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    Hello Maplewood Families, 

     

    Well, we have successfully launched the 2022-2023 school year and we are off to a great start! We have added a third kindergarten (Phew!) and have hired a fabulous teacher for the role - I will announce shortly after HR confirms. Our grade 5 is departmentalizing for the first time and it is also going well. This means that all students have both teachers; Mr. Kaplan teaches math and Ms. Anderson teaches Language Arts. 

     

    The other grades are settling in smoothly and I can already see the classroom communities begin to form a bond. I think back to just two years ago when we all had our first day of school online. And last year, we had to be 6 feet apart at the beginning of the year. These were obstacles to creating that community we all longed for. Those experiences help remind me of how lucky we are to be back as “normal.”

     

    Another great thing we get to do this fall is have our Back to School Night in person again on September 22nd. I have heard stories about this festive event and am looking forward to experiencing it first hand this year. For those who haven’t been to Maplewood’s Back to School Night in the past, it is a wonderful opportunity to connect with your child’s teachers and to connect as a community as well. Please mark your calendar to go to your child’s class for a Back to School Night open house from 5:30 - 6:15 and then join us on the field for a Maplewood picnic from 6:15 - 7:00. Pack a blanket and a picnic dinner and enjoy meeting each other! 

     

    As our year has gotten underway, I have noticed an increase in parent volunteers. Thank you to those who have helped in the classroom or the cafeteria. Your extra hands and hearts are appreciated. 

     

    Warmly, 

    Kit

     

     

    Upcoming Dates:

    • Sept. 22 - Tag information mtg. Library 4:45-5:15pm
    • Sept. 22 - Back to School Night 5:30-6:15 in classrooms
    • Oct. 14 -  No School Inservice Day
    • Oct. 27 -  Picture Day
     

    VISITING AUTHOR:
    Trudy Ludwig, a local author, will be visiting Maplewood on October 3rd. She will present at a K-2 assembly and a 3-5 assembly and she will also present at a parent education night that same day. Please see the flier below for more information. 

    If you are interested in buying her books, here is a link to her page at Annie Bloom's bookstore: https://www.annieblooms.com/trudy-ludwig-maplewood

     

     

     

     


     

    TAG

    Dear families,


    Principal Galloway and Mrs. Caton, our TAG Facilitator, will be co-hosting a Parent information session in the library, about TAG (Talented and Gifted) just before our Open House on Thursday, September 22, at 4:45pm.  We will cover the identification process as well as how teachers meet kids' rate and level of learning.
    If you have any questions in the meantime, please contact Mrs. Caton at ccaton@pps.net.

    YEARLY VERIFICATION -  IMPORTANT
     

    Student Yearly Verification Updates are Due:

    Please complete your student's yearly verification online through Parent view (PVUE)
    This is due by October 15,2022.
    We want the most accurate and up to date information for your student. 

    https://www.pps.net/Page/2341

    BUS TAGS:

    • All kindergarten and pre-kindergarten students must be met at the bus stop at the end of the day. These students must wear a yellow bus tag all year long.  The tag must have their bus stop and emergency contact information on one side, and information about who is meeting the child on the other side.  (For example:  Mom and Dad, Grandma Teri, get off with older brother Thomas on the bus, etc.)  Drivers will be watching for yellow tags.  If no one is at the stop to meet the child, they will be returned to school.  If a parent wants to opt out of this requirement, please have the child wear a white tag for the month of September, so the driver will know which stop they get off at.

    • All 1st – 3rd students are required to wear white bus tags for the first three full weeks of school. Tags are printed out of Synergy by the schools.  Please contact our office if you have questions or concerns about bus tags. 

    READING FRIENDS

    The Maplewood Reading Friends Program is looking for volunteers to read with students during the 2022-23 school year. The Reading Friends volunteer works with a student once a week individually to help grow their confidence in reading out loud/more fluently.

    The program starts after Thanksgiving and runs until the end of the school year.

    The time obligation will be an orientation of approximately an hour, and then 30 minutes once a week with the student. The session is the same day and time each week.

    Interested in volunteering? Please fill out this registration form at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/3FR52BM.

    Any questions? Reach out to Kari and Clémence, our Reading Friends Coordinators, at maplewoodrf@gmail.com

    PARKING:

    Please don’t park in the maintenance spot in front of the building because it is the access to the handicap ramp. It is for our custodians and we also don’t want parents backing up where children are walking behind a parked car.

    MAPLEWOOD VOLUNTEERS 

    We are excited to welcome volunteers into the building and classrooms this year. All volunteers must show proof of vaccination, clear a background check (https://www.pps.net/volunteer), and sign-into the Raptor system located at the main office on arrival and sign-out when leaving campus.. We can’t wait to have you in school with us!

    Lunch Volunteers

    1. Lunch coverage: We need 2-3 parents to volunteer for lunch duty, to help keep kiddos on task eating and give our teachers a break. Here are the time slots - message Lauren at 541-968-9140 or Maplewoodvolcoord@gmail.com to sign up!
    2.  
        Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
      K-1st 11:20-11:45  11:20-11:45 11:20-11:45 11:20-11:45 11:20-11:45
      2nd & 4th 11:50-12:15 11:50-12:15 11:50-12:15 11:50-12:15 11:50-12:15
      3rd & 5th 12:20-12:45 12:20-12:45 12:20-12:45 12:20-12:45 12:20-12:45

    Thank you!


    Site Council
     

    If you are interested in joining site council, please contact Dr. Kathryn Galloway kgalloway@pps.net

    Meetings will be held once a quarter after school in the evenings. Dates TBD. For more information on what the Site Council does, click HERE.

     

     



    Medications

    Hello Parents/ Guardians,

    A reminder from the health room. Please bring any medications that your child must take during school hours and consent forms to the Health Office, located in the main Office. This is for prescribed medications that must be taken during the school day.

    If your child is in grade three, four or five, you may fill out a form for them to self-prescribe inhalers or cough drops.  Please fill out an appropriate form for permission.  

    You can contact Julie Ries our Student Health Aid (SHA) for more information.   If you have any questions please contact the school, or email our nurse, Cheryl Bell at cbell@mesd.k12.or.us  or Healthy Aid Julie Ries at  jries@mesd.k12.or.us for further information. Thank you.


     

    Maplewood Foundation:
     

    This year your Maplewood Foundation (part of the non-profit The Fund for Portland Public Schools) will be working to raise funds for three part-time Educational Assistants or EAs for the 2023-24 school year. EAs are a critical part of our Maplewood team and we need them every year. EAs support students with social-emotional learning and healthy friendships by supervising during lunch and recess and provide a variety of support to students in all classrooms as needed. For more information on how EAs help our students and school community go here.

     

    To reach this goal we will need the support of our awesome community. That means you! To learn about ways to donate please visit our website. If you would like to get involved, have questions, and/or have feedback, please email maplewoodfoundation@gmail.com, call or text Jeannette Taylor at 503.901.9813. 

     

    Lastly, we will be sharing information soon about a fun and exciting event for the fall, so stay tuned! Until then, take good care!

    From the Counselor:

    Welcome to a new school year at Maplewood!  I'll send out a lengthier correspondence in a few weeks but wanted to briefly touch on some important issues here. 

    School Supplies:  Each student will be asked to provide $45 to pay for their school supplies.  If this is a hardship for your family, please contact me, Kendall Cunningham (kcunninghamparm@pps.net or text me at (503) 298-6946 ), school counselor,  to opt out of paying for this and other incidental fees (field trips, etc.) and be given access to vouchers and resources.  The list will be confidential and only shared with the student's teacher and school counselor and social worker.  

    Donations:  As a school we are equipping all teachers with boxes of items to help our students emotionally regulate so they are ready to learn.  If you would like to and are able to donate any of these items to this project, check out my Amazon wishlist HERE.

     

    As always, I am here to support Maplewood students and families.  Please reach out.

    Kendall Cunningham

    Maplewood Elementary School Counselor

    From the Library
     

    Three Requests from the Maplewood Teacher-Librarian:
     

    1. Please help your child put their library books in their backpack on or before their library day.

    2. Please help your child put their library books in their backpack on or before their library day.

    3. Please help your child put their library books in their backpack on or before their library day.

     

    Your child can take home one more book until their checked out books are returned; you will start to see magazines brought home as a reminder after that! If you know you forgot to help with library books on library day, email me: kordahl@pps.net, and we can arrange for your child to take home additional materials.

     

    Maplewood students love to read, let's keep them well stocked with books!
     

    Elin Kordahl

    Teacher-Librarian & Computer Teacher 

     
    From the PE Teacher:
     

    We are back in action this year and it feels great! We began the year with cooperative games and practicing good sportsmanship. Recess games is our next unit, including four square, jumping rope, hula hooping, and simple basketball practice. Please be sure your child is wearing sneakers on their PE days. Check with your child's teacher if you don't know their specials' schedule.

     

    From our Art Teacher, Ms. Smith


     

    The beginning of a school year is so full of fond memories and hope - I love it!  Now that we’ve had a Monday at school, I’ve finally had the opportunity to teach all of our students.  So.  Much.  Fun.  

     

    Our first artist we studied is Mary Blaire.  She is most famous for her work with Walt Disney, and most recognized for the Disney boat ride in Fantasyland, “It’s a Small World.”  Every student in the school is contributing their part to a giant mural based on her work.  Stay tuned for photos.

     

    If you are still interested in volunteering during your students' art time, we are still looking for volunteers during Riscol, Anderson, Bennett, Thomas, Chou, and the new third kindergarten art special time.  Please email your teacher for more information.


    Ms. Smith ♥

    Nutrition Services
     
    Due to nationwide waivers expiring, families at Maplewood will return to purchasing meals based on family eligibility.  We encourage families to apply for meal benefits online here, but some paper applications will be provided.  Meal prices and details of how to pay for school meals can be found on the Nutrition Services website.

    To add money to your child's lunch account please visit school cafe: 
     https://www.schoolcafe.com/pps

    Price for lunches this year are: 

    2022-23 Menu Prices
    Grades    Breakfast  Lunch

    PK-8          $1.60        $3.00
    9-12           $1.60        $3.50
    Adult          $3.00        $5.50

    Milk            $0.50        $0.50
     
    For all school communications with Ms. Amy, please use the kitchen email (nsmaplewood@pps.net)

     
    Our lunch lines will be long as students learn how to use their new lunch cards. It may be a good time to pack a lunch for now until we get our lunch routines running smoothly. Please pack a water bottle in your child’s lunch as we now only have a drinking fountain rather than a water dispenser and cups. 

     

    COVID TESTING
     

    PPS is partnering with OHSU again this year to offer free weekly COVID-19 testing for students. Participation in this program is completely optional, but encouraged, and is offered regardless of vaccination status. Participating students will drop off spit samples in pre-labeled tubes at school on Tuesdays each week, whether they have symptoms or not. Schools will begin collecting spit samples starting September 27th-29th.

    What’s new?

    • Registration: Beginning today Parents/Guardians can start enrolling their students through OHSU’s NEW Online Portal. If you are unable to enroll for any reason, please call OHSU support at (503) 418-8500.

    • Test Tubes: New, pre-labeled test tubes with a scannable barcode will be mailed directly to your mailing address and should arrive within a week of enrollment. Test kits from last year cannot be used, so please throw them away.

    • Spit Samples: Spit tests can be collected either the night before or the morning of their school’s testing day.

    • Test Results: When the test results are available, you will receive an email telling you to log into the online portal www.labfinder.com/ohsu to view the results.

    • Additional drop-off locations: If you miss your weekly testing day, OHSU has added 3 drop-off sites around the Portland metro area.

      • Doernbecher Child Development Rehabilitation Center - 707 S Gaines Street, Portland, OR 97239

      • Primary Care Clinic at Gabriel Park - 4411 S Vermont Street, Portland, OR 97219

      • Richmond Family Health Center - 3930 SE Division Street, Portland, OR 97202

     

    What stays the same?

    • There is no cost to families to participate.

    • OHSU uses highly accurate molecular testing, known as PCR.

    • Students will continue to bring their spit samples to school on the designated testing day.

    • OHSU nurses will call parents of all students who test positive or whose tests are inconclusive for the SARS-CoV-2 virus that causes COVID-19.

    For more information about OHSU's K-12 Screening Program, visit their website at http://www.ohsu.edu/k12testing or contact the OHSU support team at k12covidtesting@ohsu.edu or (503) 418-8500.

    Letisia Ayala Guillen, Health Services Coordinator, layalaguillen@pps.net


    Hello Maplewood Families.

    I'm Ms. Amy, the Lunch Lady of Maplewood. The start of the new school year brings changes and reminders for meal services.

    The biggest is that meals are NO LONGER free (unless you are free/reduced). The good news is that Oregon has upped the poverty level to 300% so many more folks can benefit.  You can apply for free/reduced here: https://www.pps.net/Page/2464
     Here is the link for how  folks can pay on your child's account: https://www.pps.net/Page/18300
    Here is the link for Schoolcafe: https://www.pps.net/Page/18304. If you are new to Schoolcafe, you have to set up a parent site first then you can add your kid. I still take cash and/or checks made out to Nutrition Services. If you need help navigating any of this, please feel free to let me know.

