Maple Dale Aviator News!

May 12, 2017

Attendance line: 686-1726

Maple Dale Field Day Info.

Maple Dale Field Day 2017 will be here before we know it! Want to be a part of the action? Volunteers are needed for both sessions on Monday, May 22nd (Rain date: May 23rd).

The 2nd & 4th grade festivities begin at 10:00am and conclude at 11:30am. The 1st & 3rd grade fun begins at 1:30pm and goes until 3:00pm. There will be 10 stations and we'd like to have 2 adults at each. Feel free to invite grandparents, aunts, uncles, nannies, etc. All volunteers are welcome!

If you're interested, please contact Maggie Broerman at or (513) 237-2690.

Beth's Cultural Tidbits

Ramadan is observed by Muslims worldwide as a month of fasting from dawn until sunset. While fasting, people are not to drink or eat during the entire daylight period. At the end of each day there is a meal served. Some people, such as children, are exempt from fasting. In 2017 Ramadan lasts from May 26-June 25.

Mark Your Calendars!

May 18: 4th GR Performance/Celebration

May 22: Field Day

May 23: Field Day Rain Date

May 25: Last Day of School

Check out this video from our sister school, Winton Woods!

Thank You Maple Dale

(Optional) Summer MAP Administration

Sycamore Schools is offering an optional summer MAP administration for grades 2-8. Please click on the link for more details and to register your child for this opportunity. If you have any questions, please email Mindy Zellner, District Gifted Coordinator, at

Summer MAP Testing Sign-Up

Thank you to the 4th Grade Families for this beautiful legacy gift!

We are still accepting donations from 4th grade families to pay for this beautiful, welcoming lobby! You may either send in a check payable to “Maple Dale PTO” to the PTO Treasurer via kid mail OR donate through the PTO online transaction center: Click on 4th Grade Celebration.”

Thanks so much!

Gina and Katie

Please join us for our Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon

Friday, May 19th, 1:30-3pm

4780 Cornell Road

Blue Ash, OH

Hosted by: The Maple Dale PTO

Please join us for this special event to thank all of our wonderful Maple Dale volunteers who make our school such a terrific place to be!

Any parent who has volunteered at school this year in any way is invited to attend (no job is too small!).

You will have an option of choosing a dish from the menu prepared for the luncheon. Soft Drinks and Tea will also be provided.

Babysitting will be available at Maple Dale from 1:15 pm – 3:15 pm.

RSVPs are required.

Please return this form by May 12th so that we can make dining and babysitting arrangements.

For questions, contact Kassi @ 513-237-5957 or

To the parents of Rising 5th Graders:

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Flying Pig Results

Congratulations to all our Maple Dale students that participated in the Flying Pig events this past weekend!

3rd graders Seton Squeglia and Luke Carter completed the 5K.

Lilly & Grace Davis, Bryce Kuethe, Naomi & Sam Broxterman, Caitlyn Meyer, Matteo Meli, Owen Carrle, Andrew & Jason Zhou completed the Kids' Marathon 26th Mile event.

First Lego League Applications

Applications for FIRST LEGO League (FLL) are now available for students entering grades 4 to 8 in all elementary schools, Greene, and Junior High. FLL involves research, robotics, presentations, and teamwork. Download the form at and follow all instructions. Applications need to be postmarked by Saturday, May 20.We also need volunteer coaches. Please indicate on the form if you are interested or know someone interested.

Girls on the Run is SO much fun!

Hey Coach (insert your name here)!

We need YOU to lead our Girls on the Run program next fall! (We also need assistant coaches!!) Otherwise, Maple Dale will not be able to have a team. Please consider taking on this rewarding position. Below are some things to consider…

*The deadline to register a team for Maple Dale is June 1, 2017.

*The fall 2017 season runs from September 11th to November 18th.

*Practice is twice a week for 10 weeks.

*Head coach takes care of registration paperwork.

*Head coach needs to have current CPR training.

*Coaches receive one day of training on Girls on the Run program and curriculum.

*Program for third and fourth grade girls. (15 girls on the team) If head (or assistant) coach is a parent, their child gets an automatic slot. Other slots are allotted via a random computerized lottery through the GOTR office.

*If you’re interested, contact Jen Thiel at or Debbie Emrick at ASAP.

Aviator Summer Tennis Clinic!!!

1st thru 5th Grade Boys & Girls (grades for 2017-18)

Hosted by Mike Teets, Boys & Girls Varsity Tennis Coach

Assisted by varsity boys & girls players

Mondays - June 12 & 19, July 10 & 17

6:00 - 7:00 pm at the High School Courts

Cost is $35 (includes t-shirt & prizes!)

Questions & To Register:

Know! To Focus On Mental Health

If our pancreas has a chemical imbalance, we seek treatment. If our kidneys are not physiologically working right, we seek treatment. When our most complex organ, the brain, is not physiologically working right or has a chemical imbalance, for some reason we ignore or hide it. May is Mental Health Month; an opportunity to break the negative stigma that surrounds mental illness and promote the well-being of the whole individual.

Mental health conditions are far more common among teens than most people would imagine. In fact, one in five youth ages 13 to 18 have or will develop a serious mental illness.

They are disorders that affect a person’s thinking, feeling or mood, impacting their ability to interact with others and function in their daily lives. However, just like many physical conditions, mental health conditions can be treatable and people can and do recover and live happy, full lives.

