Term 1 is coming to an end, which means your child will be receiving their first full report card very soon. How does IB assessment work? What do all of the different numbers mean? What do the acronyms mean—it’s like a different language!
Two weeks ago, ten Meadowridge students competed in the annual BC Debate and Speech Association fall tournament with several Meadowridge teams placed in the top 100 and Rayan R. (Grade 10) placed 7th overall!
Recently, our province and, more specifically, our health region has seen a significant increase in the number of COVID-19 cases. In our efforts to keep our community as safe as possible, we have made some changes to our mask wearing expectations...
Since school opened in September, a group of 20 Grade 8 students at Meadowridge School have been collecting donations of school supplies, hygiene items, clothing and toys for Operation Christmas Child... Read more at the Maple Ridge-Pitt Meadows News
I wanted to send out a message to tell you what will be happening with basketball practices beginning next week. As we are all aware, these are not normal times and basketball practices will not be normal either... read more
Book your family portraits at Photo Expressions this year and help fundraise for the Meadowridge Parent Guild.
Well Gryphons, I was so impressed by how our community took on the Gryphon Cross Country Run Challenge.
When was the last time you wrote a letter or sent a postcard? For students at Meadowridge School in Maple Ridge, B.C., it wasn’t all that long ago... Read the rest on CBC Kids News
Veteran Albert Swash was so grateful to receive a hand-written note from students at Meadowridge School last Remembrance Day, that he put pen to paper in reply.
“I want to thank you for remembering all of the brave service men – army, navy, and air force – who scarified their lives so that we can live in peace,” he wrote back to the kids.
Brick by brick, can by can, box by box, they spent weeks building a wall.
But it wasn’t just any wall, it was a Wall Against Hunger, and it stood large in a quest undertaken by young students in Maple Ridge to feed the less fortunate in this community...
Parent expectations during an emergency and/or critical incident involving the school
It was truly a week of giving back! Our students were encouraged to contribute to their communities by supporting three local charities: the Friends In Need Food Bank, the Christmas Shoebox Project, and the Covenant House.
Parents, if you are picking your child(ren) up early from school, please be reminded that sign-out is still required. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 604.467.4444. In addition to online or by-phone notice, PYP parents must also come into the school to sign your child(ren) out.
Our annual Pumpkin Carving Contest is moving online this year. We have five categories to choose from – enter one or enter all five: traditional, painted, school spirit, artistic and cute. To enter, submit a photo of you and your Jack-O-Lantern(s).
As we move into Fall and Winter, we will continue to take advantage of the variety of incredible outdoor spaces available on our campus for physical activity. Physical & Health Education lessons will take place in all weather...
Thank you to everyone who supported the Terry Fox Run and the Cops for Cancer drive. We raised over $3,000 for the Terry Fox Foundation and $700 for Cops for Cancer.
Our student e-waste recycling project took in over 50 old computers and electronics which added up to over 200 pounds. The students will make the donation to Free Geek, an ethical NGO in Vancouver...
Plenty of safeguards and guidelines were put into place to ensure a safe return back to school, and we’re highlighting each of them in our new safety series.
Thank you for all of your patience and kindness as we navigate the first few days in the parking lot. We greatly appreciate everyone’s willingness to be fair and principled...
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Students, look forward to our new Athletics and Intramurals Program launching next week! While staying safely within our cohorts, we’ll be working on our skills and getting in some physical activity.
This is a brief note to update everyone on the school response to wildfire smoke. We are prepared for this at our school. Our HVAC systems, which bring in outside air, are not only well maintained, but also use very high levels of filtering (MERV 13) which takes the particulate matter (anything bigger than a micron) out of the air.
At Meadowridge School, we encourage our students to ‘live well with others and for others in a just community’. The achievements of our graduates represents their journeys and the incredible support from their parents and our staff that they have received throughout the PYP, MYP, and DP programmes.
Perseverance Through Adversity: Noah W. (Grade 11) Featured in Duke of Edinburgh Campaign
Amelie B. (Grade 8) earned First Place in the Polar Expressions Content with her short story, One Thousand and Sixty-Four Times. Read the award-winning piece of fiction here.
We are very excited to welcome students back on campus next week for our hybrid program and to continue to serve other families with our at-home learning program. Safety remains our top priority and we continue to follow and exceed all the recommendations made by our public health officials and governing bodies.
Before Monday, there are a couple of important safety items families should take note of:
As per the Ministry of Education’s Education Restart Plan, Meadowridge School will be moving from Stage 4 to Stage 3 on June 1, 2020 as part of the province’s gradual reentry plan. A full release detailing Meadowridge’s plans can be found here.
As part of Junior Kindergarten’s ‘Sharing the Planet’ Unit of Inquiry, students were asked to make pictures of forests… without markers! This unique activity drew upon students’ imaginations as they explored how to make their pictures without drawing.
