Maplewood Principal's News
February 08, 2016
Dear Maplewood Families,
Perhaps the ground hog, Punxsutawny Phil is right, we may be in for an early spring. We had a beautiful day today. Some of the classes are learning about Chinese New Year this week. Next week brings us to Valentine’s Day, (also Oregon’s birthday) and Presidents Day on Monday. Our Battle of the Books are continuing this week as well-There is always a lot happening at Maplewood.
Children and Sleep - Did you know sleep is closely related to academic success? And did you know that school-aged children need 10 or 11 hours of sleep per night? Sleep deprivation may cause mood and behavioral issues as well as negatively impact memory, attention/reaction time, decision making and creativity; all of which can impact school success. Restful sleep can have a positive impact on attendance which is also closely tied to academic achievement.
Ways to Improve sleep:
Develop a consistent bedtime routine, including a regular sleep schedule – your child should go to bed at the same time every night; for instance, reading to your child, even for just five minutes, is a way of getting-one-on-one time and providing a soothing bedtime routine.
Set up a peaceful sleep environment- removing televisions or other forms of technology is strongly suggested.
Limit television, games, computers at night – students should not have access to these technological devices within an hour of going to bed.
Avoid foods/drinks that impact sleep – sodas, tea, or sugary foods can prevent restful sleep
Contact your child’s doctor if you are concerned – contact your physician if your child has difficulty falling asleep, staying asleep, or exhibits problems while sleeping (excessive snoring, sleep walking, etc.)*From Nationwide Children’s Hospital*
EXCLUSION DAY, Wednesday, February 17, 2016 - Immunizations are an important part of your child’s health. It is also a state law. If we do not have all of the immunization information that is required, you would have received an official state notice letter and/or a call from the school.
NOTICE: Your child will not be allowed to continue the school year as of February 17th if the immunizations and/or non-medical exempt status are not up-to-date. Please bring the needed information to the office as soon as possible for the records to be updated.
Kindergarten Connection - Will be held at Maplewood on Thursday, February 25th, at 3:00. Come meet the teachers, and learn about our school. We ask that you register as soon as possible so that we can get as accurate of a count of students as possible for our Kindergarten classes next year. If you cannot attend that day and want to register, please stop in the office and pick up a registration packet. We look forward to seeing you there!
February Lifeskill - The lifeskill for the month is FRIENDSHIP. I encourage you to talk to your student about the value of friends and the richness they can add to our lives. Friends do not have to share a lot in common with us; in fact, having friends with different life experiences can really expand our understanding of others and help us develop our social skills. As a result, we not only experience the diversity around us, but we grow in empathy for others. Let's spread the love this February by celebrating friendship!
Westside Boundary Recommendations - Due to the complexity of the boundary work, principals have been encouraged to refer parents to the PPS website that has a link to all of the boundary information as it is kept up to date. I have, however had a few requests to include information in my newsletter. The information below is from a press release dated January 28th. I encourage families to continue to check the PPS website for additional information.
West Side boundaries
After twice revising an Oct. 29 scenario and absorbing the feedback of hundreds of parents and community members, the DBRAC approved key steps to relieve overcrowding at Chapman, Capitol Hill and Hayhurst elementary schools and Lincoln High School.
All of the potential approaches were:
- Discussed at a DBRAC meeting Jan. 14.
- Detailed for West Side families in a PPS email on Jan. 15.
- Included in a West Side Community Meeting at Wilson High School attended by more than 800 people Jan. 19, with hundreds of community members also weighing in via email.
- Described in West Side Scenario 2b, formally presented Jan. 26 to a DBRAC subcommittee.
The DBRAC recommendation includes:
- Moving the Westside Spanish Immersion program out of Ainsworth Elementary to East Sylvan in fall 2016 and retaining the feeder pattern into West Sylvan Middle School and Lincoln High School. (East Sylvan currently vacant, but has served as a K-8 school and, most recently, as the 6th grade campus for West Sylvan Middle School)
- Moving the northwestern portion of Bridlemile to Ainsworth and reassigning the resulting smaller Bridlemile boundary to Gray Middle School and Wilson High School.
- Moving portions of Chapman’s northwestern and southeastern boundaries to Ainsworth.
- Moving Odyssey from Hayhurst, where it is currently co-located, to the currently vacant Smith School in Southwest Portland in fall 2017. This allows a year for upgrades to the long-closed Smith building and a year to plan for how best to maintain the program and services at Hayhurst Elementary with fewer students.
- Shifting Maplewood Elementary to feed Jackson, instead of Gray, Middle School.
- Moving a portion of the Capitol Hill boundary to Stephenson Elementary.
The endorsed approach retains Skyline School in outer Northwest Portland as a K-8 school feeding Lincoln High School and retains existing boundaries at all other West Side schools.
Pace of change
If approved by the school board, the new boundaries could begin to take effect in fall 2016.
District policy says that students affected by a boundary change, and their younger siblings, can remain at their current school through the highest grade. Fifth and 8th graders whose middle or high school assignments shift due to a boundary change, however, attend the new middle or high school in the fall that the changes take effect. The school board could also decide to adjust these rules if relief from overcrowding is required more quickly.
History of the committee
The District-Wide Boundary Review Advisory Committee was the answer to what had previously been Portland Public Schools’ piecemeal efforts to balance enrollment between schools. The last of these efforts, in the Jefferson cluster of schools in 2012-13, ended in a clear message: if you want equity, you must look district-wide.
And so, like High School System Design, launched in 2011 to ensure that student enrollment supported a strong core program in every high school regardless of zip code, Portland Public Schools embarked on an ambitious cross-district look at boundaries and the grade configurations at schools.
Partners essential to effective process
Joining PPS in this effort was the Portland State University Center for Public Policy and community partners including Asian Pacific American Network of Oregon, Black Parent Initiative, Center for Intercultural Organizing, Communities & Parents for Public Schools, Latino Network, NAYA Family Center, Neighborhood House and Portland Council PTA. With the support of partners, PPS held 18 community meetings across the city in multiple languages, including meetings with teachers, principals and students.
"We started this process 14 months ago, confronted with substantial structural challenges built up over many years,” said DBRAC Chairman Jason Trombley. “Today we submit these recommendations to Superintendent Carole Smith with the belief that they will substantively balance enrollment in our schools in ways that will support our school district in delivering a strong academic program for all of our students in all of our neighborhoods.”
“Many elements combine to support successful schools,” Trombley said. “Our recommendations are an important step to setting our schools up for success. As a committee, this is a proud moment."
The DBRAC’s recommendations go now to Superintendent Carole Smith who will make a final set of recommendations to the Portland School Board in coming weeks.
The board is expected to vote on recommendations and then the DBRAC and PPS will reconvene to settle boundaries and feeder patterns for newly configured East Side schools, providing through fall 2017 to plan the programs and undertake building upgrades necessary for a smooth transition.
Feb 09: Pizzicato – Dough for Dollars, Hillsdale
Feb 15: President’s Day – No School
Feb 17: 2 Hour Late Opening
Feb 17: Immunization Exclusion Day
Feb 22: Chez Jose Dine Out – 4th grade fundraiser
Feb 24: Robert Gray Middle School Information Night, 6:30 – 8:00 pm
Feb 25: Kindergarten Connection #1, Gym, 3:00 – 4:00 pm
Feb 29: Site Council, 2:30 pm
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.