February 9


No School on Monday – Enjoy the long weekend. Students first day back is Tuesday



 Dear Maple Grove Families,

I just wanted to acknowledge our wonderful PAC for all of their hard work in making Friday’s Lunar New Year’s event such an amazing success!  We have so many talented and wonderful parents who have many skills… it’s awesome to see them in action!  Thanks to everyone- from those who stayed behind to clean up, to those who worked tirelessly putting together donations.  Thank you to the Lunar New Year Committee members as well for all of their time, energy and effort!  It was a yummy event with so many highlights.  Special thanks to Paula Temrick for all of her efforts in organizing committee members.

On another note, from time to time, schools practice for emergency events (e.g., fire drills, earthquake drills and lock down drills).  Schools do this in an effort to prepare students so that if they’re faced with an unfortunate event actually happening, our staff and students are prepared.  In the fall, Maple Grove practiced for these events, like all schools in Vancouver.  We will continue to practice inside drills including shelter in place and/or secure and hold.  In the spring we will also be practicing our District wide earthquake drill.

Sometimes students can be anxious or apprehensive with these drills.  Maple Grove has a wonderful staff who are always supervising and looking out for your child’s best interests.  We encourage children to talk to their teacher if they are feeling anxious or apprehensive.  Sometimes, that’s all that’s needed.  If more support would be beneficial, we have our amazing school counselor.  Ms. Lyons is at Maple Grove Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays all day.  She is accessible to students on a drop-in basis.  She is usually outside with the children at recess and lunch along with Mr. Evans, Ms. Smith, our Supervision Aides and the SSA’s.  If parents need to contact Ms. Lyons, she can be reached by calling the school or by email.  Ms. Lyons actively works in classrooms with students as well as with small groups of children in her counselling office (located next to the library).  While we have previously mentioned these types of procedures in our school blog and Maple Grove Handbook (mapegroveschool.net), we will be adapting these documents over the coming weeks so that information is more readily available to everyone.  Thank you for helping to keep Maple Grove a safe place to learn.

What a way to finish this week.  Hip Hop dancing lessons were a blast!  Jarec was amazing and so too were our amazing MG Dancers!  Thank you to our awesome PAC for subsiding some of the costs; thank you to parents for helping to bring Boogaloo into the school; and huge thanks to staff and students for making all the necessary scheduling changes to accommodate this wonderful production.  We are super excited about Thursday afternoon class presentations.


Parent Information: Advocating for Students

Hi Maple Grove Families,

We would like to invite Maple Grove families, particularly families with exceptional children who may have an IEP to attend an information session next week.

The process of navigating the school system for parents of exceptional kids can be confusing, overwhelming, frustrating, lonely and sometimes impenetrable- especially if you are new to Canada or if English is your second language.  Becoming aware of the services, resources and supports that are available to children and families can be daunting and difficult to navigate.  In many ways, parents of exceptional children and vulnerable learners are required to navigate and advocate for their children and the services and supports available to them.

It is incredibly hard to do this alone.  Parents with children who have physical, social, emotional, behavioural or mental challenges are already taxed and tired from parenting and supporting their child.  To learn your child’s rights and to feel confident and emboldened to demand them is more than some parents can do by themselves.  It is my hope to bring parents together for some information sessions, support and community. The journey of a special needs parent can be isolating.  Even though research tells us that having special needs kids supported in classes actually increases the learning for ALL students in math, language and other academic outcomes, there can still be stigma and shame sometimes associated with having an exceptional child.

If you are interested in more information or would like to discuss this topic as a group, email me at themaplegrovepac@gmail.com. If you would like to attend a parent information session on this topic before the end of the school year, please let me know if a day or evening presentations works best for your family.

Wishing you all care and support as we walk this path together.

Galen Hutcheson
Parent Advisory Council (P.A.C) Co-Chair.


Exciting Things Around the School- HERE


Great things happening in Div 14.  Take a look

What’s going on in Ms. Hales room?


