Update April 13th


The poster competition has been extended to Monday, April 16th. The prize, for both primary and intermediate, is a free ticket to the Spring Festival for the winner and four friends. Don’t forget to include the date: April 27th, the time:  5:00 pm to 8:30 pm, and the admission price, $2.00,  on your poster. Make it bold and beautiful so everyone will want to look at it.


Although next year seems a long way off, I know that some parents have begun to think about their child’s placement for next year. Every June, teachers get together on one of our administrative days and collaborate to place children in classes that will most suit them, matching teaching styles with learning styles, group dynamics in the classroom, gender balance and so on.  Important in our considerations are parents’ opinions concerning what they see as best for their child.

If you would like to make a particular request, please put this in writing, addressed to both the current teacher and me. You may do this by email or put a letter in my box. It is important that both the teacher and I get this information as the teachers usually make the initial placement and I then review the classes and check that parents requests have been considered. Your letter should point out factors in your child’s personality or learning style that would match with a particular teaching style, teaching philosophy or personality. Naming specific teachers is often not helpful as the organization is not finalised until the end of August, and even into September can change. While teachers do take into account friendships, these are not always a good way to determine class placements.


Earth day is coming up on April 22nd.  Maple Grove will celebrate Earth Day on April 20th. We will be having an assembly at which the choir will sing and there will be other performances. Students will be going to designated places in our neighbourhood to do some clean up, properly equipped with gloves and/or tongs. Teachers will take this opportunity to talk to students about safety in the community, what they may and may not pick up (even with gloves and tongs). Children will learn about the importance of maintaining our environment both from an aesthetic point of view and for the health of our natural world.

Courtesy of the BC Dairy Foundation

Maple Grove students really enjoyed a visit from two dairy cows and a sweet little calf this week.  Everyone learned a lot!

Grade 7 Grad – Final Date is June 25.

Lunch at 12:15 to 2:00 p.m.. 

Doors Open:  5:30 pm

Ceremony:  6:00 pm to 7:30 pm. 

Intermission:  7:30 to 7:45 pm 

Dance 7:45 pm to 8:45 pm

Poetry Competition

April is our month to focus on speech arts as part of our school goal of oral language development. We have had some students reading poems over the PA and students have begun to write their own poetry for the student council sponsored poetry competition. This competition will be open to all students and the winners in each category will receive a Chapters gift card for $20. Deadline for entries to be received in the office is Monday April 23rd at 9:00 am. Student Council will pick the winners and these will be published in the blog. All the top entries will be posted on the bulletin boards in the open area. All entries must have full name, grade and division. Entries lacking this information will not be considered.

Hot Lunch – too many customers.

This month we have ben serving quite a few more hot lunches than have been paid for. We operate this hot lunch program based on the honour system with the expectation that students will not take a hot lunch that they have not paid for. Introducing a checking system will add to the work load of parents and staff. I think that in some cases children may think that they are on the hot lunch program and not realise that it has not been paid for. Parents would you please make it clear to your children whether or not they are on the hot lunch program. Thank you very much for your cooperation in this.

Upcoming Events

April 20, 2012                  Earth Day Assembly
April 27, 2012                  Spring Festival
June 22, 2012                  Grade 7 Field Trip and Primary Picnic
June 25, 2012                  Grade 7 Grad (Lunch at 12:15, Ceremony at 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm and Dance at 7:45 pm until 8:45 pm)
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