Hello. It’s been a busy week back at Maple Grove. MDI surveys starting for our grade 7’s and Hour of Code taking place all week, and numerous classes out of the school daily on fieldtrips- it’s just be busy. Our KM Club had a huge celebration on Thursday at lunch and numerous parents donated food and volunteered. Thank you to all who were able to help out. Kim, thank you for all your organizing efforts!
As a reminder, almost the entire Maple Grove staff opted to participate in the VSB district Communicating Student Learning Pilot Project. Of the 87 elementary schools, over 60 are participating. This is a pilot project in anticipation of the new provincial reporting guidelines which are anticipated to take place in September 2018. It is completely optional for teachers as to whether or not they would like to participate in the project. As I’ve mentioned in previous posts, apart from the physical differences in the new report cards; and the philosophical differences as well; there is a structural difference in the timeline and composition of the reporting process.
The historical reporting practice was: three formal reports (Dec, Mar,Jun) and two informal reports (Oct goal setting confs and Spring Student-led confs)
The new process being piloted is: two formal reports (Jan and Jun; letter grades available upon request) and three informal reports (that may include at least three of the following; Oct goal setting, Dec-Feb classroom celebration of learning, student-led conferences; electronic portfolios (FreshGRade), phone conversations with the teacher about your child’s progress, year-end celebration of learning, interim reports)
We will keep you posted as to how this materializes at Maple Grove. We have already had goal setting conferences and some classes are preparing for December informal sessions. Other classes are waiting until January. Definately more to come on this matter.
Please enjoy these early morning quick pics
I also want to extend my appreciation to our new Vice Principal, Ms. Smith and all of the Maple Grove staff for working so diligently to ensure our students have an amazing education and school experience. The staff at Maple Grove always pick up extra bits and pieces, often not even saying a word, and just run with it. Thank you staff for being amazing. And thank you to all the students and parents who volunteer at the school. You bring so many unique and wonderful skill sets to our community. Bravo Everyone!
Looking for a witness: Did You See?!
We are asking if you saw an altercation or incident on Tuesday morning involving a adult throwing something at one of our parents and their child as they made their way to school to please contact the office and ask for either Ms. Smith or Mr. Evans. You may reach us at 604-713-5356.
Holiday Hampers – Toonies Needed
Have you sent a toonie with your child for our Holiday Hamper drive? This money is used for purchasing gift cards from a grocery store in our sister school’s neighbourhood. The gift cards allow families to purchase perishable items to supplement the holiday hampers. If we raise $1,000.00 we will get a bonus gift card from the grocery store and to do that – all we need is one toonie from each of Maple Grove’s students.
This notice was sent home last week. Here are the important dates:
December 8th – Deadline to turn in your ticket request to your child’s teacher ( youngest or only child at Maple Grove)
December 13th – Tickets that have not been distributed will be available at the school office on a first come, first served basis.
December 20th – 1:00 pm Dress Rehearsal for those who cannot attend on the 21st.
December 21st – 1:15 pm – Matinee Performance
December 21st – 6:30 pm – Evening Performance.
Hour of Coding
What a wonderful week at Maple Grove. Division 1 and 2 students hosted coding session for all the students in the school. Classes signed up for times with Div 1+2 students and they used classrooms, hallways and the library to work with younger students on programming and coding. This was very exciting. Expect more in the future.
December 1 – Professional Development Day – No school for students
December 6 – Twin Day – Sponsored by Student Council
December 13 – Christmas Craft Day for Primary Students
December 21 – Winter Concert – Matinee (1:30 pm) and Evening performances – watch for your ticket order form.
December 22 – Last day of classes before winter break
January 8 – First day back to school