May 20th 2022 – Victoria Day Long Weekend

NO SCHOOL ON MONDAY MAY 23/2022

We would like to wish all of the students and families a restful and sun filled long weekend ahead.

PAC SPONSORED – Gymnastics with Serghei – May/June.

Thank you to our very generous Maple Grove PAC for making this seasons Gymnastics program with Serghei possible. The children are really enjoying this special program in the gym.

Madame Morissette has joined our Administrative team with Mr. Land (will be working M, T+ alternating F); Ms. Morissette will work W, Th and alternating F. We are expecting Mr. Evans back for the last week of June. Madame Morissette is so thrilled to be here with our students and community to help wrap up the school year.

Message from the Office

We thank you for understanding our wish to offer every child a smooth and balanced start to the day in their class and their school. Gratitude to those families and students who arrive to school punctually everyday and who inform the teacher and the office if they foresee an upcoming appointment or if they will be arriving late.

We would like to remind families that the expectation is for all student’s to try their best to come to school on-time and to be picked up by guardians on-time.

As the weather warms up and after school becomes a social buzz on the playground we would like to reiterate that school only has limited staff supervision until 3:18pm each day, it is recommended parents try and come for the end of day bell and enjoy watching your children play while socializing with other parents.

With only 6 weeks left in the school year, we know we can make them as enjoyable as possible and put our best foot forward.

VCH Audiology Screening – Screening will be done at Maple Grove Elementary on May 25, 2022 @ 9:15am

This year, your child’s Grade 1 class will take part in the Hearing Screening Program at their school. This will be done by VCH public health staff as part of a province-wide screening program. We want to find and help children who may have possible problems which can affect their learning.

Request of Learning Situation

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Parent requests must be emailed to Madame Valerie Carriere by May 27th noon. Criteria for the requests were posted in last weeks blog – please read it carefully

send requests to: vcarriere@vsb.bc.ca  

We cannot accept teacher requests

A written request does not guarantee that your request will be granted!

The objective of class placement is to create and organize classes so that each student is in a positive learning situation.  The school also wants to ensure that each teacher has a manageable teaching assignment that conforms to Ministry of Education standards and the teacher’s Collective Agreement.

Parents who feel that they have educational information that would help the decision-making process should convey that information in writing to the Vice Principal BEFORE MAY 27th.   
The VSB Microsoft Mail Server Clients is state-of-the-art and we do not accept late requests or “I sent it” as a reason.  We do not lose email.  Information will be used as one of the factors staff will consider when forming class lists.  Please do not request a specific teacher in your letter.  It may eliminate your letter from consideration.  Further, submitting a request is not a guarantee that your request will be granted.  Requests are not confirmed.  You will not receive an email confirming receipt of your request.

* Parents are reminded that they should speak with the current classroom teacher regarding placement of their child, as the current classroom teacher has a significant role in placing the student in next year’s class.

We respectfully ask that you do not directly talk to, or contact by phone or email, any teachers about your child’s class placement with teachers. Teachers are bound by their Professional Code of Ethics, and these conversations cannot occur without violating this code.

Parents are reminded that the final decision and authority for pupil placement remains with the Principal, as per the School Act.

Thank you so much for reading our weekly Blog!

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Friday- May 13

Announcement

Dear Maple Grove Community,

I would like to let you know that I will be retiring at the end of this school year. After 35 years with the Vancouver School Board (12 teaching; and 23 admin) I have decided to retire. I restore cars; and planning a Mercedes Sprinter Van buildout (thank you Levi) #vanlife; playing around with guitars, traveling, home renovations and spending time with my family.

I have loved being a school principal! It has truly been a rewarding and gratifying experience. I have always believed in working with our youth is one of the most noble professions one can have. From my early days teaching soccer schools, ski instructing, teaching sailing, tennis and windsurfing, to working in more formal school settings I have always enjoyed helping kids. I have always enjoyed the educational leadership aspect of teaching and learning, in particular, working with outstanding educators and building Professional Learning Communities (PLC’s) within schools. I have thoroughly enjoyed my time at Maple Grove. The students are awesome (thank you parents); the parents are well-informed, supportive, knowledgeable, giving and caring; and the staff are conscientious, detail-oriented, and passionate about education. It has been a highlight to transition to the new school and I’m so happy with the way it’s turned out (especially given all the constraints and parameters that were incumbent upon the design and build).

