April 18th Update

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PRINCIPAL’S MESSAGE

Good Afternoon Maple Grove families.  As we head into the Easter long weekend I’d just like to express my sincere thanks and appreciation to all our families.  Whether volunteering to drive classes on field trips, or helping in the classroom with reading, or sitting on committees or helping with our hot lunch on Wed and Fri, we are lucky that you share the skill set you possess with us.  Thank you for your awesome leadership and work with our students.

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Enjoy the long weekend! 
Schools are closed tomorrow, Good Friday, and Easter Monday.  Students return to school on Tuesday.

 

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Vancouver Police

The VPD were visiting Maple Grove Wednesday to provide Traffic Education and assistance to drivers in front of the school.   They will be returning over the next two weeks to hand out tickets for dangerous driving offences.  Please do not confuse parking from driving.  U-turns, 3-point turns stopping in no stopping zones are all considered driving offences.  Parking offences only apply to parking zones.  Consider parking a block from the school and walking your child to the building.  This will help reduce the congestion and traffic on Cypress St.  Thank you in advance for your assistance with this matter.

Destination Imagination

Dear Families,

We have some exciting news to share with our school community!  Early this year, some of our students participated in the Regional and Provincial Destination Imagination tournaments.  Destination Imagination is a leading educational nonprofit organization designed to challenge the creative minds of young students!  Maple Grove teams placed very high in both tournaments.  Mrs. Humeniuk’s Grade 7 Teams, IDIas From the Sky and Aspirational Impromptuers, who placed 2nd and 3rd, respectively, at the Provincial Tournament.  They are now heading off to the Global Finals, which will take place from May 22nd to 26th, 2019.  Our two teams will be competing against 1400 teams from more than 15 countries from around the world.  The Global Finals take place in Kansas City, Missouri.

Students from the two teams will be holding fundraisers for the next few weeks to help send our students on to the world stage!   Div 1 will be holding bake sales, popsicle sales, donut sales…

If you would like to make a monetary donation, please return it to the office in an envelope marked with “Destination Imagination”.   Donations over $25 are eligible for a tax receipt from the school board.  You need to include your name, and address.  That said, any amount would be greatly appreciated by the kids.   this is completely optional and more an FYI, than a request.   Go IDIas From the Sky and Aspirational Impromptuers!!

 

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April 19 – Good Friday Holiday

April 22 – Easter Monday Holiday

April 29 -Professional Development Day – no school for students

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April 12th Update

Early Dismissal – April 15th+17th -Student Conferences.

Please be aware that school will be dismissed at 2:00 pm on April 15th and 17th.  This is a change from our usual Wednesday/Thursday early dismissal days.  Please be sure you have made arrangements to have your child picked up at 2:00 pm on those days.

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Dear Parents,

An important notice regarding amendments to the Maple Grove Elementary PAC Constitution and Bylaws, has been posted to the PAC website. We ask and encourage everyone to please follow the link below for full details.

https://themaplegrovepac.wordpress.com/2019/04/10/important-announcement/

Our PAC website does offer a Google Translate function found on the right hand side of the webpage. The goal of Google Translate is to convey the general intent of message, but please note that we do not guarantee the quality or accuracy of the translation. We do also encourage parents to have any critical documentation translated so that you can make informed decisions.

Thank you,

Your PAC Executive

各位家长,您们好!

有关修订Maple Grove小学家长委员会(PAC)章程和条例的重要通知已经发布在PAC网站上。我们恳请每位家长点击以下链接了解详情。

https://themaplegrovepac.wordpress.com/2019/04/10/important-announcement /

学校PAC网站在网页的右侧提供了谷歌(Google)翻译功能。 Google翻译的目的是让您了解文书的大意,但是我们不保证翻译的品质和准确性。我们也提请各位家长安排翻译任何重要文书,以便您做出明智的决定。

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April 15 – Early Dismissal at 2pm -Student Parent Conferences

April 17 – Early Dismissal at 2pm – Student Parent Conferences

April 19 – Good Friday Holiday

April 22 – Easter Monday Holiday

April 29 -Professional Development Day – no school for students

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April 5, Update

 

 

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PRINCIPAL’S MESSAGE

Welcome back from Spring Break!  My words prior to the Spring Break were, “You’ve probably noticed the wood + orange plastic fencing/ tree protection barriers going up around the trees on 45th Ave and Cypress St.  That means it’s probably not long before we’ll start seeing the beginnings of site envelope fencing, etc.  I’m quite certain you can expect to see the metal perimeter fencing going up sometime after Spring Break”.  Well, what a surprise!

