Portland Public Schools
Portland, Oregon

leaf logoMaplewood School

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

April 26, 2016

Dear Maplewood Families,

This time last week we did not know the outcome of the Portland School Board vote for Westside boundaries……..now we do.  Please read the information below carefully if you are a parent of a fourth or fifth grader.  Please do not hesitate to call us if you have questions.  Also know that you can access additional information regarding the resolution at:


Fifth Grade Implications of the Westside Boundary Decision - As most of you know, the Portland School Board voted April 19, 2016 to change the assigned middle school for Maplewood students from Gray MS to Jackson MS, located at 10625 SW 35th Ave.  The changes go into effect officially in the fall of 2017.  Current 5th graders will continue on to Gray MS next fall, however, PPS will honor any requests by Maplewood neighborhood students to transfer into Jackson Middle School if submitted to the Enrollment and Transfer Center by Friday, April 29, 2016.


¨ Jackson Middle School Principal, Kevin Crotchet will be hosting a parent meeting for Maplewood Parents on Tuesday, April 26th, 6:30-7:30 p.m. Please meet in the Jackson Library.

Additional tours for Jackson Middle School will be Thursday, April 28th at 2:00 p.m.


¨ Gray Middle School Principal, Beth Madison will be hosting a parent meeting for Maplewood Parents on Thursday, April 28th, 6:00-7:00 p.m.

Additional tours for Gray Middle School will be Friday, April 29th at 2:00 p.m. 

Transportation will be provided to both schools through 8th grade (2018-19 school year).

Enrollment and Transfer Center staff are available at 503-916-3205 Monday-Friday from 7:30 am - 5:00 pm to assist you. 

Third Thru Fifth State Testing This Week - We began Smarter Balanced Assessments at Maplewood for third through fifth grade. We are hopeful that the process will go well logistically. I am so grateful to our wonderful teachers for preparing students for the assessment and to our Testing Coordinator, Elin Kordahl, for all of her organization and preparation. Smarter Balanced Assessments include Language Arts and Mathematics through the end of May. Each student in grades 3-5 will be assessed in their reading skills, writing skills, numeracy skills and also in their ability to think critically. The assessment data will be shared with school personnel and parents in the fall. We will use the student growth data to assess our current curriculum approaches and improve our instructional practices. Individual student data will also help us meet the needs of our students through interventions and enrichment opportunities.

You can help at home by talking with your kids about what is going well and also what problems they are experiencing. Many times, students internalize their stress and it comes out in unexpected ways at home and at school. We know that this can be a stressful time for our students, and we are committed to providing them a focused and caring environment at school. Talking about their feelings at home can help them to cope with increased stress and process it in a healthy way.  Please let us know if you have concerns about your child’s stress level. Our counselor will be available to help at school as well. I know that many of you have questions about the Smarter Balanced assessments and may have concerns about the testing process. This is our second year implementing the new exams. As always, we want you to be involved in the life of our school, including our assessment practices. We appreciate your feedback and will be engaging our staff, students and parents at the end of the year to collect your perspectives and suggestions for improvement.  Thank you!

Send Your Child to School Ready for Testing-Tips from our Nurse - A nutritious breakfast fuels up children and gets them ready for the day. In general, students who eat breakfast have more energy and do better with testing. Students who eat breakfast also are less likely to be distracted and complain of stomach aches.

You can help boost your child's attention span, concentration, and memory by providing breakfast foods that are rich in whole grains, fiber, and protein, as well as low in added sugar. If your child is running late, send along fresh fruit, nuts, yogurt, or half a peanut butter and banana sandwich.

Children also need the right amount of sleep to be alert and ready for the day. Especially during testing. Most school-age students need 10 to 12 hours of sleep a night. Bedtime difficulties can arise at this age for a variety of reasons. Homework, sports, after-school activities, TVs, computers, and video games, as well as hectic family schedules, can contribute to kids not getting enough sleep.

Lack of sleep can cause irritable or hyper types of behavior and might make it difficult for kids to do well at school. It's important to have a consistent bedtime routine, especially on school nights. Be sure to leave enough time before bed to allow your child to unwind before lights out and limit stimulating diversions like TV, video games, and Internet access.

This Month’s Lifeskill is Perseverance - Perseverance is an important part of being successful at school and in the world.  Students show perseverance when they:

 * Stick with a project for more than a few weeks

 * Complete a project even after experiencing challenges

 * Try very hard even after experiencing setbacks or failures 

 * Stay committed to a goal

 * Continue working hard even when s/he felt like quitting

When you see your student showing perseverance, congratulate them of demonstrating this important lifeskill!

