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.

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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.

https://vimeo.com/87748502

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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!

Dr. Christopher Gala Video

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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