Oct. 11

NO SCHOOL ON MONDAY, OCTOBER 14 FOR THANKSGIVING WEEKEND

FIRST DAY BACK TO SCHOOL IS ON TUESDAY,

OCTOBER 15

 

PARENT VOLUNTEERS NEEDED

At drop offs or pickups, you may have noticed students in safety vests with stop signs at the intersection of Cypress and 47th. These students are members of our dedicated Safety Patrol team. Their role is to ensure pedestrians cross safely and help cars remember to respect the crosswalk. Over 50 students share this responsibility at 8:40-9:00 am and 3:00-3:20 pm every single school day.

We are looking for parent volunteers to supervise and support our students in this important role by standing near them and giving guidance when needed. How often you will need to participate depends on how many volunteers come forward. Training will be provided before your first day. If you are available to fill this role in supporting our young protectors,  please contact Flavia at mgsafetypatrol@gmail.com

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FRESH TO YOU FUNDRAISER

Our annual Fresh To You Fall produce fundraiser is here! The aim of the fundraiser is to promote healthy food choices with fresh high quality seasonal produce that’s locally grown in BC, while helping fundraise for the school.

There will be 2 different bundles to choose from:

  • Veggie Bundle for $20: 5 lb bag of Pacific Sunrise Potatoes, 3 lb bag of Carrots, 3 lb bag of Red Beets, 3 lb bag of Yellow Onions
  • Fruit Bundles for $18: 5 lb bag of Gala Apples, 3 lb bag of Pears

Please consider selling bundles to family members, friends and neighbours. The Maple Grove PAC receives 40% profit on all bundles sold. The top seller will receive a youth medium spirit wear t- shirt!! Order deadline is Friday October 18th at 3 pm.

Order Form, along with payment – cash or cheque made payable to Maple Grove School PAC – can be handed to your child’s teacher or in the PAC mailbox in the office.

Expected delivery of the bundles will be between November 12th – 22nd. When a delivery date is confirmed, you will be notified via an email by your class parent with pick up information.

Maple Grove Pac Website (Click to enter)

upcoming event

October 24  – PAC Halloween Event

** October 25th – Pro D Day – No school for Students **

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Oct 4

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Good Morning Maple Grove (M G) families!  Happy Friday!

It’s hard to believe that the month of September has come and gone and we’re already wrapping up the first week of October.

Earlier this week we celebrated Orange Shirt Day!  Orange Shirt Day is a time for reconciliation, reflecting and recognizing the events from 1867-1994 that affected, and continue to affect, so many of our Indigenous Canadians, who were forced into “cultural assimilation” by the Canadian government and sent to residential schools.  Now is a time for acknowledgement and healing as we come together and try to move towards a brighter future.

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Maple Grove had a special assembly where we recognized the events of the past 100+ years and where we reflected on a presentation by Phyllis Webstad, and a video about residential schools.  Thank you to Div 17 for their written reflective responses.

1 FSAFSA testing starts in October and runs until November 8th parents of gr 4 and 7 students have already received notices about the testing.

 

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The Maple Grove Cross country Team was in action last week.  Our runners are so well trained and were top finishers in their age groupings.  Thank you to the coaches (Ms. Shoemaker and Mr. McDonough as well as the parents for all their support).

 

Goal Setting Conferences this coming week!

Early dismissal at 2:00 pm on both days:

Monday, 7th

Wednesday, Oct 9th

Cold + Flu Season

SickGirlParents, please do NOT send your child to school if they’re sick.  They spread their germs to others.  Then, when your child is feeling better, their original sickness can come back to them when their immune system is already compromised.  Keep sick kids at home!  Children are more than able to catch up on any missed work… and no child will have missing or late work held against them if they were absent due to illness.  Thank you for your understanding.

 

Dough Raiser Program

Do you shop at the COBS Bread in Kerrisdale? PAC has started a new fundraiser partnership with our local neighbourhood COBS Bread called the Dough Raiser Program. Just mention “Maple Grove Elementary” the next time you shop there, and COBS will generously donate 5% of your purchase to the Maple Grove PAC. Easy-peasy-lemon-squeezy…nothing extra is needed from you except uttering the magic phrase: Maple Grove Elementary!!!

