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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  • Meet Maplewood's New Principal!

    Meet the New Maplewood Principal.

    Ms. Galloway

    Wednesday, May 26th 2021

    5-6 PM

    Maplewood Blacktop / Field  

  • New Principal Maplewood Community Letter

    Spring 2021
    Dear Maplewood Community,

    It is with great enthusiasm that I write this letter to you as the new Principal of Maplewood
    Elementary School. I would like to introduce myself to you, and let you know I am not only
    honored, but excited to have been named as your next principal. I look forward to working
    alongside the staff, students, and community in making 2021-2022 a great school year.

    I have held various teaching and administrative positions in my career. In my 17 years in
    education, I have taught Kindergarten, 2nd, 3rd, and 4th grade, and I have been an Assistant
    Principal. Almost half of my educational roles have been overseas in highly recognized
    American International schools (Shekou International School in China and Dubai American
    Academy), and the other half have been in surrounding schools and districts in and near
    Portland (Estacada, West Linn, and Centennial).

    I see myself as a life-long learner not only in exploring new places, and perspectives, but also in
    seeking higher level educational opportunities to help me learn how to best support our schools,
    teachers, and students. Currently I am working online towards my Doctorate of Education in
    Curriculum, Teaching, and Teacher Education at the University of Florida. The common thread
    woven through my work is my deep belief that all children can be successful, and that I have
    the responsibility to work with teachers and families to discover how to best support their

    I firmly believe that my role as a leader is to support the staff at Maplewood, as we put children
    at the forefront of decision making, to connect with and empower the parent community, and to
    continually work to engage all stakeholders for the benefit of student success. I look forward to
    meeting with teachers and families to learn more about how we can work together to make a
    difference in the lives of our students.

    Jill Bailey and I will be spending time together this spring to facilitate a smooth transition.
    Additionally, in my quest to familiarize myself with the school and community, I plan to connect
    with teachers, the school’s leadership team, the PTA and Foundation members, and I am
    looking forward to attending the spring Kinder-Connect meeting.

    My goal is to ensure that by the time we return to school, I have a clear understanding of Maplewood and all of its successes so
    that we can capitalize on them as we move into the 21-22 school year and beyond.
    With eager anticipation of our partnership,
    Kit Galloway

  • Kindergarten Enrollment and KG Connection video



     Recording April 2021 KG Connection



    Enroll for Fall 2021 -2022 School year by June 1st,2021.

    Please read the enrollment checklist and if possible attach needed documents to the Online Enrollment. 

    This expedites your enrolment greatly.


    Enrollment Link:


    Please email  Email Ms. Riley  with any enrollment questions.



  • Principal's Letter : Update on Hybrid and CDL

    April 1st

    Dear Maplewood Families,

    We are so excited to welcome our students back! This week we are preparing for about 80% of our students to return to hybrid instruction. Today we welcomed our a.m. cohort of K-1 students and tomorrow we are excited to welcome our p.m. cohort students back to school. With the whirlwind of information that has been provided just over the last few days, I am sure you have quite a few questions. I hope this email helps you as we move to hybrid and continue in our Comprehensive Distance Learning program. As always, if you have any questions or concerns, please reach out. Please read on for updates.


    Jill Bailey

    Health Screening

    Before you bring your child to school or child care, please use this checklist to self-screen for any signs of illness or exposure to COVID. If your child is sick, do not send them to school. This guide will help you determine when it is safe to return your child to school.  

    This Week

    • Asynchronous: Whether your child is attending hybrid or CDL, they will be with their regular classroom teacher through the end of the week. Your child’s teacher has posted asynchronous work for them to complete. Teachers may only respond in a limited way to work posted this week. In-person or synchronous lessons will resume at the end of this week for K and 1, while it will resume on Monday for all other grades.
    • K-1 Soft Start: For students who have opted into hybrid, in-person instruction will begin this week. The schedule is:

    Thursday, April 1 - Cohort A (8:00-10:15am)

    Friday, April 2 - Cohort B (12:15-2:30am)

    • Staff Training and Planning: This week, our staff is engaging in safety and health training, planning for in-person instruction, and working hard to create a warm classroom environment that is socially distanced for our students.

