February 13th

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Message to Parents…

Dear Parents,
Please be advised there is NO school on:

Friday, February 14th (Pro D Day)  AND
Monday, February 17th (Family Day)

Students’ first day back at school will be Tuesday, February 18th.


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All of the staff would like to thank our amazing students and parents who make this community so special.  We love working with you and your children.  Thank you for the acknowledgement and appreciation.  Have a wonderful long weekend!

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Feb 7th Updates

Principal’s Message

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Letter from the BC Ministry of Health

PAC’s Message

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It’s Time for Parents to Have Some Fun!

The Maple Grove PAC would like to announce that tickets are now on sale for the Monte Carlo Night Fundraiser! (available on Munchalunch.com or contact us at MGPACMonteCarlo@hotmail.com) Join us for an adults-only night of silent auction, socializing, casino games, and more!

Did we mention how fabulous our SILENT AUCTION will be?!? To date, we have received over $7,000 in donations, including several very special “priceless” experiences. Check out our amazing Silent Auction items here:  https://themaplegrovepac.wordpress.com/silent-auction/  and be sure to visit the school blog on Sunday for a cool Silent Auction reveal!

There is no better way to raise much needed funds for our new Maple Grove school than a fun game night out with friends and amazing food and drinks surrounded by the beautiful Van Dusen Botanical Gardens. The cherry on top will be leaving the event as a winner of one of our many incredible silent auction items. You don’t want to miss out!


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Jan. 31 Update

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Congratulations to Chloe Ng in Div 1 for winning the Maple Grove Spelling Bee.  Also, congrats to all the 20 other participants who participated.  Thank you to Mrs. Humeniuk for organizing this delightful annual event.

Monte Carlo Fundraiser Night – Friday February 21st

We are looking for volunteers who are ready to have fun at our event – we need bartenders, food servers, dealers, set up and take down decorating crew, and a music lead/amateur DJ.   If you are interested, please contact Monica at MGPACMonteCarlo@hotmail.com.

We also need donations for our Silent Auction! Any donation will be appreciated! Examples include event tickets, ski experiences, spa services, popular items such as electronics and gift cards. Donated items can be dropped of in the office marked with “Monte Carlo Night” before Friday January 31st. Thank you in advance.

Maple Grove Pac Website (Click to enter)

upcoming event

February 14  – Pro- D Day – no school

February 17 – Family Day – no school


If anyone has some Lego they would like to donate to the school, please speak to Ms. Peters or Ms. Thow in the office. Ms. R. Wong’s class (Division 8) will use the Lego for their calming corner.


The Magee Market Fair fundraiser is the biggest fundraiser of the year for the Magee Music Society and would like to invite you and all of the grade 7’s to our fair which is being held on Friday, Feb. 7 at Magee School from 5:30-9:00 pm. This just happens to be our 16th year.

Thank you, Simon Chan


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Maple Grove kids have fun with snow day.   Parents are reminded to listen to local radio stations and media outlets for snow closure information.  Admin will always try to post to our blog and parent email info in a timely manner.



Maple Grove kids participated in the annual Camp Read.  Camp Read is a fun program that emphasizes the benefits of reading for enjoyment and interest.  It’s goal is to foster a love and appreciation of literature/ reading.

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Jan. 10 Update


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Dear Maple Grove Families,
Welcome back!  We look forward to a wonderful term and remainder of the school year!  This week has been busy with student services meetings and our Choice Program Montessori “K” for new families planning to attend in September.

Please read the notice below… it will affect everyone on Tuesday morning.  We are asking that you have your children at school on time that day otherwise you may be profoundly inconvenienced due to a safety drill taking place at Magee and Maple Grove.


All Parents… please read this…

Maple Grove will be having a Secure + Hold drill

Tuesday, January 14 at 10:20 am.  It effects the whole school

The school exterior doors will be locked and nobody will be allowed in or out (for about 10 minutes)

This applies to ALL students, ALL parents, ALL staff, ALL visitors

From time to time, all schools practice drills for a variety of emergency situations.  Lockdowns (where there is an active threat) and Hold + Secures (where there may be a threat in the nearby community) are scenarios schools practice to ensure that if there was to be a situation outside our control, we will have some idea how to respond in a safe and secure manner.

