February 5th Update

principals-message-1Principal’s Message

Dear Families,
This is indeed a short, compressed Term at school.  Things are busy and students are actively out and about in our local community.  We have sports teams (Jr and Sr Boys Basketball) rushing around playing local schools, as well as a girls in grades 3-7 noon hour soccer program host by ex-National Team player Carrie Serwetnyk.

dragon  This week we were thrilled to have Dragon Dance performers from Angel Entertainment come by and share the secrets, magic, and good luck during the year of the monkey.  Master Danny and Student Master Kevin amazed the school, while Angel told the story of how the Dragon Dance came to be.

The students were very excited and happy to receive good luck and best wishes for the year of the monkey.  Special thanks to the parents who were able to spend the 30 minutes after drop off with us.  Also, thanks to Mr. Luu for helping to secure the group to book Maple Grove as one of their engagements.

2021  One of the initiatives I mentioned in last week’s blog is now ready for you to view.  VSB 2021 is a process to develop a strategic plan.  It is part of the VSB’s ongoing efforts to meet the needs of our unique district and ensure student achievement and well-being. The new strategic plan will provide a clear framework for action over the next 5 years. Over the next 6 months, a wide range of students, families, teachers, staff and stakeholders will share their ideas for the future of our District. Key questions include:

  • How can we make sure that all students have equal access to quality education?
  • How can we engage our students to reach their full potential?
  • What role should our schools play in their communities?
  • How do we set priorities and use resources most efficiently?

For more information; to sign up for updates and to complete the online survey, please go to www.vsb.bc.ca/vsb2021 and look for the corresponding links.

Gigats-Social-Emotional-Learning  Staff have signed up for a series of Pro D sessions on Social and Emotional Learning.  Social and emotional learning (SEL) is the process through which children and adults acquire and effectively apply the knowledge, attitudes, and skills necessary to understand and manage emotions, set and achieve positive goals, feel and show empathy for others, establish and maintain positive relationships, and make responsible decisions.  SEL programming is based on the understanding that the best learning emerges in the context of supportive relationships that make learning challenging, engaging, and meaningful.

Social and emotional skills are critical to being a good student, citizen, and worker. Many risky behaviors (e.g., drug use, violence, bullying, and dropping out) can be prevented or reduced when multiyear, integrated efforts are used to develop students’ social and emotional skills. This is best done through effective classroom instruction, student engagement in positive activities in and out of the classroom, and broad parent and community involvement in program planning, implementation, and evaluation.

There are essentially five competencies:

  • Self-awareness: The ability to accurately recognize one’s emotions and thoughts and their influence on behavior.  This includes accurately assessing one’s strengths and limitations and possessing a well-grounded sense of confidence and optimism.
  • Self-management: The ability to regulate one’s emotions, thoughts, and behaviors effectively in different situations. This includes managing stress, controlling impulses, motivating oneself, and setting and working toward achieving personal and academic goals.
  • Social awareness: The ability to take the perspective of and empathize with others from diverse backgrounds and cultures, to understand social and ethical norms for behavior, and to recognize family, school, and community resources and supports.
  • Relationship skills: The ability to establish and maintain healthy and rewarding relationships with diverse individuals and groups. This includes communicating clearly, listening actively, cooperating, resisting inappropriate social pressure, negotiating conflict constructively, and seeking and offering help when needed.
  • Responsible decision making: The ability to make constructive and respectful choices about personal behavior and social interactions based on consideration of ethical standards, safety concerns, social norms, the realistic evaluation of consequences of various actions, and the well-being of self and others

Thank you to all our parents for your continued and ongoing support for the students at Maple Grove as we endeavour to engage all students with their learning and create an amazing educationally sound learning environment.

Enjoy your weekend!
Principal Evans

 

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Grade 6 Camp

CALLING ALL GRADE 6 STUDENTS AND PARENTS!

Maple Grove’s Grade 6 Camp Fundraising Committee needs a few volunteers!!!

We will soon be asking students in grade 6 to sell as many Purdy’s chocolate bars as they can to their neighbours, friends and family members!  We need only ONE parent from all of our grade 6 divisions to step up and help their respective division to organize their class’ chocolate sales.  We will also need some grade 6 students to help us sell these chocolates at lunch and after school on days during the week of Feb 22.

Mr. Naipaul
Ms. Griffiths
Ms. Adams
Ms. S. Wong
Ms. Bartlett – Janie Pang

Please email me ASAP to let me know if you can help our grade 6 kids fundraise for their camp fees!

Cheers,  Karrie Bogart  ckbogart@shaw.ca

 

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Pink Shirts Available for Pink Day February 24th

Thank you to all the Maple Grove families who got their orders in on time!  Pink Day is so popular this year that our supplier has run out of the colour we chose.  We will be getting a very similar colour for all the youth sizes. The adult sizes will be the same colour as the samples that we were given (see photo).

 Lots of families have been supporting Anti-Bullying and Acceptance by purchasing PINK wear.  Orders were placed on Thursday of this week, and we’re expecting delivery by February 22nd.  Each year, schools around the world recognize amazing acts of Acceptance in standing up for children who have been bullied.  Of course we strive to have social responsibility as one of our core values on a daily basis, but we join other schools across the country in February by celebrating a true act of acceptance that happened in Nova Scotia. (see last week’s blog for more info).

upcoming event   Upcoming Events:

February 8 – Lunar New Year and Family Day Holiday – no school
February 9 – Professional Development Day – no school for students
February 12- Spelling Bee (1-3) gym (parents welcome)
February 17 – PAC Meeting (Montessori Parent Ed)
February 26 – PAC Movie Night (in the gym)

 

 