Foodie Kids Logo WHITE Updated

PAC FOOD DAYS – 41 Noodle & Rice Pot Day is Feb 23rd!

Our launch of 41 Noodle & Rice Pot day last month was a big hit!  Don’t miss out on another chance to have authentic Asian cuisine for lunch from 41 Noodle & Rice Pot House. Choose from:

  • BBQ Pork & Egg Fried Rice
  • Egg & Vegetable Fried Rice
  • Sweet Corn with Chicken on Steamed Rice
  • Stir Fried Pork with Rice Vermicelli
  • Stir Fried Beef with Flat Rice Noodle

Go to: www.munchalunch.com/schools/MapleGrove

Deadline to order is Thursday, Feb 15 @ 11:59pm.

Valentines arrives early to Maple Grove:
Students are gearing up for Valentines Day!

valentine sales


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Family Day Festival Poster





Maple Grove Pac Website (Click to enter)


upcoming event

February 12 – Family Day Holiday

February 19 – Professional Development Day – No school for students

February 23 – Ready, Set Learn

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February 2 Update



 Dear Maple Grove Families,

Well folks, it’s been another busy week at Maple Grove. The week started on Monday with the curriculum implementation day where staff were working with the new curriculum and how it fits into reporting and assessment/communicating student learning.  Things went straight up from there as Project Chef was in the building.  Special congratulations to division 16 and 17 for cooking up some fantabulous dishes.  I particularly liked the minestrone soup on Thursday.  There were lots of tasty dishes being made upstairs on the third floor – be sure to check it out!

Things went a little sideways on Thursday with crazy hair day.  There were lots of fun hairstyles and wonderful hats to be seen throughout the school.  On a more serious note, Destination Imagination projects were presented to the intermediates in the gymnasium earlier this week.  All of the students displayed excellent creativity, imagination, and problem-solving skills as they completed tasks that challenged their memory, problem-solving, and creativity.  The collaboration and sportmanship amongst our students was wonderful to see.

This week is being capped off with a wonderful parent fundraiser for Lunar New Year Festival.  We are so lucky to have involved and knowledgeable parents who are resourceful and committed to providing the best learning experience for children at Maple Grove!   Thank you to all of our wonderful parents for making this event such a fantastic fundraiser and way to celebrate the lunar new year. (There will be more to come on this in the next blog)

Hip Hop dancing has arrived at Maple Grove as you can see from some of the photos below. Please make sure you ask your children how they’re enjoying the dance. We have a fantabulous dance instructor who really works well with all of the students.

Please note that Monday, February 19 is a professional development Day at Maple Grove

There are number of performances that are coming to Maple Grove over the next couple weeks; starting with Infinitus on Tuesday, February 20.

Digital Literacy Parent information night is Thursday, February 22 from 6:30 to 8:00pm

Ready, Set, Learn is our pre-schooler literacy program for parents scheduled for Friday, February 23

And finally, Digital literacy presentations to students are on Monday, February 26 and Tuesday, February 27th

Busy times at MG.  We’re looking forward to sharing more information with you shortly.

Hip Hop Lessons


It’s time to spread love in the classroom and across the world with

Create Change’s Valentine’s Day Cards!


Create Change is a Vancouver based non-profit organization, which has a marketing program educating high school students of global issues. Magee has a team of female students who are passionate about helping girls their own age attend high school in Ghana.  Each girl sponsored, will not only get financial support, but meals, boarding, as well as, career and emotional support.  Our goal this year is to send at least 10 girls towards a path of higher education and success.  To spread the love, we are selling adorable Valentine’s Day Cards!  With every card sold, Ghanaian girls are being provided the same opportunities as us. This is a chance for you to pass on the gift of education that your children have.

Donation Options:

 Valentine’s Day Cards:

Be a Sponsor:                                            12 cards for $10


25 cards for $20

$300/ one time

_ desired amount

We will be selling them at a booth by the office on February 7th, 8th, and 9th, see you there!


