• Reopening Information

    Leading up to the start of in-person instruction and hybrid learning, see the latest updates and resources at pps.net/reopen2021

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Maplewood School

Teaching and Challenging the Whole Child

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  • Kindergarten Enrollment and KG Connection video



     Recording April 2021 KG Connection



    Enroll for Fall 2021 -2022 School year by June 1st,2021.

    Please read the enrollment checklist and if possible attach needed documents to the Online Enrollment. 

    This expedites your enrolment greatly.


    Enrollment Link:



    Please email  Email Ms. Riley  with any enrollment questions.



  • Principal's Letter : Update on Hybrid and CDL

    April 1st

    Dear Maplewood Families,

    We are so excited to welcome our students back! This week we are preparing for about 80% of our students to return to hybrid instruction. Today we welcomed our a.m. cohort of K-1 students and tomorrow we are excited to welcome our p.m. cohort students back to school. With the whirlwind of information that has been provided just over the last few days, I am sure you have quite a few questions. I hope this email helps you as we move to hybrid and continue in our Comprehensive Distance Learning program. As always, if you have any questions or concerns, please reach out. Please read on for updates.


    Jill Bailey

    Health Screening

    Before you bring your child to school or child care, please use this checklist to self-screen for any signs of illness or exposure to COVID. If your child is sick, do not send them to school. This guide will help you determine when it is safe to return your child to school.  

    This Week

    • Asynchronous: Whether your child is attending hybrid or CDL, they will be with their regular classroom teacher through the end of the week. Your child’s teacher has posted asynchronous work for them to complete. Teachers may only respond in a limited way to work posted this week. In-person or synchronous lessons will resume at the end of this week for K and 1, while it will resume on Monday for all other grades.
    • K-1 Soft Start: For students who have opted into hybrid, in-person instruction will begin this week. The schedule is:

    Thursday, April 1 - Cohort A (8:00-10:15am)

    Friday, April 2 - Cohort B (12:15-2:30am)

    • Staff Training and Planning: This week, our staff is engaging in safety and health training, planning for in-person instruction, and working hard to create a warm classroom environment that is socially distanced for our students.

    Next Week - Hybrid

    • Hybrid Teachers: I am happy to announce that all of our hybrid and CDL positions have been filled. We are welcoming back Alice Lawrence who worked with our third grade team last year. She is teaching 2nd grade hybrid with Ms. Bennett’s class. And we are welcoming Mr. Fones who is teaching 2nd grade hybrid for Ms. Maynard’s class.  Finally, we have Ms. Whitney who will be covering the 5th grade CDL.  She taught first grade last year and has been helping out with 5th and 2nd grade instruction this year. Most of our teachers will be teaching two cohorts of students in hybrid on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays, the exception is Ms. Looney who is teaching hybrid in the morning and CDL in the afternoon.


    • Kindergarten Hybrid Instruction: Riscol and Thomas CDL: Dowden
    • First Grade Hybrid: Bokoske and Chou CDL: Dowden
    • Second Grade Hybrid: Lawrence/Fones-goes by Mr. Greg CDL: Maynard
    • Third Grade Hybrid: Manian and Jones CDL: Bennett
    • Fourth Grade Hybrid: Looney and Caton CDL: Looney
    • Fifth Grade Hybrid: Smith and Kaplan CDL: Whitney


    • Hybrid Schedules: Hybrid instruction will take place in two cohorts that meet on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays. Cohort A will be in person from 8:00-10:15am and Cohort B will be in person from 12:15-2:30pm.

      Wednesdays will be fully online. There will be one synchronous whole class meeting from 8:00-8:45 on Wednesdays and the rest of the day will be asynchronous unless otherwise indicated by the teacher.
    • After School Plans: Every child who attends hybrid MUST have an After School Plan. This plan lets us know what your child is doing after school. Please make sure you have communicated a plan with your child’s teacher on the first day of hybrid instruction. If you need a paper copy, they are available from your child’s teacher.
    • Bus Routes (Prearranged only): School buses are available to students if they were prearranged when you signed your child up for hybrid. If you need transportation for your child but you did not sign up, please contact Student Transportation. Arranging a bus may take several weeks at this time.

    As a reminder, your child should arrive at the bus stop 10 minutes before the scheduled pick up time. All Kindergarten-2 students who ride the bus must be met by a parent or guardian for pick up-unless informed otherwise by a parent. If no parent or guardian is present, your child will be returned to school where you will need to get them.

