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  • Maplewood Memo September 14, 2022

     

    Hello Maplewood Families, 

     

    Well, we have successfully launched the 2022-2023 school year and we are off to a great start! We have added a third kindergarten (Phew!) and have hired a fabulous teacher for the role - I will announce shortly after HR confirms. Our grade 5 is departmentalizing for the first time and it is also going well. This means that all students have both teachers; Mr. Kaplan teaches math and Ms. Anderson teaches Language Arts. 

     

    The other grades are settling in smoothly and I can already see the classroom communities begin to form a bond. I think back to just two years ago when we all had our first day of school online. And last year, we had to be 6 feet apart at the beginning of the year. These were obstacles to creating that community we all longed for. Those experiences help remind me of how lucky we are to be back as “normal.”

     

    Another great thing we get to do this fall is have our Back to School Night in person again on September 22nd. I have heard stories about this festive event and am looking forward to experiencing it first hand this year. For those who haven’t been to Maplewood’s Back to School Night in the past, it is a wonderful opportunity to connect with your child’s teachers and to connect as a community as well. Please mark your calendar to go to your child’s class for a Back to School Night open house from 5:30 - 6:15 and then join us on the field for a Maplewood picnic from 6:15 - 7:00. Pack a blanket and a picnic dinner and enjoy meeting each other! 

     

    As our year has gotten underway, I have noticed an increase in parent volunteers. Thank you to those who have helped in the classroom or the cafeteria. Your extra hands and hearts are appreciated. 

     

    Warmly, 

    Kit

     

     

    Upcoming Dates:

    • Sept. 22 - Tag information mtg. Library 4:45-5:15pm
    • Sept. 22 - Back to School Night 5:30-6:15 in classrooms
    • Oct. 14 -  No School Inservice Day
    • Oct. 27 -  Picture Day
     

    VISITING AUTHOR:
    Trudy Ludwig, a local author, will be visiting Maplewood on October 3rd. She will present at a K-2 assembly and a 3-5 assembly and she will also present at a parent education night that same day. Please see the flier below for more information. 

    If you are interested in buying her books, here is a link to her page at Annie Bloom's bookstore: https://www.annieblooms.com/trudy-ludwig-maplewood

     

     

     

     


     

    TAG

    Dear families,


    Principal Galloway and Mrs. Caton, our TAG Facilitator, will be co-hosting a Parent information session in the library, about TAG (Talented and Gifted) just before our Open House on Thursday, September 22, at 4:45pm.  We will cover the identification process as well as how teachers meet kids' rate and level of learning.
    If you have any questions in the meantime, please contact Mrs. Caton at ccaton@pps.net.

    YEARLY VERIFICATION -  IMPORTANT
     

    Student Yearly Verification Updates are Due:

    Please complete your student's yearly verification online through Parent view (PVUE)
    This is due by October 15,2022.
    We want the most accurate and up to date information for your student. 

    https://www.pps.net/Page/2341

    BUS TAGS:

    • All kindergarten and pre-kindergarten students must be met at the bus stop at the end of the day. These students must wear a yellow bus tag all year long.  The tag must have their bus stop and emergency contact information on one side, and information about who is meeting the child on the other side.  (For example:  Mom and Dad, Grandma Teri, get off with older brother Thomas on the bus, etc.)  Drivers will be watching for yellow tags.  If no one is at the stop to meet the child, they will be returned to school.  If a parent wants to opt out of this requirement, please have the child wear a white tag for the month of September, so the driver will know which stop they get off at.

    • All 1st – 3rd students are required to wear white bus tags for the first three full weeks of school. Tags are printed out of Synergy by the schools.  Please contact our office if you have questions or concerns about bus tags. 

    READING FRIENDS

    The Maplewood Reading Friends Program is looking for volunteers to read with students during the 2022-23 school year. The Reading Friends volunteer works with a student once a week individually to help grow their confidence in reading out loud/more fluently.

    The program starts after Thanksgiving and runs until the end of the school year.

    The time obligation will be an orientation of approximately an hour, and then 30 minutes once a week with the student. The session is the same day and time each week.

    Interested in volunteering? Please fill out this registration form at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/3FR52BM.

    Any questions? Reach out to Kari and Clémence, our Reading Friends Coordinators, at maplewoodrf@gmail.com

    PARKING:

    Please don’t park in the maintenance spot in front of the building because it is the access to the handicap ramp. It is for our custodians and we also don’t want parents backing up where children are walking behind a parked car.

    MAPLEWOOD VOLUNTEERS 

    We are excited to welcome volunteers into the building and classrooms this year. All volunteers must show proof of vaccination, clear a background check (https://www.pps.net/volunteer), and sign-into the Raptor system located at the main office on arrival and sign-out when leaving campus.. We can’t wait to have you in school with us!

    Lunch Volunteers

    1. Lunch coverage: We need 2-3 parents to volunteer for lunch duty, to help keep kiddos on task eating and give our teachers a break. Here are the time slots - message Lauren at 541-968-9140 or Maplewoodvolcoord@gmail.com to sign up!
    2.  
        Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
      K-1st 11:20-11:45  11:20-11:45 11:20-11:45 11:20-11:45 11:20-11:45
      2nd & 4th 11:50-12:15 11:50-12:15 11:50-12:15 11:50-12:15 11:50-12:15
      3rd & 5th 12:20-12:45 12:20-12:45 12:20-12:45 12:20-12:45 12:20-12:45

    Thank you!


    Site Council
     

    If you are interested in joining site council, please contact Dr. Kathryn Galloway kgalloway@pps.net

    Meetings will be held once a quarter after school in the evenings. Dates TBD. For more information on what the Site Council does, click HERE.

     

     



    Medications

    Hello Parents/ Guardians,

    A reminder from the health room. Please bring any medications that your child must take during school hours and consent forms to the Health Office, located in the main Office. This is for prescribed medications that must be taken during the school day.

    If your child is in grade three, four or five, you may fill out a form for them to self-prescribe inhalers or cough drops.  Please fill out an appropriate form for permission.  

    You can contact Julie Ries our Student Health Aid (SHA) for more information.   If you have any questions please contact the school, or email our nurse, Cheryl Bell at cbell@mesd.k12.or.us  or Healthy Aid Julie Ries at  jries@mesd.k12.or.us for further information. Thank you.


     

    Maplewood Foundation:
     

    This year your Maplewood Foundation (part of the non-profit The Fund for Portland Public Schools) will be working to raise funds for three part-time Educational Assistants or EAs for the 2023-24 school year. EAs are a critical part of our Maplewood team and we need them every year. EAs support students with social-emotional learning and healthy friendships by supervising during lunch and recess and provide a variety of support to students in all classrooms as needed. For more information on how EAs help our students and school community go here.

     

    To reach this goal we will need the support of our awesome community. That means you! To learn about ways to donate please visit our website. If you would like to get involved, have questions, and/or have feedback, please email maplewoodfoundation@gmail.com, call or text Jeannette Taylor at 503.901.9813. 

     

    Lastly, we will be sharing information soon about a fun and exciting event for the fall, so stay tuned! Until then, take good care!

    From the Counselor:

    Welcome to a new school year at Maplewood!  I'll send out a lengthier correspondence in a few weeks but wanted to briefly touch on some important issues here. 

    School Supplies:  Each student will be asked to provide $45 to pay for their school supplies.  If this is a hardship for your family, please contact me, Kendall Cunningham (kcunninghamparm@pps.net or text me at (503) 298-6946 ), school counselor,  to opt out of paying for this and other incidental fees (field trips, etc.) and be given access to vouchers and resources.  The list will be confidential and only shared with the student's teacher and school counselor and social worker.  

    Donations:  As a school we are equipping all teachers with boxes of items to help our students emotionally regulate so they are ready to learn.  If you would like to and are able to donate any of these items to this project, check out my Amazon wishlist HERE.

     

    As always, I am here to support Maplewood students and families.  Please reach out.

    Kendall Cunningham

    Maplewood Elementary School Counselor

    From the Library
     

    Three Requests from the Maplewood Teacher-Librarian:
     

    1. Please help your child put their library books in their backpack on or before their library day.

    2. Please help your child put their library books in their backpack on or before their library day.

    3. Please help your child put their library books in their backpack on or before their library day.

     

    Your child can take home one more book until their checked out books are returned; you will start to see magazines brought home as a reminder after that! If you know you forgot to help with library books on library day, email me: kordahl@pps.net, and we can arrange for your child to take home additional materials.

     

    Maplewood students love to read, let's keep them well stocked with books!
     

    Elin Kordahl

    Teacher-Librarian & Computer Teacher 

     
    From the PE Teacher:
     

    We are back in action this year and it feels great! We began the year with cooperative games and practicing good sportsmanship. Recess games is our next unit, including four square, jumping rope, hula hooping, and simple basketball practice. Please be sure your child is wearing sneakers on their PE days. Check with your child's teacher if you don't know their specials' schedule.

     

    From our Art Teacher, Ms. Smith


     

    The beginning of a school year is so full of fond memories and hope - I love it!  Now that we’ve had a Monday at school, I’ve finally had the opportunity to teach all of our students.  So.  Much.  Fun.  

     

    Our first artist we studied is Mary Blaire.  She is most famous for her work with Walt Disney, and most recognized for the Disney boat ride in Fantasyland, “It’s a Small World.”  Every student in the school is contributing their part to a giant mural based on her work.  Stay tuned for photos.

     

    If you are still interested in volunteering during your students' art time, we are still looking for volunteers during Riscol, Anderson, Bennett, Thomas, Chou, and the new third kindergarten art special time.  Please email your teacher for more information.


    Ms. Smith ♥

    Nutrition Services
     
    Due to nationwide waivers expiring, families at Maplewood will return to purchasing meals based on family eligibility.  We encourage families to apply for meal benefits online here, but some paper applications will be provided.  Meal prices and details of how to pay for school meals can be found on the Nutrition Services website.

    To add money to your child's lunch account please visit school cafe: 
     https://www.schoolcafe.com/pps

    Price for lunches this year are: 

    2022-23 Menu Prices
    Grades    Breakfast  Lunch

    PK-8          $1.60        $3.00
    9-12           $1.60        $3.50
    Adult          $3.00        $5.50

    Milk            $0.50        $0.50
     
    For all school communications with Ms. Amy, please use the kitchen email (nsmaplewood@pps.net)

     
    Our lunch lines will be long as students learn how to use their new lunch cards. It may be a good time to pack a lunch for now until we get our lunch routines running smoothly. Please pack a water bottle in your child’s lunch as we now only have a drinking fountain rather than a water dispenser and cups. 

     

    COVID TESTING
     

    PPS is partnering with OHSU again this year to offer free weekly COVID-19 testing for students. Participation in this program is completely optional, but encouraged, and is offered regardless of vaccination status. Participating students will drop off spit samples in pre-labeled tubes at school on Tuesdays each week, whether they have symptoms or not. Schools will begin collecting spit samples starting September 27th-29th.

    What’s new?

    • Registration: Beginning today Parents/Guardians can start enrolling their students through OHSU’s NEW Online Portal. If you are unable to enroll for any reason, please call OHSU support at (503) 418-8500.

    • Test Tubes: New, pre-labeled test tubes with a scannable barcode will be mailed directly to your mailing address and should arrive within a week of enrollment. Test kits from last year cannot be used, so please throw them away.

    • Spit Samples: Spit tests can be collected either the night before or the morning of their school’s testing day.

    • Test Results: When the test results are available, you will receive an email telling you to log into the online portal www.labfinder.com/ohsu to view the results.

    • Additional drop-off locations: If you miss your weekly testing day, OHSU has added 3 drop-off sites around the Portland metro area.

      • Doernbecher Child Development Rehabilitation Center - 707 S Gaines Street, Portland, OR 97239

      • Primary Care Clinic at Gabriel Park - 4411 S Vermont Street, Portland, OR 97219

      • Richmond Family Health Center - 3930 SE Division Street, Portland, OR 97202

     

    What stays the same?

    • There is no cost to families to participate.

    • OHSU uses highly accurate molecular testing, known as PCR.

    • Students will continue to bring their spit samples to school on the designated testing day.

    • OHSU nurses will call parents of all students who test positive or whose tests are inconclusive for the SARS-CoV-2 virus that causes COVID-19.

    For more information about OHSU's K-12 Screening Program, visit their website at http://www.ohsu.edu/k12testing or contact the OHSU support team at k12covidtesting@ohsu.edu or (503) 418-8500.

    Letisia Ayala Guillen, Health Services Coordinator, layalaguillen@pps.net


    Hello Maplewood Families.

    I'm Ms. Amy, the Lunch Lady of Maplewood. The start of the new school year brings changes and reminders for meal services.

    The biggest is that meals are NO LONGER free (unless you are free/reduced). The good news is that Oregon has upped the poverty level to 300% so many more folks can benefit.  You can apply for free/reduced here: https://www.pps.net/Page/2464
     Here is the link for how  folks can pay on your child's account: https://www.pps.net/Page/18300
    Here is the link for Schoolcafe: https://www.pps.net/Page/18304. If you are new to Schoolcafe, you have to set up a parent site first then you can add your kid. I still take cash and/or checks made out to Nutrition Services. If you need help navigating any of this, please feel free to let me know.

    If a child has an allergy, Nutrition Services needs a doctor form. You can find all allergy info  here: https://www.pps.net/Page/2481 under ODE forms-Medical Statement to Request Special Meals and/or Accommodations you can print out doctor form. Please return this to me asap. This will generate a pop up on the computer when your child comes through the lunch line showing they have an allergy. I will try to introduce myself to your child so we will know one another.
     
    If your child has a preference, ex. gluten free, no pork, vegetarian, you can find that form here: https://www.pps.net/Page/2481 under ODE forms meal preference. Please return this to me asap. This will generate a pop up on the computer when your child comes through the lunch line showing they have something different in their diet. I will try to introduce myself to your child so we will know one another.


    We will not start the year with PBJ. We are hoping to get them some time in the near future. That's the bad news. The good news is that we have the Roadrunner pizza (the "good") pizza back!


    The last thing is lunch cards are back. If the child knows their number-AWESOME (they will need it through their whole PPS journey). If they don't they will have a lunch card. K-3 will scan their card and I'm making cards for grades 4-5. They will have to type in their number. Everyone will eventually need to know their number, but for now, we'll use cards.

    Please know that I am here to help. Do not be afraid to contact me with any questions, concerns, suggestions, etc. You may reach me at nsmaplewood@pps.net or call me at 503-916-6308 ext. 72463 Cheers to an excellent school year!
    -Lunch Lady Amy
     
     

     



     
     

     


     

    Maplewood Swag:

    The annual Maplewood PTA spirit wear fundraiser sale will be coming soon!  The online store will be open for orders October 1st - 15th.   Please keep a look out for the store link in a few weeks as this will be the only time of the year Maplewood swag can be purchased!

     
     

     

     

    PTA
     

     
    Maplewood PTA

    The Maplewood PTA strives to serve our school’s community of teachers, staff, parents, and students. We have lots of  amazing things planned this year to support our school!

    Stay up to date on events and more


    PTA Meetings
    Join us at the PTA meeting every month to learn about upcoming projects, events, priorities, and to share your thoughts! PTA Meetings occur the third Tuesday of every month from 6:30 - 7:30 pm.

    Become an Oregon PTA Member; this supports our school and allows you to vote during meetings. (You don't have to be a member to attend meetings, just to vote.) https://www.oregonpta.org/membership 


    Next Meeting: Tuesday September 20, 6:30 - 7:30 pm
     
     
     
    Volunteer at Maplewood
    One way to support our school is to donate your time. We are currently looking for volunteers for: 
    • Lunch helpers (more slots added for K-1st lunch)
    • Reading buddies program
    • Yearbook committee (2-3 volunteers needed to plan the 2022-2023 yearbook)
    • Swag committee (1 volunteer needed to help our existing committee of 2 amazing parents)
    • Eco school network (free training about how to make Maplewood greener)
    Full details and signups are on the Maplewood PTA Volunteer page (http://maplewoodpta.com/volunteer/), or email maplewoodvolcoord@gmail.com 

    Fundraising to Support Maplewood
    Take this brief survey to let us know your preferences about which fundraisers you love (or don't) to help us plan out the 2022-2023 school year!
    https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/5XKDL66


    Amazon Smile
    Make sure you've selected "Maplewood Elem PTA" as  your Amazon Smile donation recipient. Link: https://smile.amazon.com/charity/select/search?orig=&category=all&query=maplewood+elem+pta

    Once selected, Amazon will donate 0.5% of your eligible purchases to Maplewood at no cost to you! Make sure you shop using smile.amazon.com. More information here: http://maplewoodpta.com/donate/

    Kona Ice at Back to School Night - Maplewood Fundraiser!
    Click to add to calendar (mobile): https://bit.ly/3S374dx




    Asian Legend Dineout - Maplewood Fundraiser!
    Click to add to calendar (mobile): https://bit.ly/3QZkuGR



    After School Activities at Maplewood

    Check out these activities happening at Maplewood after school!








     



     

    MAPLEWOOD MORNING DROP-OFF 
     

    7:45 - 7:50

    • Adults will not be on duty to supervise students

  • Maplewood Memo August 31, 2022

     

    Dear Maplewood Community,

     

    Welcome to the first week of the 2022-2023 school year! I am so looking forward to this year and to working with all of you again. As I mentioned in the last Maplewood Memo, our school has had a lot of upgrades this past summer; painted classrooms, new drinking fountains, new floor in the grade 5 portable, etc… You may also notice that our school grounds are looking all spruced up and ready for the year as well. A huge thank you goes out to our community who showed up last Saturday for Community Care Day to transform the grounds. Thank you to Randy Dennis (Jenni Heaton’s step-dad) for organizing the projects and volunteers. Also, thank you to our students for pitching in (some pictured below.)

