September 15th Update

 

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Greetings everyone!  As students settle back into school routines, we are still working through Provincial challenges regarding staffing.  We are actively trying to recruit qualified teachers who will be able to provide a comprehensive and robust educational program for students in some classes.

Presently we are very fortunate that we’ve filled several of the positions that were vacant, but we continue to have surprises popping up regarding leaves, absences and the like.  Please be assured that we will endeavour to fill all of our vacancies as quickly as we can.

Thank you to all the parents who were able to attend our first PAC meeting.  It was wonderful to see so many new, and returning faces.  I know how challenging it can be to work all day, rush home, and then out the door to a school meeting.  So, thank you to all who were able to attend.  If you weren’t there, please know that you are welcome to attend any PAC meeting at anytime.  As a parent of a child at this school, you are automatically a member of our PAC and therefore welcome!!!!!  A big thanks to the executive members for all their work and to our amazing co-chairs for hosting such a nice event.  Also- thanks to Mrs. Tornroos for preparing the library and having it looking so sharp.

I want to acknowledge the staff for doing such an amazing job welcoming all our new and returning students- as well as our youngest learners (our new K’s).  School life can be difficult and an adjustment for some… and our staff have really helped to make the transition smooth and seamless.  I also want to acknowledge Ms Hales.  She has interviewed with me for all positions and organized three K classes until we had staff. This was a huge undertaking.  Thank you!  And, while we have very capable staff in place for now, she continues to mentor and assist where possible.  I also would like to acknowledge the work of many staff who are working diligently behind the scenes to provide extra programming to students (e.g., Cross Country- Ms. Shoemaker and Mrs. Humeniuk, Library and bookfair- Mrs. Tornroos, Safety Patrol- Mr. Naipaul and Ms. Adams… and I’m sure there’s more who I’ll mention in next week’s blog).  Thank you also to the wonderful parent volunteers who’ve been busy around the school setting up programs and helping out to provide an engaging school experience for all students.  You bring an amazing skill set to our school- Thank You!

 

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Special Notice 

Safe Arrival number has changed

(604)-713-5159 ext 48

The Vancouver School Board has a new number and a new system for Safe Arrival that all schools will now use.

Please call 604 713 5159 ext 48 if your child will be late or absent.  Follow the prompts and leave your child’s name and division, and the date(s) they will be late or absent.

We will continue to ensure your child is safe at school each morning via parent volunteers.  If you do not wish our parent volunteers to conduct a follow up if your child is unaccounted for, please let the school know as soon as possible.

downloadBook Fair!

September 18th to 21nd – All proceeds go to the school library.

Before school 8:30 to 9:00 and after school 3:00 to 3:30

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Maple Grove Pac Website

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September 18 to 21 -Book Fair

September 21 – Meet the Teacher and BBQ (Note change from Sept 14)

September 22 – Pro D Day – No School for Students

September 27 and 28 – Early Dismissal at 2:00 pm – Goal Setting

 

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Sept 8

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I would like to thank our engineering staff for an amazing job ensuring that our school is ready to go Tuesday morning.  It’s been quite a challenge with all the construction going on around us.  Thank you also to our neighbours for being patient with all the trucks, construction and congestion.  I’d also like to thank Ms. Smith and Ms. Peters for all of their extra hours getting the school organized and actually functioning.  I want to also thank Ms. Hales for all of her extra work organizing 3 kindergarten classes while we were/are in the process of hiring new staff.  I also want to acknowledge her for sitting on the hiring committee in the spring/summer and fall.  It was a huge commitment and she is a advocate of teachers and public education.  I also want to acknowledge Mrs. Tornroos for single-handedly getting our library up and running; pulled together a staff calendar for each staff member (there’s 55) and gave of her time in the spring and summer consulting with other school libraries (also for hosting several events in the library this week).  I’d also like to acknowledge our Supervision Aides who helped out around the school is so many different capacities this week.  They were always willing to lend a helping hand.  Further to this, I’d like to extend my sincere thanks to all the staff who came in and spent extra hours in the summer and these past few weeks helping to ensure the school was ready.  We are truly lucky to have such dedicated staff.  I would also like to thank all the parents who have offered help and support to get many activities and events up and running.  We simply could not do the work we do without your wonderful volunteerism and passion for education.  Thank you for helping to make Maple Grove an engaging and wonderful school environment for learning.