Working through Covid was interesting- to say the least- but, I’m proud of our community for standing together and and supporting one another. I would like to say, “Thank you to all the parents on the PAC Executive over the years who worked tirelessly on behalf of your children. I’d like to thank Angela, Monica, Cliff, Jeannie, Lisa, Lisa R, Manu, Joel, Tammy, Tom, Steve, Galen, Monica, Andrew, Paula, Tad, Cathy and John, and Doug and all the parents who selflessly work for student engagement, teaching and learning (there’s simply too many of you to mention). To my Admin Teams, and the 12 VPs I’ve trained over the years, I have the utmost respect for all of you, and I’m so happy you’ve moved up, and on, in your careers, journeys and schools. I wish the best for each of you! I would be remiss if I didn’t give props to our lovely Madame Val. She has basically run the school for the past year. She will be an amazing school principal. I’m so proud of her and grateful that she was at the helm. I also would like to send a special thank you to the retired principals, Mr. Land, Ms. Marlow and Madame Morissette for all their support for the past year. My timeline was not my own, and they were always flexible and understanding that recover takes time. To the students… work hard, stay true to your core values and speak your voice. And to my teaching and support staff… you have been amazing! A daily reminder how dedicated and professional each of you are in how you approach your work. You give selflessly of yourselves and I always admired you for being so passionate and dedicated. Be kind, calm and thoughtful to one another!

Art Club

Are you artsy? Well we have some Gr 6/ 7students who are part of the Art Club. They meet every Tuesday at lunch. Enjoy the pics below, where they are painting murals on the concrete bunkers for the hydro, recycling, earthquake supplies and bike locker. Are you artsy, creative and crafty? Thank you to the staff sponsors, Ms. New, Ms. Gjernes and Ms. Iris.

Thank you Mr. Land for the pics.

Grad Parent Committee

Parent Volunteers Needed (specifically gr 6+7 but any gr welcome)
Parents we find ourselves in the position being able to offer more traditional school experiences as Covid restriction ease provincially and nationally. Each year end we celebrate our gr 7 grads. Past practise had been that gr 6 parents volunteer at the event, and that way gr 7 parents can partake and enjoy the event. Then, the following year, the new set of gr 6 parents volunteer, so the new set of gr 7 parents can have their turn enjoying the event. It’s a kinda, Pay It Forward operation.

This year’s Grad Parent Committee still have openings and need your help (decorating, supervising food, bouncers for the dance afterwards, etc). It’s really fun and a great way to get to know more parents and kids. We need gr 7 parents will be needed for the decoration and set up, and gr 6 (or other gr) parents needed for serving food and supervising the event.

If you’re interested (even just a little) reach out to Kristie Ruff at kristieruf@gmail.com 

School Organization

Last week we shared in the blog that the VSB provided all schools in Vancouver with their staffing entitlements based on enrolment projections for September ’22 and that Maple Grove has 94 students, who should be able to attend Maple Grove, but are occupying spaces in nearby schools. We also shared that as a result, the VSB aimed to address the issue by adding two portable classrooms to the school.

The VSB has asked Maple Grove to add a Kindergarten class and an intermediate class to our school organization. This means, Maple Grove traditional side of the school will be increasing from 14 to 16 divisions. Our tentative projections have managed to reduce our waitlist from 94 to about 35 students. We are being told to anticipate this trend to continue for the next few years- partly due to development in the neighbourhood and also the new school factor plays a part in this process.

We are presently engaged in conversations with the staff regarding School Organization and what things might look like for next year. Undoubtedly, we will have two senior classes in the portables- and we will be adding to it for the foreseeable future or until our enrolment settles.

Student-Led Conferences

This week was an exciting week at MG. Student-led conferences took place (in-person) on Tuesday and Thursday evening and we were thrilled to have parents in the school for the first time. All the the feedback we received was positive. Thank you to all the students for being great ambassadors of their learning and to the staff for dedicating so much time to the event.

Class Placements for September + Parent Input- DEADLINE, May 27th

Maple Grove likes to work with our parent community and as such, we like to confer about placements of students for September.  That staff work very hard to decide on the perfect placement for your child- they often consider a number of factors that parents may not have knowledge of.  Similarly, you often have information that we need to know.  The first thing you need to do- if you have a placement request for your child- is talk to this year’s teacher!   The classroom teacher plays a huge role in determining where your child will be placed.

Background Information:
In September, it takes some students several days/ weeks to settle in to new classroom environments. Generally speaking, after a couple of days/weeks students settle nicely into the rhythm of the new school year/grade/teacher.  The beginning of the school year can be emotionally difficult for some students due to the change in schedule (which will happen to us as we share the site with a swing site school), different classmates, different teachers, different school, different everything!  Disappointments can be magnified.  With your support, and ours, most students adapt to their new class and routines quickly.   During this time, please reflect on, rather than react to, your child’s placement.  It is extremely important to remain supportive and positive about your child’s placement and to trust last year’s teacher for making the recommendation.  Teacher recommendations are made after hours of discussion and debate among teachers.  Decisions are not made lightly.  We trust your children to be able to adjust to new learning situations and to make new friends – these are normal life challenges.  In an effort to assist teachers in making decisions where to place students, Maple Grove traditionally offers parents an opportunity to provide some input into learning circumstances that may be beneficial for their child, or for staff to consider when casting classes.