    Next Week - Hybrid

    • Hybrid Teachers: I am happy to announce that all of our hybrid and CDL positions have been filled. We are welcoming back Alice Lawrence who worked with our third grade team last year. She is teaching 2nd grade hybrid with Ms. Bennett’s class. And we are welcoming Mr. Fones who is teaching 2nd grade hybrid for Ms. Maynard’s class.  Finally, we have Ms. Whitney who will be covering the 5th grade CDL.  She taught first grade last year and has been helping out with 5th and 2nd grade instruction this year. Most of our teachers will be teaching two cohorts of students in hybrid on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays, the exception is Ms. Looney who is teaching hybrid in the morning and CDL in the afternoon.


    • Kindergarten Hybrid Instruction: Riscol and Thomas CDL: Dowden
    • First Grade Hybrid: Bokoske and Chou CDL: Dowden
    • Second Grade Hybrid: Lawrence/Fones-goes by Mr. Greg CDL: Maynard
    • Third Grade Hybrid: Manian and Jones CDL: Bennett
    • Fourth Grade Hybrid: Looney and Caton CDL: Looney
    • Fifth Grade Hybrid: Smith and Kaplan CDL: Whitney


    • Hybrid Schedules: Hybrid instruction will take place in two cohorts that meet on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays. Cohort A will be in person from 8:00-10:15am and Cohort B will be in person from 12:15-2:30pm.

      Wednesdays will be fully online. There will be one synchronous whole class meeting from 8:00-8:45 on Wednesdays and the rest of the day will be asynchronous unless otherwise indicated by the teacher.
    • After School Plans: Every child who attends hybrid MUST have an After School Plan. This plan lets us know what your child is doing after school. Please make sure you have communicated a plan with your child’s teacher on the first day of hybrid instruction. If you need a paper copy, they are available from your child’s teacher.
    • Bus Routes (Prearranged only): School buses are available to students if they were prearranged when you signed your child up for hybrid. If you need transportation for your child but you did not sign up, please contact Student Transportation. Arranging a bus may take several weeks at this time.

    As a reminder, your child should arrive at the bus stop 10 minutes before the scheduled pick up time. All Kindergarten-2 students who ride the bus must be met by a parent or guardian for pick up-unless informed otherwise by a parent. If no parent or guardian is present, your child will be returned to school where you will need to get them.

    • Student Arrival: Parents are not allowed to enter the school building. Please be prepared to say goodbye to your child when you drop them off. Bus riders will be met and guided to a meeting area on the blacktop or sidewalk, depending on their grade. They will then enter the building through the doors closest to their meeting area.

    ***If on a bike or scooter please walk them once you are on school property

    All Kindergarten – 1st grade students, meet their teacher on the blacktop and enter the building using the north entrance of the building.
    Kindergarten will meet between the main building and the 5th grade portable and enter around the back of the building.

    All 2nd grade students, will meet on the sidewalk leading to the side door near the gym and enter through that door.  


    All 3rd - 5th grade students, will be meeting outside their modular classrooms.

    As children enter the building, they will be visually screened for symptoms of COVID. If a child appears ill, they will be brought to our symptom space where they will wait until an adult comes to pick them up.

    • Dismissal: Since parents are not allowed to enter the school, you should plan to meet your child at the same meeting area as arrival. Please check with your child’s teacher if you have any questions about dismissal procedure.


    • Face Masks: All students and staff are required to wear face masks while in the building. If there is a documented medical condition preventing a student from wearing a mask, the use of alternate personal protective equipment will be required.

     ***Parents when dropping off/picking up your child Please wear a face mask.

    • Water Bottles: Please send a water bottle with your child’s name on it to school each day. While the water fountains are operating and are cleaned on a regular schedule, they cannot be cleaned after each use because the neutral cleaner that is used has to sit for a period of time to be effective. In order to reduce the risk of spreading illness, we encourage all students and staff to bring water with them to school.
    • Snacks: Make sure your child has a meal before they attend hybrid instruction. Students must keep their masks on while they are in the building. For this reason, they are not able to eat during hybrid classes. Please do not send food or snacks with your child to their hybrid class.
    • Food Distribution: Breakfast and lunch will be available to all children free of charge. Food will be given to students as they leave school for the day. Students may take additional meals for siblings at home. Please let your child know whether you want them to take meals home with them or not.