     

    Since our last Maplewood Memo, we hosted the Kindergarten Carnival to welcome our newest Maplewood students to the school. We had bowling, face painting and an arts table for the students to enjoy. It was a beautiful day and we had a great turn out. Welcome to Maplewood, kinder families!!

     

     

    Kindergarten isn’t the only place where we welcome new families to our community, we have a lot of new families joining us at every grade level. To those families returning to Maplewood, please be sure to reach out and welcome our new families to the school and community with our Maplewood spirit. For those who are new to Maplewood, please mark your calendar with the new family orientation in the gym on September 7th at 8:00, after morning drop off.

     

    I have a great feeling about this year. It’s gonna be a good one!!

    Thanks,

    Kit

     

     

     

     

    Upcoming Dates:

    • Aug 30 and 31 - Kinder 1:1 meet with teachers 
    • Sept 1 and 2 - 1/2 the kinder class - full day 
    • Sept. 5 - Labor Day No School
    • Sept 6 - first day of kinder - full classes
    • Sept. 7 - New Parent Orientation 8:00am in gym
    • Sept. 22 - Back to School Night
     

     

    VISITING AUTHOR:
    Trudy Ludwig, a local author, will be visiting Maplewood on October 3rd. She will present at a K-2 assembly and a 3-5 assembly and she will also present at a parent education night that same day. Please see the flier below for more information. 

    If you are interested in buying her books, here is a link to her page at Annie Bloom's bookstore: https://www.annieblooms.com/trudy-ludwig-maplewood

     

     

     

     


     

     

     

    TECHNOLOGY:

    This year, PPS is implementing the Parent/Student agreement and a technology fee for students in grades 3-12. Parents and students are expected to sign the PPS 1:1 Parent/Student Agreement and Use Fee form in order to receive or continue to use their student chromebook. 



     

     

    BUS TAGS:

    • All kindergarten and pre-kindergarten students must be met at the bus stop at the end of the day. These students must wear a yellow bus tag all year long.  The tag must have their bus stop and emergency contact information on one side, and information about who is meeting the child on the other side.  (For example:  Mom and Dad, Grandma Teri, get off with older brother Thomas on the bus, etc.)  Drivers will be watching for yellow tags.  If no one is at the stop to meet the child, they will be returned back to school.  If a parent wants to opt out of this requirement, please have the child wear a white tag for the month of September, so the driver will know which stop they get off at.

    • All 1st – 3rd students are required to wear white bus tags for the first three full weeks of school. Tags are printed out of Synergy by the schools.  Please contact our office if you have questions or concerns about bus tags. 

     

     

    READING FRIENDS

    The Maplewood Reading Friends Program is looking for volunteers to read with students during the 2022-23 school year. The Reading Friends volunteer works with a student once a week individually to help grow their confidence in reading out loud/more fluently.

    The program starts after Thanksgiving and runs until the end of the school year.

    The time obligation will be an orientation of approximately an hour, and then 30 minutes once a week with the student. The session is the same day and time each week.

    Interested in volunteering? Please fill out this registration form at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/3FR52BM.

    Any questions? Reach out to Kari and Clémence, our Reading Friends Coordinators, at maplewoodrf@gmail.com

    PARKING:

    Please don’t park in the maintenance spot in front of the building because it is the access to the handicap ramp, it is for our custodians and also we don’t want parents backing p where children are walking behind the parked car

    MAPLEWOOD VOLUNTEERS 

    We are excited to welcome volunteers into the building and classrooms this year. All volunteers must show proof of vaccination, clear a background check (https://www.pps.net/volunteer), and sign-into the Raptor system located at the main office on arrival and sign-out when leaving campus.. We can’t wait to have you in school with us!

    Lunch & Reader Board Volunteers

    1. Lunch coverage: We need 2-3 parents to volunteer for lunch duty, to help keep kiddos on task eating and give our teachers a break. Here are the time slots - message Lauren at 541-968-9140 or Maplewoodvolcoord@gmail.com to sign up!
    2.  
        Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
      K-1st 11:20-11:45  11:20-11:45 11:20-11:45 11:20-11:45 11:20-11:45
      2nd & 4th 11:50-12:15 11:50-12:15 11:50-12:15 11:50-12:15 11:50-12:15
      3rd & 5th 12:20-12:45 12:20-12:45 12:20-12:45 12:20-12:45 12:20-12:45

    Thank you!

    Site Council

    If you are interested in joining site council, please contact Dr. Kathryn Galloway kgalloway@pps.net

    Meetings will be held once a month after school from 2:30 - 3:30. Dates TBD. For more information on what the Site Council does, click HERE.

     

     

    Medications

    Hello Parents/Guardians,

    A reminder from the health room. Please bring any medications that your child must take during school hours and consent forms to Health Office. This is for prescribed medications that must be taken during the school day. If your child is in grade three, four or five, you may fill out a form for them to self subscribe enhalers or cough drops.  Please fill out appropriate form for permissions.   You can contact Julie Ries our Student Health Aid (SHA) for more information.   If you have any questions please contact the school, or email our nurse, Cheryl Bell at cbell@mesd.k12.or.us  or Healthy Aid Julie Ries at  jries@mesd.k12.or.us for further information. Thank you.


     
     

    Foundation

    Greetings, Maplewood community! Your Foundation is excited to continue to grow our relationship with you and support our staff and students. Maplewood Foundation is a parent-led, non-profit fundraising group benefiting Maplewood Elementary. It is a part of the non-profit The Fund for Portland Public Schools. Money raised by Foundation is used to provide enrichment teachers and educational support staff at Maplewood. Historically, funds have been used to fund Librarians, Technology Education, Physical Education, Educational Assistants, and Music. A portion of the funds raised is also added to The Fund for PPS, which provides grants to schools that meet PPS criteria for funding. 

    If you are interested in joining the Foundation and/or have questions please send an email maplewoodfoundation@gmail.com. Foundation events include fundraisers, an annual Auction, Fred Meyer Rewards, monthly donations, and movie nights.


     

    IMPORTANT  REMINDER - BUS TRANSPORTATION 

     

    Just a reminder, starting Fall 2022 and moving forward, students will be able to register for Transportation during enrollment at the beginning of each school year. In order to capture the initial data,  families should have received and filled out  a survey that syncs with Synergy to capture existing riders and routes.  Please make sure the office is aware if your child is riding the bus and the stop they are designated by transportation if you have not done the transportation survey and be sure to fill out the survey that was sent to you as soon as possible.  It takes 7-10 days for the bus information to sync to our Synergy system.  We will also need to know the Adult and contact number that will be at the bus stop if you have a Kindergarten student riding the bus, as this information needs to be on the bus tag of the student. 

     

    The goal is to capture as much data as possible so that transportation office can begin routing for the next school year.

     

    There is a Chromebook set up at Maplewood to ensure families will have access at the school to fill out the registration survey if they don’t have access at home. 

     

    Student Transportation 503.916.6901

     

     

     
    School Counselor
     
    Welcome to a new school year at Maplewood!  I'll send out a lengthier correspondence in a few weeks but wanted to briefly touch on some important issues here. 
    School Supplies:  Each student will be asked to provide $45 to pay for their school supplies.  If this is a hardship for your family, please contact me, Kendall Cunningham (kcunninghamparm@pps.net or text me at (503) 298-6946 ), school counselor,  to opt out of paying for this and other incidental fees (field trips, etc.) and be given access to vouchers and resources.  The list will be confidential and only shared with the student's teacher and school counselor and social worker.  
    Donations:  As a school we are equipping all teachers with boxes of items to help our students emotionally regulate so they are ready to learn.  If you would like to and are able to donate any of these items to this project, check out my Amazon wishlist HERE.

    As always, I am here to support Maplewood students and families.  Please reach out.

    Kendall Cunningham
    Maplewood Elementary School Counselor
    M-F 7:45-3:30
    503-916-6308
    Check out my website here for videos, resources, and info on our program at Maplewood!
    Counseling Request Google Form

     

    Library News
     
    I am eager to welcome everyone back to the library! The library is organized and books are ready to fly off of the shelves into Maplewood readers' hands.

    Kindergarten adults-at-home -- be warned (in a great way) that your child will be bringing one book home after their first Maplewood library visit! You might keep the book in their backpack after reading it with them so it can easily be returned on or before the next library visit. K students can have two books out at a time. If their books are overdue, I send magazines home (for quality reading) as a reminder for adults to help locate and put books into backpacks! Maplewood students love to read, please help your young reader return books.

    First-Fifth Grade adults-at-home -- for the most part students familiar with Maplewood know the routine; return or renew books within two weeks: two books for first graders, then the same number as their grade level. Fifth graders have the privilege of taking as many books as they need! And, as always, students should ask me for a title they can't locate -- I'll locate it, put a hold on the title, purchase it, or borrow the title from the public library.

    Overdue books... take one last hard look around your homes and cars. There are still some books from last year out there.

    I have the best job at Maplewood watching our students grow over six years, and providing students with high-quality, high-interest books (thanks to the PTA and Ms. Galloway). Here we go!  If you are interested in volunteering in the library, please contact me (kordahl@pps.net).


    Elin Kordahl
    Maplewood Teacher-Librarian & Computer Teacher

     
     
     
     

    Art at Maplewood

    I’m so excited to be your students’ art teacher this year!  This will be my first year teaching K-5 art and it’s going to be great!  Our art room is located in the main hallway at the end by the kindergarten rooms.  If you are interested in volunteering in the art room during your students’ art special time, please email your teacher for specifics - I’d love to have you if you’re not afraid of fun work and maybe getting messy.
    Ms. Smith ♥  She/Her

     

    Half time hours M/Tu 7:45-3:30  W 7:45-11:45

    Maplewood, ART Teacher

    email:  ssmith@pps.net

                            "I like a teacher who gives you something to take home to think about besides homework."  -Lily Tomlin

     





     
     
     

    Nutrition Services
     
    Due to nationwide waivers expiring, families at Maplewood will return to purchasing meals based on family eligibility.  We encourage families to apply for meal benefits online here, but some paper applications will be provided.  Meal prices and details of how to pay for school meals can be found on the Nutrition Services website.

    To add money to your child's lunch account please visit school cafe: 
     https://www.schoolcafe.com/pps

    Price for lunches this year are: 

    2022-23 Menu Prices
    Grades    Breakfast  Lunch

    PK-8          $1.60        $3.00
    9-12           $1.60        $3.50
    Adult          $3.00        $5.50

    Milk            $0.50        $0.50
     
    For all school communications with Ms. Amy, please use the kitchen email (nsmaplewood@pps.net)

     
    Our lunch lines will be long as students learn how to use their new lunch cards. It may be a good time to pack a lunch for now until we get our lunch routines running smoothly. Please pack a water bottle in your child’s lunch as we now only have a drinking fountain rather than a water dispenser and cups. 

     


    Hello Maplewood Families.

    I'm Ms. Amy, the Lunch Lady of Maplewood. The start of the new school year brings changes and reminders for meal services.

    The biggest is that meals are NO LONGER free (unless you are free/reduced). The good news is that Oregon has upped the poverty level to 300% so many more folks can benefit.  You can apply for free/reduced here: https://www.pps.net/Page/2464
     Here is the link for how  folks can pay on your child's account: https://www.pps.net/Page/18300
    Here is the link for Schoolcafe: https://www.pps.net/Page/18304. If you are new to Schoolcafe, you have to set up a parent site first then you can add your kid. I still take cash and/or checks made out to Nutrition Services. If you need help navigating any of this, please feel free to let me know.

    If a child has an allergy, Nutrition Services needs a doctor form. You can find all allergy info  here: https://www.pps.net/Page/2481 under ODE forms-Medical Statement to Request Special Meals and/or Accommodations you can print out doctor form. Please return this to me asap. This will generate a pop up on the computer when your child comes through the lunch line showing they have an allergy. I will try to introduce myself to your child so we will know one another.
     
    If your child has a preference, ex. gluten free, no pork, vegetarian, you can find that form here: https://www.pps.net/Page/2481 under ODE forms meal preference. Please return this to me asap. This will generate a pop up on the computer when your child comes through the lunch line showing they have something different in their diet. I will try to introduce myself to your child so we will know one another.


    We will not start the year with PBJ. We are hoping to get them some time in the near future. That's the bad news. The good news is that we have the Roadrunner pizza (the "good") pizza back!


    The last thing is lunch cards are back. If the child knows their number-AWESOME (they will need it through their whole PPS journey). If they don't they will have a lunch card. K-3 will scan their card and I'm making cards for grades 4-5. They will have to type in their number. Everyone will eventually need to know their number, but for now, we'll use cards.

    Please know that I am here to help. Do not be afraid to contact me with any questions, concerns, suggestions, etc. You may reach me at nsmaplewood@pps.net or call me at 503-916-6308 ext. 72463 Cheers to an excellent school year!
    -Lunch Lady Amy
     
     

     




     
     
     

     



     
     

     


    Site Council
     


    If you are interested in joining site council, please contact Dr. Kathryn Galloway kgalloway@pps.net

    Meetings will be held once a month after school from 2:30 - 3:30. Dates TBD. For more information on what the Site Council does, click HERE.

     

    MAPLEWOOD MORNING DROP-OFF 
     

    7:45 - 7:50

    • Adult’s will not be on duty to supervise students

    • Students may go to the cafeteria to get breakfast 

    7:50 AM

    • First bell rings and outside supervision begins

    • Kindergarten, First and Second Grade teachers meet their class lines outside

    • Front doors open

    8:00 AM

    • Tardy bell rings and instruction begins. 

    • No parents in the building after 8AM. 

    Drop-off Procedure: 

    Students may be dropped off in the designated drop-off areas ONLY.  To avoid congestion, aim to drop your student off at 7:45. 

    Northbound Drop-Off Area: 

    • The NB drop-off area is accessed from the northbound lane of SW 52nd Ave. It is adjacent to the ball field, just north of the building. Do not pull into the drop-off area from the southbound lane. 

    • Pull all the way forward to let the student out of your vehicle. 

    • Student will walk on the other side of the curb to the school. After the student has left your vehicle, wait for the vehicle in front of you to leave. Follow cautiously out to the northbound lane of SW 52nd Ave only. 

    Southbound Drop-Off Area: 

    • The SB drop-off area is accessed from the southbound lane of SW 52nd Ave. Turn right into West Hills Church parking lot. Do not pull into the church drop-off area from the northbound lane. 

    • There is space in the drop-off area for three cars. Pull all the way forward to the WELCOME flag and let your student out of your vehicle. Student will walk on the sidewalk (passenger side) or the walk on the path adjacent to driveway (drivers side). 

    • After the student has left your vehicle, wait for the vehicle in front of you to leave. Be cautious of cars exiting the church parking spots. Exit the parking lot going north or south on SW 53rd Ave. 

    If you would like to walk a student up to the building:

    • parking is available in the parking lot of the West Hills Friends Church across the street from the school or street parking on SW 53rd and SW 54th. 

    • Do not park on SW 51st

    West Hills Parking - one way driveway 

    • Enter the parking lot from the southbound lane of SW 52nd Ave only

    • No left turn into this lot

    • Use the pedestrian path on the south side of the parking lot only

    • Cross driveway and then SW 52nd when traffic is stopped by the crossing guard. 

    Street parking on SW 53th

    • SW 53rd - use the pedestrian path on the south side of the parking lot (playground). Cross driveway and then SW 52nd when traffic is stopped by the crossing guard. 

    • SW 54th - use the pedestrian path, "Snicket", that runs between SW 54th and SW 53rd. Cross SW 53rd cautiously and continue on the pedestrian path on the south side of the driveway only. 

     

    For Everyone's Safety: 

    • DO NOT allow a student to exit the vehicle in the driving lanes of the road or anywhere other than the designated drop-off areas or the parking areas. 

    • DO NOT access the NB drop-off area by making a U-turn from the southbound lane of SW 52nd. 

    • DO NOT make a U-turn when leaving the drop-off area. 

    • DO NOT leave the drop-off lane before the vehicle in front of you leaves. DO NOT park in the area south of the bus unloading area or in the bus unloading area.. 

    • DO NOT drop off a student on SW 51st Ave on the east side of the school property. 

    • DO NOT enter the West Hills Friends Church parking lot from SW 53rd Ave. 

    • DO NOT walk through the West Hills Friends Church parking lot. Use pedestrian paths. 

     
    Safe Routes to School

     





     

     
  • Maplewood Memo June 10, 2022

     


    Principal's Message June 09, 2022
     

    Dear Maplewood Community,

    Thank you for a wonderful and productive school year.  I can’t thank everyone enough for your endless hours of volunteering, chaperoning, reading, organizing, donating and doing whatever was necessary to support students—both at home and at school.  Special thanks to our PTA and Foundation, who, as usual, went above and beyond the call of duty to provide whatever was necessary to add to our students’ already rich school experience.

    That experience could not occur without the endless energy, skills and devotion of the Maplewood staff.  Thanks and well done to an incredible group of professionals.

