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 firstname.lastname@example.org with your name, your child’s name, and your child’s division.
As the weather improves we are seeing so much more activity outside before and after school.
This is obviously great and thank you to the families who are taking care and making sure our students are playing safely.
Remember, the space between the two schools is completely cement or blacktop, and this space is actually tiny.
Cavell is outside until approximately 8:50 in the morning, and for a few minutes the north end of the old Maple Grove (Cavell now) is very congested.
After 3:00, almost all of Cavell have departed.
Our students and families are enjoying the outside time and space, and it is quite crowded, particularly right after 3:00.
I have reminded the students on the school PA of school expectations regarding bicycles, scooters, skateboards, and roller blades.
These items are not to be used on school property before 3:20 pm on school days.
It is simply too crowded for students to be safely using these fun items, so please remind your child to follow our expectations and wait until after 3:20, and be very careful not to collide into others.
The staff parking lot should never be used for riding or blading.
We sent this out two weeks ago and we thank you for your attention. Students seem to be following expectations and everyone seems to be interacting safely.
Thank you for your support,
Update from Vancouver Coastal Health
As you are aware, pre-COVID the Vancouver Pediatric Team nurses hosted school based routine childhood vaccination clinics for Kindergarten, Grade 6 and Grade 9 students. Given that the VPT nurses have been re-deployed, please find attached an updated letter from VCH outlining information regarding routine childhood vaccinations, information on hearing and vision screening, dental care and youth clinics.
If you expect to return from holidays later than September 8th, please be sure to fill in the survey “Notice of Late Return to 2021 2022 School Year ” emailed to you last week. If you expect to be back on September 8th, or your child is in Grade 7, you do not need to complete the survey. Here is the link to the survey if you need to complete it. https://forms.office.com/r/FR1iP1ciTb
Thank you for keeping us informed of any changes of address or contacts!
Good Morning Maple Grove had its premiere episode this morning. What is it? A talk show for our school! Each week a different learning pod will be featured along with interviews with a few of the teachers from that pod. Mr. Land is our host, assisted by our production crew consisting of our Kindergarten teachers, Ms Hales, Ms Kao, and Mrs. Phelps. In our first episode, the Cherry Blossom Pod is featured. There is also a “Questions for Mr. Land from the Kindergarteners” in a get-to-know-your Acting-Principal segment. Enjoy our first episode by clicking on this link:
Sadly, our terrific Principal Mr. Peter Evans has continued to experience some setbacks in his recovery from his January surgery and has been advised not to return to work this school year. We wish him well and our school is extremely hopeful that he will be permitted to return as School Principal when school resumes after summer holidays in September. I have informed Mr. Evans and Director Zerbe that I am honoured to remain as Principal for the remainder of this school year.
Earlier this month we submitted our student population projection for 2021-22, and we will likely receive our school staffing entitlement for next year by the first week of May. We are busy wrapping up week 30 of this school year, meaning we have reached the 75% point. So while finishing the final 10 weeks we will also be planning for 2021-22.
The weather has been exceptional recently, so please ensure your student always has a water bottle and a hat while at school as we are spending much more time outside.
As part of our COVID protocol, we have students line up outside, and enter the school through their assigned entrances with their teacher who sanitizes their hands. Please be sure to have your child present at school by 8:55 so that the class can enter as a complete group at 9:00am. Late arrivals present many challenges and your cooperation is appreciated. And finally, please be sure to keep vigilant with the daily health checks, and keep your child at home if they are unwell.
I would like to remind parents to physically distance in the morning and after school while interacting with other adults and children.
Unfortunately, some of our students have tested positive recently for Covid 19. Each time a VSB student or staff tests positive, VCH contacts our VSB District Health and Safety Team, who then contact the affected school administration. Madame Valerie and I then start the 6 step COVID response. As part of the 6 steps, affected classes, staff, and the school community are notified of the exposure. District Operations staff are also notified to attend the school and proceed with Deep Cleaning of affected areas before school resumes the next morning.