Welcome back joint letter from John Lewis, Interim Superintendent and Dianne Turner, Official Trustee

Welcome Back

 

Letter from Dianne Turner, Official Trustee

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STUDENT SIGN OUT

When you pick up your child during the school day, please ensure that you sign them out at the school office. If you do not sign out your child, they will be unaccounted for, and the school will identify your child as a ‘missing’ student and will commence a search of school grounds. If the school staff do not locate the child, and are unable to reach a parent promptly, the school will call the Vancouver Police Department. Therefore, clear communication is essential for ensuring the safety of your child and to prevent unnecessary searches.

Thank you for helping us keep your children safe!

SCHOOL ORGANIZATION

STAFF LIST
While we are experiencing a lot of staffing uncertainty at the moment, and we are working to ensure we achieve a full compliment of staff at the school, we thought that you may appreciate knowing who is presently assigned to the school and which positions we are still trying to fill.

MAPLE   GROVE   ELEMENTARY   SCHOOL   ORGANIZATION   2017-2018
NAME  DIV. GRADE ROOM
Mrs. Humeniuk 1 6/7 301
Ms. Plavan 2 6/7 303
Ms. Karakanta 3 6 302
Mr. Naipaul 4 5/6 208
Mr. Johnson 5 4/5 309
Ms. Tseng (M,T) / Ms. Tsang (W-F) 6 4 311
Ms. Yeung   POSTING 7 3/4 206
Ms.  Chester (M-T) / Ms. MacNeil TBA (W-F) 8 3 304
Ms. Garrod 9 2 213
Ms. Shoemaker 10 2 211
Ms. Seebaran (MTW) / Ms.  Tang (Th,F) 11 1 104
Ms.  Wong 12 1 207
Ms.  Lam    TEMP POST 13 K 205
Ms.  Hales 14 K 203
Ms.  Burghall 15 7 M 305
Ms.  Griffiths 16 4/5/6 M 313
Ms.  Bartlett 17 4/5/6 M 307
Ms.  Adams (M,T,Th,F)  POSTING (W) 18 3/4/5 M 310
Ms.  Boulanger 19 1/2/3 M 108
Ms.  Lin 20 1/2/3 M 109
Ms.  Hart (M-Th) / Ms.  Belliveau (F) 21 1/2/3 M 106
Ms.  Kao 22 K M 201
Ms.  Watkins Resource 306
Ms.  Serbic Resource 308
Ms.  Ginther (M-Th)     POSTING Resource
Ms.  Roopra (MWF)   POSTING Resource
Mr.  Richard (M,F) Resource
Ms.  Tseng (W) Resource
Mr.  Richard(T-Th) Prep
Ms.  Griesdale (T-Th) Prep
Mr   Collins (Wam;Thpm) Prep B.Basement
Mrs. Tornroos TL Library
Ms.  Lyons (M,W,F)- 2438  Counsellor 212A
Ms  Land SLP 317
Ms  Johal Nurse
Ms  Song MCLW (Chinese)
Ms  Chan Settlement Worker
Ms.  Goddard Home Instructor 318
Ms  Oleksiew SSA
Mr.  Johnson (M,T,F) Ms. Corbett (WTh) SSA
Ms. Forsberg SSA
Ms. Blackler SSA
SSA 5 SSA
SSA 6 SSA
Mrs  Peters Admin. Asst.
Ms  Lincoln (Th/Fri) Extra Clerical
Mrs  Emery Supervision Aide
Mrs  Szeto Supervision Aide
Ms  Ma Supervision Aide
Ms.  Liu Supervision Aide
Mr  Malimban Building Engineer
Mr  Mozambique Asst. Engineer
Mr  Guzman Night Engineer
Ms.  Smith Vice Principal
Mr.  Evans Principal

Message to Parents of students with Health Concerns

This is a reminder to ensure care plans are up to date.  If you are bringing in any EPI pens or other medications (glucagon) required for students, parents are responsible to ensure the EPI pens (or any other medications) are not expired and the form for medication administration has been completed by their doctor.

