Aviator Air Newsletter

Maple Dale Elementary's Parent Communication

August 30, 2019

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


September 2: Labor Day - no school!

September 6: Grandfriends' Day

September 10: Fall Picture Day

September 27: Professional Development Day - no school!

September 30 - October 4: Vision & Hearing Screening Week

School Happenings

Girls on the Run Program Registration - Maple Dale Elementary

What is Girls on the Run?

Meeting twice a week in small teams, Girls on the Run teaches life skills through dynamic, interactive lessons and running games. The curriculum is taught by certified Girls on the Run coaches and includes three parts: understanding themselves, valuing relationships and teamwork, and understanding how girls connect with and shape the world at large.

This is not a running club or competitive. Girls on the Run is a physical activity, positive youth development program.

To register or for more information click on the link below.

Grandfriends' Day Information - September 6, 2019

Click this link to RSVP and get more information about the day.


The art room is looking to collect egg cartons for an upcoming project with our 3rd graders, for their musical performance in November. We will be needing a lot of egg cartons so we are starting the collection process early in order to have enough time to complete our projects. If anyone has any empty egg cartons laying around we would love to use them. I will have a large cardboard box outside of the art room for donations.

-Thanks everyone!

Mr. Conklin

Maple Dale Art

Join Scout Night Open House – September 4th

Maple Dale Cub Scout Pack 189 is recruiting families for 2019-20 school year. Boys and Girls ages 5-10 (Kindergarten thru 5th grade) are welcome to join. The Pack supports a wide range of activities from Camping, Rock Climbing, Range Day, Pop Corn Sales, various Community Service Projects, Blue Ash Memorial Day Parade, and the ever-popular Pine Wood Derby. Along with Pack and Den activities, we work on preparing young people to make ethical and moral choices over their lifetimes by instilling in them the values of the Scout Oath and Scout Law.

To join or for more information come to our open House:

Wednesday September 4th


Maple Dale Gym

Still not sure, look at our Pack 189 Fact Sheet or contact John Chism

*Do not drop off students before 9:05 a.m. as there is no supervision before that time.

Transportation/Dismissal Plan Changes

We understand dismissal plans sometimes change. If this should occur, please complete a Parent Communication Form and email (lakek@sycamoreschools.org) or fax it to our front office by 3:00 pm. Our fax # 513-792-6112. The end of the day gets very busy for our office staff and we want to make sure that your children get where they need to be safely.

If your child is riding the bus home with another student, a parent communication form MUST be completed. Please do not send in a handwritten note, our bus drivers WILL NOT accept them. Extra Parent Communication Forms can be found on the district website, under “Transportation”, then “Forms”, or can be picked up at the front counter in our office.

*Do not email the teacher with transportation changes as they may not have an opportunity to check their email prior to the dismissal of students.

Thank you for helping us keep your child safe.

Introducing....Jamie Wiener - School-based Therapist

Maple Dale is excited to announce Jamie Wiener, school-based therapist, who will be providing students and families access to private mental health services full-time in the 2019-2020 school year.

Jamie has over 15 years of experience in early childhood therapy. She completed her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and then her Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology- Child Assessment and Intervention Specialization from Northwestern University in 2006. Wiener is licensed as a Clinical Professional Counselor and is a National Certified Counselor. Jamie spent the 2018-2019 school year serving students at Symmes, Montgomery, and Maple Dale Elementary.

The partnership with Cincinnati Children’s and their services does not require any financial support from the district. Students and families needing services can cover therapy visits through private insurance, Medicaid, or private pay options. Assistance may be available for families experiencing financial difficulty.

Parents, teachers and school counselors can make student referrals for service. Students can also self refer for services. Ultimately, the decision to move forward with therapeutic services is up to the family.

If you would like additional information about Jamie’s services, or the district mental health initiatives, contact Lisa Zelvy via email at zelvyl@sycamoreschools.org or via phone at (513) 686-1700.

Maple Dale Media Center “Birthday Book” participation Form

Please support the “Birthday Book” program at Maple Dale by allowing your child to donate a new library book in celebration of his or her special day! With your $10-$20 donation, your child or children may select a brand new book during their birthday month (summer birthdays will choose on their ½ birthday) from newly purchased titles. A personalized bookplate will be placed in the book and a picture of your student with their book selection will be posted and sent home. Your child will also be the first to check-out his or her choice! Feel free to email Mrs. Smith, smithni@sycamoreschools.org with any questions.


This is the QR code to go directly to the site:

Tip: Help Your Child w/Separation Anxiety at School.

From Miss Seiler - School Counselor

PTO Corner

Language Program - Registration due 9/17!

The morning Language Program is back for students in grades K-4. Foreign language skills are truly a passport to the world. Students develop skills for their future, enhance their test scores, and improve their self-esteem. Sign up TODAY!


The Maple Dale Elementary PTO invites you to get involved this school year! Our school's programs are ONLY possible with parent volunteers! Please go to https://www.signupgenius.com/go/60B0D44A9A728A20-help1 to see which programs interest you.

How would you like to be a Homeroom Parent?

Welcome back to school parents! At the beginning of the year, we look for volunteers to be Homeroom Parents for the classroom. We are looking for 2 homeroom parents for each class in K through 3rd grade. This is a very fun way to volunteer in the classroom. Some of the things a Homeroom Parent may help with are listed below. If you are interested, please see the registration form below !