     

    A final word to Maplewood students:  Thank you for all your hard work throughout the school year.  I am so honored to be your principal; you make me proud to be a part of Maplewood Elementary School.  You keep me laughing and young at heart.  I am grateful for your joy, astute insights and amazing talents.  Best wishes to our graduating fifth graders, whom I will miss greatly—please come back and visit.  


    Everyone has a safe and happy summer break.

    Until next school year, here’s wishing you love, laughter and learning.

    Kit

     

    Upcoming Dates:

    • June 10th - Last Day of School

    Things to mark on your calendar:

     

    Sneak Peak August 26, 11:30 - 12:00

        This is a new event for Maplewood this year. We would love to have students have a sneak peek into their new classroom and meet their teacher before the first day of school. Teachers will be busily getting the classroom set up for students on this day so it will not be “Pinterest Ready” for this event. Stop by and say hello between 11:30 - 12:00. Teachers will need to shut their doors at noon for the PTA provided staff lunch, so it will be a quick hello. 

     

    Community Cares Project Aug 27 9-12

        Come out and help get our school ready for another great year by cleaning up the grounds and playground area. 

     

    Movie in April Hill park 6pm?

        Apparently there will be a movie this summer in our neighborhood park - a great time to reconnect with each other!

     

    Kinder Connect Carnival August 21st from 4-5:30 - for incoming Kindergarteners only 

        This is an event to meet your teachers and make some new friends before school starts. We will have face painting, blowing, crafting, and much more! Can’t wait to see our new kinders and their families!

     

    Grades 1-5 First Day of School - Aug 30

    Kinder First Day Schedule - ½ class on Aug 29 and 30 - First full day on Sept 6

        Stay tuned for more information about which day to come. 

     

    Kinder Parent Coffee with Principal 7:45 - 8:15

        After you drop your kindergartener off at school on their first day with the whole class, join Principal Galloway and the other kinder families for coffee and pastries in the gym. 

     
    Foundation

     

    Dear Maplewood School Community, thank you from the bottom of our hearts! This community stepped up and help us raise over $42,000, with some funds still coming in helping to exceed our original goal to fund two part-time Educational Assistant positions for next year. We are excited about working with Principal Galloway, Maplewood teachers and staff, and our amazing school community to help create the future of your Foundation. 

    If you are interested in learning more about Foundation please:


    Note any extra funds raised by the Foundation which is part of The Fund for PPS Fund, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization will be carried over for staffing needs for the 2023-24 school year.

    Chrome Books

    Your child may bring home their Chromebook for the summer IF you sign a permission slip stating that you will care for the device. More information will come from your teacher soon. 

     

    Medications

    Hello Parents/Guardians,

    A reminder from the health room. Please pick up any medications that have been stored in the health room for your student by June 10, 2022, the last day of the school. Medications will need to be picked up by an adult. Students will not be able to transport medications home. If you have any questions please contact the school, or email our nurse, Cheryl Bell at cbell@mesd.k12.or.us for further information. Thank you.


     

    Summer Camp - Young Audiences

    PPS recently accepted Young Audiences' proposal for a summer camp program free of cost to students/families. These programs will be at Markham Elementary, so we are opening up registration to students in surrounding schools as well as specifically working to employ counselors from feeder high schools. 

    Students entering 2-5th grade from the following schools are welcome to apply:
    Markham, Stephenson, Capitol Hill, Maplewood, Hayhurst, Rieke, & Bridlemile

    More information & registration application here: https://ya-or.org/summer-2022-art-camps-pps

     


     

     

    Summer Day Care at Maplewood

    SCCA - NOT Art4LIfe

    Time: 7:00 am to 6:00 pm.

    Five days a week: $250 per child.

    Daily drop-in: $60 per child.

    Sibling discount: 10%.

    Registration HERE

    Questions? Send an email to scca_kids@yahoo.com


     

    PPS Summer Site for Families: 

    Click HERE to learn about the many opportunities PPS is offering to students this summer. 

     


    OHSU COVID Summer Testing

     

    Families who would like to continue testing but are not enrolled in summer academy can submit samples at their chosen summer academy site by dropping at office on identified weekly pickup day. Please include this language (or similar) in a message to families this week:

    • OHSU Screening testing will be supported for PPS students July 11th through August 5th. Samples will be collected at Summer Acceleration Academy sites on Wednesdays while Summer Acceleration Academy is in session. Please ensure that your students’ sample is in the office of your identified Summer Acceleration Academy site between 9 am and 11:30 am.

    • If your student is currently enrolled, and you need additional sample collection kits for the weeks of July 11th through August 5th, please contact your school office.


    IMPORTANT  REMINDER - BUS TRANSPORTATION (BY 7/31)

     

    Just a reminder, starting Fall 2022 and moving forward, students will be able to register for Transportation during enrollment at the beginning of each school year. In order to capture the initial data,  families will be receiving a survey to fill out that will eventually sync with Synergy to capture existing riders and routes.

    The goal is to capture as much data as possible so that transportation office can begin routing for the next school year.

    There is a Chromebook set up at Maplewood to ensure families will have access at the school to fill out the registration survey if they don’t have access at home. 

     

    Student Transportation 503.916.6901

     


    Girl Scouts

    Girl Scout troop 10015 is open to new members who will be 5th graders next year. Members do not need to attend Maplewood Elementary school. Parents can email me at manda.bednarczyk@gmail.com or sign up online at girlscoutsosw.org
    Thank you so much!

    -Manda Bednarczyk


          Kindergarten Enrollment & Connection Events

     

    Register for Kindergarten!

    Do you have a child who will be 5 years old before September 1st?  Enroll now for Fall 2022!
    Your child needs to be 5 before  September 1st.  I will need to see 2 address verifications and an original birth certificate or passport to verify age for immediate enrollment. 

    Enroll online the link below- click the "new student" tab to begin:  

    https://www.pps.net/Page/14787    

    Paper enrollment may be done with me as well,  Email me any question @ sriley@pps.net.
    Enrolling promptly supports us in accurate tracking of students for adequate staffing.
    Happy Spring!

    Please have them reach out to Shannon Riley, our school secretary, to enroll ASAP (sriley@pps.net.) Send them to this webpage as well for information about our Kinder Connect events: https://www.pps.net/domain/6441

    Kinder Open Enrollment:Online enrollment  web page
    PPS:  https://www.pps.net/Page/868

    Kinder Connect Carnival:
    August 21st, 4-5:30pm


     

     
    From School Social Worker
     

    Maplewood Elementary School Summer 2022  Resource Guide

     

     


     

     

    Summer Activities 

     
     

     


     

     

     

    Mental Health 

     
    • Advocacy Hotline 503-809-HELP (4357) - Confidential advocacy support for PPS students

     

     


     

     

    Community Resources/Basic Needs

     

    Food

     

    Utility Assistance 

     

    Rental Assistance 

     

    Legal Services 

     

    Clothing

     

    Other resources

     

     


     

     


    Library News
     
    As of today, June 7, there are 153 books still out! Please find them or pay here:  https://pps.schoolpay.com/ or contact me (kordahl@pps.net)
    Look for game boards for the Multnomah County Library Summer Reading program!
    Summer reading ideas? Try these for students in grades 3-5 next year: https://bit.ly/3xfx8cB



    Please search around your homes, backpacks, and cars for Maplewood Library books!

    ANY questions about books -- email Ms. Kordahl, kordahl@pps.net
    Pay for lost books here:  https://pps.schoolpay.com/

    Nutrition Services
     
    FREE/REDUCED PRICE MEAL APPLICATIONS AND ELIGIBILITY FOR FAMILIES

    Did you know if families are eligible for free or reduced price meals, they may also receive other extended benefits, fee reductions or waivers? Even though all students may eat school meals at no cost this school year, students enrolled in a school NOT listed as a CEP site may be eligible for meal benefits. Students enrolled at any of the schools listed as a CEP (Community Eligibility Provision) site, do not need to apply for meal benefits. While the meal benefits application may mean eligibility for meal services and is processed through the Nutrition Services department, it can also mean further support or savings beyond food and nutrition. The current school year eligibility expires June 30, yet families receive a 30 day carry over into the new school year. The 30 days allow families time to submit a new application for the 2022-23 school year without incurring meal charges.

    Families may be eligible for benefits through these options -

    • Directly certified through SNAP

    • Directly certified and identified through foster, migrant or McKinney Vento liaisons

    • By completing a meal benefit application based on income

    To submit an online meal application, click here or visit https://www.pps.net/Page/2464

    Proof of eligibility can be provided to families directly. Such requests should be emailed to mealbenefits@pps.net

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


    Site Council
     

    Site Council:

    I would like to start a site council for Maplewood for the 22-23 school year. If you are interested in joining this, please contact me at kgalloway@pps.net. I have shared details about Site Council in past newsletters if you would like more information.

    We will have our first meeting at the end of this school year to look at the school’s improvement plan for next year. Meetings will be held once a month after school from 2:30 - 3:30. Dates TBD. For more information on what the Site Council does, click HERE.


    For more information, please visit: https://www.pps.net/Page/6909




     



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    Find us online

    Please look at our website for more information.  
  • Maplewood Memo May 25, 2022



    Principal's Message
     

    Greeting Maplewood Families, 

    How can it already be the end of May? This year has flown by. These next few weeks will be packed. Students in grade 3-5 are finishing up their state testing, and students in grade K-2 are finishing up their end of year assessments as well. I look forward to seeing the results as data predicts that we have made some incredible academic growth this year! I look forward to sharing the results of our hard work with you. Stay tuned!

    I want to be sure to extend an enormous thank you to Maplewood families for donating to the “Bridge the Gap” campaign by the Maplewood Foundation. I am so excited to share that we hit our goal and now have enough for a second Educational Assistant next year. Thank you to all of those who helped make this a reality. 

    Speaking of giving, I would also like to thank those who have volunteered their time this school year. We couldn’t have done it without your help this year! The Maplewood staff and students would like to formally invite volunteers to an appreciation celebration on June 1st from 7:45 - 8:15 in the gym. Please mark your calendars! 

    As is the Maplewood tradition, PTA is providing Maplebar coupons to Sesame Donuts to every student on May 27th. This will also be PJ day at school to add to the fun. Thank you PTA for this awesome annual tradition.

    The PTA board voted to support the hiring of Playworks for Maplewood next year. Playworks is an organization that structures recess so that all students are involved in positive play. Visit https://www.playworks.org/ for more information. Our discipline data and student survey results shows that recess is a hard time of day for many of our students. By structuring this time, students will feel more socially successful at school which research shows, overflows into better academic success as well. When I brought the idea to hire Playworks to our staff last month there was resounding support. HERE are some of their thoughts about how Maplewood will benefit from Playworks. 

    We are looking forward to gathering as a community this Thursday at the Open House (5:30 - 6:00) and End-of-Year Picnic (6:00 - 7:30). Many parents have not yet been in their child’s classroom this year due to COVID restraints. So we wanted to invite you in to share the world your child has been in this year. Bring your blanket and picnic basket and, after the Open House, join us on the upper field for our picnic. There will be food trucks as well and a special surprise from the Maplewood staff! You won’t want to miss this!

    As we end the year, many of you may be wondering about after school daycare at Maplewood for next year. PPS will be reaching out to share the daycare provider options and you will have the opportunity to vote for the one you feel is the best fit for our community. We will announce the daycare provider on June 10th. 

    Lastly, please mark your calendar for Project Community Cares in August. Project Community Care is a wonderful opportunity for community members to help beautify our school grounds before students return for the school year! Volunteers come together to complete tasks from weeding, to picking up litter, to spreading mulch around flower beds. Together we can grow a sense of community and school stewardship. Volunteers of all ages are welcome. Your time and energy will make a direct impact on students, families, teachers, and the neighborhood. This event runs between 9am-12pm on Saturday, August 27th - mark your calendars!

    Enjoy the sunny weather!
    Warmly, 

    Kit

     

    Upcoming Dates:

    •  May 25 -  Kinder Connect - Popsicles  3-4:00pm
    •  May 26th Open House 5:30 / End of Year picnic 6-7
    •  May 30th - No school Memorial Day
    • June 6th Field Day (Rain date - June 8th)
    • June 10th - Last Day of School
    Foundation

     

    Dear Maplewood School Community, thank you from the bottom of our hearts! This community stepped up and help us raise over $42,000, with some funds still coming in helping to exceed our original goal to fund two part-time Educational Assistant positions for next year. We are excited about working with Principal Galloway, Maplewood teachers and staff, and our amazing school community to help create the future of your Foundation. 

    If you are interested in learning more about Foundation please:

    Upcoming Dine Outs:
    Gourmet on the Go: hamburgers, hot dogs, sandwiches, and Kona Shaved Ice will be at the school picnic, Thursday, 5/26, 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm. These dine-outs will be the culmination of the Foundation Direct Giving campaign!

     

    The Old Spaghetti Factory

    June 6th, 7th, and 8th


    Note any extra funds raised by the Foundation which is part of The Fund for PPS Fund, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization will be carried over for staffing needs for the 2023-24 school year.

    Grade 5: Oaks Park Safety Patrol 

     

    Thank you to all the Grade 5 students for their help with keeping our school safe with their Crossing Guard duty and being Conflict Managers at recess. To thank our grade 5 students, they will go to Oaks Park on June 2nd.  No lunch needed because Portland Police provide and serve lunch to students.  Ride bracelets are provided for students for rides only - no Roller Skating,  Go Carts or the Newest  Roller Coaster.   Students and Teachers will take a field trip bus departing at 9:30am and returning to school at 2:00pm.  Chaperones will need to meet at Oaks Park. Thank you again 5th graders! YOU made a difference at Maplewood this year!
     


    Chrome Books

    Your child may bring home their Chromebook for the summer IF you sign a permission slip stating that you will care for the device. More information will come from your teacher soon. 


    Maple Bars and PJ's

    CERTIFICATES FOR MAPLE BARS FROM SESAME DONUTS COMING YOUR WAY THIS FRIDAY, May 27th!

    Dear Maplewood Families,

    From PTA to your kids, and in celebration of the now traditional Maple Bar and PJ day,
    teachers will hand out certificates for Maple Bars to be redeemed at Sesame Donuts. Gift certificates will be handed out on Friday, May 27th but can be redeemed any day.

    Enjoy!

    Your current PTA.

     


    Summer Camp - Young Audiences

    PPS recently accepted Young Audiences' proposal for a summer camp program free of cost to students/families. These programs will be at Markham Elementary, so we are opening up registration to students in surrounding schools as well as specifically working to employ counselors from feeder high schools. 

    Students entering 2-5th grade from the following schools are welcome to apply:
    Markham, Stephenson, Capitol Hill, Maplewood, Hayhurst, Rieke, & Bridlemile

    More information & registration application here: https://ya-or.org/summer-2022-art-camps-pps

     


     

     

    Summer Day Care at Maplewood

    SCCA - NOT Art4LIfe

    Time: 7:00 am to 6:00 pm.

    Five days a week: $250 per child.

    Daily drop-in: $60 per child.

    Sibling discount: 10%.

    Registration HERE

    Questions? Send an email to scca_kids@yahoo.com



    Summer Programs

     

    Summer is coming and PPS will be offering a number of summer programming opportunities for students!

     

    Summer Acceleration Academy (SAA): SAA is a joyful learning opportunity to support development in key literacy and math skills, as well as STEAM learning and projects! Students are selected based on academic needs for this is a free, four week program. Invitations will be sent by email from PPS Summer Acceleration - be sure to check your email!


    Summer Enrichment and Extended Learning: A wide variety of exciting summer enrichment and extended learning opportunities will be offered throughout the summer in partnership with community organizations and Portland Public Schools’ Racial Equity and Social Justice (RESJ) Department. Keep an eye out for program information and registration coming in mid-May!

     

     

    PPS Summer Site for Families: 

    Click HERE to learn about the many opportunities PPS is offering to students this summer. 

     


    Girl Scouts

    Girl Scout troop 10015 is open to new members who will be 5th graders next year. Members do not need to attend Maplewood Elementary school. Parents can email me at manda.bednarczyk@gmail.com or sign up online at girlscoutsosw.org
    Thank you so much!

    -Manda Bednarczyk


     

    Return to Maplewood?

    If you know someone who left Maplewood in the last few years and is interested in returning, we will be giving a tour on May 25th at 3:30. These tours will overlap with the Kinder Connect “Popsicles on the Playground” event - the kinders will have a 3:30 tour of Kindergarten and all others will tour the other grade levels.

     

     

    Running Late

    If your child is more than 10 minutes late to school (after 8:10), please walk them into the office and sign them into school. Thank you for your help with this. 

     

          Kindergarten Enrollment & Connection Events

     

    Register for Kindergarten!

    Do you have a child who will be 5 years old before September 1st?  Enroll now for Fall 2022!
    Your child needs to be 5 before  September 1st.  I will need to see 2 address verifications and an original birth certificate or passport to verify age for immediate enrollment. 

    Enroll online the link below- click the "new student" tab to begin:  

    https://www.pps.net/Page/14787    

    Paper enrollment may be done with me as well,  Email me any question @ sriley@pps.net.
    Enrolling promptly supports us in accurate tracking of students for adequate staffing.
    Happy Spring!

