September 10, 2021

Principal’s Message

Dear Parents,

Well it was an interesting first week back.  Tuesday the staff had Covid-19 Health + Safety Guidelines training and Anti-Racism in-service workshopping.  Wednesday they had students for annual check-ins and planning meetings.  Thursday was the first day of classes.  We even welcomed some of our new Kindergarten students.  And our Montessori classes rolled forward into their new classes for the year. We received the okay from HR to roll our Traditional students into classes on Friday afternoon. Students will let parents know where they need to line up on Monday. Please refer to the school map below to see what entrance they will use. If your child has forgotten their teacher’s name, you be able to tell which pod they are in by what grade they are in for 2021 2022. Today (Friday) was another full day of school.

Reminders to Parents:

Please be sure to have your child arrive at the school on time (by 9:00 am) ready for school with a water bottle, snack and lunch.

Please also be sure they have appropriate outerwear. Due to COVID protocol, students must go outside for recess and lunchtime break.

If something is forgotten, parents may bring the item to the school place it in the well-marked green bin at the library entrance (where the lost and found is located). Please write your child’s name and division on the item.

Traffic:

We have already had our first automobile accident of the year (not the fault of our parent). A school bus scraped against their car- damaging it to a point where it had to be towed.  Thankfully no students or adults were injured.  

This brings home a point that 45th Ave and Cypress St are narrow streets and we recommend that parents do NOT park on 45th.  Please avoid the street altogether! Please park your vehicle away from the school and walk.  Even with staggered start/ end times with Cavell, there is bound to be congestion on the streets surrounding the school.  Save yourself the frustration and park & walk. We have voiced our concerns the the VPO and the City and we are hopeful that parents continue to exercise extreme caution when driving near the school.

Start Up:

Montessori classes rolled forward yesterday.  All other classes were directed by the VSB to hold.  We just found out today that we could roll into new classes. Friday afternoon we rolled our Traditional classes into new classes so that Monday morning could be a fresh start right away in their new class.

Lining Up in the Morning (where to go)

Willow Pod – Traditional Grades 5, 6 and 7

Birch Pod – Traditional Grades 3, 4 and 5

Cherry Blossom Pod – Traditional Grades 1 and 2

Ponderosa Pine Pod – Kindergarten Traditional and Montessori

Douglas Fir Pod – Montessori Grades 4, 5 and 6

Cedar Pod – Montessori Grades 1, 2 and 3

Link to Sept Covid Guidelines Covid Guidelines:

LINK HERE

Also check here:

  • All staff and students need to complete a Daily Health Check BEFORE coming to school each day.  Please stay at home if you are feeling sick. 
  • Please follow instructions from Public Health or Canadian Border Services if you have traveled outside of Canada.
  • Schools remain closed to parents and the public.  However, parents may phone the school and make an appointment if they have important school business to conduct (604-713-5356).
  • Sanitizing stations will be available at the main doors, please sanitize or wash hands upon entering the building.  Wear at mask.
  • Masks are required indoors for all students Gr. 4-7
  • Masks are optional but encouraged for students K-3
  • Adults working in the building or visiting must wear a mask and sign in at the servery (this is for contact tracing).
  • Be respectful of others’ personal space and minimize crowding as much as possible 
  • Please follow directional arrows when moving throughout the school
  • Socially distance whenever possible… VSB is calling this “spacing” now
  • Indoor school gatherings are limited to 50 people or 50% of the occupancy space limit (whichever is larger)
  • Visitors are required to pass the daily health check (DHC) and sign in with their phone number upon arriving (for contact tracing)
  • School is closed to the public.  School and office are accessible to public (parents included) by appointment only
  • Extra-curricular activities/clubs are possible with caution
  • Encourage use of individual water bottles
  • Be outside with class as much as you like.  Fresh air is good medicine.
  • All day playground and outdoor activities are open with no restrictions
  • Outdoor walking trips are encouraged for the first few months. As staff and community settle into H & S protocols and parameters, local fieldtrips are possible where COVID safety precautions are in place.  Exercise caution… advised to wait
  • No overnight fieldtrips are permitted this year
  • Specific Curriculum while indoors:
    • P.E.
      • Masks are required while indoors except when participating in high-intensity physical activity (e.g., basketball)
      • Dance or Yoga: masks required

IF A STUDENT DISPLAYS COVID-19 SYMPTOMS…

  1. Give them a disposable mask to use
    1. Separate them from the rest of the class
    1. Bring them to the office medical room where they will be cared for
    1. Contact parent/guardian for pick up as soon as possible

AT THE END OF THE DAY…

  • General and frequently touched surfaces will be cleaned every 24 hours and when visibly dirty
  • Staff who introduce manipulatives will need to clean and disinfect 1 time a day.
  • Students will be picked up outside as last year by families.

Important Dates

September 24th- Pro D- No School for students

September 30th – Truth and Reconciliation Day – no school

October 11th- Thanksgiving Day

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School Start Up

August Opening Comments 2021\

Dear Parents,

Welcome Back and Happy New Year! September is always like New Years. It’s a chance for fresh starts; clean slates; redo’s; do-overs; new beginnings. However you think of September, please know that we are looking forward to working with all of you and trying to get things back to normal while following and adhering to the Provincial Health Authority; District Covid Task Force and Health + Safety Guidelines. This welcome back message will have a lot of DRAFT information as we are still working with the district and province regarding planning for school opening.

