August 22- WELCOME BACK FAMILIES

Welcome Back! What to expect

Welcome back 2Greetings Parents, families and students,

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

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

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

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

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

FIRST WEEK OVERVIEW

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

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

Tuesday  (Day 1)

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

RETURNING STUDENTS GO TO LAST YEAR’S CLASSROOM

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

NEW STUDENTS (Registered) GO TO THE FOLLOWING…

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

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

NEW STUDENTS (not yet registered) GO TO THE OFFICE

All students are dismissed on Tuesday at  10 am.

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

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

 

Wednesday  (Day 2)

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

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

Thursday  (Day 3)

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

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

Friday  (Day 4)

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

 

 

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June 21, 2019 Update

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PRINCIPAL’S MESSAGE

Another busy week has come and gone.  Today was an exciting day at MG.  Sports Day was fantabulous!  Special thanks to our amazing Sports Day Committee for all their hard work and organizing.

The committee would like to thank:

  1. Staff who helped in a supporting role.
  2. All the Alumni who gave up their first day of holidays to spend helping MG kids.
  3. Our awesome PAC for doing everything and being willing to help in all matters and forms
  4. Mr. Greg Quan who beefed up our AV and has given us awesome support all year.
  5. Mr. Steve Hall, PE Dept Head at Magee, for allowing us to use the field and line it.
  6. The Magee Admin team for all their support and for letting us just run with it.

 

Music Opportunities- I also wanted to acknowledge Mr. Quan, for wonderful participation and performances at ARTilicious 2 ARTShow Extravaganza and at the Strings Concert earlier this week.  Mr. Quan has been inspirational to many students who are keen to pursue music next year (see below).

Class Placements- MG does not participate in teacher requests.  Thank you to the parents who sent in their requests prior to the May 27th deadline.  Thank you, also, to the parents who’ve been sending in late requests for placements.  There was criteria published on May 3rd along with deadlines.  If you didn’t follow the process there’s no guarantee that your request will be reviewed.  Further, even for requests submitted on time, there are many factors that go into class placement and there are no guarantees that we can accommodate your request.

Saying Goodbye- Awards ceremonies have been completed.  It’s time to say goodbye to some staff who are leaving.  Dr Collins is retiring and going to bigger and better things.

Alix MacNiel has decided to resign her position at MG and continue her work with International Baccalaureate programming and do some subbing.  We are hoping to continue to do some Pro D work with Ms. MacNiel over the coming years.

Here are some changes at MG:

Ms. Seebaran is reducing her time to M,T.  Ms. Tang will be W, Th, F

Ms. Boulanger is reducing to M-Th.  Please welcome Montessori expert, Ms. Khan as her F only job share partner.

Ms. Adams is reducing her time and leaving the enrolling position.  She will be a T,W,Th prep and Resource teacher.  Please welcome Ms. Lucas to the 4-5-6 classroom.

Please welcome Ms. Vivian Lee.  Ms. Lee will be replacing Ms. MacNiel.

Please welcome Ms. Vermaas.  Ms. Vermaas has worked as a temporary teacher at MG in a variety of capacities… she will be covering Ms. Tseng’s leave of absence.

More to come next week with Grad… for now, thank you to everyone for a great year!

 

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Leaving school early for summer vacation?

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 27th 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 week.

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upcoming event

June 24 – Grade 7 Grad

June 27 – Last Day of School for Students

June 28 – Admin Day

September 3 – Back to School – one hour only from 9:00 am to 10:00 am

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June 14th Update

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PRINCIPAL’S MESSAGE

Another busy week has come and gone.  Two weeks remain until summer holidays.  It’s been a wonderful week.

Acknowledgements-

On Monday we acknowledged students who’ve represented the school in sports and teams.  It was great to see so many students called to the front of the gym and be recognized for their participation.  And, today, we recognized student service to the school.  This is for students who are involved in various clubs, leadership, and monitor programs around the school.  Historically parents don’t usually go these assemblies.  However, if you receive a message from your child’s teacher, it may mean that your child is winning an academic, diligence or citizenship award at Monday’s Award Assembly.  If this is the case, or you’re simply interested in acknowledging the kids, parents are welcome to attend Monday, 11 am, in the gym for our Awards Assembly.

Late Requests-

Thank you to those parents who felt compelled to write late placement requests and/or to those parents who wrote requests asking for a specific teacher.  Maple Grove does not do teacher requests.  In the May 3rd blog, we published the educational criteria for making a written request for student placement.  For those of you who followed the criteria your requests have been collated and shared with the casting teachers.  Class Casting for next year will take place in late June.

Ulitmate-

The Gr 7 Ultimate Team has played one game and has another one next week.  This is a coed team of gr 7 students.  We play Wednesday at Kerrisdale Park if you’re interested in watching some fun ultimate.

