Aviator Air Newsletter

Maple Dale Elementary's Parent Communication

November 9, 2018

Our Flight Plan

Welcome to the Maple Dale Elementary Newsletter! We will share important information and highlight the great things our students and teachers are doing at our school. You can expect this in your inbox each week on Friday afternoons.

Attendance Line: (513) 686-1726


November 14: All Pro Day Breakfast

November 15: Murphy the Therapy Dog Visits Maple Dale

November 15: 3rd Grade Performance

November 21-23: NO SCHOOL - Thanksgiving Break

School Happenings

Volunteers Needed for Recycling Rangers Program

Are you passionate about recycling and have some free time on Fridays? Then we need you! We are looking for some parent volunteers to to help our 4th graders while they collect recycling bins around the school and dispose of the materials. Please follow the signup genius links for dates and times needed.





All Pro Dad and Operation Give Back are Coming Together - November 14th

Please join us at the Maple Dale Elementary All Pro Dads breakfast on Wednesday November 14th from 8-9am in the school cafeteria. All fathers and children are invited for this free monthly program sponsored by fathers, Chick-fil-A, & the PTO.

This month’s topic is Thankfulness. Often we focus on what we don't have and forget to take to stock of what we do have. If you focus on what you don't have, something will always be missing. It's important to be thankful for what you have and not take those things for granted. Some of the most successful people are generally the most thankful.

The Chick-fil-A cow will be attending our meeting and guests from Operation Give Back will be attending. Learn how you can help others!

If attending, please RSVP by Sunday November 11th via the link below so the correct amount of food is ordered


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My Energy Kit Challenge has started!

Our school is taking the My Energy Kit Challenge and has a goal to save at least 20,000 kilowatt-hours of energy. That’s like taking 40 cars off the road for a whole year! We’ll reach this goal when at least 100 families sign up for a FREE Energy Kit from Duke Energy and use it to make their homes energy efficient. These FREE kits contain items like LED bulbs, faucet aerators and other useful gadgets that can make a big difference toward saving energy at home. When we meet the challenge, our school will automatically win $250. Let’s get a head-start! You can take the My Energy Kit Challenge and sign up for your FREE kit now at MyEnergyKit.org or call 1-855-386-9548.

Have you already received a My Energy Kit? Do you still want to help your school receive free money? Great! Even if you have requested and received a kit before, you can request again and your request will count towards your schools goal of 100 energy efficiency kits. If they get to 100 kits they receive 250 dollars! So help your school out and request your kit today, even if you have already received one.


You may request that your child be tested on the Cognitive Ability Test (CogAT). If you wish to have your child participate in this round of testing, all requests must be made through the below online link by December 6th. If you have a child in 2nd and/or 4th grade, they will take the test during school with their class. For other grade levels, we are offering an optional testing opportunity. In order to decrease disruption to your child's instruction, this testing opportunity will take place on Saturday, December 8, at Maple Dale from 9:00 am - 12:00 pm for all four elementary buildings. To sign up your child for this opportunity, please click here.

Please note it is the parents' responsibility to provide transportation to and from Maple Dale on morning of testing. Also please note Sycamore cannot use kindergarten or first grade scores for gifted placement.

Dance For Kindness - November 11th

IT'S TIME TO DANCE! Please join us as we dance with people from all over the world in celebration of World Kindness Day!

Here's the information:

1. The dance is free but if you would like to register online it is a $5 donation. A portion goes to our local St. Joseph's Orphanage and the rest of the $5 will go to LifeVest Inside which is a nonprofit organization promoting kindness worldwide through education.

Please register one of two ways: online or emailing me

Registrations online please click the link below.


email me nicholsj@sycamoreschools.org

2. Please wear ORANGE to our event. You can order this year's shirts from Deanna ReGruth. The link to order is Dance for Kindness

3. The dance will be at Summit Park on the stage in front of the tower.

4. Practice for the dance is from 1-1:30 pm with Julie Swart and The Queen City Dance Academy

5. The dance will go live at 1:30 pm.

6. We will conclude no later than 2 pm.

Even if you are not a dancer PLEASE come with your family and celebrate kindness with us on World Kindness Day.

We ALWAYS need flag wavers!

Let's start dancing... code #DFK2018

(Click below):


GOTR Practice 5K

To the volunteers who motivated, cheered, braved the cold, smiled, laughed, encouraged, lap counted and supported the Girls on the Run; we can't thank you enough for being there for us! We are truly lucky to have such a wonderful staff and school!

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Don't Miss Out - Order Your Yearbook Today!

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Like Us on Facebook!

Parents, please click here to take you to our Maple Dale Facebook page and "like" it! We will utilize FB more often to share community events, such as Junior High's Aviator Flightfest 5K, as well as to share pictures and news of Maple Dale happenings. So please "like" us on Facebook!

Green Team Tip of the Week

Green Team Tip of the Week: Did you know? Maple Dale students can recycle and compost lunch waste in the lunchroom. This Sycamore Community Schools green initiative diverts 400 bags of trash from the landfill EACH WEEK. If you would like to learn more, here is a short video about the sorting tables and their district-wide impact: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kcGoXc85GUE

Mind Stretch Tutoring

Recently, Academic Tutor Jan Filitti began offering her services to students at Maple Dale. Her private tutoring sessions use the Orton Gillingham method to increase skills in reading decoding and comprehension using a multisensory approach. Jan also specializes in spelling, phonics, writing and math skills at grades 2 and 3.

Jan is willing to meet your child at Maple Dale before or after school for sessions. Her contact information is: 828-333-3973 or jantutors@gmail.com or www.MindStretchTutoring.com


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Star Glazers Events

Great time to make gifts! Join us for one or all!


Nov. 7 & 14 (Wednesday): 6:00-7:30p.m. Miami Township Civic Center. 6101 Meijer Drive, Milford, OH 45150. $20 adults. $25 Resident child. $30 Non-resident child. Register at https://register.miamitwpoh.gov. Click on Family Activities.


Nov. 13 (Tuesday): 6:00-8:00p.m. Snyder House at Cottell Park. 5847 Irwin-Simpson Road 45040. $2 per person non-resident fee plus price of pottery pieces ($8 and up). Register at http://www.deerfieldrec.com. Click on Register, then Programs, then Paint-Your-Own-Pottery.

Nov. 17 (Saturday): 2:30-4:30p.m. O’Bannon Creek Vineyard. 6835 Newtonsville Road. 45162 Pieces $8 and up. Register by calling 513-474-6364 or e-mailing ann@starglazers.com.

University of Findley's Mazza Museum Conference

2018 Two-day Weekend Conference

Mazza’s Weekend Conference is a two-day conference where teachers, librarians, and book lovers delight in educational and engaging presentations from some of the top authors and illustrators in the picture book industry.

Friday and Saturday, November 9 and 10, 2018

Mazza Museum is located in the Virginia B. Gardner Fine Arts Pavillion

Welcome to our keynote speakers Phil Bildner, David Carter, Lauren Castillo, Scott Magoon, Ethan Long and Jane Yolen.


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About us

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.