Maplewood Principal's News
Hello Maplewood Families,
We had a power outage at Maplewood on Tuesday and had our backup generators kick on and only last about 30 minutes. We had to use flashlights for the restrooms and Kathy had a revolving door at the office bathroom where we could provide privacy and light for our youngest learners. As usual, our Maplewood teachers and staff made every child feel comfortable and safe during the power outage.
Read Across America is on Monday, March 3rd!! It’s one of my favorite days of the school year. We will be celebrating Dr. Seuss’ birthday and will read, read, read. Liberty Looney has organized this Maplewood reading event for fourteen years. Thank you Mrs. Looney for all of your hard work, dedication, and for bringing amazing readers to Maplewood!!! Some of our guest readers will be Police Chief Mike Reese, Terri Harrington-former Maplewood 5th Grade Teacher/ Portland Association of Teachers Vice President, Ruth Adkins and Andrew Davidson (Student Rep)-PPS School Board, Larry Dashiell-PPS Wilson Cluster Regional Administrator, Brain Conkle-Trail Blazers Computer Support Manager, Paul Linnman-KEX Morning Show Host, Station 18 Fire Fighters, Pepye Ladd retired Maplewood Librarian, John Blanck retired Maplewood Principal and the entire PSU Football Team!!
A huge thanks you to all of the prospective kindergarten parents who joined us on Thursday afternoon for our annual Kindergarten Connection. It was exciting seeing some familiar faces in the crowd of new families. Moses Ross represented the Maplewood PTA and shared some of the wonderful activities and chores the PTA does yearly. Molly Sloan shared the mission of the Maplewood Foundation and invited new families to join the Maplewood team. We are now at the stage where we are planning for Kindergarten staffing and classroom space for next year; please send in your enrollment paperwork if you are going to enroll your child. Please do so, as soon as possible, to help us know how many students (and classrooms) we should be preparing for!
Another gentle reminder that head lice shows up during springtime and the best way to prevent head lice is to check for it weekly. What I look for is students absentmindedly scratching their heads, often behind their ears, where eggs cement themselves to a hair shaft and actual tiny bugs crawling on the hair and scalp. I share this with families not as an alarm but as a preventative measure. I really appreciate families helping with this.
We have had a bike resting in our hallway for about 6-8 weeks and we are wondering who the owner is. If this is your bike please come and claim it.
Project 2nd Wind begins next week (March 3-7th). Suzanne Smith will be leading the food drive effort. If you have non-perishable foods to donate, please send them to your child’s classroom as each classroom keeps track of how many pounds of food they have collected.
Fundraiser for 4th Grade Fundraiser for Oregon Trail Overnight Trip - Please join the Maplewood Community for dinner at Chez Jose on Monday, March 10th located at 8502 SW Terwilliger Blvd., Portland, OR 97219. Chez Jose has limited tables to reserve. Please call ahead for a reservation 503.244.0077.
Congratulations to Battle of the Books Competitors! – Elin Kordahl, our talented coordinator of this event, held the final battles in an assembly Thursday afternoon. Two young first graders were watching their 3rd grade classroom helper battle and the excitement in the first graders eyes made the entire event worthwhile. Battle of the Books happens all over the city but I’ve never seen a school so passionate about reading and battle with books knowledge. A big thank you to Ms. Kordahl for her continued support of Battle of the Books!!!
Mar 03: Read Across America!
Mar 03-07: Project Second Wind
Mar 06: PTA Meeting @ 6:30 pm
Mar 07: End of School Choice (Transfer) Cycle
Mar 09: Daylight Savings Time Begins
Mar 10: 4th Grade Fundraiser @ Chez Jose
Mar 17: St. Patrick’s Day
Mar 18: Family Skate Night
Mar 19: 2 Hour Late Opening
Mar 19: Spirit Day! PJ & Maple Bar Day!
Mar 24-28: SPRING BREAK!
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