We have found in the past that with your support, children are able to adapt to and benefit from a variety of experiences and that as parents, we tend to underestimate their ability to do so. Your help with this process is crucial. Please help your child by encouraging them and normalizing change, making new friends and meeting new challenges. As well, work to develop a positive relationship with your child’s teacher. Our goals are the same as yours – we are striving for your child and all children to be successful.

How We Organize Classes:
Organizing students into classes for the upcoming school year is one of the more complex things that we do at Maple Grove.  We go to great efforts to ensure that children are placed in optimal educational settings; teams of teachers as well as our Learning Assistance staff work to create what we feel is the best placement for each and every child.  The factors we must consider are numerous- there can be many reasons to place a child in a given class and sometimes reasons not to.  Both combined and single grade classes will be developed for next year at various grade levels.  As well, there is often teacher movement from grade to grade, and to and from the school.  Our aim is to build diverse and successful groups of learners who will function and learn well together.  To do this, we use a wide range of criteria for grouping students, including:

Class Placement Requests:    May 27th

We do not accept teacher requests!  We have criteria that we publish annually.  Class placement requests must be made in writing and are sent directly to the Vice Principal and must adhere to the criteria.  A written request does not guarantee that your request will be granted!

Criteria For Class Placement:

The objective of class placement is to create and organize classes so that each student is in a positive learning situation.  The school also wants to ensure that each teacher has a manageable teaching assignment that conforms to Ministry of Education standards and the teacher’s Collective Agreement.

A. Instructional Criteria:

  1. Ability Distribution
  2. Work Habits
  3. Teaching/Learning Styles
  4. Equitable distribution of students
  5. Groupings appropriate for the best learning environment for all

    B. Positive Social Grouping:
  1. Friendships
  2. Peer conflicts
  3. Boy/ Girl ratios
  4. Positive leaders
  5. Social needs / friendships

C.  Other Criteria:

  1. Previous Experience: Previous class assignment of teachers & students is considered.
  2. Teacher Recommendations
  3. Parental Input
  4. Resource Team Input
  5. Class size + Composition criteria
  6. Special factors or extenuating circumstances
  7. Grade level balance in combined classes
  8. Effort, achievement, independence and leadership
  9. Cultural diversity

D.  Attention to Each Child:

  1. Each child’s academic needs + progress
  2. Each child’s social needs
  3. Class group dynamics
  4. Gender balance
  5. Physical and emotional maturity
  6. Personalities
  7. Each child’s need for attention in social, emotional and behavioral areas
  8. Logistical requirements concerning the child’s access to the support of an education assistant whose service is provided in more than one classroom


Parent requests must be emailed to
Madame Val by May 27th noon.

Additionally, we must make placements within the constraints of staffing allocations and Collective Agreements and contractual guidelines.  In the end, each classroom will have its own character, offering different benefits to each child.  We ask that you trust the team of educators working with your child to make the best placement for next year.  We know it can make a difference when students have a familiar face in their class.  We also know that sometimes, friends do not make the best classmates and that at times, friends should not be in the same class as they can disrupt one another’s learning.  When we do place students for social reasons, we primarily consider students your child will succeed with in class, not necessarily friends; the two groups may be completely different.  Finally, making new connections, meeting new challenges, and dealing with change are all important life skills.  We will be asking students about friends prior to class building.

In the past, we have had a large number of parent requests for class placement that made class building very challenging.  Many of the requests were regarding friends and sometimes were at odds with what staff saw as a ‘best placement’ or the requests of the friends. Please consider the following information.

Most times, it should not be necessary to make a special request. Your child’s previous teacher and our extended team know your child well, and will have good ideas about who they learn well with. On occasion, there can be special circumstances such as special needs or past history that we may not be aware of or that you feel we may need to be reminded of. Please give writing a letter serious consideration based on the above information.

If you feel you need to write a letter outlining your perspective regarding September class placement, please focus on the kind of learning environment you believe your child learns best; please remember, you cannot request or exclude certain teachers – this will not be considered.

Letters that focus on learning are welcome and can at times be very helpful.  It is also important to note that requests may or may not be met, depending on the input of staff and administration.  In other words, writing a letter of request does not guarantee your request will be met.   Multiple requests from parents (e.g., for friends, avoiding combine classes or teachers) cannot be met.  As well, requests for ‘non-split classes’ or upper or lower parts of splits cannot be accommodated- please don’t even make that a point.   This is not a perfect process but we work very hard at it and look at many factors many times between now and September to do the best we can for all children.

