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 24, 2014

Dear Maplewood Families,

My communication is pretty short this week….as is our week!  Thank you all for your participation in supporting the Book Fair. We all know how much our school benefits from the sales.  A shout out to all of you who worked to make the Book Fair a spectacular success!  One of our students got off the bus the other day with an open book. I told her how much I loved seeing her reading on the bus and she replied, “Oh, this is an excellent book, I bought it at the book fair!” She was already half way through her chapter book.

Please have a safe and relaxing Thanksgiving and I look forward to seeing everyone on Monday, December 1st.

Civil War Spirit: This is completely spontaneous and student driven-If your child would like to support their favorite Oregon team on Wednesday we are encouraging them to wear their team’s colors or clothes that represent their team.  This is optional and please remind students, this is all in good fun.  If students wear hats, they will still need to remove them while still in the building.

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.

Upcoming events/dates: 

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.


PPS News

Benson, Lincoln and Madison approved to proceed with master planning

November 25, 2014
The Portland School Board Nov. 25 approved Benson, Lincoln and Madison high schools for the next bond. The Portland School Board voted 6-0 Nov. 25 to complete master planning for the modernization of Benson, Lincoln and Madison high schools in the next two years and to place those schools on a bond that will go to voters in 2016 to finance those modernizations. 


Franklin, Madison welcome 8th graders

November 25, 2014

Franklin and Madison high schools will hold information sessions in December for 8th graders to learn about their neighborhood high school.


Superintendent recommends enrollment and transfer system changes

November 25, 2014
PPS SACET Committee Superintendent Carole Smith forwarded to the Portland School Board on Monday, Nov. 24, a plan for aligning the PPS enrollment and transfer system across all grades and school configurations with the PPS Racial Educational Equity Policy. 


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