Tomorrow October 22 is a Pro D Day – No school For Students
October 25 and 27 are early dismissal days for Goal Setting Conferences
Please make sure you are at school by 2:00 pm to pick up your child.
Photo Retake Day is October 27th
Here is how it will work:
* Any students who MISSED photo day will come to the camera and be given a camera card that will match their name to the photo taken.
* If there are any new students since the ORIGINAL photo day, our photographer will create a camera card for them at the camera.
* For any student wishing to have a retake, they will need to bring their Proof sheet which was sent home this week. There are instructions on this card, as well, communicating to your families that this will need to be returned in order to have a retake.
* If there are any families who purchased an original day photo but would like a retake, we will gladly take another photo; however, the retake photo will need to be purchased and can not replace the original day package. All prints and digital images are not eligible for a refund or exchange.
If the event a student has lost his proof sheet, we will photograph him or her at that time
Also, if you could provide us with a list on retake day of students that have enrolled after you have sent us your student data file that would be greatly appreciated.
Information needed student # and date of birth.
Volleyball at Maple Grove
Maple Grove has Senior Boys and Senior Girls Volleyball teams. The coaches are: Ms. Rapoport, Mr. Bhalla, Ms. Kao and Mr. Reimer. Mr. Evans is the Manager for both teams. Also, MG has noon hour volleyball on Tues and Thurs
Kindness Club and Food Drive
During the week of October 25th, we will be doing a Food Drive in support of the Greater Vancouver Food Bank (GVFB)! Donations will support children, individuals who have lost their jobs, single families, seniors, and anyone who just needs a little bit of help. We want to “Scare Away Hunger!”
You can send in non-perishable food items starting Monday. The Food Bank is really in need of dry pasta, canned fish and diapers (size 4-6).
The VSB is moving in a direction of including Covid Guidelines and information under the Communicable Disease Prevention Plan. I suppose it has to do with Covid dragging on and moving towards being more of an endemic in the future.
Let’s start with basic definitions:
AN EPIDEMIC is a disease that affects a large number of people within a community, population, or region.
A PANDEMIC is an epidemic that’s spread over multiple countries or continents.
ENDEMIC is something that belongs to a particular people or country.
AN OUTBREAK is a greater-than-anticipated increase in the number of endemic cases. It can also be a single case in a new area. If it’s not quickly controlled, an outbreak can become an epidemic.
The latest VSB Covid guidelines are included here. You’ll have to look hard for them as they start on page 12. Basically it now includes the K-3 provincial mandate for schools and other related matters.
Please be reminded, again, that with three schools using one site, traffic around the school during drop-off and pickup times can be very congested. Matters are not helped by the 6 buses needed to transport Cavell students to and from the old Maple Grove school daily. We remind all parents to please consider parking a block or two away from the school and enjoy a walk with your child to set the tone for the day or to set them up for success. It’s a great way to find out what’s been happening at school and to connect with your child.
Ed Plan 2026
The VSB is charting a course for district (school) improvement over the next 5 years. This is an engagement phase of the process. Please visit the VSB website for more information. Ed Plan 2026
The Foundation Skills Assessment (FSA) testing for grades 4 and 7 students begins in the coming weeks. Notices have been sent home to parents of students in grades 4 and 7. The testing runs from Oct 4 through Nov 10. It can take up to 6 hours of school time to complete. It tests for literacy and numeracy skills. It provides a snapshot of where the student may be with their learning at a particular point in time. For more general information, please google 2021 FSA or have a look at the online parent brochure: Click here
Parents may excuse their child from writing the test by completing the following form:
The school may choose to excuse your child from writing part or all of the test if the teacher feels that the testing may be onerous or cause undue stress on a student. If your child is being excused from writing, you will receive a letter from the school.
EARTHQUAKE DRILL- Oct 21
Usually in October BC practises the Big Shake Out. This is a chance for institutions to practice their earthquake procedures/ readiness. This year, due in part to timing and Covid, Maple Grove will only do a partial controlled. This means that we will select a class to participate in the release process which will involve parents coming to the school; lining up; and signing their child out of school for the day. This will give our staff a chance to practice these emergency procedures and reunification process. More information to come.
Goal Setting Conferences
Please know that there is EARLY DISMISSAL on Oct 25 and 27 at 2:00 pm for all students. No supervision provided.
Oct 29 wear costume to school day
September 29 – Orange Shirt Day September 30 – Truth and Reconciliation Day – No School October 1 – Photo Day October 11 – Thanksgiving Day Holiday – No School October 22 – Professional Day – No School for students October 25+27 – Goal Setting Conferences- Students dismissed at 2 pm October 27 – Photo Retake Day
No school for students – Enjoy an extra long weekend!
