Principal and Vice-‐Principal’s Message:
Welcome to the month of May! May is a great time of the
year when the days become longer, the crisp mornings
start warming up and the anticipation of summer is in the
air! Don’t forget to put on your sunscreen!
A big thank you to everyone that came out to support our
fundraiser at Chapters in Pointe-‐Claire during April. It is
because of your generosity that we managed to raise
over $1200 toward the purchase of laptops for our
Robotics program. It was a great success!
As a part of an environmental initiative, we have begun a
composting project at Maple Grove. All classes are
collecting their organic waste and bringing it to Mme
Zemnickis’ class where it gets collected and brought to
the compost bin located outside of the school. The
students really seem to embrace the idea of magically
transforming their organic waste into compost!
Also, please be reminded that we are continuing to
collect recyclable cans and bottles. Please continue to
send in your rinsed items which are collected in a barrel
in front of the school office door. Thank you for your
The month of May is a busy time at Maple Grove. There
are many field trips and activities planned for the
students during this month. Please refer to the school
calendar for a detailed list of events and be sure to return
the required permission forms.
Big changes are ahead for Maple Grove Elementary for
next year. The LBPSB Council of Commissioners is pleased
to announce that Mrs. Margaret Wilkinson has been
appointed as principal effective July 1, 2013. Mrs.
Wilkinson comes to Maple Grove with a wealth of
professional experience. Her most recent professional
experience is as school principal at Terry Fox Elementary
It has also been announced that Mrs. Piffer has been
appointed as principal at Dorset Elementary School, and
Ms. Malowany has been appointed as Vice-‐Principal at St.
Thomas High School, both effective July 1, 2013.
Enjoy the month of May! We know that we will!
By: Mrs. Piffer and Ms. Malowany
Important Dates to Remember:
THURSDAY MAY 2 nd :
Grade 4 Vaccinations
Grad Committee Meeting at 7 p.m.
FRIDAY MAY 3 rd :
Good Start Program for next year’s Kindergartens
TUESDAY MAY 7 th :
“Le petit garçon” play (Kindergarten)
WEDNESDAY MAY 8 th :
Science Center (Grade 5)
Workshop at College Beaubois a.m. only
(Room 17 & 20)
THURSDAY MAY 9 th :
Lachine Museum (Grade 4)
FRIDAY MAY 10 th :
Good Start Program for next year’s Kindergartens
WEDNESDAY MAY 15 th :
Youth Court Field Trip (Grade 6)
THURSDAY MAY 16 th :
70’s Dress Up Day ($2)
FRIDAY MAY 17 th :
MONDAY MAY 20 th :
THURSDAY MAY 23 rd :
Cycle 3 Robotics Challenge
FRIDAY MAY 24 th :
Cycle 3 Robotics Challenge
TUESDAY MAY 28 th :
Science Center (Grades 4, 5 & 6)
THURSDAY MAY 30 th :
“Rythmobile” play (Grades 5 & 6)
FRIDAY MAY 31 st :
Geni-‐velo Presentation (Grade 2)
Special thanks to this month’s newsletter team (Bethany W, Victoria M, Jolene T, Méshama EA,
Amber G, Max G, Jacob P, Brianna I.Z. and Mme Geneviève) for all their help and dedication.
- Miss. Erica Kresevic
Maple Grove Elementary School
740 – 52 nd Avenue
Lachine, Québec, H8T 2X6
More important information…
Reminder to Parents:
Any outstanding school fees or daycare/lunch supervision fees are due prior to May 31 st , 2013.
All accounts not paid by then will be forwarded to the school board for further follow up.
Beautiful Flower Pens for Sale!
The Graduation Committee will be selling beautiful flower pens for $2 as a fundraiser for graduation. They will
be selling these pens during recess in the lobby for everyone to buy!
On sale from Monday, May 6, until Friday, May 10
It’s a great gift to purchase for someone that you love… and I’m sure you’ll also want to buy one for yourself!
