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Six teams of scholars competed in the Vancouver round of the World Scholar’s Cup - a two-day event that combines debate, creative writing, and thematic knowledge. Each team consisted of three students from Grades 4 to 9. All teams were coached by experienced scholars Wilson H. and Brian Z. (Grade 9).

Read More about Grade 4 to 9 Students Qualify for the Global Round Competition at the World Scholar’s Cup

Congratulations to Wilson H. and Isabella R. (Grade 9) for advancing through the regional and provincial debate competitions to earn an invitation to the national-level competition being held in Halifax, Nova Scotia. We wish them the best of luck as they prepare to compete with the top debaters in their age category from across the country.

Read More about Grade 9 Debaters head to Nationals!

Fraser Health has developed a toolkit with monthly health promotion messages for school communities. The purpose of this toolkit is to ensure schools in our region have access to easy-to-share, up-to-date health promotion messages to increase awareness of important public health information, resources and services for families.

Read More about Information from Fraser Health: Outside play, physical activity and injury prevention

When we travel, our eyes and our minds open a little wider and we become well positioned to transform our understanding of who we are and what our place in the world is. Guided by inspiring teachers, our Extended and International Trips provide opportunities to live, and more deeply embody our Mission.

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Today, a group of avid readers from Grades 4 and 5 competed in the Fraser Valley Regional Library’s Reading Link Challenge.These students have been working hard since early in the school year to prepare for the competition. This was not an easy task as they read six novels, gave up their lunch hours to practice, and worked together to learn as much as possible about the books.

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On Saturday, February 3, The Meadowridge First Lego League teams attended their provincial qualifier tournament. With 16 teams composed of 85 students from Grades 4 to 8, and 32 high school coaches, it was a busy day! All the teams did an amazing job. Six teams won awards and six teams qualified to advance to the BC/Yukon provincials, hosted at Meadowridge on March 9.

Read More about First Lego League Success at the Provincial Qualifier Tournament

Congratulations to the Senior Girls Volleyball team for a fantastic finish at the BCSS 'A' Provincial Championships. The 11-player team secured their spot at provincials after winning the Fraser North Championships— a first in Meadowridge history! Up against 16 other teams from across the province, the team’s debut was marked by tenacity and teamwork and an impressive tenth-place finish. Overall, the team finished with an impressive 5-2 record for Meadowridge's debut at the BCSS 'A' Provincial Championships.

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To build a stronger sense of community and an understanding of service as action, students in Middle School Explorations will volunteer at the Friends In Need Food Bank throughout the year. A small group of Grade 8 students were the first to volunteer, learning first about the organization and their operations and then preparing the hampers to hand out later on.

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A long standing Meadowridge tradition, Halloween Fun Night, returns tomorrow (Friday, October 27) from 3:30pm to 9:00pm at school. The event is for students in Grades 6 and 7 and is organized by high school students who have been working hard to plan the Haunted House and evening activities.

Read More about Halloween Fun Night 2023

Fraser Health has developed a toolkit with monthly health promotion messages for school communities. The purpose of this toolkit is to ensure schools in our region have access to easy-to-share, up-to-date health promotion messages to increase awareness of important public health information, resources and services for families.

Read More about Information from Fraser Health: Make dental, hearing, and vision checks part of a healthy routine

Next Wednesday, September 27, are holding our Parent-Student-Advisor Conferences. There are no classes in session that day. These conferences are not the same as Parent-Student-Teacher Conferences, which will happen in January after teachers have had the chance to get to know your child and will have a much better understanding of student's strengths and areas where improvement or support might be needed.

Read More about Middle and High School Parent-Student-Advisor Conferences | Wednesday, September 27

We had a very active Math and Computing Contest year with hundreds of participants across the High School. Congratulations to all the brilliant minds who conquered the Math Contest and emerged victorious! Your dedication, problem-solving expertise, and unwavering passion for numbers have propelled you to new heights.

Read More about Math Contest Successes

The due date for full payment of tuition has now passed. All families that paid their tuition invoice in full by Monday, May 15, 2023 will receive a credit of 1.00% for their early payment discount. For families paying in monthly installments, payments will begin on Thursday, June 1, 2023. Please return your signed remittance slip with updated banking information or credit card details by Monday, May 29, 2023.

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In the last few weeks, over 230 students, teachers, and community members have participated in the Meadowridge Adopt-a-Stream program. By participating in this program, they are helping to maintain a healthy stream habitat for our local Meadowridge wildlife.

By participating in the Adopt-a-Stream program, we are able to reciprocate the many gifts the land has given us. 

Read More about The Meadowridge Community Participates in the Adopt-a-Stream Program

All families that have re-registered for the 2023/24 school year should have received their Tuition Fee, DP Fee (Grade 11 only) and Program Fee invoices. If you have re-registered by paying your deposit and have submitted your signed contracts but did not receive invoices, please contact the Finance Office immediately at billing@meadowridge.bc.ca.

Tuition invoices paid in full by Monday, May 15, 2023, will be given a 1.00% early payment discount with a credit on their account.

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Today, we celebrate the dedicated administrative professionals who help support the Meadowridge Community. Thank you for your hard work and unwavering support. We reached out to our amazing administrative professionals to learn a bit more about them, and here is what some of them had to say. Happy International Administrative Professionals Day!

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Our first Middle School Winterfest was a big hit! Many activities were held and there was something for everyone at the school to enjoy. The Middle School Students hosted carolling in the Forest, a tree decorating contest for Elementary Students, a door decorating contest for Middle and High School Students, cookie decorating, and a virtual craft and food market.   

