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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  • 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 February 26,2021

    Principals Newsletter

    February 26, 2021


    Dear Maplewood Families,

    February felt like it was a shorter month than usual!  Of course the snowstorm added to the brevity of the month.  Many of us are still cleaning up after that storm!  As we move into March, we are looking forward to having a few of our students on campus for LIPI-limited in person instruction.  Moving into the fourth quarter the district is preparing for hybrid instruction. For a little more information regarding LIPI read below.

    Limited In Person Instruction:

    We started LIPI with a small group of fourth grade students on Monday 2/22 and will add more students next week in grades K-5th.  Students participating have been identified by a school team based on academic needs, and barriers to participating in CDL.  LIPI students are attending two days a week for two hours a day.  The focus is academic interventions and social emotional learning.


    Toolbox Tool for February

    For the month of February our tool is the Using Our Words Tool.  The icon is a pencil and the phrase is, "I use the right words at the right time".  Our use of words can help build relationships or harm relationships.  When we use our words effectively, we can better communicate our needs and wants.  For the young students, this can focus on speaking about what we need instead of grabbing, pushing, or physically asserting themselves. For slightly older students, this can focus on problem-solving and using "I statements".



    Thank you to everyone who has completed the Fourth Quarter Survey for the purpose of PPS planning for hybrid instruction!

    You should also have received a link to the Successful Schools Survey.  That is open until March 12th.  Please take a few moments to complete that survey as we use that for planning at the building level as well as at the district level.  This survey includes students, parents and teachers so it gives us a “360” view of how we are doing at Maplewood. 

    Again thank you for taking the time to complete these surveys.



    Kindergarten Connection:

    If you know of any incoming kindergarten student please share the following information with them.  - Portland Public Schools - Maplewood Website

    If you need additional information email and Ms. Riley can answer your questions.


    Book bag program: 

    3/03 - M-Z families

    3/10 A-L families

    3/17 M-Z families

    3/24 Spring Break No Book Bags

    3/31 -  A-L families

    4/07 -  M-Z families 

    Book Exchange is on Wednesday's (unless PPS is closed) from 7:15-9:00am and  3:00-5:30 PM.


    Mindful Kids Club

    Grades 3-5, Tuesdays 11:30-12

    Google Meets: AvyMWE

    In this 8-week group, we'll learn some fun and relaxing tools to manage big feelings, calm anxieties or worries, and practice compassion for others and ourselves.  There is growing evidence that mindfulness skills can help children feel more connected, calm, and capable and improve their emotional wellbeing.  Please email or call Avy Harris, school social worker (, 503-729-0634), for more information.

    Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP): Your family may be eligible for extra food benefits. The latest federal Coronavirus Relief program includes a temporary, 15% increase in SNAP benefits for program participants. The increase lasts from January 1 through June 30, 2021.  The relief package also included approval of a “no interview” waiver for SNAP applicants and recertifications through Feb. 28, 2021. Learn more and apply online, or contact our school social worker for assistance:

    Avy Harris, CSWA, LSSW


    School Social Worker

    Maplewood and Capitol Hill Elementary Schools


    District News:


    Eligible families can submit a new meal application to see if their student(s) qualify for free and reduced-price meals for the 2021-22 school year on or after July 1, 2021. Please do not have new/incoming kindergarten families for the 2021-22 school year apply for meal benefits to determine eligibility; our team is not allowed to process these applications. The updated federal income guidelines will be announced and listed on the meal application form in July. Families do not need to submit a meal application if their student attends an approved 2021-22 Community Eligibility Provision school or receives a 2021-22 PPS Direct Certification Approval letter that will be sent out to those who qualify in August 2021.

    For meal benefits related questions, please email or call 503.916.3402.

    Whitney Ellersick, Senior Director, Nutrition Services,


    Year Books:

    Content for the book: Usually the yearbook contains class portraits, candid photos and tributes to the 5th graders. We’ll still include most, if not all of that, but we’ll rely on families and caretakers for most of the candid pictures. To submit photos for consideration, please set up an account on  and upload your photos directly or email pictures to When submitting photos, please include the name(s) of the student(s) and grade(s).  The deadline for submitting pictures is March 19th.


    For the 5th grade tributes, we’ll start collecting baby photos and messages in February.

    If you have any questions, you can email:   



    Our annual auction is going live virtually! Our theme is Maplewood's got Talent!

    Save the date: March 12th, 2021

    Details about tickets coming soon!


    If you have a Party Board idea that you want to donate, please fill out this google form:

    You can host a virtual event or an in-person event outside. You decide the details, date, and location!

    To find out more about party boards visit:


    District News:


    The 2020-21 PPS Successful Schools Survey gathers student, family, and staff feedback


    Take the survey today ! You can complete the survey from a computer, tablet, or smartphone. It should only take 15-20 minutes of your time. Select the school your child attends and answer the questions for that school. If you have children at more than one PPS school, please complete one survey for each school your children attend. If you need help taking the survey please contact your teacher or principal.

    Thank you for being part of the PPS family!


    Upcoming Dates:

    3/16  -   PTA Mtg. 6:30pm

    3/18  -   Papa Murphy Dine Out

    3/22  -   3/26   Spring Break

    3/29  -   1st Day Back from Spring Break

    4/07  -   Panda Express Dine Out

    4/08  -   End of Quarter

    4/09  -   No School teacher planning day

    4/20  -   PTA Mtg. 6:30pm


    Annie Bloom's Fundraiser March 4th - March 7th

    Annie Bloom's will give 15% of total sales back to Maplewood PTA! Last fall we made $327!!

    Order books online for curbside pick-up or delivery ($3 delivery fee). Online ordering is preferred but they are happy to place an order over the phone and to help you find a book. You MUST let them know, either on phone or in the comment box during checkout, to apply your purchase to the Maplewood Fundraiser.

    Their phone number is 503-246-0053,

    Be sure to mention Maplewood!





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