A few parting words from Ms. Peters

Dear Maple Grove Families:

It has taken me a long time to decide to retire, but this is the time.  April 22 is my last day at Maple Grove.  I would like to say a big, huge THANK YOU, to the students and their families, and to all the staff I have worked with at Maple Grove.  You have made work fun for me, never boring.  Every day was different.

I have worked in many schools in Toronto and only a few in Vancouver.  The last 15 years I have been at Maple Grove.  I’ve never been seriously tempted to move to a different school because Maple Grove has the nicest kids and the best staff.  The last few years included working on a construction site, moving from one building to another and accommodating the constraints of COVID.  There were sad times too.  Despite these challenges, the Maple Grove community continued to make sure the students received an exceptional educational experience in a safe and caring environment.  I am very proud to have been a part of that.

I was given a wonderful party at the school last Wednesday.  It made me very happy to see so many people there.  Sharon, Linda and Kiara, Amber and Nancy E. went above and beyond with their amazing decorating and organizing skills.  Cliff made sushi and a delicious and beautiful cheesecake.  Tammy made cookies that tasted delicious and looked like works of art.  And so many lovely gifts including a bird bath that I am very excited to install in my garden.

I would also like to say thank you to Maple Grove’s PAC.  They work hard and do amazing things for all the students.  Thank you, PAC, for the lovely retirement gift. 

I will miss everyone.  Take care.  

Mrs Peters. 

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April 22, 2022

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It’s nice to be back! It took a long time and several setbacks along the way, but I’m hopeful the worst is behind me. While I was away, a number of events happened at school and I would like to address them individually.

(1) Mr. Land: I would like to thank Mr. Kevin Land for filling in. What was suppose to be a two-week stint, turned into 14 months. Kevin was exactly the right person to fill in. He started his teaching career at Maple Grove 36 years ago and was happy to come back as a retiree and have fun everyday with the students and staff. Mr. Land is an avid basketball fan, and was happy to help our basketball teams get up and running given the two years of Covid. He also loves construction and was happy to deal with deficiencies and work with the VPO and contractors on improving the building. Finally, his experience and wisdom working with many staffs over the past 36 years was a huge benefit in my absence as he helped to keep things running at the school level. Thank you Mr. Land!

(2) Madame Val: Madame Val, as we affectionately call her, has been nothing short of amazing in my absence. She took on so many aspects of school leadership and made sure the school didn’t miss a step. She’s proved she’s a highly capable administrator and should be running a school. Thank you Madame Val! We are hoping Madame Val will be with us for all of next year!

(3) Ms. Michelle Griffiths: Ms Griffiths was an intermediate Montessori teacher who worked at Maple Grove for the past decade. She was loved by staff and students alike. Her sudden, and unexpected passing, came as a surprise to all of us. This past Saturday, April 16th, a number of us met in the park by the Fraser River and celebrated Ms. G and her legacy at Maple Grove. Please know the school and PAC are working with a representative of the family to work on some sort of memorial to recognize Ms. G and her work at Maple Grove. Many staff and students came to the park and paid tribute to her and the legacy she leaves at Maple Grove. She will be missed!

(4) Ms. Julie Szeto: Ms. Julie as the students affectionately call her has taken some extra courses with the VSB and has been promoted to the position of Office Support Worker. Meaning, she will be assigned to another school and work in the office supporting the Admin team. We are sad to lose her, but, we are happy for Ms. Julie as she works to support schools in Vancouver. Going from supervision aide to office clerical will be a good step for Ms. Julie. Congratulations!

(5) Ms. Peters: Nobody is going to miss Ms. Peters more than me. She has been with Maple Grove for over 15 years. She is a master with registrations and enrolment numbers. I’ve worked with many school secretaries (my mom was a school secretary as well) and I know good office admin staff when I see them. Ms. Peters is amazing! She was wonderful with students, visitors, staff and has kept Maple Grove in tiptop shape for 15 years. We said goodbye and congratulations on her retirement, on April 20, 2022. Please welcome Ms. Shervin Cacchioni as the new Office Admin for Maple Grove. Ms. Cacchioni has come to us from Sexsmith, and before that Brock.

Enrolment:
Please know that we are working on our enrolment, and presently in conversations with the VSB on staffing. More to come on this issue in the weeks ahead.