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January 29th Update

principals-message-1Principal’s Message

Good Afternoon,
There’s lots of information and initiatives coming down the pipe which will be rolling out into schools in the coming weeks.  Today, I would just like to share a brief list of these initiatives so that they are on your radar for the coming weeks.  Many of these issues are district-wide and not specific to Maple Grove.  However, there are trickle-down effects that will undoubtedly affect us in a yet-to-be-determined way.
At a glance:

  1. 1 FSA
    FSA- currently being completed at the school… may be changing for next year.  No details available at this time.
  2. auditVSB Audit- this process is ongoing.  Schools have submitted their data to the Ministry and will hear back when they arrive at their findings.  Not all student files are being audited.  Only about 433 special education files district-wide.  Enough to be a sample size.
  3. 2021VSB Strategic Plan- this is a new initiative that’s being rolled out presently (watch for special blog information on this topic).  It’s essentially a giant survey or “needs assessment project” that is trying to chart a significant and purposeful district plan by sampling our district students, parents, citizens and staff for their input.  Watch your emails for more information.  The program is branded VSB2021.
  4. a long range planLong Range Facilities Plan- this has been in the news lately due to the link to seismic upgrading.  It has to do with re-purposing some schools; swing space; it’s adjusted annually and is a road map for the district in terms of short and medium range planning.
  5. 1 new curricNew Curriculum Planning- Many teachers in the district attended a very informative day last week with Ministry staff regarding the New Curriculum.  Maple Grove has a planning team who will be meeting on Feb 17th to plan for our curriculum planning days (March 4 and April 15)
  6. 1 satisfaction surveySatisfaction Surveys- details coming after the FSA tests are completed.
  7. IMG_3053 Please join us in recognizing Anti-Bullying and Acceptance by wearing PINK.  Each year, schools around the world recognize amazing acts of Acceptance in standing up for children who have been bullied.  Of course we strive to have social responsibility as one of our core values on a daily basis, but we join other schools across the country in February by celebrating a true act of acceptance that happened in Nova Scotia.Come support Maple Grove staff, students and families as we celebrate tolerance and acceptance of others.  T-shirts are available for everyone.  They are $10/per shirt.  child and Adult sizes available.  Order through the school office.

“On February 24, 2016 we encourage everyone to practice kindness, and wear a PINK shirt to symbolize that you do not tolerate bullying.  PINK Shirt Day has its roots in Nova Scotia, where it was started by two incredible high school students. Essentially, there was a bullying incident where a student who was wearing a pink shirt was bullied for wearing something pink.  David Shepherd, Travis Price and their teenage friends organized a high-school protest to wear pink in sympathy with a Grade 9 boy who was being bullied [for wearing a pink shirt]…[They] took a stand against bullying when they protested against the harassment of a new Grade 9 student by distributing pink T-shirts to all the boys in their school. ‘I learned that two people can come up with an idea, run with it, and it can do wonders,’ says Mr. Price, 17, who organized the pink protest. ‘Finally, someone stood up for a weaker kid.’ These two students sent a powerful message to the school community, and later the world, that there is no place for bullying.  When the grade 9 student, who was originally bullied for wearing the pink shirt came to school, saw all the boys in the school wearing pink, his face spoke volumes.  “It looked like a huge weight was lifted off his shoulders,” Travis Price recalled. The bullies were never heard from again.”

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Pink Shirts Available for Pink Day February 24th

Orders must be returned to the office by  Wednesday, February 3rd.  $10.00 per shirt.  Sizes:  Youth XS, S, M, L and XL – Adult S, M, L and XL.

Sporting Events at Magee

Neighbourhood families are always welcome to attend.  Parents can go to this link:   or type “esportsdesk Vancouver” in a google search and the link will be the first option.
Once on the website, it is pretty easy to use. You pick the sport on the right and then click schedule on the left.

Bake Sale

Thank You Tag

The Global Citizenship Club would like to thank everyone who participated in the bake sales this week. We raised $633 dollars thanks to your generosity. The money will be donated to the Free the Children Adopt-a-Village campaign. Our school is raising money for a healthcare centre in the Amazon region of Ecuador. Having a medical facility that will be accessible to a number of villages will enable more children in Ecuador to grow up healthy.

We would like to recognize the efforts of all of the Maple Grove families who donated baked goods. Thank you very much!

 

PAC News

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Dear Parents, Please know that we are continuing with our Friday morning coffee group.  This is a fun-filled, informative social time where we get together in library each Friday morning to socialize and get caught up on community and school events.  It’s completely social.  There is no structure or speeches.  It’s a great way to connect with other parents in the school and to make new friends.  Staff are often on hand between 8:40 and 9:00.  Ms. Sleep and Mr. Evans usually stop by between 9:00-9:30.  Please join us.  Don’t miss out on the baked goodies (hehehe)

upcoming event   Upcoming Events:

February 3- Play Day- recognition in some classrooms of play-based learning
February 4- Dragon Dance 9:00 AM. Parents welcome to watch (gym)
February 8 – Lunar New Year and Family Day Holiday – no school
February 9 – Professional Development Day – no school for students
February 12- Spelling Bee (1-3) gym (parents welcome)
February 17 – PAC Meeting (Montessori Parent Ed)

 

 

 

 

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January 22 Update

principals-message-1Principal’s Message

Good afternoon parents.  Maple Grove is getting busy again- since the Christmas break- with lots of activities and learning opportunities for students.  Presently classes are skating, and visiting a number of interesting venues around Vancouver.  We also have a Jr and Sr boys basketball team.  Additionally, we have  noon hour girls (gr. 3-7) extra curricular soccer sessions running in January – February.  There is the ongoing Foundation Skills Assessment (FSA) and the upcoming Satisfaction Surveys.  The FSA runs through February and the Satisfaction Surveys start up at the end of February.  We even have a school-wide spelling bee coming up in February.  This is a short term, so please watch for reporting information.  Enjoy your weekend.  Mr. Evans

Safe Arrival – 604 713-5792

Please call the safe arrival number anytime your child will be late or absent.  The number goes to a 24 hour message system, so you can call anytime.  Our safe arrival volunteers pick up the messages and make sure that all the students are accounted for each morning.  There is no need to email the teacher (who may not be able to collect the message until after safe arrival is done), or call the main office.  This number is in your child’s planner on the front page.

