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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  • Principal's Newsletter September 24, 2018

    Jill Bailey


    Office: 503-916-6308 E-mail:

    September 24, 2018



    Dear Maplewood Families,


    Thank you to all the families that came to our Back to School Night! It was a great evening; many of you came to have a picnic on the lawn. It was so nice to see so many families- We have had a great transition back to the school year. The first few weeks of school can be anxiety producing, as we get back into the routines of school, build new relationships and recalling the lunch/recess protocol. If your child is struggling with any issues at the start of school, please encourage them to let an adult at school know. We are here to help them.


    Parents as Partners

    Now that we have made it through September and are settling into our year, we are looking forward to a productive partnership with you to ensure our Students can achieve their highest potential. We recognize that in order to be successful in school, our children need support from both the home and school. We know a strong partnership with you will make a great difference in your child’s education. As partners, we share the responsibility for our student’s success and want you to know that we will do our very best to carry out our responsibilities. We ask that you guide and support your child’s learning by ensuring that he/she:


    1) Attends school daily and arrives on time, ready for the day’s learning experience

    2) Reads daily to develop a love for reading and to improve literacy skills

    3) Shares school experiences with you so that you are aware of his/her school life

    4) Informs you if he/she needs additional support in any area or subject

    5) Knows that you expect him/her to succeed in school and go on to college


    Maplewood Manners – Our students have been practicing Maplewood Manners. Why manners? Using good manners helps us have positive interactions with others. Using these "Maplewood Manners" at our school helps us show kindness and appreciation for those around

    us. Below we have listed a reminder of our Maplewood Manners. Talk to your child about the importance of using these manners on a daily basis.

    Maplewood Manners

    Please - Use the word please to ask for help.

    Thank you - Say thank you to show that you appreciate someone helping you.

    Greetings - Greet adults, classmates, and friends with hello or good morning. Smiling and eye contact are a nice way of greeting others.

    Waiting - Wait patiently for adults to finish their conversations with others. Wait patiently in line for your turn.

    Show Appreciation - At assemblies, show appreciation by clapping and actively listening. Show your classmates your support by clapping for them after a presentation or congratulating them for doing a good job on something. Everyone loves compliments! Compliment your classmates, teachers, and Maplewood staff on the things you appreciate that they do!


    Dismissal Plans 

    Please plan ahead if your child’s end of the day routine is changing. We ask that you send a note with your child about the change. If the change is last minute please give Shannon or Maria a call in the office by 1:20 pm as teachers and Shannon/Maria may not be checking email. If the change is a bus change for kindergarteners we also need the name and phone number of the person that will be at the bus stop to pick up your child.



    There are many volunteer opportunities at Maplewood. It would be great to have a growing parent presence in the school environment so if you can volunteer, please do so. Places to volunteer are the library, classrooms and special events. We could particularly use extra hands and eyes during lunch and recess time. What works well is if volunteers are able to commit to the same day each week in the lunchroom. This provides us consistency. Contact Nikki Switzer & Molly Johnston at


    Fall is here………..and the rains will come soon! Please have your children dress appropriately for the weather. Rain jackets, with hoods and shoes that are waterproof or intended for the wet days.


    Maplewood Student Enrichment:

    You may have seen that for Enrichment this year we are asking for a donation of $25.00 that goes to the classroom teacher. The teachers use these funds to enhance STEAM activities in their classroom. STEAM is Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math. The Enrichment funds purpose is to enrich every student’s academic experience through exciting curriculum enhancements, many of which offer hands-on learning lessons. Each dollar donated stays at Maplewood and provides teacher-selected, principal-approved classroom enrichment.


    Student Electronic Devices

    Students may use their handheld or watch electronic devices (including cell phones) freely before 7:50 and after 2:15.  During the school-day, our policy is "Off and Away, or  On for Academics use With Permission" throughout the building and including lunch/recess time.  Use of handhelds in the classrooms is for academics and only with teachers’ explicit permission.

    “Off” means turned off, not just put away. Pictures or videos may only be taken if everyone in them says it is OK. The school is not responsible for personal devices, so be careful and do not lend them or leave them hanging around unattended, including in bathrooms. Students may lose the privilege of using all electronic devices at school and they may be confiscated for inappropriate use or failure to follow directions. Please help us by sharing discussing this policy with your child.


    We are already getting hit with some colds and flu L 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 100.5 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 100.5 degrees or more, do not send him/her back to school until he/she has been without a fever free of medication 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.


    Monday, 10/15 there will be a dine-out fundraiser at Chez Jose from 4 to 9 p.m. This includes take out and gift cards! Proceeds from the event will help reduce the cost of Maplewood’s 4th grade Oregon Trail overnight field trip.
    Neighbors - Some neighbors have complained that garbage is being thrown in their cans when the cans are out for the garbage man to pick up. Please be respectful of the Neighbors and do not place trash in their cans.

    Book Harvest - Children’s Book Harvest


    October 8 - November 9

    Boxes for donations will be in the main hallway. Stayed tuned for more info!


    About Children’s Book Harvest — Six years ago, The Children’s Book Bank and PPS launched the first district-wide Children’s Book Harvest book drive to address the scarcity of books in the homes of students in PPS school communities experiencing the biggest gaps in reading achievement. Every year since, the Children’s Book Harvest has gathered thousands of books which hundreds of Children’s Book Bank volunteers meticulously sort and restore. This June, nearly 2,000 PPS students will attend special book fairs and select eight books just in time for summer vacation. These special home libraries inspire them to read throughout the summer and arrive at school in the fall ready to learn!


    PTA Information:

    Mark your calendars! Next PTA Meeting is Wednesday, October 16th from 6:30-7:30 pm.

    Check our for the latest information! There is also information regarding connecting our Amazon link for raising funds and a calendar with all events ahead.


    Let us know if you have any questions!


    K.T. Emerson



    Upcoming Events/Dates:

    Sept 28: Spirit Day – Maplewood Wear or Wear your Favorite Color

    Oct 12: In-service – NO SCHOOL

    Oct. 15: Dine Out – Chez Jose 4-9:00 pm – Raise funds for 4th Grade Oregon Trail Overnight Trip

    Oct 17: PTA Mtg. 6:30 pm

    Oct 18: Picture Day

    Oct 22: Site Council 2:30 pm

    Oct 26: Carnival

    Oct 26: Grading Per. Ends

    Oct 29: Teacher Planning Day – NO SCHOOL



    After School Classes – These are not classes offered by PPS

    You can get info about these on the Maplewood Facebook page.


    Monday, September 10th thru December 10th – Basketball in the Gym – Grades 3rd thru 5th

    Monday, September 10th thru November 5th – Watercolor for Kids – room 102

    Monday, October 1st thru November 5th – Soccer – Field Outside


    Tuesday, September 18th thru November 13th – Tennis in the Gym


    Wednesday, September 12th thru December 12th – Basketball in the Gym – Grades KG thru 2nd

    Wednesday, October 10th thru December 5th – Drama - Room 112

    Wednesday, October 3rd thru December 5th – Coding with Kids – Room A2 - Grades 3rd thru 5th


    Thursday, September 20th thru November 15th – Tennis in the Gym

    Thursday, September 13th thru December 13th - Fall Robotics – Room B1

    Thursday, September 13th thru October 11th – After School Clay Art – Room 113

    Thursday, October 11th thru November 15th – Math Gamers – Room 107

    Friday, September 28 thru December 14th – Coding with Kids – Room A 1 – Grades KG thru 2nd

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