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 Message

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  • Principal"s Newsletter April 16, 2018

    Jill Bailey
    Office: 503/916-6308 E-mail:
    April 16, 2018
    Happy Tuesday All-It has been another busy, busy week at Maplewood! Teachers are busy putting the finishing touches on report cards this week, A few weeks ago I was informed that, our Superintendent is committed to visiting all schools and he would be visiting Maplewood on Monday-it came very fast! We had a great visit with Superintendent Guerrero and Board Member Dr. Esparza Brown. They got to meet several of our teachers and students. They took pictures and really seemed to enjoy their time at Maplewood. Today, the rain held off long enough to take our class pictures outside. Don’t forget tomorrow is late start and CRAZY HAIR DAY! I again want to apologize for the confusion regarding my error in communication with class configurations for next year.
    I have heard from a few parents who have had questions regarding the decision to have two second grade classrooms and three third grade classrooms for the 18-19 school year. Let me start by sharing a bit about the process we used to make our decision.
    Prior to winter break, I had discussions at the district level and with neighboring schools to explore possible options to address our growing enrollment. The Wilson Cluster schools had two meetings with representatives from Enrollment and Transfer, folks from the district who look at census information, and facilities representatives. We quickly realized there are no viable short term fixes.
    In January I worked with our teaching staff to consider multi-age classrooms for our primary grades. We did some research, and some teachers talked with other schools that have a multi-age model and we considered pros and cons. We decided that next fall is not the year to move to a multi-age model. It is still something we may reconsider in the future. Next we looked at a variety of configurations for our grade-level classrooms using our best projection of enrollment at each grade level as well as considered curriculum demands at each grade. We also reviewed additional support for classrooms with high numbers.
    Due to the work we did in the building, information we shared regarding our numbers and the advocacy of our Senior Director, we have been approved to hire full time assistants for both of our second grade
    classrooms. We feel very fortunate to have the additional support, as we have had years in the past with 31 plus students in first and second grade with no additional support.
    Review of Before and After School Guidelines 
    Now that the weather is getting nicer, we have many students that are walking to and from school or are on their bikes. Questions have come up regarding supervision before and after school. Here is a review of the guidelines regarding supervision and safety before and after school. In the morning, we do not have supervision prior to 7:50.
    If your child walks or bikes to school, you as the parent or guardian are responsible for seeing that students arrive on time and enter the building safely. At dismissal, students in kindergarten through third grade must leave school grounds at 2:15 unless they are accompanied by an adult. Should your child stay on the school grounds after school, a parent or guardian is responsible for arranging supervision for that period of time.
    Parents and guardians of 4th and 5th graders may voluntarily allow your child to stay on school grounds after hours however, Maplewood staff nor PPS is responsible for supervision of students on the playground and cannot ensure their safety. We have no supervision after 2:15. If a student is on school grounds without supervision and a staff member is concerned about safety or behavior we will tell the student they need to leave the grounds and notify parents.
    Spirit Day on Wednesday
    Show your school spirit!! This week is Crazy Hair Day! Come with crazy hair 
    Celebrate National Poem in Your Pocket Day on Thursday, April 26, 2018 at Maplewood! 
    Poems from pockets will be unfolded throughout the day at school. Please remind your child to wear clothing with pockets. There is a busy exchange of poems all day! Encourage your child to write their own poem. Original hand-written and decorated poems are the most swapped and prized exchange item. Poems will be available in the library, too. Questions? - contact Elin Kordahl in the library!
    Kindergarten Registration
    If you have not registered your incoming kindergarten student for the 2017-18 school year, please do so soon. Having families register now helps the school make staffing decisions for next year. If you have neighbors with kindergarten age children, please pass this information on to them as well.
    This Month’s Lifeskill is Perseverance 
    Perseverance is an important part of being successful at school and in the world. Students show perseverance when they:
    * Stick with a project for more than a few weeks
    * Complete a project even after experiencing challenges
    * Try very hard even after experiencing setbacks or failures
    * Stay committed to a goal
    * Continue working hard even when s/he felt like quitting
    When you see your student showing perseverance, congratulate them of demonstrating this important lifeskill!
    Annual Maplewood Elementary School Native Plant Sale Location:
    Maplewood Elementary School (7452 SW 52nd Ave) Sale Date: April 21st, from 9am-1pm Time to add some native plants to your landscape! Please join us in front of Maplewood Elementary School for the annual native plant sale. Come support the school and see our collection of ground covers, shrubs, perennials, and small trees for your garden. There will be new varieties and old favorites. 100% of the proceeds benefit the Maplewood PTA.
    Arts Showcase
    We are gearing up to share our Arts Showcase with the Maplewood community this Thursday at 6 pm, and we are so excited!
    We invite you to join us Thursday April 19th from 6:00-7:30 in the gym for an evening of art, dance, and refreshments. Please bring the family to see what hard work Maplewood students have committed to this year. We will display visual art from grades K-3 including an on-stage performance by the 3rd grade, and video display of 2nd grade choreography/visual art collaboration.
    We have been working with students to review appropriate behavior at an art gallery/performance. The expectation is that kiddos keep their behavior safe, kind, & responsible as they do elsewhere in the school. Similar to an art gallery, please move through the space with your children, they are so excited to show you what they have been working on.
    Just a reminder that staff will not be on duty to supervise children during the event.
    If you have any special talents in the areas of photography or videography and would like to help out, we are looking to document the event for the school archives. Also, if you are interested in volunteering for set-up or break down, please be in touch. We could really use your help!
    Thank you so much for your support,
    Oluyinka & Sarah
    Lost and Found:
    Please, Please, Please check the lost and found. There are many wonderful coats, clothing, Lunch Boxes, water bottles, and it just keeps growing. Thank You.
     Summer Scholarshios for Students
    Does your child have Oregon Health Plan? Does your family receive Oregon Trail food benefits? You may be eligible for summer scholarships through Portland Parks and Recreation for camps and classes at Multnomah Arts Center and Southwest Community Center. To get more info on eligibility and for the link to the scholarship form, use the following link:
    Scholarships | The City of Portland, Oregon Portland Parks & Recreation recognizes that some residents of the City of Portland require financial assistance to attend certain programs and classes.
    Upcoming Events/Dates:
    Apr.17 - Class Picture Day
    Apr.18 - Late Opening – Crazy Hair Day
    Apr.19 - Art & Dance Performance 6:00-7:30pm
    Apr.21 - Native Plant Sale 9:00-1:00
    Apr.26 - Poem in your Pocket Day
    Apr.27 - 1st Grade Field Trip – The Very Hungry Caterpillar

