Oct 9, 2020


Dear Maple Grove Parents,

This Fall has been full of CONSTRUCTION:

1) We are ready and packed to move into the NEW Maple Grove School AND are awaiting a green light. We are hopeful that it may be before Nov. At this point, as a lot of outside work has to be completed- it’s kind of a weather dependent thing.

2) Not only are we preparing to move into our beautiful new Maple Grove School, but our website/blog has been under CONSTRUCTION as we update it to reflect Covid-19 times. Please be patient with us as we update the site and share a revised Parent Handbook; Code of Conduct and other reference material for you.

NO SCHOOL- Monday, Oct 12

Monday October 12th is Thanksgiving. There is no school. Students first day back will be Tuesday October 13th.

Please know that there are 45 returning Option 4 students who will be meeting Ms. Cuccurullo and Mr. Evans in the gym for a Health + Safety Orientation before going to class.

Goal Setting Conferences (early dismissal at 2 pm)

Please be advised that our school Goal Setting Conferences take place on:

Oct 26th AND Oct 28th starting at 2:00 pm both days.

Early dismissal on both days at 2:00 pm. There is no supervision provided. You must be at the school early on both days to pick up your child.

There was a minor typo/ mis-print in our School Calendar which we apologize for. Please know that Goal Setting Conferences will be on Oct 26 + 28.

Photo Day

No Photo Day this week… it was moved to January by the photography company due to Covid guidelines being approved.

Class Reviews

In case you were wondering, it is very common for schools in Vancouver to have students in session for a number of weeks (usually 4-6) while the teacher and resource teachers do literacy and numeracy assessments. Teachers also spend this time reading student files and acquainting themselves with their new students.

After this initial “getting acquainted time”, the school staff sit down with your admin team and the resource staff and discuss success planning for all the students in the school. This year, the process was delayed due to the delayed school start; the Option 1-4 choices for parents and Covid-19 in general. The school will be doing our student success planning meetings during the week of October 19th.

In addition to student success planning, classroom teachers and resource teachers will be starting the IEP review process. Individualized Educational Plans (IEP’s) are a formalized, personalized plan with strategic goals to help students achieve a successful, positive, engaging, educational experience. Only students with Ministry of Education Designations receive an IEP.

Safe, Caring, Orderly Schools– FYI item

The staff at the district and at the school always have the safety and security of all students at the forefront of our minds. With a commitment to ensuring schools are safe, caring and inclusive, the Vancouver School District has updated the Student Threat Risk Assessment Protocol. This is information that all Vancouver Schools are familiar with and follow when necessary.

Maple Grove Pac Website
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upcoming event

October 12, 2020 – Thanksgiving Day Holiday

October 13, 2020 – First day for Option 4 students to change to Option 1 – In school attendance.

October 23 – Professional Development Day – No school for students

October 26 AND October 28 – Early Dismissal at 2:00 pm – Goal Setting Conferences.

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October 2, 2020


Dear Maple Grove Parents,

We can’t believe September has come, and gone. What a whirlwind of activity, uncertainty and adjustment. I fully expect things to continue the same way for the next month as we look forward to potentially moving into the new building, re-entry of about 1/3 of our Option 4 students, and all the festivities associated with Fall.

As leaves start to turn from green to bright yellow, orange and gold, we know all too well that the flu season is not far behind. As a result, parents need to be aware of the following: Please do not send sick children to school. If your child is feeling unwell, sometimes the best thing you can do is give them a day at home, sleeping, resting, not watching TV, so that they feel energized and invigorated to come back to school the following day. Students who get sick at school will likely:

  • Tell their teacher
  • Gather their belongings (coat + backpack)
  • Put on a mask
  • Report to the office
  • Parents will be called
  • The student will self isolate (with supervision) in the gym lobby until parents can pick them up.

Extra Staffing: We have enjoyed having Ms. Janette Wee on staff as she helps with the Option 4 Check-Ins and we will continue to try and reach out to students to attempt to maintain engaging relationships and connections as a school community. Please make sure you are encouraging your child to check TEAMS and make sure they’re up-to-date with their school work.

We have several meetings next week to discuss timelines for moving into the new building. We will keep you posted as we learn details.

Option 4 Learning From Home Transition students: Parents please make sure, if you are on Option 4, regardless as to whether or not you intend to come back in October or later, to please complete the survey that was mailed to Option 4 parents. Complete a survey for each child at Maple Grove. Only one parent should complete the surveys.


Your MG Admin Team.

Terry Fox Run

“This year marks the 40th anniversary of the Terry Fox Foundation. Given our challenging circumstances, Maple Grove Elementary won’t be conducting a school wide run this year, however individual divisions and cohorts are showing their support for Terry in their own ways.