Cavell:
We have no information on Cavell, and whether or not their seismic upgrade is on schedule. When we hear, we’ll share the information with our school community

Basketball:
We have three (3) basketball teams at Maple Grove
1) Senior Boys (gr 7) coach: Manu Bhalla (parent). Sponsor: Mr. Evans
2) Senior Girls (gr 7) coaches: Joel Reimer, Tom and Tammy Chang. Sponsor Ms. Yeung
3) Junior Boys (gr 6- with some gr 5’s) coach: Lisa Rapoport. Sponsor: Mr. Evans

We are busy planning all the year-end activities that need to be considered as the school year accelerates towards a conclusion. Please know that we will continue posting information in our school blog to reach out to our greater school community.

2022/23 PAC Executive Callout – The Kids Need You!

Whether you’ve been a parent at Maple Grove for 8 months or 5 years you’ve likely heard of PAC. As a parent of Maple Grove, you are automatically part of the Parent Advisory Council (PAC) but you also have the opportunity to join the PAC Executive Team. Joining the PAC Executive is a GREAT way to be involved and participate in your child’s school life! 

Why should you care about joining the PAC Executive Team? The real question is, why wouldn’t you want to join the PAC Executive Team?

Before Covid, the PAC would be involved in organizing all those fun extracurricular school spirit activities that you likely remember from your days at school – Halloween parties, movie nights, school hot lunches to name just a few. These kinds of activities for kids and their parents really help shape the memories they take with them from elementary school. Covid has hindered most of these activities from happening but we see the light ahead where these activities can return, and we cannot do that without a PAC Executive. Every parent wants their child to have these wonderful school experiences and feel a part of their school community and the PAC is what helps that really come to life.

We sincerely hope you will consider joining the PAC Executive Team for next year. If you are interested, want to find out more or have any questions, please feel free to email us at themaplegrovepac@gmail.com!

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April 25th – Professional Development Day – No school for students

May 10th – Early dismissal at 2:00 for parent conferences

May 12th – Early dismissal at 2:00 for parent conferences

May 13th – immunization clinic

May 23rd – Victoria Day Holiday

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April 8th Update

Celebration of Life in Honour of Ms. Griffiths

Ms. Griffiths’ family and friends have planned a celebration of life. All members of the Maple Grove community are invited. Please feel free to let past MG families who may want to attend know of the details. RSVPs are not necessary.

When: Saturday, April 16, 1-3 pm

Where: Fraser River Park

For more details and information, please check out https://michellegriffiths.ca/

Many staff members will also be in attendance.

Valérie Carrière (she/her)

Vice Principal – Maple Grove Elementary

Miss Julie’s last day was today!

Julie Szeto has been a supervision aide at Maple Grove for nine years and today was her last day. She will be missed by all the students and staff. Julie has been involved in so many different ways at the school and has always done a most excellent job! We are sad to see her go, but very happy for her. She is moving on and becoming an office support person for the school board. Good for you Julie! The schools will be fighting over you once they find out how helpful and efficient you are.

Here’s a photo of our Supervision Aides taken today

Ms Andrea, Ms Angela, Ms Julie and Ms Nancy

Photos of exterior of the building being taken on Monday, April 11

To Maple Grove and Cavell Communities,

I wanted to inform you that Shape Architecture, the architect firm who designed the new Maple Grove building, will be on the Maple Grove site on Monday April 11, 2022 (weather dependent) to take photos of the exterior of the new Maple Grove building and school grounds.  Shape Architecture has confirmed that all photos will be approved by the District to ensure students cannot be recognized if they are captured in the photos. 

Thank you and have a great weekend.

Michael Rossi (he/him)
District Principal of Educational Planning
Vancouver School District
1580 West Broadway, Vancouver BC V6J 5K8

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April 15th – Good Friday

April 18th – Easter Monday

April 25th – Professional Development Day – No school for students


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April 1, 2022 Update

Dear Maple Grove families,

We are happy to see our students back and refreshed after Spring Break! We hope that you all enjoyed some family time.

As you must know, the return from Spring Break saw some changes. As the mask mandate is no longer in effect in the K-12 sector, students, staff and visitors can now make the individual choice to wear a mask at Maple Grove or not.

