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  • Principal's Newsletter February 26,2021

    Principals Newsletter

    February 26, 2021

     

    Dear Maplewood Families,

    February felt like it was a shorter month than usual!  Of course the snowstorm added to the brevity of the month.  Many of us are still cleaning up after that storm!  As we move into March, we are looking forward to having a few of our students on campus for LIPI-limited in person instruction.  Moving into the fourth quarter the district is preparing for hybrid instruction. For a little more information regarding LIPI read below.

    Limited In Person Instruction:

    We started LIPI with a small group of fourth grade students on Monday 2/22 and will add more students next week in grades K-5th.  Students participating have been identified by a school team based on academic needs, and barriers to participating in CDL.  LIPI students are attending two days a week for two hours a day.  The focus is academic interventions and social emotional learning.

     

    Toolbox Tool for February

    For the month of February our tool is the Using Our Words Tool.  The icon is a pencil and the phrase is, "I use the right words at the right time".  Our use of words can help build relationships or harm relationships.  When we use our words effectively, we can better communicate our needs and wants.  For the young students, this can focus on speaking about what we need instead of grabbing, pushing, or physically asserting themselves. For slightly older students, this can focus on problem-solving and using "I statements".

     

    SURVEYS!!

    Thank you to everyone who has completed the Fourth Quarter Survey for the purpose of PPS planning for hybrid instruction!

    You should also have received a link to the Successful Schools Survey.  That is open until March 12th.  Please take a few moments to complete that survey as we use that for planning at the building level as well as at the district level.  This survey includes students, parents and teachers so it gives us a “360” view of how we are doing at Maplewood. 

    Again thank you for taking the time to complete these surveys.

     

     

    Kindergarten Connection:

    If you know of any incoming kindergarten student please share the following information with them.

    https://www.pps.net/Page/15506  - Portland Public Schools

    https://www.pps.net/domain/6441 - Maplewood Website

    If you need additional information email sriley@pps.net and Ms. Riley can answer your questions.

     

    Book bag program: 

    3/03 - M-Z families

    3/10 A-L families

    3/17 M-Z families

    3/24 Spring Break No Book Bags

    3/31 -  A-L families

    4/07 -  M-Z families 

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

     

    Mindful Kids Club

    Grades 3-5, Tuesdays 11:30-12

    Google Meets: AvyMWE

    In this 8-week group, we'll learn some fun and relaxing tools to manage big feelings, calm anxieties or worries, and practice compassion for others and ourselves.  There is growing evidence that mindfulness skills can help children feel more connected, calm, and capable and improve their emotional wellbeing.  Please email or call Avy Harris, school social worker (rharris@pps.net, 503-729-0634), for more information.


    Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP): Your family may be eligible for extra food benefits. The latest federal Coronavirus Relief program includes a temporary, 15% increase in SNAP benefits for program participants. The increase lasts from January 1 through June 30, 2021.  The relief package also included approval of a “no interview” waiver for SNAP applicants and recertifications through Feb. 28, 2021. Learn more and apply online, or contact our school social worker for assistance:  https://www.oregon.gov/dhs/assistance/food-benefits/pages/about-snap.aspx

    Avy Harris, CSWA, LSSW

    She/Her/Hers

    School Social Worker

    Maplewood and Capitol Hill Elementary Schools

     

    District News:

    CONFIDENTIAL FAMILY APPLICATION FOR FREE AND REDUCED-PRICE MEALS FOR 2021-22

    Eligible families can submit a new meal application to see if their student(s) qualify for free and reduced-price meals for the 2021-22 school year on or after July 1, 2021. Please do not have new/incoming kindergarten families for the 2021-22 school year apply for meal benefits to determine eligibility; our team is not allowed to process these applications. The updated federal income guidelines will be announced and listed on the meal application form in July. Families do not need to submit a meal application if their student attends an approved 2021-22 Community Eligibility Provision school or receives a 2021-22 PPS Direct Certification Approval letter that will be sent out to those who qualify in August 2021.

    For meal benefits related questions, please email mealbenefits@pps.net or call 503.916.3402.

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

     

    Year Books:

    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 commpe.pictavo.com  and upload your photos directly or email pictures to maplewoodpdxyearbook@gmail.com. When submitting photos, please include the name(s) of the student(s) and grade(s).  The deadline for submitting pictures is March 19th.

     

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

    If you have any questions, you can email:      

     maplewoodpdxyearbook@gmail.com.

     

    Foundation:

    Our annual auction is going live virtually! Our theme is Maplewood's got Talent!

    Save the date: March 12th, 2021

    Details about tickets coming soon!

     

    If you have a Party Board idea that you want to donate, please fill out this google form: https://forms.gle/DHDFWvUPcdteR6z86

    You can host a virtual event or an in-person event outside. You decide the details, date, and location!

    To find out more about party boards visit: www.maplewoodfoundation.com

     

    District News:

     

    The 2020-21 PPS Successful Schools Survey gathers student, family, and staff feedback

     

    Take the survey today ! You can complete the survey from a computer, tablet, or smartphone. It should only take 15-20 minutes of your time. Select the school your child attends and answer the questions for that school. If you have children at more than one PPS school, please complete one survey for each school your children attend. If you need help taking the survey please contact your teacher or principal.

    Thank you for being part of the PPS family!

    surveys.panoramaed.com/portlandor/ppsfamily

     

    Upcoming Dates:

    3/16  -   PTA Mtg. 6:30pm

    3/18  -   Papa Murphy Dine Out

    3/22  -   3/26   Spring Break

    3/29  -   1st Day Back from Spring Break

    4/07  -   Panda Express Dine Out

    4/08  -   End of Quarter

    4/09  -   No School teacher planning day

    4/20  -   PTA Mtg. 6:30pm

     

    Annie Bloom's Fundraiser March 4th - March 7th

    Annie Bloom's will give 15% of total sales back to Maplewood PTA! Last fall we made $327!!

    Order books online for curbside pick-up or delivery ($3 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.

    Their phone number is 503-246-0053,

    Be sure to mention Maplewood!

     

     

     

     

  • Principal's Newsletter February 19, 2021

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    Principals Newsletter

    February 19, 2021

     

     

    Dear Maplewood Families,

    Today is the first day we have had power in our building!  I hope all of you have recovered from the ice/snow storm of 2021.  Crazy times!!  I received pictures of teachers teaching by candlelight and cooking outside on BBQ’s.  This truly will be a year to remember!

    Due to the weather event PPS has extended deadlines on MAP testing to March 5th for our third-fifth graders and the Hybrid survey has been extended to February 25th for families to complete. 

    I heard from many families that the survey was difficult to access.  If you are still having a hard time completing the survey please email Research PPS research@pps.net you may also continue to email me. I am trying to respond to your emails but know that if I haven’t responded I am forwarding emails to the department that is supporting this survey.

     

    Principal Hiring Process:

    Dear Maplewood Families, 

    I hope that you all are safe and healthy as we enter spring semester in an unprecedented school year. We will soon begin the principal hiring process by gathering your input on the skills and characteristics you desire in the next Maplewood principal. Your voice is important, and one way to share your perspective is through our Community Feedback Survey, linked here.

    The survey will be open through Friday, February 26th. We will also host sessions with the staff and community to discuss the hiring process. The community session will be on Monday, February 22nd from 6:30-7:30pm on Zoom. You can join the Zoom meeting HERE or by calling in to the number below. 

    Join Zoom Meeting
    ID: 89986380745
    Passcode: 765417
    ‪(US) +1 669-900-9128
    Passcode: 765417

    After February 26th, we will use the information from the survey to match candidates to the skills and characteristics you identify. Once we have identified interested candidates whose skill set aligns with the Maplewood school needs, I will contact you again with the next steps in the interviewing and hiring process. If we have a single candidate that directly matches the identified characteristics, that candidate may be directly appointed by the Superintendent. In cases where we have multiple candidates whose skills and experience match the identified needs, we will hold a school-based interview committee process to select candidates for recommendation to the Superintendent.

    Please look for further communication soon after February 26th. I appreciate your engagement, patience, and flexibility as we navigate through this process virtually.

    Sincerely,

    Isaac Cardona
    Area Senior Director


    It’s Toolbox Time: Pandemic Edition

    Social worker Avy Harris and school counselor Kendall Cunningham will offer a session for parents and caregivers on how to use our Toolbox tools to support ourselves and our students during this challenging time. This will be next Tuesday, February 23rd from 4:30-5:30.  Zoom link here. Zoom info: https://pps-net.zoom.us/j/85318980432  Meeting ID: 853 1898 043

    Lunch Bunches:

    I offer lunch bunches for students to socialize and play games in a relaxed, online atmosphere:

    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, by New Meeting, enter CunninghamMW in the Enter a Code or Nickname box

     

     K-5 Hybrid Option Survey Deadline Extended to February 25

    Dear PPS Families,

    As we shared last week, we are continuing to offer increased in-person learning opportunities for students, with a goal of launching hybrid instruction to kindergarten to fifth grade students in April. We have a few updates for you this week:

    • We’ve extended the response deadline for the 4th Quarter Learning Modelsurvey for K-5 families. The survey gives families the opportunity to let us know if you prefer your student to participate in hybrid learning or remain in Comprehensive Distance Learning (CDL). The survey will remain open through Thursday, February 25
    • If you have not already received the survey, or if you need support in filling it out, please email research@pps.net. We would be happy to assist you. 
    • PPS staff will make phone calls to individual families, ensuring you are aware of our options available as outlined in the survey, starting next week. 
    • We have posted a set of Frequently Asked Questions about hybrid learning. You can find it at net/hybridfaq. Questions and answers are available in all six of our supported languages.

    You can find more information, including health and safety measures we are taking to support in-person learning, sample student hybrid instruction schedules and more, in our February 9 presentation to the Board of Education.

    We wish all PPS families a peaceful remainder of the week as our community recovers from yet another challenge stemming from last weekend’s winter storm. We will continue to provide you with regular updates as we get closer to launching hybrid instruction at PPS. 

    Limited In Person Instruction- We will begin LIPI with small groups of students on Monday 2/22 and will add more students the following week.  Students participating have been identified by a school team based on academic needs, and barriers to participating in CDL. If you have questions regarding LIPI please contact me-email is best.

    Important survey troubleshooting 

    • There were initial problems with the survey link timing out or not reaching kindergarten students, that should be resolved for most families. If not, please send them to research@pps.net
    • Each K5 student has a unique link associated with their PPS ID that was sent to only one parent/ guardian to mitigate any response overriding or negating the other. 
    • In some cases, in households with multiple students, one parent/guardian may have received the link for one student and the other parent/ guardian may have received the link for the other student. 
    • It is very important for each parent to check all of their inboxes and junk mail inboxes for the link. 
    • The Hoonuit Admin Dashboard will be the way that schools can see how many of their families have responded and indicated each option. 
    • The Hoonuit Admin Dashboard contains the unique student links, you can access them following the steps below. 
    • There are translated forms accessible through a dropdown menu in the Qualtrics email and Q4 learning choice form itself. There are phone numbers in the Qualtrics email and pasted here for your reference to assist families in filling out the form.

     

    Kindergarten Connection:

    If you know of any incoming kindergarten student please share the following information with them.

    https://www.pps.net/Page/15506  - Portland Public Schools

     

    https://www.pps.net/domain/6441 - Maplewood Website

     

    Need more support? Email sriley@pps.net  

     

    Book bag program: 

    2/24 - A-L families

    3/03 - M-Z families

    3/10 A-L families

    3/17 M-Z families

    3/24 Spring Break No Book Bags

    3/31 -  A-L families

    4/07 -  M-Z families 

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

     

    Library:

    Students can access the Maplewood SORA for ebook and audiobook versions of the "Who was Ida B. Wells?" title.

    Of course, there are other amazing titles in the Maplewood SORA, as well as some historical fiction (5th grade?)! Biscuit, Who Would Win, mOBOB titles, Garfield, and more. Please remind students to return titles when they are done!

    Point them to look at the "Try These!" section.

    https://soraapp.com/library/ppsor\

     

    Moving

    Please return Maplewood electronic devices, library books, and all other Maplewood supplies at the Book Exchange times or contact the office to arrange a time. (or a neighbor can bring your items to the Book Exchange times). 

    Remember to also update your change of address with the office please, and notify Ms. Riley of your last day at Maplewood.

     

    Mindful Kids Club

    Grades 3-5, Tuesdays 11:30-12

    Google Meets: AvyMWE

    In this 8-week group, we'll learn some fun and relaxing tools to manage big feelings, calm anxieties or worries, and practice compassion for others and ourselves.  There is growing evidence that mindfulness skills can help children feel more connected, calm, and capable and improve their emotional wellbeing.  Please email or call Avy Harris, school social worker (rharris@pps.net, 503-729-0634), for more information.


    Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP): Your family may be eligible for extra food benefits. The latest federal Coronavirus Relief program includes a temporary, 15% increase in SNAP benefits for program participants. The increase lasts from January 1 through June 30, 2021.  The relief package also included approval of a “no interview” waiver for SNAP applicants and recertifications through Feb. 28, 2021. Learn more and apply online, or contact our school social worker for assistance:  https://www.oregon.gov/dhs/assistance/food-benefits/pages/about-snap.aspx

    Avy Harris, CSWA, LSSW

    She/Her/Hers

    School Social Worker

    Maplewood and Capitol Hill Elementary Schools

     

    District News:

    PARENT WORKSHOP: AT-HOME LEARNING STRATEGIES

    At-Home Learning Strategies with families linked here and translated into the supported languages. The Workshop will be on Friday, February 26, 2021.

    Nga-My Vuong, Business Operations Analyst, OTL, tvuong@pps.net

     

    Office of Strategic Partnerships and Engagement

    *VOLUNTEER GUIDANCE FOR 21-22

    Volunteers will not be permitted inside PPS schools during 2020-21; however, volunteers are permitted virtually but a PPS staff is required to be present. Please refer to the following document for more information: 1/8/2021 Volunteer Restrictions for 2020-21

    Robyn Faraone, School Partnerships Manager, rfaraone@pps.net

     

    Year Books:

    You can order a yearbook online: commpe.pictavo.com. 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. 

    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 commpe.pictavo.com  and upload your photos directly or email pictures to maplewoodpdxyearbook@gmail.com. When submitting photos, please include the name(s) of the student(s) and grade(s).

    The deadline for submitting pictures is March 19th.

    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.

    If you have any questions, you can email:      

     maplewoodpdxyearbook@gmail.com.

    PTA:
    We will be having another online sale of Maplewood spirit wear starting in April!  We would love your feedback if there is anything you wish to see available.   We are hoping to add a youth short option, a women's tank option,  and youth and adult sweatpants.  Let us know if there is anything you have been hoping for!    We are also looking to offer expanded sizes for many of our items.  All items will highlight Maplewood's updated logo!  Please send feedback to michellebstevens@gmail.com or familyjones5616@gmail.com

    Thank you!

     

    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.

     

    Donate to the auction:

    We are looking for Party Board ideas!! In the past we have done whiskey tastings, BBQ's, kickball, karaoke - this can be in person (outside) or online!

    Link to sign up: https://forms.gle/TcbFsbSi1CHNY3YY9

    Email us at maplewoodfoundation@gmail.com

    Website: www.maplewoodfoundation.com

    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 maplewoodfoundation@gmail.com.

    We are excited to see you on March 12th!

    More details can be found at:

    www.maplewoodfoundation.com/auction    

     

    Upcoming Dates:

    February 22:  LIPI instruction begins

    March 16:     PTA Mtg. 6:30pm

    March 22 – 26:   Spring Break

    March 29:     School Resumes

     

     

     

  • Principal's Newsletter February 10, 2021

    Principals Newsletter

    February 10, 2021

     

    Dear Maplewood Families,

    I hope you all get time to play in the snow and enjoy your long weekend.  This month at school we are focusing on MAP testing for grades 3-5. 

    You should have received a survey the district sent out to gather information from families about a hybrid model starting in the spring.  Please take a few minutes to complete 

    Finally, the Successful Schools Survey is also opening up for students, staff and families to complete.  This information as a building administrator is very helpful in following trends in our building.