    Please have them reach out to Shannon Riley, our school secretary, to enroll ASAP (sriley@pps.net.) Send them to this webpage as well for information about our Kinder Connect events: https://www.pps.net/domain/6441

    Kinder Open Enrollment:Online enrollment  web page
    PPS:  https://www.pps.net/Page/868

    Kinder Connect Popsicles on the playground:
    May 18, 3-4pm (rain date - May 25th)

     

    Kinder Connect Carnival:
    August 21st, 4-5:30pm


     

     
    From School Counselor

    This month our Toolbox Tool is the Apology and Forgiveness Tool: I admit to my mistakes and work to forgive yours. It is represented by a container of school glue since this too is the "glue" that brings us together. A sincere apology opens the door to self-responsibility and forgiveness.  Forgiveness requires letting go of anger and judgement.  Apology and forgiveness helps repair broken relationships and allows us to work together as a healthier community.

    A Toolbox Poster to Put On Your Refrigerator



    Kendall Cunningham
    Maplewood Elementary School Counselor
    M-F 7:45-3:30
    503-916-6308
    Check out my website here for videos, resources, and info on our program at Maplewood!
    Counseling Request Google Form


    One of the secrets to staying young is to always do things you don't know how to do, to keep learning.
    Ruth Reichl, author and chef
    Attachments area
    Preview YouTube video Toolbox Apology and Forgiveness Tool


    Toolbox Apology and Forgiveness Tool


     
     

     


    Library News
     

     

    All books are due June 3 (can you believe it?!). The last day to check out books is May 25.
    Please start scouring your homes, backpacks, and cars for Maplewood Library books!

    ANY questions about books -- email Ms. Kordahl, kordahl@pps.net
    Pay for lost books here:  https://pps.schoolpay.com/

    Game boards for the Multnomah County Library Summer Reading program will be sent home in June.





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    PE News
    PE NEWS

    FIELD DAY VOLUNTEER SIGN UP
    THANK YOU to all the families that have signed up to volunteer for field day! I have added more spots because so many people have wanted to help! This will be a great opportunity to spend time with the school community. 


    Volunteers will be stationed at a field day activity to run and help with the activity. Our goal is to create a fun time for the students so drink your coffee and be ready to bring the energy! Classes will rotate through each station so you'll have a chance to see your child(ren). 

     Please email with any questions or stop by while I am on afternoon bus duty. Mweatherill@pps.net

    Sign up times for K-2 are 8:45-10:45 and grades 3-5 are 12:15-2:15. The event takes place on Monday, June 6 with the rain check date on June 8. 

    Sign up HERE

    Thanks for your support, 
    Megan Weatherill

    NOTES FROM THE KITCHEN
     
    Hello Friends. I can't believe it's that time of the year to clean out my freezer. This means that I will add random amounts of entrees on regular menu days so I can use up the inventory in my freezer.  For instance, I have 36 tamales. Not enough for everyone so will add on a day with less popular options. Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns. 

    Lunch Lady Amy

    Nutrition Services
     
    FREE/REDUCED PRICE MEAL APPLICATIONS AND ELIGIBILITY FOR FAMILIES

    Did you know if families are eligible for free or reduced price meals, they may also receive other extended benefits, fee reductions or waivers? Even though all students may eat school meals at no cost this school year, students enrolled in a school NOT listed as a CEP site may be eligible for meal benefits. Students enrolled at any of the schools listed as a CEP (Community Eligibility Provision) site, do not need to apply for meal benefits. While the meal benefits application may mean eligibility for meal services and is processed through the Nutrition Services department, it can also mean further support or savings beyond food and nutrition. The current school year eligibility expires June 30, yet families receive a 30 day carry over into the new school year. The 30 days allow families time to submit a new application for the 2022-23 school year without incurring meal charges.

    Families may be eligible for benefits through these options -

    • Directly certified through SNAP

    • Directly certified and identified through foster, migrant or McKinney Vento liaisons

    • By completing a meal benefit application based on income

    To submit an online meal application, click here or visit https://www.pps.net/Page/2464

    Proof of eligibility can be provided to families directly. Such requests should be emailed to mealbenefits@pps.net

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



    COVID

     

    COVID Protocol Updates:

    There are a few other key updates to our COVID protocols:

    • Physical Distancing is no longer mandated. OHA and ODE (via Ready Schools Safe Learners) recommend: “striving for at least 3 feet between students to the extent possible.” 

    • Effective March 12 all of Oregon will pause contract tracing and quarantine for the general population, including K-12 settings.

    • The Daily Illness Self-Screening Checklist has been updated to better reflect ODE/OHA definitions of illness, and more updates will be added next week once all guidance is finalized. 


    Site Council
     

    Site Council:

    I would like to start a site council for Maplewood for the 22-23 school year. If you are interested in joining this, please contact me at kgalloway@pps.net. I have shared details about Site Council in past newsletters if you would like more information.

    We will have our first meeting at the end of this school year to look at the school’s improvement plan for next year. Meetings will be held once a month after school from 2:30 - 3:30. Dates TBD. For more information on what the Site Council does, click HERE.


    Step-Up Day:

    We will have a day this spring for all students to visit the next grade level and meet the teachers. Since students will not know their placement for next year on this day, they will have an opportunity to meet both teachers of the next grade level and learn about the highlights of their new grade. This will take place on June 7th. 


    Class Placement: 
     

    Many of you are wondering when we will send out the new class placement lists. We will send these out in July so your child has time to connect with a few people from their new class over the summer.


    Student Class Placement
     

    We take class placement very seriously at Maplewood. Ensuring that we place a student with the proper teacher in a balanced community is our goal and we will be using a very systematic process to do so.

    Your child’s teacher knows your child very well; they know their strengths, how they learn, and what they need to meet their potential. With all this knowledge, teachers will work diligently in their Professional Learning Community (PLC) meeting, along with Morgan Whitney, to place students in a class for next year. Teachers will not place students based on a specific teacher, rather they will place them on the characteristics of the next year’s teachers and match them with the needs of each individual student (ex: great classroom management, loves to do art projects, etc…)

     

    These initial class lists will then be reviewed by each specialist teacher, our special education teacher, our school psychologist, our counselor and social worker and myself. Using this process, we are able to tap into all the knowledge of the staff who know your child, in addition to their teacher. Once balanced class communities are created, I will assign a teacher to the class lists. 

     

    Please know, this means that we do not accept teacher requests for placing your child in a class for next year.  If, for some reason, you feel there is pertinent information that we do not already know which will affect how your child should be placed, please refer to the March 30th Maplewood Memo for the form to fill out. 


  • Maplewood Memo May 11, 2022

     

     



    Principal's Message

     

    Hello Maplewood Families, 

    I hope this newsletter finds you well. Our teachers are still basking in the love from teacher appreciation week. Thank you to PTA for spoiling them and to all the families that did something to show your appreciation to your child(ren)’ s teacher. We truly have a special group of educators at Maplewood and I am glad we were able to make them feel appreciated. 

    I hope you had a wonderful Mother’s Day weekend. I was lucky to have my eldest son, Jack, come home for the weekend from UofO to celebrate with me. 

     

    This week marks the beginning of the Maplewood Foundation’s Direct Giving campaign. All funds raised will go towards hiring an Educational Assistant (EA) for next year. We currently have three part time EA’s and next year are only going to have enough money from Foundation to hire one EA. Please help us by donating so we can hire a second EA. http://www.maplewoodfoundation.com/donat


    On May 19th we have two different events. First, come visit your child’s classroom at the Open House at 5:30. Afterwards, join us for an all school End of Year Picnic. Just bring a blanket and grab some take out dinner from “Foundation Dine Out” restaurants (more info to come). These dine-outs will raise money for EAs and will be the culmination of the Foundation Direct Giving campaign! Please also mark your calendars for the rain date for these events - May 26th.

     

    As you may know, we have had an uptick in COVID cases. Please keep your child home if they show any symptoms. 

     

    Thank you, 

    Kit


     

     

     

    Upcoming Dates:

    •  May 17 -  Principal Chat 6:00pm
    •  May 17 -  PTA Mtg. 6:30pm
    •  May 18 -  Kinder Connect - Popscicles  3-4:00pm
    •  May 19th Open House 5:30 / End of Year picnic 6-7
    •  May 30th - No school Memorial Day

    Parent-Principal Chat 
    Tuesday, May 17 · 6:00 – 6:30pm
    Google Meet joining info
    Video call link: https://meet.google.com/mjj-qiva-zjo
    Or dial: ‪(US) +1 435-731-4959‬ PIN: ‪347 625 752‬#
    More phone numbers: https://tel.meet/mjj-qiva-zjo?pin=5158985631426
     


    FOUNDATION

    Direct Giving Campaign

    This week  kicks off Foundation's Direct Giving Campaign! Our goal is to raise $20,000 so we can hire a second Educational Assistant for next year. Please donate here:   http://www.maplewoodfoundation.com/donate/

     


    OBOB
     
    Maplewood's Battle of the Books has come to a close. Big congrats to all the kids that participated!
     
    Thank you to all the parent volunteers that helped our team moderate battles: Kari Martin, Manda Bednarczyk, Stephanie Hoover, Julie Furey, Michelle Ferretti, Janina Patterson, Natasha Carr, and Kara Kakuska!! We couldn't have done it without you!!
     
    Thank you to all the teachers for reading OBOB books in class and encouraging the kids. Thanks to Elin Kordahl for being amazing and helping create such an awesome experience!
     
    And finally congrats to this years' winners:

    3rd grade: Cookie Worms
    4th grade: Sushi Elephants
    5th grade: Fire Breathing Chickens
    The 2022-23 book list will be out soon, so get ready to start reading some new awesome books!

    Your Parent mOBOB team:
    Judy Brandt Reed, Dana Tucker Reber, Andrea Beyer and Heather Hanna Jones

    Running Late

    If your child is more than 10 minutes late to school (after 8:10), please walk them into the office and sign them into school. Thank you for your help with this. 

     

    Site Council
     

    Site Council:

    I would like to start a site council for Maplewood for the 22-23 school year. If you are interested in joining this, please contact me at kgalloway@pps.net. I have shared details about Site Council in past newsletters if you would like more information.

    We will have our first meeting at the end of this school year to look at the school’s improvement plan for next year. Meetings will be held once a month after school from 2:30 - 3:30. Dates TBD. For more information on what the Site Council does, click HERE.

     

    Maplewood Open House and End of Year Picnic
     

    Please mark your calendars for our Open House on May 19th from 5:30 - 6:00 (rain date May 26th.) Come and visit your child’s classroom at 5:30 before our picnic begins at 6:00.  We had hoped to have food trucks at the picnic, but unfortunately they are hard to come by these days. Therefore, we will have a dine-out option for you to grab a take-out order and bring to the picnic. Also, we have a special surprise for everyone from the Maplewood Staff - you do not want to miss this!

     

    Grade 5: Oaks Park Safety Patrol 

     

    Thank you to all the Grade 5 students for their help with keeping our school safe with their Crossing Guard duty and being Conflict Managers at recess. To thank our grade 5 students, they will go to Oaks Park on June 2nd.  No lunch needed because Portland Police provide and serve lunch to students.  Ride bracelets are provided for students for rides only - no Roller Skating,  Go Carts or the Newest  Roller Coaster.   Students and Teachers will take a field trip bus departing at 9:30am and returning to school at 2:00pm.  Chaperones will need to meet at Oaks Park. Thank you again 5th graders! YOU made a difference at Maplewood this year!
     



    Field Day

    PE NEWS

    FIELD DAY VOLUNTEER SIGN UP
    We will be hosting field day on June 6, the last Monday of the school year. One or two volunteers will be stationed at a field day activity. The volunteer time includes a half hour before field day begins to go over the activities and last minute set-up. Please email with any questions or stop by while I am on afternoon bus duty. Mweatherill@pps.net

    Sign up times for K-2 are 8:45-10:45 and grades 3-5 are 12:15-2:15. 

    Sign up HERE

    Thanks for your support, 
    Megan Weatherill


    Chrome Books

    Your child may bring home their Chromebook for the summer IF you sign a permission slip stating that you will care for the device. More information will come from your teacher soon. 



    PTA’s Parent and Pastries / Volunteer Appreciation:

    Our next PTA Parent and Pastries will be on June 2nd from 7:45 - 8:15. This will also be our volunteer appreciation event. If you have volunteered at Maplewood this year, please save this date. Invitations will be sent out later this month. Teachers will bake goodies for this event and students will have a special thank you decoration for our volunteers. 

     



    Step-Up Day:

    We will have a day this spring for all students to visit the next grade level and meet the teachers. Since students will not know their placement for next year on this day, they will have an opportunity to meet both teachers of the next grade level and learn about the highlights of their new grade. This will take place on June 7th. 



    Class Placement: 
     

    Many of you are wondering when we will send out the new class placement lists. We will send these out in July so your child has time to connect with a few people from their new class over the summer.



    Student Class Placement
     

    We take class placement very seriously at Maplewood. Ensuring that we place a student with the proper teacher in a balanced community is our goal and we will be using a very systematic process to do so.

    Your child’s teacher knows your child very well; they know their strengths, how they learn, and what they need to meet their potential. With all this knowledge, teachers will work diligently in their Professional Learning Community (PLC) meeting, along with Morgan Whitney, to place students in a class for next year. Teachers will not place students based on a specific teacher, rather they will place them on the characteristics of the next year’s teachers and match them with the needs of each individual student (ex: great classroom management, loves to do art projects, etc…)

     

    These initial class lists will then be reviewed by each specialist teacher, our special education teacher, our school psychologist, our counselor and social worker and myself. Using this process, we are able to tap into all the knowledge of the staff who know your child, in addition to their teacher. Once balanced class communities are created, I will assign a teacher to the class lists. 


    Please know, this means that we do not accept teacher requests for placing your child in a class for next year.  If, for some reason, you feel there is pertinent information that we do not already know which will affect how your child should be placed, please refer to the March 30th Maplewood Memo for the form to fill out. 


     

    Reporting Issues:
     

    I wanted to take a minute to discuss something that has come to my attention recently and may be helpful for us to review together. If your child comes home and reports an issue to you that happened at school, please inform your child’s teacher. Many times children don’t share when something has happened and therefore the problem is not addressed and may continue. We do take social issues very seriously at Maplewood and do our best to respond immediately; however, if we are not aware of an issue, we cannot solve it. So, please do be in touch if your child reports any social issues with you from their day. Thank you for your help with this!

     

     


    OSHU Screening Program 

    Based on the numbers of tests OHSU processes for PPS each week, there are many families who are enrolled and do not participate in the Screening Testing Program. If you could please return any UNOPENED sample collection kits to be used by others who are still using this resource, it would be greatly appreciated.

    If you would like for your child to be removed from the program please let the office know and we can remove them from the list of students that receive weekly test kits.  If at any time you would like to re-enroll just let the office know and they can be easily added back. 

    Also, If your child has tested positive, please do not do the testing for 90 following their positive result as there is a high chance the test result will come back positive. 

     



    COVID

     

    COVID Protocol Updates:

    This is our first week with optional masking; this is for students, teachers and visitors. There are a few other key updates to our COVID protocols:

    • Physical Distancing is no longer mandated. OHA and ODE (via Ready Schools Safe Learners) recommend: “striving for at least 3 feet between students to the extent possible.” 

    • Effective March 12 all of Oregon will pause contract tracing and quarantine for the general population, including K-12 settings.

    • The Daily Illness Self-Screening Checklist has been updated to better reflect ODE/OHA definitions of illness, and more updates will be added next week once all guidance is finalized. 


     

     

    Summer Day Care at Maplewood

    SCCA - NOT Art4LIfe

    Time: 7:00 am to 6:00 pm.

    Five days a week: $250 per child.

    Daily drop-in: $60 per child.

    Sibling discount: 10%.

    Registration HERE

    Questions? Send an email to scca_kids@yahoo.com



    Summer Programs

     

    Summer is coming and PPS will be offering a number of summer programming opportunities for students!

     

    Summer Acceleration Academy (SAA): SAA is a joyful learning opportunity to support development in key literacy and math skills, as well as STEAM learning and projects! Students are selected based on academic needs for this is a free, four week program. Invitations will be sent by email from PPS Summer Acceleration - be sure to check your email!


    Summer Enrichment and Extended Learning: A wide variety of exciting summer enrichment and extended learning opportunities will be offered throughout the summer in partnership with community organizations and Portland Public Schools’ Racial Equity and Social Justice (RESJ) Department. Keep an eye out for program information and registration coming in mid-May!

     

     

    PPS Summer Site for Families: 

    Click HERE to learn about the many opportunities PPS is offering to students this summer. 

     


     

    Return to Maplewood?

    If you know someone who left Maplewood in the last few years and is interested in returning, we will be giving a tour on May 18th at 3:30 (rain date May 25th.) These tours will overlap with the Kinder Connect “Popsicles on the Playground” event - the kinders will have a 3:30 tour of Kindergarten and all others will tour the other grade levels.

     

          Kindergarten Enrollment & Connection Events

     

    Register for Kindergarten!

    Do you have a child who will be 5 years old before September 1st?  Enroll now for Fall 2022!
    Your child needs to be 5 before  September 1st.  I will need to see 2 address verifications and an original birth certificate or passport to verify age for immediate enrollment. 

    Enroll online the link below- click the "new student" tab to begin:  

    https://www.pps.net/Page/14787    

    Paper enrollment may be done with me as well,  Email me any question @ sriley@pps.net.
    Enrolling promptly supports us in accurate tracking of students for adequate staffing.
    Happy Spring!

