March 16th Update


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March 19th to April 2 – Enjoy your holiday!




 Dear Maple Grove Families,

We made it to Spring Break.  Please rest, relax, rejuvenate and revitalize with those you love as we prepare for what promises to be a busy, exciting and spectacular Term 3.  From all of us at Maple Grove, have a happy break.  Please watch for our Communicating Student Learning Parent survey when we return in April.  It will be an online survey response.  Please also watch for our information on School organization and class placements.  That information will come out right after spring break.

Principal Evans and Vice Principal Smith


Dear Maple Grove Families,

Spring is Popping with Color

Maple Grove’s Student Spring Flower Student Team

Has a Head Start!

Beginning April 3 with the help of our Vice-Principal, Ms. Smith and Paula Temrick, Parent Fundraiser Lead, our Student Council members will actively be promoting, selling and spreading flower power fundraising throughout our school hallways and classrooms.

Between April 9 –  27 Everyone – staff, parents, students will have the opportunity to purchase and to sell colorful Hanging Planters, Patio Planters and gorgeous Orchids – just in time for Mother’s Day.


We invite you to come on board too!

Join us for a whole school fun, flower fundraising experience.

Bring your skills to school and help us with publicity, bookkeeping and distribution.


As a Thank-you Volunteers will receive 1 plant at wholesale price for every 2 hours worked.

A savings of at least $8.70.

Support ‘Cloud Books for Classrooms’

PAC’s $10,000, 3 year Fundraising Project.

Our Spring Flower Fundraiser is targeted to sell 172 plants and raise $1500

reaching our year one goal of $3500.00.


Maple Grove students at the B.C. Winter Games in Kamloops

Brady competed at the B.C. Winter Games in Kamloops for Karate which for this sport is only open to 12/13 year olds and is held once every 2 years.  Brady competed in the Advanced Division and won Gold for Team Kata, Gold for Team Kumite and Silver for Advanced Boys Individual Kata.

His sister, Bryana who is currently at Magee but also went to and graduated from Maple Grove was one of 16 recipients for the Coast Capital Savings Athlete Bursary Award for $500 presented at the Closing Ceremony of the B.C. Winter Games.

Both Bryana and Brady went to Halifax for Karate Nationals Competition.
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Maple Grove Pac Website (Click to enter)

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March 19 to April 2 – Spring Break and Easter

April 3 – Students return to school

April 5 – Class Group, Grad and Panoramic Photophotographer

April 27 – Professional Development Day – No school for students

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March 9th Update!



 Dear Maple Grove Families,

It’s been another busy week at Maple Grove.  It started last weekend with Ms. Smith and I being appraisers for the regional DI tournament in North Vancouver.  Our Maple Grove teams did very well… one even won the Renaissance Award.  Now we look forward to the Provincials to be held on April 6th.  Tuesday we completed our Lockdown drill with the VPD and have devised a strategy to work closely with our Secondary School partners so that our schools work in tandem regarding safely and security.

Wednesday, Thursday and Friday were busy with team meetings and various visitors to the school including the City of Vancouver Recycling program and Beading for Div 4.  Thank you to so many parents for attending today’s PAC meeting.  It was great to see so many parents present and interested in their child’s schooling.  Thanks to Galen and Karrie for organizing.

We are moving into what promises to be a busy spring.  As part of some team-building and staff dynamics we asked one of our amazing parents, Cliff, if he would host a sushi lunch for staff…. IT WAS AMAZING! and YUMMY!   Thank you Cliff for all of your support and involvement in the school (pics below).
Principal Evans

Thank you Cliff for the delicious sushi lunch!

The staff enjoyed a wonderful lunch created and prepared by very accomplished chef, Cliff Saito.



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Science Fair at Maple Grove.



Congratulations Grade 4 DI Team!

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Our Grade 4 Team which is named “The Egg Tarts” and comprises 5 members, namely, Ali Hall, Owen Lee, Samantha Mullan, Kaitlyn Shiu and Anthony Wong, placed first in their category, the Engineering Drop Zone at the Elementary Level, and is the winner of the Instant Challenge in their category, at the Regional Tournament held last Saturday, 3 March.  They will move on to the Provincials to be held on 7 April. 

We would like to thank Ms Lin and Ms Griffiths for supporting this team in various ways.  Though they are not the official sponsors of this team, their generous support is essential to their final delivery of presentation at the tournament.

Lost and Found

Parents:  Please ask your children to check for lost items – the lost and found area is overflowing.  We will be donating unclaimed items to charity after March break.

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Oscar Winning Coco PAC Movie Night: Postponed to April 13th

There were pieces of gymnastics equipment that surprisingly demanded the front row on Friday and can not be moved. We are thus postponing to April 13th.