Bake Sale – January 27th – Recess

The Global Citizenship Club is hosting a bake sale to raise money to help the families in the Amazon region of Ecuador through our Adopt a Village campaign.

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.  Please send individual items, packaged and ready to be sold.  Thank you!

Dress Like a Character Day

Dress like a Character Day

In recognition of Family Literacy Day on Wednesday, January 27, Maple Grove’s Student Council is sponsoring “Dress Like Your Favourite Literary Character Day”. 

The Student Council is inviting students to come to school dressed as a character in a book.  Please take some time and talk with your child about a character in a book that they would like to come to school dressed as.

Magee

Skating Fun!

Skating 2016

Kindergarten Registration

kindgarten Registration imageThis is going on Right Now and there is only one week left if you wish to apply for a choice program!  If you have a Kindergarten aged child (born in 2011) we want you to come and register now for September.  Remember, you must  register at your home school- even if you’re planning to apply to a choice program, and even if there is a sibling in the choice program. For more information, please refer to previous blogs, or visit the VSB Website Click hereand follow the links to Kindergarten Registration.

January 20, 2016

Dear School District 39 (VSB) Parents:

DPAC is the Vancouver District Parent Advisory Committee. We represent the Parent Advisory Councils (PACs) of the Vancouver School Board (VSB) with the common goal of assuring our children receive the best possible education. DPAC is composed of representatives from PACs and meets twice per month at the Board of Education building at 1588 West Broadway in Vancouver. 

DPAC:

* Supports PACs and shares parents’ views at the district level.

* Represents the views of city parents to the Vancouver Board of Education through participation on school board standing and advisory committees.

* Meets on the second and fourth Thursday of the month at 7pm at the VSB offices and all parents are welcome. DPAC covers parking and childcare.

*Currently has funding available to support learning activities of our members. Please be in touch to find out more!

 

DPAC’s day-to-day activities are performed by the volunteer executive council which is made up of up to 12 parents who are elected by the PACs. (We also have a staff person starting soon.) Currently there are vacancies on the executive committee and parents are encouraged to consider putting their names forward. The table officers and executive committee speaks on the behalf of DPAC. All PAC members and parents are welcome to executive meetings. We encourage all PACs to have a DPAC representative to attend our meetings on a regular basis and are appreciative that many PACs are already doing so. While all parents are welcome to attend our meetings, only the executive members vote at our meetings. We also encourage parents to become DPAC representatives at VSB advisory committees.

DPAC invites all parents and PAC executives to subscribe to the DPAC mailing list for up-to-date information about DPAC activities, DPAC initiatives, and developments at the school board level.

In particular, we request that each PAC sign up a DPAC representative for your PAC to help us ensure that the PACs remain up to date on developments at the district level. 

Emails:

Subscribe to the DPAC mailing lists:

http://www.vancouverdpac.org/subscribe–pac-executive-mailing-list-.html

Facebook:

Follow the DPAC Facebook page for up to the minute updates: 

https://www.facebook.com/VSBDPAC/

Twitter:

Watch DPAC on Twitter:

https://twitter.com/search?q=%40vandpac&src=typd

Bylaws Update Initiative:

The  DPAC constitution is out of date and needs to be updated. The DPAC executive is asking for input from parents to help us make our bylaws more effective so we can do our job better. 

Our current bylaws can be found here:  http://www.vsb.bc.ca/dpac-bylaws.

Please send feedback to DPAC by email to dpac.sd39@gmail.com or in person by attending a DPAC executive meeting. Please let us know ahead of time if you wish to speak in person so we can add time in the schedule.

Additional feedback will be requested throughout the renewal process when drafts of the new constitution and bylaws are made ready. DPAC encourages parents to provide feedback at each step.

Sincerely,

SD39 (VSB) DPAC Executive

Lord Nelson PAC Parent Information Event – issues facing our children in our digital world.

The presenter, Sam Jingfors, is a consultant who brings a background in criminology with a focus on cyberbullying, digital citizenship, and the privacy and security of children and youth online.  Sam currently works with Safer Schools Together as a presenter and consultant on the issue of digital safety.

In this presentation, Sam will outline how we, as parents, can make age-appropriate decisions to support our kids to understand the short and long term implications of the choices that they make in their social media and online participation.   PAC is also hosting Sam to work with all Lord Nelson Children in grades 1-7 on this topic; this presentation will also briefly update parents on what was shared with our children.

  • Wednesday, January 27th, 6:30-8pm.  
  • In the Lord Nelson Gym.  
  • Sadly we cannot offer childcare at public events.  
  • Cost:  $5 online in advance, $7 at the door.  
  • Register Here:   https://socialmedialordnelson.eventbrite.ca 

 

Upcoming Events:

January 25 to 29 – Turn off the screen week
January 27 – Family Literacy Day and Camp Read
February 8 – Lunar New Year and Family Day Holiday – no school
February 9 – Professional Development Day – no school for students
February 17 – PAC Meeting (Montessori Parent Ed)

 

 

 

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January 15th Update

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Principal’s Message

Dear Parents,

We spend a great deal of time planning for the safety and security of your child while they are at school.  While we have mentioned various elements of student safety in previous posts, we have not provided a comprehensive overview of what we do to ensure your child remains safe at school.  In this issue, given the recent “bump” we felt in Vancouver last month (I’m referring to the earthquake that was registered on Vancouver Island), I felt it timely to provide you with a bit more information regarding what sort of Emergency Preparedness we have in place at Maple Grove.  Before I share the information, I would like to add that our engineering staff surveyed Maple Grove and determined that there was no damage as a result of the seismic event, and it’s business as usual at Maple Grove.  We are on the seismic list, and we are currently in the queue with other schools to go through the process (more on this as it becomes available).
Below is a list of considerations Maple Grove uses in different emergency situations.  We hope you find this helpful.  It is by no means a complete list, rather, it’s a snapshot to let you know that we do practice fire drills 4 times/year; earthquake drills 2 times/year; and lockdown drills as well.