      Students who are participating in hybrid are not allowed to eat in the building or on the bus. Please make sure your child has a meal prior to arrival for hybrid instruction. **Please send a water bottle with your child every day.
    • Room Cleaning: Please refer to the attached document.


    • Playground: During school hours, 7:30-2:30 the playground and field will be restricted to students attending on campus.
    • CDL Schedule: CDL schedules will be similar to the way they currently are, with part of the day spent synchronously with their teacher and part of the day spent independently in asynchronous instruction. One day each week will be an asynchronous day in CDL just like in hybrid. Each teacher will send their instructional schedule out as some teachers are teaching two grade levels of CDL and others are teaching a section of hybrid and a section of CDL daily.

    Reminder: There is no school on April 9 due to teacher planning and report card preparation.







  • Cleaning Protocol April 2021


    Portland Public Schools


    Cleaning and Disinfecting Schools

    COVID-19 Standard Operating Procedure


    Purpose:  To minimize the spread of COVID-19 within the school setting and maintain day to day Custodial operations. This SOP pertains to preventative cleaning and disinfecting only. For cleaning and disinfecting for a presumptive or confirmed COVID-19 case please see Cleaning and Sanitizing Response to a Presumptive COVID-19 Case SOP (LINK). These operating procedures have been developed in alignment with the February 19, 2021 Ready Schools, Safe Learners version 5.6.2 from the Oregon Department of Education.


    Scope:  This process applies to Facilities Operations staff and any PPS staff/employee that may assist in daily and enhanced cleaning of school facilities to minimize the spread of COVID-19 within the school setting.


    Responsibility: Director of Facilities Operations & Warehouse

    Instructions:  All Facilities Operations staff should continue routine hand washing with soap and water to minimize the spread of COVID-19.  Staff should continue to use FDA approved cleaning products found here and follow all product instructions on label.  Staff are required to wear face coverings.  The following cleaning and disinfecting tasks will be conducted after school hours by Custodians and are listed by room type.



    • Clean and disinfect sinks and drinking fountains
    • Refill and disinfect sanitizing dispensers
    • Disinfect and wipe down all frequently touched surfaces (Door knobs, light switches, drinking fountains, telephones, etc) multiple times per day
    • Spot mop (Full mop weekly at a minimum)
    • Complete a full wet mop of assigned section using a disinfectant
    • Supervisory staff are responsible for cleaning before and after meals eaten in a classroom.
    • Clean and disinfect desk tops (will need assistance from classroom staff throughout the day as required)
    • Classroom staff and students should avoid sharing community and individual supplies when possible (e.g., scissors, pencils, etc).



    • Clean sinks and drinking fountains
    • Disinfect and wipe down all frequently touched surfaces (Door knobs, light switches, etc) multiple times per day
    • Refill and disinfect all sanitizing dispensers
    • All staff desks and personal items will be disinfected by the user.


              Restrooms, Locker rooms and Shower rooms:

    • Refill and disinfect paper towel, soap, menstrual hygiene and toilet tissue dispensers
    • Clean and disinfect sinks, urinals, toilets, and mirrors
    • Mop floor with disinfectant
    • Clean and disinfect stall wall doors
    • Clean and disinfect drinking fountains (Locker rooms


                Activity Areas (Gym, Auditorium, other common areas)

    • Clean and disinfect drinking fountains
    • Outside play structures/equipment will not be disinfected


              Entryways & High Traffic Areas:

    • Ensure hand sanitizer stations are located near the main entrance and cafeteria lunch lines. Supplies will be restocked throughout the day as needed by Custodial staff.
    • Disinfect frequently touched surfaces (drinking fountains, door knobs/handles, light switches, etc) multiple times per day

              Meal Service/Cafeteria

    • Ensure hand sanitizer dispensers are filled and functioning properly in lunch lines.
    • Tables will be cleaned between meal services. See Table Washing and Sanitation SOP found .


