Aviator Air Newsletter

Maple Dale Elementary's Parent Communication

February 14, 2020

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


February 17: Presidents' Day - NO SCHOOL!

February 18, 19, & 21: iSpace Visit

February 19: All Pro Dad's Breakfast 8 - 9 am

February 20: Spring Picture Day

February 27: Art Expo 2020 Spirit Day!

Parent Communication Form

Click this button to access a Parent Communication Form.

School Happenings

Student Information for Classroom Placement for Current Kindergartners through 3rd Graders!

The placement of students each year is a task that our staff takes very seriously. Please click here to complete this optional form. This form is optional for parents. While considering your child’s learning characteristics and social interaction style, your child’s current teachers are carefully placing your child in a friendly, collaborative group with other children with whom he/she works well. If you would like your child to be placed with a specific peer, please complete the form below. Every effort will be made to place your child with one of the students listed below. Please list six names to ensure a classroom placement with a peer. If fewer than six names are provided, the likelihood of your child being placed with a peer listed is decreased.

Please complete by March 23, 2020.

Nurse Needs....

Dear Maple Dale families,

I am very low on pants for boys and girls. I prefer leggins in any size for 2-4,4-6,6-10,10-12 for girls and elastic pants for boys. Almost empty on underwear for both as well. It has been a busy wet month. Any donations is appreciated.

Thank you!


Carolyn Adee,RN,BSN,MSM,LSN

Student of the Week - 2/10/2020

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Art Spirit Day - Thursday, February 27th!

In honor of the 2020 District art show opening February 28th - March 1st at Sycamore High School, we are having an Art spirit day here at Maple Dale Elementary. Thursday February 27th will be Art Spirit Day. The theme is Art Gallery Opening. Students may dress as a famous artist (exp. Andy Warhol, Frida Kahlo, Vincent Van Gogh, Jean Michel Basquiat) or a famous artwork (exp. Mona Lisa, Starry Night, American Gothic, The Great Wave, The Scream.) Or dress as a security guard or museum worker in the gallery. Be creative, and we hope to see you and your family opening night, Friday, February 28th 5:00 - 7:00 p.m. at Sycamore High School for the Art Expo located in the gymnasium.

My Energy Kit Challenge

We just hosted the Energy Guardians energy-saving program at school and have an opportunity to start saving energy in our own community! If you haven’t yet, you can sign-up for your FREE energy efficiency kit and reduce your home’s carbon footprint – and help our school win cash rewards! Request your kit by going to MyEnergyKit.org or calling 1-855-386-9548.
Gifted Policy Changes Letter

Click here to read the letter regarding changes to the gifted policy.

Got plastic bags?

Guess what? Plastic shopping bags are recyclable. But if you think you can toss them in with the bottles, cans or cartons in your recycling bin, we have some bad news. Bags require special sorting and processing machines ― and not every recycling plant has those. In most areas of the country, people should not mix plastic bags in with other recyclables. But people do, and on a massive scale, which causes severe technical problems at general recycling facilities.

A group of Maple Dale 4th graders decided to initiate a plastic film recycling collection here at Maple Dale in our continued efforts to be more environmentally friendly. Working with the administration, the students decided to set up a station near the cafeteria to collect not just plastic grocery bags but other types of plastic film such as clean zip-lock bags, dry cleaning bags, bread bags, etc. Click here to see what types of plastic film is recyclable. These bags will then be delivered to an appropriate recycling facility.

Our 4th graders were inspired to start this important efforts due to reasons like the information shared in this article. We are so proud of our 4th graders for their passion and initiative to help save our planet!

PTO Corner

iSpace is BACK at Maple Dale!

The PTO has generously sponsored iSpace (iSpaceStem.org) to spend 3 days with our students! On Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday (2/18, 2/19, 2/21), students will spend up to 90 minutes rotating through 4 different STEM hands-on activities. We need parent volunteers to help students, especially the younger ones, with fine motor skills. Please volunteer for morning, afternoon or both.

Parents - you are also welcome to drop in and see your kiddos. If volunteer slots are filled you can still find the schedule through the sign-up genius link.