Student Vote –
Recently, Maple Grove intermediate students participated in Student Vote, an election parallel to the federal election. Students researched the parties and candidates, explored the issues that were important to them, and voted.
The results may be found on the Student Vote website.
Welcome new, and returning families to the NEW Maple Grove. This will be our first full year in the new building. There’s lots going on and we are busy getting down to work. Our staff love to work collaboratively with parents. Please know that if you have any questions or concerns, do not hesitate to call.
It’s that time of the year when we all need to think about rain boots, raincoats, and umbrellas. Please send your children to school with weather appropriate clothing. All students go outside on rainy days to get fresh air and to maximize outdoor time.
Class Casting/ Student Placement and Parental Requests
Maple Grove likes to work with our parent community and as such, we like to confer about placements of students for September. Our staff works hard to decide on the perfect placement for every child- they consider a number of factors (please refer to the May 7, 2021 School Blog for details of criteria teachers consider).
Students are settling nicely into their new classes and we are happy with the distribution. Generally, after a couple of days/ weeks students settle nicely into the rhythm of the new school year/ grade/ teacher. The beginning of the school year can be emotionally difficult for some students due to the many changes: different classmates, different teachers, different school, different everything! Disappointments can be magnified. With your support, and ours, most students adapt to their new class and routines quickly. During this time, please reflect on, rather than react to, your child’s placement. It is extremely important to remain supportive and positive about your child’s placement and to trust last year’s teacher for making the recommendation. Teacher recommendations are made after hours of discussion and debate among teachers. Decisions are not made lightly. We trust your children to be able to adjust to new learning situations and to make new friends – these are normal life challenges.
We have found in the past that with your support, children are able to adapt to and benefit from a variety of experiences. Your help with this process is crucial. Please help your child by encouraging them and normalizing change, making new friends and meeting new challenges. As well, work to develop a positive relationship with your child’s teacher. Our goals are the same as yours – we are striving for your child, and all children, to be successful.
Please refer to our May 7, 2021 blog post for all the criteria and procedures around Class Placement. You can find the info here LINK.
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Student Threat Risk Assessment Protocol… Notice to our students/ parents and Caregivers that we are committed to having safe, caring and inclusive schools. In the event that a student makes a threat of violence or harm to other students, staff or the school community, the school will initiate the VSB student risk threat assessment process.
Parent Access- Call the school (604)713-5356 for appointment
Hygiene Etiquette (coughing into elbow; handwashing)
Primaries should have a change of clotheskept in the classroom in case of accidents – or slipping and falling into puddles.
Please make sure your child has a water bottle, recess snack AND lunch in the morning. Deliveries during the day are not helpful.
Try to make appointments outside of school time, or in the am, so students don’t need to be withdrawn in the middle of the day.
Dress for the weather.
Use of student personal phones. Parents and students should not communicate during school hours using student phones. However, since we are a BYOD school, phones can be used for research/resource. Please call the office for any messages or dismissal requests. Students may also call parents from the office.
Thank you to465 out of over 500 students who have signed up for online payments. If you haven’t signed up yet, please register here: vsb.schoolcashonline.com. We no longer accept cash or cheque payments, however, our cashonline system does accept echecks, credit cards, etc. and it is an easy and safe way to pay for fees, planners, contribute to Terry Fox Foundation, Grad hoodies and other items/events that come up throughout the school year.
Terry Fox Run at Maple Grove
Thank you Mr. Mullen for organizing the Terry Fox Run for our school. Donations are much appreciated and can be paid online via your account at vsb.schoolcashonline.com.
The run will be on Tuesday after lunch recess. Mr Mullen made a 1 km course that your students can run or walk. Div 2 will be course Marshals. There is a map attached below. We will start by going south from MG. Div 2 Marshals will be stationed at Cypress and 47th (the first cross), on 49th and Laburnum (the second cross), as well as other places along the route. This way students are on the sidewalk the entire time and are not in traffic, besides the two crosses.
We can start at 1:20, sending two classes from each pod at a time (see below). This will hopefully keep us spread out.
It should take about 40 minutes to watch the video, get to the start, around the loop, and back up to class. A 11-min video that you can watch with your class before the run – Terry Fox, Anything’s Possible
Well it was an interesting first week back. Tuesday the staff had Covid-19 Health + Safety Guidelines training and Anti-Racism in-service workshopping. Wednesday they had students for annual check-ins and planning meetings. Thursday was the first day of classes. We even welcomed some of our new Kindergarten students. And our Montessori classes rolled forward into their new classes for the year. We received the okay from HR to roll our Traditional students into classes on Friday afternoon. Students will let parents know where they need to line up on Monday. Please refer to the school map below to see what entrance they will use. If your child has forgotten their teacher’s name, you be able to tell which pod they are in by what grade they are in for 2021 2022. Today (Friday) was another full day of school.
