Portland Public Schools
Portland, Oregon

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Teaching and Challenging the Whole Child

7452 SW 52nd Ave. | Portland, OR 97219
Phone: (503) 916-6308 | Fax: (503) 916-2654

Maplewood Principal's News

November 17, 2014

Dear Maplewood Families,

Wow-what a crazy week we had last week! As you know, in addition to the planned days off we had the thrill of our first snow day.  Once back on Friday, we were excited about the arrival of our Scholastic Book Fair Materials, and it appears the driver of the delivery truck was so excited he hit our concrete wall on his way out. We are working with Facilities and Scholastic representatives to restore our wall.

Speaking of the Book Fair: It has arrived and will be open all week for students and families.  There is a great selection of books for all ages and is staffed by Maplewood parents.  Please come and check out some of the great books on the shelves.  Book Fair hours 8:00 am - 4:00 pm on Monday, Tuesday and Friday. 8:00 am - 6:00 pm on Wednesday and 8:00 - 8:00 pm on Thursday.   

Children's Book Harvest: Children's Book Harvest is part of Portland Public School's Read Together campaign, which seeks to improve reading performance for all students with a focus on the critical K-3 years.  To help every child succeed Portland Public Schools has partnered with The Children's Book Bank (CBB) to ask the community to donate 30,000 new or gently used children's books this fall!  The books will be cleaned, sorted and delivered to low-income children to support literacy throughout the Portland area.

Last year Maplewood's Book Harvest was a HUGE success!  Our suggested goal was 500 books but we gave so much more!  The Maplewood Community collected 1120 books, helping over 60 children!  

This year our goal will be to collect more books than last year, 1150!  Book Harvest officially runs from 11/3 - 11/26. 

Email with any questions -- Thank you!   Modesty McNally  modestymc@gmail.com

PTA Fundraiser Starts Soon! Keep an eye out for the See’s Candy and Coffee fundraiser starting on November 21st through December 1st.  More information to come in the e-Blast or contact Valerie Nias at valerieje@hotmail.com

Please Consider Helping Hands: Helping Hands provides about 14-16 families with a traditional holiday meal- turkey and all the fixings.  We try to include extra soups and non-perishables to help bridge the gap of access to school breakfast and lunch.  We will be starting the actual food collection in December, starting with canned goods and then we will collect the perishables the day of distribution- most likely Dec. 18th.  The reason we start planting the seeds now is it is prime time for many people to take advantage of free turkeys and discounts on holiday meal items like stuffing and canned veggies beyond their own family's needs.

In addition, through generous community donations we have been able to provide gift cards, books, and backpacks to the families as well. We'll have a wish list at the book fair.

It is COLD -Time to Bundle Up: Please continue to have your children dress in layers as the weather gets colder and wetter.  We want to be able to get students outside for fresh air breaks and recess as often as possible. Hats, gloves or mittens are a good idea!

Upcoming events/dates: 

Nov 17-Nov 21:  Scholastic Book Fair

Nov 20:     Picture Retake Day

Nov 20:     Read-aloud-athon

Nov 20:     Family Night at Bookfair

Nov 20:     Walking School Bus Ends

Nov 24:     Site Council Meeting, 2:30 pm 

Nov 27:     Thanksgiving Day – No School

Nov 28:     Down Day – No School

Dec 03:     PTA Meeting, 6:30 pm

Dec 03:     TAG Testing

Dec 04:     TAG Testing

Dec 17:     2 Hour Late Opening

Dec 20 - Jan 04:  Winter 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.


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