June 5th




Good Morning Maple Grove School.  Thank you to all the parents who completed surveys regarding whether or not they would send their children to school in June for the restart.  While about 25% indicated they would send their children, the real numbers are about 10% attending.  Meaning, on T,W,Th we have about 45-50 students in the school.  School looks very different for students with physical distancing and reduced touch.  And while students are happy to be back at school, they are a little disappointed that its not what they remember leaving back on March 13th.  School is different.  Routines focus on hygiene and health and play at recess/ lunch is not what it used to be.  For the month of June, school is voluntary.  We will advise you what September will look like when we have more information from the Ministry of Education.

We are making the best with what we can, and covering classes as we are able.  There are a number of changes as we get towards the June finish line.  I would like to turn our attention towards September planning and address some planning issues that will become important for September.  There are some staffing changes occurring for September and I would like to acknowledge some staff who will be leaving us.

Firstly, I would like everyone to stand and acknowledge the tremendous career of Ms. Humeniuk.  Mrs. Humeniuk has made the difficult decision to retire and be closer to her family; and spend more time with them.  She has been a master teacher who consistently excelled and pushed the limits of critical and creative thinking.  Her contributions, both inside and outside the classroom are unparalleled and she will be sadly missed by Maple Grove.  She is irreplaceable as a teacher leader and her contributions to the teaching, learning and culture of the school will be greatly missed.  Please join me in wishing Mrs. Humeniuk a peaceful, fun, enriched retirement.

Mrs. Smith, our amazing Vice Principal will be leaving us as well.  I’m happy to say that Ms. Smith has been promoted to the position of Principal of Edith Cavel Elementary School.  However, as sad as we were to lose Miss Smith, were very happy for her and even more happy to announce that Edith Cavel Elementary School will be the swing site school on the existing Maple Grove site for the next two years. So, in other words, Ms. Smith will be on-site and close by and always visible to all of us for the next two years. So please join me in congratulating Ms. Smith on her well-earned and well-deserved promotion to the Principalship.

I will be mentioning some other staff members who will be leaving, and joining the Maple Grove team in the coming weeks as the district works it’s way through the Spring Transfer Process (STP).


School Organization

Planning for 2020-2021 School Year- DEADLINE, Monday June 8th

This week the Maple Grove is starting the process of organizing for September Placement of students.  All schools in Vancouver are planning for September.  We’re working with numbers (graduating students, Kindergarten intakes, transfer ins and transfer outs).  We are also working with staff to determine what their plans are for next year.  Because of the Covid-19 Pandemic, Maple Grove received a noteworthy number of registrants prior to spring break.  All students as of May 4th are included in our September Organization.  This email will share the DRAFT School Organization (for September) with you and outline the Criteria For Class Placement Requests.

September School Organization 2020-2021 (DRAFT- can change without notice)

Div Gr Teacher
1 7 Plavan
2 6/7 McDonough
3 5/6 New
4 5 Karakanta
5 4 Tseng/ Tsang
6 4 TBA/ Lee
7 3 Yeung/ Chan
8 3 R.Wong
9 2 Garrod
10 2 TBA
11 1 Seebaran / TBA
12 1 W.Wong
13 K Lam
14 K Hales
15 7 M Burghall
16 456 M Griffiths
17 456 M Bartlett
18 456 M Lucas
19 123 M Boulanger/ Khan
20 123 M Lin
21 123 M Hart/ TBA
22 K M Kao


Class Placements for September + Parent Input- DEADLINE, Monday June 8th

Maple Grove likes to work with our parent community and as such, we like to confer about placements of students for September.  That staff work very hard to decide on the perfect placement for your child- they often consider a number of factors that parents may not have knowledge of.  Similarly, you often have information that we need to know.  The first thing you need to do- if you have a placement request for your child- is talk to this year’s teacher!   The classroom teacher plays a huge role in determining where your child will be placed.

Background Information:
In September, it takes some students several days/ weeks to settle in to new classroom environments- particularly given the uncertainty in the latter 1/3 of this school year.  Generally speaking, after a couple of days/weeks students settle nicely into the rhythm of the new school year/grade/teacher.  The beginning of the school year can be emotionally difficult for some students due to the change in schedule (which will happen to us as we share the site with a swing site school), different classmates, different teachers, different school, different everything!  Disappointments can be magnified.  With your support, and ours, most students adapt to their new class and routines quickly.   During this time, please reflect on, rather than react to, your child’s placement.  It is extremely important to remain supportive and positive about your child’s placement and to trust last year’s teacher for making the recommendation.  Teacher recommendations are made after hours of discussion and debate among teachers.  Decisions are not made lightly.  We trust your children to be able to adjust to new learning situations and to make new friends – these are normal life challenges.  In an effort to assist teachers in making decisions where to place students, Maple Grove traditionally offers parents an opportunity to provide some input into learning circumstances that may be beneficial for their child, or for staff to consider when casting classes.