PAC

WHO LOVES DATA ENTRY?Your PAC is looking for a few volunteers to help with the beginning of the year data entry!  Good times!!Please email Karrie at ckbogart@shaw.ca or Galen at galen@telus.net if you can help!

 

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Parents are again organizing a band program at Maple Grove.  There will be an information session and party after school today in the lunchroom.  If you are interested, please bring a cheque for $50 deposit – payable to Shangyin Music School.  We need 20 students to run the program, if there are less than 20 signed up your deposit will be returned to you.  The total fee will be similar to last year ($500).  Practice time will be 7:45 am to 8:45 am.  The first lesson will be Monday, Sept 11th

Maple Grove Pac Website

upcoming event

September 18 to 21 -Book Fair

September 21 – Meet the Teacher and BBQ (Note change from Sept 14)

September 22 – Pro D Day – No School for Students

September 27 and 28 – Early Dismissal at 2:00 pm – Goal Setting

 

 

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Sept 5- Traffic and Construction

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Greetings Maple Grove Families,

Good Morning!  We’re writing to advise you of a couple of construction and traffic challenges that we would like all of our students and families to be aware of.  Some of these will be short-lived, others will be ongoing through the school year.

IMG_2698For the past 6 months, Magee Secondary School has been undergoing a building envelope upgrade.  The upgrade was necessary to prevent excessive water damage that threatened the integrity of the building structure.  As part of the Magee upgrade, there is a lot of construction equipment, portables, trucks and other machinery on site. Sometimes, through the upgrade process, the equipment is situated on Maple Grove property.  The project managers are in contact with both school administrators and are aware that young children and youths are present on both sites.  They are taking precautions to ensure the students are safe (e.g., moving equipment outside of school hours, etc).  We anticipate some of this work to continue through the upcoming school year.

IMG_2696Also, there has been some work taking place to facilitate services to the new Magee portables (some of which is being drawn from Maple Grove).  This involved two areas of our site:
a) our covered area/ mini field- running utility service to the new portables at Magee.  We anticipate that this work is now completed and will not be an issue for our students.  There is some grading of the field to do before we can get our all weather primary field back.  Until then, the area is completely fenced off.  The primary students may continue to use our primary adventure play area at the south end of the building as well as our undercover area to the west of the school.

IMG_2694b) running new utility services between the two schools (near the grass field and our earthquake container and our adventure playground).  This phase of the project has been completed, but the reseeding and new grass needs to be completed.  The fencing that runs North-South will likely stay up past the reseeding phase to allow the newly planted grass a chance to take.  This blocks westward access to Magee and its field.

IMG_2693In addition to the Magee envelope upgrade there has been  some site prep taking place in anticipation of the new Maple Grove Elementary School seismic project and the appropriate upgrades to city connections that are necessary under present day building code.  These upgrades were also necessary to service the portables.  This involved work at the North end of the property on 45th Ave.  We anticipate that the CoV will be finished their work on 45th Ave later this coming week.  Until then, we advise all families NOT to access Maple Grove from 45th (north of the school/ from the west).  (please see the sketched map at the conclusion of this blog)

In summary, while much of the work has been completed over the summer there are some residual effects from the work- and some finishing work that needs to take place.

park and walkWe are defaulting to our historical recommendations to families… if you can walk to school, please do so.  We apologize to our families to the west as they will have to walk to Cypress street (about 100m past the opening in the fence they usually use) and access the north end of the school near our gym.  We further recommend to families that if you drive, park a block or two to the east of the school and walk along 45th or 47th to the the school.  Please use our south, north entrance or west entrance.  Please do not use the front entrance as there is NO WALKWAY for your child.  Delivery trucks use our “C” driveway all day and they are not expecting children to be walking on the driveway.