To show your support for our school’s dedication to the Marathon of Hope and cancer research, please consider donating through the following link: http://www.terryfox.ca/MapleGroveElementary

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upcoming event

October 12, 2020 – Thanksgiving Day Holiday

October 13, 2020 – First day for Option 4 students to change to Option 1 – In school attendance.

October 23 – Professional Development Day – No school for students

October 26 AND October 28 – Early Dismissal at 2:00 pm – Goal Setting Conferences.

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Good Morning Parents,

Please know that under normal circumstances we would try to have indoor rainy day activities for your child at recess and lunch. Unfortunately, with Covid guidelines AND limited space and supervision, we can not have student inside at this time.

Please know that parents are free to provide a raincoat, boots and umbrella for their child during these unprecedented times. We don’t have the staffing to accommodate inside activities at recess/ lunch, or space to do that and practice physical distancing.

All students will be expected to be outside on rainy days at Maple Grove.

Please send you child to school with the appropriate rain gear (e.g., umbrella, raincoat, hat, boots)

Thank you, we apologize for the inconvenience :)

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PHA updates Daily Health Assessment for Students

Dear Parents,

MG Staff would like to thank all of you for continuing to be vidulent completing the daily health checks of your child. More than ever, it’s important to continue to complete the daily assessment as we enter the flu season.

Late last week the provincial health authority changed the symptoms of the daily health assessment. This was done to “allow” for more students to attend school and has been the subject of media scrutiny this week.

We have posted the new daily health assessment form below. Please know that from a school perspective nothing has changed. We insist that parents do not send sick children to school regardless of Covid or not. Students who are displaying signs of illness or sickness will be sent home regardless of Covid. It is unhygienic to send students with runny noses, coughs, sore throats or headaches to school.

More than ever error on the side of caution and follow proper cough/cold etiquette as we approach flu season.

Thank you for your attention to this matter.

MG Admin Team.

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Week of Sept 21 for Option 4: Learning from Home Transition Support

Dear parents,

I am writing this evening to connect with families who have indicated that they are not yet not ready to have their children return to school for in-person as per our Ministry of Health Stage 2 BC K-12 Education Restart Plan.   

I want to assure families that we value all parents who chose options that work best for their families.  Option 4 students are part of the district’s Learning from Home Transition Support.  They will receive check-ins from a staff member and assignments starting this coming week.  Although some assignments and work will be provided by the teacher, the Learning from Home Transition program is not an on-line teaching and learning program.  Parents will need to provide regular educational support and supervision for their children.  Teachers will offer some opportunities for students to join in-person activities to prepare students for their return to in-person learning.  Check-ins will start the week of September 21st.

The temporary transition option was created with the following tenets: 

  1. This is a temporary transition option intended to support students in returning to in-person instruction on October 13, November 9, or January 5. 
  2. Schools will contact families prior to the above dates to check in advance if a family will be sending their child to return to face to face instruction. 
  3. Although some assignments and work will be provided by the school for Option 4 students, the Learning from Home Transition Support is not an on-line teaching and learning program. 
  4. Parents selecting this option will need to provide regular educational support and supervision for their children.  
  5. Schools will offer some opportunities for students to join in-person activities to prepare students for their return to in-person learning.  
  6. students will receive approximately 90 minutes of ‘check-ins’ per week. The purpose of the check-ins is for children to maintain and create a connection to the school and their class.
  7. The Learning from Home transition option will start in the week of September 21.

Students who are Learning from Home will be provided with check-ins from a staff member. The goal of the check-in is to create a connection between the student and school and to encourage transition back to in-person instruction. It is not intended as virtual or distance instruction.

Students may also be provided with the opportunity to come into the school to interact with their class or Learning Group. The goal of these opportunities is to increase the family’s comfort level in having their child return to school for in-person instruction.  Details will vary depending on the individual classroom.

Please note that check-ins can be a combination of virtual or in-person opportunities. If your child misses a check-in, teachers and/or staff will not be able to make up the time. Check-ins will be during the instructional day, between 9:00 am and 3:00 pm. Please do not request a check-in for your child outside of these hours.

We understand that at times, parents will have questions about the assignments and how to complete them. If you are not able to support your child in their learning from home, we encourage you to send your child back to in-person instruction at the next re-entry date. Teachers are not able to conduct individual student check-ins at Maple Grove due to the large percentage of students who have opted for the Learning from Home option.

Teachers may offer opportunities to make connections to classmates who are participating in face to face learning.  Please watch for individual classroom teacher communications regarding this matter.  It is our collective goal that each student feels comfortable returning in person, and that they have a strong sense of their class community from the onset.

