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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

October 27, 2014

Dear Maplewood Families,

Last week was exciting. It was a week of downpours, floods, power outages and thunder………..and Halloween isn’t until this week! The storms persisted through the weekend and I heard students saying they were without electricity over the weekend.  I hope we have a reprieve from the weather as October comes to an end.

Last Thursday, we had a guest, Felicia Tripp from the All Hands Raised Foundation. She was our visiting “Principal for a Day”, and visited most of our classrooms.  Ms. Tripp was very impressed with the engagement and instruction she observed while in classrooms.  She also commented on what an asset we have in the number of parents she saw helping out in our building as we walked around the campus.


Conferences Reminder:  Conferences are an important part of the home-school connection. Learning happens best when we partner with families share information about each child at Maplewood, it is important for teachers and parents to have the opportunity to discuss your child and his or her learning. If you haven’t signed up for conference time with your child’s teacher, please contact them.  Remember conferences are this week, 10/29 & 10/30 and No School on 10/31.

Below is a link the district has provided for parents to review prior to meeting with your teacher for your child’s conference. 

http://www.pps.k12.or.us/departments/school-family-partnerships/9210.htm

Library Open During Conferences: Families are invited to stop by the Maplewood Library Oct. 29, 1:00-300 and Oct. 30, 9:00-11:00 to check out books!

Lifeskills Focus: As in the past, Maplewood will have a lifeskill each month that classes will be working on. Students will have a chance to hear stories about the lifeskill, journal and draw pictures about this skill, and participate in activities that build this skill. There is a sign in the front hall as you enter the school that displays the lifeskill for the month. This month's lifeskill is cooperation.When we work on cooperation, we are emphasizing the importance of teamwork and valuing all team members and their unique gifts.  Please ask your student about this lifeskill and talk at home about ways you can develop and use this skill.  If you have questions please contact Kendall Cunningham-Parmeter our school counselor.

Volunteers: Thank you to those of you who have responded to our lunch and recess needs.  This has been incredibly helpful!  I know many of you are volunteering in other capacities as well. We are grateful for your support! Contact Diane at maplewoodvolcoord@gmail.com

Site Council:  I have had some questions about the Site Council and its function.  Site Councils were part of the “Oregon Education Act for the 21st Century” or HB2991.  The purpose of the Site Council is to work in collaboration with the school district, school, staff and community toward the improvement of student performance at each school site.  The objectives for Site Council include:

·        To place the overall interests of the students first;

·        To help all stakeholders share responsibility for student success;

·        To enhance parent and community involvement;

·        To provide a forum for discussions on school success; and

·        To promote positive attitudes toward public education

Our next meeting will be today 10/27/14 at 2:30 pm in the library.  We are thrilled to welcome Steph Kondor as the parent representing our primary grades.

Lost and Found During ConferencesPlease check out the tables we will have set up in the hallway with the items we have collected.  They will be donated to The PTA Clothing Center at the end of conferences.

Upcoming events/dates: 

Oct 27:      Site Council Meeting, 2:30 pm

Oct 29/30: Parent/Teacher Conferences

Oct 31:      NO SCHOOL

Nov 02: Daylight Saving Time Ends

Nov 04:     The Portland Ballet Assembly, 1:00 pm

Nov 07: Grading Period Ends

Nov 10: Teacher Planning Day – No School

Nov 11: Veterans Day Holiday – No School 

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       

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;

www.sou.edu/youth/summer

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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