• Online-Only Classes Will Continue Until At Least January 28

    Following state guidelines on coronavirus data, PPS will stay with Comprehensive Distance Learning through the second quarter. More information

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  • 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.  

Principal's Message

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  • Principal's Newsletter October 15, 2020



    October 15, 2020

    Dear Maplewood Families,

    We are well into fall and the leaves are turning.  Seeing the bright orange pumpkins has been a fun sign that in these challenging times, we can still enjoy annual traditions.  I hope students are getting outside to enjoy the fall scenes. Read on for recent updates.




    Please join Maplewood PTA tonight to discuss how we move forward with creating and sustaining safe, equitable and inclusive spaces for our school community. Lots of room for engagement and involvement for anyone interested in being a part of this work!

    Supports for Families-As we continue through Comprehensive Distance Learning, we want to remind you of a few resources for families. The PPS Family Resources webpage (https://www.pps.net/familyresources) contains a variety of resources, including the Menu of Student and Family Supports available in the six supported languages at PPS.

    The menu helps families and students find the services that are currently available to them and is listed by school. The menu includes details about the following services and supports:

    • Academic Supports
    • Belonging and Connection Services
    • Family Supports and Resources
    • Culturally Specific Supports

    We will continually update and improve this menu over the course of the school year by adding additional supports and making it more accessible and user friendly.

    Lunch Bunch Opportunities: If your student would like to connect with peers in a fun, online environment, encourage them to join Ms. Cunningham, school counselor, for a Lunch Bunch.  Go to Google Meet, click on Join a Meeting, and then type in CunninghamMW

    Lunch Bunch for K-1 offered on Mondays from 11:30-12:00

    Lunch Bunch for 2-3 offered on Wednesdays from 11:30-12:00

    Lunch bunch for 4th-5th offered on Thursdays from 12:20-12:50

    Kendall Cunningham

    Maplewood Elementary School Counselor

    Check out my website here for videos, resources, and info on our program at Maplewood!


    Maplewood staff and students use TOOLBOX in our classrooms and across our building.  TOOLBOX™ helps us all to be strong, effective, and kind. It helps us build resilience, self-mastery, and empathy for ourselves and others. As a simple metaphor, TOOLBOX enables us to use the inner “Tools” that already exist inside us. The strengths/assets-based common language of TOOLBOX is rooted in resilience, self-knowledge, self-awareness, and non-violence. When we as teachers/staff or parents/caregivers use and model TOOLBOX in our daily lives, we foster children’s abilities to manage their own emotional, social, and academic success.  Each month we will focus on a different tool.  Watch this newsletter for an explanation of the tool we are focusing on. 

    Support Groups for Students: 

    We will also be hosting a variety of groups for students focused on specific topics.  These groups will meet weekly for 8 weeks and focus on building skills, resiliency, and friendships.  Please reach out to Avy Harris (rharris@pps.net) for more information or to place your child on an interest list for one of the following groups:

    • Grief/bereavement 
    • Coping skills for anxiety 
    • Parental separation  
    • Gender-expansive and LGBTQIA+ student group
    • Building social confidence and anti-bullying friendship group

    Financial Need:

    Each year our school counselor compiles a confidential list of students with financial need.  These are students whose families are struggling to pay bills and meet basic needs.  Students on this list are not expected to pay school supply and field trip fees and are given info on resources and programs available in the area.  If this applies to your student, please email Kendall Cunningham at kcunninghamparm@pps.net and she will add your student to the list. 

    * Free PTA memberships available.  Please contact Kendall (kcunninghamparm@pps.net) so she can connect you!


    Black Relief and Resiliency Fund

    $1,000-$3,000 Grants Available for Black Families: Oregon Cares Fund for Black Relief & Resiliency  

    The Oregon Cares Fund provides Black individuals, families, businesses and non-profits experiencing adverse effects from the COVID-19 pandemic with cash grants.  The Black community is at the front of two pandemics: COVID-19 and systemic racism. Well before the health crisis began, Black Oregonians and Black business owners were far behind white Oregonians in education, health, and economic prosperity. The Oregon Cares Fund believes that the stability and wellbeing of the Black community is a reflection of our entire community. To qualify, you must provide proof of Oregon residency and have experienced financial strain due to Covid-19. Click here for more information and to apply.

