Nov. 29 Update

Bake sale

There will be a Bake Sale after school on Wednesday, December 4.  We will be selling items for $1 or $2.

We are asking for nut-free baked goods to be donated for the sale.  They can be dropped off Wednesday morning outside the office or in room 310.  Please label containers you would like returned with your child’s name and division.  All profits will go to the Holiday Hampers for our sister school.

PAC Movie Night December 6:

You’re A Mean One Mister Grinch!

HO HO HO…To help get you in the holiday spirit, Maple Grove PAC will be hosting a Christmas themed pyjama movie night on Friday, December 6th at 6:30 pm in the gym! The movie will be Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch! Admission is $2 per person and includes a mini candy cane!  Please visit https://themaplegrovepac.wordpress.com/christmas-movie-night/   for all the details!

Reminder: Cash4Clothes Donation Drive Cancelled

Friendly reminder that the PAC initiated CASH4CLOTHES donation drive has been CANCELLED (the Developmental Disabilities Association has ended their Cash4clothes program effective October 27th, 2019).  Please do not bring any donations to movie night on Dec. 6th, as this drive is no longer happening. For more information, you can visit the Developmental Disabilities Association website here https://www.develop.bc.ca/donate-clothes/update/

 

Registration is now open:

https://www.youngrembrandts.com/metrovancouver/view-classes-enroll/

Cartooning

Your child is sure to be giggling all season long as they explore the fun, artistic world of Young Rembrandts cartooning! Funny expressions and hilarious animals are just a few pieces students will create this session. Our lessons are sure to delight kids and parents when students complete Goofy Chefs and Colourful Athletes. Enroll your child today for fun artistic challenges they can use to create amazing pieces of artwork. Sign up today!

 

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Nov. 1 Update

 

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We would like to congratulate Div. 15 who competed in the Boost Your Power Smarts Challenge along with 100 classes across British Columbia this Octobe(r). They learned a lot about what they can do to conserve energy and got top marks on all four quizzes! Way to go! They were also the very lucky winners of the Week 4 prize draw and received an assortment of circuitry material, science themed games, Power Smart pop-up books, colour changing pencils, and credit for classroom books. A big thanks (and a lot of love) to BC Hydro for providing these amazing educational prizes.

 

 

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upcoming event

** November 8th – Pro D Day – No school for Students **

** November 11th – Remembrance Day – No school for Student**

STEM 2020 Photos

https://photos.app.goo.gl/PYWb89YvLEc96DKc6

Craft Club – Division 14

 

Laity Pumpkin Patch

 

Planting a Promise Project – Division 7 & 13

 

YOUNG REMBRANDTS Program

Maple Grove YR Flyer COLOUR-Fall2019

ROBOTICS Progam

Robotics MP NOV

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October 24th Update

Professional Development Day on October 25th.

No School for students.  Please be sure you have made arrangements for your children.

Enjoy the weekend!

 

Kindergarten Registration for 2020 2021!

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Do you have a child born in 2015?  Registration for Kindergarten for 2020 2021 starts on November 1!

Registration Process

With the opening of school registration for the 2020-21 school year on November 1st, the VSB has implemented online registration service for parents.  The registration process has two steps:

Step 1:   Complete the online registration process at vsbapplynow.vsb.bc.ca  Print out the completed registration form. (Note, this link won’t be active until November 1)

Step 2:   Bring the completed registration form along with the required documents to your catchment school.

Notes:

The registration process is not complete until you have competed both steps in the process.

This is not a “first come, first served” registration process.  However, you should have your child’s registration completed by January 31, 2020.

Visit the  Student Registration Page on the Vancouver School Board website for more information.

In order to secure a spot in Maple Grove for 2020 2021 you should register before January 31, 2020.  And if you are interested in a Choice Program, you registration must be completed by January 31, 2020 so that you can participate in the lottery.

