December 14th Update

principals-message
Dear Maple Grove School Community,

Another busy week at Maple Grove is drawing to a close, and so too is our year and term.  As many of you know, Maple Grove is part of the district pilot project on reporting “Communicating Student Learning” (CSL) and as such, you will be receiving your child’s report card in January.

A special acknowledgement to our PAC Co-Chairs, our PAC Executive, and the ADHOC PAC Seismic Cohort Committee (Mr. Guest and Ms. Kong) for their hard work in advocating for our school community and for further study of the Magee/Maple Grove Swing site option.  There will be more to come on this issue over the coming months, but for now we have avoided having a difficult situation for Sept, 2019.

Special thanks to Mr. Cliff Saito, Ms. Wong, and the students in Div 12.  They worked very hard in creating an amazing GINGERBREAD SCHOOL

gingerbread house

Parents/Guardians,
Please read the following letter from Mr. Robert Schindel, Associate Superintendent of Vancouver Schools regarding the widely reported incident that occurred at a Vancouver school last week.  Maple Grove staff have met and reinforced our commitment to before school supervision (starts at 8:40 am) and our after school supervision (ends at 3:20 pm).  We reminded staff about questioning adults in the building who they may not recognize.  We also reminded staff to speak to students about being aware of their surroundings, going to the washroom in pairs, being aware of stranger danger,  and speaking to adults in a timely manner.

VBE Parent Letter Dec 14

On another note

While the school tries to remain neutral on issues in the community, we recognize many of our parents like to be aware of what’s going on in the surrounding community.  When we were recently contacted by a neighbour to the school, we felt it necessary to share the information with you:

From a Concerned Neighbour…

To Maple Grove Parents,
I have just been forwarded this information about a request to change usage of a retail store in Kerrisdale near 41/Larch to a cannabis retail.

Comments to the city must be made by Monday Dec. 17.  Attached are the details.  Note that the city would have to grant a variance as they are too close to the Kerrisdale Community Centre.

Feel free to forward this to others who may wish to comment.

Regards,

https://development.vancouver.ca/pc2431w41st/index.htm

Maple Grove’s Winter Concert is on Thursday, December 20th.

holiday concert

There are two shows:    1:15 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.

Your child will bring home your tickets. Don’t lose them! They are your entry into the concert.  They are being sent home on Monday.

The evening show will begin at 6:30 p.m. and students are asked to be in their classrooms at 6:00 p.m.  Once your child has been dropped off at their classroom, please head to the gym by using the entrance near the parking lot.

Parents and guardians are reminded to enjoy the entire show.  Out of consideration for all of the hard work that classes have been putting in practicing for the event, the audience is expected to stay for the entire concert.  PLEASE DON’T LEAVE AFTER YOUR CHILD PERFORMS- ITS DISRESPECTFUL TO ALL THE PARTICIPANTS

If you would like extra tickets, please come to the office to see if we can provide them to you.  Note:  Afternoon tickets are in good supply, however, tickets for the evening performance are very limited.

Care Boxes for the Homeless from Div’s 16, 17 & 18

 

 

On Thursday, December 13, Ms. Adams and three Maple Grove students delivered “care boxes” filled with essential items for homeless clients at the Lookout Society’s Powell Street Getaway on the Downtown Eastside.

Maple Grove Pac Website (Click to enter)

upcoming event
December 19th – Winter Concert Dress Rehearsal (1:15 pm)
December 20th – Winter Concert  (Afternoon performance 1:15 pm, Evening 6:30 pm)
December 21st – Last of school before the winter break
January 7th – First day of school after the winter break

Posted in Uncategorized

December 7th Update

 

WE Day, 2018

15 students from the Global Citizenship Club represented Maple Grove at WE Day 2018. Each of these students earned their place at WE Day due to their volunteer work serving our local and global communities. It was a day of inspiration, empathy and a call for action. All of the WE Day representatives will be leading service projects in our school this year. We can’t wait to see what they do next! Keep reading to find out what inspired them from the many guest speakers at WE Day.

WE Day 2018

WE Day Reflections 2018

WE Day was amazing. The music was so much fun. I was really inspired by Spencer West climbing a mountain with just his hands, but not being his biggest problem or fear. His biggest fear was coming out as gay, but he did it.

It was also pretty inspired by Shilpa Narayan who turned a struggle into a “journey”. There were so many more inspiring ideas and singers and poets and speakers! My time at WE Day was sooooo fun. I hope to go back next year, so until then I’ll volunteer as much as possible to earn my way back to the fun, amazing and inspiring, awesome WE Day!