    If a child has an allergy, Nutrition Services needs a doctor form. You can find all allergy info  here: https://www.pps.net/Page/2481 under ODE forms-Medical Statement to Request Special Meals and/or Accommodations you can print out doctor form. Please return this to me asap. This will generate a pop up on the computer when your child comes through the lunch line showing they have an allergy. I will try to introduce myself to your child so we will know one another.
     
    If your child has a preference, ex. gluten free, no pork, vegetarian, you can find that form here: https://www.pps.net/Page/2481 under ODE forms meal preference. Please return this to me asap. This will generate a pop up on the computer when your child comes through the lunch line showing they have something different in their diet. I will try to introduce myself to your child so we will know one another.


    We will not start the year with PBJ. We are hoping to get them some time in the near future. That's the bad news. The good news is that we have the Roadrunner pizza (the "good") pizza back!


    The last thing is lunch cards are back. If the child knows their number-AWESOME (they will need it through their whole PPS journey). If they don't they will have a lunch card. K-3 will scan their card and I'm making cards for grades 4-5. They will have to type in their number. Everyone will eventually need to know their number, but for now, we'll use cards.

    Please know that I am here to help. Do not be afraid to contact me with any questions, concerns, suggestions, etc. You may reach me at nsmaplewood@pps.net or call me at 503-916-6308 ext. 72463 Cheers to an excellent school year!
    -Lunch Lady Amy
     
     

     



     
     

     


     

    Maplewood Swag:

    The annual Maplewood PTA spirit wear fundraiser sale will be coming soon!  The online store will be open for orders October 1st - 15th.   Please keep a look out for the store link in a few weeks as this will be the only time of the year Maplewood swag can be purchased!

     
     

     

     

    PTA
     

     
    Maplewood PTA

    The Maplewood PTA strives to serve our school’s community of teachers, staff, parents, and students. We have lots of  amazing things planned this year to support our school!

    Stay up to date on events and more


    PTA Meetings
    Join us at the PTA meeting every month to learn about upcoming projects, events, priorities, and to share your thoughts! PTA Meetings occur the third Tuesday of every month from 6:30 - 7:30 pm.

    Become an Oregon PTA Member; this supports our school and allows you to vote during meetings. (You don't have to be a member to attend meetings, just to vote.) https://www.oregonpta.org/membership 


    Next Meeting: Tuesday September 20, 6:30 - 7:30 pm
     
     
     
    Volunteer at Maplewood
    One way to support our school is to donate your time. We are currently looking for volunteers for: 
    • Lunch helpers (more slots added for K-1st lunch)
    • Reading buddies program
    • Yearbook committee (2-3 volunteers needed to plan the 2022-2023 yearbook)
    • Swag committee (1 volunteer needed to help our existing committee of 2 amazing parents)
    • Eco school network (free training about how to make Maplewood greener)
    Full details and signups are on the Maplewood PTA Volunteer page (http://maplewoodpta.com/volunteer/), or email maplewoodvolcoord@gmail.com 

    Fundraising to Support Maplewood
    Take this brief survey to let us know your preferences about which fundraisers you love (or don't) to help us plan out the 2022-2023 school year!
    https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/5XKDL66


    Amazon Smile
    Make sure you've selected "Maplewood Elem PTA" as  your Amazon Smile donation recipient. Link: https://smile.amazon.com/charity/select/search?orig=&category=all&query=maplewood+elem+pta

    Once selected, Amazon will donate 0.5% of your eligible purchases to Maplewood at no cost to you! Make sure you shop using smile.amazon.com. More information here: http://maplewoodpta.com/donate/

    Kona Ice at Back to School Night - Maplewood Fundraiser!
    Click to add to calendar (mobile): https://bit.ly/3S374dx




    Asian Legend Dineout - Maplewood Fundraiser!
    Click to add to calendar (mobile): https://bit.ly/3QZkuGR



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    MAPLEWOOD MORNING DROP-OFF 
     

    7:45 - 7:50

    • Adults will not be on duty to supervise students

  • Maplewood Memo August 31, 2022

     

    Dear Maplewood Community,

     

    Welcome to the first week of the 2022-2023 school year! I am so looking forward to this year and to working with all of you again. As I mentioned in the last Maplewood Memo, our school has had a lot of upgrades this past summer; painted classrooms, new drinking fountains, new floor in the grade 5 portable, etc… You may also notice that our school grounds are looking all spruced up and ready for the year as well. A huge thank you goes out to our community who showed up last Saturday for Community Care Day to transform the grounds. Thank you to Randy Dennis (Jenni Heaton’s step-dad) for organizing the projects and volunteers. Also, thank you to our students for pitching in (some pictured below.)

     

    Since our last Maplewood Memo, we hosted the Kindergarten Carnival to welcome our newest Maplewood students to the school. We had bowling, face painting and an arts table for the students to enjoy. It was a beautiful day and we had a great turn out. Welcome to Maplewood, kinder families!!

     

     

    Kindergarten isn’t the only place where we welcome new families to our community, we have a lot of new families joining us at every grade level. To those families returning to Maplewood, please be sure to reach out and welcome our new families to the school and community with our Maplewood spirit. For those who are new to Maplewood, please mark your calendar with the new family orientation in the gym on September 7th at 8:00, after morning drop off.

     

    I have a great feeling about this year. It’s gonna be a good one!!

    Thanks,

    Kit

     

     

     

     

    Upcoming Dates:

    • Aug 30 and 31 - Kinder 1:1 meet with teachers 
    • Sept 1 and 2 - 1/2 the kinder class - full day 
    • Sept. 5 - Labor Day No School
    • Sept 6 - first day of kinder - full classes
    • Sept. 7 - New Parent Orientation 8:00am in gym
    • Sept. 22 - Back to School Night
     

     

    VISITING AUTHOR:
    Trudy Ludwig, a local author, will be visiting Maplewood on October 3rd. She will present at a K-2 assembly and a 3-5 assembly and she will also present at a parent education night that same day. Please see the flier below for more information. 

    If you are interested in buying her books, here is a link to her page at Annie Bloom's bookstore: https://www.annieblooms.com/trudy-ludwig-maplewood

     

     

     

     


     

     

     

    TECHNOLOGY:

    This year, PPS is implementing the Parent/Student agreement and a technology fee for students in grades 3-12. Parents and students are expected to sign the PPS 1:1 Parent/Student Agreement and Use Fee form in order to receive or continue to use their student chromebook. 



     

     

    BUS TAGS:

    • All kindergarten and pre-kindergarten students must be met at the bus stop at the end of the day. These students must wear a yellow bus tag all year long.  The tag must have their bus stop and emergency contact information on one side, and information about who is meeting the child on the other side.  (For example:  Mom and Dad, Grandma Teri, get off with older brother Thomas on the bus, etc.)  Drivers will be watching for yellow tags.  If no one is at the stop to meet the child, they will be returned back to school.  If a parent wants to opt out of this requirement, please have the child wear a white tag for the month of September, so the driver will know which stop they get off at.

    • All 1st – 3rd students are required to wear white bus tags for the first three full weeks of school. Tags are printed out of Synergy by the schools.  Please contact our office if you have questions or concerns about bus tags. 

     

     

    READING FRIENDS

    The Maplewood Reading Friends Program is looking for volunteers to read with students during the 2022-23 school year. The Reading Friends volunteer works with a student once a week individually to help grow their confidence in reading out loud/more fluently.

    The program starts after Thanksgiving and runs until the end of the school year.

    The time obligation will be an orientation of approximately an hour, and then 30 minutes once a week with the student. The session is the same day and time each week.

    Interested in volunteering? Please fill out this registration form at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/3FR52BM.

    Any questions? Reach out to Kari and Clémence, our Reading Friends Coordinators, at maplewoodrf@gmail.com

    PARKING:

    Please don’t park in the maintenance spot in front of the building because it is the access to the handicap ramp, it is for our custodians and also we don’t want parents backing p where children are walking behind the parked car

    MAPLEWOOD VOLUNTEERS 

    We are excited to welcome volunteers into the building and classrooms this year. All volunteers must show proof of vaccination, clear a background check (https://www.pps.net/volunteer), and sign-into the Raptor system located at the main office on arrival and sign-out when leaving campus.. We can’t wait to have you in school with us!

    Lunch & Reader Board Volunteers

    1. Lunch coverage: We need 2-3 parents to volunteer for lunch duty, to help keep kiddos on task eating and give our teachers a break. Here are the time slots - message Lauren at 541-968-9140 or Maplewoodvolcoord@gmail.com to sign up!
    2.  
        Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
      K-1st 11:20-11:45  11:20-11:45 11:20-11:45 11:20-11:45 11:20-11:45
      2nd & 4th 11:50-12:15 11:50-12:15 11:50-12:15 11:50-12:15 11:50-12:15
      3rd & 5th 12:20-12:45 12:20-12:45 12:20-12:45 12:20-12:45 12:20-12:45

    Thank you!

    Site Council

    If you are interested in joining site council, please contact Dr. Kathryn Galloway kgalloway@pps.net

    Meetings will be held once a month after school from 2:30 - 3:30. Dates TBD. For more information on what the Site Council does, click HERE.

     

     

    Medications

    Hello Parents/Guardians,

    A reminder from the health room. Please bring any medications that your child must take during school hours and consent forms to Health Office. This is for prescribed medications that must be taken during the school day. If your child is in grade three, four or five, you may fill out a form for them to self subscribe enhalers or cough drops.  Please fill out appropriate form for permissions.   You can contact Julie Ries our Student Health Aid (SHA) for more information.   If you have any questions please contact the school, or email our nurse, Cheryl Bell at cbell@mesd.k12.or.us  or Healthy Aid Julie Ries at  jries@mesd.k12.or.us for further information. Thank you.


     
     

    Foundation

    Greetings, Maplewood community! Your Foundation is excited to continue to grow our relationship with you and support our staff and students. Maplewood Foundation is a parent-led, non-profit fundraising group benefiting Maplewood Elementary. It is a part of the non-profit The Fund for Portland Public Schools. Money raised by Foundation is used to provide enrichment teachers and educational support staff at Maplewood. Historically, funds have been used to fund Librarians, Technology Education, Physical Education, Educational Assistants, and Music. A portion of the funds raised is also added to The Fund for PPS, which provides grants to schools that meet PPS criteria for funding. 

    If you are interested in joining the Foundation and/or have questions please send an email maplewoodfoundation@gmail.com. Foundation events include fundraisers, an annual Auction, Fred Meyer Rewards, monthly donations, and movie nights.


     

    IMPORTANT  REMINDER - BUS TRANSPORTATION 

     

    Just a reminder, starting Fall 2022 and moving forward, students will be able to register for Transportation during enrollment at the beginning of each school year. In order to capture the initial data,  families should have received and filled out  a survey that syncs with Synergy to capture existing riders and routes.  Please make sure the office is aware if your child is riding the bus and the stop they are designated by transportation if you have not done the transportation survey and be sure to fill out the survey that was sent to you as soon as possible.  It takes 7-10 days for the bus information to sync to our Synergy system.  We will also need to know the Adult and contact number that will be at the bus stop if you have a Kindergarten student riding the bus, as this information needs to be on the bus tag of the student. 

     

    The goal is to capture as much data as possible so that transportation office can begin routing for the next school year.

     

    There is a Chromebook set up at Maplewood to ensure families will have access at the school to fill out the registration survey if they don’t have access at home. 

     

    Student Transportation 503.916.6901

     

     

     
    School Counselor
     
    Welcome to a new school year at Maplewood!  I'll send out a lengthier correspondence in a few weeks but wanted to briefly touch on some important issues here. 
    School Supplies:  Each student will be asked to provide $45 to pay for their school supplies.  If this is a hardship for your family, please contact me, Kendall Cunningham (kcunninghamparm@pps.net or text me at (503) 298-6946 ), school counselor,  to opt out of paying for this and other incidental fees (field trips, etc.) and be given access to vouchers and resources.  The list will be confidential and only shared with the student's teacher and school counselor and social worker.  
    Donations:  As a school we are equipping all teachers with boxes of items to help our students emotionally regulate so they are ready to learn.  If you would like to and are able to donate any of these items to this project, check out my Amazon wishlist HERE.

    As always, I am here to support Maplewood students and families.  Please reach out.

    Kendall Cunningham
    Maplewood Elementary School Counselor
    M-F 7:45-3:30
    503-916-6308
    Check out my website here for videos, resources, and info on our program at Maplewood!
    Counseling Request Google Form

     

    Library News
     
    I am eager to welcome everyone back to the library! The library is organized and books are ready to fly off of the shelves into Maplewood readers' hands.

    Kindergarten adults-at-home -- be warned (in a great way) that your child will be bringing one book home after their first Maplewood library visit! You might keep the book in their backpack after reading it with them so it can easily be returned on or before the next library visit. K students can have two books out at a time. If their books are overdue, I send magazines home (for quality reading) as a reminder for adults to help locate and put books into backpacks! Maplewood students love to read, please help your young reader return books.

