Turn off the Screen Week

January 27 – Camp Read Day

January 29 – Bricks for KIDZ starts

February 6 – Montessori Informations Session (Gr 1 – 7 Focus) 9:15 am

February 9 – Family Day Holiday

February 17 – PAC Meeting

February 19 – Pro D  No school for students





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