Maplewood School

Teaching and Challenging the Whole Child

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  • Principal's Newsletter September 23, 2020

    Principal’s Newsletter
    September 23, 2020
    Dear Maplewood families,
    It has been so nice to see blue skies and be able to breathe clean air.
    The rain is also a welcome change. Happy Fall!
    Thank you to all who made it to our online Back to School Night and New Parent Meeting. Both were well attended considering they were online. This week, we had some distribution of supplies, books and food. Keep an eye out for notices from our staff for more distribution dates.
    We all are beginning to settle into routines and are feeling more a sense of classroom community with our distance learning classes. Some of the information below was also in last week’s newsletter. I wanted to ensure families are aware of resources that are available.
    TAG Information Night
    We have scheduled the TAG Information Night for Oct 7 th at 6:00.
    This is for any parents that wants to learn more about TAG or have questions about TAG testing. Look for the invite coming soon.
    Fall MAP Testing
    As we welcome students back to the new school year, an important step for teachers is to understand your student’s most essential learning needs. To collect this valuable information, students will take Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) assessments. The MAP assessment is a low stakes test – this means that the results are not used for grading students or for school accountability purposes.
    Normally, the MAP assessment is conducted in the classroom setting, but because of distance learning, students will take this assessment at home. Testing will take place between September 28 and October 23. Many students, especially younger children, will need assistance from an adult in the home. Please review the 
    PPS Parent Guide for MAP Testing to learn more about the assessment. Your student’s teacher will provide further information about when the test will be given. The district will provide your student’s scores to you sometime in early to mid-November.
    Thank you. PPS System Planning and Performance Department
    Child Care Update
     In addition to community child care programs that are available citywide, seven partner organizations will offer licensed child care in 11 PPS schools during Comprehensive Distance Learning. The programs will be phased in starting next week:
    Sept. 28: Beach, Creston, King, Rigler
    Oct. 5: Hayhurst, James John, MLC, Vestal, Winterhaven
    Oct. 12: Irvington, Lent0
    To register for child care, click on the flyer below. Information below is included on the flyer.
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    Child care programs
     Accept children ages 5 - 12.
     Enroll no more than 30-40 students per school.
     Set aside 50% of the slots for families qualifying for state subsidies. Low rates last for one year if subsidy is approved by Oct. 31, 2020. State subsidy application is here.
     Enroll PPS students and children of PPS employees regardless of which school children are enrolled in.  Follow strict licensing guidelines including stable cohorts, face coverings, hand hygiene, routine cleaning and sanitation, parent drop-off/pick-up outside of the school building.
    SUN site managers, coordinators and community agents have been trained to support families in accessing child care, whether in a PPS building or in the community. In addition, child care staff have been trained on supporting students during distance learning.
    For more information, visit the PPS Child Care website.
    Update For Nutrition Services FALL 2020
    As the 2020-21 school year gets under way, we want to share news that will be of great benefit to our students and families. With permission from United States Department of Agriculture, we will be able to provide school meals for all students at no cost through December 31, 2020.
    The USDA announced that it is continuing a program that made free breakfast and lunch available to all children during the summer. The extension runs until December 31, 2020. For Portland Public Schools, that means we will be able to offer seven days’ worth of meals every week for not just PPS students, but all Portland children ages 1- 18.
    We expanded our meals sites to 38 schools where families can pick up sacks of breakfast and lunch on select days, from 3 to 5 p.m. Our regular meal service schedule will be:
     Mondays: 2 days’ worth of food
     Wednesdays: 2 days’ worth of food
     Fridays: 3 three days’ worth of food The complete list of meal pickup sites is available at our
    Fall 2020 Meals webpage.
    All sites are outside, and we ask that families wear a facemask and practice physical distancing when picking up meals.
    Eligible families seeking access to food may also request home meal delivery using the request form. Wednesday, September 30 is the last day to sign up for meal deliveries. For more information or support, please contact the Nutrition Services department at 503-916-3399 or
    There continue to be questions about how we are taking attendance. I am including the same information from last week’s newsletter. And please see the information that Shannon Riley, our school secretary provided:
    Please help us report your student’s attendance correctly. If your student is absent for a vacation, funeral, medical leave or any other reason
    EMAIL:, and your child's teacher.
    Phone calls to the attendance line are not checked daily as we are working remotely.
    Maplewood teachers are on multiple platforms and communication systems Daily. If you have questions or concerns check in with your student’s teacher and we will assist them with attendance. Feel free to copy Maria and I on the email as well if you want to communicate in one location. Thank you all for your patience as we learn new attendance procedures for this unusual time. &
     It is very important that students attend and participate in classes.
    The district wants to provide multiple ways for our teachers to account for your child’s attendance in school. You can find several ways listed below. Please review them with your student and please stress the importance of their participation and engagement in school this year.
    Students will be marked “present” over a 24 hour (from 12:01 a.m. until 11:59 p.m.) period if they participate in one of the following ways:
     Participating in a video class.
     Communication from the student to the teacher via chat, text message, communication app, or email.  A phone call between the teacher or EA/Paraprofessional with the student, or, for younger students, with the parent.
     Posting completed coursework to a learning management system or web-based platform or via email.  Turning in complete coursework on a given day.
    Is your family struggling financially?
    During this challenging time, we know many families are struggling to get by. If you have financial need, please contact Kendall Cunningham (, school counselor, to get added to a confidential list that will help direct resources and opportunities to your student. PTA is also offering free memberships to families with financial need. Please contact Kendall to get connected with a free membership.
    IT Support
    Starting Tuesday, Sept. 8, the IT Support Desk is expanding the hours of operation making the support desk available from 7:00 am to 9:00 pm Monday - Friday in September to allow for more support for PPS families. IT is also exploring what it would look like to provide support over the weekends for families. We will let you know if that weekend support becomes available.
    Call 503-916-3375 or email
    PPS Multilingual Family Line
    The PPS Multilingual Family Line is a service for parents or guardians (in all PPSsupported languages) to communicate with schools regarding meals, tech help for online classes, special instruction, talking to your teacher, COVID resources and information, etc. Please call these numbers:
     Español: 503-916-3582
     中文:503-916-3585
     Tiếng Việt: 503-916-3584
     Soomaali: 503-916-3586
     Русский: 503-916-3583
    We hope you take advantage of the resources above if you have any questions about the learning technology your student will soon be using. We are here to help.
    News From PTA:
    Dear Maplewood parents: We want to hear everyone’s voices regardless of ability to pay the PTA membership dues. Therefore, if you would like to become a PTA member but are not in a financial position to pay, please reach out to Kendall Cunningham, our school’s counselor, at and we will make sure the fees are covered on your behalf to become a PTA member for Maplewood! (All requests will remain anonymous.)
    Yours truly, Your 2020-21 PTA Board Presidents: Jackie Haddon & Erika Robles-Jones
    Vice-Presidents: Kari Martin & Emma Rawnsley Secretary: Maureen Bayer Treasurers: Dean Smith & Jamie May Volunteer Coordinator: Magali Lewis MEM
    Estimados padres de familia de Maplewood: Queremos escuchar las voces de todos, independientemente de su capacidad para pagar las cuotas de membresía de la PTA. Por lo tanto, si desea convertirse en miembro de la PTA pero no está en condiciones financieras para pagar las cuotas, comuníquese con Kendall Cunningham, la consejera de nuestra escuela, en indicándolo y nos aseguraremos de que el pago de la membresía esté cubierta en su nombre para convertirse en miembro de la PTA de Maplewood. (Todas las solicitudes permanecerán anónimas).
    Su junta de la PTA 2020-21
    Presidentes: Jackie Haddon y Erika Robles-Jones
    Vicepresidentes: Kari Martin y Emma Rawnsley
    Secretaria: Maureen Bayer
    Tesoreros: Dean Smith y Jamie May    Coordinadora de voluntarios: Magali Lewis
    The Maplewood Elementary Swag/Spirit Wear sale is on! Orders can be placed and paid for online now through September 30th. Feel free to contact Michelle Stevens or Heather Jones with any questions! Full details and link to order:
    Sincerely, Maplewood PTA 
    Maplewood In Motion
    Virtual event October 30 - November 1st!     Over three days, move your body - run, bike, jump, skip hop... collect some pledges and have some fun. Everyone must register, kids, parents, friends, siblings, adults.... we want to keep track of who is moving and we need to track t-shirt orders.
    Adults, if you want your t- shirt that comes with an adult $30 registration fee before the event, you need to register by October 9th.
    If you are a student, child, sibling... you need to register (FREE) and get a minimum of $10 in pledges by October 9th to get a shirt by the event!
    Please register, move that body and go get some pledges! Let's make Maplewood Marvelous and get our blacktop covered area built!
    Please email with any questions or concerns.
    Links for forms are below: Registration form (please fill out for each participant):
 Pledge sheet, please print and keep track of your pledges: phbLqTRtje9rYI/edit?usp=sharing
    Payment Link, for adult registration, donations, sponsor kids t shirt cost, link to send to collect your pledges (a place to write in participants name is at check out):

