October 2nd Update


Principal’s Remarks

I just wanted to express my sincere thanks to all of you who were able to come out to our annual fall goal setting conferences.  I hope that you found the conferencing time with the teachers beneficial.  Special thanks to the teachers for staying late into the evening and for preparing so much material to share with parents.

On October 2, we had our first staff Pro D session.  The Pro D Committee wanted to have some staff development time (team building, ice breakers, getting to know you) so we brought in a facilitator to help lead the teacher team through a number of activities and discussions around collaboration, working together, goal setting, building bridges and moving in a common direction.  It was very worthwhile!!  We also spent time working on a Maple Grove project called, Resident Experts.  This is where we tap into all the skill sets, and strategies that many of our own staff already possess.  We then report out and share with our colleagues.  Finally, the FreshGrade Reporting Pilot team met in the PM and worked on a timeline for implementation and reporting out.


International Walk to School Week is October 5 – 9th 2015

For the week of October 5th to 9th we are encouraging all Maple Grove families to walk, roll, cycle or take the bus to school. Students traveling to and from school on transit can take the bus for free! Talk to your friends and plan a walking school bus or ask an adult to walk with you to school.

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Traffic  Around the School

Thank you to all those people who take the trouble to park a little way from the school. There are still a few who park illegally.  We will be having the parking/traffic control officers visiting the school area over the next couple of weeks.  They will be issuing tickets to those who are not following the posted regulations for safe driving/parking  in a school zone.  Our Safety Patrol students should be acknowledged for the care they take in making sure our students can cross the streets safely.  Drivers should be aware and respectful of the safety patrol members.

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Calling for more Volunteers

We have managed to secure class parents for all but a few divisions!  Great job Maple Grove families!  We are looking for a class parent for the following divisions still!

DIV 2 – Mr. Naipaul

DIV 10- Ms. Seebaran / Ms. Tsang

DIV 11 – Ms. Lam

Please email Karrie Bogart at ckbogart@shaw.ca if you are able to help out!

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No Peanuts or Nuts at School Please!

Dear Parents,

It has come to our attention that students are bringing peanuts and nut products into the school.  Please be aware that peanuts and nut products are not allowed at Maple Grove.  We have several children with severe allergies to peanuts and exposure poses a very real threat to their health.  Should we find students eating peanuts or peanut products, the item will be taken away and returned to you after school.  We appreciate your consideration for the well-being of all our students.

Upcoming Events:  Mark your calendars….

Oct 2nd – Professional Development Day No School for Students

Oct 5th to 9th – International Walk to School Week

Oct 7th – Photo Day photographer

October 12 – Thanksgiving  Holiday

October 21st- PAC Meeting at 7 pm

October 23 – Professional Development Day – No School for Students

October 26 – Drop Everything And Read

October 30- Halloween Bingo- times TBA

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Oct 2- Update


early-dismissal goalsetting

Wednesday and Thursday this week are Goal Setting Conferences.  Students are dismissed at 2:00 PM each day.  There is LIMITED supervision only until 2:20pm.  Please ensure that you make arrangements for your child to be picked up early on BOTH days.  Thank you and enjoy the conferences with teachers and staff.

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September 24- update


Principal’s Remarks

Greetings folks!  With the first month of school quickly drawing to an end I’m reminded that seasons are quickly changing.  The warm summer mornings and afternoons are gradually being replaced by the chill in the air and impending winter.  Even the arch of the moon seems different at this time of the year.  It’s been a busy September- the staff have been meeting and planning out the year.  Field trips have been a highlight for many- including our amazing Outdoor Camp.  Teachers are frantically gathering baseline data on students and in the midst of Class Reviews (a process in which the teachers review with our School Based Team every student in the school).  We’ve completed two Fire Drills, Bookfair (thank you parents for your support and Ms Tornroos for organizing) our annual Terry Fox Run and one school-wide assembly.  In the coming weeks the staff will be charting a course as we embark upon setting a clear direction that we’d like the school to move in.   Much of this will relate to our School Plan, but some of this will be in the areas of technology, professional development, staff development, curriculum and other initiatives that various teachers are planning for the year.   Think of it as reflecting on our practise; and trying to discern what’s in the best interests of children- and how can we engage them with their teaching and learning experience at Maple Grove so that all our students experience success.  Maple Grove is an amazing school.  It’s a busy place with a highly professional and conscientious staff.  We want all our students to feel connected and engaged with their school experience so that they become amazing, socially responsible, contributing members of society.   We’re off to the races!