Parents who feel that they have educational information that would help the decision-making process should convey that information in writing to the Principal BEFORE MAY 27th. 

You may email Madame Val at vcarriere@vsb.bc.ca    

The VSB Microsoft Mail Server Clients is state-of-the-art and we do not accept late requests or “I sent it” as a reason.  We do not lose email.  Information will be used as one of the factors staff will consider when forming class lists.  Please do not request a specific teacher in your letter.  It may eliminate your letter from consideration.  Further, submitting a request is not a guarantee that your request will be granted.  Requests are not confirmed.  You will not receive an email confirming receipt of your request.

* Parents are reminded that they should speak with the current classroom teacher regarding placement of their child, as the current classroom teacher has a significant role in placing the student in next year’s class.

We respectfully ask that you do not directly talk to, or contact by phone or email, any teachers about your child’s class placement with teachers. Teachers are bound by their Professional Code of Ethics, and these conversations cannot occur without violating this code.

Parents are reminded that the final decision and authority for pupil placement remains with the Principal, as per the School Act.

Admin Team Update

Please welcome Madame Morissette. Mr. Land will be working M, T+ alternating F; Ms. Morissette will work W, Th and alternating F. We are expecting Mr. Evans back for the last week of June.

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May 6

Good afternoon Maple Grove,
Just a short blog as we wrap up this week. Basketball is winding down and we’re getting ready of Ultimate to start up shortly. Thursday Maple Grove practised our Earthquake Drill. While the weather was not great, and we were short staff due to illness, we managed to do our radio and coms checks as well as practise some student release. We are hopeful that if the weather ever improves, we can actually spend more time working through a scenario where we activate all our command teams. Thank You to the parents who were able to help with student release. More to come on this.

Welcome Back Mr. Land

Mr. Evans is continuing to recover, but it’s been a slow process. Mr. Land is back with us until further notice and he will be joined by Natalie Morissette.

School Organization

Last week the VSB provided all schools in Vancouver with their staffing entitlements based on enrolment projections for September ’22. Maple Grove has 94 students, who should be able to attend Maple Grove, being farmed out to other surrounding schools, because there is not enough space at Maple Grove. This process of sending catchment students to nearby schools is causing a domino effect for those schools as our students are taking up necessary spots in other schools. And so those schools farm out their students to other nearby schools and the cycle repeats causing consternation at multiple schools throughout this area of the district. The district SMT and DMT have decided to tried to find solutions to manage this problematic trend. For the foreseeable future, they are planning to open two classroom portables at Maple Grove (the portables sitting un-used for the past few years on the tennis courts).

The VSB has required Maple Grove to add a Kindergarten class to our School Organization and an additional class at a to be determined section of our school organization. This means, Maple Grove traditional side of the school will be increasing from 14 to 16 divisions. Our tentative projections have managed to reduce our waitlist from 94 to about 35 students. We are being told to anticipate this trend to continue for the next few years- partly due to development in the neighbourhood and also the new school factor plays a part in this process.

We are presently engaged in conversations with the staff regarding School Organization and what things might look like for next year. Undoubtedly, we will have two senior classes in the portables- and we will be adding to it for the foreseeable future or until our enrolment settles.

There will be more information in coming weekly posts that will share specifics about what the school organization and enrolment look like. Thank you to everyone’s help in making sure we have proper registrations at the school and that all our families are accounted for and included in our projections.

Grad Parent Committee

Parent Volunteers Needed (specifically gr 6+7 but any gr welcome)
Parents we find ourselves in the position being able to offer more traditional school experiences as Covid restriction ease provincially and nationally. Each year end we celebrate our gr 7 grads. Past practise had been that gr 6 parents volunteer at the event, and that way gr 7 parents can partake and enjoy the event. Then, the following year, the new set of gr 6 parents volunteer, so the new set of gr 7 parents can have their turn enjoying the event. It’s a kinda, Pay It Forward operation.

This year’s Grad Parent Committee still have openings and need your help (decorating, supervising food, bouncers for the dance afterwards, etc). It’s really fun and a great way to get to know more parents and kids. We need gr 7 parents will be needed for the decoration and set up, and gr 6 (or other gr) parents needed for serving food and supervising the event.

If you’re interested (even just a little) reach out to Kristie Ruff at kristieruf@gmail.com 

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April 29, 2022

Grad Parent Committee

WE NEED YOU!

Parent Volunteers Needed (specifically gr 6+7 but any gr welcome)
Parents we find ourselves in the position being able to offer more traditional school experiences as Covid restriction ease provincially and nationally. Each year end we celebrate our gr 7 grads. Past practise had been that gr 6 parents volunteer at the event, and that way gr 7 parents can partake and enjoy the event. Then, the following year, the new set of gr 6 parents volunteer, so the new set of gr 7 parents can have their turn enjoying the event. It’s a kinda, Pay It Forward operation.