 

Maple Grove Spirit Wear – Ignite the Wildcat within you!

Order your Maple Grove Limited Edition Spirit Wear now! Go to the PAC Website (https://themaplegrovepac.wordpress.com/) and click the “Click Here To Order Your Spirit Wear!” button.  Great to wear at school events, sporting events, team events, field trips, or simply just because. All funds raised will go towards outfitting the New School. Order deadline to purchase is today, Friday, October 4th. All spirit wear is made-to-order and will be distributed to your child’s classroom in late October.  You can check out sizing charts on the Spirit Wear Page on the PAC Website (https://themaplegrovepac.wordpress.com/spirit-wear/).

Board Game Club: “Maple Grove has a NEW CLUB!

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The PAC is excited to announce the Board Game Club will be every Friday during lunch, starting October 11th. Students of all ages are encouraged to join! This will be held rain or shine and will be held in room 309 – Mr. McDonough’s classroom. Come learn a new game or play an old favourite. A special Thank You to Elisabeth Chan for leading this club.”

 

 

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Sept 27

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Good Morning Maple Grove (MG) families.  Happy Friday to all!  It was another busy week at Maple Grove.  Thank you to our amazing parents for volunteering for the Hot Lunch program.  It’s an amazing program that helps to feed students and support so many wonderful school-wide activities and events at Maple Grove.  Thank you also to the PAC Exec for organizing the awesome Meet the Teacher event yesterday after school.  Also, thank you to the staff who were able to join us for the event and laugh at the Know your Teacher trivia game.

I want to extend a big thanks to our PAC for the new fundraising initiative for Spirit Wear.  The t-shirts and hoodies are amazing and we love the Maple Grove Centennial Celebration logo on the back of the garments.  All proceeds go towards the new Maple Grove School.

We will be experiencing some staff changes at Maple Grove over the coming months.  First off… Congratulations to Ms. Brewster.  Laura will be going on Mat leave next week and we wish her and her family all the best during this special time.  We hope to see Laura back next year.  In the meantime, we have hired Alison Gjernes to replace Ms. Brewster.

Also, congratulations are in order for Ms. Shew.  Elizabeth is also expecting and she will likely be with us until January before heading off on leave.  We will fill Elizabeth’s position in the coming months.

For those parents who follow Foundation Skills Assessment testing… the FSA testing period this year is from October 1 to November 8.  We have already sent home a message from the Superintendent of Schools to grades 4 and 7 students outlining some general information.  FSA testing is the provincial government’s standardized measure to take a snapshot of student learning at a given point in time.  It is valuable data for schools- although I pause to note that none of the testing goes towards a students report card.  The testing is only for students in grade 4 and in grade 7.  Students may be excused from writing the test based on philosophical beliefs of the parents, educational concerns, academic concerns or similarly by the school for a variety of reasons.  Parents may write to the school asking for their child to be excused, or the school may write to the parent indicating that they feel they’d like to excuse the child.  Generally speaking, schools like all students to participate… but adhere to the discretion of the family.  The testing looks at Mathematics and Literacy and has a written and online computer component.  It takes about 6 hours to complete the test.  Testing is completed over several weeks.

 

Bring a smile on photo day!

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Picture Day is Friday, October 4th.

Cold + Flu Season

SickGirlParents, please do NOT send your child to school if they’re sick.  They spread their germs to others.  Then, when your child is feeling better, their original sickness can come back to them when their immune system is already compromised.  Keep sick kids at home!  Children are more than able to catch up on any missed work… and no child will have missing or late work held against them if they were absent due to illness.  Thank you for your understanding.

Construction Matters

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Photo by Pixabay on Pexels.com

 

Maple Grove is on schedule and the new building is moving along nicely.  If you haven’t checked out the build… have a look from the 3rd floor.  It’s quite amazing!