Earth Day Celebration:
On Monday April 22 nd , Maple Grove
Elementary School celebrated the Earth,
along with millions, all over our planet. It
was a wonderful assembly. We enjoyed a
dance performance, the beautiful voices
of our school choir and poems by Grade
4. We sang some songs together and
launched Maple Grove’s new composting
project. It was an inspiring assembly that
left everyone feeling good because they
can make a difference in the world and
help save our beautiful planet Earth.
At Maple Grove, we are not only trying to
Reduce, Reuse and Recycle, we are now
composting! Every classroom has a bin to
collect organic waste, fruit and vegetable
scraps, along with bread and paper
towels. The waste is collected and then
deposited in our new Machine à terre,
located outside of the kindergarten door
on Sherbrooke Street. In our earth-‐
making machine, worms and other small
animals are busy breaking down our
waste into nutrients that will enrich the
soil, instead of polluting our planet.
Most of our household waste is organic
waste that could be composted. This
organic waste when dumped into
landfills causes pockets of poisonous gas
that are a threat to our environment,
hygiene and safety.
With composting, it is a
win-‐win situation for
the Earth and for us!
By: Mme Zemnickis
For our Ped Day on March 22 nd , we enjoyed a trip to the Cabane à
Sucre Sportif. We played outdoors, we went down slides, and then
we went on a wagon ride to see some cows. When it was time for
lunch we all went into a big hall with many tables where we ate
eggs, ham, mini hot dogs, potatoes, beans, and lots of syrup! For
dessert, we had pancakes and sugar pie. Then we all went into a
hall and danced to music. Our treat of the day was taffy on a stick.
We all had a great time!
For our Ped Day on April 19 th , we went bowling at the Laurentian
Lanes. We took the school bus there. We all had to wear bowling
shoes, then we were put on different teams, and we played with
big bowling balls. We had a lot of fun! We bowled for about an
hour and a half, it was really cool. There were computers that
showed your name and your score, and there was a TV at each
station where it also showed your score. Some kids on our team
got strikes and there were also a few gutter balls. We then took a
lunch break and continued to bowl again after lunch. I hope I can
go there again with daycare!
By: Anthony C. (Room 3)
Ms. Chantal’s Corner:
The Good Start program is for the kindergartens who are starting
next year. The parents come with their kids for the morning to
show them what the school and kindergarten classrooms look
like. The parents had information sessions in the library and the
kids did activities on the stage. Two grade 5 students were paired
up with four families and it was our job to bring them around the
school. We brought them down the junior hall, then the
kindergarten classrooms, for recess we went to the gym and then
we went to the senior hall. We had a coffee and ice cream break.
There will be three more sessions: April 26 th , May 3 rd and May
10 th .
By: Danny L. (Room 6) and Anthony L. (Room 4)
News from our classrooms…
“I saw snakes. I made a fire breathing snake and I saw a
The students in Miss Michelle’s class drew pictures of the
animals they saw when they went to the Ecomuseum.
By: Room 14
The students in Mme Suzanne and Mme Athena’s classes
are learning about the solar system. Here are some
examples of the astronauts we made!
By: Room 23 and Room 24
In April, we talked a lot about the earth. We
learned to recycle paper, cans, and plastic.
We got an aquarium with fish and snails
inside. We like the aquarium a lot! We also
planted plants in our classroom. We learned
a song about the earth and we learned a
song about compost. It was fun to practice
singing the songs! We also read a book
about how to protect the earth. Our class
went to the Ecomuseum. We saw a snake, a
turtle, a deer, a flying squirrel and last but
not least, a bat!
By: Trevon S. and Alama E.A (Room 17)
We learned a lot about owls this month and
we got to make an owl craft. Owls have
crooked beaks and they can turn their heads
all the way around. They don’t make any
noise when they fly over our heads. We
learned the names of all the parts of an owl:
“le bec, les ailes, les serres, des plumes, le
disque facial, et la poitrine”. Owls have ears
but we can’t see them. Owls eat mice.
