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 Newsletter November 11. 2019

    Jill Bailey
    Office: 503/916-6308 E-mail:
    Dear Maplewood Families,
    In this month of thinking about things for which we are thankful-I am truly thankful for the privilege of working with your children, thankful for parents and the community support and our great Maplewood staff! I love coming to work every day.
    Speaking of great community and parent support-I am thrilled to announce that Alice Lawrence has been cleared and will start with us tomorrow as a new third grade teacher. We will have her work with the third grade teachers to transition students. Parents in Ms. Lawrence’s class will receive a phone call from her tomorrow and a letter of introduction will follow. Students will transition to their new classroom Thursday afternoon and their first full day will be on Friday with Ms. Lawrence.
    This week, we are excited about the arrival of our Scholastic Book Fair in our library! We hope you stop by when you have a chance. The students are so excited!
    Just another reminder, the days are turning cooler; please continue to have your children dress in layers as the weather gets colder and wetter. We want to be able to get students outside for fresh air breaks and recess as often as possible. Hats, gloves or mittens are a good idea!
    Reminder Conferences: Conferences are an important part of the home-school connection. Learning happens best when we partner with families to share information about each child at Maplewood. It is important for teachers and parents to have the opportunity to discuss your child and his or her learning. If you haven’t signed up for a conference time with your child’s teacher, please contact them. Remember conferences are 11/25, & 11/26.
    Lost and Found :
    Speaking of bundles, the Book Fair and conferences are a great time to check for lost items. Please check the “lost and found” next time you are in our building. Our rack is getting full and I’m sure many of you would like your children to have their items back.
    Fun Fact-When names are written on students’ clothing items there is a high likelihood they will get them back!
    The Book Fair Hours - Maplewood Book Fair runs this week Tuesday through Friday. The hours are as follows:
    T-W 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
    Th-8:00-8:00 Parent Night
    We look forward to you coming to check it out!
    Please note that there are scholarships available for the book fair-please contact your child’s teacher or our counselors if you are interested.
    BOOK FAIR THIS WEEK!!! Tuesday 8am-6pm, Wednesday 8am-6pm, Thursday 8am-8pm, and Friday 8am-3pm.
    Thank you, Maplewood Community, for your overwhelming support of the fourth grade Mo's clam chowder fundraiser! It was a great success! All of the proceeds will help to decrease the overall cost of our overnight field trip coming this spring. 
    With much appreciation,
    Fourth Grade Families and Teachers
    Picture Packets - Picture re-take day will be Thursday, December 5th for those students who were absent on the original picture day, new order forms will be available in the office. Students who were absent on October 17th, or who need to have pictures re-taken due to not being satisfied with the originals will need to return the original packet to school on re-take day in order have their picture retaken.
    PPS Before and After School Child Care Survey, 2019-20 Please take a moment to complete this confidential online survey or go to, departments, child care. Your input is valuable. Survey results will be used as part of an annual program evaluation.
    Please complete the survey by December 13, 2019.
    PPS La Encuesta de Cuidado Antes y Después de Clases 2019-20
    Por favor tómese un momento para llenar esta encuesta confidencial PPS La Encuesta de Cuidado Antes y Después de Clases 2019-20 o “ – Departamentos – Guarderías”. Sus aportes son importantes. Los resultados de la encuesta se utilizarán como parte de una evaluación anual de programas. Sírvase completar la encuesta antes de 13 de diciembre de 2019
    The first notification letter will be mailed out by the district this month to parents whose children have incomplete immunization information. Letters will be two-sided with information in English and Spanish. (A packet of translated letters in Spanish, Russian, Chinese, Vietnamese, and Somali will be available to provide to parents as needed.)
    This packet will be sent to assigned nurses in your schools as well as a printout report
    of those students who are not up to date. If you have any questions please refer to the school health assistant or nurse. Exclusion day is Wednesday, February 19, 20
    Attendance:  Just a reminder to please check in through the office if your child arrives after the second bell.
    At 8:00am they are marked absent and you will receive the robo call from the district. Always e-mail both Maria Belgrave, and Shannon Riley as well as your child’s teacher if your child is going to be absent. This way if Maria or Shannon are out that day, you will not receive a robo-call. Thank you.
    Oregon Ballet:
    Three Maplewood students will perform in The Portland Ballet's annual holiday production Thanksgiving weekend with Tom Gold's world premiere Petrushka and John Clifford's stirring Firebird.
    Camille Cariou and Natalie Froemke are both in 3rd grade, and Amelia Nguyen is in 2nd grade.
    Set during Thanksgiving dinner at an iconic historic hotel in the glamorous 1950s, immigrant busboy Petrushka is in love with a dazzling lounge singer, who in turn is in love with a dashing doorman.
    This timeless story of unrequited love and heartbreak will be paired with John Clifford's Firebird for a thrilling all-Stravinsky program performed live by the Portland State University Orchestra.
    Performances: Nov. 29-Dec. 1, 2019, 1 and 5 p.m., at PSU Lincoln Hall. The whole show moves along quickly in just 80 minutes. Tickets start at only $10. or 503-452-8448
    Drop off and pick up: Please remember not to use 51st Ave. for drop off or pick up. It is a very blind corner there and dangerous for the kids. We have also seen parents making U-Turns at the drop off lanes please be respectful of the signs we have put out and go around the block.
    Thank you,
    Upcoming Dates:
    Nov. 12-15 – Book Fair
    Nov. 14 - Family Night at Book Fair
    Nov. 18 – Site Council
    Nov. 25 & 26 Conferences
    Nov. 27-29 – No School
    Dec. 5 - Picture Retakes
    Dec. 13 - 3rd, 4th and 5th Grades to Matilda
    Dec. 16 – Site Council
    Nov 18 - Dine Out @Salvador Molly's
    Dec. 23-Jan. 3 – Winter Break
    Jan. 6 – Back to School from Winter Break

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