We have found in the past that with your support, children are able to adapt to and benefit from a variety of experiences and that as parents, we tend to underestimate their ability to do so. Your help with this process is crucial. Please help your child by encouraging them and normalizing change, making new friends and meeting new challenges. As well, work to develop a positive relationship with your child’s teacher. Our goals are the same as yours – we are striving for your child and all children to be successful.

How We Organize Classes:
Organizing students into classes for the following year is one of the more complex things that we do at Maple Grove.  We go to great efforts to ensure that children are placed in optimal educational settings; teams of teachers as well as our Learning Assistance staff work to create what we feel is the best placement for each and every child.  The factors we must consider are numerous- there can be many reasons to place a child in a given class and sometimes reasons not to.  Both combined and single grade classes will be developed for next year at various grade levels.  As well, there is often teacher movement from grade to grade, and to and from the school.  Our aim is to build diverse and successful groups of learners who will function and learn well together.  To do this, we use a wide range of criteria for grouping students, including:

Class Placement Requests:    DEADLINE, Monday June 8th

We do not accept teacher requests.  We have criteria that we publish annually.  Class placement requests must be made in writing and are sent directly to the Principal and must adhere to the criteria.  A written request does not guarantee that your request will be granted!

Criteria For Class Placement:

The objective of class placement is to create and organize classes so that each student is in a positive learning situation.  The school also wants to ensure that each teacher has a manageable teaching assignment that conforms to Ministry of Education standards and the teacher’s Collective Agreement.

A. Instructional Criteria:

  1. Ability Distribution
  2. Work Habits
  3. Teaching/Learning Styles
  4. Equitable distribution of students
  5. Groupings appropriate for the best learning environment for all

B. Positive Social Grouping:

  1. Friendships
  2. Peer conflicts
  3. Boy/ Girl ratios
  4. Positive leaders
  5. Social needs / friendships

C.  Other Criteria:

  1. Previous Experience: Previous class assignment of teachers & students is considered.
  2. Teacher Recommendations
  3. Parental Input
  4. Resource Team Input
  5. Class size + Composition criteria
  6. Special factors or extenuating circumstances
  7. Grade level balance in combined classes
  8. Effort, achievement, independence and leadership
  9. Cultural diversity

D.  Attention to Each Child:

  1. Each child’s academic needs + progress
  2. Each child’s social needs
  3. Class group dynamics
  4. Gender balance
  5. Physical and emotional maturity
  6. Personalities
  7. Each child’s need for attention in social, emotional and behavioral areas
  8. Logistical requirements concerning the child’s access to the support of an education assistant whose service is provided in more than one classroom

Parent requests must be emailed to Mr. Evans.  DEADLINE is June 8th

Additionally, we must make placements within the constraints of staffing allocations and Collective Agreements and contractual guidelines.  In the end, each classroom will have its own character, offering different benefits to each child.  We ask that you trust the team of educators working with your child to make the best placement for next year.  We know it can make a difference when students have a familiar face in their class.  We also know that sometimes, friends do not make the best classmates and that at times, friends should not be in the same class as they can disrupt one another’s learning.  When we do place students for social reasons, we primarily consider students your child will succeed with in class, not necessarily friends; the two groups may be completely different.  Finally, making new connections, meeting new challenges, and dealing with change are all important life skills.  We will be asking students about friends prior to class building.

In the past, we have had a large number of parent requests for class placement that made class building very challenging.  Many of the requests were regarding friends and sometimes were at odds with what staff saw as a ‘best placement’ or the requests of the friends. Please consider the following information.

Most times, it should not be necessary to make a special request. Your child’s previous teacher and our extended team know your child well, and will have good ideas about who they learn well with. On occasion, there can be special circumstances such as special needs or past history that we may not be aware of or that you feel we may need to be reminded of. Please give writing a letter serious consideration based on the above information.