At the time of this writing, Covid cases in BC average 500-800 daily.  School Admin have met with Vancouver Coastal Health (VCH) officers, District Covid Response Planning Team and reviewed Provincial and District Covid guidelines.  We have taken the recommendations of the Provincial Health Officer (PHO) and used those guidelines from the BC Centre of Disease Control (BCCDC) to shape our District Communicable Diseases Plan and our Covid Safey Plan. Our plan is in DRAFT.

Things to Know

Item #1 MG Covid Guidelines for 2021-2022

We require all parents to read and understand this document prior to sending your child to school.  School procedures have changed somewhat, may, or may not be familiar to you and your children, depending if you were an Option 4 learner last year. Therefore you may or may not be familiar with Maple Grove Covid guidelines. Nevertheless, we are a caring school community and we want to ensure the safety and security of all adults and students in the building.  There are many new and continuing processes, routines and safety measures that will be part of the day. This is likely the new normal for society and schools.


Covid Guidelines – MG plan for the 2021/2022 school year

BACKGROUND INFORMATION:

STAFF WILL…

  • Develop a plan for restart to school
  • Familiarize themselves with health + Safety protocols to ensure staff and students remain safe
  • Familiarize themselves with procedures if a child becomes sick at school
  • Conduct a daily self-health check each morning
  • Encourage regular hand washing 
  • Maximize physical distancing 
  • Minimize physical contact 
  • Ensure additional cleaning measures are in place 
  • Ensure they wear PPE in common areas or places where they cannot physically distance

PARENTS WILL…

  • Conduct daily health checks of their children each morning before school.
  • Agree NOT to send sick children to school (sniffles, fever, cold, sore throat, headaches, chills, sweats, vomiting, aching muscles, runny noses, etc.
  • If your child is ill, with any common cold, influenza or COVID-19-like symptoms, your child must stay home and isolate for 10 days following the onset of symptoms or until symptoms resolve. If a student is assessed by their family physician or nurse practitioner and it is determined that they do not have COVID-19, they may return to school earlier than 10 days but only after symptoms resolve. 
  • Agree NOT to send siblings to school if another sibling is sick
  • Agree NOT to send children to school if a family member (even parent) is sick
  • Agree to self-isolate for 14 days if they have traveled outside of Canada.
  • Agree NOT to enter the school without making an appointment through the office.  Please understand that schools remain closed to the public.  Parents must make appointments to enter the school and only for essential business.  Please call 604-713-5356 to make an appointment.

If you are unsure of your child’s health condition or if they have COVID-19-like symptoms, contact 8-1-1 for guidance. 8-1-1 is a free-of-charge provincial health information and advice phone line available in British Columbia. 

1) Instruction will be in-person– (there are distance ed; VLN and homeschooling options and there is an adjustment that students who enrol in distance ed, may come back to Maple Grove in Sept 2022 providing there is space). This is NEW.

2) Schools remain closed to the public and parents
The Province and District are asking parents to refrain from entering the school unnecessarily.  Parents can make appointments through the School Office (604-713-5356) for school business.  Parents will be required to limit their access to school; wear a mask; sign in at the main office with contact information in case provincial health officials need to contact trace.  Parents must make an appointment by calling the office to gain access to the school- and only for important business.  Only authorized adults, staff and students will be permitted to enter the school building. 

This is a safety measure from the Province and is designed with the intent to limit the number of adults in the building and reduce opportunities for exposure.  If parents have a need to enter the school, we request that you contact the school ahead of time and provide advance notice.  You will be required to wear a mask and sign into a logbook for Provincial health officials.  This is for the safety and security of all staff and students.

Parents may call the school (604)-713-5356 to make appointments to conduct school business.
(a) Parents must have permission from the Admin to enter the school.  
(b) Parents must complete a Daily Health Check (DHC) from the district App if they have an appointment
(c) Parents must wear a mask.
(d) Parents must sign the “Visitor Log-In” including providing their phone number for Provincial Health Authority (PHA) Contact Tracing.

3) No Cohorts anymore.

Cohorts are presently NOT required by VCH; the District or the BCCDC or PHO. Students are free to play on the playground with any student in a similar grade


4) Lining Up- Before School (Entrance/ Exit)

Drop off and Pick Up:

Designated pick up and drop off locations have been selected outside the school; on the school grounds; so that students may distance and line up with classmates and be led into the school by an adult staff member.  This has been decided by the Provincial Health Authority and District Health & Safety for a number of reasons.  Specifically, to control traffic flow and directional travel; to control the safety and security of students so that we limit the amount of persons in the building at any given time; and to reduce high touch surface areas by members of the community at large.  Teachers will walk students into school in the morning, and out to the meeting area at the end of the day.   Parents are to refrain from entering the school unless they’ve made an appointment through the office (604-713-5356). Parents require Admin Office Staff approval prior to entering. All adults must wear a mask in the school.


(a) Students will continue to line up outside the school in the morning.

(b) Classes will line up outside the school each morning where they did last school year… EXCEPT primary Montessori. They will line up on the Westside of the school in the new westside shared maple courtyard (see map)

Div 1, 2, 3, 4. Willow Pod
Div 5, 6, 7, 8. Birch Pod
Div 9, 10, 11, 12. Cherry Blossom Pod
Div 13, 14, 22. Ponderosa Pine Pod
Div, 15, 16, 17, 18. Douglas Fir Pod
Div 19, 20, 21. Cedar Pod CHANGE, use Westside Courtyard

(c) Be advised that Cavell School starts 15 minutes before Maple Grove and ends 15 Minutes before Maple Grove. (Do not come to school early). Avoid the traffic. We encourage parents to park a block or two away from the school and spend some quality morning time walking and talking as they approach school. This is a really good time to prep your child for their school day and talk shop. Its also good bonding time; telling stories; encouraging your child; and sharing your childhood experiences.