We have had mini-assemblies on Tuesday, March 29 to discuss what being a mask-friendly school means. We have explained to our students that we all must be kind, respectful and patient with one another as we navigate this change. We also must acknowledge that we all have different comfort levels around masking. We have asked students to have conversations with their families about what YOUR expectations are around masking at school. We strongly recommend that you have this conversation with your children.

We also explained that although we no longer have to abide by very strict distancing rules, we must continue to create space, and be respectful and mindful of everyone’s personal space. We must also continue the good habit of washing and disinfecting our hands frequently.

During the mini assemblies, we also reminded students our school’s code of conduct:

I respect myself

I respect others

I respect this place

We discussed with students what the 3 Rs mean and what behaviours we expect from our students. It was certainly a good reminder for all.

Starting on Monday, April 4th, 2022, visitors on school business will be welcome. We will continue to ask for appointments to be made prior to visiting. Parents and caregivers are still going to be required to stay outside at drop-off and pick-up.

Field trips will be back! A few staff members are already hard at work booking and organizing outings.

I hope that you find this update useful.

Regards,

Valérie Carrière

VP – MAPLE GROVE

Looking ahead to September 2022

Although we have not received our official staffing or school organization for 2022-2023, we know we will have waitlisted students in every grade.

If your plans have changed for next September, please let the office know. Private school acceptances, cross boundary placements, moving house, etc, could all impact students’ school for next year.

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April 15th – Good Friday

April 18th – Easter Monday

April 25th – Professional Development Day – No school for students

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March 11th Update

Have a safe and happy break!
See you back at Maple Grove on March 28th

Update on Division 16

We want to thank the Maple Grove community for their support during these last weeks, as we are all slowly healing from the loss of Ms. Michelle Griffiths. Thank you for your patience and kindness during these difficult times. Our staff and students continue to be well-supported at school. We want to express our sincere gratitude to VSB as they have guided and supported us through this process.

Should you wish to write a condolence note or card for Ms. G.’s family, a purple box has been set up in the main entrance for students. Maple Grove admin will be happy to mail/deliver all our community’s notes later. We do not yet have confirmation on a time/place for a ceremony of life, but we will keep you informed if/when the community is invited. We continue to remain respectful of the family’s privacy.

Update on Division 19

We are happy to announce that Ms. Kathy Tsakumis will be teaching in Div. 19 on Fridays for the rest of the school year, starting April 1, 2022. Please join us in welcoming her to Maple Grove.

Maple Grove’s Admin Team – Update

We are happy to report that Mr. Evans will be back to Maple Grove after the Spring Break. As this will be a gradual return to work, Mr. Land will also be back for a few days during the first two weeks after the Spring Break. Yay!

Happy Friday to our wonderful Maple Grove Community!

I have enjoyed returning to this school community and these past 8 weeks have flown by.  Principal Evans is almost ready to resume his position here as School Principal, so this is my last week as fulltime Interim Principal.  I will return March 28 for a number of days during the first 3 weeks after the Break as Mr. Evans gradually returns to fulltime.  We have had some highs and lows during the start of 2022.  Experiencing the loss of Ms. Griffiths has been especially challenging.  The love and care for your children by our marvelous staff is really incredible.  The energy, devotion, compassion and resiliency of our students is admirable.  Maple Grove is truly a special place to learn and grow.  I am grateful for the opportunity to share time with you, your children, and this staff!

Have an amazing Holiday!

Kevin

Kevin Land

VSB Administrator on call

Attn: Grade 7 Families:

Little Grads Images are Now Online!

Please visit Artona’s website to View and Order for your images using the secure online code they provided at photo day. All orders placed before March 16, 2022 will receive free shipping to the school. All orders placed after March 16th will be mailed to home and subject to shipping fees.

To read more about the Little Grads program, please visit the Artona blog.

If you have any questions or need help with ordering, please live chat with Artona’s online support team. 

Please review this letter regarding face mask mandates:

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upcoming event

March 14th – First Day of Spring Break

March 28th – First day back to school after Spring Break

April 15th – Good Friday

April 18th – Easter Monday

April 25th – Professional Development Day – No school for students

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February 25th Update

Grade 4 & 7 Parent Surveys

Every year, parents/guardians of students in grades 4 and 7 are encouraged to answer the Ministry’s Parent Survey. Answers are anonymous and provide some data to schools about family’s opinions of their child’s school experience. If your child is currently in grade 4 or 7, you can complete by going to: www.bced.gov.bc.ca/sat_survey/access.htm . The survey is available in English and 17 other languages. It takes less than 15 minutes to fill.

