On this last day before the Easter long weekend, it’s nice to take a moment to write to you with a couple of updates. It’s been a busy year at MG and I’m happy to see that we’re progressing in many areas (FSA results, and seismic status) to name a few.
I want to take a moment to apprise you that I will be away from work for a couple of weeks. Mr. Brian Anderson (a retired Principal) will be filling in for me. Mr. Anderson has been filling in at several Vancouver schools since retiring last year, and is a seasoned administrator. Ms. Thompson, our VP, is highly capable and is involved in a number of projects as well as the day-to-day operation of the school. I would encourage you to contact Ms. Thompson if you have any questions or concerns that need to be addressed in a timely manner.
At a glance:
VSB Strategic Plan- This was a new initiative that was surveyed and rolled out last year. It is essentially a road map for Vancouver schools and the district as a whole. Vancouver schools will be searching for ways to align ourselves more to the themes of the Strategic Plan over the coming years so that schools and the district as a whole are collectively working on the key emphasis of the Strategic Plan. More information is available at: https://www.vsb.bc.ca/vsb2021
- New Curriculum Planning- Teachers all over the province have been attending workshops on the re-designed curriculum. Maple Grove staff started planning last year (March 4 and April 15) and continued this year with Curricular Implementation time on Nov 10, Dec 5, Jan 30, Feb 24 and May 5 has helped meet the needs of staff to feel comfortable with the core competencies and assessment/evaluation components of the new curriculum and how it relates to their programming.
- Satisfaction Surveys- Coming in the near future.
- Maple Grove staff have been chatting and thought that it might be nice to bring back some of our history. These 1950’s looking gym shirts are grey with “Maple Grove” embossed on the chest. The letters are outlined in vintage black. These shirts are perfect spirit wear and wonderful to have for sporting events or public events. Maple Grove kids stand out in the crowd in these cool retro shirts. This is a pilot project and may only be offered this year. We’re testing student response to them. T-shirts come in kid and Adult sizing.
Grade 6 Camp Information Meeting for Parents
Wednesday, April 19 at 3:15 in the Library
There will be a brief meeting for parents of Grade 6 students who will be attending the Sea to Sky camp June 7 to 9th.
Computers For Our Classrooms – An Orchid Flower Fundraiser
To help support the purchase of computers for our classrooms, MG PAC will be launching an Orchid Flower Fundraiser next week. For $25 you will receive a beautiful long-lasting potted orchid, just in time for Mother’s Day – Sunday May 14. Look for posters in our school, flyers coming home and more news in our blog about how you can purchase, fundraise and help support the education of our children.
Volunteers Needed: Please contact Paula at email@example.com if you are able to help out (minimum 2 hours between 11am-4:30pm) to sort orders and distributing orchids when they arrive on Friday May 12th.
Kerrisdale Community Centre
The Youth Leaders in Action program is putting on a Mother’s Day Tea at Kerrisdale Community Centre on Saturday May 13th. It is a great way to show appreciation for all the work Mother’s/Grandmother’s do and to spend some time with family. There will be tea, cookies, card making (for the little ones), and a little photo booth. All ages welcome! Attached is the poster designed by our YLIA that has all the details about the event.
April 14 – Good Friday Holiday
April 17 – Easter Monday Holiday
May 5th – Pro D Day- No School
– Staff working with project team and architects
Link to Maple Grove District calendar or click the following pdf link to see our monthly school calendar. Please note the district calendar has been revised for next year.