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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 min 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.

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We appreciate that this was a lot of information and not an ideal way to have our year start.  However, all of this is being done to ensure Magee and Maple Grove students have safe new schools in the coming years.  We view this as short pain, for long term gain!  We will all work together and come out the other side happy to be in dry, safe amazing new schools.  Please refer to this blog for regular updates.

Happy Schooling,
The Maple Grove Staff

 

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September 5

 

 

WELCOME BACK

Greetings Everyone!   Welcome back to school!  We had a busy June/ July and a frantic past two weeks hiring additional staffing at the school and making all the necessary adjustments to accommodate various changes to staff assignments.  As you can appreciate, this is a complex process and will take a little bit of time to complete.  Further, it appears to be the norm in many schools in BC at the moment.  We appreciate your patience and support while we work through this process.
We are so looking forward to seeing the students and excited to begin the year.  The library will be open for coffee and tea from 8:55 am to 10:00 am on Tuesday.  I look forward to seeing many of you there.

WEEK 1 Overview
Here is what the start of the week looks like for all except the kindergarten classes. Kindergarten students have received their gradual entry schedules via email.

On Tuesday morning school is in session from 9-10.  Coffee is available for parents in our Library.  Please take your child home at 10 am.  There is limited supervision as staff will be in meetings all morning and then again in the afternoon.  Returning students are to report to their last year’s classroom.  New students to the school, who have already registered, will report to certain classrooms (see below).  Students who have not yet registered will report to the main office.  A teacher will be in each classroom to meet the students, take attendance as well as some general housekeeping items.

On Wednesday, students report to the Tuesday morning class.  School is in session 9:00-3:00pm.  Please send your child to school with a recess snack and a lunch.  Around 10 am, all things considered, we will likely move into our new classes.  At 11:00am class lists will be posted around the school (south stairwell, back entrance, north entrance, main entrance, outside the office) for parents to reference when they come back to the school to pick up their child at 3:00 pm.  Plan on arriving a little early so you have time to see which room your child is in.

On Thursday, students report to their new classroom.  School is in session 9:00-3:00pm.  Please send your child to school with a recess snack and a lunch.

Friday is a regular school day.  Please be reminded to send your child to school with a recess snack and a lunch.  There is NO HOT LUNCH program at Maple Grove.  Our PAC does do a hot lunch fundraiser (TBA).

TUESDAY SEPT 5
9:00am Returning students go to last year’s classroom
New Traditional Program students (except K’s)
Grade 5, 6 and 7 (Traditional Program) to Mrs Humeniuk Room 301
Grade 3, and 4 (Traditional Program) to Mrs. Watkins Room 306
Grade 1 and 2 (Traditional Program) to Ms Serbic (Room 308)
New Montessori Program students (except K’s)
Grade 1 and 7 Montessori to Ms Burghall (Room 303)
10:00 All students dismissed
Staff Recess Break (goodies provided)
10:30 Staff Meeting – TBA (See morning bulletin)
12:00 Lunch
1:00 Resource Team meeting
Support Staff meeting

 

WEDNESDAY SEPT 6
9:00am Students Report to Tuesday’s classroom
School is in session all day.  Send your child with a recess snack and a lunch.  There is NO HOT LUNCH program at Maple Grove
10:00am We may try to move into new classes
11-3 Class lists will be posted at major entrances and main hallway for parents so they know where to find their child
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New Kindergarten Gradual entry groups
NEW Kindergarten Gradual entry groups

 

THURSDAY SEPT 7
9:00am Students Report to their new classroom
School is in session all day.  Send your child with a recess snack and a lunch.  There is NO HOT LUNCH program at Maple Grove

 

FRIDAY SEPT 8
9:00am Regular School Day
School is in session all day.  Send your child with a recess snack and a lunch.  There is NO HOT LUNCH program at Maple Grove
11:00 School-wide assembly to greet students and intro staff.  Class presentation.

