From Us to You

May 04, 2020

Dear Maple Grove Students and Families,
While we are all staying safe by staying home, we also want you, our community, to know how much we love you and we miss you!

While many staff poured their hearts and souls into this video, I want to especially acknowledge the leadership of Ms. Hales.   Doing these types of projects is never easy and doing them remotely is just another potential layer and complication.  Thank you Ms. Hales for always thinking of the Maple Grove Community!

I also want to thank all the staff who, just like the video last week, got all excited and creative doing these amazingly creative, funny and passionate clips.  They sincerely miss each of you and desperately want to be with you.  We hope these little clips give you a glimpse into our homes.

This video was lovingly created just for you via email instructions to our staff, return emails, texts, and messages to one of our staff members who edited it together and posted it online, and it is shared here, for you, our students and families.
Please accept this virtual hug, our way of saying that we miss you and we are thinking of you.
https://vimeo.com/414908273
Love,
Maple Grove’s Staff
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May 1

Good Day Maple Grove

If you’ve driven past the school, you may have seen the we miss you windows (posted in the last blog).

This week, we wanted to reach out to everyone in the Maple Grove family to let you know we’re thinking of you and miss you deeply.  Staff have been in contact with all of you and want you to know that we are working to reunite students, parents and staff as our Maple Grove community.

We want to acknowledge everyone for digging deep and being courageous during these uncertain times.  Thank you for all that you do, and know that we got this!

From us to you:

I would like to acknowledge Ms. Kao, our wonderful Montessori Kindergarten teacher, for working tirelessly on this.  It was not easy.  I would also like to thank all the staff who contributed to the posts (for this blog and the last one).

As details of May- September become clearer, we will, again, start communicating in detail with our families so that you’re aware of timely information as if becomes available.

With Fondness,
The MG Staff

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Friday, April 10

WE MISS YOU
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MG Engineering Staff and School Admin wishing everyone good health + safety

Dear Maple Grove Students and Families,
Thank you very much for your patience during these unprecedented times.  I’ve said before that this is a defining moment of our generation and how we conduct ourselves during this time will be remembered in history.

The Vancouver Board of Education and Maple Grove Elementary are trying to ensure students have access to learning, and at the moment, the extension of the classroom includes the use of technology.  If your child does not have access to a device or your internet is inadequate to the point it would impede accessing Microsoft Office365 (laptop computer, desktop computer or tablet), please email Ms. Smith mjsmith@vsb.bc.ca before Monday, April 13th, and we will try to arrange for a device to be assigned to your child. 

The home use of a school computer is limited to households where there is no access to a laptop or tablet, and this information will be kept confidential.  We are working on a plan to support families with limited internet.

Superintendent of Schools, Suzanne Hoffman, has provided more information about what continuous learning will look like in upcoming weeks.  Please read her letter and other information regarding the learning opportunities to expect on the Continuity of Learning page.

Students will be conversing with teachers using Microsoft Teams, not their (or your) personal email.  Encourage your children to get in the habit of checking their VSB 0ffice 365 Outlook email, as Teams will be the main platform used to support learning. 

Please be reminded that all families and students have signed an Acceptable Use Policy Agreement form.  The (AUP) can be found here.  Students are expected to use Teams as they would in a regular classroom environment, and appropriate conduct (language, memes, usernames, etc.) must be appropriate.


While this pandemic presents many challenges and unknowns for most of us, we hope you are able to find some silver lining amongst the clouds.   We hope too that you are finding ways to make the most of this time with your families.  What a wonderful opportunity to connect and build closer bonds in these difficult times.  Staying at home and being apart from the usual hum of society when it’s not a choice is taxing for all, but many of you have shared that this time has also afforded your family experiences that will always be treasured.  The human spirit shall prevail!

We wish to acknowledge how challenging and difficult this situation is.  Many families have lost work, jobs and family during these times.  Our vulnerable learners, our special education learners, and our typical learners are all challenged as are all parents in supporting their children as we move to an online platform to support the health and educational directives required at this time.  The Continuity of Learning (CoL) model that we are currently supporting is limited, it is not what we had anticipated as educators or parents at this point in the school year, and it is not a duplication of the curriculum in its entirety.

Classes are proceeding in various ways as teachers adjust their routines.  Teachers have bravely ventured into online learning through Microsoft TEAMS, YouTube channels,  and various other platforms.  We know you will join us in applauding the creativity, energy and determination of our teachers and support staff as they strive to adjust to the present teaching reality and meet the needs of your children in the best way possible. Maple Grove teachers are right on schedule with the Ministry of Education (MoE) and the District’s (VSB) recommended plan of action for CoL.

Teachers will be writing report cards… they will encompass prior to spring break AND progress made by students after spring break.  More information will be coming about this… but, essentially, it’s business as usual.  There are a number of resources for parents and educators.

https://www.vsb.bc.ca/Student_Learning/Continuity_of_Learning/Pages/tips-for-parents.aspx

https://www.vsb.bc.ca/Student_Learning/Continuity_of_Learning/Pages/resources.aspx
Please know that your child’s teacher is your first point of contact if you have any questions or concerns.   That said, can reach our to Ms. Smith or myself if you require more information or support for your child(ren).

