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.

Maple Grove Pac Website (Click to enter)

upcoming event

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

Maple Grove Pac Website (Click to enter)

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

Maple Grove Pac Website (Click to enter)

upcoming event

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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January Update #1

Dear Parents/ Guardians,

By now, you may be aware that the PHO and MoE for BC held a press conference on December 29, 2021, indicating a phased re-entry to January schooling in order to buy time for schools in BC to plan for more health and hygiene protocols given the wide-spread and contagious nature of the Covid-19 variant Omicron.

For most students, school will resume on January 10th, 2022. While schools will be open on Tuesday, January 4th, 2022, it is only for students of health care professionals, vulnerable students, and students with special needs. The remainder of the school population will return on January 10th, 2022While Dr. Henry and Minister Whiteside originally used the term essential service workers, they later clarified they meant health service workers. For consistency, we will use the term Essential Service Workers.

The YMCA will be offering before/after for those three groups of students

This delay will allow all schools in BC to meet with their District Management Teams and Health + Safety Directors to adjust already existing school safety plans to meet revised Provincial criteria.

School Administrators have a Monday am meeting with the VSB DMT and H+S officers to review criteria/ protocols and revise school safety plans accordingly.

Once our plans are approved, we will be sharing them with our school communities.

As Minister Whiteside noted in her remarks, regular programming at schools is suspended from January 4-10. Therefore, families are not to expect regular school programming should they decide to send their children to school during this period. This also means that schools will not be providing an online learning program in lieu of Face to Face instruction. However, school staff will need to provide supervision and adapted programming for all students who report to school during this time.

Morning routines remain the same for now. Drop off by 8:55 at the entrance you normally drop at. Pick up will be the same at 3:00. REMINDER DO NOT SEND SICK KIDS TO SCHOOL. THEY WILL BE SENT HOME.

We will share updates and more details as they become available. For now we will have to wait until we can meet with VSB Management and be given direction how they would like schools to proceed. We anticipate this happening on Monday and Wednesday this coming week.

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December 17 Update

Basketball – Grade 6 girls

We are still looking for a coach for our grade 6 girls team. Practices on Thursday mornings and games will be Thursday evening.

Please contact Mr Evans if you are able to coach. Thank you!

Maple Grove Art Club

The Maple Grove Art Club would like to acknowledge the enormous generosity of our school community. Thanks to you, we raised a total of $970! Your donations will help fund our future projects, including a school mural. Our grade 6 and 7 Art Club elves have been busy putting the finishing touches on our holiday cards and distributing them to all of our donors. On behalf of all our Art Club members, we thank you and wish you a magical winter break! 

Maple Grove Pac Website (Click to enter)

upcoming event

Last day of classes before Winter Break – December 17, 2021.

First day back after Winter Break – January 4, 2022

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December 10 Update

December 15th Virtual Winter Showcase

On Wednesday, December 15th at 1:15 pm, Maple Grove will be presenting our Virtual Winter Showcase.  Many classes have been hard at work preparing a presentation for the event.  Families will be emailed a link early next week and are invited to watch along with us on Wednesday.  The link will also be available for you to watch at a later date.

Health Check

Please remember to make sure your child is healthy before sending them to school.

It is for their comfort and the safety of all students and staff .

Lost and Found

Please encourage your child to check the Lost and Found for missing items. It is located between the doors of the Library entrance (on the east side) if you want to check yourself. We will package up and donate any items left at the end of next week.

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

Laura Secord Late French Immersion Flyer

For Grade 6 students in September 2022

Snow Days or School Closures

Dear Parents,

When it snows in Vancouver, we ask parents to listen to local media outlets for information on School Closures. Usually by 7:30 am, the VSB will post information about snow closures on its website at http://www.vsb.bc.ca and will inform local media stations, including:

  •   CKNW (980 AM)
  •   CBC (690 AM, 105.7 FM)
  •   CJVB (1470 AM)
  •   CFHG (96.1 FM)
  •   CKWX (1130 AM)
  •   BCTV/Global (Cable channel 11)
  •   CITY TV (Cable channel 13)

The school will try post information on our school blog time permitting, and even email parents using out student information system if necessary.

