November 9th Update

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PRINCIPAL’S MESSAGE

It’s been a busy week at Maple Grove.  Thank you to all the students, parents, staff and community members who helped ensure our Remembrance Day Assembly was a success.  All of the staff worked so hard to make sure the children had a wonderful and positive experience.  Special thanks to Ms. Smith for all of her organizational work.  Thank you also to Mr. Naipaul for working on the process and set up.  Special thanks to Ms. Tornroos for helping pull together the program and ensure we had artwork throughout the school.  Also thank you to all the staff for making accommodations and adjustments for the past three weeks as we pulled this event together.  Thank you also the parents for being so supportive with the process.

Parents, please remember that there is no school on Friday and Monday.  Enjoy your extra long weekend!

Peace

In addition to the moving presentations that students shared at the Remembrance Day Assembly, classes have been working on inspired art work. This piece was completed by Divisions 16, 17 & 18 with Ms. Adams.

Student Council/ Spirit Leaders

Thursday, Nov 8, 2017, Student Council/Spirit Leaders decided to hold a Random Acts of Kindness Day.  They surprised the whole school by plastering teacher’s doors over the lunch hour with post-its and hearts with messages acknowledging the work we do.  Thank you leaders!  You truly make a difference!

Remembrance at Maple Grove

 

 

Div 17 – Immigrant Tea

The Immigrant Experience: On Wednesday, students from Division 17 hosted parents and grandparents for an Immigrant Tea. Their dramatic, funny, and sometimes sad stories complimented the class’ study of the experience of immigrants before, during and after their arrival to Canada. The class is grateful for the time they shared.

 

 

We Scare Hunger

Our We Scare Hunger campaign for the Vancouver Food Bank was a success thanks to the hard work of Global Citizenship members, Ms. Watkins and Ms. Garrod. Thank you to all the Maple Grove families for your generous donations.

 

 

PAC flower fundraiser


PAC’s WINTER FLOWER FUNDRAISER is underway!

Choose from a selection of poinsettias, holiday wreaths and plants for the holiday season.

ORDER DEADLINE – Monday Nov. 20th.

This campaign POSTER, ORDER FORMS and FUNDRAISING INSTRUCTIONS have been e-mailed to all families via your Classroom Representative this week.  Also look for the Poster and Order Form your child(ren) will be bringing home.

Please submit your order and payment in a sealed envelope into the PAC MAILBOX in the school office

 

Our school community has 12 days to fundraise

This campaign is the second of our Flower Fundraisers supporting:

                                                                                                                                                         CLOUD BOOKS FOR CLASSROOMS

                                                                                                                                                                            Target: $10,000 

$10,000 will purchase 1 cart of laptop computers for student and school use. 

 

To watch our campaign grow visit our Campaign Poster in the hallway next to the office.  Our Spring Flower Fundraiser raised almost $700 with $9,300 remaining to reach our $10,000 target.

 

? Questions? – Please e-mail ‘paula@perspectiveshr.com

 

Maple Grove Pac Website

 

upcoming event

December 1 – Professional Development Day – No school for students

December 21 – Winter Concert

December 22 – Last day of classes before winter break

January 8 – First day back to school

 

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November 3rd Update

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PRINCIPAL’S MESSAGE

Happy Weekend to everyone!  It’s a lengthy Principal’s Report this week as there is a lot  going on at school that our school community needs to be aware of.

First of all I want to acknowledge and thank our community policing partners for visiting Maple Grove and assessing the traffic patterns and behaviours with me. We had a productive session and shared our concerns for the intersection of 47th and Cypress Street. We also acknowledged the dangerous driving of a number of vehicles and have agreed that frequent reminders in the school blog may help to bring awareness to the situation. Our policing partners did hand out tickets.

