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 Newsletter February 11, 2019

    Jill Bailey 

    Office: 503/916-6308    E-mail:

    February 11, 2019


    Dear Maplewood Families,


    Another week has flown by! I am late getting this out as I had a bug earlier this week.

    Happy Valentine’s Day.  Please remember, next Monday is no school-President’s Day, February 18th.

    Things continue to be busy around here with OBOB, we have Kindergarten Connection next week and soon it will be time for “Read Across America”.

    Volunteer Shout Out:

    Neither driving rain, nor snow, nor ice keeps this crew from coming through to help us note events. Thank you to Ingrid Shimek, Sean Jones and Anton Leof our Reader Board Crew!

    Reminder, we are a “Hands Off School”

    Recently, we have seen an increase in students getting physical with one another. This typically looks like pushing or hitting. Sometimes it starts innocently and playfully but at times what starts out as play escalates into students getting rough with each other. Teachers and staff are reviewing expectations with students. Please talk with your child about the importance of keeping hands off of other students-encourage them to use their words when interacting with friends and peers. Finally, encourage them to seek out a staff member or a conflict manager if they need additional support.

    SCHOOL NOTIFICATIONS: If you receive a call from Maplewood, please make sure to listen to your message before calling the school. It may just be a School Messenger message notifying you of weather conditions or a cancellation in school events. If you have not been added to be included in district and school notifications you can do so by texting “YES” to 68453.


    RECESS: Do you have an extra hour or so during the week? We would love to have parent volunteers during recess time. Ideally we would love to have three or four extra adult volunteers on the playground each day. Regular volunteers would be great as kids then know a familiar adult they can go to if they need help with rules of a game or any conflict that may occur, but we would welcome any help available that you can give. If you are interested in volunteering please call the office and we can let you know what time to come. Hope to see many of you here!

    FROM OUR SCHOOL NURSE- Did you know that February is national children’s dental health month? It has its roots way back in 1941, but despite media attention and our emphasis on preventive care, tooth decay is one of the most common health problems affecting children.

    You can help keep your child’s teeth healthy by:

    1. Remind them to brush with a soft toothbrush at least twice daily.

    2. Protect with Fluoride – use a toothpaste with Fluoride and talk to your dentist or your child’s pediatrician about Fluoride tablets.

    3. Remind them to floss daily. They will need help until about age 8.

    4. Providing healthy foods: a well - balanced diet with lots of fruits and vegetables, especially limiting sugary snacks between meals.

    5. Schedule regular Dental Checkups. Professional cleaning will remove debris on teeth that builds up despite the best the best tooth brushing efforts.

    6. Stop the Pop! Make soft drinks an occasional treat. Soda pop contains harmful acids and sugar which leave teeth more susceptible to decay. Encourage thirst quenching water instead. And beware of Sports drinks which are loaded in sugar.



    Wednesday, February 20, 2019- Immunizations are an important part of your child’s health. It is also a state law. If we do not have all of the immunization information that is required, you would have received an official state notice letter and/or a call from the school. Please arrange for your child to receive needed immunizations so that they can remain in school. If you need assistance in locating a health care provider or clinic site, please contact your school nurse.


    NOTICE: Your child will not be allowed to continue the school year as of February 20th if the immunizations and/or non-medical exempt status are not up-to-date. Please bring the needed information to the office as soon as possible for the records to be updated.

    The recent outbreak of measles serves as a reminder about immunizations, with an important deadline coming up.

    Students in Portland Public Schools who have not gotten all of their required immunizations face a Wednesday, Feb. 20 deadline. That is the “exclusion date” set by the state for 2019, when any student who is not fully immunized may be barred from attending classes or district-provided child care.

    Kindergarten Connection - Will be held at Maplewood on Wednesday, February 20th, at 3:00. Come meet the teachers, and learn about our school. 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. We look forward to seeing you there!


    Box Tops:

    This is a reminder that each Box Tops you clip is worth 10 cents for Maplewood. The funds are used for things such as Chromebooks, curriculum items, books, Type to Learn, and MobyMax. There is a collection bin for Box Tops in the front hallway near the copier room. Contact with any questions. Thank you for supporting the school

    with your clipping!


