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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

December 15, 2014

Dear Maplewood Families,

This will be a busy and fast week for our students. Many classes are wrapping up projects and preparing for Winter Break. Remember that we have late start on Wednesday December 17th and we return to school on January 5th, 2015.  I wish for you all a relaxing and safe break and am looking forward to seeing everyone back in January!

Friday Sing-A-Long:  We have had several questions about the sing-a-long on Friday.  It will start at 1:15 and end at 1:50 when students will return to their classes and pack up for dismissal. The format for the sing-a-long is intended to be an assembly style community gathering of our students to celebrate the Winter season with song.  Parents are welcome to come join us, but please understand this event is not a “performance” and students will remain in their seats while singing.

For Bus Riders on Bus Numbers 119 and 123: Starting Monday, December 15th Bus Numbers 119 and 123 are switching their PM runs. Bus Number 119 will now be completing 123’s PM run; and 123 will now be completing 119’s PM run:  Route 123 will now be providing services to the same students and families from Maplewood in the AM and in the PM. Before-hand, route 123 had two different runs, meaning they were picking up a certain group of students in the AM and dropping off a different group of students in the PM. Now the route is set-up to where the students will have the same driver in the AM & PM.

Helping Hands: Thank you to all who donated to Helping Hands this year. Your generosity is greatly appreciated.

It is COLD-Time to Bundle Up: Please continue to have your children dress in layers as the weather gets colder and wetter.  We want to be able to get students outside for fresh air breaks and recess as often as possible. Hats, gloves or mittens are a good idea!

Lice Reminder: Lice is a common, inconvenient issue in elementary schools.  This is a gentle reminder that lice can happen at any time of year.  To be proactive, I suggest that parents set up a home routine where they check their children regularly. If lice is caught early, the less labor intensive it is for you.  What a parent is looking for is any lighter colored speck that attaches to the hair shaft.  Good places to look are behind your child’s ears, at the back or nape of neck and close to the scalp.  If there are a lot of specks, eggs, you probably have little bugs, lice, running around on your child’s head.   You can buy the special shampoo at your local grocery store.  There is also a resource I can share:  Lice Knowing You, Inc.  1-206-654-LICE, info@liceknowingyou.com and www.liceknowingyou.com  If you have questions regarding school policy please contact our school nurse, Sabrina Bauer at: smarches@mesd.k12.or.us

Upcoming events/dates: 

Dec 17:     2 Hour Late Opening

Dec 19:     Holiday Sing Along, 1:15 - 1:50 pm, Gym          

Dec 20 - Jan 04:  Winter Break! 

Jan 05:      Welcome Back!

Jan 19:      Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day – NO SCHOOL

Jan 21:      2 Hour Late Opening

Jan 21:     SPIRIT Day!

Jan 26:     Site Council Mtg, 2:30 pm

Jan 29:     Grading Period Ends

Jan 30:     Teacher Planning Day – 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;


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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