• 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.






    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.  


    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 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.


    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 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!



    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
    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:


    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
    School Social Worker
    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:

    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.


    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!


    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.  
    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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