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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

October 13, 2014

Dear Maplewood Families,

I cannot believe how quickly the month of October is just flying by.  Conferences will be coming soon. Thank you to the families who were able to make it to the school carnival.  We had a great turnout and so much fun!

Conference Sign-Ups:  If you haven’t signed up for a conference time with your child’s classroom teacher, please contact them to schedule a time.  Remember conferences are the last week of October, 10/29 & 10/30. 

Below is a link the district has provided for parents to review prior to meeting with your teacher for your child’s conference. 

http://www.pps.k12.or.us/departments/school-family-partnerships/9210.htm

Lifeskills Focus: As in the past, Maplewood will have a lifeskill each month that classes will be working on.  Students will have a chance to hear stories about the lifeskill, journal and draw pictures about this skill, and participate in activities that build this skill.  There is a sign in the front hall as you enter the school that displays the lifeskill for the month.  This month's lifeskill is cooperation.  When we work on cooperation, we are emphasizing the importance of teamwork and valuing all team members and their unique gifts.  Please ask your student about this lifeskill and talk at home about ways you can develop and use this skill.  If you have questions please contact Kendall Cunningham-Parmeter our school counselor.

Volunteers: Thank you to those of you who have responded to our lunch and recess needs.  This has been incredibly helpful!  I know many of you are volunteering in other capacities as well. We are grateful for your support! Contact Diane at maplewoodvolcoord@gmail.com

Traffic Update:  I again want to thank you all for your attention to safety during drop-off and pick-up. The congestion has been manageable and students are getting to where they need to be.

We continue to have safety concerns about the intersection behind the school (down the hill from the playground at 51st and Miles Court).  This intersection can be very busy at both drop off and pick up.  Please help keep our walking and biking families safe by keeping speed to a minimum.  

Site Council:  I have had some questions about the Site Council and its function.  Site Councils were part of the “Oregon Education Act for the 21st Century” or HB2991.  The purpose of the Site Council is to work in collaboration with the school district, school, staff and community toward the improvement of student performance at each school site.  The objectives for Site Council include:

· To place the overall interests of the students first;

· To help all stakeholders share responsibility for student success;

· To enhance parent and community involvement;

· To provide a forum for discussions on school success; and

· To promote positive attitudes toward public education

If you are interested in joining site council please contact me or Diane Smith by 10/17/14. Our next meeting will be 10/27/14.

PTA Halloween Costume Swap: PTA will hold a Halloween Costume Swap on Sunday October 26th here at Maplewood, starting at 10:00 am. For families who would like to donate but cannot come to the swap, the PTA will have containers in the hallway if you would like to drop off a costume.

Found!!!:  If your child has lost an IPOD and earbuds please have them come to the office to claim it.  It was found on bus 129 a couple of weeks ago-no one has claimed it. 

Lost and Found: Our Lost and Found is filling up.  If you are in the building, please take a moment to stop by and check for any of your child’s missing items.  As we approach Parent Teacher Conferences, we will put the Lost and Found items on display in the main hall.  That will be a time that you can also look for any missing items. Any remaining clothing, etc. will be donated to the PTA Clothing Closet after October 31st.

Upcoming events/dates: 

Oct 15:      2 Hour Late Opening

Oct 20:      2nd Grade TAG Screening Test

Oct 21:      ESL Night at Wilson, Café, 6:00 pm

Oct 21:      TAG Night at Wilson, Café, 7:00 pm      

Oct 26:      PTA Halloween Costume Swap, 10:00 – 12:00 pm

Oct 27:      Site Council Meeting, 2:30 pm

Oct 29/30: Parent/Teacher Conferences

Oct 31:      NO SCHOOL

Nov 02:     Daylight Saving Time Ends

Nov 07:     Grading Period Ends

Nov 10:     Teacher Planning Day – No School

Nov 11:     Veterans Day Holiday – No School         

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;

www.sou.edu/youth/summer

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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