April 17th Update

 Global Citizenship Club Hosts Free the Children

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On Thursday, the Global Citizenship Club invited a member of the Free the Children team to come and share her experiences volunteering both locally and globally. Alex shared stories of how Free the Children was founded by Craig Kielberger and his classmates when he was only in Grade 7! The club learned about the importance to fostering self-sufficient communities in developing countries, rather than going in and providing a one-time donation of money. Alex also spoke about the need to tailor the healthcare centres, schools, agricultural supports and alternative income projects to each community Free the Children is serving. Giving back to our local and global communities is the goal of the Global Citizenship Club. It was wonderful to hear Alex talk about the work being done in the Amazon region in Ecuador, where our hard earned donations are going. We are currently helping Free the Children to build a healthcare centre in Ecuador that will provide medical care for thousands of people who would otherwise go without.

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Imagine a life working in a factory instead of going to school or playing with your friends. Imagine what life would be like if you could live freely while your best friend is forced to go to war. Imagine what life would be like without the ability to share your ideas, speak your mind or stand up for what you believe is right. Around the world, children are living in poverty, oppression and war zones. Their basic human rights are not being met.

On Tuesday, April 21st, a team of Global Citizenship Club members will be taking a stand for children who are not able to speak for themselves. They are standing up for these children in silence. A vow of silence means no speaking, texting, e-mailing or tweeting for a whole day. These students will still come to school, but won’t be able to communicate in any other way other than acting out what they want or writing it down.

If you would like to make a donation to sponsor our team, please click on the link below:

https://secure.e2rm.com/registrant/TeamFundraisingPage.aspx?teamID=610870&langPref=en-CA&Referrer=%26Referrer%3d%2526Referrer%253ddirect%25252fnone

 bake sale 3The Global Citizenship Club’s Bake Sale

The Global Citizenship Club will be hosting a bake sale to raise money to help the families in the Amazon region of Ecuador through our Adopt a Village campaign. The bake sale will take place on Thursday, April 23rd and Friday, April 24th.

We will need as many baked goods to sell as possible. If you are able to donate nut-free baked goods, please fill in the sheet below. We will be selling the cookies and cupcakes for $1 each, so please make them an appropriate size for the sale price. All food must be packaged and ready to be sold. Baked good donations should be delivered to the lunchroom before school on the day of the sale. Don’t forget to put your name and division on your container.

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Order Envelopes are available at the office.  The deadline to order is Friday, April 24.

10″ x 13″ prints.  $13 each including taxes.

Track and Field is happening!

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Jamieson PAC presents:

TAMING WORRY DRAGONS: Identifying and Managing Anxiety in Children and Youth

A Talk by Leading Expert on Childhood Anxiety: Dr. Sandra Clark.

When: Tuesday, April 21, 2015. 6:30p.m. – 8:00p.m.

Where: Jamieson School Gymnasium

Information on and strategies for preventing and coping with anxiety in children will be provided at the presentation.

Please register for general seating and childcare spaces through EventbriteFor more information, visit www.jamiesonpac.com.

Donations at the door will be gratefully accepted.

Upcoming Events:

April 23 & 24 – Bake Sale to raise funds for Free the Children

April 23 – PAC meeting 7:00 pm in the Library

April 24 – Deadline to order Panoramic School Photo

April 24 – New Session for Mad Science begins.  Sign up forms are available in the office.  Deadline to register is April 20th.

April 27 – Professional Development Day – No school for students

 

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April 10th Update

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A VERY BUSY LIBRARY TIME

All ARE welcome to our Friday morning coffee and treats. Many many thanks to those who contribute to the delicious delights. Alexis Zehr is a parent who contributes delicious scones regularly. She has offered to share her grandmother’s recipe for scones.

