January 18 Update

Monday January 21 is a Professional Development Day – No School for Students

Montessori Kindergarten Program – September 2013 – Important Reminder

If you are already in the Montessori Program, and you have a child born in 2008, that child is guaranteed a spot in the Montessori Kindergarten.  But only if you register by January 31, 2013 at the Maple Grove office! If you miss that date, your spot will not be saved for you. You will be added to the waitlist.


Maple Grove’s annual movie night is coming up on Friday, January 25th. The doors will open at 5:30 pm and there will be a $2 suggested donation for admission. Refreshments will be available for purchase. You know that your child will want to be there, so mark your calendars for this special Maple Grove Event. This week Student Council will lead our students in choosing a movie for movie night. Here are some of our options: Hotel Transylvania, Madagascar 3, Cars 2, Despicable Me, The Lorax, Aliens in the Attic, Ice Age 4, Over the Hedge, Happyfeet 2. The movie chosen we hope, will be engaging for both primary and intermediate students.

no tv


All students should sign up to turn off their screens this week. For every day they manage without screen time, they will get a ticket to enter a draw for a prize. At the end of the week, Friday is FAMILY LITERACY DAY so watch out to see what your child’s class is doing to celebrate this. We will be having CAMP READ-A-LOT which the students all enjoy and there will be lots and lots of reading going on.

For students who turn off the screen there are so many things to do. This is a good time to make a point of doing things together as a family: swimming, skating, a nice evening walk, play dates, board games, family singing, start a new musical instrument, reading, writing, drawing, crafts, or just go outside and play. Sometimes the act of going out opens up ideas and opportunities. Sometimes letting your child be bored (and yes they may complain of boredom) means that they end up searching inside themselves for what to do and what they find surprises them. I am going to turn off the screen this week except for work, and of course our students may use their computers for writing reports etc.

 Pink Day 005

PINK DAY February 28th is anti-bullying day.

We hope that every child will have a pink shirt to wear. There will be pink shirts on sale starting very soon. (Remember last year?)

Ministry Satisfaction Survey

The Ministry Satisfaction Survey is now available for you to complete on-line at: http://www.bced.gov.bc.ca/sat_survey/access.htm

To complete this on-line you will need your unique code to log on. This is available at the school. Please come into the office to get this number or send a note with your child and Mrs. Peters will send it home with them.



lego in Stephanie's office

Sebastian, Rachel and Henry have been busy working on building and programming robots for our robotics club. They will be taking the lead in running this club. Next Thursday we will be opening it up for Grade 6 and 7.

Snowmen by Division 10:


Virtue of the Month

This month our focus virtues are Perseverance and Respectfulness. We can all practice perseverance as we try to keep to our New Year Goals. Perseverance means being purposeful and steadfast. It is sticking to it and staying committed no matter what obstacles appear or how long it takes. Think of the story of the tortoise and the hare. The tortoise won the race because he did not give up and kept on going. So we have our saying: “Slow and Steady Wins the Race.”
People who don’t persevere do not achieve their goals, they let down others because they do not keep their promises or commitments. People who persevere are good friends, good parents, good students, successful leaders and good workers. They do not give up.
For a family discussion about perseverance you might consider some of these problems and what perseverance looks like when you approach them:
         you feel bored with a life long friend
         you feel tired in the middle of a hard job
        you don’t like math but you know you need to complete your math assignment
        your family is hiking to the top of the mountain and you are tired
        you are afraid to try something new
        your best friend moves
You will be able to think of your own ideas for problems that perseverance will help you to solve.


Last month’s virtue was generosity. There are some creative works of art and thinking by the main entrance highlighting getting and giving.      

Community Schools After-School Programs


Join Kelly from UBC as she takes you on a culinary adventure: Prepare and eat a different snack each week that you can easily make again at home! Possible snacks include muffins, cookies and pizza.  Impress your family and friends with your new love and knowledge of cooking!

Room: Staff Room

When:  Thursdays from 3:20-4:45 pm

Grade range:  4-6

Max:  12 students

Cost per student: $40

Program length: 7 weeks

Exact dates of program:  Feb 07, Feb 14, Feb 21, Feb 28, Mar 07, April 04, April 11


This course is for kids over the age of 11 who are looking to earn some extra money and to learn valuable life skills!  They will learn how to take care of kids as a babysitter and how to prevent and handle emergency situations.

Room: Lunch Room

When:  Thursdays from 3:20-5:00 pm

Grade range:  6-7 (11 years old and up)

Max:  10 students

Cost per student: $55

Program length: 5 weeks

Exact dates of program:  Feb 07, Feb 14, Feb 21, Feb 28, Mar 07.


Children can join instructor Heather-Claire in an exploration of their creativity through dance and theatre exercises and performances, having tons of fun while unconsciously learning formal dance and stage technique, and experiencing phenomenal gains in their self-confidence and self-esteem!

Room: Upstairs multi-purpose area

When:  Thursdays from 3:20-4:30 pm

Grade range:  1-3

Max:  12 students

Cost per student: $30

Program length: 7 weeks

Exact dates of program:  Feb 07, Feb 14, Feb 21, Feb 28, Mar 07, April 04, April 11


Train to be the next Beethoven with personalized one-to-one lessons with an experienced Point Grey student. A lesson book will be provided.

Room: TBA

When:  Thursdays 3:30, 4:00, and 4:30 (30 min session) Grade range:  All grades

Max:  9 students

Cost per student: $90

Program length: 7 weeks

Exact dates of program:  Feb 07, Feb 14, Feb 21, Feb 28, Mar 07, April 04, April 11

**Brochures for program registration will be at Maple Grove’s main office by Thursday, January 24th, and should be returned to the office no later than Wednesday morning, January 30th.

Upcoming Events:

January 21               Professional Development Day – no school for students

January 21                Turn off the Screen Week

January 23                 Hot Lunch Order Forms will be sent home

January 25                 PAC Movie Night

January 25                Camp Read-a-Lot and Family Literacy Day

January 28                 Hot Lunch Orders for February are due to the office – No late orders will be accepted.

January 31                 Spelling Bee

January 31                 Deadline of submission for Movie Competition (extended)

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