If you have any questions about the Learning at Home Transition support option, please consult the VSB website for details. We thank you for your patience as we prepare the check-in and in-person opportunities which will start this week. We want them to be meaningful and productive for everybody.

I want to assure you that the health and safety of all students, staff and parents is the top priority for our school and District. At Maple Grove we are adhering to the requirements of the COVID-19 Public Health Office’s Guidance for K-12 School Settings.   

I hope that you find this information helpful. We look forward to having you back with us soon.

Maple Grove Admin Team

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September 18th Update


Dear Maple Grove Parents,

Today ends another busy week at Maple Grove. Classes have settled and we’re anxiously awaiting news regarding a move to the new building. While we wait, we are managing moth infestations, murder hornets, wildfire smoke, living in boxes, and a global pandemic. But as our former vice Principal use to say, “We got this!”

Earlier this month, the district asked all schools to survey families regarding their preference for how they would like their child’s schooling delivered. Thank you to our amazing Maple Grove families for being courageous and choosing either Options 1, 2, 3, or 4. The Transition from Home (Option 4) check ins start the week of September 21. We respect and value the choice of all families and recognize that you have made choices that are in the best interests of your family.

To review, the choices were:
o Option 1 – Return to in-person instruction in September
o Option 2 – Home Schooling
o Option 3 – Vancouver Learning Network (Elementary Program)
o Option 4 – Temporary Transition Support (Learn from Home Transition option)

Summary information was previously communicated in the August 24-27 survey and again in a September 1st letter. Options 1,2 and 3 have begun for most students.

The Option 4 – Learn from Home Transition Option (listed as Temporary Transition Support in the August 24 survey) that starts next week is an option being provided as a temporary transition for families who are able to support their child’s learning at home, until they are ready to return to in-person instruction.

Students in the transition option will be assigned to an in-person classroom in the school where they are currently enrolled to facilitate their eventual return to school. This space will be held for the duration of the transition period.

In December the District will re-assess this option prior to January to determine if it will continue in the new year. It stands to reason that if Covid-19 numbers continue to rise, and clusters or outbreaks occur in schools that the province may move the district to a different stage of response (we are currently at stage 2).

  1. Families who choose this option will need to provide regular educational support to their child at home.
  2. The success of a child’s learning during the transition period will rely on parents/guardians to ensure their child is engaging with learning and completing assignments.
  3. When considering the transition option parents/guardians should consider the learning needs of their child, their level of independence as a learner and their own availability to provide support.
  4. The amount of support and timing of support for students in the transition option will vary from school to school depending on the number of families that choose this option.
  5. All students in the transition option will be provided with assignments and weekly check-ins by a teacher to support their learning and monitor their progress.
  6. In a typical week, families should anticipate about 1.5 to 2 hours of check-in time with a teacher. This teacher may not be the enrolling teacher of the class to which the student is assigned to eventually attend in-person.
  7. It is important that families understand this is not an on-line learning program, but rather a support and transition option. Check-ins by a teacher with students who begin this school year in the transition option will begin the week of September 21, 2020.

Students with learning designations will continue to have an individualized education plan (IEP) and will receive support from resource teachers and SSA support staff located at their school. School-based resource staff will connect directly with families to discuss needs and support for these learners.

School Supply Fees

Thank you to families who have already paid their fees!

Each year families are asked to pay a small fee to cover all the supplies that are provided to our students. The amount is $35.00. This is a standard fee charged to all students. It is intented is to cover basic supplies that teachers distribute to students. $3.50 per month and this year the fee will be prorated depending on when the child begins attending school in person.

Families who have children currently attending school have already been asked to make this payment on our VSB online payment system: SchoolCashOnline. When signing up for SchoolCashOnline, please do not include the student number and use the child’s usual (preferred) name if they have one.

The instructions are here if you missed the email:

The deadline to submit payment is September 24th.

It, by no means, covers the supplies that students use throughout a school year. Schools often do a direct drive campaign to fundraise to purchase specialized materials and resources for students. There will be more information about this later.

Forgotten Lunch?

If you child forgot their lunch, lunch utensils, water bottle, jacket, etc. You may bring the item(s) to the front steps of the school and place in a blue bin. Make sure you have your child’s name on it!

Health Plans for students with severe allergies or other health conditions.

Care Plans need to be updated annually.

The relevant care plan for medical conditions such as asthma, diabeties, severe allergies etc, should be completed and signed by a child’s parent and physician annually. Care plans should be kept in a safe and accessible place, and staff who work with a student should be familiar with their care plan.  This year we ask that the parents be extra vigilant in completing the care plans and reviewing them with their primary care providers. Please be sure to contact the office if you have not informed us of a serious health concern, and if the school should have an epi-pen in an accessible spot for your child and school staff.

