• 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, 




    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.

    Send your child with a sweet note, poem, etc for their teacher.


    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


    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!



    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 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:  


    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
    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.

    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

    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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