The contractor, Chandos Construction, has been very busy and things are moving quickly.  They are very safety conscious, and so, have insisted on high fencing to ensure a safe worksite.  There are lots of plans coming for murals on the fencing and information sessions/ teachable moments for the students.  Stay tuned.

It is our recommendation that in order for parents to avoid traffic frustration, please do not drop off on Cypress St.  Park a block away and walk to school with your child.  There will be a significant number of heavy trucks and loaders using Cypress St over the next year.  Sometimes its just less aggravating to avoid the area rather than contribute to the congestion.

We’ve had a lot of student and staff sickness at Maple Grove prior to the break.  We encourage families to adhere to the following recommendations:

1) Do not send sick children to school – they don’t feel well or function well- and they infect other kids and spread their viruses.  They can afford to miss a day or two of school if they’re really sick.

2) If your child has just been sick… make sure they’re truly feeling up to being back at school. Rationale: if your child has a compromised immune system, your child is more susceptible to being reinfected and getting sick- again!

3) That’s why it’s important for sick children to stay at home.. When children have compromised immune systems and they are exposed to other children who are sick… they get sick again.  It’s a vicious circle.

Early Dismissal – April 15th+17th -Student Conferences.

Please be aware that school will be dismissed at 2:00 pm on April 15th and 17th.  This is a change from our usual Wednesday/Thursday early dismissal days.  Please be sure you have made arrangements to have your child picked up at 2:00 pm on those days.


Ultimate Frisbee is coming to Maple Grove!

Three lessons per class. April 30 to May 13.

Ultimate frisbee is fast-paced, non-contact, and fun. The curriculum has been designed by co-founders Danie Proby (a physical education teacher in the Burnaby school district) and Ari Nitikman, who have a combined 20 years of top-level playing experience including time on Team Canada.

Ultimate for Primaries too?! Yes! They have softer discs and have designed age-appropriate frisbee games where every student (K-7) can learn, find success, and have fun. We are excited to be hosting a program in which students of all ages can participate and we view bringing in expert coaches as a valuable way to enhance our PE program.

Fee is $11.50 per child.  Watch for an email with more information.  Please pay online at https://vsb.schoolcashonline.com.

 

AFTER SCHOOL Programs

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Student Achievement

Congratulations to Thailey Roberge.  Thailey has been cast as the lead in the upcoming Arts Club production of Matilda.  Thailey will be sharing the role with another girl, with alternating performances that begin mid-May through July.  Thailey has had several performing arts experiences and we wish her all the best with her latest endeavour!  Bravo!!Thailey

 

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April 15 – Early Dismissal at 2pm -Student Parent Conferences

April 17 – Early Dismissal at 2pm – Student Parent Conferences

April 19 – Good Friday Holiday

April 22 – Easter Monday Holiday

April 29 -Professional Development Day – no school for students

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March 15th Update

 

ENJOY SPRING BREAK

First day back is April 1

Dear Parents/Guardians,
Maple Grove just wanted to take this opportunity to remind you that we are still in the cold and flu season.  As such, it is important to be reminded that encouraging students to wash their hands regularly is important.  Also, do not send sick children to school.  There is a general rule of thumb in the healthcare industry that students should be at home at least 48 hours after being sick.  This is for two reasons.  Firstly, sending a sick child to school only infects other children… not to mention that the sick child is miserable and would rather be lying down resting and recovering.  Secondly, sending children to school- when they’ve just been off sick and their immune system is compromised, only increases their susceptibility to catching another virus or cold from other sick students.

One of our classes was impacted by a scenario similar to the above.  Our engineer crew (and the teacher) washed toys, manipulatives, surface areas throughout the week.  During the Spring Break, engineering staff will disinfect the room.  It is thought that the cleaning and two-week break will kill any virus living on a surface.

