Maplewood Principal's News
January 20, 2015
Dear Maplewood Families,
Last week, we had another good week at school. Everyone is settling into the post-winter break routines. There are just a few short days to the end of the quarter, January 29, to be exact. Teachers will be working on report cards on Friday, January 30, so no school that day. Report cards will be sent home in backpacks on the following Friday, February 6th. Be sure to check in with your child to about the end of the term and support them in keeping up with their school work.
From news reports, many cities and states are experiencing outbreaks of the flu. Although we want our students to attend school every day, please keep them at home if they are throwing up or running a fever. Encourage your children to wash their hands as often as possible.
Lifeskills Focus - January's lifeskill is Courage. As a lifeskill, we define courage as doing the right thing, even when it is hard. Our civil rights activists, like Martin Luther King Jr., are a great example of this. You can talk with your students about having the courage to be an upstander when they see something going on that just isn't OK. When have you stood up to something that just wasn't right? How did it feel? How can we be courageous at school, home, and in our communities?
5 years old by September? - Sign up for Kindergarten by June 1st! If your child will be 5 years old by September 1st, he or she is ready to start school. Register at your school by June 1st to give your child a good start, connect to summer activities, and get access to free resources. School offices close for the summer, so don’t wait! When you register by June 1st, you have time to get to know your school and your teacher, and they have time to prepare the classroom for your child. To identify your school call the Enrollment and Transfer Center at 503-916-3205 or to get help with other childhood issues call 2-1-1 or email email@example.com. Interpretation is available. Maplewood’s Kindergarten Connection will be on Thursday, February 26th at 3:00 pm.
Winter Weather - Inclement Weather Information: Be sure to check the PPS web-site, listen to or watch the news, or sign up for flash alerts through PPS. You can go on-line to the Portland Public Inclement Weather page at: http://www.pps.k12.or.us/departments/student-transportation/1404.htm
Maplewood’s PTA Wellness Committee: The wellness committee wants you to know, help bring a covered play area to Maplewood! We are forming a group of Maplewood parents to pursue development/funding/construction of an outdoor shelter for our students and the Maplewood community. We need:
-licensed structural engineers
-commercial construction/ builders
-contractor that fabricates steel truss system roofs
-corporate employees that have foundations that could be potential donors
-philanthropists, Bill Gates and Phil Knight comrades ;)
-anyone with passion and vision for this project
Mark your Calendars - FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL: AUGUST 27 - The first day of the 2015-16 school year is Thursday, Aug. 27, for students in first through 12th grade and Sept. 1st for kindergartners. The Portland Public Schools Calendar Committee recommends a school year calendar with direction from the school board. The Calendar Committee is composed of program administrators, principals, teachers, staff and parents. The 2014-15 and the 2015-16 calendars were set in spring 2014.
School begins Thursday, Aug. 27,
for 2015-16 for 1st-12th grades because:
Labor Day falls late this year - Sept. 7 - too late to begin school after the holiday.
The school board and the Calendar Committee valued front-loading the year with instructional days, rather than tacking on more at the end of the year, in order to provide as much instruction before seniors take IB and AP exams (advanced coursework exams for college credit) and prior to annual spring testing for grades 3-8 and 11.
Given the value placed on front-loading the year, Monday, Aug. 31, was the natural day to start school.
Two days added: The new contract agreement between PPS and the Portland Association of Teachers also added two instructional days to the school year.
Kindergarten assessment: Three days are needed for kindergarten assessments before kindergartners start school and the committee valued kindergartners having a solid first week prior to the three-day Labor Day weekend.
These two considerations meant starting school Thursday,
Aug. 27 (1st-12th grades), with kindergarten assessments Aug. 27, 28 and
31. Kindergartners start school Sept. 1.
View the 2015-16 calendar on the PPS Calendar website: http://www.pps.k12.or.us/calendar/index.htm
Tag Early Entry - Early Entry to Kindergarten and 1st Grade 2015-16 Updated Application and Process:
Entry to Kindergarten and 1st Grade 2015-16 applications available January 15
on the TAG website
• PDF’s of the application will be sent to K-5/8 schools via email with more information regarding process Wednesday, Jan 14
• Early Entry to Kindergarten process Feb 1 - August 17
• Early Entry to 1st grade process May 1 - August 17
February 18th is Exclusion Day! - Exclusion orders are being mailed to PPS families. Students who receive an exclusion order must provide the school with the information requested on or before Feb. 18th. Students will not be able to attend school following February 18th exclusion until their immunization records are up to date, and the exclusion order is cancelled. If you have questions, please call (503) 257-1760. Be sure to check your students’ backpack today for the “What parents need to know about vaccines” flyer from the Oregon Public Health Division.
Maplewood Roof - I am thrilled to share with you that Maplewood Elementary is projected to get a new roof this summer. The plans at this point are that construction will begin the day after students are dismissed for summer break. I will keep you updated as I know more and as we get closer to the end of the school year.
Climate Survey - Your voice can improve your school: Successful Schools Survey Jan. 20 – Feb. 28
PPS invites all families to share their experiences in our schools through the Successful Schools Survey Jan. 20 – Feb. 28.
What and why: The Successful Schools Survey will focus on school climate – such as whether a school feels welcoming and safe and in what ways your child’s learning is supported.
Surveys are filled out anonymously. Overall survey results will be shared with the community and staff.
PPS leaders, principals and teachers will use the results to shape an action plan for the continuous improvement of schools and services to children and families. That’s why we need everyone’s participation.
Who: The survey will be available to PPS parents/guardians of students at ALL grade levels in English, Chinese, Somali, Spanish, Russian and Vietnamese.
The survey will also be available to 5th, 7th and 10th grade students and all PPS staff through their school. The school district will administer the student and the staff surveys.
How: Parent/guardian survey – Jan. 20 through Feb. 28
- Available at www.oregonskitchtable.org in English, Spanish, Vietnamese, Chinese, Russian and Somali. To take the survey online, you will be invited to create a free account with Oregon’s Kitchen Table, making it easy for you to then take future surveys about your school(s).
- Hard copies of the survey in these languages will also be available for downloading and printing or for picking up in your school office.
- Email to PPS Community Involvement & Public Affairs, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Call Kimm Fox-Middleton, PPS Outreach Manager,
PPS is excited to launch this survey. We encourage all families to be a part of strengthening our schools by sharing their experiences.
Jan 21: 2 Hour Late Opening
Jan 21: SPIRIT Day! CRAZY Hair Day!
Jan 26: Site Council Mtg, 2:30 pm
Jan 29: Grading Period Ends
Jan 29: 4th Grade Movie Night Fundraiser, Gym
Jan 30: Teacher Planning Day – NO SCHOOL
Feb 06: Report Cards Sent Home in Backpacks
Feb 09: 2015 School Choice Transfer Cycle Begins
Feb 13: RGMS Presentation at Maplewood for 5th grade, 10:35 am
Feb 16: Presidents’ Day - No School
Feb 18: 2 Hour Late Opening/Spirit Day – Dress Your Best!
Feb 18: Immunization Exclusion Day
Feb 23: Site Council Mtg, 2:30 pm
Feb 26: Kindergarten Connection #1, 3:00 – 4:00 pm, Gym
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.