Grad-

Grad is by ticket only and will be held at the Magee Auditorium on Monday, June 24th.  It’s our first time using the Magee facilities and we’re very excited to see how things go.  Thank you to the parent Grad Committee and to Ms. Smith for all their work in making arrangements to celebrate our Grads.

VSB Summer Programs-

Please make sure you check out the VSB summer programs website for interesting and fun summer activities/ programs and courses for your child.

 

Sports Day – June 21st 8:30 am to 2:00 pm

Parents!  We are looking forward to a fun day on Friday.  Please note that we start early at 8:30 am and dismissal is at 2:00 pm.  Don’t forget to pick up your child on time at 2:00 pm on June 21st!

We will be using the Magee sports field

The Power of Art – ARTelicious –

The Art of Maple Grove Elementary

 

We had a very successful second ARTelicious Art Show Extravaganza at Maple Grove on Wednesday afternoon. Congratulations to all our amazing Maple Grove artists for all their imaginative, original, fabulous art. Thank you to all the teachers and supervision aids who helped hang the Art Show. And a big thank you to PAC who funded our Art Show food and contributed to the cost of our art supplies. Thank you to the families who came out and celebrated our artists with us. Thank you also to all the Student Council members for their help. A huge thank you to Mr. Quan and the Magee Strings Orchestra for creating such an elegant and sophisticated atmosphere with their beautiful music. We had two spectacular dance “opening act” performances by Ryan Kong and Jhilian Yan-Klassen.  Thank you to Mr. Evans for being our “sound/ music guy” and for supporting our school- wide art initiative. And thank you to Ms. Smith for organizing and arranging our ARTelicious Art Show.

The creation of art is a uniquely tactile and sensual experience that has an increasingly important role to play in a world dominated by digital technology.  If you looked carefully at each piece of work, you will be able to discern the differences in composition, the choice of colour, the character of the brush strokes and many other nuances that make each piece unique to the individual student who created it. These observations only begin to hint at the value that can be realized when we make art together.

What a special, positive and uplifting community event!

Here are some comments from students regarding their artmaking…….

“Doing art makes me feel like dancing! And sometimes singing too!!!”

“I like how I sometimes even forget what I was worried about when I do my art”.

“Once my mom was sad and I drew her a picture and she cried a little more but then she was happy! It felt good that I made her happy with my art. That is why I think art is important”.

“This girl who never speaks to me, spoke to me in art and said she liked my tree!!! I draw lots of trees now”.

“Did you know that art can help you feel better? Once I had a headache and did not feel good, but I just started drawing and then it went away”.

“I LOVE ART!!!!Art helped me make friends”.

“Ms. Smith says there is no right or wrong in art!!! I like that”.

“Creating art makes me happy”.

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upcoming event

June 21 – Sports Day – early dismissal at 2:00 pm

June 24 – Grade 7 Grad

June 27 – Last Day of School for Students

June 28 – Admin Day

September 3 – Back to School – one hour only from 9:00 am to 10:00 am

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June 7th Update

 

Art Show 2019

Please join us for ARTelicious, the second Maple Grove Art Show Extravaganza! ARTelicious is an art making initiative that has involved everyone in the school. Every student will have a piece of art on display. Come and celebrate our students’ success.

When: Wednesday, 12 June 4- 6 pm

Where: Maple Grove Gym
Snacks and live music!
Dress funky or formal
Opening remarks and “opening act” at 4:10 pm

 

Seismic Update

9:00 am on June 14th in the MG Library.  Parents welcome to attend.

It’s June!  A couple of  reminders for parents

Please be sure you let the office know if you are returning later than September 3rd, 2019.  We may not be able to hold your child’s spot if we don’t know when they are returning.

Leaving school early for summer vacation?

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 27th 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.

Updated School Calendar for 2019 2020

MG 2019-2020 School Calendar Final

 

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upcoming event

June 10 – Km Club Pizza Party

June 14 – 9:00 am – MG Library – Seismic Update

June 12 – Artelicious

June 21 – Sports Day

June 24 – Grade 7 Grad

June 27 – Last Day of School for Students

June 28 – Admin Day

September 3 – Back to School

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May 31st Update

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PRINCIPAL’S MESSAGE

Spring Musical:   Thank you to Ms. Yeung, Mrs. Humeniuk and Ms. Plavan for putting on another musical this year.  It is no small feat.  This year’s musical, “A Kid’s Life” was a lovely wholesome flashback with a modern twist.  Wouldn’t it be nice to have a day without technology… and just play games from our youth…. I don’t know if I could do it.  Regardless, it was a lovely performance.  The chorus, leads, supporting cast and the “roadies” did a wonderful job.  Thank you, parents, for all your support.  A very nice way to end May!