Outdoor day


Please complete our survey regarding Outdoor Day by clicking on the link below.  We welcome your input.

Outdoor Day Survey

volunteers needed


Many thanks for the fantastic support you have shown for all of our programs so far this school year at Maple Grove! We have had a great start and a generous show of support from many families!

We are looking for a few more class parents so that all of our teaches feel that support!  If any of the following divisions already have a volunteer in place, please email the coordinator Karrie Bogart at ckbogart@shaw.ca to let her know.

Divisions 2, 12, 13, 20

Thanks!  Karrie Harris Bogart


Hello Parents,
Please take a moment to go to our PAC Blog.  We have posted a link to the presentation we had on Growth Mindset this week as well as information about our first PAC Meeting of the year.

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.

Have a great weekend!
Monica Tang, PAC Chair

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The Sale of Entertainment Books

The students at Maple Grove will be selling Entertainment Books (coupon books) to help raise funds for Grade 6 Camp. The cost is $30. They have 2-for-1 or discounts at restaurants, attractions and retail stores including Safeway, Choices and M & M Meatshops. Every student in grade 1-7 will bring one book home. This is the book you purchase, if you so wish. Unsold books or money should be returned to the classroom teacher by Thursday October 1st. Thank you for helping to support Grade 6 Camp. (*Please note, even though books are smaller this year they have the same number of coupons as in the past. Books are printed with double the number of coupons per page which saves on paper.)

Upcoming Events:  Mark your calendars….

Sept 30th – Parent Conferences 2PM EARLY DISMISSAL

Oct 1st – Parent Conferences 2PM EARLY DISMISSAL

Oct 2nd – Professional Development Day No School for Students

Oct 5th to 9th – International Walk to School Week

Oct 7th – Photo Day photographer

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September 18- Update


Message from the Principal

Well folks, the weekend has arrived, and students are settling into regular school routines.  Quick notes of thanks to the PAC Exec for organizing the Meet the Teacher/ Welcome Back BBQ.  It was wonderful to see so many parents attending the event.  Thank you to all the student volunteers and to the staff for attending.  As the new guy, it was really nice to be able to mingle and visit with so many parents.   The weather cooperated and we had a beautiful evening.

In case you were not aware- the Meet the teacher BBQ combined with the early Goal Setting Conferences (Sept 30 + Oct 1) is designed to replace the more formal Meet the Teacher Night and end-of-term conferences.   This was a discussion that took place last school year and was given the green light to “give it a try”.   The idea being:  Sometimes, hosting a formal Meet the Teacher Night, with no follow up for conferences for 3-4 months, simply isn’t best practise for discussing and planning student progress. We want Maple Grove parents to feel connected and part of their child’s education… so, the informal BBQ was more of a social and casual setting to chat with teachers.  The short turn-around-time to Goal Setting Conferences lends itself to planning for the term, setting goals and expectations, and discussing objectives for each student in a timely manner that allows students time to implement good practise, work habits and achievement.   That being said, we will be reflecting on the process used this year and determine if we would like to tweak anything for next year.  Thank you to everyone for their support in this process.  Doing the same thing every year would be stagnating and limiting.  I value the courage parents and staff displayed to try to change things up a bit.  Thank you!

The safety and security of students is one of our primary goals.  Please note that we are embarking on several measures concurrently to ensure your child is safe at school:

  1.  All Vancouver schools have been issued mobile radios to enable supervision aides, office staff and admin teams to communicate more effectively.
  2. You may have noticed that Mr. Evans has been supervising students before and after school- and also watching traffic on the North, East and South sides of the school.  Please follow all the rules of the road.  Use good road sense.  Do NOT double park; perform 3-point turns in the middle of intersections (U-turns); or park your car on the wrong side of the road facing the wrong direction.  This is simply poor driving and endangers the lives of our students.
  3. We will be beginning the process of fire drills and lock down drills in the coming weeks.  Please be aware that these activities are designed to ensure that your child is kept safe at school if an event were to occur at school or in the surrounding neighbourhood.Thank you,
    Principal Evans

    We just want to recognize one of our many fantastic parents, John Leung, for painting the beautiful winlibrary booksdow decorations in the library. Please walk through and have a look on the East and West windows. There’s all kinds of crazy creatures- including Mr. Evans favourite (Vancouver Canuck).