Reminders to Parents:
Please be sure to have your child arrive at the school on time (by 9:00 am) ready for school with a water bottle, snack and lunch.
Please also be sure they have appropriate outerwear. Due to COVID protocol, students must go outside for recess and lunchtime break.
If something is forgotten, parents may bring the item to the school place it in the well-marked green bin at the library entrance (where the lost and found is located). Please write your child’s name and division on the item.
We have already had our first automobile accident of the year (not the fault of our parent). A school bus scraped against their car- damaging it to a point where it had to be towed. Thankfully no students or adults were injured.
This brings home a point that 45th Ave and Cypress St are narrow streets and we recommend that parents do NOT park on 45th. Please avoid the street altogether! Please park your vehicle away from the school and walk. Even with staggered start/ end times with Cavell, there is bound to be congestion on the streets surrounding the school. Save yourself the frustration and park & walk. We have voiced our concerns the the VPO and the City and we are hopeful that parents continue to exercise extreme caution when driving near the school.
Montessori classes rolled forward yesterday. All other classes were directed by the VSB to hold. We just found out today that we could roll into new classes. Friday afternoon we rolled our Traditional classes into new classes so that Monday morning could be a fresh start right away in their new class.
Lining Up in the Morning (where to go)
Willow Pod – Traditional Grades 5, 6 and 7
Birch Pod – Traditional Grades 3, 4 and 5
Cherry Blossom Pod – Traditional Grades 1 and 2
Ponderosa Pine Pod – Kindergarten Traditional and Montessori
All staff and students need to complete a Daily Health Check BEFORE coming to school each day. Please stay at home if you are feeling sick.
Please follow instructions from Public Health or Canadian Border Services if you have traveled outside of Canada.
Schools remain closed to parents and the public. However, parents may phone the school and make an appointment if they have important school business to conduct (604-713-5356).
Sanitizing stations will be available at the main doors, please sanitize or wash hands upon entering the building. Wear at mask.
Masks are required indoors for all students Gr. 4-7
Masks are optional but encouraged for students K-3
Adults working in the building or visiting must wear a mask and sign in at the servery (this is for contact tracing).
Be respectful of others’ personal space and minimize crowding as much as possible
Please follow directional arrows when moving throughout the school
Socially distance whenever possible… VSB is calling this “spacing” now
Indoor school gatherings are limited to 50 people or 50% of the occupancy space limit (whichever is larger)
Visitors are required to pass the daily health check (DHC) and sign in with their phone number upon arriving (for contact tracing)
School is closed to the public. School and office are accessible to public (parents included) by appointment only
Extra-curricular activities/clubs are possible with caution
Encourage use of individual water bottles
Be outside with class as much as you like. Fresh air is good medicine.
All day playground and outdoor activities are open with no restrictions
Outdoor walking trips are encouraged for the first few months. As staff and community settle into H & S protocols and parameters, local fieldtrips are possible where COVID safety precautions are in place. Exercise caution… advised to wait
No overnight fieldtrips are permitted this year
Specific Curriculum while indoors:
Masks are required while indoors except when participating in high-intensity physical activity (e.g., basketball)
Dance or Yoga: masks required
IF A STUDENT DISPLAYS COVID-19 SYMPTOMS…
Give them a disposable mask to use
Separate them from the rest of the class
Bring them to the office medical room where they will be cared for
Contact parent/guardian for pick up as soon as possible
AT THE END OF THE DAY…
General and frequently touched surfaces will be cleaned every 24 hours and when visibly dirty
Staff who introduce manipulatives will need to clean and disinfect 1 time a day.
Students will be picked up outside as last year by families.
September 24th- Pro D- No School for students
September 30th – Truth and Reconciliation Day – no school
Welcome Back and Happy New Year! September is always like New Years. It’s a chance for fresh starts; clean slates; redo’s; do-overs; new beginnings. However you think of September, please know that we are looking forward to working with all of you and trying to get things back to normal while following and adhering to the Provincial Health Authority; District Covid Task Force and Health + Safety Guidelines. This welcome back message will have a lot of DRAFT information as we are still working with the district and province regarding planning for school opening.
At the time of this writing, Covid cases in BC average 500-800 daily. School Admin have met with Vancouver Coastal Health (VCH) officers, District Covid Response Planning Team and reviewed Provincial and District Covid guidelines. We have taken the recommendations of the Provincial Health Officer (PHO) and used those guidelines from the BC Centre of Disease Control (BCCDC) to shape our District Communicable Diseases Plan and our Covid Safey Plan. Our plan is in DRAFT.
