Maplewood School

Teaching and Challenging the Whole Child

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  • 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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  • Principals' Newsletter January 15, 2021

    Principals newsletter

    January 13, 2021


    Dear Maplewood Families,

    My heart has been heavy with all we are coping with currently.  While it is important to talk with our children about all the things we are facing, unrest in our country, COVID, and this week the loss of a beloved family member in our Maplewood Community.  These are very heavy topics and I encourage you to review resources we have provided as well as reach out to any of us at Maplewood should you feel the need.  I also encourage you to find ways to work towards healing from these heavy matters.  Finding activities as a family that provide a break from the stress of all that we carry.  In my home, we have been going on walks, watching movies together and cooking as ways to take a break.


    Below, please find resources related to grief


    Honoring Martin Luther King Jr.  Each year we take time to honor the live and leadership of Martin Luther King Jr.  This year as we face a lot divisiveness in our society Dr. King’s message is particularly relative and poignant.  My hope is that each of our students will have an opportunity to hear about Dr. King and think about the impact his life has had on our journey to become a more just and inclusive America.

    Here is a resource for celebrating Dr. King-

    Please join the celebration on January 18th, 2021 from 12:00-5:00pm for this broadcast!

    36th annual Tribute to the Life and Legacy of Rev. Dr. Marin Luther King Jr. Great American Hero and World Citizen, presented by World Arts Foundation Inc.

    This retrospective of Dr. King’s legacy will be highlighted with dances, songs and speeches.  It will also spotlight those in our local, national and global communities and leaders continuing his work.


    Book bag program:               

    1/20 - M-Z families

    1/27 - A-L families

    2/3   - M-Z families

    Book Exchange is on Wednesday's (unless PPS is closed) from 7:15-9:00am and  3:00-5:30 PM.


    From the School Counselor:  

    BIG thanks:  Helping Hands winter break food basket distribution was a huge success!  We gave out 24 food baskets along with grocery gift cards.  A big THANK YOU to all in the Maplewood community who donated food items and gift cards to this effort!  Along with your donations, St. Luke Lutheran Church provided grocery gift cards for all the food baskets- we extend our thanks for partnering with us to help our families over the break!  Finally, this was only possible with the work of our coordinators Shari Rainka and Josh Billeter!  Thank you to our fabulous community!


    Lunch Bunches for K-5 Students:  Your Maplewood student can join these lunch bunches to connect with peers and play games.  K-1st: Mondays 11:30-12:00, 2nd-3rd grade Wednesdays 11:30-12:00, 4th-5th grade Thursdays 12:20-12:50.  Go to Google Meet, click Join a Meeting, and type in CunninghamMW



    Kendall Cunningham

    Maplewood Elementary School Counselor


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

    Office Hours each Thursday from 2:30-3:30 Click here for link

    Counseling Request Google Form 


    Counseling and Social Worker:

    • Thursday, February 4, 5:30-7:I Didn't Sign Up for This! Practical Guidance for Parents During the Pandemic with Licensed Psychologist, Dr. Amy Stoeber and Parent Mentor, Raylene Edwards. This free workshop and series will: Address concerns and create a safe space for families to process stress in their current environment; Offer tangible tools for parents to support their children and manage overwhelming stress.


    Resilience and Support for Inauguration Week and Beyond

    Following the events of January 6 at the U.S Capitol, PPS Superintendent Guerrero released this statement denouncing the attacks and calling for a redoubled effort to support students in becoming thoughtful and engaged citizens committed to creating a more just and equitable future.  Here in the Maplewood community, we recognize that the anxiety in the political atmosphere may be affecting many of us, and may be especially traumatic for  our families and colleagues of color.  Below are some resources, and please don’t hesitate to reach out to Kendall Cunningham (, Avy Harris (, or any of us at Maplewood for support.



    Foundation Update

    Join us for Maplewood's got Talent, March 12th, 2021. This will be a family friendly virtual auction with a talent show incorporated! 

    Teachers, parents, and students are encouraged to submit videos by Feb. 4th.

    Have an idea for a party board? Contact us! We would love your input and participation. 

    Donate to the auction: If you would like to help us – we would love your support! Do you have a vacation home? We are looking for vacation rentals for the virtual live auction. Do you have a service or an item to donate? Do you want to help plan the auction? Please contact us at

    We are excited to see you on March 12th!


    The Maplewood Foundation Team

    More details can be found at:


    2020-2021 Yearbook Information:

    Even though this school year has been unconventional, we are planning to publish a yearbook. It’s certainly a memorable year! 


    Cover art: In December, we ran a contest for Maplewood students to design the cover of the yearbook. A panel made up of Principal Bailey, the 5th grade teachers, Ms. L (and PTA members voted on the entries.
    Here are the results of the voting:

    First place - front cover: Sa’Liyah White, 5th grade 

    Second place (tie) - back cover: Sofia Michels-Duke, 4th grade and Jo Wagner, 1st grade


    Content for the book: Usually the yearbook contains class portraits, candid photos and tributes to the 5th graders. We’ll still include most, if not all of that, but we’ll rely on families and caretakers for most of the candid pictures. To submit photos for consideration, please set up an account on  and upload your photos directly or email pictures to When submitting photos, please include the name(s) of the student(s) and grade(s). I imagine we’ll have plenty of photos of kids during their class meetings. Other ideas are special days (pajama day, crazy hair day), showcasing art or science creations, the book exchange at the school, virtual assemblies, lunch bunch meetings, etc. 

    Dorian, the photo/yearbook company, is still determining how to handle class portraits given COVID-19 restrictions. We hope to have more information in the coming weeks. 