    Free Meal Information:

    While meals are served at no cost to children ages 1-18 at several Portland Public School sites through December, there are several benefits for eligible families to submit a meal application this school year.

    • To ensure eligible students who qualify for free and reduced-price meals continue to receive meals at no cost for the entire school year (past December)
    • Families approved for free and reduced-price meals may be eligible to receive future potential government assistance such as Pandemic EBT benefits.  
    • Families may be eligible for other benefits such as school related fee reduction or waivers, low cost internet, AP test fee waivers, college application fee waivers and health coverage.

    Families have the following options to submit a meal application:

    1. Online at schoolcafe.com/pps.
    2. Print, complete and mail back a paper meal application (https://www.pps.net/Page/2464) to PPS Nutrition Services, 501 N. Dixon St., Portland, OR 97227.
    3. Request a paper meal application be mailed home from mealbenefits@pps.netor call 503.916.3402.

    Families do not need to submit a meal application if any of the following apply:

    • A meal application has been submitted and approved for the 2020-21 school year.
    • The household received a 2020-21 Direct Certification Approval letter.
    • All students in the household attend a Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) school (list located online: https://www.pps.net/Page/2088) where students eat meals at no cost.
    • The household does not meet the Oregon Expanded Income Guidelines

    For meal benefits related questions, please call 503.916.3402 or email mealbenefits@pps.net.

    Monday October 12 was Indigenous People's Day!

    The second Monday in October has been historically observed as Columbus Day - but with the advocacy of countless indigenous groups, Multnomah County has joined several leading cities and states in renaming it as Indigenous People's Day. This day serves to honor the countless contributions and innovations Indigenous People make to the arts, education, health, economy, environmental stewardship, and community that enhance the greater Portland area. It also serves as an acknowledgment of the United States' history of violence against Indigenous Peoples, including forced migration, broken treaties, and ongoing systems of oppression. Maplewood Elementary recognizes and honors our Indigenous community members, on this day and every day. To honor the holiday with your family, consider these resources to talk about Indigenous history with your children.


    September 15th through October 15th is LatinX Heritage Month!


    This month recognizes and honors the enduring contributions and importance of LatinX Americans and celebrates the many heritages and cultures of the Americas.  The term “Latinx” relates to people of Latin American origin or descent and is used as a gender-neutral or non-binary alternative to Latino or Latina.  Maplewood Elementary would like to thank our LatinX families, students, teachers, and friends who contribute to the cultural wealth of our communities, and celebrate you every month of the year!  To honor this month with your family, consider:

    • Exploring “Nuestra Amėrica” with your child - an online collection of 30 inspiring Latinx heroes who shaped America! 
    • Checking out this digital reading library - click on any of these favorite LatinX books to go to a SafeYouTube read aloud!



    In addition to community child care programs that are available citywide, seven partner organizations will offer licensed child care in 11 PPS schools during Comprehensive Distance Learning. The programs will be phased in starting next week:

    Sept. 28:  Beach, Creston, King, Rigler 
    Oct. 5:     Hayhurst, James John, MLC, Vestal, Winterhaven
    Oct. 12:   Irvington, Lent

    To register for child care, click on the flyer below. Information below is included on the flyer. 
    English | Español | Tiếng Việt 中文 | Русский | Soomaal  

    Child care programs

    • Accept children ages 5 - 12. 
    • Enroll no more than 30-40 students per school. 
    • Set aside 50% of the slots for families qualifying for state subsidies. Low rates last for one year if subsidy is approved by Oct. 31, 2020. State subsidy application is here
    • Enroll PPS students and children of PPS employees regardless of which school children are enrolled in. 
    • Follow strict licensing guidelines including stable cohorts, face coverings, hand hygiene, routine cleaning and sanitation, parent drop-off/pick-up outside of the school building. 