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Maple Grove Pac Website (Click to enter)

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March 14 and 15 – Early dismissal at 2:00 pm for Parent Conferences

March 19 to April 2 – Spring Break and Easter

April 3 – Students return to school

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March 2, 2018



 Dear Maple Grove Families,

It’s been another fun-filled week at Maple Grove.  last Friday we welcomed young pre-schoolers to our Ready Set Learn event.  RSL is a pre-existing program for preschoolers that develops awareness for early learning and literacy with adults.  It’s a chance for schools to connect with their target audience for subsequent years.  Friday’s event ran from 10:45-12:20.  I wanted to thank Ms. Hales, Ms. Kao and Ms. Batsoulas for all of their time, energy and effort in making today possible.  I also wanted to thank the teacher who supported our K team, and looked after our present K’s so that the preschoolers could work with our K teachers.  Thank you also to all the staff, students and parents who supported the program.

bbeeeeeAnother event that took place was our Spelling Bee.  Thank you Ms. Humeniuk for organizing and running this event.  It’s a schoolwide favourite.  Let me introduce you to the winners.

Thank you to all the staff, students and parents who came out to cheer on the participants.
pink day 2016 4This week we had our annual PINK Day Assembly.  Several classes made presentations to the whole school.  We showed some motivational and inspirational clips on kindness and creating a positive culture at the school.



Robinson Crusoe + Friday Performance

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      Mr Naipaul on stage



Help from Student Council

On Thursday we had a visit from Axis Theatre Co, and a presentation of Robinson Crusoe + Friday.  It was a delightful presentation for the whole school.

Lockdown Drill and Hold + Secure Drill


Earlier this year the school had scheduled a Hold + Secure Drill and a Lockdown Drill with our School Liaison Officer.  Due to the timing of some other events at the school, we postponed practicing these drills until March.

We wanted to share with our school community that all VSB schools are required to practice drills and we regularly invite our policing partners to attend and provide feedback and suggestions so that we can work towards improving our drills.  We are currently planning to have drills on:

Lockdown Drill –  Tuesday, March 6 at 11:00 am

Hold + Secure Drill –  Tuesday, April 17 at 11:00 am

It is our practice to provide staff, students and parents ample notice about these drills.  These are drills.  We walk through them slowly and with compassion so that they are teaching experiences for everyone.  We do not want to traumatize or cause anxiety for our students, staff or parents.  But, we do want everyone to know that we take these drills seriously and that we practice them so that we are prepared.

We ask that parents avoid being in the school at those times as they may get inadvertently caught in the drill.  We anticipate each drill lasting 15-20 minutes.

Lockdown is used to protect school occupants from a dangerous person within the school, for example a person armed with a knife, firearm or other weapon and who is threatening or in the process of seriously harming people.  Examples include armed person harming or threatening to harm others in the school.

Hold + Secure is when the exterior doors of the school are secured while normal activities continue inside the school.  Hold and secure is used to protect the school occupants from a danger in the neighbourhood or community outside the school. Examples: police incident in the neighbourhood, suspicious strangers on school grounds, protests/civil disturbances outdoors near schools etc.


Maple Grove Chess Team

I am very pleased to tell you that Maple Grove School Chess Team has participated in 2018 VCS Elementary School Team Championship on Feb 18th with great results!

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Please find the Final Standings here:

Event video:

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Maple Grove Pac Website (Click to enter)

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March 8 – Science Fair

March 14 and 15 – Early dismissal at 2:00 pm for Parent Conferences

March 19 to April 2 – Spring Break and Easter

April 3 – Students return to school

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Feb 22

Special Announcement

The Digital Literacy Parent session planned for this evening has been cancelled due to illness.  It will be rescheduled.

Sorry for the inconvenience.
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February 16th Update

downloadProfessional Development Day on Monday February 19th.
No school for students – Enjoy the long weekend.



 Dear Maple Grove Families,

I just wanted to acknowledge all the staff students and parents who were on site yesterday for their calm conduct during an interesting start to our afternoon.  We work closely with our policing partners and they are always mindful of school safety.  Magee and Maple Grove were in direct contact with our VPD School Liaison officers throughout the 15-20 minute hold + secure after Vancouver Police Department advised our school of a police incident close by.  The exterior school doors were locked to prevent anyone entering and exiting the building in accordance with established Vancouver School Board emergency procedures. The hold and secure was lifted after approximately 15 minutes on the advice of the Vancouver Police Department.  Students, staff and parents reacted calmly and continued with their in school activities (a school-wide presentation of Hip Hop dance).

You may recall that Maple Grove cancelled our previous lock down drill a few weeks ago and we are currently in the process of rescheduling it.  We will advise our school community when we will be practicing our drill as we will have VPD officers on site to assist us.

Happy Lunar New Year!