    • Student Arrival: Parents are not allowed to enter the school building. Please be prepared to say goodbye to your child when you drop them off. Bus riders will be met and guided to a meeting area on the blacktop or sidewalk, depending on their grade. They will then enter the building through the doors closest to their meeting area.

    ***If on a bike or scooter please walk them once you are on school property

    All Kindergarten – 1st grade students, meet their teacher on the blacktop and enter the building using the north entrance of the building.
    Kindergarten will meet between the main building and the 5th grade portable and enter around the back of the building.

    All 2nd grade students, will meet on the sidewalk leading to the side door near the gym and enter through that door.  


    All 3rd - 5th grade students, will be meeting outside their modular classrooms.

    As children enter the building, they will be visually screened for symptoms of COVID. If a child appears ill, they will be brought to our symptom space where they will wait until an adult comes to pick them up.

    • Dismissal: Since parents are not allowed to enter the school, you should plan to meet your child at the same meeting area as arrival. Please check with your child’s teacher if you have any questions about dismissal procedure.


    • Face Masks: All students and staff are required to wear face masks while in the building. If there is a documented medical condition preventing a student from wearing a mask, the use of alternate personal protective equipment will be required.

     ***Parents when dropping off/picking up your child Please wear a face mask.

    • Water Bottles: Please send a water bottle with your child’s name on it to school each day. While the water fountains are operating and are cleaned on a regular schedule, they cannot be cleaned after each use because the neutral cleaner that is used has to sit for a period of time to be effective. In order to reduce the risk of spreading illness, we encourage all students and staff to bring water with them to school.
    • Snacks: Make sure your child has a meal before they attend hybrid instruction. Students must keep their masks on while they are in the building. For this reason, they are not able to eat during hybrid classes. Please do not send food or snacks with your child to their hybrid class.
    • Food Distribution: Breakfast and lunch will be available to all children free of charge. Food will be given to students as they leave school for the day. Students may take additional meals for siblings at home. Please let your child know whether you want them to take meals home with them or not.

      Students who are participating in hybrid are not allowed to eat in the building or on the bus. Please make sure your child has a meal prior to arrival for hybrid instruction. **Please send a water bottle with your child every day.
    • Room Cleaning: Please refer to the attached document.


    • Playground: During school hours, 7:30-2:30 the playground and field will be restricted to students attending on campus.
    • CDL Schedule: CDL schedules will be similar to the way they currently are, with part of the day spent synchronously with their teacher and part of the day spent independently in asynchronous instruction. One day each week will be an asynchronous day in CDL just like in hybrid. Each teacher will send their instructional schedule out as some teachers are teaching two grade levels of CDL and others are teaching a section of hybrid and a section of CDL daily.

    Reminder: There is no school on April 9 due to teacher planning and report card preparation.







  • Cleaning Protocol April 2021


    Portland Public Schools


    Cleaning and Disinfecting Schools

    COVID-19 Standard Operating Procedure


    Purpose:  To minimize the spread of COVID-19 within the school setting and maintain day to day Custodial operations. This SOP pertains to preventative cleaning and disinfecting only. For cleaning and disinfecting for a presumptive or confirmed COVID-19 case please see Cleaning and Sanitizing Response to a Presumptive COVID-19 Case SOP (LINK). These operating procedures have been developed in alignment with the February 19, 2021 Ready Schools, Safe Learners version 5.6.2 from the Oregon Department of Education.


    Scope:  This process applies to Facilities Operations staff and any PPS staff/employee that may assist in daily and enhanced cleaning of school facilities to minimize the spread of COVID-19 within the school setting.


    Responsibility: Director of Facilities Operations & Warehouse

    Instructions:  All Facilities Operations staff should continue routine hand washing with soap and water to minimize the spread of COVID-19.  Staff should continue to use FDA approved cleaning products found here and follow all product instructions on label.  Staff are required to wear face coverings.  The following cleaning and disinfecting tasks will be conducted after school hours by Custodians and are listed by room type.



    • Clean and disinfect sinks and drinking fountains
    • Refill and disinfect sanitizing dispensers
    • Disinfect and wipe down all frequently touched surfaces (Door knobs, light switches, drinking fountains, telephones, etc) multiple times per day
    • Spot mop (Full mop weekly at a minimum)
    • Complete a full wet mop of assigned section using a disinfectant
    • Supervisory staff are responsible for cleaning before and after meals eaten in a classroom.
    • Clean and disinfect desk tops (will need assistance from classroom staff throughout the day as required)
    • Classroom staff and students should avoid sharing community and individual supplies when possible (e.g., scissors, pencils, etc).