Mental illness is no one’s fault and is rarely the result of one particular thing. Instead, research suggests that there are multiple linking causes including genetics, environment and lifestyle. According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), extreme stress, traumatic events and substance abuse are among the factors that can make a person more susceptible.

The importance of early detection and intervention is crucial, yet the average delay between the onset of symptoms and intervention is usually between 8 to 10 years - and lack of treatment can be fatal. Suicide is now the second leading cause of death for 15 to 24-year-olds, and the third leading cause of death for 10 to 24-year-olds. More than 90% of young people who die by suicide have a mental health condition.

Adolescents with untreated mental illnesses are also more likely to drop out of school, have chronic physical health conditions in adulthood and have a shortened lifespan of up to 25 years.

Half of all lifetime cases of mental illness begin by age 14. For some youth, the onset of symptoms can be scary and confusing, and for some parents, it can be unclear whether what they are seeing in their teen is typical adolescent behavior and personality changes or symptoms of a mental health condition.

Every child with mental illness will have different experiences, even those with the same diagnosis. However, common warning signs include:

  • Feeling sad or withdrawn for more than two weeks (crying, fatigued, unmotivated)
  • Trying to harm or kill oneself or making plans to do so
  • Out-of-control, risk-taking behaviors that can cause harm to self or others
  • Sudden overwhelming fear for no reason (racing heart, physical discomfort, fast breathing)
  • Significant weight loss or gain (not eating, throwing up or using laxatives to lose weight)
  • Severe mood swings that cause problems in relationships
  • Repeated use of drugs or alcohol
  • Drastic changes in behavior, personality or sleeping habits
  • Extreme difficulty in concentrating or staying still that can lead to problems in school
  • Intense worrying that gets in the way of daily activities, including hanging out with friends and going to class

As a parent who suspects there may be an issue with your child, there are four very important things you can do, according to the experts at NAMI. Talk with your pediatrician, get a referral to a mental health specialist, work with your child’s school and connect with other families experiencing similar situations.

A teen experiencing symptoms of mental illness needs to know they are not alone, and that they have many resources available to them as well, including – an online opportunity to connect with other young people who may be going through the same things as them.

To connect with a trained crisis counselor to receive free, 24/7 crisis support via text message – text NAMI to 741-741. For additional information and support, call the NAMI helpline at 800-950-NAMI or visit the National Alliance on Mental Illness at

Source: National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI): Know The Warning Signs; Mental Health by the Numbers; Fact Sheet Library.

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Sycamore Community Schools Mobile App

Sycamore Community Schools is excited to announce our new mobile app designed specifically to keep families better informed and connected to what's going on in our schools.

The app features:

  • The latest district and school news

  • Push notifications about breaking news, closures, weather, events, and more

  • Easy access to lunch menus and calendars

  • School and staff directory

  • Parent log-in to access grades, fees, attendance, and bus information

The app is FREE and available for download today!

Having trouble logging into the app? Please reset your Parent Portal password online. You will need to wait 24 hours for the system to refresh before trying to log back into the app.

Aves hangar bookstore & spirit shop news

Great end-of-year gift ideas! Tervis tumblers, mugs, coffee tumblers, Camelbak water bottles, pennants, and more!

We will also have Bonus Shopping Hours three nights the following week:

5/16, 5/17, 5/18 (6-8 pm each night).

The last day the store will be open for this school year is Friday, May 19.

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​For more information (including a complete schedule of hours & parking directions) please visit our webpage

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Winton Hills Teacher Appreciation Luncheon 2017

Winton Hills Teacher Appreciation Luncheon 2017

Hello Sycamore supporters of Winton Hills Academy! First, THANK YOU SO MUCH for stepping up to support the staff at WHA and let them know their persistent hard work is very much appreciated! This year’s WHA Teacher Appreciation Luncheon is MONDAY, May 22th. Please see the sign up form for the needed items. We will be providing lunch for approximately 70 staff members. You may drop off non perishable items at the school office on Friday, May 19th. OR Drop off items at 7419 Baywind Drive. If it does not need fridge, drop off any time during the week of May 15th. If it needs refrigeration, then please drop off on Monday morning (May 22nd) by 8:00am. (call/text Deanna at 652-2227 or Gina Daly at 429-2164 if you need to drop off Sunday night) If you can help setup or clean up, or hang out during the lunch to keep things moving and organized, please let us know. We plan on being there from 9:00am - 1:00pm. It's fun to talk to the teachers, we get a lot of thanks and praise, and some stories that remind us of how blessed we are, and some of the struggles others face.

All Pro Dad Breakfast

Maple Dale Elementary All Pro Dad breakfast will be held on Wed, May 17 from 8-9 am in our school cafeteria. All Fathers and children are invited to join us for this monthly program sponsored by our partner Chick-fil-A who will be catering chicken biscuits along with drinks from the PTO.

Bengal Dhani Jones will be our guest speaker and the topic is Renewal as we head into summer break. It is free to attend & hope we will have another great turnout! Please RSVP at if you will be there.

E.H Greene Fourth Grade Parent Orientation Program Info.

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About Maple Dale

At Maple Dale Elementary, staff, parents, and students work as a team to promote success and provide a welcoming, safe, and positive learning environment for all.