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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

June 06, 2016

Dear Maplewood Families,

As I bring my second year here at Maplewood to a close, I again want to express how fortunate I feel to be working in the Maplewood community.  The end of this year brings some mixed feelings as we say goodbye to some very important staff in our building. As you know, we are saying goodbye to Kathy who has been an outstanding Principal Secretary.  I do not have the words to express how fortunate I am to have arrived at Maplewood while Kathy was still in her role as Principal Secretary.  She truly will be missed by all yet we are so excited for her as she begins a new life near her daughter and grandchildren. We are also saying goodbye to Ms. Scherlie who started the same year as Kathy here at Maplewood and who also has been an important part of our instructional team.  She too is looking forward to her new life in retirement.  We wish her the best! 

Not all of you may have known Ms. Debra Fuller, our speech pathologist, but she too has been at Maplewood for many years.  She is moving to Jackson Middle school as part of her assignment next year.  We will miss Deborah as she especially because she is able to build amazing relationships with students and families. She has been a great resource for all of us.  Finally, we say goodbye to Betsy Fairbanks, our school cook.  She has accepted a new position with the district and is very excited about her new opportunity.  We will miss Betsy as she always, always served students with a smile and strived to make all children feel cared for at lunch time.

Also,  I want to extend a big Thank you to Ms. Melzer in Kindergarten while she was covering for Ms. Ockunzzi’s leave.  Ms. Melzer has had a great year with her students and she provided a caring, nurturing environment where each child in her class has grown and are now ready to move onto first grade.  Also, we are saying “goodbye” to our para-educator, Erin Barnes.  Erin is going back to school to become a special education teacher!  She has done a great job with our students and has shown an amazing heart for the students with whom she works.

All of these Maplewood staff kept students at the center of their work and that makes them exceptional in most places but at Maplewood it makes them part of the team!  You All Will Be Missed!!!

It has been a fast paced year. It seems we were just celebrating the new school year, welcoming our students and planning our Back to School Night. As we bring a close to year two for me at Maplewood, I continue to enjoy seeing so many parents and community members in our building this year. 

To our volunteers, Thank you!  You were here and present in so many ways, Reading Friends, helping with traffic at arrival, supporting lunches and recess, in our classrooms doing anything a teacher asked of you, serving on committees.  I could go on with the list of ways you have supported our students throughout the year.

All of us would like to extend a special thank you to our PTA and the Maplewood Foundation.  Our students and teachers benefit so much from all of your hard work and commitment to the students and school community!  I want to especially thank the officers of both groups for their dedication.

Finally, I want to say that I continue feel so fortunate to be part of the Maplewood Community!  I am looking forward to time with my family this summer but looking forward to returning to Maplewood in August and seeing all of our students again!

Neighborhood Construction - Just to give you a heads up, the empty lot across the street from the school will soon be a construction site for two homes.  Parking will not be available in front of that lot during construction.

5th Grade Promotion - The fifth grade promotion will be on Wednesday, June 8th from 1:00 - 2:00 pm in the Gym.   The annual awards assembly will be right before the promotion beginning at 12:30 pm.

Lost and Found Items - Be sure to check the table in the front foyer and the clothes rack near the stairs to the cafeteria for any lost clothing items.

Some Opportunities This Summer -  Scholarships are available for classes and camps offered through Portland Parks and Recreation. Many of these camps and classes meet at the Southwest Community Center on SW Vermont Street and 45th Avenue.  The link below is to the scholarship form.  https://www.portlandoregon.gov/parks/article/296401

Grauer Back-to-School Project - All students (K-12) attending one of the schools listed who qualify for free and reduced lunch are invited to attend our giving day. Each will get backpacks, school supplies, coat, shoes, socks, underwear & t-shirt. School ID or report card is required to participate. Bridlemile, Capitol Hill, Hayhurst, Jackson, Maplewood, Markham, Rieke, Robert Gray, Stevenson, West Sylvan, Wilson. 

New location:  Hayhurst Elementary School  
5037 SW Iowa St., Portland, OR 97219
Date:  August 13, 2016
Time:  8 – 11am

Upcoming Events/Dates:

June 08:     All School Awards Assembly, 12:30 – 1:00 pm, Gym

June 08:     5th Grade Promotion, 1:00 – 2:00 pm, Gym

June 09:     5th Grade BBQ/Year End Party, 12:30 pm

June 09:     Last Day of School!


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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