A Secure + Hold Drill is when the school receives information that a potentially serious incident is taking place in our nearby community… and the police ask the school to lock our exterior doors only as a precaution.  Students may move within the building, but nobody is allowed in or out during the drill.  We anticipate the drill lasting approximately 10minutes.

If you are in the school when the drill starts, we will be insisting that you remain in the school for the duration of the drill.

If you arrive late to drop your child off… and the drill has already started, you will be asked to remain outside for the duration of the drill and to seek shelter in your vehicle.

We do not expect parents to be knocking on the school doors during this drill as we will be busy with the police and communicating with our staff.

Three years ago, Maple Grove and Magee Admin Team with the VPD decided to utilize a communication app to communicate with one another when situations were taking place at either school.  This has been tested and used in several real situations at both schools.  The VPD and VSB want to observe the two schools using this process.  Rather than do it when nobody is around… in an effort to make this as real as possible… they’ve asked to conduct just before recess.  They would like to see how this works and what the two schools do.

On Tuesday morning at 10:20am, Magee will Lockdown and Maple Grove will go into Hold + Secure.  We anticipate this drill lasting about 10minutes.  It”s important for us to practice this drill so that in the event of a real situation, we can keep students as safe as possible.

We appreciate your assistance and support in helping us practice keeping student safety and security a top priority at Maple Grove.


Kindergarten Registration for 2020 2021!


Do you have a child born in 2015?  Registration for Kindergarten for 2020 2021 starts on November 1!

Registration Process

With the opening of school registration for the 2020-21 school year on November 1st, the VSB has implemented online registration service for parents.  The registration process has two steps:

Step 1:   Complete the online registration process at vsbapplynow.vsb.bc.ca  Print out the completed registration form. (Note, this link won’t be active until November 1)

Step 2:   Bring the completed registration form along with the required documents to your catchment school.


The registration process is not complete until you have competed both steps in the process.

This is not a “first come, first served” registration process.  However, you should have your child’s registration completed by January 31, 2020.

Visit the  Student Registration Page on the Vancouver School Board website for more information.

In order to secure a spot in Maple Grove for 2020 2021 you should register before January 31, 2020.  And if you are interested in a Choice Program, you registration must be completed by January 31, 2020 so that you can participate in the lottery.

All the info is on the VSB website – or click on the Registration/Admissions tab on this website.

We are wondering about Montessori numbers – do you have a child born in 2015 who has a sibling in Grades K to 6 Montessori at Maple Grove?  Please call the school at 604 713 5356 to let Mrs Peters, or Ms Thow know.  Remember you have to register at your child’s catchment school even if there is a sibling at Maple Grove.

My Tween & Me -Cross Cultural  Parenting Workshops

Settlement Workers In Schools (SWIS) Program in collaboration with Kerrisdale Community Center jointly present a series of parenting workshops in Winter 2020

Family Relationships Friday 2020-Jan-10 9:30am – 11am
• My Family Values
• What is Your Parenting Style?
• How to Communicate More Effectively?

Peer Relationships  Friday 2020-Feb-28 9:30am – 11am
• Supporting Healthy Friendships
• Bullying Myths and Facts
• How to Prevent Aggression in Children

My Tween & Me modules are provided by B. C. Council for Families. Workshop will be  conducted in English &/or Chinese.

Address: 5851 West Boulevard, Vancouver.
VSB SWIS Kerrisdale Community Center 2020-Jan-Feb workshops

For inquiry & registration, please phone or text to VSB SWIS Elisabeth Chan @ 778-227-5452 or email to echan@vsb.bc.ca

Kerrisdale Little League

2020 Spring Baseball season is almost here and registration is now open! Sign up at https://www.kerrisdalebaseball.com/ by January 12th for early bird pricing.

For Majors and Minor A, assessments have been extended until February 2020. Registrations will continue to be taken for Blastball, T-Ball, Mini-Minor and Minor B until team capacity is reached.  Please note that T Ball Grade One is now being called Mini Minor Divison

If you have any questions, please email Registrar@KerrisdaleBaseball.com

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Robotics After-School Program

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Dec. 20 Update




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 our family and friends!