We also want to acknowledge, Alexis Zehr for her weekly contributions of scones and goodies at our Friday morning coffee. All parents are welcome to come and visit, socialize and catch up on school and community business. And, a further thank you to our amazing PAC exec for always supporting wonderful school-wide and parent initiatives.

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Unfortunately we had to cancel the Terry Fox Run due to rainy weather.  The legacy of Terry Fox and his fight to raise awareness and support to find an end to cancer is unmatched in our local community. He was truly an amazing young man. Maple Grove students will support his legacy by honouring his efforts in a run of our own, possibly next week.

Outdoor Day – September 22, 2015

Parents, please make sure you have sent in the required permission forms and fee payments.  Make sure you know what time your child will be leaving for their field trip, as well as their expected arrival times back at the school.  Each grade will be different.  Here is the list of how each grade will be participating.

Grade 7 Sea to Sky Outdoor School, Gibsons
Grade 6 Takaya Tours, Deep Cove
Grade 5 UBC Ropes Course
Grade 4 Cheakamus Centre, Brackendale
Grade 3 Mt. Seymour Outdoor School
Grade 2 Southlands Heritage Farm, Vancouver
Grade 1 Richmond Nature Park & Terra Nova Park
Kindergarten Soaring Eagles Nature School, UBC

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Hot Lunch Program


The hot lunch program at Maple Grove School started on 9 September.  Parents are very welcome to volunteer and help serve our children with hot lunch in the lunch room during lunch time (11:45am – 12:05pm for kindergartens and 12:10pm – 12:30pm for all others).  If you are interested, please email Katherine Chak, Hot Lunch Coordinator (Volunteer), at kat_chak@hotmail.com, or email Karrie Bogart at ckbogart@shaw.ca if you can offer any amount of time. You will be contacted shortly.

Parents’ support makes a big difference to our school.  We look forward to another year of great support from you in the lunch room.  Thank you!


Hello Parents,
Please take a moment to go to our  PAC Blog found at themaplegrovepac.wordpress.com for this week’s message containing important information about a special event on September 23rd.

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.

Have a great weekend!
Monica Tang, PAC Chair

Upcoming Events

Sept 22- Outdoor Day  All classes are going on Environmental Study sessions
Sept 21 to 24 – Bookfair
TBA- Terry Fox Run (modified- maybe just running around the school)


Sept 22 – Outdoor Day

Sep 23 – PAC meeting – 7:00 pm – Growth Mindset

September 30th – Parent Conferences.  Early Dismissal at 2:00 pm
October 1 – Parent Conferences.  Early Dismissal at 2:00 pm

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September 11 Update

principals-message-1Principal’s Message
Greetings!  I just wanted to thank everyone for making me feel so welcome during this first week back at school.  I’ve had numerous staff, students and parents come up to me and welcome me to the school.  Also, the office admin team has been most welcoming and it’s awesome to be reunited with Ms. Sleep again after 4 years working at separate schools.
I feel blessed to be working with such a dedicated group of educational leaders.  The staff are very knowledgable, conscientious and dedicated to teaching and learning.  I further would like to acknowledge and thank all the students who had the courage to walk up to me on the playground and make the new Principal feel welcome… this speaks volumes about the quality of our Maple Grove student body.  Finally, I would like to thank all the amazing parents for stopping me in the hallways and welcoming me.  Our PAC exec is fantastic and all the parent volunteers are wonderful.  Further to this, even parents who aren’t part of the exec have been most welcoming and supportive.  Thank you everyone!

We have a lot of initiatives going on at the school and I will be speaking about these in future emails.

