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.

Panoramic and class photos - May 25

The school wide panoramic photo has been rescheduled to Thursday, May 25th. Elementary students are required to wear their full uniform.

Staff Appreciation Lunch - June 2

The annual Staff Appreciation Lunch is fast approaching and your help is needed!

 

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Spring Book Fair - May 29th to June 1st

Our first Spring Book Fair runs from Monday, May 29th to Thursday, June 1st.

See slide show below for information about the book fair and two contests that students can participate in. Contest entries are due by Monday, May 29th.

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Sports Day - June 8th

A team of teachers are organizing a fun Sports Day for Thursday, June 8th.

More details will follow but here’s a quick look at the day:

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KGMS Has Talent Show - June 15

The theme for the 2017 KGMS HAS TALENT show on Thursday, June 15th is “Music Heals”.  It is a school wide initiative to assist music therapy programs across Canada.  Donations of used iPods or other MP3 players are needed and can be dropped off in the music portable before June 15th.

A cash donation box will also be at the entrance of the gym the day of the show. Check out the link below!

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Tutor List 2017-18

Here is a list of KGMS tutors who also tutor outside of school.

KGMS Tutor List 2017-18

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Parent Volunteer Log

Fillable Parent Volunteer Log:  KGMS Parent Volunteer Log 2016-17 Fillable

Printable Parent Volunteer Log:  KGMS Parent Volunteer Log 2016-17

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Freezie Fridays!

A “Library Renovation Project” is just beginning. Our goal is to create a library space that is inspiring and welcoming.  Funds raised will help pay for new seating, tables, bookshelves and a new coat of paint. We hope the new space will reconnect our students and staff with the love of reading and learning in a space they enjoy.

The first Library Renovation Project fundraiser will be “Freezie Friday’s”!! Freezies will be sold after school for $1.00 each. Organic apples will also be available for $1.00 each.

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Report Writing Day - June 2nd

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

Staff Appreciation Lunch

The annual Staff Appreciation Lunch will be on Friday, June 2nd from 12:00 to 1:30 pm.

Sign up at www.perfectpotluck.com (Login: KGMS, Password 4321) to help with:

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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.

Freezie Friday!

The first Library Renovation Project fundraiser will be “Freezie Friday’s”!! Freezies will be sold after school for $1.00 each. Organic apples will also be available.

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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Freezie Friday!

The first Library Renovation Project fundraiser will be “Freezie Friday’s”!! Freezies will be sold after school for $1.00 each. Organic apples will also be available for $1.00 each.

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

Tutors Outside School Hours: KGMS Tutor List 2017-18

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Careers

Kenneth Gordon Maplewood School is seeking applicants for the following:

Please email resume and cover letter to:

Dr. Jim Christopher, Head of Schooljobs@kgms.ca

Director of Student Support Services

Intermediate and-or Middle Division Co-Teacher

LTO Middle-Senior High School Math Teacher

Middle-Senior High School Math Teacher

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