    Supplies & Materials:

    • PERdiem General Purpose Cleaner with Hydrogen Peroxide
    • Alpha-HP® Multi-Surface Disinfectant
    • Oxiver® Tb RTU Spray to disinfect
    • All product information may be found



  • Maplewood Immunizations

    Per state requirements, schools and children’s facilities are required to share their immunization and exemption numbers for each vaccine, along with the county’s immunization numbers. This information is typically provided in the Spring following Exclusion Day. At the time this was being prepared to go out, school closures occurred. Now that the school year has started, we are posting this information. Please click this link: Maplewood 2020 Immunization Rates to access the data for Maplewood.  

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  • Principal's Newsletter May 21, 2021

    Principals Newsletter

    May 21, 2021


    Dear Maplewood Families,

    We are another week closer to closing out the 2021 school year.  We have three short weeks left!  We are busy preparing for the end of school and simultaneously, preparing for the exciting changes coming to Maplewood in the fall.  At this point, we are planning for a five day school week.  We have most of our staff in place. 

    Here is what it looks like- 

    Kindergarten teachers:  Jessica Dowden, JJ Thomas, Nikki Riscol

    First Grade:  Mary Bokaske, William Chou and we are welcoming Scott Pinkston who is joining us from Lewis Elementary

    Second Grade:  Covering for Jamie Maynard in the fall will be Alice Lawrence, covering for Remy Bennett in the fall is TBA.

    Third Grade:  Mark Manian and we are welcoming Rebecca Wagner who is joining us from MLC.

    Fourth Grade:  Liberty Looney and Christy Caton

    Fifth Grade:   Suzanne Smith and Dave Kaplan

    Our specialist teachers are returning:    Elin Kordahl, Nichole Lundgren and Megan Weatherill.


    Our School Counselor, Kendall Cunningham and TBA for our School Social Worker

    Greg Flenniken remains as our Learning Center teacher.

    AND of course Kathryn Galloway (Kit) Our new principla.


    Meet the Principal

    Come meet Kit Galloway, new principal at Maplewood. Starts at 5:00 on the blacktop Wednesday, May 26.


    Babies, Babies,

    We are delighted to announce Ms. Maynard and Ms. Bennett both had their babies.

    Ms. Maynard had a beautiful boy, Liam Otto, Born May 8th and Ms. Bennett had a beautiful girl Delaney Lynn, Born May 18th.   Both mamas and babies are doing great!


    Library News

    • Book bag exchanges (and holds) will continue on Wednesdays until May 26th. 7:15-9:00 am & 3:00-5:30pm.
    • All books are due back JUNE 2nd

    Book bag program: 

    5/26 A-L families

    Pick up holds at Wednesday Book Bag Exchanges. “Hold” books  will be distributed in school to hybrid students. 


    The Every Kid Sports Pass

    Youth Sports is beginning to ramp up again. Yay! The Every Kid Sports Pass pays youth sports registration fees for kids from qualifying income-restricted families. Kids, 4-18 years of age, who have supporting documents for SNAP, ACA Insurance Programs, and/or WIC, qualify. Families can apply four times a year, per child, to ensure year-round participation. Our online application process is simple, private, and fast, with applications being granted within 7-14 days. Visit

    Every Kid Sports is specifically focused on funding participation in recreational youth sports. If you’re seeking financial assistance for club, travel, or elite-level youth sports, here’s a fantastic resource:

    Upcoming Food Truck Fundraisers!

    • Heightscream Ice Cream Truck: June 1st
    • Kulfi PDX Ice Pops: July 20th
    • HeyDay PDX - mochi donuts: August 3rd




    PPS and MCL are partnering on Library Connect -- a project whereby students will be able to use their student ID# to access Multnomah County Library -- without having to sign up for a library card or remember a 14-digit county library card number. Check with your library staff for flyers and pdfs to share with your students and families. See more information here.

    Susan Stone, Library Services, Humanities, OTL,


    Approved Flyers:

    Upcoming Dates:

    5/26  -  Meet Principal Galloway 5:00-6:00pm School Blacktop


    Spirit Week

    5/24  -   Dress your best

    5/25  -   Wear your Favorite Sports Team, Color or Maplewood Swag           

    5/26  -   Crazy Hat Day

    5/27  -   Mismatch Day

    5/28  -   PJ’s and Maplebars (certificates) Day…Thank you PTA

    5/31  -   No School Memorial Day

    6/11  -   Last Day of School for Students



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