Maplewood School

Teaching and Challenging the Whole Child

7452 SW 52nd Ave.Portland, OR 97219Ph (503) 916-6308Fx (503) 916-2654

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  • Principal's Newsletter November 13, 2017

    Jill Bailey

    Principal Office: 503/916-6308 E-mail:

    November 13, 2017


    Dear Maplewood Families,


    I included this comment in my newsletter a year ago but it is worth repeating, In this month of thinking about things for which we are thankful-I am truly thankful for the privilege of working with your children and our great Maplewood staff! I love coming to work every day.


    This week, we are excited about the arrival of our Scholastic Book Fair in our library! We hope you stop by when you have a chance.


    Just another reminder, the days are turning cooler; please continue to have your children dress in layers as the weather gets colder and wetter. We want to be able to get students outside for fresh air breaks and recess as often as possible. Hats, gloves or mittens are a good idea!


    Thank you to all who participated in conferences with your children’s teachers. We had an excellent turnout. I believe the home-school partnership is a vital part of all students’ success in school. Many of you did not have a chance to check in with our PE teacher Ms. Huntley. She asked that we share the following with you regarding the program this year:


    Physical Education Update:

    So far this year in Physical Education classes we have worked on playground game rules, jump rope skills and throwing skills. To improve their throwing, students have used;

    Bowling (8 lanes with life size pins and balls)

    Scoops with balls of many sizes, weights and shapes

    Softballs and gloves for catching


    Playground balls

    Basketballs to pass (chest and bounce passes)

    Basketballs to shoot (with a little dribbling practice thrown in)


    Please ask your child to show you their form and technique. They have become excellent coaches and are always working together to help each other improve their skills.


    We still have juggling, flying discs, javelins, shots (softballs) and shuffleboard before moving on to our tumbling and striking units.


    After each PE session we finish off with a ten-minute game that either involves the skill we are working on or an exercise component.


    What a fantastic student body of hardworking and eager students! I enjoy guiding them to improve their individual skills. I love teaching at Maplewood Elementary School.


    Joni Huntley

    Physical Education Teacher


    Speaking of the Book Fair - Maplewood Book Fair runs this week Monday through Friday. The hours are as follows:

    M-T-W 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

    Th-8:00-8:00 Parent Night


    We look forward to you coming to check it out!

    Please note that there are scholarships available for the book fair-please contact your child’s teacher or our counselors if you are interested.


    Gratitude - As part of our month-long celebration of the life skill gratitude, there will be a table in the front hallway where students and teachers can send Gratitude Grams. These little slips of paper are an opportunity to write about who you are grateful for at Maplewood and have it delivered to that person. You can send it to a student, a teacher, or a staff member. This is open for all people in our community and is totally free so feel free to show your gratitude on Monday or Friday! Questions? Contact Kendall Cunningham at


    Children's Book Harvest - Children's Book Harvest is part of Portland Public School's Read Together campaign, which seeks to improve reading performance for all students with a focus on the critical K-3 years. To help every child succeed Portland Public Schools has partnered with The Children's Book Bank (CBB) to ask the community to donate 35,000 new or gently used children's books this fall! The books will be cleaned, sorted and delivered to low-income children to support literacy throughout the Portland area. Donation boxes are located in the hallway in front of the office. This year the campaign is ending on November 9th. Thank you to everyone who has donated books!


    Remember the Sock Drive: A community member named Andie Proskus collects socks each year for children and teens that are in the hospital. She then takes them to local hospitals and allows patients to pick a pair of socks. It is a wonderful community service activity that we want to help with. She currently has 2,000 pairs and has set a goal of 5,000 by December! We can get her to that goal!

    We will be collecting brand new socks that are brightly colored and fun through the first week of December.


    Picture Packets - Picture re-take day will be Thursday, November 30th for those students who were absent on the original picture day, new order forms will be available in the office. Students who were absent on October 11th, or who need to have pictures re-taken due to not being satisfied with the originals will need to return the original packet to school on re-take day in order have their picture retaken. Attendance: Just a reminder to please always e-mail both Shannon Riley and Maria Belgrave, as well as your child’s teacher if your child is going to be absent. This way if Shannon or Maria are out that day, you will not receive a robo-call.

    Upcoming Dates:

    Nov. 13: Book Fair – All Week

    Nov. 14: Village Hut – Dine Out Fundraiser

    Nov. 16: Family Night at Book Fair

    Nov. 22: No School


    Nov. 24: No School

    Nov. 27: Maplewood PTA Clothing Center Day

    Nov. 27: Site Council

    Nov. 30: Picture re-take day

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