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Maple Dale Elementary's Parent Communication

October 25, 2019

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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


October 30: Evening Parent/Teacher Conferences

October 31: Harvest Parade

November 6: Picture Retake Day

November 10: Dance for Kindness at Summit Park!

Student of the Week - 10/21/2019

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Parent Communication Form

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School Happenings

Time for the Maple Dale Harvest Parade!

Please join us for a fun parade around the outside perimeter of Maple Dale! Our students and teachers will be ready to entertain parents, grandparents and friends next Thursday, October 31st from 2:30 - 3:00 p.m.

Our route for the parade (weather permitting) will be around the entire perimeter of our school. Spectators are asked to stand on the grass or pavement and leave the sidewalks clear for our students and their teachers. We will make two complete “loops” so that you may see your children twice.

Parking will be available at district offices and in our main lot only...so try to carpool if you can. Police from the Blue Ash Police Department will be on hand to help out with parking.

As in years past, try to guess the costume theme of the staff! We look forward to seeing you next week!

Andy Goldsworthy art by Preschool

Maple Dale Read-In and Pajama Party!

As a celebration of our students working together to have fun and raise money for our Maple Dale Warrior Run fundraiser, we will have a Maple Dale read-in (reading marathon) and pajama party on Friday, November 1st! The classroom teachers will share more details regarding this fun celebration but please come to school in your pajamas and with some good books next Friday! Mrs. Reinke and Mrs. Zellner will even be wearing their pajamas and slippers! Some grade levels will also hold their Movie Party as earned by raising over $5,000 as a grade level so look for more information from your child's teacher soon.
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Maple Dale “We Are Thankful To Give” Giving Drive to benefit Northeast Emergency Distribution Services (NEEDS)

A great way to help children understand the importance of giving to others...

Please consider donating an item to help with stocking the shelves at the NEEDS food pantry this Thanksgiving season.

There will be a collection box located in the Maple Dale office from now until November 22nd.

Items in Need:

  • Boxed side dishes: Potatoes, rice mixes, hamburger and tuna helper

  • Canned fruit

  • Canned peas, carrots, beets, tomatoes, corn, green beans

  • Spaghetti sauce

  • Canned soups, especially beef, tomato and vegetable

  • Personal care items including bar soap, body wash, razors, shaving cream deodorant, toothbrushes and feminine care items

  • Home Care items: Laundry detergent, dryer sheets, dish soap, cleaning products, and paper towels

Parents: Slight Change in Curbside Pick-up Protocol

Parents, starting Monday, October 22, we will require you to park and come in to pick up your child if you do not inform us by noon on the day of pick-up that your child will be a car rider.

This would apply to students who normally are not car riders. We understand that things come up that require a “last minute” change of plans. As you might imagine, making last-minute changes takes time and communication with the classroom teacher. Having the change request by noon will ensure that we are able to notify your child’s teacher in time to make the change.

Lost & Found

Parents -

If your child has lost an item at school (sweatshirt, coat, lunchbox, etc) please encourage him or her to check the lost & found. Items can be found to the left of the cafeteria.

Please feel free to check lost and found while you are here for conferences or click here to see the current items.

Thank you!

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Global Kindness Flash Mob!

Hello wonderful Dancers,

Please join us as we represent Cincinnati in the 8th Annual Dance For Kindness. Join us with individuals from over 50 countries in 120 cities on 6 continents to show the world that Kindness is the common thread that unites us all.

One Day.

One Dance.

One World.

It's time to start dancing. We are starting to get ready for our big day. We hope you can join us. Even if you are not a big dancer please come and celebrate with us! Come as a family or invite a friend.

Here are the specifics:

DATE: Sunday November 10th

LOCATION: Summit Park in Blue Ash on the stage in front of the tall tower

TIME: 1-2 pm Please arrive at 1 pm to sign in. We will begin our practice at 1:10 pm. The dance and go live at 1:30 pm.

REGISTRATION: The dance is free!

Registration is now open. THE DANCE IS FREE FOR EVERYONE! You can register one of two ways. You can email me directly nicholsj@sycamoreschools.org and I can register you for free. Or you can click on the link below and register on the website. There is a $5 donation that will go directly to the non profit Life Vest Inside and The Autism Society of Cincinnati.

Register at nicholsj@sycamoreschools.org for free

Register at https://www.danceforkindness.com/register-to-dance/ for a $5 donation

START PRACTICING... Practice (click on the blue practice) and start practicing your dance moves! On the Learn the Dance page you will find, the dance tutorial, this year’s FlashMob and FreezeMob song, and contact info for our AWESOME choreographer, Becky Epstein! To access the page you will need to enter the code: #DFK2019 (case sensitive)


We also have a Classy fundraising page.