4) Students must wear a mask- All K to 12 staff, students in grades 4 to 12, and visitors are required to wear masks in all indoor areas, including: At their desks; lining up outside; on school buses. Exceptions to the mask policy include:

(a) A person who cannot tolerate wearing a mask for health or behavioural reasons
(b) A person unable to put on or remove a mask without the assistance of another person
(c) If the mask is removed temporarily for the purposes of identifying the person wearing it
(d) If the mask is removed temporarily to engage in an educational activity that cannot be performed while wearing a mask. For example:
(e) Playing a wind instrument
(f) Engaging in high-intensity physical activity
(g) If a person is eating or drinking
(h) If a person is behind a barrier
(i) While providing a service to a person with a disability or diverse ability (for example, a hearing impairment), where visual cues, facial expressions and/or lip reading/movements are important

Students in Kindergarten to Grade 3 Students in K-3 are encouraged to wear a mask indoors in schools and on school buses. It is recommended they wear a mask, but it is not required. Mask wearing remains a personal or family choice for these students.

5) Classes will eat lunch in their classroom– As per last year, classes will continue to eat lunch in their classroom. The exception will be the K’s. They will eat lunch in the multipurpose room.

6) Daily Cleaning- School surfaces will continue to be surface cleaned once daily. Our engineering staff are aware of these guidelines.

7) Ventilation- The VSB has upgraded all schools to include MERV 13 filters. They have also increased air circulation and extended the hours of air intake through the course of each day. VSB schools conform to American Society of Heating, Refrigerating adn Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) practises. These include:

  • Regular inspection and maintenance of HVAC systems
  • Increased supply of outside air to dilute indoor contaminants
  • Upgraded filtration, including installing MERV-13 filters where possible
  • Use of other air cleaning or treatment technologies
  • Management of energy use and air distribution through building automation control systems

8) Daily Health Check (DHC) App. The VSB has just developed an, “app for that”. Use the APP
The K to 12 Health Check website and app is an easy way to decide if your child should attend school based on their symptoms. It includes current health guidelines and offers an age-appropriate user experience for K to 12 students. Download the app:

Conduct Daily Health Checks of your Child

Parents must assess their child daily for symptoms of common cold, influenza, COVID-19, or other infectious respiratory disease before sending them to school. If your child is ill, they must remain home. 

In addition, a student may not attend school if: 

  • they have travelled outside of BC in the last 14 days; 
  • they have had contact with a known COVID-19 case, or if another person in their home has symptoms of common cold, influenza, COVID-19, or other infectious respiratory disease, even if your child remains asymptomatic (i.e. does not show signs of being ill); and/or 
  • a doctor or other medical professional has advised them to self-isolate. 

To help maintain a healthy learning environment, staff, families and students are asked to practice good hand hygiene and respiratory etiquette (i.e. coughing and sneezing into your sleeve).  Please review this with your child on a regular basis.  Students in grades 4-12 are mandated to wear a mask, while at school, unless they are physically unable to do so; eating recess snacks, or eating lunch.  We strongly recommend students in grades K-3 wear a mask while at school.  You would be checking children for coughing, sneezing, running nose, diarrhea, or fever.  If a student becomes sick during the day, please alert the office and bring the student to the office. Please advise them to wash their hands before coming to the office and provide them with Kleenex to cover their coughs and sneezes.  Their parent will be called for pick-up. They will await pick-up in Gymnasium Vestibule (the Isolation Room) – the first aid room will be kept for first aid purposes only and will be disinfected each time it is used.


Daily Health Check


9). Important Links



COVID-19 protocols if someone gets sick

Students and staff who become sick at school

If a student or staff member develops symptoms at school:

  • They will be given a mask and separated from their classmates or colleagues.
  • Separated children will be supervised and cared for
  • The student’s parent or guardian will be contacted, and asked to have their child picked up as soon as possible
  • Staff will be asked to go home as soon as possible
  • Custodial staff will clean and disinfect the areas the person used

COVID-19 exposure at school

If a student or staff member is confirmed to have COVID-19, and were potentially infectious while they were at school:

  • Public health will investigate to determine if there were any potential close contacts within the school

If it is determined that there are close contacts within the school, public health will:

  • Notify the school administrators and request information to assist with contact tracing from VCH
  • Provide guidance on what steps should be taken

Public health may then:

  • Recommend 14-day self-isolation if necessary
  • Recommend self-monitoring for symptoms if necessary
  • Provide follow-up recommendations if necessary

Schools will ensure students who required to self-isolate are able to continue their educational program. Together, schools and public health officials will determine if any other actions are necessary.

Parents, caregivers and families will be notified by public health if your child was determined to be a close contact of a COVID-19 positive person.




In and outside the classroom

Music and physical education programs

Students can participate in music and physical education programs, with additional safety measures in place.

  • Masks aren’t required when doing activities that cannot be performed while wearing a mask, like playing a wind instrument or participating in high-intensity physical activity
  • Students must continue to wear masks while singing
  • Shared equipment will be cleaned and disinfected and students are encouraged to wash their hands before and after use
  • Students will be asked not to share equipment that touches the mouth, like an instrument mouth piece or mouthguard, unless cleaned and disinfected in between uses

Sports, clubs and extracurricular activities

Activities like sports team practices and games, sports academies and events can continue. They will follow local, regional and provincial public health recommendations and orders for community gatherings and events.

