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

June 2, 2015

Dear Maplewood Families,

The attendance at our spring music program was wonderful.  The students and staff worked with  Miss VanEngel to provide an exceptional program.  Despite the heat, our students provided a fantastic performance.

And now we turn to the final days of the 2014-2015 school year.  As you know, Field Day has been changed to Monday June 8th.  Please be sure students have the right attire for field day activities-especially shoes.  We will be encouraging students to drink water as that day is projected to be warm. Please send water bottles with your students to help keep them hydrated. 

The end of the school year is often filled with mixed emotions for many students. The end of the year for some will also be the end of elementary school.  For others it will be the completion of their first year of elementary school.  For each student the close of the year means leaving a community in which they have grown and developed.  It may be helpful to check in with your child and encourage them to share the good things about the end of the year but also the things that they may feel sad about once the year comes to a close.

Field Day RESCHEDULED to Monday, June 8th! - Field day is coming up and we need adult volunteers!  K, 1st and 2nd grades will participate in field day from 9:15-10:30 am while 3rd, 4th, 5th grades will participate from 12:30-1:45 pm.  We are looking for volunteers for both the am and pm shifts.  This is a FUN, easy way to get involved with the school!!  If you can help, please contact Diane Smith at 503-956-9148 or veggionly4@comcast.net.   Thank you!! 

Move-Up Day - On the last day of school, June 11th, all of our kindergarten through fourth grade students get to walk with their classmates to their next year’s classroom and meet their new teacher.  Each student will complete a letter to their family indicating who their teacher is and will list some friends that will be in their class next year. 

5th Grade Promotion - The fifth grade promotion will be on Wednesday, June 10th from 1:00 - 2:00 pm in the Gym.   The annual awards assembly will be right before the promotion beginning at 12:30 pm.

Family Dance Party! - We have a family dance coming up on Friday, June 5th at 6:30 pm. The dance is for all grade levels.  Please join the PTA sponsored dance and enjoy a fun evening with Maplewood families.

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.

Reading Friends Party/Celebration - On Monday, June 8th, between 11:15 and 12:00 pm, the Reading Friends and their students, will be having Pizza to celebrate their year of working together. If your child has been receiving this weekly help, you can help your child show appreciation by having them write a note or a card for their Reading Friend. Our Reading Friends volunteers are such an important, vital part of supporting our students. I am so grateful to them for their warm, dedicated, thoughtful work here!

Ally Burr-Harris, Reading Friends Co-ordinator

Upcoming events/dates: 

06/03 - 5th Grade Visits Robert Gray Middle School, 9:30 – 10:30 am

06/03 - PTA Meeting, 6:30 pm

06/05 - Walking School Bus Ends

06/05 - Family Dance Party. 6:30 pm

06/08 - Field Day!

06/08 - Reading Friends Pizza Party, 11:15 – 12:00 pm, Library

06/09 - 5th Grade Talent Show, 12:30 – 2:00 pm

06/10 - All School Clap Out, 12:20 pm, Main Hallway

06/10 - All School Year End Awards Assembly, 12:30 – 1:00 pm, Gym

06/10 - 5th Grade Promotion, 1:00 – 2:00 pm, Gym

06/11 - 5th Grade BBQ/Year End Party, 12:00 – 2:15 pm

06/11 - Move Up Day!!

06/11 - Student’s Last 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.


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