Maplewood School

Teaching and Challenging the Whole Child

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  • Principal's Newsletter January 16, 2018

    Jill Bailey
    Office: 503/916-6308 E-mail:
    January 16, 2018
    Dear Maplewood Families,
    We are trying to settle back into our routines as we start this third week of January. It has been a
    challenge with four day weeks and late starts! We had a visit from the Bug Chicks last Friday
    and they will be here again this Friday. I encourage you to ask your child about their visit. Please
    make note that tomorrow is Late Start. Also students are encouraged to wear clothes that support
    their favorite sports team. PTA meeting tomorrow night at 6:30.
    Also, Friday is Movie Night at Maplewood-please come and support the fourth graders
    fundraiser for their Oregon Trail Trip.
    Read-A-Thon This Week- Remember-The PTA fundraiser, the Read-Aloud-Athon, is taking
    place on Thursday, January the 18th, starting at 9 a.m. There will be volunteers in the building
    assisting. Please remember to have pledge forms completed.
    This is always a fun way to get students reading. Thanks to all!
    End of Term- Our second term ends on January 26th. Teachers have a work day on January
    29th-no students that day. Please encourage your child to end the term strong. They may want to
    check with their teacher to see if they have work they need to complete.
    January Life Skill - The life skill for the month is Courage. Courage is having the strength to
    stand up for others when they need help.
    Battle of the Books: It’s that time again, as a reminder-The Oregon Battle of the Books is a
    statewide reading motivation and comprehension program sponsored by the Oregon Association
    of School Librarians in conjunction with a Library Services and Technology Act grant. Students,
    regardless of ability, are exposed to quality literature representing a variety of literary styles and
    viewpoints. The goals of the program is to encourage and recognize students who enjoy reading,
    broaden reading interests, increase reading comprehension, and promote academic excellence.
    Lists of books are chosen and questions are written for elementary and middle school. Students read the books, discuss them, quiz each other on the contents, and then compete in teams of four students to correctly answer questions based on the books in a "quiz show" format. Questions may begin with the words "In which book..." so that the answer will be a title and author or it may be a content question with the title of the book supplied. Teams may participate at local, district, regional and state levels of competition.
    An attempt is made to vary the titles chosen according to genre and difficulty so that readers may encounter a broad range of books.” (from the OBOB web site.)
    Battles will begin next week. A schedule will be completed soon. The battle schedule will be posted in the Maplewood Library. Family members are welcome to come and watch battles during lunch recess in the library!
    There will be an assembly March 1st for the final teams at each grade level. The winning 5th grade team will represent Maplewood and battle teams from schools in our region later that month.
    Thank you for encouraging your children to read the book titles whether they are participating or not. Any questions? Please contact me. Elin Kordahl, Maplewood Teacher-Librarian, Computer Teacher
    OBOB Practice Questions:
    1. There is a free OBOB app. Just search for "OBOB".
    2. Sets of questions are available at:
    From: Nancy Hauth, Program Manager, PK and K Supports and Child Care x63230
    PPS Child Care Survey Please take a moment to complete this confidential online childcare survey: 2017-18 PPS Before After Care Survey Link 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 January 19, 2018.
    If you need a paper survey, please let your child care site director know. Questions? Contact Nancy Hauth at 503-916-3230 or
    Spanish: Por favor tómese un momento para llenar esta encuesta confidencial, online childcare survey: PPS La Encuesta de Cuidado Antes y Después de Clases 2017-18 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 19 de enero de 2018.
    Si necesita usted una copia impresa para tomar la encuesta, hágaselo saber por favor al director de su guardería.
    Preguntas? Contactar a Nancy Hauth al 503-916-3230 o a
    Emergency Release Instructions: If you have not let the office know how your child will be released in case of an emergency or early dismissal due to snow, we will go by what is on the registration from the beginning of the year. If you have a nearby neighbor, friend or parent that you give permission for release of your child, please make sure the office has that information.
    Greetings to all Maplewood Families from your School Nurse, Lori Elder, RN BSN
    News reports are it’s a bad flu season. The County Health Department provides the following information about the flu.
    The flu is a contagious disease caused by influenza germs. Flu can lead to mild to serious illness, and can sometimes lead to hospitalization and death. The best way to prevent the flu is to get a flu shot. I certainly got mine. Flu is spread from person to person by coughing, sneezing, talking or singing. Everyone over 6 months of age should get a flu shot each year. It’s never too early or too late to get one. Flu vaccine is very safe. You should also stay home if you are sick. Cover coughs and sneezes, and wash your hands frequently with soap and water, or use a hand sanitizer to avoid getting sick.
    How Do Germs Spread?
    Germs can spread many ways, including:
     touching dirty hands
     through contaminated water and food
     through droplets in the air released during a cough or sneeze
     touching contaminated surfaces like door knobs or channel changers
    When kids come into contact with germs, they can become infected just by touching their eyes, nose, or mouth. And once they're infected, it's usually just a matter of time before the whole family comes down with the same illness.
    When Should Kids Wash Their Hands?
    To stop the spread of germs in your family, make regular hand washing a rule for everyone, especially:
     before eating and cooking
     after using the bathroom
     after touching animals, including family pets
     after blowing one's nose, coughing, or sneezing
     after being outside (playing, gardening, walking the dog, etc.)
    Don't underestimate the power of hand washing! The few seconds you spend at the sink could save you trips to the doctor's office. Hand washing remains our number one defense against the transfer of germs.
    Vaccine Exclusion Day:
    Exclusion day for state required vaccinations is Wednesday, February 21, 2018. Letters will be mailed to parents whose children are not up to date or whose records are incomplete. Should you receive a letter, please provide updated information to the school as soon as possible. Children who are not current for vaccinations by February 21st will not be able to attend school until records are complete. If you need assistance in locating a health care provider or clinic site, please contact me at Maplewood School on Thursdays.
    Lori Elder RN BSN
    MOVIE NIGHT: Movie Fundraiser to Support 4th Grade overnight field trip in the Spring
    Date/ Time- Friday, 1/19 doors open at 5:00 pm with Movie start at 5:30 pm
    Movie - Despicable Me 3 Pizza, popcorn, drinks and treats for sale Raffle before movie Please join us for fun and support our kids!
    Girls Rock Empowerment Group is especially designed for 4th and 5th grade girls who want a place to show up as their authentic selves, relax and decrease stress and have fun in a safe environment. Some possible topics are friendship drama, bullying, and interpreting feelings. Class starts next Thursday, January 18- March 15th. For more information go to
    Upcoming Events/Dates:
    Jan. 17 - Late Opening – Favorite Sports Team
    Jan. 17 - PTA meeting 6:30pm
    Jan. 18 - Read-a-loud-a-thon
    Jan. 19 - Movie Night
    Jan. 23 - Pizzicato Dine Out
    Jan. 29 - Teacher Planning Day – No School
    Feb.01 - City Thai – Fundraiser
    Feb.16 - Third, Fourth & Fifth Grade Field Trip
    Feb.19 - Holiday – no school
    Feb.21 - Late Opening – Dress your best
    Feb.22 - Kindergarten Connection
    Feb.26 - 3rd Grade to Rice Museum Field Trip
    Feb.27 - 5th Grade to Biz Town

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