• Maplewood Memo May 25, 2022

    Principal's Message

    Greeting Maplewood Families, 

    How can it already be the end of May? This year has flown by. These next few weeks will be packed. Students in grade 3-5 are finishing up their state testing, and students in grade K-2 are finishing up their end of year assessments as well. I look forward to seeing the results as data predicts that we have made some incredible academic growth this year! I look forward to sharing the results of our hard work with you. Stay tuned!

    I want to be sure to extend an enormous thank you to Maplewood families for donating to the “Bridge the Gap” campaign by the Maplewood Foundation. I am so excited to share that we hit our goal and now have enough for a second Educational Assistant next year. Thank you to all of those who helped make this a reality. 

    Speaking of giving, I would also like to thank those who have volunteered their time this school year. We couldn’t have done it without your help this year! The Maplewood staff and students would like to formally invite volunteers to an appreciation celebration on June 1st from 7:45 - 8:15 in the gym. Please mark your calendars! 

    As is the Maplewood tradition, PTA is providing Maplebar coupons to Sesame Donuts to every student on May 27th. This will also be PJ day at school to add to the fun. Thank you PTA for this awesome annual tradition.

    The PTA board voted to support the hiring of Playworks for Maplewood next year. Playworks is an organization that structures recess so that all students are involved in positive play. Visit https://www.playworks.org/ for more information. Our discipline data and student survey results shows that recess is a hard time of day for many of our students. By structuring this time, students will feel more socially successful at school which research shows, overflows into better academic success as well. When I brought the idea to hire Playworks to our staff last month there was resounding support. HERE are some of their thoughts about how Maplewood will benefit from Playworks. 

    We are looking forward to gathering as a community this Thursday at the Open House (5:30 - 6:00) and End-of-Year Picnic (6:00 - 7:30). Many parents have not yet been in their child’s classroom this year due to COVID restraints. So we wanted to invite you in to share the world your child has been in this year. Bring your blanket and picnic basket and, after the Open House, join us on the upper field for our picnic. There will be food trucks as well and a special surprise from the Maplewood staff! You won’t want to miss this!

    As we end the year, many of you may be wondering about after school daycare at Maplewood for next year. PPS will be reaching out to share the daycare provider options and you will have the opportunity to vote for the one you feel is the best fit for our community. We will announce the daycare provider on June 10th. 

    Lastly, please mark your calendar for Project Community Cares in August. Project Community Care is a wonderful opportunity for community members to help beautify our school grounds before students return for the school year! Volunteers come together to complete tasks from weeding, to picking up litter, to spreading mulch around flower beds. Together we can grow a sense of community and school stewardship. Volunteers of all ages are welcome. Your time and energy will make a direct impact on students, families, teachers, and the neighborhood. This event runs between 9am-12pm on Saturday, August 27th - mark your calendars!

    Enjoy the sunny weather!



    Upcoming Dates:

    •  May 25 -  Kinder Connect - Popsicles  3-4:00pm
    •  May 26th Open House 5:30 / End of Year picnic 6-7
    •  May 30th - No school Memorial Day
    • June 6th Field Day (Rain date - June 8th)
    • June 10th - Last Day of School


    Dear Maplewood School Community, thank you from the bottom of our hearts! This community stepped up and help us raise over $42,000, with some funds still coming in helping to exceed our original goal to fund two part-time Educational Assistant positions for next year. We are excited about working with Principal Galloway, Maplewood teachers and staff, and our amazing school community to help create the future of your Foundation. 

    If you are interested in learning more about Foundation please:

    Upcoming Dine Outs:
    Gourmet on the Go: hamburgers, hot dogs, sandwiches, and Kona Shaved Ice will be at the school picnic, Thursday, 5/26, 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm. These dine-outs will be the culmination of the Foundation Direct Giving campaign!


    The Old Spaghetti Factory

    June 6th, 7th, and 8th

    Note any extra funds raised by the Foundation which is part of The Fund for PPS Fund, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization will be carried over for staffing needs for the 2023-24 school year.

    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!

    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. 

    Maple Bars and PJ's


    Dear Maplewood Families,

    From PTA to your kids, and in celebration of the now traditional Maple Bar and PJ day,
    teachers will hand out certificates for Maple Bars to be redeemed at Sesame Donuts. Gift certificates will be handed out on Friday, May 27th but can be redeemed any day.


    Your current PTA.


    Summer Camp - Young Audiences

    PPS recently accepted Young Audiences' proposal for a summer camp program free of cost to students/families. These programs will be at Markham Elementary, so we are opening up registration to students in surrounding schools as well as specifically working to employ counselors from feeder high schools. 

    Students entering 2-5th grade from the following schools are welcome to apply:
    Markham, Stephenson, Capitol Hill, Maplewood, Hayhurst, Rieke, & Bridlemile

    More information & registration application here: https://ya-or.org/summer-2022-art-camps-pps




    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. 


    Girl Scouts

    Girl Scout troop 10015 is open to new members who will be 5th graders next year. Members do not need to attend Maplewood Elementary school. Parents can email me at manda.bednarczyk@gmail.com or sign up online at girlscoutsosw.org
    Thank you so much!

    -Manda Bednarczyk


    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 25th at 3:30. 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.



    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. 


          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 day to check out books is May 25.
    Please start scouring your homes, backpacks, and cars for Maplewood Library books!

    ANY questions about books -- email Ms. Kordahl, kordahl@pps.net
    Pay for lost books here:  https://pps.schoolpay.com/

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


    PE News

    THANK YOU to all the families that have signed up to volunteer for field day! I have added more spots because so many people have wanted to help! This will be a great opportunity to spend time with the school community. 

    Volunteers will be stationed at a field day activity to run and help with the activity. Our goal is to create a fun time for the students so drink your coffee and be ready to bring the energy! Classes will rotate through each station so you'll have a chance to see your child(ren). 

     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. The event takes place on Monday, June 6 with the rain check date on June 8. 

    Sign up HERE

    Thanks for your support, 
    Megan Weatherill

    Hello Friends. I can't believe it's that time of the year to clean out my freezer. This means that I will add random amounts of entrees on regular menu days so I can use up the inventory in my freezer.  For instance, I have 36 tamales. Not enough for everyone so will add on a day with less popular options. Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns. 

    Lunch Lady 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



    COVID Protocol Updates:

    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. 

    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.

    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.