One family went above and beyond after being inspired by the teachers’ performances and collaborated on creating their own play. Maggie in Kindergarten plays the role of Belle, big brother Alistair in Grade 3 plays the role of Papa, and their pet kitty, Song, steals the show as Beast.
“We learned that the results are only as good as the questions we ask.” Meadowridge students spoke with a reporter at the News to share their experience working on Canada's only synchrotron. Check it out here »
With 24 entries (Fraser came in first with 11 entries!), choosing the top four entries was a tough task for our panel of judges. Check out the winners...
New programs, technologies, and ways of teaching and learning have taken some getting used to, but they’ve also provided lots of new and unique opportunities. For Grade 6 teacher Ms. Christina Reis, this meant mastering new programs like Procreate and ShowMe, while also collaboration with her peers to learn even more...
COVID-19 Precautions are in place on campus: all guests are asked to please make appointments before visiting the school and to follow our on-campus guidelines and etiquette when visiting.
COVID-19 Precautions are in place on campus: all guests are asked to please make appointments before visiting the school and to follow our on-campus guidelines and etiquette when visiting.
While the Meadowridge Campus is closed, we are looking forward to engaging, supporting and keeping connected through At-Home Learning.
Visit our COVID-19 Updates page for more information regarding school closures and more.
Yesterday two Fraser Valley Regional Librarians led our in-house competition with 14 Meadowridge teams made up of 77 students. Thank you to our supportive group of parents (over 20!) who came to cheer students on in our beautiful new learning facility, The Barn. All students did an incredible job.
Last week, we invited families and friends to watch Screenagers: The Next Chapter, a documentary highlighting stories from teenagers and families working through feelings of stress, anxiety, and depression and their connection to the digital world.
Congratulations to our Grade 8 Boys Basketball team who not only headed into the GVISAA Final Four with a perfect regular season, but also took home the Championship Banner and gold medals! Our Grade 6 and 7 Girls Basketball team also headed into their Finals with no losses and, after a long day against some challenging competitors, finished the season in third place and took home bronze!
The Board of Governors of Meadowridge School has appointed a new Head of School to begin in July, 2021, when the current Headmaster retires.
The Meadowridge Administrative Team continues to meet regularly to monitor and take precautionary measures to limit the spread...
For the last few weeks, students in Mrs. Clement’s Attitude of Gratitude CAS Club have been creating Valentine’s Day cards for each student in Junior Kindergarten to Grade 1...
Thanks to our families generous support of the Annual Fund our Elementary School has 60 new iPads, cases, and charging stations to support digital learning and sharing...
Congratulations to the ten students who competed in one of the largest qualifying debate tournaments in the province and Isabella Z. (Grade 9) who was awarded 1st place in the Junior Division!
Ms. Vally and the PADS team have listened to Wasabi and have decided to let him hang up his vest and enter retirement with a career change: family pet!
The World Health Organization (WHO) has declared the Novel Corona virus to be an international public health emergency, which ensures alignment between countries and recognizes that multiple counties may be affected. The risk in Canada remains low However, people become understandably worried and so want to know what our school is doing to help.
Emotional + psychological + social well-being = mental health. Mental health affects how we think, feel and act.
Registration for Student-Led Conferences opens Wednesday, February 5 at 9:00am via SchoolSoft...
On February 27 from 6:30pm to 8:30pm we'll be hosting a screening of Screenagers: Next Chapter in our Theater for our school community...
The following message is from the Ministry of Health, the Ministry of Education, and the Federation of Independent Schools’ Associations.
Learn more about Student-Led Conferences at Meadowridge, and find out how you can support your child during these important meetings.
For those of you who have been at our school for a few years, the name Dr. Claire Vanston is very familiar...
With Re-Registration upon us, families who may be experiencing temporary financial difficulties may hesitate to proceed with Re-Registration.
Over the weekend, Meadowridge hosted the First Lego League Robotics Qualifying Tournament, an event bringing in over 250 student competitors...
Last week, a team of eight high school students travelled to the University of Saskatchewan to work with researchers on Canada’s only Synchrotron.
Congratulations to our talented authors, poets, and illustrators
Early this week, three Grade 4 students visited the Rotary Club of Meadow Ridge. Ineke Boekhurts, the Chair of the Starfish Backpack Committee invited students to come and present our donations to the Starfish Backpack Program to the Club.
Do you have an eye for photography? Perhaps you've snapped a few beautiful pictures at a school concert, event, assembly, or class field trip? The smiles and moments you've captured are better when shared on Vidigami.
Singing Human by Twin Flames, our Grade 5 students have been selected as top ten finalists in the CBC Radio Music Class Challenge.