  • Sport and extracurricular activities should be held outside whenever possible
  • Students will be encouraged to wash their hands before and after using equipment and cover their mouths when coughing or sneezing
  • Students will be asked not to share equipment that touches the mouth unless cleaned and disinfected in between uses

Bringing in/use of personal materials 
We encourage students to bring their personal materials to minimize physical contact and use of shared materials. Please label your child’s water bottle, supplies and everything they bring to school. (NB: drinking fountains will not be in operation.  Please send your child with a full water bottle.  The school has student water bottle filling stations which are sanitized daily).

Students will eat their lunch and snacks in their classrooms.  Lunches and snacks are to come to school in the morning with the students – there will be no drop-off lunches or snacks accepted. Please pack lunches that: 

  • Do not need reheating
  • Are nut free
  • Children can eat independently 
  • Use of materials, equipment and manipulatives in classrooms will be minimized. 


School meal programs

Food services (meal programs, cafeterias and fundraisers) will operate normally in the 2021/2022 school year.

School districts with existing meal programs will continue to work with community partners to provide meal support to families in need, in line with current public health guidelines.


Playgrounds

Playgrounds are a safe environment. There is no evidence of COVID-19 transmission in playgrounds. The following measures should be taken when using playgrounds:

  • Ensure students wash their hands before and after outdoor play
  • Minimize direct contact between students

More information on playgrounds is available from the BCCDC.


Assemblies, concerts and gatherings

MG will take a cautious approach to assemblies. We may stream our assemblies for the first part of the term or split the school into Primary/ Intermediate to monitor numbers.


Added supports for students and staff

Mental health

As a result of the pandemic, we know students, educators, staff and administrators are living with anxiety, stress and other mental health needs.

Government has provided a one-time $5 million investment to support mental health services for students and staff, in addition to existing funding. These funds will allow schools to expand existing programs and introduce new supports to address the mental health needs of students and staff.

In spring 2021, a mental health working group was established with representatives from the BC Confederation of Parent Advisory Councils (BCCPAC), primary care, government, Indigenous educators and rights holders, administrative and union groups and other stakeholders in education. The working group is outlining key principles and developing resources to ensure the mental health needs of students and staff are being met.


Indigenous students

The ministry fully respects the jurisdiction of First Nations and their right to make their own decisions about First Nations schools. Visit the First Nations Schools Association website for the latest updates.

In the spirit of reconciliation and consistent with the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Act, public and independent schools have been asked to engage with First Nations communities who have students enrolled in district schools as soon as possible to discuss return to school plans for September.

  • School boards and independent school authorities must also work with Métis Nation British Columbia for plans for Métis students attending public or independent schools
  • Boards must identify Indigenous students whose educational outcomes may have been negatively impacted during in-class suspension, with support planned and prioritized

International students

International students arriving in or returning to B.C. are required to self-isolate for 14 days if they are not fully vaccinated (have received two doses of an approved COVID-19 vaccine administered more than 14 days prior to arrival). The following vaccines are approved for entry to Canada:

  • Pfizer-BioNTech
  • Moderna
  • AstraZeneca/COVISHIELD
  • Janssen/Johnson & Johnson

Students are also required to submit a self-isolation plan and complete the federal ArriveCAN application prior to arrival.


Education programs

In-class instruction
There is no substitute for in-class instruction. It provides students with face-to-face teacher-led learning, peer engagement, supports social and emotional development and decreases feelings of isolation. School also provides many students access to supports they can’t get at home and is integral to their overall health.

Online learning
Both public and independent online learning schools offer online classes. Students in kindergarten to Grade 7 must take a full course load at one school, while students in Grades 8 to 12 may learn from home entirely, or learn at school and take some courses online.T. here are 48 school districts with 53 public schools offering online learning courses. Independent online learning schools also offer courses and programs. Check out the VSB website re: student who take VLN can come back and re-register at MG providing the is space in Sept 2022.

Discover online learning

Homeschooling
Homeschooling is typically led by a family member who delivers an educational program to a child at home.

Note: Homeschoolers are not eligible to receive a British Columbia Dogwood Graduation Certificate.

Discover homeschooling

Homebound education
If you have a child who is immunocompromised or has a serious medical condition, you may be able to access the homebound program. Contact your local school district for more information.

Item #2 First Week Back At-A-Glance

This is what we anticipate the first week looking like… except for the K classes- they have their own gradual entry schedule AND Kindergarten teachers contact families separately.  We have posted similar information on the school blog (FYI). 

Sept 1 to Sept 3 
School Closed to the public and parents
Parents may call (604)-713-5356 to make an appointment to conduct school business
Parents must have admin approval to enter the school
All visitors entering the school must wear a mask
All visitors entering the school must sign a Log-In book and include their phone # for contact tracing
School Office (open 9 – 2 daily)

Monday, Sept 6 
Holiday- No School 

Tuesday, Sept 7 
No School
H+S Meeting Workplace Harassment Training
NEW District-Wide In Service Training Day on Anti-Racism

Wednesday, Sept 8 
School in session 9-10 only
Don’t arrive early as Cavel will be on the school grounds at 8:45. School in session from 9-10. Parents welcome to wait on school grounds.
9-10 am  Students line up outside the school like last year. Primary Montessori’s line up in the west side courtyard
Students go to last year’s classroom. No NEW K’s at school… they start according to their gradual entry schedule. Staff are in meetings all day- please leave the school grounds at 10 the the staff can move about/ meet/ and plan for the year.



