Maplewood Principal Newsletter
Jill Bailey Principal
Office: 503/916-6308 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
February 13, 2017
Dear Maplewood Families,
Another week has flown by! Happy Valentine’s Day, and Happy Birthday to Oregon☺. Please remember, no late start on Wednesday, but it is “Dress Your Best” day.
Next time you are in the building, I encourage you to stop and look at the student work we have displayed in our hallways. We had visitors last week comment on the quality of our student writing and how impressed they were with the artwork in our building.
February Lifeskill - The lifeskill for the month is FRIENDSHIP. I encourage you to talk to your student about the value of friends and the richness they can add to our lives. Friends do not have to share a lot in common with us; in fact, having friends with different life experiences can really expand our understanding of others and help us develop our social skills. As a result, we not only experience the diversity around us, but we grow in empathy for others. Let's spread the love this February by celebrating friendship!
Reminder, we are a “Hands Off School” - Recently, we have seen an increase in students getting physical with one another. This typically looks like pushing or hitting. Sometimes it starts innocently and playfully but at times what starts out as play escalates into students getting rough with each other. Teachers and staff are reviewing expectations with students. Please talk with your child about the importance of keeping hands off of other students-encourage them to use their words when interacting with friends and peers. Finally, encourage them to seek out a staff member or a conflict manager if they need additional support.
WHEN SHOULD I KEEP MY CHILD HOME? We are already getting hit with some colds and flu ☹ please read below as a reminder about how to determine if your child
As a parent, I know that it is sometimes hard to decide if your child is too sick to come to school. Some illnesses are very obvious. Others may not seem that serious to you but could still cause problems at school. I would like to offer you a few guidelines to follow. If your child has any of the following symptoms, please keep your child home until symptom-free and without fever for 24 hours.
FEVER: No child with a fever of 100 degrees or more should be sent to school. A fever is a symptom that something is not right with the body and should be considered with any other symptom that may occur such as cough, sore throat, etc. If your child does have a fever of 100 degrees or more, do not send him/her back to school until he/she has been without a fever for 24 hours.
COLD/COUGH/SORE THROAT: If your child has a stuffy nose or slight cough he/she may come to school. However, if your child has green or yellow nasal secretions or is accompanied by a fever, do not send your child to school. If the cough is accompanied by a fever, your child needs to stay home. If your child’s throat is red, has white spots on it, or is accompanied by a fever, your child needs to stay home and be seen by a doctor. Also, remind your child to wash his/her hands after coughing or blowing his/her nose, as this will stop the spread of germs to other people.
RASH: A rash can be caused by many things including chicken pox, poison ivy, allergies or something more severe. It is important for you to have a rash examined by your doctor so that he/she can determine the cause and also determine if your child can be in school. PLEASE DO NOT SEND YOUR CHILD TO SCHOOL WITH A RASH without a note from your doctor telling us that it is safe for your child to be in school.
DIARRHEA: If your child is having loose bowel movements it is a good idea to call your doctor to determine the cause and treatment. Because diarrhea can have many causes, some of which make your child contagious to others, you must have your doctor send us a note to let us know if your child can be in school with this condition. Return to school can occur when symptom free from diarrhea, as well as symptom free from vomiting for 24 hours.
EXCLUSION DAY, Wednesday, February 15, 2017- Immunizations are an important part of your child’s health. It is also a state law. If we do not have all of the immunization information that is required, you would have received an official state notice letter and/or a call from the school.
NOTICE: Your child will not be allowed to continue the school year as of February 15th if the immunizations and/or non-medical exempt status are not up-to-date. Please bring the needed information to the office as soon as possible for the records to be updated.
Lost and Found - Next time you are in the building, please stop by the Lost and Found to see if you find any of your child’s belongings. We recently have tried to display the items so they are easier to see.
Kindergarten Connection - Will be held at Maplewood on Thursday, February 23rd, at 3:00. Come meet the teachers, and learn about our school. We ask that you register as soon as possible so that we can get as accurate of a count of students as possible for our Kindergarten classes next year. If you cannot attend that day and want to register, please stop in the office and pick up a registration packet. We look forward to seeing you there!
Raise Our Roof
Thanks to everyone who has donated to the coin collection for Raise Our Roof, every little bit
helps! Also below find a link to the go-fund-me page for Raise Our Roof. Imagine the possibilities if everyone shares this link with everyone they know!
2017 HEALTH, SAFETY & MODERNIZATION BOND ONLINE SURVEY OPEN
Below are detailed instructions:
1. Make sure you are logged into Facebook and then follow this link:
If you have issues following the link above, you can go to our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/pps.homepage and find the post, then share it. It will remain near the top of our stream for some time.
Kimm Fox-Middleton, Communications Manager
AFTER SCHOOL CLASSES:
Monday: Drama-room 112, Soccer-Gym
Tuesday: Kids Love Clay – Faculty Lounge
Wednesday: Robotics – Faculty lounge
Thursday: Spanish-Faculty Lounge, Choir & Ukulele – room 111
Friday: Young Rembrandts – Faculty Lounge
Feb. 14 Happy Valentine’s Day
Feb. 15 Spirit Day – Dress Your Best
Feb. 20 President’s Day – No School
Feb. 21 100th Day of School – First through Fifth Grades
Feb. 23 Kindergarten Connection 3:00-4:00pm
Feb. 27 100th Day of School – Kindergarteners
Feb. 27 Fifth Grade Field Trip to Biz Town
Mar. 02 PTA Clothing Center Day
Mar. 06 Chez Jose – Family Night benefits 4th grade Oregon Trail
Mar. 07 Fifth Graders visit Jackson
At a ceremony on February 10 at Wilson High School in SW Portland, nine PPS schools were recognized by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for achieving ENERGY STAR certification. To receive this certification, a building must perform in the top 25% of similar facilities nationwide for energy efficiency, and meet strict energy efficiency performance levels set by the EPA. ENERGY STAR schools use an average of 35% less energy, and also release 35% less carbon dioxide.
Giancarlo Mozzanti, prominent Colombian architect will speak:
Friday February 24, 5:30PM
At the University of Oregon Portland Center
70 NW Couch Street
The proposal, which still requires the approval of the Board of Education, may be reviewed at, www.pps.net/dbrac.