Maple Dale Aviator News!

Friday, December 2, 2016

Attendance Line: 513-686-1726

Mark Your Calendars!

December 5th-9th: MAP Testing (GRS. 1, 3, & 4)

December 6th-8th: CogAT Testing (2nd GR)

December 13th & 15th: MAP Testing (2nd GR)

December 14th: All Pro Dad Day Breakfast

December 22nd - January 4th: Winter Break/No School!

Tech Survey

Dear parents and guardians of students at Maple Dale Elementary School,

Our school has partnered with BrightBytes - an educational research organization - to explore our use of technology for learning.

We invite you to answer a few questions about your technology use. It should take less than 5 minutes to complete on any device with internet access.
The survey is now open. We are hoping to have the survey finished by Friday, Dec 9. Your feedback is an essential component of our instructional technology planning.

MD Parent Survey Link

Ladies Ornament Exchange

Invitation to attend: Angela Krebs is hosting the ladies ornament exchange on Thursday, December 8th at 7:00 pm. This "great gathering" is part of our Carnival bid-n-buy fundraisers. Be part of what is sure to become an annual favorite for everyone! It is $15 to attend, plus bring a $5 ornament to exchange --- wine and light snacks will be served. 100% of the proceeds go to fund the Maple Dale PTO. Please email to attend!
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Lost and Found


We have a good amount of items in our lost and found. You may want to have a look through the items before the New Year, at which time, if things are still left in the lost and found, they will be donated to Matthew 25.

We recommend you put your student's name on the following items to avoid them being put in the lost and found:

  • coats
  • hats
  • gloves/mittens
  • snow pants/snowsuits
  • boots
  • shoes
  • water bottles
  • lunch boxes
  • anything of importance or value

We try really hard to return items back to their owners, however, a name on the item would make it so much easier.

Box Tops

Parents, please keep sending in those box tops. Every box top is free money for Maple Dale. Don't wait.....send them in with your child. Help your child's class be the top collecting class. Next collection is in March.

Notes from the Nurse

The nurse's office stock of clothes is running low and will gladly accept donations of lightly used items. We are especially in need of boys' and girls' pants in sizes 6-8, preferably with an elastic waist, as well as long sleeve shirts. Donations of lightly used or new kids' shoes, socks, underwear, and/or coats will also be much appreciated!

First Lego League Tournament

We have great news to share about the two FIRST LEGO League teams that competed on November 19th at Ross Middle School.

- Legion of LEGOs coached by Joel Luckhaupt and Dan Dentinger with students from Edwin H. Greene won the robot game elimination tournament offered as a for-fun portion of the day at Ross.

- Green Machines coach Jeff Crusius, received the coach award. Green Machines is co-coached by Scott Uhler and comprises students from Maple Dale.

What an awesome start to the season!

Coming up this Saturday, Dec. 3, four FLL teams head to tournament at Cincinnati State, 3520 Central Parkway. You can cheer them on starting at 12:15 through awards ceremony at 4 pm.

The teams are:

- Digibots representing Edwin H. Greene Intermediate and Sycamore Junior High and coached by Teresa Ames, Christine Katzman, and Sarah Newman (link to photo,

- Sycamore Dragons representing Edwin H. Greene Intermediate and coached by Ravi Gupta and Christine Katzman (link to photo,

- Blue Ash LEGO Masters representing Blue Ash Elementary and coached by Tom Hess and Raajesh Kashyap (link to photo,

- Omegabots with students from Sycamore and Mason schools and coached by Vinit Kohli, Ashish Kothari and Vipin Gupta (link to photo,

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First Lego League Jr. Teams

Congratulations to FLL Jr. team LEGO Knee Bop for winning the Creature Craze trophy at Ross Middle School Rambotics FIRST LEGO League Jr. Expo on Nov. 19. The team comprises Anisha Prakash and Hasika Avanigadda from Blue Ash Elementary, Rohan Mayya from Maple Dale Elementary, Krishna Malhotra from Seven Hills, and Vivaan Gulati from Mason. The team demonstrated its research on yellow jacket wasps with a poster and robotic model and was recognized for their project, research, and teamwork skills. The team was coached by Shashvat Prakash and Vidhata Malhotra.