 

 

 

Dough Raiser Program

Do you shop at the COBS Bread in Kerrisdale? PAC has started a new fundraiser partnership with our local neighbourhood COBS Bread called the Dough Raiser Program. Just mention “Maple Grove Elementary” the next time you shop there, and COBS will generously donate 5% of your purchase to the Maple Grove PAC. Easy-peasy-lemon-squeezy…nothing extra is needed from you except uttering the magic phrase: Maple Grove Elementary!!!

 

Maple Grove Spirit Wear – Ignite the Wildcat within you!

Pre-order your Maple Grove Limited Edition Spirit Wear now! Go to the PAC Website (https://themaplegrovepac.wordpress.com/) and click the “Click Here To Order Your Spirit Wear!” button.  Great to wear at school events, sporting events, team events, field trips, or simply just because. All funds raised will go towards outfitting the New School. Deadline to purchase is next Friday, October 4th. All spirit wear is made-to-order and will be distributed to your child’s classroom in late October. Sample sizes will be available for viewing on Wednesday, October 2nd before (8:45am – 9:00am) and after school (3:00pm – 3:20pm) in the hallway outside the office. You can also check out sizing charts on the Spirit Wear Page on the PAC Website (https://themaplegrovepac.wordpress.com/spirit-wear/).

 

YOUNG REMBRANDTS Program

Young Rembrandts

 

Fall ROBOTICS Programs

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Fall BRICK ANIMATION Program

Brick Animation

 

 

 

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Sept 20th

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Good Morning Maple Grove (MG) families.  Happy Friday to all!  It was another busy week at Maple Grove.  Thank you to all the parents who were able to join us for our annual Terry Fox Run.  The sun came out and it was gorgeous and warm.  And, thank you to the children and families who were able to donate to the Cancer Foundation.

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Terry was an amazing person.  Such strength, determination and spirit.  I had the opportunity to meet him at BC Place and it was very inspiring.  It speaks volumes that his legacy lives on to this day.

We had a wonderful afternoon at Maple Grove Park, while our new K’s ran/walked around the gravel field.  The sun came out and we were graced with sunshine and good spirits for our event.  Thank you to Mr. McDonough, Ms. Lam and Ms. Vermaas for helping to organize the day.

Thank you to Ms. Tornroos, our amazing Teacher/Librarian for organizing the MG Book Fair.  This is an annual event that draws hundreds of families to our library to support literacy and resources for all MG students.

Pro D Day Please be reminded that Monday is a Pro D Day.
There is No School Monday.  Students first day back at Maple Grove will be Tuesday, September 24th

 

 

Maple Grove is full at all grade levels.  We have about 500 students.  And while I think that may slip to about 495 by the ends of the month, we’re still very full and don’t have much room as our class composition and enrollment have risen to a robust level.

Please know, or be reminded, that our school blog (maplegroveschool.net) is the place to go for information, goings-on, and events.  Our Kindergarten students are now in-school full time and we’ve had our first school-wide assembly.   We’ve reviewed our school Code of Conduct and school song with all students.

I want to acknowledge our fantastic PAC for all their work in welcoming parents and in creating an atmosphere of inclusion and support for families.  We work very closely with our PAC and we have a wonderful collaborative relationship with them.  Please refer to the PAC Blog for information and details regarding PAC events and programs.

In coming weeks I will publish school organizations, staff lists, etc.  For now, please enjoy the school start-up with your child; continue to be positive with them about school; and know that we have your child’s best interests at heart.

For those of you interested in seismic updates, I’m told that the new school build is on schedule and that the contractor is happy with their progress.

Yours in Schooling,
Principal Evans

Meet our Vancouver Police Officer

Ben Wong-Moon our School Liaison Officer (SLO) is riding in the Cops for Cancer ride for Children’s Hospital.  Ben has been a super supporter of Maple Grove and is an all round wonderful person.  If you’re interested in supporting Ben, please visit the Cops for Cancer website.

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Welcome Back Party and Meet the Teachers!