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Contents:

  1. Fire Procedures
  2. Earthquake Procedures (3 Phases)
    1. Phase 1. Immediate Response
    2. Phase 2. Ongoing Response
    3. Phase 3. Long Term Response
  3. Job Summaries and Current Team Members
  4. Secure + Hold (CODE YELLOW)
  5. Lockdown (CODE RED)
  1. Fire Procedures
    1. Fire Bell Rings
    2. Teachers gather students attention to begin evacuation procedure
    3. Teachers instruct students to quietly line up at door to class (or wherever they are in the school).
    4. Teachers bring the emergency backpack for their class.
    5. Teachers lead the class out the nearest exit.  There should be no talking- as it’s imperative that students be able to hear commands directed by teachers.
    6. Teachers lead classes to the North gravel field (by the painted numbers).  Classes gather in order- Div 1-20.
    7. Teachers take attendance and send a runner to the OAA/ School Secretary.
    8. (If students are at a resource centre/ library/ or band/ etc, they will leave the building with the teacher they are presently with and meet up on the gravel field with their class.  If a student is in the bathroom, or away from their class and unsupervised, they are to exit the building at the nearest exit, and congregate on the gravel field with their class.  They are to report to their teacher so that they are accounted for)
    9. The admin and building engineer have a set of procedures that are listed in the orange and yellow emergency flipbook.
    10. Teachers wait in line with class until the “All Clear” bell is sounded (3 beeps).  Once sounded, teachers and students may re-enter the building

Buddy Classes (by Room Number)

Buddy Classes Buddy Classes
109 and 108 Library students, 207 and 205
106 and 104 203 and 201 plus any students from 215 (Literacy Rm)
213 and 211 313, 311, 310, 308, 308A
208 and 206 307, 304, 306, 306A, 309
305, 303, 301


2.  
Earthquake Response
Response to an Earthquake will be in three phases.

  • Immediate response, evacuation and attendance
  • Response to ongoing situation
  • Long term response.

 

Phase 1. Immediate Response, Evacuation and Attendance

  1. Earthquake starts
  2. Teachers direct class to Drop, Cover and Hold.  Wait for earthquake to stop.  Teachers direct class to start counting 60 seconds.  If aftershock occurs; class starts the re-counting process again.
  3. After 60 seconds, Teachers survey room quickly for any potential hazards or injuries.
  4. Teachers connect with buddy class(es) if possible AND direct students to gather their coat/backpack and line up to evacuate the classroom.  Teachers may also choose that if they haven’t been able to connect with their buddy class, they may direct their students to gather buddy class belongings if the class is not there.  Teachers will allow about 2 minutes for the collection of personal property.  Avoid wires, debris, fire, unsafe roofs.  If teachers are unable to assist buddy classes with belongings, the Teacher will contact the Command Post re: supplies for the buddy class.
  5. Teachers evacuate students using same route as fire drill unless unsafe; Teachers will leave students who are too injured to be moved.  Place tables over them. Flag with fluorescent tape (an adult may choose to stay with them)
  6. If the room is clear leave Room Clear sign on the door but leave door open.
  7. Teachers may “collect” any unsupervised students on your way.  Once safely out of the building, classes congregate on the North Gravel field in the same line up per Fire Drills.  All students join their own classes when safe to do so on the gravel field.
  8. Line up as for a fire drill and take attendance.  Note names of injured students left behind, injured students evacuated, extra people you have with you. Send information as soon as possible to Command Post.
  9. Place Division signs so that they are visible
  10. Direct volunteers or people with questions to command post.
  11. (If possible, teachers may have time to check rooms, washrooms, cupboards. Close door after checking rooms. Meet on North Gravel field)
  12. Students with minor first aid issues should stay with teachers. Use supplies in Backpack to treat. Wait for First Aid team to come by when they are able to begin their school population survey/assessment

While this is going on, parents may start showing up to check on students.  The parent wait zone will be on the Magee grass field area.  Teachers may start releasing students to parent- MUST BE IN-PERSON.  Parents MUST sign/initial the Homeroom List (For Evacuation) so that we are able to account for all students later.  Please use the space at the bottom of the list to note any persons other than parents who picked up students and where they took them, if not to their own homes.

Phase 2. Response to On-going Situation

  1. Emergency container opened by Engineer/Principal
  2. Command Post set up – Principal/Vice Principal/Engineer/Non-Enrolling staff
  3. Supplies delivered to classes e.g. tarps, water, lists etc.
  4. Command Post Roles
  5. Student Release in process

Phase 3.  Long Term Strategy- in some cases, it is possible that if we experience a major earthquake, we may be out on the field for a day or 2 or longer, while we wait for parents to make their way to the school- assuming that’s even possible.  In the event of a major earthquake, some staff may need to ensure the safety and security of their families too.  

