Maplewood Principal's News
April 20, 2015
Dear Maplewood Families,
Many of you have noticed our Robin’s nest near the side entrance to the school. We are trying to keep the commotion down as much as possible in that area over the next few weeks. Our Robin family has become an important addition to our Maplewood community! The fifth graders are using this opportunity to become our resident experts on our new family. They have placed a question box in the hallway near the library and will do research and post the answers in the hallway. Feel free to encourage your child to place a question in the box.
Report Cards - Student report cards were sent home in backpacks last Friday.
STEAM Day Was Amazing - Thank you to Stef Kondor and Jon Bower who pulled together a committee of parents for this event. We had 17 booths for students to visit and experience. I saw many parents helping at the booths and/or learning with their child. Thank you to the parents who ran a booth or helped with set up and break down! We so appreciate your partnership!
Shoe Reminder - As the weather has become warmer we are seeing more sandals and flip-flops at school. On the days your child has PE, please send them to school in shoes that are appropriate for PE. We are concerned about safety-thank you!
Earth Day Walk-to-School Celebration - Walk to school with the Mounted Patrol on Earth Day, Thursday, April 23. Join one of Maplewood’s five walking school buses. Times and locations here: http://bit.ly/mwWalkBikeSpring Horses from Portland Police’s Mounted Patrol will walk with the Thinker Toys walking group. When they arrive on campus, all kids will have a chance to meet and pet the horses before school. Raffle prizes with helmets, stickers, and Chipotle gift cards will be given away. Come celebrate Earth Day by walking to school!
Run for the Arts – Money is due this Friday, April 24th. Checks should be made out to Run for the Arts.
Support Children’s Book Bank- and Maplewood alumna Elaine Demetrion - Elaine is organizing a book drive for the Children’s Book Bank (which cleans and repairs used books for distribution to children who don’t have books at home.) Please drop off used children’s books in the Book Drive box from April 9th thru April 23rd.
“Love and Logic” a Free Parenting Class - A Love and Logic trainer will be presenting the fundamentals of this positive behavior program that is used by parents and teachers alike. This overview will help parents and guardians learn the basic of this program. A full-length course on Love and Logic will be offered this fall at Maplewood. Attend this free session to learn more about this popular parenting program! Childcare provided for potty-trained kids. Questions? Contact Kendall Cunningham, Maplewood Counselor at: email@example.com.
Yes, Another Survey - The Portland Public Schools 2025 survey. This 17-question survey is open through May 1 to all PPS families, students, staff AND community members.
PPS enrollment is expected to grow by thousands of students in the next decade, providing the chance to ask the big questions that we know are on the minds of our community, such as:
- What values should drive changes in school boundaries?
- How do we make sure that all neighborhoods have strong schools?
- How do we strengthen course offerings for students in grades 6-8?
Results: Survey results will be shared with the public and will inform the Districtwide Boundary Review Advisory Committee (D-BRAC) as they develop their recommendations to the Superintendent.
Taking and promoting the survey: The survey is again available online through Oregons Kitchen Table in all supported languages and, soon, in hard copy form. Hard copies will be sent to school offices and the PDFs will be posted in the banner at http://www.pps.net . Principals/secretaries will soon receive email messages to share with families as well as posters. Lawn signs will be put up at schools next week.
We encourage everyone to take the Portland Public Schools 2025 survey and we sincerely appreciate your efforts to encourage others to do so too. The survey is an essential tool to give our families, staff, students and community members a voice in changes that will come as we prepare to serve more students.
If you have any questions or other needs, please contact Kimm Fox-Middleton, PPS community outreach manager, 503-916-3070, firstname.lastname@example.org
04/22 - Secretaries Day J
04/22 - Class Group Picture Day
04/23 - Earth Day Walk/Bike-to-School Celebration!
04/24 - Bookbaggers, 3rd – 5th grade
04/27 - Site Council, 2:30 pm
04/28 - Love and Logic Parenting Class, Library, 7:00- 8:00 pm
04/29 - RGMS Music Program at Maplewood, 10:00 - 11:00 am
04/30 - Poem in Your Pocket Day
05/04 - 05/08 – Teacher Appreciation Week!
05/04 - 05/08 – 5th grade Bicycle Safety Week
05/08 - 4th Grade to Astoria
05/13 - Safety Patrol Picnic, Oaks Park
05/19 - Hearing Re-screening 9:00 – 1:00 pm
05/19 - Skate Night, Oaks Park, 6:30 – 8:30 pm
05/20 - 2 Hour Late Opening
05/20 - Spirit Day, PJ’s & Maple Bars
05/21 - Kindergarten Connection #2, Ice-Cream Social, 6:00 – 7:00 pm
05/25 - Memorial Day Holiday – NO SCHOOL
05/28 - Spring Sing! 6:30 - 7:30 pm
06/02 - NEW DATE!! Field Day!
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.