After learning about rights and responsibilities, Grade 4 students discovered that not everyone is as fortunate as they are. Some people in the world do not have their rights met. The Grade 4 classes decided to take action by helping...
As winter weather approaches, please be sure to dress for the weather. Warm jackets, boots, and mittens are important to make outdoor play fun. Inside, students should be in school uniform.
Are you 16 years old? Have you completed the Silver Duke of Edinburgh Award? If so, it sounds like you are ready for a GOLD challenge.
Thank you to everyone who joined us for the Grand Opening of the new Classroom Complex and for the launch of Audacity, the Campaign for Meadowridge School.
2019/20 Basketball season schedule for all teams.
Thank you to everyone who picked up books from this year’s Scholastic Book Fair – an event supporting the love of reading for our children and for others!
MYP and DP parents are invited to attend our upcoming Report Card Information Sessions...
Yesterday afternoon, our Grade 11 and 12 students met to celebrate the end of an important journey in the DP.
In the week leading up to Remembrance Day, several students at Meadowridge completed Postcards for Peace, a Veterans Affairs Canada initiative that encourages students to reflect upon peace, remembrance, and freedom...
A group of Grade 8 and 9 students headed off on a weeklong adventure for an authentic linguistic and cultural immersion in Quebec City, Ottawa, and Montreal over Reading Break.
The swimming season is just about to begin, and the Grade 3 to Grade 7 Swimming Team is accepting new members! Students need to be swimming regularly outside of school and able to complete two lengths (50 metres) while demonstrating a proper stroke, without stopping or pausing to catch one’s breath, and without the use of any flotation device.
Last Friday, 15 Meadowridge teachers became the students, renewing or certifying their First Aid qualifications. Currently, over half of our staff have valid first aid certifications, including everything from Basic – with CPR and AED training – to Occupational Level 2, to Wilderness First Aid.
Ms. Hops invited families to join her at the Burnaby Village Museum’s Haunted Village. For three nights straight, she awaited students for a night of Halloween fun. For Ms. Hops, these non-curricular nights (she volunteers her time to meet families there) are a chance for students to run free – to “return to our childhood pursuits of imagining dynamic, colourful, impossible worlds and inviting our friends to share in the adventure.” Ms. Hops shares more about the three nights of fun »
Believe it or not, Meadowridge’s first-ever Halloween Fun Night happened 25 years ago. Since that time, it has raised $20,000 for Covenant House...
Read Mr. Spurgeon's updates on the fall season of our Volleyball, Swimming, and Cross Country teams.
Congratulations to the Junior Boys Soccer team, who ended their season yesterday with a trip to the GVISAA Final Four to play for Bronze. The match against Regent Royals was a tough battle for both sides, ending in a 0-0 tie after regulation play...
The Mixed Containers Bin is where you put… wax-lined paper cups, take-out coffee paper cups, aluminum cans, foil...
On Wednesday, November 6, our Grade 9 students will participate in the annual Take Our Kids to Work Day, a day where students step into their future for a day and get a glimpse at the working world.
Each year, Meadowridge hosts the ISEA Grade 5 Soccer PlayDay, a wrap-up event celebrating the soccer season. Meadowridge students represented us well, not just as athletes, but as referees too; this year, we had 12 students step up to share their love and expertise of soccer. Mr. Spurgeon shares all the details from the day.
With a search for pumpkins through the north forest, hot chocolate around the campfire, and – perhaps most important of all – some quality time with their Grade 12 buddies, our Kindergarten students had a blast early this week at the Kinderbuddy meet-up. Mr. Graveson shares all the details from this fun day
October 16th was a wonderful and wet Wednesday for our Gryphons! With games at home and away, teams braved the rain and came away victorious.
The Lost and Found bins are overflowing with uniform items, water bottles and other lost miscellanea. Please remember to label your items so your things can be returned to you and be sure to check out the bins next time you’re at the school.
Over the weekend, our Junior Girls Volleyball team participated in the VCS Phoenix Tournament and took home first place after a straight six undefeated wins. Congratulations to our team and our coaches!
Kinderbuddies met for the first time yesterday! In this amazing Meadowridge program, Grade 12 students are paired with Kindergartners to build bonds, be role models, and celebrate life...
Parents and students are reminded to please check the lost and found for any items they may be missing. Lost and Found bins are located at the Elementary School entrance and under the stairs near the Cafeteria.
Please pop by the Library over the next week to see the diverse additions to our Language book collection...
The Silver-Lined Bin is where you put… chip bags, granola bar wrappers, and any treat bags with silver lining...
Are you interested in speaking with prospective families at our open house events? We are always looking for parent volunteers to help. Please contact Natalie Blomly at email@example.com for further details.