Dogs at Drop Off and Pick Up - We love dogs! If you bring your dog at drop-off or pick-up be aware that some children are afraid of dogs so, please be sure your dog is on a lease at all times and close to you, under control and responsive to your commands. We want our dogs to be viewed as positive members of our community.

Before and After School Guidelines - Now that the weather is getting nicer, we have many students that are walking to and from school or are on their bikes. Questions have come up regarding supervision before and after school. Here is a review of the guidelines regarding supervision and safety before and after school.  In the morning, we do not have supervision prior to 7:50.  If your child walks or bikes to school, you as the parent or guardian are responsible for seeing that students arrive on time and enter the building safely.

At dismissal, students in kindergarten through third grade must leave school grounds at 2:15 unless they are accompanied by an adult.  Should your child stay on the school grounds after school, a parent or guardian is responsible for arranging supervision for that period of time. 

Parents and guardians of 4th and 5th graders may voluntarily allow your child to stay on school grounds after hours however; Maplewood staff nor PPS is responsible for supervision of students on the playground and cannot ensure their safety. We have no supervision after 2:15.  If a student is on school grounds without supervision and a staff member is concerned about safety or behavior we will tell the student they need to leave the grounds and notify parents.

Annual Spring Clean Up Party - Sunday, May 1, 2016 10:00 am - 1:00 pm - It’s time for the annual Maplewood Clean Up Party!!  Come join us to clean up our Wildwood, the backyard garden, and the beds so that our kids can continue to explore and learn (the grown ups can use them too)!  Come for as long you can.  Bring gloves and your favorite gardening tool (especially rakes and hand shovels) and we will rake, weed, and clean up our awesome outdoor spaces.  All ages welcome - we can find a job for everyone!   Food and refreshments will be provided!  Sign up to volunteer today on VolunteerSpot! http://vols.pt/A5dNyr  Questions? 

E-mail nataliemcdougal@comcast.net or erikare77@gmail.com

Upcoming Events/Dates:

Apr 25:      Site Council Meeting, 2:30 pm, Room 107

Apr 26:      Pizzacato Dough for Dollars! (Hillsdale Location)

Apr 27:      Secretaries Day  J

May 01:     Annual Spring Clean Up Party, 10:00 – 1:00 pm

May 2 - 6:  Teacher Appreciation Week

May 4:       Hearing Re-screening

May 6:       Bookbaggers, 3rd – 5th grade

May 11:     Safety Patrol Picnic, 9:00 – 1:50 pm, Oaks Park

May 12:     Game Night, 6:30 – 7:30 pm, Cafeteria

May 17:     McMennamins Pub Fundraiser

May 18:     2 Hour Late Opening

May 18:     Spirit Day – PJ’s & Maplebars

May 24:     Kindergarten Popsicle Social, 6:00 – 7:00 pm

May 27:     Reading Friends Pizza Party, 11:15 – 12:00 pm, Library

May 30:     Memorial Day Holiday – NO SCHOOL

May 31:     Field Day!

June 02:     Walking School Bus Ends

June 03:     5th Grade Talent Show, 12:30 – 2:00 pm, Gym

June 06:     Alternate Field Day

June 08:     All School Awards Assembly, 12:30 – 1:00 pm, Gym

June 08:     5th Grade Promotion, 1:00 – 2:00 pm, Gym

June 09:     Move Up Day!

June 09:     5th Grade BBQ/Year End Party, 12:30 – 1:00 pm

June 09:     Last Day of 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.


PPS News

Advisory committee forwards to superintendent recommendations for district-wide structural changes

January 29, 2016

The District-Wide Boundary Review Committee sent to the superintendent on Jan. 28 the first blueprint for structural change district-wide in many years, on the principle that balancing growing enrollment among all schools will support strong schools in every neighborhood, investing in the continued vitality of the city.


PPS grad rate up 21 points in seven years

January 28, 2016
Portland Public Schools graduation rate rose four percentage points last year to 74 percent, a 21 percentage point increase over seven years.  The PPS five-year graduation rate also improved two percentage points to 75 percent, up from 73 percent.

Board approves 2016-2017 calendar

January 26, 2016
The Portland Public Schools board voted 6-1 tonight, January 26, to start school August 29, 2016 and end June 9, 2017.


More News RSS news feed Portland Public Schools Facebook page