September 10th Update


September 13, 2012 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm

On September 13, 2012 we will have a Meet the Teacher Evening starting promptly at 6:00 pm in the gym.  The evening will follow this agenda.

6:00 – 6:15 pm            Welcome in the gym

6:15 – 6:20pm             Proceed to classrooms to meet with teachers

6:20 – 6:30pm            First classroom session

6:30 – 7:30 pm           Refreshments available in the gym

6:30 – 6:35 pm           Go to second classroom session (for siblings) or lunchroom                for refreshments and chat

6:35 – 6:45 pm          Second classroom session for siblings

7:30 pm                     End of Evening

Coffee will be provided by the PAC. Parents are asked to bring a contribution of home baked cookies, bars, cakes, fruit, cheese or other finger food. Please bring this to the lunch room and set it on a table before 5:50 pm. Please remember to pick up any plates or cutlery you bring.

From the Desk of Andrea Zeitz~Vice Principal at Maple Grove

I want to take this opportunity to introduce myself as the new vice principal of this very vibrant and dynamic learning community of Maple Grove.

 My interest and passion in education all began as a student where I was most fortunate to have exceptionally dedicated and inspiring teachers. I knew at an early age I wanted to be an educator just like them-encouraging creativity and the love for learning.

 My education includes a Bachelor of Fine Arts in the visual arts and a Masters degree in special education. I believe the two compliment each other quite well. As of late I have been involved in technology, specifically using iPads as an educational tool for personalized learning. I curate four websites on education and look forward to sharing them with you at a later date.

 As a vice principal, I have worked at two school communities with dual track-choice programs: Nootka-Fine Arts and Lord Roberts-IB/MYP (International Baccalaureate/Middle Years) programs. I am very excited to learn more and support our Montessori curriculum while upholding the strong foundations of our traditional programs.

 On a personal note I am married with two sons. Our household includes a black Labrador Retriever, a grey tabby, a pygmy hedgehog, assorted tropical fish and an orange and black corn snake (no I will not be bringing Cromwell the corn snake to school-but he IS friendly!).

 I am most honoured to be able to serve the students, staff, parents and community of Maple Grove. I am looking forward to a dynamic school year, guiding your children to do their very best in their personal journeys in learning.

 “What the best and wisest parent wants for his own child, that must the community want for all of its children.”     -John Dewey




We will be sending home a number of documents and letters today or Monday. These include:

a)  Media Consent Form which, among other things, will allow us to use your child’s picture in our blog. We would identify children by first name only.

b) An Internet Agreement, an important document which you should review with your child. Responsible use of the Internet is important for them to learn.

c) School Supplies and Agenda fees collection.  School fees are $25 per child.  Agendas (Grades 1 to 7 only) are $10 each.

d)  Upcoming Book Fair information and request for volunteers

e) Document from PAC requesting contact information.

f)  Student Accident Insurance Forms.

Did You Know that…

  • we have this fantastic local fruit and vegetable program here at Maple Grove?
  • each month we get a nutritious fruit or vegetable snack delivered to the school for every student (unless a parent has opted out)
  • the BC School Fruit & Vegetable Nutritional Program is an incredibly successful program that delivers healthy fruit and vegetable snacks to over 442,000 children in schools across the province

That we want to:

  • increase the consumption of local fruits and vegetables
  • increase the awareness of the health benefits of fruits and vegetables
  • increase the awareness of fruits and vegetables grown in BC
  • increase the awareness of the safe handling practices of fresh fruits and vegetables

*Look for our first natural treat of the year next week!* 

For more information please go to:

*Many thanks to Ms Rose Bevacqua from the lunch program and Mr. Jason Naipaul’s Div 3 students in helping deliver these treats!

Parents: A notice about our program should be reaching you very shortly. If you do not want your child to have this fruit or vegetable snack please be sure to let your child’s teacher know by sending back the form.

School Fees, Field Trip Charges etc.

In order for us to provide an enriched program for all students including field trips, guest speakers, camp, art programs etc. it is sometimes necessary to ask parents to pay. Please be aware that no child will be excluded from any activity because of financial need. If you would like school fees, agenda fees or any other costs associated with the school waived, please speak to Ms Sellars or email her.

Chess Club

We are looking for donations of chess sets. Mr. Munk is planning to have a chess club for students in Grade 6 and 7. If you can donate a chess set, please see Mr. Munk in Room 305.

Maple Grove Kilometer Club

“4 Years and Running!”

Fitness… Friends…. Fun.

Help your children get a head start to their day with some exercise before school and prepare for your day as well with an active beginning.

Research shows that active kids are happy kids and a little physical activity in the morning before school sets the stage and clears the brain for some great learning!!
Watch this TED talk for some details as to how important exercise is for preparing our brains to learn:

Students from Kindergarten to Grade 7 and family members are invited to meet each TuesdayWednesday and Friday at 8:25 AM in the undercover area – rain or shine- and run 1 kilometer around the school.  Pick up a permission slip from the KM Club bulletin board (next to the library) and bring to your first run.  Awards will be given for kilomter milestones.  Also, look out for other new additions this year to recognize participation for both kids and adults.  The first run will be Tuesday, September 11 at 8:25 am!

We need parents to help for about 15 minutes each running day to register, supervise, and cheer on the runners.  Please sign up to help out with the Kilometer Club – the more parents we have, the fewer times each has to help out!  If you have any questions, contact Jodi Brown ( or Maureen Wicken (

*** Please note that students who wish to participate in Cross Country and Track & Field are expected to join Kilometer club to run.

Pui Ying Chinese School

Please see details for registration for 2012 2013 here: Chinese School Information

Sewer Construction

There will be sewer construction on 45th Avenue between West Boulevard and Cypress. The block on 45th between West Boulevard and Maple will be closed to traffic starting on Monday or Tuesday, September 10th and 11th. The block between Maple and Cypress next to the school property will be closed about 2 to 3 weeks later.

Upcoming Events

September 13               Meet the Teacher Evening 6:00pm to 7:30 pm

September 24               Professional Development Day – No school for students

October 8                      Thanksgiving Day Holiday

October 10                    Early Dismissal 2pm – Goal Setting Conference

October 11                     Early Dismissal 2pm – Goal Setting Conference

October 19                    Professional Development Day – No school for students

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