Ridley

WE Day is about believing in yourself no matter what. When I went to WE Day, it was the best experience in my life. No matter if you are big or small you are you. When I went I felt something. We can make a difference in the world. If you get a chance that would be great. I think we should help poor people in Kenya. We can raise money and donate it. That money can be used for food, clothes and education.

Zoie and Priya

 WE Day was a lot of fun. One of my favourite parts was a when former NFL player Esera Tuaolo told his story about pretending he was straight for 9 years while in the NFL, because stereotypically, NFL players can’t be gay. I support people who are LGBTQ+, because they aren’t afraid to be themselves.

One of my favourite parts about WE Day was the music. Seeing all those performers live was amazing.

Overall, I think anyone who has a chance to go totally should go. They’ll probably regret it if they don’t.

Aleksandra

WE Day is a celebration of young people wanting to make a difference. The purpose of WE Day is to try to help those in need by the people who are committed to make a difference. I think that this is a great way to make an impact of how we live and to get inspired to make changes by other people.

I really got inspired by Nasir Andrew saying “I know it gets hard sometimes and you feel like giving up. The pushing and the shoving, the teasing and the taunting. Enough is enough, but don’t let them steal your light. Rise above and beyond, because you’ve got a hero inside and your journey’s just begun!”. She is telling you to stay strong and to not let anybody’s teasing or taunting get to you.

Christina Div. 2

holiday wreath

Holiday Hamper Drive

Have you sent in your donation yet?

Please be generous.

Collection Period:  December 3rd to December 14th.

We will be sponsoring families from our sister school, Nightingale Elementary, during our Holiday Hamper Drive. Each family will be given a hamper of non-perishable food, household items, small gifts and a gift card to purchase groceries. We need your help to make this annual tradition a huge success. This year there will be a sign up sheet with suggested donations in each classroom. Please ask your child what they have offered to donate. We are also asking for a $4.00 donation from each student to be put towards the grocery store gift cards.  Class parents will be helping and will be available to help if you have any questions.  Thank you to everyone – you will give some very deserving people a wonderful, happy holiday season that would otherwise be very challenging.

 

Div 15 Creations

Div 15 carving

Division 15 worked with an artist from Studiostone Creative to make their own soapstone carvings of west coast animals. They used files and sandpaper to transform rough stone into beautiful orcas, eagles, bears, wolves, and bison. 

rummage sale

Are toys and books taking over your home?  Maybe it’s time to de-clutter!  We are asking for donations of gently used books, games, puzzles and toys for our Rummage Sale that will be held on December 10th.  Please no stuffed animals or broken toys.  Look for the box outside the office.  We will also accept adult books and SMALL household items that are in good condition and easy to sell.  No clothing please.  All profits will go to the Holiday Hampers for our sister school.

The rummage sale will be held in the library on Monday, December 10th from 10:30am-3:30pm.  All items will be under $5!

Maple Grove ES-Winter Term Chess Program

Maple Grove Pac Website (Click to enter)

upcoming event

December 13th – Craft Day for Primary students
December 14th – Open house for Interested Montessori Kindergarten Parents  11:00 am
December 19th – Winter Concert Dress Rehearsal (1:15 pm)
December 20th – Winter Concert  (Afternoon performance 1:15 pm, Evening 6:30 pm)
December 21st – Last of school before the winter break
January 7th – First day of school after the winter break

Posted in Uncategorized

November 30th Update

 

This is tonight!

This is not a drop-off!  A parent must be onsite the whole time.

MOVIE NIGHT POSTER

Holiday Hamper Fundraisers – Coming soon. . .

bake sale 3

There will be a Bake Sale at recess on Thursday, December 6.  We will be selling items for $1 or $2.

We are asking for baked goods to be donated for the sale.  They can be dropped off Thursday morning in the office.  All profits will go to the Holiday Hampers for our sister school.

rummage sale

Are toys and books taking over your home?  Maybe it’s time to de-clutter!  We are asking for donations of gently used books, games, puzzles and toys for our Rummage Sale that will be held on December 10th.  Please no stuffed animals or broken toys.  Look for the box outside the office next week.  We will also accept adult books and SMALL household items that are in good condition and easy to sell.  No clothing please.  All profits will go to the Holiday Hampers for our sister school.

The rummage sale will be held in the library on Monday, December 10th from 10:30am-3:30pm.  All items will be under $5!  Donations will be collected from Monday-Friday next week.

Did you receive your Concert Ticket Order Form?

concert-invite.jpg

Japanese High Tea for the Staff

Special thanks to Cliff and Ms. Smith for organizing a wonderful High Tea- Japanese style.  This was yet another team-building

Cliff

japanese high tea

Japanese high tea 1Japanese high tea 3

Twin Day

To promote school spirit and fun, Maple Grove staff dressed up as twins.

