Meet the New Maplewood Principal.
Wednesday, May 26th 2021
Maplewood Blacktop / Field
Dear Maplewood Community,
It is with great enthusiasm that I write this letter to you as the new Principal of Maplewood
Elementary School. I would like to introduce myself to you, and let you know I am not only
honored, but excited to have been named as your next principal. I look forward to working
alongside the staff, students, and community in making 2021-2022 a great school year.
I have held various teaching and administrative positions in my career. In my 17 years in
education, I have taught Kindergarten, 2nd, 3rd, and 4th grade, and I have been an Assistant
Principal. Almost half of my educational roles have been overseas in highly recognized
American International schools (Shekou International School in China and Dubai American
Academy), and the other half have been in surrounding schools and districts in and near
Portland (Estacada, West Linn, and Centennial).
I see myself as a life-long learner not only in exploring new places, and perspectives, but also in
seeking higher level educational opportunities to help me learn how to best support our schools,
teachers, and students. Currently I am working online towards my Doctorate of Education in
Curriculum, Teaching, and Teacher Education at the University of Florida. The common thread
woven through my work is my deep belief that all children can be successful, and that I have
the responsibility to work with teachers and families to discover how to best support their
I firmly believe that my role as a leader is to support the staff at Maplewood, as we put children
at the forefront of decision making, to connect with and empower the parent community, and to
continually work to engage all stakeholders for the benefit of student success. I look forward to
meeting with teachers and families to learn more about how we can work together to make a
difference in the lives of our students.
Jill Bailey and I will be spending time together this spring to facilitate a smooth transition.
Additionally, in my quest to familiarize myself with the school and community, I plan to connect
with teachers, the school’s leadership team, the PTA and Foundation members, and I am
looking forward to attending the spring Kinder-Connect meeting.
My goal is to ensure that by the time we return to school, I have a clear understanding of Maplewood and all of its successes so
that we can capitalize on them as we move into the 21-22 school year and beyond.
With eager anticipation of our partnership,
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.
Please email Email Ms. Riley with any enrollment questions.
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.
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.
Thursday, April 1 - Cohort A (8:00-10:15am)
Friday, April 2 - Cohort B (12:15-2:30am)
Next Week - Hybrid
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.
***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.
***Parents when dropping off/picking up your child Please wear a face mask.
Reminder: There is no school on April 9 due to teacher planning and report card preparation.
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.
Restrooms, Locker rooms and Shower rooms:
Activity Areas (Gym, Auditorium, other common areas)
Entryways & High Traffic Areas:
Supplies & Materials:
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.
May 21, 2021
Dear Maplewood Families,
We are another week closer to closing out the 2021 school year. We have three short weeks left! We are busy preparing for the end of school and simultaneously, preparing for the exciting changes coming to Maplewood in the fall. At this point, we are planning for a five day school week. We have most of our staff in place.
Here is what it looks like-
Kindergarten teachers: Jessica Dowden, JJ Thomas, Nikki Riscol
First Grade: Mary Bokaske, William Chou and we are welcoming Scott Pinkston who is joining us from Lewis Elementary
Second Grade: Covering for Jamie Maynard in the fall will be Alice Lawrence, covering for Remy Bennett in the fall is TBA.
Third Grade: Mark Manian and we are welcoming Rebecca Wagner who is joining us from MLC.
Fourth Grade: Liberty Looney and Christy Caton
Fifth Grade: Suzanne Smith and Dave Kaplan
Our specialist teachers are returning: Elin Kordahl, Nichole Lundgren and Megan Weatherill.
Our School Counselor, Kendall Cunningham and TBA for our School Social Worker
Greg Flenniken remains as our Learning Center teacher.
AND of course Kathryn Galloway (Kit) Our new principla.
Meet the Principal
Come meet Kit Galloway, new principal at Maplewood. Starts at 5:00 on the blacktop Wednesday, May 26.
We are delighted to announce Ms. Maynard and Ms. Bennett both had their babies.
Ms. Maynard had a beautiful boy, Liam Otto, Born May 8th and Ms. Bennett had a beautiful girl Delaney Lynn, Born May 18th. Both mamas and babies are doing great!
Book bag program:
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
The Every Kid Sports Pass
Youth Sports is beginning to ramp up again. Yay! The Every Kid Sports Pass pays youth sports registration fees for kids from qualifying income-restricted families. Kids, 4-18 years of age, who have supporting documents for SNAP, ACA Insurance Programs, and/or WIC, qualify. Families can apply four times a year, per child, to ensure year-round participation. Our online application process is simple, private, and fast, with applications being granted within 7-14 days. Visit https://everykidsports.org/the-pass/
Every Kid Sports is specifically focused on funding participation in recreational youth sports. If you’re seeking financial assistance for club, travel, or elite-level youth sports, here’s a fantastic resource: https://www.snpo.org/publications/fundingalert_bycategory.php?cs=SPOR
Upcoming Food Truck Fundraisers!
PPS and MCL are partnering on Library Connect -- a project whereby students will be able to use their student ID# to access Multnomah County Library -- without having to sign up for a library card or remember a 14-digit county library card number. Check with your library staff for flyers and pdfs to share with your students and families. See more information here.
Susan Stone, Library Services, Humanities, OTL, email@example.com
5/26 - Meet Principal Galloway 5:00-6:00pm School Blacktop
5/24 - Dress your best
5/25 - Wear your Favorite Sports Team, Color or Maplewood Swag
5/26 - Crazy Hat Day
5/27 - Mismatch Day
5/28 - PJ’s and Maplebars (certificates) Day…Thank you PTA
5/31 - No School Memorial Day
6/11 - Last Day of School for Students
Dear PPS Families and Staff,
We are finalizing our health and safety protocols for the 2021-22 school year, which will include full-day, five-day, in-person learning. The Board of Education is taking part in a virtual work session with public health experts this week. We hope you can tune in:
Dear PPS Families & Community,
Thank you for your ongoing collaboration and support as we continue to navigate these unprecedented times. In our ongoing effort to support the needs of all our students, PPS is offering an Online Learning Academy (OLA) for students who cannot attend in-person due to COVID-19 related health reasons.
Dear PPS High School Families,
Yesterday, Multnomah County Health announced updated guidance for mask-wearing: Wear a mask when indoors around people you don’t live with, whether vaccinated or not. This update is in response to increases in Delta variant cases in Oregon and is consistent with evolving guidance from state and national public health agencies, including the CDC, which today will advise that vaccinated people who live in high-transmission areas wear masks in indoor public spaces and that K-12 schools require masks for all.
Yesterday, Multnomah County Health announced updated guidance for mask-wearing: Wear a mask when indoors around people you don’t live with, whether vaccinated or not. This update is in response to increases in Delta variant cases in Oregon and is consistent with evolving guidance from state and national public health agencies, including the CDC, which today advised that vaccinated people who live in high-transmission areas wear masks in indoor public spaces, and that K-12 schools require masks for all.
6:00 PM District Board Meeting
6:00 PM District Board Meeting