February 1, 2019 Update



Dear Maple Grove Families,
After being sick with the flu for the past week, it’s nice to be back in the building seeing all the busy happy smiling faces.   There are lots of events taking place.  The first one being our gr 7 Camp-In.  This was an experience Ms. Smith and I thought about while working at a recent conference.  We’ve made no secret that one of our goals at Maple Grove is to create a culture of success and belonging for all persons (students, staff, parents).  To that end, we want teachers to feel passionate and appreciated for the tremendously difficult job they have under challenging circumstances.  And we want them to feel acknowledged and appreciated for their great work.  We want our students to have an engaging, robust, fun-filled and relevant education that provides them opportunities to acquire skill sets they can use to be productive contributing members of society.  As well, we want our parents to feel that their children are safe and secure at Maple Grove and receiving a quality education from passionate, caring educators who are working to create a culture of successful teaching and learning at the school.  We want our parents to feel involved and be engaged in knowing about their child’s education.

ARTelicious was a program/event we planned last year to bring the community together.  We are working on something similar for this year.  But we also wanted to reach our student leadership core and build bonds with those leaders who have a crucial role in this, their last year, at Maple Grove.  So Ms. Smith and I felt we needed to pony up and “go the distance” for our gr 7 leaders.  Hence… gr. 7 Camp-In.

Huge thanks to all the grade 7 teachers who do so much for the students on a daily basis.  This was our little way of acknowledging them and giving them some time where they didn’t have to always be “on” for the kids.  We appreciated the opportunity to work with their kids and build strong relations.  Also, we’d like to thank our awesome student planners.  These students worked with each division and helped to shape, organize and deliver on many of the activities we worked on at the camp.  Special thanks our Extra Clerical Office staff, Ms. Lincoln who gave up her family time to spend the over night with us!  Also, one of our awesome gr 3/ 4 teachers Ms. MacNiel who didn’t even hesitate to volunteer.  She jumped right in and didn’t miss a beat.  We’d also like to thank Mr. McDonough.  He was on board from the beginning and never waivered.  We appreciate his calm, thoughtful leadership style and his commitment to the MG students.  Finally, none of this would have even happened if it weren’t for the determination, dedication, and silent power of Ms. Smith.  She truly has the interests of all learners at heart and strives everyday to create fabulous opportunities for students to grow and learn more about themselves and one another.  Bravo Team!


From time to time, all schools practice LOCKDOWN drills in the event of an emergency occurring at the school.  Maple Grove is no exception.  Tuesday morning at 10 am, we will be working with our policing partners to ensure that our emergency drills at Maple Grove are up-to date and effective.  At 10 am we will be locking all interior doors and staff and students will go into Lockdown mode.  We really don’t want parents and visitors in the building while were conducting these drills.  While we will have signage around the school, we would kindly  request that folks give us from 10:00 to 10:20 to work through our drill.  Thank you.

On Line Payments available for Maple Grove Parents!

We’ll go live on Monday, February 4th.

The Vancouver School Board will now be offering School Cash Online at Maple Grove Elementary as its preferred method of payment for all school fees, including everything from field trips to yearbooks. This secure system helps parents/guardians and community members pay school-related fees safely, quickly and easily online.

The new system puts all of the school fees available to your student online for purchase, keeping you informed of your child’s activities and needs. We will post items through the system and assign the relevant fees to your child. You can then purchase these fees online with one of three different methods, including credit cards. You can also stay informed and keep track of which school fees require your attention. The system strictly adheres to Canada’s privacy and anti-spam legislation and meets the latest industry standards for payment security.

You are now able to register – a simple process that takes only a few minutes – by visiting https://vsb.schoolcashonline.com or visiting our website at http://www.vsb.bc.ca/online-payment and following directions to the School Cash Online page. You will need your child’s usual first name, last name and birth date to register.

Should you encounter any difficulties, you can use the parent help desk at 1(866) 961-1803 or by visiting schoolcashonline.com/Home/Support.

More info on how to register here:

Step-by-Step Registration


Please don’t send your kids to school if they are not well!  Please read this letter from Vancouver Coastal Health.whentosendchildtoschool


Candygram Sale

There will be a Valentine’s candygram sale from Monday, February 4th to Wednesday, February 13th. Representatives from the Global Citizenship Club will be selling in the main hallway every day at recess. Candygrams will be $1. There will be a card for you to write your friend’s name, division and who the treat is from. All proceeds will go to a clean water project in Haiti.

Special thanks to Maple Grove PAC!

Thank you to the PAC for decorating the library and main hallway for Lunar New Year!  Please join us for Friday , February 8 morning coffee and goodies in the library 9:00 to 10:00 am.

Want to Play Badminton?

The VSSAA (Secondary Schools association) is offering badminton skills sessions for students on the Jan 25 + 28 pro d days.  Follow the link if interested.

jan 25 28 flyer


Maple Grove Pac Website (Click to enter)

upcoming event


February 15 – Pro D Day – No school for students

February 18 – Family Day Holiday



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