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KGMS

They are bright

Their potential is extraordinary

They simply learn differently

Kenneth Gordon Maplewood Elementary School is a centre of excellence in developmentally informed instruction that empowers children with learning disabilities in a passionate, progressive and inspiring learning environment.

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Our Students

Our Students

Kenneth Gordon Maplewood School is recognized as a leader in teaching children with learning difficulties that include the acquisition, organization, retention, understanding and use of verbal and nonverbal information. These learning difficulties often affect children who otherwise demonstrate average or above-average abilities essential for thinking and reasoning.

To find out if your child would be a good fit for KGMS learn more here.

Inside the Classroom

Inside the Classroom

KGMS develops the whole child. This endeavour is complex, requiring many people, programs and services to address each child’s unique needs. Most of our classes have a maximum of 15 students. Instruction and daily activities are conducted, for the most part, in small group settings with an approximate teacher to student ratio of 5:1.

Through a combination of technology, activities, oral and written work, our teachers actively find ways for each student to succeed. They build upon these successes to make learning attainable, stimulating and rewarding. Our students thrive in this kind of supportive environment.

Learning Environment

Learning Environment

Ministry of Education prescribed curriculum is addressed in all instructional areas from grades 1 – 7. Materials are adapted and accommodations are made to meet each child’s individual needs. Every student receives daily, individualized one-on-one tutoring. Most students have the same tutor for their entire time at KGMS. This relationship nurtures the child’s growth, building a foundation for educational success.

All of tutors are trained and certified in the world-renowned Orton-Gillingham Method. This multi-sensory method engages learners visually, auditorily and kinesthetically. The learning sequence is systematic and takes the student step-by-step from basic concepts that progress to more complex languages functions.

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Dynamic Environment

Dynamic Environment

At KGMS, we teach the way your child learns. We believe that every child is unique, and rather than requiring him or her to fit within a rigid, pre-determined program we create a learning environment that’s adaptive, producing the best possible circumstances for success.

Our students work in a dynamic classroom setting that includes whole class, small group and one-on-one tutoring. Instruction and activities are conducted with a student-teacher ratio of 5:1. Ministry of Education prescribed curriculum is addressed in all instructional areas from grades 1 – 7.

Educational Excellence

Educational Excellence

With over 40 years of experience, KGMS has a long tradition of educational excellence. We use the world-renowned Orton-Gillingham Method which teaches students visually, auditorily and kinesthetically, allowing them to engage in their learning and retain skills and concepts that would have previously been forgotten.

Children receive daily individualized one-on-one tutoring. Depending upon their needs, the tutoring sessions may develop reading using the Orton-Gillingham method, mathematics using critical thinking and problem-solving strategies or social emotional skills through direct instruction and supervised play.

Empowering through Learning

Empowering through Learning

Every student receives an Individualized Education Plan (IEP) which is developed by the classroom teacher with input from the student’s tutor, and in collaboration with the parents. The IEP customizes instructional strategies and resources to address the child’s strengths and needs.

Our program empowers students and restores confidence in their abilities. We prove to our students that they are intelligent and they are entitled to learn joyously, to succeed and to reach their potential. We equip them with an understanding of their learning style and a vision for their future, enabling them to become successful self-advocates in the real world.

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Our Story

At KGMS, we believe that a safe, nurturing environment is key to academic success. We believe that every child is unique and that their differences should be celebrated. We believe in an innovative approach to education that’s forward-thinking yet rooted in history. We believe that every child deserves to fit in, to feel like they’re on the inside. Above all, we believe in the potential of our students.

We are committed to whole-child development, and our educational approach adapts to the individual needs and learning styles of each student. We empower our students to move past their learning obstacles so they may experience success and a sense of pride in their abilities. At KGMS, you will see dynamic and capable children who are thriving and finding joy in learning.

Watch this beautiful video celebrating the 40th anniversary of KGMS which was started by Anne Rushforth.

https://vimeo.com/87748502

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Who Should Apply?