This year’s Grad Parent Committee still have openings and need your help (decorating, supervising food, bouncers for the dance afterwards, etc). It’s really fun and a great way to get to know more parents and kids. We need gr 7 parents will be needed for the decoration and set up, and gr 6 (or other gr) parents needed for serving food and supervising the event.

If you’re interested (even just a little) reach out to Kristie Ruff at kristieruf@gmail.com 

Earthquake Drill at Maple Grove (May 5)

On Thursday, May 5th at approximately 1:00 pm we will have a practise earthquake drill at Maple Grove.

Periodically throughout the year, schools write about emergency procedures either as general knowledge for the school community; to bring awareness to a particular type of procedure; to share information about goings-on about the school, or familiarize the school community with a procedure practised at the school; or to inform our school community of a procedure that is new for the school as we are still working through processes, building deficiencies, familiarity with the new school, and learning about our practise and whether or not it still applies the same for the new school verses how we did things in the old school.

This is simply a heads up that:

1. We will be participating with all other Vancouver School District schools in a drill on May 5th.

2. The drill will take place around 1 pm. The extent of our participation in the drill is weather dependent and we reserve the right to postpone our school response to a weather appropriate day.

3. It is our intention to learn from this drill and understand the nuances of 3 schools evacuating on a site, and, more importantly, our process for evacuation from the new school to our emergency mustering area (Magee grass field)

4. It is our intention to exercise our staff-based emergency roles to see how they perform and to garner a sense of some of the difficulties they may experience.

5. This will include, but is not limited to, our our First Aid Team, our CERT Team, our SERT Team, our Student Release Team, our Traffic Control Team, and .

6. We will be announcing early next week details of our desire to try an Extended Release. An “Extended Release” is when it is anticipated that we will not be allowed back in the building due to safety concerns, and we intend to be the field in the emergency mustering area for up to a couple of days. (Our portion to test is allowing some parents to come before 3:00 pm and sign out their child. (This also applies to anyone who is listed as an emergency contact).

7. We don’t want the whole school showing up to sign their child out early, but we will randomly contact a number of families to see if they would be willing to help us with this part of the drill.

8. The point of a drill is to make/ discover mistakes and weaknesses, so that we can endeavour to implement better procedures next time.

We will share more information next week with LINKS to our Plan, Site Map, etc. Enjoy your weekend.

Basketball Season Ending

There were 3 teams at Maple Grove this year and one inter-mural group (gr 4 and 5). Our basketball season is ending this week. All the teams did very well and enjoyed playing in the new facilities. We received tons of positive feedback our school community, and from other schools and their parents as well.

Junior Boys: Thank you Lisa Rapoport for coaching. Lisa had a super enthusiastic group to work with and the team was one of the fastest teams in the junior division. Coach Lisa even had some gr 5’s playing so they could get their feet wet for next year.

Our inter-murals basketball ran 4-3 times and was dependent on Admin schedules. It was designed to provide gr 4-5 students with an opportunity to develop their skills for next year.

Senior Boys: Thank you Coach Manu. Probably one of the most competitive divisions, the Senior boys learned a lot this year. Coach Manu was really patient and good with the kids and taught them great skills that will put them in good standing for high school ball. I’m sure he won’t miss all the early morning practises! lol. I want to send out a special thanks to Angela Barrington-Foote for running all the parent communication re schedules and practises! Thank you!

Senior Girls: Thank you Coach Joel, Tom, Tammy for all your time with this enthusiastic group. Our Sr girls are super talented and really jelled as a team. Coach Joel already coached volleyball this year and continued with basketball. Coach Tammy wears more hats than anyone. She organized the team, coached, rescheduled games and made sure Maple Grove was well looked after. Thanks Tammy!

Sponsors: Thank you Principal Evans for organizing and to Principal Land (ret) for filling in so much. Also thanks to Ms Yeung who singled-handedly took on the Sr Boys and Girls sponsor schedule. Thank you to Mr. McDonough, Ms. Chan, Ms Hales, Ms. Wong, and Madame Val filling in when we were stuck for coverage.

Scorekeepers: Thank you to the gr 7 scorekeepers! They had the most difficult job- Scorekeepers had to watch all the games and keep data on all the plays including fouls, points and baskets. Thank you Lucas, Tyler, Jenny, Joanne, Ariel, Lianne and Autumn.

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A few parting words from Ms. Peters

Dear Maple Grove Families:

It has taken me a long time to decide to retire, but this is the time.  April 22 is my last day at Maple Grove.  I would like to say a big, huge THANK YOU, to the students and their families, and to all the staff I have worked with at Maple Grove.  You have made work fun for me, never boring.  Every day was different.