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Maple Grove was a busy place this past week.  I want to send out thanks to our wonderful PAC and Staff Elves who put Holiday Hampers together for our sister school (Nightingale) and to Tecumseh.  Specifically we want to acknowledge our PAC Elves (Angela, Monica, Jeanie, Lisa and Kelly) and our Staff Elves (Ms. Lam, Ms. Watkins, Ms. Peters, Ms. Lincoln, Ms. Garrod, Ms. Adams, and Ms Yeung).  I also want to thank and acknowledge all the staff and students who helped make the Holiday Hampers happen through (donation, support, contribution, contacting and delivery).  

This was a very busy week at school.  We were graced with the presence of the Magee Chamber Choir.  They were amazing!   As one of the top choirs in Canada, under the direction of Mr. Greg Quan, it was an honour to listen to such talented Magee students.  These talented students inspired many of our Maple Grove kids to want to join choir.  It was awesome!!!  Thank you to all the staff, students and parents who worked tirelessly to make the Winter Concert such a success.

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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 much joy and happiness.
Merry Christmas,
Principal Evans and Vice Principal Smith


This is a lovely time of the year to spend with family.  A time to emphasize joy and peace in the world.  While we may be concerned about the secularization and commercialization of this season, it does not take away from the good feelings we all have towards each other and our community.  We remember the good spirit of the season.  The love and care we have for our children, and our desire for joy and peace in the world.

Finally a huge thanks to Ms. Peters for keeping all of us sorted during this insanely busy time of the year and with so many projects on the go.  Thank you Ms. Peters!




Our students put on wonderful and enjoyable performances at our Winter Concert. Thank you so much to all the teachers who generously gave their time to make this happen.  I was truly proud both of the commitment of the teachers to do something so beneficial for the students, and their ability to encourage students to such high levels of fine behavior and performance.  I was also very proud of our students who performed beautifully, took on various important responsibilities and did all this work with good cheer.  Thank you to the students who decorated the gym and to our Engineering staff  (Mr. Malimban and Mr. Zandro), who put the lights around the stage.  Thank you to Ms. Hales who created our lovely program and worked out all the finite details of the concert.  There are many others who went the extra mile to make this happen.



This morning, after some exciting Christmas singing, a special visitor dropped by Maple Grove to spread some Christmas cheer.  Santa dropped off candy canes for all the students and a gift for Ms. Smith and Mr. Evans (although the gr. 7’s think Mr. Evans is on the naughty list… turns out one of the elves made a clerical error).


Rhythm Resource hits Maple Grove with a Bang!

Daryl Duggins from Rhythm Resource came to Maple Grove and shared all kinds of drumming magic with the school.  Many students got an opportunity to try various drums from around the world.  Daryl is an amazing resource and very exciting and fun.  Thank you to our awesome PAC for making the presentation possible!

Celebration of Learning

The Montessori intermediate classes hosted a First Nations Fair last week. This celebration of learning featured research about indigenous groups all over the world, including ancient cultural practices and more modern issues.


After School Programs

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Maple Grove and Magee share many opportunities for students to collaborate with secondary and elementary staff and students.  This week, yet another shining example of that took place at Magee.  Ms. Garrod’s Division 9 class visited Math Department Head, Susana Quan’s classroom (#304).  Ms. Quan led a math lesson and shared a story of the Siksika Nation in connections to number concept/ pattern recognition problem solving.  Additionally, her Math 9/10 Honours students worked with the Grade 2’s to problem solve.  This problem solving lends itself to the Math 10 curriculum as well, allowing them to see how they may solve the problem from an elementary school perspective to using their acquired secondary math curriculum arithmetic sequence concept.  Division 9 then visited Mr. Quan’s Strings Orchestra class to enjoy strings music.  Thank you to Susana and Greg for reaching out to organize and make this happen.  The kids loved it!!!!!


Maple Grove Pac Website (Click to enter)

upcoming event

December 20 – Last Day of Classes for Winter Break

January 6 – School Reopens





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Dec. 12 Update




More good news at Maple Grove for January.  Ms. Smith and I are happy to say we will be adding another full time support worker to our team.  This is over, and above, the additional supports that have been added through term 1.  We want to acknowledge the advocacy of our parents, and staff for their time, energy and effort as they work to support all students.

We’ve received lots of positive feedback about our latest School Code of Conduct display.  Our school Code is about Respect Yourself, Respect Others and Respect this place.  This bulletin display was about showing kids that they’re responsible for their actions, etc.

