Maplewood Principal's News
February 23, 2015
Dear Maplewood Families,
We are quickly moving into March! As many of you know, things have been very busy during this month of February. We had great Valentines celebrations, we welcomed in the Chinese New Year and had great participation on Spirit Day with students dressing their best! The Oregon Battle of the Books are still going on and the students are so engaged and learning a lot. Thanks to Elin Kordahl and her parent helpers for making this year’s OBOB a great success!
2nd/3rd Grade Lunch/Recess Volunteers Needed - We needed to pull one of our staff from the 2/3 lunch to provide support in a classroom. We still have two staff on duty, but this is our biggest group if students. We could use volunteers who could come the same day each week to assist. The time is 11:20-11:55.
I also want to thank the volunteers who continue to help out! We are very fortunate to have so many families willing to support our students.Chez Jose Mexican Café Fundraiser is Tonight!! - Monday, February 23rd. 10% of Chez Jose's dine-in, to-go and gift certificate sales from 4:00 pm - 9:00 pm will be donated to Maplewood for the 4th grade overnight field trip. Hope to see you there!
Kindergarten Connection - This week, Thursday, February 26th, at 3:00. Come meet the principal, teachers, counselor and learn about our school. We will have tables set up and representatives to answer your questions about Art4Life (After School Care), Maplewood Foundation, PTA, Special Education, Counseling, and Registration (Packets will be available). We ask that you register as soon as possible so that we can get as accurate of a count of students as possible for our Kindergarten classes next year. If you cannot attend that day and want to register, please stop in the office and pick up a registration packet. Childcare will not be available but children are welcome. We look forward to seeing you there!
PTA Meeting - All Welcome! – Wednesday, 3/4/15 from 6:30 - 7:30pm, Maplewood Library, Childcare Available
Read Across America - Read Across America is coming Monday, March 2nd. Your children will have special visitors to their classes that day; we are once again excited to have special guests coming to all the classrooms that day, who will read to the students, talk about their love of books, and talk about the work they do. Some of our guest readers this year include Former Portland Chief of Police; Mike Reese, Union Representative (PAT); Gwen Sullivan, Station 18 Firefighters, Commissioner Steve Novick, PPS Wilson Cluster Regional Administrator; Larry Dashiell, PPS Resource Officer Grant Shirahama, Retired Maplewood Librarian; Pepye Ladd and the PSU Football Team. Our thanks go again to 4th grade teacher Liberty Looney for all her hard work, dedication, and for bringing amazing readers to Maplewood and for coordinating this event for fifteen years!
Project 2nd Wind - 44th Annual Project Second Wind Food Drive, March 2-6, 2015. Suzanne Smith, 5th grade teacher, will be leading the food drive effort. If you have non-perishable foods to donate, please send them to your child’s classroom as each classroom keeps track of how many pounds of food they have collected.
Climate Survey - Your voice can improve your school: Successful Schools Survey Jan. 20 – Feb. 28
PPS invites all families to share their experiences in our schools through the Successful Schools Survey Jan. 20 – Feb. 28.
What and why: The Successful Schools Survey will focus on school climate – such as whether a school feels welcoming and safe and in what ways your child’s learning is supported.
Surveys are filled out anonymously. Overall survey results will be shared with the community and staff.
PPS leaders, principals and teachers will use the results to shape an action plan for the continuous improvement of schools and services to children and families. That’s why we need everyone’s participation.
Who: The survey will be available to PPS parents/guardians of students at ALL grade levels in English, Chinese, Somali, Spanish, Russian and Vietnamese.
The survey will also be available to 5th, 7th and 10th grade students and all PPS staff through their school. The school district will administer the student and the staff surveys.
How: Parent/guardian survey – Jan. 20 through Feb. 28
- Available at www.oregonskitchentable.org in English, Spanish, Vietnamese, Chinese, Russian and Somali. To take the survey online, you will be invited to create a free account with Oregon’s Kitchen Table, making it easy for you to then take future surveys about your school(s).
- Hard copies of the survey in these languages will also be available for downloading and printing or for picking up in your school office.
- Email to PPS Community Involvement & Public Affairs, email@example.com
- Call Kimm Fox-Middleton, PPS Outreach Manager, 503-916-3070.
PPS is excited to launch this survey. We encourage all families to be a part of strengthening our schools by sharing their experiences.
Feb 23: Site Council Mtg, 2:30 pm
Feb 23: Chez Jose Mexican Café Fundraiser, 4:00 – 9:00 pm
Feb 26: Kindergarten Connection #1, 3:00 – 4:00 pm, Gym
Feb 27: BOB Battles End
Mar 02: Read Across America
Mar 04: Battle of the Books Assembly, 12:30 pm, Gym
Mar 04: PTA Meeting, 6:30 pm
Mar 06: Student Transfer Cycle Ends
Mar 07: Maplewood Auction, Casino Night, 6 - 11 pm
Mar 08: Daylight Saving Time Begins, Clocks Forward 1 hour
Mar 14: Battle of the Books Region, 5th grade
Mar 17: St. Patrick’s Day
Mar 18: 2 Hour Late Opening
Mar 18: Spirit Day! Maplewood T-Shirts
Mar 20: Spring Begins
Mar 23 - Mar 27: Spring Break!
TAG Summer Info
Is your child designated as TAG (Talented and Gifted)?
If so, you may be interested in Southern Oregon Universities pre-college / summer youth programs.
To learn more, please visit their web site at;
Or you can call their office at 541-552-6452.
Information About Maplewood School
Kindergarten Information - Information about PPS Kindergarten Programs, Fee for Service, and ideas for preparing your child for Kindergarten are available at their site.