November 29th Update

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Maple Grove Winter Concert – December 18th  1:15 pm and 7:00 pm

You should have received An Invitation to Our Winter Concert this week.  This year tickets are $3.00 each to help cover the Winter Concert expenses.  Every family is guaranteed two tickets.  The deadline for ordering your first two tickets is Wednesday, December 4.  If there are any tickets left over, we will sell them from the office starting on December 11th.  We ask that the order form be submitted to the classroom teacher, along with the money for the tickets by the only or youngest child in your family.


The Global Citizenship Club is encouraging all students to walk to school during the month of December.  Walking to school will help us have safer and improved streets, promote healthier habits and help to conserve the environment. Bundle up and walk at least two blocks every day!


In the event of heavy snowfall or other unexpected emergency situation, schools in Vancouver may be closed for a day or more.

By 6:00 am, the VSB will post information about snow closures on its website at

The following radio stations will be informed and will also broadcast the information.

 CKNW (980 AM)

 CBC (690 AM, 105.7 FM)

 CJVB (1470 AM)

 CFHG (96.1 FM)

 CKWX (1130 AM)

 BCTV/Global (Cable channel 11)

 CITY TV (Cable channel 13)

Please do not phone the radio station or the school for this information but check the VSB webpage or listen to the radio. Thank you.


On Thursday this week we celebrated how well we are doing with our goal to improve oral language. This has been a goal for two years now and as we enter the third year it is clear that we have made improvements. Our MC’s, Prab and Lucas, did an excellent job of running the assembly and we had speeches and performances that were funny, informative, persuasive and very well delivered.

Speeches about the pros and cons of cell phones, bullying and homework reflected the opinions of our students.

Speeches about the pros and cons of cell phones, bullying and homework reflected the opinions of our students.

Our MCs from Division 2 did an excellent job. We enjoyed their jokes.

Our MCs from Division 2 did an excellent job. We enjoyed their jokes.

Personal writing pieces were read by students i Division 17.

Personal writing pieces were read by students in Division 17.


Microwaves in the Lunchroom

Thank you to two very generous families who donated microwaves to our student lunchroom.  Students are very happy to be able to heat up their food again.

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Junior Girls Volleyball Season

The Junior Girls Volleyball Team has finished their season with much to be proud of over a short six weeks of games and practices. Many of the girls had little or no experience with volleyball at the beginning of the season but worked hard to develop their playing skills and understanding of the game. The team’s spirit was always high and the girls enjoyed themselves immensely. They can be proud of winning a total of 5 individual for-points games and for coming very close in several other games. For many of the players, this was just the beginning, as they intend to be back next year for the Senior Girls Volleyball Team!

A huge debt of gratitude goes to Winnie Hon for volunteering her time and energy to coach the team and for being a referee at the games. She was a wonderful coach! The girls learned so much from her. A special thank you also goes out to Ms. Chung for volunteering her time after school to lead the Thursday practices.


This is an invitation to all members of the Kilometer Club who have run 10km or more this year by December 6th which is next Friday. Please come to a pizza party in the library on December 12th at 12:10. Please donate $2.00 towards the cost of the pizza. There will also be a special prize determined by a draw.


Mrs. Tornroos drew my attention to an interesting article by Stephen Krashen that states that “Reading Improves Reading.” That means that we must provide students with access to books and encourage them to read.

Data from our library shows that many students are checking out books every week. My own chats with these children reveals that they are making good choices, have reasons for their choices and know how to discuss and appreciate literature. Scanning the data quickly I see that there are intermediate students who have checked out as many as 43, 39, 59, 33 etc. since September.  However, there are many students who have checked out less than 5 books this term and some who have checked out zero. The intermediate average for books checked out since September is 12. This seems quite a low number when you consider that one novel per week should be the absolute minimum for our students.

I hope that parents will encourage their children to visit our wonderful library and read more. They can never read too much.

Upcoming Events

December 2 – Hot lunch orders for December are due to the office

December 11 – Christmas Craft Day for Primary Students

December 13 – First Term Reports are sent home

December 18 – Winter Concert. 1:15 matinee; 7:00 evening performance.  Tickets are $3.00 each and are necessary for admission to the concert.

December 20 – Last Day before the winter holidays

January 6- First day back to school after the winter holidays.

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