Maple Ridge Elementary Newsletter

From The Horse's Mouth [Friday, September 7, 2018]

Congratulations to our August Leaders of the Month!

Chelsea Groome

Andrew Tate

Wyatt Ping

Sophie Higgs

Lilyana Baer

Carter Cunningham

Nolan Ferryman

Avalynn Cupnii

Elijah Durham

Isaiah Bricker

Dallas Gremillion

Maggie Hollinger

Asha Auker

Zoey Nichols

Hayden Pardieck

Daymon Rhodes

Abagail Riddle

Amelia Sauders

Sara Goss

Carson Vanness

Lexie Hight

Adalyn Hiatt

Joselyn Taylor

Makenzie Buchanan

Evan Christian

Elijah Duncan

Savanna Goss

Addison Summerall

Teresa Gaines

Lilli Drake

Congratulations to the following students & staff for being caught doing an act of kindness!

Kole Kessler, Garyn Peacock, Jaslin Diedrich, Rachel Duncan (Bus#18)

PATRIOT DAY - Tuesday, September 11th!

Show your patriotism by wearing red, white, & blue on Tuesday, September 11. MRE students and staff will show respect by having a “silent dismissal.” Holding a flag, teachers will lead students to the bus, car rider line or Kids Connection in silence.

Homecoming Week (Dress-Up Days) September 17-21

Monday (17th) Black out day

Tuesday (18th) Tacky Tuesday

Wednesday (19th) Grade/class color day

K – yellow

1 – orange

2 – class shirts

3 – purple

4 – red

5 – blue

6 – pink

Special area – Tie dye

Thursday(20th) Superhero Day

Friday (21st) Green and white day!

School Pictures Have Arrived!

Schedule a call, email or chat with an Inter-State customer service representative if you need assistance! Watch the newsletter for a Picture Retake Day, if your child's picture wasn't to your liking!

Spell Bowl Try Outs for 4th, 5th, & 6th Graders (Wednesday, September 12)

Do you like spelling? Do you want to be part of a winning team? Come try out for the Maple Ridge Spell Bowl team. Go to Mrs. Holbert's (Room 210) right after school next Wednesday with a piece of paper and a pencil. Be sure to have a note for your teacher giving permission for you to stay after school and make sure someone can pick you up promptly at 4:00 PM @ Door #2! The top 12 spellers will make the team. Practices will be every Tuesday from 3:30 - 4:15 PM beginning September 18th - November 13th. The Spell Bowl Competition will be Thursday, November 15th @ PES-P from 5:00 - 6:30 PM.

Parent/Teacher Conferences

  • Grades K-5: Mark your calendar for Tuesday, September 25th (4-8 PM) & Thursday, September 27th (4:00-7:45 PM). Beginning this week – K-5 parents can begin selecting times by following these instructions:
  • 6th Grade Parent-Teacher Conference Information: There are no appointments, and it’s on a first come, first serve basis. Parents may meet with any 6th grade teacher you wish, and will be allowed a 15 minute conference with each teacher. Conferences will be held in the MRE gym on the same night as the rest of the grades.

Human Growth & Development - Program Date Changed!

Please note that this presentation date has changed from Friday, September 7th to Wednesday, October 3rd for students in Grades 4th, 5th, and 6th.

Calling all Ridge Readers!

The 2018-19 Ridge Readers program has started and is ready to accept reading minutes! If your child likes to read & earn prizes, this program is for your child! You can log minutes for any reading that your child does after school. Students will earn a variety of rewards starting at 200 minutes with 3000 minutes earning them an invite to a yearend Reading Party! Simply visit this website: and you will be prompted to answer a few questions the first time you log into the site. Please respond to all areas, so we are provided with contact information and t-shirt sizes for each student.


  • Textbook fees have been assessed and are due Friday, October 5th. Cash, check (payable to MRE) or money order payments can be mailed, sent in with students, or made in person in the school’s main office. You may also pay using echeck/credit card* by accessing E~Funds through the link in Parent Portal, or through the office in person or by phone. *Surcharge will apply for echeck/credit card payments.
  • At this time, statements will only be sent home to those who do not owe the exact amount listed below for their grade level (credits or outstanding balances on the account).
  • If you need to make payment arrangements, please contact: Jaymee Ayers, MRE Treasurer, at 765-778-3818 or

Kindergarten - $139.22, First Grade - $110.34, Second Grade - $103.12, Third Grade - $134.18, Fourth Grade - $141.83, Fifth Grade - $167.86, and Sixth Grade - $164.08

Digital Citizenship Week

The week of Sept. 10 is Digital Citizenship Week for the state of Indiana. Did you know that MRE is a certified school? This means we are committed to teaching students to responsibly use technology. As we all know, it's a team effort to raise a well rounded student. Parents, here are some activities you can complete at home or at dinner to help with that effort.

Check out this student generated PSA about Digital Citizenship!

Counselor's Corner

Our leadership skill for September is RESPECT. I am teaching classroom lessons this month on bullying. The best way to prevent bullying is for students to understand and be diligent to show respect to all people (regardless of our differences). Ask your 2nd-6th grade children if they remember the 3 characteristics of bullying (repeated, on purpose, & 1-sided). Also, ask your child to demonstrate how to give an Assertive response. We are off to a great start of the school year; MRE students are working hard to grow as leaders!