    Please have them reach out to Shannon Riley, our school secretary, to enroll ASAP (sriley@pps.net.) Send them to this webpage as well for information about our Kinder Connect events: https://www.pps.net/domain/6441

    Kinder Open Enrollment:Online enrollment  web page
    PPS:  https://www.pps.net/Page/868

    Kinder Connect Popsicles on the playground:
    May 18, 3-4pm (rain date - May 25th)

     

    Kinder Connect Carnival:
    August 21st, 4-5:30pm


     

     
    From School Counselor

    This month our Toolbox Tool is the Apology and Forgiveness Tool: I admit to my mistakes and work to forgive yours. It is represented by a container of school glue since this too is the "glue" that brings us together. A sincere apology opens the door to self-responsibility and forgiveness.  Forgiveness requires letting go of anger and judgement.  Apology and forgiveness helps repair broken relationships and allows us to work together as a healthier community.

    A Toolbox Poster to Put On Your Refrigerator



    Kendall Cunningham
    Maplewood Elementary School Counselor
    M-F 7:45-3:30
    503-916-6308
    Check out my website here for videos, resources, and info on our program at Maplewood!
    Counseling Request Google Form


    One of the secrets to staying young is to always do things you don't know how to do, to keep learning.
    Ruth Reichl, author and chef
    Attachments area
    Preview YouTube video Toolbox Apology and Forgiveness Tool


    Toolbox Apology and Forgiveness Tool


     
     

     


    Library News
     


    All books are due June 3 (can you believe it?!). The last book check out day is May 25.

    Please start scouring your homes, backpacks, and cars for Maplewood Library books!

    Game boards for the Multnomah County Library Summer Reading program will be sent home in June.
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    PE News

    It's that time of year when we look at summer camp offerings for our kids. We have found some resources to help pay for summer camps and also for sports leagues (I'll send this info out again in the fall!).  Please let me know if you have questions. 

    Portland Parks and Rec has a pay what you can option. Click HERE for more information. This applies to activities including arts and sports classes, swim lessons, hikes, and more. Click HERE for information on discounted summer programs. 

    This grant helps pay for day camps if your family makes less than $100.000. The deadline is April 1! https://avid4.com/scholarship/

    This grant helps pay for recreational sports teams up to 4x per year. It's easy to apply for with proof of the child on WIC, Medicaid or SNAP. Click HERE for more information. 

    This grant pays for associated costs (equipment) along with enrollment fees for travel and sport classes and travel sports. Click HERE for more information.

    Click HERE for a list of some summer camp offerings. Most camps offer financial assistance if you read their fine print. 

     

    Nutrition Services
     
    FREE/REDUCED PRICE MEAL APPLICATIONS AND ELIGIBILITY FOR FAMILIES

    Did you know if families are eligible for free or reduced price meals, they may also receive other extended benefits, fee reductions or waivers? Even though all students may eat school meals at no cost this school year, students enrolled in a school NOT listed as a CEP site may be eligible for meal benefits. Students enrolled at any of the schools listed as a CEP (Community Eligibility Provision) site, do not need to apply for meal benefits. While the meal benefits application may mean eligibility for meal services and is processed through the Nutrition Services department, it can also mean further support or savings beyond food and nutrition. The current school year eligibility expires June 30, yet families receive a 30 day carry over into the new school year. The 30 days allow families time to submit a new application for the 2022-23 school year without incurring meal charges.

    Families may be eligible for benefits through these options -

    • Directly certified through SNAP

    • Directly certified and identified through foster, migrant or McKinney Vento liaisons

    • By completing a meal benefit application based on income

    To submit an online meal application, click here or visit https://www.pps.net/Page/2464

    Proof of eligibility can be provided to families directly. Such requests should be emailed to mealbenefits@pps.net

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



    PTA  Last Meeting This Year




    Maplewood PTA Needs You

     

     

     

  • Maplewood Memo April 27,2022


    Principal's Message

     

     

    Greetings Maplewood Families, 

    I hope this newsletter finds you well. I have been enjoying the beautiful days the weather has been giving us and hope you and your family have as well. There are lots of announcements as we approach the end of the school year. Please see below for details. As always, if you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to reach out to me at kgalloway@pps.net.

     

    Thank you, 

    Kit

     

     

    Upcoming Dates:

    •  April 29 - Poem in Your Pocket Day
    •  May 17 -  Principal Chat 6:00pm
    •  May 17 -  PTA Mtg. 6:30pm
    •  May 18 -  Kinder Connect - Popscicles  3-4:00pm
    •  May 19th Open House 5:30 / End of Year picnic 6-7
    •  May 30th - No school Memorial Day

    Parent-Principal Chat 
    Tuesday, May 17 · 6:00 – 6:30pm
    Google Meet joining info
    Video call link: https://meet.google.com/mjj-qiva-zjo
    Or dial: ‪(US) +1 435-731-4959‬ PIN: ‪347 625 752‬#
    More phone numbers: https://tel.meet/mjj-qiva-zjo?pin=5158985631426

     


    PTA is planning to celebrate our wonderful teachers next week! Highlighted areas are where we need your help!

     

    Monday - LUNCH FOR TEACHERS (provided by PTA)
    VOLUNTEER MONDAY AFTERNOON from 4-6 at the school.
    Come decorate doorways for each teacher. Bring any supplies you have. There will be supplies on hand, as well. At least one parent per classroom would be ideal and kids can help too!
    Contact maplewoodvolcoord@gmail.com to volunteer.

    Tuesday - DOORWAY DECORATION AND LOVE NOTES
    Send your child with a sweet note, poem, etc for their teacher.

    Wednesday - COFFEE AND PASTRIES FOR TEACHERS AND STAFF (provided by PTA)

    Thursday - FLOWERS FOR TEACHERS
    Send your child to school with 1 or 2 flowers. PTA will provide vases and extra flowers for kids so everyone can contribute.

    Friday - HAPPY HOUR FOR TEACHERS (1st drink and food is provided by PTA)


     

     


    Running Late

    If your child is more than 10 minutes late to school (after 8:10), please walk them into the office and sign them into school. Thank you for your help with this. 


     

    Site Council
     

    Site Council:

    I would like to start a site council for Maplewood for the 22-23 school year. If you are interested in joining this, please contact me at kgalloway@pps.net. I have shared details about Site Council in past newsletters if you would like more information.

    We will have our first meeting at the end of this school year to look at the school’s improvement plan for next year. Meetings will be held once a month after school from 2:30 - 3:30. Dates TBD. For more information on what the Site Council does, click HERE.

     

     

     

    Maplewood Open House and End of Year Picnic
     

    Maplewood Open House and End of Year Picnic:
    Please mark your calendars for our Open House on May 19th from 5:30 - 6:00 (rain date May 26th.) Come and visit your child’s classroom at 5:30 before our picnic begins at 6:00. Our picnic will have food trucks and a special surprise from the Maplewood Staff - you do not want to miss this!

     

    Grade 5: Oaks Park Safety Patrol 

     

    Thank you to all the Grade 5 students for their help with keeping our school safe with their Crossing Guard duty and being Conflict Managers at recess. To thank our grade 5 students, they will go to Oaks Park on June 2nd.  No lunch needed because Portland Police provide and serve lunch to students.  Ride bracelets are provided for students for rides only - no Roller Skating,  Go Carts or the Newest  Roller Coaster.   Students and Teachers will take a field trip bus departing at 9:30am and returning to school at 2:00pm.  Chaperones will need to meet at Oaks Park. Thank you again 5th graders! YOU made a difference at Maplewood this year!
     



    Field Day

    PE NEWS

    FIELD DAY VOLUNTEER SIGN UP
    We will be hosting field day on June 6, the last Monday of the school year. One or two volunteers will be stationed at a field day activity. The volunteer time includes a half hour before field day begins to go over the activities and last minute set-up. Please email with any questions or stop by while I am on afternoon bus duty. Mweatherill@pps.net

    Sign up times for K-2 are 8:45-10:45 and grades 3-5 are 12:15-2:15. 

    Sign up HERE

    Thanks for your support, 
    Megan Weatherill



    PTA’s Parent and Pastries:

    On May 4th, PTA will have pastries and coffee in the gym again from 7:45 - 8:15am for all parents. This is an opportunity for our community to begin to connect again and to share a cup of coffee and nibbles together. So, drop your kids to school and join us!

     



    Lunch under tents? 

    This spring, when the weather improves, do you feel we should move our lunches to the tents outside? We will have the tents for the remainder of the school year.  Please let me know your preference HERE. Thanks!



    Step-Up Day:

    We will have a day this spring for all students to visit the next grade level and meet the teachers. Since students will not know their placement for next year on this day, they will have an opportunity to meet both teachers of the next grade level. Date TBD.



    Class Placement: 
     

    Many of you are wondering when we will send out the new class placement lists. We will send these out in July so your child has time to connect with a few people from their new class over the summer.



    Student Class Placement
     

    We take class placement very seriously at Maplewood. Ensuring that we place a student with the proper teacher in a balanced community is our goal and we will be using a very systematic process to do so.

    Your child’s teacher knows your child very well; they know their strengths, how they learn, and what they need to meet their potential. With all this knowledge, teachers will work diligently in their Professional Learning Community (PLC) meeting, along with Morgan Whitney, to place students in a class for next year. Teachers will not place students based on a specific teacher, rather they will place them on the characteristics of the next year’s teachers and match them with the needs of each individual student (ex: great classroom management, loves to do art projects, etc…)

     

    These initial class lists will then be reviewed by each specialist teacher, our special education teacher, our school psychologist, our counselor and social worker and myself. Using this process, we are able to tap into all the knowledge of the staff who know your child, in addition to their teacher. Once balanced class communities are created, I will assign a teacher to the class lists. 


    Please know, this means that we do not accept teacher requests for placing your child in a class for next year.  If, for some reason, you feel there is pertinent information that we do not already know which will affect how your child should be placed, please let us know by filling out THIS form no later than May 6th.


     

    Reporting Issues:
     

    I wanted to take a minute to discuss something that has come to my attention recently and may be helpful for us to review together. If your child comes home and reports an issue to you that happened at school, please inform your child’s teacher. Many times children don’t share when something has happened and therefore the problem is not addressed and may continue. We do take social issues very seriously at Maplewood and do our best to respond immediately; however, if we are not aware of an issue, we cannot solve it. So, please do be in touch if your child reports any social issues with you from their day. Thank you for your help with this!

     



    FOUNDATION

    Direct Giving Campaign

    Shortly after we return from spring break the Maplewood Foundation will begin our Direct Giving Campaign to hire EAs for next year. Currently there is enough money to hire 1 part-time EA. Our goal is to hire at least one more EA which means we will need to dig deep into those pockets and raise around $20,000. I feel confident that with one more EA we will be able to run a similar program as we have done this year. If you are impatient and just want to give now, please follow this link to donate: http://www.maplewoodfoundation.com/donate/

     

     


    OSHU Screening Program 

    Based on the numbers of tests OHSU processes for PPS each week, there are many families who are enrolled and do not participate in the Screening Testing Program. If you could please return any UNOPENED sample collection kits to be used by others who are still using this resource, it would be greatly appreciated.

    If you would like for your child to be removed from the program please let the office know and we can remove them from the list of students that receive weekly test kits.  If at any time you would like to re-enroll just let the office know and they can be easily added back. 

    Also, If your child has tested positive, please do not do the testing for 90 following their positive result as there is a high chance the test result will come back positive. 

     



    COVID

     

    COVID Protocol Updates:

    This is our first week with optional masking; this is for students, teachers and visitors. There are a few other key updates to our COVID protocols:

    • Physical Distancing is no longer mandated. OHA and ODE (via Ready Schools Safe Learners) recommend: “striving for at least 3 feet between students to the extent possible.” 

    • Effective March 12 all of Oregon will pause contract tracing and quarantine for the general population, including K-12 settings.

    • The Daily Illness Self-Screening Checklist has been updated to better reflect ODE/OHA definitions of illness, and more updates will be added next week once all guidance is finalized. 



    Summer Programs

     

    Summer is coming and PPS will be offering a number of summer programming opportunities for students!

     

    Summer Acceleration Academy (SAA): SAA is a joyful learning opportunity to support development in key literacy and math skills, as well as STEAM learning and projects! Students are selected based on academic needs for this is a free, four week program. Invitations will be sent by email from PPS Summer Acceleration - be sure to check your email!


    Summer Enrichment and Extended Learning: A wide variety of exciting summer enrichment and extended learning opportunities will be offered throughout the summer in partnership with community organizations and Portland Public Schools’ Racial Equity and Social Justice (RESJ) Department. Keep an eye out for program information and registration coming in mid-May!

     

     

    PPS Summer Site for Families: 

    Click HERE to learn about the many opportunities PPS is offering to students this summer. 

     


     

    Return to Maplewood?

    If you know someone who left Maplewood in the last few years and is interested in returning, we will be giving a tour on May 18th at 3:30 (rain date May 25th.) These tours will overlap with the Kinder Connect “Popsicles on the Playground” event - the kinders will have a 3:30 tour of Kindergarten and all others will tour the other grade levels.

     

          Kindergarten Enrollment & Connection Events

     

    Register for Kindergarten!

    Do you have a child who will be 5 years old before September 1st?  Enroll now for Fall 2022!
    Your child needs to be 5 before  September 1st.  I will need to see 2 address verifications and an original birth certificate or passport to verify age for immediate enrollment. 

    Enroll online the link below- click the "new student" tab to begin:  

    https://www.pps.net/Page/14787    

    Paper enrollment may be done with me as well,  Email me any question @ sriley@pps.net.
    Enrolling promptly supports us in accurate tracking of students for adequate staffing.
    Happy Spring!

    Please have them reach out to Shannon Riley, our school secretary, to enroll ASAP (sriley@pps.net.) Send them to this webpage as well for information about our Kinder Connect events: https://www.pps.net/domain/6441

    Kinder Open Enrollment:Online enrollment  web page
    PPS:  https://www.pps.net/Page/868

    Kinder Connect Popsicles on the playground:
    May 18, 3-4pm (rain date - May 25th)

     

    Kinder Connect Carnival:
    August 21st, 4-5:30pm


     



    From the School Counselor

    Each day I give out prizes to students who are working on specific goals.  My prize box gets depleted quickly.  If you'd like to donate any prizes (party favors, bouncy balls, stickers, fancy pencils, small figurines, matchbox cars, etc.) I would love to repurpose those items by putting them in my prize box.  If you don't have any of those little items in your home but would like to donate, visit my Amazon wishlist HERE . No need to donate, but if you are able and would like to, I would gladly receive these items to replenish the prize box.

    Take care. 

    Kendall Cunningham
    Maplewood Elementary School Counselor
    M-F 7:45-3:30
    503-916-6308
    Check out my website here for videos, resources, and info on our program at Maplewood!
    Counseling Request Google Form
     

     


    Library News
     

    Celebrate National Poem In Your Pocket Day on Friday, April 29:
    Please remind your child to wear clothing with pockets on April 29, and encourage your child to write their own poem.  Everyone will carry a poem in their pocket on Friday! Poems will be available in the library, too, for students (and adults) who forget.

    Books, books, books:
    Please look for overdue books in your homes and cars! Email kordahl@pps.net with any questions or concerns.

    OBOB:
    Congratulations to the 100+students who participated in OBOB at Maplewood! Winners will be announced soon -- we had such long battles that we have one more, April 27, to declare the 5th grade winner.


     

    PE News

    It's that time of year when we look at summer camp offerings for our kids. We have found some resources to help pay for summer camps and also for sports leagues (I'll send this info out again in the fall!).  Please let me know if you have questions. 

    Portland Parks and Rec has a pay what you can option. Click HERE for more information. This applies to activities including arts and sports classes, swim lessons, hikes, and more. Click HERE for information on discounted summer programs. 

    This grant helps pay for day camps if your family makes less than $100.000. The deadline is April 1! https://avid4.com/scholarship/

    This grant helps pay for recreational sports teams up to 4x per year. It's easy to apply for with proof of the child on WIC, Medicaid or SNAP. Click HERE for more information. 

    This grant pays for associated costs (equipment) along with enrollment fees for travel and sport classes and travel sports. Click HERE for more information.

    Click HERE for a list of some summer camp offerings. Most camps offer financial assistance if you read their fine print. 

     

    Notes from the Kitchen
     
    Hello Friends,

    At mealtimes, do you allow your kids to use multiple spoons and forks at home? I’m guessing most folks will say no. We have been going through the plastic spoons and forks at alarming rate. I have noticed lots of kids taking one spoon for peaches, one spoon for kiwi, one spoon for chickpeas and a fork for their nuggets (for example). Please talk to your kids about using only the utensils they really need, one fork and one spoon at most.

    Because we’re talking about waste, I’d love it if when you were talking to them about forks and spoons you talked to them about condiments. Please advise them to only take the amount they are going to use. They can always come back and get more. There is really no need to fill up with ketchup a whole section on a plate. My husband still struggles with this. Haha

    As always, thank you for your support. Please feel free to contact me with any questions, concerns or suggestions. Let’s rock these last couple weeks!

    -Ms. Amy

     

    Nutrition Services
     
    FREE/REDUCED PRICE MEAL APPLICATIONS AND ELIGIBILITY FOR FAMILIES

    Did you know if families are eligible for free or reduced price meals, they may also receive other extended benefits, fee reductions or waivers? Even though all students may eat school meals at no cost this school year, students enrolled in a school NOT listed as a CEP site may be eligible for meal benefits. Students enrolled at any of the schools listed as a CEP (Community Eligibility Provision) site, do not need to apply for meal benefits. While the meal benefits application may mean eligibility for meal services and is processed through the Nutrition Services department, it can also mean further support or savings beyond food and nutrition. The current school year eligibility expires June 30, yet families receive a 30 day carry over into the new school year. The 30 days allow families time to submit a new application for the 2022-23 school year without incurring meal charges.

