This was a busy week at Maple Grove. This morning one of our PAC Co-Chair’s Galen Hutchinson and another PAC parent, Allison Arato, accompanied me while we held our annual Welcome New Families to Maple Grove. The event was well attended and served as an introduction for new students and parents to the Maple Grove school community. Special thanks to our grade 7 tour guides and to Ms. Tornroos for hosting in the school library.
School Organization for 2017-2018
Thank you to those of you who felt inclined to write an educational placement of your child for September. There are many changes taking place at Maple Grove for a variety of reasons. Some of which were controllable, some were out of our control. There is a chance that there will still be more changes through the summer. At the moment, Maple Grove is increasing in size from 20 to 22 divisions. We are receiving extra support staff and resources to accommodate the larger school size. However, to accommodate the increase in divisions, the VSB will be converting the second Open Area 309/311 and our defunct computer lab into classrooms.
Please see the DRAFT School Organization as it stands today:
|6||G4||Ms. Tsang W-F TBA M,T|
|8||G3||Ms. Chester M-Th TBA F|
|11||G1||Ms. Seebaran M-W TBA Th,F|
|21||G1/G2/G3||Ms. Hart M-Th Ms Belliveau F|
Attention Drone Fliers:
We are looking for a parent/student who has the ability to fly a drone with video and/or still imaging around the school for some aerial pics and vid images. This would be for our website in the short term, and for the school archives once the new school is built. If you have any access or connections who can help us out, please contact Mr. Evans for details. Thank you!
Hot Lunch Program:
Unfortunately, due to dwindling enrollment and interest, the VSB user-pay Hot Lunch Program at Maple Grove and Nelson schools is ending as of June 29th. There will be no Hot Lunch Program at Maple Grove. We will still have the same lunch times and procedures, but students will be required to bring a lunch. We would like to acknowledge Mrs. Rose Bevacqua for all her time, care, and attention to your children over the years. We would also like to thank the volunteer parent helpers who assisted with the program every day for the 10 years. Rose has already accepted a position at another school and has been over to meet the new students.
It was unfortunate news from VSB Food Services, that the Maple Grove Hot Lunch Program was being terminated at the end of this school year due to low numbers of participants. With that news, it was my thought that we would continue like most schools in the city and students will eat their lunches in our lunchroom during the regular lunch time. And in an effort to facilitate student having access to warm lunches on those cold November-February days, students would be able to use the microwaves.
However, due to recent misuse, vandalism and pranks, Maple Grove will now remove the microwaves as they have been severely damaged beyond repair by students. Students are now encouraged to bring a thermos if they want warm food at lunch.
This measure will remain in effect until we have time as a school community to revisit and rethink the safety and security of students and how we can avoid leaving ourselves open to fire hazards through misuse of the microwaves. We apologize for the inconvenience.
The Staff Parking Lot is a Dangerous Place for Students
Parents we want to draw your attention to a major safety concern! The staff parking lot, and circular driveway are for staff vehicles only. Please do not use the parking lot as either a drop off or pedestrian thoroughfare. We have had several near misses as students have been walking in a vehicle designated area. There are many walkways that lead to the school and we want all students to only use those walkways so they are safe. We need your support to ensure the safety and security of all our students.
Bike to School/Work week
One last note –
Maple Grove won a social media prize for our blog updates on Bike to School/Work week – one bell and 300 pirate packs from White Spot. Good for us!
Students in Div 20 surprised Mr. Evans. During the day, they secretly decorated his bike with ribbons, paper rings, pipe cleaners, filmstrips etc. It made for an interesting and visible ride home. Mr. Evans took it all in stride. Ms. Greyhurst said it was part of the student’s Applied Design Skills and Technology grade. Mr. Evans is checking with the Minister of Education to see if it can count (ah, June life in schools- LOL)
Mrs. Humeniuk’s Class does Pastel Art
Butterflies are free
Some of primary classes had the good fortune to release butterflies this week. The weather cooperated as Div 20, 12 and 10 released this year’s group into the wild.
June 14 – 7pm – PAC AGM
June 21 – Intermediate talent show (pm)
June 22 – Primary talent show (pm)
June 23 – Sports Day
June 26 – Grade 7 Grad
June 27 – Primary Picnic and Grade 7 Grad trip
June 28 – Service Assembly
June 29 – Awards Assembly
June 29 – Last Day for Students
September 5 – First Day back for students for new school year 2017 2018
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.