    Principal Hiring

    PPS will soon begin the process of hiring a new principal for Maplewood.  A community meeting will be scheduled and a survey will be sent to the community to gather information about the characteristics that make Maplewood a unique place.  Please be on the look-out for more information.

     

    MAPS Testing:

    PPS will have a MAP testing window for grades 3-8 in math and reading from February 1 through February 26. Parents have the option of opting out of testing. Please look for information from your child’s teacher regarding more information regarding the MAPS test.

    Limited In Person Instruction-

    We will begin LIPI with small groups of students in the next few weeks.  Students participating have been identified by a school team based on academic needs, and barriers to participate in CDL. If you have questions regarding LIPI please contact me-email is best.

     

    Focus Group for PPS SEL (Social Emotional Learning) Group

    Greetings Families,

    Portland Public Schools is working to understand how we can support all our students and meet their social and emotional needs. We want to hear from you! Please consider joining a focus group to share your thoughts. All participants will receive a $50 gift card as a thank you for their input. Each focus group will last for one hour.  No perspective is unimportant- we have something to learn from everyone.

    Conversations will be conducted by Heather Schwartz and Brittney Williams from CASEL.  If you are interested in participating, please reach out to hschwartz@casel.org

     

    Kindergarten Connection:

    If you know of any incoming kindergarten student please share the following information with them.

     

    https://www.pps.net/Page/15506  - Portland Public Schools

    https://www.pps.net/domain/6441 - Maplewood Website

     

    Can't find the answer to your question? Email sriley@pps.net for specific Maplewood questions.

    Enrollment in most cases can be done online.  Attaching alll your documents moves your child's registration along faster.

    Thank you!  

    Shannon Riley 

    Maplewood School Secretary / Enrollment.

     

    Book bag program: 

    2/17 - M-Z families

    2/24 - A-L families

     

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

    Library:

    Students can access the Maplewood SORA for ebook and audiobook versions of the "Who was Ida B. Wells?" title.

    Of course, there are other amazing titles in the Maplewood SORA, as well as some historical fiction (5th grade?)! Biscuit, Who Would Win, mOBOB titles, Garfield, and more. Please remind students to return titles when they are done!

    Point them to look at the "Try These!" section.

    https://soraapp.com/library/ppsor

     

    Mindful Kids Club

    Grades 3-5, Tuesdays 11:30-12

    Google Meets: AvyMWE

    In this 8-week group, we'll learn some fun and relaxing tools to manage big feelings, calm anxieties or worries, and practice compassion for others and ourselves.  There is growing evidence that mindfulness skills can help children feel more connected, calm, and capable and improve their emotional wellbeing.  Please email or call Avy Harris, school social worker (rharris@pps.net, 503-729-0634), for more information.

     

    Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP): Your family may be eligible for extra food benefits. The latest federal Coronavirus Relief program includes a temporary, 15% increase in SNAP benefits for program participants. The increase lasts from January 1 through June 30, 2021.  The relief package also included approval of a “no interview” waiver for SNAP applicants and recertifications through Feb. 28, 2021. Learn more and apply online, or contact our school social worker for assistance:  https://www.oregon.gov/dhs/assistance/food-benefits/pages/about-snap.aspx

    Avy Harris, CSWA, LSSW

    She/Her/Hers

    School Social Worker

    Maplewood and Capitol Hill Elementary Schools

     

    Year Books:

    You can order a yearbook online: commpe.pictavo.com. 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. 

    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 commpe.pictavo.com  and upload your photos directly or email pictures to maplewoodpdxyearbook@gmail.com. When submitting photos, please include the name(s) of the student(s) and grade(s).  The deadline for submitting pictures is March 19th.

    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.

    If you have any questions, you can email:      

     maplewoodpdxyearbook@gmail.com.

     

    PTA:
    Tuesday, February 16 at 6:30 is our next PTA Meeting. PTA ZOOM MEETING  

    Meeting ID: 814 1445 6892

    Right after our short PTA meeting, at 7:00 pm, Maplewood PTA will be presenting: Housing discrimination in Oregon: The Real Story. 

    Come learn about housing discrimination in Oregon and how it has shaped our communities. Hear how our teachers will use this information to teach our kids to do better.  More information on this presentation can be found at: https://fb.me/e/399IsjOl1

     

    Spirit Wear:
    We will be having another online sale of Maplewood spirit wear starting in April!  We would love your feedback if there is anything you wish to see available.   We are hoping to add a youth short option, a women's tank option,  and youth and adult sweatpants.  Let us know if there is anything you have been hoping for!    We are also looking to offer expanded sizes for many of our items.  All items will highlight Maplewood's updated logo!  Please send feedback to michellebstevens@gmail.com or familyjones5616@gmail.com

    Thank you!

     

    Foundation:

    Our annual auction is going live virtually! Our theme is Maplewoo's got Talent! 

    Save the date: March 12th, 2021 

    Read more below upcoming dates.

    Details about tickets coming soon!

     

    If you have a Party Board idea that you want to donate, please fill out this google form: https://forms.gle/DHDFWvUPcdteR6z86

    You can host a virtual event or an in-person event outside. You decide the details, date, and location!

    To find out more about party boards visit: www.maplewoodfoundation.com

    District News:

    The 2020-21 PPS Successful Schools Survey gathers student, family, and staff feedback

    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.

    We are excited to announce the 2021 Successful Schools Family Survey. When you take the survey, you help us understand your experience as a parent or guardian. This important information will guide us as we determine the future of our schools. The survey launches today and will be available for the next four weeks.

    Take the survey today! You can complete the survey from a computer, tablet, or smartphone. It should only take 15-20 minutes of your time. Select the school your child attends and answer the questions for that school. If you have children at more than one PPS school, please complete one survey for each school your children attend. If you need help taking the survey please contact your teacher or principal.

    Thank you for being part of the PPS family!

    surveys.panoramaed.com/portlandor/ppsfamily

     

    Nutrition Services:

    FEBRUARY MEAL SERVICES

    Since Monday, February 15 is a holiday and the district is closed, there will be no meal services. Additional meals will be included in surrounding service days to make sure families still receive 7 days worth of meals. Thank you for sharing updates with your school community.

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

    Upcoming Dates:

    Feb. 14  -  Valentines Day

    Feb. 15  -  President’s Day – No School

    Feb. 16  -  PTA Mtg.  6:30pm

     

    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 sararichardsonpdx@gmail.com by February 4, 2021.

     


     

     

     

  • Principal's Newsletter February 05, 2021

    Principals Newsletter

    February 5, 2021

     

    Dear Maplewood Families,

    Happy February!  We are starting a new term and continuing with comprehensive distance learning, CDL.  Along with many other schools in PPS, we are working toward a model of limited-in-person-instruction or LIPI as well as creating a plan for a hybrid model.  At this point LIPI at Maplewood is scheduled to begin February 22nd and the district is looking at April to begin a hybrid model. 

    I will update you as I have more information regarding our progress towards getting students back to school.

    As I stated last week, February is Black History month there are many events on-line and teachers will be including lessons throughout the month to recognize the contributions of black Americans.

     

    MAPS Testing:

    PPS will have a MAP testing window for grades 3-8 in math and reading from February 1 through February 26. Parents have the option of opting out of testing. Please look for information from your child’s teacher regarding the MAPS test.

     

    Mindful Kids Club

    Grades 3-5, Tuesdays 11:30-12:00pm

    Google Meets: AvyMWE

    In this 8-week group, we'll learn some fun and relaxing tools to manage big feelings, calm anxieties or worries, and practice compassion for others and ourselves.  There is growing evidence that mindfulness skills can help children feel more connected, calm, and capable and improve their emotional wellbeing.  Please email or call Avy Harris, school social worker (rharris@pps.net, 503-729-0634), for more information.

    Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP): 

    Your family may be eligible for extra food benefits. The latest federal Coronavirus Relief program includes a temporary, 15% increase in SNAP benefits for program participants. The increase lasts from January 1 through June 30, 2021.  The relief package also included approval of a “no interview” waiver for SNAP applicants and recertifications through Feb. 28, 2021. Learn more and apply online, or contact our school social worker for assistance:  https://www.oregon.gov/dhs/assistance/food-benefits/pages/about-snap.aspx

     

    Kindergarden Connection:

    If you know of any incoming kindergarten student please share the following information with them.

     

    https://www.pps.net/Page/15506  - Portland Public Schools

    https://www.pps.net/domain/6441 - Maplewood Website

     

    Book bag program: 

    2/10 - A-L families

    2/17 - M-Z families

    2/24 - A-L families

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

     

    Library:

    Students can access the Maplewood SORA for ebook and audiobook versions of the "Who was Ida B. Wells?" title.

    Of course, there are other amazing titles in the Maplewood SORA, as well as some historical fiction (5th grade?)! Biscuit, Who Would Win, mOBOB titles, Garfield, and more. Please remind students to return titles when they are done!

    Point them to look at the "Try These!" section.

    https://soraapp.com/library/ppsor

     

    District News:

    Report Cards:

    Dear K-5 Parents, 

    We are excited to share with you the new K-5 Report Card. The report card has been revised by a committee of teachers and parents with one of the main goals being to help families more easily understand how your students are doing as they progress through the elementary grades.  Click here to see the new report in English, Spanish, Vietnamese, Russian, Somali, and Chinese. A highlight of the new report card is that there is now only one marking system for grades (E/M/CM/N/NE) and the +,V,/,-- system is now only for characteristics of a successful learner

    Teachers will be using this new report card for Quarter 2 reporting. And you will receive the report card via ParentVue in early February.  If you need a copy of your child’s report card mailed home, please notify your child’s teacher.

     

    Year Books:

    You can order a yearbook online: commpe.pictavo.com. 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. 

    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 commpe.pictavo.com  and upload your photos directly or email pictures to maplewoodpdxyearbook@gmail.com. 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. 

    If you have any questions, you can email:      

     maplewoodpdxyearbook@gmail.com.

     

    PTA:
    We will be having another online sale of Maplewood spirit wear starting in April!  We would love your feedback if there is anything you wish to see available.   We are hoping to add a youth short option, a women's tank option,  and youth and adult sweatpants.  Let us know if there is anything you have been hoping for!    We are also looking to offer expanded sizes for many of our items.  All items will highlight Maplewood's updated logo!  Please send feedback to michellebstevens@gmail.com or familyjones5616@gmail.com

    Thank you!

     

    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.

    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 t

    Donate to the auction:

    We are looking for Party Board ideas!! In the past we have done whiskey tastings, BBQ's, kickball, karaoke - this can be in person (outside) or online!

    Link to sign up: https://forms.gle/TcbFsbSi1CHNY3YY9

     

    Email us at maplewoodfoundation@gmail.com

    Website: www.maplewoodfoundation.com

     

    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 maplewoodfoundation@gmail.com.

    We are excited to see you on March 12th!

    More details can be found at:

    www.maplewoodfoundation.com/auction    

     

    Upcoming Dates:

    Feb. 14  -  Valentines Day

    Feb. 15  -  President’s Day – No School

    Feb. 16  -  PTA Mtg.  6:30pm

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

  • Principal's Newsletter January 29, 2021

    Principal’s Newsletter

    January 29, 2021

     

     

    Dear Maplewood Families,

    As we enter February, we will be providing information about events related to Black History Month.  Please check out the weekly newsletter for events and information you may want to share with you children.  I’d like to do a shout out to our former dance teacher Oluyinka Akinjiola

    Check out the information below about her performance available on-line:

    AT THE TABLE: EXPLORING AFROFUTURISM 

    At the Dinner Table is a short dance film that examines how we can set the table for a better future and a better us. We are done asking for a seat at the table, we are building our own. We acknowledge the ancestors that helped pave the way, the lives lost which sparked movements, and the mess that meets us at the door. Using an Afro-futuristic perspective, we want to know how you will show up, what you will give, and if we will ever sit down together.

    The film At the DInner Table will be available for viewing virtually, free of charge, from January 24th-February 71h. PPS dance educator and Rejoice! Diaspora Dance Theater member, Oluyinka Akinjiola, has put together a discussion guide for this work which centers and promotes AfroFuturism.

    LINK TO VIDEO | LINK TO CONVERSATION GUIDE

     

    This week brought us a bit closer to in person instruction as building staff are now able to schedule vaccinations.  I am hearing that several of our Maplewood team are getting vaccinated.  We will keep you informed of plans to do in person instruction.  What I can share with you at this point is that Maplewood’s target start date with Limited In-Person Instruction (LIPI) is February 22nd

    We are identifying students who are most in need of academic support in the area of reading and those students who may have challenges participating with online instruction.  Initially we are starting with groups of five to six students and will add more as we are able based on safety requirements.  The students identified will be contacted by their teacher or school personal.  Participation is voluntary.  Please feel free to contact me with any questions regarding LIPI. 

    You may also be hearing about a hybrid model of returning.  This model will come later in the year.  I am hearing perhaps April as a start date.  My understanding is this will be open to all students who wish to participate and also will be voluntary as Comprehensive Distance Learning will continue for students who are more comfortable with that model. 
    There will be more information to come about the hybrid model.

    In case you did not have a chance to see my letter I sent earlier this week, I have included it below.  The posting for the Maplewood principal positon will be forthcoming in the next week or two.  Once it is posted more information will be provided about the hiring process.  Thank you to all of you who have reached out to me to share your kind words.

     

    Principal Announcement:

    Dear Maplewood Families and Community,

    It is with great sadness that I’m letting you know that I have decided to leave Maplewood at the end of this school year. While this year has been difficult for all of us-I have had several family challenges recently which have led to my decision to leave. 

    It has been an honor to work at Maplewood over the past seven years. I am proud of the accomplishments we have achieved during my time here. It has been my focus to have each student feel welcomed and safe at Maplewood. Primary to my work is the belief that building relationships with students is necessary for them to learn, grow and thrive. The education of your children is very personal to me.  I am grateful to have served the students of Maplewood.

    I’d like to take this opportunity to thank every member of our Maplewood community. The commitment of our amazing teachers, counseling staff, support staff, parents, and the wider school community, has contributed to making Maplewood an extraordinary place that supports ALL students. The quality of our instruction, especially in our current situation, is a testament to countless hours of hard work, collaboration, and inspiration from all members of our team. It is also the result of the support willingly given by all stakeholders-including all of you in our amazing school community.

    I will hold Maplewood in my heart as I step away as it truly has been a highlight of my educational career.

    With deep gratitude,

    Jill Bailey,

    Maplewood Elementary Principal

    Portland Public Schools

     

    MAPS Testing:

    PPS will have a MAP testing window for grades 3-8 in math and reading from February 1 through February 26. Parents have the option of opting out of testing. Please look for information from your child’s teacher on the MAPS test.

     

    Kindergarten Connection:

    If you know of any incoming kindergarten student please share the following information with them.

    https://www.pps.net/Page/15506  - Portland Public Schools

     

    https://www.pps.net/domain/6441 - Maplewood Website

     

    Book bag program: 

    2/3   - M-Z families

    2/10 - A-L families

    2/17 - M-Z families

    2/24 - A-L families

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

    SORA:

    FYI-Students can access the Maplewood SORA for ebook and audiobook versions of the "Who was Ida B. Wells?" title.

    Of course, there are other amazing titles in the Maplewood SORA, as well as some historical fiction (5th grade?)! Biscuit, Who Would Win, mOBOB titles, Garfield, and more. Please remind students to return titles when they are done!

    Point them to look at the "Try These!" section.

    https://soraapp.com/library/ppsor

     

    Black History Month: February ushers in Black History month where we honor and celebrate the achievements of African Americans.  Next week, February 1st-5th, we also focus our attention on Black Lives Matter at School Week which seeks to organize for racial justice in our schools.  While Black history and Black Lives Matter are important year-round and cannot be limited to a single event, we hope that this month can be a time to dig deeper and make commitments towards equity. 

    Portland Public Schools - and the Maplewood Community - are committed to racial equity.  See the statement on racial equity here.  Below you can find resources for celebrating Black History Month and exploring these topics with your family.  