I want to also acknowledge all of the wonderful parent support that I witness on a daily basis in and around the school. It’s so nice to see parent volunteers working to ensure their children’s education is engaging, robust, and productive.  We truly rely on the selfless dedication of parents and their unique and strong skill sets that only add to the variety of experiences that we can possibly provide for students.   Thank you to all of the parents who dedicate their time and energy and efforts to the Maple Grove School community and making sure that all of our children have the best education possible.

To this end, I want to acknowledge all of the parents who worked tirelessly to ensure that the Halloween fundraising dance was a huge success.

Ms. Smith and I attended the event and thoroughly enjoyed all of the decorations, costumes, and organization that went into making sure the evening went swimmingly.

    

            

Hats off to all of the parents who worked on the event or who volunteered their time in preparing for the event.  These types of activities that bring our school community together only help to strengthen the culture of the school.  I think we need to recognize our amazing PAC executive and all of the leadership they provide in building a strong parent community.

I would also like to acknowledge the wonderful Montessori education evening held earlier in the week.  Ms. Hart, was our guest presenter and gave a thorough and comprehensive overview of Montessori education and how it relates to Maple Grove School.  I want to acknowledge Ms. Paula Temrick for all of her time, energy and effort in organizing the event. I also want to acknowledge our PAC executive for sponsoring the event and supporting this worthy endeavour.

 

Reporting is changing at Maple Grove:

Throughout British Columbia, all school districts are working on revising and changing the way they assess, report and communicate student learning.  Vancouver is no different.  Maple Grove is currently part of a pilot project with 63 other schools in Vancouver in which we are looking at a revised process of communicating student learning as it relates to the new curriculum.  The district is planning on changing and implementing its reporting process as of September, 2018, and Maple Grove wants to position itself so that we are in a good place to be up to speed with how our province and district want reporting to take place.

As mentioned in the PAC meeting previously,  I want to share with parents some of the similarities and differences between our old reporting process and our pilot process for communicating student learning.  Essentially, you will notice two significant differences:

  1. Our conventional reporting process involved three formal report cards and two informal reports .  This will switch to two formal reports and three informal ways of connecting over student learning .
  2. The other significant difference you will notice is that in conventional report cards we gave out letter grades and work habit classifications.  As part of the pilot, the new communicating student learning report will not have letter grades (these are available upon request from the parent). The new reports will continue with a classification for student work habits and achievement.

It is important to recognize that with a new/ re-designed provincial curriculum that is focused on 21st-century teaching and learning, we truly needed to update and upgrade our conventional reporting process and format.  We have been informed that our district will be mandating a new format in September, 2018, so many of our staff see advantages for working through the pilot this year to become familiar and acquainted with the new communicating student learning formats.

Here is a sample of what a new report might look like:
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aaa report p.2

Seismic Update:

In March-June the VSB seismic team spent a lot of time working with students, staff and parents to understand what their vision for a new school seismic build would be.  There were numerous workshops/assemblies and meetings with students, staff and parents to garner a better sense of what we value as teaching and learning space as a school community.  The VSB Project team met with our parent seismic cohort group and discussed many design elements for a new seismic school.

Working within the Ministry of Education (MoE) guidelines, the architects came back in June, and again in September with some sketches and ideas for a new Maple Grove.  There are ongoing changes and refinements occurring regularly but in an effort to be transparent and share information with parents who were not able to attend the last PAC meeting where these sketches were shared… we are sharing them with the caveat that, “things change” so don’t rely on these diagrams as final.

Where we are in the Process:

project schedule

The Ground Floor:

Ground Floor

The Top Floor:

Top Floor

Aerial (drone) view looking South East from 44th Ave:

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Looking at one of the new front entrances off of 45th Ave towards the front of the school:

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Looking North along the sidewalk of Cypress St through the intersection of 47th and Cypress:

V2

Looking West along 45th through the intersection of 45th and Cypress:

V3

Looking East along 45th from the intersection of 45th and Maple:

V4

Global Citizenship Club “We Scare Hunger”

23 boxes of non perishable food were collected for the Vancouver Food Bank.  Thank you Global citizenship Club!