This year a portion of our proceeds goes to LifeVest Inside a nonprofit organization spreading kindness throughout the world through advocacy, empowerment, and education .

Locally, a portion of our donations will go to The Autism Society if Cincinnati. If you would like to donate here is the link. https://www.classy.org/team/256321

In Case You Missed It...

Did You Know?


We know you may have questions about Maple Dale. Did you know that a great resource for school information is our website? It is accessible anytime! From the Sycamore Community Schools Homepage, click on "OUR SCHOOLS" and choose "MAPLE DALE ELEMENTARY" from the drop-down menu. The green bar at the top lists various topics of interest (Our School, Students, & Parents) Of particular help may be the Student-Parent Handbook for answers to many questions.

We hope this provides a quick way to get the information you need. If not, we welcome your call to our school! We are here to help!


We understand changes in transportation happen, however, making many last minute changes puts a large strain on our front office admins. If you need to make a change, please make sure to send in a note or an email (lakek@sycamoreschools.org) BEFORE 3 pm to the office AND your student's teacher.

Click here for the Parent Communication Form.


Thanks to our wonderful EA, Miss Pat, the Lost and Found is organized and many items are returned to the students IF there is a name on the item. If your child has lost an item of clothing, a lunch box, water bottle or the like, have him or her check the lost and found near the cafeteria. Items of significant value are kept in the office.

Please remember to label your child’s belongings…most importantly their jackets, lunch boxes, backpacks, and water bottles with his/her first and last name. These items tend to go missing from time to time and even though we encourage responsibility, having these items clearly labeled allows us to return them, when found.

PTO Corner

Recycling Rangers

Here you will find easy and impactful ways that your kids (sometimes with your help) can help our planet. Here is the first one!

Sycamore Community Schools is helping the community reduce food waste by providing new compost drop-off stations.

For years, it has been the district’s mission to reduce food waste educationally and operationally. In an effort to continue its positive impact the district has collaborated with GoZero where every 46 pounds of food waste composted removes the equivalent of one typical day’s worth of driving emissions from the atmosphere.

There are currently four stations across the district at Blue Ash Elementary, Symmes Elementary, Sycamore Junior High School and Sycamore High School. Residents are invited to sign up at https://gozero.org/station-listings/sycamore to bring compostable food waste from home to one of the district drop-off stations where it will be composted rather than landfilled along with the school’s cafeteria waste.

Food waste is a major source of greenhouse gases and costs billions in natural resources and supply chain losses each year.

Drop-off stations are open dawn to dusk and can be found at the following link: https://gozero.org/station-listings/sycamore, just look for the green buckets!

Join the PTO today!

The biggest perk of PTO membership will be coming very soon: the Maple Dale Student Directory! This is your guide to contacting your child's friends for playdates and a quick guide to important school phone numbers. Only PTO members receive this invaluable resource - join the PTO today! Membership is only $5 and can be purchased here: https://bit.ly/324Hwmo

GEAR - Coffee and Conversation

Do you know who Mr Henry is? What does a Gifted Intervention Specialist do? Come join us for a Coffee and Conversation with Mr. Henry and learn more about his role within the district.

For more information about GEAR, please see our website: Sycamore GEAR

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Yearbook Photos Needed/Wanted

Help make this year's Maple Dale yearbook a fun-filled look at all that or students are doing! As you attend our school's events throughout the year (Warrior Run, class parties, Harvest Parade, Cultural Night, etc), please send your pictures to our yearbook chairs at japrior1967@yahoo.com or melissakindberg@gmail.com. We want to see ALL of the awesome things our students are doing at Maple Dale this year!

Vision and Hearing Screening Parent Volunteers Needed

Did you know that according to the National Commission on Vision and Health, 25% of children aged 5-17 have a vision problem? Please help out our nurse Carolyn Adee during the last week of October by donating a few hours of your time to help out with Vision and Hearing Screenings for our Kindergartners, 1st and 3rd graders. No prior experience is needed. A quick 15 min training session is included in the time slot. Sign ups are for 2-3 hours depending on number of parent volunteers for each session. We know how precious your time is and we are incredibly appreciative of your support (feel free to sign up for more than one session)!


Reserve Your Maple Dale Elementary School Yearbook online!

Yearbooks are now available to preorder! Click here to order now.

How It Works

  1. Your yearbook team captures amazing images throughout the year.
  2. Your yearbook team creates a personalized yearbook for your school.
  3. Your yearbook will be delivered to you later in the year.


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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Around Sycamore

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In The Community - Flyers


Click this button to view the Sycamore Wrestling Club flyer.

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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.