If you feel you need to write a letter outlining your perspective regarding September class placement, please focus on the kind of learning environment you believe your child learns best; please remember, you cannot request or exclude certain teachers – this will not be considered.

Letters that focus on learning are welcome and can at times be very helpful.  It is also important to note that requests may or may not be met, depending on the input of staff and administration.  In other words, writing a letter of request does not guarantee your request will be met.   Multiple requests from parents (e.g., for friends, avoiding combine classes or teachers) cannot be met.  As well, requests for ‘non-split classes’ or upper or lower parts of splits cannot be accommodated- please don’t even make that a point.   This is not a perfect process but we work very hard at it and look at many factors many times between now and September to do the best we can for all children.

Parents who feel that they have educational information that would help the decision-making process should convey that information in writing to the Principal BEFORE MONDAY JUNE 8th.  You may email Mr. Evans at pevans@vsb.bc.ca      The VSB Microsoft Mail Server Clients are state-of-the-art and we do not accept late requests or “I sent it” as a reason.  We do not lose email.  Information will be used as one of the factors staff will consider when forming class lists.  Please do not request a specific teacher in your letter.  It may eliminate your letter from consideration.  Further, submitting a request is not an guarantee that your request will be granted.  Requests are not confirmed.  You will not receive an email confirming receipt of your request.

* Parents are reminded that they should speak with the current classroom teacher regarding placement of their child, as the current classroom teacher has a significant role in placing the student in next year’s class.

* We respectfully ask that you do not directly talk to, or contact by phone or email, any teachers about your child’s class placement with teachers. Teachers are bound by their Professional Code of Ethics, and these conversations cannot occur without violating this code.

Parents are reminded that the final decision and authority for pupil placement remains with the Principal, as per the School Act.


Sports Day

Due to the Provincial Health Officer’s (PHO) Order on crowds in excess of 50, there will be no Sports Day this year.

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Seismic Update

Construction is on schedule.  We will be moving over the summer into the new building.

It’s June!  A couple of  reminders for parents

Please let the office know if you are returning later than September 8th, 2019.  We are full and may take you out of our organization if you have NOT communicated a late return to us.

Report Cards

Details will be published in the coming weeks as to how students will be able to pick up their report cards… At the moment we are thinking of a report card pickup week the week of June 22-25… But this is yet to be confirmed.  The same would apply for personal belongings and student materials that needed to be picked up from the classroom.  More details to come on this!

School Calendar

The school staff have agreed to follow the district’s recommendation for the school calendar for the 2020-2021 school year.  Please refer to the attached file.

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From Us to You

May 04, 2020

Dear Maple Grove Students and Families,
While we are all staying safe by staying home, we also want you, our community, to know how much we love you and we miss you!

While many staff poured their hearts and souls into this video, I want to especially acknowledge the leadership of Ms. Hales.   Doing these types of projects is never easy and doing them remotely is just another potential layer and complication.  Thank you Ms. Hales for always thinking of the Maple Grove Community!

I also want to thank all the staff who, just like the video last week, got all excited and creative doing these amazingly creative, funny and passionate clips.  They sincerely miss each of you and desperately want to be with you.  We hope these little clips give you a glimpse into our homes.

This video was lovingly created just for you via email instructions to our staff, return emails, texts, and messages to one of our staff members who edited it together and posted it online, and it is shared here, for you, our students and families.
Please accept this virtual hug, our way of saying that we miss you and we are thinking of you.
Maple Grove’s Staff
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May 1

Good Day Maple Grove

If you’ve driven past the school, you may have seen the we miss you windows (posted in the last blog).

This week, we wanted to reach out to everyone in the Maple Grove family to let you know we’re thinking of you and miss you deeply.  Staff have been in contact with all of you and want you to know that we are working to reunite students, parents and staff as our Maple Grove community.

We want to acknowledge everyone for digging deep and being courageous during these uncertain times.  Thank you for all that you do, and know that we got this!

From us to you:

I would like to acknowledge Ms. Kao, our wonderful Montessori Kindergarten teacher, for working tirelessly on this.  It was not easy.  I would also like to thank all the staff who contributed to the posts (for this blog and the last one).

As details of May- September become clearer, we will, again, start communicating in detail with our families so that you’re aware of timely information as if becomes available.

With Fondness,
The MG Staff

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Friday, April 10

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MG Engineering Staff and School Admin wishing everyone good health + safety

Dear Maple Grove Students and Families,
Thank you very much for your patience during these unprecedented times.  I’ve said before that this is a defining moment of our generation and how we conduct ourselves during this time will be remembered in history.