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

We are wondering about Montessori numbers – do you have a child born in 2015 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, or Mrs Thow know.  Remember you have to register at your child’s catchment school even if there is a sibling at Maple Grove.

 

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upcoming event

October 29th – deadline to order photos

November 1 – Photo retake day

** November 8th – Pro D Day – No school for Students **

** November 11th – Remembrance Day – No school for Students**

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Oct 18

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PRINCIPAL’S MESSAGE

Good afternoon Maple Grove!  Another wonderful week has come to an end.  Thank you to those parents who were able to attend this morning’s PAC meeting.  We appreciate your attendance, interest and support what’s going on at school.  There was quite a crowd of parents at today’s meeting due to the seismic update.  The school district is looking at ways to try to keep the integrity and vision of the original design for students while managing project costs.  There will be more information to come over the coming weeks.  For now, I encourage you to refer to the parent blog for further information and for ways to make your voice heard.  The project is running on time… and there is no question the new Maple Grove will be a beautiful building.

I want to encourage all parents to consider parking a block away from the school and walking the remaining distance.  This cuts down on traffic around the school AND provides nice bonding time with your child as you walk to school together.  There will be a lot of construction on the street front over the coming weeks and we want parents to be aware that foot traffic is better than car traffic.  Please be reminded that we have volunteer parents and students who supervise and participate in our school Safety Patrol.  We ask that all parents adhere to their commands at the crosswalk and 47th Ave.

FSA testing is ongoing for our gr 4 and 7 students and we would like to acknowledge that we appreciate how data is collected and used by third party agencies when it comes to results.  That being said, the FSA is a snapshot in time of how students are performing and it does provide interesting data for schools and districts to reference.

Next week is a short week… enjoy!

NO SCHOOL ON FRIDAY, OCTOBER 25 – PRO D DAY

BACK TO SCHOOL IS ON MONDAY, OCTOBER 28

 

Maple Grove Pac Website (Click to enter)

upcoming event

October 24  – PAC Halloween Event

** November 8th – Pro D Day – No school for Students **

** November 11th – Remembrance Day – No school for Students**

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Oct. 11

NO SCHOOL ON MONDAY, OCTOBER 14 FOR THANKSGIVING WEEKEND

FIRST DAY BACK TO SCHOOL IS ON TUESDAY,

OCTOBER 15

 

PARENT VOLUNTEERS NEEDED

At drop offs or pickups, you may have noticed students in safety vests with stop signs at the intersection of Cypress and 47th. These students are members of our dedicated Safety Patrol team. Their role is to ensure pedestrians cross safely and help cars remember to respect the crosswalk. Over 50 students share this responsibility at 8:40-9:00 am and 3:00-3:20 pm every single school day.

We are looking for parent volunteers to supervise and support our students in this important role by standing near them and giving guidance when needed. How often you will need to participate depends on how many volunteers come forward. Training will be provided before your first day. If you are available to fill this role in supporting our young protectors,  please contact Flavia at mgsafetypatrol@gmail.com

Safety patrols

 

FRESH TO YOU FUNDRAISER

Our annual Fresh To You Fall produce fundraiser is here! The aim of the fundraiser is to promote healthy food choices with fresh high quality seasonal produce that’s locally grown in BC, while helping fundraise for the school.

There will be 2 different bundles to choose from:

  • Veggie Bundle for $20: 5 lb bag of Pacific Sunrise Potatoes, 3 lb bag of Carrots, 3 lb bag of Red Beets, 3 lb bag of Yellow Onions
  • Fruit Bundles for $18: 5 lb bag of Gala Apples, 3 lb bag of Pears

Please consider selling bundles to family members, friends and neighbours. The Maple Grove PAC receives 40% profit on all bundles sold. The top seller will receive a youth medium spirit wear t- shirt!! Order deadline is Friday October 18th at 3 pm.