Destination Imagination:  Welcome Back to our Destination Imagination Teams!  Our two DI teams from Div. 1 returned safely from Kansas City this week.  They did well in the Global DI Championships.  It was a wonderful learning experience for all the students involved.  Thank you to the families, parents, school community, and community agencies who helped support the venture.  This was Maple Grove’s fourth trip to the Globals.

Class Placement Requests:   The deadline for Class Placement requests was May 27th.  Thank you to those parents who felt it was necessary to submit a request.  When teachers start the placement process later in June, your request(s) will be taken into consideration.  That being said, there are no guarantees and staffing and school organizations will change between now and September.  So, my suggestion is let the dust settle; let the teachers place students where they feel your child will do best; and all will be well.  Trust me… the staff deliberate, discuss and debate the class placements with vigor and passion.  A considerable amount of thought, energy and effort go into organizing the school and where each student goes.   Thank you for following the criteria listed in the May 3rd blog post.

School Organization:   Schools are human organizations.  They will always be changing (e.g., enrollment, personnel) so please understand that it is challenging to say how things will look in September… and last for the entire school year.  But my best guess is the following:

We are saying goodbye to Ms. MacNiel.  She has decided to resign from her regular teaching position at Maple Grove and pursue TOC’ing and IB work on a part time basis.  We wish Alix all the best and we’re looking forward to having her come back and work with our staff on curriculum matters during Pro D Days.

Dr. Collins has decided to retire.  Steve was a part time teacher and professor at UBC.  He loved working at Maple Grove as it kept things real for him.  Well deserved Steve!  We wish the best for you.

Ms. Adams has decided to leave the enrolling Montessori classroom position and she will be working part time in Resource and Prep.  Ms. Adams has a young family and we completely understand her rationale for wanting to spend this precious time with her family.  We will be hiring a new Montessori enrolling intermediate teacher.

Ms. Seebaran is decreasing her time at Maple Grove and Ms. Tang will be increasing her end of the job share.  They will have a M,T and W, Th, F split.

Ms. Tseng will be on a temporary leave in September.  She will be returning in January 2020.  We will hire a TOC to fill that M, T position.

Ms. Boulanger is going to decrease her time to M-Th.  We will hire a Friday only person to job share with her.

Ms. Maria, one of our SSA’s will be decreasing her time at the school with a job share partner in order to pursue an education degree and go into teaching.

Ms. Peters is going to decrease her time next year.  She will work M, W, Th.  She will have a job share office partner on T + F.  We will continue to have Ms. Lincoln Th + F.

Finally, Ms. Smith and I are very pleased that we will not be moved for September.  We’ll both be back and we’re looking forward to continuing with the work/ projects and directions that we’ve got planned for the school.

Our tentative organization (which is subject to change) is:

TRADITIONAL
Div Gr. Assigned
1 7 Humeniuk
2 6/7 Plavan
3 5/6 Karakanta
4 5 McDonough
5 4/5 Tseng/ Tsang
6 3/4 Shew/Post
7 3 Chan/ Yeung
8 2/3 Wong
9 2 Shoemaker
10 2 Garrod
11 1 Seebaran/ Tang
12 1 Wong
13 K Lam
14 K Hales
 
MONTESSORI
Div Gr. Assigned
15M 7 Burghall
16M 456 Griffiths
17M 456 Bartlett
18M 456 Post
19M 123 Hart/ Belliveau
20M 123 Boulanger/ Post
21M 123 Lin
22M K Kao

Returning to Maple Grove in September

If you expect to return from holidays later than September 3rd, please be sure to fill in the “2019 Notice of Late Return Form” sent home on yellow paper this week.  If you expect to be back on September 3rd, you do not need to return the form.

Thank you for keeping us informed of any changes of address or contacts!

 

Track and Field

Track & Field 2019

Tuesday, May 28th was a day to remember as Maple Grove’s track team competed at the Regionals’ Track Meet at Churchill School.  Throughout the day, our students demonstrated excellent athletic skills and sportsmanship as they cheered on their team members. This is what several track team members said about the experience: “It was really fun watching all the people on the Maple Grove Track Team run because everyone looked so happy after they got their ribbons.” “I really enjoyed the relays because they included team work.” “I felt proud of the places I got in the races.” “What I liked most was having PE all day!” To support the team, numerous parents volunteered to help students get into their events, supervise the crosswalk and provide breaks at the long jump pit. Thank-you for always being there when we need you parents. Thank-you teachers for dedicating time to coaching students at lunch time practices and six mini meets. And, of course, thank-you athletes for your courage and energetic spirit. You are an amazing team!

