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  • Principal's Newsletter May 20, 2020

                                                                          Jill Bailey

                                                                         Principal

                                        Office:  503/916-6308               E-mail: jbailey2@pps.net

                                                                                                                                         May 20, 2020

     

     

    Dear Maplewood Families,

     

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

     

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

     

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

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

    Spirit Week-

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

     

    9:30-10:00-First and Third

    10:00-10:30-Kinder and Second

    10:30-11:00 Fourth and Fifth

     

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

    Maplewood Foundation-

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


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

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

    Order online here:

    https://www.annieblooms.com/ 

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

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

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

    https://sites.google.com/view/maplewoodes/obob?authuser=0

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

    Other End of Year Events:

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

     

    Parent Input for Student Placement:  

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

    https://forms.gle/rvRf1DrQHd5njCPZ7

     

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

    Upcoming Events/Dates:

    May 26th – 28th  - Spirit Week

     

  • Principal's Newsletter April 20, 2020

     Jill Bailey
    Principal
    Office: 503/916-6308         E-mail: jbailey2@pps.net
    April 20, 2020
    Dear Maplewood Families,
    I hope you are all staying healthy and are starting to find some level of routine and
    normalcy in our new reality. I know many of you have connected with our teachers.
     
    They are working hard and doing an amazing job of providing instruction to our students
    during these difficult times. I am so proud and impressed with their focus, commitment
    and dedication to our students even when faced with learning a completely new way to
    do their work. This goes to our support staff as well-all have stepped up to figure out
    what their jobs look like in a virtual world.
     
    I have also enjoyed seeing responses from the students. It makes me smile when I see
    how many of our students are connecting with their teachers and each other. I’m
    confident that I speak for the whole Maplewood team when I say we miss being with
    your children and we miss being at school.
      
    Principal “Coffee” Hour:
    Be on the lookout for an invite to join an on-line chat with
    me. I am trying to set it up for this Thursday or Friday at 9:00. The invite will most
    likely be through our community email. For the first meeting, there will not be any set
    topic. It is an opportunity to connect with you.
     
    Kindergarten Registration:
    If you are the parent of an incoming kindergarten student or know someone
    who has an incoming kindergarten student please register online.
     
    Currently all registration is on line at the following link:
     
    https://www.pps.net/Page/2899
     
    This is  a new registration  process and you will  be asked  for verification for
    DOB, 2 Address Verification, Immunizations, Vision and Dental Form and a Kindergarten Intake form.
    Some forms can be attached to your child's registration. I will be contacting  you to obtain any needed documentation to finish registration.
    Document submission continues to evolve.
    Thank you for your patience and we look forward to Having your child join us
    at Maplewood.
     
    Shannon Riley,
    sriley@pps.net
     
     
    Wilson Youth Football
    The Wilson Youth Football Board has been monitoring the latest developments
    surrounding the Coronavirus (COVID 19). We feel for all the communities and
    families affected. We also know that we are stronger together and our kids need
    sports now more than ever.
    We stand together as a Football Community and look
    forward to seeing our athletes on the field again soon!We are happy to announce that Early Bird Tackle Football Registration for Fall 2020 is Open! - don't miss out!
    Membership for 2020 includes access to many off season camps, discounts on
    merchandise, registration for the 2020 season, all equipment rental and much more.
    Each player will be provided a helmet, shoulder pads, football pants, & jerseys to use
    for the season. Cleats & other protective gear (gloves, arm pads, etc) are not
    provided with the membership fee. Your player will join our coaches who are already
    planning for an fun and exciting year helping your player learn how to play safe and
    be a leader on the team and in the community!
     
    Join us for our 20th Anniversary year! Don't let cost be a deciding factor for you and your family. We want you to join us and will work with you to make to make football a reality for your family.
    Scholarships: Partial and full scholarships are available to families who qualify.
    Please contact registrar@wilsonyouthfootball.com for more information.
     
    Payment Plans: The membership fee can be split into 3 monthly payments up until August 1st.
    Any memberships completed after this date will be allowed to create a limited
    payment plan or pay in full. Email: registrar@wilsonyouthfootball.co if you have any
    questions related to membership.
    Michael Warren
    Wilson Youth Football 
    Earth Day:
    This Wednesday is Earth Day. Many teachers have instruction and activies
    planned around Earth Day. 
    Thank you and be well!-Stephanie Murdock
     
    Wednesday, April 22, is the 50th anniversary of Earth Day. Although the coronavirus
    requires us to stay at home, we can join in an online community to call for environmental
    policies that will protect the planet for future generations and to make a pledge to help the
    Earth. 
    The coronavirus crisis is a reminder that we are all connected: neither viruses nor carbon
    dioxide pay any attention to borders. And our willingness to make changes in our lives to
    limit the pandemic shows that most people understand that helping each other is the only
    way that we can help ourselves. That is what solidarity is all about, and that same spirit is
    what we need to confront climate change.
     
    Let’s join together on Earth Day to post big signs in our windows and yards with a
    message of how we can help the Earth. These can be pledges of what we can do
    personally, or they can call for the big changes that are needed. Earth Day Oregon 2020 is
    inviting participants to take a picture of their sign and post it on social media with the
    hashtag: #MyPlanetMyPledge. 
     
    We look forward to joining together with you on Earth Day. Please spread the word in
    any way you can. 
    Watch a video message from Ella Murdock, a fifth-grader at the Creative Science School,
    who initiated demonstrations and Earth Day planning at her school.
     
    Parent/Family Check-in:
    Please click on the link below to complete a Maplewood
    survey that will assist us in better planning for your child’s needs during this time.
    https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1dS6eZWPFlKVLeX7d2xGQ2Go4-
    aALkJUHiEH4hS98Kqk/edit
    Families Who Wish to Apply For SNAP Benefits:
    Households financially impacted by the Coronavirus (COVID-19) may be able to qualify for The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).  SNAP offers food benefits to eligible, low-income
    individuals and families.
    Find out if you are eligible and how to apply for food benefits.
    https://www.oregon.gov/DHS/ASSISTANCE/FOOD-BENEFITS/pages/index.aspx
    Whitney Ellersick, Senior Director, Nutrition Services
    x63276        wellersi@pps.net
     
    April is Poetry Month- Enjoy!
    CBS NEWS April 17, 2020, 11:39 AM
    Youth Poet Laureate Amanda Gorman​ offers words of hope amid coronavirus
    pandemic
    America's inaugural Youth Poet Laureate Amanda Gorman is offering some
    inspiration during the coronavirus pandemic. In a performance for "CBS
    This Morning" at the Los Angeles Central Public Library, she used her
    voice to give comfort and courage to the nation.
    Read her poem below. 
    I thought I'd awaken to a world in mourning.
    Heavy clouds crowding, a society storming.
    But there's something different on this golden morning.
    Something magical in the sunlight, wide and warming.
     
    I see a dad with a stroller taking a jog.
    Across the street, a bright-eyed girl chases her dog.
    A grandma on a porch fingers her rosaries.
    She grins as her young neighbor brings her groceries.
     
    While we might feel small, separate, and all alone,
    Our people have never been more closely tethered.
    The question isn't if we will weather this unknown,
    But how we will weather this unknown together.
     
    So on this meaningful morn, we mourn and we mend.
    Like light, we can't be broken, even when we bend.
     
    As one, we will defeat both despair and disease.
    We stand with healthcare heroes and all employees;
    With families, libraries, schools, waiters, artists;
    Businesses, restaurants, and hospitals hit hardest.
     
    We ignite not in the light, but in lack thereof,
    For it is in loss that we truly learn to love.
    In this chaos, we will discover clarity.
    In suffering, we must find solidarity.
     
    For it's our grief that gives us our gratitude,
    Shows us how to find hope, if we ever lose it.
    So ensure that this ache wasn't endured in vain:
    Do not ignore the pain. Give it purpose. Use it.
     
    Read children's books, dance alone to DJ music.
    Know that this distance will make our hearts grow fonder.
    From a wave of woes our world will emerge stronger.
     