    Families may be eligible for benefits through these options -

    • Directly certified through SNAP

    • Directly certified and identified through foster, migrant or McKinney Vento liaisons

    • By completing a meal benefit application based on income

    To submit an online meal application, click here or visit https://www.pps.net/Page/2464

    Proof of eligibility can be provided to families directly. Such requests should be emailed to mealbenefits@pps.net

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

     

    Spring Clean Up:

    Thank you to the Garden Committee for their amazing clean up this past weekend. The area behind our grade 5 portable has been transformed! Maplewood is looking great - thank you to all of those who came out to help.


    Summer Programs
     

    Summer is coming and PPS will be offering a number of summer programming opportunities for students!

    Summer Acceleration Academy (SAA): SAA is a joyful learning opportunity to support development in key literacy and math skills, as well as STEAM learning and projects! Students are selected based on academic needs for this is a free, four week program. Invitations will be sent by email from PPS Summer Acceleration - be sure to check your email!

    Summer Enrichment and Extended Learning: A wide variety of exciting summer enrichment and extended learning opportunities will be offered throughout the summer in partnership with community organizations and Portland Public Schools’ Racial Equity and Social Justice (RESJ) Department. Keep an eye out for program information and registration coming in mid-May!



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  • Maplewood Memo April 13th, 2022

    Principal's Message

     

     

    Greetings Maplewood Families, 

    I am writing this newsletter on Monday morning with the disbelief that it is actually a snow day in April. Ya just never know what’s comin’ these days. I hope you were all able to enjoy a little snow time with your child(ren). 

    Spring is a busy time in Elementary schools and Maplewood is no different. We have a busy next couple months ahead. Buckle up and enjoy the ride - lots of fun to come!

    Thank you for all of your support. Please do reach out if you have any questions or concerns or feedback. 

    Kit Galloway

     

     

     

     

    Upcoming Dates:

    • April 16 - Native Plant Sale 9:00-1:00pm
    • April 19-  PTA Mtg. 6:30pm
    • “All About Kindergarten” Presentation: Thursday, April 21 · 6:00 – 6:30pm Video call link: https://meet.google.com/pwc-zpuq-rcf
    • May 19th Open House 5:30 / End of Year picnic 6-7

    Parent-Principal Chat 
    Tuesday, April 19,· 6:00 – 6:30pm
    Google Meet joining info
    Video call link: https://meet.google.com/mjj-qiva-zjo
    Or dial: ‪(US) +1 435-731-4959‬ PIN: ‪347 625 752‬#
    More phone numbers: https://tel.meet/mjj-qiva-zjo?pin=5158985631426

     


     

     


    Running Late

    If your child is more than 10 minutes late to school (after 8:10), please walk them into the office and sign them into school. Thank you for your help with this. 


     

    Site Council

    Maplewood is currently looking for parent volunteers to join the new Maplewood Site Council for the 2022-2023 school year. If you are interested, please email me at kgalloway@pps.net. We will have our first meeting at the end of this school year to look at the school’s improvement plan for next year. Meetings will be held once a month after school from 2:30 - 3:30. Dates TBD. For more information on what the Site Council does, click HERE.

     

     

     

    Maplewood Open House and End of Year Picnic

    We are aware that this school year has been particularly challenging for parents because they have not been in their child(ren)’s classroom. We would like to invite you to the Maplewood Open House on May 19th where families can visit their child(ren)’s classroom from 5:30 - 6:00. Following the Open House, throw a blanket on the field and join us for a community picnic from 6:00 - 7:00. Foundation will have food trucks available or you can bring your picnic dinner. We look forward to opportunities like this to bring our community back together again. Mark your calendars! (The rain date will be May 26th.)

     

     

     

    Grade 5: Oaks Park Safety Patrol 

     

    Thank you to all the Grade 5 students for their help with keeping our school safe with their Crossing Guard duty and being Conflict Managers at recess. To thank our grade 5 students, they will go to Oaks Park on June 2nd.  No lunch needed because Portland Police provide and serve lunch to students.  Ride bracelets are provided for students for rides only - no Roller Skating,  Go Carts or the Newest  Roller Coaster.   Students and Teachers will take a field trip bus departing at 9:30am and returning to school at 2:00pm.  Chaperones will need to meet at Oaks Park. Thank you again 5th graders! YOU made a difference at Maplewood this year!

     

     

     

    Field Day

    Field day is planned for Monday, June 6th. Thanks to PTA we will also have a bouncy house for field day this year. We can’t wait to get out and have a blast together as a school.  (Rain day is Wednesday, June 8th.)

     

     

    Ms. Weatherill/Field day:

    SAVE THE DATE - A volunteer sign up will be sent out in the next newsletter. The grades K-2 field day will take place in the morning around 9-10:15 and I'll ask volunteers to add about 20 minutes on each side to help. Grades 3-5 field day will be in the afternoon from 12:45-2 and I'll also ask for extra time on each end to help. Thanks for your support! 

    Kindergarten Connect

    Do you know any upcoming Kindergarteners in our area? Please invite them to our “All About Kindergarten” presentation on Thursday, April 21 · 6:00 – 6:30pm. (Video call link: https://meet.google.com/pwc-zpuq-rcf) Ms. Thomas and Ms. Riscol and I will share all about what it is like to be in Kindergarten at Maplewood. Attendees will learn about our curriculum, our staff and how to help your child be prepared for kindergarten. We look forward to seeing you there!

     

     


    Earth Day at Maplewood

    Thanks to Monica Smiley and Andrea Beyer, the Garden Committee has arranged for many ways Maplewood will be celebrating Earth Day. Some first and second grade classes will have visiting presentations from The Audubon Society. Grade 3 is getting digital cameras and photo paper to do a visual native plant project. Fourth grade is planning to plant some camas during their recess to align with their Indigenous first foods curriculum. 5th grade is getting bird feeders and field guides.  And on top of all that, the Garden Committee is planning to do a natural areas clean up and planting event on the 24th. Thank you again to the Garden Committee for all of this work and support of our student’s learning about our planet. 

     

     

     

    OBOB

    Thank you to the leaders and volunteers of OBOB. Our students are so excited about the competitions and it seems there is always someone checking out the OBOB bracket in the hall. A special thank you to Dana Reber, Heather Jones, Judy Reed, Elin Kordahl and all the parent volunteers who have worked diligently to pull this off.  

     

    PTA’s Parent and Pastries:

    PTA will be providing pastries and coffee for parents in the gym on the first Wednesday of the month for the remainder of the school year. (May 4th, June 1st - 7:45 - 8:15.) After you drop your child off at school, join us in the gym. Our community has been isolated for a long time and with COVID protocols loosening, we feel now is a good time to start reconnecting with each other. Mark your calendars and join us!


    Lunch under tents? 

    This spring, when the weather improves, do you feel we should move our lunches to the tents outside? We will have the tents for the remainder of the school year.  Please let me know your preference HERE. Thanks!


    Student Class Placement

    We take class placement very seriously at Maplewood. Ensuring that we place a student with the proper teacher in a balanced community is our goal and we will be using a very systematic process to do so.
     

    Your child’s teacher knows your child very well; they know their strengths, how they learn, and what they need to meet their potential. With all this knowledge, teachers will work diligently in their Professional Learning Community (PLC) meeting, along with Morgan Whitney, to place students in a class for next year. Teachers will not place students based on a specific teacher, rather they will place them on the characteristics of the next year’s teachers and match them with the needs of each individual student (ex: great classroom management, loves to do art projects, etc…)

     

    These initial class lists will then be reviewed by each specialist teacher, our special education teacher, our school psychologist, our counselor and social worker and myself. Using this process, we are able to tap into all the knowledge of the staff who know your child, in addition to their teacher. Once balanced class communities are created, I will assign a teacher to the class lists. 


    Please know, this means that we do not accept teacher requests for placing your child in a class for next year.  If, for some reason, you feel there is pertinent information that we do not already know which will affect how your child should be placed, please let us know by filling out THIS form no later than May 6th.


    FOUNDATION

    Direct Giving Campaign

    Shortly after we return from spring break the Maplewood Foundation will begin our Direct Giving Campaign to hire EAs for next year. Currently there is enough money to hire 1 part-time EA. Our goal is to hire at least one more EA which means we will need to dig deep into those pockets and raise around $20,000. I feel confident that with one more EA we will be able to run a similar program as we have done this year. If you are impatient and just want to give now, please follow this link to donate: http://www.maplewoodfoundation.com/donate/

     

     

    OSHU Screening Program 

    Based on the numbers of tests OHSU processes for PPS each week, there are many families who are enrolled and do not participate in the Screening Testing Program. If you could please return any UNOPENED sample collection kits to be used by others who are still using this resource, it would be greatly appreciated.

    If you would like for your child to be removed from the program please let the office know and we can remove them from the list of students that receive weekly test kits.  If at any time you would like to re-enroll just let the office know and they can be easily added back. 


    COVID

     

    COVID Protocol Updates:

    This is our first week with optional masking; this is for students, teachers and visitors. There are a few other key updates to our COVID protocols:

    • Physical Distancing is no longer mandated. OHA and ODE (via Ready Schools Safe Learners) recommend: “striving for at least 3 feet between students to the extent possible.” 

    • Effective March 12 all of Oregon will pause contract tracing and quarantine for the general population, including K-12 settings.

    • The Daily Illness Self-Screening Checklist has been updated to better reflect ODE/OHA definitions of illness, and more updates will be added next week once all guidance is finalized. 


    Summer Programs

     

    Summer is coming and PPS will be offering a number of summer programming opportunities for students!

     

    Summer Acceleration Academy (SAA): SAA is a joyful learning opportunity to support development in key literacy and math skills, as well as STEAM learning and projects! Students are selected based on academic needs for this is a free, four week program. Invitations will be sent by email from PPS Summer Acceleration - be sure to check your email!


    Summer Enrichment and Extended Learning: A wide variety of exciting summer enrichment and extended learning opportunities will be offered throughout the summer in partnership with community organizations and Portland Public Schools’ Racial Equity and Social Justice (RESJ) Department. Keep an eye out for program information and registration coming in mid-May!

     

          Kindergarten Enrollment & Connection Events

     

    Register for Kindergarten!


    If you know a child who will be ready for kindergarten in the fall, please encourage their family to register them as soon as possible. It helps us determine the number of students to expect and funding can be based on this information. Thank you!
     

    Please have them reach out to Shannon Riley, our school secretary, to enroll ASAP (sriley@pps.net.) Send them to this webpage as well for information about our Kinder Connect events: https://www.pps.net/domain/6441

    Kinder Open Enrollment:

    Online enrollment  web page PPS:  https://www.pps.net/Page/868All About Kindergarten” Presentation:
    Thursday, April 21 · 6:00 – 6:30pm

    Video call link: https://meet.google.com/pwc-zpuq-rcf

    Popsicles on the Playground:
    May 19, 3-4pm (rain date = May 25th)

    Kinder Carnival:
    August 21st, 4-5:30pm

    If you have any enrollment questions please email Ms. Riley at sriley@pps.net.



    From the School Counselor

    Each day I give out prizes to students who are working on specific goals.  My prize box gets depleted quickly.  If you'd like to donate any prizes (party favors, bouncy balls, stickers, fancy pencils, small figurines, matchbox cars, etc.) I would love to repurpose those items by putting them in my prize box.  If you don't have any of those little items in your home but would like to donate, visit my Amazon wishlist HERE . No need to donate, but if you are able and would like to, I would gladly receive these items to replenish the prize box.

    Take care. 

    Kendall Cunningham
    Maplewood Elementary School Counselor
    M-F 7:45-3:30
    503-916-6308
    Check out my website here for videos, resources, and info on our program at Maplewood!
    Counseling Request Google Form
     

     


    PE News

    It's that time of year when we look at summer camp offerings for our kids. We have found some resources to help pay for summer camps and also for sports leagues (I'll send this info out again in the fall!).  Please let me know if you have questions. 

    Portland Parks and Rec has a pay what you can option. Click HERE for more information. This applies to activities including arts and sports classes, swim lessons, hikes, and more. Click HERE for information on discounted summer programs. 

    This grant helps pay for day camps if your family makes less than $100.000. The deadline is April 1! https://avid4.com/scholarship/

    This grant helps pay for recreational sports teams up to 4x per year. It's easy to apply for with proof of the child on WIC, Medicaid or SNAP. Click HERE for more information. 

    This grant pays for associated costs (equipment) along with enrollment fees for travel and sport classes and travel sports. Click HERE for more information.

    Click HERE for a list of some summer camp offerings. Most camps offer financial assistance if you read their fine print. 
     

    Notes from the Kitchen
     
    Hello Friends. My freezer is down again. This means that I may have to change what I'm serving. I may be adding entrees or changing entrees. For example, if I don't cook all the pizza in a case on Thursday, I'll have to cook the rest on Friday.  A work order has been placed, but I have no idea when the freezer will be fixed. Please explain to your children that I have no control over this, and I appreciate their flexibility.

    I also wanted to say a huge thank you for the lovely Classified Appreciation Week. It's nice to be recognized. I love being a part of our Maplewood community. Thank you for your support! As always, please reach out to me if you have any questions or concerns.

    Lunch Lady Amy

     

    Nutrition Services
     
    FREE/REDUCED PRICE MEAL APPLICATIONS AND ELIGIBILITY FOR FAMILIES

    Did you know if families are eligible for free or reduced price meals, they may also receive other extended benefits, fee reductions or waivers? Even though all students may eat school meals at no cost this school year, students enrolled in a school NOT listed as a CEP site may be eligible for meal benefits. Students enrolled at any of the schools listed as a CEP (Community Eligibility Provision) site, do not need to apply for meal benefits. While the meal benefits application may mean eligibility for meal services and is processed through the Nutrition Services department, it can also mean further support or savings beyond food and nutrition. The current school year eligibility expires June 30, yet families receive a 30 day carry over into the new school year. The 30 days allow families time to submit a new application for the 2022-23 school year without incurring meal charges.

    Families may be eligible for benefits through these options -

    • Directly certified through SNAP

    • Directly certified and identified through foster, migrant or McKinney Vento liaisons

    • By completing a meal benefit application based on income

    To submit an online meal application, click here or visit https://www.pps.net/Page/2464

    Proof of eligibility can be provided to families directly. Such requests should be emailed to mealbenefits@pps.net

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



    Need Applicants!

    We currently have a 90 day position open for someone to cover lunch duty. This runs from 10:45 - 1:15 daily. If you are interested, please contact kgalloway@pps.net as soon as possible. This is a much needed position now that we have indoor lunch.
     



    BUS SNOW ROUTES
     

    Summer is coming and PPS will be offering a number of summer programming opportunities for students!

    Summer Acceleration Academy (SAA): SAA is a joyful learning opportunity to support development in key literacy and math skills, as well as STEAM learning and projects! Students are selected based on academic needs for this is a free, four week program. Invitations will be sent by email from PPS Summer Acceleration - be sure to check your email!

    Summer Enrichment and Extended Learning: A wide variety of exciting summer enrichment and extended learning opportunities will be offered throughout the summer in partnership with community organizations and Portland Public Schools’ Racial Equity and Social Justice (RESJ) Department. Keep an eye out for program information and registration coming in mid-May!


    PTA

    Ordering a yearbook
    :
     Last day to order is March 31st! You can submit payment to the office ($25) or order online (SCHOOL ID: 704245). Yearbooks will be available for distribution at the end of the school year. 
    Content for the book: We still need candid photos of students, so please keep them coming until March 25th! To submit photos, you can set up an account on https://buytheyearbook.pictavo.com and upload your photos for consideration or email pictures to maplewoodpdxyearbook@gmail.com. When submitting photos, please include the name(s) of the student(s) and grade(s).
    5th grade tributes: Absolute last call! I’ve received tributes for about 75% of fifth graders, but I’d love to see us reach 100%. Here is what’s needed:
    ·        Please send in a baby or childhood picture and a short message (up to 90 words). Be sure to include your child’s name and specify how you’d like to sign the message.
    ·        Submit photos and messages ASAP. You can email messages and photos to Laura Miller. 
    If you have any questions, you can ask me or email maplewoodpdxyearbook@gmail.com. Thanks!

     

    Lunch Volunteers
    Thank you to the Lunch & Recess volunteers that have been helping the last few weeks, it is a much appreciated help.  We are still in need of more volunteers if you are available for any of the Lunch or Recess Shifts.     Please let us know if you are able to help by contacting Magali, at maplewoodvolcoord@gmail.com.

    Kinder Lunch:   10:45-11:05                                                              Kinder Recess: 11:10-11:30
    First Grade Lunch:  11:10-11:30                                                        First Grade Recess:  10:45-11:05
    Second Grade Lunch:  11:35-11:55                                                  Second Grade Recess: 12:00-12:20
    Third Grade Lunch: 12:00-12:20                                                       Third Grade Recess: 11:35-11:55
    Fourth Grade Lunch: 12:25-12:45                                                     Fourth Grade Recess: 12:50-1:10
    Fifth Grade Lunch: 12:50-1:10                                                          Fifth Grade Recess: 12:25-12:45


     

     

     


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  • Maplewood memo March 16, 2022


    Principal's Message
     

    Greetings Maplewood Families, 

    When you receive this we will only have two more school days until spring break! This year has certainly been a busy one and time has flown because of it. Those kindergarteners are looking more like first graders and those grade five students are looking like middle schoolers. Hard to believe there are only 3 months left before summer begins.