  • Homeroom parents assist the classroom teacher when asked, with field trips, parties, and planned events. **Most common**

  • Homeroom parents serve as a contact between the Maple Dale PTO, the teacher, and the classroom parents.

  • Homeroom parents attempt to contact every family in the class regarding their opportunity to participate as a volunteer for the planned class events & other Maple Dale functions.

Registration Form: https://forms.gle/khVw6YFX3TayPYxX7

Let Amanda Brauch know if you have any questions at brauch.amanda@gmail.com. Thank you for considering becoming a Homeroom Parent this year!

Milers - PTO sponsored

MAPLE DALE MILERS is our walking/running program held Wednesdays at lunch recess. The program is optional and students can choose to walk or not walk each week. Students in Grades 1,2,3&4 enjoy walking supervised laps around the blacktop playground and get a chance to earn foot tokens as they rack up the miles throughout the year. Volunteers will oversee and supervise the students as they walk. Please note the change in lunch times below for those who volunteered last year.


Our first session will be Wednesday, Sept 4th

(wear your sneakers/ tennis shoes on Wednesdays)


This program can only exist with adult volunteers! We will need volunteers to help set up and monitor the kids. It’s a great way to see your child during the school day.
CLICK on link if you’d like to volunteer. https://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e0448aeae22a0fd0-wednesday1

1st & 3rd grades 11:30am-12:50pm
2nd & 4th grades 12:35am-1:35pm

**If you DO NOT WANT YOUR CHILD TO PARTICIPATE in the program at ANY time this year, please email Jessica Allison at jessie0603@yahoo.com by September 1st, 2019.

Kroger Community Rewards

Did you know you can earn money for Maple Dale by shopping at Kroger, at no cost to you? Sign up for Kroger Community Rewards today! Click on the following link for instructions on how to link your card to Maple Dale:



Keep Clipping!! Box Tops has made a transition to an easier way to earn money for Maple Dale, but there are still plenty of paper box tops that are waiting to be clipped. In the meantime, you can download the Box Top App from your App Store, connect to Maple Dale Elementary School, and start scanning away. You only need to scan your receipt. SUPER EASY! Watch this 40-second video to see how the process works. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hh94b2BvFK4&feature=youtu.be

Thank you for your continued support!

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Come for the Fun, Stay for the Friends... open to all!

Come and learn more about Sycamore GEAR - who we are and what we do as well as currently scheduled events for the year!
Can’t wait for the picnic? Check out our website sycamoregear.org to find out more!
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Sycamore Child Nutrition

Free and Reduced lunch/breakfast applications

Children need healthy meals to learn. Sycamore Community Schools offers healthy meals every school day and some students may qualify for free or reduced-price meals. Sycamore Child Nutrition now offers parents the opportunity to complete a Free and Reduced-Price Family Meal Application online! By applying online you will get an immediate response as to how your family qualifies for meal benefits. Reminder, you must reapply every school year to see if you qualify for a meal benefit. To avoid disruption in your meal benefits from a previous school year, you must apply within the first 30 days of the new school year. You may apply at any point during the school year.

Go to http://www.sycamoreschools.org/Page/2292 and complete each prompt to successfully apply today.

Breakfast is offered at EVERY Sycamore school building!

WHEN? Daily for 15 minutes before the first school bell rings.

HOW MUCH? For ONLY $1.50, you can get an entrée, side and milk!

Receive free or reduced price meals at lunch? Did you know that by qualifying at lunch, you also qualify at breakfast! Reduced breakfast costs only $0.30!

Our point-of-sale system offers convenience for our families expedites our sales process and minimizes daily handling of money. You may set up your child’s account online using Parent Portal.

Ohio Department of Education regulations state that a National School Lunch Program is only permitted to provide meal substitutions to students with a life-threatening food allergy and/or an illness covered by the American's with Disabilities Act. Therefore, the Sycamore Department of Child Nutrition has revised the food allergy procedure accordingly. If you have not completed the Food Allergy Notification and Medication Order Form, you can access it through the district website. Child Nutrition staff will not be able to provide meal substitutions without this documentation.

NEW: The menu will be updated every 5 weeks and is posted on the sycamoreschools.org website. Once on the site, click on “Services”, then “Child Nutrition”. Paper hard copies of menus will not be distributed, however we will include all updates to the menu in our SMORE.

Meal Prices


Elementary Breakfast $1.50

Edwin H. Greene Breakfast $1.50

Secondary Breakfast $1.75

High School – Smoothie Breakfast $2.00

Reduced – Price Breakfast $.30


Elementary & Edwin H. Greene Lunch $2.75

Edwin H. Greene Super Lunch $3.00

Secondary Lunch $3.00

Secondary “Deluxe Lunch” $3.50

High School – Aviator Special $4.00

Reduced – Price Lunch $ .40

Milk $.50


Every month in the kitchen this school year, the Child Nutrition Department will be featuring a locally grown fruit or vegetable. This produce was planted just for Sycamore Schools! This month will be fresh corn on the cob and cantaloupe. This was grown at Riehm Produce Farm in Tiffin, Ohio.
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Monthly Lunch Menu

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Around Sycamore

2019/20 Sycamore Positive Parenting Workshops

Positive Parenting will take place again this fall and is open to any Sycamore family. See the flyer for more details.

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In The Community

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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.