On Thursday, September 26 at 3:15pm in the school gym, your PAC will be celebrating being back at school with our Welcome Back Party! It’s a fantastic opportunity to meet the teachers, get to know them better and catch up with fellow parents. There will be popcorn and freezies. We will also be launching our exciting new Maple Grove Spirit Wear at the party, so be sure to not miss it! Please visit our Welcome Back Party page for more details. See you there!

Photo Day comes to Maple Grove

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October 4th

 

 

 

Welcome Back Party and Meet the Teachers!

On Thursday, September 26 at 3:15pm in the school gym, your PAC will be celebrating being back at school with our Welcome Back Party! It’s a fantastic opportunity to meet the teachers, get to know them better and catch up with fellow parents. There will be popcorn and freezies. We will also be launching our exciting new Maple Grove Spirit Wear at the party, so be sure to not miss it! Please visit our Welcome Back Party page for more details. See you there!

 

 

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Sept 13th, 2019

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Good Morning Maple Grove (MG) families.  Happy Friday to all!  Today is Friday the 13th and it’s  supposed to be a micro moon this evening as well as a Harvest Moon.  So for the superstitious among us, hang in there and we hope you had a safe enjoyable day!  I’m reminded of one of my favourite songs, “Harvest Moon” by Neil Young.  It was recorded from September 1991 to February 1992 and released later that year in November 1992.  Many of the musicians also played on Neil Young’s 4th studio album, “Harvest” released 20 years earlier in February, 1972.

On to school business.  As the dust starts to settle after the second week, and the first full week in classes, I’d like to acknowledge the MG staff for working so diligently to make sure students get into the correct class and that all students are accounted for.  I’d also like to thank parents for being to understanding, flexible and accommodating while we sort out the little hiccups that happen in life and September start up.  However, all that being said, its been a smooth and relatively uneventful start up as we rolled into classes on the second day of school and things have been going along swimmingly.

Maple Grove is full at all grade levels.  We have about 500 students.  And while I think that may slip to about 495 by the ends of the month, we’re still very full and don’t have much room as our class composition and enrollment have risen to a robust level.

Please know, or be reminded, that our school blog (maplegroveschool.net) is the place to go for information, goings-on, and events.  Our Kindergarten students are now in-school full time and we’ve had our first school-wide assembly.   We’ve reviewed our school Code of Conduct and school song with all students.

I want to acknowledge our fantastic PAC for all their work in welcoming parents and in creating an atmosphere of inclusion and support for families.  We work very closely with our PAC and we have a wonderful collaborative relationship with them.  Please refer to the PAC Blog for information and details regarding PAC events and programs.

In coming weeks I will publish school organizations, staff lists, etc.  For now, please enjoy the school start-up with your child; continue to be positive with them about school; and know that we have your child’s best interests at heart.

For those of you interested in seismic updates, I’m told that the new school build is on schedule and that the contractor is happy with their progress.

Yours in Schooling,
Principal Evans

Meet our Vancouver Police Officer

Ben Wong-Moon our School Liaison Officer (SLO) is riding in the Cops for Cancer ride for Children’s Hospital.  Ben has been a super supporter of Maple Grove and is an all round wonderful person.  If you’re interested in supporting Ben, please visit the Cops for Cancer website.

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Classroom Parent Requests

Parent Volunteers Needed!   We are still looking for Class Parents! If your child is in one if the following divisions and you are interested in helping out, please let us know or talk to you class teacher:
Divisions 1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 7, 8, 9, 11, 14, 15, 16, 18, 20, 21 and 22.

We are also looking for leads for the following roles:

Halloween Event

KM Club

Grad Committee

If you are interested, contact us at themaplegrovepac@gmail.com

Traffic Congestion

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

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Also, please do not use the staff parking lot as a drop-off area.  Staff do their best to get to work on time and blocking them from parking in a timely manner is inconsiderate.  The CoV has installed new 3 minute parking signs all around Maple Grove.  We encourage you to consider parking around the perimeter of the building if you’re running short on time in the morning and not able to walk the block or two to reduce traffic.