    Spring break offers an opportunity to rest and fill the soul as needed. I find it is also a time of reflection and goal setting for the remainder of the year. I want to take this opportunity to say thank you to this amazing community. I have felt so much support from you all as I have navigated my first year as a principal. I have been given grace and forgiveness when I may not have handled something like an expert and I have been lucky enough to receive your kind words of support, whether in emails, notes, or in passing. I continue to wake up each day looking forward to coming to work and much of that is because of the awesome Maplewood community. Thank you.

    Warmly, 

    Kit

     

     

     

    Upcoming Dates:

    • Spirit Week = March 14 
    • March 21-25 - Spring Break - No School.  Return March 28th
    • March 31st Class Pictures
    • April 8 -  Teacher Planning No School for Students
    • April 16 - Native Plant Sale 9:00-1:00pm
    • “All About Kindergarten” Presentation: Thursday, April 21 · 6:00 – 6:30pm Video call link: https://meet.google.com/pwc-zpuq-rcf

    Parent-Principal Chat 
    Tuesday, April 19,· 6:00 – 6:30pm
    Google Meet joining info
    Video call link: https://meet.google.com/mjj-qiva-zjo
    Or dial: ‪(US) +1 435-731-4959‬ PIN: ‪347 625 752‬#
    More phone numbers: https://tel.meet/mjj-qiva-zjo?pin=5158985631426

     


    From Ms. Smith

    Hi!  I have had the pleasure of meeting several of you over the years, but allow me to introduce myself:  My name is Suzanne Smith, the students call me Ms. Smith.  Most of you know me as one of the 5th grade teachers here at Maplewood and I have had the good fortune of team-teaching with Mr. Kaplan for the last 12 years.  Additionally, I have been a part of the Maplewood community since 1995 as a parent of three, PTA board member, volunteer and currently as a teacher. I am so excited to continue my adventure as next year's Maplewood art teacher!  

    As a classroom teacher, I believe that children are naturally curious and intrinsically imaginative.  With this new assignment I will continue to strive to create a safe learning environment that celebrates the unique artistic contributions of our students. I plan to encourage your children to soar, and most importantly, enjoy art!

    I’m looking forward to next year - I can’t wait!  And I look forward to meeting you and your student.  

    Best,

    Ms. Smith ♥  She/Her/They

    Suzanne L. Smith

    Maplewood, 5th Grade

    email:  ssmith@pps.net

                             "I like a teacher who gives you something to take home to think about besides homework."  -Lily Tomlin


    Surveys          

    Surveys and Next Steps:

    This past week I personally reached out to all our BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) families to invite them to join a listening session run by an outside BIPOC facilitator. This session’s purpose is to hear the voices and needs of our diverse community members and to hopefully learn how we can be a more inclusive and responsive school to each and every family. I also sent an Equity survey to the entire community. Thank you to those who filled it out. We had a total of almost 60 replies. This survey, and the PPS Successful Schools Survey, along with the notes from the BIPOC listening session will guide our work next year. It is important to me to hear your voices and be responsive to your needs. Thank you for taking the time to engage and fill these surveys out.


    FOUNDATION

    Direct Giving Campaign

    Shortly after we return from spring break the Maplewood Foundation will begin our Direct Giving Campaign to hire EAs for next year. Currently there is enough money to hire 1 part-time EA. Our goal is to hire at least one more EA which means we will need to dig deep into those pockets and raise around $20,000. I feel confident that with one more EA we will be able to run a similar program as we have done this year. If you are impatient and just want to give now, please follow this link to donate: http://www.maplewoodfoundation.com/donate/

     

    Parent Volunteer Reflection

     

    I’m a parent volunteer and member of the Maplewood Climate Committee, which was formed earlier this year.  This committee works to provide culturally responsive positive behavior interventions and support to our students.  This means that we are tasked with overseeing and implementing policy decisions for irregular and inappropriate student behavior.  In forming these policies, we try to be sensitive to the students’ needs, identify any underlying issues that may exist, and remain culturally aware and responsive.  So far, the Climate Committee has focused on 2 main issues: (1) Setting a standard for teachers and administrators to address behavior issues and responses, and (2) training on active supervision for our parent volunteers and 5th grade conflict managers.  What this means for Maplewood is that our committee is actively discussing behavior challenges generally and those specific to students at Maplewood, and we are working on the best ways to address these challenges while being fair to all students.  We’re also giving volunteers and conflict managers the tools they need to be successful in monitoring our children and making Maplewood a safe and enjoyable environment.

    These are complicated topics that take a lot of time to discuss.  Kendall Cunningham, Mark Manian, and Alice Lawrence, all volunteer their time to work on these issues with me.  Sometimes the conversations can be tough, but it has been a very satisfying experience to work with such dedicated members of our school who are willing to spend the time to make Maplewood a fair, equitable, and enjoyable place for all of our kids.

    COVID

    COVID Protocol Updates:

    This is our first week with optional masking; this is for students, teachers and visitors. There are a few other key updates to our COVID protocols:

    • Physical Distancing is no longer mandated. OHA and ODE (via Ready Schools Safe Learners) recommend: “striving for at least 3 feet between students to the extent possible.” 

    • Effective March 12, all of Oregon will pause contract tracing and quarantine for the general population, including K-12 settings.

    • The Daily Illness Self-Screening Checklist has been updated to better reflect ODE/OHA definitions of illness, and more updates will be added next week once all guidance is finalized. 


    Principal Bailey

    Principal Bailey is Back This Week!

    I am out this week due to a surgery but we are fortunate to have Principal Bailey covering for me! I hope your child(ren) is(are) enjoying spirit week and reconnecting with Principal Bailey. 


    Staffing Update: 

    At this point in time, our former art teacher, Nicole Lundgren, will be teaching grade 5 for the 22-23 school year. Nicole is a certified classroom teacher and looks forward to being a grade 5 teacher next year.\

     


    Appointments & Tardies:

    Please sign your child in and out of the main office when arriving or departing from school.
    This ensures attendance is marked correctly and we can account for all students if needed. 
    Thank you!

     


    Volunteers

    In November all background checks were  removed and expired by the PPS Security offices.  

    If you wish to volunteer at Maplewood you will need to redo your background check on the PPS Securities web page and upload your vaccination card.  Background checks usually last up to three years.  Please note however, that if you have not redone your background check since November 2021 it will not be up to date.   

    Our Raptor system is up and running for when you come to volunteer.   On your first visit you must bring in your State ID/License to be uploaded to the Raptor system.  This allows your picture to be printed on the badge for you to be in the building. 

    The clipboard in the front entry for signing in has been removed from the front entry and you can now log in on the office laptop. 

     


          Kindergarten Enrollment & Connection Events

    Future Kindergarteners: Do you know someone who has a future kindergartener? Please have them reach out to Shannon Riley, our school secretary, to enroll ASAP (sriley@pps.net.) Send them to this webpage as well for information about our Kinder Connect events: https://www.pps.net/domain/6441

    Kinder Open Enrollment:

    Online enrollment  web page PPS:  https://www.pps.net/Page/868All About Kindergarten” Presentation:
    Thursday, April 21 · 6:00 – 6:30pm

    Video call link: https://meet.google.com/pwc-zpuq-rcf

    Popsicles on the Playground:
    May 19, 3-4pm (rain date = May 25th)

    Kinder Carnival:
    August 21st, 4-5:30pm

    If you have any enrollment questions, please email Ms. Riley at sriley@pps.net

    I look forward to meeting you!


    From the School Counselor
     
    Thank you Maplewood community for all your donations to our food drive to support SW Hope/Neighborhood House!  The 1st place class was Ms. Caton's class with Mrs. Looney's class in second place close behind.  We brought in over 3000 pounds of food that will be distributed in our community!  These efforts were organized by parent volunteers Shari Rainka and Josh Billeter- a big THANK YOU to them!

    Each day I give out prizes to students who are working on specific goals.  My prize box gets depleted quickly.  If you'd like to donate any prizes (party favors, bouncy balls, stickers, fancy pencils, small figurines, matchbox cars, etc.) I would love to repurpose those items by putting them in my prize box.  If you don't have any of those little items in your home but would like to donate, visit my Amazon wishlist HERE . No need to donate, but if you are able and would like to, I would gladly receive these items to replenish the prize box.

    Finally, I hope that spring break will be a time of rest for everyone.  

    Take care. 

    Kendall Cunningham
    Maplewood Elementary School Counselor
    M-F 7:45-3:30
    503-916-6308
    Check out my website here for videos, resources, and info on our program at Maplewood!
    Counseling Request Google Form
     

     

    From the Social Worker
    Maplewood Elementary is working together with Neighborhood House to deliver boxes of food, books, and gift cards during the Spring break for our families.  If you would like to participate, you can have a box delivered or pick up a box at Neighborhood House on Thursday, March 17th.

    If you would like a food box, please fill out this short form:

    https://forms.gle/CijhqSuCaGinMcZZA

    Responses will go directly to the school social worker, Jeremy Schlott (jschlott@pps.net), and the school counselor, Kendall Cunningham-Parmeter (kcunninghamparm@pps.net), only.

    Thank you,
    --
    Jeremy Schlott, LCSW
    He/Him/His
    School Social Worker
    971-378-9594
    Capitol Hill Elementary School
    Maplewood Elementary School
     

     
    News from the Library:

    I am excited to welcome volunteers to the library!
    If you like to check-in books, shelve books, help students locate books, and check-out books (and other library tasks), come on in!! It's a wonderful way to get to know our enthusiastic Maplewood readers. 

    I have checked out and in 15,000... books.... alone... this year. I can't wait to have your help and allow students to take even more items!!
    (Many thanks to the stalwart shelving crew regulars who put those books back on shelves (when students were not in the library): Heather, Rachele, Michele, and Dana (and thanks to Kathy for the ongoing book repair)).

    Please email me, if available and interested:
    kordahl@pps.net

    Don't know your child's library time? Email me.

    Elin Kordahl, Maplewood Teacher-Librarian
     

    From Ms. Whitney

    Math Fun at Home

    Subitizing is the ability to 'see' a small amount of objects and know how many there are without counting. Subitizing is what tells you what number you roll on a six sided dice.  Recognizing groups of tallies, base ten pieces, dot patterns, ten frames, fingers, and other items is a foundational math skill that supports math at all levels.

    Fun ways to practice subitizing

    Videos on youtube! For a challenge play them at faster speeds!

    video 1      video 2    video 3      video w/ just 10 frames  

     

    Dice Games! These are fun for the whole family and give students practice with subitizing, addition, subtraction, multiplication and general number sense.

    Farkle or 10,000    More Games

    And https://funattic.com/dice-games/ - this site has the a huge list of dice games, some need to be purchased, but many can be played if you have dice.

     

    Do you have questions about subitizing or other ways to support your students' number sense and foundational math skills? Email your Maplewood Instructional Coach, Morgan Whitney! mwhitney1@pps.net

    PE News

    We have been practicing our pickleball lead up skills! We've also been using our new pickleball nets we received from a 2021 grant! Yay! It's especially helpful with our LARGE 5th grade classes. 
    Are you looking for something active and FREE to do over the break? 

    Try Portland's 4T trail to explore the city. This adventure includes trail, tram, train and trolley. Click HERE for more information. 

    Looking for  a kid-friendly bike ride? Click HERE for information about Tualatin River Greenway Trail. The paths of this trail are nice and wide, great for newbie bike riders. The scenery is lovely, meandering through trees, by the Tualatin River and creeks, and past wetlands. Ride slowly and take breaks so that you can explore the interactive interpretive elements. As you travel the west section, you’ll find signs and art that guide you on a “walk through time” as you explore the geographic transition from the last Ice Age through to the present. (The cast fossils along the way are super cool, and kid approved.) This segment is ¾ of a mile, but the entire trail is about 4.5 miles.

    Ms. Weatherill - PE
    Maplewood Reads
    The month of March is Women's History month which focuses on contributions women have made throughout history. We will be reading Sharice's Big Voice. 

    Here is the website by the author which has a video of her talking about the book: https://www.sharicesbigvoice.com/

    For more information about Women's History Month, check out this site: https://womenshistorymonth.gov/




     


    Need Applicants!

    We currently have a 90 day position open for someone to cover lunch duty. This runs from 10:45 - 1:15 daily. If you are interested, please contact kgalloway@pps.net as soon as possible. This is a much needed position now that we have indoor lunch.
     

    PTA
     

    Read a thon update :  Maplewood has raised over $16,000!!  Amazing :)  

    If you have any paperwork or donations that were turned in to your class, would you please leave it at the front office with Maria - or just put it in the PTA mailbox by the volunteer sign in?  I will collect everything at pick up tomorrow, Wednesday, March 16th. 

    Thank you all so much!  Prizes will be announced after spring break but first grade deserves a huge congrats, as a grade they have raised over $8,000!

    -Kari
     

    Ordering a yearbook: Last day to order is March 31st! You can submit payment to the office ($25) or order online (SCHOOL ID: 704245). Yearbooks will be available for distribution at the end of the school year. 
    Content for the book: We still need candid photos of students, so please keep them coming until March 25th! To submit photos, you can set up an account on https://buytheyearbook.pictavo.com and upload your photos for consideration or email pictures to maplewoodpdxyearbook@gmail.com. When submitting photos, please include the name(s) of the student(s) and grade(s).
    5th grade tributes: Absolute last call! I’ve received tributes for about 75% of fifth graders, but I’d love to see us reach 100%. Here is what’s needed:
    ·        Please send in a baby or childhood picture and a short message (up to 90 words). Be sure to include your child’s name and specify how you’d like to sign the message.
    ·        Submit photos and messages ASAP. You can email messages and photos to Laura Miller. 
    If you have any questions, you can ask me or email maplewoodpdxyearbook@gmail.com. Thanks!
     

    Lunch Volunteers
    Thank you to the Lunch & Recess volunteers that have been helping the last few weeks, it is a much appreciated help.  We are still in need of more volunteers if you are available for any of the Lunch or Recess Shifts.     Please let us know if you are able to help by contacting Magali, at maplewoodvolcoord@gmail.com.

    Kinder Lunch:   10:45-11:05                                                              Kinder Recess: 11:10-11:30
    First Grade Lunch:  11:10-11:30                                                        First Grade Recess:  10:45-11:05
    Second Grade Lunch:  11:35-11:55                                                  Second Grade Recess: 12:00-12:20
    Third Grade Lunch: 12:00-12:20                                                       Third Grade Recess: 11:35-11:55
    Fourth Grade Lunch: 12:25-12:45                                                     Fourth Grade Recess: 12:50-1:10
    Fifth Grade Lunch: 12:50-1:10                                                          Fifth Grade Recess: 12:25-12:45

    Maplewood OBOB

    Oregon Battle of the Books has begun at Maplewood!  This is a statewide reading competition for grades 3-5 (and up through high school). Students form teams, read books from a preselected list and answer questions game show style. It's a great opportunity to read some amazing books and practice sportsmanship. The students have been discussing it in class and library, and have started to form teams. We hope all the students that would like to participate can find a team before winter break to give plenty of time for reading and planning. Battles will start following spring break, details to come. Below is the 2021-22 book list (titles in bold are for 3rd grade, the entire list is for 4th & 5th grades). Please reach out to Elin Kordahl or the parent mOBOB team with any questions.  
    kordahl@pps.net
    maplewoodobob@gmail.com
    Thank you from your mOBOB parent team,
    Andrea Beyer, Dana Reber, Judy Reed and Heather Jones


    OBOB Book List:

    3rd to 5th Grade Division- OBOB 2022 (Maplewood 3rd graders read fewer titles.
    Titles in BOLD are for 3rd grade.)


    Astrid the Unstoppable by Maria Parr
    The Bookwanderers by Anna James
    The Care and Feeding of a Pet Black Hole by Michelle Cuevas
    Clean Getaway by Nic Stone
    The Fourteenth Goldfish by Jennifer L. Holm
    Guts by Raina Telgemeier
    The Harlem Charade by Natasha Tarpley
    I Can Make This Promise by Christine Day
    Lety Out Loud by Angela Cervantes
    Lowriders in Space by Cathy Camper & Raul the Third
    Sarah Journeys West by Nikki Shannon Smith
    Save Me a Seat by Sarah Weeks & Gita Varadarajan
    Some Places More Than Others by Renee Watson
    Some Writer!: The Story of E.B. White by Melissa Sweet
    Stay by Bobbie Pyron
    The Storm Keeper's Island by Catherine Doyle

    Padlet of mOBOB information! https://padlest.com/kordahl1/9dgf9zq6m1ixa2mv

     
     

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  • Maplewood Memo - March 2, 2022

    Principal's Message

    March 2, 2022

     

    Dear Maplewood Families, 

    How is it already March?! While the majority of you are beginning to think about spring break, I am thinking about staffing for next year. We are in a good position in our staffing and will have two classes at each grade level K-5. Class sizes are projected to be relatively small and we were able to keep all of our classroom teachers which is GREAT news!!!!  Please see below for further details. 

     

    Staffing:

    Below is a list of the positions for next year. 