    First-Fifth Grade adults-at-home -- for the most part students familiar with Maplewood know the routine; return or renew books within two weeks: two books for first graders, then the same number as their grade level. Fifth graders have the privilege of taking as many books as they need! And, as always, students should ask me for a title they can't locate -- I'll locate it, put a hold on the title, purchase it, or borrow the title from the public library.

    Overdue books... take one last hard look around your homes and cars. There are still some books from last year out there.

    I have the best job at Maplewood watching our students grow over six years, and providing students with high-quality, high-interest books (thanks to the PTA and Ms. Galloway). Here we go!  If you are interested in volunteering in the library, please contact me (kordahl@pps.net).


    Elin Kordahl
    Maplewood Teacher-Librarian & Computer Teacher

     
     
     
     

    Art at Maplewood

    I’m so excited to be your students’ art teacher this year!  This will be my first year teaching K-5 art and it’s going to be great!  Our art room is located in the main hallway at the end by the kindergarten rooms.  If you are interested in volunteering in the art room during your students’ art special time, please email your teacher for specifics - I’d love to have you if you’re not afraid of fun work and maybe getting messy.
    Ms. Smith ♥  She/Her

     

    Half time hours M/Tu 7:45-3:30  W 7:45-11:45

    Maplewood, ART Teacher

    email:  ssmith@pps.net

                            "I like a teacher who gives you something to take home to think about besides homework."  -Lily Tomlin

     





     
     
     

    Nutrition Services
     
    Due to nationwide waivers expiring, families at Maplewood will return to purchasing meals based on family eligibility.  We encourage families to apply for meal benefits online here, but some paper applications will be provided.  Meal prices and details of how to pay for school meals can be found on the Nutrition Services website.

    To add money to your child's lunch account please visit school cafe: 
     https://www.schoolcafe.com/pps

    Price for lunches this year are: 

    2022-23 Menu Prices
    Grades    Breakfast  Lunch

    PK-8          $1.60        $3.00
    9-12           $1.60        $3.50
    Adult          $3.00        $5.50

    Milk            $0.50        $0.50
     
    For all school communications with Ms. Amy, please use the kitchen email (nsmaplewood@pps.net)

     
    Our lunch lines will be long as students learn how to use their new lunch cards. It may be a good time to pack a lunch for now until we get our lunch routines running smoothly. Please pack a water bottle in your child’s lunch as we now only have a drinking fountain rather than a water dispenser and cups. 

     


    Hello Maplewood Families.

    I'm Ms. Amy, the Lunch Lady of Maplewood. The start of the new school year brings changes and reminders for meal services.

    The biggest is that meals are NO LONGER free (unless you are free/reduced). The good news is that Oregon has upped the poverty level to 300% so many more folks can benefit.  You can apply for free/reduced here: https://www.pps.net/Page/2464
     Here is the link for how  folks can pay on your child's account: https://www.pps.net/Page/18300
    Here is the link for Schoolcafe: https://www.pps.net/Page/18304. If you are new to Schoolcafe, you have to set up a parent site first then you can add your kid. I still take cash and/or checks made out to Nutrition Services. If you need help navigating any of this, please feel free to let me know.

    If a child has an allergy, Nutrition Services needs a doctor form. You can find all allergy info  here: https://www.pps.net/Page/2481 under ODE forms-Medical Statement to Request Special Meals and/or Accommodations you can print out doctor form. Please return this to me asap. This will generate a pop up on the computer when your child comes through the lunch line showing they have an allergy. I will try to introduce myself to your child so we will know one another.
     
    If your child has a preference, ex. gluten free, no pork, vegetarian, you can find that form here: https://www.pps.net/Page/2481 under ODE forms meal preference. Please return this to me asap. This will generate a pop up on the computer when your child comes through the lunch line showing they have something different in their diet. I will try to introduce myself to your child so we will know one another.


    We will not start the year with PBJ. We are hoping to get them some time in the near future. That's the bad news. The good news is that we have the Roadrunner pizza (the "good") pizza back!


    The last thing is lunch cards are back. If the child knows their number-AWESOME (they will need it through their whole PPS journey). If they don't they will have a lunch card. K-3 will scan their card and I'm making cards for grades 4-5. They will have to type in their number. Everyone will eventually need to know their number, but for now, we'll use cards.

    Please know that I am here to help. Do not be afraid to contact me with any questions, concerns, suggestions, etc. You may reach me at nsmaplewood@pps.net or call me at 503-916-6308 ext. 72463 Cheers to an excellent school year!
    -Lunch Lady Amy
     
     

     




     
     
     

     



     
     

     


    Site Council
     


    If you are interested in joining site council, please contact Dr. Kathryn Galloway kgalloway@pps.net

    Meetings will be held once a month after school from 2:30 - 3:30. Dates TBD. For more information on what the Site Council does, click HERE.

     

    MAPLEWOOD MORNING DROP-OFF 
     

    7:45 - 7:50

    • Adult’s will not be on duty to supervise students

    • Students may go to the cafeteria to get breakfast 

    7:50 AM

    • First bell rings and outside supervision begins

    • Kindergarten, First and Second Grade teachers meet their class lines outside

    • Front doors open

    8:00 AM

    • Tardy bell rings and instruction begins. 

    • No parents in the building after 8AM. 

    Drop-off Procedure: 

    Students may be dropped off in the designated drop-off areas ONLY.  To avoid congestion, aim to drop your student off at 7:45. 

    Northbound Drop-Off Area: 

    • The NB drop-off area is accessed from the northbound lane of SW 52nd Ave. It is adjacent to the ball field, just north of the building. Do not pull into the drop-off area from the southbound lane. 

    • Pull all the way forward to let the student out of your vehicle. 

    • Student will walk on the other side of the curb to the school. After the student has left your vehicle, wait for the vehicle in front of you to leave. Follow cautiously out to the northbound lane of SW 52nd Ave only. 

    Southbound Drop-Off Area: 

    • The SB drop-off area is accessed from the southbound lane of SW 52nd Ave. Turn right into West Hills Church parking lot. Do not pull into the church drop-off area from the northbound lane. 

    • There is space in the drop-off area for three cars. Pull all the way forward to the WELCOME flag and let your student out of your vehicle. Student will walk on the sidewalk (passenger side) or the walk on the path adjacent to driveway (drivers side). 

    • After the student has left your vehicle, wait for the vehicle in front of you to leave. Be cautious of cars exiting the church parking spots. Exit the parking lot going north or south on SW 53rd Ave. 

    If you would like to walk a student up to the building:

    • parking is available in the parking lot of the West Hills Friends Church across the street from the school or street parking on SW 53rd and SW 54th. 

    • Do not park on SW 51st

    West Hills Parking - one way driveway 

    • Enter the parking lot from the southbound lane of SW 52nd Ave only

    • No left turn into this lot

    • Use the pedestrian path on the south side of the parking lot only

    • Cross driveway and then SW 52nd when traffic is stopped by the crossing guard. 

    Street parking on SW 53th

    • SW 53rd - use the pedestrian path on the south side of the parking lot (playground). Cross driveway and then SW 52nd when traffic is stopped by the crossing guard. 

    • SW 54th - use the pedestrian path, "Snicket", that runs between SW 54th and SW 53rd. Cross SW 53rd cautiously and continue on the pedestrian path on the south side of the driveway only. 

     

    For Everyone's Safety: 

    • DO NOT allow a student to exit the vehicle in the driving lanes of the road or anywhere other than the designated drop-off areas or the parking areas. 

    • DO NOT access the NB drop-off area by making a U-turn from the southbound lane of SW 52nd. 

    • DO NOT make a U-turn when leaving the drop-off area. 

    • DO NOT leave the drop-off lane before the vehicle in front of you leaves. DO NOT park in the area south of the bus unloading area or in the bus unloading area.. 

    • DO NOT drop off a student on SW 51st Ave on the east side of the school property. 

    • DO NOT enter the West Hills Friends Church parking lot from SW 53rd Ave. 

    • DO NOT walk through the West Hills Friends Church parking lot. Use pedestrian paths. 

     
    Safe Routes to School

     





     

     
  • Maplewood Memo June 10, 2022

     


    Principal's Message June 09, 2022
     

    Dear Maplewood Community,

    Thank you for a wonderful and productive school year.  I can’t thank everyone enough for your endless hours of volunteering, chaperoning, reading, organizing, donating and doing whatever was necessary to support students—both at home and at school.  Special thanks to our PTA and Foundation, who, as usual, went above and beyond the call of duty to provide whatever was necessary to add to our students’ already rich school experience.

    That experience could not occur without the endless energy, skills and devotion of the Maplewood staff.  Thanks and well done to an incredible group of professionals.

     

    A final word to Maplewood students:  Thank you for all your hard work throughout the school year.  I am so honored to be your principal; you make me proud to be a part of Maplewood Elementary School.  You keep me laughing and young at heart.  I am grateful for your joy, astute insights and amazing talents.  Best wishes to our graduating fifth graders, whom I will miss greatly—please come back and visit.  


    Everyone has a safe and happy summer break.

    Until next school year, here’s wishing you love, laughter and learning.

    Kit

     

    Upcoming Dates:

    • June 10th - Last Day of School

    Things to mark on your calendar:

     

    Sneak Peak August 26, 11:30 - 12:00

        This is a new event for Maplewood this year. We would love to have students have a sneak peek into their new classroom and meet their teacher before the first day of school. Teachers will be busily getting the classroom set up for students on this day so it will not be “Pinterest Ready” for this event. Stop by and say hello between 11:30 - 12:00. Teachers will need to shut their doors at noon for the PTA provided staff lunch, so it will be a quick hello. 

     

    Community Cares Project Aug 27 9-12

        Come out and help get our school ready for another great year by cleaning up the grounds and playground area. 

     

    Movie in April Hill park 6pm?

        Apparently there will be a movie this summer in our neighborhood park - a great time to reconnect with each other!

     

    Kinder Connect Carnival August 21st from 4-5:30 - for incoming Kindergarteners only 

        This is an event to meet your teachers and make some new friends before school starts. We will have face painting, blowing, crafting, and much more! Can’t wait to see our new kinders and their families!

     

    Grades 1-5 First Day of School - Aug 30

    Kinder First Day Schedule - ½ class on Aug 29 and 30 - First full day on Sept 6

        Stay tuned for more information about which day to come. 

     

    Kinder Parent Coffee with Principal 7:45 - 8:15

        After you drop your kindergartener off at school on their first day with the whole class, join Principal Galloway and the other kinder families for coffee and pastries in the gym. 

     
    Foundation

     

    Dear Maplewood School Community, thank you from the bottom of our hearts! This community stepped up and help us raise over $42,000, with some funds still coming in helping to exceed our original goal to fund two part-time Educational Assistant positions for next year. We are excited about working with Principal Galloway, Maplewood teachers and staff, and our amazing school community to help create the future of your Foundation. 

    If you are interested in learning more about Foundation please:


    Note any extra funds raised by the Foundation which is part of The Fund for PPS Fund, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization will be carried over for staffing needs for the 2023-24 school year.

    Chrome Books

    Your child may bring home their Chromebook for the summer IF you sign a permission slip stating that you will care for the device. More information will come from your teacher soon. 

     

    Medications

    Hello Parents/Guardians,

    A reminder from the health room. Please pick up any medications that have been stored in the health room for your student by June 10, 2022, the last day of the school. Medications will need to be picked up by an adult. Students will not be able to transport medications home. If you have any questions please contact the school, or email our nurse, Cheryl Bell at cbell@mesd.k12.or.us for further information. Thank you.


     

    Summer Camp - Young Audiences

    PPS recently accepted Young Audiences' proposal for a summer camp program free of cost to students/families. These programs will be at Markham Elementary, so we are opening up registration to students in surrounding schools as well as specifically working to employ counselors from feeder high schools. 

    Students entering 2-5th grade from the following schools are welcome to apply:
    Markham, Stephenson, Capitol Hill, Maplewood, Hayhurst, Rieke, & Bridlemile

    More information & registration application here: https://ya-or.org/summer-2022-art-camps-pps

     


     

     

    Summer Day Care at Maplewood

    SCCA - NOT Art4LIfe

    Time: 7:00 am to 6:00 pm.

    Five days a week: $250 per child.

    Daily drop-in: $60 per child.

    Sibling discount: 10%.

    Registration HERE

    Questions? Send an email to scca_kids@yahoo.com


     

    PPS Summer Site for Families: 

    Click HERE to learn about the many opportunities PPS is offering to students this summer. 

     


    OHSU COVID Summer Testing

     

    Families who would like to continue testing but are not enrolled in summer academy can submit samples at their chosen summer academy site by dropping at office on identified weekly pickup day. Please include this language (or similar) in a message to families this week:

    • OHSU Screening testing will be supported for PPS students July 11th through August 5th. Samples will be collected at Summer Acceleration Academy sites on Wednesdays while Summer Acceleration Academy is in session. Please ensure that your students’ sample is in the office of your identified Summer Acceleration Academy site between 9 am and 11:30 am.

    • If your student is currently enrolled, and you need additional sample collection kits for the weeks of July 11th through August 5th, please contact your school office.


    IMPORTANT  REMINDER - BUS TRANSPORTATION (BY 7/31)

     

    Just a reminder, starting Fall 2022 and moving forward, students will be able to register for Transportation during enrollment at the beginning of each school year. In order to capture the initial data,  families will be receiving a survey to fill out that will eventually sync with Synergy to capture existing riders and routes.