    Consider supporting Black-owned Portland businesses

     

    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.

     

    Race Conversations Informative Meeting:

    Wilson High School, proposed name: Ida B. Wells-Barnett High School; has partnered with the Anti-Defamation League to host a community conversation about race.  The ADL has trained a cohort of our high school students, who are deeply committed to racial equity, to facilitate much of our learning and dialogue about how to be an ally and how to have conversations about race with each other.  Please join our No Place for Hate Peer Facilitators and  Scottie Nash, Director of Education ADL Pacific NW for an evening of dialogue with our students, families, educators, and community members.

    Register in advance using the link provided on the flyer by 2pm on Feb. 3rd (Scroll down to view flyer).  You will be sent the link for the actual event at 5pm on Feb. 3rd.  

    For school specific questions regarding the event, please contact Vice Principal Ayesha Coning at aconing@pps.net.

    Ayesha Coning

    Vice Principal

    (proposed name) Ida B. Wells-Barnett High School

    971-754-5351 (pps cell)

     

    Scammers and Utility Bills: Currently, we are seeing an increase in scammers calling families and telling them they must pay their bill immediately or their utilities will be shut off. Currently PGE and many other utility companies no longer shut down their service and offer payment plans. 

    Here are some tips to avoid being scammed. 

     

    Estafadores y facturas: Actualmente, estamos viendo un aumento en los estafadores que llaman a las familias y les dicen que deben pagar su factura de inmediato o se les suspenderán los servicios públicos. Actualmente PGE y muchas otras compañías ya no suspenden el servicio y ofrecen planes de pago. A continuación se presentan algunos consejos para evitar ser estafado. 

     

    District News:

    Report Cards:

    Dear K-5 Parents, 

    We are excited to share with you the new K-5 Report Card. The report card has been revised by a committee of teachers and parents with one of the main goals being to help families more easily understand how your students are doing as they progress through the elementary grades.  Click here to see the new report in English, Spanish, Vietnamese, Russian, Somali, and Chinese. A highlight of the new report card is that there is now only one marking system for grades (E/M/CM/N/NE) and the +,V,/,-- system is now only for characteristics of a successful learner

    Teachers will be using this new report card for Quarter 2 reporting. And you will receive the report card via ParentVue in early February.  If you need a copy of your child’s report card mailed home, please notify your child’s teacher.

    Nutrition Services

    JANUARY 29 MEAL SERVICES

    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 nutritionservices@pps.net 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 nutritionservices@pps.net. Please feel free to visit our website or contact us at nutritionservices@pps.net with any questions.

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

     

    Year Books:

    You can order a yearbook online: commpe.pictavo.com. 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. 

    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 commpe.pictavo.com  and upload your photos directly or email pictures to maplewoodpdxyearbook@gmail.com. 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.

    If you have any questions, you can email:      

     maplewoodpdxyearbook@gmail.com.

     

    PTA:
    We will be having another online sale of Maplewood spirit wear starting in April!  We would love your feedback if there is anything you wish to see available.   We are hoping to add a youth short option, a women's tank option,  and youth and adult sweatpants.  Let us know if there is anything you have been hoping for!    We are also looking to offer expanded sizes for many of our items.  All items will highlight Maplewood's updated logo!  Please send feedback to michellebstevens@gmail.com or familyjones5616@gmail.com

    Thank you!

    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.

     

    Donate to the auction: We are looking for Party Board ideas!! In the past we have done whiskey tastings, BBQ's, kickball, karaoke - this can be in person (outside) or online!

    Link to sign up: https://forms.gle/TcbFsbSi1CHNY3YY9

    Email us at maplewoodfoundation@gmail.com

    Website: www.maplewoodfoundation.com

    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 maplewoodfoundation@gmail.com.

    We are excited to see you on March 12th!

    More details can be found at:

    www.maplewoodfoundation.com/auction

     

    VILLAGE ICE CREAM FACTORY FUNDRAISER!

    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!

     Panda Express  - Fundraiser February 2nd – See Flyer below

    Upcoming Dates:

    Jan. 28  -  End of Quarter

    Jan. 29  -  Ice Cream Fundraiser

    Jan. 29  -  Teacher Planning Day – No School

    Feb. 02  -  Panda Express Fundraiser

    Feb. 15  -  President’s Day – No School

    Feb. 16  -  PTA Mtg.  6:30p

    Continue Down Scrolling for Upcoming Event Flyers

     

    Panda Express Fundraiser:

    https://community.pandaexpress.com/virtual-fundraiser/events/promotions/5b4ae682-012c-2e5e-22f6-b060a1f81f2e/en/landing?fbclid=IwAR1MreYsWBfQCBTnQFocTODVZSLZl6FF3VdFLWnCotrWk7YJx4XSgTsg3WI

     

    HELP US RAISE MONEY FOR

    Maplewood Elementary School PTA

    When

    Tuesday, February 02, 2021

    Place your order for pickup or delivery on Tuesday, February 02!

    Where

    Available at Panda Express locations nationwide

    Find a restaurant

    How

    Online orders only

    Apply code 902270 in the Coupon Code box during online checkout at order.pandaexpress.com or via App

    28% of sales will be donated to: Maplewood Elementary School PTA

     

    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 sararichardsonpdx@gmail.com by February 4, 2021.

     

     

  • Dear Maplewood Families and Community

    Dear Maplewood Families and Community,

    It is with great sadness that I’m letting you know that I have decided to leave Maplewood at the end of this school year. While this year has been difficult for all of us-I have had several family challenges recently which have led to my decision to leave. 

    It has been an honor to work at Maplewood over the past seven years. I am proud of the accomplishments we have achieved during my time here. It has been my focus to have each student feel welcomed and safe at Maplewood. Primary to my work is the belief that building relationships with students is necessary for them to learn, grow and thrive. The education of your children is very personal to me.  I am grateful to have served the students of Maplewood.

    I’d like to take this opportunity to thank every member of our Maplewood community. The commitment of our amazing teachers, counseling staff, support staff, parents, and the wider school community, has contributed to making Maplewood an extraordinary place that supports ALL students. The quality of our instruction, especially in our current situation, is a testament to countless hours of hard work, collaboration, and inspiration from all members of our team. It is also the result of the support willingly given by all stakeholders-including all of you in our amazing school community.

    I will hold Maplewood in my heart as I step away as it truly has been a highlight of my educational career.

    With deep gratitude,

    Jill Bailey,

    Maplewood Elementary Principal

    Portland Public Schools

     

     

     

  • Principal's Newsletter January 22, 2021

    Principals Newsletter

    January 22, 2021

     

    Dear Maplewood Families,

    We are in the midst of winter-many of you may have seen the results of the storm we had last week.  Our neighborhood got hit hard but nearby homes and the school were very fortunate! The fallen trees missed both.  We just have a little damage to a hand rail in front to the building.  I hear next week may bring a little snow-but today we have beautiful sunshine.

    We are nearing the end of January and also the end of the term.  January 29th is a teacher work day so there will be no in person instruction. Teachers are focused on assessing student’s progress in our comprehensive distance learning (CDL) format.  As you know, CDL offers new challenges for instruction AND assessment.  In addition, the district has been working on updating the report card so it may look a little different than in the past.  Report cards should be ready for you to see on ParentVue on February 5th.

     

    Report Card Information-As stated above, the end of the quarter is next week.  Report cards will be available on ParentVue if you need help accessing ParentVue please let your child’s teacher know.

    Also for quarter 2, all students who have attended more than 50% of the live specials' classes (PE and Art) will receive a grade.

    Moving into quarter 3 quarter, all students that participate in more than 50% of live specials' classes will receive a grade. All other students will receive NE (No Evidence) on their report card. Please let me know if you have any questions regarding the report cards.

     

    Book bag program: 

    1/27 - A-L families

    2/3   - M-Z families

    2/10 - A-L families

    2/17 - M-Z families

    2/24 - A-L families

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

     

    Chromebooks-Elin has been replacing 5+ chromebooks per week in January, and has run out!

    Please go to PPS District Office to swap broken devices, or get a PPS chromebook (if they've never gotten one), M-F, 9-1 pm, at 501 N. Dixon.

    A reminder, of course, if you are experiencing problems with the chromebook, try shutting it down completely and rebooting to see if that corrects the problem.

     

    Counseling and Social Worker:

    • Thursday, February 4, 5:30-7I 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 (kcunninghamparm@pps.net), Avy Harris (rharris@pps.net), or any of us at Maplewood for support.

     

    Accessing meals and food

    PPS has meal sites where you can pick up multiple meals at a time for children.  Hayhurst is the closest site to pick up.  Check here for more details.

    Oregon food bank has many locations in the Portland area.  Use food finder to find a location near you.

    We also have food boxes available at Maplewood during afternoon book distribution on Wednesdays from 3-5:30.  Come to the main entrance.

    If you’d like to stop by to chat, or have a question, the school counselor or the social worker are at the main entrance during book distribution on Wednesdays from 3-5:30. 

    It’s Toolbox Time: Pandemic Edition  Social worker Avy Harris and school counselor Kendall Cunningham will offer a session on how to use our Toolbox tools to support ourselves and our students during this challenging time. This will be February 23rd from 4:30-5:30.  Watch for a link in the coming weeks. 

    Lunch Bunches for K-5 Students:  Your Maplewood student can join these lunch bunches led by Kendall Cunningham, school counselor,  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

     

    District News:

    PPS PARENT WORKSHOP - RACISM IN OREGON HISTORY 

    The Humanities Department is offering a virtual workshop in collaboration with the Oregon Historical Society on Jan. 27, 2021 designed to help parents understand how both racism and justice are at the heart of Oregon’s history and are crucial to our ability to build a better future. For more information including a flyer and the registration, click here.

     

    Nutrition Services:

    FREE/REDUCED ELIGIBILITY FOR PEBT AND OTHER BENEFITS

    While meals are served at no cost to children ages 1-18 at several Portland Public School sites this year, there are several benefits for eligible families to submit a meal application this school year.

    • Families approved for free and reduced-price meals may be eligible to receive future potential government assistance such as Pandemic EBT benefits.
    • Families may be eligible for other benefits such as school related fee reduction or waivers, low cost internet and health coverage.

    Families do not need to submit a meal application if any of the following apply:

    • All students in the household attend a Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) school (list located online: https://www.pps.net/Page/2088) where students eat meals at no cost.
    • A meal application has already been submitted and approved for the 2020-21 school year.
    • The household received a 2020-21 Direct Certification Approval letter.

    Eligible families who would like to submit a meal application have the following options:

    1. Online at schoolcafe.com/pps.
    2. Print, complete and mail back a paper meal application (https://www.pps.net/Page/2464) to PPS Nutrition Services, 501 N. Dixon St., Portland, OR 97227.
    3. Request a paper meal application be mailed home from mealbenefits@pps.net or call (503) 916-3402. 

    For meal benefits related questions, please email mealbenefits@pps.net or call (503) 916-3402.

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

     

    Safe Routes to School:

    Here are some links to fun activities on Safe Routes to School:

    RecessTimePDX.org.

    Safe Routes Scavenger Hunt

    Busqueda del Tesoro de Rutas Seguras a la Escuela

     

    Year Books:

    You can order a yearbook online: commpe.pictavo.com. 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. 

    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 commpe.pictavo.com  and upload your photos directly or email pictures to maplewoodpdxyearbook@gmail.com. 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. 

    If you have any questions, you can email:      

     maplewoodpdxyearbook@gmail.com.

     

    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. 

     

    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 sararichardsonpdx@gmail.com by February 4, 2021.

     

    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 maplewoodfoundation@gmail.com.

    We are excited to see you on March 12th!

    More details can be found at:

    www.maplewoodfoundation.com/auction

     

    VILLAGE ICE CREAM FACTORY FUNDRAISER!

    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!

     

    Upcoming Dates:

    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

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

  • 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.

    www.worldartsfoundation.org

     

    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

    971-378-0434

    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 (kcunninghamparm@pps.net), Avy Harris (rharris@pps.net), 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 maplewoodfoundation@gmail.com.

    We are excited to see you on March 12th!

    Thanks,

    The Maplewood Foundation Team

    More details can be found at:

    www.maplewoodfoundation.com/auction

     

    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

    Congratulations! 


    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 commpe.pictavo.com  and upload your photos directly or email pictures to maplewoodpdxyearbook@gmail.com. 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: commpe.pictavo.com. 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:      

     maplewoodpdxyearbook@gmail.com.

     

    PTA:

    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

     

    VILLAGE ICE CREAM FACTORY FUNDRAISER!

    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 

    PTA ZOOM MEETING  

    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! ;)

    OTIS: PURPOSE OF THIS COMMUNICATION
    To notify staff that students may be experiencing issues trying to log into Clever with their Clever badge
    WHAT IS HAPPENING AND WHY
    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.

    WHO TO CONTACT WITH QUESTIONS
    Please contact the IT Service Desk at https://support.pps.netsupport@pps.net  or 503-916-3375 with any problems or questions you might have.

    District News:

    *MULTNOMAH COUNTY LIBRARY RESOURCES

    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, choffman@pps.net

     

    Nutrition Services:

    JANUARY MEAL 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 nutritionservices@pps.net 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 nutritionservices@pps.net. Please feel free to visit our website or contact us at nutritionservices@pps.net with any questions.

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

     

    FOOD AND NUTRITION BENEFITS THROUGH FEDERAL RELIEF

    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

    Continue Scrolling:

    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 sararichardsonpdx@gmail.com by February 4, 2021.

     

  • Principal's Newsletter, January 6, 2021

    Principals  Newsletter

    January 6, 2021

     

    Dear Maplewood Families,

    Happy New Year!  

    I’m hearing many families had a very quiet break this year.  I also heard from several of you that it was so nice to take a break from screens!  I feel the same.  My hope for 2021 is a move back toward students and staff in our building and on our grounds.  I am optimistic that with the advent of vaccines we will be able to come together in some form this spring-if not before.  Having said that, I do not have any “inside” information regarding timelines-just my hopes.

    In this first week of 2021, we have seen some very scary and heartbreaking events in our nation’s capital.  Since those events I have had conversations with colleagues and teachers about the importance of modeling for students how to express our views in a peaceful, civil way. 

    I try to always be mindful that my rights do not supersede the rights of others and I have worked to pass that core belief of our democracy on to my own children as well as the students I teach.  My hope this week is that all citizens hold onto and practice these very American values.  Included in this newsletter are resources for talking with your children about the events this week.

    I wish all a healthy and happy new year!

    Resources:  Links to both internal and external supports can be found in the PPS Menu of Student and Family Supports.  

    We know it can be challenging to find the right words to talk to your children about traumatic news, especially if you are still processing the events yourselves.  Below is a resource that may help you speak with your children if they are alarmed by the images and stories they've heard.

    • What to say to kids when the news is scary.

     

    Updates to Maplewood! 

    The work at Maplewood continues.  Along with the updates to security, we will also get new water fixtures in various places on campus that will provide clean water and the fixtures will have bottle filler capacity so students will be able to bring water bottles to fill.

     

    Book bag program:                    

    1/13:   A-L families

    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 7:15-9:00 am and 3:00-5:30 pm.

      

    Moving

    Please return Maplewood electronic devices and library books at the Book Exchange times or contact the office to arrange a time. (or a neighbor can bring your items to the Book Exchange times).

    Remember to also update your change of address with the office please!

     

    Counseling and Social Worker:

    Wednesday, January 13, 6-7:30 pm PT: Talking About Race and Racism with Children   Free. 

     

    School Spirit-Maplewood Mondays:

    We are trying to keep our school spirit going- on Monday’s we want to encourage students, staff and parents if able, to wear Maplewood gear as a way to show our school spirit. 

     

    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. 

     

    More details can be found at:www.maplewoodfoundation.com/auction

     

    Upcoming Dates:

    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

     

     

     

     

     

  • Principal's Newsletter December 18, 2022

     

    Principal s Newsletter

    December 18, 2020

     

     

    Dear Maplewood Families,

     

    We wish you health, rest and lots of breaks from screen time over the holidays!  Board games and cards are sounding great to me right now as does a good book or two.

