April 10th Update


All ARE welcome to our Friday morning coffee and treats. Many many thanks to those who contribute to the delicious delights. Alexis Zehr is a parent who contributes delicious scones regularly. She has offered to share her grandmother’s recipe for scones.

Alexis writes: “My grandma is 98 years old and she taught me this recipe.  Baking has always been a way for me to relax and feel that I’m giving back to those who fill me up! Maple Grove is my community and I’m so honoured to be a part of it.  Each teacher and student and administrative staff make Maple Grove the wonderful place it is. And from the bottom of my heart I thank you all for that!  Seeing Helen and Madoc feel so loved and supported, so encouraged and safe is something money can’t buy, it’s a feeling that keeps me warm at night.  Thank you.”

And thank you to Alexis, a valued member of our community. Come and enjoy her delicious scones – or now you can bake them yourself.

Grandma’s Scones (Mary Nicol)

3 cups flour          ½ cup sugar            1.5 tablespoons baking powder

½ cup butter (softened)           1 egg          1 ¼- 1 ½ cup milk

Pre heat oven to 425 degrees (I use a convection over, standard ovens may require 450 degrees- or keep in longer at 425)

Milk flour, sugar and baking powder together.  Rub in butter (I use my hands- always have and can see my grandmas soft old hands doing it each time I do).  Mix egg and milk together separately. If adding chocolate chips, blue berries or something else add to the dry ingredients.  Mix until just mixed, place on a floured surface and pat into a large oval, about 1.5 inches thick.  Cut with a sharp knife into triangles and place on a parchment paper lined cookie sheet.

Bake until slightly brown or to your liking. 10-12 minutes (my oven bakes them in 10)

For the blueberry scones I use ½ whole wheat flour (1.5 cups ww and 1.5 cups regular flour)- with the moisture they might bake a little longer.


Pick up registration forms from the office for the program starting on April 24th

Free the Children Presentation

Free the children

The Global Citizenship Club is pleased to welcome Free the Children Representatives on Thursday, April 16th, from 12:10 to 12:55.  We will learn more about the need, and the impact of our fundraising.


The Global Citizenship Club’s Bake Sale

The Global Citizenship Club will be hosting a bake sale to raise money to help the families in the Amazon region of Ecuador through our Adopt a Village campaign. The bake sale will take place on Thursday, April 23rd and Friday, April 24th.

We will need as many baked goods to sell as possible. If you are able to donate nut-free baked goods, please fill in the sheet below. We will be selling the cookies and cupcakes for $1 each, so please make them an appropriate size for the sale price. All food must be packaged and ready to be sold. Baked good donations should be delivered to the lunchroom before school on the day of the sale. Don’t forget to put your name and division on your container.

Please let Mrs. Peters in the office, or Ms Lam, know by  by Tuesday, April 14th what you are bringing.


As most people are aware there have been some occurrences of measles in Vancouver. At present we have no members of our community who have developed this illness. However, it might be wise to check your own and your child’s record of immunization to see if it is up to date. Those of you who may have opted out of the immunization program may wish to re-consider. For more information please check the lin k provided by our public health nurse, Harj Johal.   http://www.healthlinkbc.ca/healthfiles/pdf/hfile14a.pdf

She can also be contacted at 604 261 6366 ext. 3339


Come and join us for a great way to support the Children’s Hospital. It’s fun and there’s free food and activities to make the event special for children. Please check previous blog for link to register.


Request from the Library


We have a very small collection of Duplo in the Library. Our students love to use it and create, but we need more pieces in order to do more. If any family has some they would like to donate, the students and I would be greatly appreciative.            Ms. Tornroos

Orchid Fundraiser

Clean up Your Act

Clean Up Your Act

On Tuesday morning primary students were treated to a performance by DreamRider Theatre. They presented their play “Clean Up Your Act.”  They reminded us not to litter and not to do graffiti. It was very entertaining! Special thanks to the City of Vancouver for providing this free presentation to elementary schools across the district.

Sex talk. No sweat. May 4th.  

A Workshop for Parents – Organized by PAC

Not all parents are comfortable talking to their children about sex, but all parents can learn to be comfortable. During this open and informational session, parents will come to terms with sexual health, and understand how it fits into the lives of their children at this stage of life. Attendees will discover how to easily overcome embarrassment when talking about sexual health, learn words and concepts that are easy to use, and leave well equipped to clearly answer the questions children ask. The workshop is light hearted, but delivers straight and current facts on how parents and children can work together to promote good sexual decisions for a lifetime.

Where: Maple Grove Elementary School Library.

When:  Monday, May 4th 2015 at 6:30 pm


The Maple Grove Montessori Parent Committee is presenting a parent education night with the lovely, talented and brilliant Dr. Betsy Coe on May 8th. This event is directed toward parents but is certainly open to the entire community so please feel free to bring a friend or two!

Further details and tickets information can be found at: https://eventbrite.ca/event/16438282345/

Arbutus Day care

Hello Maple Grove families,

As the weather starts to get warmer we are preparing for a fun and exciting summer at Kids World! This summer we will be offering day camps for children entering Kindergarten up to children entering grade 4. Our weekly themed camps are exciting, energetic, inclusive and sometimes even educational! There are lots of field trips and tons of water play. We also go to Maple Grove pool regularly as it is within walking distance of our center. The cost is $170 per week from 9-4 with extended care hours from 8-9 and 4-6 for $5 per hour. Daily lunch and snacks are included. If you register for the full 9 weeks (we are closed the last week) the cost is $1360 which means one free week! Please inquire with Theresa or Jen at 604-269-6612 or email at kidsworld@shawbiz.ca. Act fast as space is limited and we have many returning families.

If you have younger children we offer a fantastic outdoor based weekly summer preschool program for children aged 2 and a half to 5. This program runs from 9-1 daily.

It is also time to think about September…if you are interested in after school care for the upcoming school year please contact us as soon as you can. Registration is on now.

We hope to hear from you soon!  Registration form here: Registration for osc summer 2015

Upcoming Events:

April 13 – Deadline for Orchid Orders for Grade 7 Grad

April 16 – Free  the Children Presentation

April 23 – Bake Sale to raise funds for Free the Children

April 23 – PAC meeting 7:00 pm in the Library

April 27 – Professional Development Day – No school for students

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