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.

Spring Raffle

The PAC is holding a Spring Raffle with a goal to raise $6,000, to pay for the new climbing wall in the gym. Any additional funds will go towards PAC initiatives which directly support our students.

On Thursday, May 17th each child will be bringing home one book of 10 numbered tickets. We are asking each child & family to sell at least one book of tickets. Tickets are $5 each.

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Pie the teacher!!

If you know of former KGMS students graduating this year, please pass the invitation on to them.

The High School is offering students the opportunity to pie a teacher!

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Gift Card Fundraiser

Our last Gift Card Fundraiser of the year is on. Orders are due by Thursday, May 17th and delivery will be within 2 weeks after that.

Order forms and letters were already sent home with students.

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Freezies Friday volunteer needed

The PAC is looking for a parent to volunteer for 30 minutes from 3:10 – 3:40 pm on Freezies Fridays (May 11th, June 8th and 14th.

Siblings of People with ASD and related disorders

One of our counsellors shared the following seminar information with us.

Siblings Of People With Autism poster 2018-02-03 (with camp added)

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Anxiety BC Presentation - May 23rd

Our final PAC Parent Education seminar will be on Wednesday, May 23rd from 8:30 to 9:30 am in the KGMS Library. Presented by Dr. Sandra Clark, co-author Taming the Worry Dragons.

This session will include:

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Staff Appreciation Lunch

May 1st is already upon us, so  that  means it is time to start planning for our annual Staff Appreciation Lunch.  Our theme this year is “ KGMS staff are Super Heroes”!

For those who are new to the school, this lunch is held on the Report Writing Day  (students are not in attendance), and is our chance as a school to let ALL our wonderful staff know just how much they are appreciated.  This year the date is Friday, June 1st, which is coming up in less than 4 weeks!

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Freezie Fridays are back!

Freezie Fridays are back by popular demand but renew and improved! We will be offering organic and all natural options that will be sold on Friday, May 11th, June 8th and Thursday, June 14th.

  • Jumbo freezies – $1.00 each
  • Organice Tubify freezies – $2.00 each
  • All natural Maxfrut popsicles – $2.00 each

They will be sold outside the front door of the school from 3:15 to 3:45 pm.

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Save the Date - 4 May 2019

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

Save the date for this fun & exciting fundraising event!

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Constitution & Bylaws and PAC meeting

All parents are welcome to review and provide input to the PAC’s draft Constitution and Bylaws. The deadline for comments and input is March 16th, 2018.

The Constitution and Bylaws final version will be voted in at a Special General Meeting (SGM) to be held in the library on Wednesday, April 11th at 2:30pm. This will be followed by our normally scheduled PAC General Meeting. All parents are welcome to attend.

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Casual Day - May 25th

Report Writing Day - June 1st

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

Staff Appreciation Lunch

The PAC is hosting our annual Staff Appreciation Lunch on Friday, June 1st.

For those who are new to the school, this lunch is held on the Report Writing Day  (students are not in attendance), and is our chance as a school to let ALL our wonderful staff know just how much they are appreciated.  This year the date is Friday, June 1st, which is coming up in less than 4 weeks!

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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.

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

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

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Outside School Hours Tutoring: KGMS Tutor List 2017-18

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:

Primary Division Co-Teacher

Elementary Co-Teacher Tutor

 

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