Sept 16

principals-messagePRINCIPAL’S MESSAGE  welcome back

Dear Parents,
We’re off to the races.  Our commitment at Maple Grove is to provide a safe and intellectually challenging environment that will empower students to become innovative thinkers, creative problem solvers and inspired learners who are engaged with their learning as they prepare to be 21st Century leaders.  We encourage all students to embrace their educational experience and continue to strive for their personal best.

High standards and expectations for each student, in regard to academic performance, co-curricular participation, and responsible citizenship are the foundation of our school.  Yet, we acknowledge that students learn, and are ready to learn, at different rates, times and in a variety of subject areas.  As we embark on 21st Century learning with a more individualized, personalized and self-directed theme, we acknowledge that there will be an adjustment period as we grapple with doing what we’ve always done, but on a larger scale.

The Maple Grove staff are dedicated and very conscientious.  We encourage all students to commit to the standards we embrace.  Ultimately, it is the contribution of our students to our school community that makes Maple Grove an exceptional learning community.  Full participation in academic and co-curricular programs and a willingness to act responsibly as an individual within our educational environment are the factors that enable all to have a successful and enjoyable year.  We want to acknowledge our amazing PAC and parent community for recognizing this and being so supportive of public education.  We couldn’t do what we do, without your support, assistance and encouragement.  Thank You!

The staff at Maple Grove continually practice and reflect on how to create opportunities for students to experience intellectual risk-taking, collaboration, problem-solving, and application of classroom learning to real life situations (e.g., through our Destination Imagination Teams).  They discuss and debate which strategies might work best to promote ownership of learning for students and to design instruction, and supports, to integrate a variety of innovative technological tools and resources to enhance student teaching and learning.

As a staff we discuss our ongoing professional growth in order to increase the quality of instruction and we collaborate with colleagues to share and discuss exemplary practices, interpret student performance data, and design assessments that promote twenty-first century skills.

Specifically, we believe that successful students communicate in a meaningful way for a variety of purposes and audiences.  We appreciate that they demonstrate a sensitivity to the precision and nuances of written, visual, and aural medium through comprehension, interpretation, and evaluation and that they exercise critical and creative thinking skills to solve problems.  We endeavour to get students to pose questions, examine possibilities, and apply skills to find solutions to authentic issues; to make positive choices related to physical and mental wellness; and contribute to the local and global community in a collaborative and respectful manner (for example through our Global Citizenship Club)

In summary, I wish you all a wonderful school year!  If I can be of any assistance, please do not hesitate to contact me and know that my door is always open.  Alternatively, appointments can be made by calling the school (604-713-5356).   I am honored to serve as your Principal.



Maple Grove fosters excellence, lifelong learning innovation and a positive sense of well-being in a community based on mutual respect



Maple Grove is a community that cares deeply, shares generously and helps willingly.

untitled-3      CODE OF CONDUCT

We are presently looking at simplifying our existing Code of Conduct.   Presently it is LEAF (Learners, Enthusiastic, Accountable, Friendly).  We would like to simplify it so that we are able to connect with a broader range of students.

A suggestion is something that resembles the 3 R’s:
Respect yourself (this takes care of the personal responsibility/ ownership and regulation)
Respect others (this takes care of social responsibility, friendships, play and conduct)
Respect this place (this encompasses the building/ grounds and representing our school in a positive manner)

pac        PAC

Please go to the top of our page and follow the TABS to our PAC page or click here


downloadBook Fair!

September 19th to 22nd – All proceeds go to the school school.

Before school 8:30 to 9:00 and after school 3:00 to 3:30

Kilometer Club News

Maple Grove Kilometer Club is off to a great start. We have had many runners and volunteers come forward to participate.

If you haven’t signed up yet, please come out and join us. We run Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday mornings before school.

Meet us at 8:30 in the undercover area of the playground to sign in and do a quick warm-up led by some of our Student Volunteers. We run rain or shine.

Runners who clock at least 15km by December 1st will be invited to our Winter Pizza Party.

Hope to see you next week!

For any questions/inquiries please send me an email.


Kim Herter

Maple Grove KM Club Coordinator

report_card  1 freshgrade The District Pilot Project Continues…

We are happy that a number of staff have expressed interest in an inquiry project around the use of reporting software that’s conducive to 21st Century learning and how it best supports the reporting regarding the re-designed BC K-7 curriculum.  Last year we had four classes participating in the pilot project.  This year, we have approximately 10 classes who have expressed interest in using the software.  We have been informed by our district that the MoE Reporting Order has changed this year and that while the Term 1+2 report cards will be the same as previous years; Term 3 will look different.  We will also be having Goal Setting Conferences and Parent/Teacher Conferences throughout the school year.  More to come on this exciting topic!


013012_Apps91_Parking-App.large    parking sign   CITY OF VANCOUVER

With the support of the City of Vancouver, Traffic Management Office, and some of our experienced and connected parents, we are getting some of the signage around the school changed.  We feel this was important to re-frame the messaging to reflect positive statements as opposed to negative statements.  Instead of no parking or no stopping, the signage will add a Green circle 3 minute parking sign.  The purpose is to allow parents the opportunity to pull over; stop; and allow their children to exit the vehicle safely.  We still do not support “parking” around the school as sightlines between the street and sidewalk are important for driver and student safety.


2015-11-04 08.47.34  2015-11-04 08.47.13  2015-11-04 08.46.16 HAVE YOU SEEN THESE SIGNS?

Last Spring, our traffic information signs went missing.  After an extensive search of the school, we are now reaching out to our school community for your assistance in helping find/ replace these signs.  The signage provides profound and important timely reminders to drivers that student safety is important for all of us to consider and that sight lines are important for students and drivers.  Please keep an eye out for the signs… they may have been vandalized and thrown into a bush or ally.  We also fear that they may have been stolen and the metal frames used for recycling at a metal scrap yard.

hpv-vaccine-cure-cancer-awareness.pngParents of female Grade 6 students

If you are the parent of a grade 6 female student in BC, please follow the link to the newsletter that all VSB schools were asked to make available to parents.  Thank you.




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