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 January 14, 2020

    Principal
    Office: 503/916-6308 E-mail: jbailey2@pps.net
    January 13, 2020
    Dear Maplewood Families,
     
    BRRRRRR! It’s cold outside today! We have all been teased by snow this week. You may have heard that we had a power outage for most of the day yesterday. Fortunately our wonderful Lunch Lady Amy was able to feed the students and our great teachers were very flexible and creative with their instruction.
    Please be sure to mark your calendars for upcoming events. Martin Luther King Day is Monday, so there is no school. Friday the 24th is the end of the term-be sure to check with your child to be sure they have completed any outstanding assignments. And you will have another three day weekend as January 27th is a teacher planning day.
     
    Speaking of Martin Luther King Day, I encourage you to talk with your children about Dr. King and his legacy. We recognize him because he inspired hope and challenged us to fulfill his dream of a more inclusive society, where everyone would have an equal opportunity for "life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness."
    Dr. King, was passionate about justice and equality for all, some say, he would have been proud of all the milestones we have achieved as a nation, including the election of our first black president of the United States. He believed that "hate is too great a burden to bear" and that we should not "seek to satisfy our thirst of freedom by drinking from the cup of bitterness and hatred." Rather we should continue to bring all that is good and just to the society. Dr. King's legacy is action in the service of others a great example for all of us.
     
    Please see the important request from Filip Hristić below:
    Dear Wilson Community,
    Earlier this week the PPS School Board decided to place a construction bond on the November Ballot. The Board has not determined yet how big the bond should be or which schools should be included on the bond. Wilson is one of three remaining PPS high schools that is not modernized or is not in the process of being modernized. For those of you who have spent any time in our building you probably know our facilities have not changed much since 1957. Please join me in encouraging district leaders and school board members to include Wilson on the 2020 Bond We have done some preliminary work to determine what a modernized Wilson could look like. We welcome your ideas and suggestions as well. We also need your support.
    With Gratitude,
    Filip Hristić, Ed.D.
    Principal, Wilson High School
     
    January Toolbox Tool: Taking Time tool-I take time in and time away.
    This month, we focus on the taking time tool. When we take a break, stop and think, or walk away from a stressful situation, we are able to better consider our feelings and how to best respond to a situation.
     
    End of Term- Our second term ends on January 24th. Teachers have a work day on January 27th no students that day. Please encourage your child to end the term strong. They may want to check with their teacher to see if they have work they need to complete. Please be sure to check your child’s backpacks every day for work being sent home and communications.
     
    Emergency Release Instructions: If you have not let the office know how your child will be released in case of an emergency or early dismissal due to snow, we will go by what is on the registration from the beginning of the year. If you have a nearby neighbor, friend or parent that you give permission for release of your child, please make sure the office has that information.
     
    Maplewood PTA:
    Our first meeting for the 2020 calendar year will be on February 19 at 6:30pm in the school library. Everyone is welcome to attend the meetings, but only PTA Members can vote. As always, free childcare is available for potty trained kids (please let us know if you plan to utilize the childcare).
    For more information you can go to our PTA website for past meeting minutes, links and contact information. http://maplewoodpta.com/ .
    Enjoy your week!
    Sincerely,
    K.T. Emerson
    maplewoodptapresident@gmail.com
     
    Yearbooks:
    Yearbook order forms are due January 31st.
     
    OBOB:
    The Oregon Battle of the Books is a statewide reading motivation and comprehension program sponsored by the Oregon Association of School Librarians in conjunction with a Library Services and Technology Act grant. Students, regardless of ability, are exposed to quality literature representing a variety of literary styles and viewpoints. The goals of the program is to encourage and recognize students who enjoy reading, broaden reading interests, increase reading comprehension, and promote academic excellence. Lists of books are chosen and questions are written for elementary and middle school. Students read the books, discuss them, quiz each other on the contents, and then compete in teams of four students to correctly answer questions based on the books in a "quiz show" format.
     
    OBOB brackets are set and battles begin next Tuesday (1/21)! They will be held during lunchtime (11:30-1pm) and parents are invited to watch their student battle. The dates and location for battles will be posted in the hallway so students will be aware of their upcoming battles. Battles tend to last from ~10 minutes to 30 minutes.
    The final battle will be on Friday 2/7 and will be held in the gym....all are welcome to attend. The 5th grade team who wins at Maplewood will proceed on to the regional battle which is held in Forest Park Elementary School on 3/14.
    Parents who have signed up to help run the OBOB battles MUST attend a training this Thursday in the library at 2:30pm. Thanks to all who have agreed to help with OBOB this year the students are very excited and ready to battle!
    Maplewood OBOB team
    Judy Reed, Meghan Tust, Heather Jones and Andrea Beyer
     
    Successful Schools Survey
    Shape the future of your student's education!
    What is the first thing that comes to your mind when you hear the phrase “successful schools?” We believe that successful schools are safe, healthy and welcoming learning spaces that are inclusive for all students. But we want to hear your thoughts.
    In 2019-20, Portland Public Schools is again partnering with Panorama Education to gather information students and families that will help us improve student experiences across the district. We will survey students in grades 4, 5, 7-10 on their experiences in their classrooms and schools, and families about their perception of the school their child attends.
    The survey will cover topics on sense of belonging, school safety, school climate, barriers to family engagement, as well as how students are thinking and feeling about diversity, equity, and inclusion in school.
    The current launch date is set for January 27th, the student window is scheduled to be open until February 14th and the family survey until February 28th. Stay tuned for further information!
    Please be honest and thoughtful, we value your feedback!
     
    Upcoming Events/Dates:
    Jan. 20 - No School - Martin Luther King Jr. Day
    Jan. 23 - 2nd Grade Field Trip to Dragon’s Love Tacos
    Jan. 24 - Grading Period Ends
    Jan. 24 - Fourth Grade Movie Night Fundraiser
    Jan. 27 - No School – teacher planning day
    Jan. 30 - 1st Grade Field Trip to Dragon’s Love Tacos

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