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Senior Boy’s Basketball

With great teamwork and passing MG Boys Basketball team defeat DLG in a physical game on Wednesday.  Thank you to our coach Principal Evans for all the time and energy he spends on the players.  Also special thanks to Ms. Humeniuk for managing the team and organizing all the supporting cast (e.g., scorekeepers).
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iMatter workshop February 22 – 6:30 to 8:00 in Library

Join us next Thursday night for a discussion on digital literacy & Internet safety. For more information see this link iMatter Poster 2018.


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Maple Grove Pac Website (Click to enter)


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February 19 – Professional Development Day – No school for students

February 23 – Ready, Set Learn

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February 9


No School on Monday – Enjoy the long weekend. Students first day back is Tuesday



 Dear Maple Grove Families,

I just wanted to acknowledge our wonderful PAC for all of their hard work in making Friday’s Lunar New Year’s event such an amazing success!  We have so many talented and wonderful parents who have many skills… it’s awesome to see them in action!  Thanks to everyone- from those who stayed behind to clean up, to those who worked tirelessly putting together donations.  Thank you to the Lunar New Year Committee members as well for all of their time, energy and effort!  It was a yummy event with so many highlights.  Special thanks to Paula Temrick for all of her efforts in organizing committee members.

On another note, from time to time, schools practice for emergency events (e.g., fire drills, earthquake drills and lock down drills).  Schools do this in an effort to prepare students so that if they’re faced with an unfortunate event actually happening, our staff and students are prepared.  In the fall, Maple Grove practiced for these events, like all schools in Vancouver.  We will continue to practice inside drills including shelter in place and/or secure and hold.  In the spring we will also be practicing our District wide earthquake drill.

Sometimes students can be anxious or apprehensive with these drills.  Maple Grove has a wonderful staff who are always supervising and looking out for your child’s best interests.  We encourage children to talk to their teacher if they are feeling anxious or apprehensive.  Sometimes, that’s all that’s needed.  If more support would be beneficial, we have our amazing school counselor.  Ms. Lyons is at Maple Grove Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays all day.  She is accessible to students on a drop-in basis.  She is usually outside with the children at recess and lunch along with Mr. Evans, Ms. Smith, our Supervision Aides and the SSA’s.  If parents need to contact Ms. Lyons, she can be reached by calling the school or by email.  Ms. Lyons actively works in classrooms with students as well as with small groups of children in her counselling office (located next to the library).  While we have previously mentioned these types of procedures in our school blog and Maple Grove Handbook (, we will be adapting these documents over the coming weeks so that information is more readily available to everyone.  Thank you for helping to keep Maple Grove a safe place to learn.

What a way to finish this week.  Hip Hop dancing lessons were a blast!  Jarec was amazing and so too were our amazing MG Dancers!  Thank you to our awesome PAC for subsiding some of the costs; thank you to parents for helping to bring Boogaloo into the school; and huge thanks to staff and students for making all the necessary scheduling changes to accommodate this wonderful production.  We are super excited about Thursday afternoon class presentations.


Parent Information: Advocating for Students

Hi Maple Grove Families,

We would like to invite Maple Grove families, particularly families with exceptional children who may have an IEP to attend an information session next week.

The process of navigating the school system for parents of exceptional kids can be confusing, overwhelming, frustrating, lonely and sometimes impenetrable- especially if you are new to Canada or if English is your second language.  Becoming aware of the services, resources and supports that are available to children and families can be daunting and difficult to navigate.  In many ways, parents of exceptional children and vulnerable learners are required to navigate and advocate for their children and the services and supports available to them.

It is incredibly hard to do this alone.  Parents with children who have physical, social, emotional, behavioural or mental challenges are already taxed and tired from parenting and supporting their child.  To learn your child’s rights and to feel confident and emboldened to demand them is more than some parents can do by themselves.  It is my hope to bring parents together for some information sessions, support and community. The journey of a special needs parent can be isolating.  Even though research tells us that having special needs kids supported in classes actually increases the learning for ALL students in math, language and other academic outcomes, there can still be stigma and shame sometimes associated with having an exceptional child.

If you are interested in more information or would like to discuss this topic as a group, email me at If you would like to attend a parent information session on this topic before the end of the school year, please let me know if a day or evening presentations works best for your family.

Wishing you all care and support as we walk this path together.

Galen Hutcheson
Parent Advisory Council (P.A.C) Co-Chair.


Exciting Things Around the School- HERE


Great things happening in Div 14.  Take a look

What’s going on in Ms. Hales room?


Foodie Kids Logo WHITE Updated

PAC FOOD DAYS – 41 Noodle & Rice Pot Day is Feb 23rd!