Alexis writes: “My grandma is 98 years old and she taught me this recipe.  Baking has always been a way for me to relax and feel that I’m giving back to those who fill me up! Maple Grove is my community and I’m so honoured to be a part of it.  Each teacher and student and administrative staff make Maple Grove the wonderful place it is. And from the bottom of my heart I thank you all for that!  Seeing Helen and Madoc feel so loved and supported, so encouraged and safe is something money can’t buy, it’s a feeling that keeps me warm at night.  Thank you.”

And thank you to Alexis, a valued member of our community. Come and enjoy her delicious scones – or now you can bake them yourself.

Grandma’s Scones (Mary Nicol)

3 cups flour          ½ cup sugar            1.5 tablespoons baking powder

½ cup butter (softened)           1 egg          1 ¼- 1 ½ cup milk

Pre heat oven to 425 degrees (I use a convection over, standard ovens may require 450 degrees- or keep in longer at 425)

Milk flour, sugar and baking powder together.  Rub in butter (I use my hands- always have and can see my grandmas soft old hands doing it each time I do).  Mix egg and milk together separately. If adding chocolate chips, blue berries or something else add to the dry ingredients.  Mix until just mixed, place on a floured surface and pat into a large oval, about 1.5 inches thick.  Cut with a sharp knife into triangles and place on a parchment paper lined cookie sheet.

Bake until slightly brown or to your liking. 10-12 minutes (my oven bakes them in 10)

For the blueberry scones I use ½ whole wheat flour (1.5 cups ww and 1.5 cups regular flour)- with the moisture they might bake a little longer.

MAD SCIENCE

Pick up registration forms from the office for the program starting on April 24th

Free the Children Presentation

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The Global Citizenship Club is pleased to welcome Free the Children Representatives on Thursday, April 16th, from 12:10 to 12:55.  We will learn more about the need, and the impact of our fundraising.

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The Global Citizenship Club’s Bake Sale

The Global Citizenship Club will be hosting a bake sale to raise money to help the families in the Amazon region of Ecuador through our Adopt a Village campaign. The bake sale will take place on Thursday, April 23rd and Friday, April 24th.

We will need as many baked goods to sell as possible. If you are able to donate nut-free baked goods, please fill in the sheet below. We will be selling the cookies and cupcakes for $1 each, so please make them an appropriate size for the sale price. All food must be packaged and ready to be sold. Baked good donations should be delivered to the lunchroom before school on the day of the sale. Don’t forget to put your name and division on your container.

Please let Mrs. Peters in the office, or Ms Lam, know by  by Tuesday, April 14th what you are bringing.

MEASLES?

As most people are aware there have been some occurrences of measles in Vancouver. At present we have no members of our community who have developed this illness. However, it might be wise to check your own and your child’s record of immunization to see if it is up to date. Those of you who may have opted out of the immunization program may wish to re-consider. For more information please check the lin k provided by our public health nurse, Harj Johal.   http://www.healthlinkbc.ca/healthfiles/pdf/hfile14a.pdf

She can also be contacted at 604 261 6366 ext. 3339

CHILD RUN EARLY BIRD DEADLINE APRIL 15th

Come and join us for a great way to support the Children’s Hospital. It’s fun and there’s free food and activities to make the event special for children. Please check previous blog for link to register.

 

Request from the Library

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We have a very small collection of Duplo in the Library. Our students love to use it and create, but we need more pieces in order to do more. If any family has some they would like to donate, the students and I would be greatly appreciative.            Ms. Tornroos

Orchid Fundraiser

Clean up Your Act

Clean Up Your Act

On Tuesday morning primary students were treated to a performance by DreamRider Theatre. They presented their play “Clean Up Your Act.”  They reminded us not to litter and not to do graffiti. It was very entertaining! Special thanks to the City of Vancouver for providing this free presentation to elementary schools across the district.

Sex talk. No sweat. May 4th.  