Lost and Found

We will be donating unclaimed items at the beginning of March Break. Please check to see for the missing lunch box, water bottle, jackets, shoes, etc., etc., ask your child take a look.

Grade 7 Pictures

Grade 7 students will be having special pictures taken to commemorate their last year at Maple Grove. Artona photographers will be on site at Maple Grove on Wednesday, March 9, in the morning. For more information, we encourage our grade 7 families to visit https://www.blog.artona.com//post/all-about-our-little-grads-and-grade-7-grads 

Basketball Season

We are very pleased that basketball season is taking off! The leagues will start after Spring Break and practices at Maple Grove start next week. Grade 7 Boys on Tuesday, March 1 at 8:00 am. Students should listen carefully to the morning announcements for updates on practice times. We are still finalizing the schedule with our terrific volunteer coaches. We still need a coach for the Grade 6 Girls. Please contact Mr. Land if you are available. (Could be before or after school times depending on coach’s preference.)

Maple Grove did a great job fundraising this year!

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March 9 (morning) – Grade 7 Grad photos

March 14th – First Day of Spring Break

March 28th – First day back to school after Spring Break

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February 11th Update

New Sign-In Procedure for Late Students

Late Slips

We have noticed an increase in student tardiness at Maple Grove. Being late for school, even if it is only by a few minutes, presents the following challenges:

  • Teachers need to stop their instructions to welcome their late student; this impacts instructional time for other students;
  • Late students miss out on important instruction and routines in the morning;
  • Causes disruptions with office staff.

We have decided to try a new procedure for late students to sign-in. We have piloted this new procedure this week, and it has proved successful. Therefore, any student who is arriving at school past 9:00 will now need to do the following:

1) Enter through the Library doors

2) Sign-In on the form at the Servery counter (we have staff available to help those who can’t quite write yet)

3) Grab a bright orange slip from the Servery counter

4) Hand in the slip to their teacher when they arrive in class

We appreciate your support and collaboration in ensuring that our students are at school and ready to learn at 9:00 every morning.

Div 15 Sewing Skills

Div. 15 has been learning sewing skills through the winter. They learned how to sew 8 different embroidery stitches and then used them to make stuffies that they designed themselves. We are so proud of all the hard work the students put into designing challenging 3-D shapes and all the artistry they put into their decoration. The stuffies look spectacular!

Maple Grove Spirit Wear NOW Available!

Show your Maple Grove pride and support our school with the 2022 spirit wear collection! We are excited to bring back some old favorites while also introducing our brand new pod wear items and new Maple Grove logo items. There is something for everyone!

All funds raised through Spirit Wear sales will be put towards supporting the curricular and extra-curricular needs of our students and school.

Click here to visit the online Spirit Wear Store and start shopping! It will only be open until February 18! You don’t want to miss out!

Not sure what size to pick and wondering how the clothes will fit? Check out the Spirit Wear page on our PAC website to see some examples.

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February 14th – Valentine’s Day

February 18th – Professional Development Day – No school for students

February 21st – Family Day Holiday

February 23rd – Pink Shirt Day

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January 28th Update

Good afternoon Maple Grove Parents and Guardians,

Yes indeed, I am pleased to be back at Maple Grove filling in for your Principal Peter Evans.  Mr. Evans will be returning after Spring Break.

For those of you who do not know me, I am a retired VSB Secondary Principal, and I had the pleasure of supporting Mr. Evans for most of spring last year.

I enjoy meeting and interacting with your children and have also met  many of you.

Maple Grove has a special place in my heart.  (My first VSB contract was at the OLD Maple Grove, many, many years ago!).

I have read many of the CSL Reports you will receive today.

Congratulations to the students and staff for a very successful first term!

Due to Covid, The Elementary Interschool Basketball League has been postponed until after Spring Break.

We will resume basketball in March, but for now we are spending some time teaching badminton skills.

All classes will have the opportunity to experience some badminton from February 1 – 15.

Starting February 1 we will be offering badminton in the morning before school, and during some lunch times.

This is open to any students in grades 4-7.

The plan would be for each grade to play on a different morning.

