January 6th 2012 Update

Your Schools, Your Community and Your Voice.

The Vancouver School Board is embarking on an exciting new project to determine the future of our schools. The VSB has a wide-range of services, programs and educational resources available across our district.  Now it’s time to take stock of what we offer and determine what programs and opportunities should be prioritized now and into the future in order to create the best possible learning environment.

It’s a big task and a major part of the process is a new website called Our Future. The site is located at: http://ourfuture.vsb.bc.ca and has three sections: Your Schools, Your Community and Your Voice.

We have designed it to help you understand what we offer in neighborhoods and schools across the district. You’ll discover a wide range of information about your schools, the programs they offer, their demographics, facility information, staffing levels, catchment statistics and other community resources.

Once you have explored the Our Future website, you’ll be able to add your voice to the discussion of the future of our district at http://ourfuture.vsb.bc.ca/voice.aspx.  The survey is short and won’t take you more than 5 minutes to complete.

We are hoping that you will join us in this exciting consultation project. With your participation, this survey will help us guide the coming discussion around the district’s future.

2012 2013 Montessori Kindergarten Class

Tuesday, January 31 is the last day to submit an application for the draw for placement in the Maple Grove  Montessori Kindergarten class for 2012 2013.  Siblings of current Montessori Program students are automatically placed.  However, siblings must be registered by January 31 to ensure placement (i.e., so we know how many names to draw from the applicant list).

It may not seem like it, but spring is coming soon. That means it is time to register and prepare for the 2012 Vancouver Sun Run in April!  Maple Grove students have participated in this run for a number of years now.  Maybe it is your time to join us in Canada’s largest 10 km road race and the 2nd largest timed 10 km run in the world.  An incredible 50,000 registrants signed up for the 2011 Vancouver Sun Run with participants taking in the beautiful Vancouver scenery under sunny skies.

Registration details are available in front of the school office and from Mr. Munk in Room 305.

All members of ‘Maple Grove Elementary’ should register online at www.sunrun.com

1)   Click on ‘Register’ near the top left of the webpage

2)   Click on ‘Teams and Members: Schools’

3)   Click on ‘School Team Registration’

4)   Click on ‘JOIN TEAM – team members ONLY’ and then click ‘continue’

5)   Fill in personal information

6)   Choose team: ‘Maple Grove Elementary School’

7)   Pay fee  (Entry fee includes a Sun Run t-shirt with Maple Grove on the back.)

 Early bird discount applies until February 24th.  Internet registration ends on March 9th.

Foundations Skills Assessment for Grade 4 and 7

These are Ministry of Education tests and will be starting during the week of January 16th. Students with learning challenges such as being ESL will be excused by the Principal. More information on the FSA is available at: http://www.bced.gov.bc.ca/assessment/fsa/.

Upcoming Events

Please check our Calendar Page 
Thursday, January 12         PAC meeting at 6:00 pm in the Library
Friday, January 13              Second Immunization for Kindergarten and Grade 6 students
Monday, January 16          Foundation skills assessment begins for Grade 4 and Grade 7 students
Tuesday, January 31           Last day to submit an application for the 2012-2013  Kindergarten Montessori Program.
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