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upcoming event

September 25, 2020 – Pro D Day – No school for Students.

October 12, 2020 – Thanksgiving Day Holiday

October 13, 2020First day for Option 4 students to change to Option 1 – In school attendance.

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Wildfire Smoke

Good evening parents,

Many of the school districts in the Greater Vancouver Area have been receiving inquiries from parents regarding the smoke that has blanketed parts of the lower mainland.

The VSB drafted a letter that all schools are to share with their parent communities. Maple Grove will post the letter here, and send a copy via our SIS MyEd system to all families:

Dear Families,

All Vancouver Schools will be open tomorrow, Monday September 14, 2020.

The health and safety of students and staff is the top priority of the Vancouver School District.  District staff have been monitoring wildfire smoke projections and health advisories, and will continue to do so.  As with all public health matters, the District follows the guidance of Vancouver Coastal Health. 

Should the current compromised air quality continue, vigorous activities like planned PE classes outdoors, will not take place. In addition, students who are sensitive to smoke will be allowed to remain indoors during breaks.  Exterior windows and doors will also be kept closed.

Please be assured that the District has many COVID-19 health and safety control measures in place including maximizing physical distancing, practising respiratory etiquette, student learning groups, frequent hand hygiene and enhanced cleaning protocols.  Families are reminded to complete daily health checks prior to sending children to school.

We look forward to welcoming students to the first full day of classes tomorrow.


Mr. Evans, Principal
Ms. Cuccurullo, Vice-Principal

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Welcome Back


Dear Maple Grove Parents,

It was nice to see so many familiar faces (many were masked) this past week. I want to take this opportunity to say that we are happy to be welcoming staff and students back to school. (Please note that while schools remain closed to the public- this includes parents- parents may make appointments to enter the school by calling the main office 604-713-5356. We apologize for the inconvenience- but this is a public health order from the BCPHA. I also want to extend that welcome to our families that have chosen Options 2, 3 and 4. Even though, you have chosen an option that works best for your family at this time, we want to acknowledge and welcome all of our families to a new school year.

I also would like to acknowledge that for many in our school community, the past 7 months have been challenging financially, socially and emotionally. I would like to assure you that there is no judgement from the school, and that we are adept and experienced working with families who have been through difficult times.

We have written a lot about H+S matters, PPE and protocols, so this quick blog post will not focus on those matters so much. This week’s post is to update you on an adjustment to our playground and the scheduling of kids.


The school would like to inform all parents that we met with teaching and non-teaching staff regarding our original playground plan. And while we initially carved the playground up into small playing spaces, and scheduled small groups to only play in the small assigned space, we have taken a second look at that system and have realized that it might impractical to implement.

Therefore, in consultation with our Supervision Aides, SSA’s, teaching and non-teaching staff, we are moving to a more normalized playground set up.

We feel confident that for the time being, this new playground set up will allow for distancing on the playground due to our reduced numbers of students attending.

  • Maple Grove is running at 60%. Instead of 500 students attending, we have about 350 students attending.
  • The school has closed its driveway at the front of the school AND the staff parking lot in an effort to increase space for students to move, play, and for the flow of student movement on the grounds.
  • Instead of one RECESS, Maple Grove now has two separate RECESS breaks. Primary students will have their own RECESS and access to the whole playground. The other break is for intermediate students to have the playground to themselves.
  • In other words, RECESS is staggered.
  • Lunch breaks will also be separate.
  • Lunch Break runs from 12:00 to 12:45
    • Primary students will eat from 12:00 to 12:25 then go outside to play. While Primary students are eating, Intermediate students will get to play on the playground.
    • 12:25 Intermediate students come in to eat; Primaries go out to play.
  • Lunch ends at 12:47 (same as last year).
  • Students will get to play: Front of the school- including the flag post area and driveway, the front grass, the Primary Adventure playground, the staff parking lot, the tennis courts, the primary all weather field, and a section of the Magee field.

We will watch and monitor the traffic, distancing and play of students and may make adjustments if we see the need. We follow the BCCDC guidelines and know that cohorts are for the learning environment only and are not applicable for outside areas. Further, we acknowledge that students socialize and that staff are working through safety orientations in these first weeks back and will be discussing with students the need to decrease physical touch outside and be mindful of distancing while on the playground.

