Good Morning Maple Grove had its premiere episode this morning. What is it? A talk show for our school! Each week a different learning pod will be featured along with interviews with a few of the teachers from that pod. Mr. Land is our host, assisted by our production crew consisting of our Kindergarten teachers, Ms Hales, Ms Kao, and Mrs. Phelps. In our first episode, the Cherry Blossom Pod is featured. There is also a “Questions for Mr. Land from the Kindergarteners” in a get-to-know-your Acting-Principal segment. Enjoy our first episode by clicking on this link:
Sadly, our terrific Principal Mr. Peter Evans has continued to experience some setbacks in his recovery from his January surgery and has been advised not to return to work this school year. We wish him well and our school is extremely hopeful that he will be permitted to return as School Principal when school resumes after summer holidays in September. I have informed Mr. Evans and Director Zerbe that I am honoured to remain as Principal for the remainder of this school year.
Earlier this month we submitted our student population projection for 2021-22, and we will likely receive our school staffing entitlement for next year by the first week of May. We are busy wrapping up week 30 of this school year, meaning we have reached the 75% point. So while finishing the final 10 weeks we will also be planning for 2021-22.
The weather has been exceptional recently, so please ensure your student always has a water bottle and a hat while at school as we are spending much more time outside.
As part of our COVID protocol, we have students line up outside, and enter the school through their assigned entrances with their teacher who sanitizes their hands. Please be sure to have your child present at school by 8:55 so that the class can enter as a complete group at 9:00am. Late arrivals present many challenges and your cooperation is appreciated. And finally, please be sure to keep vigilant with the daily health checks, and keep your child at home if they are unwell.
I would like to remind parents to physically distance in the morning and after school while interacting with other adults and children.
Unfortunately, some of our students have tested positive recently for Covid 19. Each time a VSB student or staff tests positive, VCH contacts our VSB District Health and Safety Team, who then contact the affected school administration. Madame Valerie and I then start the 6 step COVID response. As part of the 6 steps, affected classes, staff, and the school community are notified of the exposure. District Operations staff are also notified to attend the school and proceed with Deep Cleaning of affected areas before school resumes the next morning.
And a final note on safety, please be sure to NOT use the staff parking lot for pickup or drop-off OR use it as a pathway to and from school. There is a sidewalk immediately east of the staff parking lot, on the other side of the fence.
Kind regards, Kevin Land
No School for students on Monday, April 26th – Professional Development day for Staff
Photo Day – April 28th
Note: Option 4 (Learning from Home) Students may come to have their photos taken at 10:30 am. Please meet at the 1924 45th Ave W entrance.
LOST AND FOUND
Please ask your child to check for lost water bottles, lunch bags, jackets, etc., etc.,
Important Reminders for Parents
Do not send your children to school if they are sick. To be safe, even those with very mild cold-like symptoms should stay home.
Make sure your child has their own water bottle, sun hat and sun screen. Classes are participating in more outdoor activities now that the weather is fine.
School starts at 9:00 am. Please have your child here on time with their lunch, water bottle and snack. We try to reduce contacts by making sure all students are ready for school without interruption for the full day.
Attention Grade 4 and 7 Parents
FSA student reports will be sent home by Friday, April 23rd.
There will not be time to do retakes, so there is only a single photo day. Due to COVID protocols, short turnaround times and photographers available, we will not be able to take class photos, but will provide the students with a class composite. Due to our policy of not mixing cohorts, we will not be taking a panorama, staff group or club and team photos.
Let’s Sip N’ Chat!
Are you up for a PAC Community chat? Ever wonder what happens behind the scenes in PAC? Are you interested to learn what it means to be part of the PAC Executive Team, but were apprehensive to ask? Do you want to get involved at the school but don’t know how? We want all of your questions!
PAC is hosting a Sip N’ Chat session over Zoom on April 21st @ 7:30pm. It will be a casual chat to check-in with each other and to answer any questions you may have about how PAC Executive works. There are no commitment expectations with this session – please feel free to join a fun night with no concern that we will assume you are signing up for volunteering just by attending.
