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 May 20, 2020

                                                                          Jill Bailey


                                        Office:  503/916-6308               E-mail:

                                                                                                                                         May 20, 2020



    Dear Maplewood Families,


    May has been a wet, wet month so far-making up for the dry April we had.  Daily, Maplewood staff and teachers talk about how we wish we were back in our building with your children.  The field looks so empty without students running around.  You may have noticed we finally have a new blacktop on the playground.  I hope to get the lines painted on it soon.


    Thank you all for the kind thoughts and gestures you shared with teachers during Teacher Appreciation Week. I too, am exceptionally grateful for the teachers and staff at Maplewood.  I continue to be in awe of all the creative things teachers continue to do during the online instruction we are doing.  We only have a few weeks left, please continue to encourage your children to engage and check in with their teachers and classmates.


    PTA Meeting Tonight!  Please join us 6:30-7:30.

    PTA ELECTIONS and PTA MEETING :The agenda will include PTA Board elections (Need to fill President, VP, Secretary and Co-Treasurer positions), an update from Maplewood Principal Jill Bailey and the final 20-30 minutes of the meeting will be directed at 5th grade families as Susan Kosmala, Principal at Jackson Middle School will discuss the middle school transition.

    Spirit Week-

    Next week Memorial Day is Monday and May 26th –May 28th is Spirit Week.  Crazy Hair, Inside out and Backwards Day is Tuesday; Favorite color or Maplewood wear is Wednesday and Thursday is Pajama Day and Maple bar certificates.  Thanks to PTA, students can drive by Maplewood at the following times to get a maple bar certificate in their PJ’s:


    9:30-10:00-First and Third

    10:00-10:30-Kinder and Second

    10:30-11:00 Fourth and Fifth


    We will be wearing gloves and Masks and ask that you follow safety precautions as well. Masks, glove and social distancing are greatly appreciated.  This activity is voluntary on the part of our teachers and staff-if your child’s teacher is not there, please understand that they are making that decision based on childcare or health needs.

    Maplewood Foundation-

    I want to thank our current fantastic Maplewood Foundation Board.  With Michelle Williams’ leadership and the hard work of Alison McCarthy and Maria Kelly you all rock!  I hope you all know that ALL of our students benefit from the folks who are supported by your work and the Foundation funds.  Without the Foundation we would have a hole in the learning of all of our students.  I look forward to working closely with the new team coming soon!

    Annie Bloom's Books in Multnomah Village has kindly offered to still hold the fundraiser we had planned from May 23rd to May 30th

    Order books online for curbside pick-up or delivery (free with a $10 purchase within a 3-mile radius or a $2 delivery fee).  Online ordering is preferred but they are happy to place an order over the phone and to help you find a book.  You MUST let them know, either on phone or in the comment box during checkout, to apply your purchase to the Maplewood Fundraiser.  At the end of the week, Annie Bloom's will give 10% to the PTA!

    Order online here: 

    Don't forget to type "Maplewood Fundraiser" in the comment box!

    Their phone number is 503-246-0053, and don't forget to mention Maplewood! 

    Their website has lists of suggestions and the list of the OBOB books. Here's the link to Ms. Kordahl's list, which specifies the titles she's picked for 3rd grade.

    Please let Kari or Raena know if you have any questions! 

    Other End of Year Events:

    Keep on the lookout for upcoming end of the year events.  We will have information about a yearbook pick-up, fifth grade promotion and clap-out and other activities as we get close to the end of our school year.


    Parent Input for Student Placement:  

    Please click below to complete.  Link to Classroom Placement Form. This form will be available until Friday, May 22nd.


    Kindergarten Registration - 5 years old by Sept 1st?  Sign up online for school by June 1st! The online registration can be found on the PPS Website.

    Upcoming Events/Dates:

    May 26th – 28th  - Spirit Week


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