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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.


  •                Maplewood Principal Newsletter   


                                            Jill Bailey   Principal

                       Office:  503/916-6308               E-mail:

                        January 3, 2016




    Dear Maplewood Families,


    Happy New Year! 2016 ended with the excitement of a couple of snow days that started our break sooner than anticipated!  It is great to be back and I am looking forward to a terrific 2017. I saw a lot of smiles this morning as students arrived. Our students appear to be rested, ready to go and serious about school. I so enjoy your children and am excited about the growth we will see during the second half of the school year. 


    I want to do a shout out to our Helping Hands volunteers who in the face of difficulty came together and were able to deliver our food baskets!  A special thanks to Bobbi Janssen, Michael Gettel-Gillmartin, Shannon Riley and Modesty McNally who all worked hard in the snow to ensure we were able to deliver.


    Communications from Maplewood:  Our weather event on December 14th gave us an opportunity to use our communication systems-School Messenger.  We sent out a voicemail and a text.  Should you receive a voicemail from School Messenger in the future, we are asking that you listen to the voicemail prior to calling the school.  We received several calls to the office from parents who had not listened to the message so we were having to repeat the same information we sent in the voice message.


    Emergency Closure Plan-This recent event made us realize that we need to know your plan if your child does not ride the bus or will not be picked up on an early dismissal day.  If your child is in an aftercare program, chances are they too will be closing.  Please communicate your plan with your child’s teacher so we know how to respond in an early dismissal situation.


    Life Skill:  January's lifeskill for the month is courage.   As a lifeskill, we define courage as doing the right thing, even when it is hard.  Our civil rights activist, like Martin Luther King Jr.,  is 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  wasn't right?  How did it feel?  How can we be courageous at school, home, and in our communities?  


    PARENT-GUARDIAN SUCCESSFUL SCHOOLS SURVEY: Keep an eye out for the Successful Schools Survey-PPS invites all families to share their experiences in our schools through the Successful Schools Survey coming soon!

    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.


    Upcoming events/dates: 

    Jan 16:     Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day – NO SCHOOL

    Jan 18:     2 Hour Late Opening

    Jan 18:     SPIRIT Day! Favorite Sports Team

    Jan 18:     PTA meeting 6:30pm

    Jan 26:     Grading Period Ends

    Jan 27:     Teacher Planning Day – NO SCHOOL

    Jan 30:     Site Council Mtg., 2:30 pm



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