Weekly eGryphon

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

All families that have re-registered for the 2022/2023 will be receiving their Tuition Fees and Diploma Fees (Grade 11 only) invoices by Friday, April 29, 2022. If you have re-registered, signed your contracts, and have paid your re-registration deposit but do not receive invoices by May 2, 2022, please contact the finance office at billing@meadowridge.bc.ca. Please note that payments received between April 22 and today may not be reflected on your invoices but will applied as soon as possible.

Read More about Tuition & Diploma fees invoices sent Friday, April 29

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. 

Read More about Gryphon Girls Basketball Win

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!

Read More about Class of 2021 Achievements & Awards

With Spirit days right around the corner, families may have some questions regarding pre-ordered lunches. If you have pre-ordered your lunch, please know that SAGE will cancel all lunches of students on their respective spirit days. Please continue to order your lunch as per usual. For those who maybe a little extra hungry and are looking for more, we will have lunch as normal during each school’s lunchtime.  

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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.

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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

Featured Blog Posts

Image of a moss covered tree

Founding director of the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence and Psychologist Marc Brackett begs the question: when did you last ask someone how they felt and wanted a truthful answer? Further, when did you last give a truthful answer? We ask this question multiple times a day as a common courtesy rather than a genuinely inquisitive query.

Read the Blog about Permission to Feel: Achieving Well-Being with Marc Brackett & Brené Brown
Diya G. standing outside of Meadowridge School

Our students have so many amazing stories to share. The Meadowridge Awards and Recognition Committee want to recognize the work of our incredible students. Each month, teachers in Elementary, Middle, and High School nominate a student who has demonstrated characteristics of the learner profiles in a memorable and inspiring way. Through our Gryphons of the Month, it’s our hope that, as a community, we hear the “stories of our students.”

Read the Blog about Gryphons of the Month: November 2022
Lindsay Oneil

We are thrilled to announce that Ms. Oneil is stepping into a new role as a Social Emotional Counsellor at Meadowridge. After many years of teaching PHE classes, she will share her expertise in health in a new way by supporting students and their mental wellness on campus. In celebration of her new role and World Mental Health Day on October 10, we sat down with Ms. Oneil to learn more about her new role and the importance of mental well-being.

Read the Blog about World Mental Health Day at Meadowridge: An exclusive interview with our Social and Emotional Counsellor, Ms. Lindsay Oneil

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