    We'll observe how the burdens braved by humankind
    Are also the moments that make us humans kind;
    Let every dawn find us courageous, brought closer;
    Heeding the light before the fight is over.
    When this ends, we'll smile sweetly, finally seeing
    In testing times, we became the best of beings.
    © 2020 CBS Interactive Inc. All Rights Reserved
    https://www.cbsnews.com/news/amanda-gorman-youth-poet-laureate-coronavirus-
    pandemic/
    Update from Portland Parks and Rec:
    Hello, Portland Parks &Recreation friends, customers, and partners,
     
    I hope that you, your family, and your community are staying healthy during
    these unprecedented times. COVID-19 has changed our daily lives and Portland
    Parks Recreation (PP&R) is adapting in order to continue serving you.
     
    To keep you, the community, and our employees safe, we are following the
    guidance of public health officials and the direction of Mayor Ted Wheeler and
    Governor Kate Brown. The majority of your neighborhood parks, trails, and
    natural areas remain open to the public, but we have closed facilities and
    canceled events to limit the spread of COVID-19. To learn about what is open
    or closed, what programs and events are canceled, or how to request a refund,
    please click here. 
     
    Your health is our first priority. Responsible closure and cancellation decisions
    will help save lives. At the same time, we miss providing your favorite PP&R
    experiences.
    We want you to know that PP&R is still serving the public in many critical ways
    - maintaining trails, preserving our urban forests and natural areas, operating
    community gardens, keeping your neighborhood parks clean and safe, and
    providing emergency tree services across the City. We have also responded to
    the COVID-19 emergency in creative ways, including:
     
     A new Park Greeter program helps Portlanders utilize their
    neighborhood parks safely and encourages proper physical distancing;
     Thousands of signs, translated into multiple languages, are posted at
    PP&R facilities across the City to help people stay healthy and to
    inform the community of what features are open and closed;
     Charles Jordan, East Portland, and Mt. Scott Community Centers have
    been temporarily converted into physical distance compliant shelters
    that together can serve over 250 Portlanders experiencing
    homelessness every night;
     PP&R staff prepare and deliver emergency food boxes to hundreds of
    families experiencing hunger; and,
     Over 50 public bathrooms with handwashing stations are open 24/7 in
    parks to help people maintain proper hygiene while outdoors.
     
    This work has been accomplished by our passionate and dedicated PP&R
    employees. Our team has risen to this challenge, and I'm incredibly proud of
    them. I hope you are too.
    I'm also grateful to Portlanders taking the Stay Home, Save Lives direction
    seriously. Our community is healthier because of your sacrifices. Most
    Portlanders are being responsible when they do go outside to exercise, walk
    their dogs, or get some fresh air and vitamin D during these sunny spring days.
    To help, we created a video featuring our friend Timber Joey explaining how
    you can protect yourself and your neighbors when you visit your neighborhood
    park.
     
    If you do visit a neighborhood park, trail or natural area, please follow CDC
    guidance so our park system can continue providing people with a safe way to
    get outdoors and improve their health.
    We're all in this together, Portland. Your PP&R team is here for you now, and
    we'll continue to serve you when we emerge and recover from this crisis.
    Regards,
    Adena Long, Director
    Portland Parks & Recreation
     
  • Principal's Newsletter April 07. 2020

    Jill Bailey
    Principal 
     
    Office: 503/916-6308 E-mail: jbailey2@pps.net
    April 07, 2020
     
    Dear Maplewood Families,
     
    I hope families are finding some joy while following the Governor’s “Stay Home” mandate. I can’t say how fun and heartwarming it was to see many of you last Friday at the Teacher Parade! Know that we miss your children very much.
     
    I know many of your children have been connecting with teachers on-line. This is quite a change for all of us so give yourself and your teachers some grace as we all journey through the virtual learning together.
     
    Do not hesitate to contact me if you are having challenges connecting or you are in need of technology and Wi-Fi. 
    I recognize that many in our Maplewood community are struggling with the economic impact of the “Stay Home” directive. We are able to help you connect with supports you may need. Do not hesitate to reach out to me or Kendall, our counselor for needs you may have.
     
    Finally, please also keep in mind that our teachers too have struggles. Some of our staff have gone from two income households to one as the economic realities have caused layoffs. Let’s be sure to take care of each other as we proceed through these challenges as we don’t know what each of us is facing.
     
    Maplewood is a kind and generous community and I am grateful for you all!
     
     
    Update on Staffing for Next Year:
    I just wanted to remind you of what our class sections look like for next year and let you know that even in the midst of all of this social distancing, we have filled our opening in first grade and second grade.
     
    We are excited to welcome Patrick Mendonca to our staff as a first grade teacher! Patrick has been in a temporary position for the 19-20 school year and he now he is no longer temporary.
     
    Gabriela Pinder will be joining our second grade team. She has been teaching kindergarten at Chief Joseph for the past six years. We are very excited to welcome Gabriela to our team! I will have Gabriela share a little about herself in next week’s newsletter. At this point these are the only staffing changes we have. If and when others come up, I will share those with you.
     
    As a reminder here are the current plans for grade level sections-please be aware that this is all contingent on numbers of students enrolled in each grade.
    As these numbers shift, we may make changes:
     
    Kindergarten-three sections
    First Grade-three sections
    Second Grade-three sections
    Third Grade-two sections
    Fourth Grade-two sections
    Fifth Grade-three sections 
    Again, all of this is preliminary based on the information we have now.
     
    Technology needs
    We have been addressing the technology needs of students by providing chrome books for students who needed them.
    If you are aware of any Maplewood students in need, please contact me or Kendall Cunningham.
    Email is best: Jbailey2@pps.net kcunninghamparm@pps.net
     
    Maplewood Parade:
    Many of you may have already seen pictures of the parade but here are a few more along with a news story.
     
    https://www.kgw.com/article/life/teachers-throw-parades-to-see-students/283- 9d1cf847-707a-4e72-948f-ac6c128a8341
     
    Upcoming Events/Dates: All events on hold until further notice 
  • Principal Newsletter March 31, 2020

    Maplewood
    Principal Newsletter
    Jill Bailey
    Principal
    Office: 503/916-6308      E-mail: jbailey2@pps.net
    March 31, 2020
     
    Dear Maplewood Families,
     
    I hope you are all healthy and finding ways to take care of yourselves and your children. Know that we are all in this together. We miss the students and the amazing community that is Maplewood. 
    We held our first on-line staff meeting yesterday. It was nice to see each other and check in.
     
    By now you all should have heard something from your child’s teacher. We are all working on setting up options of on-line instruction. If you need assistance with that do not hesitate to reach out to the teachers or Elin via email.
    You may have seen communication from the district that indicates students will have daily activities in the areas of math, reading and writing. In addition, science and social studies may be offered as supplemental activities.
     
    Often teachers give work that overlaps content areas. The next several weeks will not be easy. There will be mistakes, problems, and concerns along the way. However, there will be more successes, happiness, hope, laughter, fun, and purpose!
     
    We understand many of you are still working and have several children to help, financial concerns, health issues, etc. We are here to patiently support our students and you throughout this challenging time. Please do not stress over the school work via distance learning or printed packets.
     
    Frustrations are high due to our circumstances and we don’t want to increase the stress on our families.
    We are going to do our best to provide schoolwork to keep our students' minds moving forward.
    But you are the parents and they are with you, so you have control to adjust as needed for your child/children.
     
    Again, contact your teacher or me via email, if you need help. We also ask for your patience and understanding as we travel this new territory, too. Our teachers and other employees are working long hours from home while dealing with their new, but temporary, normal.
     
    Cybersafety: Sadly in these times, there are bad people that want to take advantage of us in our new "digital" distance classrooms and increased “free” digital time. We must be diligent in ensuring they are not allowed to invade the world of our children.
     
    Please discuss cyber safety with your children and monitor them as much as you possibly can.
     
    Kindergarten Registration Forms:
    If you are the parent of an incoming kindergarten student or know someone who has an incoming kindergarten student please remember to complete registration.
    Currently all registration is on line only-you can find the information for online registration on the PPS website.
    This is  a new process and you will  be asked for in person verification for DOB and 2 address verifications at a later time.  You will also be asked for Immunizations and an Intake Kindergarten form at a later date. 
      
     
    A Thank You to our Hard Working Local Heroes:
    We would like to thank everyone for your kindness and support, especially our health professionals, truck drivers, grocery store employees, first responders and all other essential operations personnel.
     
    From the Oregon Department of Education State Director:
    I wanted to include a message from Colt Gill our state director.
     