    Kinder: Ms. Thomas and Ms. Riscol

    1st: Teacher Chou and Ms. Heaton

    2nd: Ms. Bokoske and Ms. Bennett

    3rd: Mr. Manian and Ms. Wagner

    4th: Ms. Caton and Ms. Looney

    5th: Mr. Kaplan and (unfilled temporary position)

    PE: Ms. Weatherill .8

    ESL: Ms. Weatherill  .2

    Art: Ms. Smith .5

    Library: Ms. Kordahl .8

    Instructional Specialist: Ms. Whitney 1.0

    Math Instructional Specialist: Ms. Maynard .5

    Social Worker: Mr. Jeremy .5

    Counselor: Ms. Cunningham 1.0

    Learning Specialist: Greg Flenniken 

    Para educator: Lexi Taylor

    Para educator: unfilled

    Principal secretary: Ms. Belgrave 1.0

    School secretary: Ms. Riley .8

     

    You may notice that I have not listed our fabulous Educational Assistants (EAs), Kara Kakuska, Katharine Anderson or Ethan Hansen. Currently, we do not have the funding from PPS to hire EAs for next year. 

    What do our EAs do anyway?

    Our school will struggle to function without EAs because they are an integral part of our recess and lunch duty schedules. But that’s not the only reason we need our EAs. Maplewood, like schools across the country, is working tirelessly to make up for the loss of learning from COVID. The struggle is real. We are making great strides, but we have a long way to go to fill in the foundational skills gaps experienced by a large percent of our student population. 

    Our instructional coordinator, the fabulous Morgan Whitney, strategically uses 2 of our EAs to provide targeted academic support to students across the grade levels. Teachers continue to differentiate their curriculum to meet students’ needs in class, but our EAs and Ms. Whitney provide a double, and sometimes even a triple scoop of support for Maplewood students. This includes providing one-on-one academic support in class, pulling out small groups of students for remedial work, giving progress monitoring assessments and so much more. 

    Kendall Cunningham, our amazing school counselor, works directly with our 3rd EA to offer social support to students who have had difficulty transitioning back to school expected behaviors after the COVID online experience. This phenomena is also prevalent in schools across PPS and the country and we are using an EA to help meet our students' social and emotional needs. This includes providing brain breaks, one-on-one friendship time, recess game supervision, supporting students during transitions and so much more. 

    How can we keep our EAs at Maplewood?

    Typically the Maplewood Foundation, which consists of a group of parent volunteers and exists to bridge the gap between staffing received from Portland Public Schools (which changes every year) and what Maplewood needs, puts on a school auction in the spring to raise money for these positions.

    However, this year we will not be having an auction as it was difficult to plan with all the unknowns of COVID protocols. We have decided to move forward with another direct giving campaign this spring to raise the funds needed to hire our EAs back in the fall. Luckily, the Maplewood Foundation has already done some fundraising this year and we do have enough already for one EA to return.

    THANK YOU TO THOSE WHO DONATED! But we have a long way to go to hire the remaining two. 

    Please keep your eyes out for the opportunity to give money to our Foundation to help bring back the remaining two EAs to Maplewood next year.

    To learn more about what Maplewood Foundation is, visit the website or email, maplewoodfoundation@gmail.com. You are welcome at any time to make a donation using this link here.

     

    Other Things To Note:

    Parent Helpers Welcome

    Please keep your eyes peeled for volunteering opportunities from your child’s classroom teacher. You must be vaccinated, wear a mask, and follow social distancing protocols (no more than 15 cumulative minutes within 6 feet of a student.) We are all enjoying having parents in the building again and look forward to seeing more of you!

    Masks

    Masks are optional outside starting March 1st. Please talk with your child about your family’s preference about mask wearing outside. It will be their responsibility to follow through with your family’s expectations on this matter. PPS has not made a decision about their position on inside mask wearing - it is currently not optional. 

    Classified Appreciation:
    Classified Appreciation Week is March 7-11th. This is a time to let our secretaries, nurse, school health assistant, lunch lady, custodians, educational assistants and para educator know how much you appreciate their hard work every day. 

    Successful School Survey:

    Please please please….take the successful school survey. https://www.pps.net/Page/18715

    The results of this survey are very important and are used to make decisions for Maplewood in order to better serve you and your children. Thank you! This survey closes on March 4th!

     

    Lock Down Drill:

    On March 4th we will practice a lockdown drill at school first thing in the morning. It is never pleasant to think that we will need to ever use drills like this, but it is important to practice them so we can be prepared. During this drill, students will gather in a part of their classroom where they cannot be seen by an intruder in the school. Students practice being quiet and still until I unlock their door to give them the “all clear.”


    Thank you for all you do to support your child(ren)!
    Warmly, 

    Kit Galloway

     
     

    Upcoming Dates:

    • 2/28 to 3/11 - Food Drive
    • Classified Appreciation Week - March 7-11th.
    • Spirit Week = March 14 - 18 More details to follow soon.
    • March 21-25 - Spring Break - No School - Return March 30th
    • April 8 -  Teacher Planning No School for Students
    • April 16 - Native Plant Sale 9:00-1:00pm
    • “All About Kindergarten” Presentation: Thursday, April 21 · 6:00 – 6:30pm Video call link: https://meet.google.com/pwc-zpuq-rcf

    Parent-Principal Chat
    MONDAY, March 14 · 6:00 – 6:30pm
    Google Meet joining info
    Video call link: https://meet.google.com/mjj-qiva-zjo
    Or dial: ‪(US) +1 435-731-4959‬ PIN: ‪347 625 752‬#
    More phone numbers: https://tel.meet/mjj-qiva-zjo?pin=5158985631426

     


              Feedback for PPS?

    Do you have a comment or feedback for our district? You can share it HERE


                  Click to HERE see Maplewood’s February Assembly 


          Kindergarten Enrollment & Connection Events

    Kinder Open Enrollment:
    Online enrollment  web page PPS:  https://www.pps.net/Page/868

    All About Kindergarten” Presentation:
    Thursday, April 21 · 6:00 – 6:30pm

    Video call link: https://meet.google.com/pwc-zpuq-rcf

    Popsicles on the Playground:
    May 19, 3-4pm (rain date = May 25th)

    Kinder Carnival:
    August 21st, 4-5:30pm

    If you have any enrollment questions please email Ms. Riley at sriley@pps.net.


    From the School Counselor
     

    Hello Maplewood Community!

    Our food drive is going on now through March 11th to support Neighborhood House/SW Hope.  The class competition ends this FRIDAY, March 4th (though we accept all items until Friday, March 11th) so get those items in ASAP! Most-needed items (worth DOUBLE points) are *dry and canned beans, fruits, and vegetables *canned soup, chili, and stew *brown rice, chicken, whole grain pasta *nut butters * whole grain cereal, breakfast items * shelf stable milk and milk alternatives

    Please take the Successful Schools Survey by Friday!  Information gathered from the survey helps inform our climate work and school initiatives.  We want your feedback!  Visit https://www.pps.net/sss2022 and click on the gray box that says TAKE THE SURVEY! Thanks!

    Thank you for your donations of prizes and books!  I appreciate it!  If you’d like more ideas of items to donate, visit my Amazon wishlist page:  https://www.amazon.com/hz/wishlist/ls/2A21NYCIA3A2Y?ref_=wl_share

     

    This month, our toolbox tool is the listening tool!  Our phrase is, “I listen with my ears, eyes, and heart.”   We hear things all the time but we don’t always listen.  It takes continual practice to REALLY listen, but we all love to be listened to!  When people REALLY listen to us, it helps us feel seen, heard, understood, and cared for.  Learning how to REALLY listen with our ears, eyes, and heart  is a great skill that can help you build strong relationships based on respect for others.

    12 Tools at Home Poster

    Videos:

    Short Song on Listening, K-2  

    All About Listening 2nd-5th 

    The Rabbit Listened, K-3 Read Aloud

    Sesame Street, Furry Potter and the Goblet of Cookies, K-5

    The Boy Who FInally Listened, K-5 Read Aloud

    5 minute video on the Listening Tool by Ms. Cunningham with Listening Song at End



    Kendall Cunningham
    Maplewood Elementary School Counselor
    M-F 7:45-3:30
    503-916-6308
    Check out my website here for videos, resources, and info on our program at Maplewood!
    Counseling Request Google Form


    One of the secrets to staying young is to always do things you don't know how to do, to keep learning.
    Ruth Reichl, author and chef
    7 Attachments
     
    Preview YouTube video Listen song: We Have Skills: Social Skills for School Success K-3


    Listen song: We Have Skills: Social Skills for School Success K-3
    Preview YouTube video Active listening is a skill! Here's how it's done. | What's Your Story? | Heartlines


    Active listening is a skill! Here's how it's done. | What's Your Story? | Heartlines
    Preview YouTube video The Rabbit Listened | Virtual Read Aloud | Listening | Shon's Stories


    The Rabbit Listened | Virtual Read Aloud | Listening | Shon's Stories
    Preview YouTube video Sesame Street: Furry Potter and The Goblet of Cookies (Harry Potter Parody)


    Sesame Street: Furry Potter and The Goblet of Cookies (Harry Potter Parody)
    Preview YouTube video kids story - The Boy Who Finally Listened


    kids story - The Boy Who Finally Listened

     

     

    From the Social Worker
    Maplewood Elementary is working together with Neighborhood House to deliver boxes of food, books, and gift cards during the Spring break for our families.  If you would like to participate, you can have a box delivered or pick up a box at Neighborhood House on Thursday, March 17th.

    If you would like a food box, please fill out this short form:

    https://forms.gle/CijhqSuCaGinMcZZA

    Responses will go directly to the school social worker, Jeremy Schlott (jschlott@pps.net), and the school counselor, Kendall Cunningham-Parmeter (kcunninghamparm@pps.net), only.

    Thank you,
    --
    Jeremy Schlott, LCSW
    He/Him/His
    School Social Worker
    971-378-9594
    Capitol Hill Elementary School
    Maplewood Elementary School
     

     
    News from the Library:

    I am excited to welcome volunteers to the library!
    If you like to check-in books, shelve books, help students locate books, and check-out books (and other library tasks), come on in!! It's a wonderful way to get to know our enthusiastic Maplewood readers. 

    I have checked out and in 15,000... books.... alone... this year. I can't wait to have your help and allow students to take even more items!!
    (Many thanks to the stalwart shelving crew regulars who put those books back on shelves (when students were not in the library): Heather, Rachele, Michele, and Dana (and thanks to Kathy for the ongoing book repair)).

    Please email me, if available and interested:
    kordahl@pps.net

    Don't know your child's library time? Email me.

    Elin Kordahl, Maplewood Teacher-Librarian
     

    From Ms. Whitney

    Math Fun at Home

    Subitizing is the ability to 'see' a small amount of objects and know how many there are without counting. Subitizing is what tells you what number you roll on a six sided dice.  Recognizing groups of tallies, base ten pieces, dot patterns, ten frames, fingers, and other items is a foundational math skill that supports math at all levels.

    Fun ways to practice subitizing

    Videos on youtube! For a challenge play them at faster speeds!

    video 1      video 2    video 3      video w/ just 10 frames  

    Dice Games! These are fun for the whole family and give students practice with subitizing, addition, subtraction, multiplication and general number sense.

    Farkle or 10,000    More Games

    And https://funattic.com/dice-games/ - this site has a huge list of dice games, some need to be purchased, but many can be played if you have dice.

    Do you have questions about subitizing or other ways to support your students' number sense and foundational math skills? Email your Maplewood Instructional Coach, Morgan Whitney! mwhitney1@pps.net

    PE News


    Thanks to all the families for making sure your kids are coming to PE with tennis shoes.

    FAMILY FIELD TRIP IDEA: Missing summer? Grab your bathing suit and head down to Gabriel Park to enjoy their year-round indoor pool! It's usually open 5:30 AM to 7PM with open swim from 4-7. Cost if $4. for kids or pay what you can sliding scale for families that need support. Ask the front desk for more information or call 503-823-2840. 
     
    Maplewood Reads
    The month of March is Women's History month which focuses on contributions women have made throughout history. We will be reading Sharice's Big Voice. 

    Here is the website by the author which has a video of her talking about the book: https://www.sharicesbigvoice.com/

    For more information about Women's History Month, check out this site: https://womenshistorymonth.gov/

    PTA
     

    PTA Dine Out,  Asian Legends!  Wednesday, March 9th, 4pm-7pm.  This is Teacher Chou's Family food cart, located at BGs Food Cartel, 4250 SW Rose Biggi Ave, Beaverton, OR 97005.  You must mention your purchase is for the Maplewood Fundraiser!  Teacher Chou's parents are giving 15% of total sales to the PTA that mention Maplewood from 4pm-7pm.  Thank you and enjoy, the food is delicious!

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    Join us on Thursday, March 10, 2022 at 6pm for our virtual 2021-2022 Oregon State PTA Reflections Celebration.

    We will announce the state winners of the PTA Reflection art contest, who will go on to represent Oregon at the national contest level.
    We will celebrate the important role of arts in our schools and for our students and families.
    And, we will share how your local PTA and your students can participate in next year’s contest. The theme will be: “Show Your Voice!”
     
    For any questions, please contact reflections@oregonpta.org
     
    Join Zoom Meeting
    https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89407270402?pwd=VWtseDBtYnBBeVlJNmRqMUl4MUJnUT09
    Meeting ID: 894 0727 0402
    Passcode: 325155
    One tap mobile
    +16699006833,,89407270402#,,,,*325155# US (San Jose)
    +12532158782,,89407270402#,,,,*325155# US (Tacoma)
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    OPTA Reflections 
    reflections@oregonpta.org
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    Read-a- thon has begun!!! Attached is a list of FAQ's.  We have 28 participants on our 99 pledges platform and already raised $3,941!!  Keep it up Maplewood!  
    Please reference your student's handouts or emails sent out last weei if you need more information.  But we are happy to answer any questions!
    Thank you!

    Kari Martin, ericandkarimartin@gmail.com, & Lauren Cullop, laurencullop@hotmail.com
    Read-a-thon Co-Chairs

    Read-a-Thon FAQ’s
    Q: Do I need to use the 99pledges platform?
    A: No
    Q: Can I use 99 pledges, maplewood square to pay and the handouts?
    A: Yes, you can use all three, one or two methods, use what is easiest for your family/friends to make
    donations.
    Q: Can I use 99 pledges to track minutes read?
    A: Yes, but you will need to create a page for your child. At the bottom of
    https://app.99pledges.com/fund/Maplewood22 you need to click on “Add Participant”. Once you have
    their page, they send you an email that you can manage their page, the first email they send! You should
    see this for your student.
    Then click on “Track” and enter minutes read each day. 99 pledges will use that to calculate amounts due
    to family/friends that pledged per minute. Right now, it’s using an estimate that I used as a placeholder
    for each grade. If you want a different goal amount, you need to email or text me 503-459-2415 to set up
    a $ goal for your student. 99 pledges only let me do a group one.
    Q: Can families just send checks/cash?
    A: Yes. They do not need to pay online. I have a spreadsheet that I am entering in all donation amounts
    for each student in each class (99 pledges, cash, checks, PTA Square). So donation totals on 99 pledges
    are just those made on 99 pledges website and any cash/checks that are sent to me, I will enter on the
    student’s page if they have one set up. I will try and keep 99 pledges up to date as much as possible.
    But it won’t be the exact amount raised if students aren’t signed up for 99 pledges.
    Q: Can my family send a check directly to Kari Martin at 7619 SW 51st Avenue, Portland, OR 97219?
    A: Yes! But checks need to be made out to MAPLEWOOD PTA please! A student's name on the memo
    would be greatly appreciated as well.
    Q: Can I drop off cash/checks/minutes read/donations collected forms?
    A: Yes, to the same address above, it’s really close to the school and there is an Alpenrose Dairy box on
    the front steps that will have a folder in it for any checks/cash and forms. PLEASE make sure your
    students name is on the envelope or paper that you turn in!
    Q: How do I get the minutes read from my student’s class?
    A: It is up to your teacher to decide if they’re going to send it out daily or at the end of the week in their
    class newsletters/emails. But, they will let you know! Each class has a thermometer to track their
    minutes so students can check it every day :)
    Q: Can my family/friends write one check if I have multiple students?
    A: Yes! Just let me know who to divide it between.
    Q: My student cannot read on their own yet or is working on it. Can I count the minutes that I read to
    them?
    A: Of course!!
    Q: When is the money due?
    A: March 21st! So prizes for most donations will be calculated and distributed after Spring Break but we
    will keep everyone posted along the way!
    Q: What if I have more questions?
    A: Please feel free to email Kari, ericandkarimartin@gmail.com or Lauren Cullop,
    laurencullop@hotmail.com


    Need Applicants!

    We currently have a 90 day position open for someone to cover lunch duty. This runs from 10:45 - 1:15 daily. If you are interested, please contact kgalloway@pps.net as soon as possible. This is a much needed position now that we have indoor lunch.
     

     

    New Staff Highlight

    Hi! My name is Ethan Hansen, and I am an education assistant here at Maplewood Elementary. It is so amazing being a part of the Maplewood community again, since before joining the staff I was a student at this school! I have so many great memories of Maplewood and it is so exciting being able to give back to this community. I was born and raised here in Portland, along with my two older siblings. I studied at Portland Community College, and during that time, worked as an assistant director of an after-school program and summer camp in Beaverton. I have also spent several years volunteering for a local youth group. Some of my favorite hobbies are going hiking at Mt. Hood national forest, or going on day trips to the coast. I look forward to getting to know more of the amazing students, parents, and staff of the Maplewood community!

  • 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 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