    Upcoming events/dates:
    Sept. 30: Spirit Day, Maplewood Wear
    Oct 9: Statewide Inservice – NO SCHOOL

District News

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  • Update on Enrollment and Program Balancing

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    Dear PPS Families,

    We want to update you on our progress on the Enrollment and Program Balancing project we have undertaken. As we have previously announced, our initial work is focused on schools in Southeast Portland in advance of the reopening of Kellogg Middle School.

  • Important Update Regarding MAP Assessments

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    Dear PPS Families,
    Whether in more typical circumstances or during our current Comprehensive Distance Learning mode, it’s important for our educators to have the best possible understanding of their students’ learning needs (this is one of the reasons we began the school year with our soft start, which prioritized student-teacher connections). One of the tools PPS uses to help teachers with that understanding is the Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) assessment. 
  • Clarifying Expectations for Middle School Instruction

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    Dear PPS Middle School Families,

    We apologize for the confusion many students and families are feeling with regard to middle school schedules and expectations for distance learning instruction. We have worked with educators and administrators throughout this week to come to a more clear understanding related to middle school learning experience, and want to make sure you know what to expect as well.

  • MAP Assessments for PPS Students: September 28-October 23

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    Dear PPS Parents and Guardians,

    As we welcome students back to the new school year, an important step for teachers is to understand your student’s most essential learning needs. To collect this valuable information, students will take Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) assessments. The MAP assessment is a low stakes test – this means that the results are not used for grading students or for school accountability purposes. 


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