Mark Your Calendars!

Division 13 will be performing “18 More Reasons Not To Be In A Play” by Alan Haehnel on Wednesday June 17th at 1:30pm.

The casting is set, our production team is hard at work, and lines are being memorized.

All are welcome to enjoy this performance which is bound to be a tremendously funny and entertaining show by some exceptionally talented students.


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Building Garden Boxes

gardenHello Div. 13 Parents!

The Maple Grove garden needs your help! The students of Division 13 have graciously volunteered their time on May 6 to build 2 new raised beds and one new compost box. We need parents to help the students hammer, nail, and screw the pieces together. We also need to borrow a few tools.

Please email Ms. Griffiths at if you are available to join us.

Date: May 6

Time: 9am – 3pm (approximately)

Where: Maple Grove garden

Tools to Bring:

  • staple gun
  • cordless power drill
  • hammer
  • measuring tape
  • square
  • shovel
  • safety goggles
  • work gloves


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Dress For the Weather Tomorrow


I’m very excited for our field-trip to the poetry slam tomorrow at the Rio Theatre.
The weather forecast is suggesting rain, so please dress in waterproof gear as we will be taking public transit. Boots, raincoats and umbrellas are all good ideas.

We leave the school at 10:45, and return at 3:10.


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Field Trip to Seattle to See Pompeii Exhibit

Hello, Div. 13 Parents!

I have exciting news for you. Our class will be going on a field trip on Tuesday May 12th to Seattle to see the Pompeii exhibit at the Pacific Science Centre.

We will be sending home information shortly, but first, we need to quickly find out exactly how many tickets we will be purchasing. In order to go, students must have a valid passport, and if not Canadian, a valid visa and valid PR card. I am asking for photocopies or print outs of these documents for tomorrow. I apologize for the short notice.

We are currently estimating the price of the trip to be $60.

I am looking for at least 2 parent volunteers to come with us on the trip from early in the morning until the evening. Please contact me if you are interested.


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The Secret to All Areas

This ties into and builds upon what we learned in our last unit on measurement.

Just click on the link below to get to the interesting part that relates all areas to those of rectangles!

Thank you Ms. Griffiths for passing this along!

Math with Bad Drawings

(Except Area 51, which I Am Not Authorized to Divulge)

or, The World Through Rectangular Glasses

Now that I’m teaching middle school, I find myself wrestling with the sheer number of area formulas that my students need to know (or at least be passingly familiar with). Rectangles, triangles, parallelograms, trapezia…


The logic is this: A handful of geometric figures keep recurring throughout our world. Once you know how to spot them, they’re everywhere, like the Wilhelm Scream. It’s useful to determine the sizes of these shapes effortlessly, via formulas.

That’s all true, so far as it goes. But reducing geometry to formulas alone can lead to tragic misunderstandings, like when a student asked a friend of mine: “Is there a simple way to remember the difference between volume and surface area?” That’s like asking for a simple way to remember the difference between oceans and deserts: You can only confuse them if you have deep misconceptions…

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Have a Lovely Spring Break!

Division 13 has worked very hard throughout Term 2 and accomplished a great deal.

I hope you all enjoy a relaxing spring break, and come back refreshed on March 23rd.

While there’s no homework over the break, students are encouraged to read for at least 30 minutes each day and record it in their reading logs.

They are also encouraged to get a start on their 3rd Great Works Projects that will be due on April 28th.

spring break

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Heritage Fair 

Yesterday’s Heritage Fair was a wonderful celebration of learning. Students presented their projects to schoolmates and adjudicators and toured the other Maple Grove projects.

In the days preceding we got to listen to full presentations from each student and have question and answer sessions after. 

We learned about all sorts of topics including Canadian Technical Innovations, Music Fads, Women’s Rights, the Canadian Mint, Peace Keepers, Great Canadians, and the Northern Gateway Pipeline. 

Congratulations on a great job, Div. 13!

Below is a sampling of presentation boards:

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