Maplewood Principal's News
October 5, 2015
Dear Maplewood Families,
As I am out and about our school, I see great classroom learning environments that include high student engagement. Thank you for sending us great kids! October is shaping up to be just as busy as September, check out some of the upcoming events below:
NO SCHOOL – This Friday, October 9th! Statewide In-service Day!
School Pictures - Pictures are on Thursday, Oct. 8th. Students should have completed order forms ready to turn in on picture day. Picture re-take day is on Thursday, November 19th.
Is Your Child Going To Be Absent Or Tardy? - Please remember to call the Maplewood attendance line at 503-916-6308, press #2 or email our wonderful new school secretary, Shannon Riley at firstname.lastname@example.org before 9:15 am the morning of the absence or tardy. Anytime a student is in the system as “unexcused”, the District auto-dialer will call your primary phone numbers. We need to have a reason for the absence (appointment, illness, etc) for you to not get a call. If you are going on vacation, please be sure to let the office know as well as the classroom teacher.
School Carnival - October 30th from 6:00 – 8:00 pm There is no school that day as it is a teacher planning day. Mark your calendars and bring the whole family for a night of fun together!
Talented And Gifted Information - If you believe your child may have skills/abilities in the Talented and Gifted (TAG) range, there is a process by which you may nominate your child for evaluation for this eligibility. The TAG eligibility is measured by the student scoring in the 97th percentile in one or more of the following three areas: reading, math, or intellectual skills. Once they are evaluated, the student then will have a Gifted Student Plan, which is a yearly plan agreed to by you and the teacher. To nominate your child, you must turn in your application for the evaluation to Kim Abel, Building TAG Facilitator, by October 29th. The form is available on the TAG bulletin board across the hall from the library or on the TAG website: http://tag.pps.k12.or.us
Maplewood Life Skill - This month's lifeskill is compassion. Along with be safe, be engaged, be respectful, and be responsible, BE COMPASSIONATE is one of our core values at Maplewood and is part of our schoolwide expectations. At school, we define compassion as considering the feelings of others and always being kind to others. Talk with your child about a time someone was compassionate with them or a time they showed compassion to someone else. How did it feel? Why does this help build a caring community?
Love and Logic Class: By now you all have seen the flyers for the Love and Logic parent class starting October 27th. If you are interested ask your child’s teacher or stop by the office to pick up a flyer.
Conference Sign-Ups - If you haven’t signed up for conference times with your child’s classroom teacher, please contact them to schedule a time. Remember conferences are 10/21 & 10/22.
Conference Scheduling Or Re-Scheduling - I have become worried again this year that an unusually high number of parents may have scheduled family vacations during the days that school is cancelled for parent/teacher conferences. I have requested that if a conference is not held that week due to family vacation plans:
· that the conference not be re-scheduled, but
· that any conference information be sent home after the conference week for parents’ information.
My concern is that re-scheduled conferences take more teacher time, which affect teachers’ planning time (the time that they use for valuable curriculum and lesson planning that affects all students). If the conference can’t be held for unavoidable reasons, please contact the teacher for re-scheduling; however, if it is for avoidable reasons such as vacations, please do not request a different meeting time.
Also, because of the high numbers of students here and the limited times for conferences, I’m also asking that conferences with divorced/separated parents be held when both parents can attend at the same time. It helps with healthy communication to have both parents discuss the child with the teacher together.
Volunteers - Thank you to the many of you volunteers who have been providing time in our building! There are many volunteer opportunities at Maplewood. It would be great to have a growing parent presence in the school environment so if you can volunteer, please do so. We could particularly use extra hands and eyes during lunch and recess time. What works well is if volunteers are able to commit to the same day each week in the lunchroom. This provides us consistency. email@example.com
Reminders From Nutrition Services - Families are reminded to send lunch money to pre-pay for meals or send a lunch from home unless students qualified for free meals in the 2015-16 school year. Students are permitted to carry-over prior year eligibility through October 08, 2015, but families must re-apply each school year to continue to receive free or reduced price meals and fee reductions for other programs. Students who have NOT submitted a NEW application will be required to pay full price for school meals starting October 12, 2015. Families are encouraged to use MySchoolBucks.com for convenient online meal payments.
Lost and Found - Our Lost and Found is filling up. If you are in the building, please take a moment to stop by and check for any of your child’s missing items. As we approach Parent Teacher Conferences, we will put the Lost and Found items on display in the main hall. That will be a time that you can also look for any missing items. Any remaining clothing, etc. will be donated to the PTA Clothing Closet after October 30th.
Moby Max - MobyMax has been purchased for student use at home and school. Students in grades 2-5 have been introduced to the program (www.mobymax.com/or704) in their tech class recently (we are evaluating use for K/1). Students will use the program weekly with their teachers and are encouraged to use it at home. The focus is on the "math" and "factmaster" lessons. Students may access any of the program components at home. Please do not help your children with the placement tests!
Generally usernames are firstinitallastname. Ask your child for the password! If you have any questions please email Ms. Kordahl (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Here is an overview from MobyMax.com: "MobyMax is for all students. Moby's adaptive curriculum creates a unique, individualized education plan for each student, allowing gifted students to progress as quickly as they like while simultaneously ensuring that remedial students get the extra instruction they need. You've never experienced differentiation like this in the classroom."
Additionally, students in grades 3-5 use Type to Learn to practice keyboarding skills. (Username: firstinitallastname, password: ask them!). Please encourage your child to practice at home! Type to Learn can be downloaded for home use at: http://ttl4.sunburst.com/downloads/
Meet “Riley” - HELLO!! From your school nurse:
This year I would like to introduce my 6 yr old miniature poodle, Riley who is and has been a ‘Pet Partners’ nationally registered therapy dog for the past 5 years.
A therapy dog is trained to provide affection and comfort to other people in hospitals, retirement homes, schools, hospices, and stressful situations. The most important characteristic of a therapy dog is its temperament, they must be friendly, patient, confident, gentle, and at ease in various situations. Riley has high qualifications as a therapy animal and has been working with me in the school setting for many years.
He will be in the health room most days that I am scheduled to be there. His job in the school will be to support students with emotional needs, encourage self-confidence, build self-control, cuddle with those who don’t feel well and add a smile to anyone who in need.
Poodles are hypoallergenic because they have hair, not fur. He should not cause any allergy issues for students and staff. He does not shed and, he gets washed and groomed weekly.
I invite anyone who would like to meet Riley or ask me any questions to stop by the office. My regular scheduled day will be on Fridays.
I am looking forward to being the schools nurse and offering Riley as an additional, happy bonus.
Oct 08: Picture Day!
Oct 08: International Walk/Bike to School Day
Oct 09: Statewide Inservice – No School
Oct 14: 2 Hour Late Opening
Oct 21-23: Parent/Teacher Conferences – No School
Oct 29: TAG Nominations Due
Oct 29: End of 1st Grading Period
Oct 30: Teacher Planning Day – No School
Oct 30: Maplewood Carnival!
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.