Our launch of 41 Noodle & Rice Pot day last month was a big hit!  Don’t miss out on another chance to have authentic Asian cuisine for lunch from 41 Noodle & Rice Pot House. Choose from:

  • BBQ Pork & Egg Fried Rice
  • Egg & Vegetable Fried Rice
  • Sweet Corn with Chicken on Steamed Rice
  • Stir Fried Pork with Rice Vermicelli
  • Stir Fried Beef with Flat Rice Noodle

Go to:

Deadline to order is Thursday, Feb 15 @ 11:59pm.

Valentines arrives early to Maple Grove:
Students are gearing up for Valentines Day!

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Family Day Festival Poster





Maple Grove Pac Website (Click to enter)


upcoming event

February 12 – Family Day Holiday

February 19 – Professional Development Day – No school for students

February 23 – Ready, Set Learn

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February 2 Update



 Dear Maple Grove Families,

Well folks, it’s been another busy week at Maple Grove. The week started on Monday with the curriculum implementation day where staff were working with the new curriculum and how it fits into reporting and assessment/communicating student learning.  Things went straight up from there as Project Chef was in the building.  Special congratulations to division 16 and 17 for cooking up some fantabulous dishes.  I particularly liked the minestrone soup on Thursday.  There were lots of tasty dishes being made upstairs on the third floor – be sure to check it out!

Things went a little sideways on Thursday with crazy hair day.  There were lots of fun hairstyles and wonderful hats to be seen throughout the school.  On a more serious note, Destination Imagination projects were presented to the intermediates in the gymnasium earlier this week.  All of the students displayed excellent creativity, imagination, and problem-solving skills as they completed tasks that challenged their memory, problem-solving, and creativity.  The collaboration and sportmanship amongst our students was wonderful to see.

This week is being capped off with a wonderful parent fundraiser for Lunar New Year Festival.  We are so lucky to have involved and knowledgeable parents who are resourceful and committed to providing the best learning experience for children at Maple Grove!   Thank you to all of our wonderful parents for making this event such a fantastic fundraiser and way to celebrate the lunar new year. (There will be more to come on this in the next blog)

Hip Hop dancing has arrived at Maple Grove as you can see from some of the photos below. Please make sure you ask your children how they’re enjoying the dance. We have a fantabulous dance instructor who really works well with all of the students.

Please note that Monday, February 19 is a professional development Day at Maple Grove

There are number of performances that are coming to Maple Grove over the next couple weeks; starting with Infinitus on Tuesday, February 20.

Digital Literacy Parent information night is Thursday, February 22 from 6:30 to 8:00pm

Ready, Set, Learn is our pre-schooler literacy program for parents scheduled for Friday, February 23

And finally, Digital literacy presentations to students are on Monday, February 26 and Tuesday, February 27th

Busy times at MG.  We’re looking forward to sharing more information with you shortly.

Hip Hop Lessons


It’s time to spread love in the classroom and across the world with

Create Change’s Valentine’s Day Cards!


Create Change is a Vancouver based non-profit organization, which has a marketing program educating high school students of global issues. Magee has a team of female students who are passionate about helping girls their own age attend high school in Ghana.  Each girl sponsored, will not only get financial support, but meals, boarding, as well as, career and emotional support.  Our goal this year is to send at least 10 girls towards a path of higher education and success.  To spread the love, we are selling adorable Valentine’s Day Cards!  With every card sold, Ghanaian girls are being provided the same opportunities as us. This is a chance for you to pass on the gift of education that your children have.

Donation Options:

 Valentine’s Day Cards:

Be a Sponsor:                                            12 cards for $10


25 cards for $20

$300/ one time

_ desired amount

We will be selling them at a booth by the office on February 7th, 8th, and 9th, see you there!


Re-Scheduled To:  

TUESDAY FEBRUARY 13 6:30 – 8:15pm


Dear Maple Grove Parents,


The Parent Education Session –  ‘Montessori Math’, originally scheduled for this upcoming Tuesday Feb. 6, has been postponed to the following week, Tuesday February 13th.  Sincere apologies for the inconvenience this may have caused.


Montessori Math is an interactive workshop.  Parents will have the opportunity to see and experience how Montessori children from K-7 learn and develop their math skills.


Ms. Hart, who presented Montessori Fundamentals in the fall and is one of primary level Montessori teachers, will lead this workshop along with assistance from Montessori students in our intermediate program.  Come prepared to play, ask a lot of questions and to learn – Montessori Math.


Child Care by donation, will be available on site from 6:00 – 8:30pm.


Look for the Montessori Math Flyer and Registration Form posted at school and e-mailed to all parents early next week.


Questions – please e-mail:



Paula Temrick

PAC Coordinator – Montessori Parent Education

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Maple Grove Pac Website (Click to enter)


upcoming event


February 12 – Family Day Holiday

February 19 – Professional Development Day – No school for students

February 23 – Ready, Set Learn


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