I want all parents to be aware that a lot of paper will be coming home in the next week. Please be prompt in replying as some of our school events are time sensitive depending on the return of consent forms etc.  On this note, please be aware that our Outdoor Day Camp is happening on Tuesday, September 22.  This is an all day event that was discussed with staff and our parent group last year.  The focus is to expose our students to various forms of outdoor education and for them to develop an appreciation for the natural environment verses the built environment.  Thank you to Ms. Sleep.  She has been instrumental in organizing all the events, outings and activities for students.
Your’s in Schooling,
Principal Evans

Division 3 (Ms. Wong & Ms. Barriera’s class)
If you’re a parent of a student in Div 3 please know that Ms. Wong keeps a blog that relates to her class. She is always mindful of student privacy. She usually password protects postings with pictures. Contact Ms. Wong for details or look to the Right hand column index for a link to her blog.
Here is the address: mgdivision3@wordpress.com

Message from the Maple Grove PAC


Hello Parents & Guardians,
The Maple Grove PAC Welcome package has been sent home today–please look for it in your child’s bag.  We encourage you to take the time to go through all the information provided and fill in the required paperwork.
We also encourage parents to follow our new forms of PAC communication which have been created to maximize the students’ experience at school by keeping parents and guardians informed.
By following you’ll be in-the-know about all the exciting new projects, key stories and special events that the PAC organizes.
Here are the ways to keep up-to-date – instantly at your fingertips:

Twitter: @MapleGrovePac
The PAC feels so privileged to be a part of this school family and are excited to have a partnership with you to help all our children have a great school year!
Happy weekend,
Monica Tang
Chair, Maple Grove PAC

calendarImportant Dates to Remember

Please note that a full school calendar was emailed in a previous blog.  The following dates are only selected dates in the near future that we feel require your attention.  A full calendar can be found at out website or Welcome Back blog.

September 16th – Meet the Teacher Social BBQ- Start at 3:15 in the gym.
September 18th – Terry Fox Run – Maple Grove Park at 1:15
September 22nd- Outdoor Camp Day
September 21st – to 24th – Book Fair
September 30th – Parent Conferences.  Early Dismissal at 2:00 pm
October 1 – Parent Conferences.  Early Dismissal at 2:00 pm

Maple Grove’s first Student Assembly of the Yearassembly

Welcome to our first assembly of the year.  Today we had a special presentation from Div 16, Ms. Bartlett’s class.  They started the year off right with a welcome in every conceivable language.  Thank you Div 16.  We also had a musical presentation from one of our intermediate students, Cheryl Lin.  We discussed upcoming events, welcomed new students and staff, introduced students to staff, introduced our PAC Chair and Vice Chair (Monica and Alison) and shared elements of our Code of Conduct.  It was indeed a great start to the school year.

Friday Morning Coffee, Curriculum and Chat Continues


This morning, the tradition continued.  Every Friday morning our fantabulous PAC, with the assistance of our energetic teacher-librarian, Mrs. Tornroos, hosts a Friday morning coffee time in our library.  The get together starts around 9 and lasts until about recess.  Our parents are partners in the education process and we look for many ways to connect and reach out to them for their input and support.  This process helps to build strong community relations. We also discussed our Annual Terry Fox Run coming up a week today, as well as our Meet the Teacher BBQ and Camp Day.

Terry Fox Run

On Friday, September 18th at 1:15 pm we will be over at Maple Grove Park.  There we will run, jog and walk around Maple Grove Park for about 20-30 minutes in recognition of Terry’s Marathon of Hope.  We will be collecting donations throughout the week-if students are so inclined to donation they are most welcome to do so. We want to acknowledge Mr. Naipaul for supporting the event and helping to organize it.


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On September 16th, our PAC is sponsoring a Welcome Back BBQ

The event starts at 3:15 pm.  It’s out intention to gather in the gym, do some quick staff introductions and PAC Exec introductions and say a few words about the year ahead.  Parents will have an opportunity to meet their child’s teacher and then socialize. (This is not a time to discuss the individual progress of students.  As staff will only have been with students for a week, it is unrealistic to expect any kind of reporting out.  Please be reminded that our Goal Setting Conferences are in the last week of September- this would be a more suitable time to discuss teaching and learning outcomes.  Thank you in advance).  There will be some senior student running games on the field for younger students and, of course, food for all.  Thank you to our PAC Exec for organizing this awesome event!!!

