September 23, 2020
Dear Maplewood families,
It has been so nice to see blue skies and be able to breathe clean air.
The rain is also a
welcome change. Happy Fall!
Thank you to all who made it to our online Back to School Night and New Parent
Meeting. Both were well attended considering they were online. This week, we had
some distribution of supplies, books and food. Keep an eye out for notices from our
staff for more distribution dates.
We all are beginning to settle into routines and are feeling more a sense of classroom
community with our distance learning classes.
Some of the information below was also in last week’s newsletter. I wanted to ensure
families are aware of resources that are available.
TAG Information Night
We have scheduled the TAG Information Night for Oct 7
This is for any parents that wants to learn more about TAG or have questions
about TAG testing. Look for the invite coming soon.
Fall MAP Testing
As we welcome students back to the new school year, an important
step for teachers is to understand your student’s most essential learning needs. To
collect this valuable information, students will take Measures of Academic Progress
(MAP) assessments. The MAP assessment is a low stakes test – this means that the
results are not used for grading students or for school accountability purposes.
Normally, the MAP assessment is conducted in the classroom setting, but because of
distance learning, students will take this assessment at home. Testing will take place
between September 28 and October 23. Many students, especially younger children,
will need assistance from an adult in the home. Please review the
PPS Parent Guide for MAP Testing to learn more about the assessment. Your student’s teacher will
provide further information about when the test will be given. The district will provide
your student’s scores to you sometime in early to mid-November.
PPS System Planning and Performance Department
Child Care Update
In addition to community child care programs that are available citywide, seven partner
organizations will offer licensed child care in 11 PPS schools during Comprehensive
Distance Learning. The programs will be phased in starting next week:
Sept. 28: Beach, Creston, King, Rigler
Oct. 5: Hayhurst, James John, MLC, Vestal, Winterhaven
Oct. 12: Irvington, Lent0
To register for child care, click on the flyer below. Information below is included on the
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Child care programs
Accept children ages 5 - 12.
Enroll no more than 30-40 students per school.
Set aside 50% of the slots for families qualifying for state
subsidies. Low rates last for one year if subsidy is approved by Oct. 31, 2020.
State subsidy application is here.
Enroll PPS students and children of PPS employees regardless of which school
children are enrolled in. Follow strict licensing guidelines including stable cohorts, face coverings, hand
hygiene, routine cleaning and sanitation, parent drop-off/pick-up outside of the
SUN site managers, coordinators and community agents have been trained to support
families in accessing child care, whether in a PPS building or in the community. In
addition, child care staff have been trained on supporting students during distance
For more information, visit the PPS Child Care website.
Update For Nutrition Services FALL 2020
As the 2020-21 school year gets under way, we want to share news that will be of great
benefit to our students and families. With permission from United States Department
of Agriculture, we will be able to provide school meals for all students at no cost
through December 31, 2020.
The USDA announced that it is continuing a program that made free breakfast and
lunch available to all children during the summer. The extension runs until December
31, 2020. For Portland Public Schools, that means we will be able to offer seven days’
worth of meals every week for not just PPS students, but all Portland children ages 1-
We expanded our meals sites to 38 schools where families can pick up sacks of
breakfast and lunch on select days, from 3 to 5 p.m. Our regular meal service schedule
Mondays: 2 days’ worth of food
Wednesdays: 2 days’ worth of food
Fridays: 3 three days’ worth of food
The complete list of meal pickup sites is available at our
Fall 2020 Meals webpage.
sites are outside, and we ask that families wear a facemask and practice physical
distancing when picking up meals.
Eligible families seeking access to food may also request home meal delivery using
the request form. Wednesday, September 30 is the last day to sign up for meal
For more information or support, please contact the Nutrition Services department at
503-916-3399 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
INFORMATION BELOW WAS IN LAST WEEK’S NEWSLETTER
There continue to be questions about how we are taking attendance. I
am including the same information from last week’s newsletter. And please see the
information that Shannon Riley, our school secretary provided:
Please help us report your student’s attendance correctly. If your student is absent for
a vacation, funeral, medical leave or any other reason
email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org and your child's teacher.
Phone calls to the
attendance line are not checked daily as we are working remotely.
Maplewood teachers are on multiple platforms and communication systems Daily.
If you have questions or concerns check in with your student’s teacher and we will
assist them with attendance. Feel free to copy Maria and I on the email as well if you
want to communicate in one location. Thank you all for your patience as we learn new
attendance procedures for this unusual time.
email@example.com & firstname.lastname@example.org
It is very important that students attend and participate in classes.
