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KGMS

They are bright

Their potential is extraordinary

They simply learn differently

Kenneth Gordon Maplewood Elementary School is a centre of excellence in developmentally informed instruction that empowers children with learning disabilities in a passionate, progressive and inspiring learning environment.

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Our Students

Our Students

Kenneth Gordon Maplewood School is recognized as a leader in teaching children with learning difficulties that include the acquisition, organization, retention, understanding and use of verbal and nonverbal information. These learning difficulties often affect children who otherwise demonstrate average or above-average abilities essential for thinking and reasoning.

To find out if your child would be a good fit for KGMS learn more here.

Inside the Classroom

Inside the Classroom

KGMS develops the whole child. This endeavour is complex, requiring many people, programs and services to address each child’s unique needs. Most of our classes have a maximum of 15 students. Instruction and daily activities are conducted, for the most part, in small group settings with an approximate teacher to student ratio of 5:1.

Through a combination of technology, activities, oral and written work, our teachers actively find ways for each student to succeed. They build upon these successes to make learning attainable, stimulating and rewarding. Our students thrive in this kind of supportive environment.

Learning Environment

Learning Environment

Ministry of Education prescribed curriculum is addressed in all instructional areas from grades 1 – 7. Materials are adapted and accommodations are made to meet each child’s individual needs. Every student receives daily, individualized one-on-one tutoring. Most students have the same tutor for their entire time at KGMS. This relationship nurtures the child’s growth, building a foundation for educational success.

All of tutors are trained and certified in the world-renowned Orton-Gillingham Method. This multi-sensory method engages learners visually, auditorily and kinesthetically. The learning sequence is systematic and takes the student step-by-step from basic concepts that progress to more complex languages functions.

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Dynamic Environment

Dynamic Environment

At KGMS, we teach the way your child learns. We believe that every child is unique, and rather than requiring him or her to fit within a rigid, pre-determined program we create a learning environment that’s adaptive, producing the best possible circumstances for success.

Our students work in a dynamic classroom setting that includes whole class, small group and one-on-one tutoring. Instruction and activities are conducted with a student-teacher ratio of 5:1. Ministry of Education prescribed curriculum is addressed in all instructional areas from grades 1 – 7.

Educational Excellence

Educational Excellence

With over 40 years of experience, KGMS has a long tradition of educational excellence. We use the world-renowned Orton-Gillingham Method which teaches students visually, auditorily and kinesthetically, allowing them to engage in their learning and retain skills and concepts that would have previously been forgotten.

Children receive daily individualized one-on-one tutoring. Depending upon their needs, the tutoring sessions may develop reading using the Orton-Gillingham method, mathematics using critical thinking and problem-solving strategies or social emotional skills through direct instruction and supervised play.

Empowering through Learning

Empowering through Learning

Every student receives an Individualized Education Plan (IEP) which is developed by the classroom teacher with input from the student’s tutor, and in collaboration with the parents. The IEP customizes instructional strategies and resources to address the child’s strengths and needs.

Our program empowers students and restores confidence in their abilities. We prove to our students that they are intelligent and they are entitled to learn joyously, to succeed and to reach their potential. We equip them with an understanding of their learning style and a vision for their future, enabling them to become successful self-advocates in the real world.

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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.

Volunteers for Welcome BBQ

Returning to KGMS next year? We need volunteers to help organize the Welcome Back BBQ for new and returning families in September. Nothing needs to happen until September but if you wish to start collecting your volunteer hours early, sign up!

Email Katherine at kharris@kgms.ca if you can help.

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Order your 2014-15 Yearbook!

The 2014-15 yearbook will soon be completed and will include the Talent Show and Closing Ceremony.

If you would like to order a copy, they are $25.00 each. Complete the attached order form and return to the office by Wednesday, June 17th. They will be mailed to your home in August (your address must be included on the form).

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Sports Day 2015

Our annual Sports Day is on Thursday, June 11th from 8:15 am to 3:15 pm (normal drop off & pickup).

This year we are adding some fun activities related to “Get Up and Grow”.

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Closing Ceremony/Last Day

The Closing Ceremony is at 10:30 am (CORRECTION from email that said 10:00 am) on Thursday, June 18th. Students will be dismissed at noon.

Family and friends are welcome to join us.

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KGMS Has Talent Show 2015

Our annual talent show is at 1:30 pm on Wednesday, June 17th.

Family members and friends are welcome to join us for this amazing show.

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Ultimate Frisbee

Our Ultimate athletes had an amazing day at the Sabrefest Tournament today! Their spirits remained high and although we didn’t win any of our games, their effort and attitude were commendable! They learned a lot about the sport and the Spirit of the Game, which is the driving force behind Ultimate Frisbee. After having seen the talent and competition, I know that they’re only more determined to improve next year – they’ve started making plans already! I’m proud to say every single player on the team has grown immensely since Day 1 – their throwing, game sense and coordination has improved, and their sportsmanship and coherence as a team has developed new friendships. Feel free to ask them to tell you about the tournament (they may tell you that they won a Spirit prize, or that Miss G beat Mason in a sprint), and encourage their passion as I hope to build an even bigger Ultimate Program next year.

MPC and Gala Chairs

The Maplewood Parent Committee is looking for interested parents to join the committee and help strengthen our parent community through events, speakers, info evenings, etc.  Specifically, we need somebody to take on the role of chairperson next year.  If interested, please email Katherine Harris at: kharris@kgms.ca We’re also looking for two co-chairs (or one chair) for the 2016 Gala.  Jodi Beattie will assist as past chair and has put together lots of planning information to make the transition seamless.  If you’re interested in taking on this role (solo or with a co-chair) please email Jodi Beattie at jodibeattie@mac.com.

 

It looks like there are no events scheduled yet for July 2015.
Please check back soon.

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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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Attend Gala

Growing Hearts and Minds Gala 2015
to benefit
Kenneth Gordon Maplewood School

Saturday, February 21, 2015
Pinnacle Hotel at The Pier
138 Victory Ship Way, North Vancouver

Reception at 6 pm | Dinner 7:30
Dress Semi Formal

Emcee | Mark Docherty
Auctioneer | Jay Scott, Maynards

Individual tickets – $125.00
Corporate Table Sponsorship including 10 tickets – $2000

KGMS Gala Ticket Form 2015

PLEASE CONTACT CARRIE TO ORDER TICKETS AT 604-985-5224.

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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

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