Listening to the radio before 7 am often helps parents with snow information. The stations listed about are good places to start. If is dangerous on the roads for you to drive to school, please know that if you decide to keep your child at home, please call the school 604-713-5356 and press 1 for Safe Arrival and you can leave a message about your child not attending.

Maple Grove Pac Website (Click to enter)

upcoming event

December 15 – Winter Showcase – more details to follow

Last day of classes before Winter Break – December 17, 2021.

First day back after Winter Break – January 4, 2022

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December 3rd Update

Winter holidays outside of British Columbia?

As we have now entered December, we realize that some of our families will be travelling internationally during the winter break. As rules and regulations regarding travelers coming back to Canada can change at a moment’s notice, we are encouraging you to keep up to date using the following hyperlink:

https://travel.gc.ca/travel-covid/travel-restrictions/covid-vaccinated-travellers-entering-canada#determine-fully

Please note that, at this moment, unvaccinated and not fully vaccinated children are not supposed to attend school for 14 days following their arrival to Canada (see section: Children and dependents).

Vancouver Coastal Health Letter regarding vaccines for children aged 5 – 11.

If you have questions about the COVID-19 Vaccine for Children, please read info from BC Centre for Disease Control and VCH

Earthquake Fundraiser Reminder:

We’ve had an amazing response from parents recognizing the necessity to donate to the redeveloping of our earthquake supplies. Tax receipts are issued immediately for donations above $25.00. Sincere thank you to those families who have already donated.

All donations can be made via your child’s SchoolCashOnline account, and tax receipts will be issued immediately. Here are the step-by-step instructions: Sign into your SchoolCashOnline account. You will see a dark button labelled “Make a Donation” at the top right. Click on that button then select the amount you would like to donate. Choose “E-Maple Grove” from the drop down menu labelled “Fund Destination”. Please indicate Earthquake Relief Fund in the notes section to ensure your donation goes to the correct fund. Finally “Add to Cart” and complete the payment section. Thank you!

Volleyball

Huge thank you to the Sr and Jr Volleyball Coaches
Lisa Rapoport
Manu Bhalla
Joel Reimer
Ms Kao

Stay tuned for the Staff/Student game to raise food for the food bank, and the player year end party.

Huge thanks to the gr 4/5 Jr Coaches. They worked with gr 4/5 students on skill development on Tues + Thurs at lunchtime. Our season ended with a huge Pizza Party celebrating all that we learned.

Angela Barrington-Foote
Monica Antonio
Lisa Mullen
Jeannie Chau

Extra thanks to staff Sponsors
Mr. McDonough, Ms. Hales, Ms. Yeung, Ms. Chan, Ms. Wong

Thanks to Mr Evans for organizing all the teams and helping out.

Basketball

We have had an overwhelming response from students interested in playing basketball at Maple Grove. We currently have:

Gr 7 Boys- Manu Bhalla, coach; Mr. Evans, Manager

Gr 7 Girls- Joel Reimer, Tom Chang, Tammy Chang coaches; MS. Yeung Manager

Gr 6 Boys- Lisa Rapoport, coach; Mr. Evans, Manager

Gr 6 Girls- _____, coach; Mr. Evans, Manager

Gr 4/5 Boys/Girls- lunch time skills camp
Angela Barrington-Foote
Monica Antonio
Lisa Mullen
Jeannie Chau
Mr. Evans

Emergency Procedures- Revised

DRILLS: Fire Drills, Earthquake Drills

  1. Classes will follow the usual procedures regarding exiting the building (closest exit)
  2. Our Emergency Mustering Area has changed due to construction finishing and Cavell sharing our site. Instead of gathering on the North Gravel field, we will gather on the North End of the Magee Field.
  3. Classes will line up in order Div 1 to 22- with teh exception of our K classes being the north most classes
  4. Classes follow a specific check-in process for roll call

