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.

Pink Shirt Day - Feb 28th

On Wednesday, February 28th, we encourage everyone to practice kindness and wear pink to school.

Parent/Teacher/Tutor Conferences - March 15th

 

Parent/Teacher/Tutor conferences will be held on Thursday, March 15th. A new online system to assist in scheduling these meetings is being used.

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Disability Tax Credit Information

On behalf of Firenze Financial Services Inc., we would like to thank all the parents and grandparents that attended the parent information session about The Disability Tax Credit.  It was so great to see so many parents advocating on behalf of their children.

For those that were unable to attend, we will plan another date in the near future.

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Vote for KGMS during Autism awareness month

Did you know: April is Autism Awareness month and nominations are now open for the British Columbia Excellence in Autism Awards.

On Friday, April 20 the autism community of British Columbia will come together at the Goodlife Family Autism Hub, Richmond to celebrate the achievements of people and organizations who enhance the lives of individuals affected by autism across the province.

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Conquer the Dragon winter session

Christian Heno’s Conquer the Dragon program for Winter 2018 is now available.

Conquer the Dragon 2018 Winter

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Host an international student!

MLI Homestay brings Japanese high school students to learn English at KGMS every Spring Break.

You can receive $360.00 by becoming a Host Family from Wednesday, March 21st to Thursday, 29th.

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Parent Education: Psycho Educational Assessments - March 7

Join Dr. Jeff Ballou, KGMS School Psychologist on Wednesday, March 7th from 8:15 to 9:30 am in the Library.

He will be speaking about psych educational assessments:  what makes for a comprehensive assessment; what should be assessed; what are effective practices; what should parents be looking for in a psychologist; when is a new assessment necessary.  Register here.

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Parent Pub Night - Postponed to March 8th

To avoid conflict with the KGMS ski/board program, the Parent Pub Night has been postponed to March.

The pub night is an opportunity to connect with other KGMS parents, relax over some food and drinks, and have some fun!

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Ski/board program

Unstoppable Tracy Schmitt

Tracy will give a presentation on Thursday, February 22nd from 9:00 to 9:45 am.

http://www.unstoppabletracy.com

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Report Writing Day - February 23rd

Students will not attend on Friday, February 23rd as this is a Report Card Writing Day.

Pink Shirt Day

On Wednesday, February 28th, we encourage everyone to practice kindness and wear pink to school.

Parent Education: Psycho Educational Assessments

Join Dr. Jeff Ballou, KGMS School Psychologist will be speaking about psych educational assessments:  what makes for a comprehensive assessment; what should be assessed; what are effective practices; what should parents be looking for in a psychologist; when is a new assessment necessary.  Register here.

Parent/Teacher/Tutor Conferences - March 15th

Parent/Teacher/Tutor conferences will be held on Thursday, March 15th. A new online system to assist in scheduling these meetings is being used.

Please sign up on line for your parent conference using the instructions HERE. If you have any questions or you know that you will be away or unable to attend on the 15th, please contact Shellie in the Office.

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Spring Break - March 17th to April 2nd

The school will be closed from Saturday, March 17th to Monday, April 2nd.

First day back after Spring Break - April 3rd

The first day back after Spring Break is Monday, April 3rd.

Pro-D day and Q3 Report writing

Students will not attend on Friday, April 20th as this is a Pro-D and Q3 Report Writing day.

Pro-D Day and Q3 Report Writing - April 20th

Students will not attend on Friday, April 20th as this is a Professional Development and Q3 Report Writing Day.

Casual Day - April 27th

Q3 reports sent home

The Q3 reports cards will be sent home today.

Pro-D Day - May 18th

Students will not attend on Friday, May 18th as this is a Professional Development Day.

Victoria Day - May 21st

The school will be closed on Monday, May 21st for the Victoria Day holiday.

Casual Day - May 25th

Report Writing Day - June 1st

Students will not attend on Friday, June 1st as this is a Report Writing Day.

Sports Day - June 7th

Sports day is on Thursday, June 7th. A hog dog lunch will be provided to students.

Casual Day - June 8th

The last casual day of the year is Friday, June 8th.

KGMS Has Talent Show

Our annual KGMS Has Talent Show will be on Thursday, June 14th. 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 for students

The last day for students is Friday, June 15th and this will be a 1/2 day. Report cards will be sent home.

Gala

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

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!

Dr. Christopher Gala Video

                     2017 Gala Video

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

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

Staff Contact ListKGMS Staff Contacts 2017-18 Ver 3

Outside School Hours Tutoring: KGMS Tutor List 2017-18

ADMISSIONS: admissions@kgms.ca

For all other inquiries, please complete the form below.

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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

High School Counselor_SEL 2017

 

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