The Vancouver Board of Education and Maple Grove Elementary are trying to ensure students have access to learning, and at the moment, the extension of the classroom includes the use of technology.  If your child does not have access to a device or your internet is inadequate to the point it would impede accessing Microsoft Office365 (laptop computer, desktop computer or tablet), please email Ms. Smith mjsmith@vsb.bc.ca before Monday, April 13th, and we will try to arrange for a device to be assigned to your child. 

The home use of a school computer is limited to households where there is no access to a laptop or tablet, and this information will be kept confidential.  We are working on a plan to support families with limited internet.

Superintendent of Schools, Suzanne Hoffman, has provided more information about what continuous learning will look like in upcoming weeks.  Please read her letter and other information regarding the learning opportunities to expect on the Continuity of Learning page.

Students will be conversing with teachers using Microsoft Teams, not their (or your) personal email.  Encourage your children to get in the habit of checking their VSB 0ffice 365 Outlook email, as Teams will be the main platform used to support learning. 

Please be reminded that all families and students have signed an Acceptable Use Policy Agreement form.  The (AUP) can be found here.  Students are expected to use Teams as they would in a regular classroom environment, and appropriate conduct (language, memes, usernames, etc.) must be appropriate.

While this pandemic presents many challenges and unknowns for most of us, we hope you are able to find some silver lining amongst the clouds.   We hope too that you are finding ways to make the most of this time with your families.  What a wonderful opportunity to connect and build closer bonds in these difficult times.  Staying at home and being apart from the usual hum of society when it’s not a choice is taxing for all, but many of you have shared that this time has also afforded your family experiences that will always be treasured.  The human spirit shall prevail!

We wish to acknowledge how challenging and difficult this situation is.  Many families have lost work, jobs and family during these times.  Our vulnerable learners, our special education learners, and our typical learners are all challenged as are all parents in supporting their children as we move to an online platform to support the health and educational directives required at this time.  The Continuity of Learning (CoL) model that we are currently supporting is limited, it is not what we had anticipated as educators or parents at this point in the school year, and it is not a duplication of the curriculum in its entirety.

Classes are proceeding in various ways as teachers adjust their routines.  Teachers have bravely ventured into online learning through Microsoft TEAMS, YouTube channels,  and various other platforms.  We know you will join us in applauding the creativity, energy and determination of our teachers and support staff as they strive to adjust to the present teaching reality and meet the needs of your children in the best way possible. Maple Grove teachers are right on schedule with the Ministry of Education (MoE) and the District’s (VSB) recommended plan of action for CoL.

Teachers will be writing report cards… they will encompass prior to spring break AND progress made by students after spring break.  More information will be coming about this… but, essentially, it’s business as usual.  There are a number of resources for parents and educators.


Please know that your child’s teacher is your first point of contact if you have any questions or concerns.   That said, can reach our to Ms. Smith or myself if you require more information or support for your child(ren).

To recap, the district recommendation that all teachers are following is:

  • K-grade 3 Teachers will focus on literacy and numeracy through the core competencies. Teachers will assign work for five hours a week (about an hour a day) and will work with families to deliver these materials digitally or in paper packages as needed.
  • Grades 4-7 Teachers will continue to focus on literacy and numeracy through the core competencies. Teachers will assign work for 5-7 hours a week and will work with families to deliver these materials digitally or in paper packages as needed.

TOGETHER we can do HARD things!  We are very grateful and proud to be a part of the Maple Grove community.  We are a kind and caring community.  Stay safe.  We look forward to being together again!


Ms. Smith & Mr. Evans


NEWS from the library

News from the Library 2.3




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March 29th

principals-message  March 29th, 2020 Update

Dear Maple Grove,
I’m writing to let you know that the school district has taken the unprecedented steps in order to facilitate the needs of essential services workers requirements for child care during the COVID 19 pandemic.  Maple Grove Lunchroom and Boys basement area will be used as childcare for Frontline Health + Medical workers as well as other frontline essential services parents such as cashiers, truck drivers, and other professions where parents are courageously working for the interests of all of us so we can stay safe, healthy and fed.

Maple Grove Admin have nothing to do with enrolment or registration- so please don’t contact the school!  We are only site management.