Re-Scheduled To:  

TUESDAY FEBRUARY 13 6:30 – 8:15pm


Dear Maple Grove Parents,


The Parent Education Session –  ‘Montessori Math’, originally scheduled for this upcoming Tuesday Feb. 6, has been postponed to the following week, Tuesday February 13th.  Sincere apologies for the inconvenience this may have caused.


Montessori Math is an interactive workshop.  Parents will have the opportunity to see and experience how Montessori children from K-7 learn and develop their math skills.


Ms. Hart, who presented Montessori Fundamentals in the fall and is one of primary level Montessori teachers, will lead this workshop along with assistance from Montessori students in our intermediate program.  Come prepared to play, ask a lot of questions and to learn – Montessori Math.


Child Care by donation, will be available on site from 6:00 – 8:30pm.


Look for the Montessori Math Flyer and Registration Form posted at school and e-mailed to all parents early next week.


Questions – please e-mail: paulatemrick@gmail.com



Paula Temrick

PAC Coordinator – Montessori Parent Education

Lunar NY


Crazy Hat Crazy Hair Day



Maple Grove Pac Website (Click to enter)


upcoming event


February 12 – Family Day Holiday

February 19 – Professional Development Day – No school for students

February 23 – Ready, Set Learn


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January 26th Update

sleep in

Monday, January 29th is a Professional Development Day – No School for Students.


Chess Club with Ms Watkins

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Foodie Kids Logo WHITE Updated


Nothing says “winter” better than COMFORT FOOD! We’ve got:

  • Chicken Noodle
  • Beef Stew
  • Beef or Veggie Sheppard’s Pie
  • Grilled Cheese

Go to: www.munchalunch.com/schools/MapleGrove

Deadline to order is Thursday, Feb 1 @ 11:59pm.

kilometer club

KM Club needs you!

The days are getting longer and we are getting back into some good running weather so it’s the perfect time to join Maple Grove KM Club. We run three times a week (Tue, Wed & Fri mornings) at 8:30 am. Meet us at the playground under cover area at the back of the school
All runners who clock 15km or more in 2018 will be invited to celebrate at our June pizza party. Ribbons and prizes are awarded to the top runners.
KM Club relies on very important help from student volunteers. If you are a Grade 6 or 7 student and available to help out Wed or Friday morning please come to the Volunteer table at 8:20am with your signed Permission form.
Permission forms and info on Volunteer Duties are available in the office or at the KM Club volunteer table.
Thank you,
Kim Herter
KM Club Coordinator

Lunar NY

Dear Parents,


Maple Grove’s Lunar New Year Celebration

Friday, February 2nd 5:30 – 8:30pm

Avoid Line-Ups, Enjoy More Activities, Save $$ Too!

DEADLINE:  Tuesday, January 30th – midnight


            – Maple Grove’s Munchalunch Website: https://munchalunch.com/schools/maplegrove/

            – Click the Fundraising Tab

            – Order From Our Selection of Asian Favourites & Pizza too.

We look forward to Welcoming the 2018 Lunar New Year of the Earth Dog with our families, your friends and our whole school community.  See the poster below for more information.

2018 PAC Lunar New Year Committee


Family Day Festival Poster

Maple Grove Pac Website (Click to enter)


upcoming event

January 29 – Professional Development Day – No school for students

February 2 – Lunar New Year Celebration

February 12 – Family Day Holiday

February 19 – Professional Development Day – No school for students

February 23 – Ready, Set Learn


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January 19th Update


Message from our School Nurse:

If you are a student who received a consent form for immunizations in October, and have not yet returned the form with either a yes or no, please do so ASAP. You can contact Harj to discuss if you have any further questions. We will be at the school in April and this will be the last opportunity to have your child immunized in the school setting if you would like. If your child has had their vaccinations completed at their family Dr’s office, please send in the records or call the school nurse with the dates as we do not have access to these records.