A Workshop for Parents – Organized by PAC

Not all parents are comfortable talking to their children about sex, but all parents can learn to be comfortable. During this open and informational session, parents will come to terms with sexual health, and understand how it fits into the lives of their children at this stage of life. Attendees will discover how to easily overcome embarrassment when talking about sexual health, learn words and concepts that are easy to use, and leave well equipped to clearly answer the questions children ask. The workshop is light hearted, but delivers straight and current facts on how parents and children can work together to promote good sexual decisions for a lifetime.

Where: Maple Grove Elementary School Library.

When:  Monday, May 4th 2015 at 6:30 pm

PAC

The Maple Grove Montessori Parent Committee is presenting a parent education night with the lovely, talented and brilliant Dr. Betsy Coe on May 8th. This event is directed toward parents but is certainly open to the entire community so please feel free to bring a friend or two!

Further details and tickets information can be found at: https://eventbrite.ca/event/16438282345/

Arbutus Day care

Hello Maple Grove families,

As the weather starts to get warmer we are preparing for a fun and exciting summer at Kids World! This summer we will be offering day camps for children entering Kindergarten up to children entering grade 4. Our weekly themed camps are exciting, energetic, inclusive and sometimes even educational! There are lots of field trips and tons of water play. We also go to Maple Grove pool regularly as it is within walking distance of our center. The cost is $170 per week from 9-4 with extended care hours from 8-9 and 4-6 for $5 per hour. Daily lunch and snacks are included. If you register for the full 9 weeks (we are closed the last week) the cost is $1360 which means one free week! Please inquire with Theresa or Jen at 604-269-6612 or email at kidsworld@shawbiz.ca. Act fast as space is limited and we have many returning families.

If you have younger children we offer a fantastic outdoor based weekly summer preschool program for children aged 2 and a half to 5. This program runs from 9-1 daily.

It is also time to think about September…if you are interested in after school care for the upcoming school year please contact us as soon as you can. Registration is on now.

We hope to hear from you soon!  Registration form here: Registration for osc summer 2015

Upcoming Events:

April 13 – Deadline for Orchid Orders for Grade 7 Grad

April 16 – Free  the Children Presentation

April 23 – Bake Sale to raise funds for Free the Children

April 23 – PAC meeting 7:00 pm in the Library

April 27 – Professional Development Day – No school for students

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April 2nd Update

Happy Easter ….Have a good long weekend.

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Actually, it was triplet day in the office!

Pirates. The Musical

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We had a wonderful musical presentation by divisions 1, 4, 6, and 7.  Many thanks to the teachers, Ms Plavan, Ms Yeung and Mrs. Humeniuk

HOT LUNCH

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It is very important that we receive hot lunch orders by the deadline. We cannot accommodate late orders as the food requisitions are put in prior to the beginning of each month and cannot be changed easily. If you forget to hand in the order, or your child forgets, please do not ask Jane to allow you to submit a late order.

PAC

Many of you have expressed concern over the current news regarding cutbacks to public education in BC as well as the current deficit facing the Vancouver School Board.  The Vancouver District Parent Advisory Council (Vancouver DPAC) has released a bulletin to address these questions. This bulletin also provides details on the FACE rally happening on April 12th at the Vancouver Art Gallery, as well as further resources to explore on this issue.

http://www.vancouverdpac.org/

Budget Process. Here is a link to the VSB website where the process for the budget is outlined.

https://www.vsb.bc.ca/20152016-budget-process-timeline

SESMIC UPGRADE

A the recent PAC meeting there was a report about the seismic upgrading process which has begun for Maple Grove. A question arose as to what happens in the event of an earthquake. This is a brief summary.

1. Students and staff respond to an earthquake by following the procedures that we practice during our several earthquake drills.

a. duck and cover    b. exit the building by the safest route. c. gather on the north gravel field   d. earthquake shed contents and staff procedures are initiated including radio contact with command station.

2. Parents/guardians/caregivers can come to the gravel playing field if they are able. Students have to be signed out with the teacher or the command post. Parents may be asked for assistance.

