Message from the Head of School

Jim's Pic Welcome to Kenneth Gordon Maplewood School. Located in North Vancouver, British Columbia, we are in our fortieth year of dedicated service to the unique and diverse learning needs of our students. Kenneth Gordon provides developmentally informed instruction that empowers children with learning disabilities in a passionate and inspiring learning environment. The program is based on many years of experience and research and delivers tangible results. At KGMS, we celebrate differences and value diversity. The way to maximize any child’s potential is to create an environment that is conducive to simultaneous growth in intellectual, emotional and physical development. We believe every child can engage in learning. It is our duty to unlock and remove the obstacles to learning for each child so that they can be empowered to experience success.

The Kenneth Gordon program is aimed at developing the whole child. In an emotionally safe environment, our students have opportunities to develop their many strengths. Kenneth Gordon staff and faculty focus resolutely on the strength and character of the individual student. Tailoring our teaching to each student, we wrap the program around the child rather than requiring the child to fit within a rigid program. Developing understanding of themselves and differences in others is a major step in supporting students with learning differences. At Kenneth Gordon our goal is to nurture the children and draw from within, their very best. We prove to our children that they are entitled to learn joyously, to succeed and to reach their potential and beyond. Equipping them with an understanding of their own learning style and a vision of their own success enable them to be successful self advocates in the real world. Kenneth Gordon Maplewood School exists to provide students with an effective academic and emotionally supportive environment for the education of children with specific learning disabilities. The KGMS staff are world-class experts at what they do, and I am honoured to be part of this wonderful organization. I encourage you to become involved and share in the KGMS experience through contributing to our website, following our Facebook page and responding to our regular blog posts. After you have toured our school website,  take some time to come and visit us and see us in action! Looking forward, Dr. James Christopher Head of School

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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.

Homestay Hosts needed

A local language school is bringing Japanese students to learn English at KGMS over the Spring Break.

If you are interested in being a host family for a student, see details below.

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Gift card fundraiser

Gift card order forms will be sent home on Friday, February 24th.

The deadline for orders is Friday, March 2nd which will allow delivery of the cards before Spring Break.

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Guess the beans!

Test your guessing skills in the high school jar guessing fundraiser to support their science field trip.

Guessing will happen at recess and lunch from Monday, February 27th to Friday, March 3rd.

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Hotdog Fundraiser

The high school students will be holding a hotdog sale fundraiser on Wednesday, March 1st to support their field trip to Bamfield Marine Science Centre in May.

Hotdogs will be $1 each and sold at lunchtime.

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Gala Volunteer Sign-up

This year’s Growing Hearts and Minds Gala is quickly approaching. It takes many volunteers to create a successful event. We need volunteers to help out the day of the Gala on February 25th and the next day.

Don’t forget that all volunteer hours with the Gala count towards your KGMS volunteer hours.

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Gala silent auction ends at noon on Friday

The silent auction ends at noon on Friday, February 24th. Check out all of the fantastic times to bid on at https://kgmsauction.com.

Please share this with everyone in your network!

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Pink Shirt Day

Students may wear pink shirts and/or accessories on Wednesday, February 22nd for Pink Shirt Day.

Student Leadership will be accepting donations of $2 for anti-bullying and a student representative will come to classrooms during the day.

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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

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

THANK YOU!

A huge thank you to all of our sponsors, Ruby & Cruise for hosting the event, our auctioneer Jeff Schwarz, all of those who secured donations, made donations, bid of auction items. A special thank you to all of the volunteers who helped make this fantastic evening possible. And to our superb Co-Chairs, Tracey & Eva!

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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: KGMS Staff Contacts 2016-17 Rev 4

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