     

    This is a wonderful time of year, and even during times of the pandemic it is also very busy and can be stressful. As the adults scurry around preparing for the excitement of the holidays, children can also feel the stress and exhaustion brought on by this business. Finding time to just be together without feeling the pressure of the typical hustle of the holidays may be exactly what you and your family needs.

     

    When we return, 2020 will be behind us-and I for one am looking forward to 2021!  Happy New Year-hope we are back together soon……in person!

     

    Book bag program:

    1/6 - M-Z families

    1/13 -  A-L families

    1/20 - M-Z families

    1/27 - A-L families

    Moving?

    Please return Maplewood electronic devices and library books at the Book Exchange times or contact the office to arrange a time. (or a neighbor can bring your items to the Book Exchange times).

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

     

    School Spirit-Maplewood Monday’s

    We are trying to keep our school spirit going-on Monday’s we want to encourage students, staff and parents if able, to wear Maplewood gear as a way to show our school spirit. 

     

    From Wilson Principal:

    Dear Wilson Community,

    The Wilson High School Renaming Committee has been working tirelessly over the last few months to develop an inclusive and equity-minded process for selecting the new name for Wilson High School.  We developed a comprehensive website to document our work, we invited various stakeholders to share ideas, we participated in numerous community meetings, and we combed through more than 600 community recommendations.

    After much spirited discussion and collaboration, we have narrowed our choices to five finalists:  Harriet Wilson, Sojourner Truth, Mercedes Deiz, Beatrice Morrow Cannady, and Ida B. Wells.  All of these remarkable women meet the district naming protocols, they align with our committee’s renaming guidelines, and they reflect multiple community recommendations.  I want to acknowledge that there are many other worthy candidates who could have been on this short list.  I hope that other schools and communities choose  to honor and recognize other sheroes and heroes who have been overlooked and ignored.

    Before the Renaming Committee makes the final recommendation to the Superintendent on January 10, we would like to hear from our students, families, staff, alumni, and community members one more time.  Please take a look at this input form and be sure to share your thoughts prior to January 1.  Your input and participation are really important to us.

    With Gratitude and Respect,

    Filip Hristić, Ed.D.

    Principal, Wilson High School

    Portland Public Schools

     

    DISTRICT NEWS:

    Nutrition Services - DECEMBER MEAL SERVICES

    On Friday, December 18, we will be handing out food boxes with seven days’ worth of meals. Families who are signed up for meal delivery will also receive the food boxes. Most items in the food box will be safe to store at room temperature (see food storage guide).

    This will happen during our regular food distribution window, from 3 to 4:30 p.m., at the 35 schools sites we use for food service while we are in distance learning (see sites and map). We ask that you practice social distancing and wear a face mask.

    Our meal service will pause while schools are closed during the winter break, from December 21 to January 1. Meal service will resume Monday, January 4.

    If families need further assistance in obtaining meals while school is out, please visit www.pps.net/nutrition and click on the "Resources for Locating Food" and "Food Benefits for Families" tabs.

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

     

    Upcoming Dates:

    Dec. 21/Jan. 1 -  Winter Break

    Dec. 25   -   Christmas

    Dec. 26   -   Kwanzaa

    Jan.  01   -   New Year’s Day

    Jan.  04   -   School Resumes

     

     

     

     

     

     

  • Principal's Newsletter December 09, 2020

    Principal’s Newsletter

    December 9, 2020

     

    Dear Maplewood Families,

    Next week is our final week before winter break.  It is hard for me to believe that we have made it all the way to winter break as the days seem to run together.  Encourage your student to hang in this next week with our distance learning and then they along with our teachers will get a well-deserved break from all of this online activity!

    I don’t have any updates to share this week other than to thank you all for your support to our teachers as they continue to work hard in planning instruction and teaching in this new mode of school.

    Maplewood Elementary School 2020-2021 Yearbook Cover Contest!

    What: Seeking yearbook cover art from current Maplewood students! What does Maplewood Elementary School mean to you? Be creative! 

    Guidelines:

    1)      Drawings must be on 8 x 10 white paper 

    2)      Use marker or dark pen

    3)      Maplewood Elementary School 2020-2021 must be clearly written on the entry

    4)      Student’s full name, grade, and class teacher must be clearly written on the back of the entry

    Deadline is Friday, December 11. Please e-mail photos of completed entries to maplewoodpdxyearbook@gmail.com

    The winner will be selected by a panel of staff and volunteers. First place will be featured on the cover, and the runner up will be featured on the back cover

    Questions? Please contact Laura Miller or Katie Belliel at maplewoodpdxyearbook@gmail.com

     

    Stress Busters Group, 3rd-5th graders:

    Mondays 12:30-1, beginning Nov. 30

    If you have a 3-5th grader who struggles managing stress or anxiety, we would love to have them join our group!  This 7-week series will focus on building community and friends while also identifying stress and anxiety, and finding individualized strategies to manage it in healthy ways.  Please email school social worker, Avy Harris (rharris@pps.net), to sign up or for more details.  

    Avy Harris (she/her/hers)

    School Social Worker

    Maplewood and Capitol Hill Elementary Schools

    (503)-729-0634

     Maplewood Elementary: Student Support Request Form

     

    Counseling Office:

    Thank you amazing Maplewood community!  Helping Hands Thanksgiving food baskets were a huge success!  Eighteen Maplewood school families received large food baskets along with Fred Meyer gift cards generously provided by Paris Group Realty LLC.  A big thank you to our donors as well as to parent volunteers Shari Rainka and Josh Billeter along with Maplewood staff for making that happen.  In order to take care of our families over winter break, we are going to be doing this again!  If you'd like to receive a winter break basket, please contact Kendall Cunningham, school counselor, at kcunninghamparm@pps.net or 971-378-0434.  

     

    If you'd like to donate:

    We are also accepting Fred Meyer $25 gift cards.  These can be dropped off at book distribution time at the main entrance with Avy or Kendall.  Please let us know if you would like us to provide you with a tax receipt.  If this time doesn't work for you, please contact Kendall to set up another time.

    Thank you Maplewood community!

    Kendall Cunningham

    Maplewood Elementary School Counselor

     

    Book bag program:
    12/16 - A-L families

     

    Moving?

    Please return Maplewood electronic devices and library books at the Book Exchange times or contact the office to arrange a time. (or a neighbor can bring your items to the Book Exchange times).

    Book Exchange happens on Wednesday's (unless PPS is closed) from 3:00 to 5:30 PM.

     

    School Spirit-Maplewood Monday’s

    We are trying to keep our school spirit going-on Monday’s we want to encourage students, staff and parents if able, to wear Maplewood gear as a way to show our school spirit. 

    PTA Fundraiser:

    Get a family photo, support a local mama and support our PTA! Rebecca Hicks of Rebecca Hicks Photography is donating 50% of the proceeds from all photo sessions of Maplewood families back to PTA through Dec. 23rd!  Check out the attached flyer for more details and go to her website or FB page and schedule your portrait session just in the for the holidays! 

    www.RebeccaHicksPDXPhotography.com

     

    OUR LAST PTA MEETING OF THE YEAR IS ON TUESDAY, 12/15 at 6:30 pm.

    Join us to discuss our latest efforts to raise money for the Raise the Roof project as well as its new completion deadline. 

    We will also have an update on upcoming equity speakers. 

    We would love to see you there!

    PTA ZOOM MEETING  

    Meeting ID: 814 1445 6892

     

    PTA WEBSITE

    We invite you to visit Maplewood PTA’s website for the upcoming events and links to our fundraisers!  www.maplewoodpta.com

     

    • AMAZON SMILE –when you are shopping at Amazon, please use Amazon's Smile program, which donates 0.5% of sales to our PTA. You can shop at the link above. Once you set Maplewood Elementary PTA as your charity, you can then just visit smile.amazon.com going forward. You have to start from that address (not any other amazon address). You can also set Amazon Smile for shopping in your mobile app. We strongly encourage you to still shop local. There are some situations where Amazon fits the need at hand, however, and in that case - please send a little of your consumer money back into our local community by using the Smile program.

     

    Nuestra última reunión de PTA de este año: 

    Martes 15 de Diciembre a las 6:30 pm 

    https://zoom.us

    ID de reunión: 814 1445 6892 

    INTÉRPRETE: Háganos saber si usted o alguien que conozca quiere asistir a la reunión de la PTA y necesita un intérprete. La PTA quiere que las reuniones sean accesibles para todos, independientemente de su idioma. Si necesita un intérprete durante nuestra reunión de la PTA, envíenos un correo electrónico a maplewoodptapresident@gmail.com para hacer los arreglos necesarios. 

    Jackie Haddon and Erika Robles Jones

    (Maplewood co-presidents)

     

    District News:

    Nutrition Services :    DECEMBER MEAL SERVICES

    The Nutrition Services department will be providing extra meals each service day to help keep our students with access to food as we head into the winter break. Each service day through December 16, we will be providing 3 days worth of meals for each child. On Friday, December 18, we will provide each child with a food box that will contain enough food for 7 days. We will not be serving or delivering meals on Monday, Dec 21 through Friday, January 1. Meal services will resume Monday, January 4.

    Please feel free to visit our website where you can find resources such as our menus with what we plan to serve each day and enrichment activities, or contact us at nutritionservices@pps.net with any questions and requests for home meal delivery.

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

    Upcoming Dates:

    Dec. 11 through Dec. 18 -  Hanukkah

    Dec. 15   -   PTA mtg. 6:30pm

    Dec. 16   -   Book Bag Program A-L

    Dec.  25  -   Christmas

    Dec.  26  -   Kwanzaa

    Dec.  21/Jan. 1 -  Winter Break

    Jan.  01  -    New Year’s Day

    Jan. 4     -    School Resumes

     

     

     

  • Principal's Newsletter December 02, 2020

    Principal’s Newsletter

    December 2, 2020

     

    Dear Maplewood Families,

    Thanksgiving has come and gone, and now we turn our attention to three weeks of school in December and moving into the new year.

    Teachers continue to work hard to keep students engaged in learning.  Sometimes the winter months are the hardest to get through in a typical school year, this year may be even harder. Please encourage your child to stay connected to school and learning. 

    School Spirit-Maplewood Monday’s

    We are trying to keep our school spirit going-on Monday’s we want to encourage students, staff and parents if able, to wear Maplewood gear as a way to show our school spirit. 

    Stress Busters Group, 3rd-5th graders:

    Mondays 12:30-1, beginning Nov. 30

    If you have a 3-5th grader who struggles managing stress or anxiety, we would love to have them join our group!  This 7-week series will focus on building community and friends while also identifying stress and anxiety, and finding individualized strategies to manage it in healthy ways.  Please email school social worker, Avy Harris (rharris@pps.net), to sign up or for more details.  

    Avy Harris (she/her/hers)

    School Social Worker

    Maplewood and Capitol Hill Elementary Schools

    (503)-729-0634

    Maplewood Elementary: Student Support Request Form

     Counseling Office:

    Thank you amazing Maplewood community!  Helping Hands Thanksgiving food baskets were a huge success!  Eighteen Maplewood school families received large food baskets along with Fred Meyer gift cards generously provided by Paris Group Realty LLC.  A big thank you to our donors as well as to parent volunteers Shari Rainka and Josh Billeter along with Maplewood staff for making that happen.  In order to take care of our families over winter break, we are going to be doing this again!  If you'd like to receive a winter break basket, please contact Kendall Cunningham, school counselor, at kcunninghamparm@pps.net or 971-378-0434.  

    If you'd like to donate here are two options:

    1. Use this linkto find out what food items are needed (we also need medium sized cardboard boxes).  Donations can be dropped off this Wednesday and next Wednesday, Dec. 9th from 3-5:30 pm at book distribution time at the main entrance of the school with Kendall Cunningham, school counselor, or Avy Harris, school social worker.  Additional addresses are provided if those times don't work for you.

     

    1. We are also accepting Fred Meyer $25 gift cards.  These can be dropped off at book distribution time at the main entrance with Avy or Kendall.  Please let us know if you would like us to provide you with a tax receipt.  If this time doesn't work for you, please contact Kendall to set up another time.

    Thank you Maplewood community!

    Kendall Cunningham

    Maplewood Elementary School Counselor

     

    Book bag program resumes:

    12/2 A-L families

    (last week was supposed to be M-Z,

    but it was canceled)

    12/9 M-Z families
    12/16 A-L families

     

    Foundation Update:

    A huge thanks for supporting the Foundation, Dairy Hill, and Thinker Toys last week. $410 was raised from these two events. 

    Ms. Amy's cooking video is still up on our website. If you haven't tried her roasted potato recipe, visit -

     http://www.maplewoodfoundation.com/cooking-class-with-ms-amy-roasted-potatoes/

     

    Auction Update:

    Maplewood's got Talent will be held on March 12,2021. This will be a family friendly live virtual auction! 

    If you have a vacation home, service, or item to donate - contact us!  maplewodfoundation@gmail.com

     

    Have you heard about OBOB (Oregon Battle of the Books)?

    What is Battle of the Books?

    “Overview: 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 are 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 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.

    This year OBOB will look different at the school, regional and state level. Due to health and safety concerns OBOB will not be able to host regional or state competitions. All OBOB battles will be conducted at the students' home school and students will compete against other students from their school.

    We are excited to still be able to offer OBOB for interested Maplewood Students this school year even if it will look a little different. We are planning to host the battles virtually and will use parent volunteers to facilitate these battles during your child’s school day.

    In January students will form teams with the help of Ms. Kordahl and we plan to hold virtual battles starting in April 2021.

    For more information about OBOB (handbook and book lists for 2020-2021) please visit:

    https://www.oregonbattleofthebooks.org

    Oregon Battle of the Books Titles 2020-2021

     

    ( Maplewood 3rd graders read fewer titles. Titles in BOLD are for 3rd grade.) 3rd to 5th Grade Division – OBOB 2021

     

    Before They Were Authors by Elizabeth Haidle Bob by Wendy Mass & Rebecca Stead

    A Boy Called Bat by Elana K. Arnold

    Changeling by William Ritter

    The Dragonet Prophecy by Tui T. Sutherland

    El Deafo by Cece Bell

    Fatty Legs by Christy Jordan-Fenton & Margaret Pokiak-Fenton

    Front Desk by Kelly Yang

    The Night Fairy by Laura Amy Schlitz

    Nine, Ten: A September 11 Story by Nora Raleigh Baskin

    Power Forward by Hena Khan

    Small Spaces by Katherine Arden

    Space Case by Stuart Gibbs

    Unusual Chickens for the Exceptional Poultry Farmer by Kelly Jones

    The Vanderbeekers of 141st Street by Karina Yan Glaser

    A Wolf Called Wander by Roseanne Parry

     

    There are several ways to access OBOB titles this year:

    SORA ebooks : All titles! Just for Maplewood students. (Please return when finished!) Click here: https://soraapp.com/library/ppsor

     

    Multnomah County Library has ALL OBOB titles -- some options are ebooks, audio and/or print:

    https://multcolib.bibliocommons.com/list/share/135258321_multcolib_kids/1589493729

    Epic! : A Boy Called Bat, Changeling, Dragonet Prophecy, El Deafo, Fatty Legs https://www.getepic.com/educators (class code: gtq2719)

    OBOB will be run by a parent committee this year! For questions (for now) please contact Ms. Kordahl ( kordahl@pps.net ).

    More information to come after Winter Break! Happy Reading! Your OBOB Team

    Talented and Gifted (TAG):

    The process for identification is completely online now. Postcards are being mailed out to families of students who may qualify based on last Winter's MAP assessment (while we were in the building).  Testing for newly nominated students will happen in the spring, and details of how the testing will be done are still in the works. 

    If you want to proceed with nominating your child, please contact Maplewood's TAG Facilitator, Christy Caton at ccaton@pps.net. She will send you a Google form to complete. The deadline for submitting a request for testing during the 20-21 school year is December 4, 2020.