Thank you.

Harj Johal, RN(C), BScN
Public Health Nurse/Children & Youth
Pacific Spirit Community Health Centre
Vancouver Coastal Health Authority
2110 West 43rd Avenue, Vancouver, B.C, V4N 2E1
Tel :604-261-6366 ( ext 3339)
Fax: 604-261-7220

Foodie Kids Logo WHITE Updated

KIDS FAVOURITES DAY is coming up on Feb 2nd!

Don’t miss out on one of our most popular lunch days. On the menu:

  • SUSHI (we have 2 new rolls – yam roll and avocado roll)

Deadline to order is Thursday Jan 25 @ 11:59pm.

Go to: www.munchalunch.com/schools/MapleGrove

Hello Everyone,

I hope everyone had a great holiday break and are settled back into a routine. We are half way through January already and that means that our annual Lunar Celebration is coming up! This year it will take place on Friday February 2nd which is just over 2 weeks away. Our Lunar committee has been busy planning another great evening that will be as fun and entertaining as last years event. To be successful we need your help. There are many volunteer opportunities available! Please contact me at: ginae@telus.net if you can help.We are so grateful to our Maple Grove parent community for all your help and support.

Many Thanks,

Gina McGill (Volunteer Coordinator)

sugar LNY


Lunar NY

Dear Maple Grove Community – Students, Parents, Teachers, Staff and Friends,

On Friday February 2nd, Maple Grove PAC will be hosting our 2nd annual Lunar New Year Event and Fundraiser.  Please see the poster below for details and tickets.

We invite you to join together and welcome the upcoming Lunar New Year of the Earth Dog!  

Last year’s launch of Maple Grove’s 1st Lunar New Year celebration and fundraiser drew a group of 200 plus and raised $5,000 for the direct benefit of our school community.

This year in October over 25 committed PAC Volunteers began working together to create another outstanding evening of fun, games, prizes, asian food, music and entertainment for ALL.   On February 2nd look for an amazing demonstration and sale of sugar paintings – a traditional, intricately designed and very popular Chinese sweet snack.


Gong Xi Fa Cai, Gong Hey Fat Choy, ChUc Mung Nam Moi, Sae Hae Bok Mani Badeuseyo – Happy New Year To All,


Paula Temrick and Karrie Bogart

PAC Lunar New Year Co-Chairs

Maple Grove Pac Website (Click to enter)


upcoming event

January 26 – Reports go home (except Div 1, 5 and 11)

January 29 – Professional Development Day – No school for students




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January 12 Update



 Dear Maple Grove Families,

It’s nice to have a weekend ahead of us!  These are busy times at Maple Grove.  We have several staff away or on leave.  Ms. Smith is away for the month of January.  Mr. Johnson has extended his leave until, at least, the middle of February, and Ms. Tseng has gone on maturity leave.  We wish all the best for our staff.

We have a TOC for Ms. Smith’s resource piece of her assignment, and that’s a good thing!  In terms of her VP assignment, I will be covering for her.

Human Resources has appointed Mr. David McDonough until further notice to replace Mr. Johnson.  This is welcome news as we’ve had several TOC’s in the class (Dec and Jan) and it will be nice to have consistency and continuity for the students.  Please welcome Mr. McDonough!  While the leave is officially until the middle of February, we are anticipating that it may possibly be extended beyond that.

Ms. Tseng’s assignment is being worked on currently and we hope that a TOC will pick up the assignment for Mondays and Tuesdays thus providing consistency and continuity for the class.  It’s our priority to ensure that all Maple Grove students receive an engaging and robust education

aaa report p.2Many staff are busy writing report cards this weekend.  Maple Grove is one of the 63 elementary schools participating in the district communicating student learning report card pilot project.  As such, we are on a slightly different timeline and structure for reporting.  We are publishing report cards on January 26th.  (unless you have a student in a class who’ve already handed out reports).  So stay tuned!   (I pause to note that Div 5 will not be receiving a report in January.  We will be working with the new teacher, Mr. McDonough, to find a future date for reporting.)