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newPACAttention parents! Are you curious about the new curriculum? Come join your community on Monday November 6 at 930 am in the library for a presentation that will answer all your questions !

Presented by the BCTF

Entitled: So we have a revised curriculum, what does this mean for my child?

Please register by email for this free workshop to galen@telus.net

You are welcome to bring a friend

PAC flower fundraiser

Maple Grove Pac Website

upcoming event

November 10th – Pro D – No school for Students

November 13 – Remembrance Day Holiday

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October 27 Update

Halloween dance

Dance! Pizza! Prizes! The Halloween Dance is on this Friday OCT 27, 5:30-8pm.

$5 admission plus bring a donation for We Scare Hunger for a free chance to win! Dress-up for creative costume prizes! Raffle prizes!

A reminder this is an unsupervised event; kids please bring an adult or better yet, bring the whole family! Kids 4 and under are free.

Tips for Maple Grove’s Ongoing Traffic Issues. . .

 

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PAC food days

WE Day, October 18th

WE day 2017

“We Day is about different people coming together who want to help the world and celebrating their achievements.”

Taranveer, Div. 5

 

“Always choose kind. Dream big!”  Mio Div 15

 

” I learned that we have to stand up, stick together and voice our opinions.  We are the next generation and we must make this world a better place. Another important fact I have learned from We Day is that we can make daily choices that may be helping someone in a third world country without even realizing it. All of the small things will add up to a big change which will have an impact in different parts of the world.  We starts with me!”   Gurleen, Div 1.

Maple Grove Pac Website

upcoming event

 

October 31st – Halloween – Wear your costume to school!

November 3rd – 9:00 am Photo retakes

November 10th – Pro D – No school for Students

November 13 – Remembrance Day Holiday

 

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October 19th Update

Tomorrow, October 20th is a Pro-D Day.

Enjoy the extra long weekend!

 

Halloween dance

 

Dear Parents,

There is still time to register for next week’s ‘MONTESSORI FUNDAMENTALS’ – Tuesday Oct. 24 from 6:30 – 8:00 pm. 

Registration has been very encouraging with 27 parents signed up and 16 childcare requests to date.

Registration Deadline has been extended to Monday Oct. 23rd.

DROP YOUR REGISTRATION FORM IN THE PAC MAILBOX IN THE OFFICE and PLEASE JOIN US.

You will walk away with important knowledge about Montessori education that will help you be supportive at home.

This workshop is relevant for parents of all children K-7.  Please read more in the flyer below.  Additional registration forms are available in the office.

Paula Temrick

Maple Grove PAC Executive

Montessori Fundamentals

 

Maple Grove Pac Website

upcoming event

October 20th – Professional Development Day – No school for students

October 24th –  Montessori Fundamentals – 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm

October 25th – Photo orders due

November 3rd – 9:00 am Photo retakes

November 10th – Pro D Day – no school for students

November 13th – Remembrance Day Holiday

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October 13, 2017 Update

principals-messagePRINCIPAL’S MESSAGE

Happy Weekend to everyone!  As mentioned in the PAC meeting earlier today, we are very excited about some of the sketches and designs that the architects presented regarding the new Maple Grove school.  I am awaiting electronic copies of some of the drawings and I will share those with the broader school community in next week’s blog.

I also want to share with parents who were not able to attend the PAC meeting this morning that many teachers at Maple Grove will be piloting a new report card and reporting process for the school district this school year.  I will share details in subsequent blog entries regarding some of the similarities and differences between our old reporting process and our pilot process for communicating student learning.  Essentially, you will notice two significant differences:

  1. Our conventional reporting process involved three formal report cards and two informal reports .  This will switch to two formal reports and three informal ways of connecting over student learning .
  2. The other significant difference you will notice is that in conventional report cards we gave out letter grades and work habit classifications.  As part of the pilot, the new communicating student learning report will not have letter grades (these are available upon request from the parent). The new reports will continue with a classification for student work habits and achievement.

