Thank You


I just wanted to take a minute to say THANK YOU to a few people for the Montessori Fundamentals Parent Education Night last night.

First and foremost, thank you to Lize Hart for bringing her beautiful self and helping all of us reach a new level of understanding about the amazing education our children are a part of.

Second, thank you to Paula Temrick for being so passionate about parent education and making it happen this year in our school.  Organizing and hosting a night like this takes an enormous amount of effort and she rocked it.

Third, thanks to everyone who helped with every aspect of the night – including Victoria and Nancy for feeding us and the kids; Mr. Evans, Ms. Smith and Ms Tornroos for allowing us to use the school and completely dismantle the library space (next time we’ll take pictures to help us put it back to normal!); and to Galen, Karrie, Allison, and all other beautiful people who helped organize and set-up; and to our wonderful Maple Grove Montessori graduates (class of 2014) — Palas, Ryan, David and Shaolin who provided childcare.  You were each a vital part of making the night successful.

Finally – thank you to everyone who CAME.  I am so grateful to be a part of a community of parents who care deeply about their child’s education.  And thanks for helping with clean up! 🙂

If you weren’t able to make it — there will be future opportunities.  Watch this space.

Ms. Hart shared a quote last night:

My vision of the future is no longer of people taking
exams and proceeding from secondary school to
University but of passing from one stage of
independence to a higher, by means of their own
activity and effort of will. It is necessary, then, to give
the child the possibility of developing according to the
laws of his nature, so that he can become strong, and,
having become strong, can do even more than we
dared hope for him. ~ Maria Montessori

She shared an inspiring video to illustrate why this is still our vision today.  I urge you to watch (or watch it again!) – here it is.


Reminder : Parent Education Event

One more reminder of our parent Education event tomorrow — MONTESSORI FUNDAMENTALS from 6:30 to 8:00 pm in the Library.  Please consider pre-registering but, if you absolutely cannot, please come on the night.  You will be most welcome.  It will be a wonderful evening and an opportunity to learn more about the philosophy taught at our school as well as to meet and socialize with other parents.

Can’t wait to see you there!

Montessori Parent Education Evening

Tuesday, October 24 – 6:30 to 8:00 pm in Library
Maple Grove PAC invites you to the Fundamentals of Montessori Education, an engaging and interactive evening session with Maple Grove’s primary Montessori Teacher, Elizabeth Hart. In a ‘show and tell’ format you will learn about the Montessori Philosophy, Methodology and what it looks like at Maple Grove School. This is the first in a 3-Part series that will be presented throughout our 2017-18 school year

All Maple Grove Parents and Teachers Are Welcome! This is a wonderful opportunity to learn how our dual track school programs compliment and support one another.  You will also meet other parents and I hear there might be baked goods.


Thank you and I can’t wait to see each and every one of you there!

Montessori Finance Committee

Last week I talked about the money a little bit.  We rely on your parent donation to provide the Montessori materials in your child’s classroom – the Vancouver School Board does NOT allocate funds for those materials.

The Maple Grove PAC executive have been striving for greater parent involvement and transparency around the allocation and disbursement of funds.  If you would like to know more about this I invite you to come to a meeting and be a part of the Maple Grove Montessori Finance Committee.  Continue reading