Office: 503/916-6308 E-mail: email@example.com
May 15, 2017
Dear Maplewood Families,
Remember this week is our last Spirit Day-all students are encouraged to participate by wearing their pajamas to school. Please be sure the pajamas are comfortable and appropriate for your child to wear to school.
Speaking of the end of the year-it is fast approaching as there are only a few weeks left. Let’s all work together to help our students finish strong. Check in with your children to stay up to date on assignments, projects and grades and help them manage their time as this is a busy time of year. Many year-end events are coming up, so please read this bulletin to stay up to date. Please let me know if you have any questions.
Kindergarten Connection #2 - We are having a Kindergarten Popsicle Social on Tuesday, May 16th from 6:00-7:00 pm. We look forward to meeting our new kindergarten families. If you know anyone in the neighborhood who is new or who has not registered their child, encourage them to join us and register their child for kindergarten while enjoying an ice cream or popsicle!
- Do nothing -- leave the funds in the account to pay for future school meals
- Request the balance be transferred to a sibling meal account
- Request a refund via the Cafeteria Lead (check will be sent within 4-6 weeks)
- Request the funds be donated to help cover money owed on other student meal accounts
If your student is leaving the district, then you may call Amy Silvia, Cafeteria Manager at 503-916-6308 to arrange for a refund or more information, go to www.pps.net/nutrition, or call 503-916-3399.
Gitta Grether-Sweeney, Sr. Director, Nutrition Services
Lost And Found - Next week: May 22, 23, 24, 25, and 26 the lost and found will be displayed in the main hallway entrance area and also the coat rack by the cafeteria stairs. Please come and claim lost coats, sweaters, hats, lunch boxes, etc. All unclaimed clothing items will be donated to the PTA Clothing Center the following week.
New Special for Fall 2017: Next year we are changing one of our specials. We will be adding art as a new special that will be provided by a half time art teacher and we will no longer be offering music. Next year we will be in our third year as a Right Brain School, which means that we are working to integrate all types of art into our instruction. We will continue to seek out opportunities to incorporate music into the school, for example, this year as part of our Right Brain Work we had Mo Williams, a visiting musician come and work with each class to write a song together. Our specials for next year will be PE, Dance and Movement, Art, Technology and Library.
Annual Spring Clean Up Party - Sunday, May 21, 2017
Please join us for our annual Spring Clean Up Work Party! Help us repair the Wildwood so that it can heal from all of the wear and tear it's received. We will also weed, lay bark dust, and plant a few plants on Sunday, May 21st from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Additionally, we will beautify the other Wildwood areas, including the newest addition - the Butterfly Garden. As always, lunch will be provided and Aidan and Lowell will be serving fresh lemonade from their stand! So bring the family, your favorite gloves and tools, and join us. For more information and to sign up, see http://signup.com/go/klLPNZo . Sign up today!
Rummage For The Roof Sale
Help Maplewood Elementary build a playground shelter to keep kids dry during recess!
Drop off quality items on Saturday, June 10, from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. in the Maplewood Elementary gym (7452 S.W. 52nd Ave.). Additional dropoff times will be announced soon. Or contact the organizers below to make an appointment.
The sale is one day only, Sunday, June 11, in the Maplewood gym.
8 a.m.: Early bird special – $10 to get in early
9 a.m.-1 p.m.: Open to the public – free admission
1-3 p.m.: Everything is half off
Questions? Want to help?
Stef Kondor: firstname.lastname@example.org
Liz Jones: email@example.com
All proceeds go toward funding a playground shelter at Maplewood. Check out
Maplewood RaiseOurRoof.com for more ways to help.
Reminder Tomorrow is Election Day-What the School Bond is for:
PPS has proposed a $790 million capital construction bond on the May 16 ballot to fund renovations and additions at Benson and Madison High Schools, and full rebuilds of Lincoln High School and Kellogg Middle School. Approximately 30% of the budgets for these projects comprehensively address health and safety issues, including lead and asbestos abatement, roof repairs, seismic upgrades, and accessibility improvements in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act. If approved, the proposed May bond would also fund planning for upgrade of Cleveland, Jefferson, and Wilson High Schools.
Additionally, if the bond passes, at least $150 million would fund district-wide health and safety projects, including:
The average levy rate for the proposed bond is estimated to be $0.68 per $1,000 of assessed value over 30 years. The levy rate is estimated to be $1.40 per $1,000 for the first four years, declining thereafter.
If the proposed bond doesn’t pass, PPS will continue to respond to health and safety emergencies and take steps to make sure schools remain safe. But, PPS currently does not have funding available to embark on significant long-term mitigation of these hazards.
Ballots go out to registered voters in late April and are due on May 16.
Emergency Preparedness Presentation:
June 1 - Emergency Preparedness Presentation by Mercy Corp
Maplewood Gym 6:30pm - 8pm
Topics For Discussion: The risks and impacts of a Cascadia subduction zone earthquake and what you can do to prepare in your home, community, and school. Also, meet some of your Neighborhood Emergency Team (NET) Members. Childcare for potty-trained children.
May's lifeskill is problem-solving. We encourage students to identify their feelings, communicate those to others, and work to solve a problem. In problem-solving, we can develop our skills as upstanders (standing up for what is right) while being both courageous and empathetic. Talk to your student about how they can use their problem-solving skills both at home and at school.
May 16: Incoming Kindergarteners Ice Cream Social 6:00-7:00pm (If rain go to gym)
May 17: Spirit Day PJ’s & Maple Bars
May 17: PTA meeting 6:30pm
May 17: 5th Grade overnight Mr. Kaplan
May 18: 5th Grade overnight Mr. Smith
May 21: Spring Clean Up
May 22: Site Council 2:30pm
May 23: Field Day
May 29: Holdiay – No School
June 09: Music Program k-12 / 12:15, 3-5 /1:15
June 13: Talent Show
June 14: 5th Grade Promotion Clap out 12:30, Assembly 1:00
June 15: 5th Grade Aloha BBQ
June 15: Last Day of School
Please congratulate all who participated. They all were fantastic and made Benson Tech proud!
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.