Big Earthquake Drills

  1. We participate in the provincial Shakedown Drill (Oct) and a district-wide schools drill (May)
  2. Students drop, cover and hold.
  3. After the last aftershock… students count to 60.  If another aftershock occurs, students start count over again.
  4. If 60 seconds passes and no aftershock… students get their jackets and backpacks and line up…. No talking. Listen to teacher for instructions.
  5. Teacher grabs their earthquake backpack.
  6. Teacher puts “ALL CLEAR” on doorknobs if all clear
  7. Teacher leads students out nearest safe exit.
  8. Gather on the Magee grass field.
  9. Classes line up in order.
  10. Teacher takes attendance.
  11. Teacher gets student to hold up YELLOW division sign
  12. Teacher sends completed RED 1/2 sheet “Earthquake Emergency Status Report” up to Ms. Peters.
  13. School sets up for student release… use extended stay map procedures.

EARTHQUAKE DRILL PROCEDURES for “BIG ONE DRILL”

“Extended Release” replicates a situation in which staff, students and parents may be on school grounds after an earthquake for several hours/ days.   Our extended release process has changed due to our new mustering station at the north end of the Magee Secondary School grass field. Therefore, when parents come to pick up students they are to line up along 45th Ave. facing west starting at the front entrance of the school by the kindergarten under-covered area. There will be details about this in coming posts.

Parent Volunteers during an Earthquake:

In a real emergency, we may actively recruit parents to assist in whatever capacity they can.  It’s possible that we may have staff and students injured or trapped.  Recruiting parents will be done once parents have gone through Gate 1 check-in so we know who is on site.

Volunteers may be asked to help with:

Supervision, tracking, crowd control, translations, assisting students.

Maple Grove Pac Website (Click to enter)

upcoming event

December 15 – Winter Showcase – more details to follow

Last day of classes before Winter Break – December 17, 2021.

First day back after Winter Break – January 4, 2022

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November 25th Update

Tomorrow November 26 is a Pro D Day – No school For Students. Teachers will be doing In-Service with Indigenous Focus

Enjoy an extra long weekend!

* Important Information For Parents*

If your child has an appointment during the school day we kindly ask the following to avoid disruption to the teaching and learning environment…

  • Be respectful of your child’s teacher and classmates (come and go at 12:15).
  • Make sure your child’s teacher knows exactly when you are picking up your child. The teacher will send your child to the office at the time you indicate.
  • Any dismissals or admissions during the school day must be done from the office.
  • Parents must come to the Library entrance or the 45th Ave W entrance to pick up their child.
  • Parents must call the office once they arrive and the child will be released to them.

Due to the unavoidable disruption this causes the class, teacher and office it would be appreciated if students could try to come – and go – at 12:15.

If you have a morning appointment, keep your child at home, attend the appointment, and then return your child to school at 12:15.

If you have an afternoon appointment, pick your child up at 12:15 and keep them home for the rest of the day.

In every case, please leave a message on our Safe Arrival line, 604 713 5356 and choose option 1.

Volleyball!

Volleyball!

Congratulations to our Senior Boys and Girls Teams. It has been an excellent season. Both teams did extremely well. Many thanks to coaches, Lisa Rapoport, Manu Bhalla, Joel Reimer and Miss Kao. Thank you Mr. Evans for being Manager for all teams. Thank you Ms. Hales, Ms. Chan, Ms. Wong, Mr. McDonough for sponsoring and stepping in for supervision when necessary. Thanks to all the staff for popping by and offering support for the kids.

And a Special Thanks to our awesome Parent Coordinators for helping to supervise the Jr. Volleyball noon hour games: Ms. Angela Barrington-Foote, Ms. Monica Antonio, Ms. Lisa Mullan and Ms. Jeannie Chau. Many thanks to our sponsors for the noon hour games with our grade 4 and 5 students.

