Marimba at Myrtle

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Last year Myrtle Philip was given a substantive grant though Whistler Backcomb to purchase 10 full scale Zimbabwe style Marimba’s. Because each instrument had to be handbuild, this order took several months to complete and the instruments arrived late last spring right in the middle of our Musical theatre productions of the Lion King and Willy Wonka. So it wasn’t until today that our intermediate students were able to start their first Marimba class with me. Each class had 50 min to learn a new song and we recorded the outcome of that block to share with the school here on Sound Cloud. I was very proud of our students today, as they worked very hard as a team, and in a very short amount of time were able to create some great music. It is a real testament to the many years of musical literacy Mrs. Mcphee has been building in our student population. Follow the links below to their songs.

Grade 4’s

Grade 5/6

Grade 7’s
Next Friday at 12:30pm – 1:30pm we will hold a parent Marimba session. Please RSVP to if you would like to join in and have some fun playing and learning on these great instruments. We will start playing by learning some of the songs you have just heard above. We will limit this to 20 parents, so please sign-up quickly if your interested

Welcome Back

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Dear Parents,


I am very happy to say that we were able to successfully move our students into their new classes earlier today.  As always, this is a delicate process, and requires considerable consultation with myself, our learning services team and our teachers.  I have been very impressed with the care and concern of our staff in developing our class compositions.  I know this is an anxious time for students and parents,  however  we are very fortunate to have such a dedicated and professional group of Teachers who put in their heart and soul to ensure the best possible placement for each individual child.   After a considerable amount of work, we are very pleased with the outcomes and configurations of the students. 


Our philosophy for class placements is always built on creating a sense of balance (in the classroom and in the school).  We look at the whole child, and build balanced classrooms based on students social/emotional capacity, academic learning, gender, etc.  We consider the competencies outline in our district education plan, and discuss how students work collaboratively (how and who they work well with), how they display creative and innovative thinking, etc..  It is a complicated and intricate process.   In our final stages of discussion, I have become very confident that we have put ourselves to task to ensure we have built the best classroom compositions possible for our students.   

A huge thank you goes out to the hard work and determination of our entire MPE staff.  It has been an incredible start-up to the school year, and we are all looking forward to an amazing school year.   We are truly a fortunate school. 

Calendar Input Process for 15/16 school year and 16/17school year.

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Dear Staff, Parents, and Community members,

Below are the calendars sent out via email.  We have posted them to our website for further access.  Please feel free to send feedback to me directly via email.

The purpose for these submissions is to provide for our parents, staff, and community members an opportunity to consult and assist in the development of our local school calendar.

The Board of Education has established all non-instructional days for all schools in the Sea-to-Sky school district. Each school is responsible for establishing bell schedules, early dismissal days, collaboration dates/times, and other professional development outside the school year.

With respect to collaboration time, teachers have a professional commitment to improving their practice through collaborative methods and recognize this as an effective means of professional growth and development for them, including during Collaboration Time.  Professional learning activities established for Collaboration Time are jointly planned amongst educators in respect of student learning needs and related instructional practices at our school. Both sets of calendars propose collaboration time within a “Day in Session”, with an early dismissal time on specified days throughout the year.


Option 1: 

Looks at providing early dismissal time (one block) every Wednesday.  

2015/2016 Calendar Draft  –  MPEcalendar-2015_2016_1hrcollab

2016/2017 Calendar Draft  –  MPE calendar – 2016 2017_weeklycollab

Option 2: 

Looks at providing early dismissal time (at lunch) every third Wednesday.

2015/2016 Calendar Draft – MPE_calendar_2015_2016_Collab2hr

2016/2017 Calendar Draft – MPE calendar – 2016 2017_2hrcollab

We welcome your feedback as we endeavour to create a calendar that supports all our learners. Please note that this is a consultative input process.  We are not voting between the two calendars.  There are many factors that come into play to select a local calendar, and this input process is our opportunity to uncover the areas for concerns and also explore the opportunities each calendar presents. 


Please contact me directly by email, or by phone, if you have any questions or concerns. 