Thursday, Sept 9 – Full Day of School.
Students must bring a recess snack
Students must bring a lunch

Friday, Sept 10 – Regular school day 
As Above

Item #3 Staff List


Item #4 Parking

Parents- Please, please, please exercise good driving; defensive driving; excellent road sense; and an awareness of pedestrians when driving near the school. Children are always darting out onto streets without looking and you as a driver should expect that. Please park a block or two away from the school and enjoy a quality walk with your child. Its the best way for them, and you, to start the day. Honestly, you’ll learn far more about your child, their friends, school, teachers, etc, by spending the casual time walking and talking than you every will at any other time. Enjoy and stay safe on the streets. Please follow all parking and school signage. ALSO note that Cavel buses are always on CYPRESS ST 15 minutes before our start and end. So Let them go first and arrive after they leave… otherwise you’re asking for a traffic jam!


Item #5 Calendar Items

Sept 7th– No School
Sept 8th Students in session 9-10 am only. Staff in meetings all day
Sept 9th Regular Day. Rolling into new classes. Gradual Entry for New K’s has its own schedule (mailed to K families)
Sept 24th Pro D Day- No school for students
Sept 30th. National Reconciliation Day- No School for students

Thursday, September 30th will not be a day in session for staff or students. Calendars on District and school websites have been updated to reflect this. More information will be coming about how this information will be communicated to our school community. See below for additional information about the provincial announcement from August 3, 2021 (after our calendar was set).

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June 29th Update

Have a Wonderful Summer Everyone!

So here we are, the weird and whacky 2020-2021 school year has come to a close for students!  (staff will all be here tomorrow too).  The year started just like it has since 1923, with staff and students attending the school at 6199 Cypress Street.  BUT there were some major differences,….. from all students lining up outside before the bell waiting to have their hands sanitized, to all adults wearing masks in the building, and NO parents permitted inside the school.  Students had to play outside in their cohorts, all extra curricular events like sports, field trips including grade 6 camp were cancelled.  COVID had made its mark on school life for the Maple Grove Community, and so did the new school.  Teachers were living out of boxes with their teaching materials because the move to the new building was imminent, only the truth is, it was not so imminent.  After a couple of “time to move”, “no not yet”, yes indeed Maple Grove staff and students moved into the new, beautiful building in late November.  As I mentioned to our Grade 7s this morning at our Grade 7 Grad Ceremony,  I came here in December of this school year for 2 weeks while Mr Evans attended to caring for his father who had contracted COVID. 

Mr Evans helped his dad recover, and I had so much fun meeting all of the students and staff, that he then asked me to return and cover his 2 week elective surgery medical leave in the middle of January.  I repeat, for 2 weeks 😊 And 5 ½  months later here I am, still here, and proud to be Maple Grove’s Interim Principal. 

Despite all of the trials and tribulations in this school year, our grade 7s have been resilient, stoic, respectful, strong achievers, and kind contributors.

They have missed out on so much, but we are extremely proud of who they collectively have become.  Our Ceremony this morning was made possible by the relentless efforts and work from the parent community.  Special thanks to the parent graduation committee.  At this time it is also very important for me to thank all parents for their efforts this year, including the respecting of the VSB COVID guidelines and for your overall support.  Our Maple Grove PAC, particularly your Executive has been especially helpful.  The Montessori PAC also were informative and supportive to Madame Val and myself.  Thank you to you parents!

So the MG staff and students have survived the COVID school year, with its occcasional outbreak and disruption.  Have smoothly moved into our new school, have politely shared the campus with Cavell, and NOW experience a first ever HEAT WAVE.  Quite the conclusion to a school year which was, well, weird and whacky!

In closing, I want to thank all of the staff, particularly Madame Val and Mrs. Jane Peters, our superstar in the office.  I am regularly in contact with Mr. Evans, and I am confident he will return to captain the good ship Maple Grove in September.

Take care and stay cool.

Kevin Land

Staff Changes for 2021-2022

We want to send a huge shout out and thank you to Mr. Kevin Land for stepping in this year as Acting Principal. We have been very lucky to have you on board and are very grateful for all that you have done here.

We wish to congratulate Ms. Caitlin Lucas, one of our grade 4-5-6 Montessori teachers on her new position at Renfrew Elementary. She will be missed, but we wish her lots of success in her new adventure. Her current position remains open and will be filled during the summer.

We are also sorry to see Mr. Scott Mullen leave our community. Mr. Mullen was our STEM teacher this year and he also stepped in to teach one day in Montessori primary for the last third of the school year. We wish him all the best success in his new adventure next year!

Ms. Natalie Vermaas is moving on to new challenges. She will be our neighbour at Cavell next year, teaching in a grade ½ position. We look forward to seeing her there and wish her a lot of success!

We want to acknowledge Ms. Janette Wee, our Option 4 teacher. As there will not be Option 4 next year, we wish her all the best in her next challenge.

Ms. Brittany Shoemaker will be back from maternity leave, teaching in a grade 2 position.

Ms. Sue Belliveau will be back on the Maple Grove Montessori team. She will be teaching 2 days in primary Montessori.

Three of our SSAs are moving on this year. Mr. Allan Johnson will not be returning to Maple Grove next year. Ms. Jessica Blackler is moving to Kelowna. Maria Fiskilis is also moving on to new challenges. Good luck to all of you; we wish you success in your new endeavours.