Westcoast Child Care Resource Centre (WCCRC) is responsible for all enrolment, registration and supervision of the program.  WCCRC is responsible for ensuring the direction of the Provincial Health Officer is followed for the child care children in their care.  Further, WCCRC will be open for extended hours, currently M-F from 7:30am-6pm (hours are subject to change).

It is essential that as per the Provincial Health Officer’s Orders all VSB playgrounds remain closed. Child are licensing has indicated that use of the school field is compliant with licensing requirements.

Also, WCCRC will be instructed to stay within a designated area. Currently that will be the child care’s existing licensed area.  If it is determined more space is required (i.e. MCFD indicates more space is needed to comply with social distancing) Principal’s will be informed by the district.

All child care spots are being allocated by Westcoast Child Care Resource Centre (WCCRC). Eligibility (essential services worker) and access to all spots (whether located at VSB or at COV sites) are all through Westcoast Child Care Resource Centre.  No spots are allocated by VSB.  Contact WCCRC for all questions and for registration. There is an intake form on WCCRC’s website.

Stay home.  Stay Safe.

MG Staff

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Friday, March 27th

principals-message  March 27th, 2020 Update

Dear Maple Grove,
By now you should have received a letter from our Superintendent of Schools, Suzanne Hoffman, and a letter from the BC Minister of Education, Rob Fleming and Andrea Sinclair, President of BC Confederation of Parent Advisory Councils.  These letters outline various high level aspects of what’s happening with BC Schools during these unprecedented times.

I want to speak directly to you for a moment.  I’d like to thank all the parents and families who’ve reached out to Ms. Smith and I over the past two weeks. We truly appreciate your communications and thank you for your kind wishes.

It’s reassuring to see that so many of us are practising good physical distancing yet socially connecting using technology (looking out for friends, neighbours, family and our elders).

We know and appreciate many of us didn’t have the holiday we wished for.  Many of us had plans for travel/ relax in the sun that got cancelled on that Friday (the last day of school) and instead, we’re staying at home; self-isolating; on the phone with airlines and all-inclusives trying to make arrangements to reschedule or get our money back.  We’re so sorry that things didn’t work out for all of you and that we had to make these definitive changes to our break.

I hope that each of you, despite the challenging and unsettling circumstances, was able to find some time to rest and regenerate over the spring break.  We are in for very unusual times that are going to require patience, flexibility and understanding.

Ms. Smith and I have had several online meetings with district management over the past week.  For the most part, they were preliminary planning meetings designed to guide admin through Health + Safety (H+S) issues and what communication and teaching and learning may look like over the coming weeks.

The staff a Maple Grove want our communication to be timely and transparent.  We recognize and acknowledge that these are stressful, uncertain and anxious times- but people have been resilient!  We want to assure you that while these are uncharted territories, we will do all that we can to ensure we are successful.  We will walk slow and together!

This virus has regrettably touched or impacted many of our lives, our schooling and our economy.  And it’s been extremely difficult for people, not only here in BC, but globally.  We find ourselves coming to terms with a rapidly changing world adjusting to this new temporary reality that isn’t easy; but it’s necessary!  Please understand that we don’t have all the answers… and the answers we have may become outdated due to provincial or federal directives.

I want to review the four guiding principles, outlined by the Superintendent, that will guide decision making at both the school and District level as we move forward.

  1. Ensure the health and safety of all students, staff and school communities.
  2. Implement systems and structures within our current context to ensure timely, thoughtful and transparent communication with staff, students and the broader school communities.
  3. Develop opportunities for all students and staff to stay connected to maintain a sense of belonging, value and community.
  4. Support all learners through the provision of continuous learning opportunities during the suspension of in-person classes.

** School is essentially closed.  Okay, it’s not really.  There is NO in-session teaching for students.  In other words… students do NOT come to school unless contacted by the district or the school administration.

Plan for the Week of March 30 to April 3rd.

March 30 to Apr 3

  • No Staff will be in the building.
  • Admin will be connecting with staff and discussing plans for reaching out to students in the future.
  • Staff will be provided times when they can access the school, in small numbers, to gather any materials required to enable them to work from home and plan for student leaning*.
  • All staff will be making contact with students and families
  • Plan to be developed to allow students to access the school to collect materials or belongings they require and left behind.
  • Ongoing check in with students and families to be taking place.
  • Communication of student plan to collect materials to families.
  • More information to families about plans for the following week to be sent and posted to school website.

teachers will essentially be working remotely and off site

Moving Forward

It’s hard to say what things will look like.  Discussions are underway now.  Likely BC students will continue to learn while in-school classes are cancelled.  Schools will offer at-home learning opportunities for all K-12 students online or through accommodations like course packages and telephone check-ins.