    The goal is to capture as much data as possible so that transportation office can begin routing for the next school year.

    There is a Chromebook set up at Maplewood to ensure families will have access at the school to fill out the registration survey if they don’t have access at home. 

     

    Student Transportation 503.916.6901

     


    Girl Scouts

    Girl Scout troop 10015 is open to new members who will be 5th graders next year. Members do not need to attend Maplewood Elementary school. Parents can email me at manda.bednarczyk@gmail.com or sign up online at girlscoutsosw.org
    Thank you so much!

    -Manda Bednarczyk


          Kindergarten Enrollment & Connection Events

     

    Register for Kindergarten!

    Do you have a child who will be 5 years old before September 1st?  Enroll now for Fall 2022!
    Your child needs to be 5 before  September 1st.  I will need to see 2 address verifications and an original birth certificate or passport to verify age for immediate enrollment. 

    Enroll online the link below- click the "new student" tab to begin:  

    https://www.pps.net/Page/14787    

    Paper enrollment may be done with me as well,  Email me any question @ sriley@pps.net.
    Enrolling promptly supports us in accurate tracking of students for adequate staffing.
    Happy Spring!

    Please have them reach out to Shannon Riley, our school secretary, to enroll ASAP (sriley@pps.net.) Send them to this webpage as well for information about our Kinder Connect events: https://www.pps.net/domain/6441

    Kinder Open Enrollment:Online enrollment  web page
    PPS:  https://www.pps.net/Page/868

    Kinder Connect Carnival:
    August 21st, 4-5:30pm


     

     
    From School Social Worker
     

    Maplewood Elementary School Summer 2022  Resource Guide

     

     


     

     

    Summer Activities 

     
     

     


     

     

     

    Mental Health 

     
    • Advocacy Hotline 503-809-HELP (4357) - Confidential advocacy support for PPS students

     

     


     

     

    Community Resources/Basic Needs

     

    Food

     

    Utility Assistance 

     

    Rental Assistance 

     

    Legal Services 

     

    Clothing

     

    Other resources

     

     


     

     


    Library News
     
    As of today, June 7, there are 153 books still out! Please find them or pay here:  https://pps.schoolpay.com/ or contact me (kordahl@pps.net)
    Look for game boards for the Multnomah County Library Summer Reading program!
    Summer reading ideas? Try these for students in grades 3-5 next year: https://bit.ly/3xfx8cB



    Please search around your homes, backpacks, and cars for Maplewood Library books!

    ANY questions about books -- email Ms. Kordahl, kordahl@pps.net
    Pay for lost books here:  https://pps.schoolpay.com/

    Nutrition Services
     
    FREE/REDUCED PRICE MEAL APPLICATIONS AND ELIGIBILITY FOR FAMILIES

    Did you know if families are eligible for free or reduced price meals, they may also receive other extended benefits, fee reductions or waivers? Even though all students may eat school meals at no cost this school year, students enrolled in a school NOT listed as a CEP site may be eligible for meal benefits. Students enrolled at any of the schools listed as a CEP (Community Eligibility Provision) site, do not need to apply for meal benefits. While the meal benefits application may mean eligibility for meal services and is processed through the Nutrition Services department, it can also mean further support or savings beyond food and nutrition. The current school year eligibility expires June 30, yet families receive a 30 day carry over into the new school year. The 30 days allow families time to submit a new application for the 2022-23 school year without incurring meal charges.

    Families may be eligible for benefits through these options -

    • Directly certified through SNAP

    • Directly certified and identified through foster, migrant or McKinney Vento liaisons

    • By completing a meal benefit application based on income

    To submit an online meal application, click here or visit https://www.pps.net/Page/2464

    Proof of eligibility can be provided to families directly. Such requests should be emailed to mealbenefits@pps.net

    Whitney Ellersick, Senior Director, Nutrition Services, wellersi@pps.net


    Site Council
     

    Site Council:

    I would like to start a site council for Maplewood for the 22-23 school year. If you are interested in joining this, please contact me at kgalloway@pps.net. I have shared details about Site Council in past newsletters if you would like more information.

    We will have our first meeting at the end of this school year to look at the school’s improvement plan for next year. Meetings will be held once a month after school from 2:30 - 3:30. Dates TBD. For more information on what the Site Council does, click HERE.


    For more information, please visit: https://www.pps.net/Page/6909




     



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    Please look at our website for more information.  
  • Maplewood Memo May 25, 2022



    Principal's Message
     

    Greeting Maplewood Families, 

    How can it already be the end of May? This year has flown by. These next few weeks will be packed. Students in grade 3-5 are finishing up their state testing, and students in grade K-2 are finishing up their end of year assessments as well. I look forward to seeing the results as data predicts that we have made some incredible academic growth this year! I look forward to sharing the results of our hard work with you. Stay tuned!

    I want to be sure to extend an enormous thank you to Maplewood families for donating to the “Bridge the Gap” campaign by the Maplewood Foundation. I am so excited to share that we hit our goal and now have enough for a second Educational Assistant next year. Thank you to all of those who helped make this a reality. 

    Speaking of giving, I would also like to thank those who have volunteered their time this school year. We couldn’t have done it without your help this year! The Maplewood staff and students would like to formally invite volunteers to an appreciation celebration on June 1st from 7:45 - 8:15 in the gym. Please mark your calendars! 

    As is the Maplewood tradition, PTA is providing Maplebar coupons to Sesame Donuts to every student on May 27th. This will also be PJ day at school to add to the fun. Thank you PTA for this awesome annual tradition.

    The PTA board voted to support the hiring of Playworks for Maplewood next year. Playworks is an organization that structures recess so that all students are involved in positive play. Visit https://www.playworks.org/ for more information. Our discipline data and student survey results shows that recess is a hard time of day for many of our students. By structuring this time, students will feel more socially successful at school which research shows, overflows into better academic success as well. When I brought the idea to hire Playworks to our staff last month there was resounding support. HERE are some of their thoughts about how Maplewood will benefit from Playworks. 

    We are looking forward to gathering as a community this Thursday at the Open House (5:30 - 6:00) and End-of-Year Picnic (6:00 - 7:30). Many parents have not yet been in their child’s classroom this year due to COVID restraints. So we wanted to invite you in to share the world your child has been in this year. Bring your blanket and picnic basket and, after the Open House, join us on the upper field for our picnic. There will be food trucks as well and a special surprise from the Maplewood staff! You won’t want to miss this!

    As we end the year, many of you may be wondering about after school daycare at Maplewood for next year. PPS will be reaching out to share the daycare provider options and you will have the opportunity to vote for the one you feel is the best fit for our community. We will announce the daycare provider on June 10th. 

    Lastly, please mark your calendar for Project Community Cares in August. Project Community Care is a wonderful opportunity for community members to help beautify our school grounds before students return for the school year! Volunteers come together to complete tasks from weeding, to picking up litter, to spreading mulch around flower beds. Together we can grow a sense of community and school stewardship. Volunteers of all ages are welcome. Your time and energy will make a direct impact on students, families, teachers, and the neighborhood. This event runs between 9am-12pm on Saturday, August 27th - mark your calendars!

    Enjoy the sunny weather!
    Warmly, 

    Kit

     

    Upcoming Dates:

    •  May 25 -  Kinder Connect - Popsicles  3-4:00pm
    •  May 26th Open House 5:30 / End of Year picnic 6-7
    •  May 30th - No school Memorial Day
    • June 6th Field Day (Rain date - June 8th)
    • June 10th - Last Day of School
    Foundation

     

    Dear Maplewood School Community, thank you from the bottom of our hearts! This community stepped up and help us raise over $42,000, with some funds still coming in helping to exceed our original goal to fund two part-time Educational Assistant positions for next year. We are excited about working with Principal Galloway, Maplewood teachers and staff, and our amazing school community to help create the future of your Foundation. 

    If you are interested in learning more about Foundation please:

    Upcoming Dine Outs:
    Gourmet on the Go: hamburgers, hot dogs, sandwiches, and Kona Shaved Ice will be at the school picnic, Thursday, 5/26, 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm. These dine-outs will be the culmination of the Foundation Direct Giving campaign!

     

    The Old Spaghetti Factory

    June 6th, 7th, and 8th


    Note any extra funds raised by the Foundation which is part of The Fund for PPS Fund, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization will be carried over for staffing needs for the 2023-24 school year.

    Grade 5: Oaks Park Safety Patrol 

     

    Thank you to all the Grade 5 students for their help with keeping our school safe with their Crossing Guard duty and being Conflict Managers at recess. To thank our grade 5 students, they will go to Oaks Park on June 2nd.  No lunch needed because Portland Police provide and serve lunch to students.  Ride bracelets are provided for students for rides only - no Roller Skating,  Go Carts or the Newest  Roller Coaster.   Students and Teachers will take a field trip bus departing at 9:30am and returning to school at 2:00pm.  Chaperones will need to meet at Oaks Park. Thank you again 5th graders! YOU made a difference at Maplewood this year!
     


    Chrome Books

    Your child may bring home their Chromebook for the summer IF you sign a permission slip stating that you will care for the device. More information will come from your teacher soon. 


    Maple Bars and PJ's

    CERTIFICATES FOR MAPLE BARS FROM SESAME DONUTS COMING YOUR WAY THIS FRIDAY, May 27th!

    Dear Maplewood Families,

    From PTA to your kids, and in celebration of the now traditional Maple Bar and PJ day,
    teachers will hand out certificates for Maple Bars to be redeemed at Sesame Donuts. Gift certificates will be handed out on Friday, May 27th but can be redeemed any day.

    Enjoy!

    Your current PTA.

     


    Summer Camp - Young Audiences

    PPS recently accepted Young Audiences' proposal for a summer camp program free of cost to students/families. These programs will be at Markham Elementary, so we are opening up registration to students in surrounding schools as well as specifically working to employ counselors from feeder high schools. 

    Students entering 2-5th grade from the following schools are welcome to apply:
    Markham, Stephenson, Capitol Hill, Maplewood, Hayhurst, Rieke, & Bridlemile

    More information & registration application here: https://ya-or.org/summer-2022-art-camps-pps

     


     

     

    Summer Day Care at Maplewood

    SCCA - NOT Art4LIfe

    Time: 7:00 am to 6:00 pm.

    Five days a week: $250 per child.

    Daily drop-in: $60 per child.

    Sibling discount: 10%.

    Registration HERE

    Questions? Send an email to scca_kids@yahoo.com



    Summer Programs

     

    Summer is coming and PPS will be offering a number of summer programming opportunities for students!

     

    Summer Acceleration Academy (SAA): SAA is a joyful learning opportunity to support development in key literacy and math skills, as well as STEAM learning and projects! Students are selected based on academic needs for this is a free, four week program. Invitations will be sent by email from PPS Summer Acceleration - be sure to check your email!


    Summer Enrichment and Extended Learning: A wide variety of exciting summer enrichment and extended learning opportunities will be offered throughout the summer in partnership with community organizations and Portland Public Schools’ Racial Equity and Social Justice (RESJ) Department. Keep an eye out for program information and registration coming in mid-May!

     

     

    PPS Summer Site for Families: 

    Click HERE to learn about the many opportunities PPS is offering to students this summer. 

     


    Girl Scouts

    Girl Scout troop 10015 is open to new members who will be 5th graders next year. Members do not need to attend Maplewood Elementary school. Parents can email me at manda.bednarczyk@gmail.com or sign up online at girlscoutsosw.org
    Thank you so much!

    -Manda Bednarczyk


     

    Return to Maplewood?

    If you know someone who left Maplewood in the last few years and is interested in returning, we will be giving a tour on May 25th at 3:30. These tours will overlap with the Kinder Connect “Popsicles on the Playground” event - the kinders will have a 3:30 tour of Kindergarten and all others will tour the other grade levels.

     

     

    Running Late

    If your child is more than 10 minutes late to school (after 8:10), please walk them into the office and sign them into school. Thank you for your help with this. 

     

          Kindergarten Enrollment & Connection Events

     

    Register for Kindergarten!

    Do you have a child who will be 5 years old before September 1st?  Enroll now for Fall 2022!
    Your child needs to be 5 before  September 1st.  I will need to see 2 address verifications and an original birth certificate or passport to verify age for immediate enrollment. 

    Enroll online the link below- click the "new student" tab to begin:  

    https://www.pps.net/Page/14787    

    Paper enrollment may be done with me as well,  Email me any question @ sriley@pps.net.
    Enrolling promptly supports us in accurate tracking of students for adequate staffing.
    Happy Spring!

    Please have them reach out to Shannon Riley, our school secretary, to enroll ASAP (sriley@pps.net.) Send them to this webpage as well for information about our Kinder Connect events: https://www.pps.net/domain/6441

    Kinder Open Enrollment:Online enrollment  web page
    PPS:  https://www.pps.net/Page/868

    Kinder Connect Popsicles on the playground:
    May 18, 3-4pm (rain date - May 25th)

     

    Kinder Connect Carnival:
    August 21st, 4-5:30pm


     

     
    From School Counselor

    This month our Toolbox Tool is the Apology and Forgiveness Tool: I admit to my mistakes and work to forgive yours. It is represented by a container of school glue since this too is the "glue" that brings us together. A sincere apology opens the door to self-responsibility and forgiveness.  Forgiveness requires letting go of anger and judgement.  Apology and forgiveness helps repair broken relationships and allows us to work together as a healthier community.