    • Clean sinks and drinking fountains
    • Disinfect and wipe down all frequently touched surfaces (Door knobs, light switches, etc) multiple times per day
    • Refill and disinfect all sanitizing dispensers
    • All staff desks and personal items will be disinfected by the user.


              Restrooms, Locker rooms and Shower rooms:

    • Refill and disinfect paper towel, soap, menstrual hygiene and toilet tissue dispensers
    • Clean and disinfect sinks, urinals, toilets, and mirrors
    • Mop floor with disinfectant
    • Clean and disinfect stall wall doors
    • Clean and disinfect drinking fountains (Locker rooms


                Activity Areas (Gym, Auditorium, other common areas)

    • Clean and disinfect drinking fountains
    • Outside play structures/equipment will not be disinfected


              Entryways & High Traffic Areas:

    • Ensure hand sanitizer stations are located near the main entrance and cafeteria lunch lines. Supplies will be restocked throughout the day as needed by Custodial staff.
    • Disinfect frequently touched surfaces (drinking fountains, door knobs/handles, light switches, etc) multiple times per day

              Meal Service/Cafeteria

    • Ensure hand sanitizer dispensers are filled and functioning properly in lunch lines.
    • Tables will be cleaned between meal services. See Table Washing and Sanitation SOP found .


    Supplies & Materials:

    • PERdiem General Purpose Cleaner with Hydrogen Peroxide
    • Alpha-HP® Multi-Surface Disinfectant
    • Oxiver® Tb RTU Spray to disinfect
    • All product information may be found



  • Maplewood Immunizations

    Per state requirements, schools and children’s facilities are required to share their immunization and exemption numbers for each vaccine, along with the county’s immunization numbers. This information is typically provided in the Spring following Exclusion Day. At the time this was being prepared to go out, school closures occurred. Now that the school year has started, we are posting this information. Please click this link: Maplewood 2020 Immunization Rates to access the data for Maplewood.  

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  • Principal's Newsletter May 07, 2021



    Principal’s Newsletter

    May 7, 2021


    Dear Maplewood Families,

    Thank you for all for the kind recognition you showed our teachers and staff this week during Teacher Appreciation Week!  I have heard repeatedly from teachers that this has been the hardest year of their careers.  The kindness shown to the teachers this year is especially welcomed.

    Happy Mother’s Day!!  I hope you all get special time with your family!  Maybe even go out somewhere to celebrate!


    New Principal Update

    The new principal will be announced today and we will have a visit from them this afternoon.  Look for information about a meet and greet from the community-we will be sending that out soon.


    School Reminders- 

    Parents-We are doing great with our drop off and pick up transitions.  It has been brought to my attention that some folks on our campus have not been wearing masks.  While on campus, please follow our protocols listed below as we want our school to be safe for all.

     A couple of areas to highlight below:

    • Drop off and pick up quickly as we want to be sure we are able to follow social distancing guidelines.
    • Please wear a mask at drop off and pick up.
    • As much as we love dogs, PPS policy is no dogs on campus
    • Thank you to the bike riders for walking your bikes once on campus during arrival and dismissal.

    Reminders for cars:

    • Please no U-turns on 52nd
    • When driving through drop off, please pull up as far as you can before your child gets out of the car


    May Toolbox Tool-

    This month, we focus on the listening tool.  We hear things all the time but we don’t always listen.  It takes continual practice to REALLY listen, but we all love to be listened to!  When people REALLY listen to us, it helps us feel seen, heard, understood, and cared for.  Learning how to REALLY listen with our ears, eyes, and heart is a great skill that can help you build strong relationships based on respect for others.

    Listening Tool Phrase:  I listen with my ears, eyes, and heart.

    Listening Tool Gesture: Tap your ear twice, your eye twice, and your heart twice.

    12 Tools at Home Poster


    Short Song on Listening, K-2  

    Let's Talk About Listening 2nd-5th 

    The Rabbit Listened, K-3 Read Aloud

    Sesame Street, Furry Potter and the Goblet of Cookies, K-5

    The Boy Who FInally Listened, K-5 Read Aloud

    5 minute video on the Listening Tool by Ms. Cunningham with Listening Song at End


    Kendall Cunningham

    Maplewood Elementary School Counselor


    Check out my website here for videos, resources, and info on our program at Maplewood!

    Counseling Request Google Form


    Library News

    Book bag exchanges (and holds) will continue on Wednesdays until the end May 2021. Come every other week, monthly, or whatever works for you!

    7:15-9:00 am & 3:00-5:30pm.