Teachers will determine what content to cover based on remaining curricular outcomes and plan tasks that are reasonable to do from home.

K-3 will likely focus on literacy and numeracy

4-6 will do the same and look for opportunities to infuse socials and science

7 will likely incorporate many of the core subject areas.

I want to close by thanking everyone in the Maple Grove community for your patience and understanding as we work through details and provide information.  Maple Grove staff want to assure you that we will always put health and safety first as we work to provide essential supports and services for our students and families.  We will follow all Public Health guidelines for any and all staff that are on-site as staff and student safety is priority number one.  Please be patient and work through your child’s teacher if you have questions.

“In-class” instruction is suspended until further notice.  In other words, the school is closed to students.  They are not allowed at school.

Thank you in advance,

Maple Grove Staff


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Spring Break Update- March 17, 2020

principals-message  March 17th, 2020 Update

Dear Maple Grove,

I truly hope that you and your family are healthy, safe and taking time to exercise social-distancing and cold etiquette/ hygiene.  There has been a lot of uncertainty, changing + evolving information, and new information over the past weeks/ days/ hours… and it exemplifies the gravity or magnitude of the situation globally, nationally, provincially and locally.

I wanted to reach out to everyone and make you aware of the following:

  1. We will be posting information and updates on this website
  2. We will send District communication directly to parents through our MyEd email
  3. The VSB will update our VSB static school website

Earlier today, the Premier and the Minister of Education spoke publicly about the situation in BC.  After, we were provided the following letter from Minister Fleming.

March 17 covid-letter MoE

We will continue to provide updates as we receive them from either the MoE or the District Office.

Please be safe.
MG Staff


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March 13

principals-messagePrincipal’s Message

Good Friday the 13th Maple Grove,
It’s been another busy day here at the best school in Vancouver.  As we embark upon a well-deserved Spring Break, we want everyone to practice kindness and safety.

Parents, if you haven’t checked your email, you have received a letter from our student records email regarding a letter from the Ministry of Education on the current state of affairs.  While things may change over the coming week(s), please be aware that at this point there are no plans to extend spring break.

BC Schools met with their staff today and outlined the content of the letter.  Please monitor local media when its time to come back to school- Monday, March 30.

On another note, schools are planning projections for September, and Maple Grove is looking rather full.  We are continuing with the understanding that the new build is on time and schedule.  More to come on this in the spring.

Thank you parents for being mindful drivers on Cypress St.  While the crazy parking and speeding continues to this day… we are ever hopeful that awareness of others and better driving habits will prevail.  Thank you to our safety patrolers who go out everyday to ensure families cross 47th + Cypress safely.


March 16 – 29 – Spring Break  – no school

March 30  – First day back at school




Congratulations to Lexi Yu, in Ms. Lam’s kindergarten class! Lexi was invited to compete in the Elite International Music competition in New York City. She won first place and performed at Carnegie Hall. Well done, Lexi!

lexi yu


Young Rembrandts Drawing Classes:

This season, students will explore the intricate details of the breathtaking Taj Mahal and, we’ll take an imaginary trip to some beautiful places to draw a cute flamingo as well as learn about the history and artistry of a kimono. Students will learn basic to intermediate drawing skills, art techniques and vocabulary using an engaging methodology that all children can succeed with. We give them skills to express their creativity, introducing them to a fascinating world of colour, pattern and design. Be prepared for a bountiful selection of drawings!

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


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March 6th Update


principals-messagePrincipal’s Message

It’s that time of the year where things get very busy on the school front.  Just a quick note of congrats to our Sr. Boys and Girls Basketball teams.  Both teams made it into the March Madness playoffs… with the Sr. Boys making it all the way into the City semi-finals.  The Sr. Girls demonstrated excellent development and improved all season.  The Sr. Boys- despite being one of the smaller teams in the league- were very skilled and were undefeated until the semis (9 wins; 1 loss).  Congrats to both teams and their coaches:
Sr Girls- Justin and Jason (Magee basketball players)
Sr. Boys- Principal Evans and Noah (Magee Gr 12 Basketball player)

Maple Grove is very full these days.  We are a full school for next year as well.  There are many reasons for this… but we are over 526 students.

