Dear Maplewood Families,
My goal is to have our parent newsletter out each Monday. There may be weeks where we do not get the parent newsletter out until Tuesday depending on holidays and at times unexpected issues arise that impact our timeline.
The month of September as a school we have a strong focus on reviewing expectations and teaching routines. You may have noticed our Maplewood Expectations posted in the hallways and around the school. We have revised our expectations from last year to three.
We have three school-wide expectations for our students:
As teachers send information home about their classrooms, please discuss with your child and reinforce the importance of following school rules. A part of our school wide expectations is school staff acknowledging students who are showing our school's expectations of BE SAFE, BE KIND, and BE RESPONSIBLE. You may find that your student will have a maple leaf to bring home. These are bright orange and have a maple leaf printed on them with our school's expectations. If your student brings one home, be sure to ask them about what it was they were doing and use that opportunity to reinforce and acknowledge their good behavior. GO MAPLEWOOD!
Back to School Night: The teachers and I are excited to see all of you at our Back to School Night! Picnic on the grounds begins at 6:00 p.m. and doors open at 6:30.
Reminders about Arrival and Dismissal - Students may arrive at 7:50 a.m. when the first bell rings, (There will be no supervision until 7:50). All students need to be in their classroom by 8:00 a.m. Students will be dismissed at 2:15.
Thank you all for keeping the sidewalk clear as our teachers lead their students out of the building, to the buses and onto the student pick-up areas where you can meet your child.
· Kindergarten Pick-Up is at the back doors closest to the Kindergarten classrooms. The doors will be open by 2:05, at that time you may enter the building and wait near your child’s classroom until the teacher starts dismissing students.
· 1st, 2nd, 3rd Grade Pick-Up is along the curb and marked with yellow paint.
· 4th and 5th Grade Pick-Up is up on the black top opposite their portable.
Speed Limit – We continue to have concerns regarding traffic before and after school. Safety is a must! This is particularly personal for me as my nephew at the age of seven was hit by a car at dismissal and experienced a compound fracture in his leg. Please be aware of your speed when driving through our neighborhoods, drive slowly, have patience and be thoughtful of other drivers, pedestrians and buses. If you are dropping your children off at Art-4-Life in the morning, please do not park in the spaces near the buses. Thank you for helping us with this.
Dogs At Drop Off And Pick Up - We love dogs! If you bring your dogs at drop-off or pick-up be aware that some children are afraid of dogs so, Please be sure your dog is on a leash and close to you, under control and responsive to your commands. We want our dogs to viewed as positive members of our community.
Bus Riders - If your child rides a bus, please remind them the importance of listening to the bus driver and following his or her directions. Here are basic rules to share with your child:
Follow the driver’s directions the first time they are given.
Keep hands, feet, books and objects to yourself.
Stay in your seat while the bus if moving
Keep voices at a conversational level
School Lunches - To see our daily Lunch Menu or to apply online for Free and Reduced Meals Application, www.pps.net/page/2464. For Online Meal Payments, please visit: www.myschoolbucks.com
Wildwood – There has been some damage of signs in the Wildwood area. Please talk with your children about this unique space and encourage them to enjoy the space and to leave it as they found it. I know the teachers are reinforcing the uniqueness of this space and the importance of caring for it also.
Maplewood Reading Friends - Reading Friends will begin again soon. Look for more information in future newsletters.
It’s Getting COLD - Time to Bundle Up - Please 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. Also, remember to label you children’s coats with their name. We donate bags of unclaimed/lost items every year to the PPS clothing center due to unlabeled items.
Sept 21: 2 Hour Late Opening
Sept 21: PTA Meeting, 6:30 - 7:30 pm
Sept 22: Back to School Night Picnic/Open House 6:00 - 7:30 pm
Oct 06: International Walk to School Day (Correction from last newsletter, Thank
Oct 13: Picture Day!
Oct 13: 3rd, 4th and 5th Grades Field Trip to Rock the Presidents
Oct 14: Statewide In-service day, No School
Oct 19: 2 Hour Late Opening
As previously communicated, PPS recently hired an independent third party to test lead paint levels in two of the classrooms at Hayhurst, #14 and #15. A copy of their final report, dated September 15, 2016, may be accessed here. The report’s Executive Summary on page 1 includes the following recommendations:
8:00 AM - 9:00 AM Veterans Day (No School)
8:00 AM - 9:00 AM Thanksgiving Day (No School)