    How We Are Evolving Our state’s response to COVID-19 has responsibly and necessarily evolved with the use of data and knowledge of effective suppression measures.
    We now have a moral imperative to meet the changing nature of the pandemic and evolve our approach to serving our children.
    As we continue the effective measures of Governor Brown’s “Stay Home, Save Lives” order, we also foresee the strong possibility that our students may not come back through our school house doors this academic year.
     
    This calls for a shift from providing supplementary education to a formidable effort to provide Distance Learning for All.
     
    Of course, education without face-to-face interaction between students and teachers will look and feel different and cannot be fully replicated across a distance. It will not and cannot happen overnight. We need the grace and patience of our state’s leaders, our communities, our families, and our educators as we learn together to move powerfully to ensure care, connection, and continuity of learning happen in entirely new ways for our students.
     
    I was recently reminded of the power of student and teacher relationships in a classroom setting. Over two decades ago I was a 4th grade teacher at Creslane Elementary School in Creswell, Oregon.
    I worked with an amazing Educational Assistant, to cook some noodles in an unusual way to help bring a book to life for my students.
     
    Here is the story from Colin Lyons, one of my former students, who is now a candidate for Oregon Teacher of the Year,:
     
    “Mr. Colt Gill, was my 4th grade reading teacher in Creswell (and my first superintendent when I worked in Bethel SD). I attribute my career path to him and a random day when he cooked us worms to try and eat with ketchup and mustard after reading Thomas Rockwell’s How to Eat Fried Worms.
    It was a silly event, but memorable and my tiny 9 year old brain gravitated to wanting to emulate him and his passion.”
    I share this story for two reasons. First, it underscores how our relationships and interactions with students can have a lasting impact and more than we might realize at the time. We must be caring, intentional and reaffirm a sense of community and continuity in all our actions. We need to be clear-headed regarding the experiences our children will lose over the next two and half months – proms, field trips, graduation and award ceremonies, and simple classroom activities that shape lives.
     
    The loss of these experiences should not mean students lose the opportunity for connection, belonging and optimism in the future. Every caring adult has a role and responsibility to play in guiding our students through this moment of challenge and uncertainty. It is a time to highlight the assets and resilience we see in our children and let them know how much we value them.
     
    Second, the passion that Colin referred to runs deep in educators. Educators are the most caring, flexible, and determined people I know. They are true professionals. Educators, as they partner with families in new and deep ways, can make this work for Oregon’s children.
     
    We must move into this shift with honesty regarding known and unknown challenges:
     
    ● The vast majority of Oregon educators have not taught online and some districts have varying levels of experience, capacity, and technology tools. Let’s take this head on utilizing our resourcefulness and creativity understanding not all distance education will be online. Meaningful education can be provided through educational materials distributed in packets, via individual and group calls, and other efforts that may be employed to ensure continuity of learning.
     
    ● Imagine a family with a 7th grader and a 10th grader, each with 6 or 7 different teachers and classes with one computer to share between the students. We must find ways for their classes to be scheduled in ways they can access all the content.
     
    ● For our younger students, the success of distance education overwhelmingly relies on parents and adult family members to be active partners with teachers. It will be important for parents to know their role to support, including making time outside interactions with their child’s teacher to serve as tutors, helping to ensure attentiveness to the instructional time with teachers, providing structure to the daily schedule and helping support connectivity and continuity of technology at home, and more. Primary students going through the rigors of learning to read requires the support of a teacher “scaffolding the lesson” minute-by-minute to meet the needs and strengths of the student. This will look different within distance learning and we have to find ways to partner teachers and parents to nurture learning within this context.
     
    ● In Oregon last year 22,215 students lacked “a fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence”. The number of children experiencing houselessness is likely to grow this year. We will need to think of creative strategies to provide access to learning for students in these situations where a tablet or laptop and hotspot connection to the internet may not be the most practical way to provide access to learning for some students.
     
    ● ODE will work with relevant state agencies and ESDs to address data from the Oregon Broadband Commission regarding potential connectivity issues communicated by Internet Service Providers (ISPs). We also recognize that there are parts of the state yet to be served by broadband or cell connectivity. This will require flexibility for these schools to serve students during the school closure in ways consistent with the specific needs of their communities and families.
     
    ● And, family needs, strengths, make-up and values play a significant role. Some families work hard to limit screen time and will have to navigate new patterns in the home. In some homes older siblings must care for younger siblings and family members because parents and other caregivers must work. We all have to work together to communicate expectations for learning while making allowances for the specific customs and routines of families within their home environment.
     
    These are a few of the issues our state and our schools will be working to meet head-on at the same time they are beginning to deliver Distance Learning for All. The effort carries its challenges, through them we will center on equity.
     
    Our school house doors were open to every single student in our state, and as we shift to Distance Learning for All we must ensure our education services are accessible to every student in our state. We will do all we can to meet the needs and strengths of students with disabilities, emerging bilingual students, talented and gifted students, and students navigating poverty and houselessness.
    Our children and educators deserve more than we can provide right now; we must let this thought drive our innovation and help us strive to overcome disparities and build resilience in our students and educators.
    This effort will call on all our creativity and talents as well as deep partnership with families to reach all students to provide care, connection, and continuity of learning.
     
    Colt Gill, Director of the Oregon Department of Education
  • Principal's Message 03/19/2020

    Dear Families, Teachers and Staff,

     

    I hope you are all taking care.  This situation is hard on so many levels and I know each family is facing different challenges with the restrictive, but necessary isolation.  Parents and teachers are wanting direction about how to ensure that our students are continuing to learn and grow.  At this point, teachers have not been given any direction on providing instruction to their students.  They are not expected to put together lessons or materials at this time. You know your child best, spending time with them-reading together is always a good thing to do. I encourage you to access the on-line links available through PPS Portal if that is an option. I am hearing that the district will be sending out a communication with more specific direction about options and expectations.  I believe that will be coming later today or tomorrow.

     

    I miss you and your children, this is a situation that is so unexpected.  My hope is that we are all back together sooner than later.  Please take good care.  Do not hesitate to contact me if you have questions-I may not have the answers but I will try to find out the answer to your questions.

     

    Sincerely,

    Jill

     

    Jill Bailey

    Principal, Maplewood Elementary School 

    7452 SW 52nd Ave.

    Portland, Or. 97219

    503-916-6308

  • Principal's Newsletter March 9, 2020

    Maplewood Principal Newsletter
    Jill Bailey Principal
    Office: 503/916-6308 E-mail: jbailey2@pps.net
    March 9, 2020
     
    Dear Maplewood Families,
     
    Today brought many sleepy students after the time change due to Daylight Savings. The change in time has a surprising impact on many of our students. Hopefully waking and sleeping schedules will get on track soon. As March has arrived we are getting ready for spring and all the busy events coming in the next few weeks.
     
    No Place for Hate (NPFH) Presentation: This is information regarding No Place for Hate (NPFH) Presentation and Discussion Thursday, March 12 from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm at Wilson High School-In addition to the activity, Scottie Nash, the Director of Education at the Anti Defamation League of the Pacific NW will be leading a discussion on how to talk to your kids about experiencing or observing an incidence of hate. We encourage you to go-Please see the attached flyer.
     
    Kindergarten Registration Forms - If you are the parent of an incoming kindergarten student or know someone who has an incoming kindergarten student please remember to get your registration form in by May 30th, 2020. We are already beginning to plan for next year and want to get registrations completed as soon as possible.
     
    Remember you can also do it on line this year, you will be asked to bring in 3 verifications and additional forms to the school office to finalize registration as well.
     
    UPCOMING DATES PTA:
    Please look for more information coming out regarding April/May events needing volunteers.
    Here are some of our upcoming events:
    April 18th- Native Plant Sale
    May 4-8- Staff Appreciation
    May 26-29 – Spirit Week   ( May 26: Crazy Hair and inside out/backward day May 27: Dress Your Best Day May 28: Maple bars and PJ’s Day May 29: Favorite Color/Spirit Wear Day May 29 – Field Day)
     
    Successful Schools Survey-Thank you all for those of you who participated in the successful school survey. We look forward to receiving your feedback.
     
    Dress for the Weather-  As you know we try to get our students outside most days for recess.
    We have had very cold and sometimes wet weather-please be sure your child comes to school with outer wear that is water resilient.
    We are also encouraging the younger students to have a change of clothes with them, in case they get too wet when outside.
     