To recap, the district recommendation that all teachers are following is:

  • K-grade 3 Teachers will focus on literacy and numeracy through the core competencies. Teachers will assign work for five hours a week (about an hour a day) and will work with families to deliver these materials digitally or in paper packages as needed.
  • Grades 4-7 Teachers will continue to focus on literacy and numeracy through the core competencies. Teachers will assign work for 5-7 hours a week and will work with families to deliver these materials digitally or in paper packages as needed.


TOGETHER we can do HARD things!  We are very grateful and proud to be a part of the Maple Grove community.  We are a kind and caring community.  Stay safe.  We look forward to being together again!

Sincerely,

Ms. Smith & Mr. Evans

 

NEWS from the library

News from the Library 2.3

 

 

 

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March 29th

principals-message  March 29th, 2020 Update

Dear Maple Grove,
I’m writing to let you know that the school district has taken the unprecedented steps in order to facilitate the needs of essential services workers requirements for child care during the COVID 19 pandemic.  Maple Grove Lunchroom and Boys basement area will be used as childcare for Frontline Health + Medical workers as well as other frontline essential services parents such as cashiers, truck drivers, and other professions where parents are courageously working for the interests of all of us so we can stay safe, healthy and fed.

Maple Grove Admin have nothing to do with enrolment or registration- so please don’t contact the school!  We are only site management.

Westcoast Child Care Resource Centre (WCCRC) is responsible for all enrolment, registration and supervision of the program.  WCCRC is responsible for ensuring the direction of the Provincial Health Officer is followed for the child care children in their care.  Further, WCCRC will be open for extended hours, currently M-F from 7:30am-6pm (hours are subject to change).

It is essential that as per the Provincial Health Officer’s Orders all VSB playgrounds remain closed. Child are licensing has indicated that use of the school field is compliant with licensing requirements.

Also, WCCRC will be instructed to stay within a designated area. Currently that will be the child care’s existing licensed area.  If it is determined more space is required (i.e. MCFD indicates more space is needed to comply with social distancing) Principal’s will be informed by the district.

All child care spots are being allocated by Westcoast Child Care Resource Centre (WCCRC). Eligibility (essential services worker) and access to all spots (whether located at VSB or at COV sites) are all through Westcoast Child Care Resource Centre.  No spots are allocated by VSB.  Contact WCCRC for all questions and for registration. There is an intake form on WCCRC’s website.

Stay home.  Stay Safe.

MG Staff

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Friday, March 27th

principals-message  March 27th, 2020 Update

Dear Maple Grove,
By now you should have received a letter from our Superintendent of Schools, Suzanne Hoffman, and a letter from the BC Minister of Education, Rob Fleming and Andrea Sinclair, President of BC Confederation of Parent Advisory Councils.  These letters outline various high level aspects of what’s happening with BC Schools during these unprecedented times.

I want to speak directly to you for a moment.  I’d like to thank all the parents and families who’ve reached out to Ms. Smith and I over the past two weeks. We truly appreciate your communications and thank you for your kind wishes.

It’s reassuring to see that so many of us are practising good physical distancing yet socially connecting using technology (looking out for friends, neighbours, family and our elders).

We know and appreciate many of us didn’t have the holiday we wished for.  Many of us had plans for travel/ relax in the sun that got cancelled on that Friday (the last day of school) and instead, we’re staying at home; self-isolating; on the phone with airlines and all-inclusives trying to make arrangements to reschedule or get our money back.  We’re so sorry that things didn’t work out for all of you and that we had to make these definitive changes to our break.

I hope that each of you, despite the challenging and unsettling circumstances, was able to find some time to rest and regenerate over the spring break.  We are in for very unusual times that are going to require patience, flexibility and understanding.

Ms. Smith and I have had several online meetings with district management over the past week.  For the most part, they were preliminary planning meetings designed to guide admin through Health + Safety (H+S) issues and what communication and teaching and learning may look like over the coming weeks.

The staff a Maple Grove want our communication to be timely and transparent.  We recognize and acknowledge that these are stressful, uncertain and anxious times- but people have been resilient!  We want to assure you that while these are uncharted territories, we will do all that we can to ensure we are successful.  We will walk slow and together!

This virus has regrettably touched or impacted many of our lives, our schooling and our economy.  And it’s been extremely difficult for people, not only here in BC, but globally.  We find ourselves coming to terms with a rapidly changing world adjusting to this new temporary reality that isn’t easy; but it’s necessary!  Please understand that we don’t have all the answers… and the answers we have may become outdated due to provincial or federal directives.

I want to review the four guiding principles, outlined by the Superintendent, that will guide decision making at both the school and District level as we move forward.