District News

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  • PPS central office reorganization

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    Dear PPS community,

    Six months ago, the Board of Directors and the Portland community entrusted in me the privilege and responsibility to help build and transform a public school system that guarantees equitable access, opportunity, and outcomes for all of our students. With your support and leadership, we are on a forward mission to build a system that is equity-focused and student-centered. Our challenge is to ensure that every student in our district receives an outstanding educational experience, one that prepares them to work, live and thrive in our incredible city. 

  • Sports update: Multiple PIL players earn All-State basketball honors

    The Portland Interscholastic League’s strong run in the state basketball tournaments was reflected in the Class 6A All-State teams. Three PIL boys and two girls were chosen to the first team in a ballot of the state’s coaches, as compiled by The Oregonian/OregonLive.

  • Message on April 20 student walkouts

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    Dear PPS Community,

    Please know that in collaboration with school administrators, district leadership actively monitored the hundreds of mostly middle and high school students who walked out of our schools today as part of a national demonstration against violence in schools. I am pleased to say that, by all reports, this was a peaceful and respectful event with no serious incidents. While these actions were not district-sponsored activity, I would like to extend my sincere thanks to all who helped keep students safe, starting with the students themselves who remained organized, calm and intentional throughout. Others who helped include Portland police, PPS security, and other PPS staff. Thank you all.

  • New principals roundup

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    The following new principals for the 2018-19 school year have been announced. New principal announcements will be posted on our leadership page as they become official.


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