    SUN site managers, coordinators and community agents have been trained to support families in accessing child care, whether in a PPS building or in the community. In addition, child care staff have been trained on supporting students during distance learning.

    For more information, visit the PPS Child Care website

    Nancy Hauth, Student Success Program Manager, Early Learning
    503-828-6378       nhauth@pps.ne



    Maplewood's Campaign Strong! Update:

    Thank you to all the families, teachers, and staff for your participation! It was so much fun to post the daily videos from teachers and staff. If you missed them, they are on our webpage: www.maplewoodfoundation.com  


    We raised $8,285.30 in one time donations, $750/month in recurring monthly donations, and we will be seeing company matching coming in throughout the next few months. We delivered 83 yard signs! You can see our progress towards our yearly goal at www.maplewoodfoundation.com/donate 


    We look forward to sharing with you our next upcoming event!


    Maplewood in Motion:


    Maplewood In Motion 
    Virtual event October 30 - November 1st!  

    Over three days, move your body - run, bike, jump, skip hop... collect some pledges and have some fun.   Everyone must register: kids, parents, friends, siblings, adults.... we want to keep track of who is moving, and track t-shirt orders. 

    · Adult registration is $30. Receive a t-shirt if you register by October 9th!

    · Child registration is FREE! Receive a t-shirt if you get a minimum of $10 in pledges by October 9th! 

    Please register TODAY, move that body and go get some pledges!  Let's make Maplewood marvelous and get our blacktop covered area built!  Please email ericandkarimartin@gmail.com with any questions or concerns. Links for forms are below:


    Registration Form 


    Use one for each participant. Use the payment link below to pay for adult registration.




    Pledge Sheet


    Please print and keep track of your pledges!




    Payment Link


    Use this link to pay for adult registration, make a donation, help sponsor the event, and to pay for pledges (a place to write in participant's name is at check out)


    News From PTA:


    Dear Maplewood parents:
    We want to hear everyone’s voices regardless of ability to pay the PTA membership dues. Therefore, if you would like to become a PTA member but are not in a financial position to pay, please reach out to Kendall Cunningham, our school’s counselor, at kcunninghamparm@pps.net and we will make sure the fees are covered on your behalf to become a PTA member for Maplewood!

    (All requests will remain anonymous.)

    Yours truly,

    Your 2020-21 PTA Board
    Presidents: Jackie Haddon & Erika Robles-Jones
    Vice-Presidents: Kari Martin & Emma Rawnsley
    Secretary:  Maureen Bayer
    Treasurers: Dean Smith & Jamie May
    Volunteer Coordinator: Magali Lewis





    Estimados padres de familia de Maplewood:
    Queremos escuchar las voces de todos, independientemente de su capacidad para pagar las cuotas de membresía de la PTA. Por lo tanto, si desea convertirse en miembro de la PTA pero no está en condiciones financieras para pagar las cuotas, comuníquese con Kendall Cunningham, la consejera de nuestra escuela, en kcunninghamparm@pps.net
    indicándolo y nos aseguraremos de que el pago de la membresía esté cubierta en su nombre para convertirse en miembro de la PTA de Maplewood.
    (Todas las solicitudes permanecerán anónimas).


    Su junta de la PTA 2020-21
    Presidentes: Jackie Haddon y Erika Robles-Jones
    Vicepresidentes: Kari Martin y Emma Rawnsley
    Secretaria: Maureen Bayer
    Tesoreros: Dean Smith y Jamie May
    Coordinadora de voluntarios: Magali Lewis


    Visit Maplewood PTA to become a PTA member, to donate, to have a say in funding decisions and PTA events, and to get involved!

    Maplewood PTA Co-Presidents

    Erika Robles-Jones and Jackie Haddon

    Upcoming events/dates: 

    Oct. 20    PTA Mtg. 6:30pm

    Oct. 31    Halloween                 

    Nov. 05   End Of Quarter

    Nov. 06   Teacher Planning Day – No School

    Nov. 11   Veteran’s Day -  No School

    Nov. 23-25    Conferences

    Nov. 26   Thanksgiving










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