Parent-Teacher Organization News

  • Spirit Wear: Thanks to everyone who ordered Spirit Wear! Orders will be sent home with the kids before Homecoming.

  • Salute to Summer FREE Concert: Saturday, September 15th, 2018 5pm-7pm. Join Us for the Salute to Summer Concert. Come listen to great tunes from Stella Luna and the Satellites! Enjoy the music with food trucks, games, face painting, Knockerball and more! This event is open to the public so don't forget to tell your friends!

  • Skating Party: MRE’s first skating party of the year! The skating party will be held on September 20th from 6:30pm-8:30pm at the Roller Cave: 8734 E 21st St, Indianapolis, IN 46219

  • Book Fair / Grandparent Night: MRE's first Book fair of the year will be October 1st-4th. Come out for Grandparents night at Maple Ridge Elementary and shop the Book Fair on Tuesday, October 2nd from 6-7 pm! We are looking for volunteers to help with the book fair please contact the PTO if you are interested in helping.

  • Boxtops: Forms should have came home with the kids this week. Please save box tops and send them back in. The class that brings in the most box tops each month will win a special treat! The prize for September box tops will be a popsicle party for the class! We are still looking for parents to help count box tops at the end of the month. If you would be interested in helping with this and haven't already expressed so please contact us.
  • Welcome Ashley Babcock! Ashely has joined the PTO as our Volunteer Coordinator this year, please help us welcome her!

Wanted School Bus Drivers:

Driving a school bus is a part-time job, requiring up to 2.75 hours in the AM and up to 2.75 hours in the PM. The school corporation provides support and paid training to help candidates meet the requirements for becoming a certified school bus driver. Substitute bus drivers are especially needed, with the possibility of qualified persons to obtain a regular route within the corporation. Current substitute bus driver rate is $17.90 per hour. Requirements: Must hold, or be willing to obtain, a Class B Commercial Driver’s License (CDL), a Passenger Endorsement, a “S” Endorsement (school bus), and an air brake endorsement.

Please contact Candy Stewart for more information.

South Madison Community School Corporation

203 S Heritage Way

Pendleton, IN 46064

765.778.2152 Ext. 1016


Elf: The Musical, Jr. Production

Studio 3 Youth Theater (S3YT) is excited to announce this semester's production, Elf: The Musical, Jr. This opportunity is open to students ages 7 years - 8th grade! Registration is now open, so be sure to sign-up soon to save your spot! Auditions will be held September 12, but all who register will be in the show! Find more information and register at

or email with questions.

Pendleton Children's Choir

The fall season of the Pendleton Children’s Choir begins Tuesday, September 11. Please visit for more information about how to register your 1st through 6th grader for the children’s choir or to read more about private music lessons for voice, guitar, and piano. Pendleton Music Academy offers fun and engaging private lessons taught by licensed and degreed instructors. Lessons are offered after school at PHMS each day of the week. Please contact Daniel Gallion, our Pendleton Heights Middle School choir director, or email us at for more information.

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Upcoming Events

9/11: Patriot Day - Wear red, white and blue!

9/12: 6th Grade Girls Basketball Open Gym 3:45 -5 PM

9/12: Spell Bowl Tryouts 3:30- 4:15 PM (Holbert's Room)

9/15: PTO Salute to Summer Concert 5-7 PM
9/17-21: Homecomig Spirit Week at Maple Ridge

9/19: 2nd Grade Field Trip to Conner Prairie

9/19: Robotics Team practice 3:30-4:30 PM
9/19: 6th Grade Girls Basketball Open Gym 3:45 -5 PM

9/20: PTO 1st Skating Party (Roller Cave) 6:30-8:30 PM

9/20: School Board Meeting (ASC) 7:00 PM
9/21: PHHS Homecoming/Parade (Falls Park) 6:00 PM

9/24: Student Leadership Breakfast (Cafe) 8:30 AM
9/25: Parent /Teacher Conferences 4-8 PM
9/26: 6th Grade Girls Basketball Open Gym 3:45 -5 PM

9/26: Robotics Team practice 3:30-4:30 PM

9/27: Parent/Teacher Conferences 4 –7:45 PM
9/28: Kindergarten Field Trip to Falls Park

9/28: Jim "Basketball" Jones Convo

10/1-4: PTO Book Fair (5/6 Commons)

10/2: Grandparent's Night (Classrooms)/Book Fair Open 6-7 PM

10/3: Human Growth & Development Presentation (Grades 4/6)

10/3: 6th Grade Girls Basketball Open Gym 3:45 -5 PM

10/3: Robotics Team practice 3:30-4:30 PM

10/4: 1st Grade Field Trip to State Fairgrounds

10/4: School Board Meeting (ASC) 7:00 PM

10/5: Textbook Fees are Due!

10/5: End of the 1st 9 Weeks

10/5: 4th Grade Field Trip to Conner Prairie

10/5: Kindergarten Field Trip to Smith Family Farms

10/5: 6th Grade Field Trip to Flat Rock YMCA
10/8-12: Quarter 1 Break - Schools Closed

10/17: 6th Grade Girls Basketball Open Gym 3:45 -5 PM

10/17: Robotics Team practice 3:30-4:30 PM

10/18: School Board Meeting (ASC) 7:00 PM

10/19: Student Leadership Breakfast (Cafe) 8:30 AM

10/19: Report Cards Available on Parent Portal (4:30 PM)

10/24: 6th Grade Girls Basketball Open Gym 3:45 -5 PM