Operation Give Back

Sycamore Community Schools believes in giving back to our community. That is why we are a proud supporter of Operation Give Back, a Blue Ash-based charitable organization that helps families and students right here in the Sycamore district.

This year we are stepping up our efforts to collect donations for Operation Give Back’s Holiday Store. The Holiday Store helps more than 100 local families have a special holiday season.

Each of our seven schools along with our District Office is collecting items for the Holiday Store from now until December 9. While you are doing your Thanksgiving grocery trip or holiday shopping, please consider picking up non-perishable food items, toiletries, paper products, warm clothing, and new toys to donate to this great cause. Click here for a detailed list of items needed. You can drop your donations off in the collection bins at your child’s school or at Operation Give Back at 10891 Millington Court, Blue Ash, Ohio 45242 Tuesdays-Thursdays, from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Monetary donations and gift cards are also greatly appreciated. Click here for more information on how to donate. Operation Give Back is also seeking volunteers for the Holiday Store on December 9-10. Please contact Operation Give Back at (513) 489-2023 or to sign up to help.

We are so excited to spread some cheer to the children in our schools this holiday season, and we welcome you to be a part of this giving. #SycamoreStrong

Cultural Heritage Night

Please join us to celebrate the cultural heritages and traditions represented at Maple Dale! Our school will be transformed for you to experience the tastes, sounds, arts, games, stories, dances etc. of the many cultures represented in our school community. This event will start with tastes of homemade food and cultural booths, and end with a high energy fashion show by our students and a variety of performances on stage!

For more information, please click on the link below.

Know! Positive Relationships Build Character

One of the greatest gifts you can give your children cannot be bought online or in-store. While it is not likely to be on their holiday wish list, this gift is likely to bring your children greater happiness with lifelong benefits. We are talking the gift of positive relationships and character development.

In 2013, Search Institute began a multiyear project based on their creation of the Developmental Relationships Framework, which examines the close connections in children’s lives - parents, peers, mentors, teachers and other caring adults – and the impact they have on character development. Some key aspects learned thus far is that these significant relationships in a child’s life are associated with their motivation to learn and take personal responsibility for their actions. Also, youth with strong, positive relationships are shown to be more resilient when faced with stress and trauma - which can otherwise lead to risky and dangerous behavioral coping strategies (like drinking, smoking and using other drugs).

The idea behind the Developmental Relationships Framework is to consistently surround young people with positive, supportive relationships to help them thrive; in their families, schools, programs and neighborhoods.

Search Institute provides the following five fundamental elements as part of the relationship-strengthening framework and shares specifics on how parents, teachers, coaches, etc. can act on them:

1. Express Care: Show me that I matter to you

Be dependable; Really pay attention when we’re together; Make me feel known and valued; Show me you enjoy being with me; Encourage me; Praise me for my efforts and achievements

2. Challenge Growth: Push me to keep getting better

Expect me to live up to my potential; Push me to go further; Insist I take responsibility for my actions; Help me learn from my mistakes and failures

3. Provide Support: Help me complete tasks and achieve goals

Guide me through difficult situations; Empower me to take charge of my life; Defend me when I need it; Set boundaries to keep me on track

4. Share Power: Treat me with respect and give me a say

Take me seriously and treat me fairly; Include me in decisions that affect me; Collaborate with me to solve problems and reach goals; Create opportunities for me to take action and lead

5. Expand Possibilities: Connect me with people and places that broaden my world

Inspire me to see possibilities for my future; Expose me to new ideas, people, experiences and places; Connect me with more people who can help me develop and thrive

A young person with a sense of purpose, self-worth and self-respect, who feels loved and supported, is much more likely to experience success in school and work, care about their community, and excel in other areas of life. So as you’re making your lists and checking them twice this holiday season, keep the above list in mind, as it promises to be the gift that keeps on giving.

To learn more about Developmental Relationships through Search Institute, visit:

Source: Search Institute: The Developmental Relationships Framework.

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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.