    A Toolbox Poster to Put On Your Refrigerator



    Kendall Cunningham
    Maplewood Elementary School Counselor
    M-F 7:45-3:30
    503-916-6308
    Check out my website here for videos, resources, and info on our program at Maplewood!
    Counseling Request Google Form


    One of the secrets to staying young is to always do things you don't know how to do, to keep learning.
    Ruth Reichl, author and chef
    Attachments area
    Preview YouTube video Toolbox Apology and Forgiveness Tool


    Toolbox Apology and Forgiveness Tool


     
     

     


    Library News
     

     

    All books are due June 3 (can you believe it?!). The last day to check out books is May 25.
    Please start scouring your homes, backpacks, and cars for Maplewood Library books!

    ANY questions about books -- email Ms. Kordahl, kordahl@pps.net
    Pay for lost books here:  https://pps.schoolpay.com/

    Game boards for the Multnomah County Library Summer Reading program will be sent home in June.





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    PE News
    PE NEWS

    FIELD DAY VOLUNTEER SIGN UP
    THANK YOU to all the families that have signed up to volunteer for field day! I have added more spots because so many people have wanted to help! This will be a great opportunity to spend time with the school community. 


    Volunteers will be stationed at a field day activity to run and help with the activity. Our goal is to create a fun time for the students so drink your coffee and be ready to bring the energy! Classes will rotate through each station so you'll have a chance to see your child(ren). 

     Please email with any questions or stop by while I am on afternoon bus duty. Mweatherill@pps.net

    Sign up times for K-2 are 8:45-10:45 and grades 3-5 are 12:15-2:15. The event takes place on Monday, June 6 with the rain check date on June 8. 

    Sign up HERE

    Thanks for your support, 
    Megan Weatherill

    NOTES FROM THE KITCHEN
     
    Hello Friends. I can't believe it's that time of the year to clean out my freezer. This means that I will add random amounts of entrees on regular menu days so I can use up the inventory in my freezer.  For instance, I have 36 tamales. Not enough for everyone so will add on a day with less popular options. Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns. 

    Lunch Lady Amy

    Nutrition Services
     
    FREE/REDUCED PRICE MEAL APPLICATIONS AND ELIGIBILITY FOR FAMILIES

    Did you know if families are eligible for free or reduced price meals, they may also receive other extended benefits, fee reductions or waivers? Even though all students may eat school meals at no cost this school year, students enrolled in a school NOT listed as a CEP site may be eligible for meal benefits. Students enrolled at any of the schools listed as a CEP (Community Eligibility Provision) site, do not need to apply for meal benefits. While the meal benefits application may mean eligibility for meal services and is processed through the Nutrition Services department, it can also mean further support or savings beyond food and nutrition. The current school year eligibility expires June 30, yet families receive a 30 day carry over into the new school year. The 30 days allow families time to submit a new application for the 2022-23 school year without incurring meal charges.

    Families may be eligible for benefits through these options -

    • Directly certified through SNAP

    • Directly certified and identified through foster, migrant or McKinney Vento liaisons

    • By completing a meal benefit application based on income

    To submit an online meal application, click here or visit https://www.pps.net/Page/2464

    Proof of eligibility can be provided to families directly. Such requests should be emailed to mealbenefits@pps.net

    Whitney Ellersick, Senior Director, Nutrition Services, wellersi@pps.net



    COVID

     

    COVID Protocol Updates:

    There are a few other key updates to our COVID protocols:

    • Physical Distancing is no longer mandated. OHA and ODE (via Ready Schools Safe Learners) recommend: “striving for at least 3 feet between students to the extent possible.” 

    • Effective March 12 all of Oregon will pause contract tracing and quarantine for the general population, including K-12 settings.

    • The Daily Illness Self-Screening Checklist has been updated to better reflect ODE/OHA definitions of illness, and more updates will be added next week once all guidance is finalized. 


    Site Council
     

    Site Council:

    I would like to start a site council for Maplewood for the 22-23 school year. If you are interested in joining this, please contact me at kgalloway@pps.net. I have shared details about Site Council in past newsletters if you would like more information.

    We will have our first meeting at the end of this school year to look at the school’s improvement plan for next year. Meetings will be held once a month after school from 2:30 - 3:30. Dates TBD. For more information on what the Site Council does, click HERE.


    Step-Up Day:

    We will have a day this spring for all students to visit the next grade level and meet the teachers. Since students will not know their placement for next year on this day, they will have an opportunity to meet both teachers of the next grade level and learn about the highlights of their new grade. This will take place on June 7th. 


    Class Placement: 
     

    Many of you are wondering when we will send out the new class placement lists. We will send these out in July so your child has time to connect with a few people from their new class over the summer.


    Student Class Placement
     

    We take class placement very seriously at Maplewood. Ensuring that we place a student with the proper teacher in a balanced community is our goal and we will be using a very systematic process to do so.

    Your child’s teacher knows your child very well; they know their strengths, how they learn, and what they need to meet their potential. With all this knowledge, teachers will work diligently in their Professional Learning Community (PLC) meeting, along with Morgan Whitney, to place students in a class for next year. Teachers will not place students based on a specific teacher, rather they will place them on the characteristics of the next year’s teachers and match them with the needs of each individual student (ex: great classroom management, loves to do art projects, etc…)

     

    These initial class lists will then be reviewed by each specialist teacher, our special education teacher, our school psychologist, our counselor and social worker and myself. Using this process, we are able to tap into all the knowledge of the staff who know your child, in addition to their teacher. Once balanced class communities are created, I will assign a teacher to the class lists. 

     

    Please know, this means that we do not accept teacher requests for placing your child in a class for next year.  If, for some reason, you feel there is pertinent information that we do not already know which will affect how your child should be placed, please refer to the March 30th Maplewood Memo for the form to fill out. 


  • Maplewood Memo May 11, 2022

     

     



    Principal's Message

     

    Hello Maplewood Families, 

    I hope this newsletter finds you well. Our teachers are still basking in the love from teacher appreciation week. Thank you to PTA for spoiling them and to all the families that did something to show your appreciation to your child(ren)’ s teacher. We truly have a special group of educators at Maplewood and I am glad we were able to make them feel appreciated. 

    I hope you had a wonderful Mother’s Day weekend. I was lucky to have my eldest son, Jack, come home for the weekend from UofO to celebrate with me. 

     

    This week marks the beginning of the Maplewood Foundation’s Direct Giving campaign. All funds raised will go towards hiring an Educational Assistant (EA) for next year. We currently have three part time EA’s and next year are only going to have enough money from Foundation to hire one EA. Please help us by donating so we can hire a second EA. http://www.maplewoodfoundation.com/donat


    On May 19th we have two different events. First, come visit your child’s classroom at the Open House at 5:30. Afterwards, join us for an all school End of Year Picnic. Just bring a blanket and grab some take out dinner from “Foundation Dine Out” restaurants (more info to come). These dine-outs will raise money for EAs and will be the culmination of the Foundation Direct Giving campaign! Please also mark your calendars for the rain date for these events - May 26th.

     

    As you may know, we have had an uptick in COVID cases. Please keep your child home if they show any symptoms. 

     

    Thank you, 

    Kit


     

     

     

    Upcoming Dates:

    •  May 17 -  Principal Chat 6:00pm
    •  May 17 -  PTA Mtg. 6:30pm
    •  May 18 -  Kinder Connect - Popscicles  3-4:00pm
    •  May 19th Open House 5:30 / End of Year picnic 6-7
    •  May 30th - No school Memorial Day

    Parent-Principal Chat 
    Tuesday, May 17 · 6:00 – 6:30pm
    Google Meet joining info
    Video call link: https://meet.google.com/mjj-qiva-zjo
    Or dial: ‪(US) +1 435-731-4959‬ PIN: ‪347 625 752‬#
    More phone numbers: https://tel.meet/mjj-qiva-zjo?pin=5158985631426
     


    FOUNDATION

    Direct Giving Campaign

    This week  kicks off Foundation's Direct Giving Campaign! Our goal is to raise $20,000 so we can hire a second Educational Assistant for next year. Please donate here:   http://www.maplewoodfoundation.com/donate/

     


    OBOB
     
    Maplewood's Battle of the Books has come to a close. Big congrats to all the kids that participated!
     
    Thank you to all the parent volunteers that helped our team moderate battles: Kari Martin, Manda Bednarczyk, Stephanie Hoover, Julie Furey, Michelle Ferretti, Janina Patterson, Natasha Carr, and Kara Kakuska!! We couldn't have done it without you!!
     
    Thank you to all the teachers for reading OBOB books in class and encouraging the kids. Thanks to Elin Kordahl for being amazing and helping create such an awesome experience!
     
    And finally congrats to this years' winners:

    3rd grade: Cookie Worms
    4th grade: Sushi Elephants
    5th grade: Fire Breathing Chickens
    The 2022-23 book list will be out soon, so get ready to start reading some new awesome books!

    Your Parent mOBOB team:
    Judy Brandt Reed, Dana Tucker Reber, Andrea Beyer and Heather Hanna Jones

    Running Late

    If your child is more than 10 minutes late to school (after 8:10), please walk them into the office and sign them into school. Thank you for your help with this. 

     

    Site Council
     

    Site Council:

    I would like to start a site council for Maplewood for the 22-23 school year. If you are interested in joining this, please contact me at kgalloway@pps.net. I have shared details about Site Council in past newsletters if you would like more information.

    We will have our first meeting at the end of this school year to look at the school’s improvement plan for next year. Meetings will be held once a month after school from 2:30 - 3:30. Dates TBD. For more information on what the Site Council does, click HERE.

     

    Maplewood Open House and End of Year Picnic
     

    Please mark your calendars for our Open House on May 19th from 5:30 - 6:00 (rain date May 26th.) Come and visit your child’s classroom at 5:30 before our picnic begins at 6:00.  We had hoped to have food trucks at the picnic, but unfortunately they are hard to come by these days. Therefore, we will have a dine-out option for you to grab a take-out order and bring to the picnic. Also, we have a special surprise for everyone from the Maplewood Staff - you do not want to miss this!

     

    Grade 5: Oaks Park Safety Patrol 

     

    Thank you to all the Grade 5 students for their help with keeping our school safe with their Crossing Guard duty and being Conflict Managers at recess. To thank our grade 5 students, they will go to Oaks Park on June 2nd.  No lunch needed because Portland Police provide and serve lunch to students.  Ride bracelets are provided for students for rides only - no Roller Skating,  Go Carts or the Newest  Roller Coaster.   Students and Teachers will take a field trip bus departing at 9:30am and returning to school at 2:00pm.  Chaperones will need to meet at Oaks Park. Thank you again 5th graders! YOU made a difference at Maplewood this year!
     



    Field Day

    PE NEWS

    FIELD DAY VOLUNTEER SIGN UP
    We will be hosting field day on June 6, the last Monday of the school year. One or two volunteers will be stationed at a field day activity. The volunteer time includes a half hour before field day begins to go over the activities and last minute set-up. Please email with any questions or stop by while I am on afternoon bus duty. Mweatherill@pps.net

    Sign up times for K-2 are 8:45-10:45 and grades 3-5 are 12:15-2:15. 

    Sign up HERE

    Thanks for your support, 
    Megan Weatherill


    Chrome Books

    Your child may bring home their Chromebook for the summer IF you sign a permission slip stating that you will care for the device. More information will come from your teacher soon. 



    PTA’s Parent and Pastries / Volunteer Appreciation:

    Our next PTA Parent and Pastries will be on June 2nd from 7:45 - 8:15. This will also be our volunteer appreciation event. If you have volunteered at Maplewood this year, please save this date. Invitations will be sent out later this month. Teachers will bake goodies for this event and students will have a special thank you decoration for our volunteers. 

     



    Step-Up Day:

    We will have a day this spring for all students to visit the next grade level and meet the teachers. Since students will not know their placement for next year on this day, they will have an opportunity to meet both teachers of the next grade level and learn about the highlights of their new grade. This will take place on June 7th. 



    Class Placement: 
     

    Many of you are wondering when we will send out the new class placement lists. We will send these out in July so your child has time to connect with a few people from their new class over the summer.



    Student Class Placement
     

    We take class placement very seriously at Maplewood. Ensuring that we place a student with the proper teacher in a balanced community is our goal and we will be using a very systematic process to do so.

    Your child’s teacher knows your child very well; they know their strengths, how they learn, and what they need to meet their potential. With all this knowledge, teachers will work diligently in their Professional Learning Community (PLC) meeting, along with Morgan Whitney, to place students in a class for next year. Teachers will not place students based on a specific teacher, rather they will place them on the characteristics of the next year’s teachers and match them with the needs of each individual student (ex: great classroom management, loves to do art projects, etc…)

     

    These initial class lists will then be reviewed by each specialist teacher, our special education teacher, our school psychologist, our counselor and social worker and myself. Using this process, we are able to tap into all the knowledge of the staff who know your child, in addition to their teacher. Once balanced class communities are created, I will assign a teacher to the class lists. 