Student and Teacher Release

  • Teacher release: Command post will release teachers who have family commitments and for whom there is a reasonable likelihood that they can get to their destination. Teachers will transfer their class responsibilities to buddy class or to command post
  • Student release. Remaining students will gather into pods with buddy classes together and older students with younger students. Command post will take over student release.
  • Do not tie the tarp to the fence as it might be electrified!
  • Teachers use class checklist to take attendance and include names of other people who are with you who are not on the checklist (this may include district staff or guests to the school). Use the red Emergency Status form to report any student/staff missing or injured, giving names and locations.
  • The Homeroom List (For Evacuation) provides a check list to indicate if anyone is missing or injured. Return the Homeroom List (For Evacuation) to Command Post/First Aid Station (by Emergency container).  Place bright yellow division sign at the front of the line so that it can be easily seen.
  • If a teacher is unable to retrieve the class backpack, assemble the class on the north field and then contact the Command Post for a class list, Emergency Status form, and blank labels.
  • Supervising teachers will try to keep children calm, quiet and together.
  • A record must be kept of students who are going with parents/guardians so that no one is lost. After the first 2 hours, high needs staff will send remaining students, with all completed Homeroom Lists (for Evacuation), to buddy class or Command Post.The above is not meant to provide everything to you, rather to give you a glimpse into some of our planning and thoughts around what we may do in an earthquake.4 + 5  We also regularly practice Lockdown and Secure + Hold Drills to ensure that students are safe in the event of an intruder.  Hold and + Secure essentially locks the external doors to the school.  Students are allowed to move in pairs throughout the building.  A Lockdown is a full and complete closure of the school.  External doors are locked.  Classroom doors are locked.  Drapes are drawn.  Lights off.  No noises.  Students hide or take shelter in a room, closet, cloakroom, storage room, etc.  There is no movement in the school.  It is a complete lockdown.  It can only be released when the treat(s) have been removed in consultation with the VPD.

    We hope you find this information helpful.

 

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Foundation Skills Assessment

RE: Foundation Skills Assessment Testing

 

 

As per our last post, this message pertains to parents of grade 4 AND 7 students.  The deadline to excuse your child from writing the FSA testing (5 hours of in school time) is Monday, January 18th.

On Monday at lunchtime, your child’s teacher and the School-Based Team will review all grade 4 and 7 students and excuse student we feel would not benefit from writing the test- or those student who may find the testing procedure onerous.

As requested by the Trustees, Maple Grove sent home a letter from the Board of Trustees which shares some general information about the FSA, and also includes a second page that allows for parent exclusions for their child from writing.  This form is due Monday.
FSA testing will be administered in BC schools between now and February 19, 2016. 

It is important for you to know the following:

  1. The FSA is a set of annual tests assigned by the Ministry of Education. Results may provide a snapshot of how your child is performing in relation to provincial standards in areas of reading comprehension, first draft writing, and mathematics (numeracy).
  2. The FSA is not a thorough examination over time of all desired learning outcomes for students. The FSA is one of many measures used to determine how students are progressing and should be considered along with the ongoing assessments and professional judgments carried out by teachers.
  3. FSA scores are not part of the evaluations normally included in students’ report cards.
  4. FSA testing consists of both multiple choice and written response questions.  The writing portion consists of a long and short writing task. There is a booklet portion of the test and an online portion.
  5. The multiple-choice portions of the FSA will be done online.  The written response portions will be marked within school districts.
  6. The FSA testing process takes approximately 5 hours to complete.
  7. The FSA provides a snapshot of specific skills only.
  8. One of the purposes of the FSA is to help the province, school districts, and schools evaluate a variety of approaches to providing effective educational programs for a diverse range of students.  Schools like to analyze and review FSA scores by professional educators, together with analysis of data from other sources to enable school districts to plan for improvements to educational programs.
  9. Small differences in results between grades, between parts of the assessment, or from school to school should not be regarded as significant.  Comparisons of results between schools require that a variety of demographic, social, and cultural factors be taken into account.  The marked written response booklets will be sent to the parents, along with the individual student’s results, by the end of March 2014.
  10. The Ministry of Education expects students to write the FSA.  Schools may excuse students with special needs who have Individual Education Plans (IEPs) documenting a disability that significantly impacts their performance, and ESL students with insufficient levels of English language proficiency.  In addition, schools may excuse a student in the event of a family emergency, a lengthy illness, or other extenuating circumstances of similar seriousness.

Parents are asked to refer to the Board of Trustees letter if they are planning to excuse a child from participating in the FSA test.  If a parent completes the form asking for their child to be excused, we will honour their request.

There is lots of information at the Ministry of Ed website.    www.bced.gov.bc.ca and following the FSA links; or by googling FSA testing or following the enclosed link:

http://www.bced.gov.bc.ca/assessment/fsa/pdfs/fsabrochure.pdf

Parents have until Monday, January 18th to return their exclusion form.

Thank you in advance,
Mr. Evans

 

 

 

 

Bake Sale 2

Last Year’s Bake Sale was a big success!

Global Citizenship Club

The members of the Global Citizenship Club are working on their pillar of focus for health care in Ecuador.  They are planning a very busy year to raise funds for this cause, starting with a bake sale on Wednesday, January 27.   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.

Reminder to Parents – if you are withdrawing your child from school before 3:00 pm. . .

For safety reasons, all students must be picked up from the office.  Parents need to sign them out with the actual time that they are leaving.  Students may not “wait at the corner” until their parents arrive.  Classroom teachers should be informed of the early dismissal with a note or email in advance.  They can then send the student to the office for the parent to meet them there.

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Hello Parents,
Please take a moment to go to our PAC Blog. We have posted information about the Fundraising Campaign, our next PAC meeting, Earthquake Preparedness and BC Public Education Advocacy.

Want to receive these messages automatically?  Then simply click on the blue +Follow button at right hand bottom corner of our blog page and enter your email address.

