Welcome Back! What to expect

Welcome back 2Greetings Parents, families and students,

Happy New Year!!!!  The start of school always reminds me of New Years.  It’s a new school year and a chance for a fresh start for all.  I hope you had a restful and joyful break with family and friends.  I know many of us are excited to be back and starting a new school year.

Maple Grove has an excellent reputation and parents and children are happy to be here.  The staff are here to help support you and your child in having an engaging and successful school experience.

Our engineering staff have been super busy cleaning and have done a great job prepping the school for next week.  We have a significant mess out on the west side of the school.  New electrical/ hydro services have been pulled underground from Maple Street.  This is in anticipation of the footprint of the new school build taking place this spring.  We will have fencing up to separate certain sections of the playground… mainly the primary all weather field.  The two adventure playgrounds are open… and the north all weather field will be available for students.  We also have a tendency to spill onto Magee’s grass field when they are not using it.  So there’s still lots of play space before, during and after school.  Given the changes we’re in for over the next two years, I’m reminded of Pauline R Kezers’ words, “Continuity gives us roots; change gives us branches, letting us stretch and grow and reach new heights”.

Please read this information as it will give you an idea about First Day and Opening Week procedures.


Our numbers have been changing daily for the past 2 weeks.  Teachers cast classes in June, and due to enrollment changes, we may make some modifications to the school organization.  All of this is normal and happens in most schools in Vancouver.  Remember… the school organization technically isn’t final until September 30th.

This is what we anticipate the first week looking like… except for the K classes– they have their own gradual entry schedule AND NEW K’s don’t come until September 5th.

Tuesday  (Day 1)

There will be signage posted outside the main entrances to the school indicating where students should go.  The same information is contained in this blog and will be emailed to families who’ve registered their email with us.  (NB: We do not give out parent email addresses due to anti-spam legislation.  When you provide your email address to the school, you are only going to receive school-related email from the office)


9:00 am – Students arrive and go to last year’s classroom.  Teachers who moved classes over the summer will go to their last year’s classroom and greet their students.  Teachers who left the school will be replaced by one of our new teachers.


NEW STUDENTS WHO ARE REGISTERED will go to a holding room and will be counted and confirmed there.  This will also allow us time to count returning students as well.

Ms. Chris Plavan                     receives last yr Div 1 and Div 2       Rm 303
Mrs. Marianna Humeniuk   receives NEW Gr 5, 6, 7                      Rm 301
Ms. Megan Burghall              receives NEW Mont 4, 5, 6, 7             Rm 305
Ms. Denise Watkins               receives NEW Trad  gr.3 + 4              Rm 306
Ms. Sonya Serbic                    receives NEW Trad  gr. 1 + 2             Rm 308

NEW STUDENTS (not yet registered) GO TO THE OFFICE


All students are dismissed on Tuesday at  10 am.


Our awesome PAC will be serving coffee in the library on Tuesday and then again on Wed (for new K parents).  Meet the Admin Team

Teachers will have a quick break from 10 to 10:30
Staff will be meeting with Admin from 10:30 to 12:00 and  1:55 to 3:00

Please note that these are TEMPORARY COVERAGE and ROOMS only for the first day or two.      

Mrs. Marianna Humeniuk receives New Gr  5, 6, 7 – Traditional Program 301
Ms. Chris Plavan receives last yr Div 1 and Div 2 303
Ms. Christina Karakanta receives last year kids 302
Ms. Rachel Wong receives Mr. Naipaul’s last year kids 208
Mr. David McDonough receives last year kids 309
Ms. Vermaas (M,T) / Ms D Tsang (W-F) receives last year kids 311
Ms. Tiffany Chan/  Kiara Yeung Receives last year kids 206
Ms. Elizabeth Shew/ Alix MacNeil receives last year kids 304
Ms. Amber Garrod receives last year kids 213
Ms. Brittany Shoemaker receives last year kids 211
Ms. Krista Seebaran receives last year kids 104
Ms. Wendy Wong receives last year kids 207
Ms. Debbie Lam Receives last year kids 205
Ms. Sharon Hales Receives last year kids 203
Ms. Megan Burghall receives NEW Mont 4, 5, 6, 7 305
POSTING- Ms Caitlin Lucas receives last year kids 313
Ms. Gretchen Bartlett receives last year kids 307
Ms. Sarah Adams receives last year kids 310
Ms. Chantelle Boulanger receives last year kids 108
Ms. Eva Lin receives last year kids 109
Ms. Hart / Ms. Belliveau receives last year kids 106
Ms. Chloe Kao Receives last year kids 201
Ms. Denise Watkins receives NEW Trad gr.3 + 4 306
Ms. Sonya Serbic receives  gr. 1 + 2 308
Ms. Laura Brewster Help in 306 and 308 308A
Mr. Francois Richard SPARE- Help Where needed
POSTING- TBA  (T-Th) Help Rachel Wong room 208
Mrs Linda Tornroos General helping at main office/supervision
Ms. Emi Garzitto (M,W,F)- Spare- Help Where needed

Wednesday is a full day.  Please pack snacks and lunch for students.



All students go to the classroom they were in on Tuesday morning

(604) 713-5159 ext. 48

Reporting Student Absences/Safe Arrival

Student safety is of paramount importance at the Vancouver School District.  Ensuring student safety is a shared responsibility.  In order to assist schools, we ask parents to notify schools of student absences. If your child will be absent from school,  report this absence as early as possible. Parents should leave a message on a dedicated answering service by calling (604 713-5159 ext. 48). Messages will be received before the office is open. School offices are busy places: consistently notifying the school in advance of your child’s absence will significantly improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the Safe Arrival Morning Routine.

Student Sign Out Procedure

When you pick up your child during the school day, please ensure that you sign them out at the school office. If you do not sign out your child, they will be unaccounted for, and the school will identify your child as a ‘missing’ student and will commence a search of school grounds. If the school staff do not locate the child, and are unable to reach a parent promptly, the school will call the Vancouver Police Department. Therefore, clear communication is essential for ensuring the safety of your child and to prevent unnecessary searches.

Thank you for helping us keep your children safe!



Welcome new families! And welcome back to all our returning families! We are very excited for this new school year.

PAC is hosting coffee in the library for the one hour your kids are in class on Tuesday Sept 4th. Please come and join us! Learn a bit more about your PAC, meet some of the PAC executives, catch up with old friends and hear from your Principal Mr. Evans and Vice Principal Ms Smith. We look forward to seeing you there!

For our new K parents… coffee will be available on Wednesday at 11 and 12:45 in the library.   Enjoy.  Meet the Admin Team.


Maple Grove Pac Website (Click to enter)

upcoming event

September 14th – Terry Fox walk to Maple Grove Park

September 17 to 20 – Book Fair

September  21 – District Wide Pro Day – No school for students



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