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  • 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

     

     

     

  • Principal's Newsletter October 15, 2020

    PRINCIPAL’S NEWSLETTER

     

    October 15, 2020

    Dear Maplewood Families,

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

    Tonight!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Kendall Cunningham

    Maplewood Elementary School Counselor

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

    Toolbox:

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

    Support Groups for Students: 

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

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

    Financial Need:

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

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

     

    Black Relief and Resiliency Fund

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

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

    Free Meal Information:

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

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

    Families have the following options to submit a meal application:

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

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

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

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

    Monday October 12 was Indigenous People's Day!

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

     

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

     

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

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

     

    CHILD CARE UPDATE

    In addition to community child care programs that are available citywide, seven partner organizations will offer licensed child care in 11 PPS schools during Comprehensive Distance Learning. The programs will be phased in starting next week:

    Sept. 28:  Beach, Creston, King, Rigler 
    Oct. 5:     Hayhurst, James John, MLC, Vestal, Winterhaven
    Oct. 12:   Irvington, Lent

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

    Child care programs

    • Accept children ages 5 - 12. 
    • Enroll no more than 30-40 students per school. 
    • Set aside 50% of the slots for families qualifying for state subsidies. Low rates last for one year if subsidy is approved by Oct. 31, 2020. State subsidy application is here
    • Enroll PPS students and children of PPS employees regardless of which school children are enrolled in. 
    • Follow strict licensing guidelines including stable cohorts, face coverings, hand hygiene, routine cleaning and sanitation, parent drop-off/pick-up outside of the school building. 

    SUN site managers, coordinators and community agents have been trained to support families in accessing child care, whether in a PPS building or in the community. In addition, child care staff have been trained on supporting students during distance learning.

    For more information, visit the PPS Child Care website

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

    Foundation:

     

    Maplewood's Campaign Strong! Update:

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

     

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

     

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

     

    Maplewood in Motion:

     

    Maplewood In Motion 
    Virtual event October 30 - November 1st!  

    Over three days, move your body - run, bike, jump, skip hop... collect some pledges and have some fun.   Everyone must register: kids, parents, friends, siblings, adults.... we want to keep track of who is moving, and track t-shirt orders. 

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

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

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

     

    Registration Form 

     

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

     

     

     

    Pledge Sheet

     

    Please print and keep track of your pledges!

     

     

     

    Payment Link

     

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

     

    News From PTA:

     

    Dear Maplewood parents:
    We want to hear everyone’s voices regardless of ability to pay the PTA membership dues. Therefore, if you would like to become a PTA member but are not in a financial position to pay, please reach out to Kendall Cunningham, our school’s counselor, at kcunninghamparm@pps.net and we will make sure the fees are covered on your behalf to become a PTA member for Maplewood!

    (All requests will remain anonymous.)

    Yours truly,


    Your 2020-21 PTA Board
    Presidents: Jackie Haddon & Erika Robles-Jones
    Vice-Presidents: Kari Martin & Emma Rawnsley
    Secretary:  Maureen Bayer
    Treasurers: Dean Smith & Jamie May
    Volunteer Coordinator: Magali Lewis
     

     

     

     

    MEMBRESÍA DE LA PTA

    Estimados padres de familia de Maplewood:
    Queremos escuchar las voces de todos, independientemente de su capacidad para pagar las cuotas de membresía de la PTA. Por lo tanto, si desea convertirse en miembro de la PTA pero no está en condiciones financieras para pagar las cuotas, comuníquese con Kendall Cunningham, la consejera de nuestra escuela, en kcunninghamparm@pps.net
    indicándolo y nos aseguraremos de que el pago de la membresía esté cubierta en su nombre para convertirse en miembro de la PTA de Maplewood.
    (Todas las solicitudes permanecerán anónimas).

    Atentamente,

    Su junta de la PTA 2020-21
    Presidentes: Jackie Haddon y Erika Robles-Jones
    Vicepresidentes: Kari Martin y Emma Rawnsley
    Secretaria: Maureen Bayer
    Tesoreros: Dean Smith y Jamie May
    Coordinadora de voluntarios: Magali Lewis

     

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

    Maplewood PTA Co-Presidents

    Erika Robles-Jones and Jackie Haddon

    Upcoming events/dates: 

    Oct. 20    PTA Mtg. 6:30pm

    Oct. 31    Halloween                 

    Nov. 05   End Of Quarter

    Nov. 06   Teacher Planning Day – No School

    Nov. 11   Veteran’s Day -  No School

    Nov. 23-25    Conferences

    Nov. 26   Thanksgiving