November 18th Update


A CLEAR ANNOUNCEMENT stating that schools are closed will be provided by  6:00 a.m. to local radio stations.  Staff, students and parents should listen to the following radio stations to determine if schools are closed.  Please do not call media outlets to determine whether schools are closed. Please do not call the school.

 CKNW (980 AM), CKWX (NEWS 1130 AM), CBC RADIO (690 AM, 105.7 FM),  BCTV/Global (cable channel 11), FAIRCHILD Radio (CJVB AM 1470/CKHG FM 96.1), CITY TV (cable channel 13)  

 In Addition, Information on snow closures will be available on line at 

Kilometre Club

We are so pleased with our Kilometre Club! We have more than 120 students signed up and many parents who volunteer. It is a really positive aspect to our school culture. Seeing the children running around the school in the morning is positive evidence of our community committment to fitness and well-being.


We are happy to tell you that we are to receive $2000 from Whole Foods for our garden project. Thank you to Sarah Tracz for applying for this. Also thank you to Nick Grabovac and Sarah Blais who are going to work on a timeline of garden tasks which we can then weave into garden .

Pajamas, Stuffed Toys and Moustaches.

Look for them on November 24th. Student Council and Division 3 are sponsoring a school spirit day all day. We hope all students will participate.  We will also raise money for Prostate Cancer Research.

Movember is coming to

 Maple Grove Elementary

On Wednesday, Movember 23rd and Thursday, Movember 24th the students of Maple Grove will have the opportunity to have fun and raise money for cancer research.  Moustaches will be sold to be worn on Thursday, the 24th.  They will be sold by donation with the proceeds going to Prostate Cancer Canada.

Mo Bros and Mo Sistas effectively become walking, talking billboards for the 30 days of November. Through their actions and words, they raise awareness by prompting private and public conversation around the often ignored issue of men’s health.  

The funds raised are directed to programs run directly by Movember and our men’s health partner, Prostate Cancer Canada. Together, the two channels work together to ensure that Movember funds are supporting a broad range of innovative, world-class programs in line with our strategic goals in the areas of awareness and education, survivorship and research.

For more information on the programs we are funding, please visit the following:
Prostate Cancer Canada
Awareness & Education
Global Action Plan

Our Division 3 teacher, Jesse Costello has signed up and if you’d like to donate, you can go to his Movember website:

Dressing Warmly – Please don’t send your children to school without winter clothing

We like our students to be responsible for their own comfort. On the other hand it makes me uncomfortable to see them outside with just a T-Shirt or light summer jacket. The weather is now quite cold and we shall have snow soon. Students need warm jackets, hats, gloves and boots. Some do not even have these at school! When one is accustomed to going from a warm house to a warm car to a warm office, one may not be aware of how cold or wet or windy it is. During the winter weather all children should have clothing appropriate for going outside and staying outside. After all, we might have an earthquake or other emergency. If you find that you are unable to provide suitable winter clothing for your child, please contact the school and we can try to put you in touch with an agency. Alternatively, if there is enough demand, PAC might consider organizing a clothing exchange.


On Wednesday evening the Maple Grove School Choir went to Kerrisdale Community Centre to listen to a performance by the Handbell Ringers. It was charming. Our choir then sang one song for them. The choir will be going over closer to Christmas to perform at the Seniors Centre. Thank you to all the parents who support the choir so enthusiastically.   Thank you to Bonnie Panyche who directs the choir.


Maple Grove’s Global Citizenship Club

The focus of the Global Citizenship Club is to make positive changes in our world. In the past, the Global Citizenship Club has raised money and collected donations for Free the Children, the Red Cross, the Food Bank, Children’s Hospital and needy families in the Lower Mainland. We have helped people in Canada, Japan, Haiti, China, Africa and India.

 Members of our club are given opportunities to develop leadership and empowerment skills through their participation in different campaigns. We are extremely proud of the caring and thoughtful community at Maple Grove.

 The Global Citizenship Club is open to all Maple Grove students.  We meet during recess or lunch to plan, organize and promote our campaigns. New members are always welcome. To find out when the next Global Citizenship meeting is, please listen to the announcements.


  • informative presentation on SmartBoards by Sharon Hales
  • presentation with regard to upcoming fundraising drive to support technology at Maple Grove
  • budget passed unanimously
  • review and discussion of past and upcoming events. Halloween Bingo acknowledged as a great success
  • call for volunteers for DPAC Committees (contact Ivy Leung if interested)
  • call for volunteers for various community and other activities

Minutes will be published at a later date.

Upcoming Events

(also please check our calendar)
Tuesday November 22nd    Chinese Tea in the Lunch Room at 2:00 pm
                                                  Montessori Parent Education Evening
                                                  7:00 – 8:30 pm Library
Wednesday November 23rd
                                                  Band Concert at Magee – Students to be there at 6:30 pm
Thursday November 24th   
                                                  School Spirit Day – Pajamas, Stuffed Toys and Moustaches
Friday November 25th         
                                                  Professional Development Day – no school for students
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