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April 17, 2017
Dear Maplewood Families,
It is that time of year again, this week we begin our 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.
Should you have questions about the Smarter Balanced assessments please do not hesitate to reach out to your child’s teacher, Elin Kordal or me. As always, we want you to be involved in the life of our school, including our assessment practices.
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.
Review of 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.
Message about Third Quarter Report Cards/Progress Reports
We just wanted to remind families that as part of the terms with Portland Association of Teachers (PAT) to turn a planning day into an instructional day to make up for school closures this winter, the district agreed that third quarter report cards/progress reports will only be mandatory for students that meet the following criteria:
Please know that at any time you can communicate directly with your child’s teacher to discuss your child’s progress and understand how your child is performing in school.
Also know that end of year report cards/progress reports will be delivered to all families upon completion of the school year in accordance with the regular schedule.
If you have any questions about the original announcement, please go to: http://www.pps.net/quarter3
Spirit Day on Wednesday-Show your school spirit!! If your child has any Maplewood attire encourage them to where it on Wednesday!
Celebrate National Poem in Your Pocket Day on Thursday, April 27, 2017 at Maplewood! - Poems from pockets will be unfolded throughout the day at school. Please remind your child to wear clothing with pockets. There is a busy exchange of poems all day! Encourage your child to write their own poem. Original hand-written and decorated poems are the most swapped and prized exchange item. Poems will be available in the library, too. Questions? - contact Elin Kordahl in the library!
Kindergarten Registration - If you have not registered your incoming kindergarten student for the 2017-18 school year, please do so soon. Having families register now helps the school make staffing decisions for next year. If you have neighbors with kindergarten age children, please pass this information on to them as well.
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!
Native Plant Sale-Have you ever wanted to include more native plants in your landscape? Trying to get certified in the Backyard Habitat program? Now is your chance. Come to the annual native plant sale PTA fundraiser at Maplewood Elementary this year on Saturday, April, 22 from 9-1:00 in front of the school: 7452 SW 52nd Ave, Portland, OR 97219. We will have a nice selection of native ground covers, ferns, shrubs and small trees. Cash and check only please.
Apr. 19 Spirit Day – School Shirts
Apr. 19 PTA Meeting 6:30pm
Apr. 20 Class Group Picture Day
Apr. 20-21 4th Grade to Oregon Trail
Apr. 22 Plant Sale 9:00am-1:00pm
Apr. 24 Site Council
Apr. 29 Maplewood Auction
Hello PPS families and staff,
On April 4 I presented my proposed budget for the 2017-18 school year to our School Board. I want to make sure you know what our spending priorities are, and what they will mean for you and your PPS student or students.
This is a budget of difficult choices. We made extra cuts to central administration to prioritize direct services for students, but we still must make some painful cuts to our schools. Although the cuts will affect each school differently, they will be noticeable. This proposed budget is the first step in a long process, and we will be seeking your input and engagement as we manage this difficult fiscal climate.
CORRECTION: 2nd budget listening session is Tuesday, April 25
We want to hear from you about the 2017-18 budget for PPS! The Portland School Board has scheduled three listening sessions to take your comments on how we should allocate our dollars in the coming year.
Dear PPS Families and Staff:
Spring is approaching and it’s that time of year when we begin building budgets and plans for the next school year.
I spent Monday in Salem with a fellow board member, PPS principals and educators and school districts from across Oregon to advocate for additional resources to support K-12 education and our local schools. The state is facing a shortfall of approximately $1.7 billion and the budgets proposed for K-12 from the Governor and Legislature are not adequate to maintain current levels of services.
Dear PPS Families and Staff,
I am pleased to announce that Kristie Lindholm will become a Senior Director in the Office of School Performance on July 1.