Merry Christmas from MRCS!
This Friday (December 18) is going to be very festive with K-7 students dressing up in Christmas-themed clothing and 8-12 students having a cozy Pajama Day!
K-12 Early Dismissal
This Friday (December 18) is a jam-packed day that wraps up with an early dismissal. Please note your early dismissal pick-up slot:
Re-registration for International Program Students
If you are a family in our International Program, your re-registration window for the 2021-22 school year is now open. You were sent a re-registration package on December 10. If you did not receive it of if you have any questions, please contact Lana Maki at email@example.com.
New IELTS Prep Course at MRCS
We are excited to announce a new after-school course at MRCS! This course is designed to prepare ESL and ELL students in Grades 10-12 to excel in the IELTS Academic Exam (the International English Language Testing System is an English proficiency test which helps students meet university admission requirements).
- Test-taking strategies, practice exams, and personal assessments for improvement
- 45 hours of instruction from an experienced ESL instructor
- Practice speaking and listening skills with native English-speaking assistants
- Strict COVID-19 Health & Safety protocols
This program is open to MRCS students as well as students from outside of our school. Space is very limited (only 8 spots), so please let us know if you are interested.
Dates: February 1 – March 11, 2021*
Days: Monday – Thursday
Time: 3:30 – 5:30 PM
*no class on Family Day, February 15
We are accepting applications until January 28, 2021. Limited seats are available.
More information can be found on the IELTS web page »
Lost & Found Items
This is the last week to claim items from the lost and found! The clothing racks are located in the hallway by the front office. Students are free to come and claim items before they are donated after school this Friday (December 18).
Please Slow Down
We have received several complaints from our community neighbours regarding our parent vehicles driving too quickly and not fully stopping at the crosswalks and stop signs. For the streets adjacent to the school, the maximum speed is 30 km/h and vehicles must come to a complete stop at crosswalks and stop signs. Please help us be good neighbours by driving slowly and cautiously on the roads around MRCS.
Giving December is Happening!
It has been two weeks since we kicked-off Giving December! Any donation received during the month of December, will be matched up to $25,000. We will also be giving away a bundle of student art cards (pictured below) as a thank-you gift for every Giving December donation.
From December 1-14, we received $8,875 in donations that have been matched and result in $17,750 funds raised so far!
These donations are going a long way towards making our new school building a reality. This building project will open up many more opportunities for our current students and the ones that would like to be at our school. This new building is central to expanding the reach and amplifying the impact of God’s work at Maple Ridge Christian School.
If you would like to find out more, please contact Stephanie Carroll at firstname.lastname@example.org or 604.465.4442.
December 18 – Christmas Chapel Video
December 18 – Last day of school before Christmas Break. Early dismissal at 12:00 PM
December 19-January 3 – Christmas Break
January 4 – First day of school after Christmas Break
High School Homework Club
Homework Club (for Grades 8-12) is happening weekly in the high school student lounge. Students will be assigned to specific areas according to their learning groups. Homework Club is on a first come, first served basis and will not accept students once all the spots are filled.
Location: High School Lounge
Times: Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3:00-4:00 PM
Educational Assistant: Mrs. Cox
Boys basketball – 3:00-4:30 PM
Girls basketball – 7:15 AM
Jr. Boys Basketball – 3:00-4:30 PM
Sr. Boys Basketball – 4:30-6:30 PM
E-Sports – 3:00 PM
Gr. 8 Co-ed Basketball – 4:00-5:30 PM
Girls Basketball – 7:00-9:00 PM
Sr. Boys Basketball – 3:00-5:00 PM
Jr. Boys Basketball – 5:00-6:30 PM
Girls Basketball – 7:00-9:00 PM
Christmas Chapel Video
With the current protocols in place, we cannot perform our annual Christmas Concert this year. Even so, we have been working hard to find a way to share the joy of Christmas with our students and our MRCS community. A special Christmas Chapel video is in the works that will be released for viewing in classrooms and at home on Friday, December 18. We look forward to celebrating Christ’s birth and sharing our celebration beyond the walls of our school!
K-7 Christmas Theme Day
The last day of school before Christmas Break (Friday, December 18) is a Christmas Theme Day! Kindergarten to Grade 7 students are invited to dress-up in Christmas-themed clothing. For more info, please watch this video from the Middle School Leadership Team:
Despite the giver’s best intentions, there are times when a gift is close-but-not-quite or even not-going-to-happen-ever. If you find yourself in either of those situations this Christmas, we have an easy and guilt-free way to re-gift those items!
It just so happens that we have an online auction coming up that is raising money for a really great cause (that will change our current students’ world and will open up more opportunities for the students to come).
If you would like to re-gift unused items in their original packaging or if you have other items/services that you would like to donate to the online auction, please let us know by filling out this form: Online Auction Submission »
Updated Health & Safety Plan
As per the updated Fraser Health guidelines, our Health & Safety plan has been revised. You can check it out here: MRCS COVID-19 Health and Safety Plan 2020-21
Let the Office Know
If your child is going to be late/absent or if s/he will have to leave school during the day — let the office know! Please call 604.465.4442 or email (email@example.com) the office to explain why your child is missing school to have it properly recorded. Students who are leaving during the school day need to go to the front office to sign out before leaving the school.
Parent Update Centre
The Parent Update Centre is your one-stop online resource for school information. Check it out to find:
- The latest parent emails
- An archive of this year’s Buzz mailings
- Health and COVID-19 links
- School downloads (including the new daily health assessment)
Sharing the Love this Christmas
Students from Grade 6-12 are busy crafting Christmas cards with personal messages for 700 care home residents. We currently have 150 cards ready, so there are a few more to go!
We are excited to share the love, hope, and joy of Jesus this Christmas season.