April 12th Update

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School Dress Code

As the weather gets warmer we begin to see more students coming to school dressed as if for the beach or a party. We would like to encourage dress that reflects common sense, comfort and safety.

The Vancouver School Board Student Dress Code

While it is not the function of the school system to impose or prohibit fashions or styles of appearance, the Board of School Trustees (the “Board”) recognizes, as a custom of the elementary and secondary schools of the City of Vancouver, that each student shall attend school clean and tidy in person, and shall refrain from wearing hair styles, clothes, footwear, jewelry, and other articles of personal adornment that are, by reason of extreme styling, a distraction to the student himself/herself or his/her fellow students, or that are otherwise adverse to effective teaching in his/her class.  These standards and regulations of dress shall apply equally to male and female students.

At Maple Grove it is recognized that:

1. Bare midriff, low cut clothing, and very short skirts or shorts are not allowed.

2. We do not expect to see undergarments and for intermediate students there should be no spaghetti straps

3. Offensive or violent language, logos or images are unacceptable

4. Hats and hoods may be worn outside only

5. Proper footwear is important to ensure happy and  safe play 

After School Programs for Spring Term

After great success with our Winter Term programs, the West 1 Community Schools Team is pleased to offer a new round of after-school programs at Maple Grove Elementary in the Spring Term.

The programs will run for seven weeks on Thursdays after school, from Thursday, May 2nd  to Thursday, June 13th.  We will be offering Cooking and Ultimate Frisbee programs for intermediate students, a Yoga program for primary students, and piano lessons available to all grades.

Registration brochures will be handed out to students and available in the main office shortly!

Thunderous Performance @ Maple Grove!

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No that was not thunder coming from our gym last Friday, April 5!  One of our artist-in-residence, Milton Randall, spent a whole day teaching our grade 2 and 6 students the joy of drumming. In the afternoon all of Maple Grove students came together to listen AND samba their way around the gym. It was very evident that Maple Grove has great spirit and rhythm! Many thanks once again to our PAC for sponsoring these wonderful creative opportunities for our students.


I am pleased to let you know that after much discussion the Vancouver Board of Education has decided to have a two-week spring break. We now know the dates on the calendar but Maple Grove Staff would like to change one of the professional days from January 31st to June 2nd. We have found that having a day for planning for the next year and doing class placements is valuable to us. Please let me know if you have any concerns about this.

School Planning Council – Call for Members

On Friday April 19th of this year we will have a Professional Day during which we will be discussing our school plans for next year. The staff has chosen as their goal Critical Thinking. The School Planning Council is a representative group of parents (3) who meet and discuss the school goals providing them an opportunity for input. They also sign the final document which is then sent for approval to the school board. We are looking for people who would be interested in being on the school planning council. Please get in touch with me or Colleen Seager (PAC Chair) if you are interested in fulfilling this important role.

Student Placement for Next Year

Some parents are beginning to provide requests for class placement for next year. We will not be thinking about this until later in the year.  Placements are not finalised until September. If you would like to make a request for class placement for next year, please send me a letter or email. It is better to base your request on educational reasons and specify the kind of class room climate or teaching style that might best suit your child. This is because the teacher you request may not be back next year. You can email me at ssellars@vsb.bc.ca.

Attention Grade 7 & 6 families!


Our Grade 7 students will be leaving Maple Grove soon! Let’s get together and plan a fabulously memorable farewell party for your sons and daughters. This event will take place at the end of June. Since we are already into April, we have very limited time to organize the event.

I would like to call on all Grade 6 and 7 families to attend a planning meeting next Wednesday April 17th from 6:00-7:00PM in our school library. Traditionally Grade 6 families participate by assisting on the day of the event to allow Grade 7 families to relax and enjoy this special day, and to gain experience for your farewell party the following year.

I also call on the Grade 7 parents that helped out at last year’s farewell party to please come out and share your knowledge. Grade 6 & 7 families – please get involved to make this happen!

Please RSVP to Mary Ann at run-mlo-run@shaw.ca or call 604-266-2908. For anyone that cannot make this meeting, please contact me to offer your ideas and your availability to help.


Walk to School Wednesdays

The Global Citizenship club is encouraging all students to walk to school on Wednesdays.  If you drive to school, please park your car at least 2 blocks away from school and walk with your child.  Not driving to school provides healthy exercise, keeps the air we breathe cleaner, and keeps traffic congestion away from our school.  We will track the number of students who walk, bike or take public transit on Wednesdays.  The class with the highest percentage for the remainder of the year will receive an extended recess at the end of June.

CHILDRUN for BC Children’s Hospital

Dear Maple Grove families, teachers & staff, 

Join the Maple Grove Elementary School Child Run team against childhood cancer!

On Sunday, June 2nd, 2013, the 28th Annual ChildRun will be held at 33rd & Heather near BC Children’s Hospital.   Participants of all ages and abilities can choose between a scenic 5 km route or the 1 km fun run, followed by a carnival celebration.  Raised funds will go towards childhood cancer research and treatment areas at BC Children’s Hospital. If you are not able to participate, please consider sponsoring the Maple Grove School team or making a general donation to ChildRun.

Please register your family on the “Maple Grove Elementary” team at www.childrun.com and then follow these instructions:

(**Early Bird registration ends April 15)
1. Click on the “Register” icon in the upper right hand corner.
2. Log in as a past participant or new participant.
3. Select “Join an Existing Team” and scroll down to select “Maple Grove Elementary School“.
4. Complete the required information, and you’re done!

ChildRun is sponsored by our Maple Grove Kilometer Club. Please come out to running practices at 8:30AM sharp every Tuesday, Wednesday & Friday, rain or shine. All students and their families are welcome and encouraged to participate.  If you have any questions, please contact Jodi Brown via email: jodileebrown@shaw.ca or phone: 604-671-0139, or call ChildRun at 604-875-2444 or email childrun@bcchf.ca

Please come out and join this fun run/walk together as our Maple Grove family for a great cause.

Thank you, Jodi Brown

Continuing Ed/Summer School

Students who register for classes with the Continuing Ed Department need their PEN number to do so.  This is their Personal Education Number, generated by the Ministry of Education.  Their PEN number stays the same right through secondary school.  We have given each student a label with their PEN number on it and asked them to put it in their agendas for easy access.  Please do not call the office for this number.

Upcoming Events:

April 19           Professional Development Day – No school for students

April 22           Earth Day

April 23          Montessori Parent Education Evening at Tyee – 7:00 pm

April 25           Hot lunch orders are due

April 26           Spring Festival – 5:00 to 8:30 pm

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