Things to Know
Item #1 MG Covid Guidelines for 2021-2022
We require all parents to read and understand this document prior to sending your child to school. School procedures have changed somewhat, may, or may not be familiar to you and your children, depending if you were an Option 4 learner last year. Therefore you may or may not be familiar with Maple Grove Covid guidelines. Nevertheless, we are a caring school community and we want to ensure the safety and security of all adults and students in the building. There are many new and continuing processes, routines and safety measures that will be part of the day. This is likely the new normal for society and schools.
Covid Guidelines – MG plan for the 2021/2022 school year
Conduct daily health checks of their children each morning before school.
Agree NOT to send sick children to school (sniffles, fever, cold, sore throat, headaches, chills, sweats, vomiting, aching muscles, runny noses, etc.
If your child is ill, with any common cold, influenza or COVID-19-like symptoms, your child must stay home and isolate for 10 days following the onset of symptoms or until symptoms resolve. If a student is assessed by their family physician or nurse practitioner and it is determined that they do not have COVID-19, they may return to school earlier than 10 days but only after symptoms resolve.
Agree NOT to send siblings to school if another sibling is sick
Agree NOT to send children to school if a family member (even parent) is sick
Agree to self-isolate for 14 days if they have traveled outside of Canada.
Agree NOT to enter the school without making an appointment through the office. Please understand that schools remain closed to the public. Parents must make appointments to enter the school and only for essential business. Please call 604-713-5356 to make an appointment.
If you are unsure of your child’s health condition or if they have COVID-19-like symptoms, contact 8-1-1 for guidance. 8-1-1 is a free-of-charge provincial health information and advice phone line available in British Columbia.
1) Instruction will be in-person– (there are distance ed; VLN and homeschooling options and there is an adjustment that students who enrol in distance ed, may come back to Maple Grove in Sept 2022 providing there is space). This is NEW.
2) Schools remain closed to the public and parents The Province and District are asking parents to refrain from entering the school unnecessarily. Parents can make appointments through the School Office (604-713-5356) for school business. Parents will be required to limit their access to school; wear a mask; sign in at the main office with contact information in case provincial health officials need to contact trace. Parents must make an appointment by calling the office to gain access to the school- and only for important business. Only authorized adults, staff and students will be permitted to enter the school building.
This is a safety measure from the Province and is designed with the intent to limit the number of adults in the building and reduce opportunities for exposure. If parents have a need to enter the school, we request that you contact the school ahead of time and provide advance notice. You will be required to wear a mask and sign into a logbook for Provincial health officials. This is for the safety and security of all staff and students.
Parents may call the school (604)-713-5356 to make appointments to conduct school business. (a) Parents must have permission from the Admin to enter the school. (b) Parents must complete a Daily Health Check (DHC) from the district App if they have an appointment (c) Parents must wear a mask. (d) Parents must sign the “Visitor Log-In” including providing their phone number for Provincial Health Authority (PHA) Contact Tracing.
Designated pick up and drop off locations have been selected outside the school; on the school grounds; so that students may distance and line up with classmates and be led into the school by an adult staff member. This has been decided by the Provincial Health Authority and District Health & Safety for a number of reasons. Specifically, to control traffic flow and directional travel; to control the safety and security of students so that we limit the amount of persons in the building at any given time; and to reduce high touch surface areas by members of the community at large. Teachers will walk students into school in the morning, and out to the meeting area at the end of the day. Parents are to refrain from entering the school unless they’ve made an appointment through the office (604-713-5356). Parents require Admin Office Staff approval prior to entering. All adults must wear a mask in the school.
(a) Students will continue to line up outside the school in the morning.
(b) Classes will line up outside the school each morning where they did last school year… EXCEPT primary Montessori. They will line up on the Westside of the school in the new westside shared maple courtyard (see map)
Div 1, 2, 3, 4. Willow Pod Div 5, 6, 7, 8. Birch Pod Div 9, 10, 11, 12. Cherry Blossom Pod Div 13, 14, 22. Ponderosa Pine Pod Div, 15, 16, 17, 18. Douglas Fir Pod Div 19, 20, 21. Cedar Pod CHANGE, use Westside Courtyard
(c) Be advised that Cavell School starts 15 minutes before Maple Grove and ends 15 Minutes before Maple Grove. (Do not come to school early). Avoid the traffic. We encourage parents to park a block or two away from the school and spend some quality morning time walking and talking as they approach school. This is a really good time to prep your child for their school day and talk shop. Its also good bonding time; telling stories; encouraging your child; and sharing your childhood experiences.