 Jeff Maynard

Myrtle Philip Community School


604-698-8003 (cell)

604-932-5321 (office)

Calendar Revision

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In light of the recent calendar revision survey results, the School Board has voted to cancel the September/October collaboration days (Option 2 as represented in the survey results). To maintain the correct number of instructional minuets/year  the elimination of one collaboration day results in a small change to our current bell schedule.  Since this revised calendar will be presented to the Board in November, we have elected to adjust the bell schedule after our Winter Break.

We will operate under the current time table and bell schedule until the December break, and when we return in January we will end our day at 2:39pm (not 2:42pm).

Our revised Calendar can be found here MPCS-2014-15_OCT28

If you have any questions of comments, please contact me directly (

Jeff Maynard

Start-Up Information for Monday Sept 22nd to Friday Sept26th

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Hello MPE Parents and Guardians,

I want to give you as much information today as I can regarding school start up next week. This email includes specific information for the Kindergarten gradual entry, as well as info for all new and returning students. I can’t tell you how happy I am that we are planning for your children’s return to school.

I have been attempting to keep the email list updated but there are still likely some changes that need to take place. Mrs. Edgar will be working on updating the email list when she returns.

For all Kindergarten students:

Below is some information regarding the gradual entry process for our Kindergarten students this year. We have sped up the process to get our students into the classrooms as quickly as we can, but wanted to retain some of the integrity of the gradual entry process, so the transition into Kindergarten is not diminished in any way for our new students.

Monday :
There will be no School for Kindergarten Students on Monday. We will be calling parents individual on Monday to set up an interview time on Tuesday and Wednesday. We appreciate that this is very short notice. Thank you for understanding on this.

Tuesday and Wednesday
Interviews will take place with the Teacher, Parents and student. If you can, please keep any siblings at home, and preferably all guardians can attend. However, we understand that under such short notice this may be unreasonable to ask. The purpose of these interviews are about building a relationship with the teacher/student and family, and acquainting the child and family to the learning process of Kindergarten.

Class for Kindergarten students will take place from 8:30 – 12:00. This will be a one day gradual entry. There will not be bus service for K students on this day.

Thursday morning we will also hold a social for parents in the library at 8:30am. There will be coffee and treats, and an opportunity to connect with other new parents.

Students attend for the first full day of Kindergarten 8:30-2:42pm

For any new student to MPE in grades 1 to 7:

  • All new students to MPE should report to the library on Monday morning at 8:30. New students will be placed in a temporary classroom until Wednesday morning.
  • Parents of Kindergarten and new students are welcome to join us in the Library for coffee and muffins on Thursday Sept 25th from 8:30-9:15 for a social.

For all returning students in grades 1-7:

  • School will begin on Monday, September 22 at 8:30 am. Students will be dismissed at 12:00pm.
    • The bus will be running to reflect this schedule on Monday the 22nd
  • Tuesday will be a full day with regular bus schedules
  • Students in grades 1 to 7 will return to their last year’s teacher for Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday morning.

New classroom placements for this year will be done as soon as possible. Our goal is to have students in their new classes sometime on Wednesday.

I will send more information as it becomes available. Again, thanks for your patience and due to the high volume of organization, scheduling, etc that is required to be completed today, I may not be able to respond to email inquiries in a timely manner. Thank you for your understanding.


Jeff Maynard
Myrtle Philip Community School

Sept 17th 2014 – Letter to parents

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Dear Parents,

Attached is a letter from our Superintendent regarding the current tentative agreement struck between the BCTF and BCPSEA. This letter outlines our current understanding of the situation. We are working quickly, and diligently to get more details out to you regarding what next week will look like. Please read the letter, and if you have any questions, please feel free to ask.

Tomorrow, we will be getting information out regarding the Kindergarten gradual entry process for MPE, and we will outline the schedule for our Grade 1-7 students for Monday Sept 22nd. Please stay tuned, and visit out school website for up-to-date info.

SD48 Sept 17 2014 Letter to Parents

Labour Dispute Update

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We have received notice that a tentative deal has been struck between BCPSEA and the BCTF. Both parties are finalizing details and will be seeking member and board ratification over the next few days. We are currently working on a plan to begin instruction and will have further information to you as soon as possible.