    Breakfast at School- Many of our students pick up a quick breakfast in the morning. Students getting breakfast need to be in the cafeteria by 7:45 to get their food, have time to eat and get to class on time.
     
    5 TH GRADE BABY PHOTOS AND QUOTES:
     
    Last request for baby photos and quotes, this is the last opportunity to get those photos and quotes in for the yearbook before print. Please send quote and baby photos to, Laura Miller at: miller.toulaud@gmail.com
     
    Drop-off Reminder:
    Please follow our drop-off procedures, use the drop off lane to release your children rather than in the middle of the street. That is for their safety. Also, please release your children quickly when in the drop off-lane so those behind you are not backing up traffic.
    Also, as you leave the drop-off lane please do not make a U-turn as that also increases congestion and is not safe.
     Thank you all-I know our narrow road makes drop off difficult.
     
    Nutrition:
     
    Hello Families, Due to the corona virus issues, Nutrition Services is putting the No Thank You Tray on hold until further notice. Just wanted to give you a heads up in case your kid gets their milk from No Thank you or they are wondering why it isn't there. Hopefully this pause doesn't last too long.
     
    While I have your attention, I also want to let you know that next week (the week before spring break) there is only one main entree on the menuPrincipal's daily. Like the winter break, I will be having small amounts of other entrees, trying to clean out my freezer. So, if your kid comes home on Monday complaining that I ran out of something that wasn't menued, this is why.
     
    I only have small amounts to use up. As always, please contact me if you have questions or concerns. Thanks for your support!
    Lunch Lady Amy
     
    Upcoming Events/Dates:
    Mar. 16: Jackson Forecasting
    Mar. 18: Jackson Band Visit
    Mar. 18: PTA meeting 6:30-7:30 pm.
    Mar. 19: Writer’s Tea
    Mar. 20: Penny Wax Museum
    Mar. 23-27: Spring Break
    Mar. 30: Site Council
    Mar. 31: 3rd Grade to Oregon Historical Society
    Apr. 03: Hanging Plant Sale Ends
    Apr. 06: NO SCHOOL – Teacher Planning Day
    Apr. 18: Native Plant Sale
    Apr. 18: Auction
    Apr. 27: Site Council
  • Principal's Newsletter March 02, 2020

    Jill Bailey Principal
    Office: 503/916-6308 E-mail: jbailey2@pps.net
    March 02, 2020
    Dear Maplewood Families,
     
    Thanks to Ms. Looney for a fun day with many visitors for Read Across America!
    I heard many great stories about our visitors. I also want to thank all of our great volunteers who came to read with our students! So fun to see the Coast Guard Folks, PSU Football Players, the Chief of the Fire Department…..so many amazing guests to name!
     
    Classified Employee Week March 2nd :
    March 6th is Classified Employee Week. We are so fortunate to have our amazing team of classified employees! I can’t imagine doing this work with out the support, and passion of our classified folks! Next time you are in the building if you have a minute say “Thank you” to Maria Belgrave, Secretary Principal, Shannon Riley, School Secretary and Educational assistant, Julie Ries, School Health Assistant, Modesty McNally, educational assistant, Cydne Casper, para educator, Amy Silvia, Lunch Lady, Frank Benassi and Steve Scott, custodians. Thank you to them all!
     
    Drop and Go:  If you are dropping your child off after the tardy bell you must walk them into the office for a tardy slip.
    You many not drop your child off to enter the building alone, they must be accompanied by an adult.
     
    Drop-off Reminder:
     Please follow our drop-off procedures, use the drop off lane to release your children rather than in the middle of the street. That is for their safety.
    Also, please release your children quickly when in the drop off-lane so those behind you are not backing up traffic.
    Also, as you leave the drop-off lane please do not make a U-turn as that also increases congestion and is not safe.
    Thank you all-I know our narrow road makes drop off difficult. We are also having safety issues on the lower field and 51st street families that live there are relating unsafe/fast driving and the field is being torn apart.
     
    Please do not drop off below or park there. We appreciate your attention to this.
     
    Toolbox Tool for March Courage tool-I have the courage to do the right thing.
     
    Daylight Savings Time This Coming weekend:
    (March 8th) is Daylight Saving Time, remember to adjust your clocks.
     
    Lunch Accounts:
     
    In keeping with the No Parents in Hallways, please leave any checks or cash for your child’s lunch in my mailbox in the office. There are envelopes in there if you have cash. Please make sure to write your child’s first and last name on check or envelope. I can easily find their number if you don’t know it.
     
    Also, if you have multiple children, you can just send one check and let me know how you want it split. As always, come see me, phone or email if you have questions, comments or concerns.
    Thanks for your support.
    Lunch Lady Amy Maplewood Cafeteria 503.916.2000 ext. 72463 Nutrition Services Portland Public Schools Find us on Facebook Educating palates, inspiring culinary curiosity, and nourishing the health of the community through delicious, nutrient-rich school meals
     
    FOOD:
    Before spring break, Maplewood is offering food boxes full of pantry staples to families that may need them when students are not able to access free meals at school. Please contact Kendall Cunningham, School Counselor, if you are interested in getting a food box (kcunninghamparm@pps.net or 503-916-6308).
     
    Neighborhood House, located in Multnomah Village next to Thinker Toys, provides more than 1400 food boxes to individuals looking to meet basic food needs. This month, they kick off efforts to raise money and awareness to feed more individuals in our neighborhood. Please consider participating in events that help meet the food needs of our local community.
     
    SW HOPE 5K Race + Family Pancake Breakfast
    SW Hope 5K 10:00 a.m. Saturday, April 4 Baseball Fields at Gabriel Park The annual closing event of our month-long campaign, $30 gets you entry and a T-shirt. Register today and get up and moving in support of your neighbors.
     
    Kindergarten Registration Forms:
    If you are the parent of an incoming kindergarten student or know someone who has an incoming kindergarten student please remember to get your registration form in as soon as possible. We are already beginning to plan for next year.   
    You may also register on line at the Portland Public Schools web site under Enrollment. If you enroll on line you will still need to bring original paper documentation of Proof of Residence and Birth Certificate or Passport. We also have a KG intake form,vision and dental form and will need to set up a Kindergarten Assessment for September 2020. Thank you for enrolling your student for the Fall.
     
    Dress for the Weather:
    As you know we try to get our students outside most days for recess. While today was beautiful…cold but beautiful. We are told we will be getting some wet weather this week-please be sure your child comes to school with outer wear that is water resilient.
    We are also encouraging the younger students to have a change of clothes with them, in case they get too wet when outside.
    Thanks for your help with this. 😊
     
    5th Grade Parents:
    5th grade families to commemorate your soon-to-be elementary school grads in the 2019-2020 yearbook.
     Want to write a love note for your 5th grader to include in the yearbook?
     Please send in a baby or childhood picture and a short message! Be sure to include your child’s name and specify how you’d like to sign the message.
     It's a tradition that we love to include in the book.
     Please send photos and messages by Wednesday, March 4, 2020.
    Physical copies can be dropped off in the office (photos will be returned). You can email messages and photos to Laura Miller at maplewoodpdxyearbook@gmail.com. Thanks, Laura
     
    Plant Sale Dates:
     Hanging Basket Fundraiser Begins March 16-ends April 3.
    April 30-May 02 Pick up Dates for Hanging Basket Orders. 
     
    Native Plant Sale (separate sale from hanging basket fundraiser)
    April 18
     
    OBOB 2020
    This year 139 Maplewood students from the 3rd, 4th, and 5th grades participated in Oregon Battle of the Books (OBOB). We were very impressed with their love of reading and their knowledge of the books. All the kids did an amazing job working together in teams and showed good sportsmanship while competing.
     
    We want to recognize the winning teams: the Tiger Sharks for the 3rd grade, the Reading Dragons for the 4th grade, and the Flying Chicken Nuggets for the 5th grade who all took home the final win.
     
    The Flying Chicken Nuggets will be representing Maplewood in the Regional OBOB tournament on March 14th. We wish them the best of luck! We also want to give a huge thank you to the amazing volunteers who helped run the battles this year.
    Many thanks to Kari M, Jen R, Dana R, Sarah J, Michelle W, Allison K, Robyn E, Jenifer J, Stephanie H, Holly M and Molly C. You were all amazing and we could not have done it without your help and support!
     