4) Students must wear a mask- All K to 12 staff, students in grades 4 to 12, and visitors are required to wear masks in all indoor areas, including: At their desks; lining up outside; on school buses. Exceptions to the mask policy include:
(a) A person who cannot tolerate wearing a mask for health or behavioural reasons (b) A person unable to put on or remove a mask without the assistance of another person (c) If the mask is removed temporarily for the purposes of identifying the person wearing it (d) If the mask is removed temporarily to engage in an educational activity that cannot be performed while wearing a mask. For example: (e) Playing a wind instrument (f) Engaging in high-intensity physical activity (g) If a person is eating or drinking (h) If a person is behind a barrier (i) While providing a service to a person with a disability or diverse ability (for example, a hearing impairment), where visual cues, facial expressions and/or lip reading/movements are important
Students in Kindergarten to Grade 3 Students in K-3 are encouraged to wear a mask indoors in schools and on school buses. It is recommended they wear a mask, but it is not required. Mask wearing remains a personal or family choice for these students.
5) Classes will eat lunch in their classroom– As per last year, classes will continue to eat lunch in their classroom. The exception will be the K’s. They will eat lunch in the multipurpose room.
6) Daily Cleaning- School surfaces will continue to be surface cleaned once daily. Our engineering staff are aware of these guidelines.
7) Ventilation- The VSB has upgraded all schools to include MERV 13 filters. They have also increased air circulation and extended the hours of air intake through the course of each day. VSB schools conform to American Society of Heating, Refrigerating adn Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) practises. These include:
Regular inspection and maintenance of HVAC systems
Increased supply of outside air to dilute indoor contaminants
Upgraded filtration, including installing MERV-13 filters where possible
Use of other air cleaning or treatment technologies
Management of energy use and air distribution through building automation control systems
8) Daily Health Check (DHC) App. The VSB has just developed an, “app for that”. Use the APP The K to 12 Health Check website and app is an easy way to decide if your child should attend school based on their symptoms. It includes current health guidelines and offers an age-appropriate user experience for K to 12 students. Download the app:
Parents must assess their child daily for symptoms of common cold, influenza, COVID-19, or other infectious respiratory disease before sending them to school. If your child is ill, they must remain home.
In addition, a student may not attend school if:
they have travelled outside of BC in the last 14 days;
they have had contact with a known COVID-19 case, or if another person in their home has symptoms of common cold, influenza, COVID-19, or other infectious respiratory disease, even if your child remains asymptomatic (i.e. does not show signs of being ill); and/or
a doctor or other medical professional has advised them to self-isolate.
To help maintain a healthy learning environment, staff, families and students are asked to practice good hand hygiene and respiratory etiquette (i.e. coughing and sneezing into your sleeve). Please review this with your child on a regular basis. Students in grades 4-12 are mandated to wear a mask, while at school, unless they are physically unable to do so; eating recess snacks, or eating lunch. We strongly recommend students in grades K-3 wear a mask while at school. You would be checking children for coughing, sneezing, running nose, diarrhea, or fever. If a student becomes sick during the day, please alert the office and bring the student to the office. Please advise them to wash their hands before coming to the office and provide them with Kleenex to cover their coughs and sneezes. Their parent will be called for pick-up. They will await pick-up in Gymnasium Vestibule (the Isolation Room) – the first aid room will be kept for first aid purposes only and will be disinfected each time it is used.
If a student or staff member develops symptoms at school:
They will be given a mask and separated from their classmates or colleagues.
Separated children will be supervised and cared for
The student’s parent or guardian will be contacted, and asked to have their child picked up as soon as possible
Staff will be asked to go home as soon as possible
Custodial staff will clean and disinfect the areas the person used
COVID-19 exposure at school
If a student or staff member is confirmed to have COVID-19, and were potentially infectious while they were at school:
Public health will investigate to determine if there were any potential close contacts within the school
If it is determined that there are close contacts within the school, public health will:
Notify the school administrators and request information to assist with contact tracing from VCH
Provide guidance on what steps should be taken
Public health may then:
Recommend 14-day self-isolation if necessary
Recommend self-monitoring for symptoms if necessary
Provide follow-up recommendations if necessary
Schools will ensure students who required to self-isolate are able to continue their educational program. Together, schools and public health officials will determine if any other actions are necessary.
Parents, caregivers and families will be notified by public health if your child was determined to be a close contact of a COVID-19 positive person.
In and outside the classroom
Music and physical education programs
Students can participate in music and physical education programs, with additional safety measures in place.
