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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

Two-hour late opening, Wednesday, April 16

Wednesday, April 16 is a two-hour late opening for most elementary, K-8 and middle schools; classes commence two hours later than usual.  The following schools are closed a full day: Chavez, George, King, Lane, Rigler, Rosa Parks, Scott, Sitton, Vernon, Whitman and Woodmere. High schools are on normal schedule and not impacted by this professional development day.

Maplewood Principal's News

Hello Maplewood Families,

Third quarter has come and gone already.  Please check your child’s backpack for their report card.  Students have been busy learning.  I’ve been in classrooms and was amazed at our fourth grade students who are talking about fractions and decimals and moving back and forth between them so well.  Third grade students are working with the Architects in Schools while first grade students are working hard to master addition and subtraction facts. 

Classroom Assignments for 2014-2015:

K:          Katie Ockunzzi and JJ Thomas

1st:        Kim Abel and Cass Lang         

2nd:       Beth Hawes and New Teacher

3rd:       Linda McIntyre and Karen Scherlie

4th:       Liberty Looney and Patty Stanich

5th:       Dave Kaplan and Suzanne Smith

Staffing:  I’ve been working very closely with Mr. Dashiell and the Maplewood Site Council to ensure our students have quality enrichment classes. All PPS were given staffing to hire a counselor next year.  I will be hiring a half-time counselor for Maplewood and the position will start in September 2014.

Cuts:  I originally had to cut our PE program and didn’t have enough staffing to cover part of the library/technology teaching position. Through serious advocating for Maplewood, Mr. Dashiell was able to secure the partial funding needed for the library/technology position and half the funding for the PE position.  With the PE funding and estimated carryover and new foundation dollars being raised this year, I was able to rehire Mr. Mantia for PE.  Hooray!!!

Meeting:  Please join me, Mr. Dashiell, Site Council members, Foundation Members and PTA members on Wednesday, April 23rd from 6:00-6:45 to hear about how the budget process works and what my priorities are for your children.  We will meet in the cafeteria.

Cafeteria Meal Accounts:  PPS Nutrition Services has asked to communicate the following with families and students about negative cafeteria meal accounts:  If your child’s account remains unpaid and reaches a negative $14.25 (5 meals), the Cafeteria Lead will notify the principal that the student will be given only emergency food of milk, fruit and vegetables.  Students will need to provide a meal from home if their account remains a negative $14.25 and they have been provided with an emergency food for five days.

Bookbaggers:  We look forward to having our 3rd, 4th and 5th grade students who signed up to participate in the Bookbagger event.  Students will arrive at 7 pm Friday, April 25th and spend an evening doing literacy activities. They will get a goodnight story from Principal Annie and get to read by flashlight before going to sleep in the gym. Families will pick up their student(s) up at 7 am Saturday morning. 

Celebrate National Poem In Your Pocket Day: On Thursday, April 24th at Maplewood!  Poems from pockets will be unfolded throughout the day at school.  Please remind your child to wear clothing with pockets. There is a busy exchange of poems all day!   Encourage your child to write their own poem.  Original hand-written and decorated poems are the most swapped and prized exchange item.  Students will be invited to read their poems during lunch. Poems will be available in the library too.  Questions? – contact Elin Kordahl in the library!

With warm regards,

Annie Tabshy

Upcoming Events/Dates:

Apr 19:            Native Plant Sale

Apr 23:            Group Class Pictures

Apr 23:            Secretaries Day!  J

Apr 24:            Poem in Your Pocket Day

Apr 25:            Bookbaggers!

Apr 28-May 02:  McIntyre, Scherlie, Stanich – Testing, 8:10 – 10:50 am

May 01:           PTA Meeting @ 6:30 pm

May 03:           Fiesta de Maplewood, Maplewood Foundation 3rd Annual Auction

May 05-09:      Teacher Appreciation Week!

May 05-09:      Testing Make-up Week

May 08-09:      4th Grade Oregon Trail Overnight Trip

May 10:           Garden Clean-up Work Party

May 14:           Safety Patrol Picnic, Oaks Park

May 19-23:      5th Grade Bike Safety Classes

May 20:           Kindergarten Connection #2 – Popsicle Social, 6:00 – 7:00 pm

May 21:           2 Hour Late Opening

May 26:           Memorial Day Holiday – NO SCHOOL

May 29:           Spring Sing

May 30:           Field Day!




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