It is important to recognize that with a new/ re-designed provincial curriculum that is focused on 21st-century teaching and learning, that we truly needed to update and upgrade our conventional reporting process and format.  We have been informed that our district will be mandating a new format in September, 2018, so many of our staff see advantages for working through the pilot this year to become familiar and acquainted with the new communicating student learning formats.

There will undoubtably be some growing pains attached to this new process, but we are excited about the opportunity to provide meaningful feedback that is personalized and individual in nature for all of our learners.  We would like to thank you in advance for your patience and understanding while our school team works through this process.
I would also like to take a moment to acknowledge the VSB grounds department who worked tirelessly with the CoV to ensure that the Gateway at 45th was opened up and completed in a timely manner.  And while we will have to wait for the grass seed to take root in the area between the Magee Field and Maple Grove, it will be a, “wait worthwhile” as we will have a new green way for the spring.

traffic issues

REGARDING TRAFFIC–  We are continuing to witness some intense traffic on Cypress St in the morning and after school.  We’ve asked our policing partners for their assistance with distracted drivers and unconventional driving habits.  They’ve agreed to attend and monitor the situation.  Thank you to all the concerned students and parents who have come forward to express their concerns.  The safety and security of your children is a priority for us and we want you to know that we take this seriously.

Also, please reframe from walking in the driveway and staff parking lots.  Commercial vehicles and staff use both those areas to park – and they are simply not expecting to see children walking in those areas in the early morning hours.

We encourage all parents to park your cars away from the school and walk the one or two blocks with your child – enjoy the time in the morning for good conversation and shaping the rest of the day with your child.

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.  It was great to see so many parents at the ELL Thursday morning class and at the Friday morning coffee social.  Also thank you to all the parents who have been supporting the school with their time, money and volunteerism.  We appreciate working with such great advocates of public education.  Thank you everyone!

 

Fresh To You Fundraiser

There is one more week left to place your orders! We are selling a $25 veggie bundle and an $18 apple bundle. Last week your child was sent home with an order form. Along with your order, please encourage your child to sell to other family members and friends. Our school receives 40% of the total sold. This is a great way to contribute to our school as well as encourage healthy eating habits.

Order forms are due back on or before Thursday October 19th, to your teacher or the school office. Payment can be made by cash or cheque. Please make cheque out to Maple Grove PAC. Bundles will be delivered to the classrooms at the end of November.

Your support in this fundraiser is much appreciated.

Gina McGill (Fresh To You Coordinator)

 

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Maple Grove Pac Website

upcoming event

October 17th – Immunization for students – Please return consents to the office by Monday, October 16th.

October 20th – Professional Development Day – No school for students

October 24th –  Montessori Fundamentals – 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm

November 3rd – 9:00 am Photo retakes

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October 6th Update

Thanksgiving 2

Happy Thanksgiving Weekend!

Dear Maple Grove families, Please enjoy this holiday long weekend with family, friends, and those you love.  Rest, relax and find time to spend with you children.  Enjoy our beautiful city and good food and company.  There is no school on Monday.  We look forward to seeing everyone back on Tuesday.  

 

Foundation Skills Assessment

The Foundation Skills Assessment (FSA) is an annual provincial assessment that will be
conducted in Grade 4 and 7 classrooms across British Columbia between October 2 and
November 10, 2017.  Information about the FSA can be found on the Ministry of Education provincial website:

https://curriculum.gov.bc.ca/assessment-reporting/new-foundation-skillsassessment

which provides further details on all aspects of this assessment and its use,
along with sample tests that can be used for practice.  The Ministry of Education expects all students to participate in this assessment.