Global Citizenship Club

On May 24th, the Global Citizenship Club held a Walk for Water. These students put themselves in the shoes of thousands of children around the world who do not have access to clean water. Many of these children cannot go to school, because they have to walk for hours to get to rivers and lakes to collect water for their families to use. This water is often contaminated and not safe to drink, but it is the only source of water available. The Club walked with large jugs of water bringing awareness to other students in the school about why they were walking. Once the walk was finished, the club members watered the gardens and trees around the school.

The Global Citizenship Club raised $730 for clean water supplies for people in Haiti. $25 provides water sanitation supplies for one person for life. Together we are going to change the lives of 29 people! Thank you to everyone who donated to the Walk for Water.

We would like to recognize Teun Sjer who raised $500 all by himself! What an amazing accomplishment.

Safety Patrol at work!

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June 5 – 7 – Grade 6 Camp

June 7 – Welcome to Kindergarten and Welcome to New Students for 2019 2020

June 21 – Sports Day

June 24 – Grade 7 Grad

June 27 – Last Day of School for Students

June 28 – Admin Day

September 3 – Back to School

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May 17th Update

Long Weekend

No School for Students Friday, May 17th – Professional Development Day

Monday, May 20th – Victoria Day Holiday.

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Maple Grove’s Global Citizenship Club will be participating in a Walk For Water campaign on Friday, May 24th at lunch. We think that every child should have access to clean water and that children shouldn’t have to skip school to get water for their families. Donating just $25 can provide clean water for one person for life. Please help us to help families in Haiti by sponsoring a student and visiting crowdrise.com/wewalkforwater. Click on Maple Grove Elementary to donate!

Please check out our fundraising campaign on CrowdRise at https://www.crowdrise.com/o/en/campaign/maple-grove-elementary

Cynthia Yu, Chloe Ng, Christina Ly and Taranveer Dosanjh, Global Citizenship Club

Badminton

On May 3 students from Maple Grove participated in the Jamboree Badminton tournament at Charles Tupper Secondary School. They showed great sportsmanship and amazing badminton skills. Great job players!

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upcoming event

May 17 – Pro D – No school for Students

May 20 – Victoria Day Holiday

June 5 – 7 – Grade 6 Camp

June 7 – Welcome to Kindergarten and Welcome to New Students for 2019 2020

June 21 – Sports Day

June 24 – Grade 7 Grad

June 27 – Last Day of School for Students

June 28 – Admin Day

September 3 – Back to School

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May 3 Update

Planning for 2019-2020 School Year

This week HR is locking all school projections and working on entitlements for next year.  All schools in Vancouver are planning for September.  We’re working with numbers (graduating students, Kindergarten intakes, transfer ins and transfer outs).  We are also working with staff to determine what their plans are for next year.  Once we have more information from HR as to whether or not they agree with our projections and organization, we will provide that information to you.  We are just letting the dust settle and will be publishing a DRAFT school organization in the coming weeks.

Class Placement Requests:  We do not accept teacher requests.  We have criteria that we publish annually.  Class placement requests must be made in writing and are sent directly to the Principal and must adhere to the criteria.  A written request does not guarantee that your request will be granted!

CRITERIA FOR CLASS PLACEMENT

The objective of class placement is to create and organize classes so that each student is in a positive learning situation.  The school also wants to ensure that each teacher has a manageable teaching assignment that conforms to Ministry of Education standards and the teacher’s Collective Agreement.

A. Instructional Criteria:

  1. Ability Distribution: there should be a range
  2. Work Habits: there should be a range
  3. Teaching/Learning Styles: should be considered.

B. Positive Social Grouping:

  1. Friendships
  2. Peer conflict
  3. Boy/ Girl ratio
  4. Positive leaders

C.  Other Criteria:

  1. Previous Experience: Previous class assignment of teachers & students is considered.
  2. Teacher Recommendations
  3. Parental Input
  4. Resource Team Input

D.  Attention to Each Child:

  1. Each child’s academic needs
  2. Each child’s social needs
  3. Class group dynamics
  4. Gender balance
  5. Equitable distribution of students

Parent requests must be delivered to the office and addressed to Mr. Evans and are due by May 27th

April 29th Professional Development Day

Pro D April 2019

Maple Grove staff working through the some communication exercises with our VP, Ms. Smith.  Richmond School District Superintendent- Ret, Bruce Beairsto joined us for the morning as MG has a team participating in the SFU deliberate conversations symposium series.  Four schools out of 93 applied and were selected to participate in the workshops this year and next.   We see significant value in constructive communication and collaboration- and moving into the new school is a great opportunity to put these skills into practice.

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May 17 – Pro D – No school for Students

May 20 – Victoria Day Holiday

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