• Maplewood Memo May 11, 2022



    Principal's Message


    Hello Maplewood Families, 

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

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


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

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


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


    Thank you, 





    Upcoming Dates:

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

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


    Direct Giving Campaign

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


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

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

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

    Running Late

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


    Site Council

    Site Council:

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

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


    Maplewood Open House and End of Year Picnic

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


    Grade 5: Oaks Park Safety Patrol 


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

    Field Day


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

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

    Sign up HERE

    Thanks for your support, 
    Megan Weatherill

    Chrome Books

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

    PTA’s Parent and Pastries / Volunteer Appreciation:

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


    Step-Up Day:

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

    Class Placement: 

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

    Student Class Placement

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

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


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

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


    Reporting Issues:

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



    OSHU Screening Program 

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

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

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




    COVID Protocol Updates:

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

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

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

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



    Summer Day Care at Maplewood

    SCCA - NOT Art4LIfe

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

    Five days a week: $250 per child.

    Daily drop-in: $60 per child.

    Sibling discount: 10%.

    Registration HERE

    Questions? Send an email to scca_kids@yahoo.com

    Summer Programs


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


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

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



    PPS Summer Site for Families: 

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



    Return to Maplewood?

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


          Kindergarten Enrollment & Connection Events


    Register for Kindergarten!

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

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


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

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

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

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


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


    From School Counselor

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

    A Toolbox Poster to Put On Your Refrigerator

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

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

    Toolbox Apology and Forgiveness Tool



    Library News

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

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

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

    PE News

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

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

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

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

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

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


    Nutrition Services

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

    Families may be eligible for benefits through these options -

    • Directly certified through SNAP

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

    • By completing a meal benefit application based on income

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

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

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

    PTA  Last Meeting This Year

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