Order Form, along with payment – cash or cheque made payable to Maple Grove School PAC – can be handed to your child’s teacher or in the PAC mailbox in the office.

Expected delivery of the bundles will be between November 12th – 22nd. When a delivery date is confirmed, you will be notified via an email by your class parent with pick up information.

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upcoming event

October 24  – PAC Halloween Event

** October 25th – Pro D Day – No school for Students **

Cross Country Team

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Oct 4

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PRINCIPAL’S MESSAGE

Good Morning Maple Grove (M G) families!  Happy Friday!

It’s hard to believe that the month of September has come and gone and we’re already wrapping up the first week of October.

Earlier this week we celebrated Orange Shirt Day!  Orange Shirt Day is a time for reconciliation, reflecting and recognizing the events from 1867-1994 that affected, and continue to affect, so many of our Indigenous Canadians, who were forced into “cultural assimilation” by the Canadian government and sent to residential schools.  Now is a time for acknowledgement and healing as we come together and try to move towards a brighter future.

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Maple Grove had a special assembly where we recognized the events of the past 100+ years and where we reflected on a presentation by Phyllis Webstad, and a video about residential schools.  Thank you to Div 17 for their written reflective responses.

1 FSAFSA testing starts in October and runs until November 8th parents of gr 4 and 7 students have already received notices about the testing.

 

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The Maple Grove Cross country Team was in action last week.  Our runners are so well trained and were top finishers in their age groupings.  Thank you to the coaches (Ms. Shoemaker and Mr. McDonough as well as the parents for all their support).

 

Goal Setting Conferences this coming week!

Early dismissal at 2:00 pm on both days:

Monday, 7th

Wednesday, Oct 9th

Cold + Flu Season

SickGirlParents, please do NOT send your child to school if they’re sick.  They spread their germs to others.  Then, when your child is feeling better, their original sickness can come back to them when their immune system is already compromised.  Keep sick kids at home!  Children are more than able to catch up on any missed work… and no child will have missing or late work held against them if they were absent due to illness.  Thank you for your understanding.

 

Dough Raiser Program

Do you shop at the COBS Bread in Kerrisdale? PAC has started a new fundraiser partnership with our local neighbourhood COBS Bread called the Dough Raiser Program. Just mention “Maple Grove Elementary” the next time you shop there, and COBS will generously donate 5% of your purchase to the Maple Grove PAC. Easy-peasy-lemon-squeezy…nothing extra is needed from you except uttering the magic phrase: Maple Grove Elementary!!!

 

Maple Grove Spirit Wear – Ignite the Wildcat within you!

Order your Maple Grove Limited Edition Spirit Wear now! Go to the PAC Website (https://themaplegrovepac.wordpress.com/) and click the “Click Here To Order Your Spirit Wear!” button.  Great to wear at school events, sporting events, team events, field trips, or simply just because. All funds raised will go towards outfitting the New School. Order deadline to purchase is today, Friday, October 4th. All spirit wear is made-to-order and will be distributed to your child’s classroom in late October.  You can check out sizing charts on the Spirit Wear Page on the PAC Website (https://themaplegrovepac.wordpress.com/spirit-wear/).

Board Game Club: “Maple Grove has a NEW CLUB!

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The PAC is excited to announce the Board Game Club will be every Friday during lunch, starting October 11th. Students of all ages are encouraged to join! This will be held rain or shine and will be held in room 309 – Mr. McDonough’s classroom. Come learn a new game or play an old favourite. A special Thank You to Elisabeth Chan for leading this club.”

 

 

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Sept 27

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PRINCIPAL’S MESSAGE

Good Morning Maple Grove (MG) families.  Happy Friday to all!  It was another busy week at Maple Grove.  Thank you to our amazing parents for volunteering for the Hot Lunch program.  It’s an amazing program that helps to feed students and support so many wonderful school-wide activities and events at Maple Grove.  Thank you also to the PAC Exec for organizing the awesome Meet the Teacher event yesterday after school.  Also, thank you to the staff who were able to join us for the event and laugh at the Know your Teacher trivia game.