On the morning of April 28th the school photographer will be coming to Maple Grove to take individual student photos. It will be done outside with physical distancing and COVID protocol in place. Please note that there will be no opportunity for retakes. Class composite photos will be created with the individual photos.
Maple Grove Spirit Wear – ONLINE STORE CLOSES TONIGHT
Just a friendly reminder that the online Spirit Wear Store closes midnight tonight. This is your last chance to get your hands on the coveted MG Wildcat apparel! Grab a t-shirt for hot summer days or a hoodie to keep you warm on the chilly days. And the zip hoodie would make for a perfect light jacket for dry Vancouver weather.
Shop online and have your order shipped directly to you or you can pick up from the print shop. Free shipping is available for orders over $150.
This is a reminder of the message we sent on our February 5, 2021 post regarding parking signage on 45th Ave. W. The signs have been replaced so be sure to read them to avoid being ticketed. Previously there was a 3 minute no parking zone. It is now NO STOPPING!
Parent/Teacher conferences will happen on April 6th and 8th. They will be Virtual only. Please remember that you need to pick up your child at 2:00 pm for early dismissal on both April 6th and 8th.
A message from our new Vice Principal
Dear MG community,
My name is Valérie Carrière and I am your new MG Vice-Principal. This is my fifth school as an administrator. I have previously worked as VP at: Tennyson, Queen Elizabeth Annex, Jules Quesnel (twice!) and L’École Bilingue. I am very happy to embark on this new journey and am looking forward to tackling the last few months of this unprecedented school year. I hope that I will have the chance to meet families soon, but until it is possible, please know that I will be making every effort to support MG’s students, staff and families to the best of my abilities. I have had a lovely first week getting acquainted with my new school community. Thank you to all staff and students for the warm welcome; your smiles and positivity have made this a wonderful place to come to every morning.
The online Spirit Wear Store is NOW OPEN, and closes on April 9th. Now’s your chance to get your hands on the coveted MG Wildcat apparel. Don’t delay…you don’t want to miss out!
This year, we are offering T-shirts, Hooded Sweatshirts, and Full Zip Sweatshirts (new!) in red, dark grey and light grey options. All apparel comes in Youth and Adult sizes; sizing information is available on the online store. (Note for families who purchased spirit wear last year, the brand of apparel is the same if you wish to use that to gauge size.)
In accordance to COVID-safe protocols, the entire process will be online. Shop from an online store, pay with a credit card, and have your order shipped directly to you or pick up from the print shop. Free shipping will be available for orders over $150.
We all love our Maple Grove School community, say it LOUD and PROUD with Maple Grove Spirit Wear!
During the months of January to April, the Vancouver School District is participating in the 2021 Ministry of Education Electronic Anonymous Student Learning Survey Project in cooperation with all other school districts throughout the Province.
Parents/Guardians/Caregivers can complete the online Anonymous Student Learning Surveys any time before 11:59 pm April 30th, 2021, providing immediate results to the school and the district. Please see attachment for more details on how to complete the survey.
This is a quick update on our school staffing. Principal Peter Evans is slowly recovering and recuperating from his surgeries, and fortunately improving every day. Mr. Evans will not be returning in April, and I have informed him that I am honoured to stay until he is healthy enough to return to work. Speaking of return, Division 6 grade 4 will see their Monday Tuesday teacher Ms. Elizabeth Shew, starting on March 29. A special thanks from all of us at Maple Grove for the wonderful 3 weeks we shared with Madame Natalie Morissette. She brought an energetic enthusiasm to her temporary role and quickly became part of our fabric. Today is her last day at Maple Grove because immediately after the break we will welcome Madame Valerie Carriere as Vice Principal.
I hope all of you have a wonderful and restful March Break.
Thank you to the Lee Family! Mr Jackson Lee owns the Cobs Bread at Tsawwassen Commons. He generously supplied the staff with treats today. Adding to the fun of pajama day!
As we prepare ourselves for our final week of school before the two week Spring Break I am sorry to say that our terrific Principal Mr Peter Evans has not sufficiently recovered and will remain on health leave. We are fortunate to have retired Principal Madame Natalie Morissette covering for VP Lia Cuccurrullo until next Friday, then we will welcome Madame Valerie Carriere as our new Vice Principal on March 29. I will remain as Principal until Mr Evans returns.