Box Tops are due - February 24th!

It's that time again! Please bring your box tops to school. The deadline is Monday, February 24th! Thank you!

Openings for a few good volunteer leaders for 2020-21 PTO

The Maple Dale PTO is in the process of filling a few board and committee chairperson positions for the 2020-21 school year. If you are interested in serving as a committee chair or on our great executive board, please contact Jeff Stechschulte at mdpto@sycamoreschools.org.

All Pro Dad Breakfast, 2/19

You are invited to the Maple Dale Elementary All Pro Dads breakfast on Wednesday February 19th from 8-9am in the school cafeteria. This free monthly breakfast is sponsored by fathers, the PTO, and local businesses.


Gentleness is being compassionate and kindhearted toward people. A gentle person tries to understand what other people are going through and treats them in a way that makes them feel cared for and valued.

If attending please RSVP by noon on Monday February 17th via the link below so the correct amount of food is ordered.


Reminders- please do not walk your child to their classroom, please park down at the district offices to free parking spaces for staff members, and please be aware that a school delay or closure cancels the breakfast.

Please consider making a donation to support an upcoming meeting. Checks can be made out to “Maple Dale PTO” with “All Pro Dads” in the memo line and given to Greg or Doug.

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Recycling Rangers

Fact: Recycling any aluminium can help to save a great deal of energy, in fact, enough to run your home television for about three hours!

Toilet tissue accounts for 15 percent of deforestation. We throw away enough paper to make toilet paper for a lifetime. Can you spend an extra minute teaching your Kindergartner or other to use less toilet paper?

In Case You Missed It...

A Note from our Nurse!

Is It a Cold or the Flu?

Your child has a sore throat, cough, and high fever. Could it be the flu? Or just a cold?

The flu usually makes kids feel worse than if they have a cold. But it's not always easy to tell the difference between the two. Here are tips on what to look for — and what to do.

Colds or Flu: Symptoms Guide

Answer these questions to see if your child has the flu or a cold:


  • Did the illness come on suddenly?
  • Does your child have a high fever?
  • Is your child's energy level very low?
  • Is your child's head achy?
  • Is your child's appetite less than normal?
  • Are your child's muscles achy?
  • Does your child have chills?

If most of your answers are "yes," chances are your child has the flu. If your answers are mostly "no," it's probably a cold.

When Should I Call the Doctor?

If you have any doubts, it's best to call the doctor. An illness that seems like a cold can turn out to be the flu. And other illnesses, like strep throat or pneumonia, can seem like the flu. Even doctors sometimes need to do a test to know for sure if a child has the flu or a cold.

It's important to get medical care right away if your child:

What Can Parents Do?

Reviewed by: Michelle M. Karten, MD Kidshealth.org

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Join the PTO today!

It's not too late to join the Maple Dale PTO! Our PTO member dues help us provide the incredible programs we have available here for our students. Members also receive the student directory! Membership is just $5 and can be purchased through this link: www.mdpto.org

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.

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!

Monthly Lunch Menu

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Around Sycamore

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Cabaret at the High School!

Join us at Cabaret on Saturday, February 22nd at 7pm as The Hub at Sycamore High School is transformed into a jazz club serving complimentary drinks and desserts.

Hear the voices of choral students like you’ve never heard them before! Performers sing as soloists and in small ensembles accompanied by piano or guitar. You will enjoy original compositions, jazz tunes, folk music and musical theatre songs.

Advance tickets are $10 and are on-sale on AvesChoir.org, and will be sold at lunches and conferences on Thursday, February 20th and lunches on Friday, February 21st.

Remaining tickets will be sold at the door for $12.

Doors open at 6:30p. Come early for dessert!

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Fashion for the Cure

Come support one of the biggest fundraisers for The Dragonfly Foundation. This event is put on by a talented team at Sycamore High School and features fashion designed and modeled by SHS students.
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Sycamore Wellness Festival Featuring Sycamore Ninja Warrior
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In The Community - Flyers

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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.