Maple Dale Aviator News

Friday, August 18, 2017

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) 686-1756

Picture Day - UPDATE!!

Please take note:

Picture day is SEPTEMBER 12. The school calendars that were mailed out to families, are wrong, please make the change on your calendar.

Mark your calendars!

August 23 - All Pro Dads Breakfast from 8:00-9:00

August 24 - Maple Dale Welcome Back Coffee/PTO Meeting from 9:30 to 11:00

August 29 - Maple Dale Curriculum Preview for all grades from 6:00 to 7:30

September 4 - Labor Day/School closed

September 12 - PICTURE DAY!

September 29 - No school

A Letter from our Principal Regarding the Solar Eclipse

Dear Sycamore Families,

On Monday, August 21, a rare total solar eclipse will be visible during the school day. The eclipse will occur in our area beginning around 1:00 p.m. and ending around 3:50 p.m. with nearly 91% of the sun covered by around 2:30 p.m. Sycamore Community Schools will use this scientific event as a teachable moment for our students while maintaining their safety.

While we truly appreciate the significance of this rare scientific event, the safety and security of our students is one of our utmost priorities. During an eclipse, the sun's UV radiation is incredibly powerful and has the potential to severely burn the retina, causing temporary or even permanent blind spots in one's vision. According to the American Optometric Association, no one should look directly at a solar eclipse without specialized eye protection. Regular sunglasses are not safe to view the eclipse.

In order to ensure the safety of our elementary students, our teachers will engage students in age-appropriate indoor classroom activities centered on the science behind this phenomenon. Your student(s) will be able to observe the solar eclipse via a NASA live stream from the safety of their classroom. All PE classes and recess will be held indoors on Monday afternoon.

Families who choose to remove their student(s) from school on Monday, August 21, to participate in parent supervised activities around this event will be permitted to do so. The absence will be counted as an excused absence.

Because this event will occur near dismissal time, we will remind students of precautions related to the event and the importance of following bus rules. We encourage you to have a discussion with your student about the eclipse, when it will happen, and how to observe this exciting event safely. The attached fact sheet from NASA contains great information for students of all ages.

We appreciate your understanding and assistance with all aspects of this event.


Ann Marie Reinke

Office Notes

Hello Maple Dale Families!

We here in the office want to thank you all for your patience and cooperation as we transition into the new school year.

If you have questions or concerns about transportation or attendance, please contact Kathy Lake.

If you are making changes to your students transportation for the day, please email your student’s teacher AND Kathy.

All students are required to ride their assigned bus and load and unload at their predetermined bus stop. In the event a student needs to ride a different bus, or exit the bus at a stop other than their assigned stop, students must obtain a bus pass by having a parent complete and return the Parent Communication Form.

Please be sure you are filling out Parent Communication Forms when you know your student is going to be absent or late.

If you have questions about tuition payments. Please contact Angie Spyrou. All tuition payments are due on the 1st of every month.

Angie Spyrou:

Kathy Lake:

Attendance Line: (513) 686-1726

Please remember to return all school paperwork, as needed.

If you have not yet done so, please ensure that all information is updated in Final Forms. Additionally, please remember to pay your child's school fees. This can be done through Parent Portal.

A Message from our Nurse

Dear Maple Dale families,

I hope you had an enjoyable summer and you're ready for another great school year. Summer is a fun time with lots of sleep overs, fun camps, and many opportunities for children to hang out together and share.... Head lice. Head lice causes no illness but creates ​some anxiety among parents. In order to have a great beginning of the school year and prevent unnecessary hassle, please add one more item to your Back to School To Do List: Please check your child's hair for head lice and treat as needed before school starts.

You would find information on head lice, tips on checking for head lice and treatment in the following links. You are also welcome to call me anytime at 686-1723 ​for any questions or concerns.​

How to check and treat for head lice:

Wishing all our students and families a great school year!

Julie Muskal RN, BSN, MEd

Certified School Nurse

Maple Dale Elementary

Sycamore School District


Fax:(513) 792-6112


At Maple Dale, each of our “Houses” is named for a famous aviator:

The Armstrong House---”The Rockets”---House Color is Red

The Coleman House---”The Mavericks”---House color is Yellow

The Earhart House---”The Pioneers”---House Color is Green

The Wright House---”The Flyers”---House Color is Blue

Maple Dale Aviator Houses

Today is the beginning of a four-part series recognizing the accomplishments of each of the aviators we are named for.

Aviator Focus of the Week: Neil Armstrong

On July 20, 1969, American astronaut Neil Armstrong stepped off the lunar landing module Eagle, and became the first human to walk on the surface of the moon. Nearly 240,000 miles from Earth, Armstrong spoke these words to more than a billion people listening at home: “That’s one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.” Armstrong died on August 25, 2012, at age 82.

One Small Step Video

Fun Facts:

  • Neil Armstrong was born on August 5, 1930 near Wapakoneta, Ohio

  • He was fascinated with flight at an early age and earned his student’s pilot license when he was only 16!

  • Armstrong attended Purdue University on a U.S. Navy scholarship.

  • Neil Armstrong served in the Korean War in 1949 as a Navy Pilot.

  • After the war, Armstrong went to work for the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics, (the agency that later became NASA.)

  • Armstrong was an astronaut on the Apollo 11 mission to the moon in 1969.

  • Armstrong was the first human being to walk on the moon!

  • Mrs. Reinke was only 4 and ½ years old when she remembers watching the moon landing on a black and white T.V. in her living room!

Sharing our goals for the year:

On Monday, August 14, the Maple Dale staff gathered for a meeting and established the following goals for the year for our school.

Peacebuilders--Continue this valuable program in year two of implementation.

Professional Learning Communities--Teachers work together to review student performance weekly and to plan for differentiated instruction.

Effective Feedback and other Formative Instructional Practices---Teachers will work to increase the use of feedback to increase student growth and will use formative instructional practices daily.

Writing Across the Curriculum--Students will write in all subjects to express ideas and observations.

For the following four weeks, we will take a look at each of these goals in-depth and provide tangible ways for parents to partner with us in these efforts. With your help, we can accomplish our goals and help all students experience growth and success!

Maple Dale PTO

Maple Dale Elementary School offers many fun-filled and enriching opportunities and events in collaboration with the PTO! The PTO would like to involve everyone in the Maple Dale family and invite all parents and staff to participate through the Maple Dale Parent Teacher Organization (PTO).

The Maple Dale PTO is a vibrant and committed group of volunteers composed of parents, school staff, and administrators who share time and talent for the welfare of all children. Through fundraisers, the PTO helps provide equipment, resource material, entertainment, and learning opportunities.

To join the PTO, fill out the membership form online to Maple Dale with a $5 membership fee that helps support programming and creation of the student directory. Each member will receive a free student directory. Members do not have to attend meetings to be involved.

The Maple Dale Elementary PTO runs many fantastic programs that provide services and enrichment for students. All parents and friends of Maple Dale Elementary are invited to attend and volunteer for events. Individuals interested in helping with one of the opportunities or if you have a general question about the PTO, email us at

Aves Hanger - Upcoming Bonus Shopping Hours

Thursday, August 24, 5-9 pm

Saturday, August 26, 10 am -1 pm

Click here for a complete schedule of store hours

See an online photo album of our current inventory

Where do I park at the high school when visiting the Aves Hangar?

Please visit our webpage for more information.

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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.