Valérie Carrière (she/her)

VP-Maple Grove Elementary

Grade 7 School Leaving Ceremony

Artona Studios took photos of our grade 7 students at their school leaving ceremony this morning. They will be sending us the portraits and we will forward them to each family in the next week. Families may order photos if they like.

Summer Immunization Campaign for Kindergarten, Grade 6 and Grade 9 students

Please read this important information from Vancouver Coastal Health

Maple Grove String Orchestra

Dear Families of current grade 5 and 6 students at Maple Grove:

The Maple Grove String Orchestra program will be starting up again for the 2021 2022  school year.  If you are interested for your child, please read the information attached.

Band Program at Magee for Grades 6 and 7 at Maple Grove

Maple Grove Pac Website (Click to enter)

upcoming event

June 29 – Last Day of School for students 3:00 pm dismissal

September 8 – First day of 2021 2022 School Year – (One hour only) Students return to their homerooms that they had in June. Please watch for an email late in August with information on the school startup.

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June 11th Update

It’s June!  A couple of  reminders for parents

Please be sure you let the office know if you are returning later than September 8th, 2021.  We may not be able to hold your child’s spot if we don’t know when they are returning. Here is the link to update the school if your child will be absent from school September 8th.

https://forms.office.com/r/FR1iP1ciTb

Leaving school early for summer vacation?

The school will be happy to mail your child’s report card if you provide a self-addressed, stamped envelope.  Otherwise you may give your teacher a note to allow another person to collect the report card.  Any reports cards that are not collected on June 29th will be kept in the office until September.

Lost and Found

Please encourage your child to check the Lost and Found for missing items.  We’ll have to donate and/or dispose of all the items in the next couple of weeks.

Maple Grove Pac Website (Click to enter)

upcoming event

June 28 – 1:15 pm Elementary school leaving ceremony for Grade 7.

June 29 -Reports go home

June 29 – Last Day of School for students 3:00 pm dismissal

September 8 – First day of 2021 2022 School Year – (One hour only)

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June 4 Update

School Organization for 2021 2022

We are pleased to share next school year’s (2021-2022) enrolling teaching assignments with you. At this time, we wish to remind you that there could still be movement within our school organization and that teaching assignments can change until September 30, 2021.

DivisionGrade(s)Teacher(s)
17C. Plavan
26/7D. McDonough
35/6K. New
45/6C. Karakanta
54/5D. Tsang
64/5E. Yeung/V. Lee
73/4K. Yeung/T. Chan
83R. Wong
92A. Garrod
102B. Shoemaker
111/2J.Cao/K. Seebaran
121W. Wong
13KJ. Phelps
14KS. Hales
157MM. Burghall
164/5/6MM. Griffiths
174/5/6MG. Bartlett
184/5/6MC. Lucas
191/2/3MC. Boulanger/A. Khan
201/2/3ME. Lin
211/2/3ME. Hart/TBA
22KMC. Kao

Reminder to Parents re requests for class placement

Please refer to our May 7th post on this blog https://maplegroveschool.net/2021/05/07/may-7th-update/.

The deadline to submit requests was May 28th. Thank you to all those parents who submitted their requests to Mr. Land.

Grade 7 School Leaving Ceremony

Monday, June 28th at 1:15 pm we will hold our ceremony for our grade 7’s in our gymnasium. The event will be live-streamed and should conclude at approximately 2:30 pm, at which time students will be dismissed and as they exit the gym, the parent grad committee will distribute a yearbook and gift to each grade 7 student outside the east entrance to the school. Parents are welcome to come and take pictures with their grade 7 child outside the school. A good spot could be by the cement sign on 45th Ave W, or on the new playground. Please keep in mind the rest of the school will be dismissed at 3:00 pm.

Good Morning Maple Grove!

Please enjoy these “episodes” of Good Morning Maple Grove, our school talk show, hosted by our wonderful Acting Principal Mr. Land and assisted by his top-notch production team made up of our Kindergarten teachers (Ms. Hales, Ms. Kao, and Mrs. Phelps).  Each Friday, Mr. Land introduces a different learning pod and each pod takes us on a tour of their space.  Then two teachers from that pod join Mr. Land for an “in-depth” interview. We also have special guests from our school community join us as well. So far we have the Cherry Blossom Pod, Willow Pod, Birch Pod and Cedar Pod. We’ll be updating this page with new episodes on a weekly basis. https://maplegroveschooltalk.wordpress.com/good-morning-maple-grove/?theme_preview=true&iframe=true&frame-nonce=785a7a9e94

PAC Annual General Meeting (AGM)

We hope you can join us at our PAC Annual General Meeting!

Date: Wednesday, June 9th, 2021
Time: 7:30pm
Where: Virtual over Zoom

This will be our last meeting for the current school year. On the agenda is a year in review as well as a look ahead. We will be voting on the budget and incoming Executive Officers for the 2021/2022 year. The planned agenda for our AGM is available on our 2020-2021 Meeting Minutes Page.

For voting purposes, we will need to ensure participants are eligible members of the PAC. So we do ask that you RSVP for the AGM and we will send you the Zoom details. Please RSVP by emailing us at themaplegrovepac@gmail.com with your name, your child’s name, and your child’s division.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Maple Grove Pac Website (Click to enter)

upcoming event

June 9 – PAC AGM 7:30 Zoom meeting

June 28 – 1:15 pm Elementary school leaving ceremony for Grade 7.

