With Our Deepest Sympathy – A Tribute to Ms. Michelle Griffiths

by Paula Temrick

Upon receiving notice of Ms. Michelle Griffith’s sudden and unexpected death it is with sorrowful and heavy hearts we are reaching out to with empathy to all of our Maple Grove and Montessori Community. 

To Ms. Griffith’s cherished students and their families, to all staff and administration, we acknowledge your profound sadness and the light that has darkened in your hearts.  We recognize for each of us grieving is unique and takes its own time to settle and heal.

To Ms. Griffith’s parents, family, dear friends and beloved dog Brutus we send our most sincere condolences as you journey through the tears and the loss of your cherished daughter, sister, friend.

Ms. Griffiths stood strong, humble, open-hearted, courageous and always, soulfully kind.   She had an earnest belief in each of her students’ unique gifts and learning process.  She was thoughtful, patient and devoted to the joy and enlightenment of education – a truly principled and peaceful Montessori teacher.

In these difficult times may the light Ms. Griffiths shone in each of our hearts be the comfort, values and memories we carry forward as we live connected with her in our own lives. 

To acknowledge our beloved Montessori teacher and to facilitate the healing process we invite you to share your precious memories, feelings and expressions of sympathy in the comments below this post.

Ms. Griffith’s daily practise was to inspire her students with meaningful quotes and life lessons. We end with a quote from her teacher, Maria Montessori:

We shall walk together on this path of life, for all things are part of the universe and are connected with each other to form one whole unity.

With Blessings as we shine the light of Ms. Griffiths forward,

Montessori Community Committee


November MCC Meeting

As posted last month, this month’s Maple Grove Montessori Committee meeting is this Wednesday, November 13th in the library at 7:30 PM.

On the agenda:

  • Last month’s purchases
  • This month’s requests from teachers
  • Options for training for SSW
  • Parent Education Night
  • New Business

We’d love to see you there.  Any questions? Feel free to reach out.


Montessori Community Committee Meetings

Late breaking news

The Montessori Community Committee will be meeting in the Maple Grove Library tomorrow October 9th at 7:30PM.   Proposed Agenda is:

  • 2019/2020 Budget
  • Teacher Requests
  • Parent Education
  • New School Plan : How parents can help?
  • Other new business

Everyone is welcome regardless of your experience or knowledge – we’re happy to have you.

Future proposed meeting dates (all 7:30 PM in the Library) are:

– October 9,
– November 13th
– December 11th (TBD)
– January 8th (TBD if no December meeting)
– February 12th
– March 11th (TBD due to Spring Break)
– April 8th
– May 13th

Primary Orientation

In a collaboration between the Montessori Community Committee and our three amazing primary teachers Ms Boulanger, Ms. Hart, and Ms. Lin, we are offering a Primary Orientation on Wednesday, September 5th from 3:10-4 PM.  This is open to any family who has a child in those primary classes (Grades 1, 2, 3) in the Montessori Program.

Unfortunately, we are asking that the orientation be an adult-only event.

This is a wonderful opportunity to meet your child’s teacher, gain insight into what this year may be like for them and ask any questions you might have.

See you there!

New Blog Followers : Welcome!

I’ve lately been alerted that more people are following this blog. I’m pleased and hopeful that this may be an influx of our new parents whose children are entering the school (especially Kindergarten). Welcome.

I’m sure you may have many questions – feel free to ask them in the comments of this post or email me directly and we’ll try to get you some answers.

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Montessori Math Night – February 13th

Montessori Math Parent Education Night
Tuesday Feb. 13, 2018 : 6:30 – 8:30pm


Maple Grove PAC invites you to enjoy an interactive workshop with Ms. Lize Hart and several Grade 3-7 Montessori students who will present and demonstrate an overview of Montessori math curriculum and materials.

You will learn how Dr. Montessori introduced the study of Mathematics from a cosmic perspective and how the materials integrate with cultural curriculum. Time will be provided for participants to work with materials selected from the Kindergarten to Intermediate level.

We will discuss how these materials support learning in a multi-sensory way leading students seamlessly to abstracting concepts in Math. Discussion will also include how the progression of materials aligns with the new B.C. draft curriculum.

Childcare (by donation!) : 6:15 – 8:45pm

Need more information or have questions? Please contact Paula Temrick.

Walk-ins are welcome but pre-registration (by February 9th) helps us out (and ensures we have enough cookies).

Welcome Back

Welcome back! I hope each one of you had a wonderful holiday break.

We remind you to “Save the Date” for our two parent education nights!

  • Montessori Math – Curriculum and Materials K-7: Tuesday Feb. 6 6:30 – 8:00
  • Montessori Language – Curriculum and Materials K-7 Tuesday April 17 6:30 – 8:00

We will post more information in the next few weeks. Both sessions will start in the school library. Refreshments and childcare will be provided.

Over the break I had the opportunity to watch this TedEd talk “The Myth of Average.” I post it here because, while I still think we could do better, I do think Montessori tries to address some of the challenges and issues raised in the video.   But I think it makes us think deeper about the issues and how to fix them for everyone.