By: Madison S. and Brody M. (Room 22)
This month we went on a special field trip to
the Ecomuseum. At the Ecomuseum, we saw
a white owl, a flying squirrel, and a lynx. We
have also been learning about the earth and
how we can help it. Some ways we learned
to help the earth is to stop littering and to
pick up garbage off the ground. We can also
do more biking instead of driving cars
because use a lot of gas and that is not good
for the environment. We should also recycle
more instead of throwing everything in the
garbage and we should stop cutting down
trees because animals live in trees.
By: Nathan T. and Elena P. (Room 21)
Les enfants de la terre
Par: Faith W.M. (Salle 1), Trianna S.D.M.
et Brittainny J. (Salle 3)
News from our classrooms…
In Mme Claudia’s class, we started a new project on plants because summer is coming.
Everyone in the class planted seeds in a cup. First we put the dirt in the cup, then we put
the seeds in, and then we added water. We put the cups near the window because the sun
will help it grow and we water it every day. Our plants are just starting to grow. Mme Claudia
said that we will plant these flowers in the Maple Grove schoolyard to start a garden. We are also collecting
compost in our classrooms. For compost, you can use things like orange and banana peels and old fruits you
don’t want to eat anymore. Then the worms eat the stuff we put in the compost bucket and their poop turns
into dirt. For Math, we started a project where we made creatures out of shapes. We used triangles, circles,
squares, and hexagons. Dylan used triangles for the hair, a hexagon for the nose and triangles for the eyes.
By: Kiara B, Dylan M. and Julian M. (Room 19)
Earth Day Assembly
The whole school sang the song. The choir sang “Protégeons notre
terre” and “Enfants de paix”. We also sang a fun version of the song “Dynamite”
but with lyrics for Earth Day. These were some of the lyrics: “’Cause I told you once
and I told you twice, we’re going to save the earth so let’s do it right”! Then the
grade 4 classes read a poem about the earth. It was really good! We also learned
about the importance of not polluting and putting papers into the recycling instead of the garbage.
By: Mahalia AK. and Allison D. (Room 19)
Grade 1/2 (Continued):
Room 17 and Room 20 have learned a lot about vegan cooking (no meat and no dairy) this winter. They made
many tasty meals that they have shared with people around the school. Every week, for six weeks, a different
group of chefs were busing washing, peeling, dicing, and chopping a variety of vegetables in class. The
delicious aroma of simmering spices, vegetables, different grains and beans, were wafting down the hallway
from their slow cooker. The students were amazed by the gambit of colours, textures, sizes and tastes they
explored through their recipes.
If you haven’t tried using a slow cooker, let us assure you
it is wonderful. You just put your ingredients in the pot,
turn it on, and walk away. A couple of hours later, a tasty
meal is yours to enjoy and share generously. With our
vegan recipes, the cost was so little. A bit of this and a
bit of that and voilà! Souper pour tout le monde! It is just
like in the story of Stone Soup, where a wandering
beggar enters a very poor village, going door to door
asking for some food. No one has anything to spare for a
hungry stranger. Somehow, the beggar convinces each
villager to contribute a small something something to his
big pot, and in no time, a delicious soup is simmering on
the fire in the centre of the village. Inviting everyone to come and share the soup, the beggar ladles out
enough soup so that everyone goes home that night to their bed with a full belly. With our slow cooker, we
also had enough food for ourselves and others. It was a fabulous experience of skill building and community
By: Mme Zemnickis
The Little Mermaid
On April 18 th , we went to St. Patrick’s school to watch The Little Mermaid play. A lot of people liked it because
it looked a lot like the movie. Every time they had to change scenes, they closed the curtains so we couldn’t
see anything. When they opened the curtains, there was a big ship. The sets were really good and they had a
lot of props. They sang almost all of the songs from the movie. Our favorite song was “Under
the Sea”. The costumes looked really good too, they had all kinds of designs on them. All of
the characters were played by kids that went to the elementary school. They did a really
By: Kaleb M. and Jasmine S. (Room 20)
News from our classrooms…
We went to the Ecomuseum to learn about animals. We learned about the American black bear, the lynx, the red
tailed fox, the arctic fox, ducks, swans, and many others. We also got to touch a snake! It felt wet, slimy and gross.
