December 7th Update



Division 20’s beautiful artwork on the office bulletin board.

Candy Cane Gram Sales

Are you wondering how to insert some festive fun into winter and surprise you friends with a great holiday gift? Look no further than Student Council’s Candy Cane Gram Sale! From Monday, December 10 to Friday, December 14, you can purchase sweet and delicious candy canes to send to your friends and your teachers. What’s more, they only cost $1! Drop by our Sale Station in front of the office, before and after school. Happy Holidays!

holiday hamper cereals

Holiday Hamper Drive 

In our first week of collecting, we have had an overwhelming response of canned food donations for our Holiday Hamper Drive. The following items are still needed to make this year’s campaign a success: boxes of cereal, rice, whole wheat pasta, crackers, granola bars, personal care items (toothpaste, nice soaps and shampoos, hair brushes), small gifts for children and adults (new gloves, hats, socks, photo albums, children’s art kits, etc.).

The families that we are supporting have children aged 3 to 14 years. Along with the non-perishable food, personal care items and gifts, we also would like to include a gift card for each family at Nightingale School. If you are able to make a monetary donation that can be put towards these gift card purchases it would be very much appreciated (a suggestion of $2 per student has been made, however, any amount is welcome).

Donations can be delivered to your child’s classroom up until Friday, December 14th.

Facebook and other Networking Sites

I ask that you consider having your child close down their Facebook site. Student Council’s annual survey of how many intermediate students have a Facebook page showed that 35% of students in Grade 4 to 7 have such a page. This percentage is higher in Grade 6 and 7 but some Grade 4 and 5 students have such a page.

In order to get a Facebook page a child must lie about his/her age. This is not a good indicator of how that child will then behave when confronted with difficult ethical choices that arise from social networking.

I also recommend that students do not have cell phones at school. Cell phones can be used to take pictures that may not be appropriate. It is then easy to send them on to others without considering the consequences of this act.   Cell phones have also been used to cheat on tests and communicate in class when students should be paying attention to the lesson or doing their work.

Please supervise children carefully in their use of the Internet. Most of the problems that we deal with are from actions taken outside school time. 

Stephanie Sellars



Snowmen by Division 10


We will be collating the winter concert ticket orders next week.  We plan to send them home on Monday, December 17th.  Please keep your eye out for an envelope containing the tickets.  You will need them to attend the performances.



Basketball season will start in January and there are several Grade 6 and 7 students wanting to play on a team! In order to register teams for both grades in the boys and girls school leagues, we need the support of parents who are willing to coach a team.

If you are able to help coach, please contact Mr. Munk.

Practice times can be set to suit your schedule. Games start in mid-January and occur on the following days:

Mondays – Grade 6 Boys

Tuesdays – Grade 6 Girls

Wednesdays – Grade 7 Boys

Thursdays – Grade 7 Girls

There are over 65 kids who want to play, so any help would be greatly appreciated! Thank  you!

Christmas Craft Day – December 13

Primary students will have a wonderful day on Thursday working on 5 different Christmas crafts. Thank you to the PAC for their support.

Kilometer Club

Members of Kilometer Club got together yesterday for a wonderful celebration in the library. They really are a fun group to be with as the pictures show. Thank you to the parents for organizing this.

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Maple Grove Chinese Tea

Taking place on Friday 14th December 2012 , from 13:30 pm to 14:30 in the Lunchroom, parents are warmly welcomed to this social event (particularly newly arrived families).

Angela CHOU,Volunteer Interpreter, DRPC, VSB, and Leader, ESL Parents Outreach, Churchill Secondary PAC, will talk about how to assist your ELL (ESL) kids in learning new language.

Come join us and discuss any concerns related to your child(ren)’s education. Interpreting will be provided.

The Maple Grove Elementary School is a community that  CARESdeeply, SHARES generously, and HELPS willingly.


2012年12月14日 (星期五),下午一時半至二時半在學校餐廳擧行。誠心歡迎所有說華語(國、粵語)的家長出席這項聯誼活動,齊來參與及討論孩子的教育。





Upcoming Events:

December 13                   Christmas Crafts Day (Primary)

December 14                    Reports go home

December 19                    Winter Concert – Matinee 1:30 pm, Evening 7:00 pm

December 21                  Last Day of Classes before the Winter Break

January 7                        School re-opens after Winter Break

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