Earthquake Fundraiser Reminder:

We’ve had an amazing response from parents recognizing the necessity to donate to the redeveloping of our earthquake supplies. Tax receipts are issued immediately for donations above $25.00. Sincere thank you to those families who have already donated.

All donations can be made via your child’s SchoolCashOnline account, and tax receipts will be issued immediately. Here are the step-by-step instructions: Sign into your SchoolCashOnline account. You will see a dark button labelled “Make a Donation” at the top right. Click on that button then select the amount you would like to donate. Choose “E-Maple Grove” from the drop down menu labelled “Fund Destination”. Please indicate Earthquake Relief Fund in the notes section to ensure your donation goes to the correct fund. Finally “Add to Cart” and complete the payment section. Thank you!

Reminder! Art Club fundraiser is ongoing.

Hello Maple Grove Families!

The Maple Grove Art Club is holding its first fundraiser. It is our hope that we will raise enough money to fund our future Art Club projects. One of these projects is a mural for the whole school to enjoy. Our grade 6 and 7 artists have been busy creating handmade holiday greeting cards. Please make a donation using school cash online (minimum donation is $2.00) and you will receive one of these greeting cards made by our Art Club members in exchange for your generosity.  The deadline to donate and receive a card is Friday, December 10th. Cards will be sent home with your child before the winter break.  Watch your email for an invitation from CashonLine to donate.

Maple Grove Pac Website (Click to enter)

upcoming event

November 26 – Professional Development Day – No school for students.

Last day of classes before Winter Break – December 17, 2021.

First day back after Winter Break – January 4, 2022

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Nov 19

Earthquake hits Maple Grove! Fundraiser

Can you imagine? As awful as it is to think about these types of scenarios, staff at the school and students are required to plan and practice for such events. And while we hope they will never happen, it’s entirely possible you may be stuck in traffic; on clogged streets; downtown and unable to get to Maple Grove. We may have your child for a day or two on the grass field of Magee.

How awful is that? We have almost no supplies, and while we’re waiting for the VSB to supply our school with some essentials, we’re fundraising to purchase some much needed supplementary supplies to get us through and make life at the school more bearable. Because I can tell you know we have nothing; not even shelters to keep wind, rain or elements off your child.

We have a group of awesome parents who are helping to organize our new weather resistant container. We’ve ordered seismic -proof shelving to store necessities. We need donations from you!

All donations can be made via your child’s SchoolCashOnline account, and tax receipts will be issued immediately. Here are the step-by-step instructions: Sign into your SchoolCashOnline account. You will see a dark button labelled “Make a Donation” at the top right. Click on that button then select the amount you would like to donate. Choose “E-Maple Grove” from the drop down menu labelled “Fund Destination”. Please indicate Earthquake Relief Fund in the notes section to ensure your donation goes to the correct fund. Finally “Add to Cart” and complete the payment section. Thank you!

Hello Maple Grove Families!

The Maple Grove Art Club is holding its first fundraiser. It is our hope that we will raise enough money to fund our future Art Club projects. One of these projects is a mural for the whole school to enjoy. Our grade 6 and 7 artists have been busy creating handmade holiday greeting cards. Please make a donation using school cash online (minimum donation is $2.00) and you will receive one of these greeting cards made by our Art Club members in exchange for your generosity.  The deadline to donate and receive a card is Friday, December 10th. Cards will be sent home with your child before the winter break.  Watch your email for an invitation from CashonLine to donate.

Greeting Card made by Maple Grove Art Club Member

Kerrisdale Little League

Registration opened up on November 1!

Maple Grove Pac Website (Click to enter)

upcoming event

November 26 – Professional Development Day – No school for students.

Last day of classes before Winter Break – December 17, 2021.

First day back after Winter Break – January 4, 2022

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