    Please know, this means that we do not accept teacher requests for placing your child in a class for next year.  If, for some reason, you feel there is pertinent information that we do not already know which will affect how your child should be placed, please refer to the March 30th Maplewood Memo for the form to fill out. 


     

    Reporting Issues:
     

    I wanted to take a minute to discuss something that has come to my attention recently and may be helpful for us to review together. If your child comes home and reports an issue to you that happened at school, please inform your child’s teacher. Many times children don’t share when something has happened and therefore the problem is not addressed and may continue. We do take social issues very seriously at Maplewood and do our best to respond immediately; however, if we are not aware of an issue, we cannot solve it. So, please do be in touch if your child reports any social issues with you from their day. Thank you for your help with this!

     

     


    OSHU Screening Program 

    Based on the numbers of tests OHSU processes for PPS each week, there are many families who are enrolled and do not participate in the Screening Testing Program. If you could please return any UNOPENED sample collection kits to be used by others who are still using this resource, it would be greatly appreciated.

    If you would like for your child to be removed from the program please let the office know and we can remove them from the list of students that receive weekly test kits.  If at any time you would like to re-enroll just let the office know and they can be easily added back. 

    Also, If your child has tested positive, please do not do the testing for 90 following their positive result as there is a high chance the test result will come back positive. 

     



    COVID

     

    COVID Protocol Updates:

    This is our first week with optional masking; this is for students, teachers and visitors. There are a few other key updates to our COVID protocols:

    • Physical Distancing is no longer mandated. OHA and ODE (via Ready Schools Safe Learners) recommend: “striving for at least 3 feet between students to the extent possible.” 

    • Effective March 12 all of Oregon will pause contract tracing and quarantine for the general population, including K-12 settings.

    • The Daily Illness Self-Screening Checklist has been updated to better reflect ODE/OHA definitions of illness, and more updates will be added next week once all guidance is finalized. 


     

     

    Summer Day Care at Maplewood

    SCCA - NOT Art4LIfe

    Time: 7:00 am to 6:00 pm.

    Five days a week: $250 per child.

    Daily drop-in: $60 per child.

    Sibling discount: 10%.

    Registration HERE

    Questions? Send an email to scca_kids@yahoo.com



    Summer Programs

     

    Summer is coming and PPS will be offering a number of summer programming opportunities for students!

     

    Summer Acceleration Academy (SAA): SAA is a joyful learning opportunity to support development in key literacy and math skills, as well as STEAM learning and projects! Students are selected based on academic needs for this is a free, four week program. Invitations will be sent by email from PPS Summer Acceleration - be sure to check your email!


    Summer Enrichment and Extended Learning: A wide variety of exciting summer enrichment and extended learning opportunities will be offered throughout the summer in partnership with community organizations and Portland Public Schools’ Racial Equity and Social Justice (RESJ) Department. Keep an eye out for program information and registration coming in mid-May!

     

     

    PPS Summer Site for Families: 

    Click HERE to learn about the many opportunities PPS is offering to students this summer. 

     


     

    Return to Maplewood?

    If you know someone who left Maplewood in the last few years and is interested in returning, we will be giving a tour on May 18th at 3:30 (rain date May 25th.) These tours will overlap with the Kinder Connect “Popsicles on the Playground” event - the kinders will have a 3:30 tour of Kindergarten and all others will tour the other grade levels.

     

          Kindergarten Enrollment & Connection Events

     

    Register for Kindergarten!

    Do you have a child who will be 5 years old before September 1st?  Enroll now for Fall 2022!
    Your child needs to be 5 before  September 1st.  I will need to see 2 address verifications and an original birth certificate or passport to verify age for immediate enrollment. 

    Enroll online the link below- click the "new student" tab to begin:  

    https://www.pps.net/Page/14787    

    Paper enrollment may be done with me as well,  Email me any question @ sriley@pps.net.
    Enrolling promptly supports us in accurate tracking of students for adequate staffing.
    Happy Spring!

    Please have them reach out to Shannon Riley, our school secretary, to enroll ASAP (sriley@pps.net.) Send them to this webpage as well for information about our Kinder Connect events: https://www.pps.net/domain/6441

    Kinder Open Enrollment:Online enrollment  web page
    PPS:  https://www.pps.net/Page/868

    Kinder Connect Popsicles on the playground:
    May 18, 3-4pm (rain date - May 25th)

     

    Kinder Connect Carnival:
    August 21st, 4-5:30pm


     

     
    From School Counselor

    This month our Toolbox Tool is the Apology and Forgiveness Tool: I admit to my mistakes and work to forgive yours. It is represented by a container of school glue since this too is the "glue" that brings us together. A sincere apology opens the door to self-responsibility and forgiveness.  Forgiveness requires letting go of anger and judgement.  Apology and forgiveness helps repair broken relationships and allows us to work together as a healthier community.

    A Toolbox Poster to Put On Your Refrigerator



    Kendall Cunningham
    Maplewood Elementary School Counselor
    M-F 7:45-3:30
    503-916-6308
    Check out my website here for videos, resources, and info on our program at Maplewood!
    Counseling Request Google Form


    One of the secrets to staying young is to always do things you don't know how to do, to keep learning.
    Ruth Reichl, author and chef
    Attachments area
    Preview YouTube video Toolbox Apology and Forgiveness Tool


    Toolbox Apology and Forgiveness Tool


     
     

     


    Library News
     


    All books are due June 3 (can you believe it?!). The last book check out day is May 25.

    Please start scouring your homes, backpacks, and cars for Maplewood Library books!

    Game boards for the Multnomah County Library Summer Reading program will be sent home in June.
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    PE News

    It's that time of year when we look at summer camp offerings for our kids. We have found some resources to help pay for summer camps and also for sports leagues (I'll send this info out again in the fall!).  Please let me know if you have questions. 

    Portland Parks and Rec has a pay what you can option. Click HERE for more information. This applies to activities including arts and sports classes, swim lessons, hikes, and more. Click HERE for information on discounted summer programs. 

    This grant helps pay for day camps if your family makes less than $100.000. The deadline is April 1! https://avid4.com/scholarship/

    This grant helps pay for recreational sports teams up to 4x per year. It's easy to apply for with proof of the child on WIC, Medicaid or SNAP. Click HERE for more information. 

    This grant pays for associated costs (equipment) along with enrollment fees for travel and sport classes and travel sports. Click HERE for more information.

    Click HERE for a list of some summer camp offerings. Most camps offer financial assistance if you read their fine print. 

     

    Nutrition Services
     
    FREE/REDUCED PRICE MEAL APPLICATIONS AND ELIGIBILITY FOR FAMILIES

    Did you know if families are eligible for free or reduced price meals, they may also receive other extended benefits, fee reductions or waivers? Even though all students may eat school meals at no cost this school year, students enrolled in a school NOT listed as a CEP site may be eligible for meal benefits. Students enrolled at any of the schools listed as a CEP (Community Eligibility Provision) site, do not need to apply for meal benefits. While the meal benefits application may mean eligibility for meal services and is processed through the Nutrition Services department, it can also mean further support or savings beyond food and nutrition. The current school year eligibility expires June 30, yet families receive a 30 day carry over into the new school year. The 30 days allow families time to submit a new application for the 2022-23 school year without incurring meal charges.

    Families may be eligible for benefits through these options -

    • Directly certified through SNAP

    • Directly certified and identified through foster, migrant or McKinney Vento liaisons

    • By completing a meal benefit application based on income

    To submit an online meal application, click here or visit https://www.pps.net/Page/2464

    Proof of eligibility can be provided to families directly. Such requests should be emailed to mealbenefits@pps.net

    Whitney Ellersick, Senior Director, Nutrition Services, wellersi@pps.net



    PTA  Last Meeting This Year




    Maplewood PTA Needs You

     

     

     

  • Maplewood Memo April 27,2022


    Principal's Message

     

     

    Greetings Maplewood Families, 

    I hope this newsletter finds you well. I have been enjoying the beautiful days the weather has been giving us and hope you and your family have as well. There are lots of announcements as we approach the end of the school year. Please see below for details. As always, if you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to reach out to me at kgalloway@pps.net.

     

    Thank you, 

    Kit

     

     

    Upcoming Dates:

    •  April 29 - Poem in Your Pocket Day
    •  May 17 -  Principal Chat 6:00pm
    •  May 17 -  PTA Mtg. 6:30pm
    •  May 18 -  Kinder Connect - Popscicles  3-4:00pm
    •  May 19th Open House 5:30 / End of Year picnic 6-7
    •  May 30th - No school Memorial Day

    Parent-Principal Chat 
    Tuesday, May 17 · 6:00 – 6:30pm
    Google Meet joining info
    Video call link: https://meet.google.com/mjj-qiva-zjo
    Or dial: ‪(US) +1 435-731-4959‬ PIN: ‪347 625 752‬#
    More phone numbers: https://tel.meet/mjj-qiva-zjo?pin=5158985631426

     


    PTA is planning to celebrate our wonderful teachers next week! Highlighted areas are where we need your help!

     

    Monday - LUNCH FOR TEACHERS (provided by PTA)
    VOLUNTEER MONDAY AFTERNOON from 4-6 at the school.
    Come decorate doorways for each teacher. Bring any supplies you have. There will be supplies on hand, as well. At least one parent per classroom would be ideal and kids can help too!
    Contact maplewoodvolcoord@gmail.com to volunteer.

    Tuesday - DOORWAY DECORATION AND LOVE NOTES
    Send your child with a sweet note, poem, etc for their teacher.

    Wednesday - COFFEE AND PASTRIES FOR TEACHERS AND STAFF (provided by PTA)

    Thursday - FLOWERS FOR TEACHERS
    Send your child to school with 1 or 2 flowers. PTA will provide vases and extra flowers for kids so everyone can contribute.

    Friday - HAPPY HOUR FOR TEACHERS (1st drink and food is provided by PTA)


     

     


    Running Late

    If your child is more than 10 minutes late to school (after 8:10), please walk them into the office and sign them into school. Thank you for your help with this. 


     

    Site Council
     

    Site Council:

    I would like to start a site council for Maplewood for the 22-23 school year. If you are interested in joining this, please contact me at kgalloway@pps.net. I have shared details about Site Council in past newsletters if you would like more information.

    We will have our first meeting at the end of this school year to look at the school’s improvement plan for next year. Meetings will be held once a month after school from 2:30 - 3:30. Dates TBD. For more information on what the Site Council does, click HERE.

     

     

     

    Maplewood Open House and End of Year Picnic
     

    Maplewood Open House and End of Year Picnic:
    Please mark your calendars for our Open House on May 19th from 5:30 - 6:00 (rain date May 26th.) Come and visit your child’s classroom at 5:30 before our picnic begins at 6:00. Our picnic will have food trucks and a special surprise from the Maplewood Staff - you do not want to miss this!

     

    Grade 5: Oaks Park Safety Patrol 

     

    Thank you to all the Grade 5 students for their help with keeping our school safe with their Crossing Guard duty and being Conflict Managers at recess. To thank our grade 5 students, they will go to Oaks Park on June 2nd.  No lunch needed because Portland Police provide and serve lunch to students.  Ride bracelets are provided for students for rides only - no Roller Skating,  Go Carts or the Newest  Roller Coaster.   Students and Teachers will take a field trip bus departing at 9:30am and returning to school at 2:00pm.  Chaperones will need to meet at Oaks Park. Thank you again 5th graders! YOU made a difference at Maplewood this year!
     



    Field Day

    PE NEWS

    FIELD DAY VOLUNTEER SIGN UP
    We will be hosting field day on June 6, the last Monday of the school year. One or two volunteers will be stationed at a field day activity. The volunteer time includes a half hour before field day begins to go over the activities and last minute set-up. Please email with any questions or stop by while I am on afternoon bus duty. Mweatherill@pps.net

    Sign up times for K-2 are 8:45-10:45 and grades 3-5 are 12:15-2:15. 

    Sign up HERE

    Thanks for your support, 
    Megan Weatherill



    PTA’s Parent and Pastries:

    On May 4th, PTA will have pastries and coffee in the gym again from 7:45 - 8:15am for all parents. This is an opportunity for our community to begin to connect again and to share a cup of coffee and nibbles together. So, drop your kids to school and join us!

     



    Lunch under tents? 

    This spring, when the weather improves, do you feel we should move our lunches to the tents outside? We will have the tents for the remainder of the school year.  Please let me know your preference HERE. Thanks!



    Step-Up Day:

    We will have a day this spring for all students to visit the next grade level and meet the teachers. Since students will not know their placement for next year on this day, they will have an opportunity to meet both teachers of the next grade level. Date TBD.



    Class Placement: 
     

    Many of you are wondering when we will send out the new class placement lists. We will send these out in July so your child has time to connect with a few people from their new class over the summer.



    Student Class Placement
     

    We take class placement very seriously at Maplewood. Ensuring that we place a student with the proper teacher in a balanced community is our goal and we will be using a very systematic process to do so.