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Our First Lego League (FLL) Robotics teams are kicking off the season with an amazing start! Students participating in FLL are not only challenged to build robots and compete in competitions but are also encouraged to learn about sustainable energy and use their ingenuity to develop innovative technological solutions to problems through what is known as the Innovation Project.

Read More about FLL Robotics Food Drive, Join The Competition!

This year, the Parent Guild and the school are partnering with Uncle Vinny’s Toy Drive. This toy drive was started in 2021 by the Maan Family who unexpectedly lost their son, Vinny Maan, at the age of 35 on December 11, 2019. The Maan Family lived in Port Coquitlam and owned and operated the Mary Hill Market since 1988. Vinny attended Mary Hill Elementary and then Meadowridge School. He graduated from Meadowridge in 2002. 

Read More about Second Annual Uncle Vinny’s Toy Drive

What a day! What started off as a small idea grew into a magical afternoon. Every one of our middle school students rose to the challenge of running their stations with power, pizzazz, and pride. Everyone was surprised and awed by the support from our community. We had an amazing turnout from our student body to our faculty and staff, and of course, our biggest fans and supporters, our parents.

Read More about Success! The Middle School Farmer's Market

In May Grade 11 students Grace Y. and Akira Y. competed in the Canada-Wide Science Fair. The weeklong Canada-Wide Science Fair (CWSF) brings together the country’s top young scientists in Grades 7 to 12. Grace and Akira were awarded the Gold Excellence Award  and the YouthCan Innovate Award.

Read More about Meadowridge Grade 11 students awarded Gold Excellence Award at Canada-Wide Science Fair

Congratulations to the Class of 2022 District/Authority Scholarship winners, awarded by the Ministry of Education. This scholarship recognizes students for developing an area of interest to the level of excellence, both within school and the wider community. Concentrations include languages, athletics, visual arts, service, music, leadership, information technology, and more.

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There has been a lot of water under the bridge since the last off-campus WWOW excursions have taken place at Meadowridge. It is going to be an amazing feeling when that water starts to flow under canoes and ferries, taking students to new adventures and learning experiences.

Read More about Spring 2022 WWOW Trips

The resiliency and toughness of our team and team leaders have allowed us to face pressure, adversity, and successfully rise to the occasion time in and time out. We have battled through sickness, weather conditions, tournament cancellations (as I know many other schools have) never allowing ourselves to make excuses, and always striving to overcome any obstacles thrown our way.

Read More about Senior Boys Basketball Team Heading to the Provincials

This past Tuesday, ten of our high school Gryphon basketball girls boarded our bus bound for North Vancouver. They had an exhibition game booked versus Lion’s Gate Christian Academy. Led by coaches Ms. Bolyard and Mr. Donaldson, our Gryphons demonstrated the skills they have been working on from opening tip off to the final buzzer. 

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With darker mornings and evenings, and with the relentless rain, we have been experiencing more issues and problems in our parking lot and neighbouring streets. We have heard from our neighbours, who are reporting drivers speeding down the side streets, and from our own school community about inconsiderate drivers, honking cars, and verbal confrontations right here in our parking lot.

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As many of you are aware, the Canadian Accredited Independent Schools (CAIS) and International Baccalaureate (IBO) organizations both sent teams virtually to evaluate our school and validate our written self-studies. The teams consisted of 16 experienced educators, former Heads of School, and leaders from around the world and across Canada.

Read More about CAIS & IB Accreditation Success

Athletics are returning this upcoming week with everything from home games, to away games, and even a couple of road tournaments for some of our high school girls volleyball. Care is being taken at Meadowridge, as well as all schools, to keep all in the community as safe as possible while recognizing the value that Athletics adds to a healthy well-rounded lifestyle.

Read More about Parents & Guests: Visiting for Athletics Games

The May 2021 IB results were released this week and we want to share with the community the achievements of the Class of 2021. This represents their journeys and the incredible support they received from their parents and our staff throughout the PYP, MYP, and DP programmes. Eleven of our graduates are lifers, who have been with us for up to 14 years. While others joined us later, including three in Grade 11 creating our largest cohort ever at 49 students, the Class of 2021 has been unforgettable!

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Last Saturday, students from Meadowridge’s Business Club – a student-led club at the helm of Grade 11 student Carina L.! – participated in MiniEnterprize, a lower mainland business competition. Together, the group analyzed and worked through a business case study and made suggestions for improvement.

Read More about Meadowridge students make their mark at the MiniEnterprize business competition

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.

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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...

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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:

Read More about Hybrid Program Begins Monday, June 1

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...

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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!

Read More about Two Teams, Two Undefeated Regular Seasons: Grade 8 Boys & Grade 6/7 Girls Basketball

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. 

Read More about Grade 3 to 7 Swim Team

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 »

Read More about Hanging Out with Ms. Hops at Burnaby Mountain

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.

Read More about A Meadowridge Undertaking: Hosting, Playing and Refereeing the ISEA Grade 5 Soccer PlayDay

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.

Read More about Recycling 101: What Goes in the Organics and Compost Bin?

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:

Read More about Friendly Reminders for the First Week Back: Parking, Supervision, and Answering Questions

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Math in the Elementary School

A Primary Years Programme (PYP) Math classroom may look different than what you’re used to. Single rows of desks, individual work, paper and pencils are replaced with collaborative spaces, group work, manipulatives, thinking problems, and puzzles. Math classrooms sound different. At Meadowridge, students adopt a growth mindset as they work through challenges: “I can’t” is replaced with “I can’t yet”.

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