Also a reminder that MapleGrove PAC is on Twitter.  Follow us @maplegrovepac

Have a great weekend!
Monica Tang, PAC Chair

 

VSB-SWIS Parent Workshop – Tuesday 19th January, 2016 @ 12:30pm in Room 214, Magee Secondary
Public Health School Programs
Topics include:
•       Vaccine Program in schools (Elementary/Secondary)
•       The role of a School Nurse
•       Resources (including mental health) available at the Pacific Spirit Community Health Centre

Speaker: Harj Johal, VCH Public Health Nurse

Due to limited space, please register with VSB Settlement Worker In Schools Elisabeth Chan at 778-227-5452 or email to echan@vsb.bc.ca

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Upcoming Events:

January 20 – PAC Meeting (Digital Literacy)
January 25 to 29 – Turn off the screen week
January 27 – Family Literacy Day and Camp Read
February 8 – Lunar New Year and Family Day Holiday – no school
February 9 – Professional Development Day – no school for students

 

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January 8th Update

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Welcome back! We hope that everyone had a relaxing and enjoyable break.  Christmas can be an eventful and difficult time for families, but we’re glad to see everyone back.  I thought for this Principal’s message, I would include a Christmas holiday memory from my past.

When I was little, my grandma had cancer.  She and my grandpa were too tired from all the treatments and appointments to travel to our family Christmas dinner.  So, instead, never one to accept that someone would be left out, my mom organized the whole family and my grandparent’s neighbours to meet outside my grandparent’s house on Christmas night.  We gathered in their front yard (there must have been about 40 people) and started singing Christmas carols.  I’ll never forget the look on my grandma’s face, when my grandfather opened the blinds, turned on the porch light and they saw all their family, friends and neighbours singing in their yard.  While there were lots of tears, they were tears of joy and acceptance.  The evening was filled with food, fun and neighbourhood stories.  It was the best Christmas ever!  My grandma died a month later, but my grandpa has always said how magical that Christmas was. He remained in the neighbourhood till his death at the ripe age of 91.  “We make a living by what we get; we make a life by what we give.”

 So, here we are back at school for the shortest school term on record.  Students have now had a few days to settle back into school routines and catch up with their classmates.  We’ve hit the ground running and students are busy and engaged in all kinds of exciting projects.  There is a definite buzz around the school as this short and compressed term is already well under way.  So fasten your seatbelts as it promises to be a busy term as we continue to strive to maintain an environment that fosters care, hard work, dedication, kindness and inspired and engaged learning.  Our mission is to create an inclusive, respectful and nurturing community in which the intellectual, social, emotional and physical potential of young learners can flourish.  It is our mission, to engage students with their learning and for them to make a positive contribution to an ever-changing world.

1 early literacyHere are just a few items buzzing around the school these days.  We have a number of research projects going on regarding Early Literacy and Early Learning.  These inquiry projects involve a number of staff who are interested in learning more about teaching literacy to young children and the resources that are available for educators.

1 freshgradeWe are presently the lead school in the district regarding using Fresh Grade (a reporting software that is being evaluated by the Ministry of Education for its use as a reporting tool to work in conjunction with the new BC Curriculum).

1 new curricSeveral staff will be attending a workshop with me on January 19th regarding new curriculum, assessment, reporting and resources available for teachers.  These are indeed changing times with lots of uncertainty. That being said, the new curriculum will be mandatory starting September, 2016.  Please note that the Ministry of Education has now authorized two ADDITIONAL Pro D days for teachers to learn more about the new curriculum, assessment, reporting and resources.  These additional dates are: March 4 and April 15.  What this means for parents is: There is NO SCHOOL on March 4 and April 15.  (this was not reflected in our original school calendar… please see the update on our school website)

1 auditPresently, the Ministry of Education is auditing all schools in Vancouver for Special Education (low incidence designations).  We are anticipating that we will have guests to our school in late January who will be combing through our files making sure we comply with Ministry standards of reporting.  This is being done in all Vancouver schools and is not particular to Maple Grove.

1 FSAFoundation Skills Assessment (FSA)

The FSA is a set of annual tests for grade 4 and 7 students assigned by the Ministry of Education.  The results of these tests provide a snapshot of how students in grades 4 and 7 are performing in relation to provincial standards in selected areas of reading comprehension, first draft writing, and mathematics (numeracy).  A letter is being sent home to parents of students in grades 4 and 7 today.  It is important for you to know the following:

  1. The FSA is a set of annual tests assigned by the Ministry of Education. Results may provide a snapshot of how your child is performing in relation to provincial standards in areas of reading comprehension, first draft writing, and mathematics (numeracy).
  2. The FSA is not a thorough examination over time of all desired learning outcomes for students. The FSA is one of many measures used to determine how students are progressing and should be considered along with the ongoing assessments and professional judgments carried out by teachers.
  3. FSA scores are not part of the evaluations normally included in students’ report cards.
  4. FSA testing consists of both multiple choice and written response questions.  The writing portion consists of a long and short writing task. There is a booklet portion of the test and an online portion.
  5. The multiple-choice portions of the FSA will be done online.  The written response portions will be marked within school districts.
  6. The FSA testing process takes approximately 5-6 hours to complete.
  7. The FSA provides a snapshot of specific skills only
  8. One of the purposes of the FSA is to help the province, school districts, and schools evaluate a variety of approaches to providing effective educational programs for a diverse range of students.  Schools like to analyze and review FSA scores by professional educators, together with analysis of data from other sources to enable school districts to plan for improvements to educational programs.
  9. Small differences in results between grades, between parts of the assessment, or from school to school should not be regarded as significant.  Comparisons of results between schools require that a variety of demographic, social, and cultural factors be taken into account.
  10. The marked written response booklets will be sent to the parents, along with the individual student’s results when marks are finalized in the Spring.
  11. The Ministry of Education expects students to write the FSA.  Schools may excuse students with special needs who have Individual Education Plans (IEPs) documenting a disability that significantly impacts their performance, and ESL students with insufficient levels of English language proficiency.  In addition, schools may excuse a student in the event of a family emergency, a lengthy illness, or other extenuating circumstances of similar seriousness.   Parents may also excuse their child from writing the test for any of the above, or other, reasons.

