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

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:

  • Submit a current psycho-educational assessment which indicates a language-based learning disability; or other supporting documentation indicating other learning challenges including, but not limited to, chronic health; visual or hearing impairments; or Autism Spectrum Disorder;
  • 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.

Corporate Sponsor Fundraiser

KGMS has a new, unique fundraiser opportunity available until Saturday, December 22nd.

Sedona Mobile Tire Service, a local North Vancouver company owned by a parent of one of our students has created a fundraiser program where you can have new tires or Winter tires installed at your home or office. Their area of service is in North & West Vancouver, Burnaby and Vancouver.

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Hot dog sales

The High School will hold their weekly hot dog sales every Wednesday. Funds raised go towards their Victoria/Bamfield Science Centre trip later in the school year.
  • Hot dogs – $1.00 each
  • Chips, juice, snacks – $ .75 each
They will be set up in the kitchen by the Gym.

WE SCARE HUNGER

We are asking students & staff to donate non-perishable food items until Friday, November 2nd. The donations will go to Harvest House.

  • The elementary school will earn one casual day for every 200 items.
  • The high school Grade that donates the most items wins a pizza party.

Halloween Bake Sale

Several Div 7 students are hosting a Halloween Bake Sale in support of the BCSPCA, on Monday, October 29th.

  • Drinks – $1
  • Rice Krispi squares – $2
  • Cookies & cupcakes – $1 each

Items will be on sale during recess and at lunch time in the lobby.

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Photo Retakes

For those students who were away for photo day, our photographer will return onTuesday, October 23rd for retakes.

Please email Shellie HERE to have your child added to the list of photos to be taken on the 23rd.

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Table Tennis

During the week of October 22nd to 26th, Luba and her team will lead Table Tennis workshops in Phys Ed all classes.

Provincial Pro-D Day

Students will not attend on Friday, October 19th for a Provincial Professional Development Day.

Shake Out Earthquake Drill

We are participating in the Great BC Shake Out Earthquake Drill on Thursday, October 18th at 10:18 am.

Click HERE for more details. Teachers will work with students to prepare them for the drill.

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Supervision Phone

If you need to contact the playground supervisor after 3:30pm to advise that you will be late for pickup, please call the Supervision cell 778-899-3371.

Cultural Calendar

Our school community includes families with ties to many different places and cultures. This is a special and amazing thing! We are making a cultural calendar for the school, so that we can all learn more about annual holidays and events that happen throughout the year for people in the school community.   That’s where you come in!   You are invited to add events to the school’s cultural calendar by clicking HERE!   A digital calendar will be created that shows what holidays and events are happening throughout the year. Different holidays and events will be featured on a school bulletin board each season.  

Provincial Pro-D Day

Students will not attend since this is a Professional-Development day.

Photo Retakes

Photos will be taken of new students and students who need a retake.

Save the Date!

Our next Gala has been booked for Saturday, May 4th, 2019.

Save the date for this fun & exciting fundraising event!

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Gala

KGMS Giving Campaign

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.

Your donation will also help maintain stable tuition fees, generate increased enrolment, maintain excellent staff ratios and service levels, as well as provide enrichment opportunities and bursary support.

Please contact us to make a donation by cheque or credit card.

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

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

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ADMISSIONS: admissions@kgms.ca

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Careers

Kenneth Gordon Maplewood School is seeking applicants for the following:

Please email resume and cover letter to:

Kirsten White, Deputy Head of Schooljobs@kgms.ca

Positions available for September 2018:

Tutor Job Posting-Sept 2018

 

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