    PTA-PTA Meeting Feb. 20th 6:30-7:30 pm- Childcare provided for potty trained children.

    PTA meeting agenda will come out next Tuesday in the newsletter!


    K.T. Emerson



    Mark your calendars for upcoming events:

    * Kindergarten Round up February 20 3-4pm

    * Maplewood shirts Spirit Day: February 22

    * 4th Grade Movie Night: Fri Feb 22

    * Bias & Kids Conversation: Wed Feb 27

    * PPS Clothing Drive sorting: Thu Feb 28 @ Grant HS (5-6 volunteers needed)

    * Favorite Character Day Spirit Day: March 22

    * Native Plant Sale & Hanging Baskets: April 20

    * Crazy Hair Spirit Day: April 26

    * Foundation Auction: April 27

    * Staff Appreciation Week: May 6-10

    * Field Day: May 7 (May 21 alternate day)

    * Book Baggers: May 17

    * PJ Day Spirit Day: May 31

    * Maple Bar Day: May 31

    * Second Book Fair: late May/early June (date TBD)

    * 5th Grade Promotion: June 7



    Successful Schools Survey: The window is now open for you to complete the Successful Schools Survey. I’m told we need to find 15 minutes to give you to complete the survey. Please take a few minutes to complete.


    Upcoming Events/Dates:

    Feb. 18 - President’s Day – Holiday – No School

    Feb. 20 - Kindergarten Connection 3:00-4:00 pm

    Feb. 20 - PTA Meeting 6:30 pm

    Feb. 20 – Jackson Middle School 5th Grade. Info night 4-5 pm

    Feb. 20 - Gray Middle School Tours 3:00-3:45 pm

    Feb. 22 - Spirit Day – Dress your best

    Feb. 25 - Site Council 2:30 pm

    Feb. 27 - Bias & Kids 6:30pm


    After School Classes:


    PTA is now maintaining an active site with links to all the afterschool activities on their website, which is a better resource than the Facebook page (the info is on Facebook, but it’s hard to find as it gets buried by newer posts).The link is:


    Monday: Basketball,


    Watercolor room 102,

    (Girls on the Run 4:30-6:00 pm - effective 3/4/19- Staff lounge)

    Tuesday: Tennis effective 1/29/18

    Wednesday: Basketball,

    Drama room 112,

    Coding 3rd-5th room 110 &120

    (Girls on the Run 4:30-6:00 pm - effective 3/6/19 – Staff lounge)

    Thursday: Clay – room 113,


    Math effective 1/31 room 107


    Friday: Coding KG-2nd -room 111,

    Spanish effective 1/25/18 – room 108

District News

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  • Board approves school calendar for 2019-20

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    The 2019-20 school year in Portland Public Schools will begin on Wednesday, Aug. 28, and end (barring weather makeup days) on Friday, June 5.

    That became official Tuesday night when the PPS Board of Education passed Resolution 5821, which approved Superintendent Guadalupe Guerrero’s proposed 2019-20 school calendar. The calendar was presented to the Board at its Jan. 15 meeting, with public input invited in the period before Tuesday’s final Board vote.

  • PPS Pulse: February 12, 2019

    In this week's PPS Pulse: Deadline coming for students to be immunized; Jefferson students discuss Black History Month

  • PPS Families: Help us improve school culture and climate by taking Successful Schools Survey

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    If you are the parent or guardian of a Portland Public Schools student, ask yourself: How is the educational climate at the school? Portland Public Schools is looking for answers to this and other key questions from family members of PPS students as part of the Successful Schools Survey. Students in grades 5, 7 and 10 also are being surveyed, and school-based staff will participate starting Feb. 19.

  • Key date for immunizations is coming up

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    The recent outbreak of measles serves as a reminder about immunizations, with an important deadline coming up.

    Students in Portland Public Schools who have not gotten all of their required immunizations face a Wednesday, Feb. 20 deadline. That is the “exclusion date” set by the state for 2019, when any student who is not fully immunized may be barred from attending classes or district-provided child care.


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