    See you all next year! Maplewood OBOB Crew
     
    Upcoming Events/Dates:
    Mar. 02: Read Across American
    Mar. 18: PTA Meeting 6:30 pm
    Mar. 23-27: Spring Break
    Mar. 30: Site Council
    Apr. 03: End of Grading Period
    Apr. 06: No School Teacher Planning Day
    Apr. 18: Hanging Basket Plant Sale
    Apr. 18: Auction
    Apr. 27: Site Council
  • Principal's Newsletter February 24, 2020

    Maplewood Principal Newsletter
    Jill Bailey,  Principal
    Office: 503/916-6308   E-mail: jbailey2@pps.net
    February 24, 2020
     
    Dear Maplewood Families,
     
    I again want to thank the quick action of our Crisis Response Team last week.
    Every lockdown brings with it the opportunity to improve existing school security and communications protocols. The process of reviewing our safety protocols include input from teachers and staff, as well as constant review about any needed updates to our plan.
    After Friday’s lockdown event we are checking in with teachers and staff to gather information about the process from multiple perspectives. We hope that we will not need to follow the process again anytime soon but we want to make sure we identify areas that may need to improve. We continue to refine our procedures.
     
    We are wrapping up the last week of February-Can you believe March is on its way and it will be four busy short weeks to spring break!
     
    This week-Biz Town, is on Tuesday. Then the following Monday it will be Read Across America.
    I also want to put in a plug for the parent Toolbox Parent presentation happening March 4th at 7:00-8:00 in the library. I hope some of you can make it.
     
    Successful Schools Survey- Thank you to those who have completed the Successful Schools Survey! The district is hoping that each school has a response of at least 60% from our families.
    So far at Maplewood we have only hit 34%.
    I’m told it only takes about 15 minutes. Please take a few minutes to complete-it will be open until February 28th.
     
     Toolbox Tool for February:
     
    Using Our Words tool: I use the “right” words in the “right” way.
    This month, we focus on the using our words tool. 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. Please talk with your child about using this tool at home and at school.
     
    Kindergarten Registration Forms - If you are the parent of an incoming kindergarten student or know someone who has an incoming kindergarten student please remember to get your registration form in as soon as possible. Registration is also available on line. 
     
    Drop-off Reminder-
    Please follow our drop-off procedures, use the drop off lane to release your children rather than in the middle of the street. That is for their safety.
     
    Also, please release your children quickly when in the drop off-lane so those behind you are not backing up traffic.
     
    As you leave the drop-off lane please do not make a U-turn as that also increases congestion and is not safe. No U-Turns at all in the morning please!
     
    Thank you all-I know our narrow road makes drop off difficult.
     
    More about Drop Off:
    We are having safety issues on the lower field and 51st street, families that live there are relating unsafe/fast driving and the field is being torn apart.
     
    Please do not drop off below or park there.
     We appreciate your attention to this.
     
    Nutrition
     Did you know March 2-6 is National Breakfast Week?  I serve breakfast every morning from 7:45-8:15.
    Cereal is offered every day, there is also a second meal choice, along with milk, juice and a fruit. Send your kids down to check it out.
    If your child gets Free/Reduced meals, they get free/reduced breakfast! -Lunch Lady Amy
     
    OBOB 2020
    This year 139 Maplewood students from the 3rd, 4th, and 5th grades participated in Oregon Battle of the Books (OBOB). We were very impressed with their love of reading and their knowledge of the books. All the kids did an amazing job working together in teams and showed good sportsmanship while competing.
    We want to recognize the winning teams: the Tiger Sharks for the 3rd grade, the Reading Dragons for the 4th grade, and the Flying Chicken Nuggets for the 5th grade who all took home the final win.
     
    The Flying Chicken Nuggets will be representing Maplewood in the Regional OBOB tournament on March 14th. We wish them the best of luck!
    We also want to give a huge thank you to the amazing volunteers who helped run the battles this year. Many thanks to Kari M, Jen R, Dana R, Sarah J, Michelle W, Allison K, Robyn E, Jenifer J, Stephanie H, Holly M and Molly C. You were all amazing and we could not have done it without your help and support! See you all next year! Maplewood OBOB Crew
     
    Upcoming Events/Dates:
     
    Mar. 02: Read Across American
    Mar. 04 Parent Toolbox Presentation 7:00-8:00
    Mar. 18: PTA Meeting 6:30 pm Mar. 23-27: Spring Break
  • Principal's Newsletter February 17, 2020

    Jill Bailey
    Principal Office: 503/916-6308 E-mail: jbailey2@pps.net
    February 17, 2020
     
     
    Dear Maplewood Families,
     
    Here is some information I shared in my newsletter in prior years regarding developing a love for reading with your children. This is a good reminder for parents on ways to support the development of reading, so again this week and next, I will include some suggestions both teachers and parents can do to help children gain a love for reading.
    These ideas are from a website on the internet, but they are things most teachers and parents do when working to develop reading skills.
     
    Read below for the first six of twelve ideas:
     
    1. Reflect on reading. We will only do things that we enjoy doing or feel are worth it. When kids have a positive reading experience -- one in which they learned something or felt deeply engrossed in a story -- guide them to name those positive experiences. They need to think and talk about the experience, to mentally register the positive impact, as this may motivate them to repeat the activity.
     
    2. Listen to audiobooks.
    There are so many benefits we can glean from listening to audiobooks. We can set aside the mechanical skills we need to read and just focus on plot, characters, and accents; we can lose ourselves in a story. For struggling readers, this is a treat. This is one way to give them occasional access to age-appropriate texts and to get them hooked into reading.
     
    3. Identify reasons for reading.
    We aren't going to do something we don't see a purpose for doing. The more we can engage kids in thinking about why they're doing something, the more chances we have of increasing their investment. When I taught middle school, at the beginning of the school year, I always did an activity called, "Why Read?" I asked students to generate as many reasons as they could think of for why we should read. It was fun. I challenged each class to come up with more reasons than the other classes (a light, competitive element generated sixth-grade energies). We kept these up on the wall all year.
     
    4. Generate excitement about words.
    When reading with kids, identify a word or two per reading session that you can get them excited about, a new word, one that they might, or might not, want to use. Find the joy in discovering a new combination of sounds, of a word that precisely describes a feeling or place. Then, repeat it aloud, and use it in different ways. Just play with it, and have fun. Don't identify too many words per reading session, just one or two will do. Reading is all about words. (On that note, for younger kids, see this beautiful picture book, The Boy Who Loved Words.)
     
    5. Learn about what boys need.
    As a former middle school teacher, I found that some boys were more resistant to reading. If you have such a boy, I recommend, Reading Don't Fix No Chevys: Literacy in the Lives of Young Men by Michael Smith and Jeffrey Wilhelm. As I implemented ideas based on this book, I saw my male students' interest and appreciation for reading improve.
    I've applied these same ideas while raising my sons. Essentially, it's offering them lots of nonfiction and texts that have practical application.
     
    6. Read educational graphic novels.
    Offer kids a variety of genres, including educational graphic novels. Elin is adding graphic novel titles to the library when she comes across good ones.
     
    Maplewood Foundation
    The Maplewood Foundation is thrilled to announce the upcoming Annual Maplewood Foundation Auction!
     
    Save the date: April 18th
    This is a fun evening for a great cause-more information to come.
     
    EXCLUSION DAY, Wednesday, February 19, 2019
    Immunizations are an important part of your child’s health. It is also a state law. If we do not have all of the immunization information that is required, you would have received an official state notice letter and/or a call from the school. Please arrange for your child to receive needed immunizations so that they can remain in school. If you need assistance in locating a health care provider or clinic site, please contact your school nurse.
     
    NOTICE: Your child will not be allowed to continue the school year as of February 19th if the immunizations and/or non-medical exempt status are not up-to-date. Please bring the needed information to the office as soon as possible for the records to be updated.
     
    Kindergarten Connection
    This week, Wednesday, February 20th, at 3:00. Come meet the principal, teachers, and counselor and learn about our school. We will have tables set up and representatives to answer your questions about Art4Life (After School Care) along with other after school care programs. Maplewood Foundation, PTA, Special Education, Counseling, and Registration (Packets will be available).
    We ask that you register as soon as possible so that we can get as accurate of a count of students as possible for our Kindergarten classes next year. If you cannot attend that day and want to register, please stop in the office and pick up a registration packet or register on-line. Childcare will not be available but children are welcome. We look forward to seeing you there!
     
