Maplewood Principal's News
Hello Maplewood Families,
The arctic blast has kept the hallways chilly this week at school. With the snow today, I wanted to take the time to remind you that we will continue to get students outside for fresh air and exercise. The students don’t seem to slow down any when the weather outside is so cold. Thank you in advance for making sure you send your children with warm coats, hats and gloves this winter.
Please remember that if your child has had a fever or has been throwing up, you need to keep your child home for twenty-four hours without use of fever-reducing medication or twenty-four hours from the last time your child has thrown-up. We will continue to remind students to wash their hands, cough into their arm and use tissue correctly to help stop the spread of illness.
Maplewood School received some additional funding from the district and I was able to hire Jackie Parrish as an educational assistant. Jackie will be working with students in the same capacity that Molly Sutherland works with students. Jackie’s focus will be working with our third through fifth grade teachers and students. Between Jackie and Molly, about 45 students receive an extra scoop of instruction in one of the core academic areas daily: math, reading and/or writing. Hooray for Maplewood students!
We had a wonderful opportunity to see a sneak peek of the Robert Gray production of “The Wizard of Oz.” Performers from Robert Gray, with some former Maplewood students, shared about 20 minutes of the play with many of our classrooms. So if your child is asking to go see “The Wizard of Oz,” you’ll know they received a glimpse of the play at school yesterday. The play will be performed at Robert Gray MS on December 6th, 7th, 13th, 14th at 7:00 pm and on December 15th at 2:00 pm.
We had a successful “Lock-Down Team Response” drill today. This drill is for locking the school doors and limiting movement in the building so the emergency response team can deal with such things as an injury. There is no threat of violence. Students stay in their rooms with their teachers and continue with the lessons in the classroom. Our emergency response team (comprised of teachers and support staff) practice getting attendance from each classroom and accounting for all children and adults in the school. These drills are getting to be more routine like our fire drills.
We will have a formal “Lock-Down” drill in the spring and I will send a letter home explaining the drill to families at that time. A Lock-Down drill is different and is used only in the case of a weapon on the Maplewood School grounds. These drills are always hard to discuss but the more we practice, the more efficient we will be in the case of a real situation.
Have a wonderful weekend!!!
CONFERENCES - Thank you to all of the families who came to conferences last week. This time together allows both the family and teacher to get to know each other a little bit better and gives a time when your child’s teacher can focus on your child’s progress and upcoming expectations. I was able to sit in on a couple of conferences and am always amazed at how much progress students have made during the first grading quarter of the year.
HOLIDAY SING ALONG - Please come join us on Friday, December 20th at 1:00 pm, for a school-wide Holiday Sing-Along. Ms. VanEngel has been working with all students, kindergarten through fifth grade, preparing students to sing winter songs.
LATE START REMINDER - Wednesday, December 18, 2013, is a late start for students. School will start at 9:50 am on that day.
Dec 18: Site Council
Dec 18: 2 Hour Late Opening
Dec 20: Holiday Sing Along - 1:00 pm, Gym
Dec 23-Jan 3: Winter Break!
Jan 6: Welcome Back!!
Jan 9: PTA Meeting, 6:30 pm
Jan 15: Hope, Peace, Dream Assembly – 1:00 pm, Gym
Jan 20: Martin Luther King, Jr. Day – NO SCHOOL
Jan 22: 2 Hour Late Opening
Jan 22: Spirit Day!
Jan 22: Site Council
Jan 23: Family Art Night
Jan 24: Grading Period Ends
Jan 27: Teacher Planning Day – NO SCHOOL
Parents Provide Unbelievable Support - PTA has its own website! Go to MaplewoodPTA.com to see it!
SCRIP PAYS FOR STAFF! The proceeds from SCRIP do NOT come from your pocket - 100% of what you pay for goes toward the gift certificate that you use to purchase goods/services.
Click here for details and for the current Scrip Order Form to print out and order. You can also purchase Scrip at a table at school on Monday mornings and Friday afternoons.
Information About Maplewood School
Brochure and Testimonials - We have a brochure designed to give you information on our school, along with testimonials from parents.
Kindergarten Information - Information about PPS Kindergarten Programs, Fee for Service, and ideas for preparing your child for Kindergarten are available at their site.