Kenneth Gordon Maplewood School occupies a unique position among independent schools that specialize in teaching children with learning disabilities, being the first of its kind in Western Canada. With over 40 years of experience, we’ve determined that the following attributes are required of a potential student:

  • Complete a current psycho-educational assessment which indicates a language-based learning disability;
  • Meet the Ministry of Education guidelines for designation of a learning disability;
  • Have average to superior intelligence;
  • Demonstrate that the primary impediments to the student’s learning process are learning differences. Any behavioral, physical or emotional issues must be of secondary concern.

KGMS is a “school of second choice”. If your first choice of school, public or private, has not met the needs of your child we invite you to consider an alternative. If your child meets the above criteria, please contact us today for a tour with the Head of School.

Skating Party - Dec 16

Students & staff will enjoy our annual Skating Party on Friday, December 16th from 10:00 to 11:30 am. Helmets are MANDATORY so please send your child with a helmet, along with skates if they have any.

Students will be bused to the rink (Canlan Ice Sports, 2411 Mount Seymour Parkway, North Vancouver). Family members are welcome to join us.

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Blanket Drive

We are participating in a blanket drive through Blanket BC. Requested items are: blankets, sleeping bags, mitts, gloves, scarves, hats, socks.

Please bring all donations to your child’s classroom by Thursday, December 15th. Mr. Haines will pick them up and delivery to Blanket BC that day.

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Parent Ed Night Information

Thank you to Denise Findlay for her presentation about Dr. Gordon Neufeld’s model of development and how attachment plays such a strong role in development, particularly for our sensitive children.

The website, neufeldinstitute.org, has many resources, online learning options, and videos for those who missed the talk or want more information. We have included the PDF of Denise’s presentation here and will add the book list soon.

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Snow Alert Procedure

If the school will be closed due to snow, an alert symbol & notice will be posted in the upper left corner on the websites by 6:00 am. Please check the websites before calling the school. 

Free Parent Training

Sharon Selby is offering a FREE 3 video series that runs until 11:59 pm on Friday, December 2nd.

  1. How to handle your child’s BIG emotions (20 min)
  2. 5 parenting myths debunked! (15 min)
  3. 7 tips to avoid power struggles (15 min)

Free Parent Training

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Gala ticket draw

Buy your Gala tickets by Thursday, December 1st and be entered in a draw to win a night at at the Pinnacle Hotel in North Vancouver!

Gift Cards Christmas 2016

This is the last chance to order gift cards before Christmas. Order forms and details were sent home with students (check backpacks).

Check out the specials to save money!

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Gala Acquisition Lead Needed!

WE NEED YOUR HELP!

GALA ACQUISITION LEAD NEEDED

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Gift card Orders

Gift card orders will be at the school for pickup the week of December 12th.

 

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Report Cards Home - December 12th

Report Cards will be sent home on Monday, December 12th.

Blanket Drive

We are participating in a blanket drive through Blanket BC. Requested items are: blankets, sleeping bags, mitts, gloves, scarves, hats, socks.

Please bring all donations to your child’s classroom by Thursday, December 15th. Mr. Haines will pick them up and delivery to Blanket BC that day.

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Christmas Sing-Along

The annual KGMS Christmas Sing-Along will be in the gym at 1:30 pm on Thursday, December 15th. Family members are welcome to join us for this fun event.

Skating Party

Students & staff will enjoy our annual Skating Party on Friday, December 16th from 10:00 to 11:30 amHelmets are MANDATORY so please send your child with a helmet, along with skates if they have any.

Students will be bused to the rink (Canlan Ice Sports, 2411 Mount Seymour Parkway, North Vancouver). Family members are welcome to join us.

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Last day before break - December 16th

The last day before our Winter break is Friday, December 16th.

Winter Break 2016/17

The school will be closed from December 17th until January 8th for our Winter break.

First day back 2017

The first day back after our Winter break is Monday, January 9th.

Casual Day - January 27th

Our first casual day of 2017 is on Monday, January 27th.

Pro-D Day - February 10th

Students will not attend on Friday, February 10th as this is a Provincial Pro-D day.

Family Day 2017

The school will be closed on Monday, February 13th for the Family Day holiday.

