What is Orton-Gillingham?

What is Orton-Gillingham?

At KGMS our tutors and teaching staff are trained in the Orton-Gillingham Method. Orton-Gillingham is an instructional approach intended primarily for use with persons who have difficulty with reading, spelling, and writing.  It is most properly understood and practiced as an approach, not a method, program, system or technique. In the hands of well-trained and experienced instructors such as we have at KGMS, it is a powerful tool of exceptional breadth, depth, and flexibility.

The essential curricular content and instructional practices that characterize the KGMS Approach are derived from two sources: first from the extensive research and practice surrounding both OG instruction and other effective methodology for working with students; and, secondly from our own specific experience of almost forty years observing how children learn to read and write and why a significant number have difficulty in doing so. Our staff members have a clear understanding of how having dyslexia makes achieving literacy skills more difficult and which instructional practices are best suited each individual child.

The Orton-Gillingham Approach is most often associated with a one-on-one tutor-student instructional model. However, its use in small group instruction is not uncommon. A successful adaptation of the approach has demonstrated its value for class-room instruction. Reading, spelling, and writing difficulties have traditionally been the dominant focus of the approach although it has been successfully adapted for use with students who exhibit difficulty with mathematics.

 

Multi-Sensory Approach

Multi-Sensory Approach

With this multi-sensory method, students engage themselves as visual, auditory and kinesthetic learners. The learning sequence is systematic and takes the student step by step from basic concepts that progress to more complex language developments. Through recognizing phonemes and their sounds, students learn to transfer this knowledge to reading and writing activities.

Students internalize their learning and gain confidence in themselves as being capable learners. Students learn at their own pace and benefit from the frequent review and practice that is required. They build the confidence that will enable them to attempt a challenge and reach for higher heights as a learner.

whole child Development

whole child Development

Academic excellence is what our staff strive for all our students. Our students grow intellectually through our comprehensive programming in humanities and sciences. In language arts our students, through guided reading and writing strategies, learn to connect with the world through texts, to analyze, evaluate, synthesize ideas and draw conclusions. In mathematics and science, our students learn through problem solving to understand concepts and to become critical and divergent thinkers. Creativity grows as our staff guide students to investigate and explore the world around us.

At Kenneth Gordon Maplewood School we know that learning is not just about academics. In addition to the balanced approach we take through the arts, physical activity and community service, we place a major emphasis on Social-Emotional Learning.

Our students explore relationships with their peers, raise their self-confidence and improve their interpersonal skills. In addition, our professional counsellors help them to reflect on such issues as bullying, body image, and healthy living.

Our Story

At KGMS, we believe that a safe, nurturing environment is key to academic success. We believe that every child is unique and that their differences should be celebrated. We believe in an innovative approach to education that’s forward-thinking yet rooted in history. We believe that every child deserves to fit in, to feel like they’re on the inside. Above all, we believe in the potential of our students.

We are committed to whole-child development, and our educational approach adapts to the individual needs and learning styles of each student. We empower our students to move past their learning obstacles so they may experience success and a sense of pride in their abilities. At KGMS, you will see dynamic and capable children who are thriving and finding joy in learning.

Watch this beautiful video celebrating the 40th anniversary of KGMS which was started by Anne Rushforth. Sadly, Anne passed away several months after the making of this video.

https://vimeo.com/87748502

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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