the role of parents at kgms

the role of parents at kgms

Making the transition out of public school can be intimidating for parents, as well as students. We understand that this can be a difficult time and we make every effort to ensure that you’re not alone in your decision. KGMS provides a supportive network that guides parents through their child’s transfer. We help parents understand their child’s learning disability and develop skills to foster their growth.

At KGMS, our goal is to help the whole family. We hold monthly parent workshops with topics ranging from dyslexia to educational tax deductions. Many of our workshops are conducted by faculty members or other parents. We encourage all of our parents to have an active role in their child’s learning, and we create volunteer opportunities for parents to become involved in day-to-day school activities. The door is always open to our teachers and tutors, and parents receive regular updates on their child’s progress. They are even consulted during the development of their child’s Individualized Education Plan.

We find that many parents arrive at KGMS when nothing else has worked, when their child is still struggling at school and no tutors or teachers have been able to alleviate the tears and frustration that accompany nightly homework. We recognize how hard this can be on the whole family and we invite you to consider an alternative. One visit to KGMS and you will see why students and parents alike are enjoying school once again.

kgms Parent Council

kgms Parent Council

At KGMS we are blessed with a highly active and supportive parent council. In addition to organizing various events and fundraising initiatives, the MPC takes an active role in Parent Education; Home-School Communication; and, parent support.

The Council organizes regular coffee mornings, guest speakers, evening lectures, and helps to ensure that the ideas and suggestions raised by members of the parent body are actively shared with the school.

They are valued partners in serving our students!

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:

  • 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.

Parent Education Meeting

Click here to view video of our recent Parent Education session about IEPs.

IEP Presentation

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Annual Purdy's Fundraiser

It’s time for our annual Purdy’s fundraiser. Order forms and catalogues will be sent home by class teachers by Friday. Please check your child’s backpack. If you prefer to order online, click the link for your child’s class on the attached PDF. We receive 25% back from all sales so keep your Christmas needs in mind! Order deadline:  Monday, November 13th Order pickup: Friday, November 24th (Parent Conference day) If you have any questions, please email pac@kgms.ca. 2017 Purdy’s Fundraiser

Photos for Remembrance Day

Students & staff are asked to bring photos of family member who fought in any World Wars or conflicts. These will be displayed during our Remembrance Day ceremony on November 9th at 10:45am.

Copies of photos only please.

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MAHS Cookie Dough Fundraiser

The holiday season is approaching, and with it, the need for sweet treats at social gatherings, class parties, and throughout the season in general. The Maplewood Alternative High School is selling cookie dough to help which will support their trip to Bamfield Marine Science Centre and Victoria in May!

Purchase cookie dough for $10.00 per pail, which makes approximately 48 cookies. Order deadline is Friday, November 10th. Pickup will be arranged for Friday, November 24th which is Parent/Teacher/Tutor Conference day.

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Stong's Market Fundraiser

We’re excited to be part of Stong’s Market online rebate program! Purchase groceries through their website & 4% of the total goes to KGMS.

Stong’s Market delivers all over Vancouver, the North Shore and Bowen Island so friends and family can utilize it as well. Once you are finished your online order and are at the checkout, you have the option to choose a school to support.

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The Card Project

Some KGMS students and teachers participated in The Card Project this year! The Card Project uses the children’s masterpieces to make professionally printed greeting cards and notebooks. The children made amazing art for this exciting fundraiser.

Every child will get a copy of their unique greeting card in mid-November. You can take a sneak peek of your child’s art and place an order online here! Click on ‘TO ORDER’ and ‘USE MY SCHOOL ACCESS CODE’ which is KG30.

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Hotdog fundraiser

The high school students will be selling hotdogs, juice boxes and chips at lunch every Wednesday.

Hotdogs are $1 each, juice boxes & chips are 75 cents each.

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Toddler to Teen Parenting Course

Sharon Selby, is a Registered Clinical Counsellor has worked with KGMS on many occasions. She is offering her Toddler to Teen Parenting Course with 50% of the proceeds to the KGMS PAC!

This offer closes at 11:59 pm on Thursday, October 19th. 

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Book Fair

Our annual Book Fair will take place in the Library.

Parent / Teacher / Tutor Conferences

Students will not attend on Parent/Teacher/Tutor Conference day.

Christmas Sing-a-long

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 - 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

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 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

                     2017 Gala Video

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

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.

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

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On-Call Tutor – September 27th 2017

Teachers-Teaching-On-Call – September 27 2017

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