    Neighborhood Emergency Team:

    Dear Neighbor,

    Your Maplewood NET (Neighborhood Emergency Team) is fundraising to purchase a 20ft steel storage container to house emergency gear for the neighborhood.  Currently, local NET members purchase and store gear to use during an emergency.  Our supplies, tents, tables and other equipment now exceed our limited personal storage.  We invite you to join our fundraising effort by making a tax-deductible contribution, in any amount, to help meet our goal.  See attached letter or email modestymc@gmail.com for details.  Thank you in advance for your generosity!

    PTA Fundraiser:

    Get a family photo, support a local mama and support our PTA! Rebecca Hicks of Rebecca Hicks Photography is donating 50% of the proceeds from all photo sessions of Maplewood families back to PTA through Dec. 23rd!  Check out the attached flyer for more details and go to her website or FB page and schedule your portrait session just in the for the holidays!

    www.RebeccaHicksPDXPhotography.com

     

     

    District News:

    FREE PARENT WORKSHOP

    Big Village and Volunteers of America are offering a free workshop on parenting through the holidays during a pandemic on Thursday 12/10/20 from 6:00-7:30. It will include brief presentations, resources and strategies and break out groups for parents to connect and share with other parents. Questions? Please contact Mary Krogh by email or at 503-577-6104.

    Mary Stevens-Krogh, Coordinator of Substance Use Supports, mkrogh@pps.net, 503-577-6104

     

    Nutrition Services

    FACE COVERING REMINDER FOR FAMILIES DURING CURBSIDE MEAL SERVICES

    Our Nutrition Services team has noticed that some families are becoming more comfortable with the services and may not always be wearing a face covering when they are walking up to receive meals for their children.   All Families: please wear face coverings as you are visiting the curbside school meal service locations, this would be greatly appreciated. Thank you!

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

     

    Upcoming Dates:

    Dec. 2     -   Book Bag Program A-L

    Dec. 2     -   Chipotle Dine Out

    Dec. 4     -   TAG deadline

    Dec. 9     -   Book Bag Program M-Z

    Dec. 15   -   PTA mtg. 6:30pm

    Dec. 16   -   Book Bag Program A-L

    Dec. 21/Jan. 1 -  Winter Break

    Jan. 4     -    School Resumes

     

  • Principal's Newsletter November 18, 2020

    Principal’s Newsletter

    November 18, 2020

     

    Dear Maplewood Families,

    I hope you all are holding up in this “Groundhog” world that is our current reality.  Now that the sun is gone for a while, the days seem long and gray.  If you find that you or your children are struggling to stay engaged with their school community, please reach out to our teachers, Kendall or Avy.  We are all here to help get through these difficult times.

    Please check your emails for updates regarding changes in services during the state and county “lockdown”, we will keep you posted as we get information.

    Thank you to all of you who have signed up for conferences.  We are close to having 100% participation!  Conferences will be the week of the 23rd.  As usual, we will have no school that week.

    Childcare Options - Spaces and Funding Still Available

    Portland Public School has partnered with providers to offer child care sites that follow best health and safety practices and can support your student with comprehensive distance learning.  You may qualify for financial assistance.  For help finding affordable childcare, you can call or text 211, find information about PPS providers here, or email our school social worker (Avy Harris, rharris@pps.net) to discuss options.  

    Talented and Gifted (TAG):

    The process for identification is completely online now. Postcards are being mailed out to families of students who may qualify based on last winter's MAP assessment (while we were in the building).  Testing for newly nominated students will happen in the spring, and details of how the testing will be done are still in the works.  For new nominations, talk with your child's current teacher now, or at conferences to ask their perspective.

    If you want to proceed with nominating your child, please contact Maplewood's TAG Facilitator, Christy Caton at ccaton@pps.net. She will send you a Google form to complete. The deadline for submitting a request for testing during the 20-21 school year is December 4, 2020.

    Testing - We still do not have any news on when or how testing will take place for students who are nominated. The district testing coordinator will share more information in January once the state has made its recommendations.    

    NWEA Math MAP Accelerator - Teachers in grades 3 - 8 will receive an email from Khan Academy welcoming them to MAP Accelerator.  Teachers will need to sign up and will have access to this differentiated learning experience for math.  It does not take the place of instruction, but rather a tool/resource to support our students.  It is not mandatory but something new to offer our TAG students in Math. Here are the login instructions if you would like more information on how this resource works check out this tutorial. The welcome email will have an email for tech support if needed.  

    1. Go to nwea.org
    2. Click on Register New Account
    3. Type first and last name and PPS email and click Create Account
    4. Follow instructions to activate account
    5. Once logged in, click on Courses tile
    6. Click on My Courses and find the MAP Accelerator courses (there's one for teachers - 20 mins and one for school and district leaders - 12 mins)

    Stress Busters Group, 3rd-5th graders

    Mondays 12:30-1, beginning Nov. 30

    If you have a 3-5th grader who struggles managing stress or anxiety, we would love to have them join our group!  This 7-week series will focus on building community and friends while also identifying stress and anxiety, and finding individualized strategies to manage it in healthy ways.  Please email school social worker, Avy Harris (rharris@pps.net), to sign up or for more details.  

    Avy Harris (she/her/hers)

    School Social Worker

    Maplewood and Capitol Hill Elementary Schools

    (503)-729-0634

     

    Maplewood Elementary: Student Support Request Form

     

    PTA Fundraiser:

    Get a family photo, support a local mama and support our PTA! Rebecca Hicks of Rebecca Hicks Photography is donating 50% of the proceeds from all photo sessions of Maplewood families back to PTA through Dec. 23rd!  Check out the attached flyer for more details and go to her website or FB page and schedule your portrait session just in the for the holidays!

    www.RebeccaHicksPDXPhotography.com

     

    Foundation Update

    Looking for ways to keep your kiddos entertained over Thanksgiving? Want to get your local holiday shopping started?

    Maplewood Foundation has you covered!


    Dairy Hill has build your own sundae kits (today - Nov.22), Thinker Toys has a Maplewood Shopping Day (Nov 24), and Ms. Amy has a cooking class (free!) for our Maplewood Community!
    For details and links visit www.maplewoodfoundation.com

     

    Auction Update

    March 12th will be our live virtual auction! Thanks to all that have donated their vacation rentals and items! Keep them coming!!

    If you have a vacation home, service, or item to donate - contact us! If you want to help us plan - contact us! maplewodfoundation@gmail.com

     

    Book pick-up dates:

    11/18 (WEDNESDAY),  7:15-9 & 3-5:30 Families M-Z

     

    District News:

    PARENT WORKSHOP ON EARLY READING SKILLS

    The Humanities Department is offering a virtual workshop in collaboration with Read by 4th, Drexel University School of Education, and AIM Institute designed to help parents grow their grade K-3 students into strong readers. This workshop will have ideas for making reading fun with the ultimate goal of reading by 4th grade. Parents will receive a workbook to use during and after this workshop.

    Sessions will be offered in both Spanish and English with translation available during the English session. Sessions will be recorded.

    • Friday, December 11, 2020 (4:00 pm-6:00 pm) - English with translation
    • Saturday, December 12, 2020 (10:00 am - 12:00 pm) - Spanish

    Registration link English flyer Spanish flyer

    Jennifer Hernandez, Assistant Director, Humanities, OTL, jhernandez1@pps.net

    MEAL SERVICE THROUGH NOVEMBER

    Due to the upcoming Fall Break for conferences and Thanksgiving, the Nutrition Services department will be providing extra meals each day to help keep our students with access to food. Each service day through November 20, we will be providing 3 days worth of meals for each child. We will not be serving or delivering meals on Monday, Nov 23, and Wednesday, Nov 25 (the District is closed Friday, Nov 27). More updates about our services in December will be provided later. Thank you for sharing updates with your school community. Please feel free to visit our website or contact us at nutritionservices@pps.net with any questions and requests for home meal delivery.

    *The Governor’s issued 2week “freeze” does not change our services or any of our original plans for services (the announcement does not impact K-12).

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

    HOME MEAL DELIVERY REQUESTS - UPDATE

    Since the number of requests for home meal delivery have slowed, we are no longer going to be using the form we had previously used.

    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 nutritionservices@pps.net 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 nutritionservices@pps.net.

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

    Chrome Books and IT support

    • When:Monday through Friday, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
    • Where:PPS district office (501 N. Dixon St). Please go to the lower level parking lot, which has an entrance on N. Larrabee Ave.
    • Please bring:Your student’s school ID or ID number. If you are exchanging or returning a device, please bring the device and charger with you.
    • Please be aware:We are asking everyone to use recommended social distancing practices, keeping at least 6 feet of space between groups and wearing a facemask or face covering, if possible.

    Please note that if you have a technical issue and are not sure if you should exchange a computer, you can also:

     

    Upcoming events/dates:        

    Nov. 23-24    Conferences

    Nov. 25   No School

    Nov. 26   Thanksgiving

    Nov. 27   No School

    Nov. 30   Classes Resume

     

  • Principal's Newsletter November 11, 2020

    Principal’s Newsletter

    November 12, 2020

     

    Dear Maplewood Families,

    I hope everyone had a nice Veteran’s Day! We had a beautiful fall day. It was a great day to be out and honor our Veteran’s. Along with honoring our veterans, November is a time to think about all for which we are grateful.  This has been a long, hard year.  I hope all of you can think of people, times or events for which you are grateful.  Even though my boys are now young adults, we still find ways to show gratitude to others.

    At school, we have been busy scheduling and preparing for conferences.  If you have not signed up for a conference with your child’s teacher, please contact them for a time.  Conferences will be the week of the 23rd.  As usual, we will have no school that week.

    As we move into colder weather I hope families are staying healthy.  Take good care!

     

    Childcare Options - Spaces and Funding Still Available

    Portland Public School has partnered with providers to offer child care sites that follow best health and safety practices and can support your student with comprehensive distance learning.  You may qualify for financial assistance.  For help finding affordable childcare, you can call or text 211, find information about PPS providers here, or email our school social worker (Avy Harris, rharris@pps.net) to discuss options.  

     

    Wilson Renaming:

    Wilson cluster schools are inviting teachers and students to complete the name change form, if interested.  I've enclosed a link to the renaming website, which contains all pertinent information.  We are accepting responses through 11/30; the ideal  timeframe for the message would be on or before Friday November 13

     

    Talented and Gifted (TAG):

    The process for identification is completely online now. Postcards are being mailed out to families of students who may qualify based on last Winter's MAP assessment (while we were in the building).  Testing for newly nominated students will happen in the spring, and details of how the testing will be done are still in the works.  For new nominations, talk with your child's current teacher now, or at conferences to ask their perspective.

    If you want to proceed with nominating your child, please contact Maplewood's TAG Facilitator, Christy Caton at ccaton@pps.net. She will send you a Google form to complete. The deadline for submitting a request for testing during the 20-21 school year is December 4, 2020.

     

    Stress Busters Group, 3rd-5th graders

    Mondays 12:30-1, beginning Nov. 30

    If you have a 3-5th grader who struggles managing stress or anxiety, we would love to have them join our group!  This 7-week series will focus on building community and friends while also identifying stress and anxiety, and finding individualized strategies to manage it in healthy ways.  Please email school social worker, Avy Harris (rharris@pps.net), to sign up or for more details.  

    Avy Harris (she/her/hers)

    School Social Worker

    Maplewood and Capitol Hill Elementary Schools

    (503)-729-0634

     

    Maplewood Elementary: Student Support Request Form

     

    ParentVUE:

    Synergy is currently experiencing technical difficulties with the ParentVUE Mobile App. Parents completing the Yearly Verification process will get an error when they click on Begin Yearly Verification using the mobile app. This has been reported to the vendor with no ETA on a fix. Current workaround is to have parents complete Yearly Verification on a desktop or laptop computer or using the web link parentvue.pps.net on their phone browser instead of the app. Contact support@pps.net for further assistance.   

    PTA Fundraiser:

    Get a family photo, support a local mama and support our PTA! Rebecca Hicks of Rebecca Hicks Photography is donating 50% of the proceeds from all photo sessions of Maplewood families back to PTA through Dec. 23rd!  Check out the attached flyer for more details and go to her website or FB page and schedule your portrait session just in the for the holidays!

    www.RebeccaHicksPDXPhotography.com

     

    Foundation Update: 

    Thank you to everyone that came out to Mod Pizza last week! We appreciate your support.

     

    Upcoming Events: 

    Are you wondering what to do with your children during Thanksgiving break? We have some fun activities in the planning phase for Thanksgiving week - stay tuned! 

    Sneak peak: our very own Ms. Amy has a cooking class to share!! She has a shopping list and a video on how to prepare her school favorite side dish: roasted potatoes!

    *** Details coming soon! *****

    Auction Planning:

    We are getting ready to begin the planning phase for the virtual auction this spring. If you have a vacation rental, skill, or item to donate - we would love your support! If you are interested in helping us plan - we would love your participation! Email us at maplewoodfoundation@gmail.com

     

    www.maplewoodfoundation.com 

    Thank you for your support,

    The Maplewood Foundation Team

     

    Book pick-up dates:

    11/18 (WEDNESDAY),  7:15-9 & 3-5:30 Families M-Z

    *11/24 (TUESDAY), 7:15-9 & 3-5:30 Families Families A-L (not 11/25, building closed)

     

     

    Upcoming events/dates:                 

    Nov. 14   Diwali

    Nov. 17   PTA Meeting 6:30pm

    Nov. 23-24    Conferences

    Nov. 25   No School

    Nov. 26   Thanksgiving

    Nov. 27   No School

     

  • Principal's Newsletter November 04, 2020

    Principal’s Newsletter

    November 4, 2020

     

    Dear Maplewood Families,

    I hope you are all healthy and doing well as we continue to move through this school year with our distance learning. We are now in November which is always a busy month at school. The end of the term is this Thursday.  No school on Friday as it is a teacher work day.  Next Wednesday is Veteran’s Day- no school. Later in the month we have conferences and then Thanksgiving.  That puts us into December. November is always a time for us to be thankful- even in these challenging times, I am able to find so many things for which I am thankful.  Our Maplewood community is strong and I am so grateful for the support I have seen from families, staff and students.  We are resilient and will get through all of this.

     

    Counseling Office:

    Over Thanksgiving break Maplewood Helping Hands is offering large food baskets of non-perishable foods.  These will be much bigger than the weekly baskets offered and include items like cereal, beans, pasta, soups, and canned veggies.  Baskets will be available for pick up at Maplewood on Wednesday, November 18th from 3-5:30pm (book distribution time).  If you are unable to get to Maplewood, we can arrange a delivery.  Please contact Kendall Cunningham, our school counselor, at

    kcunninhamparm@pps.net or 971-378-0434 with the number of adults and kids in your household and any dietary restrictions.  

    If you'd like to donate food to this project, please use this link.   You can drop off your food donations at the main Maplewood entrance today, Wednesday 11/4 between 3-5:30.  Check the linked google doc to see other times and places to drop donations. Thanks!

     

    Toolbox Tool for the Month:

    November:  Please and Thank You tool:  I treat others with kindness and appreciation.

    This month, we focus on the please and thank you tool.  This tool helps us build community and show appreciation for those around us who help us.  Our kindness tool is represented by a set of keys. As we learn the names of all the staff and students at Maplewood, encourage your student to use names and then use their please and thank you tool.  Here are some places students can use this tool:  in their online classes, at book distribution, or any time you visit the school.

    PTA:

    Maplewood Families, 

    An amazing opportunity to get a family photo, support a local mama and support our PTA! Rebecca Hicks of Rebecca Hicks Photography is donating 50% of the proceeds from all photo sessions of Maplewood families back to PTA through Dec. 23rd!  Check out the attached flyer for more details and go to her website or FB page and schedule your portrait session just in the for the holidays! 

    www.RebeccaHicksPDXPhotography.com

     

     

    Foundation Update: 

    Pizza Night!!

    Join the Maplewood Foundation on Thursday, November 5th for a Dine-out with Tigard Mod Pizza

    Order online for take-out or delivery.  

    Details at http://www.maplewoodfoundation.com/dine-out-coming-soon.../

    Can't make it? You can visit our website to donate! http://www.maplewoodfoundation.com/donate/

     

    Virtual Auction Prep

    We are in the planning stages of our virtual auction coming this spring! 