If you require any further information concerning your child’s writing of the FSA, please contact the school.  Additional information is available on BC Ministry of Education website at www.bced.gov.bc.ca and following the FSA links; or by googling FSA testing or following the enclosed link:

http://www.bced.gov.bc.ca/assessment/fsa/pdfs/fsabrochure.pdf

 

1 satisfaction surveySatisfaction Surveys will be going home in the coming weeks.  These are surveys that allow parent, student and staff feedback as to a variety of school factors that relate to the school community and culture.

Thank you, Principal Evans

 

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Our next PAC meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, January 20th at 7:00 pm in the library.  Please visit our PAC blog (click here).

Holiday Hamper

We have one more big THANK YOU to extend for our very successful Holiday Hamper drive, and that’s to Buy-Low Foods at 370E Broadway.  They provided $100.00 towards grocery gift certificates.

MAGEE MARKET FAIR

Friday February 12th
5:30 – 9:30 pm
6360 Maple St.

The Magee Community invites you to join us at
the annual Market Fair!
Come and enjoy a variety of culinary delights(ethnic foods, wonderful desserts, bubble tea to name just a few!), browse the used book stall, bid on an item at the silent auction, “shop” the merchants and crafters in the gym, visit Magee Club booths, play some games (for kids of all ages), take pictures with friends at our photobooth and enjoy the fabulous entertainment provided by Magee music
students and others. Admission by donation (minimum $2) Seniors, children 3 & under free! Free ticket to win the Market Fair grand prize for donations over $5 Please come and share this evening with
friends and family!
See you at the fair!

 

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Upcoming Events:

January 15 – 11:00 am to noon – Information session for Motessori Program – Kindergarten focus
January 20 – PAC Meeting (Digital Literacy)
January 25 to 29 – Turn off the screen week
January 27 – Family Literacy Day and Camp Read
February 8 – Lunar New Year and Family Day Holiday – no school
February 9 – Professional Development Day – no school for students

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December 18th Update

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Dear Maple Grove Families,
From us, to you, may the joys and delights of this holiday season shine upon you and your loved ones.  May you find peace in the holiday, warmth in the spirit of the season and joy in the friends you keep.

This was avery busy week at school.  We were graced with the presence of the Magee Chamber Choir.  They were amazing.  Ranked #1 in BC and #3 in Canada, the choir, under the direction of Mr. Greg Quan, put on a 25 minutes Christmas Concert that blew us away.  These talented students inspired many of our Maple Grove kids to want to join choir.  It was awesome!!!
The unsung heros of the Winter Concert are the AV monitors.  Affectionately called our Roadies, they make sure the event goes off without a hitch.  They work long hours and are often setting up, taking down, and doing sound checks long before, and after a concert.  Thanks to Katherine, Karen and Kianna.
Finally,

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Christmas brings family and friends together; it helps us appreciate the love in our lives we can often take for granted.  May the true meaning of the holiday season fill your heart and home with many joy and happiness.
Merry Christmas,
Principal Evans

PS-Please read some of the thank you letters sent to our school community.  They are a testament to your giving and generosity.

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Holiday Hampers

A big thank you to the Global Citizenship Club, Ms Lam, Ms Lowe and all the other staff and volunteers who worked on the Holdiday Hampers for our sister school, Nightengale.  It was so successful that we were able to prepare some hampers for Tecumseh Elementary as well!

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Thank you from Tecumseh

PAC Raffle Baskets

Dear Maple Grove families!

Thanks to all of you for your generosity and hard work.   We were able to raise nearly $1000 at last night’s Christmas Basket raffle!  Thank you so much!  If you weren’t able to pick your winning basket up last night, your basket will be in the office for you to pick up today, Friday Dec 18th.

Merry Christmas everyone!  Enjoy your holidays!!

Cheers, Karrie

CHRISTMAS RAFFLE BASKET WINNERS

#1 – FAMILY HOME ENTERTAINMENT NIGHT  ( Jonathon Wong)
#2 – FAMILY TIME BASKET  ( Demantin )
#3 – A DAY IN KERRISDALE ( Kelley Marlow )
#4 – HOCKEY NIGHT IN KERRISDALE ( Sophie Jung )
#5 – GARDENER’S DELIGHT ( Doris )
#6 – EVERYTHING YOU NEED FOR CHRISTMAS ( Sophie Tang )
#7 – BAKING BASKET ( Demetrios Nivolopata )
#8 – COFFEE, TEA AND HOT CHOCOLATE LOVER’S!  ( Demetrios Nivolopata )
#9 – MOVIE NIGHT IN A GALAXY FAR FAR AWAY!  ( Braden Lam )
#10 – COZY SOCKS FOR DAD  ( Arnaud Zondag )
#11 – BOOKS VS MOVIES  ( Marilou Strait )
#14 – HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS ( Leslie Fulton )
#15 – CHRISTMAS BASKET ( Anita Forsythe )
#16 – THE ULTIMATE COFFEE BREAK ( Travis Shen )
#17 – CHRISTMAS SWEETS  ( Vivian Lutkiewicz )

GINGERBREAD HOUSE  ( Louis Rapoport )

Kilometer Club Party

For those who clocked at least 15 km in the first term.  Congratulations!