And a final note on safety, please be sure to NOT use the staff parking lot for pickup or drop-off OR use it as a pathway to and from school. There is a sidewalk immediately east of the staff parking lot, on the other side of the fence.
Kind regards, Kevin Land
No School for students on Monday, April 26th – Professional Development day for Staff
Photo Day – April 28th
Note: Option 4 (Learning from Home) Students may come to have their photos taken at 10:30 am. Please meet at the 1924 45th Ave W entrance.
LOST AND FOUND
Please ask your child to check for lost water bottles, lunch bags, jackets, etc., etc.,
Important Reminders for Parents
Do not send your children to school if they are sick. To be safe, even those with very mild cold-like symptoms should stay home.
Make sure your child has their own water bottle, sun hat and sun screen. Classes are participating in more outdoor activities now that the weather is fine.
School starts at 9:00 am. Please have your child here on time with their lunch, water bottle and snack. We try to reduce contacts by making sure all students are ready for school without interruption for the full day.
Attention Grade 4 and 7 Parents
FSA student reports will be sent home by Friday, April 23rd.
There will not be time to do retakes, so there is only a single photo day. Due to COVID protocols, short turnaround times and photographers available, we will not be able to take class photos, but will provide the students with a class composite. Due to our policy of not mixing cohorts, we will not be taking a panorama, staff group or club and team photos.
Let’s Sip N’ Chat!
Are you up for a PAC Community chat? Ever wonder what happens behind the scenes in PAC? Are you interested to learn what it means to be part of the PAC Executive Team, but were apprehensive to ask? Do you want to get involved at the school but don’t know how? We want all of your questions!
PAC is hosting a Sip N’ Chat session over Zoom on April 21st @ 7:30pm. It will be a casual chat to check-in with each other and to answer any questions you may have about how PAC Executive works. There are no commitment expectations with this session – please feel free to join a fun night with no concern that we will assume you are signing up for volunteering just by attending.
On the morning of April 28th the school photographer will be coming to Maple Grove to take individual student photos. It will be done outside with physical distancing and COVID protocol in place. Please note that there will be no opportunity for retakes. Class composite photos will be created with the individual photos.
Maple Grove Spirit Wear – ONLINE STORE CLOSES TONIGHT
Just a friendly reminder that the online Spirit Wear Store closes midnight tonight. This is your last chance to get your hands on the coveted MG Wildcat apparel! Grab a t-shirt for hot summer days or a hoodie to keep you warm on the chilly days. And the zip hoodie would make for a perfect light jacket for dry Vancouver weather.
Shop online and have your order shipped directly to you or you can pick up from the print shop. Free shipping is available for orders over $150.
This is a reminder of the message we sent on our February 5, 2021 post regarding parking signage on 45th Ave. W. The signs have been replaced so be sure to read them to avoid being ticketed. Previously there was a 3 minute no parking zone. It is now NO STOPPING!
Parent/Teacher conferences will happen on April 6th and 8th. They will be Virtual only. Please remember that you need to pick up your child at 2:00 pm for early dismissal on both April 6th and 8th.
A message from our new Vice Principal
Dear MG community,
My name is Valérie Carrière and I am your new MG Vice-Principal. This is my fifth school as an administrator. I have previously worked as VP at: Tennyson, Queen Elizabeth Annex, Jules Quesnel (twice!) and L’École Bilingue. I am very happy to embark on this new journey and am looking forward to tackling the last few months of this unprecedented school year. I hope that I will have the chance to meet families soon, but until it is possible, please know that I will be making every effort to support MG’s students, staff and families to the best of my abilities. I have had a lovely first week getting acquainted with my new school community. Thank you to all staff and students for the warm welcome; your smiles and positivity have made this a wonderful place to come to every morning.
The online Spirit Wear Store is NOW OPEN, and closes on April 9th. Now’s your chance to get your hands on the coveted MG Wildcat apparel. Don’t delay…you don’t want to miss out!