June 29 -Reports go home

June 29 – Last Day of School for students 3:00 pm dismissal

September 8 – First day of 2021 2022 School Year – (One hour only)

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May 21st Update

Enjoy a lovely long weekend!

Good sunny afternoon everyone,

As the weather improves we are seeing so much more activity outside before and after school.

This is obviously great and thank you to the families who are taking care and making sure our students are playing safely.

Remember, the space between the two schools is completely cement or blacktop, and this space is actually tiny.

Cavell is outside until approximately 8:50 in the morning, and for a few minutes the north end of the old Maple Grove (Cavell now) is very congested.

After 3:00, almost all of Cavell have departed.

Our students and families are enjoying the outside time and space, and it is quite crowded, particularly right after 3:00.

I have reminded the students on the school PA of school expectations regarding bicycles, scooters, skateboards, and roller blades.

These items are not to be used on school property before 3:20 pm on school days.

It is simply too crowded for students to be safely using these fun items, so please remind your child to follow our expectations and wait until after 3:20, and be very careful not to collide into others.

The staff parking lot should never be used for riding or blading.

We sent this out two weeks ago and we thank you for your attention. Students seem to be following expectations and everyone seems to be interacting safely.

Thank you for your support,

Kevin

Update from Vancouver Coastal Health

As you are aware, pre-COVID the Vancouver Pediatric Team nurses hosted school based routine childhood vaccination clinics for Kindergarten, Grade 6 and Grade 9 students. Given that the VPT nurses have been re-deployed, please find attached an updated letter from VCH outlining information regarding routine childhood vaccinations, information on hearing and vision screening, dental care and youth clinics.

Returning to Maple Grove in September

If you expect to return from holidays later than September 8th, please be sure to fill in the survey “Notice of Late Return to 2021 2022 School Year ” emailed to you last week.  If you expect to be back on September 8th, or your child is in Grade 7, you do not need to complete the survey. Here is the link to the survey if you need to complete it. https://forms.office.com/r/FR1iP1ciTb

Thank you for keeping us informed of any changes of address or contacts!

Summer School

Summer School Registration Started on May 4th. Information here: http://summer.vsb.bc.ca

Maple Grove Pac Website (Click to enter)

upcoming event

May 24 – Victoria Day Holiday

June 29 -Reports go home

June 29 – Last Day of School for students

September 8 – First day of 2021 2022 School Year – (One hour only)

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May 7th Update

Class Placement Criteria for September – May 28th is the deadline for Parent input/requests

Please read the attached document to review the criteria.

Maple Grove has a Talk Show!

Good Morning Maple Grove had its premiere episode this morning. What is it? A talk show for our school! Each week a different learning pod will be featured along with interviews with a few of the teachers from that pod. Mr. Land is our host, assisted by our production crew consisting of our Kindergarten teachers, Ms Hales, Ms Kao, and Mrs. Phelps. In our first episode, the Cherry Blossom Pod is featured. There is also a “Questions for Mr. Land from the Kindergarteners” in a get-to-know-your Acting-Principal segment. Enjoy our first episode by clicking on this link: 

https://vsbworld-my.sharepoint.com/:v:/g/personal/shales_vsb_bc_ca/EeTEGoBX7VhNnZmQ3QJlMtsBq60D8hBTBQxIWoRCcwrjzQ?e=CM3e94

Our Pods each have their own beautiful signs for their particular tree.

A big THANK YOU to Ms Hales for being creative and generous! We love the pod signs.

Maple Pod – Admin

Cherry Blossom Pod – Grades 1 & 2 Traditional

Birch Pod – Grades 3, 4 & 5 – Traditional

Willow Pod – Grades 5, 6 & 7 Traditional

Ponderosa Pine Pod – Kindergarten Montessori and Traditional

Cedar Pod – Grades 1, 2 & 3 – Montessori

Douglas Fir Pod – Grades 4, 5, 6 & 7 Montessori

summer.vsb.bc.ca

Please use this link to find your child’s PEN (Personal Education Number)

https://kchoice.vsb.bc.ca/penrequest.aspx

2021-2022 School Calendar

For Parents of Students in Grades 6 and 7

YOUTH ONLINE STUDY

What do you and your child think about technology and social media?

How do you and your child use technology and social media?

You and your child will each receive a $10 Amazon gift card

Your child will also be entered into a draw to win an Apple iPad

To complete the survey, please click on the following links:

PARENT SURVEY: https://www.jitsutech.ca/YOS2021parentSD39

YOUTH SURVEY: https://www.jitsutech.ca/YOS2021youthSD39

If you have any questions or would like more information,

please contact Dr. Zina Lee at Zina.Lee@ufv.ca

Email: Zina.Lee@ufv.ca

Maple Grove Pac Website (Click to enter)

upcoming event

May 24 – Victoria Day Holiday

June 29 -Reports go home

June 29 – Last Day of School for students

September 8 – First day of 2021 2022 School Year – (One hour only)

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April 23 Update

Message from Kevin Land, Acting Principal

Good afternoon Maple Grove families.

Sadly, our terrific Principal Mr. Peter Evans has continued to experience some setbacks in his recovery from his January surgery and has been advised not to return to work this school year.  We wish him well and our school is extremely hopeful that he will be permitted to return as School Principal when school resumes after summer holidays in September.  I have informed Mr. Evans and Director Zerbe that I am honoured to remain as Principal for the remainder of this school year.