The results can be used as assessment for learning by your child’s teacher and serve as a provincial snapshot to provide information about how students in British Columbia are doing as a whole. Students may be excused due to a family emergency, lengthy illness or other extenuating circumstances that include lack of background in English or other learning difficulties.

You may receive a letter from your child’s classroom teacher that outlines their concerns about the FSA.  You may also receive additional FSA information that has been prepared by the British Columbia Teachers’ Federation (BCTF) regarding the administration of these assessments.

If you have any questions about these materials, how FSA will be conducted in your
school or the implications for your child, please contact Mr. Evans.

Do you have a child in grade 7??????

Magee

  

 

Volunteer Call out

Maple Grove Pac Website

upcoming event

October 9th – Thanksgiving Day Holiday

October 17th – Immunization for students – Please return consents to the office by October 10th.

October 20th – Professional Development Day – No school for students

 

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September 29 Update

 

principals-messagePRINCIPAL’S MESSAGE

Greetings everyone!  As we wrap up this first month of September, I want to acknowledge all of the overtime that the staff have put in to ensure that students settle quickly into classes and class routines.  I want to recognize all of the staff who helped cover classes where there was no assigned teacher.  We have completed our hiring, and we are now actively looking to secure teachers on call (TOC’s) who would like to sub regularly at Maple Grove.  I would like to take a moment to welcome our most recent staff additions: Ms. Janet Batsoulas (replacing Ms. Lam until her return at the end of March), Ms. Mary Ahn (has joined our resource team full-time ) and Miss Isabelle Tang (has joined our resource team on Tuesdays and Wednesdays and continues to be Ms. Seebaran’s job share partner on Thursdays and Fridays).

I would also like to take a moment to acknowledge the VSB grounds department who worked tirelessly with the CoV to ensure that the Gateway at 45th was opened up and completed in a timely manner.  And while we will have to wait for the grass seed to take root in the area between the Magee Field and Maple Grove, it will be a, “wait worthwhile” as we will have a new green way for the spring.

traffic issues

REGARDING TRAFFIC– I can’t tell you how concerned we are with the unorthodox and often unique driving scenarios that play out at the front of the school each morning (near Cypress Street and 47th).  I would like to forewarn parents that we are contacting the Vancouver Police and we will be asking for officers from their traffic division to come to the school and ticket unsafe driving.  I also want to alert parents that we will be contacting CoV by law enforcement officers to enforce city bylaws regarding cars and parking on the street.  Our number one priority is the safety and security of your children as they make their way to school.  On that note, I, again, want to caution parents not to use the school parking lot or the driveway out front as drop offs or walkways with their children. Commercial vehicles and staff use both those areas to park – and they are simply not expecting to see children walking in those areas in the early morning hours.

We encourage all parents to park your cars away from the school and walk the one or two blocks with your child – enjoy the time in the morning for good conversation and shaping the rest of the day with your child.

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.  It was great to see so many parents at the ELL Thursday morning class and at the Friday morning coffee social.  Also thank you to all the parents who have been supporting the school with their time, money and volunteerism.  We appreciate working with such great advocates of public education.  Thank you everyone!

Terry Fox Run

 

 

The Terry Fox run scheduled for Friday was postponed. Some classes chose to run anyway.  The whole school will participate in a run next week.

Pro D

Professional Day on Friday, September 22: Art with Ms. Smith: Our new Vice Principal, Mariette Smith offered us several art lessons to share with our class. In addition to presenting art concepts, they made connections to our school goal of social emotional learning (SEL). With years of experience teaching art at the elementary and secondary levels, Smith is a tremendous resource and inspiration.

 safety patrol

Safety Patrol: Thanks to Mr. Naipaul and a team of service-oriented students, Safety Patrol is at work every morning making the trip to school safer.

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.

Magee shredding

 

 

 

Maple Grove Pac Website

upcoming event

October 6th – Photo Day –photographer

October 9th – Thanksgiving Day Holiday

October 20th – Professional Development Day – No school for students

 

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