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Maple Grove Pac Website

upcoming event

September 5 – First Day back for students for new school year 2017 2018 (9:00am to 10:00am one hour only)

September 14 – Meet the Teacher -Details to follow

September 18th to 21 -Book Fair

September 22 – Pro D Day – No School for Students

September 27 and 28 – Early Dismissal at 2:00 pm – Goal Setting

 

 

 

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June 29th Update

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Principal’s Message

It is hard to believe that the end of the school year has arrived!  10 months have passed very quickly!  As another successful year draws to a close, it’s amazing how much has been achieved in just one year by the students, staff, and parents at Maple Grove School.  The achievements extend from academic, to the sporting and the creative arts, critical thinking, science and technology and to the numerous fun and fundraising exploits of the PAC.  We achieve so much when we work together as a team and this is one of the strengths of the school.

The year’s end always brings with it a tremendous sense of accomplishment.  So many things have been accomplished this year!  From the Terry Fox Run in September to the Grade 7 Graduation Ceremony, to the Awards Ceremony today- Maple Grove students have been involved in an extraordinary number of activities.  Of course, we should not forget the tremendous amount of learning which has taken place during the year.  Throughout all of these activities our students have demonstrated great character and Maple Grove spirit!   It is difficult to identify the highlights because there are genuinely so many.  Personally, I have thoroughly enjoyed getting to know the grade 7 students over the year.  They start in September as children but by the time they leave at the end of June they are young adults.

To our graduates – congratulations on your achievement.  Maple Grove staff wish you all the best as you move to high school.  If this is your last child to leave Maple Grove, the staff would like to thank you for your support and for the guidance that you have provided for your child(ren).  We look forward to hearing from the graduates in the future and we hope that each of them will have gained a firm foundation for their education while at Maple Grove.  We know that many of you will visit staff members at the school in the next few years.  I hope our Grads look back at their time with fondness and perhaps return and regale us with their achievements.  I am proud of them all and wish them good luck in the future.

For those families who will be returning in September, school will begin on Tuesday, September 5th.  Please note that school will only be one hour on Tuesday, from 9 am to 10 am. Instructions will be posted on our school doors Tuesday AM

I wish everyone a safe and enjoyable summer holiday.

Mr. Evans

 

Band and Choir for 2017 2018

For Intermediate students (Grade 4 – 7) attending Maple Grove next year (September 2017) .   If interested, please contact

Katherine Wang  (katherine_wang@yahoo.com) about band,

and Kelley Marlow (kelleymarlow@gmail.com) about choir.

We’d like to get organized in advance and hope that last year’s participants as well as many more will sign-up. We welcome all students who want to learn how to read & play music & sing.

 

Sports Day

Sports day was a great success! Not only did we have sunny weather, but we had all of the students displaying their team colours with pride. Students arrived bright and early at 8:30am to make it for the opening ceremonies in the gym which included a warm up and a preschool race! Students then traveled around to 10 different stations to compete against one another’s team. Whether it was a dress-up relay, playground obstacle course, or blanket basketball, students always had smiles on their faces. Things heated up a bit when the tug of wars began! The Grade 7s were victorious as they beat the grade 8s and again when they quickly won against the not so mighty teachers of Maple Grove! Overall, it was a fantastic day and we thank all those who helped to organize and volunteer to make it all possible!

-Ms.Schober

 

 

 

Maple Grove Pac Website

upcoming event

 

 

June 29 – Last Day for Students

September 5 – First Day back for students for new school year 2017 2018 (9:00am to 10:00am one hour only)

Link to Maple Grove District calendar   or click the following pdf link to see our monthly school calendar.  Please note the district calendar has been revised for next year.

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June 23 Update

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Principal’s Message

Good Afternoon,
As we bring our 2nd to last week to a close, I want to thank all the staff, parents, students, returning Magee students and sponsors for making this year’s sports day a huge success!  I’m sure we’ll post some pics next week.