    Your child’s teacher knows your child very well; they know their strengths, how they learn, and what they need to meet their potential. With all this knowledge, teachers will work diligently in their Professional Learning Community (PLC) meeting, along with Morgan Whitney, to place students in a class for next year. Teachers will not place students based on a specific teacher, rather they will place them on the characteristics of the next year’s teachers and match them with the needs of each individual student (ex: great classroom management, loves to do art projects, etc…)

     

    These initial class lists will then be reviewed by each specialist teacher, our special education teacher, our school psychologist, our counselor and social worker and myself. Using this process, we are able to tap into all the knowledge of the staff who know your child, in addition to their teacher. Once balanced class communities are created, I will assign a teacher to the class lists. 


    Please know, this means that we do not accept teacher requests for placing your child in a class for next year.  If, for some reason, you feel there is pertinent information that we do not already know which will affect how your child should be placed, please let us know by filling out THIS form no later than May 6th.


     

    Reporting Issues:
     

    I wanted to take a minute to discuss something that has come to my attention recently and may be helpful for us to review together. If your child comes home and reports an issue to you that happened at school, please inform your child’s teacher. Many times children don’t share when something has happened and therefore the problem is not addressed and may continue. We do take social issues very seriously at Maplewood and do our best to respond immediately; however, if we are not aware of an issue, we cannot solve it. So, please do be in touch if your child reports any social issues with you from their day. Thank you for your help with this!

     



    FOUNDATION

    Direct Giving Campaign

    Shortly after we return from spring break the Maplewood Foundation will begin our Direct Giving Campaign to hire EAs for next year. Currently there is enough money to hire 1 part-time EA. Our goal is to hire at least one more EA which means we will need to dig deep into those pockets and raise around $20,000. I feel confident that with one more EA we will be able to run a similar program as we have done this year. If you are impatient and just want to give now, please follow this link to donate: http://www.maplewoodfoundation.com/donate/

     

     


    OSHU Screening Program 

    Based on the numbers of tests OHSU processes for PPS each week, there are many families who are enrolled and do not participate in the Screening Testing Program. If you could please return any UNOPENED sample collection kits to be used by others who are still using this resource, it would be greatly appreciated.

    If you would like for your child to be removed from the program please let the office know and we can remove them from the list of students that receive weekly test kits.  If at any time you would like to re-enroll just let the office know and they can be easily added back. 

    Also, If your child has tested positive, please do not do the testing for 90 following their positive result as there is a high chance the test result will come back positive. 

     



    COVID

     

    COVID Protocol Updates:

    This is our first week with optional masking; this is for students, teachers and visitors. There are a few other key updates to our COVID protocols:

    • Physical Distancing is no longer mandated. OHA and ODE (via Ready Schools Safe Learners) recommend: “striving for at least 3 feet between students to the extent possible.” 

    • Effective March 12 all of Oregon will pause contract tracing and quarantine for the general population, including K-12 settings.

    • The Daily Illness Self-Screening Checklist has been updated to better reflect ODE/OHA definitions of illness, and more updates will be added next week once all guidance is finalized. 



    Summer Programs

     

    Summer is coming and PPS will be offering a number of summer programming opportunities for students!

     

    Summer Acceleration Academy (SAA): SAA is a joyful learning opportunity to support development in key literacy and math skills, as well as STEAM learning and projects! Students are selected based on academic needs for this is a free, four week program. Invitations will be sent by email from PPS Summer Acceleration - be sure to check your email!


    Summer Enrichment and Extended Learning: A wide variety of exciting summer enrichment and extended learning opportunities will be offered throughout the summer in partnership with community organizations and Portland Public Schools’ Racial Equity and Social Justice (RESJ) Department. Keep an eye out for program information and registration coming in mid-May!

     

     

    PPS Summer Site for Families: 

    Click HERE to learn about the many opportunities PPS is offering to students this summer. 

     


     

    Return to Maplewood?

    If you know someone who left Maplewood in the last few years and is interested in returning, we will be giving a tour on May 18th at 3:30 (rain date May 25th.) These tours will overlap with the Kinder Connect “Popsicles on the Playground” event - the kinders will have a 3:30 tour of Kindergarten and all others will tour the other grade levels.

     

          Kindergarten Enrollment & Connection Events

     

    Register for Kindergarten!

    Do you have a child who will be 5 years old before September 1st?  Enroll now for Fall 2022!
    Your child needs to be 5 before  September 1st.  I will need to see 2 address verifications and an original birth certificate or passport to verify age for immediate enrollment. 

    Enroll online the link below- click the "new student" tab to begin:  

    https://www.pps.net/Page/14787    

    Paper enrollment may be done with me as well,  Email me any question @ sriley@pps.net.
    Enrolling promptly supports us in accurate tracking of students for adequate staffing.
    Happy Spring!

    Please have them reach out to Shannon Riley, our school secretary, to enroll ASAP (sriley@pps.net.) Send them to this webpage as well for information about our Kinder Connect events: https://www.pps.net/domain/6441

    Kinder Open Enrollment:Online enrollment  web page
    PPS:  https://www.pps.net/Page/868

    Kinder Connect Popsicles on the playground:
    May 18, 3-4pm (rain date - May 25th)

     

    Kinder Connect Carnival:
    August 21st, 4-5:30pm


     



    From the School Counselor

    Each day I give out prizes to students who are working on specific goals.  My prize box gets depleted quickly.  If you'd like to donate any prizes (party favors, bouncy balls, stickers, fancy pencils, small figurines, matchbox cars, etc.) I would love to repurpose those items by putting them in my prize box.  If you don't have any of those little items in your home but would like to donate, visit my Amazon wishlist HERE . No need to donate, but if you are able and would like to, I would gladly receive these items to replenish the prize box.

    Take care. 

    Kendall Cunningham
    Maplewood Elementary School Counselor
    M-F 7:45-3:30
    503-916-6308
    Check out my website here for videos, resources, and info on our program at Maplewood!
    Counseling Request Google Form
     

     


    Library News
     

    Celebrate National Poem In Your Pocket Day on Friday, April 29:
    Please remind your child to wear clothing with pockets on April 29, and encourage your child to write their own poem.  Everyone will carry a poem in their pocket on Friday! Poems will be available in the library, too, for students (and adults) who forget.

    Books, books, books:
    Please look for overdue books in your homes and cars! Email kordahl@pps.net with any questions or concerns.

    OBOB:
    Congratulations to the 100+students who participated in OBOB at Maplewood! Winners will be announced soon -- we had such long battles that we have one more, April 27, to declare the 5th grade winner.


     

    PE News

    It's that time of year when we look at summer camp offerings for our kids. We have found some resources to help pay for summer camps and also for sports leagues (I'll send this info out again in the fall!).  Please let me know if you have questions. 

    Portland Parks and Rec has a pay what you can option. Click HERE for more information. This applies to activities including arts and sports classes, swim lessons, hikes, and more. Click HERE for information on discounted summer programs. 

    This grant helps pay for day camps if your family makes less than $100.000. The deadline is April 1! https://avid4.com/scholarship/

    This grant helps pay for recreational sports teams up to 4x per year. It's easy to apply for with proof of the child on WIC, Medicaid or SNAP. Click HERE for more information. 

    This grant pays for associated costs (equipment) along with enrollment fees for travel and sport classes and travel sports. Click HERE for more information.

    Click HERE for a list of some summer camp offerings. Most camps offer financial assistance if you read their fine print. 

     

    Notes from the Kitchen
     
    Hello Friends,

    At mealtimes, do you allow your kids to use multiple spoons and forks at home? I’m guessing most folks will say no. We have been going through the plastic spoons and forks at alarming rate. I have noticed lots of kids taking one spoon for peaches, one spoon for kiwi, one spoon for chickpeas and a fork for their nuggets (for example). Please talk to your kids about using only the utensils they really need, one fork and one spoon at most.

    Because we’re talking about waste, I’d love it if when you were talking to them about forks and spoons you talked to them about condiments. Please advise them to only take the amount they are going to use. They can always come back and get more. There is really no need to fill up with ketchup a whole section on a plate. My husband still struggles with this. Haha

    As always, thank you for your support. Please feel free to contact me with any questions, concerns or suggestions. Let’s rock these last couple weeks!

    -Ms. Amy

     

    Nutrition Services
     
    FREE/REDUCED PRICE MEAL APPLICATIONS AND ELIGIBILITY FOR FAMILIES

    Did you know if families are eligible for free or reduced price meals, they may also receive other extended benefits, fee reductions or waivers? Even though all students may eat school meals at no cost this school year, students enrolled in a school NOT listed as a CEP site may be eligible for meal benefits. Students enrolled at any of the schools listed as a CEP (Community Eligibility Provision) site, do not need to apply for meal benefits. While the meal benefits application may mean eligibility for meal services and is processed through the Nutrition Services department, it can also mean further support or savings beyond food and nutrition. The current school year eligibility expires June 30, yet families receive a 30 day carry over into the new school year. The 30 days allow families time to submit a new application for the 2022-23 school year without incurring meal charges.

    Families may be eligible for benefits through these options -

    • Directly certified through SNAP

    • Directly certified and identified through foster, migrant or McKinney Vento liaisons

    • By completing a meal benefit application based on income

    To submit an online meal application, click here or visit https://www.pps.net/Page/2464

    Proof of eligibility can be provided to families directly. Such requests should be emailed to mealbenefits@pps.net

    Whitney Ellersick, Senior Director, Nutrition Services, wellersi@pps.net

     

    Spring Clean Up:

    Thank you to the Garden Committee for their amazing clean up this past weekend. The area behind our grade 5 portable has been transformed! Maplewood is looking great - thank you to all of those who came out to help.


    Summer Programs
     

    Summer is coming and PPS will be offering a number of summer programming opportunities for students!

    Summer Acceleration Academy (SAA): SAA is a joyful learning opportunity to support development in key literacy and math skills, as well as STEAM learning and projects! Students are selected based on academic needs for this is a free, four week program. Invitations will be sent by email from PPS Summer Acceleration - be sure to check your email!

    Summer Enrichment and Extended Learning: A wide variety of exciting summer enrichment and extended learning opportunities will be offered throughout the summer in partnership with community organizations and Portland Public Schools’ Racial Equity and Social Justice (RESJ) Department. Keep an eye out for program information and registration coming in mid-May!



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  • Maplewood Memo April 13th, 2022

    Principal's Message

     

     

    Greetings Maplewood Families, 

    I am writing this newsletter on Monday morning with the disbelief that it is actually a snow day in April. Ya just never know what’s comin’ these days. I hope you were all able to enjoy a little snow time with your child(ren). 

    Spring is a busy time in Elementary schools and Maplewood is no different. We have a busy next couple months ahead. Buckle up and enjoy the ride - lots of fun to come!

    Thank you for all of your support. Please do reach out if you have any questions or concerns or feedback. 

    Kit Galloway

     

     

     

     

    Upcoming Dates:

    • April 16 - Native Plant Sale 9:00-1:00pm
    • April 19-  PTA Mtg. 6:30pm
    • “All About Kindergarten” Presentation: Thursday, April 21 · 6:00 – 6:30pm Video call link: https://meet.google.com/pwc-zpuq-rcf
    • May 19th Open House 5:30 / End of Year picnic 6-7

    Parent-Principal Chat 
    Tuesday, April 19,· 6:00 – 6:30pm
    Google Meet joining info
    Video call link: https://meet.google.com/mjj-qiva-zjo
    Or dial: ‪(US) +1 435-731-4959‬ PIN: ‪347 625 752‬#
    More phone numbers: https://tel.meet/mjj-qiva-zjo?pin=5158985631426

     


     

     


    Running Late

    If your child is more than 10 minutes late to school (after 8:10), please walk them into the office and sign them into school. Thank you for your help with this. 


     

    Site Council

    Maplewood is currently looking for parent volunteers to join the new Maplewood Site Council for the 2022-2023 school year. If you are interested, please email me at kgalloway@pps.net. We will have our first meeting at the end of this school year to look at the school’s improvement plan for next year. Meetings will be held once a month after school from 2:30 - 3:30. Dates TBD. For more information on what the Site Council does, click HERE.

     

     

     

    Maplewood Open House and End of Year Picnic

    We are aware that this school year has been particularly challenging for parents because they have not been in their child(ren)’s classroom. We would like to invite you to the Maplewood Open House on May 19th where families can visit their child(ren)’s classroom from 5:30 - 6:00. Following the Open House, throw a blanket on the field and join us for a community picnic from 6:00 - 7:00. Foundation will have food trucks available or you can bring your picnic dinner. We look forward to opportunities like this to bring our community back together again. Mark your calendars! (The rain date will be May 26th.)

     

     

     

    Grade 5: Oaks Park Safety Patrol 

     

    Thank you to all the Grade 5 students for their help with keeping our school safe with their Crossing Guard duty and being Conflict Managers at recess. To thank our grade 5 students, they will go to Oaks Park on June 2nd.  No lunch needed because Portland Police provide and serve lunch to students.  Ride bracelets are provided for students for rides only - no Roller Skating,  Go Carts or the Newest  Roller Coaster.   Students and Teachers will take a field trip bus departing at 9:30am and returning to school at 2:00pm.  Chaperones will need to meet at Oaks Park. Thank you again 5th graders! YOU made a difference at Maplewood this year!