I want to extend a big thanks to our PAC for the new fundraising initiative for Spirit Wear.  The t-shirts and hoodies are amazing and we love the Maple Grove Centennial Celebration logo on the back of the garments.  All proceeds go towards the new Maple Grove School.

We will be experiencing some staff changes at Maple Grove over the coming months.  First off… Congratulations to Ms. Brewster.  Laura will be going on Mat leave next week and we wish her and her family all the best during this special time.  We hope to see Laura back next year.  In the meantime, we have hired Alison Gjernes to replace Ms. Brewster.

Also, congratulations are in order for Ms. Shew.  Elizabeth is also expecting and she will likely be with us until January before heading off on leave.  We will fill Elizabeth’s position in the coming months.

For those parents who follow Foundation Skills Assessment testing… the FSA testing period this year is from October 1 to November 8.  We have already sent home a message from the Superintendent of Schools to grades 4 and 7 students outlining some general information.  FSA testing is the provincial government’s standardized measure to take a snapshot of student learning at a given point in time.  It is valuable data for schools- although I pause to note that none of the testing goes towards a students report card.  The testing is only for students in grade 4 and in grade 7.  Students may be excused from writing the test based on philosophical beliefs of the parents, educational concerns, academic concerns or similarly by the school for a variety of reasons.  Parents may write to the school asking for their child to be excused, or the school may write to the parent indicating that they feel they’d like to excuse the child.  Generally speaking, schools like all students to participate… but adhere to the discretion of the family.  The testing looks at Mathematics and Literacy and has a written and online computer component.  It takes about 6 hours to complete the test.  Testing is completed over several weeks.

 

Bring a smile on photo day!

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Picture Day is Friday, October 4th.

Cold + Flu Season

SickGirlParents, please do NOT send your child to school if they’re sick.  They spread their germs to others.  Then, when your child is feeling better, their original sickness can come back to them when their immune system is already compromised.  Keep sick kids at home!  Children are more than able to catch up on any missed work… and no child will have missing or late work held against them if they were absent due to illness.  Thank you for your understanding.

Construction Matters

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Photo by Pixabay on Pexels.com

 

Maple Grove is on schedule and the new building is moving along nicely.  If you haven’t checked out the build… have a look from the 3rd floor.  It’s quite amazing!

 

 

 

Dough Raiser Program

Do you shop at the COBS Bread in Kerrisdale? PAC has started a new fundraiser partnership with our local neighbourhood COBS Bread called the Dough Raiser Program. Just mention “Maple Grove Elementary” the next time you shop there, and COBS will generously donate 5% of your purchase to the Maple Grove PAC. Easy-peasy-lemon-squeezy…nothing extra is needed from you except uttering the magic phrase: Maple Grove Elementary!!!

 

Maple Grove Spirit Wear – Ignite the Wildcat within you!

Pre-order your Maple Grove Limited Edition Spirit Wear now! Go to the PAC Website (https://themaplegrovepac.wordpress.com/) and click the “Click Here To Order Your Spirit Wear!” button.  Great to wear at school events, sporting events, team events, field trips, or simply just because. All funds raised will go towards outfitting the New School. Deadline to purchase is next Friday, October 4th. All spirit wear is made-to-order and will be distributed to your child’s classroom in late October. Sample sizes will be available for viewing on Wednesday, October 2nd before (8:45am – 9:00am) and after school (3:00pm – 3:20pm) in the hallway outside the office. You can also check out sizing charts on the Spirit Wear Page on the PAC Website (https://themaplegrovepac.wordpress.com/spirit-wear/).

 

YOUNG REMBRANDTS Program

Young Rembrandts

 

Fall ROBOTICS Programs

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Fall BRICK ANIMATION Program

Brick Animation

 

 

 

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