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Maplewood School

Teaching and Challenging the Whole Child

7452 SW 52nd Ave.Portland, OR 97219Ph (503) 916-6308Fx (503) 916-2654

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  • Welcome to Maplewood's New Website!

    We have made the switch to our new mobile-responsive web site. Within the next few weeks our site should be up-to-date with useful information to get you ready for the start of school. Please check back regularly.


  • Principal's Newsletter

                   Maplewood  Principal Newsletter   


                                           Jill Bailey


                       Office:  503/916-6308               E-mail:

                              October 17, 2016


     Dear Maplewood Families,


    Last week was another good week at Maplewood.  On Thursday we had picture day and our 3rd through 5th grade went to the play “Rock the Presidents”.  Things were busy but all went well. Picture re-takes are scheduled for November 17th if your child missed it last week.


    This week is late opening on Wednesday and we will have our first earthquake drill on Thursday.  As a district we participate in “The Great Shakeout” which is a day where schools across the nation practice the procedures in case of an earthquake.  Teachers take time to review the process and practice procedures with their students. 

    Traffic Update - I again want to thank you all for your attention to safety during drop-off and pick-up. The congestion has been manageable and students are getting to where they need to be. A reminder about the 20 mile speed limit near the school - This is especially important since our Wednesday bike trains have started again.  We want to be sure that our students are safe as they arrive for school.


    Reminder Conferences - Conferences are an important part of the home-school connection. Learning happens best when we partner with families to share information about each child at Maplewood, it is important for teachers and parents to have the opportunity to discuss your child and his or her learning. If you haven’t signed up for conference time with your child’s teacher, please contact them.  Remember conferences are on Wednesday, 11/09 & Thursday, 11/10.  No School on Friday, 11/11.

    Below is a link the district has provided for parents to review prior to meeting with your teacher for your child’s conference.

    Talented And Gifted Information - If you believe your child may have skills/abilities in the Talented and Gifted (TAG) range, there is a process by which you may nominate your child for evaluation for this eligibility. The TAG eligibility is measured by the student scoring in the 97th percentile in one or more of the following three areas: reading, math, or intellectual skills. Once they are evaluated, the student then will have a Gifted Student Plan, which is a yearly plan agreed to by you and the teacher. To nominate your child, you must turn in your application for the evaluation to Suzanne Smith, Building TAG Facilitator, by November 17th. The form is available on the TAG bulletin board across the hall from the library or on the TAG website:

    Maplewood Life Skill - Lifeskills Focus: As in the past, Maplewood will have a lifeskill each month that the entire school will be working on. Students will have a chance to hear stories about the lifeskill, journal and draw pictures about this skill, and participate in activities that build this skill.  There is a sign in the front hall as you enter the school that displays the lifeskill for the month. This month's lifeskill is COOPERATION.  When we work on cooperation, we are emphasizing the importance of teamwork and valuing all team members and their unique gifts.  Please ask your student about this lifeskill and talk at home about ways you can develop and use this skill.


    School CarnivalNovember 4th from 6:00 – 8:00 pm  There is no school that day as it is a teacher planning day.  Mark your calendars and bring the whole family for a night of fun together!


    Auction Parking Space:

    Every year at the school auction a family purchases the first parking space in front of where school buses load and unload kids.    The parking space is on the south side of the telephone pole.   The family that purchased the spot has unfortunately not been able to park in it this year due to other people parking in that space.   We have set a cone out every day with a red sign, designating the spot but people are continuing to park in the space.   We realize not all families are aware of the Auction Parking Space so we thought we would mention it in the Newsletter to inform everyone. Please honor the generosity of the family that purchased the space, as it is designated for the Auction Parking Space Winner, both at drop off in the morning and pick up in the afternoon and all school related activities.


    Back to School Kick-Off meeting for Outdoor Shelter Committee:  The meeting is scheduled for October 26th at 5:30pm at Maplewood Elementary in the Library.  This meeting will outline our goals and bring together folks that are interested in supporting the outdoor shelter project.  This year we are entirely focused on capital raising through an event, grass roots fundraising and grant writing.  We have design complete, cost estimating complete and have identified key folks that are able to offer their services as in-kind donations.  Now we need the green to build it!  If you are interested in helping get this needed project off the ground please attend- all welcome!!  If you have specific questions please contact me, Stef Kondor, at







    Upcoming Events/Dates:

    Oct  19:    2 Hour Late Opening

    Nov 04:    Teacher Planning Day– No School

    Nov 04:    Maplewood Carnival!

    Nov 09:    Conferences

    Nov 10:    Conferences

    Nov 11:    No School – Veterans Day

    Nov 14:    Book Fair Begins Nov.14-18

    Nov 16:    PTA meeting 6:30

    Nov 17:    Read-aloud-a-thon

    Nov 17:    Picture Re-takes

    Nov 17:    Family Night at Book Fair






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