Chinese School Calendar

Please find the embedded calendar for our Chinese School
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Please find the embedded flyer/brochure for our Chinese School
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Rhythmic Gymnasitics

Rythm gym

Rhythm Gym is a non-competitive fitness program for boys and girls which aims to foster lifelong fitness for kids aged 1-10 year of age.  Focusing on the important developmental steps leading to lifelong “physical literacy”, Rhythm Gym is a unique program that combines basic gymnastics floor apparatus and active movement skills with the manipulation of small hand held apparatus with the added energetic and fun components of rhythm based movement and dance with great music that will surely unleash the creative spirit in all kids.
Inspiring and preparing young kids for a healthy and enjoyable future where the concept of lifelong fitness comes naturally is what RHYTHM GYM  is all about!
Please find the link below to the Website for more information.
Also, there is 15% off if you mention the add that is attached.  You can  mention, Julia Oprea, who is a student at Maple Grove at the point of registration.  http://www.rhythmgym.ca

Fundraiser at Queen Victoria Annex

The hard working PAC at Queen Vic has already got a fundraiser up and running.
You might be interested, too! Thanks for taking a peek.  Ernest & Celestine Poster

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Welcome Back (more information) Sept 6th


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Dear Families,
Wow!  It seems like just yesterday we were saying goodbye to students as they headed out the door for a long summer holiday.  And what a summer it was!  Lots of sun, sailing and family fun.  I hope all of you took time to rest, relax and recharge your batteries for what promises to be a busy and productive school year.  To share a little with you; I spent my summer in the San Juan Islands, sailing, and in the Rocky Mountains hiking, trekking and avoiding bears.  I’m thrilled to be the new Principal at Maple Grove and I’m looking forward to meeting, chatting and working with all of you!

If you’re wondering about my background, I can share with you the following:
I started teaching at Gladstone Secondary and switched to elementary.  I taught most elementary grade levels in one capacity or another.  I’ve worked at Bayview, Cunningham and Queen Victoria.  I worked at the district level as a consultant and area resource teacher in technology.  I have an administrator for the past 16 years and have worked at Van Horne, David Lloyd George, Queen Victoria, Laurier, Champlain Heights and Chief Maquinna.  I have an open door policy and welcome the opportunity to work collaboratively with parents, staff and students.
In an effort to provide you with school information in a timely manner, and to help you feel up-to-speed and engaged with your child’s learning, we will be continuing with our current school blog.   We may also use an email bulletin style (like this one) if we have information we want you to know about in email form rather than on a blog.  We will have hard copies available in the office for any families who do not have access to technology- but strongly encourage families to provide us with an email that is checked regularly.  We will only email you school-based information.  We will not share your email with third parties.
Look for exciting details regarding a September 16th Welcome Back BBQ sponsored by our hardworking PAC and information about our Friday AM coffee sessions (held in the library). Also, watch for a PAC blog starting up this year- this sounds very exciting and promises to be a wonderful source of information. The Maple Grove PAC is very active on your behalf and an excellent advocate for the voice of families in our school community.  We truly appreciate their continued and ongoing support.
There have been a number of changes to the school organization over the summer mainly regarding transferring students.  We have replaced some staff, reassigned others, and filled some vacancies.  It’s been a busy summer.  I want to acknowledge the work of all the staff for getting the building in tip-top shape and for prepping and getting ready for the year ahead.  I would like to publically thank the entire staff for their efforts.  I’ve heard many positive comments about how dedicated the staff are and how they are committed to engaging students with their learning.  This staff is a hardworking group who always put the learning needs of the children first.
I also want to acknowledge the work of our building engineers (Alfred, Ron and Domingo) as well as our admin team (Ms. Peters and Ms. Sleep). These individuals were in throughout the summer ensuring that we have a smooth start up.
There are many key educational initiatives that are taking place around the school and I will be speaking about those initiatives later in this newsletter.
For now, enjoy your weekend. We’ll see everyone back at school on Tuesday for an hour to check in.
Thank You,


