Maplewood Principal's News
September 1, 2015
Dear Maplewood Families,
We had a great first week of school! Construction on our roof is almost complete. We again this year, had great participation for our community clean up on August 23rd, our school grounds looked beautiful and we were ready to go for our opening day. Thank you to the families and staff who participated and a shout out to West Hills Friends Church, they were fantastic!
Along with welcoming students back, this first week, teachers and staff are reviewing expectations and teaching routines. As teachers send information home about their classrooms, please discuss with your child and reinforce the importance of following school expectations.
Arrival and Dismissal-Arrival Time - Students may arrive at 7:50 a.m. when the first bell rings, (There will be no supervision until 7:50). All students need to be in their classroom by 8:00 a.m. as instruction begins at 8:00.
Dismissal Time - Students will be dismissed at 2:15. Kindergarten students will be picked up behind the school at the doors that are closest to the classrooms.
I have had the opportunity to observe traffic flow at both arrival and dismissal. We have good systems in place for drop off and pick-up. Thank you all for keeping the sidewalk clear as our teachers lead their students out of the building, to the buses and onto the student pick-up areas where you can meet your child.
· Kindergarten Pick-Up is at the back doors closest to the Kindergarten classrooms. The doors will be open by 2:05, at that time you may enter the building and wait near your child’s classroom until the teacher starts dismissing students.
· 1st, 2nd, 3rd Grade Pick-Up is along the curb and marked with yellow paint.
· 4th and 5th Grade Pick-Up is up on the black top opposite their portable.
Speed Limit - Please be aware of your speed when driving through our neighborhoods, drive slowly, have patience and be thoughtful of other drivers, pedestrians and buses. Thank you for helping us with this.
Dogs At Drop Off And Pick Up -We love dogs! If you bring your dog at drop-off or pick-up be aware that some children are afraid of dogs so, Please be sure your dog is on a lease and close to you, under control and responsive to your commands. We want our dogs to viewed as positive members of our community.
Bus Riders - If your child rides a bus, please remind them the importance of listening to the bus driver and following his or her directions. Here are basic rules to share with your child:
- Follow the driver’s directions the first time they are given.
- Keep hands, feet, books and objects to yourself.
- Stay in your seat while the bus if moving
- Keep voices at a conversational level
Volunteering - Consider getting involved with elementary students this year. We can use volunteers at school at all times. You can volunteer in the school library, lunchroom, a classroom, recess or during special events. Contact Betsie Droukas at email@example.com or give the school office a call. We will be happy to help you find an area where you can help!
New Staff to Maplewood - Please welcome our new staff to the building this year. We now have two half time school counselors, Kendall Cunningham, and Kathleen Sturges. Kathleen will also be half-time at Robert Gray Middle School, which allows for support for our students as they transition to middle school. Expect to see communications from them soon.
Meagan Weatherill is a new kindergarten teacher. We were given an additional 1.0 FTE for Kindergarten this year. Meagan brings years of experience working in early childhood, most recently with Head Start with PPS. Also, in kindergarten this year, Haylee Melzer is covering Katie Ockunnzi’s leave of absence through March 2016. We are also thrilled to have Katelyn Staszkow as our half time creative movement/dance teacher. She also works half time at daVinci Arts School. Finally, Shannon Riley will be joining us as our new school secretary. I am excited to have these great professionals join our staff.
We are excited about the 2015-2016 school year!
Sept 10: Fall Walking School buses Begin
Sept 16: 2 Hour Late Opening
Sept 16: PTA Meeting, 6:30 - 7:30 pm
Sept 24: Back to School Night Picnic/Open House 6:00 - 7:30 pm
Oct 08: Picture Day!
Oct 08: International Walk/Bike to School Day
Oct 21-23: Parent/Teacher Conferences
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.