    Do you have a vacation home, service, or item to donate? 

    Would you like to help plan?

    We would love your support! Email - maplewoodfoundation@gmail.com

     

    ParentVUE:

    Synergy is currently experiencing technical difficulties with the ParentVUE Mobile App. Parents completing the Yearly Verification process will get an error when they click on Begin Yearly Verification using the mobile app. This has been reported to the vendor with no ETA on a fix. Current workaround is to have parents complete Yearly Verification on a desktop or laptop computer or using the web link parentvue.pps.net on their phone browser instead of the app. Contact support@pps.net for further assistance.   

     

    Book pick-up dates:

    11/4, 7:15-9 & 3-5:30 Families M-Z

    *11/10  (TUESDAY),  7:15-9 & 3-5:30 Families A-L  (not 11/11 which is Veterans Day)

    11/18,  Wednesday:  7:15-9 & 3-5:30 Families M-Z

    *11/24 (TUESDAY), 7:15-9 & 3-5:30 Families Families A-L (not 11/25, building closed)

     

    Upcoming events/dates:        

    Nov. 05   End Of Quarter

    Nov. 06   Teacher Planning Day – No School

    Nov. 11   Veteran’s Day -  No School

    Nov. 14   Diwali

    Nov. 23-24    Conferences

    Nov. 25   No School

    Nov. 26   Thanksgiving

    Nov. 27   No School

     

     

     

     

     

  • Principal's Newsletter October 28, 2020

    Principal’s Newsletter

    October 28, 2020

    Dear Maplewood Families,

    Happy Halloween!  Please stay safe celebrating Halloween during the pandemic. I’m guessing there will be a lot of creative masks this year that serve two purposes.

    I know I’m stating the obvious but next week will be a big week as Tuesday, November 3rd is Election Day.  Many of our teachers have been doing lessons on voting and how elections work in our country.  This is also a great opportunity for you to talk with your children about the importance of participating in elections as citizens.  My oldest son got to vote this year for the first time!  He felt very proud to take part in the election.

    Election Day-The district has provided an in-depth election toolkit that covers a variety of topics.  Keep an eye out for that communication.  PPS leaders are hoping for things to be peaceful in our community on the day of the election and the days that follow, yet they are aware that Portland has seen a lot of unrest recently and are preparing for the possibility of buildings perhaps being targeted by protests.

     

    INFORMATION & ACTION REQUIRED - ONLY IF You have NOT completed your Yearly PvueVerification online.

    • Online Yearly Verification via ParentVUE deadline is October 31, 2020.
    • Beginning on November 1, 2020, if parents have not submitted the online Yearly Verification, they will receive the following message upon login:
      • The Yearly Verification process must be complete to continue.  
      •  This is a hard stop to log in to ParentVUE. The only options for the parent are to click Begin Yearly Verification or Logout.
    • The ParentVUE flyer, along with Yearly Verification resources, can be found on the ParentVUE/StudentVUE Information district website.
    • If you have questions about your Online yearly verification contact sriley@pps.net

     

    Counseling Office:

    Toolbox is launching!  We are using our Climate team this year (Nikki, William, Liberty, Jessica, and myself) to support our Toolbox efforts.  At our first meeting, we came up with a sequence for staff to use.  

    *A great, short video for teachers and parent/guardians about Toolbox (safe youtube link provided):  https://video.link/w/gg6rb

     

    For students:

    *An introduction to Toolbox for 3rd-5th graders, bonus is that the kids speak with Australian accents!  

    https://video.link/w/2s6rb

    * This is a great toolbox poster and Kendall has color copies if you want to email her.

    * Kendall made this short video to explain What Toolbox is for families and students.

    * This is a short video Kendall made on what the tools are- more for the younger students.

    Kendall will be visiting classrooms for a total of 6 lessons each that will help support Toolbox.  She is currently visiting K-1 and then will do 2nd-3rd in January and then 4th-5th in March.  As a school, we reinforce Toolbox through our think sheets and also our Check In/Check Out intervention. 

    In the past, we have done monthly assemblies to support students learning the Toolbox tools.   Feel free to reach out for any Toolbox support.  Also, feel free to give any feedback  on this to our Climate Committee (Nikki, Liberty, William, Jessica, and Kendall).  

    Helping Hands

    Hello Maplewood Community!

    Helping Hands will be assembling food boxes to distribute to Maplewood families for use over the Thanksgiving break.  We would love your help on this!  How can you help?  

    We are accepting food donations tomorrow through November 10th at the following locations:

    Maplewood Main Entrance during book distribution:  Wednesday Nov. 4th from 3-5:30, Tuesday Nov. 10th from 3-5:30

    6730 SW 62nd Place, Billeter home, please leave by door

    Starting Nov. 3rd:  8150 SW 41st Avenue, Rainka home, please leave by the door. 

    Please fill in your name on this Google doc to show what you can provide. If you have them, we could also use any paper grocery bags or medium-sized boxes.  You can drop these off with your food donation. 


    Thanks for your support!
    Helping Hands CommitteeJosh Billeter, Shari Rainka, Kendall Cunningham

    Kendall Cunningham

    Maplewood Elementary School Counselor

    971-378-0434

    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

     

    Text Alerts:

    New KG and 1-5th Grade Families;

    Get text alerts from your school: Text YES to 68453 to stay connected to your school. 

    School Messenger sends Emergency and school messages directly to your phone. You may text STOP to discontinue the messages.

    In the past families text YES to school messenger when I meet them during in person registration. 

    As in person registration is not occurring I am requesting families complete this step at this time.

    Thank you.

     

    *Hangout Chat Access Closed for Students

    Due to families’ concerns with large groups of students using Hangouts Chat unsupervised, Hangouts Chat was turned off for students. Google is still planning to deprecate Hangouts Chat, but the timeline is unknown. Students can now access Google Chat at chat.google.com and it is recommended that staff also move to this platform where there is more functionality.

    We did not know that staff would lose their Hangouts Chat groups, but you should be able to that content by searching within Gmail. All chat in Google Chat is archived. Please look for an official communication with more information in the next coming weeks.

    Kevin Crotchett, Director of Learning Technologies, OTIS
    971-220-8006     kevinc@pps.net

    Youth Resource APP Now Available

    We are very excited to share that we now have an app on the app store for PPS youth resources.  

    The app shares critical information around COVID-19 resources, Safe Oregon Tip line, Youth Line for suicidal ideation and mental health crisis, and many additional resources for youth and their families.  

    During our many discussions with high school students last year, they all reported that an app which can be downloaded on their phone would be the best way to provide needed support.  With the help of the REAHL (Recovery, Education and Action for Healthy Living) team, and the Student Success and Health department, we were able to make this a reality for our PPS students.  Please download the app and share with everyone you know.  

    Brenda Martinek, Chief of Student Support Services
    bmartinek@pps.net 

    PDX Assist Application for $500 Visa Card Assistance

    Please visit the City of Portland's pdxassist.com for an online application for $500 Visa Cards to Portland households impacted by Covid-19. To qualify a household's income must be below 80% median income and need assistance. The application will open Tuesday, October 27 at 9am, and again on Friday, October 30 at 1pm. The first 1400 applicants will be awarded each day. 

    Robyn Faraone, School Partnerships Manager, Office of Strategic Partnerships and Engagements
    rfaraone@pps.net

     

    Foundation Updates:

    Dine-out: November 5th

    Mod Pizza - 12196 SW Scholls Ferry Rd, Tigard, OR 97223

    All day! Take out, delivery, and pick-up apply. 

    To place your order visit MOD Pizza's online order website. Use the coupon code of "GR166272M" and 20% of your meal’s price will be donated back to Maplewood Foundation.

    We are in the planning process for the annual spring auction. This event will be a family friendly virtual event!!

    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? We are interested!!

    Email us - Maplewoodfoundation@gmail.com

     

    Maplewood Coffee

    Maplewood Coffee and Tea Halloween Themed Dinner To Go
     Maplewood Coffee is donating All proceeds to benefit Maplewood PTA!
    Thursday October 29th
     $35 for 2
    Order online by Wednesday, October 28th

     

    Order Here

     

    Maplewood in Motion

    Virtual event October 30 - November 1st!   

    Maplewood in Motion, Virtual Fun Event, October 30-November 1st!

    Would you like to have a place to go when it's raining, wet or even want a bit of shade in the hot summer?

    Let's make Maplewood marvelous and get our covered blacktop built!
    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, and adults.

    • Adult registration is $30.
    • Child registration is FREE! Please register TODAY,move that body and go get some pledges! 

    Some of our local businesses are offering amazing discounts to participants!  Please support them and get a delicious treat the weekend of October 30th.

    You MUST mention you are a part of Maplewood in Motion.

     

    Please email ericandkarimartin@gmail.com with any questions or concerns. Links for forms are below:

     

    Registration Form 

     

    Use one for each participant. Use the payment link below to pay for adult registration.

     

     

     

    Pledge Sheet

     

    Please print and keep track of your pledges!

     

     

     

    Payment Link

     

    Use this link to pay for adult registration, make a donation, help sponsor the event, and to pay for pledges (a place to write in participant's name is at check out)

     Local Businesses Supporting Maplewood in Motion

    Maplewood Coffee

    Maplewood Coffee & Tea - 5206 SW Custer St, Portland, OR 97219
    Maplewood in Motion participants - Free fresh baked cookie!
    Fri/Sat/Sun: 8 AM - 2 PM

    Driftwood Coffee

    Driftwood Coffee - 4604 SW Vermont St
    $.50 off Adult Coffees & FREE kids Hot Chocolate
    Fri/Sat/Sun: 8 AM - 1 PM

    Sunny’s Legendary Yogurt

    Sunny’s Legendary Yogurt - 4397 SW Vermont Street
    20 % off!

    Fri: 12 PM - 10 PM
    Sat: 11 AM - 10 PM
    Sun: 11 AM - 9 PM

    Spielman Bagels & Coffee

    Spielman Bagels - 7713 SW Capitol Hwy
    15% off discount to all participants 

     Fri/Sat/Sun:  7 AM - 2 PM 

    Village Coffee Multnomah

    Village Coffee Multnomah - 7781 SW Capitol Highway
    $.50 off latte and FREE kids hot chocolate
    Fri: 6:30 AM - 5 PM
    Sat/Sun: 7 AM - 5 PM

     

    Book pick-up dates:

    10/28 7:15-9 & 3-5:30 Families A-L

    11/4 7:15-9 & 3-5:30 Families M-Z

    *11/10 7:15-9 & 3-5:30 Families A-L (not 11/11 which is Veterans Day)

    11/18 7:15-9 & 3-5:30 Families M-Z

    *11/24 7:15-9 & 3-5:30 Families Families A-L (not 11/25, building closed)

     

    Upcoming events/dates: 

    Oct. 31    Halloween

    Nov. 01   Daylight savings ends – Turn clocks back one hour          

    Nov. 05   End Of Quarter

    Nov. 06   Teacher Planning Day – No School

    Nov. 11   Veteran’s Day -  No School

    Nov. 14   Diwali

    Nov. 23-24    Conferences

    Nov. 25   No School

    Nov. 26   Thanksgiving

    Nov. 27   No School

     

     

     

  • Principal's Newsletter October 21, 2020

    Principal’s Newsletter

    October 21, 2020

     

     

    Dear Maplewood Families,

    We continue to have beautiful weather with brief periods of rain.  While at school today I was looking at how green and healthy our field looks.  It was freshly mowed today.  Again, we are looking forward to the day when our students are back playing soccer and running across the field.

    Typically, around this time of year, I would be sending reminders about having students dress for the weather-chilly mornings and warm afternoons.

     

    Parent-Teacher Conferences

    Conferences are still a few weeks away, November 23rd and 24th.  You will soon hear from your child’s teacher about a way to sign up for a time for a conference.  Be on the lookout for that information.

    Supports for Families- PANDEMIC EBT UPDATE FOR FAMILIES

    The Oregon Department of Human Services (ODHS) was approved to provide additional Pandemic EBT (P-EBT) benefits to eligible students enrolled from July 1 - September 22. Similar to the spring, benefits are provided to children who receive free or reduced price school meals through the National School Lunch Program that are not attending school in-person.

    Every child who is eligible will receive at least $100 and some will receive more benefits based on when school began. The initial $100 benefits were distributed on September 28th. If a child qualifies for any additional benefits beyond $100, this will be provided through a second deposit. Eligible students who receive Oregon SNAP benefits, or who received an Oregon EBT card in the mail with P-EBT benefits in the past, received these September P-EBT benefits on their existing Oregon EBT card. For lost EBT cards, families can request a new one by calling a local ODHS office or calling the EBT replacement line 1-855-328-6715.

    If eligible families did not receive P-EBT benefits, they can send an email to the PPS Meal Benefits Office at mealbenefits@pps.net with the following information: Student name, school name, and parent contact information (address, phone). Once the student is verified as eligible an email will be sent to the P-EBT email address (ebt.schoolmeals@dhsoha.state.or.us) on the behalf of the family for follow up.

    Whitney Ellersick, Senior Director, Nutrition Services
    x63276     wellersi@pps.net

     

    Black Relief and Resiliency Fund

    $1,000-$3,000 Grants Available for Black Families: Oregon Cares Fund for Black Relief & Resiliency  

    The Oregon Cares Fund provides Black individuals, families, businesses and non-profits experiencing adverse effects from the COVID-19 pandemic with cash grants.  The Black community is at the front of two pandemics: COVID-19 and systemic racism. Well before the health crisis began, Black Oregonians and Black business owners were far behind white Oregonians in education, health, and economic prosperity. The Oregon Cares Fund believes that the stability and wellbeing of the Black community is a reflection of our entire community. To qualify, you must provide proof of Oregon residency and have experienced financial strain due to Covid-19. Click here for more information and to apply.

    Free Meal Information-While meals are served at no cost to children ages 1-18 at several Portland Public School sites through December, there are several benefits for eligible families to submit a meal application this school year.

    • To ensure eligible students who qualify for free and reduced-price meals continue to receive meals at no cost for the entire school year (past December)
    • Families approved for free and reduced-price meals may be eligible to receive future potential government assistance such as Pandemic EBT benefits.  
    • Families may be eligible for other benefits such as school related fee reduction or waivers, low cost internet, AP test fee waivers, college application fee waivers and health coverage.

    Families have the following options to submit a meal application:

    1. Online at schoolcafe.com/pps.
    2. Print, complete and mail back a paper meal application (https://www.pps.net/Page/2464) to PPS Nutrition Services, 501 N. Dixon St., Portland, OR 97227.
    3. Request a paper meal application be mailed home from mealbenefits@pps.netor call 503.916.3402.
    4. Families do not need to submit a meal application if any of the following apply:
    • A meal application has been submitted and approved for the 2020-21 school year.
    • The household received a 2020-21 Direct Certification Approval letter.
    • All students in the household attend a Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) school (list located online: https://www.pps.net/Page/2088) where students eat meals at no cost.
    • The household does not meet the Oregon Expanded Income Guidelines

    For meal benefits related questions, please call 503.916.3402 or email mealbenefits@pps.net.

    Donors Choose:

    DonorsChoose Matching: On October 22, donations to DonorsChoose projects requesting books or school supplies will be doubled (i.e. matching funds will turn $20 donations to your project into $40). This is applicable to current DonorChoose projects, or use this link to create a project on DonorsChoose, and then ask people to donate on 10/22. 


    From the Counseling Office:

    What is Toolbox?  Watch this three minute video with your student to find out more about this program that we practice at Maplewood!  Get out your guitar or uke (chords and lyrics here) to sing and play along with the song at the end!   

    Maplewood staff and students use TOOLBOX in our classrooms and across our building.  TOOLBOX™ helps us all to be strong, effective, and kind. It helps us build resilience, self-mastery, and empathy for ourselves and others. As a simple metaphor, TOOLBOX enables us to use the inner “Tools” that already exist inside us. The strengths/assets-based common language of TOOLBOX is rooted in resilience, self-knowledge, self-awareness, and non-violence. When we as teachers/staff or parents/caregivers use and model TOOLBOX in our daily lives, we foster children’s abilities to manage their own emotional, social, and academic success.  Each month we will focus on a different tool.  Watch this newsletter for an explanation of the tool we are focusing on. 