Gradual Entry for NEW Kindergarten students

We would like to take a moment to welcome our new Kindergarten families to Maple Grove. The new K’s start their gradual entry to schooling this coming week and we are thrilled to welcome them to the Maple Grove family. We support all families, regardless of their decision to either attend or do the transition to school program, and we are looking forward to a time in the future when we can have all our new K’s in the building at one time. We’re so lucky to have super fantastic, awesome K teachers who know how to work with all students and families to make the start of schooling positive, engaging, fun and memorable.

More to Come

We have hired some new staff, and we will be sharing a lot more school information in Friday’s regular blog post. For now, please know that we got this! Have an enjoyable weekend.

In addition, we hope to have our weekly blog sections up and posting as per normal by next week.

Thank you everyone! It’s been a very different start to the school year… but as we know… we will all get through this by, “being safe, caring and kind.”

Thank you!
Your MG Admin Team

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ACTION ITEM: Choice Learning Form Reminder to Parents

Dear Parents,

Yesterday, the district constructed a Learning Choice Form which was sent to all families registered at Maple Grove.

Here are 3 important pieces of information:

  1. Parents must complete a form for each child at the school… this is critical as it adds accuracy to our numbers and will better match our enrolment.
  2. Forms are due to be submitted No Later Than Thursday, Sept 3rd at 8:00pm
  3. I’m now aware that a small number of parents didn’t get the email (which was sent from Maple Grove Student Records) For convenience, I am enclosing a quick link to the registration form.


On a separate note, thank you for your ongoing support for the students and staff at the school. We truly appreciate it. We hope you received the September Restart Plan (Draft) earlier today. Thank you for being patient while the Provincial Health Authority and Ministry of Education worked with school districts and schools to provide guidelines for Health + Safety for students and staff. It is our intention to review these guidelines with students and staff next week.


Your Maple Grove Admin Team

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Please complete the Program Choice Form that was emailed to parents for each of your children


Dear Maple Grove Parents,

This morning Maple Grove Student Records sent parents an email asking parents to indicate whether they would be coming back to school for “face-to-face” learning or Transitional Remote learning.

We graciously request that we receive a response for each child in attendance at Maple Grove. Otherwise, we will have to spend valuable time tracking down families for a response.

The Deadline to complete the Form is Thursday, Sept 3rd at 8 PM

We will collate responses after that time. The results will help shape some of the features of the features of the Maple Grove Restart Plan. It is our hope to get DRAFT details of that plan to you this weekend. And then finalize the plan early next week.

For now, please know:

  • Schools remain closed to the public. Only authorized personnel and student are allowed into the building. This is to reduce adult contacts. This applies to parents as well. In other words, parents are not allowed in the building. If you need access to the school, please make an appointment with the office 604-713-5356.
  • Adults must wear a mask in common areas (office, hallways, library, etc) or if they cannot physically distance.
  • Adults must sanitize their hands prior to entering the building.
  • Gr. 6/7 students must wear a mask in common areas of the school, or when they can not physically distance. K-5 students may wear a mask if they like, but it is not required.
  • Students must wash their hands upon entering the school and leaving the school in the morning, at recess, at lunch, and at the end of the day
  • School closes at 3 pm for disinfecting and cleaning.
  • School will have assigned am and pm meeting areas for students to gather and specific entrances and exits to use. This is to limit physical contacts.
  • School will have a staggered Recess and staggered Lunch with Primary students eating first, while intermediates play, and then primaries playing while intermediate students eat lunch. Students will eat lunch in their classrooms. Supervision Aides and SSA’s will provide supervision.
  • Cohorts are basically the class or division. While some classes may informally have a cohort of up to 60, we want our classes and exposures to minimize contacts.
  • Classes will be outside as much as possible… this may mean visits to Maple Grove Park, the Greenway, neighbourhood walks, etc. Fresh air is a good thing before the winter months set in.


Sept 8
No School for students
Staff meeting and planning
Staff H+S orientations

Sept 9
No School for students
Staff meeting and planning
Teachers contact returning families and share teacher info and meeting locations

Sept 10
School in session 9:00 to 11:30 am only (H+S orientation for students)
Students with the LAST NAME A to L attend only
Students bring a snack

Sept 11
School in session 9:00 to 11:30 am only (H+S orientation for students)
Students with the LAST NAME M to Z attend only
Students bring a snack

Sept 14
First day of classes for gr 1-7
K Gradual entry starts

Sept 21
Transitional Learning Option starts

Thank you for your patience and understanding. We are working on getting our Maple Grove September Restart Plan to you as soon as possible. We are receiving information updates from the MoE and district as we speak. In addition, we are awaiting our survey information to help with school planning and to determine who will be in attendance for face-to-face instruction and who will be working remotely for the first little while.

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