Masks aren’t required when doing activities that cannot be performed while wearing a mask, like playing a wind instrument or participating in high-intensity physical activity
Students must continue to wear masks while singing
Shared equipment will be cleaned and disinfected and students are encouraged to wash their hands before and after use
Students will be asked not to share equipment that touches the mouth, like an instrument mouth piece or mouthguard, unless cleaned and disinfected in between uses
Sports, clubs and extracurricular activities
Activities like sports team practices and games, sports academies and events can continue. They will follow local, regional and provincial public health recommendations and orders for community gatherings and events.
Sport and extracurricular activities should be held outside whenever possible
Students will be encouraged to wash their hands before and after using equipment and cover their mouths when coughing or sneezing
Students will be asked not to share equipment that touches the mouth unless cleaned and disinfected in between uses
Bringing in/use of personal materials We encourage students to bring their personal materials to minimize physical contact and use of shared materials. Please label your child’s water bottle, supplies and everything they bring to school. (NB: drinking fountains will not be in operation. Please send your child with a full water bottle. The school has student water bottle filling stations which are sanitized daily).
Students will eat their lunch and snacks in their classrooms. Lunches and snacks are to come to school in the morning with the students – there will be no drop-off lunches or snacks accepted. Please pack lunches that:
Do not need reheating
Are nut free
Children can eat independently
Use of materials, equipment and manipulatives in classrooms will be minimized.
School meal programs
Food services (meal programs, cafeterias and fundraisers) will operate normally in the 2021/2022 school year.
School districts with existing meal programs will continue to work with community partners to provide meal support to families in need, in line with current public health guidelines.
Playgrounds are a safe environment. There is no evidence of COVID-19 transmission in playgrounds. The following measures should be taken when using playgrounds:
Ensure students wash their hands before and after outdoor play
Minimize direct contact between students
More information on playgrounds is available from the BCCDC.
Assemblies, concerts and gatherings
MG will take a cautious approach to assemblies. We may stream our assemblies for the first part of the term or split the school into Primary/ Intermediate to monitor numbers.
Added supports for students and staff
As a result of the pandemic, we know students, educators, staff and administrators are living with anxiety, stress and other mental health needs.
Government has provided a one-time $5 million investment to support mental health services for students and staff, in addition to existing funding. These funds will allow schools to expand existing programs and introduce new supports to address the mental health needs of students and staff.
In spring 2021, a mental health working group was established with representatives from the BC Confederation of Parent Advisory Councils (BCCPAC), primary care, government, Indigenous educators and rights holders, administrative and union groups and other stakeholders in education. The working group is outlining key principles and developing resources to ensure the mental health needs of students and staff are being met.
The ministry fully respects the jurisdiction of First Nations and their right to make their own decisions about First Nations schools. Visit the First Nations Schools Association website for the latest updates.
In the spirit of reconciliation and consistent with the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Act, public and independent schools have been asked to engage with First Nations communities who have students enrolled in district schools as soon as possible to discuss return to school plans for September.
School boards and independent school authorities must also work with Métis Nation British Columbia for plans for Métis students attending public or independent schools
Boards must identify Indigenous students whose educational outcomes may have been negatively impacted during in-class suspension, with support planned and prioritized
International students arriving in or returning to B.C. are required to self-isolate for 14 days if they are not fully vaccinated (have received two doses of an approved COVID-19 vaccine administered more than 14 days prior to arrival). The following vaccines are approved for entry to Canada:
In-class instruction There is no substitute for in-class instruction. It provides students with face-to-face teacher-led learning, peer engagement, supports social and emotional development and decreases feelings of isolation. School also provides many students access to supports they can’t get at home and is integral to their overall health.
Online learning Both public and independent online learning schools offer online classes. Students in kindergarten to Grade 7 must take a full course load at one school, while students in Grades 8 to 12 may learn from home entirely, or learn at school and take some courses online.T. here are 48 school districts with 53 public schools offering online learning courses. Independent online learning schools also offer courses and programs. Check out the VSB website re: student who take VLN can come back and re-register at MG providing the is space in Sept 2022.
Homebound education If you have a child who is immunocompromised or has a serious medical condition, you may be able to access the homebound program. Contact your local school district for more information.
Item #2First Week Back At-A-Glance
This is what we anticipate the first week looking like… except for the K classes- they have their own gradual entry schedule AND Kindergarten teachers contact families separately. We have posted similar information on the school blog (FYI).
Sept 1 to Sept 3 – School Closed to the public and parents Parents may call (604)-713-5356 to make an appointment to conduct school business Parents must have admin approval to enter the school All visitors entering the school must wear a mask All visitors entering the school must sign a Log-In book and include their phone # for contact tracing School Office (open 9 – 2 daily)
Monday, Sept 6 – Holiday- No School
Tuesday, Sept 7 No School H+S Meeting Workplace Harassment Training NEW District-Wide In Service Training Day on Anti-Racism
Wednesday, Sept 8 School in session 9-10 only Don’t arrive early as Cavel will be on the school grounds at 8:45. School in session from 9-10. Parents welcome to wait on school grounds. 9-10 am Students line up outside the school like last year. Primary Montessori’s line up in the west side courtyard Students go to last year’s classroom. No NEW K’s at school… they start according to their gradual entry schedule. Staff are in meetings all day- please leave the school grounds at 10 the the staff can move about/ meet/ and plan for the year.