     

     

     

    Field Day

    Field day is planned for Monday, June 6th. Thanks to PTA we will also have a bouncy house for field day this year. We can’t wait to get out and have a blast together as a school.  (Rain day is Wednesday, June 8th.)

     

     

    Ms. Weatherill/Field day:

    SAVE THE DATE - A volunteer sign up will be sent out in the next newsletter. The grades K-2 field day will take place in the morning around 9-10:15 and I'll ask volunteers to add about 20 minutes on each side to help. Grades 3-5 field day will be in the afternoon from 12:45-2 and I'll also ask for extra time on each end to help. Thanks for your support! 

    Kindergarten Connect

    Do you know any upcoming Kindergarteners in our area? Please invite them to our “All About Kindergarten” presentation on Thursday, April 21 · 6:00 – 6:30pm. (Video call link: https://meet.google.com/pwc-zpuq-rcf) Ms. Thomas and Ms. Riscol and I will share all about what it is like to be in Kindergarten at Maplewood. Attendees will learn about our curriculum, our staff and how to help your child be prepared for kindergarten. We look forward to seeing you there!

     

     


    Earth Day at Maplewood

    Thanks to Monica Smiley and Andrea Beyer, the Garden Committee has arranged for many ways Maplewood will be celebrating Earth Day. Some first and second grade classes will have visiting presentations from The Audubon Society. Grade 3 is getting digital cameras and photo paper to do a visual native plant project. Fourth grade is planning to plant some camas during their recess to align with their Indigenous first foods curriculum. 5th grade is getting bird feeders and field guides.  And on top of all that, the Garden Committee is planning to do a natural areas clean up and planting event on the 24th. Thank you again to the Garden Committee for all of this work and support of our student’s learning about our planet. 

     

     

     

    OBOB

    Thank you to the leaders and volunteers of OBOB. Our students are so excited about the competitions and it seems there is always someone checking out the OBOB bracket in the hall. A special thank you to Dana Reber, Heather Jones, Judy Reed, Elin Kordahl and all the parent volunteers who have worked diligently to pull this off.  

     

    PTA’s Parent and Pastries:

    PTA will be providing pastries and coffee for parents in the gym on the first Wednesday of the month for the remainder of the school year. (May 4th, June 1st - 7:45 - 8:15.) After you drop your child off at school, join us in the gym. Our community has been isolated for a long time and with COVID protocols loosening, we feel now is a good time to start reconnecting with each other. Mark your calendars and join us!


    Lunch under tents? 

    This spring, when the weather improves, do you feel we should move our lunches to the tents outside? We will have the tents for the remainder of the school year.  Please let me know your preference HERE. Thanks!


    Student Class Placement

    We take class placement very seriously at Maplewood. Ensuring that we place a student with the proper teacher in a balanced community is our goal and we will be using a very systematic process to do so.
     

    Your child’s teacher knows your child very well; they know their strengths, how they learn, and what they need to meet their potential. With all this knowledge, teachers will work diligently in their Professional Learning Community (PLC) meeting, along with Morgan Whitney, to place students in a class for next year. Teachers will not place students based on a specific teacher, rather they will place them on the characteristics of the next year’s teachers and match them with the needs of each individual student (ex: great classroom management, loves to do art projects, etc…)

     

    These initial class lists will then be reviewed by each specialist teacher, our special education teacher, our school psychologist, our counselor and social worker and myself. Using this process, we are able to tap into all the knowledge of the staff who know your child, in addition to their teacher. Once balanced class communities are created, I will assign a teacher to the class lists. 


    Please know, this means that we do not accept teacher requests for placing your child in a class for next year.  If, for some reason, you feel there is pertinent information that we do not already know which will affect how your child should be placed, please let us know by filling out THIS form no later than May 6th.


    FOUNDATION

    Direct Giving Campaign

    Shortly after we return from spring break the Maplewood Foundation will begin our Direct Giving Campaign to hire EAs for next year. Currently there is enough money to hire 1 part-time EA. Our goal is to hire at least one more EA which means we will need to dig deep into those pockets and raise around $20,000. I feel confident that with one more EA we will be able to run a similar program as we have done this year. If you are impatient and just want to give now, please follow this link to donate: http://www.maplewoodfoundation.com/donate/

     

     

    OSHU Screening Program 

    Based on the numbers of tests OHSU processes for PPS each week, there are many families who are enrolled and do not participate in the Screening Testing Program. If you could please return any UNOPENED sample collection kits to be used by others who are still using this resource, it would be greatly appreciated.

    If you would like for your child to be removed from the program please let the office know and we can remove them from the list of students that receive weekly test kits.  If at any time you would like to re-enroll just let the office know and they can be easily added back. 


    COVID

     

    COVID Protocol Updates:

    This is our first week with optional masking; this is for students, teachers and visitors. There are a few other key updates to our COVID protocols:

    • Physical Distancing is no longer mandated. OHA and ODE (via Ready Schools Safe Learners) recommend: “striving for at least 3 feet between students to the extent possible.” 

    • Effective March 12 all of Oregon will pause contract tracing and quarantine for the general population, including K-12 settings.

    • The Daily Illness Self-Screening Checklist has been updated to better reflect ODE/OHA definitions of illness, and more updates will be added next week once all guidance is finalized. 


    Summer Programs

     

    Summer is coming and PPS will be offering a number of summer programming opportunities for students!

     

    Summer Acceleration Academy (SAA): SAA is a joyful learning opportunity to support development in key literacy and math skills, as well as STEAM learning and projects! Students are selected based on academic needs for this is a free, four week program. Invitations will be sent by email from PPS Summer Acceleration - be sure to check your email!


    Summer Enrichment and Extended Learning: A wide variety of exciting summer enrichment and extended learning opportunities will be offered throughout the summer in partnership with community organizations and Portland Public Schools’ Racial Equity and Social Justice (RESJ) Department. Keep an eye out for program information and registration coming in mid-May!

     

          Kindergarten Enrollment & Connection Events

     

    Register for Kindergarten!


    If you know a child who will be ready for kindergarten in the fall, please encourage their family to register them as soon as possible. It helps us determine the number of students to expect and funding can be based on this information. Thank you!
     

    Please have them reach out to Shannon Riley, our school secretary, to enroll ASAP (sriley@pps.net.) Send them to this webpage as well for information about our Kinder Connect events: https://www.pps.net/domain/6441

    Kinder Open Enrollment:

    Online enrollment  web page PPS:  https://www.pps.net/Page/868All About Kindergarten” Presentation:
    Thursday, April 21 · 6:00 – 6:30pm

    Video call link: https://meet.google.com/pwc-zpuq-rcf

    Popsicles on the Playground:
    May 19, 3-4pm (rain date = May 25th)

    Kinder Carnival:
    August 21st, 4-5:30pm

    If you have any enrollment questions please email Ms. Riley at sriley@pps.net.



    From the School Counselor

    Each day I give out prizes to students who are working on specific goals.  My prize box gets depleted quickly.  If you'd like to donate any prizes (party favors, bouncy balls, stickers, fancy pencils, small figurines, matchbox cars, etc.) I would love to repurpose those items by putting them in my prize box.  If you don't have any of those little items in your home but would like to donate, visit my Amazon wishlist HERE . No need to donate, but if you are able and would like to, I would gladly receive these items to replenish the prize box.

    Take care. 

    Kendall Cunningham
    Maplewood Elementary School Counselor
    M-F 7:45-3:30
    503-916-6308
    Check out my website here for videos, resources, and info on our program at Maplewood!
    Counseling Request Google Form
     

     


    PE News

    It's that time of year when we look at summer camp offerings for our kids. We have found some resources to help pay for summer camps and also for sports leagues (I'll send this info out again in the fall!).  Please let me know if you have questions. 

    Portland Parks and Rec has a pay what you can option. Click HERE for more information. This applies to activities including arts and sports classes, swim lessons, hikes, and more. Click HERE for information on discounted summer programs. 

    This grant helps pay for day camps if your family makes less than $100.000. The deadline is April 1! https://avid4.com/scholarship/

    This grant helps pay for recreational sports teams up to 4x per year. It's easy to apply for with proof of the child on WIC, Medicaid or SNAP. Click HERE for more information. 

    This grant pays for associated costs (equipment) along with enrollment fees for travel and sport classes and travel sports. Click HERE for more information.

    Click HERE for a list of some summer camp offerings. Most camps offer financial assistance if you read their fine print. 
     

    Notes from the Kitchen
     
    Hello Friends. My freezer is down again. This means that I may have to change what I'm serving. I may be adding entrees or changing entrees. For example, if I don't cook all the pizza in a case on Thursday, I'll have to cook the rest on Friday.  A work order has been placed, but I have no idea when the freezer will be fixed. Please explain to your children that I have no control over this, and I appreciate their flexibility.

    I also wanted to say a huge thank you for the lovely Classified Appreciation Week. It's nice to be recognized. I love being a part of our Maplewood community. Thank you for your support! As always, please reach out to me if you have any questions or concerns.

    Lunch Lady Amy

     

    Nutrition Services
     
    FREE/REDUCED PRICE MEAL APPLICATIONS AND ELIGIBILITY FOR FAMILIES

    Did you know if families are eligible for free or reduced price meals, they may also receive other extended benefits, fee reductions or waivers? Even though all students may eat school meals at no cost this school year, students enrolled in a school NOT listed as a CEP site may be eligible for meal benefits. Students enrolled at any of the schools listed as a CEP (Community Eligibility Provision) site, do not need to apply for meal benefits. While the meal benefits application may mean eligibility for meal services and is processed through the Nutrition Services department, it can also mean further support or savings beyond food and nutrition. The current school year eligibility expires June 30, yet families receive a 30 day carry over into the new school year. The 30 days allow families time to submit a new application for the 2022-23 school year without incurring meal charges.

    Families may be eligible for benefits through these options -

    • Directly certified through SNAP

    • Directly certified and identified through foster, migrant or McKinney Vento liaisons

    • By completing a meal benefit application based on income

    To submit an online meal application, click here or visit https://www.pps.net/Page/2464

    Proof of eligibility can be provided to families directly. Such requests should be emailed to mealbenefits@pps.net

    Whitney Ellersick, Senior Director, Nutrition Services, wellersi@pps.net



    Need Applicants!

    We currently have a 90 day position open for someone to cover lunch duty. This runs from 10:45 - 1:15 daily. If you are interested, please contact kgalloway@pps.net as soon as possible. This is a much needed position now that we have indoor lunch.
     



    BUS SNOW ROUTES
     

    Summer is coming and PPS will be offering a number of summer programming opportunities for students!

    Summer Acceleration Academy (SAA): SAA is a joyful learning opportunity to support development in key literacy and math skills, as well as STEAM learning and projects! Students are selected based on academic needs for this is a free, four week program. Invitations will be sent by email from PPS Summer Acceleration - be sure to check your email!

    Summer Enrichment and Extended Learning: A wide variety of exciting summer enrichment and extended learning opportunities will be offered throughout the summer in partnership with community organizations and Portland Public Schools’ Racial Equity and Social Justice (RESJ) Department. Keep an eye out for program information and registration coming in mid-May!


    PTA

    Ordering a yearbook
    :
     Last day to order is March 31st! You can submit payment to the office ($25) or order online (SCHOOL ID: 704245). Yearbooks will be available for distribution at the end of the school year. 
    Content for the book: We still need candid photos of students, so please keep them coming until March 25th! To submit photos, you can set up an account on https://buytheyearbook.pictavo.com and upload your photos for consideration or email pictures to maplewoodpdxyearbook@gmail.com. When submitting photos, please include the name(s) of the student(s) and grade(s).
    5th grade tributes: Absolute last call! I’ve received tributes for about 75% of fifth graders, but I’d love to see us reach 100%. Here is what’s needed:
    ·        Please send in a baby or childhood picture and a short message (up to 90 words). Be sure to include your child’s name and specify how you’d like to sign the message.
    ·        Submit photos and messages ASAP. You can email messages and photos to Laura Miller. 
    If you have any questions, you can ask me or email maplewoodpdxyearbook@gmail.com. Thanks!

     

    Lunch Volunteers
    Thank you to the Lunch & Recess volunteers that have been helping the last few weeks, it is a much appreciated help.  We are still in need of more volunteers if you are available for any of the Lunch or Recess Shifts.     Please let us know if you are able to help by contacting Magali, at maplewoodvolcoord@gmail.com.

    Kinder Lunch:   10:45-11:05                                                              Kinder Recess: 11:10-11:30
    First Grade Lunch:  11:10-11:30                                                        First Grade Recess:  10:45-11:05
    Second Grade Lunch:  11:35-11:55                                                  Second Grade Recess: 12:00-12:20
    Third Grade Lunch: 12:00-12:20                                                       Third Grade Recess: 11:35-11:55
    Fourth Grade Lunch: 12:25-12:45                                                     Fourth Grade Recess: 12:50-1:10
    Fifth Grade Lunch: 12:50-1:10                                                          Fifth Grade Recess: 12:25-12:45


     

     

     


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