The district wants to
provide multiple ways for our teachers to account for your child’s attendance in school.
You can find several ways listed below. Please review them with your student and
please stress the importance of their participation and engagement in school this year.
Students will be marked “present” over a 24 hour (from 12:01 a.m. until 11:59 p.m.)
period if they participate in one of the following ways:
Participating in a video class.
Communication from the student to the teacher via chat, text message, communication
app, or email. A phone call between the teacher or EA/Paraprofessional with the student, or, for
younger students, with the parent.
Posting completed coursework to a learning management system or web-based
platform or via email. Turning in complete coursework on a given day.
Is your family struggling financially?
During this challenging time, we know many
families are struggling to get by. If you have financial need, please contact Kendall
Cunningham (email@example.com), school counselor, to get added to a
confidential list that will help direct resources and opportunities to your student. PTA is
also offering free memberships to families with financial need. Please contact Kendall
to get connected with a free membership.
Starting Tuesday, Sept. 8, the IT Support Desk is expanding the hours of operation
making the support desk available from 7:00 am to 9:00 pm Monday - Friday in
September to allow for more support for PPS families. IT is also exploring what it would
look like to provide support over the weekends for families. We will let you know if that
weekend support becomes available.
Call 503-916-3375 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
PPS Multilingual Family Line
The PPS Multilingual Family Line is a service for parents or guardians (in all PPSsupported languages) to communicate with schools regarding meals, tech help for
online classes, special instruction, talking to your teacher, COVID resources and
information, etc. Please call these numbers:
Tiếng Việt: 503-916-3584
We hope you take advantage of the resources above if you have any questions about
the learning technology your student will soon be using. We are here to help.
News From PTA:
Dear Maplewood parents:
We want to hear everyone’s voices regardless of ability to pay the PTA
membership dues. Therefore, if you would like to become a PTA member but are
not in a financial position to pay, please reach out to Kendall Cunningham, our
school’s counselor, at email@example.com and we will make sure the
fees are covered on your behalf to become a PTA member for Maplewood!
(All requests will remain anonymous.)
Your 2020-21 PTA Board
Presidents: Jackie Haddon & Erika Robles-Jones
Vice-Presidents: Kari Martin & Emma Rawnsley
Secretary: Maureen Bayer
Treasurers: Dean Smith & Jamie May
Volunteer Coordinator: Magali Lewis
BRESÍA DE LA PTA
Estimados padres de familia de Maplewood:
Queremos escuchar las voces de todos, independientemente de su capacidad para
pagar las cuotas de membresía de la PTA. Por lo tanto, si desea convertirse en
miembro de la PTA pero no está en condiciones financieras para pagar las cuotas,
comuníquese con Kendall Cunningham, la consejera de nuestra escuela,
indicándolo y nos aseguraremos de que el pago de la membresía esté cubierta en
su nombre para convertirse en miembro de la PTA de Maplewood.
(Todas las solicitudes permanecerán anónimas).
Su junta de la PTA 2020-21
Presidentes: Jackie Haddon y Erika Robles-Jones
Vicepresidentes: Kari Martin y Emma Rawnsley
Secretaria: Maureen Bayer
Tesoreros: Dean Smith y Jamie May Coordinadora de voluntarios: Magali Lewis
The Maplewood Elementary Swag/Spirit Wear sale is on! Orders can be placed and
paid for online now through September 30th.
Feel free to contact Michelle Stevens or Heather Jones with any questions!
Full details and link to order:
Maplewood In Motion
Virtual event October 30 - November 1st! Over three days,
move your body - run, bike, jump, skip hop... collect some pledges and have some fun.
Everyone must register, kids, parents, friends, siblings, adults.... we want to keep
track of who is moving and we need to track t-shirt orders.
Adults, if you want your t-
shirt that comes with an adult $30 registration fee before the event, you need
to register by October 9th.
If you are a student, child, sibling... you need to
register (FREE) and get a minimum of $10 in pledges by October 9th to get a shirt by
Please register, move that body and go get some pledges! Let's make
Maplewood Marvelous and get our blacktop covered area built!
email firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions or concerns.
Links for forms are
Registration form (please fill out for each
Pledge sheet, please print and keep track of your
Payment Link, for adult registration, donations, sponsor kids t shirt cost, link to send to
collect your pledges (a place to write in participants name is at check
Sept. 30: Spirit Day, Maplewood Wear
Oct 9: Statewide Inservice – NO SCHOOL