We will be establishing a Gala Committee very soon and ask that you connect with the Advancement Office as soon as possible if you’re interested in helping to plan, organize and run this year’s Gala in February 2020.
The Organics and Compost Bin is where you put… food without the wrapper (no plastic or foil bags or wraps); compostable paper and cardboard products (paper towel, Kleenex, paper plates, checkered food wrap, McDonald’s boxes, paper bags, paper baskets, and cafeteria and salad containers); and any products that say “compostable” or have a leaf stamp.
On Monday, October 28 we will celebrate Diwali, and need parent volunteers! If you can help, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or join us at the first planning meeting on Wednesday, October 9 after drop-off in the cafeteria. Thank you to Yamini Gandesha for volunteering to get things started this year!
Meadowridge School supports seven external, nomination-required scholarships; six of which are available to Canadian citizens or Permanent Residents and one to international students… READ MORE
The Meadowridge Debate Club ferried to the University of Victoria to participate in the Debate Training Tournament. Our students carried themselves admirably: Isabel K. (Grade 9) and Rayan R. (Grade 9) finished second in a challenging field of nearly 40 experienced debaters...
All bussing invoices have been sent to families by Lynch Bus Lines; please be reminded that payment is required by Tuesday, October 1...
Climate change activities are being planned and organized by youth around the world with a large event scheduled to happen this Friday, September 27. Meadowridge is supportive of this initiative..
We enjoyed three all-school lunches last year, days where everyone—both students and staff—could enjoy a meal together. After the success of last year’s all-school lunch days, we’ve decided to host another three this school year.
Save the date! The Classroom Complex Grand Opening is Friday, November 22...
Why donate to the Annual Fund? Simply put, the Annual Fund does more good for our students. It allows us to keep doing and offering the things that make the Meadowridge educational experience unique. (who else can say they have greenhouses, a barn, and a campsite at their school?) ...
We will be establishing a Gala Committee very soon and ask that you connect with the Advancement Office or email@example.com as soon as possible if you’re interested in helping to plan, organize and run this year’s Gala in February 2020.
Reminder for our parents, staff, and students: Let's all help keep everyone safe by minding our parking lot rules and etiquette
What goes in the Refundables Bin and what items that should not be put into the refundables bin?
Now that that back to school rush has slowed down, appointments are no longer necessary—feel free to pop in at your convenience! The Uniform Shop will be closed all day on Tuesday, September 26 for inventory.
This year’s picnic kicked off with students practicing and presenting their house cheers. The groups’ sounds and spirit-filled cheers echoed across the calm, tree-lined lake and set the tone for the fun to come.
Meadowridge School has expanded its accepted payment types. Our Finance Office now accepts credit card, e-transfers, WeChat, Alipay, direct bank withdrawal, cheque, and Flywire.
Meadowridge is moving towards a more sustainable future with the help of our dining services, SAGE Dining.
Managing your child(ren)’s cafeteria accounts can be done from the comfort of your home! With MyKidsSpending, you can add funds, view past purchases, and more...
Interested in learning more about post-secondary events at Meadowridge? Check out what's coming up on the calendar and join us for these university visits. See what's coming up in post-secondary »
Did your child participate in the BC Summer Reading Club through their local Public Library? If so, please have them pop by the library with their medal or their reading passport to earn a House Point!...
With soccer and volleyball already on the go, we’ve got a jam-packed year of athletics ahead. Check out this year’s teams, see who is coaching...
Mr. Scott Spurgeon sat down to answer the nine questions he hears most often about athletics at Meadowridge.
Welcome back to all our students and families! There has been such a positive energy in the school throughout the first few days. After a long but busy summer, it is great to be back doing what we do best: learning with each other.
As we all settle in during these first few weeks, please be reminded of a few routines and expectations:
The 2019 Meadowridge Open Fencing Tournament welcomed fencers from across the lower mainland and from several fencing clubs for one of its biggest turnouts to date with over 167 entries.
In Mrs. Marie Clement’s Grade 7 Individuals and Societies classes, learning about ancient economies usually happens through an experiential, hands-on approach.
With the start of our hybrid learning program, Mrs. Heather Nicholson roamed the playgrounds and classrooms to interview (two metres apart, of course!) students who came back to class. She wanted to know how it was going, what they liked and didn’t like about being back.
Early last week, students logged-on and were led through a virtual tour of the Paul Getty Museum. Together, the classes wandered and observed the many paintings, illustrations, and sculptures throughout the halls. They discussed the art, made comments, and asked questions.
What would I have felt on March 13, the day we all left school for Spring Break, knowing that I might not return until the start of grade 12? As bad as it sounds, I was relieved. I was happy to hear I would no longer have to wake up early or wear a uniform each day, and that I would be, instead, learning in the comfort of my own home. But I was wrong to feel relieved.