This coming week is our last week together before the summer break.  I will write more as we bring the week to a close.  Presently we are preparing for our Grade 7 Leaving Ceremony, School Picnic, and several meetings.

Please remember with the warmer weather to dress appropriately, wear a hat, and slap on some sunscreen.

End of 2016 2017 School Year – A couple of reminders. . .

LEAVING EARLY – If you are leaving before June 29th, please supply the office with a self-addressed, stamped envelope and we will mail the report card to you.  You may also leave a note at the office allowing someone else to pick up the report card – otherwise we will keep it here for you to pick up in September.

RETURNING LATE – You should have received a notice for you to complete if you are returning to school after September 6th (first day is September 5th – one hour only) – If we cannot verify your child’s attendance at school by noon on September 6th, your child’s space will be given to another student on the school’s waitlist.

LOST AND FOUND – All lost and found items will be donated to charity next week.  We do not keep them over the summer.  Please check to see if there are any items that belong to you in the Lost and Found by Thursday.

Shakespeare Plays – Div 14, 15, 16

Divisions 14, 15 and 16 gave final performances of Shakespeare plays: Much Ado About Nothing, Two Gentleman of Verona, and Twelfth Night.

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Stanley Park Overnight Camp – Div 7

 

Music Festival Awards

Jensen and Parissa BCCM Award Ceremony 2017

Jensen & Parissa showing their medals at the BC Conservatory of Music May Festival awards ceremony.  Both were awarded Gold Medals for their class winning performances in piano (three classes for Jensen and one class for Parissa). Many thanks to their teacher, Krystyna Tucka at the BCCM & Vancouver Academy of Music, and all the others who kindly helped them in their endeavours to make this possible!

 

Maple Grove Pac Website

upcoming event

 

June 26 – Grade 7 Grad

June 27 – Primary Picnic and Grade 7 Grad trip

June 29 – Service & Awards Assembly

June 29 – Last Day for Students

September 5 – First Day back for students for new school year 2017 2018

Link to Maple Grove District calendar   or click the following pdf link to see our monthly school calendar.  Please note the district calendar has been revised for next year.

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June 16th Update

Staff Changes for 2017 2018

In last week’s blog we shared the organization for Maple Grove for 2017 2018.  Here is a list of the staff changes (more changes are still possible before the beginning of September):

Staff Member                      Reason

Lindsay Thompson             Transferring to VP at McBride Annex
Sabrina Wong                      Transferring to new school and grade
Alana Schober                     Moving
Jessica Chelak                      Temporary Contract
Jas Gill                                   Moving districts
Heidi Kimmick                    Temporary Contract
Lisa Shideler                        Temporary Contract
Karlene Greyhurst              Moving
Peggy Griesdale                  Temporary Contract
Jen Malone                           Temporary Contract
Katrina Leroux                   Transferring Assignments
Jean Mctavish                     Temporary Contract- Retired
Brittany DeRoy                   Temporary Contract
Maria Fiskillis                     Temporary Contract
Alexa Gretchen                   Temporary Contract
Rose Bevacqua                    Program Closure
Janet Gettings                      Temporary Assignment

2017 2018 Calendar

2017 2018 School Calendar

Heritage Fair

Congratulations to Michelle Wu of Division 16 who received the judges’ award for her work on the Douglas Treaties at the district-wide Heritage Fair in May.

Heritage Fair

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Camp Photos

Thank you Ms Bartlett for sharing this wonderful photos!

 

 

Maple Grove Pac Website

upcoming event

June 21 – Intermediate talent show (pm)

June 22 – Primary talent show (pm)

June 23 – Sports Day

June 26 – Grade 7 Grad

June 27 – Primary Picnic and Grade 7 Grad trip

June 28 – Service Assembly

June 29 – Awards Assembly

June 29 – Last Day for Students

September 5 – First Day back for students for new school year 2017 2018

Link to Maple Grove District calendar   or click the following pdf link to see our monthly school calendar.  Please note the district calendar has been revised for next year.

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