    FIFTH GRADE FAMILIES:
    Want to commemorate your soon-to-be elementary school grads in the 2019-2020 yearbook?
     
     Want to write a love note for your 5th grader to include in the yearbook?
     Please send in a baby or childhood picture and a short message! Be sure to include your child’s name and specify how you’d like to sign the message.
     It's a tradition that we love to include in the book.
     Please send photos and messages by Wednesday, March 4, 2020. Physical copies can be dropped off in the office (photos will be returned).
    You can email messages and photos to Laura Miller at maplewoodpdxyearbook@gmail.com.
     
    Lost and Found:
    Next time you are in the building, please stop by the Lost and Found to see if you find any of your child’s belongings. We recently have tried to display the items so they are easier to see. Items will be donated at the end of this month. Also, please write your child’s name on their clothing as this makes it easier for us to get lost items back to them.
     
    Toolbox Tool February:
    Using Our Words tool: I use the “right” words in the “right” way. This month, we focus on the using our words tool. 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. Please talk with your child about using this tool at home and at school.
     
    Successful Schools Survey Family Survey:
    What is the first thing that comes to your mind when you hear the phrase “successful schools? We believe that successful schools are safe, healthy and welcoming learning spaces that are inclusive for all students. But we want to hear your thoughts.
     
    In 2019-20, Portland Public Schools is again partnering with Panorama Education to gather information students and families that will help us improve student experiences across the district. We will survey students in grades 4, 5, 7-10 on their experiences in their classrooms and schools, and families about their perception of the school their child attends. The survey will cover topics on sense of belonging, school safety, school climate, barriers to family engagement, as well as how students are thinking and feeling about diversity, equity, and inclusion in school.
    The launch date was January 27th. The student window is scheduled to be open until February 21st. The family survey until March 5th. Please keep an eye out for the link to complete. Please be honest and thoughtful, we value your feedback!
     
    PTA-PTA Meeting Feb. 19th 6:30-7:30 pm- Childcare provided for potty trained children. In the library
     
    Upcoming Events/Dates:
     
    Feb. 17 - No School President’s Day
    Feb. 19 - PTA Mtg.
    Feb. 20 - Kinder Connection 3-4:00 pm
    Feb. 24 - Site Council Feb. 25 - 5 th Grade to Biz Town
  • Principal's Newsletter February 03,2020

    Jill Bailey
    Principal
    Office: 503/916-6308 E-mail: jbailey2@pps.net
    February 03, 2020
     
    Dear Maplewood Families,
     
    The weather was “toying” with us today! No snow really to speak of, even though our students soooo wanted snow. Although, I heard from a reliable student that Punxsutawney Phil did not see his shadow and spring will be early. We shall see what the rest of February has in store for us.
     
    Our Battle of the Books are continuing this week as well- Finals will be this Friday, February 7th at 1:45. Kindergarten will go see the play Dragons Love Tacos, and OMSI will be here for 1st-3rd. There is always a lot happening at Maplewood.
     
    Shout Out to All who supported Helping Hands this year!!
    Helping Hands was a huge success this year, thanks to YOU! Our Maplewood community of families once again stepped up to provide encouragement and sustenance for one another in the form of groceries and gift cards right before the winter holidays. Thank you so much for your generosity! It is a gift to be a part of such a great community.
    Sincerely, your Helping Hands Team (Bobbi, Shari, and Josh)
     
    Toolbox Tool February:
    Using Our Words tool: I use the “right” words in the “right” way.
     
    This month, we focus on the using our words tool. 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. Please talk with your child about using this tool at home and at school.
     
    Kindergarten Connection – We will hold our Kindergarten Connection at Maplewood on Wednesday, February 20th, at 3:00. Come meet the teachers, and learn about our school. We ask that you register as soon as possible so that we can get as accurate of a count of students as possible for our Kindergarten classes next year. If you cannot attend that day and want to register, please stop in the office and pick up a registration packet. We look forward to seeing you there!
     
    EXCLUSION DAY, Wednesday, February 19, 2020
    Immunizations are an important part of your child’s health. It is also a state law. If we do not have all of the immunization information that is required, you would have received an official state notice letter and/or a call from the school. Please arrange for your child to receive needed immunizations so
    that they can remain in school. If you need assistance in locating a health care provider or clinic site, please contact your school nurse.
     
    NOTICE: Your child will not be allowed to continue the school year as of February 19th if the immunizations and/or non-medical exempt status are not up-to-date. Please bring the needed information to the office as soon as possible for the records to be updated.
     
    Children and Sleep - Did you know sleep is closely related to academic success? And did you know that school-aged children need 10 or 11 hours of sleep per night? Sleep deprivation may cause mood and behavioral issues as well as negatively impact memory, attention/reaction time, decision making and creativity; all of which can impact school success.
    Restful sleep can have a positive impact on attendance which is also closely tied to academic achievement. Ways to Improve sleep: Develop a consistent bedtime routine, including a regular sleep schedule – your child should go to bed at the same time every night; for instance, reading to your child, even for just five minutes, is a way of getting-one-on-one time and providing a soothing bedtime routine.
    Set up a peaceful sleep environment- removing televisions or other forms of technology is strongly suggested. Limit television, games, computers at night – students should not have access to these technological devices within an hour of going to bed.
    Avoid foods/drinks that impact sleep – sodas, tea, or sugary foods can prevent restful sleep Contact your child’s doctor if you are concerned – contact your physician if your child has difficulty falling asleep, staying asleep, or exhibits problems while sleeping (excessive snoring, sleep walking, etc.)*From Nationwide Children’s Hospital*
     
    Successful Schools Survey
    Family Survey: What is the first thing that comes to your mind when you hear the phrase “successful schools? ”We believe that successful schools are safe, healthy and welcoming learning spaces that are inclusive for all students. But we want to hear your thoughts.
    In 2019-20, Portland Public Schools is again partnering with Panorama Education to gather information students and families that will help us improve student experiences across the district. We will survey students in grades 4, 5, 7-10 on their experiences in their classrooms and schools, and families about their perception of the school their child attends.
    The survey will cover topics on sense of belonging, school safety, school climate, barriers to family engagement, as well as how students are thinking and feeling about diversity, equity, and inclusion in school.
    The launch date was January 27th. The student window is scheduled to be open until February 14th. The family survey until February 28th. Please keep an eye out for the link to complete. Please be honest and thoughtful, we value your feedback!
     
    PTA-Mural Project Update:
    Come check out the ideas for a school mural that are displayed in the front foyer. The city permit notice is in the front of the school and the proposed mural designs are on the wall in the front entrance of the school. You are welcome to attend the PTA meeting, February 19th at 6:30 pm and/or the Maplewood Neighborhood Association at Maplewood Coffee & Tea, March 3rd, 7 pm to address any of your concerns.
    If you have any questions or comments please feel free to contact Kari, Jackie or Erika at Maplewoodmural@gmail.com.
     
    Upcoming Events/Dates:
    Feb. 7: Kinders to Dragon’s Love Tacos
    Feb. 17: No School Presidents Day
    Feb. 19: PTA Mtg. 6:30
    Feb. 20: Kindergarten Connection 3-4:00 pm
    Feb. 24: Site Council
    Feb. 25: 5th Grade to Biz Town
    Mar. 02: Read across America
    Mar. 23-27: SPRING BREAK
    Mar. 30: Site Council
  • Principal's Newsletter January 28, 2020

    Jill Bailey
    Principal
    Office: 503/916-6308 E-mail: jbailey2@pps.net
    January 28, 2020
    Dear Maplewood Families,
     
    Four days of school this week! We have no more days off until President’s Day, February 17th.
    Over the past few weeks, we have seen an increase in absences and tardies. We do have some “bugs” going around, including confirmed cases of the flu.
    Please keep your child home if they are truly ill. Just a reminder that you will be asked to take/keep your child home if there is a fever of 100.5 degrees or higher; vomiting; diarrhea; rash-and they need to be symptom free for 24 hours before returning to school.
     
    Also, we do want students to be in school as much as possible. With your report cards you will find a report on your child’s attendance. As you review it, please consider how important it is for your child to be in school every day. The district is asking us to help families hit a 90% attendance target.
    Missing school and even being late impacts learning. We are happy to talk/problem solve with you if you have challenges or barriers to getting your child to school on time.
     