There have been increased reports of student illness at school.  This virus is circulating in the community at this time.

During winter months, infections are common, especially in schools during winter and early spring.  Symptoms usually include a sudden onset of nausea, vomiting and/or diarrhea.  They’re uncomfortable.  People infected usually get better on their own after a few days, without treatment.  Because a virus causes these infections, antibiotics do not work.

Keep your child home from school if they become ill with the symptoms listed above. Children who fall ill during the school day will need to be sent home as soon as possible.  Children should not return to school until 48 hours after their symptoms have stopped.  These measures will help stop the spread of the virus to classmates and school staff.  Make sure your child drinks lots of clear fluids to prevent dehydration.  If symptoms last more than a few days, or are more serious, contact your family doctor.

Viruses can be contagious but not everyone who is exposed will get sick.  If children do not have any symptoms, they can go to school.

Frequent hand-washing with soap and water is very important to reducing the spread of any virus.  This should be done by students, staff, and family members at home, especially after using the bathroom, and prior to preparing or eating food.  Children should not share food or drinks with their classmates.

Additional information can be located at the following web links:
Norovirus: http://www.healthlinkbc.ca/healthfiles/hfile87.stm
Hand-washing: http://www.healthlinkbc.ca/healthtopics/content.asp?hwid=tv7076spec

Please feel free to contact your school public health nurse or our office for further information.
Sincerely,
Principal Evans                       Harj Johal RN(C) BScN
Maple Grove School               Public Health Nurse/Children & Youth Team
604-713-5356                          604-261-6366 ext 3339

ParticiPASSION Fun

 

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Cash4Clothes:

Will you be Spring cleaning during the break? Are you looking to find somewhere to dump all of the stuff you don’t need or things that no longer spark JOY in your life? Did you miss our first drop off date or have more bags to donate? Well, the Maple Grove PAC will be doing a second drop off date after Spring Break! On Wednesday April 10th from 2:30 until 4pm, you can drop off your filled bags in the gym vestibule.

Invite your family, friends and neighbours to participate! Items can be collected in large black or green garbage bags. Alternatively, if you need bags, you can pick them up in the office!

  • Acceptable items include: used clothing, bedding, towels, shoes, purses, drapes, sewing material, craft supplies, pots & pans, dishes & glassware, toys, games and electronics.
  • The following items will NOT be accepted: books, pillows and large items.

Thank you for supporting this new fundraising initiative at Maple Grove!

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March 18 to 29 – Spring Break

April 2 – Photo day for Class and Panorama Photo

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April 19 – Good Friday Holiday

April 22 – Easter Monday Holiday

April 29 -Professional Development Day – no school for students

 

 

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March 8th Update

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PRINCIPAL’S MESSAGE

Good Afternoon Maple Grove families.  You’ve probably noticed the wood + orange plastic fencing/ tree protection barriers going up around the trees on 45th Ave and Cypress St.  That means it’s probably not long before we’ll start seeing the beginnings of site envelope fencing, etc.  I’m quite certain you can expect to see the metal perimeter fencing going up sometime after Spring Break.

Congratulations to the Senior Boys and Girls Basketball teams.  While the Sr Boys ran into very strong teams throughout the season, they played well, learned a lot, developed skills and tried hard.  The Sr. Girls team had an excellent season winning all but one of their games.  They made it into the City Tournament, but lost to the City Champs in a hard fought, fast-paced, game this week 44-34.  Thank you to Mr. McDonough and Mr. Evans for coaching both teams.

We’ve had a lot of student and staff sickness at Maple Grove over the past two weeks. Parents please adhere to the following recommendations:
1) Do not send sick children to school – they don’t feel well or function well- and they infect other kids and spread their viruses.
2) Keep sick kids at home- they can afford to miss a day or two of school if they’re really sick.
3) If your child has just been sick… make sure they’re truly feeling up to being back at school. Rationale: if your child has a compromised immune system, your child is more susceptible to being reinfected and getting sick- again!
4) That’s why it’s important for sick children to stay at home.. When children have compromised immune systems and they are exposed to other children who are sick… they get sick again.
It’s a vicious circle.

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Please don’t send your kids to school if they are not well!