Morning basketball skills and drills continue next week for all grade 4 – 7 students who have returned a signed consent form to Mr Land. Tuesday March 9 at recess and Thursday March 11 at 8:15 are for grade 4s and 5s. Monday March 8 morning and Wednesday recess are for grade 6s and 7s. We will resume again after spring break, and then likely start badminton skills.
On March 9 at 7pm there is a parent presentation titled TECH, COVID and KIDS, by Dr. Shimi Kang. More information has been sent today. This is a shared initiative with 8 VSB elementary PACs.
On March 10 the 3 schools on site, Maple Grove, Cavell, and Magee will be combining for a joint LOCKDOWN Drill. However, as of now, the Vancouver Police Department WILL NOT be participating with us in this drill. This type of Lockdown Drill has been done in the past with Maple Grove and Magee, but of course this year we are in a new building and will be adding Cavell. Vice Principal Morissette and myself will tour the school during the drill ensuring that classrooms/teaching areas are safe and secure. There will be a staff debrief following the drill.
Maple Grove welcomed back many Option 4 students to school Monday March 1. Administration met briefly with the parents and students outside, undercover at the North entrance on 45th avenue. Administration then took the students inside for further COVID protocols, gave a short tour, and delivered the students to their new classroom. ANY Option 4 student who has not yet decided to return to in-school instruction, now has the opportunity to return on any Monday, provided the family informs our school office staff by the previous Thursday.
Parent Advisory Council
Watch for an email with the link to the live online webinar with Dr. Shimi Kang.
Student Council is doing a great job at bringing spirit to our school community!
Wednesday February 24 saw Maple Grove staff and students celebrate Pink Day. We hosted a fabulous virtual assembly with participation from all students and staff. Please see the link to view the one hour presentation. https://youtu.be/3a6W6E0Q3N0
On Thursday February 25, students and staff from the grade 1,2,3 learning pod celebrated the 100th day of school by dressing as elderly folks noting that they are now 100 days smarter. See attached photo.
Morning basketball skills and drills continue next week for all grade 4 – 7 students who have returned a signed consent form to Mr Land. Tuesday and Thursday March 2 and 4 are for grade 4s and 5s. Wednesday and Friday March 3 and 5 are for grade 6s and 7s.
On March 9 at 7pm there is a parent presentation titled TECH, COVID and KIDS, by Dr. Shimi Kang. More information is coming soon. This is a shared initiative with 8 VSB elementary PACs.
On March 10 the 3 schools on site, Maple Grove, Cavell, and Magee will be combining for a joint LOCKDOWN Drill with the Vancouver Police Department. This has been done in the past with Maple Grove and Magee, but of course this year we are in a new building and will be adding Cavell. We will have a considerable VPD presence on our shared campus during the drill. The VPD will then be entering each school as part of the drill ensuring that classrooms/teaching areas are safe and secure. There will be a joint VPD/VSB Admin debrief following the drill.
Many Option 4 students are returning to school Monday March 1 at 9:15am. Administration will briefly meet with the parents and students outside, undercover at the North entrance on 45th avenue. Administration will then take the students inside for further COVID protocols, give a short tour, and deliver the students to their new classroom. ANY Option 4 student who has not yet decided to return to in-school instruction, has the opportunity to return on any Monday after March 1, provided the family informs our school office staff by the previous Thursday.
We know that parents would love to see inside our beautiful new school. We were fortunate to have a videographer from Vancouver School Board come to the school and film teachers and show you the inside of the new building. We are absolutely thrilled to be here and finally unpacked! Click the link below to take a tour with us:
Message from Mr. Richard Zerbe
As you know, there have been some admin changes. Please read the letter below from Mr. Zerbe, Director of Instruction, that explains the changes at Maple Grove.
Dear Maple Grove families,
This letter is to inform you of some upcoming administrative staffing changes.
Our Principal, Mr. Peter Evans, has recently experienced some medical issues that require him to be away from his duties for longer than expected. Mr. Kevin Land will continue on as acting Principal in his stead until further notice.