TWin 1twin 2

Counselor Corner

November/ December

Let Your Children Carry Their Own Backpacks

Last year while walking on my home commute from my workday, I watched two of my elementary aged students toss their back packs to what appeared to be their grandfather who then picked up the packs.  The two students then started running and playing while the grandfather accompanied them home with two backpacks in his hand.  The students waved at me and said hello.  I said hello back, and then I said, “Hey, you should carry your own back packs!  Why are you letting your grandfather carry them?”  They just laughed and kept on playing, “He always carry’s our backpacks!”

To be fair to my students, they are right.  I consistently see parents, grandparents and caregivers grab student’s backpacks, coats, lunch bags or work.  And what is wrong with this?  Why shouldn’t adults help children carry their stuff?  Afterall, we are stronger, more responsible and maybe it even feels good to help children lighten their load.

The problem is that children miss out on a significant opportunity to practice skills that will support their ability to regulate and manage their feelings.  We have evolved as a species with the daily practice of contributing to a tribe. Physical labour was an essential part of our survival.  Our feeling brain evolved along with the practice of moving, pushing, pulling, carrying and lifting.  Our brain and body still carry the connection between helping our tribe survive and using our big muscles.

Physical tasks and managing feelings are connected. We want children to get into the practice of taking care of their own things.  We want to give children the message that they have the strength to manage their uncomfortable feelings on their own.

Let your children carry their own backpacks.  This gives them the experience of carrying and lifting.  It teaches them to be responsible for their things.  It helps them practice the notion that it is their job to take care of their things.  Over time, this gives them confidence and assurance in knowing that they can take care of themselves.  Our modern day lifestyle is becoming farther removed from the daily tasks that helped teach our brains to manage our feelings.

MapleGrove-YRFlyer-Winter2019

Maple Grove Pac Website (Click to enter)

upcoming event

November 30th – PAC movie night

December 13th – Craft Day for Primary students

December 14th – Open house for Interested Montessori Kindergarten Parents  11:00 am

December 19th – Winter Concert Dress Rehearsal (1:15 pm)

December 20th – Winter Concert  (Afternoon performance 1:15 pm, Evening 6:30 pm)

December 21st – Last of school before the winter break

January 7th – First day of school after the winter break

Posted in Uncategorized

November 23rd Update

principals-message
Dear Maple Grove School Community,

Well this has been a busy week #TGIF.  There is lots of information on social media these days regarding seismic upgrades and swing sites, but I would encourage everyone to breathe and take the time to become as knowledgeable and well-informed as you can.  The school district, admin teams at Magee and Maple Grove, as well as the PAC Co-Chairs (and or designates) of both schools, are trying to set meetings for next week to develop a process for sharing school and neighbourhood comments/ concerns regarding the proposed study of a possible Magee/ Maple Grove swing site with the district.  No decision has been made at this point as Deputy Superintendent Nelson said in his letter emailed to the Magee and Maple Grove school communities yesterday.  More information to come on this topic and I encourage folks to watch for emails from the school and to read the Maple Grove PAC blog.

 

Traffic Concerns

I would also like to take a moment to acknowledge the VSB grounds department and the City of Vancouver for all their work cleaning the beautiful fallen leaves from the school grounds, sidewalks and streets.

traffic issues

However, the school is concerned with some of the fascinating and creative driving habits we witness on a daily basis on Cypress St and on Cypress St and 47th.  I would like to remind parents that the school encourages parents to park a block or two away from the school and to walk the rest of the way with their children to enjoy some family time.  The VPD and traffic Authority will be watching for reckless drivers over the next few weeks.  You’ve been warned!

I’d also like to ask the parents who park/stop along Cypress or 47th to only stay for a short period of time and to vacate the area as soon as they can to make room for other parent drivers who may be looking to drop off their child.  Your cooperation with this is much appreciated.

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.

MOVIE NIGHT POSTER

Maple Grove will be hosting our first Pyjama Movie Night of the school year on Friday November 30th at 6:30 pm in the gym! The movie will be The Incredibles 2. Be sure to dress in your PJs, bring a pillow, blanket and stuffie!

A friendly reminder this is NOT a drop off event. Please ensure your child(ren) attend with an adult. We hope to see many of you there.

 

holiday wreath

Holiday Hamper Drive

Watch for this notice which will be sent home next week.

Please be generous.

Collection Period:  December 3rd to December 14th.