If you haven’t seen our latest messaging to students, check out the bulletin board across.  We are all about creating teaching and learning opportunities for students to learn about being responsible for their grades, success, actions, words and choices.from the office.

This week we were very fortunate to share a morning with the Magee Chamber Choir under the direction of Mr. Greg Quan.  Mr. Quan is so creative that he always has amazing students who are wonderful artists and musicians.  I even got involved in a duet of sorts with the string ensemble who accompanied the choir.  A lovely time was had by all.

Parent Traffic/ Parking Patrol- Last Call

I want to thank the parents who have come forward to volunteer for the parent parking/ traffic control.  If you would like to be part of this awesome, super amazing group, please email me directly     pevans@vsb.bc.ca

We anticipate an occasional meeting… a few email exchanges… and maybe a shift or two outside in the morning or after school to help encourage traffic movement along Cypress St.

Please be reminded that student safety is our primary concern.  We have safety patrollers who patrol the crosswalk at 47th Ave and Cypress St.  We want to ensure everyone is safe and following the rules of the road.

Also, please do not use the staff parking lot as a drop-off area.  Staff do their best to get to work on time and blocking them from parking in a timely manner is inconsiderate.  The CoV has installed new 3 minute parking signs all around Maple Grove.  We encourage you to consider parking around the perimeter of the building if you’re running short on time in the morning and not able to walk the block or two to reduce traffic.


Park + Walk


Please consider trying something NEW.

Park a block or two away from the school and walk the final block… this is an ideal time to talk and chat with your child about their day, play, school work, or just some simple mom/dad time with them.  What a great way to start their day!!!!!

Dear Parents… the school continues to have concerns over the fascinating and often dangerous driving habits we witness on a daily basis in front of the school.  It’s clear that we need adults out there on a daily basis to remind drivers of safe driving habits and to ensure the safety and security of our children as they come and go in the morning and after school.



Winter Concert

Each family will be guaranteed two tickets and these tickets have been distributed to all the classrooms this past week.

If we have any extra tickets, they will be available at the school office starting on Monday, December 16th.

They will we given out on a first come, first serve basis.  Don’t forget that you may attend the dress rehearsal on December 18th at 1:15 if you are not able to attend on the 19th.

Magee Student Leaders Teaching


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Maple Grove and Magee are continuing our amazing working relationship.  Presently we have an after school strings program being sponsored by Mr. Greg Quan.  There are numerous CS (Community Service) grade 12 students who work in Maple Grove daily in a number of classes volunteering and working with staff and students.  As well as our admin teams who meet often to discuss school business.  We have added Magee PE leaders to the mix as well as student coaches.  Students from Magee Secondary School under the guidance of their gym teacher, Ms. Jennifer Reyes have been teaching some PE classes to our MG students.  They have designed fun games and we very much enjoy our special classes with them.  Thank you, Ms. Reyes and students!

The Gift of Giving

Thank you to all the families that have sent in donations and contributed money to our Holiday Hampers for families at our sister school, Nightingale Elementary.

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Maple Grove Pac Website (Click to enter)

upcoming event

December 18 – Dress Rehearsal for Holiday Concert (no ticket required)

December 19 – Holiday Concert (Ticket required)
Matinee at 1:15 pm and Evening Performance 6:30 pm

December 20 – Last Day of Classes for Winter Break

January 6 – School Reopens


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Dec 10-12 Transit Info

The Associate Superintendent of the Vancouver School Board has asked that schools communicate out to our school communities the following….

“The message below is to be shared with staff and families in your school community through your established channels of communication.  The District will also post this message on school websites and on the District’s home page.

There is a possibility that SkyTrain service on the Millennium and Expo lines will be shut down from Tuesday, December 10 to Thursday, December 12.

Canada Line and West Coast Express will continue service. Bus service will also continue to run normally. However there are currently no additional bus services or bus bridges planned by Translink. We are all advised to watch for updates on TransLink’s usual customer service channels, including social media, Transit Alerts and on translink.ca.

Schools in the Vancouver School District will be in session according to normal schedules. The usual attendance procedures will remain in place. We recognize staff and students travel to and from school in a variety of ways and those who rely on transit likely have been planning for potential disruption to their regular commute.

We encourage staff and students to consider the potential impacts on their commute to and from school. Also, please be mindful that there may be additional traffic, including around schools. Please drive safely in school zones.”

Rob Schindel
Associate Superintendent

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