We saw a cool turtle that looked like a pancake because it was really flat. We also saw bats, an eagle, and a
poisonous lizard. We left at 9:30 a.m. and returned at 1:30 p.m. It was very fun!
We have also started to learn about the Native Americans.
They were the first settlers of North America. They hunted
animals for their food like white-‐tailed deer, fish, porcupines,
wolves, beavers, foxes, and other animals that lived in the
woods. The Native Americans used arrows, spears, etc. to
hunt. They lived in teepees, which are cone-‐shaped tents that
only have one room. They are also the people who invented
dream catchers. A dream catcher is supposed to capture your
nightmares so that you can get a good night sleep. Native
Americans are very creative people!
By: Tehsin A. and Liam C. (Room 15)
By: Tehsin A.
In French, we read a story called, “La fête dans la forêt”. The story was about animals celebrating a butterfly’s
birthday. They made him a cake and they gave him presents. After we read the story, we had to draw and colour a
picture. We learned a new song called, “Les enfants de la terre” for Earth Day and then we made pictures of the
earth and of people who are sharing. There is going to be an Earth Day assembly on April 22 nd , 2013 and the whole
school is going to sing the song together. We also played a game to help us learn about insects in French class. We
got a paper with facts of information about bugs and then we had to match the information with the right insect.
When we finished that, we made teams and we were ready to start the game. Mme Rochon said a piece of
information and in our teams, we had to raise our hand and say which insect it was about. Whichever team had
the most correct answers won. We learned about la grenouille and lots of insects like “la coccinelle, le bourdon, le
ver de terre, l’abeille, la mouche à viande, le papillon, l’araignée, le criquet, le patineur, la sauterelle, le perce-‐
oreille” and more.
By: Elizabeth DP. and Liam W. (Room 18)
In French class, we started to learn a song called “Les enfants
de la terre” because April 22 nd is Earth Day. It is about the
kids of the earth helping the earth to be a better place. We
are also decorating plates for literacy week. On each plate,
we have to draw a picture of our favourite book. We are
going to hang up all the plates together to make a caterpillar.
We also did something called, Stop, Drop and Read, which
we did every day for one week. Our teacher would choose a
time where we stop what we are doing, pick up a book, and
read for a certain amount of time. Then we have to write
down the title of the book and draw a picture representing
what we read. Miss Adara is going to be our 2 nd English
teacher for a few weeks. We are happy to have her in our
class. We also want to welcome Brittainny, Biancia, Connor,
and Mayden to our grade 4 classes. Brittainny explained that
she was shy to start a new school, but she had a good day
and made some new friends. She is happy to be here at
By: Brittainny J, Trianna S.D.M. (Room 3), and Faith W.M.
Maple Grove’s “We Love to Read” Caterpillar
Mrs. Lazaris taught us how to do “Jacob’s
Ladder” with string and our hands. There are 11
steps to do it properly. This was a project for us
to learn how to do something new and then
present it to the class. Everybody had their own
string and the presenters had to teach the rest of
the class all of the steps in their string figures.
Some of the figures we learned how to make
were called, “The Witch’s Broom”, “The Drum”,
“The Star”, “The Teacup”, “The Eiffel Tower”,
and “Cat Whiskers”. In French class, we did a
project on famous French people. An example of
someone that was researched is Jean-‐Paul
Riopelle who was a famous painter and sculptor
from Quebec. He painted abstract pieces. You
can find his paintings in a museum. He died in
2002. On a aussi fait un dessin de notre livre
préféré sur une assiette en papier. Après, toute
la classe va coller ses images ensembles pour
faire une chenille.
By: Yosvany R, Josiah R. and Méshama E.A.
Miss Alyson is a student teacher from McGill and
will be teaching in our class for 3 weeks. She is
very nice and helps all of us in class with our
work. We are very happy and lucky to have her
in our class.
By: Sana M. and Christian D.G. (Room 4)
News from our classrooms…
Ms. Maira’s Class:
On a snowy day, Room 2 went to the Ecomuseum. We saw many
animals. We saw a caribou, a red fox, a herd of deer, two black
bears, two otters, two wolves, an arctic fox, two snowy owls,
ducks, and wild turkeys. We touched a milk snake and a painted
turtle. We had fun at the Ecomuseum. We also went to St.