Pancake breakfast - February 14th

Students and staff will enjoy fluffy pancakes and other yummy items at our Annual Pancake breakfast on Tuesday, February 14th. There will also be lots of Valentine activities.

Casual Day - February 24th

Students can wear casual clothing on Friday, February 24th.

Growing Hearts & Minds Gala - February 25th

The Growing Hearts & Minds Gala takes place on Saturday, February 25th at the Pinnacle Hotel in North Vancouver.

For details, click “Attend Gala” on the home page menu.

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Progress Report Writing Day - March 3rd

Students do not attend on Friday, March 3rd as this is Progress Report Writing Day.

Last day before Spring Break - March 10th

The last day before Spring Break is Friday, March 10th.

Spring Break 2017

The school will be closed from March 11th to 26th for Spring Break.

First day after Spring Break - March 27th

The first day back after Spring Break is Monday, March 27th.

Progress Reports Home - March 29th

Progress Reports will be sent home on Wednesday, March 29th.

Casual Day - March 30th

Thursday, March 30th is a casual day.

Parent Conferences - March 31st

Parent/Teacher/Tutor Conferences take place on Friday, March 31st.

There will be no school for students. Students may accompany their parents if they are being observed in tutoring.

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Pro-D Day - April 13th

Students will not attend on Thursday, April 13th as this is a Pro-D day.

Good Friday 2017

The school will be closed on Friday, April 14th for the Good Friday holiday.

Easter Monday - April 17th

The school will be closed on Monday, April 17th for the Easter Monday holiday.

Casual Day - April 28th

Students can wear casual clothing on Friday, April 28th.

Pro-D Day - May 19th

Students will not attend on Friday, May 19th as this is a Pro-D Day.

Victoria Day 2017

The school will be closed on Monday, May 22nd for the Victoria Day holiday.

Casual Day - May 26th

Friday, May 26th is a casual day.

Report Writing Day - June 2nd

Students will not attend on Friday, June 2nd as this is Report Card Writing Day.

Sports Day 2017

Students will participate in our annual Sports Day activities on Thursday, June 8th which includes a hot dog lunch.

Casual Day - June 9th

Students can wear casual clothing on Friday, June 9th.

KGMS has talent show - June 15th

Our annual KGMS Has Talent Show will be on Thursday, June 15th. Please arrive early.

Family and friends are welcome to join us for what is always a fantastic show!

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Last 1/2 day / Report cards home 2017

Our last 1/2 day for classroom cleanup and class parties is on Friday, June 16th. Report cards will be sent home also.

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Gala 2017

Growing Hearts and Minds Gala 2017
to benefit the
Kenneth Gordon Maplewood School Bursary Fund

Saturday, February 25, 2017
Pinnacle Hotel at The Pier
138 Victory Ship Way, North Vancouver

Reception at 6 pm | Dinner 7:30 pm
Dress Semi Formal

Dr. Christopher Gala Video

KGMS Donation Form 2017

KGMS Gals Ticket Form 2017 V2

Support our Gala

Do you have Gala Questions? Check out: Gala 2017 FAQ

For more information, please contact: gala@kgms.ca

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Support Us

KGMS is a non-profit organization, which relies heavily on the generosity of corporate sponsors, alumni, friends, family and community organizations to help finance the ever-increasing costs of providing specialized programming for students with learning difficulties. Your gift will help create a dynamic, supportive educational experience – one that will help each student achieve his or her unique potential.

Please contact us to learn more about the opportunities that your donation can create and to make a donation by cheque or credit card.

To donate by Paypal (no account required), please complete the form below.

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Visit or Contact Us

If you’re considering KGMS for your child, we invite you to come take a tour with our Head of School, Dr James Christopher. For all other inquiries, please fill out the contact form below or give us a call!

Dr James Christopher - Head of School

Dr James Christopher – Head of School

Mailing Address:
420 Seymour River Place
North Vancouver, BC
V7H 1S8

Tel: 604 985-5224
Fax: 604 985-4562
Email: Dr. James Christopher, Head of School

Records Requests:  sbartnik@kgms.ca

Staff Contact List: Staff Contacts 2016-17 Rev 3

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