Thursday, Sept 9 – Full Day of School. Students must bring a recess snack Students must bring a lunch
Friday, Sept 10 – Regular school day As Above
Item #3 Staff List
Item #4 Parking
Parents- Please, please, please exercise good driving; defensive driving; excellent road sense; and an awareness of pedestrians when driving near the school. Children are always darting out onto streets without looking and you as a driver should expect that. Please park a block or two away from the school and enjoy a quality walk with your child. Its the best way for them, and you, to start the day. Honestly, you’ll learn far more about your child, their friends, school, teachers, etc, by spending the casual time walking and talking than you every will at any other time. Enjoy and stay safe on the streets. Please follow all parking and school signage. ALSO note that Cavel buses are always on CYPRESS ST 15 minutes before our start and end. So Let them go first and arrive after they leave… otherwise you’re asking for a traffic jam!
Item #5 Calendar Items
Sept 7th– No School Sept 8th Students in session 9-10 am only. Staff in meetings all day Sept 9th Regular Day. Rolling into new classes. Gradual Entry for New K’s has its own schedule (mailed to K families) Sept 24th Pro D Day- No school for students Sept 30th. National Reconciliation Day- No School for students
Thursday, September 30th will not be a day in session for staff or students. Calendars on District and school websites have been updated to reflect this. More information will be coming about how this information will be communicated to our school community. See below for additional information about the provincial announcement from August 3, 2021 (after our calendar was set).
So here we are, the weird and whacky 2020-2021 school year has come to a close for students! (staff will all be here tomorrow too). The year started just like it has since 1923, with staff and students attending the school at 6199 Cypress Street. BUT there were some major differences,….. from all students lining up outside before the bell waiting to have their hands sanitized, to all adults wearing masks in the building, and NO parents permitted inside the school. Students had to play outside in their cohorts, all extra curricular events like sports, field trips including grade 6 camp were cancelled. COVID had made its mark on school life for the Maple Grove Community, and so did the new school. Teachers were living out of boxes with their teaching materials because the move to the new building was imminent, only the truth is, it was not so imminent. After a couple of “time to move”, “no not yet”, yes indeed Maple Grove staff and students moved into the new, beautiful building in late November. As I mentioned to our Grade 7s this morning at our Grade 7 Grad Ceremony, I came here in December of this school year for 2 weeks while Mr Evans attended to caring for his father who had contracted COVID.
Mr Evans helped his dad recover, and I had so much fun meeting all of the students and staff, that he then asked me to return and cover his 2 week elective surgery medical leave in the middle of January. I repeat, for 2 weeks 😊 And 5 ½ months later here I am, still here, and proud to be Maple Grove’s Interim Principal.
Despite all of the trials and tribulations in this school year, our grade 7s have been resilient, stoic, respectful, strong achievers, and kind contributors.
They have missed out on so much, but we are extremely proud of who they collectively have become. Our Ceremony this morning was made possible by the relentless efforts and work from the parent community. Special thanks to the parent graduation committee. At this time it is also very important for me to thank all parents for their efforts this year, including the respecting of the VSB COVID guidelines and for your overall support. Our Maple Grove PAC, particularly your Executive has been especially helpful. The Montessori PAC also were informative and supportive to Madame Val and myself. Thank you to you parents!
So the MG staff and students have survived the COVID school year, with its occcasional outbreak and disruption. Have smoothly moved into our new school, have politely shared the campus with Cavell, and NOW experience a first ever HEAT WAVE. Quite the conclusion to a school year which was, well, weird and whacky!
In closing, I want to thank all of the staff, particularly Madame Val and Mrs. Jane Peters, our superstar in the office. I am regularly in contact with Mr. Evans, and I am confident he will return to captain the good ship Maple Grove in September.
Take care and stay cool.
Staff Changes for 2021-2022
We want to send a huge shout out and thank you to Mr. Kevin Land for stepping in this year as Acting Principal. We have been very lucky to have you on board and are very grateful for all that you have done here.
We wish to congratulate Ms. Caitlin Lucas, one of our grade 4-5-6 Montessori teachers on her new position at Renfrew Elementary. She will be missed, but we wish her lots of success in her new adventure. Her current position remains open and will be filled during the summer.