We will be sponsoring families from our sister school, Nightingale Elementary, during our Holiday Hamper Drive. Each family will be given a hamper of non-perishable food, household items, small gifts and a gift card to purchase groceries. We need your help to make this annual tradition a huge success. This year there will be a sign up sheet with suggested donations in each classroom. Please ask your child what they have offered to donate. We are also asking for a $4.00 donation from each student to be put towards the grocery store gift cards.  Class parents will be helping and will be available to help if you have any questions.  Thank you to everyone – you will give some very deserving people a wonderful, happy holiday season that would otherwise be very challenging.

Food Bank Thank you

The Global Citizenship Club would like to thank all of you for the wonderful response to our We Scare Hunger campaign. Our goal was to collect 10 boxes of food. This year’s Halloween food drive collected 30 boxes and a grand total of 669 pounds of food! That’s a record for Maple Grove. Thank you for supporting families in need in Vancouver.

Food bank sign

November 15, 2018
Maple Grove Elementary School
Debbie Lam
6199 Cypress St
Vancouver, BC V6M 3S3

Dear Debbie and students,
Thank you for raising 669 pounds of food through your food drive to support the work of the Greater Vancouver Food Bank! We sincerely appreciate the commitment, time and energy you’ve taken to create a great opportunity for people to give so generously.
The Greater Vancouver Food Bank’s mission is to create empowering environments that provide and promote access to healthy food, education and training. We are proud of the many ways we demonstrate our commitment to achieve this, including working with local farmers to buy fresh produce, providing education and cooking demonstrations in schools and community kitchens, and expanding our volunteer program.
We love to see many of our members begin to thrive and gain new confidence through the programs the Food Bank delivers. You are helping us to accomplish all of this and more!
Thank you, once again, for your tremendous support of our work!
With Gratitude,
Aart Schuurman Hess
Chief Executive Officer

2018 Grad Legacy Gift Presentation

Recently some of the folks from last year’s awesome Parent Grad Committee dropped by along with some our our 2018 grads to present the school with a legacy gift.  The beautiful plaque will hang in the school (somewhere near the office) for the next couple of years and then make the transition over to the new Maple Grove school building when we move in 2020-2021.  Thank you to the Committee for their wonderful support and efforts to make last year’s grad special.

2018 grad legacy gift

marker recycling

 

Maple Grove Recycles

Ms Adams’ and Ms Lam’s classes are starting a marker recycling program at Maple Grove. If you have felt markers, dry erase markers or highlighters that have dried up, bring them to school. All markers can be placed in the blue box on the counter in the office. When we get at least 100 markers, we will send them off to a recycling facility. Let’s keep those markers out of the landfills!

Message from YMCA re YMCA Kids club at Maple Grove

Dear Maple Grove Families,
 
I would like to thank you for your continued patience as we work through all the required steps that are needed before we can open the Maple Grove YMCA Kids Club. The process has taken longer than we had anticipated but we want to assure you that our team is working diligently to keep things moving in the right direction, as we are eager to welcome your child(ren) into the program.
 
We do have some updates and want to take this opportunity to pass those along to you.
 
We have received confirmation from the VSB that the improvements needed have been done and approved by the City of Vancouver.  We have scheduled our final licensing visit for Tuesday, November 27th.  Once this step is completed, and should no further action be required on our wend, we will be able to officially open the Maple Grove YMCA Kids Club.
 
We are very hopeful that we will be able to host an Open House for families to see the space and meet the staff on Friday, November 30th and then be open on Monday, December 3rd and will confirm these details after our licensing inspection on November 27th.
 
 Once we open the program we will do everything we can to accommodate a start date for your child(ren), as we know that notice may need to be given to another child care provider you are currently registered with.
 
Once again, we appreciate your support and patience.
 
Please let me know if you have any questions.
 
 
Cathy Poole
General Manager
Healthy Child Development

YMCA of Greater Vancouver
T: 604-320-5805
E: cathy.poole@gv.ymca.ca

Maple Grove Pac Website (Click to enter)

upcoming event

November 30th – PAC movie night

December 13th – Craft Day for Primary students

December 14th – Open house for Interested Montessori Kindergarten Parents  11:00 am

December 19th – Winter Concert Dress Rehearsal (1:15 pm)

December 20th – Winter Concert  (Afternoon performance 1:15 pm, Evening 6:30 pm)

December 21st – Last of school before the winter break

January 7th – First day of school after the winter break

 

Posted in Uncategorized

November 8 Update

Professional Development Day tomorrow – no school for students.