There is a nasty stomach bug that is going around.  Many of our students have contracted this and are coming back to school before they are completely well. There is no immunity against this  bug and people can get sick more than once.  Please read the guidelines below from Public Health on when to send your child back to school after being sick.whentosendchildtoschool

Further info on the recent measles outbreak:

https://bccpac.bc.ca/images/Documents/Resources/measles-outbreak-onepager.pdf

BUILDING BRIDGES WITH YOUR TEEN – workshop at Kerrisdale Community Centre, Friday, May 3 at 9:30 am

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March 10 – Spring Forward

March 18 to 29 – Spring Break

 

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March 1 Update

 

PAC Meeting

At the March 1st PAC Meeting we had a special presentation from Ms Lucas’ class on recycling.  Well done Division 16!

MOANA MOVIE NIGHT POSTER WITH DISCLAIMER

Movie Night:

ALOHA! It’s a Tropical Themed Family Movie Night!

Escape the cold and wet Vancouver weather and join us in sunny and warm Hawaii with an umbrella drink in hand! Well, not quite Hawaii, but come dressed in your best beach outfit or a pair of tropical themed pyjamas for our next Movie Night at Maple Grove. Let’s celebrate and have some fun! We will be showing Disney’s Moana on Friday March 8th at 6:30 pm in the Gym.

A Few Reminders:

  • $2 Admission per person (a mini freezie will be included)
  • Doors open at 6:00 pm
  • Popcorn and treats will be for sale
  • Bring your own water bottle (NO drinks will be sold), a pillow, blanket and a stuffie!
  • This is NOT a drop off event. Please ensure your child(ren) attend with an adult

Mahalo! We are looking forward to seeing many of you there!

 

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March 18 to 29 – Spring Break

 

 

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February 14th Update

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Dear Maple Grove Families,
Another busy week has drawn to a close.  Lots of things happening around the school.  Our Senior Boys and Senior Girls basketball teams are in mid-season and doing very well.  We are hopeful that as the season draws to a close they will continue with basketball in high school.

Snow days (school closures) are rare in Vancouver.  Thank you to everyone for being diligent and listening to the radio and watching social media for information regarding schools and weather.  This year we had only three phone calls about whether school would be open.

Our Lockdown drill went very well.  Thank you to everyone for accommodating our practice as we work through various emergency procedures throughout the school year to ensure the safety and security of all students.

Special Thank you’s to our PAC Exec for hosting a lovely Lunar New Year Tea in the library last Friday.  It was a nice casual way to end the week and celebrate a special time of the year.

HIP HOP Dance lessons are in full swing.  This is part of student’ Physical Education Program and a special treat for all students.  Thank you to our awesome parents for making this event possible for our students.  We could not do this without your support!

ONLINE School Fees in Vancouver.  Vancouver is moving to an online system for parents to pay fees.  This will apply to all schools in Vancouver.  This is applicable for school fees, supply fees, field trips, etc.  More information to follow… but to date 3/4 of Maple Grove families have registered!!!!!   Bravo!!!!   This really helps parents track fees paid AND it helps Mrs. Peters in the office!

Schools are beginning the process of starting to plan for September, 2019.  This is a crucial time when having a magic crystal ball would be lovely.  That being said, knowing about Maple Grove family plans for next year is important in the projection and planning process.  Please know that we are actively trying to garner a sense of how many students we will have throughout the school in both Montessori and Traditional programs.  Any assistance you can provide regarding new families in the neighbourhood, or transfer outs would be appreciated.

Please be reminded:
1. Friday, February 15 – School Closed- Curriculum Implementation Day
2. Monday, February 18- School Closed- Family Day
3. First day back at school is Tuesday, February 19

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Enjoy the LONG weekend!
Friday, February 15th is a Curriculum Implementation Day
Monday, February 18th is Family Day- No School

If you have young children (3-4 year old) or know of any in our neighbourhood, please let them know about our Ready Set Learn event on February 22nd.

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Moments from Snow Day

The beautiful scene on Tuesday at Maple Grove.  A good day to cancel school!

 

Happy Lunar New Year!

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February 15 – Pro D Day – No school for students

February 18 – Family Day Holiday

February 22 – Ready Set Learn

March 10 – Spring Forward

March 18 to 29 – Spring Break

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