Maple Grove was entertained last week by “Ginger”.  Ginger is a children’s performer who came to co-host our Ready Set Learn (RSL) event.  Also present were the school nurse, our SLO and the public library librarian.  RSL is an annual event hosted by the school to educate and inform parents on literacy and school readiness for preschoolers and new kindergarten students.  Special thanks to Ms. Hales, Ms. Lam and Miss Kao for all their amazing efforts to organize the event.

Destination Imagination Regional Tournament

The Team Blue Raspberry DI-light with Amanda, Frances, Lily, Marysia, and Theunis from Div 15 won first place in their category, the Big Fix Technical Challenge, at the Destination Imagination Regional Tournament on February 29th.  Congrats to the team!

Destination Imagination


District Science Fair

Team Maple Grove is seen below at the District Science Fair on February 28th. Kate Louie, Alexandra and Jane  are with Mrs. Humeniuk at Langara College.
Kate and Alexandra have been invited to the Greater Vancouver Science Fair at UBC in April.  Congrats and good luck girls!

scince finalists


Maple Grove Pac Website (Click to enter)

upcoming event

March 16 – 27 – Spring Break  – no school

March 30  – First day back at school

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Feb.28 Update

principals-messagePrincipal’s Message

Good Afternoon Maple Grove,

Please see the Article #Build2Learn later in this blog.  There is an important opportunity for feedback/ consultation on buildings and schools.

The Senior Boys and Girls Basketball Teams are doing very well.  Both teams have qualified for the city playoffs and each has won their first playoff games.

Along with Black History Month, Kindness week and Pink Shirt Day, February brings with it another inspiring teaching and learning opportunity.  We would like to thank all the staff and students that have been preparing to celebrate the important contributions of Black Canadians to our society. During this month, we also recognize and acknowledge the resilience of Black Canadians in the face of injustice and discrimination.

We also want to acknowledge Ms. Bartlett who was our guest Music Listening presenter… she compiled several weeks worth of music and scripts for Black History month.

The grade 4 and 7 students have just completed Satisfaction Surveys on Learning opportunities at Maple Grove.  We will be sending information from the Ministry of Education for parents of gr 4 and 7 students so they have an opportunity to participate.

We would like to express our sincere thanks and appreciation to Mr. Chuck McNicholl.  Chuck has been filling in for Ms. Smith in her absence.  Chuck is a retired VP and was delighted to be back at Maple Grove.

Pink Shirt Day

Our students have discussed and created many activities and crafts for Kindness Week.


Pink Shirt Day Assembly was on Wednesday, February 26.  The staff decided to all wear PINK to support anti-bullying as well as supporting compassion, acceptance and empathy.


Pink Shirt Day



Public Engagement Begins
The Board is engaging parents to ask how we can use VSB buildings across the city for the learning of students today and in the future.  There priorities are to create modern learning spaces and ensure all students are in seismically safe schools.  Planning now with the ongoing seismic program provides an opportunity to continue to build modern classrooms that meet the needs of school communities.  Presently, half of our buildings are older than 70 years.  The Province is providing money to upgrade or build seismically safe schools for every student in Vancouver and across BC.

While we will continue to advocate for more provincial funding and the Province will cover seismic safety, this may not cover all the costs associated with building the modern learning spaces we’d like to create at VSB.  If we combine VSB money with the provincial funds, this could allow us to build more modern classrooms for the future.  To do so, we’ll have to raise money.

We’d like to understand your thoughts about envisioning modern classrooms and community spaces, and how we can raise money to build them.  VSB will host two phases of engagement – one online and one through in-person events.  Our online engagement is open between February 19, 2020, and March 11, 2020.  Please go to https://build2learn.ethelo.net/ to provide your feedback.

This is part of the engagement process that we started in fall 2019.  Through this process, we will develop recommendations for how we can use our buildings to serve the learning needs of students today and in the future within seismically safe schools. We will report back on what we’ve heard throughout the process by the end of June 2020.



Kindergarten Immunization Clinics : March 16 – 27th

4-6 Year Old Boosters:

1. Tetanus, Diptheria, Pertussis, Polio

2. Measles, Mumps, Rubella

3. Varicella

When: March 11, 16, 20, 23, 25 and 27th

Location: Pacific Spirit Community Health Centre

2110 West 43rd Avenue

Please call to book your child’s appointment at 604-261-6366.


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