    Lunch Bunch Opportunities

    If your student would like to connect with peers in a fun, online environment, encourage them to join Ms. Cunningham, school counselor, for a Lunch Bunch.  Go to Google Meet, click on Join a Meeting, and then type in CunninghamMW

    Lunch Bunch for K-1 offered on Mondays from 11:30-12:00

    Lunch Bunch for 2-3 offered on Wednesdays from 11:30-12:00

    Lunch bunch for 4th-5th offered on Thursdays from 12:20-12:50

    Financial Need:

    Each year our school counselor compiles a confidential list of students with financial need.  These are students whose families are struggling to pay bills and meet basic needs.  Students on this list are not expected to pay school supply and field trip fees and are given info on resources and programs available in the area.  If this applies to your student, please email Kendall Cunningham at kcunninghamparm@pps.net and she will add your student to the list. 

    * Free PTA memberships available.  Please contact Kendall (kcunninghamparm@pps.net) so she can connect you!

     

    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 (go to Google Meet, click on Join a Meeting, type CunninghamMW )

    Counseling Request Google Form

     

    Support Groups for Students: 

    We will also be hosting a variety of groups for students focused on specific topics.  These groups will meet weekly for 8 weeks and focus on building skills, resiliency, and friendships.  Please reach out to Avy Harris (rharris@pps.net) for more information or to place your child on an interest list for one of the following groups:

    • Grief/bereavement 
    • Coping skills for anxiety 
    • Parental separation  
    • Gender-expansive and LGBTQIA+ student group
    • Building social confidence and anti-bullying friendship group

     

    Foundation:

    Maplewood in Motion

    Virtual event October 30 - November 1st!   

    Maplewood in Motion, Virtual Fun Event, October 30-November 1st!

    Would you like to have a place to go when it's raining, wet or even want a bit of shade in the hot summer?

     

    Let's make Maplewood marvelous and get our covered blacktop built!
    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, and adults.

    • Adult registration is $30. Receive a t-shirt if you register by October 9th!
    • Child registration is FREE! Receive a t-shirt if you get a minimum of $10 in pledges by October 9th! Please register TODAY,move that body and go get some pledges! 

    Some of our local businesses are offering amazing discounts to participants!  Please support them and get a delicious treat the weekend of October 30th. You MUST mention you are a part of Maplewood in Motion.

     

    Please email ericandkarimartin@gmail.com with any questions or concerns. Links for forms are below:

     

    Registration Form 

     

    Use one for each participant. Use the payment link below to pay for adult registration.

     

     

     

    Pledge Sheet

     

    Please print and keep track of your pledges!

     

     

     

    Payment Link

     

    Use this link to pay for adult registration, make a donation, help sponsor the event, and to pay for pledges (a place to write in participant's name is at check out)

     

    Text Alerts:

    New KG and 1-5th Grade Families;

    Get text alerts from your school: Text YES to 68453 to stay connected to your school.

    School Messenger sends Emergency and school messages directly to your phone.

    You may text STOP to discontinue the messages.

     

    In the past families text YES to school messenger when I meet them during in person registration.

    As in person registration is not occurring I am requesting families complete this step at this time.

    Thank you.

     

    Immunizations 2019-2020:

    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 for Maplewood Elementary.  The Immunizations are posted on the Maplewood web site Under the "School News" Tab.

     

     

    INFORMATION & ACTION REQUIRED - ONLY IF You have NOT completed your Yearly PvueVerification online.

    • Online Yearly Verification via ParentVUE deadline is October 31, 2020.
    • Beginning on November 1, 2020, if parents have not submitted the online Yearly Verification, they will receive the following message upon login:
      • The Yearly Verification process must be complete to continue.  
      •  This is a hard stop to log in to ParentVUE. The only options for the parent are to click Begin Yearly Verification or Logout.
    • ParentVUE Activation Key Letters, for parents who have not created their ParentVUE accounts, will be sent out today, October 19, 2020, via School Messenger.
    • The ParentVUE flyer, along with Yearly Verification resources, can be found on the ParentVUE/StudentVUE Information district website.

     

    November Book Bag pick-up days for A-L families, only!
    Tuesday, 11/10 (11/11 is Veterans Day)
    Tuesday, 11/24 (11/25 is a no school day)
    Back to Wednesdays in December!!!
    (always 7:15-9 & 3-5:30)

     

    PTA NEWS:

    eBlast – MAILING LIST

    Do you want to receive PTA information in just one place, once a week? Subscribe to our mailing list today by going to: http://maplewoodpta.com/ and entering your email address on the right-hand side, below our “subscribe to our mailing list” field.

     

    eBlast – lista de correo electrónico 

    ¿Quiere recibir información de la PTA en un solo lugar, una vez a la semana? Suscríbase a nuestra lista de correo hoy en: http://maplewoodpta.com/ e ingrese su dirección de correo electrónico en la esquina derecha, debajo de nuestro campo "suscríbase a nuestra lista de correo”.

     

     

    Maplewood Coffee

    Maplewood Coffee & Tea - 5206 SW Custer St, Portland, OR 97219
    Maplewood in Motion participants - Free fresh baked cookie!
    Fri/Sat/Sun: 8 AM - 2 PM

    Driftwood Coffee

    Driftwood Coffee - 4604 SW Vermont St
    $.50 off Adult Coffees & FREE kids Hot Chocolate
    Fri/Sat/Sun: 8 AM - 1 PM

    Sunny’s Legendary Yogurt

    Sunny’s Legendary Yogurt - 4397 SW Vermont Street
    20 % off!

    Fri: 12 PM - 10 PM
    Sat: 11 AM - 10 PM
    Sun: 11 AM - 9 PM

    Spielman Bagels & Coffee

    Spielman Bagels - 7713 SW Capitol Hwy
    15% off discount to all participants 

     Fri/Sat/Sun:  7 AM - 2 PM

     

    Village Coffee Multnomah

    Village Coffee Multnomah - 7781 SW Capitol Highway
    $.50 off latte and FREE kids hot chocolate
    Fri: 6:30 AM - 5 PM
    Sat/Sun: 7 AM - 5 PM

     

     

     

     

    Kona Ice & Burrito Bar

     

    Thursday, October 22nd 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM

    Food Truck Fundraiser!  Kona Shaved Ice and Burrito Bar will be at Maplewood for your dining pleasure. Masks and social distancing are required.  Come grab some dinner and a treat before the debate!
     

     

     

    Maplewood Coffee
     

    Maplewood Coffee and Tea Halloween Themed Dinner To Go
     Maplewood Coffee is donating All proceeds to benefit Maplewood PTA!
    Thursday October 29th
     $35 for 2
    Order online by Wednesday, October 28th

     

    Order Here

     

    Upcoming events/dates: 

    Oct. 24    Fall Clean up

    Oct. 31    Halloween                 

    Nov. 05   End Of Quarter

    Nov. 06   Teacher Planning Day – No School

    Nov. 11   Veteran’s Day -  No School

    Nov. 23-24    Conferences

    Nov. 25   No School

    Nov. 26   Thanksgiving

    Nov. 27   No School

     

     

     

  • Principal's Newsletter October 15, 2020

    PRINCIPAL’S NEWSLETTER

     

    October 15, 2020

    Dear Maplewood Families,

    We are well into fall and the leaves are turning.  Seeing the bright orange pumpkins has been a fun sign that in these challenging times, we can still enjoy annual traditions.  I hope students are getting outside to enjoy the fall scenes. Read on for recent updates.

    Tonight!

    COMMUNITY EQUITY CONVERSATION TONIGHT! 6:00-7:30

    https://us02web.zoom.us/j/2359534496

    Please join Maplewood PTA tonight to discuss how we move forward with creating and sustaining safe, equitable and inclusive spaces for our school community. Lots of room for engagement and involvement for anyone interested in being a part of this work!

    Supports for Families-As we continue through Comprehensive Distance Learning, we want to remind you of a few resources for families. The PPS Family Resources webpage (https://www.pps.net/familyresources) contains a variety of resources, including the Menu of Student and Family Supports available in the six supported languages at PPS.

    The menu helps families and students find the services that are currently available to them and is listed by school. The menu includes details about the following services and supports:

    • Academic Supports
    • Belonging and Connection Services
    • Family Supports and Resources
    • Culturally Specific Supports

    We will continually update and improve this menu over the course of the school year by adding additional supports and making it more accessible and user friendly.

    Lunch Bunch Opportunities: If your student would like to connect with peers in a fun, online environment, encourage them to join Ms. Cunningham, school counselor, for a Lunch Bunch.  Go to Google Meet, click on Join a Meeting, and then type in CunninghamMW

    Lunch Bunch for K-1 offered on Mondays from 11:30-12:00

    Lunch Bunch for 2-3 offered on Wednesdays from 11:30-12:00

    Lunch bunch for 4th-5th offered on Thursdays from 12:20-12:50

    Kendall Cunningham

    Maplewood Elementary School Counselor

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

    Toolbox:

    Maplewood staff and students use TOOLBOX in our classrooms and across our building.  TOOLBOX™ helps us all to be strong, effective, and kind. It helps us build resilience, self-mastery, and empathy for ourselves and others. As a simple metaphor, TOOLBOX enables us to use the inner “Tools” that already exist inside us. The strengths/assets-based common language of TOOLBOX is rooted in resilience, self-knowledge, self-awareness, and non-violence. When we as teachers/staff or parents/caregivers use and model TOOLBOX in our daily lives, we foster children’s abilities to manage their own emotional, social, and academic success.  Each month we will focus on a different tool.  Watch this newsletter for an explanation of the tool we are focusing on. 

    Support Groups for Students: 

    We will also be hosting a variety of groups for students focused on specific topics.  These groups will meet weekly for 8 weeks and focus on building skills, resiliency, and friendships.  Please reach out to Avy Harris (rharris@pps.net) for more information or to place your child on an interest list for one of the following groups:

    • Grief/bereavement 
    • Coping skills for anxiety 
    • Parental separation  
    • Gender-expansive and LGBTQIA+ student group
    • Building social confidence and anti-bullying friendship group

    Financial Need:

    Each year our school counselor compiles a confidential list of students with financial need.  These are students whose families are struggling to pay bills and meet basic needs.  Students on this list are not expected to pay school supply and field trip fees and are given info on resources and programs available in the area.  If this applies to your student, please email Kendall Cunningham at kcunninghamparm@pps.net and she will add your student to the list. 

    * Free PTA memberships available.  Please contact Kendall (kcunninghamparm@pps.net) so she can connect you!

     

    Black Relief and Resiliency Fund

    $1,000-$3,000 Grants Available for Black Families: Oregon Cares Fund for Black Relief & Resiliency  

    The Oregon Cares Fund provides Black individuals, families, businesses and non-profits experiencing adverse effects from the COVID-19 pandemic with cash grants.  The Black community is at the front of two pandemics: COVID-19 and systemic racism. Well before the health crisis began, Black Oregonians and Black business owners were far behind white Oregonians in education, health, and economic prosperity. The Oregon Cares Fund believes that the stability and wellbeing of the Black community is a reflection of our entire community. To qualify, you must provide proof of Oregon residency and have experienced financial strain due to Covid-19. Click here for more information and to apply.

    Free Meal Information:

    While meals are served at no cost to children ages 1-18 at several Portland Public School sites through December, there are several benefits for eligible families to submit a meal application this school year.

    • To ensure eligible students who qualify for free and reduced-price meals continue to receive meals at no cost for the entire school year (past December)
    • Families approved for free and reduced-price meals may be eligible to receive future potential government assistance such as Pandemic EBT benefits.  
    • Families may be eligible for other benefits such as school related fee reduction or waivers, low cost internet, AP test fee waivers, college application fee waivers and health coverage.

    Families have the following options to submit a meal application:

    1. Online at schoolcafe.com/pps.
    2. Print, complete and mail back a paper meal application (https://www.pps.net/Page/2464) to PPS Nutrition Services, 501 N. Dixon St., Portland, OR 97227.
    3. Request a paper meal application be mailed home from mealbenefits@pps.netor call 503.916.3402.

    Families do not need to submit a meal application if any of the following apply:

    • A meal application has been submitted and approved for the 2020-21 school year.
    • The household received a 2020-21 Direct Certification Approval letter.
    • All students in the household attend a Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) school (list located online: https://www.pps.net/Page/2088) where students eat meals at no cost.
    • The household does not meet the Oregon Expanded Income Guidelines

    For meal benefits related questions, please call 503.916.3402 or email mealbenefits@pps.net.

    Monday October 12 was Indigenous People's Day!

    The second Monday in October has been historically observed as Columbus Day - but with the advocacy of countless indigenous groups, Multnomah County has joined several leading cities and states in renaming it as Indigenous People's Day. This day serves to honor the countless contributions and innovations Indigenous People make to the arts, education, health, economy, environmental stewardship, and community that enhance the greater Portland area. It also serves as an acknowledgment of the United States' history of violence against Indigenous Peoples, including forced migration, broken treaties, and ongoing systems of oppression. Maplewood Elementary recognizes and honors our Indigenous community members, on this day and every day. To honor the holiday with your family, consider these resources to talk about Indigenous history with your children.

     

    September 15th through October 15th is LatinX Heritage Month!

     

    This month recognizes and honors the enduring contributions and importance of LatinX Americans and celebrates the many heritages and cultures of the Americas.  The term “Latinx” relates to people of Latin American origin or descent and is used as a gender-neutral or non-binary alternative to Latino or Latina.  Maplewood Elementary would like to thank our LatinX families, students, teachers, and friends who contribute to the cultural wealth of our communities, and celebrate you every month of the year!  To honor this month with your family, consider:

    • Exploring “Nuestra Amėrica” with your child - an online collection of 30 inspiring Latinx heroes who shaped America! 
    • Checking out this digital reading library - click on any of these favorite LatinX books to go to a SafeYouTube read aloud!

     

    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, Lent

    To register for child care, click on the flyer below. Information below is included on the flyer. 
    English | Español | Tiếng Việt 中文 | Русский | Soomaal  

    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

    Nancy Hauth, Student Success Program Manager, Early Learning
    503-828-6378       nhauth@pps.ne

    Foundation:

     

    Maplewood's Campaign Strong! Update:

    Thank you to all the families, teachers, and staff for your participation! It was so much fun to post the daily videos from teachers and staff. If you missed them, they are on our webpage: www.maplewoodfoundation.com  

     

    We raised $8,285.30 in one time donations, $750/month in recurring monthly donations, and we will be seeing company matching coming in throughout the next few months. We delivered 83 yard signs! You can see our progress towards our yearly goal at www.maplewoodfoundation.com/donate 

     

    We look forward to sharing with you our next upcoming event!

     

    Maplewood in Motion:

     

    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 track t-shirt orders. 

    · Adult registration is $30. Receive a t-shirt if you register by October 9th!

    · Child registration is FREE! Receive a t-shirt if you get a minimum of $10 in pledges by October 9th! 

    Please register TODAY, move that body and go get some pledges!  Let's make Maplewood marvelous and get our blacktop covered area built!  Please email ericandkarimartin@gmail.com with any questions or concerns. Links for forms are below:

     

    Registration Form 

     

    Use one for each participant. Use the payment link below to pay for adult registration.

     

     

     

    Pledge Sheet

     

    Please print and keep track of your pledges!

     

     

     

    Payment Link

     

    Use this link to pay for adult registration, make a donation, help sponsor the event, and to pay for pledges (a place to write in participant's name is at check out)

     

    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 kcunninghamparm@pps.net 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
     

     

     

     

    MEMBRESÍA DE LA PTA

    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 kcunninghamparm@pps.net
    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).

    Atentamente,

    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

     

    Visit Maplewood PTA to become a PTA member, to donate, to have a say in funding decisions and PTA events, and to get involved!

