Maplewood Principal Newsletter
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Dear Maplewood Families,
We are entering the last week of February and our calendar is starting to fill up with many spring events. As I mentioned last week, one of the exciting events we do this time of year is the Oregon Battle of the Books with our third through fifth graders. This event is amazing and I want to thank Ms. Kordahl, the teachers and parents who work to put this on every year.
Here is some information I shared in my newsletter last year regarding developing a love for reading with your children. This is a good reminder as parents on ways to support the development of reading, so again this week and next, I will include some suggestions both teachers and parents can do to help children gain a love for reading. Read below for the first six of twelve ideas:
1. Reflect on reading.
We will only do things that we enjoy doing or feel are worth it. When kids have a positive reading experience -- one in which they learned something or felt deeply engrossed in a story -- guide them to name those positive experiences. They need to think and talk about the experience, to mentally register the positive impact, as this may motivate them to repeat the activity.
2. Listen to audiobooks.
There are so many benefits we can glean from listening to audiobooks. We can set aside the mechanical skills we need to read and just focus on plot, characters, and accents; we can lose ourselves in a story. For struggling readers, this is a treat. This is one way to give them occasional access to age-appropriate texts and to get them hooked into reading.
3. Identify reasons for reading.
We aren't going to do something we don't see a purpose for doing. The more we can engage kids in thinking about why they're doing something, the more chances we have of increasing their investment. When I taught middle school, at the beginning of the school year, I always did an activity called, "Why Read?" I asked students to generate as many reasons as they could think of for why we should read. It was fun. I challenged each class to come up with more reasons than the other classes (a light, competitive element generated sixth-grade energies). We kept these up on the wall all year.
4. Generate excitement about words.
When reading with kids, identify a word or two per reading session that you can get them excited about, a new word, one that they might, or might not, want to use. Find the joy in discovering a new combination of sounds, of a word that precisely describes a feeling or place. Then, repeat it aloud, and use it in different ways. Just play with it, and have fun. Don't identify too many words per reading session, just one or two will do. Reading is all about words. (On that note, for younger kids, see this beautiful picture book, The Boy Who Loved Words.)
5. Learn about what boys need.
As a former middle school teacher, I found that some boys were more resistant to reading. If you have such a boy, I recommend, Reading Don't Fix No Chevys: Literacy in the Lives of Young Men by Michael Smith and Jeffrey Wilhelm. As I implemented ideas based on this book, I saw my male students' interest and appreciation for reading improve. I've applied these same ideas while raising my sons. Essentially, it's offering them lots of nonfiction and texts that have practical application. 6. Read educational graphic novels. Offer kids a variety of genres, including educational graphic novels. Elin is adding graphic novel titles to the library when she comes across good ones.
5th Grade Parents
Last week all of our 5th grade students received a letter with their 6th grade school assignment for next year. It has come to our attention that boundary affected Maplewood students were assigned to Robert Gray instead of Jackson, their new assigned school based on the boundary change for the 2017-18 school year. We apologize for the error and appreciate your patience as we work to correct our error. The District is producing a new set of letters to go out in the mail today.
This week, Thursday, February 23rd, at 3:00. Come meet the principal, teachers, counselors and learn about our school. We will have tables set up and representatives to answer your questions about Art4Life (After School Care) along with other after school care programs. Maplewood Foundation, PTA, Special Education, Counseling, and Registration (Packets will be available). 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. Childcare will not be available but children are welcome. We look forward to seeing you there!
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!
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. Items will be donated at the end of this month. Also, please write your child’s name on their clothing as this makes it easier for us to get lost items back to them.
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!
Total Raised: Coins $5,004.93 – GoFund $5,588.00 Total $10,592.93
Spring Clean Up:
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 Saturday, March 11th 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, see http://signup.com/go/2f5pSF. Sign up today! For more information e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
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:
English: https://www.facebook.com/pps.homepage/posts/1374649835899188 Spanish: https://www.facebook.com/pps.homepage/posts/1376132932417545:0
2. Choose the “Share” option, it will have a grey curved arrow icon, then click one of the following options:
Share on your own Timeline
Share on a Page you manageClick “Post”
3. If you'd like, write a message to accompany the post. This is optional. 4. Click "Post"
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.
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Feb. 15 Spirit Day – Dress Your Best
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
Dear Students, Families and Staff:
I wanted to reach out to assure you that actions this week by the federal government to reduce protections for transgender students does not change or diminish our commitment to upholding clear PPS policies and guidelines that prohibit discrimination based on gender identity or expression.
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.
The proposal, which still requires the approval of the Board of Education, may be reviewed at, www.pps.net/dbrac.