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School Cash Online

We are very pleased to report that over 75% of Maple Grove’s school fees have already been paid online.  Our parents are finding it a very efficient and easy way to deal with payments that are due to the school.  If you haven’t created an account as yet.  Please review the pink form in your child’s package and follow the prompts.  (Tip:  Always click on the box that says you don’t know your child’s student number, and use your child’s usual name – not their legal name if it is different.)  https:/vsb.schoolcashonline.com

 

After school Programming at Maple Grove

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Before/ After School Daycare (YMCA)

Please contact the YMCA of Greater Vancouver for information on their out-of-school care programs.  We will publish registration information as it becomes available.  They are super busy and there is a huge demand for their services.

 

Maple Grove Pac Website (Click to enter)

upcoming event

September 16 – 19 – Book Fair

September 20th – Terry Fox Run

** September 23rd – Pro D Day – No school for Students **

 

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September 9th Update

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What an awesome, entertaining and thrilling first week back!  Our school numbers are around 500 (the dust is still settling) and there are a few minor hiccups that we’re dealing with.  but, other than that, it’s smooth sailing so far.  Over all, the start up as been smooth and uneventful.  I credit the staff for this as they spent days casting classes and discussing student placement.  Our numbers are solid as we had about 112 new students transfer into Maple Grove (MG).  We are basically a full school.

We rolled into new classes on Wednesday morning, and we haven’t had any lost students.  Rolling boards have been placed around the school and have been an effective way to communicate daily events with parents and students.  Also, our school blog (maplegroveschool.net) is the place to go for information, goings-on, and events.  Our Kindergarten students are participating in their gradual entry and will be full time by Wednesday next week.

I want to acknowledge our fantastic PAC for all their work in welcoming parents and in creating an atmosphere of inclusion and support for families.  We work very closely with our PAC and we have a wonderful collaborative relationship with them.

Parents please make sure you read through our School Handbook (TAB on the Maplegroveschool.net blog, as well as the Parent TAB and the Blogs and Links TABS.  These TABS have useful information for all parents.

In coming weeks I will publish school organizations, staff lists, etc.  For now, please enjoy the school start-up with your child; continue to be positive with them about school; and know that we have your child’s best interests at heart.

We will be having our first assembly Monday morning… there will be limited space at the back for parents.  We are planning monthly assemblies as a way to provide strong and consistent messaging to the students, and to create a feeling/ culture of family and collaboration.  We are working on culture and making MG an engaging and awesome school for students, staff and parents.

I would also like to take a moment to acknowledge the engineering staff and the office staff for working so diligently through the summer to ensure the building was in tip-top shape and that we were ready to go!

For those of you interested in seismic updates, I’m told that the new school build is on schedule and that the contractor is happy with their progress.

Yours in Schooling,
Principal Evans

School Cash Online

We are very pleased to report that over 50% of Maple Grove’s school fees have already been paid online.  Our parents are finding it a very efficient and easy way to deal with payments that are due to the school.  If you haven’t created an account as yet.  Please review the pink form in your child’s package and follow the prompts.  (Tip:  Always click on the box that says you don’t know your child’s student number, and use your child’s usual name – not their legal name if it is different.)  https:/vsb.schoolcashonline.com

 

After school Programming at Maple Grove

Maple Grove YR Flyer COLOUR-Fall2019 (1)

 

Before/ After School Daycare (YMCA)

Please contact the YMCA of Greater Vancouver for information on their out-of-school care programs.  We will publish registration information as it becomes available.

 

Maple Grove Pac Website (Click to enter)

upcoming event

September 16 – 19 – Book Fair

September 20th – Terry Fox Run

September 23rd – Pro D Day – No school for Students

 

 

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August 22- WELCOME BACK FAMILIES

Welcome Back! What to expect

Welcome back 2Greetings Parents, families and students,

Happy New Year!!!!  The start of school always reminds me of New Years.  It’s a new school year and a chance for a fresh start for all.  I hope you had a restful and relaxing break with family and friends.  I know many of us are excited to be back and starting a new school year.