Patrick’s Elementary School to see The Little Mermaid. We
enjoyed the acting, singing and dancing. It was another fun field
By: Karina B, Luca Z, Vithushan M, Nicholas P, Tolu O. and
Nick W. (Room 2)
The grade 6 classes had “Mini-‐Day” on Monday, April 21 st .
Most students went across the street to Lakeside. It was
almost as if we were high school students. We were
separated into five different groups with students from other
schools. We went to five different subjects: science, media,
dance, music, and gym. In science, we saw a balloon explode!
We played Egyptian sticks in gym and we made a video in
media. Our video was about us and about Earth Day. We
called it, “Mini Earth Day”. I suggested the name and I’m
really proud of our video!
By: Kathryn B. (Room 8)
On “Mini-‐Day”, some of my classmates went to Lakeside
Academy. When we arrived, we did a lot of fun stuff, but the
first class we had was gym. We played a recycling game and
then we had science. The first thing we did in science was
draw a symbol that describes ourselves. After that, we saw
one balloon pop and one balloon explode. When science was
done we had dance where we learned a new dance and even
danced to a Lady Gaga song. We had two more classes after
that: music and computers. When lunch came, we all had
pizza and salad. Then we got free time.
There was a game room with a foosball
table, a TV and an Xbox. At the end of the
day we got a Lakeside schoolbag and a
Lakeside water bottle.
By: Nikita B. (Room 10)
In French class, we are working on a biography of a person of
our choice who was or who still is famous. We must research
the person on the computer as well as looking in books. Then
we have to make a poster and we also have to prepare a
speech, which has to be 2-‐4 minutes long. We will also have
to dress up as our person for our presentation, which is due
on April 29 th . For example, the person that I chose is the
famous goaltender, Patrick Roy. I chose him because I'm a
fan and I also want to learn more about him. One interesting
thing I didn't know about him is that he was drafted 4 th round
by the Montreal Canadiens.
By: Darren W. (Room 8)
In French, we started Robotics and at the end of May we are
going to a Robotics competition. It is the first time the school
ever participated in the competition and we are very excited
for it! We are also excited to see TOPS, which is a variety
show at Lakeside Academy where high school students sing,
dance, and act. In Art class we are making our grad shirts!
By: Haily S. (Room 10)
King Triton from The Little Mermaid
By: Nicholas P.
Some students from grades 4, 5 and 6 have
been practicing for the Halo race. We have
been practicing since March and the big race is
on Tuesday April 30 th , 2013. The race is 2 km
long so we need to practice running for a long
time to get used to that. Here is an example of
what our practices are like: We start with a
warm up and then run to the bus stop and
back. Then we do our stretches. Then we start
our practice. We run around the school a
couple of times. Then we do another drill
where we run for one full minute without
stopping and then we get a 30-‐second break.
We also run around Lakeside. Sometimes we
will practice a relay race. Now we have been
practicing our line-‐ups, which is how we start
the race. Some of the parents get to come
watch if they want. I am very excited for the
By: Bethany W. (Room 4)
We read “Pete the Cat: I Love My White
Shoes”. It is about a cat that has new white
shoes. He steps in a pile of red strawberries.
His white shoes turn red. Then he stepped in
mud and they turned brown. When he stepped
in water they turned white again but they were
wet! Pete has a great attitude. At the end, he
doesn’t cry because, “It’s all good”!
By: Kaelen F. (Room 20)
In Art, we learned about Pablo Picasso. We
learned how to do draw a frontal face and a
profile face. We drew half of a frontal face
using warm colours, which are red, yellow,
orange and purplish-‐red, and we drew the
other half of the face as a profile with cool
colours like blue, green, and purplish-‐blue. A
guest named Ms. Maya came to show us how
to draw unique flowers and then she put them
on the wall to remind people not to pollute and
to keep our water clean.
By: Elizabeth DP. and Liam W. (Room 18)