I would also like to apprise our school community that we are planning to practice with our policing partners a lock down drill on Tuesday next week.  It would be helpful if parents are not onsite or in the school at this time, as we will be focused on walking through our emergency procedures.  Many of our doors will be locked and there may be multiple officers on sites helping our School Liaison Officer check for locked doors, safe students and staff, and looking for ways to improve our safety.  This will require all of our attention and their attention as well.  We request that you afford us time from 10:00-11:00 to complete this process.  Thank you in advance for your assistance and support!

Kindergarten Registration for 2018 2019!


Do you have a child born in 2013?  It’s time to register for Kindergarten for 2018 2019!

In order to secure a spot in Maple Grove for 2018 2019 you should register before January 31, 2018.

All the info is on the VSB website – or click on the Registration/Admissions tab.

We are wondering about Montessori numbers – do you have a child born in 2013 who has a sibling in Grades K to 6 Montessori at Maple Grove?  Please call the school at 604 713 5356 to let Mrs. Peters know.


late for school

Whenever your child is going to be absent or late for school.  Please call the Safe Arrival Number  

(604)-713-5159 ext 48

Our teachers are now entering attendance on their laptops and are not able to enter a reason for absence.  Please make sure you advise Safe Arrival via the above number so our volunteers don’t have to interrupt classes, or make phone calls for absent children who have not been reported to Safe Arrival.

Please call 604 713 5159 ext 48 if your child will be late or absent.  Follow the prompts and leave your child’s name and division, and the date(s) they will be late or absent.

We will continue to ensure your child is safe at school each morning via parent volunteers.  If you do not wish our parent volunteers to conduct a follow up if your child is unaccounted for, please let the school know as soon as possible.





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Lunch at Maple Grove

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The next deadline to order a PAC Food Day lunch is Thursday Jan 18 @ 11:59pm. Get your order in by this day and you can provide your child with authentic Asian cuisine for lunch, from 41 Noodle & Rice Pot House. Choose from:

  • BBQ Pork & Egg Fried Rice
  • Egg & Vegetable Fried Rice
  • Sweet Corn with Chicken on Steamed Rice
  • Stir Fried Pork with Rice Vermicelli
  • Stir Fried Beef with Flat Rice Noodle

Go to: www.munchalunch.com/schools/MapleGrove

2017 MG Winter Flower Fundraiser –  $1,100.00 SUCCESS

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 A Very Festive ‘Thank-you’ to everyone who participated in our ‘Cloud Book For Classrooms’ Fundraiser’ – students and family member Sellers, our Customers and Parent Volunteers.

  • Volunteers
  • Our school volunteer coordinator, Gina gathered a team of 6 parents who braved a rainy, cold and damp day and evening to receive, sort and distribute over 143 plants.  Bookkeepers Lillian, Mona, Tingting and our PAC Treasurer, Mary Ma were indispensable.
  • Fundraiser Feedback
  • All products – holiday wreaths, our variety of poinsettias, holiday planters, amarylis and snow globes have received kudos of positive feedback.   Thank-you to DeVry and West Coast Greenhouses for their impressive product quality.

I sincerely hope your plants are thriving and growing  as gifts and gems of beauty in your home and office..  I have a gold amaryllis bulb sprouting a 12” tall stem that will soon ready to bloom all on its own and without watering.

  • Sales Report

Gross sales reached a total of $3,195.00.  After expenses – plants, prizes and photocopy our 2017 WFF raised $1,100.00, a 34% profit overall.

  • Walk by our Cloud Books for Classroom Thermometer in the hallway next to the office. You will see it has warmed up to $1,850.00.  We are well on the way to reaching our $10,000 campaign goal.
  • Prize Winners:

A special recognition to our Tim Horton and ITune Gift Card Prize Winners:  Kindergarten student, Marlie  and his Mom in Ms. Hales class and Montessori Intermediate student Natalie and her Mom in Ms. Adams class.  Together they sold a total of 30 plants.