I have worked in many schools in Toronto and only a few in Vancouver.  The last 15 years I have been at Maple Grove.  I’ve never been seriously tempted to move to a different school because Maple Grove has the nicest kids and the best staff.  The last few years included working on a construction site, moving from one building to another and accommodating the constraints of COVID.  There were sad times too.  Despite these challenges, the Maple Grove community continued to make sure the students received an exceptional educational experience in a safe and caring environment.  I am very proud to have been a part of that.

I was given a wonderful party at the school last Wednesday.  It made me very happy to see so many people there.  Sharon, Linda and Kiara, Amber and Nancy E. went above and beyond with their amazing decorating and organizing skills.  Cliff made sushi and a delicious and beautiful cheesecake.  Tammy made cookies that tasted delicious and looked like works of art.  And so many lovely gifts including a bird bath that I am very excited to install in my garden.

I would also like to say thank you to Maple Grove’s PAC.  They work hard and do amazing things for all the students.  Thank you, PAC, for the lovely retirement gift. 

I will miss everyone.  Take care.  

Mrs Peters. 

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April 22, 2022

Message:
It’s nice to be back! It took a long time and several setbacks along the way, but I’m hopeful the worst is behind me. While I was away, a number of events happened at school and I would like to address them individually.

(1) Mr. Land: I would like to thank Mr. Kevin Land for filling in. What was suppose to be a two-week stint, turned into 14 months. Kevin was exactly the right person to fill in. He started his teaching career at Maple Grove 36 years ago and was happy to come back as a retiree and have fun everyday with the students and staff. Mr. Land is an avid basketball fan, and was happy to help our basketball teams get up and running given the two years of Covid. He also loves construction and was happy to deal with deficiencies and work with the VPO and contractors on improving the building. Finally, his experience and wisdom working with many staffs over the past 36 years was a huge benefit in my absence as he helped to keep things running at the school level. Thank you Mr. Land!

(2) Madame Val: Madame Val, as we affectionately call her, has been nothing short of amazing in my absence. She took on so many aspects of school leadership and made sure the school didn’t miss a step. She’s proved she’s a highly capable administrator and should be running a school. Thank you Madame Val! We are hoping Madame Val will be with us for all of next year!

(3) Ms. Michelle Griffiths: Ms Griffiths was an intermediate Montessori teacher who worked at Maple Grove for the past decade. She was loved by staff and students alike. Her sudden, and unexpected passing, came as a surprise to all of us. This past Saturday, April 16th, a number of us met in the park by the Fraser River and celebrated Ms. G and her legacy at Maple Grove. Please know the school and PAC are working with a representative of the family to work on some sort of memorial to recognize Ms. G and her work at Maple Grove. Many staff and students came to the park and paid tribute to her and the legacy she leaves at Maple Grove. She will be missed!

(4) Ms. Julie Szeto: Ms. Julie as the students affectionately call her has taken some extra courses with the VSB and has been promoted to the position of Office Support Worker. Meaning, she will be assigned to another school and work in the office supporting the Admin team. We are sad to lose her, but, we are happy for Ms. Julie as she works to support schools in Vancouver. Going from supervision aide to office clerical will be a good step for Ms. Julie. Congratulations!

(5) Ms. Peters: Nobody is going to miss Ms. Peters more than me. She has been with Maple Grove for over 15 years. She is a master with registrations and enrolment numbers. I’ve worked with many school secretaries (my mom was a school secretary as well) and I know good office admin staff when I see them. Ms. Peters is amazing! She was wonderful with students, visitors, staff and has kept Maple Grove in tiptop shape for 15 years. We said goodbye and congratulations on her retirement, on April 20, 2022. Please welcome Ms. Shervin Cacchioni as the new Office Admin for Maple Grove. Ms. Cacchioni has come to us from Sexsmith, and before that Brock.

Enrolment:
Please know that we are working on our enrolment, and presently in conversations with the VSB on staffing. More to come on this issue in the weeks ahead.

Cavell:
We have no information on Cavell, and whether or not their seismic upgrade is on schedule. When we hear, we’ll share the information with our school community

Basketball:
We have three (3) basketball teams at Maple Grove
1) Senior Boys (gr 7) coach: Manu Bhalla (parent). Sponsor: Mr. Evans
2) Senior Girls (gr 7) coaches: Joel Reimer, Tom and Tammy Chang. Sponsor Ms. Yeung
3) Junior Boys (gr 6- with some gr 5’s) coach: Lisa Rapoport. Sponsor: Mr. Evans

We are busy planning all the year-end activities that need to be considered as the school year accelerates towards a conclusion. Please know that we will continue posting information in our school blog to reach out to our greater school community.