Thank you Lisa Rapoport for the great photos.

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Winter Concert!

It was a fabulous event.  Thank you to Michael Mong for these lovely photos:

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Upcoming Events

December 18th – Reports Go Home

December 21st to January 1st – Winter Holiday

January 4th – School Reopens

January 6th – immunizations- only for students who have returned a consent form

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PAC Raffle Baskets

We I will be selling tickets today and Wednesday after school in front of the office and again at both winter concerts!

One ticket for $2 and 3 for $5!!  CASH ONLY!

Here’s a description of each basket:

  

MOVIE NIGHT IN A GALAXY FAR FAR AWAY!

 

4 ULTIMATE MOVIE PASSES – 2 kids, 2 adults & snacks

 

3 STAR WARS LEGO KITS – Rey’s Landspeeder, Clone Commander Cody and a Kashyyyk Trooper battle pack

 

YODA AND OBI WAN ACTION FIGURES

 

BOOK

 

CALENDAR

 

APPROX. VALUE:  $170

 

 

FAMILY TIME BASKET

 

UNO

PICTUREKA!

SPOT IT GAME

CARD ‘N’ GO SEEK

 

ADULT COLOURING BOOK

MINEBENDER BOOK

 

2 MOVIES

2 BATTLING BUGS (TOY)

 

APPROX. VALUE :  $50

 

 

BAKING BASKET

 

CAKE MIXES

MUFFIN MIX

BREAD MIX

MARSHMALLOWS

ICING

BAKING CUPS

SPRINKLES

HOT CHOCOLATE

OVEN MITTS

 

APPROX. VALUE:  $30

 

BOOKS VS. MOVIES

 

$30 GIFT CARD FOR HAGAR BOOKS

 

6 ASSORTED BOOKS (primary and intermediate)

 

$30 iTUNES CARD

 

8 ASSORTED DVD’S

 

2 FULL PRICE CINEPLEX MOVIE PASSES

 

APPROX. VALUE  $200

 

 

 

 

 

CHRISTMAS BASKET

 

YUMMY CHOCOLATES

CHRISTMAS CRACKERS

DELICIOUS BISCOTTI

 

DECORATIVE SANTA PLATE

CHRISTMAS CANDLES

 

COOKBOOK

FESTIVE NOTEBOOKS

 

APPROX.  VALUE:  $30

 

 

GARDENER’S DELIGHT

 

$40 HOME DEPOT GIFT CARD

 

EXCELLENT 9 PIECE GARDENER’S TOOL SET

 

JUNIOR HERB GARDEN KIT

 

FLORAL COLOURING BOOK

 

APPROX. VALUE:  $75

 

THE ULTIMATE COFFEE BREAK

 

 

HAMILTON BEACH COFFEE MAKER

HUMEROUS CERAMIC LARGE COFFEE MUG

LOOSE TEA

HOT CHOCOLATE

CHOCOLATES AND COOKIES

TRUFFLES

PISTACHIOS

 

APPROX. VALUE:  $120

 

 

HOCKEY NIGHT IN KERRISDALE!

 

2 TICKETS  CANUCKS SUPERSKILLS  JAN 2ND AT ROGERS ARENA

 

HOVER HOCKEY GAME (air hockey)

 

HENRIK SEDIN YOUTH T-SHIRT

 

CANUCKS YOUTH BASEBALL CAP

 

 

APPROX. VALUE:  $100

 

 

COZY SOCKS FOR DAD

 

 

10 PAIRS OF THE COZIEST COOLEST SOCKS FOR YOUR DAD

 

 

APPROX.  VALUE:  $75

 

HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS

 

 

ALL THE ITEMS YOU WILL NEED INCLUDING FINE CHOCOLATES, CANDY CANES, COOKIES PLUS MUCH MORE, ALL PLACED IN A GORGEOUS BASKET

FAMILY HOME ENTERTAINMENT NIGHT

 

 

$20 KERNELS GIFT CARD

$20 PURDY’S GIFT CARD

WINN-DIXIE DVD

SNAKES ‘N’ LADDERS BOARD GAME

BANANAGRAMS GAME (like Scrabble)

DECK OF PLAYING CARDS

BAG OF CHEETO’S

MUNCHIE MIX

20 ASSORTED MINI NESTLE CHOCOLATE BARS

SOUR CHERRY BLASTERS CANDY

2 BAGS OF JELLYBEAN CANDY

 

APRROX. VALUE:  $80

 

COFFEE, TEA AND HOT CHOCOLATE LOVER’S!

 

$15 TIM HORTON’S GIFT CARD

$15 STARBUCKS GIFT CARD

THOMAS HAAS COFFEE

HOT CHOCOLATE

GREEN TEA

HERBAL TEA

CHOCOLATES

BISCOTTI

MINI MARSHMALLOWS

COFFEE MUGS

 

APPROX. VALUE:  $85

A DAY IN KERRISDALE

 

SPEND A DAY IN OUR BEAUTIFUL COMMUNITY WITH SOME HELP FROM DIVISION 15!

 

$20 GIFT CARD COWBOYS ‘N’ ANGELS TOY STORE

$20 THE GAP

$20  COURTENAY BOUTIQUE

$20  WHITE SPOT

$20 HAGAR BOOKS

$10  FAUBOURG CAFE

 

APPROX. VALUE:  $110

EVERYTHING YOU NEED FOR CHRISTMAS

 

BEAUTIFUL BOTTLE OF SANDHILL WINE

CLASSIC NOVEL, ‘A CHRISTMAS CAROL’

ORNAMENTS

HOT CHOCOLATE

BOX OF CHOCOLATES

CLASSIC CANDY CANES

SANTA HAT

 

APPROX. VALUE:   $50

 

 

 

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