Student voices heard at Maple Ridge education forum

by Neil Corbett, Maple Ridge News

Kids brought some good ideas to the Maple Ridge-Pitt Meadows school district student forum, including what a proposed new school in Albion should look like.

Joint Community Consultation for the Potential New Albion School and Community Centre Begins on February 10


Maple Ridge Pitt Meadows School District and the City of Maple Ridge will kick off a joint community consultation with a public workshop on Wednesday, February 10 from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm at Albion Elementary. This workshop will explore ideas for a potential new school housing a neighbourhood learning centre and a potential community centre for the fast growing Albion neighbourhood of Maple Ridge.

Maple Ridge Launches “Strong Kids Team”

The Maple Ridge Resilience Initiative Strong Kids Team was formed to ensure that children and youth in our community have the best environment to grow up and thrive in. The team is inviting the community to participate in two surveys that will provide the foundation for a community forum to take place in the spring of 2016.

Project HELLO Christmas cards connect lonely Vancouver residents with lost loved ones

CBC News

The Christmas season is often about spending time with family and loved ones, but that can be a difficult task for some residents of Vancouver's impoverished Downtown Eastside.

"I'm missing home. I haven't, in two years, spent Christmas with anybody," says Janet Brown. "I've been by myself. It's very lonely."

But thanks to Kristi Blakeway, principal of Harry Hooge Elementary in Maple Ridge, B.C., Brown now hopes to connect with her family with a Christmas card.

Eric Langton meal program gets boost from Maple Ridge Community Foundation Grant

Eric Langton Elementary has received a generous $2,750 grant from the Maple Ridge Community Foundation to support the school’s meal program.

The program feeds hungry children a nutritious breakfast and lunch, and also provides access to recess snacks as needed.

Pedal desks help kids break fidget cycle

By Glen Schaefer, The Province

Maple Ridge elementary schools have found that raised desks equipped with bicycle pedals help fidgety students focus on their studies.

“They’re happier because they’re moving, they love to move,” said Laity View elementary principal Shelley Linton, adding that students have told her they feel calmer while at the desks.

“We’ve found that they’re getting into less trouble, we have fewer kids sent down to the office,” Linton said.

Local students 'desk-pedalling' their way to better learning

By Mike Lloyd and Martin CacMahon, News 1130

It’s now fairly well-established that kids learn better when they are active, but how do you let them move while keeping down the chaos in the classroom?

One local school is letting students pedal their way through their learning day by providing some very interesting desks.

Laity View Elementary in Maple Ridge bought two “kinaesthetic” motion desks and put them into classrooms in September.

Energy upgrades for three schools

Maple Ridge News

Energy efficiency is the theme as three schools in the Maple Ridge-Pitt Meadows School District received a combined $846,000 in funding for capital projects.

Westview secondary is planning a $414,000 mechanical upgrade. Forty-six rooftop heat pumps with gas-fired backup heating will be installed. The project will be completed in early summer of 2016.

Albion and Fairview elementary schools will each receive an upgrade to their central boiler plants and domestic hot water systems.

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Dollars equal new 'do for Davie Jones principal in Pitt Meadows

by Eric Zimmer, Maple Ridge Times

A sizeable donation from Davie Jones Elementary to the Terry Fox Foundation meant a snazzy new ’do for the school’s principal Dennis Tjernagel on Thursday.

Tjernagel’s hair was cut into a mohawk, and died a deep pink hue during an assembly, as a result of students in his school rising to a school-wide fundraising challenge for the Terry Fox Foundation.

Terry’s brother, Fred Fox, was on-hand to receive a cheque from the school for a total of $4,457.

Suspicious Person Alert - October 6, 2015

October 6, 2015
File# 2015-24251

At 7:34 a.m. on Friday, October 2, 2015, police received a report of a male asking a 13 year-old girl if she wanted a ride to school. The girl was waiting for the school bus on 272 St. and 104 Ave in Maple Ridge. A smaller black car stopped and the male driver began speaking with the girl. He did not make any attempt to touch or grab the girl, and drove off after the girl told him she didn’t want to get into his car.