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June 5, 2017
Dear Maplewood Families,
We are down to our last full week of school! It always seems to arrive so quickly. Please encourage your students to stay focused and finish strong as many classes are finishing up projects and assignments. The last couple of weeks are full of excitement and some anxiety over the end of school.
Reading Friends-To all of you who came every week to read with our students-Thank you! This program is not just about reading. You make a difference because you care, you build important relationships with students…you make a difference! This is supported by our data. All of our students have made great gains in reading. PPS uses third grade as a data point for reading and an early indicator shows over 90% of our third grade students are meeting benchmark.
I especially want to recognize Alli Burr who has coordinated the reading program for the past several years. Alli-we are so grateful for your commitment to All of our students!
“Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It's not. “ ~Dr. Seuss
5th Grade Promotion - The fifth grade promotion will be on Wednesday, June 14th from 1:00 - 2:00 pm in the Gym. The annual awards assembly will be right before the promotion beginning at 12:30 pm.
Lost and Found Items - Be sure to check the table in the front foyer and the clothes rack near the stairs to the cafeteria for any lost clothing items.
Some Opportunities This Summer - Free movies, lunches, and play this summer!
Southwest Portland Free Lunches and Activities: Holly Farm Park, next to Capitol Hill Library, 10819 SW Capitol Hwy, 11am-3pm with lunch at noon weekdays, accessible off of trimet bus #44
Stephens Creek Crossing, across from the Jewish Community Center, 6715 SW 26th Ave, 11am-3pm with lunch at 12:30pm weekdays, accessible off of trimet bus #44
Scholarships for Portland Parks and Recreation Classes and Camps (including Southwest Community Center): https://www.portlandoregon.gov/parks/article/296401 To learn more specifics about local opportunities, please contact Southwest Community Center at (503) 823-2840
Free movies and concerts offered in local parks (Hamilton Park, Willamette Park, Jackson Middle School, Dickinson Park, and April Hill Park) and parks around Portland. Check out https://www.portlandoregon.gov/parks/69554 to see full list.
Free fitness classes at Portland Parks listed here: https://www.portlandoregon.gov/parks/article/637254
Free Back-to-School Items for Kids in the Maplewood Attendance Area and Wilson Cluster Schools: Grauer Back-To-School Project is a volunteer, non-profit cooperative partnership of faith organizations, social service agencies, and businesses created to respond to the back to school needs of low-income Southwest Portland children. Each year the project's goal is to provide low-income children with new winter coats, shoes, T shirts, and backpacks filled with school supplies for the school year. How can my student qualify? Stop by St. Luke Lutheran Church (4595 SW California St. )on Friday, August 11th at 3:30 with proof of your student attending Maplewood or another Wilson Cluster School (report card, student ID OK). Families will then get a time to return the next day, August 12th from 8am to 11am for distribution.
Rummage Sale for Raise the Roof: On June 11th, we will be hosting a rummage sale in the Maplewood gym and all proceeds will go to the Raise the Roof project.
We need volunteers to set up on Saturday and run the sale on Sunday. If you are interested in helping out, please sign up on the following link.
Thanks for you help and support!
Phone use at school: Typically, elementary students do not bring phones to school. We do have a few fourth and fifth grade students who have phones. I am asking that if your child is bringing a phone to school, please have a conversation with her/him about phone use at Maplewood. Student cell phones need to be turned off and put away when students arrive at school. Once they have been dismissed at the end of the day, students may turn on their phones.
Just a reminder… student medication at school must be picked up by a parent by the last day of school, or it will be destroyed per district policy. Medication cannot be left for the following school year. We are asking you to make arrangements to pick up your child’s unused medication before the last week/day of school.
Thank you! Sabrina, RN
June 09: Maplewood Musical, K-2nd – 12:15, 3rd-5th – 1:15
June 14: All School Awards Assembly, 12:30 – 1:00 pm, Gym
June 14: 5th Grade Promotion, 1:00 – 2:00 pm, Gym
June 15: 5th Grade BBQ/Year End Party, 12:30 pm
June 15: Last Day of School!
Dear PPS staff and families,
The search and recruitment for our new superintendent is well underway.
The community, board and search firm recommended more than 40 educational leaders for consideration. The search firm and the Board reviewed the prospects and candidates and the Board selected a diverse group with deep educational experience to interview. They included individuals from within and outside Oregon, current superintendents as well as senior education leaders from large districts.
From a remote town in Jordan to leading Oregon’s biggest school district
At the age of 5, Yousef Awwad joined his older brothers in the streets of Ghweria, Jordan, a small city outside Zarqa, to sell sesame candies and balloons to keep food on his family’s table.
Yousef’s dad was serving in the Jordan military and was stationed in an area of the desert so remote that he wasn’t able to send money home while he was deployed.
Today, Yousef is serving as the new interim superintendent of the largest school district in Oregon. How did a boy living in poverty in a remote town in Jordan wind up here?