    Maplewood PTA Co-Presidents

    Erika Robles-Jones and Jackie Haddon

    Upcoming events/dates: 

    Oct. 20    PTA Mtg. 6:30pm

    Oct. 31    Halloween                 

    Nov. 05   End Of Quarter

    Nov. 06   Teacher Planning Day – No School

    Nov. 11   Veteran’s Day -  No School

    Nov. 23-25    Conferences

    Nov. 26   Thanksgiving

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

  • Principal's Newsletter October 9, 2020

     

    Principal’s Newsletter

     

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    October 9, 2020



    Dear Maplewood families,

     

    This has been a fast week.  A reminder tomorrow is a non-school day due to statewide teacher in service. Many of you are stopping by Maplewood to pick up library books, packets from teachers, food and supplies.  It is so nice to see you all even if it is very briefly.

     

    When coming to the school, you may have noticed that our new blacktop has beautiful new painted lines.  We even have our US map again!  I look forward to the day when your children will be back together here at Maplewood playing four square and shooting hoops. Which leads me to my next item read on-

     

    Comprehensive Distance Learning Continued:

    Superintendent Guerrero announced that we will continue with CDL through January 28th.  The district continues to research safe options for bringing students back to school as soon as possible.
     
    TAG
    Thank you to Christy Caton, our TAG Coordinator for hosting an informational meeting last night.  Thank you to the parents who participated.  We have recorded the meeting here is the link:

     

    https://drive.google.com/file/d/1BwSRtjOOsi_0D_atOF2Q0hOgTmuGBAok/view

     

    If you questions regarding TAG you can email Christy at ccaton@pps.net 

     

    Attendance:

    If you need to contact the office for Attendance, please Email attendance issues as we are working remotely. When you email the teacher, please in addition. 

     

    Lunch Bunch Opportunities:

    If your student would like to connect with peers in a fun, online environment, encourage them to join Ms. Cunningham, school counselor, for a Lunch Bunch.  Go to Google Meet, click on Join a Meeting, and then type in CunninghamMW

     

    Lunch Bunch for K-1 offered on Mondays from 11:30-12:00

    Lunch Bunch for 2-3 offered on Wednesdays from 11:30-12:00

    Lunch bunch for 4th-5th offered on Thursdays from 12:20-12:50

     

    Kendall Cunningham

    Maplewood Elementary School Counselor

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

     

     

    Toolbox:

    Maplewood staff and students use TOOLBOX in our classrooms and across our building.  TOOLBOX™ helps us all to be strong, effective, and kind. It helps us build resilience, self-mastery, and empathy for ourselves and others. As a simple metaphor, TOOLBOX enables us to use the inner “Tools” that already exist inside us. The strengths/assets-based common language of TOOLBOX is rooted in resilience, self-knowledge, self-awareness, and non-violence. When we as teachers/staff or parents/caregivers use and model TOOLBOX in our daily lives, we foster children’s abilities to manage their own emotional, social, and academic success.  Each month we will focus on a different tool.  Watch this newsletter for an explanation of the tool we are focusing on. 

    Free Meal Information

    While meals are served at no cost to children ages 1-18 at several Portland Public School sites through December, there are several benefits for eligible families to submit a meal application this school year.

    • To ensure eligible students who qualify for free and reduced-price meals continue to receive meals at no cost for the entire school year (past December)
    • Families approved for free and reduced-price meals may be eligible to receive future potential government assistance such as Pandemic EBT benefits.  
    • Families may be eligible for other benefits such as school related fee reduction or waivers, low cost internet, AP test fee waivers, college application fee waivers and health coverage.

    Families have the following options to submit a meal application:

    1. Online at schoolcafe.com/pps.
    2. Print, complete and mail back a paper meal application (https://www.pps.net/Page/2464) to PPS Nutrition Services, 501 N. Dixon St., Portland, OR 97227.
    3. Request a paper meal application be mailed home from mealbenefits@pps.netor call 503.916.3402.

    Families do not need to submit a meal application if any of the following apply:

    • A meal application has been submitted and approved for the 2020-21 school year.
    • The household received a 2020-21 Direct Certification Approval letter.
    • All students in the household attend a Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) school (list located online: https://www.pps.net/Page/2088) where students eat meals at no cost.
    • The household does not meet the Oregon Expanded Income Guidelines

    For meal benefits related questions, please call 503.916.3402 or email mealbenefits@pps.net

     

    Monday October 12 is Indigenous People's Day!

    The second Monday in October has been historically observed as Columbus Day - but with the advocacy of countless indigenous groups, Multnomah County has joined several leading cities and states in renaming it as Indigenous People's Day.

    This day serves to honor the countless contributions and innovations Indigenous People make to the arts, education, health, economy, environmental stewardship, and community that enhance the greater Portland area.
     
    It also serves as an acknowledgment of the United States' history of violence against Indigenous Peoples, including forced migration, broken treaties, and ongoing systems of oppression. Maplewood Elementary recognizes and honors our Indigenous community members, on this day and every day. To honor the holiday with your family, consider these resources to talk about Indigenous history with your children. 



    September 15th through October 15th is LatinX Heritage Month!

     

    This month recognizes and honors the enduring contributions and importance of LatinX Americans and celebrates the many heritages and cultures of the Americas. 

    The term “Latinx” relates to people of Latin American origin or descent and is used as a gender-neutral or non-binary alternative to Latino or Latina.  Maplewood Elementary would like to thank our LatinX families, students, teachers, and friends who contribute to the cultural wealth of our communities, and celebrate you every month of the year!  To honor this month with your family, consider:
    • Exploring “Nuestra Amėrica” with your child - an online collection of 30 inspiring Latinx heroes who shaped America! 
    • Checking out this digital reading library - click on any of these favorite LatinX books to go to a SafeYouTube read aloud!



    Support Groups for Students: 

    We will also be hosting a variety of groups for students focused on specific topics.  These groups will meet weekly for 8 weeks and focus on building skills, resiliency, and friendships. 

    Please reach out to Avy Harris (rharris@pps.net) for more information or to place your child on an interest list for one of the following groups:
    • Grief/bereavement 
    • Coping skills for anxiety 
    • Parental separation  
    • Gender-expansive and LGBTQIA+ student group
    • Building social confidence and anti-bullying friendship group

    Foundation:

     

     

    Our Community Strong! Campaign starts next week, October 5-11th.

    All participants in the campaign receive a yard sign. We can’t wait to see the impact of our collective efforts when we take a stroll through our neighborhood. This campaign raises money for staff support at Maplewood. Share this with your neighbors, family, and company!

    Please head to our Community Strong! page for more information on how you can support our school.

    Thank you,   The Maplewood Foundation 

    Maplewood in Motion:


     


    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 track t-shirt orders. 

    • Adult registration is $30. Receive a t-shirt if you register by October 9th!

    • Child registration is FREE! Receive a t-shirt if you get a minimum of $10 in pledges by October 9th! 

    Please register TODAY, move that body and go get some pledges!  Let's make Maplewood marvelous and get our blacktop covered area built!  Please email ericandkarimartin@gmail.com with any questions or concerns. Links for forms are below:




    Use one for each participant. Use the payment link below to pay for adult registration.


     



    Please print and keep track of your pledges!


     



    Use this link to pay for adult registration, make a donation, help sponsor the event, and to pay for pledges (a place to write in participant's name is at check out)

     

    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, Lent

    To register for child care, click on the flyer below. Information below is included on the flyer. 
    English | Español | Tiếng Việt 中文 | Русский | Soomaal 

    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

    Nancy Hauth, Student Success Program Manager, Early Learning
    503-828-6378       nhauth@pps.net


     


     

    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 kcunninghamparm@pps.net 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
     

     


     

     


    MEMBRESÍA DE LA PTA

    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 kcunninghamparm@pps.net
    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).

    Atentamente,

    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

     

    Visit Maplewood PTA to become a PTA member, to donate, to have a say in funding decisions and PTA events, and to get involved!

     

    SWAG/SPIRIT WEAR

    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: 

    http://maplewoodpta.com/swag/

    Sincerely, 

    Maplewood PTA Co-Presidents

    Erika Robles-Jones and Jackie Haddon

    Upcoming events/dates:  

     

    Oct 9:   Statewide In-service – NO SCHOOL







  • Principal's Newsletter October 02, 2020

    Dear Maplewood families,
     
    We have made it to October! Sadly, I have heard from many of you about how challenging it is to have your child do school from home. This distance learning is hard for everyone. I want to remind you all as we are in these unprecedented times to remember some advice that a colleague shared with me....PRACTICE is the point… NOT PERFECTION.
     A little practice each day is what builds connections in the brain. IT’S SCIENCE.
     
    SOME is better than NONE. If you feel the need to shorten the assignments GO FOR IT!  5 minutes of reading is better than none… AND WAY BETTER than an argument over finishing 45 minutes of reading. If a kid doesn’t feel like they can do the whole time. HAVE THEM SET A GOAL of what they think they can do. Then work toward shifting the goals as they get more comfortable. 
     
    COMMIT TO AN AMOUNT of LEARNING TIME… And use a TIMER. Set an amount of time that will be dedicated to each learning domain… (READING WRITING MATH…etc.).  If its 10 min, that’s better than none. If its 30… Great… 60min… you get a pass to go to 4th grade. ;) Let the timer be the “bad guy.” If kids are part of the goal setting, they will be more likely to commit to it. Once you set those goals… MAKE THEM PUBLIC… PUT THEM UP on the fridge, or pin them to the wall. 
     
    THE TEACHER’S ASSIGNMENT MIGHT BE TERRIBLE!!! If so, practice SOMETHING ELSE! Teachers are trying to prepare for 25, 30 or more students. They are setting out a GIANT BUFFET of learning. If something doesn’t work for your child then do something else… PLEASE. Teachers won’t be disappointed. They’d rather have kids feel proud of what they’ve done than feel like they’ve just done what they were told. 
     
    When the going gets tough, TAKE ANOTHER BREAK!  If there’s a hang-up over something school related, help your child to walk away, cool down, and come back to the problem later. Exercise and breathing help. 
     
    Each day, TURN IN WHATEVER GETS COMPLETED! That is all… Hang in there and take care of yourselves!
     
      
    TAG Information Night
    We have scheduled the TAG Information Night for Oct 7th at 6:00.  This is for any parents that want to learn more about TAG or have questions about TAG testing.  Look for the invite coming soon.
     
    Fall MAP Testing
    In case you had not heard-the district is holding off on MAP Testing for the fall!!
     
    Lunch Bunch Opportunities:
    Lunch Bunches run by our school counselor, Kendall Cunningham, start Monday!  This will be a fun opportunity for kids to visit online with their peers. 
    Go to Google Meet, type in CunninghamMW , and join in the fun!
     
    Mondays, Kindergarten and 1st grade students, 11:30-12:00
    Wednesdays, 2nd-3rd grade students, 11:30-12:00
    Thursdays, 4th-5th grade students, 12:20-12:50
     
    Support Groups for Students & Adults!
    Parent & Caregiver Support Group: Parenting during the pandemic and navigating distance learning has brought on a host of new challenges.  This caregiver support group will offer a space to process these experiences, build community, and share coping skills. 
    This will be a weekly group cofacilitated by our school counselor (Kendall) and social worker (Avy).  Please email Kendall to be placed on our interest list and get more details.  
     
    Support Groups for Students:
    We will also be hosting a variety of groups for students focused on specific topics.  These groups will meet weekly for 8 weeks and focus on building skills, resiliency, and friendships. 
     
    Please reach out to Avy Harris (rharris@pps.net) for more information or to place your child on an interest list for one of the following groups:
    Grief/bereavement
    Coping skills for anxiety
    Parental separation 
    Gender-expansive and LGBTQIA+ student group
    Building social confidence and anti-bullying friendship group
    Kendall Cunningham
    Maplewood Elementary School Counselor
     
    Attendance:
    If you need to contact the office for Attendance, please Email attendance issues as we are working remotely to your child's teacher and the 2 Secretaries:
    sriley@pps.net  &  mbelgrav@pps.net 
     
     
    Reading Friends:
    The Maplewood Reading Friends are still looking for volunteers to read with students during the 2020-2021 school year. This is in preparation for the possibility that in person classes resume. There may also be a solution that would allow for remote reading to take place, though this is not assured. 
     
    The Reading Friend volunteer works with individual readers outside the classroom (e.g. in the library) to help grow their confidence in reading out loud/more fluently. The readers get a say in which books they read and usually enjoy the attention they receive. This is a fun experience designed to demonstrate the joy of reading for reading’s sake, not because it was assigned.
     
    The time obligation will be an orientation of approximately an hour, and then 30 minutes once a week with the students. For scheduling coordination, the session is the same day and time each week. A roster of substitutes is also maintained for those who could take a last-minute assignment when another Reading Friend volunteer is unable to make the session.
     
    The program usually kicks-off around Thanksgiving, though it is of course unknown at this point. Please fill out the form at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/B58LS6Qto sign up to be a volunteer.
    Please direct any questions to Alden Lewis at maplewoodrf@gmail.com. 
     
    Foundation:
    Our Community Strong! Campaign starts next week, October 5-11th. All participants in the campaign receive a yard sign. We can’t wait to see the impact of our collective efforts when we take a stroll through our neighborhood. This campaign raises money for staff support at Maplewood. Share this with your neighbors, family, and company!
    Please head to our Community Strong! page for more information on how you can support our school.
    Thank you,  Maplewood Foundation
     
     
    IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT MEAL BENEFITS
     While meals are served at no cost to children ages 1-18 at several Portland Public School sites through December, there are several benefits for eligible families to submit a meal application this school year.
     
     To ensure eligible students who qualify for free and reduced-price meals continue to receive meals at no cost for the entire school year (past December)
     Families approved for free and reduced-price meals may be eligible to receive future potential government assistance such as Pandemic EBT benefits. 
     Families may be eligible for other benefits such as school related fee reduction or waivers, low cost internet and health coverage.
     
    Families have the following options to submit a meal application:
    1. Online at www.schoolcafe.com/pps.
    2. Print, complete and mail back a paper meal application (https://www.pps.net/Page/2464) to PPS Nutrition Services, 501 N. Dixon St., Portland, OR 97227.
    3. Request a paper meal application be mailed home from mealbenefits@pps.net or call 503.916.3402.
     
    Families do not need to submit a meal application if any of the following apply:
     A meal application has been submitted and approved for the 2020-21 school year.
     The household received a 2020-21 Direct Certification Approval letter.
     All students in the household attend a Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) school (list located online: https://www.pps.net/Page/2088) where students eat meals at no cost.
     The household does not meet the Oregon Expanded Income Guidelines
    For meal benefits related questions, please call 503.916.3402 or email mealbenefits@pps.net.
     
    Whitney Ellersick, Senior Director, Nutrition Services x63276     wellersi@pps.net
     
    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, Lent To register for child care, click on the flyer below.
    Information below is included on the flyer. English | Español | Tiếng Việt | 中文 | Русский | Soomaal 
    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. Nancy Hauth, Student Success Program Manager, Early Learning 503-828-6378       nhauth@pps.ne
     
    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 (kcunninghamparm@pps.net), 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.  
     
    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:
    WILLAMETTE PIES FUNDRAISER
    Please find enclosed the orders form, and information about the delicious handmade Willamette pies. Please fill out your order and send back to Maplewoodvolcoord@gmail.com before October 4th. Pies will be delivered to your doors on October 27th!!
     
    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 kcunninghamparm@pps.net 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
     
    MEMBRESÍA DE LA PTA
    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 kcunninghamparm@pps.net 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).
    Atentamente,
    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 
    Visit Maplewood PTA to become a PTA member, to donate, to have a say in funding decisions and PTA events, and to get involved!
     
    SWAG/SPIRIT WEAR
    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: http://maplewoodpta.com/swag/
    Sincerely, 
    Maplewood PTA Co-Presidents
    Erika Robles-Jones and Jackie Haddon
     
    Upcoming events/dates: 
    Oct 7:    Virtual Parent TAG meeting 6:00pm Oct 9:     
    Statewide Inservice – NO SCHOOL