There are many exciting adventures waiting for you in grade 8. Encountering bigger hallways and bigger students, changing classes every period, juggling homework, and making new friends. Getting involved in clubs and teams is the best way to make connections with the school and you’ll make friends and have fun at the same time.
Grade 8 Orientation - August 29
First Day of School
On August 29 we hold an orientation day for grade 8s only and we have big plans for you. We start the day at 9:00 am with an assembly. After the assembly, our LINK crew (senior mentoring students) take over with all kinds of events and orientation activities just for you. The day will run until about 2:00pm.
You’ll also be given your timetable and are welcome and encouraged to spend some time finding your classrooms once we are done.
We will have a free hot dog or burger barbecue at lunch or you can bring your own if you want.
Things to consider:
Plan to arrive by 8:45 a.m. and make your way to our main gym
Dress comfortably but appropriately for school
FAQ - Frequently Asked Questions
All of our publications and notifications are sent home electronically so it’s important to be signed up on the Parent Portal. Another excellent resource is our free planner app available from the App Store – it’s free and safe to download.
You can also find out what’s happening daily by following us on Facebook (www.facebook.com/MapleRidgeSS) and Twitter (@MRSSsd42) and never be out of touch.
Locks and Lockers
All grade 8 students will need two locks: one for your regular locker and a second lock to secure your items in a PE locker while in PE class. You can provide your own lock or you can purchase combination locks from us for $5 each.
We have moved to an app for our planner which has been hugely successful! We recommend that students and parents download this app. The app available from the App Store – it’s free and safe to download. Look for the MRSS logo to download.
If you have any questions, ask us – we’re here to help.
Our counsellors can help with questions about timetables, transition issues, personal concerns, special eduation needs and more. Contact them at 604.463.4175 or by email at:
Mr. Wade: firstname.lastname@example.org
Ms. Kusnezov: email@example.com
Mrs. Bikic: firstname.lastname@example.org
Mr. Page: email@example.com
For general enquiries or if you’re not sure who to contact, please contact Mrs. Crawford at the above number or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
On the first day of school, September 3, students will be in attendance from 9:00-10:00 only. Students report to their homerooms where they can pay student fees ($28), purchase locks ($6 each) if needed, receive a student planner, and pick up another copy of their timetable. Lockers will be assigned on this day too. Once we finish at 10, students can take some time to familiarize themselves with their timetable and floor plan. Regular classes begin on Wednesday, September 4 with a Day 3 schedule.
At MRSS we do not put out a list of school supplies for students. The essentials such as a binder filled with lined paper, subject dividers, pencils, pens, a ruler, highlighters, pencil crayons and a scientific calculator are the staples of school life and can be reused from previous years or purchased new – it’s up to you!