    New Term:  We are all ready to start a new term with our students. Just a reminder that it is important for students to arrive well rested and ready for learning. See helpful reminders below:
    You can help boost your child's attention span, concentration, and memory by providing breakfast foods that include fresh fruit and proteins such as nuts, yogurt, or half a peanut butter and banana sandwich.
     
    Kids also need the right amount of sleep to be alert and ready to learn all day. Most school-age kids need 10 to 12 hours of sleep a night. Bedtime difficulties can arise at this age for a variety of reasons. Homework, sports, after-school activities, TVs, computers, and video games, as well as hectic family schedules, can contribute to kids not getting enough sleep.
    Lack of sleep can cause irritable or hyperactive behavior and might make it hard for kids to pay attention in class. It's important to have a consistent bedtime routine, especially on school nights. Be sure to leave enough time before bed to allow your child to unwind before lights out and limit stimulating diversions like TV, video games, and Internet access.
     
    Volunteers Needed: Are you willing to volunteer to work one-on-one with a student needing academic support during the school day at Maplewood? Please contact Kendall Cunningham at kcunninghamparm@pps.net .
     
    Child Drop Off:
    When dropping off in the morning please pull into the drop off lane past the cross walk along side of the field, make sure you are not stopping in the middle of the road to drop off you kiddos. It causes congestion with traffic, blocks buses and kids then cross without using the cross walk.
    Please pull all the way forward in the drop off lane so other cars can pull in behind you.
    Once you have dropped off please exit following the vehicles in front of you to allow more vehicles to enter.
     
    Additionally, we have recently had an increase in cars not observing our school speed and traffic patterns before and after school. We want to ensure the safety of all of our students-thank you!
     
    Please do not make any U-turns. The church parking lot is to be used as a one way entrance, please enter only from 52nd and exit out through 53rd, this is to avoid congestion and traffic issues at pick up and drop off. Thanks You.
     
    Taking Time Tool: (I take time in and time away.)
    This month, we focus on the taking time tool. When we take a break, stop and think, or walk away from a stressful situation, we are able to better consider our feelings and how to best respond to a situation. Please talk with your child about how to use this tool and encourage them to use it at home.
     
    Kindergarten Connection :
    5 years old by September? - Sign up for Kindergarten by June 1st! If your child will be 5 years old by September 1st, he or she is ready to start school.
    You can go on line and Register for Kindergarten or drop off the registration at the school by June 1st to give your child a good start, connect to summer activities, and get access to free resources.
     
    School offices close for the summer, so don’t wait! When you register by June 1st, you have time to get to know your school and the teachers, and they have time to prepare the classroom for your child.
    To identify your school call the Enrollment and Transfer Center at 503-916-3205, (If you register on line it will automatically locate your school for you) or to get help with other childhood issues call 2-1-1 or email children@211info.org.
     
    Maplewood’s Kindergarten Connection will be on Thursday, February 20th at 3:00 pm.
     
    Come meet the teachers, and learn about our school. 
    If you cannot attend that day and want to register, please stop in the office and pick up a registration packet or go online and register. If you register on line please be sure to bring in the proofs of address and your childs birth certificate to the office ASAP, as we cannot complete registration without those documents. We look forward to seeing you there!
     
    OBOB:
    OBOB Battles is in full swing!! Brackets and battle sites will be posted this morning at school and our first battles will be held. The battles will be held Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays (11:30-1pm)
     
    The final Battle being held in the gym on Friday, February 7 at 1 pm! Parents are invited to watch but this year due to schedules and the number of students involved there will not be many other students in the audience until the semi-final and final battles. The kids have worked hard reading and are excited to battle!
     
    Maplewood OBOB team
    Judy Reed, Meghan Tust, Heather Jones and Andrea Beyer
     
    IMMUNIZATIONS:
    DON’T wait!
    Certain IMMUNIZATIONS are required by law. If you received a notice in the mail, from the state, that your child’s immunizations are not up-to-date, please check with your child’s doctor to arrange a time for them to be given.
    Please bring the needed information from the doctor or clinic, to the school office as soon as you obtain the needed immunizations.
     
    NOTICE: Your child will not be allowed to continue the school year as of Wednesday, February 19th, if the immunizations are not up-to-date.
     
    NEXT PTA meeting on Wednesday, February 19th from 6:30-7:30 p.
    For more information you can go to our PTA website for past meeting minutes, links and contact information. http://maplewoodpta.com/ .
    Enjoy your week!
    Sincerely,
    K.T. Emerson
    maplewoodptapresident@gmail.com
     
    Successful School Survey- UPDATE
    The Successful Schools Survey is off to a good start! We really appreciate your participation. The Survey topics will include school climate, school safety and barriers to engagement. Every parent and guardian in the district is invited to take the survey, which will be available to families in English, Spanish, Vietnamese, Chinese, Russian and Somali. Keep an eye out for more information regarding this survey.
     
    Yearbooks:
    Yearbook order forms are due this Friday, January 31st.
     
    Mural
    Update on the Maplewood Mural project. Our first set of designs are here! We will be posting some blown up pictures of the designs in the school next week. There will be a box for feedback and an online survey for anyone to voice their opinions/concerns.
     
    The city permit is being processed and along with that a Notification board will be posted outside of the building.
    You can also attend the PTA meeting, February 19th, 6:30 p.m. or the Maplewood Neighborhood Association meeting at Maplewood Coffee & Tea, March 3rd at 7:00 p.m to share your thoughts.
     
    If you have any immediate questions or concerns, please feel free to reach out to Kari Martin ericandkarimartin@gmail.com, Jackie Haddon jackiehaddon@yahoo.com or Erika Robles-Jones erikare77@gmail.com.
     
    Upcoming Events:
    Jan. 30 - 1st Grade Field Trip to Dragon’s Love Tacos
    Feb. 17 - No School President’s Day
    Feb. 19 - PTA Mtg.
    Feb. 20 - Kinder Connenction 3-4:00 pm
    Feb. 24 - Site Council
  • Principal's Newsletter January 14, 2020

    Principal
    Office: 503/916-6308 E-mail: jbailey2@pps.net
    January 13, 2020
    Dear Maplewood Families,
     
    BRRRRRR! It’s cold outside today! We have all been teased by snow this week. You may have heard that we had a power outage for most of the day yesterday. Fortunately our wonderful Lunch Lady Amy was able to feed the students and our great teachers were very flexible and creative with their instruction.
    Please be sure to mark your calendars for upcoming events. Martin Luther King Day is Monday, so there is no school. Friday the 24th is the end of the term-be sure to check with your child to be sure they have completed any outstanding assignments. And you will have another three day weekend as January 27th is a teacher planning day.
     
    Speaking of Martin Luther King Day, I encourage you to talk with your children about Dr. King and his legacy. We recognize him because he inspired hope and challenged us to fulfill his dream of a more inclusive society, where everyone would have an equal opportunity for "life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness."
    Dr. King, was passionate about justice and equality for all, some say, he would have been proud of all the milestones we have achieved as a nation, including the election of our first black president of the United States. He believed that "hate is too great a burden to bear" and that we should not "seek to satisfy our thirst of freedom by drinking from the cup of bitterness and hatred." Rather we should continue to bring all that is good and just to the society. Dr. King's legacy is action in the service of others a great example for all of us.
     
    Please see the important request from Filip Hristić below:
    Dear Wilson Community,
    Earlier this week the PPS School Board decided to place a construction bond on the November Ballot. The Board has not determined yet how big the bond should be or which schools should be included on the bond. Wilson is one of three remaining PPS high schools that is not modernized or is not in the process of being modernized. For those of you who have spent any time in our building you probably know our facilities have not changed much since 1957. Please join me in encouraging district leaders and school board members to include Wilson on the 2020 Bond We have done some preliminary work to determine what a modernized Wilson could look like. We welcome your ideas and suggestions as well. We also need your support.
    With Gratitude,
    Filip Hristić, Ed.D.
    Principal, Wilson High School
     
    January Toolbox Tool: Taking Time tool-I take time in and time away.
    This month, we focus on the taking time tool. When we take a break, stop and think, or walk away from a stressful situation, we are able to better consider our feelings and how to best respond to a situation.
     
