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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    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


                       Office:  503/916-6308               E-mail:

                                May 22, 2017


    Dear Maplewood Families,

    Thank you to all who supported the Bond!  It is great to work in a community that values our schools!

    This has been a while in coming, but now that the sun is out and the weather is getting warmer, you may want to apply sun screen to your child before sending them to school.  Also, during warm days our building heats up quite a bit so please take that into consideration when they are dressing for the day.  Tomorrow is Field Day and it is going to be warm.  Please send your child with a water bottle and shoes that are good for running.

    Even though we held our “Kindergarten Social” inside due to weather, we had another great turnout for a community event at last week’s event. I saw families making connections with each other and students who were seeing friends from other places. Thank you to Ms. Thomas, Ms. Anderson and Ms. Dowden for opening their classrooms for students and parents to stop in for a short visit.  I also want to thank Ms. Cunningham for welcoming students and families to our school.  We are very excited about our incoming kindergarten class! Continue to mark your calendars for upcoming events it gets busy near the end of the year!

    Lost and Found Items - Be sure to check the table in the front foyer and the clothes rack near the stairs to the cafeteria for any lost clothing items we have many unclaimed items that will be donated at the end of the year.

    Reading Friends Party/Celebration - On Monday, June 5th, between 11:15 and 12:00 pm, the Reading Friends and their students, will be having Pizza to celebrate their year of working together. If your child has been receiving this weekly help, you can encourage your child to show appreciation by having them write a note or a card for their Reading Friend. Our Reading Friends volunteers are such an important, vital part of supporting our students. I am so grateful to them for their warm, dedicated, thoughtful work here!

    Ally Burr, Reading Friends Coordinator


    Thank you Ally Burr for all the work you have done over the years with Reading Friends!!  We will miss you at Maplewood!!!



    Year End Cafeteria Account BalancesAny remaining account balances (positive or negative) on students’ meal accounts at the end of the year will be automatically held for students at their current school or transferred to students’ new schools within the district.  If your student is leaving the district, then you may call Amy Silvia, Cafeteria Manager at 503-916-6308 to arrange for a refund.

    • Families can pay off negative account balances by cash or check in the cafeteria, or online at by June 15, 2017.
    • Families with positive account balances have the following options:

    -  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 Amy (check will be sent within 4-6 weeks)
    -  Request the funds be donated to help cover money owed on other student meal accounts

    For more information, go to, or call 503-916-3399. 

    Gitta Grether-Sweeney, Sr. Director, Nutrition Services

    Rummage Sale for Raise Our Roof

    Help Maplewood Elementary build a playground shelter to keep kids dry during recess!


    To donate:

    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.


    To shop:

    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:

    Liz Jones:


    All proceeds go toward funding a playground shelter at Maplewood. Check out for more ways to help.




    Girls on the Run:

    A big KUDDOS to the young ladies from Girls on the Run. They had a bake sale and raised $90.16 which they donated to Raise our Roof.  Great community spirit.   Thank you!


    Music Program

    Dear Maplewood Families,

    This Spring we are “Showcasing” some of students favorite songs from different times and Seasons of the year.


    WHEN:  Friday June 9th!

    TIME:  Gr. K, 1 2   - 12:15p.m.

                  Gr. 3, ,4, 5 – 1:15p.m.


    Most songs will be presented as a “Sing-A- Long” lasting approx. 40 min. (We have enjoyed our “Sing-A-Longs in December with the exception of this year do to snow days). Each Grade level will present a song on risers as well.  Although this is somewhat more casual, we want to celebrate together some of our learning and fun in music class the past 4 years.


    As always I have very much enjoyed working with and getting to know each and every K-5 Gr. girl and boy in our music classes. They have been a joy as they have all grown in their musical knowledge, skills, and experience!

    Please come if you can!


    All my best,


    Elizabeth VanEngel PPS

    Music Teacher/Director

    Maplewood Elementary



    Upcoming Events/Dates:

    May 23:      Field Day, K-2 / 9:00-10:15, 3-5 / 12:30-1:45

    May 29:      Holdiay – No School

    June 05:      Reading Friends Pizza Lunch 11:15-12:00

    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



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    Please congratulate all who participated.  They all were fantastic and made Benson Tech proud!

  • Important budget message from the Superintendent

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    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.

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    CORRECTION: 2nd budget listening session is Tuesday, April 25

    Budget overview
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    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.

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