Please look for the annual PAC donation letter coming home with students this week. This campaign is critical to ensuring that we can provide valuable enrichment programs at Maple Grove
School for all our students.
Given our current climate of budgetary constraints your participation is more important than ever.
Please give generously.
Montessori Committee Chair
And PAC Co-Chair
NO SCHOOL TOMORROW BUT HERE IS AN OPTION
KERRISDALE COMMUNITY CENTRE – DAYCAMP TOMORROW
They will be going to the Aquarium. Follow the link for information.
WHERE DOES MILK COME FROM?
Did you know that cows can produce eight 4L jugs of milk per day? Each day a cow can drink the equivalent of a bathtub full of water. Within two hours of being born, a calf can walk. These are just some of the interesting facts that our students learned on Tuesday.
REMINDER FOR GRADE 7 STUDENTS
NOV. 30th is the DEADLINE to Register Online for the Mini School Test on Dec. 10th, 2014.
If your student is not registered by Nov. 30th they cannot take the Test. No exceptions.
Please go to the VSB website and click on Read More about Info on Mini Schools in the Top Right corner. www.vsb.bc.ca
Holiday Hamper Drive – Global citizens will be collecting for this good cause. Please be generous.
December 1st to December 12th
Our school will be sponsoring families from our sister school, Nightingale Elementary, during our Holiday Hamper Drive. Each family will be given a few boxes of non-perishable food, household items, small gifts and a gift card to purchase groceries. We need your help to make this annual tradition a huge success. A letter will be sent home with every student with some suggestions for donations and the ages of the children.
Donations should be brought to your child’s classroom and put in the donation boxes. We are also asking for a $ 2.00 donation to be put towards the grocery store gift cards.
Once again I have to report on the traffic situation. Every time I walk around the school in the morning I worry that I am going to see a child hurt or killed. The congestion is the reason for the danger. Parking or sitting in a car texting adds to the congestion. It is essential that traffic move along as efficiently as possible. If you feel it necessary to watch a child walk in through the school doors, then please park a couple of blocks away and walk with your child to school. If you are dropping off someone to walk the child into the school then please move on and come back to pick up the adult.
Is it necessary to see your child walk in through the doors? It is so very unlikely that a child dropped off at school will then go somewhere else, and so much more likely that congestion will cause a serious accident, that I ask you to weigh these two probabilities and choose the community minded option to avoid adding to traffic congestion.
There is a cross walk. Most mornings there are wonderful Grade 5 crossing guards. Encourage your children to use the crossings. Dropping them off in the middle of the road is basically dangerous and irresponsible. I am reluctant to address the issue with children because it is the parent who has asked them to get out in the middle of the road and then driven off.
We will be asking the police and/or by-law officers to be in attendance again. I will also carry my IPhone and consider publishing photos of licence plates.
Many, many parents walk with their children from home or from a parking spot a block or two away. Thank you so much for doing this. It seems like a simple unacknowledged act, but you are contributing to all the children’s safety around the school.
Our Winter Concert is coming up. Do look out for information coming home so that you can buy tickets. They will be $5 per person but the school can help you with this expense if necessary. Please drop into the office and ask me.
November 28th – Professional Development Day – No School for students.
December 1st to 12th – Holiday Hamper
December 2nd – Immunization Clinic – Grade 6
December 9th – Poinsettias Order Pick up.
December 18th – Winter Concert Matinee and Evening Performance
December 19th – Reports go home
December 22nd – January 2nd – Winter Break
January 5th – School Reopens