This year, we are offering T-shirts, Hooded Sweatshirts, and Full Zip Sweatshirts (new!) in red, dark grey and light grey options. All apparel comes in Youth and Adult sizes; sizing information is available on the online store. (Note for families who purchased spirit wear last year, the brand of apparel is the same if you wish to use that to gauge size.)
In accordance to COVID-safe protocols, the entire process will be online. Shop from an online store, pay with a credit card, and have your order shipped directly to you or pick up from the print shop. Free shipping will be available for orders over $150.
We all love our Maple Grove School community, say it LOUD and PROUD with Maple Grove Spirit Wear!
During the months of January to April, the Vancouver School District is participating in the 2021 Ministry of Education Electronic Anonymous Student Learning Survey Project in cooperation with all other school districts throughout the Province.
Parents/Guardians/Caregivers can complete the online Anonymous Student Learning Surveys any time before 11:59 pm April 30th, 2021, providing immediate results to the school and the district. Please see attachment for more details on how to complete the survey.
This is a quick update on our school staffing. Principal Peter Evans is slowly recovering and recuperating from his surgeries, and fortunately improving every day. Mr. Evans will not be returning in April, and I have informed him that I am honoured to stay until he is healthy enough to return to work. Speaking of return, Division 6 grade 4 will see their Monday Tuesday teacher Ms. Elizabeth Shew, starting on March 29. A special thanks from all of us at Maple Grove for the wonderful 3 weeks we shared with Madame Natalie Morissette. She brought an energetic enthusiasm to her temporary role and quickly became part of our fabric. Today is her last day at Maple Grove because immediately after the break we will welcome Madame Valerie Carriere as Vice Principal.
I hope all of you have a wonderful and restful March Break.
Thank you to the Lee Family! Mr Jackson Lee owns the Cobs Bread at Tsawwassen Commons. He generously supplied the staff with treats today. Adding to the fun of pajama day!
As we prepare ourselves for our final week of school before the two week Spring Break I am sorry to say that our terrific Principal Mr Peter Evans has not sufficiently recovered and will remain on health leave. We are fortunate to have retired Principal Madame Natalie Morissette covering for VP Lia Cuccurrullo until next Friday, then we will welcome Madame Valerie Carriere as our new Vice Principal on March 29. I will remain as Principal until Mr Evans returns.
Morning basketball skills and drills continue next week for all grade 4 – 7 students who have returned a signed consent form to Mr Land. Tuesday March 9 at recess and Thursday March 11 at 8:15 are for grade 4s and 5s. Monday March 8 morning and Wednesday recess are for grade 6s and 7s. We will resume again after spring break, and then likely start badminton skills.
On March 9 at 7pm there is a parent presentation titled TECH, COVID and KIDS, by Dr. Shimi Kang. More information has been sent today. This is a shared initiative with 8 VSB elementary PACs.
On March 10 the 3 schools on site, Maple Grove, Cavell, and Magee will be combining for a joint LOCKDOWN Drill. However, as of now, the Vancouver Police Department WILL NOT be participating with us in this drill. This type of Lockdown Drill has been done in the past with Maple Grove and Magee, but of course this year we are in a new building and will be adding Cavell. Vice Principal Morissette and myself will tour the school during the drill ensuring that classrooms/teaching areas are safe and secure. There will be a staff debrief following the drill.
Maple Grove welcomed back many Option 4 students to school Monday March 1. Administration met briefly with the parents and students outside, undercover at the North entrance on 45th avenue. Administration then took the students inside for further COVID protocols, gave a short tour, and delivered the students to their new classroom. ANY Option 4 student who has not yet decided to return to in-school instruction, now has the opportunity to return on any Monday, provided the family informs our school office staff by the previous Thursday.
Parent Advisory Council
Watch for an email with the link to the live online webinar with Dr. Shimi Kang.
Student Council is doing a great job at bringing spirit to our school community!