In an effort to be helpful, we would like to share with you part of the process that teachers use when deciding class casting or placements of students. In May/ June, the teachers were very busy placing all the children into new classes for September. They spent an exorbitant amount of time, energy and effort making sure that each child in the school has the best teaching and learning environment to enable them to be successful.  Our overarching goals were to create teaching and learning environments where there is a positive environment and to ensure that each student has the best opportunity to be engaged with their teaching and learning environment. In addition, we like to ensure that each teacher has a manageable teaching assignment that conforms to the guidelines as outlined by the Ministry of Education and the teacher’s Collective Agreement.  Below I’ve included some of the things teachers take into consideration when they are involved in the class casting process. If you have any questions or concerns, I suggest speaking with last year’s teacher as a staring point. Often, that is a great place to start when querying why your child may be in a particular class. We hope this is helpful.

A. Instructional Criteria:
1.     Ranges in ability distribution and equitable class compositions
2.     Ranges in the work habits of students
3.     Considerations of teaching and learning styles of the students

B. Positive Social Grouping:
1.     Friendships
2.     Boy/ Girl ratios
3.     Positive leaders and leadership opportunities

C.  Individuality:
1.     Previous Experience: class assignment of teachers & students is considered.
2.     Teacher Recommendations
3.     Parental Input
4.     Resource Team Input
5.     Time Commitments: Classes should have a fairly equal representation of families who may require extra time and support.
6.     Each child’s academic needs
7.     Each child’s social emotional needs
8.     Class group dynamics
9.     Gender balance
10.   Equitable distribution of students


spiritlink_e_a000843495FIRST NATIONS GREETING

We wish to acknowledge that we are on the shared traditional territories of the Coast Salish peoples and acknowledge the Musqueam,  Squamish, Sto:lo, and Tsleil-Wauthuth Nations… and for this we are thankful.   We have all benefitted from the richness of their teachings.

6199 Cypress Street
Vancouver, B.C.   V6M 3S3
Telephone:  604-713-5356  
Fax:  604-713-5358
website/ blog: http://maplegroveschool.net/



Maple Grove fosters excellence, life-long learning, innovation and a positive sense of well-being in a community based on mutual respect.  Maple Grove deeply cares, share generously and helps willingly.

Fall marks the beginning of the cold and flu season and we would like to remind our families that hand washing is the best way to prevent the spread of germs! Take a few moments to review these simple steps with your family:
1.       wet hands and apply plain soap
2.       rub your hands together for 20 seconds
3.       rinse your hands for 10 seconds
4.       dry your hands with the disposable towel or hand dryer.

Please do not send your child to school if they are unwell.  Inevitably, the challenges of a school day make it difficult for them to focus and complete the day.  As well, there are sometimes children who are also ill, and their illness may compromise or complicate your child’s recovery- thus prolonging your child’s illness.

Please call the school in the AM to report a student absence.  We have a safe arrival line set up at: 604-713-5792


As the weather changes, and days become darker, please remember the importance of pedestrian safety.  Please review with your child good “Road Sense”.   Maple Grove uses student patrollers to help ensure student safety around the school- but we need your help in driving in a safe and controlled manner.  Please follow the directions from our safety patrollers.  Thank you in advance.
1. Don’t stop in coned-off areas.
2. Don’t double park on the street
3. Don’t park on the wrong side of the street pointing in the wrong direction
4. Don’t use the staff parking lot as a drop-off point.

The Vancouver Police Department gave all Vancouver schools the following tips to share with parent in an effort to share these tips with your children:
1. Make eye contact with approaching cyclists and/or drivers.
2. Use crosswalks and cross at the corner.
3. Obey all traffic signals.
4. Wear reflective clothing when walking on dark days and nights

8:55                        Welcome Bell
9:00                        Classes Begin
10:35 – 10:55        Recess
10:55 – 12:10         Classes
12:10 – 12:57         Lunch
12:57 – 3:00          Classes
3:00                        Dismissal