    End of Term- Our second term ends on January 24th. Teachers have a work day on January 27th no students that day. Please encourage your child to end the term strong. They may want to check with their teacher to see if they have work they need to complete. Please be sure to check your child’s backpacks every day for work being sent home and communications.
     
    Emergency Release Instructions: If you have not let the office know how your child will be released in case of an emergency or early dismissal due to snow, we will go by what is on the registration from the beginning of the year. If you have a nearby neighbor, friend or parent that you give permission for release of your child, please make sure the office has that information.
     
    Maplewood PTA:
    Our first meeting for the 2020 calendar year will be on February 19 at 6:30pm in the school library. Everyone is welcome to attend the meetings, but only PTA Members can vote. As always, free childcare is available for potty trained kids (please let us know if you plan to utilize the childcare).
    For more information you can go to our PTA website for past meeting minutes, links and contact information. http://maplewoodpta.com/ .
    Enjoy your week!
    Sincerely,
    K.T. Emerson
    maplewoodptapresident@gmail.com
     
    Yearbooks:
    Yearbook order forms are due January 31st.
     
    OBOB:
    The Oregon Battle of the Books is a statewide reading motivation and comprehension program sponsored by the Oregon Association of School Librarians in conjunction with a Library Services and Technology Act grant. Students, regardless of ability, are exposed to quality literature representing a variety of literary styles and viewpoints. The goals of the program is to encourage and recognize students who enjoy reading, broaden reading interests, increase reading comprehension, and promote academic excellence. Lists of books are chosen and questions are written for elementary and middle school. Students read the books, discuss them, quiz each other on the contents, and then compete in teams of four students to correctly answer questions based on the books in a "quiz show" format.
     
    OBOB brackets are set and battles begin next Tuesday (1/21)! They will be held during lunchtime (11:30-1pm) and parents are invited to watch their student battle. The dates and location for battles will be posted in the hallway so students will be aware of their upcoming battles. Battles tend to last from ~10 minutes to 30 minutes.
    The final battle will be on Friday 2/7 and will be held in the gym....all are welcome to attend. The 5th grade team who wins at Maplewood will proceed on to the regional battle which is held in Forest Park Elementary School on 3/14.
    Parents who have signed up to help run the OBOB battles MUST attend a training this Thursday in the library at 2:30pm. Thanks to all who have agreed to help with OBOB this year the students are very excited and ready to battle!
    Maplewood OBOB team
    Judy Reed, Meghan Tust, Heather Jones and Andrea Beyer
     
    Successful Schools Survey
    Shape the future of your student's education!
    What is the first thing that comes to your mind when you hear the phrase “successful schools?” We believe that successful schools are safe, healthy and welcoming learning spaces that are inclusive for all students. But we want to hear your thoughts.
    In 2019-20, Portland Public Schools is again partnering with Panorama Education to gather information students and families that will help us improve student experiences across the district. We will survey students in grades 4, 5, 7-10 on their experiences in their classrooms and schools, and families about their perception of the school their child attends.
    The survey will cover topics on sense of belonging, school safety, school climate, barriers to family engagement, as well as how students are thinking and feeling about diversity, equity, and inclusion in school.
    The current launch date is set for January 27th, the student window is scheduled to be open until February 14th and the family survey until February 28th. Stay tuned for further information!
    Please be honest and thoughtful, we value your feedback!
     
    Upcoming Events/Dates:
    Jan. 20 - No School - Martin Luther King Jr. Day
    Jan. 23 - 2nd Grade Field Trip to Dragon’s Love Tacos
    Jan. 24 - Grading Period Ends
    Jan. 24 - Fourth Grade Movie Night Fundraiser
    Jan. 27 - No School – teacher planning day
    Jan. 30 - 1st Grade Field Trip to Dragon’s Love Tacos
  • Principal's Newsletter January 06,2020

    Jill Bailey
    Principal
    Office: 503/916-6308 E-mail: jbailey2@pps.net
    January 6, 2020
    Dear Maplewood Families,
    Happy New Year! We are off to a soggy start. We are back into our routines as we start this second week of January 2020!
    Mark your calendars for a couple of non-school days this month- Monday the 20th is in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day- and Monday the 27th is a teacher planning day due to the end of the quarter.
     
    It is COLD-Time to Bundle Up - Please continue to have your children dress in layers as the weather gets colder and wetter. We want to be able to get students outside for fresh air breaks and recess as often as possible. Hats, gloves or mittens are a good idea!
     
    Healthy Habits:
    It is that time of year again when children and adults have colds, the flu and other infections. Here are some healthy habits that may help us stay well.
    Please take a few moments to review the following with your child:
    1. Cover your cough!
     Use tissue instead of hankies when ill, coughing or sneezing.
     Cough or sneeze into the elbow bend of the arm if possible, or into the hands and tissue, then… Wash those hands effectively!
    2. Effective hand washing is the number one way to keep germs from entering our bodies. Use plenty of soap and water, scrubbing palms of hands, fingernails, around wrists and in between fingers and under rings for 30 seconds, then rinse and dry.
     Wash hands after recess or gym, before eating or preparing food, after using the restroom or blowing a nose, coughing or sneezing and after handling pets.
     Do not share food, drinks or utensils; hats, combs, coats or clothing; make-up, lip balm or other personal items.
     Do not touch the blood or body fluids of another person. Ask an adult for help.
     
    Parent: You will be asked to take your child home if there is:
     Rash, with or without fever
     Skin lesions or sores that are “wet” or pus filled
     Fever of 100.5 degrees or higher
     Vomiting
     Diarrhea
     Colored (yellow/green) drainage from eyes or ears
     Coughing: deep, barking, congested, or with colored mucous
     
    Call your health care provider for:
     Stiff neck or headache with fever
     Behavior changes of irritability, sleepiness, fatigue or complaints of illness with inability to participate in school activities
     Prolonged diarrhea (three watery or loose stools per day or that last more than three days).
     Breathing difficulties
     Yellow color to skin or eyes (jaundice)
    Please keep your child home until symptom-free for 24 hours.
      
    IMMUNIZATIONS:
    DON’T wait!
    Certain IMMUNIZATIONS are required by law. If you received a notice in the mail, from the state, that your child’s immunizations are not up-to-date, please check with your child’s doctor to arrange a time for them to be given.
    Please bring the needed information from the doctor or clinic, to the school office as soon as you obtain the needed immunizations.
    NOTICE: Your child will not be allowed to continue the school year as of Wednesday, February 19th, if the immunizations are not up-to-date.
     
    Winter Is Coming: Snow Day Decisions and Notifications When winter weather arrives, schools may be closed or delayed or buses may use snow routes. These decisions are made districtwide.
     
    How the decision is made: Typically, weather-related school schedule decisions are made in the early morning, before school, when current weather conditions can be assessed. We believe students and families are best served when we are open. Our main concern and the reason for any school closure is the safety of our students and staff.
    How to find out if there is a change: If the district decides to make a change to the school schedule or bus routes, it is communicated as quickly as possible in several ways.
    If schools and buses are on their regular schedule, there will NOT be an announcement.
     Sign up for text-message alerts – text yes to 68453.
    Check the district website homepage. Follow district social media channels. Tune in to local news media
     
    What does the announcement mean? School Closure: There is no school for students, although some staff will be at work. The district will decide by noon about whether any after-school student activities or community use of buildings may take place.
     
    Two-Hour Delay: School will start two hours late and end at the usual dismissal time. Buses will drive cautiously, adjusting to conditions, so pickup and return may be delayed.
     
    Snow Routes: Some school bus routes have alternate “snow routes” that may be used when snow and ice make road conditions hazardous at higher and steeper elevations. This helps limit the need for school closures in harsh weather. When school buses operate on these snow routes, some students will have a different bus stop location and time than on the regular route. More information is on the PPS website.
     
    Maplewood PTA Update:
    Happy New Year!
    Just a reminder, there is no January PTA meeting due to other evening meetings scheduled this month. We will resume with a PTA meeting on February 19th at 6:30 pm in the Maplewood library.
     
    Upcoming Dates:
    Jan. 20 - No School - Martin Luther King Jr. Day
    Jan. 23 - 2nd Grade Field Trip to Dragon’s Love Tacos
    Jan. 24 - Grading Period Ends
    Jan. 24 - Fourth Grade Movie Night Fundraiser
    Jan. 27 - No School – teacher planning day