2022/23 PAC Executive Callout – The Kids Need You!

Whether you’ve been a parent at Maple Grove for 8 months or 5 years you’ve likely heard of PAC. As a parent of Maple Grove, you are automatically part of the Parent Advisory Council (PAC) but you also have the opportunity to join the PAC Executive Team. Joining the PAC Executive is a GREAT way to be involved and participate in your child’s school life! 

Why should you care about joining the PAC Executive Team? The real question is, why wouldn’t you want to join the PAC Executive Team?

Before Covid, the PAC would be involved in organizing all those fun extracurricular school spirit activities that you likely remember from your days at school – Halloween parties, movie nights, school hot lunches to name just a few. These kinds of activities for kids and their parents really help shape the memories they take with them from elementary school. Covid has hindered most of these activities from happening but we see the light ahead where these activities can return, and we cannot do that without a PAC Executive. Every parent wants their child to have these wonderful school experiences and feel a part of their school community and the PAC is what helps that really come to life.

We sincerely hope you will consider joining the PAC Executive Team for next year. If you are interested, want to find out more or have any questions, please feel free to email us at themaplegrovepac@gmail.com!

Maple Grove Pac Website (Click to enter)

upcoming event

April 25th – Professional Development Day – No school for students

May 10th – Early dismissal at 2:00 for parent conferences

May 12th – Early dismissal at 2:00 for parent conferences

May 13th – immunization clinic

May 23rd – Victoria Day Holiday

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April 8th Update

Celebration of Life in Honour of Ms. Griffiths

Ms. Griffiths’ family and friends have planned a celebration of life. All members of the Maple Grove community are invited. Please feel free to let past MG families who may want to attend know of the details. RSVPs are not necessary.

When: Saturday, April 16, 1-3 pm

Where: Fraser River Park

For more details and information, please check out https://michellegriffiths.ca/

Many staff members will also be in attendance.

Valérie Carrière (she/her)

Vice Principal – Maple Grove Elementary

Miss Julie’s last day was today!

Julie Szeto has been a supervision aide at Maple Grove for nine years and today was her last day. She will be missed by all the students and staff. Julie has been involved in so many different ways at the school and has always done a most excellent job! We are sad to see her go, but very happy for her. She is moving on and becoming an office support person for the school board. Good for you Julie! The schools will be fighting over you once they find out how helpful and efficient you are.

Here’s a photo of our Supervision Aides taken today

Ms Andrea, Ms Angela, Ms Julie and Ms Nancy

Photos of exterior of the building being taken on Monday, April 11

To Maple Grove and Cavell Communities,

I wanted to inform you that Shape Architecture, the architect firm who designed the new Maple Grove building, will be on the Maple Grove site on Monday April 11, 2022 (weather dependent) to take photos of the exterior of the new Maple Grove building and school grounds.  Shape Architecture has confirmed that all photos will be approved by the District to ensure students cannot be recognized if they are captured in the photos. 

Thank you and have a great weekend.

Michael Rossi (he/him)
District Principal of Educational Planning
Vancouver School District
1580 West Broadway, Vancouver BC V6J 5K8

Maple Grove Pac Website (Click to enter)

upcoming event

April 15th – Good Friday

April 18th – Easter Monday

April 25th – Professional Development Day – No school for students


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April 1, 2022 Update

Dear Maple Grove families,

We are happy to see our students back and refreshed after Spring Break! We hope that you all enjoyed some family time.

As you must know, the return from Spring Break saw some changes. As the mask mandate is no longer in effect in the K-12 sector, students, staff and visitors can now make the individual choice to wear a mask at Maple Grove or not.

We have had mini-assemblies on Tuesday, March 29 to discuss what being a mask-friendly school means. We have explained to our students that we all must be kind, respectful and patient with one another as we navigate this change. We also must acknowledge that we all have different comfort levels around masking. We have asked students to have conversations with their families about what YOUR expectations are around masking at school. We strongly recommend that you have this conversation with your children.

We also explained that although we no longer have to abide by very strict distancing rules, we must continue to create space, and be respectful and mindful of everyone’s personal space. We must also continue the good habit of washing and disinfecting our hands frequently.

During the mini assemblies, we also reminded students our school’s code of conduct:

I respect myself

I respect others

I respect this place

We discussed with students what the 3 Rs mean and what behaviours we expect from our students. It was certainly a good reminder for all.

Starting on Monday, April 4th, 2022, visitors on school business will be welcome. We will continue to ask for appointments to be made prior to visiting. Parents and caregivers are still going to be required to stay outside at drop-off and pick-up.

Field trips will be back! A few staff members are already hard at work booking and organizing outings.

I hope that you find this update useful.