Maple Grove Elementary School Calendar 2015 – 2016


Number of Days in Session 187
Number of Days of Instruction 180
Hours of Instruction in a School year 879
Number of Days of Non-Instruction 6 Non Instructional Days; 1 Administrative Day (June 30)
Important Dates
School Opening Day Tuesday, September 8, 2015
Thanksgiving Day Monday, October 12, 2015
Remembrance Day Holiday Wednesday, November 11, 2015
Last Day of Instruction Before Winter Vacation Friday, December 18, 2015
Winter Vacation Period Monday, December 21, 2015 – Friday, January 1, 2016
School Re-opens after Winter Vacation Monday, January 4, 2016
Family Day Monday, February 8, 2016
Last Day of Instruction Before Spring Vacation Friday, March 11, 2016
Spring Vacation Period Monday, March 14 – Friday, March 25, 2016
School Re-opens after Spring Vacation Tuesday, March 29, 2016
Good Friday Friday, March 25, 2016
Easter Monday Monday, March 28, 2016
Day not in session Friday, May 20, 2016
Victoria Day Monday, May 23, 2016
Last Full Day of Pupil Attendance Wednesday, June 29, 2016
Administrative/School Closing Day Thursday, June 30, 2016
Non Instructional Days (school not in session) Professional Development Focus
Friday, October 2, 2015 School Goals: Critical Thinking, Aboriginal Education
Friday, October 23, 2015 PSA – Provincial Specialist Association. Self-directed
Friday, November 27, 2015 Montessori.  Aboriginal/Oral Language
Tuesday, February 9, 2016 District ProD – Literacy
Monday, April 18, 2016 School Planning Day am   Self Directed pm
Monday, June 6, 2016 School Planning Day am   Self Directed pm
Goal Setting Conference Dates:
Wednesday, Sept 30;   2:00 pm dismissal Goal setting conferences
Thursday, October 1;    2:00 pm dismissal Goal setting conferences
Wednesday March 9;    2:00 pm dismissal Student led conferences
Thursday, March 10;     2:00 pm dismissal Student led conferences
Please be reminded to check our school website/ blog: http://maplegroveschool.net/   as it contains all the relevant information and detail you require.TUESDAY     DAY 1
1. ** NEW Kindergarten students are on a gradual entry schedule and therefore none of the following information applies to them.

2. Last years students go to last years class.   A teacher will be there to greet the students. It may be a different teacher from last year given the turnover in staffing. There is signage posted in the North and south stairwells explaining this process in detail. There is also signage on a rolling board at the front of the school.   In addition, there is signage outside the main office explaining this process.

3. School is ONLY in session for 1 hour on Tuesday.   Students will be dismissed at 10.   Between 9-10, we encourage parents to come to our library were Ms. Tornroos and our amazing PAC Exec are hosting coffee for parents while they wait for their children. Teachers will be with students, taking attendance, and checking registers so that we have an accurate accounting of families planning to attend Maple Grove.

4. There is limited supervision available at 10, please pick up your child promptly. Staff will enjoy a quick recess break and then be involved in staff, planning and team meetings all day.

1.     Students go to the same class they were in on Tuesday. This even applies to students who may be transferring out of a program into another program (e.g., Montessori to Traditional, or vice versa). Teachers will send Wednesday attendance to the office where we will look at out school organization one more time. If our numbers have materialized, we will move into new 2015-2016 classes either before or after recess. We will post NEW class lists AFTER students move into their new classes.
2.     Parents coming to pick up their children before 300 are welcome to check the class lists. We will only keep the lists up for a day. Please be reminded that school is in session from 9-3 on Wednesday. Also be reminded that students will need to come to school with a recess snack and a homemade lunch for the first week. We anticipate our Hot Lunch program to start next week.

Students go directly to their new classes for the remainder of the school year. NB: Under the School Act, the school board may change a school organization up until September 30th in an effort to comply with ministerial guidelines. We endeavor to make sure that schools are not put in this position, but it does occur from time to time.

This year we have planned an exciting beginning to the school year.
As you already know, teachers at Maple Grove frequently take their students out of the classroom and into the city and outdoors on field trips. As a staff we are committed to enhancing our student’s educational experience through experiential learning. We value and are committed to outdoor education. We believe that contact with the natural world is essential for a child’s healthy physical and emotional development. We also believe that each generation must connect deeply with nature in order to care about our planet.