Festive One Bite Brownies have now been eaten up by our top division sellers:

Primary – Div. 14 and Intermediate – Div. 18  

  • 2018 – Watch Our Campaign Grow!
  • in 2018 all students will be given the opportunity to voluntarily participate in coordinating our fundraisers with pizza, popcorn sales and, more.

  • Spring will sprout Orchid and Hanging Baskets for Mother’s Day and, the fall, a repeat of our Winter Flower Fundraiser.

  • More Parent and Student Volunteers Welcome!
  • we invite you to get on board, volunteer and contribute your ideas and help with our Cloud Books campaign. This purchase of 30 cloud books will greatly benefit our whole school community – teachers, students and parents

– Contact Gina: ginae@telus.net and myself, Paula: fundraising@perspectiveshr.com

Lost and Found. . .

Anything look familiar?

Lost & Found 2018


Parent Education Night: Montessori Fundamentals parts 2 & 3

Our first ‘Montessori Fundamentals’ Parent Education session, October 24th was a resounding success!  A ‘way more than expected’ total of 52 parents and 38 families attended, including 24 children who participated in our on-site childcare.  THANK-YOU to our primary Montessori teacher, MS. HART for ALL of your preparation, power point design, demonstration tables and delivery of this very informative and engaging education session.

Based on the ‘Parent Feedback Summaries’ received we are following up with Part 2-4 of this series in the upcoming Winter and Spring terms.  All sessions will be in Ms. Hart’s classroom from 6:30 to 8:00 pm.

February 6, Tuesday- All about Math
April 17, Tuesday- Literacy in the classroom
TBA- Bridging the Montessori Experience (between home and school)

For more information, please contact Paula Temrick


Letter from parents: Staging for the new Maple Grove School design

Dear Maple Grove Parents,
We invite you to read the attached letter that Douglas Guest and myself, Paula Temrick have co-written.  This letter is in response to the issue of new seismic builds not including staging in the replacement school.  The letter was originally sent out to all MG Parents prior to the Winter Holiday break.  To date we are pleased to have received over 30 e-mails supporting this request.  To allow more time for parents to respond we have extended our original January 10 deadline.
PLEASE E-MAIL A REPLY TO OUR LETTER with your NAME and a BRIEF STATEMENT OF SUPPORT by no later than TUESDAY JANUARY 16, 2018.   Please send your e-mail to: paulatemrick@gmail.com.
Paula Temrick and Douglas Guest, Maple Grove Parents
17-12-19 Request for MG SCHOOL STAGE In Replacement School


Maple Grove Pac Website (Click to enter)


upcoming event

January 26 – Reports go home (except Div 1, 5 and 11)

January 29 – Professional Development Day – No school for students


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January 8th

Exciting after school ROBOTICS class

Maple Grove is pleased to offer a unique tech experience to our students. Please refer to the posting below

Register by contacting:



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The next deadline to order a PAC Food Day lunch is Thursday Jan 18 @ 11:59pm. Get your order in by this day and you can provide your child with authentic Asian cuisine for lunch, from 41 Noodle & Rice Pot House. Choose from:

  • BBQ Pork & Egg Fried Rice
  • Egg & Vegetable Fried Rice
  • Sweet Corn with Chicken on Steamed Rice
  • Stir Fried Pork with Rice Vermicelli
  • Stir Fried Beef with Flat Rice Noodle

Go to: www.munchalunch.com/schools/MapleGrove


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December 22nd Update



 Dear Maple Grove Families,

We made it!  Christmas holidays are here!  The Winter Break is upon us!  Enjoy this time away from school.  Enjoy friends, family and those whom you choose to be with.  Rest, recover and rejuvenate.  May the joys and delights of this holiday season shine upon you and your family.  We look forward to seeing you January 8th.

