Principal's Newsletter December 18, 202212/18/2020
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
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
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, firstname.lastname@example.org
Dec. 21/Jan. 1 - Winter Break
Dec. 25 - Christmas
Dec. 26 - Kwanzaa
Jan. 01 - New Year’s Day
Jan. 04 - School Resumes