This year we plan to build upon traditions that connect our students to one another and to nature by planning an Outdoor Day. On September 22 every Maple Grove student will be outside. We have planned activities by grade groups, rather than classes, so that children in both the Traditional and Montessori stream could connect with each other. We have planned the event in early September to build community within the school and to set the tone for the year. We are excited to begin the school year in this way. Below is a table of planned events for each grade.   Permission forms and more information will be coming soon as September 22nd is fast approaching.

Here is an outline of what each grade level will be participating in.

Grade 7 Sea to Sky Outdoor School, Gibsons
Grade 6 Takaya Tours, Deep Cove
Grade 5 UBC Ropes Course
Grade 4 Cheakamus Centre, Brackendale
Grade 3 Mt. Seymour Outdoor School
Grade 2 Southlands Heritage Farm, Vancouver
Grade 1 Richmond Nature Park & Terra Nova Park
Kindergarten Soaring Eagles Nature School, UBC


Please know that the Maple Grove PAC has started a blogging site. The address is:

Please also be advised that PAC meetings start at 7:00 pm.   Meeting dates are:
Sept 23- Wednesday
October 21- Wednesday
November 18- Wednesday
December 16- Wednesday
January 20- Wednesday
February 17- Wednesday
March 30- Wednesday
April 20- Wednesday
May 18- Wednesday
June- TBA

Please also be advised that we are thrilled that our PAC is hosting a BBQ on September 16th. This event is slated to start at 3:15pm. More details to come soon.

Maple Grove is a busy school. There’s no doubt about it! There are many initiatives, projects, programs and directions happening throughout the year. The staff and I will be discussing these, starting September 8th, and will likely have ongoing dialogue and collaboration on the programs as the year progresses. Here is a small sample of what’s on our plates at the moment:

1.     New BC Education Curriculum- Optional this year, it comes into effect next Sept.

2.     Technology direction setting- Aligning our technology to enable us to meet the rigors and demands of the new BC Education Curriculum as well as provide readily accessible and usable information and technology to engage all our students with their teaching and learning. Maple Grove has a legacy as being an excellent school- we want to keep current and at the forefront of education.

3.     Fresh Grade- A number of our teachers are piloting a new method of evaluation and student portfolio creating- while simultaneously maintaining a regular VSB report. This is a very exciting pilot- and we’re already planning to meet with other districts in the lower mainland to collaborate with them.

4.     Outdoor education/ Outdoor Day- The staff are committed to enhancing our student’s educational experience through experiential learning. We value outdoor education. We believe that contact with the natural world is essential for a child’s healthy physical and emotional development. We also believe that each generation must connect deeply with nature in order to care about our planet. We have planned activities by grade groups, rather than classes, so that children in both the Traditional and Montessori stream can connect with each other.

5.     Seismic Upgrading- Presently our school is on a list, like many Vancouver schools, to be studied for the possibility of some sort of seismic upgrade. This is an ongoing process that hasn’t yet reached a consultation stage.   Presently, engineers are examining different aspects of the site and building. They have not yet made findings or determinations to present to the Ministry of Education. I will be attending meetings this fall- in fact I’ve already attended one- where we will find out what type of upgrading is needed, and which upgrade the Ministry of Education will fund. Expect to hear more information on this initiative over the course of the school year.

So, fasten your seatbelts everyone and let’s look forward to an amazing, productive and safe school year.
Yours in Schooling,
The Maple Grove Team



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Welcome Back Message from PAC

(See previous blog post of September 4th for information about the first week of school



Dear Parents,

Can you believe that another glorious summer is coming to an end?  We hope that you have had a terrific break with family and friends, and have had a chance to enjoy a relaxing holiday.

Your PAC has been busy putting together a package which will be sent home with your child during the first week of school—please look for it and take some time to go through all the information provided.

New this year, PAC is launching its own blog and Twitter account.

By following you’ll be in-the-know about all the exciting new projects, key stories and special events that the PAC organizes. Here are the ways to keep up-to-date – instantly at your fingertips.


Twitter: @MapleGrovePac

In addition, Montessori parents are also encouraged to follow a site created especially for them:


Looking forward to a terrific 2015-2016,

Monica Tang

PAC Chair

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