Each session would be from 8:15am to 8:55 am in our gym.

I will open the south gym door at 8:10, play should start at 8:15.

Rackets and shuttlecocks will be provided.

Students must sanitize their hands and change their outside footwear before playing.

To maintain safety protocol, I will take attendance so if students arrive after 8:20, they will not be permitted to enter the gym.

Students will be expected to wear a mask.

We will start with grade 7 students on Tuesday February 1.

Grade 6 on February 2, grade 5 February 3, and grade 4 February 4.

We will post the schedule for February 7-11, after determining the interest from our students.

This is strictly voluntary, and no consent forms are required.

Happy Friday,

Kevin Land

Interim Principal, Maple Grove

Make sure your child is dressed for the weather.

COVID guidelines mean that children must go outside for recess and lunch recess. Make sure your child has appropriate outerwear to protect them from the rain and cold. Coats, hats, scarves, gloves, boots.

Picking up your child during school hours

This is a reminder that if you are picking up your child during school hours, they must be dismissed from the office. Parents need to come to the library/YMCA door on the east side of the building so that we can take your child out to meet you.

See November 25th Update for more information.

Do you have a child born in 2017?

Kindergarten Registration started on November 1.

Please remember that you must fill in the online application form and get all your documents verified at your home school by January 31, 2022. Late applications will not be included in the draw for spaces in Montessori, or in Traditional Program.

https://www.vsb.bc.ca/School/School-Registration/Pages/default.aspx

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upcoming event

January 28th – Reports are sent home

January 31st – Hearing testing for Kindergarten students

February 1 – Happy Year of the Tiger

February 3rd – World Read Aloud Day

February 14th – Valentine’s Day

February 18th – Professional Development Day – No school for students

February 21st – Family Day Holiday

February 23rd – Pink Shirt Day

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January 14th Update

Pro D Day on Monday, January 17th –

No school for students.

Pokemon Cards

Pokemon cards are not allowed at school.

Students are being asked not to bring Pokemon cards to school anymore for the following reasons:

  • They have become a distraction to several students’ learning;
  • They can be quite expensive or valuable and we want to avoid any loss;
  • It is difficult for students to distance properly when playing with the cards;
  • They have caused many conflicts between students;
  • They prevent students from being active at recess.  

If staff notices students with Pokemon cards, we will ask that they put back in their backpacks.

We appreciate your support in this matter.

Picking up your child during school hours

This is a reminder that if you are picking up your child during school hours, they must be dismissed from the office. Parents need to come to the library/YMCA door on the east side of the building so that we can take your child out to meet you.

Food Bank Thank you letter

I thought I would let you know how much you raised through your food drive 😊 My apologies in getting this so late to you; our busy Christmas season hit us fast and now I am finally playing catch-up from that.  

Thank you so much for raising 697 pounds of food donations! Food Banks Canada values food donations at $2.62/lb. So, including the $705 you raised through the Virtual Food Drive, you provided $2,531.14 in support of your community. 

That is an incredible amount of support and we are so appreciative of the commitment, time, and energy that has gone into making that happen. 

We really believe in our mission to provide healthy food to those in need and are proud of the many ways we have worked hard to achieve it. Some of that work includes: 

  • Working with local farmers to buy fresh produce 
  • Creating multiple nutritional programs specifically for children 
  • Increasing the amount of average food given per person 

We love to see many of our members begin to thrive and gain new confidence through the programs we deliver. You are helping us to accomplish all of this and more! 

Thank you to everyone at Maple Grove Elementary once again for supporting our work! 

Carly Lum – Community Events Coordinator.
The Greater Vancouver Food Bank

Do you have a child born in 2017?

Kindergarten Registration started on November 1.

Please remember that you must fill in the online application form and get all your documents verified at your home school by January 31, 2022. Late applications will not be included in the draw for spaces in Montessori, or in Traditional Program.

https://www.vsb.bc.ca/School/School-Registration/Pages/default.aspx

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January 17th – Professional Development Day – No school for students

January 27th – Family Literacy Day

January 28th – Reports are sent home

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Snow Day January 6, 2022 – School is closed

Dear Families – all VSB schools are closed today.

Please listen to local media outlets for more information.

Usually by 7:30 am the Vancouver School Board will post updated information. http://www.vsb.bc.ca 

Stay safe everyone!

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