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Maple Dale Family Newsletter
September 22, 2023
A Note from Mrs. Zellner and Mr. West
Dear Maple Dale families,
We are thrilled to announce the incredible progress of our PTO Animal Stampede FUNdraiser! Thank you to your generous support, we have already raised over an impressive $7,000 towards our goal of $60,000 in our first week! 100% of the money raised goes to Maple Dale and the funds will play an important role in supporting various education programs and initiatives at Maple Dale. Thank you, thank you, thank you!
Next weekend is Sycamore's Homecoming game and dance! We are celebrating with a districtwide spirit week, if you and your child would like to join, as well. Please see below for more information.
If you drop your child off for school or pick them up, please help us keep our students and families safe by yielding to pedestrians at all crosswalks (one by the circle, one after the circle, and one by the fields). Additionally, when you are stopped near our handicapped parking spots, please make sure you are closer to the parked cars in the lot instead of the sidewalk side. This provides the needed clearance for our students in wheelchairs and walkers to exit off the sidewalk and get to their car safely.
Have a great weekend,
Mindy and Keena
Mark Your Calendar!
Monday, September 25th: D Day
Tuesday, September 26th: E Day
Wednesday, September 27th: A Day
Thursday, September 28th: B Day
Friday, September 29th: No school/Student Personal Learning Day
Monday, September 18th- October 16:
- PTO Fundraiser "Animal Stampede" begins * see below
Monday 25th- Thursday 28
- Sycamore Homecoming Spirit Week * see schedule below
Wednesday, September 27th
- Spanish classes begin
- Milers begins
Friday, September 29th:
- No School
Tuesday, October 3rd:
- Chinese classes begin (see flyer in the s’more for more information)
Wednesday, October 4th:
- Fall Picture Day
Thursday, October 5th:
- All Pro dad's breakfast * RSVP below
Friday, October 6th:
- Maple Dale Grandfriends Day
Monday, October 16th:
- Final day to turn in money for Animal Stampede Fundraiser
Friday, October 20th:
- Animal Stampede Fun Run Celebration
🐧"Animal Stampede" PTO Fundraiser 🐱
Maple Dale Animal Stampede 2023
In our first week of fundraising we have raised over $7,000! Some grades may earn an extra recess as soon as next week. Keep those online and cash donations coming, Maple Dale family! Click here for the informational flyer is attached for instructions on how to participate.
Check out this video to see how our stampede is going. The lion is leading the pack right now for 4th grade but it's still any animal's race!
⭐Calling All Cast ⭐
ALL PRO DAD
What is All Pro Dad? All Pro Dad is the fatherhood program of Family First, a national nonprofit organization based in Tampa, Florida. It was founded by Mark Merrill and former Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Indianapolis Colts head coach Tony Dungy. The organization seeks to help every father become more engaged in the lives of their children. The goal is to enjoy breakfast with the dads and their children while encouraging conversations about important life topics. Please join other dads and parents at our Maple Dale chapter for a fun time of relationship building. There will be four chapter breakfast meetings this school year: 10/5, 1/25, 3/7, and 5/9.
Maple Dale students are invited to the Maple Dale Elementary All Pro Dads breakfast
on Thursday October 5th from 8am – 9am. This free breakfast (doughnuts, coffee, and
juice this month) is sponsored by the Maple Dale PTO. Please park at the District Office parking lot.
Office parking lot.
Please RSVP below!
RSVP required by 10/1 if attending to have the proper amount of food.
The October theme is CREATIVITY. When we’re creative, we use our imaginations and
talents to express ourselves, to come up with new ideas, and to make the world around
us more beautiful.
🏃♂️Maple Dale Milers👟
Ready, set, go! Our Milers Program is starting soon at Maple Dale for grades 1-4, and our runners need your help! We need volunteers to help facilitate these sessions each Wednesday during lunch recess beginning September 27th. This is a great opportunity to interact with your little ones at school. Please use this sign-up Milers Volunteer Sign Up for the grades you are willing to help out with. Also, please note that 1st and 4th grade sessions are grouped together, and 2nd and 3rd grade sessions are grouped together. If you have any questions please reach out to Kristi Focke at email@example.com or Abby Miller at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you in advance! We are excited to start running!
Chinese Language Classes
Learn to read, write, and speak basic Mandarin Chinese! Kids will be introduced to basic vocabulary, beginner concepts, and basic conversation. We’ll keep it fun using nursery rhymes and songs to help illustrate and reinforce basic language usage. Click here to view the flyer and contact information
🍏Free and Reduced Meal Program🍎
We want to ensure that your child continues to receive the benefits of the Free & Reduced Meal program in the upcoming school year. State guidelines allow these benefits to extend into the next school year to provide ample time for new applications to be processed. However, there's a critical date approaching: October 8th.
If your child qualified for the Free & Reduced Meal program in the last school year and you haven't submitted a new application for the 23-24 school year by October 8th, they will revert to a full pay status. Any charges incurred between October 11th and the time you complete a new application will be the responsibility of the parent or guardian.
To avoid any unexpected charges and ensure your child continues to receive these essential benefits, please submit your application as soon as possible.
💚💛HOCO Spirit Week💚💛
Sycamore Community News
Sycamore Board of Education Candidate Forum
Two of the five Sycamore Board of Education seats are up for election on November 7, 2023. You will have the opportunity to choose the candidates you feel would best represent the Sycamore Community. The Sycamore Schools PTO President's Council is holding a candidate forum on October 19 at 7:00 p.m. at Sycamore High School (Rm. 1809). Participants can also attend virtually via Zoom. A link will be shared at a later date.
The purpose of this forum is to ask candidates questions to gain an understanding of their vision for our district and their ideas about key issues that they'll grapple with as school board members. You may submit up to two questions here.
District Events and Activities
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