Regards,

Valérie Carrière

VP – MAPLE GROVE

Looking ahead to September 2022

Although we have not received our official staffing or school organization for 2022-2023, we know we will have waitlisted students in every grade.

If your plans have changed for next September, please let the office know. Private school acceptances, cross boundary placements, moving house, etc, could all impact students’ school for next year.

Maple Grove Pac Website (Click to enter)

upcoming event

April 15th – Good Friday

April 18th – Easter Monday

April 25th – Professional Development Day – No school for students

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March 11th Update

Have a safe and happy break!
See you back at Maple Grove on March 28th

Update on Division 16

We want to thank the Maple Grove community for their support during these last weeks, as we are all slowly healing from the loss of Ms. Michelle Griffiths. Thank you for your patience and kindness during these difficult times. Our staff and students continue to be well-supported at school. We want to express our sincere gratitude to VSB as they have guided and supported us through this process.

Should you wish to write a condolence note or card for Ms. G.’s family, a purple box has been set up in the main entrance for students. Maple Grove admin will be happy to mail/deliver all our community’s notes later. We do not yet have confirmation on a time/place for a ceremony of life, but we will keep you informed if/when the community is invited. We continue to remain respectful of the family’s privacy.

Update on Division 19

We are happy to announce that Ms. Kathy Tsakumis will be teaching in Div. 19 on Fridays for the rest of the school year, starting April 1, 2022. Please join us in welcoming her to Maple Grove.

Maple Grove’s Admin Team – Update

We are happy to report that Mr. Evans will be back to Maple Grove after the Spring Break. As this will be a gradual return to work, Mr. Land will also be back for a few days during the first two weeks after the Spring Break. Yay!

Happy Friday to our wonderful Maple Grove Community!

I have enjoyed returning to this school community and these past 8 weeks have flown by.  Principal Evans is almost ready to resume his position here as School Principal, so this is my last week as fulltime Interim Principal.  I will return March 28 for a number of days during the first 3 weeks after the Break as Mr. Evans gradually returns to fulltime.  We have had some highs and lows during the start of 2022.  Experiencing the loss of Ms. Griffiths has been especially challenging.  The love and care for your children by our marvelous staff is really incredible.  The energy, devotion, compassion and resiliency of our students is admirable.  Maple Grove is truly a special place to learn and grow.  I am grateful for the opportunity to share time with you, your children, and this staff!

Have an amazing Holiday!

Kevin

Kevin Land

VSB Administrator on call

Attn: Grade 7 Families:

Little Grads Images are Now Online!

Please visit Artona’s website to View and Order for your images using the secure online code they provided at photo day. All orders placed before March 16, 2022 will receive free shipping to the school. All orders placed after March 16th will be mailed to home and subject to shipping fees.

To read more about the Little Grads program, please visit the Artona blog.

If you have any questions or need help with ordering, please live chat with Artona’s online support team. 

Please review this letter regarding face mask mandates:

Maple Grove Pac Website (Click to enter)

upcoming event

March 14th – First Day of Spring Break

March 28th – First day back to school after Spring Break

April 15th – Good Friday

April 18th – Easter Monday

April 25th – Professional Development Day – No school for students

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February 25th Update

Grade 4 & 7 Parent Surveys

Every year, parents/guardians of students in grades 4 and 7 are encouraged to answer the Ministry’s Parent Survey. Answers are anonymous and provide some data to schools about family’s opinions of their child’s school experience. If your child is currently in grade 4 or 7, you can complete by going to: www.bced.gov.bc.ca/sat_survey/access.htm . The survey is available in English and 17 other languages. It takes less than 15 minutes to fill.

Lost and Found

We will be donating unclaimed items at the beginning of March Break. Please check to see for the missing lunch box, water bottle, jackets, shoes, etc., etc., ask your child take a look.

Grade 7 Pictures

Grade 7 students will be having special pictures taken to commemorate their last year at Maple Grove. Artona photographers will be on site at Maple Grove on Wednesday, March 9, in the morning. For more information, we encourage our grade 7 families to visit https://www.blog.artona.com//post/all-about-our-little-grads-and-grade-7-grads 

Basketball Season

We are very pleased that basketball season is taking off! The leagues will start after Spring Break and practices at Maple Grove start next week. Grade 7 Boys on Tuesday, March 1 at 8:00 am. Students should listen carefully to the morning announcements for updates on practice times. We are still finalizing the schedule with our terrific volunteer coaches. We still need a coach for the Grade 6 Girls. Please contact Mr. Land if you are available. (Could be before or after school times depending on coach’s preference.)

Maple Grove did a great job fundraising this year!

Maple Grove Pac Website (Click to enter)

upcoming event

March 9 (morning) – Grade 7 Grad photos

March 14th – First Day of Spring Break

March 28th – First day back to school after Spring Break

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