3. After a significant earthquake students do not return to the building until it is declared safe.

4. Students may go to Magee after a certain length of time and if no parents have come to pick them up.

5. Contact is made through the emergency contact information given to the school.

There are many more details to this plan which can be presented at a PAC meeting if requested.

Child Run!



Dear Families,
We are very excited to announce that Maple Grove will have a team in the 30th annual ChildRun! This wonderful event is held annually as a part of the BC Children’s Hospital Miracle Weekend and raises funds for childhood cancer research and treatment areas at BC Children’s Hospital. Chances are most of us have been touched by the life-saving care of Children’s Hospital.

This year’s ChildRun event takes place on Sunday, May 31 at 9:00 a.m. in Vancouver. It is a fantastic family event with a 5 km run and a 1 km Fun Run, followed by a carnival for the kids including live music, face painting, crafts, games, and fresh fruits and veggies.
 
It is easy to register at childrun.com and register your family. Make sure to select ‘Join a Team’ and sign up as a part of the Maple Grove Elementary team! If you want to have our school name printed on your ChildRun t-shirt, make sure to register before May 4. Our goal is to recruit 40 team members (including students/parents/siblings/others) and to raise a minimum of $1000 – let’s work together to make this happen! 
Thank you for supporting such a worthy cause, and hopefully we will see you out on Sunday, May 31!

Teens & Cannabis:

􀁸 Vancouver hosts one of the largest cannabis events in North America: 420.
􀁸 Over 50 “medical” dispensaries have opened in Vancouver since summer 2014.

􀁸 There is little public health information about marijuana.

􀁸 Adults are often unclear about the health impacts of marijuana on teens.

What do we need to know to guide our teens?  Join the conversation on April 14, 2015 to learn more.

FREE Panel discussion & presentation; sponsored by Vancouver Technical Secondary School PAC. Panelists: Dr. Joy Johnson, VP of Research, SFU; TRACE project, Annie Smith, Executive Director, McCreary Centre Society, Jamie Shaw, President, Canadian Association of Medical Cannabis Dispensaries (CAMCD); Compassion Club Vancouver

Moderator: Art Steinmann, Manager SACY, Vancouver Board of Education

Parents & caregivers will learn:

􀁸 How do we have honest, respectful discussions with teens?

􀁸 How do we support critical thinking? Healthy choices?

􀁸 What are appropriate limits to promote youth health and well-being?

Facilitated by: Mary Anne Crabtree (Odyssey and Parents Together, Boys & Girls Club)

Alexandra Wilson(SACY Parent Engagement, VSB)

Tuesday, April 14, 2015 7:00pm to 9:00pm 6:40pm doors open

Vancouver Technical Secondary School Auditorium, 2600 E. Broadway

For information please contact: ajwilson@vsb.bc.ca

Upcoming Events:

April 2 – Bicks4KIDZ starts (Register on-line)

April 3- Good Friday Holiday

April 6 – Easter Monday Holiday

April 9 – Class Group, Grade and Panorama Photo

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April 22 – Earth Day

April 27 – ProD Day

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March 27 Update

Twin 2

On Thursday, April 2, Maple Grove’s Student Council is sponsoring Twin Day.  Find a friend or two or three or four and come to school dressed alike!

Time to think about Summer School!

HEALTHY EATERS AND LEADERS SUMMER CAMP – The Vancouver School Board’s West 1 Community Schools Team is pleased to offer our 7th Healthy Eaters and Leaders (HEAL) Summer Camp at Maple Grove Elementary (Cypress and 46th). Register weekly for up to 8 weeks of summer day camp fun! HEAL promotes food literacy, environmental stewardship, physical activity, creativity and leadership among children. Designed for Grade 1 to 7 students, HEAL activities include preparing healthy lunches daily, gardening, games, science, art and fantastic day trips such as Vancouver Aquarium and Playland. Registration forms are attached here. Forms will also be available outside the Main Office. For more information, please contact Chelan Wallace, Programmer with the West 1 Community Schools Team, at cwallace@vsb.bc.ca or 778-229-9794. HEAL2015_Brochure HEAL2015_Poster Orchid Fundraiser

Lord Nelson invites you to parent education night on child anxiety:

Due to the overwhelming interest in our anxiety presentation held at Lord Nelson in 2014, we are again offering our parents, guardians and members of the wider community the opportunity to hear a parent education presentation focused on anxiety.