    For the 5th grade tributes, we’ll start collecting baby photos and messages in February.

    Other information: You can order a yearbook online: The cost is $20, plus a $1 processing fee for credit card orders. The deadline for placing orders is mid-February. Yearbooks will be available for distribution at the end of the school year. 

    If you have any questions, you can email:   



    Maplewood families,

    PTA has put together a survey for our Maplewood community to get a better idea of who we represent and how people would like to be involved. Please follow the link below to submit your response. We so appreciate your feedback as we work hard to build a more inclusive community where everyone has a voice! 

    Maplewood community Member Survey


    Familias de Maplewood,

    La PTA ha preparado una encuesta para nuestra comunidad de Maplewood para tener una mejor idea de a quién representamos y cómo le gustaría a las personas participar. Siga el enlace a continuación para enviar su respuesta. ¡Apreciamos mucho sus comentarios mientras trabajamos arduamente para construir una comunidad más inclusiva donde todos tengan voz!

    Miembros de la comunidad de Maplewood



    Thursday, January 28th, 3PM-8PM                     

    Come try the new homemade ice cream in Multnomah Village at 7709 SW Capitol Hwy. They have amazing flavors. You can get a scoop or cone, sundaes, shakes and even ice cream cakes! The Village Ice Cream Factory will donate 25% back to PTA. You must mention Maplewood PTA fundraiser. Come get some delicious ice cream and support a new local business.

    But wait... there's more!

    They are also featuring a new flavor the following day, a maple donut ice cream, Maple(wood) Donut Ice Cream. This ice cream will only be available in pints and they are donating $2.00 per pint sold on Friday, January 29th!

    The next PTA Meeting is on Tuesday January 19th at 6:30 PM via Zoom 


    Meeting ID: 814 1445 6892


    CHROME BOOKS: Families if you are having issues with your chromebooks remember to shut down and restart Chromebooks  every week or so . Hearing about lots of problems resolved by restarting. Not just logging off, but restarting! ;)

    To notify staff that students may be experiencing issues trying to log into Clever with their Clever badge
    Some students are not able to log into Clever with their Clever  badge or through SSO. This seems to be intermittent but is disruptive for students and staff. Clever has been notified and is currently working on the resolution.

    Please contact the IT Service Desk at  or 503-916-3375 with any problems or questions you might have.

    District News:


    Dana Nerenberg passed along the below resources from Jen May at Multnomah County Library:

    • We have a Family Newsletter in English and Spanish. You can sign up at those links. It was created to support families through the home learning experience.
    • We also have some online content folks might enjoy, like Storytimes in multiple languages for younger kids, and our Books We Love series for older ones in English and Spanish.
    • We are trying to offer lots of online events that we hope people will check out.
    • We have lots more coming for school-aged kids soon, like a weekly Tween Club that will have a Graphic Novel Book Group, Minecraft Challenges, D&D and Science! I'll send something out once that becomes a real thing!
    • Just a reminder that we have services including curbside service, so if folks want to check stuff out, they can! And we have lots of ebooks.

    Casey Hoffman, Project Manager, Office of School Performance,


    Nutrition Services:


    Due to Martin Luther King Jr.’s Day falling on a meal service day, the Nutrition Services department will be providing extra meals on Friday, January 15 and Wednesday, January 20 in order to continue to cover meals for all 7 days. On Friday, January 29 (a teacher planning day), meal services will continue as scheduled. Thank you for sharing updates with your school community.

    For PPS families not near a meal pickup location or who need assistance accessing meals and would like to request home meal delivery, please contact with:

    • Family name
    • Address (where meals should be delivered)
    • Contact phone number
    • Number of children in the household
    • School(s) attended

    Requests submitted by end of day Monday, will begin receiving meal deliveries on the following Monday. For cancellations, changes or updates, please contact Please feel free to visit our website or contact us at with any questions.

    Whitney Ellersick, Senior Director, Nutrition Services,



    Nutrition Services wanted to share this information from Partners for Hunger Free Oregon to help explain some of the new and upcoming food and nutrition benefits that will come via the federal relief package.

    The federal economic relief package passed late last month included a temporary increase of approximately 15% in SNAP benefits. These benefits are planned to be distributed this month in Oregon. To see the details please read this news release.

    SNAP Emergency Allotments will continue for January as well, meaning families will still receive their maximum household allotment of SNAP benefits. Please see these FAQs for more information and feel free to share the news with partners and clients.

    Please click here for more information.

    Whitney Ellersick, Senior Director, Nutrition Services, wellersi@pps


    Upcoming Dates:

    Jan. 18  -  Dr. Martin Luther King Day – No School

    Jan. 19  -  PTA Mtg.  6:30pm

    Jan. 28  -  End of Quarter

    Jan. 29  -  Teacher Planning Day – No School

    Feb. 15  -  President’s Day – No School

    Feb. 16  -  PTA Mtg.  6:30pm

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    What to expect:

    Our virtual Maplewood’s Got Talent auction is FREE to attend and open to ALL AGES! The night will be full of awesome talent, from our Maplewood families, and fabulous prizes for the highest bidders. There’s also a prize for the talent show winner!

    Performers wanted:

    Who should participate?

    All talented Maplewood students, teachers, and parents who want to display their talents at the virtual auction on March 12!

    What type of talents are we looking for?

    Dancing, acting, singing, magic, sporting feats and all around fun videos!

    What type of videos are accepted?

    Please keep videos under one minute and in landscape format. Good lighting and a steady hand are appreciated!

    How to submit:

    Please submit your videos to by February 4, 2021.


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