Earlier this month we submitted our student population projection for 2021-22, and we will likely receive our school staffing entitlement for next year by the first week of May.  We are busy wrapping up week 30 of this school year, meaning we have reached the 75% point.  So while finishing the final 10 weeks we will also be planning for 2021-22.

The weather has been exceptional recently, so please ensure your student always has a water bottle and a hat while at school as we are spending much more time outside.

As part of our COVID protocol, we have students line up outside, and enter the school through their assigned entrances with their teacher who sanitizes their hands.  Please be sure to have your child present at school by 8:55 so that the class can enter as a complete group at 9:00am.  Late arrivals present many challenges and your cooperation is appreciated.  And finally, please be sure to keep vigilant with the daily health checks, and keep your child at home if they are unwell.

I would like to remind parents to physically distance in the morning and after school while interacting with other adults and children.

Unfortunately, some of our students have tested positive recently for Covid 19.  Each time a VSB student or staff tests positive, VCH contacts our VSB District Health and Safety Team, who then contact the affected school administration.  Madame Valerie and I then start the 6 step COVID response.  As part of the 6 steps, affected classes, staff, and the school community are notified of the exposure.  District Operations staff are also notified to attend the school and proceed with Deep Cleaning of affected areas before school resumes the next morning.

And a final note on safety, please be sure to NOT use the staff parking lot for pickup or drop-off OR use it as a pathway to and from school.  There is a sidewalk immediately east of the staff parking lot, on the other side of the fence.

Kind regards, Kevin Land

No School for students on Monday, April 26th – Professional Development day for Staff

Photo Day – April 28th

Note: Option 4 (Learning from Home) Students may come to have their photos taken at 10:30 am. Please meet at the 1924 45th Ave W entrance.

There will not be time to do retakes, so there is only a single photo day. Due to COVID protocols, short turnaround times and photographers available, we will not be able to take class photos, but will provide the students with a class composite. Due to our policy of not mixing cohorts, we will not be taking a panorama, staff group or club and team photos.

LOST AND FOUND

Please ask your child to check for lost water bottles, lunch bags, jackets, etc., etc.,

Anything look familiar?

Important Reminders for Parents

Do not send your children to school if they are sick. To be safe, even those with very mild cold-like symptoms should stay home.

Make sure your child has their own water bottle, sun hat and sun screen. Classes are participating in more outdoor activities now that the weather is fine.

School starts at 9:00 am. Please have your child here on time with their lunch, water bottle and snack. We try to reduce contacts by making sure all students are ready for school without interruption for the full day.

Attention Grade 4 and 7 Parents

FSA student reports will be sent home by Friday, April 23rd.

Maple Grove Pac Website (Click to enter)

upcoming event

April 26 – Professional Development Day – No school for Students.

April 28 – Photo Day (morning)

May 9 – Mother’s Day

May 24 – Victoria Day Holiday

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April 16th Update

PHOTO DAY IS APRIL 28TH

Rain or Shine – Outdoors.

There will not be time to do retakes, so there is only a single photo day. Due to COVID protocols, short turnaround times and photographers available, we will not be able to take class photos, but will provide the students with a class composite. Due to our policy of not mixing cohorts, we will not be taking a panorama, staff group or club and team photos.

Let’s Sip N’ Chat!

Are you up for a PAC Community chat? Ever wonder what happens behind the scenes in PAC? Are you interested to learn what it means to be part of the PAC Executive Team, but were apprehensive to ask? Do you want to get involved at the school but don’t know how? We want all of your questions! 

PAC is hosting a Sip N’ Chat session over Zoom on April 21st @ 7:30pm. It will be a casual chat to check-in with each other and to answer any questions you may have about how PAC Executive works. There are no commitment expectations with this session – please feel free to join a fun night with no concern that we will assume you are signing up for volunteering just by attending.

Join Zoom Meeting Here:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82261297971?pwd=VkVPQ095bDdVSlpkRnRCRXI5eE9lQT09 

Meeting ID: 822 6129 7971 
Passcode: 315153 

We hope you will join us over Zoom this coming Wednesday evening at 7:30pm on April 21st. Grab your favourite beverage and let’s share a fun night in!

Maple Grove Pac Website (Click to enter)

upcoming event

April 26 – Professional Development Day – No school for Students.

April 28 – Photo Day (morning)

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April 9, 2021 Update

Photo Day is Happening at Maple Grove!

On the morning of April 28th the school photographer will be coming to Maple Grove to take individual student photos. It will be done outside with physical distancing and COVID protocol in place. Please note that there will be no opportunity for retakes. Class composite photos will be created with the individual photos.

Maple Grove Spirit Wear – ONLINE STORE CLOSES TONIGHT

Buy your Maple Grove Spirit Wear here: https://www.paddlevancouver.ca/collections/maple-grove-elementary-school
Password: MG2021

Just a friendly reminder that the online Spirit Wear Store closes midnight tonight. This is your last chance to get your hands on the coveted MG Wildcat apparel! Grab a t-shirt for hot summer days or a hoodie to keep you warm on the chilly days. And the zip hoodie would make for a perfect light jacket for dry Vancouver weather.

Shop online and have your order shipped directly to you or you can pick up from the print shop. Free shipping is available for orders over $150. 

If you have any questions, please contact us at themaplegrovepac@gmail.com.

Maple Grove Pac Website (Click to enter)

upcoming event

April 26 – Professional Development Day – No school for Students.

April 28 – Photo Day (morning)

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