• Maplewood Memo June 10, 2022


    Principal's Message June 09, 2022

    Dear Maplewood Community,

    Thank you for a wonderful and productive school year.  I can’t thank everyone enough for your endless hours of volunteering, chaperoning, reading, organizing, donating and doing whatever was necessary to support students—both at home and at school.  Special thanks to our PTA and Foundation, who, as usual, went above and beyond the call of duty to provide whatever was necessary to add to our students’ already rich school experience.

    That experience could not occur without the endless energy, skills and devotion of the Maplewood staff.  Thanks and well done to an incredible group of professionals.


    A final word to Maplewood students:  Thank you for all your hard work throughout the school year.  I am so honored to be your principal; you make me proud to be a part of Maplewood Elementary School.  You keep me laughing and young at heart.  I am grateful for your joy, astute insights and amazing talents.  Best wishes to our graduating fifth graders, whom I will miss greatly—please come back and visit.  

    Everyone has a safe and happy summer break.

    Until next school year, here’s wishing you love, laughter and learning.



    Upcoming Dates:

    • June 10th - Last Day of School

    Things to mark on your calendar:


    Sneak Peak August 26, 11:30 - 12:00

        This is a new event for Maplewood this year. We would love to have students have a sneak peek into their new classroom and meet their teacher before the first day of school. Teachers will be busily getting the classroom set up for students on this day so it will not be “Pinterest Ready” for this event. Stop by and say hello between 11:30 - 12:00. Teachers will need to shut their doors at noon for the PTA provided staff lunch, so it will be a quick hello. 


    Community Cares Project Aug 27 9-12

        Come out and help get our school ready for another great year by cleaning up the grounds and playground area. 


    Movie in April Hill park 6pm?

        Apparently there will be a movie this summer in our neighborhood park - a great time to reconnect with each other!


    Kinder Connect Carnival August 21st from 4-5:30 - for incoming Kindergarteners only 

        This is an event to meet your teachers and make some new friends before school starts. We will have face painting, blowing, crafting, and much more! Can’t wait to see our new kinders and their families!


    Grades 1-5 First Day of School - Aug 30

    Kinder First Day Schedule - ½ class on Aug 29 and 30 - First full day on Sept 6

        Stay tuned for more information about which day to come. 


    Kinder Parent Coffee with Principal 7:45 - 8:15

        After you drop your kindergartener off at school on their first day with the whole class, join Principal Galloway and the other kinder families for coffee and pastries in the gym. 



    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:

    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.

    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. 



    Hello Parents/Guardians,

    A reminder from the health room. Please pick up any medications that have been stored in the health room for your student by June 10, 2022, the last day of the school. Medications will need to be picked up by an adult. Students will not be able to transport medications home. If you have any questions please contact the school, or email our nurse, Cheryl Bell at cbell@mesd.k12.or.us for further information. Thank you.


    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


    PPS Summer Site for Families: 

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


    OHSU COVID Summer Testing


    Families who would like to continue testing but are not enrolled in summer academy can submit samples at their chosen summer academy site by dropping at office on identified weekly pickup day. Please include this language (or similar) in a message to families this week:

    • OHSU Screening testing will be supported for PPS students July 11th through August 5th. Samples will be collected at Summer Acceleration Academy sites on Wednesdays while Summer Acceleration Academy is in session. Please ensure that your students’ sample is in the office of your identified Summer Acceleration Academy site between 9 am and 11:30 am.

    • If your student is currently enrolled, and you need additional sample collection kits for the weeks of July 11th through August 5th, please contact your school office.



    Just a reminder, starting Fall 2022 and moving forward, students will be able to register for Transportation during enrollment at the beginning of each school year. In order to capture the initial data,  families will be receiving a survey to fill out that will eventually sync with Synergy to capture existing riders and routes.

    The goal is to capture as much data as possible so that transportation office can begin routing for the next school year.

    There is a Chromebook set up at Maplewood to ensure families will have access at the school to fill out the registration survey if they don’t have access at home. 


    Student Transportation 503.916.6901


    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

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


    From School Social Worker

    Maplewood Elementary School Summer 2022  Resource Guide





    Summer Activities 






    Mental Health 

    • Advocacy Hotline 503-809-HELP (4357) - Confidential advocacy support for PPS students





    Community Resources/Basic Needs




    Utility Assistance 


    Rental Assistance 


    Legal Services 




    Other resources





    Library News
    As of today, June 7, there are 153 books still out! Please find them or pay here:  https://pps.schoolpay.com/ or contact me (kordahl@pps.net)
    Look for game boards for the Multnomah County Library Summer Reading program!
    Summer reading ideas? Try these for students in grades 3-5 next year: https://bit.ly/3xfx8cB

    Please search around 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/

    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

    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.

    For more information, please visit: https://www.pps.net/Page/6909


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