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.

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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!

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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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