November 10th

Important Dates:

Friday, November 11          Remembrance Day – No School

Monday, November 14       District Wide Closure Day – No School

Thursday, November 17    PAC Meeting  6:00pm – 8:00pm

Tuesday, November 22     Talk on Montessori Program (see below)


Montessori Elementary 101:  November 22nd at Maple Grove in the Library 7:00 – 8:30 pm

Whether you are a new parent to the school or a returning one, this evening has something for you! 

Come out on November 22nd to hear an inspirational talk on the Elementary Montessori Program by Christie Stanford.  We will discuss the characteristics of the Lower and Upper Elementary Curriculum, the benefits of this type of learning environment, and receive practical ideas for home.

Keep informed and help to provide the consistency between home and school by deepening your understanding of Montessori at the Elementary level.  We look forward to seeing you there!

Introduction to Christy Stanford and the Aid to Life Organization

Christie Stanford is one of a small number of Montessori teachers in the world trained by A.M.I. at all three levels (Infancy, Primary, and Elementary).  She has taught for over 10 years and has gained a vast amount of experience working in different capacities.  Christie has assisted in the opening of two schools, trained and mentored new teachers, and worked extensively with parents in the community to understand the benefits of a Montessori education.  As a Montessori child herself, Christie believes that this early experience aided her in becoming the person she is today, committed to assisting the child in reaching his or her potential while instilling a life-long love for learning.

Kindergarten Registration is on going!

If your child was born in 2007, they are eligible for full time kindergarten starting in September 2012.  Please click on the page “How to Register for September, 2012” to find out what you need to do.

Junior Girls Volleyball

Wow!  Our Junior Girls are doing very well.  They’re really looking forward to the rest of the season.  A special thank you to Volunteer Parent Coach, Janie Pang and Assistant Coach, Andrea Wong.




Bike to Work Week

It felt like Mother Nature was testing us last week.  During the five days of Bike to Work Week we had dark, foggy mornings, beautiful afternoons, cold days, windy days, rainy days and some of us even experienced hail!  However, we rose to the challenge.  The Maple Grove team only had a few members, but look at our stats:

No. of Trips:  34
Greenhouse gases reduced:  55 Kg
Calories Used:  7957
Overall the number of people recording bike trips during Bike to Work week went up 14%.

There will be another Bike to Work Week in the Spring.  We’d love to have more members on our team!

Ski Club 

Student Council has brought forward a request that there be a ski and snowboard club at Maple Grove. There are quite a few students interested, and we would love to encourage this enthusiasm. However, as you are aware, skiing while not high risk in my opinion, certainly has more risks associated with it than regular school activities so I am reluctant to support a school sponsored ski club. However, it would be nice to facilitate a ski network/club so that students could get together and go skiing, and parents could organize to share transportation and supervision. I have told the students that we will have a meeting next week to see how many people are interested. I would be interested in hearing parent opinions or suggestions with regard to this.

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