 

2018 Grad Legacy Gift Presentation

This week some of the folks from last year’s awesome Parent Grad Committee dropped by along with some our our 2018 grads to present the school with a legacy gift.  The beautiful plaque will hang in the school (somewhere near the office) for the next couple of years and then make the transition over to the new Maple Grove school building when we move in 2020-2021.  Thank you to the Committee for their wonderful support and efforts to make last year’s grad special.

2018 grad legacy gift

Maple Grove Website – School Blog

The Maple Grove School website is transitioning to the peoplesoft software that the VSB uses for remotely managing school information.
In an effort to help our school community adjust, we are running the two sites simultaneously for the remainder of this school year.  You may link to our old site from the VSB main page.  You may also know our old site as maplegroveschool.net     We will continue to use the WordPress school blog feature on the old site as our community is used to this presentation style.  The new website is www.vsb.bc.ca/schools/maple-grove

We will manage the two for the remainder of the year and eventually migrate to one once we’ve given our community time to adjust.

Maple Grove Pac Website (Click to enter)

upcoming event

Friday, November 9th – Professional Development Day – no school for students

Monday, November 12th – Remembrance Day Holiday.

Wednesday, November 21 – Immunization Day

December 14th – Open house for Interested Montessori Kindergarten Parents  11:00 am

December 21st – Last of school before the winter break

January 7th – First day of school after the winter break

 

Posted in Uncategorized

November 2 Update

 

Hallowe’en Fun

 

Staff Halloween 2018

Congratulations Cross Country Team

xcountry 2xcountry 1

Message from the Superintendent of Schools regarding Natural Gas Consumption

Gas Conservation Letter and Information 2018Nov01

 

Maple Grove Pac Website (Click to enter)

upcoming event

Friday, November 9th – Professional Development Day – no school for students

Monday, November 12th – Remembrance Day Holiday.

 

 

Posted in Uncategorized

October 26th Update

 

Hallowe’en Dance Party Tonight!

6:00 to 8:00 pm

Toonie Admission at the door.

 

Please try not to be late for school!

late for school

Dear Parent(s),

Being a responsible learner includes getting up in the morning with enough time to eat a healthy breakfast and get dressed for school.  At Maple Grove, we want all learners to take an active role in engaging in this process and being responsible for their learning.

Please help your children to be successful by ensuring that they arrive to school on time.

Getting to school at 9:00 am is too late.

Children should be arriving at Maple Grove BEFORE 8:55am

Supervision is provided from 8:40 am to 8:55 (first bell)

Classes start at 9:00 am.

Kindergarten Registration for 2019 2020!

kindergarten

Do you have a child born in 2014?  Registration for Kindergarten for 2019 2020 starts on November 1!

New Registration Process

With the opening of school registration for the 2019-20 school year on November 1st, the VSB will be implementing a new online registration service for parents.  The registration process will have 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.

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

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

In order to secure a spot in Maple Grove for 2019 2020 you should register before January 31, 2019.

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

We are wondering about Montessori numbers – do you have a child born in 2014 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 know.  Remember you have to register at your child’s catchment school even if there is a sibling at Maple Grove.

Student Vote

On Thursday, October 19 Maple Grove students exercised their right to vote. Students from division 17 stayed late to tally the votes.

….These are the results of Maple Grove’s election:

Mayor:

Hector Bremner (YES Vancouver)

Councilors (10):

Melissa de Genova (NPA)

Christine Boyle (One City)

Adrianne Carr (Green Party)

Graham Cook (Independent)

Rebecca Bligh (NPA)

Adrian Crook (Independent)

Elizabeth Taylor (Independent)

Diego Cardona (Vision Vancouver)

Justin Caudwell (Independent)

Jason Galloway (Coalition Vancouver)

Parks Board (7):

Cameron Zubko (Vision Vancouver)

Jason Galloway (Coalition Vancouver)

Kathy McGarrigle (NPA)

Dave Demers (Green Party)

Tricia Barker (NPA)

John Coupar (NPA)

Chris Fuoco (Vancouver 1st)

School Board (9):

Oliver Hansen (NPA)

Janet Fraser (Green)

Stephanie Descoteaux (Vancouver 1st)

Tiffany Lee Kindred (ProVancouver)

Fairinia Farrokhi (Independent)

Diana Day (COPE)

Marco Lee (Vancovuer 1st)

Pratpal Kaur Gill (Vancouver 1st)

Julian Prieto (YES Vancovuer)

Mrs. Doubtfire (Independent)

Maple Grove Pac Website (Click to enter)

upcoming event

November 1 – Registration for 2019 2020 Kindergarten begins.

November 2 – Photo Retakes 9:00 am

Friday, November 9th – Professional Development Day – no school for students

Monday, November 12th – Remembrance Day Holiday.

Posted in Uncategorized