  1. Ensure the health and safety of all students, staff and school communities.
  2. Implement systems and structures within our current context to ensure timely, thoughtful and transparent communication with staff, students and the broader school communities.
  3. Develop opportunities for all students and staff to stay connected to maintain a sense of belonging, value and community.
  4. Support all learners through the provision of continuous learning opportunities during the suspension of in-person classes.

** School is essentially closed.  Okay, it’s not really.  There is NO in-session teaching for students.  In other words… students do NOT come to school unless contacted by the district or the school administration.

Plan for the Week of March 30 to April 3rd.

March 30 to Apr 3

  • No Staff will be in the building.
  • Admin will be connecting with staff and discussing plans for reaching out to students in the future.
  • Staff will be provided times when they can access the school, in small numbers, to gather any materials required to enable them to work from home and plan for student leaning*.
  • All staff will be making contact with students and families
  • Plan to be developed to allow students to access the school to collect materials or belongings they require and left behind.
  • Ongoing check in with students and families to be taking place.
  • Communication of student plan to collect materials to families.
  • More information to families about plans for the following week to be sent and posted to school website.

teachers will essentially be working remotely and off site

Moving Forward

It’s hard to say what things will look like.  Discussions are underway now.  Likely BC students will continue to learn while in-school classes are cancelled.  Schools will offer at-home learning opportunities for all K-12 students online or through accommodations like course packages and telephone check-ins.

Teachers will determine what content to cover based on remaining curricular outcomes and plan tasks that are reasonable to do from home.

K-3 will likely focus on literacy and numeracy

4-6 will do the same and look for opportunities to infuse socials and science

7 will likely incorporate many of the core subject areas.

I want to close by thanking everyone in the Maple Grove community for your patience and understanding as we work through details and provide information.  Maple Grove staff want to assure you that we will always put health and safety first as we work to provide essential supports and services for our students and families.  We will follow all Public Health guidelines for any and all staff that are on-site as staff and student safety is priority number one.  Please be patient and work through your child’s teacher if you have questions.

“In-class” instruction is suspended until further notice.  In other words, the school is closed to students.  They are not allowed at school.

Thank you in advance,

Maple Grove Staff

 

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Spring Break Update- March 17, 2020

principals-message  March 17th, 2020 Update

Dear Maple Grove,

I truly hope that you and your family are healthy, safe and taking time to exercise social-distancing and cold etiquette/ hygiene.  There has been a lot of uncertainty, changing + evolving information, and new information over the past weeks/ days/ hours… and it exemplifies the gravity or magnitude of the situation globally, nationally, provincially and locally.

I wanted to reach out to everyone and make you aware of the following:

  1. We will be posting information and updates on this website
  2. We will send District communication directly to parents through our MyEd email
  3. The VSB will update our VSB static school website

Earlier today, the Premier and the Minister of Education spoke publicly about the situation in BC.  After, we were provided the following letter from Minister Fleming.

March 17 covid-letter MoE

We will continue to provide updates as we receive them from either the MoE or the District Office.

Please be safe.
MG Staff

 

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March 13

principals-messagePrincipal’s Message

Good Friday the 13th Maple Grove,
It’s been another busy day here at the best school in Vancouver.  As we embark upon a well-deserved Spring Break, we want everyone to practice kindness and safety.

Parents, if you haven’t checked your email, you have received a letter from our student records email regarding a letter from the Ministry of Education on the current state of affairs.  While things may change over the coming week(s), please be aware that at this point there are no plans to extend spring break.

BC Schools met with their staff today and outlined the content of the letter.  Please monitor local media when its time to come back to school- Monday, March 30.

On another note, schools are planning projections for September, and Maple Grove is looking rather full.  We are continuing with the understanding that the new build is on time and schedule.  More to come on this in the spring.

Thank you parents for being mindful drivers on Cypress St.  While the crazy parking and speeding continues to this day… we are ever hopeful that awareness of others and better driving habits will prevail.  Thank you to our safety patrolers who go out everyday to ensure families cross 47th + Cypress safely.

 

March 16 – 29 – Spring Break  – no school

March 30  – First day back at school

 

 

 

Congratulations to Lexi Yu, in Ms. Lam’s kindergarten class! Lexi was invited to compete in the Elite International Music competition in New York City. She won first place and performed at Carnegie Hall. Well done, Lexi!

lexi yu

 

Young Rembrandts Drawing Classes:

This season, students will explore the intricate details of the breathtaking Taj Mahal and, we’ll take an imaginary trip to some beautiful places to draw a cute flamingo as well as learn about the history and artistry of a kimono. Students will learn basic to intermediate drawing skills, art techniques and vocabulary using an engaging methodology that all children can succeed with. We give them skills to express their creativity, introducing them to a fascinating world of colour, pattern and design. Be prepared for a bountiful selection of drawings!

Registration link: https://www.youngrembrandts.com/metrovancouver/view-classes-enroll/

 

young rembrandts

 

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