Merry Christmas!

On Tuesday, January 9th, a commercial will be shot in our lunchroom 9:00-3:00.  Students will eat lunch in their classrooms on Tuesday.  Thank you!

Thank you

A huge Thank You to all who helped with the Holiday Hampers.

This year Maple Grove put together hampers for 12 families from our sister school, Nightingale Elementary.  The hampers were stuffed with non perishable foods, treats and gifts.  Each family also received gift certificates from Buy-Low Foods – due to our toonie fundraising. The generosity of Maple Grove families and staff means that these 12 families will have a very merry Christmas season.   We received a big thank you from Nightingale when they came with a van to pick up the hampers.  They actually needed to take out the car seats to fit everything in!

Special Thank You’s to:

Dave Jordan, Store Manger at Buy-Low Foods

Patricia Lowe for organizing gift cards or gifts from:

Safeway – Jim McKay, Store Manager
IGA – John Gendron, Store Owner
London Drugs, Kerri McGonigle, Store Manager
Choices Market – Salim Mitha, Store Manager
Save-On-Foods – Adam Rondquist, Store Manager
Viju Eswaran – Purdy’s gifts
Shopper’s Drug Mart – Serena Lam, Store Owner/Pharmacist
McDonald’s Restaurant – Jacqueline Billings, Manager

Elsie Chan for shopping and delivering the hamper bins to the school.

Global Citizen Club for decorating boxes, making signs and announcements .

Kristie Ruf and all the Class Parents for making sure all the right things got in the hampers – and for encouraging each student to bring a toonie.

Mr. Naipaul’s class for doing the very hard work of carrying the boxes from classrooms to the first floor and then  to the Nightingale van.

And of course to the Holiday Hamper Team, Ms Adams, Ms Garrod, Ms Watkins and Ms Peters.

Holiday hamper team


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Division 8

Division 17 – Celebration of Learning



Dear Maple Grove Parents,

Thank-you in advance for your time to read this post during such a busy, holiday time.

Attached you will find a letter that as Maple Grove parents, Douglas Guest and myself Paula Temrick, have co-written.  

17-12-19 Request for MG SCHOOL STAGE In Replacement School

The letter advocates for a school stage to be designed and built into our new seismic replacement school building.  Currently in the schematic design, presented to our PAC by the architects and VSB project team in October, a school stage was eliminated from the new school building.

If you are in agreement with our letter that the VSB reconsider their decision to eliminate the school stage PLEASE REPLY TO THIS LETTER stating your NAME and E-MAIL ADDRESS along with a BRIEF STATEMENT OF SUPPORT no later than WEDNESDAY JANUARY 10, 2018   Please to this e-mail address: paulatemrick@gmail.com.

In brief, both myself and Douglas have serious educational and school community concerns with the elimination of a school stage.

Our letter describes how having a stage alongside a large space (gym or multi-purpose room):

  • – supports and fosters Arts Education and Celebration – music, visual and the performing arts, all of which have been significantly cutback
  • – can be multi-functional and used for other classroom and meeting space needs
  • – creates a focal point for community engagement – inclusive of students, staff, parents and potentially the local neighbourhood
  • – supports larger scale school fundraising efforts e.g. our Lunar New Year Festival
  • – maintains a more formal environment for whole school assemblies throughout the school year (e.g. Remembrance Day, Winter Concert, Awards and Grade 7 Graduation Ceremonies)

We invite you to read the attached letter for more specific detail and information.  Also attached is a concept design created by another one of our parents as an example only of what could be a flexible and cost effective staging area.

Once support has been collected we will forward the letter, concept design example and your replies onto the appropriate parties.

With Well Wishes To All For The Holiday Season Ahead,

Paula Temrick

PAC Member

School Planning Council Representative

Douglas Guest

PAC Member



Maple Grove Pac Website


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December 22 – Last day of classes before winter break

January 8 – First day back to school



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