We are also sorry to see Mr. Scott Mullen leave our community. Mr. Mullen was our STEM teacher this year and he also stepped in to teach one day in Montessori primary for the last third of the school year. We wish him all the best success in his new adventure next year!
Ms. Natalie Vermaas is moving on to new challenges. She will be our neighbour at Cavell next year, teaching in a grade ½ position. We look forward to seeing her there and wish her a lot of success!
We want to acknowledge Ms. Janette Wee, our Option 4 teacher. As there will not be Option 4 next year, we wish her all the best in her next challenge.
Ms. Brittany Shoemaker will be back from maternity leave, teaching in a grade 2 position.
Ms. Sue Belliveau will be back on the Maple Grove Montessori team. She will be teaching 2 days in primary Montessori.
Three of our SSAs are moving on this year. Mr.Allan Johnson will not be returning to Maple Grove next year. Ms. Jessica Blackler is moving to Kelowna. Maria Fiskilis is also moving on to new challenges. Good luck to all of you; we wish you success in your new endeavours.
Valérie Carrière (she/her)
VP-Maple Grove Elementary
Grade 7 School Leaving Ceremony
Artona Studios took photos of our grade 7 students at their school leaving ceremony this morning. They will be sending us the portraits and we will forward them to each family in the next week. Families may order photos if they like.
Summer Immunization Campaign for Kindergarten, Grade 6 and Grade 9 students
Please read this important information from Vancouver Coastal Health
June 29 – Last Day of School for students 3:00 pm dismissal
September 8 – First day of 2021 2022 School Year – (One hour only) Students return to their homerooms that they had in June. Please watch for an email late in August with information on the school startup.
Please be sure you let the office know if you are returning later than September 8th, 2021. We may not be able to hold your child’s spot if we don’t know when they are returning. Here is the link to update the school if your child will be absent from school September 8th.
The school will be happy to mail your child’s report card if you provide a self-addressed, stamped envelope. Otherwise you may give your teacher a note to allow another person to collect the report card. Any reports cards that are not collected on June 29th will be kept in the office until September.
Lost and Found
Please encourage your child to check the Lost and Found for missing items. We’ll have to donate and/or dispose of all the items in the next couple of weeks.
We are pleased to share next school year’s (2021-2022) enrolling teaching assignments with you. At this time, we wish to remind you that there could still be movement within our school organization and that teaching assignments can change until September 30, 2021.
E. Yeung/V. Lee
K. Yeung/T. Chan
C. Boulanger/A. Khan
Reminder to Parents re requests for class placement
The deadline to submit requests was May 28th. Thank you to all those parents who submitted their requests to Mr. Land.
Grade 7 School Leaving Ceremony
Monday, June 28th at 1:15 pm we will hold our ceremony for our grade 7’s in our gymnasium. The event will be live-streamed and should conclude at approximately 2:30 pm, at which time students will be dismissed and as they exit the gym, the parent grad committee will distribute a yearbook and gift to each grade 7 student outside the east entrance to the school. Parents are welcome to come and take pictures with their grade 7 child outside the school. A good spot could be by the cement sign on 45th Ave W, or on the new playground. Please keep in mind the rest of the school will be dismissed at 3:00 pm.
Good Morning Maple Grove!
Please enjoy these “episodes” of Good Morning Maple Grove, our school talk show, hosted by our wonderful Acting Principal Mr. Land and assisted by his top-notch production team made up of our Kindergarten teachers (Ms. Hales, Ms. Kao, and Mrs. Phelps). Each Friday, Mr. Land introduces a different learning pod and each pod takes us on a tour of their space. Then two teachers from that pod join Mr. Land for an “in-depth” interview. We also have special guests from our school community join us as well. So far we have the Cherry Blossom Pod, Willow Pod, Birch Pod and Cedar Pod. We’ll be updating this page with new episodes on a weekly basis. https://maplegroveschooltalk.wordpress.com/good-morning-maple-grove/?theme_preview=true&iframe=true&frame-nonce=785a7a9e94
PAC Annual General Meeting (AGM)
We hope you can join us at our PAC Annual General Meeting!
Date: Wednesday, June 9th, 2021 Time: 7:30pm Where: Virtual over Zoom
This will be our last meeting for the current school year. On the agenda is a year in review as well as a look ahead. We will be voting on the budget and incoming Executive Officers for the 2021/2022 year. The planned agenda for our AGM is available on our 2020-2021 Meeting Minutes Page.
For voting purposes, we will need to ensure participants are eligible members of the PAC. So we do ask that you RSVP for the AGM and we will send you the Zoom details. Please RSVP by emailing us at email@example.com with your name, your child’s name, and your child’s division.