Maple Grove has an excellent reputation and parents and children are happy to be here.  The staff are here to help support you and your child in having an engaging and successful school experience.

Our engineering staff have been busy cleaning and have done a great job prepping the school for next week.  Please make sure you find Zandro and Alfred and say, “Thank You”.  Construction is progressing and it’s exciting to see the south end of the new school starting to take shape.  Thank you to the contractors and VPO staff for their tireless work over the summer.

We anticipate fencing to be up all school year.  The new building is expected to be open in September 2020.  As a result, the Maple Grove staff will be “culling” and prepping to move this year- it will be a busy year.  Students will continue to have access to the south end of the Magee north field at recess and lunch.

Please read this information as it will give you an idea about First Day and Opening Week procedures.

FIRST WEEK OVERVIEW

Our numbers have been changing daily for the past 2 weeks.  Teachers cast classes in June, and due to enrollment changes, we may make some modifications to the school organization.  All of this is normal and happens in most schools in Vancouver.  Remember… the school organization technically isn’t final until September 30th.

This is what we anticipate the first week looking like… except for the Kindergarten– they have their own gradual entry schedule AND new Kindergartens have their own schedule as well (Kindergarten teachers contact K families individually).

Tuesday  (Day 1)

There will be signage posted outside the main entrances to the school indicating where students should go.  The same information is contained in this blog and will be emailed to families who’ve registered their email with us.  (NB: We do not give out parent email addresses due to anti-spam legislation.  When you provide your email address to the school, you are only going to receive school-related email from the office)

RETURNING STUDENTS GO TO LAST YEAR’S CLASSROOM

9:00 am – Students arrive and go to last year’s classroom.  Teachers who moved classes over the summer will go to their last year’s classroom and greet their students.  Teachers who left the school will be replaced by another teacher.

NEW STUDENTS (Registered) GO TO THE FOLLOWING…

NEW STUDENTS WHO ARE REGISTERED will go to a holding room and will be counted and confirmed there.  This will also allow us time to count returning students as well.

Ms. Chris Plavan                     receives last yr Div 1 and Div 2       Rm 303
Mrs. Marianna Humeniuk   receives NEW Gr 5, 6, 7                      Rm 301
Ms. Megan Burghall              receives NEW Mont (all grades)       Rm 305
Ms. Denise Watkins               receives NEW Trad  gr.3 + 4              Rm 306
Ms. Sonya Serbic                    receives NEW Trad  gr. 1 + 2             Rm 308

NEW STUDENTS (not yet registered) GO TO THE OFFICE

All students are dismissed on Tuesday at  10 am.

Our awesome PAC will be serving coffee in the library on Tuesday and then again on Wed (for new K parents).  Meet the Admin Team

Teachers will have a quick break from 10 to 10:30
Staff will be meeting with Admin from 10:30 to 12:00 and  1:00 to 3:00

 

Wednesday  (Day 2)

School starts at 9:00 am.  All students go to the classroom they were in on Tuesday morning.  We historically move into new classes on day 2, 3 or 4.  We will endeavour to get students into their new year classes as quickly as we can- without rushing things- so that students can settle and get started with curriculum.

Students will need a recess snack AND a lunch.  Dismissal at 3:00 pm.  Parents are expected to be at school at 3:00 pm to pick up their child.

Thursday  (Day 3)

School starts at 9:00 am.  All students go to the classroom they were in on Wednesday morning.  This will likely be our target day to roll into new classes before recess.

Students will need a recess snack AND a lunch.  Dismissal at 3:00 pm.  Parents are expected to be at school at 3:00 pm to pick up their child.  New class lists will be posted in the main hallway and south entrance so parents will be able to find their child’s new class.

Friday  (Day 4)

School starts at 9:00 am.  All students go to their NEW classroom for the remainder of the school year.  Students will need a recess snack AND a lunch.  Dismissal at 3:00 pm.  Parents are expected to be at school at 3:00 pm to pick up their child.  New class lists will be posted in the main hallway and south entrance so parents will be able to find their child’s new class.

 

 

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