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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

May 26, 2015

Dear Maplewood Families,

I hope that everyone had a chance to enjoy a three-day weekend. I hope you found some joy and relaxation as these next few weeks will be action packed and the end will be here before we know it!  Please continue to mark your calendars for upcoming events.

I also want to give you a heads up regarding roof construction this summer.  Many of you may have heard that we will be getting a new roof on the school and one of our portables this summer.  Due to the construction the building will be closed on June 16th.  Kathy and I will be temporarily located in the portable classrooms that house Ms. Looney and Ms. Stanich’s classrooms.  We are anticipating being back in the building by August 24th which is the day teachers return to work.

Run for the Arts - Thank you to all our wonderful Maplewood families for making this a very successful event again this year!!  Total laps run were 1,414 which totaled 353.5 miles!!  We had 172 students participate with pledges out of 306 in attendance the day of the run. We collected a total of $7,513.17.  Way to go Maplewood!!

Spring Music Program - On Thursday, May 28th all students grades K-5 have been preparing a special Multicultural Music Program which will feature “Songs from Around the World.”  Please have your student report to their classroom teacher at 6:15 pm. We look forward to seeing everyone there!  Elizabeth VanEngel, Music Teacher/Director

Field Day Tuesday, June 2nd - 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. 

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

Fro-Yo Fundraiser at Sunny’s Legendary Frozen Yogurt! - Come with your family and friends and enjoy a fro-yo on Saturday, May 30th anytime from 11:00 am – 10 pm. A percentage of total sales that day will benefit Maplewood PTA!  Sunny’s Legendary Frozen Yogurt is located at: 4397 SW Vermont St     Thank you for your support!


Year End Cafeteria Account Balances - Any remaining account balances (positive or negative) on students’ meal accounts at the end of the year will be automatically held for students at their current school or transferred to students’ new schools within the district.  If your student is leaving the district, then you may call Betsy Fairbanks, Cafeteria Manager at 503-916-6308 to arrange for a refund.


Families are encouraged to go online to MyLunchMoney.com to make convenient online meal payments.  There is a $1.95 transaction fee.

Contact your school cafeteria or the Nutrition Services central office at 503-916-3399 or visit our website www.pps.net/departments/nutrition if you have additional questions about school meals.

Upcoming events/dates: 

05/28 - Spring Music Program! 6:30 - 7:30 pm

05/31 - Wildwood Spring Work Party, 10:00 – 3:00 pm

06/02 - Field Day!

06/03 - Jr. Rose Parade, 1:00 – 2:00 pm, Hollywood District

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

06/08 - Alternate 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.


PPS News

Board approves budget adding staff and supports to schools

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The Portland School Board on May 26 approved Superintendent Carole Smith's proposed budget for 2015-16 and created a list of priority investments they hope to make if the state Legislature allocates more money to schools.


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Senior scholars shine

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Several stand-out PPS graduates have landed major national scholarships.


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