    Book bag program: 

    5/12 A-L families

    5/19 M-Z families

    5/26 A-L families


    Pick up holds at Wednesday Book Bag Exchanges. “Hold” books   will be distributed in school to hybrid students. http://bit.ly/mwoodrequest 


    Nutrition Services

    Hello Families.

    There have been questions about CDL kids getting lunches from Maplewood. I finally heard back from my manager and here's what she said, unless there is some hardship of getting to a grab and go site, we shouldn't be doing meals for CDL pick up at Maplewood. So, I'm not supposed to stand out at dismissal times for 20-30 minutes. BUT... if your child is a Maplewood student and is currently CDL and you'd like to pick up lunches at Maplewood for whatever reason, please email (nsmaplewood@pps.net) me directly and we can work something out. If you live near here, it seems silly to have to drive to Wells or Gray instead of just stopping here. 

    I was late getting the menu out last week, so here is the link to find the menu. It also shows heating info for different foods, allergens, etc.:   https://www.pps.net/Page/111  Go to Menu Info drop down and you'll see all sorts of Nutrition stuff. If you have no desire to do that, here is the main menu items for next week:


    5/10 cereal, chicken nuggets OR chicken filet OR sunflower seeds & No Nut butter

    5/11 Egg & cheese on English muffin OR Hawaiian bun sandwich, mini pizza, banana bread, calzone OR string cheese and yogurt

    5/13 Pancake & chicken sausage sandwich, Turkey Ham and Cheddar sandwich (it's turkey meat flavored like ham-NO real ham)

    5/14 Waffles, Burrito OR PBJ & jerky, bagel & cream cheese, Fish sticks

    The menu is subject to change. These also include fruits and/or veggies, but those change all the time so that will be a fun surprise. There are also vegetarian substitutions. I've asked they send me something besides PBJ, so hopefully you'll get a better variety.

    As always, thanks for your support and please feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns.

    Ms. Amy

    Lunch lady


    More News from Nutrition Services:


    Please share with all PPS families:

    While meals are served at no cost to children ages 1-18 at several Portland Public School sites this year, there are several benefits for eligible families to submit a meal application this school year.

    • Families approved for free and reduced-price meals may be eligible to receive future potential government assistance such as Pandemic EBT benefits (*please note that Oregon has not been approved yet for expanded Pandemic EBT benefits; we will alert families when we learn more and if it is approved).
    • Families may be eligible for other benefits such as school related fee reduction or waivers, low cost internet and health coverage.

    Families do not need to submit a meal application if any of the following apply:

    • All students in the household attend a Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) school (list located online: https://www.pps.net/Page/2088) where students eat meals at no cost.
    • A meal application has already been submitted and approved for the 2020-21 school year.
    • The household received a 2020-21 Direct Certification Approval letter.
    • The household does not meet the 2020-21 Federal Income Guidelines

    Eligible families who would like to submit a meal application have the following options:

    1. Online at schoolcafe.com/pps.
    2. Print, complete and mail back a paper meal application (https://www.pps.net/Page/2464) to PPS Nutrition Services, 501 N. Dixon St., Portland, OR 97227.
    3. Request a paper meal application be mailed home from mealbenefits@pps.net or call 503.916.3402.

    For meal benefits related questions, please email mealbenefits@pps.net or call 503.916.3402.


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



    Recently, the Food and Nutrition Service (the agency that manages the SNAP program at the federal level) changed the way they are issuing emergency extra SNAP benefits that have been available throughout the pandemic. This means moving forward, Oregon Department of Human Services will now start issuing extra emergency SNAP benefits to:

    • SNAP participants who did not receive them in the past - those that were already at the maximum benefit amount for their household size. These participants will start receiving an additional $95 in benefits. And
    • Those who, in the past, only received a small amount (less than $95) of the emergency benefits - these households will get up to $95 (the difference between what they were receiving before and $95). Along with
    • Continuing to issue extra benefits for all SNAP participants to get to the maximum amount for their household size, as has been the case since early on in the pandemic. Households that currently receive more than $95 in these emergency benefits won’t see a change in the amount they receive.


    The first issuance of additional benefits for these new groups will be April 30th. This will happen automatically with these benefits being added directly to participants EBT cards.


    Help spread the word. We want to make sure our community feels comfortable using these extra benefits for food and that they do not worry that they received an overpayment or were issued benefits by mistake.


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


    Upcoming Dates:

    5/11:   Kinder Social-Maplewood Blacktop, 6:00 p.m.

    5/18:   PTA Meeting 6:30pm

    5/24-5/28:   Spirit Week More info to come!

    5/31:   No School Memorial Day

    6/11:  Last Day of School for Students



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