As you know, our Vice Principal, Ms Lia Cuccurullo, is expecting a child with Friday of this week being her last day at Maple Grove. We are happy that retired elementary administrator, Ms. Natalie Morissette, has agreed to serve as acting Vice Principal from February 22 to March 12. Our school will receive a permanent Vice Principal following Spring Break with an announcement coming next week.
Please join us in welcoming Ms. Morissette and in thanking Ms. Cuccurullo for her wonderful support to the staff, students and families of Maple Grove. You will be missed, Ms. Cuccurullo. We wish you and your new family all the very best.
We know also that you join us in wishing Mr. Evans the very best for a speedy recovery. We will be sharing the news appropriately with students and inviting them to share any get-well wishes to him through classroom activities.
Richard Zerbe Director of Instruction – Education Services Office of the Superintendent Vancouver School Board 1580 West Broadway Vancouver BC V6J 5K8 phone: 604-713-5097 I acknowledge that I live, work and play on the unceded and traditional territories of the Coast Salish peoples – sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), sel̓íl̓witulh (Tsleil-Waututh), and xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam) nations.
Goodbye from Ms. Cuccurullo
Maple Grove Families,
It has been an absolute joy being at the school for the past 6 months. Maple Grove is a true gem – a place where staff, students and parents work collaboratively to foster excellence each day. I am very sad to be leaving but I have an exciting new adventure that is waiting for me. My baby boy is due on March 12th and I am looking forward to becoming a Mom for the first time. I am nervous, excited, anxious – all the emotions! Thank you for supporting me and I hope to be back again one day
Click the link below to see my goodbye video to students:
Congratulations, Ms. New!
Ms. New was selected as 1 of 50 educators from across North America to go on an expedition to an incredible destination on planet earth! Once it is safe to do so, she will be sent on board a ship with experts, naturalists, photographers and fellow adventurers. And most excitingly, she will be bringing back her amazing learning here to Maple Grove to inspire the students! We are very proud of Ms. New – way to go!
We are welcoming back many Option 4 students on Monday, March 1. For those remaining “Learning from Home” re-entry to in-school learning can happen on future Mondays. Parents must inform the school on the Thursday before the Monday that they wish to return to allow for teachers to prepare for them.
Return to Play – Stage 2 for Physical Activity
The Vancouver Board of Education is pleased to be reopening elementary school sports programs effective Feb. 18, 2021. We are now in the VSB Return to Play Stage 2. By offering school sports activities, we will be adhering to the standards, guidelines, and protocols from the Provincial Health Officer B.C.C. Communicable Disease Control, Vancouver Coastal Health, Ministry of Education, Vancouver School District and B.C. School Sports.
We at Maple Grove will be focusing on skills and drills, starting with basketball for any grade in 4,5,6 & 7 who is interested and returns a signed consent form. No games are permitted in Stage 2, you can visit BCSS Return to School Sport Plan to learn about policies for stage 1 – 4.
Depending on the number of students who are interested and who return the signed consent form, each grade (4-7) will start with one morning per week in the gym from 8:15 – 8:55. Students will need proper gymnasium footwear. Basketballs will be provided. There would be a maximum of 50 students participating in each session. We hope to start with Grade 7s on Tuesday, Feb. 23 at 8:15 am.
February 12th is a Pro D Day at Maple Grove – No school for Students
Parents: Please do not send any goodies or treats. The school will have a small, COVID safe treat for all the students.
LOST AND FOUND
Anything look familiar? Please check lost and found located in a box outside the east entrance (library entrance) of the new building.
To help facilitate both the safe pick up and drop off of students at Maple Grove, as well as the busing of students from Cavell to the school grounds for temporary accommodation. Please see diagram showing the approximate changes here.
Maple Grove parents will need to use more of Maple Street and less of 45th Ave. for pick up and drop off.
The no stopping zone will allow for easier passing along 45th Ave. Compliance with posted signage is an expectation for the safety of students, staff and parents.
The extended bus zone along Cypress will allow buses to sage on Cypress prior the rush of pick up and drop off for Maple Grove.
The signage installation is with the City crews and would expect it in the coming weeks.
Kerrisdale Little League
Check out the information attached. Wonderful to get our kids out playing baseball, having fun and getting some fresh air this spring.