The angle of this presentation, Anxiety 101, differs from last year’s, and is more developmental in nature. Rebecca Mitchell, M.A., RCC, and a member of The Wishing Star team, will speak about the perceived root of anxiety, alarm, and explore what it is that alarms children.  She will also address coping strategies or ways to overcome alarm in the long term. Date: Monday, March 30 Time: 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm (Doors open at 6:00 pm) For more information and to purchase tickets, please click on the following link: http://www.anxiety101.eventbrite.ca ​ Limited space available, so reserve your ticket early online for only $5 dollars.  Should tickets remain on the day of the event, they will be available at the door for $7.   Margie Trovao, Vice Principal Lord Nelson Elementary

My Tween and Me – A Parenting Program for Parents with Children aged 7-12

Please click on this link if you are interested:  MTM Poster Spring 2015 PAC Welcome back from  Spring Break! The next PAC meeting is scheduled for March 31st at 7pm in the school library. Please note that Dr. Joy Alexander, our VSB Trustee liaison will be joining us for this meeting. Agenda: Adoption of minutes from last meeting Principal’s report VSB budget update Annual donation campaign update and start of budget planning for next year Movie night debrief Spring Fair planning Montessori report New business We look forward to seeing you there!

Your PAC Co-Chairs, Monica Tang &; Allison Arato

School Planning Council

If you are interested in meeting as part of the school planning council please email me to set up a date when we can meet.  ssellars@vsb.bc.ca

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.  If you recognize your car here please be aware that you are adding to the congestion and the risk to our students.

License Plates:   288 WSS.    177 NRA.    276 WCA.   383 WLB

Upcoming Events:

March 30 – Some representatives of Global Citizens Club go to Mini “We” Day at UBC

March 31 – PAC Meeting 7:00 pm

April 2 – Twin Day

April 2 – Musical Performance -Matinee 1:30 pm and Evening 7:00 pm

April 2 – Bicks4KIDZ starts (Register on-line)

April 3- Good Friday Holiday April 6 – Easter Monday Holiday

April 9 – Class Group, Grade and Panorama Photo

April 22 – Earth Day

April 27 – ProD Day

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March 6th Update

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  HAVE A LOVELY SPRING BREAK Heritage Fair What a wonderful event this was. Thank you to all the teachers, especially Mr. Munk who organized this. Also thank you to Janet Miller and her team of adjudicators. We will be … Continue reading

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February 27th Update

HERITAGE FAIR ON THURSDAY.

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

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

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

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

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 Global Citizenship Club Fundraiser

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

 

Pink Day at Maple Grove!

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 Grade 7 Grad

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

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 Lost and Found

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

New Session for Young Rembrandt’s

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Upcoming Events

February 27th – Movie Night

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

March 5th – Heritage Fair

March 6th – Reports Go Home

March 8th – Daylight Saving – Spring Forward  spring forward

March 9th – 20th – Spring Break

March 23rd – First day back from March Break

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

March 31st – PAC Meeting

 

 

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February 20th Update

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Grade 7 Grad

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

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

For Kindergarten Parents:

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

DISCRIMINATION ON THE BASIS OF RELIGION

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

LUNAR NEW YEAR

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

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

Upcoming Events

February 24th – Ready Set Learn

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

February 26th – Band Concert at Magee

February 27th Movie Night

March 5  Heritage Fair

March 6th  Reports Go Home

March 8th – Daylight Saving – Spring Forward

March 9th – 20th – Spring Break

March 23rd – First day back from March Break

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

March 31st – PAC Meeting

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